Dog Control

A request from the Parish Council……

If you are walking your dog near the allotments, please make sure they aren’t allowed to run loose. Some allotment holders have complained of dog mess on their plants. It may be dogs running loose in the riverside woodland, jumping the Cherwell as the river is low at present.

Please keep dogs under control near the allotments.

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04/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 24th April 2019 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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Help Needed!

Work is now nearly finished on the Memorial Glade in the woodland, a space for quiet reflection and to memorialise local residents and others with a connection with Woodford.

Memorial StoneThe Memorial Stone is intended to carry plaques to list those remembered. We think we need a metal plate about 2 feet x 3 feet for the face of the stone that will carry the plaques and an engraved message but no-one in the current team has the skills, tools or materials to create this.

If you think that you could help, please contact Peter Deverill who is co-ordinating the work on the Memorial Glade. You can get him on 01327 263537 or by email at peterdeverill@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

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Sorry for the Noise!

Apologies to anyone that is disturbed by the work going on in the woodland this week, especially folks in Sidney Road, Cherwell Terrace and Bankside.

We are using a motorised chipping machine to grind up some of the small branches left over from the felling. This will help to tidy up and to improve the surface on the long path running from the Memorial Glade in the south to the Byfield Road in the north.

Chipper in the Woodland with VolunteersThe chipping is going on over three days – today, Tuesday & Wednesday. Village volunteers and staff from Cummins are helping. Work will be between 10:00am and 3:30pm each day. The chipper will move along the path as the work is done, so we hope that the noise will not be too much of a problem in any one place.

The people working on the chipping machine are briefed on safety and keep a watch for walkers and dogs but please, if you are using the path, keep an ear out for us and watch out.

 

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Livestock & Dogs

Northants Police provided the following guidelines on the importance of controlling dogs around livestock at this time of year. We posted our own warning a while back but here is the advice from Northants Constabulary:-

Lambing Is Underway

Northamptonshire Police LogoWith the lambing season now underway, dog owners are being reminded to keep their pets on a lead near livestock to help stop animals being hurt or killed.

Livestock worrying is the term used when a dog is loose around farm animals on agricultural land and acts in a way which could cause injury or suffering, such as alarming, chasing or attacking them.

It is a criminal offence, and under the law, a dog worrying livestock can be shot and killed. Owners are responsible for keeping their dog under control, or can face a fine of up to £1,000. In 2018, Northamptonshire Police received at least 30 reports of livestock worrying, including instances of sheep found dead or injured.

PC Abbey Anstead, wildlife and rural crime officer with Northamptonshire Police, said: “Every year the force receives reports of livestock, especially sheep and lambs, being killed or injured by dogs, and a farmer whose animals are at risk of harm is within their rights to shoot the dog responsible.

“Whether farmer or pet owner, the death of an animal is devastating, but all of this is completely avoidable if people walking dogs keep them on a lead and under control around farm animals.

“This simple measure is part of responsible dog ownership, helps to protect pets and livestock alike, and means everyone can enjoy the countryside safely.”

She added that incidents of livestock worrying should be reported to police on the non-emergency 101 number. If a dog is in the process of worrying livestock and cannot be stopped, dial 999. 

Anyone who shoots a dog to prevent livestock worrying must notify police within 48 hours.

Livestock Worrying – Facts

lamb, not yet worriedAnimals classed as livestock include sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, mules and poultry, including chicken, turkeys, geese and ducks.

Agricultural land includes land used as arable, meadow or grazing land, for poultry farming, pig farming and market gardens, as well as allotments, nursery grounds and orchards.

Tips for safe and responsible dog walking around livestock:-

  • Keep dogs on a lead and under control when walking through fields of livestock
  • Always stick to public rights of way and leave all gates as you found them
  • If you live beside land where livestock is grazed ensure you know where your dog is at all times, and keep your property secure so your dog cannot escape
  • Cows can be curious and may follow walkers. If this happens, keep facing the animal and move calmly and slowly, don’t turn your back to it or run
  • Steer well clear of young animals and do not try to pet them. Cows with calves will be protective and may become aggressive
  • If you feel threatened by cattle when with a dog, let go of the lead so you and the dog can get to safety separately
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Euro Elections

We are required to post notice of the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament:-

Notice of Election 23rd May 2019

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Red Road Closure

The temporary closure order on the Red Road that has been in place to allow works to be carried out on the Grants Hill Way development has been extended.

The details can be found in this update to the closure order:-

Temporary Closure : Red Road

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Red Road….

Some folk have expressed concern about work going on along the Red Road.

Kay Coles, Chair of the Parish Council, advises that this is to do with the work on the development of 37 houses either side of the Red Road. The road itself will be unaffected by this development.

Here is a plan of how the development will reinstate the route. This was part of the planning application on the Daventry District Council planning web site where you should look for up to date information against reference number: DA/2018/0370

A Temporary Closure Order was in place which allows the road to be closed up until the end of March 2019. Since the work has not been completed, the developers are required to apply to the Secretary of State for Transport for an extension. (Details of Temporary Road Closures and the related procedures can be found on the Northants County Council web site.

A copy of the closure order (as updated 28th February 2019) and a map showing alternative routes can be downloaded here.

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Grant Funds Available

£250k Available To Local Communities

Northamptonshire Police LogoA new range of grants is now available and open for applications through the office of Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold.

This year, three different funds are available.

The three funds  will give a wider range of community groups, charities and other voluntary organisations options to seek funding.

More than £250,000 is being made available.

Three Funds Available

The Making Northamptonshire Safer Fund (total of £100,000) provides grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to groups carrying out projects that support the aims of the Police and Crime Plan: early intervention and preventing crime; enforcing robustly to fight crime and protect people; putting victims at the heart of justice and reducing re-offending.

The Northamptonshire Road Safety Community Fund (total of £150,000) is supported by the Safer Roads Alliance and gives grants of between £500 and £5,000 for initiatives that support the Northamptonshire Strategic Road Safety Plan: speed reduction; anti-social road use; distraction driving; drink or drug driving; road victims and their families; use of seatbelts; child restraints and seats; educational initiatives leading to positive behaviour change.

The Tackling Hate Crime Fund (total of £11,000) is provided by the Northamptonshire Hate Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group and is open for bids of between £1,000 and £11,000 for initiatives that will: support victims of hate crime or hate incidents; support confidence in reporting; support work with offenders to successfully change behaviour.

How To Apply

Applications from groups across Northamptonshire are now invited for all three funds, and the current round closes on May 31.

Further details and application packs are available at www.northantspcc.org.uk/community-grants

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2019 Annual Parish Meeting

This year’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Tuesday 23 April 2019 in the Memorial Hall, at 19.00hrs.

The meeting is for the Council (and other local groups) to report back to the electorate on what has been achieved in the previous year. It is separate from Parish Council meetings.

Please see below for the Agenda.

Annual Parish Meeting 2019

Local clubs and groups are also invited to present. If your group would like to be represented please contact the Chairman, Kay Coles [01327 438236] or the Clerk by 20 April 2017.

A summary of last year’s meeting is available here:-

Annual Parish Meeting 2018 Report

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New Events!

We’ve added three new events to the list here on the Village Signpost.

Woodford C of E Primary School

Fun Run

On the Sunday 28th April 2019 Friends of Woodford School Academy will be hosting a fun run at Woodford Halse Football Club.

There will be a Kids, 3k and 5k run and entry to each run will be £3.

The theme for the run will be ‘Bright and Colourful’ so put on your best and brightest running clothes for the day!

Race times:

2:00pm  –   3k and 5k
3:00pm  –   Kids race
3.30pm  –   Winners presentation

There will also be a raffle, tombola, face painting, bouncy castle, BBQ and disco.

Woodford School Summer Fete

This will be at the school on Saturday 15th June 12-4pm and everyone is welcome to attend!

Woodford School Christmas Fayre

This will take place on Saturday 30th November at the Social Club. Timings are likely to be the same, but will be confirmed closer to the time!

Friends of the School LogoThese events are organised by the Friends of Woodford Halse CofE School Academy. Find out more on their Facebook page.

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Summer Festival

More details on the Summer Festival. Football Club. 7th – 9th June 2019

Keep up to date with the latest news on their Facebook page: 2019 WHSACC Summer Festival.

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Methodist Church Services

Hinton Methodist Chapel

Thanks to Julie Swann, we’ve added dates for all the forthcoming Methodist Church services up until June 1st.

Now on the Church Diary Page.

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Flower Arranging Session

In the Village Centre (Farndon Room) 18th April 2019 : 10am to 12 noon

FLOWER ARRANGING WITH JANET COOPER

Last month, with Janet’s help, the group produced these striking arrangements.

Janet has agreed to hold another practical demonstration – this time looking at arrangements for Easter. Please come along and join in. The group are beginners – no experience necessary!

All flowers, foliage and materials will be provided at a charge of not more than £10.

Booking essential. See Diane in the Café or telephone Jean on 07471 204683 to book.

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Regatta 28th June

It’s the fun-for-everyone event of the year: Woodford’s very own regatta and street fayre: 28th June 2019. But “Stop!” you say “How can Woodford have a Regatta on that little stream, the Cherwell?”

Well, look here for pictures from 2016 and 2017

 

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09/04/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 09/04/19 

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

Points to be covered include:-

  • An annual report from our County Councillor.
  • Reports from Estate Committee, Police & Woodland.
  • Appointments to the Estates Committee & new Chairman
  • Proposed expenditure including clearing the culvert beneath the embankment, maintenance requirements on village halls, gas & electricity requirements, further improvements in the woodland
  • Planning applications, 3 Byfield Road; 31 Nelson Avenue; the Old Barn, School Street

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

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Signpost Spoofed?

