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Tesco & the Parents’ Association

“Bags of Help”

Earlier this year the Geddington Church of England Primary School’s Parents’ Association submitted an application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme to help them in their IT fundraising project.

They are delighted  to confirm that they have been selected, along with two other local projects, to go forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores throughout July and August this year.

The Scheme works like this: Tesco shoppers will be given a token with every transaction and encouraged to ‘vote’ by placing the token in one of the three labelled boxes, placed near the exit of the store.

The project with the highest number of ‘votes’, or tokens, will receive £4000, the second placed project, £2000 and the third, £1000.

The P.A. is aiming to raise enough funds to purchase thirty Chromebooks, to enable a class of children to have access to a laptop all at the same time and also for teachers to embed IT in their daily classroom teaching and curriculum.

The following stores will be taking part in this project:
Corby Extra (NN8 8A)
Oakley Vale Corby Express (NN18 8LX)
Market Harborough Metro (LE16 7PA)
Market Harborough Express (LE16 7QD)
Oundle Express (PE8 4BQ)

P.A. spokesperson, Lucy Collett said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected for this project, which will improve IT provision for all our children. Please do support us throughout July and August by casting your vote whenever possible and also by asking your friends and family for their votes when shopping at Tesco. The Parents’ Association will share an announcement on their Facebook page shortly and it would be fantastic if you could share this far and wide. We look forward to sharing the results with you in September!”

GVFB to the Rescue

DROUGHT:
drought is a long period of time during which no rain falls.
A drought is a period of below-average precipitation in a given region.
A drought can last for months or years, or can be declared as few as 15 days.

There are many definitions of the meaning of drought, but it would appear that Geddington is in the middle of a drought at present. The last time a significant amount of rain fell on Geddington was on 27 May (approx 2/3rds of an inch or 15ml), previous to that rain fell on 12 May (1/3rd of an inch) and previous to that on 24 April (1/4 inch).

Admittedly these readings were taken from an amateur weather station, but even the most optimistic of people have to admit that we haven’t had much precipitation since the snow of 17 March.

gasping gardens : arid allotments.

The Geddington Brickyard Garden (GBG) is a fellow sufferer, but it has other problems on its mind, other than drooping flowers and empty water butts. On the 6, 7 and 8 July, Geddington Amateur Dramatic Society is holding its first outdoor production at the GBG: HAPPY CAMPERS (see poster below).* 

The GBG have provided a lovely green grassed area for the GADS’ stage, only it’s not very green. The Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade were called in and it rallied to the rescue with the Queen Eleanor Fire Engine appearing on Monday night with enough water in its tank to green up the grass.

Click on this image for full details of this unique occasion or alternatively, go to 6, 7 & 8 July in the Diary on this site.

* There have been other outdoor productions, notably at The Long Barn, Grafton Road – remember Midsummers Night’s Dream? – but this is the first at the GBG.

Sunset Phenomenon

Geddington was treated to a remarkable sunset last night.

A rare Sunset Pillar appeared in the west – obviously – although sun pillars do happen at sunrise, so they would appear in the east.

“A sun pillar is a halo phenomenon of a vertical shaft of light extending upward or downward from the sun. Typically seen during sunrise or sunset, sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off the surfaces of ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds (e.g. cirrostratus clouds). The hexagonal plate-like ice crystals fall with a horizontal orientation, gently rocking from side to side as they fall. When the sun is low on the horizon, an area of brightness appears in the sky above (or below) the sun as sunlight is reflected off the surfaces of these tipped ice crystals.

Sun pillars are seen best within a few minutes of sunrise or sunset. Initially they have about the same colour and width as the sun, but sun pillars will gradually change their colour from orange-white to red-orange.”

But enough of the science, here are a couple of images taken around 9.30pm

And then, about an hour later the sun pillar had shrunk, but the earth having moved, it can be placed in relation to the village with the silhouette of the church:

I’m fortunate in living on slightly higher ground and with a window facing east, because we’ve had some lovely sunsets recently, but does anyone have images of them? Would you like to display them here on geddington.net? We’d all love to see them!

The Star Inn still shines brightly

The First Year Anniversary of The Star’s re-opening was celebrated last night with one of its successful bi-weekly quizzes.

