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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

Community Arts Festival 22.10.17

Geddington Brickyard Garden is hosting a

Community Arts Festival

Sunday 22nd October 2017

10.45am – 4.45pm

BIG DRAW 2017 – LIVING LINES

All are welcome to this exciting community art event – so come and have a go!
No art experience required!
This will be a fun day for family and friends – all ages are welcome.

NOT TOO LATE TO BOOK! There are still a few places left on each workshop that run throughout the day. Emma has described each workshop in detail AND you can book directly on Eventbrite at this address: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-draw-living-lines-tickets-38341559637.

Geddington Brickyard Garden crew (Lynette, Ian, Brenda) are so happy to host this event and grateful to Emma for all her hard work to bring it about. We are all ‘breaking new ground’!

Lynette Litman

Uncovered History

Are you interested in history?

Are you interested in Geddington’s history?

It would appear that many of you are, according to out ‘hit’ reader.
So here’s a chance to find out more of our 12th century history.

It’s all about the Magna Carta king, King John, who made Geddington, at the centre of England, a much more important place than ever before, or since!

You won’t find the detail of this fascinating king and his 17year reign in any educational history books: it has taken a local historian, and his interest in Geddington, to piece together an enormous quantity of documentation to reveal the story.

Many of you will have seen Vic Crouse’s exhibition of the story he uncovered. Many will have bought his book, ‘The Magna Carta King in Geddington’, however, Vic has not stopped researching and has uncovered much, much more!

To find out just how much more, come along to his light-hearted review with

‘An Evening with King John’

on Friday 20 October at 7.30pm.

Geddington Village Hall Lounge

Tickets: apply to editor@geddington.net or
Pam Hopkins, 9 Grafton Road

Free admission, but by ticket only, so that we know how many biscuits to buy and coffee and tea to serve!

More details in the Diary page

Time2Listen

Are the police and criminal justice service providing the right support for people with mental illness?

This is the question being asked by Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner as he launches a Time2Listen mental health consultation. The consultation is now live at www.time2listennorthants.co.uk  – and is focussed on gaining a better understanding of the experience of people with mental illness, ADHD and Autism – and their interactions with the police and criminal justice service in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Police spends more than twenty percent of its time supporting victims of crime and detainees with mental health needs. Over the next three months, the commissioner wants to hear from local people to get a true picture of how effective the police and the criminal justice services are in supporting people with mental illness and what can be done to improve those interactions.

Stephen Mold said: “This is a really important consultation. One in four people experience mental illness, and while many have little or no contact with the police, it’s vital we take the time to listen and find out if individuals with mental ill health who are in contact – be it through their neighbourhood, as a victim or witness, or someone who has been involved in crime – are receiving the right support from the police and from the wider criminal justice system.”

“I want to hear from as many people as possible – we know there are lots of people with mental illness, ADHD and Autism that have had a very positive experience and received really good support, but similarly we know that for others this was definitely not the case. I urge people to get involved in the Time2Listen consultation and share their stories with us. This is a real opportunity to learn from people’s experiences.”

The Time2Listen consultation will hear from people via face to face interviews, telephone conversations, focus groups, workshops and by an online survey. The consultation is also open to parents, carers and loved ones of those with mental illnesses, ADHD and Autism.

The consultation is being led by Helen Cook, Head of Involvement and Communications at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

She said: “As well as speaking to people with experience of mental illness, Time2Listen will also consult with professionals and support agencies working within the criminal justice system, such as police officers, probation officers and mental health workers.

“We want to capture their feedback – both positive and negative on the effectiveness of current practices and discuss any potential barriers to improving services for people with mental illness, ADHD and Autism.“

The outcomes and any recommendations from the consultation will be shared with the Northamptonshire Mental Health Criminal Justice Board.

For more information about the Time2Listen consultation visit: www.time2listennorthants.co.uk

John Sutton CBE

John Sutton CBE
9 June 1936 – 3 October 2017

It is with great sadness that the Charity has to report the death of its Chairman, John Sutton. John took over the role of chairman in 1992, at a time when the Charity was in a very poor financial state. For the charity to survive, John understood that we needed capital and that was his aim throughout his stewardship of the Charity and due to his commitment, the Charity is now in a healthy financial position.

