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Business Directory – Sept. 2020

As you may know we provide a business directory here on the Signpost.

Entry is free to businesses in or serving Woodford Halse.

We have two new entries this month:

Mr Carpet Magic offers carpet and hard floor cleaning services.


Angela’s Beauty Sanctuary offers a range of treatments in her Byfield log cabin.

Here is the latest edition.

woodford business directory september 2020

Find It Any Time

You can download it here or access it at any time on ourBusiness Directory page, where you can also find details of how to get your business included.

Please let us know if your business needs to be added, removed or updated.

Grant Funding For Local Businesses

Small businesses urged to apply for Covid-19 support funds

Daventry District Council has announced the availability of grants for Covid-hit small businesses.

Small businesses in Daventry District are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £10,000 in the latest round of Government funding aimed at easing the impact of Covid-19.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is inviting small businesses that were not eligible for the Government’s other coronavirus support schemes to make applications to the new Discretionary Grant Fund.

The funding is aimed at businesses with under 50 employees that have seen a significant drop in income due to coronavirus, such as those in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, bed and breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates, some eligible charity properties and those who spend less than £51,000 a year renting or mortgaging a property.

The deadline for applications to the Council is the end of Sunday, 14 June 2020 and businesses can check the eligibility criteria and apply online via the DDC website at Daventry District Council’s Discretionary Grant Fund

DDC has already distributed £13.41m of Government funding to 1,138 local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic – including grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, plus a series of small business rate relief grants.

Councillor Colin Morgan, Resource Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council said: “Our staff have been working hard to ensure that local businesses receive the Government funding support that they are entitled to during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The Discretionary Grant Fund is aimed at those small businesses struggling significantly during these difficult times that aren’t eligible for the other government grant support schemes. I would urge any small local businesses who think they may qualify to visit our website to check the criteria and then apply online.”

Village Meats

New Opening Time

Janet has posted on the door of the shop (Village Meats, aka “Janet the Butchers”) that she will be opening at 8:30am from now on instead of from 8:00am.

I’m guessing this is just for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak.



VE Day Picnic, Anyone?

8th May Bank Holiday

Looking to make the most of the lockdown while sill staying safe?

On 8th May, we have a bank holiday to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. We need to celebrate but still stay safe in lockdown!

To help your socially-distanced plans Diane Kenny’s and the Old School Cafe are delighted to offer the “Stay Home and Picnic” service!

Delivered to your door before 1pm on 8th May, their picnic box has everything you need to have a wonderful bank holiday – regardless of the weather! You provide the venue, they provide the food.

Keep Calm & Picnic PosterIncluded in the picnic box is:

  • Mini Pork Pie
  • Scotch Egg
  • Piece of quiche (cheese & tomato)
  • Sandwich (egg mayonnaise, cheese & pickle or corned beef & mustard)
  • Sausage roll
  • Crisps
  • Scone with jam & cream
  • Piece of cake (choice of Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Guinness cake, g/f Carrot Cake or vegan & g/f brownie)
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries

All for only £10 per person delivered (within Woodford – please ask for details on delivery outside of this area).

Children’s option

    • Scotch Egg
    • Sandwich (egg mayonnaise or cheese & pickle)
    • Sausage Roll
    •  Crisps
    • Piece of cake
    • Chocolate dipped Strawberries

£6 per person

Vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options available – please contact Diane Kenny for details  for details

You must book your picnic by Monday 4th May – payment will by by debit/credit card (over the phone) or bank transfer

Email Diane at – we are happy to call you back if you leave your number

We look forward to celebrating the bank holiday with you – KEEP CALM AND PICNIC AT HOME!

Co-op Updated Opening April

The Co-op store in Phipps Road has announced that they are reducing their opening hours on a temporary basis from Sunday 5th April.

Mid Councties Co-op LogoOpening times will now be:-

07:00am until 8:00pm Monday to Saturday

08:00am until 8:00pm Sunday

To help senior citizens and those who are most vulnerable or at risk the Co-op has introduced a ‘Priority Shopping Hour’ from 9.30 to 10.30 every day in all their Food stores. Whilst the Co-op appreciate that we all have a need to shop at particular times, they would be grateful if you could help us preserve this period for senior citizens, their carers, the infirm and those with underlying health issues to complete their shopping.


Co-op Updated Opening Times

The Co-op store in Phipps Road has announced that they are reducing their opening hours on a temporary basis from Wednesday 18th March.

