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Tough Mudder 2013 – Boughton House

Some 14,000 competitors from mainly southern UK descended on Boughton House on 4th/5th May to take part in the first of this year’s 6 Tough Mudders. The event, a half marathon with 25 large obstacles, really does not describe the challenge in any meaningful way.

Described by the organisers as “probably the toughest on the planet” the event lives up to its name, being a gruelling mud bath with most competitors covered from very early on. Obstacles such as “Artic enema” (ice bath), “Fire walker” (wall of fire) and “Electroshock Therapy” (hanging shock wires) just add to what many might describe as a living hell. Read more →

Great Geddington Garage Sale

Yes,  it was time for that great village recycling event again.

Villagers were up and about early on Saturday morning, setting out tables, gathering bags of unwanted items from the backs of cupboards, garages and sheds. The weather, as always, was rather unpredictable, but it didn’t put off those on the hunt for a bargain. Read more →

The Star – Shining brightly again!

The Star Inn has been taken on by the Tracey family who will be signing a 20 year lease shortly.

Joanne and Vaughan Tracey met in the Star some 35 years ago and have a sentimental connection with the pub having celebrated a number of individual and family events there particularly in their early years together. Read more →

GVFB 35th Anniversary

The Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade (GVFB) celebrated their 35th Anniversary on Saturday 13th April, 2013.  Over 90 guests of brigade members past and present together with their wives gathered at the village hall to feast and drink to the last 35 years.

Acting Chaplain Jerry Lee, in his first major appearance in his new role, said grace and the dinner began.  Toasts were made. Old friends were re-united and A HUGE amount of wine was consumed.

Former Adjutant and Commanding Officer Keith Rowland explained to the newer members all about the founding of the brigade and what life was like all those years ago.

The guest chef was Ally Robertson late of the Star Inn who with his team prepared a feast fit for the occasion.

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County Council Elections – More Comment!

Geddington.net has just heard that Jim Harker (Conservative) has won the Ise division County Council seat by a slim margin from fellow Geddington resident Jonathan Bullock (UKIP).

 

 

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GADS – “Caught in the Net”

Geddington Amateur dramatic Society(GADS) has just successfully produced another play in it’s 56th year. Caught in the Net by Ray Cooney was a challenging script as the action takes place simultaneously in two separate houses with overlapping dialogue and many quickfire responses. A classic farce in which, on the single set, the audience can see and hear all but the characters are “oblivious” to the action in the other house. The cast rose to the challenge and delivered excellent and hilareous performances on all 4 nights that it ran.

Council Tax – Paying more than you should?

Parish Council funding has become a bit of a political hot potato within Kettering. Borough Councillor Jonathan Bullock says that “The Conservative manifesto of 2011 praised a new system of funding that would see Parish Council financing match the change in grant received from Government by Local Councils.”

“Despite this Kettering Borough Council decided to do away with grants for Parish Councils from May 2014.”  He added that he “campaigned against abolition of the grants which total approximately £80,000 across all Parishes within the Kettering Borough.”

Jonathan believes this could lead to a peculiar situation where facilities in Kettering Town are paid by the Borough, whilst similar facilities in Geddington and other villages will need to be funded by the Parish Council from their precept. This may also mean the disappearance of smaller Parish Councils who rely on this money for their continued existence.

Council Tax Demand notices have been delivered in the last few weeks, but despite Government urging, during the ongoing financial crisis, that Council Taxes be frozen, this hasn’t happened for residents of Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley.

At first glance it might seem that the increase is a mere 0.2% as the columns read as follows:
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Northamptonshire County Council                  0.0% increase
Police and Crime Commission                          0.0% increase
Kettering Borough Council                                 0.0% increase
Geddington Newton and Little Oakley                 —–

Total Increase 0.2%
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However if the 2012 and 2013 Geddington, Newton and Little Oakley Parish Council Precept is compared, the increase is 27.4%. If Kettering Borough Council is removing its payments to Parish Councils, should our Council Tax payments to the Borough Council not be reduced?

The Government has stated that the cap on Council Tax increases should not exceed 5% but Parish Councils are excluded from this cap, which many argue allows Borough and Parish Councils the ability to tax us twice for the same services.

The Village Shop and Tea Room

Suggestions that Pat and Trish are retiring from the Post Office are a little premature. Pat has told Geddington.net: “Although we hope to retire in the not too distant future, current rumours have resulted from longer term plans including Post Office contract changes“. He added: “We hope to be serving the village in the shop and Tea Room for some time to come“.

 

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THE STAR dims its light once more!

THE STAR dims its light once more!

Geddington’s ‘STAR INN’ closed its doors on Friday 12th April 2013.

This historic public house that sits in the shadows of The Eleanor Cross, is another victim of today’s tough times. Unfortunately for managers Richard and Jayne and all the staff, Friday was last orders!!!

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