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Geddington Brickyard Garden Work Day Sunday

GBG Volunteer Work Day
Sunday 12 May, 10am – 4pm 

at Brickyard Garden,
top of Wood Street

We need a big push to get jobs done in preparation for our GBG Celebration event on Sunday 30th June. Come for as little or long as you can. There will be a DIY ‘Bring Your Own’ BBQ on the go from around 1-2pm to keep up energy levels and provide a much-needed break!

There is lots of light, medium and heavy work to do. No skills required… just enthusiasm!

Our THREE Priority Jobs are:

  • Extend path and create a small paved area around our ‘giant bench’ for a turning circle for wheelchairs and to define the area of the reading circle. Paving skills? (Medium/Heavy work).
  • Make a start on creating a permanent, rainwater catchment system using the project workshop extension roof to overcome any future drought situations. Starts with heavy digging (requiring pickaxe and muscle!) to locate water containers… and continues beyond our Work Day (?) with guttering/plumbing skills.
  • Make good and weather-proof our wooden garden furniture. (DIY/Light).

Please bring you own DIY and digging tools if possible, drinking water and something to cook on the BBQ if you’re staying for the full session. We’ll provide a container of tap water in lieu of a ‘beer barrel’!

For more details on priority jobs, please:

Email: gbg.action.group@gmail.com

Or post question/interest on Geddington Brickyard Garden FB page

We hope to have an enjoyable, hard-working day together… and get lots done.

Thanks from the GBG Team
Lynette, Ian, Brenda, Nicky

2019 Award to Geddington Brickyard Garden

The story of the
Geddington Brickyard Garden
(GBG CIC) Eco-Toilet continues … .

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Geddington.net has been advised of another well-deserved award for this innovative project. Lynette tells the story:

“On Wed 3rd April, GBG CIC (Geddington Brickyard Garden Community Interest Company) received a £3,200 cheque from Central England Co-operative’s ‘Making a Difference Community Dividend Fund‘.  Woohoo!

GBG’s award covers the cost of a wooden shed and Eco-Toilet and will provide much needed toilet facilities for volunteer sessions and organised events. Ian is taking on the role of Eco-Toilet Project Manager(!) to ensure suitability for wheelchair users and children.

EcoToilet base in progress, October 2018

This ‘story’ began in 2018 when funding from KBC Community Award enabled the concrete base to be laid.

We’re delighted that the end of the story is now in sight!”

Gigaclear has landed!

Gigaclear have arrived to install fibre broadband in the northern half of the village, as we were advised in March.  All the road signs, cones and other installation equipment, have been dropped at the bottom of Wood Street, outside the Old School.

Geddington.net was told that the installation of full fibre cabling, along with connection points outside the boundary of each property, would start in Grafton Road, then the men will work their way up Wood Street.  It is hoped that the work on Wood Street would be finished before the school returns from the Easter break.

So for these two roads, prepare for digging noises and disruption for the next couple of weeks. Then, if you see one of these little fellas outside your house, you know that your street is next!

 

The County Library Service

People can have their say on plans for the long-term future of Northamptonshire County Council’s Library service as part of the authority’s annual budget consultation.

The plans, which have been developed with community groups and District, Borough, Town and Parish Councils, would see the vast majority of libraries kept open with county council backing – a move which has been described by Council leaders as a major improvement on the previous plans.

The current draft proposal is to keep 14 libraries directly under the County Council’s management. Twenty-two would be community managed receiving both financial and organisational support from the Council. The plan would also see money from developer contributions used to invest in individual libraries.

The approach taken in each local area has been developed in partnership with community organisations and councils, tailoring each individual proposal to local need and the resources available.

Libraries that remain under county council control would be reviewed to develop what they currently offer, to increase footfall and maximise income.

Cllr Cecile Irving-Swift, county council cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:

“At the heart of this proposal is the fact that we’ve worked with some wonderful community groups who clearly have a passion for books and libraries. At this stage these are simply proposals and what we need now is for people to have their say on what they think of these plans.”

The consultation will run for eight weeks for each library.
(Clicking on ‘consultation’ will take you to the Consultation Overview.)

The consultation involves an online questionnaire, which asks people to respond about libraries individually. A series of face to face engagement events at the libraries are also being organised with the feedback from the consultation used to inform the final decisions made on the library service.

