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Bill England

01295 760744

Times for worship

Friday, January 2 there will be a time to pray at Helmdon Church from 8am.
On Sunday, January 4 there church will hold a prayerbook communion service from 8am.
Village prayer and praise, led by the village cafe will take place at 10am on the same day.

On Wednesday January 7 there will be a weekday communion at 9.30am at St MaryMagdalene Parish Church.


Jane Harries

A few weeks ago it was published in this column that the Wappenham Drama Group were auditioning for Oliver Twist. I had actually written ‘Lois Weedon, Weston and Wappenham’ but the Advertiser cut off the first two names, which are the official name of the drama group and where all the action takes place! My apologies to all concerned. If you are interested in either acting or backstage involvement in this exciting play, whichever of the villages you live in, please phone Jonathan on 01327 768120.

Coffee morning

The January coffee morning is on Wednesday, January 7 at the hall from 10am until midday. All welcome for tea coffee and cakes.

Computer club

The first meeting of this club will take in the village hall on January 8 from 7pm until 9pm, facilitated by Mel Smith who has run the course for Age UK. The club is a self-help computer club that will meet in the hall on the first and third Thursday of each month. Bring your laptop or other mobile device,r just come along.

For more details call Peter on 860394.


Deborah Gregory

Christingles and cupcakes

Mary Magdalen Church will host the service on Sunday January 4 from 3.30pm.

This is a service where we think about the work of the Children’s Society and their care of children who are not so lucky in life.

All donations from this service will be sent to the Children’s Society to help them continue their great work.

Come and join us for this family service to make your christingle (orange candle holder) which will help you remember those children.

Diamonds Christmas lunch

Christmas lunch at the Royal Oak on Wednesday, January 7 from 10.30am, until 12.30pm and then on the first Wednesday of every month.

New members and guests always welcome. We have a growing number of residents from the villages surrounding Tingewick. Contact Carol Thurlby on 01280 848569 for more information.

Horticultural dates for the new year

The Tingewick and Water Stratford Horticultural Society.
Saturday, February 28, Tingewick Village Hall quiz and supper 7.30pm. Entrance £8 which includes hot supper and licensed bar. For more information contact Linda on 01280 848400. Saturday and Sunday February 7 and 8, Buckingham Garden Centre Potato Weekend. We will have a stand so please come and see us.

Saturday, April 11, spring show open to public viewing from 2pm until 4pm at Tingewick Village Hall. Contact pat Swinbourne on 01280 847764 for more information. Sunday June 14, time to be confirmed, BBC Gardeners World Live Show and BBC Good Food Show, NEC Birmingham, coach trip. Contact Linda on 01280 848400 to book.


On Thursday, January 8 at 11am in Tingewick Village Hall. Please contact Joanne on 07851032316 if you are interested in joining the class.

Parish council meeting

On Thursday, January 8 at Tingewick Village Hall from 8pm. For more information contact the clerk on 01280 848689.


John Riches

Seasons greetings from the volunteers

The volunteers who operate our local Tove Valley Broadband service sent Christmas greetings to all its members and described how busy the past year has been. It seemed a daunting prospect at the beginning of 2014 that fibre optic cables would have to be laid across the fields at a depth of up to 1 ½ metres between the villages in the company’s operational area; namely Abthorpe, Bradden, Slapton, Lois Weedon, Wappenham and Weston. But after all sorts of delays and set-backs the message describes how our volunteer directors bit the bullet and now most of the fibre optic cables are in place waiting to be connected in the New Year to the company’s infrastructure. Our new one gigabit per second broadband is already in place. That means that our fibre optic cables can now cope with the transmission of one thousand million bits – the basic unit of information in computing – per second. Part of the network has already been migrated to this service.

In the New Year the next step will be to connect up all the fibre optic network to provide a very high speed backbone between our villages.

The company now has 388 members – many more than had been planned for at this stage. Special thanks go to the army of local volunteers who have come forward to get this unique project off the ground.


Patricia Rudkin

Pony fun days

Wendlebury Gate Stables, where these events take place is risking closure because next September high speed trains start running along the stable boundary. Noise is predicted to drown out communication between instructor and rider making it unsafe to continue as a riding school. The stable needs your help. To get involved and support the stable sign a petition at