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Volunteer Carers Wanted

Adam Wilson, Volunteer Co-ordinator of the Northamptonshire Carers Sitting Service, has sent geddington.net this request for volunteers. The Service is based at Northamptonshire Carers, 123 Midlands Road, Wellingborougfh NN8 1LU, but to reply to Adam’s request, use his contact details at the bottom of this post.

Volunteers needed to give carers a break

  • Do you have a few hours to spare?
  • Would you like to help a worthwhile cause?
  • Use your skills and experience to help carers take a break

What’s involved?

  • The Carers Sitting Service provides support by giving a break to those who have a caring responsibility for a husband, wife, partner, parent, relative or friend.
  • Sitting sessions take the form of befriending and involve meeting the same person in their own home. As a volunteer befriender you would be visiting someone in your local area. Volunteers do not give personal care or cook meals, undertake cleaning or do shopping.
  • No qualifications are needed, we will provide induction training and on-going support. However, it is important that you are understanding, patient, non-judgmental, a good listener and open-minded.
  • You could use your spare time to help someone else, or gain experience while you search for paid employment. You could also gain a reference to use when you apply for jobs.
  • All volunteers have an informal interview, will need to complete an application form and provide two references. If you are successful we will request a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, which we will pay for.
  • Travel expenses will be paid for any visits you make.

Interested? To find out more:

Call Adam Wilson on 01933 677837 or email him at adamw@northamptonshire-carers.org

The Newsletter lives on!

A personal view of The Newsletter’s AGM
by Pam Hopkins

There were 18 people at The Newsletter’s AGM on Thursday 29 November, which included 13 members of the public and 5 committee members. At the end of the meeting there were 9 ‘public’ and 9 committee members.

So The Newsletter continues, much to the relief of many residents who value the quarterly magazine, including myself, a former editor (1994 – 2012).

The magazine has always provided an insight into a 20th and 21st century English village. It includes, amongst so many subjects: local clubs and pub news, comments from the four political layers, advertising by local tradesmen, village charities, historical articles, religious comments, sporting achievements, the school’s progress and massive amounts of information of what’s happening, or going to happen, or has happened, in the village’s social calendar.

The new committee consists of:

Chair: Jane Tysoe
Secretary: Joy Wilson
Treasurer: Sylvia Pitts
Distribution: Brenda McCraith
Advertising: Lynette Litman
Submissions Co-ordinator: Paul Johnson
Layout Editor: Charlotte Mackay
Members: Sandie Allott, Terry Teale

Contact information for individual members will be available in the next issue – publication mid-February – in the meantime, The Newsletter’s email address is: geddingtonnewsletter@hotmail.com.

The Samuel Lee Charity – Geddington’s own

The Samuel Lee Charity

A community fund for the Parish of Geddington & Newton.

It has been 10 years since the first Memorial Lunch was held to commemorate the Tercentenary of Samuel Lee’s death in 1708. Postponed from March this year due to inclement weather, 2018 saw the Lunch held on 28 October. A fitting time as it was the first anniversary of John Sutton’s death, John being the driving force behind so much of the Charity’s increase in its financial health and standing in the community. With a reception, a three-course meal followed by tea or coffee, two speakers this year, followed by an auction and a raffle, it’s always a very pleasant social event and, of course, the main fund-raiser for the Charity.

In complete contrast, the Christmas distribution is a tradition that has been held each year since the Charity was first created in 1717. The content of the distribution has changed significantly over the centuries, not least of which was the basic need for food in the 18th and 19th centuries for the poor of the village. These days, the distribution is a reflection of the instruction that Samuel Lee stated in his Will and while the ‘need’ is no longer there, we are grateful to the 50 or so people who help to keep this 300 year-old tradition alive. If you, or someone you know, is over 75, and would like to be part of this tradition, please get in touch with me or any Trustee. The 2018 distribution will take place on Saturday 22 December from 10am.

And finally, the Trustees would like to remind everybody in Geddington and Newton that they are always willing to consider applications for financial help, by grant or by loan, from residents who find themselves in difficulties or for student needs.

This year, the Charity has revised the Grant Application form – the last one was devised by Mick Alloway, chairman until 1992 – so revision was seriously needed. Guidance Notes have also been issued to comply with current regulations. Contact any of the Trustees or the secretary if you would like one. And please, be assured that any request is kept entirely confidential and the Trustees do not engage in means testing

As John Sutton said many times: “The Charity’s resources are not great, but a little help can make all the difference at a critical moment. If you think we could help you, or if you know someone who might need our help, please contact the secretary, on 742292 or speak to one of the other Trustees listed below.”

