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Scout Post 2016

Let the Scouts deliver your Christmas cards!

Post your cards from 28 November to 13 December.

Cost per card is 25pscoutpost-1

Scoutboxes can be found:
Near the Cross
Skeffington Close
Near the Post Office
Geddington School
Newton &

Cards are delivered to:  Barton Seagrave    Braybrooke    Broughton    Burton Latimer    Cranford    Cransley    Desborough    Geddington    Grafton Underwood    Isham    Kettering    Little Cransley    Loddington    Mawsley    Newton    Old    Orton    Pytchley    Rothwell    Rushton    Warkton    Walgrave  and  Weekley.

scout-post-areaPlease do not post cards for places not on this list, or outside the red line on this map, as the Scouts are unable to deliver them.



Address cards with:
Recipient’s name
Number of house
Name of street


A14/A43 Junction Traffic Works & Closures

Resurfacing work will be carried out at the roundabout junction of the A14 and the A43 (junction 8), near Kettering this month.


Because of the scale of the works and to protect the public and workforce, some road closures are needed on the roundabout over two weekends.

1. The first closure will be from 8pm on Friday,18 November to 6am on Monday 21 November.

2. The second closure will be from 8pm on Friday 25 November to 6am on Monday 28 November.

1. The roundabout closures will be phased with the east side of the roundabout closed on the first weekend (Kettering side). The slip roads, both on and off the A14 eastbound will also be closed.

2. The west side of the roundabout will be closed on the second weekend (Broughton side). The slip roads, both on and off the A14 west bound will also be closed at this time.

A fully signed diversion route will be in place whilst the closures are in place, including the A14 messaging signs.

Christmas Services in the Church

St Mary Magdalene Church has many services and events planned during December, so it makes sense, and possibly easier for you to put in your diary, to list them all on one page.

Friday 2nd December 7pm Christmas Pantomime
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December, Christmas Tree Festival (see Diary for times)
Tuesday 6th December 7.30pm Traditional Mass for the death of Queen Eleanor
Sunday 11th December 9.45am Confirmation Service, Bishop John Flack
Friday 16th December 6.30pm Carols around the Village
Sunday 18th December 4pm Carol Concert
Christmas Eve  3pm & 4pm Christingle Services
                         11pm Midnight Mass
Christmas Day  9.45am Christmas Service Sung Eucharist 
Geddington Christmas Tree Festival 2009

Geddington Christmas Tree Festival 2009

Many thanks to Kris Seward, Church Administrator, for supplying this information.
Christmas Services and Events in Geddington & Weekley

Christmas Services in Geddington & Weekley

This page will remain in the NEWS column.


18th Century Rector of Little Oakley has had a request from Ian Keable, who is looking for information about William Nicholls, who was appointed Rector of Little Oakley in September 1728.


Ian mentions the information that he has been given so far on this gentleman.  It appears that at the same time as holding the post of Rector, he was also Curate of Scaldwell and lived in Scaldwell rather than Little Oakley. He had 5 daughters, none of whom married, so there are no ancestors to trace. He was also buried in Scaldwell in 1756.

Ian has been in touch with a local historian at Scaldwell, who has given him all the information he knows.

Is there a local historian in Geddington, Newton or, of course, Little Oakley, who may be able to provide yet more information on this 18th century Rector?

Contact details for Ian Keable are:
Tel: 020 7263 0261
Mob: 0771 042 0912

PS The image above is neither William Nicholls nor Ian Keable, it is just a representation and, I hope, adds interest to the page!

11th November 2016

The 11th hour – the 11th day – the 11th month


Police & Crime Plan for Northamptonshire

policecommissionerI am Stephen Mold, your newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner.

I am launching a six week consultation period on our proposed Police & Crime Plan for Northamptonshire.


Since before becoming your Police and Crime Commissioner, I have both visited and listened to the views and concerns of the people in Northamptonshire. This draft Police & Crime Plan takes those views into account along with the views of the police.

I have proposed four priorities:

  •  Keeping the young safe
  •  Community partnerships
  •  Protecting people from harm
  •  Putting victims at the heart of justice

Prior to confirming these elements, I am looking for the view of residents in order to ensure the county’s Police & Crime Plan represents the people it is designed to keep safe.

