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Mystery Local Hero…

A big thank you to this unknown individual!

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We recently received this email and we are only too happy to pass on Jill Barrett’s thanks…

“Dear Editor

Please could you put a notice in the next edition of Whats on in Woodford to thank a Woodford Halse resident for realising my Parents in Law’s house was on fire, in Sulgrave, on 9th May, and for getting them out.

This unselfish gentleman, stopped when he saw smoke coming from the loft of their house and spoke to a neighbour.  Together they banged on the door and got my father in law i

n his wheelchair and got him and my mother in law out.  I am sorry that, at the time, we did not realise how they had been alerted and so did not have the opportunity to thank him personally.

Our family is very grateful for his care and help and would like say to a very big thank you to him.


Jill Barrett”

Over 50’s Tea Dance

DOFDaventry Over 50’s present their Summer Tea Dance at Daventry Leisure Centre on June 19th, 2 :00 – 4:00 p.m including entertainment from “The Sweet Arts”, a vintage 40’s / 50’s close harmony trio.

For more details, including how to book see here…

DOF Tea Dance Flyer

Woodford United FC Summer Ball

WUFC think its time to dust off those dinner jackets and ballgowns for their very own

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Hellidon Lakes Hotel/Leisure Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Summer Ball.

Saturday 14th September at 7pm. Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel.

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Annual Meeting – More News

Here’s an update to news about the Annual Parish Meeting.

The hall will be open from 6:00 pm to allow you to see the various table-top displays  by local groups. Come along and chat to people involved in many of the different activities around the village. There will be tea and coffee provided by the Woodford WI.

Also: Police Crime Prevention Design Adviser, Sharon Henley, is coming along. Although not presenting she will be will be available to take questions about Community Policing in the village.

2013 Annual Parish Meeting Agenda

Annual Parish Meeting

This year’s Annual Parish Meeting takes place on Tuesday 28th May in the Memorial Hall at 7:00 pm.

Why not come along and hear what the various groups in the village have been doing over the last year?

Here’s the agenda…

2013 Annual Parish Meeting Agenda

If your organisation isn’t represented so far and you’d like to contribute, contact the Parish Council Chairman ( or the Clerk before 25th May..

Victims Voice : Give Your Views

A Message from Adam Simmonds, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire and Angela Sarkis, Victims’ Commissioner


For too long victims have not been at the centre of how we prevent and tackle crime and anti social behaviour.  People choose to offend; no one chooses to be a victim.

If we were to build a new criminal justice system in Northamptonshire, shaped by what victims and witnesses want, giving them choices, giving them back control, giving them a voice, supporting them in overcoming their victimisation and rebuilding their lives… what might this look like?

The Victims’ Voice campaign is running from 1st May-5th July and wants to hear from victims and witnesses about their experiences and views of criminal justice agencies, the support services that work within it, and how they can be improved.

If you wish to take part, please complete the Victims’ Voice online survey at: 

If you know someone that has been affected by crime as a victim or as a witness, please point out this survey to them so that as many views and experiences as possible can be collected during the campaign period.

Alternatively people can let Victims Voice know their views by:

  • Telephoning 0300 303 1947 and Victim Support will take feedback on our behalf
  • Writing to the Freepost address at:
Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commission
Wootton Hall
Northampton NN4 0JQ

Please take this opportunity to help to shape a better service for victims and witnesses in the future. Thank you.

Local Learning – WEA


A History of the Modern House: a journey by design, with tutor Paul Linnell, is a new course from Byfield WEA in the autumn term.

The course will touch on political, social and cultural history as context.   It will be an eight week course, starting on Tuesday 1 October 2013, and will be held in the Side Annex of Byfield Village Hall, 7.30 – 9.00 pm.  Enquiries to Rosemary Johnson 01327 261327.

Parish Council Election Results

Welcome our new Parish Councillors; Helen Durkin, Aimee Ford-Young and Bob Snedker.box_with_X

The official result of the poll is here:

Declaration of Result Woodford Parish Council

Police Update – May

Details of forthcoming surgeries with PCSO Jane Coaley have been updated on the Policing Page and the latest Police Report on local crime is available too.

Woodford Halse Police Report April 13

Also, there have been some concerns raised about problems of noise and older youths. PCSO Coaley has provided the following guidance….

