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St Mary Magdalene Church has a new vicar.

This announcement was read at all services

in the Parish of Geddington & Weekley,

on Sunday 20 October 2013


‘Appointment of Priest in Charge’


“We are delighted to announce that, following interview and with the unanimous approval of the parish representatives and the support of the representative of the Patron (Boughton Estates Limited), the Reverend Rob Parker-McGee has accepted Bishop Donald’s invitation to become Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Geddington & Weekley.

Subject to the normal Church of England legal and administrative procedures, Rob will be licensed in St Mary Magdalene, Geddington on Sunday 12 January at 3 pm.”


Father Rob + family

Father Rob and his family in 2012

Bishop Donald and Archdeacon Gordon are very grateful to all who helped with the preparation of the benefice profile, all the arrangements for the interview day and for the continuing and encouraging ministry of the parishes in the service of Christ during the vacancy. We ask for your prayers for Rob and Sarah and their family as they prepare for their move to this diocese.

The Venerable Gordon Steele

Archdeacon of Oakham


It will be nine months since Canon Giles Godber left Geddington, a much shorter interregnum than the previous one, but the team that were put in charge for this period, look forward to welcoming Father Rob.


For further details of the selection process etc,  go to the church website, which can be accessed from via Village Life/The Church/Pulpit.

A43 Chaos again

After posting that the A43 at Stanion Roundabout was open today, due to excess surface water which meant that laying tarmac wasn’t possible, the road dried up enough during the day to start the work.

Motorists trying to get through report this evening that they are stuck in a traffic jam with only the Eurohub exit working.

So, back to Plan A, and avoid the A43 at the Stanion Roundabout, it will be closed to through traffic all week.

A43 Stanion Roundabout Openers & Closures

Monday 28 October 2013 understands that, due to the large amount of surface water, completion works cannot be carried out on the roundabout this week.

The A43 is, therefore, OPEN for through traffic at the Stanion Roundabout.

Further details to follow as and when we’re notified.

A43 Closure – REMINDER

The A43 at the Stanion Roundabout, or as the constructors call it, the Stanion Island A43, will be closed from Monday 28th October for one week (you will have to add the ‘f’ to the ‘or’ on the sign, it seems to been left out).

There will be NO THROUGH ACCESS beyond this roundabout/island.

For more information and details of detours and diversions, see our last NEWS post, dated  16 October.


The A43 – More Closures, More Diversions

To those of us who use the A43, the part of it from Kettering to Corby, it was obvious that the Stanion Roundabout wasn’t finished during the last round of closures and diversions.  The time has now come for the finishing touches.

This road will be closed during half-term week, Monday 18 October – Friday 1 November, and in two stages as before.

Interserve Construction Ltd explains:

“As part of the construction of the A43 Corby Link Road, sections of the A43 around Stanion will need to be closed between Monday 28th October and Friday 1st November 2013. The closures will be over a four-day period, weather permitting. This period has been chosen to coincide with the school half term break.

Since the first closure at the Stanion Island, essential new drainage and kerbing works have been completed and this latest closure will allow the final tarmac surfacing and white lining, to be completed.

As before, the closure will take place in two phases with each phase scheduled to last for two days. Throughout there will be 3-way traffic lights in operation 24 hours a day, on Stanion roundabout, to permit continual use of Longcroft Road, A43 South of the Stanion roundabout and the A6116 (Brigstock Road).

Advanced warning signs will be put in place in the week leading up to the closure, to alert people to diversions and the A6003 will be fully open to accommodate traffic.

The two phases are as follows:

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The Dog Poo Fairy doesn’t live in this village

The Dog Poo Fairy doesn’t live in this village

– is the most humorous poster to be seen concerning the current outbreak of dog faeces left lying around the village. But, it’s not a funny situation, far from it. At best, it is unsightly and smelly and  at worst it can contain and spread diseases, the two main groups of which, are parasitic infestations and bacterial or viral infections – and it also can leave you with very dirty shoes!

