Category Archives: Appeals

Fill Woodford With Hearts

Raising Funds For The FSA and The Good Neighbours Scheme

Woodford Halse FSA is trying to fill Woodford Halse with hearts by the 14th February, to raise money for the Woodford Halse Good Neighbours Scheme and the Woodford Halse Academy FSA.

Woodford Heart Trail

You can take part by donating £3 on their Just Giving page, creating a heart themed window display and messaging the FSA on Facebook with your address so they can include you on their map.

Villagers will be able to look out for hearts on their daily walk between the 14th and 21st February.

All money raised will be split equally between the two charities.

Donate, Message & Build Your Display

Police Appeal – Sports Field Dog Incident

Dog Bite At The Sports Field

Northants Police have appealed for information regarding an incident on December 12th last year…

Officers are appealing for help to identify the owner of a distinctive dog which bit a man in Woodford Halse as he protected his own pet.

The incident took place between 4.45pm and 5pm on December 12 on a sports field off Byfield Road. It occurred when a large dog, thought to be a Boerboel or South African mastiff, got away from the woman walking it and went for a dog being walked by a man and a woman.

As the man picked up his pet to protect it, the Boerboel, possibly called Axle, bit his hand through thick clothing, causing swelling and bruising but no serious injury.

Following unsuccessful local enquiries, officers are asking the owner of the dog, or anyone who may know them, to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Incident number: 20000660098

Free Christmas Lunches

SOFEA & Food4Heroes

SOFEA Community Larder, working in partnership with Food4Heroes, are offering a free Christmas Meal to people in need in our villages.

Following their successful delivery of meals to NHS staff during lockdown Food4Heroes have agreed to provide a Christmas meal to people who may not be able to spend time with friends or family this year and may struggle to get themselves a Christmas meal.  With their volunteers in each village they hope to bring a little Christmas cheer to villages in Daventry District Council in this extraordinary year.

If you know someone who might benefit, contact 07974 919221 or email:

If you would like to contribute to SOFEA’s work you can do so at their Just Giving page.

Food4Heroes xmas lunch campaign

Help Those Struggling This Christmas

Daventry’s Comfort & Joy Campaign

Jointly organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership and the Daventry District Over 50’s Forum, the Comfort & Joy campaign aims to help those who are staying in refuges as a result of experiencing domestic abuse, as well as other vulnerable families who are struggling at Christmas.

It provides them with a few gifts and treats, as well as food, toiletries and other essential items.  The project also raises awareness of domestic abuse, incidents of which tend to increase over the Christmas period.

Comfort & Joy Campaign

Drop off points are at the Daventry District Council offices, in Lodge Road, Daventry, at Daventry Police Station, in New Street, at Daventry Fire Station, in Staverton Road and at the South Northamptonshire Council offices at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, up to and including Friday 11 December (early date for quarantine purposes).

All of the items donated will go directly to local people living in refuges as well as other vulnerable families in Daventry District, South Northamptonshire and the wider county area this Christmas.

People can also donate money on the campaign’s Go Fund Me site

Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence is urged to call the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service 24-hour helpline on 0300 0120154 or visit the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service website 

People can also access support through the Love Doesn’t Hurt campaign.

Daventry DC’s Comfort & Joy

Help Spread Some Comfort & Joy This Christmas

Daventry District Council is appealing to warm-hearted residents to offer some cheer to people in need this Christmas by donating items to a festive parcel scheme.

The annual Comfort and Joy campaign helps those who are staying in refuges as a result of experiencing domestic abuse, as well as other vulnerable families who are struggling at Christmas.

Jointly organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership and the Daventry District Forum, its aim is to provide them with a few gifts and treats, as well as food, toiletries and other essential items.

The project also raises awareness of domestic abuse, incidents of which tend to increase over the Christmas period.

Parcels for men, women and children as well as Christmas food parcels are being put together and a list of suggested donations can be found at Daventry’s Comfort and Joy web page.  

Xmas Parcels

Donations can be made at the Daventry District Council offices, in Lodge Road, Daventry, at Daventry Police Station, in New Street, at Daventry Fire Station, in Staverton Road and at the South Northamptonshire Council offices at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, up to and including Friday 11 December.

All of the items donated will go directly to local people living in refuges as well as other vulnerable families in Daventry District, South Northamptonshire and the wider county area this Christmas.

People who would prefer to donate money to the cause can do so at the Comfort and Joy Go Fund Me page.

Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence is urged to call the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service 24-hour helpline on 0300 0120154 or visit their web site

People can also access support at Domestic Violence UK , a not-for-profit organisation which is trying to raise awareness of domestic and emotional abuse through its Love Doesn’t Hurt campaign at the Love Doesn’t Hurt web site.

Suggested Donations:

Comfort Donations


Body Wash

Shampoo and conditioner (for adults, children and babies)


Sanitary products

Nappies and wipes

Toothbrush/paste for adults and children

Joy Donations


Hats and scarves




Arts and crafts

Food Donations

Mince pies

Tea and coffee



Dry pasta

Baby food

Police Appeal – Car Theft

Grants Hill, Woodford Halse

Northamptonshire Police LogoNorthamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a theft from two motor vehicles when tools were taken at Grants Hill, Woodford Halse

This happened on Monday 2nd November 2020 between 10:35am-10:45am.

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?police car crime

If you have evidential CCTV relating to this occurrence please send to quoting the reference number or call 101.

Reference: 20000578323 / 20000578812

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

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

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

Schoolreader Volunteers Needed

Listening to Children Read in Local Primary Schools

Our reading volunteers are going to be desperately needed due to Coronavirus. Thousands of children won’t have had enough reading practice during lockdown. In a normal year, one in four children leave primary school unable to read well. Most children will have missed a term of school, so the reading gap is now wider. Children who struggle with reading are more likely to live in poverty and be unemployed as adults.

Logo for the School Readers scheme

Schoolreaders needs more volunteers in your local area to support children’s reading and prevent them falling further behind. If you want to make a difference to a child’s life, apply to become a Schoolreader. No qualifications are needed; just a love of reading and some spare time each week. The process to become a Schoolreader takes a few weeks, so please apply now so you can be ready to start as soon as it can be arranged.

To join us, please visit the website  or call 01234 924111 for further information.

Reg Charity: 1159157

Reader & school girl

Looking For Space

Local Archaeologists Seeking A Home.

clasp logoCLASP the local community archaeological charity is looking for a new base (no, they can’t just dig one up……). If you have space with power and access to a toilet maybe you could help them. Find out more in the appeal that they have sent to the local area…..  

CLASP Appeal


Download a copy of the appeal

Watch Out For Rogue Traders

Northants Police Appeal & Warning

Northamptonshire Police LogoDaventry Neighbourhood Policing Team have had an increase in calls regarding rogue traders cold calling in villages and in Daventry Town.

These cold callers have been offering to clean/jet wash driveways also offering gardening services and roof repair.

Please be vigilant when answering your door, if you do not know who it is, or you are not expecting visitors DO NOT ANSWER. Rogue traders will generally target the elderly and the vulnerable.

How You Can Help

Information that is helpful to the police:-

  • Registration of the vehicle including make and model
  • Description of those involved, number of people, clothing.

For more information about crime prevention advice and what is going on in your community please sign up at Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert

If you suspect that rogue traders are knocking on doors in your area please call 101 or in an emergency 999. The police need to know.

Save Our Surgery Update

Support Group Fund Raising

The Byfield Surgery Support Group is made up of volunteers and patients from the community, formed to spearhead the raising of £20,000 needed to meet the conditions set by Daventry District Council in order to re-submit the planning application for the new surgery.

So far the group has raised in excess of £11,000 through generous donations from residents and patients as well as via their gofundme page.SOS Logo

The surgery, originally built for 4000 patients now has 8300 registered patients and serves the 34 villages listed below. This number is projected to increase.

Supporting this project will help secure the future of local medical services.

The group shall continue to hold fund-raising events led by and supported by the community.

Donations can be made directly by a cheque payable to "Byfield Medical Centre" and sent to Byfield Medical Centre, Church Street, Byfield, nr Daventry, Northants NN11 6XN. Or you can donate using a credit or debit card at GoFundMe.

This is the patients of today, securing the future of the surgery for the patients of tomorrow.

Villages served...

