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Boddington Footpath Closure

Temporary Footpath Closures and Diversions for HS2

This summer HS2 began excavating and moving earth with large items of construction plant. Soon these works will cross two public rights of way near Lower Boddington.

HS2 will temporarily be closing and diverting small sections of footpaths AC1 and AC2 (Also known as The Millennium Way). There will be diversion routes for as long as possible although in early 2022 these diversions will be affected by preparatory work for the Claydon Road overbridge.

foot path map

HS2 will provide more information on this prior to the work commencing.

The Claydon Road overbridge, once fully completed, will form a permanent route for these footpaths to cross the HS2 line.

You can see details of the work here: View or download HS2 works notification

Old School Cafe Closed 15/09/21

Works By Anglian Water

Because Anglian Water will be working in the area on Wednesday 15th September, the cafe cannot be sure of having a water supply during the day.

Woodford’s Cafe

This is a major issue, particularly from a hygiene point of view, so the cafe has made the decision to close for the day.

They apologise for this, but have been not been able to change the work date and they feel that they have no alternative as safety of their customers and staff must come first and without access to water for toilets, etc they feel this is the best option.

Diane & the team thank you for understanding and your continued support

Old School Cafe Holidays

Closing 28/09 to 2/10

The Old School Cafe is taking a holiday! It’s been a busy and stressful last 18 months (and we still have challenges), so the café will be closed for a week, whilst Diane goes away (COVID & UK government willing!!!).

Woodford’s Cafe

The café will be closed from Tuesday 28 September to Saturday 2 October inclusive – it will re-open on Tuesday 5 October.

We will post again prior to the dates to remind everyone as much as we can.

In the meantime, the special this week is a lovely Southern Fried Chicken fillet burger, served with cheese and bacon and a salad. As always, we have a vegan/vegetarian option and we have wonderful Moving Mountain plant based burgers and you can add vegan/vegetarian cheese and mushrooms plus a salad.

It’s also the cafe’s 3rd birthday today! Diane can’t believe they have been open that long and she would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the cafe over the years – and particularly to the amazing team who work with her – thank you!

Kerry Simmonds – New Footpath Warden

The Parish Council has appointed a new Footpath Warden.

Kerry Simmonds is taking over this role.

If you have concerns about footpaths or rights of way in the parish, he can be contacted at

Kerry’s details have been added to the “Who Does What?” page and to the Woodford Walks page.

Ride & Stride Day

Supporting Britain’s Historic Churches

St Mary’s is supporting Ride & Stride Day 2021 on September 11th.

Ride & Stride is a sponsored event for cyclists, joggers, walkers and horse riders. Any mode of transport can be used as long as sponsors are happy; a couple of people have used vintage cars!

ride & stride logo

Money raised helps Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust to continue supporting the marvellous churches across the county with essential repairs and improvements. Ride and Stride is an opportunity to raise money not only for the Trust but for your own church, as the trust returns 50% of the money to the church of choice for those participating.

Some participants challenge themselves to visit as many churches as they can by their chosen mode of transport. Others prefer a more leisurely approach, visiting fewer churches and taking more time at each. There is no age limit – it is a great family activity – and you plan your own route. Over 350 churches and chapels across Northamptonshire will be taking part.

St Mary’s church will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm although others may open for longer or shorter.

Find out more on the Northants Historic Churches Trust web site.

Ride and Stride is a national initiative. You can find out about Ride and Stride in other counties here.


Lost Keys

Just asking on the off chance for a neighbour who had a friend visiting earlier this week.

They lost a set of keys in the village, probably in the woodland on one of the paths on the top of the bank.

If you’ve got them please e-mail me and I will collect. Thanks.

Live Music to Save Our Surgery

24th July Mike Gibbons Band at the Football Club

At last live music returns in style!

The Mike Gibbons Band are playing a full set of great music to help raise funds to support the Byfield Save Our Surgery fund.

SOS LogoEntry is free and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the live music.

There will be donation buckets dotted around for people to make kind donations to…

Please do come along and enjoy the live music outside in the beer garden in the summer sunshine..

Mike Gibbons Band Poster

Byfield Covid Vaccinations

The practice is carrying out its first clinic next Tuesday (May 11th) 2-4p.m. for anyone over 40 who has not had their first vaccination.

Please call the surgery if you wish to book an appointment..

Garden Rubbish Reminder

Renewal Time

It’s time to renew your 2021-2022 garden waste subscription if you live in the Daventry District area of West Northants. Renewing or signing up to receive garden waste collections is easy, to purchase your subscription go to


About Your Local Council

Welcome To West Northamptonshire

Today, West Northamptonshire Council takes over responsibility for local government in this area from Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire County Council.

unitary logo

The new council has a new web site but many services are still delivered through the same ways as before and there will not be new councillors until after the 6th May 2021 elections. You may find links from the new web site direct you back to the old council sites until the transition of services is fully complete.

West Northamptonshire & The Signpost

We have updated the Signpost to reflect these changes and we have added new links and contact details where we have them. These will change over time and we’ll try to keep on top of it! You can find links to their twitter and facebook accounts, together with all the Signpost posts relating to the council, here.

If you spot any problems with missing or incorrect information please let us know.

Old School Cafe : January 2021

Update on Opening From Diane Kenny

“Good morning and we hope you had a good xmas and new year – in spite of everything!

“As you know, we were planning to re-open on 12th January but since we closed for the break, we have moved from tier 2 thru 3 into 4. The move to tier 3/4 means that we are unable to open as a cafe, only as a takeaway facility and, as a result, I have made the decision that we will remain closed until we are back into tier 2 again.

“This was not an easy decision to make but I need to ensure that my team are kept safe and remain healthy and, also, that the financial health of the cafe is considered. Takeaway/delivery is a small part of our business and the cost of providing it puts the ongoing viability of the cafe at risk.

“Therefore, we will remain closed until the situation changes. I will obviously keep everyone updated via our Facebook page.

“In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you all again soon!

“Kind regards, Diane & the team”


Xmas Signpost Page

Find Your Local Xmas News

As Christmas is approaching, let’s hope some level of normality returns. At the Signpost, we’re going to try to help by collecting up any news about Christmas events on a dedicated page.

robin & snow

You can find it here : Xmas 2020 and it’s also accessible via the top menu as the last item on the bottom row.

Let us know if you’ve got anything  planned that you think the village needs to know about. Drop an email with the details to:

Accessibility – September 2020

In line with the introduction of the new accessibility regulations that came into force in September for public sector web sites, we have introduced an updated Accessibility Statement.

If you have any dificulties accessing the information held on the Signpost as a result of any personal disability, please get in touch. We want to make the information here accessible to all.


Garden Club August 2020 News

Post-Sept 2020 Plans

garden club logoAt our zoom committee meeting in August we made the sad but safe decision to cancel all further garden club meetings planned for 2020. With the continued uncertainty about a second wave of Covid-19 and the need to provide adequate social distancing in the Memorial Hall, it was felt that it would be better to postpone everything until 2021 and our members who joined in 2020 will not have to pay membership fees next year.

However, as a group of keen gardeners we have certainly not been resting on our laurels, as evidenced by our recent competition featuring photos of the fantastic lockdown projects undertaken in members’ gardens since March (with first prize going to Paul Harrison for creating a wonderful wildlife garden).

In the Autumn of 2020 we will continue to communicate with our members by email and although the traditional Flower and Produce Show has had to be cancelled this year, we plan a visual “Show Off Your Garden Goodies” and more virtual activities in the lead up to Christmas. For anyone wishing to find out more about the club please email us at

All being well we hope to be back at the Memorial Hall for a new Garden Club Year on 1st March 2021 and we hope you will join us!

Play Area Open

Please Follow The Advice On Staying Safe

The  Parish Council Caretaker advises that the play areas are now open.

The birds nest swing has also been repaired and re-sited  (see below).

play area covid-19 noticePlease take note of the notices which have been posted advising precautions that should be taken when using the play areas and afterwards in order to minimise the risks of spreading infection (click on the picture for a bigger version).

