A Quick Question….

Look! We’re experimenting with the look of this web site by changing the width of pages here on the Signpost. (We know the pictures at the top of the page don’t look right but if we decide to stick with this we will fix that)

We think a wider page will be more readable but we’d like to get your views.

Please help us by answering one question on this survey:-

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GKLPHN2

Many thanks!

Woodford Signpost Editor.

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Xmas Crime Prevention

A message from Northants Police…..

The festive season is a time for giving, but sadly also for taking – the dark nights, social occasions, gifts and increased cash people have on them mean there are lots of attractive opportunities for criminals. We’re working hard to keep you safe, but there are simple steps you can take to help us.

At home

  • Don’t leave Christmas presents under your tree if they are in view of windows or doors. Make sure windows and doors are kept locked
  • Property-mark presents and valuables with your postcode, house number or name, then register them with Immobilise at www.immoblise.com.  Note down model numbers and serial numbers of all electrical items
  • Never keep large amounts of cash at home and check you have adequate home insurance
  • Be mindful of what you post on social media – don’t advertise you have expensive new gifts or that you’re out and your home is therefore empty
  • Make your house look occupied if you’re not at home. Invest in a timer to turn your lights on or, if you can, ask a family member or neighbour to pop in and do it. If they can also open and close your curtains at random times of the day it helps prevent criminals from seeing a pattern, making it harder for them to target your home
  • Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly. Leaving boxes outside will give away the fact that you have new and valuable items in the house

Personal safety

  • When Christmas shopping, be aware of how much you are carrying with you. Things like smart phones, digital devices and extra cash to buy presents mean you could be the ideal target for thieves. Don’t take out valuables you don’t need
  • When you are out and about at Christmas, don’t leave your bag unattended. Keep your purse safe in an internal pocket, and never write down your PIN
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended. It takes a matter of seconds for someone to tamper with your drink
  • Consider getting a personal safety alarm. Don’t allow threats of crime to intimidate you into never going anywhere alone. Just be aware of what’s going on around you and be confident that you can keep safe
  • Plan your journey home. If you use a taxi, ensure it is registered. If you have to walk home, only walk with friends you know well, stick to well-lit and busy streets, and make sure someone knows the route you are taking

Vehicle security

  • When you’re out Christmas shopping, look for a well-lit, busy area to park in. For additional security look out for the Park Mark security approved car parks
  • Make sure nothing is left on display in your car. Even small items can be tempting to a thief
  • Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you
  • Car crime accounts for more than a quarter of all reported crime in the UK, so always lock your car and make sure windows are closed every time you leave it, even for very short periods
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Thieves will steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows
  • Christmas can sadly be a time when family tensions are heightened and domestic abuse can occur or increase. If you, or someone you know, is suffering any form of domestic abuse, call us on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Help is also available from Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service – www.ndas.co or 0300 0120154

The festive season also presents extra fire hazards, from fairy lights to flammable decorations and Christmas trees. Find fire prevention advice at www.northantsfire.org.uk.

In the event of a fire get out, stay out and call 999.

To speak to our crime prevention team email: crimeprevention@northants.pnn.police.uk

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11/18 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meetings on 13th November. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 13th November 2018

The November meeting included:-

  • Report on St Mary’s Church
  • Appraisal of Woodford Halse Conservation Area
  • PCSO report
  • Woodland Update
  • Grants Hill Play Area

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

Meetings are always open to the public. The agenda is published on this web site and on notice boards around the village. Council meetings are normally on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

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Christmas Eve

Midnight Service at Hinton Methodist Church

All are welcome to join this service – 11:30pm on 24th December.

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NCC Library Consultation

Thank you to all  library volunteers who attended the meeting on 10th December. If you were unable to attend Patricia Darby will be getting in contact with you all to give an update and to provide you with a form to fill in for NCC volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Patricia Darby: patriciadarby@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

There will be training next year for volunteers and a rota drawn up for all volunteers working in the library.

There is now a period of consultation and meetings ending in February.

Northamptonshire County Council has announced a public consultation on  the proposed changes to the provision of Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Services. The consultation will run for 8 weeks from 12th December to 8th February.

There will be a meeting on the Woodford Halse Library on Thursday, January 24th.

NCC wish to promote the consultation as widely as possible and to encourage as many people as possible to take part. The best way to participate is to complete the online survey.  There is a link on the desktop of the Peoples Network computers in all libraries, or you can search for consultations on the NCC website:

https://northamptonshire.citizenspace.com/bipm/librariesproposal/

In this consultation, respondents are being asked to comment on one specific library rather than the Library service as a whole. There will also be paper copies available in libraries. The specific library’s questionnaire will be available in each library and printed on demand. Completed paper copies can be handed in to the library or there are pre-paid envelopes available on request.

Please note, there is also a separate children’s consultation questionnaire aimed at young people up to age 19.  It is much more condensed and will allow NCC to gather their views.
NCC is still working closely with some communities to develop solutions, so the following eight libraries are not part of this consultation.

  • Abington
  • Duston (This is due to discussions around the property only)
  • Far Cotton
  • Finedon
  • Higham Ferrers
  • Irchester
  • Long Buckby
  • St James

There will be individual consultation meetings at each of the libraries where a Community Managed Library model has been proposed.  Members of the community are invited to attend the session for your library. NCC will also be inviting local councillors to each session.

The dates and venues are as follows:

Library
Day
Date
Councillors
Customer event
Burton Latimer
Tuesday
15th Jan
10-11
11-2
Danesholme
Thursday
17th Jan
1-2
2-5
Deanshanger
Wednesday
9th Jan
10-11
11-2
Desborough
Tuesday
8th Jan
1-2
2-5
Earls Barton
Wednesday
16th Jan
10-11
11-2
Kingsthorpe
Friday
11th Jan
10-11
11-2
Middleton Cheney
Wednesday
23rd Jan
10-11
11-2
Moulton
Wednesday
30th Jan
10-11
11-2
Raunds
Tuesday
22nd Jan
1-2
2-5
Roade
Wednesday
6th Feb
10-11
11-2
Rothwell
Monday
21st Jan
1-2
2-5
Thrapston
Thursday
31st Jan
1-2
2-5
Wollaston
Monday
14th Jan
1-2
2-5
Woodford Halse
Thursday
24th Jan
1-2
2-5
Wootton
Tuesday
29th Jan
1-2
2-5

 

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Citizens Advice

Updated information from Daventry & District Citizens Advice:-

Don’t forget we have a page with contact details for various help and advice groups:-

Advice & Help Page

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Our GP At Xmas…

Advice from Byfield Medical Centre about the Christmas period….

“We are only closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. At this time of year we have a lot of people ordering more medication than they need thinking we will be closed for a week over Christmas, this is not the case so no need to panic, just order in the usual way.  Best wishes to all of our patients.”

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Daventry’s PSPO’s

New Public Space Protection Order Powers

Daventry District Council advises that new public space protection orders with increased powers came into force on 1st December 2018.

PSPO’s already say that anyone who is control of a dog in a public place must:

  • Pick up after that dog
  • Carry the means to pick up after that dog
  • Prevent the dog from entering a fenced-off children’s play area
  • Put the dog on a lead when requested by an authorised officer
  • Keep the dog on a lead around the café area at Daventry Country Park

The new PSPO contains all of the regulations set out under the existing PSPO, with the addition of the following:

  • Dogs must be on leads in graveyards, cemeteries and memorial gardens
  • Dogs must be on leads near schools (when the school is open).
  • A maximum of 6 dogs can be walked by one person at one time
  • No smoking is permitted in defined and fenced off children’s play areas.

You can find out more by downloading this guide.

 

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Memorial Glade

As part of the Great Central Woodland, an area has been created to allow village residents to commemorate loved ones.

The Memorial Glade is situated beside the path from Station Road to the Co-op and while work is continuing to provide a fence and to lay a path around it, the Committee wanted to publicise the Glade and the way the Parish will manage it.

A memorial stone which will carry plaques dedicated to those remembered has already been installed. Some village residents have also sponsored memorial benches which will be put in place soon.

There are a number of pages dedicated to the Glade here on the Signpost. You can reach them via the menu bar at the top of the page, or via this link.

Applications to add a plaque, to scatter ashes or to install a bench should be made in writing to Kay Coles, 24 Castle Road, Woodford Halse, NN1 3RS.

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True Grit

Northamptonshire County Council has sent us a list of roads that will be gritted by the Council’s lorries during this winter

(Please note: Parish Council does not control or influence this; we are only the  messengers.)

“Precautionary Gritting”

The following roads in the Parish which will be gritted when the temperature drops to 0.5C:-

Byfield Road to junction with Phipps Road

Phipps Road

Hinton Road

Farndon Road

Barnetts Hill

“Adverse Weather Gritting”

These roads which will be gritted in addition to the above when the temperature is expected to remain below zero for 48 hours, or if snow is confidently predicted:-

Remainder of Byfield Road

Scrivens Hill

School Street

Church Street

Station Road

Parsons Street

South Street

Eydon Road

Adams Road

Membris Way

Please drive to the road conditions whether or not gritting has been carried out.

(No, High Street is not on the list!  Yes, The Parish Council knows that the bottom of High Street is steep and is dangerous in icy conditions. Yes, The Parish Council knows the school is situated on High Street and children could be at risk.)

The following map may help. Red routes are precautionary, green routes are for adverse gritting. The complete county map can be downloaded as a PDF (you will need to zoom in to make sense of it) from here:- Northants Gritting Map.

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Hall Bookings

Memorial Hall, Dryden Hall, & Farndon Room

Please note that Donna Wise has resigned as Halls Booking Secretary with immediate effect.

A new Parish Council Admin Officer is starting work in the New Year and will be taking over hall bookings as part of their role.    In the meantime if you wish to book one of the halls please contact Jean Curd at bookingclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org or phone her on 01327 204683.    If she is unable to answer the phone please leave a message and she will call you back.

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Xmas Rubbish

Daventry District Council has provided the following advice regarding rubbish and recycling collections over the Christmas period….

Christmas Waste and Recycling Collections

Residents across Daventry District are being offered support to recycle as much as possible over the Christmas and New Year period. For most people, collections by Daventry District Council’s (DDC) environmental services partner Daventry Norse will continue to take place as usual.

However, for people whose bins are emptied on Tuesdays are advised of the following changes to their schedule:

  • Collections which would have been due on Christmas Day (Tuesday, 25 December) will instead take place on Saturday, 29 December.
  • Collections due on New Year’s Day (Tuesday, 1 January) will instead take place on Saturday, 5 January.

All residents are also being advised of an extra collection of the blue-lidded recycling bins which will take place in the week beginning 7 January. People should put their blue-lidded bin out alongside any others that are due to be emptied on their usual collection day during this week.

A range of festive items can be recycled, including sweet tins, and foil-free wrapping paper and Christmas cards. As a good rule of thumb, wrapping paper that can be torn is probably made from paper and can therefore be recycled.

Food waste bins will continue to be collected on their usual weekly schedule, and can be used to recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including vegetable peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

Black bins containing general waste will also be collected on the usual three-weekly cycle, and residents are reminded to make good use of the recycling services, as bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Those subscribed to the garden waste service will continue to receive collections on their usual schedule in the run up to Christmas and New Year, but there will be a break in collections during the second week of January to allow crews to focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Subscribers can have their real Christmas trees collected after Christmas, by either cutting them up and putting them in their garden waste bin, or by placing it alongside the bin for collection in the week beginning 22 January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but those without a garden waste subscription can take their tree to their local household waste recycling centre.

Councillor Jo Gilford, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said:
“The Christmas and New Year period can generate a lot of waste, but our residents always do a great job of recycling. Hopefully the improvements we have made to the service with the introduction of the 123+ service, plus the extra recycling collection in the week beginning 7 January, will give people an even greater opportunity to recycle this Christmas.”

People are also reminded that they can check their collection day and set up notifications to remind them which bins to put out by downloading the DDC app for their mobile phone or tablet device.

Available for free from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, the app can also be used to access the latest news from DDC, as well as information about local facilities, services, shops, bars and restaurants. Alternatively people can check their bin collection dates and find out more about waste and recycling collections at:-

www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

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Library Back Open

The Library is open again.

Today’s Rhyme Time will be running as usual.

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10/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Friday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th October 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 24th October 2018

Minutes of the December meeting will be available following the next  meeting at which they will be approved.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The next meeting is on January 23rd at 7:00pm at 17, Parsons Street. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

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Council Agenda Correction

The post with next week’s Parish Council meeting agenda had a faulty link.

This has now been fixed and you can download the agenda from the orginal post or from here:-

Parish Council Meeting Agenda 11/12/18

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Library Closed Today

Please be advised that the Library is closed today due to a leaking roof.

