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Great Garage Sale 2021

15th July St Swithun’s Day

St Swithun’s Day, if thou dost rain,
For forty days it will remain,
St Swithun’s Day, if thou be fair,
for forty days ’twill ran nae mair

St Swithun was a Bishop of Winchester in 850AD. One day he came across a woman who was distraught because the eggs in her basket had broken. With a pious wave, Swithun made them whole again.

Since then there has been a pilgrimage from Canterbury to Winchester to venerate the bishop.” Swithun became a cult and cathedrals across England competed to get a piece of him. His head ended up in Canterbury, an arm went to Peterborough and other parts were distributed hither and yon. It is a little ironic that the man who could put eggs together, couldn’t keep himself in one piece.

In 971AD, Swithun’s remains were moved from one spot to another in Winchester Cathedral and this coincided with a mighty storm. The date, 15 July, became known as St Swithun’s Day and spawned the verse above.” Taken from The Road to Little Dribbling, by Bull Bryson.

But isn’t it amazing that for over a thousand years, we can remember, if not venerate, this bishop? How English is that?

Post Office in Geddington

An information letter via email has recently been received from the Post Office. Whilst the information in it was Posted here in April, under the title: Pop-Up Post Office, this Information Letter is confirmation of the actions taken at that time.


Email Sent: Thursday, 20 May 2021, 11:42:29 BST

Dear Sir/Madam
We’re writing to update you about the temporary closure of the above Post Office.
For further information please visit our Consultation Hub via the link below:
Consultation Hub – Geddington NN14 1AZ
Then click on the following link:
Geddington NN14 1AZ – Information Letter
252.7 KB (a 4-page PDF document)

It would be helpful if you could share this link through your social media channels and with any local groups or organizations within the community to help our customers and your constituents understand what is happening. Customer information materials will also be available in branch.
Yours faithfully
Audra Mirjah-Clarke
Post Office Ltd

Post Office Limited is committed to protecting your privacy. Information about how we do this can be found on our website at

Registered in England and Wales number: 2154540

Registered Office: Finsbury Dials, 20 Finsbury Street, London, EC2Y 9AQ

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Consultation Hub:
Geddington NN14 1AZ – 324226
Closes 17 Jun 2021
Opened 20 May 2021
Important information about Geddington Post Office, 15 Queen Street, Geddington, Kettering, NN14 1AZ.
Please note the adjacent dates relate solely to the notification period for this communication.

Knitting Club takes up its needles again . . .

This club must surely be one of the most informal clubs that this village has ever known. With no regular format, no rent for the meeting place, no recognised meeting programme and, above all, no committee!

What it does have is a meeting place – the Café Oak in Queen Street. It offers everyone an opportunity to meet there on a Friday morning, usually from 10 to 11.30am, to have a drink and to chat, to socialise and to meet like-minded people. It also encourages knitters, both new and, well I hesitate to say old, let’s just say those well-skilled in the craft of knitting.

What it also has is a commitment to engage in community projects. For such a young club, just two years old, there have been five such projects, all involving knitting, crocheting, sewing and use of individual imaginations and skills.

This year will be no exception, as we will take on the ambitious project of decorating parts of the church and churchyard, in November, with the red poppies that portray the Remembrance commemorative.

At the same time, we will also be making poppies suitable to be worn on the lapel. Proceeds of the sale of these poppies will be donated to the Royal British Legion, who is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The wool, in red and black, and the knitting and/or crocheting patterns for these poppies, will be available from the people named below, or just come along to the Café on a Friday morning.

If you cannot get to the Café on a Friday, but would like to help with this project, we would be delighted to include your skills, just contact one of the people mentioned below.

Nicky Brice     tel: 746034      46 West Street  
Jean Gingell    tel: 742490      14A Newton Road
Pam Hopkins   tel: 742292      9 Grafton Road 

Your Parish Council 2021

Following the Annual Parish Council Meeting on Monday 17th May,
the following residents are the Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Parish Council for 2021.

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Nick Batchelor, Chairman
Peter Goode, Vice-Chairman

and in alphabetical order:

Terry Bailey, Little Oakley Councillor
Claire Buckseall
Paul Johnson
David Lomasney, Newton Councillor
John Padwick
Mark Rowley, NNC Councillor

In his report, the Chairman thanked all councillors for their work over the past four years. In particular, he thanked David Watson, who had represented Newton for the last 25 years and David Rushton, who had been responsible for the Council’s IT & Media, both of whom retired this year.

