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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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 would be a January 2018 start dat

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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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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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06/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 28th Jun 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the July committee meeting.

06/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

 

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Neighbourhood Plan

This notice is sent on behalf of Rob Snedker & The Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Development Plan Strategy Team.

It was also the content of an email to local businesses, organisations and others affected by the plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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Business Directory

We’ve updated the Business Directory to include more local businesses that will be happy to have your custom.

This latest update available here includes…

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

You can always add details of your business here.

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

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Betjeman on Woodford

Did you know John Betjeman mentioned Woodford in his poem””Great Central Railway Sheffield Victoria to Banbury”?

We’ve added an extract to the page Poems on Woodford.

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Woodford Murder Mystery

This may be old hat, but I hadn’t heard about it before last night.

Did you know there is a murder mystery story set in Woodford Halse?

It’s a self-published novel by railway enthusiast, Stephen Done.

Set in post-World War 2 Woodford Halse, it is the first of a series of stories deaturing Detective Inspector Charles Vignoles of the L.N.E.R Detective Department.

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

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

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

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The Woods 6 Months On

Woodland Progress Report

It’s just over six months since the Woodland Management Committee first met. Although there is still a lot to do (running a woodland is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge), we wanted to give the village an update on what has been done so far.

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

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

Great Central Woodland Management Committee

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RSPCA Fund Raising

Northants Police Community Connect has been advised by the marketing company APPCO Group Support that they will be conducting a fundraising programme for The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) within the Daventry Area from 31 July until 27 August 2017.  

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

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

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

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

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

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Logs Missing

The logs cut down in the tree felling exercise last weekend were to have been sold with the money  going towards the costs of running the woodland.

They have disappeared!

We are talking about hundreds of pounds in value which has now been lost to the village.

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

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07/26 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

Download a copy here.

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

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Extra PC Meeting

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

The agenda is available here.

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New Website Feature

You have always been able to add your comments to any of the posts on the Signpost by simply filling in the form at the bottom of the page in question where it says… “Tell Us What You Think…” . (Please do – we like to have feed back and where it relates to parish Council issues it certainly gets sent on!)

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

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

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Summer Holiday Kids

Humpty Dumpty’s @ The Nest

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

 

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Health Visitor @ The Nest

New Times For Drop In Sessions

Tuesday 8th August : 10:30 to 12:45 Drop in session

Tuesday 5th September:  10.00-3.00 Drop in session

These sessions replace the ones originally posted for the 1st and 15th of August.

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Ivy Volunteers

The Great Central Woodland Committee needs to clear ivy from the trunks of a number of trees in the Woodland.

They are looking for volunteers that would like to learn how to do this in a short (two hour) course so that they can then help in the project.

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

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

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Woodford in ’52 & ’77

Two bits of village history….

Firstly, here’s an article, written in 1977, describing how things were in 1952. Woodford in 1952

Secondly from an old copy of The Woodford Express, here’s a list of the shops and services in Woodford in 1977.

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Once Upon A WOW

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

The Woodford Express

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

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

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

Woodford Quarterly

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

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

The WOW

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

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

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

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

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

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06/17 Council Minutes

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

Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 13th June 2017

This month’s minutes include among other items:-

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

 

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Tree Felling

In The Woods : July 14th & 15th

The community is advised that, as part of the ongoing management of the area, on July 14th and 15th tree felling will be taking place in various parts of the Great Central Woodland.

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

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

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

 

 

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New Estate Streets

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

Although we don’t have a map available, the following new road names will be used on the Woodford Meadows Estate, so if you come across anyone looking for one of these roads send them off down there…

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

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

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Safety Matters

Northamptonshire Safer in the Summer

Here’s the latest edition of “Safety Matters”, a joint initiative of Northants Police, Northants Fire & Rescue and Northants County Council to help improve safety awareness.

This summer number includes:-

  • Being Water Aware
  • How to be fearless: safeguarding young people
  • The National Bikesafe Show in Northants
  • On-line safety

& much more.

Download it here:- Safety Matters Number 2

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Humpty’s Fund Raiser

Sunday 3rd September in the Dryden Hall

Humpty Dumpty’s at The Nest are raising funds to improve the children’s play space. Why not go along and support them?

 

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History Society

2017-18 Programme Now Available.

Here’s the 2017-18 programme for the Woodford Halse History Society.

There are plenty of interesting sessions on everything from local radio to Stowe House, and  from controversial Northampton MP Charles Bradlaugh to the even more controversial King Richard III.

Non-members are always welcome.

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

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

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

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Joules for the Pool

Thursday July 27th 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool (whasp) fund raising team is running a Joules Serconds Sale at the Social Club on Thursday 27th July.

Tickets (£4) are available from Village Meats or the WHASP committee on WHASP16@outlook.com.

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

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

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07/17 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting which takes place at 6:45pm (note: earlier than usual start time) in the Memorial Hall:-

Council Agenda 11/07/17

All are welcome to attend. Discussion points include:-

  • Introduction to the Service Development Model on new Neighbourhood Policing approaches from Sgt. Dobbs of Northamtonshire Police.
  • Presentation on the Woodford Halse & Hinton Flood Alleviation Scheme.
  • Great Central Woodland & Sarafield committee reports.
  • reports on safety issues, including trees on public land throughout the parish and on play areas.
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Waterside Woods

We’ve added a small gallery of photos from a walk along beside the river in the Great Central Woodland yesterday.

It’s on the Woodland Nature page.

There’s also a recording of some birdsong (recorded in the woods yesterday) that should play when you go to the page. (If not there’s a play bar just above the “birds” section.)

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Anti-Fraud Hint #84

Pet Fraud Alert

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

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

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

Tips to staying safe when purchasing pets…

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

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

 

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Regatta Photos

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

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Don’t Forget This Saturday!

BROWNIES & GUIDES SUMMER FUND RAISER

Saturday July the 8th – 2-4pm

At Woodford Halse Dryden Hall

Please come along, show your support and raise money for your local Brownies & Guide group – 1st Woodford Halse Brownies & Guides!

There will be-

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

& many more games and activities to get involved in.

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

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

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

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

Keep up to date on their Facebook Event Page.

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Boddington Rd. Closure

Road Works : 3rd July

Boddington Road will be closed in Byfield between the A361 roundabout and the Upper Boddington from 09:15 to 15:00 on Monday 3rd July.

There will be a diversion via the A361 and the Welsh Road / Aston Le Walls.

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

 

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Health Visitor Drop-In

Sessions at “The Nest”

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St Mary’s Appeal

Sponsor – A – Tile Campaign

The Church of St Mary the Virgin in Woodford Halse is on the English Heritage At Risk register because of the state of the Nave roof and side aisles.

Download this form and sponsor a tile.

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

How can you help?

Sponsor – A – Tile Campaign

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

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

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

Thank You!

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Woodland Nature

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

A Goldfinch, one of our woodland birds.

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

Find it here:  Woodland Nature

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

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Path Rolling…

Some feedback from the Woods Management Committee on Wednesday.

The Committee has taken note of some people’s concerns about the paths. The current resurfacing has been done to improve things – especially by removing muddy areas & improving gradients – in the short term and with limited resources.

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

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

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Regatta Time!

No, Not Henley, It’s Here!

A rare photo of boats assembling on the Cherwell by the Kitchen Lane Bridge prior to last year’s race…..

What do you mean, Fake News????

Don’t forget the village’s fun event this evening. It all starts at 6:00pm.

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05/17 Woods Committee Minutes

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

05/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

 

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Brownies & Guides Fund Raiser

Saturday July the 8th – 2-4pm

BROWNIES & GUIDES SUMMER FUND RAISER

At Woodford Halse Dryden Hall

Please come along, show your support and raise money for your local Brownies & Guide group – 1st Woodford Halse Brownies & Guides!

There will be-

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

& many more games and activities to get involved in.

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

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

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

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

Keep up to date on their Facebook Event Page.

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Station Road Closure

Friday 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Crowds at the starting line – 2016

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

Castle Road and Cherwell Terrace will still be open.

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

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South Street Road Works

On Roadworks.org

There are roadworks planned for South Street. Details on Roadworks.org

Dates given for the closure are between Thursday 29th June and Monday 3rd July.

This will involve two-way traffic control signals, so a little extra time might be needed for journeys to and from Eydon.

