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CHURCH NEWS - July and August 2009

Many thanks to all who supported the Village Open Weekend on July 11th/12th - more on this in the September magazine.

The church was open with exhibitions, trips up the tower and teas served throughout. 

Summer Weddings

The marriage of Gillian Dunn and Gary Clarke took place in All Saints’ Church on Saturday May 30th.

Photo courtesy Barry Halton

and then, in August.......

The marriage of Naomi Hudson and Jonathan Lidiard  took place in All Saints’ Church on Saturday August 8th.

Photos courtesy Mel Scott



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Above - Pentecost in the Park - May 31st 2009


Dear Friends, 

Are you going away on holiday this summer?  If so, I wonder what you like to take with you, along with the sun-cream and that good book to read on the beach or by the pool?  I’m one of those sad people who try to pack everything ‘just-in-case’.  Inevitably I end up trying to squash it all into the suitcase, and then admitting defeat, having to empty it all out and start again, this time being a bit more ruthless about what I can leave behind. 

How we approach our packing for a time away probably reveals something about our general attitude to life – which is why my cupboards are crammed full of things that ‘might come in useful some day’, and my study floor littered with all manner of ‘useful’ bits of paper that might be just the thing I need next month, or maybe in three months time!  Every now and then I have a major clear out and end up throwing most of it away.  So why do I live with the muddle in the meantime? 

I guess it’s something to do with not wanting to be without, feeling prepared to meet every situation.  Going deeper, it is probably tied up with my basic sense of security and ability to cope.  But the accumulation of ‘things’ provides no real security, and in the end often turns out to be useless. 

I read these challenging words (attributed to Alexander Solzhenitsyn) recently:  “We have become hopelessly enmeshed in our slavish worship of all this is pleasant, all that is comfortable, all that is material.  We worship things.  We worship products.  Will we ever succeed in shaking off this burden, in giving free rein to the spirit that was breathed into us at birth, that spirit which distinguishes us from the animal world?” 

As you pack for holiday, or clear out your cupboards, why not take the opportunity to reconsider what you actually need and get rid of the rest.  And as you relax by the pool, on the beach or at home, take a few moments to give thanks for your life.  Give thanks for God’s own spirit breathed into you at birth, know that you are deeply loved by him, and that in trusting ourselves to his love and care, we shall at last find true security. 

With love and prayers,


The Prayer Group 

What is the Prayer Group?  It is made up of members of All Saints’ Church who undertake to pray regularly, on an individual basis, for people who ask us for prayer support. 

 Who do we pray for?  Anyone whom we are asked to remember; these might be people from our church, from our local community or others known to us.   

What do we pray about?  Anything which you would like brought before God; maybe anxiety due to illness, stress or loneliness.  You can also tell us of a special day you wish to be remembered – perhaps for an interview or an exam.  Any information will be treated in strictest confidence. 

How can you let us know if you would like us to pray for you?  You can either telephone Christine (720234), or drop a note through the Rectory door, or complete a card (anonymously if you wish) and place it in a box kept near the church door.  Prayer requests will be collected from the box each Sunday morning after the 10.00am service.


 Amblersif you would enjoy a walk in the country  followed by a pub lunch, do join us on our next walk on Saturday 18th July – meet at 9.45am outside The Bell. 

Adopt a Grave – thanks to all who regularly tend the graves in our lovely churchyard.  There are still some old graves that have no one to tend them and which are sadly neglected.  If you could spare an odd half hour every few weeks to care for one of these old graves, we would be most grateful.  Contact Christine (Tel: 720234) or any church member.

The Odell Recipe Book – have you got your copy!

If not, you can buy it from any church member, The Bell pub or Tea-Zels Café in the Country Park - price £6.00.

Errata!  Please note on page 8, the quantities in Doreen Wheeler’s Mushroom Soup should read ¾ lb mushrooms and  ¾ pint of stock – please accept our apologies for the error. 

 'Different Eyes - Living Distinctively in a Time of Uncertainty' is the theme for next year’s Spring Harvest event, held over two separate weeks, April 6th - 11th and 11th - 16th.  A group from Churches Together in Harrold & Carlton will be going - not sure which week yet – and will be happy to make the necessary arrangements if you would like to join them.  

‘Spring Harvest’ is an annual Christian event held in a Butlin’s Holiday Camp, bringing together interesting and challenging speakers, teachers and theologians (some with a very sharp wit!). 

The programme is distinctive and varied, offering inspirational Bible teaching, seminars and spirit-filled worship, along with plenty of time for fun and for getting to know Christians of all ages from across the UK. Children and young people are well catered for with their own programmes designed to make it a fun time for them and for their parents. 

If you would like to know more, please contact Gill and Brian Hillier on 720669, or e-mail them at

Village Fete, June 2009 Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the fete such a success this year.  All the hard work – and the wonderful weather- ensured that there was a record attendance. 

More fete photos on Village news page

 Found after the fete: a brown walking stick.  If you own this please contact Christine (01234 720234).

Odell Monday Club


for children aged 5-8 years old 

New term starting on Monday September 7th

5.30 - 6.30pm

at The Rectory, 3, Church Lane, Odell. 

