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 doing this. Discarded broken glass is particularly a problem.

The Committee are keen to hear from youngsters in the village, parents and other residents what they think should be done to provide facilities that would be useful.

Please let us know your thoughts by email theteam@greatcentralwoodland.org or text ideas to 07855040710 thank you.

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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 plus lots of broken glass.

The site needs to be tidied and broken glass removed and logs checked before young children can use it again.

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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 million (!) crocuses. Purple 4 Polio is an initiative working with the Bill Gates Foundation to raise awareness of the issues surrounding polio with the aim of eradicating it in the global population. It will also create a lovely sight in the village in spring.

Bob Snedker has the bulbs and needs volunteers to help plant them, the more volunteers there are the quicker this can be done! If you can help, please come along and join the big plant! Please pass on this message to anyone who might be interested.

Please contact Bob direct (01327 262644) if you have any queries.

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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 & Green project, clearance of the land north of Hinton Road, planning applications and Sarafield initiatives.

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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 acting suspciously at a farm in the Kislingbury area shortly after 10am today (Thursday, October 12) where the driver was attempting to buy batteries.

It has previously been linked to the theft of £20,000 of catalytic converters in Northamptonshire.

Anyone with information should call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 

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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 dramatically and the Parish Council wants to be sure that it has the views of the village on this and the possible impact on your Council Tax before any decision is made.

A meeting will take place in November. Watch out for details of date, time, and location here on the Village Signpost.

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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 in before 5th November, or there will be fireworks.

Copy can sent to wow.woodford@gmail.com or left at Top to Toe or at 12 Farndon Road.

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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 votes
3rd The Queen opposite school 9 votes

Funniest scarecrow
1st Eddie the Eagle 7 votes
Joint 2nd Simon Cowell and Freddie Mercury.

Photo: 38E Photography, used with acknowledgement.

Scariest scarecrow
1st David Bowie 9 votes
2nd Winston Churchill 7 votes
3rd Boris Johnson 6 votes.

Weirdest scarecrow
1st Spiderman 9 votes
2nd The Queen made by the school 7 votes
3rd London Bus 6 votes.

 

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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 on the Daventry District Council web site.

The next step will be for DDC to appoint an examiner who will review the plan. After which DDC will decide if the plan can be put forward for a referendum vote by the village.

The version of the plan which will go  forward to the examiner is available for download: READ IT HERE.

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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.

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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 the month)?

The Committee makes decisions about projects involving the Woodland and recommends expenditure to the Parish Council.

The Committee is keen to attract someone with land management or woodland management experience but an enthusiasm to get involved is equally important.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the Paul Blackwell, Chairman of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee. You can reach Paul by email here.

Members of the Committee are required to abide by the Council Members’ Code of Conduct.

You can learn more of the work of the Committee by reading the Minutes of Previous Meetings which are available here.

 

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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 in High Street
  • Sara Field & Sports Pavilion issues
  • Woodland & police liaison reports
  • Local planning applications
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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 the same time of 9am – 1pm each Saturday and the price remains the same at £6. As usual they have ordered the meat from Marriotts and eggs from Skylarks Farm, so good local produce will be on the table!

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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 it does now.

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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 change.

The Post Office claims this move will mean longer opening hours and improved accessibility while “the majority of Post Office products and services will still be available”.

You can find out more in this flyer.

Take part in the consultation here:  postofficeviews.co.uk  using the code for the Woodford branch,  29222699.

Consultation runs until 10th November. The change would occur in March or April 2018.

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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 from the Woods Committee here.

 

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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 would like publicised in the WOW please email the information to wow.woodford@gmail.com by 5th November. Paper copy can be delivered to Top to Toe in Station Road or to 12 Farndon Road.

We will also need up-to-date contact details for local clubs and organisations.

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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 Provided.

Organised by Great Central Woodland Management Committee & Woodford cum Membris Parish Council

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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 businesses a low-cost advertising medium delivered twice a year to homes and businesses, together with a bigger on-line directory than we offer here and a wider coverage area.

Based in Little Preston, The Rural Advertiser will offer low cost advertising in an A5 booklet distributed every six months and in an on-line directory.

Find out more on their web site… www.ruraladvertiser.co.uk

The first booklet will be distributed in November, closing date for adverts 6th October.

Contact them at: info@ruraladvertiser.co.uk or by phone on01327 361018

 

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Scarecrow Hunt

October 7th : Who’s Your British Icon?

Dell Boy : an entry from 2015

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 October. 10am till 4pm.

Theme this year: British Icons.

There will be a “build your scarecrow” event on Saturday 30th September at Woodford Halse Football Club, 12pm – 4pm

Entry price per scarecrow : £3.

Price for public voter: £3. Voting forms can be obtained from our Scarecrow Hub at WUFC.

1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each of the 4 selections:

  • Most creative scarecrow.
  • Funniest scarecrow.
  • Scariest scarecrow.
  • Weirdest scarecrow.

Public vote wins. 12 prizes are up for grabs, which are being donated by Osborne Plumbing & Heating.

There will also be scarecrows from outside the village which can be setup at the Football Club to be judged. If you have transporting issues, let the School FSA know and they can help arrange. You can contact them through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WoodfordHalseFSA/

Deadline for scarecrow entry forms is Weds 4th Oct 2017

Flyers which will include entry form will be posted to every household in the next few weeks.

Good Luck!

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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 protect your home against burglary and the risk of fire. Here are their ideas for a Day Routine and a Bedtime Routine, checklists of things you can do to keep you and your property safe.

Daytime Routine

  • Even if the house is occupied the front and back doors should be locked.
  • Keep car keys away from front and back doors, particularly where there is a cat flap or letterbox in situ
  • If you leave a room, simply remember to pull any windows shut and lock them
  • Remove any loose tools from within the garden areas
  • Set your burglar alarm every time you leave the property, even if you are just popping out
  • Use your spy hole before answering the door. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door!
  • Don’t leave cooking unattended
  • Try to make the home looked lived in, even when you are out
  • Shut internal doors
  • Avoid leaving matches and lighters within easy reach of children.

Bedtime Routine

  • Check doors are definitely locked and keys away from anywhere obvious
  • Keep car keys away from front and back doors, particularly where there is a cat flap or letterbox in situ
  • Leave timer switches on lamps from early evening until bedtime. Some people prefer leaving a landing light on overnight
  • If you hear a noise downstairs and are quite certain it’s a burglar, dial 999
  • If you have an alarm that can be part activated downstairs,use it!
  • Take a cordless or mobile phone with you to bed in case of emergencies
  • Switch off and unplug things that don’t need to be left in
  • Ensure smoking materials are not still burning and ashtrays are emptied.

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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 raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the clerk, John Williams, before the meeting.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #84

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 emails so you can know what to look out for.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

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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 walk guides, here on the Signpost. Sadly, he has decided to stand down.

While he will be missed, he has a successor!

His place is being taken by Jim McDermott. Jim can be contacted regarding footpath issues on 07540 662134

 

 

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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 road in Barby Lane and was in collision with the hedgerow and fencing.

The driver, a 30-year-old man from Rugby, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with serious injuries.

If you saw the crash or if you may have seen the vehicle prior to the collision, call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615, quoting incident number 616/150917.

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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 topics ranging from keeping fit to saving money on energy bills. There will be free refreshments, information stands and a prize draw.

More details and a full programme can be found in this flyer

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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 list of all news items relating to the Woods) or you can come to the Woodland Management Committee  meetings (watch the events page for dates) which are open to all.

New Signs Planned

We want to make sure that everyone knows the woodland area is owned by the community for the community. Signs are being produced to go at the main entrance points highlighting the land’s railway heritage and asking people to use the Woodland in a way that allows all to enjoy it.

Litter Pick

Litter in the Woodland continues to be a problem but we are going to have a community litter pick to help reduce the rubbish before the winter. This will take place on September 30th – all volunteers are welcome. (See our separate post)

Footpath Works & Drainage

Improving footpath surfaces and drainage remains an aim. We’ve added wooden access decking at the Station Road entrance to solve crossing the muddy area there.

Kids Story Circle

We want the woodland to be a place where parents and groups can help children enjoy their natural surroundings. The Story Circle (see details here) is our first step in that.

