Category Archives: Local Services

2020 Flu Vaccination Programme

Don’t Let Flu Leave You Open To Covid-19

Stocks of vaccines to immunise against this year’s variant of flu have started to arrive.

Byfield Surgery will start off by providing Child Nasal flu vaccine at the end of September, then the under 65 vaccines, and then during the 2nd week of October the over 65 vaccines. These vaccines arrive in batches.

Vaccination MAY also be available for the over-50’s age group from mid-November IF there is sufficient vaccine available.

All patients who are eligible will be contacted by text advising that they should call to book, if the patient does not have a mobile phone they will receive a telphone call from the practice. You may alrready have been contacted.

Clinics in will run in the village halls at Byfield, Woodford Halse, Priors Martson and Boddington. You can book for whichever one better suits you. There will be holding an evening clinc and two saturday clinics.


Recycling Tips

Tips From Daventry District Council

Are you making the most of your waste and recycling collections?

More information about recycling your food waste and the range of items you can put in your fortnightly recycling collection can be found here.



Download and print these tips.

Water Problems 17/09/20

Station Road

Anglian Water advise of water problems in Station Road with a main needing repair as of 3:26am.

This may result in loss of water supply or pressure drop.  When the repair is completed you may experience cloudy water.

More details here:- Anglian Water Report.

LOOk What’s Opening

King's Corner Public ConveniencesThe toilets at Kings Corner are open, and ready for use once again.

Please observe the “One In/One Out” system, to support social distancing.

Signage is on the external doors to remind users that this will be the new way to access the conveniences.

Bins, Bins, Bins

After last week’s switch around on the bins for collection, households should by now have received a bin collection timetable from Daventry District Council.

In case you haven’t seen it here is a copy…..




Or download it here.  (Warning large file : 17M bytes)

Good Neighbours – September 2020

From This Month’s WOW

At WHGNS, we are settling into the ‘new normal’ and plan to continue to be here for our community into the future, beyond CV19. Alongside our fantastic volunteers, we are working to develop the good neighbour scheme to become an integral part of the community which will offer long term support to those who need it as well as giving the community the opportunity to play a social and supportive role themselves, volunteering within the scheme.

Good Neighbours logo

Our NEW opening hours are Monday to Friday 11-1pm and 3pm – 5pm and Saturdays 11-1pm
(if the answer machine picks up, please leave a message and we will get back to you) Tel: 01327 206221or by email.

We continue to offer support to our villagers which includes prescription collection, shopping delivery and companionship (via the phone). In addition, we are supporting a number of vulnerable families in the village with weekly food boxes. The community support we receive is phenomenal; in addition to the volunteers, we receive donations of food for the food boxes & we have donations through our Go Fund Me page.

Thank you so much to everyone for making this scheme possible!

Library Update – September 2020

From This Month’s WOW ….

We intend to reopen the Library in Woodford later this month and are following all the guidelines to make it a safe environment as much as possible.

We will be holding 2 weeks of training for volunteers so that we understand the new guidelines with stringent cleaning in place.

We need to register people entering the library ensuring that data protection is in place and that volunteers follow the code of conduct regulations.

Woodford Halse LibraryThe library has been redecorated during the lock down period and rearranged to ensure that people can access the books easily with zoned areas and hand sanitisers in place and posters explaining new procedures. We are introducing a click and collect system for people who do not wish to enter the library. Please look at the Signpost and community library Facebook etc to find out more information during the next few months. Sadly the archives and children’s toys have been put into storage as we have restrictions in place. Group meetings and children’s services such as Rhyme time can’t take place at the moment and use or computers will have to be pre-booked.

For more information contact Patricia Darby.

Bin Collection This Week

DDC Changes 31/08

An update has been posted by Daventry District Council changing the bins to be collected on Monday 31st August. This is a change from what was posted on the Signpost last week.

It will now be :-

  • Grey bin (general waste)
  • Blue bin (recycling)
  • Brown bin (food waste)

Previously they advised a garden waste collection. It now looks like this isn’t happening…. but ????

(Me – I’m going to put them all out and see what happens!)



Monday’s Buses

Are Not Running

Stagecoach busDon’t forget that as Monday next week is a Bank Holiday, Stagecoach buses will be running a Sunday service.

As a result their will be NO service 200 bus in the village on Monday 31st August.

Bins From August 31st

Don’t Forget from 31/08 – Some Collections Will Change

From Monday, 31 August, Daventry Norse (who operate refuse collection for DDC) will be changing some collection patterns for households in the District, but your bin days will stay the same. Some changes they are making to the waste and recycling service will now be introduced later than originally planned and you should be receiving a new bin collections calendar this week.

waste binThe most recent bin collection calendar expires today.

According to Daventry DC’s postcode checker (that lets  you find out whether it’s refuse, recycling or garden waste collection week), the bins for collection on 31st August (updated 29/08) are:-

  • Grey Bin (General Waste)
  • Blue Bin (Recycling)
  • Food Waste bin

You can find that here and it works from your pc, tablet or mobile device. Post Code Refuse Collection Checker Page

There is the app for mobile devices, which you can download by searching for Daventry District Council in the Google Play or Apple stores. Or you can watch a short video here:-

Woodford Halse Community Cafe

Invitation To Applicants As Initial Agreement Coming To An End

Woodford Halse and the surrounding villages have now enjoyed the service of our Community Café (which operates in the Village Centre) for two years. The initial Agreement to run our Community Café was for two years, and so we are now asking for applications from anyone living in Woodford Halse who may interested in running our Community Café.

Please contact Parish Councillor, Robyn Davison for application details and further information regarding the contract: .

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Village Venues & Covid-19

Covid-19: Re-opening of Village Facilities

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, all Council facilities were closed in the latter part of March 2020 as a safety precaution during the pandemic.

The Government has advised that, at the discretion of local councils, village facilities may be reopened after ensuring that they are as Covid secure as is reasonable.

At its meeting on the 11 August 2020, the Parish Council received a report from the Councillor task force which was appointed in July to oversee the re-opening of all Council facilities. The Council considered all the risk assessments and actions that have been undertaken to enable the facilities to become covid-19 secure.

The majority of actions required have been completed, but the Council is still awaiting delivery of several items that have been ordered as a consequence of undertaking the risk assessments. As soon as these are completed, the Council has delegated the decision to the Task Force to set a date when the facilities may be re-opened (please note that this notice does not include the Library).

All hall booking enquiries for later in August & beyond should be addressed to the

Care & Repair

DDC Offer Grants to Improve Disabled Facilities

Daventry District Council’s Care & Repair programme offers grants of up to £30,000 for disabled residents in the district. You can find out more on the Daventry web site, by calling DDC on 01327 871100 or by email


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Download the poster here.

About Bins

Daventry’s Rubbish Collections – Some Collections Will Change

From Monday, 31 August Daventry Norse (who operate refuse collection for DDC) will be changing some collection patterns for households in the District, but your bin days will stay the same. Some changes they are making to the waste and recycling service will now be introduced later than originally planned next month, so please be aware that your new bin collections calendar won’t be posted to you until late August.

waste binIn the mean time this calendar will tell you which bins are being collected on the Monday collection over the next few weeks: Bill Collection Calendar July-August 2020

If you’ve lost track of which bins are due to be collected when, Daventry District Council has two solutions to the problem:-

Firstly there’s a postcode checker that means you can find out whether its refuse, recycling or garden waste collection week. You can find that here and it works from your pc, tablet or mobile device. Post Code Refuse Collection Checker Page

Secondly there is the app for mobile devices, which you can download by searching for Daventry District Council in the Google Play or Apple stores. Or you can watch a short video here:-

Neighbourhood Watch Survey

Neighbourhood Watch logoNeighbourhood Watch, the national crime prevention organisation, has launched their first ever Neighbourhood Watch Impact Survey and they want your input.

To contribute your views on how crime affects the community,  click the link below and take the survey before the 20th August 2020.

What Is The Survey For?

It will enable Neighbourhood Watch to look at how it impacts communities and to identify the concerns surrounding crime, fear of crime and the increase in neighbourliness and community spirit.

Who Can Take Part?

This is a survey open to all members of the public including our supporters and members and we are asking our partners to share across their public networks.

Neighbourhood Watch wants EVERYONE to take part. It doesn’t matter if you are part of Neighbourhood Watch or not, they want your views.

How Can I Take Part?

It should take you less than 10 minutes to complete.  Click on this link to take the survey.

To learn more about the background to the survey you can click on the following link Measuring the impact.

The survey needs to be completed by 21st August 2020.

NW Survey Poster

Be Kind To Your Mind

Support & Advice Help Lines

Well done to Daventry Town Council for pulling together this list of contact numbers and tips for being kind to your mind right now…..

Never Alone Helplines

Here are some tips which we hope may help:

  1.  Talk about your worries: it is normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Maintain contact with friends and family via phone and video calls to share how you are feeling.
  2. Keep a regular routine and set goals: you may need to set a new routine for now. Try writing a plan for your day with the things you can still do at home, like watching a film, reading a book or completing a puzzle. Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Maintaining good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically too, so it’s important to get enough (the Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep).
  3. Manage your media and information intake: if 24-hour news and constant social media updates are making you worried, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to coverage of the outbreak.
  4. Do things you enjoy and try something new: focussing on your favourite hobby, learning something new, or simply taking time to relax indoors should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can help boost your mood. Look online for lots of free tutorials and courses.
  5. Look after your body: our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Go for a walk, run or bike ride – but make sure you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others.

Remember – you are never alone.

(Thanks to A J Green who shared thi son the Woodford Halse Facebook Community page)

Parish Council Covid-19 Update

Re-Opening of Village Facilities

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, all Council facilities were closed in the latter part of March 2020 as a safety precaution during the pandemic.

The Government has recently advised that, at the discretion of local councils, village facilities may be reopened after ensuring that they are as Covid secure as is reasonable.

At its meeting on the 14 July 2020, the Parish Council appointed a Councillor task force to oversee the re-opening of all Council facilities. The Council’s next meeting is on the 11 August 2020 at which time it is planned to approve the recommendations of the Task Force so that facilites may be opened shortly afterwards. In the meantime, some essential maintenance work and painting is being undertaken, taking advantage of the closedown.

All hall bookings for later in August & beyond should be addressed to the bookingclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.orghowever, bookings can only be tentative at this stage.

Parish Council Logo


Grants for Disabled Residents

Up to £30,000 available to adapt your home.

Disabled Facilities Grants can be used in many ways to improve homes and lives. They can be used to fund all sorts of works from ground floor bedroom and bathroom extensions, walk-in shower rooms, widening of doorways, ramped access, driveways, parking solutions, stair lifts and step lifts plus lots more ….

Learn more in this flyer from Daventry District Council.

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Download a copy here:-

Grants Advert

Reading Challenge For Children!

An On-Line Goal For The Summer – Meet The Silly Squad

Each year, Northamsonshire County Counil sets children between 4 and 11 years old a summer reading challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to get children reading over the summer holidays. This year’s theme is Silly Squad. It’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh!

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books. Children can join the Silly Squad here.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is being delivered completely online.

Learn more about Northamponshire’s Summer Reading Challengere here.

Silly Squad Reading Scheme Poster

Library Reopening Plans

Date To Be Decided At July Meeting

As Woodford now has a community-led library, the village can make the decision when to reopen.

The library has been redecorated during the lock down period.

The plan is to make a decision on reopening at a committee meeting in July and to undertake risk assessments following government guidelines before reopening.

The health and safety of our volunteers and library users are of paramount importance.
Initially there will be restrictions but hopefully we will be able to provide a range of services when it is safe to do so.

Patricia Darby will be contacting all volunteers and updating everyone as soon as possible with a view to reopening the library in September. In the meantime online services provided by NCC are available and the summer reading challenge for children can be accessed online this year.

Other Northamptonshire Libraries

From Monday 6th July some libraries will reopen in Northamptonshire. This includes Daventry library. Their initial opening times will be….

Monday Wednesday and Friday from10 to  4pm

Saturday: Not Open

Want To Know More?

For further information please contact Patricia via email:

Police, Fire & Justice Youth Commission

Young People To Help Guide Services

Young people with a desire to influence policing, fire and criminal justice in the county are encouraged to apply to the Northamptonshire Youth Commission – part of the Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Northsants PFCC LogoThe OPFCC’s first Youth Commission was launched in Summer 2019.  The inaugural 20 members, all aged between 14 and 19, planned a variety of events to involve other young people in ways to support, challenge and inform the work of Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Before the end of their one-year term, the Youth Commission held the ‘Big Conversation’, speaking to more than 1,100 young people from across Northamptonshire to find out what they thought about two key topics – violence and road safety.  The programme of work they put in place to address the issues raised is now underway and recruitment is open for the second Youth Commission for 2020/21.

Youth Commission members must be prepared to get involved and express their views on a range of police, fire and crime issues affecting our communities. This is an important role, as it will help the Commissioner to understand the needs of local young people and to inform the decisions he takes.

Applicants must be aged between 14 and 19, or 24 if they have additional needs.  They will need to be confident and commit to attending one session a month.  Youth Commission members must be keen to get involved and represent their peers. In return, they will be able to develop their skills, gain experience and have the opportunity to help shape important decisions.

Recruitment will run from July 1 to July 31.

Click here to apply.

Bus News

Hourly Service Returns June 29th.

bus stopGood news on the service 200 bus that runs through the village.

From June 29th the hourly service will return and Stagecoach will be operating a near normal, pre-covid19, timetable (the exception is some changes on Saturdays).

You can download a copy of the June 29th and onwards timetable here:-

Stagecoach Service 200 from June 29th 2020.

Bus Services

Service 200 Timetable Unchanged For Now

Stagecoach have posted details of changes to their bus timetables from the 1st June, however the current timetable for service 200 through the village (roughly every two hours, no service Sundays) remains in place for the time being.

