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Geddington Garage Sale

The 2012 Spring
Geddington Garage Sale
– was the name that this major fund-raising event was first called.

It all started when the Friends of the Church were looking for new ideas to raise funds. The first Sale was promoted in the 2012 Spring issue of The Newsletter, with the persuasive comment that it was ‘better than a car boot sale – you can nip to the toilet for a start, this is recycling on a grand village scale!’ The article continued:
You can set up a table outside your house with:
– Things you always meant to ‘Car Boot’ but never got round to
– Things you have made yourself (cakes, cards, jams etc)
– Items to raise money for you or your favourite good cause
For a pre-paid £5 per stall to Friends’ funds (£10 on the day) we will:
– Advertise the event across the County
– Include you in a map for buyers to see where your stall is on the day
– Trade stalls will not be allowed.

Very little has changed in the five years that this very successful event has been held. Jackie Binley, organiser and co-ordinator with her husband Gordon, has said: ” It has gone from strength to strength with everyone, including the world and his wife, joining in. Higham Ferrers, Gretton, Brigstock, Woodford and many others copied us. Some people rang me up, asking for advice and I gladly gave them a few tips on how to make it successful. The first Sale was boiling hot with people getting sunburnt and a stall selling candles had their stock reduced to pools of wax! We had over 100 stalls.”

“The money for the Friends is raised by Stall fees, Map sales and various Friends’ stalls, such as the book stall next to the Cross. The maps are usually confusing to strangers who find the directions strangely odd. People sometimes complain either a) The maps are nowhere to be found b) Maps are too complicated or c) Why should I pay for a map? I explain it is a donation for organising the event, but only once has anyone refused.”

The 2017 event takes place on Saturday 27 May, from 10am to 4pm. There are refreshments to be found, along with toilet facilities, at the Chapel on Queen Street and the Church of St Mary Magdalene on Grafton Road.

Jackie commented: “There are stalls on most streets, but there seems to be a proliferation on Wood Street this year, but there’s over a week to go for more stalls to enter from every street. She finished: “I have never suggested that stallholders should give me details of the money raised, but I bet it would be interesting to find out!”


Great News? Great Newts!

Great News?
Great Newts!

Regarding the work that has been carried out on the pond at Geddington Buccleuch Meadows, I see this as a good thing, removing the vegetation that had totally taken over the pond,” Commented Brian Laney, Northamptonshire County Recorder for Reptiles & Amphibians.

The Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade “remain committed to the development and management of the pond’, said Graham Brown recently, “we had consulted with Brian Laney prior to the initial work being carried out and he kept in touch afterwards. He contacted us fairly last minute at the end of March saying he was in the area and would like to visit, so we met up with him just as it was getting dark, so he could have a look around with his powerful spotlights. We had been down there for about 30 mins or so, during which time he checked the perimeter and did a general reccy of the pond before we made the discovery.” Discovery? This image shows it

a female Great Crested Newt!

The image isn’t great, but it was taken at night, under a spotlight and through water.

Brian also mentioned in his subsequent report after the visit, that: “It’s important to remove (some of) the silt that has accumulated over the years in the pond bottom (Great Crested Newts prefer clear water and a gravel bottom). This silt can be removed in stages, as it is OK to have some silt as species such as the Common Frog, can hibernate in this. It’s best if any habitat management on the pond, is done between October and 1st February, as no Great Crested Newts would be present in the pond, as they hibernate on land in frost free locations.”

He continued, “It’s important the vegetation that covers a pond is kept in check, as it’s important (for some pond wildlife) to have open water, removing such vegetation can, in turn, open up buried seed bank of various plant species, and it will be interesting to see what appears.”

This discovery surely exonerates the GVFB for all the work they had undertaken last year, as Brian has been able to record the first official sighting of the Great Crested Newt and it was done by the official County Recorder. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Some images of the planting work carried out in February 2017.

The result of February’s planting session

Images taken in May 2017:

And how it looks now:

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Village Hall Lounge last night, with eight members of the public attending.

Chaired by Cllr Mark Rowley, and Minuted by the Parish Clerk Anita Curtis, this was not a Parish Council meeting, but one where residents’ concerns could be aired and given more time than the half an hour Public Session at each Parish Council meeting.

