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to have a good look around our wonderful Reception/Year 1 environment. Our Head Boy and Head Girl took part in the visits, speaking confidently to parents about their school experience so far. Thank you Cooper and Phoebe, you did a grand job!

We held our first School Council and Eco Worrier meetings this half term and already have some brilliant ideas to make our school even better. We’re all very excited to see what takes place over the next academic year!

Please remember, if you need any information about what’s happening at Guilsborough Primary check our website – www.guilsboroughprimary.co.uk – 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 or youtube channel.

Mrs K Shilliam



Monday Morning Meet

Guilsborough Village Hall

9 – 11am every Monday

(excluding Bank Holidays)  

All welcome, baby – OAPs.
Meet for a chat, knit, hot drink & cake.

£2.50 per adult, children free.

Christmas Party Monday 18th December

For more information contact Janet

01604 740640

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Are a local friendly group for ladies and gentlemen, usually meeting at 7.30pm at Guilsborough Village Hall, the second Thursday of the month. During the summer months we arrange outside events weather permitting. Social activities include Guest speakers, Garden visits, Meals out, Visits to local places of interest and much more

£3 per meeting, unless otherwise stated, which is used to cover refreshments, costs and make charitable donations.

We are looking forward to welcoming new members.

Christmas Party! Thursday December 7th              

For further information contact:  

Janet Minney 01604 740640 or Elizabeth Southgate 01604 740064


After the very successful production of

The Three Musketeers,

GMADS begins rehearsals on 12 September for House Guest by Francis Durbridge. This is a dark but exciting thriller. The performances will be 21-23 March 2024.  

On 12th September at 7.30pm at Guilsborough Village Hall we will read through and cast: there are four parts for men and four parts for women. Just as importantly we need people to fill roles behind the scenes.

We are also planning a small Christmas entertainment with lots of small roles.

 If you would like to share the enjoyment, challenges and friendships that come from being on stage or behind the scenes please call our Chair Amanda Miller on 07508 058998 or email info@gmads.co.uk Visit our website www.gmads.co.uk or follow us at facebook.com/GMADSAmateurDrama


Speeding within the village is still a problem and we’re collecting data from our new portable speed awareness device with the aim to present it to and request enforcement from the police.

We still have two councillor vacancies so if you’re interested in joining us please do either contact the Clerk by email or phone on 01788 824425.

Maybe you want to help your community but don’t want to take public office. Then how about volunteering to be the local Neighbourhood Watch Co-coordinator. Guilsborough still doesn’t have one and it’s been proved that an active Neighbourhood Watch Scheme helps keep the area safer. Contact the Clerk for more information.

Lastly, we have to say a BIG thank you to Alex of Thompson Groundcare, a Guilsborough resident, who has made a splendid job of clearing the extremely overgrown bank between Hybank and Church Hill at no cost to the parish. A very generous act and we are very appreciative of his hard work.

From the Headteacher…

As we are approaching the Winter season I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to all of the pupils, staff and parents for your continued support for our wonderful school. Our children are all very settled and we have continued with our whole curriculum and the learning around school feels great. Thank you everyone!

Since being back at school this Autumn term we’ve filled the weeks with lots of learning and also curriculum enrichment days. We’ve completed a Maths Day, held our European Day of Languages, as well as our Year 5 children completing their Bikeability. We were also very proud to raise lots of money for the ‘Jeans for Genes’ charity. We are now approaching the season of festivity and are looking forwards to lots of exciting things planned already!

We were delighted to welcome prospective parents as they came

Guilsborough Playing Fields village sport and recreation

New Roller Needed

Rolling is an important process in cricket. It improves pitch performance by compacting the soil, reducing live grass cover, and making the pitch more smooth and uniform. Rolling is the most significant contributor to achieving the requirements of a cricket pitch, which needs to be not only true and safe to prevent injury to players but must also provide a surface that delivers an appropriate level of bounce, pace, and consistency over several days/hours of use. Rolling cricket wickets is part of the protocol for safe cricket wickets twice a week Spring to Autumn.

A new motorised roller similar to the one shown is needed to replace the faulty, damaged and aged roller, and will cost £11,000. A grant will be applied for towards replacement cost, with the GPFA contributing about £3,500 towards the cost from fundraising.

The provision of safe and well maintained cricket square/wickets enables competitive

team cricket to take place at Guilsborough Playing Field.part of a team helps many, especially the young, to understand how to interact with others, through communication and being part of a team that has common objectives. It also leads to individuals being friends for life.

The football and cricket games also bring together individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds creating social cohesion between the villages and towns of the area. More locally, the events and informal practice on the Field provide frequent opportunities for social interaction and discussions on local and village issues with the overall effect of strengthening the local community.

Schools use the Field on a regular basis: Guilsborough Academy (senior students practice their organisational and leadership skills), Guilsborough Primary (for their Sports Day) and Northants Sports (who organise sports for other local primary schools).
The end of season renovation of the cricket square was completed in September by Thompson Groundcare of Guilsborough,£1,345. It involves scarification, overseeding application, top dressing with loam, aeration and fertilisation.

Guilsborough Church

Christmas Services

All are welcome

Lights of love switch-on

 Sunday 3rd December


Carol Service

Sunday 17th December


Tuesday 19th December


Christingle Service

with Guilsborough Primary School

(all welcome)

Christmas Day

Communion with Carols


Carol Singing

We will be carol singing around Guilsborough on Wed 20th Dec meeting at 6.30pm on the Big Green by the Christmas Tree.

Please bring a torch, children should be accompanied by an adult. Carol sheets provided, wrap up warm. Mulled wine and mince pies en route.

For more information contact Katie

07747 604067

Guilsborough Church

Christmas Tree Festival

View the trees

Saturday 16th December 10.30 - 4.30

Sunday 17th December 1.00 - 4.00

Christmas by Candlelight

Friday 15th December 7.00 for 7.30

Songs, sketches and music with GMADS

Tickets £10

(To include seasonal refreshments)

On the door or in advance from

Janet 01604 740640 or Hilary 01604 740694

Traditional Service of

Lessons and Carols

Sunday 17th December 6.00

House Guest 21-23 March 2024

- Save the date

GMADS presents House Guest by Francis Durbridge from 21-23 March. This is a dark but exciting thriller.

We have cast the main parts and rehearsals are well underway. But just as importantly we need people to fill roles behind the scenes.

If you would like to share the enjoyment, challenges and friendships that come from being on stage or behind the scenes please call our Chair Amanda Miller on 07508 058998 or email info@gmads.co.uk Visit our website www.gmads.co.uk or follow us at facebook.com/GMADSAmateurDrama

Guilsborough Guides

One of our leaders will be retiring shortly and we are looking for new volunteers to help keep our Guide unit open. Could you come along and help?

For more information register online or contact Pauline on p.jacobs59@outlook.com

We look forward to you

joining in our fun activities!

Tennis continues throughout the winter months, weather permitting, on Thursday nights under floodlights from 6pm to 8pm, and on Sundays 10am to 12 noon.

ALL WELCOME from all villages.

If you would like to find out more about joining GTC, please contact Chris Benbow on 07857 707503 or Graham Metcalfe on 07894 424328.

Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby,

Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby.

Last updated Thursday, November 30, 2023

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Friday 5th January ‘24