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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 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 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,

Please join our Facebook Group for travel updates and more information on how you can help!

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:







Hello Me Hearties!

Geddington has Talents

An Exhibition of Crafts from Geddington residents will take place on Saturday 6th April.

With the demise of the Village show, where handicrafts were not only displayed, but entered into the Handicraft Classes of the Show, there have been few opportunities for such a display of talents.

The U.R.C Chapel Rooms on 6th April will offer such an opportunity. The organisers of this Exhibition, would like anyone who would like to show a sample of their work at this time – embroidery, knitting, woodwork etc, etc – to contact Margaret Tuffin on tel: 741292.

The Exibition will take place in the Chapel Rooms on Queen Street, from 10am to 12 noon. There will be all the delights of a coffee morning as well!

The U.R.C will be holding a Service at 10am, on Sunday 7th April to celebrate Talents.

All are very welcome to both events.

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


Could you be a Voluntary School Reader?


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 to join or
call 01234 924111 for further information.

Charity Number: 1159157


Community Awarded to Geddington’s Brickyard Garden

The directors of Geddington Brickyard Garden have sent news of a well deserved award.



“It’s with great delight that we let you know that Geddington Brickyard Garden (GBG) was awarded Joint 1st by CPRE (Northants) with their new Community Award 2018 and received a bright, shiny new plaque that we’ve placed with pride on our entrance gate post.”

“CPRE (Northants) is our regional group of the ‘Campaign To Protect Rural England’ whose aim states: ‘We work to protect the beauty, diversity and tranquility of the Northamptonshire countryside. We care deeply about the future of rural landscapes and townscapes in our county and the quality of life for the people who live there.’

Although a huge surprise, GBG want to acknowledge that this award is solely due to the help and support that we receive from our parish community, in all respect. So many folk have helped to transform this former ‘derelict space’ (in 2014) into the welcoming green space that it now is. And who knows how our community garden will continue to evolve with new ideas and fresh energy?

HUGE thanks to you all from the GBG founding directors, Brenda, Ian and Lynette.”

PS (from the editor) The GB Garden displayed the first snow of the season today, 17 January, with the snow caught on the overnight frost.  It arrived at approximately 7.15am, and only lasted 3-4 minutes, but enough to be noticed, especially if you had to scrape a car windscreen early this morning!

Volunteer Carers Wanted

Adam Wilson, Volunteer Co-ordinator of the Northamptonshire Carers Sitting Service, has sent this request for volunteers. The Service is based at Northamptonshire Carers, 123 Midlands Road, Wellingborougfh NN8 1LU, but to reply to Adam’s request, use his contact details at the bottom of this post.

Volunteers needed to give carers a break

  • Do you have a few hours to spare?
  • Would you like to help a worthwhile cause?
  • Use your skills and experience to help carers take a break

What’s involved?

  • The Carers Sitting Service provides support by giving a break to those who have a caring responsibility for a husband, wife, partner, parent, relative or friend.
  • Sitting sessions take the form of befriending and involve meeting the same person in their own home. As a volunteer befriender you would be visiting someone in your local area. Volunteers do not give personal care or cook meals, undertake cleaning or do shopping.
  • No qualifications are needed, we will provide induction training and on-going support. However, it is important that you are understanding, patient, non-judgmental, a good listener and open-minded.
  • You could use your spare time to help someone else, or gain experience while you search for paid employment. You could also gain a reference to use when you apply for jobs.
  • All volunteers have an informal interview, will need to complete an application form and provide two references. If you are successful we will request a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, which we will pay for.
  • Travel expenses will be paid for any visits you make.

Interested? To find out more:

Call Adam Wilson on 01933 677837 or email him at

Gardening Tips for January

Although the garden seems dormant, new life is already stirring . . .

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