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Gretton Parish Council       Gretton Parish Church & Choir       Gretton Baptist Church
Gretton Local History Society Gretton Women's Institute Gretton Silver Band
Gretton Sports & Social Club Gretton Football Club Gretton Cricket Club
1st Gretton Scout Group     Gretton Village Hall Gretton Gardening Group
Gretton Primary School Gretton Folk Club Gretton Bowls Club
Gretton Knitting Natters Chirpy Chicks Pre-school Group     Gretton Paddock Park
Stickholders, Tin & Lightermen Recreation Ground Village Correspondent
Gretton Summer Darts League Gretton Baby Group Gretton Netball

Gretton & Rockingham Branch Labour Party

The Matthew Johnson Educational Foundation

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Gretton Parish Council

The Parish Council is made up of nine elected members, all of whom live in the village, and if you have a problem they will do their best to help.

The Parish Council meets on the second Monday of the month in the Committee Room at the Village Hall, usually at 7.30pm. Agendas are displayed on the Parish Council noticeboards at the Village Hall and on the Green and anyone may attend to hear what is said on a particular item. The first 10 minutes of each meeting is open to the public for anyone to raise items of their choice.

The Parish Council produces a newsletter three times a year in March, July and November to keep villagers up to date with what is happening within the parish.


       Parish Councillors   Phone Number
Andrew Royle (Chairman)   (01536) 772171
Marshall Ferguson (01536) 770521
Phil Bromhall       (01536) 770741
Tim Fox (01536) 770653
Terri Meechan (01536) 772348     Mobile: 07795 985419
Matthew Moore Mobile: 07798 854178
Mark Thompson (01536) 772350
Frances Woolston (01536) 771932
Julie Smith (01536) 770268

        Parish Clerk
John Hindle
36 High Street
Phone: 01536 770580

        Junior Parish Councillors

Corby Borough Councillors

Phil Bromhall - 29 High Street, Gretton, Northants., NN17 3DE.

Phone: (01536) 770741

Robert McKellar - 13 Watermeadow Close, Great Oakley, Corby, Northants., NN18 8JD

Phone: 07874 628405     E-mail :

Northamptonshire County Councillor

Stan Heggs - 10 Grays Drive, Stanion, Northants., NN14 1DE

Phone: (01536) 202908

Street Doctor

If you wish to report a fault in a road in the village, or a street light not working, please phone 0845 601113.

Police Community Support

Please phone 0300 111222, E-mail:

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Gretton Parish Church

The Church of St James the Great, overlooking the village green, has been the spiritual home of villagers for nearly 1000 years. During that time there have been many changes in the patterns of worship and today, being part of the Joint Benefice of Gretton with Rockingham and Cottingham-cum-Middleton with East Carlton the services follow a monthly pattern.


1st Sunday: 9am    Holy Communion (Said service)
3rd Sunday: 6pm    Evensong
4th Sunday:        10.30am    Holy Communion (Sung Service)
5th Sunday:        Joint Benefice Service (see magazine or Church Notice Board for details)

In addition to the Sunday services there is a Tots service each Monday at 2pm and a Communion service each Wednesday at 10am followed by coffee.


Priest in charge       The Revd Siân Reading
The Vicarage
Station Road
Northants. NN17 3BU
Phone: (01536) 770237      

Churchwardens       Chris Bromhall Alan Wheeler Deputy - Mrs Shirley Fursdon
29 High Street      20 Arnhill Road 9 Southfield Road
Gretton Gretton Gretton
NN17 2DE NN17 3DN
Tel: (01536) 770741  Tel: (01536) 770486     Tel: (01536) 770784

PCC Treasurer       John Hindle
36 High Street
Tel: (01536) 770580

PCC Secretary       Tina Clark
The Saddlers
Hardwick Road
Tel: (01536) 771442


Gretton Church Choir

Practices are held on Wednesdays (in Church) 6.30-7.30pm

We sing a wide range of music from medieval to modern

Further details from the Priest in charge, The Revd Siân Reading, Phone: (01536) 770237.

