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Remembrance Service 8th November 10.45am

A message from St Mary Magdalene Church, Geddington.

“At a time when so much seems to be cancelled or virtual, we very much want to be able to have a Remembrance Service in church, but we are going to have to make some changes to remain Covid secure.

– You will not be able to stand in the churchyard to watch the wreaths being laid as there are strict guidelines about numbers in churchyards, but you will be able to come into church for the Remembrance Service.
– If you would like to attend the Service, you will need to book a place in advance (see below for details) to ensure we do not breach social distancing guidelines within the church.
– You will need to hand sanitise and wear a face mask (if you are able).

Please help us to let everyone know – for example, if you think your neighbour might like to attend, but you know they cannot go online or use Facebook, please share this information with them.”

Bookings can be made by emailing:, detailing which service you would like to attend and how many people you would like to book for, bearing in mind that it can be up to six from one household or bubble.

You will receive an email back from us, confirming your places and letting you know any further details

If you cannot email, please ring Penny Griffin on 01536 743552 or 07990 521830.

Do you know this feline?

Janet Marshall has asked us for help in finding a cat’s owner.

Janet lives at Cleeton, on Stamford Road and has been feeding a Tabby cat and her two kittens. She is not the owner and would like to re-unite the owner and their cat. Whilst the Tabby is keen to eat what is put down for her, the cat is rather shy and not keen on being approached.

If you are, or if you know who is, the owner, please contact Janet
via email at:
or by phone on: 742456

A typical Tabby cat

Northamptonshire Libraries

Northamptonshire Libraries have announced the next phase in county-wide library re-openings from Monday 14th September, and will be welcoming customers back into libraries for a limited browsing service.

In order to do this safely, the service will need to control entry and each library will manage this in a way that suits their layout. In general, browsing will be by a bookable session. Walk in will be available, but only if there are no booked appointments at that time.

Each library will allow a limited number of customers into the building, depending on the safe capacity of the library. The library will be marked out to ensure social distancing around shelves and there will be one way systems. Browsing will also be time limited.

Since the closure of libraries across the county in March this year, all library charges had been suspended. However, from Monday 5th October 2020, all library charges have been reinstated. This will include the late return charges on borrowed items, computer hire and printing charges. Safe cash handling procedures will be in place, but where possible, you will be encouraged to pay by card. 

If you have any queries, or would like to book an early browsing slot, please contact your local library where staff will be pleased to offer assistance.   

Further information is available on the website.

Kettering Library is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Can you help? has been sent a couple of photos with a query.

The first photo was probably taken at a Christmas party with the US Airmen from Grafton Underwood. They all have presents with them and there is a Christmas Tree behind them.
Our correspondent is keen to know who the children are. If you know, please contact us via the email address:

The second photo, below, was taken at The Priory. From left to right are Miss Brookes, Mrs Chamberlain, Mrs Ambery and Mrs Brown. The query here is: who is the lady is on the right?

Again, if you can help. please contact us via the email:
Thank you.

A Star Quiz

The Star Inn will be re-starting the fortnightly quizzes (YES!) from Tuesday 22 September.

There will be, however, new rules and regulations, which is only to be expected.

The most relevant ones are:

  • there can be no raffle, but instead the entry fee will be doubled to £2 per person, and all proceeds to the nominated charity (in next week’s case, the Samuel Lee Charity)
  • start time 8.30pm with a maximum of 15 teams, and teams to be a maximum of 6 which, ideally, should be from a maximum of two households.
  • tables must be BOOKED
  • drinks must be ordered from the table, between rounds
  • bring your own pens

With these sensible precautions, it feels that we can have a (new) normal, sociable evening, and help a village charity as well.

Ride & Stride for Churches

The Annual Ride & Stride for Churches will take place on Saturday 12 September. This event, in our county, is a fund-raiser for Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust, Charity No: 1021632.

The Trust has posted this on their official website:

Whether you take part or just want to encourage those who are doing so, it means an event is being held, if only briefly, in Geddington – a village that, this year, is sadly lacking events, of course, so worth supporting.

Extraordinary Meeting called by the Parish Council

An Extraordinary Meeting has been called by the Parish Council, for today, Wednesday 2 September at 7.30pm.
This will be a Virtual Meeting and access is as described on the Agenda below.


An extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 7.30 pm AS A VIRTUAL MEETING.
The meeting will be held as a virtual meeting because of the Coronavirus lockdown requirements. Meeting joining instructions are as follows:-
1. Load the zoom app onto your phone or tablet (best to use if you have not done this before) or go to
2. Click on join a meeting Passcode: 846986 OR – copy and paste
Meeting ID: 841 8943 6183 Passcode: 846986
Anita Curtis, Parish Clerk

1. Apologies and Declarations of Interest
2. Planning matters and application Boughton Lodge – planning application with KBC but not yet processed for demolition and rebuild of the farmhouse. Applicant wishes to speak to the Parish Council concerning the application.
KET/2020/0447 Mr P Eyre 6 Chase View Road, Geddington, NN14 1AQ Raise the roof of existing detached garage Full Application Expiry date for neighbours/consultations 3.9.20
3. White Paper “Planning for the future” ( Published by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Response required.
4. Potential to resume PC meetings at the Village Hall.
5. Any Other Business

Angus Gordon BVMS MRCVS

Angus Gordon was a well known resident in the village and gave much of his spare time to helping support, as well as lead, many of the village organisations over four decades.

He and his wife Esther made their home at The Long Barn on Grafton Road and brought their family up there. While Esther was busy with her floristry business, Angus was running a successful veterinary practice in Kettering.

