Police & Library Meetings

Forthcoming meetings on local policing police and the library.

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

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Methodist Services

Many thanks to Elizabeth Streek for details of the Methodist Church services over the coming weeks.

All are welcome.

Sunday 10 December  – Service at 10.30 a. m

Sunday 17 December –  We join Upper Boddington Methodists for Family Worship at 10.30

Wednesday 20 December – Carols by Candlelight at 7.00 p.m followed by tea/coffee and mince pies

Sunday 24 December – Service at 10.30 a.m.

Monday 25 December – We join Upper Boddington Methodists for worship at 10.30 a.m.

Sunday 31 December –  We join Cropredy Methodists for a Circuit Service at 10.30 a.m.

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Post Office Decision

Post Office Decision Letter

The Post Office have confirmed their decision to move in this letter.

For those wishing for a summary, it says, in my opinion: “Thanks for all your input but we’re going ahead anyway and, oh, by the way, there isn’t a parking problem, you must have imagined it and its got nothing to do with us anyway.”

 

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12/12/17 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting:-

Council Agenda 12/12/17

All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

Discussion points include:-

  • Introducing Mr. E Newton, new head teacher for Woodford Halse Primary School
  • Various planning applications
  • Consider the outcome of the public meetings on policing and the library on 11th December
  • Consider the Council’s draft budget for 2018-19
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Village Plan

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

You can access the various pages via the Neighbourhood Plan page.

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Business Update?

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

Remember we are always pleased to publicise local businesses and it’s free.

Download the latest directory here: Woodford Parish Business Directory

 

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Festive Recycling

Here’s a short video from Daventry District Council about recycling at Christmas.

Collections over the festive period will take place on their usual days, with the exception of Christmas Day. Households that were due a collection on that day will receive a collection on Christmas Eve instead.

Black bin, recycling and food waste collections will take place as normal throughout the period, but brown wheelie bin collections will be suspended for two weeks from Christmas Eve, to allow the crews to focus on the extra recycling that Christmas brings.

For most residents in Daventry District this means their next scheduled brown bin collection after Christmas will be the week beginning 15 January.

You can visit DDC’s Christmas Recycling page. The detailed schedule is here (click for full sized image):-

 

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Daventry Xmas Parade

On Saturday 8th December you can join in with Daventry’s Spirit of Xmas.

The Daventry Lantern Parade and Spirit of Christmas event will take place on Friday 8th December 2017, with a variety of free events and activities around the town for all to enjoy.

The Lantern Parade leaves Daventry library at 6:30pm and makes its way to Bowen Square.

Find out how you can join in here> Daventry Spirit of Christmas

 

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Byfield Road

Roadworks.org have advised that traffic lights will be operational on Byfield Road outside the entrance to Byfield Lodge between 09:30 and 15:30 on 29th & 30th November (Wednesday & Thursday this week).

This is to allow safe access to overhead cabling by BT.

Details on Roadworks.org.

Also TODAY (30th November) on Byfield Road outside Woodford Meadows(the new Taylor Wimpey estate) : Stop / Go board in operation. Some delays possible. Roadworks.org

 

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December Big Breakfast

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 2nd of December, at the usual time.

The Big Breakfast will be running in Byfield Village Hall, offering an excellent value cooked breakfast, 9am to 1pm (with last orders at 12.30).

Menu:

  • Assorted Fruit Juices;
  • Bacon, Sausage, Black Pudding,
  • Beans, Mushrooms, Fried Bread,
  • Eggs (Scrambled or Fried);
  • Tea/Coffee;
  • Toast, Butter and Marmalade
  • Vegetarian Sausages always available.

Takeaways welcome. Children choose any 2 cooked items plus cereals.

Our meat is supplied by Marriotts of Woodford and our eggs by Sky Lark Fields Farm, Staverton

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

Saturday 3rd February 2018
Saturday 3rd March 2018
Saturday 7th April 2018

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XMAS News

The Xmas News page is back!

There will be lots going on in Woodford over the Christmas period, so we’ve added a special page to collect up all the posts relating to his festive period.

You can find it here: Xmas News Page

Or, you can get it from the top menu under “Village News”

Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Santa In The Village

In aid of the Woodford Halse Primary School FSA & the Firefighters Charity.

