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Road Closure – Advance Warning

Northamptonshire County Council
have announced:

Works to repair and resurface the A43 Kettering to Corby, will take place overnight from Friday 20th April to Wednesday 2nd May. These will take place at the hamburger roundabout near the new Police hub.”

The spokesperson continued: “During the works, a traffic management system and diversions may be in place on certain days overnight between 8pm and 6am. The works will be carried out in sections on both the northbound and southbound carriageways.”

How will that effect Geddington?
The diversionary route shows that traffic could/should use the A4300 through Geddington.

Walking with the U3A

Do you enjoy walking around Geddington, perhaps through the streets or on walks in the nearby countryside?
Do you know more than a little something about the history of our village?

Do you enjoy other people’s company on these walks?

If so, then you could be the perfect person that the Thrapston U3A Walking Group are looking for.

Glynnis Hill, from the History Walks Group, is looking for someone who could help the members with walks around Geddington.  Walks run from May to October and can be on any weekday, normally in the afternoon. Glynnis comments: “Our walks are a maximum of 1.5 miles and 1.5 hours, and a maximum of 20 people. Each donates at least £2 to a local charity or church.”

If you are interested, go to: www.thrapstonu3a.co.uk
or contact Glynnis Hill via: publicitythrapstonu3a@gmail.com
Or email us using the Contact Us page, here on the website.

U3A (The University of the Third Age), is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.

U3A explains the third age is the time after you have finished working full-time or raising your family, and have time to pursue your interests or try something new. It’s all voluntary; a typical U3A will be home to many activity groups covering hundreds of subjects – from art to zoology and everything in between. Formed over 30 years ago, there are now over 1000 U3As across the UK, with thousands of interest groups between them and more than 400,000 members nationally.

If you are interested in groups outside our immediate area, and want to know more, visit: www.u3a.org.uk, where you will find links to regional websites.

GADS – Drama at the heart of the village – 1970s continued

In 1978 Jim Callaghan was Prime Minister and Margaret Thatcher the Opposition; the Yorkshire Ripper had not yet been caught and several more women  were found murdered. In a similar weather pattern to this year, February of 1978 had brought dramatic blizzard conditions to the south west of the country. In the media, history was made as Anna Ford became the first female newsreader and in science a new baby by the name of Louise Brown made her appearance. Concrete cows also appeared in Milton Keynes, Nottingham Forest won the Division 1 League title for the first time in their history and May Day became a Bank Holiday for the first time.

In the theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita was premiered in London. Drama of another kind was on the minds of those in Skeffington Close. Skeffington Close was still the hub for GADS meetings and, while the committee personnel changed, the essential friendships within the group did not. In June 1978, as well as reflecting on the outcome of the spring production of ‘Ladies in Retirement’ and setting a date for the autumn production, the GADS committee were also planning a cricket match – Ladies v Gents. A soft ball was to be used and no ball tampering allowed!

Before another production could be staged however, the piano badly needed to have new castors fitted and the stage door needed door knobs. A budget of £10-12 was set.

There’s no record of the outcome of the Cricket Match but it was clearly amicable because a Car Rally was organised and took place the following month for members and their friends!

Appropriately enough the next production was to be ‘A Wild Goose Chase’ and one of the most important jobs was to write to the Chief Constable about borrowing a policeman’s uniform. How times have changed!

A Wild Goose Chase

A few new members were mentioned in the programme by the Producer Sylvia Cook : ‘Neil Whiteley…sense of humour and easy going nature ; Susan Vinci, playng the part of a young scots lass..with a name like Vinci that takes some doing; Lloyd Marlow playing P.C. Pond and keeping his wife Kay, Geddington’s Post Mistress, awake at night learning his lines. ‘ All three are seen with other established members of the cast in the photograph from the production.

The production was a success in more ways than one and enabled the purchase of new ‘flats’ and extra lighting equipment.

How the Other Half Loves

The production that followed was ‘How the Other Half Loves’ by Alan Aykbourn which would be quite an ambitious project , subject to much more hefty royalties than usual, but produced by the experienced Maurice Holmes. Admission would be 60p and programmes 10p. As well as the usual advertisement in the Evening Telegraph there were to be posters in the village and car stickers available. The play was a huge success.  The Evening Telegraph headline was  ‘Top Class Performance’  with a generous sprinkling of ‘hilarious’, outstanding’ and ‘excellent’ in the review.

