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Eulogy to John Doran

The funeral of John Doran took place today at the Catholic Cathedral, Our Lady & St Thomas on Barrack Road, Northampton.

For those unable to attend, we’ve been honoured this morning to be able to provide a short article about John, written from the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade’s perspective and, in the words of the author, ‘in no way does justice to all that JD achieved.’

“John Doran, (JD) was a member of The Geddington Fire Brigade for over 20 years and in that time he held the position of Commanding Officer, Captain of Drill, Station Officer and performed many more duties within the Brigade.

His ability to encourage (press gang!) people into his entertainment schemes was part of his Irish charm. Somehow he managed to get mature, and not so mature, members of the Brigade to agree to become Belly Dancers, Morris Men, Synchronised Swimmers, Life Size Puppets – the list goes on.

Our ‘Friends from Lahnstein’ became an integral part of the Brigade calendar from 1999, with friendships established continuing until the present day. John’s contributions to impart good humour and silly games, was part of the bond that developed between our two organisations.

Entertainment ideas for the Senior Citizens’ Dinner, Castle Gardens and Pudding Club events et al, nearly always came out of John’s fertile mind, and where the idea of turning the fire engine into a mobile birthing unit, on the day of the Garage Sale came from, we can only wonder!

He stood firm, strong and brave against his cancer for 13 years.

He would always ask how you were, with a brush off of ‘I’m fine’, when the question was reversed.

He made Geddington very proud when he ran into the village carrying the Olympic Torch, having already run his leg of the journey in Northampton, the crowds waiting for Geddington’s own, to enter the village and climb the Cross.

I know Janis and the family grimaced at some of his antics, but they would never have wished him to be any different: Janis, Shay and Lana, thank you for sharing him with us.

Representing the GVFB in 2007

 

 

John Doran R.I.P.

John Doran

To all his friends,

you are invited to join John’s family

in an

.Hour of Quiet Repose
to offer your prayers and light a candle

at Geddington Church on Wednesday 14th February
at any time between the hours of 7.30pm and 8,30pm.

 

From Number 2 to Number 3!

Marian and Keith Sexton, long-time residents of No 2 Bright Trees Road, have taken the plunge and moved to – No 3!

 

The Sextons have been living at No 2 Bright Trees Road for over 43 years, having bought the property brand new with their two young sons back in 1974. Over the years, they’ve been very happy and seen their children grow up and move away.

However, latterly, the large garden, which hosted the annual barbecue for the residents of Bright Trees Road and adjoining roads, became a bit of a chore and this, combined with the steep stairs, forced Marian and Keith to think about moving. They loved the area and got on well with the neighbours so, when No 3, across the road became available, they decided to buy it!

Having bought the property last June, they then had to get planning permission to convert the garage into a spare bedroom, which, along with added accommodation, made it easier to fit in the furniture they wanted to keep. Luckily, they were able to use local builders and craftsmen to do the work, which took place between October and December last year.

Marian and Keith are very happy with their move which, to quote their neighbour Clive, is “moving house, but not home.” They are looking forward to the sale of No 2, which is presently on the market, and hope the new owners will be as happy as they have been.

Keith and Marian outside their new home.

This post has been received from our Bright Trees Road Correspondent. If you would like to be the correspondent for your street, club or organisation, please contact us, as local news is what this website aims to supply – the more, the merrier!

 

Network Rail – Kettering to Corby

The major upgrade of the line between Kettering and Corby reaches the next stage in February,
as testing begins on the newly fitted equipment.

Since 2014, work has been taking place to build a second track on the seven-mile stretch between the two Northamptonshire towns as well as installing the associated junctions, signals and foundations for overhead line equipment that will create the potential for a more frequent and reliable service in the future.

The project is a key part of the biggest upgrade of the Midland Main Line since it opened in 1870 and will support better journeys, not just between Northamptonshire and London, but the entire length of the line right through the East Midlands and on to Sheffield.

With much of the infrastructure for the extra line now in place, a nine-day period of testing is required meaning there will be no passenger trains between Corby and Kettering on Saturday 17 February until Sunday 25 February, but there will be a bus replacement service in place.

