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This month in the garden – November

November …  winter is on its way

Time to turn the clocks back

It’s time to turn the clocks back one hour at 2am tomorrow, 27 October.

The UK is now on Greenwich Mean  Time (GMT). British Summer is over and Britons can look forward to lighter mornings and darker evenings as the winter draws in.

We just hope you didn’t have to go to these lengths
to change your clocks!

From the 1920s comedy - Safety Last
From the 1920s comedy – Safety Last


Knitting Club

The Knitting Club continues to thrive at the Cafe Oak on Friday mornings, 10 – 11.30am. However, cafe owners, Bernie & Sharon are taking a holiday and the Cafe will be closed from Friday 25 October to 4 November, open again on the 5th. We are meeting at Jean’s house on Newton Road for the next two Fridays. Best to leave cars on the road.

Project One for the Club was to knit double-bed sized blankets using 96 x 6″ squares. The first one was completed using shades of blue, grey and white, with a scalloped crochet edge in grey. This was donated early in October.

Three weeks later, the second blanket, completed in multi-coloured squares and finished with a scalloped crochet edge in red, was donated to Thorndale Care Home in Kettering. Resident Mick Hodgkinson, a former Geddington resident, was pleased to see both the blanket and some familiar faces from the village. Mick goes to the Beeswing Pub on a regular basis. In the images above, he admires the new addition to his home. Also in the images are Jean, Nicky, Pam and Rea Ballard, Activities Co-ordinator at Thorndale.

View from Thorndale Care Home

The image above shows the view from the rear of the Home. The very large building under construction will be the Avery Park Care Home on Rockingham Road and the Beeswing’s chimneys can be seen at the extreme left on the horizon.

Project 2, coming to fruition as we speak, is to decorate a Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Festival in December. A host of sparkly white angels – and more than a few sparkly stars – will grace the tree, knitted by many of the clubs’ members. We all had the same pattern to work from, but it is quite interesting to see how each member has interpreted the pattern slightly differently each time – it will make for a very interesting exhibition of knitting.

A Vacancy Occurs . . .

Samuel Lee Charity Trustee

When the Charity was setup in 1723, fifteen years after Samuel Lee’s death, there were only two Executors of the Will left from the original five, these were to become the Charity Trustees. These two men chose 3 others and the five of them continued the work of the Charity, looking after the land left in the Will.  Over the years, deaths meant changes in their names, but it wasn’t until 1827 that the numbers were increased to seven.

Two changes occurred in the 19th century, both of which affected charities. First in 1853, the Charity Commission was set up to have oversight of all charities in England & Wales.  And then, in 1894, the Local Government Act was passed, which created Parish Councils and gave them powers to appoint representatives to local charities. In 1905 and prompted by the Charity Commission, the Trustees applied for a Scheme setting out the Constitution as we know it today.  The Scheme provided that there should still be seven Trustees, but, in a major change, three of them would be appointed by the Parish Council for 4-year terms and four were to be cooptative (not co-opted, that’s quite a different matter) Trustees, nominated for 5-year terms.

Since then, the Parish Council representatives have always been Parish Councillors, although that wasn’t strictly necessary. 2017 saw the first representative Trustee that wasn’t a Parish Councillor, followed speedily by a second and in 2018, by a third.

Now, one of those representatives has had to resign their Trusteeship, leaving the Charity one short. The Parish Council is also several Councillors short of the required number, giving them all extra duties, which puts us in the most unusual position of advertising for a Trustee.  Fund-raising is a necessary activity, as is looking after the finances, plus a general knowledge of, and interest in, the village: all would be useful attributes for a future Trustee. Meetings are few, but very sociable and the satisfaction in helping those in need cannot be understated.

If you think you can be a useful Trustee, please contact any of the Trustees listed below, or the secretary.

Dates for the Diary:
14 December  Christmas Distribution, to all those in Geddington and Newton, who have let us know that they are over 75, a bag of ‘goodies’ will be coming your way from 10am.
23 December  “Breakfast with Santa” in the Village Hall, more details later on Facebook and

And finally, whilst the Charity’s resources are not great, 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. And please be assured that any request is kept entirely confidential and the Trustees do not engage in means testing.

