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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                                

will do this in two ways. On 24th October we will be holding a Service of Remembrance and Hope in Guilsborough Church. At this service we will remember those we love but see no more, our family members and dear friends that have died.

This past eighteen months have been more challenging than ever before and although there have been reverent funerals by necessity there have at times been limits on who can attend. At this service we will also be offering space, prayers, and the lighting of memorial candles with those who have not been able to attend funerals, and we will remember all those who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic. All are welcome to attend.

This year, on 14th November we will also mark Remembrance Sunday with Services that will include an Act of Remembrance. We remember all those that have lost their lives in the service of our country in the Armed Forces. We give thanks for their lives and pray for peace in our world.

Please do join with me in remembering.

Rev AllisonTwigg

them for you. This thanksgiving also extends forward as we support the Blytheswood Charity and prepare Christmas Shoeboxes for those who struggle beyond our shores.

It is impossible to give thanks without remembering and this Autumn we


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  As the Autumn Days draw in, the trees show us just how beautiful change can be and how letting things go can be beneficial. I am, as always, astounded by the beauty of our villages and the surrounding countryside.

The act of letting go is always so much easier said than done. We all go through times when we try to hold on to memories, people and things. , for all of us, is abundant in, opportunities, and struggles; it is these things that change our lives and are part of the richness of life. It is important though to cherish the memories, forgive the hardships, dismiss who or what is no longer serving you, and look to the future with positivity giving thanks for all that we have.

In church we mark this season of change in two ways, firstly in giving thanks and secondly by remembering. Traditionally at this time of year this thanksgiving begins with the Harvest. Yet also at this time of year we look with thanks at all the gifts and blessings we have been given, the friends and families we share our lives with, our homes, our local surroundings. We will mark this year’s harvest in all the Uplands Churches and you can find details of services advertised in this magazine.

This time of harvest is also one where we share what we have with others, at Harvest time our churches support local foodbanks or charities that support the homeless in our local area. You can bring appropriate gifts to the services so that we can share


In September/October this year we hope to plant lots of daffodil bulbs in both the churchyard and the cemetery. The aim is to offer people the opportunity to remember any loved ones buried in Guilsborough or elsewhere, or maybe those unknown to us who have lost their lives in the pandemic. You may wish to sponsor - as a group - some bulbs on behalf of a village organisation you belong to. Any money raised will be used for the ongoing daily ministry of St Etheldreda’s in what has been a very difficult year financially.

If you would like to take part, please click here and complete the details before sending to Hillary Worton.

Please do come and look at the new daffodils next Spring!


Supporting Daventry Foodbank and Blythswood Charity

Saturday October 2nd

Lunch in the Village Hall Drop in between 12.00 -2.00pm

No ticket or booking, all welcome

Choice of home-made soup or filled roll & dessert

£5.00 pp

Raffle in aid of Blythswood

Themed craft activities for children.

Sunday October 3rd  

Harvest Service in Church 11.00am

Donations for the Food Bank can be brought to the

Village Hall on

Saturday or to Church on Sunday.  

Tinned meat & chicken, microwave rice, pasta, tinned carrots & potatoes especially welcome

(NB Guilsborough Church has collection baskets in the Church and in Seatons all year round. Thank you to all who support)

Any questions?  Please contact:

October 3rd:

9.30am Creaton

11.00am Cottesbrooke

11.00am Guilsborough

11.00am Spratton

3.00pm Thornby

October 17th:

9.30am Ravensthorpe:

October 24th:

11.00am Hollowell


Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby.

Last updated Friday, October 1, 2021

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 1st November 2021