Follow Santa with the tracker app! Life360 is available on iphone & android.
Join the FSA “circle” using code IHR-AFQ (Code valid until 4th Dec). Santa will only appear from 2nd Dec.

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Daventry Development Plans

Daventry District Council (DDC) have published their draft Development Plan and are asking for the views of residents in the Daventry area. This includes an exhibition in the Dryden Hall (just by the Library) on Wednesday 6th December, 3:00pm to 7:00pm but there are other venues around the district (see below) if you cannot make that date and time.

Our  Neighbourhood Development Plan is designed to fit in with the planning approach of DDC.

Here is the DDC announcement…..

Give your views on plans for the future of Daventry District

People living and working in Daventry District are being encouraged to get involved in an important planning consultation on the future of the area.

Over the next nine weeks, Daventry District Council (DDC) is urging people to give their views on the emerging draft Settlements and Countryside Local Plan. This is a significant planning policy document, containing detailed guidance that would help shape local decision-making on future planning issues.

In particular, the draft Plan identifies four sites in Daventry for building about 1,200 extra new homes over the next 12 years to meet the town’s housing needs:

  • 800 homes in South West Daventry on land opposite the Grange estate, along the A45 between the A361 and A425.
  • Extending Micklewell Park by 180 homes.
  • An additional 100 homes on land at Middlemore, Daventry.
  • 120 homes in Daventry as part of the proposed WaterSpace and retail developments at Eastern Way.

The document also sets out proposals to create ‘green wedges’ on the town’s surrounding areas to protect the nearby villages of Welton, Staverton, Braunston and Norton.

Other features of the Draft Plan include:

  • A ‘hierarchy’ for the future development of villages and hamlets in Daventry District. This determines where future development would be both prioritised and restricted.
  • A new Parish Annex policy to protect a number of important local green spaces suggested by parish councils.
  • Creating up to 25 additional hectares of employment land in Daventry, including extending Heartlands and Apex business parks and a further site – Daventry South East Gateway. There is a particular focus on buildings for smaller businesses the area needs to thrive.
  • An update on the needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople, setting out the number of plots and pitches required over the next 12 years to meet the standards set by Government.
  • Proposals to protect the District’s distinctive landscapes, biodiversity and history, as well as leisure facilities and green spaces.

The consultation starts Monday, 27 November and runs until Friday, 26 January 2018. Residents are encouraged to attend a series of public exhibitions to find out more about the Draft plan. These will be held at Weedon, Naseby, Moulton, Daventry, Welford, Crick, Long Buckby, Woodford Halse and Brixworth over the next two weeks.

Following the consultation, DDC will then consider the responses received. They will be taken into account in preparing the proposed submission version of the Plan which will be consulted on in summer 2018, followed by an examination of the Plan by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.  Adoption is anticipated to take place in summer 2019.

Councillor Alan Chantler, Daventry District Council’s Strategic Planning Portfolio Holder said: “This draft Local Plan will play an important role in the future development of our District and the whole community has a real opportunity to help shape the document by joining in this consultation.

“We are grateful to everyone who gave their views and comments during the Issues and Options consultation in early 2016. All this feedback has been taken into account in preparing this draft Plan.

“I would encourage as many residents and businesses as possible to look through the document and give their views, or come along to one of the public exhibitions to find out more.”

How to take part in the consultation

The consultation on the Emerging Draft Settlements and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) takes place between 27 November 2017 and 26 January 2018.

Members of the Local Strategy Team will be available to answer questions at a series of public exhibitions:

Venue Date Time
Weedon Village Hall Annex Tuesday 28th November 3pm-7pm
Naseby Village Hall Wednesday 29th November 3pm-7pm
Moulton Library Thursday 30th November 2pm-6pm
Daventry Library Friday 1st December 10am-6pm
Welford Village Hall Monday 4th December 3pm-7pm
Crick Old School Tuesday 5th December 3pm-7pm
Long Buckby Community Centre Wednesday 6th December 3pm-7pm
Dryden Hall, Woodford Halse Wednesday 6th December 3pm-7pm
Brixworth Library Thursday 7th December 2pm-6pm

You can view the Draft Plan, consultation documents and all supporting background information at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan or at the Daventry District Council Offices in Lodge Road, Daventry or at local libraries.

