Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

On the afternoon of Sunday 15th November a number of people were seen entering Swayfield Village Hall in 1940’s period dress. There were ladies dressed as Land Girls, dressed in pinafores, one in furs, others in headscarves. There were gents in Zoot Suits; one, a spiv-like character with Trilby hat and thin moustache, had an armful of wrist watches and nylon stockings for sale.

Why? I hear you ask. Well, it was first to have “Tea & Cakes” served from the best bone china before being treated by the Fol Espoir Theatre Group to a hilarious production of “Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain”.

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Messy Christmas

We had a great turnout for our Christmas Messy Rooms, lots of glitter and glue, lovely Christingles, and yummy biscuits.

Many thanks to everyone who turned up to help, especially the ladies from the craft group who were kept very busy making lovely cards.

The next Messy Rooms will be on March 5th, 2016, just in time for Mothers Day, and in good time for Easter crafts.

If you enjoyed yourself, we hope to see you there.

The Messy Team

Corby Choristers’ Christmas Concert

After a really happy evening on 5th December in St John’s Church, we are delighted to announce that the splendid sum of £460 was given to St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham.

We thank all those who attended the concert and all those who gave generous donations. Thanks are also due to those who provided and served the refreshments and helped in any way.

If you interested in joining our group, we resume rehearsals on Monday, 11th January at 7 p.m. in the Methodist Chapel.

Induction of the Priest in Charge of the Corby Glen Group

It was a great pleasure to attend the Service of Licensing of the Reverend Stephen Buckman, at St John’s Church, as Priest In Charge of the Corby Glen Group, on 1st December.

The church was full, with all churches in the group represented, and some parishioners also present from Roffey in Horsham, where Stephen was Curate.

It was a splendid service, conducted by the Bishop of Lincoln.

We welcome Stephen, his wife Vicky and family, who have now moved into Corby Glen.

Steve Honeywood

Swayfield Xmas Fair – Cake Stall

A big Thank You to all those good ladies of Swayfield who baked and donated cakes for us to sell on the Cake Stall of the Swayfield Xmas Fair in November.

There was a terrific selection of all varieties of scrumptious cakes which were rapidly bought by the throng of people who had turned out to support the Fair. Profits from the fair go towards the Xmas parties for the Seniors and Children of the Village.

The Cake Stall was a sell out – a great success – and realised around £150 toward the fund.

Thanks to Kay and her brilliant grand-daughters Phoebe and Abbi and their friend Neave for helping me organise and run the stall.

But thanks also to all you good people who supported us and bought the cakes – I’m sure you have enjoyed them!

Marilyn Morgan

Licensing Service Thanks

I was proud to be associated with the Corby Glen Group last night. I thought that you and your many helpers did a superb job.

The service went really well. The bells and the choir were very good, especially the anthem. Martin’s organ playing was as professional as usual.

The lesson readings were especially good.

Well done the churchwardens, moving with military precision, leading the bishop’s procession. You should try Horse Guards parade next year!

The Bishop’s sermon about the Holy Spirit was encouraging and challenging.

Many thanks to everyone who put together the banquet served after the service. There was a wonderful array of sandwiches, pies and cakes. No supper was needed when I got home!

Thank you to all those who organised the Church Street Rooms and made them so warm and comfortable, and did the washing up.

Finally, a special thank you to the Guides who helped lay out and serve the food and drinks. They made beautiful flower decorations for each table, plus delicious cakes, biscuits and savouries – a superb contribution to the community. Well done, and thank you!

All in all, it was a great welcome to Stephen; indeed, those who came from his old parish commented on the friendly atmosphere.

Vincent Hedley Lewis