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 March 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.

Did you witness anything?

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

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

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

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering Daventry and surrounding villages they can be contacted on the following email:  NeighbourhoodTeamDaventry@northants.police.uk

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous.  These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Incident Number: 18000183134

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Plan Referendum Thursday

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

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

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

All registered voters are encouraged to cast their votes in the referendum.

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

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Boddington Theft

Boddington Theft from Vehicle : Ref 18000181667

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a theft of a bag from a vehicle parked in BODDINGTON RESERVOIR CAR PARK, BODDINGTON. The vehicle had the front passenger window smashed and the bag was removed from the foot well.

This happened between the hours of 3.50pm and 4.20pm on Sunday 22nd of April.

Did you witness anything?

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

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

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

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Front Page Changes

We’ve made a couple of changes to the front page of the Signpost, in order to make it a bit more friendly when read on mobile phones: we know over half of you look at the site that way!

You can now get to the page listing all the news items and to our PCSO’s twitter feed directly from the front page, without using the menus.

See the red-ringed links in the picture, left which shows how the village web site looks on a mobile phone.

You can also get at all the Signpost pages via the “menu” button at the top of your screen.

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Co-op Witness Appeal

Northamptonshire Police has issued the following appeal:

Burglary at Co-op in Woodford Halse – Appeal for Witnesses – April 24, 2018

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a supermarket in Woodford Halse, in the early hours of Tuesday, April 24.

The incident happened at about 3am at The Cooperative food store in Phipps Road. After gaining entry to the store by ramming the barrier and store window, the offenders removed the cash machine and loaded it into another vehicle before making off.

Photo: Thanks to Ryann Curtis

Officers are appealing for information and anyone who witnessed the burglary, or who may have seen any vehicles in the area prior to or following the incident, are asked to contact police.

Detectives are particularly keen to speak to the male driver of a small white van, with ladders on the roof, that was seen in the area Phipps Road at time of the incident. They are urging him to get in touch as he may be a potential witness.

Witnesses, or anyone with information, are asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Incident Number: 18000184146

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May 2018 WOW

The May 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 May 2018

Please note: The date for the May meeting of the Garden Club in the WOW is incorrect – the date is 14th May not May 7th (which is Bank Holiday). The Garden Club looks forward to seeing everyone there on the 14th for the talk from Brian Ellis from Avondale Nursery and to see what is available in the plant sale. All welcome. Any queries please contact Diane Kenny.

Deadline for copy for the next WOW is Wednesday 9th May.

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

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Rural Crime Survey

After this week’s events, I guess we’ll all have views…

Northants Police invite you to take part in a survey being carried out by the National Rural Crime Network .Inspector Alex Butterfield (National Police Chief Council – Wildlife Crime and Rural Affairs / North Yorkshire Police) has said “It is important that the Police understand the views and experiences of our rural communities when tackling rural crime.  Please compete the survey”.

You can learn more and complete the survey here on the NRCN web site.

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Parish Meeting

A Summary From The Signpost

At this year’s Parish Meeting on Tuesday April 24th 2018, the Parish Council and other groups provided reports on activities relating to the village over the last year.

(Note from the Signpost Editor: this is my personal report, attending as a member of the public. The official minutes of this meeting will be approved at next year’s Parish Meeting and will then be published here. Last year’s minutes are available at the bottom of this post.)

Chairman of the Parish Council, Kay Coles, started the meeting by publicly thanking PCSO Carl Barton for his help recently when her car was vandalised. The PCSO’s report pointed to a slight rise in reported crime in the village (up to 32 incidents from 27 the previous year, mostly relating to criminal damage) but still felt that overall crime levels were low for a village of our size. His activities are now paid for full time by the village and will include local speed prevention, support of the Neighbourhood Watch and Park Watch schemes as well as providing talks to the school and his more regular tasks of responding to local issues. He is moving from the Library to the Co-op for meeting sessions. Carl encouraged residents to sign up for the on-line Neighbourhood Alert service to get updates on crimes reported in the area.

