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PA’s Auction of Promises

The Parents’ Association are holding an

Friday 27 April

Full details for time and ticket costs etc, are in the Diary page, however for a preview of the Promises that will be auctioned, here is the list so far:

• A tray of 16 of Mr McLean’s famous Chocolate Brownies (Class 3 and Class R dad).
• A Great British Coin Hunt collector’s album.
• 1 large basket of ironing from Eve Berridge (Class 3 mum).
• A game for 4 people at New York Thunder Bowl.
• A custom-made Storybook Cushion from Paula Harker (Class 2 mum).
• Free entry and a ‘Meet the Meerkats’ experience for 2 people at Bugtopia The Zoo (aged 7+).
• A decorated plate by Cardine Woolsey (Class 3 mum).
• 2 sets of goody bags from Mini Mischiefs Soft Play – each containing a £5 voucher and a voucher for half price entry.
• A cross stitch collage – birth or wedding sampler or family picture, from Merrilie McLean (Class 3 and Class R mum).
• A cut and blow dry at Askews hair salon.
• Beavers, cubs or scout badges sewn onto uniform for a whole year from Lisa Jackson (Class 3 mum).
• Babysitting (during the day or a weekday evening) from Kelly Newell (Class 3 mum).
• A brewery tour for 2 at Potbelly Brewery.
• 2 hours of gardening from Zowie Dixon (Class 3 mum).
• 6 weeks of dance classes from The Dance Factory (for new enrolments only).
• A Family Day Pass for Santa Pod Raceway. This is for any of their Drag Racing events and is valid for 2 adults and up to 6 children.
• Kennel boarding for 5 days (Mon-Fri) at Harker’s Barkers.
• A celebration cake made by Cakes by Caroline, to the value of £50.
• 2 tickets to Burghley Horse Trials in September.
• A 30 minute riding lesson at Croft Barns Riding School.
• 2 tickets to Malvern Spring Garden show in May.
• A day pass for 2 people at West Lodge Farm.
• A one hour body massage from Dianah Churchill Holistic Therapies.
• A family ticket for Rockingham Castle.
• Afternoon tea for two at Beckworth Emporium.
• Manual labour for 2 hours from 4 members of the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade – use them to clear your garden, do a tip run, clean your cars etc.
• Admission and afternoon tea for two at Lamport Hall.
• 1 month’s membership to Diana’s health and fitness.
• A Deluxe Steak Selection Box from Bradbury’s Family Butchers.
• A private wine-tasting session for 4 people at Majestic Wine, Kettering.
• A 3 course dinner for up to 6 people cooked in your own home.
• A Colour White photography experience including 1 hour studio session and a 8×6 photograph.
• A Toshiba laptop.
• A 75 minute hypnotherapy session with Martin Boyce (Certified Hypnotherapist).

Walk & Draw at Geddington Brickyard Garden

The Geddington Brickyard Garden Team are hosting the


It has been six months since the Living Lines event was held at the Garden and this will complement it, as well as celebrate the half year anniversary.

Sunday 22 April
2 – 4pm

The aim is to walk through and around Geddington Chase, taking time to capture nature through drawing. There will be four events each year, giving the opportunity to capture each season.

The Team stresses that no art experience is required, “This will be an informal and free event for family and friends. All ages are welcome, but children under 14 yrs must be accompanied by an adult. We will have a selection of pencils, clip boards, paper and mixed media materials available. If you have your own sketchbook that you would like to work in, you’re welcome to bring that along.”

The Team added, “There is no need to book, this is a ‘drop-in’ event. We’re meeting at the Brickyard Garden at 2pm where artist Emma Davis will start with a short and informal tutorial, with exercises to loosen those drawing muscles, free the mind of trivia and focus on creativity! Then we’ll head off for The Chase, stopping off at a few key places along the way where the landscape offers interesting and inspiring spring vistas and scenes.”

This event will be led by Emma Davis
and supported by the GBG team.


Road Closure – Advance Warning

Northamptonshire County Council
have announced:

Works to repair and resurface the A43 Kettering to Corby, will take place overnight from Friday 20th April to Wednesday 2nd May. These will take place at the hamburger roundabout near the new Police hub.”

The spokesperson continued: “During the works, a traffic management system and diversions may be in place on certain days overnight between 8pm and 6am. The works will be carried out in sections on both the northbound and southbound carriageways.”

How will that effect Geddington?
The diversionary route shows that traffic could/should use the A4300 through Geddington.

Walking with the U3A

Do you enjoy walking around Geddington, perhaps through the streets or on walks in the nearby countryside?
Do you know more than a little something about the history of our village?

Do you enjoy other people’s company on these walks?

If so, then you could be the perfect person that the Thrapston U3A Walking Group are looking for.

Glynnis Hill, from the History Walks Group, is looking for someone who could help the members with walks around Geddington.  Walks run from May to October and can be on any weekday, normally in the afternoon. Glynnis comments: “Our walks are a maximum of 1.5 miles and 1.5 hours, and a maximum of 20 people. Each donates at least £2 to a local charity or church.”

If you are interested, go to:
or contact Glynnis Hill via:
Or email us using the Contact Us page, here on the website.

U3A (The University of the Third Age), is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.

U3A explains the third age is the time after you have finished working full-time or raising your family, and have time to pursue your interests or try something new. It’s all voluntary; a typical U3A will be home to many activity groups covering hundreds of subjects – from art to zoology and everything in between. Formed over 30 years ago, there are now over 1000 U3As across the UK, with thousands of interest groups between them and more than 400,000 members nationally.

If you are interested in groups outside our immediate area, and want to know more, visit:, where you will find links to regional websites.