Please watch out for any emails purporting to come from the address:-

admin2@woodford-halse-villagesignpost.co.uk

This email address does not exist and the mail does not come from the Signpost (email notifications from the Signpost are sent from donotreply@wordpress.com and communications from the editor are sent out from the editor’s gmail account).

The email asks you to click on a Dropbox link. This may allow a virus to infect your computer.

Many thanks to June Irani for bringing this to our attention. If you receive one of these emails please inform us: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

 

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Police Alert

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding criminal damage to a Horse Box, nothing taken but damage caused, Grants Hill Way, Woodford Halse

This happened on Saturday 30th March 2019 between 6pm-11pm

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?

Any CCTV?

Call 101 Ref: 19000164159

In an emergency, when there is a crime in progress or a life at risk, always call 999.

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit www.northants.police.uk

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering Daventry Town and surrounding villages they can be contacted on the following email:

NeighbourhoodTeamDaventry@northants.police.uk

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2019 April Big Breakfast

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 6th April.

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.

Meat is supplied by Marriotts of Woodford and eggs by Sky Lark Fields Farm, Staverton

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

This is the final date for the Spring 2019 season. Let’s hope they are back later in the year!

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Messy Church on 7th April

Hinton Methodist Church is holding another “messy church” on Sunday 7th April between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Come along and have some fun!

Follow their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/HintonMethodist/

 

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Lunch Next Sunday?

The Old School Cafe will be doing a Sunday roast again on 7th April.

Details below but remember, booking is essential.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #91

Fake Virgin Media Email Scams

The following fraud alert has been passed on by Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert…..

 

What you need to do

Action Fraud (NFIB)Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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Correction

One of the Easter Sunday (April 21st) services was missed off yesterday’s update on the Church News page.

There is an 11:00am Parish Communion service at Byfield.

The page has now been corrected.

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Fix My Street

Northants County Council have launched a new on-line page where you can report problems such as pot-holes, street lighting, pavements, and a whole series of others.

You can also check on problems in your area to see if they have already been reported and see any updates on progress with fixing the problem.

Street light problems in the village (which are owned and maintained by the Parish Council) should still be reported to the Parish Council, which can be done by email giving the street light number from the post and its location, to the Parish Clerk: parishclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

The new page is available here:-

https://fixmystreet.northamptonshire.gov.uk/

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Church Diary Updated

We’ve added details of local church services for April to the Church Diary page.

This includes the services for Easter Sunday (April 21st).

Thanks to Pam Hicks for keeping us updated.

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Alpha Course

The Alpha Course is an opportunity to explore life and faith in a relaxed environment.

There is no pressure, no charge and no follow-up. It consists of 10 weeknight sessions, on Tuesday evenings starting on 2nd April and a one-day session on Saturday 18 May. The sessions will take place at ‘The Nest’ in Woodford Halse.

For more information see: https://alpha.org/about . To book or to make further enquiries please get in touch on 01327 264927 or email geoff@ccvp.co.uk.

Revd. Geoff Moore.

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Woodlands – Can You Help?

On 15th, 16th, 17th April we will have a machine available to to start to create woodchip pathways from some of the fallen branches resulting from the thinning work in the Woods.

We need some volunteers to help with collecting up branches and feeding them into the chipper and with wheel-barrowing and spreading chippings on paths to help improve the surfaces.

We are particularly looking for help in two hour sessions in the afternoon of Monday 15th and Wednesday 16th and in both morning and afternoon on Tuesday 16th.

If you can help, or for more information, please contact Ruth Curzon by phone on 07855040710 or by email: volunteers@greatcentralwoodland.org.

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02/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 27th February 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 27th February 2019

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

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 24th April 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

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Buzzard Release at The Football Pitch

Last Saturday, a buzzard that had suffered a broken wing was brought back to Woodford’s football pitch for release.

Ian Dobson, the village Wildlife Warden, had taken the bird to the Nutkin Ward at Middleton Cheney, who specialise in treating injured wildlife.

Here’s a video by local video-blogger Byron Potter with the bird’s release (at about 10 minutes in). Ian’s the guy referred to as “Uncle Sid” in the video.

You can follow the terrific work Nutkin Ward do at their Facebook page.

You can find more Byron Potter videos on his YouTube Channel.

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Fire & Police “Youth Commission” Wants Members

Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold is setting up a youth commission to involve young people in decisions about policing, the fire service and criminal justice in Northamptonshire.
 
Young people aged between 14 and 19 – or 24 if they have additional needs – are invited to join the Commission, where they can make sure their voices, and the voices of other young people, are heard by decision-makers.
 
The Youth Commission provides a platform for young people to get involved and express their views on a range of police, crime and fire issues affecting our communities. This is an important role, as it will help the Commissioner to understand the needs of local young people and to make better informed decisions.
 
The Commission will have 30 members who will be able to lead discussions and to develop and run campaigns that will inform and engage other young people on issues that are important to them.
 
People who take part will need to be confident, commit to one session a month and keen to get involved and represent their peers.  In return, they will be able to develop their skills, gain experience and have the opportunity to help shape important decisions.
 
Now extended to the 5th of April.  To apply, visit  https://www.northantspcc.org.uk/northamptonshire-youth-commission/

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Easter Pace-Setters

PaceSetters are running a Easter Holiday Club at Woodford’s school.

This is open for any child from Reception Year to Year 7 to come and join in. You don’t have to attend Woodford primary school to be able to take part, this is open to everyone.

Please see flyers below for more details, prices and on how to book on to this action packed, fun filled holiday club. Or check out www.pacesettersports.co.uk/easter2018.

 

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April 2019 WOW

The April 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter is being delivered.

Here is the electronic version:

WOW April 2019.

If you do not receive yours by the end of the week please let us know here: – woweditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for May 2019 – is Friday 12th April.

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

WOW back-numbers can be found here: The Signpost’s WOW page

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Daventry Care & Repair Grants

The new financial year is fast approaching and Daventry District Council has grants available to help and support local residents to adapt and improve their homes.

Care & Repair Daventry District is dedicated to helping older people, people with disabilities, children and vulnerable people to live in safety and with dignity in the comfort of their own homes.

All grants have to be fully spent by March 2020 before DDC heads into its new unitary status.

You can find out more, see if you could be eligible and learn how to apply on the Care & Repair web site:-

 

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03/19 Woods Committee Agenda

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

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019 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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Library Volunteers Meeting

There will be a meeting for all library volunteers in the library on Saturday 6th April from 10.30 to 12.30. Training will be provided by Stacey Matthews.

Please confirm your attendance via email to Patricia Darby on her Parish Council email address or to padarbylibrary@gmail.com

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26/03 Estates Committee Agenda

The Estates Committee manages issues relating to the various halls and other property that are owned by the Council.

The next meeting of this committee, will take place on 26th March at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room (back of the Library).

The agenda is as set out in this document.

Things to be covered at this meeting include health & safety issues and structural surveys.

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

Estates Committee meeting agendas and minutes can be found under the Parish Council menu above or via this link.

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Hall Bookings

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that Beverley Blackwell has taken over the role as booking clerk for the various parish venues, such as the Memorial Hall.

You can check venue availability and book on-line using this page here but, if you need help, you can contact Beverley by email on bookingclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org or by phone on 07579 050003.

We have also updated the Who Does What? page and added Beverley’s contact details to the Hall Hire Terms & Conditions.  Please download the new version.

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02/19 Parish Council Minutes

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

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 12th February 2019

The February meeting included:-

  • Updates on policing and parking proposals
  • Library Update
  • Station Bridge tree-felling (work now completed)
  • Setting the budget & precept (i.e. council tax component for the parish) for 2019-20
  • Estates & Woodland Committee reports.
  • Adoption of a health & safety policy in respect of the parish venues, new venue hire rates and booking agreements and hire conditions (these are attached as annexes to the minutes but links to these are provided on the Hall Bookings page). The Health & Safety procedure is also included on the Parish Standard Documents page.

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

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

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New Parish Councillors

We are please to announce that there are three new Parish Councillors, filling the vacancies advertised here and in the WOW.

The three new Councillors are:-

Robyn Davison (Scrivens Hill)

Phil Jones (Quinton Lane)

James Rose (Scrivens Hill)

Contact details are included on the Parish Council Members page.

Phillip Jones is taking the lead for the Council on planning matters and is a member of the Estates Committee. Details of each councillor’s specialist activities appears on the Who Does What? page.

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A361 Closure : Buses

Update on Stagecoach 200 Bus Service During the Byfield Roadworks.

(Thanks to Stephanie Bosworth on Facebook for sharing this….)

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IT Drop In-4

Free Help With Your Laptop. Tablet or Phone

21st March, 2pm to 4pm, Farndon Room

(It’s next to the old school Café – So you can enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in the café as well)

The next IT Drop-In session will be on Thursday 21st March.

This is a free, informal session for those who would like a bit of support with IT.

If you:-

  • Want to make more use of the Internet
  • Want to find out how to search for information
  • Have problems with any settings or programs on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone
  • Would like to join Social Media sites like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter etc
  • Would like to send emails and talk to friends and relatives online
  • Need to find out more about keeping safe on the Internet
  • Would like to learn more about Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Wendy Francis, a local IT consultant and qualified English teacher and IT trainer, will be available to help you get more from your Android phone, or Windows laptop or tablet.   Bring your device with you.

Or if you just want some advice, come along and talk through what you are having problems with.

To book a slot – call the Hall Booking Clerk on 07471 204683.

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A361 Closure : Dolls Hill

Byfield : 15th March – 18th March

Northamptonshire Highways have given us more information on access arrangements at the bottom of Dolls Hill during the closure of the A361.

The closure will run from the 15th to the 18th March and the A361 road will be closed on a 24 hours per day basis.

Access to the A361 from Dolls Hill (Woodford Road) will be affected.