Please can I ask that you complete my short survey

Thank you.
Stephen Mold
Wootton Hall | Northampton | NN4 0JQ
01604 888113

Memorial Service Invitation

The Revd Fr Rob Parker-McGee has issued an invitation to the annual All Soul’s Memorial Service at Geddington church.

In the Revd Parker-McGee’s words:

Dear Friends,

Re: St. Mary Magdalene, Geddington – Memorial Service – Sunday 30th October.

We would like to invite you to the annual All Soul’s Memorial Service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Geddington on Sunday 30th October at 5.30pm.

This is a special service in which the names of those who have died and you wish to remember are read out and an opportunity given to light a candle and say a prayer in their memory. If you would like a loved one’s name to be read during the service then please ensure that you record their name/s on the sheet available in church or email, before Wednesday 26th October. That way we can ensure that every name will be remembered in the service. All we ask is that you attend to support their memory.

We very much hope that this opportunity will prove of value to you and your family, and I look forward to seeing you on the 30th October.

With every blessing,

The Revd Fr Rob Parker-McGee
Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Geddington with Weekley

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County Council News of A43 Upgrade

Northamptonshire County Council

If your daily/weekly/monthly or occasional journey, takes you on the A43, you may like to keep the following news in mind.

The NCC has announced the start of work between Kettering and Northampton on the A43 in 2016, which will continue until early 2018.

“Work will soon start on the next phase of a Northamptonshire County Council project to improve the A43 between Kettering and Northampton.

The A43 Northampton to Kettering Stage Two, will see the building of a 1.2km dual carriageway from the existing Moulton roundabout, which will be re-constructed, to a newly built roundabout at Overstone Grange.

Work is due to start at the end of the month and is scheduled to last about 14 months (January/February 2018).

Improving the A43 between Northampton and Kettering is a key priority for the County Council as this will improve transport links and help facilitate economic growth.

Without the necessary money for the entire project it has been necessary to use innovative funding methods to get work started.

Part of this method involves dividing the route into phases and looking at each phase separately to see how they could be paid for by using a variety of funding streams, including section 106 money from housing developments.

Project schedule

To start with, work will take place off the existing A43 and will comprise site-clearance and construction of the new carriageway. While these initial works are taking place there will be minimal impact on the travelling public on the existing A43.

From mid-January, after the busy Christmas period, work will start to affect the existing A43. However every effort is being made to minimise disruption. Traffic management will be used in the form of coned lanes and contraflows but the use of temporary traffic lights will be kept to off-peak times, where possible.

Harvest Greetings from Geddington School

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Headteacher, Martin Adamson, has made several changes at the school and one would find it difficult to argue with the latest one. Instead of distributing harvest gifts to the senior citizens of Geddington, the school has decided to ‘Break with that tradition and send the food we collect to the Kettering Foodbank instead.

Mr Adamson continued: “Having spoken to a number of people around the village, we felt that the food packages we were sending, were not always very helpful and not really meeting the needs of those receiving them. By sending them to the Foodbank, they can be added to the wider collection and, as such, they will make a real difference to people in our area, who are in desperate need.”

The pupils of Class 4 created a poem, which has reproduced here (below), along with a lovely picture created by the Reception Class (above). Click on each to enlarge.

harvest-poemFor more details about the Foodbank, click on this image:



School Admissions 2017

School Admissions September 2017

It’s time to apply for a school place

School admissions for the September 2017 term at Northamptonshire schools are now open. No child is automatically allocated a place – please make sure of a place by applying to Northamptonshire County Council.

You can make an application for a:

Primary school place if your child has their 4th birthday between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017

Junior school place if your child has their 7th birthday between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 and is in year 2 at an infant school

Middle school place if your child has their 9th birthday between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 and is in year 4 at a lower school outside of Northamptonshire.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 15 January 2017.

How to apply:

Everything you need to apply is available on the school admission section of Northamptonshire County Council’s website. This includes the application form to be submitted online, guidance, information about how school places are allocated, the entire schools directory with contact details, Ofsted information, and each school’s admissions policy, and information about how to get help.


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