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Police & Library Meetings

Forthcoming meetings on local policing police and the library. Please note that although the Library Meeting is shown as “approx 8:00pm start” it will begin immediately after the police meeting, whenever that finishes.

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Methodist Services

Many thanks to Elizabeth Streek for details of the Methodist Church services over the coming weeks. All are welcome. Sunday 10 December  – Service at 10.30 a. m Sunday 17 December –  We join Upper Boddington Methodists for Family Worship … Continue reading

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Post Office Decision

Post Office Decision Letter The Post Office have confirmed their decision to move in this letter. For those wishing for a summary, it says, in my opinion: “Thanks for all your input but we’re going ahead anyway and, oh, by … Continue reading

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12/12/17 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting:- Council Agenda 12/12/17 All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall. Discussion points include:- Introducing Mr. E Newton, new head teacher for Woodford Halse Primary School Various planning … Continue reading

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Village Plan

We’ve updated the Neighbourhood Plan pages to reflect the latest updates and include links to the DDC plans from the FAQ page. You can access the various pages via the Neighbourhood Plan page.

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Business Update?

I’m aiming to do an update to the local Business Directory before Christmas so, if you’re a business that is based in Woodford Halse, Hinton or West Farndon and you haven’t been included, fill in the form here with your … Continue reading

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Festive Recycling

Here’s a short video from Daventry District Council about recycling at Christmas. Collections over the festive period will take place on their usual days, with the exception of Christmas Day. Households that were due a collection on that day will … Continue reading

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Daventry Xmas Parade

On Saturday 8th December you can join in with Daventry’s Spirit of Xmas. The Daventry Lantern Parade and Spirit of Christmas event will take place on Friday 8th December 2017, with a variety of free events and activities around the … Continue reading

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Byfield Road

Roadworks.org have advised that traffic lights will be operational on Byfield Road outside the entrance to Byfield Lodge between 09:30 and 15:30 on 29th & 30th November (Wednesday & Thursday this week). This is to allow safe access to overhead … Continue reading

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December Big Breakfast

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 2nd of December, at the usual time. The Big Breakfast will be running in Byfield Village Hall, offering an excellent value cooked breakfast, 9am to 1pm (with last orders at … Continue reading

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XMAS News

The Xmas News page is back! There will be lots going on in Woodford over the Christmas period, so we’ve added a special page to collect up all the posts relating to his festive period. You can find it here: … Continue reading

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Santa In The Village

In aid of the Woodford Halse Primary School FSA & the Firefighters Charity. Follow Santa with the tracker app! Life360 is available on iphone & android. Join the FSA “circle” using code IHR-AFQ (Code valid until 4th Dec). Santa will … Continue reading

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Daventry Development Plans

Daventry District Council (DDC) have published their draft Development Plan and are asking for the views of residents in the Daventry area. This includes an exhibition in the Dryden Hall (just by the Library) on Wednesday 6th December, 3:00pm to … Continue reading

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Church Diary December

Pam Hicks has kindly provided details of local church services for December including Christmas, of course! You can find a list of all the local church services and meetings on the Church Diary page.

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Northants & Libraries

Regarding the Public Meeting on December 11th. Those concerned about the threat to the Library may be interested to see the web cast of the Northamptonshire County Council meeting at which a motion regarding closure of libraries was debated. You … Continue reading

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Police & Library Meeting Update

Kay Coles, chair of the Parish Council, has provided an update on the planned public parish meeting on December 11th. She will be chairing the meeting, which will start with a discussion on the future of local policing. In order … Continue reading

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WOW Distribution

Just to let you know, the WOW Team is aware that some households, particularly on the Hinton side of the village, may not yet have received their copy of the WOW. The WOW team is working with the distribution company … Continue reading

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Plan News

Progress Report #10 This morning, at a meeting between representatives of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Daventry District Council, an independent examiner was selected to carry out the examination of the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan. The examiner … Continue reading

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Signpost WOW Pages

With the return of the WOW we’ve reworked some of the Signpost pages. The WOW page will carry only the current series of newsletters. Previous editions between 2013 and March 2017 are available here.

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December WOW’s Out!

It should be dropping through your door soon, if you haven’t got it already. Here’s a digital version :- WOW December 2017  

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10/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 10th October Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved). Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 10th October 2017 This meeting discussed County Council’s … Continue reading

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Brownies & Guides Fund Raiser

Woodford Halse Brownies will be holding a Christmas fund raiser on Sunday 3rd December 2-4pm in Dryden Hall, Halse and could really use your help! All funds raised go back into the funds used to support all materials/trips for their … Continue reading

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Regatta Date & Events

Make sure you’ve got Friday 29th June 2018 in your diary. That ‘s the date set for the next Woodford Halse Regatta. And…. don’t forget… if you’ve got Christmas or New Year events coming up let the Signpost know: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

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Woods Memorial Glade

One of the ideas put forward soon after it was suggested that the Parish should buy the  Woodland was to create a remembrance area, a Memorial Glade. This would be especially to remember the lives of those that worked on … Continue reading

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10/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 27th October 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee. These were approved at the committee meeting on Thursday 16th November. 10/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes Keep up to date with all the … Continue reading

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Police & Library Public Meeting

There will be a public parish meeting to discuss the proposed changes to local policing and possible changes to the library on December 11th in the Memorial Hall. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. Attendees will include, Parish Council … Continue reading

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Hagstone Pottery Sale

On 17th, 18th & 19th November, 10:00am to 5:00pm there will be a Christmas Studio Sale at Tews Farm, 21 High Street. Contact Jacqueline Rappaport on 07903 717247 for details, 10% of all sales go to Katherine House Hospice

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Banbury Mosque

is offering a visit. If you would like to discover more about Islam, Ansar at the Banbury Mosque is holding an open day on Sunday 26th November. There will be a tour of the Mosque and talks about Islam. To … Continue reading

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Job Hunting? Look Out!

Anti-Fraud Hint #88 The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation. If you … Continue reading

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Local Litter

We all know that there has been a problem with litter in various parts of the parish. It is worth being aware that the penalties for littering have recently been changed. The maximum on-the-spot-fine for dropping litter in England will … Continue reading

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Remembrance

A few pictures to mark the Remembrance Day Commemorations in the village. Many thanks to Brian Hedges for the photos.

