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Archaeological Excavation, why not join in?

Chester Farm
is looking for volunteers to support their annual archaeological excavation
in the second half of July.

Whether you are new to digging, have done a little but want to do more, or have lots of previous experience, we can find tasks for you to enjoy.

When is the dig?

The dig will run from Monday 17 July to Friday 28 July 2017.

What will be involved?

The practical tasks will include:

  • digging (hard manual labour!)
  • using a trowel
  • cleaning and defining features
  • some processing of any finds that are unearthed

We will be excavating in the area of what was, from the 18th century, the walled garden and orchard beside the farm buildings. We know there is likely to be surviving archaeology from Roman and medieval times, as well as more recent periods.

Days will run from 8.30 am to 4 pm. Minimum attendance is a full day. You need to be reasonably fit and prepared to get a bit muddy!

The total number of places will be limited and will be allocated according to demand. The majority of spaces will be for those who prefer digging with a smaller number for finds processing.  We want to give as many interested people as possible a chance to ‘have a go’. You must be 17 or over.

Where is Chester Farm

Chester Farm is situated just off the eastbound A45 between Wellingborough and Rushden, with free parking, the postcode to the visitor car park is NN8 2DH

How to apply

To express interest, please email, stating:

  • your level of experience
  • the dates on which you would be available to join the excavation

We will send out confirmation of the dates you are invited to join us plus further information, once we have allocated spaces, one to two weeks before the start of the dig.

For further information, please visit


Police, Fire & Crime – a change in the wind?

The POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER  is Launching a Public Consultation  on changes to the  Governance of

The Office of the Northants Police and Crime Commissioner has recently launched a public consultation regarding proposals for the governance of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service to transfer it from the Fire Authority, which currently sits in Northamptonshire County Council, to the Police and Crime Commissioner, who would therefore become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. There is a short animated film and leaflet to explain the proposal – both can be viewed by visiting

Stephen Mold, Northants Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Northamptonshire has led the way in demonstrating how emergency service collaboration can help to increase efficiency and effectiveness, and I’m determined that we build on this work to continue to create a safer county.

“Bringing the Police and the Fire and Rescue Service under a single governance model will save significant amounts of public money which we will reinvest into increasing frontline services.

“We will increase funding into the frontline by sharing premises and combining administrative functions and also potentially increasing the amount we ask the public to pay by only 3 pence per week.

“The new governance proposal will enable us to make quicker strategic decisions and increase our preventative work across both police and fire areas while giving the public a level of transparency when it comes to spending by the Fire and Rescue Service that hasn’t been available under the previous governance model.

“Having reviewed the business case for this proposal, I’m confident that a change in governance is in the best interests of everyone in Northamptonshire. However, we want to hear from as many people as possible in the county about their views and concerns, to ensure they are accurately represented as we move forward”

The Commissioner is really keen to hear your views and those of your family and friends on this proposal. To find out more and complete the online survey please visit . The consultation will run until Tuesday 1st August 2017 and is open to all residents of the county. A postal survey, or if you require it in Easy Read is available by contacting 01604 888113.

General Election 2017 – the Results

Congratulations to Philip Hollobone, who has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for the Kettering Constituency


Results of the 2017 General Election

28,616 votes – Philip Hollobone, Conservative, an increase of 6.1%
18,054 votes – Labour
1,618 votes – Liberal Democrats
1,116 votes – The Green Party

The turn out was 69.3% from an electorate of 71,440,

2015 Election
Conservative: Philip Hollobone: 24,467 votes,  51.82% of vote
Labour: 11,877 votes, 21.15% of vote
Green: 1,633 votes, 3.36% of vote
Lib Dem: 1,490 votes, 3.16% of vote



The Great Geddington Garage Sale – the postscript

Jackie & Gordon have passed on their comments, and their thanks, on this event.

“Thank you for everyone who had stalls and refreshments and helped make this Great Garage Sale a great success.

The weather was a bit scary at first, with spits and spots of rain, but at 9am on the dot, the sun shone.

With the sale of maps, the books stall, The Friends refreshments in the Chapel rooms and the £5 rent from the 75 stalls, we made a grand profit of £660! What a magnificent amount of money all round!

I know some villagers made some really good profits and I hope you all had a really good time.

I know that at times, the traffic parked in unsuitable  places, but I hope they quickly dispersed.

Roll on next year’s Garage Sale!”


Road Closure Advice

Centurion Site Services are requiring to close the road that runs from Little Oakley to Great Oakley and that runs under the Network Rail Bridge structure, for one day on 14th June. The intention is that the road will be closed between 9.30 and 15.30 only.

The map below shows the diversion route – coloured pale mauve. is the largest single source of local roadworks information in the UK.
If you require more information about the works, please contact:

Northamptonshire Highways
Highways Depot
Harborough Road
Tel: 01604 651072


Runstock -The Ratrace

Boughton House is hosting
The RatRace on
Saturday 10th June.

This is the Runners World Charity supporting Children with Cancer UK –

It is a Festival aimed at runners of all ages, shapes and sizes.  Their website says:

Run as many laps as you choose of a 5k off-road route in an eight hour time period. When you’re not racking up the laps, there’s a whole festival to enjoy with live music, real ales, kids activities, food vendors, onsite camping and parking, plus hot showers for smelly runners.”

For more information, go to their website at Runstock 2017:

General Election 2017

Election of Member of Parliament for the Kettering Constituency.

