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We are very pleased to be back this Autumn term and wanted to share with you some news about some developments that have taken place during the summer holidays, together with a little about what we have coming up in this first school term.
You may have seen lots of pictures on Twitter or Facebook of our new magical reading forest at our school. Mr John Smith, an artist from the Midlands came in over the holiday period to bring the children’s ideas to life. This area is certainly helping inspire the passion and enjoyment from reading! The children are delighted with the area and it was lovely to see their excited faces on the first day back!
Also, having successfully become a 5* RHS School we have decided that we are going to work towards achieving our Eco Schools Award. Last academic year I had a group of children who came to see me expressing a real passion for environmental issues and showing courageous advocacy in wanting to do all that they could to support this very current and important cause. From this discussion it was clear that we could do more as a school to LOVE OUR PLANET. We will have an eco-
Please see our school website www.guilsboroughprimary.co.uk and Twitter profile @guilsboroughpri to find out about all of the exciting things we are doing at our school and for any important updates.
Monday Morning Meet -
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
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.
Charity Gala Night Saturday 16 November
The gala performance is in aid of Northampton Association for the Blind, in memory of Nigel Townsend, who played an active part in this charity and was a founder member of GMADS. Drinks and canapés served from 7pm.
Dressing up for the occasion would be great, though NOT OBLIGATORY. Think Dracula, a mad scientist, a werewolf, a monster, Phantom of the Opera, Lucrezia Borgia, Quasimodo, Cruella de Ville, Rocky Horror, or anything else which fires your imagination! A prize will be awarded for the best costume!
There will be a very special raffle to raise funds for this local charity. If you can donate a prize then please call Dorothy on 01788 510392.
Tickets available from www.wegottickets.con/gmads or Frances Scammell on 740549, Wednesday -
TENNIS CLUB NEWS
Saturday 23rd November 2019
10 – 2 pm
Come and find some unusual Christmas gifts.
Neals Yard, Usbourne Books, Flamingo cards, Flower & Farmer, Crafty Little Bees, RNLI, Wood Turner & more.
Raffle, Lunch, Snacks & Hot Drinks
Information Janet 01604 740640, Sue 01604 740916
Proceeds in support of Guilsborough Church
The Parish Council meets monthly in the village hall. The October meeting will be on 14th and November on 4th. Members of the public can observe meetings, minutes are displayed on the lantern notice board in the centre of the village and more information can be found at the parish council website.
Shoe Boxes & Blankets 2019
Just to remind you that we will be sending shoeboxes & knitted blankets to the Blythswood Project this year. If you would like to put a box or blanket together yourself, we will need them ready by the end of October. Alternatively, you can bring useful items -
Sunday October 20th at Brunch
View the blankets and meet Derek from the Blythswood Project or
Monday 21st October -
In Guilsborough Village Hall.
There is a box in church and at MMM for donations.
Any spare wool con be donated to make more blankets. Contact Janet: 01604 740640
We were offered the allotment space just before the end of the last term and it is already known to the preschool children as ‘The Secret Garden’. It’s a beautiful secluded spot and will be used regularly by the preschool children where, with lots of help from staff and villagers alike we hope, they will grow flowers and vegetables, enjoy digging, picking fruit and learning about nature by making a bug hotel. A new monthly Forest School session will also be held in the space which will include a mud kitchen, fire pit and seating. What an exciting time!
Of course the clearing and developing of the space has been hard work and the Preschool were very grateful for the time volunteered to them by a team from Nationwide’s Northampton office recently. They dug and bordered the growing areas and fire pit complete with tree stump seating and made a compost heap, the difference made in just a day was huge. The Witch and Sow, have generously donated some tables and seating from their garden and plans are afoot to decorate with the children’s beautiful artwork in September.
Whilst all this is going on outside, indoors the Preschool weekly Monster Rockers music and singing sessions will be returning in the autumn -
Guilsborough Preschool is always very popular and now with these fantastic additions to offer it’s even more appealing. There are some spaces available in September 2019 for children from age 2 to 5. The preschool is open Monday to Friday, 9am-
The new art in school
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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-
Fri 15th Nov 2019 at 9.30am-
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
Work in the “Secret Garden”
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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
Or see contact details for the activity organisers at our website
Monday Morning Meet
Clubs & Societies
ANNUAL TOURNAMENT :
The 15th Annual Guilsborough Plate Tennis Tournament took place on Sunday 1st September, and was won by Chris Benbow and Simon King.
