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After the warmest and sunniest May on record, forecasters now predict a long, hot summer.   This bodes well for seasonal delights such as cricket matches, Pimm’s on the lawn, picnics and barbeques with friends and family.  Numerous outdoor events will keep us busy in the months ahead as the festival bonanza continues.  The Great British Food Festival returns to Kelmarsh, see pages 56-57; KettFest 2018 will take place at various venues around Kettering, see page 82; and Oundle International Festival offers ten days of spectacular entertainment, see pages 10-11.  Car fanatics can have the ride of their lives with The Supercar Event at Rockingham, see pages 74-75, or a cracking weekend of racing and rocking at Silverstone Classic, see pages 60-61.

Endless summer fairs, flower festivals and fêtes in our villages will celebrate the best of our community and raise funds for charity at the same time, just look to the pages ahead to pick your choice.  There are plenty of fun days out and entertaining activities for school children to enjoy with their families in our local country parks or in play schemes, see pages 38-39.  There will be storytelling at Kelmarsh, see page 57, and Wild Wednesdays at Lyveden, see page 70, as well as an impressive range of drama and sports activities at Oundle School, see page 78.

Outdoor cinema screenings are showing at Boughton House, Rockingham Castle and Stanwick Lakes, see page 94, and outdoor theatre performances can be seen at both Lyveden, see page 70, and Boughton House, see pages 22-23, where you can also find details on how to win tickets to Robin Hood and his Merry Men.  Wistow Maze, is also kindly offering readers of Village Connect the chance to win tickets; this year, the maze is in the shape of an ambulance to mark the 70th anniversary of our dedicated NHS.
Two personal anniversaries will be celebrated in our family this July: 25 years since we first moved to our beloved house in Geddington and 30 years of marriage for John and myself - a summer to cherish.

Remember to check out the Village Connect website and to like the Facebook page to be kept up-to-date with the latest events, news and offers in our area.  Have a sunny summer and enjoy the great outdoors.





Vivi Sant Cole

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