  • The playground is NOT supervised and is NOT regularly cleaned.
  • Social distancing must be maintained.
  • Only one child at a time on equipment.
  • Parents and carers are askked to take care to clean equipment before use.
  • Take precautions to avoid spreading infections: use hand sanitiser, do not touch your face, cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it with care.
  • Wash clothes afterwards.
  • If you have vulrnerable family members do not use equipment without cleaning it.

basket swing



Ryfields & The Pocket Park

Please be aware that the footbridge into the Ryefields Play Area has a number of rotten planks.  The Parish Council is aware and these will be repaired shortly.

Many thanks to the people that alerted the Council to this.

The Parish Council points out that initially there was some confusion over reports of the problem because it was initially said to be in “the Pocket Park”. Although Ryfields Play Area has been referred to by this sometimes recently, the Woodford Pocket Park is the nature reserve on the Eydon Road.


Woodford’s Cinema

The two pictures of the cinema programme below were provided by Heather & Garth Graves and the Signpost is grateful for their permission to publish them here.

The Cinema By The Church

The Savoy Cinema

Acknowledgements to Yvonne Roberts and the Woodford Halse Photo Archive

Woodford Halse used to have a cinema called The Savoy. Woodford’s first cinema, “The Hippodrome” opened in an ex-army wooden hut in 1921 but it was damaged by a fire in 1934. In 1935, the Saville brothers opened a purpose built building almost opposite the Church, The Savoy. It remained open until about 1962. After that it was used as a church hall and a village community hall. It was finally demolished in 1994. The houses known as “Church View” were built on the site.

Movies in September & October 1959

These two pictures show a programme from September and October 1959. Two different programmes, often each with two films (and probably, unbilled, a film of the week’s news) ran each week. Priced at 2d – there were 240 pennies (d) in one pound – this would have been the equivalent of £0.16 in today’s money.

It looks like Woodford had to wait for its visual treats, though. The programme includes “The Pajama Game”, a big budget American musical starring Doris Day, was released in 1957 although the English film like “Idle on Parade” was first released in March of 1959, some six months earlier. Maybe some younger Woodford residents were in the audience for Elvis Presley’s “King Creole” in October!

Savoy Cinema Programme Cover

Photo courtesy of Heather & Garth Graves


Savoy Cinema Programme September 1959

Photo courtesy of Heather & Garth Graves

Stablemate’s Stories

Young Writer’s 500 Word Story Competition

Just a bit of free fun!

Stable Mates is holding a monthly ‘short story’ (500 words) competition. There will be 2 age categories..Primary/Secondary. The winner each month will win either a pony ride or a visit to meet all the animals…their choice.

Children’s author and Stablemates owner, Kate Kee, is looking into the possibility of pulling all the winning stories together and filming the writers reading their stories aloud.

The ever wonderful Miss Mooney (from Woodford Halse Primary Academy) has agreed to help judge the stories 🙂

PLEASE NOTE….spelling and grammar are not taken into consideration….but extra points for expressive vocabulary . 🙂 Final entry for this month will be on the 31st March.

Please send entries to

Happy writing!


Potential Election Candidates?

DDC Plan Briefings For Up Coming Elections

With elections for the new unitary authority coming up in May and with elections also for some parish councils (not including Woodford cum Membris on this occasion), Daventry District Council has issued the following notice about briefing sessions for those interested in becoming councillors…..

Election Briefings for Potential Candidates Planned

Daventry District LogoBriefings are being held locally for people thinking of standing as a candidate or acting as an agent in the forthcoming West Northamptonshire unitary elections or parish council elections*.

The events will cover the elections timetable and process as well as other arrangements, including absent voting, postal vote opening, and polling day and candidates’ expenses.

The briefings, organised by Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire Councils, will also be an opportunity to take the nomination papers away and ask any questions regarding the nomination and election process.

The first of these briefings will be held at The Forum, in Moat Lane, Towcester (NN12 6AD) on Thursday, 12 March at 6.30pm. The second will be at the civic offices in Lodge Road, Daventry (NN11 4FP) at 5.30pm on Monday, 23 March, with the third at The Guildhall, St Giles’ Square (NN1 1DE) at 5.30pm on Wednesday, 25 March.

Anyone who wishes to attend any of the events should email or phone 01327 871100.

Anyone who is unable to attend but would like to find out more can contact the team on the details above and they will be happy to answer any queries.

Elections for the West Northamptonshire unitary council take place on Thursday, 7 May 2020. Three councillors for each of the 31 electoral wards across West Northamptonshire will take on a five-year term of office.

For more information on the parishes being contested, along with further details on electoral registration, postal and proxy vote applications, please visit the following websites:

Daventry District Council

Northampton Borough Council

South Northamptonshire Council

* There is NO election for Woodford cum Membris Parish Council this year.


In Search Of….

(Problem solved – thanks to those that responded. Pablo is able to contact Jenny)

Nothing to do with our usual posts but The Signpost was contacted by Pablo Raybould who asked…..

“Hello. I wonder if you can help me please. I am trying to locate a lady racing driver that I was in a championship with about 30 years ago. I am writing a book on the series and another driver told me that she bought a friend’s house in Woodford Halse some years ago. I know it is a long shot but does Jenny Birrell (nee Nadin) still live in the village or does anyone remember her? Any help or pointers would be appreciated. thank you.”

If anyone wishes to help, please email the editor:

7th March Coffee Morning

Free Churches Together Coffee Morning

On Saturday 7th March there will be a coffee morning from 10am to 11.30am at Hinton Methodist Chapel.

This month’s profit from the produce & bric-a-brac stall will be for Australian Fire Relief.

If you wish to support this worthy cause, supporting those affected by the devastating fires in Australia come along and have a FREE COFFEE at the same time.

December Election

Make Sure You Can Vote

Daventry District Council has issued the following advice regarding next month’s election…

Poll Cards Being Sent Out

DDC LogoPoll cards are being sent to homes throughout the Daventry constituency ahead of next month’s General Election.

The poll cards contain information about how to vote on polling day, including the location of people’s polling stations and the voting hours, which run from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 12 December.

When voting on the day, it is helpful if people take their poll cards with them, but if you do not have it with you, you can still vote.

Daventry District Council verifies and counts the votes for the Daventry Parliamentary Constituency, which includes Daventry District as well as to two wards from the borough of Wellingborough (Earls Barton and West) and the South Northamptonshire district wards of Harpole & Grange, and Heyfords & Bugbrooke.

You Can Still Register

Those who are not yet registered to vote still have time to register in order to have their say in this election. This should be done at the Government’s Register to Vote page by midnight on Tuesday 26 November.

If You Cannot Vote In Person

People who would like to vote by post have until 5pm on Tuesday 26 November to submit their application. Once people have received their postal vote they should mark their vote on the ballot paper and send it back so that it arrives by close of poll, which is 10pm on Thursday 12 December.

Anyone who cannot get to a polling station and wishes to appoint someone to vote on their behalf can apply for a proxy vote up to 5pm on Wednesday 4 December, though if an elector falls ill or is called away on business after this date, they may be able to apply for a proxy vote up to 5pm on 12 December.

Find Out More

For more information about the election, including details of how to apply for a postal or proxy vote and the list of candidates, please visit Daventry Council’s General Election 2019 page.


Flood Warnings

Yesterday, the UK Environment Agency issued a flood warning for the River Cherwell. Currently (12:30pm Saturday 26th October 2019) the river in the village is inside its normal range.

flood warning signDid you know that you can keep an eye on the current river level at the bridge on Hinton Road by “following” the flood monitor on Twitter or by checking our flood warning page which carries a live indication of the current water level in the Cherwell?

Burials, Bones & Builders

The next meeting of the Woodford Halse Historical Society is on Tuesday 19th November.

The speaker will be Stephen Wass, a professional archaeologist. His talk will be about the discoveries made at Cropredy, Wormleighton and Burton Dassett entitled: –

Burials, Bones and Builders; archaeological work in three churchyards.

Dig at St Mary's Cropredy

Digging St Mary’s Cropredy Churchyard (used with acknowledgement from

All meetings are at the Memorial Hall in Station Road, Woodford Halse, NN113RB  commencing at 7.30pm.