Cottingham Road bridge in Corby is to close to allow
electrification work to take place on the route to Kettering
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East Midlands Trains services to all other stations are unaffected and will run as normal.

Spencer Gibbens, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “A significant amount of work has taken place on the route between Kettering and Corby since this part of the Midland Main Line upgrade began and the project is now approaching the final stages. To safely test the new equipment, our engineers need a nine-day period of ‘wheels free’ access to the railway, meaning a short period of bus replacements between Kettering and Corby is unavoidable. From 2020, when the upgrade of the Midland Main Line is complete, passengers will really see the benefits of this investment and I’m grateful for their patience while the work is carried out.”

Jake Kelly, Managing Director, East Midlands Trains, said: “The final testing of this seven-mile stretch of track is an important milestone for the upgrade of the Midland Main Line. Although the main benefits of this work will arrive in 2020, it will help to maintain a reliable service for our customers today, including providing a new diversion route if the main line to London is disrupted.  While this work is being carried out, we will be providing a bus replacement service between the two stations as well as ensuring staff are on hand at both stations to help customers. Passengers should check with eastmidlandstrains.co.uk for details about the journey between Kettering and Corby during this time.”

So far the Kettering to Corby route has seen:

  • Fourteen bridges and viaducts strengthened – including Harpers Brook Viaduct, a 12 arch brick structure constructed in 1879
  • 21 kilometres of track laid (12km of new track and 9km renewal of exiting track)
  • 4km of drainage equipment installed
  • 15km of railway embankment stabilisation completed
  • 73km of signal and power cabling laid
  • Six new signal gantries erected
    The creation of a wider ‘gauge’ – meaning larger freight containers can be transported on the route.

For all enquiries, contact:

Network Rail press office – Toby Higgins
toby.higgins@networkrail.co.uk
Network Rail
01904 383180 / 07850 406724

Click on the .pdf link below, for an A5 booklet:
A5 Booklet Network Rail

About Network Rail Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.

About the Railway Upgrade Plan The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail’s investment plan for Britain’s railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail’s £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain’s railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years – so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:

  • longer, faster more frequent trains;
  • better, more reliable infrastructure; and
  • better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.

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Pastures New for Fr Rob Parker-McGee


Father Rob Parker-McGee is leaving the Parish of Geddington & Weekley next month: his last service will be on Sunday 4th February, at 9.45am at St Mary Magdalene Church, Geddington.

Geddington.net has been sent this invitation to share with the villages:

“Sunday 4th February will be Fr Rob’s final service before he leaves to take up a new position at All Saints’, Orpington, within the Borough of Bromley. We would love to give him a good send-off, so please do join us if you can.

Following the service, we will be organising a sharing lunch of fish and chips. In order to get a decent idea of how many to cater for, both in the service and for the meal, please do RSVP to jane.rowley@talk21.com or phone 01536 744302.”

Included in this message, is an invitation to Fr Rob’s Licencing in
Orpington, which they very much hope you will be able to join them.

“The Parish Church
of All Saints, Orpington

The churchwardens, on behalf of the PCC,
invite you to the

Institution of the Reverend Robert Thomas Parker-McGee SR
as Vicar of the Parish of Orpington,
All Saints

by The Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester
and his Induction and Installation
by The Venerable Dr Paul Wright
Archdeacon of Bromley & Bexley.

at All Saints’ Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington BR6 0QD
Wednesday 28th February at 7.30pm”

RSVP to All Saints Church Office
tel: 01689 832031
email: allsaintsorpington@gmail.com

If you would like to travel by bus from Geddington, please only RSVP to Jane Rowley at jane.rowley@talk21.com or phone 01536 744302

Clergy are invited to robe, alb and white stole. Please advise the Church Office if you intend to do so.

 

 

 

Castle Gardens 50th Anniversary

The invitation said: “Come and join us to celebrate 50 years and the opening of the Queen Eleanor Lounge.”