  • Byfield
  • West Farndon
  • Moreton Pinkney
  • Culworth
  • Lower Thorpe Mandeville
  • Chacombe
  • Edgcote
  • Appletree
  • Lower Boddington
  • Wormleighton
  • Priors Hardwick
  • Upper Catesby
  • Charwelton
  • Upper Shuckburgh
  • Fawsley
  • Little Everdon
  • Adstone
  • Woodford Halse
  • Eydon
  • Canons Ashby
  • Sulgrave
  • Thorpe Mandeville
  • Wardington
  • Chipping Warden
  • Aston Le Walls
  • Upper Boddington
  • Priors Marston
  • Hellidon
  • Staverton
  • Napton
  • Badby
  • Newnham
  • Preston Capes
  • Farthingstone

Can You Help Plant Some Trees

Renewing The Woodland

Part of the management plan for the Great Central Woodland involves planting new, traditional, native broad leaved trees.

The Great Central Woodland team is are looking for volunteers of all ages to spare a couple of hours on Saturday the 21st March at 10.30 am to help with planting.

This is the the last of hundreds of saplings the Woodland was were given by the Woodland Trust back in November.

There are Wild Cherry, Rowan and Willow to plant down the path opposite the new Memorial Glade then heading down towards the Byfield Road.

It shouldn’t take us long and you are welcome to do a bit of litter picking with us afterwards if you can.  Meet up in the new Memorial Glade near the seats.

If you can come along message Ruth Curzon or text  on 07855040710 if you can join in.

new saplings in the woodland

Appeal Event Poster Blank

If you are running an event for the Byfield Surgery appeal, you might like to use the blank poster available here….

Byfield Appeal Poster Template

Just download it to use it in Word or other editor to customise it for your particular event.

And if you want a “thank you” poster….

Byfield Appeal Thank You Poster Template

Air Ambulance Fundraiser

Spring Fayre : 7th March 2020 at the Dryden Hall

Come along to the Air Ambulance fundraiser and enjoy a wide range of interesting stalls.

It’s on 7th March at the Dryden Hall beside the Library, 10:00am to 2:00pm. All goods to buy are brand new , and many are hand made. Perfect for alternative Easter gifts and Mothers Day.

Spring Fayre 2020

Thanks from Mark Gillett

Byfield Medical Centre Appeal Tops £2000 So Far.

Mark Gillett posted over at the Go Fund Me page for the Byfield Medical Centre appeal

“A huge thank you to all those who have donated, so far we have raised between us £1800 through Gofundme and over £350 in donations direct to the surgery. Thank you again for your generous support. Mark and all at the surgery.”

It’s a great start but they still have a long way to go to raise the funds to cover the costs of addressing the planning issues raised by DDC. If you would like to add your contribution you can do so online, or at the Surgery.

For online donations click here: GoFundMe Byfield Medical Centre Appeal

Byfield Surgery Appeal

Byfield Medical Centre Needs Financial Help.

The Byfield’s surgery planning application was put in front of the Daventry District Council (DDC) planning committee on Wednesday January 15th 2020. The recommendation before the meeting was to refuse the application but we believe the massive public support that turned up inside and outside the council office’s changed the outcome. After a two and half hour meeting the application was deferred because more information is needed.

SOS LogoSince then, Byfield Surgery has been in contact with DDC and Northamptonshire Highways to get the information required for the application to be put in front of Councillors again. Since the application first went to the planning the Byfield surgery partners have spent over £170,000 trying to get planning permission approved. To get the information required for the planning application to go forward again will cost Byfield Surgery about another £20,000.

If you want to help, a group of concerned residents will be arranging lots of fund raising events and meetings to speak to people face to face. You can donate securely on-line using your credit or debit card at:

Byfield Medical Centre Appeal Page at

or you can leave cash or a cheque made payable to “Byfield Medical Centre” which will go into the trust fund at the Medical Centre. There will also be local fund raising events and activities in the village. If anyone has any ideas on how to help raise funds with an event or other means than please let us know know through the WOW or Signpost. We will be printing flyers and posters to go around all the villages covered by the surgery.

All donations will go purely towards the costs incurred for the re-submission of the Planning Application NOT toward building costs.  Any excess raised will be held in the medical centre trust fund and used for the benefit of patients.

This is the Patients of Today securing the future of our surgery for the Patients of the Future!  

School Readers

Could You Help Kids Learn To Read?


Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Northamptonshire to carry out this important role.

Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence. No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English.

Schoolreaders is flexible and will match your availability to an appropriate, local school. Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances.

Learn more about their work in this video:

About Schoolreaders from Copperwheat Films on Vimeo.

Please visit the website to join or call 01234 924111 for further information.

Charity Number: 1159157





Railway Bridge

Brick Work Needed

Bridge pillarAs part of the work being done to improve the Station Road access to the Woodland, digging has uncovered the base of a plinth (see photo right) that once held a stone cap as part of the retaining wall for the railway bridge.

The brickwork has been buried for over 50 years and is in a pretty sorry state.

The Woodland Management team is looking for a bricklayer who could repair the pillar by resetting the bricks and re-pointing as needed. It looks like about five courses of brickwork are affected. Our contractor will replace the capstone. Ideally we need this work done during this week before the rest of work can be done on the slope of the path.

The aim is to try to re-create the pillar as the twin of the one on the opposite side of the road, re-using the cap stone that was also buried in the rubble of the old embankment. (see below)

existing pillar on south side of station road Here’s a couple of more shots of the pillar and the capstone. If you think that you could do something about this or know of a bricklayer / builder that could, please contact Paul Blackwell on email at or by phone on 07872 860540.

pillar in a sorry state

original capstone

Burglary At Byfield Appeal

Northamptonshire Police LogoNorthamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a burglary where catalytic converters were taken from the  Old Prisoner Camp, Boddington Road, Byfield.

This happened between Tuesday 28th January 2020 and 6pm- Wednesday 29th January 2020 to 8am.

Did you witness anything?

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

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

If you have evidential CCTV relating to this occurrence please send to  quoting the reference number below.

Call 101 Reference: 20000054211

Reporting Crime

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

Police Contacts

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

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

Byfield Surgery Plans

Come along and give your support….

The Byfield Patients Participation Group is asking for as many as possible to attend the Daventry District Council Planning Meeting on January 15th.

To find out more about what is intended see this post from last year.

Download this poster and encourage others to support…. PPG Jan 15th Poster

Byfield Surgery Campaign

Please come along to Daventry District Council Planning Committee Meeting to show your support for the planning application for a new Medical Centre and 78 houses. The meeting is at 6:15 pm on Wednesday 15th January 2020, at

Daventry District Council

Council Chambers, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP

The meeting is held in public which means you can attend but are not permitted to speak, however a show of support in numbers may be vital.

Published by the Byfield Patient Participation Group, representing the following villages:

Byfield, Woodford, West Farndon, Eydon, Moreton Pinkney, Canons Ashby, Culworth, Sulgrave, Lower Thorpe Mandeville, Thorpe Mandeville, Chacombe, Wardington, Edgecote, Chipping Warden, Appletree, Aston Le Walls, Lower Boddington, Upper Boddington, Wormleighton, Priors Hardwick, Priors Marston, Hellidon, Upper Catesby, Staverton, Charwelton, Napton, Upper Shuckburgh, Badby, Fawsley, Newnham, Little Everdon, Preston Capes, Adstone, Farthingstone

Great Central Way – Burglary

Police Appeal for Information

Three industrial units were broken into in the early hours of Wednesday 4th December 2019.

This took place at Great Central Way Industrial Estate in Woodford Halse.

Please contact 101 with any information or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Police Appeal : 29/11/19

M1 Junction 18 : Midnight : Friday 29 November 2019

Collision investigators are appealing to trace anyone with information after a pedestrian died while attempting to cross the M1 in Northamptonshire.

At around 23.55 hours on Friday, November 29, a man crossed the southbound carriageway of the motorway close to the DIRFT terminal at junction 18.

Northamptonshire Police LogoHe then climbed over the central reservation and crossed three lanes of the northbound carriageway before he was in collision with a grey Volkswagen Polo, which then pulled over.

The man was then struck by further vehicles, none of which stopped, and died at the scene.

Any motorists who may have been in collision with the man are urged to contact Northamptonshire Police, and anyone who saw the man crossing the M1 on either carriageway is also asked to get in touch, especially if they have dashcam footage.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information about it should call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615, regarding incident 705 of November 29, 2019.

Daventry Comfort & Joy Appeal

Could you help spread some comfort and joy this Christmas?

You can offer some cheer to people in need this Christmas by donating items to a festive parcel scheme.

The annual Comfort and Joy campaign helps those who are staying in refuges as a result of experiencing domestic abuse, as well as other vulnerable families who are struggling at Christmas.

Jointly organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership and the Daventry District Forum, its aim is to provide them with a few gifts and treats, as well as food, toiletries and other essential items.

