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The 2021 Squirt

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Newsletter Quiz at the White Hart

Santa’s Route

Sunday 12 December from 4.30pm
– all the details below:

Scout Post 2021

In Geddington, the Scout Post will collect your Christmas Cards from the Post boxes at Cafe Oak and Geddington School and will deliver to the addresses below.

The last posting date is 15 December.

Christmas Carol Concert

Santa’s Visit 2021

Poppies – the final word


That figure is the amount that was raised by selling hand-knitted poppies this autumn. The Knitting Club members thinks that it was well worth the effort, and the Royal British Legion were also pleased with the donation:

There are many people to thank for this result. First of all, the knitters who made the poppies over several months, many of whom were non-members to start with. Secondly, the sellers who made space for the poppies: Bernie from the Cafe Oak and Revd Gillian Gamble from the Church, and not forgetting those very helpful and thoughtful people who took poppies to their places of work, such as schools, hospitals and shops etc. All vital sources of funds. We also thank all those residents in Geddington, who supported this new idea (tradition?) by buying a poppy.

We cannot say how many poppies were actually sold, as it was noticeable that, at times, there was more cash in the tin, than poppies taken. But they all count and we were able to use several hundred of the poppies without pins attached, in the decorations in the churchyard and church.

The message from the RBL mentions ‘your card‘, because being such an informal club, it does not have a bank account. Instead I banked the money and paid the RBL online with a debit card. Not unsurprisingly, a large part of the money was in coins. As an aside, and it being one of my hobby horses, if there was no cash in this country, how would charities, and their fund-raisers, manage to collect these small amounts? Would you have bothered to buy a poppy for a £1, if you had had to use a credit or debit card?

But I digress. The main message in this Post, is to say thank you both from Geddington Knitting Club and the Royal British Legion and, as the RBL says:

Christmas Tree Festival 2021

If you wish to decorate a Tree for the Festival, the application form is set out below. A .pdf version, that you can download, is available on the Diary page of this Festival. Try as I might I can’t get it to load on this page!

Handmade Christmas Cards for Sale

All proceeds to
St Mary Magdalene Church

Poppies on Parade

It all went to plan
. . . It didn’t rain
. . . . . And no-one involved came down with Covid-19
So now the Knitting Club’s red, knitted, poppy arch can be seen over the Grafton Road entrance to the churchyard.

Also lightly decorated with poppies was the 1921 Memorial Cross. Inside the church, the pulpit has a waterfall of poppies, whilst more poppies cascade over the lectern.

1. Right: Under construction. 2. Left: the Memorial Cross and arch
3. Right: the pulpit. 4. Left: the lectern

The Knitting Club have done the Royal British Legion proud with their tribute to this amazing organisation on their 100th anniversary of its induction in 1921.

Image credits: 1. & 2. Decorated by Paul Richardson, Cyril & Jean Gingell, Paul & Pam Hopkins, Emma Poole.
3. Cyril & Jean complete the Pulpit decoration
4. Cascade created by Nicky Brice
In addition, the wreath was created by Georgie Ward and the laminated sign within it, by Nicky’s daughter, Sasha.

Poppy brooches available in a variety of designs

Club members have generously sponsored the wool to make all these poppies, so that 100% of the sale of each poppy brooch will go to the Royal British Legion.
Proceeds from the sale of these brooches, in the Cafe Oak and the church, have now reached well into three figures. How generous this village is!
However, there is plenty of time for you to purchase one, or more, before Remembrance Day on 11 November.

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