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

About The History Society

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

New Members and Visitors ALWAYS WELCOME.

Printed programmes are available at the various businesses in the village that support the History Society with their advertising and further information can be seen on their Web Site. (hosted here on the Signpost)

Anti-Hate Crime Campaign

Daventry District & South Northants Join Forces To Fight Hate Crime

People are urged to spread love, not hate during a campaign week to raise awareness of the impact of hate crime.

DDC & South Northants Community Safety Parnership LogoA hate crime is any offence which is understood by the victim or any other person – including witnesses, friends or family members – as being motivated by prejudice or hate

National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from 12 to 19 October and aims to empower communities to work together to tackle the issue.

As part of the campaign, the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership will be in Daventry town centre on Thursday 17 October offering advice and giving information on hate crime and how to report it locally.

They will also be handing out hate crime awareness window stickers to taxi drivers, for display in their cabs, and distributing beer mats to pubs in the town centre.

People can join in on social media by following the Partnership on Twitter at @Daventry_CSP, where they will be sharing messages to raise awareness of hate crime, using the hashtags #NationalHCAW #WeStandTogether, #NoPLaceForHate #SafePlaceforAll # SpreadLoveNotHate and #StopHateStartHere

People can report hate crimes on Daventry District Council’s website.

Xmas 2019 Bin Collections

It’s Never Too Soon…..

Just in case you thought (hoped) that summer wasn’t quite over, we have news from Daventry District Council about the arrangements for refuse collections over the Christmas period.

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

Road Works Warning

School Street – 2nd to 4th September advises that Thames Water will be carrying out work in School Street between 2nd & 4th September, using traffic lights to control traffic.

Details of the works will be updated here: Works reference: MU0260080012196


DDC & Climate Change


Daventry District Council has formed a cross-party task panel to examine what more the Council can do to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

“Global warming is perhaps the most serious threat we are facing. It’s not just about record temperatures and severe storms – unless we can drastically reduce our emissions, our food supply will be at risk, many areas will be threatened with rising sea levels and many communities around the world will face catastrophic floods and famines,” said Cllr Ken Ritchie, the task panel leader.

“The UN has predicted that we have only 12 years to act before the damage to our climate is irreversible. That’s why we now speak about a Climate Emergency and not just climate change.”

“We will be examining what more the District Council can do to reduce the carbon footprint of its own activities because it is important that DDC sets an example for others to follow. But we all contribute to global warming through our use of energy and our lifestyles, and we will therefore be looking at ways in which DDC can encourage others – both residents and local businesses – to do their bit in reducing harmful emissions.”

Cllr Rupert Frost points out that the Government and many local councils have already declared a climate emergency and are preparing action plans in response to it. “In Daventry District we too must take action. There are lots of things we can do, such as making homes more energy efficient, promoting solar energy, and encouraging the use of electric vehicles, as well as planting more trees which absorb carbon dioxide. Some of the changes that are needed will cost money, but the cost to DDC need not be great.”

According to Cllr Jonathan Harris, “We all have a responsibility and a part to play in responding to the climate emergency. Unless we take action now, the consequences for our children and our grandchildren will be disastrous. That’s why our task panel wants to engage with residents across the District, working with them to reduce emissions and in a way that produces a better, greener and more healthy environment.”

Although Daventry District Council is likely to be abolished in 2021, the task panel wants to develop a strategy and plans which can be adopted by the new unitary authority which will replace DDC. “We want to put the climate emergency firmly on the agenda of the proposed West Northamptonshire Council, and we are therefore working in liaison with like-minded colleagues from other councils in the area,” said Cllr Ritchie.

The task panel is keen to hear from residents who have ideas to suggest, who have expertise to contribute or who are simply concerned and want to help. The task panel can be contacted c/o or on 07754165551.

Cafe open through road closure

From Diane Kenny:


Hi everyone, you may have heard that they are closing School Street on Friday to replace a manhole cover (I know!)

This is to let you know that the CAFE and LIBRARY WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL! You may not be able to access the car park (although I will endeavour to get access to that!) but we will be open for business as usual.

The Library will be open as usual from 2pm to 6pm.

Feel free to call us on 07845 430577 for updates – when I spoke to the contractors they did say it should only take a couple of hours so fingers crossed they can get it done quickly!

Look forward to seeing you


2019 Grand Prix Traffic

silverstone circuit logoThe Silverstone circuit has issued advice regarding traffic management for this weekend’s Grand Prix.

Attached is a letter to residents in the area which contains the details:-

Silverstone Circuit 2019 Traffic Management

In addition, Police advise that due to a burst water main, the A5076 Mereway in Northampton is expected to be closed all weekend, which will affect those travelling to the 2019 British Grand Prix at Silverstone over the next three days.

They are advising race-goers heading to the circuit from the east of the county to please find an alternative route as there is no access to the A43 from the A45 along Mereway. Local diversions are in place.

Although agencies are on the scene dealing with the large amount of water, both carriageways are expected to remain closed for the duration of the British Grand Prix.



Council Update

A small number of updates have been made to the Parish Council page (addition of Robyn Davison as Councillor) and to the Who Does What page (changes in some of the individuals responsibile for parish activities).

These two pages provide the contact details for Councillors and those that help provide Council services.


White Water?

Anglian Water advise….

You may be experiencing cloudy water due to work that we have been carrying out in your area.

For full details, please visit:

It is safe to drink, but for more details please visit our cloudy water page

Archives at the Regatta

Find Out About Woodford’s History

If you are coming along to the Regatta on Friday (and why wouldn’t you be?) here’s a reminder that the Woodford Halse Archives will be in the Memorial Hall.

Do visit and take the opportunity to learn about the history of our village.

There will also be a sale of old books and magazines with donations going to the Library and Archives. Plus, if you might be interested in volunteering to help in the Library a chance to talk about what’s involved.

Refreshments will be available in the Memorial Hall as well.

Woodland Map

We’ve added a new improved map to the Great Central Woodland page, showing existing and planned paths and highlighting the location of the Memorial Glade and the story circle.

Woodland Map

You can download a copy of the map for printing.

Missing Your WOW?

The WOW editors are aware that a few places in the village haven’t had a WOW delivered.

You can always download the latest copy from our WOW page or printed copies are also available in these locations around the village:-

Popsons Pharmacy

Mr Mannions Barbers

Bobbie’s Newsagents

Village Meats

Mark Belcher Estate Agents

Top To Toe

Old School Cafe


Dog Control

A request from the Parish Council……

If you are walking your dog near the allotments, please make sure they aren’t allowed to run loose. Some allotment holders have complained of dog mess on their plants. It may be dogs running loose in the riverside woodland, jumping the Cherwell as the river is low at present.

Please keep dogs under control near the allotments.

Taking A Stand On Doorstep Crime

Northamptonshire Police is committed to preventing and deterring doorstep crime from the County, and to help keep safe, those most vulnerable from this type of crime. Theirr Doorstep Crime Action Network (DAN) brings together members of the public, private, public, charity, and community sector organisations.

They are asking anyone who has contact with an elderly or vulnerable person to pass on the gentle crime prevention reminders to help prevent them from becoming a victim of doorstep crime.

More people need to be on the look out. You can learn more here and you can also help by passing on this leaflet to anyone you think might not see warnings on-line.

If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact the dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702

If a crime is in progress, dial 999

Together we can look out and lock offenders up and prevent doorstep crime from happening to someone you know.

Doorstep crime takes two forms:-

Distraction Burglars or ‘bogus callers’ will call at a house with the intention of tricking their way inside to steal money and/ or other valuables.

Rogue Doorstep Traders will use a trade (such as block paving, landscaping etc) as a means to extract large sums of money from people.

Unlike a burglary where an offender may use an opportunity to climb in through an open window, walk in through an unlocked open door, or force their way into a property, distraction burglars (bogus callers) will use stories to trick their way into a home.Most callers at your home will be genuine. However those who engage in doorstep crime can be very convincing and persuasive in order to gain access to your property. Their aim is to steal money or valuables, or to offer overpriced trade services.