The recently appointed head of Woodford Halse CE Primary School, Ed Newton, was pleased to report an increase of the numbers of pupils on roll, reversing previous trends with the school being almost at its capacity this year. SATS results are expected to improve this year, although there is till more to do. The almost £1M refurbishment project is almost complete with only a few outstanding snagging issues. The school is planning to bid for further funding for improvements in electrical and heating systems. Mr Newton thanked the village for their support during the recent schools cross country, when 800 pupils from 28 schools across the county took part.

For the Parish Council, Kay Coles, reported on the public meeting that led to the decision to fully fund the PCSO and that the football club was now running the pavilion and would soon have a lease formalising the arrangements. The Neighbourhood Development plan had been completed, approved by the Examiner and is to be the subject of a local referendum in May. A new footpath warden had been appointed. The damage to the Ryfields play area had been repaired at a cost of £3000, covered by the parish’s insurance. With regard to the recent announcement of a poll for parish councillors, only 10 candidates were nominated, so there was no election. Four vacancies remain on the Council, and members of the public interested in serving are asked to approach the Chairman or the Parish Clerk.

For the County Council, Robin Brown provided a detailed report regarding the situation at Northamptonshire County Council (published in full here). Under Government proposals the County and Districts will merge into two new, unitary authorities.

For the District Council, Liz Griffin advised that the planning application for the new Byfield Medical Centre had still not gone to the Council’s Planning Committee. Council tax had risen for a Band D property by £0.10 per week. A Settlements & Countryside Plan for the District (which will sit alongside the Woodford Neighborhood Plan) is in progress. New refuse collection arrangements commence in June. She pointed out that with the introduction of a unitary authority the role of the Parish Council becomes more significant and encouraged all residents to vote in the forthcoming election and the referendum on the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

As Chairman of the Woodland Management Committee, Paul Blackwell reported on a successful first full year of operation. Highlights included creating a ten year management plan for the woodland and commencing improvements in both safety and access. The Woodland had received considerable support including funding from the County Council (for safety barriers and signage) and the Central Government (covering the costs of the Management Plan), skills and effort from many local residents, from the Community Payback Team and from Cummins Diesel. He reiterated the intention for the Woodland to be run without placing a burden on local taxpayers, seeking grant funding and making management work self funding wherever possible.

Jim McDermott, the new Footpath Warden, provided his first annual report to Council. There were access and signposting issues with footpath FN2. On FN33 there is a need for sign and the landowner has agreed to install a post to carry one. FN24 continues to be very boggy in wet weather, without any real solution. Other paths are well marked and stiles in good condition. The only report of a dangerous stile turned out to relate to an adjacent parish.

Kay Coles reported on the Eleemosynary Charity. This was started during the Second World War to  help people in need of support but now supports local organisations.

Representatives of the Garden Club and the WI reported on their activity programmes and, encouragingly, healthy levels of membership and support.

The meeting approved the minutes of the previous meeting on 25th April last year, which are available here:-

2017 Annual Parish Meeting Minutes

 

 

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County Councillor’s Report

Robin Brown, the County Councillor elected to to represent the village, gave a report at yesterday’s Annual Parish Meeting.

He has asked that we publish it in full and we are happy to do so.

Here it is:- Councillor Brown’s Report to the Woodford cum Mebris Annual Parish Meeting 2018

 

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03/18 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 21 Mar 2018

 

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Co-op Re-opens After Raid

Last night, the Co-op Store on Phipps Road was ram-raided at 03.00 hours in the  morning. Police have appealed for witnesses and information. Call 101,  reference 18000184146. The store is now open again

Photo: Thanks to Ryann Curtis

As can be seen, considerable damage was done by the thieves but the Co-op has now re-opened and will be open until 10:00 tonight, open tomorrow as normal.

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A Timely Announcement

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting

A message from our PCSO, Carl Barton……

There will be a Neighbourhood Watch Meeting in the Fardon Rooms in Woodford Halse on Monday 14th May at 7.30pm. We are looking to expand the scheme in the village and are looking for more wardens.

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Save The Library Meeting

Save Woodford Halse Library.

There will be a meeting to discuss the future of our village library on the 9th May 2018 at 7.00 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Farndon room at the rear of the library.

