Category Archives: Local Clubs

Woodford’s Glorious Gardens

A Virtual Flower and Produce Show for 2020!

At Woodford Halse Garden Club our members continue to enjoy all things green (and increasingly turning brown!)  and have greatly appreciated the opportunity that gardening brings not only to provide good exercise and promote positive mental health but also bring forth flowers and produce to use and enjoy.

Although our annual produce show couldn’t happen this year, we have created a virtual presentation of some of the garden goodies grown by our members.

To view this video, click on the arrow below:

or search “Woodford Halse Garden Club” on YouTube. Hope you enjoy!

Woodford’s Wonderful Gardens

Garden Club Winners

garden club logoAs the Garden Club had to cancel their meetings this year, the members have been sharing photos of what they have been up to in the garden during lockdown, and then voting for their favourites.

All of the photos and the winners can be seen below. The club thought that village residents would like to see them.

Maybe you’ll get some ideas for your garden too!

Find out more about the Garden Club on their page: Woodford Halse Garden Club.

Garden Photos - Summer 2020

 

View the photos by clicking the arrows or you can download the Garden Club Summer 2020 entries here.

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

Garden Club Update

Membership Carried Forward To 2021

Given the ongoing uncertainty as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the Garden Club has decided to cancel their planned summer visits and the show in September.

garden club logoAt the moment we have kept the October and November meetings in the diary, as well as the Christmas party, but may need to review this as we move through the year.

When we are open we would love to welcome any visitors who might have recently been introduced to the delights of gardening and “growing your own” during this time of household isolation!

In addition, the Garden Club committee has decided that, as they have only provided a partial programme this year, they will carry forward memberships to 2021, so that members who have already paid subs for this year will not have to pay again next year.

For further information contact woodfordhalsegardenclub@gmail.com

(The details in this post  have also been used to update the Garden Club page and the Events page.)

History Society

Looking Forward to the End of Lockdown

As with all organisations, the Woodford Halse History Society is in lockdown and we look forward to be allowed to proceed with our first meeting in the new programme commencing on Tuesday 15th September.

The subjects for the future talks are being arranged and will be published when possible.

Our meetings are at the Memorial Hall in Woodford commencing at 7-30pm with talks usually of one hour followed by a social time with refreshments.

We wish everybody well.

The Annual Membership fee is £15 and a charge of £3 per evening is made for Visitors. Refreshments are included. NEW MEMBERS, also Visitors ALWAYS WELCOME.

Further information can be seen on the Woodford Halse History Society Web Site.

Garden Club Events Cancelled

A message from the Garden Club Committee….

garden club“In light of the government’s latest advice regarding Coronavirus and avoiding social contacts , the Garden Club Committee have decided to cancel our planned meetings in April and May. We hope that we will still be able to do planned visits from June onwards, but will contact you nearer the time. In the mean time we hope that you all stay fit and well.

Best Wishes, Garden Club Committee”

And in addition…

If anybody needs any help if unable to get out for shopping etc. then please get in touch with Rebecca and Paul Hymers who will be pleased to assist if they can.

Lunch Club Cancelled

The Lunch Club has asked the Signpost to pass on the following notice…..

“We regret to inform you that the Lunch Club for March 26th at the Memorial Hall has been cancelled in respect of the Corona Virus guidelines. As we have a duty of care to our members and the volunteers who run the event we will not be running our lunch club until further notice.We hope you all keep safe and look forward to re-opening soon. Regards Irene and team.”

History Society Meetings Postponed

COVID-19 Precautionary Measure

To comply with the CORONAVIRUS precautions and advice received the future meetings and proposed outing of the Woodford Halse History Society are now ALL POSTPONED.

New dates will be arranged when it is possible and free of virus “threats”.

Keep well, look out for the new dates and remember the new programme year will commence on the 15th September 2020.

3rd March 2020 WI

Royal Souvenirs

This month’s speaker for the Woodford and Hinton WI is local photographer Geoff Pearce, who will be entertaining them with a talk about his involvement in the designing of Royal Souvenirs.

The WI LogoCome along on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.   Visitors are very welcome,  £3 for the talk and refreshments.

The WI has been going for 88 years in the village, so why not go along and find out what it’s all about, they’d love to meet you.

See the full diary of WI events on their Meeting Calendar

Tennis Coaching 2020

Free Sessions For Young Children

tennis ballAt BYFIELD TENNIS CLUB, Lawn Tennis Association coaches are running 5 sessions of coaching for Infant School age children (free for those who have not previously attended any of our coaching) and 5 sessions of “Rusty Racquets” adult sessions (£35) for those who are beginners or wanting to take up tennis again.

Dates are Fridays 24th April until 22nd May, p.m. and 8.30 pm respectively. Contact Peter Cowley 07539 244155 for details about all this coaching.

The Tennis Club also has a novice practice group running on Saturdays 9-10.30 am – Email Steve McCoy if you are interested:  stevevemccoy@gmail.com.

Find out more about the club on their web site.

 

Eccentric Sports

Woodford Halse History Society

The next meeting of the History Society is on Tuesday 17th March 2020 when the speaker will be Richard Smith with a review of Britain’s Most Eccentric Sports.

Richard is a stand-up comedian and the evening promises to be informative and entertaining.

History Society meetings are at the Memorial Hall in Woodford commencing at 7-30pm with talks usually of one hour followed by a social time with refreshments.

The Annual Membership fee is £15 and a charge of £3 per evening is made for Visitors.

Refreshments are included.

NEW MEMBERS AND VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME.

A printed programme is available at various businesses in the village and further information can be seen on the Web Site: www.woodfordhalsehistorysociety.org

Ring Out

St Mary's ChurchLocal bell ringers from surrounding villages regularly ring at St. Mary’s Church, Woodford Halse on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Only 2 of our numbers that come from Woodford Halse and we’d like more.

We hope that publishing our ringing times here might prompt other villagers interested in coming along to see what we do with a view to perhaps being taught the art of ringing.

WOODFORD HALSE BELLRINGERS
The ultimate heavy metal band

If you would like to see what bell ringing is all about, please come along any 2nd or 4th Thursday of the month (if we are there you’ll hear us!) at any time after 8.00 pm to just sit and watch or ask to have a go.

Anyone who is keen to learn, please contact Geoffrey Stretton on 01327 264489.

In the meantime, have a looking at the link below to get a 5min insight into ringing: Up  The Spiral Staircase.

Military Veterans

Calling all Military Veterans and Serving Personnel

Woodford Halse now has an armed forces group for social get-togethers.

A small group of residents have had their first social gathering which was a great success! The group is very relaxed and is looking to hold a few social gatherings each year, culminating in the Parade on Remembrance Sunday.

If you have served or are a currently serving in any of the HM Forces and want more information please contact Ali Thorne on 07808 722909 or at ali_thorne@live.co.uk

Your Local Football Team

First Team Fixtures : 2020 Season

Woodford United FC LogoHere are the details for Woodford United F.C. first team fixtures for the rest of the 2020 season.

