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Any of your unwanted/unloved (still of reasonable quality) household items, jewellery, pictures/paintings, ornaments, garden items, bric-a-brac etc for The Wild West Festival General Store which will be situated at the front of the garage of the Old Vicarage in the High Street on Festival Sunday.

Items can be left from the beginning of June with Chris Burn, 38 West Haddon Road, Guilsborough (under the front porch)

Tel: 743711   OR

Chris Benbow, The Old Vicarage, High Street, Guilsborough.  Tel: 01604 743506.

If you are desperate to be parted from your goods before June, please telephone one of the above nos.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Don’t forget the Festival Plant Stall also needs donations.

If you have any plants to contribute please contact Janet Mizen 01604 505651



Nick Schanschieff (Mr Nick) and his wife Jenni, who are both local residents have set up a Saturday morning Hockey Club which is running throughout the summer term at Guilsborough Primary School. Mr Nick, works for Pacesetter Sports and they have recently been awarded funding via the Northamptonshire Community Fund (NCF) to provide this hockey club free to Guilsborough school children. Mr Nick, works at the school every Thursday delivering PE and Clubs to the school and this will provide the children the opportunity to take part in sport very locally and it will all be free to access. There was plenty of support for this club, which Pacesetter were very grateful for including the Primary School, local MP Chris Heaton-Harris, PCSO Jo Wright, Reverend Chris Peck, Welford Hockey Club and also very importantly the parents as well.

The sessions started on Saturday 21st April and run for 14 weeks, 9am – 10am. It is open to reception – year 6 and all hockey abilities. All equipment is provided, however if you have your own stick feel free to bring this along. Please contact Nick directly at if you would like to be part of this club. Numbers will be limited.


Chairman’s Report 2018, Presented at the Annual Parish Meeting in April

The Council has come to the end of its term in office, and I must thank ……… Click to read the full report

This term our children will be learning all about Growing; how we grow as children and how plants grow from seeds with nurturing.We will also be growing vegetables for the children to try later in the term. The children have loved it so far especially being able to plant in the garden in the sunshine.

We will be involved in the village festival as a preschool showing the children's current work and also lots of fun activities. Over the weekend we will be burying a time capsule to commemorate the 50th academic year of Guilsborough Preschool so please come and see.

We will also be open for you all to come and have a look around at how lucky the village is to have such a lovely facility for our children.



Phone:  01604 740761


It’s been a very exciting time at Guilsborough Primary School, especially with our conversion to an academy with the Peterborough Diocese Academy Trust (PDET). We are proud to be the 25th school to join PDET and have already started working closely with them so that we are best placed to deliver our school vision. We are now to be known as ‘Guilsborough C of E Primary School’

The foundations of our new Peace Garden have now been completed. Thank you to our wonderful PTA for raising the funds! The space created is amazing and we believe will be a space where our pupils will enjoy, relax and learn throughout their time at Guilsborough. We are now hoping to make this space our very own little corner of peace and serenity. We would welcome any advice on planting or donations of plants, herbs and gardening equipment from the community to help us achieve the children’s own finished vision. We will be inviting pupils, parents and the local community to come and see our Peace Garden during this summer term, so we hope you will join us in our opening celebration.

Remember you can find out more information 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. ‘Achieving More Together’.

Mrs Katie Shilliam, Headteacher


The Village Hall continues to host a wide range of activities every week. Do have a look at our website updated to show all of our regular social and fitness activities as well as highlighting other events that are in the calendar.

As always, the Management Committee is looking at improvements to make this year. Upgrading our roof insulation is one item on our agenda in addition to our recent small improvements including a new heater in the small hall, hand drier and blinds in the ladies.

We will be holding the AGM for our Management Committee on Wed 6th June. This is an open event so do come along if you are interested. We would welcome your ideas and feedback, particularly from our regular users.

Mike Fulcher 07970 664190

Guilsborough WI for ladies in Guilsborough 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).

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME, please come along, you are welcome at any meeting. First 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.

For more information contact Julia 07711 526302 or Caroline

Summer WI Meetings:

18th June Arts and Crafts with Carrie, learn a new craft The Witch & Sow

16th July Sara Spade, Singer-songwriter

Jools Holland says: "She has a fantastic voice - her band makes me want to dance… they have that magical element which it's almost impossible to put your finger on!"  With her ebullient blend of vintage ukulele jazz and blues-infused Retro-Pop Swing originals, Sara's music breaks boundaries and she is going to teach us how to play the Ukulele!

August 20th First Aid Training – The Witch & Sow

THANK YOU to all of the residents of West Haddon Road Guilsborough who generously donated to the March Marie Curie door to door collection.

A grand total of £116.07p was raised.

