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From our Archive project – A new series of articles on life in Geddington

Bygone Geddington – a view of life in the 1920s

Over the next year we will be publishing extracts from the journals of Margaret Holding, daughter of George Holding and originally resident of Dallington House, Kettering Road and later of The Bungalow.

Dallington House

Dallington House

With the permission of the current owner of the journals, Mr David Valentine, we are able to take a step back into the past and revisit aspects of life in the village over 90 years ago. Margaret Holding clearly loved the village, the countryside and the characters she lived amongst. She paints a detailed, often humorous picture of a slower, but in many ways harder, way of life that had existed for centuries but which was changing rapidly following WW1.

Geddington Church circa 1924

Geddington Church circa 1924

 

We hope you enjoy the monthly reports and a glimpse back at an earlier Geddington. All the articles will move to the History section on the website in due course so that they can be read at any time.

The first article will appear later this month.

 

 

A big thank you to all our sponsors

Yes, another year in the life of geddington.net has come to a close. The website committee would like to say a big thank you to those organisations and individuals who have sponsored or continued to sponsor us over the past year. We have been able to add to our archive, continue with the reporting and recording of life in Geddington and, of course, provide you with all those important snippets of news that keep everyone in touch. With over 15,000 hits already this year, we know the website is well used in the village and in the wider community!

We hope that many will offer us their sponsorship again this year. The full subscription is only £18 and this gives your organisation  high profile visibility on the website pages and, if needed, a link back to your own website. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please get in touch via the website and we will be happy to give you more details.

The website committee has still to finalise its plans for the coming year but it is likely to include a mini series on key buildings in the village such as  Harden’s the butchers, Arnold’s grocer’s shop and extracts of the Geddington year from a diary kept by one of the residents in the 1920s, a short extract from which is included below.

Do keep checking your website and give us some feedback if you like (or perhaps don’t like) what you see.

Just a taste of things to come…

April : All smiles and tears.

Do not think I spend all my time walking in Boughton Park and attending Meets! It is so hard to refuse when one’s friends come en bloc to invite one out and the sun is shining and oh! it’s Easter and April!

Woodland-Pytchley Meet 1924Their Graces of Boughton and family held court in front of their grand old home. It is a sight almost beyond description!If you have never seen a meet of hounds on a golden morning you can never imagine it.

There in the background is Boughton House, palatial in size,… surrounded on all sides by stately spreading trees…’
11th April 1924

What an amazing year for your website

Yes, we have come to the end of the second year of our re-launched website. How quickly the time has gone and what a busy twelve months it has been!

Our aim over the past year was to raise the profile of the website across the village community, particularly with our older residents, and to reach  many families outside the village who have connections to it.

We wanted to put our sponsorship to use in a way that contributed positively to village life and encourage lots of you to work with us in recording life in Geddington.

As a result the Archive Project was born.

Contributions of documents, images, artefacts and personal histories gave our Archive Exhibition in November a breadth we had not dreamed of and so much material for the web -based archive that it has taken us months to set it up and make it available for all. What a remarkable picture of village life it has drawn for us and that picture is still growing as we work through the remaining material.

Over the year the small website team has published about 30 articles providing information, recording events and creating opportunities for feedback from the village. If you are a website user it is a constant reference source for all things Geddington. Perhaps you know someone who isn’t yet ‘tuned in’ – do please encourage them to have a go.

Our hits have also reached an all time high of 70,600 over the year which is good news for us all – we know we are reaching people with the right kind of articles; our sponsors get great exposure and it raises awareness of the village and its attractions amongst others outside the immediate community.

The website team will meet this month to plan for this year. We would like to develop our partnership with the Newsletter; we would welcome a few new committee members and there is a suggestion of another exhibition and an ‘Open Website’ Day to give practical advice about accessing the material on the website.

Thank you for all your support over the year; please consider

  • becoming a sponsor or renewing your sponsorship – just £18pa
  • offering a little of your time to work with us
  • offering us the chance to record your family mementos for our Archive
  • using our Directory if you are a village organisation – listing is free!

Please use the Contact Us button on the website homepage for any or all of these.

Enjoy your website!

 

An Open Letter to Current & Future Sponsors

An Open Letter to current and future sponsors.

