More Easter Fun

Woodford’s Got Two Egg Hunts This Year!

As well as Jess Marriott & Chantelle Curzon’s Easter Egg Hunt on Friday 30th March, the FSA is holding an event on Saturday 31st March.

12.00 – 4.00

PROCEEDS TO THE SCHOOL FSA

Start & Finish at Woodford Halse Academy.

Find the eggs, win a prize!

Sponsored by:

  • B&M landscapes;
  • Creative Honour Boards;
  • Cherwell Financial Services
  • Rural Advertiser
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WOW On The Way

The March edition of the WOW has been printed, folded and despatched to the distributors.

Copies are being delivered during the course of this week. If you do not receive yours in the next few days please let us know here: – wow.woodford@gmail.com.

Here is the electronic version: WOW March 2018

Deadline for copy for the next WOW is Wednesday 14th March.

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Charity Fun Run

Football Club, 11th March 14:00 to 17:00

Robin Gustar is organising a charity fun run and family day in aid of Action for Children.

There will be a 1km kids run, a 3km run and a 5km guided (maybe muddy) run.

There will be several local business stalls set up in the football club and children’s entertainment, including inflatable fun from Ubounce.

The bar will be open for food and refreshments. The cost of entry to the runs is £3 for children and £5 for adults. All runners will receive a medal. All money raised from the run will go to charity. Please invite your friends. Robin looks forward to seeing you all there.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #88

Dodgy Fish Alert

The following fraud alert has been passed on by Northamptonshire Police Community Connect…..

 

Northamptonshire County Councils Trading Standards Service are warning residents to beware of doorstep fish sellers. Last week homes were called at in the south of the county where residents were duped into buying fish that was incorrectly described and near the end of its use by date. They were also misled as to the weight of the fish supplied and the unit price leading to them also being overcharged.

Trading Standards advice is not to purchase goods on the doorstep and to only purchase goods from reputable sellers.

If you see any suspicious doorstep callers please report the details to the Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) on 0345 23 07 702

 

 

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Garden Club AGM

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Small Ads

We’re going to try to see if there is demand for a “small ads” page here on the Signpost. It has been mentioned as an idea in previous surveys.

Have a look here to see our first ad!

You can find it via the menu bar at the top of the page, next to “Village News”.

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02/21 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on Wednesday 21st February January 2018 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library).

Download a copy of the agenda 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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Catesby Tunnel Project

In case you’re wondering what the work beside the A361 at Charwelton just north of the Cherwell Bridge is all about, you can find out more in this Daventry Express article.

Or have a look at this short BBC video which explains what they are trying to do. (Thanks to Ady Horner for this link)

The Catesby Tunnel was part of the route Great Central railway line that ran through Woodford Halse. It was almost 3000 yards long and build between 1895 and 1897. It was first used in 1898 and the last train ran through it in 1966.

 

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Village Spring Clean

After all the winter storms and before spring really kicks in, it’s time for the annual Village Spring Clean.

If you have any time free between 10am and 2pm on Saturday March 17th please come along and help make a difference to the village.

Rubbish from the 2017 Clean Up!

Bags, gloves and litter pickers will be available at the football club clubhouse and plenty of refreshments available at the Clubhouse.

A little help does make a lot of difference to the village. All rubbish will be picked up and taken away from the football club car park collection point.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Iain Osborne on 07934464053.

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Play Area Update

At last night’s Parish Council meeting the Chairman asked to publicly thank all those that had offered to assist with the repair of the swing in the Ryfields Play Area.

Sadly, the Council have to decline these offers because of  the risk of public liability insurance issues in the event of future breakages or accidents.

The Council will claim on its insurance if vandalism is covered (The Parish Clerk is looking into this) but we still do not yet know how we will be able to repair or replace the swing.

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Plan Examination Completed

The independent examiner has now completed his review of the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan.

A copy of the Examiner’s Report is available via the Daventry District Council Neighbourhood Planning – Plans Submitted page.

The examiner has asked that a number of changes be made to the Plan, mainly to make sure that the Plan’s wording is  “clear and unambiguous and … drafted with sufficient clarity that a decision maker can apply them consistently and with confidence when determining planning applications.”

Once these changes have been made, Daventry District Council will make a decision as to whether or not the draft Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions and whether it should proceed to referendum of voters in the parish. If there is a majority of those voting in favour of the plan it will come into force.

You can access the latest documents relating to the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan on the Daventry District Council Neighbourhood Plan web page: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning 

You can see all the previous updates relating to the Neighbourhood Development Plan here on the Signpost.

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13/02/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 13/02/18

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

(Please note this post has the correct date : previous post showed it as 07/02)

Discussion points include:-

  • Timetable for Parish Council & District Council Elections
  • Uses for the Community Infrastructure Levy from 32 dwellings on Grants Hill development.
  • Planning applications including revisions to the Byfield Medical Centre planning application
  • PCSO Liaison, Library & Woodland issues
  • Planning for the village clean-up (18th March)
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A361 Closed 12 & 13/02

The A361 will be CLOSED at Chipping Warden between 9:15am and 3:30pm on February 12th and 13th for road patching work.

Details on Roadworks.org,

Don’t forget you can always view local roadworks details here on the Signpost.

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Play Area Problems

The saucer swing in the Ryfields Play Area has sadly been vandalised.

The estimates that we have for repair suggest it will cost at least £3000 – the support strut has been broken off at the base, as you can see. The Council does not have the funding for that this year or in the budget for next year either. So, at the moment, we do not know how or when it is likely to be fixed.

It has been made safe temporarily until we know what to do about it but in the meantime should not be used.

Kay Coles (Chair of Parish Council) wishes to pass on her thanks to all those that have come forward with offers of help. There are difficulties because of the Parish’s public liability insurance means they must use qualified installers but Kay is very grateful for everyone’s support.

 

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Easter Egg Hunt

Why not come along and join in Woodford’s Easter Egg Hunt starting at the Memorial Hall!

Chantelle Curzon and Jess Marriott are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt to raise funds for their project in India, in the summer of 2019.

The Egg Hunt will consist of 12 questions dotted around the village, which will lead you to the name of who framed Roger Rabbit. Those who get the correct answer will be put into a prize draw to win the Easter chocolate hamper. Even by taking part you will win a small prize. Taking part in the Easter Egg Hunt is £3 per person or £10 for a family of 4.

As well as the Easter Egg Hunt around the village, there will be refreshments and other stalls for everyone to get involved in to win Easter prizes. Some of the stalls at this event include; Guess the number of eggs in a jar, Name the Bunny, Tombola and a Craft table, etc.

This event will be taking place at the Memorial Hall on Good Friday, 30th March from 10:30am – 3pm.

