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We’re looking forward to our summer term and hope everyone had a super Easter break and enjoyed the beautiful weather!

Our school is still very much at the heart of our local community and continued to be open for certain things during the Easter holiday. The Pacesetters holiday club took place and I hear it was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the children who attended. Our stained glass windows (see below)were also installed in our hall. We created them as a whole school during our Christian Symbols Project Friday. The children are certainly very proud of their work and we all think they look beautiful!

We have lots coming up in this Summer term, including our whole school trip to Conkers which we are all very excited about! Our Year 2 and 6 children will be completing their SATs and enjoying a well-deserved treat after all their hard work. Our Year 6 children will also be going on their residential trip to Caythorpe Court Adventure Centre in Lincolnshire. We will be Maypole dancing at our whole school picnic, keeping healthy with sports day, the seasonal walk, sporting events and competitions against other primary schools and we will also be completing lots of PTA fundraisers for our next new project to create a magic reading space in our school.

The school would like to express its thanks to Ian Miller who did a fantastic job last month of transforming a slice of the old Beech tree recently felled from the Guilsborough village park, into a big outdoor table for the primary school’s new vegetable garden. We would also like to thank Hugh Lowther for donating the slice of tree to the school. It is not only a practical solution to help the children carry out their growing and planting out of seeds, it is a beautiful part of village history for them to touch, count the rings and learn about nature.

Please remember, if you need any information about what’s happening at Guilsborough we have lots of information on our website, or you can keep up to speed via our Facebook account – Guilsborough C of E Primary School (a closed group for parents, guardians or carers) – or through 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 contact:

Janet 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: -

June 14th - Foxton Canal Boat Trip

June 17th - Learn how to make your own pasta

July 7th - Picnic and rounders at Guilborough Playing Fields. Family and friends are invited to join us. From 11.30am.

July 15th– popular last year we asked for a return, everyone get on your Ukulele

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

Sept 16th - Strictly come WI

For more details see the Guilsborough WI Facebook page or contact Caroline as below

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

As we approach the end of another wonderful year at preschool we are reflecting on all the things that have happened that we are so proud of; lots of new children, two new members of staff; one being a qualified art teacher, hence our artistic creations have been extremely popular. The whole preschool has been decorated and fabulous fun had at our Quiz and Curry fund raising event, meaning we could buy lots of new equipment and toys.

We have been asked by our local doctors surgery to help produce the mural for the new waiting room. It’s going to be beautiful! Keep your eyes open for its unveiling over the summer.

We still have lots to come though; we love this season and we will be off to our yearly trip to the farm and our sports day is coming up too.  We have been planting flowers and vegetables and we are hoping to taste some of our produce before the end of term.  Our caterpillar babies have grown into beautiful butterflies who will be released any day now and the children have loved watching them grow.  

We are very much looking forward to our new year starting in September and we still have availability on some days, we take children from the age of 2 years and if you would like to talk to us about enrolling your child please give us a call on 01604 740761 9-3 M-F.

PRE-SCHOOL NEWS Guilsborough Playing Fields


Once again, the GPFA will be supporting the Hollowell Steam Rally event with a Bottle Stall.The GPFA would welcome wine and spirit bottle donations for the stall, to be raffled at the Bottle Stall over the weekend of 6/7th July,to raise funds for the GPFA. 100 bottles are needed for the stall over the 2 day period. Historically, the stall raises about £1000, and is therefore a major fundraiser for the GPFA.

Bottles can be delivered to Birdfield, The Green or to any GPFA Committee member, to arrive from now onwards and one week prior to the Steam Rally.We can also collect if advised, contact Katie 07747 604067 or Caroline 07840 846842.

village sport and recreation


On Sunday 18th August, marquees erected at the Field, will enable villagers to enjoy a delightful lunch by the Witch & Sow, in the idyllic surroundings of the Guilsborough Playing Fields, West Haddon Road just past Guilsborough Academy.

 They will be entertained at the event by the annual Sir John Lowther Cricket Game, between Hugh Lowther’s X1 and West Haddon & Guilsborough Cricket Club, when Hugh Lowther’s X1 are looking to reverse the nail-biting finish to last year’s game, when WHGCC won on the last ball.

This year the lunch is supported by the W.I. who will be encouraging their members to attend.