The project also raises awareness of domestic abuse, incidents of which tend to increase over the Christmas period.

Parcels for men, women and children as well as Christmas food parcels are being put together and a list of suggested donations can be found at Daventry’s Community Safety web site.

How Can You Help?

Donations can be made at the Daventry District Council offices, in Lodge Road, Daventry, at Daventry Police Station, in New Street, at Daventry Fire Station, in Staverton Road and at the South Northamptonshire Council offices at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, up to and including Tuesday 17 December.

All of the items donated will go directly to local people living in refuges as well as other vulnerable families in Daventry District, South Northamptonshire and the wider county area this Christmas.

The Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, which runs a number of refuges across Northamptonshire, will once again be helping to distribute the parcels.

Suggested Donations:

Comfort donations

    • Soap
    • Body Wash
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Deodorant
    • Sanitary products
    • Nappies and wipes
    • Toothbrush/paste for adults and children

Joy donations

    • Perfume/aftershave
    • Hats and scarves
    • Make-up
    • Toys
    • Books
    • Arts and crafts

Food donations

  • Mince pies
  • Tea and coffee
  • Chocolates
  • Cereal
  • Dry pasta
  • Baby food

If You Or Anyone You Know Are Affected By Domestic Violence

Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence is urged to call the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service 24-hour helpline on 0300 0120154 or visit their web site.

People can also access support at Domestic Violence  UK, a not-for-profit organisation which is trying to raise awareness of domestic and emotional abuse through its Love Doesn’t Hurt campaign.

Byfield Surgery Petitions

GP Medical Care In Woodford and the Surrounding Area

A new, extended, medical centre is part of a planning application for additional houses in Byfield. The application is opposed by Byfield Parish Council but the Medical Centre believes it will have to close if it cannot expand as proposed. It is only possible to fund the new medical centre as part of a new housing development which is making land available for a new centre.

The date for comments on the planning application that will prevent the closure of the Byfield Medical Centre and improve local access to medical services has been extended to Friday 1st November.

Information about the planning application is available here.

Send Your Support

If you want to help ensure that Woodford continues to have a local GP practice you need to support the application. Woodford cum Membris Parish Council has already voted unanimously to do so. The most effective way to show your support for this is by writing to the Daventry District Council planning department as advised in this letter. Individual letters and comments can carry as much weight in the planning process as the Parish Council’s comments. You can comment on-line here by clicking the link “Comment on this application” about halfway down the page.

Our local MP, Chris Heaton Harris has already sent his support, as has the MP for South Northants, Andrea Leadsom.

Sign A Petition

There are also petitions available to be signed in:-

The Vintage Beauty



Village Meats

The Old School Cafe

Top to Toe


Carer’s Appeal

Looking For Hairdresser for Home Visits

Northamptonshire Carer’s wrote to us about their support for a carer in Woodford Halse. They are trying to find a local hairdresser who will do home visits, Lunch Clubs and any craft clubs as well as any local support people such as shoppers or home support?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact : Lewis Trasler, CASW, Northamptonshire Carers, 123 Midland Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1LU

Tel: 01933 677837

Mobile: 07395796675

Carers Support Line: 01933 677907



Prize Bingo

8th November : Woodford Halse Social Club

KHH LogoIn support of the Katharine House Hospice a Prize Bingo evening is being held at the Woodford Halse Social Club.

Doors open 6.30pm for 7.30pm start

All Welcome

Prize Raffle

Easy Giving for St Mary’s

Following on from our last post about the appeal for new heating at St Mary’s church in the village, there is now an even easier way to give!

Just scan this QR code with your phone and it will take you straight to their donation page…..

St Mary's Appeal Page

St Mary’s Heating Appeal

Everyone at St. Mary’s Church is grateful for all the support we received in the past to renew the roof so this lovely village church is water tight. However as many of you know, the Church no longer has a heating system. They do try to offer a warm welcome with cups of coffee & blankets but this is not enough.

St Mary's Church

The Church has received permission to go ahead with an appropriate heating system for the 21st century but although we have received some grants towards this work we still need to raise another £15,000. The Church continues to apply for grants but really needs your help.

They do not want to have to close the church again this winter.

As well as Sunday services and work with the school, St Mary’s Church is where many of life’s important events are celebrated, – Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals – St Mary’s is there for everyone at any time.

If you can help in any way, you can donate at their Just Giving page

(Please note: the web address given in this month’s WOW is incorrect. This is the correct one)

If you would like to sponsor a radiator, please contact Rev. Stevie Cross for more details


You Can Help The C.O.P.S.

Bike Ride Appeal

Here’s a different police appeal!

Northants Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold wants your support for the charity COPS (Care of Police Survivors).

Police Commissioner LogoStephen is cycling from London to the National Arboretum in Staffordshire – a mere 170 miles! Raising money for  This is in support of COPS, the charity which supports the families of fallen Police officers.

The training is going well but, as you can see, on the fundraising front more funds would be welcomed!

Please help raise money for this worthy cause and kindly donate at Stephen & Nicci’s Just Giving Page

A361 Crash Appeal

Police officers investigating a fatal road traffic collision on the A361 are appealing for dash cam footage of the area from Monday, July 15, to Tuesday, July 16.

The incident happened outside Daventry just after 12pm on Tuesday, July 16, when a man cycling towards Daventry along Ashby Road was in collision with an LGV. He suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

The full story here:-

More Lambs Slaughtered

Incidents at Kelmarsh & Moulton

After last weeks appeal there have been further instances of illegal sheep butchery.

On Saturday morning, July 13, the remains of at least 10 sheep were found in a field in Harrington Road, Kelmarsh, and in Moulton, a lamb was found injured in a field in Boughton Road, after being tied up with electric fence wire.

To help protect livestock and catch those responsible, Northamptonshire Police is urging people who live and work in rural locations to report anything suspicious they see.

Neighbourhood Inspector Scott Little said: “To have this many incidents in just a few days is extremely concerning and we are appealing for information from the rural community to help us catch those responsible.

“Inquiries are ongoing into these incidents and we are asking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in these areas over the past week to get in touch. We’d also like to hear from anyone who may have any dash cam or CCTV footage that might be relevant or any other information that could assist the investigation.

“The lambs appear to have been professionally slaughtered and their carcasses have then been stolen. For farmers to find their animals have been killed and butchered like this is not only very upsetting, it also has financial repercussions.

“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. If you think a crime is happening at the time, please call 999.

sheep attack poster“Even a small piece of information may be a vital key that allows us to link similar offences and help us identify and bring those responsible for these crimes to justice.

“We also want farmers to be aware that this has been happening and neighbourhood officers will be visiting farmers and landowners on their patch over the next few days. We’re also advising that any loose fencing, pens or similar equipment that may be in your fields is removed and securely stored.

“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 In an emergency, always call 999.

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

Incident numbers: 19000359831 (Whilton) and 19000355217 (Crick) 19000364661 (Moulton) 157-130719 (Kelmarsh)

Northamptonshire Police Logo

Help With Our Litter Pick

Here’s your chance to help keep the Woodland clean & tidy.

The Parish Council is organising a litter pick in the woodland.

Update: Free tea & coffee for helpers afterwards in the Old School Cafe.

Come along and help. Meet up tomorrow (Saturday 13th July) in the car park behind the Library to get your litter picking kit at 10:00am.

Here’s the results from a previous litter pick. Help us to keep the woods litter free for the whole village.

Litter Collection

A Previous Litter Pick’s Haul (thanks to Iain Osborne for the pic – and the pick!)

Police Appeal : Lambs

Slaughtered & Butchered Lambs

Sam Dobbs, Daventry District Neighbourhood Sergeant has asked us to issue this appeal for information…..

“Two incidents have understandably caused shock and repulsion in the local and virtual/social media community, with the unlawful killing and butchering of lambs on farms in Daventry District. The first, in Crick, on Sunday night into Monday (7/8th July) saw fourteen lambs killed. The second, in Whilton, on Tuesday night into Wednesday (9/10th July) saw around 21 lambs killed.

Lamb Slaughter Crime Scene“In both incidents, the lambs were slaughtered and apparently corralled by means not yet known, hung up on gates removed from the location and upturned, and butchered in the field. The thieves left the skin, paunch, heads, and legs at the sickening scenes: too gruesome to show other than the pictures here. Aside the unnecessary suffering caused to the livestock, the animals were stolen at a considerable loss of income to the farmer, who had reared them since birth in March. At Whilton, this is the second time the same farmer has been targeted.

