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For the first time in many years, a Skittles knockout was held in Cold Ashby on 27th January. 32 players battled it out in 5 rounds until we found our 2024 skittles champion. Congratulations go to Andrew Bott who fought off all the competition and was crowned worthy winner after beating Bob White in the final. Thanks go to all that entered and all that came to support this fun evening. Our gratitude also goes to Alec Swann for manning the bar and to Fiona Gunn-Stokes for organising the event. Huge thanks to Mandy Carson, Julie Webb and Carole Oliver for preparing and serving the delicious beef and vegetable stews.


Having been born and bred in Cold Ashby, I have many special memories of some fantastic occasions in the village, with lots of these events taking place at The Memorial Hall. Our beloved building is special, not just as a community venue, but also because it is a memorial to those who were killed in the world wars of the last century. It gives me great pleasure to see our hall being well attended once more - especially for big community events - it is so wonderful that the Memorial Hall maintains its original purpose as quoted in the trust deed: “for the use of the inhabitants of the village of Cold Ashby and the neighbourhood….for use for meetings, lectures, classes and for other forms of recreation and leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of the life of the said inhabitants.” Community is everything, especially in a small village like ours. With many important facilities now gone in the village I am truly grateful to have the support of so many who work together in order to improve the wellbeing for everyone and provide opportunities for social interaction for the village. The Memorial Hall is the hub of the village and is run by a dedicated group of volunteers. Everyone is welcome to come along to our events or come along and have a game of skittles. Thanks to Steve Roper and Malcolm Linnell you can now also have a game of pool or darts, or you can just pop in for a drink and a chat with friends and neighbours. I can guarantee you will always be made most welcome and always end up having a great evening in great company. We have a lot of events coming up and two of our planned events are suggestions from our community, so if you have an event you’d like us to put on, let me know and we will see if we can fit it into our calendar.  We would love to see you all there!

Fiona Gunn-Stokes - Chair. Contact: fionagunn-stokes@hotmail.co.uk


The Memorial Hall Committee would like to thank everyone who attended our hugely popular Curry and Bingo Night on 24th February. It really was a Full House! Special thanks to Dave Harris for being our resident Bingo Caller and ensuring everyone had a great time. Thanks also go to Mandy Carson and Julie Webb for cooking up superb chicken and vegetable curries and to Anna Swann and Gemma Sellers for their help serving and clearing away. We are also grateful to Andrew Bott who ensured that no-one went thirsty and Andy Sellers for his help throughout the day. Special thanks also to Beryl, who came all the way from Swansea to join us…obviously our community reputation precedes us!!!


Everyone is welcome to join us for the following events and residents’ support will ensure that we are able to keep these important village facilities open and provide opportunities for entertainment, social interaction and keep the village pool and skittle teams going.

Pool nights Mondays from 7.30pm at the Cold Ashby Playing Field Pavilion.  Bar open. All village pool players welcome. Skittles Summer League will commence sometime in May and fixtures will be published when known. Please check village Facebook pages for further details of planned events listed above.

Cold Ashby Pool Team News

Cold Ashby Pool Team in Gallic mode saying ‘au revoir’ to their French team mate Pierre Meunier. Pierre was formerly a resident of Cold Ashby then Guilsborough and has now returned to live in France.

This season has been a very successful season for the Cold Ashby Pool Team. The team plays in the North Northants Pool League and has gained promotion to Division 1.

With the continued closure of their village pub, the team now plays in the village Sports Pavilion but remains hopeful of returning to play in the pub when it re-opens.

Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby,

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

Last updated Sunday, March 31, 2024

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Thursday 30th April ‘24