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It’s been a super start to the academic year here at school. We were very happy to welcome all our new Reception children and other new pupils across the school in September. We have lots of positive feedback from these children so far.

You may have seen scaffolding around the school over the summer holiday period. This is because we have had our roof reinforced and secured. Fingers crossed, we now have no leaks!

The children are enjoying their first term and lots of exciting things have happened already. We have started our new whole school project on WW1 which will finish with a special event celebrating the 100 year centenary in November. We have also had a new ‘School Wrap’ team join us and who now run our morning and after school club. They are very excited to have joined our Guilsborough family!

As you know, at Guilsborough we like to get the children involved in lots of school enrichment events and days. We also take raising money for charity very seriously. We will be raising money for Children in Need, Red Nose Day, Jeans for Genes, the Air Ambulance and the Spinal Injuries Association as well as a wellbeing project for our school.

Do take a look at our school website - and our Twitter profile - @guilsboroughpri - where we will be communicating all about the exciting things we are doing at our school alongside any important updates.  

Mrs Shilliam, Headmistress

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

October, members are going Clay Pigeon Shooting in Barby

October 15th meeting speaker, ‘Disasters around the world and the role UK loss adjusters play in settling claims’ – Sarah Edwards

November 19th meeting speaker on British and local History, looking at ancestry and researching.

December 17th – Christmas Silver Jewellery and decoration making - activity

Please come along and follow us on Guilsborough WI Facebook page.


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 Sunday 5th August, in marquees erected at the Field, 85 villagers enjoyed a delightful lunchby the Witch & Sow, in the idyllic surroundings of the Guilsborough Playing Field, West Haddon Road just past Guilsborough Academy. They were entertained at the event by the annual Sir John Lowther Cricket Game, between Hugh Lowther’s X1 and West Haddon & Guilsborough Cricket Club. Hugh Lowther’s X1 scored what was thought to be an unreachable target of 266 for 6 off 30 overs, thanks to acentury by Joe Byars. However, WHGCC surpassed this total in a nail-biting finish by scoring single off the last ball by Graham Cottle (ex-Guilsborough Cricket Club captain).


On the 6th of September 2018 Guilsborough Academy opened its doors to a new teacher training centre in a building formerly known as the caretaker’s house.

The centre is a strategic response to the national shortage in trained teachers. Whilst Guilsborough Academy has a full complement of staff, this initiative aims to be proactive and train potential teachers, as well as further develop the skills of existing teachers. The centre continues the Academy’s strong partnership with the GUTP at Sponne School by creating a satellite hub as well as partnerships with other teacher training providers such as Ashlawn School, The University of Warwick and The University of Leicester.

Assistant Principal Beth Nunley is in charge of the centre, and invites people interested in finding out more to contact her on: or phone 01604 740641

World War 1 Memorial Bench

Daventry District Council have offered benches at a reduced price to local villages and the British legion have very kindly agreed to fund one for Guilsborough. It will be placed on Parish Council land and should be in place by 11th November in time for the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. Pictures to follow in the next issue of Village Link.

Councillor Vacancy

The Parish Council still has a vacancy for a councillor. Anyone interested in this position is invited to nominate themselves by providing their full contact details and a brief resume (preferably by email) as to why they are interested in becoming a Councillor to the Parish Clerk. If you would like further information as to what is involved in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk (Carol Holifield 01788 834425 / in the first instance. Please note that prospective candidates must permanently live or work within a 3 mile radius of Guilsborough and have done so for the preceding 12 month period.  Or have a chat to a councillor and find out what it’s all about. Councillors names and contact details are on the PC website,uk


Hopefully this defibrillator looks familiar to villagers and hopefully nobody will need to use it but should the occasion arise please be aware that the first thing to do in an emergency is call 999 and then access the cabinet. The cabinet no longer has a lock so can be accessed by simply opening the door. It is mounted on the external wall of the primary school so is always available.


Saturday October 6th 7pm

Harvest Supper in the Village Hall

£7.50 to include two courses and a glass of wine

Bar & Raffle

Tickets available from:

Hilary Worton, Paul Jacobs, Cris Burn and Janet Minney

Sunday 7th October 11am

Harvest festival in Church

Gifts of produce or tinned/packeted food will be donated to Daventry Food Bank. Please bring them to church on Saturday morning (11am to 12 noon), to the supper or to the service on Sunday.

