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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.

On the Archive page we will store past articles and other pieces of particular interest.

Also, our newsletters can be downloaded on the Newsletters page.

 

23rd July
Roadside rubbish.

Recent photographs of the beaches of an uninhabited island in the South Pacific strewn with plastic junk have caused great concern. Recent photographs of the roadside verges in South Northamptonshire strewn with plastic junk have caused similar concern.

The roadside verges round Abthorpe have now been cut. Very quickly a great deal of junk has been lobbed from passing vehicles onto the newly mown verges. There are cardboard food and drink containers, paper sweet and cigarette packets, aluminium and steel drinks cans and a profusion of plastic containers and drinks bottles. Unless it is removed, as the grass grows much of the junk will be enveloped. Despite the councilís efforts to clear it the next time the verges are mown the junk will be desiccated. The biodegradable paper and cardboard will quickly rot away but the small fragments of steel, aluminium and plastic are likely to take centuries before they are no longer a threat to nature and mankind.

We should be concerned that we are storing up problems for future generations. As most of the rubbish seems to come from local fast food outlets surely they have a responsibility to ensure that especially the steel, aluminium and plastic is recycled or replaced with biodegradable materials? Unless we all do something, future generations will find the verges of our beautiful country lanes carpeted with thick layers of metal and plastic fragments.

 

14th July
Royal Oak Morris visit Abthorpe again.

Royal Oak Morris Ė a side from the nearby Northamptonshire village of Eydon Ė once again had a dance-out at our village pub The New Inn. Their repertoire, that was performed to an appreciative gathering of customers in the large gazebo set up in the our pubís garden, contained dances from Cotswold villages with a particular focus on Badby, the closest village where a traditional Morris team is known to have existed and records made.  

Unlike Brackley Morris Men that has records dating back to the early 1500ís and is thought to have existed in the 1300ís, the Royal Oak side was formed in the spring of 1985 to dance at the Eydon village fete. Nina Turner the then landlady of the Royal Oak pub in that village said that if she wasnít in the side none of the men would get served! So right from the start both men and women danced together.

Although it started as something of a joke, the dancers enjoyed it so much that they have kept going for the past 32 years. The dancersí visit was much appreciated and they certainly deserved their celebratory pints of Hooky served up by Rob Smith our pubís owner and his team emblazoned in their new jet black New Inn polo shirts.
 

9th July
Chesterís baptism.

Our parish church was packed for the baptism of baby Chester Robert Carter-Hughes. At the ancient font just inside St Johnís south door, the Rector Revíd Paul McLeod gathered young Chester in his arms, baptised him and welcomed him into the church.

It was wonderful to see so many family members, friends and members of the regular congregation gathered to welcome young Chester into the Christian family.

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