You can complete the comments form online at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan. Parish councils are also welcome to nominate Local Green Spaces using a specific form available on the website.

Hard copies of the Plan are available upon request from the Local Strategy Service – email planningpolicy@daventrydc.gov.uk or call 01327 302559. Hard copies can be returned to by post to Local Strategy Service, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP or to the above email address.

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Church Diary December

Pam Hicks has kindly provided details of local church services for December including Christmas, of course!

You can find a list of all the local church services and meetings on the Church Diary page.

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Northants & Libraries

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

You can view the proceedings of the Northampton County Council Meeting on 23rd November can be seen here: NCC Full Council Meeting Web Cast 23/11/2017.

In order to view the contributions to this motion, scroll down on the right hand side to agenda item 11a, or you can view the meeting from about 3 hours 14 minutes onwards.

You can read the County Council’s proposals on the future of Library Services here.

Details of the parish meeting can be found here: Public Meeting 11th December.

 

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Police & Library Meeting Update

Kay Coles, chair of the Parish Council, has provided an update on the planned public parish meeting on December 11th.

She will be chairing the meeting, which will start with a discussion on the future of local policing. In order to ensure that this subject is fully explored with everyone getting their say, it is not possible to give a start time for the second part of the meeting which will discuss possible changes to the Library. This will take place after the police discussion.

The meeting will take place in the Memorial Hall. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

The meeting is open to all.

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WOW Distribution

Just to let you know, the WOW Team is aware that some households, particularly on the Hinton side of the village, may not yet have received their copy of the WOW.

The WOW team is working with the distribution company to find out the reason for the delay and to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

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Plan News

Progress Report #10

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

The examiner will be asked to complete their work during December with the aim of preparing a report for Daventry District Council by the middle of January 2018.

On receipt of this, DDC will consider the report and any recommendations and will decide when the plan can go to a local referendum.

The version of the plan which the examiner is considering is available for download: READ IT HERE. A number of responses were received from various individuals, companies and public bodies during DDC’s consultation period. These will also be included in the examination and can all be viewed here on the Daventry District Council web site.

Further progress reports will be published here when available.

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Signpost WOW Pages

With the return of the WOW we’ve reworked some of the Signpost pages. The WOW page will carry only the current series of newsletters.

Previous editions between 2013 and March 2017 are available here.

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December WOW’s Out!

It should be dropping through your door soon, if you haven’t got it already.

Here’s a digital version :- WOW December 2017

 

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10/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 10th October Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 10th October 2017

This meeting discussed County Council’s current financial position and policies, the proposal to move the Post Office, planning applications and various planning applications.

Also attached is Annex A. This is the minutes of the  PCSO Liaison Meeting of 25th September which people may find useful background for the forthcoming Public Meeting on December 12th.

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Brownies & Guides Fund Raiser

Woodford Halse Brownies will be holding a Christmas fund raiser on Sunday 3rd December 2-4pm in Dryden Hall, Halse and could really use your help!

All funds raised go back into the funds used to support all materials/trips for their brownie unit. You are more than welcome to come along!

More details in this flyer.

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Regatta Date & Events

Make sure you’ve got Friday 29th June 2018 in your diary.

That ‘s the date set for the next Woodford Halse Regatta.

And…. don’t forget… if you’ve got Christmas or New Year events coming up let the Signpost know: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

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Woods Memorial Glade

One of the ideas put forward soon after it was suggested that the Parish should buy the  Woodland was to create a remembrance area, a Memorial Glade. This would be especially to remember the lives of those that worked on the railway but for all of Woodford, Hinton and West Farndon too.

Peter Deverill has been working with a number of Committee members on proposals for this. At last night’s meeting, he outlined plans to set aside an area to the south of the Station Road – Coop path. This would be created as a quiet space and would have seating, a place where memorial plaques could be put and an area where, with prior approval, ashes can be scattered. The area was cleared of scrub as part of the recent work carried out in the Woodland.

The Committee agreed that he should proceed with a detailed plan, identifying a source for trees to be planted, seating, fencing to separate the glade from the path and for managing the placing of memorial plaques, etc.  The group will also talk to local faith groups to ensure their needs are met.