Mid Councties Co-op LogoOpening times will now be:-

07:00am until 8:00pm Monday to Saturday

08:00am until 8:00pm Sunday

To help senior citizens and those who are most vulnerable or at risk the Co-op has introduced a ‘Priority Shopping Hour’ from 9.30 to 10.30 every day in all their Food stores. Whilst the Co-op appreciate that we all have a need to shop at particular times, they would be grateful if you could help us preserve this period for senior citizens, their carers, the infirm and those with underlying health issues to complete their shopping.


Old School Cafe & The Virus

Still Open

Old School Cafe has decided to remain open for the time being.

We have taken this decision because we are able to provide all of our food to takeaway – so, if you prefer, there is no need to sit in the cafe – and remember, you can ring and pre-order so even less time in the company of others.

If you do not want to come into the cafe, knock on the window which faces the carpark and we can serve you through our temporary “drive thru”!!

Call 07845 430577

We can even provide you with a frozen/chilled meal to take home and reheat at your convenience.

To commemorate St Patrick’s Day we have a lovely Irish Stew as a special this week – served with a hot bread roll! 🍀🍀🍀

We are doing our best to stay safe and support the community at the same time. We use approved cleaning products and have hand sanitizer available for customers in addition to our usual handwashing products.

We have a number of events scheduled in the days and weeks ahead – keep an eye on this page for updates. The flower arranging scheduled for 2 April has been cancelled.

Food At The Fleur

Opening February 28th.

JK LogoJK’s Kitchen & Catering are opening up with a food menu at the Fleur Public House at 14 South Street Woodford Halse, NN11 3RF.

Vegan and gluten free options are available on request.

Thursday lunch time offers OAP meals for the smaller appetite at £6.95 for a main and dessert.

Sunday is roast day with a choice of meats and the usual trimmings.

JK’s also cater functions. Contact details below.

Opening Times

Thursday: 12.00 – 14.30 OAP Menu

Friday: 17.30 – 22.30

Saturday: 16.30 – 22.30

Sunday: 12.00 – 15.00 Roasts & Kid’s Menu Only


For booking to avoid disappointment + for delivery or take away: 0756 228 6544

And: find JK’s on Facebook: JK’s Kitchen & Catering

Menu Flyer

You should be receiving your flyer…..

JK's flyer front

JK's flyer back

2019 Xmas Opening Times

From Your Local Businesses

As usual we will post details of Xmas opening times as we get them. If your business would like to have its details added, just email the details to and we’ll be happy to add them.

For the following see below:- Gun Dog Ales


Lyn’s Chinese + Fish & Chips Faulkners Shoe Shop Vets Indian Chef Laurence Tremayne Co-Op Old School Cafe*
23/12 5:00-10:00 As Normal 4:00-6:00 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
24/12 5:00-10:00 As Normal 2:00-4:00 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 6:00am-8:00pm CLOSED
26/12 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 8:00am-6:00pm CLOSED
27/12 CLOSED 10:00-5:00 4:00-6:30 5:00-11:00 9:30-2:30 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
28/12 5:00-10:00 9:00-5:00 ClOSED 5:00-11:00 9:30-2:30 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
29/12 5:00-10:00 9:00-5:00 CLOSED 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
30/12 5:00-10:00 9:00-5:00 4:00-7:00 5:00-11:00 9:30-2:30 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
31/12 5:00-10:00 9:00-4:00 2:00-5:00 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 6:00am-8:00pm CLOSED
1/1 5:00-10:00 CLOSED CLOSED 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 8:00am-6:00pm CLOSED
2/1 5:00-10:00 As Normal As Normal 5:00-11:00 09:00-6:00 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
3/1 As Normal As Normal As Normal 5:00-11:00 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED

* Old School Cafe re-opens 14th January

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Business Directory Update

Updated Directory & Opening Times

When we updated the Business Directory last month we missed out Laurence Tremayne, the new estate agents in Station Road. We’ve corrected that in this update.

Here’s our latest directory and our list of opening times.

Business Directory December 2019

Opening Times November 2019

You can always get to this information via our Business Directory page.

If we’ve got something wrong, or if you’d like to update or add details, please let us know:

Beep Assist

DDC Housing Provider Aims To Help Independent Living

Daventry District Council has asked us to pass on this information from Futures Housing, who took over Daventry District Council’s social housing stock in 2007.

Futures Housing has introduced Beep Assist, a service designed to help people to live independently at home for longer.

Beep Assist Logo

The service uses sensors and other technology to detect situations that are a risk for the occupant or to provide reminders or warnings. If you would like to find out more you can read this flyer on Beep Assist, visit their web site, or download this referral form to make contact with them.

Old Post Office – Stock Clearance

The old post office (corner of Church Street & Castle Road) will be opening at new times from next week….

