After a request for help from a Scout parent, we began work last week to clear the footpaths to the Youth Club. Thank to those who helped!
Last night saw eighteen members fo the brigade visit the Potbelly Brewery in Kettering for a tour and sampling session. Potbelly Brewery is a Micro Brewery supplying Real Ales from the heart of Northamptonshire – something we VERY much like to support. Continue reading
We’ve successfully returned from our adventure to the village of Reeth, in Yorkshire, where we investigated the roots of the Brigade’s founder. Activities included a trip to the historic village of Masham – and a tour of the Black Sheep Brewery there – and finishing with the assent of High Harker Hill.
Read on for photos…
When the Brickyard Garden was suffering in the recent heat, they called on the GVFB to help water the plants. One tank full was enough and we were able to quickly replenish their supply. Continue reading
Thank you to the Friends of the Church for hosting yet another successful Great Geddington Garage Sale, and thank you to all those who bought from our stall. Monies raised help support our activities in the community, such as the Senior Citizens’ Dinner and our street-cleaning efforts.
Here are a few photos from the day…
When the residents of Castle Gardens invited us to their Irish Night we were honoured to attend. A night of Irish music, food and entertainment was planned in celebration of GVFB member John Doran (JD) – who regularly organised events and entertainment at Castle Gardens and was a friend to all.
An Irish gnome and plaque were revealed, and we were then entertained by dancers from Costello Irish Dance. Continue reading
Announcement: 2017 Squirt
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!
Go to blazes!
The annual Trundle will be held this year on 24th September 2017. It will start at 11am and is once again being held with the help and support of Geddington Cricket Club.
If you are interested in entering a team, please read the rules below…
- The event is being run by Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade
- The event will take place at Geddington Cricket Club
- All teams must be ready to start at 11.30 – arrive at 11.00 to be given a briefing of the course
- Teams will be launched at timed intervals
- Every team will consist of 4 members over 16 years old
- The event involves transporting a barrel around a one mile course overcoming mental and physical obstacles
- The winning team will complete the course in the fastest time after penalties from obstacles have been added
- Make sure your team are physically fit enough to compete
- Entrance is £20 per team – Cash prize is £100
- Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and will be rewarded
- The decision of the judges is final
Contact Darryl 07837 397148 to enter or for more information
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.
Once again we have been honoured to bring dinner and entertainment to the village’s senior citizens at our annual event.
We’ve received some lovely feedback, including: “Just a few words of thanks to you all at the GVFB for lovely meal and evening entertainment”.
Here’s a few photos for you: