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Aldwincle, Hilary Gerard-Pearse 720456 and John Pawlyn, 720038  

Clopton Stephen Brandon 720346 and Jane Wood 720282

Pilton, Carew Treffgarne, 720448 and Sue Thomas 720188

Stoke Doyle Harry Faure Walker 273543 & Liz Doherty 273525

Thorpe Achurch (inc, Lilford, Thorpe Waterville, & Wigsthorpe) Carolyn Brawn 01933 625052 & Tricia Farnsworth, 720076

Titchmarsh (Including Sissinghurst Drive), Julia Powell 732283 and Stephen Barber 734435         WadenhoeRodney Sinclair 720218



Family Services – Now every week

By ‘Family’ I understand Church family – i.e. suitable whether or not you wish to come with children/parents/grandchildren/

godparents.   Many today recognise that there are all too few things we do together crossing age divisions and this is the Church’s way to reverse the trend – not least for those we have baptised/christened

Back in 2008 the Titchmarsh Family Service – on the 2nd Sunday each month – took on a new lease of life by moving to 4.30pm.  Since then it has frequently been the best supported of our regular services and recently we also started a Sunday school during the 9.15am service on the 4th Sunday each month.  Meanwhile Aldwincle had a tradition of 1st Sunday family services at 10.45am and this Easter we are starting 3rd Sunday services at Achurch at 4.30pm plus special 5th Sunday occasions all over the 7 parishes.  For up to date details please see the centre pages of this Pink Sheet or visit You’re more than welcome to cross the A605 and if you do you’ll now find something on every Sunday!

Jim Mynors (all staff contact details on back page)

From the Registers


Sam Douglas, Ivy House, Pilton 16 February

Leodeb Scott Oadby (grandson of Biswas family) Aldwincle March 9


Interment of Ashes

Ernest Shuker of Baulks Lane on 10 March aged 98



Eric Bamford of Peacehaven Cottage, Aldwincle died on 28 Feb and was buried on 14th March


Considering Confirmation? Cathy Brazier (see back page) is arranging preparation from Easter for a service planned for June 22 at St Peter’s Oundle.  Please ask for more details


Remaining AGMs


Clopton 8pm April 25  moved to Crows Nest Farm

Please ask Jim Mynors for a lift

Titchmarsh 7.30pm April 30 in church


Lent Series


We are continuing to follow one of a new series of courses called Pilgrim – designed for those journeying towards the Christian faith and those further along. This year our sessions are structured around the Lord’s Prayer – but you don’t need to come to all of them – even if you only come to one you’ll be welcome.   We have been meeting on Wednesdays.   On  2nd April we will be at the Harpers, Titchmarsh House, Chapel Street at 7.30 pm  for 7.45.   On 9th  April we will be at Tavern Cottage, Lowick Lane, Aldwincle, at 7.45 pm.


April 17th – session 6 will be adapted as part of the Maundy Thursday service in Clopton church at 7.30pm



The Choir needs choristers.   We practice once a month and sing at different services around the Benefice – usually about one service a month, and sometimes weddings.


Please ring David on 01832 733737 if you are interested.




St Peter’s welcomes members of all 7 parishes on Monday 12th May 7.45pm for the official commissioning of the re-ordered church by our Rural Dean, followed by Churchwardens and Treasurers meeting.


Church Floodlighting


Mr Ivan Nicholls is sponsoring the flood lighting of St Peter’s Church for the month of March.   This is in remembrance of his wife Patricia.   The Church is very grateful for Ivan’s contribution.


Aldwincle 200 Club Draw Results


1st Prize:  J. Sharman;  2nd M. Horsfield;  3rd T. Horrocks-Taylor;  4th L. and A. Hankins.


1st:  H. Strode-Willis;  2nd J. Morson;  3rd B. Freeman;  4th J. Macleod.

Aldwincle W.I.


Meets in the Village Hall at 7.30pm for 7.45pm

3rd April:  Anthony Nobles on ‘The Royal Yacht’.  Competition:  a nautical memento.  Hostesses:  Margaret Wallis and Maryon Penney.

1st  May:  Resolutions.  Competition:  a fan.  Hostesses: Committee.



Thank you –to everyone who supported our Thrapston Town Band concert.  It was a wonderful evening led by Ray Jefferies who was conducting for the very last time after 42 years in the job!  We raised £239.80 for church funds.


Dates for your diary-


Sunday 20th July  2pm - Churchyard Open Afternoon


Saturday 13th September – The Historic Churches’Trust Sponsored Ride and Stride

PILTON Concert

Come and enjoy a summer’s evening in Pilton Church at 7.30pm, Saturday 31st May, listening to Baroque music from the Harborough Collective. Tickets £13 from Sue Thomas (720188) or Carew Treffgarne (720 448).