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11/25 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on Thursday 16th November 2017 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library). Download a copy here. All are welcome to … Continue reading

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14/11/17 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting:- Council Agenda 14/11/17 All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall. Discussion points include:- Introducing Mr. Christian Halbert who has consulted with the Woods Committee on the Woodland … Continue reading

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Byfield Medical Centre Update

The Medical Centre has issued a press release on it’s recent announcements. They have also sent a letter to affected local parish councils asking them to support the planning application. A copy of that letter is available here. The press … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #87

Two Fraud Alerts The following fraud alerts have been passed on by Northamptonshire Police Community Connect….. WhatsApp Voucher Fraud WhatsApp supermarket voucher scams are back ! So far we’ve seen M&S, Tesco & Asda variations! Don’t click the link or … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day Service

This year’s Remembrance Day Service will take place at 10.15am  on Sunday 12th November in the Dryden Hall, Woodford Halse. (St Mary’s is still closed for roof repairs) In addition there will be a parade of horses and riders to … Continue reading

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A361 Night Road Closure

The A361 will be closed overnight (8:00pm to 6:00am) between the 6th November and the 10th of November from between Wardington and Chipping Warden at the Cherwell Bridge to the junction with Stefen Way (the Daventry ring road). The A361 … Continue reading

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Ryfields Play Area

Most of you will be aware of the vandalism that occurred in the Ryfields Play Area at the end of last week. The Parish Council wants everyone to be aware that the damage will be repaired but that nothing will … Continue reading

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November Church Services

The Church Diary has been updated with the details of services and venues for November. You can find it here:  Church Diary

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Breakfast is Back

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 4th of November, at the usual time. The Big Breakfast will be running in Byfield Village Hall, offering an excellent value cooked breakfast, 9am to 1pm (with last orders at … Continue reading

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Byfield Medical Centre News

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BYFIELD MEDICAL CENTRE VIA THEIR WEBSITE Dr Adam Bone has formally resigned from his post as Senior Partner at Byfield Medical Centre. He will therefore be leaving Byfield Medical Centre at the end of December 2017. Dr Bone … Continue reading

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09/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 27th September 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the committee meeting, on Wednesday 25th October. 09/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes Keep up to date with all the … Continue reading

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Operation Pumpkin

Tips for Halloween & Bonfire Night Northamptonshire Police has teamed up with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to run the annual Operation Pumpkin campaign, which aims to prevent problems and promote safety around Halloween and Bonfire Night. Additional high … Continue reading

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Woods Plans Approved

Management Plan Accepted by the Forestry Commission The Great Central Woodland Management Committee is pleased to announce that the Woodland Management Plan has been approved by the Forestry Commission. This is an important milestone for the Woodland. The Forestry Commission … Continue reading

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Byfield Road Closure

Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th October According to Roadworks.org Byfield Road will be closed for water works between Gorse Road and Whitecroft Gardens, monday to wednesday. Times for the closure are not available at the moment but details can be … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #86

Modelling Jobs Advanced Fee  –  Fraud Alert The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to … Continue reading

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10/25 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on 25th October 2017 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library). Download a copy here. All are welcome to attend. … Continue reading

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Byfield Medical Centre

Meeting on 24th October Byfield Parish Council is holding a meeting on Tuesday 24th October at Byfield village hall at 7.30pm to discuss the planning application for up to 90 houses and a new medical centre. All Byfield residents are … Continue reading

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Woodland Feedback Please…

The Woods Committee wants the Woodland to be used by as many as possible but in ways that any one group doesn’t interfere with the enjoyment of another. The recent vandalism at the Story Telling Circle highlights the problems in … Continue reading

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Story Circle : Warning

Sadly there has been deliberate damage to the Story Telling Circle in the Woodland. One of the logs in the centre has been removed and set on fire. There are charred remains and a lot of bottles and empty cans … Continue reading

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Purple Planting People

On Saturday 4th November from 10am, there are plans to plant 1,500 purple crocus bulbs on the green (around the bus stop near Faulkners Shoe Shop). This is part of the nationwide Rotary “Purple 4 Polio” campaign to plant 10 … Continue reading

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09/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 12th September Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved). Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 12th September 2017 This meeting discussed Daventry’s Clean … Continue reading

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Seen This Van?

FP54 LRX Police have asked residents to be on the lookout for a silver Citroen Cadre van which has been linked to distraction burglaries in the Daventry area. The vehicle, registration FP54 LRX, has ladders on its roof and was sighted … Continue reading

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Police Alert

Meeting Planned for November At Tuesday’s meeting of the Parish Council it was decided that a public meeting is needed to discuss future policing in the village. The costs of PCSO support and the services provided are likely to change … Continue reading

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WOW Copy Deadline

The WOW Is Coming Back! If you want to make sure your group has its contact details mentioned or your have an event coming up in December or January that needs to be included make sure you get the details … Continue reading

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Scarecrow Winners

The School FSA has announced the winners of this year’s Scarecrow Competition. The FSA says congratulations to all and huge thanks to everyone who entered and voted! They were…  Most creative 1st Paddington Bear 13 votes. 2nd Michael Caine 11 … Continue reading

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Fireworks!

Make sure you get your tickets for this year’s fireworks display at the Football Club. Tickets available from this Friday, 13th October.  

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Support Cancer Research

Come along this Saturday, 14th October to the Memorial Hall, between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Help to raise money for Cancer Research UK Have fun with tombola, craft stalls, Nearly New, tea, coffee and cakes and much more.  

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Neighbourhood Plan News

Progress Report #9 Daventry District Council have now completed their consultation on the proposed Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan. A number of responses have been received from various individuals, companies and public bodies. These can all be viewed here … Continue reading

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Council Financial Audit

Each year the Parish accounts are independently audited and a notice of audit and report are produced. The details of the audit for 2016-2017 are now available. Annual Return Section 1 (Governance) Annual Return Section 2 (Accounting Statements) Annual Return … Continue reading

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Woodland Committee Seek New Member

Great Central Woodland Management Committee needs a new member. The Committee is looking for a Woodford Halse resident to volunteer. Could you help with two hours in an evening at a meeting once a month (usually the last Wednesday of … Continue reading

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10/10/17 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting:- Council Agenda 10/10/17 All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall. Discussion points include:- Post Office proposal to relocate the Post Office. A proposal to improve traffic congestion … Continue reading

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More Breakfast

The new season of Big Breakfasts is starting this Saturday. The dates for this round of BBs are: 7th October 2017 4th November 2017 2nd December 2017 3rd February 2018 3rd March 2018 7th April 2018 They are keeping to … Continue reading

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More on the Post Office

The Signpost has been asked to make it clear that the idea of moving the Post Office from its current location did not come from the current staff. Dipika and her team are keen that it should continue operating as … Continue reading

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Post Office Changes

The Post Office is proposing to move from their current premises on the corner of Castle Street and Church Street into Popsons Chemists. They are currently running a consultation programme that allows you to give them your views on this … Continue reading

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08/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 24th August 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the September committee meeting, last night. 08/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes Keep up to date with all the posts … Continue reading

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The WOW Is Back!

“What’s On in Woodford”  (The WOW) is being published again and the first edition in a new format will be delivered to every home at the end of November. If you are holding events in December and January which you … Continue reading

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Woods Litter Pick

Come & Help! Volunteers wanted to help clear litter in our village woodland. Please help us tidy up. Saturday, 30th September, 2017 Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Social Club for about 2 hours. Just turn up. Bags & Gloves … Continue reading

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Ads for Local Businesses

Although we have a directory of local business here on the Signpost and we provide village businesses with a way to reach out to local people, we don’t carry paid advertising on the Signpost. A new initiative is offering local … Continue reading

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Scarecrow Hunt

October 7th : Who’s Your British Icon? Woodford School FSA are asking the local people to make and display a fab THEMED scarecrow which will be voted for by the passersby! The event will be Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th … Continue reading

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Church Diary

Details of church services for October are now available on the Church Diary page.

