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Newton Clean-up

A group of hardy Newtonians met last Saturday and collected a massive pile of rubbish – the one with the gas bottles and tyres in the images below.

And on Sunday, a group from Geddington completed the Newton Road collection after being washed out the previous weekend.

The GVFB gave thanks to all who attended. Organiser Peter Faulkner said: “Thank you to all who turned out, it was a great result and at a guess, about thirty bags of rubbish was collected. So proud to live in a community with people who care about the place they live in. Also, nice to have positive feedback from MOST of the passers by!”

GVFB Spring Clean

The 29th February dawned very wet indeed, with drenching rain, but this did not deter the Spring Clean Volunteers who turned up at 9am, as requested – well most of them did, but the stragglers were just as welcome. Eventually a group of more than two dozen people from pensioners to pre-schoolers gathered around the Cross.

Amazingly, the rain stopped long enough for Peter Faulkner, GVFB’s Ise Section Leader, to give bags, hoops, pickers and instructions to everyone who needed them and they all set off.

The section of the village to be cleaned today was primarily Newton Road, but there were enough volunteers to tackle Kettering Road as well. Peter explained that it is not just the obvious items of rubbish they collect, but they delve deep into the undergrowth and clear years of litter, making each area of the village, that much cleaner and, perhaps, they won’t have to do it so much in years to come.

Whilst I was downloading these images from my camera, I couldn’t help but feel very sorry for the volunteers, as it chucked it down with yet more rain, but then, more like March weather than February, the sun came out and blue sky was all round.

The amount of rubbish is always amazing, none more so then today. There were at least a dozen bags of rubbish collected from each section on the couple of hours the volunteers were at work. Whilst taking this picture in Newton Road, I was closely monitored by a number of Red Kites, one of which can be seen in the image just above the tree in the middle distance. Thank you Justin, for the Kettering Road image, sent via Facebook.

With a pre-arranged collection by Kettering & Corby Borough Council in place, the bags will be taken away on Monday morning.

Many, many thanks must go to all the volunteers, from all village residents. The difference can be seen.

Knitting Club’s 1st Anniversary coming up

The Knitting Club celebrates its first anniversary in March, but we started the New Year on 10th January, with a 20+ get-together at our usual meeting place, Café Oak – its first Friday opening after the Christmas break.

The year had passed with several completed community projects under our needles. The three blankets made from 6” squares went to care homes that had a connection to Geddington – all had former village residents. All blankets had beautifully crocheted edges, thanks to Georgie Ward. (We’re not just knitters – we have other skills!)

The Club had been asked to make hats for the three children in ‘The Railway Children’ the autumn production from Geddington Amateur Dramatic Society. This was not a club-wide project, in fact it was just one member, Jean Gingell, who produced several draft samples, before the exact size and colouring were achieved. So well did they look, that Jean has received several commissions for the beret-style hats!

It was suggested in August, that we enter the Christmas Tree Festival. A pattern was fairly easily found for 4inch high knitted angels. The choice of colour, white/silver, was quickly made and each knitter (and there were several) put their own stamp on the angels with different faces. And so, ‘Angels from the Skeins of Glory’, were created. The Festival competition hadn’t entered our heads, but even so, we were delighted to achieve third place. Thank you to all those who voted for our tree. We had decided to sell the Angels after the Festival and the Café Oak offered to do so for us. The following Monday saw one of the trees being trundled down to Queen Street and four of us spent a pleasant hour or so, decorating the tree – again! Café Oak closed for Christmas, so the tree, and its Angels, were transferred to the church. We had talked about prices, but couldn’t agree on one, so decided that a donation for each angel was probably the best way. Again, thank you to all those who donated, a wonderful £197.65 was raised and given to the church for their funds.

A host of angels.

So what next? A number of projects have been suggested, but we want to keep to the original philosophy, which is that of contributing to our community.  But whatever it is, we can be found every Friday morning, 10 – 11.30am, at Café Oak, doing what we do best, knitting and nattering!

The Queen Eleanor Cross

There have been many hundreds, if not many hundreds of thousands of photographs taken of Geddington’s Queen Eleanor Cross, but none so precise and in such depth, as those taken by Paul Bryan and David Andrews of Historic England.

To start at the beginning, in 2015, English Heritage was divided into two parts:
1) Historic England, which inherited the statuary and protection functions of the old organisation and
2) the new English Heritage Trust, a charity that would operate the historic properties. The British government gave the new charity an £80 million grant to help establish it as an independent trust, although the historic properties remained in the ownership of the state. English Heritage is tasked with protecting the historic environment of England by preserving and listing historic buildings, scheduling ancient monuments and registering historic Parks and Gardens.