Chris Burn


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

Guilsborough Playing Fields village sport and recreation



The GPFA will again be organising a Bottle Stall for the Village Festival over the weekend of 22-24th June. Bottles of all types, kindly donated by villagers, will then be raffled on the Sunday at one of the stalls. We will also be running our usual bottle stall at Hollowell Steam and so this year we need even more bottles than usual—please help us if you can. Bottles are kindly requested to be given to Caroline or Jim Houghton or Katie Fulcher.If you would like bottles collected please contact or on 07748920176.

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 Nets

West Haddon and Guilsborough CC offer cricket for all children from the age of 8 to 16. We run training on Friday nights and teams play in the Rugby District League at U11, U13 and U15 age groups.Please contact for more information.

The Development of the

Guilsborough Playing Field

As indicated by the recent Neighborhood Plan the Playing Field is viewed as a valuable asset by some residents, however the Association are keen to make the facility as relevant and beneficial to as wide a proportion of the village population as possible, whilst staying true to our founding ethos of encouraging exercise and outdoor activity in a local setting.With this in mind we are in the very early stages of evaluating options for the long term development of the Playing Field, and are seeking from village via a brief survey. If you wish to provide input please contact or on 07748920176 to receive a copy.

are also collating feedback from local schools and sport clubs, to establish there is widespread support for investment in the facilities. Assuming that there is support from the village and local clubs/schools we will enter into the next stage of discussion with the Parish and District Councils to develop options and undertake further consultation if required.


The Sir John Lowther Cricket Match and Village Lunch will take place on Sunday 5th August at Guilsborough Playing Field on the West Haddon Road.

The game is between Hugh Lowther's X1 and West Haddon & Guilsborough Cricket Club in memory of Sir John Lowther who was President of the Guilsborough Cricket Club for many years and keen supporter of the Guilsborough Playing Field Association. The match starts at 11am, with a Village Lunch in the marquee at 1pm.

All are welcome to this traditional village event in a delightful setting. Tickets can be obtained from any of the GPFA Committee, and  01604 740545.

GMADS aims to provide live theatre in our community. Following its latest offering,  P. G. Wodehouse’s ‘A Damsel In Distress’, I can report that theatre in the small community of Guilsborough is very much alive, positively kicking its heels in rude good health.

Although set in the 1930s, the novel, from which the stage-play emerged, appeared in 1919 in America and was serialised here in The Saturday Evening Post that same year. The curtain rose on the first of 234 performances at London’s New Theatre in 1928. Christopher Robin must have approved as A.A. Milne was an early investor.  Film and musical versions also appeared as the likes of Fred Astaire, Joan Fontaine, George Burns and Gracie Allen delivered the lines.

So, our local thespians had much to live up to, the question being, ‘Could they?’  This reviewer’s answer is a resounding, ‘Yes - could they ever!’

Wodehouse wrote, “I don’t know if you have had the same experience, but a thing I have found in life is that ... there occur moments which you are able to recognize immediately with the naked eye as high spots.”  He could well have been commenting on this production.

For this production a happy marriage of set and lighting enabled an almost seamless progression from Regality Theatre Stage Door to Totleigh Castle to Tea Shoppe.  This achievement was more notable considering the weather and I know Pam, Roger and the others had to contend with Arctic conditions and an almost total lack of water as they pieced it together.

The plot is typical Wodehouse as awkward situations collide with mistaken identities whilst attempting to waltz around eccentric characters inhabiting a distant social sphere long disappeared. As we entered Totleigh Castle I felt a brief chime from long-gone Guilsborough Hall and wondered if it had ever witnessed such antics. We were indulged with an enchanting ballet of finely drawn characters beautifully portrayed by, and I do not use these words lightly, our talented band of actors, complemented by sharp and thoughtful direction which allowed them to sashay confidently to their final curtain.

This was a true ensemble performance of great merit and it would be invidious to single out anyone. However, I know that Nigel went into this expecting to deliver 6 lines but had to memorise 220 as he stepped up to give us a most convincing Keggs, that “man of reverend years, portly and dignified.”  What Eve Wooldridge managed with a shift of her jaw and a pair of Milk-Bottle specs had to be seen to be believed.

Woodhouse once asked, “Has anybody ever seen a drama critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.”  Well, this reviewer did come out after dark and was delighted that he did.

GMADS appreciates being able to support local Cancer charity ‘Inspirational Gems’ by donating £560, the proceeds from the Raffles, Gala Night Raffle and Collecting Box.

To end with Wodehouse, “As we grow older and realize more clearly the limitations of human happiness, we come to see that the only real and abiding pleasure in life is to give pleasure to other people.” GMADS, you most certainly did.                      Paul Bland

Guilsborough Music And Drama Society Review

“A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS” by Ian Hay and P.G Wodehouse

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

Last updated Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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