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Time2Listen

Are the police and criminal justice service providing the right support for people with mental illness?

This is the question being asked by Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner as he launches a Time2Listen mental health consultation. The consultation is now live at www.time2listennorthants.co.uk  – and is focussed on gaining a better understanding of the experience of people with mental illness, ADHD and Autism – and their interactions with the police and criminal justice service in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Police spends more than twenty percent of its time supporting victims of crime and detainees with mental health needs. Over the next three months, the commissioner wants to hear from local people to get a true picture of how effective the police and the criminal justice services are in supporting people with mental illness and what can be done to improve those interactions.

Stephen Mold said: “This is a really important consultation. One in four people experience mental illness, and while many have little or no contact with the police, it’s vital we take the time to listen and find out if individuals with mental ill health who are in contact – be it through their neighbourhood, as a victim or witness, or someone who has been involved in crime – are receiving the right support from the police and from the wider criminal justice system.”

“I want to hear from as many people as possible – we know there are lots of people with mental illness, ADHD and Autism that have had a very positive experience and received really good support, but similarly we know that for others this was definitely not the case. I urge people to get involved in the Time2Listen consultation and share their stories with us. This is a real opportunity to learn from people’s experiences.”

The Time2Listen consultation will hear from people via face to face interviews, telephone conversations, focus groups, workshops and by an online survey. The consultation is also open to parents, carers and loved ones of those with mental illnesses, ADHD and Autism.

The consultation is being led by Helen Cook, Head of Involvement and Communications at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

She said: “As well as speaking to people with experience of mental illness, Time2Listen will also consult with professionals and support agencies working within the criminal justice system, such as police officers, probation officers and mental health workers.

“We want to capture their feedback – both positive and negative on the effectiveness of current practices and discuss any potential barriers to improving services for people with mental illness, ADHD and Autism.“

The outcomes and any recommendations from the consultation will be shared with the Northamptonshire Mental Health Criminal Justice Board.

For more information about the Time2Listen consultation visit: www.time2listennorthants.co.uk

BIG DRAW 2017 – LIVING LINES

Geddington Brickyard Garden is hosting a

Community Arts Festival

Sunday 22nd October 2017

BIG DRAW 2017 – LIVING LINES

All are welcome to this exciting community art event – so come and have a go! No art experience required! This will be a fun day for family and friends – all ages are welcome.

There are 4 workshops throughout the day, try one or try them all!
‘Landlines’ 10.45 – 11.30am
‘Garden Lines’ 12.15 – 1.15pm
‘Human Lines’ 2.15 – 3.15pm
‘Imagined Lines’ 4 – 4.45pm
We welcome an audience who would ‘just like to watch’, but it would be great to have people joining in!

To book a place on the workshops you wish to attend (from one to all four) and for further information, then please email: gbg.action.group@gmail.com with the subject heading; ‘Big Draw 2017’ and state:
–  Number of people you are booking
–  Which workshop
–  Their ages (Ages: Under 11, 11-15, 16-18, 18 and over)
–  If you require disabled access (We are able to offer vehicular access up to the site, by arrangement.).
OR
Book on Eventbrite at this address: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-draw-living-lines-tickets-38341559637. For more information about Big Draw, please visit the Big Draw website – click on Festival.

For updates on this event, please visit the Geddington Brickyard Garden page in the Village Life column on this site or the Geddington Brickyard Garden Facebook page.

Please note: This event is running whatever the weather, we will have marquees and tents for shelter and refreshments. Dress for mess and the weather!

This event is being supported using Public Funding by Arts Council England and Kettering Borough Council.

Emma Davies drawing Living Lines at Sudborough Green Lodge, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

Food, Glorious Food!

St Mary Magdalene Church,
Geddington

For those who aren’t connected to Facebook, priest in charge, Rob Parker-McGee has posted the following information for residents of Geddington:

If you find yourself in need of some emergency supplies or fresh produce, there are some non-perishable provisions and some produce, fresh from the field, in the church porch – please feel free to help yourself!

EQUALLY, if you have a glut of produce in your garden or allotment or a few spare tins, why not drop it in to the church porch and share it with the village.

Police Commissioner – Consultation results

Following a successful public consultation,the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northamptonshire has announced that he has submitted the business case to the Home Office. The proposal is that governance of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service transfer from Northamptonshire County Council to his office. If accepted, Stephen Mold will become Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

The announcement follows an eight week public consultation in which 1212 people shared their views on the proposed change. The consultation sought opinions from people from across the county, including fire service employees, police personnel, and staff from Northamptonshire County Council.

The results of the consultation showed that overall 60.8 percent agreed with the proposal for the commissioner to govern the fire service, 31.7 percent disagreed and 7.5 percent neither agreed nor disagreed. Fire service employees were significantly in favour of the change with 92 percent of them agreeing to the transfer.

Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said:

“I am very happy with the outcome of the consultation. I’m confident this proposed change in governance is in the best interests of everyone in Northamptonshire. I’m particularly pleased that people working for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue service can see the benefits of the transfer, with 92 percent of respondents wanting to see the change occur.

The governance role is not operational, and the day to day running of the fire and rescue service remains with the Chief Fire Officer. My role is to provide a strong voice for our local communities, holding the Chief Fire Officer to account, and ensuring the public get an effective and efficient service that responds to our county’s needs.

The fire service in Northamptonshire has faced significant funding cuts for a number of years. It’s my ambition to increase investment in the service, particularly in the frontline. If the business case is accepted then we can begin the journey to make this a reality, and help make Northamptonshire safer.”

If the Home Office accepts the business case the change of governance would come in to effect from April 2018. The proposal follows recent changes in legislation as part of the government’s desire to create more collaboration between emergency services at local levels.

Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold explained:

Having a single governance model is a sensible proposal. Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service already work collaboratively and have led the way nationally on joint working – sharing buildings, vehicles and having joint operational teams.

The Village Hall needed you – and you turned up!

The weekend of the 12th and 13th August saw a mixed group of village residents turn up at the Village Hall and start to transform the look of the main hall.

It’s a huge project when you consider the height and breadth of the walls, and the length and width of the ceiling, not to mention all those window and door frames! But with professional equipment and vast quantities of paint, they set about their tasks and by this weekend, the 19th August, the Hall was looking brighter and cleaner than it had done, since it was last painted 15 years ago.

Overseer, John Doran, said, “Although the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade initiated this project, it was thanks to the volunteers from the many groups who use the Hall and the general community, that not only would the task be done, but it would be finished in record time.  Well done, Geddington!”

Well-deserved bacon butties on their way!

 

Geddington’s Saintly Priest

The Saxon origins of Geddington’s church,  the Church of St Mary Magdalene, have been recorded over the years, but recent developments have come to light and the Revd R T Parker-McGee has kindly shared these with Geddington.net.  Father Rob’s article centres on:

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The Shrine of Hagius
– Geddington’s Saintly Priest.

In a village as ancient as Geddington, there was most likely a church long before the still visible Saxon portion. In the stonework, it is still possible to see the Saxon arcading on what was the original exterior wall as well as the slope of the original roof structure.

Bones from a Saxon grave were discovered while the floor was being repaired in 1990, and it is thought that these were most likely from a Saxon priest/monk who will have served this church dutifully over 1000 years.

A shrine to Hagius ecclesiac capellanus
(Hagius Chaplain of the Church)

In the Chapel of Our Lady and Most Blessed Sacrament there is a monument to a significant saint-priest called Hagius. An inscription at the base of the monument (now below floor level) and Boughton House archives, claim that Hagius was Chaplain to the Church. He seems to have developed a reputation locally for great holiness and care for the local people. He died whilst celebrating the Eucharist. This is often considered as a significant and saintly way for a priest to die. Hagius quickly became considered locally as a saintly individual. His title, ‘Chaplain of the Church’, suggests that he was appointed by the priory or local monastic house and served the church possibly as early as C1000 (the date is still under investigation). He certainly seems to have been one of the earliest recorded priests of Geddington Church.

It is likely that the effigy you see pictured below dates from 1200 – 1300 A.D. It was not unusual for effigies to be built a few centuries after such individuals had died. St Cuthbert in Durham is a case-in-point.

Hagius Chaplain of the Church

In this effigy, Hagius’ priestly credentials are evidenced by the chalice, paten and bible which are placed lovingly in his hands. His saintly credentials evidenced by his long neck and tonsure – signs of devout holiness. The shrine of Hagius would have been a place of significant pilgrimage for centuries, as the Holy Water stoup to the left of the priest’s head signifies.

People will have travelled from miles around and visited this shrine, touched his hands and his face and then used the Holy Water to bless themselves before moving on. This is evidenced by its smooth wearing over time. This is because this saintly figure was recognised for his healing and protective credentials.

On the outside of the building there is clear evidence of pilgrims’ markings. In these photos, we can see further evidence that Geddington church was a place of pilgrimage. Pilgrims’ marks on the external walls such as these would often be left outside of significant pilgrimage sites.

Each year the church continues to run a day pilgrimage to the shrine. For further dates, details and services, please visit geddingtonchurch.org.uk.

The Magna Carta King in Geddington

“So there I was, a retired architect with an interest in history, watching a programme about King John’s lost treasure, supposedly lost in The Wash, when I saw an actor writing with a quill who mentioned the name Geddington. This, of course, caught my attention and as I had recorded the programme, I was able to replay it and find the name of Professor Stephen Church, who was involved in the investigation.”

