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Election 2021

On Thursday 6 May, residents in North Northamptonshire will be able to vote for councillors to serve on the new council. A total of 78 councillors will be elected to the new council, which will replace the existing borough, district and county councils.

Residents will have up to three (3) votes to choose from the ballot options in the Ise Ward.
The nominated candidates, in political party alphabetical order are:

Conservative & Unionist Party
Lloyd Bunday, St Cecilia’s Close, Kettering
Elliot Keith Prentice, Manor Road, Kettering
Mark Edward Rowley, Grange Road, Geddington
Green Party
David Lomasney, Newton
Labour Party
John David Padwick, West Street, Geddington
Jane Pettit, address in North Northants
Tim Sharman, address in North Northants
Liberal Democrats
Ryan James White, Hedgerow Lane, Mawsley

Residents will also be able to vote for the Northamptonshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner and for the Parish Council.

The Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Parish Council is made up from eleven councillors from Geddington, one from Newton and one from Little Oakley. There is the required number of standing councillors for Newton and Little Oakley, but only six nominated councillors standing for Geddington. Therefore, there will be no election for Parish Council councillors.

Pop-Up Post Office

The pop-up Post Office will be at Cafe Oak every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2.30pm.

A very warm welcome was given to Post Office employees, Raj & Ricky, who opened a Post Office desk in the Cafe Oak last Wednesday afternoon, as promised.

Ricky told that all services offered by a main Post Office, are available to all and any of those customers who turn up and support this venture.
Some of the services on offer are: bill payments, car tax, cash paid out, cheques cashed, card payments, banking, travel currency and insurance (this could be a bit hopeful at present, but we can dream!), Express Coach tickets and, of course, mailing and stamps, and so much more.

Raj & Ricky at their pop-up desk with all the necessary equipment needed to serve Post Office customers

The pop-up Post Office will be at Cafe Oak every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2.30pm.

We must also thank Cafe Oak for offering the space and facility, for free, to the Post Office. This was a generous gesture and appreciated by all those who used the services on Wednesday: the weather was kind as well.

Support for this venture will surely help towards Geddington retaining the services of a permanent Post Office once again.

Temporary Post Office

Our Borough Councillor, Mark Rowley, has advised us that a temporary Post Office will be opened in the Cafe Oak.

This is not a complete replacement of the Queen Street Post Office services, as it will only be open on Wednesdays, but it will start on:

Wednesday 14 April
and will be open from
12.30pm – 2.30pm

It will be run by Post Master, Ricky Ghuman, who is based in Kettering Post Office.

Despite not having the use of a village post office for nearly a year, Mark Rowley pleads with the residents to use this facility as a Post Office is still needed and it will be a welcome asset to the village.

Many thanks should go to Bernie & Sharon Hammond for giving space for this to go ahead, free of any charge.

Please also bear in mind that we can meet outside from 12th April (as long as Covid restrictions do not change in the meantime) and that the Cafe Oak offers a takeaway service, seating in their garden and a small amount of food from their pop-up shop.

Thefts from the Geddington Brickyard Garden

The Directors of the Geddington Brickyard Garden have asked us to publicise the following:

On Sunday, 7 March, three youths (14-16 years-old) stole 3 wheelbarrows, a wooden bench, 2 armchairs, 2 bar stools and 1 shovel – all from the Picnic Site and Activity Shed of the Geddington Brickyard Garden. These items were removed and taken to their ‘camp’ in the woodland along the Stanion Path.

Three suspects seen emerging from the woods on the Sunday were verbally challenged and denied all knowledge.
The ‘spokesperson’ was tall (6′), slim, wearing a black jacket and hoodie.
Another was 5′ 8″, with curly brown, longish hair and with a hoodie.
The third was 5’6″, straight black hair with a slender build. All will have very muddy footwear!

On Saturday, 13 March, Lynette walked to the GBG site and passed four lads who had emerged from the Stanion footpath. At least one lad belonged to the ‘suspects’ from the previous theft and another was carrying a ghetto blaster on his shoulder with the volume turned high. This time, 4 wheelbarrows, a plastic table, 4 plastic chairs and some wooden pallets had been stolen and were not at the former ‘camp’. At this time of writing, (16 March) these items are still missing.

If any parent recognises these descriptions, please discuss with your youngster. We want these items returned to our community garden. We’d also appreciate all who walk in the area, to ‘keep an eye’ on the Brickyard Garden and report any suspicious activity. The GBG Directors’ contact details are posted on the GBG Noticeboard outside the garden, but are also in the paragraph at the bottom of this Post.

The Parish Council, the Rural Community Police and Boughton Estate Forestry have all been informed of the situation.
The youngsters MUST be identified and challenged to respect others and their property.

Our community garden welcomes everyone . . . and only exists due to an enormous amount of hard work, donations and support from local folk over the past 7 years. We are optimistic that we can work together to stop this anti-social behaviour.
The GBG Team: Lynette, Nicky & Brenda

Contact Details:
Tel: Lynette 01536 744 734
Mob: 07553 482907
F: Geddington-Brickyard-Garden-441898105969537

Parish Council – next meeting

The Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Parish Council will next ‘meet’ on Monday 8 February 2021 at 7.30pm. The Agenda is on the Parish Council page of this website. (See under Quick Links above.)

