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The 2021 Squirt

Is this the good news
we’ve been waiting for?

If so, here we go!

Santa’s Visit 2021

Poppies – the final word


That figure is the amount that was raised by selling hand-knitted poppies this autumn. The Knitting Club members thinks that it was well worth the effort, and the Royal British Legion were also pleased with the donation:

There are many people to thank for this result. First of all, the knitters who made the poppies over several months, many of whom were non-members to start with. Secondly, the sellers who made space for the poppies: Bernie from the Cafe Oak and Revd Gillian Gamble from the Church, and not forgetting those very helpful and thoughtful people who took poppies to their places of work, such as schools, hospitals and shops etc. All vital sources of funds. We also thank all those residents in Geddington, who supported this new idea (tradition?) by buying a poppy.

We cannot say how many poppies were actually sold, as it was noticeable that, at times, there was more cash in the tin, than poppies taken. But they all count and we were able to use several hundred of the poppies without pins attached, in the decorations in the churchyard and church.

The message from the RBL mentions ‘your card‘, because being such an informal club, it does not have a bank account. Instead I banked the money and paid the RBL online with a debit card. Not unsurprisingly, a large part of the money was in coins. As an aside, and it being one of my hobby horses, if there was no cash in this country, how would charities, and their fund-raisers, manage to collect these small amounts? Would you have bothered to buy a poppy for a £1, if you had had to use a credit or debit card?

But I digress. The main message in this Post, is to say thank you both from Geddington Knitting Club and the Royal British Legion and, as the RBL says:

Christmas Tree Festival 2021

If you wish to decorate a Tree for the Festival, the application form is set out below. A .pdf version, that you can download, is available on the Diary page of this Festival. Try as I might I can’t get it to load on this page!

Handmade Christmas Cards for Sale

All proceeds to
St Mary Magdalene Church

Poppies on Parade

It all went to plan
. . . It didn’t rain
. . . . . And no-one involved came down with Covid-19
So now the Knitting Club’s red, knitted, poppy arch can be seen over the Grafton Road entrance to the churchyard.

Also lightly decorated with poppies was the 1921 Memorial Cross. Inside the church, the pulpit has a waterfall of poppies, whilst more poppies cascade over the lectern.

1. Right: Under construction. 2. Left: the Memorial Cross and arch
3. Right: the pulpit. 4. Left: the lectern

The Knitting Club have done the Royal British Legion proud with their tribute to this amazing organisation on their 100th anniversary of its induction in 1921.

Image credits: 1. & 2. Decorated by Paul Richardson, Cyril & Jean Gingell, Paul & Pam Hopkins, Emma Poole.
3. Cyril & Jean complete the Pulpit decoration
4. Cascade created by Nicky Brice
In addition, the wreath was created by Georgie Ward and the laminated sign within it, by Nicky’s daughter, Sasha.

Poppy brooches available in a variety of designs

Club members have generously sponsored the wool to make all these poppies, so that 100% of the sale of each poppy brooch will go to the Royal British Legion.
Proceeds from the sale of these brooches, in the Cafe Oak and the church, have now reached well into three figures. How generous this village is!
However, there is plenty of time for you to purchase one, or more, before Remembrance Day on 11 November.

Poppies for Sale

If all goes to plan . . .

If it doesn’t rain on 28 October . . .

If anyone involved hasn’t come down with Covid . . .

. . . then you will see this red, knitted poppy arch grace the metal arch over the Grafton Road entrance to the churchyard.

This is the result of many hours of knitting both by club members, Geddington residents and other skilled knitters from outside our immediate community. It is our tribute to the work of The Royal British Legion, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.  

Arch under construction
Arch under construction

But, as well as this visual tribute, there is a way of showing your financial appreciation of this amazing organisation, the RBL, and that is by buying the red poppy brooches on sale at this time of year.

The knitting club have taken this idea and made dozens of red poppies, in a variety of patterns, now on sale in the Church, in the Café Oak, in Geddington School, as well as a number of local care homes and hospitals.

Club members have generously sponsored the buying of the wool, which means that 100% of the sale of each poppy will go to the Royal British Legion !

In addition, and from 27 October (approx), we hope that you take the opportunity of visiting the church, where you will be able to see a small waterfall of red poppies falling from the Pulpit and the Lectern. We have been very grateful for Revd Gillian’s support and encouragement for this project and hope that we can improve on it next year!

So, who are the club members? Well, as was explained in the summer issue of The Newsletter, we are one of the most informal clubs in the village, with no regular format, no meeting place rent, not even a committee. But, if you have visited the Café Oak on a Friday morning between 10 – 11.30am, at any time or date, then we regard you as a member. So welcome to the Club.

We’ve been asked: “What is the next project?” Well, I understand that there is some blue wool being passed around. And mention of football scarves? Perhaps all will be revealed over the coming winter months.

Do come along to the Café Oak, any Friday between 10am and 11.30am, you will be very welcome. Want to get in touch for any reason? Then contact any of these knitters:

Nicky Brice Tel: 746034, 46 West St, email:
Jean Gingell Tel: 742490, 14A Newton Road, email:
Pam Hopkins Tel: 742292, 9 Grafton Road, email:

Christmas & The Samuel Lee Charity

This year, the Charity is to re-introduce the annual Christmas Distribution with the method that has been practised for a considerable number of years, with the exception of 2020, that of delivering bags of ‘goodies’ to all our beneficiaries.
This year the delivery day will be Sunday 19th December.  So keep a look-out for one of the Trustees who will be knocking on your door that morning.

We’ve been asked:
“How do I become a beneficiary?”
It’s not difficult, you just have to qualify for the following:
1 be over 75 years of age,
2 be a Geddington resident.
So easy.
And then let us know by contacting one of the Trustees or the secretary. A family member or a friend can nominate someone, but please, get their permission beforehand.
If you are already on our list, you do not need to apply, but if you are applying for the first time, we need to have your application by 21 November.

Nick Batchelor, 1 West Street (Chairman)
Jane Charlton-Jones, 4 Rippin Close
Claire Buckseall, 7 Chase View Road
Jim Harker, Lyons Yard, Wood Street
Paul Hopkins, 9 Grafton Road (Treasurer)
Rachel Newell, 21 New Road

Pam Hopkins, Secretary, 9 Grafton Road, tel: 742292

Finally, we have funds available, they’re not great, but a little help can make all the difference at a critical moment. So, are you a student who needs equipment for your apprenticeship? Or a parent whose child would like to go on a school trip? Or a householder who needs a new appliance? Or do you have one of a hundred and one other needs of modern life, but whose finances can’t quite stretch that far? Or do you know someone who might need our help?

If so, we are here to help. Just contact either the secretary on 742292 or speak to one of the Trustees listed above.
And please be assured that any request is kept entirely confidential – the Charity does not engage in means testing.

Noah’s Ark has landed

Scarecrow Competition

This autumn, the Parents Association are holding their first Scarecrow Competition.

The idea is that a scarecrow is dressed and put in the front garden, to be judged by the public.

The scarecrow with the most votes will win a food and drink hamper, and the prestige of officially having the best scarecrow!

The PA says, “If you would like to be involved, please bear in mind these rules:
1. All houses entering must be located in Geddington
2. You must return your application form and payment (£10) by the end of Friday 15th October
3. Your scarecrow must be displayed at the front of your house by the start of the competition on Saturday 23rd October at 3pm
4. You must leave your scarecrow on display until the competition ends on Sunday 31st October

If possible, please email a scan or photo of the application form to our email address.
You can also use this same address to pay the entry fee via PayPal.
Email us at:
Good luck!

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