Everyone is welcome! Come along and kick off the Easter weekend!

If you have any questions or queries, please message Chantelle or Jess on Facebook via their event page.

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WOW Deadline Soon

The deadline for the March edition of What’s On In Woodford (WOW) is:-

Friday 9th February

Items for inclusion can be sent as follows:-

Email to wow.woodford@gmail.com

Paper copy to: Top to Toe (The Hairdresser in Station Road) or to Rebecca and Paul Hymers at 12 Farndon Road.

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Garden Club 2018

Here is this year’s programme of meetings for the Woodford Halse Garden Club.

There’s a wide range of topics covered with visits and talks; everything from Acanthus to Zinia?

Download their programme here:- WHGC 2018 Programme

For more details contact: Dianne Kenny, email: woodfordhalsegardenclub@hotmail.com

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3D Canons Ashby

Do you know what’s been going on at Canons Ashby house?

Canons Ashby is the nearest National Trust property to Woodford Halse.  It’s an interesting house with beautiful gardens (and has a a very nice tea room!). It was the home of the Dryden family who were responsible for building Woodford’s school (now the Dryden Hall).

Canons Ashby – the home of the Dryden family.

Over this winter the National Trust has been working with Museum of London Archaeology to record aspects of the building. You can learn more here.

As well as using traditional drawn and photographic survey techniques to record Canons Ashby, the archaeologists have also carried out a complete laser survey (see earlier update). The data from the laser survey has now been used to create some 3D computer models of several intriguing features within the house.

You can see those images on this web site.  Click on them to zoom in for a very high definition view.

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Water Warning

Anglian Water have posted a notice that they are going to be carrying out work to investigate a leak at the bottom of Quinton Lane between Wednesday 7th February and Friday 9th February.

It is not known if this work will cause any supply disruption; let’s hope not!

Link to their posting: Leak Investigation at Quinton Lane

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Advice Volunteers Needed

Open Afternoon at Citizens Advice Daventry and District

Citizens Advice Daventry and District provides free, confidential, impartial information and advice to the residents of Daventry Town and the surrounding District.

They are keen to find more volunteers to support their work in a 5range of different roles.

So, if you have some spare time you’d like to fill, if you are a good listener and are willing to learn a new skill, and you want to find out more you can join their team for tea, cake and to meet up.

Go along on April 18th, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Citizens Advice Daventry and District, The Abbey, Market Square, Daventry, NN11 4XG

If you need information on our location or are unable to attend but would like some details sending then please ring 01327 701644.

You can find out more, including details of the wide range of skills and support that they are looking for in this flyer.

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Junior Cricket

New Year – Nearly New Season For Our Junior Cricket Teams!

Woodford Halse Junior Cricket outdoor season will start on Friday 20th April 2018.

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!

So if your child would like to come and have a go at cricket to see if they would like it, why not take them to the club’s first session! It’s super fun with games played throughout the season and a great game to learn!

All details will be announced soon!

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

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Got Your WOW?

By now every house in the village should have received a copy of the February WOW.

If you haven’t had yours then something’s gone wrong. 😳

Here are two things you should do:-

    1. Let the WOW team know so they can get it fixed next month : wow.woodford@gmail.com
    2. Download a digital copy here.
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February Breakfast

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 3rd of February, at the usual time.

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

Menu:

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

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

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Woodland Drone

Want to see how the woodland looks from above?

Have a look on this video….

We’ve added a page to the Woodland part of the Signpost so you’ll be able to find it in future here:  http://www.woodford-halse-villagesignpost.co.uk/great-central-woodland/video/

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Church Diary Update

Details of services during February 2018, in and around Woodford have been added to the Church Diary page.

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February WOW!

WOW is now dropping through letterboxes across the village. If you do not receive yours in the next few days please let us know here: – wow.woodford@gmail.com.

Here is the electronic version: WOW February 2018

Please note there are two corrections in this version from your paper copy:-

  • a typo in the web site address for the Signpost: apologies, we do try to check everything but this slipped through!
  • opening times for the library are changed. We didn’t find out until the print version of WOW had already gone to press. Times on the Signpost are correct.
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Woodland Signage

You may have noticed that the village now has some new signs at the entries to the Great Central Woodland.

The Parish would like to thank County Councillor Robin Brown for supporting this by making funds available from the Northamptonshire County Empowerment Fund which supports community projects.

To go with the signs we have published a few simple rules that we ask all users of the Woodland to follow please. You can reach this via the Woodland web page.

PLUS: If you don’t know what the black and white blobby square is on the signs, it’s called a QR code. If your phone has a QR code app, you can point your phone’s camera at the code and it will show you the Woodland web page. Assuming you can get a signal… 🙂

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11/17 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 16th November 2017 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 16 Nov 2017

 

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Bins & Parking Please!

A note from the Parish Council…

Firstly, it’s bin day today but please can you remember to take your bin in tonight after it has been emptied. In some parts of the village, bins that are left out for longer than they need to be block pathways and force people to walk in the road.

Secondly, the parking behind the Library is only for users of the Library and the Dryden Hall and Farndon Room. Access is limited at the moment because of the skip being used for the church renovations taking up space in the car park and so it is more important than ever that only users of the halls park here.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Woodford cum Membris Parish Council

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A361 Closed 25/01

The A361 will be CLOSED between the junction with Stefen Way at Daventry  (although other sources say between Charwelton Road) and the Culworth Road junction at Chipping Warden between 8:00pm on January 25th and 6:00am January 26th for gully cleaning, lining, vegetation cuts, VSF repairs (?) and road patching work.

Details on Roadworks.org,

Don’t forget you can always view local roadworks details here on the Signpost.

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12/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 12th December Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 12th December 2017

This meeting included:-

  • Presentation by new Head of Woodford Halse CE Primary Academy
  • Discussion of the outcome of the Public Meeting on local policing
  • Discussion of the outcome of the Public Meeting on the library

A list of expenditure and income for the month is also provided.

 

 

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New Alert Service

From Northamptonshire Police.

Neighbourhood Alert is the new messaging service run by Northamptonshire Police. It takes over from the previous service known as Community Connect.
Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert and now has greater functionality than previously, allowing frontline police officers to send alert messages direct from their mobile devices to thousands of local people. They will be able to do this in real-time while they are out and about policing the county.
The alert service is free and simple to activate by registering at www.northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk It is available to anyone living or working in Northamptonshire.
 
