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Geddington Cricket Club Events Programme

Geddington Cricket Club

– has published its first autumn and winter 2017/2018 events programme.

All these events will be held in their new Sports Pavilion, Queen Street, with the exception of the Squirt (and possibly some others, so best to check with the Club before making final arrangements. Key Contacts can be found on the Cricket Club’s website, via the Directory on this site).

Individual events will appear in the Diary, but here’s a foretaste of what’s to come:

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British Summertime Ends

British summer time ends at 2am Sunday 29 October, when all clocks should be put back one hour –

giving us an extra hour in bed!


Living Lines – An Exhibition of Work

Following the Living Lines Workshop and Community Arts Festival at Geddington Brickyard Garden on 22 October, the organisers have arranged for an exhibition of work and alerted to the details.

“If you attended The Big Draw Event at Geddington Brickyard Garden – and even if you didn’t, you might like to see some of the work produced on the day, at this exhibition!

At the Big Draw event, participants created large scale, vibrant and dynamic group art works.

A variety of materials were used, such as graphite sticks, oil pastels, household paint and paint made from spices – but not all used at once! Inspiration was taken from the ‘Living Lines’ of the countryside which surrounds the garden, the garden itself, human movement and the lines and movements within our imaginations and memories.

The workshops were designed and led by artist Emma Davies. As the drawings were being created, they were photographed and filmed by media artist Andy Eathorne. These still images were edited into stop frame animations and short films were also produced from the film footage; thus digital lines created from natural. These short animations and films will also be shown at the exhibition.

If you missed the ‘Living Lines’ Big Draw Event in October and would like to experience a taster of the workshops, then there will be some smaller scale drawing activities available throughout the day on a drop-in basis (so just turn up). Visitors will be able to ‘have a go’ at some of the materials used and use the drawings on display as inspiration for their own art works.

And – as well as all this, there will be refreshments available throughout the day, plus an information stall all about Geddington Brickyard Garden, a local gem for the Geddington community.

So come to Geddington Village Hall on Sunday 5th November, between 11.30am and 5pm for an Exhibition of Large Scale Community Drawings, Short Films and Animations, Drop-In Workshops, Refreshments and the GBG Information Stall.”

Up to date information can be found on the Geddington Brickyard Garden Facebook Page.


Church changes Sunday Services

Father Rob has advised of changes to the Sunday Services for tomorrow,
22 October.


  1. The Pet Service is at 9.45am

  2. The Confirmation and Holy Communion is at 5.30pm

For further details, click on the images below, if they are not legible.

Pet Service




Confirmation & Holy Communion

Community Arts Festival 22.10.17

Geddington Brickyard Garden is hosting a

Community Arts Festival

Sunday 22nd October 2017

10.45am – 4.45pm


All are welcome to this exciting community art event – so come and have a go!
No art experience required!
This will be a fun day for family and friends – all ages are welcome.

NOT TOO LATE TO BOOK! There are still a few places left on each workshop that run throughout the day. Emma has described each workshop in detail AND you can book directly on Eventbrite at this address:

Geddington Brickyard Garden crew (Lynette, Ian, Brenda) are so happy to host this event and grateful to Emma for all her hard work to bring it about. We are all ‘breaking new ground’!

Lynette Litman

Uncovered History

Are you interested in history?

Are you interested in Geddington’s history?

It would appear that many of you are, according to out ‘hit’ reader.
So here’s a chance to find out more of our 12th century history.

It’s all about the Magna Carta king, King John, who made Geddington, at the centre of England, a much more important place than ever before, or since!

You won’t find the detail of this fascinating king and his 17year reign in any educational history books: it has taken a local historian, and his interest in Geddington, to piece together an enormous quantity of documentation to reveal the story.

Many of you will have seen Vic Crouse’s exhibition of the story he uncovered. Many will have bought his book, ‘The Magna Carta King in Geddington’, however, Vic has not stopped researching and has uncovered much, much more!

To find out just how much more, come along to his light-hearted review with

‘An Evening with King John’

on Friday 20 October at 7.30pm.

Geddington Village Hall Lounge

Tickets: apply to or
Pam Hopkins, 9 Grafton Road

Free admission, but by ticket only, so that we know how many biscuits to buy and coffee and tea to serve!

More details in the Diary page


Are the police and criminal justice service providing the right support for people with mental illness?

This is the question being asked by Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner as he launches a Time2Listen mental health consultation. The consultation is now live at  – and is focussed on gaining a better understanding of the experience of people with mental illness, ADHD and Autism – and their interactions with the police and criminal justice service in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Police spends more than twenty percent of its time supporting victims of crime and detainees with mental health needs. Over the next three months, the commissioner wants to hear from local people to get a true picture of how effective the police and the criminal justice services are in supporting people with mental illness and what can be done to improve those interactions.

Stephen Mold said: “This is a really important consultation. One in four people experience mental illness, and while many have little or no contact with the police, it’s vital we take the time to listen and find out if individuals with mental ill health who are in contact – be it through their neighbourhood, as a victim or witness, or someone who has been involved in crime – are receiving the right support from the police and from the wider criminal justice system.”

“I want to hear from as many people as possible – we know there are lots of people with mental illness, ADHD and Autism that have had a very positive experience and received really good support, but similarly we know that for others this was definitely not the case. I urge people to get involved in the Time2Listen consultation and share their stories with us. This is a real opportunity to learn from people’s experiences.”

The Time2Listen consultation will hear from people via face to face interviews, telephone conversations, focus groups, workshops and by an online survey. The consultation is also open to parents, carers and loved ones of those with mental illnesses, ADHD and Autism.