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Gretton Baptist Church

Situated at the southern end of the High Street, we are an evangelical church looking to grow, and we belong to the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Our aim is to worship God in appropriate ways, make Jesus known in the community and offer a friendly welcome to everyone. If we can help you please let us know.

Morning services are at 10.45am every Sunday. On the first Sunday in the month we hold an all age service in the morning and an evening communion at 6pm. There are weekly Bible studies and prayer meetings as well as a fortnightly Women's Hour. Little Lambs, our Parent and Toddler/baby group, is at 1.30pm every Monday afternoon.

Groups for young people of all ages are run during the morning services, and we are happy for parents to send children along and leave them with us, or better still, to join us for our morning worship while they enjoy their time in our hall.

Minister: Reverend Peter Lloyd     Phone (01536) 772155

Secretary: Mrs Carol Preston     Phone: (01536) 770188

Please click here to visit our web site.

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Gretton Local History Society

The purpose of the Society is to create a picture of Gretton's development from early times, to make a record of peoples' living memories of the past; to keep a photographic record of Gretton both now and in the past; to keep a central archive of historical material for the use of interested people and to encourage a general interest in history amongst local people.

Meeting frequency: Alternate months throughout the year with, in addition, occasional outings.

Venue and time: Village Hall on Thursdays at 7.30pm, dates as advertised in the village shops and on the Society's Internet site (see below)

Cost: Membership is £8 per annum (concessions £6). Entrance to meetings free to members, £3 to non-members.


Ann Craske (Secretary)
Chantry Cottage
5 High Street
Northants. NN17 3DE
Phone: (01536) 771102

Further information can be found at the Society's web site

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Gretton Women's Institute

The group was formed in 1941, and is a lively group of about 40 ladies. There is a varied programme of speakers and activities at monthly meetings, and opportunities to take part in local, county and national events—sports, walks and outings of interest.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Village Hall from 7.30 until approximately 9.30 pm. If you would like further information please contact Vera Edwards, President Tel: 01536 770460 or Carol Wheeler, Secretary Tel: 01536 770486. They would be pleased to put you in contact with a member who lives near you who would bring you along and introduce you to your first meeting.

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Gretton Silver Band

The band plays for entertainment at fêtes, flower festivals, etc. There is a beginners group for anyone wishing to learn to play a brass instrument.

Meetings are held weekly on Thursdays, 7.00pm Junior Band and 7.45pm Full Band in the Rehearsal Room, Recreation Field. There is a subscription to the band of £15 per year per member (£5 for juniors).

Contact:   Mr L I Preston, 18 Kingsley Drive, Corby, Northants., NN17 2NJ   Tel: (01536) 402599


Click here to visit our web site

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Gretton Sports and Social Club

A friendly 'members only' sports orientated club situated at the Recreation Ground, with a great atmosphere, serving fine ales and lagers, with Pool, Darts and all premiere sporting events on TV as well as regular events and functions for all the family - children welcome at all times.

Bingo is held every other Sunday night (March 5th, March 19th ..... and so on). Eyes down is at around 8.15pm.

Gretton Sports and Social Club Committee have decided that anyone who comes to the club as a "Designated Driver" for the purpose of bringing visitors to functions or to bring cricket, football and darts teams will be entitled to FREE soft Drinks.

Memberships costs £2 per adult or £3 per family per year

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Gretton Football Club

Gretton FC have two teams currently in the North Northants Combination League.

The First team play in the First Division and the Reserves team in Division Three. Training nights are Tuesday and Thursday through the football season.

For further details please contact: George Wright on (01536) 770738.

Junior training is held every Wednesday (weather permitting) through the football season for juniors aged 6 to 14 years. Shin guards must be worn.