We will update here once we know when the library can re-open.

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Library Meeting

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS

There will be a meeting for all library volunteers in the Farndon Room (behind the Library) on Monday 10th December at 7.00 pm.

There will be a discussion of training and the new developments regarding the possibility of establishing a community-led library. This will also be an opportunity to meet with Stacey Matthews who can provide training for volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patricia Darby who is coordinating this for the Parish Council. She can be reached by email on: patriciadarby@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

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Woods Committee Change

Please note: the meeting of the Great Central Woodland Committee will start at 6:30pm on Friday 7th December and not at 7:00pm as previously advised.

The agenda (available from this post) has been amended accordingly.

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11/12/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 11/12/18

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

Agenda points include:-

  • Feedback on the public meetings about parking
  • Reports from the Police, Woodland, Library, and Estates committees
  • Planning applications:  Gorse Road & the former Post Office
  • Winter gritting and flood management issues
  • Appointing an administration officer for the Council

Parish Council meeting take place on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact details for all Parish Councillors can be found here. You can learn more about your Council, what it does and how it works here.

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Xmas Wreath

The Blossom Shop is running  two workshop where you can create your own Christmas wreath to take home.

6th December or 13th December

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Memorial Hall

Tickets £25 to include tuition and all materials, only in advance from The Blossom Shop, 26 Station Road, tel 01327 262336 or email: ali@theblossomshop.co.uk

Limited Spaces

 

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2018 Big Breakfast

The last Byfield Big Breakfast of 2018 will be next Saturday, the 8th 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 2nd February 2019

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Saturday 6th April 2019

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High Street Water Works

Anglian Water are planning road works in High Street between 4th and 6th December.

This may cause obstruction for school traffic.

Details updated on Digbat:

https://inyourarea.digdat.co.uk/AnglianWater?id=Roadworks.219527

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12/18 Woods Committee Agenda

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

The Committee will meet at 6:30pm on Friday 7th December 2018 in the Farndon Room, behind 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 secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

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Cafe Xmas Fair

There’s A Christmas Fair in the Old School Cafe

Why not come along: Sunday, December 2nd, 11:00am to 3:00pm

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Police Appeal

Police Appealing for Information on Charwelton Theft.

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a theft from a Black Volvo on Church Street, Charwelton, Northamptonshire. 

Unknown persons gained entry to the vehicle by unknown means and removed property.                            

This happened between 18:00 on the 28/11/18 & 10:00 on the 29/11/18.

Did you witness anything?

Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous. These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999.

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Pathway Progress

Today, a group of six Cummins staff, including 2 student placements, with the help of Darren & Tim from Gulliver Tree Solutions, managed to complete a path connecting the Cinder Path to Kitchen Lane, in the Woodland alongside the Byfield Road.

Our hope is that eventually this will become an all-weather path that can provide an alternate route to school, avoiding the need for parents to keep crossing and recrossing the Byfield Road.

So far, it is walkable but you will need some care and wellington boots on the first 25 metres from Kitchen Lane! The rest is reasonable for walkers but not for parents with buggies yet. We will be improving the whole path next year to make it more accessible to all, this will include installing some drainage and perhaps an elevated access at Kitchen Lane.

Many thanks to all participants! Without their help we would not have managed to have got as far with this project to date.

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Boxing Day Disco

At The Social Club, For All The Family, 26th December, 1:00pm

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10/18 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meetings on 9th October. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 9th October 2018

The October meeting included:-

  • PCSO report
  • Planning Matters
  • Discussions on village parking

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

Meetings are always open to the public. The agenda is published on this web site and on notice boards around the village. Council meetings are normally on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

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Parish Councillors Wanted

Your latest copy of the WOW includes an appeal for new councillors.

There are two vacancies for anyone that would like to help by being part of the team.

You must be over 18, be a UK or Commonwealth citizen and either:-

  • have lived or worked in the village for the last 12 months, or
  • have owned or rented land in the parish for the last 12 months, or
  • be on the electoral roll for the parish.

For more information contact Paul Blackwell.

 

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December 2018 WOW

The December 2018 / January 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter should have been delivered.

Here is the electronic version: WOW Dec 2018 – Jan 2019.

This edition covers December and January.

If you do not receive yours in the next few days please let us know here: – woweditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for February 2019 – is Wednesday 16th January.

Details of how to get your event included in WOW are inside.

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New Year’s Eve

Monday, 31 December 2018 from 19:00-01:00

Woodford Halse Sports & Community Club

Tickets (£2.50) available from the Club

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Pop-Up Pottery Sale

Hagstone Pottery is holding a pop-up pottery sale at Tews Farm (High Street, Woodford Halse, NN11 3RQ) on Friday 30th Nov, 1st and 2nd Dec.

10% of money raised will go to the adoption charity Love Without Boundaries.

Unique hand-thrown studio pots, Christmas decorations and candles.

Studio sale, so all around half the usual gallery prices.

Seconds shelf – large and small just £3 – first come first served!

Shop and scoff mince pies and mulled cider.

Download & keep this flyer to remind yourself!

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December Church Diary

We’ve updated the Church Diary with details of services for December, so you can plan your Christmas church going.

See the details here:- Church Diary

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Opening Hours

Our Open All Hours page provides details of opening times for local businesses.

This has just been updated with new opening times for Interiors No 42, the store in Station Road for an eclectic home living collection, furniture, upcycled and reclaimed decor, lighting, man cave, home accessories & gifts for the home.

You can find the latest list of opening times here.

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Policing Priorities

Daventry & South Northants Neighbourhood Police Team is seeking the views of residents on policing priorities across the area.

You are invited to contribute your views by completing the survey available here:-

Daventry & South Northants Neighbourhood Policing Priorities Survey


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22/11 Estates Committee Agenda

The Parish Council has recently decided to establish a committee to manage issues relating to the various halls and other property that owned by the Council.

The first meeting of this committee, known as the Estates Committee, will take place on 22nd November at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room (back of the Library).

The agenda is as set out in this document.

This meeting is open to the public. Anyone may attend.

We have added a new page to the Signpost where all future Estates Committee meeting agendas and minutes will be found. It can be reached under the Parish Council menu above or via this link.

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HS2 Community Forum

The HS2 development and the building of the Chipping Warden Bypass is likely to mean there will be works traffic through Byfield and local area.

Local communities are invited to attend the HS2 Community Liaison Forum.

This is an opportunity to hear directly from the contractors, to understand their approach and to have a say about their approach.

The event will be going on between 3-6:30pm on Thursday 22nd November at Byfield Village Hall

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Public Meeting

The Parish Council is hosting public meetings on Saturday December 1st at 10:30am (date chosen in response to requests for a non-weekday-evening event) and on Friday 30th November at 6:00pm to allow for consultation on proposals for improving the provision of car parking in Woodford Halse.
Both meetings will take place in the Dryden Hall. Everybody is welcome. You are invited to come along to either meeting, hear the proposals and share your views.
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Woodford Remembers

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Parish remembered all the men, women and animals that gave their lives in conflict.

A parade of servicemen and women, children’s groups, and horses began the event.

Over 250 people packed into St Mary’s Church for the Remembrance Service. Artwork and tributes from the school children were on display in the Church. And the village created a magnificent display of poppies to mark the occasion.

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(Acknowledgements for photos to Ash Watts, Yvette Creighton, Dianne Kenny, Iain Osborne)

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Cash For Cops?

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire has launched a consultation on the future funding for police services across the County.

The Government has given all Police and Crime Commissioners the power to raise the policing part of council tax by an extra £1 a month (£12 a year) in 2019/20, which would give Northamptonshire Police an extra £2.9 million if the increase was put into effect.

The average household in Northamptonshire currently pays £4.25 a week towards policing (£221.04 a year for a Band D property).

If you would like to give your views you can do so here: PCC Survey 2018

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Village Wifi & Broadband

The village now has free wifi available in the Old School Cafe / Farndon Room and the Library as well as in the Memorial Hall. The Council hopes to be able to extend this to the Dryden Hall in the future.

There has also been an update to the progress on the “Superfast Northamptonshire” project.  

The Superfast Northamtonshire team advise:-

“I am writing to update you about the Superfast Northamptonshire project and more specifically some delays with the deployment being delivered by Gigaclear and BT/Openreach. These delays mean that a number communities will not be served as quickly as first expected. The County Council recognises that this is very frustrating for the residents and businesses affected. However, it remains committed to working with both suppliers to see these plans fulfilled.

Both suppliers have been instructed to prepare new deployment plans. This is to provide clarity on revised delivery timescales. The latest delivery programme for Gigaclear is now available on the Roll Out Schedule and on its website at www.gigaclear.net. The remaining delivery programme for BT/Openreach will be added to the ‘Coming soon’ list once remodelling had been completed and details are confirmed. The When and Where map is being updated to reflect the changes to deployment timescales.

There are a number of factors impacting on Gigaclear and/or BT/Openreach and contributing to these delays. These include:

  •  Access to skilled civil engineering resources – these are in high demand nationally
  • Confirming solution designs for a number of more challenging and costly structures
  • Issues encountered with a number of unsafe and historic bridges
  • Delays for other utility providers to complete works on the highway where shared utility works cannot be agreed
  • Complex wayleave agreements over private land

No additional costs will be borne by the County Council as a result of any delays. These will be met by the suppliers. Furthermore, the County Council is working with both suppliers to identify opportunities to improve on these timescales.”

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The Signpost

Has Been On Holiday.

The editor has been off for a few days picking up a bit of sunshine before the winter sets in so please bear with us while we catch up on the posts that really need to be done!

Not your local signpost.
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Parish Council Meeting

Here is the agenda for next week’s meeting of the Parish Council. All welcome to attend.

0) pc agenda 13 november 2018

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More Woodland Work

In early November, Cummins provided another massive volunteer effort, helping in the planned programme of improvements in the woodland. Twenty nine volunteers from the company helped out with a number of tasks:

  • removing and chipping vegetation to improve the paths to provide better access. This will tread in with time but the addition of the wood chippings should make the paths less muddy in winter.
  • chipping some of the loose cuttings from the current round of felling to help improve insect habitats.
  • tidying up the area around the children’s story-telling circle and chipping the surface for improved accessibility.
  • clearing the area beside the Co-op to allow removal of plastic rubbish and barbed wire hidden by the undergrowth (eventually we hope to replant this area with shrubs)
  • first steps on clearing what we hope will eventually become a path close to the Byfield Road from the Cinder Track where it meets Byfield Road to Kitchen Lane. The plan is to provide an alternative route to school for parents along the Byfield Road and in Woodford Meadows, but future work will depend on the availability of resources and funding.

In addition to thanking Cummins for their efforts we would also like to thank Darren Bennetts and Tim of  Gulliver Tree Solutions who supervised the work and provided the chipper free-of-charge.

Cummins “Big Day” Team with the Chipper
Clearing Up Around the Children’s Story Circle
Chipped paths are part of work to make the Woodland accessible to all.
First steps in creating a new “walk to school” path parallel to the Byfield Road.
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Remember, Remember, The Law in November

Better still, go along to the village fireworks display!

With so many displays planned for this weekend and Bonfire Night, people across Northamptonshire are being reminded about laws and safety tips surrounding fireworks use.

Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service hope everyone enjoys their Bonfire Night celebrations but ask that safety steps are taken to avoid potential injuries.

In law, no one under the age of 18 can buy fireworks. The law also states that people must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.

Ordinarily, fireworks must not be set off between 11pm and 7am. On Bonfire Night the cut off is midnight. On New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, the cut off is 1am.

Prevention Manager Laura Jones said: “Fireworks are a popular purchase at this time of year but they are also extremely dangerous items if used irresponsibly or carelessly.

“It is really important people are not only aware of the laws governing fireworks, which prevent children under 18 from buying them, but they also think carefully about how safely they are being used at home.

“We would recommend enjoying fireworks at an organised fireworks display, however, for those who do want to use them at home, we would urge you to please take note of our safety tips and always read fireworks instructions properly.”

Bonfire Night safety tips:

• Sparklers are not suitable for children under five. Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.

• 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 with a CE marking.

• Keep a bucket of water handy.

• Stand clear of fireworks.

• Never return to a lit firework.

• Remember that 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.

• Position bonfires away from sheds, fences and trees.

• Before lighting a bonfire, check the structure is sound and it does not have children or animals hiding inside it.

• Keep pets indoors.

• Always follow firework instructions.

• To find out more about the laws governing firework use, please see http://www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law

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New Council Name?