‘If you are not sure, don’t open the door’

  1. Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole to identify callers. Alternatively talk to them through an adjacent windows.
  2. Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind.
  3. Set up passwords with your utility companies, genuine callers will need to recite this password to you.
  4. Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards, if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won’t be either. Obtain telephone numbers direct from the phone directory. Alternatively make a list of your important numbers and keep them near the phone.
  5. Look out for those who are vulnerable within your family, or neighbourhoods
  6. In Northamptonshire many agencies have come together to form the Doorstep Crime Action Network (DAN). If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702.
  7. For help finding a reliable local trader, check out the Trading Standards service ‘Buy with Confidence‘ scheme.

Anglian Water Problems

Anglian Water have advised of possible low pressure or no water in the Preston Capes and surrounding area. More details here:

Memorial Glade

As part of the Great Central Woodland, an area has been created to allow village residents to commemorate loved ones.

The Memorial Glade is situated beside the path from Station Road to the Co-op and while work is continuing to provide a fence and to lay a path around it, the Committee wanted to publicise the Glade and the way the Parish will manage it.

A memorial stone which will carry plaques dedicated to those remembered has already been installed. Some village residents have also sponsored memorial benches which will be put in place soon.

There are a number of pages dedicated to the Glade here on the Signpost. You can reach them via the menu bar at the top of the page, or via this link.

Applications to add a plaque, to scatter ashes or to install a bench should be made in writing to Kay Coles, 24 Castle Road, Woodford Halse, NN1 3RS.

Opening Hours

Our Open All Hours page provides details of opening times for local businesses.

This has just been updated with new opening times for Interiors No 42, the store in Station Road for an eclectic home living collection, furniture, upcycled and reclaimed decor, lighting, man cave, home accessories & gifts for the home.

You can find the latest list of opening times here.

Woods Committee Vacancy

There is a vacancy for a village representative on the Great Central Management Committee. Can you volunteer?

The Committee is made up of five villagers and five Parish Councillors. It makes decisions about the work needed to manage and improve the Woods for the benefit of the village, keeping it safe and sustainable. We need one more villager for the Committee.

The Management Committee plans activities, identifies budgets and funding and makes recommendations to the Parish Council – as owners of the Woodland – on any decisions or actions that they need to take in relation to the Woods.

Committee members attend a monthly evening meeting – usually the last Wednesday in the month – and may also spend time following up on projects, coordinating volunteers and external agencies and getting directly involved. Committee members are unpaid volunteers.

No knowledge of woodland management is needed, although any experience in this area would be welcome.

You can find out more by reading the Committee’s terms of reference and recent meeting minutes here.

If you would like to get involved or just want to know more, please contact the Committee Chairman, Paul Blackwell by phone: 07872 860540 or email .


Ryfields Play Area Reopening

Kay Coles, Chair of the Parish Council has asked for this message to be passed on…

The Ryfields Play area has been made safe and will be open again shortly.

It should only be used by children accompanied by an adult.

Sewage Smell Problem

Following on from reports of sewage smells in and around the Cinder Path this has been reported to the Environment Agency and a case number received. Apparently work is already in progress to identify the source of the original leak and to remove any waste sewage.

Traffic lights in place on Byfield Road because of the work may delay your journey.

Join The Regatta Fun!

It’s shaping up to be a sunny evening on Friday 29th June.

There won’t be anything to watch on TV, so why not come and watch your TV heroes race round Woodford?

What programmes will be there? News at Ten? Question Time? Love Island?

You are guaranteed a fun event – come along and cheer your favorites on or just enjoy:

  • The Race!
  • Beer Tent
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Pimms
  • Ice Cream
  • Food Stalls
  • Competitions

All the fun kicks off 6:30pm – Station Road

Here’s a few pictures from previous years:-

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Church Diary Updated

We’ve added dates for the various church services for July and August in the village and around the local benefice.

Thanks to Pam Hicks for the details.

You can always find the latest Church Diary here.



A361 Works

Or Not As The Case May Be….

Just had an alert from that Openreach will be doing work on the A361 from Byfield to just north of Long Barrow, Chipping Warden between 23rd April (Monday) and 5th May.

This will involve two way traffic lights.

They will also be working on Boddington Road between 23rd April and 28th April.

These works are not yet (Sunday, 8:00am) showing on the map but you can usually view up to date information here.

Eydon to Culworth

According to information provided by Northants County Council on  the web site the road between Eydon and Culworth will remain closed until April 23rd, so let’s hope for a happy St George’s Day!

Don’t forget you can always keep up to date with local roadworks here.

Local Election Timetable

The Timetable of Proceedings for the local elections on Thursday 3 May 2018 is as follows (most important dates for voters shown in bold):

Publication of Notice of Election

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Receipt of Nominations

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Withdrawal of Candidate

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Appointment of Election Agents

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Publication of Notice of Election Agents

4:00 pm Friday 6 April 2018

Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated

4:00 pm Monday 9 April 2018

Last Date for Registration

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Receipt of Postal Vote Applications

5:00 pm Wednesday 18 April 2018

Publication of Notice of Poll

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications

5:00 pm Wednesday 25 April 2018

Appointment of Poll and Count Agents

Thursday 26 April 2018

First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers

Friday 27 April 2018

Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications

5:00 pm Thursday 3 May 2018

Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers

5:00 pm Thursday 3 May 2018

Day of Poll

7:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 3 May 2018

Return of Election Expenses

Thursday 7 June 2018


Election & Referendum Notices

On May 3rd there will be an election for District Council and the Referendum on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan. There may also be an election for Parish Councillors.

The following documents are the three formal notices applying to these polls.

District Council Election May 3rd 2018

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Parish Council Election May 3rd 2018

Editor Guide Updated

Because this web site is published by the Parish Council, its content has to conform to the Government’s Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authority Publicity .

Although the web site has been operating in line with this Code, our Editorial Guidelines did not explicitly make this clear.

A new version of the Editorial Guidelines has been uploaded. This new version includes a reference to this and a link to the Code of Recommended Practice. We have also included what you should do if you feel that some aspect of the site is in contravention of the Code on our “About this Site” page.

Litter Pick – New Date

Woodford Halse Spring Clean & Litter Pick

Saturday 24th March, 10:00am -2:00pm

Meeting point for collection kits & bags of rubbish collected:-

Woodford Halse Sport & Community Club

For further information contact: Iain Osborne on 07934 464053.




Join Your Parish Council!

3 May 2018 Parish Council Election

There are fourteen seats on Woodford cum membris Parish Council. All of these seats are open for election on 3 May 2018.

Residents are encouraged to consider serving the Parish for a four year term.

You can see the sort of things your Parish Council does in the Parish Council section of this website.

There will only be an election of there are more than 14 nominations received, otherwise all those nominated will be appointed to the Council.

If you are interested :-

(1) There is a Candidates & Agents briefing at Daventry District Council on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 5.30 pm. Please contact the District Council Elections Office for information/attendance: 01327 302321. If you cannot attend there is useful information on this Electoral Commission page including downloadable nomination forms. (Candidates must be proposed and seconded by registered electors in the parish.)

(2) You can find out more on Daventry District Council’s “Becoming A Councillor” page.

(3) The Closing time for receipt of valid nominations at Daventry District Council is 4 pm on Friday 6 April 2018.


Northants Finances Report

Those concerned by Northants County Council’s financial situation will be interested to read the report prepared for the Government as a result of the Best Value Inspection carried out between January and March this year.

It is available here:-

Of interest for the future; one of the proposals in the report is to create two, new, unitary authority which (in our area) would combine Northampton, Daventry District Council and South Northants District Council under one local authority, with a second authority merging Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire.


Woodford Interiors

Your local shop for home ornaments, gifts, jewellery, cards and do-it-yourself supplies (hidden away in the back!) has changed their opening times.

Now open –  Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 and Saturday 9:00 to 1:00.

Opening times for all local shops are available here: opens in a new windowOpening Times .

Woodland Drone

Want to see how the woodland looks from above?

Have a look on this video….

We’ve added a page to the Woodland part of the Signpost so you’ll be able to find it in future here:

Puzzle Club

Woodford’s Puzzle Club meets in the Farndon Room (behind the Library), once a month on a Tuesday, 10:30am to 1:00pm.

