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WANTED – actors, musicians, helpers

Live performances are back!

In spring 2022 we are planning a musical extravaganza loosely based on Around The World In 80 Days.

The script involves lots of people all playing different parts, some speaking, some not, so there is something for everyone!There are 80 characters and 12 songs so it should be a really fun and creative show. Also, hopefully something quite spectacular for our loyal audiences!

Roger Brandon-Jones, our multi-talented stage director, has specially written it as a unique production for what will be GMADS’ 50th year.

We would like to welcome new members to our friendly group. We need actors but also musicians as live music will be a must for this.We need support for backstage, costume and props too.

We rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting September – check our website www.gmads.co.uk for dates. Please come along to the first rehearsal to see if it's for you. Or call our chair Dorothy Whittaker on 01788 510392.


Monday Morning Meet

Guilsborough Village Hall

9 – 11am every Monday

Starting for all - 17th May

(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


The council are organizing the annual village tidy up on Saturday 4th September. This is our chance to make Guilsborough look extra smart and all help is appreciated—if you can only spare an hour or two please come along. Meet at the Village Hall at 10am. Children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. For more information see posters around the village, The Hub or call/message Katie 07747 604067 or Ian 07704 017464.


We are pleased to welcome Lisa Phillips as our newest councilor, Lisa is a Guilsborough resident and will be responsible for emergency planning as well as the standard councilor duties.

As always Parish Council meeting minutes and information can be found on the website www.guilsboroughpc.org.uk or on the noticeboard in the center of Guilsborough.


We posted envelopes through every door in the village during Christian Aid week in May but didn’t collect door to door this year—instead we had collection points throughout the village and online giving.

Many thanks to those who helped during the week this year and to those who donated.

Over £500 was raised including gift aid.


We thought you may like to know what is taking place in the village hall.


Morning MMM     Afternoon Bowls

Early evening - Brownies - when able to meet again.

Monthly Parish Council


9.30 - 10.30am Pilates

7.30 - 9.30pm GMADS occasional weeks.


10.30 - 11.30am Nia Dance Class

6 - 7 pm Pilates weekly   7 -8 pm Guides alternate weeks.

3rd week - Stitching Bee afternoon & evening


7.30 - 9.30pm GMADS occasional weeks

Friday, Saturday & Sunday:

Stitching Bee Workshops - various dates through autumn.

There is availability for fundraising, parties etc.

The village hall has been painted during the last 12 months and is looking very smart.

Bookings:  Either via website:https://www.guilsboroughvillagehall.com

Or 07342 382706



We’ve recently seen just how much of our equipment is needing replacement; highlighted by one of the timbers on the clatter bridge totally failing. In the last edition of Village Link we appealed for parishioners to come forward to help us by forming a Playground Committee and we’re pleased to say that we have had some success with a few people volunteering – but there’s still room for more! If you would like to have a direct input into how our play area will be improved then please do contact us. You can email me, Tony Hart through our clerk at Guilsborough.pc@gmail.com, or you can phone/message me on 07917101008 or respond to the post on Guilsborough’s Facebook page “The Guilsborough Hub”. This is a great opportunity to influence what we provide for your children.

THANK YOU TO LORD SWANSEA Richard Swansea is seen in all weather with his stick, hat and bag picking up litter from the roadside and hedges in Guilsborough, making our village a more beautiful place. He was given an award and an engraved paper weight from Guilsborough Parish Council on 14th June for his amazing effort in litter picking in Guilsborough and surrounding villages.

He is one of our front page “Local Winners”.


Despite everything, it’s been another super summer term here at Guilsborough CofE Primary School.

In keeping with the summer of sport so far, and with restrictions easing, we’ve been competing in lots of Pacesetters Sports competitions, including a Year 1 Uni Hockey festival, which we WON, Year 6 Dodgeball, Year 2 football and a Year 5 hockey tournament, as well as a Year 4 Athletics tournament where we came a close second.  We also held our own school sports day and our Year 4 children were able to take part in the Peterborough Diocese Education Trust Sports day too, where they competed against all other Trust schools. Go team Guilsborough!

On Friday 2nd July, our whole school took part in ‘Picture News Day’, where children watched live lessons from the Picture News team and took part in discussions about what is going on in our world around us. It was a very exciting day with lots of new learning taking place.

Our Drama Club pupils were able to perform their take on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ in our playground, allowing all our class bubbles to watch this exciting show during the afternoon. Big thanks to Jenny Sheehan for all her hard work and effort spent making this happen.

We’ve also made sure that our wonderful Year 6 children have had a memorable last term at school. They took part in an in school residential where we completed lots of activities, including a very high climbing wall, skate and scooter workshop, pizza and film night, as well as archery. They had lots of laughs along the way and seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.  I’m not sure I can say the same for the adult volunteers, who gave up their weekends so it could all happen and slept on the floor of the school hall with the children!

