PARKING (Again!)

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

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

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


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Bins Please!

A Message from the Parish Council

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

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

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

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

Image from pedestrianliberation.org, Used with acknowledgement.
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Horses For Remembrance Day

100th Anniversary Parade

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

The Horse Remembrance Parade in 2017

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

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

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

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Police Surgery

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

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

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

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Woodland Work Restarted

Please Be Aware Tree Felling Has Restarted

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

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

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

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

Why is this being done?

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

How Has This Been Planned?

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

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

What Will The Impact of This Work Be?

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

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

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Xmas Bins

What You Need To Know

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

Collection schedules

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

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

Extra recycling collection

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

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

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

General waste

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

Food waste

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

Garden waste collections

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

Christmas trees

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

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

Keep up-to-date with our mobile app

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

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

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

Reporting a missed bin

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

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Police & Fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Thank you in advance for participating.”

Stephen Mold

Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner

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10/26 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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

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Updated Business Directory

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

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

Changes in this update include:-

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

Two pieces of police news….

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

£500 towards new defibrillator

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

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

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

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

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

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09/18 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

The September meeting included:-

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

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

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

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Movember Quiz Night

32 Warwick Road, Upper Boddington, NN11 6HD

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

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

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

Refreshments available

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

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

WE CAN PREVENT PROSTATE CANCER – LEARN MORE HERE

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

Symptoms don’t show up.

A simple blood test could save a man’s life

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Councillors Wanted

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

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

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

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

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Sheep Theft

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

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


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Make A Corn Dolly

Come & Learn How : 30th October

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

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

You can also download this poster to share this event.


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Police Commissioner’s News

Newsletter From Police And Crime Commissioner

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

Please click here to view the newsletter

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Garden Club

Organic Gardening

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

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

Venue: Woodford Halse Memorial Hall.

Members free, visitors £2.

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Woodford Runner for MIND

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

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

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

www.justgiving.com/Kelly-Brindley

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Police Notice

A message from PCSO Carl Barton….

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

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

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Byfield Medical Practice

PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP

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

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

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

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Business Directory

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

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

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

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More Cummins Help

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

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

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Methodist Services

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

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09/10/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 09/10/18

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

Agenda points include:-

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

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

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Daventry Cinema?

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

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

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

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

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

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Woodford Interiors

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

You can find it here: Woodford Interiors on eBay

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

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Updated Open All Hours…

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

You can find a link to it here:-

Open All Hours?

 

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Interiors 42

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

Opening hours are:-

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

Saturday: 8:00am to 2:00pm

Sunday & Monday closed.

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

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

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Neighbourhood Watch Reminder

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

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

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

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

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Help Our Litter Pick

& Get Free Tea & Coffee!

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

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

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

Please come along and help us!

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

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

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2018 Big Breakfast

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 6th of October, 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 November 2018

Saturday 8th December 2018

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Saturday 6th April 2019

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Church News

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

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

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Great Support from Cummins!

Cummins Diesel staff helped out again in the Woodland today.

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

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

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

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Fire Station

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

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

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

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

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08/18 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 22 August 2018

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

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

 

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October 2018 WOW

The October edition of the WOW should have been delivered.

Here is the electronic version: WOW October 2018 .

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

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

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

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

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Flu Clinics at Byfield

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

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

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

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

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Cricket Club Burglary

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

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

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

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

Did you witness anything?

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

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

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

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

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Hinton Messy Church

Why Not Come Along?

Sunday 7th October 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Brownies For Macmillan Cancer Research

It’s This Saturday!

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

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

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

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

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Council Financial Audit

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

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

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09/26 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Woodland Fire

From PCSO Carl Barton…

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

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

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

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

 

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Library

A message from Pat Darby…..

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

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

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

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Neighbourhood Watch

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

All welcome.

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Chipping Warden Relief Road

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

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

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

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Fireworks 3rd November

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

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

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

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

Details of how to get tickets will follow.

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Police Advice

Two bits of crime advice from Northamptonshire Police….

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

Here Comes Winter

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

At home

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

Out and about

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

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

Netflix Email Scam

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

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

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

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

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07/18 & 08/18 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

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

The July meeting included:-

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

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

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

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

 

 

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DDC Helps Save On Energy Bills

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

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

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

How Much Can I Save?

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

How Does It Work?

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

What Do I Do Next?

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

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

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

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

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

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Cafe Page

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

You can also download the current menu.

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

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Library Times

An update from Pat Darby…..

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Risk of Flooding?

Photo credit: Kay Fennell

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

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

Learn more on this poster.

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Poppy Ribbon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What Do You Think?

About Community Remedies For Crimes?

Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner Wants Your Views

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Garden Club “Thank You!”

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

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

Visitors and new members always welcome.

 

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Barn Dance 15/09

There’s still time to get your tickets!

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

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

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

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

Tickets also available from Janet at Village Meats.

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WOW Deadline 12/09

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

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

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

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11/09/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 11/09/18

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

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

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

* Does not appear to affect Stagecoach Service 200

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Grand Opening

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

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

They look forward to offering their full menu from Tuesday.

