Saturday, 6 January 2018


Although we were disappointed not to be able to have our original speaker for Village Link in February, we were fortunate to have a fascinating illustrated talk on Hitchin British School. Many of us have visited there but we all learned something new. At present they have an exhibition dedicated to trench living in World War 1 so why not take this opportunity to see it.
We hope to have our next meeting in June. Speaker to be announced.

Friday, 29 September 2017


Jeff Lawton's talk on The Sally B took us on a tour of Britain in this iconic plane dating from 1945 which he had helped to rebuild. After the War she had been involved in Coastal Command and map making amongst other things. Now she flies regularly at air shows frequently alongside the Red Arrows who we were told are called the Scarlet Tarts amongst the cognoscenti! Her top speed is 287 mph and she consumes 180 gallons of fuel per hour.

Concerns were expressed about a recent village burglary and its possible link to air ambulance charity bags being delivered. There was no collection date on the bags. 

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 15th November at Sandon Village Hall at 8pm when Jean Handley will speak on My Research into Coincidences of WW1. Cost is £4 for the evening or £10 for annual membership. Tea or coffee and home made nibbles will be provided or BYO.

Sunday, 16 July 2017


On Wednesday 17th September at 8pm prompt, Jeff Lawton will be talking about rebuilding and flying the Sally B. It was an impressive sight when we saw it last year flying over Swansea Bay as part of the Air Show Festival. Come and find out more about its history. You will also have a chance to let us know what is happening locally and enjoy the usual delicious home made nibbles. BYO if you fancy something stronger to drink.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

TURNING JAPANESE - 29 March 2017

Extra chairs needed to be put out on Wednesday 29th March at Rushden Village Hall when Caron Lawton, curator of The Japanese Gardens at Cottered, talked about the garden from its inception in 1923 and compared pictures of then and now. Herbert Goode bought the garden in 1903 with no intention of changing it but after visits to Japan he brought over a Mr Kitsumoto to be in charge of design with the stunning results one can see today.

 The next meeting will be on Thursday 29th June when Mike Thomas will be taking us On Safari!

Monday, 10 October 2016


At October's Village Link meeting we went behind the scenes of our holiday flight's with a talk by Captain Martin Clutterbuck entitled A Day in the Life of an Airline Pilot. We learned about the problems with French air traffic controllers and how their strikes affect flights across Europe not just to France;  the cost of a flight simulator- the same as an aeroplane; that the slot refers to the landing availability at arrival not departure airports and that 1 in 4 staff's luggage is checked as opposed to 1 in 20 passenger's.

We are pleased to welcome Dave Handley as a new member of our committee. 

Our next meeting will not be until next year, probably about the end of March when we may be changing to a Wednesday.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

TRINITY HOUSE - 7 July 2016

Village Link welcomed a speaker from Trinity House to talk about their work
on 7 July 2016. When Trinity House is mentioned, most of us think of
lighthouses but their work is so much more than that. Started originally in
1215 with the Guild for the Trinity , they received a Royal Charter from
Henry V111 in 1514. Guilds were established in UK ports and they were given the right to control pilotage on the River Thames and look after "decayed" seamen. They were instrumental in setting up the Royal Navy, provided ships for The Armada and raised money by charging for ballastage.  The first offshore lighthouse ( Eddystone) was candle powered but this changed to wood or coal and then oil before electricity took over. Light vessels were introduced in 1732. They remained neutral and unarmed during WW1 but nevertheless lost 81 people to enemy action. 50 vessels were sunk by U boats in WW2.

By 1998, all lighthouses were fully automated and run by solar power centres are now left at Harwich, London, St Just and Swansea. Scotland and Ireland are separate. It is the largest endowed maritime charity.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 6th October 2016 at 8pm at Rushden
Village Hall when the talk will be on A Day in the Life of an Airline Pilot.

Sunday, 1 May 2016


After April's fascinating talk on the life of a spitfire pilot we are looking forward to our next talk on Thursday July 7th when Carl Lumbers will be talking about the work of The Trinity Lighthouse. The meeting begins at 8pm and we ask everyone to bring along village concerns and details of village events. Afterwards there will be time for soft drinks and homemade nibbles and a chance to chat to friends. Cost is £4 a session or £10 for a year's membership.