The consultation is being led by Helen Cook, Head of Involvement and Communications at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

She said: “As well as speaking to people with experience of mental illness, Time2Listen will also consult with professionals and support agencies working within the criminal justice system, such as police officers, probation officers and mental health workers.

“We want to capture their feedback – both positive and negative on the effectiveness of current practices and discuss any potential barriers to improving services for people with mental illness, ADHD and Autism.“

The outcomes and any recommendations from the consultation will be shared with the Northamptonshire Mental Health Criminal Justice Board.

For more information about the Time2Listen consultation visit:

John Sutton CBE

John Sutton CBE
9 June 1936 – 3 October 2017

It is with great sadness that the Charity has to report the death of its Chairman, John Sutton. John took over the role of chairman in 1992, at a time when the Charity was in a very poor financial state. For the charity to survive, John understood that we needed capital and that was his aim throughout his stewardship of the Charity and due to his commitment, the Charity is now in a healthy financial position.

John studied Politics and History at Keele University, where he obtained a degree, an MA and a Dip.Ed. He came to the village in 1973 as a Headmaster, whose first task was to cement the amalgamation of four schools in eight years, as well as preside over a succession of name changes – Corby Grammar, Southwood School and then Queen Elizabeth School, Corby. His interest in education lead him to become the County Convenor of the local branch of the Headmasters Association, later to be called the Secondary Heads Association. (SHA). Ten years later his skill and vigour lead him to achieve the position of SHA National President. When the position of General Secretary became vacant, such was his colleagues’ regard that, despite strong competition, John was chosen by a large selection committee.

John was active on the national scene too. His contribution to the improvements in the pay and conditions of heads, input into the plethora of Acts of Parliament in the 1990s and cultivation of influential organisations such as the CBI and political parties, as well as improving relations with the teacher unions, was greatly appreciated by those who knew him. His service to education in the broadest sense was rewarded with a CBE, and by the SHA, which made him a life member on retirement.

The esteem John was held in by ministers and mandarins led to a number of honorary posts: governor of the armed services college at Welbeck, Trustee of the Teaching Awards Trust, council member of the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government and the Founding Honorary Treasurer, subsequently Chairman and Hon. Fellow, of the Politics Association.

In Geddington, John’s thinly veiled nom-de-plume of Archimedes, resulted in twenty-two brain-teasing cryptic quizzes, which raised valuable funds for the Samuel Lee Charity. Fund-raising was another of his many skills. For the Samuel Lee Charity in 2008, John initiated the Tercentenary Memorial Lunch, which continues to this day as the successful Memorial Lunch. He wrote and published a comprehensive booklet on the history of the Charity. But the Samuel Lee Charity wasn’t the only recipient of his fund-raising skills; he used them for the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade, where he served as the first Commanding Officer after the passing of their Chief, Mathew J Harker, and was an active member of the Kettering Huxloe Rotary.

To quote the Samuel Lee Trustees, ‘John was a wonderfully caring and intelligent man who was the lifeblood of the Charity. His life’s work will continue for many more years and he will always be fondly remembered by the Trustees who will continue his dedicated work for the Charity. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.’

Pam Hopkins
Secretary of the Samuel Lee Charity

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 18th October, 2.30pm at St Mary Magdalene Church, Geddington. This will be followed by a private family cremation. Family flowers only and donations to the Samuel Lee Charity. There will also be a collection at the service.


Geddington Brickyard Garden is hosting a

Community Arts Festival

Sunday 22nd October 2017


All are welcome to this exciting community art event – so come and have a go! No art experience required! This will be a fun day for family and friends – all ages are welcome.

There are 4 workshops throughout the day, try one or try them all!
‘Landlines’ 10.45 – 11.30am
‘Garden Lines’ 12.15 – 1.15pm
‘Human Lines’ 2.15 – 3.15pm
‘Imagined Lines’ 4 – 4.45pm
We welcome an audience who would ‘just like to watch’, but it would be great to have people joining in!

To book a place on the workshops you wish to attend (from one to all four) and for further information, then please email: with the subject heading; ‘Big Draw 2017’ and state:
–  Number of people you are booking
–  Which workshop
–  Their ages (Ages: Under 11, 11-15, 16-18, 18 and over)
–  If you require disabled access (We are able to offer vehicular access up to the site, by arrangement.).
Book on Eventbrite at this address: For more information about Big Draw, please visit the Big Draw website – click on Festival.

For updates on this event, please visit the Geddington Brickyard Garden page in the Village Life column on this site or the Geddington Brickyard Garden Facebook page.

Please note: This event is running whatever the weather, we will have marquees and tents for shelter and refreshments. Dress for mess and the weather!

This event is being supported using Public Funding by Arts Council England and Kettering Borough Council.

Emma Davies drawing Living Lines at Sudborough Green Lodge, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

The Magna Carta King strikes again . . . is combining ancient
(well, mediaeval in this case)
and modern history for this evening event.

Join us for a light-hearted review, following new research, on the life and times of King John, the Magna Carta King.

Our narrator is Vic Crouse and the only thing he is asking, is for you to bring your imagination on

Friday 20th October
at 7.30pm

There is no admission charge, but as we’re meeting in the Village Hall Lounge, where there is limited space, tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets from: or
Pam Hopkins, 9 Grafton Road or
Telephone: 742290
Admission is by ticket only, so don’t forget to bring them.

We will be providing (free) tea, coffee and fancy biscuits

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