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

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Please Help Our Shops

A Message from The Parish Council

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

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

Thank you.

 

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History Society – September

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

Download the flyer with details of the meeting here.

Find out more about the History Society here.

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Coffee Break!

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

AND

Woodford’s Churches have a Defibrillator Appeal.

 

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Advice To Landlords

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

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

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

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

Application forms can be downloaded from the DDC HMO page.

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More Coffee!

Churches Together : Defibrillator Appeal

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

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

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

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Church Diary

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

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Library Open Today

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

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Air Guns & The Woods

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

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

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

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

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Business Directory

Did you know we publish a directory of local businesses?

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

The latest version can be viewed on this page.

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

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Old School Cafe

Official Opening

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

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

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

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

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British Legion “Thank You”

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

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PC Planning Meeting

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

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

Here is the Agenda.

Planning Meeting August 30 2018 Meeting Agenda

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

Applications under consideration are detailed in the Agenda.

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07/18 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 25 July 2018

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

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

 

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Collecting Old Green Bins

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

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

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

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

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

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Dog Walking?

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

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

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

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Great (Central Woodland) Work!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Help Woodford’s Wildlife

Come and Help Build Our First “Habitat Pile”

Sunday 19th August 12:00 – 14:00

Meet In The Co-op Car Park

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

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

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

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History Society 2018-19

Talks on Local History & More

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

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

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

 

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Is Your Neighbour Great?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So nominate your good neighbours today!

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

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NCC Restructuring

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

Restructuring of Governance in Northamptonshire

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

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08/20 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Hall Wifi

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

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

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Old School Cafe

Good news for coffee & cake lovers.

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

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

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

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

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

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Northants & Libraries

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

www.banburyguardian.co.uk

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Watch Out For Horses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for reading,

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Library Update

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

RHYMETIME will continue as normal every Tuesday from 2.00 to 2.30

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

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

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

 

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Railway Modeller

Here’s one for you railway enthusiasts.

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

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

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Barber Shop

Opening Soon In The Village

Mr Mannion’s Barber Shop

Opens 18th August 2018

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

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

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

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Daventry Local Plan

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

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

As part of the process consultation exercises are taking place.

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

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Woods Committee Vacancy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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CarKraft for Young Drivers

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

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

Or

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

then CarKraft may be of interest.

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

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

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Ryfields Play Area

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

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

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

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High Street Water

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

This may affect water supplies.

More details here:-

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

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Libraries In Court

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

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

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06/18 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 2o June 2018

 

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Woodland Wood

Do you know these women & this car?

They were seen taking wood from the woodland.

They were asked to replace it but would not.

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

This theft has been reported to the police.

 

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DDC Community Funding

Voluntary and community sector services set for funding boost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Woods Meeting Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Minutes for the June meeting will be published shortly)

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August 2018 WOW

The August edition of the WOW should have been delivered.

If you do not receive yours in the next few days please let us know here: – wow.woodford@gmail.com.

Here is the electronic version: WOW August 2018

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

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

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

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Sewage Smell Problem

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

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

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Family Fun Station

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

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

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Dryden Hall & Farndon Room

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

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

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

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Hinton Methodist Church

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

Hinton Methodist Chapel

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

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

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06/18 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 12th Jun 2018 Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 12th June 2018

This meeting included:-

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

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

 

 

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St Mary’s Celebration

Sunday 22nd July at 10:00am

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07/20 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Local Government Questions?

Worried about the planned integration of local government in Northamptonshire?

Here is your chance to find out more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Garden Club Show

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

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

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

Details below….

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Water Problems

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

This may cause low water pressure or stoppages.

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

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

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Parish Council IT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ryfields Play Area

Closed Due To Vandalism

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

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

The gates will be nailed shut.

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

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

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Forewarned..(Updated).

Cuts In Gritting Next Winter Will Hit Woodford

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Garden Club Events

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

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

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

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

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

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Wood in the Woods

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

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

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

Taking wood from the woodland is theft.

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Don’t Miss Out!

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

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

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

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

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Library & Rhymetime

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

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

Items Due Back Renewed Until July 18th

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F1 Traffic

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

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PCC News

Update from the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner

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

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

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10/07/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 10/07/18

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

Discussion points include:-

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

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

Spot your favorite TV programme…..

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Roadworks Changes

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

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

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

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

 

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Crime Reporting

Seen Something? Heard Something? Go Online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’ve added this link to our Policing page.

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Library Update

From Pat Darby….

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

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

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

Woodford Halse Regatta Friday 29th June

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

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Hall Bookings

Donna Wise looks after hall bookings for the village but she can only pick up messages and deal with calls at certain times.

If you are interested in booking one of the village halls (Farndon Room, Dryden Room, Memorial Hall) please contact Donna ONLY between 6:00PM and 9:00PM, Monday to Friday.

You can reach Donna on 07736227208, by email (woodfordhalsebookingclerk@gmail.com ) or on Facebook. She can only reply to requests 6:00PM to 9:00PM on weekdays.

