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The Countdown starts here –

The Countdown starts here for Daylight Saving Time when the clocks go forward one hour.


Even with the Vernal Equinox occurring last Tuesday, 20th March, and Saturday night’s snowfall all over the village, it’s still difficult to realise that spring is here. What really brings it home, though, is when the clocks change and that will be next weekend!

Daylight Saving Time starts when local standard time is about to reach
1:00:00, on Sunday, 25th March 2018, and clocks are turned forward one hour to
2:00:00, Sunday, 25th March 2018, local daylight time instead.

The moving of the clocks was first introduced during World War One by Germany and Austria, and then by the allies, to save on coal usage.

It was invented by George Vincent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist in 1895, while British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea as a way of getting up earlier and so having more daylight hours after work.

While the UK has always had daylight savings time since it was first introduced, it came into widespread use across the world during the 1970s because of the energy crisis.





Finding Nana – at Geddington Village Hall

The New Perspectives Company will be bringing



Geddington Village Hall on Friday 16th March, 7.30pm

Finding Nana is about the universal, unconditional love between a granddaughter and her Nana and the desperate need to capture memories before they disappear.

Tickets from John Padwick
£10 [£8 for under 25s]
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Tel: 0758 121 0454


The BBC’s DIYSOS programme is the longest running show of its format, having been shown for over 17 years.

When Gordon Binley saw his first DIYSOS programme, the BBC programme that makes dreams come true for very deserving families, he decided to respond to the call for volunteers.


The project was to enlarge a 2-bedroom house to a 4-bedroom house in just 9 days. Quite a major undertaking, but one that the DIYSOS Team are used to dealing with and one that was familiar to watchers of this programme.  What was unfamiliar, was the age of this particular volunteer. Unlike his fellow workers in their 20s, 30s and even 40s, Gordon is 74, but his skills are ageless (and endless) and as the project was in dire need of carpenters, he was eagerly taken on for the project in West Bromwich, Birmingham.

Another unusual aspect of Gordon’s volunteering, was that  he offered to stay in a hotel near the site, unlike his fellow workers who all lived within travelling distance. On the plus side, he was given 3 meals a day from a wide-ranging menu.

The full story of Gordon’s adventure appeared on pages 24-26 in the Autumn 2017 issue of The Geddington, Newton & Great Oakley Newsletter (available from the Post Office, Queen Street, Geddington). For those outside these villages, this is a quarterly publication distributed free to all households in the villages.

What is not in the magazine, is the date that Gordon’s episode will be broadcast. However, we’re delighted to relay the information that Gordon has just received, and that the broadcast date is:

Wednesday 14 March 2018

What a Difference a day (or 6 months) makes

What a difference six months make. 

Any recent travellers along the A4300 towards Kettering, whether on foot or wheels, will have noticed some improvements to the foot/cycle-path. The slight delay caused by the road-work traffic lights, was certainly worth the wait when the results were revealed.

It was in late July that Frank Harding, a frequent walker on this route, used his common sense and emailed Northamptonshire Highways. Frank takes up the story:

“I emailed Northants Highways about the state of the footpath along Kettering/Stamford Road in Geddington. The footpath is not only for walkers, but cyclists too. Over the years it has become very narrow due to the grass growing over it and it was impossible to pass without stepping into the road or onto the muddy side.

Imagine my surprise when returning from a vacation recently to see that the work requested has been done. I was quick to complain, so must now be quick to praise Mr Wright for getting the footpath cleared and safe.”

Of course, we’ll have to wait a few days for the snow to clear before we realise the benefit!

GADS – drama at the heart of the village 1968 – 1978

In 1968 Harold Wilson was backing Britain, the Prague Spring shifted the European balance of power, America was embroiled in the Vietnam War, Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King was murdered and the musical ‘Hair’ opened on Broadway.

In Geddington, after a gap in productions due to illness, GADS got creative to raise the profile of the society across different organisations in the village. A 1-Act Easter play performed to the members of the WI proved particularly successful and alleviated the disappointment of having to cancel the spring production.

But the show must go on….and soon plans for a farce, ‘Double Wedding’, were underway and a date for the Play Reading was settled on. The production proved a great success with lead parts being taken by Margaret Stafford, Keith Tomlinson  and Jack Miller, seen below checking that their whiskey bottle really is empty! Particular praise was given to Mona Jones in her role as the coy, chapel-going maiden aunt. Producer Mary Rowles had worked her magic again.

The production of Two in the Bush that followed in March 1969 got generous praise from the press:

‘the entertainment value was enormous’

The cast of Two in the Bush 1969

‘they are certainly living up to their reputation’ 

                        ‘a very attractive and practical set’

‘Two In the Bush’ had the audience rocking with laughter’

As this was Sylvia Cook’s debut production, she and the cast must have been delighted; Michael Pell revealed his talent as a comic alongside Margaret Stafford and Dorothy Carver as two strong minded women, David Hawthorn as a convincing Brigadier and Joan Elliott of Newton ‘suitably vigorous’ as a former Major.

