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The No 8 bus lives on – at least for a year.

Following on from the news last May that the No 8 bus route has been saved from extinction, the promised new timetable has now been issued. In a statement from Liz Ramsey, part of the Lets Gedd Going Group, Liz has said:

“It is a great relief to report  that the new timetable has been finalised and will commence in late August. It is funded for a further year, so we really need to ‘use it or lose it’, now having campaigned long and hard to retain its service.

This is largely due to the efforts of Alison Holland, John Padwick, myself and a small working party. The actual date of commencement will be available nearer the time, and at that time I will also attach links to Traveline, National Rail and Stagecoach, useful for onward journeys.”*

* Links to Train Services, both East Midlands Trains and National Enquiries, are available on this site at: Home page/Quick Links/Transport.

The timetable from late August 2019:

Click on image to enlarge.

Family History Support at the Library

Oundle & Raunds Libraries
are holding a number of
Family History Support Days.

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Oundle Library
Glapthorn Road, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4JA  

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Would you like some help to negotiate the maze of your family history? Visit our Family History Help Desk for help and guidance from genealogy expert, Jan Pearson.

Free, drop-in sessions on:
3rd July
7 August

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Raunds Library
High St, Raunds, Wellingborough NN9 6HT, UK  

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Our dedicated helpers will be here to help with guidance and advice on researching your family history.

Free drop-in sessions on:
25 June
2 July
9 July
16 July
23 July
30 July
6 August
13 August
20 August
27 August

Kettering junctions improvements.

The County Council has sent Geddington.net, news of possible future road junction improvements in Kettering. The CC has been asked to approve five road junctions which will help with future growth.

It comments that this series of junction improvements in and around Kettering will also help traffic flow and assist development to the east of the town.

The junctions are:

  • Stamford Road, Windmill Avenue and Central Avenue
  • Windmill Avenue and St Mary’s Road
  • Barton Road, Pytchley Road and London Road
  • Barton Road and Windmill Avenue
  • Barton Road and Cranford Road

Plans for the enhancement of the five busy intersections will be heard by Northamptonshire County Council’s Cabinet in late June. The county council has already assisted Kettering Borough Council with the design and construction of the junction of Windmill Avenue and Deeble Road in the town. The works are being funded with Section 106 money – contributions that developers make to the relevant planning authority, in this case Kettering Borough Council.

Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said:

“We’ve seen quite significant improvements to the highways infrastructure in Kettering over the past few years and this has made a positive contribution to the town centre. This new set of projects is very much an extension of that good work, but also essential in allowing the road network to cope with the new development to the east of the town.”

Over the last few years the County Council has worked with Kettering Borough Council to deliver a number of highway improvements in and around Kettering town centre. This has included junction improvements at Northampton Road/Northfield Avenue; Rothwell Road/Northfield Avenue; Northampton Road/Sheep Street; public realm improvements in High Street and Gold Street and most recently the widening and conversion of Eskdaill Street to two-way operation, completed in late 2018.

Election of Members of the European Parliament

The Election of Members of the European Parliament
will take place on
Thursday 23 May 2019
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Voting hours are 7am – 10pm.
Polling station for Geddington is The Village Hall, Queen Street.

The list of official candidates for the East Midlands, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Brexit Party

  1. Annunziata Rees-Mogg
  2. Jonathan Deryck Bullock
  3. Matthew Richard Patten
  4. Tracy Selina Knowles
  5. Anna Louisa Bailey

Change UK

  1. Kate Godfrey
  2. Joan Laplana
  3. Narinder Sharma
  4. Pankajhumar Gulab
  5. Emma-Jane Marley

Conservatives

  1. Emma McClarkin
  2. Rupert Matthews
  3. Anthony Harper
  4. Brendan Clarke-Smith
  5. Thomas Randall

Greens

  1. Kat Boettge
  2. Gerhard Lohmann-Bond
  3. Liam McClelland
  4. Daniel Wimberley
  5. Simon Tooke

Independent

  1. Simon Louis Rood

Independent Network

  1. Nick Byatt
  2. Marianne Jane Overton
  3. Daniel Anthony Simpson
  4. Pearl Winifred Clarke
  5. Nikki Dillon

Labour

  1. Rory Palmer
  2. Leonie Mathers
  3. Tony Tinley
  4. Nicolle Ndiweni
  5. Gary Godden

Liberal Democrats

  1. Bill Newton Dunn
  2. Michael Mullaney
  3. Lucy Care
  4. Suzanna Austin
  5. Caroline Kenyon

Ukip

  1. Alan Graves
  2. Marietta King
  3. Anil Bhatti
  4. Fran Loi
  5. John Evans

Garden Work Party & Plant Sale

The Geddington Brickyard Garden

is holding a

Garden Work Party
and combining it with a
Plant Sale

Sunday 12 May 10am – 4pm

We’re looking for volunteers to help us with a big push to get jobs done in preparation for an event we’re holding at the garden this summer. There are lots of light, medium and heavy jobs to do. No skills required … just enthusiasm! Come for as little or as long as you can.