£2.00 per adult, drop in, swop puzzles, enjoy some coffee and cake.

All ages welcome, any unwanted puzzles gratefully received.

Puzzle Club

More info: contact June Irani

Medical Centre Update

Byfield Medical Centre has provided the following update on staffing in the New Year….. Don’t forget we have details of local healthcare services here.


With the departure of Dr Bone on 28.12.17 Dr Harvey will take over as Senior Partner of the practice. Dr Harvey works all day Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Wednesday morning. On Fridays he alternates weekly between a full and half day.


Dr Nawaz works all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday morning. On Fridays he alternates weekly between a full and half day.


Dr Janet Davies will continue to work as a salaried GP at the practice working all day on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Dr Catherine Blackman has started to work at the practice on Fridays as a locum GP, she will be joining us as a salaried GP in March and will be working all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.


Dr Chloe James is employed as a locum to cover the maternity leave of Dr Nicola Moerdyk until November 2018, Dr James works all day Monday, Tuesday and Thursday


Paula Pengelly joins us in January she will be working all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and Thursday morning. She is trained to do most of what the GPs do.

She will start on 2nd January and will be working all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and Thursday mornings.

Do I need to see a GP or the Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners are all trained specialist nurses who have undertaken additional education in order to provide advanced nursing care. They can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a Doctor for in the past. Their main areas of expertise are in the management of common illnesses and long term conditions. The Nurse Practitioner can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide advice, organise blood tests or x-rays if appropriate, and treatment including a prescription if required. She can make referrals to hospital doctors or other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital when necessary. Unfortunately they are unable legally to sign a “Fit Note” for work, but if she feels you require one she can arrange this with the on-call GP. The Nurse Practitioner works closely with your GP and will liaise frequently with them about your care.

Same Day Appointments

She can see you on the day for the following –

  • wounds / scalds / burns
  • acute back pain/  joint sprains
  • shingles / rashes
  • chest infection
  • thrush / urinary tract infections / cystitis
  • headache
  • diarrhoea / vomiting
  • constipation
  • haemorrhoids
  • swollen glands
  • tonsillitis / earache / sinusitis
  • flu-like illnesses / coughs / raised temperature / sore throat

Routine Appointments

Paula is able to deal with:-

  • Newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Diabetic Reviews
  • New Hypertension diagnosis Asthma/COPD reviews
  • Spirometry results
  • Smoking cessation (including prescribing)
  • New Asthma/COPD diagnosis

What she CANNOT deal with

  • Problems associated with pregnancy
  • Mental health issues
  • Children under 5 years old

Brownies & Guides Fund Raiser

Woodford Halse Brownies will be holding a Christmas fund raiser on Sunday 3rd December 2-4pm in Dryden Hall, Halse and could really use your help!

All funds raised go back into the funds used to support all materials/trips for their brownie unit. You are more than welcome to come along!

More details in this flyer.

Remembrance Day Service

This year’s Remembrance Day Service will take place at 10.15am  on Sunday 12th November in the Dryden Hall, Woodford Halse. (St Mary’s is still closed for roof repairs)

In addition there will be a parade of horses and riders to commemorate the horses and riders that fell during conflicts. The horses and riders will meet at The Fleur between 09:00 and 09:15 before moving off and riding to join the main parade in Station Road via Byfield Road and Phipps Road.

Scouting sections and Girl Guiding sections will be marching from Station Court at 10.00 am.

It would be nice to see as many people as possible supporting them on the route.


Byfield Road Closure

Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th October

According to Byfield Road will be closed for water works between Gorse Road and Whitecroft Gardens, monday to wednesday.

Times for the closure are not available at the moment but details can be found on the web site:-

Road Closures

These road closures are a bit off of our patch but may affect some……

The Banbury Road at Canons Ashby (by the junction for the road from Eydon and the National Trust Car Park) will be closed for road works on Friday 1st September.

The diversion brings vehicles through the village, so there may be some increase in traffic.

Also Wharf Road is closed at the railway bridge between the Southam Road and Fenny Compton until 2nd September. This will affect anyone that uses this roiute to reach the M40 northbound at Junction 12.

Details of the road closure and signed diversion are on,


Show Time!

Monday, September 4th sees the 18th Annual Flower and Produce Show in the Memorial Hall. (6:30 to 7:00pm for entrants, 7:00 to 7:30pm for judging).

Why not enter? It’s open to everyone in the village, not just Garden Club Members.

So, if you have six magnificent beans, or a splendid marrow or even a misshapen vegetable why not try your luck? If you fancy your jam making or baking skills, your flower arranging or your photo taking you could enter too. There’s a kids’ category as well.

Have a look at the full list of clases, the rules and the details for the event in this flyer.

Then come along and have the fun of seeing how your entry matches up. Tea & coffee available.

Health Visitor @ The Nest

New Times For Drop In Sessions

Tuesday 8th August : 10:30 to 12:45 Drop in session

Tuesday 5th September:  10.00-3.00 Drop in session

These sessions replace the ones originally posted for the 1st and 15th of August.

Woodford in ’52 & ’77

Two bits of village history….

Firstly, here’s an article, written in 1977, describing how things were in 1952. Woodford in 1952

Secondly from an old copy of The Woodford Express, here’s a list of the shops and services in Woodford in 1977.

Waterside Woods

We’ve added a small gallery of photos from a walk along beside the river in the Great Central Woodland yesterday.

It’s on the Woodland Nature page.

There’s also a recording of some birdsong (recorded in the woods yesterday) that should play when you go to the page. (If not there’s a play bar just above the “birds” section.)

Station Road Closure?

Here’s a puzzle….. is showing that Station Road will be subject to closures between 25th and 30th of June between Bankside & Parsons Street for “carriageway patches”.

The notice says that it is currently in “advanced planning”. Well, given that the 25th is tomorrow (Sunday) that doesn’t give them much time to plan!

Here’s the link to the post.

(The road will be closed there anyway on afternoon of the 30th for the Regatta… )


Water Pumps?

Anglian Water may have some good news for any residents who have a private pumping station on their property, and have not yet registered it with Anglian Water.

Currently, homeowners spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. They may even have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.

As of 1 October 2016, many of these private pumping stations automatically transferred over to Anglian Water and became our responsibility. They have taken over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving their customers hassle, worry and money.

Anglian Water would like to make sure that local residents know about this, and want them to get in touch if they think they have a private pumping station.

To help customers identify and report the pumping stations, further information can be found: opens in a new

If you have a private pumping station call Anglian Water on 03457 145145 or if you have any questions about this campaign, please email


Football Club News

Woodford United Football Club

The football club and the clubhouse are now under new management with an elected community committee.

The new committee took control at the beginning of March with the club in a precarious position. They have worked immensely hard over the last 2 month to ensure the football club has a future and they have been successful in achieving this.

An AGM will take place on Sunday 4th June at 12 noon in the clubhouse.

The club welcomes everyone in the community to attend the AGM & become involved, giving you the opportunity to put forward your ideas.

Their aim is to promote & invite as many sporting activities as possible to use the clubhouse and they welcome any suggestions from members of the community.

The clubhouse is to undergo a full decoration & refurbishment for all the members of the community to use and enjoy the facilities.

This is a family community sports club and all the profit that clubhouse bar makes will be re-invested back into the facilities for the benefit of everyone.

The football club is looking to with immediate effect to start up the junior football teams from age 5 upwards and would welcome anyone interested in becoming involved to attend the AGM.

It is proposed that the clubhouse will be renamed & known as the Woodford Sports & Community Club.

Their aim is to provide family sporting facilities & a clubhouse that the community of Woodford Halse will be proud to be associated with.

Bill Bailey, Chairman, Woodford United FC and the comittee look forward to welcoming you to the AGM.


Family Fun Evening

The residents of Woodford and Hinton are invited to an ‘Evening of Fun’ on Saturday, 13 May, 5.00 p.m at Woodford Memorial Hall.  Children’s professional entertainer with a ‘Frozen’ theme. There will be a disco and the opportunity for the adults to win prizes in quizzes etc.