“This appeal seeks the assistance of our community in three ways:

  1. Was anything seen or heard in the vicinity of these crimes?
  2. Alerting farmers & the rural community of this problem to raise awareness
  3. Asking if anyone is aware of where the carcasses/meat are being sold”

Witness Appeal

“The Whilton incident occurred in a field between the Whilton and Little Brington turn between the Roman (Nobottle) Road and the M1 – on the right as you drive from Daventry towards Northampton. The crime must have involved a number of people and vehicles capable of transporting considerable weight/bulk. Users of this popular shortcut to Daventry are asked whether they used the road on the night in question. Did they see vehicles, or lights? Do they have any dashcam footage?

“The same questions apply to the Crick incident which occurred in a field on the A428 between Crick and West Haddon.”

Raising Awareness

“I am proud of the networks and links with, and between, our rural and farming communities. We need to raise the profile of this recently emerging problem within our networks and to enlist the help of local farmers, villagers, gamekeepers, country road users, Neighbourhood and Farmwatch members in reporting any suspicious activity around our countryside fields. I still have to remind our local farmers that it’s OK to use 999 for a crime in progress or suspected.

“Young sheep are difficult to herd and catch, and the thieves know what they are doing.

How can they do this with nobody noticing?

Where is the meat going?

Is the meat being marketed locally?

I consider this is unlikely as it may be leaving the county, given the proximity of both incidents to arterial road networks. But at this time, we have little information – please report either to us or to Crimestoppers.

Responding to this Rural Crime

“PC Chris Martin & PC John Hutchings are officers who specialise in wildlife and countryside matters, based at Daventry & Brixworth respectively. At this time, PC Martin is investigating both crimes. We are increasing our uniformed presence in key remote locations during the dusk hours and will be conducting plain-clothed patrols in unmarked cars in the hours of darkness.

Police at the scene“These patrols will respond to suspicious incidents reported, which is why it is really important to have such incidents phoned in. We will consult with our neighbouring forces and wider to identify other similar crimes. We also await the results of forensic examinations at both scenes of crime. We are aware that these crimes are highly emotive and deeply upsetting for the owners of the livestock (and all, including us, who deal with the aftermath).

“Our community so often provides information when fully briefed about incidents which affect them. I am hoping we can work together to make the District a hostile environment for such unusual but horrid crimes.

Thank you.”

Daventry District Neighbourhood Sergeant

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For Water Aid

Taking place at Woodford School pool on Thursday 11th July, 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

For more information or to get involved, contact Kate Kee at Stablemates or via Facebook.

This event is in aid of WaterAid, the charity that has teams in 28 countries across the world, working to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene. Since 1981, they have reached 24.9 million people with clean water.

Search for a Bangle

Has anyone seen a bangle very similar to this but in gold? It went missing over festival weekend.

bangle missing similar to this one

This is the husband’s bangle and it’s the wife’s that has gone missing and is very similar.

Thanks. Please contact the Signpost Editor and he will get the owner in touch.

(Originally posted on Facebook but here for non-FB users)

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!


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 and we will pass it on.

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:

Woodford Runner for MIND

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

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

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

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Brownies For Macmillan Cancer Research

It’s This Saturday!

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

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

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

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More Coffee!

Churches Together : Defibrillator Appeal

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

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

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

Is Your Neighbour Great?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So nominate your good neighbours today!

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

Watch Out For Horses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for reading,

Support The Air Ambulance – New Date

Saturday Fundraiser – Note New Date!

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

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

More details here:

Charity Fun Run

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

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

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

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

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

Purple Planting People

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

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

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

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

Support Cancer Research

Come along this Saturday, 14th October to the Memorial Hall, between 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Help to raise money for Cancer Research UK Have fun with tombola, craft stalls, Nearly New, tea, coffee and cakes and much more.


RSPCA Fund Raising

Northants Police Community Connect has been advised by the marketing company APPCO Group Support that they will be conducting a fundraising programme for The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) within the Daventry Area from 31 July until 27 August 2017.  

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this fundraising programme, please contact Renalda Ruginiene, Chief Promoter and Licensing Officer, 0207 424 3905 or email  Helpline 0800 031 9811 (open 9am-9pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5.30pm Saturday)

APPCO Group Support have stated that they will endeavour not to visit households which are in official No Cold Calling Zones.

We appreciate that Northamptonshire Police advice is, especially to the elderly or vulnerable persons, would be not to open the door to unexpected callers and this advice still stands.  However, APPCO Group Support has advised us of its forthcoming fundraising programme and we have taken the opportunity to share this information with those within the area, so that they are aware.  People can still choose not to open the door, but we wanted to make as many people as possible aware that this company will be working within the area.

If you suspect a bogus caller is at your door, even if you didn’t let them in, call 999.

If you would like a ‘No Cold Calling Home’ sticker to discourage unwanted callers, please email

Ivy Volunteers

The Great Central Woodland Committee needs to clear ivy from the trunks of a number of trees in the Woodland.

They are looking for volunteers that would like to learn how to do this in a short (two hour) course so that they can then help in the project.

If you would like to help out, please contact Paul Blackwell, Chair of the Woodland Management Committee, who is coordinating the time and date for the course.

You can reach Paul on : 07872 860540 or

Joules for the Pool

Thursday July 27th 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool (whasp) fund raising team is running a Joules Serconds Sale at the Social Club on Thursday 27th July.

Tickets (£4) are available from Village Meats or the WHASP committee on

Come and have a browse and get yourself some fabulous Joules clothing at rock bottom prices!

There will be 100’s of items up for grabs for men, women and children which have been provided by Joules and are catalogue returns or surplus stock.

St Mary’s Appeal

Sponsor – A – Tile Campaign

The Church of St Mary the Virgin in Woodford Halse is on the English Heritage At Risk register because of the state of the Nave roof and side aisles.

Download this form and sponsor a tile.

Fortunately the Church has been able to obtain a grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund which will cover a significant part of the cost. However, they have to raise over £10,000 as their contribution. 75% of the tiles on the chirch roof need to be replaced: about 8000 tiles.

How can you help?

Sponsor – A – Tile Campaign

You can help protect our historic village church by paying for a tile or a number of tiles at just £5 each. Your sponsorship will be recorded in a special commemorative book to be kept in the church. Why not sponsor tiles for your family members and friends too – all names will be recorded in the book.

The work is due to start on 10th July and take up to 18 weeks – so don’t miss this unique opportunity!

If you would like to be involved in this fun but important campaign please download this form, fill it in and return it, with your cheque, to either Rev. Stevie Cross (55 Church Street, Byfeild, NN11 6XN), or Maureen Fox (30 Farndon Rd, Woodford Halse, NN113TT)

Thank You!

Funding Fair

Finding Funding For Community Projects

Big Lottery Fund,  BBC Children in Need, Heritage Lottery Fund, Grantscape, London Marathon Charitable Trust and Northamptonshire Groundwork are just some of the organisations that want to talk to groups that need funding for community projects.

On Tuesday 6th June between 9:30am and 3:00pm, there will be a free event at Towcester Race Course with the opportunity for groups seeking funds to network with funders and with other like minded groups.

Find out more, including details of how to book your place at this event by reading opens in a new windowthis poster.



New Pool Auction….

The Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool team are rasining money with another auction.

Check in to their page on Facebook and bid on some great lots such as…..

  • 3 months free leisure membership at Staverton Estate
  • Four golden tickets for a ‘jump’ at Leamington Spa’s Jump-In Trampoline Park
  • Tank Passenger Experience.
  • A Family Day Ticket to Feastival
  • Week end entry & camping ticket for two to the Fairport Cropredy Festival

And lots, lots more.

There are over 30 items to bid for, so why not catch a bargain and help the swimming pool.

Find the auction here on the Community Facebook page: opens in a new windowWoodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool Auction

The auction runs until March 29th at 8:30pm.

Wear A Hat Day

Coffee & Cakes for Brain Tumour Research

Come along and wear your favourite hat for coffee & cakes in the Dryden Hall on Sunday 2nd April in aid of research into brain tumours.

1:30 to 4:30.

Music from the ’40’s & ’50’s, vintage & craft stalls.


Spring Clean Up

Come and help with the village spring clean!

The great village Spring Clean starts on Saturday March 18th at 10 am.

Meet in the Social Club car park and come along and help remove some of the litter that none of like to have to look at. All are welcome to join this community event.

School FSA Appeal

Woodford School FSA is appealing for support……

If you are able to help get in touch via Facebook: opens in a new window Woodford Halse School FSA on Facebook or search for @WoodfordFSA.

Dear parents and carers

The FSA recently met to agree how we’d approach the new year ahead of the AGM. However unfortunately at that meeting a number of the members have had to stand down.

