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It’s been a very busy end to the academic year so far. You may have seen our School Council walking around the village as they decided to have an end of year community planting afternoon. They have placed flower tubs around Guilsborough to brighten up the area with plants we have grown at school and through our gardening club. Our green fingered activities have also received wider recognition. Just last week we were very proud to be awarded the ‘RHS Five Star Gardening School’ award.

The Year 6 residential to Caythorpe Court in Lincolnshire took place recently and I’m sure many fond and lasting memories were created together. The children completed lots of activities throughout their stay, including archery, high ropes, abseiling and many team games. They all had an amazing time!

It was lovely to meet our new Reception parents at our ‘Welcome to Reception’ information evening. The parents were able to talk to our staff and see our Reception learning environment. They also had a quick taste of our delicious school meals, saw samples of our uniform and met our wonderful PTA. We are looking forward to welcoming them to our Guilsborough family.

Our whole school picnic was a success once again, and we were so appreciative of the dry weather which meant that our Year 3 children could perform their maypole dancing. I was also very proud to be showing off our new playground canopy/shading that our wonderful PTA raised money for, along with support from The Wilson Foundation. The shading will be a real benefit to our school and community. The benches have also had a revamp in our school house team colours.

Please remember, if you need to know anything at all about what’s happening at Guilsborough C of E Primary school we have lots of information on our website, or you can keep up to speed via our Twitter profile - @guilsboroughpri.


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 contactJanet 01604 740640

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: -

Aug 19th – Let’s share our favourite recipes, great social event

Sept 16th - Strictly come WI

More details at the Guilsborough WI Facebook page or contact Caroline as below

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



Guilsborough Parish Council has a new chair person. After many years of service to the council Sarah Jaggard has passed the mantle of chair person on to Tony Hart. Tony has been vice chair for some years and so is well qualified for the post; Sarah will be staying on as a vice chair.

Sarah was presented with an engraved cut glass vase by the council at a

recent meeting as a token of their

gratitude for her years of service and guidance.

The Council currently has eight members and a clerk. There is a vacancy and if anyone is interested in this position they should contact the clerk.

The councilors have reviewed their responsibilities since the change in chair and now have the following as their areas of key responsibility:

Tony Hart - Chair:

Village Hall , Small Playing Field, Internal Audits, Web Site, Village Hall Management Committee, Village Link Liaison

Sarah Jaggard - Vice Chair:

Village Hall Management Committee, Police Liaison

Church Liaison

Katie Fulcher:

GPFA Liaison, Budget Planning, Staff Committee, Village Link Liaison

Graham Metcalf:

Tree Warden, Planning Lead

Ian Miller:

Parish Assets, Academy Liaison

David O’Neil:

Village Hall , Planning Lead, Church Liaison

Gary Ashworth:

Highways Assistant, Staff Committee, Footpath Warden, Snow Warden

Dave Wooldridge:

Highways, Planning Lead

Carol Holifield - Clerk:

Clerk’s Duties, Responsible Financial Officer, Budget Planning, Street Lighting

The council would like to thank people who came and helped with the village litter pick and tidy up earlier in the summer. We filled a large number of bags with litter and debris and the village looked much smarter after the event.

The council are also hoping to produce a welcome pack for newcomers to Guilsborough in the near future as an introduction to the village, so if you’re an organiser of a club or society and want to be included in the pack and the PC website do let us know.

All the details of meetings and activities can be found on the Lantern notice board or the PC website

Picnic in the Parks 2019

Come and join in the fun.

Bring a picnic, chair, blanket etc.

12 – 2pm (weather permitting).

All ages welcome.

Thursday 1st August, Ravensthorpe Playing Field

Thursday 15th August, Spratton Playing Field

Thursday 22nd August, Guilsborough Children’s Playground

Contact information:  Janet 01604 740640


The Midsummer Night Garden Party organised by Janet Minney and a band of helpers was a great success and raised £760 for church funds. The Websters’ garden was looking beautiful; lovely food was served by a cheerful group of Guilsborough Girl Guides and guests were entertained by GMADS later in the evening.

The amusing and topical scene from A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream played by the drama group was the highlight of the evening as the audience moved around the garden with the players to great effect.

Janet would like to thank everyone who helped to make the evening such a success particularly the Websters, the Guides and all those who prepared food.

Hover over a picture to see it enlarged.


The annual Christian Aid collection and Big Breakfast raised £862 this year. Thank you very much to evearyone who participated and donated and especially to those who worked hard collecting envelopes and organizing brunch.

We present a comedy horror set in the grim castle of Baron Frankenstein. We meet  mysterious, menacing and comical denizens of the night seeking cures for their weird afflictions. Mayhem ensues……..

Tickets will be £10 Wednesday to Friday. A charity gala performance at £15 on Saturday 16th November is a chance for the audience to vamp it up with fangs, fur or fancy dress to enjoy pre-show drinks and canapes and win fabulous prizes in an extra-special raffle. Tickets available end September.

Make up help needed for the show. Preferably someone with experience but we welcome anyone who wants to let their creativity run wild!

Call Dorothy on 01788 510392.


At Guilsborough Academy

For the first season with

the new tennis entrance off the West Haddon Road, membership for the summer holiday period, July 20th to August 31st, is offered at a dramatically reduced special offer price to encourage play:

£20 per family, £10 per individual and £5 for student/child membership.

