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From the Headteacher…

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

Our School Council and Eco-warriors have been working hard at thinking of things that will make our school even better. Watch this space for more information about what we've got planned.

The children took part in Safer Internet day which was organised by Mrs Holcombe, and the feedback showed us that our pupils are well equipped for being very safe online.

Times Tables Rock Star Day was a knockout, our Year 5 children enjoyed a Maths adventure day at the Frontier centre, and Class 4/5 had a victorious day as Vikings.

Over the next few months we have a number of other events coming up, including Science Week, Easter Prayer Space and Easter celebrations, our Seasonal Walk, Parents Evening and our new Project Friday. We are very proud of our enrichment and the joy it brings the children.

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.


Monday Morning Meet

Monday Morning Meet  Guilsborough Village Hall

9 – 11am every Monday

 (excluding Bank Holidays)  

All welcome, baby – OAPs.

£2.50 per Adult, Children Free

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

Good Friday - Easter Eggs & More.


Craft activities.

Hot Cross Buns & Hot Drink


For more information contact Janet

01604 740640


Quiz evening raises £1200

The main fundraising event for the Village Hall on the 16thwas a great evening with about 90 tickets sold and raising just over £1200.monies will be going towards the new front door and other measures aimed at keeping our electricity costs down, and our hire fees low – for the benefit of everyone.Thank you to everyone who came.

Time to Move – Fridays after Easter

The Village Hall team are starting a new movement class on Friday mornings at 9.15am with exercise followed by coffee, finishing at 10.15. It will be specially designed for those who are aging or with mobility issues. The exercises can be tailored to each person’s individual needs; sitting, using a chair for balance, or standing.

We will be starting on Friday 19th April with an 8 week pilot, but it is hoped that this new session will continue long-term.

The cost per week is £4 including coffee and biscuits.

If you are interested, if possible give Elaine (07742 440250) or Laura (07368 233327) a call to chat through what will be going on. This will help them to plan the morning to best fit with your own needs. However, you are still welcome to simply turn up.

We are very grateful to Laura Pinchback (who lives in Guilsborough) who will be providing the instructor and managing the session. See the advert on the back page of this edition. We are grateful to the Parish Council for a donation of £200 toward the costs of this new class.

Making access to the hall easier

The new back doors enable direct ramped access from the Village Hall car park at the back, and there are now automatic lights down the outside and at the back of the hall which will help everyone see their way.

The Hall is a fabulous venue for parties and events info@guilsboroughvh.uk or 07342 382706

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We’re very pleased to report that our bus service is to continue beyond March after the current operator UNO, pulled out of all their bus operations. The time tables remains practically untouched and are available to download from the new operator Stagecoach. This has again only been achieved with subsidies from a number of Parish Councils along the route.

As part of our Bio Diversity Policy, we have decided to leave 2 wider margins unmown in the small playing field.

As reported elsewhere in these pages, there are monies donated for the benefit of our villagers that are generated from an oil buying group. The amount received has increased since it began but has always been used for the benefit of as many of our parishioners as possible. This year, so far it has covered the cost of our Christmas tree and we’ve agreed to cover the cost of the first few weeks of Village Hall rent, up to £200, to assist the start up of an exercise group aimed at those with limited mobility or more senior in years.

This still leaves up to £600 to allocate. If you have any suggestions for a project/s, which must benefit our parishioners, please contact the clerk, details below.

Lastly, we’ve had a few street lamp failures over recent weeks. These need to be reported to our clerk, as she is the only person who can arrange repair. Please include the location as precisely as possible and include the lamp number painted on the lamp if possible. There is a zoomable location map on our website:


clerk@guilsborough-pc.gov.uk or 01788 824425


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:

£3 per meeting, unless otherwise stated, which is used to cover refreshments, costs and make charitable donations. We look forward to welcoming new members.

