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Football has continued at U15 age group this year and West Haddon JFC u15s are currently top of the NDYAL B league with 41 points (late Feb). They are 10 points ahead of the 2nd placed team after 15 matches. They have played all the home games at the playing fields and plans are in place for more teams to play at Guilsborough next season as the relationship with WHJFC continues to be a huge success.


Suspicious Behaviour The GPFA urges everyone to report suspicious behaviour at the Playing Field.

In February, a vigilant parishioner reported a Ford Fiesta parked outside the  front  gate at 2200h. The  4-camera CCTV system recently installed at the Field,  detected 2 young men, searching the outside of the pavilion and tractor shed, both with intruder alarms, which stores lawn mowers and other maintenance equipment. Fortunately, no theft occurred; photos of the young men were sent to the police.  


Volunteers Needed The GPFA needs and welcomes volunteers to its General Committee who are supportive of the Playing Field Association enabling sporting and recreational activities for the parish and surrounding villages for sports clubs, individual adults and children. Those with fundraising, maintenance and administrative capabilities are needed.  Graham.Byars@hotmail.com


Jubilee Weekend. The GPFA has been asked by the Parish Council to organise sporting activities for children during the Queen’s Jubilee weekend at the Playing Field on Sunday morning  5th June. More details will be published soon, but the GPFA would welcome help from parents to organise such activities.


Cricket Haddon CC is based across three grounds in Guilsborough, West Haddon and East Haddon running 4 junior sides, 1 ladies’ side and 6 men’s teams across local leagues.junior section caters for children from 5 to 15 years old, with a variety of programmes, training and matches from February to September each year. The club is always keen to recruit new players across both senior and junior sections, we welcome players of all levels of experience and ability, if you or your children would like to give it a go for the first time or you are an experienced player looking to return to the sport please contact junior.cricket@haddoncc.co.uk or Jim Houghton on 07748920176 for more information.

Guilsborough Playing Fields village sport and recreation

Footway to the Playing Field. The verge, which is the footway between Guilsborough Academy and Guilsborough Playing Field is a mess, resulting from car parking by parents collecting children from the Academy, despite a Highways sign saying “Do not park on the verge”.  In several places the verge is lower than the road level, which it should not be. Children and adult safety is therefore an issue,  as the state of the verge results in having to walk in the road, with cars often speeding after passing the 30mph limit.













The GPFA therefore contacted a) Northants Police re illegal parking on the verge where there are zig-zag lines; community officers are patrolling parking on the verge from the Academy to the Guilsborough Playing Field, giving words of “advice” to those who park on the zig-zags, taking details of vehicles and people who are parked on them, so that they can take action if they are seen doing the same thing again and b) West Northants Council (WNC), who referred it to Northamptonshire Highways who are to fill in the depressions, and WNC have suggested a long term agreed solution to remedy the on-going concern; they have proposed a new footway linking the Playing Field with the Academy, with parents utilising the GPFA parking area for drop off/collection of  children. This would need, assuming the parking area is suitable, the support of the GPFA, the Academy, parents and the Parish Council. If agreed, WNC and Highways would make a funding proposal in 2022 for 2023.


The GPFA have contacted the Guilsborough Parish Council and Guilsborough Academy for their support




A BETTER PLAYGROUND FOR

GUILSBOROUGH CHILDREN

The Guilsborough Playground Action Group (GPAG) has been formed to

improve the facilities and equipment at our playground.

Initially, we will be focusing on additional equipment for families with Toddlers and Juniors. We will also consider the replacement of existing equipment as it reaches its natural end of life.

Do your kids want to Swing, Slide, Spin and Climb?

Of course, we wish to hear your families’ views on what you think can improve your playground. To capture your views, we have added a questionnaire to The Guilsborough Hub or you can email us at the address below. Your responses will be analysed and the results will be published in the June/July Village Link.

Th Parish Council have generously provided us with a seed fund to get the ball rolling. However, we hope that most of the project costs will be funded by grants from local and national organisations.

The survey will close on April 21st to allow us time to analyse the survey before applying for upcoming grant deadlines.

We would like to invite all children to design a simple logo for our Group to use. Entries will close on April 21st and the winner selected. Please email your entries to GuilsboroughPAG @gmail.com.

Please fill in the survey by clicking here. Your feedback is essential to the success of the project.

CONTACT THE GPAG by email: GuilsboroughPAG@gmail.com

HELP! VILLAGE HALL ROOF REPAIR FUND

Guilsborough Village Hall’s flat roof has to be replaced urgently and it will cost nearly £50,000! The front of the hall was built around 1901, but the main hall area, kitchen and stage area were added in around 1975, and later the committee room, all with a large flat roof. It has been checked and repaired regularly but is almost 50 years old and has now reached the end of its life, and we need to replace the roof this summer. We also want to take the opportunity to insulate the roof properly, reduce the ever-increasing energy bills, make the hall warmer and keep down hire costs.

