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Charter Fair 2014

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St James' Bellringers had a stall at this year's Charter Fair. Although some of the merchandise got a bit damp in the rain, they still manged to raise funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the bells.

The colourful flower displays in the church attracted several visitors who were also able to shelter from the rain and enjoy refreshments and cakes in the hall.

Charter Fair stall

Charter fair 2014 flowers

Barbecue June 2014

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The weather stayed dry for our barbecue, but we did eat indoors, just in case.

Tasty food, and well looked after by our charming hostesses.

Barbecue cookingCharming hostess

Leap of Faith

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Keira and Leia West raised over £500 for St James Church by leaping off a 125-foot tower at the Body Flight Centre, Bedford. The church is currently raising funds to support on-going renovation. The heating system broke down recently and the two sisters wanted to help raise some money in support of the repairs. Leia, aged eight, said; “My friends at school said that I might die, but I knew it was just a matter of throwing myself off a really high building safely.”

Ten-year old Keira said: “My friends said they would pay me to watch me throw myself off a tall building. I went first and I was really scared, so I closed my eyes, thought of all the people who sponsored me and threw myself off the building.”

A video of the girls leaping off the tower was shown in church, and an article appeared in Nene Valley News in June.

Keira and Leia

Christian Aid 2014

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War tears lives apart - Love can help piece them back together

For a growing number of people across the world, the horror of war is a part of daily life. Right now the numbers of people driven from their homes by war is on the rise. It stands at 42 million people – an appalling statistic and a stain on the conscience of humanity.

Christian Aid and its partners work to help communities rebuild their lives including those in areas of war. An example of this is in Columbia where Edile, aged nine, lives in the Las Camelias humanitarian zone with his family.

CA 2014-Columbia 

Photo credit Christian Aid/Matt Gonzalez-Noda

Edile’s family, like so many others, arrived in the humanitarian zone after fleeing the horrors of war. Many in his community have lost close relatives and friends to the conflict. All have lost their homes and possessions. Around five million people in Colombia have had to leave their homes and Afro-Colombians like Edile are among those most affected by the violence.

Christian Aid partner, The Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace (CIJP), has played a crucial role in setting up humanitarian zones in Colombia. Humanitarian zones are demarcated areas offering a safe refuge to people living in areas of conflict. Anyone bearing arms is denied entry to Las Camelias.

When Edile was little, before he moved to Las Camelias, his father was killed. In a school set up by CIJP, the teachers keep a close eye on the psychological wellbeing of Edile and his friends. People feel safe at Las Camelias. It is a space for them to be listened to and heal their emotional scars.

CIJP provides psychological support to victims of armed conflict, legal support so that victims can get justice, and workshops to educate people about their rights. Edile’s fears haven’t gone away yet, but he now feels – and is – much safer. He says: ‘I am happy here. It is fun, we play ball, I have many friends.’ For the time being Edile and his family are safe, but they are still waiting to return to their land.

In the May edition of Jigsaw we will tell the story of Anoon Aleu who fled her home in the south of Sudan when militias set fire to her house, killing most of her family. 

In 2013 the people of Thrapston once again gave generously in Christian Aid week raising a magnificent £2021. This helped The Christian Aid Week national total reach £12m and fund projects such as the one which helped Edile. For further information or to help this Christian Aid week (11–17 May 2014) please contact local organiser Frank Jenkins . 01933 460691 or see christianaid.org.uk

Cricket Notes 2013

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Match Report 4  Church Cricket Triangular Tournament Report - Pytchley 27th July 2013 

This year's tournament was held towards the end of the church cricket season for a change.  In previous years it was held in September which was some time after most teams' last game.  However, being in the holiday period made availability difficult - not easy to find a happy balance.

The day started warm, sunny and somewhat humid but it was important to get away to a prompt start as rain was forecast after 6pm.  The first game saw St Peter's & St Paul's (Moulton) thrash the combined teams of St James (Thrapston, 7 players) and St Peter's (Oundle, 4 players).  Moulton went on the beat St Andrew's (Kettering) in the second game to become the worthy tournament winners after fielding two strong sides.