Family Ticket costs £5 and includes a Buffet Meal with Pizza for the children.

Contact Irene Critchley for tickets: Tel No 01327 260149

Sponsored by the Methodist Church


No, not that one. Vote for your County Councillor.

Before you get to vote in June, you have the chance to elect a County Council represntative for the Woodford & Weedon Division on Thursday, May 4th.

Here is the Notice of Polling with the names of the candidates. One candidate is to be elected.

opens in a new windowCounty Council Election : Woodford & Weedon Ward May 4th 2017

(Please note that the polling station for Woodfordford Halse in the Dryden Hall is shown under “Dryden Hall”).

Trading Standards

Find Out About Trading Scams

The latest version of news from Northampton County Council’s Trading Standards Department has items on succesful prosecutions of fraudlent traders, warnings about scams and how to avoid being conned.

Read the latest Trading Standards News (this issue no longer available)


Garden Club News

Thanks to Diane Kenny for the latest update on the Garden Club’s activities.

There are two new events in the opens in a new windowyear’s programme:-

Nov 6th:  Sue McNally – Sulgrave Manor
Dec 4th:  Xmas Supper

For the meeting on 3 April the club has a talk on Banbury Parks and Open Spaces. They are inviting anyone to come along and see the Club – and they are waiving the visitor’s fee for this night.  Everyone is welcome to Memorial Hall at 7.30pm – light refreshments will be available.

Don’t forget the visits to Whistley Woods guided by Chris Bazeley – booking essential – on July 3rd and to Canons Ashby garden for a visit with guided tour and refreshments – booking essential (Members £5, visitors £10), on August 7th.

Details of the whole programme can be found here: opens in a new windowGarden Club 2017

To find out more about the club, contact Coral Snow on 07486 388396 for any enquiries.

More Road News

Another piece of road news from Kay Coles….

“The latest information from Taylor Wimpey on the work needed to reinstate the Byfield Road is that Northants County Council hope to start work on 13th March, weather permitting. The work is expected to take 8 weeks.”

Improving Openness

Over the past couple of weeks we have made some changes to the web site in order to improve access to important information about your Council and how it works.

In addition we have added a link on the opens in a new windowLocal Policing page to the local crime incident reports map which shows local crime.

The following changes have been made:-

Anti Fraud Hint #73

Migrant Helpline Phishing Fraud

You know the old saying? “Give a man a fish and he will eat for the day, teach a man to phish and he’ll be able to subvert the entire American voting system….” 🙂

Here’s a warning about a new fraud attempt to watch out for….

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses purporting to be from ‘Migrant Helpline’.

The email address sending the majority of emails is, however multiple email addresses have been seen. Although Migrant Helpline is a genuine charity, fraudsters are using it to trick members of the public into becoming victims of this fraud.

It should be noted that this fraud is in no way related to the real charity.

The subject line currently is ‘Thank you for choosing to donate to Migrant helpline’

The message body reads as the following:

Thanks again for donating
We’re sending it straight to Migrant Helpline so you’ll be making a difference very soon.
Your donation details:
First name: ****
Last name: ****
Tel. *********
Amount: £196
Donation Reference: 09493495
If you have any questions about your donation, please follow this link and download Your (Donation Reference 09493495), with the transaction details listed above.
With your help, YeshivaDonations can continue to work in Syria and neighbouring countries to deliver clean water and life-saving supplies to millions of people.
Your generosity is bringing much-needed assistance to families who have lost everything as a result of the crisis in Syria.
Warm regards,

The first name, last name and telephone number are targeted and appear to be correct for those they are sent to.

Once the link is clicked, a well known Trojan (Ramnit) is downloaded onto the victim’s device. This malware is equipped to target and steal personal and corporate banking details.


Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected.

Please consider the following actions:

  • Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication.
  • Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It’s important that the device you back up to is not left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well.
  • If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.

If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting


Tweet Tweet

twitterOne of the responses to our survey (have you given us your views yet?) said they didn’t realise that posts from the Signpost can also be found on Twitter.

That’s understandable because we haven’t really publicised it.

So, for all you Twitter fans, you can get posts from the Woodford Signpost by following @WoodfordVSP  It’s the same information we carry here. Each time we post to the Signpost, the details are copied to our Twitter account.

And… if you’d like to comment on the web site, please let us have your views in our survey… opens in a new

Local Plans Nationwide

Not it’s not a contradiction!

To put Woodford’s Neighbourhood Plan in context, over 25o local plans had been completed and passed by referendum up to the end of October 2016.

A further 30 were passed in November.

So, we’re not one of the first, but we’re not one of the last either!

The Government is updating the regulations relating to neighbourhood plans (original regulations were passed in 2012) but this will not affect the process or the work done so far.


Vote Boundary Changes

You only have a few days to respond to proposals by the Boundaries Commission to change our local parliamentary constituency.

Under the changes Woodford Halse would become part of South Northants consituency.

Consulation closes on December 5th.

See details here with a link to the proposals and consultation page in our opens in a new windoworiginal post.

Saturday Breakfast?

Don’t Forget Byfield’s Big Breakfast Is Back….

This Saturday 5th November.

More details here…. opens in a new windowBig Breakfast is Back

And, if you miss this one, the next on is on 3rd December.

This will be a festive special with Christmas menu of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and a glass of Prosecco offered in addition to the standard menu. Plus, there will be some festive treats and a special visitor to keep the kids amused.

Plan Reminder

Three Weeks To Go…

There are just three weeks left to get your suggestions and comments in to help develop our Neighbourhood Plan.

Many thanks to all those that have commented so far.

We still want to hear from as many of you as possible, individual residents, local groups, and local businesses.

Does the plan meet what you will want and need in a future Woodford? Does it protect the things you are concerned about?

Let us know before the 14th of November by filling in a form here.

Read the opens in a new windowsummary of the plan here.

Download opens in a new windowthe whole plan here  or read it in one of the local shops or the library.


Pat Knight : Highways Warden

Here’s the latest of our profiles of folk in or around Woodford….

Patrick Knight, known as Pat, is a member of the Parish Council and is also the Highway Warden for the village. Both these posts are purely voluntary.

His role as Highway Warden is to act as a link between the Parish and Northamptonshire County Council Highways on highway related matters. He has points of contact in the highways department and arranges meetings and site visits where the larger issues are involved. He reports back to the parish council on a regular basis and those reports are minuted and published in the parish council minutes.

Some of the things he has done for the Parish include being responsible for promoting the recent resurfacing of the footpaths and roads in the old part of the village, Sidney, Percy, Castle, and Cherwell Terrace. This took more than 18 months of meetings and site visits to persuade the authority to carry out the works, due to the expense involved.

He was also responsible for getting the works on Station Road carried out in 2014/15.
Currently he is working hard to get the Byfield Road and the recent diversion route between Woodford and the water tower reinstated to its previous condition.

Other projects include a safer route to school for children from the Byfield Road development, and other issues surrounding the impact on the road network from the new development. He recently had a meeting regarding these issues and also to push forward with resurfacing the bus stop at Kings Corner, marking the Gorse Road/Manor Road junction, the provision of 30 MPH repeater roundels on the road surface on Byfield Road between the football club and Scrivens Hill, and repairing the recently laid surface in Sidney Road which is sinking.

Pat is also working to introduce a Community Speedwatch scheme, and recently secured Northants County Council funding for a Vehicle Activated Speed sign to place at various locations in the parish. He also liases with the PCSO and Northants Police regarding parking issues in the parish.

The Highways Warden role does not involve the reporting of individual potholes and road defects, these can be done via the opens in a new windowNorthamptonshire County Council Street Doctor scheme website. Pat can however pass on notifications for people that do not have access to the Internet. It’s important to remember that any repairs and schemes take time so you may feel nothing is being done. It is, and Pat does his best to keep everyone updated as and when he gets information.

Pat can be contacted on this e mail:, and is happy to visit anybody that wants to chat about any highway issues. And of course highway issues can also be discussed at Parish Council in the meetings at the Memorial Hall on the second Tuesday of each month when all are welcome to attend.

Woodford Plan Summary

Looking for a summary of the Village Plan? Here it is in one page….

