140 was raised towards the Teenage Cancer Trust by the Rushden Carol Singers who were rather few in number this year but nevertheless dedicated. Thank you to Chris Whitton for welcoming us and to the Moon and Stars for their very well received mulled wine and mince pies and to everyone who supported us on opur way. We are sorry if we didn't have time to get round to you but time ran away with us.

Harvest Festival saw a packed church beautifully decorated. The Jubilee Singers sang a Mendelssohn anthem and those who stayed enjoyed the barbecue (courtesy of Chris Whitton) afterwards and salads provided by the PCC.

148.50 was raised towards Village Hall funds at the talk on Friday 3 October given by David Hillelson on Archaeology in North Herts, subtitled Religion and Burial Practises in Roman- British Baldock to people's surprise, but nevertheless extremely interesting. Thank you to all who came, to all who provided raffle prizes and to Jo-Anne's team in the kitchen for doing the washing up!

The Plant Fest has raised around 1550 to be divided between the Church and the Village Hall. Many thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make it a success and to Helen for all her hard work.

For Owners of Listed Buildings.
This is the latest programme for Cressing Temple, a place well worth visiting if you want to find out more about looking after your house and learn about Hands-on Traditional Building Skills  Click here for the courses and application form

The meeting on 6 August to discuss the proposed green burial site was extremely well attended.  People generally were not against a site but against the suggested location which they felt had problems relating to drainage and would also affect traffic and parking at Mill End. The planning application has been withdrawn for the moment.


Rushden's Webmaster receives the MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on 16th May 2008.



The cream Tea and Choir raised a record 492 for the Church in spite of the less than ideal weather. The teas were much appreciated and many thanks to Ruth and Christopher for providing the venue and the hard working team for serving everything under the torrential skies. The Orpheus Choir kept everyone's toes tapping in the Church with their American themed evening.

The grand total of takings for the Rushden fete on Saturday 21 June, after all expenses deducted, was 3611.23.Thank you everyone for your hard work, a record we think. The dog show made a terrific difference so thanks to Jenny and Anita for organising it. Also to all those people who worked so hard on what was a rather wet day to make this such a success particularly Jo Anne Garrett, chair of the Village Committee. May we also extend our thanks to the local businesses who donated raffle prizes, The Moon and Stars and Footprints to name just two.

Click here for some Photos with thanks to John Dingemans

   The rough weather over the Bank holiday had a devastating effect on a roadside tree, which crashed down blocking the road and pulling the telephone cables with it. Miraculously no one was hurt and the telephones continued to work. 

Thanks to John Dingemans for the photo

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  Bank Job Is A Rollover

Enterprise, working for Three Valleys Water, has tried to reinstate the Sandon grass verge that it shovelled away during its repair works in the summer.

And it has agreed that the first effort  a mock-up of a snooker table is rather inappropriate. So that turf will be taken away in January and the second attempt will involve landscaping to produce some contours. I will lobby for suitable sward or suggest a seeding in the spring.

Grassed off,
Pat Sinclair, Sandon
We've all heard of fire and brimstone sermons but the Vicar and congregation got rather more than they bargained for at the Easter Service when the top of the altar candle fell off onto the altar cloth. Fortunately John Lever leapt up the aisle (much to the Vicar's surprise as she was unaware of what had happened) and beat the flames out. Who says church is boring?  

  Villagers will be pleased to learn that the Moon and Stars has received a Highly Commended award in the Punch Taverns Shine Awards.  

  The Tasting Quiz
305 was raised at the Tasting Quiz on 14th March. Everyone seemed to enjoy the different tastes though the nettle soup was an acquired taste for some! Thanks to all those who helped particularly Roger and Ilse and Chris and Eva.


For Mothering Sunday this year The Jubilee Singers performed Sunrise Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof.

While the children of Rushden, designed a special Mothering Sunday poster which was displayed at the end of the pews.

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Gypsy and Traveller sites in Sandon Planned - The Sandon Action Group website is providing information and action plans to counter North Hertfordshire District Council's proposals for two Gypsy and Traveller sites in Sandon.  The site is  The village is asking for letters of support to give reasons stating why Sandon would not be a good site for Travellers.  The site gives more details about the proposals and the initial plans to counter this plan. Click here to join the Sandon Action Group.  We will then send you regular updates. Or get in touch with any of the members of the Action Group.


John Lever as Masterchef at Tastes of Anglia.  Who's that next to him? Anton Edelman in second place?


  The WI were treated to a most enjoyable New Year's lunch at the Moon and Stars on Friday 11th January. 

Members had a chance to catch up on village and community happenings particularly the (once again!) lack of communication between Hertfordshire Highways and villagers as we are informed that the Mill End road will be closed on Monday but are unable to gain any further information.

 The Parish Council has not been informed. If anyone knows more please tell the Webmaster.