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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

For more information contact:

Janet 01604 740640

The Historical Society will be holding their next community open day in the village hall on Sunday April 22nd.

This will include a slide show of old postcards and a chance to share memories. Refreshments will be available.

If you have any old pictures of Guilsborough and would like them to be included in the slide show please contact Gary Ashworth 07896559662 or David O’Neil

For more details please see the Society’s FaceBook page.

Guilsborough Preschool staff continuously make the preschool alive with interesting displays, decorations and changing themed related activities each week which are not only fun but develop the children’s fine and gross motor skills, imagination, communication, confidence etc. Some of our recent themes included; outer space, hospitals, super heroes, and Chinese New Year. Our Facebook page is kept up to date so parents are in touch with their children’s news. We also welcome showing new parents around. We are registered to take both the 15 and 30 hours free childcare entitlements.

You may not be already aware that Guilsborough Preschool is a charity. We are managed by enthusiastic volunteers who form the committee. They meet about 6 times a year. These are usually parents of children currently at Preschool. We’re open to support from others too, so please do contact us or come to a meeting.

Alongside other fundraising activities such as grants to refurbish the fabric of the building, the committee have organised two fun social events; a Curry and Quiz night was held on Sat 24 March and a Ladies Pamper Night, date to be confirmed.  We are also requesting donations to assist us with our garden project ‘Growing Gold’ to engage the children with growing flowers and vegetables in containers, as well as more revamping the ‘comfy’ sized garden such as improving the storage of outside toys in our ‘comfy’ back garden space.

You might have seen our pupils completing the whole school seasonal walk through Guilsborough this term and what a beautiful walk it was. We really feel so lucky to have such wonderful surroundings and all of our children where commenting on the changes that had taken place since our last seasonal walk in November. Thank you to the farmers who gave permission for us walk through their fields. This is an important experience for the children, especially as they learn to understand and respect the countryside and our local community.

We’re pleased to be moving forwards with our Peace Garden Project. The children have been sharing their own ideas about what they would like and we have been busy gathering quotes for the work that needs to be completed. We realise that this is a large scale project that will take some time but when it is eventually completed we’ll have a wonderful learning space that inspired by our children’s imaginative designs. I’m sure it will be a thought provoking process and space. If you can think of any way you can help with this project please do get in touch. I would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone who is skilled in mosaic work, wood carving, wind chime making etc. Thank you to all those who have given us good advice and ideas so far.

Do take a closer look at what’s happening at school. Up to date information can be found on our school website -, by visiting our Facebook page - @guilsboroughprimary – or taking a look at our Twitter profile - @guilsboroughpri. We will keep you updated on our school and community events through these channels.

Our community links are very important to us, especially as we ‘Build Brighter Futures’ together.

Mrs Katie Shilliam




and surrounding villages

We meet the 3rd Monday of every month at the Witch & Sow, 7.30pm for 8pm start, bar is open, tea and coffee complimentary after the speaker. (Bring your own mugs). MEMBERS WELCOME, please come along,are welcome at any meeting. meeting £5 if not joining on the night. We normally meet in the Restaurant unless an event requires more space and then you will find us in the function room at the back of the pub.

April 16th—Beatuy Tips and Make-up as we age

May 21st - Resolutions and Rabbiting a WI discussion.

For more information contact

Julia 07711 526302 or Caroline

Guilsborough Gardens will be open again this year;

Sunday April 29th


£6 / Children free

Teas in the Village Hall.


Look out for the annual door to door collection during this week and other activities to raise funds for the valuable work of Christian Aid helping people of all faiths in the UK and worldwide.



Village Clean Up—The PC is organising a clean up to ensure Guilsborough looks its’ best for the Festival. Please come along and help from 10am on Saturday May 12th—home made refreshments as rewards for hard work !

Playground—the cradle swings will shortly be replaced.

Neighbourhood Plan—The Plan has been submitted to Daventry for consultation. The consultation period closes at 5pm on 9th April and can be found at . All residents are able to comment on the plan through this link.

Creative fun

at pre-school !

Pupils enjoying the “Seasonal Walk”


at Guilsborough Academy

As many of you know, we are now an official LTA club, with all the benefits of a venue with British Tennis Membership.  At the moment we only play on a Tuesday evening in term-time. Membership for the year coincides with the school year, starting in the September.  In the winter we are restricted to 3 courts because of the need to use the lights; however with BST and daylight we have decided to offer membership for the Summer Term, starting after Easter, for £35.  If you are aged over 16,  and want to join, please contact Sarah Dalzell on 07917 608238.

