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An Open Letter to Current & Future Sponsors

An Open Letter to current and future sponsors.

Dear All,

It really is now a full year since we re-launched the Geddington Community Website. Over that time the site has developed and expanded, with ‘hits’ increasing dramatically, not only from within our community, but worldwide.

In our first year we have posted 103 articles at a rate, on average, of 2 a week; we have an average viewing of around 180 hits each day, with a running total now of over 55,800 hits. We are delighted that the website has proved such a user friendly tool in keeping people up to date and in helping to alleviate the problems around major events like road closures.

The highlight of the year in many ways was the recognition the village received when we were awarded ‘Best Overall Community Website’ from Northamptonshire County Council. The range of pages, the up to date input and the lively focus on village life was, and remains, the attraction of the website for its users.

We could not have achieved this without your support and the skill of the design team who provide the expertise to deliver what we need. Thank you all.

Inevitably there are costs and as well as thanking our current supporters we would like to offer the opportunity to others to sponsor our website for the coming year and help us develop a programme of events in the village to raise awareness of what the website can offer and broaden the use of the site across all age groups.

Would you be willing to continue as a sponsor or offer new sponsorship?

The cost is £15 p.a. which includes:

·                     a listing in the Directory for village organisations

·                     a highlighted display on our key pages and

·                     a link to your own website if needed.

The small website team remains committed to its original vision of ‘ by villagers, for villagers’ and relies on its supporters to help deliver that vision. If you would be interested in joining the team do let us know.

Please e-mail me at the website address(, if you are happy to write a cheque, please make it payable to Geddington Community Website and send to
1 West StreetHappy Birthday
NN14 1BD.

Thank you.

Janet Jones
Website Treasurer

Postscript to the new road closures

AN  UPDATE has just been advised that:

“Work on the completion of the new road bridge and the re-alignment of the existing Little Oakley to Great Oakley road will take 2 days longer than expected.

As such the road between Great Oakley and Little Oakley won’t be fully open until the early hours of Sunday, 16th March 2014 and not early on Friday as first stated.”

This will mean that:

“The unclassified road between Newton Road and Mill Hill, Great Oakley will now be closed on the morning of Sunday 16th March 2014.”

The knock-on effect means that:

“The section of Newton Road between the Newton T Junction and A6003 Barford Bridge roundabout will subsequently be closed on Friday 28th March 2014 and will be fully re-opened on Saturday 12th April 2014.”


More Road Closures

This may not be as bad as it seems, only your travel itinerary can tell.

The constructors, Interserve Constructors Ltd, have alerted us to the following information.

“As part of the continuing works on the A43 Corby Link Road, it will be necessary to close two local unclassified roads to complete essential works.

The following closures will take place, starting tomorrow,
Friday 14th March and will be completed by Saturday 12th April.

Phase 1 – On the morning of Friday 14th March 2014, the unclassified road between Newton Road and Mill Hill, Great Oakley will be closed to allow the completion of the new road bridge and side roads. It is anticipated that this road will be fully re-opened on the morning of Friday 28th March 2014.

Local Traffic (excluding Heavy Goods Vehicles)

o         Traffic from Newton and Geddington will be diverted westbound on Newton Road to the new Barford Bridge roundabout, onto the A6003 northbound to Corby and Great Oakley.

o         Traffic from Great Oakley will be diverted down the A6003 southbound to the new Barford Bridge roundabout, use the 2nd exit towards Newton and Geddington.


Phase 2 – On the morning of Friday 28th March 2014, Newton Road between the Newton T junction and the A6003 Barford Bridge roundabout will be closed to allow the road to be repaired. It is anticipated that this road will be fully re-opened on Saturday 12th April 2014.


Local Traffic (excluding Heavy Goods Vehicles)

·        Traffic from Newton and Geddington will be diverted towards Great Oakley and the A6003 Oakley Hay roundabout.”

Tree fellers at it again!

The Sequoiadendron giganteum,

– better known to us as
the Wellingtonia tree.

This tree has the distinction of being the largest living thing on earth, although you couldn’t say that about the two trees in Queen Street, opposite the Post Office.
This tree can reach a height of over 60ft although the record is a tree in California that stands at 280ft – again, you couldn’t say that about the two on Queen Street.
This tree is also fast growing and has roots that spread out, not down.

