A361 Works

Or Not As The Case May Be….

Just had an alert from Roadworks.org that Openreach will be doing work on the A361 from Byfield to just north of Long Barrow, Chipping Warden between 23rd April (Monday) and 5th May.

This will involve two way traffic lights.

They will also be working on Boddington Road between 23rd April and 28th April.

These works are not yet (Sunday, 8:00am) showing on the Roadworks.org map but you can usually view up to date information here.

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Church Diary Updated

The Church Diary has been updated with details of the services for May.

Details Here: Church Diary

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Neighbourhood Plan

Don’t Forget the Referendum

On May 3rd, alongside voting for your District Councillor, voters in the village will be asked to vote on the Neighbourhood Development Plan. The referendum question will be:-

“Do you want Daventry District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Woodford cum Membris to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

In order to help you make your decision, you can find the final version of the Plan  here or you can read it on-line as an e-book.

All registered voters are encouraged to cast their votes in the referendum on 3rd May.

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Bins Alert!

New Recycling Bins to be Delivered By 31st May

New recycling bins are being delivered to households across Daventry District in preparation for changes to the collection service this summer.

The blue-lidded wheelie bins will replace the red and blue recycling boxes from 4 June, removing the need for residents to separate their recyclables and providing extra space to recycle large cardboard.

They are being delivered to nearly 38,000 households over the course of the next five weeks ahead of the new 1-2-3+ Collection Service, which is being introduced by Daventry District Council (DDC) and its new environmental services partner Daventry Norse.

Anyone who does not receive their new bin by 31 May should contact DDC by emailing recycling@daventrydc.gov.uk or phoning 01327 871100. Residents who do not receive a bin within two days of their neighbours receiving theirs should also get in touch with the Council.

People should continue to use their old recycling boxes until the last collection before the new service starts on 4 June.

It is not planned to collect the boxes after the switchover. Once washed out they can be put to a range of different uses, or alternatively taken to a household waste recycling centre.

Collected fortnightly, the new blue-lidded bins will give people more space for recycling over two weeks than the current weekly box collections, and will help stop items getting wet or blowing away.

They form part of the new 1-2-3+ Collection Service, which will comprise:

  • 1: a weekly food waste collection
  • 2: a fortnightly mixed recycling collection in a new blue-lidded wheelie bin
  • 3: A general waste black bin collection every three weeks
  • +: An optional fortnightly garden waste service for an annual fee of £35 per bin, per year.

More details about the new service, including information about changes to collection days, will be sent out to households in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/binchanges

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History Society Page

Some local groups have their own web sites and we are happy to link to those. For other groups, we can host a page here on the Signpost with more details than can be shown in the listing on the local directory pages. This can also work if your society has its own internet address.

The latest group to take advantage of this is the Woodford Halse History Society who have a new page here. This includes their current and past programmes, contacts and details of membership. The society page can also be reached directly at their own internet address www.woodfordhalsehistorysociety.org.

 

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04/21 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:30 (approx) on Tuesday 24th April 2018 in the Memorial Hall. The meeting will take place directly after the Annual Parish Meeting.

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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Police Appeal

Woodford Halse Vehicle Crime 18000161996

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a theft of front and rear number plates from a vehicle parked on SCRIVENS HILL, WOODFORD HALSE.

This happened between the hours of midnight and 7am on the Wednesday 11th of April.

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 you did please contact us via https://www.northants.police.uk/webform/online-crime-reporting

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Brownies Need Help!

Woodford Halse Brownies are recruiting helpers!

We are looking for new helpers to help us lead our unit. Any age/ability is welcome to help out! This is a voluntary position but really only takes up a couple of hours a week.. you can then attend all trips for free and we will need your help at our fundraisers! It is really fun and rewarding being involved.

Please email for more info: Woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com

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Ryfields Play Area

A bit of good news!

The saucer swing in the Ryfields Play Area has been repaired and is operational once again.

The costs were covered by the Parish Council’s insurance.

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Woodland Work Update

Unfortunately the work in the Great Central Woodland (details here) has had to be delayed.

We will let you know when a new, firm date is available.

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Funding Fair

If you are interested in raising funds for your community group or club, then this FREE event at Towcester Racecourse is for you.

Find out how to access funding from a range of organisations such as the Big Lottery Fund and Tesco Bags of Help.

The event is jointly organised by Daventry District Council, Daventry Volunteer Centre , South Northants District Council, and South Northants Volunteer Bureau.

It takes place on Wednesday 16th May between 9:30am and 3:00pm.

You can find more details in this flyer.

To book a place visit funding_fair.eventbrite.co.uk.

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Paint N Powder

We’re always happy to add details of new businesses in Woodford and the surrounding area.

Here’s the latest to ask us to add their details to the Signpost.……..

Paint N Powder Services Limited

Powder coating is a high-quality finish found on thousands of products you come in contact with each day!  Powder coating protects the roughest, toughest machinery as well as the household items you depend on daily.  It provides a more durable finish than liquid paints can offer, while still providing an attractive finish.


Powder coated products are more resistant to diminished coating quality as a result of impact, moisture, chemicals, ultraviolet light, and other extreme weather conditions. In turn, this reduces the risk of scratches, chipping, abrasions, corrosion, fading, and other wear issues.

We offer a wide range of powder coating colours and finishes, using epoxy, epoxy polyester or polyester materials. It’s tough. It looks great. And it lasts a long, long time.  In addition to being durable, powder coating is an attractive choice due to environmental advantages. No matter which application process is utilized, powder coatings are easy to use, environmentally friendly, cost effective, and tough!

Typically any metal object that can hold the electrostatic charge needed to affix the sprayed powder and can tolerate the high heat levels of the curing process. Mild steel, galvanized and electroplated steel, aluminium, stainless steel and most other steel alloys can be powder coated.

Please contact us now for a quotation on 01327 312322

Paint N Powder Services Limited

Catesby Road

Staverton

Northamptonshire

NN11 6JP

www.pnps.co.uk/

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Parish Meeting

24th April 2018 : Memorial Hall : 7:00pm

Each year, the Parish Council hosts an open public meeting to update the residents of the village on things that have gone on in the previous year.

The Council is required to do this under the Local Government Act 1972. Although it is chaired by the Chair of the Parish Council, it is not a Parish Council meeting; it is a meeting for the residents of the parish.

The agenda for this year’s meeting is available here.

2018 Parish Meeting Agenda

All are invited to attend.

 

 

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M40 / A361 Junction

Cherwell District Council has a consultation process running regarding a planning application for a service area for the M40 at Junction 11 (the M40 / A361 junction).

The Wardington parish web site has an article about this with a link to the Cherwell consultation page. The deadline for comments is Wednesday 18th April.

Read the Wardington.net article here.

(Thanks to June Irani for pointing this one out. If you see items of local news that you think we should link to here, please email the Signpost.)

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PCSO News

A new support agreement is being signed with Northamptonshire Police so that Woodford has full time access to a PCSO.

As part of that our PCSO will publish a monthly report which we will carry here on the Local Policing Reports page.

It was also agreed that we should publish the details of the PCSO’s powers. These can be found here: PCSO Powers.

We’ve also taken this opportunity to restructure the part of the Signpost that deals with Local Policing (you can reach it under the Parish Council menu). The Local Policing page contains Carl’s contact details and other useful crime and police related information. There are now separate pages for our PCSO’s twitter feed and for PCSO Monthly Reports and for PCSO Powers.

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Village Trees

At last night’s meeting of the Parish Council, the Signpost was asked to pass on a message regarding the village’s trees.

“We know how much everyone values the trees around the village but occasionally it becomes necessary to prune or fell trees for the safety of the public or to ensure long term healthy growth. Felling, pruning, ivy removal and pollarding (as done at the end of 2017 to the trees opposite the Social Club) are carried out by appropriately qualified workers and with full consideration of relevant Tree Preservation Orders. In the case of the Great Central Woodland this is also done under a Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission. The Parish Council wishes to reassure residents that only essential work is carried out.”

In addition, the Football Club has confirmed that they will reinstate the recently felled tress near the Byfield-end goal.

