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The Great Geddington Garage Sale – the postscript

Jackie & Gordon have passed on their comments, and their thanks, on this event.

“Thank you for everyone who had stalls and refreshments and helped make this Great Garage Sale a great success.

The weather was a bit scary at first, with spits and spots of rain, but at 9am on the dot, the sun shone.

With the sale of maps, the books stall, The Friends refreshments in the Chapel rooms and the £5 rent from the 75 stalls, we made a grand profit of £660! What a magnificent amount of money all round!

I know some villagers made some really good profits and I hope you all had a really good time.

I know that at times, the traffic parked in unsuitable  places, but I hope they quickly dispersed.

Roll on next year’s Garage Sale!”


Road Closure Advice

Centurion Site Services are requiring to close the road that runs from Little Oakley to Great Oakley and that runs under the Network Rail Bridge structure, for one day on 14th June. The intention is that the road will be closed between 9.30 and 15.30 only.

The map below shows the diversion route – coloured pale mauve. is the largest single source of local roadworks information in the UK.
If you require more information about the works, please contact:

Northamptonshire Highways
Highways Depot
Harborough Road
Tel: 01604 651072


Runstock -The Ratrace

Boughton House is hosting
The RatRace on
Saturday 10th June.

This is the Runners World Charity supporting Children with Cancer UK –

It is a Festival aimed at runners of all ages, shapes and sizes.  Their website says:

Run as many laps as you choose of a 5k off-road route in an eight hour time period. When you’re not racking up the laps, there’s a whole festival to enjoy with live music, real ales, kids activities, food vendors, onsite camping and parking, plus hot showers for smelly runners.”

For more information, go to their website at Runstock 2017:

General Election 2017

Election of Member of Parliament for the Kettering Constituency.

Date of Election: Thursday 8th June

Polling Station: Geddington Village Hall, Queen Street

Voting Hours: 7am – 10pm

The candidates standing for this position are:

Conservative – Phillip Hollobone
Labour – Mick Scrimshaw
Green Party – Rob Reeves
Liberal Democrat – Suzanna Austin


(Listed in order of 2016 voting result)

Helpline: 01536 410333





The Great Garage Sale in Action

With over 70 stalls, this year’s Great Garage Sale promises to be as good as it gets.

Out of the 31 Streets, Roads, Closes, Lanes and Hills in Geddington, 18 of them have official stalls on them.  So there is plenty to see, as well as plenty of walking to do, as can be seen from the map that is issued for visitors.

Garage Sale map

These are useful maps for visitors to the village, as they show where the streets are and where the stalls are on each street. Also useful for village residents!


Jackie & Gordon

The £1 charge for each map
goes towards the

church funds.


Jackie and Gordon, who organise the event each year, have maps for sale on their stall at 2 West Street, but this year, there are maps being sold throughout the village. This is particularly useful for those who park away from the village centre – an area that gets more than its fair share of traffic – and allows a more gentle approach to the Sale.

The village centre couldn’t have looked more different from the event held there on Thursday, the school’s May Day celebration. Then the focus was on children, today it’s on adults and bargains galore!

None of the roads are closed, so care has to be taken when walking around the village, as the crush of visitors pushes many people on to the roads.

The early rain didn’t dampen stall holders spirits as the plastic sheeting came out to protect the goods. But, typically, the sun came out in time for the official opening time. Many of the stalls are selling their items for charities, many for other purposes – perhaps a house clear-out or a de-clutter.

Whatever the reason,
its a Great day out at Geddington’s Great Garage Sale!

May Day – 25 May 2017

In the article posted last Tuesday, I asked if anyone had any further information to add to the list of participants in earlier May Days. I received a most unusual, and very welcome, reply – from Rev Rob Parker-McGee.