Northamptonshire Highways have added the following details: “There will be access to Boddington Road and Woodford Road during Friday night but during both Saturday day and night, the closure will go as far as the Woodford Road junction on to the roundabout and during Sunday day and night, both of the double roundabouts will be closed.”

Details are provided in this letter which shows the relevant diversions on the A361.

You can keep in touch with these works here: https://roadworks.org/?112031484

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A361 Closure : Update

Byfield : 15th March – 18th March

Following on from our earlier post, we have had an update regarding the road closure on the A361.

Northants County Council has confirmed that the road will be closed through Byfield (and not as previously said north of the village), from the Twistle to Charwelton Road.

The closure will run from the 15th to the 18th March and the road will be closed on a 24 hours per day basis.

Access to the A361 from Dolls Hill (Woodford Road) will be affected. Northamptonshire Highways have added the following details: “There will be access to Boddington Road and Woodford Road during Friday night but during both Saturday day and night, the closure will go as far as the Woodford Road junction on to the roundabout and during Sunday day and night, both of the double roundabouts will be closed. ”

Details are provided in this letter which shows the relevant diversions on the A361.

You can keep in touch with these works here: https://roadworks.org/?112031484

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Barn Dance 15/03

Back By Popular Demand – Bigger Venue!

Hinton Methodist Church is holding a barn dance in the School Academy Hall on Friday 15th March at 7:00pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £5 for children aged 5 years and over and includes a baked potato supper with dessert.

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

Further info from  Cate Vokes by phone on 01327 263627.

Tickets available from Janet at Village Meats.

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British Legion Services

The Royal British Legion supports serving and previous members of Britain’s armed forces.

They provide a wide range of services to help support those that serve, their dependants and their carers.

To find out more download this guide to how the British Legion can help. And there’s more on armed services personnel support groups here.

Or you can drop in for a chat in Daventry, every fourth Wednesday of the month. Find out more here.

Daventry District Council is also working with the Daventry District Welfare Foundation New Street Café, Daventry Royal British Legion and Daventry Town Council to support Armed Forces Day and to launch a Veterans Breakfast on Wednesday 24th April 2019, further information will follow.

And you can learn about your local branch; based in Byfield, it covers Woodford Halse and the surrounding are.

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Worried Sheep

A Message from the Parish Council.

On Farmland Please Keep Your Dogs on a Lead and Away from Sheep.

There have been instances of dogs worrying sheep after being let off leads on farm land around Woodford.

In one case this was on land where the farmer had posted notices specifically asking for dogs to be kept under control.

This is a particular concern for farmers at the moment when sheep are in lamb and young lambs are in the fields too.

Dog owners are liable for for any injuries caused by their animals.

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Love Your Village

Grand Village Litter Pick

Help Get The Village Looking Smart For Spring.

Saturday 9th March :10:00am to 12:00am

Meet At The Dryden Hall Car Park

We need your help! The Parish Council and local Scouting Group are organising a litter pick.

We’d like everyone in the village to take part and help make Woodford spic and span!

PLUS:- Old School Cafe is offering free tea and coffee to pickers when they finish!

 

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Polling Places Consultation

Daventry District Council is reviewing the polling districts, places and stations within the district.

This document provides details of the review which will take place between 8th March 2019 and no later than 9th August 2019.

Electors needs to make comments before 12th April 2019.

You can learn more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/pollingplaces.

You can take part in the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YRSLYMB

 

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DDC & Dog Fouling

Daventry’s dog warden flagged dozens of piles of dog poo along Grants Hill Way in Woodford Halse to highlight the extent of the fouling in this area.

There is both a dog bin and a litter bin nearby, so the culprit(s) have no excuse and are spoiling a popular path which provides the vast majority of responsible dog walkers access to the countryside.

DDC officers will continue their patrols in this area but we would also ask people to report any dog fouling they witness so we can identify a culprit. A description of the person, their dog, and details of any vehicle they may use would really help us.

Remember dog fouling can be reported to us online at https://selfserve.daventrydc.gov.uk/forms/DogFouling.aspx

Thank you for your support

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12/03/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 12/03/19

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

This is another long agenda but points to be covered include:-

  • Filling two vacancies on the Council and appointment of an Admin Officer.
  • Planning applications, 36 Farndon Road; Grants Hill Way; Beanhill Farm.
  • Reports from Estate Committee, Police & Woodland.
  • Response to Dryden Hall parking scheme.

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

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What Out For Sheep Crooks

Northamptonshire Police is urging rural communities to look out for and report any suspicious activity after sheep were illegally butchered near Daventry.

On February 28 officers were called to an incident in Whilton, where five sheep were found to have been killed and professionally butchered in their field.

Neighbouring police forces in Warwickshire and Leicestershire have recently had similar reports.

Northamptonshire Police is urging people who live and work in rural locations to keep an eye out for anything suspicious and report it.

PC Abbey Anstead said: “To find animals have been killed and butchered like this is not only very upsetting but also has financial repercussions for farmers.

“If you see something that strikes you as unusual, out of the ordinary or just a bit ‘off’ please let us know by calling 101 or making a report online.

“Please don’t worry that it’s a silly or trivial detail, as even a small piece of information may be a vital key that allows us to link other reports and bring those responsible for illegal activity to book.

“We also want farmers to be aware that this has been happening.  If you suspect someone has attempted to target your animals, or find that you’ve lost livestock in this way, please report it to the police immediately.”

Suspicious activity and non-emergency crime can be reported to Northamptonshire Police on 101 or online at www.northants.police.uk/reportonline. In an emergency, always call 999.

Information can also be shared anonymously via Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.

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Thanks to all!

 

Thanks to everyone yesterday for slowing down while we were dealing with dangerous trees on the bank by the railway bridge over Station Road.

 

We are trying to keep the delays and the mess to a minimum but these trees were not only in danger of falling, they could damage the bridge as well.

 

There’s more work going on over the next day or so. Please accept our apologies and slow down approaching the bridge.

 

 

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01/19 Estates Committee Minutes

The Parish Council recently decided to establish an Estates Committee to manage issues relating to the various halls and other property that are owned by the Council.

Minutes of the meetings of this committee are approved at the next meeting and are then published here. As a result, minutes are always published at least a month after the meeting concerned.

The minutes for the January meeting, as approved at the February meeting, are available in this document.

These meeting are open to the public. Anyone may attend.

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

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New Councillor

Parish Council has co-opted a new member.

Philip Jones has joined the Council.

You can find Philip’s contact details (and all other councillors) on the Council Members page.

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01/19 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 8th January. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 8th January 2019

The January meeting included:-

  • Council vacancies
  • Signpost Web Site Report (already published here)
  • Updates on policing and parking proposals
  • Setting the budget & precept (i.e. council tax component for the parish) for 2019-20
  • Flood warden report

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

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

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01/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 23rd January 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 23rd January 2019

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

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 27th March 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

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A361 Closure

Byfield : 4th March – 22nd March

Roadworks.org advises that Northants County Council will be closing the A361 for road works at various times between the Charwelton Parish Boundary and Church Street Byfield (i.e. between Byfield & Daventry) during the 4th to 22nd March, 2019. There are no details yet of exactly where and for how long these closures will take place.

You can keep in touch with these works here: https://roadworks.org/?112031484

Please note: the pin on the Roadworks.org is in the wrong place for where they say the works will be.

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MOMO : Advice for parents

Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert has provided this advice for parents about the “MOMO Challenge”.

Let’s all help to make sure kids aren’t upset by this sick meme…

The Momo challenge is the latest in a series of online challenges that emerge and cause enormous concern. Sometimes the challenges are more myth than reality but that doesn’t reduce the worry.

What is the Momo Challenge?

The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body — was, in fact, a prop named ‘Mother Bird’ made in Japan three years ago for an art exhibition. Its sinister stretched features make for a disturbing image that could easily upset or worry a younger child. The Momo challenge is allegedly ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character asks would-be participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide. Of course, the evidence for this behaviour happening is limited — there isn’t much evidence of a child actually being harmed and what seems to be happening is that the image is spreading because people are using the image in their profiles.

How do children get to know about it?

Children are hearing about the challenge through numerous sources online — the coverage that is happening in the news and on social media is also leading to old fashioned playground curiosity. It’s important to remember that the hype around these crazes often leads children to investigate for themselves even if they haven’t had direct contact.

Why would children be drawn to it?

There are lots of reasons for children to be drawn towards these challenges even ones that subsequently turn out to be nothing more than urban myth. The drama can be enticing especially when a popular Influencer or gamer is talking about it online.

Is it something to worry about?

Recently, the Momo challenge has been covered extensively in the news and the disfigured avatar has been popping up all over the internet. It’s important to know that there isn’t much evidence of there being harm to children aside from the upset caused when a child sees a disturbing image or hears about something that sounds frightening.

However, there is no doubt that the Momo phenomenon has reached the UK, so it is something that parents need to be familiar with and ready to talk about with their child.

What should parents do?

Please find attached a guide which raises awareness of the issue and offers advice on helping parents to talk to their children about making safe decisions online.

Parents Advice on the MOMO Challenge

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March 2019 WOW

The March 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter should have been delivered.

Here is the electronic version: WOW March 2019.

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

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for April 2019 – is Wednesday 13th March.

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

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More on the Pong

The Parish Council is continuing to press the Environment Agency over the smell of sewage from watercourses in the village.

Actions taken so far have shown that blockages are often caused by flushing wet wipes and disposable nappies. These should not be disposed of in this way, so village residents are asked to avoid flushing them.

The Environment Agency needs to know that all these instances are linked. If you are affected by this problem:-

  1. Call the Environment Agency reporting number: 0800 807060
  2. Make sure you quote the case number: 1677295

 

 

 

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Summer Festival Line-Up

7th – 9th June 2019 : Woodford Halse Sports & Community Club Summer Festival

This year’s lineup is confirmed below.

