News from Harborough area villages

Glasshouse in walled garden
Glasshouse in walled garden

Here is the round-up of news and events from Harborough-area villages.

The gardens at Kelmarsh Hall (pictured) will be open as part of the National Gardens Scheme on Wednesday, May 20, helping to raise money for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support.The gardens and tea room will be open from 11am to 5pm and all the proceeds from the garden admission fee will be donated to the NGS’ nominated charities. Normal admission fees apply. For details visit


Desborough Pocket Park is holding a Volunteer Morning on Saturday, May 16, from 10.15am–12 noon.

Activities are to include cutting back, trimming, litter collecting and clearing the river.

Volunteers need to meet at the entrances via No 4 to 8 on Rothwell Road; Federation Avenue and Prince Rupert Avenue, but not the Millennium Park near St Giles Church.

Those volunteering need to bring or wear suitable clothing but equipment, gloves etc will be provided.

Children must be supervised by a responsible adult.

Free soup will be served for all the workers at noon.

For more details contact Rachel on 01536 760585.


The Clipston & District Flower Club are hosting a an Ichiyo & Ohara Ikebana demonstration by Kay Howard and Maggie Barratt entitled Traditional & Modern.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging and is creative expression within certain rules of construction, a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are bought together.

The demonstration is on Wednesday 20th May at 7.30pm in Clipston Village Hall.

Guests are very welcome - £4 including refreshments.


On Saturday June 20, from 10 am – 3 pm there will be a sale of clothes, bags, crafts, jewellery, cards, beauty products, cakes and other items. Refreshments will be available, including a glass of bubbly.

Entry price is £2.50 with all proceeds going to the Hall Together Now fundraising campaign for the main hall.

The next social event is ‘Indian Summer’, a Bollywood themed dinner dance in a marquee in the grounds of Robert Smyth Academy on Saturday July 4, from 7pm – midnight.

Guests will be treated to authentic Indian food and be entertained by Bollywood dancers, as well as a disco and licensed bar.

People are being asked to attend in traditional Indian costumes and tickets are priced at £25 per person, tables of 8 can also be booked.

Please call 01858 440 7700 or 07970 368756 to book your tickets or look online at

All proceeds to the Hall Together Now fundraising campaign for the main hall.


Lutterworth Townswomen Guild members enjoyed a night at the movies courtesy of speaker Paul Franklin who talked about screen icon Cary Grant.

Paul showed clips of some classic films including Charade, Bringing up Baby and North by Northwest.

On the social calendar an afternoon walk and a forthcoming skittle match was discussed.

If you are interested in joining the Lutterworth Townswomen Guild, a warm and friendly group of ladies, please call 01455 554323 for more details.

Market Harborough Tennis Club

The tennis club based at the recreation ground in Great Bowden are holding a weekend of events. On Saturday 16 the juniors are holding a 12-hour sponsored marathon tennis playing session from 7am to 7pm in aid of funds for Leicester General Hospital Transplant Ward.

As part of The Great British Tennis Weekend, on Sunday 17th they will host an open afternoon from 2-5pm when anyone interested in playing tennis are invited to visit and play tennis free of charge.

There will be free coaching sessions for adults and
juniors with refreshments and a chance to meet members.

On the day there will be the chance to sign up to the club with special new membership deals.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society

Geoff Oliver will be giving another Digital Instruction Evening at Marlow House, in Desborough at 8.00pm on Friday May 22.

Heat 4 of the Digital and Slide competition, judged by Colin Machin, takes place on Friday May 29 starting at the earlier time of 7.30pm.

The practical evening, for which the details are to be announced takes place Friday June 5.

The society meetings take place at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. and visitors are welcome, admission is £1.50.

For more information phone Geoff on 01536 505442 or like Desborough And Rothwell Photographic Society on Facebook.