If anyone has ideas that they feel should be incorporated in the plan, the Committee members can be reached using the email address theteam@greatcentralwoodland.org.

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10/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 27th October 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee. These were approved at the committee meeting on Thursday 16th November.

10/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

Keep up to date with all the posts from the Woods Committee here.

(Please note there will be no December meeting of the Woodland Management Committee. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th January)

 

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Police & Library Public Meeting

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

Attendees will include, Parish Council representatives,  Sergeant Dobbs of Northamptonshire Police and Robin Brown, Northamptonshire County Councillor.

The meeting is open to all.

More details will follow.

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Hagstone Pottery Sale

On 17th, 18th & 19th November, 10:00am to 5:00pm there will be a Christmas Studio Sale at Tews Farm, 21 High Street.

Contact Jacqueline Rappaport on 07903 717247 for details,

10% of all sales go to Katherine House Hospice

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Banbury Mosque

is offering a visit.

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

To register for this event, please contact Ansar by email at: br.ansar@hotmail.co.uk

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Job Hunting? Look Out!

Anti-Fraud Hint #88

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

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

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

How to protect yourself:

  • Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
  • If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
  • Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.

What to do if you’re a victim:

  • If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
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Local Litter

We all know that there has been a problem with litter in various parts of the parish.

It is worth being aware that the penalties for littering have recently been changed.

The maximum on-the-spot-fine for dropping litter in England will be £150 from April 2018, a rise from £80.

In another change, car owners will be fined automatically if any litter is thrown out of a window, without the need to prove who was responsible.

Details can be found on the Government website gov.uk.

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Remembrance

A few pictures to mark the Remembrance Day Commemorations in the village.

Many thanks to Brian Hedges for the photos.

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11/25 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on Thursday 16th November 2017 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library).

Download a copy here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the clerk, John Williams, before the meeting.

This will be the last meeting for 2017. The Committee will meet again in January 2018.

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14/11/17 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting:-

Council Agenda 14/11/17

All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

Discussion points include:-

  • Introducing Mr. Christian Halbert who has consulted with the Woods Committee on the Woodland Management Plan.
  • Introducing Mr. Ed Newton, new head of the school
  • Various planning applications and the letter from Byfield Medical Practice asking for Parish Council support for its proposals
  • Woodland & Highways Warden reports
  • Plans for public meetings on PCSO funding & the Library
  • Responding to Post Office proposals to move the current Post Office.
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Byfield Medical Centre Update

The Medical Centre has issued a press release on it’s recent announcements.

They have also sent a letter to affected local parish councils asking them to support the planning application. A copy of that letter is available here.

The press release is published below…

MEDICAL CENTRE UNDER THREAT ?

Byfield Medical Practice has made a Planning Application to Daventry District Council, to build a much-needed new Medical Centre in Byfield. The Application is also for up to 90 new dwellings on the proposed 10.5 acre site, adjacent to the existing out-of-date Medical centre.

The Byfield Surgery, as it was known when constructed 36 years ago, served some 4500 patients. Now, the Medical Practice has approaching 9000 patients drawn from some 41 villages and hamlets over 150 square miles across Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.

The Medical Centre is the largest employer in Byfield, but the facilities are inadequate due to lack of space. The proposed new Medical Centre would be able to offer further employment, and provide patients both existing and new, up-to-date medical facilities.

The new housing is a vital element to the scheme, as the landowner will be gifting the land required for the Medical Centre, and contributing to a large part of the cost of construction.

No funds for the new Medical centre will be forthcoming from NHS or public funds. The NHS policy is to create “Super Practices” in towns and cities, rather than in rural areas.

Tracey Rymer, Practice Manager comments: “Our Doctors have decided that we will now have to apply to close our lists to new patients, as we are beyond saturation point. Moreover, due to cramped working conditions, we are unlikely to be able to recruit suitable new staff”

Doctor Adam Bone, Senior Partner added: “General Practice is going through a tough time at the moment and in order to survive we need to offer the best environment to both patients and the staff we hope to bring to work in Byfield; this means a new state-of-the-art medical centre that allows a full range of medical and allied professions to work together under one roof. As for myself I have spent the last four years trying to get this project together so that when I leave Byfield Medical Centre it is in the best possible state to keep looking after its growing patient list. If this does not come off I fear that staff will drift away to villages and towns with better working conditions and the service that is generally applauded locally will disappear for ever.”