We are now left with only three active members on the committee and we find ourselves in a position where the FSA can no longer continue.

The FSA has raised thousands of pounds over the years, we’ve funded white boards, equipment in the playground, trips to the Pantomime amongst many.

We have also put on events such as the Christmas Fayre and Santa Sleigh that are hugely popular with the whole community as well as film nights and school discos that are always popular with the children. All of this takes effort and many of the FSA have given up their time for many years and we feel now that new blood is required to take the FSA into a new period.

What do we need:

  • Deputy chair person
  • Secretary
  • Committee members (require 4)
  • Helpers

What would be required:

* Committee members:

o Available to do events throughout the year, some of us work full time but we need some who can help set up during the school day and can attend events after school (film nights etc.)

o Lead events, organising food, enough helpers, slips etc

o Bring fresh ideas and help invigorate the team

o Deputy chair/secretary – these are titles really; it just involves for example minute taking but are required by the charities commission.

o There will be help with all the above, you won’t be left to struggle, we just need people who want to get stuck in.

* Helpers:

o Able to where possible, assist with events such as film nights etc

o Help with cakes etc for events

o The more we have the more we can share the load

We really are at crunch time and we would be very sad to see the FSA disband but unless we can get a significant number of additional help then we will be forced to disband at the AGM.

The AGM will be at the school on the 27th Feb at 6pm.


Dementia Fund Raiser

On the 4th March, Nicola Wise is holding a tea/coffee and cake morning in the Memorial Hall to raise money for Dementia UK.

This will be from 10-12.

She will also be holding a raffle and was wandering if anybody or businesses would be so kind as to donate any prizes towards the raffle. These would be greatfully received. How ever small or big, anything counts towards raising money for such a fantastic charity!!

Nicola hopes that many of you can make it on the day. If not she will also be selling raffle tickets at £1 a strip. Please feel free too message her on Facebook:

Give The Pool A Boost!

Too Soon to Think of Swimming? Not For WHASP!

WHASP is the Woodford Halse Academy Swiiming Pool. Funds are being raised to meet the costs of keeping it open in the summer months and one day get it covered for all year round use. (Yes, there will be summer again this year, this is not fake news)

The fund raising groups has started up again for 2017 and are hoping they can fund raise even more towards the school pool.

To start off, they been accepted onto the Tesco Bags Of Help Scheme which offers grants of £1,000 – £5,000 towards it.

You can help WHASP to get the full £5,000!

Every time you shop in one of the below stores for the whole of FEBRUARY, be sure to ask for a blue token and pop it in the WHASP voting box in store! The cause with the most votes will be granted the £5,000!

Stores participating (unfortunately not Banbury) are:


So please vote for WHASP using your blue tokens from every purchase.

Vegas or Bust!

Rally Drive To Support Kids Aid Northampton & Marie Curie.

Two Woodford car enthusiasts, Neville & Vanessa Grunwald – “The Whitworth Spanners” – are taking part in the Banger Rally Challenge in early October to raise funds for two charities.


Nick and Vanessa in their 1930’s style rallying kit, with the car that will take them to Vegas in Spain (and back, they hope!).

The Challenge involves a four day drive across Europe in a car that has to cost less than £500. Starting from Woodford they will be driving a Ford Cougar, first to St Austell for the start.

From there they will go on to Vegas in Spain with 150 other teams, competing  in various on route challenges, before returning to England.

After the rally and return – a total distance of over 3500 miles – the car will be sold with the the proceeds going to the charities too.

banger-logoThe Whitworth Spanners – they take their name from the tools they use on the 1937 Austin 7 that they are restoring (modern metric ones don’t work!) – hope you’ll sponsor their efforts by donating on their Just Giving page :  opens in a new


Charity Yogathon!

Support Syrian & Tanzanian Kids

Sian Dorward of Serendipity Yogis is planning a charity Yogathon on 27th November, from 2-5pm at the Memorial Hall in support of two kids charities:-

  • The Great Rafiki Tanga – a charity set up to support the Martinshamba Primary School in Tanzania – to help build a new toilet block, in order to provide the pupils with basic sanitation.
  • UNICEF – to support the charity’s aid work with children affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria.

The entry fee is a minimum donation of £10 per person, with participants asked to try and raise money for the two charities. All funds raised will be split between the two charities.

Please contact Sian on or call 07598 358916 to register.
Many thanks to the Memorial Hall, for free usage of the facilities for this fundraising event.

The event will be suitable for those new to Yoga, although reasonable fitness is required.

Laugh For The Bath

Comedy Night Kick-Starts Pool Fundraising for Woodford Halse Academy

A fundraising drive to raise £8K needed to keep open Woodford Halse Academy’s swimming pool has been kick-started by winning an amazing comedy night competition.

Flock comedy who run outstanding, ‘pop-up’ comedy clubs pledged to help a good cause raise dosh through the medium of laughter. The Academy was able to bag the prize by receiving the most votes to ‘Flock’s’ Facebook competition, as well as illustrating the worthiness of the cause through an online submission.

swimming poolThe Academy has struggled to open the pool in the last few years but in May 2016, parents of the school were informed that the Academy just didn’t have the funds to open the pool in the summer term, something the children look forward to every year. With the support of the parents, local people and businesses, an amazing £9000 was raised in just over 3 weeks. Thankfully, this meant the pool opened for the children to swim, giving them a chance to learn the vital life skill of swimming and they’ve had so much fun and enjoyment along the way.

Emma O’Hanlon, Chair of the Woodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool Committee (WHASP) said: “The support to get the pool open in the summer term was overwhelming, which has inspired us to now aim to get the pool open EVERY year without question. For this to happen, we need to raise £8,000 each year just to open it for one term, however, we have also set our sights on trying to get the pool open longer during the year by (possibly) getting it covered. We also want to be able to hire our pool out to local companies and other schools to generate additional income and of course revamp the pool with new changing rooms, new tiling and a general makeover.

Emma continues to say: “We are delighted to win the comedy night by Flock Comedy, which will be held on Friday 9th December at the Woodford Halse Social Club. It will be a fantastic evening and a great start to our 2016/2017 fundraising so please visit our FB page ( opens in a new windowWoodford Halse Academy Swimming Pool Fund) to purchase tickets.”

14022344_316112578727613_893341801841182234_nMr Wills, Head Teacher of Woodford Halse Academy said: “The pool is a great asset to our school. All children aged 4 to 11 have swam three times a week in the summer term and will continue to swim weekly in September. We are very grateful to all the generous donations we have received so far and to now have the WHASP committee in place proactively caring for the swimming pools future is tremendous.”

See other local events on our opens in a new windowEvents page.

Help Out At Waitrose

Only A Few Days To Add To The Swimming Pool Fund

The Woodford Halse Community Swimming Pool Fund has been lucky enough to have been chosen as one of the three Waitrose “Community Matters” projects this month.

swimming poolIf you shop at Waitrose in Daventry then please help the fund by placing a green token in the Community Matters box for the Swimming Pool Fund.

At the end of your shop, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between 3 local good causes that you choose. Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated £14 million to local charities.


Help the Swimming Pool fund by choosing them when you next shop at Waitrose during August!

Urgent : Woodford’s Missing Banner

Do You Know Where This Is?

We’re trying to track down this piece of Woodford’s past.

The banner for the Woodford Branch of the N.U.R.

The banner for the Woodford Branch of the N.U.R.


It is the National Union of Railwaymen banner that members of Woodford Branch would have carried before them at rallies.

If you have any information on where the banner might be today, can you please contact Kay Coles, Chair of the Parish Council, on 01327 438236.

Thank you.

Well Done To Come & Play

Good news on opens in a new windowCome & Play’s auction to help raise money for the school swimming pool.

Over £700 was raised for the fund, so many thanks to all the bidders, those who contributed lots and well done to the Come & Play team.

In The Swim

Support The Swimming Pool Charity Auction

Come & Play have organised an online charity auction site to raise money for Woodford Halse swimming pool. It costs £8000 per year to keep open & they desperately want to have it open in September & October this year…so please bid generously!


All lots have been kindly donated by local businesses and friends.  These auction runs for one week only until Sunday 3rd July (unless loads more lots are donated to suddenly!)

There are over twenty lots including:-

  • Lunch at Harley Equestrian
  • A Fish & Chip supper from the van
  • A suitcase of holiday washing, washed, cleaned & ironed by Johnson Cleaners
  • Four entrance tickets to Hatton Garden World
  • Two weekend tickets to the British Touring Car Championships at Silverstone on 17-18 September 2016.