Play Park Concerns

Agenda for First Meeting of New Council

Following the elections on May 2nd, the first meeting of the new Parish Council will take place on May 7th.

The agenda is available here:   Parish Council Agenda 7th May 2013.

NOTE: This meeting is in the Village Centre (Hinton / Farndon Rooms) NOT the Memorial Hall as usual.

Under 13’s Football Trial

Brackley based, Halse United football club is carrying out trials for their Under 13’s team on Sunday 12th May at the Brackley Recreation Centre.

Details are available in in this poster: opens in a new windowHalse United Under 13’s Trials.

Safety For Young Drivers

CarKraft is an award winning road safety initiative designed to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured in Northamptonshire. It’s a way for young (from 15 to 25) non-drivers and drivers (17 & above) to learn & practice driving safety skills. CarKraft uses the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone Circuit. Non-drivers get the chance of their first driving lesson, drivers get to try skidding on the Porsche Ice Hill and Kick Plate.

Sessions are £49.99 but participants get a £50.00 Adrian Flux insurance voucher! You can learn more here:  opens in a new or see the CarKraft Poster.

CarKraft is a partnership between Northamptonshire Highways,  Adrian Flux, Renault, Northamptonshire Police, the AA and the Driving Standards Agency.

Latest dates (details here):

  • 12th May 2013 (limited availability)
  • 9th June 2013
  • 7th September 2013

Police Update

Details of forthcoming surgeries with PCSO Jane Coaley have been updated on the Policing Page. She will be available to give advice on crime prevention, home security and will also be happy to discuss any other issues or concerns that you may have.

We’ve also been warned about a recent spate of car crime two days ago in Cropredy – not too far away – when 12 cars were broken into and sat-navs taken. Please be vigilant and make sure your vehicle is secure. Don’t leave valuables on display!

Heritage Walk 25th May

Come for a walk & discover Woodford’s Railway Heritage.

Meet outside the Social Club at 2:00p.m. for a walk through our past, exploring the remains of Woodford’s railway history, finishing at the Old Station Store for tea & cakes (a collection will be made for contributions).

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Woodford Halse Station Bridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Organised by the Woodford-cum-Membris Heritage Group (previously the Woodford Halse Photographic Archive). For more details contact: Yvonne Roberts, phone: 01327 262801

Latest Council Minutes

The March council meeting minutes were approved at the April meeting and are now available here….. Parish Council Minutes.

Stuff covered includes… reports of the committee dealing with the various village halls, problems arising from the Slade Leys Farm plant hire business, additional dog waste bins and discussions on flood risk at Pool Street and Hinton Road.

A Father’s Day Treat?

Wow – it’s just like Willie Wonka but with beer!

Gun Dog Ales are offering tours of their Woodford Halse brewery AND they’re including GOLDEN TICKETS in Gift Packs from the 1st June as part of the promotion.

More details in this poster (click for more details):       Gun Dog Ales

A Breath of Spring

DSC00425The flower boxes on the approaches to the village are looked after by the Woodford Halse Garden Club. Here’s one little bit of Spring for all of us as a result of their efforts…

Thanks to Chris Searle for the photograph. (Click for a bigger version)

For more details of the Garden Club contact Mrs. Rita Walden, phone: 01327 264149

Election Update

Elections update from Daventry District Council

Some residents in Woodford cum Membris will need to go to a different polling station than usual to vote in this year’s County and Parish elections on 2 May.

The recent County Council Boundary Review has caused an unexpected change to the automated allocation of streets to polling stations. In the case of Woodford cum Membris streets have been allocated alphabetically rather than by location.

It is important that you attend the polling station as identified on your poll card which will not necessarily be the one nearest to you or where you are accustomed to vote.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and assure you that polling arrangements will be reviewed for the next scheduled elections in May 2014.

Community & Voluntary Group Funding

On Monday, April 29, Daventry District Council will be hosting a Funding Fair where community and voluntary groups can find out more about the funding opportunities and support available to them.

The Daventry District Funding Fair is being held in the Saxon Suite at Daventry Leisure Centre from 12pm to 2pm. Organised by Daventry District Council and supported by Daventry District Housing, the free event will enable community groups across the district who are looking to raise funds to speak directly to the funding bodies and support agencies to find out what funding and support is available.

Last year’s event was a great success. Groups were inspired to make funding applications which did turn into money!

