On Sunday, we took our engine The Queen Eleanor around the village to see how easy it was to drive an emergency vehicle in some of the busier parts. We know the village has being discussing the difficulties the emergency services would have and we thought that we might be able to help visualise the situation.
It was by no means as busy as it has been recently and we’re happy to report that we made it through – albeit with the need of someone outside watching each corner.
That said, there was definitely one (maybe two) ‘pinch-points’ causing concern.We hope it helps the discussion and if there are other areas of the village you think it would help for us to check out, please get in touch.
The GVFB and village volunteers today completed part 2 of the annual Geddington and Newton spring clean. Circa 30 large bags of rubbish were collected from the roadside verges and hedgerows of Newton Rd, out toward Newton Village.
Passers by and cyclists were delighted with the activity taking place and to be fair to all involved the result is fantastic. Well done to organiser Pete Faulkner, Section Leader GVFB.
The Volunteer Fire-bobbies have been doing their thing again! Following the “Great Storm Ciara” and the follow up from “Storm Dennis” the village school was left with quite a bit of debris to clear from fallen branches etc. The clean-up took place on Saturday morning.
James McLean (Community Officer for the GVFB) commented;
Despite a bit of equipment failure, the playground was successfully cleared.
“A great effort from those who answered the call for assistance from the school saw the task completed in double quick time. Despite a bit of equipment failure of pressure washers halfway through, the playground was successfully cleared.
There are a few follow up tasks, which require a bit more specialist equipment. We have promised to return and tackle these extra jobs in a few weeks.
Not included in the photo were the new C.O Colin and ex Adjutant Graeme. Thanks to everyone for their time, it is very much appreciated by the school”
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.
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 →
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.