The Queen’s Birthday Big Lunch was held in Corby Market Place on Sunday 12th June. The weather was challenging but the event was able to go ahead with the aid of some cover with gazebos! Many thanks to the Corby Christmas Tree Fund., who organised the event.
The Big Lunch was followed by Songs of Praise at st John’s Church, in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Brian Walsingham’s retirement party and presentation was held on 11th June, at Corby Fire Station. The Station was full of current and ex-fire crew, their families and friends, together with Brian & Jill’s family.
On 21st April, Corby Glen marked the Queen’s 90th birthday with a beacon lighting ceremony on the village green. Residents gathered at the Church Street Rooms for sparkling wine and birthday cake, before processing up to the beacon. Reverend Stephen Buckman addressed the crowd, including a message from Clarence House, regarding the Queen’s birthday. This was followed by the beacon being lit, assisted by two members of the 1st Corby Glen Beavers, Cubs & Scouts Group. It was good to have the Corby fire crew there who are looking for new recruits to join the team.
You will probably have seen coverage of plans to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday on 21st April, with over 1,000 beacons being lit across the country. Corby Glen will be part of that chain – see attached poster.
This will be the third time the beacon has been lit – it will be great to see as many people there as possible to join in with this national chain of beacons!
Willoughby Memorial Trust Gallery
23rd March to 20th April
‘Brazil and other Stories’
Paintings by Keith Andreetti
Keith’s Artist Statement
“I started painting five years ago just before I retired, but I have always had pictures in my head. I tend to think in stories and the paintings are really scenes from those films running in my brain.
I often wish that the world could be a bit more brightly coloured so I try to help it along. When I was a boy ‘Brazil’ always conjured up the technicolour jungles of my dreams.
Since I met Teresa I have visited her country several times and it is not all quite like that! Still my Brazil is full of macaws and jaguars and even in England the animals can mostly talk.”
From Easter to November, the gallery is open every day (except Mondays) from 12-5 p.m., but will be open on Easter Monday and Bank Holiday Mondays. www.willoughbygallery.com
South Witham Church
To help raise funds for the Mangochi Community Initiative for Self Reliance (see below), on Saturday 27th February in Swayfield Village Hall at 7.30pm we have an evening of great music from Smuggler Jack (Father Andy Hawes’ group), a raffle, refreshments and a cash bar.
Tickets priced £10 are available from Jenny Geeson on Swayfield 0371.
During Lent there will be five stand-alone study sessions that will provide an opportunity for people to come together and share in a time of Bible study, reflection and discussion.
The sessions are designed in such a way that you can attend all five of them, or you can just choose the ones that most appeal to you.
The Lent Study Course will run twice each week:
- 11am on Wednesday mornings (17, 24 February; 2, 9, 16 March)
- 7.30pm on Thursday evenings (18, 25 February; 3, 10, 17 March)
All of the sessions will be at
The Rectory, Mussons Close, Corby Glen.
The topics under consideration will be:
- What Christians believe
- Knowing Jesus
- Growing in the Scriptures
- Growing in prayer
- Living the Christian life
We will be marking the beginning of Lent with two services of Holy Communion:
- St John’s Church, Corby Glen at 10am on Ash Wednesday, 10 February
- St Nicholas’ Church, Swayfield at 7.30pm on Ash Wednesday, 10 February
Before each Wednesday morning Lent Study session there will be a short service of Holy Communion for those who would like to come together in worship before joining in fellowship and study.
Revd Stephen Buckman