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    It’s been a super half term here at Guilsborough C of E Primary, with lots of exciting things happening already!

We have seen whole class assemblies, taken part in fundraising events, parents’ evenings and our German breakfast morning to celebrate European ‘Day of Languages’ was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I was very proud of our talented school choir, who sang beautifully at our church Harvest Service that took place on Sunday 7th October at St Etheldreda Church in Guilsborough.

There have also been a number of sporting tournaments already this term, including our own in-house hockey tournament! Our Year 6 leaders certainly did a super job supporting the organisation of this.

Our new Guilsborough Wrap breakfast and after-school provision is up and running and the children are thoroughly enjoying their time at the clubs. Please visit our website for more information.

The children have been completing our whole school ‘Project Friday’ about World War 1 to mark this centenary year. We also had a theatre company visit our school to perform ‘Your Country Needs You’ (see page 2 for colour photo), which the children found extremely interesting and enjoyable. They learnt wartime songs, poems and stories which help them to understand this very important event in history. We have also taken part in a WW1 prayer space to explore many values, feelings and conflicts in the world today.

Please see our school website and our Twitter profile - @guilsboroughpri - where we will be communicating all about the exciting things we are doing at our school and for any important updates.  

Mrs Shilliam, Headmistress

Guilsborough WI for ladies in Guilsborough and surrounding Villages.

Meet new people and have a fun packed evening with Guilsborough and surrounding areas WI

Witch & Sow the 3rd Monday of every month

Guilsborough Women’s Institute for ladies in Guilsborough and surrounding Villages of all ages.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).Visitors welcome, £5 per meeting.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.

Next meetings: -

December- Christmas Special – date to be confirmed. Festive speaker making Christmas wreaths and silver jewellery. Mulled wine and nibbles,

January 21st Inspirational Speaker – Positive outlook can win results every time, teaching us all we cannot let a setback take over our lives.

Join our WI - for more information call Caroline Collins: 07980-809002


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

Our Christmas Party will be

on Monday 17th December

For more information contact:

Janet 01604 740640


On Monday 8th October, founder of Village Link Glanville Hart passed away peacefully in his sleep aged 96, surrounded by his family. A celebration of his life took place at St Etheldreda’s on Friday 19th October, a beautiful sunny day, and the Church was packed.

Glanville had lived in Guilsborough since 1988 and was an enthusiastic contributor to village life. He was a keen supporter and a very successful fundraiser for many of the clubs and societies in the village – secretary and treasurer and some-time umpire at the cricket club; a Guilsborough Playing Field Association committee member and treasurer for many years;  a player, treasurer and some-time groundsman at the bowls club; a behind-the-scenes painter of GMADs backdrop scenery; a driver for Daventry Area Community Transport volunteer driver scheme; occasional golfer at Cold Ashby Golf Club; and a volunteer for Victim Support.  

He was instrumental in setting up Village Link, when its predecessor Village Lines ceased, and was responsible for distribution. He raised funds to cover printing costs, kept an eye on the finances, and maintained a network of delivery volunteers around the villages, getting the newsletters out to them. He did that right up to last year. Even when he was unable to leave the house, his network came to him to pick up their newsletters to distribute, helping him stay connected to people and to goings on. He was a wonderful person, and he is sorely missed.


Early life: Kensington, London: Glanville takes himself to Lords (cricket) and Highbury (Arsenal FC) – passions that stayed throughout his life.

WW2, aged 17, joins Navy: HMS Edinburgh lead him to the artic convoys, torpedoed by U 256 on May Day 1942, the ship was eventually scuttled by HMS Nottingham and several months were spent in Murmansk Russia. Returning to England, he attended officer training at Lancing College, finishing top of his class.

D-day landings: First Lieutenant in command of Landing Craft 2225 damaged by a mine on the run into the beach. He collected a new Landing Craft (LCT 1138) from Chepstow and continued to cross the Channel to France.

Aged 24 marries Pauline: settles in Harrow Weald, children Deborah and Stephen

Post war: joins Hunting Surveys in Elstree as accountant but soon becomes Production Controller, a position held until retirement in 1985 after 39 years. Spare time spent with Royal Naval Reserve at HMS Northwood until retirement in 1976 as Captain, when he moves to Luton Hoo.