Tickets prices are to be finalised but will be between £16-20 and available from The W.I. and the GPFA (Graham Byars 07712649833).

NEW SERVERY at Playing Fields Pavilion

A Premises Licence has now been granted to the GPFA by Daventry District Council and the East Northants Licensing Authority. Alcoholic beverages can now be served to members of the public who come to the Pavilion.

The Licence was obtained mainly for cricketers who wished to imbibe after playing, however, the GPFA also plan to hold social events at the Field on a Friday evening and on other occasions, and it is hoped to attract families during hot sunny summer evenings (hopefully), with activities for children.

A new servery has been created in the pavilion, with all new kitchen units, glasswasher, together with a bottle cooler. Grants for most of the costs were given by Daventry District Council and a Trustee; both have been thanked.



Village Volunteerism is needed by the GPFA. Some of the General Committee members are marching on in years and would be delighted if some new younger members or those recently retired could help support the management of the Playing Field. The GPFA manages the facility for clubs, organisations, schools and others that use the Field.

Could you provide some of your expertise in roles involving secretarial, maintenance and fundraiser aspects?

One village youngster, Archie Houghton, has volunteered and is preparing wickets for the Saturday games, involving grass cutting, rolling, marking-out, weeding and watering the cricket square.

We would be delighted to show you more of what we need to do; you can be part of our General Committee and observe for a period to enable you to understand our needs. Please contact the secretary, Graham Byars 07712649833, for more information.

The ideal place to celebrate or to hold an event.

We have a choice of room sizes with

access to a well equipped kitchen and all at

very attractive prices.

Small Hall £10/hr   Large Hall £14/hr

We will be pleased to show you around

our facilities

Contact:  Sue Needham

Tel:07342 382706


During August this year we will be maintaining and upgrading our facilities. we would love to have helpers. This is YOUR Village Hall. Please contact us if you could give us just a few hours of your time.

For more news regarding all the above go to

The lovely new outdoor table being put to good use as the children use their green fingers.

Hover over a picture to enlarge it.

One of the new stained glass windows created by the school children.

Riding for the  Disabled Association



teams of up to 8

Friday JUNE 28th 2019 at 7.30pm

Guilsborough Village Hall

Tickets £10 to include a Ploughman’s Supper

To book a team place please ring:

Sally Norris  01604 740004 or


(Postponed from May)

On Tuesday 26th March, Guilsborough Academy’s Year 10 Rugby Team,  played in the County Cup Final against Magdalen at Sponne, with Guilsborough taking the lead 12 to 5. It was a close, hard fought battle and Guilsborough’s experienced players helped get us on the front foot. That, combined with the determination and strong will of the boyswe were on course for the win. The official result will stand as a draw but even the opposition believed we deserved the victory!

Unfortunately, a Guilsborough student sustained an injury causing the game to finish 15 minutes early but thankfully the player involved has made a full recovery and we would like to thank the staff from Sponne and Magdalen for their help with ensuring everyone was looked after.

Mr K Woolridge, Head of Year 9, Teacher of PE

Back row: James, Ed, Nat, Harry, Josh, Dewi, Ben, Max, Zac, Harrison.

Front Row: Will, Joe, Tom, Tom, Dan, Kallan, Bailey.

Congratulations to the Year 10 Rugby Team from staff, students and parents/carers. You did us proud!

“What an achievement– well done! This is something you will always remember and be proud of.”

Mrs J Swales


“I feel like we had a great game, ably assisted by some Year 9 players  (Tom, Joe, Kallan and Dan) and battled amazingly well against tough opposition, working well together to end with what felt like a win.

We all put our bodies on the line, especially Elliott Passam who sustained an injury, but fortunately has made a full recovery (apart from a bit of a black eye).

Overall, the team pulled together  and some great leadership was shown rewarded by the retaining of the trophy.

I would also like to say that we very much appreciated the family and friends who turned up to support us giving us a great boost.”

Josh Manz, Year 10


Guilsborough Cemetery Walls  

You may have noticed the repair works on both the church cemetery and the war memorial cemetery walls.  The churchyard wall (last rebuilt 100 years ago in March 1819) was collapsing, and the Parochial Church Council’s major renovations have almost finished – hopefully lasting another 200 years. The other wall is the Guilsborough Parish Council’s (war memorial) cemetery where time, weathering, shrubs and ivy growth has damaged the 1909 built wall including a small collapse. The much needed removal of the ivy and shrubs (not the trees) along with rebuilding and repointing will improve this peaceful area. Both have been paid for by a much-welcomed legacy.  