Keep up to date with the latest news on their Facebook page: 2019 WHSACC Summer Festival.

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Station Road Bridge

Work On The Trees On The Skew Bridge

Traffic Controls : Week Commencing 4th March

In the week commencing Monday, 4 March 2019 (all week), tree surgeons will be removing trees from around the old railway (Skew) bridge in Station Road, particularly on the Woodland side.  The trees & their roots pose a threat to the infrastructure of the bridge & therefore public safety in the area.  Traffic control will be in temporary place where tree felling may affect road users. This is most likely to be on Wednesday & Thursday of the week.

If anyone has any questions, please contract the Chairman of the Great Central Woodland, Paul Blackwell whose email address is paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

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Walkies!

I bumped into someone this afternoon who asked me if I knew anywhere he could find details of local footpaths and good walks near to the village.

Well, I was happy to point him here: Woodford Walks.

There’s a collection of  the walks that were originally published in the WOW in 2014, plus a walk around our railway heritage and some other suggestions too, including walks in other parts of Daventry district and details of the Jurassic Way, the long distance footpath, that runs through the parish.

If this weather continues there will be no excuse for staying indoors!

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2019 March Big Breakfast

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 2nd March.

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

Menu:

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Saturday 6th April 2019

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IT Drop In-3

Free Help With Your Laptop. Tablet or Phone

28th February, 2pm to 4pm, Farndon Room

(It’s next to the old school Café – So you can enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in the café as well)

Following on from the successful first event there will be another IT Drop-In session on Thursday.

This is a free, informal session for those who would like a bit of support with IT.

If you:-

  • Want to make more use of the Internet
  • Want to find out how to search for information
  • Have problems with any settings or programs on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone
  • Would like to join Social Media sites like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter etc
  • Would like to send emails and talk to friends and relatives online
  • Need to find out more about keeping safe on the Internet
  • Would like to learn more about Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Wendy Francis, a local IT consultant and qualified English teacher and IT trainer, will be available to help you get more from your Android phone, or Windows laptop or tablet.   Bring your device with you.

Or if you just want some advice, come along and talk through what you are having problems with.

To book a slot – call the Hall Booking Clerk on 07471 204683.

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WOW Out Soon

This month’s WOW newsletter should be delivered during this week. We’ll post an electronic copy here once it has been delivered.

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Brexit? Oscars? Trump?

Pah! This is the real news…..

In case you hadn’t noticed, the post box that used to be at the junction of Church Street and Castle Road is no longer there. A new box has been installed on Station Road opposite  Station Court.

Last collection times: Monday to Friday : 5:00pm, Saturday 11:30am

 

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Woodford & The Railway

Rooting through my emails I came across this Google Earth screen shot that was sent to me by the Great Central Railway Enthusiasts Association. I’m not sure why I didn’t share it at the time but I’m happy to now and to add another to join it on the “Woodford & the Railway” page in the Woodford History part of the Signpost.

It shows where all the various installations associated with the railway were and just what an impact the railway made on our village. Many thanks to John Rose and the Association.

 

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Church Diary Updated

We’ve added details of local church services for March to the Church Diary page.

Thanks to Pam Hicks for keeping us updated.

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Art Drop-In

Nicci Dudley is hosting an art drop-in session at the Old School Cafe.

Join in with her first free drop in art session on 1/03/2019 from 10.30 to 12.30. Go along, meet like minded people, and enjoy a cuppa and cake from the cafe too.

This is a un-tutored session. For all enquiries and to book your place please contact Nicci at niccidudley@live.co.uk. Spaces are limited and you will need to bring your own artist materials.

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26/02 Estates Committee Agenda

The Parish Council recently decided to establish an Estates Committee to manage issues relating to the various halls and other property that are owned by the Council.

The next meeting of this committee, will take place on 26th February at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room (back of the Library).

The agenda is as set out in this document.

Things to be covered at this meeting include a review of the new booking system and rates for the village halls, progress on the parking scheme at the Village Centre and safety monitoring for the play areas.

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

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

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Everybody Needs Good Neighbours……

People in Daventry are being asked for their support in setting up a scheme to support elderly, vulnerable and isolated members of our community

Daventry District Council (DDC) and Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) are looking into the possibility of bringing a Good Neighbours scheme to the town to replicate successful schemes running in some of the villages.

The aim is to support neighbours to maintain a good quality of life, remain independent in their own homes if they wish to, and reduce their reliance on statutory health and care support systems.

Please help by completing a short survey online here www.daventrydc.gov.uk/goodneighbours. The survey will run until the end of March.

Paper copies are also available from:-

DDC’s Lodge Road offices

Daventry Town Council, New Street

Daventry Library, North Street

You can also request by calling DDC on 01327 871100 or print from the following:-

Good Neighbour Scheme Survey Questionnaire

You can also help by printing out and displaying this poster:-

Good Neighbour Scheme Poster

 

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Police Updates

Two updates from PCSO Carl Barton….

  1. Taylor Wimpey would like to apologise to residents disturbed by the burglary alarm activated at their Woodford Meadows show home last night. Engineers have been called out to rectify the problem.
  2. Woodford Halse Parish Council have purchased some Neighbourhood Watch signs which have now arrived. They will be distributed around the village in the near future.

(The latest Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter is available for download from here.

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02/19 Woods Committee Agenda

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

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27th February 2019 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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An Appeal

Can You Help? Looking For Items of Sentimental Value.

Two old green vases, about 18 to 20 inches tall, illustrated with children’s scenes but damaged, have gone missing from a repairer in Woodford Halse. They were with the repairer for a long time but then, apparently, were given to someone other than the person who sent them for repair.

The original owner is trying to recover them because they are of great sentimental value.

If anyone knows anything about the whereabouts of these vases, the owner would be very grateful to hear. Please call 01327 438236 with any details or email signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org and we will pass it on.

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Hall Diary Views

To make it easier to plan your event we now offer two alternative views of the hall booking diary system.

You can either:-

1. View the bookings for all the parish’s venues in any given week by clicking here, or

2. View the bookings for any particular room for an entire month by clicking here.

There are links on each page to take you to the other. You can request a booking from either page.

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Cafe News

Diane Kenny posted:

“Due to not having any water the Cafe has had to close!
Assuming the information on the Anglian Water site is correct we will be good to go tomorrow (Thursday) morning!

See you then!”

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More Leaky Pipes!

After yesterday’s warning about the works at the bottom of Scriven’s Hill, it looks like water is off all over Woodford Halse this morning.

The Anglian Water web site says (at 3:00pm) that they hope to have it fixed by 6:00pm.

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Leaky Pipes

Anglian Water are working on a leaking main at the foot of Scrivens Hill.

There are three way traffic lights in place controlling traffic at the Scrivens Hill / Byfield Road / Canons Ashby Road junction and there may be delays while the work is carried out.

According to the Anglian Water web site they expect the work to be completed on February 20th but according to Roadworks.org they’ll be working until the 25th.

You can keep track of the problem on the Anglian Water web site.

 

 

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Hall Bookings

The Hallmaster booking system, that we use to manage bookings for the village halls, has recently been upgraded.

You should not notice any significant changes except that there is a now a slider on the diary page that will let you make the text larger or smaller. Using this you can set the slider to see the diary a week to one page or to have it easier to read but needing you to scroll the screen.

You can see the halls booking diary on this page.

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Car Parking

Parking Permits for Village Centre

Following the recent public consultation about the parking problems in the Village, the Parish Council is going to offer parking permits to local residents to enable them to park overnight in the Village Centre car park.

The Council needs to make sure that the parking is always available for hall users, so this will be for a trial period initially to see how it works.

Parking permits will be issued for residents to park from 8pm to 8am, Monday to Saturday, and all day on Sunday for private cars only.

The main conditions are:

  • The permit will not guarantee a parking space – hall users will have priority. However, having monitored hall usage over the last few months we know that parking will normally be available from 8pm each evening. On those evenings when the hall is being used for an event parking may not be available until later in the evening. We will notify permit holders so that they can find alternative parking when we think that this may occur.
  • As there are a limited number of parking spaces these will be made available to local residents who have no off-street parking. Residents of Station Road, Castle Road, Percy Road, Sidney Road, Cherwell Terrace and High Street (in this order) will initially be able to apply for a permit.
  • If oversubscribed residents who work for emergency, health or social care services will be given priority.
  • Other residents will be able to apply for a permit as spaces are available.
  • Cars must be road legal. No vans, caravans or motorhomes will be allowed.
    Permit holders must agree to move their vehicle when reasonably requested by an authorised member of the Parish Council.
  • A payment (to cover administration costs, maintenance of the car park, lighting etc) of £10 per quarter will be charged.

If you would like more information, or if you would like to apply for a permit to park overnight in the Village Centre please contact the booking clerk (tel: 01327 204683) or email: bookingclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

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IT Drop In-2

21st February, 2pm to 4pm, Farndon Room

(It’s next to the old school Café – So you can enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in the café as well)

Following on from the successful first event there will be another IT Drop-In session on Thursday.

This is a free, informal session for those who would like a bit of support with IT.

If you:-

  • Want to make more use of the Internet
  • Want to find out how to search for information
  • Have problems with any settings or programs on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone
  • Would like to join Social Media sites like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter etc
  • Would like to send emails and talk to friends and relatives online
  • Need to find out more about keeping safe on the Internet
  • Would like to learn more about Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Wendy Francis, a local IT consultant and qualified English teacher and IT trainer, will be available to help you get more from your Android phone, or Windows laptop or tablet.   Bring your device with you.

Or if you just want some advice, come along and talk through what you are having problems with.

To book a slot – call the Hall Booking Clerk on 07471 204683.

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Red Nose Chi Kung

Carole Gray is holding a charity event for Comic Relief on 15th March at The Old School Cafe and Dryden Hall.