GADS now had a healthy bank balance, an efficient lighting system, wide costume and props stock and good stage facilities. They were able to make donations to the Village Hall, Gardening Club and The Chapel. They also said farewell to Mr & Mrs Shaw, stalwarts of the society for some years, giving them a book on Northamptonshire as a memento of happy times.

When a production of The Boyfriend was proposed it was realised that the society was short of young male actors and there was a plan put in place to encourage young players to join the group .. and so the seeds for a Young GADS were sown. By now Keith A’Ness was Chairman and the reputation of the village productions was strong enough for the committee to notify Weekend Television of future productions in the hope that they would feature them in their broadcasts.

In ‘The Boyfriend’ Marlyn Davies featured in the article in the Evening Telegraph as Hortense, the maid, looking very glamorous and Kay Marlow was praised for her performance as Polly Brown, a poor little rich girl; a far cry from Kay’s day job as the postmistress! Also commended was Marion Sexton for the ‘admirable musical accompaniment’

A new decade was about to arrive and GADS would continue to grow in number, skill and ambition, providing quality entertainment in the village over the next 10 years.

If reading this article brings back memories, please take a moment to share them through our ‘Comments’ box.

Review of the Year

Finally, Spring has arrived and we have come to the end of another year of website activity. The new style website is now 5 years old. Thanks, as always, to our sponsors who contribute to the maintenance costs and initiatives the website team plan. More importantly their visible support helps to create the awareness across the village and the wider community of what the website offers to all.

Our ‘hits’ continue to grow, but more steadily now, averaging around 5,200 each month, but spiking at over 7,000 when there are items of significant interest happening. Interestingly our Facebook link has also seen significant growth as people use the technology to link to other devices and receive alerts for new ‘posts’ on the site.

This year we continued our occasional series about people and places in Geddington and were grateful to Sally Barlow for sharing her father’s diary so that we could tell the story of Lee’s Way and the family that completely refurbished one of the cottages. It was particularly interesting because we had so many good photographs to link to the story.

GADs has been a village organisation for many years, started by several young couples who had moved into the village when housing was available in the new Skeffington Close. As we discovered though, the tradition of light opera and amateur dramatics went way back before the second world war. With patrons and supporters from the Boughton estate and the de Capel Brooke family in Great Oakley, the villagers of the time revealed a strong talent for music, theatrical design and public performance. Our GADs series continues with the ‘post’ about the latest decade about to the published. We now have a wealth of material in the Archive in relation to this popular organisation.

The Archive itself has been boosted by over 80 contributions from Steve Brown’s personal collection of Geddington memorabilia. We are just waiting to load the photographs to match the descriptors and hope that everyone will be able to enjoy these images of Geddington past.

David Valentine, who lived in the village in his early years and knows it well because he delivered the bread on a daily basis to many of the families, was kind enough to give up some of his time to help us plan a village tour (virtual and real), complete with anecdotes and additional information from the earlier years of the 20th century. That project is not yet complete and we would welcome anyone who might be interested in helping with it getting in touch.

Following on from the project done at Geddington School and as the anniversary of the end of The Great War approaches, the website team are planning a small event on 4th November where we would like to exhibit those records we have of life at the time and, of course, of those men and women who took an active part in the field of war. If you have any letters or memorabilia of any kind that you would be happy to share, please get in touch with Pam 742292 or Janet 726416 or via the Contact Us link on the home page.

Do you know someone who does not use the website and would like to? Look out for a session soon on ‘Finding your way around geddington.net’ for those who may be unfamiliar with the set up.

We have decided to hold our AGM this year on 12th April at 7:00pm in The Star. Formal business will be brief and will be followed from 7:30pm by an open invitation to all our contributors and representatives from village organisations, indeed anyone with an interest in the website, to join us so that we can discuss the future style, content and activities of the website to best serve the village community.

We hope you have enjoyed what we have presented to you over the year; we hope you will continue to use the website and spread the word. If you can’t make 12th April, but want to pass on ideas or comments please use the Contact Us link. Best of all come along and have a chat with us on 12th April – we would appreciate hearing your ideas.

Happy Easter to you all.

The Website Team

 

 

 

The Countdown starts here –

The Countdown starts here for Daylight Saving Time when the clocks go forward one hour.