1988: moves to Guilsborough

After 70 years: After 70 years awarded Artic convoy medal by British Government at moving ceremony on Loch Ewe. Not to be outdone, Putin then presented him with a Russian medal as well!


Guilsborough Village Hall

Sunday 9th December

2-4 pm

Adults £1.50

Children Free

Sandwiches, cake, squash, tea and coffee will be served

Raising funds for Care International and celebrating the centenary of women’s vote.

Ten years ago in September, 1st Guilsborough Guides was reformed and has always been fully involved in village, district, division, county, region, national and international activities. Guiding is full of opportunities.

We know there have been Guides in the village from early on – were you a Guide, do you have any photos or stories/memories to share? It would be great to put together a History of Guiding in Guilsborough and see the changes. As one Guide puts it:

“When you come to Guides you will make new friends. Guides gives you lots of opportunities to try things you have never tried before, like when I went to the Big Gig at Wembley Arena. This concert featured different soloists and groups including The Vamps, HRVY,

New Hope Club, Cutkelvins and Samantha Harvey. It was hosted by Lindsey Russell (from Blue Peter) and was attended by 10,000 Guides. It was a great atmosphere and a memory I will never forget.”

As well as our regular meetings, November’s activities included Ice skating at Beckworth’s Emporium and marching to Guilsborough church for Remembrance Day.

On 9th December we will be hosting a tea party at Guilsborough village hall, in aid of Care International. This charity supports women and girls to overcome inequality and fulfil their potential.

If you are interested in joining Guilsborough Guides (and are aged 10-14), come along to one of our meetings on Friday nights in Guilsborough Primary School. Contact: Pauline Jacobs 01604 743792

Harvest at Guilsborough

The Harvest  Supper was well attended, and much enjoyed by all.  Thank you to Tom Harper, Glennis and Tony Ambrose for the musical entertainment and to all those who produced and served the food.  

We were able to raise £180 for a variety of charities: Blythswood for the Christmas shoeboxes appeal, The Eve Refuge and The Hope Centre.

At the Harvest Service the following morning it was good to welcome the Primary School choir who sang beautifully. The plate collection was in aid of the Daventry Food Bank. We were pleased to send £176 along with the food that had been donated.

24th January 2019

The final stage in imminent.

Our referendum is scheduled for 24th January 2019* and we need you to turn out and vote!

This process began 30 months ago and many of you have contributed to this plan during the two public consultation periods and through your responses to the Village Questionnaire. All your views and comments have been considered and summarised in a formal document which is Guilsborough Neighbourhood Development  Plan. We are now at the stage in the process which requires a formal adoption of the proposed plan which is by means of a public referendum. The referendum date is currently set for 24th January 2019.

Guilsborough Village Hall will be the Polling Station and will be open normal polling hours from early morning to late evening.

You will receive a polling card from DDC through the post; please don’t discard it, this will act as a reminder of the date for you and we’ll also be delivering a leaflet in person early January when you will be able to ask any questions you may have regarding the plan. In the meantime, if you’ve got any questions please contact the clerk at

A majority vote will decide whether the plan is adopted and we encourage you to use your vote.

*Early December DDC will confirm the referendum date as final and it will be on both the GPC and VL website.


Speed Restriction Awareness Sign

In line with feedback gathered during the forming of our Neighbourhood Plan, the illuminated sign located near The Academy on West Haddon Road will soon be replaced with a newer model which will also display the speed of approaching traffic. These are quite costly items but do have proven success in reducing vehicle speeds. It is hoped other such signs in the village will be replaced as an ongoing project, as funds allow.

WW1 Commemorative Bench

The new bench has now been placed in the cemetery and is looking very smart. It was blessed by Rev Allison Twigg on Nov 11th. The bench was kindly purchased for the village by The Royal British Legion and is definitely an asset to the Parish.

The Uplands group

of Churches


Have some family fun finding the lost sheep!

The sheep hunt begins at

St Etheldreda’s Church, Guilsborough

Sunday 16th December, 10am

Follow the trail through the village and end with a free Brunch, craft, song and Christmas message in Guilsborough Village Hall

from 11am

Sheep Trail Competition - 50p per entry in aid of Northampton Hope Centre

Winners will be drawn from the correctly returned entries.


Carol singing in Guilsborough this year will be on Tuesday Dec 18th.

Meet at 6.30pm on the big Green by the Cob Barn where there may be a Christmas tree!!