Give your views on name for proposed new council  

People in Daventry District are being encouraged to suggest possible names for a proposed new unitary council covering West Northamptonshire.  

The Government is currently considering plans to replace the county council and seven current districts and boroughs with two new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire – one in the west and another in the north.

The proposed new unitary authority in the west would cover the current areas of Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire.  

The Government has not yet decided on whether to proceed with the unitary proposal and is expected to launch its own consultation shortly before making a decision. However due to the tight timescale for creating the new councils by May 2020 if the proposal is approved, Daventry District Council and its partner councils in the west are continuing with preparations to help inform and shape any future legislation.

This work includes proposing a name to the Government for Parliament to decide upon.   Residents and businesses in Daventry District are urged to give their views on what they think a new west unitary council should be called during an informal consultation running until Monday, 3 December. They are being asked to respond to the following question: What do you think a new Council covering West Northamptonshire should be called?   They can submit their suggestions online at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation Alternatively they can submit their suggestions by post to: LGR Naming Proposal Daventry District Council Lodge Road Daventry NN11 4FP

  FAQs  

What is the background to this?  

The Government is currently considering a proposal to create two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire, in place of the county council and the current seven boroughs/districts.   The proposal is for a new council in the West comprising the current area of Daventry District, Northampton and South Northamptonshire; and for another in the North, comprising the current areas of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough.   The Government has not yet made a decision on the unitary proposal, however if it does decide to proceed with it, then as part of legislation names for the new authorities will need to be proposed for Parliament to decide.

Tell us what you think  

We would like to give the Government a preferred name to consider for a new west unitary authority, so would like to hear your views on what you think it should be called.   This is an informal public consultation which will help us to shape a name to share with Government and Parliament.   We need your views by Monday, 3 December 2018 to ensure we meet the Government’s anticipated timescales, if it decides to proceed with the unitary proposal.

What are the choices for the name – or can I suggest anything?  

There is no official shortlist, but various names have been suggested since discussions started about a proposed new unitary authority for West Northamptonshire. We have listed some of these below and we would be keen to find out your preference or suggest to us an alternative name:  

  • West Northamptonshire Council
  • Northamptonshire West Council
  • Northampton and West Northamptonshire Council
  • Greater Borough of Northampton Council
  • Borough and District of Northampton Council
  • Grand Union Council  

Here are some things you may like to consider when suggesting a name:

  •   The proposed new council would cover the geographical boundaries of Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire.
  • There may well be a future proposal to create a Northampton Town Council alongside the proposed new authority, in the same way as there is already a Daventry Town Council and Brackley Town Council
  • Does the name reflect how you identify with the area as a local resident or business.
  • Do you think the name reflects a sense of place to people outside the area, such as visitors, businesses or potential investors
  • Whether or not you think the new name should be totally different to the names of any of the current councils.
  • Is retaining the shire identity of the area within the name important to you
  • Could the name shortened or simplified in a way that it could lead to a loss of place identity.

Is this a chance to influence whether or not this proposed new council goes ahead?  

No. This informal consultation is being carried out so that Daventry District Council can gauge the views of its residents on what they think a new authority should be called if it is established by the Government.   Your suggestions will be fed back, along with the views of those living in Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire, who will also be consulted by their respective councils over proposals for a new name.

So how can I have my say on whether or not this proposed new council is a good idea?  

The Government is due to carry out its own consultation on the bigger question of whether the proposed new councils go ahead, so if you have a view on that, we would encourage you to take part in that separate consultation as and when it is launched, which we understand may be in October or November 2018.  When details of that formal Government consultation are known, we shall make details widely available.

Why is this an ‘informal’ consultation?  

This is an informal consultation on a possible name because the decision on the name for that council (if it is ultimately formed) is not something that any of the four current councils can decide.  The decision on the name for the proposed new council for the western part the county will instead be for the Government to propose and for Parliament to decide.  We however can share our views with the Government, and later with Parliament, to help inform their decision.   That is why we are carrying out this informal public consultation on the name now – so you can tell us what you think.  That will help inform our views, which we will then share with Government and Parliament.

What is the timetable for being able to influence the name, if it does all go ahead?  

We need your views please by Monday, 3 December 2018.  The reason for that timetable is that we think the if the Government decides to go ahead with this proposal, after having carried out their formal consultation still to come, it would publish important technical documents sometime before Christmas or in early 2019 that will go on for Parliamentary consideration.  Those technical documents would likely contain names for the two new proposed councils, including the one for our part of Northamptonshire, so it is important that we feed in any strong views on the name before those technical documents are finalised and published.

How do I make my suggestion?  

Please respond to us by answering the following question:  

What do you think a new Council covering West Northamptonshire should be called?  

You can submit your respond online at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation  Alternatively you can write to us at: LGR Naming Proposal Daventry District Council Lodge Road Daventry NN11 4FP.

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Landlords Forum

Following a successful event in May, Daventry District Council will be holding a second Landlords Forum for local private landlords on Wednesday 14th November 2018.  

The forum will provide a platform where news, views and experience can be discussed and also allow us to help and offer advice to landlords and managing agents on legislation changes, offer reasons for landlords to work with us, and help them to understand their obligations.

The forum will also allow opportunity to network and liaise with private landlords within the Daventry District area. Attendance is free and open to all private landlords and managing agents who rent out their properties in the Daventry area.   Please see below for further detail.

If you wish to attend DDC would like you to make them aware by sending an email to environmentalimprovement@daventrydc.gov.uk

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Dolly Making

This week saw that first of the craft events to be held in the Farndon Room at the village centre with Corn Dolly making demonstrated by Bert Manton.  Bert also brought along some examples of the dollies that he has made – which provided inspiration as we concentrated on our own simple dollies.  Whilst the dollies made might not have been perfect, it was a very enjoyable and interesting morning.   

Anyone interested in demonstrating their own skills please contact Jean Curd on 07471 204683 for more information.

There will be a Craft Fair in the Farndon Room / Old School Cafe on 2nd December where some of Bert’s work will be on sale.

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Messy Church

It’s Messy Church week again at Hinton Methodist Church. Sunday  4th November, 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Free.

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Big Breakfast

It is Big Breakfast in Byfield again next Saturday the 3rd November.

Don’t they come round quickly? Let’s hope that the weather is better than the last one when it poured with rain!

More details here: Byfield Big Breakfast.

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Poppy Ribbon

Angie Potter is having a get-together in the Old School Cafe on  Saturday 3rd November between 12:00 and 3:00pm for all those that can join in with making some poppies for the display or would like to learn more about the “Ribbon of Poppies” event.

More details from: mrspottermakes@gmail.com

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Heart Starting!

The Final Total Is In…..

The final total for the fund raising drive by the Ladies Fellowship with Woodford Churches Together for a defibrillator to be located at the Fire Station is now in.

Altogether £1319.02 has been raised, with £769.02 from Ladies Fellowship / Churches Together events, £500 from Taylor Wimpey and £50 from The Best Kebab.

Thanks to all that made this possible!

Fund raising continues for a third defibrillator to be sited in Hinton.

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DDC, Dogs & Smoking

Be aware of new dog & smoking control powers

Dogs must be kept on leads around schools and in cemeteries and memorial gardens from December as part of new rules being introduced in Daventry District.  

The new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) will also limit to six the number of dogs that can be walked by one person at one time, and prohibit smoking in fenced-off play areas.   The new PSPO, which will come into force on 1 December, also includes all the rules set out under the existing PSPO, which state owners must:

  • Pick up after their dog
  • Carry the means to pick up after their dog
  • Prevent their dog from entering a fenced-off children’s play area
  • Put their dog on a lead when requested by an authorised officer
  • Keep their dog on a lead around the café area at Daventry Country Park.

Daventry District Council will be working alongside schools and parish councils across the District in the weeks leading up to 1 December in order to agree appropriate boundaries and signage for the regulations requiring dogs to be put on leads.   The boundaries around schools will focus mainly on entries and exits and will apply only on school days. No smoking signage will also be added to fenced-off children’s play areas.   Anyone who breaks one of the orders risks a £100 on-the-spot fine or, in serious cases, prosecution, though the additional new regulations will only be full enforced from April 1.   Anyone who breaks one of the orders risks a £100 on-the-spot fine or, in serious cases, prosecution.  

Councillor Richard Auger, Environmental Health and Housing Portfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “The additional regulations set out in the new PSPO were introduced following public consultation on what powers they felt were needed to deal with the small minority of irresponsible dog owners who persistently fail to properly control or pick up after their pet.   “We are very supportive of our residents in their desire to create a cleaner and safer environment for everyone who wishes to enjoy our District’s public open spaces.   “We will be doing a lot of work in the coming weeks to prepare for the new regulations and inform residents, but I would encourage all dog owners to take heed of the new rules, so that they do not fall foul of them come their introduction on 1 December.”  

People can find out more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/pspo

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Woodland Words

The Parish Council has asked to point out that any communication about the Great Central Woodland should go via one of the Management Committee members.

The number of work projects and the range of activities going on to improve and manage the Woodland means that information changes regularly.

The only reliable source of information is the Committee.

It is possible to contact the Committee Chairman, Paul Blackwell via email on paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org or by phone on
07872 860540.

Contact details for other Parish Council members of the Committee (R Snedker, K Coles,  P Darby, P Deverill) can be found on the Parish Council Members page.

You can also email all Committee members by using the email: theteam@greatcentralwoodland.org

In the event of safety concerns please contact hazards@greatcentralwoodland.org

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09/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 26th September 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 26th September 2018

Minutes of the October meeting will be available following the next  meeting at which they will be approved.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The next meeting is on December 7th at 7:00pm at 17, Parsons Street.

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Job Vacancy

Parish Council Admin Officer

Woodford cum Membris Parish Council is seeking an enthusiastic and competent part time

Admin Officer

The post holder will work closely with the Parish Clerk but will have specific responsibility for ensuring that all property owned by the Parish is maintained in a safe and secure condition, to manage the booking of community halls and equipment and to maintain the Parish Asset Register. Additional training will be provided for the right candidate. The post holder will be based in the Village Centre but some home working will be required.

Salary: £4772.60 per year  (SCP 13 – £9.039 per hour)

Hours of work: 44 hours per month –times/day to be agreed but some flexibility is required

For more information and a copy of the job description please contact Jean Curd on 07471 204683 or by email: jeancurd@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Closing date: 11th November 2018

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November 2018 WOW

The November edition of the village WOW newsletter should have been delivered.

Here is the electronic version: WOW November 2018 .

Together with this month’s WOW you should also have received a flyer for the Old School Cafe. You can see an electronic copy here.

If you do not receive yours in the next few days please let us know here: – woweditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for BOTH December and January – is Wednesday 14th November.

Details of how to get your event included in WOW are inside.

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Horses For Remembrance Day

100th Anniversary Parade

Kate Kees is organising an equine remembrance parade for this year’s 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Horse Remembrance Parade in 2017

The parade will meet at the Fleur at 9am to leave at 9.25. It will go round the village to join the rest of the Remembrance Day Parade at Station Court.

Horses will be wearing cornflowers in their bridles; the animal equivalent of the poppies for soldiers

Anyone wanting to join can message Kate on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kate.kee.9)

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Police Surgery

Carl Barton will be holding another police surgery in the Old School Cafe (Farndon Room : behind the Library)

Saturday 3rd November : 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Come along and ask questions or raise concerns over local policing matters.

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Woodland Work Restarted

Please Be Aware Tree Felling Has Restarted

Work has begun again to complete the thinning of tress in the woodland that was planned for earlier this year.

Please take care if you are in the woodland and follow warning signs and the directions of our contractors.

Please warn children that it is NOT SAFE for them to play in the woodland during felling operations.

Felled timber is the property of the contractors and is helping to save the village the costs of the felling. Felled timber should not be taken from the Woodland.

Why is this being done?

This is all part of the work we need to do to manage the Woodland. We are removing some trees so that the others can grow better. The tracks in the woodland are also being widened. This process, called ‟thinning” is part of the long-term Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.

How Has This Been Planned?

This is part of the largest forestry project carried out in the Woodland for twenty years. It involves the removal of around 600 tonnes of timber. The costs of the work are being covered by sale of the timber. It will put the Woodland on a sound footing for the next ten years.

All work carried out in the Woodland is done under a Management Plan that has been agreed with the Forestry Commission. The Plan was developed and approved by the Woodland Management Committee. The Commission has provided a felling license that allows this work to be carried out.  For information a copy of the license is available here: Great Central Woodland Felling License.  It refers to “Part 1” this can be found in the Management Plan available here.

What Will The Impact of This Work Be?

Unfortunately, during this work, there will be some inconvenience to those living nearby and to users of the Woodland.

