Dear Reader
Another curious start to spring, with summer-like temperatures followed by
flurries of snow and hail – we can no longer trust previous experiences and

Who would have thought that we would see war activity again on European
soil? The atrocities in Ukraine have horrified us all and you can feel at odds as
how best to offer support at a distance. One initiative has been ‘Packed with
Hope’ which provides backpacks with books, comforts and essentials for children
affected by the crisis, and Aldwincle Pre-School and Jollys of Thrapston joined
forces to do their bit (page 46). Another local response has been the re-launch
of the Welcome Fund Appeal to support resettlement of Ukrainian refugees in
Northamptonshire (page 58). Please help if you can.

It is, however, encouraging to see so many popular events return with gusto after
the last couple of years. The Music Barn Festival in Cranford will run over two
days this year (page 20); Creative Oundle Food Festival (pages 22-23) is back
on the streets of Oundle; Titchmarsh Running Races offer both a 10k road race
and a 3k fun run; and Wistow Hall, once again, serves as a backdrop for Music
in the Park, with a ticket competition for readers of Village Connect (page 44).

The dominant event for June will, without doubt, be the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee,
and many villages and organisations are celebrating with afternoon teas, street
parties or themed fl ower festivals. You can get your own Jubilee Party Pack from
Cransley Hospice Trust (page 66) and support their worthy cause at the same
time. To mark this astonishing milestone in royal history, Village Connect is also
coloured in red, white and blue, and I’m delighted to welcome Burghley to grace
the front cover of this May/June issue.

May your celebrations be full of joy and hope


Vivi Sant Cole

Village Connect

Hillcrest House

Church Hill



NN14 1AH

Tel: 01536 744700