After signing up to the messaging system, you will receive regular alerts from Northamptonshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other partner organisations, keeping you up to date and informed about crime, and issues relevant to them and the area where they live or work.
Alerts are received either by email, text message or voice message – whichever suits.  You will also get the option of what you want to receive alerts about, and how often – you will only receive messages about topics you have selected.
Many Northants Police neighbourhood officers and response teams have been trained to use the alert system and are now regularly sending out messages to the public, including; crime alerts, missing person alerts, witness appeals and crime prevention advice.
This alert tool provide Northamptonshire Police with a really effective way to reach the communities they serve, improving the flow of information, with the aim of making a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and the reduction of anti-social behaviour.
There are already 10,000 local people registered with Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert.
Please visit the website and register.

 

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Puzzle Club

Woodford’s Puzzle Club meets in the Farndon Room (behind the Library), once a month on a Tuesday, 10:30am to 1:00pm.

£2.00 per adult, drop in, swop puzzles, enjoy some coffee and cake.

All ages welcome, any unwanted puzzles gratefully received.

Puzzle Club

More info: contact June Irani

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Village Plan Examination

The Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan is going through the process of being reviewed by an independent examiner.

The examiner has asked the various contributors to Daventry District Council’s consultation process to comment on the Parish’s and District’s response to their input. Daventry has written to all those affected to ask for their views.

This process gives those wishing to comment until the 2nd February 2018. After that the examiner will conclude his work, taking account of any responses and hopefully allowing the plan to be finalised so that it can be put before all registered voters in the Parish in a local referendum.

As part of this the District Council has also published three more documents:-

  • Examiner’s Questions of Clarification
  • Planning Policy Assessment
  • Ecological Data Search

You can access these documents on the Daventry District Council Neighbourhood Plan web page: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning (Scroll down – the Woodford plan details are below those for Crick)

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Web Site Report

Each year a report is compiled for Parish Council on how this web site is used.

The report covering 2017 is available here: Web Site Report to Council

The report also refers to the 2017 Signpost User Survey, which many village residents contributed to. It is available here.

The Editorial Guidelines referred to in the report are available through the “About this Site” page. (See link at bottom of page)

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Classical Music?

Did you know Northampton had it’s own symphony orchestra?

It’s an amateur orchestra that produces professional performances!

Members of the orchestra are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and the orchestra performs in a number of venues in and around Northampton. Performances often feature well known guest soloists – last year’s programme included a performance by BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 finalist and winner in the woodwind section, Jess Gillam who went on to perform at last year’s Promenade Concerts.

Their next concert is on 24th February at Christ Church in Northampton with an evening of film music.

For details of the orchestra, future performances and details of how to buy tickets for their concerts you can learn more at their web site.

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Byfield Tennis

COACHING AT BYFIELD TENNIS CLUB 2018

FREE TENNIS FOR KIDS IN RECEPTION AND YEARS 1 & 2! Get your children started on a game that can last throughout their life! Our LTA coaches are offering a FREE, 4 week, Introduction to Tennis course for Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 children on Fridays 20th April to 11th May 4pm until 4.45pm.

RUSTY RACQUETS/BEGINNERS at 8.30-9.30 pm on Friday evenings, commencing 20-4-18. This is aimed at adult beginners/out of practice players. Non-members are welcome to these sessions.

IMPROVE YOUR DOUBLES PLAY for intermediate + players who are members of the tennis club, date tbc.

Please text or ring our LTA approved Head Coach, Peter Cowley, on 07539 244155 for full details of the above coaching and to reserve a space on our free junior programme (limited places).

Existing player?

Byfield Tennis Club has members from Byfield but most of the surrounding villages. On our 3 floodlit courts, we have club nights, competitive teams in the Banbury Leagues and an active adult and junior coaching programme. Club membership details are available from Sue Waterhouse 01327 261940.

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Found Dog…

Shared here for anyone that isn’t on Facebook.

Small white chihuahua found on back road to Eydon. Being kept at Harley Equestrian (01327 260818), if anyone knows who it belongs to .

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Apologies …

… to anyone that had problems accessing the Signpost this lunch time. We were off the air for over an hour due to problems with the servers that host our web site. These seem now to have been sorted out, although our hosting provider says that there may still be further outages.

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01/17 Yoga Meeting

A new series of Yoga classes are starting in the Memorial Hall this Wednesday (17th January), 6:30 – 7:30pm.

Details below….

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01/24 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on Wednesday 24th January 2018 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library).

Download a copy of the agenda 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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Quiz Night

Come and test your general knowledge at the Woodford School FSA Quiz Night at Woodford Sports & Community Club on Friday 2nd March 2018!

Tickets will be available soon.

Doors open at 7pm

Teams of 6 (maximum) can enter by purchasing tickets from FSA members, the Woodford Halse Football Club and Village Meats.

Alcoholic & Non Alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase from the bar.

Please note, due to capacity, only a limited number of tickets will be available.

FINAL DETAILS TBC SOON!

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Tea Party

The Tea Party is running in the memorial Hall on Saturday 10th February from 11:00, For more details contact Karon King on 07548 654400.

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Free Money

For Local Groups

Daventry District Council is launching it’s Local Lotto – a lottery designed to raise money for local community organisations.

There is a launch event to allow local groups to find out how it works and how they could benefit. This takes place on Wednesday 21st February 6:30 to 8:00pm at Daventry Rugby Club.

See the details of how to register in this poster:-

 

 

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Library Consultation Closing

Don’t forget that Northampton County Council’s consultation on Library Services closes on January 13th.

There is still time to make your views known here:-

NCC Consultation on Libraries

All of the options proposed involve the closure of Woodford’s library but the Parish Council is exploring the possibility of running a community library. Pat Darby is leading this initiative for the Parish Council.

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Council Meeting Feedback

Here are four pieces of news from last night’s Parish Council meeting…

Free Chips

There is a pile of wood chippings behind in the car park behind the Dryden Hall. These are FREE to anyone that wants. Just help yourself.

Don’t Use The Skip

There is also a skip in the car park. This is being used by the workers on the church roof. Please do not use this for rubbish. Having to empty the skip repeatedly is delaying work on the Church.

Village Clean Up

March 18th will be the date for the village Spring Clean. Please keep the date free and come along and help.

Car Park Care

We all know that there are car parking difficulties in the village, but residents are asked to remember that the car parks behind the Memorial Hall and the Library /  Dryden Hall are for hall users only.

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Over 55?

A new luncheon club is being launched for over 55’s in the village.

Sponsored by Hinton Methodist Church, the first meeting will take place on Thursday 25th January between 12:00 noon and 1:30pm in the Memorial Hall.

Tickets are £4.00 for a two course meal plus tea / coffee.

To book a place contact Irene on 01327 260149.

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Church Diary Updated

The details of church services for January are now available on the Church Diary page.