Memorial Area

It is proposed that part of the Woodland is set aside as a “Memorial Glade”, an area for quiet contemplation and to allow the scattering of ashes, especially for those with a connection to the railway. The current plan is to use an area to the south of the Station Road-Coop path for this.

Tree Management

Running a wood is like painting the Forth Bridge, the work never stops. After the first round of felling trees that were considered unsafe, there is a long term plan for managing the Woodland that we are producing for the Forestry Commission approval. More details will appear on the Signpost.

Safety & Emergency Hotline

Because the Woodland is a living thing, problems can arise at any time. The Committee now has the support of Barry Mansell of BM Landscaping for emergency tree clearance and we have an emergency email address: hazards@greatcentralwoodland.org.

Woods Committee

The next meeting of the Woods Committee is on September 27th. Everyone is welcome to attend. Watch out for the agenda and details here on the Signpost.

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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, (2 adults/2 children), Single Adult £2 and Child £1.  Bouncy Castle Child 50p and Adult £1.

Price includes first Hotdog or Burger, cup of tea/coffee or soft drink.  We regret alcohol cannot be served.

Telephone Irene 01327 260149 to book.  All welcome.

Sponsored by Methodist and Anglican Churches Together.

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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 and report any suspicions to the police.

This letter from Northamptonshire’s Commander of Local Policing provides important information and contact details in the event that anyone has anything to report.

Also you can view this video in which Chief Inspector Lara Alexander Lloyd explains what Northants Police are doing.

 

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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 one scheduled to cover a number of planning applications and discussions on the Sarafield pavilion lease and the sewerage and heating system.

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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 other items:-

  • Updates on Sarafield & Woodland
  • Update on the Hinton Flood Alleviation Scheme
  • Report on Police relations

Although the Police Report discussions are summarised in the minutes above, a detailed report was provided by Councillor Gary Denby and is appended here:-

 

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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 the girls themselves!

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10 and Guides is for girls aged 10-14! You can also be a young leader 14-18!

Currently Woodford Halse guides are looking to grow their small unit.

Surely there are lots of girls who want to join? Message Kelly Dicks  on Facebook for more details and please share!

Brownies are currently full for September 2017 but Guides have spaces waiting to be filled! Brownies is currently full until after Christmas so would be a January 2018 start date.

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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 children using the logs as seats.

The area can also be used for groups within the community such as the school children, mother and toddler groups, playgroups and nursery children.

Also stories can be acted out with children such as searching for ‘The Gruffalo’ or ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’.

Please help keep this facility nice for the children of the village and do not deface the logs or drop litter. Many thanks!

And thanks to Alan and Glen for the installation.

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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 in a social atmosphere and is suitable for all age and fitness levels. The club has limited room for just a few more to join them, so why not go along to their Open Morning, have a chat over a coffee, and learn about this all-year form of the game?

Try your hand, and you could be surprised at your own ability.

The Club’s new venue is less than 10 minutes’ drive from most parts of Woodford Halse. They have loan bowls and free basic tuition available for new members.

They hope to see you on 16th. Details and a contact number in this flyer.

(The Club meets at Boddington Village Hall every Monday afternoon (2pm) or evening (7.30pm) except Bank Holidays.)

 

 

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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 relaunch the WOW.
  • A presentation on the Daventry District Clean Green project.
  • Draft lease terms for the Sarafield Sports Pavilion.
  • Approval of the Village Neighbourhood Development Plan
  • Appointing a Police Liaison Representative.

Plus items relating to the Woods Committee, Footpath Warden, streetlighting, and issues needing parish spending.

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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 topics ranging from keeping fit to saving money on energy bills. There will be free refreshments, information stands and a prize draw.

More details and a full programme can be found in this flyer

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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 close relative in Woodford Halse

Some details are available on this flyer or you can contact them by phone on 0330 053 5131, by email to info@bphaoptions.org or by texting  “bhpa”+your name + Woodford Halse to 60066. More information is also available at www.bphaoptions.org.uk.

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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 rotary mower blades.
  • Added Lisa Dukes : Dyslexia and English Coaching for children & adults
  • Removed Tums to Tiddlers : no longer operating

You can always add details of your business here.

The Flip Book version is also reinstated.

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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 on Friday 1st September.

The diversion brings vehicles through the village, so there may be some increase in traffic.

Also Wharf Road is closed at the railway bridge between the Southam Road and Fenny Compton until 2nd September. This will affect anyone that uses this roiute to reach the M40 northbound at Junction 12.

Details of the road closure and signed diversion are on Roadworks.org,

 

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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” from Rosemary Verner.

Visitors £2.50. Refreshments Served.

See their whole programme here or have a look at the WI page.

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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 Halse resident to volunteer as a member of the Committee. This involves a committment of two hours in an evening at a Committee meeting once a month (usually the last Wednesday of the month) plus as much as can be spared for projects relating to the Woodland. The Committee makes decisions about projects involving the Woodland and makes recommendations to the Parish Council regarding budgets and expenditure needed for the Woodland.

The Committee is keen to attract someone with land management or woodland management experience but an enthusiasm to get involved is equally important.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the Paul Blackwell, Chairman of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee. You can reach Paul by email here.

Members of the Committee are required to abide by the Council Members’ Code of Conduct.

You can learn more of the work of the Committee by reading the Minutes of Previous Meetings which are available here.

 

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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.

So, if you have six magnificent beans, or a splendid marrow or even a misshapen vegetable why not try your luck? If you fancy your jam making or baking skills, your flower arranging or your photo taking you could enter too. There’s a kids’ category as well.

Have a look at the full list of clases, the rules and the details for the event in this flyer.

Then come along and have the fun of seeing how your entry matches up. Tea & coffee available.

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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 and help to speed recovery from wounds and surgery at this free event,

Venue – Memorial Hall, Woodford Halse

Time: 7.30 pm

Date: 11th September

Refreshments provided.

Contact Geri on 07885547489 to book a place.

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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 the meeting.

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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 in this round of consultation can be found here on the Daventry District Council web site .

Please note that print copies are available for viewing at Daventry’s offices, Woodford Halse Library or the Co-op and you can download an on-line copy here.

You can read about the consulation process so far on our Consultation Page.

 

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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 and beyond.

This book, volume 1 of 2, covers the history of the railways that eventually merged to become the S&MJR in 1909.

The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway Volume One: The years before the S&MJR 1866-1909: The Constituent Companies by Barry Taylor.

It is 208 pages, printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated board covers and gives a comprehensive history of the Northampton & Banbury Junction Railway, The East & West Junction Railway, The Evesham Redditch & Stratford Junction Railway, and the Stratford upon Avon Towcester & Midland Junction Railway – up to the formation of the Stratford upon Avon & Midland Junction railway in 1909.

Volume 2 will continue the story through the S&MJR, LMSR, and BR periods through to closure and to the present day.

It will be available from August 14th through Black Dwarf Lightmoor Publications – ISBN13 9781911038252 – Price £25.00 + p&p

For more details see the new publications page at: lightmoor.co.uk

Thanks to Barry Taylor for letting us know about this….

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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 too.

The Plan has now been corrected and can be downloaded here or viewed on-line here.

The corrected map can be seen here and below.

The corrected Consultation Statement is also available here and on the Plan Documents page.

We will announce the details of the Daventry District Council consultation shortly.

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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 designed to address some of the concerns about traffic.

Details can be found on their Facebook page….  https://www.facebook.com/ByfieldMedicalCentre/

 

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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 radiators, new security measures, replacement windows and doors, roof repairs and replacements, and so much more.

If you are a homeowner over the age of 18 and in receipt of a qualifying income related benefit why not give Care & Repair a call today.

Did you know Interest free ‘Top-up’ loans are now also available?

For work costing more than £5,000, eligible homeowners can also access a further £5,000 in the form of an interest-free loan that is only repayable when your property is sold.

To find out if you could be eligible for a HRA Grant or Interest Free Loan contact Care & Repair today:

Email: careandrepair@daventrydc.gov.uk

Phone: 01327 871100

Web: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/careandrepair

Orcheck out this flyer.

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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 to the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and additional documents, as submitted to Daventry District Council. Daventry District Council have commenced their consultation. Details are available here: Neighbourhood Development Plans & DDC.

