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World Class Treasures coming to Kettering

Some world class treasures are on their way home to Kettering Borough Council’s
Manor House Museum.

Three precious archaeological objects – a 1500-year-old necklace, a mysterious mirror and a quirky Roman hockey player will be on loan from the British Museum for the Local Treasures exhibition which starts on Saturday 22 September. Alongside them will be over 100 items from the Manor House Museum’s own collection.

This exciting project is possible due to a successful bid to the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund which resulted in a grant of £20,000. Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, this fund supports the sharing of art and objects that are held in national collections with wider audiences.

The three stars of the exhibition were found in the borough of Kettering. This marks the first time for these objects to return since they were first discovered and donated to the British Museum in the late 19th and early 20th century. They are:

  • The Desborough necklace: a stunning Anglo-Saxon gold necklace that was found in 1876 in a graveyard by workmen who originally broke it into six pieces to share amongst themselves before being persuaded to hand them over in return for a small reward
  • The Desborough mirror: one of the finest examples of Celtic art. The mirror would have been a powerful object in a world where reflections could only be glimpsed in water, and there is conjecture as to who the owner may have been
  • The Kettering hockey player: a unique and intriguing depiction of a Roman sportsman. Is the figure playing a form of hockey and, if so, then why are there three balls?

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The mirror and necklace are usually on permanent display at the British Museum – such is their quality.

These will be complemented by beautiful, precious and interesting items from the Manor House Museum’s own collection. From an Iron-age sword to a bejewelled Roman hair pin, the museum collection tells the history of the borough through the passions and treasured objects of the people who lived here. There’s even a Roman ear cleaner in the collection which just goes to show how fastidious the Romans were about their personal grooming!

Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said: “It’s fantastic news to hear that these treasures are coming back to our Borough for the first time and that local people will have the chance to see them. It’s also a great opportunity for us to showcase many treasures from our permanent collection. I heartily congratulate staff and volunteers who have made this happen and I would like to thank the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund for their support.”

Kettering Museum staff had stiff competition to win this award. Philippa Charles, Garfield Weston Foundation director said: “We have been blown away by the ambition and creativity of museums and galleries across the UK and Kettering’s idea really stood out.

 Some of the most talented curators in the UK have imagined the art, objects and exhibitions which promise to transform the experiences of their audiences. We are delighted that the local community in Kettering will get to see these amazing archaeological treasures.”

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, added: “We knew the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund addressed a vital need: our national museums want to widen access to the collections they hold, and institutions around the UK want to share these works with their audiences. The response has been overwhelming. We’re pleased to provide the means to enable the greater sharing of art, but, just as importantly, to help empower museums to realise their ambitions.”

‘Local Treasures: The British Museum comes to Kettering, opens at the Manor House Museum in Kettering on Saturday 22 September 2018 and runs until Saturday 12 January 2019.
There is no charge for entry and there will be a programme of free events on offer.

Additional funding for the exhibition has been granted by Museum Development East Midlands and Kettering Borough Council.

Anyone wanting regular updates as the exhibition approaches can visit where you can sign up to receive the Local Treasures eNewsletter. You can also find out more by calling the Museum on 01536 534 219.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Delighted to be able to post this annual event, here on the village website, although there may be more than one Macmillan Coffee Morning being held in the village, if so, let us know and we’ll publicise it here as well. However, Vic Crouse has kindly sent us this report on the Coffee Morning being held in the church on 29 September.

“As most villagers now know, on every last Saturday of the month, a coffee morning is held at Geddington Church. However, from time to time we hold a special coffee morning when proceeds are donated to the Macmillan Cancer Fund. Through many of our own personal experiences, we realise just what an important and superb organisation this is and, to continue our support, a Macmillan Coffee Morning is being held at Geddington church on Saturday 29th September. Everyone is welcome to come along for coffee, tea, a variety of cakes, Tombola etc, but not least, a chance to relax and enjoy convivial conversation in our beautiful church.”


World Conker Championships

The 2018 World Conker Championships take place on the 14th October, in the grounds of The Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick, near Oundle, Northamptonshire. It starts at 9.30 and finishes approximately 4pm.

This competition, which has seen a number of Geddingtonians not only take part, but winning as well! is organised by Ashton Conker Club and has taken place since 1965.

Organiser (and participator), St John Burkett, said: “This year, however, due to the unusually hot and dry weather conditions, the championship committee may have to import conkers from Germany as the heat has made the conkers grow too quickly and are smaller than usual. The last time we did this was in 1977, after the famous big heatwave.”

