Category Archives: Volunteering

Bubbles In The Woodland

About this time of year we usually organise a village and woodland litter pick but we can’t because of lockdown restrictions.

Some residents regularly collect litter on their walks and we say thank you for that!

Sadly, there is still plenty of litter around that means we can’t all enjoy the woodland as everyone would like.

If you would like to help reduce the amount of litter around the village, and especially in the woodland, we’d love you to help.

Why not have a litter-picking outing with your bubble? That way you can get your allowed exercise and help make the village nicer for everyone too!

We can provide litter picking kits with all you’ll need and we’ll arrange for a drop off point for rubbish to be collected too.

If you’d like to do a Bubble Litter Pick, contact Parish Councillor Robert Snedker (tel: 01327 262664 email: for a litter picking kit.

Even if you can’t help with litter picking you can still help keep the village tidy. To those who drop the litter, please don’t!

Take your litter home or use one of the bins at the entries to the woodland.



Local Help for Lockdown III

Help For Woodford & Around

You’ll be aware of the Woodford Good Neighbours scheme (01327 206221 available between 11am – 1pm & 2pm-6pm, Monday – Saturday or via / but if you’ve got friends in other nearby villages needing help, the following contact details may be useful….

GNS Oct 2020


Download the Good Neighbour Contact Numbers

Well Done!

Woodford’s Good Neighbours – Community Champions

Great to hear that the work of the village’s Good Neighbours cheme has been recognised by Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

This award is for the amazing work that everyone involved in the scheme has done since the middle of March.

The team says a massive thank you to everyone who has helped, donated or pointed anyone to them in need of help.

With the start of a second lockdown, demand has increased massively – not just in the village but also across the county. The Woodford Halse Good Neighbour scheme volunteers are always stepping up to do all they can do help.

If you are struggling or you know anyone who is struggling with anything during this very difficult time please get in touch. To contact them, 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

All calls and information will be strictly confidential to the scheme and if we can’t help we will do our best to find someone that can help.

good neighbours scheme award



Schoolreader Volunteers Needed

Listening to Children Read in Local Primary Schools

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

Logo for the School Readers scheme

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

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

Reg Charity: 1159157

Reader & school girl

Woodland Mess

Saturday Morning Tidy Up

Thanks to the folks that pointed out the rubbish left and the risk of discarded needles in the “camp” in the woodlands.

Camp Debris


Some of the Woods Committee and the village handyman together cleared out piles of rubbish plus the remains of a mountain bike, folding chairs and tables.



bagged rubbishThe good news was some of the rubbish had already been bagged by the occupants.

The less good news is that while we didn’t discover any needles – thanks to the folk that removed those – there was plenty of other evidence of drug use, which we are talking to the PCSO about.

There is still a makeshift shelter up there, so parents need to be aware of where their kids are going.


Camp Cleared of Rubbish


Don’t forget if you are a Facebook user you can follow updates for the Woodland there:@GreatCentralWoodland.

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!

Covid-19 Community Champions

ACRE Celebrates Northamptonshire’s Helpers

Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is a countywide, independent charitable organisation working with rural communities to improve their quality of life, especially for the disadvantaged.

acre logoTo celebrate the work that so many volunteers are doing during this pandemic to help their neighbours, Northamptonshire ACRE is launching Northamptonshire’s COVID-19 Community Champions. Groups across the county are invited to share details of the many ways they are supporting the more vulnerable in their community. Examples of support can be in whatever way a group chooses, whether through stories, photos, video diaries or brief statements and examples of the best community support will be brought together into a booklet celebrating Northamptonshire’s volunteer champions.  All entrants will receive a Community Champions certificate and will be invited to take part in a celebration evening Northamptonshire ACRE will host in Spring 2021.

Northamptonshire ACRE recognises the amazing work that the County’s groups of volunteers are doing to support the more vulnerable members of their community during these unprecedented times. They invite all COVID-19 response groups, Mutual Aid groups, Good Neighbour schemes and villages to participate and showcase their community initiatives.  To be part of the celebrations simply download the online form here and enclose a supporting statement along with photos, videos or social media links that highlight how your group or village has supported your community during the pandemic. An example might be a lockdown video diary or photographs of foodbank volunteers delivering food parcels to neighbours.  Entrants can nominate what they believe to be their best example of community spirit.

All groups taking part will be invited to an evening of celebration hosted by Northamptonshire ACRE at the Hunsbury Hill Centre in Spring 2021 where they will be able to receive their Community Champions certificate and a copy of the Community Champions booklet.