Stagecoach have posted the details of new bus timetables here.

The current service 200 timetable can be seen below:-




Download the current 200 timetable here.

Guidance from Stagecoach

10-steps to staying safe when you travel:

 Plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey and try to travel at off-peak times, where possible.

Wear a face covering if you can.

  1. Use contactless to pay or have the correct change.
  2. Buses will have limited capacity. If your bus has a BUS FULL sign please be prepared to wait for the next bus.
  3. Let people off the bus before you get on.
  4. Keep a safe social distance from others, 2m apart where possible – at the bus stop and on board.
  5. Let people off the bus before you get on.
  6. Keep a safe social distance from others, 2m apart where possible – at the bus stop and on board.
  7. Sit in the window seat, leaving the seats in front and behind you empty and don’t sit directly behind the driver.
  8. Only one person can sit on a double seat, unless you’re with a member of your household.
  9. Don’t stand on the bus.
  10. Wash or sanitise your hands before and after your journey.

Feeling Anxious?

Anxiety can be a problem at the best of times.

Northanst Mind LogoAnd these are not the best of times.

Northampton & District MIND, the Mental Health Charity, is running a series of workshops designed to help people cope with anxiety. Sadly the first one of these has already taken place but it may be possible to enroll for later sessions.

You can find out more here: Northampton MIND Anxiety Workshops

Thanks to Woodford Halse Good Neighbours for pointing this one out to us.

Monday May 25th

No Buses In The Village

For those who are having trouble not knowing what day it is, next Monday is a Bank Holiday.

#200 busAs a result there will be NO bus 200 running, Stagecoach advise.



Bin Calendar

From Daventry District Council…..

Please be aware there will be a delay in sending out this year’s bin calendars. This is while DDC works with their partners at Daventry Norse to make some changes to waste and recycling collections.

Your bin day and the service you receive will remain the same, but collection patterns will be altered in some parts of the District from the week beginning Monday 3 August.

A bin calendar showing your new collection pattern will be sent to you ahead of the change.

In the meantime, the best way to keep on top of your current collection schedule is to download DDC’s mobile app by searching for Daventry District Council in the Google Play or Apple stores.

You can also check your collection day and download an extended version of your current bin calendar at Selfserve Daventry Post Code Checker

For households with bins collected on a Monday: the bin schedule for for June and July is available here:-


Or download it from here:-  Monday Refuse Collection Calendar : June & July

Tips are for “essential rubbish” only

.. and ID will be need to be shown

(Full article in the Daventry Express)

Councillor Jason Smithers, county council cabinet member for highways and place has revealed staff will be checking for “essential rubbish only” when the gates at Northamptonshire’s rubbish tips open next week. And residents will need ID to prove they are not “waste tourists” as the local authority braces itself for a rush to the tips.

He said “We are putting countless measures in place such as one-way systems and reducing the number of vehicles allowed in at one time. If it’s not essential then don’t come because we just want essential waste that can cause hazards to health.

“Police will be patrolling approach roads and we have deployed some of our traffic warden officers to help with the queueing outside because we are expecting to be quite busy.

“Only one person will be allowed out of vehicles and the guys there will not be able to physically help by carrying rubbish as they would normally do.”

“We’re going for a sort of business as usual to start with, but if it does become an issue we will close the centres down for an hour or two hours to clear the backlog and if we go to an online booking system then that is something we will relay via our messaging systems and website.

“Nothing is out of bounds, will do whatever it takes to make sure these centres operate safely.”

The Daventry household waste recycling centres will reopen on Monday (May 18) after closing for eight weeks during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Domestic Abuse Support

An Update From Northants Together

Sadly, domestic abuse cases have seen a rise since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Northants Together has compiled a list of key agencies and support groups should you need to pass this information on. Also available is this Domestic Abuse flyer.

Please see the link below to some useful resources from Women’s Aid:

Women’s Aid Covid-19 Safety & Support

Also, as of 30 April 2020, any woman who needs to travel to find refuge from domestic violence can do so for free on any UK train. Email to access.

National support lines for victims of domestic abuse include:

  • The National Domestic Abuse HelpLine on 0808 2000 247 (24 Hours a Day).
  • Women’s Aid also offers victims a live web chat service.
  • Male victims can call Respect – 0808 8010 327 (during their office hours)
  • For LGBT victims, they can call the GALOP phone line on 0800 999 5428

Locally, the following sources of support are available:

In addition, Boots shops are now dedicating space for victims to access support:

Boots Pharmacy Consultation Rooms

200 Bus, Friday 8th May

Stagecoach advise that their buses will run to a Sunday timetable on the bank holiday, Friday 8th May.

This will mean that the 200 service that runs through the village to Banbury and Daventry will not run on Friday.

More details on the bus timetables for Friday can be found on the Stagecoach web site.

Green Bin Reminder

Annual Renewal For 2020 – 2021

The annual green bin collection service from Daventry District Council, run by Daventry Norse, runs from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021 and costs £37 per bin.

Payment can be made by debit or credit card. The fee must be paid in full when you sign up to the service.

Daventry Garden Waste BinRegister and pay online for the 2020/21 season on the Daventry Norse web site (please be sure to select the right year on the payment screen).

For terms and conditions and for other questions on the service, please see the DDC Garden Waste Subscriptions page.



Humpty’s Tribute

Humpty Dumpty’s Baby & Toddler Group

Tribute to the NHS & Key Workers

Many thanks to Suzi Hazleton for suggesting this as a post. Something to cheer us all up….

Or as just one picture…….

Humpty's NHS Tribute Pictures

Easter Bus Services

Service 200 to Banbury & Daventry

Stagecoach BusStagecoach advise that the Service 200 bus to Banbury & Daventry will not run on Friday April 10th , Sunday 12th and Monday 13th.

The current Saturday timetable applies on the 11th. Bus times return to the current restricted timetable on Tuesday 14th.


Volunteer For Good Neighbours

You can now volunteer for Woodford’s Good Neighbour scheme on-line.

Click here to find the form….

The scheme needs more volunteers and you can volunteer for what you can help with and when you can spare time by ticking boxes on the application.

Local Help During The COVID-19 Outbreak

Daventry District & Local Partners Supporting Those In Need Of Help.

Are you in need of extra support during the coronavirus pandemic? Or do you know someone in your local community who might need some help?

ddc logoDaventry District Council is working with a range of partner organisations to co-ordinate local efforts to get people the help they need during these difficult times.

An army of volunteers has come forward to offer their help with everything from collecting prescriptions or shopping for people who cannot leave their home, to offering a friendly ear to those who might be feeling a bit lonely.

So if you are in need of any support, or know anyone who might need help, please get in touch.

Help that can be arranged includes:

  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Help with shopping/emergency supplies
  • Telephone befriending

If you are in need of help and support please go to this page on Daventry District Council’s website and complete the online form.

Once you have completed the form, we will match you with a community group of volunteers who will contact you as soon as they can to arrange the support you need. Please be aware we are experiencing huge demand for these services at the moment, so you may not get a response straight away.

No Need For Abuse

An appeal from Byfield Medical Centre….

“This is a post we did not think we would have to make – could we please ask in these difficult times for our patients to think about what they are doing and saying.

“The staff here are working under enormous pressure and are staying at work risking their health and that of their families to ensure we are able to provide care to those that need it. We are receiving abuse daily from patients and it is not acceptable, we have staff in tears after being abused over the phone or in person, please think about the effect you are having on these people who are here to help you.

“Yes, appointments are being limited; that is not for our benefit but we are following government guidance and triaging patients over the phone and only bringing in those that are deemed to be urgent.

“Medication is now not available until 72 hours after ordering; this is because people are ordering more than they ever have and the dispensary staff are overwhelmed, also stocks are taking longer to be delivered to us. We are also now delivering medication, again to protect you.

“The NHS has a zero tolerance policy which we will be adopting, the team here are working extremely hard in very testing times and as their employer we will do all we can to protect them.”

Prescriptions from Byfield GP Practice


This message is from Tracey Rhymer, Practice Manager at Byfield Medical Centre….

NHS LogoTo try to limit the number of people visiting the practice we are going to start to deliver medications to the villages as follows: –

  • Byfield Good Neighbour scheme will deliver to Byfield Patients,
  • Woodford patients to continue to collect from Popsons,
  • All other villages will have deliveries made by staff members.

You will receive a text the night before your delivery if you are not going to be at home please text back stating this.

If you pay for your prescriptions please have the correct money available.

Good Neighbours Scheme

Covid-19 Support Group

A group has been set up to support those self-isolating in Woodford Halse.

If you have been advised to self-isolate and are elderly, vulnerable or with a serious medical condition the group can help with:-


Please allow time to complete, collect and deliver orders & requests; wherever possible allow a minimum of 48hrs.

To contact the group call 07725 543065 (11:00am to 3:00pm) or 07492 703703 (4:00pm to 8:00pm), email or via the contact form on their web site (see below).

The group has a web site here

New Bus Timetable

Two Hourly Service from 23rd March 2020

Stagecoach have published a new temporary timetable to operate during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The 200 bus through the village will follow an approximately two hourly timetable  with a first bus to Banbury at 08:00am and to Daventry at 07:10am.

The full timetable can be seen here:-


Download it here: Service 200 Covid-19 Timetable.

Details of other services from Banbury can be found here.

Although we will try to keep the Signpost up to date, it is obviously best to follow the Stagecoach service web site or twitter feed for the latest data.

Byfield Medical Centre Appointments

Online Appointment Booking

Byfield Medical Centre has  temporarily suspended the online appointment booking service following guidance from NHS England.

All appointments must be booked on the phone where you will be asked a series of questions from our reception staff regarding COVID 19 symptoms.

You are still able to order repeat medication online

Woodford Branch GP Surgery & COVID-19

Important Information On Woodford Medical Services

The following information has been provided by Byfield Medical Centre, the Patient Participation Group and Woodford cum Membris Parish Council….

The branch GP surgery that was held in the Memorial Hall has been closed since the middle of last year due to IT problems. It will re-open shortly, possibly within the next two weeks or so.

At the same time, an isolation room, to support any local needs for dealing with suspected Corona Virus cases will be set up.

Village groups and individual hall hirers may wish to reconsider their use of the Memorial Hall for meetings as the level of risk for hall users will be higher than it previously was.

(We’ve added a page to collect up posts related to the Covid-19 outbreak. You  can find them here:  COVID-19 News page)

Byfield Surgery Closed

Bulletin From The Surgery

This morning Byfield Surgery had a patient who had some of the symptoms of Corona Virus, this has not been tested or confirmed, however as a precaution following NHS protocol they have closed the building until a full deep clean can be carried out. This is, repeat, a suspected not confirmed case. The surgery will update with any further news.

You will not be able to come and collect your prescriptions or see a healthcare professional.

If you need medication issued please call the surgery and they will make the necessary arrangements.

PLEASE DO NOT PANIC. This is just a precautionary measure.

Local Community Transport

New Directory Available

Northamptonshire ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England) has pulled together a guide to the various community transport services in the county.

The 2020 edition of their Community Transport Directory is now available to download for free here. It has details of all the community transport schemes that we know of and the communities they server. It is a really useful tool for anyone who needs to know what transport is available in their village now in addition to the Stagecoach 200 service. Page 18 shows which services apply to Woodford Hale & Hinton.

We’ve included a link to this guide on our Local Transport page.

Community Transport Directory

Thanks from Mark Gillett

Byfield Medical Centre Appeal Tops £2000 So Far.

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

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

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

For online donations click here: GoFundMe Byfield Medical Centre Appeal

Northamptonshire Carers

Awareness Event

Northamptonshire Carers are hosting an awareness raising event to help unpaid Carers to access support services within Northamptonshire

Nortrthamptonshire Carers LogoNorthamptonshire Carers support all Carers of all ages, including Young Carers who are caring for a loved one with learning disability, long term physical or mental health problem, or is elderly/frail.

The event is being held on Wednesday 25th March 10am-2pm at The Town Hall, 86 Watling Street, Towcester NN12 6BS.

Come along and meet other organisations that may be able to help you

Tea/Coffee and Cake available.

For more information please contact: Northamptonshire Carers Tel: 01933 677837 or,  or email:

Spread the word. Download, print & display this poster: Northamptonshire Carers Event



Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

The success of Byfield’s Good Neighbour Scheme has generated interest from Woodford residents and they are looking for a leader to drive it forward.

Good Neighbour Scheme Logo

Good Neighbour Schemes are all about doing the little things at a local level but having a big impact. The schemes are established and run by local people to provide day-to-day support to other residents in their community who may need help on an occasional or regular basis. Good Neighbour schemes provide a social ‘safety net’ for their village or local area, helping to link residents who may need support with others in their community who can give it. Volunteers can complete practical tasks (such as general gardening, changing a light bulb, helping with computer use, shopping, dog walking etc) and/or provide emotional support (befriending).

Set Up Funding Available

Northamptonshire ACRE has been working closely with Daventry District Council to set up a number of schemes in the Daventry District. The Council is keen to help more schemes set up in the area and can provide up to £1,000 per scheme for set up costs. Support from all live schemes is also accessible.

Find Out More

For further information please contact Emma Parry on or phone 01327 302418.

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Young People With Views On Police Fire & Crime

Applications Open for PFCC Youth Commission

The Northamptonshire Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is looking to welcome more members to its Youth Commission to understand and meet the needs of local young people. Young people between 14 and 19 years old (or up to 24 years for those with additional needs) are being invited to apply.

The Youth Commission was launched in May 2019 to ensure the voices of young people in Northamptonshire are heard; to support, challenge and inform the work of Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. Since that time, 20 young people have been working on a project they named the ‘Big Conversation’, to seek the views of as many young people as possible about two key topics – Gang violence and road safety. Results will be presented at an event in March.