The main document which is called the Regulation 16 Submission Consultation Draft, July 2017. It is the final version of the plan which you have watched develop and to which many of you have contributed. You have all seen this in its various versions.

The second set of documents are is the SEA (Stategic Environmental Assessment), (which was produced by the Daventry District Council), the Basic Conditions Statement, which explains the rules or core principles used to write the plan, and the Consultation Statement which describes the journey that the neighbourhood development plan team, and the village, have been on as they wrote the Neighbourhood Development Plan. (The Consultation Statement includes comments on the Parish Council response and action to each of the points raised in the first round of consultation).

The third set of documents are the consultation list documents of local businesses, local organisations and other bodies which show the people and organisations who have been kept informed during our journey. These lists have been updated as we went along and the circulation of this email represents the latest version of these lists. This email is also circulated to all those that commented during the original “Regulation 14” consultation phase in 2016. Many thanks to all for the input received.

I hope that you all find these documents interesting and accurate but, rest assured that, even after the Neighbourhood Development Plan is made, it will be essential to keep it current and relevant and therefore it is subject to constant modification.These documents are also accessible via the Woodford Halse Village Signpost Village Plan Consultation page.

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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 gardening specialists providing landscaping, installation of garden fencing, decking, etc.
  • Cropredy Van Centre is a local family firm buying and selling motor vehicles, mainly vans and other commercial vehicles. We’ve updated their contact details.
  • Ruth Curzon Letting Agency : added web site details
  • Davis Structures : construct and maintain agricutural and industrial buildings.
  • Sold Secure : supply approved security products
  • TEMA : industrial machinery manufacturing.
  • Frost EV: Electric and hybrid vehicle engineering
  • MAV’s Gym : removed, now closed.

You can always add details of your business here.

We’ve also removed the “flip book” version from the Business Directory page as it seems like it was not reliably updating to show the latest version. If this changes we’ll reinstate it. Let us know with an email if this is a problem for you.

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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 2 Woodford Halse, it is the first of a series of stories deaturing Detective Inspector Charles Vignoles of the L.N.E.R Detective Department.

Much of the action takes place on around Woodford Halse, Charwelton and Leicester Central.

You can learn more on Stephen’s web site and buy it direct from there or via a well known on-line retailer.

(Thanks to Peter Deverill for pointing me at this.)

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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 an update on what has been done so far.

So, here’s what we (and our many volunteers, supporters and suppliers) have been up to. We have……..

  • Created a Management Plan for agreement with the Forestry Commission, funded by them. This will allow us to organise future activities and help us to get grant funding for different aspects of running the woodland.
  • Resurfaced the main paths (although there is still more to be done), graded access slopes where we could, removed old barbed wire fencing and opened up access across the water meadows.
  • Improved the drainage beside the Cinder Path to reduce the risk of flooding.
  • Got Northamptonshire County Council to fund a safety barrier over the culvert exit (to be installed).
  • Organised help from Cummings in Daventry through their volunteer labour scheme, clearing rubbish from the Cherwell.
  • Organised litter picks to clear rubbish from the woodland. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped!
  • Carried out a felling of dangerous and unhealthy trees; the first step in creating a safe, sustainable woodland (following on from the Council’s investment in a survey).
  • Raised £1,630 from the Regatta Tombola, the Fun Dog Show and from County Councillor Robin Browne’s Community Fund to go towards the costs of woodland projects, including signage and children’s activities. Thanks to all who contributed to these!
  • Set up a woodland hazard hot line (hazards@greatcentralwoodland.org) for anyone to report concerns with safety issues in the woodland.
  • Undertook a risk assessment and established an annual inspection regime.
  • Recruited twenty villagers who have come forward to offer their help as volunteers in woodland projects. Many thanks to them, we would love to hear from more.

Great Central Woodland Management Committee

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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 July until 27 August 2017.  

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this fundraising programme, please contact Renalda Ruginiene, Chief Promoter and Licensing Officer, 0207 424 3905 or email rruginiene@appcogroup.co.uk.  Helpline 0800 031 9811 (open 9am-9pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5.30pm Saturday) www.appcogroup.co.uk.

APPCO Group Support have stated that they will endeavour not to visit households which are in official No Cold Calling Zones.

We appreciate that Northamptonshire Police advice is, especially to the elderly or vulnerable persons, would be not to open the door to unexpected callers and this advice still stands.  However, APPCO Group Support has advised us of its forthcoming fundraising programme and we have taken the opportunity to share this information with those within the area, so that they are aware.  People can still choose not to open the door, but we wanted to make as many people as possible aware that this company will be working within the area.

If you suspect a bogus caller is at your door, even if you didn’t let them in, call 999.

If you would like a ‘No Cold Calling Home’ sticker to discourage unwanted callers, please email susan.fletcher@northants.pnn.police.uk.

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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 has now been lost to the village.

If anyone saw anyone collecting this wood earlier this week, please let us know with an email to woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

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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 meeting.

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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 is available here.

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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…” . (Please do – we like to have feed back and where it relates to parish Council issues it certainly gets sent on!)

If your comment is likely to be of interest to everyone, it will usually be approved and appear at the bottom of the page in question.  If it’s just a “you got this wrong….” I’ll just try to fix it and let you know.

Now we have added on the front page a list of the most recent comments so you can see new suggestions and thoughts from readers of the site. Look for it on the right, just under “Latest News” and “Follow Us”.

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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 so that they can then help in the project.

If you would like to help out, please contact Paul Blackwell, Chair of the Woodland Management Committee, who is coordinating the time and date for the course.

You can reach Paul on : 07872 860540 or paulblackwell5@icloud.com

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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 in 1977.

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Once Upon A WOW

Sadly there doesn’t seem to have been any progress made towards resurrecting the printed newsletter WOW (What’s On in Woodford) that ceased publication with the 154th edition in December 2016 / January 2017. Here is a look back at the WOW and it’s predecessors.

The Woodford Express

Here is the cover of issue 9 of the Woodford Express from June 1977, a Silver Jubilee edition. It’s sixteen typewritten (yes these were the days before home computers) pages are filled with the preparations for the celebrations of 25 years since the Queen’s Coronation. How many people then would have thought that she would still be on the throne today, 40 years later?

Then Clerk of the Parish Council and local historian, Jim Anscomb contributed an article on Woodford cum Membris in 1952, which is the subject of another post here.

There was news that a lease had finally been agree to allow the villlage to take over “The Village Centre” (the Hinton and Dryden Rooms and the Library) and the dedication of the restored bells of St Mary’s Church, together with the arrangements for a village wide party for the Jubilee celebrations. Finally there was a list of local shops and businesses. (For those interested in the history of shops in Woodford you can find the list here).

Woodford Quarterly

The immediate precursor of the WOW was the Woodford Quarterly which was a communuity magazine produced by St Mary’s Church, running for fourty issues between 1991 and 2001. This carried church news and a direectory of local businesses, services and clubs.

By the summer of 2001 though, the Quarterly was galloping off into the distance with its final edition as its place was taken by What’s On in Woodford.

The WOW

Thw WOW was created to cope with the need for a more frequent newsletter and first appeared in September 2001, published by the Parish Council.

Issue 1 Number 1 was a very simple one side of A4 in black and white but it featured the directory that was always a key part of the publication (the local directory is still a well used part of the Signpost!)

WOW went on to appear regularly 10 times a years, delivered free to every household in Woodford, Hinton and West Farndon by a group of dedicated distributors.

It first appeared on-line in February 2013 (by then on four pages in three colours, typeset and with pictures) and all the editions of WOW since then are still available here.

(The Signpost sends its greatful thanks to Gill Pitt for the copies of Woodford Express, Woodford Quarterly & WOW #1 )

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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 items:-

  • Updates on Sarafield & Woodland
  • Latest on a “Safer Route to School” & Community Speedwatch progammes.
  • Hinton Flood Alleviation Scheme

 

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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 Woodland.

You are advised to take extra care in the woods during these two days.

Contractors, who will implement safety procedures while felling, will be removing several trees that were identified in the February  Tree Hazard Evaluation Survey as needing to be dealt with within six months.