It is the protection role that Paul and Bryan were involved with on 30th and 31st January this year. They were tasked with creating 3D images of the Cross using two methods:
1) Laser Scanning and
2) Photo Grammetry.

What is Laser Scanning? Briefly, laser scanning combines controlled steering of laser beams with a laser rangefinder. By taking a distance measurement at every direction the scanner rapidly captures the surface shape of objects, buildings and landscapes. Construction of a full 3D model involves combining multiple surface models obtained from different viewing angles. 

What is Photo Grammetry? Briefly, it is the art, science and technology of obtaining reliable information about physical objects and the environment through the process of recording, measuring and interpreting photographic images and patterns of electromagnetic radiant imagery and other phenomena. One example is the extraction of three-dimensional measurements from two-dimensional data, such as images.

Paul Bryan and
David Andrews at work

In the accompanying photos, images are being taken from bottom to top with an extending pole, to gain the necessary height. Without the use of a ‘cherry-picker’, they were unable to take images from above the Cross. However, thanks to residents Vic Crouse, John Hughes and a team of volunteers in the late 1990s, images were taken all round the Cross, and one from above.’s editor was fortunate in having a copy of this one and, with their permission, it was sent to Paul Bryan. The resulting 3D images that will be obtained, will be compared with images taken a decade ago to check for any changes.

Historic England’s brief origins of the Cross says: “When Eleanor of Castile, the first wife of Edward l, died at Harby, near Lincoln, in 1290, the grief-stricken king was driven to create the most elaborate series of funerary monuments to any queen of England. He ordered the building of 12 elegant crosses to mark each of the resting places of his wife’s funeral procession as it travelled from Lincoln to her burial place at Westminster Abbey, London. The best-preserved of these lies at the centre of the little village of Geddington”.

It’s equally brief description says: “The Geddington cross is different from the typical stone crosses that once stood in nearly every city, town and village in England. These took various forms and served many social and religious functions. Many were destroyed during or after the Reformation. Spire-shaped crosses, of which the Eleanor Crosses are the most famous, are unusual. With its subtle geometry and rich decoration, the Eleanor Cross is an outstanding example of late 13th century stone carving.
It was built in the new, highly ornamental English Decorated style, using local limestone. Intricately carved with floral patterns, the slender cross is triangular in plan and stands nearly 12.8 metres (42 feet) tall. It is built in three tiers. Below the tapering pinnacle at the top are three canopied niches, each containing a Caen stone figure of Eleanor. Beneath these figures are six shields, two on each face, bearing the arms of Castile, Leon, England and Ponthieu in France, of which Eleanor was countess, Originally the pinnacle was crowned by a cross.”

Too much on our plate!

Boughton House is looking for staff for their tearoom. Here are the details.

We require a:
Seasonal Tearoom Assistant to join the catering staff for the following dates:
11th, 12th & 13th April and 1st – 31st August.

– Do you enjoy welcoming and serving customers?
– Can you demonstrate a love of food and an eye for detail?
– Would you be happy to assist in both the preparation and service of food?
– Are you a good team player?

The position requires you to be flexible, hard-working and able to multi-task.
If this sounds like you and you are passionate about delivering the highest standard of customer service, then we want to hear from you.
Apply now: Send a copy of your CV and covering letter to Lisa Brack, Operations Manager,

Meet the Commissioners

Spring Clean 2020

KBC Local Plan Consultation

A consultation evening of two hours, from 5-7pm, was held on 14 January in the Village Hall. The ‘Local Plan’ was set out, not on large paper screens to easily see what we should have been looking at, but in several 1/2″ thick manuals, covering the whole Borough. The pages concerning Geddington covered 7 pages. Three KBC staff were on hand to answer questions.

The Post that was put on this site last week didn’t make it very clear how to reach these pages online, so we have brought them to this Post for ease of reading. Whilst Grafton Road, Grange Road and Kettering Road are heavily featured and will be affected directly, there is no doubt that the centre and south of the village will also be heavily affected. Do please spare some time to look at the pages featured here. But if you want to go online, here is the link:
Any comments you may wish to make, have to be received by KBC by 5.30pm on Wednesday 12 February 2020.

Rural Area General policies

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KBC & Civil Parking

Emails received today from Kettering Borough Council, alert us to the change in enforcement of parking regulations. If you haven’t received these emails, then here they are.

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