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Geddington By-pass Opening

Geddington By-pass Opening 23rd May 2014

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County Councillor Jim Harker reports: 

“I am very pleased indeed to say that, at last, the Geddington By-pass (otherwise known as the “Corby Link Road”) will be opened by the Roads Minister, Robert Goodwill, at 12noon on Friday 23rd May 2014.

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The ceremony will take place at the Barford Bridge end of the bypass and all are welcome to attend.

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Arrangements are being made to transport Geddington school children to the site where they will assist with the ribbon cutting and receive a memento of the occasion.”

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After the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be a cavalcade of vehicles, consisting of:

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            Bluebird Formula E car

            Silverstone F1 racing car

            Silverstone Aston Martin and Ferrari

            BMW Corby Electric car

            Renault Corby Electric car

            Motorbikes

            Police car

            Ambulance

            Fire engine

            Gritter

            Double-decker buses for children

 Also joining the cavalcade are articulated lorries from:

RS Components

            Weetabix

            Knights of Old

            Wyvern Cargo

            Carlsberg

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Councillor Harker added, “And, of course, our very own Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade’s fire engine ‘The Queen Eleanor‘, will be driven along the route of the new road.

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The Queen Eleanor Fire Engine

The Queen Eleanor Fire Engine

This is a great day for Geddington.  The impact from traffic going through the village will be hugely reduced, especially as nearly all of the heavy goods vehicles will be removed. It is the culmination of a fight that has been waged for over forty years and is a great credit to everyone who has taken part in the campaign over these years.  Hooray!!”

THE WOMEN’S CYCLE TOUR

Women's Tour V1THE WOMEN’S CYCLE TOUR

WEDNESDAY 7th MAY 2014.

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Northamptonshire County Council is proud to host the first Women’s Tour of Britain for its start and first day in our county.

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The Tour is a five day event, starting in Oundle on Wednesday 7th May at 11.00 am and passes through Grafton Underwood, Geddington, Rushton and other villages on its way to the end of the first day in Northampton.

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It is scheduled to travel from Brigstock to Grafton, turning right at the Geddington turn at approximately 11.10 am on Wednesday 7th May, continuing via Boughton House, down Grafton Road into Geddington, up West Street and leaving via Newton Road, between 11.15 am and 11.45 am approximately.

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Details can be found on the Tour website www.womenstour.co.uk, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thewomenstour and Twitter @thewomenstour#WT2014.

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County Councillor, Jim Harker comments: “I am very pleased that the County Council has been able to secure this important international event for Northamptonshire, and hope that as many people as possible will turn out on the day to cheer on the riders!”

woments_ tour_hogoWomen's Tour V2

The New A43

The Geddington Bypass
The Corby Link Road
The New A43

Whatever you know it by, this road is nearing completion.  It seems a long time since this road was first mooted and it has been – decades. A potted history is set out below, but first some images of what we shall be seeing:

The view from the Great Oakley bridge looking towards Kettering

The view from the Great Oakley bridge looking towards Kettering

 

 

View from Great Oakley Bridge looking north, the Railway Cottages can be seen in the far left

View from Great Oakley Bridge looking north, the Railway Cottages can be seen in the far left

 

 

 

 

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The road leading to the Great Oakley bridge, with the ‘Keith is 60’ railway bridge just visible over the brow of the bridge

 

The view of the Great Oakley road from the other side of the Railway bridge

The view of the Great Oakley road from the other side of the Railway bridge

 

 

 

 

 

The view from the Little Oakley bridge, the Great Oakley bridge in the distance

The view from the Little Oakley bridge, the Great Oakley bridge in the distance

 

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View from the Little Oakley Bridge, looking north

 

 

 

 

 

The new view of the viaduct.

The new view of the viaduct.

 

And finally, one of the new signs, this one taken from north of Weekley, showing the new road name - the A43 through Geddington is now the A4300.

And finally, one of the new signs, this one taken from north of Weekley, showing the new road name – the A43 through Geddington is now the A4300.

 

 

 

 

All these images were taken on Sunday 13th April 2014.

The Opening Ceremony will be performed by Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary Department for Transport, on Friday 23rd May at 12noon

Further details on the opening will follow shortly.

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Play Bowls – The Sport for All

Geddington & Newton Bowls Club are holding their annual Open Day on Saturday 17th May from 10am – 4pm.  (See Events Diary for more information, including contact details.) The invitation is open to all who are interested, or could become interested, in playing this sport.

