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Gigaclear and Rural Broadband

Chairman of the Parish Council, Nick Batchelor has announced what might be, good news, for those of us who suffer from slow broadband speeds or would like faster speeds.

Nick said: “A utilities provider, Gigaclear, will start to install underground fibre cables to bring Ultra Fast Broadband capability to the north part of Geddington in the next few weeks. Hopefully the south part, and Newton, will follow in the not too distant future.

There will be noticeable disruption, with digging in roads and paths, phased over several weeks, but moving across the whole north of the village in sections. Gigaclear will be communicating more as the dates start to firm up, but in the meantime have accepted our request to a presentation to residents from 6pm-8pm on Monday 18th March at the Village Hall. Please come along if interested, as representatives of Gigaclear will be available for questions.

The Parish Council will share more detailed plans and timescales as and when we get them.”

The No 8 Bus – more initiative.

Further to our post on 21st February, about the No 8 bus – the one that Geddington might lose in July – Liz Ramsey, who is a member of the Let’s Gedd Going Transport Group, has offered village residents the chance to meet and discuss other means of transport, should it become necessary.

Options include, for instance, taxi- and car-sharing at regular and irregular times. By getting together and talking these options through, it is surprising how many other, new ideas can crop up.

So for those that do use the bus, and for those who might well want to use it in the future (there comes a point in every driver’s life when giving up the car is necessary), please give some thought to this idea of a meeting and, perhaps, come with new ideas.

Early April is the suggested month and Liz is asking those interested to contact her on:

Tel: 07810 832828
Email: freespirit18@hotmail.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/letsgeddgoing

UPDATE: Liz has just let us know that the meeting will take place on Monday 1st April at 7pm. Please contact her for further details, such as the venue, etc.

 

 

 

 

Knitting Club clicks away!

The first meeting of the new Knitting Club was a great success. Over twenty enthusiastic knitters, and non-knitters, gathered in the Cafe Oak and enjoyed coffee, tea, chocolate and a good natter.

There were experienced knitters, some wearing their previously knitted garments, some with challenging patterns already underway, but also, there were several beginners who were delighted to be shown how to start knitting.

Those who hadn’t got a project underway were encouraged to knit 4″ squares to make a community blanket, or two!

Nicky Brice, who encouraged us all to come along, says the Club will meet every Friday morning, from 10 to 11.30am.  Come along as often as you want to or are able to.

Click on each image to enlarge.

Gardening Tips for March

The gardening year begins in earnest . . .

The Number 8 Bus

‘It is highly likely that the Number 8 bus service
via Geddington, will end in July.’

“That’s not a scaremongering headline in the Evening Telegraph, but sadly a reality; it is almost certain that Centrebus will cancel the number 8 bus service this summer.”

On 18 August 2018, during a Parish Council (PC) meeting, a village resident made an offer to set up a working party (WP) to look into the situation of the No 8 Centrebus.  (The working party, lead by Alison Holland, also agreed to look into a village Travel Plan.) This would include consultation, with the results brought to the PC at a later date: Cllr Padwick offered to be the liaison between the PC and the WP.

The consultation took the form of a village-wide survey and the results were brought to the PC in December. They showed:

  • 88% of residents use a car as their main mode of transport.
  • Secondary forms of transport are 49% walk, with cycling and bus transport also featuring.

A copy of the draft travel plan and any other documentation will be sent to the Parish Council.

The group next met on the 4th January 2019 and Alison has sent geddington.net a summary of the discussion and ideas that they had:

One of the reasons Centrebus will cite to close this route, is a lack of usage.  The travel survey showed that lots of people value the service and recognise they may need it in future, but don’t actually use it at the moment.  If we can increase usage and make it commercially viable it might be possible to persuade Centrebus to keep running it or to convince Stagecoach to reroute some X4s through Geddington.

 

But how could we increase usage?  Some ideas were…

  • ‘Use it or lose it’ Geddington Bus Campaign – see poster below (click to enlarge).  Also shown is the bus timetable and details of the cost of using the bus.
  • Promote the bus service as a social occasion and a way to access free activities to draw people to Kettering town centre. Could you organise a trip to Kettering – maybe to the Art Gallery, the library, museum or a restaurant and arrange it so everyone going goes on the bus?
  • Encourage over 65’s to get their free bus pass and then use it! Even if you have a car, a free bus pass will save you fuel money and parking fees.  Why not try using the bus just once a week?  Visit tinyurl.com/older-persons-bus-pass or go into a library to apply for a bus pass.

