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Monday Morning Meet

Guilsborough Village Hall

9 – 11am every Monday

(excluding Bank Holidays)  

All welcome, baby – OAPs.

Baby & toddler toys for youngsters.

Meet for a chat, knit, hot drink & cake.

Only £2/adult - includes refreshments.

Children are free.

We will need to adhere to government guidelines during the session eg. table service, rule of six, masks when not seated or drinking.

For more information contact: Janet 01604 740640


As we welcome staff, pupils, parents and new families back this Autumn term, we 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.

Now that restrictions have been eased, we have so much to look forward to this term. This includes whole school collective worship assemblies, Project Friday, welcoming visitors into our school including a Paralympic athlete to tell us about how they have achieved their goal and to show us their GOLD Olympic medal! We also have many other exciting things along the way that we haven’t been able to do over the past 18 months due to Covid. Although lots of restrictions have been lifted regarding bubbles and isolating, as a school we will still be following control measures to keep our Guilsborough family as safe as possible.

You may have seen lots of pictures on Twitter or Facebook of our newly decorated toilets. Together with the PTA and School Council we have decorated our toilets over the summer making them look and smell delightful. On the first day back the children were so excited in seeing that their ideas and preferences for the toilets had actually happened. We always say that we achieve more together at Guilsborough. I’m sure our School Council and all pupils this year will have lots of ideas to share with how we can make our school even better.

We look forward to sharing our 2021-2022 academic year with you and 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.

Guilsborough Playing Fields

 would be very welcome , and should contact the secretary, Graham Byars, Graham.Byars@hotmail.com, 07712649833. The main expenditure each year is the ground maintenance, (mowing, strimming, weedkilling, fertilising, vertidraining and slitting), which is completed by a local contractor.

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It has been a busy summer at the Playing Field, with senior and junior cricket played weekly, with many official and unofficial practices by Haddon cricketers, together with parents and their offspring from the village and surrounding villages in the practice nets. Junior cricket practices have been organised throughout the season by Jim Houghton of Guilsborough, who is one of 2 cricket coaches in the village. Many boys have been playing football during the vacation and are now getting ready for the new season, with 2 coaches from Guilsborough, Ged Lowry and Steve McGlasson.

Every week a wicket has to be prepared for the Saturday game, and the square prepared. This year Joseph Manning, a cricketer, aged 17 of Guilsborough, completed this task under the tutelage of Jim Pye, an ex-Guilsborough cricket captain. It involves understanding the health & safety rules and instructions for operating the scarifier, pedestrian cylinders mowers, and powered roller. Visiting teams have been very complimentary about the pitch quality, in part correlated to the runs scored. In addition, Joseph has learnt how to repair pitches by applying specialised loam, watering and sowing new seeds, marking out the wickets, as well as putting the covers on when rain is forecast a day or so before the game. The GPFA, by preparing its own wickets, saves a considerable amount of money compared to a contractor’s cost. Joseph would like to continue next season, and the GPFA are delighted that he will.

Once again, the GPFA is seeking volunteers to provide a quality sportsfield for many in the parish and surrounding villages. The GPFA has to generate all the funds needed for both operational and capital costs from its own fundraising activities, which have been severely curtailed over the last 2 years. Although the GPFA has been successful in obtaining grants for capital projects, most grant providers do not provide sums for operational costs, which amount to £10,000-12,000 p.a. The GPFA would welcome those who can lead or help fundraising through their own initiatives, contacts and business connections. In addition, there is always maintenance and repairs needed at the field and pavilion, and anyone with those skills or contacts


at Guilsborough Academy


Playground News : the refurbishment of the children’s play area is a step closer as a committee of volunteers and councilors will be meeting in the Autumn to get the project off the ground. Any more offers of interest or help will be gratefully received. Contact Tony Hart 07917 101008

Village Hall Forecourt Re-surfacing : after protracted negotiations with Highways from persistent councillors the area in front of the village hall is a much safer, level surface, as the potholes and cracked tarmac have been patched up.

Litter Picking Thank You : Bethany Smith has been litter picking in the children’s play area for her Duke of Edinburgh Award - the Parish Council would like to thank her for this work which has kept the play area clean and tidy for some weeks. Volunteers are always welcome for this task.