Bowls truly is the ‘sport for all’. It can be played by all ages, abilities and sexes, making it the perfect sport for all members of the family to enjoy together.

Geddington & Newton Bowling Club was formed in 1983 when a number of local residents each put in £1 to get the club started. By 1984/5 enough money was raised to start construction on the green at Geddington.  The Club has gone from strength to strength over the years since then and now boasts one of the best greens in the county, consistently being awarded an A grade over the last ten years.

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A perfect day for bowls!

A perfect day for bowls!

Geddington & Newton Bowling Club play friendly games on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  After the game, a meal is provided and it is usual to treat your opponent to a drink at the bar.  Friendly games are also played on Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  After these games usually a light supper is provided and the bar is, of course, open.  The T & T club meet every Tuesday & Thursday afternoon for an organised roll up with no food provided. This is a very good place to learn to play the game of bowls: everyone is welcome.

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Coaching lessons are available.

Coaching lessons are available.

Geddington & Newton Bowling Club are very proud of their coaching facilities.

They have two registered and insured Level 3 coaches to look after you.

Come along any Tuesday evening in May or June and join in our coaching sessions.

 

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Why not try Bowls?

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It’s friendly


It’s fun


It will help keep you fit


and it’s free to try.

Bowling ball

www.gandnbc.webeden.co.uk

Queen Street closure in May

Geddington.net has been advised that the National Grid will be installing a new gas main in Queen Street, Geddington.

The work will take up to four days and starts on:
Monday 12th May.

During the works, the National Grid advises that it will not be possible to maintain through traffic and therefore the road will be CLOSED from
No. 40 Queen Street, all the way down to the Post Office.

The accompanying map (click on it to get full size) shows the detail and, as usual, the red line is the road to be closed and the blue lines, the diversions.

Please note that vehicular access to the Post Office & Teashop, the Chapel, the Village Hall and Askew’s Hairdressing can only be made from the north, via Bridge Street and the old bridge and ford. At this stage,  geddington.net has been told that access by foot should not be a problem.

If you require further information about the works, please contact Bulbul Uddin on 01724 848246.

Queen Street closure

Source:
The Regulations Senior Officer
Northamptonshire County Council
Highways, Transport & Infrastructure
Riverside House
Bedford Road
Northampton NN1 5NX

 

The Newsletter Lives On!

Yes … once again The Newsletter has been saved from demise!
Helen Martin of The Woodlands, Geddington will be our new editor from the summer issue onwards. Helen will be shadowing Beth during production of the spring issue prior to taking over full editorial responsibilities.

 

Helen, a young mother of two, moved to Geddington 3 years ago. Her family home is near Market Harborough, so Helen knows the delights of our little corner of Northamptonshire very well!

 

On behalf of The Newsletter committee, I would like to welcome Helen to our happy, hard-working group of volunteers. The editorial role is demanding and absolutely critical to The Newsletter continuing, so we are extremely grateful that Helen has the enthusiasm and skills to rise to the challenge.

 

I would also like to thank Beth, our current editor, for her tireless endeavours to ensure a ‘smooth transition’ of her Newsletter editorial skills and responsibilities … especially at a time when Beth has so much to organise with her family’s forthcoming move back to the United States. Thank you, Beth.You are a marvel!

 

So the Newsletter will continue to drop through your letterbox each quarter … HOORAY!!

 

Helen Martin - taking on the Newsletter from the summer issue

Helen Martin – taking on the Newsletter from the summer issue

Lynette Litman

Chair, The Newsletter

The Samuel Lee Memorial Lunch

The Samuel Lee Memorial Lunch took place in glorious spring sunshine on Sunday, March 9th.  Sixty-three people sat down to enjoy the meal, which was well up to the high standard we have come to expect from Classic Catering.

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The toast to the Memory of Samuel Lee was proposed by Jim Harker, who gave an entertaining and nostalgic account of his memories of life in Geddington over the past seventy years.

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A surprise and very welcome intervention was made by Councillor Jonathan Bullock, who presented the Charity with a grant of £500, which he had donated from his Borough Council Community Fund.

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This was followed by the auction, which has become a regular feature of these occasions.  It produced some lively and highly competitive bidding and, together with an excellent raffle, helped significantly to enhance the funds of the Charity.  The total raised on the day was £758.