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Policing Update

Northamptonshire Police have issued a video explaining changes in their approach to policing across the county. It explains how they will be working differently in some areas. They have also issued some crime prevention advice highlighting ways that you can … Continue reading

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09/27 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee meets at 7:00 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library). Download a copy here. All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #85

Tax Office Fraud   The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and the City of London Police have issued guidelines relating to fraudulent activity in relation to messages from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).   HMRC have also published examples of fraudulent … Continue reading

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New Footpath Warden

Joe Pitt has served the Parish for many years as our footpath warden. He has championed rights of way on our behalf, encouraged the County Council to keep up their maintenance of paths and contributed the “Joe’s Jaunts”, the local … Continue reading

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Witness Appeal

Collision : Barby Lane : 15th September 11:00pm Northants Police are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle collision in Barby, near Daventry, on Friday night (15 Sept). Shortly after 11pm  a black Mercedes, for reasons yet unknown, left the … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget: 20th Sept

Daventry District Forum Meeting DDF, the Daventry District Forum, works to enhance the lives of over 50’s in the district. On Wednesday 20th September, between 2:00pm and 4:00pm in the Memorial Hall, DDF will present a number of sessions on … Continue reading

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Woods News

Here’s a bulletin with an update on what’s been going on from the Woods Committee. Don’t forget you can stay in touch with all the latest Woods news here on the Signpost (follow the link to the Management Committee for a … Continue reading

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Mega Family BBQ!

Saturday 23 September You are invited to a Family BBQ with Mega Bouncy Castle this coming Saturday 23 September, 4.00 p.m.- 7.00 p.m. to be held in the garden at Hinton Methodist Church. Tickets £5 for a Family of 4, … Continue reading

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Terror Threat: “Critical”

Following the London Underground attack the terrorist threat level in the UK has been raised to “critical”, meaning that an attack is thought to be imminent. Although a suspect has been arrested, the public is being asked to be vigilant … Continue reading

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07/17 Council Minutes (26th July)

Here are the minutes of the 26th July Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved). Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 26th July 2017 This meeting was an additional … Continue reading

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07/17 Council Minutes (11th July)

Here are the minutes of the 11th July Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved). Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 11th July 2017 This month’s minutes include among … Continue reading

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Go Guiding

Girl Guiding is Simply Amazing! Guiding helps girls of all ages find confidence, find and build at new skills and best of all making new and life long friends! It’s also fun and games and the evenings are planned by … Continue reading

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Stories in the Woods

If you go down to the woods today….. There’s a brand new feature that the Woods Committee has installed for children. The storytelling circle is ready for use. The idea is that parents can share picture books with their young … Continue reading

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Bowls Open Morning

Short Mat Bowling : Open Morning This Saturday. Saturday 16th September 10.00 am – 12.00 pm at Boddington Village Hall. This year the Short Mat Bowls Club celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their founding. Short Mat Bowling provides gentle exercise … Continue reading

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09/17 Council Agenda

There is a busy agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting:- Council Agenda 12/09/17 All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall. Discussion points include:- Planning applications in West Farndon, South Street and Byfield Road. A proposal to … Continue reading

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Over 50’s Forum

Daventry District Forum Meeting DDF, the Daventry District Forum, works to enhance the lives of over 50’s in the district. On Wednesday 20th September, between 2:00pm and 4:00pm in the Memorial Hall, DDF will present a number of sessions on … Continue reading

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Road Closed

At Boddington The road between Byfield and Wormleighton, which is used to reach the M40 northbound, is closed today at Upper Boddington. Diversion is via the Aston Le Walls cross roads and the Welsh Road. Details on Roadworks.org.

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New Shared Houses

The Housing Association BPHA is promoting 19 new build homes available for sale under a shared ownership scheme in Woodford Halse. Specifically they are intended for:- existing & previous residents of Woodford Halse people employed in Woodford Halse with a … Continue reading

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Business Directory

We’ve updated the Business Directory to include more local businesses that will be happy to have your custom. This latest update available here includes… Added Clipper Services, who maintain all types of clippers. Sharpening knives, scissors and garden tools including … Continue reading

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Bye-Bye Busby

BT are removing the phone boxes from Church Street and Byfield Road between the 4th and 6th of September and advise that there may be some traffic disruption.  

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Road Closures

These road closures are a bit off of our patch but may affect some…… The Banbury Road at Canons Ashby (by the junction for the road from Eydon and the National Trust Car Park) will be closed for road works … Continue reading

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WI Event: Tudor Harvest Home

The WI meet on the first tuesday of every month with interesting talks on a wide range of topics. This month’s event is on the 5th September at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall with a talk on “Tudor Harvest Home” … Continue reading

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Woodland Committee Seek New Member

Unfortunately one of the members of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee has had to resign due to increased work commitments that mean he is unable to be at meetings. As a result, the Committee is looking for a Woodford … Continue reading

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07/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 26th July 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the August committee meeting. 07/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes  

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Show Time!

Monday, September 4th sees the 18th Annual Flower and Produce Show in the Memorial Hall. (6:30 to 7:00pm for entrants, 7:00 to 7:30pm for judging). Why not enter? It’s open to everyone in the village, not just Garden Club Members. … Continue reading

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Laser Therapy and Regenerative Medicine

Class IV Laser Therapy for You and Your Pets. Class IV Laser Therapy is claimed to relieve pain, inflammation and stiffness. Find out how this therapy the drug free, natural solution to many muscular and skeletal conditions such as arthritis … Continue reading

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08/26 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. Download a copy here. All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the clerk, John Williams, before … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Plan Pages

We’ve updated the Neighbourhood Plan Consultation page to include a link to the consulation page on the Daventry District Council s website. The on-line ebook version of the plan is also now available here.

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Plan Consulation at Daventry

Daventry District Council opened their 8 week period of consultation on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan on Monday 14th August. The consultation will run until 5:00pm on Monday 9th October 2017. Details of how you can take part … Continue reading

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Railway History

A new book has been published which will interest local railway enthusiasts. This is the first part of a history of the Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway, the line that ran from Stratford, through Byfield and Moreton Pinkney, to Towcester … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Plan Revisions

We made a mistake when we posted the new version of the Neighbourhood Development Plan recently. The map on page 10 showing the areas affected by the various plan policies was incorrect and one of the consultation responses was incorrect … Continue reading

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Byfield Surgery

Back in April we posted details of the plans to build a new medical centre in Byfield as part of a new housing development between Woodford Road and Church Street. Following the consultation in Byfield they have published revised plans … Continue reading

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Care & Repair Grants

Home owner grants of up to £5,000 now available! Did you know Home Repairs Assistance Grants (HRAs) can provide up to £5,000 to fund a range of work and essential repairs to your home including repair/replacement central heating boilers and … Continue reading

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06/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 28th Jun 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the July committee meeting. 06/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes  

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Neighbourhood Plan

This notice is sent on behalf of Rob Snedker & The Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Development Plan Strategy Team. It was also the content of an email to local businesses, organisations and others affected by the plan. Please find below links … Continue reading

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Business Directory

We’ve updated the Business Directory to include more local businesses that will be happy to have your custom. This latest update available here includes… Direct Print Solutions offering printing services including design and bespoke clothing printing. BM Landscapes who are landscape … Continue reading

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Betjeman on Woodford

Did you know John Betjeman mentioned Woodford in his poem””Great Central Railway Sheffield Victoria to Banbury”? We’ve added an extract to the page Poems on Woodford.

