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 2016 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 the Mayor of Kettering. Some food will be available from outside Askews and all the local Public Houses will be open before and after the Squirt – including the new Cricket Club Pavilion.
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!
Tune in to BBC2 next Tuesday (29th) at 6pm to see us take on BBC2’s Eggheads. We’ve been swatting up on our general knowledge in preparation for our showdown with Jeremy Vine’s collection of brainy boffins.
Watch us next week to see how we got on. We’ll post the results here in case you miss it!
I won’t spoil your suspense and tell you if we won, but you can watch the entire episode below:
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.
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…