The Woodland Management Committee is working with the contractors to minimise any problems but wishes to apologise for any inconvenience resulting from these essential works.

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Xmas Bins

What You Need To Know

An update from Daventry District Council about arrangements for waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

Collection schedules

Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:

  • If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Tuesday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Saturday, 29 December.
  • If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Tuesday, 1 January) this will instead take place on Saturday, 5 January.

Extra recycling collection

Your blue-lidded recycling bin will continue to be collected as usual over Christmas and New Year, with the addition of an extra collection for all households in the week beginning 7 January – please put your recycling bin out on your usual collection day alongside any other bins that are scheduled. Please also note that this extra collection is not listed on the paper calendar you received in June.

Extra recycling that you cannot fit it in your blue-lidded bin will also be collected during the festive period -please place items into clear or white bags (not black or green sacks) and put them next to your bin.

Don’t forget that a range of festive items can be recycled, including sweet tins, and foil-free wrapping paper and Christmas cards. As a good rule of thumb, wrapping paper that can be torn is probably made from paper and can therefore be recycled.

General waste

Black bins containing general waste will continue to be collected as normal on their three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Food waste

Food waste bins will continue to be collected on their usual weekly schedule. Please remember you can recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including veg peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

Garden waste collections

Those subscribed to the service will continue to receive collections on their usual schedule in the run up to Christmas and New Year. Please note there will be a short break in collections during the second week of January so that crews can focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Christmas trees

Households subscribed to the garden waste service can put their real Christmas trees in their garden waste bin or alternatively place them alongside the bin for collection in the week beginning 22 January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but you can take trees to your local household waste recycling centre. Find your nearest centre atwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

Keep up-to-date with our mobile app

You can check your collection day and set up notifications to remind your which bins to put out using our mobile app.

Available for free from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, the app can also be used to access the latest news from Daventry District Council, as well as information about local facilities, services, shops, bars and restaurants.

If you do not have access to a tablet or smartphone you can check your bin collection dates on the calendar delivered to you in June, or on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

Reporting a missed bin

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Wednesday, 2 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

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Police & Fire

A message from Northants Police & Fire Commissioner, Stephen Mold, asking for the public’s views. Your responses will affect future levels of Council Tax:-

“As Northamptonshire’ s Police & Crime Commissioner I want to understand your views on the policing part of the council tax that you pay. In addition I will soon become the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire and will have responsibility for setting the Fire & Rescue Service element of the council tax too.

“Your feedback will help inform the level of council tax set for Northamptonshire.

“I would like to invite you to participate in a consultation my office are running on the options, and to share views you have relating to Council Tax and Policing and Fire & Rescue Services.

“To take part in the survey just click here and respond by Friday 7th December.

“Any information you give us will be kept in confidence and only used for the purpose of this consultation.  No individuals will be identifiable. The closing date for the consultation is Friday 7th December 2018.

“If you have any queries about this consultation please contact helen.cook@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk

“Thank you in advance for participating.”

Stephen Mold

Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner

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10/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 24th October 2018 in the Farndon Room, behind 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 secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: We anticipate that felling work will restart shortly. When more details are available these will be published.

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Updated Business Directory

We’ve updated the directory of local businesses with information on the new companies based in the village.

You can download it here. or read it on-line as an e-book.

Changes in this update include:-

  • adding in our new cafe: the Old School Cafe in the Farndon Room behind the Library.
  • saying goodbye to Village Interiors
  • including newly opened Interiors@42 offering a wide selection of furnishing, lighting and accessories.
  • changes for the Post Office
  • old Post Office now a cornershop & DIY
  • details of Paddocks Farm Rehabilitation who offer equine part and full permanent livery; short term holiday full livery; overnight competition stabling and also provide horse convalescent stabling particularly laminitis and box rest. For rehabilitation; chronic pain relief laser therapy for horses; canine rehabilitation – laser therapy and hydrotherapy; fun and fitness dog swims; chronic pain relief and natural healing laser treatments for people; help with wounds, back pain, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis.
  • adding our new village barber; Mr Mannion’s Barber Shop
  • other miscellaneous corrections & updates
  • added Creative Honour Boards who provided the parish with the signs for the Great Central Woodland
  • added Chapagne Travel who offer minibus hire for up to 16 people for days and nights out, airport transfers and evening trips to your favourite hostelry.
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Police Update

Two pieces of police news….

  1. Parking Outside School. PCSO Carl Barton asks all to please be mindful of where you park outside schools. There have been reports of a vehicle regularly parking in the middle of the pavement at school pick up time with four wheels fully on the pavement,  forcing parents Woodford Halse Academy pupils to walk in the road. 
  2. Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter  You can read about a new report on what makes a good neighbour in modern Britain and find lots of fantastic advice on keeping safe. There’s also member offers and lots more! Click here to read it on-line.
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Thanks to Taylor Wimpey

£500 towards new defibrillator

Taylor Wimpey South Midlands is helpeing provide peace of mind to residents in Woodford Halse by funding a defibrillator for use in medical emergencies. Joining forces with Northamptonshire Police, Taylor Wimpey made a £500 donation towards the life saving piece of equipment, which is now situated at Woodford Halse Fire Station on the Byfield Road.

The Taylor Wimpey contribution adds to the money already raised by the Woodford’s Churches Together appeal in September.

On Saturday 13th October 2018, Woodford Halse Fire Station held a recruitment day in conjunction with heart start sessions and the new community defibrillator. While there is already an existing defibrillator outside the Memorial Hall on Station Road, residents will now benefit from having an additional defibrillator at the other end of the village.

Commenting on the donation from Taylor Wimpey Carl Barton, PCSO at Northamptonshire Police, said: “This defibrillator will save precious time in the case of any life-threatening heart issues in the area until our colleagues from the East Midlands Ambulance Service arrive on scene and are able to take over. The first few minutes are absolutely crucial in situations involving the heart so I’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey for their generous donation in providing such a life-saving piece of equipment to the local community in Woodford Halse.”

At the event, the Taylor Wimpey South Midlands team were on hand to present the cheque to members of St. Mary’s Church. Paul Cave, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, said: “We feel it’s extremely important to invest in the communities in which we build our homes, so it was our pleasure to donate £500 towards the new defibrillator in Woodford Halse. Heart issues can happen at any age and any time so it will be a comfort for the community knowing that there is now a defibrillator at each end of the village. I’d like to thank Northamptonshire Police for inviting us to lend our support to such an important cause – and we wish the community​ ​all​ ​the​ ​best​ ​with​ ​future ​fundraising​ ​efforts.”

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09/18 Parish Council Minutes

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

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 11th September 2018

The September meeting included:-

  • PCSO report
  • Decisions on the Ryfields Play Area
  • Feedback on a review of village halls

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

Meetings are always open to the public. The agenda is published on this web site and on notice boards around the village. Council meetings are normally on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

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Movember Quiz Night

32 Warwick Road, Upper Boddington, NN11 6HD

Supporting the Movember Foundation and The Byfield Patient Participation Group to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Join us on Sunday 4th November at 7.45 for 8.00pm for a Pub Quiz

Teams of up to 4 people – entry fee £10 per team

Refreshments available

Cash prizes – 50% to winning team – 50% to Movember Foundation

Contact Jane on 01327 260364 to enter or email enquiries@ploughinnboddington.co.uk

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Every man over 50 should talk to his doctor about PSA testing.

Symptoms don’t show up.

A simple blood test could save a man’s life

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Councillors Wanted

The Parish Council has a wide range of responsibilities to the Community and currently has two vacancies

It is seeking volunteers who may have professional skills in a number of areas that includes, but not exclusively, estates management and/or surveying. 

Council membership currently comprises councillors from the older part of the parish and it also therefore seeks a volunteer(s) from the newer areas.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist the community in which you live, please send an email in the first instance to paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org indicating how you may be able to help and your phone number.

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Sheep Theft

Please be aware that sixteen sheep were removed from a field  on the Eydon Road near Woodford Halse on Monday 15th October.

If anyone has information about the theft please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101, or contact Carl Barton our PCSO.


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Make A Corn Dolly

Come & Learn How : 30th October

Making corn dollies is an ages old tradition at this time of year. If you would like to try your hand at this ancient craft, Jean Curd is offering a FREE workshop 10:00am to 12:00 noon on 30th October in the Farndon Room, Woodford Halse, behind the library.

There is no charge but numbers are limited so, if you are interested, please book a place by telephoning Jean Curd on 01327 263099 or by email: jeancurd@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

You can also download this poster to share this event.


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Police Commissioner’s News

Newsletter From Police And Crime Commissioner

Read how the PCC has been working on behalf of the people of Northamptonshire in his latest monthly round-up.

Please click here to view the newsletter

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Garden Club

Organic Gardening

On Monday 5th November at 7.30pm, Woodford’s Garden Club is excited to be hosting a talk on Organic Gardening by Pauline Pears.

Pauline is a renowned expert and author of a number of books, including the HDRA Encyclopaedia of Organic Gardening. She was also a co-presenter on Channel 4’s “All Muck and Magic”, head of the advisory service at “Garden Organic” in Coventry and editor of “The Organic Way” magazine for 28 years.

Venue: Woodford Halse Memorial Hall.

Members free, visitors £2.

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Woodford Runner for MIND

Kelly of Castle Road, Woodford, is running the London Marathon in April 2019 in aid of Mind – the mental health charity.

She needs your help to reach her fundraising target of £2000!

If you would like to sponsor Kelly or offer any fundraising support, please donate or make contact through her JustGiving page:

www.justgiving.com/Kelly-Brindley

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Police Notice

A message from PCSO Carl Barton….

There have been reports of juvenile nuisance on Grants Hill Way Industrial Estate, Woodford Halse, particularly at the weekends.

 The offending youths have been identified and will be dealt with.

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Byfield Medical Practice

PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP

If you are a patient with the Byfield Medical Practice you should feel free to contact a member of the participation group on any matters concerning the running of the practice, good or less so. We very much welcome constructive commentary.

The PPG representative closest to Woodford Halse is Peter Deverill who lives in the village and is contactable on 07971 043046.

Equally, please feel invited to join the group as the Practice strives to make itself relevant to everybody’s needs. If you are interested in joining, call Tracey Rymer the Practice Manager on 01327 265841

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PARKING (Again!)

Please remember to leave space at road junctions for Emergency Services Vehicles and Dustcarts to make the turn into narrow side roads.  

This is particularly a problem in the older parts of the village.

The Parish Council is reviewing parking at the Memorial Hall and the Village Centre (Library, Café and Dryden Hall).  Residents are reminded that the car parks behind the halls are reserved for hall users and are asked not to park there.  The council is considering locking the Village Centre gates at night.


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Business Directory

We’re about to do our autumn update of the Woodford Hinton & West Farndon Business Directory. If your business is not included or we’ve got your details wrong, then please let us know.

Every year people look at something on the Signpost 60,000 times and people like to deal with local businesses. So, it’s a great opportunity to make sure people know about your business what it does and how to reach you.

It’s completely free – just fill in the form here.

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More Cummins Help

Hats off to Cummins for another great day’s help in the Woodland. Led by Mike, 3 full time and 2 university placement students finished clearing the remainder of main footpaths in the wood.

We’re sure everyone will be pleased with the result.

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Methodist Services

We’ve added details for all the services in October at the Hinton Methodist Church to the Church Diary page,  

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Bins Please!

A Message from the Parish Council

To all residents, but especially those in Sydney Road, Castle Road and Percy Road.

Some bins are left out all week in places where pedestrians, especially wheelchair or buggy users or parents with push chairs and prams have to move into the roadway to get by. The problem is made worse by limited parking and vehicles parking on pavements.

Please do not leave your waste bins on the footpaths where they prevent pedestrians using the paths safely.

Obviously, this is dangerous. The Council is sure that no one would want to be responsible for an accident, so please take your bins in as soon as possible after collections on Mondays.

Image from pedestrianliberation.org, Used with acknowledgement.
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09/10/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 09/10/18

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

Agenda points include:-

  • Adopting the auditor’s report on the Council’s governance and accounts.
  • Reports from the Police, Woodland, Library, and Halls Group
  • Planning application adjacent 15 Hinton Road
  • Proposal for wifi in the Village Centre

Parish Council meeting take place on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact details for all Parish Councillors can be found here. You can learn more about your Council, what it does and how it works here.

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Daventry Cinema?

Daventry District Council have announced new plans for a cinema and restaurants in the town centre.You can see the announcement here.

They are seeking views on their plans in a public consultation.

