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Community Awarded to Geddington’s Brickyard Garden

The directors of Geddington Brickyard Garden have sent news of a well deserved award.



“It’s with great delight that we let you know that Geddington Brickyard Garden (GBG) was awarded Joint 1st by CPRE (Northants) with their new Community Award 2018 and received a bright, shiny new plaque that we’ve placed with pride on our entrance gate post.”

“CPRE (Northants) is our regional group of the ‘Campaign To Protect Rural England’ whose aim states: ‘We work to protect the beauty, diversity and tranquility of the Northamptonshire countryside. We care deeply about the future of rural landscapes and townscapes in our county and the quality of life for the people who live there.’

Although a huge surprise, GBG want to acknowledge that this award is solely due to the help and support that we receive from our parish community, in all respect. So many folk have helped to transform this former ‘derelict space’ (in 2014) into the welcoming green space that it now is. And who knows how our community garden will continue to evolve with new ideas and fresh energy?

HUGE thanks to you all from the GBG founding directors, Brenda, Ian and Lynette.”

PS (from the editor) The GB Garden displayed the first snow of the season today, 17 January, with the snow caught on the overnight frost.  It arrived at approximately 7.15am, and only lasted 3-4 minutes, but enough to be noticed, especially if you had to scrape a car windscreen early this morning!

Volunteer Carers Wanted

Adam Wilson, Volunteer Co-ordinator of the Northamptonshire Carers Sitting Service, has sent this request for volunteers. The Service is based at Northamptonshire Carers, 123 Midlands Road, Wellingborougfh NN8 1LU, but to reply to Adam’s request, use his contact details at the bottom of this post.

Volunteers needed to give carers a break

  • Do you have a few hours to spare?
  • Would you like to help a worthwhile cause?
  • Use your skills and experience to help carers take a break

What’s involved?

  • The Carers Sitting Service provides support by giving a break to those who have a caring responsibility for a husband, wife, partner, parent, relative or friend.
  • Sitting sessions take the form of befriending and involve meeting the same person in their own home. As a volunteer befriender you would be visiting someone in your local area. Volunteers do not give personal care or cook meals, undertake cleaning or do shopping.
  • No qualifications are needed, we will provide induction training and on-going support. However, it is important that you are understanding, patient, non-judgmental, a good listener and open-minded.
  • You could use your spare time to help someone else, or gain experience while you search for paid employment. You could also gain a reference to use when you apply for jobs.
  • All volunteers have an informal interview, will need to complete an application form and provide two references. If you are successful we will request a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, which we will pay for.
  • Travel expenses will be paid for any visits you make.

Interested? To find out more:

Call Adam Wilson on 01933 677837 or email him at

Gardening Tips for January

Although the garden seems dormant, new life is already stirring . . .

Christmas Tree Festival Report

Margaret Leaton and Vic Crouse wish to thank everyone who came along to support the Christmas Tree Festival held on the 8th and 9th December at the Church of St Mary Magdalene. We are very pleased to report that with your generosity, a grand sum of approximately £2000 was raised and this will be added to the funds for the upkeep of our church. That is a superb result and puts the topping on a brilliant week-end especially as we do not have any major sponsorships for this event.

Every club, society and individual who entered a tree is to be congratulated for providing a wonderful display with such a wide variety of themes and decorations, many of which were painstakingly hand made.  As a result, we wanted you to know that there has been a great deal of generous, complimentary and encouraging feedback for which we are most grateful. It was absolutely wonderful to see the church full to bursting with people most of the time.

Geddington Christmas Tree Festival

The Festival is one of the main fund raising events for the church and we hope that we can continue the tradition again next year. Anyone is free to take part and decorate a tree and it is important to have adequate numbers so that we can fill our beautiful church and put on a good show.

Huge thanks are also extended to the many volunteers who undertake a variety of tasks throughout the week-end including the non-stop catering, especially Jane Rowley and her team for the Sunday stint.

Thanks also to Jane Rowley for producing the Nativity Pantomime on the Friday evening – it was Fab-u-lous!!

Next year we will be welcoming our new vicar and we can look forward to new ideas and possible changes affecting our church events. However, we are sure that many of our traditions will continue and the more support that we have from all of you, the better and more enjoyable the events become.

A massive thanks to everyone and meantime, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you a very happy New Year.

Vic sent this report just prior to Christmas, so we apologise for the delay in publishing, but I’m sure the message of thanks will still be well received, and well deserved – Ed.

The Parish Council, Anglian Water & Pollution has received the following, seasonal, message from the Parish Council
– it’s well worth the read!

Geddington Parish Council is working in partnership with Anglian Water to remind residents that we all need to play our part to help look after our loos, sinks and the environment.

Around 80 per cent of blockages in sewer pipes and pumps are avoidable, as they are caused by fats, oils, grease and unflushable items like wipes, which may also contain hidden plastics.