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Police Alerts

Message Type IconPCSO Carl Barton issued three police alerts this morning…

There has been some activity re-crime in Woodford Halse last night. Can you check garages, outbuildings and sheds for any sign of attempted false entry.

Attempted theft of a caravan in Woodford Halse last night. Make sure your vehicle is secured.

Number plates stolen from two vehicles on Scrivens Hill in Woodford Halse last night.
please check your vehicles. If you see or hear anything, call 101 with any information.

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Eydon to Culworth

According to information provided by Northants County Council on  the roadworks.org web site the road between Eydon and Culworth will remain closed until April 23rd, so let’s hope for a happy St George’s Day!

Don’t forget you can always keep up to date with local roadworks here.

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Woodland Warning

Don’t Forget The Work In The Woodland

As advised previously (here) there will be tree felling going on in the Woodland. Dates will be confirmed shortly.

Although our contractors will take every care to ensure public safety it is not possible to close off the Woodland and you are strongly advised to avoid the Woodland during the time that the work is being carried out. Parents are asked to warn their children about the risks from machinery, falling trees and the additional traffic involved.

In the last phase of the work traffic lights will be operating on Phipps Road to control traffic during felling operations. This may cause traffic delays. We will try to keep you updated on this.

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This is all part of the work we need to do to manage the Woodland. We will be removing some trees so that the others can grow better. Identified diseased trees will be removed. The tracks in the woodland will also be widened. This process, called ‟thinning”, will be carried out by professional contractors. This work is part of the long-term Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.

The work is being done under a license provided by the Forestry Commission. 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.

This is 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 this are being covered by sale of the timber. It will put the Woodland on a sound footing for the next ten years.

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

  • Work will be taking place between 08:00am to 8:00pm, on weekdays and possibly over week ends, in order to complete it as quickly as possible.

  • It will involve noise from vehicles, saws and chain saws.

  • There will be additional traffic on the Byfield Road in order to remove the felled timber.

  • It may involve closures of access at various times on the paths in the Woodland and traffic controls on Phipps Road.

  • A transfer station allowing wood from small vehicles to be put onto larger ones will be operated on the SARA field access road.

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.

Although our contractors will take every care to ensure public safety it is not possible to close off the Woodland and you are strongly advised to avoid the Woodland during the time that the work is being carried out.

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Village News Page

Because of the number of posts going up on the Signpost it can be easy to miss something and we can only show as small number of news posts listed on the front page. The old “Village News” page showed all the posts but it was difficult to scroll through them to find what you wanted.

We have changed the Village News page so that now it just shows the date of posting and the title of the news item. There are fifty posts on a page, so you shouldn’t have to scroll so much to find what you want. Just click on the links and the news item is displayed. (We know this looks a bit crowded at the moment but we will try to make it easier to read)

The old “Village News ” page is still available too. You can find it here or you can find it from the menu under “Village News” as “Village News Details”.

If you have any comments on this change please let us know with an email: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

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Wednesday WOW Deadline

Don’t forget the very last date for copy for the next edition of WOW (What’s On  In Woodford) is Wednesday 11th April. (Although sooner is better!)

You can send details to wow.woodford@gmail.com (preferred) or you can leave paper copy at Top to Toe or Mr & Mrs Hymers, 12 Farndon Road.

The April WOW is available here.

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Parish Election

Fewer than 14 people were nominated for seats on the Woodford cum Membris Parish Council in the election on May 3rd.

As a result there will be no poll for the Parish Council (the poll for District Elections and the Referendum on the Village Plan will still take place).  All those putting themselves forward with nominations are considered elected.

Here is the official notice, together with a list of all those that will form the new Council.

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Park Watch for Ryefield

Friends of the Ryfield Park – Improving the Play Area for All

PARKWATCH SCHEME

WHAT THE SCHEME DOES

By encouraging support from the local community, an effective communication network has been formed to pass messages between members and the Police.

The Police inform the Neighbourhood Wardens of any issues that may involve them.

We encourage members of the scheme to contact the Police if they witness any crimes in progress, anti-social behaviour or suspicious activity.

It creates a safe and enjoyable environment to enable the community to use the park to its fullest potential.

AIMS

In partnership with Northamptonshire Police, Northampton County Council and Neighbourhood Watch:

  • To reduce the opportunity to commit crimes.
  • To reduce the fear of crime.
  • To provide a communication network incorporating the Police.
  • To enhance the community.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING THE SCHEME or would like to be involved, please contact Pat Knight on 07854430247 or by email: patKnight5@btinternet.com

Other Useful Ryfield Contact Numbers

Dog Wardens/Litter 01604 838000 ehealth@northampton.gov.uk

Neighbourhood Wardens

Pat Knight 07854430247

Iain Osbourne 07934464503

Graffiti Removal 01604 838281 streetcare@northampton.gov.uk

Street Doctor (to report lighting faults, potholes etc) 08456 011113 www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/Transport/PEM

ELVIS (to report abandoned vehicles) 08456 121999 elvis.recovery@northants.police.uk

If you witness a crime in progress or in an emergency 999

To report an incident that has already happened or to pass on information 101

PARKWATCH Members Hotline 01604 432436

Police Neighbourhood Policing Team 101 ext 778004 carl.barton@northants.police.uk

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Keep Safe Northamptonshire

The Keep Safe Scheme aims to support people with learning disabilities to keep safe and get help in an emergency when out and about in Northamptonshire.

LDPB Logo

The Keep Safe Scheme is being expanded and relaunched on 18th April 2018 2-4pm.

A launch event in the Fitz John room, Moulton Community Centre, Reedings, Moulton, Northampton. NN3 7AX, will provide an opportunity for individuals and organisations to find out more about the project and how they can be involved.

Key speakers and presentations on how the scheme will work to support many more card holders, followed by a drama and a chance to network and celebrate with tea and cake until 4pm. You can download an invitation to the event here.


The Keep Safe Scheme, which has been operating since 2011 for people with learning disabilities, is being expanded to ensure anyone who is vulnerable can benefit from registering as a card holder.  This has been made possible with funding from the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner.  More details about the scheme can be found here
Northamptonshire Keep Safe Scheme Web Site.

If you would like to attend please confirm by emailing:  ldpb@northamptonshire.gov.uk

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Byfield Medical Centre Response

Currently comments on the Signpost are disabled (see here for why) but a while ago the following was posted by Jilly Bean, regarding the Byfield Medical Centre.

“I am a new patient and have attended the centre just a few times. It didn’t seem that busy, but people were having to stand in line in a small area for quite a long time, with only one person on reception. Is the problem actually space, or lack of staff, or inperfect organisation. ? If it is staff, then how will more staff be paid for in a larger building.? I felt the reception desk was far too high, especially for anyone in a wheelchair. Generally, the reception area needs updating and i dont see why it would be that expensive. Surely the doctors could club together for this.? I would happily decorate for them. ! Obviously the waiting list is not good, generally around 2 weeks.? I’m assuming because practice not big enough for more doctors to offer more appointments.? But more doctors mean more staff needed. Back to lack of money to pay for them! I think 50 years from now, we will be self diagnosing and self treating.! It’s already coming down to that with people dangerously googling their symptoms and getting drugs off the Internet because they can’t an appointment quickly enough.! Blag over.”

We passed on this comment to the Medical Centre and here is their reply…

“The reception area is small and we only allow one member of staff to deal with patients one at a time to protect patient confidentiality rather than having a crowd around the desk.  We would prefer a larger reception area but due to the constraints of the building this is not possible.  So no, not lack of staff.

“We agree that the reception area is not ideal, the CQC (Care Quality Commission) however did not share this view when they carried out their inspection!  As a very expensive planning application has been made by the practice for a new building there are no funds available to either change the reception counter or redecorate the premises. You have suggested you would be willing to come in and decorate the surgery,  if the planning application is refused we would be more than happy for patients to volunteer their time and hopefully paint to come in and help with redecoration.