The Youth Commission enables young people to get involved in, and express their views, on a range of issues affecting the communities where they live, as well as being a great opportunity to meet new people, gain new skills and help make a difference.

Those interested will get to work on topics such as mental health, anti-social behaviour, hate crime and domestic abuse. They will gather the views of other young people, plan and get involved in events, and present findings back to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and other partners in Northamptonshire.

Membership will ideally be made up of a diverse group of young people to broadly reflect the make-up of the county, including those who may have direct experience of the police and justice system.

The role is open to people aged between 14 and 19 years (up to 24 years for people with additional needs) who live in Northamptonshire.

The deadline for applications is Saturday 29 February 2020.

Anyone interested can complete an application form here – Northamptonshire Youth Commission Application.

Paper copies of the form are also available by contacting

Youth Commission

Update on A361 Road Closure

This letter has been received by Chipping Warden Parish Council detailing the dates on which Stagecoach expect delays to the 200 bus service, This will obviously affect us too.

Stagecoah Letter 200 ServiceThis is a change from what was previously posted, we’ll be checking the One.Network roadworks site for confirmation.

Woodford Parish Council has also had the same letter. Obviously there is a lot of doubt about the dates and what is going to be done but we will try to keep you updated.

Baby & Me

Free Play Based Sessions For Babies Under 9 Months

Woodford Halse Community Library is pleased to be hosting the free Baby And Me programme of 9 weekly, play-based sessions for parents with babies under 9 months old.

Baby & Me Picture

These sessions are being provided by  Strong Start in cooperation with Public Health Northamptonshire, and Northamptonshire County Council to help parents have happy, healthy families.

Sessions will run as follows:-

Day:    Thursdays (term time only)

Time:    10:00 to 11:30am

Dates:    27th February 2020 to 7th May 2020

Venue:    Woodford Halse Library

Places on this programme are limited.

You can book your place on Eventbrite: Woodford Halse Baby & Me Programme registration

For further information,

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DDC Planning Meeting

The planning proposal for a new Byfield Medical Centre was supported by many residents from Woodford, Byfield and other villages attending the planning meeting in Daventry on Wednesday evening. The decision on the proposal has been deferred to a later date.

The BBC has covered it here.

The Daventry Express web site has this article covering the meeting.

The Daily Mail on-line has this article.

DDC post an audio recording of their meetings for those that cannot attend. You can find it here on Youtube. (The first 34 minutes or so consist of the chairman’s introduction and reading the proposal. The remaining discussion continues until 1 hour 51 minutes.)

We also hope to have a statement from the Byfield Surgery Patient Participation Group regarding the next steps shortly.

Surgery Planning Meeting

Daventry Council Offices 6:oopm Wednesday January 15th

Don’t forget the meeting this Wednesday. Come along and show your support.

Save Our Surgery logo Byfield Medical Centre needs to expand. Without the expansion they have said there is a risk that they will close. They have been offered land as part of a development plan for a small estate of 78 houses in Byfield. DDC Planning Officers are recommending rejecting the planning application.

The surgery has asked all those that want to see a new, improved medical centre for all the communities around Byfield to demonstrate their support on Wednesday night at DDC’s offices in Daventry. The meeting starts at 6:15pm. Supporters are gathering at 6:00pm.

Find out more about this here.

The Planned Development Site

Byfield Planned Development Site

Well Done Recyclers

Daventry Best in England at Reducing Household Waste.

Daventry District Council (DDC) recorded the largest per household reduction in the collection of general waste in England following the introduction of its new recycling service.  

The Council collected 363 kilograms of rubbish per household in 2018/19 – a 12.7% decrease on the 416 kilograms collected the previous year.

That is the highest percentage reduction across local authorities in England, according to figures published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Camden London Borough Council were second with a 9.3% reduction.

1-2-3 ServiceRefuse collection

It follows the introduction of the 123+ service in June 2018, which saw an 85% increase in food waste recycling and a 35% rise in mixed dry recycling such as cans, glass, paper and plastic in its first full year of operation.

Around 21,000 people signed up to the optional garden waste collection service in the first year, with even more people signed up to the service this year.

Meanwhile around 8,000 people downloaded the new Council mobile app, which was launched to help people get to grips with their new collection schedule.

Council Thanks Residents

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jo Gilford said: “We have been very pleased with the positive response to the 123+ service. Our residents are recycling more and throwing away less, and should take enormous pride in the huge environmental improvements they are helping us make as a District.

“I would like to thank our residents for their tremendous support, and urge everyone to make the most of the recycling and food waste services offered, so that the excellent progress we are making can continue.”

Find Out More

Residents can find out more about waste and recycling collections in Daventry District at 

Surgery Planning Consent Update

Daventry District Development Control Recommends Refusing Planning Consent

save our surgery logoA letter has been sent to those that commented on the planning application affecting the future of Byfield Surgery saying that the Daventry District Council Development Control Manager is to recommend that the DDC Planning Committee on 15th January refuse the application. No reasons for the recommendation are given in the letter but it refers to the report which is now available below.

A copy of the letter is available here.

A copy of the report to the planning committee with the recommendation is available here.

This makes it all the more important that as many as possible attend to the meeting in order to show local support for the application. Details of the procedure for the meeting are also included in the letter above.


Library Open

From January 8th.

Woodford’s Library re-opens as a comunity librarycommunity run library on Wednesday 8th January 2020.

Opening hours are from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Current opening times for the library are:

Wednesdays:   10am to 2pm

Thursdays:  2pm to 6pm

Fridays:   2pm to 6pm

Rhyme Time:   Tuesdays 2pm to 2.30pm

Keep up to date with what’s happening via our Community Library page.

Carers Views Wanted

Needs of Carers For Future Services

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is planning a series of focus groups that they will run with carers across the county. If you are not a carer yourself, please pass the message on to any that you know but who may not be users of social media or the Internet.

Northants County Council logoPublic Health and Adult Social Care at NCC are currently carrying out a joint strategic needs assessment. This will look at the current and future health, care and well-being needs of carers in Northamptonshire, in order to help to inform the future planning and commissioning of carers’ services.  A carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.

Collecting Views

NCC wants to include the voices of as many of the estimated 73,000 Northamptonshire carers as possible.  They know that many carers do not see themselves in that role, while many others, particularly working carers, struggle to juggle their caring and working lives.

In January and February NCC will be running focus groups to hear the views of working carers.  If you are a carer and currently working, then NCC would very much like to hear of your experience.  Groups will consist of no more than 10 people and will be facilitated by staff from Public Health and Adult Social Care.

NCC understand that not all carers wish to advertise their caring role so if carers would rather talk to them directly on a one to one basis then this would be fine.

Find Out More

For any further details please contact Hayley McKagan, email: or by telephone on 07921 403870.

Water Works In Castle Road

Anglian Water have provided the following update…

anglian water logoWe’re carrying out essential work affecting roads in your area.

For full details, please

Name: Roadworks – Castle Road, Woodford Halse
Status: In Progress
Estimated Start Date: 02/01/2020
Estimated Completion Date: 08/01/2020

Byfield Surgery Plans

Come along and give your support….

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

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

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

Byfield Surgery Campaign

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

Daventry District Council

Council Chambers, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP

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

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

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

Water Problems – Castle Road


Anglian Water advise that they are dealing with a mains leak in the Castle Road area.

anglian water logoFor full details, please visit:Water Supply Issues 38278

Name: Mains Repair
Status: In Progress
Estimated Completion Date: 24/12/2019

Xmas 2019 Buses

Buss 200 ServiceStagecoach have published details of bus timetables over the festive period.

There will be no service on bus 200 on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day.

Saturday timetable will apply on December 27th, 30th, 31st.

More Details

Full details can be found here: Stagecoach Oxford Bus Services Xmas 2019

Byfield Medical Centre SOS

DDC Planning Committee : 15/01/2020

The latest information we have is that the plans for the new medical centre in Byfield will be considered at the meeting of Daventry District Council’s Planning Committee on 15th January 2020.

SOS for Byfield SurgeryIf you want to ensure that we go on having access to nearby medical care, you need to support the application. Without it there is a very real risk that the Byfield Medical Centre will close and folk from Woodford and other nearby villages will have to access GP services in Banbury or Daventry. Your local MP and the Parish Council have already expressed their support but the views of local residents carry equal weight in the planning process.

The BEST way to help is by an individual letter expressing your concerns to Mrs C. Philips, Community Team, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP or by email: as soon as possible in order to ensure it is considered.

You can find links to the details of the application here.

Worth Knowing…

Fix My Street Map

The Fix My Street service allows you to report problems with roads such as potholes, damaged verges and failed traffic lights.

As part of the service FixMyStreet provides a map showing the status of all reported issues.

You can access the map for the Woodford Halse area here.

We’ve added this link to our Local Transport page

and you can connect to the FixMy Street reporting tool either from the map or via our Local Services page.

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Xmas 2019 Rubbish & Recycling

Three Weeks To Go…..

With only three weeks until Xmas its worth re-posting what’s happening about refuse collections over the Christmas period.

You can watch this video on how refuse and recycling collections are affected this Christmas.

Christmas 2019 Waste and Recycling Collections

Households are encouraged to find out more about arrangements for waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

All collections

Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Saturday, 28 December.

If your collection is due on Boxing Day (Thursday, 26 December) it will instead take place on Sunday, 29 December.

If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, 1 January) this will instead take place on Saturday, 4 January.

During the week beginning 23 December, all households will get an extra blue bin recycling collection on their usual collection day. This includes households whose collections have been rescheduled from Christmas Day and Boxing Day to the following weekend.

Garden waste collections for those subscribed to the service there will be a short break in collections during w/c 23 December so that crews can focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Waste bins – your black bin will continue to be collected as normal on its three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Recycling – Your blue recycling bin will continue to be collected as usual over Christmas and New Year. There will be an extra collection for all households during week beginning 23 December – please place your blue bin out with your food waste on your usual collection day.

Extra recycling will also be collected if you cannot fit into your blue bin – please place items into clear or white bags next to your boxes (not black or green sacks).

Don’t forget that a range of festive items can be recycled, including foil-free Christmas cards and wrapping paper, sweet tins and drinks bottles.

Food waste bins will continue to be collected weekly for all households on their usual collection day.

Christmas trees – Households can put their real Christmas trees in their garden waste bin or alternatively place them alongside their bins on the usual day of collection week beginning 6 January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees. You can also take trees to the local household waste recycling centre – find your nearest at Daventry DC Recycling.

Check your collections calendar – You can check your bin collection dates on the calendar delivered to you in June, or by searching your postcode on our website at

You can also check your collection day and set up alerts on your mobile by downloading the free Daventry District Council app from the Apple or Google Play stores.

Reporting a Missed Bin at Christmas and New Year

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Thursday, 2 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at

200 Bus Service 3/12/19

According to a separate update the 16:20 200 service from Banbury and the 17:20 from Daventry will not operate for the duration of the road works. We’ve updated the original post on the diversions and bus stops to reflect this.

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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.

Carer’s Appeal

Looking For Hairdresser for Home Visits

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

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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

Tel: 01933 677837

Mobile: 07395796675

Carers Support Line: 01933 677907



Library Closed Today 11/10/19

11th October 2019

The library will be closed today due to Northamptonshire County Council staff sickness. We apologise for the inconvenience. Normal hours will be resumed next week.

Please do not put library books through the letterbox as we do not have a drop in service and books can get damaged.

Library books can be renewed online.

Patricia Darby

Flu Jab Scam Alert

Byfield Medical Centre Warning

Byfield Medical Centre posted the following on their Facebook page and we’re sharing it here for non-Facebook users….

NHS England and NHS Improvement – East of England have been alerted to an issue whereby a patient appears to have been the victim of a scam relating to flu jabs.

The patient was contacted over the phone by a person purporting to be a GP working at their local GP practice and that, for a fee, the GP could attend their home to administer their flu jab. Unfortunately the patient gave out their bank account details and has sadly suffered a financial loss.

If someone claiming to be from the NHS contacts you by phone and asks for a payment, please be aware they could be a criminal trying to trick you. Most NHS services are free at the point of use and NHS professionals are very unlikely to ask for fees such as prescription charges by phone. We advise you not to share bank account details or other financial information unless you are sure of who you are talking to.

We would ask that you continue to be vigilant.

Reporting NHS fraud

NHS LogoYou can report any concerns or suspicions you have about fraud or corruption within the NHS or wider health group to the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSFCA) by calling the FREE 24hr confidential fraud reporting hotline powered by Crimestoppers on 0800 028 4060.

You can also make a report to the NHSCFA using the online NHS fraud reporting tool.

Should you have any queries you can contact NHS England and NHS Improvement by:

Telephone: 0300 311 22 33
General Post (including complaints): NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT

New Unitary Authorities

Consultation on Priorities for the Public

Local government in Northamptonshire is going through a period of transformation as it moves towards the creation of two new unitary authorities to replace the current eight councils. For this to be a success, it is essential that the services currently provided by Northamptonshire County Council are placed on a firmer financial footing to make sure the two new unitary councils don’t inherit the significant issues faced by their predecessor.

This needs to happen before the new councils are created to make sure they start life with transformed, affordable services and a balanced budget.

To help us in this work the Council wants your views on what you consider to be the priorities. They want to know what services you feel are most important to you, your family and your communities, how you rate these services and what improvements could be made. They are asking these questions now and will repeat this every six months to make sure they are aware of your views on an ongoing basis.

Have your say.

This survey gives background to the challenge facing the Council and sets out the different services that the Council provides and asks you how important they are to you and the wider community, how well you feel the services are currently being delivered and whether there are areas of improvement that they should focus on. The survey closes at midnight on Sunday 20th October.

Let them have your views here.