Four out of five sewer floodings in homes, and pollution incidents, are caused by a blockage, so it’s in all of our interests to minimise the risk by putting unflushable items in the bin and only flushing the 3Ps – pee, poo and (toilet) paper.

Wipes, sanitary waste, fats, oil and grease all build up over time and cause blocked pumps – as well as pipes – stopping water flowing freely. At Christmas, there is also an additional risk from extra cooking with people tempted to pour used cooking oil down the sink instead of waiting until it is cool and recycling it or binning it.

Over the coming months, the Parish Council will be working more closely with Anglian Water on how we can all play a part to bin waste appropriately, help safeguard our pumps and the role they play in protecting the environment from potential flooding and pollution.

Here in Geddington, residents are reminded that if a downstairs toilet won’t flush properly, or if they suspect any pollution issues, please contact the Anglian Water 24-hour helpline on 03457 145145 – lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, calls free from BT landline.

Anglian Water suggest that to enhance information gathering, a note is made of time, date, visual record and weather conditions in the following way:

What have you seen?
Can you describe it?
Is it flowing?
How big is it?
When did you notice it?
Where is it?
Is it near a landmark?
Is it near or in a watercourse?
What are the weather conditions?

Report from Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Parish Council

The Parish Council & Anglian Water

The River Ise and the (sewage) Pumping Station have been a source of concern for some years as raw sewage had been seen in the River, particularly after heavy rain.

The Parish Council have been in discussions with Anglian Water who then made a visit.  At a recent Parish Council meeting, a report had been received from Anglian Water with its findings, and its proposals to deal with the problems it found.

Commitments made at the Parish Council meeting and the written response to the Parish Council following the meeting.

  • The main sewer to the Pumping Station and the wet well clean will be carried out every 6 months. It was confirmed the wet well clean would change to six monthly. The sewer has been on a 12 monthly clean for sometime.
  • The pumping station will be checked every two months to include testing of the equipment on site, as well as inspection and removal of debris and non flushables from the pumps and non return valves. This has been set up for 2 monthly visits (dovetails in with the wet well clean, ie if no debris found, wet well clean will not be necessary). Planned visits were completed on 7th September 2018 and 26th October 2018. Forthcoming checks have an internal level of service of within 1 month of the planned date to allow for efficient scheduling of resources.

Photos of visit on 26th October 2018 below:

Both non returnable valves  were cleaned and both pumps inspected. Pictures show evidence of wipes and unflushables which should not be in the system.

(AW note: Share with Council and discuss awareness.)

On a planned service basis, the visits are currently based on the type of asset, for example a small wet well submersible may be used on a 3 yearly basis and for others yearly. In this case it was a yearly frequency.This has changed recently to predictive/condition-based service, so there is no fixed frequency.

  • The alarm code has been set to the highest priority to enable a quicker response. (AW note: Completed)

We have also reviewed the alarm code index and the pumping station appears to be working well, with a single alarm in July.

The other Pumping station in Geddington is GEOCSP Orchard Close. AW responded to a high alarm call in October and as part of their review, changed the two pumps in this pumping station.

Anglian Water Pollution Watch
– Spot it, Report it, Stop it.

If you see any sewage in the river then take the following steps:

Report to Anglian Water immediately on 03457 145145. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, calls free from BT landline.

The most obvious sign of sewage pollution of a stream or river is the presence of sewage solids in the water, but there may be other indications. These include toilet debris such as wipes and sanitary products, soap suds of a milky-looking discharge in the water, grey coloured water (see images above) and/or a noticeable sewage smell in the air.

Anglian Water suggest that to enhance information gathering, a note is made of time, date, visual record and weather conditions in the following way:

What have you seen?
Can you describe it?
Is it flowing?
How big is it?
When did you notice it?
Where is it?
Is it near a landmark?
Is it near or in a watercourse?
What are the weather conditions?

What Anglian Water will do:

Take immediate action.
Inform the Environment Agency if there is any risk of environmental impact.
If Anglian Water is responsible, we will stop the discharge as soon as we can, clean up any affected area of watercourse or land and investigate the causes of the discharge to prevent re-occurrence.

The Newsletter lives on!

A personal view of The Newsletter’s AGM
by Pam Hopkins

There were 18 people at The Newsletter’s AGM on Thursday 29 November, which included 13 members of the public and 5 committee members. At the end of the meeting there were 9 ‘public’ and 9 committee members.

So The Newsletter continues, much to the relief of many residents who value the quarterly magazine, including myself, a former editor (1994 – 2012).

The magazine has always provided an insight into a 20th and 21st century English village. It includes, amongst so many subjects: local clubs and pub news, comments from the four political layers, advertising by local tradesmen, village charities, historical articles, religious comments, sporting achievements, the school’s progress and massive amounts of information of what’s happening, or going to happen, or has happened, in the village’s social calendar.