Wednesdays 10.00 to 2.00 pm

Saturdays 10.00 to 1.00 pm

This is an opportunity to buy cards, stationary, art and craft and other sundries.

All stock must go.

Local Business

Updated Directory & Opening Times

We are always happy to promote businesses based in Woodford. Here’s our latest directory and our list of opening times.

Business Directory November 2019

Opening Times November 2019

You can always get to this information via our Business Directory page.

If we’ve got something wrong, or if you’d like to update or add details, please let us know:

Twice As Trim

We’re always happy to provide news of local enterprises…..

Joseph Mannion’s barber’s shop is celebrating its first year in the village and there are now two barbers cutting every day.

Why not give them a try? The Signpost Editor is happy to add his personal recommendation….

Mannions Barbers


Old Post Office

A bit of news from Dipikar at the Old Post Office.

The Old Post Office

 Photo courtesy of Woodford Halse Archive

The shop will be open from 9:30am to 12:30 on Saturday, 6th July with existing stock at bargain prices.

Hagstone Pottery


We are always happy to post news of local businesses, so here is an update from local potter, Jacqueline Rappaport, whose Hagstone Pottery is now opening on Thursdays and  Fridays.

New Gallery & Studio Shop

Hagstone PotteryHagstone Pottery is opening a new gallery and studio shop in the grounds of Tews Farm, Woodford Halse, selling hand-made pottery “warm from the kiln” of Northamptonshire potter Jacqueline Rappaport.

Hagstone’s studio shop is opening due to popular demand from customers, following the tremendous success of previous studio sale weekends. The grounds around Tews Farm make Hagstone Pottery a lovely destination, and Jacqueline is usually happy to show customers around the workshop, where her pottery is made, sometimes even throwing in a little impromptu demonstration on the wheel!

Practical Pots

Employing traditional throwing skills, Jacqueline uses stoneware and porcelain clays, which she hand-glazes and then fires to very high temperatures in order to create pottery Hagstone Potswhich is beautiful but also very usable.

“I’m not interested in making ornaments,” states Jacqueline firmly, “I like to produce useful pots – pots which are happy in the microwave and the dishwasher – but which are also lovely to handle and which look beautiful on the shelf when they are not being used.

“I try to adhere as closely as possible to the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement. In our disposable world where you can buy a dinner service for a tenner, more people are looking for objects with a bit more authenticity, something from the hand of the maker which is beautiful as well as useful”

Along with pots, Hagstone’s studio shop also sells hand-made ceramic and sterling-silver jewellery, linen and hemp scarves in “colours of clouds and sea”, plus exclusive limited-edition prints and cards.

Commissions are happily taken and a generously stocked seconds table is always very popular.

Find Out More?

Hagstone Pottery’s studio shop is open every Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm.

For more information and directions on how to get there visit

What is a Hagstone?

A Hagstone is a very hard, flinty stone which has a naturally occurring hole, formed over years and years, due the action of the crashing sea. In traditional folk-law, hag stones – also called fairy stones – offer protection from bad dreams and some say that if you look through the hole of a hag stone at certain times of the year, you will be able to see through it into the other world (wherever that might be!)


Business Directory Update Jan 2019

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

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

New Businesses

New businesses added include:-

Electrical Task Force Ltd. For electrical installation work.

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

We’ve also updated details for the following:-

Old School Cafe (new contact telephone number)

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

The Blossom Shop (relocation to 10, Farndon Road)

Woodford Interiors

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

You can find it here: Woodford Interiors on eBay

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

Updated Open All Hours…

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

You can find a link to it here:-

Open All Hours?


Interiors 42

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

Opening hours are:-

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

Saturday: 8:00am to 2:00pm

Sunday & Monday closed.

You can reach them online at by phone 91327 264 445, email or on Facebook:

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

Grand Opening

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

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

They look forward to offering their full menu from Tuesday.

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

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Dog Walking?

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

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

You can find out more at their website:

Paint N Powder

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

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

Paint N Powder Services Limited

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

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

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

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

Please contact us now for a quotation on 01327 312322

Paint N Powder Services Limited

Catesby Road



NN11 6JP

Ads for Local Businesses

Although we have a directory of local business here on the Signpost and we provide village businesses with a way to reach out to local people, we don’t carry paid advertising on the Signpost.

A new initiative is offering local businesses a low-cost advertising medium delivered twice a year to homes and businesses, together with a bigger on-line directory than we offer here and a wider coverage area.

Based in Little Preston, The Rural Advertiser will offer low cost advertising in an A5 booklet distributed every six months and in an on-line directory.

Find out more on their web site…

The first booklet will be distributed in November, closing date for adverts 6th October.