If you are worried about a tree hazard in the Woodland during these operations (or at any other time) you can email hazards@greatcentralwoodland.org with your concerns. Please be as specific as possible about the location of the problem including taking a photograph if possible.

 

 

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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 available, the following new road names will be used on the Woodford Meadows Estate, so if you come across anyone looking for one of these roads send them off down there…

  • Blacksmith Way
  • Bootmaker Close
  • Ploughman Drive
  • Lacemaker Crescent
  • Carpenter Close
  • Spinner Way
  • Thatcher Drive
  • Wheelwright Way
  • Miller Close

We will try to publish a map once one becomes available.

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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 be fearless: safeguarding young people
  • The National Bikesafe Show in Northants
  • On-line safety

& much more.

Download it here:- Safety Matters Number 2

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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 King Richard III.

Non-members are always welcome.

Meetings take place in the Memorial Hall at 7:30 on the third Tuesday of the month.

Annual membership is £15:00, non-member tickets to individual events are £3:00.

Details of the individual meetings are available for download here and on our events page.

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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 committee on WHASP16@outlook.com.

Come and have a browse and get yourself some fabulous Joules clothing at rock bottom prices!

There will be 100’s of items up for grabs for men, women and children which have been provided by Joules and are catalogue returns or surplus stock.

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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 Development Model on new Neighbourhood Policing approaches from Sgt. Dobbs of Northamtonshire Police.
  • Presentation on the Woodford Halse & Hinton Flood Alleviation Scheme.
  • Great Central Woodland & Sarafield committee reports.
  • reports on safety issues, including trees on public land throughout the parish and on play areas.
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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 play when you go to the page. (If not there’s a play bar just above the “birds” section.)

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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 place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer.

However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely to not exist.

Tips to staying safe when purchasing pets…

  • Stay within auction guidelines.
  • Be cautious if the seller initially requests payment via one method, but later claims that due to ‘issues with their account’ they will need to take the payment via an alternative method such as a bank transfer.
  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with the number/email address online.
  • Request details of the courier company being used and consider researching it.
  • Agree a suitable time to meet face-to-face to agree the purchase and to collect the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it could be an indication that the pet does not exist.
  • A genuine seller should be keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and loving new home. If the seller does not express any interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary.
  • If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then it probably is, especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed.
  • Do not be afraid to request copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the seller is reluctant or unable to provide this information it could be an indication that either the pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’ is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole aim is to maximise profit for the least investment. Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their local authority and undergo regular inspections to ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in turn fit and healthy. Illegally farmed puppies will often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated with irresponsible breeding.
  • When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

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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!

There will be-

  • Cake Stall
  • Raffle Stall
  • Hook a duck
  • Buzzwire game
  • Name the teddy
  • Guess how many sweets are in the jar
  • Pick the golden egg

& many more games and activities to get involved in.

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10. Guides is for girls 10 – 18!

If you are interested in being a Brownie or Guide please come along for more information.

The more money we raise the more fun and adventures we can go on, so please come along and support your local group.

If you are able to donate anything towards this event, it will be fully appreciated or if you would like to register your daughter for Brownies please contact Brown Owl – Kelly on 07854854374.

Keep up to date on their Facebook Event Page.

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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 / Aston Le Walls.

A plan showing the closure and diversion can be viewed here Roadworks.org

 

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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 a tile.

Fortunately the Church has been able to obtain a grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund which will cover a significant part of the cost. However, they have to raise over £10,000 as their contribution. 75% of the tiles on the chirch roof need to be replaced: about 8000 tiles.

How can you help?

Sponsor – A – Tile Campaign

You can help protect our historic village church by paying for a tile or a number of tiles at just £5 each. Your sponsorship will be recorded in a special commemorative book to be kept in the church. Why not sponsor tiles for your family members and friends too – all names will be recorded in the book.

The work is due to start on 10th July and take up to 18 weeks – so don’t miss this unique opportunity!

If you would like to be involved in this fun but important campaign please download this form, fill it in and return it, with your cheque, to either Rev. Stevie Cross (55 Church Street, Byfeild, NN11 6XN), or Maureen Fox (30 Farndon Rd, Woodford Halse, NN113TT)

Thank You!

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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.

A Goldfinch, one of our woodland birds.

We thought you’d like to see a list of the trees, animals and birds that have been spotted in the woodland.

Find it here:  Woodland Nature

Over time we hope to expand this part of the Signpost with more detail about the woodland’s natural resources.

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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 – in the short term and with limited resources.

We will arrange to roll the path surfaces again to improve things as much as we can.

Longer term, the aim remains to provide access to as many folk as possible and the Committee will keep an eye on any issues raised.

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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 starts at 6:00pm.

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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!

There will be-

  • Cake Stall
  • Raffle Stall
  • Hook a duck
  • Buzzwire game
  • Name the teddy
  • Guess how many sweets are in the jar
  • Pick the golden egg

& many more games and activities to get involved in.

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10. Guides is for girls 10 – 18!

If you are interested in being a Brownie or Guide please come along for more information.

The more money we raise the more fun and adventures we can go on, so please come along and support your local group.

If you are able to donate anything towards this event, it will be fully appreciated or if you would like to register your daughter for Brownies please contact Brown Owl – Kelly on 07854854374.

Keep up to date on their Facebook Event Page.

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Station Road Closure

Friday 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Crowds at the starting line – 2016

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.

Don’t miss out on this annual bit of fun!

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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 needed for journeys to and from Eydon.

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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 a bite and enjoy the crowd.

If you’ve not been along before you can get an idea of the fun from our 2016 race album.

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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 that the 25th is tomorrow (Sunday) that doesn’t give them much time to plan!

Here’s the link to the Roadworks.org post.

(The road will be closed there anyway on afternoon of the 30th for the Regatta… )

 

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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 Raised By The Public”.

This meeting is open to all to attend. If you have issues you wish to be discussed please raise them before the meeting with John Williams (the Secretary to the Woods Committee) or with Gary Smith (Clerk to the Parish Council).

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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 2017.

It is to proposed to transfer from the Fire Authority which currently sits in Northamptonshire County Council, to the Police and Crime Commissioner, who would become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

The government wants emergency services to work much more collaboratively and has recently changed the law to allow this to happen. Northamptonshire claims to already do this really well  but they believe there is scope for this to increase and for fire and police services to work more closely together to keep communities safe.

There is a leaflet and a short animated film to describe the proposal.

You are invited to complete the online survey designed to capture people’s views,

The survey can be accessed at www.northantsfireproposals.co.uk  (a postal survey and easy read version are also available).

The survey closes on Tuesday 1st August 2017.

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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 not take this wood. You are stealing from the whole community. The wood IS needed.

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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. Since current member Pat Darby has become a Parish Councillor, there is now a vacancy for a committee member that is a local resident.

Committee members meet once a month (usually on the last Wednesday of each month).

The Committee would particulalry welcome anyone with woodland or forestry experience to add.

If you would like to become involved, please drop an email to John Williams, the Secretary of the Committee. 

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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 of income and expenditure month by month but these statements summarise the position for the year as a whole.

The documents available are…

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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):-

  • Consolidated list of council appointments
  • List of dates for Council Meetings for the coming year.
  • Co-opting of two new Councillors (Jean Curd, & Patricia Darby)
  • Detailed resolutions regarding the Football Club & Sarafield

 

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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 email : HumptyDumptys_thenest@hotmail.com

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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 provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has a cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

Here are some ways to protect yourself..

  • When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
  • If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
  • False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

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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 survey and new heating system for the pavilion and CCTV
  • Report on a “Safer Route to School” and an update on Community Speedwatch.
  • Planning applications : dwellings adjacent to 14 Parsons Street; dormer for The Old Barn, School Street; outbuilding at 42 Station Road.
  • Approval of 2016-17 accounts & audit.
  • Report of a meeting between Parish Councillors & Northants Police.
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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 parking come and have a catch up and chat and see the amazing 60ft Model Railway depicting Woodford Halse in its heyday.

Music Friday night:  Craig Live : The Haunted Souls
Music Saturday night:  Devils Mojo : Big Deal

Free Entry   – ALL WELCOME

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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 Gog” Agility

STABLES –  Best Kept Pet (No dogs) & Most Loved Cuddly Toy

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

  • Walk with Alpacas
  • Stalls
  • BBQ
  • Face Painting
  • Raffle
  • …. much more

All proceeds to the Great Central Woodland Fund

 

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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 fraud involved.