Please help Donna by keeping your booking requests between these times.

Don’t forget you can check the availability of the Dryden Hall and the Memorial Hall on line at the pages for each venue. Hall hire rates are available here.

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Join The Regatta Fun!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s a few pictures from previous years:-

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July 2018 WOW

The July edition of the WOW should have been delivered.

If you do not receive yours in the next few days please let us know here: – wow.woodford@gmail.com.

Here is the electronic version: WOW July 2018

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

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

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

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05/18 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 23 May 2018

 

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Church Diary Updated

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

Thanks to Pam Hicks for the details.

You can always find the latest Church Diary here.

 

 

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Future Northants

Give Your Views on New Councils In Northamptonshire

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

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

Formal consultation runs from 18 June until 22 July 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police have already taken action over children behaving dangerously.

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

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Lock Up!

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

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

You can follow Carl on Twitter here: @PCSOCarlBarton.

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Afternoon Tea

You are invited:-

Afternoon Tea

Saturday, 23 June 2018

at

Hinton Methodist Church

2.30 p.m.  to 5.00 p.m.

Full tea: £7 Adult, Child £3

Gateau plus tea, £4.

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

 

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06/20 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 20th June 2018 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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There’s Still Time

To Book A Boat!

Why not take part in this year’s Woodford Halse Regatta on Friday 29th June 6pm?

There’s still time to get a boat: ready made – you just have to decorate it!

This year’s theme is “Television”. Anything from Love Island to the Ten O’clock News.

They’re off!

One man boats, two man and three man boats are invited to take part. The boats are free to all entrants, just decorate it yourself!

For the children’s race, kids just make your boat out of a cardboard box.

To take part: –

For racers including the children’s boats: Entry form at Village Meats

For stall holders: book a pitch at Village Meats

For everyone else: just come along and have a great time!

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05/18 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 15th May 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 15th May 2018

This meeting included:-

  • Confirmation of Councillors and Council appointments
  • Co-opting of two councillors (two vacancies remain)
  • Comments on planning applications
  • Dates for 2018-19 meetings
  • PCSO’s Report & update on Police liaison
  • An initial business plan for the Library (Annex A)

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

 

 

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Dog Law Proposals

Give your feedback!

Daventry District Council is consulting on proposals to extend and increase its powers to address irresponsible dog ownership across the district. It wants to extend current powers until 2021 and add additional powers.

Complete the feedback survey at: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultations

The consultation period closes at midnight on Tuesday 24 July 2018. Read this flyer for more details.

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) can be used to regulate activities in public places that have a “detrimental effect on the local community”. They provide local councils and the police with additional powers to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Following an extensive consultation exercise, which prompted over 800 responses; Daventry District Council introduced a PSPO to tackle irresponsible dog ownership on 1st December 2015 to run for three years.

When this period is up in December 2018 the council can either extend the Order, or consult the public and introduce changes to create a new PSPO which will run for a further three year period up to 2021.

Current Requirements
The PSPO made it an offence if a person in control of a dog:

  1. Fails to pick up after their dog
  2. Fails to exclude their dog from a defined children’s play area
  3. Fails to put their dog on a lead when requested by an authorised officer
  4. Fails to keep their dog on a lead around the café area at Daventry Country Park
  5. Fails to have the means to pick up after their dog

As mentioned above, the council is keen to continue with these five requirements for another 3 year period but wishes to gauge the level of public support regarding a series of the additional proposals.

Proposed Requirements

The council is considering introducing the following changes:

  1. Dogs should always be on a lead in graveyards, cemeteries or memorial gardens
  2. Dogs should always be kept on leads near schools
  3. Dogs should always be kept on leads in built up areas
  4. Dogs should be excluded from playing areas of marked and maintained sports pitches (in season)
  5. A defined lead length and type of lead is to be used in areas where a dog should be on a lead.
  6. A restriction on the number of dogs to be walked at any one time
  7. Prohibition of smoking from defined children’s play areas
  8. Introduce DNA restricted areas of public space
  9. Delegation of enforcement powers to parish councils

Read the flyer for more details and give DDC your feedback

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It’s The Tour de Woodford

14th June Women’s Tour on the Byfield Road

On 14th June, the OVO Women’s Tour – the UK’s premier cycle road race for women – passes through Woodford Halse.

The international women’s peloton comes to the UK for the fifth running of the OVO Women’s Tour.

The 14th June is the Tour’s second stage which sees the riders starting from Rushden and covering a 145km route through Wolverton, Silverstone, Sulgrave, Weedon Bec, Daventry, Byfield Woodford Halse, Preston Capes and back to Daventry for the finish.

You can watch the teams passing along the Byfield Road, heading towards Preston Capes, between 13:45 and 14:15.

For a more details see this flyer.

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Neighbourhood Watch Meet Tonight

Sorry for the short notice folks but I only just picked this up….

Neighbourhood Watch meeting tonight in the Farndon Room, Woodford Halse at 7pm. All welcome to attend.