AGM: The Guilsborough Tennis Club (at Guilsborough Academy) AGM will be held on on Monday 28th October at 7pm at the Witch & Sow.All welcome.
RACE NIGHT :
Saturday 12th October 7pm
Guilsborough Village Hall
REPORT ON THE ANNUAL SIR JOHN LOWTHER MEMORIAL CRICKET GAME AND WI VILLAGE LUNCH
On Sunday 15th August, in marquees erected at the Field, over 75 villagers enjoyed a delightful lunch provided by the Witch & Sow and their new chef Craig, 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. WHGCC scored 166 off 40 overs; Hugh Lowther’s X1 were on course to reach this total but then lost wickets to fast good seam bowling by Graham Cottle, (WHGCC captain), and in the end were 20 runs short of their total. So once again WHGCC triumphed in a game and occasion that was enjoyed by many . At lunch, Hugh Lowther said how much his father would have been pleased to know that the annual game continues, as he, (Sir John) raised the first team to play Guilsborough Cricket Club in 1949, 70 years ago. In that first game Sir John amazed the opposition and on-
The ground has been used extensively during the spring and summer, with senior men's and ladies cricket, and junior cricket for boys and girls from ages 7 to 15. In addition, the Field was used by A) Northants Sports Association on 3 occasions for school activities, such as Kwik Cricket and Tri-
B) Both Guilsborough Primary and Guilsborough Pre-
C) Youths who play football on the practice pitch,
D) Adults, fathers and sons for batting and bowling practice in the practice nets,
E) Joggers, walkers and keep-
The GPFA have approached local football clubs such as West Haddon Football Club, to offer the GPFA facilities for football, as many boys and girls who play at West Haddon come from Guilsborough and surrounding villages to play at West Haddon.
A grant has been applied for to install distance markers around the Field, to aid joggers and walkers to enable them to assess more accurately fitness and performance.
The "Vision Project" that relates to the future and increased use of the Field for villagers has identified four routes that are to be progressed; they are an artificial grass games area, a cycle track, a pavilion extension, and tennis courts. These routes will be developed and progressed by a dedicated team of the GPFA.
Have you given any more thought to it, following the last article in Village Link? We would be delighted to hear from you; we have roles to suit your talents!
Graham Byars Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
West Haddon and Guilsborough CC have had another enjoyable season field 4 junior sides and 4 adult sides, including a Ladies Team.club are always looking for new players for both juniors and adults at all levels of experience, preparations for the 2020 season will start in January with indoor training.If you would be interested in finding out more information please contact email@example.com or 07748920176.
The Witch and Sow is undergoing major changes with new Chef consultant, Craig Haywood.
We have now developed no less than four new menus including a new children’s menu with a colouring page -
We now have a slimline lunch menu and separate dinner/ evening menu, with some old favourites and new dishes mixed in. Chef Craig is taking us in a fresh direction as described in his letter below.
“My vision for the Witch and Sow is a destination pub with excellent locally sourced produce, as much as is possible. Obviously we can’t get cod out of the local reservoir hahaha.
I have over 28 years of chef and management experience working at venues such as Royal Ascot, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and Hampton Court Palace, to name just a few.
The Witch and Sow has excellent prospects and I intend to recruit a strong gastro pub chef, who will share my vision for this lovely venue and maintain a good level of consistency. Moving forward, I would like to include more game and some dishes that are new to everyone.
I am very happy to announce that all of the desserts at the Witch and Sow are now home made on the premises, including our custard. The only thing we now buy in is the wonderful ice cream from Gallones in Northampton.
Our bread is now made by an artisan baker and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. This fledgling company has been good enough to take us on as a customer and we feel very honoured that they are now supplying us. Their bread really complements our lovely selection of lunch time sandwiches.
As you can see we are making some lovely changes and really hope that you can join us soon.”
Yours, Craig K, Haywood
Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby.
Last updated Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 4th November 2019