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The Drop-in Session

Sunday 12th March 2017

11am – 2pm

The Parish Plan and what it’s all about.
An Exhibition of the Plan and some of the village organisations that make the village what it is.

 and, of course, where would an event at the Village Hall be without the essential refreshments?

Dallington Charity rep: Paul

Queen Street Road Closure Notice

A small, but important, part of Queen Street will be closed for up to four days from 3rd April: this will allow contractors to install a gas supply to No 1 Queen Street.

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Diversion knowledge is essential if you are a visitor to the village, however, residents who use the bridge and ford, from either direction, will be aware that access will have to be via the A4300 (New Road on the map), whether from West Street or Queen Street.

Map and contact details below:

How fortunate (or perhaps carefully planned) that Geddington school is closed for the Easter break from 31st March to 19th April.

Now you see it, now you don’t!

Storm Doris created much damage and destruction throughout parts of Great Britain and Geddington also had its problems.

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One of the trees that was damaged in the village, was one that affected the use of the ford. Previously this tree had been pollarded, but despite the lowering of its crown, its roots weren’t strong enough to stand up to the winds in late February.

Our keen-eyed correspondent, Frank Harding, was on hand to capture the removal of the tree by photo image and film.

And how it was done . . .

Other damage, here in Grafton Road . . .

Northamptonshire County Council News

Adult Learning Courses.

The summer programme for adult learning courses, scheduled for April – July, can now be booked online. There are hundreds of courses covering dozens of subjects taking place at venues throughout Northamptonshire.

Go to: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk and search for ‘Adult Learning Courses.

 

 

“Boudicca in a Cottage”

“Boudicca in a Cottage”

A tribute to Angie Cooksley 1937–2017

On Wednesday 15 February, friends and family gathered at Geddington Church to celebrate the life of Angie Cooksley, who died peacefully on 2 February aged 80. This is the family eulogy that we would like to share with those who were unable to attend the service, or for those present who requested to read it again. Please do feel free to share with anyone who would like to read it. It was read at the funeral by Angie’s granddaughter.

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Please click on this link to read the eulogy:
Boudicca in a Cottage A Tribute to Angie Cooksley

And Now For Something Different – Part 2

Here is something else we don’t see very often, even though we live in a rural county, more 4-legged beasts, but this time SHEEP!

Watch out for the shepherd’s crook.

Many thanks, again, to Frank Harding, for being in the right place, at the right time, and having the right equipment!

Buccleuch Meadows Wildlife Pond

A seriously interested group of eight people met on a very wet evening, to discuss the next step in the revival and renewal of the wildlife pond in the Meadows.

Chaired by Nick Batchelor, Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council, the discussion first covered the reprise of the Wildlife Trust’s recommendations and then an update on the site clearance by the GVFB during January – considering some of the weather that we had in January, the members of the GVFB who did this work should be highly commended for their efforts!

The meeting then went on to discuss the planting of the areas that needed this most and it was decided that the sloping bank should be addressed first.

The sloped bank and log piles

The plants that were to be used would all have to be native species, as suggested by the Wildlife Trust, some of which could be transplanted in small quantities from other areas of the Meadows. Other plants can be purchased at a reasonable cost, but it was made plain that these plants must be suitable for wildlife ponds – not all the plants used in garden ponds are suitable, or native *.

The Wildlife Trust recommended that this work should be carried out during February, weather permitting, as some wildlife would be making its way to wet areas by then.

The course of the old river. Fed by natural springs, so still used by nature if not by man.

However, the whole of the Meadows is a designated flood plain and although it’s been a particularly dry winter so far, there are still lots of damp and wet places in the Meadows, not to mention the River Ise and the old river bed near the path,

However, in order to give a home to those insects and mammals that would be attracted to the pond, a date was set for the first plantings to take place on 18 February. If the weather is not suitable, then an alternative date of 25 February was suggested.  Who will be doing the transplanting? Several members of the group offered their services, well, we did start this post with the words: “seriously interested people”.

Other useful suggestions that cropped up during the meeting included contacting:
– Brigstock Country Park as a source of information and possibly plants, if they are doing a partial pond clearance at any time,
– Boughton Estates, for the same reasons,
– Asking for donations of plants from village residents, subject to the proviso mentioned above *.
The Wildlife Trust recommend the following plants for wetlands and water margins: Water Mint, Gypsywort, Greater Bird’s-foot Trefoil, Water Chickweed and Water Forget-me-not, as well as less common species such as Mare’s-tail, Bur-marigold, Golden and Marsh Dock. By no means a complete list, but the pond isn’t a very large one, by any measure.

Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre

Finally, the subject of recording wildlife was touched on. When (and not if) wildlife is seen not only in the pond, but throughout any part of the village, then the following organisation is the one to go to, to record the sightings:

website: northantsbrc.org.uk/record/introduction
email: nbrc@northantsbrc.org.uk

One last comment: any work in the Meadows, donated by the Duke of Buccleuch to the village, are subject to the approval and permission of the Parish Council. Nick will take a report of the meeting back to the February PC Meeting on Monday 13 February, where it is hoped, the suggestions and decisions will be ratified.

 

Wildlife Pond, Walter Buccleuch Meadows

Wildlife Pond Meeting

Our last article on the Wildlife Pond in the Meadows, published on 24 December, mentioned a meeting that would be held in January, to consider the next steps.

Parish Councillor Nick Batchelor has announced the date and venue of this meeting and sent out the invitations. Nick has said,

“The invitees are:

Representatives from the Parish Council
Residents who have shown interest from the outset and throughout
Representatives from the GVFB
We are hoping for at least one or two residents with experience of ponds and identifying water species, as transplanting some species from the immediate vicinity is the key and main item to be discussed.

Nick stressed that, “We will only be discussing the next steps and not events to date.”

The meeting is to be held on
Tuesday 31st January at 7.30 in the Village Hall.

Agenda

  1. Welcome and scene set
  2. Confirmation and reprise of WT Recommendations
  3. Update on side-project – clearance works
  4. Next steps – the transplanting
    i.  Extraneous works in addition to transplanting
    ii. Identifying the species to plant
    iii. Identifying the ‘right time’ regards weather and thus, timescale.
    iv. Agreeing the work party
    v. Method statement and approvals
  5. Registering endangered species
  6. AOB

Nick finally commented, “Whilst the meeting is open to the public, participation will be limited to invitees with vested interest/expertise, and on the planned work party, so we can expedite matters.”

 

Now for something a little different!

A visitor to the website has sent us a puzzle. He has a silver medallion with the word Geddington on it, so naturally sent it to Geddington’s website to see if anyone can identify it.

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Actually, it might not be Geddington as only the letters GEDD  are shown, but it’s worth asking the village .

There are two images – front and back (or to be numismatically correct – obverse and reverse) and as you can see, it is not much bigger than a 20p piece. The engraved letters read, from the top:

USHER
(it might have another letter in front, but it is worn at that point,
B’HAM
WINNERS
GEDD & D.V.C.L.
1930

At the bottom, the engraving is: C.U. followed by an assay mark – the middle mark is a Lion, denoting silver, but the other two marks are illegible.

The obverse side shows a copper-coloured shield, surrounded by a belt and buckle, topped with a crown.

It’s been mounted on a key-ring, although it is not known if this was the original idea.

If you have any information, please get in touch with us via our email, which is: editor@geddington.net, and I’ll pass the information on to our enquirer.

 

The Woodland Pytchley Hunt

A Hunt is an iconic scene that we see less often these days, but in January the ford was the place to be if you wished to see this once typical countryside scene.

Our thanks to Frank Harding
for all the images and the video.

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