Details of this and all current and recent consultations can be found on the Northampton County Council Consultation Hub.

Byfield Medical Centre Planning Application

October 2019 Updates

The planning application in respect of Byfield Medical Centre has been updated with four new documents which can be downloaded below:-

The principal changes detailed in these documents are a reduction in the number of houses proposed from 90 to 78, the inclusion of 10% of properties to be “affordable housing” and a change in access to the development from two entry points (Woodford Road and Church Street) to one (Woodford Road).

Find Out More

These documents are available on the Daventry District Council web site under application number DA/2017/0826. The full set can be accessed by entering the application number on the DDC planning application enquiry page.

The revised application will be considered soon by Daventry District Council and you are asked to provide any comments in writing by 11th October 2019.

The Parish Council will consider this application at the meeting of the Council on Tuesday 8th October. The agenda for that meeting will be published shortly.

A copy of the letter from Daventry District Council to residents detailing the comments process can be found here: DDC Letter 27/09/19.


New Gas Main

Courtesy of Byfield Parish Council…

We have been informed that a new gas main will be installed from Byfield to Woodford Halse. The official notice says this will be starting on 30th September 2019.

This will be from the ‘five ways’ mini roundabouts all the way to the new Woodford housing estate. Traffic management and subsequent road closures will be in place from 30th September.

Recent communication from the contractor (thanks to Steve Bartlett for this) adds the following information:-

“With regards to your enquiry we will have a slight delay in beginning our works on this project. The works will likely start between 07/10 and 14/10 depending on the teams current works. For the majority of the project we will be using temporary traffic signals but will close the Woodford Road from 04/11/19 – 25/11/19. Access will be maintained for residents via Byfield Road but a hard closure will be in place on Woodford Road from the double roundabouts to it’s junction with Fessey Road. We will aim to have the project completed by 02/12/19 but this is very dependent on what is found on site. If we encounter network issues the duration may change.”

Attached is a drawing of the works and a copy of the proposed diversion route during the closure.

Map of proposed works:

Map of proposed diversion:,%20Daventry,%20NN11%206XD.pdf

Hall Bookings Fixed

The problem with the halls booking system has been solved.

The email system linked to HallMaster is now operational again after the fault reported last week.

You can now book on line once more using our Halls Booking page.

If you have any queries, please contact Beverley Blackwell by email:

We are sorry for any inconvenience, which was caused by a problem with the HallMaster email server.

Hall Booking Problems

This Problem Has Now Been Fixed

See here.

An urgent message from Beverley Blackwell…

Please be advised that the halls booking system has stopped working.

The email system linked to HallMaster is not sending or receiving messages and so I have no idea if someone has booked a hall. Equally, I cannot email our customers from the Hallmaster system.

I have contacted Hallmaster to see when this fault will be rectified but we do not have a date or time for a solution yet.

Please do not book on-line for the time being until the system is back up and running. If you need to make an urgent booking please phone: on 07579 050003 or by email:

Get Up & Go!

Exercise to Move Safely & Avoid Falls

There is a new group starting in Daventry for people who are at risk of falling or who have fallen once in the last 3 months.  It is chair based gentle exercise to encourage the person to keep moving in a safe way and prevent falls.

Free sessions start in Daventry on Monday 9th September. Download the poster below for more details To book your place contact Helen Redwood, telephone 07912 891993 or by email

Get Up & Go Poster

Northants Health Plan

Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership Wants Your Views

In January 2019 the NHS launched its Long Term Plan, which sets out its ambition to make sure everyone has the best start in life, receives world-class care for major health problems and gets the support they need to age well.

Locally, our county’s health and care organisations are working together through Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP) to shape our local response to this, called the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan. This plan represents the commitment between health and care providers in Northamptonshire and the members of the local Health and Wellbeing Board to work together on a plan for our county.

Together their vision for the future of Northamptonshire’s health and care is to have a positive lifetime of health, wellbeing and care for all those in our community.

Whether it’s your opinion on the plan’s priorities, or how you and your family get health advice, support and services they want you to join the conversation. You’re at the heart of everything they do, so they want to make sure your voice is heard.

You can give your feedback by visiting Northamptonshire HCP : Join The Conversation Survey and completing the short online survey.

NHCP Survey Banner

DDC & Recycling

Daventry Claims Improved Performance

Changes to household bin collections in Daventry District helped boost recycling rates in the first year of operation, latest figures have revealed.

Bin changes bring huge boost to waste recycling rates

A total of 2,328 tonnes of food waste was collected for recycling between the launch of the 123+ service in June 2018 and the end of May this year – an 85% increase on the 12-month period leading up to the new service.

At the same time people also recycled 8,298 tonnes of cans, glass, paper and plastic in their blue lidded bins, which is a 35% increase.

There has also been a 25% reduction in the amount of rubbish being put in the black bins for disposal – from 16,081 tonnes down to 12,065 tonnes.

The 123+ waste and recycling collections were introduced on 4 June and are run by Daventry Norse – a joint venture between Daventry District Council and Norse Commercial Services.

Around 21,000 people signed up to the optional garden waste collection service in the first year, with even more people signed up to the service this year.

Meanwhile around 8,000 people downloaded the new Council mobile app, which was launched to help people get to grips with their new collection schedule.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jo Gilford said: “These are excellent results which really show how making small individual adjustments to our recycling habits can add up and bring significant environmental benefits.

“I would like to thank all of our residents for their support in our efforts to increase our District’s recycling performance, and I look forward to an even better set of results next year.”

People can find out more about recycling services in the District at Daventry Council’s recycling page.

Woodford Halse Branch GP Surgery

To Remain Closed Until October.

Disturbing news this morning from the Byfield Medical Centre Facebook page….


I met with NHS England this morning to look at the IT issue and they need to write a business case to make adjustments to what is there, they say they will not have an answer for us until at least October, which means the branch surgery will remain closed until at least October.

Seeking Young People’s Views

OPFCC Youth Commission; Gangs & Young Drivers

Young people in Northamptonshire are being invited to join in the Big Conversation and tell the Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s (OPFCC) Youth Commission what they think about two key issues – gangs and young drivers.

Police Commissioner LogoThroughout the summer, the Youth Commission will be visiting community events and busy locations to meet as many young people aged 14-19 as possible and them to share their experiences. They want to know if young people have ever felt unsafe as a passenger or driver, have they been approached to join a gang?  Who would they tell if they were?

There is also an online survey for 14-19 year olds to complete.  Everyone who takes part will have the opportunity to win Amazon vouchers up to the value of £50.

So, if you work with or know young people aged 14 – 19 encourage them to take part and have their say!  Survey closes on 30 August 2019.

Take part in the survey here: OFPCC Youth Commission Survey

Woodford Doctor’s Surgery

Cancelled Due To IT Problems

Byfield Medical Centre has apologised and informs that until further notice the clinic that usually runs from 9.00am-10.00am at Woodford Halse Memorial Hall will be cancelled due to an IT issue which NHS England is trying to resolve.

We will keep you updated with any further details when we receive them.

Byfield Patient Experiences

Patient Experiences Show How Our Local Health Centre Helps

Most residents of the Parish will be registered with the Byfield Medical Centre. The Centre has compiled a number stories from patients about their treatment which should help reassure those that are faced with unexpected or worrying medical conditions.

These “Patient Experiences” have all been published on the Byfield Medical Centre’s web site (search under “News”) but the Signpost is happy to make them available here too. Thanks to Gill Pitt, who sits on the Byfield Medical Centre’s Patient Participation Group, for suggesting we publish this and to Tracey Rymer, the Practice Manager, for permission to use these experiences.

Just click the links to each or scroll down to read them all…


Prostate Cancer

Hip Replacement


Thanks to Brigid Hurn, Jenny Vandries and John Grindlay for sharing their experiences. You can find links to other sources of information on the Signpost too: Local Healthcare


I’d been told 2 years ago that I had cataracts, but had decided that they weren’t a problem so I wouldn’t have them done! What changed my mind was being told that my sight was now on the limit for driving! The thought of not being able to drive just beat the thought of someone messing with my eyes!

I had to stop driving at night because headlights just dazzled me.

I must have spoken to about 60 people who had had treatment, and about 58 were delighted with the results, but I found it easier to believe the 2! I admit it, I was terrified! But it had to be done.

The day of surgery (after very little sleep) I met the other 7 being operated on that morning, all the first timers looking anxious, the second eye people looking calm. The pre-op was simple, it was then just waiting for my turn. Fortunately there is a nurse to hold your hand, my poor lady must have had a numb hand for hours afterwards!

The actual operation took about 10 minutes, I couldn’t see or feel anything, then it’s cup of tea and biscuit time. My vision improved gradually over the next few days, until I could see more clearly than had been possible for about 20 years! My big problem then was one good eye, one bad! I couldn’t wait for my other eye to be sorted!

Now I no longer wear glasses, can see everything around me, and would recommend having treatment to anyone with cataracts. But be warned, colours change! I discovered I’d been wearing clashing colours for years and nobody had told me!!


Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Some personal experiences

I was in the habit of having regular annual blood tests, on the advice of my doctor at Byfield Medical Centre.

On 21st January 2015, I had my “annual”. To my surprise, Dr Bone wished to see me, urgently.

Saw him on 29th January, and he said my PSA level (Prostate Specific Antigen) element of the blood test had increased from a “normal” level of 4.0, to 10.4 in the previous 6 months. He went on to explain that this level in itself was not necessary of concern, but for the fact it had increased significantly in a short period of time (10% per annum is not unusual).Dr Bone at once referred me to a Consultant Urologist in Oxford (in my case Dr Jeremy Crewe, but I should add that there is an extensive excellent team in The Churchill in Oxford).

I saw Dr Crewe in Banbury, on February 11th. He questioned me about my waterworks; I explained I did need to pee often at times, and not always emptying the bladder. He gave me a “rectal examination”,. This wasn’t a very exciting moment, and I have to admit it was a bit uncomfortable, but no after-effects.

He explained he then needed to carry out a biopsy in order to take small samples of tissue for examination. This procedure would be carried out in hospital, under clinical conditions.

On March 4th, prior to the biopsy samples being taken, I had an Ultrasound Scan on my prostate, then a urine flow test. On the same day, I was in hospital for a short time, for the rectal biopsy. This wasn’t as bad as I feared, as some anaesthetic cream was used to relax the muscles, and reduce the sensation. Dr Crewe took 10 samples from me, 5 on each “side”. These were like having some pin-pricks up the backside. The process only took a few minutes. I was given 48 hours of anti-biotics, to suppress any possible infection.

Dr Crewe then explained he was going away for a couple of weeks; did I mind waiting till March 18th for the result, and we made an appointment for that day (my wife’s birthday, as it happened!).

I have to admit, I was happy in my own mind that my problem was not severe & I was sure I had no cancer.

So, I booked a window table with a bottle of bubbly, for lunch at “The Trout” at Godstow, to celebrate the birthday and my expected happy consultation with Dr Crewe, accompanied by my wife, on the morning of March 18th.

What a mistake I made…

I quote Dr Crewe’s words, “There are signs of prostate cancer on the left side of the prostate. On the Gleeson scale the score is 7 (3+4). However, the right side is completely non-malignant. There is a sign of perineal invasion, but not outside of the prostate”.

So, I asked him in simple terms what all this meant.

He said I did have prostate cancer, and the Gleeson score rated the aggressiveness. My scale was moderately aggressive. Most likely, this did not warrant surgery but he needed me to have a MRI scan for confirmation.

I asked Dr Crewe what the options were.

Three, he explained; do nothing, operate for removal, or undertake a course of Radiotherapy.

I said we would think about it (this had now become a joint decision), and as we were due to lunch together, we could discuss it fully. I questioned Dr Crewe in detail about the options. He did not recommend surgery in my case, and I wasn’t suitable for “seed brachytherapy” (where a radioactive seed is implanted in the prostate), as my prostate was the wrong size.

We were left with options of either radiotherapy, or doing nothing.

I have to admit, I was immediately in favour of doing nothing, and let nature take its course, whatever that may have been.

We didn’t decide over lunch that day.

I am lucky to have a supportive family, and it so happened that children and grandchildren were all due to visit the following week-end for family Sunday lunch. My prostate became the lunch topic…not the most favourable subject over roast lamb.

I was outnumbered, and it was unanimous that I should elect for radiotherapy.

So, on March 27th I visited Byfield surgery and asked Dr Bone to arrange a course of treatment. He sensibly agreed and observed “you will die with it, not of it”.

I saw Dr Crewe at the Horton on April 16th, and he arranged for me to have a MRI scan on April 29th. This determined the exact position of the tumours.

On May 12th, I then saw a urologist (Dr Ami) at the Churchill, where I had the procedures I was to undergo, all explained. I was then overtaken by events;

May 19th, “gold” implants shot into my groin area. These accurately mark the exact line of fire for the radiotherapist. This was a more uncomfortable procedure than I expected, but very rapid.

May 27th, Byfield Surgery. 1st injection of Triptorelin (by Dr Harrison), a hormone injection, followed by 6 weeks of tablets. This hormone treatment is to stop the production of testosterone, and so helps to stop the prostate cancer from growing.

July 24th. CT scan at The Churchill.

July 29th. Blood test (Byfield), to check finally on PSA level.

August 10th. Second hormone injection at Byfield. My PSA level had dropped, as expected, from 10.5, to just over 1.0.

At this stage, I was tempted to walk away and drop the treatment. The doctor said this was normal, and not to halt treatment, the cancer was still there.

August 24th. FIRST DAY of radiotherapy treatment, of 37 sessions, until LAST DAY on October 13th. All at The Churchill, Oxford.

So, from first visit to Byfield Medical Centre on January 29th, to last day of treatment on October 13th, it took 37 weeks. But that was not quite the end.

