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Don’t forget to check our Events Diary for more information on events in all our villages and surrounding area.


From the Headteacher…

We are fully back into the swing of things after what was hopefully a restful Easter break and it’s wonderful to see all the pupils engaged in their learning once again.

We had a very busy Spring term and especially during the last week. We enjoyed World Book day which was a wonderful experience for the whole school. Everyone had a super day, especially with the ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Drama workshops put together by Jenny Wilson. Thank you also to our Reception and Year 1 team for putting together a super Easter Bonnet Parade. I’ve had many comments from parents, staff and pupils expressing how magical it was to be celebrating together.

We have continued to raise money for different charities, including the Air Ambulance Service and Red Nose Day. Everyone involved was proud to be supporting such good causes and helping many people in our country and around the world have a better future.

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We are taking part in the national event, promoted by the Royal British Legion, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D Day landings. Many locations throughout the land are lighting beacons and lamps and we have chosen to light a lamp, representing the “light of peace” that emerged from the darkness of war. Please do join us on our Village Green, Thursday 6th June at 8:45pm.

We currently have an advisor from Community Connect

attending some Monday Morning Meet meetings, promoting the Community Connect initiative which is explained in greater detail on page 3.

STOP PRESS – there is talk of a possible BBQ at the Village Showcase. Watch The Guilsborough Hub Facebook page for confirmation and hope to see you there!


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


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

Between 10am and 2pm

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.

There will also be entertainment by GMAD’s, a history talk and refreshments

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

GPFA Bottle Stall at Hollowell Steam July 6th/7th 2024

Once again the GPFA will be raising funds at this event, and would kindly ask all to remember to donate bottles (drinks) now or nearer the event, which is a significant fundraiser for the GPFA. If you have any bottles and are unsure who to give them to please contact Graham 07712 649833 or Katie 07747 604067.


The cricket season at Guilsborough gets underway in May.


2 mens’ teams alternating on Saturdays; 1 mid-week men’s team; 1 midweek ladies team.


1 under 11s team; 1under 14s team; 1 under 15s team

Plus training at different times in the week. Ian Hardwick from Guilsborough is the new junior cricket manager for Guilsborough.

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.

Those who would like to attend should contact the GPFA Secretary, Graham.Byars@hotmail.com or 07712649833.


The 2023/2024 football season ended in mid-May after 74 games played at Guilsborough by the Under 11s, 12s and 16s teams.

Our annual end of season festival of football will take place on Saturday 15th June. Please come along and support the children. There will be hot and cold food, drinks, ice creams, sweets and a raffle.

Guilsborough's Safari Supper

Fundraising activities for the Guilsborough Playing Field Association (GPFA) for 2024 were kicked off in April with over 50 people taking part in a Safari Supper! Participants all had their starter, main course and dessert in different homes around the village with a surprise at each course as couples were mixed up in between each. The evening was fabulous fun and a great success, with 21 different homes serving up a course, which all began and ended in the village hall.

Approximately £1100 was raised at the event, which goes towards vital funds to maintain and manage Guilsborough's Playing Field. Thank you to everyone who took part!

Watch out for the next one in 2025!

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

Friendly club playing social tennis.

New tennis year started 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.


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.  

Marie Curie Door to Door Collection

£165 raised!

A very big thank you to all those who so generously contributed to the annual Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal.

Every £22 raised, pays for an hour of care from a Marie Curie Nurse. House to house collections raise over £4 million each year. This is a significant contribution, which goes directly to helping someone live with a terminal illness.

Elizabeth Southgate

House Guest Review

The last production of Guilsborough Music & Drama Society played to full houses for three nights in March 2024. Audience members Carl & Sue Barnes wrote:

“House Guest was a departure for GMADS. This was quite different from the more tongue-in-cheek light-hearted performances we have come to expect.

Gip (Peter) Ingles as Robert Drury and Emma Codd as Stella Drury should be applauded for being onstage for almost the entire performance in this suspense thriller and the re-appearance of Gip as Philip Henderson billed as Nigel Steep not only confused some of the audience but also showcased Gip’s ability as an amateur dramatist.

The storyline kept the audience guessing all the way through until the dramatic conclusion.

Special mention has to go to the set which had us believing we were sitting in the protagonists’ living room throughout and also the supporting cast who as ever gave their all to provide an entertaining evening.

We look forward with anticipation to what GMADS will present us with next.”

The next GMADS performance

is Alice in a Garden

On 21st June.

Keep up-to-date

with GMADS at


Left, L to R: Gip Ingles, Richard Franklin, Emma Codd, Tim Underwood

Fire House won the Spring term house points and for their treat we had a pirate treasure hunt. Fire house completed the treasure hunt using the clues around the school and found a chest of treats to enjoy after all of their hard work! It was a super afternoon, and we can definitely say nobody at Guilsborough had to walk the plank!

We continue to be hugely involved in many sporting activities and competitions which as a school we are extremely proud of. I’d like to say a massive “Thank you!” to Niall (Pacesetters Sport and Wellbeing) who is so dedicated to helping our children achieve in all of these competitions.  We now have the summer term competitions and events to look forward to!

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.


We 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 look forward to welcoming new members.

Our Programme for the next 3 months:

Thursday 20th June Garden Visit to Woodcote Villa, Long Buckby Wharfe

Friday 12th July  Summer Supper, Hollowell Sailing Club

Thursday 8th August Crick, Historical Walk and Talk

For further information contact: Janet Minney, 01604 740640 or Elizabeth Southgate, 01604 740064


Despite atrocious weather in the run up to this event, things turned out better than we could have expected. Visitors, old and new, came from as far afield as Lincolnshire and we had much positive feedback about how much they had enjoyed their visit.

The garden of Rose Cottage Nortoft, which was open for the first time this year

Of course the gardens are only a part of the package. Delicious home baked cakes and a cuppa revived the weary and a stunning display of plants from Nobottle Nursery tempted many a purchaser. We made £1000 for the NGS's nursing and caring charities and the teas made a contribution to our village church. Amazing in the circumstances. Thank you to everyone who helped, especially the gardeners who had worked so hard.

For news of GMADS

latest production,

see our



Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby,

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

Last updated Monday, May 27, 2024

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