In the first game, Moulton batted first and posted a huge total of 147 for 2 in their 20 overs with 3 batsmen retiring after reaching 25no.  For Thrapston/Oundle, Ian Page bowled tightly (0 for 16 off 4 overs) but the other bowlers were taken for over 5 an over.  In reply, Thrapston/Oundle managed only 73 for 5 in their 20 overs.  With plenty of wickets in hand, a few more chances could have been taken to boost the score but a target of 148 was probably beyond the capability of a team with no top batsmen (all unavailable).  Never-the-less, Jeremy Firth scored 25no and Vince Davy hit a quick 14no.

And so, it came down to the third and final game to decide who would take the wooden spoon.  St Andrews batted first and posted a competitive 114 for 2 in their 20 overs with 2 batsmen retiring after reaching 25no.  Sam Clews for Thrapston/Oundle bowled well (0 for 18 off 4 overs) at the start as did the captain, John Pickles at the death, who took both wickets to fall for only 14 runs in 4 overs including clean bowling the big Australian batsman for St Andrews for 10 who had scored heavily in the second game.  Jeremy Firth laid a solid foundation at the start of the Thrapston/Oundle innings (26no) followed by useful runs from David Shepherd (13).  Half-way through the innings (10 overs), the combined team was a little behind the required run-rate at 52 for 4 and it needed an injection of scoring, which was provided by Ian Page (28no)  With 3 overs to go, the combined team still needed 20 runs to win and it had started to spit with rain.  Experience was called for and Vince Davy (12no) with John Pickles anchoring the other end (12no) saw the combined team through to the winning target with just 4 balls to spare.  Thus ended a thoroughly entertaining game.

In my opinion, there was not one particular "champagne moment" but overall, Ian Page for his tight bowling in both games and his crucial batting in the second, was my player of the tournament for the combined team.  However, Jeremy Firth deserves a special mention too for scoring 25no and 26no as an opening batsman in both games, belittling both his 76 years and his tough scrape with cancer not that long ago.

Great fellowship was enjoyed between all the teams and it was good to see a lot of youngsters playing.

My thanks to all the Oundle and Thrapston players for arriving promptly, giving their all, and helping with the kit, scoring, scoreboard and umpiring - a great help.  My thanks to Jeremy too for arranging the Oundle players - it was a struggle for Jeremy and I to get 11 players out but worth the effort in the end. Thanks to June Davy for taking a photo of the two teams who played the final game.

Cricket 2013

Match Report 3:  St Andrews (Kettering) vs St James (Thrapston) on Wednesday 10th July 2013 at Pytchley

 

A cooler but dry evening greeted the players to what turned out to be a very exciting and close game.  It was also a pleasure to have plenty of players (13 a side) and a large number of young players (5 for St James).

St James won the toss, elected to bat and set a competitive total of 109 for 8 off 20 overs.  Paul Dowling made 25no and there were double figure contributions from Mark Palmer, Richard Bonar and Craig Hook.  St Andrews' approach of using 11 bowlers was laudable but cost 36 in extras.

With runs on the board, it would still require a good effort by the St James bowlers and fielders to keep 13 St Andrews batsmen from reaching the winning target of 110.  St Andrews set off well and were up with the required run-rate after 5 overs for the first wicket.  Then the young St James bowlers began to take wickets with 4 falling in the next 5 overs shared between Matthew Wills, Alistair Hook, J Taylor, Liam Bonar (2 wickets) and Denis Palmer.  The St Andrews middle order pairing of D Carter (21) and Kane Taylor (18) arrested the fall of wickets, accelerated the run-rate and swung the balance in their favour.  However, they say that catches win matches and this was a case in point when both these batsmen were caught out, along with 6 other catches by the St James players who performed superbly in the field.  Notably, Richard Bonar took a sharp catch at short mid-off and Mark Palmer took three good catches at mid-wicket.  Vince Davy performed really well again as the St James wicket keeper, giving away only 1 bye and taking a great catch after initially losing sight of the ball that went vertically up off the bat.  For me, this was the champagne moment partly for its comical element with everyone shouting "it's right above your head"!.  And so it came down to St Andrews needing just 5 runs off the final over to win the game with 3 wickets in hand.  In a remarkable spell of 5 balls, Oliver Sones bowling the final over took 2 wickets and with a run-out left St Andrews all out 5 runs short.

There were several great performances for St James in this game, some mentioned above but also Liam and Denis's first ever wickets for St James.  However, the 4 wickets and a run-out in Oliver's 11 balls at the death stands out as the pinnacle.

