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Village Connect, the original community magazine, bringing local business to local villages

Bringing local business to local villages


Welcome to Village Connect, the original independent village community publication, bringing local business to local villages since April 2005.


Village Connect is published bi-monthly and hand delivered free of charge to more than 18,000 homes and businesses in 71 selected Northamptonshire villages, and has established itself as the premier notice board for businesses in the area.


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Volunteers Needed!

Cransley Hospice in London Road, Kettering, cares for patients living with life-limiting illness. The Hospice has a 9-bed inpatient area and runs outpatient clinics. The Hospice has a small team of volunteers engaged in a variety of tasks. Cransley volunteers are greatly appreciated by the staff and are very much an integral part of the overal team. The volunteers add to the service that the Hospice is able to offer, provide a link with the local community and bring an extra dimension to the atmosphere and culture in the Hospice.

The Hospice is currently seeking to recruit volunteer drivers, receptionists and complementary therapists.

Reception volunteers normally work one three-hour shift per week. Their main duties are to welcome patients and visitors, accept donations and to take incoming calls

Volunteer drivers provide transport for patients to attend outpatient clinics at the Hospice.
Drivers use their own vehicles and are paid a mileage allowance.

Complementary therapy volunteers offer massage, aromatherapy and refl exology to patients and carers. Therapists must be fully qualifi ed and have their own insurance. The minimum age requirement for Hospice volunteering is 18 years. There is an application process which includes references, health screening and a criminal record check.

Anyone interested in more information about volunteering can contact Lesley Bacon on 01604 678078.

NEWS from Cransley Hospice

We have lots of varied events over the coming months, why not join us at one of the following?

Concert - Saturday 19th July
A concert by the Bozeat Windmill Singers at the Baptist Church, Hinwick Road, Wollaston at 7.30pm. Tickets £6.

Coach Trip - Tuesday 29th July
To Melton Mowbray market and Gates Garden Centre. £12.50 per person. Depart from Corn Market Hall car park 8.30am, from Gates Garden Centre 4.30pm.

Treasure Hunt - Tuesday 5th August
Walking treasure hunt around Kettering. £6 per person. 7pm start and fi nish at the Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop. Cream tea included.

Charity Tea and Falconry Day Sunday 10th August
At Holdenby House. 2-5pm. Tickets £7.50. Children £5. Proceeds to be split with Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Big Charity Swim
Saturday 16th August
At Rutland Water. Distances from 500m to 3k. Please register and swim to support Cransley Hospice at

Dragon Boat Race - Sunday 31st August
At Wicksteed Park, Kettering. Enter a team and join in the fun. Cransley Hospice Road Races

Sunday 21st September
Half Marathon and 10k, with Junior race. Register at Cransley Hospice website.

Unwanted Gifts
Please remember you can donate any unwanted gifts to Cransley Hospice to be used in tombolas and raffl es. Why not hold a ‘Give a Gift Day’ at your work place or association. Contact the Fundraising Offi ce on 01536 527407 for more information about any of the above or visit our website

Cransley Hospice Shop
Horsemarket, Kettering NN16 0DH
Opening times:
Mon to Fri 9.30am - 4pm Sat 9.30am - 3.30pm • Tel: 01536 414343

Coffee Shop
Horsemarket, Kettering NN16 0DH
Opening times: Mon to Fri 9.45am - 4pm Sat 9.30am - 3.30pm • Tel: 01536 518111

For further information about our Shop, the Coffee Shop, events or to donate raffl e
or tombola prizes, please contact the Fundraising Offi ce at Cransley Hospice on 01536 527407 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Forest House,
2 Riley Road,
Telford Way Industrial Estate,
Northants NN16 8NN

Telephone 01536 527407









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