The next few years were uncertain as the society struggled to find a permanent producer and members willing and able to commit to the rehearsal time required. In the interim, play readings in members’ homes, social events and performances of 1 Act dramas to other village groups kept the thespian flame alive. Eventually in 1971, Maurice Holmes stepped in as an experienced producer and the casting for ‘The Bride and the Bachelor’ began. Though audience numbers were inevitably low after such a long gap between productions, the cast delivered the complex and witty storyline with some skill and those who had paid their 10p for a seat were well rewarded.   Do current readers remember the days of ‘Geddington Cross’ as the telephone code?!

By 1974 GADS was back on a firmer footing but decided to reintroduce membership subscriptions to reinforce the sense of ‘corporate identity’. The princely sum of 30p was duly asked of members! While those in the cast gained recognition on the stage and in the press, we must not forget the backstage team; Jackie Harker, ticket sales, Prompter Maureen Rushby, electricians Chris Stephenson, Bert Stafford, and Chris Kiernan and Wardrobe Loris Calver amongst others. The team work was very evident and the offer from Joan Elliott to do a ‘Buffet Supper at her home was ‘received with acclamation’!

Audience numbers were back up, membership was growing, finances were healthy and the Village Hall stage had been decorated by members. It was time for another production…’Not now Darling’ was a witty, sexy comedy involving ‘a blundering idiot and a stripper’. It was a huge success. Marlyn Davis carried off the striptease without scandalising the village residents. Well done to the producer, Sylvia Cook, and the supporting cast of Len Butlin, Eric Johnson, Lynette Bachnet, Stephen Exley, Jackie Kemp and Eric Saunders. Fur coats and the delights of seventies fashion featured strongly in the storyline … a great time was had by all and the after show party at The Star was also a great success.

Times were changing and Geddington and GADS were changing with them. The mixture of youth and experience and a great deal of talent in the cast, bound together with hard work meant the future looked bright for the village productions to come.

Eulogy to John Doran

The funeral of John Doran took place today at the Catholic Cathedral, Our Lady & St Thomas on Barrack Road, Northampton.

For those unable to attend, we’ve been honoured this morning to be able to provide a short article about John, written from the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade’s perspective and, in the words of the author, ‘in no way does justice to all that JD achieved.’

“John Doran, (JD) was a member of The Geddington Fire Brigade for over 20 years and in that time he held the position of Commanding Officer, Captain of Drill, Station Officer and performed many more duties within the Brigade.

His ability to encourage (press gang!) people into his entertainment schemes was part of his Irish charm. Somehow he managed to get mature, and not so mature, members of the Brigade to agree to become Belly Dancers, Morris Men, Synchronised Swimmers, Life Size Puppets – the list goes on.

Our ‘Friends from Lahnstein’ became an integral part of the Brigade calendar from 1999, with friendships established continuing until the present day. John’s contributions to impart good humour and silly games, was part of the bond that developed between our two organisations.

Entertainment ideas for the Senior Citizens’ Dinner, Castle Gardens and Pudding Club events et al, nearly always came out of John’s fertile mind, and where the idea of turning the fire engine into a mobile birthing unit, on the day of the Garage Sale came from, we can only wonder!

He stood firm, strong and brave against his cancer for 13 years.

He would always ask how you were, with a brush off of ‘I’m fine’, when the question was reversed.

He made Geddington very proud when he ran into the village carrying the Olympic Torch, having already run his leg of the journey in Northampton, the crowds waiting for Geddington’s own, to enter the village and climb the Cross.

I know Janis and the family grimaced at some of his antics, but they would never have wished him to be any different: Janis, Shay and Lana, thank you for sharing him with us.

Representing the GVFB in 2007



John Doran R.I.P.

John Doran

To all his friends,

you are invited to join John’s family

in an

.Hour of Quiet Repose
to offer your prayers and light a candle

at Geddington Church on Wednesday 14th February
at any time between the hours of 7.30pm and 8,30pm.


From Number 2 to Number 3!

Marian and Keith Sexton, long-time residents of No 2 Bright Trees Road, have taken the plunge and moved to – No 3!


The Sextons have been living at No 2 Bright Trees Road for over 43 years, having bought the property brand new with their two young sons back in 1974. Over the years, they’ve been very happy and seen their children grow up and move away.

However, latterly, the large garden, which hosted the annual barbecue for the residents of Bright Trees Road and adjoining roads, became a bit of a chore and this, combined with the steep stairs, forced Marian and Keith to think about moving. They loved the area and got on well with the neighbours so, when No 3, across the road became available, they decided to buy it!