November 11th. Blood test, for PSA levels. Saw Dr Ami, and levels down to PSA 0.12


After effects? Apart from blood tests for PSA levels every 6 months, and some pain killers for immediate after-effects of the radiotherapy, the long-term after-effect is still the urgency to pee at short notice and more frequently than of old. But these are insignificant when compared to coping with possible terminal cancer….

I made my visits to Oxford as pleasant as I could. My treatment was all through the summer months, so I took picnic lunches most days and got the train from Banbury. At Oxford, there are regular buses to The Churchill (do NOT get the JR bus!). I often went via the city centre, and had my picnic visiting most of the old colleges, before re-joining a bus to the hospital.

As for the radiotherapy treatment itself, the zapping is over very rapidly, but the preparation procedure and time is wearing. Do read a booklet about it all (see below).

One final tip for you men with a concern: do talk to others who have had or are having treatment. A trouble shared is a trouble halved.

Suggested reading matter for those with a concern:

“Treating Prostate Cancer, Questions and Answers”

From: Prostate Cancer Research Centre, Britannia House, 7 Trinity street, London, SE1 1DB


020 7848 7546


My Right Hip

Surprisingly, it all started with my knee giving way occasionally when I last expected it! At my annual MOT, I mentioned this and the doctor sent me for an x-ray. “How’s my knee?” I asked the radiographer. “There’s nothing wrong with your knee it’s your hip!”

So it was then that the process started, along with the pain in my hip! Next step was physiotherapy. “It is not going to cure my hip so why waste the time?” “Look at is as pre-hab, getting your muscles ready for when you’ve had the op”. I’m not sure why, but that satisfied me and I did what I was told after that! (there’s a first time for everything!)

Next was the on-line Oxford Hip Score Test, which grades you from ‘lose weight to do more exercise’ to ‘go straight to the surgeon, do not pass go do not collect £200’! Sad to say I was the latter.

Then a trip to the Ramsey Treatment Centre in Banbury to see the surgeon, when they actually booked the operation date! The depressing bit was reading the letter he wrote to my GP saying what the problems were – I had to look up a lot of the words, and hadn’t realised how badly I was walking.

Before the operation I made sure my home was ready for me – no bending or stretching, getting a cushion to raise the height of a chair, glass by the washbasin, easy to put on trousers and shoes. This came in really handy later. A friend had told me that it was a wonderful when the arthritic pain just disappeared, but it still hurt from the wound, and this was very true, but it was no more pain that I’d had before, and I knew it was going to decrease.

Having a new hip means learning to walk again, and not lurching or limping: learning to dress yourself using a grabber and a long shoe horn; sleeping flat on your back for six weeks, and using a loo when you mustn’t swivel!! But once six weeks have passed, oh the joy of walking distances again without pain, putting your own socks on, and going up and down stairs normally!

It was SO worthwhile!



It can be a very scary time when you are told you have cancer. From the moment of diagnosis to hearing you will have to attend daily radiotherapy treatment must evoke all kinds of emotions. I hope by reading this I can put your mind at ease and hopefully answer some of those nagging questions you may have.

What is Radiotherapy? Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy x-rays to destroy or damage cancer cells. Along side surgery and chemotherapy it is one of the major treatments used to treat most forms of cancer. Below is a picture of a Linear accelerator used to deliver radiotherapy.

Radsio Therapy Linear Accelerator

Before you can start your Radiotherapy, your doctor will ensure you have a CT or some form of scan. This gives the radiographers and doctors all the information they require to plan your treatment. Often during this process, the radiographers need to make tiny permanent marks on your skin (often called tattoo’s), These are done by putting a tiny prick of ink under the skin. If, you require these a member of staff will explain them to you thoroughly and check you are happy to have them.

Some people may need to have a mould made of clear lightweight plastic or mesh (see picture below). This is usually for the head and neck area but sometimes they are made for other parts of the body. They are used to ensure you are in exactly the same position for your treatment every day.

A mould makes sure each treatment hits the right spot.

Also, before your treatment begins you will see either a doctor or a radiographer. They will explain about the treatment and make you aware of any side-effects you may experience. You will be asked to sign a consent form. Before you leave you will receive a list of appointments for your course of radiotherapy. If you have any special requests or requirement’s, please let someone know and staff will try and adjust these for you. The number of appointments you must attend is very individual. A course of treatment can be anything from 1 treatment up to six or more weeks of daily treatment.

On your first day of treatment you will be given a lot of information. It is worth taking someone with you to help take it all in. If this isn’t possible then ask the radiographer to write things down for you. The treatment itself will be explained so you are fully aware of what will happen. Generally, treatment takes approximately 10-20 minutes and you don’t see or feel anything. The radiographers do have to leave the room during the treatment, but they are not gone long and will constantly be watching on the CCTV cameras to check you are OK. Once treatment is finished you are free to go home.

You will usually see a doctor or a radiographer most weeks throughout your course of radiotherapy. They will monitor you and check you are coping with the treatment. There are side effects to the treatment, and these tend to be localised so only effect the area you are having treated. The radiographers will give you full instructions on how to deal with this and any other side effects.

Things to be mindful of:

  1. Allow extra time for parking at the hospital.
  2. Most hospitals will provide you with a parking permit for your course of treatment so just ask a radiographer when you attend your 1st appointment.
  3. The linear accelerators used to deliver the radiotherapy treatment are extremely complicated and because of this they do sometimes break down. Every department has its own technicians and physicist on site to deal with this when it happens. Staff will keep you informed of any delay but please be patient.
  4. You are attending radiotherapy daily so please feel free to ask questions. There isn’t much staff haven’t seen, heard or been asked before! Don’t suffer in silence!





Byfield Surgery & Northants Rural PCN

Readers of the Daventry Express may have seen this article “Shakeup for GP Surgeries Next Month” describing how new networks of GP surgeries are to be implemented across Northamptonshire next month.

Under this scheme, the Byfield Surgery will become part of the Northamptonshire Rural PCN (Primary Care Network).

We have asked the Byfield Patient’s Panel representative in the village for any further information that the Surgery has on this. He is contacting the Practice Manager. We will provide an update as soon as more information is available

Claiming Universal Credit?

Citiizens Advice Help to Claim poster

Kim Allibone is the new ‘Help to Claim’ advisor for Citizens Advice Daventry and District, supporting people with new Universal Credit claims.

Help to Claim is a free, independent service that aims to help claimants from first application through to getting payments.

The service is available over the phone, via on-line chat and face to face. You can find out more about it in this Help to Claim leaflet.

If you’d like help, you can contact the CAB office directly for an appointment with Kim on 01327 701644.

More Details on the CAB


The Abbey, Market Square, Daventry, NN11 4XG

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 till 14:30, Closed on Thursday, Fridays 09:30 till 15:00
Adviceline email:
Adviceline number: 03444889629
Web Site:

DDC’s Housing Hotline

Launched to Help Improve Housing Conditions

A new hotline has been launched by Daventry District Council in a bid to improve living conditions for people in privately rented or shared housing.

The dedicated number – 01327 302288 – has been set up to help people report in confidence any concerns they may have about the condition of a privately rented property in the District.

People are also encouraged to report any Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) – commonly referred to as house shares – that they believed may be unlicensed or in a poor state of repair.

The new initiative comes in response to the massive growth of the private rental sector in recent years. According to national figures, there were 2.5 million landlords in the UK in 2018, and 11 million people living in rented accommodation.

Report On-Line

As well as the new hotline, people can also report a suspected HMO or a privately rented house in disrepair in confidence by visiting the DDC HMO page  the Daventry District Council HMO page or emailing

And while most landlords take their responsibilities to their tenants seriously, a small minority do not, allowing their tenants to live in poor conditions, causing ill health and distress.

National figures suggest that as many as 1 in 3 rental properties are not of a decent living standard, and 1 in 6 rented houses are dangerous to live in.

DDC Needs To Know

The rental market plays an important role in providing housing for people living in Daventry District, and HMOs provide cheaper accommodation for residents whose housing options are limited.

However they can also pose greater risks than other types of accommodation for overcrowding and fire, which is why Daventry District Council is working to ensure that all HMOs in the District are safe and properly licenced.

Councillor Richard Auger, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health and Housing on Daventry District Council, said: “Our District is a popular place to live and work, and with the rental sector increasingly popular, it is more important than ever to ensure everyone here has a safe, well-managed place to live.

“In some instances, HMOs have been used by opportunistic rogue landlords, some driven by monetary gain, to exploit vulnerable tenants, and rent properties that are overcrowded, sub-standard and potentially dangerous.

“We are working with landlords and our partners to protect the health and safety of the tenants, but I would appeal to residents across the District to help be our eyes and ears on this, and report any concerns they have to us so we can investigate and take action where required.”

(The Signpost covered DDC’s advice to HMO landlords back in 2018 in this article.)

NCC Consultation

Specialist Provision for Children and Young People

Northamptonshire County Council is consulting on additional special provision in the county for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans.

Increasing the capacity of authorities to make provision for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans has been supported by the Department of Education through a Capital Grant. This recently published report, Special Schools and Designated Units Sufficiency, details the current provisions and identifies gaps in provision in and within districts and the numbers of young people who need to move outside their district to access special education.

The consultation provides the opportunity to shape the additional provision to be commissioned to ensure there is greater capacity in Northamptonshire to provide children and young people with an Education Health and Care Plan access to local specialist provision that meets their needs and supports them to be part of the community in which they live.

Have Your Say

This consultation sets out the recommendations that have been made to increase provision in Northamptonshire and asks for your views on them. The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 14th July.

You can access the consultation here:-

NCC’s Consultation on Specialist Provision for Young People

Details of this and all current and recent consultations can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council consultation hub.

Daventry’s Recycling Callendar

Keep an eye out for new bin collection calendars which are due to hit doormats across the  district later this week.

The four-page leaflet gives households dates for the next 12-month cycle of waste and recycling collections, beginning at the start of June until the end of May 2020. It also includes details on 2019 Christmas season collection arrangements.

For more details visit Daventry Council’s Recycling Calendar.

Daventry's Recyling Leaflet

Good Neighbour Schemes

Daventry District Helps With Setting Them Up

Good Neighbour Schemes are established by communities and run by local people to provide day to day support for other residents who may need help on an occasional or regular basis.

Good Neighbour SchemeThe best help is often closest to home. Good Neighbour Schemes provide that local, day to day support.

At the present time there are 3 live schemes in Daventry District and 12 pending. DDC is  looking to set up more.

How DDC Can Help

DDC provides support to set up Good Neighbour schemes. Your scheme could get:-

  • Funding of up to £1,000 is available to set up a scheme
  • A toolkit, based on national good practice, on how to run a Good Neighbours scheme, along with advice and support from Northamptonshire ACRE and Daventry District Council
  • DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) can help you set up your own Village Travel Club
  • Daventry Volunteer Centre Happy at Home Partnership can help with recruiting of your volunteers

For more information see this brochure and contact:

Daventry District Council on 01327 871100,

Northamptonshire ACRE on 01604 765888,

DACT on 01327 701666 or

The Happy at Home Partnership on 01327 300614.


Help Advise Your Local Police

The Opportunity

OFPCCC LogoThe Office of the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) and the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police are recruiting new members to join their Joint Independent Audit Committee. The Committee provides independent advice and assurance on the governance of the OPFCC, Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority.

Successful applicants will receive training and an annual allowance of £3,000.

Want To Know More?

OFPCC, Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Commissioner Fire & Rescue Authority are looking for two people to join the committee which, through its work, aims to make Northamptonshire safer.

  • Can you review and scrutinise their internal audit, risk management, financial reporting and corporate governance arrangements?
  • Do you have experiences of and skills in project management, estates or IT?
  • Do you have a good understanding of the public sector and knowledge of best practice in audit and corporate governance?

If you think you might fit the bill, download this information pack with details of how to apply…

Application Pack

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 10 May 2019.



Fix My Street

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

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

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

The new page is available here:-

Fire & Police “Youth Commission” Wants Members

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

More on the Pong

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

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

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

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




More Leaky Pipes!

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

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

Street Lights

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

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

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

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

Thank you!


Take Care!

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

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

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

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

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

Xmas Trees Monday 21st

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

Details here: Daventry Xmas Refuse Collections

Extra Recycling Collection

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

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

Find out more at

Our GP At Xmas…

Advice from Byfield Medical Centre about the Christmas period….

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

True Grit

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

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

“Precautionary Gritting”

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

Byfield Road to junction with Phipps Road

Phipps Road

Hinton Road

Farndon Road

Barnetts Hill

“Adverse Weather Gritting”

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

Remainder of Byfield Road

Scrivens Hill

School Street

Church Street

Station Road

Parsons Street

South Street

Eydon Road

Adams Road

Membris Way

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

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

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

High Street Water Works

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

This may cause obstruction for school traffic.

Details updated on Digbat:

Village Wifi & Broadband

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

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

The Superfast Northamtonshire team advise:-

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

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

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

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

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

Xmas Bins

What You Need To Know

An update from Daventry District Council about arrangements for waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

Collection schedules

Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:

  • If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Tuesday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Saturday, 29 December.
  • If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Tuesday, 1 January) this will instead take place on Saturday, 5 January.

Extra recycling collection

Your blue-lidded recycling bin will continue to be collected as usual over Christmas and New Year, with the addition of an extra collection for all households in the week beginning 7 January – please put your recycling bin out on your usual collection day alongside any other bins that are scheduled. Please also note that this extra collection is not listed on the paper calendar you received in June.

Extra recycling that you cannot fit it in your blue-lidded bin will also be collected during the festive period -please place items into clear or white bags (not black or green sacks) and put them next to your bin.

Don’t forget that a range of festive items can be recycled, including sweet tins, and foil-free wrapping paper and Christmas cards. As a good rule of thumb, wrapping paper that can be torn is probably made from paper and can therefore be recycled.