Contact them at: or by phone on01327 361018


Promote Your Business

We are always keen to promote local businesses.

We are updating the opens in a new windowlocal business directory.  If you would like your business added or to have your business details updated, all you have to do is fill in the form here:-

opens in a new windowBusiness Directory Form   

Funds For Local Business

£5M Fund for Rural Firms in South East Midlands

Businesses across the South East Midlands have been invited to discover the details of a new funding scheme aimed at boosting employment and growth in rural areas.

Friday 3rd March 2017 from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme supports projects that invest in building businesses, creating new jobs and growing the economy in rural areas.

Locally, the calls have been developed in collaboration with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and will be open to support food processing, business development and tourism infrastructure projects across the private, public and voluntary sectors for an initial 12 month period.

More details of the funding programme, which will see £5million allocated locally, will be available at a workshop at Towcester Racecourse on March 3 – familiarising businesses with the calls and providing the opportunity to talk to members of the Rural Payments Agency team and representatives from SEMLEP.

The session on March 3 will feature presentations from Roger Allonby from the RDPE and Lisa King from the LEADER programme, alongside case studies from local businesses such as The Old Piggery B&B in Bedfordshire.

Workshops will be held to give more information about business development, food processing, tourism infrastructure and the LEADER programme while one-to-one surgeries will be available in the afternoon for projects that already have proposal ideas.

More information on the event can be found opens in a new windowhere and you can apply to attend opens in a new windowhere.

Cars & Vans

We’re always happy to welcome new local businesses.

Express Car and Van Sales – Cropredy Van Centre have opened up at the Beaver Centre, offering commercial and private vehicles for sale.


If you’re looking for a used car or van check them out at 8 The Beaver Centre, Great Central Way, NN11 3DP, phone them on 01327 260240 or 07786 511286 or opens in a new windowsee their latest stock on their web site.

Don’t forget our local business directory…..Local Businesses.

We’ll be adding their details shortly.

Xmas Treats

Local catering service company opens in a new windowFirst We Eat is offering some special treats for Christmas.


Diane Kenny specialises in handmade chocolates, specialty cakes and catering services.
She is currently taking orders for Xmas which includes Xmas cakes and handmade truffles packed as Xmas pressies!

You can contact Diane on  or by phone on 07530342312.

Doin’t forget you can keep up to date with opens in a new windowall our Christmas News here.


Xmas Flower Workshop

The Blossom Shop are holding a Christmas Flower Workshop on 4th December, 10am to 4pm.

opens in a new windowA cone and holly.

A cone and holly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This will be a hands-on workshop that lets you create your own door wreath and table decoration to take home. Why not get a few friends together for a fun-filled, creative day?

Fee for the day is £35 which includes a whole day of tuition, all materials, lunch and refreshments in a stunning location.

Tickets are available in advance (booking is essential!)  from The Blossom Shop, 26 Station Road, Woodford Halse, telephone 01327262336 or email:

Baby Aid

Here’s a really helpful idea from Little Lamb’s Child Minder. Little Lambs is an OFSTED registered child minder in Woodford Halse. They recently posted on their Facebook page details of a free St John’s Ambulance Baby First Aid Guide and we’re happy to support that by adding the details here too…

brochureYou can get a copy by registering here… opens in a new windowBaby First Aid 

You can contact Little Lambs by emailing Rouba at or via their Facebook page.


ViZard Face & Body Art

Here’s another in our occasional series on local businesses, charities and other organisations.


You may think face painting is just for kids, and you’ve certainly seen their work if you’ve been at the Woodford Halse Regatta, but opens in a new windowViZard Face & Body Art do amazing paints for adults too.7975f8_d283635344744835ab4a553c23a3731a

Everything from animal faces, through fake tattoos, to dramatic landscapes across a baby bump; Vizard create dramatic, inspiring, amusing and sometimes surprising body art.

They are as likely to be found at corporate events, hen nights and festivals as they are at kid’s parties and offer a range of priced packages for different needs. Based in Woodford Halse, they operate all over this corner of the Northants, Oxford, Warwick borders.

And they don’t just paint skin – how about a customised pair of trainers for a deserving kid? Vizard support the opens in a new windowSuperShoes charity.


You can learn more about opens in a new windowViZard  on their very good web site which has a useful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, testimonials and details of their various  packages as well as more photos of the sort of work they do.

7975f8_f421475a64ee49b7abef76a96cb225f9Here’s another example of their innovative work. What better way to celebrate a bump?

But if you’d like something similar you had better think well ahead. One recent booking for a bump painting had to be called off when a set of twins turned up three weeks early!