Dr. Bone has been with the practice for 20 years, and his retirement comes as a surprise and disappointment to his patients.

John Grindlay, Chairman of the Patient Participation Group, says “Adam Bone, supported by his colleagues, has built up an excellent Practice. The last Care Quality Commission Report in March 2016 rated the Practice as “Good”. It seems that Adam’s departure has been precipitated by the reluctance of a minority of Byfield parishioners and Parish Councillors to support this scheme. Let us hope that Byfield Parish Council puts every effort into making sure this development proceeds as soon as possible, so we have a Medical Centre for at least a further 36 years.”

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Anti-Fraud Hint #87

Two Fraud Alerts

The following fraud alerts have been passed on by Northamptonshire Police Community Connect…..

WhatsApp Voucher Fraud

WhatsApp supermarket voucher scams are back ! So far we’ve seen M&S, Tesco & Asda variations! Don’t click the link or forward to friends.

Phantom Debt Collectors and Bailiffs Fraud Alert

Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by bogus bailiffs requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a bailiff working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt.

The caller will request payment by means of bank transfer and if this is refused, will threaten to visit the premises to recover the debt that is owed. A range of different businesses and individuals are being targeted.

Though this type of fraud can occur throughout the UK, Action Fraud has noted that a significant level of reports are being made from those in the Yorkshire area.

Tips for staying safe:

  • Confirm what the debt is regarding; bailiffs are only used to recover certain debts such as council tax, child support and compensation orders. Bailiffs are not used to recover debts relating to private advertisement; these would be collected by debt collectors. Debt collectors do not have the same legal powers as bailiffs and will not have special court authorisation to act. For more details regarding this, please look at the Citizens Advice website.
  • If you work for a business and receive a call or visit from bailiffs or debt collectors, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees do this whilst talking with them, suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer, when in reality the debt is non-existent.
  • Double check with the court or originating company to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call and clarify; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
  • Request details of the debt in writing to confirm its legitimacy.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call.

You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfaud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Remembrance Day Service

This year’s Remembrance Day Service will take place at 10.15am  on Sunday 12th November in the Dryden Hall, Woodford Halse. (St Mary’s is still closed for roof repairs)

In addition there will be a parade of horses and riders to commemorate the horses and riders that fell during conflicts. The horses and riders will meet at The Fleur between 09:00 and 09:15 before moving off and riding to join the main parade in Station Road via Byfield Road and Phipps Road.

Scouting sections and Girl Guiding sections will be marching from Station Court at 10.00 am.

It would be nice to see as many people as possible supporting them on the route.

 

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A361 Night Road Closure

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

The A361 will also be closed further south, on the part in Northampstonshire around the Badby turn.

This is for a road condition survey by Northamptonshire County Council.

Details on Roadworks.org.

This is reference TTRO (17/18) 672. A TTRO (Temporary Traffic restriction Order) is a blanket permission to close a road, then when works are carried out the closure may or may not take place for the whole of the time and the whole of the route indicated. Some of it may be open for some of the time indicated.

 

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Ryfields Play Area

Most of you will be aware of the vandalism that occurred in the Ryfields Play Area at the end of last week.

Stephanie Hulme’s photo, used with acknowledgement.

The Parish Council wants everyone to be aware that the damage will be repaired but that nothing will be done until after the police have completed their investigation.

An assessment of the work needed has already been carried out and it WILL be fixed but has to be left as is until we get the go-ahead to take action.

In the mean time, the Council is sorry for the inconvenience caused by this vandalism and the delay in getting things restored so that the children of the village can use it again.

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November Church Services

The Church Diary has been updated with the details of services and venues for November.

You can find it here:  Church Diary

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Breakfast is Back

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 4th of November, at the usual time.

The Big Breakfast will be running in Byfield Village Hall, offering an excellent value cooked breakfast, 9am to 1pm (with last orders at 12.30).