“I would refer you to the patient satisfaction survey that is published on our website with 95% of respondents stating that the last appointment they got was convenient and they were able to see or speak to somebody.  We have organised our appointments so that the majority are available to book on the day so that those with urgent need can book, this also helps to reduce DNA (Did Not Attend) rates as people are less likely to forget they have made an appointment, if there are no appointments available you can request a phone call with a doctor who will triage you and if they feel you need to be seen you will be offered an appointment with the duty doctor in the afternoon, I am therefore very surprised to read that you have had to wait 2 weeks for an appointment.  The patient satisfaction survey also asks the question what can the practice improve – the answer is the practice has scored higher than the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) average in every question.”

 

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Children’s Centres Consultation

Consultation on the provision and delivery of Universal Children’s Services
De-designation of Children Centres in Northamptonshire, 2018

A consultation is being run by Northamptonshire County Council. The following post from them  gives important information:

​”The council recognises the importance of the provision of support for parents and children in their early years.

“Following the council’s decision earlier this month to decommission 21 libraries in the county, we are seeking views on the locations of universal children’s centre services and the range of services available. Whilst these issues are related, it is important to understand that a designated children’s centre relates to physical premises at a specific location, and the provision of services is about a description of services that can be delivered via a number of different buildings or locations.

“The universal children’s services will be provided based on need and evidence-based interventions within the County that are accessible to families with children under 5. The council is seeking the views of existing and future service users to consider how best to achieve this. We would like to hear your views about this to help us shape our services going forward.

“Please visit our web site for further information.”

Have your say.
You can give your views in a number of ways. Please visit the Children First Northamptonshire  web site for more information and all of the different ways you can give your feedback to these proposals, including their online questionnaire.
This consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 15 June 2018.

Details of this consultation and other past and present consultations are available on Northamptonshire County Council’s Consultation Register.

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Brownies & Guides

After Easter there are more spaces at 1st Woodford Halse Brownies & Guides!

Girl guiding helps girls of all ages find confidence, find and build new skills and best of all making new and life long friends! It’s also fun and games and the evenings are planned by the girls themselves! Brownies is for girls aged 7-10 and Guides is for girls aged 10-18.

Surely there are lots of girls who want to join in?

We are also looking for new helpers to help us lead our unit. Any age/ability is welcome to help out!

This is a voluntary position but really only takes up a couple of hours a week.. you can then attend all trips for free and we will need your help at our fundraisers! It is really fun and rewarding being involved.

Please email Kelly Dicks for more info; Woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com

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Local Police Priorities

A message from Katrina Heath of the Neighbourhood Police Team about how police in Daventry District are responding to local priorities….

SPEEDING

You said: Woodford Halse community said – we want to tackle speeding at school times

We did – two speeding operations using local PCSO Barton and town officers at key times

Message – we will do this where resources allow, where Community Speed Watch is in place, and especially where there is a sponsored officer when identified by the sponsoring authority

 

ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR (ASB)

You said – do something about youth nuisance and ASB in rural areas

We did – pursued a series of damage to cars caused by youths in Braunston – two youths in process of being interviewed and processed by PC Rands

Message – this was over £1000 of damage to local cars by local school children.  We understand the impact and take this seriously as we do not want local community taking the law into their own hands

You said – Barby & Onley Parish council wrote and said there was public concerns around a repeat victim of shooting of their pet cat

We did – reopened the case, PC Smith worked with the RSPCA, visiting neighbours and seeking new information to reassure the victim and the community

Message: We understand the angst that this causes the victim and those that worry that irresponsible use of air weapons can place young people and animals at risk of harm.  We will deal with this

You said – problems with ASB and motorcycles around Daventry Town especially one pit bike, also issues with drug dealing in town

We did – pursued pit bike illegally used on road and believed in drug supply.  Bike seized, drugs seized and local teenager reported for summons

Message – send us the pics of offending bikes, and eventually we can take this kind of action

You said – ASB youth problems on Daventry Town centre

We did – we arrested and processed two youths fighting with a teenager last Friday in High Street

Message– youth on youth ASB (if it includes violence) this will lead to arrests as not tolerated

 

POLICE PRESENCE

You said – more presence in rural and town areas

We did

  1. review of all our events to ensure that all engagement opportunities over spring and summer receive an appropriate and proportionate police presence
  2. Attendance at three recent parish meetings at Boughton, Weedon, West Haddon as requested often by parishes, with future attendance at annual meetings planned
  3. Ongoing development of sponsored PCSOs which will, with partner support, increase the policing footprint across the rural and town areas
  4. Ensuring that community issues were sought and represented during the recent Gardmann fire, including community briefings and use of social media with National Fire and Rescue Service partners
  5. E-safety briefing at Falconer’s Hill School (PC Rands)

Message – visibility is delivered in a varied number of ways and we will continue to be creative with our smaller, ring-fenced team

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Big Breakfast

The last Big Breakfast in Byfield for this season is on this Saturday, 7th April.

Big Breakfast will start again in October.

Details here:- Byfield Big Breakfast

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10/04/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 10/04/18

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

Discussion points include:-

  • Revisions to Council’s Standing Orders
  • Tree & hedge cutting around Ryfieldsplay are
  • Library, Woods  & PCSO updates
  • Future arrangements for village litter picking
  • Planning applications including 2 Top Farm Court and Land adjacent to 2 Percy Road,
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The Signpost Is Back

From Its Holidays!

Sorry if you have missed your regular dose of local news and information but now we are back.

Needless to say, the in-box is full. It will take us a few days to get all of the things we have online. So, check back every so often over the next few days in order to make sure that you don’t miss anything.

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Gusher Covers Schools X-Country

The Daventry Express covered the recent schools cross-country event in Woodford Halse. Here’s a link:-

https://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/news/picture-gallery-750-pupils-compete-in-25th-annual-northamptonshire-schools-cross-country-in-woodford-halse-1-8422246

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April WOW Is Coming

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

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

Here is the electronic version: WOW April 2018

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

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Local Election Timetable

The Timetable of Proceedings for the local elections on Thursday 3 May 2018 is as follows (most important dates for voters shown in bold):

Publication of Notice of Election

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Receipt of Nominations

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Withdrawal of Candidate

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Appointment of Election Agents

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Publication of Notice of Election Agents

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated

4:00 pm Monday 9 April 2018

Last Date for Registration

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Receipt of Postal Vote Applications

5:00 pm Wednesday 18 April 2018

Publication of Notice of Poll

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications

5:00 pm Wednesday 25 April 2018

Appointment of Poll and Count Agents

Thursday 26 April 2018

First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers

Friday 27 April 2018

Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications

5:00 pm Thursday 3 May 2018

Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers

5:00 pm Thursday 3 May 2018

Day of Poll

7:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 3 May 2018

Return of Election Expenses

Thursday 7 June 2018

 

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02/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 21st February 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 21 Feb 2018

 

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Election & Referendum Notices

On May 3rd there will be an election for District Council and the Referendum on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan. There may also be an election for Parish Councillors.

The following documents are the three formal notices applying to these polls.

District Council Election May 3rd 2018

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Parish Council Election May 3rd 2018

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Church Diary

Updated the Church Diary with details of local services through to the end of April.

Find it here.

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Referendum Question

The referendum relating to the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan will be held on 3rd May 2018. The question which will be asked is:

“Do you want Daventry District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Woodford cum Membris to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The relevant documents relating to the referendum are all held here on the Daventry District Council web site.(scroll down to bottom of page) Hard copies of the documents are available in various places including the Co-op, the Library and DDC’s offices (details of times and locations on the DDC web site)

The final version of the Plan is also available here or can be read on-line as an e-book.

All registered voters are encouraged to cast their votes in the referendum on 3rd May.

What happens next?       

The referendum will be held on the 3rd May 2018. Daventry District Council must make the neighbourhood plan if more than half of those voting have voted in favour of the plan.    

Campaigning On The Neighbourhood Plan.

If groups wish to campaign for or against the referendum question, they are reminded that any expenditure incurred has to be within a limit set by legislation for neighbourhood plan referendums. In the case of the Woodford cum Membris referendum the maximum that any campaign group may spend is £2528.73 (note: this is a limit on spend: campaign groups are not reimbursed for these expenses).

