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1st Geddington Scouts Christmas Post 2017

Let the Scouts deliver your Christmas cards!

Post your cards from 27 November to 13 December.

Cost per card is 30pscoutpost-1

Scoutboxes can be found:
Near the Cross
Skeffington Close
Near the Post Office
Geddington School
Newton &
Weekley

Cards are delivered to:  Barton Seagrave    Braybrooke    Broughton    Burton Latimer    Cranford    Cransley    Desborough    Geddington    Grafton Underwood    Isham    Kettering    Little Cransley    Loddington    Mawsley    Newton    Old    Orton    Pytchley    Rothwell    Rushton    Warkton    Walgrave  and  Weekley.

scout-post-areaPlease do not post cards for places not on this list, or outside the red line on this map, as the Scouts are unable to deliver them.

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Address cards with:
Recipient’s name
Number of house
Name of street
Town
Postcode

GADS -drama at the heart of the village

Sixty one years ago Skeffington Close was a relatively new part of the growing community of Geddington but several of the families who had come to live in the new homes with their young families shared an interest…amateur dramatics.

It was this week in 1956 that a small group of enthusiasts gathered together at 20 Skeffington Close to discuss the revival of a dramatic society for the village.

Mr & Mrs R Cook, Mr & Mrs W Bailey , Mr & Mrs G Burditt, Mrs Hay, Mrs Colvin and Mrs Margaret Stafford made up the group. They were optimistic, determined and talented and their vision and enthusiasm re-started a tradition of drama, music and performance which had been lost in the war years and the austerity years that followed.

The whole focus was on involving all areas of the village, with as wide a membership as possible. The name of the organisation would be decided later when a larger group had been established but there would be a subscription of 5s (five shillings = 25p) per member to establish a working fund for costs of production.

The very first production was to be ‘A Quiet Weekend’ and rehersals, it was decided, would start straight after Christmas ready for public performance by Easter.

The cast of A Quiet Weekend 1957

By March 1957 the group was up and running, called Geddington Dramatic Society, with over 20 members and ready to put on its first production. Hidden, and not so hidden, talents emerged…Mrs Curtis was the property mistress, Mr M Rowles was the electrician, ably assisted by Mr A Stafford. Mrs Rowles was the make up artist and Mrs Hutchings was called upon to provide the organisation of the refreshments while Mr Raby had the all important job of building the stage set.

All good team work!  ‘A Quiet Weekend’ proved a creditable success with good audience numbers paying 3s 6d for reserved seats and a mere 1s 6d for unreserved seats. Not surprisingly the committee reported a profit in takings at the end of the run.  It wasn’t long before the ‘selection committee’ were back together again choosing and planning the November production… and thus was established a tradition of Spring and Autumn productions every year since, involving young and old(er) performers and backstage teams and building a reputation that draws in full audiences on the 3- night runs twice a year.

Well done those Skeffington trailblazers – Geddington’s talent might have remained undiscovered but for you!

‘Now, where are we going to get some cushions from to stop the audience getting restless….?’

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Apologies for the formality of the names in the listings. This is how they appear in the records and in sharing this history it seems important to respect this original format.

The cast members in the photograph are: Betty Cook, Margaret Stafford, Ray Cook, Arthur Neale, Geoffrey Burditt, Rita Cuthell, Mary Burditt, Margaret Bailey, Dorothy Fromm, Jock Cuthell, Ray Cook, Sheila Colvin, David Hill and Ann Pinfold.

Council against Crime

Geddington has a crime wave currently sweeping the village, if reports on Facebook are to be believed and there is little doubt that they can be. Vehicles in particular are the focus of the criminals.

Parish Councillor Peter Goode, has announced that there will be a meeting to “examine what can be done by those interested in combating crime in the village, with particular focus on the role, and opportunities for enhancement, of the Geddington Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.”