(all images used with acknowledgement to Vizard Body Art)




Local Businesses?

We’re planning an update to the Local Business Directory, so that we can let local people know about local businesses.

If you aren’t included and would like to be – its completely free for businesses based in the parish – just email your details to or fill in the Business Directory Update form.

Don’t forget to let us know about changes in your business.

Learn more here… opens in a new windowLocal Business Directory

Vintage Beauty

12803204_217547438598831_826088111702014748_nVintage Beauty, Woodford’s newest personal care business has opened in Station Road. They aim to make all their clients feel totally relaxed, welcome, beautiful and special

They offer:-

    • Beauty treatments
    • Waxing and tinting
    • Body massage
    • Acrylic and gel nails
    • Facials
    • Make up

Including: Calgel, Shellac Nails, Acrylic, Waxperts Waxing, Eye Treatments, LoLa Brows, Eyelashes and Eyebrow Extensions

12928119_237352593284982_8095904954046985922_nTo find out what they could do for you, contact Camy on 01327 439503, or by email :

Keep in touch with what they are up to on their opens in a new windowFacebook page or call in to 44 Station Road.

Vintage Beauty is one of the local businesses featured in our Business Directory. Download a copy or view on-line from our opens in a new windowBusiness Directory page.

Happy New Year

And A Few New Businesses

As we’ve mentioned lot’s of times ( opens in a new windowmost recently here), one of the great things about the village is the wealth of local businesses and services available. Here’s an update to our opens in a new windowBusiness Directory.

New businesses included this time are:-

  • Woodworks.  Antique restoration,furniture designed and made,wood based projects for home or work, jewellery boxes and gifts. Contact: Simon Evans on 01327 261164,
  • Weightwatchers. Weight Loss and healthy lifestyle. Contact:  Helen Percival on 07952844588,
  • Atelier by Bobbie Seagroatt. Classes in pattern cutting / sewing that run in Cropredy. Bespoke wedding dress design and make service. Contact: Bobbie Seagroatt on 07941 619992



Good News for Jack Spaniels

Woodford’s Brewer Wins Wider Distribution

bottledbeers1Fans of opens in a new windowGun Dog Ales will be pleased to hear about their success in winning a deal to sell their products through Mid Counties Co-Op outlets.

Find out more in opens in a new windowthis article from the Northants Chronicle & Echo.

Don’t forget we are always pleased to report on local business successes, just drop us a line:

Business Broadband

Superfast Northamptonshire’s Offer to Small Businesses

The latest issue of the opens in a new windowSuperfast Northamptonshire Newsletter from Northamptonshire County Council focuses on helping local businesses get the benefits of superfast broadband.

opens in a new windowsuperfast16There are details of a voucher scheme that make grants of £3000 available to small and medium enterprises (“SME’s”) to help them upgrade to high speed broadband and case studies of businesses already benefiting from the scheme.

You can also find out about how the INV-ENT scheme has helped with grants for SME’s to help them to extend the business that they do on line.

There is also:-

  • News from Virgin Media and WarwickNet on their fibre network expansion.
  • Advice from BT & Openreach on Business Connectivity and Cloud Computing
  • A “When & Where” update
  • Guidance on Cyber Security.

Download your copy here:- opens in a new windowBroadband Newletter #16



Image Disco

We’ve added Image Disco to our Business Directory.

Matt Jones has sent us the details for Image Disco, a professional and reliable local mobile disco operator. Because Matt lives in Woodford Halse, he offers a discount on events taking place within the village.

imagediscoThey provide discos for birthdays, teenagers, Christmas and New Years parties as well as for corporate or themed events.

Contact Email:

Website:  opens in a new window

Telephone: 07530 902889

We’ve added Matt’s details to a new section in the Directory entitled “Parties & Events” so if you think your business should be included here, let us know:

You can download the opens in a new windowfull directory here or read the flip book version here.

Woodford Interiors Re-opens

Woodford Interiors – the village DIY and gift shop – has been closed for a while but now has just posted new opening times for January and February.

The shop will be open Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

A Sweet Update

Smillies Cakes & Pops

We’ve added details of Smillies Cakes & Pops to our opens in a new windowBusiness Directory in the “Eating Out and In” section.

cakesnpopsThey offer cakes for any occasion, sweet buffets with Sweetie Cart or Ferris Wheels, 4ft led LOVE letters and much much more.

They are fully registered, insured and inspected by Environmental Health with a 5* rating.

You can reach them via Catriona Smillie on the web at / (or on Facebook), by email at or phone 07969728751.

Don’t forget, we are always happy to publicise local businesses. You can send in details of your business here: opens in a new windowBusiness Directory Form

Xmas Opening…

It’s In Your WOW But It’s Here As Well.