The new committee consists of:

Chair: Jane Tysoe
Secretary: Joy Wilson
Treasurer: Sylvia Pitts
Distribution: Brenda McCraith
Advertising: Lynette Litman
Submissions Co-ordinator: Paul Johnson
Layout Editor: Charlotte Mackay
Members: Sandie Allott, Terry Teale

Contact information for individual members will be available in the next issue – publication mid-February – in the meantime, The Newsletter’s email address is:

Consultation into Local Government begins

The consultation by the Secretary of State (SoS) over plans to restructure local government in Northamptonshire has begun.

The Government consultation has launched the following proposals submitted by the county, district and borough councils back in August 2018.

SoS James Brokenshire has announced that he will consult with all principal councils in Northamptonshire, principal councils neighbouring Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner, local health bodies, the University of Northampton and representatives of the voluntary sector. He also welcomes views from any interested people, including local residents and organisations.

The consultation period will run for eight weeks until 25 January 2019 and is available online.

Mr Brokenshire has also announced that following a request from the eight Northamptonshire councils, he will be postponing district and parish elections that were due to be held in May 2019 until May 2020. Should he decide to implement the proposal of two unitary authorities, it would have meant district and parish councillors serving only one year before unitary authority elections would be held in 2020. He explains:

Elections in such circumstances risk confusing voters and would involve significant costs that would be hard to justify. Accordingly, I have concluded that irrespective of whatever my future decision might be on the restructuring proposal, the right course is to postpone these elections.”

Friends of the Church – Mystery Murder result!

On behalf of the Friends Committee, I am pleased to report that a sum of over £950 was raised at our recent Murder Mystery evening held in the church. Thank you to all those who came along to enjoy the evening and support the event.

Everyone’s contributions to our fundraising efforts, such as achieved at this fun evening, are greatly appreciated and those funds will continue to be used in many ways for the upkeep of our beautiful church. For example, we will be donating a major contribution to the restoration of the ancient reredos screen. This is a fine example of where your generous contributions will be spent and more details of the project will be publicised in due course.

Meantime, the next major event on our agenda will be our Twelfth Night gathering on Saturday, 12th January 2019. There will be a theme based around Wassailing, a traditional seasonal festivity together with music and some light entertainment. We will be providing a three course meal and there will be a bar for wines, beers and soft drinks. So, meantime, please save the date and look out for posters and flyers around the village (as well as the 12th January 2019 Diary page on this site).

We look forward to seeing you all for a festive evening.

Vic Crouse

The Samuel Lee Charity – Geddington’s own

The Samuel Lee Charity

A community fund for the Parish of Geddington & Newton.

It has been 10 years since the first Memorial Lunch was held to commemorate the Tercentenary of Samuel Lee’s death in 1708. Postponed from March this year due to inclement weather, 2018 saw the Lunch held on 28 October. A fitting time as it was the first anniversary of John Sutton’s death, John being the driving force behind so much of the Charity’s increase in its financial health and standing in the community. With a reception, a three-course meal followed by tea or coffee, two speakers this year, followed by an auction and a raffle, it’s always a very pleasant social event and, of course, the main fund-raiser for the Charity.

In complete contrast, the Christmas distribution is a tradition that has been held each year since the Charity was first created in 1717. The content of the distribution has changed significantly over the centuries, not least of which was the basic need for food in the 18th and 19th centuries for the poor of the village. These days, the distribution is a reflection of the instruction that Samuel Lee stated in his Will and while the ‘need’ is no longer there, we are grateful to the 50 or so people who help to keep this 300 year-old tradition alive. If you, or someone you know, is over 75, and would like to be part of this tradition, please get in touch with me or any Trustee. The 2018 distribution will take place on Saturday 22 December from 10am.

And finally, the Trustees would like to remind everybody in Geddington and Newton that they are always willing to consider applications for financial help, by grant or by loan, from residents who find themselves in difficulties or for student needs.

This year, the Charity has revised the Grant Application form – the last one was devised by Mick Alloway, chairman until 1992 – so revision was seriously needed. Guidance Notes have also been issued to comply with current regulations. Contact any of the Trustees or the secretary if you would like one. And please, be assured that any request is kept entirely confidential and the Trustees do not engage in means testing

As John Sutton said many times: “The Charity’s resources are not great, but a little help can make all the difference at a critical moment. If you think we could help you, or if you know someone who might need our help, please contact the secretary, on 742292 or speak to one of the other Trustees listed below.”

Nick Batchelor, 1 West Street (chairman)
Claire Buckseall, 7 Chase View Road
Jim Harker, Lyons Yard, Wood Street
Paul Hopkins, 9 Grafton Road (treasurer)
Rachel Newall, 21 New Road
Tony Slough, 2 Chase Farm
Keeley Tate, 42 Skeffington Close

Pam Hopkins Secretary, 9 Grafton Road, Geddington, tel: 742292, email:

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