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Woodford Murder Mystery

This may be old hat, but I hadn’t heard about it before last night. Did you know there is a murder mystery story set in Woodford Halse? It’s a self-published novel by railway enthusiast, Stephen Done. Set in post-World War … Continue reading

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The Woods 6 Months On

Woodland Progress Report It’s just over six months since the Woodland Management Committee first met. Although there is still a lot to do (running a woodland is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge), we wanted to give the village … Continue reading

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RSPCA Fund Raising

Northants Police Community Connect has been advised by the marketing company APPCO Group Support that they will be conducting a fundraising programme for The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) within the Daventry Area from 31 … Continue reading

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Logs Missing

The logs cut down in the tree felling exercise last weekend were to have been sold with the money  going towards the costs of running the woodland. They have disappeared! We are talking about hundreds of pounds in value which … Continue reading

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07/26 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. Download a copy here. All are welcome to attend. If you have issues toraise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the clerk, John Williams, before the … Continue reading

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Extra PC Meeting

There will be an extra Parish Council meeting in the Farndon Room at 18:45 on 26th July (before the Central Woodland Management Committee Meeting) to consider some urgent planning applications and Sarafield pavilion heating and Sarafield sewer systems. The agenda … Continue reading

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New Website Feature

You have always been able to add your comments to any of the posts on the Signpost by simply filling in the form at the bottom of the page in question where it says… “Tell Us What You Think…” . … Continue reading

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Summer Holiday Kids

Humpty Dumpty’s @ The Nest Here are the summer sessions for Humpty Dumpty’s @ The Nest….  

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Health Visitor @ The Nest

New Times For Drop In Sessions Tuesday 8th August : 10:30 to 12:45 Drop in session Tuesday 5th September:  10.00-3.00 Drop in session These sessions replace the ones originally posted for the 1st and 15th of August.

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Ivy Volunteers

The Great Central Woodland Committee needs to clear ivy from the trunks of a number of trees in the Woodland. They are looking for volunteers that would like to learn how to do this in a short (two hour) course … Continue reading

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Woodford in ’52 & ’77

Two bits of village history…. Firstly, here’s an article, written in 1977, describing how things were in 1952. Woodford in 1952 Secondly from an old copy of The Woodford Express, here’s a list of the shops and services in Woodford … Continue reading

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Once Upon A WOW

WOW (What’s On in Woodford) ceased publication with the 154th edition in December 2016 / January 2017, before being resurrected in November 2017. Here is a look back at the WOW and it’s predecessors. The Woodford Express Here is the … Continue reading

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06/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the June Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved). Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 13th June 2017 This month’s minutes include among other … Continue reading

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Tree Felling

In The Woods : July 14th & 15th The community is advised that, as part of the ongoing management of the area, on July 14th and 15th tree felling will be taking place in various parts of the Great Central … Continue reading

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New Estate Streets

Peter Edwards helpfully pointed out (for which many thanks) that sometimes delivery drivers looking for new roads don’t know where to find them. They may not be in sat-nav maps or on Google maps. Although we don’t have a map … Continue reading

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Safety Matters

Northamptonshire Safer in the Summer Here’s the latest edition of “Safety Matters”, a joint initiative of Northants Police, Northants Fire & Rescue and Northants County Council to help improve safety awareness. This summer number includes:- Being Water Aware How to … Continue reading

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Humpty’s Fund Raiser

Sunday 3rd September in the Dryden Hall Humpty Dumpty’s at The Nest are raising funds to improve the children’s play space. Why not go along and support them?  

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History Society

2017-18 Programme Now Available. Here’s the 2017-18 programme for the Woodford Halse History Society. There are plenty of interesting sessions on everything from local radio to Stowe House, and  from controversial Northampton MP Charles Bradlaugh to the even more controversial … Continue reading

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Joules for the Pool

Thursday July 27th 7:00pm to 9:00pm The Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool (whasp) fund raising team is running a Joules Serconds Sale at the Social Club on Thursday 27th July. Tickets (£4) are available from Village Meats or the WHASP … Continue reading

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07/17 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting which takes place at 6:45pm (note: earlier than usual start time) in the Memorial Hall:- Council Agenda 11/07/17 All are welcome to attend. Discussion points include:- Introduction to the Service … Continue reading

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Waterside Woods

We’ve added a small gallery of photos from a walk along beside the river in the Great Central Woodland yesterday. It’s on the Woodland Nature page. There’s also a recording of some birdsong (recorded in the woods yesterday) that should … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #84

Pet Fraud Alert The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites. The fraudsters will … Continue reading

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Regatta Photos

Added a few pictures of the Regatta ….. Regatta 2017.

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Don’t Forget This Saturday!

BROWNIES & GUIDES SUMMER FUND RAISER Saturday July the 8th – 2-4pm At Woodford Halse Dryden Hall Please come along, show your support and raise money for your local Brownies & Guide group – 1st Woodford Halse Brownies & Guides! … Continue reading

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Boddington Rd. Closure

Road Works : 3rd July Boddington Road will be closed in Byfield between the A361 roundabout and the Upper Boddington from 09:15 to 15:00 on Monday 3rd July. There will be a diversion via the A361 and the Welsh Road … Continue reading

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Health Visitor Drop-In

Sessions at “The Nest”

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St Mary’s Appeal

Sponsor – A – Tile Campaign The Church of St Mary the Virgin in Woodford Halse is on the English Heritage At Risk register because of the state of the Nave roof and side aisles. Download this form and sponsor … Continue reading

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Woodland Nature

There’s a lot to see in our woodland. We’ve just carried out a wild-life survey and we have been cataloguing the various trees as part of creating the long term Management Plan for the woodland. We thought you’d like to … Continue reading

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Path Rolling…

Some feedback from the Woods Management Committee on Wednesday. The Committee has taken note of some people’s concerns about the paths. The current resurfacing has been done to improve things – especially by removing muddy areas & improving gradients – … Continue reading

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Regatta Time!

No, Not Henley, It’s Here! A rare photo of boats assembling on the Cherwell by the Kitchen Lane Bridge prior to last year’s race….. What do you mean, Fake News???? Don’t forget the village’s fun event this evening. It all … Continue reading

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05/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 24th May 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at last night’s committee meeting. 05/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes  

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Brownies & Guides Fund Raiser

Saturday July the 8th – 2-4pm BROWNIES & GUIDES SUMMER FUND RAISER At Woodford Halse Dryden Hall Please come along, show your support and raise money for your local Brownies & Guide group – 1st Woodford Halse Brownies & Guides! … Continue reading

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Station Road Closure

Friday 5:00pm to 9:00pm Don’t forget that Station Road will be closed between Parsons Street and Cherwell Terrace for the annual Village Regatta on Friday 30th June between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Castle Road and Cherwell Terrace will still be open. … Continue reading

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South Street Road Works

On Roadworks.org There are roadworks planned for South Street. Details on Roadworks.org Dates given for the closure are between Thursday 29th June and Monday 3rd July. This will involve two-way traffic control signals, so a little extra time might be … Continue reading

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The Flags Are Out…..

For Next Friday’s Regatta. Don’t forget to put next Friday’s fun event in your diary. Lots of fun for all the family! Watch out for the “Anything Goes” racers in their two and four man “boats”, have a drink, have … Continue reading

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Station Road Closure?