Support agencies that will be attending the fair so far include Daventry District Council, Daventry Volunteer Centre, The Big Lottery Fund, Northampton Community Foundation, Daventry & District Housing, Northants ACRE and Daventry Town Council.

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For more information about the event contact Katie Arnold at Daventry District Council on 01327 871100 or email

Over 50’s Forum Event

A free, fun and informative event just for the Over 50’s

Daventry Over 50’s Forum is hosting “Stay Strong, Go Steady” in Weedon Village Hall on Thursday 18th April 2013,  3 to 5 pm.

Find out more here:

Stay Strong, Go Steady Event

Local Learning

Northamptonshire College (Daventry Centre)  is holding an Open Day & Education Fair on Saturday 18th May, so why not go along and find out what they have to offer.

More details are in this poster.

You can also find out about their part-time courses on everything from Automotive Engineering to Spanish, Hairdressing or Digital Photography in their latest Directory available here.

Courses start from mid-April, so have a look to see if there’s something you’d like to learn about.

Parish Council : Vote May 2nd

You have your chance to make sure you get the Parish Councillors you want on May 2nd.box_with_X

Four nominations have been received for the three vacancies on the Council. On May 2nd you can vote for your preferred candidates.

Details of the nominees are in this notice.

IMPORTANT: Please see this notice about polling stations.

County Council : Vote May 2nd

Thursday 2nd May 2013 has been announced as the date where people all over the county box_with_Xwill get a chance to vote for the county councillor they want to represent their local community, and shape the future of the county over the next four years.

Make sure you vote & if you want to encourage others to do so, why not display one of these posters.

There are 57 seats available at the Northamptonshire County Council election, and on voting day hundreds of polling stations will open in which people can register their votes.

The election count will be held in one venue – Kettering Conference Centre. This is a more efficient way of collating the results and a chance to immediately bring together newly elected councillors.

Northamptonshire County Council chief executive and returning officer Paul Blantern said: “It’s very important that people use their right to vote: The county council is responsible for a large part of the services which affect the everyday lives of people in the county.

These include looking after the roads and pavements; schools, libraries and country parks; providing services for older people and children; running the fire service and trading standards and much, much more.

We all have opinions on how these vital services are run and we all have a vote, so we would urge everyone to use their vote on May 2.”

The election is being held on Thursday, May 2 and the counting of the ballot papers and the announcement of results will take place the following day.  All the results will be posted on the county council’s website as soon as they’re declared – just go to opens in a new to see who has won in your area, and what that means for the county council over the next four years.

IMPORTANT: Please see this notice about polling stations.

Photo Comp – Entries Please!

Taken a great photo of life in Woodford?

We’d love to see it and to add it to our web site gallery here. Photos can be of any aspect of Woodford life. All we ask is that they are taken inside the parish boundary around Woodford Halse, Hinton and West Farndon.

There are prizes for two groups; under 16 and 16 and above. The winners will be the pictures considered by the judges to be the best representation of Woodford and life in the village.cartoon_with_camera

Entrants retain the copyright of these pictures but in entering the competition you allow the Parish Council to use your photograph on this web site. Photographs used on the web site will be credited to the entrant. Photographs must be the entrant’s own work and can be colour or black and white, original or “photoshopped”. Pictures must be submitted in a digital format (.JPG or .PNG preferred) and no larger than 5M bytes. Entrants can submit up to three pictures.

To enter, send an email with your photo(s) attached to:  Please put “Life in Woodford Photo Competition” in the subject line, add a title for each of your pictures and let us know if you are under 16.

Closing date for entries will be 5:00p.m. on Wednesday 31st of July, so you can wait for some sunshine (Fingers crossed!). The competition will be judged by members of the Parish Council. Winners will be notified by Friday 30th August. We’ll announce the prizes here soon.

Village Regatta – Come & Watch

Maybe our river isn’t as wide as the Thames at Henley but we can have a regatta anyway!


28th June in Station Road 6 p.m.

“Planes, Trains & Automobiles”

Two races for double the fun!

Broadband Update

Thanks to all that responded to the village broadband survey. If you didn’t get your views in already we can still take account of them if you complete the survey here….. Broadband Survey.

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broadband (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

The Government has announced an additional £20M funding programme (known as “Round 3 of the Rural Community Broadband Fund”) for rural broadband and the Parish Council intends to put in a bid to improve the service we can get here.  Watch out for more news here.

