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GEDD-STOCK Roars from the White Lion

Gedd-Stock is happening this year, on Sunday 20th July. Last year’s event had to be cancelled due to the untimely death of Harry Kelly of The White Lion.
Rick Loake, organiser of the music festival, comments:

“This year will be the 12th event, which so far, has raised over £28,000 for charity.  Only a one-dayer this year, but guaranteed the best music festival and fund-raising event around – as it always is.

The day starts at 12noon and finishes around 9pm. I have seven bands lined up, plus single acts. In the bar there will be an acoustic mic session, hosted by Ollie Woods: there will be children’s entertainment and a bouncy castle, plus food, a Real Ale bar, T-shirts for sale and a variety of stalls.”GeddStock title

Rick continues: “Every year I have organised Gedd-Stock, we have been fortunate with helpers and volunteers coming forward. If you would like to get involved, give me a ring on 07711 910860 or The White Lion on 01536 742226. Every year we have had generous sponsors and donations of raffle prizes. If you or your company would like to contribute, your name will be displayed on the notice boards at the side of the stage.”

Rick is offering space to stall holders and anyone wishing to have a stall should contact the numbers above.

Rick also adds that the bands are providing their services free of charge, as usual, but for a couple of beers and a burger.

The named charities this year are:
The Cransley Hospice, Bowel and Stomach Cancer Research
The St John’s Ambulance Service and The Samuel Lee Charity

Rick would like to thank Pat, Colin and Perks of the White Lion, for their support and looks forward to seeing everyone on the day – and hopes you all have a great day! Read more →

The Women’s Tour is Here!

“The Women’s Tour is Coming”

 – was the intriguing message we’ve been getting for some weeks now and the Riders didn’t disappoint us.

And didn’t Geddington do them proud?

2 Cones

Before the rush

1 No Parking sign

All children present and correct

All children present and correct

From the quiet and car-less streets first thing this morning, to 11.15am, when Grafton Road, the Eleanor Cross, West Street and Newton Road were all filled with excited school children and residents keen to watch this prestigious event.

Two members of the police rolling road closure team

Two members of the police rolling road closure team

4 Police motor cycleNorthamptonshire Police have perfected their rolling road closure exercise and it was interesting to see it in action. The first police motor cycle, complete with flashing blue and white lights, blips, sirens and other loud sounds and greeted by loud cheers and flag-waving from the children, rolled down Grafton Road to the bottom of Wood Street, stopped and waited. Shortly another motor cycle came and took his position in Wood Street and the first one moved off to the bottom of Church Hill. As each motor cycle rolled down the road, so the front leaders moved onto the next  road leading off from the Route. Every motor cycle was greeted by huge cheers from the children, the policemen, responding with smiles, waves and encouraging motions to ‘up’ the cheering.

Slap hands, kids!

Slap hands, kids!

One even came very slowly past the children, with his hand out so they could slap it as he went passed – undoing all the teachers efforts to keep the children away from the pavement edge and pressed back against the wall!

Event Marshalls

Event Marshalls

Friends Life vehicle

Friends Life vehicle

The cheers and flag-waving grew in intensity as the police motor cycles increased in numbers, with a shorter time between each appearance, until finally, there were some Official Tour vehicles, some Event Marshals, and then with a huge roar from engines and the crowd, around the corner came the massive peloton of Tour Riders. With their team colours glowing in the sunshine, their helmets gleaming and their wheels flashing, they were all past in a matter of seconds (from first to last Rider it was 74 seconds).

Following the Riders came the the team support vehicles with spare cycles on their roofs, sponsor’s vehicles, vehicles containing dignitaries, more police vehicles and bringing up the rear, an ambulance.

Leaders of the pack as it came through Geddington were members of the Boels Dolman and United Healthcare Teams, followed closely by the Wiggle Team. But the Race lasts five days, so plenty of time for changes at the front.

Congratulations must be sent to the organisers of this event, the Sweetspot Group, as well as the sponsors and, of course, our County council for giving us the opportunity of seeing an unusual and spectacular event.

Debbie Kemp, and her parents, watch her friends and former colleagues

Debbie Kemp, and her parents, watch her friends and former colleagues

Debbie Kemp, a former Rider and Publicity Manager for the Tour of Britain, and now living in Geddington, commented: “The idea of  having a Ladies Tour is fantastic and what is so good now, is that after over twenty years, the Ladies have got equal pegging with the lads. This is the first race where equal sponsorship money has been available – and it’s significant money too.

There’s also another milestone here, because this is the first International Team Race in the UK. A great event all round.

To follow the Tour go to www.

Further images of the Tour and if you have any you would like to share with visitors to this site, please send them to us via our email.

The Riders' view of the Eleanor Cross

The Riders’ view of the Eleanor Cross

Surface Dressing on Roads

‘Working to ensure road surfaces last longer.’

Northamptonshire Highways have advised that it is now the season for surface dressing of roads.  This is undertaken as part of their on-going, low-cost annual maintenance programme.

Communications Manager, Ms Miller comments: “Our surface dressing season runs from early April to the end of May and is very specific, due to road temperatures, as it cannot be carried out in cold or wet weather.  Bitumen and chippings provide added protection to the road surface and are used to restore skidding resistance and seal the road against surface water.”

Advance notice will be given where and when the resurfacing will be done, but Highways also asks that people assist them by moving vehicles before work is started, as this will prevent them from being damaged and help to complete the job.

Whilst the streets of Geddington seldom have this work done, surrounding roads leading into the village do, so the usual 20mph speed, and special care, is needed when travelling over them.

Further information can be obtained from:
Communications Manager, Northamptonshire Highways
Brioxworth Depot, Harborough Road, Northampton NN6 9BX


Geddington By-pass Opening

Geddington By-pass Opening 23rd May 2014


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.


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


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.”


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


            Bluebird Formula E car

            Silverstone F1 racing car

            Silverstone Aston Martin and Ferrari

            BMW Corby Electric car

            Renault Corby Electric car


            Police car


            Fire engine


            Double-decker buses for children

 Also joining the cavalcade are articulated lorries from:

RS Components


            Knights of Old

            Wyvern Cargo



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.


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!!”





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


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.


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.


Details can be found on the Tour website, on Facebook at and Twitter @thewomenstour#WT2014.


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!”

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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





Gt Oakley bridge 1

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


View from Lt Oakley bridge 1

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.


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.


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.



Why not try Bowls?


It’s friendly

It’s fun

It will help keep you fit

and it’s free to try.

Bowling ball

Queen Street closure in May 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, 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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


John Sutton
Chairman of the Trustees


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


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!


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

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