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A6003 Update

The traffic correspondent of reports that the NORTHBOUND carriageway of the A6003 from Kettering to Corby is OPEN, allbeit with the 40mph speed limit still in place.

However, contrary to the information received yesterday, the SOUTHBOUND carriageway is still CLOSED – as of 10.30am this morning, Saturday 16 November.

Unfortunately for Geddington, the advice for southbound traffic travelling from the Corby direction to Kettering, is to use the diversions, via the A43, through this village.

A6003 Opening Delay has been advised of a slight delay in the opening of the Southbound carriageway of the A6003.


Vanessa Adu, from Interserve Construction Ltd, reports:




Work on the resurfacing of the southbound carriageway of the A6003 will take a day longer than expected, due to an offsite safety incident beyond our control.


As such the southbound carriageway will re-open in the early hours of Sunday, November 17 and not early on Saturday as first stated.




SOUTHBOUND CLOSURE from Oakley Hay Roundabout to the North Kettering Business Area junction. 


Local traffic

Access will be maintained at all times, to residents/business within the closure.


Traffic heading south

Vehicles that would normally travel south down the A6003 between Corby and Kettering should use the A6014 (Oakley Road) towards Corby, the A427 towards Weldon, and the A43 southbound (Stamford Road) through  Geddington and back on to the A6003 at Kettering.


The northbound carriageway of the A6003 will be open during this phase to allow access from the A14 and Kettering to Corby.

We apologise for any convenience caused.



Something Tasty For The Weekend

Apples A Seasonal Hero

 Apples are part of our heritage and, since Henry VIII established the first large-scale apple orchard in Kent, we’ve become very good at growing them.

 Britain has over 1,200 native apple varieties, used for eating, cooking, cider making and pickling. Some of the many varieties that you may recognize, and are readily available in the supermarkets, are Bramley, Braeburn, Cox Pippin and Gala.

 The Bramley Seedling (to give this apple its proper name) is regarded as the finest apple for cooking as it has a unique ability to retain its tangy taste during cooking, and its texture becomes wonderfully light, airy and moist.

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The Bramley Seedling

 The Bramley is produced commercially in the UK, helped through a successful Bramley Campaign, set up in 1989 by Bramley growers to expand the market. This has made it available throughout the year.

 Despite their being many other culinary apples, the Bramley represents more than 95% of the apples sold in the UK for cooking in the home. (Ref:

 Here is a recipe to tickle your taste buds:

 Apple, Orange, Raison and Cinnamon Twists


2 Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
20g butter
30g soft brown sugar
1x 300g puff pastry sheet (quick and easy)
3 tbsp raisins
1 orange, zest and juice
1 tsp cinnamon
50g icing sugar


1.   Place the apples, butter and soft brown sugar in a small saucepan. Add1 tbsp water, cover with a lid and place over a low heat.  Bring to a simmer and allow to bubble gently for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

2.    Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6.  Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Lay out the puff pastry sheet on a working surface, spread the apple filling over, leaving 1cm border down the long side. Scatter over the raisins, orange zest and cinnamon then roll it up from the longer edge, into a cylinder.  Cut the roll into 12 circles and lay them on the prepared baking tray.  Bake for 25 minutes until puffed up and golden.

3.     Combine the icing sugar with ¾ tsp of orange juice.  Once the apple twists are cooked, remove from the oven and drizzle with the icing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 Geddington and Newton WI will be producing a recipe book for sale
to celebrate the Centenary of the Women’s Institute in 2015 entitled:
Recipes Through The Decades”.

Researched and written by:

Val Bellamy, Vice President, Members’ Secretary PR

Corby Road delayed opening has been advised that there will be a slight delay in the opening of the northbound carriageway this week.

Vanessa Adu, from Interserve Construction Ltd reports:

“Work on the resurfacing of the northbound carriageway of the A6003 will take a day longer than expected. As such, the northbound carriageway will re-open in the early hours of Thursday, November 14 and not early on Wednesday as first stated.


The southbound carriageway will subsequently now be closed from the early hours of Thursday, November 14It is anticipated that all the resurfacing work will be done and the A6003 open as normal by the early hours of Saturday, November 16.

We apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Interserve Construction Ltd

Remembrance Sunday


Sunday 10th November

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Geddington War Memorial



Geddington commemorates the fallen

of the two world wars and other conflicts.


Wreaths were laid from all parts of the community.




The Star Inn Brightens

The Star Inn enters a new phase of its vary varied life over the centuries, with the arrival this week of Adrian Walters and Eve Jackson as the new landlords.

The Star will be open again from 5pm Friday 8th November.

Adrian told that he hopes to welcome old as well as new customers to The Star.

He continued with the information that it will be open every day, all day, from12 noon to closing time and that he intends to use local breweries and change the ales on a regular basis.

Food isn’t on the menu at present – sorry about the pun! – but it will be soon, just keep watching for the information which will be put on the signs outside.

Corby Link Road Closures & Diversions has further information on the temporary closure of the A6003, which will be from Monday 11th November to Friday 15th November

This will have an enormous effect on the amount of traffic going through Geddington, so it’s worthwhile taking a note of the dates.  The pedestrian crossings are going to be busy!

From Interserve Construction Ltd:

As part of the ongoing construction of the A43 Corby Link Road, sections of the A6003 between North Kettering Business Park and the Oakley Hay roundabout will need to be closed between Monday 11th November and Friday 15th November, to complete the resurfacing on both carriageways of the A6003.

The closure will take place in two phases with each phase scheduled to last for two days, weather permitting. Access to and from the North Kettering Business Park will be maintained from the A43/A14 at all times.

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NCC Consultation & Survey


Local Tax

Back door inflation-busting increase in parts of the council tax

– Whatever you call it, they all mean one thing – an increase in the amount of money that is taken out of our purses by those who govern us and supply our services.

Northamptonshire County Council are looking to saving another £140 million over the next four years. In an effort to achieve this, the NCC has come up with a number of ideas, all of which need public consultation. The consultation takes the form of a survey entitled Asset Management Strategy Consultation. In this survey, the County Council is asking parish councils and residents’ groups for their views on a range of new ideas designed to save money and ensure the Highway Service uses its budget as efficiently as possible.

It is being suggested that Parish Councils and Residents’ Groups take on the maintenance work for some rural roads and the ideas include:

1          Reducing the width of some rural roads to a single lane with passing places, thereby restricting the type of vehicle that can use them, helping to preserve surfaces.

2          Consider taking part in maintenance work including looking after verges, hedges and clearing ditches.

3          Take ownership of assets such as electronic roadside message signs, grit bins, village signs and gateways.

Already work has begun to de-clutter roads of unnecessary signage and it is anticipated that this downsizing could be spread to possibly encompass redundant assets including some roads and bridges.

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A43 Open at Stanion Island (Roundabout)

The Sign says it all:

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This sign is on the road north of Stanion.

The A43 is now open again at the Stanion Island (Roundabout) and traffic is flowing freely, although still with caution, as the traffic cones are still very much in evidence and there is still much to be done before completion of the road, which is anticipated to be spring 2014.

Geddington has experienced so little traffic along the A43 whilst work has been carried out at the Stanion Island, it has given us a preview of what the conditions might be like after the Link Road is completed.

However, before we get to that idyllic state, we have to go through a week of  extremely unsusual conditions, while the A6003 is closed for resurfacing. (See post on 2nd July 2013).  Geddington can expect a little more traffic than usual.

Please note:

The A6003 will be closed for one week commencing on Monday 11th November 2013 and traffic will be diverted via the A43.

Further details of this closure, and a map of the area with diversions, to follow within the next few days.

The Star’s light dims

The Star’s light is glowing dimly at present as its patrons prepare to say goodbye to the Traceys. Time will be called for the last time by Vaughan and Joanne on Saturday evening, 2 November.
Thanks should go to them for their efforts behind the bar, and in the kitchen, over the last six months. We wish them well with whatever their future plans may be.
A positive item to record here, is that we will be welcoming two new people who will be occupying the Star by the end of next week. We’ll have news of them in the next couple of weeks.
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