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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 …

This month in the garden – September

September  …   blow soft,

till the fruit’s in the loft


This month in the garden – August

High Summer … holiday time …

Summer Holidays by the Sea

Give it a go,
with sandcastles.

NB This article appeared in the summer issue of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) magazine – Lifeboat – the Charity that is manned by volunteers, for saving lives at sea.

Contact details:, tel: 0300 300 9990, by post: RNLI HQ, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ

Flower Festival 2019


Plenty of Artistic Flair could be found in the church of St Mary Magdalene during the week-end of 6th and 7th July. The chosen theme was well demonstrated by a wide variety of wonderful floral interpretations of art, artists, fashion, music and even home decorating. Where else would you see a floral tin of emulsion?

All the flower arrangers and everyone who helped with the show are to be congratulated for their enthusiasm and tremendous efforts to make the church look beautiful.

A major highlight of the week-end was the concert on Saturday evening. Organised by Chris Hills, our church director of music, he and Frances Hynes together with her talented family and friends, entertained the audience with a delightful range of music for flute, piano and organ, cleverly based on the flower festival theme. It was their ninth concert performance for us and they are to be commended for their musical flair and their continued support. It really is a lovely evening, to be able to listen to fine live music with a glass of wine in such a wonderful historic setting surrounded by top class floral displays.

We are grateful for the kind compliments received during the week-end and we wish to convey sincere thanks to everyone who came along and supported our festival. We are pleased to say that you helped us to raise over £1600 towards church funds, a princely sum.

There are more events coming up, especially the annual Christmas Tree Festival and we hope that you will continue to come along and enjoy the festivities. Everyone is always welcome, not only as visitors but we are always looking for new participants and support behind the scenes at our various functions. is also extremely grateful for this floristic report, complete with wonderful floriated images (well, I had to find something appropriate!) thank you.

The Flower Festival for next year is already programmed in so everyone, please take note:



If you would like to contact us about any of our functions, we can usually be found at the coffee mornings in the church held on the last Saturday of every month from 10.00am until 12 noon. So, why not come along for a chat, have a cuppa and even enjoy a slice of cake or two. You do not have to be a church member, and we emphasise again that everyone is welcome.

Vic Crouse & Margaret Leaton

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