Having bought the property last June, they then had to get planning permission to convert the garage into a spare bedroom, which, along with added accommodation, made it easier to fit in the furniture they wanted to keep. Luckily, they were able to use local builders and craftsmen to do the work, which took place between October and December last year.

Marian and Keith are very happy with their move which, to quote their neighbour Clive, is “moving house, but not home.” They are looking forward to the sale of No 2, which is presently on the market, and hope the new owners will be as happy as they have been.

Keith and Marian outside their new home.

This post has been received from our Bright Trees Road Correspondent. If you would like to be the correspondent for your street, club or organisation, please contact us, as local news is what this website aims to supply – the more, the merrier!


Network Rail – Kettering to Corby

The major upgrade of the line between Kettering and Corby reaches the next stage in February,
as testing begins on the newly fitted equipment.

Since 2014, work has been taking place to build a second track on the seven-mile stretch between the two Northamptonshire towns as well as installing the associated junctions, signals and foundations for overhead line equipment that will create the potential for a more frequent and reliable service in the future.

The project is a key part of the biggest upgrade of the Midland Main Line since it opened in 1870 and will support better journeys, not just between Northamptonshire and London, but the entire length of the line right through the East Midlands and on to Sheffield.

With much of the infrastructure for the extra line now in place, a nine-day period of testing is required meaning there will be no passenger trains between Corby and Kettering on Saturday 17 February until Sunday 25 February, but there will be a bus replacement service in place.

Cottingham Road bridge in Corby is to close to allow
electrification work to take place on the route to Kettering

East Midlands Trains services to all other stations are unaffected and will run as normal.

Spencer Gibbens, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “A significant amount of work has taken place on the route between Kettering and Corby since this part of the Midland Main Line upgrade began and the project is now approaching the final stages. To safely test the new equipment, our engineers need a nine-day period of ‘wheels free’ access to the railway, meaning a short period of bus replacements between Kettering and Corby is unavoidable. From 2020, when the upgrade of the Midland Main Line is complete, passengers will really see the benefits of this investment and I’m grateful for their patience while the work is carried out.”

Jake Kelly, Managing Director, East Midlands Trains, said: “The final testing of this seven-mile stretch of track is an important milestone for the upgrade of the Midland Main Line. Although the main benefits of this work will arrive in 2020, it will help to maintain a reliable service for our customers today, including providing a new diversion route if the main line to London is disrupted.  While this work is being carried out, we will be providing a bus replacement service between the two stations as well as ensuring staff are on hand at both stations to help customers. Passengers should check with for details about the journey between Kettering and Corby during this time.”

So far the Kettering to Corby route has seen:

  • Fourteen bridges and viaducts strengthened – including Harpers Brook Viaduct, a 12 arch brick structure constructed in 1879
  • 21 kilometres of track laid (12km of new track and 9km renewal of exiting track)
  • 4km of drainage equipment installed
  • 15km of railway embankment stabilisation completed
  • 73km of signal and power cabling laid
  • Six new signal gantries erected
    The creation of a wider ‘gauge’ – meaning larger freight containers can be transported on the route.

For all enquiries, contact:

Network Rail press office – Toby Higgins
Network Rail
01904 383180 / 07850 406724

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A5 Booklet Network Rail

About Network Rail Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.

About the Railway Upgrade Plan The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail’s investment plan for Britain’s railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail’s £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain’s railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years – so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:

  • longer, faster more frequent trains;
  • better, more reliable infrastructure; and
  • better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.

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Pastures New for Fr Rob Parker-McGee

Father Rob Parker-McGee is leaving the Parish of Geddington & Weekley next month: his last service will be on Sunday 4th February, at 9.45am at St Mary Magdalene Church, Geddington. has been sent this invitation to share with the villages:

“Sunday 4th February will be Fr Rob’s final service before he leaves to take up a new position at All Saints’, Orpington, within the Borough of Bromley. We would love to give him a good send-off, so please do join us if you can.

Following the service, we will be organising a sharing lunch of fish and chips. In order to get a decent idea of how many to cater for, both in the service and for the meal, please do RSVP to or phone 01536 744302.”

Included in this message, is an invitation to Fr Rob’s Licencing in
Orpington, which they very much hope you will be able to join them.

“The Parish Church
of All Saints, Orpington

The churchwardens, on behalf of the PCC,
invite you to the

Institution of the Reverend Robert Thomas Parker-McGee SR
as Vicar of the Parish of Orpington,
All Saints

by The Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester
and his Induction and Installation
by The Venerable Dr Paul Wright
Archdeacon of Bromley & Bexley.

at All Saints’ Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington BR6 0QD
Wednesday 28th February at 7.30pm”

RSVP to All Saints Church Office
tel: 01689 832031

If you would like to travel by bus from Geddington, please only RSVP to Jane Rowley at or phone 01536 744302

Clergy are invited to robe, alb and white stole. Please advise the Church Office if you intend to do so.




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