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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”

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.

GADS- Drama at the heart of the village – 1980s

The ten years of this decade saw huge shifts in global power, dramatic strides towards peace and reconciliation in eastern Europe and bitter renewals of old tensions in the Middle and Far East.

In 1981 the first Space Shuttle Columbia successfully completed its mission and with it consolidated the notion of mankind living in, working in and developing areas of space previously unknown.

Changes in leadership in Russia brought a new generation to power and, as bridges were built with the US administration under Ronald Reagan, words like ‘Glasnost’ and ‘Perestroika’ became commonplace here too. Power in Europe shifted as countries took the opportunity to break away from the USSR and become independent. In Germany the culmination of this process was the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, setting the scene for the reunification of Germany after many years of division.

In Britain the nation responded publicly to the Ethiopian Famine by supporting Live Aid, a startlingly ambitious transatlantic event which those who were there, or those who watched it on TV will never forget.

New ‘flats’, new curtains, new lighting, bigger stage…

Less ambitious, but drawing on similar talents, GADS continued its successful development as a society. There were new stage ‘flats’ to consider and new curtains to cost; the previous productions had left the society with a healthy bank balance of £600 and enthusiasm within the group was at an all time high. Car rallies, BBQs , after play parties and visits to other theatrical venues like Tolethorpe Hall were enjoyed by the members outside rehearsal periods and there was a very strong sense of camaraderie.

The support in the village and the locality was now so strong that a ‘Patrons’ membership had been introduced which brought in funds and gave those sponsoring GADS priority booking rights. Mr & Mrs Knight of Church Farm were among those ‘Patrons’.

David Holmes, Nigel Ball, Janice A’Ness, Claire Stone, Joanne James and Allison Crouch in ‘ I Remember Mama’

Early 80s productions included ‘Off the Hook’, a comedy ;     ‘I remember Mama’, a period drama and ‘Oh Clarence’, a Blandings Castle farce with reporting from the Evening Telegraph and Weekend Television. Receipts were good and membership increased. Two new aspects to GADS activities were in development at this stage. A Young GADS group had been considered for some time and finally in 1982 Young GADS was formed. It had 21 members and its first production was The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party  in the grounds of the Priory as part of that year’s Medieval Fayre. With the help of Keith Sexton, Paul Richardson, Ian Spencer and Sylvia Cook these youngsters would also take part in the Drama Festival later in the year.

At the same time the idea of a ‘Concert Party’ to give recitals, perform short sketches and revisit popular songs from musicals came to fruition and the members of the Society had another outlet for their talents!

‘Oh Clarence’ A Blandings Castle Comedy

In 1982 the GADS committee took another step; they introduced Honorary Life Membership in recognition of those who had served the society well for many years, giving freely of their time and talents. Those who were invited to take up membership initially were Bill Swan, Maurice Holmes and Mrs E. M. Moore. For each of them there would be two complimentary tickets for each future performance and an open invitation to attend all the society’s social events.

Quite a treat!

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the Space Shuttle programme, ‘Ring around the Moon ‘ by Frenchman Jean Anouilh was the choice for the November production in 1982. Boughton House agreed to allow photographs to be taken with the house as a backdrop, representing the French chateau in which the action takes place; action that focuses on satirising aristocratic life in the early 1900s. A trio of musicians were at the centre of the set ‘extrovertly’ led by Stuart Bowyer and the atmosphere was described by one reporter as ‘vivacious, ritzy and melodramatic’ . Alan Couch, Joanna James and Kay Marlow were highly commended but the best compliment was reserved for Sylvia Cook (Capulat) and Marion Sexton (Isabelle’s mother) as ‘a wonderful pair of old hens’

The impressive and well lit set gives an immediate tone of elegance and sophistication to Evan Roberts’ perceptive production which brings a new dimension to GADS repertoire so far’

All that hard work to improve the stage and the facilities had been worth it!

*****************************************************************************************************************                 If the photographs bring back memories of those taking part or you were in the audience, please share your stories with us. Leave a comment or send us a photo.

Were you a Young GAD? Does anyone have photographs of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party?

More stories from GADS in May.



