Nextdoor Wing is exploding!

Over 50 people from the village have signed up for Nextdoor Wing, the local version of the multinational neighbourhood communication app,  in the last 4 days since it went live. Unlike most messaging systems it goes to great trouble to ensure that only Wing residents are invited. It checks a number of sources before you will be allowed to sign up and finally, the Wing Lead ( me or my delegate ) has to vouch for you.

It started in the US ( where else!) where it also expanded rapidly because it is a simple version of the usual social media apps – but strictly limited to your neighbourhood and a few surrounding neighbourhoods ( which you can control).

It is currently funded solely by venture capital but the plan is to sell limited LOCAL advertising within 3 years.

It took off in the town I lived in Bellingham, WA, where each postcode became a Nextdoor Neighbourhood. So the town of Bellingham, with 10 postcodes for its 30,000 residents, rapidly became neighbourhoods in the real sense. If you lost your cat the whole neighbourhood knew instantly. If you needed an emergency plumber you had several recommendations.

And when we left we had strangers, but neighbours, hold a BBQ for us.

John Oakley

Nextdoor Wing –

As most of you know my wife, Judith, and I have been living part-time in the US. As have many people in the US, have we’ve been using a private neighbourhood messaging system to keep in touch with our neighbours without the privacy issues with Facebook or similar open messaging systems. It is now one of the fastest growing networks in US and Canada.

It lets you communicate with your neighbours, who may or may not be your “friends” in Facebook sense. I’ve now set up a Neighbourhood Wing site and sent an invite to anyone within the boundaries of Wing if you have ever sent me an email and still live in Wing.

If you have received an email from me inviting you to join just click on the big green button. If you haven’t received an email it’s just because we haven’t swapped emails in the last 16 years and you can click on the Neighbourhood Wing site anyway to join.

It’s yet another attempt at trying to recreate the village atmosphere that we had 16 years ago when I first moved here. As a member, you can use it to find help from your neighbours, buy and sell stuff, ask for advice etc. You can even set up groups for more privacy and I’ve set up SAMPLE groups for the Wing Neighbourhood Plan and the Wing Village Hall Committee.

There is a website at but if you are web-averse, as some of you very understandably are, the messages are available by good old steam email.

It fits between using the website, which used mainly as a noticeboard, and email, which is mainly 1:1 and can be totally private. It’s like an electronic version of meeting at the village shop but without the need to leave your fireside and go out in the rain to pick up the latest gossip.


Piano and Organ Recital St Peter’s Church, Barrowden

Piano and Organ Recital

St Peter’s Church, Barrowden

Saturday 28 October 2017

12:30 – 14:00

This is a “not to be missed” opportunity to enjoy the playing of two of Barrowden’s truly accomplished musicians, John Comber and Jean Swinbanks.  They have put together a fascinatingly eclectic range of music for both organ and piano.

The recital will showcase pieces as contrasting as Elgar and Gospel, Bach and Jazz – and you’d have to travel a long way to find such a diverse mix!

The recital starts at 12:30 with an interval at 13:15 when light refreshments will be served – wine, soft drinks, coffee and small eats. We plan to finish at about 14:00

Seating for the first 40 who apply will be in the nave, and after that it is free seating, a bit like flying with Easyjet but more fun!

Amazingly there is no charge for the recital.  However, there will be a collection at the end with all donations going towards the cost of the new Thirlmere Organ.  The pieces that John plans to play are designed to demonstrate the versatility of this new piece of kit!

Please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to come – then we can make plans for the catering.  And oh yes, bring a friend, the more the merrier!

So, if you fancy coming along please contact any one of the following:

John Comber [747447]

Steve Preston [747098]

Peter Voller [747374]