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May Day 2019

Another glorious day,
Another glorious May Day celebration,

May Day started with the children delivering posies of flowers
to the senior citizens in the village. Also d
uring the morning, chairs were placed around the Cross for the benefit of the children, their families and village residents, all of whom had gathered to watch the familiar and traditional proceedings.

All the school pupils, led by their teachers, and all in wonderful Victorian dress, walked across Wood Street, through the churchyard to the church gate.  Then May Queen, Felicity Eyre, and her Consort, Henry Brandrick, led their attendants and the school to the Eleanor Cross.  After a short intermission to get everyone in place, the May Queen Felicity was crowned by Richard Paragreen. Richard has been a school Governor and volunteer reader for many years.

Starting with the youngest members of school, the traditional dances around the Maypole began.

A huge thank you must be given to the teachers, who had been practicing, with the traditional music in the schoolyard for a couple of weeks. Thanks also to them and all the parents who had produced the costumes. Thank you also Richard, a job well done, dressed all in black, in a sweltering May afternoon. And finally thank you to head teacher, Martin Adamson, for continuing a well-loved village tradition.

No 8 bus service saved!

Congratulations to the

Lets Gedd Going Transport Group

The NCC have confirmed that the No 8 bus service will continue, albeit at a reduced service from the current one.

The new timetable should come into effect at the end of July and should run until March 2020.  The service will include an (approximately) 8am bus, which will serve schools, the college and the town centre, returning at approximately 4pm.

However, it still needs to be signed off by the Traffic Commissioners, but the service is 98% certain. The Group would like to thank James Loader, the officer at Northants County Council who, with the Group’s colleagues and Centrebus, has worked hard to find this solution.

Many, many thanks also go to those extra passengers who have used the bus recently, the increase in numbers is one of the reasons why the service was looked on favourably. The Group stress that continued use can only help in the long term, whether it is free-paying over 65s or the younger public. Everyone helps: everyone gains.

It is good news as, if the service had been lost completely, it would have been almost impossible to have got it back.

Current timetable:

Annual Parish (Village) Meeting

Parish of Geddington, Newton & Lt Oakley

Notice of the Annual Parish Meeting

(Annual Village Meeting)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN  that the ANNUAL PARISH (VILLAGE) MEETING of Local Government Electors (all those eligible to vote) for the above-named Parish will be held at the Village Hall, Geddington, in the Lounge on:

Monday 13th May 2019, commencing at 6.30pm

under the chairmanship of Nick Batchelor,
Chairman of the Parish Council.

The Annual Village Meeting is your opportunity to put forward ideas for discussion.

Mr N Batchelor
Chairman of the Parish Council

Please note: there are 3 meetings this evening, held consecutively:
1. Annual Parish Meeting ~ 6.30 – 7pm
2. Parish Council AGM ~ 7 – 7.30pm
3. Monthly Parish Council Meeting ~ 7.30 – 9pm

GEDD-STOCK is coming!

GEDD-STOCK is coming to Geddington
on Sunday 7th July 2019.

Venue: Cricket Club grounds.

Watch out for more details in the coming weeks.

Geddington Brickyard Garden Work Day Sunday

GBG Volunteer Work Day
Sunday 12 May, 10am – 4pm 

at Brickyard Garden,
top of Wood Street

We need a big push to get jobs done in preparation for our GBG Celebration event on Sunday 30th June. Come for as little or long as you can. There will be a DIY ‘Bring Your Own’ BBQ on the go from around 1-2pm to keep up energy levels and provide a much-needed break!

There is lots of light, medium and heavy work to do. No skills required… just enthusiasm!

Our THREE Priority Jobs are:

  • Extend path and create a small paved area around our ‘giant bench’ for a turning circle for wheelchairs and to define the area of the reading circle. Paving skills? (Medium/Heavy work).
  • Make a start on creating a permanent, rainwater catchment system using the project workshop extension roof to overcome any future drought situations. Starts with heavy digging (requiring pickaxe and muscle!) to locate water containers… and continues beyond our Work Day (?) with guttering/plumbing skills.
  • Make good and weather-proof our wooden garden furniture. (DIY/Light).

Please bring you own DIY and digging tools if possible, drinking water and something to cook on the BBQ if you’re staying for the full session. We’ll provide a container of tap water in lieu of a ‘beer barrel’!

For more details on priority jobs, please:


Or post question/interest on Geddington Brickyard Garden FB page

We hope to have an enjoyable, hard-working day together… and get lots done.

Thanks from the GBG Team
Lynette, Ian, Brenda, Nicky

Talents Display 6 April

The Chapel is all set out out for tomorrow’s (Saturday 6th April) exhibition of Geddington’s talents.

A peek visit is set out below, but you have to be very close to appreciate the work, time, effort and talent that has gone into each piece.

Do visit and wonder at them, whilst enjoying a cup of coffee or tea and a chat with friends.

Chapel and Schoolroom
Queen Street
10am – 12 noon

No entry fee, but a donation is always welcome.

Time Springs Forward this Sunday

In last year’s post about the annual changing of the clocks, we wrote:

“Even with the Vernal Equinox occurring last Tuesday, 20th March, last Saturday night’s snowfall all over the village made it difficult to realise that spring is here.”

This year, it feels like spring has been steadily creeping up on us since January, with the exception of one snowy weekend in February, perhaps. Bulbs, plants, flowering trees – all appeared earlier than expected, but welcome all the same.