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09/01/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 09/01/18

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

Discussion points include:-

  • Planning applications in Byfield Road and at Hinton Manor Court
  • Receive reports on PCSO progress, the Library, the Woodland and the web site.
  • Set the Council’s budget & precept for 2018-19
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Your Feedback…

Two pieces of feedback received in the recent survey were:-

1. Requesting that the editor’s email address be made more prominent.

2. Providing a page on local roadworks

These two features proved easy to implement so they have been added.

The editor’s email address, woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com, is now at the top of the home page, just under the menu bar.

We have also been able to adapt the Roadworks.org map of local traffic and planned roadworks. This has been added to the page Local Roadworks (Please read the details on the page which explain how to get the most from this map.)

The page can be accessed via the Local Transport page under the Local Directory page or via the menu bar at the top of the page under Local Directory.

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Library Volunteers

Pat Darby has taken the lead role on the Parish Council for exploring the possibilities of a Community Library.

She now has an email address specifically for issues relating to this project: padarbylibrary@gmail.com

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New Year’s WOW!

Next edition of What’s On In Woodford (WOW) is coming soon.

A new edition is planned for the end of January. That means the absolute deadline for items you’d like to have included is Sunday January 14th.

So, if you want to update the list of contacts, provide an update on your local society or announce an event, make sure you get the details in on time.

Copy can be sent by email to wow.woodford@gmail.com or you can provide paper copy to Top To Toe in Station Road or to Rebecca & Paul Hymers at 12 Farndon Road.

(If you’ve lost your copy, the last one is available here.)

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Subscribers

Thanks to those that asked to be added to the web site’s subscription list to get automatic advice of new posts.

This has now been done. You should have an email asking you to verify that you wish to be added.

Anyone can ask to be added, so that you get these updates directly to your email box. Just enter your email address in the box at the bottom left hand corner of any page where it says “Subscribe!“.

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Survey: Thanks

Our survey is now closed.

Thanks to everyone that responded to our online survey. We had almost twice the number of replies that we had to earlier surveys.

Your views will be used as part of the annual report about the Signpost to the Parish Council and will help to decide how the site is developed in the future.

We will share the results of the survey here shortly.

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Survey: Last Chance

Our survey will close at midnight tonight.

Thanks to everyone that has responded so far but we want to give everyone a last chance to let us have their views. Feedback helps us to ensure the Village Signpost stays relevant to the needs of the village.

We know that not everyone uses the Internet but for those that do, we want the Signpost to be as useful as it can be.

Please help us by giving us your answers to the following questions or by clicking here to see the survey full screen).

Create your own user feedback survey

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Woodford’s Brownies

Girl guiding is simply amazing 👯 it helps girls of all ages find confidence, find and build 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 we will have 4 spaces in January! Surely there are lots of girls who want to join? Message Kelly Dicks on Facebook for more details 🎉😁🎂🦉

We are also looking for a new brownie helper of anyone would like to help out and get involved by giving up one hour of their week to volunteer please get in touch!

Woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com

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Want A Walk?

Looking for a healthly start to the New Year?

You can try one of our local walks or there are a couple around the Canons Ashby estate that might be fun.

Woodford’s Walks

Canons Ashby National Trust Walks

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11/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 14th November Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 14th November 2017

This meeting discussed County Council’s current financial position and policies, concerns over the Library and Byfield Surgery and various planning applications.

A list of expenditure and income for the month is also provided.

 

 

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Don’t Forget Our Survey

We like to have your views on what makes this web site work for you. Feedback helps us to ensure the Village Signpost stays relevant to the needs of the village.

We know that not everyone uses the Internet but for those that do, we want the Signpost to be as useful as it can be.

Please help us by giving us your answers to the following questions or by clicking here to see the survey full screen).

Create your own user feedback survey

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Business Update

Thanks to all those that let us know about their businesses for the Business Directory.

The latest version of the directory is here or can be viewed on-line as a flip book here.

Here are the new additions (full details with emails and web sites where available, are in the Directory)….

Drive & Garden Revival pride themselves in doing the best job possible for their customers at a competitive price. For Clifford Crawford, no landscape gardening / home maintenance job is too small, their aim is to please… free no obligation quotes available…. You can contact them on 07974151444

J A Landscapes provide garden maintenance, looking after  hedges, lawns, shrubs etc. Fencing, paving and decking. With over 20 years experience and free quotes on request you can contact them via Paul Anthony on 01327261253 or 07977453040.

Mark Wilde is offering guitar and ukulele tuition. He’s the first in our new Directory section “Hobbies & Interests”. He has 35 years experience playing all styles and works by getting pupils to play what they like to listen to in bespoke lessons to suit the pupil. He  teaches pupils to play by ear not by eye so reading music is not a necessity; although a little music theory goes a long way! You can reach Mark on  01327 209971.

For pest control there is First Pest Control and Garden Services. They cover Warwickshire, Northants and Oxfordshire and can be reached on  0800 061 4029.

Pawsome Puppy provides training for dogs of all ages using force free methods and one-to-one classes. They specialise in behaviour problems and reactive dogs. Call Silva Rainstorm on 07476105129 after 3pm to book your sessions.

Finally there is First We Eat. They are a catering service, and provide handmade chocolates and vintage crockery hire.  They specialise in catering for all occasions, specialty cakes and handmade chocolate truffles. Contact Diane Kenny on 01327 262454.

Local businesses are welcome to provide details for the Business Directory. You can let us know about your business here: Business Directory Form.

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Happy Xmas!

Here’s hoping all you Signpost readers have the happiest of times this Christmas!

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Vintage Road Run

Come and watch the start of the Boddington Vintage Association road run for vintage tractors and 4×4’s at the Football Club, 10:00am on New Year’s Eve, Sunday 31st December. Returning at around 12:00am.

Drinks available!

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Woodland Happy Xmas

A happy Christmas to all from the Woodland Management Committee.

Here’s one of the projects for next year, the Memorial Area, where the first clearance work has already been carried out. You can find out more about what is planned for the Memorial Glade here.

Keep up to date with all that is going on in the Woodland by checking in here or by following our Facebook page.

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Police Update

Councillor Gary Denby – the Parish Council Police Liaison – has provided the following two documents.

Firstly, for those that did not manage to attend the public meeting on policing on the 11th December, there is a copy of the presentation that was given there with much helpful data on costs, hours and PCSO activity.

Secondly, there are notes from the Police Parish Liaison Meeting on Thursday 30th November which provides useful background to Northamptonshire Police’s approach to policing in relation to rural parishes.

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Web Site Survey

Last year we asked users of the Signpost for their views. Feedback helps us to ensure the Village Signpost stays relevant to the needs of the village.

We know that not everyone uses the Internet but for those that do, we want the Signpost to be as useful as it can be.

