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From Number 2 to Number 3!

Marian and Keith Sexton, long-time residents of No 2 Bright Trees Road, have taken the plunge and moved to – No 3!

 

The Sextons have been living at No 2 Bright Trees Road for over 43 years, having bought the property brand new with their two young sons back in 1974. Over the years, they’ve been very happy and seen their children grow up and move away.

However, latterly, the large garden, which hosted the annual barbecue for the residents of Bright Trees Road and adjoining roads, became a bit of a chore and this, combined with the steep stairs, forced Marian and Keith to think about moving. They loved the area and got on well with the neighbours so, when No 3, across the road became available, they decided to buy it!

Having bought the property last June, they then had to get planning permission to convert the garage into a spare bedroom, which, along with added accommodation, made it easier to fit in the furniture they wanted to keep. Luckily, they were able to use local builders and craftsmen to do the work, which took place between October and December last year.

Marian and Keith are very happy with their move which, to quote their neighbour Clive, is “moving house, but not home.” They are looking forward to the sale of No 2, which is presently on the market, and hope the new owners will be as happy as they have been.

Keith and Marian outside their new home.

This post has been received from our Bright Trees Road Correspondent. If you would like to be the correspondent for your street, club or organisation, please contact us, as local news is what this website aims to supply – the more, the merrier!

 

Network Rail – Kettering to Corby

The major upgrade of the line between Kettering and Corby reaches the next stage in February,
as testing begins on the newly fitted equipment.

Since 2014, work has been taking place to build a second track on the seven-mile stretch between the two Northamptonshire towns as well as installing the associated junctions, signals and foundations for overhead line equipment that will create the potential for a more frequent and reliable service in the future.

The project is a key part of the biggest upgrade of the Midland Main Line since it opened in 1870 and will support better journeys, not just between Northamptonshire and London, but the entire length of the line right through the East Midlands and on to Sheffield.

With much of the infrastructure for the extra line now in place, a nine-day period of testing is required meaning there will be no passenger trains between Corby and Kettering on Saturday 17 February until Sunday 25 February, but there will be a bus replacement service in place.

Cottingham Road bridge in Corby is to close to allow
electrification work to take place on the route to Kettering
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East Midlands Trains services to all other stations are unaffected and will run as normal.

Spencer Gibbens, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “A significant amount of work has taken place on the route between Kettering and Corby since this part of the Midland Main Line upgrade began and the project is now approaching the final stages. To safely test the new equipment, our engineers need a nine-day period of ‘wheels free’ access to the railway, meaning a short period of bus replacements between Kettering and Corby is unavoidable. From 2020, when the upgrade of the Midland Main Line is complete, passengers will really see the benefits of this investment and I’m grateful for their patience while the work is carried out.”

Jake Kelly, Managing Director, East Midlands Trains, said: “The final testing of this seven-mile stretch of track is an important milestone for the upgrade of the Midland Main Line. Although the main benefits of this work will arrive in 2020, it will help to maintain a reliable service for our customers today, including providing a new diversion route if the main line to London is disrupted.  While this work is being carried out, we will be providing a bus replacement service between the two stations as well as ensuring staff are on hand at both stations to help customers. Passengers should check with eastmidlandstrains.co.uk for details about the journey between Kettering and Corby during this time.”

So far the Kettering to Corby route has seen:

  • Fourteen bridges and viaducts strengthened – including Harpers Brook Viaduct, a 12 arch brick structure constructed in 1879
  • 21 kilometres of track laid (12km of new track and 9km renewal of exiting track)
  • 4km of drainage equipment installed
  • 15km of railway embankment stabilisation completed
  • 73km of signal and power cabling laid
  • Six new signal gantries erected
    The creation of a wider ‘gauge’ – meaning larger freight containers can be transported on the route.

For all enquiries, contact:

Network Rail press office – Toby Higgins
toby.higgins@networkrail.co.uk
Network Rail
01904 383180 / 07850 406724

Click on the .pdf link below, for an A5 booklet:
A5 Booklet Network Rail

About Network Rail Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.

About the Railway Upgrade Plan The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail’s investment plan for Britain’s railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail’s £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain’s railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years – so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:

  • longer, faster more frequent trains;
  • better, more reliable infrastructure; and
  • better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.

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Pastures New for Fr Rob Parker-McGee


Father Rob Parker-McGee is leaving the Parish of Geddington & Weekley next month: his last service will be on Sunday 4th February, at 9.45am at St Mary Magdalene Church, Geddington.

Geddington.net has been sent this invitation to share with the villages:

“Sunday 4th February will be Fr Rob’s final service before he leaves to take up a new position at All Saints’, Orpington, within the Borough of Bromley. We would love to give him a good send-off, so please do join us if you can.

Following the service, we will be organising a sharing lunch of fish and chips. In order to get a decent idea of how many to cater for, both in the service and for the meal, please do RSVP to jane.rowley@talk21.com or phone 01536 744302.”

Included in this message, is an invitation to Fr Rob’s Licencing in
Orpington, which they very much hope you will be able to join them.

“The Parish Church
of All Saints, Orpington

The churchwardens, on behalf of the PCC,
invite you to the

Institution of the Reverend Robert Thomas Parker-McGee SR
as Vicar of the Parish of Orpington,
All Saints

by The Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester
and his Induction and Installation
by The Venerable Dr Paul Wright
Archdeacon of Bromley & Bexley.

at All Saints’ Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington BR6 0QD
Wednesday 28th February at 7.30pm”

RSVP to All Saints Church Office
tel: 01689 832031
email: allsaintsorpington@gmail.com

If you would like to travel by bus from Geddington, please only RSVP to Jane Rowley at jane.rowley@talk21.com or phone 01536 744302

Clergy are invited to robe, alb and white stole. Please advise the Church Office if you intend to do so.