Here are the details of Xmas opening for local businesses. Regular opening times are here:- Open All Hours.

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Business Opportunities

27th November “Meet The Buyers” Event for Local Development Projects.

Contractors, sub-contractors tradespeople and suppliers from Daventry and the wider Northamptonshire area have the chance to ‘Meet the Buyer’ at an event which will highlight supply chain opportunities for public sector construction projects in the area.

logoThe free event is being hosted by building contractors Jeakins Weir, Wates, Morgan Sindall, and Clegg Construction, who are all looking to attract new supply chain partners for their work on the empa ii (East Midlands Property Alliance) Construction Framework.

The Northamptonshire ‘Meet the Buyer’ event is being held on Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 9am to 1pm at:

iCon Environmental Innovation Centre,
Eastern Way,
NN11 0QB

The event will formally open at 9am with an address by Councillor Chris Millar, Leader of Daventry District Council, which is supporting the event.

Councillor Millar said: “There is major investment in Daventry and the rest of Northamptonshire at the moment and I would urge local firms to take advantage of this event, which offers them a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the key contractors, find out about the exciting development projects coming up, and generate business opportunities.”

Alan Coole, head of service at empa, said: “This Meet the Buyer event will enable local businesses to meet the four empa ii framework contractor partners and potentially win sub-contracted work from them. November 27 has to be on the diary of anyone involved in building in Northamptonshire that wants public sector work.”

For further information on the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event please call Tony Shipley, Business Development Manager at Jeakins Weir on 01536 454400 or e-mail

A flyer for the event is available here: Meet the Buyer Forum Flyer

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Paws 4 Thought

Here’s the latest of our local business shout outs…. If you’d like us to publicise something new you’re doing or your local success we’re only too happy to. Just drop us a line: opens in a new windowWoodford Signpost Editor.


4PawsAnyDay is Rebekah Barnes’ new business in Woodford Halse offering pet sitting services.

If your animals would rather stay home when you are away or if you’ve had troubles getting the booking you want for your pets in kennels then why not try 4PawsAnyDay?

Their services include:-

  • Pet sitting big and small animals : dogs, cats, mice, rabbits, you name it!
  • Live-in pet care : 24 hr care with added home security as a plus!!
  • Pet hampers
  • Dog nail clipping

4PawsAnyDay is fully insured, covering pets and homes in their care. Rebekah is fully qualified in animal care and has lots of experience with references available.

You can see more (including those references) at Rebekah’s web site: opens in a new

Or you can email her for more details, rates and availability at: or by phone on 07934 020790.

Local Brewery News

Gun Dog Ales Christmas Update

We’re always happy to promote local businesses and so, here’s a Christmas update from our local brewers, Gun Dog Ales:-image002image001

Gundog at Christmas 2014 

There are details of the polypins and bottle packs available plus how to take a brewery tour.

Get in touch at their web site (which carries details of local stockists and pubs where Gundog Ales are served) or via:

Harley’s New Shop

Country Lifestyle Shop & Cafe Opening

On November 1st, doors open to the new Harley Country Lifestyle Shop and Cafe at Harley Equestrian, Eydon Road, Woodford Halse, NN11 3RG.

harleyCome along on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of November 10 am to 5pm to enjoy food sampling from Eydon Pantry & Cindy’s homemade heaven.

There will be free gift bags from Neals Yard beauty products and you can see a variety of exciting and individual gifts, home accessories and much more.

Job Opportunity

Limes Farm Needs Tearoom & Event Shift Leader/Manager.

Wednesday to Sunday (2 out of 4 weekends)

(Rate of Pay – Depending on experience)

limesfarmlogoLimes Farm is different; they make almost everything that they sell; & work hard to ensure their brand values remain at the heart of everything they do. They strive to offer consistently great service to customers. Recruiting the right people to work in their team is therefore critical to their success.

They are currently looking for an experienced part time, highly committed, customer-focused Tearoom Shift leader to work during their busiest trading periods.

This role requires you to work with and deputise for the Farm Shop Manager to ensure that the tearoom operates efficiently and provides an excellent standard of customer service at all times.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assist and deputise for the Limes Farm Shop Manager to ensure the smooth running of the tearoom and farm shop operation
  • Supervise the FOH team, providing coaching, training and support as required, to ensure excellent customer service is maintained at all times
  • Help with any area of the Tearoom operation where circumstances dictate, including waiting; till operation; coffee making; food preparation and cleaning;
  • Maintain high standards of quality control, hygiene, and health and safety
  • Support on and off-site catering events.