Street Doctor Improvements

The Street Doctor system of highways fault reporting is getting an overhaul – making it easier for people to use.

The Northamptonshire County Council service will now allow customers to upload photos – making it clearer where highways defects are located.  People will be able to easily map where the defect is and also view assets such as signs, trees and adopted highways so it is easy to identify exactly which one they are talking about when they make a report. The improvements also help Northamptonshire Highways as it saves operatives time when they inspect defects and carry out repairs.

The improved website uses FixMyStreet – the system most commonly used by local authorities across the country. Defects can also be reported via the main FixMyStreet website and app.

Cllr Ian Morris, county council Cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said:

“Over the years we have looked at improving the service and, this year, Street Doctor is getting an overhaul.  We will launch the site using FixMyStreet and this will sit on our website. This means customers will still go to Street Doctor which will take them to the reporting system for a smooth, end to end service.  The system we had been using is getting dated and we have listened to what people really want. Our officers are already using it internally and finding the whole process a lot better.”

Talents Display 6 April

The Chapel is all set out out for tomorrow’s (Saturday 6th April) exhibition of Geddington’s talents.

A peek visit is set out below, but you have to be very close to appreciate the work, time, effort and talent that has gone into each piece.
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Do visit and wonder at them, whilst enjoying a cup of coffee or tea and a chat with friends.

Chapel and Schoolroom
Queen Street
Geddington
10am – 12 noon

No entry fee, but a donation is always welcome.

Gardening Tips for April

One of the busiest gardening months . . .

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Time Springs Forward this Sunday

In last year’s post about the annual changing of the clocks, we wrote:

“Even with the Vernal Equinox occurring last Tuesday, 20th March, last Saturday night’s snowfall all over the village made it difficult to realise that spring is here.”

This year, it feels like spring has been steadily creeping up on us since January, with the exception of one snowy weekend in February, perhaps. Bulbs, plants, flowering trees – all appeared earlier than expected, but welcome all the same.

So, officially, Daylight Saving Time starts when local standard time is about to reach
1:00:00, Sunday 31st March and clocks are turned forward one hour to
2:00:00, Sunday 31st March, 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.

However, with Brexit on the horizon, it remains to be seen whether changes to daylight savings time plans in continental Europe will have any effect on the British clocks in the future. The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has been championing the change, saying: “Clock-changing must stop. Member states should themselves decide whether their citizens live in summer or winter time.”

Interesting times ahead?

Brexit & Geddington

A march by pro-Brexit pressure group, Leave Means Leave, started in Sunderland on Saturday 16 March. Their target is Westminster where a rally will be held on Friday 29 March.

The route during this week-long march, brought the group of marchers from Brigstock, along Clay Dick, down Wood Street, Bridge Street and Queen Street before continuing on to Kettering and Wellingborough.

The organisers aim to have a ‘core of marchers‘ on each leg of their journey. There is a £50 charge for those taking part.

Geddington.net is not promoting the March, just presenting the news, and the facts.

All about your website – an invitation to an open meeting

You tell us that you value the village website, and we enjoy hearing your news and sharing your views. The photographs in this post are just a few reminders of news we have covered for you in the past few months.

Are you free on 1st April at 7:30pm?

The refurbishment of The Star

We invite you to The Star for an open discussion about what we do, what we’d like to do and perhaps what you’d like us to do.

Remembering those men from Geddington who fought and, in 43 cases, lost their lives in WW1

The website stats tell us that the interest in our news extends well beyond the village and reflects the recognition that it provides a real resource for those who live in the village or have connections to it.

We would like to keep this going but need your ideas.

Of course, if you are interested in joining the website team come along for the AGM at 7pm and find out more. No obligation!

We would really like to broaden the group who contribute to the website; even if you don’t fancy being a team member could you or your organisation keep us up to date with news and events?

The fight to keep our rural bus services

Do let us know if you’d like to attend or have any ideas/suggestions for the future of the website.

We really appreciate hearing from you so please continue to let us have details of events or highlights from your organisation so that we can post the news on the website for others to enjoy

Local food waste initiative

Hope to see you on 1st April!

The Website Team

 

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