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The Flags Are Out…..

For Next Friday’s Regatta.

Don’t forget to put next Friday’s fun event in your diary. Lots of fun for all the family!

Watch out for the “Anything Goes” racers in their two and four man “boats”, have a drink, have a bite and enjoy the crowd.

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

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Station Road Closure?

Here’s a puzzle…..

Roadworks.org is showing that Station Road will be subject to closures between 25th and 30th of June between Bankside & Parsons Street for “carriageway patches”.

The notice says that it is currently in “advanced planning”. Well, given that the 25th is tomorrow (Sunday) that doesn’t give them much time to plan!

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

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

 

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06/28 Woods Agenda

The Woods Management Committee meets next Wednesday.

Great Central Woodland Management Committee Meeting Agenda 28th June 2017

Please note that recent concerns expressed on Facebook over horse mess and path surfaces will be dealt with under agenda item (5): “Issues Raised By The Public”.

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

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Fire & Police

How Should They Be Managed? A Consultation.

A public consultation has been launched on how Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service should be governed. You can give your views in a survey at www.northantsfireproposals.co.uk.

The survey closes on Tuesday 1st August 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

The survey closes on Tuesday 1st August 2017.

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Wood in the Woods

Can folk please note – the wood stacked near the Station Road entrance to the Woodland is intended for a project as part of the improvements that the Woodland Committee is working on.

Some has already been removed. Please do not take this wood. You are stealing from the whole community. The wood IS needed.

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Woods Committee Vacancy

The Great Central Woodland Management Committee has a vacancy.

The Committee is made up of five Parish Councillors and five local residents and takes care of planning the work needed to create and maintain the woodland as a community asset. Since current member Pat Darby has become a Parish Councillor, there is now a vacancy for a committee member that is a local resident.

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

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

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

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Parish Accounts

2016-17 Figures Available

As a public body, Woodford cum Membris Parish Council is required to publish its accounts and to provide access to bills, receipts and other documents relating to the accounts.

The minutes of each Parish Council include details of income and expenditure month by month but these statements summarise the position for the year as a whole.

The documents available are…

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05/17 Council Minutes

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

Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 9th May

This month’s minutes include among other items):-

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

 

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Humpty’s In Woodford

Opening at “The Nest”

Humpty Dumpty’s baby and toddler group is opening in what was the SureStart centre on Scrivens Hill.

Come along and join their housewarming…..

Contast : Suzi Hazleton on mobile 07463 832 953, on Facebook  SHazleton15  or email : HumptyDumptys_thenest@hotmail.com

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Anti-Fraud Hint #83

Vehicle Online Shopping Fraud

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

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

Here are some ways to protect yourself..

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

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

 

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06/17 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 13/06/17

All are welcome to attend. Discussion points include:-

  • Decisions on Great Central Woodland including groundworks and immediate felling of certain trees.
  • Decisions on Sara Field including building survey and new heating system for the pavilion and CCTV
  • Report on a “Safer Route to School” and an update on Community Speedwatch.
  • Planning applications : dwellings adjacent to 14 Parsons Street; dormer for The Old Barn, School Street; outbuilding at 42 Station Road.
  • Approval of 2016-17 accounts & audit.
  • Report of a meeting between Parish Councillors & Northants Police.
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Beer Festival 9 & 10/06

WOODFORD HALSE SOCIAL CLUB

Beeer Festival June 9th & 10th

Classic Car and Motorcycle meet June 10th

Model Railway open day June 10th

Many new beers and ales on offer with finger foods and snacks, 12PM till late,

Plenty of parking come and have a catch up and chat and see the amazing 60ft Model Railway depicting Woodford Halse in its heyday.

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

Free Entry   – ALL WELCOME

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Fun Dog Show

Sunday 11th June at Stable Mates, 5 Scrivens Hill

Come along and enjoy the fun at the Woodford Fun Dog Show.

Gates open at 10:30am for 11:00am start.

ARENA 1 – Fun Classes starting at 11:00am.

ARENA 2- “Have a Gog” Agility

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

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

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

All proceeds to the Great Central Woodland Fund

 

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Anti-Fraud Hint #82

Wedding Services Fraud

Action Fraud has issued a warning about fraud surrounding weddings.

With the Wedding Season very much here, and for those considering making plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of fraud involved.

Credit card

Credit card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Anti-Fraud Hint #81

“Smishing” Fraud Alert

Action Fraud has issued a warning about “Smishing”.

Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.

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

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

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

How to protect yourself:

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

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

 

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Regatta Time

It’s the annual village regatta on 30th June!

Six o’clock for two great races and Woodford’s fantastic street fayre.

If you don’t know what to expect have a look at these pictures from last year’s event.

There’s still time book your boat if you’d like to compete or to come along and run a stall…..

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04/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the April 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at last night’s committee meeting.

04/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

 

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Anti-Fraud Hint #80

PC Tech Support Scammers

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

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

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

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

How to protect yourself:

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

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

 

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Water Pumps?

Anglian Water may have some good news for any residents who have a private pumping station on their property, and have not yet registered it with Anglian Water.

Currently, homeowners spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. They may even have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.

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

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

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

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

 

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05/24 Woods Agenda

The Woods Management Committee meets next Wednesday.

Great Central Woodland Management Committee Meeting Agenda 24th May 2017

Please note that progress on dealing with dangerous tress will be part of agenda item (10a) on maintenance issues in the project plan.

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

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04/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the April Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subesquent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 11th April

This month’s minutes include:-

  • Discussion of planning applications
  • SARA Field  & Great Central Woodland updates

 

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Railway Walk

Now that Station Stores is closed, the Railway Memorabilia Walk (see post from January 2017) leaflets are no longer available.

However, we are happy to make the leaflet available here. It’s designed to be printed on two sides of A4 and then concertina folded to make a pocket guide but, hopefully, it will still be useful to folk here.

Railway Memorabilia Walk

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Tree Problems

Here is a message from Paul Blackwell (Woodford Cum Membris Parish Council and also chair of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee) …..

“Thanks to all the villagers who last evening notified us of the problem with one of the trees near the Co-op entrance to the Great Central Woodland. Prior to engaging a contractor to attend the tree today, a large branch fractured and fell across the path this morning, blocking the route into the Woodland.

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

 

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Anti-Fraud Hint #79

Protect Yourself from “Ransomware”

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

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

Key Protect messages for businesses to protect themselves from ransomware:

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

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

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

Key Protect advice for individuals:

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

Phishing/smishing

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

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

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

 

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Yogathon June 18th

Local residents will join forces in a charity “Yogathon” on Sunday 18th June, to raise vital funds for the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) East Africa Crisis Appeal. Led by local Yoga Teacher, Sian of Serendipity Yogi’s, participants will join in with up to 3 hours of Yoga, with Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa styles taught by Sian.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Election Candidates

Here is the formal notification of those nominated as candidates for our parliamentary constituency at the forthcoming General Election…..

Statement of Persons Nominated & Notice of Poll for June 8th 2017

 

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Help MJO’s Matt

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

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05/17 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 09/05/17

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Notice of Election

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

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Football Club News

Woodford United Football Club

The football club and the clubhouse are now under new management with an elected community committee.

The new committee took control at the beginning of March with the club in a precarious position. They have worked immensely hard over the last 2 month to ensure the football club has a future and they have been successful in achieving this.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Family Fun Evening

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

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

Contact Irene Critchley for tickets: Tel No 01327 260149

Sponsored by the Methodist Church

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Update on the Woods

Here’s an update from last week’s Woods Committee. We’ll publish the full minutes after they are approved at the next meeting (24th May) but we thought you would want to know about a few things before then.
Change of Leadership: Paul Blackwell has taken over as Chairman of the Committee. Bob Snedker will continue as a member and act as Vice-Chair.

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

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

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Footpath Warden Report

At last week’s Annual Parish Meeting,  Joe Pitt the Parish Footpath Warden presented his report on footpath issues for the previous year.

Here is a copy:- 2017 Footpath Warden Report.

It’s good to see folk making use of local footpaths. Woodford Walks is one of the most popular pages on the Signpost with over 700 views in the last 12 months. The Woodford Walk files are some of our most popular downloads. Why not try one of them this Bank Holiday?

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

 

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Byfield Road Works

On Roadworks.org

Details of the planned roadworks on Byfield Road are now available on Roadworks.org

Dates given for the closure are between Monday 1st and Sunday 14th May.