All Saturday games kick off at 2.30. Home matches take place at the football ground on Byfield Road.

February

8th Kettering Nomads : Away

15th Corby Pegasus : Home

22nd Weldon United : Away

29th Blisworth : Home

March

7th Blisworth:  Away

14th Roade : Home

21st Earls Barton : Away

28th Heyford Athletic : Home

April

4th FC Aztec : Away

Tuesday 7th Harpole : Away (6.30 kick off)

11th Moulton : Home

12th Bishops Itchington : Bethel cup final At Woodford United FC

18th Thrapston : Away

25th Harpole : Home

May

2nd S&l Corby : Away

9th Wollaston : Home

WI 2020 Programme

Woodford & Hinton Meetings Calendar

The Woodford & Hinton WI events programme is now available below.

WI 2020 Programme

Meetings usually take place on the first Tuesday of the month (no meeting in August) in the Memorial Hall at 7:30pm.

Visitors are always welcome, fee £3.

Dates appear on our events page or you can find them here on the Signpost on Facebook.

WI 2020 Flyer

 

Woodford Model Railway

Open Day : Feb 1st 2020

Woodford Halse Model Railway Club is having an open day.

The model railway will be open on the afternoon of Saturday the 1st of February, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Come and see Woodford Halse station in miniature as it would have looked in the 1940’s/50’s.

Please note the layout rooms are on the top floor of the social club with several sets of stairs but the climb is very much worth it. The club asks that all children attending are accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Entry is free but the club is asking for a small donation to help us keep the model railway in working order. For any further details, please message the Club via their Facebook page. The club hopes to see plenty of you then.

Woodford Halse Model Railway

Finding A Giant Roman Villa

Woodford Halse History Society

The next meeting is on Tuesday 18th February 2020.

The speaker will be Keith Westcott, a Historian and Detectorist, with the story of his discovery of one of the largest Roman Villas found in Britain on the Broughton Castle Estate, near Banbury. The foundations of the villa, which date to AD99, are only just smaller than Buckingham Palace!

Broughton Villa

History Society meetings are at the Memorial Hall in Woodford commencing at 7-30pm.

The talks are usually of one hour followed by a social time with refreshments.

The Annual Membership fee is £15 and a charge of £3 per evening is made for Visitors. Refreshments are included.

NEW MEMBERS and also Visitors are ALWAYS WELCOME.

Printed programmes are available at various businesses in the village also further information can be seen on the Web Site: www.woodfordhalsehistorysociety.org

Games Club

♤♡♢♧ GAMES CLUB ♧♢♡♤ (Adults only)

games clubStarts Thursday 7th November – 2pm to 5pm (fortnightly) Woodford Halse Sports & Community Club

Word games, board games or cards available and/or bring your own.

ONLY 50p to join and 50p for TEA and CAKE!

More information: Woodford Games Club Facebook page

History Society

The Woodford Halse History Society has just published its programme of talks and visits for the rest of this year and the start of 2020.

Talks cover a wide range of subjects from Britain’s Eccentric Sports, to a Roman Villa at Broughton Castle and the work of Bletchley Park.

Visitors are always welcome.

Learn more about the Society on their page here.

Download a copy of the programme here:

History Society 2019-2020 Programme

Tennis at Byfield

Want to Take Up Tennis?

NEW FOR THE AUTUMN

BYFIELD TENNIS CLUB

Starting Saturday 12th October 9 am to 10.30 am

Supported beginners/novice adult player sessions

This will be a regular opportunity to practice with other novices. Initially no charge.

For more information contact Steve at stevevemccoy@gmail.com

If you are an established player interested in joining the club contact suzette.waterhouse@gmail.com

Two For Music Lovers

Symphony Orchestra & Male Voice Choir

Northampton has a lot to offer the music lover. The Northampton Symphony Orchestra has just announced its programme for the coming year with concerts from October onwards and the Northampton Male Voice Choir are kicking off its new season with a “Proms Night” concert on September 28th. More details below….

Choir Announces New Season with Spectacular Proms Last Night

On Saturday 28 September 2019 the award winning Northampton Male Voice Choir together with stunning soprano, Emily Haig and the outstanding Virtuosi GUS Brass Band will present its annual concert “The Last Night of the Proms” conducted by its charismatic musical director, Stephen Bell. Watch out, when Stephen’s about – absolutely anything can (and often does) happen

NMVC Proms Concert 2019The exciting programme will include a fantastic range of music from John Williams’s “Star Wars” to “Dam Busters”, a rousing selection of songs from the 90 strong male choir and a “Last Night” sing-a-long with Emily Haigh with favourites such as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

This promises to be a night simply bursting with music and should not to be missed!!

Tickets are available from choir members or online from Ticket Source or from David Walsh on 01604 831455

For further details about Northampton Male Voice Choir see their web site

For Emily Haig see www.emilyhaigsoprano.co.uk/

For Virtuosi Gus Band see www.thegusband.com

Northampton Symphony Orchestra 2019-20 Season

Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mozart, Bernstein: there’s something for everyone in the NSO’s upcoming programme with a series of concerts that mix old favorites and hidden treasures.

Learn more at the NSO’s web site.

NSO Programme 2019/2020

 

British Legion Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hall Bookings On-Line

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

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

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

Garden Club 2019

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

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

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

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

Here is this year’s programme:

Garden Club

Organic Gardening

On Monday 5th November at 7.30pm, Woodford’s Garden Club is excited to be hosting a talk on Organic Gardening by Pauline Pears.

Pauline is a renowned expert and author of a number of books, including the HDRA Encyclopaedia of Organic Gardening. She was also a co-presenter on Channel 4’s “All Muck and Magic”, head of the advisory service at “Garden Organic” in Coventry and editor of “The Organic Way” magazine for 28 years.

Venue: Woodford Halse Memorial Hall.

Members free, visitors £2.

Garden Club “Thank You!”

Thank you to all of the members and visitors who took part in the Annual Show on the 3rd September and congratulations to all of the winners, especially Mr P Washbourne who won the Julie Manton cup for best overall performance in fruit, vegetables and flowers.

The club hopes to see lots of people at the next meeting on Monday 1st October at 7.30pm – “Preserving your Garden” – a talk on making jam, chutney, cider and wine, along with tastings!

Visitors and new members always welcome.

 

History Society – September

The History Society’s September meeting celebrates the 100th anniversary on women gaining the vote with a look at Oxfordshire’s women’s suffrage movement.

Download the flyer with details of the meeting here.

Find out more about the History Society here.

History Society 2018-19

Talks on Local History & More

Here is the programme of events for Woodford’s History Society for the 2018-19 season.

A wide range of talks covers local and wider historical events looking at topics from women’s suffrage, through the local impact of the 2018 armistice, harvest rituals and much more.

Find out more about attending events on the History Society’s page.

 

Railway Modeller

Here’s one for you railway enthusiasts.