The successful candidate will have proven leadership or supervisory experience, ideally within a Hospitality or Retail environment and have the ability to lead; develop and motivate a small team of front of house assistants.

Enthusiastic and driven, you’ll have a passion for providing the highest levels of customer service and a willingness to take a hands-on approach. You will also be well organised, thrive under pressure and be comfortable working on your own initiative. This role requires the successful candidate to have the ability to flex their hours of work to meet the changing needs of the business.

Clean driving license desirable & own transport to Limes Farm needed.

To apply for this role, please email your CV to:

Closing date for applications: 30th September

Interviews will be scheduled for week commencing 6th October

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 

An Idea for Local Business?

Would the FSB Initiative Work Here?

Woodford is lucky to have the number and range of shops that we do but do we always take advantage of what they can offer? One thing is sure, without our custom they cannot survive and thrive.

The Federation of Small Businesses has come up with an idea in their Thames Valley region to promote spending with local businesses. They have challenged local people to record their local spending for the chance of winning a £250 prize. Do shoppers think something like this would be a good idea for Woodford? Do businesses think it might help, too?


If you’ve got a view why not leave a comment here or on our Facebook page? Or you can email us at:


Job Vacancies : Shebang

1. Sales Executive : Shebang

Are you a Sales Executive who is motivated, determined and results driven? Then bring your ambition to Shebang. ( opens in a new

You will be outgoing, organised, and confident in communicating to our diverse customer base. With the desire to succeed, you will be target driven, have a professional appearance and the ability to work hard. Previous experience is advantageous although not essential as we provide excellent training from day one.

You will be expected to work late shifts 12-8.30pm Monday-Friday

The Job!

Working in our busy call centre in Daventry you will need to be have a good telephone manner and you will need to deliver sales as telesales department have a sales target. You must always be ready for our customers with the customer journey faithfully delivered and Customer Experience at the heart of motivation.

The Benefits!

  • A competitive salary
  • Uncapped Commission
  • Excellent scope for personal development
  • Staff Incentives

If you believe you have what it takes to become part of our success please send us your CV to Sam Rudge ( Tel: 07474215305

Closing Date: Friday 20th June 2014

2. Customer Service Advisors

Shebang are looking for 2 part time customer services advisors from 17:30-20:30 and 1 full time advisor from 12:00-20:30. Both positions are Monday to Friday with occasional Saturday work, based in Daventry.

If you want to work in a friendly company helping customers with their mobile phone enquires and making a difference to peoples lives, please email a CV to Jennie Curtis Full training will be provided.  Telephone for Contacts: 07474215305


Body Shoppers Wanted

Helen Durkin is starting up a Body Shop at Home business and is looking for people to host parties.

Body Shop is currently giving away £50 vouchers to anyone who hosts a party between 1-19th May. You’ll also get a 70% discount on anything else you want. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, try lots of different products that aren’t tested on animals & compare prices etc in the comfort of your own home.

Please email Helen at if you would like to reserve a date as the £50 vouchers are very limited.


Welcome our newest shop

Zeno Sportswear opens in Station Road

The latest addition to Woodford’s parade of shops is Zeno Sportswear.

P1020341_edited-3Offering sports wear, work wear (including hi-viz items) and school wear, the shop is now open at 44 Station Road.

You can find out more about their range at their web site: opens in a new or you can phone them on 01327 260662.

Trading Standards News

Update from Northants Trading Standards

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Issue 7 of Northants Trading Standards News has lots of useful information for consumers including:-

  • Tips to avoid rogue builders
  • News of recent prosecutions for illegal trading
  • Help with debt
  • Shopping on-line, by post or phone – know your rights
  • Buy with Confidence scheme : new traders

Its all in the latest edition:

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Xmas Opening – Update


Here is the latest (& probably last) update to Christmas opening times. We’ve updated times for Indian Chef.



Monday – Saturday 6.30am-6pm, Sunday 6.30am-1pm.


Co-op Stores

Tuesday 24th December 7:00am – 7:00pm

Closed on Christmas Day,

Boxing Day 26th December 8:00am – 6:00pm

Friday 27th December 7:00am – 10:00pm

Saturday 28th December 7:0000am – 10:00pm

Sunday 29th December 8:00am – 10:00pm

Monday 30th  December 7:00am – 10:00pm

Tuesday 31st December 7:00am – 7:00pm

Wednesday 1st January 8:00am – 6:00pm

Thursday 2nd January onwards – Normal Opening Hours



Monday – Saturday 9am-5.30pm, Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm,

Tuesday 24th December 9am-4pm, Christmas Day Closed,

Boxing Day Closed, Tuesday 31st December 9am-4pm,

New Year’s Day Closed.