Credit card

Credit card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to ‘bridesmagazine.co.uk’, in 2017 the average wedding cost spend is approximately £30,111. This will be paid out to multiple vendors, including; photographers, caterers, reception venues and travel companies, to name a few. Many of these services will require booking at least several months in advance and you may be obliged to pay a deposit or even the full balance at the time.

Being aware of the potential risks and following the below prevention advice could minimise the likelihood of fraud:

Paying by Credit Card will provide you with protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, for purchases above £100 and below £30,000. This means that even if a Company goes into liquidation before your big day, you could claim a refund through your Credit Card Company.

Social Media – Some Companies run their businesses entirely via social media sites, offering low cost services. Whilst many are genuine, some may not be insured or may even be fraudulent.

Here are some ways to protect yourself when planning the happy day..

  • Ensure you obtain a physical address and contact details for the vendor and verify this information. Should you experience any problems, you will then be able to make a complaint to Trading Standards or consider pursuing via the Small Claims Court.
  • Ensure you obtain a contract before paying money for services. Make certain you fully read and understand what you are signing and note the terms of cancellation.Consider purchasing Wedding Insurance – Policies vary in cover and can be purchased up to two years in advance. They can protect you from events that would not be covered under the Consumer Credit Act.
  • Complete research on each vendor, ensuring you are dealing with a bona fide person or company. Explore the internet for reviews and ratings and ask the vendor to provide details of past clients you can speak to. You should do this even if using companies recommended by a trustworthy friend or source.
  • For services such as wedding photographers, beware of websites using fake images. Look for inconsistencies in style; Meet the photographer in person and ask to view sample albums. If you like an image from a wedding, ask to view the photographs taken of the whole event so you can see the overall quality.

Remember, if something appears too good to be true, it probably is!

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

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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 to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.

The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.

Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.

How to protect yourself:

  • Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
  • Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
  • If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement in order to contact your bank.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

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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 your boat if you’d like to compete or to come along and run a stall…..

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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 advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself:

  • Don’t call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.
  • If you believe you have already been a victim
  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

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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, maintenance and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. They may even have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.

As of 1 October 2016, many of these private pumping stations automatically transferred over to Anglian Water and became our responsibility. They have taken over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving their customers hassle, worry and money.

Anglian Water would like to make sure that local residents know about this, and want them to get in touch if they think they have a private pumping station.

To help customers identify and report the pumping stations, further information can be found: www.anglianwater.co.uk/privatepumpingstation.

If you have a private pumping station call Anglian Water on 03457 145145 or if you have any questions about this campaign, please email  privatepumpingstations@anglianwater.co.uk.

 

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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.

This meeting is open to all to attend. If you have issues you wish to be discussed please raise them before the meeting with John Williams (the Secretary to the Woods Committee) or with Gary Smith (Clerk to the Parish Council).

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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 applications
  • SARA Field  & Great Central Woodland updates

 

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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 and then concertina folded to make a pocket guide but, hopefully, it will still be useful to folk here.

Railway Memorabilia Walk

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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 trees near the Co-op entrance to the Great Central Woodland. Prior to engaging a contractor to attend the tree today, a large branch fractured and fell across the path this morning, blocking the route into the Woodland.

Barry Mansell of BM Landscaping, cleared the fallen branch this morning reopening this entrance to the wood and we are very grateful to Barry for his effort.”

 

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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 both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (Malware) that enables cyber criminals to remotely lock down files on your computer or mobile device. Criminals will use ransomware to extort money from you (a ransom), before they restore access to your files. There are many ways that ransomware can infect your device, whether it be a link to a malicious website in an unsolicited email, or through a security vulnerability in a piece of software you use.

Key Protect messages for businesses to protect themselves from ransomware:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too.

The National Cyber Security Centre’s technical guidance includes specific software patches to use that will prevent uninfected computers on your network from becoming infected with the “WannaCry” Ransomware: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-latest-ncsc-guidance

For additional in-depth technical guidance on how to protect your organisation from ransomware, details can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware

Key Protect advice for individuals:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
  • Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.

Phishing/smishing

Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:

  • An email address can be spoofed. Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • The sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number.
  • Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another “safe” account.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

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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 with up to 3 hours of Yoga, with Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa styles taught by Sian.

Sian of Serendipity Yogi’s said: “My clients were extremely supportive of my Yogathon last year, with nearly £1000 being raised including Gift Aid, for two worthwhile causes.

Having seen the media coverage of the humanitarian disaster unfolding in East Africa, I felt compelled to help – and the principles of Yoga teach us to be compassionate and kind to others.

The event will be open to both new and experienced Yogi’s, with beginners being catered for and simple practices taught. I would encourage our community to support this event, and raise funds to help the millions on the brink of famine in East Africa.”

There is no obligation to stay for the full duration, with beginners and those new to fitness invited to after the first half should they wish.

Participation is £10 donation, with the option of collecting sponsorship. ALL funds raised will go to the chosen charity.

The Yogathon sends thanks to Woodford Cum Membris Parish Council for free usage of the Memorial Hall.

For further details or to obtain the registration forms, please contact Sian on helloserendipityogis@gmail.com or call 07598 358916.’

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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 immensely hard over the last 2 month to ensure the football club has a future and they have been successful in achieving this.

An AGM will take place on Sunday 4th June at 12 noon in the clubhouse.

The club welcomes everyone in the community to attend the AGM & become involved, giving you the opportunity to put forward your ideas.

Their aim is to promote & invite as many sporting activities as possible to use the clubhouse and they welcome any suggestions from members of the community.

The clubhouse is to undergo a full decoration & refurbishment for all the members of the community to use and enjoy the facilities.

This is a family community sports club and all the profit that clubhouse bar makes will be re-invested back into the facilities for the benefit of everyone.

The football club is looking to with immediate effect to start up the junior football teams from age 5 upwards and would welcome anyone interested in becoming involved to attend the AGM.

It is proposed that the clubhouse will be renamed & known as the Woodford Sports & Community Club.

Their aim is to provide family sporting facilities & a clubhouse that the community of Woodford Halse will be proud to be associated with.

Bill Bailey, Chairman, Woodford United FC and the comittee look forward to welcoming you to the AGM.

 

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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 adults to win prizes in quizzes etc.

Family Ticket costs £5 and includes a Buffet Meal with Pizza for the children.

Contact Irene Critchley for tickets: Tel No 01327 260149

Sponsored by the Methodist Church

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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: Paul Blackwell has taken over as Chairman of the Committee. Bob Snedker will continue as a member and act as Vice-Chair.

Work on The Trees: In the Woodland Evaluation report we identified that some trees may need felling. We are in the process of getting competitive quotes for the work that needs to be done.
Cinder Path Maintenance: M V Kelly have offered to provide us with road planings from the work being done on the Byfield Road. We intend to use this for resurfacing work on the Cinder Path and the verge on the corner of Byfield Road and Phipps Road. We also want to improve the drainage at the southern end of the path by digging a drain. The Committee is asking the Parish Council for approval for some of the costs but we also hope that, once we know dates for the work, volunteers will assist us. (Contact us on volunteers@greatcentralwoodland.org)

Regatta: We’ll have a stand at the Regatta on June 30th. Come along and talk to us and have a go on our tombola.”

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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. Woodford Walks is one of the most popular pages on the Signpost with over 700 views in the last 12 months. The Woodford Walk files are some of our most popular downloads. Why not try one of them this Bank Holiday?

Don’t forget there is also a page on Facebook where you can share ideas for local walks.

 

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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 the works.

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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 a link to our original post

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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 too, on @WoodfordVSP

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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 Street between 09.30 and 15.30 only.  A plan showing the closure can be viewed here Roadworks.org

Avid readers of these posts may have noticed that the leak at the bottom of Parsons Street is still not fixed. Anglian Water are apparently now coming to fix the leak at the bottom of Parsons Street between Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th May.

According to Roadworks.org, this is going to involve three-way traffic light control on the junction, so it may cause problems with the school run if you’re going through the centre of the village.