You can download the opens in a new windowwhole plan here and get a opens in a new windowcomments form here.

Don’t forget you only have until November 14th to get your comments in…


Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Development Plan


Our vision for Woodford cum Membris in 2029 is of a safe, friendly and welcoming village with a mixed community of young and old, families and singles, local workers and commuters with as many resources for local people as possible within the village. It has a heritage of agriculture, village life and its railway history which we value and seek to maintain.

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
    • Why is the plan important?
    • Producing and Agreeing the Plan
    • Community Consultation
    • Key Issues for the Plan
    • Vision and Objectives
    • Woodford cum Membris NDP Policies
    • Monitoring and Review
    • How to comment on this document

1. Introduction

This chapter explains how the neighbourhood plan was conceived, the area covered and some basic facts such as its location, population and number of homes. It goes on to say what the village has in the way of shops, businesses, schools, churches, medical facilities etc. There follows a brief history of the village, how it sits geographically and that it is surrounded by agriculture. Two maps are provided to help locate features referred to in the plan.

2. Why is the plan important?

This Section explains that the neighbourhood plan has had to go through several inspection processes. It has been written by people who live in the parish and has to go through two informal consultation processes within the village. An official Inspector then has to pass the plan to ensure that it satisfies State legislation. Finally, there has to be a referendum before the final plan can be accepted. The consultation process means that the plan genuinely reflects what the villagers want and the referendum ensures that everyone has their say.

This Neighbourhood Plan, once agreed, is a legally recognised document which will be used to ensure that the needs, views and priorities of the local community are fully considered when assessing future planning applications and proposed development within the area.

3. Producing the Plan

This chapter explains the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan. At the examination the examiner will assess whether the plan meets the basic conditions of the Localism Act, something all neighbourhood plans must do, if they are to be formally made part of the development plan. The basic conditions are:

  1. Is the Woodford cum Membris NDP in line with national planning policy and guidance and does it promote sustainable development?
  2. Is the Woodford cum Membris NDP in general conformity with the strategic planning policies for the area?
  3. Is the plan compatible with European Union obligations? (these still apply until we leave the EU.)

If the examiner decides the answer to these questions is “yes” the Woodford cum Membris NDP will be subject to a local referendum. The referendum will give all eligible voters in the parish the opportunity to vote and decide if the Woodford cm Membris NDP should, in future, be used to help determine planning applications. The final decision, therefore, rests with the people of Woodford cum Membris and will be a straight forward majority of those voting in the referendum.

4. Community Consultation

This Chapter details the consultation process from initial mail shot to every single house in the village which received 370 responses and identified the 3 main issues to be Roads traffic and car parking, Health facilities, Shopping and Retail, to the request for involvement of the Parishioners in the Jan 2016 issue of the WOW, and then on to the second informal consultation, called the 6 week consultation which is running from 3rd October to 14th. November 2016. Official response forms are available on line and from the Parish Clerk.

5. Key Issues.

The Strategy Team used all of your data and comments to create the first draft. In short, the Woodford cum Membris NDP seeks to:-

  1. Develop a shared vision for the parish that will deliver the sustainable development we need by meeting the Government’s core planning principles
  2. Support a prosperous rural economy
  3. Deliver a wide choice of high quality homes
  4. Require good design
  5. Promote a healthy community
  6. Conserve and enhance the natural and historic environment.

6. Vision & Objectives

Our Vision Statement for 2029 is:-

“Our vision for Woodford cum Membris in 2029 is of a safe, friendly and welcoming village with a mixed community of young and old, families and singles, local workers and commuters with as many resources for local people as possible within the village. It has a heritage of agriculture, village life and its railway history which we value and seek to maintain.”

In order for us to achieve this Vision and to address the key issues we have identified in chapter 5 of this plan, we have established the following key objectives for the Woodford cum Membris NDP:

OBJECTIVE 1 – To preserve and enhance local natural and built heritage assets

OBJECTIVE 2 – To manage future housing growth in Woodford Halse village and the wider parish

OBJECTIVE 3 – To promote good quality development

OBJECTIVE 4 – To protect and enhance local community assets and facilities and ensure there is an appropriate level of infrastructure in place

OBJECTIVE 5 – To promote safe roads and streets for all users

7. Neighbourhood Development Plan Policies.

This section details how we are going to achieve these Objectives and focuses on the things that we wish to preserve and enhance whether they be man-made or natural. It describes how any newly proposed developments should fit within the pre-ordained and agreed parameters stated in the plan. It describes our aspirations to have a pleasant environment with safe roads and an appropriate level of infrastructure and employment.

Finally, we must stress that this is your plan, but it can only work if you get involved and have your say. Please take the opportunity to make suggestions as to how the plan can better represent your views. You have until November 14th.

Robert Snedker, Chairman of the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan Strategy Team

National Will Week

October 17th to 21st is National Will Week with various bodies encouraging folk to make a will.

Banbury’s Katherine House Hospice is operating a scheme where local solicitors and will writers (including local will writer Tim Williams) will create or update your will in return for a donation to the Hospice.

Contact a solicitor or will writer from the list on the Katherine House page and arrange a convenient date to meet during 17th – 21st October 2016.

You may be asked details over the telephone or by letter with a suggestion of the things you need to think about before the meeting e.g. your assets and who you want to benefit.

You can find out more here:-

WOW Whoops!

WI Meet On 31st October : Parish Council 8th November

There is a mistake in the printed copy of this month’s WOW and in the downloadable version available here. The dates for the Parish Council meeting were omitted and the WI meeting date has been changed.

The correct dates for meetings are:-

October 31st: WI Meeting

November 1st: Public meeting about the Railway Embankment Land

November 8th: Parish Council Meeting

The opens in a new windowEvents page here is correct.


History Society Events

Each month, the Woodford Halse History Society presents a talk on a topic of historical interest, usually related to the local area.


The Sinking of the Mary Rose by Geoff Hunt

Their latest programme of talks covering September 2016 to May 2017 includes subjects ranging from  The Great Central Railway (and its local impact) through to the story of the Mary Rose.

Meetings are open to members (£10 annual membership) and non-members (£2.50 admission).

Details are contained in the programme that you can download below….

opens in a new windowHistory Society 2016-17 Programme

Sulgrave “Swop & Sell”

There’s going to be a table top sale at Sulgrave Village Hall on Saturday 24 September.

It’s been organised so that younger members of Sulgrave and surrounding villages can get together, earn a little pocket money, and donate a suggested £2 to a charity (instead of an entry/table fee).

If you’d like opens in a new windowto learn more see this flyer.

Contact: Sue Waite or Karen Baldry to book a table.

District Council Election

The original Election Notice stated that there were to be two councillors elected. This was a mistake. Only one council seat is being filled.

This is the corrected notice of election….

opens in a new windowDistrict Councillor, Notice of Election 5th May 2016

Archive Group Website Launched

On-Line Records of Local History

Woodford Halse Archive Group have launched their new web-site providing details of local history and copies of local photographs and documents of local historic interest.

The short history of the village published on the Archive Group’s site is also available here to download or opens in a new windowas an on-line ebook.

You can find the Archive Group’s web site here:-  opens in a new

Got Over Xmas? Time For Breakfast!

Saturday’s Breakfast Sorted.

News from Tim Williams about this weekend and the Byfield Big Breakfast….

bacon_and_eggsByfield Village Hall

Saturday February 6th

9:30am  – 1:00pm

£6 for adults, £3 for children

“The wait is almost over! Just four more sleeps before the next one – yes, it’s another Byfield Big Breakfast this coming Saturday (6th February)!

“Somebody asked me recently where we purchased all the supplies for the Big Breakfast, and it occurred to me, it was probably time to re-iterate that we endeavour to support local business wherever possible. So, all our meat items – bacon, sausages, and black pudding are supplied by Marriotts of Woodford; all our eggs are supplied by Skylark Fields farm at Staverton and everything else is supplied on the back of a wagon, which arrives at my house late on a Friday courtesy of Mr. Tesco. I know that it’s then my work starts when Lynne and I sit down to prepare 15 or 16 kg of mushrooms ready for the onslaught on Saturday! We have tried sourcing mushrooms locally, but the one obvious supplier in Moreton Pinkney was not able to supply us at a price which suited our budget. If anyone knows an alternative supplier, I’d be very pleased to consider them.