I guess everyone knows about the model of the railway around Woodford Halse upstairs at the Social Club (It’s open to visitors on a regular basis – you can learn more here).

In the August 2018 edition of Railway Modeller, there is an article on a layout called “Woodhinton” which represents the area around Woodford and Banbury in the British Railways era. “Woodhinton” is a fictional layout but it follows prototypical practice and fans of the railways around here will find it worth picking up a copy.

Garden Club Show

Woodford Halse Garden Club is holding it’s 19th annual flower and produce show on Monday September 3rd.

Competition classes are open to both Garden Club members and non-members.

Try your hand by showing your best fruit, veg and flowers; cook up a great preserve or your best Mary Berry or go for the Sunflower Competition.

Details below….

Garden Club Events

BBQ at Bert’s – Monday 6th August, 6.30pm

A chance to look around the garden and gardening museum at Orchard House, South Street and enjoy a BBQ and social evening with friends. Members £2, non-Members £3. Please bring your own drink if you want one, and a picnic chair or blanket. If you want to come along then please e-mail Diane dianekenny57@gmail.com

Annual Show – Monday 3rd September, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall

This will include the results of the giant sunflower competition, involving pupils from Woodford Halse Primary Academy as well as Garden Club members. Other competition categories will be announced nearer the time. Please can cup holders return these to 12 Farndon Road or Top to Toe by the 18th August.

Thank you to all those who came along and supported the charity cream teas in July, we raised a fantastic £360 for Thrive.

Library Update

From Pat Darby….

The library has had to close today (Wednesday 27th June, 2018) until further notice due to building issues (apparently this is a problem with an IT cabinet that belongs to the Northamptonshire County Council – they are sorting it out). We hope that the library will open as soon as possible and you will be informed when the building can re open to the public again.

Thank you to all those who have volunteered to keep the library open in the future. I am very pleased with the level of support within the village. I will be contacting you all and arranging a meeting as soon as we get a decision from Northants County Council. There is a delay due to a judicial review which will take place in July.

Please continue to volunteer as I can still add more people to the list.  I will be attending the Regatta and will be in the memorial hall during the afternoon and evening for people to sign up as volunteers for the library.

Woodford Halse Regatta Friday 29th June

The Woodford Halse archives will be available for people to view in the memorial hall in
the afternoon from 2.30 onwards and during the Regatta until 8.00 pm . So do visit and gather information about the history of our village.

Garden Club Events

BBQ & Show

Two upcoming events organised by the Garden Club:-

BBQ at Bert’s – Monday 6th August, 6.30pm

A chance to look around the garden and gardening museum at Orchard House, South Street and enjoy a BBQ and social evening with friends. Members £2, non-Members £3. Please bring your own drink if you want one, and a picnic chair or blanket. If you want to come along then please e-mail Diane dianekenny57@gmail.com

Annual Show – Monday 3rd September, 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall

This will include the results of the giant sunflower competition, involving pupils from Woodford Halse Primary Academy as well as Garden Club members. Other competition categories will be announced nearer the time. Please can cup holders return these to 12 Farndon Road or Top to Toe by the 18th August.

Summer & Autumn WI

Here is the WI programme for the remainder of 2018:

3rd July Battling for Charity.   Jon Courtney-Thompson

August.    No meeting

4 September.  Do not give up on your dreams.  G K Kingsley

2 October.   Indian customs and dress.  Mira Popat

6 November. Gift wrapping. Alison Graham

4 December.  Christmas supper.

Visitors are always welcome.

The WI meets at the Memorial Hall at 7.30 on the first Tuesday of every month. Visitors pay £2.50 including refreshments.

Experience the Tudors

The next WI meeting on Tuesday 5 June has Rosemary Verner giving a talk on “Being a Tudor”.

Visitors are always welcome.

The WI meets at the Memorial Hall at 7.30 on the first Tuesday of every month. Visitors pay £2.50 including refreshments.

Brownies’ Summer Fund Raiser

Saturday 16th June 2 – 5pm : Woodford Halse Dryden Hall

Please show support and raise money for your local Brownie group –

1st Woodford Halse Brownies!

There will be;

  • Cake Stall!
  • Raffle Stall!
  • Hook a duck!
  • Buzz wire game!
  • Name the teddy!
  • Pick the golden egg!
  • Chance to win a GoPro Hero!
  • Guess how many sweets are in the jar!

& many more games and activities to get involved in!

Brownies is for girls aged 7 – 10!

If you are interested in beginning brownies or Guides please

Come along for more information!

The more money we raise the more fun and adventures we can go on, so please come along and support your local group.

See you there!!!

Brown Owl – Kelly 07854854374

woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com

Ukulele Strummers

17th May in the Farndon Room

Come along for an evening’s strumming.

Bring your uke and your favorite music.

Thursday 17th May 7.30, in the Farndon Room (Behind the Library).

£2.00

Contact: Tina Williams

Bowls Club Open Day

The Club is holding an open day on Sunday 13th May so that all age groups can come along and try their hand at bowling. Woodford has an A class bowling green in the village and it isn’t only a sport for pensioners.

All are invited to go along to the Sara Field and enjoy an afternoon in the sun, learning a new sport. All ages welcome. 13th May at 2:00 pm. Find them here.

Garden Club Events

Middleton Cheney Garden Visits – Monday 18th June

In June, the Garden Club will be visiting a number of gardens belonging to members of Middleton Cheney Garden Club (with a return visit to Woodford in 2019).  This is for WHGC members only, so another good reason to join! Contact Paul Hymers, paul-hymers@tiscali.co.uk, telephone 261726 for further information.

Charity Cream Teas and Open Garden – Sunday 1st July

2.30 to 5pm, at 12 Farndon Road – Cost £3, with all proceeds to Thrive.

Please come along to support this very worthwhile charity, which uses gardening to help those with physical or mental handicaps. Cream teas, cakes, tombola and open garden.

 

History Society Page

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

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

 

Brownies Need Help!

Woodford Halse Brownies are recruiting helpers!

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

Please email for more info: Woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com

Funding Fair

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

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

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

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

You can find more details in this flyer.

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

Brownies & Guides

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garden Club 2018

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

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

Download their programme here:- WHGC 2018 Programme

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

Junior Cricket

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

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

They are looking for new players!

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

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

All details will be announced soon!

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

Classical Music?

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

It’s an amateur orchestra that produces professional performances!

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

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

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

Byfield Tennis

COACHING AT BYFIELD TENNIS CLUB 2018

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

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

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

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

Existing player?

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

Free Money

For Local Groups

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

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

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

 

 

Woodford’s Brownies

Girl guiding is simply amazing 👯 it helps girls of all ages find confidence, find and build new skills and best of all making new and life long friends! 💃🏻 It’s also fun and games and the evenings are planned by the girls themselves! ❤

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10 and we will have 4 spaces in January! Surely there are lots of girls who want to join? Message Kelly Dicks on Facebook for more details 🎉😁🎂🦉

We are also looking for a new brownie helper of anyone would like to help out and get involved by giving up one hour of their week to volunteer please get in touch!

Woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com

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.

Bowls Open Morning

Short Mat Bowling : Open Morning This Saturday.

Saturday 16th September 10.00 am – 12.00 pm at Boddington Village Hall.

This year the Short Mat Bowls Club celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their founding.

Short Mat Bowling provides gentle exercise in a social atmosphere and is suitable for all age and fitness levels. The club has limited room for just a few more to join them, so why not go along to their Open Morning, have a chat over a coffee, and learn about this all-year form of the game?

Try your hand, and you could be surprised at your own ability.

The Club’s new venue is less than 10 minutes’ drive from most parts of Woodford Halse. They have loan bowls and free basic tuition available for new members.

They hope to see you on 16th. Details and a contact number in this flyer.

(The Club meets at Boddington Village Hall every Monday afternoon (2pm) or evening (7.30pm) except Bank Holidays.)

 

 

Don’t Forget This Saturday!

BROWNIES & GUIDES SUMMER FUND RAISER

Saturday July the 8th – 2-4pm

At Woodford Halse Dryden Hall

Please come along, show your support and raise money for your local Brownies & Guide group – 1st Woodford Halse Brownies & Guides!

There will be-

  • Cake Stall
  • Raffle Stall
  • Hook a duck
  • Buzzwire game
  • Name the teddy
  • Guess how many sweets are in the jar
  • Pick the golden egg

& many more games and activities to get involved in.

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10. Guides is for girls 10 – 18!

If you are interested in being a Brownie or Guide please come along for more information.

The more money we raise the more fun and adventures we can go on, so please come along and support your local group.

If you are able to donate anything towards this event, it will be fully appreciated or if you would like to register your daughter for Brownies please contact Brown Owl – Kelly on 07854854374.

Keep up to date on their Facebook Event Page.

Brownies & Guides Fund Raiser

Saturday July the 8th – 2-4pm

BROWNIES & GUIDES SUMMER FUND RAISER

At Woodford Halse Dryden Hall

Please come along, show your support and raise money for your local Brownies & Guide group – 1st Woodford Halse Brownies & Guides!

There will be-

  • Cake Stall
  • Raffle Stall
  • Hook a duck
  • Buzzwire game
  • Name the teddy
  • Guess how many sweets are in the jar
  • Pick the golden egg

& many more games and activities to get involved in.

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10. Guides is for girls 10 – 18!

If you are interested in being a Brownie or Guide please come along for more information.

The more money we raise the more fun and adventures we can go on, so please come along and support your local group.

If you are able to donate anything towards this event, it will be fully appreciated or if you would like to register your daughter for Brownies please contact Brown Owl – Kelly on 07854854374.

Keep up to date on their Facebook Event Page.

Junior Cricket

New Season for Woodford’s Junior Cricket Teams!

Woodford’s junior cricket team starts their season  on Friday 21st April 2017 and they are looking for new players!

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

If your child would like to come and have a go at cricket to see if they would like it, please go along to the club’s first session! It’s super fun with games played throughout the season and a great game to learn!

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

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.

 

 

WI 2017 Programme

Here’s is this year’s programme of WI meetings.

Visitors are always welcome at meetings which take place in the Memorial Hall at 7:30 pm.

More details on the WI are available here:-  opens in a new window The WI Page

Community Funding!

Free Money For Local Groups & Events.

Daventry District Council makes available grants to community groups that are looking for funding.

Community project grants are worth up to £1,000 and can be used for the purchase of small items of equipment or to cover training or volunteer expenses. Examples of things that have been funded in the past include: IT equipment, new furniture for village halls, new kit for junior sports clubs, and training expenses for first aiders and football coaches.

There are also one-off community event grants worth up to £500 which can cover the up-front costs of putting on a community event. Examples of events funded in the past include: village fetes and festivals, sports club open days, firework displays and Christmas pantos. Community events usually provide an opportunity for a number of community groups to come together and raise funds for themselves – as well as giving people a good time!

If your group would like to apply for either of these grants, opens in a new windowthis grant application form can be used for either of the grants described above.

The form includes details of terms and conditions, eligibility and how to apply so why not get started now!

opens in a new windowGrant Application Form

Garden Club Events

Here’s the 2017 programme for the Garden Club…

3rd April: Banbury Parks & Open Spaces

8th May: Plant Sale + Bert Manton on bio-dynamic gardening

5th June: Hosting Cropredy Garden Club visit

3rd July: A Walk in Whistley Woods (Booking essential)

7th August: Canons Ashby Garden Tour (Booking essential)

4th September: Annual Show

2nd October: A Talk on Pruning

6th November: Sulgrave Manor – Sue McNally

4th Decmber: Xmas Supper

You can keep in touch with the Garden Club on the opens in a new windowGarden Club Facebook Page

Contact Coral Snow on 07486 388396 for any enquiries

 

Beavers Help The Homeless

Last Friday night, 11 Beavers from 1st Woodford Halse Scout Group slept in cardboard boxes in the Dryden Hall to raise awareness of homelessness and in doing so has raised £32.50 for the Big Issue Foundation. This means that 4 flu jabs can be administered to 4 homeless people that could potentially save their lives. The village can be very proud of each one of them.

It’s fantastic that young people in the village have this chance to have fun and do great things.

The Scout Group is always looking out for adult help to continue providing unique adventures like this. Whether you can help every week or a couple of times a year, they would love to hear from you.

You can contact them through their Facebook page Woodford Halse Scout Group or email them joinus@woodfordhalsescouting.co.uk.

For every new adult they can bring into the group, they can offer 6 young people the opportunity of Scouting.

Anyone for Tennis?

Have You Thought About Byfield Tennis Club?

Byfield Tennis Club has members from not only Byfield but most of the surrounding villages. On their 3 newly resurfaced and floodlit courts, they have club nights, competitive teams in the Banbury Leagues and an active adult and junior coaching programme.

Club membership ranges from £19 for a junior to £146 for a family of 6. In 2017 there are 2 initiatives to bring in new players of all ages, run by LTA qualified coaches:

RUSTY RACQUETS at 8.30-9.30 pm on Fridays, 5 weeks 28th April – 26th May. Cost £30 This is aimed at adult beginners/out of practice players.

KIDS TENNIS INITIATIVE 2017 SPONSORED BY THE LTA AND BYFIELD TENNIS CLUB – our coach Aaron Cowley has been selected by the LTA to run this scheme for Byfield. This scheme provides free tennis beginners courses for school years 1, 2 & 3 for children who have not attended courses previously at the club – 45 min lessons for 6 weeks on Fridays 4pm to 4.45pm or 4.45pm to 5.30pm from the 28th April until 2nd June – at session 4 your child will get a FREE TENNIS RACQUET PROVIDED BY THE LTA

For further details for either the Rusty Rackets or LTA Kids Initiative contact head coach Peter Cowley (07539 244155) or club secretary Sue Waterhouse (01327 261940)

Railway Walk

Not sure how this got missed last year but the Woodford Halse Archive Group created a local walk covering some the village’s railway history.