 

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Bat & Bird Boxes In The Woodland

One of the aims of the Management Plan for the Great Central Woodland is to try to enhance the Woodland as a wildlife habitat. Ian Dobson – parish wildlife warden – has given an update on one of the efforts being used to promote wildlife in the woods:-

“We installed some woodcrete* nest boxes over the Xmas period along one of the widened rides.”

*Woodcrete nest and bat boxes  are a mix of concrete and wood. This means the boxes last for years with less replacement expense (time and money). With more insulation than just wood, these boxes also provide better protection for the bats and birds from temperature extremes.

“The picture shows four bat boxes installed on one tree giving the hopeful occupants the favourable temperature they require for roosting or hibernation. The remaining bird boxes were placed within the plantation off the ride to give different species of birds – probably tits  – a secure roosting and nesting place.”

“The boxes need to be fairly robust to stop grey squirrels from enlarging the holes and eating the young birds! Great spotted woodpeckers will do this too. ”

“In this picture you can see squirrel damage on some wooden boxes..not 6 months old!”

We will post again if we succeed in encouraging any new species of wildlife over the coming months.

You can read more about nature in the woodland here.

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SSAFA

The Armed Forces Charity

Vacancy :  Branch Secretary Northamptonshire

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association (SSAFA) is a national charity helping serving and ex-military personnel and their families.

Northamptonshire Branch is looking for a new branch secretary.

Details of the role and how to apply can be found in the role description that can be downloaded here.

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Fun Station

Half Term Fun For Kids

WEDNESDAY 20th FEBRUARY

1.00pm – 3.00pm @ HintonMethodist Church, Woodford Halse.

A family event FOR ALL AGES: games (table football, air hockey, lego, table games etc), crafts, treasure hunt, baby and toddler area and Buffet Car serving home made cake and drinks.

FREE ENTRY

 

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Hall Bookings On-Line

At the 12th February 2019 Parish Council Meeting it was decided to introduce an on-line booking system for the Memorial Hall, Farndon Room and Dryden Room.

You can now check hall availability and book through this page. Hopefully this on line booking system, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week will make it easier for everyone. There is still an email and telephone contact available (at the foot of the page) if you cannot use the on-line system for any reason.

At the same time, Parish Council has updated its hire rates and terms and conditions for hall hire. These are available on the same page.

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Taking A Stand On Doorstep Crime

Northamptonshire Police is committed to preventing and deterring doorstep crime from the County, and to help keep safe, those most vulnerable from this type of crime. Theirr Doorstep Crime Action Network (DAN) brings together members of the public, private, public, charity, and community sector organisations.

They are asking anyone who has contact with an elderly or vulnerable person to pass on the gentle crime prevention reminders to help prevent them from becoming a victim of doorstep crime.

More people need to be on the look out. You can learn more here and you can also help by passing on this leaflet to anyone you think might not see warnings on-line.

If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact the dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702

If a crime is in progress, dial 999

Together we can look out and lock offenders up and prevent doorstep crime from happening to someone you know.

Doorstep crime takes two forms:-

Distraction Burglars or ‘bogus callers’ will call at a house with the intention of tricking their way inside to steal money and/ or other valuables.

Rogue Doorstep Traders will use a trade (such as block paving, landscaping etc) as a means to extract large sums of money from people.

Unlike a burglary where an offender may use an opportunity to climb in through an open window, walk in through an unlocked open door, or force their way into a property, distraction burglars (bogus callers) will use stories to trick their way into a home.Most callers at your home will be genuine. However those who engage in doorstep crime can be very convincing and persuasive in order to gain access to your property. Their aim is to steal money or valuables, or to offer overpriced trade services.

‘If you are not sure, don’t open the door’

  1. Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole to identify callers. Alternatively talk to them through an adjacent windows.
  2. Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind.
  3. Set up passwords with your utility companies, genuine callers will need to recite this password to you.
  4. Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards, if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won’t be either. Obtain telephone numbers direct from the phone directory. Alternatively make a list of your important numbers and keep them near the phone.
  5. Look out for those who are vulnerable within your family, or neighbourhoods
  6. In Northamptonshire many agencies have come together to form the Doorstep Crime Action Network (DAN). If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702.
  7. For help finding a reliable local trader, check out the Trading Standards service ‘Buy with Confidence‘ scheme.
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Conservation Area Appraisal

You Are Invited

Come along to an exhibition on the possibility of a conservation area in Woodford Halse.

Daventry District Council will carrying out an assessment of whether to designate a conservation area within the village. Conservation Areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, places where their character or appearance should be preserved or enhanced.

Local residents are encouraged to attend. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have relating to the appraisal that Daventry will carry out. The exhibition will be held in the Farndon Room, (behind the Library) School Street, Woodford Halse, on Tuesday 19th February from 3:30-6:30pm.

If you cannot attend the exhibition but have questions, you can direct them to the District Council either by email to heritage@daventrydc.gov.uk or by telephone on 01327871100.

You can find out more about Conservation Areas and what they mean here at the Historic England web site.

You can also read what was said about this in the Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Development Plan.  (can also be downloaded from here.)

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Phoney Phone Calls

 

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Future Fire & Police Priorities

Let The Commissioner Have Your Views

Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold is updating his Police and Crime Plan and launching a new Fire & Rescue Plan – his first since taking responsibility for Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service in January 2019.

In both plans, the Commissioner has outlined his priorities for actions to help create a safer county, along with the activities that will help to achieve them.

The Commissioner is now asking people to tell them what they think about these priorities. This consultation also includes asking for your views on the Fire & Rescue’s Integrated Risk Management Plan which identities potential fire and safety risks and addresses how they will be responded to.

Anyone who lives or works in Northamptonshire can have their say.

You can find out more and complete a survey on the plans at: –

http://www.northantsp.cc/policeandfireplans

The consultation began on Monday 4 February 2019 and closes on Monday 4 March.

By completing the survey people can win one of three £25 vouchers.

Your feedback will help inform the future direction of police and fire & rescue services in Northamptonshire 

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Drop in for IT help

14th February, 2pm to 4pm, Farndon Room

(It’s next to the old school Café – So you can enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in the café as well)

This is a free,  informal session for those who would like a bit of support with IT.

If you:-

  • Want to make more use of the Internet
  • Want to find out how to search for information
  • Have problems with any settings or programs on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone
  • Would like to join Social Media sites like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter etc
  • Would like to send emails and talk to friends and relatives online
  • Need to find out more about keeping safe on the Internet
  • Would like to learn more about Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Wendy Francis, a local IT consultant and qualified English teacher and IT trainer, will be available to help you get more from your Android phone, or Windows laptop or tablet.   Bring your device with you.

Or if you just want some advice, come along and talk through what you are having problems with.

To book a slot – call the Hall Booking Clerk on 07471 204683.

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Council Vacancy

There is a vacancy open for a member of the Parish Council.

This is the formal notice  of vacancy:-

Casual Vacancy 11-02-2019

Council Members are responsible for seeing that the Council meets its obligations to deliver certain local services. Council Members consult with residents and local firms, make proposals, vote on proposals and are responsible for implementing the Council’s decisions. Council Members are unpaid and usually elected but can also be co-opted directly by the council (see here). They represent the views of parish residents and local businesses in Council discussions and in discussions with other bodies such as the District Council or the County Council, and bring their own experience and knowledge to discussions and decisions.

To be eligible you must be:

  • At least 18 years old on the day of your nomination, and
  • A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union

You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards, or
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination  or
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area, or
  • You have lived in the parish area of within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination.

You cannot be a councillor if:-

  • You are employed by the parish council or hold a paid office under the parish/community council (including joint boards or committees), or
  • You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order, or
  • You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before, or
  • You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations) or under the Audit Commission Act 1998.

 

 

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Police Updates

Two police updates from Carl Barton, our PCSO:-

There was an attempted burglary in the early hours of Thursday morning on Woodford Meadows, Wheel Wright Way. Unknown person tried to open the back gate of a property but was disturbed by the owner. A green Volvo Estate was seen leaving the area soon afterwards.

and:-

Carl will be holding a police surgery in the Old School Cafe, Woodford Halse tomorrow Saturday 9th February between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm. All are welcome for an informal chat about any issues you may have in the village.

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Try Chi Kung

Chi Kung is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used to improve health. It’s sometimes called the mother of Tai Chi.

Carole Gray is is running classes in Woodford Halse.

This is gentle, mindful safe movement. It can be done seated or standing and is accessible for all. Carole works with people who are looking for ways to support their health & well-being through Chi Kung, people who may have limited mobility, pain and progressive conditions, supporting physical and mental health. There are currently two classes running:

Thursdays 7pm : The Memorial Hall

Fridays 1pm : Dryden Hall

If you are interested, you can contact Carole on 07535 980007 or by email carolejusticegray@me.com to reserve a complementary place in order to try the class.

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Flower Arranging Taster

Woodford Halse Village Centre

Have you ever thought that it would be lovely to arrange flowers more attractively – not just standing them a vase?

Are you bored and looking for a new interest or challenge?

Or would you just like to spend an interesting and relaxing morning in good company?

If these describe the way you feel, come and join a taster session of flower arranging in the Old School Café. The taster session will be on 7th March, time to be confirmed. All the flowers, foliage and materials will be provided for a small charge of no more than £10.

Pop in and leave your name and contact details, or contact Jean Curd on 01327 263099 or Janet Cooper on 01327 260607.

No experience is necessary. Beginners are very welcome. Please don’t be put off if you’ve never arranged flowers before.

Janet belongs  to the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies – an education charity promoting all aspects of floral art – and, until she retired, worked as a Flower Arranging Demonstrator. So, this is a wonderful chance to learn from the expert!

