Category Archives: Local News

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Byfield Rd. Traffic Lights

Our first road works report of the year! According to Roadworks.org, there will be traffic lights on the Byfield Road controlling traffic between Curgenven Close and the A361 between 9th to 24th January Delays are possible. On 10th January there … Continue reading

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Auto Crime Warning

We’ve just had a letter through from Sgt Dobbs of Northamptonshire Police warning about vehicle crimes.  There has been a surge in vehicle crimes over the last few days with incidents in Weedon, Daventry, Newnham and other villages. Please watch … Continue reading

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Byfield Rd. Traffic Lights

According to Roadworks.org, there will be traffic lights on the Byfield Road controlling traffic on the Byfield side of “the Dip” between 10th to 13th December. Delays are possible. Details here: https://roadworks.org

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Xmas Buses

Stagecoach have posted details of their plans for bus services over the Christmas & New Year period. You can find the details here…. www.stagecoachbus.com/service-updates/

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Dolls Hill Closure

According to Roadworks.org, the road between Woodford and Byfield will be closed 8th to 13th December (although signs on Dolls Hill say only 8th & 9th) between the junction with the A361 and Fessey Road. Diversion is via Charwelton & Preston … Continue reading

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Road Closure Warning

According to Roadworks.org, the road between Woodford Hill and Eydon will be closed 5th to 9th December outside Woodford Hill Farm. Diversion is via Canons Ashby. Details here: https://roadworks.org/?tmi=1159364

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Help Woodford Scouts

1st Woodford Halse Scout Group has been shortlisted for December’s public vote in Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative! Vote for them to win the top prize in store! Winning a prize could make a real difference to the young people that take … Continue reading

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Byfield Road Update

Pat Knight, the Parish Highways Warden received the following update from NCC following his meeting to discuss the apalling state of the Byfield Road… “Thank you for your observations on the trench work completed by the developer. They have now … Continue reading

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South Street Closure

According to Roadworks.org, South Street will be closed 14th to 16th November between the corner of High Street and Fleur Close. Diversion is via Byfield. Details here: https://roadworks.org/?tmi=1141478

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Byfield Breakfast is Back

The Big Breakfast in Byfield is back…. It will be running in Byfield Village Hall, as before, offering an excellent value cooked breakfast on the first Saturday of each month until April 2017 9am to 1pm. Menu: Assorted Fruit Juices; … Continue reading

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Boundary Commission

Parliamentary Constituency  Changes The Boundary Commission is proposing changes to many of the Parliamentary Constituencies in England. As part of this they are consulting on the proposals. Woodford will be affected by these proposals since we would no longer be … Continue reading

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ViZard Face & Body Art

Here’s another in our occasional series on local businesses, charities and other organisations. You may think face painting is just for kids, and you’ve certainly seen their work if you’ve been at the Woodford Halse Regatta, but ViZard Face & … Continue reading

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Be Clear on Cancer

PERSISTENT COUGH OR BREATHLESSNESS – SEE YOUR DOCTOR New campaign launches to encourage those with a persistent cough or breathlessness to go to their doctor. Last month Public Health England launched a new Be Clear on Cancer campaign. The campaign … Continue reading

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Urgent : Woodford’s Missing Banner

Do You Know Where This Is? We’re trying to track down this piece of Woodford’s past.   It is the National Union of Railwaymen banner that members of Woodford Branch would have carried before them at rallies. If you have … Continue reading

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Boost for Woodford Cricket

Junior Cricket Club Member Wins League Award Jessica Webb, a member of Woodford’s Junior Cricket Club, has won this year’s  John Gregory award from South Northants Junior Cricket League   The John Gregory Award goes to a player from a … Continue reading

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A361 Roadworks: July 8-12

Gully Emptying: Possible Delays More roadworks news. Northants County Council will be emptying gullies on the A361 between the A45 junction at Daventry and the Oxfordshire border over the four days between July 8th and 12th. There will be rolling … Continue reading

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A361 Closure – Update

Now only 5 days from July 25th! More roadworks news. There’s an update on the planned closure of the A361. It will now only take 5 days from July 25th. Here is a link to a map on the Wardington … Continue reading

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A361 Closed : July 25 – 29

Leave the EU? Soon you won’t be able to leave the village! More roadworks news, I’m afraid. Oxford County Council has advised that in the interests of public safety it is necessary  to close a short section of A361 at … Continue reading

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Daventry Arts Festival

Saturday 16th June to Sunday 24th June Street art, picnics, competitions, exhibitions and more. Here’s the full programme of events in and around Daventry.