Menu:

  • Assorted Fruit Juices;
  • Bacon, Sausage, Black Pudding,
  • Beans, Mushrooms, Fried Bread,
  • Eggs (Scrambled or Fried);
  • Tea/Coffee;
  • Toast, Butter and Marmalade
  • Vegetarian Sausages always available.

Takeaways welcome. Children choose any 2 cooked items plus cereals.

Our meat is supplied by Marriotts of Woodford and our eggs by Sky Lark Fields Farm, Staverton

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

Saturday 2nd December 2017
Saturday 3rd February 2018
Saturday 3rd March 2018
Saturday 7th April 2018

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Byfield Medical Centre News

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BYFIELD MEDICAL CENTRE VIA THEIR WEBSITE

Dr Adam Bone has formally resigned from his post as Senior Partner at Byfield Medical Centre. He will therefore be leaving Byfield Medical Centre at the end of December 2017.

Dr Bone has worked tirelessly over the last four years trying to secure funding for a new medical centre through the NHS. Unfortunately, local NHS management do not share the view that a new surgery is a priority in this village despite the current building being 60% undersized for its current list size. As a result, Dr Bone’s considerable efforts to secure appropriate funding via the NHS have not been successful.

Given the lack of traditional NHS funding, we looked at a recent initiative in Brixworth where a housing developer paid for a new state of the art medical centre through profits generated from building new homes, Byfield Medical Centre have entered into a similar agreement with a local landowner with the hope of securing adequate funding for a new medical centre with money generated by building up to 90 homes locally.

Despite today’s announcement, Dr Bone remains a passionate and committed supporter of this initiative and keenly hopes that the project will be given the go ahead by Daventry District Council to ensure that the village secures a new medical centre that it both warrants and deserves.

The recent display of unjust opposition to this initiative by the members of Byfield Parish Council together with a minority of parishioners has regretfully precipitated Dr Bone’s decision to leave Byfield Medical Centre and the locality at the end of December.

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09/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 27th September 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the committee meeting, on Wednesday 25th October.

09/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

Keep up to date with all the posts from the Woods Committee here.

(Please note the November meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will take place on Thursday 16th November and not as previously advised)

 

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Operation Pumpkin

Tips for Halloween & Bonfire Night

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

Additional high visibility police patrols will be deployed to deter anti-social behaviour, engage with communities and visit areas which have seen issues in previous years.

Local Policing Operations Inspector Ian Ross said: “Some people see this time of year as an excuse to behave badly, but the vast majority are very well behaved and act in good spirit.

“All the teams across Northamptonshire Police will be working hard to prevent and deter anti-social behaviour, and to provide reassurance and enforcement where necessary.”

Operation Pumpkin activities include school assembly visits by police community support officers and NFRS to discuss safety messages with pupils and discourage anti-social behaviour, and the distribution of posters to support shopkeepers in not selling eggs or flour to children.

‘No trick or treat’ posters are also being supplied to elderly or vulnerable residents, and parents and guardians are asked to explain what this means to children.

 Download and print the ‘No trick or treat’ poster.

Inspector Ross added: “We want everyone to enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night responsibly, so that everyone has a good experience, including those who choose not to take part.

“Please take the time to talk with children about good trick or treat behaviour and how to stay safe, and explain that the ‘No trick or treat’ posters mean you shouldn’t knock at that house.”

Halloween safety tips:

  • Keep clear of all flames such as candles and lit pumpkins, which could cause costumes to catch fire or cause burns
  • Be careful how you dress on Halloween. Bu fancy dress costumes from reputable retailers and always check the label says fire retardant. Keep all costumes, bought and homemade, away from naked flame. Clothes will always burn if in contact with naked flames, but some much faster than others.
  • Plan your trick or treat route beforehand. Only go to houses where you or your friends know the residents. Always go in groups.
  • When trick or treating, children should stay in well-lit areas and should never go without an adult.
  • Costumes should not be used to genuinely frighten people – particularly those who may be elderly or vulnerable.
  • Eggs and flour should be left at home when trick or treating.
  • If clothing catches fire, remember to STOP, DROP and ROLL. STOP where you are. Do not run. DROP to the ground. Lie down flat. ROLL over and over on the ground until the flames are out.
  • If using candles, make sure they are out when you leave the room. Never leave children alone with candles.
  • Do not use real candles in lanterns and pumpkins, use battery operated lights.
  • Do not make lanterns from plastic bottles/containers. This could be dangerous and could result in burns and cause fire.

