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Spring has finally sprung, although slightly later than expected.  Wildlife and flora now frantically try to make up for lost time, and the dawn chorus of nesting birds is certainly getting louder and busier by the day.  For me, the real sign of spring is when the first green leaves unfold on the sycamore tree on our village green, which you can see from all the front windows of our house; that usually indicates botanical explosion is to come.

May will see the wedding celebrations of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and I do hope the sun will shine for them on the day and on the many well-wishers who will no doubt line the streets of Windsor, a place we know rather well and where we first set up our marital home thirty years ago.  The royal wedding celebrations is also a theme for the Rockingham International Horse Trials taking place over the same weekend, see pages 20-21.  More wedding-themed display will be found in Cotterstock with a vintage wedding dress exhibition, see page 82, some going back to the rule of Prince Harry’s ancestor, Queen Victoria; his mother’s childhood home, Althorp, will be the setting again for the award-winning Food & Drink Festival, see page 8-9.

Oundle Food Festival also returns with lots of artisan delights and the added bonus of the Fringe Festival, see pages 26-27, and music lovers will be spoilt for choice with The Barn Music Festival in Cranford, see page 12, and The Foxton Locks Festival, see page 36.  Sports fanatics, and their younger family members, can take part in Titchmarsh Running Races, see pages 70-71, or the very first Gretton Charity Sportive, see pages 80-81.  If you want to try a new outdoor activity, you can find open days and taster sessions to have a go at bowls, tennis and sailing, see page 84, or take part in Corby Outdoors Festival, see page 60, which celebrates its tenth anniversary.  Outdoor cinema screenings make their seasonal come back, see page 89, and Wistow Hall once more plays host to Music in the Park, for which you can win tickets, see pages 74-75.

Don’t forget to like the Village Connect facebook page so you can be kept informed of events, news and special offers over the coming months and enjoy the many opportunities our local area has to offer.




Vivi Sant Cole

Village Connect

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