The planning application for the access gate from West Haddon Rd is currently being considered.  If this is successful, we will have independent access to the courts, which means we will be able to expand to include all ages and play out of school hours, in daylight.  We’ll keep you updated!

Above: Winners of the “Guilsborough Plate”, (the annual club tournament) Sarah Newton and Robin Ungemuth with Roddy Macdonald (left).


June 22nd to 24th 2018

Friday Night—Barn Dance with band and caller. Pig roast supper and bar.

Saturday—Sports activities in the day. Western/Cowboy film night in the village hall.

Sunday—Wild West themed street fair. Rodeo Bull and lots of other fun events

For more details and stall hire for street fair please email Chris Benbow:


Now that Spring is here,

please will you think of giving

plants for the plant stall at the

Festival on June 24th 2018.

If you are sowing; potting up;

potting on; digging up and dividing, we would be grateful if you could provide stock so that we have a good variety for sale.

Contact Janet Mizen 01604 505651


At the 2017 Annual General Meeting on February 5th, the following were elected to the General Committee of: Chairman,Simon Smith, Vice-Chairman Mike Edwards, Secretary Graham Byars, Treasurer Mike Alcock, Publicity Officer & Parish Council Representative, Katie Fulcher, Fundraising ChairmanJim Houghton, Safety OfficerGary Wakelin, General Committee Members, Gary Ashworth, Corresponding Committee Members who arewelcome at all General Committee Meeting. Mark Webster ,Steve McGlasson, Sam Darbyshire, Diane Willis.Guilsborough Academy representative: Kit Woolridge.The committee were very pleased to welcome Gary Ashworth to the


Committee, especially anyone with sponsorship experience to help raise funds for the GPFA.

A series of fundraising events is once again planned to raise over £12,000 needed to meet operating costs.

In February the perimeter fencing was repaired at the Field that was by storm Doris in 2017, and the perimeter shrubs and overhanging branches were removed. The GPFA thank Hollowell Steam for their financial help towards the total cost of over £3,000.

Cricketers Needed, All Levels of Experience and Ability Welcome

West Haddon and Guilsborough CC run two teams in the Northamptonshire League playing on Saturday afternoons throughout the summer. This is a friendly club who play both at the Guilsborough ground and the ground in West Haddon.All new players are welcome, the 2nd XI is a sociable side which the club use to give our younger players experience.If you would like to play cricket in a relaxed team and help some of the local youngsters to develop this would be a great team to join.Father and son (or daughter) combinations are especially encouraged!

Junior Cricket Winter Nets Start Soon

It may not feel like the cricket season but spring is just around the corner.West Haddon and Guilsborough CC will be running indoor training sessions for juniors from mid-February.All ages and abilities welcome, please contact for more details, or call Jim on 07748920176.

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Ladies/Girls Cricket

We are looking to put out two teams this year in the last woman stands competition so if you are interested in playing a really fun game with no experience necessary then come and join us!

A Fun Filled Introduction to Cricket – for children aged 5 to 8 years

This summer West Haddon and Guilsborough CC are delighted to be taking part in a major nationwide initiative to offer boys and girls a great first experience of cricket.The programme is designed to introduce children to the game and develop early skills with the emphasis on having fun. All participants will also receive a personalised goodie bag provided by the ECB as well as 10 fun-filled sessions at West Haddon. information can be found at please contact or

Sixth Form Business Breakfast

On Wednesday 10th January the Sixth Form at Guilsborough Academy, with the help of Proactive Education hosted a Business Breakfast for all Year 12 students and a wide range of local employers and industry experts.  There were representatives from law, healthcare, logistics, media, design, engineering, finance, banking and public relations.

Students were matched with professionals from industries they were interested in learning more about, and over breakfast of pastries, croissants and fruit, had the opportunity to ask questions about the reality of a career in that industry. Conversations covered topics such as what types of jobs are available, what kind of skills and qualifications best equip students to get a job, and a typical ‘day in the life’ of that type of work. Students were also supported by professionals offering advice on building a compelling CV and how to apply for jobs successfully.  

This was a very informative and motivational event for students. We are really grateful to all external participants for their time, enthusiasm and generosity.  There have been many offers of contacts and follow up information and even visits to workplaces for the students to see the jobs in action. Thank you also to Proactive Education who work hard in order to bring in the local employers.

Miss B Nunley, Head of Sixth Form

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

Last updated Monday, April 2, 2018

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Friday 27th April 2018

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