It’s that time of year again where The Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade would like to invite you to the highlight of our calendar – the 2017 Annual Boxing Day Squirt.
For those that don’t know, The Squirt is when the GVFB take on a team from Northamtonshire Fire and Rescue Service at a competition of skill, bravery and wits: A beer barrel is suspended from a wire across the River Ise and both teams take their place at either end of the Ford.
When the whistle is blown, the two teams raise their hoses and attempt to push the barrel over the heads of their competitors to score a point. The first team to 3 points wins.
The Squirt begins at 12:00 noon on the Bridge, however please join us at the Cross at around 11:30(ish) to see us parade and be inspected by this year’s special guest. The Star Inn, White Hart and the Cricket Club will all be open afterwards.
Traditionally, Geddington are announced the victors by around 12:30.
We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you there on Boxing Day!
GVFB have regular community renovation, restoration and maintenance projects on-the-go. Street cleaning for example takes place last Sunday of the month, we are asked to Newton Field Centre annually to cut back the vegetation and we complimented the regular Geddington churchyard clear up earlier this year. We’re happy to get stuck in if we can help.
For some time restoration of the pond in the meadow had been mooted so in November things started to happen. Instructions from the Wildlife Trust were acquired; discussion and permission from the Parish Council took place; a day was decided upon and with added help from Boughton House we set to it with our usual enthusiasm. The pond has now been cleared to reveal an expanse of water, fed from a natural water course; a sight you may recognise if you have lived in the village for some time.
Following this a site meeting took place involving interested parties that gave clear future direction of how we progress. We look forward to working with the Parish Council, the Wildlife Trust and the village in completing the work. Whilst we have received a lot of very positive feedback about the project we do accept not everyone felt the same. GVFB members give up their time freely to get involved in these things only for good motives and reasons. We look forward to contributing time and energy to this and other projects in the future.
A before and after view of the Paddling Pool – unseen for many years
GVFB volunteers get stuck in (the mud)
Happy-go-lucky children look on excitedly – looking forward to a Summer of frolics and gaiety.
Many members of the community joined in and the work was mostly completed in one morning.
Hopefully you all attended St Mary Magdalene Church’s flower festival this last weekend. If you did, you will have noticed one of the displays was on the GVFB.
The show was titled “In’spire’ations of Northamptonshire”, and each display was based on an inspirational Northamptonshire story. So, we’re not supprised, that we were chosen.
Many thanks and well done to all the arrangers who contributed to the event: Margaret Baker, Val Bellamy, Kathryn Brown, Maureen Crouse, Vic Crouse, Esther Gordon, Jenny Harker, Margaret Leaton, Veronica Richardson, Georg Shiells, Sherry Stokes, Margaret Tuffin, Georgie Ward, Lisa Wilkinson and Rosemary Wootton.
The GVFB were proud to be asked to help get Geddington School’s new allotment ready for use. As you can see, our green-fingered experts were as helpful as can be expected and the job was done in record time.
When Geddington receives a new Vicar, it has been known to host a walk around the boundary of the parish, ‘Beating the Bounds’. Not specifically a Brigade event – it is open to all – but many members and their families were present.
12 miles later, and we have the following photos to prove it actually happened…