Elaine O’Leary, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire ACRE said ‘As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we postponed the annual Northamptonshire Village Awards until next year. But we felt we wanted to mark this period of historic significance and showcase all the valuable work that so many are doing to support their community.  The Northamptonshire COVID-19 Community Champions will give us an opportunity to thank those volunteers who have continued to give support to the most vulnerable in our communities at a difficult time’.

The deadline for entries is 31st August 2020. They look forward to receiving your entry.

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.

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

CV-19 Support Group

Village Volunteer Support Plan

Members of the Woodford Halse community are currently working towards a plan to support those in need, who have no support and may have to self-isolate over the coming weeks or months.

This may be for essential shopping. collection of prescriptions and so on (all to be confirmed).

This group is working together alongside Iain Osborne’s aim to create a “Good Neighbours” support network for Woodford Halse.

Can You Volunteer?

Please Contact Carol Justice Gray, mobile : 0735 980007 (text or WhatsApp is best due to poor signal) or email:


The Woodford Halse Coronavirus Volunteer Support Group is collecting ziplock freezer bags (any size up to A4).

If you have some that you would be willing to donate as we work towards supporting those who are self-isolating, then please drop them off at Cobweb Cottage, 11 High Street (side lane just past school) Woodford NN11 3RQ on SUNDAY (22nd) or MONDAY (23rd).

Many thanks for your help at this challenging time!

Can You Help Plant Some Trees

Renewing The Woodland

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

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

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

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

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

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

new saplings in the woodland

School Readers

Could You Help Kids Learn To Read?


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

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

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

Learn more about their work in this video:

About Schoolreaders from Copperwheat Films on Vimeo.

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

Charity Number: 1159157





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.

DDC Logo                                                                                                   acre logo

Volunteer At Sulgrave

Sulgrave Manor, the home of George Washington’s English ancestors, has undergone some exciting restoration work this winter and they are now looking at expanding their team of volunteers with Learning Engagement Volunteers.

Sulgrave ManorSulgrave Manor’s Learning and Engagement Team delivers learning programmes to approximately 5000 school children a year, as well as offering family activities during school holidays. They are looking for volunteers to help us bring Sulgrave Manor to life and provide a fun experience for our school and family audiences.

The role is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in history. No experience is necessary and all training given. Roles are flexible so you can fit volunteering around your commitments. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Leonie Gardner on or call 01295 760205 (option 2).

You can find out more about this role  and download a role description at

Woodland Tree Planting

Don’t Forget Volunteers Needed 14/12/19

With all the Christmas trees going up around the village, don’t forget that we need help to plant trees in the woodland. We’re looking for tree planting volunteers please on Saturday 14th December at 11am.

Logo of The Woodland TrustThe Woodland Trust has very kindly donated 435 new little saplings, a mixture of rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, field maple and green willow.

The ground has been prepared in the riverside part of the Woodland and we now need some volunteers for a couple of hours (children welcome with adults) to help plant these.

Riverside Treet Planting Area

If you can come along, please meet at the Byfield Road end of the Cinder Path close to the Great Central Way industrial park at 11:00am on Saturday 14th December. Bring bulb planters or a small spade.

Thank you from the Great Central Woodland Committee.

Telephone Ruth Curzon for any information 07855040710.

Plant A Tree For The Woodland

Volunteers Needed 14/12/19

We’re looking for tree planting volunteers please on Saturday 14th December at 11am.

We have been very kindly donated 435 new little saplings, a mixture of rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, field maple and green willow.

The ground has been prepared in the riverside part of the Woodland and we now need some volunteers for a couple of hours (children welcome with adults) to help plant these.

Riverside Treet Planting Area

If you can come along, please meet at the Byfield Road end of the Cinder Path close to the Great Central Way industrial park at 11:00am on Saturday 14th December. Bring bulb planters or a small spade.

Thank you from the Great Central Woodland Committee.

Telephone Ruth Curzon for any information 07855040710.

Remember Daffodil Planting

Volunteers To Help, Please 

Please don’t forget this event on Saturday!

We have been kindly donated 15kgs of daffodil bulbs to be planted on the Kings Corner green in Station Road, close to the bus stop.

We need just one hour of help on Saturday 16th of November between 10.30 am and 11.30 am to get these planted in the ground. 

Please bring just yourselves a bit of energy and some garden gloves, we will be meeting at the bus stop thank you. 

A 3 inch spade would be helpful to make the slots.

If you can help, or for more information, please contact Ruth Curzon 07855040710 

View of Kings Corner

Daffodil Diggers

Volunteers To Help, Please 

We have been kindly donated 15kgs of daffodil bulbs to be planted on the Kings Corner green in Station Road, close to the bus stop.