Here’s a puzzle….. Roadworks.org is showing that Station Road will be subject to closures between 25th and 30th of June between Bankside & Parsons Street for “carriageway patches”. The notice says that it is currently in “advanced planning”. Well, given … Continue reading

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06/28 Woods Agenda

The Woods Management Committee meets next Wednesday. Great Central Woodland Management Committee Meeting Agenda 28th June 2017 Please note that recent concerns expressed on Facebook over horse mess and path surfaces will be dealt with under agenda item (5): “Issues … Continue reading

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Fire & Police

How Should They Be Managed? A Consultation. A public consultation has been launched on how Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service should be governed. You can give your views in a survey at www.northantsfireproposals.co.uk. The survey closes on Tuesday 1st August … Continue reading

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Wood in the Woods

Can folk please note – the wood stacked near the Station Road entrance to the Woodland is intended for a project as part of the improvements that the Woodland Committee is working on. Some has already been removed. Please do … Continue reading

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Woods Committee Vacancy

The Great Central Woodland Management Committee has a vacancy. The Committee is made up of five Parish Councillors and five local residents and takes care of planning the work needed to create and maintain the woodland as a community asset. … Continue reading

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Parish Accounts

2016-17 Figures Available As a public body, Woodford cum Membris Parish Council is required to publish its accounts and to provide access to bills, receipts and other documents relating to the accounts. The minutes of each Parish Council include details … Continue reading

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05/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the May Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved). Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 9th May This month’s minutes include among other items):- … Continue reading

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Humpty’s In Woodford

Opening at “The Nest” Humpty Dumpty’s baby and toddler group is opening in what was the SureStart centre on Scrivens Hill. Come along and join their housewarming….. Contast : Suzi Hazleton on mobile 07463 832 953, on Facebook  SHazleton15  or … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #83

Vehicle Online Shopping Fraud Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow … Continue reading

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06/17 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting:- Council Agenda 13/06/17 All are welcome to attend. Discussion points include:- Decisions on Great Central Woodland including groundworks and immediate felling of certain trees. Decisions on Sara Field including building … Continue reading

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Beer Festival 9 & 10/06

WOODFORD HALSE SOCIAL CLUB Beeer Festival June 9th & 10th Classic Car and Motorcycle meet June 10th Model Railway open day June 10th Many new beers and ales on offer with finger foods and snacks, 12PM till late, Plenty of … Continue reading

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Fun Dog Show

Sunday 11th June at Stable Mates, 5 Scrivens Hill Come along and enjoy the fun at the Woodford Fun Dog Show. Gates open at 10:30am for 11:00am start. ARENA 1 – Fun Classes starting at 11:00am. ARENA 2- “Have a … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #82

Wedding Services Fraud Action Fraud has issued a warning about fraud surrounding weddings. With the Wedding Season very much here, and for those considering making plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #81

“Smishing” Fraud Alert Action Fraud has issued a warning about “Smishing”. Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response … Continue reading

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Regatta Time

It’s the annual village regatta on 30th June! Six o’clock for two great races and Woodford’s fantastic street fayre. If you don’t know what to expect have a look at these pictures from last year’s event. There’s still time book … Continue reading

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04/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the April 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at last night’s committee meeting. 04/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes  

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Anti-Fraud Hint #80

PC Tech Support Scammers Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack. One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number … Continue reading

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Water Pumps?

Anglian Water may have some good news for any residents who have a private pumping station on their property, and have not yet registered it with Anglian Water. Currently, homeowners spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, … Continue reading

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05/24 Woods Agenda

The Woods Management Committee meets next Wednesday. Great Central Woodland Management Committee Meeting Agenda 24th May 2017 Please note that progress on dealing with dangerous tress will be part of agenda item (10a) on maintenance issues in the project plan. … Continue reading

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04/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the April Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subesquent meeting at which they are approved). Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 11th April This month’s minutes include:- Discussion of planning … Continue reading

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Railway Walk

Now that Station Stores is closed, the Railway Memorabilia Walk (see post from January 2017) leaflets are no longer available. However, we are happy to make the leaflet available here. It’s designed to be printed on two sides of A4 … Continue reading

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Tree Problems

Here is a message from Paul Blackwell (Woodford Cum Membris Parish Council and also chair of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee) ….. “Thanks to all the villagers who last evening notified us of the problem with one of the … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #79

Protect Yourself from “Ransomware” Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging … Continue reading

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Yogathon June 18th

Local residents will join forces in a charity “Yogathon” on Sunday 18th June, to raise vital funds for the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) East Africa Crisis Appeal. Led by local Yoga Teacher, Sian of Serendipity Yogi’s, participants will join in … Continue reading

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Election Candidates

Here is the formal notification of those nominated as candidates for our parliamentary constituency at the forthcoming General Election….. Statement of Persons Nominated & Notice of Poll for June 8th 2017  

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Help MJO’s Matt

If you’ve heard about the tragic accident at MJO and you’d like to help Matt recover, there’s a Just Giving page where you can make a donation. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/MattMJO

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05/17 Council Agenda

Apologies for the late posting but here is next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting Agenda:- Council Agenda 09/05/17

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Notice of Election

This is the notice of election for the General Election on Thursday, June 8th … http://wp.me/a3A1zu-33t

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Football Club News

Woodford United Football Club The football club and the clubhouse are now under new management with an elected community committee. The new committee took control at the beginning of March with the club in a precarious position. They have worked … Continue reading

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Family Fun Evening

The residents of Woodford and Hinton are invited to an ‘Evening of Fun’ on Saturday, 13 May, 5.00 p.m at Woodford Memorial Hall.  Children’s professional entertainer with a ‘Frozen’ theme. There will be a disco and the opportunity for the … Continue reading

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Update on the Woods

Here’s an update from last week’s Woods Committee. We’ll publish the full minutes after they are approved at the next meeting (24th May) but we thought you would want to know about a few things before then. Change of Leadership: … Continue reading

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Footpath Warden Report

At last week’s Annual Parish Meeting,  Joe Pitt the Parish Footpath Warden presented his report on footpath issues for the previous year. Here is a copy:- 2017 Footpath Warden Report. It’s good to see folk making use of local footpaths. … Continue reading

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Byfield Road Works

On Roadworks.org Details of the planned roadworks on Byfield Road are now available on Roadworks.org Dates given for the closure are between Monday 1st and Sunday 14th May. This will involve the road being closed for the whole time during … Continue reading

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Funding Fair

Here are some more details on the Funding Fair at Towceseter Rasecourse on 6th June. A chance for community groups to meet with funders. Find out how you could get grants for your project or group. Funding Fair Programme Here’s … Continue reading

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Tweet On The Beat

You’ll have seen our PCSO’s twitter feed on the front page of the Signpost but you can also follows Carl Barton directly on your own Twitter feed…. Just search for @PCSOCarlBarton. Here’s a reminder….   And you can follow us … Continue reading

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More Road Works

Station Road An update on Road Works in Station Road……. Northamptonshire Highways are intending to carry out carriageway patching works on Station Road from the 15th to the 19th May 2017.  The road will be closed between Bankside and Parsons … Continue reading

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03/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the March 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at last night’s committee meeting. 03/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes If you have trouble with the above download link try this … Continue reading

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Election!