This will involve the road being closed for the whole time during the works.

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Funding Fair

Here are some more details on the Funding Fair at Towceseter Rasecourse on 6th June.

A chance for community groups to meet with funders.

Find out how you could get grants for your project or group.

Funding Fair Programme

Here’s a link to our original post

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Tweet On The Beat

You’ll have seen our PCSO’s twitter feed on the front page of the Signpost but you can also follows Carl Barton directly on your own Twitter feed….

Just search for @PCSOCarlBarton.

Here’s a reminder….

 

And you can follow us too, on @WoodfordVSP

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More Road Works

Station Road

An update on Road Works in Station Road…….

Northamptonshire Highways are intending to carry out carriageway patching works on Station Road from the 15th to the 19th May 2017.  The road will be closed between Bankside and Parsons Street between 09.30 and 15.30 only.  A plan showing the closure can be viewed here Roadworks.org

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

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

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03/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the March 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at last night’s committee meeting.

03/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

If you have trouble with the above download link try this one….

Mobile friendly link:-

03/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

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Election!

No, not that one. Vote for your County Councillor.

Before you get to vote in June, you have the chance to elect a County Council represntative for the Woodford & Weedon Division on Thursday, May 4th.

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

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

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

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Road Works

Church Street – Parsons Street – Station Road

Anglian Water are coming to fix the leak at the bottom of Parsons Street between Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th April.

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

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04/17 Woods Agenda

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

Agenda Woodland Management Committee 26/04/17

If the link above does not work on your mobile phone please use this one:-

Woodland Committee Agenda

Items for discussion mainly centre around discussion of the Outline Plan for the Woodland including addressing issues relating to the Woodland Trees Report and immediate maintenance needs.

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

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

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Daventry Memory Cafe

Meetings for Dementia Sufferers & Carers

Daventry & District Memory Café runs events for dementia sufferes and for those that care for them.

For people with Dementia:

Meetings at the Abbey Centre, Market Square, Daventry NN11 4XG.

All these meetings start at 1.00 pm and finish at 3.00 pm

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

For both people with Dementia and carers to enjoy:

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

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

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

 

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Junior Cricket

New Season for Woodford’s Junior Cricket Teams!

Woodford’s junior cricket team starts their season  on Friday 21st April 2017 and they are looking for new players!

Children ages 6+ (boys & girls) are invited to join and all new members will receive their first session FREE!

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

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

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Book Sale

Massive Book Sale

On Saturday 22 April 2017, Hinton Methodist Church, 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon.

In aid of Church funds.

All welcome.

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Rural Crime Advice

Wildlife and Rural Crime Officers will be on hand to offer advice at Harley Equestrian centre on Saturday 22 April.

The officers will be at Harley Equestrian, Unit 1, Dairy Farm, Eydon Road, Woodford Halse, between 10.30am and 2pm to talk about crime prevention and there will be tack marking for those wishing to bring saddles and other tack.

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

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Minutes & Agendas

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

These agendas and minutes are published as soon as possible after approval.

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

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

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

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

Hopefully

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Road Works

If you use the “back way” to Daventry, via Preston Capes, be aware that the road will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. (19th to 21st April 2017).

Roadworks.org is showing multi-way signal traffic control for School Street, High Street and Scrivens Hill.

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

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03/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the March Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subesquent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 14th March

This month’s minutes include:-

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

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

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Woodland Trees Report

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

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

Woodland Evaluation Report

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

Woodland Evaluation Report

Or read it as a flip-book….

 

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Easter Church Services

Here are details of services over Easter at local churches…

(These details have been pulled together from various local church web sites, if more is known, or these have been updated please email woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.)

Church of England. St Mary’s Woodford Halse

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

Church of England, St Nicholas, Eydon

  • Easter Sunday, Communion Service, 9:00am

Church of England, Holy Cross, Byfield

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

Church of England & Methodists Together

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

Methodist Church, Upper Boddington

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

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

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

Catholic Church, St Augustine’s Church, Daventry

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

Catholic Church, St Peter & St Paul, Kings Sutton

  • Easter Sunday Mass:9:00am

 

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Trading Standards

Find Out About Trading Scams

The latest version of news from Northampton County Council’s Trading Standards Department has items on succesful prosecutions of fraudlent traders, warnings about scams and how to avoid being c0nned.

Read the latest Trading Standards News here.

 

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New Business Directory

Thanks to those that asked for their business to be added to our local business directory.

You can see the new directory here: Woodford Halse Business Directory.

New entries and the section of the directory where you can find them added are:

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

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

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

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Funding Fair

Finding Funding For Community Projects

Big Lottery Fund,  BBC Children in Need, Heritage Lottery Fund, Grantscape, London Marathon Charitable Trust and Northamptonshire Groundwork are just some of the organisations that want to talk to groups that need funding for community projects.

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

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

 

 

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04/17 Parish Meeting

This year’s Parish Meeting will take place on Tuesday April 25th at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

The Annual Parish Meeting is for the Council (and other local groups) to report back to the electorate on what has been acheived in the previous year. It is separate from Parish Council meetings.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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A Little History of Great Central Woodland

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

Two Men That Shaped The Woodland

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A Railway Accident

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

What could possibly go wrong?

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

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

Read about the accident here.

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

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04/17 Council Agenda

The agenda for this month’s meeting is now available. Members of the public are always welcome to attend.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday April 11th at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

Topics for discussion include:-

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

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

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Parish Council Vacancy

A vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council.

If local voters wish to have an election to fill this position then 10 voters need to submit a request to the Daventry  District Council Returning Officer, otherwise the Parish Council will co-opt a new member.

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

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Byfield Medical Centre

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Safety Matters

Here’s the Latest Safety News from Northants County Council

This edition of Safety Matters has details of….

  • Free Half-Day Car Kraft Driver Experiences for non-drivers (15 to 25) and drivers (17 – 30)
  • Child Safety Week (5th – 11th June)
  • The Facts on Mobile Phones & Driving
  • What You Need To Know About Kids’ Booster Seats

Download your copy here: Safety Matters Spring 2017

 

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County Elections

Voting for your County Councillor is how you get to affect the decisions made about Northamptonshire, including the bulk of your Council Tax.

Elections take place on 4th May BUT you must register to vote by 13th April, if you are not already registered.

Don’t miss your chance to vote.

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

Register Poster

Vote Posters

 

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Anti-Fraud Hint #78

Beware The “Law Abiding Citizen”

Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised.

The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below:

“Hi, [name]!

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

For instance, your address is:

[real home address]

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

Best Wishes,”

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

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

Protect Yourself:

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

Please consider the following actions:-

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

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

 

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WI 2017 Programme

Here’s is this year’s programme of WI meetings.

Visitors are always welcome at meetings which take place in the Memorial Hall at 7:30 pm.

More details on the WI are available here:-  The WI Page

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02/17 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting were approved for publication.

They can be read here:- 23/02/17 GC Woodland Meeting Minutes

Don’t forget you can always see the latest news on the Woodland here.

 

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Promote Your Business

We are always keen to promote local businesses.

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

Business Directory Form   

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April’s Big Breakfast

Big Breakfast in Byfield on April 1st….

Don’t be an April Fool this Saturday, get your breakfast and maybe win a ham.

The last Big Breakfast of this season will be on Saturday 1st April. There will be the usual menu and staff but with one thing extra. The Breakfast team has been given a Spanish Serrano ham complete with wooden board and knife to raise money for the benefit of the village.

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

 

 

 

 

 

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Road Works Near School

Watch out for potential disruption near the school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. (29th to 31st March 2017).

Roadworks.org is showing multi-way signal traffic control for School Street, High Street and Scrivens Hill.

More details herwe…. https://roadworks.org/?93073054

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Woodland Committee

The next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee takes place next Thursday, 30th March.

This is the agenda: Great Central Management Committee March 2017 Agenda

This meeting is open to members of the public and all are welcome to attend but if you have points to raise please advise the Chairman or Clerk beforehand.

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New Pool Auction….

The Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool team are rasining money with another auction.

Check in to their page on Facebook and bid on some great lots such as…..

