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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.

Parish Council Extra Meeting 25 March

Geddington, Newton & Little Oakley Parish Council

An extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council
will be held on
Thursday 25th March 2021 at 7.30 pm
AS A VIRTUAL MEETING.

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The meeting will be held as a virtual meeting because of the
Coronavirus lockdown requirements.
Anita Curtis, Parish Clerk.

The meeting can be viewed on YouTube at – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbXT8qd9CDP9Tcd3v8pVjjA

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.

A G E N D A
1. Apologies and Declarations of Interest.
2. Public session.
3. Planning applications for consideration.
NK/2021/0079
Mr A Foulke 1 Grafton Road, Geddington, NN14 1AJ
Queen Eleanor & Buccleuch Vehicular access and hardstanding including installation of two field gates within the Wood Street boundary wall to provide vehicular hardstanding for No. 1 Grafton Road and vehicular hardstanding and allotment garden area for No. 12 West Street
ACSNACS
Expiry date for comments to KBC 5 April 2021
4. AOB.

Anita Curtis – Parish Clerk.
Email: geddingtonparishcouncil@yahoo.co.u

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
Email: gbg.action.group@gmail.com
F: Geddington-Brickyard-Garden-441898105969537
Web: www.geddington.net/geddington-brickyard-garden/

A Little Nostalgia

Thanks to Steve Bell and Stuart Lineham, we have been able to bring a little nostalgia to our pages.

Football teams – village style – from the 1960s, so many familiar names.

The 1963-64 and the 1964-65 Geddington School Football Teams
The 1965-66 and 1966-67 Geddington School Football Teams

And talking of nostalgia, here are some slightly unfamiliar views – Wood Street, without the ‘add-on’ of Bright Trees Road and no apple tree on the corner of Chase View Road.
In these pictures, the name ‘Chase View’ has a real meaning.

Steve Bell, Arthur Bell and his friend, Keith Simpkins, and their trollies

If you have been loft-clearing during lockdown, and have come across any photos of old Geddington, we’d be delighted to see them.
I know from my years on The Newsletter team, that stories and photos of Geddington’s history always attracted a lot of attention as a popular and entertaining topic and our experience on the website, hasn’t changed that view.
Pam.

Woodchips

Gardening can be done any time of the year, but it has to be said that the sub-zero temperatures of last week did not encourage even the keenest of gardeners outdoors.

But now the early signs of spring are showing, the garden is more welcoming.

To this end, Grafton Road gardener, Teresa Evans, offers all gardeners, and allotmenteers, the opportunity of having some wood chips. Used as a mulch the chips will help to prevent weed growth.

Teresa offers the following:
“I have a large load of tree chippings outside my house and much of it I have used, but by no means all. So I’d like to offer it to the allotment people and gardeners in Geddington. It’s available at 19 Grafton Road, under a blue tarpaulin on the road, please help yourself.”

If you would prefer to contact Teresa, to arrange a time to collect for instance, her mobile number is 07792 292 936.

19 Grafton Road can be found next to the allotments

Knitting Club – a result!

The funds raised by the Knitting Club’s Christmas Tree Decorations was sent to the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity, which has now kindly sent a receipt.

To everyone at Geddington Knitting Group

We really appreciate your support
Thank you for your very kind donation of £250.00 to Macmillan Cancer Support from sales of handmade Christmas Tree decorations made by Club members. Your generosity and support will allow us to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support.

How you are helping
At Macmillan, we understand that cancer can impact a person’s whole life – health, money, family, work; everything. We can help people with managing symptoms and offer advice and benefits for things like keeping the cost of heating down during treatment. We can also provide training for employers to support people back to work. With your support, people get the energy and inspiration to feel more like themselves.  

Thank you again for choosing to support Macmillan. Without people like you in our team, we simply couldn’t do what we do.

With best wishes,
Jigna Radia
Supporter Donations Team
Tel: 0300 1000 200
Email: 
fundraising@macmillan.org.uk

(This email constitutes an official receipt)
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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 –

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbXT8qd9CDP9Tcd3v8pVjjA 
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

Email: Geddingtonparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk

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.

Snow fall – 1978 style

Every snow fall can bring back memories of previous winters.

Here is how the Evening Telegraph covered the spring snow fall of April 1978.

Road Closure Reminder

Monday

25 January

2021

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The A4300 between Grange Road

and the

Newton Road/West Street crossroads.

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