The village hall is the centre of the community in Guilsborough, providing a home for a wide range of activities and a social space for everyone, from the very young to our oldest residents. The hall is also a meeting space, a polling station, and a party venue.  We have over 90 hours use a month and over 10,000 visits a year.

We now have quotes from specialist roofing companies, and the cost of a replacement roof with insulation is around £47,000.  Although the Village Hall Management Committee has been increasing usage and carefully saving surplus funds over the years, we do not have enough to fund such a large cost.

We urgently need to raise at least £20,000. Guilsborough Parish Council has kindly offered a £5,000 grant and we are applying for grants from other sources.

Community funding will be essential to close the gap and to prove our village is fully backing the scheme – which will help with getting the other critical grants. Our community fund target is a minimum of £5,000.

If we do not raise sufficient funds, then quite simply, the future of the hall is at risk.  


HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR VILLAGE HALL

ROOF REPAIR FUND:


Make a DONATION to our crowdfunding campaign by:

Weblink : https://gofund.me/8de5cd37


Cheque: Payable to “Guilsborough Village Hall” or cash

(Sue O’Neil, Nortoft Cottage, Nortoft, NN6 8QB)  


Provide a Raffle Prize for the Quiz night


Get a QUIZ TEAM together for the ‘Rescue our Roof Quiz’

on 29th April. Tickets:

eve@weycotthomes.co.uk 07711 335 771, or

emilylc81@yahoo.co.uk 07818 823 558


PARISH COUNCIL NEWS


Farewell Thanks: Councillors Jaggard and Woolridge have recently retired from the Council and we would like to thank them for all of their hard work. Cllr Jaggard served the Council tirelessly for many years, several of them as Chair. There are currently vacancies on the council, if you would like to join please see the website.


Annual Meeting: The 2022 Annual Meeting is on April 11th at 8pm in the Village Hall, all parishioners are invited. Chief Inspector Pete Basham and a local PC will be attending to discuss and explain changes to local policing and how they will affect Guilsborough. Please come along if you can.

For more information visit: www.guilsboroughpc.org.uk

MMM



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.


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

Only £2/adult - includes refreshments.

Children are free.


Good Friday (15th April)

10-12noon, £2 per adult to include Hot Cross Buns, hot drinks, children’s snack and EASTER CRAFTS

For more information contact Janet 01604 740640

GUILSBOROUGH OPEN GARDENS

Sunday 22nd May 1-5 pm



Combined admission £7.50

Teas in the Gardens of Dripwell House

Refreshments in aid of St Etheldreda's Church and the NGS

Hugh Lowther planted an Oak at the PC playing field next to the playground to commemorate the Queen’s 70th Anniversary.

GUILSBOROUGH FRIENDS

Are a local friendly group, usually meeting the second Thursday of the month. Social activities include guest speakers, garden visits, meals out,

visits to local places of interest and much more.

£3 per meeting which is used to cover costs and make charitable donations.

We are really keen to welcome new members who would enjoy participating.

Our Programme for the next 2 months:    

Thursday April 14th

Harold Pinter

    Saints, Sinners, Stars & Scandals    

7.30pm The Village Hall. Meet some past residents of Northamptonshire famous and infamous. Derek F. Blunt

Thursday May 12th      

Visit and talk at

The Royal Ordinance Depot

7pm Weedon Barracks

For further information contact:  

Janet Minney 01604 740640

janetminney1@internet.com

Rachel Humphrey 01604 770009

 ianandrachel@gmail.com

PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS

We are now halfway through the academic year already and this Spring Term has been full of exciting learning, activities and curriculum enrichment events.

 Our School Council ended the half term with a whole school assembly during which they were able to explain what they have been doing to make our school even better so far this year, and also what exciting things we have planned. They showed the whole school the new playtime equipment boxes which have been a huge success since being back. The children think the new equipment is ace! Thank you to our PTA for supporting this.

The children took part in Safer Internet day which was organised by Mrs Holcombe. The feedback from the children showed us just how well-equipped our pupils are for being very safe online. We also supported Children’s Mental Health Week and completed many different activities, including wearing our clothes inside out. We raised over £100 for the YoungMinds charity. Our Magnificent Mind Champions also supported our school in giving their advice and help to pupils throughout the week.

We had a number of other events during the Spring term too, including World Book Day and Science Week, which included a visit from Fizz Pop Science who will also be offering an after school club this academic year. Also, our Seasonal Walk, Parents’ evening and our new Project Friday, which will be exploring Spirituality and what it means to us as a school.

To find out about all of the exciting things we are doing at our school and for any important updates, please see our school website www.guilsboroughprimary.co.uk and our Twitter profile @guilsboroughpri.

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

Last updated Friday, April 1, 2022

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Tuesday 3rd May 2022


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