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The Parish Council, Anglian Water & Pollution

Geddington.net has received the following, seasonal, message from the Parish Council
– it’s well worth the read!

Geddington Parish Council is working in partnership with Anglian Water to remind residents that we all need to play our part to help look after our loos, sinks and the environment.

Around 80 per cent of blockages in sewer pipes and pumps are avoidable, as they are caused by fats, oils, grease and unflushable items like wipes, which may also contain hidden plastics.

Four out of five sewer floodings in homes, and pollution incidents, are caused by a blockage, so it’s in all of our interests to minimise the risk by putting unflushable items in the bin and only flushing the 3Ps – pee, poo and (toilet) paper.

Wipes, sanitary waste, fats, oil and grease all build up over time and cause blocked pumps – as well as pipes – stopping water flowing freely. At Christmas, there is also an additional risk from extra cooking with people tempted to pour used cooking oil down the sink instead of waiting until it is cool and recycling it or binning it.

Over the coming months, the Parish Council will be working more closely with Anglian Water on how we can all play a part to bin waste appropriately, help safeguard our pumps and the role they play in protecting the environment from potential flooding and pollution.

Here in Geddington, residents are reminded that if a downstairs toilet won’t flush properly, or if they suspect any pollution issues, please contact the Anglian Water 24-hour helpline on 03457 145145 – lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, calls free from BT landline.

Anglian Water suggest that to enhance information gathering, a note is made of time, date, visual record and weather conditions in the following way:

What have you seen?
Can you describe it?
Is it flowing?
How big is it?
When did you notice it?
Where is it?
Is it near a landmark?
Is it near or in a watercourse?
What are the weather conditions?

Report from Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Parish Council

The Parish Council & Anglian Water

The River Ise and the (sewage) Pumping Station have been a source of concern for some years as raw sewage had been seen in the River, particularly after heavy rain.

The Parish Council have been in discussions with Anglian Water who then made a visit.  At a recent Parish Council meeting, a report had been received from Anglian Water with its findings, and its proposals to deal with the problems it found.

Commitments made at the Parish Council meeting and the written response to the Parish Council following the meeting.

  • The main sewer to the Pumping Station and the wet well clean will be carried out every 6 months. It was confirmed the wet well clean would change to six monthly. The sewer has been on a 12 monthly clean for sometime.
  • The pumping station will be checked every two months to include testing of the equipment on site, as well as inspection and removal of debris and non flushables from the pumps and non return valves. This has been set up for 2 monthly visits (dovetails in with the wet well clean, ie if no debris found, wet well clean will not be necessary). Planned visits were completed on 7th September 2018 and 26th October 2018. Forthcoming checks have an internal level of service of within 1 month of the planned date to allow for efficient scheduling of resources.

Photos of visit on 26th October 2018 below:

Both non returnable valves  were cleaned and both pumps inspected. Pictures show evidence of wipes and unflushables which should not be in the system.

(AW note: Share with Council and discuss awareness.)

On a planned service basis, the visits are currently based on the type of asset, for example a small wet well submersible may be used on a 3 yearly basis and for others yearly. In this case it was a yearly frequency.This has changed recently to predictive/condition-based service, so there is no fixed frequency.

  • The alarm code has been set to the highest priority to enable a quicker response. (AW note: Completed)

We have also reviewed the alarm code index and the pumping station appears to be working well, with a single alarm in July.

The other Pumping station in Geddington is GEOCSP Orchard Close. AW responded to a high alarm call in October and as part of their review, changed the two pumps in this pumping station.

Anglian Water Pollution Watch
– Spot it, Report it, Stop it.

If you see any sewage in the river then take the following steps:

Report to Anglian Water immediately on 03457 145145. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, calls free from BT landline.

The most obvious sign of sewage pollution of a stream or river is the presence of sewage solids in the water, but there may be other indications. These include toilet debris such as wipes and sanitary products, soap suds of a milky-looking discharge in the water, grey coloured water (see images above) and/or a noticeable sewage smell in the air.

Anglian Water suggest that to enhance information gathering, a note is made of time, date, visual record and weather conditions in the following way:

What have you seen?
Can you describe it?
Is it flowing?
How big is it?
When did you notice it?
Where is it?
Is it near a landmark?
Is it near or in a watercourse?
What are the weather conditions?