Games, Activities, Crafts,

Bible stories, Music, Drama

 Encouraging children to think about the world they live in, their contribution to it and where faith fits in - while having fun!

 For an application form contact Christine Clark

Tel: 720234, or Carol Ormond

Tel: 720409. 

Odell Open Weekend – 11th & 12th July 2009


An exciting new venture organised jointly by All Saints Church and the Village Hall Committee, offering something for all ages. 

In the afternoons, follow the historical trail around the village, take a trip up the church tower, enjoy a cream tea at the Village Hall or homemade cakes in the church, plus stalls and displays, music by the Wode-Hill Jazz Band and a female barber-shop quartet – and if you still have energy left, come to the ‘Bring & Share’ BBQ at the Village Hall on the Saturday evening.  Full programme available nearer the time. 

An important feature of the weekend will be the village scarecrow competition.  We would like to invite as many of you as possible to create your own scarecrow, large or small, to display either in your  garden, your window, or elsewhere in the village. Visitors and residents will be asked to vote for their favourite scarecrow!  Contact Rob Lee on 720730 for more information. If you’re short of ideas, try these two websites: or  and click on the ‘scarecrows 2008 photo album’ on the left hand side.. 

Proceeds in aid of All Saints’ Tea-Point & Toilet Project except bar takings, which will go to the Village Hall.


The Washington Post has another annual contest in which readers are asked to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,

subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition: 

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time. 

2. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. 

3. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly. 

4. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future. 

5. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high 

6. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it. 

7. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late. 

8. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.) 

9. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer. 

10. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you. 

11. Glibido: All talk and no action. 

12. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. 

13. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web. 

14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out. 

15. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

Art Exhibition and Sale 

All Saints’ Church  

Bank Holiday Weekend

29th, 30th and 31st August 

12 noon until 5pm 

Now is the time to reveal your hidden talents! 

If you would like to exhibit your paintings or photographs, please contact Catherine Corkery for an application form.

Tel: 01234 720348  e-mail: 

Closing date for applications: Friday 14th August.

Light refreshments available each day

(proceeds in aid of All Saints’ Tea-Point & Toilet Project)


Birthdays in August

Happy birthday to Miles Tringham whose birthday is on the 24th August, ...

...and to everyone with a birthday in July or August. 


Meeting Point


1st 10.30am at Sarah’s, 9 Horsefair Lane, Odell.

15th 10.30am at Eileen Shakespeare’s, 24 Church Hall Road, Rushden.

29th 10.30am at Doris’s, Goodly Heritage, The Bury, Pavenham. 

There will be no Meeting Point in August. 


9th 10.30am at Catherine’s, Manor Cottage, Harrold.


Our Giving in July is to ‘Open Doors’,

an Evangelical Society which supports the persecuted church and Christians worldwide, providing Bibles and teaching materials, training for church leaders and practical and financial help.  It also initiates and supports literacy programmes and community development projects. 

Our giving in August is to Mercy Ships, 

an American Christian charity which provides free operations and sends teams of dentists to local hospitals in impoverished parts of the world.  It gives talks to local villages about AIDS and develops teaching projects and projects aimed at helping women in these areas to help themselves.  It is also responsible for the building of new schools and orphanages and gives follow-up nursing for ex-patients.All who work on these ships contribute financially. 

Please give generously to these two very worthwhile charities. 



1st 10.30am Meeting Point at Sarah’s, 9 Horsefair Lane.

1st 7.30pm Wode-Hill Jazz Band at The Bell.

9th 10.30am HOCP Health Walk.

11th Village and Church open weekend.

12th 1-5pm Music in All Saints’, Wode-Hill Jazz Band at 3pm.

12th 6.30pm Summer Concert, Sharnbrook Mill Theatre.

14th 7.30pm W.I. in Rectory garden.

15th 10.30am Meeting Point at Eileen Shakespeare’s, 24 Church Hall Road, Rushden.

18th 9.45am All Saints’ Amblers meet at The Bell.

18th 11am HOCP day of archaeological activities.

19th HOCP Bat Walk

20th 7.30pm Odell Parish Council meeting, Village Hall.

22nd 3pm Senior Citizens’ Garden Party, Linden House.

23rd 10.30am HOCP Health Walk.

27th 10am HOCP Conservation tasks.

29th 10.30am Meeting Point at Doris’s, Goodly Heritage, The Bury,



6th 10.30am HOCP Health Walk.

11th 7.30pm W.I. annual BBQ in Roberta’s garden.

16th 12pm HOCP Fossil Fun Day.

20th 10.30am HOCP Health Walk.

24th 10am HOCP Conservation tasks.

29th 12noon Art Exhibition and Sale, All Saints’ Church.

30th, 31st “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “


Magazine Deadline

Please send all entries for the September 2009 magazine to Tricia Hudson (mag1 at or Catherine Corkery by August 12th 2009 at the latest.  May we remind you that the editorial team exercises the right to edit, shorten or alter any items that are submitted.  Also, the opinions expressed in the articles are those of the contributors and are not the responsibility of the editorial team.

Last revised: August 17, 2009.