For further details please contact: Rob McCracken  Phone: (01536) 770216 or secretary Valerie Walker  Phone: (01536) 770522.

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Gretton Cricket Club

A well-run club with new players or non-players welcome at any time. First and Second adult teams. Junior teams under 11s,under 13s and under 15s.

Season runs from April to September.

Gretton Youth Cricket has been restructured to ensure that all age groups have the opportunity to play cricket. All teams are known as Gretton Great Oakley.

Weekly Youth Cricket Coaching sessions for Boys AND Girls aged 7 years to 15 years will commence on Friday 20th April from 6pm until 7.30pm on the Recreation Ground. These sessions will continue on a weekly basis all through the summer.

It will cost £1 to join the Youth Cricket Club and each Coaching Session will cost 50p

For further information please contact: Terri Meechan, 66 Kirby Road, Gretton, Northants., NN17 3DB

Phone: (01536) 772348    Mobile: 07795 985419    E-mail:

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1st Gretton Scout Group

The 1st Gretton Beavers, Cubs and Scouts Group was formed over 52 years ago. The group is mixed and has both boys and girls.

The Beavers for ages 6 to 8 years, Tuesdays between 6.00 and 7.00pm

Cubs for ages 8 to 10.1/2 years. Monday between 6.00 and 7.30pm,

Scouts from 10.1/2 to 15.1/2 years of age. Monday between 6.30 and 8pm.

District Explorer Unit meets in Corby. Explorers are for 14 to 18 year olds.

The Group meets at the Village Hall, term time only.

Contact: Hilary Lunt Group Scout Leader 07867 381599

Further information can be found at the Group's web site.

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Gretton Association of Stickholders, Tin and Lightermen

The Gretton Association of Stickholders, Tin and Lightermen (or Stickholders for short) are the originators of the Stickholders Association. The group was formed a number of years ago and is dedicated to the acts of social drinking and cheese eating, with a bit of charity fundraising for good measure.

Requirements for joining the group include the essential elements of having a stick, tin and lighter, plus applying for application in the form of a betting slip to the Talbot Inn, in Gretton.

For further information visit the Association's web site

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Gretton Paddock Park

The concept of Pocket Parks - small areas or geographical features conserved and improved by local enthusiasts - was first introduced in Northamptonshire.

Gretton's Paddock Park was established in 1994 in a 0.85 hectare (2.1 acres) grassland field, situated at the junction of Kirby Road and High Street facing Gretton House. It was formally opened by 'Jack Woolley' of The Archers, and has the honour of being the county's 50th Pocket Park.

Volunteers have already constructed a wildlife pond, a butterfly bank, a petanque (boules) pitch, and a natural play area for children. A gravel path and grass paths are regularly maintained, several benches have been donated by local organisations, and we have constructed new gates and painted and repaired the iron fencing marking the boundary.

In addition to this work our small band of helpers have placed bat and bird boxes in many of the trees, and planted several trees and shrubs, as well as creating 'nursery beds' for wildflowers. One long term major project recently completed was the restoration of the dry stone wall on two sides of the park, which was in a poor state of repair.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to look at the photographic record illustrating the development and transformation of the Paddock Park.

This valuable village amenity offers a tranquil place to sit in or walk through, and it can be a site for village events or just a friendly game of 'boules'. We hope that you will make use of it, and perhaps help out with some of the jobs that require to be done. The Pocket Park group is a friendly group of volunteers who need a few more friendly hands to help out. New members can be sure of a warm welcome and it is an ideal way to make new friends within the village.

For more information call Bob Dobson on (01536) 770734.

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Gretton Village Hall

The Village Hall is well used for a variety of village activities and is situated at 61 Kirby Road, NN17 3DB. The Hall may be hired for private parties for children, birthdays, weddings, discos and other events. Charges are £15 per hour, with regular users paying £8 per hour. In 2009 the Hall was extensively refurbished with a new toilet extension to provide disabled facilities and a new suspended ceiling to the hall as well as redecoration. The Committee organises:

          Monthly lunches first Tuesday of each month open to all. Cost £4.50.