Daventry has produced some helpful guidelines which summarises what this covers and how groups should register. However, groups wishing to campaign should satisfy themselves that they are operating within the law.

As mentioned before here, the Parish Council cannot campaign on the referendum.

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Woodland Warning

The March edition of WOW carried a warning about forthcoming work in the woodland. This had to be postponed because of the weather. We now have a planned date: April 9th to 23rd 2018. This will be confirmed closer to the time.

Watch out for more notices on the Signpost and around the village.

In the last phase of the work traffic lights will be operating on Phipps Road to control traffic during felling operations. This may cause traffic delays.

This is all part of the work we need to do to manage the Woodland. We will be removing some trees so that the others can grow better. Identified diseased trees will be removed. The tracks in the woodland will also be widened. This process, called ‟thinning”, will be carried out by professional contractors. This work is part of the long-term Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.

This is a major project – 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 this are being covered by sale of the timber. It will put the Woodland on a sound footing for the next ten years.

Unfortunately, during this work, there will be some inconvenience to those living nearby and to users of the woodland because:-

  • Work will be taking place between 08:00am to 8:00pm, on weekdays and possibly over week ends, in order to complete it as quickly as possible.

  • It will involve noise from vehicles, saws and chain saws.

  • There will be additional traffic on the Byfield Road in order to remove the felled timber.

  • It may involve closures of access at various times on the paths in the Woodland and traffic controls on Phipps Road.

  • A transfer station allowing wood from small vehicles to be put onto larger ones will be operated on the SARA field access road.

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.

Although our contractors will take every care to ensure public safety it is not possible to close off the Woodland and you are strongly advised to avoid the Woodland during the time that the work is being carried out.

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Please Leave The Planings

There are some piles of road planings at points around the edge of the Woodland.

These are needed for various path resurfacing projects in the Woodland, for the benefit of all the village.

At least one of the piles has mysteriously shrunk.

Please do not take this material, it is going to be used for some work starting shortly.

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Plan Referendum & The Signpost

The forthcoming Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum (see the post here) places strict limits on what the Parish Council can or cannot say during the referendum period.

Under Local Government guidelines, the Parish Council is not allowed to campaign either for or against the Plan. It can only provide factual information and advise people that they should vote in the referendum. The guidelines also restrict what Parish Council web sites may and may not publish. This includes sites that include the comments of other people.

For this reason, I am afraid that we have had to disable the comments facility on the Signpost and on the Signpost Facebook page. We have also turned off the automated feed linking the Signpost with Twitter.

These facilities will be reinstated on May 4th after the referendum.

The Woodford Halse Community page and other Woodford-related Facebook pages not published by the Parish Council are, of course, not affected by this.

Information on the rules governing any campaigning by groups in favour or against the plan will be published together with the formal announcement of the referendum.

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Editor Guide Updated

Because this web site is published by the Parish Council, its content has to conform to the Government’s Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authority Publicity .

Although the web site has been operating in line with this Code, our Editorial Guidelines did not explicitly make this clear.

A new version of the Editorial Guidelines has been uploaded. This new version includes a reference to this and a link to the Code of Recommended Practice. We have also included what you should do if you feel that some aspect of the site is in contravention of the Code on our “About this Site” page.

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02/18 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 13th February 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 13th February 2018

This meeting included:-

  • Discussion on the Best Kebab House van & related planning issues
  • Possible uses for funds received from the Community Infrastructure Levy (NB: once the Village Plan is approved, the village will get more funding in respect of any future developments)
  • Recommendations on the felling programme that is needed for the woodland

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

 

 

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Litter Pick – New Date

Woodford Halse Spring Clean & Litter Pick

Saturday 24th March, 10:00am -2:00pm

Meeting point for collection kits & bags of rubbish collected:-

Woodford Halse Sport & Community Club

For further information contact: Iain Osborne on 07934 464053.

LET’S MAKE WOODFORD

WONDERFUL AGAIN

 

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Local MP Meeting

Chris Heaton-Harris MP, the Member of Parliament for Daventry is hosting a coffee morning between 9:00am and 11:30am on 23rd March at the Memorial Hall on Station Road.

He is inviting local residents to come along for advice, a chat or just to say hello.This is one of a series of coffee mornings across the constituency to listen to concerns and views and to talk through some of the issues that he has been working on in Westminster and in the local area.

No need for appointments. Just pop in.

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03/21 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Join Your Parish Council!

3 May 2018 Parish Council Election

There are fourteen seats on Woodford cum membris Parish Council. All of these seats are open for election on 3 May 2018.

Residents are encouraged to consider serving the Parish for a four year term.

You can see the sort of things your Parish Council does in the Parish Council section of this website.

There will only be an election of there are more than 14 nominations received, otherwise all those nominated will be appointed to the Council.

If you are interested :-

(1) There is a Candidates & Agents briefing at Daventry District Council on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 5.30 pm. Please contact the District Council Elections Office for information/attendance: 01327 302321. If you cannot attend there is useful information on this Electoral Commission page including downloadable nomination forms. (Candidates must be proposed and seconded by registered electors in the parish.)

(2) You can find out more on Daventry District Council’s “Becoming A Councillor” page.

(3) The Closing time for receipt of valid nominations at Daventry District Council is 4 pm on Friday 6 April 2018.

 

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DDC Landlord’s Forum

Daventry District Council will be holding a Landlord Forum for local private landlords on the 2nd May 2018.

The forum aims to provide a platform where news, views and experience can be discussed and also allow the Council to help and offer advice to landlords and managing agents on legislation changes, offer reasons for landlords to work with the District Council, and help them to understand their obligations. The forums will also allow opportunity to network and liaise with private landlords within the Daventry District area.

DDC intends to run the forums hopefully every six months to begin with. Attendance is free and open to all private landlords and managing agents who rent out their properties in the Daventry area.

Please click on the invitation right for further detail. >>>>

The Council are asking for those that wish to come to make them aware by 20th April by sending an email to environmentalimprovement@daventrydc.gov.uk

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Northants Finances Report

Those concerned by Northants County Council’s financial situation will be interested to read the report prepared for the Government as a result of the Best Value Inspection carried out between January and March this year.

It is available here:- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/northamptonshire-county-council-best-value-inspection

Of interest for the future; one of the proposals in the report is to create two, new, unitary authority which (in our area) would combine Northampton, Daventry District Council and South Northants District Council under one local authority, with a second authority merging Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire.

 

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Weekend Weather Warning

Message from the Met Office Advisor – Potential for a Brief Return to Colder Weather This Weekend

At the end of the week and over the weekend the Met Office is expecting a spell of cold weather before moderating somewhat as we head into the new working week.

Being mid-March and with the spring equinox around the corner means that – although this expected cold snap will not be as extreme or long lived as the cold spell late February and into early March – it could still be notable, with the potential for disruptive snowfall in places.

Based on the latest forecast information, here are the main points for our region:

  •  The cold spell will be sourced from a similar area to the late February/early March spell – namely eastern Scandinavia and north west Russia.
  • Onset is most likely to be late Friday/Saturday with, like last time, the cold air accentuated over the weekend in particular by a strong or gale force wind from the east – which will bring a very marked wind chill.
  • Saturday and Sunday are likely to be the coldest days in terms of the combined low temperatures and wind chill – with big difference when comparing Friday with Saturday. Winds should ease down from Monday onwards.
  • The snow factor is difficult to gauge for now – but current thoughts are that snow showers could arrive during Saturday, with some accumulations of snow starting to affect the region later on in the day.
  • Overnight and into Sunday could see frequent, heavy snow showers and some drifting of the snow – although this unlikely to be a repeat of what we experienced between 27th February and 3rd March looks unlikely. However, some disruption to transport does seem possible – this especially in the most prone areas as we witnessed previously.
  • The degree of uncertainty in snow shower extent and amounts mean no warnings will be issued today – but more likely tomorrow.
  • By next Monday with high pressure edging closer in, snow shower activity should gradually reduce, though with lighter winds overnight frosts may actually become more severe for a time.
  • PHE have this morning raised their Cold Weather Alert to Level 2 for the East Midlands for the period 0900 Friday to 0900 Monday.
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Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Vote On Your Neighbourhood Plan – 3rd May

On the 3rd May, alongside the local council elections,  all registered local voters will have the chance to vote for or against the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan. Every vote counts. The plan will be adopted if a majority of voters are in favour of it. What does the neighbourhood plan do??

