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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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13th November
Battle’s Over.

The haunting strains of the Last Post drifted eerily across our village green as over 60 villagers stood silently by the war memorial remembering those killed or injured in conflict. The two minutes of silent reflection ended with the sounding of Reveille and soon the assembled throng snaked into our church for a celebration to mark the end of the First World War.

Marna Perrigo the Chairman of our Parish Council had laid a wreath on behalf of everyone in the parish and villagers dotted around the assembled crowd read out the names of those from this village who had been killed in action during both world wars.

Later in the gloaming outside the church as night set in Abthorpe people took part in the whole nation’s tribute to the ending of The Great War. The Last Post and Reveille were played again, a beacon of light was lit whilst the church and other bells rang out for peace. Inside our church a Toast for Peace in the whole world was proposed. Let us pray that some time our wish will become a reality.


21st October
Quilts for Danetre.

Joyce Riches a resident of Abthorpe for 42 years died recently in the Palliative Care section of Daventry’s Danetre Hospital after a long illness. For many years Joyce was an enthusiastic member of Tove Quilters & Stitchers based in Towcester. Jill Holden Chairman of ther group said that “.......... Joyce was held in the highest regard and with great affection by all who knew her and we sorely miss her good humour and companionship at our meetings.”

Whilst Joyce was a patient at Danetre she decided that after her death all her many materials and equipment should be donated to the group for them to do with them as they wished. Wonderfully the group has decided with the consent of staff at Danetre, to make a number of high quality quilts using Joyce’s materials that can be enjoyed by patients.

Joyce’s Memorial Service is to be held at 2:00pm in Abthorpe Parish Church on Friday 26th October.

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