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More Road Works

Two more lots of road works starting today… (1) Station Road. Traffic control with two way signals for Anglian Water. 16th – 20th June. (2) Eydon Road. Work near Paddocks Farm for Anglian Water. 16th & !7th June Don’t forget … Continue reading

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Referendum Debate

Your chance to hear both sides of the argument and to put your questions to those in favour of staying in and in favour of leaving the EU…… Daventry is hosting an EU Referendum Debate on Thursday 2nd June 2016 … Continue reading

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Worried About Flooding?

The Parish Council has been successful in getting the Northamptonshire County Council (NCC), Flood and Water Management Team to look at Woodford’s flooding problems. NCC has a small amount of funding to undertake a more detailed assessment of the flood … Continue reading

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Funding Fair Update

Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse: 10th May Here’s some more details on the Funding Fair mentioned in our earlier post. Here are details of the presentations to be given and a schedule of presentations. If you are a member of … Continue reading

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Money For Local Groups

Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse: 1oth May Daventry Vounteer Centre, Daventry District Council, South Northants District Council and the South Northants Volunteer Bureau are joining forces and hosting a funding fair for local groups. Come along between 10:00am and 3:00pm … Continue reading

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Eydon Road Closure

Anglian Water are closing Eydon Road between The Fleur and Slade Lays Farm between Monday 4th April and Thursday 7th April.

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More Breakfast

Tim Williams Invites You….. Hi Everyone, Meteorologically speaking, today is the first day of Spring (apparently!). As far as I can see from my office window with mist and drizzle obscuring my view, winter’s still very much in evidence. However, … Continue reading

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More Byfield Road Closures

As part of the new development that is under construction on Byfield Road in Woodford Halse Taylor Wimpey are installing a major new drainage system and undertaking road improvement works.  MV Kelly, on behalf of Taylor Wimpey, have requested a … Continue reading

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HS2 Video

Thanks to the Model Railway Club for sharing this link. It’s a You-Tube video showing an animation of the route that HS2 will take from Birmingham to London. The part closest to us (Boddington to Greatworth) starts at 11 minutes … Continue reading

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Road Closure Update

More information from Parish Councillor Pat Knight, as of Friday 15/01/2016, reagrding the road closure January 18th to 20th….. “I have just clarified the position with NCC and Stagecoach. The road closure will be operational between 0900 and 1530 on … Continue reading

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Byfield Rd Closure Warning.

18th to 20th January. Northamptonshire Highways will be carrying out carriageway patching works on a short section of the Byfield Road between Hinton Lodge and Phipps Road. To undertake this work safely will require that the road is closed for … Continue reading

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Speed Watch

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT Our PCSO, Carl Barton, is trying to get a Community Speed Watch scheme launched in Woodford Halse. Motorist who speed through residential neighbourhoods are often unaware of the impact drivers exceeding the speed limit … Continue reading

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Dog Pooh Orders : Jan 1st

New enforcement powers will target irresponsible dog owners Dog owners are being urged to take heed of new enforcement powers introduced across Daventry District to tackle the issue of fouling in our parks and open spaces. The new Public Spaces … Continue reading

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Barking Mad About Dog Poo?

Back in July we posted details of Daventry DC’s Consultation regarding regulations relating to dogs in public places. The consultation has now closed, the results have been analysed, and Daventry DC has decided on the actions it intends to take. … Continue reading

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Time To Apply For School

It’s Time To Apply For A School Place For Your Child School admissions for the September 2016 term at Northamptonshire schools are now open. No child is automatically allocated a place – please make sure you have applied to Northamptonshire … Continue reading

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Village Networks in Woodford

Advice That Comes To You Village Networks is a service from the South Northants Volunteer Bureau to bring advice on health and well being, welfare benefits, money and debt, and heating bills to the villages of Northamptonshire. Their advice van … Continue reading

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Gnomes Going Home

Update From Northamptonshire Police Stolen Property Recovered – There was a good response to appeal for people to come forward to claim suspected stolen items. More than 30 people have so far come forward to claim garden ornaments, tools and … Continue reading

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Are You Registered To Vote?