What Anglian Water will do:

Take immediate action.
Inform the Environment Agency if there is any risk of environmental impact.
If Anglian Water is responsible, we will stop the discharge as soon as we can, clean up any affected area of watercourse or land and investigate the causes of the discharge to prevent re-occurrence.

The Newsletter lives on!

A personal view of The Newsletter’s AGM
by Pam Hopkins

There were 18 people at The Newsletter’s AGM on Thursday 29 November, which included 13 members of the public and 5 committee members. At the end of the meeting there were 9 ‘public’ and 9 committee members.

So The Newsletter continues, much to the relief of many residents who value the quarterly magazine, including myself, a former editor (1994 – 2012).

The magazine has always provided an insight into a 20th and 21st century English village. It includes, amongst so many subjects: local clubs and pub news, comments from the four political layers, advertising by local tradesmen, village charities, historical articles, religious comments, sporting achievements, the school’s progress and massive amounts of information of what’s happening, or going to happen, or has happened, in the village’s social calendar.

The new committee consists of:

Chair: Jane Tysoe
Secretary: Joy Wilson
Treasurer: Sylvia Pitts
Distribution: Brenda McCraith
Advertising: Lynette Litman
Submissions Co-ordinator: Paul Johnson
Layout Editor: Charlotte Mackay
Members: Sandie Allott, Terry Teale

Contact information for individual members will be available in the next issue – publication mid-February – in the meantime, The Newsletter’s email address is: geddingtonnewsletter@hotmail.com.

Consultation into Local Government begins

The consultation by the Secretary of State (SoS) over plans to restructure local government in Northamptonshire has begun.

The Government consultation has launched the following proposals submitted by the county, district and borough councils back in August 2018.

SoS James Brokenshire has announced that he will consult with all principal councils in Northamptonshire, principal councils neighbouring Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner, local health bodies, the University of Northampton and representatives of the voluntary sector. He also welcomes views from any interested people, including local residents and organisations.

The consultation period will run for eight weeks until 25 January 2019 and is available online.

Mr Brokenshire has also announced that following a request from the eight Northamptonshire councils, he will be postponing district and parish elections that were due to be held in May 2019 until May 2020. Should he decide to implement the proposal of two unitary authorities, it would have meant district and parish councillors serving only one year before unitary authority elections would be held in 2020. He explains:

Elections in such circumstances risk confusing voters and would involve significant costs that would be hard to justify. Accordingly, I have concluded that irrespective of whatever my future decision might be on the restructuring proposal, the right course is to postpone these elections.”

Friends of the Church – Mystery Murder result!

On behalf of the Friends Committee, I am pleased to report that a sum of over £950 was raised at our recent Murder Mystery evening held in the church. Thank you to all those who came along to enjoy the evening and support the event.

Everyone’s contributions to our fundraising efforts, such as achieved at this fun evening, are greatly appreciated and those funds will continue to be used in many ways for the upkeep of our beautiful church. For example, we will be donating a major contribution to the restoration of the ancient reredos screen. This is a fine example of where your generous contributions will be spent and more details of the project will be publicised in due course.

Meantime, the next major event on our agenda will be our Twelfth Night gathering on Saturday, 12th January 2019. There will be a theme based around Wassailing, a traditional seasonal festivity together with music and some light entertainment. We will be providing a three course meal and there will be a bar for wines, beers and soft drinks. So, meantime, please save the date and look out for posters and flyers around the village (as well as the 12th January 2019 Diary page on this site).

We look forward to seeing you all for a festive evening.

Vic Crouse
Secretary

The Samuel Lee Charity – Geddington’s own

The Samuel Lee Charity

A community fund for the Parish of Geddington & Newton.

It has been 10 years since the first Memorial Lunch was held to commemorate the Tercentenary of Samuel Lee’s death in 1708. Postponed from March this year due to inclement weather, 2018 saw the Lunch held on 28 October. A fitting time as it was the first anniversary of John Sutton’s death, John being the driving force behind so much of the Charity’s increase in its financial health and standing in the community. With a reception, a three-course meal followed by tea or coffee, two speakers this year, followed by an auction and a raffle, it’s always a very pleasant social event and, of course, the main fund-raiser for the Charity.