Now this you can say about these two trees.The roots have spread so far that they are damaging the stone retaining wall that fronts the Queen Street footpath, to the point of its being dangerous.Kettering Borough Council has instructed Mr & Mrs Askew, the owners of The Croft, to rebuild the wall. Read more →

Welcome to a new Parish Councillor

In February, Doug Hodkinson was co-opted onto Geddington Parish Council. In a conversation with, Doug explained his reasons why he came forward and at the same time he gave a very full explanation of his experience.

“Last November I arrived in Geddington, but I was also returning to Northamptonshire after practically 38 years away. My late wife and I began our married life in Wootton, Northampton in 1969,  just after I had got a job with the County Planning Department. Initially it involved working on future development policies for Kettering and nearby towns along the A6 – back in the days when the A14 was no more than a bright idea in a recently published government Green Paper! My career then took me on to Coventry Council and to a new home over the boundary in Warwickshire. Read more →

St David’s Day

1st March 2014 – St David’s Day

People in Wales and those of Welsh origin celebrate the life of their patron saint, St David, and the Welsh culture on March 1 each year. Many people pin a daffodil or leek to their clothes and some, especially children, wear traditional costumes.

St David is the patron saint of Wales. March 1 is a day of celebration of both St David’s life and of the Welsh culture in Wales and in countries such as Canada and the United States.

St David plays a very important role in Welsh culture, but little is known about his life. It is believed that he lived to be 100 years old and that he died in 589, but the first texts on his life only appeared around five hundred years after his death. This means that it is difficult to tell which aspects of the St David’s story are true and which are legend. He was supposed to have been very gentle and physically strong and tall despite eating a frugal diet. His parents were Sant, the grandson of a prince of Ceredigion in south-west Wales, and Non, a niece of the legendary King Arthur.

St David travelled widely throughout Wales, Cornwall, Brittany in France and possibly to Ireland and Jerusalem.  He founded several churches and a monastery in Wales and eventually became an archbishop. St David was canonized in 1120 and March 1 was included in the church calendar as St David’s Day. People started making pilgrimages to St David’s monastery after he was canonized. A cathedral still stands on its original site.

St Davids Day

NCC Emergency Response Corps

Northamptonshire County Council has asked to publicise their recruitment programme for their Emergency Response Corps programme.

The Council’s Marketing Specialist, Sara Wilson, explains:

We are recruiting to our Emergency Response Corps – a group of trained volunteers who assist in the event of an emergency.

We are also encouraging residents to look at advice for preparing for emergencies such as flooding in their home or community. Your parish councils have already been sent a Community Emergency and Flood Plan Template and Guidance to assist with this.

Sara’s contact details are below, but click on the image below to go to the NCC’s Emergency Planning page where more details about this programme are available, as well as the application form.

Northamptonshire County Council

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Northamptonshire Best Village of the Year Competition 2014

Northamptonshire Best Village Competition 2014

VoY Award picture

Geddington – the award winner 2006/7

Remember this?

We were proud winners of the Calor Village of the Year for 2006/7.

You may recognise the oval, green enamel award, on the right of the picture, as it is displayed above the Post Office doorway.

Now is our chance to do it again!

The Parish Council has received the invitation to take part in this year’s competition, which is hosted by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). (See documents at the bottom of this post.) Read more →

Northamptonshire & the Floods

Don’t be a Numpty!

Is the message from Northamptonshire County Council following the flooding of various parts of England. Whilst Northampton hasn’t been flooded this year, the following is the source for flood safety information:

We (the NCC) have put together an information page on our website to help residents find current flood warnings, to report a flood, and to prepare for flooding:

It also hosts a light hearted video intended to help spread the safety message:  Keep out of floodwater.”

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We have included in the Photo Gallery, a number of  photos of the floods in Geddington, taken over the years.
If you have any photos that you would like to add to the Flood Category, please send them as .jpgs, via email to

The Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Newsletter

This image is the very first front cover of
The Newsletter.

It shows exactly what the magazine does.
It delivers the News, and it’s done by a team of like-minded people who enjoy contributing to the community.

The Newsletter is in need of an editor.  In its 32 year life, it has had just four editors and only two of those were professionals.  Monica Rayne and myself were strictly amateurs and both learnt ‘on the job’.

The current Editor, Beth, will be winging her way home to the USA in the late spring, after she’s produced the spring issue, so a new editor is required.

Can you use WORD?
Can you cut and paste?
Can you insert pictures/text?
Can you work in a team?

If so, those are the basic components of editing the magazine.

Interested?  Then read more . . . Read more →

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