The details of the walk were published as a pamphlet available from Station Stores for £0.20. These are still available. (Now available as a download: Railway Heritage Walk)

Guiding in Woodford

Girlguiding Is Simply Amazing!

Girlguiding helps girls of all ages find confidence, find and build at new skills and best of all make new and life long friends! It’s also fun and games and the evenings are planned by the girls themselves!

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10 and Guides is for girls aged 10-14. You can also be a young leader 14-18!

Currently Woodford Halse guides are looking to grow their small unit. Surely there are lots of girls who want to join?

Contact Kelly Dicks for more details……
Woodfordhalsebrownies@hotmail.com or phone her on  07854854374

SARA Field News

Your Views Wanted On The Astroturf Area

Here’s an update regarding The SARA Field from Pat Knight…..

A group has been set up with representatives from the football club, bowls club, cricket club and Parish Council. The aim is to redevelop the shared sports area where the astroturf is. The idea is for it to be shared and the group want to ask the community to list the activities it could be used for in order of preference so the group can move forward to provide a facility the community can use.

In the past, the area has been mainly used for football and basketball. This list has been drawn up from general opinions within the group and from listening to some local users of the area.

Please pass this message on to other people who may not see this post. Boxes will be left in several public areas which will be published on here next week. This post will be updated this week with details of when and where the boxes will be available to put your activity choice in. They will be in place for 3 weeks. Watch this space for locations and dates. Please do not post on here but use the boxes.

Activities:-

  • football,
  • cricket,
  • tennis,
  • netball,
  • basketball
  • hockey.

Your opinion matters, please take the time to think about it and watch this page for when and where the boxes will be available. Thank you.

Indoor Bowls Club

We’ve updated the detail for the Indoor Bowls Club on our page for opens in a new windowLocal Sports & Fitness Groups.

They meet now in Boddington Village Hall on Mondays 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Art Club

ART CLASSES WINTER TERM 2017

Art club is now enrolling for the winter term next which starts next week. There are two groups of sessions, tutored and untutored.

Whether you’re a total beginner or you already paint but would like to learn more techniques in all aspects of painting & drawing you will be very welcome.

If you are interested in joining in please contact Marilyn Beverley on the following details…

Email: mazbev222@yahoo.co.uk
Mobile: 07790 798729

Details of the seeions are……

Tutored Sessions

Venue: Memorial Hall, Woodford Halse.

Time: Wednesday morning’s 10.30 – 12.30.

Cost: £48 for 10 weeks.

Tutor: Tony Pearson. Tel 01327 261503

Dates:

Start: Jan 11th ,18th , 25th ,Feb 1st , 8th .

Break: Feb 15th

Recommence: Feb 22nd , March 1st , 8th , 15th , 22rd .

Untutored Sessions

Venue: Memorial Hall, Woodford Halse.

Time: Friday Afternoon’s 2.00 – 4.00.

Cost: £20 for 10 weeks.

Tutor: None

Dates:

Start: Jan 13th ,20th , 27th ,Feb 3rd , 10th .

Break: Feb 17th

Recommence: Feb 24th , March 3rd , 10th , 17th , 24th .

 

Baby & Toddler Group

This has been missing from our list of local opens in a new windowschools & pre-school facilities  but we’re happy to correct that!

Woodford Halse Baby & Toddler Group runs each week on Friday mornings during term time, 9:30 to 11:30 in the Dryden Hall (next to the Library) in Woodford Halse. Children 0 to 5 years old.

You can reach them via their Facebook page or contact Louise Amos (also on Facebook) or by email: Woodfordhalsetoddlergroup@outlook.com

 

BROWNIE BAKE OFF!

& the theme is… CHRISTMAS!

Saturday 3rd December 2 – 4pm – Dryden Hall, Woodford Halse.

This event is open to the public – please invite all friends and family along. There will also be games and a raffle stall (raffle will be drawn at 3.30pm).

browniesEach brownie will have baked at least one large family size cake or set of 6 cupcakes, cookies etc (the more the merrier!) These will all be judged based on presentation at 2.10pm – so please don’t be late!

All cakes are then going to be put up for sale as of 2.10pm onwards – all proceeds go straight back into the girls’ funds! Please show support and raise money for your local Brownie Guide group – 1st Woodford Halse Brownies!

The girls will be selling the cakes to gain their brownie cooking badge!

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10! If you are interested in beginning brownies please come along, buy a cake and ask Kelly (Brown Owl) for more information.

If you are able to donate anything towards this event, it will be fully appreciated or if you would like to register your daughter for Brownies please contact Brown Owl, Kelly now on
07854 854 374.

Community Lottery?

Would Your Local Group Like To Benefit From DDC’s Plans?

cashDaventry District Council (DDC) is thinking about introducing a weekly lottery with tickets available for purchase online. It is proposed that tickets will be £1 each with 50p of this going towards local community groups, 30p going towards the prize fund and 20p towards an external provider who will manage the lottery on a day to day basis. DDC will not make any profit from the scheme.

DDC are keen to get the views of local organisations and clubs that might benefit from such a lottery. You can give them your views in this survey…. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZQQ3YR6

How Will It Work?

Local community groups can directly benefit because when somebody buys a ticket, they can select a local group that will receive 40p of the ticket price. A further 10p of the ticket price will supplement DDC’s existing community grants budget making a total of 50p for local good causes altogether. This compares very well to the National Lottery which only gives 28p in every pound to good causes and the Health Lottery which only gives 20p.

What Will It Cost?

It will cost nothing for local voluntary or community groups to sign up to the lottery scheme as long as they meet DDC’s current eligibility criteria for community grant funding. Once signed up, groups will receive a monthly BACS payment that equals the sum of every 40p that has been allocated to them over the previous month by ticket buyers. Therefore, there is much to be gained for community groups by encouraging their members and supporters to buy tickets and allocate 40p of the ticket price accordingly.

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!

 

 

British Legion Recruiting

Membership Open To All

The Royal British Legion district branch at Byfield (which includes members from Woodford Halse, Hinton and West Farndon) has started a recruiting campaign.

The cornerstone of that campaign is a new web site which can be found at: http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/byfield.

county_default_bannerMembership is open to everyone that has an interest in the objectives of the Legion and want to help and support those who have served and their families. The Legion welcomes men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not.

Legion membership ensures that:-

  • Remembrance is kept alive and that the sacrifices our brave Service men and women have made are never forgotten.
  • The ex-Service community has a voice and that their concerns are brought to the public eye.

Becoming a member also provides the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities and events held locally, regionally and nationally throughout the year.

 

History Society News

2015/16 Progamme Details

The Woodford Halse History Society meets monthly from September to April with talks on many different aspects of local history.