Come & Play Grand Opening!

Sunday 31st March (Easter Sunday) 12-2pm

Come and join us at the park bring the family and have a play on all the new equipment.
New play equipment at the Play Park
There will be higgledy piggledy climbing frame, obstacle circuit, fort with slide,a see saw, little play train and swings. Hopefully the sun will be shining and we can all enjoy a day at the park with music and balloons.

There will be hot dogs, face painting, music & an easter egg hunt!
The play park is tucked away behind Willow Close!

Woodford Halse Football Club have supported us throughout the year with our fundraising and would like to invite everyone, families & all to continue partying at the football club after our opening. They have kid’s bouncy castles, a live band – GOT IT COVERED – and more! It’s all happening from 3pm onwards.

Parish Council Minutes

Latest Parish Council Minutes (Feburary) are now available here:-
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Also added minutes of the January 8th meeting which includes the details of the Parish Council budget of income and expenditure for 2013-14.

Details of this and previous meetings are available on-line here.

County & Parish Council Elections

Anyone wishing to stand as a County Councillor needs to have nomination papers in by box_with_XNOON on Friday, April 5th. The election will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2013. The Notice of Election is here:

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Anyone wishing to stand as a Parish Councillor needs to have nomination papers in by NOON on Friday, April 5th. If there are more than three nominees, the election will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2013. The Notice of Election is here:

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Run, Run, Run

How many more London marathon runners have we in the village?

Craig Webb from Central Avenue is running in this year’s London Marathon with his friend and colleague Leo to raise money for PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust).vlm-logo-base

PACT’s mission is to support prisoners, ex-offenders and families to make a fresh start. They give real hope, practical and emotional support to those they help: children coping with the imprisonment of a parent, the prisoner contemplating suicide, the mother struggling to support her ex-offender son.

If you’d like to support Craig, their Just Giving page can be found here:

If you are aiming to run for a charity in the London Marathon, we’d be happy to give you  a plug here, so let us know:

Fed up with slow broadband?

We have a working party for the village and we need your help. We are exploring two routes:

1. Superfast Northampton – a Government run scheme looking for bids from villages to have better broad band access.

2 Community WiFi – commercial companies could offer wifi coverage for the village and these carry a regular subscription cost so we need to identify both businesses and individual needs.

Central Government has declared it wants Britain to have super fast broadband brought to 90% of consumers by the end of 2015. Northampton County Council has asked Parish Councils to identify the requirements in their local areas.

curseWoodford Parish currently has broadband service at the bottom end of that which can currently be described as broadband, at less than 2Mbs.

Rate your Broadband at

Rate your Broadband at

The  Parish Council wants to know if you and/or your business would benefit from a faster broadband connection, so that they can lobby for funding to improve the infrastructure.

In particular they need to know if your business activities would be enhanced by a faster service, or if a faster connection would enable you to work from home more frequently reducing the need to commute.

Please fill in a short questionnaire on NCC Parish Broadband Survey (please make sure on Question 2 you put “Woodford Halse”) or so that we can lobby effectively for an improved service.

Please complete by 25th March so that we can advise you of our progress in April’s WOW.

Circus At Middleton Cheney

Roll up …. Roll Up! The Circus is coming to Town!
Professional Happy’s Circus

Wed. 17th April at Chenderit School

Gates open 5pm. Show at 6pm.

Before the main show there will be hot food, a bar, refreshments, stalls, face painting, temporary tattoos, ice creams and more. The Circus will delight you with Crazy clowns, magical illusions, daring aerialists and other speciality acts. Modern circus with no animals. Bring the kids!

Tickets available at £5 (child), £8 (adult) and Family tickets at £25 (2 adults, 2 children) Under 2’s free if sat on lap. Available from or from Culworth School

All profits to Culworth School

Email or call 07957 405709 for further details

Antenatal & Baby Courses

Tums To Tiddlers offer antenatal classes, baby yoga, massage & calming courses.

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yoga-inspired movement, birth education, breathing techniques and relaxation, to prepare emotionally and physically for labour and birth.