April 20th Deadline You still have time to register so that you can vote in the coming election. Do it online at  www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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50 Years On

Great Central Railway Commemorates Woodford Shed Closure Anniversary The weekend of the 13th and 14th of June marks 50 years since the closure of the Woodford Halse locomotive shed. As Gary Denby advises (see below) it is planned to organise … Continue reading

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Community Group Funding

Looking for Funding For Your Local Group? This year’s Funding Fair which will be held at the iCon Centre in Daventry on Wednesday 22nd April, 2:00 to 4:00pm. It is open to any community groups in the parish that are … Continue reading

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Alarm Sales Warning

Northampton’s Trading Standards Warn On Telephone Sales. Trading Standards has been contacted by consumers who have received unsolicited telephone calls from companies offering to install security systems. Initial contact is made by telephone cold-calling residents to arrange an appointment; however … Continue reading

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The WI Page

We’ve added a page covering the activities of the Woodford & Hinton WI. You can find it here, linked to their entry in the Local Organisations / Social Clubs page of the site.together with details of their forthcoming meetings (also … Continue reading

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Classical Music Fans?

Northampton’s Very Own Symphony Orchestra Did you know that Northampton has its very own symphony orchestra – an amateur orchestra that produces professional performances? Members of the orchestra are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and the orchestra performs … Continue reading

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Police Warning

Police Urge Motorists to Report Suspicious Behaviour After Man Flags Down Car Police in Northamptonshire are urging people to report suspicious activity, following recent reports of people standing in the road and flagging down passing motorists. If someone stops, the … Continue reading

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Get Your Live Music Fix

Don’t Forget Next Week’s Blues Club Event At the Great Central, Woodford Halse, Northants on Sat 28th Feb – here is a little about James… an outstanding performer who is kicking the night off …. and Sam Kelly’s Station House. … Continue reading

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Vintage Film Evening

Boddington Vintage Association Evening of Films Boddington Vintage Association are holding a vintage film evening at Woodford Football Club on 29th March starting at 7:30pm. Short films on a variety of topics. For more information contact Brian Stillwell on 01326 … Continue reading

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One for Quizzers

Charity Fund Raiser for Alzheimer’s The Chair of Daventry District Council is promoting a Quiz Night in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Put in a team of four for £15 on Friday 27th February in Daventry and help the fight … Continue reading

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Boden Shopping Party

Shop With Come & Play Come & Play are holding a Boden & Neal’s Yard Shopping Party  to raise funds for Macmillan Nurses. Come along on Thursday 19th February at Woodford Halse Football Club, Byfield Road, Woodford Halse, Nn11 3Qs. … Continue reading

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Egg & Bacon

At Byfield’s Big Breakfast September 7th, tomorrow, from 9 – 1 in Byfield Village Hall, the usual Big Breakfast welcome awaits you. Last orders taken at 12.30 though! On offer for JUST £6 per head – Bacon, sausage, black pudding, … Continue reading

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Grant Funding

Free Money… We’ve featured details of grants available to local organisations via the Funding Central website previously here. Recently received is advice of the Ford Britain Trust which, given Ford’s presence in Daventry, is something that organisations here could be … Continue reading

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A361 Changes

Chipping Warden Bypass Proposed As part of the HS2 construction programme a by -pass taking the A361 around Chipping Warden is to be constructed according to the Northamptonshire Chronicle.   You can find out more here:- Northants Chronicle on Chipping … Continue reading

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The Stories of Our Streets

What’s Behind Your Street’s Name? A recent collection of postings on Facebook was looking at the reasons why the Parish’s streets have the names that they do. We’ve collected up a number of different pieces of information on each of … Continue reading

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School Parking Issues?

