Category Archives: Web Site News

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Indoor Bowls Club

We’ve updated the detail for the Indoor Bowls Club on our page for Local Sports & Fitness Groups. They meet now in Boddington Village Hall on Mondays 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00pm.

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Web Site Update

& Survey Feedback Each year I do a report for Parish Council on how the Village Signpost is doing. The Signpost was created by the Parish Council to provide on-line access to key information about the parish and the decisions … Continue reading

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Subscribers…

If you asked to have your email address added to our list of subscribers in the recent web site survey you should have received an email asking you to authorise the subscription. Please click on it to make sure you … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to You From the Signpost Our web site survey is now closed. Thank you to every one that responded. We’ll report on the findings shortly. If you asked to be added to the automatic distribution of posts … Continue reading

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Survey Last Chance!

We’d like to get your views on this web site to help us improve its value to the village. Just click on this link and answer 8 simple questions: SignPost Survey 2016 We’ll keep this survey running until the end … Continue reading

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Whoops! WOW Fixed

We made some mistakes when we posted this month’s WOW. It wasn’t added to the WOW page and we missed out on uploading the e-book version. Apologies for any confusion caused. It should be all fixed now. (Fingers crossed)

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Council Members Update

The page listing Parish Council Members has been updated with additonal contact details, a correction of Jo Gilford’s email address and new council member – Paul Blackwell. See the full list here Council Members

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Plan FAQ Update

We’ve updated the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for the Neighbourhood Plan to take account of where we are now and what the next steps are. You can find it here: Neighbourhood Plan FAQ

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Baby & Toddler Group

This has been missing from our list of local schools & pre-school facilities  but we’re happy to correct that! Woodford Halse Baby & Toddler Group runs each week on Friday mornings during term time, 9:30 to 11:30 in the Dryden … Continue reading

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MP Email…

I’ve just noticed an error in the email address that we had on the site for Chris Heaton-Harris, our Member of Parliament. This has now been corrected. Don’t forget if you need to get in touch with your MP or … Continue reading

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Other Nearby Villages

Don’t forget the websites of other villages locally if your interested in what is going on in this corner of Northamptonshire. There are links to nearby village websites here.  

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Correcting Links

The link to the Woodford Halse School web page was broken (it had changed from the original site) and the download link on the Business Directory page was broken too (probably finger trouble on my part). These have now been … Continue reading

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History Update

An exchange on the village Facebook Community Page made me realise that I hadn’t said anything about schooling in my “short history of the village”. I’ve tried to put that right by adding a few paragraphs in the chapters “Into … Continue reading

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Local Services Update

Added details of the AgeUK HandyPerson Services and Northants Care & Repair to the Local Services page, replacing the old “Handy Person” number currently found in WoW.

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Satnav Post Codes for Village Venues

Donna Wise – who looks after bookings for the Dryden Hall, Farndon Room and Memorial Hall has asked us to add the post codes for these venues to the web site for folk to use in satnavs’ etc. The pages … Continue reading

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Council Who’s Who

We’ve updated the Parish Council Members and the Who Does What? pages to bring things up to date. Contact details for your Parish Councillors are available here and there is also a list of activities that are managed by the … Continue reading

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Local Businesses?

We’re planning an update to the Local Business Directory, so that we can let local people know about local businesses. If you aren’t included and would like to be – its completely free for businesses based in the parish – … Continue reading

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New Planning Pages

We’ve added some pages to the web site covering questions related to local planning. You can find the new pages here:- Planning You can also find them under the “Parish Council” menu at the top of the page. Let us … Continue reading

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Ann Walker’s Memories

Ann Walker has been kind enough to send us some photographs from Woodford in the early 1950’s.   We are happy to put them on-line as part of our “History of the Village”. See the whole gallery here.

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Small Website Update…

Added details of the film Rails Into Ghost Town to the Woodford & the Railway page. Added details of the Garden Club’s 2016 programme to the Events page.

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Fault Fixed

Sorry folks, due to finger trouble on my part the link to the DDC Ageing Well survey did not work. It’s fixed now, or you can go there from here: – http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AgeingWellinDaventryDistrict Thanks to Pat Evans for pointing this out.