John studied Politics and History at Keele University, where he obtained a degree, an MA and a Dip.Ed. He came to the village in 1973 as a Headmaster, whose first task was to cement the amalgamation of four schools in eight years, as well as preside over a succession of name changes – Corby Grammar, Southwood School and then Queen Elizabeth School, Corby. His interest in education lead him to become the County Convenor of the local branch of the Headmasters Association, later to be called the Secondary Heads Association. (SHA). Ten years later his skill and vigour lead him to achieve the position of SHA National President. When the position of General Secretary became vacant, such was his colleagues’ regard that, despite strong competition, John was chosen by a large selection committee.

John was active on the national scene too. His contribution to the improvements in the pay and conditions of heads, input into the plethora of Acts of Parliament in the 1990s and cultivation of influential organisations such as the CBI and political parties, as well as improving relations with the teacher unions, was greatly appreciated by those who knew him. His service to education in the broadest sense was rewarded with a CBE, and by the SHA, which made him a life member on retirement.

The esteem John was held in by ministers and mandarins led to a number of honorary posts: governor of the armed services college at Welbeck, Trustee of the Teaching Awards Trust, council member of the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government and the Founding Honorary Treasurer, subsequently Chairman and Hon. Fellow, of the Politics Association.

In Geddington, John’s thinly veiled nom-de-plume of Archimedes, resulted in twenty-two brain-teasing cryptic quizzes, which raised valuable funds for the Samuel Lee Charity. Fund-raising was another of his many skills. For the Samuel Lee Charity in 2008, John initiated the Tercentenary Memorial Lunch, which continues to this day as the successful Memorial Lunch. He wrote and published a comprehensive booklet on the history of the Charity. But the Samuel Lee Charity wasn’t the only recipient of his fund-raising skills; he used them for the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade, where he served as the first Commanding Officer after the passing of their Chief, Mathew J Harker, and was an active member of the Kettering Huxloe Rotary.

To quote the Samuel Lee Trustees, ‘John was a wonderfully caring and intelligent man who was the lifeblood of the Charity. His life’s work will continue for many more years and he will always be fondly remembered by the Trustees who will continue his dedicated work for the Charity. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.’

Pam Hopkins
Secretary of the Samuel Lee Charity

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 18th October, 2.30pm at St Mary Magdalene Church, Geddington. This will be followed by a private family cremation. Family flowers only and donations to the Samuel Lee Charity. There will also be a collection at the service.

BIG DRAW 2017 – LIVING LINES

Geddington Brickyard Garden is hosting a

Community Arts Festival

Sunday 22nd October 2017

BIG DRAW 2017 – LIVING LINES

All are welcome to this exciting community art event – so come and have a go! No art experience required! This will be a fun day for family and friends – all ages are welcome.

There are 4 workshops throughout the day, try one or try them all!
‘Landlines’ 10.45 – 11.30am
‘Garden Lines’ 12.15 – 1.15pm
‘Human Lines’ 2.15 – 3.15pm
‘Imagined Lines’ 4 – 4.45pm
We welcome an audience who would ‘just like to watch’, but it would be great to have people joining in!

To book a place on the workshops you wish to attend (from one to all four) and for further information, then please email: gbg.action.group@gmail.com with the subject heading; ‘Big Draw 2017’ and state:
–  Number of people you are booking
–  Which workshop
–  Their ages (Ages: Under 11, 11-15, 16-18, 18 and over)
–  If you require disabled access (We are able to offer vehicular access up to the site, by arrangement.).
OR
Book on Eventbrite at this address: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-draw-living-lines-tickets-38341559637. For more information about Big Draw, please visit the Big Draw website – click on Festival.

For updates on this event, please visit the Geddington Brickyard Garden page in the Village Life column on this site or the Geddington Brickyard Garden Facebook page.