  • 3 months free leisure membership at Staverton Estate
  • Four golden tickets for a ‘jump’ at Leamington Spa’s Jump-In Trampoline Park
  • Tank Passenger Experience.
  • A Family Day Ticket to Feastival
  • Week end entry & camping ticket for two to the Fairport Cropredy Festival

And lots, lots more.

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

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

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

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Anti-Fraud Hint #77

Watch out for door-step traders

Homeowners in Northamptonshire are being encouraged not to buy goods or services from cold-callers after a spate of complaints about suspected rogue traders.

The recent warmer weather has resulted in a number of calls to Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards from people who have been offered maintenance work on their property by doorstep traders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Footpath News

Here’s an update from our footpath warden, Joe Pitt…..

“The footpath (FN5) that leads from the Byfield Road (opposite the top of Kitchen Lane) alongside the football pitch and bowling green has been getting dangerous for some time. Northants County Council Highways Department has recently cut back the vegetation and trimmed the hedge so that the pathway has been imporved. Once the weather improvesHighways will return and do some work to improve the levels on the path. Meanwhile, access up this pathway has been made a lot better.”

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

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

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New Running Club

Village Harriers For Local Running

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Good Job!

A terrific result from the Village Clean Up.

Thanks to all that took part in the Village Clean Up.

And thanks to Kay Fennel for these pictures of the pile of rubish collected.

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02/17 Council Minutes

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 14th Febuary 2017 are now available.

They can be downloaded here: 14th February 2017 Council Minutes

The meeting included:-

  • Decision on additional admin support for Council.
  • Updates on Woods Committee
  • Report of the SARA Field review group meeting in February
  • Flood Warden report
  • Discussions on road problems resultign from the Grants Hill development.

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

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

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Community Funding!

Free Money For Local Groups & Events.

Daventry District Council makes available grants to community groups that are looking for funding.

Community project grants are worth up to £1,000 and can be used for the purchase of small items of equipment or to cover training or volunteer expenses. Examples of things that have been funded in the past include: IT equipment, new furniture for village halls, new kit for junior sports clubs, and training expenses for first aiders and football coaches.

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

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

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

Grant Application Form

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It’s Your Woodland

A special edition of WOW has been printed and should be delivered soon.

In the mean time here’s the electronic version…

It’s Your Woodland

Part of this is the announcement of the name that has been chosen for the whole area of land and the reason for choosing it…….

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Police Liaison Minutes

police logoThe minutes of a meeting held on Thursday 16th February 2017 between Parish Council and Northamptonshire Police to discuss local policing arrangements are now available.

They can be downloaded here: 16th February 2017 PCSO Liaison Meeting Minutes 

The meeting included:-

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

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

 

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Garden Club News

Thanks to Diane Kenny for the latest update on the Garden Club’s activities.

There are two new events in the year’s programme:-

Nov 6th:  Sue McNally – Sulgrave Manor
Dec 4th:  Xmas Supper

For the meeting on 3 April the club has a talk on Banbury Parks and Open Spaces. They are inviting anyone to come along and see the Club – and they are waiving the visitor’s fee for this night.  Everyone is welcome to Memorial Hall at 7.30pm – light refreshments will be available.

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

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

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

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Spring Clean

Don’t Forget This Saturday

Come along and join in to help give the village a sprucing up for spring.

Meet in the Social Club car pak.

1030 to 2:00pm

Saturday 18th March.

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03/17 Council Agenda

This month’s Parish Council meeting takes place on Tuesday 14th March.

Here is the agenda:- March Parish Council Agenda

Agenda items include :-

  • discussion of planning applications at Pool Farmhouse, 28 Church Street and 23 Pool Street
  • reports from SARA Field, Police Liaison and Woods committtees.
  • report from Flood Warden
  • declare a new vacancy on the Council, now 3 in total

Agenda’s are always available here…. Meeting Agendas

The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.

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Daventry Development

Daventry District Council Planning Consultation

Henry Boot Developments is seeking detailed planning permission to build a food hall-style store and retail units on land in the Chaucer Way/Waterloo area of Daventry (north west of the town centre) and outline permission to build a pub, hotel and fast food restaurant with a drive-through at the location.

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

Comments must be received by Wednesday 22nd March.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #76

“There’s a Virus on Your Computer”

Computer service fraud occurs when fraudsters posing to be from legitimate companies, such as an Internet Service Provider (ISP) like Talk Talk, call to tell you that there’s a problem with your computer. They’ll say that there’s a virus on your machine, or maybe a problem with your internet connection. They will tell you that they can fix the problem for a fee or that they can help if you let them have remote access to your computer.

What should you do?

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

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

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Wear A Hat Day

Coffee & Cakes for Brain Tumour Research

Come along and wear your favourite hat for coffee & cakes in the Dryden Hall on Sunday 2nd April in aid of research into brain tumours.

1:30 to 4:30.

Music from the ’40’s & ’50’s, vintage & craft stalls.

 

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County Needs Your Views

Prioritisation Framework Consultation and Engagement

Northamptonshire County Council is putting a process in place to help make the tough decisions it has to make about what to prioritise – that is, how we share out resources to achieve the best outcomes for our residents and customers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coming Soon!

WOW Special Edition

Watch out for a special, two page, edition of What’s On In Woodford coming through your door soon.

It will have an update on what’s been happening with the woods.

We will have an electronic version here as well but we want to make sure everyone in the village gets a chance to see this..

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Byfield Breakfast 2017

The Big Breakfast in Byfield is back again….

It’s time for March’s Big Breakfast in Byfield.

Breakfasteers have helped raise over £25,000 for Byfield Church since January 2009 when they started.

The Big Breakfast will be running in Byfield Village Hall, as before, offering an excellent value cooked breakfast on the Saturday March 4th 2017 9am to 1pm.

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

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

Saturday 1st April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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Weedon Depot

Funding Approved for New Visitor Centre.

Weedon is the home of what was one of the British Army’s major supply depots. The Royal Ordnance Depot was started in 1803 to hold munitions for the Napoleonic Wars at a site far from the threat of invasion. It stayed in use through the First and Second World Wars and on into the 1950’s. There was even at one time a “safe house” for the Royal Family in case of national emergency.

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

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

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

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

You can also learn more here: Weedon at War.

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

 

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Road Works

Byfield Road & Dolls Hill Junction Dates.

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

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

There are two phases of work:-

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

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

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Constituency Boundary

Boundary Commission Feed Back On Consultation.

The consultation on the proposed changes to the boundaries of the South Northamptonshire and Daventry parliamentary constituencies (which will see Woodford Halse move to the South Northants constituency) has been completed. The Boundary Commission have published the comments they received on their web site here.

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

 

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Spring Clean Up

Come and help with the village spring clean!

The great village Spring Clean starts on Saturday March 18th at 10 am.

Meet in the Social Club car park and come along and help remove some of the litter that none of like to have to look at. All are welcome to join this community event.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #75

Watch Out After Doris

Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards is issuing a warning for people to beware of bogus cold callers who may try to take advantage of storm damage…

Trading Standards has advised that rogue traders could use the unusually stormy weather as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property or garden – such as repairing loose roof tiles or removing damaged trees.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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01/17 Council Minutes

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 10th January 2017 are now available.

They can be downloaded here: 10th January 2017 Council Minutes

The meeting included:-

  • Discussions on possible changes to PCSO provision following notice from Northants Police that current arrangements will end in September.
  • Decisions on 2017-18 precept and budget
  • 2016 report for the web site (published separately here)
  • 2016 web site opinion survey (available separately here).
  • Details of recent receipts and expenditure.

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

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

Details of previous years financial statements are available here.

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

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Walk Updates

We’ve updated the pages on Woodford Walks with details of how long each of the walks should take and some changes to take account of the fact that the bridleway and bridge over the Cherwell between West Farndon and Eydon via Butterfly Lane is now open.

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

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

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

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Woods News

For the February meeting of the Parish Council, Robert Snedker, Chair of the Woods Management Committee, provided a report introducing the work of the committee and highlighting some of the things already done.

The report is published below…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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01/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Minutes of the Woods Management Committee are approved at the next meeting and published as soon as possible after that.

These are the minutes of the meeting held on January 26th, as approved at last night’s meeting. They includea map showing the area purchased.

Minutes of Woods Management Meeting 26-01-2017

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

Woods Management Committee Page

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Thanks For Your Views!

Woods Name Survey

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

The survey is now closed.