No, not that one. Vote for your County Councillor. Before you get to vote in June, you have the chance to elect a County Council represntative for the Woodford & Weedon Division on Thursday, May 4th. Here is the Notice … Continue reading

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Road Works

Church Street – Parsons Street – Station Road Anglian Water are coming to fix the leak at the bottom of Parsons Street between Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th April. According to Roadworks.org, this is going to involve three-way traffic light … Continue reading

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04/17 Woods Agenda

Here is the agenda for the forthcoming meeting of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee. If the link above does not work on your mobile phone please use this one:- Woodland Committee Agenda Items for discussion mainly centre around discussion … Continue reading

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Daventry Memory Cafe

Meetings for Dementia Sufferers & Carers Daventry & District Memory Café runs events for dementia sufferes and for those that care for them. For people with Dementia: Meetings at the Abbey Centre, Market Square, Daventry NN11 4XG. All these meetings … Continue reading

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Junior Cricket

New Season for Woodford’s Junior Cricket Teams! Woodford’s junior cricket team starts their season  on Friday 21st April 2017 and they are looking for new players! Children ages 6+ (boys & girls) are invited to join and all new members … Continue reading

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Book Sale

Massive Book Sale On Saturday 22 April 2017, Hinton Methodist Church, 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon. In aid of Church funds. All welcome.

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Rural Crime Advice

Wildlife and Rural Crime Officers will be on hand to offer advice at Harley Equestrian centre on Saturday 22 April. The officers will be at Harley Equestrian, Unit 1, Dairy Farm, Eydon Road, Woodford Halse, between 10.30am and 2pm to … Continue reading

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Minutes & Agendas

We publish the agenda and the minutes of every Parish Council meeting and meetings of Council sub-committees, such as the Great Central Woods Management Committee, the SARA Field Committee and the PCSO Liaison Committee. These agendas and minutes are published … Continue reading

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Road Works

If you use the “back way” to Daventry, via Preston Capes, be aware that the road will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. (19th to 21st April 2017). Roadworks.org is showing multi-way signal traffic control for School Street, … Continue reading

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03/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the March Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subesquent meeting at which they are approved). Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 14th March This month’s minutes include:- Report from Northamptonshire … Continue reading

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Woodland Trees Report

Some people have asked why some of the trees in the Woodland have been marked. This is part of the work going on to make the woods safe and accessible and to ensure that the woods are looked after into … Continue reading

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Easter Church Services

Here are details of services over Easter at local churches… (These details have been pulled together from various local church web sites, if more is known, or these have been updated please email woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.) Church of England. St Mary’s Woodford … Continue reading

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Trading Standards

Find Out About Trading Scams The latest version of news from Northampton County Council’s Trading Standards Department has items on succesful prosecutions of fraudlent traders, warnings about scams and how to avoid being c0nned. Read the latest Trading Standards News … Continue reading

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New Business Directory

Thanks to those that asked for their business to be added to our local business directory. You can see the new directory here: Woodford Halse Business Directory. New entries and the section of the directory where you can find them … Continue reading

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Funding Fair

Finding Funding For Community Projects Big Lottery Fund,  BBC Children in Need, Heritage Lottery Fund, Grantscape, London Marathon Charitable Trust and Northamptonshire Groundwork are just some of the organisations that want to talk to groups that need funding for community … Continue reading

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04/17 Parish Meeting

This year’s Parish Meeting will take place on Tuesday April 25th at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall. The Annual Parish Meeting is for the Council (and other local groups) to report back to the electorate on what has been acheived … Continue reading

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A Little History of Great Central Woodland

We’ve added a page to the local history part of the Signpost to tell the story of the Bank and the woodland. You can find it here…. Two Men That Shaped The Woodland

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A Railway Accident

You’re in the last coach of a train travelling at 70mph when it is uncoupled from the train in front and brought to a halt at the next station while the rest of the train carries on without it. What … Continue reading

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04/17 Council Agenda

The agenda for this month’s meeting is now available. Members of the public are always welcome to attend. The meeting will be held on Tuesday April 11th at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall. Topics for discussion include:- Announcing the Parish … Continue reading

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Parish Council Vacancy

A vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council. If local voters wish to have an election to fill this position then 10 voters need to submit a request to the Daventry  District Council Returning Officer, otherwise the Parish Council will … Continue reading

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Byfield Medical Centre

Byfield Medical Centre is planning to expand. They wish to ensure that they are communicating with all of their patient’s and so have set up a Facebook page to share their plans for a new medical centre within the village … Continue reading

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Safety Matters

Here’s the Latest Safety News from Northants County Council This edition of Safety Matters has details of…. Free Half-Day Car Kraft Driver Experiences for non-drivers (15 to 25) and drivers (17 – 30) Child Safety Week (5th – 11th June) … Continue reading

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County Elections

Voting for your County Councillor is how you get to affect the decisions made about Northamptonshire, including the bulk of your Council Tax. Elections take place on 4th May BUT you must register to vote by 13th April, if you … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #78

Beware The “Law Abiding Citizen” Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised. The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and … Continue reading

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WI 2017 Programme

Here’s is this year’s programme of WI meetings. Visitors are always welcome at meetings which take place in the Memorial Hall at 7:30 pm. More details on the WI are available here:-  The WI Page

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02/17 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting were approved for publication. They can be read here:- 23/02/17 GC Woodland Meeting Minutes Don’t forget you can always see the latest news … Continue reading

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Promote Your Business

We are always keen to promote local businesses. We are updating the local business directory.  If you would like your business added or to have your business details updated, all you have to do is fill in the form here:- … Continue reading

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April’s Big Breakfast

Big Breakfast in Byfield on April 1st…. Don’t be an April Fool this Saturday, get your breakfast and maybe win a ham. The last Big Breakfast of this season will be on Saturday 1st April. There will be the usual … Continue reading

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Road Works Near School

Watch out for potential disruption near the school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. (29th to 31st March 2017). Roadworks.org is showing multi-way signal traffic control for School Street, High Street and Scrivens Hill. More details herwe…. https://roadworks.org/?93073054

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Woodland Committee

The next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee takes place next Thursday, 30th March. This is the agenda: Great Central Management Committee March 2017 Agenda This meeting is open to members of the public and all are welcome to attend … Continue reading

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New Pool Auction….

The Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool team are rasining money with another auction. Check in to their page on Facebook and bid on some great lots such as….. 3 months free leisure membership at Staverton Estate Four golden tickets for … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #77

Watch out for door-step traders Homeowners in Northamptonshire are being encouraged not to buy goods or services from cold-callers after a spate of complaints about suspected rogue traders. The recent warmer weather has resulted in a number of calls to … Continue reading

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Footpath News

Here’s an update from our footpath warden, Joe Pitt….. “The footpath (FN5) that leads from the Byfield Road (opposite the top of Kitchen Lane) alongside the football pitch and bowling green has been getting dangerous for some time. Northants County … Continue reading

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New Running Club

Village Harriers For Local Running

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Good Job!

A terrific result from the Village Clean Up. Thanks to all that took part in the Village Clean Up. And thanks to Kay Fennel for these pictures of the pile of rubish collected.

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02/17 Council Minutes

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 14th Febuary 2017 are now available. They can be downloaded here: 14th February 2017 Council Minutes The meeting included:- Decision on additional admin support for Council. Updates on Woods Committee Report of … Continue reading

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Community Funding!