We agreed that the May Day tradition had been kept alive in the village for many more years than the school’s involvement, although I couldn’t begin to give a date, but Father Rob pointed out two carvings in the Chancel of the Church, behind the High Altar, where there are two effigies of both May Queen and Consort,  which could suggest a medieval connection. The following two images are of the May Queen and her Consort. Age hasn’t dealt kindly with the stone, but colour can still be seen on the daisy-type flowers around the queen’s head.

Forward to 2017, and Thursday 25th May dawned with a stunningly bright summer sky, which augured well for the coming festivities. After the short church service, the children paraded from church to Cross, led by Imogen and Eric. Head teacher Martin Adamson, introduced Jim Harker CBE, who performed the crowning ceremony. Whilst the classes were lead to their seats, there was an opportunity for parents to take photos of their youngsters on the steps of the Cross.

Mr Adamson then introduced a new aspect to the event, by introducing first, Anne-Marie Sandos, Education Officer from Boughton House. She was dressed in a WWI nursing uniform from the Volunteer Aid Detachment and, secondly Graham Bundy, dressed in a WWI uniform of a Major in the Northamptonshire Regiment. Each explained the elements of a Heritage Lottery Funded project in which the School and Boughton House have joined forces, to research and write guided tours to explore the impact the war had on village life. Naturally, has offered help and information from our Archive.

Then the really serious aspect took place – the dances, which the children had been practicing for some time in the playground. (Living so close, I can now hear the tunes in my sleep!). All six classes took turns to do the twelve intricate dances, culminating with the incredibly complex Sword Dance. Congratulations to all who took part and many thanks to all the teachers and helpers who created another wonderful, traditional, May Day.

Click on the images to enlarge them.

Copies of any of the images are available from Pam Hopkins,

The May Day Tradition

According to one of my articles, the modern May Day tradition that we know and watch, with the pupils from Geddington school, started in 1951. However, we have, in the Archive, an image that looks like a May Day photograph, but is dated 1949.  Whatever the true date, it’s still a tradition that has been kept alive for over 60 years.

Here, on the website, we have been  compiling a list of May Queens, the Consorts, the crowners and all the attendants. A couple of years ago, we published the list as we knew it then and asked if anyone could contribute to it. We had a good response with names, photos and interesting stories. When that source dried up, we went to the school where Brenda Miles and I compared lists and filled in the gaps where we could.

It’s very satisfying to record that the list of May Queens is complete with the exception of 1955!  Does anyone know who it was?

1974 Parade from church. May Queen: Sally Bradbury, Consort: Rodney Bird, Attendants: Kristi Dennis, Helen Kemp.

We also have photos of many of the earlier ‘Queens’, but few of the later ones. We would dearly love to have those to put in the Archive. (One meaning of archive is: a collection of records, it doesn’t mean old age, so don’t be shy!)  Scanned photos in .jpg form to or actual photos we can borrow and scan to 9 Grafton Road, please.

Our final request is for names of all the other participants. Below is a .pdf file of the list of those who took part, with lots of blanks and we would very much like to fill in as many as we can of the consorts and attendants and, if you were there and can remember their names, the people who crowned the May Queens.

Thank you for any help you can give. And let’s hope for fine weather on Thursday, this year’s celebration of Geddington’s May Day tradition.

Click here to see the list: May_Day_Queens_of_Geddington_2017


Political leadership at NCC announced

Following the Conservative win at the recent Northamptonshire County Council elections – this term’s political leadership has been announced.

Members of the full cabinet May 2017

Cllr Heather Smith has once again been selected as Leader with Cllr Matt Golby chosen as Deputy Leader along with continuing his role as cabinet member for Children’s Services.

Included in the cabinet are Cllr Ian Morris named as cabinet member for Transport, Highways and Environment and Cllr Sylvia Hughes as cabinet member for Public Health and Wellbeing.

Cllr Robin Brown continues as cabinet member for Finance, while Cllr Gonzalez De Savage remains as cabinet member for Public Protection.