All are welcome.


GMADs present

Our tribute to commemorate

the 100th anniversary

of the ending of World War 1

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November

7.30pm in Guilsborough Village Hall

Tickets £8 per person

Available through

For additional ticket availability

please call Frances on 01604 740549


The RBL raised enough money to buy a commemorative bench for the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 from the proceeds of the ‘party in the pub’’ which was very well attended. The bench will be installed in time for the 11th November remembrance parade. More details to follow in the next newsletter.


Best Village Competition 2018

Guilsborough were awarded runners up in the Newcomers Cup. Cllr Miller is to be congratulated on all his hard work towards this and a big thank you also to everyone else who helped, your enthusiasm and commitment were greatly appreciated.

Telephone Box

We received a few ideas following the phone box appeal in the last village link and are now looking for a willing volunteer (or two?) from the community to supervise the use of the phone box as a book share / information kiosk / art installation. Could this be you? The Parish Council will help and support anyone who would like to bring this idea to life and enhance our village yet further.

Playground Tidy Up

A BIG thank you to everyone who turned out in July and helped clear the overgrown shrubs and trees in the playground. The playground looks so much better and there is more room for play.




MMM, Bowls


Pilates, Tai Chi, Dance classes


Dance classes, Pilates


Painting for Pleasure,

Basketball, Dance classes


Available for fund raisers/parties/etc.

Also used by GMADS, History Group, Preschool, Brunch

and more!

If you would like to check availability for the hall or any of the classes:


Or call 07342 382706

Tennis Tournament:

The 13th “Guilsborough Plate” Tennis Club Tournament was held on a Sunday again for the first time in five years.  It was a lovely hot day on Sunday 2nd September.  Chris Benbow and Chris Johnson were the successful pairing. They received the trophy (left) from tournament organiser, Sarah Dalzell.  

The final  in progress; Dave Collins serves to Chris  Johnson

Tennis Club Annual General Meeting

The AGM of Guilsborough Tennis Club will be held in the Witch & Sow on Tuesday 23rd October at 7:00pm.  Please do come along if you’re interested in the future of Tennis in Guilsborough.  We will update you on the progress we’ve made in gaining a separate access gate off the West Haddon Road.  If you’re interested in playing tennis and joining the club, please contact Sarah on 07917 608238.  At the moment play during the autumn/winter terms is from 7:00pm-8:30pm on a Tuesday night.

Other News

Two very successful and enjoyable Sports Days were held at the Guilsborough Playing Field in July during the delightful weather; one by the Primary School and the other by the Pre-School. Competitions and games were played on marked pitches and tracks for the children. Many parents came and enjoyed the events.

The new football pitch, created by filling in the old bowls green has subsided in parts due in part to the hot dry weather, and it is not safe for football at present. The pitch is to be levelled by spreading over 30 tonnes of fine soil and then reseeded, possibly followed by a covering of sand. It is hoped that the pitch will be in use again in early 2019. A small practice football area has been created at the Field with small football nets at each end, and all are welcome to use.

Cricket News

Senior Cricket News

West Haddon and Guilsborough 2nd XI have achieved promotion from Division 13 in the Northamptonshire Cricket League.The team which is a combination of promising youngsters and more “experienced” players have secured a promotion spot to Division 12.New players of all levels are very welcome, preparations for next season will begin with indoor nets from February.

Junior Cricket News

West Haddon and Guilsborough CC have had another great summer of junior cricket with well over a 100 children involved.The three junior sides at U11, U13 and U15 have competed well in the Rugby and District League, and the club has been recognised for one of the most successful “All Stars” programmes for 5-8 year olds in the County, with 60 children participating.As a result a lucky group of the WH&GCC All Stars will be strutting their stuff during the lunch interval at the 5th Test between England and India at the Oval. there is another Alistair Cook there somewhere?

West Haddon and Guilsborough CC are always open to welcoming new players in both the junior and senior section, please contact or on 07748920176 for more information.

The Guilsborough Playing Field has a new website -

you can find out about the facilities and the latest events and contact the GPFA directly from the site. Do take a look.


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

Last updated Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 7th November 2018