In complete contrast, the Christmas distribution is a tradition that has been held each year since the Charity was first created in 1717. The content of the distribution has changed significantly over the centuries, not least of which was the basic need for food in the 18th and 19th centuries for the poor of the village. These days, the distribution is a reflection of the instruction that Samuel Lee stated in his Will and while the ‘need’ is no longer there, we are grateful to the 50 or so people who help to keep this 300 year-old tradition alive. The 2018 distribution will take place on Saturday 22 December from 10am.

And finally, the Trustees would like to remind everybody in Geddington and Newton that they are always willing to consider applications for financial help, by grant or by loan, from residents who find themselves in difficulties or for student needs.

This year, the Charity has revised the Grant Application form – the last one was devised by Mick Alloway, chairman until 1992 – so revision was seriously needed. Guidance Notes have also been issued to comply with current regulations. Contact any of the Trustees or the secretary if you would like one. And please, be assured that any request is kept entirely confidential and the Trustees do not engage in means testing

As John Sutton said many times: “The Charity’s resources are not great, but a little help can make all the difference at a critical moment. If you think we could help you, or if you know someone who might need our help, please contact the secretary, on 742292 or speak to one of the other Trustees listed below.”

Trustees:
Nick Batchelor, 1 West Street (chairman)
Claire Buckseall, 7 Chase View Road
Jim Harker, Lyons Yard, Wood Street
Paul Hopkins, 9 Grafton Road (treasurer)
Rachel Newall, 21 New Road
Tony Slough, 2 Chase Farm
Keeley Tate, 42 Skeffington Close

Pam Hopkins Secretary, 9 Grafton Road, Geddington, tel: 742292, email: pamhopkins747@btinternet.com

Neighbourhood Alert

Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Watch have sent the following message on behalf of Northamptonshire Police:

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Police officers in Northamptonshire are issuing a warning to people across the county about a recent spate of handbag and purse thefts.

The incidents have taken place in Northampton, Kettering and Corby and have happened mostly in supermarkets with the criminals mainly targeting elderly women.

Paul Golley, Crime Prevention Team Leader, said: “It takes a real low-life to follow elderly people around a supermarket, waiting for the right moment to steal their handbag or purse.

Unfortunately these people do exist and they often use distraction techniques to get what they want. This can involve bumping into victims, something that causes them to be flustered and unaware someone has stolen from them. Or it can involve working in pairs, with one person distracting the victim while the other steals from them.

It’s worth making sure you read the tips below in order to best prevent yourself from becoming a victim and making sure any elderly people in your life are aware of these tips as well.

  • Beware of pickpockets.
  • Attach a bell to your handbag so you can hear if it is moved.
  • Never hang your handbag on pushchairs or shopping trolleys.
  • Keep your bag firmly closed and on your person at all times.
  • Wear shoulder bags with the flap against your body.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Only keep items in your bag that you need for that occasion.
  • Remember thieves can use cards to make contactless purchases.
  • Do not store your pin number in your handbag or purse.
  • If your purse is stolen, report the loss of your cards immediately to the card issuers.
  • Protect your pin when withdrawing cash from an ATM.
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Autumn – a season of colour and variety

The weather earlier this year – wet in winter and cold in spring – has lead to a huge variety of strong autumnal colours, both in the countryside and in our gardens. I believe the colours are more intense this year.

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I post a few images here to show this. If you have any you would like to share, we’d be delighted to see and post them.

Most of the fruit and berries are/were food for the birds – still some on the plants.

Then there were the mammals. We had a number of interesting visitors, some came briefly, others are regulars, but not all were welcome.

Can’t claim the Red Kite actually visits my garden, but he’s been flying over it ever since he fledged in July.

And finally, three of the cream of the village buildings in November weather conditions.

By the way, the holly berries at the top of this post are on the holly bush in the churchyard. When I took this image, I found something rather surprising.  If you walk up the path past the church towards Church Hill, you will see the bush and berries, which cover this side of the bush, but if you go to the rear of the bush, where it faces north, there are none! If you know why this is, please email me with an answer. Thanks, Pam

A village remembers the Armistice centenary and all those who serve

 

 

 

 

The Remembrance Service was held at St Mary Magdalene yesterday to remember all those who have served, died, were wounded or still serve.

The sun shone, the bells were rung and many families took part in the commemoration

The focus was on building peace and the role of the next generation.

 

Poppy wreaths were laid at the war memorial and children from the village laid a spray of poppies next to individually named crosses of those from the village who gave their lives in the Great War .