This report then, is not an official one, but comments from one member of the public. There may be comments I misheard, or didn’t hear at all, and if this is the case, then I would welcome more comments and corrections from those who attended.

Five issues were raised and these were:

The White Lion
Yellow Lines
20mph signs
Raw sewage

White Lion. A number of rumours had been circulating about the future use of this public house since it had been bought by auction last year. Cllr Rowley was able to confirm that Corby Borough Council, on occasion, had been renting the B&B facilities for the last nine months, on a temporary basis, to provide homes for temporarily homeless or displaced persons. However, he understood that when the renovation work was completed, the building would be opened as a pub again with B&B accommodation as before. Kettering Borough Council are not using it as it doesn’t comply with their criteria.

Yellow Lines. Concern was raised at the length of time since agreement was reached to get these lines in place and their actual appearance. Cllr Rowley explained that whilst all the official contracts were in place, KBC had a large number of sites to ‘yellow-line’ throughout the Borough, and they would all be done at the same time, which was both efficient and cost effective. The image here, shows the official notice (on the lamp post at the bottom of Wood Street, which explains the poor image) and the number of sites to be yellow-lined. As can be seen, this includes the Newton Road, and Grafton Road/Wood Street sites. It was understood that the Parish Council have been pressing for action as soon as possible.

Motorcycles.  A number of unlicensed and uninsured motorcycles had been seen around the village, mainly at weekends. This is of concern to the police and they are under investigation. The police have requested that if any are seen then a call should be made to tel: 101, noting the date, time and location. It would be advantageous to ask for a crime number when calling, as the greater the number of reports, the sooner that the police can take further action. It was also said that the motorcycles are brought in a van, so if anyone sees them being unloaded, try to get a description of the van, including the registration number. The police also said that taking photographs of them as they drove (badly) past would not be recommended. Nothing was said about taking pictures from the safety of your house.

2omph Signage. There was a general discussion about this signage as some thought that the speeding through the village was partly caused by the inability to see the signs as they were too high. Cllr Rowley responded by saying this concern had been passed to the correct department, who had sent out an official who confirmed that they were at the correct height and conformed to the criteria laid out for them. Other speed reducing efforts were mentioned, but the subject was rather unsatisfactorily concluded with the additional comment that the police radar guns were not calibrated to record anything under 30mph.

Raw Sewage in the River Ise. There have been reports of this seen in the brook, particularly around the ford and below the bridge. One resident had been reporting this to Anglian Water, however, the proper authority is Environmental Health. It was commented that the sewage pump just upriver from the ford is an old one and when a piece of the equipment gets stuck, which it does occasionally, rain or no rain, then to stop the sewage from backing up the (too) small pipes, it legally allows the overflow into the river. It was commented that to enlarge the sewage pipes in the village would entail a very high cost, but perhaps the Parish Council should be talking to KBC’s Environmental Health to replace the old pumping station. From documents we’ve seen here at the website, it would appear that the current sewage pipes, north of the river, were laid at the time that the Council houses were built in the early 1950’s and just look at how many houses have been built there since. This can’t be proved, so perhaps it’s time a serious study was done on this subject. I know, not easy when everything is underground, but not impossible, just expensive. Remember, I did say this was not an official report.

The meeting closed at around 7pm and was followed by the Parish Council’s Annual Meeting and this was followed by the Parish Council’s regular monthly meeting. Minutes for these two meetings will appear after they have been ratified at the June meeting.

Pam Hopkins

PS The image of the River Ise was taken when it was in flood with rainwater, just because the water colour is brown, doesn’t mean . . .

County Council Election Results

County Council
Election Results

The candidates standing for the Ise Division in the recent election, received the following number of votes:


Conservative                Victoria Perry         1469
Labour                          John Padwick          794
UKIP                             Jonathan Bullock     629
Liberal Democrat           James Peace           268

A4300 Temporary Closure Notice

Those who travel on the A4300 between Grange Road and Newton Road will have noticed the potholes as they appeared. Take heart, they should disappear by the end of this week.


Northampton County Council Highways are closing this part of the road on
Friday 12 May from 9.30am – 3.30pm
to carry out carriageway repairs.

Diversions for residents will, of course, be through the village centre, via Queen Street, the old bridge, Bridge Street and West Street, all of which have a maximum speed limit of 20mph. Just a reminder as some people have either forgotten or don’t know about it.








