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New Members welcome from Guilsborough and surrounding villages.  We meet the 3rd Monday of nearly every month please visit our Facebook page.

Friday 6th October – Quiz night Guilsborough Village Hall

Monday October 16th Our AGM and open new members social. The Witch & Sow

Wednesday 18th October - Visit to Warners Gin.

Contact  Tel: 07980 809002  for more information.


Monday Morning Meet

Guilsborough Village Hall

9 – 11am every Monday (Excluding Bank Holidays)

All welcome baby – OAP’s.

Baby & toddler toys for youngsters.

Meet for a chat, coffee/tea, cake.

Only £2/adult - includes refreshments.

Children free

Christmas Party – 11th December. Details to follow.

For more information contact:

Janet 01604 740640

Thank you for supporting the Summer Fete

We raised £242 for church funds.


Once again it has been a busy summer of junior cricket across Guilsborough and West Haddon.  The U13’s had a great season, reaching the Rugby District Cup final and coming runners-up in the league competition, this team will hope to go one better next season, competing at U14 or U15 level.  The U11s and U12s both had tough seasons as one of the few village clubs in Northampton district able to field teams at these age groups, we are competing with the larger town clubs in most fixtures. However both squads learned a huge amount and really enjoyed their cricket, regardless of the opposition. The Guilsborough ground also hosted the Northampton District U13 Girls squad this year, providing a facility for over 20 girls from all around the district to come together to train, learn and enjoy the game.

Next year the aim is to run 3 league teams again plus a development side to offer cricket for less experienced players. The club will be looking for a number of new players to allow us to run these 4 squads. Indoor training will start from February, if your child is interested contact





Tracy's Hairdressing

The Green


Tel:01604 740555


The Parish Council would like to thank those who park outside Elm Tree House for observing the newly painted parking areas, we hope these will help to ensure freedom of movement for pedestrians and residents along the pavement in the area concerned.

With the darker nights arriving we would also like to remind residents that the  Parish Council has responsibility for street lamps and if you notice a lamp that isn’t working please contact the clerk who will report it for repair. Please inform her of the location of the lamp and, if possible, its number.

The Daventry Dog Warden is to bring the “Paint Means Poo” campaign to Guilsborough’s High St in the coming months to assist us in keeping the village free of dog poo.

The PC have also been discussing the village phone box, which is currently empty and in need of some attention. We are considering the possibility of using the box as a community resource—perhaps as a library or a source of local information in some way. If any parishioners have an interest in this, or suggestions please contact the clerk or a councillor.

Contact details:

Parish Clerk, Mrs Carol James, The Stone House, 6 The High Street, Ravensthorpe, Northants. NN6 8EH Telephone 01604 771141 email:


Over 100  people were present at the village lunch in the marquees at the delightful Playing Field setting. Hugh Lowther's team scored a respectable 167 in their 30 overs. In response  West Haddon & Guilsborough Cricket  team, captained by Jim Houghton,  lost several wickets to good seam bowling, and they initially fell behind the run rate needed. But then a significant acceleration in the score by Graham Cottle and John Elder, resulted in the target being reached in the last over, due to 2 overthrows!  Archie Houghton contributed 23 to the WHGCC score.  The WHGCC team was composed of current and past players, e.g. Ben Coyne, Joe Byars, Steven Cottle, Jem Mister, with Mike Milner and Nigel Townsend who umpired part of the game.  Hugh Lowther thanked all for supporting this event in memory of his  father, who  made the Playing Field available to the Village. The GPFA were delighted that Lady Lowther and some of her family were present.

At the lunch, The GPFA recognised the contribution of Graham Cottle to  Guilsborough CC. He captained the Club for 12 years from 1998 to 2010. He persuaded players to join the Club and was pivotal in its success over many seasons. Graham is a talented sportsman, and was a key player who bowled and batted. He had previously played for the Guilsborough Junior CC from the age of 9 and grew up in the village.  The GPFA are to place a framed photo of Graham in the pavilion to recognize his achievements.


On September 6th the Northamptonshire Ladies Last Woman Stands competition came to a dramatic climax as WH&GCC “Hombres” took on Bowden “Pinks” in the league play-off final at Burton Latimer.  The Pinks have held the edge in previous encounters however the Hombres managed to pull off a dramatic win by just 2 runs, thanks to the batting of Emily Naylor (40 not out) and the bowling of Tilly Houghton (5 wickets for 15 runs).  It has been a great team effort all season from the Hombres who this year have been boosted by a number of junior players from both Guilsborough and West Haddon coming up through the ranks to make strong contributions to the senior side.

Cricketers wanted – all levels of ability welcome

West Haddon and Guilsborough CC run two teams in the Northamptonshire League. In order to support the development of our youth players through to adult cricket our 2nd XI aims to combine senior and youth players in a relaxed environment.  The club are  looking for a number of new players to expand this squad for the 2018 season. So if you want to dust off your boots after a few years out of the game, or if you aged 13 or over and want to give cricket a go please contact


Guilsborough Village Hall

Saturday November 18th

10am to 4pm

Attic Clearance, Cupboard Clear Out, Crafts and Bric-a-Brac.

