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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.


The GVFB Trundle 2016

Most of the village will have received

a brand new newspaper this week entitled


It’s a terrific publication and an innovative method of publicising an event in Geddington. If you’ve received this, then there’s no need to reiterate all the details here. If you haven’t, then click on this .pdf link:
or go to the Diary page and stroll down to 25 September.

However, one thing did catch my attention, the organisers hope to recreate the 1950s events called the Battle of the Brook. Now if you weren’t in the village in the 1950s, then you might like to see what it was all about. To do so, go to our Home page and put ‘Battle of the Brook’ in the search box. It will come up with a number of posts, but the best ones to go to are the first one, ‘The Battle of the Brook’ and the last one, ‘The Battle Rages On’.  Here you will see videos of the battle! It will be interesting to see what differences sixty years will make.

Best of luck, and weather, for both events!




Geddington Tennis Club

Geddington Tennis Club

Geddington Tennis Club is offering coaching lessons this month, continuing into October. The leaflet drop around the village recently gives all the sessions, groups and costs, plus lots of other details. If you haven’t received one, then go to the bottom of this page.

However, the history of the Club may be of interest to those residents who have moved here in the last 10 – 30 years as its origins go back to the late 1940s. Jack Miller, a founder of this village sports club, wrote the following (shortened for this posting) history for The Newsletter in 1994.

At that time, Geddington had only 4 tennis courts – two in the vicarage grounds and two owned privately. Regrettably, the vicarage courts left a lot to be desired owing to the very uneven surfaces. It was, therefore, considered by a few keen village tennis enthusiasts, that it was time to form our own tennis club.

At that time the space at the rear of the Village Hall was just very rough ground, with weeds almost jungle height. A small committee was formed, who obtained the authority from the Geddington Village Hall committee to proceed with exploring the possibility of providing two hard courts on this site. (The Bowls Club came later in the 50s and early 60s.)

Donations from village residents enabled the Club to be formed and they soon deemed the site suitable; permission was obtained to proceed; now all that was required was money and effort. The funds were raised quicker than anticipated and at the same time work was started by club members to clear the site, although the amount of soil that had to be moved needed the mechanical power of tractors and other machinery. At this time Stewarts & Lloyds (later British Steel) were re-lining a furnace and tons of suitable hard core became available for the foundations: the company also made a £75 donation.

The courts 21st century

The courts 21st century

Sufficient funds were available to engage professionals to level and lay the courts and when that was completed, Club members erected the steel posts and netting surrounds. All the brickwork was constructed from furnace bricks and are still there to this day. We now required a Clubhouse, so six members travelled to Wellingborough to buy a house. No, not quite mad, Wellingborough Council were selling pre-fabricated houses and, with suitable modifications, it was agreed it would suit our purpose and, at £30, our pocket. A further charge of £50 saw it dismantled, transported and re-erected. Members then laid the base, re-felted the roof and laid on the supply of water and electricity. The ladies took on the furnishing and interior decoration.

Floodlighting 21st century

Floodlighting 21st century

In the early 60s, flood lighting on both courts was installed and we believed at the time, that we were the only Club in the area with flood lighting which allowed play throughout the year. So, in a little over two years, Geddington had two first-class tennis courts, which all began with £5 donations, a few tennis enthusiasts, the inspiration of James Harker, our first and only Chairman until his demise, and Gordon Hopkins, our long-standing secretary, together with the goodwill of numerous village supporters.”

The Club secretary, Graham Love, told, that since then the courts were resurfaced about 7-8 years ago and the flood lights modernised about ten years ago.  Now , with new coaching arrangements, the Club is definitely gathering momentum for the next 76 years.

Coaching by Tennis Coach Wayne Tideswell
Dates: September 12th, 26th and October 3rd, 10th, 17th
Each date is divided into 5 x 55 minutes and a guide for each group is as follows:
3.45 – 4.40pm Beginners/under 6s
4.45 – 5.40pm Older beginners/under 8s
5.45 – 6.40pm Intermediates/under 11s
6.45 – 7.40pm Intermediates & advanced/under 18s
7.45 – 8.40pm Adults
There will be a maximum of 8 participants in each group. However, one-to-one coaching or smaller group coaching can also be arranged.
Sessions cancelled due to weather will be re-arranged at a later date.
Fees: £25 for 5 weeks
To book: Email or call 07732 946249.


‘Be Clear on Cancer’ Campaign

Northamptonshire County Council (Public Health) are running a ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ Campaign from July to October this year.

You may have seen the television advertising;
this news article below just enforces the message.


In July, Public Health England launched a new Be Clear on Cancer campaign.

The campaign highlights that a cough for three weeks or more could be a sign of lung disease, including cancer, and that if you get out of breath doing everyday things that you used to be able to do, like mowing the lawn, it could be sign of lung or heart disease, or even cancer.

While it may well be nothing serious, the campaign makes it clear that if you have either of these symptoms (or you know someone who does) you should go to your doctor.

Finding these conditions early can make a huge difference as it makes them more treatable so you’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting checked out.

Who is the campaign aimed at?

The campaign is aimed at men and women aged 50 and over, as well as their family and friends. People over 50 are most at risk of having undiagnosed respiratory illness and make up 97% of lung cancer diagnoses.

Visit: The Be Clear on Cancer website and PHE Campaign Resource Centre for more information.
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