Please help us by giving us your answers to the following questions or by clicking here to see the survey full screen).

Create your own user feedback survey

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Oh, Yes It Is!

It’s the Social Club Panto.

On Wednesday 27th December, 2:00pm. Tickets £5.50 from the Club & Village Meats.

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Medical Centre Update

Byfield Medical Centre has provided the following update on staffing in the New Year….. Don’t forget we have details of local healthcare services here.

SENIOR PARTNER

With the departure of Dr Bone on 28.12.17 Dr Harvey will take over as Senior Partner of the practice. Dr Harvey works all day Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Wednesday morning. On Fridays he alternates weekly between a full and half day.

PARTNER

Dr Nawaz works all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday morning. On Fridays he alternates weekly between a full and half day.

SALARIED GP

Dr Janet Davies will continue to work as a salaried GP at the practice working all day on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

SALARIED GP

Dr Catherine Blackman has started to work at the practice on Fridays as a locum GP, she will be joining us as a salaried GP in March and will be working all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

LOCUM GP

Dr Chloe James is employed as a locum to cover the maternity leave of Dr Nicola Moerdyk until November 2018, Dr James works all day Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

NURSE PRACTITIONER/PRESCRIBER

Paula Pengelly joins us in January she will be working all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and Thursday morning. She is trained to do most of what the GPs do.

She will start on 2nd January and will be working all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and Thursday mornings.

Do I need to see a GP or the Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners are all trained specialist nurses who have undertaken additional education in order to provide advanced nursing care. They can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a Doctor for in the past. Their main areas of expertise are in the management of common illnesses and long term conditions. The Nurse Practitioner can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide advice, organise blood tests or x-rays if appropriate, and treatment including a prescription if required. She can make referrals to hospital doctors or other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital when necessary. Unfortunately they are unable legally to sign a “Fit Note” for work, but if she feels you require one she can arrange this with the on-call GP. The Nurse Practitioner works closely with your GP and will liaise frequently with them about your care.

Same Day Appointments

She can see you on the day for the following –

  • wounds / scalds / burns
  • acute back pain/  joint sprains
  • shingles / rashes
  • chest infection
  • thrush / urinary tract infections / cystitis
  • headache
  • diarrhoea / vomiting
  • constipation
  • haemorrhoids
  • swollen glands
  • tonsillitis / earache / sinusitis
  • flu-like illnesses / coughs / raised temperature / sore throat

Routine Appointments

Paula is able to deal with:-

  • Newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Diabetic Reviews
  • New Hypertension diagnosis Asthma/COPD reviews
  • Spirometry results
  • Smoking cessation (including prescribing)
  • New Asthma/COPD diagnosis

What she CANNOT deal with

  • Problems associated with pregnancy
  • Mental health issues
  • Children under 5 years old
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Xmas Opening Times

Here are details of the Xmas opening times for local shops. This post will be updated as more shops publish their opening times. If you want your business to be added please email:  woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com

Blossom Shop Usual opening until Dec 23
Dec 24: Open until 12:00am
Dec 25 – Jan 1: CLOSED
Jan2: Open as normal
Faulkners Footwear Dec 24: 10:00 – 4:00pm
Dec 25: CLOSED
Dec 26: CLOSED
Dec 27: 10:00 – 5:00pm
Dec 28-30: 09:00 – 5:00pm
Dec 31: 10:00 – 2:00pm
Jan 1: CLOSED
Fleur De Lys Dec 23: 12:00 – Midnight
Dec 24: 12:00 – 11:00pm
Dec 25: 12:00 – 3:00pm
Dec 26: 12:00 – 11:00pm
Dec 27 & 28: 3:00 – 10:30pm
Dec 29: 1:00 – Midnight
Dec 30: 12:00 – Midnight
Dec 31: 12:00 – 1:00am
Jan 1: 1:00 – 10:30pm
Jan 2: 3:00 – 10:30pm
Foot Wise Podiatry Dec 21 – Dec 28:  CLOSED
Dec 29 : OPEN AM ONLY by appointment
Dec 30 – Jan 2: CLOSED
Jan 3: OPEN AS NORMAL
Lynns Fish & Chips Dec 23: 12:00-2:00pm & 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Dec 24: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Dec 25: CLOSED
Dec 26: CLOSED
Dec 27: CLOSED
Dec 28: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Dec 29: 12:00-2:00pm & 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Dec 30: 12:00-2:00pm & 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Dec 31: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Jan1: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Mark Belcher Estate Agents Dec 21: 09:00 – 4:00pm
Dec 22 – Jan 1: CLOSED
Jan 2: OPEN AS NORMAL
Post Office Dec 24: CLOSED
Dec 25: CLOSED
Dec 26: CLOSED
Dec 27: 9:00-1:00 / 2:00-5:30pm
Dec 28: 9:00-1:00 / 2:00-5:30pm
Dec 29: 9:00-1:00 / 2:00-5:30pm
Dec 30: 9:00-12:30
Dec 31: CLOSED
Jan 1: CLOSED
Jan 2: 9:00-1:00 / 2:00-5:30pm
Veterinary Surgery Dec 25: CLOSED
Dec 26: CLOSED
Jan 1: CLOSED
Woodford Interiors Dec 23 : 9:00am – 4:00pm
Dec 24 : 9:30am – 4:00pm
Dec 25 – Jan 7 : CLOSED
Jan 8 & after: Normal Opening Times
Woodford Tandoori Dec 25 : 1:00 – 5:00pm

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Library Meeting Info

At the recent public meeting on the future of the library in Woodford Halse, a presentation was given highlighting the costs and usage of the Library and the proposals put forward for consultation by Northants County Council.

A copy of that presentation is available here: Library Meeting 11th December 2017 Presentation.

Please note when reading this that the document has been compiled from a Powerpoint presentation and so on some pages images may overlay text from the preceding page.

Also provided are Councillor Gary Denby’s summary of the meeting which was provided to Councillors for the Parish Council Meeting on 12th December. This gives much useful background data and summarises the action points: Summary of Library Meeting 11th December 2017

Subsequent to the meeting Parish Council took the decision to explore the option of a Community Library.

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School’s 150 Years!

The school will be open from 3.30pm – 4.30pm on Monday 18th December for the WHOLE COMMUNITY to come and take a look around and enjoy tea & cake with former teachers and pupils!

Everyone is invited to come along and celebrate 150 years!!!!

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Update from Parish Council.

At last night’s Parish Council meeting, following on from the public meeting on Monday, the Council took two decisions.

1. On the PCSO it was agreed to continue with funding a PCSO for the village, reflecting the balance of views at the meeting. The Council will seek a service level agreement and put in place management to ensure visibility of value for money.