Meeting on School Parking There will be a meeting at Woodford Halse School in the conference room on Tuesday January 27th at 9.15 to discuss parking along the school route. Parents are welcome. Councillors, our local PCSO and the highways warden … Continue reading

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Thanks to Joan Bodily

Fundraising for the Katharine House Hospice. At the end of this year’s successful sale in the Memorial Hall, in aid of the Katharine House Hospice, Joan Bodily announced that this is her last year at organising this annual event. Over … Continue reading

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Congrats to Aimee & WHYC

Winners of 2014 NAYC Positive Participation Award Congratulations to Aimee Ford-Young and Woodford Halse Youth Club for winning the Positive Participation award at this year’s annual Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC) awards. This recognition of Aimee’s work in setting … Continue reading

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Business Opportunities

27th November “Meet The Buyers” Event for Local Development Projects. Contractors, sub-contractors tradespeople and suppliers from Daventry and the wider Northamptonshire area have the chance to ‘Meet the Buyer’ at an event which will highlight supply chain opportunities for public … Continue reading

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Dryden Hall News

Dryden Hall Veranda Refurbishment. Work is going ahead to improve the Dryden Hall veranda. Electrical work will start on Friday 21 November and Styleglaze will be on-site dealing with glazing from Monday 24th November. As a result, the hall will … Continue reading

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Remember The War Horses

Remembrance Sunday Horse Parade : Sunday 9th November This Sunday, there will be around 16 horses and riders taking a route around Woodford to pay respects to the animals that fell in military service in the 1st World War. Over one million … Continue reading

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DDC Helping You To Save

BigSwitch Energy Scheme Will Help Everyone Save On Bills. Daventry District Council has teamed up with energy switching expert iChoosr to offer local residents a way to switch energy suppliers and save money. The system uses the idea of collective … Continue reading

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More Big Breakfast

Byfield’s Saturday Breakfast For The Holy Cross Action Project Tim Williams let us have this reminder for the Big Breakfast on November 1st…. “So, here we go again – still great value at £6 per head for adults and £3 … Continue reading

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WOW Deadline

The deadline for events and other contributions for next month’s What’s On In Woodford (WOW) is Wednesday 15th October. If you have events in November or early December now is the time to get your details in. Just send an email … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget Your Flu Jab

Byfield Medical Centre is Providing Flu Jabs Flu is a highly contagious infection with symptoms that come on very quickly. In most cases, the symptoms are mild, but in others they can be very serious. Those at greater risk from … Continue reading

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Byfield’s Big Breakfast

Fund Raising for Holy Cross Action Project : Saturday 4th October 2014. Tim Williams has asked us to promote this event, writing…. “Can you believe it? Yet another summer has been and gone and most of us have had our … Continue reading

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Art Exhibition

“WAR, PEACE AND RECONCILIATION” A selection of paintings from the Methodist Art Collection will be on display in Banbury between October 1st and 24th. The exhibition will explore the themes of war, peace and reconciliation, using works from the Methodist … Continue reading

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Job Opportunity

Limes Farm Needs Tearoom & Event Shift Leader/Manager. Wednesday to Sunday (2 out of 4 weekends) (Rate of Pay – Depending on experience) Limes Farm is different; they make almost everything that they sell; & work hard to ensure their … Continue reading

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WOW Deadline

The deadline for events and other contributions for next month’s What’s On In Woodford (WOW) is Monday 15th September. If you have events in October or early November now is the time to get your details in. Just send an … Continue reading

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Sports Awards

Nominate Now For Daventry’s 2014 Sports Awards. The deadline for nominations for the Daventry District Sports Awards is Friday 12th September which is only 3 weeks away now. Club members, teachers, volunteers, individual athletes can all nominate to help recognise … Continue reading

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Horse Memorial

Remembrance Sunday Procession A group of horse riders are planning to parade through Woodford on Remembrance Sunday (9th November) in honour of the War Horses. The plan is to add to the Scout Parade and then to congregate outside the … Continue reading

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Blues Club – Next Up

Dates For Your Diary If your idea of a night out with music isn’t watching a band on television in a football stadium then come along for some close-up, live music. Great night last night at the Social Club for … Continue reading

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WWI Centennial “Lights Out”

“The Lights Are Going Out All Over Europe…” Marking the words of Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary in August 1914, LIGHTS OUT is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm until 11pm on August … Continue reading

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An Idea for Local Business?

Would the FSB Initiative Work Here? Woodford is lucky to have the number and range of shops that we do but do we always take advantage of what they can offer? One thing is sure, without our custom they cannot … Continue reading

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Latest “Daventry Calling”

The latest edition of Daventry’s e-magazine “Daventry Calling” is now available. Apart from all the usual features on coming events, there are articles on Daventry’s new Credit Union  and on Daventry’s aim to create a cleaner, greener district food recycling … Continue reading

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Daventry WWI Centenary Events

Tea Dance, Museum Exhibition & Fete There are three events coming up in Daventry to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. More details in these posters… Saturday 9th August: Tea Dance Saturday 9th August : … Continue reading

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Selling Northampton’s Heritage?