“Back to the business in hand – our menu on Saturday remains unchanged – we will still offer you bacon, sausage, black pudding, fried bread, beans, mushrooms and fried or scrambled eggs. The cost of this extravaganza including a choice of fruit juices to start and tea/coffee and toast to finish is STILL ONLY £6 per head for adults! Children can choose two cooked items from all the above with the addition of cereal to the fruit juices for just £3 per head. By the way – don’t forget, we ALWAYS have vegetarian sausages available, so vegetarians can have a real treat. Sadly, I haven’t managed to find any vegetarian bacon yet, but I’m looking.

“We hope you’ll continue to support us in your droves as we still need to raise money for the Holy Cross Action Project (whose latest scheme is for the Servery in the Church).

“So, do join us for breakfast or brunch or even treat it as lunch if you like! We’re open from 9 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. with last orders taken at 12.30. Once again I must remind you that we tend to get busiest between 11.30 and 1. So, whilst we make every effort to serve you swiftly, the service tends to slow a bit during those times!

“Come and say “Hello” to me – I’m the one looking frazzled and bewildered standing with a frying pan in one hand and a pair of tongs in the other!

“All the best, Tim”

Wildlife Walk

Come along and learn about our local wildlife.

On Sunday November 1st , Jeremy Lincoln, the voluntary warden for the Woodford Wildlife Reserve will be leading a walk to explore just what there is to see of our local wildlife.

Just come along to Harley Equestrian at 10:30am on the day, wear some walking footwear and bring binoculars if you have them.

Detail are available in opens in a new windowthis poster.

You didn’t know we had a wildlife reserve? opens in a new windowFind out out more here.

Big Breakfast

Tim Williams provided this update on the latest Byfield Big Breakfast…

“Well, I can smell Mr Marriott’s bacon, sausages and black pudding frying, I can hear the sizzling of the Skylarks Fields eggs in the pan and can just about taste the buttery mushrooms, the savoury tomatoey sauce of the baked beans and feel the crunch of the golden fried bread. Oh yes, I am salivating at the very thought of it all and I’ll bet you are too!!!
Well, not long to wait now folks – for this coming Saturday sees the start of the new 2015/2016 season of Big Breakfasts. The menu remains just as tempting as before and is still £6 per adult and £3 per child.The venue is Byfield Village Hall – just drop in at any time between 9 a.m. and 1 .00 p.m. (last orders 12.30) for a fantastic full English breakfast as above with first course of selected juices (and cereals for the kids) and finished by toast, tea and coffee (as much as you like).

Please remember, the more the merrier – so do bring friends and family, do bring the children, and do tell anybody you know about it as all the proceeds go to the Holy Cross Action Project.

Over the years, this event has become, thanks to your support, a major fundraiser for the Action project. As with all good things, we always need your support as customers, but we now, because of its success are in need of some more helpers too – so, if you fancy helping out either in the kitchen or front of house or in any other capacity, please offer your services to any member of the team. We promise NOBODY will be turned away!!

See you Saturday!

By the way, look out for the Downton Abbey Evening Adverts on Saturday, and do come along to support us in this which has been re-scheduled to Saturday 17th October at 7.30 in Byfield Village Hall. As always, it promises to be an evening of fun and games with a fantastic dinner as well.”.

Parish Council Minutes

July & August Meetings Now Available

The minutes of the Parish Council meetings in July and August are now available….

opens in a new windowJuly Parish Council Meeting

opens in a new windowAugust (Planning) Parish Council Meeting

Minutes of previous meetings can be found on opens in a new windowthis page and details of agendas for opens in a new windowforthcoming meetings are here.

Scare The Crows

Woodford’s Scarecrow Weekend: October 10 & 11.

opens in a new windowTop-19Join in with your scarecrow or just have fun hunting down all the heroes and villains that will be lurking around Woodford.

Find out how to take part by making your own scarecrow or how to join the Scarecrow Hunt in this flyer.. (entry details on page 2).

Funds raised will go towards care and repair of the Woodford School swimming pool.

Event organised by opens in a new windowWoodford School FSA and sponsored by Osbourne’s Heating and Plumbing.


Woodford FC Matches

Forthcoming home fixtures

TUESDAY 1st SEPT 1st Team








SATURDAY 19th SEPT 1st Team




SATURDAY 3rd OCT 1st Team





Local Derby

One for all footie fans….

woodford FC logoOn Friday 28th it’s the Battle of the Dip as Woodford Reserves take on Byfield Athletic:  7:30pm kick off.

Other matches coming soon:

Saturday 29th August:  Woodford v Irchester 3:00pm kick off.

Tuesday 1st Sept: Woodford v Long Buckby 7:45 pm kick off.

It’s Nearly Christmas (in June)

But There’s Still Time To Enter A Boat

Woodford’s annual regatta will soon be on us with this year’s theme of Christmas in June.

Come along on June 26th at 6:30pm and have a great time at this piece of traditional Woodford silliness.

There’s still time to book a boat entry or a stalls (both free and for boat entries you get the boat shell free as well, delivered to your door!).

Two and four person boats available and you can still enter in this year’s new senior’s class. You get the boat; all you need is the silly Christmas jumper, the red and white hat and the tinsel!

Boats and stalls can be booked with Janet Cheshire at Village Meat; telephone 01327 261519.

Don’t Forget – Street Doctor

Street Problems Can Be Reported On-Line

Don’t forget Northampton County Council has an on-line service to allow you to report highway problems.

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See more details here:-

opens in a new windowstreetStreet Doctor is just one of the many helpful links and phone numbers on our opens in a new windowQuick Contacts page.

News from your PCSO

Combating Fraud

Can I remind you that no bank, building society or police officer will ever ask for your pin number over the phone. Only criminals do this.

Unfortunately scams of this kind continue to rob people. Just hang up! Don’t immediately try to ring your bank on the same phone because the fraudsters keep your line open and you will be speaking to them – but they will pretend they are your bank staff.

Can you report people standing in the road and flagging down passing motorist. The person may ask for money for fuel, sometimes offering their jewellery as a deposit, or they might ask for a lift to the petrol station. Note their vehicle and personal details and ring 101 straight away.

Emergency (crime in progress):999

Any other contact with Northamptonshire police 101

Crime stoppers (remain anonymous): 0800 555 111

Cold Callers Doorstep Action Network

(DAN): 0345 23 07 702

Environmental Warden re fly tipping & dog fouling etc

07917 271157



Daventry Brass in Concert

Daventry Brass in Concert

on Friday 24 April 2015 at 7.30pm at The Community Centre, Ashby Road, Daventry

Come and listen to local musicians playing a whole world of music.  See poster for more details.

Daventry Brass Poster


Corrected date for Great Central Commemoration

Sorry folks – I got the date of the Great Central Commoration Weekend wrong. The correct dates are 13th & 14th June. 

Thanks to Athony for pointing this out.

February Council Minutes

Now On-Line

The minutes of the February 11th meeting of the Parish  Council are now available:-

PC Minutes 11 February 2014

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PCC News

Latest “Blue Light” Issue


pcc logoAdam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, has released his latest bulletin on the work of the PCC’s office.

You can download it here:-

opens in a new windowBlue Light Spring 2014





Meet Up With Local Services

20_5Don’t forget the multi-agency meet up at the Sure Start Centre on Tuesday July 23rd, 1pm to 5pm.

There will be representatives from

  • Northamptonshire Police,
  • Fire Service,
  • Daventry & District Housing,
  • Bromford Support,
  • Daventry District Council – Environmental Protection,
  • Trading Standards,
  • Chairman for Neighbourhood Watch,
  • Sure Start,
  • Orchard Day Nursery
  • Local Parish Councillors.

More details here.

Parish Council Election Results

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

The official result of the poll is here:

Declaration of Result Woodford Parish Council

A Breath of Spring

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

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

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

Run, Run, Run

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

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

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

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

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