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

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School FSA Appeal

Woodford School FSA is appealing for support……

If you are able to help get in touch via Facebook: Woodford Halse School FSA on Facebook or search for @WoodfordFSA.

Dear parents and carers

The FSA recently met to agree how we’d approach the new year ahead of the AGM. However unfortunately at that meeting a number of the members have had to stand down.

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

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

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

What do we need:

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

What would be required:

* Committee members:

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

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

o Bring fresh ideas and help invigorate the team

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

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

* Helpers:

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

o Help with cakes etc for events

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

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

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

The FSA

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Garden Club Events

Here’s the 2017 programme for the Garden Club…

3rd April: Banbury Parks & Open Spaces

8th May: Plant Sale + Bert Manton on bio-dynamic gardening

5th June: Hosting Cropredy Garden Club visit

3rd July: A Walk in Whistley Woods (Booking essential)

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

4th September: Annual Show

2nd October: A Talk on Pruning

6th November: Sulgrave Manor – Sue McNally

4th Decmber: Xmas Supper

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

Contact Coral Snow on 07486 388396 for any enquiries

 

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Survey Closing…

This Survey is Now Closed

The “Name Your Woods” survey will close at 10:00am Tuesday 21st February.

Suggestions will be considered at the meeting of the Woods Management Committee on Thursday to make a recomended short list to the Parish Council

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Funds For Local Business

£5M Fund for Rural Firms in South East Midlands

Businesses across the South East Midlands have been invited to discover the details of a new funding scheme aimed at boosting employment and growth in rural areas.

Friday 3rd March 2017 from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb. Woods Committee

The February meeting of the Woods Management Committee will take place on Thursday, February 23rd.

The agenda is available here: February Woods Management Committee Agenda.

You can keep up to date at the Woods Management Committee page. Reach it through the menu above… Village Venues / Central Woods / Central Woods Management Committee or click this link.

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Help Name Your Woods

Give Us Your Views

The Woods Management Committee has already had some ideas suggested for names for the railway woodland and river side meadow. You can let us know which of the ideas you think are best or let us have your own ideas by going to this survey……

This Survey is Now Closed

 

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Latest on Highways

Highways Update from Pat Knight.

Here’s an update after last night’s Parish Council Meeting from Pat Knight, the village highways warden…

“Firstly I apologise for the length of the message, please take the time to read it. Secondly DO NOT SHOOT THE MESSENGER!! I am the link between the parish and the county and can only put your complaints forward. I have no power over budgets and cannot determine what the county council (who are responible for road maintenance) do or do not do. I can only keep on at them until some resolution is forthcoming, or not in some cases.

“The new zebra crossing is staying where it is, the planning consent was granted for the location and cannot be changed. As a personal view it seems odd the developer can ignore some of the planning consent details yet comply with others !! That is my personal opinion. However it will need extra work as a safety audit would not pass it as fit for purpose due to lighting and positioning of the beacons.

“The developers will be resurfacing the Byfield Road from the junction with Phipps Road to the junction with Gorse Road from 13th March and it will take 8 weeks. I have today informed the county highways about the cross country at the school on 15th March and about the extra traffic coming into the village, and they are contacting the developers to postpone the start date for the work for a few days. We will see.

“Re the safer route to school, the county looked at extending the footpath from Grants Hill Way to the industrial estate but have rejected the option as the bank would need to be re graded and there may be high voltage cables underground which would need moving. The expense could not be met. They asked the developer to contribute but they declined.!!.

“I have attempted to get a site meeting with the safer route to school officer to discuss options but despite three e mails he has failed to respond. I have today made my feelings known to the county in no uncertain terms about the lack of response and I expect a reply very soon. There are options and as soon as I know anything I will keep you informed. I am sorry I cannot be more positive but that is the situation. I will continue to badger and pressure the higher powers on your behalf. Thank you for taking the time to read this.”

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More Road News

Another piece of road news from Kay Coles….

“The latest information from Taylor Wimpey on the work needed to reinstate the Byfield Road is that Northants County Council hope to start work on 13th March, weather permitting. The work is expected to take 8 weeks.”

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Mud On Our Roads

Kay Coles, Chairman of Woodford cum Membris Parish Council, has asked to pass on this message….

“A number of residents have contacted me about mud spreading from the development off Byfield Road. I have spoken to Taylor Wimpey regarding the dreadful state of the roads, resulting from their traffic. They have agreed to increase the frequency of road sweeping to help improve things and will extend the area covered to go from the end of the houses (in the Byfield direction) and back as far as the factory units. Hopefully this will reduce the mud problems.” 

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Beavers Help The Homeless

Last Friday night, 11 Beavers from 1st Woodford Halse Scout Group slept in cardboard boxes in the Dryden Hall to raise awareness of homelessness and in doing so has raised £32.50 for the Big Issue Foundation. This means that 4 flu jabs can be administered to 4 homeless people that could potentially save their lives. The village can be very proud of each one of them.

It’s fantastic that young people in the village have this chance to have fun and do great things.

The Scout Group is always looking out for adult help to continue providing unique adventures like this. Whether you can help every week or a couple of times a year, they would love to hear from you.

You can contact them through their Facebook page Woodford Halse Scout Group or email them joinus@woodfordhalsescouting.co.uk.

For every new adult they can bring into the group, they can offer 6 young people the opportunity of Scouting.

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Road Works

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

Details on Roadworks.org

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Dementia Fund Raiser

On the 4th March, Nicola Wise is holding a tea/coffee and cake morning in the Memorial Hall to raise money for Dementia UK.

This will be from 10-12.

She will also be holding a raffle and was wandering if anybody or businesses would be so kind as to donate any prizes towards the raffle. These would be greatfully received. How ever small or big, anything counts towards raising money for such a fantastic charity!!

Nicola hopes that many of you can make it on the day. If not she will also be selling raffle tickets at £1 a strip. Please feel free too message her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicola.wise.16?fref=nf

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Cross Country

ANNUAL CROSS COUNTRY EVENT – WOODFORD HALSE CE PRIMARY ACADEMY

The Annual County Cross Country Event will take place at Woodford’s school on Wednesday 15th March 2017 from 3:45pm – 6:00pm.

This popular event has grown over the years and is a major event in many school’s calendars across the County and Woodford Halse Primary Academy is very proud to be the host.

Obviously, they try and keep disruption to the village to a minimum, and would therefore appreciate any offers of parking for coaches whilst the event is taking place.

Please call 01327 265900 and talk to Sonia Haynes if you can help or have any questions or concerns.

Many thanks for your support.

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Nearby Events

Dickens & Snowdrops

Two nearby events coming soon…

(click on the pictures for details)

 

15th February

Byfield WI presents a magical evening with a talk from Ian Keable about How Charles Dickens Became a Magician” together with demonstrations of some of his tricks.

 

 

 

 

 

26th February

St Nicholas Church Eydon is inviting you to come and see the display of snowdrops in the churchyard and enjoy homemade cakes and tea.

 

 

 

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Anyone for Tennis?

Have You Thought About Byfield Tennis Club?

Byfield Tennis Club has members from not only Byfield but most of the surrounding villages. On their 3 newly resurfaced and floodlit courts, they have club nights, competitive teams in the Banbury Leagues and an active adult and junior coaching programme.

Club membership ranges from £19 for a junior to £146 for a family of 6. In 2017 there are 2 initiatives to bring in new players of all ages, run by LTA qualified coaches:

RUSTY RACQUETS at 8.30-9.30 pm on Fridays, 5 weeks 28th April – 26th May. Cost £30 This is aimed at adult beginners/out of practice players.

KIDS TENNIS INITIATIVE 2017 SPONSORED BY THE LTA AND BYFIELD TENNIS CLUB – our coach Aaron Cowley has been selected by the LTA to run this scheme for Byfield. This scheme provides free tennis beginners courses for school years 1, 2 & 3 for children who have not attended courses previously at the club – 45 min lessons for 6 weeks on Fridays 4pm to 4.45pm or 4.45pm to 5.30pm from the 28th April until 2nd June – at session 4 your child will get a FREE TENNIS RACQUET PROVIDED BY THE LTA

For further details for either the Rusty Rackets or LTA Kids Initiative contact head coach Peter Cowley (07539 244155) or club secretary Sue Waterhouse (01327 261940)

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Council Agenda

This month’s Parish Council meeting takes place on Tuesday 14th February.