  1. The Plan Helps Control Local Development.

The plan is meant to make sure that local development fits local needs. It has been produced by local people. Neighbourhood Plans have legal status and mean that developers and the District Council have to take account of what they say along with national policy and the rest of the development plan, which includes the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy and the saved policies of the Daventry District Local Plan (1997).

  1. Having A Plan Provides More Money From Developers For The Village.

With an approved plan, the Parish gets a greater share of money paid by developers towards community infrastructure. This can be used to improve local services in our village.

You can read the plan here.

More detail can be found on the referendum question and process here.

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A361 Roadworks

Possible Delays: March 16th to 20th

More roadworks newsroadworks.

B T Open Reach will working on the A361 near Marley Farm on the southern edge of Byfield between March 16th and 20th.

There will be two way traffic light control, so some delays can be expected..

Here is a link to the Roadworks.org site with some details: A361 Roadworks.

Don’t forget you can always check road works on this page…. Signpost Road Works

 

 

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Rhyme Time

Rhyme Time IS STILL RUNNING despite the reduced library hours!

 

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More on The Library

Pat Darby (who is coordinating activities on the library for the Parish Council) has sent through the following on Monday 12th March ….

“Unfortunately there is misinformation on both Facebook and in the press. Having talked to the library manager this morning it is confirmed that the library will continue to open on Wednesday and that Rhymetime will continue on Tuesdays for this month

Please continue to attend the Rhymetime sessions. Unfortunately, because of a post wrongly informed post on Facebook, only 1 person turned up for the session while Susan and Lisa were waiting to hold the session as normal.

Because we showed an interest in running a community led library there is still the possibility of running the library independently with training. I am awaiting information from the library management team.

Also there has been a new announcement that the library can be opened for 3 days a week for the moment. Hence people are very confused!

I will be updating everyone at the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 13th March. Please come along and attend the council meeting tomorrow evening for an update about the library.”

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DDC On Recycling Changes

We have had a series of press releases from Daventry District Council on the changes to recycling & rubbish collection. They are reproduced in full below.

There is also this handy guide to what goes where… 123Plus Recycling

There will be more details as they are released. Printed information will also be in your copy of “Daventry Calling” which should be delivered by 17th March.

Gearing up for major bin collection changes this summer

People living in Daventry District are encouraged to find out more about major changes to their waste and recycling collections launching this summer.

The new 123+ waste and recycling collection service will start in June 2018, delivered by Daventry Norse, a new joint venture between Daventry District Council (DDC) and Norse Commercial Services Ltd.

From June 2018 households in Daventry District will receive:

  • 1 weekly food waste collection

  • 2 weekly mixed recycling collection in a new blue-lidded wheelie bin

  • 3 weekly general waste black bin collection

  • + Plus an optional 2-weekly garden waste service for an annual fee of £35 a year.

The changes are being introduced as Daventry District cannot afford to carry on with its current waste and recycling service, both environmentally and financially. Changing black bin collections from fortnightly to three-weekly will help encourage more recycling and reduce the money spent on treating and disposing of rubbish.

The Council will also be improving the recycling service to help residents slim their bins, introducing a new wheelie bin for mixed recycling that provides more space over two weeks than the current recycling boxes collected weekly.

It is likely that collection days will change for households from June 2018 in order to introduce the new service arrangements across the District. Further details will be provided to all households nearer to the time, including an information pack and new calendar.

A series of public awareness exhibitions and roadshows are also being planned to take place across the district this spring – further details to be published soon.

Further information on the new service is being issued to homes as part of the Coucil’s spring Daventry Calling residents’ magazine and people can also learn more about the changes, including a series of FAQs, on the Council’s website at daventrydc.gov.uk/binchanges.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Jo Gilford said: “These changes to our District’s bin collections this summer are considerable yet crucial.

“We need to do more to increase recycling rates and we cannot afford to keep the status quo of the current collection service as the cost would effectively double.

“The three-weekly black bin collection will support our goals to improve our environment by encouraging more people to recycle as much of their waste as possible.

“We understand some residents will be concerned about whether they will cope with an extra week between collections. However we are confident that the improved recycling service and weekly food waste collections will really help people to slim their black bins.”

Norse Commercial Services Group Director of Operations Mark Emms said: “Norse is delighted to be in partnership with Daventry District Council and is working hard in planning the re-design and delivery of these important front line services to local residents. We are busy investing in new vehicles, equipment and system design to allow local teams to deliver the 123+ changes to household refuse and recycling schedules that will start to improve recycling performance from June.”

New wheelie bin to improve recycling collections

Households in Daventry District will receive a new wheelie bin to help them recycle even more of their waste as part of the new 123+ Collection Service.

From June, the current weekly red and blue recycling box collections will be replaced with a new, blue-lidded recycling bin that will be collected fortnightly. Residents will no longer need to sort their recyclables as they can all be placed in the bin mixed together, including large cardboard.

The new wheelie bin gives residents more space for their recycling over two weeks than the current weekly box collections and will be delivered to homes ahead of the new collections starting in June. Residents should continue to use their recycling boxes until then.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Jo Gilford said: “We’ve shaped the new service after listening to residents about the issues they currently have with their recycling boxes, such as items getting wet or blown away in bad weather and being unable to recycle large cardboard. The new wheelie bin not only resolves these issues but makes it easier for residents to recycle by giving them more space for items that they will no longer have to sort and separate for collection.

“Our residents already do a great job recycling their waste and we hope the new service will encourage these efforts further.”

New Recycling Service – FAQs

Why is the Council changing recycling collections from weekly to fortnightly?

By replacing the smaller boxes with a larger wheelie bin which can take mixed recyclables, we hope this will encourage more people to recycle. The wheelie bin provides an extra 40 litres of space for recyclables over two weeks than the blue and red boxes collected weekly.

Can I still recycle the same things?

Yes, you will still be able to recycle the same things and you will also now be able to add large cardboard. You also no longer need to sort your recyclables first as all recycling can be placed into the wheelie bin together.

Can I still use my red and blue recycling boxes?

No – when the new service starts you will no longer be able to use your recycling boxes – this is due to the new way that recycling will be collected by recycling crews at the kerbside.

The Council does not intend to collect your red and blue boxes after the switchover.

However once they have been washed out, the boxes have a range of different uses including storage in the garden, home, shed or garage – they can also make great raised flower beds and planters and could even be converted into composters.

Home composting offer exclusive to Daventry District residents

Composting bins are being offered at bargain prices to residents wishing to recycle their garden waste at home as an alternative to this summer’s new collection service.

Daventry District Council has teamed up with the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership and getcomposting.com to offer a limited number of home composting bins for only £9.99 each including delivery (usually £17.98 plus £5.99 delivery).

The black 220-litre bins are available at getcomposting.com – type in your postcode for the offer – or call 0844 571 4444.

There are also other offers on the website exclusively for Northamptonshire residents, including a special ‘buy one get one half price’ offer on some bins – ideal for people with larger gardens or who want to team up with a friend or neighbour.

Getcomposting also has some special offers on a range of other items including water butts and other accessories.

Why compost?

• It’s easy to make and easy to use.

• It’s a free continual source of the very best compost.

• Improves soil structure, PH balance and moisture

• Helps your plants grow

• Reduces carbon emissions and the need for polluting bonfires

• Lessens organic waste from landfill and reduces refuse collection costs

For more information on recycling in Northamptonshire visit : http://www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk/

Daventry Norse environmental services

The 123+ waste and recycling collections are the first changes to be introduced under a new environmental services venture for Daventry District.

Daventry District Council (DDC) and Norse Commercial Services have entered into a
10-year agreement to work together in a joint services venture, called Daventry Norse. The partnership will launch on 4 June, 2018, immediately after the Council’s current environmental services contract with Enterprise/Amey ends.

