Category Archives: Community

GVFB raise funds at the Garage Sale

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…

Irish Night at Castle Gardens

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

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December 24, 2017

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!

GVFB and the Community

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.

2016 Senior Citizens’ Dinner

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:

Spring 2016 update

Here we share with you a few of the thing’s we’ve been up to recently…

Annual tidy-up of Newton Church graveyard

Annual tidy-up of Newton Church graveyard

Clean for the Queen - street cleaning

Clean for the Queen – street cleaning

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More street cleaning…

JS making toast with a  paint stripper.

JS making toast with a paint stripper.

 

GVFB featured in Church’s Flower Festival

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.

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Helping with Geddington School’s allotment

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.

Evidence below:

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