So I did. And it was a very convivial affair, attended by plenty of residents and several members of Kettering Borough’s Silver Service, the department that is charged with providing Sheltered Housing designed to meet the needs of those over 55.

At 2pm, His Worship the Mayor, arrived and was introduced to the gathering.  In his brief speech (there was food and drink to be had!), Cllr Scott Edwards spoke of his pleasure that such a remarkable property was provided for those who wished to live independently, but at the same time, in a safe, secure and high quality environment, in the centre of Geddington. The high quality was on show as the lounge had been newly decorated with new lighting, new floor and even a new clock.

Cllr Edwards performed the unveiling ceremony – a purple curtain was whipped off to show the new name.

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After that the refreshments were available to all, who were keen to help themselves. However, Community Safety Officer John Kinloch, did sterling work with a tea tray and no-one had to wait for a second cup either!

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Cllr Edwards was welcomed by each resident as he sat and chatted with anyone who had a spare seat next to them.  Then it was time to cut the ceremonial cake. This was dutifully done by Cllr Edwards and Mrs Jean Johnson, a senior resident who has lived at Castle Gardens for many years.

A brief history.

The bungalows in Hall Close had been completed in 1961 and had proved very popular.  As the Council had wanted to build more homes for the elderly, it started to think about other possible sites in the village. In 1964 the Council agreed to buy the three cottages in Wood Street from the County Council, the tenants were re-housed and the properties were demolished. Work on the new building began in 1966 and was opened by the Duchess of Buccleuch in October 1967.

 

The building was later refurbished in 1998, by reducing the number of flats and using the extra space to install a bathroom in each flat. A lift was also installed, both improvements greatly enhancing the living conditions.

Which brings us to 2018 and Castle Gardens became part of the Borough Council’s Sparkle Programme where the Council, in consultation with residents, redecorated the communal areas, installing a new carpet, new flooring in the lounge, patio doors and a new patio. The residents decided to celebrate their new lounge by giving it a new name – the Queen Eleanor Lounge.

GADS – drama at the heart of the village 1958-1960s

I hope you have all picked up the details of GADS’ next production; Alice in Wonderland in just a couple of week’s time.

Click to enlarge

As we look forward to a new production, it is also interesting to look back, as we said we would, to that first decade of productions that followed the establishment of the drama society for the village.

Yes, this really is the Village Hall stage in November 1959 for the production of  ‘When we are married’ complete with stag’s head and aspidistra!

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As a newly formed group still trying to establish their reputation, the group were quite careful about the plays they chose to produce, about the financial commitments they made and the still unresolved question of whether or not to have raked seating and raised levels to the stage!

The years from 1957 to 1967 brought Rock ‘n Roll, the Beatles, mini skirts, John F Kennedy and the Cold War to the world. In Geddington the tradition of two productions a year became established and a significant decision was made to purchase lighting equipment so that it would no longer be necessary to borrow it. The company had a healthy surplus of £37 11s 4d in their account as a result of their second production, ‘Such Things Happen’ where the profit was nearly £22!

Programme from April 1958

‘Fools Rush in ‘ and ‘Ghost Train’ were the 1958 productions and, as membership of the group had grown, the Society felt more confident about staging more ambitious productions. The audience however were not forgotten and the decision was taken to invest in 100 cushions at 3s 6d each to ensure the comfort of those watching!

The cast of Cat on the Fiddle 1964

By now the meetings and rehearsals were taking place in The Star, membership was strong and those joining paid a small subscription. In 1960 there were 2 new members, Mrs Sylvia Cook and Mr Michael Baker. The Star had also operated as a store for props but a new home for these needed to be considered because the local mice population found the material ideal for their nests! However the show must go on… and Mary Rowles’ production of ‘The White Sheep of the Family’ was opened up to the Darby and Joan Club on the Thursday evening of the run… at half price.