Trustees:
Nick Batchelor, 1 West Street (chairman)
Claire Buckseall, 7 Chase View Road
Jim Harker, Lyons Yard, Wood Street
Paul Hopkins, 9 Grafton Road (treasurer)
Rachel Newall, 21 New Road
Tony Slough, 2 Chase Farm
Keeley Tate, 42 Skeffington Close

Pam Hopkins Secretary, 9 Grafton Road, Geddington, tel: 742292, email: pamhopkins747@btinternet.com

Autumn – a season of colour and variety

The weather earlier this year – wet in winter and cold in spring – has lead to a huge variety of strong autumnal colours, both in the countryside and in our gardens. I believe the colours are more intense this year.

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I post a few images here to show this. If you have any you would like to share, we’d be delighted to see and post them.

Most of the fruit and berries are/were food for the birds – still some on the plants.

Then there were the mammals. We had a number of interesting visitors, some came briefly, others are regulars, but not all were welcome.

Can’t claim the Red Kite actually visits my garden, but he’s been flying over it ever since he fledged in July.

And finally, three of the cream of the village buildings in November weather conditions.

By the way, the holly berries at the top of this post are on the holly bush in the churchyard. When I took this image, I found something rather surprising.  If you walk up the path past the church towards Church Hill, you will see the bush and berries, which cover this side of the bush, but if you go to the rear of the bush, where it faces north, there are none! If you know why this is, please email me with an answer. Thanks, Pam

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Delighted to be able to post this annual event, here on the village website, although there may be more than one Macmillan Coffee Morning being held in the village, if so, let us know and we’ll publicise it here as well. However, Vic Crouse has kindly sent us this report on the Coffee Morning being held in the church on 29 September.

“As most villagers now know, on every last Saturday of the month, a coffee morning is held at Geddington Church. However, from time to time we hold a special coffee morning when proceeds are donated to the Macmillan Cancer Fund. Through many of our own personal experiences, we realise just what an important and superb organisation this is and, to continue our support, a Macmillan Coffee Morning is being held at Geddington church on Saturday 29th September. Everyone is welcome to come along for coffee, tea, a variety of cakes, Tombola etc, but not least, a chance to relax and enjoy convivial conversation in our beautiful church.”

 

World Conker Championships

The 2018 World Conker Championships take place on the 14th October, in the grounds of The Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick, near Oundle, Northamptonshire. It starts at 9.30 and finishes approximately 4pm.

This competition, which has seen a number of Geddingtonians not only take part, but winning as well! is organised by Ashton Conker Club and has taken place since 1965.

Organiser (and participator), St John Burkett, said: “This year, however, due to the unusually hot and dry weather conditions, the championship committee may have to import conkers from Germany as the heat has made the conkers grow too quickly and are smaller than usual. The last time we did this was in 1977, after the famous big heatwave.”

The event has a mixture of adult and junior competitions. These both operate as round-based knock-out games, until a winner is found and crowned on their throne.

If you are interested in taking part, then go to www.worldconkerchampionships.com where all the information for doing so can be found. However, for a taster, here below are the rules (click to enlarge):

Brickyard Garden’s Summer Walk & Draw

Sunset Phenomenon

Geddington was treated to a remarkable sunset last night.

A rare Sunset Pillar appeared in the west – obviously – although sun pillars do happen at sunrise, so they would appear in the east.

“A sun pillar is a halo phenomenon of a vertical shaft of light extending upward or downward from the sun. Typically seen during sunrise or sunset, sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off the surfaces of ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds (e.g. cirrostratus clouds). The hexagonal plate-like ice crystals fall with a horizontal orientation, gently rocking from side to side as they fall. When the sun is low on the horizon, an area of brightness appears in the sky above (or below) the sun as sunlight is reflected off the surfaces of these tipped ice crystals.

Sun pillars are seen best within a few minutes of sunrise or sunset. Initially they have about the same colour and width as the sun, but sun pillars will gradually change their colour from orange-white to red-orange.”

But enough of the science, here are a couple of images taken around 9.30pm

And then, about an hour later the sun pillar had shrunk, but the earth having moved, it can be placed in relation to the village with the silhouette of the church:

I’m fortunate in living on slightly higher ground and with a window facing east, because we’ve had some lovely sunsets recently, but does anyone have images of them? Would you like to display them here on geddington.net? We’d all love to see them!

May Day 2018 – the pictures

So, the sun shone on all the activities!

Many thanks to Lynette Litman for sending these images of the May Queen, her Attendants and some of the dancing.

View from the churchyard, always a good vantage point.

May Queen and her attendants

May Day 2018

Family health problems mean that the website cannot attend this year’s

May Day !

Good Luck to all those taking part and may the sun shine on your activities.

 

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