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.   

Anita Curtis – Parish Clerk


A Message from the Leader of the NCC

Cllr Matt Golby
Leader Northamptonshire County Council

Dear Resident,

Firstly, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. Although this may not have been the start to 2021 we had anticipated, and things may continue to feel a little difficult and challenging – I am optimistic that we will soon start to see improvement thanks to the swift development of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the opening of the Vaccination Centre in Northamptonshire.

However, it is worth noting that we still have a way to go in our fight against the virus, and must therefore continue to follow the guidance in place – to protect ourselves, our families and the NHS.

The new variant of COVID-19 continues to cause rapid rates of infection in the county, and we must do our bit by staying at home and only leaving for essential reasons, not mixing with other households, wearing a face covering when out, and washing our hands regularly. If you display any symptoms, however mild, you must get tested and self-isolate immediately. Details of our testing sites can be found here

Earlier this month Northamptonshire County Council and NHS Northamptonshire CCG made an urgent appeal for people to return community healthcare equipment that they no longer need. This includes items such as community beds, mattresses, commodes, bath lifts, shower chairs, toilet surrounds, crutches and walking frames, patient turning equipment, hoists and slings. Find out how you can help below.

Northamptonshire County Council recently confirmed that it will be providing free school meal vouchers during the February half term to children who qualify for free school meals. I’m delighted that we are able to continue to support families and pupils across the county who are most in need of our help. You can read more about this here.

We are also pleased to announce the successful launch of our Voi E-scooter trial in Kettering, which will provide convenient, accessible and eco-friendly transportation around the town for many. During the Covid restrictions, NHS and emergency service workers can also use these for free. To find out more information and register click here.

In this issue of In Northamptonshire you can find out how to continue to enjoy our country parks safely, how to improve your well-being with Pacesetter Sports and Wellbeing project and about the improvements being made to our county’s broadband now that more of us are working from home, plus lots more.

Stay safe and stay well.

Councillor Matt Golby
Leader of Northamptonshire County Council

Scooter success
Voi are offering NHS staff and Emergency Service workers free rides during the current COVID restrictions. Since December 2020, residents and visitors in Kettering have been able to hire e-scooters, with this new mode of transport proving immensely popular. Within the first month of launching, over 6,700 rides have taken place, with an average ride length of 16 minutes. Read more here.

County Elections May 2021

Local Government Reform and what is happening in Northamptonshire.

And will there be elections in the County this year?

Under government proposals laid before Parliament, two new unitary councils are due to be created in Northamptonshire to provide all local government services in the county. Subject to this parliamentary legislation being approved, the new unitary authorities will come into being on 1 April 2021 and Northamptonshire’s current eight councils will cease to exist.

The North Northamptonshire unitary will cover Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough, and the West Northamptonshire unitary will cover Daventry District, Northampton and South Northamptonshire.
The existing district and borough councils and Northamptonshire County Council will all be abolished.

Before Parliament was dissolved for the December 2019 General Election, a Structural Changes Order 2019 (SCO) – which sets out how the two new unitary authorities will be formed to replace the existing eight councils on 1 April 2021 – was laid before Parliament.

The Order was considered by the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee and it has now been noted as an ‘instrument of interest’. It will now lay dormant until after the General Election, when it will then be considered by the new Government.

Work on the Future Northants programme will continue at the same pace, working to the go live date of 1 April 2021.

For more information and FAQs, go to asked questions.

In the meantime, will there be local elections on 6th May this year? It seems likely that this is a question that only the results of the Corona virus vaccination programme can answer.

Help Us, Help You Campaign

Think NHS 111 First

NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched the next phase of the latest ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign which focuses on the NHS 111 service as a new way to access A&E.

If you have an urgent but not life-threatening medical need, make sure you contact NHS 111 first rather than going straight to A&E. If you do need urgent care, then NHS 111 can now book you in to be seen quickly and safely in A&E. 

As well as this, NHS 111 is also able to direct to or book an appointment at Urgent Treatment Centres, access to Out of Hours GP Services, pharmacies, emergency dental services and walk-in clinics.

Contacting 111 first will also help the NHS to keep you safe by maintaining social distancing and ensure that you receive the right care in the right place, in a more timely and safe way.

If you or your loved one have a life-threatening illness or injury then you should always use 999 and if you do arrive at A&E without contacting NHS 111 you will still receive medical care, with emergency treatments prioritised. 

Just think 111 first.
When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 by phone or online at

Further information about NHS 111 First, is available at

Information on this Post came from:

NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Corby Enterprise Centre
Priors Hall
Corby NN17 5EU

Francis Crick House
Summerhouse Road
Northampton NN3 6BF

The Refill Van

The Refill Van will be at The Star Inn car park on Saturday 28 November from 10am – 12 noon.

The van was at The White Lion car park recently, but all future visits will be at The Star Inn.

There are over 200 items for sale, some of which, can be put into your own re-usable containers.

The van will also visit Geddington on Friday 18 December 3pm – 6pm

For more information, go to:

Road Closure – Queen Street

Queen Street

will be closed from

9th November –
15 December


During this time, the footway, carriageway and verges will be excavated to install ducting, chambers and cabinets.

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