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Methodist Church

June services at the Methodist Church in Hinton are as follows:-

Sunday 10 June – Service at 10.30 a.m.
Sunday 17 June – Service at 10.30 a.m.
Sunday 24 June – Service at 10.30 a.m.

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Garden Club Events

BBQ & Show

Two upcoming events organised by the Garden Club:-

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

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

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

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

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Woods Work Stopped

The Woodland Management Committee reports that they have had to stop work in the woodland as a result of interference by children both after school hours and during the school day.

This week and last there were instances of children interfering with felling operations.  The PCSO is dealing with the older children who were playing “chicken” with the mechanical harvester that fells and stacks trees.

On Tuesday this week, a young boy truanting from school was “camped” in the pathway of the harvester. This was in the deepest & thickest part of the wood – invisible from any paths until now. Luckily he was spotted by the operator before any trees could be felled in the vicinity.

Obviously this cannot continue. Work has stopped. The harvester equipment (which was an important part of the Committee’s plan to carry out this work without cost to the village) has now gone from site and the Committee is reassessing how to proceed.

Right now though, even though felling has stopped  the woodland is not a safe place away from the paths. Because the work has had to be interrupted, there is much laying timber. Unsafe trees that were planned for felling have yet to be dealt with. If you use the woodland, please stay on paths and be aware of felled timber.

The Committee will provide an update as soon as it is clear how work can proceed.

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12/06/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 12/06/18

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

Discussion points include:-

  • presentation from developers regarding development of 37 houses on Grants Hill Way (“Red Road” Site)
  • several other planning applications in South Street, High Street, Larch Close & Hinton Road
  • update on the Library & the Woodland
  • review of Council Standing Orders (The current version is here: Standing Orders) new version will be published once agreed)
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Speedwatch

The recent post on volunteering for Speedwatch had the wrong email address, unfortunately.

The correct email address is: whpcscommspeedwatch@gmail.com.

The original post has been updated as well but if you have had difficulty in emailing, please try again with this address.

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Summer & Autumn WI

Here is the WI programme for the remainder of 2018:

3rd July Battling for Charity.   Jon Courtney-Thompson

August.    No meeting

4 September.  Do not give up on your dreams.  G K Kingsley

2 October.   Indian customs and dress.  Mira Popat

6 November. Gift wrapping. Alison Graham

4 December.  Christmas supper.

Visitors are always welcome.

The WI meets at the Memorial Hall at 7.30 on the first Tuesday of every month. Visitors pay £2.50 including refreshments.

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Drones

Carl Barton, our PCSO, has asked to pass on these guidelines on drone flying.

“You cannot fly a drone within 50 meters of any building or person and should not fly further than 500 meters or lose sight of the drone at any time!! If you do, you will be in breach of CAA regulations. They should also not be flown above 400 feet. If the drone is flown over land the drone operator would need the land owners permission.

There is a lot of ignorance with regards to drone flying in regard to what can and can’t be done. Please be mindful when flying a drone.”

 

The CAA has a web site dedicated to promoting safe drone usage and providing their free, download Drone Assist app: dronesafe.uk

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Experience the Tudors

The next WI meeting on Tuesday 5 June has Rosemary Verner giving a talk on “Being a Tudor”.

Visitors are always welcome.

The WI meets at the Memorial Hall at 7.30 on the first Tuesday of every month. Visitors pay £2.50 including refreshments.

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Our Friends Electric

Are You Using or Thinking of Using An Electric Vehicle?

Daventry District Council are conducting an online survey regarding electric vehicle charging points.

They are seeking information on the number of electric vehicle (EV) drivers in the district and those who are considering an EV in the future. This will help them to identify the local demand for on-street EV charging solutions and allow them to take advantage of a government grant available for local authorities.

Please complete this survey before the deadline of Friday 22 June.

You can read the full article and find a link to the survey  here.

 

 

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Brownies’ Summer Fund Raiser

Saturday 16th June 2 – 5pm : Woodford Halse Dryden Hall

Please show support and raise money for your local Brownie group –

1st Woodford Halse Brownies!

There will be;

  • Cake Stall!
  • Raffle Stall!
  • Hook a duck!
  • Buzz wire game!
  • Name the teddy!
  • Pick the golden egg!
  • Chance to win a GoPro Hero!
  • Guess how many sweets are in the jar!

& many more games and activities to get involved in!

Brownies is for girls aged 7 – 10!

If you are interested in beginning brownies or Guides please

Come along for more information!

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

See you there!!!

Brown Owl – Kelly 07854854374

woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com

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Can You Help?

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind, Your Local Sight Loss Charity, Needs Volunteers

Do you have a couple of hours free once a fortnight to become a home visitor for a visually impaired person?

This small time commitment can make a huge difference to a visually impaired person’s life. You could just be popping in for a cup of tea and a chat, help with reading mail, going for a short walk or generally just being a friend!

Is this something that you would be able to help with?

Please call today for more information!

Rachel Cave Volunteer Co-ordinator

Email: rachel@nab.org.uk Mobile: 07889 411274

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New Councillor

Peter Deverill of Bromley Farm Court was co-opted as a new Parish Councillor at the April meeting of the Council.