This will give the opportunity to discuss developments and for all volunteers to attend to make a commitment to help the running of an independent library as we have to produce a business plan by 31st May 2018.

It is important that people respond to the consultation regarding children’s services which may support Rhyme Time.  We intend that this important service to the community should continue.

Also there is ongoing discussions regarding the running of a community cafe .

For further information contact padarbylibrary@gmail.com

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Farndon Road Water

Anglian Water advise that there have been water problems on the Farndon Road.

Details here.

Although the problem is now resolved, you may experience cloudy tap water when you next turn it on. This should resolve itself after a few minutes. If you are worried about this you can learn more here.

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Events Diary Updated

A few new dates for your diary…..

April 28th: Daventry & District Memory Cafe Coffee Morning at the Memorial Hall: 10:00am to 12:00am

May 19th: The School’s fete with stalls, games, food, drinks and music in the school hall and playground with proceeds going to the school fsa and pool fund.

June 8th – 10th: Woodford Festival. The Woodford Halse Sports and Community Club’s event spread over three days at the SARA Field with camping, live bands and a whole raft of family activities.

Keep up to date with all these and more on our Events  page.

 

 

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A361 Works

Or Not As The Case May Be….

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

This will involve two way traffic lights.

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

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

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Church Diary Updated

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

Details Here: Church Diary

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Neighbourhood Plan

Don’t Forget the Referendum

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

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

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

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

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Bins Alert!

New Recycling Bins to be Delivered By 31st May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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History Society Page

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

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

 

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04/21 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Police Appeal

Woodford Halse Vehicle Crime 18000161996

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

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

Did you witness anything?

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

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

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

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Brownies Need Help!

Woodford Halse Brownies are recruiting helpers!

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

Please email for more info: Woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com

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Ryfields Play Area

A bit of good news!

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

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

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Woodland Work Update

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

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

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Funding Fair

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

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

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

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

You can find more details in this flyer.

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

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Paint N Powder

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

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

Paint N Powder Services Limited

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


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

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

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

Please contact us now for a quotation on 01327 312322

Paint N Powder Services Limited

Catesby Road

Staverton

Northamptonshire

NN11 6JP

www.pnps.co.uk/

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Parish Meeting

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

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

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

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

2018 Parish Meeting Agenda

All are invited to attend.

 

 

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M40 / A361 Junction

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

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

Read the Wardington.net article here.

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

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PCSO News

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

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

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

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

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Village Trees

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

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

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

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Police Alerts

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

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

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

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

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Eydon to Culworth

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

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

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Woodland Warning

Don’t Forget The Work In The Woodland

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

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

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

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

The work is being done under a license provided by the Forestry Commission. For information a copy of the license is available here: Great Central Woodland Felling License.  It refers to “Part 1” this can be found in the Management Plan available here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Village News Page

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday WOW Deadline

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

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

The April WOW is available here.

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Parish Election

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

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

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

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Park Watch for Ryefield

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

PARKWATCH SCHEME

WHAT THE SCHEME DOES

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

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

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

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

AIMS

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

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

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

Other Useful Ryfield Contact Numbers

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

Neighbourhood Wardens

Pat Knight 07854430247

Iain Osbourne 07934464503

Graffiti Removal 01604 838281 streetcare@northampton.gov.uk

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

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

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

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

PARKWATCH Members Hotline 01604 432436

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

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Keep Safe Northamptonshire

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

LDPB Logo

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

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

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


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

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

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Byfield Medical Centre Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Children’s Centres Consultation

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

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

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

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

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

“Please visit our web site for further information.”

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

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

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Brownies & Guides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Local Police Priorities

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

SPEEDING

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

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

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

 

ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR (ASB)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You said – ASB youth problems on Daventry Town centre

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

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

 

POLICE PRESENCE

You said – more presence in rural and town areas

We did

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

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

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Big Breakfast

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

Big Breakfast will start again in October.

Details here:- Byfield Big Breakfast

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10/04/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 10/04/18

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

Discussion points include:-

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

From Its Holidays!

