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Writing about the messy side of life

Writing about the messy side of life

Debut novelist Chloe Ashby grew up in Oundle, where her family owned one of the oldest established businesses in town. Her great-great-grandfather founded the RC Cottons and Son shoe shop…

John Piper’s focus on the unfashionable

John Piper’s focus on the unfashionable

In Oundle, the artist John Piper is best known for the stained glass windows he designed for the Oundle School Chapel on Milton Road. When the windows were unveiled in…

Readers’ undying love of romance fiction

Readers’ undying love of romance fiction

Romance fiction was already a billion dollar publishing industry when in the middle of the pandemic lockdown, the Netflix series Bridgerton introduced the romance genre to millions more fans across…

The high stakes work of a hostage negotiator

The high stakes work of a hostage negotiator

From the peaceful enclave of Oundle, hostage negotiation specialist Leslie Edwards’ work takes him on missions to negotiate ransoms and the safe return of hostages with some of the most…

Ancient music and the natural world inspire the sound of Oundle

Ancient music and the natural world inspire the sound of Oundle

If there was one sound that could be said to define Oundle in the last many years, it might be the music of Nick Penny. Specializing in music for the…

Pink House Craft Club awarded funds to deliver Craft It Bags to members’ homes

Pink House Craft Club awarded funds to  deliver Craft It Bags to members’ homes

The Pink House Craft Club has been running at Oundle Library for several years, with the focus on helping people who live in rural communities, and especially adults who are…

Oundle Music Trust makes plans for 2021 with Culture Recovery Fund award

Oundle Music Trust makes plans for 2021 with Culture Recovery Fund award

Oundle Music Trust has been awarded £58,823 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help arts organisations face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have…

Gilbert and Sullivan Players revive first production

Gilbert and Sullivan Players revive first production

The Gilbert and Sullivan Players February performance of The Pirates of Penzance in the Queen Victoria Hall revived the company’s very first production from 1959. They have staged the play…

Art is for everyone at Oundle Art group

Art is for everyone at Oundle Art group

This year, for the first time, the Oundle Art Group was able to stage its annual exhibition in the Yarrow Gallery. The two floors of the gallery were hung with…

Profile: Crispin Heesom, artist

Profile: Crispin Heesom, artist

Crispin Heesom grew up in Oundle, and was influenced by his mother, who was a painter. She encouraged Crispin’s ambitions to go to art school to study painting. He studied…

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