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Village Connect, the original community magazine, bringing local business to local villages

Bringing local business to local villages

 

Welcome to Village Connect, the original independent village community publication, bringing local business to local villages since April 2005.

 

Village Connect is published bi-monthly and hand delivered free of charge to more than 18,000 homes and businesses in 71 selected Northamptonshire villages, and has established itself as the premier notice board for businesses in the area.

 


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Sunday 19th April saw the official launch of Geddington Brickyard Garden (GBG), a ‘start up’ community garden project.

The GBG vision is to develop a former derelict site into a creative, green space which is a haven for wildlife and provides recreational, educational and creative inspiration for the local community to enjoy. The GBG team of volunteers hope that their endeavour will also demonstrate what can be achieved by creative use of recycled materials. The GBG site is a half-acre area on the outer environs of Geddington, along the byway at the end of Wood Street which leads to Brigstock.

Over 100 years ago, it was the site of Geddington Brickyard and, subsequently, it was used for dairy cows and then as a construction storage area… so a lot of history and memories for long-time Geddington folk. The project started in January 2014 when Boughton Estate, the landowners, agreed to lease the site and donated a ‘start-up’ fund of £1000.

Throughout the summer and autumn, volunteers worked tirelessly to clear the site. Winter 2014/2015 was a hard, hard slog but was inspired by Dr Robin Field of River Nene Regional Park, who visited the site and funded the building of a stock fence and entrance gate to define the GBG boundary. Dreams were becoming a reality, and the GBG team was amazed when 250 local people came up to the site to enjoy the activities of the launch ‘open’ event.

Activities included clay bricklet making for a GBG mural, landscape drawing and a ‘nature hunt’, along with folk music, refreshments by Geddington Scouts and additional treats courtesy of Geddington WI and others. It was a fantastic family event made possible by many local helpers, and it confirmed that GBG had the support of the local community.

If you are able to offer any relevant recycled materials, professional or practical help, the GBG team would love to hear from you. Please email Brenda, Ian or Lynette at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or follow us on our Facebook page (search ‘Geddington Brickyard Garden’).

 

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