Here is the agenda:- February Parish Council Agenda

Agenda’s are always available here…. Meeting Agendas

The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.

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Improving Openness

Over the past couple of weeks we have made some changes to the web site in order to improve access to important information about your Council and how it works.

In addition we have added a link on the Local Policing page to the local crime incident reports map which shows local crime.

The following changes have been made:-

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Roadworks, Feb 6-8

Northamptonshire Highways need to carry out urgent carriageway repairs to the following roads.  In order to carry out this work,  the roads are closed as follows:-

Eydon Road, Woodford Halse – one day on the 6th Feb 2017 between 08.30 and 13.00 and the plan can be viewed here https://roadworks.org?tm=102461

Preston Road, Woodford Halse – two days from the 7th Feb 2017 between 08.30 and 15.00 and the plan can be viewed here https://roadworks.org?tm=102465

NOTE: The lay-by at the bottom of Scrivens Hill will also be closed as part of these works from Feb 6th for 5 days..

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Give The Pool A Boost!

Too Soon to Think of Swimming? Not For WHASP!

WHASP is the Woodford Halse Academy Swiiming Pool. Funds are being raised to meet the costs of keeping it open in the summer months and one day get it covered for all year round use. (Yes, there will be summer again this year, this is not fake news)

The fund raising groups has started up again for 2017 and are hoping they can fund raise even more towards the school pool.

To start off, they been accepted onto the Tesco Bags Of Help Scheme which offers grants of £1,000 – £5,000 towards it.

You can help WHASP to get the full £5,000!

Every time you shop in one of the below stores for the whole of FEBRUARY, be sure to ask for a blue token and pop it in the WHASP voting box in store! The cause with the most votes will be granted the £5,000!

Stores participating (unfortunately not Banbury) are:

2005 ABINGTON EXPRESS
2369 ASHBY FLD DAVNTRY EXP
2372 DAVENTRY
2384 DUSTON ALSACE PRK EXP
2446 EAST HUNSBURY EXPRESS
2952 NORTHAMPTON SOUTH EXT
2952 NORTHAMPTON SOUTH EXT
3125 LIMEHST SQ DUSTON EXP
3247 SPINNY HILL NHANT EXP
3293 TOWCESTER
3377 WESTON FAVELL EXTRA
3377 WESTON FAVELL EXTRA
5724 NORTHAMPTN LNK RD EXP
5996 KINGSLEY PARK EXP
6159 NORTHAMPTON ST ED EXP
6249 SOUTHAM
6448 NORTHAMPTON METRO
6722 WEEDON HIGH ST EXP

So please vote for WHASP using your blue tokens from every purchase.

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County Grant Delivered!

Northamptonshire County Councillor, Robin Brown, delivered a cheque for £300 on Wednesday as a grant to the Parish Council.

Robyn Davison, Kay Coles and Robin Brown

The grant will be used to put up a new Parish Council notice board that will be located on Woodford Meadows, helping to bring the new development into the village circle.

Parish Council Chairman Kay Coles and Vice-Chair Robyn Davison accepted the cheque on behalf of the village outside the Woodford Halse Memorial Hall.

In 2014, the installation of the 1914 Centenary clock and weathervane were also supported by a grant from the County Councillor’s empowering councillor fund.

 

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Byfield Breakfast

The Big Breakfast in Byfield is back again….

It’s time for March’s Big Breakfast in Byfield.

Breakfasteers have helped raise over £25,000 for Byfield Church since January 2009 when they started.

bacon_and_eggsThe Big Breakfast will be running in Byfield Village Hall, as before, offering an excellent value cooked breakfast on the Saturday March 4th 2017 9am to 1pm.

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

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

Saturday 1st April 2017

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The Horton Hospital

The Horton General Hospital

Many of us use the Horton and  I am sure are concerned about this….

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) has launched a consultation on the future of Oxfordshire’s healthcare services, which includes the Horton hospital in Banbury.

The consultation is part of the Oxfordshire Transformation Programme and will look specifically at critical care services at the Horton.  Meanwhile the Keep the Horton General campaign group is organising petitions and marches to protest against any proposed cuts and a Save Our Horton Facebook page has been set up where members of the public can find out about the latest activities.

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Woods Committee

The first meeting of the Central Woods Committee took place yesterday evening.

The Committee consists of 5 members of Parish Council and five other residents.

Parish Council Members of the Committee are:-

  • Paul Blackwell (Committee Vice-Chairman)
  • Kay Coles
  • Robert Snedker (Committee Chairman)
  • Julie Turner
  • Christina Williams

Woodford Resident members of the Committee are:-

  • Ruth Curzon
  • Patricia Derby
  • Peter Deverill
  • Philippa Throstle
  • One vacancy

Secretary to the Committee is:-

  • John Williams

Minutes of the meeeting will appear shortly. One of the actions agreed was to seek the views of resident’s on the name for the land. There will be a post on this soon.

The Woods Committee has a dedicated page on the Signpost here.

 

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Speed Watch

Your Community Speedwatch

Due to concerns raised over speeding vehicles in the village the Parish Council has agreed to join Community Speedwatch.

The scheme needs the support of adult volunteers from the village who will be properly trained in the use of a calibrated speed detection device the same as the Police use. We cannot, and do not want to, fine speeding drivers but they will get a warning letter from the Police and if they re offend the Police will visit them personally.

The scheme is designed to educate drivers and make them aware of speeding and its dangers in our community. Evidence collected can be used by the Parish Council in discussions with the County Council over possible traffic calming measures.

We need 12 adult volunteers who will be trained early summer 2017. If you are interested please contact Pat Knight with your details and he will send you a form and further details.

Introducing Speedwatch cannot be achieved without your help. It must be worth it to make our roads in our community safer. Thanks.

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SARA Field – Your Input?

SARA Field Review Group Wants Your Views

In the last SARA field update the SARA Field Review Group said it wanted to get  your views on the use of the multi-sports area. Details are below.

We’ve also added a page collecting all the details of the Review Group. You can find it under Village Venues – SARA Field – Review Group.

The following update has been received from Pat Knight…….

“Boxes have been placed in Village Meats Station Road, The CoOp (on top of the cash machine) and at the School (in reception).

Please put a piece of paper in the box with the one activity you and your family would want to see the area used for from the following list:-

  • football,
  • cricket,
  • hockey,
  • netball,
  • basketball
  • tennis.

This is to gauge public opinion. The boxes will be collected on Monday 6th February 2017.

Please pass this on to anybody you know who may not have seen this.

Thank you.”

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Boddington Road

Closed 27th January for Road Works

Boddington Road between Byfield and Boddington Reservoir will be closed on 27th January between 08:30and 15:00 for roadworks.

Diversion via the Welsh Road.

Details on Roadworks.org.

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Sidney & Percy Road Works

The letter that can be viewed on the link below has been sent by Northamptonshire Highways to residents that are directly affected. We add it here so that everyone can know about possible disruption to traffic in Sidney Road and Percy Road between 6th and 15th February.

Residents will not be able to park in affected parts of these streets during the working day so unfortunately there will be considerable problems with everyone trying to find parking in the surrounding streets. Notices with the details of dates and times will be posted closer to the date of the works.

Residents Letter

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Council Minutes

December Meeting Minutes Available

Following their approval at January’s Council meeting the Minutes for the 13th December meeting of the Parish Council are now available.

They can be downloaded here: Parish Council Minutes 13th December 2016.

Items discussed included:-

  • Review of trees on parish land.
  • Various planning applications.
  • Receipts & payments

These minutes also include the Minutes of the SARA Field Review Group from 1st December 2016. (Note there will be a separate page for these in future.)

Minutes of previous meetings are allways available here: Council Meeting Minutes.

 

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Woodford In Steam

One For The Railway Enthusiasts

Thanks to Joe Pitt for pointing this out….

In the February edition of Steam World there is a four page article on life around the engine sheds at Woodford Halse.

Copies are available (£4.50) at Bobbies News and there will be a second article next month apparently.

 

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Roadworks Alert

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

Details on Roadworks.org.

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Railway Walk

Not sure how this got missed last year but the Woodford Halse Archive Group created a local walk covering some the village’s railway history.

The details of the walk were published as a pamphlet available from Station Stores for £0.20. These are still available.

