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Flower Festival 2019

THE FLOWER FESTIVAL 2019
–  ARTISTIC FLAIR

Plenty of Artistic Flair could be found in the church of St Mary Magdalene during the week-end of 6th and 7th July. The chosen theme was well demonstrated by a wide variety of wonderful floral interpretations of art, artists, fashion, music and even home decorating. Where else would you see a floral tin of emulsion?

All the flower arrangers and everyone who helped with the show are to be congratulated for their enthusiasm and tremendous efforts to make the church look beautiful.

A major highlight of the week-end was the concert on Saturday evening. Organised by Chris Hills, our church director of music, he and Frances Hynes together with her talented family and friends, entertained the audience with a delightful range of music for flute, piano and organ, cleverly based on the flower festival theme. It was their ninth concert performance for us and they are to be commended for their musical flair and their continued support. It really is a lovely evening, to be able to listen to fine live music with a glass of wine in such a wonderful historic setting surrounded by top class floral displays.

We are grateful for the kind compliments received during the week-end and we wish to convey sincere thanks to everyone who came along and supported our festival. We are pleased to say that you helped us to raise over £1600 towards church funds, a princely sum.

There are more events coming up, especially the annual Christmas Tree Festival and we hope that you will continue to come along and enjoy the festivities. Everyone is always welcome, not only as visitors but we are always looking for new participants and support behind the scenes at our various functions.

Geddington.net is also extremely grateful for this floristic report, complete with wonderful floriated images (well, I had to find something appropriate!) thank you.

The Flower Festival for next year is already programmed in so everyone, please take note:

SAVE THE DATE!!

THE 2020 FLOWER FESTIVAL WILL BE ON THE WEEK-END
OF SATURDAY 4th & SUNDAY 5th JULY

If you would like to contact us about any of our functions, we can usually be found at the coffee mornings in the church held on the last Saturday of every month from 10.00am until 12 noon. So, why not come along for a chat, have a cuppa and even enjoy a slice of cake or two. You do not have to be a church member, and we emphasise again that everyone is welcome.

Vic Crouse & Margaret Leaton

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:

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Gardening Tips for July

Make the most of long fine days . . .

 

 

 

 

 

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.

March for Men 15 July 2019

Below is a message, and plea, from the Chairman of our Parish Council.
Good to see at least one politician doing something good for the population.

Dear All,
Continuing a theme of recent exertion, on Saturday 15th June, this weekend coming, the day before Father’s Day, I am joining my team to take part in March for Men in London.
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This aims to raise money for, and awareness of, Prostate Cancer – the number one killer of men in the UK, and what has now overtaken breast cancer as the third biggest killer in the UK.
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It disproportionately affects the demograph in which I work, so I am leading a campaign with my colleagues to encourage men to get tested as early as possible, and raise money to support Prostate Cancer UK.
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If you are able to support I and the team with a very small donation, I would be very much obliged if you could click on the link below and follow the simple steps.  This can remain anonymous if you wish, and/or you may also opt for an encouraging message.
Thank you for your time.
Kindest regards,
Nick

Gardening Tips for June

Days of wine and roses . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

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
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