Norse Commercial Services Ltd is owned by Norfolk County Council and already provides services with 15 other local authorities, including Wellingborough. Under the new contract, the Council and Norse will share ownership and control of the joint venture to deliver, shape and improve the following frontline services:

  • Waste and recycling collections for households and businesses

  • Street cleaning – litter picking and street sweeping on public roads and paths, emptying litter and dog bins

  • Grounds maintenance, such as cutting grass and maintaining trees, bushes on roadsides and Council land and maintaining play equipment

  • Clearing fly-tipping and removing graffiti in public areas

  • Maintaining Daventry Country Park

  • Operating Daventry Market and public toilets in Daventry town centre

  • Preparing burial plots.

The Daventry Norse venture will also involve significant investment in facilities and equipment for environmental services, including a new fleet of vehicles, machinery and equipment and the redevelopment of the environmental depot and offices at High March Daventry.

The new-look 123+ collection service was agreed by the Council in July 2016 following public consultation and a wide-ranging review of future waste and recycling options launched in summer 2015.

About Norse Commercial Services

  • Started in 1990, Norse Commercial Services is a £200 million turnover company, employing over 10,000 people across England and Wales, and enjoying the long-term financial security of a £2billion+ forward order book.

  • The company operates 15 joint ventures with local authorities and provides contract services direct to a wide range of public and private sector clients. Through its unique and powerful combination of public sector ethos and commercial flair, it has built a reputation for cost efficiency, quality and innovation in service delivery.

  • In the last five years alone Norse has saved the public purse over £70million, whilst helping to protect front line services, provide job security and generate much needed income for financially stretched local authority partners.

  • Norse is committed to responsible business and to thinking about how the services it delivers can improve economic, social and environmental well-being. The Norse Way is the Group’s social responsibility strategy is shaped around what matters most to our staff, the business, and wider society and includes strengthening communities, improving skills, being dementia friendly and kind to the environment, buying locally and sustainably and shaping everything we do according to our four values – Quality, Innovation, Respect and Trust.

  • Norse provides services including Facilities Management, Cleaning, Catering, Environmental, Waste Collection, Transport, Building Maintenance, Care Equipment, Engineering, Printing, Grounds Maintenance and Security.

Annual charge for garden waste collections this summer

Garden waste collections in Daventry District will become an optional, chargeable service for residents this summer.

Households wishing to continue having their brown bin collected each fortnight from June 2018 will need to sign up for the service and pay an annual fee of £35.

The new arrangements are part of the new 1-2-3+ Collection Service being introduced by Daventry District Council and its new environmental services partner Daventry Norse.

The charge is being introduced as the Council can no longer afford to collect garden waste on a free-of-charge basis. Councils are not required by law to collect garden waste free of charge and not everyone uses the service. Making it self-funding will enable the service to continue for only those who want it. As a non-essential, opt-in service, it will not be paid for by the Council Tax.

The new service will start on 4 June and residents are encouraged to sign up for the service in advance.

Residents can register for the service from 3 April at daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 0345 218 5215. They can also request an email reminder on the website.

Further information on the new service will be sent to households this month as part of the DDC’s spring Daventry Calling magazine and alongside the annual Council Tax mailing.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Jo Gilford said: “The plain truth is that in the current challenging financial climate, we can no longer afford to collect garden waste free of charge.

“Garden waste is not something that councils are required by law to collect free of charge, and not everyone uses the service, so by charging a small annual fee we will be able to keep the collections going for those who still wish to have them.

“This change takes us in line with around 50% of councils nationally that now operate a chargeable garden waste service.”

New Garden Waste Service – FAQs

How much does the service cost and how often is it?

The annual subscription costs £35 per bin, which runs from June 2018 until the end of May 2019. Collections take place fortnightly with a small break over Christmas, equating to £1.40 per collection over the year.

How and when do I sign up?

You can register from 3 April at daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste.

Here you can also request an email alert to remind you to sign up.

You should sign up for the service before it begins on 4 June. The annual charge of £35 per bin does not change if you join after this date.

I don’t want the service.

This is an opt-in service so you only pay if you wish to use it. If you do not wish to sign up, you may like to consider home composting or taking your garden waste to your local household waste recycling centre. We would not advise you put it in your black bin, as it will not be recycled. It will also quickly fill up your black bin, which will be collected every three weeks.

 

I don’t need the service – will you collect my old brown bin?

Yes. Once you have decided you are definitely not going to subscribe to the garden waste service please contact us and we will arrange to collect your old bin. You can do so by emailing Escsupervisors@daventrydc.gov.uk.

How will you know I have joined the service?

All homes that sign up will receive a registration sticker to put on their brown bin. Bins that do not show the sticker will not be emptied.

Can I share a bin with a neighbour?

Yes, if you wish to share, then one of you will need to pay the charge and you can arrange between yourselves how you split the use of the bin.

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WOW Deadline Looms

Don’t forget the very last date for copy for the next edition of WOW (What’s On  In Woodford) is Wednesday 14th March. (Although sooner is better!)

You can send details to wow.woodford@gmail.com (preferred) or you can leave paper copy at Top to Toe or Mr & Mrs Hymers, 12 Farndon Road.

The March WOW is available here.

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Woodford Interiors

Your local shop for home ornaments, gifts, jewellery, cards and do-it-yourself supplies (hidden away in the back!) has changed their opening times.

Now open –  Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 and Saturday 9:00 to 1:00.

Opening times for all local shops are available here: Opening Times .

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Saturday’s Fun Fund Raiser

Don’t forget the Air Ambulance fundraiser.

It’s Saturday 10th at the Memorial Hall from 11am – 2pm.

Some great raffle prizes including

  • a driving lesson,
  • 3 separate music lessons
  • a sports massage
  • a beauty suite voucher
  • a shiatsu massage
  • meat vouchers from our local butchers
  • a Bob Bolton fish and chip voucher for 2
  • walk a goat or horse voucher
  • and so much more including many alcohol and lovely toiletries prizes.

Tickets are only available at the event!

Stalls include ….

  • Neals Yard
  • Tutu Dresses
  • Forever Living
  • Usborne Books
  • Homemade Italian treats
  • Pocket money gifts(including unicorn purses and bracelets) & home-wear.
  • Mothers day bespoke glasses
  • Handmade chocolate truffles
  • Avon

There will also be a selection of handbags, homeware and flowers/plants in time for Mothers day along with many more gift ideas and raffle prizes plus a Chocolate Tombola, and a fantastic array of cakes to buy on the day to eat with your tea/coffee/hot chocolate/orange juice.

Angie Potter says, thanks so much to all the stall holders and people who are helping out and have donated fantastic cakes and raffle prizes and hopes to see you there.

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13/03/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 13/03/18

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

Discussion points include:-

  • An update on Northants Libraries
  • Development of land east of the Red Road
  • Planning applications including 17 Hinton Road, Tuthill Barn, Cobley Close, The Old Barn Farndon Road and Woodford Halse Social Club (Kebab Van)
  • Police Liaison, Sarafield Pavilion & Woodland issues
  • Planning for the village clean-up (17th March)
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Sulgrave Volunteers Wanted

Sulgrave Manor is just 6 ½ miles from Woodford Halse. They are looking for enthusiastic people to join their team of friendly volunteers. Sulgrave is steeped in history and they need House Volunteers to bring that heritage to life for the visitors during opening season (Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 1st April- 30th September).

They would love for volunteers to offer one day a week or fortnight for the opening season. They are also looking for Garden Volunteers to assist the Head Gardner in developing and maintaining their eclectic grounds. They are looking for a team of volunteers on every day of the week Monday- Friday.

Both roles are suitable for anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in history and gardens, no experience necessary, all training given. Volunteers are welcome to volunteer in groups or pairs and roles. Sulgrave is flexible, so you can fit volunteering around your commitments. If you are interested in finding our more, see this poster  or please contact Sally on sally@sulgravemanor.org.uk or 01295760205.

Sulgrave Manor is a Tudor and Georgian house built by direct ancestors of George Washington, the first President of the United States. You can find out more about it here: Sulgrave Manor

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Recycling Changes

Daventry District Council’s arrangements for recycling are changing from June 2018.