Daisy Baby™ combines baby yoga, baby massage techniques, getting to know
each other exercises, soft movements and relaxations for mum and baby, white
noise exercises, and social baby time, alongside vital education to help you
understand the 4th trimester and make the most of these early days with your

To find our more have a look at their website ( opens in a new or Facebook page (

Contact: Lee Bodily, Tums to Tiddlers, Tel: 07590 928944

Country Fair News : Classic Cars

There will be another classic vehicle rally as part of this year’s Country Fair  on 8th June 2013. Last year there were some beautiful classic cars so why not come along and see some of the greats of motoring yesterdays?

Biggles the dog enjoys the country fair in 2012.

Biggles the dog enjoys the country fair in 2012.

As part of the vehicle rally the Fair will run a “Pride of Woodford Cup”. So, if you’ve got a classic hidden in your garage why not bring it along?

The classic vehicle rally is free entry this year, and if you pre-register your vehicle more than two weeks in advance you will receive two free entry tickets to the country fair as well.

To book your place, just email with your contact details and the subject line “Classic Rally”.


A classic MG TD from Kilsby MG Owners Club at last year’s fair.

The Woodford Halse Country Fair, lasts all afternoon, including a raffle with £250 cash first prize, bar and BBQ. There are many attractions for the whole family, reflecting the farm animal and country theme, with Punch and Judy, inflatables, magician, ice cream and many trade stalls, tempting you with head massages, hand made goods, cakes and garden produce, to name a few. There will be a battle of the bands of local young talent, starting at 3pm, followed by a full evening of live music.

Local Police Surgeries

Our Police Community Support Officer, Jane Coaley, will be holding surgeries at Sure Start, Scrivens Hill, where she will be available to give advice on crime prevention and home security. She will also be happy to discuss any other issues or concerns over policing that you may have.

See our Local Policing page for dates..

Parish Council Vacancies

Three vacancies have arisen on the Parish Council. If ten electors request a bye election then one will be held, otherwise the Parish Council is free to co-opt new councillors.

Details can be found in this notice:

Notice of Council Vacancies 11th March 2013

Old Woodford Halse Web Site

Please note that the old Woodford Halse web site is no longer being used for Parish Notices or for the WoW.

This means that only comments on this site and this email adoldsitedress – – are monitored by the Parish Council and the WoW editors. Please do not use the WhatsOn@ or WOW@  email addresses after this time as we will not be able to respond to them.

The old Parish Council minutes, agendas and editions of WoW published on-line at will not be available after 30th April and at present we do not intend to reload them here. Minutes of Parish Council meetings for and after October 2012 are available here. Minutes of earlier meeting continue to be available at the Library.

A Good Neighbour Request

Please, please please.

If you live in the Castle Road, Sidney Road, Percy Road area, please take your rubbish bins back to your own property and not leave them out on the pavements, forcing people into the road.

Dog Fouling Causes Accident

An elderly lady in the village has slipped on dog poo. She seriously banged her head and needed 5 stitches in the wound.

What is the matter with some dog owners? It’s giving those who do clear up after their pooches a bad name!

Welcome & Thanks

Well here it is! Our new village web site!

It’s not perfect and there’s room for improvement but special thanks to Northampton ACRE for supporting the community web sites scheme and Northampton Library for providing our training, I am not a techy but we have learnt a lot along the way.  Extra special thanks to our helpers John Williams and Lynda Jones who have put a lot of hours into gathering information and putting the site together but we do need your help to fill the gaps so if there is something obvious that we have missed we will be pleased to hear from you.

Thanks must also go to David Curtis for the original village web site and the hours that he had put in to maintaining the site, we know from putting this one together it takes time!

We will be launching a photographic competition during April with more details to follow.

June Irani

Chair of the Council

Woodford Parish Council

Two funds for bright ideas….

Visit Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership for £1000 to get your business started:

For young teenagers turn £10 into something special visit:

Junior Cricket

Details of the Under 11’s & Under 13’s Junior Cricket for 2013 are available in this flyer….cricket

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(…and perhaps you’d like to help out coaching or umpiring or in some other way.)

Proposed village development of 200 houses

Outline planning permission is being sought.

The Parish Council has already held a Special Meeting on Byfield Road Development and is hosting a PUBLIC MEETING on January 10th to discuss this.

Details here: Agenda for Parish Council : Public Meeting.

A Petition has been launched but your individual letters of objection carry more weight. Our local MP has offered his support. Read his letter here and let him know your views: opens in a new windowbyfield road

Proposed village development of 200 houses – Update

The minutes of the PUBLIC MEETING  that was held on January 10th to discuss this are now available.

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