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The GVFB Trundle

How could we forget this event with advertising like this ?

Holy Trundle

If you can’t read the small print, click on the poster for full size.


A New Clerk for the Parish Council

Anita Curtis

Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Parish Council
welcomes a new Clerk to the Council.
Anita Curtis takes up her place in the Council Chamber for the first time on Monday 8th September at 7.30pm.

Anita kindly responded to a request from for some personal details and gave us her reasons for taking on this very responsible job.

I have lived in Geddington with my husband Clive since 1984.  My children, Adam and Adele, attended several of the village organisations including the Playgroup, Geddington Primary School, Beavers, Cubs & Scouts and the Youth Club.  I was involved in helping with some of the village activities whilst the children were young, but unfortunately, as often seems to happen, a return to full time work then took priority and although I continued to take an interest in what was happening in the village, and supported a lot of its many activities, I was not involved in giving ‘hands on’ support to them.  Although I still work full time, I now have more time to spare and I was pleased to be given the opportunity to give something back to the village, by supporting the Parish Council. 

For the last 16 years I have worked in local government in a variety of posts.  These include within an Audit department, Customer Services, Housing, Neighbourhood Management and Children & Young People Complaints.

Hobbies and interests include reading, walking, gardening, swimming, gym and I really want to start cycling more, but just can’t fit it in!

I hope that both living in and taking a strong interest in the village, as well as working within local government for several years and having a lot of different job experiences, will help me to help the Parish Council to continue to improve how it delivers its democratic functions.”






Geddington Brickyard Garden

The Geddington Brickyard Garden

– a new community garden project for Geddington

In the summer issue of The Newsletter, the quarterly village magazine, a new community project was announced – that of creating a garden, in what was once a brickmaking area.


Whilst the 19th century brickmaking industry has long gone, there is a chance that a type of ‘bricklet’ may well be made in the near future.


Lynette Litman, organiser and project leader, has given an update on the progress of the garden.

  • “The Geddington Brickyard Garden (GBG) received a Certificate of Incorporation as a Community Interest Company (CIC) on 4th July.
  • We now have a core volunteer team of Geddington residents, who are willing to undertake the initial hard work of clearing the site and preparing for the GBG Launch Day on Sunday 21st September.
  • Lynette & Ian getting 'dug in'

    Lynette & Ian getting dug in

  • GBG has organised Weekend Work mornings at the site through August (Sat/Sun 10am-12noon). We always welcome more help. Please note that access to the site is currently limited to those authorised by GBG and, due to the potential hazards at the site, there are GBG Volunteer Rule & Guidelines, which need to be read and understood. Our work is currently well away from the derelict barns.
  • Priority work at the site involves clearing the reading circle area (see map), surface debris, making a woodland trail, building deadwood screen hedges along the boundary with Clay Dick . . . and more.”

Proposed layout of garden

GBG now has a Facebook page. Please visit to keep in touch with our progress.


We have made our first experimental Geddington ‘bricklets’ from clay dug up at the site in preparation for our “Come & Make a Brick Launch Day” – possibly the first ‘bricklets’ made from Geddington clay for over 100 years! Very exciting  . . .”



Our email address is for any new volunteers wishing to be involved in our GBG project or kept up to date with GBG progress.

Lynette Litman

A4300 Safer Roads Team Traffic Survey

The Northamptonshire Police

Safer Roads Team


The Safer Roads Team has given permission to publish the results of a traffic survey that it carried out in June.

This was an automatic survey done by a fixed recorder to the lamppost outside the White Lion entrance off the A4300, for a period of 10 days. It recorded the number of vehicles and their speeds.

To see the breakdown of the Report, click on the link below.

Traffic Survey Report for A4300

PSL stands for Permitted Speed Limit.  85% of the 96,657 vehicles recorded, were travelling at or below this speed.

Please note the maximum speed of one or more vehicles was at 86mph.

If you have any queries concerning this report, either contact the Department at the top of the Survey Report, or your local councillors.




Lights Out 10pm -11pm 4th August



LIGHTS OUT is part of 14-18 NOW WWI Centenary Art Commissions, which is a major cultural programme taking place this summer across the United Kingdom to mark the centenary of the First World War.


The large-scale event, 100 years after Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914, is aiming to echo the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey’s famous epitaph:

The lamps are going out all over Europe:

we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”


“It will be a national shared moment of reflection.”

The Lights Out Team,

Lights out v2

Parish Council Co-options

Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Parish Council


In the July meeting of the Parish Council, it was confirmed that two new Parish Councillors had been co-opted onto the Council.


They are:

Nick Batchelor of West Street


David Rushton of Wood Street.


Each Councillor has kindly supplied a brief introduction for and these are set out below.


Nick 2Nick Batchelor

I moved to the village with my wife, Jana and our children (plus rabbit and two chickens!), in March of this year, after many visits and getting to know the village history and, of course, some of the very friendly people. We moved from Reading to be nearer family members and to compliment a new role within my company.  Jana and I are both interested in history, property and the great outdoors, so there’s no better place to be, in our book!


