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Dear Reader

With a full month’s rain falling over just a few days in June, we keep our fingers crossed for drier and warmer days ahead.  The summer months are peak season for enjoying the great outdoors, and there is an abundance of flower festivals, fairs, outdoor theatre and cinema screenings taking place.  Our fabulous country houses are hosting many of these events: Althorp House, page 18; Boughton House, page 22; Deene Park, page 30; Lyveden, page 38; Kelmarsh Hall, page 56; and Rockingham Castle, page 26.  Just look to the pages ahead and be inspired to pack a picnic and enjoy the treasures on our doorstep.

Oundle International Festival, see page 10-11, returns to include the Oundle Fringe Festival, see page 34.  KettFest, page 42, will spread art and culture throughout Kettering, and our local country parks have events for all the family to enjoy over the summer holidays, see pages 74-77.  Oundle School offers a range of holiday activities, see page 82, as does the William Knibb Centre, see page 93, and Kettering Borough Council has playschemes, see page 85, to keep the youngest entertained. Wistow Maze, whose owner Diana Brooks kindly offers a ticket competition on pages 44-45, is in the shape of an astronaut this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and makes a fantastic day out for all the family; another golden anniversary will be celebrated with the choice of music at Silverstone Classic, see pages 60-61, commemorating Woodstock in 1969: The Summer of Love!

We are celebrating our own summer of love across the villages of Clipston and Geddington.  We welcome Lily openheartedly into our family as she and Daniel, our eldest, become engaged.  Seb, our youngest, graduates and, in August, Emily reaches her first quarter of a century; with an 80th birthday to celebrate with our family in Denmark, this truly will be a summer full of love and one to cherish.
Have a wonderful summer yourself and enjoy the great outdoors.


Vivi Sant Cole

Village Connect

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