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The Trustees acknowledge with thanks, generous contributions to the auction and raffle by Philip Hollobone, MP, the Boughton Estate, Rockingham Cars, Paul and Pam Hopkins, the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade, Askew’s Hairdressing and other donors.   The support given by them and by all those who attended is greatly appreciated.

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As ever, the Samuel Lee Charity stands ready to help any resident of Geddington, Newton or Little Oakley who is in need of assistance.

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John Sutton
Chairman of the Trustees

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There follows an exerpt from Cllr Harker’s talk – the full speech is included in the Samuel Lee Charity page.

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As I walk from my house in Wood Street to the Post Office to collect my paper every morning, I often reflect on the fact that the view that my eyes take in has really not changed at all from a hundred years ago and more. The Church is the same, the Cross is the same, the bridge is the same, the houses are the same, the brook is the same, the people I meet walking their dogs share the same “Good morning!” greeting that they have done for generations – for centuries probably. That’s what I love about Geddington – its permanence, its friendliness.  It’s home!

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The Samuel Lee Charity is a good example of this permanence. For over three hundred years, the men and women of Geddington have gathered together every Christmastide, in the light of rush lamps, or candles, or oil lamps, or electric lights, over the centuries, to dispense the proceeds of this Charity to the elderly members of the village, and to remember the generosity and concern for those in need, of Samuel Lee, Ranger of Geddington Chase. May it continue for many centuries to come.

The stone tomb of Samuel Lee

The stone tomb of Samuel Lee

Postscript to the new road closures

AN  UPDATE

Geddington.net has just been advised that:

“Work on the completion of the new road bridge and the re-alignment of the existing Little Oakley to Great Oakley road will take 2 days longer than expected.

As such the road between Great Oakley and Little Oakley won’t be fully open until the early hours of Sunday, 16th March 2014 and not early on Friday as first stated.”

This will mean that:

“The unclassified road between Newton Road and Mill Hill, Great Oakley will now be closed on the morning of Sunday 16th March 2014.”

The knock-on effect means that:

“The section of Newton Road between the Newton T Junction and A6003 Barford Bridge roundabout will subsequently be closed on Friday 28th March 2014 and will be fully re-opened on Saturday 12th April 2014.”

DON’T PLAN YOUR JOURNEY UNTIL YOU READ THIS!

More Road Closures

This may not be as bad as it seems, only your travel itinerary can tell.

The constructors, Interserve Constructors Ltd, have alerted us to the following information.

“As part of the continuing works on the A43 Corby Link Road, it will be necessary to close two local unclassified roads to complete essential works.

The following closures will take place, starting tomorrow,
Friday 14th March and will be completed by Saturday 12th April.

Phase 1 – On the morning of Friday 14th March 2014, the unclassified road between Newton Road and Mill Hill, Great Oakley will be closed to allow the completion of the new road bridge and side roads. It is anticipated that this road will be fully re-opened on the morning of Friday 28th March 2014.

Local Traffic (excluding Heavy Goods Vehicles)

o         Traffic from Newton and Geddington will be diverted westbound on Newton Road to the new Barford Bridge roundabout, onto the A6003 northbound to Corby and Great Oakley.

o         Traffic from Great Oakley will be diverted down the A6003 southbound to the new Barford Bridge roundabout, use the 2nd exit towards Newton and Geddington.

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Phase 2 – On the morning of Friday 28th March 2014, Newton Road between the Newton T junction and the A6003 Barford Bridge roundabout will be closed to allow the road to be repaired. It is anticipated that this road will be fully re-opened on Saturday 12th April 2014.

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Local Traffic (excluding Heavy Goods Vehicles)

·        Traffic from Newton and Geddington will be diverted towards Great Oakley and the A6003 Oakley Hay roundabout.”

Tree fellers at it again!

The Sequoiadendron giganteum,

– better known to us as
the Wellingtonia tree.

This tree has the distinction of being the largest living thing on earth, although you couldn’t say that about the two trees in Queen Street, opposite the Post Office.
This tree can reach a height of over 60ft although the record is a tree in California that stands at 280ft – again, you couldn’t say that about the two on Queen Street.
This tree is also fast growing and has roots that spread out, not down.

Now this you can say about these two trees.The roots have spread so far that they are damaging the stone retaining wall that fronts the Queen Street footpath, to the point of its being dangerous.Kettering Borough Council has instructed Mr & Mrs Askew, the owners of The Croft, to rebuild the wall. Read more →

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