We need just one hour of help on Saturday 16th of November between 10.30 am and 11.30 am to get these planted in the ground. 

Please bring just yourselves a bit of energy and some garden gloves, we will be meeting at the bus stop thank you. 

A 3 inch spade would be helpful to make the slots.

If you can help, or for more information, please contact Ruth Curzon 07855040710 

View of Kings Corner

Good Neighbour Scheme Funding

Up to £1,000 to set up your Good Neighbours Scheme

Good Neighbour Schemes continue to be set up within Daventry district benefiting local residents and improving health and wellbeing in the community.

For those interested in setting up schemes, Daventry District Council has funding of up to £1,000 available along with:-

  • 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

Good Neighbours scheme logoIf you are interested in finding out about this great opportunity that is making a difference please let Emma Parry, Daventry Community  Projects Officer know. (Please note Emma does not work on Fridays)

Emma Parry

Community Projects Officer

Supporting Officer for The Daventry & District Forum (DDF)

UNISON Daventry Branch Equalities Officer

Daventry District Council
Lodge Road
NN11 4FP
Tel: 01327 302418

Help With Our Litter Pick

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

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

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

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

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

Litter Collection

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

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.


School Pool Help Needed


school swimmingThe Friends of Woodford Halse C of E Academy desperately need some people to help at the school pool on Saturday morning, 27th April, to clear away the trees as they are cut to a manageable height.

Please let them know if you can help, as they can then get the pool clean and filled ready for the kids to start swimming in the summer term!

A huge thank you to Paul and Iain for cutting the trees 🤗.

Thank you in advance!

Contact the Friends on Facebook :

Grant Funds Available

£250k Available To Local Communities

Northamptonshire Police LogoA new range of grants is now available and open for applications through the office of Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold.

This year, three different funds are available.

The three funds  will give a wider range of community groups, charities and other voluntary organisations options to seek funding.

More than £250,000 is being made available.

Three Funds Available

The Making Northamptonshire Safer Fund (total of £100,000) provides grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to groups carrying out projects that support the aims of the Police and Crime Plan: early intervention and preventing crime; enforcing robustly to fight crime and protect people; putting victims at the heart of justice and reducing re-offending.

The Northamptonshire Road Safety Community Fund (total of £150,000) is supported by the Safer Roads Alliance and gives grants of between £500 and £5,000 for initiatives that support the Northamptonshire Strategic Road Safety Plan: speed reduction; anti-social road use; distraction driving; drink or drug driving; road victims and their families; use of seatbelts; child restraints and seats; educational initiatives leading to positive behaviour change.

The Tackling Hate Crime Fund (total of £11,000) is provided by the Northamptonshire Hate Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group and is open for bids of between £1,000 and £11,000 for initiatives that will: support victims of hate crime or hate incidents; support confidence in reporting; support work with offenders to successfully change behaviour.

How To Apply

Applications from groups across Northamptonshire are now invited for all three funds, and the current round closes on May 31.

Further details and application packs are available at

Woodlands – Can You Help?

On 15th, 16th, 17th April we will have a machine available to to start to create woodchip pathways from some of the fallen branches resulting from the thinning work in the Woods.

We need some volunteers to help with collecting up branches and feeding them into the chipper and with wheel-barrowing and spreading chippings on paths to help improve the surfaces.

We are particularly looking for help in two hour sessions in the afternoon of Monday 15th and Wednesday 16th and in both morning and afternoon on Tuesday 16th.

If you can help, or for more information, please contact Ruth Curzon by phone on 07855040710 or by email:

Love Your Village

Grand Village Litter Pick

Help Get The Village Looking Smart For Spring.

Saturday 9th March :10:00am to 12:00am

Meet At The Dryden Hall Car Park

We need your help! The Parish Council and local Scouting Group are organising a litter pick.

We’d like everyone in the village to take part and help make Woodford spic and span!

PLUS:- Old School Cafe is offering free tea and coffee to pickers when they finish!


Everybody Needs Good Neighbours……

People in Daventry are being asked for their support in setting up a scheme to support elderly, vulnerable and isolated members of our community

Daventry District Council (DDC) and Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) are looking into the possibility of bringing a Good Neighbours scheme to the town to replicate successful schemes running in some of the villages.

The aim is to support neighbours to maintain a good quality of life, remain independent in their own homes if they wish to, and reduce their reliance on statutory health and care support systems.

Please help by completing a short survey online here opens in a new The survey will run until the end of March.