Contact details for all your Parish Councillors can be found on this page.

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Woodford Past

We’re always happy to see photos from Woodford’s past.

Here are a couple, kindly provided by Martyn Weeldon, showing F E Sanders grocery store that was on the corner of Byfield Road and Gorse Road. The shop was still there in the 1970’s then run  by Mr & Mrs Pettifer. Any further information gratefully received.

Mrs Edna Sanders at her shop doorway. (photo: M.J.Wheeldon)

F. E. Sanders shop at the corner of Gorse Road & Byfield Road. (photo: M.J. Wheeldon)

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Woodland Problems!

Today’s work in the woodland had to be stopped when a child on a bike was found inside a taped-off area playing “chicken” with the tree-harvester.

It is hard to over-state how dangerous something like this is. When the harvester driver is working, the equipment is noisy and the driver’s attention is focused on the trees.

There is a significant danger that anyone approaching the machine would not be seen and so at risk of serious injury.

Would parents please warn their children to stay well away from the equipment while work is being carried out.

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Woodland Work Warning

Don’t forget the work going on in the woodland – especially as it’s half term.

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04/18 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 10th April 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 10th April 2018

This meeting included:-

  • Planning Issues
  • Ryfields Play Area Issues
  • PCSO’s Report & update on Police liaison
  • Plans for the Library

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

 

 

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Parish Council Governance & Accounts

Each year Parish Councils like Woodford cum Membris have to prepare an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) which is reviewed by an external auditor.

This post makes available:-

For the year ended 31 March 2018, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to Gary Smith, Parish Clerk, The Retreat, High Street, Woodford Halse, NN11 3RQ Email: pc_woodford@daventrydc.gov.uk, commencing on: Monday 4 June 2018 and ending on: Friday 13 July 2018

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Woodland Work Began Today

Harvester On Site

As promised we are keeping you up to date on the work in the Woodland.

The first work on trimming trees adjacent to Bankside was carried out last week. For the main part of the work there was a delay due to the availability of the timber harvesting equipment. However it is on site today and the work on thinning the woodland can now begin.

The contractor will aim to work on week days only between 8 am & 6pm if possible.  He will work in “zones” to minimise danger to the public.

Please note: Although our contractor 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 areas where work is going on. 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 there will be traffic lights on Phipps Road to control traffic during felling operations. This may cause traffic delays. We will try to keep you updated on this.

Why is this being done?

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” is part of the long-term Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.

How Has This Been Planned?

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

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

What Will The Impact of This Work Be?

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

  • Work will be taking place between 08:00am to 6:00pm, 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.

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DDC Web Site

Daventry District Council web site was down over the weekend.

It is now back on-line.

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June 2018 WOW

The June edition of the WOW is being delivered.

If you do not receive yours in the next few days please let us know here: – wow.woodford@gmail.com.

Here is the electronic version: WOW June 2018

Deadline for copy for the next WOW is Wednesday 13th June.

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

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Neighbourhood Watch

Great recruiting session for Neighbourhood Watch at the Co-op today.

Carl Barton advises there was plenty of interest and they signed up 10 new members.

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Church Diary

We’ve added details of local church services for the month of June on the Church Diary page.

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NCALC

Northants County Association of Local Councils provides support to parish councils across the County with a number of schemes (they helped us with training when we wanted to create the Signpost, for example).

They publish a newsletter regularly and this month’s has some articles that all residents might find interesting. Articles include:-

  • repairing pothole damage in our roads
  • a Q&A on the planned reorganisation of local government in Northamptonshire
  • how GDPR is affecting local councils.

You can download a copy here.

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A361 Road Closure

A361 CLOSED between Chipping Warden & Wardington: 3rd-7th June 2018

The road is being closed for surface dressing. The area affected is shown on the map below…

Don’t forget there is a map of local roadworks here.

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Policing Update

Here is an update from Sam Dobbs, the Neighbourhood Sergeant for Daventry District, talking about the challenges of policing in our area and gives an idea of the work done by the Daventry District team, together with some of the highlight (and lowlights) of 2017 – 2018.

Sam’s letter explains how policing operations are organised in our area and how they are trying to meet local policing priorities. The Highlights & Lowlights looks at soem of the most important activities and successes of the team over the last year.

Annual Review 2017-18 Letter

Local Policing 2017 Highlights & Lowlights

 

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Tennis Coaching

Free Coaching at Byfield Tennis Club

To celebrate its 70th birthday year, BTC’s LTA coaches are offering the following FREE tennis lessons during school holiday Mondays.

One Parent and One Child Together Coaching (parents over 35, children 8-13):

  • Monday 30/7/18 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
  • Monday 6/8/18 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
  • Monday 13/8/18 2 p.m. –  3.30 p.m.
  • Monday 20/8/18 10 a.m. –11.30 a.m.

Teenage Tennis Coaching for aged 14-18 year olds:

  • Monday 30.7.18 3.30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Monday 6.8.18 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday 13.8.18 3.30 p.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Monday 20.8.18 11.30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Places are limited and you must enrol with Peter Cowley on 07539 244155.