          Annual Masterteam Quiz evening. Teams of three entered by organisations, groups, streets or families. Last Friday in February.

          In conjunction with Northants Touring Arts, productions of music and drama, See papers or posters in Post Office.

The Hall also hires out tables, chairs, crockery, tea urns, 4 gazebos which can be used for barbecues and private events in residents' homes.


Elizabeth Watt, Chairperson Tel: 772328 Email:, Carol Preston, Caretaker Tel: 770188 and Jackie Cunningham, Bookings Secretary Email: Tel: 01536 772672 Mob: 07856 224346. Jackie should be your first choice for making a booking as she keeps the Village Hall diary but if she is not available try one of the other numbers.


Gretton's path warden is Mel Jarvis Tel: 772109 or Email: . If you would like to use the Village Hall carpark and toilets for a group walk please phone The Village Hall Bookings Secretary on 07806 303493. This service is available for a small donation.

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Gretton Primary School

Kirby Road, Gretton, NN17 3DD        Tel: (01536) 770366

Headteacher: Jane Dooley

Gretton is a small village school which serves the villages of Gretton and Harringworth which has a strong family feel. We are fortunate enough to have fantastic children and wonderful supportive parents who enjoy getting involved with the life of the school. The school is set in delightful grounds which we try to maximise the enjoyment and education of the children within. The children benefit from our orchard containing a trim trail, patio area and canopy wooded adventure area, willow tunnels and extensive garden plots. The children also have the use of the adjacent recreation ground as well as our own playgrounds for PE. We have a dedicated creative studio for arts crafts and cookery, a well stocked modern library as well as a dedicated room for small group work. We offer a wide range of after school clubs. The school works closely with other groups in the village to make sure that we are at the heart of the community. We have good links with other primary schools in the area and work with them to ensure that our small schools benefit from some of the benefits of larger schools whilst maintaining their unique family nature. We also benefit from increasingly strong links with the local secondary schools providing us with facilities and opportunities beyond our normal scope. We are the proud owners of a healthy schools award and actively promote to all the children an understanding of a healthy lifestyle.

All of the staff care strongly about each child and address their needs as individuals, we do our best to ensure that every child is happy and safe whilst at Gretton. We offer a welcoming open door policy in which parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns with their child's teacher on an informal basis. We believe that all children are individuals and every single child has their own strengths which we try to help them to develop. As such all children are valued in the school, all efforts are celebrated with the result that our children grow into confident individuals who value their own worth and are confident to go out into the world. Our curriculum aims to develop children as self motivated independent learners.

We encourage all children to seize their opportunities!

We aspire to build our children's abilities, skills and confidence to cope with their changing technological world through a balance of traditional values, technological innovation, creativity and business and enterprise awareness, caring and compassion for the wider world and people in it; within our new curriculum.

See our website for more information at

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Gretton Folk Club

The club meets in the lounge bar of the Hatton Arms, in Arnhill Road, from about 8pm on alternate Tuesdays. There is no charge, nor any pressure to join in ! Just come along, have a drink and listen

For further information contact Andy Butterworth on (01536) 770302

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Chirpy Chicks Pre-school Group

At Gretton County Primary School, Monday - Friday, 9.00 to 11.45 am for children aged 2.1/2 - 5 years. We offer high standards of pre-school experience in a happy, safe, stimulating environment under the guidance of qualified staff.

For further information contact Mandy Harris on (01536) 771989, or Linda Downing on (01536) 772143

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Gretton Gardening Group

Are you interested in gardening, growing your own fruit, vegetables, flowers?

Maybe you are hoping to beat the credit crunch, or just looking to become fitter, or perhaps you are concerned about how and where your food comes from. If so, then then Gretton Gardening Group may be the place for you.

If you are interested please come along to our meetings held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 8 o'clock in the Band Room at the Hatton Arms.