General waste

Black bins containing general waste will continue to be collected as normal on their three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Food waste

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

Garden waste collections

Those subscribed to the service will continue to receive collections on their usual schedule in the run up to Christmas and New Year. Please note there will be a short break in collections during the second week of January so that crews can focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Christmas trees

Households subscribed to the garden waste service can put their real Christmas trees in their garden waste bin or alternatively place them alongside the bin for collection in the week beginning 22 January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but you can take trees to your local household waste recycling centre. Find your nearest centre

Keep up-to-date with our mobile app

You can check your collection day and set up notifications to remind your which bins to put out using our mobile app.

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

If you do not have access to a tablet or smartphone you can check your bin collection dates on the calendar delivered to you in June, or on our website at

Reporting a missed bin

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Wednesday, 2 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at

Thanks to Taylor Wimpey

£500 towards new defibrillator

Taylor Wimpey South Midlands is helpeing provide peace of mind to residents in Woodford Halse by funding a defibrillator for use in medical emergencies. Joining forces with Northamptonshire Police, Taylor Wimpey made a £500 donation towards the life saving piece of equipment, which is now situated at Woodford Halse Fire Station on the Byfield Road.

The Taylor Wimpey contribution adds to the money already raised by the Woodford’s Churches Together appeal in September.

On Saturday 13th October 2018, Woodford Halse Fire Station held a recruitment day in conjunction with heart start sessions and the new community defibrillator. While there is already an existing defibrillator outside the Memorial Hall on Station Road, residents will now benefit from having an additional defibrillator at the other end of the village.

Commenting on the donation from Taylor Wimpey Carl Barton, PCSO at Northamptonshire Police, said: “This defibrillator will save precious time in the case of any life-threatening heart issues in the area until our colleagues from the East Midlands Ambulance Service arrive on scene and are able to take over. The first few minutes are absolutely crucial in situations involving the heart so I’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey for their generous donation in providing such a life-saving piece of equipment to the local community in Woodford Halse.”

At the event, the Taylor Wimpey South Midlands team were on hand to present the cheque to members of St. Mary’s Church. Paul Cave, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, said: “We feel it’s extremely important to invest in the communities in which we build our homes, so it was our pleasure to donate £500 towards the new defibrillator in Woodford Halse. Heart issues can happen at any age and any time so it will be a comfort for the community knowing that there is now a defibrillator at each end of the village. I’d like to thank Northamptonshire Police for inviting us to lend our support to such an important cause – and we wish the community​ ​all​ ​the​ ​best​ ​with​ ​future ​fundraising​ ​efforts.”

Byfield Medical Centre Patient Group


If you are a patient with the Byfield Medical Practice you should feel free to contact a member of the participation group on any matters concerning the running of the practice, good or less so. We very much welcome constructive commentary.

The PPG representative closest to Woodford Halse is Peter Deverill who lives in the village and is contactable on 07971 043046.

Equally, please feel invited to join the group as the Practice strives to make itself relevant to everybody’s needs. If you are interested in joining, call Tracey Rymer the Practice Manager on 01327 265841

Fire Station

On Saturday 13th October 2018, Woodford Halse Fire Station will be holding a recruitment day together with introductory Heart Start sessions. The event will run from 11am until 3pm.

Heart Start sessions start from  11.30,12.30, 1.30  and 2.30.

The sessions are in conjunction with the community defibrillator  which was supported by the WI’s fund raising. The defibrillator will be located at Woodford Halse Fire Station on the Byfield Road. Once this is installed, we will have a defibrillator at both ends of the village. (There is already one outside the Memorial Hall on Station Road.)

The event is also a recruitment day for the fie service. It will be a good opportunity to talk about and explore, the role of the on-call fire fighter within Woodford Halse Village.

Flu Clinics at Byfield

Byfield Medical Centre has posted details of their first flu jab clinics for this year. These include a dedicated session on October 31st in Woodford Halse for patients from the village.

Wednesday 3rd October: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 11th October: 10.30am – 11.30am
Monday 15th October evening – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 17th October 9.30am – 11.30am and 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday 31st October Woodford Halse (for Woodford patients only) 9.30am – 11.45am

There will also be a Saturday clinic and will advertise this on their Facebook page once arranged.

Please call the practice to book your appointment, you can have your jab outside of these appointments but it is more efficient for the practice if you can attend at these times.

Library Closed 20/9/18

A message from Pat Darby…..

“The Woodford Halse library will be closed today 20th September but will be open tomorrow from 2.00 to 6.00pm.

A decision will be made shortly about the future of the library and I will keep you informed about further developments.

I will be in touch with volunteers over the next few weeks to discuss rotas etc.”

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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Collecting Old Green Bins

Daventry District Council is aiming to begin collections of unwanted garden waste bins in late September/early October.

If you are not subscribed to the new chargeable garden waste service and would like your bin taken away, please email no later than 31 August.

If you have already emailed us to request the removal of your garden waste bin, you do not need to do so again. Once they have a collection schedule in place, they will email you to advise you when to put your bin out for collection.

If you have contacted DDC previously but did not leave an email address, please provide this information by emailing, so that they can let you know when your bin is due to be collected.

Find out more at

Hall Wifi

The internet connection and wifi facility at the Memorial Hall is now up and running and can be used by groups having meetings or events in the hall.

Details of how to access the wifi will be made available at the time of booking, if required.

High Street Water

Image result for anglian water logoAnglian Water have just advised that they are carrying out work in High Street, Woodford Halse between 1st and 3rd of August 2018.

This may affect water supplies.

More details here:-

Libraries In Court

Those concerned about the future of Woodford’s library may be interested in this article in the Northampton Chronicle covering the court action challenging the County Council’s closure decision consultation.

Water Problems

Just received from Anglian Water : problems with water supply in the Preston Capes & Canons Ashby area.

This may cause low water pressure or stoppages.

Where affected, supplies are expected to be put right by 19:30 tonight, 17th June 2018


Cuts In Gritting Next Winter Will Hit Woodford

According to an article on the Daventry Express web site, planned cuts to precautionary gritting will mean that the following roads won’t be gritted as a precaution against freezing:

  • Byfield Road
  • Scrivens Hill
  • Church View
  • School Street
  • Station Road
  • Hinton Road

These will be among almost 500 roads in Northamptonshire that will no longer be treated, saving the County Council an estimated £475,000.

Northants County Council have published the detail of their proposals here. Precautionary gritting will continue on the Byfield Road from the junction of Phipps Road to Byfield. Effectively it is the old part of the village that is impacted by these changes; the routes to the shops and the school. NCC will also be removing gritting bins at the foot of Scrivens Hill, Eydon Road and Hinton Road.

Manor Road – Adams Road, Membris Way – Ash Way, Scrivens Hill, Station Road, High Street Church Street, South Street and the Eydon Road will continue to be gritted in “adverse conditions” (i.e. “during daytime hours in advance of a high confidence forecast for snow or when the forecast temperatures are not forecast to rise above zero for 48 hours.”)




Library & Rhymetime

Because of the problems at the library – a fault with the County Council’s IT cabinet and not anything to do with the building itself – the County Council has asked us to publicise the following notices:-

Rhymetime Is Still Running: Tuesday 14:00 to 14:30

Items Due Back Renewed Until July 18th

PCC News

Update from the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner

Stephen Mold, the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner , will soon also be responsible for Northamptonshire’s fire and rescue service.

His office have just published this Newsletter to keep local people up to date with the changes and plans for the police and for the fire service.

Future Northants

Give Your Views on New Councils In Northamptonshire

Consultation on a re-structure of local government in Northamptonshire started on the 18th June. All residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county have the chance to have their say.

The eight local authorities in Northamptonshire are working on a proposal to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for a new local government framework for the county. The Secretary of State has said that the new arrangements  “must command a good deal of local support”, so stakeholders across the county have an opportunity to comment before a final proposal is submitted.

Formal consultation runs from 18 June until 22 July 2018.

You can have your say by going online to complete a questionnaire at

To help understand the proposals, you can download the document “Future Northants“.

At the Future Northants site you can also find links to the best value report (previously discussed on the Signpost here) which concluded that the financial, cultural and governance problems at Northants County Council could not be solved in isolation and recommended that plans be developed for two unitary authorities.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has asked that the eight authorities in Northamptonshire submit a proposal that meets the following criteria:

  • A single county-wide unitary is explicitly excluded as an option
  • Each new proposed authority must have a population substantially in excess of 300,000
  • The proposal must be based on existing council boundaries.

Alongside the consultation website, copies of the consultation document and the questionnaire will also be available in libraries and local council offices from Monday, 25 June.

Please check the Daventry District Council website for details of venues where you can pick up a copy. (Note: no details available as of 21/06/18).

Councillor Chris Millar, Leader of Daventry District Council, said: “It’s really important that people living in Daventry District get involved and have their say as part of this important consultation on the future of their local councils, so please take the opportunity to share your views.”

A representative telephone survey will be carried out and a series of focus groups with representative groups of invited residents will also take place across the county, as well as engagement with other stakeholders.

Other consultations by the local media and by individual councils may take place at the same time, so it’s really important that people respond to the official Local Government Reform Northamptonshire consultation being run by all eight Northamptonshire councils for their comments on the proposal to be considered.

In addition to the criteria set out by the Secretary of State, Government has stated:

  • Only one proposal will be accepted, not a range of options
  • It must demonstrate clear potential for savings
  • It must command a good deal of local support
  • Due consideration should be given to recommendations in the Best Value Report
  • Any solution should prioritise the Government’s wider housing and growth agenda
  • Extensive consultation must be carried out

Our Friends Electric

Are You Using or Thinking of Using An Electric Vehicle?

Daventry District Council are conducting an online survey regarding electric vehicle charging points.

They are seeking information on the number of electric vehicle (EV) drivers in the district and those who are considering an EV in the future. This will help them to identify the local demand for on-street EV charging solutions and allow them to take advantage of a government grant available for local authorities.

Please complete this survey before the deadline of Friday 22 June.

You can read the full article and find a link to the survey  opens in a new window here.



Neighbourhood Watch

Great recruiting session for Neighbourhood Watch at the Co-op today.

Carl Barton advises there was plenty of interest and they signed up 10 new members.

Rubbish News

Daventry District Council has issued two releases reminding residents of the changes to refuse collection and recycling in the District. Residents are urged to keep an eye out for their new collections calendar and information booklet for the new service, which will be landing on doormats district-wide later this week.

The day changes start from the week beginning 4 June 2018, when households will receive the new 123+ waste and recycling collection service:

  • 1 weekly food waste collection
  • 2 weekly mixed recycling collection in a new blue-lidded wheelie bin
  • 3 weekly general waste black bin collection

+ Plus an optional two-weekly garden waste service for an annual fee of £35 a year.

From 4 June collections will take place from Monday to Friday and there will be no Saturday collections. The day changes are required to ensure the new service works as effectively as possible and collection rounds are balanced for crews. If you want to check if your day has changed you can do so here: Refuse Collection Day Checker. It looks like Monday will be Woodford’s day.

Here is a downloadable recycling calendar.

You will also be able to check your collection days and set reminder alerts by downloading the free Daventry District Council app, which will be available from Google Play and the Apple Store from 2 June.

To find out more about the collection changes, visit

Don’t forget, if you want garden waste collection you will need to sign up (and pay) for the service.

From 4 June 2018, households wishing to continue having their garden waste collected fortnightly will need to sign up for the service and pay an annual fee of £35.

For the majority of homes district-wide, this week’s brown bin collections (week beginning 21 May) will be the last ones before the new opt-in garden waste service begins. Brown bins will not be emptied after 4 June from homes that have not registered for the new service.

Residents can sign-up for the service at or by calling 0345 218 5215.

All homes that sign up for £35 a year will receive a tamper-proof registration sticker in time for the start of the new fortnightly service. Garden waste bins that do not display the sticker after June 4 will not be emptied. The annual charge of £35 per bin does not change if you join after this date.

Find out more, including a list of frequently asked questions, at



Save The Library Meeting

Save Woodford Halse Library.

There will be a meeting to discuss the future of our village library on the 9th May 2018 at 7.00 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Farndon room at the rear of the library.

This will give the opportunity to discuss developments and for all volunteers to attend to make a commitment to help the running of an independent library as we have to produce a business plan by 31st May 2018.

It is important that people respond to the consultation regarding children’s services which may support Rhyme Time.  We intend that this important service to the community should continue.

Also there is ongoing discussions regarding the running of a community cafe .

For further information contact

Farndon Road Water

Anglian Water advise that there have been water problems on the Farndon Road.

Details here.

Although the problem is now resolved, you may experience cloudy tap water when you next turn it on. This should resolve itself after a few minutes. If you are worried about this you can learn more here.

Bins Alert!

New Recycling Bins to be Delivered By 31st May

New recycling bins are being delivered to households across Daventry District in preparation for changes to the collection service this summer.

The blue-lidded wheelie bins will replace the red and blue recycling boxes from 4 June, removing the need for residents to separate their recyclables and providing extra space to recycle large cardboard.

They are being delivered to nearly 38,000 households over the course of the next five weeks ahead of the new 1-2-3+ Collection Service, which is being introduced by Daventry District Council (DDC) and its new environmental services partner Daventry Norse.

Anyone who does not receive their new bin by 31 May should contact DDC by emailing or phoning 01327 871100. Residents who do not receive a bin within two days of their neighbours receiving theirs should also get in touch with the Council.

People should continue to use their old recycling boxes until the last collection before the new service starts on 4 June.

It is not planned to collect the boxes after the switchover. Once washed out they can be put to a range of different uses, or alternatively taken to a household waste recycling centre.

Collected fortnightly, the new blue-lidded bins will give people more space for recycling over two weeks than the current weekly box collections, and will help stop items getting wet or blowing away.