These initiatives made possible by Byfield Charities and Senior Tennis GB.

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Pages Moved

Here’s another example of GDPR – this time it’s Generally Desirable Page Reorganisation….

Now that the Neighbourhood Development Plan has been voted on and agreed, we’ve moved the pages relating to it so that they sit under Planning in the Parish Council part of the Village Signpost web site.

All the information remains accessible but you won’t be able to see it on the first level of the top menu.

We’ve also removed the Small Ads page, as there doesn’t seem to be any demand for it.

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04/18 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 24 Apr 2018

 

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Festival is Coming!

8th to 10th June at the Football Club

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Business Directory

We have published a new version of the Parish Business Directory.

This version updates the Directory to take account of the new General Data  Protection Regulations that come into force on May 25th.

We asked all local businesses where we were holding personal data to conform that they were happy for us to continue using their data. Many have replied and we include their details.

Where individuals did not reply we have removed their personal data from the Directory.

If your details have been removed and you would like to have your details reinstated please complete the Business Directory form, which includes the appropriate disclaimer.

Equally if you represent a local business that is not included, please fill in the form and we will add you to the directory. It’s completely free.

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Privacy Update

Thanks to all those subscribers to the Signpost that asked for us to continue emailing them with details of posts.

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We are sorry but all other subscribers have now been removed from the list in line with the GDPR regulations that come in on 25th May.

If we have removed your email in error or you find you are no longer receiving email notifications of posts and wish to do so, then please re-subscribe after reading our new Privacy Policy.

If you didn’t know that you can get an email every time we update the Signpost and you want to, then simply add your email address, where it says “Subscribe” on the right hand side of the Signpost’s home page.

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Rubbish News

Daventry District Council has issued two releases reminding residents of the changes to refuse collection and recycling in the District. Residents are urged to keep an eye out for their new collections calendar and information booklet for the new service, which will be landing on doormats district-wide later this week.

The day changes start from the week beginning 4 June 2018, when households will receive the new 123+ waste and recycling collection service:

  • 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 two-weekly garden waste service for an annual fee of £35 a year.

From 4 June collections will take place from Monday to Friday and there will be no Saturday collections. The day changes are required to ensure the new service works as effectively as possible and collection rounds are balanced for crews. If you want to check if your day has changed you can do so here: Refuse Collection Day Checker. It looks like Monday will be Woodford’s day.

Here is a downloadable recycling calendar.

You will also be able to check your collection days and set reminder alerts by downloading the free Daventry District Council app, which will be available from Google Play and the Apple Store from 2 June.

To find out more about the collection changes, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/binchanges

Don’t forget, if you want garden waste collection you will need to sign up (and pay) for the service.

From 4 June 2018, households wishing to continue having their garden waste collected fortnightly will need to sign up for the service and pay an annual fee of £35.

For the majority of homes district-wide, this week’s brown bin collections (week beginning 21 May) will be the last ones before the new opt-in garden waste service begins. Brown bins will not be emptied after 4 June from homes that have not registered for the new service.

Residents can sign-up for the service at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste or by calling 0345 218 5215.

All homes that sign up for £35 a year will receive a tamper-proof registration sticker in time for the start of the new fortnightly service. Garden waste bins that do not display the sticker after June 4 will not be emptied. The annual charge of £35 per bin does not change if you join after this date.

Find out more, including a list of frequently asked questions, at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/GardenWaste

 

 

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Stop The Speeders

Community Speedwatch is Looking For Volunteers.

The parish is in desperate need of volunteers for the Community Speedwatch scheme to operate speed detection equipment and help  discourage speeding in and around the village.

This link to the scheme www.northants.police.uk/page/community-speed-watch explains what is involved but as a volunteer you would work alongside other trained residents during roadside enforcement sessions, using the speed detection equipment and recording vehicle details for offending vehicles. Presently we only have three volunteers and we need a minimum of two to operate per session.

When the community asked for the scheme and there were over 300 signatures collected supporting it, including more than 20 who were willing to be trained as operators and we would like more to come forward.

Ideally this would suit retired people, flexible workers or shift workers who can spare around an hour a day when we have the equipment.  Volunteers receive a morning’s training in Northampton – about two hours on a Saturday morning.

So, if you are worried by speeding in the village and want to help do something about it, this could be your opportunity to make Woodford safer for everyone.

The next training dates are 02.06.18, 14.07.18 and 25.08.18. If you would like to get involved, contact Pat Knight, Woodford’s Speedwatch coordinator, at his Speedwatch email  whpcscommspeedwatch@gmail.com.

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Councillor Roles & Privacy

Each year the Parish Council re-considers roles such as the Chair and Vice-Chair and other roles held by Councillors. The Parish Council “Who Does What” page has been updated with details of new roles following the first meeting of the Council’s new year, and the District Council election.