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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 one….

Mobile friendly link:-

03/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

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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 of Polling with the names of the candidates. One candidate is to be elected.

County Council Election : Woodford & Weedon Ward May 4th 2017

(Please note that the polling station for Woodfordford Halse in the Dryden Hall is shown under “Dryden Hall”).

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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 control on the junction, so it may cause problems with the school run if you’re going through the centre of the village.

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04/17 Woods Agenda

Here is the agenda for the forthcoming meeting of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee.

Agenda Woodland Management Committee 26/04/17

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 of the Outline Plan for the Woodland including addressing issues relating to the Woodland Trees Report and immediate maintenance needs.

Please note the first two items on the agenda are the result of the Chairman’s decision to stand down from his role.

Members of the public are, of course, welcome to attend but are asked to raise any points for discussion beforehand with the Chairman or with the clerk to the Committee here: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

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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 start at 1.00 pm and finish at 3.00 pm

  • Tuesday May 9th
  • Tuesday June 13th
  • Tuesday July 11th
  • Tuesday August 8th
  • Tuesday September 12th

For both people with Dementia and carers to enjoy:

Meetings at the Icon Centre, Eastern Way, Daventry NN11 0QB.

All these meetings start at 2.00 pm and finish at 3.30 pm

  • Thursday April 27th
  • Thursday May 25th
  • Thursday June 22th
  • Thursday July 27th
  • Thursday August 24th
  • Thursday September 28th

 

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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 will receive their first session FREE!

If your child would like to come and have a go at cricket to see if they would like it, please go along to the club’s first session! It’s super fun with games played throughout the season and a great game to learn!

For all enquiries, please email Jim Reid at J.Reid@sky.com

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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 talk about crime prevention and there will be tack marking for those wishing to bring saddles and other tack.

These meetings are part of the Northants Police Rural Action Strategy.

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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 as soon as possible after approval.

In order to make the publishing of these more efficient (actually to make it easier for the editor!) we have changed the way that the Minutes and Agenda pages are displayed.

Minutes from January 2017 can be found here or under the Parish Council entry in the menu bar.

Agendas from January 2017 can be found here or under the Parish Council entry in the menu bar.

Earlier minutes and agendas are on pages linked from each of the above.

Hopefully

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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, High Street and Scrivens Hill.

More details here…. https://roadworks.org/

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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 Coounty Councillor
  • SARA Field Meeting Report 0n 9th March
  • Great Central Woodland Meeting 23rd Feb (minutes here)
  • Support of Planning Applications

Details of the PCSO Liaison Meeting 16th February are also available (as four separate files)..

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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 the future.

The Great Central Woodland Management Committee thought that people would like to see the following summary of some work done to assess what needs to be looked at in future….

Woodland Evaluation Report

If that link doesn’t work try this one….

Woodland Evaluation Report

Or read it as a flip-book….

 

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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 Halse

  • Good Friday, Ecumenical Reflection, 10:30am
  • Easter Sunday,  Communion Service, 11:00am

Church of England, St Nicholas, Eydon

  • Easter Sunday, Communion Service, 9:00am

Church of England, Holy Cross, Byfield

  • Thursday 13th April 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour, Stripping of the altar
  • Good Friday Reflection at Byfield Village Hall, An ecumenical service for all ages Friday 14th April 2017 at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour, followed by hot cross buns
  • Sunrise Service, Sunday 16th April 2017 at 6:00 AM for 40 minutes
  • Parish Communion, Sunday 16th April 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour

Church of England & Methodists Together

  • Maundy Thursday Supper will be at the Methodist Church followed by Communion . This is an ecumenical service Thursday 13th April 2017 at 6:30 PM for 2 hours
  • Good Friday Hour at the Cross. We shall be joined by the Methodists for Good Friday Hour at the Cross. There will be hot cross buns afterward. Friday 14th April 2017 at 10:30 AM for 1 hour

Methodist Church, Upper Boddington

  • Easter Day : Family Service 10:30 & Holy Communion 6:00

Catholic Church, Sacred Heart & Our Lady, St Mary Le Walls

  • Maundy Thursday Mass: 7:00pm followed by “Watching”
  • Good Friday: Stations Of The Cross – 10.00am
  • Good Friday Service: 3:00pm
  • Easter Sunday Mass: 10:45am

Catholic Church, St Augustine’s Church, Daventry

  • Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass: 8:00pm at

Catholic Church, St Peter & St Paul, Kings Sutton

  • Easter Sunday Mass:9:00am

 

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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 here.

 

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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 added are:

  • Roger Coy: Architects, Surveys & Planning Consultants in Homes, page 4
  • Smillie’s Cakes ‘n Pops, added to Parties & Events, page 7
  • Carlton Electrical Services, added to Home, page 5
  • ShaCha Web Development, added to Business to Business, page 2
  • Helen Dascalescu Driving Lessons, added to Motor, page 6

You can also view the directory as a flip-book. Click the button to see it full screen.

Local business can always be included here. If you’d like us to add your business or update your details, simply fill in this form: Business Directory Form

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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 projects.

On Tuesday 6th June between 9:30am and 3:00pm, there will be a free event at Towcester Race Course with the opportunity for groups seeking funds to network with funders and with other like minded groups.

Find out more, including details of how to book your place at this event by reading this poster.

 

 

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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 in the previous year. It is separate from Parish Council meetings.

Here is the Agenda for this year’s meeting: Parish Annual Meeting 2017

Local clubs and groups are also invited to present. If your gorup would like to be present please contact the Chairman, Kay Coles [01327 438236] or the Clerk by 22 April 2017.

Here are the minutes from last year’s meeting:- Parish Meeting 2016 Minutes

Here is a report from County Councillor, Robin Brown: County Councillor Report 2017

 

 

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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 could possibly go wrong?

Did you know that Woodford Halse was the scene of an accident that changed the way that some passenger trains were operated on the London and North Eastern Railway?

Was this an accident waiting to happen or just an unfortunate series of events? You can make your own mind up.

Read about the accident here.

You can learn more about Woodford & The Railway here or in our article on the Railway and the Great Central Woodland.

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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 Annual Meeting (April 25th)
  • A grant to cover the insurance premium on “The Regatta”
  • The name of the Grant’s Hill development & highway signage.
  • Recomendations from the Woodland Committee
  • Planning applications relating to the Moravian Church, 66 Byfield Road and 6 Quinton Lane
  • Proposals for renovation work at the SARA Field

The agenda can be downloaded here or from the Council Agenda page.

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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 co-opt a new member.

This is the formal Notice of Vacancy which also explains time limits and how to contact the Returning Officer.

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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 of Byfield.

The practice has the opportunity to develop a large purpose built medical centre on the land behind the current medical centre. An offer has been made to the practice by a local landowner. He wishes to gain planning permission to be build houses, he is offering a parcel of land and finance to build the new medical centre.

The planning application has not yet been approved by Daventry District Council (actually from the DDC web site, it doesn’t look as if it has even gone in yet).

Detailed versions of the plans are available for download here. (Not part of the Signpost)

 

 

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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)
  • The Facts on Mobile Phones & Driving
  • What You Need To Know About Kids’ Booster Seats

Download your copy here: Safety Matters Spring 2017

 

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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 are not already registered.

Don’t miss your chance to vote.

Please display these posters if you want to encourage people to register & vote.

Register Poster

Vote Posters

 

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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 the main body of text is as below:

“Hi, [name]!

I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me.

For instance, your address is:

[real home address]

I am a law-abiding citizen, so I decided to personal data may have been hacked. I attached the file – [surname].dot that I received, that you could explore what info has become obtainable for scammers. File password is – 2811

Best Wishes,”

The emails include an attachment – a ‘.dot’ file usually titled with the recipient’s name.

This attachment is thought to contain the Banking Trojan Ursniff/Gozi, hidden within an image in the document. The Ursniff Banking Trojan attempts to obtain sensitive data from victims, such as banking credentials and passwords. The data is subsequently used by criminals for monetary gain.

Protect Yourself:

Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected.

Please consider the following actions:-

  • Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages: Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication (you can find out how by searching the internet for relevant advice for your email provider).
  • Do not enable macros in downloads; enabling macros will allow Trojan/malware to be installed onto your device.
  • Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It is important that the device you back up to is not connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well.
  • If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

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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 on the Woodland here.