2. On the Library, the Council will complete an “expression of interest “ to potentially establish a community library, if County Council proceeds with its plans.

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Police & Library Meetings

Forthcoming meetings on local policing police and the library.

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

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Methodist Services

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

All are welcome.

Sunday 10 December  – Service at 10.30 a. m

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

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

Sunday 24 December – Service at 10.30 a.m.

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

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

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Post Office Decision

Post Office Decision Letter

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

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

 

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12/12/17 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 12/12/17

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

Discussion points include:-

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

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

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

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Business Update?

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

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

Download the latest directory here: Woodford Parish Business Directory

 

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Festive Recycling

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Daventry Xmas Parade

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

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

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

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

 

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Byfield Road

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

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

Details on Roadworks.org.

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

 

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December Big Breakfast

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

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

Menu:

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

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

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XMAS News

The Xmas News page is back!

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

You can find it here: Xmas News Page

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

Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Santa In The Village

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

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

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Daventry Development Plans

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

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

Here is the DDC announcement…..

Give your views on plans for the future of Daventry District

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

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

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

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

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

Other features of the Draft Plan include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to take part in the consultation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Church Diary December

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

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

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Northants & Libraries

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Police & Library Meeting Update

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

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

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

The meeting is open to all.

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WOW Distribution

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

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

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Plan News

Progress Report #10

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

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

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

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

Further progress reports will be published here when available.

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Signpost WOW Pages

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

Previous editions between 2013 and March 2017 are available here.

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December WOW’s Out!

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

Here’s a digital version :- WOW December 2017

 

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10/17 Council Minutes

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

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

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

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

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Brownies & Guides Fund Raiser

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

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

More details in this flyer.

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Regatta Date & Events

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

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

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

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Woods Memorial Glade

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

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

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

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

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10/17 Woods Committee Minutes

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

10/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

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

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

 

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Police & Library Public Meeting

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

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

The meeting is open to all.

More details will follow.

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Hagstone Pottery Sale

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

Contact Jacqueline Rappaport on 07903 717247 for details,

10% of all sales go to Katherine House Hospice

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Banbury Mosque

is offering a visit.

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

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

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Job Hunting? Look Out!

Anti-Fraud Hint #88

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

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

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

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

How to protect yourself:

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

What to do if you’re a victim:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remembrance

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

Many thanks to Brian Hedges for the photos.

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11/25 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy here.

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

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

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14/11/17 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 14/11/17

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

Discussion points include:-

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

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

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

The press release is published below…

MEDICAL CENTRE UNDER THREAT ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anti-Fraud Hint #87

Two Fraud Alerts

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

WhatsApp Voucher Fraud

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

Phantom Debt Collectors and Bailiffs Fraud Alert

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

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

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

Tips for staying safe:

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

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

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Remembrance Day Service

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

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

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

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

 

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A361 Night Road Closure

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

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

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

Details on Roadworks.org.

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

 

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Ryfields Play Area

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

Stephanie Hulme’s photo, used with acknowledgement.

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

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

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

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November Church Services

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

You can find it here:  Church Diary

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Breakfast is Back

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

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

Menu:

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

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

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Byfield Medical Centre News

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BYFIELD MEDICAL CENTRE VIA THEIR WEBSITE

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

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

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

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

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

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09/17 Woods Committee Minutes

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

09/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

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

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

 

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Operation Pumpkin

Tips for Halloween & Bonfire Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween safety tips:

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

Bonfire Night safety tips:

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

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

Management Plan Accepted by the Forestry Commission

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

This is an important milestone for the Woodland.

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

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

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

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Byfield Road Closure

Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th October

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

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

Roadworks.org

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Anti-Fraud Hint #86

Modelling Jobs Advanced Fee  –  Fraud Alert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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10/25 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy here.

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

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Byfield Medical Centre

Meeting on 24th October

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

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

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Woodland Feedback Please…

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

The recent vandalism at the Story Telling Circle highlights the problems in doing this. Discarded broken glass is particularly a problem.

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

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

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Story Circle : Warning

Sadly there has been deliberate damage to the Story Telling Circle in the Woodland.

One of the logs in the centre has been removed and set on fire. There are charred remains and a lot of bottles and empty cans plus lots of broken glass.

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

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Purple Planting People

On Saturday 4th November from 10am, there are plans to plant 1,500 purple crocus bulbs on the green (around the bus stop near Faulkners Shoe Shop).

This is part of the nationwide Rotary “Purple 4 Polio” campaign to plant 10 million (!) crocuses. Purple 4 Polio is an initiative working with the Bill Gates Foundation to raise awareness of the issues surrounding polio with the aim of eradicating it in the global population. It will also create a lovely sight in the village in spring.

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

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

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09/17 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 12th September Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 12th September 2017

This meeting discussed Daventry’s Clean & Green project, clearance of the land north of Hinton Road, planning applications and Sarafield initiatives.

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Seen This Van?

FP54 LRX

Police have asked residents to be on the lookout for a silver Citroen Cadre van which has been linked to distraction burglaries in the Daventry area.

The vehicle, registration FP54 LRX, has ladders on its roof and was sighted acting suspciously at a farm in the Kislingbury area shortly after 10am today (Thursday, October 12) where the driver was attempting to buy batteries.

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

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

 

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Police Alert

Meeting Planned for November

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Parish Council it was decided that a public meeting is needed to discuss future policing in the village.

The costs of PCSO support and the services provided are likely to change dramatically and the Parish Council wants to be sure that it has the views of the village on this and the possible impact on your Council Tax before any decision is made.

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

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WOW Copy Deadline

The WOW Is Coming Back!

If you want to make sure your group has its contact details mentioned or your have an event coming up in December or January that needs to be included make sure you get the details in before 5th November, or there will be fireworks.

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

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Scarecrow Winners

The School FSA has announced the winners of this year’s Scarecrow Competition. The FSA says congratulations to all and huge thanks to everyone who entered and voted!

They were…

 Most creative
1st Paddington Bear 13 votes.
2nd Michael Caine 11 votes
3rd The Queen opposite school 9 votes

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

Photo: 38E Photography, used with acknowledgement.

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

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

 

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Fireworks!

Make sure you get your tickets for this year’s fireworks display at the Football Club.

Tickets available from this Friday, 13th October.

 

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Support Cancer Research

Come along this Saturday, 14th October to the Memorial Hall, between 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Help to raise money for Cancer Research UK Have fun with tombola, craft stalls, Nearly New, tea, coffee and cakes and much more.

 

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Neighbourhood Plan News

Progress Report #9

Daventry District Council have now completed their consultation on the proposed Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan.

A number of responses have been received from various individuals, companies and public bodies. These can all be viewed here on the Daventry District Council web site.