In addition, you may have noticed in your emails that there is a new standard in data protection coming in on the 25th May. Under the General Data Protection Regulations, the Parish Council, in common with all public bodies, has to appoint a Data Protection Officer. To minimise the costs of this to the Parish, the Council has chosen to use a shared service with other Councils and has appointed Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils (NCALC) as our Data Protection Officer. You should contact woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com in the first instance if you have any concerns about data protection and this site but NCALC  can be contacted as follows:-

The Data Protection Officer

Northants CALC

6 Litchborough Business Park

Northampton Road

Litchborough

Northamptonshire

NN12 8JB

Tel: 01327 831482

Email: dpo@northantscalc.com

You also need to know that we have updated our privacy policy and practices to conform to GDPR. You can read our Privacy Policy here. We have asked people to consent to their personal information being processed, in line with the requirements of the regulations.

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05/23 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Regatta Fun

Friday 29th June from 6:300pm

If Henley can have a regatta, why can’t we?

What do you mean, the river’s too shallow?

Well, we’ll hold it on Station Road!

This year’s theme is “Television”. One man, two man and three man boats are invited to take part. And, there’s a kid’s race too.  The boats are free to all entrants, just decorate it yourself!

So, to take part: 

For racers: get an entry form at Village Meats

For stall holders: book a pitch at Village Meats

For those that just want to watch: Just turn up and enjoy:

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

 

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Neighbourhood Watch

After Monday’s meeting on developing Woodford’s Neighbourhood Watch scheme, the group agreed to meet again on 11th June at 7:30pm in the Farndon Room (back of the Library).

All interested in being involved are welcome to attend.In the picture above from left to right…. Helen Durkin (Coordinator Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Watch), Andy Crisp (Vice Chair, Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Watch), Iain Osborne (Coordinator Woodford Halse Neighbourhood), Watch, Carl Barton (Woodford Halse PCSO).

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Next Methodist Services

Here are details of upcoming Methodist Church services….

Sunday 13 May 10.00 a.m: United at the Parish Church for Café Church and Christian Aid.
Sunday 20 May: 10.30 a.m. Service at Hinton
Sunday 27 May   10.30 a.m. Service at Hinton

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Ukulele Strummers

17th May in the Farndon Room

Come along for an evening’s strumming.

Bring your uke and your favorite music.

Thursday 17th May 7.30, in the Farndon Room (Behind the Library).

£2.00

Contact: Tina Williams

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Bowls Club Open Day

The Club is holding an open day on Sunday 13th May so that all age groups can come along and try their hand at bowling. Woodford has an A class bowling green in the village and it isn’t only a sport for pensioners.

All are invited to go along to the Sara Field and enjoy an afternoon in the sun, learning a new sport. All ages welcome. 13th May at 2:00 pm. Find them here.

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15/05/18 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting (This month’s meeting is a week later than usual due to the rules on how soon a meeting can take place after an election of parish councillors.):-

Council Agenda 15/05/18

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

Discussion points include:-

  • grant to cover the Regatta’s insurance
  • extension of opening hours at the Social Club
  • next steps on the Library
  • approve the accounts for 2017-18
  • consider a pay increase for staff
  • consider a litter picking agreement with DDC
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Save The Library

Meeting Wednesday 9th May

Don’t forget Wednesday’s meeting at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room (at the rear of the Library) to try to save Woodford’s Library. Come along and see how Woodford might:

  • create a Community Library
  • support and save children’s programmes like RhymeTime
  • create a community café

For further information contact padarbylibrary@gmail.com

Show your support! Encourage others to come along! Why not print and put up this poster?

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Comments Back On

Now that the referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan is concluded, we are happy to be able to reinstate the Comments feature on posts. (See here for why they were turned off)

This should appear as a box at the bottom of posts and pages with a “Tell Us What You Think” title.

If for any reason you don’t see this on a post you want to comment on, please email the editor.

 

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Garden Club Events

Middleton Cheney Garden Visits – Monday 18th June

In June, the Garden Club will be visiting a number of gardens belonging to members of Middleton Cheney Garden Club (with a return visit to Woodford in 2019).  This is for WHGC members only, so another good reason to join! Contact Paul Hymers, paul-hymers@tiscali.co.uk, telephone 261726 for further information.

Charity Cream Teas and Open Garden – Sunday 1st July

2.30 to 5pm, at 12 Farndon Road – Cost £3, with all proceeds to Thrive.

Please come along to support this very worthwhile charity, which uses gardening to help those with physical or mental handicaps. Cream teas, cakes, tombola and open garden.

 

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Plan “Made” By DDC

Plan Formally Approved By District Council

Following a majority vote in favour at the referendum held on Thursday 3rd May 2018, Daventry District Council formally made the plan on Friday 4th May 2018 in accordance with the decision of its Full Council on 8th March 2018. The plan now forms part of the Statutory Development Plan and will be used when determining planning applications in the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Area.