Paper copies are also available from:-

DDC’s Lodge Road offices

Daventry Town Council, New Street

Daventry Library, North Street

You can also request by calling DDC on 01327 871100 or print from the following:-

Good Neighbour Scheme Survey Questionnaire

You can also help by printing out and displaying this poster:-

Good Neighbour Scheme Poster



The Armed Forces Charity

Vacancy :  Branch Secretary Northamptonshire

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association (SSAFA) is a national charity helping serving and ex-military personnel and their families.

Northamptonshire Branch is looking for a new branch secretary.

Details of the role and how to apply can be found in the role description that can be downloaded here.

Great Support from Cummins!

Cummins Diesel staff helped out again in the Woodland today.

Three of their full time team and three university placement students spent today raking out dead surface thatch from the Memorial Glade area and then completely raked the Co-op to Byfield Road path along its whole length, clearing debris from the recent thinning operations.

Many thanks to all of them and thanks to Cummins for helping us to improve the Great Central Woodland.

The Cummins Team Helping Out at the Great Central Woodland Memorial Glade (Photo: Peter Deverill)

Help Woodford’s Wildlife

Come and Help Build Our First “Habitat Pile”

Sunday 19th August 12:00 – 14:00

Meet In The Co-op Car Park

We want to use some of the loose brushwood in the woodland to create better habitats for woodland wildlife. Woodford’s wildlife warden is leading a volunteer group to gather cut brushwood and stack it to create “habitat piles” and we’d like more help.

Here’s the sort of thing we’re planning to create….

Come along and join in, help to clear some of the brushwood and make the woodland better for wildlife. If you’d like to help, or for more information, contact Ruth Curzon, by email or on Facebook.

Can You Help?

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind, Your Local Sight Loss Charity, Needs Volunteers

Do you have a couple of hours free once a fortnight to become a home visitor for a visually impaired person?

This small time commitment can make a huge difference to a visually impaired person’s life. You could just be popping in for a cup of tea and a chat, help with reading mail, going for a short walk or generally just being a friend!

Is this something that you would be able to help with?

Please call today for more information!

Rachel Cave Volunteer Co-ordinator

Email: Mobile: 07889 411274

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.

Stop The Speeders

Community Speedwatch is Looking For Volunteers.

The parish is in desperate need of volunteers for the Community Speedwatch scheme to operate speed detection equipment and help  discourage speeding in and around the village.

This link to the scheme explains what is involved but as a volunteer you would work alongside other trained residents during roadside enforcement sessions, using the speed detection equipment and recording vehicle details for offending vehicles. Presently we only have three volunteers and we need a minimum of two to operate per session.

When the community asked for the scheme and there were over 300 signatures collected supporting it, including more than 20 who were willing to be trained as operators and we would like more to come forward.

Ideally this would suit retired people, flexible workers or shift workers who can spare around an hour a day when we have the equipment.  Volunteers receive a morning’s training in Northampton – about two hours on a Saturday morning.

So, if you are worried by speeding in the village and want to help do something about it, this could be your opportunity to make Woodford safer for everyone.

The next training dates are 02.06.18, 14.07.18 and 25.08.18. If you would like to get involved, contact Pat Knight, Woodford’s Speedwatch coordinator, at his Speedwatch email

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

Brownies Need Help!

Woodford Halse Brownies are recruiting helpers!

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

Please email for more info:

Funding Fair

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

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

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

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

You can find more details in this flyer.

To book a place visit

Park Watch for Ryefield

Friends of the Ryfield Park – Improving the Play Area for All



By encouraging support from the local community, an effective communication network has been formed to pass messages between members and the Police.

The Police inform the Neighbourhood Wardens of any issues that may involve them.

We encourage members of the scheme to contact the Police if they witness any crimes in progress, anti-social behaviour or suspicious activity.

It creates a safe and enjoyable environment to enable the community to use the park to its fullest potential.


In partnership with Northamptonshire Police, Northampton County Council and Neighbourhood Watch:

  • To reduce the opportunity to commit crimes.
  • To reduce the fear of crime.
  • To provide a communication network incorporating the Police.
  • To enhance the community.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING THE SCHEME or would like to be involved, please contact Pat Knight on 07854430247 or by email:

Other Useful Ryfield Contact Numbers

Dog Wardens/Litter 01604 838000

Neighbourhood Wardens

Pat Knight 07854430247

Iain Osbourne 07934464503

Graffiti Removal 01604 838281

Street Doctor (to report lighting faults, potholes etc) 08456 011113

ELVIS (to report abandoned vehicles) 08456 121999

If you witness a crime in progress or in an emergency 999

To report an incident that has already happened or to pass on information 101

PARKWATCH Members Hotline 01604 432436

Police Neighbourhood Policing Team 101 ext 778004

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.