Village Tidy Up Success: On Saturday 4th September a team of approx. 15 villagers worked valiantly to rid the village of weeds, litter, gutter debris and more. About 50 bin bags were piled up for collection by the end of the morning and Guilsborough was looking much smarter. Thank you to everyone who came along and helped.

For more information go to www.guilsboroughpc.org.uk

Tidy Up Volunteers

Shoe Boxes and Blankets 2021

A message from the MMM team

Janet has been in contact with the Blythswood Project coordinator. It is intended that the collection and distribution of boxes & blankets will go ahead as usual. We have been asked to put our boxes together for the end of October.

If you put together a shoe box, please drop at Janet’s. If you would like to donate items for the boxes we put together there will be a plastic crate with a lid at Janet’s - marked shoe boxes - for these items. There will also be boxes for donations at 3M’s and in Guilsborough church.

Most needed are: toothbrushes, tooth paste, soap, sponges, flannels, notepads, pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, socks, underwear, hats, scarves, gloves & small toys.

If you have blankets or knitted squares for blankets, please contact Janet so we can collect and start putting the squares together as soon as possible.

Donations towards transport costs are also needed. Please put these in an envelope through Janet’s door - do not leave in the crate.

Thank you in advance.

Contact number: Janet Minney 01604 740640


The defib is on the wall of the Primary School. No code is needed to access the cabinet. If you need to use it remember to call 999 too.

The defib is now maintained and managed by the Parish Council.

We had a good summer of tennis at GTC; coaching sessions and the 17th  annual running of the Guilsborough Plate Tennis Tournament: With round robin matches throughout August, culminating in the semi-finals and final on Sunday 29th August. The weather started brightly, but spectators are commended for staying, wrapping up against the chill and watching a highly contested competitive final with Sarah Dalzell & Simon King defeating Andrea King & Steve Partington 7:5 6:7 with a deciding Championship Tiebreak 12:10


Haddon CC was formed in early 2020 as a merger of former clubs at Guilsborough, West Haddon and East Haddon. The combined club has had a highly successful first full season in 2021 running four junior sides, one ladies’ side and six men’s teams across Northamptonshire County and Rugby and District leagues. Highlights of the season include the mid-week 1st XI being crowned Division 2 champions in the Rugby and District mid-week league and the U13s being becoming champions at their age group as well. The club operates from grounds across all three villages, however relies heavily on the ground at Guilsborough, maintained by the GPFA, where there have been regular Saturday and Wednesday fixtures as well as weekly training for juniors and seniors. The recently installed bottle bar at the ground has been well used! At the younger levels the club has run All Stars and Dynamos programmes attracting well over one hundred U5-U11s. Hopefully this intake will lead to an increased participation throughout junior and senior ranks in future seasons.

The club will run winter training from February 2022, and all new players both competitive and social are welcome. Please contact junior.cricket@haddoncc.co.uk or on 07748920176 for more information.


For the 3rd year running a local football team will play at the Guilsborough playing fields. This year it will be West Haddon U15’s who will play all of their home games at Guilsborough. Kick off will be at 2pm so if you're passing please support the team in navy.


Monday - 3M's & Bowl's

Tuesday - Morning Pilates

Evening GMADS

Wednesday - Evening Pilates

Guides - alternate weeks

Stitching Bee - every third week

Thursday - Evening Nia class followed by GMADS

Sunday - Third of the month - Brunch

There is availability for events or parties on Friday's and weekends.

Check the website for terms and conditions and to find the booking form.


Booking - 07342 382706

2020 winner Sam Darbyshire presents the Guilsborough Plate to 2021 winners Sarah & Simon

left to right: Steve & Andrea, Sarah & Simon.

As it is term time at Guilsborough Academy, tennis is now played out of school hours and in daylight. Club Night is on a Tuesday at 6pm (although it is hoped that it might be possible to use the lights with a 7pm start), and Club Morning is on Sunday at 10am.

If you are interested in joining; we have family, individual or student categories of membership. All enquiries to Sarah either by phoning 07917 608238 or email: SarahDalzell57@gmail.com.

Guilsborough Plate Tournament, started in 2005, has now been run for 17 years: Here are some action shots from the final.


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

Last updated Friday, October 1, 2021

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 1st November 2021