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

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

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Council Financial Audit

Each year the Parish accounts are independently audited and a notice of audit and report are produced.

The details of the audit for 2016-2017 are now available.

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Woodland Committee Seek New Member

Great Central Woodland Management Committee needs a new member.

The Committee is looking for a Woodford Halse resident to volunteer.

Could you help with two hours in an evening at a meeting once a month (usually the last Wednesday of the month)?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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10/10/17 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 10/10/17

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

Discussion points include:-

  • Post Office proposal to relocate the Post Office.
  • A proposal to improve traffic congestion in High Street
  • Sara Field & Sports Pavilion issues
  • Woodland & police liaison reports
  • Local planning applications
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More Breakfast

The new season of Big Breakfasts is starting this Saturday.

The dates for this round of BBs are:

  • 7th October 2017
  • 4th November 2017
  • 2nd December 2017
  • 3rd February 2018
  • 3rd March 2018
  • 7th April 2018

They are keeping to the same time of 9am – 1pm each Saturday and the price remains the same at £6. As usual they have ordered the meat from Marriotts and eggs from Skylarks Farm, so good local produce will be on the table!

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More on the Post Office

The Signpost has been asked to make it clear that the idea of moving the Post Office from its current location did not come from the current staff.

Dipika and her team are keen that it should continue operating as it does now.

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Post Office Changes

The Post Office is proposing to move from their current premises on the corner of Castle Street and Church Street into Popsons Chemists.

They are currently running a consultation programme that allows you to give them your views on this change.

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

You can find out more in this flyer.

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

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

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08/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 24th August 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the September committee meeting, last night.

08/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

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

 

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The WOW Is Back!

“What’s On in Woodford”  (The WOW)

is being published again and the first edition in a new format will be delivered to every home at the end of November.

If you are holding events in December and January which you would like publicised in the WOW please email the information to wow.woodford@gmail.com by 5th November. Paper copy can be delivered to Top to Toe in Station Road or to 12 Farndon Road.

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

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Woods Litter Pick

Come & Help!

Volunteers wanted to help clear litter in our village woodland. Please help us tidy up.

Saturday, 30th September, 2017

Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Social Club for about 2 hours. Just turn up.

Bags & Gloves Provided.

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

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Ads for Local Businesses

Although we have a directory of local business here on the Signpost and we provide village businesses with a way to reach out to local people, we don’t carry paid advertising on the Signpost.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Scarecrow Hunt

October 7th : Who’s Your British Icon?

Dell Boy : an entry from 2015

Woodford School FSA are asking the local people to make and display a fab THEMED scarecrow which will be voted for by the passersby!

The event will be Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October. 10am till 4pm.

Theme this year: British Icons.

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

Entry price per scarecrow : £3.

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for scarecrow entry forms is Weds 4th Oct 2017

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

Good Luck!

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Church Diary

Details of church services for October are now available on the Church Diary page.

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Policing Update

Northamptonshire Police have issued a video explaining changes in their approach to policing across the county. It explains how they will be working differently in some areas.

They have also issued some crime prevention advice highlighting ways that you can protect your home against burglary and the risk of fire. Here are their ideas for a Day Routine and a Bedtime Routine, checklists of things you can do to keep you and your property safe.

Daytime Routine

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

Bedtime Routine

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

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09/27 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee meets at 7:00 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library).

Download a copy here.

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

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Anti-Fraud Hint #85

Tax Office Fraud

 

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

  HMRC have also published examples of fraudulent emails so you can know what to look out for.

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

 

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New Footpath Warden

Joe Pitt has served the Parish for many years as our footpath warden. He has championed rights of way on our behalf, encouraged the County Council to keep up their maintenance of paths and contributed the “Joe’s Jaunts”, the local walk guides, here on the Signpost. Sadly, he has decided to stand down.

While he will be missed, he has a successor!

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

 

 

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Witness Appeal

Collision : Barby Lane : 15th September 11:00pm

Northants Police are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle collision in Barby, near Daventry, on Friday night (15 Sept).

Shortly after 11pm  a black Mercedes, for reasons yet unknown, left the road in Barby Lane and was in collision with the hedgerow and fencing.

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

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

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Don’t Forget: 20th Sept

Daventry District Forum Meeting

DDF, the Daventry District Forum, works to enhance the lives of over 50’s in the district.

On Wednesday 20th September, between 2:00pm and 4:00pm in the Memorial Hall, DDF will present a number of sessions on topics ranging from keeping fit to saving money on energy bills. There will be free refreshments, information stands and a prize draw.

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

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Woods News

Here’s a bulletin with an update on what’s been going on from the Woods Committee. Don’t forget you can stay in touch with all the latest Woods news here on the Signpost (follow the link to the Management Committee for a list of all news items relating to the Woods) or you can come to the Woodland Management Committee  meetings (watch the events page for dates) which are open to all.

New Signs Planned

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

Litter Pick

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

Footpath Works & Drainage

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

Kids Story Circle

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

Memorial Area

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

Tree Management

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

Safety & Emergency Hotline

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

Woods Committee

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

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Mega Family BBQ!

Saturday 23 September

You are invited to a Family BBQ with Mega Bouncy Castle this coming Saturday 23 September, 4.00 p.m.- 7.00 p.m. to be held in the garden at Hinton Methodist Church.

Tickets £5 for a Family of 4, (2 adults/2 children), Single Adult £2 and Child £1.  Bouncy Castle Child 50p and Adult £1.

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

Telephone Irene 01327 260149 to book.  All welcome.

Sponsored by Methodist and Anglican Churches Together.

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Terror Threat: “Critical”

Following the London Underground attack the terrorist threat level in the UK has been raised to “critical”, meaning that an attack is thought to be imminent.

Although a suspect has been arrested, the public is being asked to be vigilant and report any suspicions to the police.

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

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

 

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07/17 Council Minutes (26th July)

Here are the minutes of the 26th July Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 26th July 2017

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

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07/17 Council Minutes (11th July)

Here are the minutes of the 11th July Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the meeting of the Council on 11th July 2017

This month’s minutes include among other items:-

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

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

 

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Go Guiding

Girl Guiding is Simply Amazing!

Guiding helps girls of all ages find confidence, find and build at new skills and best of all making new and life long friends!

It’s also fun and games and the evenings are planned by the girls themselves!

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

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

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

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

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Stories in the Woods

If you go down to the woods today…..

There’s a brand new feature that the Woods Committee has installed for children.

The storytelling circle is ready for use.

The idea is that parents can share picture books with their young children using the logs as seats.

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

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

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

And thanks to Alan and Glen for the installation.

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Bowls Open Morning

Short Mat Bowling : Open Morning This Saturday.