Free Money For Local Groups & Events. Daventry District Council makes available grants to community groups that are looking for funding. Community project grants are worth up to £1,000 and can be used for the purchase of small items of … Continue reading

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It’s Your Woodland

A special edition of WOW has been printed and should be delivered soon. In the mean time here’s the electronic version… It’s Your Woodland Part of this is the announcement of the name that has been chosen for the whole … Continue reading

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Police Liaison Minutes

The minutes of a meeting held on Thursday 16th February 2017 between Parish Council and Northamptonshire Police to discuss local policing arrangements are now available. They can be downloaded here: 16th February 2017 PCSO Liaison Meeting Minutes  The meeting included:- … Continue reading

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Garden Club News

Thanks to Diane Kenny for the latest update on the Garden Club’s activities. There are two new events in the year’s programme:- Nov 6th:  Sue McNally – Sulgrave Manor Dec 4th:  Xmas Supper For the meeting on 3 April the … Continue reading

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Spring Clean

Don’t Forget This Saturday Come along and join in to help give the village a sprucing up for spring. Meet in the Social Club car pak. 1030 to 2:00pm Saturday 18th March.

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03/17 Council Agenda

This month’s Parish Council meeting takes place on Tuesday 14th March. Here is the agenda:- March Parish Council Agenda Agenda items include :- discussion of planning applications at Pool Farmhouse, 28 Church Street and 23 Pool Street reports from SARA … Continue reading

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Daventry Development

Daventry District Council Planning Consultation Henry Boot Developments is seeking detailed planning permission to build a food hall-style store and retail units on land in the Chaucer Way/Waterloo area of Daventry (north west of the town centre) and outline permission to … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #76

“There’s a Virus on Your Computer” Computer service fraud occurs when fraudsters posing to be from legitimate companies, such as an Internet Service Provider (ISP) like Talk Talk, call to tell you that there’s a problem with your computer. They’ll … Continue reading

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Wear A Hat Day

Coffee & Cakes for Brain Tumour Research Come along and wear your favourite hat for coffee & cakes in the Dryden Hall on Sunday 2nd April in aid of research into brain tumours. 1:30 to 4:30. Music from the ’40’s … Continue reading

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County Needs Your Views

Prioritisation Framework Consultation and Engagement Northamptonshire County Council is putting a process in place to help make the tough decisions it has to make about what to prioritise – that is, how we share out resources to achieve the best … Continue reading

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Coming Soon!

WOW Special Edition Watch out for a special, two page, edition of What’s On In Woodford coming through your door soon. It will have an update on what’s been happening with the woods. We will have an electronic version here … Continue reading

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Byfield Breakfast 2017

The Big Breakfast in Byfield is back again…. It’s time for March’s Big Breakfast in Byfield. Breakfasteers have helped raise over £25,000 for Byfield Church since January 2009 when they started. The Big Breakfast will be running in Byfield Village … Continue reading

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Weedon Depot

Funding Approved for New Visitor Centre. Weedon is the home of what was one of the British Army’s major supply depots. The Royal Ordnance Depot was started in 1803 to hold munitions for the Napoleonic Wars at a site far … Continue reading

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Road Works

Byfield Road & Dolls Hill Junction Dates. We have received details from the contractors on the road works to be carried out to solve the problems on the Byfield Road and to re-surface the junction at the foot of Dolls … Continue reading

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Constituency Boundary

Boundary Commission Feed Back On Consultation. The consultation on the proposed changes to the boundaries of the South Northamptonshire and Daventry parliamentary constituencies (which will see Woodford Halse move to the South Northants constituency) has been completed. The Boundary Commission … Continue reading

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Spring Clean Up

Come and help with the village spring clean! The great village Spring Clean starts on Saturday March 18th at 10 am. Meet in the Social Club car park and come along and help remove some of the litter that none … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #75

Watch Out After Doris Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards is issuing a warning for people to beware of bogus cold callers who may try to take advantage of storm damage… Trading Standards has advised that rogue traders could use the … Continue reading

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01/17 Council Minutes

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 10th January 2017 are now available. They can be downloaded here: 10th January 2017 Council Minutes The meeting included:- Discussions on possible changes to PCSO provision following notice from Northants Police that … Continue reading

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Walk Updates

We’ve updated the pages on Woodford Walks with details of how long each of the walks should take and some changes to take account of the fact that the bridleway and bridge over the Cherwell between West Farndon and Eydon … Continue reading

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Woods News

For the February meeting of the Parish Council, Robert Snedker, Chair of the Woods Management Committee, provided a report introducing the work of the committee and highlighting some of the things already done. The report is published below….. “I am … Continue reading

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01/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Minutes of the Woods Management Committee are approved at the next meeting and published as soon as possible after that. These are the minutes of the meeting held on January 26th, as approved at last night’s meeting. They includea map … Continue reading

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Thanks For Your Views!

Woods Name Survey Thanks to the 100 people that completed our “Name Your Woods” survey plus thanks to all those that contributed on Facebook. There was a lot of support for the suggested names and plenty of new ideas too, … Continue reading

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School FSA Appeal

Woodford School FSA is appealing for support…… If you are able to help get in touch via Facebook: Woodford Halse School FSA on Facebook or search for @WoodfordFSA. Dear parents and carers The FSA recently met to agree how we’d … Continue reading

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Garden Club Events

Here’s the 2017 programme for the Garden Club… 3rd April: Banbury Parks & Open Spaces 8th May: Plant Sale + Bert Manton on bio-dynamic gardening 5th June: Hosting Cropredy Garden Club visit 3rd July: A Walk in Whistley Woods (Booking … Continue reading

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Survey Closing…

This Survey is Now Closed The “Name Your Woods” survey will close at 10:00am Tuesday 21st February. Suggestions will be considered at the meeting of the Woods Management Committee on Thursday to make a recomended short list to the Parish … Continue reading

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Funds For Local Business

£5M Fund for Rural Firms in South East Midlands Businesses across the South East Midlands have been invited to discover the details of a new funding scheme aimed at boosting employment and growth in rural areas. Friday 3rd March 2017 … Continue reading

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Feb. Woods Committee

The February meeting of the Woods Management Committee will take place on Thursday, February 23rd. The agenda is available here: February Woods Management Committee Agenda. You can keep up to date at the Woods Management Committee page. Reach it through … Continue reading

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Help Name Your Woods

Give Us Your Views The Woods Management Committee has already had some ideas suggested for names for the railway woodland and river side meadow. You can let us know which of the ideas you think are best or let us … Continue reading

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Latest on Highways

Highways Update from Pat Knight. Here’s an update after last night’s Parish Council Meeting from Pat Knight, the village highways warden… “Firstly I apologise for the length of the message, please take the time to read it. Secondly DO NOT … Continue reading

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More Road News

Another piece of road news from Kay Coles…. “The latest information from Taylor Wimpey on the work needed to reinstate the Byfield Road is that Northants County Council hope to start work on 13th March, weather permitting. The work is … Continue reading

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Mud On Our Roads

Kay Coles, Chairman of Woodford cum Membris Parish Council, has asked to pass on this message…. “A number of residents have contacted me about mud spreading from the development off Byfield Road. I have spoken to Taylor Wimpey regarding the … Continue reading

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Beavers Help The Homeless

Last Friday night, 11 Beavers from 1st Woodford Halse Scout Group slept in cardboard boxes in the Dryden Hall to raise awareness of homelessness and in doing so has raised £32.50 for the Big Issue Foundation. This means that 4 … Continue reading

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Road Works

If you like to take the back road to Daventry from Preston Capes through Newnham, please note the road will be closed in Preston Capes between 8:00am and 3:00pm on 21st Feb to 3rd March. Details on Roadworks.org

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Dementia Fund Raiser

On the 4th March, Nicola Wise is holding a tea/coffee and cake morning in the Memorial Hall to raise money for Dementia UK. This will be from 10-12. She will also be holding a raffle and was wandering if anybody … Continue reading

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Cross Country

ANNUAL CROSS COUNTRY EVENT – WOODFORD HALSE CE PRIMARY ACADEMY The Annual County Cross Country Event will take place at Woodford’s school on Wednesday 15th March 2017 from 3:45pm – 6:00pm. This popular event has grown over the years and … Continue reading

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Nearby Events

Dickens & Snowdrops Two nearby events coming soon… (click on the pictures for details)   15th February Byfield WI presents a magical evening with a talk from Ian Keable about How Charles Dickens Became a Magician” together with demonstrations of … Continue reading

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Anyone for Tennis?