Monday 23rd December Open, Friday 27th December Open,

Friday 3rd January Open,

Tuesday 24th December – Thursday 26th December Closed,

Tuesday 31st December – Thursday 2nd January 2014 Closed,

Tuesday 7th January 2014 onwards Normal Hours.



Tuesday 24th December 5pm-11pm, Christmas Day Closed,

Boxing Day 5pm-10pm, Friday 27th December 5pm-11pm,

Saturday 28th December 5pm-11pm,

Sunday 29th December 5pm-11pm,

Monday 30th December 5pm-11pm,

New Year’s Eve 5pm-10pm,

New Year’s Day 5pm-10pm.



Sunday 22nd December 5:00 – 10:00pm

Monday 23rd  December 12:00 – 2:00pm / 4:45 – 10:00pm

Tuesday 24th December 5:00 – 10:00pm

Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Friday 27th December

Saturday 28th December 12:00 – 2:00pm / 4:45 – 11:00pm

Sunday 29th December 5:00 – 10:00pm

Monday 30th  December 12:00 – 2:00pm / 4:45 – 10:00pm

Tuesday 31st December 5:00 – 10:00pm

Wednesday 1st January 5:00 – 10:00pm

Thursday 2nd January onwards – Normal Opening Hours


Friday, 20 December 8.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Saturday, 21 December Closed all day

Sunday, 22 December  Closed all day

Monday, 23 December  8.00 a.m. – 8.30 p.m. (Extended hours)

Tuesday, 24 December 8.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 25 December Closed all day

Thursday, 26 December Closed all day

Friday, 27 December 8.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Saturday, 28 December Closed all day

Sunday, 29 December Closed all day

Monday, 30 December 8.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 31 December 8.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 1 January  Closed all day

Thursday, 2 January 8.00 a.m. – 8.30 p.m. (Extended hours)

Friday 3, January 2014 8.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Saturday, 4 January Closed all day

Sunday, 5 January 2014 Closed all day

In the case of emergencies whilst the surgery is closed, please telephone the ‘111’ service by dialling 111.


Office is closed on Monday 23rd December 2013 and re-opens on Friday 3rd January 2014.



01327 260488 for Opening Times



Open on Christmas Eve for your last minute presents.

Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Closed on 29/12 and 01/01/14.

Otherwise open as usual.



01327 264775 for Opening Times



Tuesday 24th December 8am-1pm, Christmas Day Closed,

Boxing Day Closed, Friday 27th December Closed,

Saturday 28th December 8am-4pm,

Tuesday 31st December 8am-1pm,

Wednesday 1st January Closed.

Thursday 2nd January Normal hours.



Tuesday 24th December 4pm-5pm,

Christmas Day Closed,

Boxing Day Closed,

Friday 27th December 4pm – 6:30pm, (shop closed all day)

Tuesday 31st December 4pm-6pm,

New Year’s Day Closed,

Thursday onwards:  Normal Hours.



Sunday 22nd December 9am-12 noon,

Monday 23rd December 8am-5.30pm,

Tuesday 24th December 8am-2pm,

Christmas Day Closed,

Boxing Day Closed,

Friday 27th December 9am-1pm,

Saturday 28th December 8am-3.30pm,

Monday 30th December 8am-5.30pm,

Tuesday 31st December 8am-1pm,

New Year’s Day Closed,

Thursday onwards:  Normal Hours.



Last posting dates:

2nd Class Royal Mail Signed For :   Wednesday 18th December

1st Class Royal Mail Signed For:   Friday 20th December

Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed:  Monday 23rd December



Monday 2th December – Monday 23rd December 9am-6pm,

Tuesday 24th December 9am-6pm,

Closed until Wednesday 8th January

Thursday 9th January 9:30 -am – 4:00pm and then as usual.


Horsey Discounts

Harley Equestrian Discount Days

image005Come and enjoy a glass of port, mince pies and 15% discounts at Harley Equestrian. Due to the success of their Christmas Drinks & Canape evening Harley Equestrian are going to hold two more 15% discount days with late night shopping.

Come along on Thursday 12th or Thursday 19th December between 10:00am and 9:00pm.

Harley Equestrian & Harley Racing, Unit 1, Dairy Farm, Eydon Rd, Woodford Halse, NN11 3RG

Tel:   0044 (0) 1327 260818

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Its a Festive WoW!

Coming to your letterbox soon.

The bumper 8 page edition of WoW for December and January will be on its way to you soon but you can steal a march on your neighbours by reading it here….

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Don’t forget you can always get WoW back numbers on opens in a new windowthis page.