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Good Afternoon, Geddington !

We really shouldn’t have been surprised by the interest in the Archive section, after all the Exhibition brought many more people, and lots of interesting items, than we had anticipated.

But surprised we have been. Like many sites, we have a counter which shows how many people log on to The most ‘hits’ we’ve had since last March, when the site was renovated, was a little over 1000, and that was after the Great Garage Sale in May 2014.

So you can imagine our surprise when we saw on Tuesday night, two days after opening the Archive, we’d had:
Over 3300 hits!  Wow!

We are also able to see which posts attract the most attention. In the last two days, the Archive came out top, of course, but a great many people have been looking at WWI, WWII and the Roll of Honour. Thanks have been given to our friends and families for their help over the past few months, but perhaps we should give particular thanks to Thom Poole, whose research and work in these areas resulted in such detailed information on the men, their service records and, in many cases, the cemeteries in which they are interred.

Photographs of the servicemen from WWI were obtained from the late Peter Rowney’s photo albums, and we were extremely grateful that we were able to borrow them.

We promised that more items would be put on the Archive, and we will, but like any job involving numbers of items, it takes almost as much effort to do one, as it does to do several at the same time. So the new items won’t be put on in dribs and drabs, which might be difficult to see, but in tranches. And we’ll try to make it plain when this occurs.

In the meantime, many thanks for your interest – and keep those comments coming!

Good Morning, Geddington!

With just the tiniest of hitches, Geddington’s history has finally gone live on its own website.

Thanks have already been given to those responsible for its appearance – Jack, Janet, Pam and Tony, but we also have to thank all those village residents who loaned us their family’s historical documents and material: without this we wouldn’t have been able to produce either the exhibition in November or this online archive. So many, many thanks to you all!

We would also like to thank the committee’s family members who have put up with this project intruding into their lives for the past 9 months – you’ve all been very patient and understanding.

Now, this almost sounds as if this is it, no more to come? NOT AT ALL! This is just the start. We know there is plenty more material and, what is probably more important, lots more information to come to light and memories to be awakened.

So if, while you are browsing through the Archive, you remember more details or have more information on any of the more than 325  items to be seen, please, please do get in touch by putting it in the “Leave a Comment” box.

Looking for a particular person, place, time? Use our Search facility.

Still can’t find it? Contact us by email and we’ll try to help you that way.

In the meantime, please enjoy browsing through the minutiae of our village’s history.

1st February 2015 – A Date to Note in Your Diary

1st February 2015
Our Archive Project
will go live
and on-line!

There’s no getting around it, we were overwhelmed with the response that we got, both to the appeal for material and to the Exhibition. Not that we weren’t pleased, we were delighted, but it gave us so much more work than we had bargained for, that it has taken us this long to go online.

I say ‘we’, but it was on Jack Harker’s shoulders that most of the online work fell and we are extremely grateful for all the time and effort he has put into this project. We, and I’m sure all those interested in village history, will be very pleased with the results of his work.

After 1st February you will be able to find the ARCHIVE section by looking along the bar that contains the categories: HOME, NEWS, DIARY etc and right at the end of it, where WALKS is now, you will find ARCHIVE (WALKS will be moved to VILLAGE LIFE).

17 Categories
25 Sub-categories
and over
325 Items to view
there will be plenty to look at
when you visit our new
ARCHIVE section.

However, with so many items in these pages, you may find the search facility useful. Just put in the name of the person or place you want to look at and the site will bring up the relevant items.

What you will see in the ARCHIVE is a large part of the material that we have, however it is by no means all of it. There’s plenty more to be added and this will be done as the weeks pass (and time allows). We also know that there is still plenty of archival material tucked away in cupboards, drawers, probably lofts as well, so if you are having a spring clean or just generally having a bit of a turn out, please remember the Archive Project and let us copy or scan this material.

We do have another request to make of you: if you see any information that is incorrect or if you have more information about an item that is printed, such as dates, names, places or any one of the myriad of details that we know is available, please, please get in contact with us by using the Leave a comment here …’ box.archive 6

We do hope you will take the time to browse through the ARCHIVE, although it might take more than one sitting!

Janet, Pam, Tony & Jack


Household Recycling Centres New Opening Times

Important Changes to the Household Waste Recycling Service
To take effect from 1st February 2015

Following the recent public consultation and using feedback from the consultation, the Northampton County Council have refined their proposals, and these will be implemented from 1 February 2015.

What is changing?

The agreed changes include:

  • opening nine sites for five days a week, and
  • the opening hours of all sites changing to 10am to 6pm all year round

These proposals were favoured by the majority of people surveyed.

Opening times for household waste recycling centres from 1 February 2015

Centre Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Brixworth Open Closed Closed Open Open Open Open
Corby Open Open Closed Closed Open Open Open
Daventry Open Open Closed Closed Open Open Open
Ecton (T) Open Closed Closed Open Open Open Open
Kettering (T) Closed Closed Open Open Open Open Open
Rushden (T) Closed Closed Open Open Open Open Open
Sixfields (T) Closed Open Open Closed Open Open Open
Towcester Open Closed Closed Open Open Open Open
Wellingboro’ Open Open Closed Closed Open Open Open

West Street Works – Part 2 now has more information
about the closure of West Street.

The works will be in place for up to five days starting on Monday 23rd February. However the good news is that the closure is planned to take place between the hours of 9.15am and 3pm.

This is to ensure that as little disruption as possible is caused to the parents dropping off and collecting their children from the Wood Street school, colloquially known as ‘The School Run’.

From my experience, parents come much earlier than 3pm, so for those who live outside the village, the accompanying map (click on the link: West Street, Geddington below) shows the diversion route.  For those residents of the village, the diversion is obvious and already well used when the village centre is being used for events!

