Abthorpe GinFest 2019 profit.
Lynn Neasham the Treasurer of
our Old School (Village Hall) committee reports that the recent
second Abthorpe GinFest made an amazing £2567.69 profit ! That
compares with a profit of £2040.98 last year. People obviously
like the formula of this new style village fete. Congratulations
and thanks go to the hardworking committee for making the event so
Itís Plum Pudding again and
again and again!
Back in September 2015 I wrote
the following report for our local media.
Pudding is the unusual, but much loved name of a fresh water
spring here in Abthorpe.
Motorists driving into our
village recently from Towcester may have noticed that just before
they arrive at the village sign the road surface is constantly
The spring, that once surfaced close to the road, was channelled
into a culvert that fed into the Meadwell Brook that passes under
the road close to the first houses and then flowed down into the
nearby River Tove. At one time the late Mr Heggs would regularly
visit the spring to collect his drinking water in an assortment of
bottles. Often villagers would stop their cars and offer him a
lift back to his home that is now known as Grafton View at the top
end of Brackley Lane. His home was not at that time connected to
the water main.
Then about 35 years ago as part of a road improvement scheme an
underground culvert was provided for Plum Pudding. Around
Christmas 2006 heavy vehicles damaged the culvert and the
springís water flooded the road. Eventually after a search for a
burst water main it was recognised that Plum Pudding was indeed
the culprit and the following summer the culvert was again
repaired. In July 2013 Plum Pudding broke free from her shackles
and flooded the road yet again. Now less than two years since the
last repairs our road is constantly covered by a thin film of
water. Plum Pudding seems to be the culprit.
An officer from Abthorpe Parish Council is aware that heavy
vehicles travelling over the culvert in the roadside verge seem to
have yet again partially blocked the culvert. It is likely that
the matter will be discussed at the next meeting of the Parish
Council. Everyone is aware that unless the leak is repaired before
the onset of cold weather there could be a layer of dangerous ice
on the road surface at the approach to our villageĒ
Ė Plum Pudding is at it yet again. Water is spewing across the
road and unless something is done before the icy weather sets in
it could once again be an accident hazard for traffic.
County Council has taken successful remedial work on many
occasions to halt the flow of water. The problem seems to be that
at harvest time, large agricultural vehicles, in order to be
courteous to other road users, are driven onto the verge to allow
others to pass. Unwittingly these vehicles compact the soil over
the culvert and cause Plum Pudding to break loose from her
shackles. Letís hope the problem can be permanently fixed. But
donít bank on it!