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Even with the Vernal Equinox occurring last Tuesday, 20th March, and Saturday night’s snowfall all over the village, it’s still difficult to realise that spring is here. What really brings it home, though, is when the clocks change and that will be next weekend!

Daylight Saving Time starts when local standard time is about to reach
1:00:00, on Sunday, 25th March 2018, and clocks are turned forward one hour to
2:00:00, Sunday, 25th March 2018, 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.

While the UK has always had daylight savings time since it was first introduced, it came into widespread use across the world during the 1970s because of the energy crisis.

 

 

 

 

Finding Nana – at Geddington Village Hall

The New Perspectives Company will be bringing

‘FINDING NANA’

to

Geddington Village Hall on Friday 16th March, 7.30pm

Finding Nana is about the universal, unconditional love between a granddaughter and her Nana and the desperate need to capture memories before they disappear.

Tickets from John Padwick
£10 [£8 for under 25s]
by:
Message me
Tel: 0758 121 0454
Email: johnpadwick@talk21.com

DIY SOS

The BBC’s DIYSOS programme is the longest running show of its format, having been shown for over 17 years.

When Gordon Binley saw his first DIYSOS programme, the BBC programme that makes dreams come true for very deserving families, he decided to respond to the call for volunteers.

The BBC’s DIYSOS TEam

The project was to enlarge a 2-bedroom house to a 4-bedroom house in just 9 days. Quite a major undertaking, but one that the DIYSOS Team are used to dealing with and one that was familiar to watchers of this programme.  What was unfamiliar, was the age of this particular volunteer. Unlike his fellow workers in their 20s, 30s and even 40s, Gordon is 74, but his skills are ageless (and endless) and as the project was in dire need of carpenters, he was eagerly taken on for the project in West Bromwich, Birmingham.

Another unusual aspect of Gordon’s volunteering, was that  he offered to stay in a hotel near the site, unlike his fellow workers who all lived within travelling distance. On the plus side, he was given 3 meals a day from a wide-ranging menu.

The full story of Gordon’s adventure appeared on pages 24-26 in the Autumn 2017 issue of The Geddington, Newton & Great Oakley Newsletter (available from the Post Office, Queen Street, Geddington). For those outside these villages, this is a quarterly publication distributed free to all households in the villages.

What is not in the magazine, is the date that Gordon’s episode will be broadcast. However, we’re delighted to relay the information that Gordon has just received, and that the broadcast date is:

Wednesday 14 March 2018

What a Difference a day (or 6 months) makes

What a difference six months make. 

Any recent travellers along the A4300 towards Kettering, whether on foot or wheels, will have noticed some improvements to the foot/cycle-path. The slight delay caused by the road-work traffic lights, was certainly worth the wait when the results were revealed.

It was in late July that Frank Harding, a frequent walker on this route, used his common sense and emailed Northamptonshire Highways. Frank takes up the story:

“I emailed Northants Highways about the state of the footpath along Kettering/Stamford Road in Geddington. The footpath is not only for walkers, but cyclists too. Over the years it has become very narrow due to the grass growing over it and it was impossible to pass without stepping into the road or onto the muddy side.

Imagine my surprise when returning from a vacation recently to see that the work requested has been done. I was quick to complain, so must now be quick to praise Mr Wright for getting the footpath cleared and safe.”

Of course, we’ll have to wait a few days for the snow to clear before we realise the benefit!

GADS – drama at the heart of the village 1968 – 1978

In 1968 Harold Wilson was backing Britain, the Prague Spring shifted the European balance of power, America was embroiled in the Vietnam War, Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King was murdered and the musical ‘Hair’ opened on Broadway.

In Geddington, after a gap in productions due to illness, GADS got creative to raise the profile of the society across different organisations in the village. A 1-Act Easter play performed to the members of the WI proved particularly successful and alleviated the disappointment of having to cancel the spring production.

But the show must go on….and soon plans for a farce, ‘Double Wedding’, were underway and a date for the Play Reading was settled on. The production proved a great success with lead parts being taken by Margaret Stafford, Keith Tomlinson  and Jack Miller, seen below checking that their whiskey bottle really is empty! Particular praise was given to Mona Jones in her role as the coy, chapel-going maiden aunt. Producer Mary Rowles had worked her magic again.