The event has a mixture of adult and junior competitions. These both operate as round-based knock-out games, until a winner is found and crowned on their throne.

If you are interested in taking part, then go to where all the information for doing so can be found. However, for a taster, here below are the rules (click to enlarge):

Last Woman Stands League Plate Final

Wednesday 15th August 2018
Northamptonshire Last Woman Stands League Plate Final

Geddington LWS v Thrapston Yellows LWS

Match Result:
Thrapston Yellows LWS won by 7 wickets.
Geddington LWS 128-7 20 Overs,
Thrapston Yellows LWS 129-1 16.4 Overs.

“History was made on Wednesday 15th August 2018 in the Northamptonshire Last Woman Stands League Plate Final between Geddington Ladies and Thrapston Yellows Ladies at Burton Latimer Cricket Club.

Poppy Gibson scored an unbeaten century for Geddington Ladies in their 128-7 off their 20 overs, Gibson top-scored with 101 not out off 65 balls in an innings which included 13 fours and 1 six and the strike-rate of 155, a brilliant knock to score her first century in her cricket career. Ciara Bettles (5-19) was the pick of the Thrapston Yellows bowlers with five wickets, there was also two wickets for Rachel Durman (2-23).

In reply, Thrapston Yellows reached their victory target of 129 in the 17th over for the loss of 1 wicket, Kate Thorncroft (50 Retired Not Out off 26 balls) top-scored with a half-century, Annie Thurbon (32*) and Jackie Ackroyd (31*) were also in the runs with the bat. Vikki Smith took the only wicket to fall with the ball for Geddington.

But a massive well done to all the Geddington Ladies and to all the backroom staff for a brilliant first season, finishing 5th in the Northamptonshire Last Woman Stands League and Runners-Up in the League Plate Final, you can all be proud of yourselves and hopefully more to come from the Ladies in 2019.”

1st Geddington Ladies Cricket Team

Report and photos from our Cricketing Correspondent.

and the Battle of the Brook 2018

After the Trundle:

the Battle of the Brook,
the tug-o’-war, 2018 style


The Trundle is coming!


Cafe Oak Opens

Café Oak

The opening of a new business in Geddington is always good news, and even more so, when there is catering involved.

Café Oak, situated in the Post Office garden, but an entirely separate business, has opened its doors with offers of cakes, hot drinks, cakes, cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches, cakes and a lunch menu. Oh, did I mention cakes? There are plenty of delicious ones to choose from!

Sharon & Bernie Hammond, the new proprietors of Café Oak, have lived in Geddington for 17 years. Previous to that they lived and worked in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, running a hotel and a restaurant. On returning to the UK, they opted for a complete change in careers – Bernie retrained as an Electrical Engineer for Carlsburg UK and Sharon moved into Education. However, for the past few years, they have been looking for a small teashop and took this ideal opportunity to work in the village.

The name, Café Oak, was chosen as a nod to earlier times when the Post Office building, was the Royal Oak pub. The logo was designed by one of Sharon’s students at Campion School in Bugbrooke and a colleague did the sign writing.

The Café Oak is open from 9am – 4pm, at the moment 7 days a week, although closing Monday is a possibility, but no definite date for that has been decided yet and when it has, it will be put on the Café Oak’s Facebook page, Café Oak.

Breakfasts are served from 9-11.30am.
Lunches from 12 – 2.30pm.
Cakes and cream teas all day!
Bookings for Cream Teas (recommended) can be made on tel no: 01536 745040.

Everything is home-made and cooked to order, apart from the vegetarian burgers. Sharon commented: “We have a limited amount of gluten free options, but the chef is working on this and more than happy to listen to any ideas, or recipes anyone has to share.”

Café Oak, Queen Street, Geddington NN14 1AZ Tel: 01536 745040, email:

All the images on this page were taken by Sharon.

National Church Tourism Week

The Churches Conservation Trust is holding its annual National Church Tourism Week from
21st to 29th July.


Over 100 churches in Northamptonshire alone, will be opening their doors and some will be holding special events.

A spokesman for Geddington’s St Mary Magdalene church says: “As one of the most interesting parish churches in England, St Mary Magdalene in Geddington is, of course, taking part. There are already several booked tours in place and we have a special Patronal service on the 22nd July. In addition there will be displays and organised tours during the week.

If you would like to know more, help out during the week, find out when the tours are happening, or any other information, email or go to the website



Brickyard Garden’s Summer Walk & Draw

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!”

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