PA’s Auction of Promises

The Parents’ Association are holding an

Friday 27 April

Full details for time and ticket costs etc, are in the Diary page, however for a preview of the Promises that will be auctioned, here is the list so far:

• A tray of 16 of Mr McLean’s famous Chocolate Brownies (Class 3 and Class R dad).
• A Great British Coin Hunt collector’s album.
• 1 large basket of ironing from Eve Berridge (Class 3 mum).
• A game for 4 people at New York Thunder Bowl.
• A custom-made Storybook Cushion from Paula Harker (Class 2 mum).
• Free entry and a ‘Meet the Meerkats’ experience for 2 people at Bugtopia The Zoo (aged 7+).
• A decorated plate by Cardine Woolsey (Class 3 mum).
• 2 sets of goody bags from Mini Mischiefs Soft Play – each containing a £5 voucher and a voucher for half price entry.
• A cross stitch collage – birth or wedding sampler or family picture, from Merrilie McLean (Class 3 and Class R mum).
• A cut and blow dry at Askews hair salon.
• Beavers, cubs or scout badges sewn onto uniform for a whole year from Lisa Jackson (Class 3 mum).
• Babysitting (during the day or a weekday evening) from Kelly Newell (Class 3 mum).
• A brewery tour for 2 at Potbelly Brewery.
• 2 hours of gardening from Zowie Dixon (Class 3 mum).
• 6 weeks of dance classes from The Dance Factory (for new enrolments only).
• A Family Day Pass for Santa Pod Raceway. This is for any of their Drag Racing events and is valid for 2 adults and up to 6 children.
• Kennel boarding for 5 days (Mon-Fri) at Harker’s Barkers.
• A celebration cake made by Cakes by Caroline, to the value of £50.
• 2 tickets to Burghley Horse Trials in September.
• A 30 minute riding lesson at Croft Barns Riding School.
• 2 tickets to Malvern Spring Garden show in May.
• A day pass for 2 people at West Lodge Farm.
• A one hour body massage from Dianah Churchill Holistic Therapies.
• A family ticket for Rockingham Castle.
• Afternoon tea for two at Beckworth Emporium.
• Manual labour for 2 hours from 4 members of the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade – use them to clear your garden, do a tip run, clean your cars etc.
• Admission and afternoon tea for two at Lamport Hall.
• 1 month’s membership to Diana’s health and fitness.
• A Deluxe Steak Selection Box from Bradbury’s Family Butchers.
• A private wine-tasting session for 4 people at Majestic Wine, Kettering.
• A 3 course dinner for up to 6 people cooked in your own home.
• A Colour White photography experience including 1 hour studio session and a 8×6 photograph.
• A Toshiba laptop.
• A 75 minute hypnotherapy session with Martin Boyce (Certified Hypnotherapist).

Walk & Draw at Geddington Brickyard Garden

The Geddington Brickyard Garden Team are hosting the


It has been six months since the Living Lines event was held at the Garden and this will complement it, as well as celebrate the half year anniversary.

Sunday 22 April
2 – 4pm

The aim is to walk through and around Geddington Chase, taking time to capture nature through drawing. There will be four events each year, giving the opportunity to capture each season.

The Team stresses that no art experience is required, “This will be an informal and free event for family and friends. All ages are welcome, but children under 14 yrs must be accompanied by an adult. We will have a selection of pencils, clip boards, paper and mixed media materials available. If you have your own sketchbook that you would like to work in, you’re welcome to bring that along.”

The Team added, “There is no need to book, this is a ‘drop-in’ event. We’re meeting at the Brickyard Garden at 2pm where artist Emma Davis will start with a short and informal tutorial, with exercises to loosen those drawing muscles, free the mind of trivia and focus on creativity! Then we’ll head off for The Chase, stopping off at a few key places along the way where the landscape offers interesting and inspiring spring vistas and scenes.”

This event will be led by Emma Davis
and supported by the GBG team.


What is this?

A new ‘attraction’ has appeared in the berm.

Any ideas for what this is?
Who put it there?


Click on any image in the gallery to enlarge it.

Answers to please!

We’ve had suggestions that it is:
An old lawn sprinkler
An old child’s roundabout
An industrial water sprinkler
and the best one so far:
It’s a trap for all those that let dogs off leads!

