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John Riches our Village Correspondent writes weekly reports about the village for the local media.  We are pleased to place them on our web site in order that those interested in Abthorpe can access the latest village news from anywhere in the world.

This page will keep the latest 3 or 4 reports.

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7th May
Bob Carter RIP.

Bob Carter our serving Parish Clerk has died. At the Abthorpe Annual Parish Meeting on 8th May, the Chairman Cllr Keith Fenwick made this tribute to his friend: -

I start my report this year on a very sad note. Sitting next to me should have been our clerk, Bob Carter. As many of you already know, Bob very sadly died last Thursday. For me, this was a personal loss. He was a great friend of many years. As Clerk he approached the job with enthusiasm and dedication. Over the years, the job of clerk has become ever more complex but Bob mastered all its intricacies. Bob was tenacious in dealing with the wide range of problems which have to be solved and in liaising with all the outside bodies involved in handling them. Bob was well-known for his jokes; some good, some bad, some simply unrepeatable. He will be greatly missed.

At a subsequent meeting of the Parish Council on 15th May Cllr Marna Perrigo was elected Chairman whilst the former Chairman Cllr Keith Fenwick agreed to act as temporary Parish Clerk until a new appointment can be made.

 

17th April
Lets make this one the best ever!

Lets make this one the best ever, remarked Janet Dancer one of the organisers of the annual Abthorpe Plant Sale due to take place in our Old School during the afternoon of Sunday 28th May. Julia Ford-Cordes another volunteer explained that this year the proceeds would be split three ways. One third would go to the Old School Committee to boost its funds for the refurbishment of the large hall. Another third would go to our Parish Church whilst the remainder would be donated to Marie-Curie Cancer Care a charity, Janet emphasised, that is close to the heart of villagers. They hope that this arrangement will please everybody.

A few garden tools will be on sale. Julia urged villagers and others to have plenty of plants ready for the sale and to put the date in their diaries the afternoon of Sunday 28th May.

 

9th April
Darren elected church warden.

A meeting to elect two church wardens for our parish of St John the Baptist was held recently in The Old School our village hall. Anyone who is entered on the register of local government electors for this parish, plus those on the church electoral roll, was entitled to vote. For the past few years Richard Tomalin was the only nomination received. But this year a newcomer Darren Emerton, was also nominated. Both Darren and Richard were elected for a period of one year.

Church wardens are ecclesiastical jack-of-all trades with a multitude of different pastoral, disciplinary and financial responsibilities. At a social event on Sunday held in our church, newly elected Darren appeared with a large Dazza church warden  badge and keenly welcomed visitors.

He has already pledged to take part in the PLEDGE2PRAY day on Saturday 27th May when many local people will drive, cycle, walk or even ride a horse between the five churches in our Whittlebury benefice. The day will begin at Slapton Church at 9:30 and by 10:00 participants will have arrived at Abthorpe. Then its on to Silverstone for 11:15 and yet further to Whittlebury by 12:15. By the time they arrive at the last stop Paulerspury at a scheduled 1:30pm they will no doubt all be very tired. Darren has pledged to walk the whole way. Being fit must surely be an additional attribute of church wardens?

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