So, officially, Daylight Saving Time starts when local standard time is about to reach
1:00:00, Sunday 31st March and clocks are turned forward one hour to
2:00:00, Sunday 31st March, local daylight time instead.

The moving of the clocks was first introduced during World War One by Germany and Austria, and then by the Allies, to save on coal usage. It was invented by George Vincent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist in 1895, while British Businessman William Willett, is also credited with the idea as a way of getting up earlier and so having more daylight hours after work.

However, with Brexit on the horizon, it remains to be seen whether changes to daylight savings time plans in continental Europe will have any effect on the British clocks in the future. The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has been championing the change, saying: “Clock-changing must stop. Member states should themselves decide whether their citizens live in summer or winter time.”

Interesting times ahead?

Gigaclear – more details

On Monday 18 April, Gigaclear gave a presentation in the Village Hall, of the installation of a full fibre network that will be introduced to the northern half of the village.

Whilst there were a number of people present, it was clear that the vast majority of the village didn’t or couldn’t attend. This Post will, we hope, present some of the information that was given on Monday.

The work will be starting within the next few of weeks and a map is shown of the area covered. Cabinets, similar to the green BT cabinets already installed, will be positioned at prime parts of the village. Gigaclear have consulted with the Parish Council about these positions and some have been moved from sensitive positions, such as the one planned to be near the Cross (!). Eight cabinets can be seen on the map as green squares, but please note these are not the final positions agreed with the Parish Council.

Click on image to enlarge

Each property will have a connection point set into the pavement outside the house. Each point is about the size of the water meter cover, approximately 20cm/8″, currently outside many properties.

It is from this connection point that a property can be connected to any ISP of your choice:
It doesn’t have to be Gigaclear.
You may decide to stay with the provider you have already.
(Or you are not connected to the Internet and want to stay that way, in which case how come you can read this post?)
The choice is yours.

Click on image to enlarge

It was pointed out that not many residents were aware of this forthcoming installation.  Gigaclear did send a letter to each household that would be affected, but it was in a plain white envelope addressed ‘To The Occupier‘.  The letter is reproduced here for those who, like me, put that type of mail in the recycling box.


When will installation start?

When will the village south of the river be connected?

When will Newton be connected?

These and many more questions were asked on Monday and, on the whole, were answered.

But there are many more and an orange folder of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) had been provided for all who attended.
The two pages are reproduced below.

Contact details for further queries:

Network Build Care Team
Tel: 01865 591137
Facebook @GigaclearNetworks
Twitter @GigaclearNet

Regular updates on:

For the full list of Internet Service Providers available on the Gigaclear network go to

NCC Budget for 2019/2020 agreed.

County Council

Proposals to transform services and increase financial stability have been agreed by Councillors at Northamptonshire County Council starting a new chapter for public services in the county.

The agreed budget will target investment into adults’ facilities and children’s homes, to provide better support for some of the county’s most vulnerable people, while at the same time drive more cost-effective ways of delivering services.

A 4.99% Council Tax increase will retain the Council’s position as having one of the lowest tax rates in the country, while providing increased financial sustainability for any new unitary councils which may be created in the county.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Matt Golby, described the budget, and the latest financial reports, showing the organisation closing in on a balanced budget in the current year, as a turnaround point in the Council’s fortunes.

He said: “For the last year it has become customary for the words Northamptonshire County Council to be associated with crisis. That has now changed.  Our new cabinet and leadership team together with the Secretary of State’s Commissioners have spearheaded this change and we need to look at the facts. We are closing in on balancing this year’s budget which at one point stood at a £64.2m challenge and was immense. We have just agreed a budget for next year which balances, and has at its heart a commitment to transform services to make them more cost-effective rather than simply cutting them and responds directly to the concerns people raised with us through the consultation period. Of course the budget also includes a 4.99% rise in Council Tax and we did not take this decision lightly. While not many people welcome a rise in their bills it is important to put this into context. For the majority of people in this county it will mean a rise of between 75p and £1 a week. Even with the increase Northamptonshire will be the second lowest charging like-for-like County Council in the whole country.

The budget includes investment in Adult Social Care centres and homes to provide new accommodation and services for older people, those with learning disabilities and mental health requirements to increase capacity and therefore reduce the reliance on costly external placements.

It also signals investment in Children’s Services to build in-house provision including increasing occupancy at the council’s own residential homes to reduce the cost of using external service providers.

Cllr Golby said: “Whilst we acknowledge the challenges we will face over the next year, we will build on the hard work and progress we’ve made over the past twelve months.  Today’s budget delivers for the county’s most vulnerable. It delivers in bringing greater financial security. And it delivers in drawing a line under a very troubled time for this organisation, paving a way to a brighter future.”

Geddington has Talents

An Exhibition of Crafts from Geddington residents will take place on Saturday 6th April.

With the demise of the Village show, where handicrafts were not only displayed, but entered into the Handicraft Classes of the Show, there have been few opportunities for such a display of talents.

The U.R.C Chapel Rooms on 6th April will offer such an opportunity. The organisers of this Exhibition, would like anyone who would like to show a sample of their work at this time – embroidery, knitting, woodwork etc, etc – to contact Margaret Tuffin on tel: 741292.

The Exibition will take place in the Chapel Rooms on Queen Street, from 10am to 12 noon. There will be all the delights of a coffee morning as well!

The U.R.C will be holding a Service at 10am, on Sunday 7th April to celebrate Talents.

All are very welcome to both events.

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