The Chairman then welcomed Paul Johnson, who took on several Council responsibilities and David Lomasney, who now represents Newton. In due course, images of both Councillors will appear on the Parish Council’s page.

The Council’s page also gives contact details for each Councillor as well as those for the very hard-working Parish Clerk, Anita Curtis.

Parish Council Extra Meeting 25 March

Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Parish Council

An extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council
will be held on
Thursday 25th March 2021 at 7.30 pm

The meeting will be held as a virtual meeting because of the
Coronavirus lockdown requirements.
Anita Curtis, Parish Clerk.

The meeting can be viewed on YouTube at –

If you wish to raise concerns or ask questions at the meeting within the public session, please email the address at the bottom of the agenda or contact one of the councillors so you can be given the joining instructions.

1. Apologies and Declarations of Interest.
2. Public session.
3. Planning applications for consideration.
Mr A Foulke 1 Grafton Road, Geddington, NN14 1AJ
Queen Eleanor & Buccleuch Vehicular access and hardstanding including installation of two field gates within the Wood Street boundary wall to provide vehicular hardstanding for No. 1 Grafton Road and vehicular hardstanding and allotment garden area for No. 12 West Street
Expiry date for comments to KBC 5 April 2021
4. AOB.

Anita Curtis – Parish Clerk.

A Little Nostalgia

Thanks to Steve Bell and Stuart Lineham, we have been able to bring a little nostalgia to our pages.

Football teams – village style – from the 1960s, so many familiar names.

The 1963-64 and the 1964-65 Geddington School Football Teams
The 1965-66 and 1966-67 Geddington School Football Teams

And talking of nostalgia, here are some slightly unfamiliar views – Wood Street, without the ‘add-on’ of Bright Trees Road and no apple tree on the corner of Chase View Road.
In these pictures, the name ‘Chase View’ has a real meaning.

Steve Bell, Arthur Bell and his friend, Keith Simpkins, and their trollies

If you have been loft-clearing during lockdown, and have come across any photos of old Geddington, we’d be delighted to see them.
I know from my years on The Newsletter team, that stories and photos of Geddington’s history always attracted a lot of attention as a popular and entertaining topic and our experience on the website, hasn’t changed that view.


Gardening can be done any time of the year, but it has to be said that the sub-zero temperatures of last week did not encourage even the keenest of gardeners outdoors.

But now the early signs of spring are showing, the garden is more welcoming.

To this end, Grafton Road gardener, Teresa Evans, offers all gardeners, and allotmenteers, the opportunity of having some wood chips. Used as a mulch the chips will help to prevent weed growth.

Teresa offers the following:
“I have a large load of tree chippings outside my house and much of it I have used, but by no means all. So I’d like to offer it to the allotment people and gardeners in Geddington. It’s available at 19 Grafton Road, under a blue tarpaulin on the road, please help yourself.”

If you would prefer to contact Teresa, to arrange a time to collect for instance, her mobile number is 07792 292 936.

19 Grafton Road can be found next to the allotments

Knitting Club – a result!

The funds raised by the Knitting Club’s Christmas Tree Decorations was sent to the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity, which has now kindly sent a receipt.

To everyone at Geddington Knitting Group

We really appreciate your support
Thank you for your very kind donation of £250.00 to Macmillan Cancer Support from sales of handmade Christmas Tree decorations made by Club members. Your generosity and support will allow us to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support.

How you are helping
At Macmillan, we understand that cancer can impact a person’s whole life – health, money, family, work; everything. We can help people with managing symptoms and offer advice and benefits for things like keeping the cost of heating down during treatment. We can also provide training for employers to support people back to work. With your support, people get the energy and inspiration to feel more like themselves.  

Thank you again for choosing to support Macmillan. Without people like you in our team, we simply couldn’t do what we do.

With best wishes,
Jigna Radia
Supporter Donations Team
Tel: 0300 1000 200

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Snow fall – 1978 style

Every snow fall can bring back memories of previous winters.

Here is how the Evening Telegraph covered the spring snow fall of April 1978.

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