There is an Act of Parliament covering this situation, it is the “Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1966”. Kettering Borough Council has adopted and enforces this Act, which makes it ‘an offence for anyone in charge of a dog, to allow it to foul on any designated land within the Kettering Borough area, without removing the faeces.’ And that includes Geddington – whether it’s in the old bridge’s waiting areas or on the road to Clay Dick.

There are exceptions to this rule: blind people are exempt from cleaning up after their guide dog and also, anyone who finds their dog has fouled in any one of the following four areas:

1)  Highways with a speed limit of over 50mph
2)  Rural common land
3)  Woodland and agricultural land
4)  Marsh, moor and heath land

Parish Councillor John Padwick raised this issue in the Parish Council’s July meeting and many of you will have noticed that it is on this month’s Agenda, under the Environment & Recreation committee. Read more →

Autumn in England

Autumn in England

I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.
So I spend almost all the daylight hours on the open air.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

This could almost be the mantra of the contestants of the:
The 2013 World Conker Championships
which will be held at
The Shuckburgh Arms in Southwick,
near Oundle, Northamptonshire on
13th October 2013.

The World Conker Championships are held on the second Sunday in October every year. Thousands flock to watch this great spectacle of modern day gladiators fighting for glory, armed only with a nut and 12″ of string. Over the years, Geddington has had teams competing and has proudly produced some winners. Will we see more? It’s easy to take part; web link below will get you there.


The first recorded game of conkers is believed to have taken place in the Isle of Wight in 1848, but organised by Ashton Conker Club, the competition first took place in 1965, and as well as a wonderful day out for all the family, they raise money for charities for the blind and the visually impaired.

There are separate Men’s, Ladies’ and Junior competitions; teams are more than welcome and there is a Team Award for the team whose members progress furthest through the competition.

World Conker Championships 2013 Timetable

9.30 am

Registration Starts

9.30 am

Stalls Open

11.00 am

Registration Closes

11.00 am

Start of play

2.00 pm

Conker Finals followed by
presentations and raffle draw

3.00 pm

Close of stalls

4.00 pm

Live music at the pub!

The event starts at 10:30 a.m. and finishes at 3:00 p.m.
As a spectator, the entrance costs are £2 for adults and £1 for senior citizens and children. Family tickets (2 adults and up to 4 children) cost £5. Car Parking is FREE!

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The Parish Council – a new member

It’s been an interesting year for Geddington Parish Council so far, lost one and gained two – Councillors, that is. The latest and newest member, Tony Locock, was co-opted onto the Council in September’s Parish Council meeting and will take his seat at the next meeting, to be held on 14 October at 7.30pm.

Tony, who lives in Newton Road with his wife, Sarah, started his working career in the Civil Service, at the Inland Revenue Department, which later merged with HM Customs in 2005, to become HMRC. During that time, he took a leading role in its trade union, the Inland Revenue Staff Federation, representing the IR members throughout the UK.

Tony took early retirement a year ago and, as Chairman, was instrumental in the re-launch of the website

Tony comments, “I don’t believe being a member of the Parish Council is as much about politics, as it is about supporting, communicating with and promoting our community.”  He continues, “My aim in becoming a Councillor is to make the Parish Council more relevant, responsive and better at communicating with our community.”

For Tony’s contact details and those of all the other Parish Councillors, go to the Parish Council page.

Primary Schools Admissions 2014

It’s time for parents to apply
for their child’s primary school place.

The start of the new school year sees many parents across the county on the search for the right primary school for their child.


This year, Northamptonshire County Council is running a campaign targeting all parents with children who turn four years old between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, to help raise awareness to parents of the right time to apply for their child’s school place and how to do this.


Applications open on Monday 9th September 2013

and will close on Wednesday15th January 2014

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A43 – The Open Road

Our intrepid reporter braved the rain, and the army of cones, to find out the condition of the A43 at the Stanion Roundabout.

Open Road 007

The Stanion Roundabout, looking north


And yes!


It is open!

Open Road 008

Machinery on the roundabout





Open Road 009

The Euro Hub exit

And traffic is running normally!


Open Road 010

The Brigstock exit



However, as can be seen by the photographs, there is a lot more to do, so expect more delays in the future. This is, after all, a massive construction project and, for Geddington residents, decades in the making.

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