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

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

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Gusher Covers Schools X-Country

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

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

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April 2018 WOW

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

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

Here is the electronic version: WOW April 2018

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

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Local Election Timetable

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

Publication of Notice of Election

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Receipt of Nominations

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Withdrawal of Candidate

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Appointment of Election Agents

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Publication of Notice of Election Agents

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated

4:00 pm Monday 9 April 2018

Last Date for Registration

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Receipt of Postal Vote Applications

5:00 pm Wednesday 18 April 2018

Publication of Notice of Poll

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications

5:00 pm Wednesday 25 April 2018

Appointment of Poll and Count Agents

Thursday 26 April 2018

First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers

Friday 27 April 2018

Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications

5:00 pm Thursday 3 May 2018

Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers

5:00 pm Thursday 3 May 2018

Day of Poll

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

Return of Election Expenses

Thursday 7 June 2018

 

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02/18 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 21 Feb 2018

 

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Election & Referendum Notices

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

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

District Council Election May 3rd 2018

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Parish Council Election May 3rd 2018

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Church Diary

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

Find it here.

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Referendum Question

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

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

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

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

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

What happens next?       

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

Campaigning On The Neighbourhood Plan.

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

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

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

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Woodland Warning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Please Leave The Planings

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

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

At least one of the piles has mysteriously shrunk.

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

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Plan Referendum & The Signpost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Editor Guide Updated

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

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

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

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02/18 Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 13th February 2018 Parish Council meeting. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

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

This meeting included:-

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

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

 

 

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Litter Pick – New Date

Woodford Halse Spring Clean & Litter Pick

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

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

Woodford Halse Sport & Community Club

For further information contact: Iain Osborne on 07934 464053.

LET’S MAKE WOODFORD

WONDERFUL AGAIN

 

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Local MP Meeting

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

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

No need for appointments. Just pop in.

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03/21 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Join Your Parish Council!

3 May 2018 Parish Council Election

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

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

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

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

If you are interested :-

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

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

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

 

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DDC Landlord’s Forum

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

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

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

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

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

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Northants Finances Report

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

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

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

 

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Weekend Weather Warning

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

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

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

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

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

Vote On Your Neighbourhood Plan – 3rd May

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

  1. The Plan Helps Control Local Development.

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

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

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

You can read the plan here.

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

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A361 Roadworks

Possible Delays: March 16th to 20th

More roadworks newsroadworks.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Rhyme Time

Rhyme Time IS STILL RUNNING despite the reduced library hours!

 

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More on The Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DDC On Recycling Changes

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

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

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

Gearing up for major bin collection changes this summer

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

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

From June 2018 households in Daventry District will receive:

  • 1 weekly food waste collection

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

  • 3 weekly general waste black bin collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New wheelie bin to improve recycling collections

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

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

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

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

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

New Recycling Service – FAQs

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

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

Can I still recycle the same things?

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

Can I still use my red and blue recycling boxes?

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

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

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

Home composting offer exclusive to Daventry District residents

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

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

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

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

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

Why compost?

• It’s easy to make and easy to use.

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

• Improves soil structure, PH balance and moisture

• Helps your plants grow

• Reduces carbon emissions and the need for polluting bonfires

• Lessens organic waste from landfill and reduces refuse collection costs

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

Daventry Norse environmental services

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

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

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

  • Waste and recycling collections for households and businesses

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

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

  • Clearing fly-tipping and removing graffiti in public areas

  • Maintaining Daventry Country Park

  • Operating Daventry Market and public toilets in Daventry town centre

  • Preparing burial plots.

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

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

About Norse Commercial Services

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

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

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

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

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

Annual charge for garden waste collections this summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Garden Waste Service – FAQs

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

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

How and when do I sign up?

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

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

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

I don’t want the service.

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

 

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

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

How will you know I have joined the service?

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

Can I share a bin with a neighbour?

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

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WOW Deadline Looms

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

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

The March WOW is available here.

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Woodford Interiors

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

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

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

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Saturday’s Fun Fund Raiser

Don’t forget the Air Ambulance fundraiser.

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

Some great raffle prizes including

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

Tickets are only available at the event!

Stalls include ….

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

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

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

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13/03/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 13/03/18

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

Discussion points include:-

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

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

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

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

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

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Recycling Changes

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

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

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

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

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Winter Woodland

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

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Support The Air Ambulance – New Date

Saturday Fundraiser – Note New Date!