I am a devoted family man, with a strong belief in mutual respect and community values. It’s been great for myself and Jana to feel so welcomed, particularly at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, where our 2-year old son, Jake, is happy to participate noisily on Sunday mornings!


After graduating in Law at university, I have worked in various senior management roles with operational, financial and business development responsibilities and have recently gained a postgraduate qualification in Business & Leadership. I hope to bring some of this experience to use on the Parish Council, being unrestrained by any political persuasion.


Geddington is a  unique village with a great church, fine school, numerous clubs and things to do and overall bonded by a strong community spirit. I feel honoured to be allowed to contribute to preserving the historical and cultural spirit of the village, as well a representing the common interests of all its residents, new and old.


David Rushton 2David Rushton

Over the past few years, I have developed a keen interest in politics at all levels. I decided to step forward and join the Students’ Union at Tresham College.


The Students’ Union Executive Team consisted of a few dozen trustworthy students that had a passion to better the college.


Each executive team member had special duties including:

Building links with other colleges

Interviewing staff (including the new Principle)

Attending Board of Studies meetings and

Promoting student voice (helping students raise issues about the college)

An example of the latter was where I managed to restore IrnBru back in the cafeteria the day after it had come to my attention that this popular drink was off the shelves.


My efforts throughout the years were recognised and I was invited to an annual awards evening to receive a certificate demonstrating my hard work by making the collage a better place.


Using these skills I learnt from the Union, I believe that I can help make a difference in Geddington and the surrounding villages, by dealing with local issues that impact on people’s lives, ranging from phone signals, potholes, dog mess and anything else that occurs in the meantime.


The Parish Council has now got a full complement of members and the village is fortunate in having a Council with such diverse experience and skills.

Sue Spooner – A fond farewell

33 years at one school is an impressive record


1981 was the year that Sue Spooner took up the post of Deputy Head Teacher at Geddington Primary School, six years later she was promoted to Head Teacher – and she has been there ever since.


Sue has seen many changes in that time – the size of the school buildings, the content of the classrooms and the numbers of pupils, being just three of the most obvious ones.


But it’s now time to hang up the ‘mortar-board’ and put away the ‘blackboard’ for the very last time, as today, Wednesday 23 July 2014, is the day that the school says farewell to a well-loved teacher, who is off for a well-earned retirement.


Actually, ‘retirement’ is quite the wrong word. Sue was keen to stress that: “I am gaining access to freedom.  I’m going to carve out a new life and start by moving to somewhere large and busy.”


Sue continued by saying, “It’s been a wonderful place to work and a delight to work in this community.  I’ve had support from so many people and wish to thank them all.  To my successor, I can only say that I hope he is able to carry on the good work started by my teaching staff and colleagues.”


Sue Spooner

Sue Spooner

Grafton Road – temporary disruption

Monday 21 July

Grafton Road is suffering a temporary disruption tonight as Western Power Distribution attempts a repair to a ‘blown cable’, that has taken power from some of the Grafton Road residences.

A representative from Western Power said: “We are not certain how long this will take, it all depends on what we find when we dig the hole!”

Wednesday 23 July

The work continues through to a third day, or perhaps night would be the better description, as residents on Grafton Road heard the diggers and grabbers at work in the early hours (3am) of this morning.

21.00hrs Tuesday 23rd July

Tuesday 23rd July

There is a 3-way traffic control affecting Grafton Road, Wood Street and Priory Court.

3-Way traffic control, Grafton Road

3-Way traffic control, Grafton Road

Western Power Distribution is the electricity distribution network operator for the Midlands, South Wales and the South West.

Geddington’s Flower Festival




takes place in

the Church
and the Chapel.


As we have come to expect, the standard of flower arranging is excellent and the imagination and skill of portraying the subjects is extraordinary.

The following pictures do not do the subjects justice, you had to be there to see the extra details tucked in here and there, you had to be there to see the vast extent of the arrangements – in the Lady Chapel in the Church and around the lectern in the Chapel. You also had to be there to breathe in the flowers’ perfume and to absorb the peaceful ambience of the buildings with Nature’s beauty displayed with such elegance.

But enough of the words, just look at the images . . .

The Church produced:

A Golden Treasury

The Chapel featured arrangements entitled:

That’s Life

PS Some of the images are not as camera shake-free as I would have liked. With a catalogue and pencil in one hand, a handbag and umbrella hanging from my shoulder, and camera in the other hand, I wasn’t as balanced as I should have been!

Closure of Grafton Road, Geddington









Northamptonshire Highways

Have advised that Grafton Road, Geddington
will be

7am to 7pm


Saturday & Sunday, 12 & 13th July

There is a Tough Mudder event at Boughton Park this weekend and part of the course crosses and re-crosses Grafton Road.
The closure starts (approximately) at the Wood Street junction with Grafton Road and finishes at Grafton Underwood.
The accompanying map (click on the link to bring it up) helpfully shows the diversion route that can be taken.
If you require more information about the event, please contact the organiser, Matt Ginieres on 07522 417325.
For more information about road closures, please contact:
Regulations Technician, Riverside House, Floor 4, Riverside Way, Northampton NN1 5NX. Tel: 01604 364358.

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