Whilst not Vic Crouse’s exact words, they are close enough to understand where his book, The Magna Carta King in Geddington and the Rockingham Forest, was born. “I began to wonder if Geddington was named in more letters,” he said.

This comment proved to be an enormous understatement. Professor Church had, in fact, got access to over 3000 pages of documents – writs, letters and charters – all written by King John, they just needed to be translated from 13th century Medieval Latin! When translated, not only was there a date on each document, but also a location of where the letters were written, which is why Geddington’s name was mentioned.

But before Vic could find out that information, he had to find a 13th century Medieval Latin translator. With his interest in historical novels, what better action than to contact a historical novel writer? Elizabeth Chadwick was his novelist of choice and – nothing ventured, nothing gained – he contacted her and asked the simple question: Do you know of a 13th century Medieval Latin translator?”

Letter to the Bishop of Ely 18 March


Amazingly, the answer was: “Yes.” Richard Price was a jewel beyond price when it came to the translation of the dozens of documents that Vic eventually passed to him. And that’s 13th century medieval Latin taken down in medieval Latin shorthand! Vic acknowledges that without Richard’s help and Professor Church’s initial information and recourse to documents, this book would never have been written.

The book is a history based on facts assembled from letters and charters issued by King John, each one witnessed, dated and located. It centres on John’s numerous visits to the Rockingham Forest, Geddington in particular, the site of a royal lodge and falconry mews. The letters convey a fascinating insight into the everyday life and concerns of John.

The text revel as much about medieval life and John himself: the stamina required, the importance of scribes, horses, messengers, hunting, falconry, diet, the vast travelling retinues and how he ruled the realm as an itinerant king.

The book is written as a narrative, intended as a good read, rather than a text book. There are hand-painted illustrations and photographs as well as re-enactment scenes, and it also contains a number of illustrated letters handwritten in the original Latin, all of which were produced by Vic and his son, Richard.

One of the most interesting chapters in the book, is the production of the sixty-three principles of the Magna Carta, in English. As Vic says: “Many of the clauses seem irrelevant to our society today, even though the document is seen as the corner-stone of our current-day laws and standards.  The detail and terminology is mostly related to 13th century life, but many of the principles can be identified for today’s concepts.”

“King John finally put his royal seal on the Magna Carta on the 15th day of June in the year 1215 at Runnymeade and four original copies of that charter were taken to different locations in England. In addition to the copy retained in London, the originals can still be viewed at Hereford Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral. As a result of this major historic event, the king spent the next few days at Runnymeade and nearby Windsor, sending numerous letters out to nobles, sheriffs and senior clerics. Regardless of his innermost thoughts, he was confirming the importance of the Treaty, together with instructions to ensure that property and castles were generally restored to rightful owners. It is really interesting to note that Geddington was in the king’s mind during those few days, evidenced by a letter carrying the royal seal, that was issued by John. That letter was specifically addressed to the people of Geddington. It was not issued through a subordinate, but was composed and witnessed by the king himself. and it instructs the people of Geddington to understand that the civil war is over and to continue to behave and do their duty and honour the local lord of the manor. At the time, the lord happened to be Hugh de Hautville, who was the most senior falconer in the country, a position of high regard in the 13th century, and it thus underwrites the status of the falconry mews at Geddington.”

Oft seen as a tyrant, the book adds colour and an ambience of the Medieval age.  Vic comments about the king: “During his reign, John brought the country to the tragedy of civil war, a good number of his campaigns in France failed, he made laws and created taxes to suit his own purposes and, at one stage, was excommunicated by the Pope. By repute he is deemed to be a tyrant. It is, therefore, of great interest to have some real evidence to hand and have the opportunity to explore some of his activities and aspects of daily life. This text does not attempt to form an opinion, but characteristics of the man do emerge, indicating a king with huge energy and stamina, the ability to manage incredible amounts of detail, to show at times that he must have been blessed with a clever tactical brain and a king that had the ability to retain loyal friends despite his inferred greed and the ultimate rebellion that ended in civil war.”

The book questions the prevailing view of King John, as many of the stories were written by monks who disliked him and written decades, if not centuries after his reign. By reading this book and digesting the texts, imagine yourself in that age and you can make up your own mind about King John, the Magna Carta King.

To obtain a copy of the book, contact:

Vic Crouse by:
Telephone: 07388 922 323
Email: v.crouse@btinternet.com

OR

Kettering Library

The Magna Carta King in Geddington and the Rockingham Forest
Cost locally: £10
Published by The Logan Press
ISBN No: 9780946988273

PS Further research by Vic has uncovered more fascinating details of the life and times of King John: be prepared for the appearance of Book 2!

The Star Inn

Welcome to Geddington
The phrase Under New Management usually means a significant change in a business and this management change looks like a change for the better.

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Richard Freeman and his wife, Helen, have taken on The Star Inn with a 20 year lease. “We intend to stay and return this pub to the ‘go to’ pub that it used to be, with people driving out to Geddington, intent on a good meal, in good company.”