West Street, Geddington

Northamptonshire Highways spokesperson continued:

“In the unlikely event that the works over-run on any day (due to plant issues or late tarmac delivery) we will aim to provide access where possible to those who need it.”

Do please be aware that weather conditions
may also affect the works and the timing.

West Street Works!

WEST STREET WORKS!White Line featured image

No, not a comment on the abilities of the West Street residents to provide a crust for their families, but more news on the white lines that appeared on the road in December.

At that time, was told that road works would commence in March, but we now understand that these have been brought forward to February.

The Kettering & Daventry Districts Department of Northamptonshire Highways has advised that the National Grid are planning to work near to 25 West Street (the Vicarage) for a maximum of 3 days from 18th February. This work will involve excavations in the carriageway, so expect delays at busy times.

However, on completion of the National Grid works, Northamptonshire Highways are planning a FULL ROAD CLOSURE, to carry out surfacing repairs. It is provisionally planned for the week commencing Monday 23rd February and will take place between 8am and 5pm for a maximum of 5 days, although this is weather dependant. was also told: “When a firm booking has been made with NCC’s street works team, letters will be hand delivered to all affected residents and advanced road closure warning signs, together with any necessary parking restriction signs, will be put in place along West Street.”

Should you have any queries regarding these works, please contact:

The Senior Highway Technician,
Kettering & District Northamptonshire Highways ,
Highways Depot
Harborough Road
Brixworth, NN6 9BX
Tel: 01604 883400




Happy New Year to you all!







.best wishes





The Squirt 2014 style

The Squirt – Geddington Style

None of the website team were able to attend The 2014 Squirt,

so we are grateful to the Chittock team of Christine and Maurice for

providing the following photos and report.

From Christine:

Wet, exhausted, victorious, time for that special brew!

Wet, exhausted, victorious in survival if not in practice, time for that special brew.

And from Maurice:

The Snow Code

The Snow Code

The forecast for Boxing Day and several days to follow is for overnight frost, followed by high winds and SNOW coming  from the north and west.  So let’s get ready for it!

The Government’s Snow Code is full of helpful hints and it even puts to rest some of the urban myths that swirl round when we try to do help our neighbours! Read on:

Don’t be put off clearing paths because you’re afraid someone will get injured. Remember, people walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful themselves.  And don’t believe the myths – it’s unlikely you’ll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries if you have cleared the path carefully.”

Follow the advice below to make sure you clear the pathway safely and effectively.

Clear snow and ice early in the day.
It’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it. So if possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.

Prevent Slips

  • Pay extra attention to clearing snow and ice from steps and steep pathways – you might need to use more salt on these areas
  • Use salt or sand – not water
  • Don’t make the pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it is invisible and very slippery.

You can melt snow or prevent black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt – a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. Don’t use the salt found in salting bins – this will be needed to keep the roads clear unless your council advises otherwise.  Please contact your local council for more advice.

  • Be careful not to spread salt on plants or grass as it may damage them.
  • If you don’t have enough salt, you can also use sand or ash. These won’t stop the path icing over as effectively as salt, but will provide good grip underfoot.

Take care where you move the snow.

When you’re shovelling snow, take care where you put it so it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains. Make sure you make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on. Then shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides.

Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths.

If your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather. If you’re worried about them, try contacting their relatives or friends, or if necessary the local council.

This Snow Code advice comes from the Department for Transport.

Carols at Lyveden

Lyveden carols 2  A Carol Service and Carol Singing are very much a regular part of the Christian Festivities, enjoyed by so many.  A different slant on the Carol singing took place last Saturday, 20 December, at Lyveden New Bield.  Not a venue that would automatically spring to mind, but, oh my! what a wonderful atmosphere when dozens of people piled into the kitchen area of this 3-storey, unfinished national monument, accompanied by lanterns in niches, the smell of mulled wine and mince pies and an easy-to-read song sheet.

We were led by Derek, a lay preacher and choir master from Peterborough, through the Christmas story by way of Carols alone. A CD player provided the musical accompaniment and Derek had brought a few members of his choir along and most of the time they kept up with us (we got a bit carried away at times!)

Then there were some ‘specials’ – the children were asked to come to the front and sing the first verse of ‘Away in a Manger’. Their young voices were perfect for this Carol. After the break (and at this time Mulled Cider and Winter Pimms made an appearance in our group), and with plenty more of our favourite Carols, three volunteers were chosen to sing solo, and it wasn’t until they had stepped forward that they were told that there was no music available for this Carol!  Even so, each man was more than capable for singing his lines from ‘We Three Kings from Orient Are’.

The afternoon’s entertainment was brought to a close with Derek’s very clever adaptation of a Gloucester wassailing song, but aimed at our present location. To give a flavour of the words, the following lines were the start of some of the verses:

Wassail, wassail round Lyveden New Bield
May all of our stockings with good things be filled and

Here’s to the orchard, the apples and pears
May God bless it all and the fruit that it bears and

Here’s to the tea room and those who work there
May God fill their tables with good Christmas fare and

Here’s to the army of keen volunteers
May this Christmas time be their best one for years and finishing with

Here’s to the New Bield we all hold so dear.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
And a Happy New Year as may we all see
With the wassailing bowl we’ll drink to thee.

The Lord’s Prayer and a blessing sent us out to one of the most beautiful sunsets we could hope to see.  A perfect ending to an uplifting afternoon.


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So that’s it, the website girls are signing off for a few days break,
but we’ll take this opportunity of wishing you all a very merry Christmas!


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