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The Uplands Group of Parishes consists of Guilsborough, Hollowell, Thornby, Cold Ashby, Ravensthorpe, Cottesbrooke, Creaton and Spratton                       

Message from Reverend Allison Twigg, the Uplands Group of Churches

Uplands Group of Parishes Office (Answerphone): 01604 743444                                

Even going away on holiday is a change,  it hopefully is a change that will bring us rest and refreshment.  It can widen our horizons as perhaps we visit new places, bring us into contact with new people, and maybe helps us to try out new things. But even if we are not going away there often feels as if there is a change to the pace of life as the days are longer and perhaps we don’t have to rush around quite as much.

Summer is a time of year for us to give thanks to God for all that He gives us, and for all of the challenges and new chapters in our lives that come our way.  So, whether or not there are changes ahead for us this summer, let us all echo the chorus of the hymn;

“And it’s from the old I travel to the new, keep me travelling along with you.”

With many prayers,

Reverend Allison


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“One more step along the world I go, one more step along the world I go.

From the old things to the new keep me travelling along with you.”  

Words from a much loved hymn that always comes into its own at this time of year.  It is a favourite school hymn and is often used at School leavers services, and for me it is not just a hymn, it is very much a prayer, because it is in many ways our prayer for the children who are leaving their primary school and moving onto the big exciting adventure of secondary school.  It is a challenging and exciting time for them and it does mark a new phase of their lives and so our prayer for them as church is that they will always know God’s presence and love with them wherever they go.  

This time of year often marks a change for other people as well, as summer comes (we hope!) several couples will be getting married in the churches of the Uplands Group and we pray for them as well that they will know God’s love and presence with them as they travel into this new phase of their lives together.  For others this time of year can mean a change in jobs, particularly for teachers, but for others as well.  

Change can be a scary thing but it is necessary in order for us to grow.  I have a favourite little picture in my study that says. ‘If nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies’.


Following the success of The Uplands Churches Tea Tent at this year’s rally, Gill Brown and Chris Burn wish to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who gave their time and energy helping in the tent and for all of the generous donations of the many delicious cakes.

Also, thank you to Seaton Stores in Guilsborough for providing hundreds of hot pastries and to Stephen Troop for his milk deliveries.

We could not have achieved so much without all of your kind help.

Once again,

Gill and Chris

Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby,

Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby.

Last updated Friday, August 12, 2022

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 5th September 2022