Richard Freeman
Landlord of The Star Inn

Richard has plenty of business experience, having run his own engineering firm for over 10 years and Helen has used her skills in pubs both in the kitchen and behind the bar, as well as serving as pub relief manager, at a variety of pubs.

This will certainly be a family business with daughter, Steph, currently behind the bar, son, Jon, helping out wherever work is needed, whilst Alex, still at school, makes himself useful whenever he can. And then there’s the in-laws, with even more knowledge and with time to help – so plenty of experience, both in the trade and in business, to make this a pub with a future.

Richard has future plans to extend the catering side of the pub, with earlier opening hours: serving teas and coffees to parents bringing their children to school, to walkers and cyclists, and all those tourists who keep asking: is there anywhere I can get a cup of tea?  There’s only one fly in the ointment at the moment – he’s in desperate need for an experienced cook for Mondays and Tuesdays, 12 – 2pm, when the family takes a break from supplying food. Richard says, “It’s not a chef job, I just need someone who can prepare and cook good home-cooked meals, for a couple of hours each of those days.”

Richard also plans to make The Star attractive as a place for business lunches. In fact, Richard said, “I’ve been told of the days when the place was too busy to book a meal! I plan to achieve that again.”

The Freeman family have the benefit of the backing of the pub owners, the Wellington Pub Company who, along with the Criterion Asset Management Company, are part of the Reuben Brothers’ group of companies. With over 850 tenanted pubs, it is the largest free-of-tie pub estate in the UK.

The Wellington Pub Company has said that to have a successful pub, it needs to give a good first impression to any customer and not just the interior, which Richard is having redecorated at present.  The owners have indicated that they will improve the exterior of the building by:

*   Pointing up some of the stonework
*   Retiling the roof where necessary
*   Resurface the car park
*   Repairing the stone mullions in the windows.

Richard said, “The owners have said that I can do as I like with The Star Inn, as long as it remains a pub and I pay the rent!” He continued, “I am well aware of the responsibility that I have taken on with The Star. Apart from its historical interest in general, it plays, and has played for centuries, a large part in village life, sitting as it does, in the village centre. Local support since we came here four weeks ago, has been wonderful and I intend to keep it as a welcoming social meeting place.”

To contact The Star Inn go to:
www.thegeddingtonstar.co.uk or call 01536 745990.

Sport For All

Sport is the ‘must-do’ of summer 2017, it seems, and here are two sports and sport events you might consider taking on.

Sports Development Officer, Graeme Wilson, of Northamptonshire Sport has advised Geddington.net of the following sports.

Kettering ‘Back to Hockey’ sessions

Kettering Hockey Club are offering anyone aged 16 and above a great opportunity to either get  back in to the sport, or be introduced to it for the first time through their ‘Back to Hockey’ sessions.

The sessions costing only £3 per week, or £15 for all 6 will run on a Tuesday evening 6:30 – 7:30pm on the Kettering Astro turf pitch (NN15 6PB) starting 25th July.

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the game or haven’t played for a while the ‘Back to Hockey’ coach will gently guide the group through a series of fun and friendly sessions. They will also take into account participant’s fitness levels when planning and delivering each session. The activities involved will help to improve fitness over time.

Participants should wear comfortable sports clothing and trainers. The club will provide sticks, but if you have your own already then you are more than welcome to bring it. They also recommend taking a still soft drink or bottle of water as well. Shin pads and a gum shield are not essential to begin with, but participants can bring them if they have them.

For more information on the Kettering ‘Back to Hockey’ sessions and to register contact Liz Metcalfe by email lizmetcalfe25@yahoo.co.uk, or phone 07775 758786.

The second sport, very much in the news with Le Tour De France taking place currently, is cycling and Tour Ride of Northamptonshire offer you the chance to ride in the cycle tracks of champions.

A ‘Family’ ride of 10 miles on Sunday 17th July
(see image below for more details)

For contact details and how to enter, go to www.tourride.co.uk

 

For more information about these and other sports encouraged by Northampton Sport, please contact:

Graeme Wilson
Sports Development Officer
Northamptonshire Sport
John Dryden House
8-10 The Lakes
Northampton
NN4 7YD

Email: Graeme.Wilson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk
Phone: 01604 367953
Mobile: 07736008902
Fax: 01604 237999
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NorthamptonshireSport?_rdr
Twitter:@nsport

Summer Playscheme Activities

Kettering Borough Council

are holding their annual

Summer Playscheme Activities

in seven towns and villages throughout July and August. They are aimed at children aged 8 years and under, and must be accompanied by an adult.

There is no cost – yes, it’s FREE!

Average duration for each session is 50minutes, so choose your location from the table below, which includes Geddington, and make a date for the young ones.

Click on image to enlarge.

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