Details are on the auction page on Facebook: opens in a new windowSwimming Pool Promise Auction

Instructions on how to bid (this has to be done on-line in Facebook) and on terms & conditions are listed in a separate post on the Auction Group page.  Please get your bids in to help keep the pool open for the kids!


WOW is appealing….

In last month’s WOW, Gary Denbigh was keen to find help with the production and / or distribution of the WOW.

kitchener_edited-1So far folk have come forward to help with deliveries (more are needed, though – please help if you can) and with the quarterly invoicing.  Many thanks!

We do need more though…….

Even more important is that we need an someone to help put together articles for the WOW .

It only needs a couple of hours a month from someone local, with their finger on the pulse of village activities, interested in village life in all its varieties and able to chase, cajole or generate a couple of small three-paragraph WOW items per month.

You’ll need an e-mail address and to be able to produce typed text somehow, but nothing too difficult.

If you think you can help, please contact Gary Denbigh by phoning 264002.




Could You Adopt?


An adoptive parent has talked about the joy of becoming a mother as Northamptonshire County Council launches an appeal to find more adopters. Jane says adopting her two children is the best thing she’s ever done. She said: “The joys far outweigh the challenges of being a parent. I can’t even remember was life was like before I had my two boys.”

Jane adopted the brothers two years ago as a single parent through Northamptonshire County Council. She said: “I had been thinking about adopting since I was in my early 20s. For me, it was never about what I could get from being a mum, it was about what I had to offer.

“I assumed that being a single person would be an issue but I was pleased that the county council was really supportive and really positive about what I could bring.

“There have been challenges along the way, but becoming a family has been a wonderful experience and I have no regrets. I cannot explain the difference becoming a mother has made to my life.”

Northamptonshire County Council has approved 57 adopters since last April and placed 73 children for adoption. The time it takes for a new adopter to be approved is now just six months on average.


There is currently a need to find adoptive parents for children aged two and upwards, sibling groups, different ethnic groups and children with complex health needs.
Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for families and learning, said: “Adopting a child is not a decision to be taken lightly, but our adopters tell us it is the most rewarding thing they have ever done.

“With an increasing number of looked after children in Northamptonshire, we are constantly looking for people to come forward and offer a stable, loving home to a child or young person. As Jane’s story shows, you don’t have to be married and there is no upper age limit.

“I would encourage anyone who is thinking about adoption to contact our team to find out more.”

The council is also looking to find new carers for its fostering for adoption programme, where a child is placed with adopters who are temporarily approved as the child’s foster carers whilst the court process is still going on.

More information about adoption including details of information events can be found at opens in a new Here you can find out more about the process, read stories from our adopters and make an enquiry online.

Vote for Woodford Cricket

You Can Help The Club With Your Vote

WHCC Club LogoWoodford Halse Cricket Club is proud to announce that they are now part of the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme!!

Please help Woodford Halse CC secure top funding for an artificial pitch and bowling machine project by voting for them when you shop at the following places between Feb 27th and March 6th!

  • Daventry Tesco
  • Weedon Tesco Express
  • Fields Tesco Express

The new facilities will be available for use by the Junior Cricketers, the Primary School and the whole community.

Tesco have teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative all across the UK and Woodford, with lots of help from Jim Reid, has secured some of the funding – exactly how much is up to you!

bagsofhelpThe scheme will see three community groups in each region awarded grants of £8K, £10K and £12K – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

The public will now vote in the above mentioned stores from 27th Feb to March the 6th to decide who should receive the £12K, £10K and £8k awards – so please get voting!



Fish & Chips for SIA

Diary Date : Friday 20th May 2016

Help to raise funds for the Spinal Injury Association by hosting a fish and chip supper.


Find out more, including how to get your hosting pack, in this flyer: Run a Fish & Chip Supper For SIA


Are You In To Win?

Don’t forget Daventry’s recycling competition!

caddyGo to opens in a new and claim your registration pack so that you have a chance to win.

You could win monthly prizes just for recycling food waste.

Download opens in a new windowthis poster to remind others.


Keep the Wood in Woodford

Sunday 11:45 Phipps Road

Meet today to support the campaign to Keep the Wood in Woodford.

Keep in touch via the Facebook group: Keep the Wood in Woodford


Shop & Help The School


Woodford Halse School Academy FSA has set up two ways that you can help Woodford School….

schoolNorthbrook Fundraising £1 sale has a fabulous selection of high quality wrapping paper, cards at an incredible knocked down prices. ( Minimum purchase is £10.00 per Order – Free P&P and your goods are sent directly to your home address within 4 days of ordering.) Go onto their website opens in a new, choose Woodford Halse Primary School (NN11 3RQ) in the drop down box and start shopping. For every item purchased the school will receive 22% cash back.

Enjoy shopping online? If you shop at your favourite online shops but go via opens in a new you can generate FREE donations for our school. Includes Next, Tesco, Ebay, Amazon, Debenhams, John Lewis, Asda and Boots and many more.All you need to do is “join & support” our cause, find the shop you wish to visit and click the link! Its that easy!

So far the school has raised £330 in donations from people simply shopping online and sends many thanks for your continued support.

Did You See This Accident?

Appeal Following A Serious  Accident on the A14

A 28-year-old man has been left with life changing injuries after a road traffic collision on the A14 westbound yesterday afternoon (March 9th).

The man was driving a white Renault Master van at about 3.20pm between junction 1 and Catthorpe Interchange, when it was in collision with the back of a green Scania LGV being driven by a 50-year-old man.

The air ambulance landed to take the injured motorist to University Hospital Coventry where he is in a serious condition.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this incident is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.

Every Flower Counts

Volunteer’s Needed To Stock Take UK’s Wild Flowers.

The new National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS), aims to help scientists to take an annual stock take of the UK’s wild plants and their habitats.

This needs the public’s help.

NPMS_Logo_Positive_RGB_400pxWideThe National Plant Monitoring Scheme is looking for volunteers to carry out surveys of wildflowers and their habitats for evidence of which widespread plants are increasing or declining. 2000 volunteers are needed to take part in the NPMS, playing a vital role in gathering information. Together, the volunteers will monitor wild plants in 28 important habitats, ranging from hedgerows and meadows to salt marsh and scree slopes.

Plants are nature’s building blocks and this new monitoring scheme will sit alongside existing schemes for the UK’s birds and butterflies to help us all to understand more about how the countryside is changing.

To find out more you can read this introduction- opens in a new windowNMRS Flyer – and to learn how to volunteer, visit the opens in a new windowNMRS How To Get Involved page.


Solden Hill Quiz Night

Lets Get Quizicle

Solden Hill House, the independent residential home providing care, support and training for adults with learning disabilities, is holding a fundraising quiz on April 24th.

Solden_Hill_HeaderThe quiz starts at 7pm so arrive by 6:30 at the Memorial Hall in Woodford Halse.

£5 per ticket, maximum of 6 people per team. Food provided.

Cash prize for 1st place.

All money raised will help Solden enhance the lives of adults with learning disabilities

To purchase tickets or for more information please email: or call 01327 260234

Another Big Breakfast

Tim Williams Invites You To Breakfast on Saturday

This coming Saturday – 7th March – is your penultimate chance to grab a fabulous BIG BREAKFAST this season. There will be just one more on Saturday 4th April, then we put up the shutters for the summer and there is NO BIG BREAKFAST IN MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST or SEPTEMBER (Boo Hoo I hear you cry!). So make the most of this one on THIS SATURDAY, 7th March and the next one on SATURDAY 4th April.

On offer will be the usual delights – a selection of fruit juices, bacon, highly-acclaimed eggs (fried or scrambled), sausages, beans, mushrooms, black pudding and fried bread. Then as much toast and marmalade and tea or coffee as you like. All this still costs ONLY £6 per adult. For children, we have fruit juices, cereals, a choice of 2 items from the cooked menu and toast, tea or coffee for just £3 per head!

Our eggs come from Skylarks Farm in Staverton, all our meat comes from Marriotts in Woodford and is cooked to perfection by our expert team of volunteers, without whom, I would be absolutely SUNK! Mind you, we also rely on you, our loyal supporters – we’d look pretty daft without anyone to serve all of this deliciousness up to! Thank you all – tell your friends and try to encourage anyone you know to come.

Remember, it’s all in a very good cause as all the proceeds go to the Holy Cross Action Project. This year this is funding the provision of a toilet in the Church, which is nearing completion and the next project is a servery area in the Church – further details later!

It’s on Saturday – Byfield Village Hall from 09.00 to 13.00 with last orders at 12.30. We get much busier from about 11.30 -13.00, so please be patient if your breakfast takes a little longer to arrive during this period. Our little legs are not as young as they used to be!