They form part of the new 1-2-3+ Collection Service, which will comprise:

  • 1: a weekly food waste collection
  • 2: a fortnightly mixed recycling collection in a new blue-lidded wheelie bin
  • 3: A general waste black bin collection every three weeks
  • +: An optional fortnightly garden waste service for an annual fee of £35 per bin, per year.

More details about the new service, including information about changes to collection days, will be sent out to households in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit

Keep Safe Northamptonshire

The Keep Safe Scheme aims to support people with learning disabilities to keep safe and get help in an emergency when out and about in Northamptonshire.


The Keep Safe Scheme is being expanded and relaunched on 18th April 2018 2-4pm.

A launch event in the Fitz John room, Moulton Community Centre, Reedings, Moulton, Northampton. NN3 7AX, will provide an opportunity for individuals and organisations to find out more about the project and how they can be involved.

Key speakers and presentations on how the scheme will work to support many more card holders, followed by a drama and a chance to network and celebrate with tea and cake until 4pm. You can download an invitation to the event here.

The Keep Safe Scheme, which has been operating since 2011 for people with learning disabilities, is being expanded to ensure anyone who is vulnerable can benefit from registering as a card holder.  This has been made possible with funding from the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner.  More details about the scheme can be found here
Northamptonshire Keep Safe Scheme Web Site.

If you would like to attend please confirm by emailing:

Byfield Medical Centre Response

Currently comments on the Signpost are disabled (see here for why) but a while ago the following was posted by Jilly Bean, regarding the Byfield Medical Centre.

“I am a new patient and have attended the centre just a few times. It didn’t seem that busy, but people were having to stand in line in a small area for quite a long time, with only one person on reception. Is the problem actually space, or lack of staff, or inperfect organisation. ? If it is staff, then how will more staff be paid for in a larger building.? I felt the reception desk was far too high, especially for anyone in a wheelchair. Generally, the reception area needs updating and i dont see why it would be that expensive. Surely the doctors could club together for this.? I would happily decorate for them. ! Obviously the waiting list is not good, generally around 2 weeks.? I’m assuming because practice not big enough for more doctors to offer more appointments.? But more doctors mean more staff needed. Back to lack of money to pay for them! I think 50 years from now, we will be self diagnosing and self treating.! It’s already coming down to that with people dangerously googling their symptoms and getting drugs off the Internet because they can’t an appointment quickly enough.! Blag over.”

We passed on this comment to the Medical Centre and here is their reply…

“The reception area is small and we only allow one member of staff to deal with patients one at a time to protect patient confidentiality rather than having a crowd around the desk.  We would prefer a larger reception area but due to the constraints of the building this is not possible.  So no, not lack of staff.

“We agree that the reception area is not ideal, the CQC (Care Quality Commission) however did not share this view when they carried out their inspection!  As a very expensive planning application has been made by the practice for a new building there are no funds available to either change the reception counter or redecorate the premises. You have suggested you would be willing to come in and decorate the surgery,  if the planning application is refused we would be more than happy for patients to volunteer their time and hopefully paint to come in and help with redecoration.

“I would refer you to the patient satisfaction survey that is published on our website with 95% of respondents stating that the last appointment they got was convenient and they were able to see or speak to somebody.  We have organised our appointments so that the majority are available to book on the day so that those with urgent need can book, this also helps to reduce DNA (Did Not Attend) rates as people are less likely to forget they have made an appointment, if there are no appointments available you can request a phone call with a doctor who will triage you and if they feel you need to be seen you will be offered an appointment with the duty doctor in the afternoon, I am therefore very surprised to read that you have had to wait 2 weeks for an appointment.  The patient satisfaction survey also asks the question what can the practice improve – the answer is the practice has scored higher than the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) average in every question.”


More on The Library

Pat Darby (who is coordinating activities on the library for the Parish Council) has sent through the following on Monday 12th March ….

“Unfortunately there is misinformation on both Facebook and in the press. Having talked to the library manager this morning it is confirmed that the library will continue to open on Wednesday and that Rhymetime will continue on Tuesdays for this month

Please continue to attend the Rhymetime sessions. Unfortunately, because of a post wrongly informed post on Facebook, only 1 person turned up for the session while Susan and Lisa were waiting to hold the session as normal.

Because we showed an interest in running a community led library there is still the possibility of running the library independently with training. I am awaiting information from the library management team.

Also there has been a new announcement that the library can be opened for 3 days a week for the moment. Hence people are very confused!

I will be updating everyone at the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 13th March. Please come along and attend the council meeting tomorrow evening for an update about the library.”

DDC On Recycling Changes

We have had a series of press releases from Daventry District Council on the changes to recycling & rubbish collection. They are reproduced in full below.

There is also this handy guide to what goes where… 123Plus Recycling

There will be more details as they are released. Printed information will also be in your copy of “Daventry Calling” which should be delivered by 17th March.

Gearing up for major bin collection changes this summer

People living in Daventry District are encouraged to find out more about major changes to their waste and recycling collections launching this summer.

The new 123+ waste and recycling collection service will start in June 2018, delivered by Daventry Norse, a new joint venture between Daventry District Council (DDC) and Norse Commercial Services Ltd.

From June 2018 households in Daventry District will receive:

  • 1 weekly food waste collection

  • 2 weekly mixed recycling collection in a new blue-lidded wheelie bin

  • 3 weekly general waste black bin collection

  • + Plus an optional 2-weekly garden waste service for an annual fee of £35 a year.

The changes are being introduced as Daventry District cannot afford to carry on with its current waste and recycling service, both environmentally and financially. Changing black bin collections from fortnightly to three-weekly will help encourage more recycling and reduce the money spent on treating and disposing of rubbish.

The Council will also be improving the recycling service to help residents slim their bins, introducing a new wheelie bin for mixed recycling that provides more space over two weeks than the current recycling boxes collected weekly.

It is likely that collection days will change for households from June 2018 in order to introduce the new service arrangements across the District. Further details will be provided to all households nearer to the time, including an information pack and new calendar.

A series of public awareness exhibitions and roadshows are also being planned to take place across the district this spring – further details to be published soon.

Further information on the new service is being issued to homes as part of the Coucil’s spring Daventry Calling residents’ magazine and people can also learn more about the changes, including a series of FAQs, on the Council’s website at

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Jo Gilford said: “These changes to our District’s bin collections this summer are considerable yet crucial.

“We need to do more to increase recycling rates and we cannot afford to keep the status quo of the current collection service as the cost would effectively double.

“The three-weekly black bin collection will support our goals to improve our environment by encouraging more people to recycle as much of their waste as possible.

“We understand some residents will be concerned about whether they will cope with an extra week between collections. However we are confident that the improved recycling service and weekly food waste collections will really help people to slim their black bins.”

Norse Commercial Services Group Director of Operations Mark Emms said: “Norse is delighted to be in partnership with Daventry District Council and is working hard in planning the re-design and delivery of these important front line services to local residents. We are busy investing in new vehicles, equipment and system design to allow local teams to deliver the 123+ changes to household refuse and recycling schedules that will start to improve recycling performance from June.”

New wheelie bin to improve recycling collections

Households in Daventry District will receive a new wheelie bin to help them recycle even more of their waste as part of the new 123+ Collection Service.

From June, the current weekly red and blue recycling box collections will be replaced with a new, blue-lidded recycling bin that will be collected fortnightly. Residents will no longer need to sort their recyclables as they can all be placed in the bin mixed together, including large cardboard.

The new wheelie bin gives residents more space for their recycling over two weeks than the current weekly box collections and will be delivered to homes ahead of the new collections starting in June. Residents should continue to use their recycling boxes until then.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Jo Gilford said: “We’ve shaped the new service after listening to residents about the issues they currently have with their recycling boxes, such as items getting wet or blown away in bad weather and being unable to recycle large cardboard. The new wheelie bin not only resolves these issues but makes it easier for residents to recycle by giving them more space for items that they will no longer have to sort and separate for collection.

“Our residents already do a great job recycling their waste and we hope the new service will encourage these efforts further.”

New Recycling Service – FAQs

Why is the Council changing recycling collections from weekly to fortnightly?

By replacing the smaller boxes with a larger wheelie bin which can take mixed recyclables, we hope this will encourage more people to recycle. The wheelie bin provides an extra 40 litres of space for recyclables over two weeks than the blue and red boxes collected weekly.

Can I still recycle the same things?

Yes, you will still be able to recycle the same things and you will also now be able to add large cardboard. You also no longer need to sort your recyclables first as all recycling can be placed into the wheelie bin together.

Can I still use my red and blue recycling boxes?

No – when the new service starts you will no longer be able to use your recycling boxes – this is due to the new way that recycling will be collected by recycling crews at the kerbside.

The Council does not intend to collect your red and blue boxes after the switchover.

However once they have been washed out, the boxes have a range of different uses including storage in the garden, home, shed or garage – they can also make great raised flower beds and planters and could even be converted into composters.

Home composting offer exclusive to Daventry District residents

Composting bins are being offered at bargain prices to residents wishing to recycle their garden waste at home as an alternative to this summer’s new collection service.

Daventry District Council has teamed up with the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership and to offer a limited number of home composting bins for only £9.99 each including delivery (usually £17.98 plus £5.99 delivery).

The black 220-litre bins are available at – type in your postcode for the offer – or call 0844 571 4444.

There are also other offers on the website exclusively for Northamptonshire residents, including a special ‘buy one get one half price’ offer on some bins – ideal for people with larger gardens or who want to team up with a friend or neighbour.

Getcomposting also has some special offers on a range of other items including water butts and other accessories.

Why compost?

• It’s easy to make and easy to use.

• It’s a free continual source of the very best compost.

• Improves soil structure, PH balance and moisture

• Helps your plants grow

• Reduces carbon emissions and the need for polluting bonfires

• Lessens organic waste from landfill and reduces refuse collection costs

For more information on recycling in Northamptonshire visit :

Daventry Norse environmental services

The 123+ waste and recycling collections are the first changes to be introduced under a new environmental services venture for Daventry District.

Daventry District Council (DDC) and Norse Commercial Services have entered into a
10-year agreement to work together in a joint services venture, called Daventry Norse. The partnership will launch on 4 June, 2018, immediately after the Council’s current environmental services contract with Enterprise/Amey ends.

Norse Commercial Services Ltd is owned by Norfolk County Council and already provides services with 15 other local authorities, including Wellingborough. Under the new contract, the Council and Norse will share ownership and control of the joint venture to deliver, shape and improve the following frontline services:

  • Waste and recycling collections for households and businesses

  • Street cleaning – litter picking and street sweeping on public roads and paths, emptying litter and dog bins

  • Grounds maintenance, such as cutting grass and maintaining trees, bushes on roadsides and Council land and maintaining play equipment

  • Clearing fly-tipping and removing graffiti in public areas

  • Maintaining Daventry Country Park

  • Operating Daventry Market and public toilets in Daventry town centre

  • Preparing burial plots.

The Daventry Norse venture will also involve significant investment in facilities and equipment for environmental services, including a new fleet of vehicles, machinery and equipment and the redevelopment of the environmental depot and offices at High March Daventry.

The new-look 123+ collection service was agreed by the Council in July 2016 following public consultation and a wide-ranging review of future waste and recycling options launched in summer 2015.

About Norse Commercial Services

  • Started in 1990, Norse Commercial Services is a £200 million turnover company, employing over 10,000 people across England and Wales, and enjoying the long-term financial security of a £2billion+ forward order book.

  • The company operates 15 joint ventures with local authorities and provides contract services direct to a wide range of public and private sector clients. Through its unique and powerful combination of public sector ethos and commercial flair, it has built a reputation for cost efficiency, quality and innovation in service delivery.

  • In the last five years alone Norse has saved the public purse over £70million, whilst helping to protect front line services, provide job security and generate much needed income for financially stretched local authority partners.

  • Norse is committed to responsible business and to thinking about how the services it delivers can improve economic, social and environmental well-being. The Norse Way is the Group’s social responsibility strategy is shaped around what matters most to our staff, the business, and wider society and includes strengthening communities, improving skills, being dementia friendly and kind to the environment, buying locally and sustainably and shaping everything we do according to our four values – Quality, Innovation, Respect and Trust.

  • Norse provides services including Facilities Management, Cleaning, Catering, Environmental, Waste Collection, Transport, Building Maintenance, Care Equipment, Engineering, Printing, Grounds Maintenance and Security.

Annual charge for garden waste collections this summer

Garden waste collections in Daventry District will become an optional, chargeable service for residents this summer.

Households wishing to continue having their brown bin collected each fortnight from June 2018 will need to sign up for the service and pay an annual fee of £35.

The new arrangements are part of the new 1-2-3+ Collection Service being introduced by Daventry District Council and its new environmental services partner Daventry Norse.

The charge is being introduced as the Council can no longer afford to collect garden waste on a free-of-charge basis. Councils are not required by law to collect garden waste free of charge and not everyone uses the service. Making it self-funding will enable the service to continue for only those who want it. As a non-essential, opt-in service, it will not be paid for by the Council Tax.

The new service will start on 4 June and residents are encouraged to sign up for the service in advance.

Residents can register for the service from 3 April at or call 0345 218 5215. They can also request an email reminder on the website.

Further information on the new service will be sent to households this month as part of the DDC’s spring Daventry Calling magazine and alongside the annual Council Tax mailing.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Jo Gilford said: “The plain truth is that in the current challenging financial climate, we can no longer afford to collect garden waste free of charge.

“Garden waste is not something that councils are required by law to collect free of charge, and not everyone uses the service, so by charging a small annual fee we will be able to keep the collections going for those who still wish to have them.

“This change takes us in line with around 50% of councils nationally that now operate a chargeable garden waste service.”