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Latest Web Site Report

Every so often I do a report for the Council on how the Village Signpost web site is doing and it might be of wider interest too. Here is the latest report: Web Site Report to Council January 2016. Don’t … Continue reading

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Frith Collection Pictures

The Francis Frith Collection offers a number of pictures of old Woodford Halse as part of their archive. We’ve added a link to the pictures on the Village History Pictures page or you can get their directly from here…. Francis … Continue reading

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Business Updates

We’ve updated the Business Directory with the latest local businesses and organisations and (hopefully) made it more readable by grouping companies into sections. We’ve also added a link to the Woodford Businesses Facebook page. New organisations featured in this update … Continue reading

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Business Directory

We’ve updated the Local Business Directory with details of Mark Belcher Estate Agents and the Ruth Curzon Letting Agency. Don’t forget to let us know about changes in your business or if you aren’t included and would like to be. … Continue reading

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Local Business Update – Safepac

We’ve added details of another local business to our Business Directory. P&F Safepac, based on Great Central Way is a specialist international removal company. Founded in 1967 in Mildenhall, Suffolk, Safepac’s Northampton branch is here in Woodford Halse. P&F Safepac … Continue reading

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March Council Minutes

Now Available On-Line The Minutes of the March Parish Council Meeting are now available on line: March Parish Council Minutes These minutes include details of how the Council is spending its budget and decisions made on your behalf plus electronic … Continue reading

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Edgcote Battlefield

Wars of the Roses Fight Not far from here, at Edgcote, in July 1469, a battle between the forces of the Earl of Pembroke and those loyal to the Earl of Warwick took place. Pembroke lost allowing Edward IV to … Continue reading

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Woodford at War

We’ve added another page to the history area of the site, covering what is known about Woodford and the surrounding area during the second world war. You can find out more here…. Woodford at War 1939 – 1945.

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Chuffed To Bits

More Railway Pictures We were lucky enough to find some more photographs of Woodford’s railway past at the Leicestershire Record Office and they have been kind enough to allow us to publish them here. Here they are. We have also … Continue reading

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Village Venue Bookings

Please note that the Council is reviewing the Booking Forms and Terms and Conditions for the Memorial Hall, Dryden Hall and Farndon Room and that, as a result the form has been removed from the web site for now. In … Continue reading

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Nearby History

We’ve updated the Woodford Halse Timeline. Details have been added as follows:- Links to a picture of the memorial board to the Battle of Edgecote Details of the radar experiments at Lichborough in 1935 and links to a pictures of … Continue reading

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More History…

We’ve added some more photos to the gallery of pictures of Woodford’s History here: Woodford Now & Then. Many thanks to Taryna Adkins for the photo’s of Woodford’s last passenger train and the railway hostel fire.

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Editorial Guidelines

How we operate this web site…. This web site is run on behalf of the Parish Council but the web site editor is not a member of Council. For that reason, and so that all our readers can understand the … Continue reading

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Web Site News

Fourth Web Site Update This report was provided to Parish Council at the meeting yesterday as part of the regular review of the Woodford Halse Village Signpost. The Woodford Halse Village Signpost web site has now been running for just … Continue reading

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Church Diary

Details Available Via The Events Page Each month the Church Diary of services is published in WOW but we also put the details on-line linked to our events page. Here is the latest version:-  

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Updated Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy with information relating to photographs, graphic images and copyright.

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Venue Bookings

Details of Hire Rates & Conditions We’ve added details of the hire rates, licenses available and the terms and conditions applying to rental of the village venues (Memorial Hall, Dryden Hall, Farndon Room) to the Signpost. You can find the … Continue reading

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Local History News

Library Sessions & Street Stories Update We’ve made a couple of changes to the “Stories of our Streets” page to include Manor Road, Manor Close and Jubilee Gardens omitted previously (apologies to residents!) and to correct a couple of typos. … 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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A Sweet Update

Smillies Cakes & Pops We’ve added details of Smillies Cakes & Pops to our Business Directory in the “Eating Out and In” section. They offer cakes for any occasion, sweet buffets with Sweetie Cart or Ferris Wheels, 4ft led LOVE … Continue reading

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Advice Services

New Page Added To The Signpost Following on from some posts on the Woodford Community Facebook page, it seemed like a good idea to add a page here on groups like Citizen’s Advice. You can find the page here: Advice … Continue reading

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Railway Video

We’ve added a link to a YouTube video showing railway working around Woodford Halse as part of our “Woodford & The Railway” page and you can view it here. The video shows trains working around Woodford in the British Railways … Continue reading

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Who Does What?

Council Business Groups We’ve added a new page to the web site showing which Parish Councillors are involved in the business groups that look after each area of Parish Council business. You can use this list to find out who … Continue reading

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Apologies

Signpost Problems 09/12/14 Yesterday evening the web site was off-line for some time. This was due to a fault with the computers on which our site is run. These problems appear to have now been rectified and the site is … Continue reading

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On-Line Services

More and more government services are available on-line and that includes services from your district and county council. Northamptonshire County Council recently sent us details of their Click It campaign and we’ve used them to set up a page for … Continue reading

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Business Directory Update

Express Refrigeration Services Based in Hellidon, Express Refigeration Services, sell service and repair refrigerators, dishwashers and water softeners for the catering trade. (Not for domestic users, though). Their details can be found in the latest edition of our business directory. … Continue reading

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Council Details Updated

We’ve added details of the latest parish councillors on the page of Council Members.