For non-residents and through traffic, there will be CLOSED signs at the roundabouts near Weekley and Stanion.



Marilyn – As you’ve never seen her before!

Blood Brothers, currently playing in the Village Hall until Saturday, has an extra WOW factor, in the form of a terrific image of Marilyn Monroe.

Local artist, Ricardo Insu-cao, has produced many of the latest GADS’ posters, but he’s outdone himself this time.

To get the full effect from this piece of art, book yourself into the Village Hall by phoning 01536 742257.

Tickets are Adults £7, concessions £6
Wine bar opens 7pm
Curtain up 7.30pm


Geddington – A life in words and memories – March

This report is the last of our postings about the life of the Holding sisters who were born in Geddington around 1887 and 1890, lived through two world wars and experienced huge challenges and momentous change in their shared lives in Dallington House and later the The Bungalow on Kettering Road.

The report includes a few of the many photographs found with the diaries and gives an insight into the reality of daily life in the early to mid twentieth century. Throughout it all the sisters showed strength of character, intellectual curiosity, loyal friendship, an appreciation of the beauty of nature and the countryside around them and an understanding of the characters with whom they shared their lives.

‘Kitty’ was one of those characters.


Carrie (Caroline) and Daisy (Margaret) Holding, daughters of George Holding, timber merchant, and Esther Farmer of Dallington

Spring 1925

It has been said that ‘the horse is the friend of Man’. I am quite sure that Kitty and Dad are friends.

Kitty you must know has been in the family for upwards of thirty years. She has surely stood the test of time. Never were Master and mare more devoted to each other, and never did friends understand each others’ moods as these two seem to do. Many is the journey they have taken together in summer sun and winter snow.

Daisy and Carrie with their mother

Kitty always goes her own way; she either trots at a round pace or walks leisurely along. It has ever been thus and her Master knows full well it is too late in the day to reform her. Kitty is a blue roan mare with a sleek glossy coat. She, and her trap, and of course her Master are known for miles around. ‘Ah!. she’s been a good ‘un’  is an oft repeated remark. It was at the end of the South African War that Kitty began her career in the timber trade. Previous to this she had been rather overworked in the grocery business and had for some time been carelessly treated. Loving and tender care was bestowed upon her, for somehow she made her way into our hearts at once. Her soft nose would be pushed into our hands and she would snuff and blow as if to say ‘Don’t you love me? I really am a dear.’

Carrie in The Bungalow dressmaking

As children we early learned to love her and she would follow us anywhere. It was our delight to feed her on sweets, sugar, biscuits and bread. Friday was Market Day and the day also when Dad brought the children home from school. Frequently a few small friends accompanied us to the outskirts of the town and these too all loved grey Kitty. In these days Kit was in her prime and her chief duty was to run in her Master’s trap conveying him to markets, timber sales and business journeys. She was always smart and well groomed and the pride of his heart. Here I am reminded of  the various stable lads who practically grew up in Dad’s employ and remained with him until he retired from business.

Joe was the Autocrat of the Stable Yard but his chief duties lay with Alice and Gilliver, Blossom, Short and Charlie and the glossy cart horses who carted home the timber before Dad insulted them by buying a tractor! ‘Big Kitty’ as she was called to distinguish her from ‘Little Kitty’, little Sister’s steed, was cared for by the juniors.

First of all comes to mind; quiet ‘Ben’, very few were the words he ever spoke but he was most faithful and remained so as long as he was in our employ. It is only a few short months ago that we attended his funeral. He died as a result of an accident.

Next came ‘Fred’, the son of our foreman and the ‘universal cleanser’, Mother Dear’s charlady and always our dear friend. He stayed with us until King and Country called him and he made good, gaining a commission.We were always proud of Fred and he still enjoys a chat whenever he comes over this way.

‘Johnson’ too, abrupt and curt, but very particular and painstaking answered the call of duty. We have lost sight of him somehow but I am sure he is a good citizen somewhere. Poor old ‘Fire Walter’ the bane of Little Sister’s life because he had fits, is now in the Workhouse Infirmary. Drink, I am afraid, was largely responsible for this. He was one of Mother Dear’s boys and Oh! what high hopes she entertained of him. Luckily she never knew how he had fallen.

‘Dick’ now in Australia, John our old gardener and handy man, ‘Music’ and several others are all associated in my mind with the grey mare.