Cllr Peter Goode

Peter continued: “Attending will be a representative of the Kettering Neighbourhood Watch organisation. Also invited are the various Geddington Neighbourhood Watch street co-ordinators. The Parish Council invites members of the public who wish to participate. Whilst understanding that residents may wish to voice concerns about crime that has already happened, we are keen that this meeting is focussed on establishing how things can be improved and what can be done by parishioners who want to contribute positively by taking a role in tackling the problem.”

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The meeting is being held on Thursday 7th December
at 7pm in the Village Hall.

Please note correction of meeting time – Thank you Peter!

Opera and Drama – Geddington’s cultural heritage

A new production from our much admired village players takes place next week. ‘Wind in the Willows’ will be another successful production from GADS in what is their anniversary year.

GADS has been in existence for 60 years now and there is a real story to tell there….but first we’d like to take you back to the time when Geddington’s own Operatic Society was providing cultural entertainment for the village and surrounding community.

Geddington Operatic Society was at its strongest in the years preceeding the second World War. According to the Northampton Mercury and Herald it was the result of the enthusiasm and influence of Mr Francis Montagu Douglas Scott that the society was formed and was able to get together a body of musicians and actors to produce many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas which quickly gained national interest.

At the same time Miss Constance Croot, daughter of the landlord of The Star, was well known for her interest in dramatic art, particularly in connection with the WI, the drama class of which won ‘notable awards’.

The first record of the society’s activities seems to be 1934 when it was reported that Geddington Operatic Society had successfully produced and performed the Gilbert and Sullivan opera ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. There was however, clearly a strong sense of fun running through the company because it was also noted that their next production would be ‘The Pirates of Northants’  and this script was to be written by ‘a resident’.

In 1935 it was the turn of ‘The Mikado’ to have its outing on the Geddington stage. The Mercury and Herald headlined the report ‘High standard of singing at Geddington’ and went on to say that it was performed in front of a crowded audieImage result for pictures of mikadonce to great acclaim and added that the cast, with very few exceptions was made up entirely of villagers.  Mr R Wicksteed was President of the Society and, in this case, Francis Scott  the stage manager, supported by Charles Olive from Kettering who produced the show and Mr Harry Richardson a musician who had played several times with the D’Oyly Carte company.

Arthur Tayburn led the cast which included amongst others Cyril Hyde, Gordon Hopkins, Mrs Ernest Goode, Florence Coles, Sybil Catt, Olive Crick, Harry Blanchard and Frank Clipstone.

The costumes, lighting and stage sets were recorded as ‘outstanding’ and the singing and music was acknowledged to be of a very high standard. The orchestra members included Mr P. Woolston and Mr T Blunsom and Mr. E.T. Howlett. The piano was played by Miss Joyce Hancock.

Other support was given by Mr. E. Spence, perruquier (wig provider) Miss C. Croot, who was the prompter, John Ambrey, the call boy and lastly, but in a spirit of village entrepreneurship, the Misses Mabel and Mildred Patrick who were the souvenir sellers!!

Further productions followed;  ‘HMS Pinafore’ in September 1936 with a cast of village names including Dix, Ambrey, Goode and Swingler.

‘Iolanthe’ was performed in January 1937 and ‘Yeoman of the Guard’ in 1939.

Newspaper advertisement for the production

The productions were widely advertised locally and well regarded across Northamptonshire. The society was described as ‘go-ahead’ and was able to draw on local expertise and support from local dignitaries. In 1939 Francis Scott of The Priory was still President, Mr De Capel Brooke had been the Vice President and the Duke of Buccleuch, family and friends attended the performances. For those with their own transport the advertisements advised ‘cars at 10:30pm’ – a more modern version of Carriages at 10:30pm’  and, for those reliant on others, special bus services from Kettering were laid on.

‘The Yeoman of the Guard’ was as well received as other productions.  Mrs Goode and Mr Gordon Hopkins took the lead roles in this production which had a very successful run and then was performed again at a special event for the Duke, his family and other guests including Mr Gotch and John Profumo, prospective parliamentary candidate for Kettering, who had been unable to attend on the previous occasion. The Duke was very appreciative of the talent, both dramatic and musical, within the company and hoped there would be many more similar performances in the future.