Road Closure – Advance Warning

Northamptonshire County Council
have announced:

Works to repair and resurface the A43 Kettering to Corby, will take place overnight from Friday 20th April to Wednesday 2nd May. These will take place at the hamburger roundabout near the new Police hub.”

The spokesperson continued: “During the works, a traffic management system and diversions may be in place on certain days overnight between 8pm and 6am. The works will be carried out in sections on both the northbound and southbound carriageways.”

How will that effect Geddington?
The diversionary route shows that traffic could/should use the A4300 through Geddington.

Walking with the U3A

Do you enjoy walking around Geddington, perhaps through the streets or on walks in the nearby countryside?
Do you know more than a little something about the history of our village?

Do you enjoy other people’s company on these walks?

If so, then you could be the perfect person that the Thrapston U3A Walking Group are looking for.

Glynnis Hill, from the History Walks Group, is looking for someone who could help the members with walks around Geddington.  Walks run from May to October and can be on any weekday, normally in the afternoon. Glynnis comments: “Our walks are a maximum of 1.5 miles and 1.5 hours, and a maximum of 20 people. Each donates at least £2 to a local charity or church.”

If you are interested, go to:
or contact Glynnis Hill via:
Or email us using the Contact Us page, here on the website.

U3A (The University of the Third Age), is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.

U3A explains the third age is the time after you have finished working full-time or raising your family, and have time to pursue your interests or try something new. It’s all voluntary; a typical U3A will be home to many activity groups covering hundreds of subjects – from art to zoology and everything in between. Formed over 30 years ago, there are now over 1000 U3As across the UK, with thousands of interest groups between them and more than 400,000 members nationally.

If you are interested in groups outside our immediate area, and want to know more, visit:, where you will find links to regional websites.

GADS – Drama at the heart of the village – 1970s continued

In 1978 Jim Callaghan was Prime Minister and Margaret Thatcher the Opposition; the Yorkshire Ripper had not yet been caught and several more women  were found murdered. In a similar weather pattern to this year, February of 1978 had brought dramatic blizzard conditions to the south west of the country. In the media, history was made as Anna Ford became the first female newsreader and in science a new baby by the name of Louise Brown made her appearance. Concrete cows also appeared in Milton Keynes, Nottingham Forest won the Division 1 League title for the first time in their history and May Day became a Bank Holiday for the first time.

In the theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita was premiered in London. Drama of another kind was on the minds of those in Skeffington Close. Skeffington Close was still the hub for GADS meetings and, while the committee personnel changed, the essential friendships within the group did not. In June 1978, as well as reflecting on the outcome of the spring production of ‘Ladies in Retirement’ and setting a date for the autumn production, the GADS committee were also planning a cricket match – Ladies v Gents. A soft ball was to be used and no ball tampering allowed!

Before another production could be staged however, the piano badly needed to have new castors fitted and the stage door needed door knobs. A budget of £10-12 was set.

There’s no record of the outcome of the Cricket Match but it was clearly amicable because a Car Rally was organised and took place the following month for members and their friends!

Appropriately enough the next production was to be ‘A Wild Goose Chase’ and one of the most important jobs was to write to the Chief Constable about borrowing a policeman’s uniform. How times have changed!

A Wild Goose Chase

A few new members were mentioned in the programme by the Producer Sylvia Cook : ‘Neil Whiteley…sense of humour and easy going nature ; Susan Vinci, playng the part of a young scots lass..with a name like Vinci that takes some doing; Lloyd Marlow playing P.C. Pond and keeping his wife Kay, Geddington’s Post Mistress, awake at night learning his lines. ‘ All three are seen with other established members of the cast in the photograph from the production.

The production was a success in more ways than one and enabled the purchase of new ‘flats’ and extra lighting equipment.

How the Other Half Loves

The production that followed was ‘How the Other Half Loves’ by Alan Aykbourn which would be quite an ambitious project , subject to much more hefty royalties than usual, but produced by the experienced Maurice Holmes. Admission would be 60p and programmes 10p. As well as the usual advertisement in the Evening Telegraph there were to be posters in the village and car stickers available. The play was a huge success.  The Evening Telegraph headline was  ‘Top Class Performance’  with a generous sprinkling of ‘hilarious’, outstanding’ and ‘excellent’ in the review.

