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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.

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14th July
New pole for Silver Street.

There is no mains gas laid-on in Abthorpe so we have to rely on electricity for many of our needs. The electrical supply is delivered to many of our homes by means of overhead wiring that looks unsightly. But we tend not to notice it. The wiring is suspended from tall wooden poles that are inspected regularly.

On a recent inspection the pole close to our pub at the junction of Silver Street and Main Street was found to have deteriorated and needed to be replaced. Parts of the village had been warned that their power supply would be cut-off temporarily and our local Tove Valley Broadband advised its members that their connection to the Internet would be suspended for a while.

So a few days ago a team of contractors accompanied by some impressive looking machinery arrived to install a new pole. Skilled engineers were lifted in a “cherry picker” hoist to the top of the old pole where they disconnected the wiring and held it aloft temporarily using a metal fixture. The old pole was pulled out of the ground and quickly replaced by a new one. The wires were then rapidly fixed to the new pole, the power was switched on and the contractors left having done what to a lay person looked a complicated job but was in reality to them a simple job all in a day’s work.

1st July
Abthorpe Feast.

On Sunday Abthorpe Church celebrated its Patronal Festival and remembered its patron saint St John the Baptist a Jewish itinerant preacher in the early first century AD who helped prepare the way for the acceptance of Jesus as the Messiah. Our Rector the Revd Paul McLeod led an inspiring service. Sadly there were only five Abthorpe people present plus others from the other four churches in the Whittlewood Benefice  of which we form part.

Thirty years ago the Patronal Festival, or Abthorpe Feast as it was known locally, was a significant event in our social calendar. The village féte was held on the Saturday either on the village green or in the garden of Leeson House. In the evening there would be a communal supper or social event. Then on the Sunday the Patronal Festival service would be reasonably well attended. But times have changed and other events have been substituted. But it is sad that such an important part of our tradition and heritage is disappearing.

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