 

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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:-

Business Directory Form   

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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 menu and staff but with one thing extra. The Breakfast team has been given a Spanish Serrano ham complete with wooden board and knife to raise money for the benefit of the village.

After much discussion they have decided to have a raffle at Big Breakfast with the proceeds going to both the church and the village. So, Saturday morning Pam will be sitting there with her book of raffle tickets hoping to relieve you of lots of the ‘old’ pound coins. What better way to get rid of them!

The next season of breakfasts start in October andthe team thank all of those that have supported them so far and look forward to seeing you in the autumn.

The Big Breakfast will be running in Byfield Village Hall, as before, offering an excellent value cooked breakfast on the Saturday April 1st 2017 9am to 1pm.

Menu: Assorted Fruit Juices; Bacon, Sausage, Black Pudding, Beans, Mushrooms, Fribacon_and_eggsed Bread, Eggs (Scrambled or Fried); Tea/Coffee; Toast, Butter and Marmalade

Breakfast features meat products from Marriotts and Skylarks Farm for the eggs. Vegetarian Sausages always available. Takeaways welcome. Children choose any 2 cooked items plus cereals.

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

 

 

 

 

 

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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 but if you have points to raise please advise the Chairman or Clerk beforehand.

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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 a ‘jump’ at Leamington Spa’s Jump-In Trampoline Park
  • Tank Passenger Experience.
  • A Family Day Ticket to Feastival
  • Week end entry & camping ticket for two to the Fairport Cropredy Festival

And lots, lots more.

There are over 30 items to bid for, so why not catch a bargain and help the swimming pool.

Find the auction here on the Community Facebook page: Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool Auction

The auction runs until March 29th at 8:30pm.

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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 Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards from people who have been offered maintenance work on their property by doorstep traders.

Some of the complaints received relate to cold-callers who have offered roofing work which has been unnecessary and over-priced, and the householders, who are often elderly, have said they felt pressured to hand over cash payments.

In one case, the elderly couple handed over £1,000 and no work has been completed. On a number of occasions, the rogue traders told the householders that they have been working on a neighbour’s roof and noticed that work needed doing on theirs, which was found to be untrue.

Trading Standards are advising people never to buy goods or services from a cold-caller on their doorstep, even if it is claimed the work needs doing immediately.

Instead, homeowners can find a Trading Standards-approved trader to carry out any work through its Buy with Confidence scheme.

County council cabinet member for member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage said: “Unfortunately the recent mild weather seems to have sparked a spate of suspected rogue traders who are cold-calling on elderly and vulnerable residents to try to pressure them into unnecessary work on their home at an inflated cost.

“All too often, this work is never completed or carried out to a poor standard.

“Our advice is clear – do not pay for goods or services from a doorstep trader. If you do need work carrying out, Our Buy With Confidence scheme will help you to find a reputable tradesman who has been approved by Trading Standards.”

Further information about the Buy With Confidence scheme can be found at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders or call 0300 126 1000

Northamptonshire County Council, in partnership with Northamptonshire Police, can also provide No Cold Calling stickers for residents and their neighbours. These are available by calling 01604 368100.

If you are concerned about a caller at your door or suspect that rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community, contact the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) on 0345 23 07 702, or if a crime is in progress, dial 999.

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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 Council Highways Department has recently cut back the vegetation and trimmed the hedge so that the pathway has been imporved. Once the weather improvesHighways will return and do some work to improve the levels on the path. Meanwhile, access up this pathway has been made a lot better.”

You can see local rights of way by entering your post code into this map provided by Northants County Council.

Don’t forget , with Spring and the lighter evenings coming, you can always try one of our local walks. Details here: Woodford Walks

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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 the SARA Field review group meeting in February
  • Flood Warden report
  • Discussions on road problems resultign from the Grants Hill development.

Meeting minutes are also always available from the Council Meeting Minutes page.

Minutes are usually published about six to eight weeks after the meeting that they apply to, so that they can be approved by Council before issuing.

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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 equipment or to cover training or volunteer expenses. Examples of things that have been funded in the past include: IT equipment, new furniture for village halls, new kit for junior sports clubs, and training expenses for first aiders and football coaches.

There are also one-off community event grants worth up to £500 which can cover the up-front costs of putting on a community event. Examples of events funded in the past include: village fetes and festivals, sports club open days, firework displays and Christmas pantos. Community events usually provide an opportunity for a number of community groups to come together and raise funds for themselves – as well as giving people a good time!

If your group would like to apply for either of these grants, this grant application form can be used for either of the grants described above.

The form includes details of terms and conditions, eligibility and how to apply so why not get started now!

Grant Application Form

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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 area of land and the reason for choosing it…….

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Police Liaison Minutes

police logoThe 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:-

  • Updates on Twitter usage (you can see all Tweets via the Policing page)
  • Progress on the Speedwatch initiative for the village.
  • uture funding arrangements for PCSO.

These meeting minutes are also published on the Council Meeting Minutes page

 

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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 club has a talk on Banbury Parks and Open Spaces. They are inviting anyone to come along and see the Club – and they are waiving the visitor’s fee for this night.  Everyone is welcome to Memorial Hall at 7.30pm – light refreshments will be available.

Don’t forget the visits to Whistley Woods guided by Chris Bazeley – booking essential – on July 3rd and to Canons Ashby garden for a visit with guided tour and refreshments – booking essential (Members £5, visitors £10), on August 7th.

Details of the whole programme can be found here: Garden Club 2017

To find out more about the club, contact Coral Snow on 07486 388396 for any enquiries.

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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 Field, Police Liaison and Woods committtees.
  • report from Flood Warden
  • declare a new vacancy on the Council, now 3 in total

Agenda’s are always available here…. Meeting Agendas

The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.

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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 build a pub, hotel and fast food restaurant with a drive-through at the location.

You can find out more about this and how to give your views on the DDC Planning Consultation page for the development here.

Comments must be received by Wednesday 22nd March.

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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 say that there’s a virus on your machine, or maybe a problem with your internet connection. They will tell you that they can fix the problem for a fee or that they can help if you let them have remote access to your computer.

What should you do?

Legitimate companies like your Internet Service Provider will never cold call you asking for remote access to your computer or for your financial details. Even if the caller is able to provide you with details such as your full name, don’t give out any personal or financial information during a cold call.

If you think you have been a victim of computer service fraud, report it to Action Fraud as soon as possible on 0300 123 2040 or online at actionfraud.police.uk.

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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 & ’50’s, vintage & craft stalls.

 

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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 outcomes for our residents and customers.

To do this we need to be clearer what we, our residents and partners think is important to bear in mind when deciding between competing priorities. We need your help to clarify our values and principles and use these to develop the framework we will use for prioritising. You can help us in two ways – by completing a survey and/or attending a workshop

1.       You can find our survey on the County Council website – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Prioritisation_Stage2

2.       You can come to one of 4 workshops that we will be holding around the county, so we can hear from you in person and discuss our principles and values together. Details are available on the Consultation Register – http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/council/consultations and  will be in libraries.

The workshop details are also outlined below. They are open to anyone who wants to attend, without the need to RSVP or let us know in advance.

  • 13th March, 10 am to 12 noon, Council Chamber, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, Northants, NN15 7QX
  • 13th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Weston Favell Academy, Booth Lane South, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 3EZ
  • 14th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Kingsthorpe CollegeE, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7HR
  • 16th March, 1.30 to 3.30 pm, Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way, Rushden NN10 9YP
  • 20th March, 12.30 to 2.30 pm, South Northants Volunteer Bureau, Whittons Lane, Volunteer Centre , Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6YZ

We welcome your contributions and will take all the information we get from this consultation process to develop our own, unique statement of principles and values to feed into the prioritisation framework.”

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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 as well but we want to make sure everyone in the village gets a chance to see this..

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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 Hall, as before, offering an excellent value cooked breakfast on the Saturday March 4th 2017 9am to 1pm.