One for Quizzers

alzheimers societyCharity Fund Raiser for Alzheimer’s

The Chair of Daventry District Council is promoting a Quiz Night in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Put in a team of four for £15 on Friday 27th February in Daventry and help the fight against dementia.

More details in this poster:-  opens in a new windowQuiz Night Poster

MS Fund Raiser

17th March at the Social Club

Come along for an evening out and support a great cause, fighting Multiple Sclerosis by helping the opens in a new windowMS Society improve treatment, care and research into the condition.


Egg & Bacon

At Byfield’s Big Breakfast

September 7th, tomorrow, from 9 – 1 in Byfield Village Hall, the usual Big Breakfast welcome awaits you. Last orders taken at 12.30 though!

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On offer for JUST £6 per head – Bacon, sausage, black pudding, beans, mushrooms, fried bread and your choice of scrambled or fried eggs. While you’re waiting – a glass of fruit juice and afterwards a cup (or two, or three) of coffee or tea and lots of toast and marmalade. Tell your friends, tell anyone you know and bring them along! We particularly welcome the little ones, and for £3 per head, they are offered fruit juices, cereals, a choice of two cooked items, tea/coffee and toast and marmalade. All in all – a wonderful community occasion, with good fun, banter and a chance to meet others from the surrounding areas.

The next Big Breakfast is on Saturday 7th March and the final one of this year’s season is on Saturday 4th April.

As always, the proceeds we raise from ALL the Big Breakfasts go towards the Holy Cross Action Project, which is currently well on track to complete the building of a much-needed and long-overdue toilet in the Church. The next project is the servery area within the Church. Just to let you know – the recent Burns Night Supper – at which we had 103 people – made a total of just slightly under £1,200! How fantastic is that?! Thank you to all those who supported us and watch this space for news of our next Fund Raising Evening.

Great British Fish and Chip Supper

Help The Spinal Injuries Association : 15th May 2015.

Hold A Fish and Chip Supper for Spinal Cord Injured People.

sia logoWant to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 15th May 2015 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting the Spinal Injuries Associations (SIA)’s vital services.

You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre.

SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 8 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will raise at least £40.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA.

Learn more here:-

opens in a new windowsia flyerIn 2015 we want to make the batter matter and raise £40,000 from everyone holding suppers. Last year we raised £20,000 from the suppers.

The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to rebuild lives after spinal cord injury.

Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.

Community Fundraising Manager, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family. We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group.

For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 071 4350 or email or visit

DDC Seek Councillors

Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A District Councillor?

Daventry District Council is hosting an open evening to help people find out about what is involved in becoming a District Councillor.

You can go along on Tuesday February 6th and find out more:-


Free Booze

Sorry, that should be free from booze: Join Dry January

Have you ever wondered if you can stay off booze for a month?

dryWith the Christmas excess gone come 1st January,  and the feeling of needing to lose a few pounds, save some money and make some lifestyle changes at the front of your mind, it’s the perfect opportunity to sign up to Dry January, quit the drink and make a healthy start to the New Year.

What is Dry January ?

The aim: to start a new conversation about alcohol
Your challenge: to go booze free for 31 days
Your chance: to lose weight, feel better, save money and make a difference

Why go dry?

By signing up to the challenge and going dry for 31 days, you’ll gain in so many ways:

  • You’re likely to lose a few pounds
  • You’ll save a few ££ so you can treat yourself to something nice
  • No more hanging – those weekends and hangover free mornings will be yours to enjoy again
  • Your skin will start to glow

How do I sign up?

If you’d like to prove to yourself that you can say no to a drink or two, that you can still have a great evening out without having to have alcohol, then join the thousands of other people across the UK who have already signed up to the Dry January challenge.

It’s easy to sign up, simply visit the Dry January website at opens in a new and complete the short online form.

You can keep up to date with how others are getting on and tweet your progress @dryjanuary by using #DryJanuary2015.

More Big Breakfast

Byfield’s Saturday Breakfast For The Holy Cross Action Project

Tim Williams let us have this reminder for the Big Breakfast on November 1st….

“So, here we go again – still great value at £6 per head for adults and £3 per head for children. We had a record number of children last time at 42! Fantastic – we love to see the kiddies. Please encourage more to come!

“The adults can choose a full English breakfast consisting of bacon, sausage, black pudding, baked beans, fried bread, mushrooms and either fried or scrambled eggs. In addition they may choose from several fruit juices, to start and toast with marmalade with tea or coffee to follow. The children may choose from the fruit juices, a selection of cereals, two cooked items and toast with marmalade etc.

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“We always have veggie sausages on offer and if you just fancy a lighter breakfast – ask us for whatever of the above you would like. We are very happy to do take-aways of bacon/sausage/egg butties too.

“It is ONLY through your continuing support that this event goes from strength to strength with an average attendance now of around the 180 mark! This is absolutely great of course, but it does mean that at certain times, we are EXTREMELY busy (usually from 11.30 onwards in particular). So, whilst we make every effort to get orders out rapidly, please don’t be surprised if it takes a little longer at times.

“Every penny of profit from the event still goes to the Holy Cross Action Project, which is currently focussed on “operation flush”. If you have ever been in the embarrassing position of being in need of a loo but nowhere near one, you will know how important it is to have a loo at hand. The Church is no different.

“So, don’t forget – this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with last orders at 12.30 p.m. Do come to say hello to the valiant galley slaves who struggle through grease, searing heat and piles of dirty dishes to bring you your rations! I’m the one with tongs in one hand, and frying pan in the other with a bewildered look on his face!”

Two Appeals from DDC

Clothes for Xmas & Christmas Helping Hampers

Daventry District Council has launched two appeals for Christmas to help those in need.clothes for xmas

Clothes for Christmas is collecting unwanted winter woolies to help those that need to keep warm in the winter.

Christmas Helping Hampers is appealing for contributions  of food that will help those in need over Christmas.

Please help in any way you can. You can see more details in these flyers:-

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Macmillan Appeal News

Cancer Appeal Event Raised £360

The opens in a new window“Drop in For Tea” held in the home of Joe and Gill Pitt on Friday September 26th and hosted by Woodford Halse W.I. and Garden Club in aid of The Macmillan Nurses raised £360.

Thanks to all those who contributed in any way.  A cheque has been sent to the appeal. The bank receipt can be seen in the shop window of Top To Toe.

Grateful thanks to all from the Garden Club and the WI.

Community Speed Watch

Help Spot Speeding In Woodford : Volunteers Needed

Community Speed Watch is one of a number of local policing initiatives. Parish Councillor and Woodford’s Highway Warden, Pat Knight has contacted the relevant agencies today regarding setting up a scheme in Woodford. They are sending him all the relevant paperwork on Monday to initiate the scheme.

215828439It cannot go ahead unless the scheme gets the volunteers it needs. If you are interested you need to get in touch with Pat to let him have your names so that he can get the paperwork sorted to put before the Parish Council on Tuesday next week.

Don’t miss this chance.

The Parish Council did try to get this going earlier in the year and asked for volunteers via the WOW but received the names of only 3 people willing to volunteer but 10 or 12 are needed. If all the people who have said they are willing to support it and sign up to it on the various posts on Facebook come forward, we will have more than enough but in case you haven’t seen Pat’s appeal on Facebook or missed the appeal in the WOW now is your opportunity.

Pat has volunteered to be the coordinator.

You can reach Pat via opens in a new windowFacebook or by phone on 07854430247.


Keyboard Player Wanted

Have you ever thought of playing a church organ!

organHinton Methodist Church is offering FREE tuition for the first three months in learning to play the Church Organ at the Methodist Church in Woodford Halse.

Please ring 01327 261112 for further details


Autumn Bazaar

Air Ambulance Benefit Event

bazaarThere’s an autumn bazaar on Saturday November 15th in the Memorial Hall to benefit the Air Ambulance Service.

Download the details here:

Autumn Bazaar

Come along and join in the fun!

PLUS: CAN YOU HELP???? We’re looking for someone to help by running a bric-a-brac stall with proceeds to the Air Ambulance (or possibly split with another charity). If you are interested, please contact June Irani.

Byfield’s Big Breakfast

Fund Raising for Holy Cross Action Project : Saturday 4th October 2014.

Tim Williams has asked us to promote this event, writing….