Our Programme for the next 2 months:

Thursday 11th April—Arthur Cockerill, local  Northamptonshire Philanthropist – talk by Dr Isabella Robinson

Thursday 9th May—Visit to Harrington Aviation Museum

For further information contact:  

Janet Minney               T 01604 740640   

Elizabeth Southgate     T 01604 740064



In spite of the horrible wet weather, the Money Raising Supper for Cynthia Spencer was well attended. It was a really lovely evening, with a superb “dessert table”. We were spoilt for choice!

A big thank you to everyone who kindly donated in any way to the success of the evening.

The only cost was hire of the Village Hall, which has enabled us to donate £500 through the Ruth Harper Giving Fund to the hospice.

This brings the total raised on “Tom’s page” to £5,695. The fund has now achieved 28% of the target £20,000.


Haddon Cricket Club are a village club based at three beautiful grounds at Guilsborough, East Haddon and West Haddon, the club offers both social and competitive cricket for men, ladies and juniors of all standards.

The club run 4 junior sides, a ladies team and 6 men’s sides in the summer so there is something for everyone. Winter training runs indoors at Brixworth from January to April. you are thinking of returning to cricket, looking to give it a go or have children that could be the next Ben Stokes then please do get in touch by contacting Jim.houghton72@outlook.com.

Sir John Lowther Cricket Game

On Sunday August 11th, the Annual Sir John Lowther Cricket game will take place  at the Guilsborough Playing Field. Sir John was the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire for many years. The GPFA sees it  as an opportunity for the village to come together,  watch some cricket, enjoy a good lunch in the  delightful  Playing Field setting  on the West Haddon Road.  Children are very welcome at reduced prices.  Please put this date in your diary.

Hugh Lowther raises a team from his friends to play Guilsborough Gentlemen, a team raised by Jim Houghton in the village. to Hugh raising a team, his father raised a team for many years, often played, and on one occasion stopped, to the surprise of the opposition, a cricket ball travelling at speed to the boundary with his wooden leg, lost in the WW2 when

From The Principal…

It's been an incredibly busy start to the New Year and it’s crazy to think we’re nearly at the end of Term 4 already.

As advised in the last Village link, throughout 2024 and beyond there will be a huge focus on identifying community needs and resources that can support student learning and achievement. Guilsborough Academy has always been and will continue to be at the heart of our local community and one of many focuses this year is to identify and pursue local opportunities to help shape our young people, so they can make a difference on their doorstep and beyond.

At the start of the academic year, we joined the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, and as part of that membership are looking to foster partnerships with local businesses that will benefit both the academy and our local communities for many more years to come.

One of the exciting things planned for 2024, is the redevelopment of our allotment area, which is one of many green initiatives that our Eco Committee are spearheading. Our rural surroundings are precious and becoming more sustainable is important.

The academy is part of the Eco-Schools programme, which provides a simple, seven-step framework that empowers young people to make a difference in their school, local community and beyond on huge environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity-loss and plastic pollution.

The academy has applied for the Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation, to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the ecological achievements of our young people. It clearly demonstrates that their hard work is appreciated, and it provides them with the confidence and motivation needed to continue actively engaging with environmental issues throughout their lifetimes. Finally, it also tells our local communities that the academy is forward-thinking and promotes youth-led environmental education and action.

We have very kindly been supported by Commsave Credit Union, who have donated to our allotment project to help the Eco Committee get it off the ground and are also going to help with some volunteering hours.

We are looking to host a community event, so if any individuals, businesses or community groups have any spare time, resource and would like to volunteer to help clear the allotment area or would like to donate any materials, plants etc., then our Business Development and Marketing Director (Kym Wright), would love to hear from you!

We strongly encourage everyone within the local community to support us.

Please contact us with any potential opportunities and keep up to speed with what we’re doing by checking our website or following us on social media –://linktr.ee/guilsboroughacademy

Your ongoing support is much needed and very appreciated.

