Saturday, August 23, 2014

Exploring Irthlingborough

We decided not to move again today because we like it here at Irthlingborough. We are right next to the Rushden and Diamonds football stadium and all its support training pitches and leisure centre facilities, but sadly it has all been left derelict.
It was all built by Dr Martin's who make the boots and they had a factory in the grounds, but they moved and it was then run by independents. They all went bust in 2012 and only a child minding group remain. They were last used for a training camp for the 2012 Olympics. All the pitches are over grown and the leisure centre and gym empty, what a waste..  This is why the moorings here have been closed as no one will pay for the up keep of them...they seem all right to us.. Here we have some super facilities for the kids all going to waste, mad!
Anyway, we wanted to see the town of Irthlingborough and took the short walk across the fields into the small high street, and were surprised to see a Tesco's extra, a post office, a butchers and loads of different takeaways..
We then tried to look around the unusual church but sadly the door was locked and you had to obtain a key from another address.
We came back with some goodies and had some lunch.
In the afternoon Del went  out on his bike exploring Ringstead, Stanwick lakes, Higham Ferrers and Rushden.
So it has been a chilled day for us again, and we have only seen three boats pass us all day.

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