This allows you to play anytime in daylight until our new season starts on Sept 1st, so why not join now and enjoy playing tennis this summer.

For more information contact Sarah Dalzell 07917 608238


If you are looking for a school place for your child in September 2020,

we would very much like to welcome you!

Our open days are:
Tues 12th Nov 2019 at 1.30pm-3.00pm

Fri 15th Nov 2019 at 9.30am-11.30am

If these days are unsuitable, please call the office to arrange a separate visit as you are welcome at anytime!

During your visit you will have the opportunity to meet our Headteacher, Mrs Shilliam, and tour the school.

We hope that this experience will show you and your child the exciting, enriching, caring and nurturing environment we strive to create for all children at Guilsborough C of E Primary School.

Please call  01604 740307 to book a visit.

Please look at our school website or twitter page to find

out more about us!

For spaces available in other year groups

please call our office on 01604 740307

Guilsborough Playing Fields

The Annual Sir John Lowther Memorial Cricket Match and

W.I. Village Lunch


Sunday 18th August  2019

Good food, good wine and good company!

The ticket includes a 2 course buffet lunch to be held at Guilsborough Playing Field

Cricket match starts 11.00am

Licensed bar open from 12 noon              

Lunch served at 1pm  

Tickets £18 adult, £9 children, Under 5s free.    

Tickets from Graham Byars 07712 649833

Or The WI  Caroline 07980 809002 / Mandy 07969 884713


The GPFA had another good year at Hollowell Steam Rally.

The bottle stall was once again a success thanks to the help of a team of volunteers who manned the stall over the weekend . The stall raises valuable funds for GPFA to help keep the playing fields running. Thanks to everyone who donated bottles, bought raffle tickets and especially to those who gave up time to help on the stall.


The Field has been well used this Spring & Summer for organised sport, e.g. senior cricket by West Haddon & Guilsborough Cricket Club (WHGCC) 2nd X1, St. Michaels's Cricket Club from Northampton on alternate Saturdays, WHGCC Ladies on Wednesday evenings, plus WHGCC Junior games and practices. In addition South Northants & Daventry Schools Sports of Northamptonshire Sports have used the Field on 3 occasions, one for a Tri-Golf competition and 2 for Kwik Cricket competitions, where 10 local Junior schools participate with assistance from 6th formers of Guilsborough Academy. Furthermore, the Guilsborough Pre-School used the Field and pavilion for their sports day in July which was much enjoyed by all.

Once again, the GPFA would welcome new members to the General Committee, initially as observers but with a probability of taking a more active role in fundraising and grant applications, administrative, secretarial, and maintenance roles. The GPFA Secretary would be delighted to hear from anyone who can help.

The GPFA has applied for a grant to erect distance markers around the Field, so as to enable joggers/runners to assess and quantify their performance, but also to encourage more individuals of all ages to use the delightful Field and setting for recreational walking/jogging/running. More news in the next newsletter.

The GPFA would be delighted if a local Junior Football team/club would use the new football pitch for boys and/or girls football for the 2019/20 season, not only for games but for practices as well. Please contact the GPFA Secretary.


It has been another season of record numbers for West Haddon and Guilsborough junior cricketers, this year the club ran four age group sides from U10 - U15 as well as a record number of U8s attending the All Stars sessions which ran from May and July.The senior club meanwhile runs two Saturday teams in the Northamptonshire Cricket League as well as a social team on Wednesday nights in the Rugby District T20 league and a Ladies team in the Last Woman Stands competition.New players are always welcome of all ages, experience and gender!

Please contact

for more info.


With the new Premises Licence being granted to the GPFA, the new servery is working well and is much appreciated by the cricketers and others. The GPFA hope to increase its use by others, but would appreciate help by villagers to serve behind the bar on occasions, mostly of a Friday, and sometimes on Sundays.. If you are able, please contact the GPFA Secretary,

Graham Byars 07712 649833.

village sport and recreation

Cllr Hart The new Chairman of Guilsborough PC


The Church is moving ahead with a major restoration – the first in almost 100 years. One of the aims is to make the building more attractive, useful and comfortable for wider community use (such as music events), as well as for better supporting the church mission and ministry. It has been made possible by a very generous bequest (with restricted use for the maintenance and development of the church building).

This second consultation is asking for your views on details of possible new flooring, toilets, kitchen, heating, chairs instead of pews (or not) and other matters.

The first consultation asked about whether the draft vision was right and the answer was a clear “yes”.  You can download a progress report on what has been achieved so far by following the link below.

To be involved with this second consultation, please download, print and fill in the questionnaire; or if you need a hard copy  please email the Project Group c/o or ring David O’Neil on  01604 740 865. Instructions are given on where to return the form to and the closing date is 25th August 2019.

Lastly, there’s a third link to view examples of works carried out in other churches which may or may not help in your decision making and completion of the response form.


to be held at THE OLD VICARAGE, HIGH ST.

Come along for COFFEE, CAKE, and a CHAT 10- 12 noon.

Please help support our Macmillan cancer nurses and carers .

Any offers of baked goods and help ring Chris at

01604 743506.

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First Consultation report


Second Consultation Form


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

Last updated Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 2nd September  2019