 

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12/02/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 12/02/19

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

This month has a long agenda. Points to be covered include:-

  • Police, Library, Woodland, Flood Warden & Estates Committee reports
  • Communication from our MP regarding local government reorganisation and the UNO bus service.
  • Planning application, 36 Farndon Road
  • Village maintenance issues including street lights and trees on the skew bridge.
  • Parking update from County Council and consideration of a permit scheme for the car park behind the library.
  • New rates and booking arrangements for the Memorial Hall, Dryden Hall and Farndon Room.
  • Consider a recommended salary increase for the Parish Clerk.

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

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Love Your Gut

Carole Gray is offering an introduction to ways to improve you health through Gut Microbiome

There will be a complementary Microbiome Gut Health Talk with Nicola Hok in the Memorial Hall on Monday 11th Feb 7pm & Tuesday 12th Feb 2pm (Please arrive 15mins before the talk).

To book your Complementary place text ‘Gut Health’ to Carole on 07535 980007

Limited Places Available …. Booking Essential

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Library Volunteers

Training Sessions

There will be library training sessions from Stacey Matthews on the following dates:-

FRIDAY, 8TH FEBRUARY : 10.00am to 12.30am

SATURDAY, 9TH FEBRUARY : 11.00am to 1.00pm

These meetings are for all existing library volunteers but new volunteers are also welcome.

The aim is to extend opening hours to cover weekends and one evening in the future which will provide volunteering opportunities for those who are working during the week. (Hence the reason for the Saturday training session.)

For further information please contact Patricia Darby on her Parish Council email address or at padarbylibrary@gmail.com.

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Crooks About

Two warnings about criminal activity to watch out for…..

THEFT FROM A GARAGE IN SOUTH STREET

On Friday 25th January, there was a theft from an insecure garage on South Street, Woodford Halse. Tools, a petrol hedge strimmer and hedge cutters were taken.

Please keep your garages and sheds locked at all times.

If you have any information on this crime please call Carl Barton (07557778004) or you can call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

GOT YOUR MOTOR RUNNING?

At this time of year, in frosty conditions the temptation can be to leave the car on the drive or on the street with the engine running to defrost the windscreen.

Lots of cars get stolen every winter as criminals tour around residential areas looking for easy opportunities.

On icy mornings never leave your vehicle unattended and insecure with the engine running to warm it up, or to defrost the windows, not even for a minute.

Avoid being another victim of vehicle crime.

 

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Cummings On Track

Mike Fern and the rest of the gang from Cummings have been helping out again in the Woodland this week.

This week work has been focused on clearing vegetation left behind by the thinning on the track leading north from the Memorial Glade. There’s still a lot to do but great work so far!

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Street Lights

If you notice that a street light is out of action, you can report it to the Parish Council by calling Kay Coles on 01327 438236.

When you do, please remember to let us know:-

  • the name of the road the light is in
  • the street light number from the sign on the post or, if there isn’t one….
  • the house number the lamp post is outside

That way we can identify the faulty lamp quickly and get it fixed.

Thank you!

 

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February 2019 WOW

The February 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter should have been delivered.

Here is the electronic version: WOW Feb 2019.

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

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for March 2019 – is Wednesday 13th February.

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

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Cinder Path : Drains Smell

An update from the Parish Council on the bad smell from the stream beside the Cinder Path.

The problem was brought to the attention of the Woodland Management Committee and discussed on Wednesday. As a result, Kay Coles, on behalf of the Parish Council, brought it to the attention of Daventry District Council and Northants County Council.

Following on from that staff from Anglian Water have now been to assess the problem.

We will keep you informed of further information.

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Sunday Roast

Latest venture for the Old School Cafe…

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Business Directory Update

We’ve updated the Woodford cum Membris Business Directory, our list of local firms. This is the January 2019 edition. Entry in the directory is free to local businesses. Inclusion in the directory does not imply that the business is in any way approved by the Parish Council.

You can read it on our Business Directory page or download it here.

New businesses added include:-

Electrical Task Force Ltd. For electrical installation work. electricaltaskforceltd@gmail.com

DGS Solutions Ltd. For maintenance for residential and commercial including interior/exterior. Gardens; painting;odd jobs;fencing;driveways; patios. dgssolutionsgroup@gmail.com

We’ve also updated details for the following:-

Old School Cafe (new contact telephone number)

Orchard Day Nursery. (now Day Nursery & Pre-school)

The Blossom Shop (relocation to 10, Farndon Road)

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Take Care!

Pat Knight, the Parish highways warden asked for the following warning to be passed on….

“Please be extra careful. Freezing rain. Footpaths and roads – all surfaces lethal!

“For more information on gritting, go to Northamptonshire.gov.uk, go to G in the A to Z menu and click on “gritting”. There are then two headings:- “Gritting the County’s Roads” and “Grit Bins”. If you click on them the grit bin locations are listed and the policy for road salting and the routes are explained.

“They have reduced the winter service to save costs. The best advice is to assume that the majority of roads will not have been gritted and drive accordingly. Footpaths have never been treated.

“The salt out of grit bins it is for road and public pavement use only. If you notice that it is getting low please contact me (Pat Knigh : Parish Highway Warden) or the County Council and the County will replenish it. It’s not an ideal situation I know. Please don’t shoot the messenger I am just the link for highways issues between the Parish and the County!”

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12/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 7th December 2018 (there was no meeting November) were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 7th December 2018

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

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 27th February 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room, and not as proposed in last night’s agenda.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

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Library Reminder

Don’t forget there will be a drop-in consultation with NCC open to the public on this Thursday 24th January between 2.00pm and 5.00pm in the library.

This will be a meeting for all interested in the future of our library in Woodford Halse.

More details here:- NCC Library Consultation

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More Mess

Here are the details for Messy Church at Hinton Methodist Church on Sunday 3rd February. All welcome.

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Road Works Alert

Byfield Road 25th – 29th January

According to Roadworks.org. There will be temporary traffic lights on Byfield Road 25th to 29th January, folks this will be near the Great Central Way junction and involve two way traffic control. Work being done for BT.

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Junior Cricket

Woodford Halse Junior Cricket Looks Forward to the New Season

Mums and Dads, if you think your child would be interested in playing cricket this summer you can you contact the club by e-mail: welfare@whjcc.uk.

The club is having a meeting on Monday 21st January starting at 6.30pm at Woodford Social Club so if any of you want to get involved, help, or become the next England cricket coach then come along, failing that contact us as we are always looking out for extra help.

www.whjcc.uk

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Free Kid’s Tennis

Free Children’s Tennis Again This Spring!

Byfield Tennis Club are offering a FREE 5 week course for children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 who have not previously attended any regular weekly courses at the club.

Dates: Fridays 26/4 to 24/5 – 4.00 pm to 4.45 pm.

To book a place(s) please email child’s name, DOB, mobile contact number and child’s school to: pwhcowley@hotmail.com.

 

The club is also offering Rusty Racquets coaching for adults. Starting tennis or needing to brush up your skills? Then join in 5 sessions with our coaches!

Dates: Fridays 26/4  to 24/5 – 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Cost: £35 for the five weeks. Contact: pwhcowley@hotmail.com

All the above courses will be ran by LTA Qualified and Licensed coaches.

Already a player or want details about membership and our activities?  Then contact Sue Waterhouse, BTC secretary via suzette.waterhouse@gmail.com.

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Xmas Trees Monday 21st

Don’t forget you can put out your Xmas tree for collection tomorrow with the weekly bin collection, whether or not you pay for the garden refuse service.

Details here: Daventry Xmas Refuse Collections

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Car Crime Alert

Sergeant Sam Dobbs, who has responsibility for Daventry Rural policing has passed on the following warning about vehicle crime in the Daventry area.

THEFT FROM VEHICLES IN DAVENTRY THIS WEEK

I am sending this message because of incidents in the past week and the usual (mostly, but not always, helpful) comments on the town’s social media sites. They say every picture tells a tale, as does the one below and the backdrop to it is as follows.

Earlier in the month, we had a spate of thefts from vehicles on a housing estate in the rural part of the patch. Not necessarily linked to this week’s town incidents, the common feature is that the cars targeted by thieves have either been left insecure or with items on display and visible to thieves. We know that this is a more widespread issue in our town because in 24 hours in December, Emergency Service Cadets spent 24 hours on local estates to identify insecure cars, or cars with valuables on display. They checked 2,626 vehicles, and 104 of these checks required contact with the owners to prevent an easy crime. This tells me that we have work to do so that Daventry people can help us to help them.

I’ll now turn to what has happened in Daventry in the past week before seeking the help of the public in a number of key ways so that we can prevent further crime or accelerate our chances of catching the offenders, who are relatively brazen.

Last Saturday into Sunday evening (13th/14th January), four taxis were broken into on The Grange Estate and substantial amounts of cash were stolen. It is from this series that this photograph was circulated on social media.

Overnight Monday into Tuesday (14th/15th) during the early evening, two number plates were stolen from vehicles parked at a local hotel at around 7pm and attached to a car which traveled around the area, changing its number plates during the evening. With members of the public in the vicinity, entry was then forced to three parked commercial vans using an angle grinder. The noise and sparks were not noticed or reported by anyone despite it only being 8.30pm. Power tools were stolen. Later the same night, another local hotel was targeted and two further commercial vans were broken into and more power tools stolen. Then overnight Wednesday into Thursday (16th/17th) two commercial vans were targeted on the Southbrook Estate and power tools were stolen except that in one of these crimes, the owner had chained and padlocked his tools together which thwarted the theft.

Whilst in larger busier police districts, this may be a drop in the ocean of crime, this is a significant spike for Daventry and I have concerns that this last week may be the resurgence of a crime series from previous years which we tackled under the name of “Operation Ilford” which I have asked to have reopened. (the crime reference is 16000320622). Whilst we investigate the crimes, I ask for the public’s help as follows,
because I know how good Daventry is in responding to such requests.

