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Festival of Trees & Lights

The Christmas Tree Festival
held at
The Church of St Mary Magdalene

over the last weekend, transformed the normal mellow limestone colours of the church walls into a wonderland of colour and light.

There were twenty-nine Christmas Trees with some of the best decorations, and some of the best punning names, yet seen at one of these Festivals.

Many of Geddington’s organisations were represented here: from Primary school to Pre-school, from the W.I. to the Gardening Club, from GADS to the GVFB and, of course, representation from the church – the Bellringers (Camponolotree) and the Choir (Choristree).  There were also many trees beautifully decorated by individuals.

The organisers thanked all those involved who helped over the two days of the Festival as, apart from the trees, there were some seasonal refreshments, an interesting tombola and a raffle with three wonderful hamper prizes.

The Christmas Story - detail

Detail from ‘The Story of Christmas’

Visitors were invited to vote for the tree they liked best, which would be rewarded with a gift. It was well worth the admission price of £2, especially as all the proceeds were to go to the Church funds.

(Click on each picture to see a larger image, however, you may have to click on the image on the next page, which should bring the image up full size. Don’t ask – I don’t know why!)

Geddington speeds towards 20mph – well almost!

The signs are looking good (please excuse the pun!), but early on the morning of  Saturday 7 December, the poles for the 20mph sign were erected at the entrances to the village.

At the moment, only the poles can be seen, but later this week, when the electricity is connected to the poles, the illuminated signs will also be erected.

Stephen & David

Stephen & David from Balfour Beatty

In the image (left) taken at the end of West Street, the ‘GIVE WAY’ sign will be taken away and the permanent sign will be put in place, showing not only the speed limit, but the weight limit as well.

The work sheet (image right) shows not only the sign as you enter the village, Signsbut the reverse of it as you leave the village, ie the 30mph etc.


The 20mph speed limit will affect all of the village east of the A43.

More on this story later this week.

Christmas in the Library

 Christmas in Libraries Day
Saturday 7th December

All libraries in Northamptonshire warmly invite you to drop by to celebrate the start of the festive season with a wide variety of activities and events.

Celebrations for all the family include craft stalls, seasonal refreshments – including mince pies and hot fruit punch – a Christmas wrapping service, Carol singing and Christmas quizzes.

If you are stuck for gifts, we have a brand new range of items for sale in our library shops, from children’s stocking fillers to quality gifts for someone special.

All profits go toweards your library service, so please join our staff and volunteers, in starting the Christmas season in style, with a smile!

For further details visit: and click on your local library.




Fly the Flag for Northamptonshire

A competition has been launched on Northamptonshire County Council’s website to find a flag for Northamptonshire.  The contest is open to schools, community groups or individuals to design a flag which they believe best represents the county.
Chairman of the County Council, Cllr Joan Kirkbride said: “Over the past two years here in the UK we have had ample opportunities to get out there and wave flags, whether it has been to celebrate the Royal Wedding, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or supporting our Olympic heroes.
The Parliamentary Flags & Heraldry Committee is now encouraging communities across the country to get involved and register their own flags. We think this is a golden opportunity for Northamptonshire to find a flag of which we can be proud.”
All entries will be judged by a panel including:
·         Professor Jon Stobart – University of Northampton.
·         Cllr Joan Kirkbride – Chairman of the County Council
·         Alex Kirkbride
·         Cllr Heather Smith – Deputy Leader of Northamptonshire County Council
·         Cllr Johnnie Amos – Commonwealth Flag Project and County Flag Co-ordinator
·         Philip Tibbetts – The Flag Institute, London
·         David Smith – Northamptonshire County Cricket Club
These panellists will choose a final set of five designs. which will then be open for the public to vote on the council’s website.
The competition schedule is as follows:
      Friday January 17 – last date for entry submissions
      Monday January 20 to January 31 – short list decided by judging panel
      February 24 to April 21 – Public vote to decide the most popular entry,
     which will take place on the Council website.
      May – winner announced
To find out full details of the competition visit
Here there are details of how to enter, closing dates for entry,
plus tips for any budding flag designers who want to take part!
The map below shows those counties who have already registered flags. Perhaps they can  give some ideas for future flag designers.

Community Speed Watch

Motorists who speed through residential neighbourhoods are often unaware of the impact their actions have on other road users or the dangers they pose.  Speed checks show that drivers exceeding the speed limit are often local to the village or surrounding area.  For this reason, the Parish Council invited the Police along to the recent Parish Council meeting to explain how Community Speed Watch works.

Community Speed Watch is an initiative that uses the combined efforts of local residents, Police County Council and ACRE.  The Parish Council would like to change people’s attitudes towards speeding in order to create a safer environment. Read more →

Another Road Closure – A509 Pytchley Road, Kettering

Do you shop at Tesco’s?

Do you go to the Odeon Cinema?

Do you want to visit any of the shops, offices and businesses in Pytchley Lodge Road, Kettering Retail Park or Kettering Venture Park?

Do you get there by way of the Pytchley Road?

If so, then you might want to read on . . .

The Railway Bridge on the A509, Pytchley Road, Kettering, which leads to all these places is undergoing reconstruction.

In fact, the bridge is to be brought down at 12 noon on Christmas Day!

Read more →

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
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