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A BE2 as flown by Lt William B Rhodes-Moorhouse VC RFC, the subject of October’s talk. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

You can download the opens in a new windowlatest programme with everything from Canons Ashby Scandals to Northamptonshire’s flying VC.

Individual dates have also been added to the opens in a new windowEvents page.

Bowl Up, Bowl Up

Come And Try Short Mat Bowling This Saturday

Your local short mat indoor bowling Club is holding an Open Day this Saturday 5th September at the Dryden Hall, from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

bowlingEveryone of all ages is invited to come along and try their hand at this skillful and social pastime. Free tea or coffee and biscuits will be on offer throughout the day, and a warm welcome awaits you.

The Club meets twice per week on Monday afternoons and Wednesday evenings throughout the year and you play when it suits you.  We offer the first two attendances FREE, and thereafter the weekly subs will not break the bank! Come along Saturday and find out more!

Community Group Funding

Looking for Funding For Your Local Group?

cashThis year’s Funding Fair which will be held at the iCon Centre in Daventry on Wednesday 22nd April, 2:00 to 4:00pm. It is open to any community groups in the parish that are seeking funding.

Following the positive feedback from last year’s event, there will be some short presentations to start with, then open up the floor to funders’ information stalls.

All those that attend can put their name into the hat for the £250 cash prize draw. Last year’s lucky winners were Barby Village Hall.

More information is available in this poster  or from Daventry District Council’s Community Development Co-ordinator, Tim Cantwell by email at tcantwell@daventrydc.gov.uk or telephone: 01327 302312.

The WI Page

We’ve added a page covering the activities of the Woodford & Hinton WI.

You can opens in a new windowfind it here, linked to their entry in the opens in a new windowLocal Organisations / Social Clubs page of the site.together with details of their forthcoming meetings (also listed on opens in a new windowthe Events page).

We are very happy to make a page on this site available to any local organisation that wants to publicise itself.

Simply email the editor: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com with what you want to say and we will do the rest. All we ask is that you let us know if things change and your page needs updating (new people, new activities,contact numbers and so on).

Cash For Community Groups

Get to Meet The Folk With The Money

This  free of charge event – Cash For Community Groups : Meet the Funders – is being hosted by East Northamptonshire Council and is open to groups from all parishes in Northamptonshire.

If you are interested in making a booking, please contact Su Davies, External Funding Manager at East Northamptonshire Council on 01832 742191, email sdavies@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Cash for Community Groups

Are you a local community group needing money for a project which will help people in your area – setting up a new club; extending existing services; improving a local feature such as a village pond or play area; improving facilities at your local community centre or village hall, for example?

Well look no further! Despite the economic climate, funds are still available from a variety of sources for groups requiring £50, £500, £5,000 or even £50,000+.

East Northamptonshire Council is holding a FREE “Meet the Funders” event, open to all, where visitors can find out what sorts of funding streams are available to community groups and speak directly to the funders. This will take place at the Council Offices, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4LZ on Thursday 5 March 2015, from 12 noon to 3.30 pm.

Su Davies, External Funding Manager at East Northamptonshire Council, will be present on the day to guide visitors to funders who can help their projects. The event will give community groups the chance to speak directly to funders, outline their projects and find out immediately whether they’d be eligible for funding support.

Funders attending the event will include:

  • The Big (Community) Lottery
  • The Heritage Lottery
  • Comic Relief
  • BBC Children in Need
  • The Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • The Northamptonshire Community Foundation
  • The Central England Co-op Community Fund
  • Spire Homes Community Fund
  • The Mick George Community Fund
  • East Northamptonshire Council’s own grants
  • ProHelp, which gives professional help for free
  • The Charity Bank, which can offer low interest loans
  • Utility Warehouse, which can help your money go further
  • Northamptonshire ACRE, which offers support to rural communities across the county
  • Nene Valley Community Action and Volunteer Impact Northamptonshire, local voluntary sector support bodies who can offer training and advice.

Leaflets and information on a range of other funders will also be available. If you are a not-for-profit body with a constitution and a bank account, you have a good chance of finding a funder who could help you!

To find out more about the day, please contact Su Davies, External Funding Manager at East Northamptonshire Council on 01832 742191, email sdavies@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk. Or just come along!

 

Want to Knit?

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 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Valerie Cox emailed the Signpost with the following kind offer….

“I believe, that some young women in the village are interested in someone teaching them to knit! I teach some children in the village to knit in the library. If the young women interested would like me to teach them I would be delighted to teach (for a short time) or until everyone in the group can knit! Anyone interested? My e.mail is cl.cox40@btinternet.com.”

Congrats to Aimee & WHYC

Winners of 2014 NAYC Positive Participation Award

Congratulations to Aimee Ford-Young and Woodford Halse Youth Club for winning the Positive Participation award at this year’s annual Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC) awards. This recognition of Aimee’s work in setting up and running the club comes just over a year after sthe club’s first meetings in the summer of 2013.

NAYC AwardAimee was nominated by Crystal Jones from NAYC who has been supporting the set up of the Youth Club in Woodford Halse including helping to organise the club’s first residential outing to the Whitemore Lakes Activity Centre planned for next March.

The NAYC exists to promote and support the work of youth groups across the county and each year marks the achievement of youth leaders by recognising the contribution made by so many volunteers. The event is held every year to thank the hundreds of Voluntary Youth Workers in Northamptonshire who give their time and energy to provide positive activities and a safe environment for young people in the community. This was the 53rd annual event and took place at Kings Park Conference and Sports Centre on 4th December.

On 26th January the Club will be holding a open evening in the Hinton Room to allow parent’s to find out more about the Club and its plans for the coming year.

Model Railway Open Day

The Woodford Halse Model Railway  – a model of Woodford’s railway as it was in the days of steam – will be open to the general public on Sunday the 28th of December from 1pm till 9pm.

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Admission is free !! All children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian at all times.

Please be aware that the layout is on the third floor of the social club so there are stairs to climb.

Keep up to date on this event at the Club’s opens in a new windowpage for this event or check up the opens in a new windowClub’s Facebook Page.

This event is in conjunction with the opening of Woodford Halse Social Club to the general public from the 27th to the 31st of December. There will be other events happening during these dates including live bands and other events in the concert room.

Membris Explorer Scouts

We’re going places. Want to come along?

Membris Explorer Scouts are looking for new members – Boys and Girls aged 14-17.

scouts-logo-mainThere’s the chance to learn new skills and take part in  new activities, plus you’ll meet friends who are on your wavelength. There are volunteering opportunities and useful experience for your CV…

Explorer Scouts offers all these things and more.

If you want more out of life and are not happy to settle for second best, then you’ll love what we do.

Join us. Come along with your mates, you won’t regret it…

Or maybe you used to be a Brownie, Guide, Beaver, Cub or Scout? Then re-join the adventure!