Not one to take life easy, he chose to get involved in the Parish Council and having been elected as a councillor in 1983 was almost immediately elected Chairman. It was quite a challenge as many of the members were new and expertise and experience had been lost. In the 1990s he was Chair of the Planning Committee and Vice Chairman before taking on the Chairmanship for the second time in 1995. He continued to serve on the Parish Council until illness forced him to withdraw from his role. He has the accolade of having been elected in every council election since his original stand in 1983.

For several years Angus was the Parish Council representative on the Village Hall Management Committee before taking on the role of Secretary to the Committee and later its Chair. He served in this role between 1992 and 2018 when illness forced him to resign. His commitment to the village and his determination to serve the village to the best of his ability was recognised by many over the years of his stewardship.

Angus and Esther were generous in other ways too, sharing their garden regularly with villagers and the general public to raise money for charities through the National Open Gardens scheme and other events. Even the inaugural meeting of the Friends of the Church took place there. Angus was an enthusiastic gardener and a member of the Gardening Club. He was passionate about growing his beans and tomatoes in the summer. His was a familiar figure too as he regularly rode on his motor mower down to Church Hill to mow the grass on the village green in the spring and summer months.

Many will also remember the time GADS had the opportunity to stage Midsummer’s Night Dream in the garden at The Long Barn. Despite the pouring rain all day, it cleared soon after 6pm and it was a very special and atmospheric production which would not have been possible without the encouragement and generosity of the Gordon family. Similarly he supported the Church and The Friends of the Church by hosting afternoon teas in his garden to raise funds and always being willing to help with the shifting of chairs and tables to allow the Flower Festival and the Christmas Tree Festival to take place.

Those close to the family will know how he was supported through his illness by his family and how much of a challenge the last few years were for this active, intelligent man. The village benefited a great deal from the time he gave to such a wide variety of projects over the years and we are pleased to acknowledge his contribution through this tribute.

Angus Stewart McKenzie Gordon 18.10.1937 – 31.7.2020

The Long Barn in autumn

VJ Day 75th Anniversary

Geddington residents were woken at 6am today, to the sound of bagpipes being played at the Cross.

It celebrated 75 years since the United Kingdom woke up to peace on 15 August, 1945; known ever since as VJ (Victory in Japan) Day.

The piece played was ‘When the Battle is O’er’, a traditional Highland air and will be played at significant locations around the world.

The Women in our Community

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

Janet,’s treasurer, was asked to organise the Geddington & Newton W.I.’s Members’ Evening in March this year. The date happened to coincide with International Women’s Day, which this year was on the 8th March so, given the strong and visible role the W.I. has had over many years in giving women a voice on social, political and gender issues, it seemed an opportunity to consider the role of women in Geddington more closely, and so every member was invited to take on the role of a woman who was living in Geddington in 1911. The census of that year is the latest census currently available. It pinpoints a way of life that was about to face huge upheaval: transport networks, communication technology, mechanisation, food distribution and, of course, World War One. These would all have a dramatic effect on life in villages like Geddington and on the lives, outlook and aspirations of the women who lived there.

Often when you read the history of an event or a community the voices recorded are those of the men, they were the ‘leaders’, the chairmen of committees, the representatives quoted in the press, the audible voice of the views of a community. This was not malicious or consciously patronising, but rather reflected social attitudes of the time. What is remarkable is that, despite these social attitudes, Geddington had more than its fair share of women who were independent, creative and modern in their outlook and determined to carve out a niche for themselves in their chosen role.

Janet Freestone on harp, and her musical group

Janet’s interest in researching women’s lives and in deciding to look at life in 1911 Geddington, from the point of view of the women of the village, was to bring to the forefront those undiscovered, forgotten or unacknowledged histories: some life changing, some influential, some brave, some poignant, but all significant within their circle. There were a great many of them. It was time to tell their stories. The result was the series of biographies posted here on, which covered the lives of ten women, some more well-known than others, from all levels of society in the village.

Mary Towell

Geddington ‘s women were great social reformers, strong minded political influencers, religious reformers, musicians, playwrights, dressmakers to royalty, entrepreneurs and business women, educators, community stalwarts and, above all, survivors in a world without a health service, without security of tenure to a home, without any old age pension and without any equality in voting rights. They were quite remarkable for their tenacity and their commitment to their home village.

Eleanor, who’s Cross is at the heart of the village, was not a Geddington woman, but has become one. Her story is the last to be told in the series and it reveals the individual behind the royal façade who used her not inconsiderable talents in her adopted homeland to promote culture and the arts, education and sound political systems. For most people around the country she is the forgotten queen of medieval times. As you pass her Cross next time, perhaps you might consider her history in a different light. She was the daughter of a crusader, she married at 12, was multi-lingual, a scholar, highly intelligent and a policy maker for Edward 1. It is also to Eleanor that we owe the civilising habit of using a fork to eat our meals with and the luxury of tiled bathrooms!
A remarkable woman!

In order of appearance, these are the women that Janet profiled:

Mary Anne Saddington   Elizabeth Wilkins    Janet Freestone
Constance Croot    Charlotte Ager    Betsy Cobley
Mary Jane Towell    Anne (Nancy) Moore    Nurse Bessie Mary Rumbold

And, of course: Queen Eleanor of Castile

All these biographies can be found on or use the Search button for each individual. Later this year, these stories will be moved to the History column, their effect on Geddington too important, and too interesting, to lie buried in the increasingly long News column.

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