Saturday 16th September 10.00 am – 12.00 pm at Boddington Village Hall.

This year the Short Mat Bowls Club celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their founding.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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09/17 Council Agenda

There is a busy agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting:-

Council Agenda 12/09/17

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

Discussion points include:-

  • Planning applications in West Farndon, South Street and Byfield Road.
  • A proposal to relaunch the WOW.
  • A presentation on the Daventry District Clean Green project.
  • Draft lease terms for the Sarafield Sports Pavilion.
  • Approval of the Village Neighbourhood Development Plan
  • Appointing a Police Liaison Representative.

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

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Over 50’s Forum

Daventry District Forum Meeting

DDF, the Daventry District Forum, works to enhance the lives of over 50’s in the district.

On Wednesday 20th September, between 2:00pm and 4:00pm in the Memorial Hall, DDF will present a number of sessions on topics ranging from keeping fit to saving money on energy bills. There will be free refreshments, information stands and a prize draw.

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

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Road Closed

At Boddington

The road between Byfield and Wormleighton, which is used to reach the M40 northbound, is closed today at Upper Boddington.

Diversion is via the Aston Le Walls cross roads and the Welsh Road.

Details on Roadworks.org.

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New Shared Houses

The Housing Association BPHA is promoting 19 new build homes available for sale under a shared ownership scheme in Woodford Halse.

Specifically they are intended for:-

  • existing & previous residents of Woodford Halse
  • people employed in Woodford Halse
  • with a close relative in Woodford Halse

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

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Business Directory

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

This latest update available here includes…

  • Added Clipper Services, who maintain all types of clippers. Sharpening knives, scissors and garden tools including rotary mower blades.
  • Added Lisa Dukes : Dyslexia and English Coaching for children & adults
  • Removed Tums to Tiddlers : no longer operating

You can always add details of your business here.

The Flip Book version is also reinstated.

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Bye-Bye Busby

BT are removing the phone boxes from Church Street and Byfield Road between the 4th and 6th of September and advise that there may be some traffic disruption.

 

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Road Closures

These road closures are a bit off of our patch but may affect some……

The Banbury Road at Canons Ashby (by the junction for the road from Eydon and the National Trust Car Park) will be closed for road works on Friday 1st September.

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

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

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

 

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WI Event: Tudor Harvest Home

The WI meet on the first tuesday of every month with interesting talks on a wide range of topics.

This month’s event is on the 5th September at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall with a talk on “Tudor Harvest Home” from Rosemary Verner.

Visitors £2.50. Refreshments Served.

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

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Woodland Committee Seek New Member

Unfortunately one of the members of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee has had to resign due to increased work commitments that mean he is unable to be at meetings.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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07/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 26th July 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the August committee meeting.

07/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

 

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Show Time!

Monday, September 4th sees the 18th Annual Flower and Produce Show in the Memorial Hall. (6:30 to 7:00pm for entrants, 7:00 to 7:30pm for judging).

Why not enter? It’s open to everyone in the village, not just Garden Club Members.

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

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

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

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Laser Therapy and Regenerative Medicine

Class IV Laser Therapy for You and Your Pets.

Class IV Laser Therapy is claimed to relieve pain, inflammation and stiffness.

Find out how this therapy the drug free, natural solution to many muscular and skeletal conditions such as arthritis and help to speed recovery from wounds and surgery at this free event,

Venue – Memorial Hall, Woodford Halse

Time: 7.30 pm

Date: 11th September

Refreshments provided.

Contact Geri on 07885547489 to book a place.

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08/26 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy here.

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

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Neighbourhood Plan Pages

We’ve updated the Neighbourhood Plan Consultation page to include a link to the consulation page on the Daventry District Council s website.

The on-line ebook version of the plan is also now available here.

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Plan Consulation at Daventry

Daventry District Council opened their 8 week period of consultation on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan on Monday 14th August.

The consultation will run until 5:00pm on Monday 9th October 2017.

Details of how you can take part in this round of consultation can be found here on the Daventry District Council web site .

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

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

 

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Railway History

A new book has been published which will interest local railway enthusiasts. This is the first part of a history of the Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway, the line that ran from Stratford, through Byfield and Moreton Pinkney, to Towcester and beyond.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Neighbourhood Plan Revisions

We made a mistake when we posted the new version of the Neighbourhood Development Plan recently.

The map on page 10 showing the areas affected by the various plan policies was incorrect and one of the consultation responses was incorrect too.

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

The corrected map can be seen here and below.

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

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

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Byfield Surgery

Back in April we posted details of the plans to build a new medical centre in Byfield as part of a new housing development between Woodford Road and Church Street.

Following the consultation in Byfield they have published revised plans designed to address some of the concerns about traffic.

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

 

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Care & Repair Grants

Home owner grants of up to £5,000 now available!

Did you know Home Repairs Assistance Grants (HRAs) can provide up to £5,000 to fund a range of work and essential repairs to your home including repair/replacement central heating boilers and radiators, new security measures, replacement windows and doors, roof repairs and replacements, and so much more.

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

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

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

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

Email: careandrepair@daventrydc.gov.uk

Phone: 01327 871100

Web: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/careandrepair

Orcheck out this flyer.

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06/17 Woods Committee Minutes

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

06/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

 

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Neighbourhood Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Business Directory

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

This latest update available here includes…

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

You can always add details of your business here.

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

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Betjeman on Woodford

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

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

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Woodford Murder Mystery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Woods 6 Months On

Woodland Progress Report

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

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

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

Great Central Woodland Management Committee

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RSPCA Fund Raising

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Logs Missing

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

They have disappeared!

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

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

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07/26 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy here.

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

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Extra PC Meeting

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

The agenda is available here.

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New Website Feature

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

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

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

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Summer Holiday Kids

Humpty Dumpty’s @ The Nest

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

 

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Health Visitor @ The Nest

New Times For Drop In Sessions

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

Tuesday 5th September:  10.00-3.00 Drop in session

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

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Ivy Volunteers

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

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

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

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

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Woodford in ’52 & ’77

Two bits of village history….

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

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

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Once Upon A WOW

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

The Woodford Express

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

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

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

Woodford Quarterly

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

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

The WOW

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

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

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

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

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

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06/17 Council Minutes

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

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

This month’s minutes include among other items:-

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

 

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Tree Felling

In The Woods : July 14th & 15th

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

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

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

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

 

 

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New Estate Streets

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

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

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

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

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Safety Matters

Northamptonshire Safer in the Summer

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

This summer number includes:-

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

& much more.

Download it here:- Safety Matters Number 2

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Humpty’s Fund Raiser

Sunday 3rd September in the Dryden Hall

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