Call Richard Heighton on 01327 263205 or 07811 649211
Or email richardheighton@daventryscouts.co.uk

History Society 2014-2015

2014-2015 Programme of Talks & Visits

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Cover, Pantomime F. Warne & Co., 1890 color lithograph, 1890 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Woodford’s History Society offers a fascinating series of talks over the coming months, covering everything from Scott’s last voyage to the Antarctic to a history of pantomime.

Why not have a look at their programme and see if there’s something that would interest you? Meetings are open to all.

Woodford Halse History Society Programme 2014-2015

Bowl Up, Bowl Up

Indoor Bowling Club Open Day.

Come along and try indoor, short-mat, bowling!

bowlingWoodford Halse Indoor Bowling Club is holding an OPEN DAY on Saturday 6th September at the DRYDEN HALL, School Street, Woodford Halse, between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.

The Club invites you for a free cup of tea or coffee and to find out more about this fun and sociable sport!

Flat shoes are usually worn, bring some along if you can, but not to worry if you can’t – the most important thing is to bring yourself!

Why not just come along?

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If you enjoy gentle exercise, like playing in a team and are interested in an inexpensive social pastime, then perhaps you should be joining the Club!

The Club meets regularly for a social game on Monday afternoons (2:00pm) and Wednesday evenings (7:00pm) at the Dryden Hall. Sessions cost just £1.50 which includes refreshments. First two sessions are free. Loan bowls and coaching are provided.

For more information, contact Mick (Tel: 209467) or Alan (Tel: 261824).

Short Mat Bowling

Bowl Yourself Over

The Short Mat Bowls Club meets each Monday (2-4 pm) and Wednesday (7-9 pm) in the Dryden Hall.

bowlsThe first two weeks are free and thereafter the charge is £1.50 per session including refreshments. All equipment and coaching are provided. All that is asked is that you change into flat shoes before play.

Contact Mick Robinson for more information (tel: 01327 209467) or just turn up.

PLUS:

The club is also planning an “Open Day” on September 6th to encourage and introduce new members from the village to Short Mat Bowling. More details are available here:- Indoor Bowls Club Open Day

Community Project Funding

Funding Central is a web site that helps keep community groups up to date with the latest trends, news and issues regarding funding and finance opportunities. Note particularly the deadlines below for Comic Relief and other project funding.

If your society or campaign could benefit from additional funding….

Why not visit Funding Central http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk and see what the site has to offer; including a database of thousands of funding opportunites and a wide range of support and advice.

You can register for free here and receive full access to the site as well as your own weekly funding newsletter.

Here are just some of the issues they have covered…

How to Get The Best From Funding

To make sure you are getting the most out of Funding Central read their checklist.
http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/page.aspx?SP=SA_Infrastructure_Support_Intro

New & Updated Funds

Tesco Bag Levy Partnership in Scotland and Wales (added 20 Jun 2014)

Max. Value: Discretionary

Charities in Wales and Scotland are invited to submit a proposal outlining ideas on how they could work together with Tesco to make a difference for the environment and communities across the UK.

Reminders of Approaching Deadlines

The following funding opportunities have deadlines in the next two weeks. The most urgent reminders are at the top of the list.

You can view more upcoming deadlines on the website – browse by month to help plan your funding application schedules.

Urgent Deadlines

Church and Community Fund
Max. Value: £ 20,000

Deadline: 30 Jun 2014

Funding is available to support community projects run by bodies associated with the Church of England.

Upcoming Deadlines

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme – Northamptonshire
Max. Value: £ 10,000

Deadline: 04 Jul 2014

Grants for sports projects and community projects in Northamptonshire that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities.

Northampton Borough Council Small Grants Fund

Max. Value: £ 2,000

Deadline: 04 Jul 2014

Grants are available to groups in Northampton for new project activity, start up costs for a new group or service that benefits local people.

Comic Relief – Nottinghamshire

Max. Value: £ 10,000

Deadline: 10 Jul 2014

Grants for sports projects and community projects in Nottinghamshire that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities.

Advanced Notification of Future deadlines

This section gives the upcoming deadlines of funds that have been added to Funding Central in the past week, or have deadlines of 4-5 weeks in the future.

Note: some funders publish information on their grants/contracts at very short notice. In this case, the fund will first appear in the newsletter as an “Imminent deadline”.

You can view more upcoming deadlines on the website – browse by month to help plan your applications.
Future deadlines

 

Tesco Bag Levy Partnership in Scotland and Wales

Max. Value: Discretionary

Deadline: 11 Jul 2014

Charities in Wales and Scotland are invited to submit a proposal outlining ideas on how they could work together with Tesco to make a difference for the environment and communities across the UK.

Ford Britain Trust

Max. Value: £ 3,000

Deadline: 18 Jul 2014

Small and large grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and schools in areas near Ford Motor Company UK operations (Essex, Bridgend, Southampton, Daventry) for projects that benefit the local community.

 

SITA Trust Enhancing Communities Programme – Core Fund

Max. Value: £ 60,000

Deadline: 21 Jul 2014

Support is provided for community projects in qualifying areas of England, Scotland and Wales. The type of projects supported include improvements to community amenities such as village halls, public parks and sports facilities, and improvements to historic buildings and structures.
Skipton Building Society – Grassroots Giving

Max. Value: £ 500

Deadline: 31 Jul 2014

Financial awards are available for local community groups in the UK who are passionate about making life better for others and who need a bit of help in getting their projects off the ground.

Funding news

20 Jun 2014: Tesco Seeks Charity Partners to Benefit from Carrier Bag Levies

Tesco is looking for charities to benefit from the money that it expects to raise from plastic carrier bag levies in Wales and Scotland over the next year.

18 Jun 2014: Successful Community Arts Projects Announced

Arts Council England has announced three new successful applications to their Creative People and Places Programme.

17 Jun 2014: Charity Commission Seeks Views on Changes to Annual Return 2015

The Charity Commission has launched a consultation on proposals for changes to its Annual Return for 2015.

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Upcoming Funding Events

The following events are taking place in the areas that you have expressed an interest in.

Full events listings can be found on our website www.fundingcentral.org.uk, where you can also make an enquiry or express interest in an event.

30 Jul 2014: Budgeting Management Course Online (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Gain immediate access to our online budget management training course in which you learn how to produce, manage and control budgets. The course is delivered online and with live webinar for you to attend. You will gain access the course within two business days after payment is cleared and you can preview the course video on our sit.
You access templates, ebooks and video as part of this training.

27 Aug 2014: How To Write A Business Plan For Funding & Growth – online (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Gain immediate access to our online training course in which you will learn tools, techniques and strategies for writing a business plan for funding
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WI Summer Events

theWI_Logo_IW_SPOT_posLyn White, Secretary of Woodford & Hinton WI has provided a list of the events that they have planned over the next six months. Visitors are welcome.

1st July: – Lawn Bowls evening at the Bowls Club, Sara Field, Byfield Road. Starting prompt at 7 pm. Flat shoes are required and there will be refreshments afterwards.