We couldn’t let them leave us without some sort of end of term send-off either and therefore arranged a virtual leavers evening with a Hollywood glamour theme.  We celebrated every child and their achievements during the year.  We will miss them dearly but, of course, wish them every success in their futures whatever they go on to do.

Looking forward to a bubble free September, we welcome our new Reception children and their families as we continue to build brighter futures and achieve more together.  It has certainly been an unpredictable year and I’d like to extend my thanks to all our Guilsborough family and community for all the support we’ve received.

Mrs K Shilliam   Headteacher

Guilsborough Playing Fields

times per annum and most correspondence is by email. If interested, please contact the GPFA secretary Graham.Byars@hotmail.com on 01604740545 / 077112649833 or the Chairman, Simon Smith.

Dog faeces have been found at the field, some on the cricket square. GPFA reminds all dog walkers that the Playing Field is a sports ground, continually used by adult and children, and hence out of respect for users , please ensure your dog does not foul the field, is under control and on a lead.

Some vandalism has occurred at the field; some seating was damaged and the police have visited responsible. In addition, considerable amounts of plastic bottles and wrappers have been left by the pavilion and goalposts, some being mangled by the gang mowers that creates sharp edges that can harm young children playing football. Those who use the field are asked to be vigilant and report incidences to the secretary.


Since the beginning of 2021, 14 games have been played at Guilsborough, with many midweek practices, despite COVID restrictions resulting in some games being cancelled. Football has now finished for the season. Northants FA set up friendly mini league games that were all played successfully and due to the disruption from Covid the season went on longer than normal to the 19th June. The 3 teams enjoyed their time at Guilsborough but all now move onto new age groups. Next season we will welcome new teams from West Haddon JFC and look forward to a similar number of matches being played in the village.

GPFA General Committee  Members

The GPFA is also asking parishioners to consider joining the GPFA General Committee in roles such as fundraising and facilities maintenance. GPFA’s normal fundraising events have been severely restricted over the last two years by COVID, and hence only essential expenditure has occurred.
Please contact the GPFA Secretary or Chairman for info.

village sport and recreation


In 1925 the National Playing Fields Association (NPFA) was set up by Brigadier-General Reginald Kentish, and was founded by the Duke of York, later King George VI, who was the first president. This royal link continues today with Queen Elizabeth II as Patron since 1952 and the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as President from 1947 until he stepped down in 2013 to be succeeded by his grandson Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. The objective was to safeguard and secure playing fields, sports grounds and open spaces to the benefit of the whole community. The Guilsborough Playing Field Association has been in existence since 1977, following a Parish Council initiative to set up a sub-committee whose efforts culminated in the purchase of 7.5 acres of land from the late John Lowther for sporting and recreational facilities for Guilsborough Parishioners. The Field was purchased from grants and village fundraising events. The GPFA was subsequently registered as a charity with the Charity Commission and has Trustees and a Management Committee.

About £12,000 p.a.is needed for operating and maintenance costs, and about 25% is raised by the organisations using the facility, with the GPFA raising the remainder. No financial support comes from the parish stipend. The GPFA’s longer term objective is to make the Field freely available to all villagers. Additional money is raised for capital projects, and over £200,000 has been raised by the GPFA in the last 30 years towards a new pavilion and tractor shed opened in 1994 and a range of sporting equipment. There is an eight wicket cricket square, an artificial cricket pitch, two cricket practice nets, one practice cricket cage, two football pitches and moveable goals, and six sports fitness exercise machines.


A new treasurer is needed by the GPFA. The key roles are controlling and monitoring what comes in and what goes out of the GPFA accounts, authorizing and paying invoices by BACs payments, and preparing annual accounts. The current treasurer has done an excellent job in creating spreadsheets that make the role relatively straightforward and quick to administer. In addition the Treasurer contributes to the GPFA’s General Committee plans and decisions. The GPFA hope that a parishioner is willing to volunteer for this role. The GPFA meets only 3-4


at Guilsborough Academy



AGM 29th September

We have Family, Individual or Student categories of membership.  All enquiries to Sarah either by phoning 07917 608238 or email: SarahDalzell57@gmail.com


The ‘wonderful charm’ of the winning image in a countywide photography competition has landed a Guilsborough sixth-former first prize and £500 towards art and science equipment for the school.

Year 12 student Isabelle Davies impressed the judges of this year’s Northamptonshire Schools Photography Project with her incredible capture of a downbeat-looking seal which experts said, “demonstrates effective use of photographic skill and understanding of composition and colour”.

The image was named the winner of the ‘wildlife’ category of the competition, run by Uni Connect and Aspire Higher, a partnership of 29 Universities and Colleges which offers outreach programmes to young people in years nine to 13.

“Seal of disapproval” Wildlife category winner

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

Last updated Saturday, August 28, 2021

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 1st September 2021