What is actually happening is spelled out on DDC’s web site where you can:-

  • find out what the changes are
  • learn about the garden waste scheme
  • register for your optional (chargeable) garden waste bin
  • get a home composting bin for only £9.99

Find out more here: DDC’s New Recycling Collection Services

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Winter Woodland

Just so we can remember. In June, when it’s blazing hot, here’s what the Woodland looked like in the snow….

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Support The Air Ambulance – New Date

Saturday Fundraiser – Note New Date!

It’s a spring fair at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 10th March from 11-2, raising funds for Warwickshire/Northamtonshire Air Ambulance service. (This is the new date: the original event was postponed from 3rd March because of the weather)

There will be lots of stalls selling brand new goods which would be ideal for Mothers Day and Easter. Lots of raffle prizes and a chocolate tombola too!

More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/392688847825831/

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Latest Snow Warnings

Not getting better any time soon. Tomorrow’s warnings from Northants Neighbourhood Alert and the Met Office….

On Friday spells of snow are likely to push further across the East Midlands becoming more frequent and It will be a cold and very windy day. Accumulations will vary across the region but 5 to 10 cms are possible where snow persists for any length of time. Widespread ice is likely to form overnight and hence a yellow warning for SNOW and ICE (warning 4) has been issued for the whole of Friday and up to 0900 hrs on Saturday morning for our region.

The outlook for the weekend is a little less cold than of late with further bands of snow affecting the region, possibly turning to rain and sleet over time.

 

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Library Hours Update

Pat Darby, who is taking the lead for the Parish Council on issues relating to the planned library closure, has sent through the following update:-

“It has been announced today that the County Council has had to make severe spending cuts due to financial difficulties and have made a decision to close 21 smaller libraries. This is contrary to earlier ideas to allow an option for creating community led libraries.

It seems from a notice on the facebook community page that our library will only open for a few hours with immediate effect.

I am in contact with various groups but have not had any formal feedback or any details about any kind of support. I hope that I will have more details about our library closure in the next few days. As you may be aware this decision has been delayed as a result of a the activation of Section 114 which means that spending is only allowed for statutory services .

However I have a few ideas how we can use the building as a community hub possibly retaining the archives and continuing rhyme time and children’s activities .

I will inform you about future developments as soon as possible. There will need to be discussions with parish councillors and other interested parties.”

In the mean time, the Library Opening Hours on the Opening Hours page on the web site has been updated.

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Thanks To Cummins

At the recent Woodland Management Committee meeting it was felt that we ought to let the village know just how much support has been received from Cummins Power Systems in Daventry.

Cummins work on community projects across the UK and globally as part of the company’s Corporate Responsibility programme. The Woodland has had the benefit of their efforts in a range of different projects.

The Cummins team has worked alongside volunteers from the village and Committee members in a number of areas including:-

  • Providing the sleepers that were then used for bridging etc.

  • Providing labour to clear the river from the bridge to the culvert

  • Helping to keep the woodland clear of litter and to clear rubble, scrap metal and rubbish

  • Provided a large number of helpers in October to help prepare the area that will become the Memorial Glade by clearing trees & rubbish.

We are working with Cummins to organise a further programme of work for this year but we would like to put on record our thanks for the support that they have given us so far in trying to create and maintain a sustainable woodland for the benefit of the whole community.

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Snow Warning – Tuesday

The Met Office have issued an amber severe weather warning for a risk of snow on Tuesday 27th February between 04:00 and 11:00 that could affect Northamptonshire. (updated 17:00 Monday)

Looking at their map it may not reach us here but it won’t take much of a change for it to be over us too. You can read the full warning here.

There is a risk of other snow over the coming few days.

In addition, Northants Police have also provided this advice for motorists.

Today: Snow showers arriving on the easterly wind will penetrate a good way inland this afternoon and become more frequent this evening and overnight and as temperatures fall the snow is more likely to settle and a yellow warning of snow is in force.

Tuesday: Snow showers will continue throughout tomorrow and the Met Office has  issued a YELLOW warning to cover these. However, during the early hours of tomorrow morning there will be a period when the showers will be a little heavier and more frequent, taking their time to pass through on the light easterly breeze. For this reason the Met Office has an AMBER warning of snow (MEDIUM likelihood of MEDIUM impacts) in force valid between 0200 hrs and 1100 hrs on Tuesday morning for part of our region. The snow will settle and may drift at times giving 1 to 3 cm accumulations in general but possibly 5 to 10 cm where there is a succession of showers passing through. Where drifting occurs, 20 cm accumulations are possible in a few locations. Again, the most likely areas to be affected are Lincolnshire, Rutland and eastern parts of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire – especially east facing slopes. As the showers move north and westwards, Derbyshire may see a higher frequency of showers for a short time later in the morning and during the early afternoon. Some lighter snow showers will arrive occasionally during Tuesday afternoon from the east, possibly adding to accumulations already on the ground.

Wednesday: Further light snow showers are possible from time to time through the day on the light easterly wind. Although Lincolnshire is most likely to see the showers, some will penetrate right across the East Midlands (more so than on Tuesday), becoming lighter and less widespread as they do so and the hence yellow warning of snow continues right through Wednesday for the whole region.

Thursday and Friday are likely to be very windy and bitterly cold as Storm Emma arrives bringing further snow showers which will create blizzard conditions where they occur and very hazardous driving conditions, particularly over high ground.

There will be a widespread frost each night this week. The significance of the extreme cold is reflected in the Level 3 Cold Weather, extended to 1500 hrs on Saturday.

Where there is partial melting of snow then ice will readily form.

It is worth being aware that the severe weather is occurring across the UK and there may be problems for those travelling to and from further afield.

For more details please go to:
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings

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Street Party Ahead..

Sidney Road will be CLOSED on Saturday 19th May 218 between 1000-1700 for a street party to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

The map shows the closed area (red) and the diversion route (in blue).

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01/18 Council Minutes

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

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

This meeting included:-

  • Progress update on the future of the Library
  • The adoption of a Budget and Parish Precept for 2017/18 detailing income and expenditure of £210,000 which represents a precept (council tax charge) of £175,000, an increase of the £20 for a Band ‘D’ household. (Details of the Budget are included as Annex A – Income and Annex B – Expenditure)
  • Report on the Village Signpost (already published separately here)

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

 

 

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Church Diary – March

We’ve updated the diary of local church services through to Sunday 1st April including the services planned for Easter.

Church Diary

You can always find the Church Diary from the top menu, under Events.

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01/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th January 2018 (there was no meeting in December) were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 24 Jan 2018

 

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Business Directory Update

We’ve updated the directory of local businesses.

We’ve added:-

  • Tailormade : Vehicle Graphics, Signage & Workwear, a local family run company that offer workwear, either plain or embroidered/printed with your logo, as well as signage and vehicle graphics.
  • Best Kebab House : the van now trading in the Social Club car park

We’ve updated:-

  • Vintage Beauty (corrected the phone number)
  • First Pest Control (corrected phone number, added web & email)

 

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More Easter Fun

Woodford’s Got Two Egg Hunts This Year!

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

12.00 – 4.00

PROCEEDS TO THE SCHOOL FSA

Start & Finish at Woodford Halse Academy.

Find the eggs, win a prize!

Sponsored by:

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

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

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

Here is the electronic version: WOW March 2018

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

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Charity Fun Run

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

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

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

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

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

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Anti-Fraud Hint #88

Dodgy Fish Alert

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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Garden Club AGM

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Small Ads

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

Have a look here to see our first ad!

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

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02/21 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Catesby Tunnel Project

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

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

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

 

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Village Spring Clean

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

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

Rubbish from the 2017 Clean Up!

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

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

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

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Play Area Update

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

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

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

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Plan Examination Completed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13/02/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 13/02/18

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

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

Discussion points include:-

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

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

Details on Roadworks.org,

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

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Play Area Problems

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

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

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

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

 

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Easter Egg Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WOW Deadline Soon

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

Friday 9th February

Items for inclusion can be sent as follows:-

Email to wow.woodford@gmail.com

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

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Garden Club 2018

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

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

Download their programme here:- WHGC 2018 Programme

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

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3D Canons Ashby

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

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

Canons Ashby – the home of the Dryden family.