Though the Duke could not be sure of it in May 1939 when he gave this speech of thanks, Europe was on the brink of another war which would demand the lives of men from the village and severely limit the opportunities for future performances. Francis Scott died in 1942 but he left a legacy of dramatic tradition and fun; a baton that was picked up again in 1957 when a small group got together to share their ideas on reviving amateur dramatics in the village.

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The website team would be delighted to hear from you if you can add to this story.

Do you have souvenir tickets, or photographs, recognise any of the names or even perhaps know who ‘the resident’ was who was writing the alternative ‘Pirates of Northants’?

We hope you have enjoyed this post. We will be starting a series on GADS next month in honour of their 60 years of village entertainment which will look back at each decade of their history.

Remembrance Day Saturday 11th November

A poignant reminder of why we remember the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour.

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From farm to (battle)field, a soldier’s
Christmas card to his wife in 1917.

Click to enlarge and appreciate the details.

A Remembrance Service will be held at Geddington Church
and War Memorial
on Sunday 12th November at 9.45am – 11am

 

Local Identified Priorities Survey

Northamptonshire Police Survey

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to take part in the Local Identified priorities survey that we take part in, in conjunction with other partners.
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This is a short survey and will only take a maximum of 10 minutes. The more responses the more directed and targeted our service can be.
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TPS 783 Robert Offord
Kettering & Rural Neighbourhood Policing
Northamptonshire Police.
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Geddington Cricket Club Events Programme

Geddington Cricket Club

– has published its first autumn and winter 2017/2018 events programme.

All these events will be held in their new Sports Pavilion, Queen Street, with the exception of the Squirt (and possibly some others, so best to check with the Club before making final arrangements. Key Contacts can be found on the Cricket Club’s website, via the Directory on this site).

Individual events will appear in the Diary, but here’s a foretaste of what’s to come:

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British Summertime Ends

British summer time ends at 2am Sunday 29 October, when all clocks should be put back one hour –

giving us an extra hour in bed!

 

Living Lines – An Exhibition of Work

Following the Living Lines Workshop and Community Arts Festival at Geddington Brickyard Garden on 22 October, the organisers have arranged for an exhibition of work and alerted Geddington.net to the details.

“If you attended The Big Draw Event at Geddington Brickyard Garden – and even if you didn’t, you might like to see some of the work produced on the day, at this exhibition!

At the Big Draw event, participants created large scale, vibrant and dynamic group art works.

A variety of materials were used, such as graphite sticks, oil pastels, household paint and paint made from spices – but not all used at once! Inspiration was taken from the ‘Living Lines’ of the countryside which surrounds the garden, the garden itself, human movement and the lines and movements within our imaginations and memories.

The workshops were designed and led by artist Emma Davies. As the drawings were being created, they were photographed and filmed by media artist Andy Eathorne. These still images were edited into stop frame animations and short films were also produced from the film footage; thus digital lines created from natural. These short animations and films will also be shown at the exhibition.

If you missed the ‘Living Lines’ Big Draw Event in October and would like to experience a taster of the workshops, then there will be some smaller scale drawing activities available throughout the day on a drop-in basis (so just turn up). Visitors will be able to ‘have a go’ at some of the materials used and use the drawings on display as inspiration for their own art works.

And – as well as all this, there will be refreshments available throughout the day, plus an information stall all about Geddington Brickyard Garden, a local gem for the Geddington community.

So come to Geddington Village Hall on Sunday 5th November, between 11.30am and 5pm for an Exhibition of Large Scale Community Drawings, Short Films and Animations, Drop-In Workshops, Refreshments and the GBG Information Stall.”

Up to date information can be found on the Geddington Brickyard Garden Facebook Page.

 

Church changes Sunday Services

Father Rob has advised Geddington.net of changes to the Sunday Services for tomorrow,
22 October.

 

  1. The Pet Service is at 9.45am

  2. The Confirmation and Holy Communion is at 5.30pm

For further details, click on the images below, if they are not legible.

Pet Service

 

 

 

Confirmation & Holy Communion

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