If you are worried about losing our bus service then why not voice your concern to Centrebus?  Tell them why you think the bus service is important and, if you use the bus, when you use it.  If you don’t use the bus, but would like to, then tell them why!  For example you might like to use the bus to go to school, but there isn’t a suitable time.  Send your letters to: Centrebus, 43 Wenlock Way, Leicester LE4 9HU

Other travel ideas were discussed:

  • A Community Minibus.
  • Supporting families apply who are entitled to Free School Transport (see below).
  • Lift sharing – help parents to arrange shares for school run before the start of the school year and promote lift sharing generally for villagers; please use our facebook page to offer or ask for lifts!
Free School Transport

Eligibility for free school transport is complicated!  It’s based on where you live but as a rule of thumb if you live in Geddington then you’ll be entitled to free transport to Kettering Buccleuch Academy (except for Year 12s and 13s) as it is the nearest secondary school and the route through Weekley is considered ‘not suitable’.  If you put KBA as your first choice, but didn’t get offered a place there and your second choice was Kettering Science Academy, and this is where you got offered a place, then you could be eligible for free school transport. You will need to apply for it.  If you would like advice on free school transport or want to apply please contact Alison Holland who is liaising with Northants County Council, alison@brightkidz.co.uk

Please join our Facebook Group for travel updates and more information on how you can help! www.facebook.com/letsgeddgoing

Note: Alison Holland ‘has form’ as the saying goes, with transportation ideas, as it was she who set up the Walking Bus. A rota of parents collected schoolchildren, from collection points such as The Star car park and the Village Hall car park and walked them to school in single groups. It was a brilliant idea and worked well. It was a sad day when it was disbanded, but surely resurrection would be a possibility? Think how many cars would not be congregating around the School, West Street, Grafton Road and Wood Street?  Any takers?

The Real Junk Food Project

“The Junk Food Project is a global movement aiming to abolish surplus food, through a variety of Pay As You Feel concepts.

International and local partners work to intercept food destined for landfill and redistribute it through a network of Pay As You Feel Sharehouses, Cafes and School Partnerships.”

So what does that mean for Geddington?
And how can the village support this Project?

Fortunately, the answer is quite easily found, because Geddington has its own local partner in the form of village resident, Sheri Murby and, at the moment, a small team of volunteers.

Sheri collects supermarket food, between the ‘sell by’ dates and before it goes to the landfill and then offers it at the Chapel Rooms on Queen Street, every Friday morning from 9 – 9.30am.  It’s quite simple, just pop down and fill your bag, or bags, and put a donation in the money tin – as much, or as little, as you feel you can, or the food warrants it. It may be for your family’s benefit or a neighbour’s benefit. No questions asked. Sheri is just delighted if all the food goes off the tables, because it means it is being used and not wasted.

And what sort of food? Lots of vegetables, of course, but when I went, there was also bread, rolls, fruit, some prepared and containered food and even some single red roses, well it was soon after St Valentine’s Day!

Sheri says not all the food gets taken, and the leftovers go to the Northampton’s depot where it is used in Elsie’s Cafe, which plays a major part in Northamptonshire’s Pay As You Feel Project.

Sheri also offers the food in Kettering on Mondays at the Grange School, but she is looking for a permanent venue and when that happens, she will need many more volunteers. Presently, members of the Geddington & Newton Women’s Institute help out, but offers of more help will be very welcome.

To find out more about this project, visit: www.fruitfulabundance.co.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Me Hearties!

Gardening Tips for February

Spring is well under way,

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Jane Clarke visits Kettering Library

Dr Kitty author, Jane E. Clarke, will be visiting Kettering Library to read a selection of animal stories for under 5s, to help celebrate National Storytelling Week.

Friday 1st February, 2.30 – 3pm

www.jane-clarke.co.uk

 

Could you be a Voluntary School Reader?

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO LISTEN TO CHILDREN READ IN LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school?  Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Northamptonshire to carry out this important role.

Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence.  No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English.

Schoolreaders is flexible and will match your availability to an appropriate, local school.  Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances.

Please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org to join or
call 01234 924111 for further information.

Charity Number: 1159157

 

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