Date of Election: Thursday 8th June

Polling Station: Geddington Village Hall, Queen Street

Voting Hours: 7am – 10pm

The candidates standing for this position are:

Conservative – Phillip Hollobone
Labour – Mick Scrimshaw
Green Party – Rob Reeves
Liberal Democrat – Suzanna Austin


(Listed in order of 2016 voting result)

Helpline: 01536 410333





The Great Garage Sale in Action

With over 70 stalls, this year’s Great Garage Sale promises to be as good as it gets.

Out of the 31 Streets, Roads, Closes, Lanes and Hills in Geddington, 18 of them have official stalls on them.  So there is plenty to see, as well as plenty of walking to do, as can be seen from the map that is issued for visitors.

Garage Sale map

These are useful maps for visitors to the village, as they show where the streets are and where the stalls are on each street. Also useful for village residents!


Jackie & Gordon

The £1 charge for each map
goes towards the

church funds.


Jackie and Gordon, who organise the event each year, have maps for sale on their stall at 2 West Street, but this year, there are maps being sold throughout the village. This is particularly useful for those who park away from the village centre – an area that gets more than its fair share of traffic – and allows a more gentle approach to the Sale.

The village centre couldn’t have looked more different from the event held there on Thursday, the school’s May Day celebration. Then the focus was on children, today it’s on adults and bargains galore!

None of the roads are closed, so care has to be taken when walking around the village, as the crush of visitors pushes many people on to the roads.

The early rain didn’t dampen stall holders spirits as the plastic sheeting came out to protect the goods. But, typically, the sun came out in time for the official opening time. Many of the stalls are selling their items for charities, many for other purposes – perhaps a house clear-out or a de-clutter.

Whatever the reason,
its a Great day out at Geddington’s Great Garage Sale!

May Day – 25 May 2017

In the article posted last Tuesday, I asked if anyone had any further information to add to the list of participants in earlier May Days. I received a most unusual, and very welcome, reply – from Rev Rob Parker-McGee.

We agreed that the May Day tradition had been kept alive in the village for many more years than the school’s involvement, although I couldn’t begin to give a date, but Father Rob pointed out two carvings in the Chancel of the Church, behind the High Altar, where there are two effigies of both May Queen and Consort,  which could suggest a medieval connection. The following two images are of the May Queen and her Consort. Age hasn’t dealt kindly with the stone, but colour can still be seen on the daisy-type flowers around the queen’s head.

Forward to 2017, and Thursday 25th May dawned with a stunningly bright summer sky, which augured well for the coming festivities. After the short church service, the children paraded from church to Cross, led by Imogen and Eric. Head teacher Martin Adamson, introduced Jim Harker CBE, who performed the crowning ceremony. Whilst the classes were lead to their seats, there was an opportunity for parents to take photos of their youngsters on the steps of the Cross.

Mr Adamson then introduced a new aspect to the event, by introducing first, Anne-Marie Sandos, Education Officer from Boughton House. She was dressed in a WWI nursing uniform from the Volunteer Aid Detachment and, secondly Graham Bundy, dressed in a WWI uniform of a Major in the Northamptonshire Regiment. Each explained the elements of a Heritage Lottery Funded project in which the School and Boughton House have joined forces, to research and write guided tours to explore the impact the war had on village life. Naturally, has offered help and information from our Archive.

Then the really serious aspect took place – the dances, which the children had been practicing for some time in the playground. (Living so close, I can now hear the tunes in my sleep!). All six classes took turns to do the twelve intricate dances, culminating with the incredibly complex Sword Dance. Congratulations to all who took part and many thanks to all the teachers and helpers who created another wonderful, traditional, May Day.

Click on the images to enlarge them.

Copies of any of the images are available from Pam Hopkins,

The May Day Tradition

According to one of my articles, the modern May Day tradition that we know and watch, with the pupils from Geddington school, started in 1951. However, we have, in the Archive, an image that looks like a May Day photograph, but is dated 1949.  Whatever the true date, it’s still a tradition that has been kept alive for over 60 years.

Here, on the website, we have been  compiling a list of May Queens, the Consorts, the crowners and all the attendants. A couple of years ago, we published the list as we knew it then and asked if anyone could contribute to it. We had a good response with names, photos and interesting stories. When that source dried up, we went to the school where Brenda Miles and I compared lists and filled in the gaps where we could.

It’s very satisfying to record that the list of May Queens is complete with the exception of 1955!  Does anyone know who it was?

1974 Parade from church. May Queen: Sally Bradbury, Consort: Rodney Bird, Attendants: Kristi Dennis, Helen Kemp.

We also have photos of many of the earlier ‘Queens’, but few of the later ones. We would dearly love to have those to put in the Archive. (One meaning of archive is: a collection of records, it doesn’t mean old age, so don’t be shy!)  Scanned photos in .jpg form to or actual photos we can borrow and scan to 9 Grafton Road, please.

Our final request is for names of all the other participants. Below is a .pdf file of the list of those who took part, with lots of blanks and we would very much like to fill in as many as we can of the consorts and attendants and, if you were there and can remember their names, the people who crowned the May Queens.

Thank you for any help you can give. And let’s hope for fine weather on Thursday, this year’s celebration of Geddington’s May Day tradition.

Click here to see the list: May_Day_Queens_of_Geddington_2017


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