Very fastidious and dainty as any of her sex she would only drink from one certain pail and would go without water for a day or two rather than drink from a vessel she objected to. Saturday evenings and Bank Holidays, Mother Dear, Dad, Little Sister and I nearly always went for a ride with Kitty. On one never to be forgotten occasion Kitty took her family forty miles in one day for their summer holiday. Oh! there never was such a pony!

Is this Kitty?

Then came the War, and it was rumoured that the Government were commandeering all horses of a certain stamp. What if they took Kitty? That could never be. This quiet, gentle creature must never know the horrors of fighting. These latter years Kitty has assisted not only her Master but his neighbours in light duties, running in ‘the trolley ‘ carting poles or potatoes, bricks or light articles of furniture. She is a skilled timber carter and it is a pleasure to see her with her Master in the woods so dear to their hearts. Kit always knows just where her Master is or what he is doing and starts off when she thinks it is time to knock off work and go home!


Note: The photographs included come from the sisters’ collection. If any captions are incorrect please let us know.

The website team hope you have enjoyed a year with the Holdings and would welcome your comments or ideas for the next series.

 Families?    Buildings?    Customs?

Most of the diary material and the photographs will make its way into our Archive but there are many photographs where neither people nor places can be confirmed. If you know the family or lived in the village 50 years ago maybe you could help?

Do get in touch using the contact details on the home page or the phone numbers given in the Annual Review article earlier this month. We would love to hear from you.

County Council Elections

The next County Council election will take place on 4 May 2017.

The election will be called on 24 March, 2017 and all 57 of the council’s seats will be up for election.


The way we all register to vote has changed. The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’. You can still contact your local district or borough council to register to vote, or you can now register online. The deadline to register to vote in the next elections is Thursday 13 April 2017.
Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address. Under the new system, everyone is responsible for registering themselves. You need to provide a few more details to register – including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.

How do I register to vote?

  1. Go to
  2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits
  3. Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.
    To find out more go to

Postal votes and proxy votes

If you are unable to vote at your polling station and would like a postal vote you need to apply by 5pm on 18 April 2017.
If you wish to appoint a proxy (someone to vote on your behalf at this election) you need to apply by 5pm on 25 April 2017. In both cases, you will need to contact your local district or borough council to obtain the required forms.

A Community Website in Action

Hello to all our sponsors, ‘friends’ and website followers, occasional and regular.

As another year of website activity draws to a close the Website Committee took the opportunity to look back over a very busy year. While the wider world was coming to terms with Brexit, Trump, massacres and momentous trips on the Space Station, the website kept its focus firmly on life in and around Geddington.

Firstly a big thank you to all our loyal sponsors and those of you who have sent in news, made the news or reported on the news – no ‘fake news’ here!

We hope you enjoy the run of photo images attached to this post and that they bring back happy memories for most of you and remind us that we live in a very caring, fun loving and active community in which we can all play our part. With around 56,000 hits last year we know that many of you use the website as a reference point, a source of news and information and a way of keeping in touch if you are now living further away.

We need your help to make it even better.The website committee is keen to encourage a few more village residents to join the team, feeding news, information and archive material into our records.

Are you interested in local history?  Could you do some research for us?  Or write an article?

Are you a keen photographer?  Could you take  photographs at village events? Or edit some of our archive material?

Do you attend meetings of a village organisation?  Could you keep the website up to date with your news?

Do you live in an area of the village that is under represented in our news?   Make your voice heard!

We’d really like to hear from you and discuss how we can put your talents to good use, making the website as relevant and far reaching as possible.

The good news?  We don’t hold lots of meetings; we are very informal; we share ideas (and we have some good ones!) and, more importantly, the workload, and it is very rewarding to see our efforts on the web!

Do join us!  Get in touch using the Contact Us facility on the website or ring Pam or Janet on 742292 or 726416 to find out more.

We look forward to hearing from you and to continuing to provide the best service possible to the village.

Tony Locock, Pam Hopkins, Janet Jones and Ricardo Insua Cao – Your website committee.

The Drop-in Session

Sunday 12th March 2017

11am – 2pm

The Parish Plan and what it’s all about.
An Exhibition of the Plan and some of the village organisations that make the village what it is.

 and, of course, where would an event at the Village Hall be without the essential refreshments?

Dallington Charity rep: Paul

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