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 Newell, 21 New Road
Tony Slough, 2 Chase Farm
Pam Hopkins, Secretary, 9 Grafton Road, Geddington
Tel: 742292, email:

The stone tomb of Samuel Lee

Y2K Do you remember this?



Remember this?


If you do, then you probably went to the Geddington Amazing Millennium Experience, the biggest party ever held at the Village Hall, on Friday 31st December 1999, and this red and gold metal badge was your entry ticket.

Your village website will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary (yes! 20 years! Amazing isn’t it? Sometimes it seems much longer ago than that) of that amazing party. We will be putting an article on the website and would like to include any photographs or memories that you have about that occasion. As treasurer of the G.A.M.E. committee, I received much of the documentation that such an event produces, and as I don’t throw much away, I still have a considerable collection of it, which I will put in the article.

However, photographs are few and far between. In those days (golly that makes you feel old when you say that, but I’ll carry on), photography was so different then. Cameras on phones? No way, the first one wasn’t produced until November 2000 or June 2002 (phone companies are vying for that ‘first’). So I’m asking if anyone who had a handheld camera and took photos, under the quite difficult conditions in one of the three marquees erected in the car park, or inside the Village Hall during the Disco, or watching the gigantic TV screen on the stage, or even standing on the tennis courts to watch the fireworks, to contact me. Please?

If you have no photographs, then memories would be good, very good. There were over 340 guests and, whilst many have left the village, and there were many house guests – that still leaves plenty of current village residents (and I have the list!) with their memories. Look forward to hearing from you – please!

So a deadline – always useful. I hope to Post the article in December, so photos and memories by 30 November – latest! Thank you very much.

Now Pam Hopkins, and with an email address:


Minutes for June & July now on the Parish Council page.

Royal British Legion


The Royal British Legion has been serving and looking after armed forces personnel and their families since 1921. This year, in a change to this tradition, they will include civilian victims of war and terror. The Legion said: “It is necessary to ensure Remembrance is inclusive of all modern Britain. We pay tribute to the special contribution of families, as well as the emergency services. And we acknowledge those innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism”

In an additional change, the Poppy Appeal is going ‘undercover’ with the help of GCHQ in their centenary year, to highlight the unseen contributions of our Armed Forces. Undercover celebrities have accepted a mission to join forces with Poppy collectors across the UK. They will be teaming up with some of the 100,000 Poppy Appeal Volunteers to shine a light on their efforts and the invaluable contributions made by the armed forces community.

Who will knock on your door?

The identity of the undercover celebrities will be revealed throughout the day on 24 November, but to give you a chance of uncovering their identities beforehand, go to

Poppy Appeal Launch is 24 October 2019
Remembrance Sunday is 11am November 10th 2019
Remembrance Day is 11th November 2019

Shortly after losing a friend in Ypres in 1915, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John Macrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields, to write his now famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’, which we have reproduced below.

In Flanders Fields

Apologies – we’ve had an upgrade!

We have to apologise for the lack of Minutes on the Parish Council page.

WORDPRESS, the site’s ‘Content Management System’ has given an upgrade.

We didn’t ask for it and it appears that there are one or two glitches in the new system and putting Minutes on the Parish Council page is one of them. It will only put Agendas in the Minutes column, no matter what I do.

In the meantime, the best thing I can do for those who wish to read the missing Minutes – June and July – is to put them on this Post. They will be in a .pdf format, so you will need to click on each one separately.

Sorry – can’t get .pdf files to upload to this Post. The obvious choices haven’t worked. Bear with me as I will keep trying.

Thank you Graham, but it hasn’t helped. pdf files won’t load into the Media or Library.
I’ve asked the Parish Clerk to send the Minutes to me in Word, so that I can put them in text blocks on a page as a temporary system.

Our Blue Blanket has found a Home

Members of the Knitting Club
have found a home
for their first completed blanket.


Knitted in co-ordinated colours of blue, grey and white, the members took the opportunity to donate the blanket at the weekly coffee morning at the newly built Westhill Park Residential & Dementia Care Home, which overlooks the A14.

Whilst there, the club members also took the opportunity of touring the Home and saw the blanket in situ, or more precisely, in the Cinema Room, which, of course, provided a photo opportunity.

Now, where will the red blanket find a home . . . . . ?

This month in the garden – October

October  … season of mists and mellow fruitfulness …

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