The consultation will run from Monday 15th October until Sunday 28th October, with opportunities to view and comment on the plans during a series of open events at Daventry Library in North Street at the following times:

Tuesday 16th October 2018 from 3pm – 7pm
Thursday 18th October 2018 from 10am – 2pm
Saturday 20th October 2017 from 11am – 3pm

Alternatively, the proposals will be available online, and a questionnaire will be able to be completed here from Monday 15th October 2018.

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Woodford Interiors

The shop on Station Road may have closed but you can still buy Pam’s decorative items, ornaments, crafts and cards through her Ebay shop.

You can find it here: Woodford Interiors on eBay

Or look for “WoodfordInterors” in sellers under eBay advanced search.

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Updated Open All Hours…

We’ve updated the table of opening times for local shops. Now includes latest details for the Post Office at Popsons, Mr Mannion – Barber, Interiors 42 and the latest library times.

You can find a link to it here:-

Open All Hours?

 

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Interiors 42

The new shop Interiors 42 is now open at 42 Station Road with a wide selection of furnishing, lighting and accessories.

Opening hours are:-

Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am to 2:00pm

Sunday & Monday closed.

You can reach them online at www.interiors42.co.uk by phone 91327 264 445, email orders@interiors42.co.uk or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/interiorsNo42.

We’ll be adding their details to the Business Directory and the Open All Hours page shortly.

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Neighbourhood Watch Reminder

Just a reminder. There will be a Neighbourhood Watch meeting tonight, Monday 1st October.

This will take place in the Memorial Hall, Woodford Halse at 7:00pm.

This meeting is not in the main hall but in the reception hall where the medical surgeries take place.

Hope to see you there.  Carl Barton (Police, PCSO, Daventry & South Northants)

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Help Our Litter Pick

& Get Free Tea & Coffee!

It’s time for a clean up before the winter comes. Sunday 7th October 10:00am

A Previous Litter Pick’s Haul (thanks to Iain Osborne for the pic.)

Woodford is having a village litter pick to clear up the rubbish that some folk leave around the place.

Please come along and help us!

Meet at the back of the Library on  Sunday 7th October 10:00am. Gloves and sacks will be provided.

PLUS: Diane Kenny will open the Old School Cafe at 12:00am with FREE tea and coffee for all litter pickers.

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2018 Big Breakfast

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 3rd 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 8th December 2018

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Saturday 6th April 2019

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Church News

Updated the Church Diary page with details of services throughout October.

PLUS: you can download the fact sheet on St Mary’s that was sent out with this month’s WOW.

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Great Support from Cummins!

Cummins Diesel staff helped out again in the Woodland today.

Three of their full time team and three university placement students spent today raking out dead surface thatch from the Memorial Glade area and then completely raked the Co-op to Byfield Road path along its whole length, clearing debris from the recent thinning operations.

Many thanks to all of them and thanks to Cummins for helping us to improve the Great Central Woodland.

The Cummins Team Helping Out at the Great Central Woodland Memorial Glade (Photo: Peter Deverill)

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Fire Station

On Saturday 13th October 2018, Woodford Halse Fire Station will be holding a recruitment day together with introductory Heart Start sessions. The event will run from 11am until 3pm.

Heart Start sessions start from  11.30,12.30, 1.30  and 2.30.

The sessions are in conjunction with the community defibrillator  which was supported by the WI’s fund raising. The defibrillator will be located at Woodford Halse Fire Station on the Byfield Road. Once this is installed, we will have a defibrillator at both ends of the village. (There is already one outside the Memorial Hall on Station Road.)

The event is also a recruitment day for the fie service. It will be a good opportunity to talk about and explore, the role of the on-call fire fighter within Woodford Halse Village.

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08/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 22nd August 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 22 August 2018

Minutes of the September meeting will be available following the October meeting at which they are approved.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The next meeting is on October 24th at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

 

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October 2018 WOW

The October edition of the WOW should have been delivered.

Here is the electronic version: WOW October 2018 .

Together with this month’s WOW you should also have received a fact sheet on St Mary’s Church. You can see an electronic copy here.

If you do not receive yours in the next few days please let us know here: – woweditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Deadline for copy for the next WOW is Friday 12th October.

Details of how to get your event included in WOW are inside.

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Flu Clinics at Byfield

Byfield Medical Centre has posted details of their first flu jab clinics for this year. These include a dedicated session on October 31st in Woodford Halse for patients from the village.

Wednesday 3rd October: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 11th October: 10.30am – 11.30am
Monday 15th October evening – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 17th October 9.30am – 11.30am and 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday 31st October Woodford Halse (for Woodford patients only) 9.30am – 11.45am

There will also be a Saturday clinic and will advertise this on their Facebook page once arranged.

Please call the practice to book your appointment, you can have your jab outside of these appointments but it is more efficient for the practice if you can attend at these times.

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Cricket Club Burglary

This was in Barby and the Police are looking for help but maybe its a good idea to keep an eye open around here …

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a burglary at the Cricket Club in Barby, Northamptonshire.

Unknown persons have attempted to gain entry through the roof of the Cricket Club, activating the alarm.  No entry was gained.

This happened between 00:30 & 01:30 on 24/09/2018.

Did you witness anything?

Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous. These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999.
Visit us at : www.northants.police.uk

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Hinton Messy Church

Why Not Come Along?

Sunday 7th October 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Brownies For Macmillan Cancer Research

It’s This Saturday!

Please help Woodford Brownies to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan cancer research!

29 September Memorial Hall from 10:00-12:00

Please stop buy and purchase a cake and a drink 😊🍰🍩☕️ all proceeds will be donated to charity. Register your interest now to get a reminder nearer the time 😊

https://www.facebook.com/events/2166839633642089/

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Council Financial Audit

Your Parish Council spends over £190,000 each year and owns over £2.6M of assets. The Parish Council is required to have its accounts independently audited and for that information to be made public.

The details of the audit for 2017-2018 are now available.

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09/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 26th September 2018 in the Farndon Room, behind 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 secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

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Woodland Fire

From PCSO Carl Barton…

“Unknown persons have been setting fires in the woodland area of Woodford Halse.
If you know the offenders, please report on the 101 line or message me directly.”

This was around 6:00pm on Wednesday 19th September. The fire in the wood was at the top of the slope along the Byfield road wood path, leading down to the cinder path.

Thanks to those that took action and stopped it getting worse.

Just a shame we had to call the fire service away from possibly more serious calls.

 

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Library

A message from Pat Darby…..

“The Woodford Halse library will be closed today 20th September but will be open tomorrow from 2.00 to 6.00pm.

A decision will be made shortly about the future of the library and I will keep you informed about further developments.

I will be in touch with volunteers over the next few weeks to discuss rotas etc.”

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Neighbourhood Watch

The next Neighbourhood Watch Meeting will be on Monday 1st October at 7pm in the Memorial Hall.

All welcome.

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Chipping Warden Relief Road

As a part of the work planned for HS2, a relief road is to be built that will take the A361 around Chipping Warden rather than through it as present.

A copy of the route is in a recent bulletin from HS2: Chipping Warden Relief Road Notification.

The Chipping Warden parish council web site is a great place to keep up to date with news on HS2 developments in this area as is the HS2 page for developments in Northamptonshire.

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Fireworks 3rd November

Woodford’s Sports and Community Club have is hosting the Woodford FSA Bonfire and Fireworks Night again this year.

3 November from 17:30-23:00 at  Woodford Halse Sports & Community Club

They hope to repeat the success of last year’s event with another spectacular firework display for everyone to enjoy,  followed by the traditional lighting of the bonfire and a fireworks after party.

There will be a family disco in the clubhouse shortly after the fire is lit which everyone is invited to stay for.

Advance bonfire and fireworks tickets are now on sale from Woodford Sports and Community Club during open hours Friday 5pm – 11pm, Saturday midday – 11pm and Sunday midday till 8pm.
Advance ticket prices – £10 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children), £4 per adult, £2 per child.

Advance tickets available now until Friday 2nd November and then after on the gate on the night from 5pm.

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Police Advice

Two bits of crime advice from Northamptonshire Police….

  • Keeping safe at home and when out and about with the longer winter nights
  • Scam alert : Fake Netflix emails

Here Comes Winter

When the longer winter nights arrive, take a fresh look at your home security and remind yourself of how to stay as safe as possible when out and about.

At home

  • Keep front and back doors locked at all times and keep keys and valuables out of sight and reach from cat flaps, letterboxes, and downstairs doors and windows
  • If you’re out in the evening make sure you leave a light on and draw the curtains. If it’s dark before you get home, use timer switches to turn on energy-saving lights
  • Light up your front door with dusk to dawn lighting – make sure it’s visible from the street
  • Make sure your home is visible from the street by keeping bushes and fences less than one metre high at the front of your property
  • Don’t forget about garages, sheds and outbuildings – make sure they’re locked and secure too
  • Try not to leave your house in silent darkness. Just leaving a radio on could make a potential burglar think twice
  • Never leave a spare key outside your house, burglars know all the usual hiding spots
  • Keep bins away from windows when they’re not being used as they can be used as a climbing aid for burglars
  • Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Find out more about Neighbourhood Watch in Northamptonshire at www.northantsnhw.co.uk or call the Neighbourhood Watch Chair on 01933 664146 for more information

Out and about

  • Plan ahead before you go out. Know where you’re going, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll get back. Let someone know where you’re going, and be prepared for a change of plan
  • Keep your purse or wallet and keys close and secure. Only take out essential items, and if you can leave valuables at home, do
  • When you’re out, always walk with confidence, and stick to well-lit, busy areas, using the route you know best
  • Avoid quiet or badly-let alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Walk down the middle of the pavement if the street is deserted
  • Remain aware of your surroundings – don’t walk along texting, making a phone call or listening to music. As well as being distracting, this advertises your valuable to criminals
  • Trust your instincts – if you don’t feel safe then change your route, remembering to stay in well-lit and busy areas. Don’t be tempted to take short cuts
  • Be a good friend and stay safe by sticking together. Always avoid walking alone at night
    If you regularly walk home in the dark, get a personal attack alarm – they are widely available and inexpensive
  • If you regularly jog or cycle, vary your route and times you go out, particularly if you go alone. Try to avoid wooded or remote areas and stick to well-lit roads, or main paths and open spaces. Stay fully alert of your surroundings and don’t use headphones

To speak to our crime prevention team about darker nights crime prevention email crimeprevention@northants.pnn.police.uk

Netflix Email Scam

Action Fraud, the national anti-fraud policing initiative, has issued the following advice:

“We’ve seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details.

“Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.”

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk 

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07/18 & 08/18 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meetings on 10th July and 30th August. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 10th July 2018

Minutes of the Planning Meeting of Council on 30th August 2018

The July meeting included:-

  • PCSO & Neighbourhood Watch reports
  • Proposals on improved management for the village halls

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

The August meeting was a special one (Council does not normally meet in August), convened to discuss planning matters needing a response to Daventry District Council.

Meetings are always open to the public. The agenda is published on this web site and on notice boards around the village. Council meetings are normally on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

 

 

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DDC Helps Save On Energy Bills

The Big Switch : Residents Join Together & Save £££s

The Big Switch is a collective energy switching scheme that uses people power to try to secure cheaper energy bills for residents.

Daventry District Council is working with switching partner iChoosr in to help people switch to a better deal.

How Much Can I Save?

Since its launch, the scheme has helped more than 1,000 homes across Daventry District save an average of £232 on their energy bills. Many people have saved far more!

How Does It Work?

Residents register on the scheme with the amount of energy they use. iChoosr holds an energy auction and gets energy companies to bid for the total amount of energy involved, so getting a cheaper price. Residents only have to switch, if they want to, once the price is confirmed.

What Do I Do Next?

iChoosr & Daventry Distirct Council hold 3 auctions a year, visit their website for the latest auction dates! Register for FREE… You will need your annual electricity and gas bills to register Visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/bigswitchdaventry or call 01327 871100.

Step One: Register for free. Anyone who pays a household energy bill can register for FREE for the scheme. There are a number of ways you can register and it’s an easy process, but you will need a copy of a recent energy bill or annual statement to complete the process.

Step Two: Sit back, relax. Once registration has closed, DDC’s switching partner iChoosr will invite energy companies to offer their best tariff to everyone in the scheme in a reverse auction process.

Step Three: Consider the offer. You will then receive a personal offer tailored to your household on the new tariff secured by the scheme. This will use the information you gave when registering to tell you how much you could save by switching. We cannot guarantee that everyone will save money. It depends on your current tariff arrangements.

Step Four: Make a decision. You will have until the end of the current auction round to decide whether you want to switch or not. There is no obligation to accept the offer and no fees or charges.

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Cafe Page

Now that the Old School Cafe is up and running we’ve added a page to the Signpost with details of opening times and how to contact them.