General Manager, Richard Freeman, welcomed all the quizzers to his family’s celebration and vey generously supplied refreshments during the quiz.

To be in(n)keeping (geddit?) with the occasion, all the questions were ‘Star’ related, even the music round had stars scattered throughout its 20 questions, and not just the singers.

Approximately 80 people made up the 18 teams who engaged in battle for answers to the four rounds. The most successful team, with 86 and a half points, were the Queen Street Runners, not for the first time, if the reception to their win was anything to go by, but even so, well done to the team.

Congratulations, and thanks, must also be given to Jackie & Gordon for the quiz questions, to John for the music questions, to Sue for chasing up the entries and raffle ticket sales, and to all the team who prepared such a successful quiz night. The beneficiary for this week was The Samuel Lee Charity, who were given the proceeds of a little over £200.

Do you know of a Charity that would benefit from a quiz night? Then contact Richard on tel: 01536 745990 or info@thegeddingtonstar.co.uk

Greenbelt Festival 2018

This year, the Greenbelt Festival organisers are making 200 adult weekend tickets available for just £5 per ticket to people in the neighbouring parishes, on a first come, first served basis. The tickets are available from 1st June and, based on last year, will go very quickly.

Local parishioners can have a maximum of 4 free adult tickets. They will be charged for any children/young people’s tickets they select, but can have as many free infant (under 5 years) tickets as they require.

To obtain these, go to https://wwwgreenbelt.org.uk/buy-tickets/
On that page there is a box for entering promotional codes. If you enter aoti18localwknd in the box, then it will display a new ticket type, called Local Weekend Ticket. You can select up to 4 of these for free, add in any child/youth tickets that are required and conform booking.

Click on image above to sharpen printed text and get the ticket prices

Greenbelt Festivals
The Nest
Church House
86 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9RT
Telephone: 0207 329 0038
Registered charity: 289372

May Day 2018 – the pictures

So, the sun shone on all the activities!

Many thanks to Lynette Litman for sending these images of the May Queen, her Attendants and some of the dancing.

View from the churchyard, always a good vantage point.

May Queen and her attendants

May Day 2018

Family health problems mean that the website cannot attend this year’s

May Day !

Good Luck to all those taking part and may the sun shine on your activities.

 

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Parish of Geddington, Newton & Lt Oakley

Notice of the Annual Village Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN  that the ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING of local government electors (all those eligible to vote) for the above-named Parish will be held in the Village Hall, Geddington, in the Lounge on:

Monday 14th May 2018, commencing at 6.30pm

under the chairmanship of Nick Batchelor,
Chairman of the Parish Council.

The Annual Village Meeting is your opportunity to put forward ideas for discussion.

 

Mr N Batchelor
Chairman of the Parish Council

Please note: there are 3 meetings this evening, held consecutively:
1. Annual Parish Meeting ~ 6.30 – 7pm
2. Parish Council AGM ~ 7 – 7.30pm
3. Monthly Parish Council Meeting ~ 7.30 – 9pm

The Mobile Library Service

The Mobile Library Service has been a welcome addition to life in the village, for those who prefer to walk the few yards to get their reading matter from the van parked at The Cross every month. The alternative was to find a space in the limited parking spots opposite Kettering Library, or a much longer walk from the (pay to stay) London Road Car Park.

However, in its look at the 2018 Budget, the Northamptonshire County Council ‘put the brakes on’ the mobile library van. The Northants Library Information Service commented in February, “Due to the age and condition of the vehicle there was a risk of incurring expensive repair work each time it went out. The recent spending controls imposed by the Director of Finance under Section 114, meant that we had to withdraw the service with immediate effect.”

“All Mobile Library customers were contacted individually to explain the situation. However, if any residents who want to continue to use the library service, but are unable to visit the nearest library, can be considered for home delivery through our Library To You service. More information on a planned expansion of this service will be announced in due course, but in the meantime, any information can be gained from NLISfeedback@firstforwellbeing.co.uk.”

HOWEVER, all is not lost!
As usual, Geddington has come up with an answer!

With the closure of the mobile library service in Geddington,
there is now a Bookswap service!
Pop into church on a Tuesday or the last Saturday of the month between 10 and 12 for a warm welcome, drinks and cake, and the opportunity to swap or buy books!
We’ve got a great selection so you’re bound to find one you like.

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