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

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

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

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Water Warning

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

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

Link to their posting: Leak Investigation at Quinton Lane

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Advice Volunteers Needed

Open Afternoon at Citizens Advice Daventry and District

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Junior Cricket

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

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

They are looking for new players!

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

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

All details will be announced soon!

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

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Got Your WOW?

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

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

Here are two things you should do:-

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

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

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

Menu:

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

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

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Woodland Drone

Want to see how the woodland looks from above?

Have a look on this video….

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

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Church Diary Update

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

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February WOW!

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

Here is the electronic version: WOW February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11/17 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 16 Nov 2017

 

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Bins & Parking Please!

A note from the Parish Council…

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

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

Thank you for your co-operation.

Woodford cum Membris Parish Council

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A361 Closed 25/01

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

Details on Roadworks.org,

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

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12/17 Council Minutes

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

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

This meeting included:-

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

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

 

 

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New Alert Service

From Northamptonshire Police.

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

 

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Puzzle Club

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

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

All ages welcome, any unwanted puzzles gratefully received.

Puzzle Club

More info: contact June Irani

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Village Plan Examination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Web Site Report

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

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

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

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

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Classical Music?

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

It’s an amateur orchestra that produces professional performances!

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

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

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

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Byfield Tennis

COACHING AT BYFIELD TENNIS CLUB 2018

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

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

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

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

Existing player?

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

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Found Dog…

Shared here for anyone that isn’t on Facebook.

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

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Apologies …

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

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01/17 Yoga Meeting

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

Details below….

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01/24 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Quiz Night

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

Tickets will be available soon.

Doors open at 7pm

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

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

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

FINAL DETAILS TBC SOON!

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Tea Party

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

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Free Money

For Local Groups

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

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

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

 

 

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Library Consultation Closing

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

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

NCC Consultation on Libraries

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

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Council Meeting Feedback

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

Free Chips

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

Don’t Use The Skip

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

Village Clean Up

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

Car Park Care

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

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Over 55?

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

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

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

To book a place contact Irene on 01327 260149.

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Church Diary Updated

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

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09/01/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 09/01/18

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

Discussion points include:-

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

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

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

2. Providing a page on local roadworks

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

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

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

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

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Library Volunteers

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

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

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New Year’s WOW!

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

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

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

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

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

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Subscribers

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

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

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

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Survey: Thanks

Our survey is now closed.

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

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

We will share the results of the survey here shortly.

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Survey: Last Chance

Our survey will close at midnight tonight.

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

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

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

Create your own user feedback survey

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Woodford’s Brownies

Girl guiding is simply amazing 👯 it helps girls of all ages find confidence, find and build new skills and best of all making new and life long friends! 💃🏻 It’s also fun and games and the evenings are planned by the girls themselves! ❤

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10 and we will have 4 spaces in January! Surely there are lots of girls who want to join? Message Kelly Dicks on Facebook for more details 🎉😁🎂🦉

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

Woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com

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Want A Walk?

Looking for a healthly start to the New Year?

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

Woodford’s Walks

Canons Ashby National Trust Walks

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11/17 Council Minutes

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Don’t Forget Our Survey

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

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

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

Create your own user feedback survey

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Business Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy Xmas!

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

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Vintage Road Run

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

Drinks available!

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Woodland Happy Xmas

A happy Christmas to all from the Woodland Management Committee.

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

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

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Police Update

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

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

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

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Web Site Survey

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

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

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

Create your own user feedback survey

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Oh, Yes It Is!

It’s the Social Club Panto.

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

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Medical Centre Update

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

SENIOR PARTNER

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

PARTNER

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

SALARIED GP

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

SALARIED GP

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

LOCUM GP

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

NURSE PRACTITIONER/PRESCRIBER

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

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

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

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

Same Day Appointments

She can see you on the day for the following –

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

Routine Appointments

Paula is able to deal with:-

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

What she CANNOT deal with

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

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

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

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Library Meeting Info

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

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

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

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

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

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School’s 150 Years!

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

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

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Update from Parish Council.

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

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

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

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Police & Library Meetings

Forthcoming meetings on local policing police and the library.

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

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Methodist Services

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

All are welcome.

Sunday 10 December  – Service at 10.30 a. m

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

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

Sunday 24 December – Service at 10.30 a.m.

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

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

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Post Office Decision

Post Office Decision Letter

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

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

 

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12/12/17 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 12/12/17

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

Discussion points include:-

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

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

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

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Business Update?

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

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

Download the latest directory here: Woodford Parish Business Directory

 

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Festive Recycling

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Daventry Xmas Parade

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

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

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

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

 

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Byfield Road

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

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

Details on Roadworks.org.

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

 

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December Big Breakfast

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

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

Menu:

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

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

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XMAS News

The Xmas News page is back!

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

You can find it here: Xmas News Page

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

Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Santa In The Village

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

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

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Daventry Development Plans

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

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

Here is the DDC announcement…..

Give your views on plans for the future of Daventry District

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

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

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

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

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

Other features of the Draft Plan include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to take part in the consultation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Church Diary December

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

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

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Northants & Libraries

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Police & Library Meeting Update

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

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

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

The meeting is open to all.

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WOW Distribution

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

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

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Plan News

Progress Report #10

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

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

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

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

Further progress reports will be published here when available.

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Signpost WOW Pages

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

Previous editions between 2013 and March 2017 are available here.

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December WOW’s Out!

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

Here’s a digital version :- WOW December 2017

 

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10/17 Council Minutes

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

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

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

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

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Brownies & Guides Fund Raiser

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

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

More details in this flyer.

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Regatta Date & Events

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

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

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

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Woods Memorial Glade

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

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

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

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

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10/17 Woods Committee Minutes

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

10/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

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

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

 

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Police & Library Public Meeting

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

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

The meeting is open to all.

More details will follow.

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Hagstone Pottery Sale

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

Contact Jacqueline Rappaport on 07903 717247 for details,

10% of all sales go to Katherine House Hospice

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Banbury Mosque

is offering a visit.

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

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

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Job Hunting? Look Out!

Anti-Fraud Hint #88

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

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

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

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

How to protect yourself:

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

What to do if you’re a victim:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remembrance

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

Many thanks to Brian Hedges for the photos.

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11/25 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy here.

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

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

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14/11/17 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 14/11/17

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

Discussion points include:-

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

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

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

The press release is published below…

MEDICAL CENTRE UNDER THREAT ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anti-Fraud Hint #87

Two Fraud Alerts

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

WhatsApp Voucher Fraud

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

Phantom Debt Collectors and Bailiffs Fraud Alert

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

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

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

Tips for staying safe:

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

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

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Remembrance Day Service

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

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

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

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

 

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A361 Night Road Closure

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

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

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

Details on Roadworks.org.

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

 

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Ryfields Play Area

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

Stephanie Hulme’s photo, used with acknowledgement.

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

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

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

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November Church Services

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

You can find it here:  Church Diary

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Breakfast is Back

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

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

Menu:

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

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

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Byfield Medical Centre News

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BYFIELD MEDICAL CENTRE VIA THEIR WEBSITE

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

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

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

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

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

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09/17 Woods Committee Minutes

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

09/17 Great Central Woodland Management Committee Minutes

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

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

 

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Operation Pumpkin

Tips for Halloween & Bonfire Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween safety tips:

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

Bonfire Night safety tips:

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

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

Management Plan Accepted by the Forestry Commission

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

This is an important milestone for the Woodland.

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

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

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

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Byfield Road Closure

Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th October

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

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

Roadworks.org

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Anti-Fraud Hint #86

Modelling Jobs Advanced Fee  –  Fraud Alert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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10/25 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy here.

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

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Byfield Medical Centre

Meeting on 24th October

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

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

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Woodland Feedback Please…

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

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

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

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

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Story Circle : Warning

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

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

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

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Purple Planting People

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

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

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

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