You can also download the current menu.

You can find the Old School Cafe page via the Village Venues menu at the top of the page or you can go there directly from here: Old School Cafe on the Signpost.

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Library Times

An update from Pat Darby…..

“We are hoping to keep the library open for 3 sessions per week as stated by Northamptonshire County Council. The library is normally open as follows:-

Wednesdays from 10.00 to 2. 00pm and staffed with volunteers.

On Thursday and Friday the library is open from 2.00 to 6.00.

However this Friday, 14th September, due to short notice and lack of staff the library will be open only from 2.00 until 4.00 and staffed by volunteers.”

PLUS: don’t forget you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the Old School Cafe.

 

 

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Risk of Flooding?

Photo credit: Kay Fennell

The Parish Council is taking part in the Flood Resilience Project being run by Northamptonshire County Council to help reduce the risk of flooding and damage to homes in the village.

You can find out about the results of the flood risk survey for the village at a meeting taking place on September 26th, 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Farndon Room at the Village Centre.

Learn more on this poster.

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Poppy Ribbon

Angie Potter is organising a ‘Ribbon of Poppies’ along the parade route from Station Court to the Church for Remembrance Day on the 11th November.

It’s a global event now that started as a national one.

Angie has set up a group for people to come and help knit/crochet/felt/colour in and generally create poppies and blue/lilac flowers (for the animals involved in the wars) to line the route.

Angie has support from most of the shop keepers so far, and the Beavers but hasn’t yet spoken to any nursery/playschool groups. Could any of you help make poppies?

Or would any of the home owners/residents in Station Court , or along the ‘shop’ side of Station Road and Church Street like to help by allowing flower to be placed on or near their properties?

Angie would love to hear from you. You can email her: mrspottermakes@gmail.com.

You can get in touch with the project via their facebook group.

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What Do You Think?

About Community Remedies For Crimes?

Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner Wants Your Views

Anti-social behaviour and low-level crime affects people’s life on a daily basis. Acts such as vandalism, damage to someone’s property, noise, drunkenness, low-level theft, or harassment can have a real impact on individuals, businesses and whole communities.

In low-level cases where the offender admits the offence, and with the agreement of the victim, the victim can work with the police to choose how the offender should make amends from a list of options, called a community remedy.

There are different options available, and these include: providing the victim with financial compensation; the offender repairing the damage or undertaking other unpaid work; apologising to the victim or meeting them face-to-face; for an offender to attend treatment if they have drug or alcohol issues.

The Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner would like to invite you to participate in a consultation his office are running on the options that are offered as part of the community remedy, and to suggest any alternative options you think are missing.

To take part in the survey, visit the PCC’s website at www.northantspcc.org.uk/communityremedy and respond by Friday 5th October.

 

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Garden Club “Thank You!”

Thank you to all of the members and visitors who took part in the Annual Show on the 3rd September and congratulations to all of the winners, especially Mr P Washbourne who won the Julie Manton cup for best overall performance in fruit, vegetables and flowers.

The club hopes to see lots of people at the next meeting on Monday 1st October at 7.30pm – “Preserving your Garden” – a talk on making jam, chutney, cider and wine, along with tastings!

Visitors and new members always welcome.

 

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Barn Dance 15/09

There’s still time to get your tickets!

Hinton Methodist Church is holding a barn dance in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 15th September at 7:30pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £5 for children aged 5 years and over and include dancing to a live band and a ploughmans supper with dessert.

Proceeds will go towards chapel funds for activities at the church and in the village.

Please contact Hinton Methodists on Facebook for tickets, or contact Cat Vokes by email c.vokes798@btinternet.com or by phone on 01327 263627.

Tickets also available from Janet at Village Meats.

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WOW Deadline 12/09

WOW (What’s On In Woodford) will be back after its summer break at the end of the month. (The most recent WOW is here)

If you have events, groups or activities to promote then the deadline for the next edition of WOW is Wednesday 12th September. Space is always limited but we will try to fit in as much as we can.

Please get your copy by email to woweditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org  or in hard copy form to Top to Toe or to 12 Farndon Road.

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11/09/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 11/09/18

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

A busy meeting after the summer break with much to discuss including:-

  • Our local MP is seeking views on the planned reorganisation of local government in Northamptonshire and the future of local bus services.*
  • reports from the Police, Old School Cafe, Woodland, Library, Halls Group and more
  • maintenance of the Ryfields Play Area
  • planning applications & a name for the houses of Grant’s Hill Way

* Does not appear to affect Stagecoach Service 200

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Grand Opening

Great to see so many turn up for the grand opening of the Old School Cafe.

Dianne sends a huge thank you to everyone who visited today to officially open the Old School Cafe! All of the cake went!

They look forward to offering their full menu from Tuesday.

They estimate (they lost count a bit when it got hectic!) that they had around 70 visitors, a phenomenal response – including a group from Godswell Park, Bloxham. who arrived around closing time but still enjoyed a cup of tea and a biscuit.

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Please Help Our Shops

A Message from The Parish Council

Everyone knows how difficult it is to park around Percy Road, Sidney Road and Castle Road. Sometimes it is necessary to park on Station Road but it would help our shops if residents’ cars are not left on Station Road all weekend.

If you can move your car, please do so. It will help encourage shoppers if they can park and that helps to  make sure we all will continue to have the benefit of them.

Thank you.

 

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History Society – September

The History Society’s September meeting celebrates the 100th anniversary on women gaining the vote with a look at Oxfordshire’s women’s suffrage movement.

Download the flyer with details of the meeting here.

Find out more about the History Society here.

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Coffee Break!

Don’t forget the Old School Cafe has its opening today!

AND

Woodford’s Churches have a Defibrillator Appeal.

 

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Advice To Landlords

Daventry District Council Advises on Change of Law Regarding HMO’s

From 1st October 2018, changes to regulations for licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) will mean that all HMOs occupied by 5 or more people forming two or more households (where facilities are shared) will require a mandatory HMO licence.

Old restrictions on the number of storeys in an HMO property are removed. Now HMO licensing is needed for all properties shared by 5 or more people or two or more households.

Landlords with properties meeting the criteria must ensure they have applied for a licence by 1 October this year in order to avoid enforcement action.

Application forms can be downloaded from the DDC HMO page.

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More Coffee!

Churches Together : Defibrillator Appeal

Woodford’s Churches Together are holding a free coffee morning from 10:00 to 11:30 on Saturday September 1st 2018 in Hinton Methodist Church.

The event is to raise funds for a second defibrillator for the village to be positioned at the Fire Station. (There is already one at the Memorial Hall)

If sufficient funds are raised the aim to install a third one to be positioned outside Hinton Methodist Church.

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Church Diary

Details of church services for September in Woodford and the surrounding area have now been updated on the Church Diary page.

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Library Open Today

Please note! Contrary to a notice that was put on library door, the library will be open from 10.00 to 2.00 today as usual but it will be run by volunteers. People can exchange books and renew.

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Air Guns & The Woods

Recently there have been reports of air guns being used within the Great Central Woodland.

Air gun owners and parents are reminded that it is an offence to fire an airgun on land where you do not have permission to shoot.

The Parish Council has NOT given permission for any use of airguns on the land, either on the Bank or the Riverside. Any incidents of this kind WILL be reported to the police

There is a code of practice which explains responsible (and legal) use of airguns on the web site of the British Association for Shooting & Conservation.

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Business Directory

Did you know we publish a directory of local businesses?

Companies within the parish can have their details included free of charge.

The latest version can be viewed on this page.

We will be updating the directory during September, so if your details have changed or if your business is not mentioned and you would like to be included, please email signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org or fill in the form here.

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Old School Cafe

Official Opening

Woodford’s new cafe has it’s grand opening from 10am through 3pm on Saturday 1st Sept. They will be offering free tea and coffee for the day – come along to the Farndon Room behind the library, meet the team and try some of their goodies.

After that the cafe will open for full service at 8.30am on Tuesday 4th September. The cafe will be opening Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, 8.30am to 4.30pm and in line with the library.

One of the things they want to do is to upgrade the furniture in the cafe. They will be using the existing equipment to start with but we would like to have wooden tables and chairs. Does anyone have any wooden dining furniture they would be happy to donate to the cafe? If so, contact Diane Kenny by email on: oldschoolcafewoodford@gmail.com or on facebook @OldSchoolCafeWoodfordHalse. She will be happy to collect.

You can keep in touch with what the Cafe is planning on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OldSchoolCafeWoodfordHalse/

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British Legion “Thank You”

Th British Legion invite you to join them on Saturday 1st September in Becketts Park Nothampton. …

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PC Planning Meeting

Although there was no Parish Council meeting in August there are a number of planning applications in the village that have to be considered.

As a result there will be a Planning Matters meeting of the Parish Council on Thursday 30th August at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

Here is the Agenda.

Planning Meeting August 30 2018 Meeting Agenda

As always the meeting is open to the public for anyone to attend.

Applications under consideration are detailed in the Agenda.

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07/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 25th July 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 25 July 2018

Minutes of the August meeting will be available following the September meeting at which they are approved.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The next meeting is on September 26th at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

 

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Collecting Old Green Bins

Daventry District Council is aiming to begin collections of unwanted garden waste bins in late September/early October.

If you are not subscribed to the new chargeable garden waste service and would like your bin taken away, please email escsupervisors@daventrydc.gov.uk no later than 31 August.

If you have already emailed us to request the removal of your garden waste bin, you do not need to do so again. Once they have a collection schedule in place, they will email you to advise you when to put your bin out for collection.

If you have contacted DDC previously but did not leave an email address, please provide this information by emailing escsupervisors@daventrydc.gov.uk, so that they can let you know when your bin is due to be collected.

Find out more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste

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Dog Walking?

Pet Care for Less provides dog walking and pet sitting services, with walks, home visits and house sitting in all villages in the local area.

They offer a free initial consultation to all new clients, are fully insured, DBS checked, and have references available. They have been running for almost 7 years and currently have slots available for both regular and ad-hoc walks and visits.

You can find out more at their website: www.petcareforless.co.uk

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Great (Central Woodland) Work!

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who turned up to help start making the Habitat piles today.

We made a fantastic 13 new piles of fallen branches in two hours! Fantastic work when a team of people come together .

Our aim is that any members of the public can continue to do this on their own, picking up the fallen branches and laying them in piles away from the paths will tidy up the grounds of the wood to allow for the new growth.

The woods is only 40 % thinned out so far, so clearing up the chopped off branches will be an on-going project. It’s one of the many jobs that need to be continued, as part of managing the woods, so volunteers are always welcome. (if you would like to know about future volunteering opportunities let Ruth Curzon know)

Thank you to all of the wonderful people who came today. Many hands make light work and we did a great job together!

Here’s a few pictures (more on our Facebook page)…

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Help Woodford’s Wildlife

Come and Help Build Our First “Habitat Pile”

Sunday 19th August 12:00 – 14:00

Meet In The Co-op Car Park

We want to use some of the loose brushwood in the woodland to create better habitats for woodland wildlife. Woodford’s wildlife warden is leading a volunteer group to gather cut brushwood and stack it to create “habitat piles” and we’d like more help.

Here’s the sort of thing we’re planning to create….

Come along and join in, help to clear some of the brushwood and make the woodland better for wildlife. If you’d like to help, or for more information, contact Ruth Curzon, by email or on Facebook.

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History Society 2018-19

Talks on Local History & More

Here is the programme of events for Woodford’s History Society for the 2018-19 season.

A wide range of talks covers local and wider historical events looking at topics from women’s suffrage, through the local impact of the 2018 armistice, harvest rituals and much more.

Find out more about attending events on the History Society’s page.

 

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Is Your Neighbour Great?

Neighbourhood Watch and sponsors Co-op Insurance have just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018!

They’re urging people to nominate the most deserving good neighbours and there is also an opportunity to put forward your ‘Hero Next Door’ for a true act of heroism.

Neighbourhood Watch and Co-op Insurance are working together on these exciting awards and anyone can nominate their good neighbours today!

They are talking about the local heroes in your street and community whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness really set them apart.

They want to recognise the people who are making such a vital contribution to community life and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

You don’t need to be a Neighbourhood Watch member to nominate and the person you nominate doesn’t need to be a member either.

Click here to join in– before nominations close on September 5 – and you’ll be taken to the nomination form where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.

You can also share the link to the nominations page by cutting and pasting it from below.

https://joinin.coop.co.uk/opportunities/159

So nominate your good neighbours today!

To read more about the awards on the Neighbourhood Watch website click here.

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NCC Restructuring

Following the recent consultation exercise, NCC has published the proposed approach that will be discussed by Councillors and, if approved, put to the Secretary of State.