“Can you believe it? Yet another summer has been and gone and most of us have had our holidays! But, the good news is – the “Big Breakfast” season is upon us once more! As the old adage goes – “if it ain’t bust don’t fix it”, therefore nothing has been mucked around with and the format remains the same………..great Full English Breakfast with a choice of fruit juices, followed by bacon, sausages, black pudding, baked beans, mushrooms, fried bread, scrambled or fried eggs, toast and marmalade, with as much tea or coffee as you want – all for an incredible £6 per head. We always have vegetarian sausages available for our non-meat eating supporters too.

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“We love to see lots and lots of children at the Big Breakfasts – and usually welcome the budding David Beckhams after their footie practice! Their breakfast menu is – fruit juices, cereals, and a choice of two main cooked items, plus toast, marmalade and tea or coffee – all this for just £3 per head.

“Why do we do this – well, the answer is quite simply to raise funds for Holy Cross Action Project. Every penny profit made is given to this cause. In the five years we have been doing this, we have, thanks to your invaluable support, raised just over £20,000. This year’s focus is on getting the toilet facility which we so desperately need, built inside the Church. This will save the trip (often in the biting cold) to the not-very-salubrious confines of the present loo in the Bromley Room!

“As usual, the event is held in Byfield Village Hall. We open at 9 a.m. and take last orders at 12.30 p.m., closing the doors at 1.00 p.m. Everyone is welcome – so please do come and enjoy the food, the chat, the community spirit. Please also come and say “Hello” to the cooks and bottle-washers, who will be found slaving over the hot stoves and sinks in the kitchen toiling relentlessly to please you and cater for your every whim! I shall be in a quiet corner of a darkened room somewhere close by!”

Parish Council Appeal

Castle Road, Cherwell Terrace, Percy Road & Sidney Road

An appeal on refuse collection & parking from the Parish Council…..

“Finding a suitable on-street parking place becomes increasingly more difficult in our crowded streets. From time to time, refuse & recycling crews are prevented from collecting in Castle Road, Cherwell Terrace, Percy Road and Sidney Road due to parking that blocks the road for the collection trucks.

“Can all residents please take care when parking to allow full access for all highway users and let your visitors know too, especially on Wednesday nights and Thursdays.

“Thank you.

“Your Parish Council.”

They’re Off!

Fund Raiser for the Air Ambulance

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Have an evening out horse racing and help raise funds for the Northamptonshire & Warwick Air Ambulance.

October 14th,  7:00pm – 11:00 pm in the Dryden Hall.

More details below or contact Adi at the Blossom Shop.

Race Night Event –

Make A Will Week Campaign

MaWW 2014 Quarter page - The Byword-2Katharine House Hospice Appeal

Tim Williams is supporting the Katharine House Hospice make a will week campaign again between 13th & 17th October this year, offering a free standard will or update to an existing will in return for a donation to Katharine House.

More details here: Make a Will Week 2014 

Big Wheel Appeal

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The British Red Cross in Northamptonshire needs to raise £16000 to buy new wheelchairs used  for the dial-a-wheelchair service that helps injured and disabled people across the county. In 2013 over 900 people were helped by the Red Cross short  term loan service.

This flyer provides more information and asks for your support:

Red Cross Big Wheel Appeal

Boden Party

Proceeds to the Air Ambulanceboden

Come along on Tuesday 16th September to Woodford Halse Football Club.

Pop in any time between 7:00 to 9:00pm and you can:-

  • browse and try on Boden’s five packed rails of autumn fashion
  • chat & sample NYR products with Susannah Smyth,
  • sample the milk shakes from Sue Avery’s weight management company ViSalus,
  • chat and have a glass of wine.

Free admission, all welcome! Proceeds to the Northants & Warwick Air Ambulance!


Macmillan Coffee Morning

Cancer Appeal Event.

Woodford Halse Garden Club is supporting the Macmillan Cancer Support “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” appeal with a coffee drop-in invitation on 26th September between 3:30pm and 7:30pm at 15, Parsons Street.

Come along for coffee and cakes and support this cause.

Care for a Cuppa?

Eat Cake & Help Katharine House Hospice.

Katharine House Hospice is looking for hosts for their “Care for Cuppa” fund raising campaign.

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If you would to help, contact Sarah Brennan at KHH’s Fundraising team on 01295 812161 or email

Stamp Appeal

Katharine House Hospice Collecting Used Stamps


Katharine House Hospice has already have raised almost £750 in the last year by collecting used postage stamps.


stampsPerhaps you can help? Any sort of stamps will do, 1st, 2nd, foreign, anything.

Just drop them in to any of the Katharine House Hospice shops or to Fundraising at the Hospice in Adderbury.

Help Annabelle

Fund Raising Ball For The Air Ambulance.

Friday, 17th October at Fawsley Hall.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the 23rd of May Annabelle was walking home from school with her friend Jessica. As they made their way along a pathway adjacent to the old railway line in Woodford Halse, a 40 foot tree suddenly up-rooted and fell, catching Annabelle on its way down.

Annabelle was seriously injured. It was fortunate that the air ambulance was able to lift her to hospital.

Whilst recovering Annabelle decided to raise money for the air ambulance. This charity ball is organised as part of her fund raising. Many Woodford folk have benefited from the air ambulance after accidents riding, motoring or on farmland, so this is a really worthwhile cause.

You can find more details in this flyer: Fawsley Hall Charity Ball

Family Fund Raiser

16th August Event For The Teenage Cancer Trust

On the Saturday, 16th of August between 4pm and 10pm, The Woodford Family Fundraiser will take place at the Football Club. The event is in memory of Stephen Sutton who died earlier this year from cancer. Every day, six teenagers receive the news that they too have the same disease. All money raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which helps individuals whose life may be cut short.

Come along, have some fun and support the event.


Need more information?  Email

Selling Northampton’s Heritage?

Appeal To Help Stop The Sale of the Statue of Sekhemka

Bw Front ofSekhemka_cropIf you are concerned about the sale of this Egyptian statue by Northampton Council and the Marquis of Northampton you have only a few days to make your voice heard by signing this petition….

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You can find out more about this issue here:-

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or in the Northampton Chronicle:-

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Entrepreneurs Wanted

What could you turn £50 into for a good cause?

Here’s a chance for teams to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills and help Katharine House Hospice.

KHH are collaborating with Kärcher UK to launch  a brand new fundraiser – The Kärcher Accumulator Challenge!

Kärcher will provide a start-up fund of 10502166_550718038387642_4271122822242371294_n£50. The challenge is to turn this into as much money as possible for KHH.

This is a perfect challenge for businesses to encourage team building and creative, entrepreneurial thinking so please spread the word and help KHH make this a great success!

The challenge will begin on Monday 8th September and will run until Friday 5th December, and all teams who enter will be invited to an awards ceremony in December. Places are limited and the closing date to register interest is Friday 11th July so call Fundraising on 01295 812161 or email for more info.

Don’t Let Elvis Leave The Village!

A Last Chance For Tickets

Come & Play’s Elvis Tribute event on 4th May needs your support – they haven’t sold enough tickets yet to make this a success so sign up for an enjoyable evening and help our local kids.

It’s at Woodford Tandoori Cottage (formerly Woodford Dynasty Indian Restaurant).  £17.50 per person including a delicious five course banquet! Sunday 4th May is bank holiday weekend so there’s no work next day! Tickets are available in the restaurant, Friday to Monday nights, or message any of the Come & Play team on Facebook.

Emergency Planning Appeal

Get involved in Emergency Planning

We’ve seen first hand recently how much damage can be caused in an emergency.

It is the Northamptonshire County Council’s Emergency Planning team’s job to make sure that Northamptonshire is as prepared as it can be for extreme weather, an accident, or other circumstances that might put us at risk.

Resources on the ground and community preparedness are vital to ensure that danger and lasting damage caused in an incident is minimised.

To do this, Northampton County Council needs your help.

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 What could you do to help?


  • Join the Emergency Response Corps – As a member of the Corps, you’ll be trained and ready to join the Emergency Planning Team when they need your help. You’ll help run reception centres providing a base for emergency service personnel and a refuge for evacuees.

  • Volunteer with NCC’s Partners – Northants County Council works closely with all the emergency service providers and supporting organisations who also rely on volunteer support.

  • Become a Community Coordinator – NCC’s Emergency Planning Team have created a Self-Help Template so you can make sure your community is ready to respond to an emergency as soon as it starts.

  • Make sure you’re ready at home – Do you know what you and your family would do if there was an emergency close to home? Find out how you can be best prepared.


Help Plan Our Village

Help Set The Framework for Woodford’s Future

The Parish Council is looking for a group of six to eight people to form a steering group under the umbrella of the Parish Council to create a Neighborhood Plan.

Neighbourhood Plans establish general planning policies for the parish for development and use of land, such as where new houses and businesses should be built, what they should