Menu: Assorted Fruit Juices; Bacon, Sausage, Black Pudding, Beans, Mushrooms, Fribacon_and_eggsed Bread, Eggs (Scrambled or Fried); Tea/Coffee; Toast, Butter and Marmalade

Breakfast features meat products from Marriotts and Skylarks Farm for the eggs. Vegetarian Sausages always available. Takeaways welcome. Children choose any 2 cooked items plus cereals.

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

The dates for the rest of the Big Breakfast “season” are:

Saturday 1st April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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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 from the threat of invasion. It stayed in use through the First and Second World Wars and on into the 1950’s. There was even at one time a “safe house” for the Royal Family in case of national emergency.

The Depot was linked to the Grand Junction Canal and (later) the London Midland and Scottish Railway to allow weapons and ammunition to be shipped out around the country.

Many of the buildings date back to the early 19th Century. Today it is mainly used for offices, storage and workshops but recently the owners succeeded in gaining Heritage Lottery Funding for a visitor centre. Construction is due to start next month and will provide an exhibition of historic wartime artefacts to illustrate the history of the site. When it opens, it should make an interesting outing.

You can find out more about the history of the site here on Royal Ordnance Depot Ltd  web site or follow this Facebook page. This is the company behind reviving the site as a commercial centre.

The Weedon Depot Community Group is planning a Revival DayEvent on August 12th and 13th 2017 with lots to see and do. Why not go along then?

You can also learn more here: Weedon at War.

You can find out about other local places of interest here.

 

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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 Hill.

Details (including diversion routes and planned signage / traffic controls) can be found in this letter: Letter from M V Kelly.

There are two phases of work:-

  • Phase 1 – A361 / Woodford Road / Church St Junction starts 20th March 2017 and should last approximately 5-6 Weeks.
  • Phase 2 – Byfield Road – Road Closure starts week commencing 1st May 2017 should last approximately 2 Weeks.

You can also see the details of road works on this website: Roadworks.org

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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 have published the comments they received on their web site here.

Here’s our original post detailing the proposals… Boundary Changes For Woodford Halse.

 

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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 of like to have to look at. All are welcome to join this community event.

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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 unusually stormy weather as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property or garden – such as repairing loose roof tiles or removing damaged trees.

The advice is that if people are concerned about a caller at the door or suspect that rogue doorstep traders or distraction burglars are operating in their community, to contact the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) number 0345 23 07 702.

And if they believe a crime is in progress, please dial 999. Remember, IF YOU’RE NOT SURE DON’T OPEN THE DOOR.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for public protection, said: “The advice of Trading Standards is NOT to buy goods or services from a cold caller on your doorstep, even if they try and frighten you that the work needs doing immediately.

“If you do need work carried out around your home or garden, Trading Standards operates an approved trader scheme.

“There is also the Government backed Trust Mark scheme; And it’s always worth checking with your house insurance company first, as in some policies there is emergency assistance support already included”

For information about Buy With Confidence, the Trading Standards approved trader scheme please go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders or telephone 0300 126 1000.

For information about the Government-backed Trust Mark scheme, go to www.trustmark.org.uk/find-a-tradesman.

In partnership with Northamptonshire Police, the county council is able to provide No Cold Calling stickers. Please contact 01604 368100 if you require a sticker for you or your neighbours.

 

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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 current arrangements will end in September.
  • Decisions on 2017-18 precept and budget
  • 2016 report for the web site (published separately here)
  • 2016 web site opinion survey (available separately here).
  • Details of recent receipts and expenditure.

The detailed budget income and expenditure for the next financial year are available here:-

Meeting minutes are also always available from the Council Meeting Minutes page.

Details of previous years financial statements are available here.

Minutes are usually published about six to eight weeks after the meeting that they apply to, so that they can be approved by Council before issuing.

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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 via Butterfly Lane is now open.

You can find details of local walks here…. Woodford Walks.

Many thanks to Joe Pitt, our footpath warden, for providing this update.

Don’t forget there is a Woodford Walks Facebook page where you can share uyyourt own ideas on favorite local footpaths…. Woodford Walks on Facebook.

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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 pleased to be able to provide Council with the draft minutes of the first meeting of the Central Woods Committee.

“As I have said at previous meetings with ownership comes responsibility – with responsibility comes cost. Therefore one of our main and urgent jobs is to find any grants which may be available to us.

“The area could be put to several different uses from:-

  • A basic leisure amenity where all we have to do is keep it safe and legal. Then we could just pat ourselves on the back that we have avoided a large development in the heart of Woodford and tackle problems as they arise;
  • “Or we could create an all singing, all dancing fun park with BMX tracks all-weather pathways picnic areas and whatever else people may think of;
  • Or something in between.

“The only way that we will know that we have tried to listen to everyone, is to ask them.

“To help us address some immediate problems, a wonderful offer which has been made by a local business which has a potentially win-win outcome. The wood has not been significantly managed for a very long time and it is full of diseased and damaged trees which must be felled and removed. Although the timber has a value, to reap the crop does mean that a great deal of any money raised, could be swallowed up by just paying for the sick trees to be felled and removed.

“However, we are fortunate to have found Treetops. Tim Rose, the CEO has made an offer to us. He runs a training school for tree surgeons and in return for us allowing him to use our Wood as a training school for his students, he will not charge for the work done by him and his students.”

 

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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 showing the area purchased.

Minutes of Woods Management Meeting 26-01-2017

You can keep up to date with all the news on the Woods here….

Woods Management Committee Page

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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, with some ideas common to many of the names proposed.

The survey is now closed.

Your suggestions are going forward to be considered by the Woods Management Committee at their next meeting.

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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 approach the new year ahead of the AGM. However unfortunately at that meeting a number of the members have had to stand down.

We are now left with only three active members on the committee and we find ourselves in a position where the FSA can no longer continue.

The FSA has raised thousands of pounds over the years, we’ve funded white boards, equipment in the playground, trips to the Pantomime amongst many.

We have also put on events such as the Christmas Fayre and Santa Sleigh that are hugely popular with the whole community as well as film nights and school discos that are always popular with the children. All of this takes effort and many of the FSA have given up their time for many years and we feel now that new blood is required to take the FSA into a new period.

What do we need:

  • Deputy chair person
  • Secretary
  • Committee members (require 4)
  • Helpers

What would be required:

* Committee members:

o Available to do events throughout the year, some of us work full time but we need some who can help set up during the school day and can attend events after school (film nights etc.)

o Lead events, organising food, enough helpers, slips etc

o Bring fresh ideas and help invigorate the team

o Deputy chair/secretary – these are titles really; it just involves for example minute taking but are required by the charities commission.

o There will be help with all the above, you won’t be left to struggle, we just need people who want to get stuck in.

* Helpers:

o Able to where possible, assist with events such as film nights etc

o Help with cakes etc for events

o The more we have the more we can share the load

We really are at crunch time and we would be very sad to see the FSA disband but unless we can get a significant number of additional help then we will be forced to disband at the AGM.

The AGM will be at the school on the 27th Feb at 6pm.

The FSA

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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 essential)

7th August: Canons Ashby Garden Tour (Booking essential)

4th September: Annual Show

2nd October: A Talk on Pruning

6th November: Sulgrave Manor – Sue McNally

4th Decmber: Xmas Supper

You can keep in touch with the Garden Club on the Garden Club Facebook Page

Contact Coral Snow on 07486 388396 for any enquiries

 

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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 Council

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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 from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme supports projects that invest in building businesses, creating new jobs and growing the economy in rural areas.

Locally, the calls have been developed in collaboration with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and will be open to support food processing, business development and tourism infrastructure projects across the private, public and voluntary sectors for an initial 12 month period.

More details of the funding programme, which will see £5million allocated locally, will be available at a workshop at Towcester Racecourse on March 3 – familiarising businesses with the calls and providing the opportunity to talk to members of the Rural Payments Agency team and representatives from SEMLEP.

The session on March 3 will feature presentations from Roger Allonby from the RDPE and Lisa King from the LEADER programme, alongside case studies from local businesses such as The Old Piggery B&B in Bedfordshire.

Workshops will be held to give more information about business development, food processing, tourism infrastructure and the LEADER programme while one-to-one surgeries will be available in the afternoon for projects that already have proposal ideas.

More information on the event can be found here and you can apply to attend here.

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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 the menu above… Village Venues / Central Woods / Central Woods Management Committee or click this link.

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