We welcome messages of all types, whether it’s about the content of the site or you are looking for a long-lost ancestor or just want to get in touch with Geddington again.

Please scroll to the bottom of the messages to see the most recent message posted. It’s a fault of the WORDPRESS format that the latest messages aren’t at the top – sorry, nothing we can do about that!

The website committee, Janet & Pam, look forward to hearing from you.

(Some editing may take place, but only if the change is based on space and taste.)


  1. Hazel

    Sun 12th Mar 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Hello. Is anyone in the village a relative of Eva Patrick year of birth around 1900 or Arthur Patrick born late 1890s? Their father was a Mr W Patrick and they lived on Kettering Road in 1907. If you are able to help, please get in touch.

  2. Kath Mair

    Thu 14th Jun 2018 at 9:01 am

    Hello Pam – Ian Spencer here again!
    I’m sorry it’s reported that the churchyard is somewhat unkempt but it’s a bit too far to travel from NW Wales to attend to the grass!
    In the meantime, my very best wishes to everyone in the village.
    Regards, Ian Spencer (on holiday Isles of Scilly)

    • Pam

      Fri 15th Jun 2018 at 5:40 pm

      Hello Ian, Great to hear from you again. Churchyard certainly could do with some help, however, there is a team of ‘chaps’ that meet every Wednesday to renovate the older gravestones. They’ve done a good job so far, but, so many graves, so few volunteers . . .
      Best wishes to you both, Pam

  3. Jayne Hobbs

    Wed 14th Nov 2018 at 11:27 am

    I am doing research into my husbands family. His great uncle was called William Frederick Hobbs 1903 – 1977. He married Elizabeth Denton in Kettering. My research leads me to John M Hobbs and I was wondering if you could pass my details on to the person with this name just in case he is the person I am looking for. Please accept my apologies if he is not the person. Thank you.

    • Pam

      Sat 17th Nov 2018 at 8:28 am

      Hello Jayne
      I will contact John for you.

  4. Melvyn Hopkins

    Tue 27th Nov 2018 at 9:29 am

    I thought about attending the Newsletter AGM but I do not think I can stay till 2.30 am.

    • Pam

      Thu 29th Nov 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Start time is 7pm, finish time is a typo – also depends on how much and how long you want to drink. Pam

  5. Sandra

    Fri 03rd May 2019 at 9:34 am

    Always beautiful photographs on the Home page – something I look forward to – well done.

    • Pam

      Fri 03rd May 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you!

  6. Sandra

    Mon 30th Sep 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I think Melvyn Hopkins deserves a cheery “Well done and Thanks” for all the hard work he puts in to The Newsletter in the form of Parish Records and Local History – I have read ‘Gone’ (part 2) but unfortunately missed part 1. It was down Memory Lane for me because while visiting Grandparents in the village I came to know some of the shops and characters. The new Co-op Supermarket WAS a super convenience.

    I think the mobile shop such as that of Tom Woods could make a comeback in many rural areas of the country that are currently losing village amenities. I seem to recall Elsie Woods also ran a local taxi service.

    My story about Abbot’s Bakery is as related to me by my late Father. The village ladies would mix their Yorkshire Puddings and take them to the Bakery for cooking. On Sundays my Grandmother had a rota for each child to cycle up with the mixture. One such day my Father collected the YP but dropped it on the way home, quickly picked it up and dusted it off and no-one was the wiser!

    Melvyn refers to scrumping. My Father was a boy chorister and one Saturday with his pals was observed by the Vicar scrumping with his choir pals; at Sunday service the Vicar made reference in his sermon to the Commandment ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ and the little choristers shrunk in the choir stalls. A lesson indeed!

  7. Sandra

    Mon 30th Sep 2019 at 9:48 pm

    In The Knitting Club report Pam Hopkins refers to the late June Brown who worked as a shop assistant in a Kettering wool shop. What a wonderful flair for creative knitting this lady had; the last time I saw her I asked her if she was still knitting and she cheerfully said “Yes.” Rest in peace June and God Bless.

  8. Sandra

    Mon 30th Sep 2019 at 10:00 pm

    I found Melvyn Hopkins’ Local History item about events in September 1939 very touching regarding expected numbers of evacuees. My parents hosted a Mother and daughter from Walthamstow (with whom they kept in touch for some years) and later a Mother and son.

  9. Claire Glover

    Mon 07th Oct 2019 at 9:48 am

    I attended the Nikolsky Ensemble concert last night – what an absolute treat! Sergei Maslov singing the Serbian Chant was perhaps the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.

    Thanks to everybody who organised such a lovely evening.

    Claire Glover


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