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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(, if you are happy to write a cheque, please make it payable to Geddington Community Website and send to
1 West StreetHappy Birthday
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.


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

Janet Jones

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