All welcome, bring a torch and wear warm clothing.

 Children must come with a responsible adult

Carol sheets and collecting pots provided.

As usual we will collect for the Hope Centre, and mulled wine and mince pies will be part of the event!

For more information contact Katie 07740 604067 or Mike 07970 664190

Newcomers welcome!

We had a wonderful first term at pre-school welcoming back some familiar faces but also lots of new families too. We have also been attending Monday Morning Meet which has proved a huge hit not only with the children and staff, but the wider village community with whom we share a cupcake, story, play and creative time. Being part of the community is very important to us as and it's an essential part of the children's social development.

In other news we have made use of a DDC grant which we were able to match fund through generous donations to redecorate the whole pre-school. Huge thanks to P M Murray Decorators of Northampton who completed the work in just 9 days over half term. Next we look to Christmas and we will be selling Hamper raffle tickets at the primary school's Festive Friday on 7th Dec.

We have some session spaces available and if you would like to arrange a show-round please contact Dawn on 01604 740761 and you would also be very welcome to join us at our Christmas Performance at 10am on Friday 14th Dec in the village hall. Happy Christmas from us all!


Teacher Training Begins at Guilsborough Academy

After a very successful opening of the centre by Chris Heaton-Harris on the 6th of September training is well underway in the new teacher training facility at Guilsborough Academy. We have formed a satellite centre in order to train teachers from the Grand Union Teacher Training Partnership Programme and on the 18th of September we officially opened our doors to nine trainees training in MFL, History, Geography, English and Science.

They have so far experienced numerous sessions exploring key topics such as behaviour management, safeguarding, life skills, bullying, e-safety, lesson planning, questioning, reflection and the theories of learning with plenty more still to come over the year.

Our Subject mentors have also been busy using the centre for key subject specific meetings and training. On Monday the 24th of September we saw five placement trainees come on board at Guilsborough Academy who will be with us until February half term. In addition, to this we have formed a partnership with the University of Warwick and the Ashlawn Train to Teach Alliance and have two Science trainees with us for the majority of the year training in Chemistry and Biology. We are currently also in discussions with other teacher training providers to see how we can work in partnership together in order to drive teacher training and recruitment within the local area.

Miss B Nunley, Assistant Principal—Teacher Training Lead

Guilsborough Playing Fields village sport and recreation


The Village Link Team with Glanville (far right) in March 2012

Neighbourhood Plan Vote


Like many voluntary organisations, the GPFA would welcome new members to participate and take on responsibilities.  The GPFA is grateful to its’  many supporters  in the village who have raised funds for it. However, the GPFA recognises that it is essential to  have new members that bring new ideas and enthusiasm, and  desirable for some positions such as Chairman and Vice-Chairman to be  rotated and/or new members proposed for these positions.  On the General Committee there are, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Health & Safety Officer, Fundraising Officer, Parish Council  General Committee members and Cricket/Football Club representatives.

The current Secretary has had the role for 30 years, and has received a state pension for many years,  and feels it would be wise for ANO to take on  some of his responsibilities. One of his current roles relates to maintenance and the GPFA would be delighted if someone could take on the role of  a Facilities Manager responsible for 1) maintenance  and 2) service contracts, relating to A) the buildings (pavilion, tractor shed, bowls trailers), and B) services  (water, electricity,  safety contracts).

Another new role needed, is that of someone to take responsibility for controlling the new Refreshment and Kitchen that is to be installed in the pavilion in early 2019, to dispense alcohol.

It is suggested that anyone who wants to find out more should join the General Committee and then “Shadow” the roles of others , and then to take on one of these roles.  For further details, please contact the GPFA  Secretary, Graham Byars, 740545, 07712649833, The GPFA website can be seen at

Guilsborough Playing Field Association are evaluating options for future development of the Playing Field, following a recent survey of residents there is clear support for maintaining and developing the facility.  Over the next few months a working group, including representatives of all of the groups in Guilsborough with an interest in use of the field will evaluate the different development options and make recommendations to the trustees.  If any Guilsborough resident would like to have their say on the future of the Playing Field, or to be involved in the evaluation group please contact

West Haddon and Guilsborough CC will start preparations for the 2019 season from February with indoor training sessions. New junior and senior players, including ladies and girls are always welcome.Please contact for more information.


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

Last updated Friday, December 7, 2018

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 2nd January 2019