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

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

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

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Latest Snow Warnings

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

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

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

 

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Library Hours Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thanks To Cummins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Snow Warning – Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Street Party Ahead..

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

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

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01/18 Council Minutes

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

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

This meeting included:-

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

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

 

 

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Church Diary – March

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

Church Diary

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

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01/18 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 24 Jan 2018

 

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Business Directory Update

We’ve updated the directory of local businesses.

We’ve added:-

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

We’ve updated:-

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

 

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More Easter Fun

Woodford’s Got Two Egg Hunts This Year!

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

12.00 – 4.00

PROCEEDS TO THE SCHOOL FSA

Start & Finish at Woodford Halse Academy.

Find the eggs, win a prize!

Sponsored by:

  • B&M landscapes;
  • Creative Honour Boards;
  • Cherwell Financial Services
  • Rural Advertiser
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March 2018 WOW

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

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

Here is the electronic version: WOW March 2018

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

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Charity Fun Run

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

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

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

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

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

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Anti-Fraud Hint #88

Dodgy Fish Alert

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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Garden Club AGM

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02/21 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Catesby Tunnel Project

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

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

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

 

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Village Spring Clean

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

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

Rubbish from the 2017 Clean Up!

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

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

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

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Play Area Update

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

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

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

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Plan Examination Completed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13/02/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 13/02/18

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

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

Discussion points include:-

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

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

Details on Roadworks.org,

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

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Play Area Problems

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

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

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

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

 

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Easter Egg Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WOW Deadline Soon

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

Friday 9th February

Items for inclusion can be sent as follows:-

Email to wow.woodford@gmail.com

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

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Garden Club 2018

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

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

Download their programme here:- WHGC 2018 Programme

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

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3D Canons Ashby

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

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

Canons Ashby – the home of the Dryden family.

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

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

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

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Water Warning

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

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

Link to their posting: Leak Investigation at Quinton Lane

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Advice Volunteers Needed

Open Afternoon at Citizens Advice Daventry and District

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Junior Cricket

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

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

They are looking for new players!

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

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

All details will be announced soon!

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

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Got Your WOW?

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

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

Here are two things you should do:-

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

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

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

Menu:

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

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

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Woodland Drone

Want to see how the woodland looks from above?

Have a look on this video….

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

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Church Diary Update

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

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February 2018 WOW!

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

Here is the electronic version: WOW February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11/17 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 16 Nov 2017

 

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Bins & Parking Please!

A note from the Parish Council…

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

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

Thank you for your co-operation.

Woodford cum Membris Parish Council

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A361 Closed 25/01

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

Details on Roadworks.org,

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

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12/17 Council Minutes

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

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

This meeting included:-

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

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

 

 

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New Alert Service

From Northamptonshire Police.

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

 

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Puzzle Club

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

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

All ages welcome, any unwanted puzzles gratefully received.

Puzzle Club

More info: contact June Irani

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Village Plan Examination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Web Site Report

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

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

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

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

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Classical Music?

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

It’s an amateur orchestra that produces professional performances!

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

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

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

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Byfield Tennis

COACHING AT BYFIELD TENNIS CLUB 2018

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

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

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

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

Existing player?

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

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Found Dog…

Shared here for anyone that isn’t on Facebook.

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

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Apologies …

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

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01/17 Yoga Meeting

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

Details below….

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01/24 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

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Quiz Night

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

Tickets will be available soon.

Doors open at 7pm

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

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

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

FINAL DETAILS TBC SOON!

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Tea Party

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

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Free Money

For Local Groups

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

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

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

 

 

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Library Consultation Closing

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

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

NCC Consultation on Libraries

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

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Council Meeting Feedback

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

Free Chips

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

Don’t Use The Skip

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

Village Clean Up

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

Car Park Care

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

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Over 55?

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

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

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

To book a place contact Irene on 01327 260149.

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Church Diary Updated

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

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09/01/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 09/01/18

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

Discussion points include:-

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

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

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

2. Providing a page on local roadworks

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

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

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

The page can be accessed via the