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Accounts & Budgets

Last year the Parish Council spent £140,000 on local services and amenities. Details of income and expenditure are shown each month in the minutes of the Parish Council meetings (available here) but we have now added a new page to the site which makes available the annual budget and the most recent financial statement of accounts.

You can find this under the Parish Council section of the site and the page itself is available here: Accounts & Budgets.

 

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Central Woods News

Management Committee First Meeting

Central Woods is the area of land purchased by the Parish Council in 2016 for the benefit of the community.

A Management Committee is being established to consider all matters relating to the land, reporting to the Parish Council. The committee will meet regulalry. Parish Council has nominated five members and has asked for a further five non-councillor members to be invovled.

The first meeting, which will involve nominated Parish Councillors and a number of residents that have expressed an interest in being involved, will take place on 26th January.

Here is the Agenda:-

Agenda for First Management Committee Meeting 26-01-17

Details of meetings and news about the woodland will appear here on the Signpost. We’ve set up a page under Village Venues to carry this information: Central Woods.

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Woodford Walks Update

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Thanks to June Irani for pointing out the Walking Britain web site which has suggestions for local walks.

I’ve added a link to this from our Woodford Walks page.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #74

Identity Fraud and Identity Theft

Her’s a guide to identity theft and identity fraud from Northant Police….

Identity Theft

Identity theft happens when fraudsters access enough information about someone’s identity (such as their name, date of birth, current or previous addresses) to commit identity fraud. Identity theft can take place whether the fraud victim is alive or deceased.

If you’re a victim of identity theft, it can lead to fraud that can have a direct impact on your personal finances. It could also make it difficult for you to obtain loans, credit cards or a mortgage until the matter is resolved.

Identity Fraud

Identity fraud can be described as the use of that stolen identity in criminal activity to obtain goods or services by deception.

Fraudsters can use your identity details to:

  • Open bank accounts.
  • Obtain credit cards, loans and state benefits.
  • Order goods in your name.
  • Take over your existing accounts.
  • Take out mobile phone contracts.
  • Obtain genuine documents such as passports and driving licences in your name.

Stealing an individual’s identity details does not, on its own, constitute identity fraud. But using that identity for any of the above activities does.

The first you know of it may be when you receive bills or invoices for things you haven’t ordered, or when you receive letters from debt collectors for debts that aren’t yours.

Protect Yourself

Criminals commit identity theft by stealing your personal information. This is often done by taking documents from your rubbish or by making contact with you and pretending to be from a legitimate organisation.

Ways to protect yourself against identity fraud…

  • Don’t throw out anything with your name, address or financial details without shredding it first.
  • If you receive an unsolicited email or phone call from what appears to be your bank or building society asking for your security details, never reveal your full password, login details or account numbers. Be aware that a bank will never ask for your PIN or for a whole security number or password.
  • If you are concerned about the source of a call, wait five minutes and call your bank from a different telephone making sure there is a dialling tone.
  • Check your statements carefully and report anything suspicious to the bank or financial service provider
  • Don’t leave things like bills lying around for others to look at.
  • If you’re expecting a bank or credit card statement and it doesn’t arrive, tell your bank or credit card company.
  • If you move house, ask Royal Mail to redirect your post for at least a year.
  • Use a credit reference agency to alert you to any key changes on your credit file that could indicate potential fraudulent activity. These credit reference agencies offer a credit report checking service: • Callcredit • Equifax • Experian • ClearScore • Noddle

Victim Advice

What should you do if you’ve been a victim of identity fraud?

Act quickly – you mustn’t ignore the problem. Even though you didn’t order those goods or open that bank account, the bad debts will end up under your name and address.

If you believe you’re a victim of identity fraud involving plastic cards (e.g. credit and debit cards), online banking or cheques, you must report it to your bank as soon as possible. Your bank will then be responsible for investigating the issue and they will report any case of criminal activity to the police. The police will then record your case and decide whether to carry out follow-up investigations.

If you think you’re a victim of another kind of identity fraud, you must report the matter to the relevant organisation. Depending on their advice, you should then alert your local police force.

You should report all lost or stolen documents – such as passports, driving licences, plastic cards, cheque books – to the relevant organisation.

If you’re not sure which organisation to call, contact Action Fraud for advice.
Contact the Royal Mail Customer Enquiry line on 08457 740 740 if you suspect your mail is being stolen or that a mail redirection has been fraudulently set up on your address. The Royal Mail has an investigation unit that will be able to help you.

Get a copy of your credit report. A credit report will show you any searches done by a lender, what date the search took place, what name and address it was done against and also for what type of application. It will also show what credit accounts are set up in your name. You can contact any one of these credit reference agencies and receive support in resolving credit report problems caused by identity fraud. • Callcredit • Equifax • Experian • ClearScore • Noddle.

Look at your credit report closely. If you find entries from organisations you don’t normally deal with, contact them immediately. Remember to keep a record of all your actions, including the people you’ve spoken to and when, and keep copies of all letters you send and receive. The credit reference agencies will contact lenders on your behalf where fraudulent applications have been made or fraudulent credit accounts opened in order to restore your credit history to its former state.
If fraud has been committed, report it to Action Fraud

 

Further Advice

Plastic cards

If your plastic cards are lost or stolen, cancel them immediately. Keep a note of the emergency numbers you should call.

When giving your card details or personal information over the phone, internet or in a shop, make sure other people cannot hear or see your personal information.
Documents

Keep your personal documents in a safe place, preferably in a lockable drawer or cabinet at home. Consider storing valuable financial documents such as share certificates with your bank.

Don’t throw away entire bills, receipts, credit-or debit-card slips, bank statements or even unwanted post in your name. Destroy unwanted documents, preferably by using a shredder.
Passwords and PINs

Never give personal or account details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly. Be suspicious even if they claim to be from your bank or the police.

Don’t use the same password for more than one account and never use banking passwords for any other websites. Using different passwords increases security and makes it less likely that someone could access any other accounts.
Protecting the identity of deceased family members

Criminals sometimes use the identities of deceased persons to commit fraud, which can be very distressing for those close to the deceased.

The following websites offer deceased person mail preference services and provide further information on this issue:

  • The Bereavement Register
  • Deceased Preference Service
  • Mailing Preference Service

Credit reference agencies

The credit reference agencies provide a free victims of fraud service for anyone who has had their personal details used fraudulently. Importantly, the credit reference agencies liaise with each other, and the banks, to restore compromised personal credit records. The service can be accessed by contacting Experian, Equifax or Callcredit by using the contact details below:

Equifax
Phone: 0800 121 4752 Web: www.equifax.co.uk/ask

Callcredit
Phone: 0870 060 1414 Email: vof@callcreditgroup.com

Experian
Phone: 0844 481 8000 Email: consumer.helpservice@uk.experian.com

Experian Credit Expert Web: www.creditexpert.co.uk

ClearScore Web: www.clearscore.com

Noddle Web: www.noddle.co.uk

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Guiding in Woodford

Girlguiding Is Simply Amazing!

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

Contact Kelly Dicks for more details……
Woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com or phone her on  07854854374

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SARA Field News

Your Views Wanted On The Astroturf Area

Here’s an update regarding The SARA Field from Pat Knight…..

A group has been set up with representatives from the football club, bowls club, cricket club and Parish Council. The aim is to redevelop the shared sports area where the astroturf is. The idea is for it to be shared and the group want to ask the community to list the activities it could be used for in order of preference so the group can move forward to provide a facility the community can use.

In the past, the area has been mainly used for football and basketball. This list has been drawn up from general opinions within the group and from listening to some local users of the area.

Please pass this message on to other people who may not see this post. Boxes will be left in several public areas which will be published on here next week. This post will be updated this week with details of when and where the boxes will be available to put your activity choice in. They will be in place for 3 weeks. Watch this space for locations and dates. Please do not post on here but use the boxes.

Activities:-

  • football,
  • cricket,
  • tennis,
  • netball,
  • basketball
  • hockey.

Your opinion matters, please take the time to think about it and watch this page for when and where the boxes will be available. Thank you.

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Methodist Services

Upcoming Services For Hinton Methodist Church

(for this month check your WOW or on-line here.)