By 1964 the membership was around 25, subscriptions were 2s 6d and the Production of ‘Cat on the Fiddle’ had produced record ticket sales of over £50. Consideration was given to raking the seating in the Village Hall and to creating a tiered stage … but first the question of curtains to cover the kitchen window of the Village Hall had to be agreed. Mrs Rowles, as the Chair, gave the authority for them, Mrs Curtis was to make them, but a sample had to be shown first to the Village Hall Committee!

Fool’s Paradise 1965

‘Goodnight Mrs Puffin’ and ‘A Fool’s Paradise’ produced by Keith Tomlinson were both a success in terms of both audience numbers and ticket revenue. The productions were now more sophisticated; new lighting, costumes and stage management facilities were in place but the Minutes clearly show that the essential informality of a group of friends running the society for the purpose of entertaining villagers was at the heart of what they did and one of the main reasons they gave their time and expertise to the productions.

Goodnight Mrs Puffin April 1965

With 20 successful productions now under their belt the GADS company could look forward to the next decade with confidence and their audiences were assured of an evening of entertainment whatever the genre of the productions.

 

GADS & the Pantomime 2018

Geddington Amateur Dramatic Society

presents their Pantomime 2018

‘Alice in Wonderland’

on 14 – 17 February.

Tickets will be available from 22 January.
Box Office: 01536 742527

For complete details, go to the Diary for that date,
or click on this image to enlarge.

Cricket Club events for 2018

The Cricket Club has sent Geddington.net, a list of its events for the coming year. Looking this far ahead is very helpful for diary entries, but please check dates and times with the Cricket Club as the year progresses. Who knows how many more events the Club can produce?
And when?

Friday 26th January 7pm – Ladies Night
Friday 2nd February 7.30pm – AGM
Sunday 4th February 7pm – Quiz Night
Friday 9th February 7.30pm – Curry Night
Sunday 4th March 7pm – Quiz Night
Saturday 10th March 3pm – Six Nations Curry Night – France v England
Friday 16th March 6pm – Registration Night
Friday 23rd March 7.30pm – Oompah Night
Sunday 25th March 9am – Cricketforce day
Sunday April 1st 7pm – Quiz Night
Saturday 15th April Midday – Pre-season Match Home vs Overstone
Friday 13th April 6.30pm – First Junior Training
Saturday 21st April Midday – League season starts
Sunday 24th June 1pm – Family Fun Day
29th June to 1st July – Beer Festival & Gedd-Stock
Friday 31st August 6pm – Last Junior Training and Junior Presentation Night
Friday ?? November – Senior Presentation Night

Many of these dates are in the website’s Diary, so you won’t need to keep checking this post. However, those without an end time, can’t be accepted by the website’s system, so as soon as the end times reach me, these dates will be in the Diary.

 

 

 

 

The Buccleuch Meadows Wildlife Pond

2018 – A new year,
a new start for nature.

The wildlife pond in the meadows has been growing steadily since the first clearance work done in December 2016, followed by new planting in February 2017.

But growth needs maintenance, especially in this pond, as the years of neglect resulted in complete overgrowth.

December 2016, after the initial clean-up

 

The Parish Council has consulted with The Wildlife Trust and Natural England and have come up with a maintenance plan. Councillor Claire Buckseall advised:

The Parish Council approved a document at the December council meeting, which has outlined a Schedule of Maintenance for the pond (attached below). This scope of work was produced with the support and approval of The Wildlife Trust by Councillor Berry. The recommendations are that a small area of the pond should be cleared sensitively by the end of January 2018.”

Claire also said that if anyone would like to be involved with this work, or have any comments or concerns, they should contact Councillor Philip Berry, who will be happy to assist.

Philip commented: “My role in this has been to gather the relevant information and co-ordinate with Matt Johnson of the WWT, in creating the attached documents.” He added, “The objective is to be as inclusive as possible. We envisage that the work to be carried out, will be done in an extremely controlled manner. The work scope should be read in conjunction with the GCN (Great Crested Newt) Conversation handbook (attached below).

The GCN-Conservation-Handbook_compressed

The Wildlife Trust for BCN – Proposed Scope of Work – Final.docx

To contact either Parish Councillor, go to the ‘Parish Council’ page, accessable from the Home page.

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