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Plan Email Update

Email Correction In the post on the Neighbourhood Plan posted on June 13th we made a mistake in Bob Snedker’s email address. The link was correct but the text was wrong and so if you sent an email to Bob … Continue reading

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Business Directory Update

Paddocks Farm, 4 Paws Any Day & Bolton’s Holday Let. We’ve updated the Business Directory. Paddocks Farm Livery offers full time, part time and DIY Livery in a small friendly yard where horses and owners can relax and have fun. … Continue reading

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On-Line Library

We are trying a new way of publishing documents on the site. Some of you may have noticed that the latest WOW is available as a downloadable document as usual or as a “flip book” that you can read on-line. … Continue reading

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Latest Woodford Walk

We’ve added the latest of Footpath Warden Joe Pitt’s Woodford Walk (from the July /August WOW), to our collected Village Walks. This one takes you a round trip from Eydon down to Jack’s Forge and the Cherwell Valley. Woodford Walk … Continue reading

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Play Park Pictures

On the Woodford Halse Community Facebook page, Joanna Graham suggested posting a few pictures of the play park equipment. We’re only too happy to oblige and we’ve added a gallery to the Play Park page. (Takes a few seconds to … Continue reading

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Play Park Access

I took my grandchildren down to the play park last week and they had a grand time but it took us a while to find it. I’ve updated the details on the play park page to explain the way into … Continue reading

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Web Site Report

Six Month Update. Each six months we do a report on the Village Web site for the Parish Council and we have just produced one for the six months from January to June 2014 for the September meeting of the … Continue reading

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Community Group Web Sites

Support For Building Your Own The Village Signpost web site is built using a free tool called WordPress. This lets any group get a web site on-line easily and quickly. Northampton ACRE helped us to get started and other community … Continue reading

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Woodford Walk #3

Added the walk from this month’s WOW to the Woodford Walks page. Thanks to Joe Pitt, our Footpath Warden for this latest guide. Woodford Walk #3

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Annual Parish Meeting Agenda

The agenda for next week’s annual parish meeting is now available on the Meeting Agendas page or here: Annual Parish Meeting Agenda. The list of Councillors has also been updated.

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Web Site Updates

The editor has been on holiday for a couple of weeks – so many apologies for the lack of updates. I’ve got a few things in my in-box to post and I’ll deal with them as quickly as I can.

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More Poetry

Peter Coleman has kindly let us have a third poem, this time reflecting on part of Woodford’s railway past. “The Fiddly Yard“

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Woodford Poetry

Peter Coleman, one-time Woodford resident, has kindly provided three poems about the  village for the web site and we’ve added them to a new section as part of “Now & Then”: Poems on Woodford. One celebrates the ridge and furrow, … Continue reading

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Latest “Woodford Walk”

Cherry Tree Farm Walk Added The walk from this month’s WOW has been added to the Woodford Walks page. Thanks to our Footpath Warden, Joe Pitt, for this new stroll taking in some of Woodford’s railway heritage. You can find … Continue reading

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New Feature: Woodford Walks

Walk Guides & Maps On The Web Site In this month’s WOW there was the first of a series of local walks in the countryside around Woodford. Joe Pitt, our Footpath Warden has provided a short description of the walk … Continue reading

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A Few Web Site Updates

Mainly things from this month’s WOW… Pat Knight’s details added to the local services and quick contacts pages. Details of advertising in WOW added to the WOW page. Updated the Events page with new Garden Club event and Bert Manton’s … Continue reading

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New Look: Feedback Please

I have found out how to edit the thing that controls the web site’s overall style and you may have noticed a couple of changes. Namely:- I have made the default font a sans-serif one rather than  Times Roman as … Continue reading

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Local History : New Dates

Latest Programme Now Available We’ve added the December to May programme of events for the Woodford Halse History Society to our Events Page. Next up in December, retired blacksmith Martin Rowling will talk about designing and building the unique Culworth … Continue reading

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Where were you in ’86?

Woodford’s Digital Domesday As part of looking around the web for interesting things to do with Woodford, I came across the BBC’s Digital Domesday entry for Woodford Halse. Do you remember this project to document every area of the UK … Continue reading

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Open All Hours?