Dear All,

It really is now a full year since we re-launched the Geddington Community Website. Over that time the site has developed and expanded, with ‘hits’ increasing dramatically, not only from within our community, but worldwide.

In our first year we have posted 103 articles at a rate, on average, of 2 a week; we have an average viewing of around 180 hits each day, with a running total now of over 55,800 hits. We are delighted that the website has proved such a user friendly tool in keeping people up to date and in helping to alleviate the problems around major events like road closures.

The highlight of the year in many ways was the recognition the village received when we were awarded ‘Best Overall Community Website’ from Northamptonshire County Council. The range of pages, the up to date input and the lively focus on village life was, and remains, the attraction of the website for its users.

We could not have achieved this without your support and the skill of the design team who provide the expertise to deliver what we need. Thank you all.

Inevitably there are costs and as well as thanking our current supporters we would like to offer the opportunity to others to sponsor our website for the coming year and help us develop a programme of events in the village to raise awareness of what the website can offer and broaden the use of the site across all age groups.

Would you be willing to continue as a sponsor or offer new sponsorship?

The cost is £15 p.a. which includes:

·                     a listing in the Directory for village organisations

·                     a highlighted display on our key pages and

·                     a link to your own website if needed.

The small website team remains committed to its original vision of ‘ by villagers, for villagers’ and relies on its supporters to help deliver that vision. If you would be interested in joining the team do let us know.

Please e-mail me at the website address(gedd.net@gmail.com)or, if you are happy to write a cheque, please make it payable to Geddington Community Website and send to
1 West StreetHappy Birthday
Geddington
NN14 1BD.

Thank you.

Janet Jones
Website Treasurer

Traffic management strategy makes Geddington a safer village

It may have taken 18 months, hours of discussion, many meetings and individual and organisational commitment, but we are now at the point where
the final piece of the traffic management strategy is being put in place – our illuminated signs at the points of entry from the A43, will be operational from the end of the month.20 + 7

Those of you involved from the beginning will remember the high levels of concern amongst residents about safety in the village because of the speed and weight of many vehicles travelling down our  streets.  Parked cars were being damaged by oversize vehicles, roads and sewers were giving way under the repeated weight of traffic; much to the concern of English Heritage, the Cross became vulnerable to the continual vibration from traffic and there were several near misses where vehicles mounted the pavements without thought for the pedestrians walking there.  Nobody wanted speed bumps or the loss of parking near homes, but nor did we want to feel that it was not safe for our children to walk to school.

Through questionnaires and consultation across many residents’ groups, it became clear that the issues needed to be tackled across the village as a whole. Residents, the Parish Council, the Borough Council, the County Council, Boughton Estates, Northamptonshire police and Geddington school all contributed to the debate as we looked at ways to improve safety within a realistic budget. Thank you to all of you who gave your time, your ideas or your expertise, as we searched for a solution.

The result was a ‘limited’ area where speed bumps would not be used as a traffic calming measure.

However there  would be:

  • new controls to ensure a reduction in overweight vehicles using West Street, Grafton Road and Queen Street.
  • improved lining as a safety measure for the narrowest part of West Street, the area around the school and at the junction of Grange Road.
  • a 20mph speed limit, given the consensus  that reduced speeds around the village would minimise the risk of fatal accidents for pedestrians.

As discussions got underway it was clear  there needed to be compromises or adaptations to plans to avoid unnecessary costs.  However our new illuminated, combined speed and weight restriction signs mean a reduction in street furniture and a very effective reminder of the need for care on our narrow streets, particularly where footpaths too are narrow or non-existant.  By being prepared to see  the bigger picture, we have succeeded in implementing a strategy to improve conditions for all of us, wherever we live in the village.

Support for the changes has been overwhelming. On behalf of the residents who raised the issue initially, thank you to our councillors, the police, the bus companies, the parents, the headteacher and school pupils (especially class 6 who posted a 20 sign in their window), the Boughton Estates team, the brewery drivers,the post office, those of you who felt strongly enough to display interim ’20’ signs and, most of all, thank you to those of you who daily drive with care through the village.

20mph

really is plenty and will help us keep people and places safe for the future. Thank you all.

Janet Jones

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