The "Village Diary"

Village Correspondent

If village organisations wish to publicise forthcoming events in the EVENING TELEGRAPH SATURDAY VILLAGE NEWS they should contact the Village Correspondent David Smith Tel:01604 782620 or Fax 01604 782629 or email

Great Doddington Heritage Group

The Great Doddington Heritage Group was formed in 2009 with the aim of researching the history of the village along with its houses and people. Any photographs or stories relating to the village would be very much appreciated. We may also be able to help with family history researches connected to the village. Membership to the Group is £6 for individuals and £12 per household (renewable 31st October each year) which entitles you to discounted admission to Group events, Quarterly newsletter, Access to the British Association for Local History and the opportunity to take part in research and to assist the Group with their projects.  The Great Doddington Heritage Group now has a website which you can access via the link below:

For further information please contact:
Barbara Tomkins 01933 279498
For Membership forms: Linda Ross 01933 440560

50+ Bowls Club
We meet each Thursday from 2-4pm at The Memorial Hall. Contact June Simcoe Tel: 01933 278372         

The Ring of Roses Pre-School
A village playgroup for ages two and a half to school age. The playgroup opening times are 9.00am - 12.00noon (in the Memorial Hall) in school term time and the children enjoy many activities which will prepare them for the big step to full time education. Contact  Gayleen Parsons Tel: 01933 276862.

W.I - Womens' Institute
Evenings -   We meet in the Memorial Hall on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm where we offer an interesting and varies programme of discussions and speakers. Visitors are welcome to attend for a small levy of £2.75 including refreshments. For further information contact Suzanne Solomon on 01933 276062 or Liz Garrod on 01933 223995.

Great Doddington Ladies Group (W.I. Afternoon Club prior to January 2009)
The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the Memorial Hall at 2:15pm. Details of programmes can be obtained from Jean Walker Tel: 01933 223859

Great Doddington Football Club
Contact Nick Murphy Tel: 07747 465857

Great Doddington Youth Football Club
Contact Kevin Howes at
Click here for website 

Beaver Scouts  (Part of the Wilby & Great Doddington Scout Group)
A recent arrival in Gt.Doddington (January 2011)  They meet in the Memorial Hall every Tuesday in term time between 6.15pm and 7.15pm..   Beaver Scouts are the youngest members of the Scout Movement catering for age range 6 to 8 years old. 
For further information contact Simon Cross on 01933 273854 or 07974 217788

Bridge Club
Contact Constance Anderson Tel: 01933 225413

Gardening Team
A dedicated band who help to maintain the floral delights of our village. Working on the principal that many hands make light work new volunteers are always welcome. Contact either Ann Newsome Tel: 01933 276082 or Jane Nunley Tel: 01933 277330

If you want to enjoy walking and getting out in the great outdoors, why not join the WELLINGBOROUGH RAMBLERS.  Their walks give you a healthy way to enjoy excercise and meet like-minded people.   They are a friendly walking group and will make you most welcome whatever your walking ability.  The group is run by its members and is part of "Ramblers"
For further information click here for website

The Memorial Hall
As one can tell from the various groups that meet there, the Memorial Hall is a major asset to the village. There is a program of refurbishment due in 2009 which will further enhance its facilities. Jayne Handcock is heavily involved and seeks volunteers either to serve on the Hall's committee or just to provide general help and assistance. Jayne Tel: 01933 273770  For enquiries regarding bookings please also contact Jayne.