A two minute silence was observed.

 

Following the service the bellringers took part in the nationwide peal of bells.

In Flanders Fields…..Harold Walpole

Harold Edgar WALPOLE

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Harold Walpole

Harold Walpole

Rank: Able Seaman
Service No: R/6329
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve – Anson Battalion, R.N. Divison
Date of Death: 11/11/1918 – Mons, Belgium. Died of wounds in 148th (RN) Field Ambulance, aged 19
Cemetery: Nouvelles Communal Cemetery, France – Grave: On the East side.
Memorial Inscription: ‘The Lord bless him and keep him and give him peace.’
War Office Information: Son of Henry Francis and Mary Ann Walpole, of 26, Wood St., Geddington, Northants.

Personal Information

Harry Walpole was the youngest of  Henry Francis & Mary Ann Walpole (nee Moore)’s children and with four older brothers he had plenty of male role models to follow. He was born on 19th July 1899, in Geddington and baptised in St Mary Magdalene on 27th August 1899. He later became a bellringer there and a member of the church choir like so many of his friends.

All five Walpole sons, the largest number from any family in Geddington, served during the war, but only Harry is listed as an Able Seaman. He enlisted on 11th September 1917 and was wounded twice and returned to the theatre of war for the third time on 2nd October 1918.

Francis William                4th East Surrey             Private                  07/09/14 – 02/10/14

Charles Henry                 1st Northants                Sergeant                30/11/14 – 24/02/19

John Wilfred                    4th Middlesex               Corporal                08/12/15 – 30/04/19

Samuel Jackson              Machine Gun Corps       Corporal               23/01/17 – 22/04/19

Harold Edgar                Anson Batt RNVR          Able Seaman           13/09/17 – 11/11/18

In his book ‘Geddington at War’ Melvyn Hopkins explains ‘At the outbreak of war in 1914 there was a vast surplus of naval reservists. To use this surplus the Royal Naval Division came into being with battalions named after famous admirals of the past – Anson being one of them. Then, in 1916 the RND went to the Western Front, the battalion names being retained, as were the naval ranks and customs. All ranks wore khaki.’

November 1918 saw the signing of the Armistice; the church bells were rung and most workers were given a holiday. A service of thanksgiving was held in the church. However, in the first week of December Harry’s parents received the news from the Admiralty that he had died on 11th November 1918, a day after being wounded.  It must have been devastating news and 26 Wood Street must have been a home of very mixed emotions at that time.

Harry is buried in the cemetery at Nouvelles, near Mons. There are just 8 named graves there.

1901 Census: 13, Wood Street, Geddington
Henry F Walpole (father); Aged 34; bricklayer’s labourer; b. Geddington
Mary A Walpole (mother); Aged 41; b. Geddington
Amy C Walpole (sister); Aged 13; b. Geddington
Francis W Walpole (brother); Aged 11; b. Geddington
John W Walpole (brother); Aged 9; b. Geddington
Samuel J Walpole (brother); Aged 7; b. Geddington
Charles H Walpole (brother); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Harold E Walpole; Aged 1; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Wood Street, Geddington
Henry Walpole (father); Aged 44; bricklayer – married 24 years
Mary Ann Walpole (mother); Aged 51 – 6 children, all living
Francis Walpole (brother); Aged 21; bricklayers labourer
Jackson Walpole (brother); Aged 19; general labourer
Charles Walpole (brother); Aged 15; assistant porter & gardener
Harold Walpole; Aged 11

Military: Entered 11/9/17; Draft for BEF 5/4/18, joined Anson Bn. 8/4/18-22/5/18 wounded, returned to duty 23/5/18-25/8/18 GSW right leg, rejoined Anson Bn. 2/10/18-10/11/18 wounded.

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The website team wish to acknowledge the invaluable resources from ‘Geddington at War’ by Melvyn Hopkins and ‘Geddington as it was’ by Monica Rayne. Other source material has been taken from public records, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and local newspaper reports.

We hope all the information is accurate. Please let us know if you find any errors.

In recognising the men named on the war memorial we also want to remember those others from the 170 men from the village who saw it as their duty to fight for a freedom they valued. They could not have known at what cost it would come.

To paraphrase Harry’s inscription:

The Lord bless them and keep them and give them peace

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