Appeal To Help Stop The Sale of the Statue of Sekhemka If you are concerned about the sale of this Egyptian statue by Northampton Council and the Marquis of Northampton you have only a few days to make your voice … Continue reading

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Grand Prix Traffic Alert!

Road Closures for British Grand Prix Announced The Highways Agency has published details of the planned road closures for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone over the coming weekend. A leaflet from the Highways Agency showing the traffic plans is … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurs Wanted

What could you turn £50 into for a good cause? Here’s a chance for teams to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills and help Katharine House Hospice. KHH are collaborating with Kärcher UK to launch  a brand new fundraiser – The Kärcher … Continue reading

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URGENT: Float Your Boat

Regatta Drop Out Gives New Teams A Chance One of the four man teams for next week’s regatta has had to drop out, meaning there is a FOUR SEAT BOAT ready to go and available now. Wish that you had … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Plan News

Planning & Our Neighbourhood Back in April we posted news of the start of work on our Neighbourhood Plan. Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to: Make a neighbourhood plan Make a neighbourhood order Make a community right to build … Continue reading

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May Elections : Nominations

Notice of Elections for Parish Council, District Council & European Parliament On the 22nd of May we will have the opportunity to vote for our representatives on the Woodford cum Membris Parish Council, Daventry District Council and at the European … Continue reading

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PCSO “Surgeries”

Change of Venue to Co-op Car Park Carl Barton, our PCSO will now be holding regular local policing surgeries in the Co-Op car park on Wednesday afternoons. Next dates are: Wednesday 16th April 2:30 – 4:30 Wednesday 14th May 2:30 … Continue reading

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Broadband News

Update from Superfast Northamptonshire Here’s the latest news from the Superfast Northamptonshire project giving details of how fibre based broadband is being rolled out across the county. Superfast Northamptonshire Newsletter 11 March 2014 There’s also a link to the When … Continue reading

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Trading Standards News

Update from Northants Trading Standards Issue 7 of Northants Trading Standards News has lots of useful information for consumers including:- Tips to avoid rogue builders News of recent prosecutions for illegal trading Help with debt Shopping on-line, by post or … Continue reading

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April WOW

Now On-Line April’s WOW is now available. Your printed copy should be delivered soon but you can download it here or from the WOW page. Highlights this month include:- Upcoming local elections Latest news on the Neighbourhood Plan A local … Continue reading

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Fund Your Group

Daventry Hosts Funding Fair For Local Voluntary & Community Groups If you’re looking for Grant Funding for your Community Project or thinking of developing a new project for the community or know an organisation who is, then this funding fair … Continue reading

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A361 Closure 10-21/03

The A361 will apparently be closed at Badby for up to 12 days from the 10th March for urgent carriageway patching, drainage/civil works and vegetation removal due to safety concerns. The road will be closed between Badby House and the … Continue reading

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Water Main – Updated

A burst water main has been affecting Byfield Road but Anglian Water say it is now fixed. If you are still having trouble their contact details are in this  Anglian Water update.  

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Phone Scam Update

Keep Safe – Be Aware! Back in January we published an alert from Northants police about a phone scam that attempts to get people to reveal their bank security details. We have received another warning from Daventry Community Safety Partnership. … Continue reading

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More WW1 Commemorations

Local Commemoration Calendar Daventry Town Council, Daventry District Housing and Daventry District Council are planing a calendar of all local World War One centenary commemoration events. You can add details of your event by filling in a form on their … Continue reading

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British Legion Help Line

Support for current and former service members The Royal British Legion supports currently serving and former service personnel. They have recently launched a new nationwide helpline to help those in need. You can learn more about the sort of things … Continue reading

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Police Cadet Scheme

Chance for young people to become police cadets Northamptonshire Police Community Connect have let us know that three open evenings are being held for young people to find out more about becoming a police cadet. The open evenings will be … Continue reading

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Big Poppy Plant

Take Part in March & April. The Big Poppy Plant is part of the Daventry and District WWI centenary commemorations and aims to help improve biodiversity. Community groups are being encouraged to get involved and plant poppy seeds during March … Continue reading