Have You Thought About Byfield Tennis Club? Byfield Tennis Club has members from not only Byfield but most of the surrounding villages. On their 3 newly resurfaced and floodlit courts, they have club nights, competitive teams in the Banbury Leagues … Continue reading

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Council Agenda

This month’s Parish Council meeting takes place on Tuesday 14th February. Here is the agenda:- February Parish Council Agenda Agenda’s are always available here…. Meeting Agendas The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.

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Improving Openness

Over the past couple of weeks we have made some changes to the web site in order to improve access to important information about your Council and how it works. In addition we have added a link on the Local … Continue reading

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Roadworks, Feb 6-8

Northamptonshire Highways need to carry out urgent carriageway repairs to the following roads.  In order to carry out this work,  the roads are closed as follows:- Eydon Road, Woodford Halse – one day on the 6th Feb 2017 between 08.30 … Continue reading

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Give The Pool A Boost!

Too Soon to Think of Swimming? Not For WHASP! WHASP is the Woodford Halse Academy Swiiming Pool. Funds are being raised to meet the costs of keeping it open in the summer months and one day get it covered for … Continue reading

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County Grant Delivered!

Northamptonshire County Councillor, Robin Brown, delivered a cheque for £300 on Wednesday as a grant to the Parish Council. The grant will be used to put up a new Parish Council notice board that will be located on Woodford Meadows, … Continue reading

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Byfield Breakfast

The Big Breakfast in Byfield is back again…. It’s time for March’s Big Breakfast in Byfield. Breakfasteers have helped raise over £25,000 for Byfield Church since January 2009 when they started. The Big Breakfast will be running in Byfield Village … Continue reading

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The Horton Hospital

The Horton General Hospital Many of us use the Horton and  I am sure are concerned about this…. Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) has launched a consultation on the future of Oxfordshire’s healthcare services, which includes the Horton hospital in … Continue reading

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Woods Committee

The first meeting of the Central Woods Committee took place yesterday evening. The Committee consists of 5 members of Parish Council and five other residents. Parish Council Members of the Committee are:- Paul Blackwell (Committee Vice-Chairman) Kay Coles Robert Snedker … Continue reading

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Speed Watch

Your Community Speedwatch Due to concerns raised over speeding vehicles in the village the Parish Council has agreed to join Community Speedwatch. The scheme needs the support of adult volunteers from the village who will be properly trained in the … Continue reading

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SARA Field – Your Input?

SARA Field Review Group Wants Your Views In the last SARA field update the SARA Field Review Group said it wanted to get  your views on the use of the multi-sports area. Details are below. We’ve also added a page … Continue reading

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Boddington Road

Closed 27th January for Road Works Boddington Road between Byfield and Boddington Reservoir will be closed on 27th January between 08:30and 15:00 for roadworks. Diversion via the Welsh Road. Details on Roadworks.org.

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Sidney & Percy Road Works

The letter that can be viewed on the link below has been sent by Northamptonshire Highways to residents that are directly affected. We add it here so that everyone can know about possible disruption to traffic in Sidney Road and … Continue reading

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Council Minutes

December Meeting Minutes Available Following their approval at January’s Council meeting the Minutes for the 13th December meeting of the Parish Council are now available. They can be downloaded here: Parish Council Minutes 13th December 2016. Items discussed included:- Review … Continue reading

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Woodford In Steam

One For The Railway Enthusiasts Thanks to Joe Pitt for pointing this out…. In the February edition of Steam World there is a four page article on life around the engine sheds at Woodford Halse. Copies are available (£4.50) at … Continue reading

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Roadworks Alert

There will be two-way traffic lights around roadworks on the Farndon Road between January 23rd and January 27th. Details on Roadworks.org.

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Railway Walk

Not sure how this got missed last year but the Woodford Halse Archive Group created a local walk covering some the village’s railway history. The details of the walk were published as a pamphlet available from Station Stores for £0.20. … Continue reading

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Accounts & Budgets

Last year the Parish Council spent £140,000 on local services and amenities. Details of income and expenditure are shown each month in the minutes of the Parish Council meetings (available here) but we have now added a new page to … Continue reading

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Central Woods News

Management Committee First Meeting Central Woods is the area of land purchased by the Parish Council in 2016 for the benefit of the community. A Management Committee is being established to consider all matters relating to the land, reporting to the … Continue reading

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Woodford Walks Update

Put Your Best Foot Forward Thanks to June Irani for pointing out the Walking Britain web site which has suggestions for local walks. I’ve added a link to this from our Woodford Walks page.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #74

Identity Fraud and Identity Theft Her’s a guide to identity theft and identity fraud from Northant Police…. Identity Theft Identity theft happens when fraudsters access enough information about someone’s identity (such as their name, date of birth, current or previous … Continue reading

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Guiding in Woodford

Girlguiding Is Simply Amazing! Girlguiding helps girls of all ages find confidence, find and build at new skills and best of all make new and life long friends! It’s also fun and games and the evenings are planned by the … Continue reading

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SARA Field News

Your Views Wanted On The Astroturf Area Here’s an update regarding The SARA Field from Pat Knight….. A group has been set up with representatives from the football club, bowls club, cricket club and Parish Council. The aim is to … Continue reading

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Methodist Services

Upcoming Services For Hinton Methodist Church (for this month check your WOW or on-line here.) FEBRUARY 4th: 10.00 am–11.30 am Woodford Churches Together Tea & Coffee Morning at Hinton Methodist Church 5th: 10.30 am Service at Hinton Methodist Church with … Continue reading

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St Mary’s Services

Upcoming Services For St.Mary’s Church, Woodford (for this month check your WOW or on-line here.) FEBRUARY 4th: 10am to 11.30 am Woodford Churches Together – FREE Tea/Coffee and cake, held at Hinton Methodist Church. 5th: 8.30am BCP Communion at Byfield; … Continue reading

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Anti Fraud Hint #73

Migrant Helpline Phishing Fraud You know the old saying? “Give a man a fish and he will eat for the day, teach a man to phish and he’ll be able to subvert the entire American voting system….” 🙂 Here’s a … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #72

Ransomware – How To Avoid It Ransomware is a type of malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files, demanding a ransom payment through certain online payment methods (and by an established deadline) in order … Continue reading

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Anti-Fraud Hint #71