Cllr Bill Parker reprises his role as member for Adult Social Care, while Cllr Martin Griffiths and Cllr Malcolm Longley take on the role of assistant cabinet members.

Additional assistant cabinet members may also be brought in to assist with specific tasks during the year.

Cllr Smith said: “I am delighted to announce this team of cabinet members and I have every confidence that it is the right line-up to take us forward as we embark on the huge challenges and transformation which stands before us. A year ago when I became council leader I made some significant changes to the cabinet and I believe that now is not the time for a major reshuffle. This is a team that I can work with and which works well with the many officers that help deliver the diverse services we run for the people of the county.”

The full cabinet will be as follows:

  • Cllr Heather Smith – Leader of the council
  • Cllr Matt Golby – Deputy Leader and cabinet member for children’s services
  • Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage – Cabinet member for public protection
  • Cllr Robin Brown – Cabinet member for finance
  • Cllr Ian Morris – Cabinet member for transport, highways and environment
  • Cllr Bill Parker – Cabinet member for adult social care
  • Cllr Sylvia Hughes – Cabinet member for public health and wellbeing

Lawn Bowls – The Sport For All

Saturday 27th May is the Geddington & Newton Bowling Club’s Annual Open Day.



Do you fancy trying something new?

Something that’s:


What’s Next?

A visit to Geddington’s Bowls Club
on the 27th May is the answer.

If you would like to try bowls, either contact:
Jo on 741495 or
Barry on 392635 or go to our website

Or just turn up on the 27 May, start time is 10.30am and we’ll be there until 4.30pm.  The club will be able to provide you with all the equipment you need to try the sport of bowls – all you need to do is come along and join in the fun.

Bowls has many benefits, which include:
–  Keeping you healthy: gives your muscles and joints a good work-out
–  Social: make new friends
–  The Generation Game: it’s for all ages.

Geddington Garage Sale

The 2012 Spring
Geddington Garage Sale
– was the name that this major fund-raising event was first called.

It all started when the Friends of the Church were looking for new ideas to raise funds. The first Sale was promoted in the 2012 Spring issue of The Newsletter, with the persuasive comment that it was ‘better than a car boot sale – you can nip to the toilet for a start, this is recycling on a grand village scale!’ The article continued:
You can set up a table outside your house with:
– Things you always meant to ‘Car Boot’ but never got round to
– Things you have made yourself (cakes, cards, jams etc)
– Items to raise money for you or your favourite good cause
For a pre-paid £5 per stall to Friends’ funds (£10 on the day) we will:
– Advertise the event across the County
– Include you in a map for buyers to see where your stall is on the day
– Trade stalls will not be allowed.

Very little has changed in the five years that this very successful event has been held. Jackie Binley, organiser and co-ordinator with her husband Gordon, has said: ” It has gone from strength to strength with everyone, including the world and his wife, joining in. Higham Ferrers, Gretton, Brigstock, Woodford and many others copied us. Some people rang me up, asking for advice and I gladly gave them a few tips on how to make it successful. The first Sale was boiling hot with people getting sunburnt and a stall selling candles had their stock reduced to pools of wax! We had over 100 stalls.”

“The money for the Friends is raised by Stall fees, Map sales and various Friends’ stalls, such as the book stall next to the Cross. The maps are usually confusing to strangers who find the directions strangely odd. People sometimes complain either a) The maps are nowhere to be found b) Maps are too complicated or c) Why should I pay for a map? I explain it is a donation for organising the event, but only once has anyone refused.”

The 2017 event takes place on Saturday 27 May, from 10am to 4pm. There are refreshments to be found, along with toilet facilities, at the Chapel on Queen Street and the Church of St Mary Magdalene on Grafton Road.

Jackie commented: “There are stalls on most streets, but there seems to be a proliferation on Wood Street this year, but there’s over a week to go for more stalls to enter from every street. She finished: “I have never suggested that stallholders should give me details of the money raised, but I bet it would be interesting to find out!”


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