 

 

 

GADS & the Pantomime 2018

Geddington Amateur Dramatic Society

presents their Pantomime 2018

‘Alice in Wonderland’

on 14 – 17 February.

Tickets will be available from 22 January.
Box Office: 01536 742527

For complete details, go to the Diary for that date,
or click on this image to enlarge.

Cricket Club events for 2018

The Cricket Club has sent Geddington.net, a list of its events for the coming year. Looking this far ahead is very helpful for diary entries, but please check dates and times with the Cricket Club as the year progresses. Who knows how many more events the Club can produce?
And when?

Friday 26th January 7pm – Ladies Night
Friday 2nd February 7.30pm – AGM
Sunday 4th February 7pm – Quiz Night
Friday 9th February 7.30pm – Curry Night
Sunday 4th March 7pm – Quiz Night
Saturday 10th March 3pm – Six Nations Curry Night – France v England
Friday 16th March 6pm – Registration Night
Friday 23rd March 7.30pm – Oompah Night
Sunday 25th March 9am – Cricketforce day
Sunday April 1st 7pm – Quiz Night
Saturday 15th April Midday – Pre-season Match Home vs Overstone
Friday 13th April 6.30pm – First Junior Training
Saturday 21st April Midday – League season starts
Sunday 24th June 1pm – Family Fun Day
29th June to 1st July – Beer Festival & Gedd-Stock
Friday 31st August 6pm – Last Junior Training and Junior Presentation Night
Friday ?? November – Senior Presentation Night

Many of these dates are in the website’s Diary, so you won’t need to keep checking this post. However, those without an end time, can’t be accepted by the website’s system, so as soon as the end times reach me, these dates will be in the Diary.

 

 

 

 

The Buccleuch Meadows Wildlife Pond

2018 – A new year,
a new start for nature.

The wildlife pond in the meadows has been growing steadily since the first clearance work done in December 2016, followed by new planting in February 2017.

But growth needs maintenance, especially in this pond, as the years of neglect resulted in complete overgrowth.

December 2016, after the initial clean-up

 

The Parish Council has consulted with The Wildlife Trust and Natural England and have come up with a maintenance plan. Councillor Claire Buckseall advised:

The Parish Council approved a document at the December council meeting, which has outlined a Schedule of Maintenance for the pond (attached below). This scope of work was produced with the support and approval of The Wildlife Trust by Councillor Berry. The recommendations are that a small area of the pond should be cleared sensitively by the end of January 2018.”

Claire also said that if anyone would like to be involved with this work, or have any comments or concerns, they should contact Councillor Philip Berry, who will be happy to assist.

Philip commented: “My role in this has been to gather the relevant information and co-ordinate with Matt Johnson of the WWT, in creating the attached documents.” He added, “The objective is to be as inclusive as possible. We envisage that the work to be carried out, will be done in an extremely controlled manner. The work scope should be read in conjunction with the GCN (Great Crested Newt) Conversation handbook (attached below).

The GCN-Conservation-Handbook_compressed

The Wildlife Trust for BCN – Proposed Scope of Work – Final.docx

To contact either Parish Councillor, go to the ‘Parish Council’ page, accessable from the Home page.

Christmas Tree Festival

Geddington’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival 2017

– lives up to its excellent reputation with some very clever ideas and wonderful decorations on the trees.

The following images give a flavour of what can expect to see on your visit.

Welcome

The Festival is open today (Saturday 16th) until 5pm
and on Sunday from 12 noon till 5pm. 

Well worth the visit!

Council against Crime

Geddington has a crime wave currently sweeping the village, if reports on Facebook are to be believed and there is little doubt that they can be. Vehicles in particular are the focus of the criminals.

Parish Councillor Peter Goode, has announced that there will be a meeting to “examine what can be done by those interested in combating crime in the village, with particular focus on the role, and opportunities for enhancement, of the Geddington Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.”

Cllr Peter Goode

Peter continued: “Attending will be a representative of the Kettering Neighbourhood Watch organisation. Also invited are the various Geddington Neighbourhood Watch street co-ordinators. The Parish Council invites members of the public who wish to participate. Whilst understanding that residents may wish to voice concerns about crime that has already happened, we are keen that this meeting is focussed on establishing how things can be improved and what can be done by parishioners who want to contribute positively by taking a role in tackling the problem.”

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The meeting is being held on Thursday 7th December
at 7pm in the Village Hall.

Please note correction of meeting time – Thank you Peter!

Remembrance Day Saturday 11th November

A poignant reminder of why we remember the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour.

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From farm to (battle)field, a soldier’s
Christmas card to his wife in 1917.

Click to enlarge and appreciate the details.

A Remembrance Service will be held at Geddington Church
and War Memorial
on Sunday 12th November at 9.45am – 11am

 

Geddington Cricket Club Events Programme

Geddington Cricket Club

– has published its first autumn and winter 2017/2018 events programme.

All these events will be held in their new Sports Pavilion, Queen Street, with the exception of the Squirt (and possibly some others, so best to check with the Club before making final arrangements. Key Contacts can be found on the Cricket Club’s website, via the Directory on this site).

Individual events will appear in the Diary, but here’s a foretaste of what’s to come:

Click to enlarge.

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