Restructuring of Governance in Northamptonshire

This approach would create two unitary authorities in Northamptonshire; West Northants (combining Northampton Town, Daventry and South Northants) and North Northants (Ketterin, Corby, Wellingborough, East Northants).

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08/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 22nd August 2018 in the Farndon Room, behind 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 secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

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Hall Wifi

The internet connection and wifi facility at the Memorial Hall is now up and running and can be used by groups having meetings or events in the hall.

Details of how to access the wifi will be made available at the time of booking, if required.

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Old School Cafe

Good news for coffee & cake lovers.

Old School Cafe at Woodford Halse Library will be opening on 1st September at 10:00!

Saturday 1st 10:00am will be the “official” opening – come along and sample tea and coffee and try some beautiful cakes and food.

Further details to follow – but please like their page on Facebook to keep in touch.

We hope you will support this venue. Although it is a commercial venture, the intention is for it to provide financial support for the library and community hub – the more the village supports it, the more goes back to the community!

The cafe will be opening Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, 8.30am to 4.30pm and in line with the library.

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Northants & Libraries

Latest on the court case over Northampton County Council’s plans for library closures…

www.banburyguardian.co.uk

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Watch Out For Horses

An appeal to road users to all use the roads safely together. 

One of Woodford’s horse riders has passed on this appeal….

Over the last few months horse riders have experienced an increasing number of near misses with other road users going around the village. Horse riders prefer not to be on the roads but they have to often just to get from the limited bridleways to the stables. Both children and adults hack out around the village on a regular basis and would like to return home safely after an enjoyable hack.

Most road users in the village pass horse riders with care, and the riding community is grateful to them. Those who hack out their horses only want to enjoy their time and get themselves and their horse home safely, and also want the same for all other road users.

When using roads around the village, follow the Highway Code when passing horses. (Rules 214 & 215 for motorists and cyclists, rules 50-55 for horse riders)

Horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles. Be particularly careful of horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles especially when overtaking. Always pass wide and slowly. Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse or rider. Look out for horse riders’ and horse drivers’ signals and heed a request to slow down or stop. Take great care and treat all horses as a potential hazard; they can be unpredictable, despite the efforts of their rider/driver.

The Horse & Road Safety Awareness campaign suggests passing with 2m clearance and no more than 15mph passing speed. That may not be easy on narrow roads, of course. If in doubt and the road is narrow slow down and wait until the rider waves you through.

Cyclists and runners need to pass horse riders safely too. A bicycle or runner approaching from behind a horse may not be heard. It’s polite to shout to say you are there.

Horse riders are asked to make an effort to wear hi-vis clothing so that those driving have as much time to see them as possible so they can react in a respectful and safe manner.

Thank you for reading,

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Library Update

It is possible that the library will be reopened from Wednesday 15th August.
The current opening times will be the same.

RHYMETIME will continue as normal every Tuesday from 2.00 to 2.30

There has been a reprieve on the closures of Northamptonshire libraries for the moment but there will be a consideration for the future regarding community led or independent libraries.

Due to the current financial situation the library will need to be run by volunteers as planned.

Patricia Darby intends to organise a meeting for volunteers in September and will provide more information shortly.

 

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Railway Modeller

Here’s one for you railway enthusiasts.

I guess everyone knows about the model of the railway around Woodford Halse upstairs at the Social Club (It’s open to visitors on a regular basis – you can learn more here).

In the August 2018 edition of Railway Modeller, there is an article on a layout called “Woodhinton” which represents the area around Woodford and Banbury in the British Railways era. “Woodhinton” is a fictional layout but it follows prototypical practice and fans of the railways around here will find it worth picking up a copy.

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Barber Shop

Opening Soon In The Village

Mr Mannion’s Barber Shop

Opens 18th August 2018

38-40 Station Road, Woodford Halse, NN11 3RB

Behind Popson’s Pharmacy (where the Gym used to be)

Hours: Monday to Friday : 8:30 to 17:30, Saturday 8:30 to 15:00.

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Daventry Local Plan

You will know that Woodford has an approved Neighbourhood Plan which forms part of the overall planning approach implemented by the Government.

Daventry District Council are also producing their local plan covering the entire district (which therefore includes Woodford-cum-Membris).

As part of the process consultation exercises are taking place.

This flyer provides the details of how you can find out more and how you can make your views known, or lick on the picture below.

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Woods Committee Vacancy

There is a vacancy for a village representative on the Great Central Management Committee. Can you volunteer?

The Committee is made up of five villagers and five Parish Councillors. It makes decisions about the work needed to manage and improve the Woods for the benefit of the village, keeping it safe and sustainable. We need one more villager for the Committee.

The Management Committee plans activities, identifies budgets and funding and makes recommendations to the Parish Council – as owners of the Woodland – on any decisions or actions that they need to take in relation to the Woods.

Committee members attend a monthly evening meeting – usually the last Wednesday in the month – and may also spend time following up on projects, coordinating volunteers and external agencies and getting directly involved. Committee members are unpaid volunteers.

No knowledge of woodland management is needed, although any experience in this area would be welcome.

You can find out more by reading the Committee’s terms of reference and recent meeting minutes here.

If you would like to get involved or just want to know more, please contact the Committee Chairman, Paul Blackwell by phone: 07872 860540 or email paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org .

 

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CarKraft for Young Drivers

Northamptonshire Police and County Council are pleased to announce another year of the award winning CarKraft events for 2018.

If you have a youngster 15+ who wants to get a taster for driving in a safe environment with a DSA approved instructor

Or

You have someone aged 17 to 30 who has passed their test and wants to improve their driving skills,

then CarKraft may be of interest.

It’s a completely free event and our next one is held at Silverstone Circuit at the Porsche Experience Centre on Saturday the 1st of September 2018. Places for the event book quickly.

For more information, to book or register an interest for future events, please visit our website. www.carkraft.info

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Ryfields Play Area

Kay Coles, Chair of the Parish Council has asked for this message to be passed on…

The Ryfields Play area has been made safe and will be open again shortly.

It should only be used by children accompanied by an adult.

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High Street Water

Image result for anglian water logoAnglian Water have just advised that they are carrying out work in High Street, Woodford Halse between 1st and 3rd of August 2018.

This may affect water supplies.

More details here:-

https://inyourarea.digdat.co.uk/AnglianWater?id=Roadworks.197065

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Libraries In Court

Those concerned about the future of Woodford’s library may be interested in this article in the Northampton Chronicle covering the court action challenging the County Council’s closure decision consultation.

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/wait-for-outcome-of-high-court-hearing-over-plans-to-close-21-libraries-in-northants-1-8583250

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06/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 20th June 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 2o June 2018

 

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Woodland Wood

Do you know these women & this car?

They were seen taking wood from the woodland.

They were asked to replace it but would not.

The wood cut down has been sold to the company doing the work to pay for the costs of the felling. Taking wood from the woodland is theft. Stealing wood is stealing from all village residents.

This theft has been reported to the police.

 

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DDC Community Funding

Voluntary and community sector services set for funding boost

Voluntary and community organisations in Daventry District will receive an extra £250,000 of cash support to help them fund improvements to land and buildings and for new equipment.

And a further £60,000 will also be made available in revenue grants to voluntary sector service providers after both proposals were approved by Daventry District Council (DDC) on Thursday night (26 July).

At the meeting, councillors agreed to increase the amount of funding in 2018/19 to help meet growing demand for financial assistance from community and voluntary groups.

Capital grants up to a maximum of £15,000 are available for work such as building renovations, equipment or other major purchases valued at least £1,000. In exceptional circumstances, applications for larger amounts will be considered. Revenue grants are awarded to help organisations meet day-to-day costs of running their services.

The Council has already allocated two-thirds of its current £60,000 capital grants budget during the first quarter of the year, with more applications yet to be determined. DDC is also receiving more requests for revenue funding from key voluntary and community organisations seeing their costs and demand for their services rise while their usual funding sources fall.

In addition to these funding pots, £25,000 a year will continue to be available to community groups and organisations wishing to apply for small grants to fund local projects and events.

Councillor Alan Hills, Community, DDC’s Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder, said: “This increase in funding is in response to the rising number of requests we are getting from local voluntary and community groups who are faced with diminished sources of funding yet seeing their budgets squeezed and running costs rise.

““Funding is available for a range of uses and I would urge groups to get in touch and see whether we may be able to help.”

For more information about Community Grants offered by DDC, including the eligibility criteria for each grant, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/communitygrants.

 

 

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Woods Meeting Update

Following the recent Woodland Management Committee, we thought the village would like an update on progress.

The thinning project is now about 40% completed with trees affecting Bankside trimmed and the most recent work clearing trees on Phipps Road and Byfield Road that could affect power and telephone lines[PB] is nearing completion.

We have decided to stop work on tree felling during the summer holidays to avoid any risk to children. Work on the remaining 60% will restart after the holidays on a date yet to be agreed.

The thinning project has resulted in tree branches falling on paths, but these are being cleared. The appearance resulting from loose branches is improving as the material dies down and will create great wildlife habitats[PB] , but we know it doesn’t look good in some areas.   To address this we want to create some “habitat piles”. These use cleared brush and branches moved into neater stacks that can be colonised by insects and other woodland life. We would like to get the support of the village for this work.

Watch this space to find out more about how you can get involved, either as part of a “Habitat Pile Party” or during casual walks in the woods.

Another example, is that the effect of thinning the trees is it lets light into the woodland which leads to more undergrowth development. The Committee wants to make sure that paths remain clear.

In the past a number of village residents have expressed an interest in volunteering for work like these examples. We are now planning to put together a list of projects and will then come looking for helpers! If you would like to put your name forward for our volunteers list, please email volunteers@greatcentralwoodland.org.

(Minutes for the June meeting will be published shortly)

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August 2018 WOW

The August edition of the WOW should have been delivered.

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 August 2018

Deadline for copy for the next WOW is Wednesday 12th September.

There is NO WOW DELIVERED AT THE END OF AUGUST – the next WOW will be the October edition delivered at the end of September.

Details of how to get your event included in WOW are inside.

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Sewage Smell Problem

Following on from reports of sewage smells in and around the Cinder Path this has been reported to the Environment Agency and a case number received. Apparently work is already in progress to identify the source of the original leak and to remove any waste sewage.

Traffic lights in place on Byfield Road because of the work may delay your journey.

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Family Fun Station

Hinton Methodist Church is holding a couple of family events during the school holidays.Wednesday 1st & 8th August.

The afternoons will have something for all ages – a baby and toddler area, games, crafts and toys for older children and a café area with home made cake, coffee, tea and cold drinks. The event is free of charge. If anyone wishes to make a donation to offset costs they can do so but there is no obligation to contribute.

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Dryden Hall & Farndon Room

Please note the following with the change in location of the Post Office after 31st July.

If you are hiring the Farndon Room or the Dryden Hall, the key will be available for collection from Janet at Village Meats during shop opening hours and should be returned there after hire.

Parish Council would like to thank Dipikar for acting as a key-holder for so long.

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Hinton Methodist Church

Hinton Methodist Church welcomes the Rev. M. Heighton to the service next Sunday, 29 July, at 10.30 a.m.

Hinton Methodist Chapel

There will be a service at 10.30 a.m. each Sunday in August.

A warm welcome awaits all those who wish to come along.

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06/18 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 12th Jun 2018 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 June 2018

This meeting included:-

  • Presentation on the Grants Hill Way (Red Road) Development
  • Comments on planning applications
  • PCSO’s Report & update on Police liaison

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

 

 

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St Mary’s Celebration

Sunday 22nd July at 10:00am

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07/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 25th July 2018 in the Farndon Room, behind 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 secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

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Local Government Questions?

Worried about the planned integration of local government in Northamptonshire?

Here is your chance to find out more.

A “Question Time” event in Daventry on Saturday 14th July, 6:30 to 8:00pm at the iCon Centre will give local residents a chance to find out more about local government reorganisation across Northamptonshire.

Speakers include Danny Moody, CEO of Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils, Daventry Councillor Ken Ritchie and Professor Colin Copus (Professor of Local Politics at De Monfort University).

You can book your place on the Eventbrite web site democracy-in-daventry-question-time; or you can email the event chair Abigail Campbell on abigailathome@googlemail.com to reserve a place and ask a question in advance.

This is your opportunity to find out more about how you services and representation will be affected once Daventry District Council is dissolved as it will be under the new proposals.

Please also respond to the consultation on local government by visiting www.futurenorthants.co.uk or by collecting a form from your local library.

