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Guilsborough Primary School have received this award in recognition of their PE and School Sport throughout the Academic Year 2018-19 . The Primary School was nominated in the category ‘Sport School of the Year’ within the Daventry and South Northamptonshire District. The school attended an awards night in Daventry on Thursday 24th October and were named as runners up.

We were recognised for our dedication to young leaders, external sports competitions, 1-1 fixtures with local schools, inter house competitions, personal challenges, and school club opportunities (the school offered 8 clubs at school), so creating pathways to outside sports clubs and more.

We would like to thank parents for providing supporting statements—many of these described the impact that sport at school has had on their children and were instrumental in our nomination.

Mr Nick (PE lead at Guilsborough Primary and resident of Guilsborough)


Monday Morning Meet - Guilsborough Village Hall

9 – 11am every Monday (Excluding Bank Holidays)

All welcome from baby – OAP’s.

Baby & toddler toys for youngsters. Meet for a chat

coffee/tea, cake.

Only £2/adult includes refreshments. Children free.

Christmas Party

Monday 16th December

Christmas jumpers optional

For more information contact: Janet 01604 740640

For more information contact Janet 01604 740640


A very successful and enjoyable Race Night was held on 12th October, raising funds to continue tennis in the community of Guilsborough, and ensuring that a coaching  programme is available for children and adults next summer.  We would like to thank all who helped with the organising and clearing up, and thank the race sponsors: Lowther Farms, Dychurch Lifestyle Ltd, ST Consulting, Collins Fresh Produce Ltd, Victor de Banke Leather Care & Laces Ltd, Lawrences Jewellers Ltd, Long Buckby Dental Practice, and Abbey Ross Property Consultants.

The Guilsborough Tennis Club at Guilsborough Academy AGM was held on Monday 18th November, David Collins was re-elected as Chairman, Sarah Dalzell as Secretary, and Eve Wooldridge as Treasurer.

Play continues Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings (weather permitting) throughout the winter. New members welcome. Call Sarah on 07917 608238


Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Shoe Box & blanket collection this year.

We will have sent a record 38 blankets & 130 shoe boxes in support of the Blythwood Project. This year they will be going to Romania. In 2018 the charity sent 115,000 boxes abroad!

Your Village Hall hosts many regular activities and is all senses at the centre of village life

To find out more about these activities, or about the hire of our well equipped facilities for your own event….

Contact:  Sue Needham

Tel:07342 382706


Or see contact details for the activity organisers at our website


Junior Football has returned to the Playing Field, as some of you may be aware. Following the most recent contacts with West Haddon Football Club Juniors, West Haddon Under 12s are their home games on a Sunday morning, and the Under 11s on a Saturday morning. The Under 12s are coached by Ged Lowry who lives in Guilsborough and has been instrumental in football being played at Guilsborough. He is also helped by Steve McGlasson who lives in Guilsborough. The main reason why the Under 11s and 12s transferred from West Haddon Playing Field to Guilsborough, is because of scheduling and ground wear issues at West Haddon. , in both squads there are players from Guilsborough, Hollowell, East Haddon and West , with most kids going to Guilsborough school.

The new football pitch, created in part from the Bowls Green, has been marked out using R&G’s satellite navigation marker, but is to be remarked by the West Haddon coaches. The cost to Guilsborough Playing Field is to be reviewed at the end of the football season, such that a contribution will be made by West Haddon Football Club. The West Haddon coaches have been made aware of the Health & Safety policies of the GPFA.

Another training pitch with goals has been marked out between the pavilion and the cricket nets, and is frequently used, together with the other pitch, by boys from the village and boys at lunchtime from Guilsborough Academy.

How about some girls playing football?

8th May 2020 is VE, the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe. It was a shared moment of national celebration of peace that emerged after nearly six years of war, so the 75th anniversary on the 8th May 2020 represents an important milestone in our history. The British Legion and GPFA believe that this event should not pass without reflection and celebration.

The British Legion and the GPFA will be organizing a village event at the Playing Field over the weekend starting on Friday 8th May, with a 1940s theme (dress, ancient cars, spitfires, BBQ, coconut games and more, plus wartime loaf, eggless sponge cake, vegetable turnovers, curried carrots and Lord Woolton pie, and of course Spam!). More details to follow.

Guilsborough Playing Fields village sport and recreation

Congratulations to Archie Houghton. The Northants Cricket League awarded Archie, at its Annual Dinner in , the “Young Groundsman of the Year” award for his work at Guilsborough Playing Field preparing cricket wickets throughout 2019.


Sunday 22nd December, 6pm

Join us at St Etheldreda Church!


As last year we plan to erect a Christmas Tree on The Green and would like to invite residents to join us when we

Switch On the lights on

Thursday 5th December at 6pm.

We hope to turn on the lights and sing a few carols as a start to Guilsborough’s festive season.

We would also like to remind residents that the tree is there to be enjoyed and request that it is treated with respect and that the advice on the safety notices around the area is adhered to by adults and children alike. Should you have any concerns about the safety of the tree please contact Katie on the phone number below. Thank you

Sue and Katie (07747 604067)


Continuing on the Festive theme we will be carol singing around the village on Monday Dec 16th—meet by the Christmas Tree at 6.30pm.

Wrap up warm, bring a torch, children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Carol sheets are provided. Mulled wine and mince pies usually included.