  • Theft of number plates I am told that some number plate crimes are not being reported. Because this can often be an early indicator of crimes about to happen, it’s crucial that you report such crimes. Please ensure that you report on 101 or online and quote Op Ilford or the crime reference above so that it prompts and alerts those who receive the crime and information reports that early intervention at our end is required. Number plate retailers are asked to reinforce this message. Products are available so that a number plate is destroyed if unscrewed.
  • Vigilance and prevention  The evidence is that cars are left insecure or with property on display. An innocuous shopping bag, or a sports bag left on display could still lead to a window being smashed. You may know that the sports bag on the back seat only contains sweaty sports kit, but it will still be worth the thief smashing thewindow – and it won’t be to launder your clothes! And please remember that some insurers limit claims if there was no forced entry. Cash should never be left in cars.And remember, some thieves would smash your window to steal the £5 parking change often left in the centre console. So please leave nothing on display.
  • Power tools and commercial vans This a concern to me, as these are being targeted, especially as the District is a great central place for contractors and engineers to stop over when doing construction works around the region. We will visit the hotels, but the crimes have been on the estates in Daventry too. Consider chaining your tools together, consider an internal £80 battery powered GSM shed alarm which you can set so it texts you if your van is entered. Leave your van in lit places with a notice to make your van less attractive to thieves, who are brazen enough to angle grind a side door lock, sparks and all. Please identify power tools with the various products on the market, preferably with a surname or readily identifiable reference, should the property be found and ownership disputed. (We do recover power tools and our Twitter accounts will show the successes we’ve had).
  • Stolen items If people didn’t handle or sell stolen goods, there would be less theft. We are following up items quite openly displayed for sale on Daventry local social media sites, and I need local people to be far more intrusive, less trusting and more unforgiving about power tools being offered for sale by individuals who many know to be… well.. simply… ‘dodgy’ people. The irony is that in some cases, £700 worth of damage is caused to steal tools which yield less than £100 on the sites I refer to.
  • And finally, if you have any information about these or any other crimes, or suspect someone of selling or receiving stolen tools, please contact us quoting “Operation Ilford” or call Crimestoppers – the charity which welcomes anonymous information either by calling on 0800 555111 or sending a message online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. If you wish to discuss any part of this briefing with the local neighbourhood team, you canvisit or call the station front desk (open Mon thru Sat 10am to 4pm, extension 341010) or email neighbourhoodteamdaventry@northants.police.uk

SAM DOBBS

District Sergeant

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01/19 Woods Committee Agenda

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

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 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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Garden Club 2019

AGM and Quiz – Monday 4th March 2019, 7.30pm, Memorial Hall

With spring and a new gardening year on the horizon, why not come along and join the garden club?

We have a range of speakers and visits to enjoy, details of our programme are on the village signpost. We are a diverse and friendly group and new members are always welcome. Membership costs just £10 (£8 concessions) for the year which includes all speakers and subsidised rates for visits.

Contact Diane Kenny on 07530 342312 or email woodfordhalsegardenclub@gmail.com if you have any queries.

Here is this year’s programme:

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WOW Deadline 16/01

WOW (What’s On In Woodford) will be back for the New Year at the end of the month. (The most recent WOW is here)

If you have events, groups or activities to promote then the deadline for the next edition of WOW is Wednesday 16th January Space is always limited but we will try to fit in as much as we can.

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

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Woodford Notelets

For folk that aren’t on Facebook, you might like to know that as there wasn’t a calendar this year, Jules Sparrow decided to produce some notelets with scenes from our village.

There are 8 in a pack, 2 of each of four scenes. The price per pack is £6.50 and Jules is donating 50p from each sale to Air Ambulance.

You can buy a pack from Top to Toe Hairdressers, Village Meats, and The Library Cafe at the moment. There maybe more venues later! Here is what they look like….

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22/01 Estates Committee Agenda

The Parish Council recently decided to establish a committee to manage issues relating to the various halls and other property that owned by the Council. The first meeting took place on 22nd November 2018.

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

The agenda is as set out in this document.

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

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

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Business Directory

Thanks to those that have sent in updates to the Woodford cum Membris Local Business Directory.

I will be updating it during this week and next, so if there are any more additions, changes, deletions, please let me know, either by filling in the form here or by sending an email to signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Entry in the directory is free to businesses in the parish and we are always happy to carry news of new offers, or developments in your business.

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12/18 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

The December meeting included:-

  • Summary of points raised at the public meetings on parking
  • Police report
  • Highways, Flood & Library Reports
  • Planning application recommendation: Old Post Office

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

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

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Web Site Report 2018

In 2018 there were over 400 news items posted on the Signpost and the site had over 82,000 page views, a big increase on previous years. Thanks to everyone for taking an interest!

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

The report covering 2018 was presented to the Parish Council meeting on January 8th 2019 and is is available here: 2018 Web Site Report to Council.

This site is managed according to Editorial Guidelines agreed by the Council. These guidelines conform to the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity. You can find out more and read copies of all previous reports on the “About this Site” page.

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Bins Please!

A Reminder from the Parish Council

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

The Council knows that some residents may find it difficult to keep their recycling bins off the street but they can cause problems for passers by.

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

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

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

Image from pedestrianliberation.org, Used with acknowledgement.

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Access on Byfield Road

A Message From The Parish Council

Residents with properties facing on to the access road parallel to Byfield Road, opposite the Woodford Meadows development are asked to take care with parking and to ask their visitors to do the same.

Recently refuse collection vehicles and delivery drivers have been prevented from using the access road by inconsiderately parked cars.

Please park vehicles on the north side of the access road (right-hand side, looking towards Byfield) and please avoid parking on the grassed area.

Please park so as to ensure your neighbours and other road users have access. Take care to avoid parking on the grass and avoid the recently trimmed trees which are covered by Tree Preservation Orders.

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Neighbourhood Watch Meeting

Carl Barton, the village’s PCSO, will be holding a Neighbourhood Watch meeting today from 7pm in the Memorial Hall, Woodford Halse.
All are welcome to attend. The meeting will last for approx 30 minutes.

Carl hopes to see you there.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #90

TV Licensing Email Scams

The following fraud alert has been passed on by Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert…..

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information.

What you need to do

Action Fraud (NFIB)Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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Anti-Fraud Hint #89

HM Revenue and Customs Alert

The following fraud alert has been passed on by Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert…..

What you need to know

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do

Action Fraud (NFIB)Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

 

 

 

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Anglian Water Problems

Anglian Water have advised of possible low pressure or no water in the Preston Capes and surrounding area. More details here:

https://inyourarea.digdat.co.uk/AnglianWater?id=WaterSupplyIssues.27268

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Cherwell Water Levels

GaugeMap provides public access to live data from automated water level gauges throughout the UK.

This includes the water level gauge that measures the height of the River Cherwell at the bridge on Hinton Road. This is the furthest upstream monitoring of the Cherwell.

To provide an easy way to access this data, we have added a page on flood risk to the Signpost. You can get to this via the menu above under Village News.

This is the information provided:-

The gauge shows the current water level and gives you the option to follow it on Twitter so that you can get immediate updates to your phone.

PLEASE NOTE: This information is NOT provided by the Parish Council. The Council is not liable for any eventuality as a result of the use of this information or for its non-availability.

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Extra Recycling Collection

Please also remember that there is an extra recycling collection taking place next week (Mon 7 January). Please put your blue lidded bin out on your usual collection day alongside any other bins that are scheduled.

Real Christmas trees can be put out for recycling on your usual collection day in the week beginning 21 January.

Find out more at https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/waste-and-recycling/christmas-waste-and-recycling-arrangements/

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08/01/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 8/01/19

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

Agenda points include:-

  • Setting of the Council Budget & Precept for 2019-20
  • An update on on-street parking
  • Feedback on NCC’s flood risk and mitigation programme
  • Reports on the Signpost, Police, Estates and the Library.

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

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Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.

Since the Woodfordford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan was approved in April 2018, the parish is eligible for 25% of CIL raised on developments in the Parish.

The Parish is required to report the extent of the levy received in each financial year. The report of the year ending 31st March 2018 is available here:-

2018 Woodford cum Membris CIL Monitoring Report

As will be seen, £26,184 was paid to the Parish in 2017-2018 and this amount was retained in the Parish accounts at the end of the year.

 

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Church Diary Updated

We’ve updated the Church Diary through to the end of January.

Thanks to Pam Hicks.

Read the details here.

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Neighbourhood Watch

Find out more about Neighbourhood Watch in the latest edition of their e-newsletter: Our News.

Inside you’ll find all the latest news from the Neighbourhood Watch Network and their supporters as well as offers from their sponsors.

Download a copy here:-

NHW Newsletter DECEMBER18.pdf

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Happy Xmas!

The Signpost wishes everybody in the village a very happy Christmas!

Stay in touch for more posts. local news, Parish Council business and more in the New Year.

Your Editor.

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Parish Parking Meetings

The following update after the recent public meetings on parking in the village has been provided by Parish Councillor Jean Curd:-

Earlier this month the Parish Council held two meetings with residents to consider the parking problems in the village.  A number of ideas were considered and it was agreed that updates would be included on the Village Signpost so that residents are kept up to date with progress. The following information has been obtained so far on the points that the Council was asked to clarify:

Residents Parking Permits

Highways have confirmed that the use of parking permits is only considered in exceptional circumstances – for example where visitors to a hospital or a railway station, or workers in local factories, are parking in residential areas.  As cars parking in Woodford Halse are mainly owned by local residents they do not believe residential parking permits would solve the problem

Marked parking bays

There is evidence that this can reduce available parking as each bay is marked for larger cars.  Owners of smaller cars do not take up so much space.