Everyone is welcome, from novices to experienced growers.

If you would like further information please contact:

Alan & Julie Waterman on 772575 or Hilary Lunt on 770743 or e-mail at

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Gretton Baby Group

We meet every Friday morning, all the year round, in the Gretton Baptist Church schoolroom on the High Street, from 10.30am to 12 noon.

With an extended living room feel this can best be described as a very relaxed group with the main emphasis on play for the little ones and a warm cuppa for the mums, dads, carers, grandparents and friends.

We welcome all newcomers, especially bumps and newborns! Ideal for pre-school 0-4 years. The sessions are free, but we ask £1 donation for refreshments.

Call Faye Brown on 01536 771732, or e-mail for more information.

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Gretton Knitting Natters

We meet every Wednesday from 8pm in the bar at the Hatton Arms. Bring your knitting or crochet and join us for a drink. All ages and all levels are welcome.

We have been doing a joint project knitting tiny preemie clothes (pictured above). We started off making hats for a premature baby unit in a Kenya hospital, where some babies are born HIV positive, and we are now making tiny baby clothes for local hospital neonatal units. You don't have to know how to knit or crochet to come along as we can show you how to -some of us are absolute beginners and others have been doing it for many, many years. So we could be best described as a self-help group!

For more information contact Sara on 01536 770781 or e-mail

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Recreation Ground

The Recreation Ground is owned by the Parish Council and is available for the whole village to use. There is play equipment for different ages of children. A BMX track has been added recently.The ground is also used by the School, Cricket and Football Clubs.

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Gretton & Rockingham Branch Labour Party

We have an active local branch, which is part of the Corby Constituency Labour Party, and holds approximately bi-monthly meetings in the Talbot Inn, High Street, Gretton. Lively debate of topical national and local issues is encouraged.

Our Member of Parliament is Phil Hope, M.P., who holds surgeries throughout the Constituency, including in the Village Hall in Gretton.

The honorary secretary of the branch is Jill Sheffer, who can be contacted by e-mail on or by telephone/fax on 01536 772161.

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Village Correspondent

Village residents may read what is happening in Gretton through the columns of three local newspapers - The Rutland Times - `Village News` - issued Thursdays, Rutland Mercury - `Town & Country` - issued Fridays, Evening Telegraph (Saturday edition centre pages "Down your Way").

If you have any community news you would like included please contact David Fursdon by phone on 01536 770784, Mobile: 07790 197220, or Email to

Please send details for inclusion in weekly editions, such as: - Forthcoming events, achievements in sport - arts - academia, club meetings, organisations, charitable events, fund-raising etc. Anything newsworthy, amusing anecdotes, keeping friends, neighbours and ex-pats informed.

Please note deadline is Monday for the forthcoming weekend.

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Gretton Netball

Get fit in Gretton & all for a POUND per week!

Better still no petrol costs.

Ladies would you like to get a little fitter, have some fun or simply you're new to the village and would like to meet new people?

We are a fun group of ladies (18+ years) of all shapes and sizes who play netball purely for recreational purposes (non-league) on the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) on the Recreation Ground on Monday evenings (except Bank Holidays) between March and December from 7.25 pm to approximately 9 pm.

If you haven't played since school or cannot remember the rules then this isn't a problem, so please do come along. New players are made welcome and introduced to everyone at the start of each session. Please note as we are a recreational group we don't hold any insurance, so players play at their own risk.

For further information please join/see our Facebook page Gretton Netball;; twitter @grettonnetball or email for further information.

Or simply come along!

Please bring a drink and a pound.

The Matthew Johnson Educational Foundation

The Trustees are prepared to consider applications for grants from the above Foundation for Gretton scholars attending Higher Educational Establishments.

Scholars wishing to be considered for a grant should apply in writing to:

John Hindle
Clerk to the Trustees
36 High Street
Phone: 01536 770580

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