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Tesco & the Parents’ Association

“Bags of Help”

Earlier this year the Geddington Church of England Primary School’s Parents’ Association submitted an application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme to help them in their IT fundraising project.

They are delighted  to confirm that they have been selected, along with two other local projects, to go forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores throughout July and August this year.

The Scheme works like this: Tesco shoppers will be given a token with every transaction and encouraged to ‘vote’ by placing the token in one of the three labelled boxes, placed near the exit of the store.

The project with the highest number of ‘votes’, or tokens, will receive £4000, the second placed project, £2000 and the third, £1000.

The P.A. is aiming to raise enough funds to purchase thirty Chromebooks, to enable a class of children to have access to a laptop all at the same time and also for teachers to embed IT in their daily classroom teaching and curriculum.

The following stores will be taking part in this project:
Corby Extra (NN8 8A)
Oakley Vale Corby Express (NN18 8LX)
Market Harborough Metro (LE16 7PA)
Market Harborough Express (LE16 7QD)
Oundle Express (PE8 4BQ)

P.A. spokesperson, Lucy Collett said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected for this project, which will improve IT provision for all our children. Please do support us throughout July and August by casting your vote whenever possible and also by asking your friends and family for their votes when shopping at Tesco. The Parents’ Association will share an announcement on their Facebook page shortly and it would be fantastic if you could share this far and wide. We look forward to sharing the results with you in September!”

GVFB to the Rescue

drought is a long period of time during which no rain falls.
A drought is a period of below-average precipitation in a given region.
A drought can last for months or years, or can be declared as few as 15 days.

There are many definitions of the meaning of drought, but it would appear that Geddington is in the middle of a drought at present. The last time a significant amount of rain fell on Geddington was on 27 May (approx 2/3rds of an inch or 15ml), previous to that rain fell on 12 May (1/3rd of an inch) and previous to that on 24 April (1/4 inch).

Admittedly these readings were taken from an amateur weather station, but even the most optimistic of people have to admit that we haven’t had much precipitation since the snow of 17 March.

gasping gardens : arid allotments.

The Geddington Brickyard Garden (GBG) is a fellow sufferer, but it has other problems on its mind, other than drooping flowers and empty water butts. On the 6, 7 and 8 July, Geddington Amateur Dramatic Society is holding its first outdoor production at the GBG: HAPPY CAMPERS (see poster below).* 

The GBG have provided a lovely green grassed area for the GADS’ stage, only it’s not very green. The Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade were called in and it rallied to the rescue with the Queen Eleanor Fire Engine appearing on Monday night with enough water in its tank to green up the grass.

Click on this image for full details of this unique occasion or alternatively, go to 6, 7 & 8 July in the Diary on this site.

* There have been other outdoor productions, notably at The Long Barn, Grafton Road – remember Midsummers Night’s Dream? – but this is the first at the GBG.

The Star Inn still shines brightly

The First Year Anniversary of The Star’s re-opening was celebrated last night with one of its successful bi-weekly quizzes.

General Manager, Richard Freeman, welcomed all the quizzers to his family’s celebration and vey generously supplied refreshments during the quiz.

To be in(n)keeping (geddit?) with the occasion, all the questions were ‘Star’ related, even the music round had stars scattered throughout its 20 questions, and not just the singers.

Approximately 80 people made up the 18 teams who engaged in battle for answers to the four rounds. The most successful team, with 86 and a half points, were the Queen Street Runners, not for the first time, if the reception to their win was anything to go by, but even so, well done to the team.

Congratulations, and thanks, must also be given to Jackie & Gordon for the quiz questions, to John for the music questions, to Sue for chasing up the entries and raffle ticket sales, and to all the team who prepared such a successful quiz night. The beneficiary for this week was The Samuel Lee Charity, who were given the proceeds of a little over £200.

Do you know of a Charity that would benefit from a quiz night? Then contact Richard on tel: 01536 745990 or

Greenbelt Festival 2018

This year, the Greenbelt Festival organisers are making 200 adult weekend tickets available for just £5 per ticket to people in the neighbouring parishes, on a first come, first served basis. The tickets are available from 1st June and, based on last year, will go very quickly.

Local parishioners can have a maximum of 4 free adult tickets. They will be charged for any children/young people’s tickets they select, but can have as many free infant (under 5 years) tickets as they require.

To obtain these, go to
On that page there is a box for entering promotional codes. If you enter aoti18localwknd in the box, then it will display a new ticket type, called Local Weekend Ticket. You can select up to 4 of these for free, add in any child/youth tickets that are required and conform booking.

Click on image above to sharpen printed text and get the ticket prices

Greenbelt Festivals
The Nest
Church House
86 Tavistock Place
Telephone: 0207 329 0038
Registered charity: 289372

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]
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