A copy of the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan, together with the Notice of Making of Plan, and a statement setting out the Council’s decision to make the plan and the reasons for that decision, can be viewed on the Council’s website at:  www.daventrydc.gov.uk/madeneighbourhoodplans

Hard copies of the documents are also available for inspection at the following places and times;

Daventry District Council Offices (Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP)

o    Monday to Thursday 8.30 – 17.00, Friday 8.30 – 16.30

Woodford Halse Library (School Street, Woodford Halse, NN11 3RL)

o      Wednesday and Saturday 10.00-14.00

o      Thursday and Friday 14.00-18.00

 Co-operative Food Supermarket (Phipps Road, Woodford Halse, NN11 3TW)

o      Monday to Sunday 07.00-22.00

 

The made version of the plan is also available here.

The Neighbourhood Plan pages on the Signpost have now been updated to reflect this decision and the completion of the creation of the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

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NAB Fund Raising

The Northampton Association for the Blind are asking people to remember them when writing their will.

Better than that they are offering a free service to have a will written or updated. Details below…

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District Council Election Result

The result of the election on May 3rd 2018 for a District Councillor to represent the Woodford ward as published on the Daventry District Council web site was:-

Gary John DENBY (UK Independence Party) 191 votes
Christina Louisa FITCHETT (Labour Party) 347 votes
Rupert FROST (Conservative Party) 984 votes ELECTED
Edward JUDD (Liberal Democrats) 178 votes
Thomas Joshua SKILLINGTON (Green Party) 125 votes
Electorate: 5,448
Ballot Papers Issued: 1,829
Turnout: 33.57%
Rejected papers: 4

 

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Plan Referendum Result

Poll Approved Your Neighbourhood Development Plan

The question asked: “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 result of yesterday’s referendum on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development plan, as published on the Daventry District Council web site was:-

YES:      663 Votes  (85.88%)
NO:       109 Votes  (14.12%)
Rejected papers:  25
Turnout:  797  (27.82%)

As a result the plan will be “made” by Daventry District Council . This means that:

  • The Parish Council will consider the Plan when commenting on local planning applications.
  • The District Council must consider the Plan when it approves or rejects planning applications in the parish.
  • Where development does go ahead and developers pay a Community Infrastructure Levy, 25% of that levy is available to the village to fund projects decided on by the Parish Council.

NOTE: The number of votes cast (797 votes) is lower than that for the District Council election (1829 votes) because the Woodford electoral district covers a greater area than that covered by the plan, with Byfield, Fawsley, and Hellidon, for example. Only those resident in the plan area were eligible to vote on Woodford’s plan.

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03/18 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 13th March 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 March 2018

This meeting included:-

  • Planning issues
  • Sarafield Pavilion Lease
  • Discussions on the PCSO agreement

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

 

 

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Woodland Work News

Work To Start Tuesday 8th May

As promised we are letting you know about the date for the work in the Woodland.

Following a meeting with the contractor this morning, we now expect the work to begin on Tuesday, immediately after the Bank Holiday.  We have been assured that birds will be respected and other forestry concerns will be recognised.

The contractor will aim to work on week days only between 8 am & 6pm if possible.  He will work in “zones” to minimise danger to the public.

Please note: Although our contractor 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 areas where work is going on. 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 there will be traffic lights on Phipps Road to control traffic during felling operations. This may cause traffic delays. We will try to keep you updated on this.

Why is this being done?

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” is part of the long-term Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.

How Has This Been Planned?

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

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

What Will The Impact of This Work Be?

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

  • Work will be taking place between 08:00am to 6:00pm, 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.

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Polls On May 3rd

District Council Councillor Election & Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

On Thursday 3rd May between 07:00am and 10:00pm there will be two polls taking place:-

1. For the election of a District Councillor to represent Woodford Ward on Daventry District Council. This is the Notice of Poll, List of Candidates and Location of Polling Stations according to your electoral roll number.

2. For the referendum on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan. This is the Notice of Poll, Referendum Question and Location of Polling Stations.

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Your Privacy

You may know that new legislation comes into force at the end of this month governing the privacy of personal data and the ways in which it is used.

The legislation, known as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) means that we had to update our privacy policy. You may see a pop-up screen to this effect when you connect to the site. This pop-up screen will reappear if we change our policy. Please read our Privacy Policy if you have not already done so: Privacy Policy.

We have emailed to all those that have registered to receive updates asking if they are happy for us to continue to use their data for this purpose.

We will also be contacting all those whose details appear in our on-line directories to check that they still wish to be included.

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Who’s Digging Holes?

Archaeological Surveys in Chipping Warden

As part of the preparation for the HS2 rail link which will run under the A361 near Chipping Warden, a company called Fusion are scheduled to carry out trial trenching works, looking for possible archaeological remains, in Chipping Warden. This document  – “Advanced Works Notification” – provides information regarding the works and also includes location maps of the site (To the right of the A361 as you head towards Chipping Warden).

(reposted from Wardington.net with acknowledgements, thanks to June Irani for the link)

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Castle Road Witness Appeal

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding an unknown person used and adhesive glue to glue front and back windscreen wipers to a car. Glue was also used on the front door of the property where the car was parked on CASTLE ROAD, WOODFORD HALSE.

This happened between the hours of 5pm on Thursday 19th and 2.15pm on Monday 23rd of April.