 Shop Opening Times One of the things requested in the recent web site survey was details of shop opening times. We have these available now on this page: Open All Hours? And you can also download it as a PDF … Continue reading

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Business Update

Directory News We’ve added details of some more businesses to the Woodford Business Directory. It now includes details of:- Master Locksmiths Association Woodford Trailers BTB Exhausts The Bowls Locker Don’t forget to let us know if you are running a … Continue reading

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Local Jobs..

We’ve added two vacancies to the Local Employment page. Don’t forget this is a free service for local employers to advertise for staff. Just fill in the form and we’ll add it to the site.

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Signpost Survey Feedback

What We Learned First of all, many thanks to those that completed the web site survey. Although the numbers weren’t great there were some useful responses and some helpful ideas. We’ve put together the data from the survey and some … Continue reading

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Survey : Thanks!

Thanks to all those that took part in our web site survey. We’ll be analysing the results from the survey and putting those together with data from the actual use that people make of the site. Then we can see … Continue reading

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We’re #1 At On-line Engagement

Village Signpost Wins Northants Award of Excellence! Avid readers of our site will know that our new web site was made possible by the initiative of Northants ACRE in running training and organising an on-line forum and discussion sessions to … Continue reading

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Apologies…

Last week’s Parish Council Agenda. Apologies for the late posting, your editor was on holiday…. I hope to catch up over the next day or so. Council Agenda 03 September 2013  

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ACRE’s Village Viewpoint

Action with Communities in Rural England ACRE’s latest newsletter is out with news of:- Heritage Open Day at Hunsbury Hill Northamptonshire’s Best Villages Competition results Conservation Churchyard awards Saving on heating bills with ACRE’s Bulk Oil Buying Scheme Latest on … Continue reading

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Web Site News

Two quick pieces of web site news…. 1. We’ve added some useful links to the local history page  about English Heritage’s list of local historic sites, details of the village census from 1851 to 1951 and Woodford’s listed buildings. 2. … Continue reading

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Youth Club News

We’ve add a page for Youth Club News. Find out more about Woodford’s new Youth Club and join in. We’ll update this with more details as the group gets under way. (To make room we’ve moved Northants News & Local … Continue reading

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We Want Your Views!

Click Here To Take Our Survey The Woodford Halse Village Signpost web site has been running for more than three months now. We want your views on how we should improve it. Please complete our 7 question survey to help … Continue reading

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Support Group Page

We’ve added a new page to provide links to the range of support groups that help those with health issues and their carers. If you know others that you think we should add, please send the details to: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

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ACRE Hosts Village Web Authors

Northants ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) hosted a second evening for village web site authors as part of their programme to promote local web sites in rural areas. We went along to see what tips we could pick … Continue reading

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Twitter

Sorry about the confusion over the Twitter account. This is the correct one to follow for updates from this site as advised in this month’s WOW:   @WoodfordVSP    

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Follow Us On Twitter

If you saw the earlier post please note the change of Twitter address. This is the one we will be using from now on… Now you can get updates of our web posts on Twitter.   Follow us on @WoodfordVSP … Continue reading

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Web Site News

Local News & Links A couple of changes to the web site that you might find helpful. We’re now carrying details of news from across Northamptonshire using their new item collection service. You can find it here: Northants News Page. … Continue reading

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Pocket (Park) Camera

Since it’s a lovely day, I took my camera for a walk up to the Pocket Park. It’s very lush up there and the long grass is pretty wet but its worth exploring to see how many wild flowers you … Continue reading

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Signpost news now on Facebook.

You can find us at : https://www.facebook.com/WoodfordHalseVillageSignpost “Like” our page on Facebook and get all the Woodford news straight to your Facebook page.

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We’ve added CAPTCHA on comments…

We are always pleased for anyone to make comments on our pages but we have been suffering from a lot of spam comments and there is only so much time I can spend editing it out! To help stop spam … Continue reading

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Community Web Sites – Update

Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) are the organisation running the Community Web Site program that we are part of. Last night they ran a session to allow those involved to meet up and hear how the project … Continue reading

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Photo Comp – Entries Please!

Taken a great photo of life in Woodford? We’d love to see it and to add it to our web site gallery here. Photos can be of any aspect of Woodford life. All we ask is that they are taken … Continue reading

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Old Woodford Halse Web Site

Please note that the old Woodford Halse web site is no longer being used for Parish Notices or for the WoW. This means that only comments on this site and this email address – info@woodford-halse-villagesignpost.co.uk – are monitored by the … Continue reading

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Welcome & Thanks

Well here it is! Our new village web site! It’s not perfect and there’s room for improvement but special thanks to Northampton ACRE for supporting the community web sites scheme and Northampton Library for providing our training, I am not … Continue reading

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