Thursday, 10 February 2011

Apethorpe Christmas Extravaganza

With much hilarity please enjoy some snaps I have just been sent by Mandy Foxwell from the amazing ACE that took place at Christmas. Special thanks to everyone involved in creating what surely must be a new Apethorpe staple event. Enjoy the photos and thanks to everyone for making it such an enjoyable evening by all accounts.

Phone box shapes up for action

News reaches us that Apethorpe’s very own Phone box Library is finally taking shape.
Sources say restoration work has already taken place to transform the humble BT box into the new central Apethorpe library for books and CDs.
Some midnight scouting by our reporters revealed that work appears to be close to completion and rumours abound that a grand public opening complete with special guest is believed to be in the pipeline.
Head of Phone box operations Graham Warren declined to comment. More news as it breaks.

Shiver Me Timbers! Pieces of Eight!

The Kings Cliffe Panto is back – with Denis Chamberlain of Apethorpe as Dame Sally Forth in Treasure Island. 
Tickets go on sale at the Kings Cliffe Village Hall on Saturday 22nd January at 9.30am (lower entrance). Performances are Thursday to Saturday evenings 17th-19th Feb, plus a matinee on Saturday 19th, and Wednesday to Saturday evenings 23rd to 26th Feb – HALF TERM.  
After Saturday (22 Jan) tickets will be available at the KC Post Office and from

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• Bishop John has been overdoing it and has been advised by his doctor to take a bit of a rest , therefore the service pattern for this month has had to be altered. We pray that he gets better quickly and wish him all the very best.

• Keith Howell’s funeral, led by Bishop John, was very well attended, the Church was packed, standing room only. His daughters both made exceptional eulogies and the music and hymns were very moving. We wish Pat and the family well.

• As we all know, there is a special Royal Wedding this year in April and I think that it would be fun to celebrate the occasion with a “STREET PARTY” or something of that nature. Maybe not on the day of the wedding, as no doubt you we will be watching on the television, but it could be in the evening, a bit cold, or on the following day.
April is not renowned for wonderful weather, but we have the Church tent and I can get another larger tent to make sufficient room for the whole village to attend. We could hold it either in the Estate Yard or in Manor Farm, rather than the Manor House lawn which could well be rather damp. We held the Jubilee party in Manor Farm and that worked very well. We have tables, chairs, bunting galore, drinks can be arranged should anybody feel the need and food? A lamb or pig roast maybe OR everyone contribute something themselves. Whatever it is, it needs to be warm. Any ideas please call Richard on: 470653.

Ironman Matt!

APETHORPE’S very own Matt Snow is aiming to become Ironman Matt when he competes in the UK leg of the Ironman series in July.
The event on July 31 will see Matt complete a range of incredible human feats in just 17 hours, and Matt is asking Apethorpe residents to support him.
Matt, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday will compete in the event to raise money for Scope.
Matt said: “The event involves a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run.... all within a maximum of 17 hours.... yes I have now truly started my mid life crisis!”
He added: Anyway to add further pressure to my training schedule I have also agreed to raise money for Scope, who support children and adults with cerebral palsy - the most commonly diagnosed physical condition in the UK.
I have a just giving page
It would be really appreciated if you would consider sponsoring me for this worthwhile cause. Thanks in anticipation.”
From all at Apethorpe Village news we wish Mr Snow good luck.