Village Hall 200 Club

Winners for February 2014

1st John Gent (£25)

2nd Jane Cooper (£15)

3rd Rory Donald (£10)

4th Lucky Mills (£10)


Winners  for March 2014

1st  Trevor Pocknell (£25)

2nd  Nicola Guise (£15)

3rd  Helen Baines (£10)

4th  Mark Nicholson (£10)


Wadenhodeon Movie Night
Friday 11 April 2014

Based on a powerful true story, featuring a brilliant piece of acting by Judy Dench and Steve Coogan.
Doors open at 7.30 pm   Tickets £5


Wadenhoe Village Hall 2014 Cream Tea Festivals

3.00-5.30pm May 24-26

& August  23-25


Please contact Rachel Barritt, The Cottage, Wadenhoe 721167 (or Jim Mynors if you are outside Wadenhoe) if you might be willing to help staff the events.


or call: 720751 or Email:
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Him with His Foot in His Mouth. Friday 4th April, £10 a ticket, doors open 7pm for a 7.30 start. Bar. Tickets from the Old Barn 721129 or on the door – see Northants Touring Arts posters.

This captivating one man show is full of gentle humour and a virtuoso performance from actor Stephen Chance playing Harry Shawmut, a man who can't help himself from speaking his mind, not always in the most appropriate of places!



is always looking for supportive host families. By hosting a student, you and your family will help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad, while connecting with a young person.  These connections can often be life-long.

Students are kept busy from 8.30-6pm every day except Sundays with morning classroom teaching followed by afternoon activities.  In exchange for providing a bed and meals and the ongoing support with practicing talking English and transport to/from Oundle, we pay a weekly rate of £140 - £170.

.Do contact us on 275319 or or visit our website if you’d like more information.

St Rumbald Church Stoke Doyle

The Bells are Back





After some 4 months away at the bell hanger works (Whites of Appleton), our church bells are back and reinstalled in the church tower.  The end of the refurbishment project was celebrated last Sunday, when the Dean of Peterborough Cathedral, the Very Reverend Charles Taylor, led a service of celebration and rededication.  The work could not have gone ahead without the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Church Buildings Council, Peterborough Diocese Guild of Bell Ringers, Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust and The Benham Charitable Settlement, who along with very generous donations from the local people of Stoke Doyle, have helped us meet the cost of the project.

We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and everybody for their help with the funding.


It has been an important project as it allows the bells to be rung again, something that has not been possible for nearly 10 years.  The bells provide not only a lovely sound across the Nene Valley, but also give the opportunity for the local people to become involved in bell ringing especially the younger residents of the village.  If there are any would be bell ringers living locally who would like to learn the skill, the practice nights are Thursdays 7.30 to 9.00pm, and should any bell ringing groups wish to come and ring these wonderful Thomas Eayre bells, we would be delighted to see you.


The restoration works has been carried out by Whites of Appleton, although to save us some of the cost, a small army of volunteer helpers has been involved in lowering the bells from the top of the tower and assisting with some strengthening of the original oak bell frame.  Then hauling the bells back up again when they returned from Oxfordshire, installing them in their pits and installing all new ringing fittings.  A process we believe has given great satisfaction.


The bells are all listed in the Church Building Council Schedule of Bells for Preservation. They were recast in 1727 from the bells of the earlier gothic church, believed to be c.1265, by Thomas Eayre of Kettering and are regarded as a maiden ring, as they have not been tuned together, although one of them shows signs of some “chip tuning”.  The ring is set into a contemporary and unusual diagonally set oak bell-frame believed to be by Henry Ladds.  The diagonal setting allows the corners of the frame to sit into the sound openings of the tower, rather like letting the frame rest on the 4 window sills.  This gives more space in the chamber, and averages out the stresses and loadings around the tower structure.





To Celebrate 50 years with People

Past and Present


Tuesday 13th May

9.30am Coffee Morning


All are Welcome


Photographic display



Boobs & Brass Band Concert with Jonathan Reynolds (singer)

TITCHMARSH Church May 24th

Doors open 7pm concert starts 7.30pm Bar/Raffle



Proceeds to Breast cancer campaign/Dementia Society


Tickets £10 available from June Dove 07798878533

Margaret Betts 07833663448


Church contact details

Carolyn Brawn   01933 625052

Rev Cathy Brazier  735491

Rev Canon Jim Mynors Jim@Mynors, 720613 The Rectory

Rev Liz Waller  01733 242412


Items  for June/July Pink Sheet by May 16 to Hilary Gerard-Pearse 27 Main Street, Aldwincle Tel 720456 or