In addition the narrow roads would not be wide enough to put marked bays on both sides of the road so overall parking would be reduced.

Diagonal bays

Highways would not consider that the roads are wide enough to introduce marked diagonal bays.

One way system

Normally the County Council will not consider the introduction of one way systems unless there is a record of accidents, or significant amounts of “rat running” which a one way system would reduce.   In addition they point out that the introduction of one way systems often results in increased speeding and there are concerns that cyclists, especially children, often fail to observe the one way system. A one way system is not likely to be approved for roads in Woodford Halse.

Other Suggestions

During the meeting residents made the following suggestions:

  • Residents asked that people parking cars on the roadside consider leaving their phone number visible so that neighbours could phone them if they needed to ask them to move their cars
  • Residents also asked people with spare parking spaces if they would offer these to neighbours

Work is ongoing on some of the other suggestions and updates will be provided in the Village Signpost.  A more detailed report will be presented to Councillors at the January 8th meeting of the Parish Council.

 

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Hall Bookings Diary

Memorial Hall, Dryden Hall, Library & Farndon Room

We have added an on-line diary to the hall bookings page, so that you can check event times and see when a venue is free if you want to book it.

This is part of a three month trial of the system, to see how well it works for the village.

You can see the new village venues diary page here (or get to it via “Village Venues” in the menu at the top of the page):-

Hall Bookings

You can view any selected date by using the pull down date menus  and pressing the button marked “Go” or you can navigate back and forward in time by using the “next” and “previous” links.

You can take a print of the part of the diary that you are viewing by clicking the “Print (Customer)” button which allows you to print without having to be logged in to the system. Although the Hall Booking system should work on any Internet browser such as Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer, it works best (especially when printing) with Google Chrome.

The on-line booking feature (at the foot of the page it says “Click on the + to make a booking request.”) has not been enabled.

A new Parish Council Admin Officer is being recruited in the New Year and will be taking over hall bookings as part of their role.  In the meantime if you wish to book one of the halls, please contact Jean Curd, telephone 07471 204683 or by email:   bookingclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

If you have any comments on the system please email signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org and your message will be passed on.

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Daventry’s Plan

When we completed the Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Development Plan last year, one of the requriements was that it had to fit in with the emerging Settlements & Countryside Local Plan being prepared by Daventry District Council.

That plan has now been submitted for independent examination in public.

You can:-

read the Notice of Submission here.

The Local Plan Submission documents can be viewed on the Council’s website:_

https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/planning-policy/part-2-local-plan/

The Plan documents are also available to view in Woodford Halse Library during normal opening hours.

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Xmas Tree Collection

Updated Collection Arrangements for Real Christmas Trees

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmbk-jH38Xo

Households across Daventry District will be able to leave their real Christmas trees out for a one-off seasonal recycling collection in the new year.

Daventry District Council’s (DDC) environmental services partner Daventry Norse says it will collect real trees if they are put out alongside bins during the week beginning 21 January 2019. This is an extra collection for all homes, including those not currently subscribed to the garden waste service.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but if residents wish to recycle their trees sooner, then they can take them to their local household waste recycling centre.

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

Extra food waste will also be collected over Christmas and New Year – residents should place this in tied-up bags (plastic bags accepted) on top of their food bin on their usual collection day – it is advised to put these out as close to the collection as possible to avoid wildlife getting at them.

For most people, collections will continue to take place on their usual days as scheduled over the Christmas break. However people whose bins are emptied on Tuesdays are advised of the following changes to their schedule:

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

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

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

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

Alternatively people can check their bin collection dates and find out more about waste and recycling collections at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling.

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Bookings Diary On-Line

We are in the process of introducing a new hall bookings system to support events running at the Parish Council’s “village venues”.

Eventually this will allow for on-line bookings but for the time being it provides an up-to-date calendar of what is going on in the various locations that are managed by the Parish Council.

You will soon be able access the booking diary here or you can get to it from the menu at the top of the page (under Village Venues) or via the individual pages for the Memorial Hall and the Dryden Hall / Farndon Room.

The old diaries were out of date and have been removed.

We will also update the hire fees page with the new rates that will apply from January 1st 2019, once these are agreed by the Parish Council.

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Exercise Class

Jess Wain’s circuit training class will restart in the New Year on Saturday January 5th.

Just the thing to give your New year Resolutions some effect. Details below:-

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A Quick Question….

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

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

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

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

Many thanks!

Woodford Signpost Editor.

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Xmas Crime Prevention

A message from Northants Police…..

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

At home

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

Personal safety

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

Vehicle security

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

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

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

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

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11/18 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

The November meeting included:-

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

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

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

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Christmas Eve

Midnight Service at Hinton Methodist Church

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

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NCC Library Consultation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The dates and venues are as follows:

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

 

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Citizens Advice

Updated information from Daventry & District Citizens Advice:-

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

Advice & Help Page

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Our GP At Xmas…

Advice from Byfield Medical Centre about the Christmas period….

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

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Daventry’s PSPO’s

New Public Space Protection Order Powers

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

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

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

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

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

You can find out more by downloading this guide.

 

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Memorial Glade

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

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

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

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

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

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True Grit

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

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

“Precautionary Gritting”

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

Byfield Road to junction with Phipps Road

Phipps Road

Hinton Road

Farndon Road

Barnetts Hill

“Adverse Weather Gritting”

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

Remainder of Byfield Road

Scrivens Hill

School Street

Church Street

Station Road

Parsons Street

South Street

Eydon Road

Adams Road

Membris Way

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

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

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

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Hall Bookings

Memorial Hall, Dryden Hall, & Farndon Room

Please note that Donna Wise has resigned as Halls Booking Secretary with effect from the end of December 2018.

A new Parish Council Admin Officer is starting work in the New Year and will be taking over hall bookings as part of their role.    In the meantime if you wish to book one of the halls  and cannot get hold of Donna, please contact Jean Curd at bookingclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org or phone her on 01327 204683.    If she is unable to answer the phone please leave a message and she will call you back.

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Xmas Rubbish

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

Christmas Waste and Recycling Collections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

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Library Back Open

The Library is open again.

Today’s Rhyme Time will be running as usual.

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10/18 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 24th October 2018

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

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

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Council Agenda Correction

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

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

Parish Council Meeting Agenda 11/12/18

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Library Closed Today

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

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

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Library Meeting

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS

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

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

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

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Woods Committee Change

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

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

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11/12/18 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 11/12/18

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

Agenda points include:-

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

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

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Xmas Wreath

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

6th December or 13th December

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Memorial Hall

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

Limited Spaces

 

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2018 Big Breakfast

The last Byfield Big Breakfast of 2018 will be next Saturday, the 8th December, at the usual time.

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

Menu:

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Saturday 6th April 2019

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High Street Water Works

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

This may cause obstruction for school traffic.

Details updated on Digbat:

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

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12/18 Woods Committee Agenda

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

The Committee will meet at 6:30pm on Friday 7th December 2018 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

 

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Cafe Xmas Fair

There’s A Christmas Fair in the Old School Cafe

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

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Police Appeal

Police Appealing for Information on Charwelton Theft.

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

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

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

Did you witness anything?

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

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

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

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

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

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Pathway Progress

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

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

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

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

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Boxing Day Disco

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

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10/18 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

The October meeting included:-

  • PCSO report
  • Planning Matters
  • Discussions on village parking

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

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

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Parish Councillors Wanted

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

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

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

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

For more information contact Paul Blackwell.

 

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December 2018 WOW

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

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

This edition covers December and January.

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

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

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

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New Year’s Eve

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

Woodford Halse Sports & Community Club

Tickets (£2.50) available from the Club

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Pop-Up Pottery Sale

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

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

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

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

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

Shop and scoff mince pies and mulled cider.

Download & keep this flyer to remind yourself!

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December Church Diary

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

See the details here:- Church Diary

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Opening Hours

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

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

You can find the latest list of opening times here.

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Policing Priorities

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

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

Daventry & South Northants Neighbourhood Policing Priorities Survey


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22/11 Estates Committee Agenda

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

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

The agenda is as set out in this document.

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

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

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HS2 Community Forum

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

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

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

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

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Public Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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Cash For Cops?

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

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

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

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

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Village Wifi & Broadband

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

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

The Superfast Northamtonshire team advise:-

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

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

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

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

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

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The Signpost

Has Been On Holiday.

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

Not your local signpost.
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Parish Council Meeting

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

0) pc agenda 13 november 2018

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More Woodland Work

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

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

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

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

Better still, go along to the village fireworks display!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonfire Night safety tips:

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

• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.

• Always supervise children around fireworks.

• Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.

• Only buy fireworks with a CE marking.

• Keep a bucket of water handy.

• Stand clear of fireworks.

• Never return to a lit firework.

• Remember that fireworks cannot be purchased by under 18s.

• Light fireworks at arm’s length, using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick.

• Keep fireworks in a closed box.

• Position bonfires away from sheds, fences and trees.

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

• Keep pets indoors.

• Always follow firework instructions.

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

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New Council Name?

Give your views on name for proposed new council  

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

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

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

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

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

  FAQs  

What is the background to this?  

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

Tell us what you think  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is this an ‘informal’ consultation?  

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

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

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

How do I make my suggestion?  

Please respond to us by answering the following question:  

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

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

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Landlords Forum

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

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

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

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

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Dolly Making

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

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

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

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Messy Church

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

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Big Breakfast

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

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

More details here: Byfield Big Breakfast.

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Poppy Ribbon

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

More details from: mrspottermakes@gmail.com

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Heart Starting!

The Final Total Is In…..

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

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

Thanks to all that made this possible!

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

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DDC, Dogs & Smoking

Be aware of new dog & smoking control powers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Woodland Words

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

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

The only reliable source of information is the Committee.

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

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

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

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

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