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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                                

Christmas. I love what it means to me both as a Christian as I celebrate the birth of Jesus and also what it means to me as a time to enjoy with family and friends, many of whom we only see a few times a year as they live in different parts of the country and beyond.

Christmas is about love, shared between families, friends and communities, love in reaching out to others, and above all, the love of God in the form of the precious baby in the manger.

I pray that as you continue with your festive preparations, you would know the love of the Christ Child this Christmas time and always.

With love and prayers

Reverend Allison

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14


Church News


Dear Friends,

Advent is an important season in the church and is a time of waiting – both preparing for  Jesus’ birth at Christmas but also looking forward in anticipation of his second coming. Advent is important to acknowledge as a season in the church and is certainly a lot more than just a chocolate countdown to Christmas! In fact in the church calendar Christmas begins on Christmas Day and then the season of Christmas goes on until 5 January when we mark Epiphany and for some the season only really ends with Candlemas celebrated on 2nd February.

But despite acknowledging the importance and significance of Advent, the reality is that the Christmas Season inevitably starts early for most of us.

The season of Christmas is one to be enjoyed and is an invitation. At Christmas time, church communities all over the country dress their buildings with festive decorations, and open their doors on cold evenings, to help communities come together to sing carols and to celebrate Christmas with all manner of services from Christingles; Donkey and Crib Services; Carol Services and more traditional Christmas Communion Services.

In the villages of the Uplands Group that is exactly what we want to do to and we offer our warm welcome to you at all of our services. (Please do see the advert on each of the village pages to see what is happening across the churches of the Uplands.) The truth is I love Christmas. I love

Shoe Boxes and Blankets 2023

Thank you!

To everyone who contributed to the

Shoe Box & Blanket collection this year.

We will be sending 37 blankets & 153 shoe boxes in support of the Blythwood Project. They will be going families in Ukraine.




Friday December 15th  7.30 pm “CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT

 a Celebration” Poems    Sketches    Music

Click here for details

Village groups and societies are invited to take part! Contact Janet Minney on 01604 740640 for details.

Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby,

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

Last updated Thursday, November 30, 2023

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Friday 5th January ‘24