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News from our MEP

2013 Update from the European Parliament Bill Newton-Dunn is the MEP  for the East Midland European Parliamentary Constituency that includes our area. He lets the Parish Council have reports on activities in the European Parliament and we are happy to … Continue reading

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Latest ACRE Village Viewpoint

Winter 2013 Edition The Northamptonshire branch of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is one of 38 rural community councils, part of  a country wide network, helping rural communities with the problems they face. For example, ACRE provided the … Continue reading

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Flood Report Published

Investigation Highlights Need For Better Co-operation Following the floods that occurred in Woodford Halse on 21st November 2012 a report was commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council under its duties as the Lead Local Flood Authority. The completed Flood Investigation Report … Continue reading

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Xmas Disco (Corrected Date)

Everyone welcome at Woodford Social Club With Christmas soon upon us, that means only one thing…. It’s time for the Woodford School FSA Christmas Disco!! Come and see in the festive season with the rest of the village at this … Continue reading

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Are You Flagging?

FLY THE FLAG FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE A competition has been launched on Northamptonshire County Council’s website to find a flag for Northamptonshire.  The contest is open to schools, community groups or individuals to design a flag which they believe best represents … Continue reading

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Walk For The Phillipines

Help raise funds for the disaster This is still in the planning stage but it is hoped to organise a walk from Byfield to Woodford Memorial Hall, to raise funds for those affected by the Haiyan Typhoon disaster in the … Continue reading

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Free Wood Chippings

Most have now been collected from the bottom of Ash Way but there will be some more available from 7th November from the rear of the Dryden Hall    

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Byfield Surgery News

New Services, New Doctor Here’s a couple of news items that I’ve found on the Byfield Medical Centre web site. Surgery Closed on November 13th p.m. The Medical Centre will be closed on the afternoon of Wednesday, 13th November from … Continue reading

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Bus 200 & Byfield Road Closure

The following details have been given by Stagecoach regarding the diversion of buses during the closure of Byfield Road…. Route 200  Due to the closure of Woodford Road in Byfield for the installation of electrical cabling between 28th October and … Continue reading

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Road Closure & Diversion!

No Access to A361 from Byfield Road Western Power Distribution is carrying out installation works on a section of Woodford Road, Byfield as part of an on-going scheme. Due to the location of the works it will be necessary to close … Continue reading

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Make a Will Week

We’re Late, But Don’t You Put This Off Until The last Minute! We’re late in posting this but making a will is something you shouldn’t put off. Tim Williams of Woodford Halse is one of 21 local solicitors and will … Continue reading

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First World War Remembrance

What Should Woodford Do? Monday 4th August 2014 will be the centenary of the United Kingdom entering into the first World War.  Daventry District Council plans to commemorate this historical landmark with various commemorative events as from March through to … Continue reading

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Bridleway Closure News

Update on the FN24 Bridleway Bridge Closure In next month’s WoW there is an item on the Eydon-Farndon bridleway closure. After the WoW went to press, Joe Pitt, our footpath warden, received more information from Northampton County Council. According to … Continue reading

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Edgcote Battlefield News

Heritage Impact on HS2? English Heritage have registered the site of the 1469 Wars of the Roses battle at Edgcote on the Register of Historic Battlefields, only the second addition to the list in recent times. The addition of Edgcote … Continue reading

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Eydon – Farndon Bridleway

Closure of Bridleway FN24 /AL7 The Eydon to Farndon bridleway is currently closed because of fears that the bridge over the Cherwell is unsafe. Our Footpath Warden advises that the County Council has identified the work needed and allocated the … Continue reading

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Free Wood Chippings

News from the Parish Council Next Tuesday (1st October) the Community Placement gang will chipping a lot of wood. If anyone wants the chippings they can help themselves. The pile is by footpath from bottom of Ash Way to Larch … Continue reading

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School Academy Consultation

Woodford Halse School is proposing to become part of a multi-academy trust. (See our post : School Academy Plans). As part of their consultation programme a meeting will take place on 18th September at 6:00 at the School. You can … Continue reading

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Farndon Road Development

Most folk will have heard about the proposed development on Farndon Road by now but in case you haven’t here are the details of the developers presentation to the Parish Council last week and the flyer showing the proposed development … Continue reading

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Daventry’s Looking For Stars

Do you know someone who has made an exceptional contribution to a community in Daventry District? If you know of someone who gives up their time to help enrich the lives of others and help make a stronger community, then … Continue reading

