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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.

 

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Parish of Geddington, Newton & Lt Oakley

Notice of the Annual Village Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN  that the ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING of local government electors (all those eligible to vote) for the above-named Parish will be held in the Village Hall, Geddington, in the Lounge on:

Monday 14th May 2018, commencing at 6.30pm

under the chairmanship of Nick Batchelor,
Chairman of the Parish Council.

The Annual Village Meeting is your opportunity to put forward ideas for discussion.

 

Mr N Batchelor
Chairman of the Parish Council

Please note: there are 3 meetings this evening, held consecutively:
1. Annual Parish Meeting ~ 6.30 – 7pm
2. Parish Council AGM ~ 7 – 7.30pm
3. Monthly Parish Council Meeting ~ 7.30 – 9pm

The Mobile Library Service

The Mobile Library Service has been a welcome addition to life in the village, for those who prefer to walk the few yards to get their reading matter from the van parked at The Cross every month. The alternative was to find a space in the limited parking spots opposite Kettering Library, or a much longer walk from the (pay to stay) London Road Car Park.

However, in its look at the 2018 Budget, the Northamptonshire County Council ‘put the brakes on’ the mobile library van. The Northants Library Information Service commented in February, “Due to the age and condition of the vehicle there was a risk of incurring expensive repair work each time it went out. The recent spending controls imposed by the Director of Finance under Section 114, meant that we had to withdraw the service with immediate effect.”

“All Mobile Library customers were contacted individually to explain the situation. However, if any residents who want to continue to use the library service, but are unable to visit the nearest library, can be considered for home delivery through our Library To You service. More information on a planned expansion of this service will be announced in due course, but in the meantime, any information can be gained from NLISfeedback@firstforwellbeing.co.uk.”

HOWEVER, all is not lost!
As usual, Geddington has come up with an answer!

With the closure of the mobile library service in Geddington,
there is now a Bookswap service!
Pop into church on a Tuesday or the last Saturday of the month between 10 and 12 for a warm welcome, drinks and cake, and the opportunity to swap or buy books!
We’ve got a great selection so you’re bound to find one you like.

What is this?

A new ‘attraction’ has appeared in the berm.

Any ideas for what this is?
Who put it there?
Why?

Gallery:

Click on any image in the gallery to enlarge it.

Answers to editor@geddington.net please!

We’ve had suggestions that it is:
An old lawn sprinkler
An old child’s roundabout
An industrial water sprinkler
and the best one so far:
It’s a trap for all those that let dogs off leads!

Castle Gardens 50th Anniversary

The invitation said: “Come and join us to celebrate 50 years and the opening of the Queen Eleanor Lounge.”

So I did. And it was a very convivial affair, attended by plenty of residents and several members of Kettering Borough’s Silver Service, the department that is charged with providing Sheltered Housing designed to meet the needs of those over 55.

At 2pm, His Worship the Mayor, arrived and was introduced to the gathering.  In his brief speech (there was food and drink to be had!), Cllr Scott Edwards spoke of his pleasure that such a remarkable property was provided for those who wished to live independently, but at the same time, in a safe, secure and high quality environment, in the centre of Geddington. The high quality was on show as the lounge had been newly decorated with new lighting, new floor and even a new clock.

Cllr Edwards performed the unveiling ceremony – a purple curtain was whipped off to show the new name.

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After that the refreshments were available to all, who were keen to help themselves. However, Community Safety Officer John Kinloch, did sterling work with a tea tray and no-one had to wait for a second cup either!

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Cllr Edwards was welcomed by each resident as he sat and chatted with anyone who had a spare seat next to them.  Then it was time to cut the ceremonial cake. This was dutifully done by Cllr Edwards and Mrs Jean Johnson, a senior resident who has lived at Castle Gardens for many years.

A brief history.

The bungalows in Hall Close had been completed in 1961 and had proved very popular.  As the Council had wanted to build more homes for the elderly, it started to think about other possible sites in the village. In 1964 the Council agreed to buy the three cottages in Wood Street from the County Council, the tenants were re-housed and the properties were demolished. Work on the new building began in 1966 and was opened by the Duchess of Buccleuch in October 1967.

 

The building was later refurbished in 1998, by reducing the number of flats and using the extra space to install a bathroom in each flat. A lift was also installed, both improvements greatly enhancing the living conditions.

Which brings us to 2018 and Castle Gardens became part of the Borough Council’s Sparkle Programme where the Council, in consultation with residents, redecorated the communal areas, installing a new carpet, new flooring in the lounge, patio doors and a new patio. The residents decided to celebrate their new lounge by giving it a new name – the Queen Eleanor Lounge.

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