Any questions please contact Katie 07747 604067

Guilsborough WI for ladies in Guilsborough and surrounding Villages.

Meet new people and have a fun packed evening with women in Guilsborough and the neighbouring parish ladies, all welcome. Meetings held at the Witch & Sow the 3rd Monday of every month unless a visit.

Time - 7.30pm for 8pm start, bar is open, tea,/coffee complimentary after the speaker. (Bring your own Mugs).Visitors welcome, £5 per meeting. We normally meet in the Restaurant/top bar unless an event requires more space and then you will find us in the function room at the back of the pub.

As you can imagine we should be called women who love alcohol, hence the venue, we are no ordinary group. Women who like to experience ideas and motivations they otherwise would not come in contact with, all members get involved with booking speakers that interest them and share experiences.

Next meetings: -

December 12th – SOCIAL - THE GATE HOUSE By kind permission of Sarah Edwards (opposite the shop), 8pm start. Christmas Social after voting, bring your bottle & glass please, Christmas nibbles being served. A great way to see if our group is for you and meet neighbours and like-minded ladies. 2020 programme to be distributed.

January 20th HISTORY: such a great meeting by Biff Raven on the History of Lady Bird books, she joins us once more but this time speaking on "A Brief (and Slightly Unpleasant) History of Medicine, with a display of Nasty Things and also some amusing novelties for sale.”

For more information about our group - Caroline Collins07980-809002Mandy Manning 07969-884713

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The Lantern Noticeboard

The PC Lantern Notice Board in the centre of the village that was kindly made for the PC some 40 years ago by Bert Thompson is in bad repair. After consideration of our options we have decided it is uneconomical to make further repair to it and have plans to replace it in 2020.

Fix My Street

The PC would like to remind parishioners that this website is available for anyone to use to report street problems – pot holes, blocked drains, street sign issues etc. It is always useful to take a photo of the issue you are reporting to upload to the site. The PC are happy to have issues reported to them if parishioners are unable to use the website but otherwise would suggest people file the reports themselves for efficiency.

Meeting Dates

The next meeting is Dec 9th at 7.15pm in the meeting room at the Village Hall. Parishioners are welcome to observe the meeting and may speak at the beginning of the meeting during the public forum for up to three minutes.

Dog Walking Field

The PC would like to extend its thanks to Hugh Lowther for the continued provision of the access to the dog walking field (General Field 1 off the Teeton Rd) and the fields around the fish ponds. Mr Lowther has always allowed access to this land and for the last 10 years this has been financially supported by government. The support has come to an end but he has kindly decided to continue to allow access.

Following advice from his land agents Mr Lowther will be erecting  signs stating “Permissive Walk....Access is with permission of Lowther Farms” so wants to assure villagers that the land is still available for locals to enjoy walks across.

For PC information please see the Lantern, the website or contact the clerk Carol Holifield


A fun and well attended event raised an amazing £1,130 for Cancer Support. Half of this was from a superb raffle organised by Peggy and Paula. Many thanks to our generous donors of prizes and cakes, and of course to our villagers and their friends who came along to support


WH&GCC are a friendly, local club that run 4 junior and 4 adult sides, including a ladies team. Matches and training run throughout the summer in both Guilsborough and West Haddon, new players at all ages and levels of experience are welcome. Our preparations for the 2020 season will start with winter indoor training sessions from January. Please contact Jim Houghton on 07748920176 or on for more information.


This Autumn’s production by GMADS was light and funny and, on the night we went, the audience certainly enjoyed it immensely. It was set in Baron Frankenstein’s castle “somewhere between the 17th and 21st Centuries”. The Baron lived there with his wife, his grumpy housekeeper and disabled assistant as well as the monster he had created and some lively talking plants.

The Baron had invited a number of strange guests, including the King of Vampires, the Queen of Vampires, Count Dracula, the Phantom of the Opera and a werewolf. They all wanted Frankenstein to help them solve their difficulties but unfortunately the famous scientist was not as clever as they had been led to believe and as midnight approached their issues surfaced and things got out of hand!

The set had been very well designed with lots of entrances and exits, enabling characters to appear and disappear with ease. All the cast gave excellent performances and there was plenty of fake blood and howling. The dialogue had nice references to current political issues and occasionally moved into a quick song and dance routine.

The finale was very successful with the discovery that lager helped all of these afflicted characters to feel better and solve their problems as they performed a last song - Monster Mash. Well done GMADs and well done Pam!

STOP PRESS: The raffle in memory of Nigel Townsend raised £550 for Northampton Association for the Blind. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Scenes from the production showing the impressive costumes, make up and stage set.

From top to bottom:

Countess Ilona Bathory (Angela Bumford) Count Dracula (Gip Ingles), Ygor (Tim Underwood).

The Phantom (Richard Franklin) Harry Talbot (Emma Codd) Baron Frankenstein (Peter Dillon. Isabel Channing (Sally Coyne).

Photos by Gerry Tilston.

The Witch & Sow hosted four talented female singer songwriters and an equally talented guitarist on 9th November - a fabulous evening. Watch out for more on this in the next issue of Village Link!

Pictured: Sarah Dalzell collecting the Village Link cheque from Hollowell Steam’s Jim Hollowell. Our thanks to Hollowell Steam for this contribution to our running costs.


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

Last updated Sunday, December 1, 2019

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 6th January 2020