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Canons Ashby Crash

Details of the crash of a light plane at Canons Ashby on Monday on the BBC web site:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-23685893  A Gypsy Moth biplane, a type dating back to the 1920’s, came down near Canons Ashby House injuring two people on … Continue reading

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Next Up for Come & Play

After their brilliant job of creating the Play Park, the Come & Play team are busy on their next project: getting the swimming pool at the school re-furbished and re-opened. If you want to keep in touch with the project … Continue reading

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Summer WOW

The July/August edition of the WOW is now available. You should have had your paper copy by now but if not a PDF version is available on the WOW page.

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Bee Warning!

A swarm of bees was spotted on the corner of Parsons Street & High Street.  Fortunately they were spotted before anyone was stung. A bee keeper has dealt with them, smoking the swarm and gathering them up. Let’s hope this … Continue reading

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Blind Association News

An Update From Northamptonshire Association for the Blind This update covers new dates for the July visits of the Mobile Sight Centre; the continuation of the Ball by Ball facility, in July, for partially sighted cricket enthusiasts at the Northants … Continue reading

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WOW Update….

Unfortunately, due to a family bereavement there will be no WOW this month. This flier will be delivered shortly and we hope to have the WOW back to normal with the July & August double issue: WOW June 2013

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Mystery Local Hero…

A big thank you to this unknown individual! We recently received this email and we are only too happy to pass on Jill Barrett’s thanks… “Dear Editor Please could you put a notice in the next edition of Whats on … Continue reading

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May WOW Now Available

The latest issue of What’s On in Woodford (WOW) is now available. Download it here (warning large file) or look for back numbers here.

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Election Update

Elections update from Daventry District Council Some residents in Woodford cum Membris will need to go to a different polling station than usual to vote in this year’s County and Parish elections on 2 May. The recent County Council Boundary … Continue reading

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Website news: village map

We’ve added a map of village facilities to the Village Venues page. If you’d like more points of interest added let us know.

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Local Learning

Northamptonshire College (Daventry Centre)  is holding an Open Day & Education Fair on Saturday 18th May, so why not go along and find out what they have to offer. More details are in this poster. You can also find out … Continue reading

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Village Regatta – Come & Watch

Maybe our river isn’t as wide as the Thames at Henley but we can have a regatta anyway! 28th June in Station Road 6 p.m. “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” Two races for double the fun!

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Come & Play Grand Opening!

Sunday 31st March (Easter Sunday) 12-2pm Come and join us at the park bring the family and have a play on all the new equipment. There will be higgledy piggledy climbing frame, obstacle circuit, fort with slide,a see saw, little … Continue reading

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Fed up with slow broadband?

We have a working party for the village and we need your help. We are exploring two routes: 1. Superfast Northampton – a Government run scheme looking for bids from villages to have better broad band access. 2 Community WiFi … Continue reading

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Country Fair News : Classic Cars

There will be another classic vehicle rally as part of this year’s Country Fair  on 8th June 2013. Last year there were some beautiful classic cars so why not come along and see some of the greats of motoring yesterdays? … Continue reading

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A Good Neighbour Request

Please, please please. If you live in the Castle Road, Sidney Road, Percy Road area, please take your rubbish bins back to your own property and not leave them out on the pavements, forcing people into the road.

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Dog Fouling Causes Accident

An elderly lady in the village has slipped on dog poo. She seriously banged her head and needed 5 stitches in the wound. What is the matter with some dog owners? It’s giving those who do clear up after their … Continue reading

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Something to Bark About

Don’t forget the Woodford Halse Dog Show at 5 Scriven’s Hill on Sunday 16th June. See the Events Page.

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Two funds for bright ideas….

Visit Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership for £1000 to get your business started: www.northamptonshireep.co.uk For young teenagers turn £10 into something special visit: www.young-enterprise.org.uk

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Thanks to Iain Osborne

Terrific job clearing up the litter on the Railway Embankment… 20 sack fulls of litter less for people to wade through!!!!

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Police News

January PCSO report added to Local Policing page.

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Country Fair

Look forward to the sunshine in June; Woodford Country Fair, Saturday June 8th. Here’s their Facebook page.

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What’s on in Woodford?

Don’t forget your monthly WOW! February addition is out now. Available on-line here.

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