Neighbourhood Watch

A new co-ordinator is needed in the village for Neighbourhood Watch. If you would like more information please contact a Parish Councillor who will put you in touch with the relevant person.

Tidiness and Weeds

The Parish Council has organised village clean ups in the past that have involved a lot of weed pulling – we have decided to change our approach this year and are employing a professional to do this job. We hope this will keep the village weed free and smarter for longer during the year. The PC will still hold tidy up events for litter picking, tidying up the play area etc and appreciate all the help that is given by parishioners on these occasions.

Parish Council News…..

Two brand new unitary councils will be established in Northamptonshire on 1st April 2021 (Vesting Day), the Government has confirmed. The West Northamptonshire unitary will cover Daventry District, Northampton and South Northamptonshire and the North Northamptonshire unitary will cover Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough.The existing district and borough councils and Northamptonshire County Council will all be abolished.

The Secretary of State James Brokenshire has reviewed all the evidence and representations received, and has now decided that replacing the eight councils with two unitary authorities is in the best interests of the residents of Northamptonshire.

Parliamentary Orders will follow later this year and there will be elections to the Shadow Authorities in May 2020.Shadow Executives for the two unitaries will be selected from those elected and will determine the structure, budget and service delivery models for the new councils.

Services which complement one another but are currently divided between the district, borough and county councils, such as bin collections, waste disposal, planning and roads, will be brought together under each of the two unitary councils.

In a joint comment, the current council leaders said: “Now we’ve received the decision to progress with unitary, we will focus our efforts on creating two brand new councils that put the interests of residents at the heart of all decision making. This re-organisation needs to be about transforming how we deliver services so that they are more joined-up and make sense for residents across the county. We have a

Village Awards 2019

Guilsborough has again entered the Northamptonshire Village Awards, sponsored by CPRE and organised by NACRE. Last year, as a first time entrant, Village was awarded runner-up in the newcomer category. Thank you for the support and enthusiasm shown during the judges’ visit. The results will be announced on 16th July during a presentation evening at the Hunsbury Hill Centre. Fingers crossed for an award this year.

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting was held in April. It was well attended by representatives from numerous parish groups and some of those who couldn’t attend submitted reports. Councillor Chris Millar also attended and answered questions from the audience. Sarah Jaggard (Chair of the Council) thanked the council for its’ work over the year and particularly mentioned the Neighbourhood Plan – a successful culmination of many hours work by a group of councillors and parishioners. The Chairperson’s report in full is available by clicking here.

The Parish Council website has contact details of all Councillors and the Clerk or the Clerk can be contacted by email or telephone 01788 824425.

strong track record of collaborative working with each other and with partners and we will build on this to deliver services that make a positive difference to people’s lives.

“These new councils will also be major players in delivering the housing and jobs growth that Northamptonshire and the Cambridge to Oxford arc so badly need.”

“We welcome the announcement that Vesting Day will be 1st April 2021.That gives us more time to plan carefully and confidently for the future to ensure that we create two sustainable unitary councils that, while being very different in nature, will be exemplars of how to provide excellent services for our residents.”

Daventry District Council Leader Councillor Chris Millar said: “We are pleased to have received the Secretary of State’s formal decision. We are under no illusions as to the very tight timelines involved and the huge amount of work still to be undertaken to deliver these two new authorities. However we see a wonderful opportunity to embrace wider public sector reform by including the local health organisations as part of a package to deliver better services for our residents. Rest assured that Daventry District Council, while it still exists, will do all it can to influence the creation of the new West Northamptonshire Unitary Council in the best interests of our residents.” For more information see

There will be elections to the Shadow Authorities in May 2020, so those newly-elected councillors will be able to work with officers to design and implement the new councils for several months ahead of Vesting Day.



Left: The new look kitchen/bar

Right: Archie driving the  tractor

Friday 21st June 2019

7 – 9pm

By kind permission of Mr & Mrs M Webster

Tickets £10 to include a drink and canapes

Light entertainment


Tickets: Janet 740640

 Proceeds in aid of Guilsborough Church

Midsummer Night Garden Party


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

Last updated Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Friday 5th July  2019