My thanks once again to Martyn Fisher for scoring and to St Andrews for loaning us two good players to balance the numbers and for providing great refreshments afterwards.

Match Report 2:  St Peter & St Paul (Moulton) vs St James (Thrapston) at Pytchley on Wed. 26th June 2013

Finally a dry and pleasant evening but there was considerable frustration and embarrassment when only 5 players pitched up for St James, albeit owing to a number of unfortunate circumstances.  Moulton helped by loaning two good players and three extra fielders, for which we were very grateful, and it allowed a game to go ahead with 10-a-side.  A delayed start, waiting for late player arrivals, also reduced the game to 16 overs per innings.

Moulton won the toss, elected to bat and knocked up 104 for 3 in their 16 overs with one batsman (D Taylor) retiring at 26no.  Ian Page took 2 of the wickets while John Pickles, Oliver Sones and Andy Forsyth (one of the players on loan from Moulton) each kept the run-rate at or under 5 an over in their bowling spells.  Never-the-less, 104 in 16 overs was a very competitive target and one that the St James batsmen never looked like achieving from the outset when both openers were out cheaply.  In the end, St James were all out for 44 in the 14th over with Malcolm Forsyth (another player on loan from Moulton) the only one to reach double figures (16).

Oliver Sones deserves a special mention for keeping wicket for 12 of the 16 overs by St James, then bowling two tidy overs, making up the fielding numbers for Moulton and then batting for St James.  Not much more could be asked of this versatile player!  I am also grateful to David Shepherd for agreeing to play at short notice and Ian Page for keeping wicket in the final 4 overs and packing the kit bag away at the end.  Martyn Fisher, still suffering a shoulder injury, kindly scored again, which was another big help.

Match Report 1:  St Peters (Oundle) vs St James (Thrapston) at Oundle School on Wednesday 5th June 2013

 

It was with some trepidation that St James approached their first game of the season after their one and only practice was rained off last week.  Furthermore, it was a chilly and partially overcast evening with two regular batsmen unavailable (Gordon Marsden injured and Charles Jefferson at Deanery Synod) and two regular bowlers unavailable (Alex Marsden has moved away from the area and Martyn Fisher injured).  On the bright side though, it was a chance for the debuts of two very young cricketers, Liam Bonar (aged 12) and Dennis Palmer (aged 10), and Oundle loaned us a more than useful player, Hugh Taylor to make 12-a-side.

St James won the toss, elected to bat and put on a very competitive 130 for 6 off their 20 overs.  As usual, the reliable top order of Paul Dowling (27no), Mark Palmer (28no) and Iain Malthouse (24) made most of the runs in quick time with Oundle bowlers conceding 38 extras.  Liam Bonar faced a few balls at the end of the innings and demonstrated his ability to play with a straight bat.  In reply, the Oundle batsmen paced their innings well and scored the winning run in 5th ball of the penultimate over for the loss of only 4 wickets.  Dennis Palmer bowled an impressive 2 overs for the loss of only 7 runs and only one wide - portents of greater things to come from him and the other debutant, Liam.

Vince Davy kept wicket well for St James, conceding only 1 bye.  A big thanks also goes to Martyn Fisher and Thomas Marsden for scoring and umpiring throughout the game respectively.

As for the champagne moment, there was an outstanding catch by one of the Oundle fielders to dismiss Ian Page but, as this is a St James report, the award must go to Paul Dowling for hitting two 6s off successive balls in his excellent innings.

As ever, Oundle were great hosts by playing the game in a good spirit, providing excellent refreshments afterwards and sharing their fellowship with St James.

John Pickles

St James Church Cricket Fixtures for 2013

 

 

Day

Date

Opposition

Venue

Wed

29th May

Practice

TBD

Wed

5th June

St Peter’s Oundle

Oundle

Thur

13th June

St Peter’s & St Paul’s Moulton

Islip

Thur

20th June

St Andrew’s Kettering

Islip

Wed

26th June

St Peter’s & St Paul’s Moulton

Pytchley

Wed

3rd July

 

 

Wed

10th July

St Andrew’s Kettering

Pytchley

Wed

17th July

 

 

Wed

24th July

 

 

Thur

1st Aug

St Peter’s Oundle

Islip

Wed

7th August

 

 

Wed

14th August

 

 

Wed

21st August

 

 

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