The production of Two in the Bush that followed in March 1969 got generous praise from the press:

‘the entertainment value was enormous’

The cast of Two in the Bush 1969

‘they are certainly living up to their reputation’ 

                        ‘a very attractive and practical set’

‘Two In the Bush’ had the audience rocking with laughter’

As this was Sylvia Cook’s debut production, she and the cast must have been delighted; Michael Pell revealed his talent as a comic alongside Margaret Stafford and Dorothy Carver as two strong minded women, David Hawthorn as a convincing Brigadier and Joan Elliott of Newton ‘suitably vigorous’ as a former Major.

The next few years were uncertain as the society struggled to find a permanent producer and members willing and able to commit to the rehearsal time required. In the interim, play readings in members’ homes, social events and performances of 1 Act dramas to other village groups kept the thespian flame alive. Eventually in 1971, Maurice Holmes stepped in as an experienced producer and the casting for ‘The Bride and the Bachelor’ began. Though audience numbers were inevitably low after such a long gap between productions, the cast delivered the complex and witty storyline with some skill and those who had paid their 10p for a seat were well rewarded.   Do current readers remember the days of ‘Geddington Cross’ as the telephone code?!

By 1974 GADS was back on a firmer footing but decided to reintroduce membership subscriptions to reinforce the sense of ‘corporate identity’. The princely sum of 30p was duly asked of members! While those in the cast gained recognition on the stage and in the press, we must not forget the backstage team; Jackie Harker, ticket sales, Prompter Maureen Rushby, electricians Chris Stephenson, Bert Stafford, and Chris Kiernan and Wardrobe Loris Calver amongst others. The team work was very evident and the offer from Joan Elliott to do a ‘Buffet Supper at her home was ‘received with acclamation’!

Audience numbers were back up, membership was growing, finances were healthy and the Village Hall stage had been decorated by members. It was time for another production…’Not now Darling’ was a witty, sexy comedy involving ‘a blundering idiot and a stripper’. It was a huge success. Marlyn Davis carried off the striptease without scandalising the village residents. Well done to the producer, Sylvia Cook, and the supporting cast of Len Butlin, Eric Johnson, Lynette Bachnet, Stephen Exley, Jackie Kemp and Eric Saunders. Fur coats and the delights of seventies fashion featured strongly in the storyline … a great time was had by all and the after show party at The Star was also a great success.

Times were changing and Geddington and GADS were changing with them. The mixture of youth and experience and a great deal of talent in the cast, bound together with hard work meant the future looked bright for the village productions to come.

Eulogy to John Doran

The funeral of John Doran took place today at the Catholic Cathedral, Our Lady & St Thomas on Barrack Road, Northampton.

For those unable to attend, we’ve been honoured this morning to be able to provide a short article about John, written from the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade’s perspective and, in the words of the author, ‘in no way does justice to all that JD achieved.’

“John Doran, (JD) was a member of The Geddington Fire Brigade for over 20 years and in that time he held the position of Commanding Officer, Captain of Drill, Station Officer and performed many more duties within the Brigade.

His ability to encourage (press gang!) people into his entertainment schemes was part of his Irish charm. Somehow he managed to get mature, and not so mature, members of the Brigade to agree to become Belly Dancers, Morris Men, Synchronised Swimmers, Life Size Puppets – the list goes on.

Our ‘Friends from Lahnstein’ became an integral part of the Brigade calendar from 1999, with friendships established continuing until the present day. John’s contributions to impart good humour and silly games, was part of the bond that developed between our two organisations.

Entertainment ideas for the Senior Citizens’ Dinner, Castle Gardens and Pudding Club events et al, nearly always came out of John’s fertile mind, and where the idea of turning the fire engine into a mobile birthing unit, on the day of the Garage Sale came from, we can only wonder!

He stood firm, strong and brave against his cancer for 13 years.

He would always ask how you were, with a brush off of ‘I’m fine’, when the question was reversed.

He made Geddington very proud when he ran into the village carrying the Olympic Torch, having already run his leg of the journey in Northampton, the crowds waiting for Geddington’s own, to enter the village and climb the Cross.

I know Janis and the family grimaced at some of his antics, but they would never have wished him to be any different: Janis, Shay and Lana, thank you for sharing him with us.

Representing the GVFB in 2007

 

 

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