Please note: This event is running whatever the weather, we will have marquees and tents for shelter and refreshments. Dress for mess and the weather!

This event is being supported using Public Funding by Arts Council England and Kettering Borough Council.

Emma Davies drawing Living Lines at Sudborough Green Lodge, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

The Magna Carta King strikes again . . .

Geddington.net is combining ancient
(well, mediaeval in this case)
and modern history for this evening event.

Join us for a light-hearted review, following new research, on the life and times of King John, the Magna Carta King.

Our narrator is Vic Crouse and the only thing he is asking, is for you to bring your imagination on

Friday 20th October
at 7.30pm

There is no admission charge, but as we’re meeting in the Village Hall Lounge, where there is limited space, tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets from:
editor@geddington.net or
Pam Hopkins, 9 Grafton Road or
Telephone: 742290
Admission is by ticket only, so don’t forget to bring them.

We will be providing (free) tea, coffee and fancy biscuits

Trundling on

Geddington Cricket Club &
Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade

held their annual Trundle on Sunday 24 September in brilliant sunshine (those were the days!).

Thanks to Paul Boniface, Geddington.net is able to bring you a picturesque flavour of the day.

And the tug-of-war between North Geddington & South Geddington:

Well done everyone who took part – very brave people,
even if they knew what they were in for,
and especially if they didn’t!

People and places of Geddington – Lee’s Way Part 5

November 7th 1952

Last night Twinky and I attended the 22nd Rotary Club dinner and dance at the Park. When we left a terrific gale was blowing – 90mph. We saw several large tree trunks on the road – the wind was quite terrifying.

The cottage now is standing patiently awaiting its topknot. Paul hopes to get the tiles on this week.

January 24th 1953

Today is my birthday. Twelve months ago today I tripped down to Wilsons…to purchase ‘The Den’. Since that sunny day much water has flowed under the bridge, many stones have come down and many bricks have gone up!

Then the roof timbers, chimney and tiles

Twinkie and I are happily betrothed, our cottage is almost completed and we about ready to start on life’s journey together. What more could one ask? My Twink and I are now busily planning inside decoration colour schemes – furniture placing, carpets and curtains.

Diamond paned windows and a garden wall

28th March 1953

We have just written away to book our honeymoon – to all enquiries – destination unknown.

We have progressed favourably with the decorating…the doors… grained oak. We went to London to buy carpets…The Little House seems very warm and cosy with our two fires going, the diamond panes and the big front door give it a most distinguished look.

and finally an historic front door and porch

          Twinky has been to Leicester and got her wedding gown. We are to have three bridesmaids.

19th April 1953

Dashed off to church..Took communion and listened to our banns ‘for the first time of asking’…then off to our little home. Mr Jim Palmer is to give a final painting touch to the interior. We are finished outside. We are now agog, waiting to get carpets  down and curtains up. Very thrilling, watching our home preparing itself to receive us. It has a welcome look on its face and just seems to be waiting for us.

Saturday May 16th 1953

The Church was beautifully decorated – the service was simple and very lovely – my bride was there to the second and looked the happiest and most beautiful bride ever seen. We both listened to the Canon’s speech most carefully and we both said after the ceremony that we enjoyed it terrifically… I vividly remember coming down from the vestry, my new wife on my arm, grinning at each other and both gazing out at the sea of faces- the church was crowded..then out into the sunshine..Then amidst a bustle and a tear, a laughing mob threw confetti and we went away to the reception.

Pip and Cynthia had juggled house building with wedding plans and had achieved their dream. Perhaps the final touch on top of their wedding cake says just how much their love of Geddington meant to them…

…The Eleanor Cross

The final words of this story go to Pip who records these words on the last page of his journal:

‘Our lives are blended together so very securely and happily that to attempt to describe the complete wonder of living is utterly impossible. If heaven has anything more wonderful to offer, then we shall be surprised!’

Thank you Pip, thank you Cynthia, for such a loving record of life in a small cottage in a much loved village.

The Autumn Equinox

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