Bonfire Night safety tips:

It is usually safest to go to an organised event, but if you are having fireworks at home, remember:

  • Sparklers burn at a very high temperatures and are not suitable for children under five.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks.
  • Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.
  • Only buy fireworks from a reputable retailer and check they are CE marked.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy.
  • Never return to a lit firework.
  • Fireworks cannot be purchased by under 18s.
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length, using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box well away from any naked flame.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Follow firework instructions.
  • Don’t let noisy fireworks off after 11pm
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Woods Plans Approved

Management Plan Accepted by the Forestry Commission

The Great Central Woodland Management Committee is pleased to announce that the Woodland Management Plan has been approved by the Forestry Commission.

This is an important milestone for the Woodland.

The Forestry Commission is responsible for protecting and expanding forests and woodlands in England and Scotland. By having an approved plan, we will be able to apply for grants to help meet the costs of managing the woodland.

We will also be able to carry out essential works in line with the Management Plan without additional bureaucracy, making woodland management easier.

We are pleased to make available the details of the plan which was compiled with the help of much local input and the guidance of experienced foresters. A copy is available here: – Woodland Management Plan and from the Great Central Woodland page.

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Byfield Road Closure

Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th October

According to Roadworks.org Byfield Road will be closed for water works between Gorse Road and Whitecroft Gardens, monday to wednesday.

Times for the closure are not available at the moment but details can be found on the Roadworks.org web site:-

Roadworks.org

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Anti-Fraud Hint #86

Modelling Jobs Advanced Fee  –  Fraud Alert

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models.

Once victims show interest in the job, the fraudsters contact potential victims on the false promise of a modelling career and subsequently advise the victims to come in for a test shoot.

The fraud can then potentially be carried out in two ways;

Firstly, the fraudsters can pressurise the victims in sending an upfront fee to book a slot for the test shoot. Once they have received the upfront fee, the victim will never hear from the fraudsters again.

The second possible method is that the fraudsters will take the advance fee that the victim sends for a photo shoot and arrange a photo shoot with the victim. After the photo shoot, the fraudsters will contact the victim after a few days and convince them that their shoot was successful and offer them a job as a model. The victim will then be asked to sign a contract and pay another upfront fee, usually to secure the modelling contract.

Fraudsters are also creating fake adverts for supposed modelling opportunities for children which do not exist. Fraudsters will inform parents or guardians that a potential career in modelling awaits their child. This tactic convinces the parent or guardian to sign up their child and send an advance fee.

The suspects will also convince the victim that in order to become a model, they will need to have a portfolio. The fraudsters will recommend a number of packages and stress that if a package is not paid for in advance, the process of becoming a model cannot continue.

Over a two year period (September 2015 – August 2017), an average of 28 reports of advance fee modelling frauds have been received per month by the NFIB. In August 2017, 49 Action Fraud reports of this fraud type were received and may continue to rise. The total loss in August 2017 alone was over £71,000.
Tips for staying safe:

  • Carry out your own research prior to paying any type of advance or upfront fee.
  • Be wary if you are asked to pay for a portfolio, as many legitimate agencies will cover that cost.
  • Don’t give your bank account details or sensitive information to anyone without carrying out your own research on the relevant agency.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 

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10/25 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on 25th October 2017 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library).

Download a copy here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the clerk, John Williams, before the meeting.

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Byfield Medical Centre

Meeting on 24th October

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

All Byfield residents are encouraged to attend – but I guess Woodford residents can attend too.

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Woodland Feedback Please…

The Woods Committee wants the Woodland to be used by as many as possible but in ways that any one group doesn’t interfere with the enjoyment of another.

The recent vandalism at the Story Telling Circle highlights the problems in 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 #85

Tax Office Fraud

 

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and the City of London Police have issued guidelines relating to fraudulent activity in relation to messages from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

  HMRC have also published examples of fraudulent 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

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

The Woodford Express

Here is the 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