GADS now had a healthy bank balance, an efficient lighting system, wide costume and props stock and good stage facilities. They were able to make donations to the Village Hall, Gardening Club and The Chapel. They also said farewell to Mr & Mrs Shaw, stalwarts of the society for some years, giving them a book on Northamptonshire as a memento of happy times.

When a production of The Boyfriend was proposed it was realised that the society was short of young male actors and there was a plan put in place to encourage young players to join the group .. and so the seeds for a Young GADS were sown. By now Keith A’Ness was Chairman and the reputation of the village productions was strong enough for the committee to notify Weekend Television of future productions in the hope that they would feature them in their broadcasts.

In ‘The Boyfriend’ Marlyn Davies featured in the article in the Evening Telegraph as Hortense, the maid, looking very glamorous and Kay Marlow was praised for her performance as Polly Brown, a poor little rich girl; a far cry from Kay’s day job as the postmistress! Also commended was Marion Sexton for the ‘admirable musical accompaniment’

A new decade was about to arrive and GADS would continue to grow in number, skill and ambition, providing quality entertainment in the village over the next 10 years.

If reading this article brings back memories, please take a moment to share them through our ‘Comments’ box.

Review of the Year

Finally, Spring has arrived and we have come to the end of another year of website activity. The new style website is now 5 years old. Thanks, as always, to our sponsors who contribute to the maintenance costs and initiatives the website team plan. More importantly their visible support helps to create the awareness across the village and the wider community of what the website offers to all.

Our ‘hits’ continue to grow, but more steadily now, averaging around 5,200 each month, but spiking at over 7,000 when there are items of significant interest happening. Interestingly our Facebook link has also seen significant growth as people use the technology to link to other devices and receive alerts for new ‘posts’ on the site.

This year we continued our occasional series about people and places in Geddington and were grateful to Sally Barlow for sharing her father’s diary so that we could tell the story of Lee’s Way and the family that completely refurbished one of the cottages. It was particularly interesting because we had so many good photographs to link to the story.

GADs has been a village organisation for many years, started by several young couples who had moved into the village when housing was available in the new Skeffington Close. As we discovered though, the tradition of light opera and amateur dramatics went way back before the second world war. With patrons and supporters from the Boughton estate and the de Capel Brooke family in Great Oakley, the villagers of the time revealed a strong talent for music, theatrical design and public performance. Our GADs series continues with the ‘post’ about the latest decade about to the published. We now have a wealth of material in the Archive in relation to this popular organisation.

The Archive itself has been boosted by over 80 contributions from Steve Brown’s personal collection of Geddington memorabilia. We are just waiting to load the photographs to match the descriptors and hope that everyone will be able to enjoy these images of Geddington past.

David Valentine, who lived in the village in his early years and knows it well because he delivered the bread on a daily basis to many of the families, was kind enough to give up some of his time to help us plan a village tour (virtual and real), complete with anecdotes and additional information from the earlier years of the 20th century. That project is not yet complete and we would welcome anyone who might be interested in helping with it getting in touch.

Following on from the project done at Geddington School and as the anniversary of the end of The Great War approaches, the website team are planning a small event on 4th November where we would like to exhibit those records we have of life at the time and, of course, of those men and women who took an active part in the field of war. If you have any letters or memorabilia of any kind that you would be happy to share, please get in touch with Pam 742292 or Janet 726416 or via the Contact Us link on the home page.

Do you know someone who does not use the website and would like to? Look out for a session soon on ‘Finding your way around’ for those who may be unfamiliar with the set up.

We have decided to hold our AGM this year on 12th April at 7:00pm in The Star. Formal business will be brief and will be followed from 7:30pm by an open invitation to all our contributors and representatives from village organisations, indeed anyone with an interest in the website, to join us so that we can discuss the future style, content and activities of the website to best serve the village community.

We hope you have enjoyed what we have presented to you over the year; we hope you will continue to use the website and spread the word. If you can’t make 12th April, but want to pass on ideas or comments please use the Contact Us link. Best of all come along and have a chat with us on 12th April – we would appreciate hearing your ideas.

Happy Easter to you all.

The Website Team




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.





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