The Countdown starts here –

The Countdown starts here for Daylight Saving Time when the clocks go forward one hour.


Even with the Vernal Equinox occurring last Tuesday, 20th March, and Saturday night’s snowfall all over the village, it’s still difficult to realise that spring is here. What really brings it home, though, is when the clocks change and that will be next weekend!

Daylight Saving Time starts when local standard time is about to reach
1:00:00, on Sunday, 25th March 2018, and clocks are turned forward one hour to
2:00:00, Sunday, 25th March 2018, local daylight time instead.

The moving of the clocks was first introduced during World War One by Germany and Austria, and then by the allies, to save on coal usage.

It was invented by George Vincent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist in 1895, while British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea as a way of getting up earlier and so having more daylight hours after work.

While the UK has always had daylight savings time since it was first introduced, it came into widespread use across the world during the 1970s because of the energy crisis.





Finding Nana – at Geddington Village Hall

The New Perspectives Company will be bringing



Geddington Village Hall on Friday 16th March, 7.30pm

Finding Nana is about the universal, unconditional love between a granddaughter and her Nana and the desperate need to capture memories before they disappear.

Tickets from John Padwick
£10 [£8 for under 25s]
Message me
Tel: 0758 121 0454


The BBC’s DIYSOS programme is the longest running show of its format, having been shown for over 17 years.

When Gordon Binley saw his first DIYSOS programme, the BBC programme that makes dreams come true for very deserving families, he decided to respond to the call for volunteers.


The project was to enlarge a 2-bedroom house to a 4-bedroom house in just 9 days. Quite a major undertaking, but one that the DIYSOS Team are used to dealing with and one that was familiar to watchers of this programme.  What was unfamiliar, was the age of this particular volunteer. Unlike his fellow workers in their 20s, 30s and even 40s, Gordon is 74, but his skills are ageless (and endless) and as the project was in dire need of carpenters, he was eagerly taken on for the project in West Bromwich, Birmingham.

Another unusual aspect of Gordon’s volunteering, was that  he offered to stay in a hotel near the site, unlike his fellow workers who all lived within travelling distance. On the plus side, he was given 3 meals a day from a wide-ranging menu.

The full story of Gordon’s adventure appeared on pages 24-26 in the Autumn 2017 issue of The Geddington, Newton & Great Oakley Newsletter (available from the Post Office, Queen Street, Geddington). For those outside these villages, this is a quarterly publication distributed free to all households in the villages.

What is not in the magazine, is the date that Gordon’s episode will be broadcast. However, we’re delighted to relay the information that Gordon has just received, and that the broadcast date is:

Wednesday 14 March 2018

What a Difference a day (or 6 months) makes

What a difference six months make. 

Any recent travellers along the A4300 towards Kettering, whether on foot or wheels, will have noticed some improvements to the foot/cycle-path. The slight delay caused by the road-work traffic lights, was certainly worth the wait when the results were revealed.

It was in late July that Frank Harding, a frequent walker on this route, used his common sense and emailed Northamptonshire Highways. Frank takes up the story:

“I emailed Northants Highways about the state of the footpath along Kettering/Stamford Road in Geddington. The footpath is not only for walkers, but cyclists too. Over the years it has become very narrow due to the grass growing over it and it was impossible to pass without stepping into the road or onto the muddy side.

Imagine my surprise when returning from a vacation recently to see that the work requested has been done. I was quick to complain, so must now be quick to praise Mr Wright for getting the footpath cleared and safe.”

Of course, we’ll have to wait a few days for the snow to clear before we realise the benefit!

Eulogy to John Doran

The funeral of John Doran took place today at the Catholic Cathedral, Our Lady & St Thomas on Barrack Road, Northampton.

For those unable to attend, we’ve been honoured this morning to be able to provide a short article about John, written from the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade’s perspective and, in the words of the author, ‘in no way does justice to all that JD achieved.’

“John Doran, (JD) was a member of The Geddington Fire Brigade for over 20 years and in that time he held the position of Commanding Officer, Captain of Drill, Station Officer and performed many more duties within the Brigade.

His ability to encourage (press gang!) people into his entertainment schemes was part of his Irish charm. Somehow he managed to get mature, and not so mature, members of the Brigade to agree to become Belly Dancers, Morris Men, Synchronised Swimmers, Life Size Puppets – the list goes on.

Our ‘Friends from Lahnstein’ became an integral part of the Brigade calendar from 1999, with friendships established continuing until the present day. John’s contributions to impart good humour and silly games, was part of the bond that developed between our two organisations.

Entertainment ideas for the Senior Citizens’ Dinner, Castle Gardens and Pudding Club events et al, nearly always came out of John’s fertile mind, and where the idea of turning the fire engine into a mobile birthing unit, on the day of the Garage Sale came from, we can only wonder!

He stood firm, strong and brave against his cancer for 13 years.

He would always ask how you were, with a brush off of ‘I’m fine’, when the question was reversed.

He made Geddington very proud when he ran into the village carrying the Olympic Torch, having already run his leg of the journey in Northampton, the crowds waiting for Geddington’s own, to enter the village and climb the Cross.

I know Janis and the family grimaced at some of his antics, but they would never have wished him to be any different: Janis, Shay and Lana, thank you for sharing him with us.

Representing the GVFB in 2007



John Doran R.I.P.

John Doran

To all his friends,

you are invited to join John’s family

in an

.Hour of Quiet Repose
to offer your prayers and light a candle

at Geddington Church on Wednesday 14th February
at any time between the hours of 7.30pm and 8,30pm.


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