They’ll be a DIY ‘Bring Your Own’ BBQ from 1-2pm, to keep up energy levels, and a plant sale with all proceeds going to the GBG.

Priority jobs
1. Extend path and create a small paved area around our ‘giant bench’ for a turning circle for wheelchairs and to define the reading circle area. Do you know anyone with paving skills?
2. Make a start on creating a linked overflow rainwater catchment system. We expect this to involve a lot of digging!
3. Mend and weather-proof garden furniture.

Thanks to a donation by Alan W, we now have enough tarmac scrapings for a new paved area AND to fill the potholes along the path. This will benefit anyone who walks along to Clay Dick, so please:
4. Bring your wheelbarrows to deal with the pile of tarmac – see image!

Please bring own tools, drinking water and something to cook on the barbie. We plan to have fun while we work, so please join us if you can.

Gardening Tips for May

Brings the first flowers of early summer . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disruption on Wood Street & Grafton Road

Monday 8 April and Gigaclear contractors came to Geddington with the equipment to install fibre broadband under our pavements and streets.

At that time, geddington.net was told that work would start in Grafton Road then move onto Wood Street, which it was hoped would be finished before school returned from the Easter break.

HOWEVER, Grafton Road is not quite finished and work has only just started on Wood Street today, Tuesday 23 April. 

WARNING. To all parents bringing children to school by vehicle, tomorrow, Wednesday 24 April. Parking is severely restricted and, which is evident from these images, even residents are having to find alternative places to park, whilst this work is being carried out.

It is highly recommended that alternative parking is found if you have to use a vehicle to bring the children to school.

And it is not only parking that will be a problem. Parts of Wood Street and Grafton Road have been limited to one-way traffic by the use of traffic lights, making a much longer journey than usual if those streets are used.

It is highly recommended that an alternative route is used, avoiding those streets wherever possible.

 

 

2019 Award to Geddington Brickyard Garden

The story of the
Geddington Brickyard Garden
(GBG CIC) Eco-Toilet continues … .

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Geddington.net has been advised of another well-deserved award for this innovative project. Lynette tells the story:

“On Wed 3rd April, GBG CIC (Geddington Brickyard Garden Community Interest Company) received a £3,200 cheque from Central England Co-operative’s ‘Making a Difference Community Dividend Fund‘.  Woohoo!

GBG’s award covers the cost of a wooden shed and Eco-Toilet and will provide much needed toilet facilities for volunteer sessions and organised events. Ian is taking on the role of Eco-Toilet Project Manager(!) to ensure suitability for wheelchair users and children.

EcoToilet base in progress, October 2018

This ‘story’ began in 2018 when funding from KBC Community Award enabled the concrete base to be laid.

We’re delighted that the end of the story is now in sight!”

Gigaclear has landed!

Gigaclear have arrived to install fibre broadband in the northern half of the village, as we were advised in March.  All the road signs, cones and other installation equipment, have been dropped at the bottom of Wood Street, outside the Old School.

Geddington.net was told that the installation of full fibre cabling, along with connection points outside the boundary of each property, would start in Grafton Road, then the men will work their way up Wood Street.  It is hoped that the work on Wood Street would be finished before the school returns from the Easter break.

So for these two roads, prepare for digging noises and disruption for the next couple of weeks. Then, if you see one of these little fellas outside your house, you know that your street is next!

 

The County Library Service

People can have their say on plans for the long-term future of Northamptonshire County Council’s Library service as part of the authority’s annual budget consultation.

The plans, which have been developed with community groups and District, Borough, Town and Parish Councils, would see the vast majority of libraries kept open with county council backing – a move which has been described by Council leaders as a major improvement on the previous plans.

The current draft proposal is to keep 14 libraries directly under the County Council’s management. Twenty-two would be community managed receiving both financial and organisational support from the Council. The plan would also see money from developer contributions used to invest in individual libraries.

The approach taken in each local area has been developed in partnership with community organisations and councils, tailoring each individual proposal to local need and the resources available.

Libraries that remain under county council control would be reviewed to develop what they currently offer, to increase footfall and maximise income.

Cllr Cecile Irving-Swift, county council cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:

“At the heart of this proposal is the fact that we’ve worked with some wonderful community groups who clearly have a passion for books and libraries. At this stage these are simply proposals and what we need now is for people to have their say on what they think of these plans.”

The consultation will run for eight weeks for each library.
(Clicking on ‘consultation’ will take you to the Consultation Overview.)

The consultation involves an online questionnaire, which asks people to respond about libraries individually. A series of face to face engagement events at the libraries are also being organised with the feedback from the consultation used to inform the final decisions made on the library service.

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