If you feel the current proposal will not meet local needs, there is an online petition calling for Daventry to be its own unitary authority here:
petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223194

More details are available in this flyer: Daventry Local Government Question Time

Although, originally billed as taking part, local MP Chris Heaton-Harris has chosen not to appear at the event, according to this article in the Daventry Express.

 

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Garden Club Show

Woodford Halse Garden Club is holding it’s 19th annual flower and produce show on Monday September 3rd.

Competition classes are open to both Garden Club members and non-members.

Try your hand by showing your best fruit, veg and flowers; cook up a great preserve or your best Mary Berry or go for the Sunflower Competition.

Details below….

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Water Problems

Just received from Anglian Water : problems with water supply in the Preston Capes & Canons Ashby area.

This may cause low water pressure or stoppages.

Where affected, supplies are expected to be put right by 19:30 tonight, 17th June 2018

https://inyourarea.digdat.co.uk/AnglianWater?id=WaterSupplyIssues.19222

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Parish Council IT

At their July meeting, the Parish Council decided to go ahead with changes to the Council’s technology support. This involves:

  • installing wifi and internet access in the Memorial Hall
  • providing Councillors with email addresses for parish council business
  • publishing an internet web address specific to the council

Parish email addresses will avoid the risk of parish business becoming caught up with personal emails and are intended to make it easier for local residents to contact Councillors.

There will be news of the wifi facility once it is installed but other changes start to come in at once.

The Parish Council now has its own web address, separate from the Signpost, www.woodfordcummembris-pc.org. This is already available and points directly to the main Parish Council page on the Village Signpost. You can still reach this page by clicking on “Parish Council” in the menu bar at the top of this page.

Parish Councillors are able to use an email address such as firstnamelastname@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Now that all Councillors have changed over to the new system the email contacts on this page and other parts of the Signpost have been updated.

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Ryfields Play Area

Closed Due To Vandalism

Sadly, there has been more vandalism at the Ryfields Play Area.

Unfortunately the play area is now dangerous and has to be closed.

The gates will be nailed shut.

Please do not use the play area until repairs can be done in order to make it safe again.

Once the play area is safe we will publish an update on the Signpost.

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Forewarned..(Updated).

Cuts In Gritting Next Winter Will Hit Woodford

According to an article on the Daventry Express web site, planned cuts to precautionary gritting will mean that the following roads won’t be gritted as a precaution against freezing:

  • Byfield Road
  • Scrivens Hill
  • Church View
  • School Street
  • Station Road
  • Hinton Road

These will be among almost 500 roads in Northamptonshire that will no longer be treated, saving the County Council an estimated £475,000.

Northants County Council have published the detail of their proposals here. Precautionary gritting will continue on the Byfield Road from the junction of Phipps Road to Byfield. Effectively it is the old part of the village that is impacted by these changes; the routes to the shops and the school. NCC will also be removing gritting bins at the foot of Scrivens Hill, Eydon Road and Hinton Road.

Manor Road – Adams Road, Membris Way – Ash Way, Scrivens Hill, Station Road, High Street Church Street, South Street and the Eydon Road will continue to be gritted in “adverse conditions” (i.e. “during daytime hours in advance of a high confidence forecast for snow or when the forecast temperatures are not forecast to rise above zero for 48 hours.”)

 

 

 

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Garden Club Events

BBQ at Bert’s – Monday 6th August, 6.30pm

A chance to look around the garden and gardening museum at Orchard House, South Street and enjoy a BBQ and social evening with friends. Members £2, non-Members £3. Please bring your own drink if you want one, and a picnic chair or blanket. If you want to come along then please e-mail Diane dianekenny57@gmail.com

Annual Show – Monday 3rd September, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall

This will include the results of the giant sunflower competition, involving pupils from Woodford Halse Primary Academy as well as Garden Club members. Other competition categories will be announced nearer the time. Please can cup holders return these to 12 Farndon Road or Top to Toe by the 18th August.

Thank you to all those who came along and supported the charity cream teas in July, we raised a fantastic £360 for Thrive.

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Wood in the Woods

Just a reminder to everyone… the wood being felled in the woodland is NOT for free collection.

Wood cut down during thinning  in the woodland has been sold to the company doing the tree felling so that the parish, and resident’s taxes, don’t have to pay for the work.

Please leave wood for collection by the company doing the work.

Taking wood from the woodland is theft.

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Don’t Miss Out!

Deadline for copy for the AUGUST WOW is Wednesday 11th July.

There is NO SEPTEMBER WOW DELIVERED IN AUGUST – next WOW after this will be at the end of  September.

Details of how to get your event included in WOW are inside WOW July 2018.

Just email wow.woodford@gmail.com, or deliver a paper copy to: Top to Toe or to Mr & Mrs Hymers, 12 Farndon Road

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Library & Rhymetime

Because of the problems at the library – a fault with the County Council’s IT cabinet and not anything to do with the building itself – the County Council has asked us to publicise the following notices:-

Rhymetime Is Still Running: Tuesday 14:00 to 14:30

Items Due Back Renewed Until July 18th

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F1 Traffic

From Northants Police, road information for travel around Silverstone for the British Grand Prix over the weekend….

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PCC News

Update from the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner

Stephen Mold, the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner , will soon also be responsible for Northamptonshire’s fire and rescue service.

His office have just published this Newsletter to keep local people up to date with the changes and plans for the police and for the fire service.

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10/07/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 10/07/18

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

Discussion points include:-

  • planning applications on Byfield Road & Canons Ashby Road
  • update on the Library & proposed café
  • the Ryfields Play Area, including management and ROSPA inspection
  • DDC consultation on enhanced dog control powers
  • Consultation on Local Government Reform in Northants
  • Proposed lease of the Sarafield pavilion to WUFC
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A Great Regatta

A few pictures from Friday’s Regatta, in case you were unlucky enough to miss it. Great work by Janet and all the team and thanks once again to Mark Belcher for sponsorship.

Spot your favorite TV programme…..

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Roadworks Changes

For the last year we have carried a map on the Signpost showing local roadworks.

Sadly, Google are now starting to charge for this service. Since we try to run the Signpost at as low a cost as possible we will not be able to continue to show the roadworks map on this site.

The information is still available but in order to view it you have to do so at www.roadworks.org.

A link to the Roadworks.org site now replaces the map on our Roadworks page.

 

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Crime Reporting

Seen Something? Heard Something? Go Online.

Rural residents and workers are being encouraged to use an online reporting form to alert police to any suspicious or criminal activity in their area.

https://www.northants.police.uk/webform/online-crime-reporting

Northamptonshire Police’s rural crime team, whose remit includes wildlife and heritage crime, wants to hear from people about anything which strikes them as out of the ordinary.

PC Abbey Anstead said: “We always want to hear about incidents, and our online reporting form is a really quick and easy way to tell us about non-emergency crime and suspicious activity.

“If you’re a victim of crime or see something that doesn’t seem right, follow your gut instinct and report it to us, because we need the information you have – you are the eyes and ears of your community.

“Don’t worry that you’re wasting our time.  No matter how small an incident, we need to know about it so we have an accurate picture of rural criminal activity to help us take targeted action against it.”

The rural crime team is especially keen to encourage people to be aware of and report wildlife-related crime.

PC Anstead said: “Even a small piece of information helps build a bigger picture. Completing the online reporting form only takes a few minutes, and the information provided really does help us better serve our rural communities and protect people and wildlife from harm.”

Report crime and suspicious activity by filling out the online reporting form here

https://www.northants.police.uk/webform/online-crime-reporting

or call 101. In an emergency, dial 999. Information can also be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.

We’ve added this link to our Policing page.

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Library Update

From Pat Darby….

The library has had to close today (Wednesday 27th June, 2018) until further notice due to building issues (apparently this is a problem with an IT cabinet that belongs to the Northamptonshire County Council – they are sorting it out). We hope that the library will open as soon as possible and you will be informed when the building can re open to the public again.

Thank you to all those who have volunteered to keep the library open in the future. I am very pleased with the level of support within the village. I will be contacting you all and arranging a meeting as soon as we get a decision from Northants County Council. There is a delay due to a judicial review which will take place in July.

Please continue to volunteer as I can still add more people to the list.  I will be attending the Regatta and will be in the memorial hall during the afternoon and evening for people to sign up as volunteers for the library.

Woodford Halse Regatta Friday 29th June

The Woodford Halse archives will be available for people to view in the memorial hall in
the afternoon from 2.30 onwards and during the Regatta until 8.00 pm . So do visit and gather information about the history of our village.

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Join The Regatta Fun!

It’s shaping up to be a sunny evening on Friday 29th June.

There won’t be anything to watch on TV, so why not come and watch your TV heroes race round Woodford?

What programmes will be there? News at Ten? Question Time? Love Island?

You are guaranteed a fun event – come along and cheer your favorites on or just enjoy:

  • The Race!
  • Beer Tent
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Pimms
  • Ice Cream
  • Food Stalls
  • Competitions

All the fun kicks off 6:30pm – Station Road

Here’s a few pictures from previous years:-

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July 2018 WOW

The July edition of the WOW should have been delivered.

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 July 2018

Deadline for copy for the next WOW is Wednesday 11th July.

There is NO WOW DELIVERED IN AUGUST – next WOW after July will be in September.

Details of how to get your event included in WOW are inside.

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05/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 23rd May 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 23 May 2018

 

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Church Diary Updated

We’ve added dates for the various church services for July and August in the village and around the local benefice.

Thanks to Pam Hicks for the details.

You can always find the latest Church Diary here.

 

 

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Future Northants

Give Your Views on New Councils In Northamptonshire

Consultation on a re-structure of local government in Northamptonshire started on the 18th June. All residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county have the chance to have their say.

The eight local authorities in Northamptonshire are working on a proposal to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for a new local government framework for the county. The Secretary of State has said that the new arrangements  “must command a good deal of local support”, so stakeholders across the county have an opportunity to comment before a final proposal is submitted.

Formal consultation runs from 18 June until 22 July 2018.

You can have your say by going online to complete a questionnaire at www.futurenorthants.co.uk

To help understand the proposals, you can download the document “Future Northants“.

At the Future Northants site you can also find links to the best value report (previously discussed on the Signpost here) which concluded that the financial, cultural and governance problems at Northants County Council could not be solved in isolation and recommended that plans be developed for two unitary authorities.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has asked that the eight authorities in Northamptonshire submit a proposal that meets the following criteria:

  • A single county-wide unitary is explicitly excluded as an option
  • Each new proposed authority must have a population substantially in excess of 300,000
  • The proposal must be based on existing council boundaries.

Alongside the consultation website, copies of the consultation document and the questionnaire will also be available in libraries and local council offices from Monday, 25 June.

Please check the Daventry District Council website for details of venues where you can pick up a copy. (Note: no details available as of 21/06/18).

Councillor Chris Millar, Leader of Daventry District Council, said: “It’s really important that people living in Daventry District get involved and have their say as part of this important consultation on the future of their local councils, so please take the opportunity to share your views.”

A representative telephone survey will be carried out and a series of focus groups with representative groups of invited residents will also take place across the county, as well as engagement with other stakeholders.

Other consultations by the local media and by individual councils may take place at the same time, so it’s really important that people respond to the official Local Government Reform Northamptonshire consultation being run by all eight Northamptonshire councils for their comments on the proposal to be considered.

In addition to the criteria set out by the Secretary of State, Government has stated:

  • Only one proposal will be accepted, not a range of options
  • It must demonstrate clear potential for savings
  • It must command a good deal of local support
  • Due consideration should be given to recommendations in the Best Value Report
  • Any solution should prioritise the Government’s wider housing and growth agenda
  • Extensive consultation must be carried out
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Woodland Warning

Please be aware that logging work is starting up again in the woodland.

We are removing previously felled timber. Please warn your children that playing in woodland when the current round of forestry work is going on is dangerous. Do not approach equipment being used to move timber. Please ensure your children do not play on felled timber as logs can roll without warning.

Police have already taken action over children behaving dangerously.

Tree-felling operations will restart shortly but without the harvester equipment. Trees will be felled with chainsaws. Do not go near tree felling operations.

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Lock Up!

In case you didn’t spot it on our PCSO’s twitter feed:-

“2 attempted burglaries in Woodford Halse in the early hours of this morning. Please keep your windows and doors secured.”

You can follow Carl on Twitter here: @PCSOCarlBarton.

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Afternoon Tea

You are invited:-

Afternoon Tea

Saturday, 23 June 2018

at

Hinton Methodist Church

2.30 p.m.  to 5.00 p.m.

Full tea: £7 Adult, Child £3

Gateau plus tea, £4.

All Welcome. Phone Irene on Tel. 01327 260149 for tickets.

 

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