Home made lunches and afternoon teas

For table hire please phone 01604 740392

All proceeds to Guilsborough Church and Village Hall



In October each year the RNLI holds a Fish Supper. This is done to raise the public’s awareness of the times that the RNLI Volunteer Crew sit down for a meal with their families, only to be called out on a shout to save lives at sea.

Don’t worry, we won’t disturb your meal, but we would like you to join us for a Fish Brunch to be held in Guilsborough Village Hall commencing at 10:00am on Saturday 21st October 2017. Last meals will be served at 1:00pm. A variety of fish dishes will be available for the princely sum of a mere £10 for adults and £5 for children.

 There will be competitions and prizes and bearing in mind that Christmas is soon upon us you will be able to purchase many items such as Christmas Cards, Diaries, Calendars and stocking fillers from the RNLI Shop which will be in the Hall that morning.

In order for the organisers to get an idea of how many fish to catch could you please contact either Chris Burn on 01604 743711 0r Mike Alcock on 01604 740856


The Steering Group has now worked through the extensive responses from the May consultation, and we have been in detailed discussion with Daventry District Council.

This autumn, DDC will launch its new Local Plan (Part 2) for consultation, which will be important to our parish plan. Rumours are that more houses may be targeted for villages, but we have to wait and see.

What designation will DDC give to Guilsborough village? So far our approach of having a reasonable level of development – because we need to meet the local needs you have asked us to provide -  has seemed agreeable to DDC. We are very likely to pull back on having as extensive heritage area designations as we initially identified (apart from around the historic fort area) in response to your consultation on DDC’s advice, in part because other protection is there for Listed Buildings and local character. We have had highly technical and legal responses from those developers and landowners with housing development interest, that we have to respond to. Trying to allow enough houses for local need (especially smaller homes and bungalows) without opening up loopholes for developers to exploit and impose too many houses, is very challenging. We hope to have the Formal Draft Plan out to the community before Christmas.

Cllr David O’Neil.

Did you know that we have a Traidcraft agent in Guilsborough?Pauline Jacobs is our agent in association with the church.

Traidcraft supports local producers in developing countries to trade their way out of poverty. It was established in 1979 and is the UK’s leading fair-trade organisation.

Pauline holds stock items such as tea, coffee, chocolate, cleaning products and gifts. There is also a catalogue and she can order products as required.

Traidcraft’s Christmas Card selection is now available to order. Interested?

The catalogue can be seen at MMM and orders placed or contact Pauline directly : 01604 743792 or 07818 406368


The tennis project is progressing, the group who currently play regularly at the school have met and formed a committee for a club. The details of those who have expressed an interest already have been forwarded to this committee. These people will be kept informed of progress by email. If you are interested in playing tennis and/or taking an active role in the running of a new club please contact Sarah Dalzell (

Guilsborough & Thornby

Badminton Club

Where -

Sports Hall, Guilsborough Academy, West Haddon Road, Guilsborough NN6 8QE

When -

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings 7:30 - 9pm

Start: Tues 5/ Thurs 7 September 2017

Who -

Adult Members (Over 18)

16 - 18 (Parent attending)

What -

To Pay: £65.00 per School Term

Why -

Join Friendly Group of Members for Exercise

How -

Attend and Sign Up

Contact Members for further details:

Andy Crisp: 01604 740683

Sarah McAdam: 01788 510075

Guilsborough Music & Drama Society promotes & provides drama and live entertainment in the

village and for the local community.

Roles for for our next production A Damsel in Distress by P G Wodehouse & Ian Hay have now been cast.

Performances 14-17 March 2018.

We welcome newcomers behind the scenes to help with lighting, sound, stage building, props or costumes. Call Pam Townsend on 740900 to find out more about our group.

Visit our new, improved website for more information

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I am pleased to report that we have now completed the second stage of the refurbishment of the Village Hall kitchen, making it a much more pleasant and usable facility. We are very grateful to Howdens who have supported us financially with the kitchen units.

So, now that our kitchen is even better than before we would be delighted to show you around if you would like to consider Guilsborough Village Hall for your future events.

Please note that we have new contact details if you wish to make a booking.

Bookings phone / text number:

07342 382 706


Mike Fulcher, Chairman.

Sadly the GPFA has been subjected to three separate incidents of theft and vandalism this year. The tractor shed was broken into in March and a mower and ladder were stolen.  The police were made aware. Then in August, six local boys aged 15-17 were given warnings by police officers under section 59 law. Three of the boys were recklessly riding a motorbike around and over the cricket square, the three other boys did not ride the motorbike but were assessed and considered to be acting in an-social manner. All six will have a record on their current or future driving licences for five years after being sectioned, with consequences for insurance. This should be a lesson to many youths who do not understand the consequences of their actions in the community.
The wicket covers have also been damaged by youths who have used them to sunbathe on and then bent the gutters, which will cost £600 to replace.
The GPFA ask all parishioners to report any unusual activity at the Field to Graham Byars, GPFA Secretary 01604 740545, or the police directly.

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Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby

Last updated Monday, October 2, 2017

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