Mr Simon Frazer


Sunday 28th April

1.30 –5.30pm

Combined Entry £7.50 Children Free

Home made teas in the village hall

For more information visit www.ngs.org.uk


The Guilsborough village scheme started December 2020 and evolved from an idea between Guilsborough resident Steve McGlasson and me (Trevor Reay) to benefit and reward local communities and to thank you for choosing us as your supplier. Our vision was to build a very concentrated local business giving excellent service and consistently sensible pricing, customers buying from us directly, using our own tankers. Savings are achieved by cutting out costly middlemen, such as some consortiums or online offerings. Runouts are handled swiftly and without the surcharges often applied by others. A set amount of each litre bought is then allocated to support and fund projects for your village.

The fund is administered by Guilsborough Parish Council. It has proved to be successful and well supported. Guilsborough has 87 regular buyers so far, and the payments made to your parish council totalled £2,231.40 up to the 31st October 2023. Following this success we have rolled the scheme out to four other villages, Thornby, Naseby, Ravensthorpe & Swinford to directly enhance the facilities in those villages. For those of you who don't know we now have an office in Sywell and I have been joined by 3 of my longstanding ex Watson colleagues - Jess McClorey, Ruth Threadgold & lan Taylor.

Please call us to check our prices for heating oil. When you place your first order you will be coded (GOBS) and your literage will be added to the fund. Commercial kerosene users are welcome to join.

Our number is 01604 345526

Thank you for your support.

Trevor Reay, Compass Energy


This year the Parish Council will not be holding an Annual Parish Meeting. Instead, they will be hosting a free to attend

‘Village Showcase & Market’ on

Saturday June 22nd.

Based in the Village Hall and on the Green this event will be YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PROMOTE YOUR ORGANISATION to the village!

Invitees include all parish-based organisations: clubs, societies, businesses, crafts, services, sports groups, produce makers, charities, etc.

Are you are interested? Several groups have already booked a space – so please register your interest with:

David O’Neil councillor.oneil@guilsborough-pc.gov.uk

or 07801 700909

Lisa Phillips  councillor.phillips@guilsborough-pc.gov.uk

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as a captain, he stepped on a mine in Normandy.

Sir John sold the ground to the parish in 1973 for team sports, but especially cricket.

For the August event, two marquees are erected close to the pavilion, tables are laid out in the marquee, with a bar dispensing bottled beers and wine by glass or bottles, with a cold buffet & dessert. The bar is open from midday and the two teams sit down to lunch at about 1.00pm after play starts at 1100, followed by others attending.  

The two teams and supporters number about 30, and we can accommodate a further 70 from the parish. More details will follow, but those who would like to attend should contact the GPFA Secretary, Graham.Byars@hotmail.com or 07712649833.

The 2024 GPFA AGM was held in January, and its 2024  General Committee will be:

Chairman: Freddie de Lisle, Vice-Chairman: Mike Edwards, Treasurer: Milly Plant, Secretary: Graham Byars, Health & Safety: Gary Wakelin, Publicity Katie Fulcher: Haddon Cricket Club: Jim Houghton, West Haddon Football: Marc Garret, General Committee: Simon Cottle, Member, GPC representative: Simon Cauldwell, with Corresponding members: Mark Webster, Steve  O’Connor, Sam Darbyshire, Ged Lowry, Simon Smith. Kit Woolridge (Guilsborough Academy). The 2023 Annual Report can be seen at   https://guilsboroughplayingfield.com/

GPFA Bottle Stall at Hollowell Steam July 2024

Once again the GPFA will be raising funds at this event, and would kindly ask all to remember to donate bottles now or nearer the event, which is a significant  fundraiser for the GPFA.

Welcomes new and existing members from ALL VILLAGES for the 2024 season!

Friendly club playing social tennis.

New tennis year starts on 1st April:

FAMILY MEMBERSHIP KEPT AT £10 for the 2024/25 year!

Club sessions are: TUESDAY nights from 6pm and SUNDAYs at 10am -12noon.

For more information contact:

Graham on 07894 424328,
Caroline on 07840 846842


Chris on 07857 707503.

Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby,

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

Last updated Sunday, March 31, 2024

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Thursday 30th April ‘24