August – no meeting

2nd September – Roger Powell will talk on Royal Mistresses (this is apparently a “bit spicy”.) 7.30 pm at Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome. (Refreshments included).

7th October – Social evening and Annual General Meeting. 7.30 pm at Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome. (Refreshments included).

4th November – Jean Bates will talk on Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW). 7.30 pm at Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome.(Refreshments included).

2nd December – Linda Maunde will talk on “Behind the Curtain at Milton Keynes Theatre). 7.30 pm at Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome. (Refreshments included).

 

Sporting Open Days

Try Your Hand At Bowls or Sailing

It’s spring and there’s a chance to try your hand at sports you might not have thought about taking part in.

Woodford Halse Bowls Club

The Club is holding an open day on the 4th May so that all age groups can come along and try their hand at bowling. Woodford has an A class bowling green in the village and it isn’t only a sport for pensioners – just see what the top bowlers earn in a year! All are invited to go along and enjoy an afternoon in the sun, learning a new sport. All ages welcome. 4th May at 2:00 pm. opens in a new windowFind them here.

Banbury Sailing Club

Here’s a chance to take part in the sport that won five medals for Team GB  in the 2012 Olympics. Banbury Sailing Club is holding an Open Day & Cake By The Lake in aid of opens in a new windowSail4Cancer on May 4th at Boddington Reservoir. opens in a new windowMore details here.

A Classic Evening Out

Northampton’s Symphony Orchestra

Do you you have Radio Three and Classic FM on the “favorites” button of your car radio? Do you know your Aaron (Copeland) from your Elgar? Did you know that Northamptonshire has one of the UK’s leading amateur symphony orchestras?

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The NSO performing at the Derngate Theatre in 2009.

 

Northampton Symphony Orchestra performs programs of classical music regularly at venues in and around Northampton.

Last night’s performance was typical. At Spinney Hill Theatre in Northampton, the 70 strong orchestra showed the skill of musicians from around the county – including Woodford.  The program included Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B Minor with featured guest soloist opens in a new windowClaire Howick and Brahms Symphony No 1 in C Minor.

The NSO has been running for over 120 years. Now performances by the NSO are a wonderful opportunity to hear live classical music performed by skilled, enthusiastic, musicians; so why not come along?

Their next concert is on Saturday 14th June at 7.30 in Spinney Hill Theatre, once again. The program features classical American music including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

You can learn more about performances at their web site: opens in a new windowwww.nso.org.uk.

Tickets for performances (typically £12 or £10 for concessions) can be booked in advance by calling them or through their web site.

 

Model Railway Club

Members Required

Have you or your family members got an interest in railway modelling? Parents? Children? Parents and Children?

For those of you that don’t know – the model railway club is housed by kind permission of Woodford Halse Social Club on the top floor of the Social Club building. The layout is spread across three rooms and is a ‘OO’ gauge representation of Woodford Station as it was in earlier times, the track layout being set in the 1940s to 50s.

You can get a great idea of how this terrific layout looks on the opens in a new windowClub’s Facebook Page.

(c) Dick Bodily, SMJ Society

(c) Dick Bodily, SMJ Society

The model railway originated in the 1980s and in the last five years a lot of renewal work has taken place. Like many village societies, our membership has declined and we are now down to a small but enthusiastic band of five members. We would love to have more!

We meet weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7.00 pm. The only membership stipulation is that you have to join the Social Club in order to join us. A small weekly contribution is then made to keep us in solder, wire, scenery and materials.

Sometimes we work on the layout (recently we upgraded the control panels and laid storage yards) and on other occasions we just enjoy running the trains and watch them go by. This could be a prototype night or anything goes – even Pendolino’s have been spotted!

We are a friendly bunch, no special skills or experience are needed, just enthusiasm.

If you are interested contact John Rose (01327 262564) or Keith Simmons (01327 263014 / email k.j.simmons@btinternet.com).

Time To Go Green?

Bowls Club’s Twenty-One Years

This year, the Woodford cum Membris Bowls Club celebrates 21 years at its current site in the village. The 19th August 1993 saw the inauguration of the club in the Sara field next to the cricket and football pitches. Members have improved the facilities over the past few years and we now proudly boast an ‘A’ grade green to which we welcome new members.

bowls club photo 3Weather permitting, the green will open on Monday 21st April at 6pm. Club nights are Mondays and all are welcome to come and join us and try the game. Equipment can be borrowed. All we ask is that you wear flat shoes on our green.

Why not come along to our Open Day on Sunday 4th May at 2pm? We will be happy to show you our club and let you have a go if you haven’t played before. We also welcome experienced bowlers. Bowling is no longer looked on as a sport for the retired and the elderly. Many younger people find the game well suited to them. Throughout the summer we play club competitions and friendly matches against local teams both at home and away.

If you’re an experienced bowler or if you’ve never played before, why not come up and meet our welcoming members and enjoy a quiet location, a lovely bowls green and the fun of easy-going competition?

We look forward to meeting you. For more information see our website woodfordbowlsclub.weebly.com or e-mail linda.brassington@gmail.com

 

Your Cricket Club Needs You

It will soon be summer (Oh yes it will!), so why not think about getting involved with cricket in Woodford? John Ward, Secretary of the Woodford Halse Cricket Club has sent us this short article on the club….

To the best of my knowledge there has been a Cricket Club in the village since the mid-1800s when it would no doubt have been a Railwayman`s team. If anyone knows more I would love to hear from them! The cricket square itself was laid to a very high standard and I am led to believe the County 2nd XI played on it on more than one occasion. Again if anyone knows more, please let me know. Nowadays the Club is community based, but still clings to its Railway heritage with the front of a steam engine forming our logo.

Kwik CricketThe club has a thriving junior section which starts with Kwik Cricket (soft ball) right up to under 13 hard ball. As the youngsters develop over the next few years we hope to have an under 15 side to feed in to our senior teams.

The senior teams play on Saturday afternoons in the South Northants League running from the beginning of May to the end August. The “Seconds” play in Division 3, and its aims are to develop young players, create a “Club” culture, and enjoy cricket. The “Firsts” play in Division 1 which is obviously played more competitively. There is no doubt they will be close to gaining promotion again this season and look forward again to playing in the Premier Division where they belong.

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We play in a few mid-week 20/20 cups and normally manage 3 or 4 Sunday Friendlies too.

We are also blessed with the use of a pavilion that has changing rooms and showers, and a bar that is open after all the games too! Indoor net practices for Juniors and Seniors have been booked in Daventry from March to May, and this year our new club Kit adorned with our club and sponsors logos will be available to purchase through the Serious Cricket website.

As with most cricket clubs in this day and age we are always on the lookout for new recruits of all ages and abilities, and in all areas of the Club. So if you are interested in playing, coaching, umpiring or scoring. Or just want to be involved for the “social”, you will be made very welcome.

For more information please contact Club Secretary John Ward on 01327 262519 (leave a message) or by email to john.d.ward@live.co.uk. Or you can visit our Facebook page, or find us on the Play-Cricket website.