FEBRUARY

4th: 10.00 am–11.30 am Woodford Churches Together Tea & Coffee Morning at Hinton Methodist Church

5th: 10.30 am Service at Hinton Methodist Church with Communion

12th: 10.30 am Hinton Methodists at Circuit Service at Fairway Methodist Church, Banbury

19th: 10.30 am Hinton Methodists at Upper Boddington Methodist Chapel
26th: 10.30 am Service at Hinton Methodist Church

MARCH
4th: 10.00 am–11.30 am Woodford Churches Together Tea & Coffee Morning at Hinton Methodist Church

5th: 10.30 am Service at Hinton Methodist Church

Woodford Churches Together Tea & Coffee Morning at Hinton Methodist Church

Saturdays 4th February & 4th March – All welcome including family, friends, neighbours and have a free cup of Tea/Coffee with cake at Hinton Methodist Church. You can also buy gifts to support the chosen charity.

 

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St Mary’s Services

Upcoming Services For St.Mary’s Church, Woodford

(for this month check your WOW or on-line here.)

FEBRUARY

4th: 10am to 11.30 am Woodford Churches Together – FREE Tea/Coffee and cake, held at Hinton Methodist Church.

5th: 8.30am BCP Communion at Byfield; 9.30am Parish Communion at Boddington; 10.30am Morning Worship at Eydon; 11am Communion at St Mary’s and 6pm Evening Prayer at Aston-le-Walls.

12th: 9am BCP Communion at Eydon; 9.30am Parish Communion at Aston-le-Walls; 10am Café Church at St Mary’s; 11am Parish Communion at Byfield and 6pm Evening Prayer at Aston-le-Walls.

19th: 8.30 BCP Communion at Aston-le-Walls; 9am Parish Communion at Eydon; 9.30 Parish Communion at Boddington; 11am Family Service at Byfield and 11am Parish Communion at St Mary’s.

26th: 10am Benefice Service at Boddington.

MARCH

4th: 10am to 11.30 am Woodford Churches Together – FREE Tea/Coffee and cake, held at Hinton Methodist Church.

5th: 8.30am BCP Communion at Byfield; 9.30am Parish Communion at Boddington; 10.30am Morning Worship at Eydon; 11am Communion at St Mary’s and 6pm Evening Prayer at Aston-le-Walls.

Don’t forget ST MARY’S DROP IN FOR COFFEE AND CHAT every Thursday from 9 o’clock until 11o’clock, during term times.

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Anti Fraud Hint #73

Migrant Helpline Phishing Fraud

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

Here’s a warning about a new fraud attempt to watch out for….

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses purporting to be from ‘Migrant Helpline’.

The email address sending the majority of emails is noreply@yeshivadonations.com, however multiple email addresses have been seen. Although Migrant Helpline is a genuine charity, fraudsters are using it to trick members of the public into becoming victims of this fraud.

It should be noted that this fraud is in no way related to the real charity.

The subject line currently is ‘Thank you for choosing to donate to Migrant helpline’

The message body reads as the following:

Thanks again for donating
We’re sending it straight to Migrant Helpline so you’ll be making a difference very soon.
Your donation details:
First name: ****
Last name: ****
Tel. *********
Amount: £196
Donation Reference: 09493495
If you have any questions about your donation, please follow this link and download Your (Donation Reference 09493495), with the transaction details listed above.
With your help, YeshivaDonations can continue to work in Syria and neighbouring countries to deliver clean water and life-saving supplies to millions of people.
Your generosity is bringing much-needed assistance to families who have lost everything as a result of the crisis in Syria.
Warm regards,
YeshivaDonation

The first name, last name and telephone number are targeted and appear to be correct for those they are sent to.

Once the link is clicked, a well known Trojan (Ramnit) is downloaded onto the victim’s device. This malware is equipped to target and steal personal and corporate banking details.

PROTECTION/PREVENTION ADVICE:

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

Please consider the following actions:

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

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

 

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Anti-Fraud Hint #72

Ransomware – How To Avoid It

Ransomware is a type of malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files, demanding a ransom payment through certain online payment methods (and by an established deadline) in order to regain control of your data. It can be downloaded through fake application updates or by visiting compromised websites. It can also be delivered as email attachments in spam or dropped/downloaded via other malware (i.e. a Trojan). It is a scam designed to generate huge profits for organised criminal groups. To prevent and minimise the effects of Ransomware, Northamptonshire Police advise you to take the following measures:

DO BROWSE AND DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE ONLY FROM TRUSTED WEBSITES.
Use official sources and reliable websites to keep your software patched with the latest security releases. Always use the official version of software.

DON’T INSTALL OR RUN NON-TRUSTED OR UNKNOWN SOFTWARE.
Do not install programs or applications on your computer if you do not know where they come from. Some pieces of malware install background programs that try to steal personal data.

DON’T PAY OUT ANY MONEY.
Paying does not guarantee that your problem will be solved and that you will be able to access your files again. In addition, you will be supporting the cybercriminals’ business and the financing of their illegal activities.

DO USE ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE.
Install and keep anti-virus (AV) and firewall software updated on your devices. AV can help keep your computer free of the most common malware. Always check downloaded files with AV software. You can easily find many free options on the market.

DO REGULARLY BACK UP THE DATA STORED ON YOUR COMPUTER.
Full data backups will save you a lot of time and money when restoring your computer. Even if you are affected by Ransomware, you will still be able to access your personal files (pictures, contact lists, etc.) from another computer. There are a number of high quality data backup solutions available on the internet for free.

DO CONSULT YOUR ANTI-VIRUS PROVIDER ON HOW TO UNLOCK AND REMOVE THE INFECTION FROM THE DEVICE.
There are numerous official websites and blogs with instructions on how to safely remove this type of malware from your electronic devices. For example one such site is www.nomoreransom.org which is able to check whether you have been infected with one of the Ransomware variants for which there are decryption tools available free of charge.

REMEMBER always seek the advice of your IT Department/Engineers or speak to an IT expert before trying to resolve any problems.

Here is some more advice on Malware (software that tries to do mailicious things to your computer), Ransomware, Hacking (unauthorised access to computers), Data Breach (illegal use of data) and DDOS (distributed denial of service : software that aims to bring web sites down by swamping them with traffic):
www.Cyberstreetwise.com
www.getsafeonline.org/online-safety-and-security/
www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z_of_fraud
www.cert.gov.uk/resources/external-content/useful-links/
www.europol.europa.eu/content/page/crime-prevention-advices-129

 

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Anti-Fraud Hint #71

Property Fraud Alert

The National Fraud Information Bureau (NFIB) has gathered information that organised criminal groups are currently targeting empty properties in the UK to apply for loans, duping mortgage providers and causing further distress to members of the public.


The NFIB has learned that criminal networks were identifying empty properties using names on the published obituaries and carrying out further research on the Land Registry. Once a suitable property has been discovered the criminal group then organise for fake documentation to be produced, registering on the electoral role and with utility companies. They meticulously work through the legal hurdles until the finances are released by the unsuspecting organisation. The rights to the property actually belong to a completely innocent party who have no idea the crime has taken place until a much later point.

There is an increased risk of fraud when:

  • property is empty or has been bought-to-let
  • the owner is spending time abroad or is absent
  • the owner is infirm or in a nursing or care home
  • a relationship breaks down between the property owners/dwellers
  • a property has no mortgage

Protect yourself against property fraud

  • Be very wary of mail solicitations claiming great returns, no matter how good they look. Check out the company first. For example, does it have a legitimate street address and landline number?
  • If a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
  • Owners who are concerned their property might be subject to a fraudulent sale or mortgage can quickly alert the Land Registry and speak to specially trained staff for practical guidance about what to do next by calling the Property Fraud Line on 0300 006 7030. The line is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

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

 

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Indoor Bowls Club

We’ve updated the detail for the Indoor Bowls Club on our page for Local Sports & Fitness Groups.

They meet now in Boddington Village Hall on Mondays 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00pm.

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Web Site Update

& Survey Feedback

Each year I do a report for Parish Council on how the Village Signpost is doing.

The Signpost was created by the Parish Council to provide on-line access to key information about the parish and the decisions taken by your Council.

Here is this year’s report: Web Site Report to Council 2016.

In summary the site was visited over 21,000 times with over 50,000 page views!

During December we also asked for your views to help steer the future of the web site. Thanks you to all that responded. Here is a summary of the results. December 2016 Web Site Opinion Survey

 

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