New Garden Waste Service – FAQs

How much does the service cost and how often is it?

The annual subscription costs £35 per bin, which runs from June 2018 until the end of May 2019. Collections take place fortnightly with a small break over Christmas, equating to £1.40 per collection over the year.

How and when do I sign up?

You can register from 3 April at

Here you can also request an email alert to remind you to sign up.

You should sign up for the service before it begins on 4 June. The annual charge of £35 per bin does not change if you join after this date.

I don’t want the service.

This is an opt-in service so you only pay if you wish to use it. If you do not wish to sign up, you may like to consider home composting or taking your garden waste to your local household waste recycling centre. We would not advise you put it in your black bin, as it will not be recycled. It will also quickly fill up your black bin, which will be collected every three weeks.


I don’t need the service – will you collect my old brown bin?

Yes. Once you have decided you are definitely not going to subscribe to the garden waste service please contact us and we will arrange to collect your old bin. You can do so by emailing

How will you know I have joined the service?

All homes that sign up will receive a registration sticker to put on their brown bin. Bins that do not show the sticker will not be emptied.

Can I share a bin with a neighbour?

Yes, if you wish to share, then one of you will need to pay the charge and you can arrange between yourselves how you split the use of the bin.

Recycling Changes

Daventry District Council’s arrangements for recycling are changing from June 2018.

What is actually happening is spelled out on DDC’s web site where you can:-

  • find out what the changes are
  • learn about the garden waste scheme
  • register for your optional (chargeable) garden waste bin
  • get a home composting bin for only £9.99

Find out more here: DDC’s New Recycling Collection Services

Library Hours Update

Pat Darby, who is taking the lead for the Parish Council on issues relating to the planned library closure, has sent through the following update:-

“It has been announced today that the County Council has had to make severe spending cuts due to financial difficulties and have made a decision to close 21 smaller libraries. This is contrary to earlier ideas to allow an option for creating community led libraries.

It seems from a notice on the facebook community page that our library will only open for a few hours with immediate effect.

I am in contact with various groups but have not had any formal feedback or any details about any kind of support. I hope that I will have more details about our library closure in the next few days. As you may be aware this decision has been delayed as a result of a the activation of Section 114 which means that spending is only allowed for statutory services .

However I have a few ideas how we can use the building as a community hub possibly retaining the archives and continuing rhyme time and children’s activities .

I will inform you about future developments as soon as possible. There will need to be discussions with parish councillors and other interested parties.”

In the mean time, the Library Opening Hours on the Opening Hours page on the web site has been updated.

Water Warning

Anglian Water have posted a notice that they are going to be carrying out work to investigate a leak at the bottom of Quinton Lane between Wednesday 7th February and Friday 9th February.

It is not known if this work will cause any supply disruption; let’s hope not!

Link to their posting: Leak Investigation at Quinton Lane

Advice Volunteers Needed

Open Afternoon at Citizens Advice Daventry and District

Citizens Advice Daventry and District provides free, confidential, impartial information and advice to the residents of Daventry Town and the surrounding District.

They are keen to find more volunteers to support their work in a 5range of different roles.

So, if you have some spare time you’d like to fill, if you are a good listener and are willing to learn a new skill, and you want to find out more you can join their team for tea, cake and to meet up.

Go along on April 18th, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Citizens Advice Daventry and District, The Abbey, Market Square, Daventry, NN11 4XG

If you need information on our location or are unable to attend but would like some details sending then please ring 01327 701644.

You can find out more, including details of the wide range of skills and support that they are looking for in this flyer.

New Alert Service

From Northamptonshire Police.

Neighbourhood Alert is the new messaging service run by Northamptonshire Police. It takes over from the previous service known as Community Connect.
Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert and now has greater functionality than previously, allowing frontline police officers to send alert messages direct from their mobile devices to thousands of local people. They will be able to do this in real-time while they are out and about policing the county.
The alert service is free and simple to activate by registering at opens in a new It is available to anyone living or working in Northamptonshire.
After signing up to the messaging system, you will receive regular alerts from Northamptonshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other partner organisations, keeping you up to date and informed about crime, and issues relevant to them and the area where they live or work.
Alerts are received either by email, text message or voice message – whichever suits.  You will also get the option of what you want to receive alerts about, and how often – you will only receive messages about topics you have selected.
Many Northants Police neighbourhood officers and response teams have been trained to use the alert system and are now regularly sending out messages to the public, including; crime alerts, missing person alerts, witness appeals and crime prevention advice.
This alert tool provide Northamptonshire Police with a really effective way to reach the communities they serve, improving the flow of information, with the aim of making a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and the reduction of anti-social behaviour.
There are already 10,000 local people registered with Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert.
Please visit the website and register.


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:-



Library Consultation Closing

Don’t forget that Northampton County Council’s consultation on Library Services closes on January 13th.

There is still time to make your views known here:-

NCC Consultation on Libraries

All of the options proposed involve the closure of Woodford’s library but the Parish Council is exploring the possibility of running a community library. Pat Darby is leading this initiative for the Parish Council.

Library Meeting Info

At the recent public meeting on the future of the library in Woodford Halse, a presentation was given highlighting the costs and usage of the Library and the proposals put forward for consultation by Northants County Council.

A copy of that presentation is available here: Library Meeting 11th December 2017 Presentation.

Please note when reading this that the document has been compiled from a Powerpoint presentation and so on some pages images may overlay text from the preceding page.

Also provided are Councillor Gary Denby’s summary of the meeting which was provided to Councillors for the Parish Council Meeting on 12th December. This gives much useful background data and summarises the action points: Summary of Library Meeting 11th December 2017

Subsequent to the meeting Parish Council took the decision to explore the option of a Community Library.

School’s 150 Years!

The school will be open from 3.30pm – 4.30pm on Monday 18th December for the WHOLE COMMUNITY to come and take a look around and enjoy tea & cake with former teachers and pupils!

Everyone is invited to come along and celebrate 150 years!!!!

Update from Parish Council.

At last night’s Parish Council meeting, following on from the public meeting on Monday, the Council took two decisions.

1. On the PCSO it was agreed to continue with funding a PCSO for the village, reflecting the balance of views at the meeting. The Council will seek a service level agreement and put in place management to ensure visibility of value for money.

2. On the Library, the Council will complete an “expression of interest “ to potentially establish a community library, if County Council proceeds with its plans.

Police & Library Meetings

Forthcoming meetings on local policing police and the library.

Please note that although the Library Meeting is shown as “approx 8:00pm start” it will begin immediately after the police meeting, whenever that finishes.

Post Office Decision

Post Office Decision Letter

The Post Office have confirmed their decision to move in this letter.

For those wishing for a summary, it says, in my opinion: “Thanks for all your input but we’re going ahead anyway and, oh, by the way, there isn’t a parking problem, you must have imagined it and its got nothing to do with us anyway.”


Festive Recycling

Here’s a short video from Daventry District Council about recycling at Christmas.

Collections over the festive period will take place on their usual days, with the exception of Christmas Day. Households that were due a collection on that day will receive a collection on Christmas Eve instead.

Black bin, recycling and food waste collections will take place as normal throughout the period, but brown wheelie bin collections will be suspended for two weeks from Christmas Eve, to allow the crews to focus on the extra recycling that Christmas brings.

For most residents in Daventry District this means their next scheduled brown bin collection after Christmas will be the week beginning 15 January.

You can visit DDC’s Christmas Recycling page. The detailed schedule is here (click for full sized image):-


Northants & Libraries

Regarding the Public Meeting on December 11th. Those concerned about the threat to the Library may be interested to see the web cast of the Northamptonshire County Council meeting at which a motion regarding closure of libraries was debated.

You can view the proceedings of the Northampton County Council Meeting on 23rd November can be seen here: NCC Full Council Meeting Web Cast 23/11/2017.

In order to view the contributions to this motion, scroll down on the right hand side to agenda item 11a, or you can view the meeting from about 3 hours 14 minutes onwards.

You can read the County Council’s proposals on the future of Library Services here.

Details of the parish meeting can be found here: Public Meeting 11th December.


Police & Library Meeting Update

Kay Coles, chair of the Parish Council, has provided an update on the planned public parish meeting on December 11th.

She will be chairing the meeting, which will start with a discussion on the future of local policing. In order to ensure that this subject is fully explored with everyone getting their say, it is not possible to give a start time for the second part of the meeting which will discuss possible changes to the Library. This will take place after the police discussion.

The meeting will take place in the Memorial Hall. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

The meeting is open to all.

Police & Library Public Meeting

There will be a public parish meeting to discuss the proposed changes to local policing and possible changes to the library on December 11th in the Memorial Hall. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

Attendees will include, Parish Council representatives,  Sergeant Dobbs of Northamptonshire Police and Robin Brown, Northamptonshire County Councillor.

The meeting is open to all.

More details will follow.

Byfield Medical Centre Update

Press Release : November 2017

The Medical Centre has issued a press release on it’s recent announcements.

They have also sent a letter to affected local parish councils asking them to support the planning application. A copy of that letter is available here.

The press release is published below…


Byfield Medical Practice has made a Planning Application to Daventry District Council, to build a much-needed new Medical Centre in Byfield. The Application is also for up to 90 new dwellings on the proposed 10.5 acre site, adjacent to the existing out-of-date Medical centre.

The Byfield Surgery, as it was known when constructed 36 years ago, served some 4500 patients. Now, the Medical Practice has approaching 9000 patients drawn from some 41 villages and hamlets over 150 square miles across Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.

The Medical Centre is the largest employer in Byfield, but the facilities are inadequate due to lack of space. The proposed new Medical Centre would be able to offer further employment, and provide patients both existing and new, up-to-date medical facilities.

The new housing is a vital element to the scheme, as the landowner will be gifting the land required for the Medical Centre, and contributing to a large part of the cost of construction.

No funds for the new Medical centre will be forthcoming from NHS or public funds. The NHS policy is to create “Super Practices” in towns and cities, rather than in rural areas.

Tracey Rymer, Practice Manager comments: “Our Doctors have decided that we will now have to apply to close our lists to new patients, as we are beyond saturation point. Moreover, due to cramped working conditions, we are unlikely to be able to recruit suitable new staff”

Doctor Adam Bone, Senior Partner added: “General Practice is going through a tough time at the moment and in order to survive we need to offer the best environment to both patients and the staff we hope to bring to work in Byfield; this means a new state-of-the-art medical centre that allows a full range of medical and allied professions to work together under one roof. As for myself I have spent the last four years trying to get this project together so that when I leave Byfield Medical Centre it is in the best possible state to keep looking after its growing patient list. If this does not come off I fear that staff will drift away to villages and towns with better working conditions and the service that is generally applauded locally will disappear for ever.”

Dr. Bone has been with the practice for 20 years, and his retirement comes as a surprise and disappointment to his patients.

John Grindlay, Chairman of the Patient Participation Group, says “Adam Bone, supported by his colleagues, has built up an excellent Practice. The last Care Quality Commission Report in March 2016 rated the Practice as “Good”. It seems that Adam’s departure has been precipitated by the reluctance of a minority of Byfield parishioners and Parish Councillors to support this scheme. Let us hope that Byfield Parish Council puts every effort into making sure this development proceeds as soon as possible, so we have a Medical Centre for at least a further 36 years.”

Byfield Medical Centre News


Dr Adam Bone has formally resigned from his post as Senior Partner at Byfield Medical Centre. He will therefore be leaving Byfield Medical Centre at the end of December 2017.

Dr Bone has worked tirelessly over the last four years trying to secure funding for a new medical centre through the NHS. Unfortunately, local NHS management do not share the view that a new surgery is a priority in this village despite the current building being 60% undersized for its current list size. As a result, Dr Bone’s considerable efforts to secure appropriate funding via the NHS have not been successful.

Given the lack of traditional NHS funding, we looked at a recent initiative in Brixworth where a housing developer paid for a new state of the art medical centre through profits generated from building new homes, Byfield Medical Centre have entered into a similar agreement with a local landowner with the hope of securing adequate funding for a new medical centre with money generated by building up to 90 homes locally.

Despite today’s announcement, Dr Bone remains a passionate and committed supporter of this initiative and keenly hopes that the project will be given the go ahead by Daventry District Council to ensure that the village secures a new medical centre that it both warrants and deserves.

The recent display of unjust opposition to this initiative by the members of Byfield Parish Council together with a minority of parishioners has regretfully precipitated Dr Bone’s decision to leave Byfield Medical Centre and the locality at the end of December.

Byfield Medical Centre : Byfield Parish Council Meeting

Meeting on 24th October

Byfield Parish Council is holding a meeting on Tuesday 24th October at Byfield village hall at 7.30pm to discuss the planning application for up to 90 houses and a new medical centre.

Byfield Medical Centre Site PlanAll Byfield residents are encouraged to attend – but I guess Woodford residents can attend too.

Care & Repair Grants

Home owner grants of up to £5,000 now available!

Did you know Home Repairs Assistance Grants (HRAs) can provide up to £5,000 to fund a range of work and essential repairs to your home including repair/replacement central heating boilers and radiators, new security measures, replacement windows and doors, roof repairs and replacements, and so much more.

If you are a homeowner over the age of 18 and in receipt of a qualifying income related benefit why not give Care & Repair a call today.

Did you know Interest free ‘Top-up’ loans are now also available?

For work costing more than £5,000, eligible homeowners can also access a further £5,000 in the form of an interest-free loan that is only repayable when your property is sold.

To find out if you could be eligible for a HRA Grant or Interest Free Loan contact Care & Repair today:


Phone: 01327 871100


Orcheck out this flyer.

Safety Matters

Northamptonshire Safer in the Summer

Here’s the latest edition of “Safety Matters”, a joint initiative of Northants Police, Northants Fire & Rescue and Northants County Council to help improve safety awareness.