Sulgrave Volunteers Wanted

Sulgrave Manor is just 6 ½ miles from Woodford Halse. They are looking for enthusiastic people to join their team of friendly volunteers. Sulgrave is steeped in history and they need House Volunteers to bring that heritage to life for the visitors during opening season (Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 1st April- 30th September).

They would love for volunteers to offer one day a week or fortnight for the opening season. They are also looking for Garden Volunteers to assist the Head Gardner in developing and maintaining their eclectic grounds. They are looking for a team of volunteers on every day of the week Monday- Friday.

Both roles are suitable for anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in history and gardens, no experience necessary, all training given. Volunteers are welcome to volunteer in groups or pairs and roles. Sulgrave is flexible, so you can fit volunteering around your commitments. If you are interested in finding our more, see this poster  or please contact Sally on or 01295760205.

Sulgrave Manor is a Tudor and Georgian house built by direct ancestors of George Washington, the first President of the United States. You can find out more about it here: Sulgrave Manor

Village Spring Clean

After all the winter storms and before spring really kicks in, it’s time for the annual Village Spring Clean.

If you have any time free between 10am and 2pm on Saturday March 17th please come along and help make a difference to the village.

Rubbish from the 2017 Clean Up!

Bags, gloves and litter pickers will be available at the football club clubhouse and plenty of refreshments available at the Clubhouse.

A little help does make a lot of difference to the village. All rubbish will be picked up and taken away from the football club car park collection point.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Iain Osborne on 07934464053.

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.

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 Volunteers

Pat Darby has taken the lead role on the Parish Council for exploring the possibilities of a Community Library.

She now has an email address specifically for issues relating to this project:

Woodford’s Brownies

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

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

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

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.

Ivy Volunteers

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

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

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

You can reach Paul on : 07872 860540 or

Update on the Woods

Here’s an update from last week’s Woods Committee. We’ll publish the full minutes after they are approved at the next meeting (24th May) but we thought you would want to know about a few things before then.
Change of Leadership: Paul Blackwell has taken over as Chairman of the Committee. Bob Snedker will continue as a member and act as Vice-Chair.

Work on The Trees: In the Woodland Evaluation report we identified that some trees may need felling. We are in the process of getting competitive quotes for the work that needs to be done.
Cinder Path Maintenance: M V Kelly have offered to provide us with road planings from the work being done on the Byfield Road. We intend to use this for resurfacing work on the Cinder Path and the verge on the corner of Byfield Road and Phipps Road. We also want to improve the drainage at the southern end of the path by digging a drain. The Committee is asking the Parish Council for approval for some of the costs but we also hope that, once we know dates for the work, volunteers will assist us. (Contact us on

Regatta: We’ll have a stand at the Regatta on June 30th. Come along and talk to us and have a go on our tombola.”

Funding Fair

Here are some more details on the Funding Fair at Towceseter Rasecourse on 6th June.

A chance for community groups to meet with funders.

Find out how you could get grants for your project or group.

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Here’s a link to our original post

Funding Fair

Finding Funding For Community Projects

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

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

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



Good Job!

A terrific result from the Village Clean Up.

Thanks to all that took part in the Village Clean Up.

And thanks to Kay Fennel for these pictures of the pile of rubish collected.

School FSA Appeal

Woodford School FSA is appealing for support……

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

Dear parents and carers

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

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

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

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

What do we need:

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

What would be required:

* Committee members:

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

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

o Bring fresh ideas and help invigorate the team

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

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

* Helpers:

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

o Help with cakes etc for events

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

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

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


Beavers Help The Homeless

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

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

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

You can contact them through their Facebook page Woodford Halse Scout Group or email them

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

Speed Watch

Your Community Speedwatch

Due to concerns raised over speeding vehicles in the village the Parish Council has agreed to join opens in a new windowCommunity Speedwatch.

The scheme needs the support of adult volunteers from the village who will be properly trained in the use of a calibrated speed detection device the same as the Police use. We cannot, and do not want to, fine speeding drivers but they will get a warning letter from the Police and if they re offend the Police will visit them personally.

The scheme is designed to educate drivers and make them aware of speeding and its dangers in our community. Evidence collected can be used by the Parish Council in discussions with the County Council over possible traffic calming measures.

We need 12 adult volunteers who will be trained early summer 2017. If you are interested please contact Pat Knight with your details and he will send you a form and further details.

Introducing Speedwatch cannot be achieved without your help. It must be worth it to make our roads in our community safer. Thanks.

WOW is appealing….

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

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

We do need more though…….

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

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

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

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




Funding Fair Update

Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse: 10th May

DDC LogoHere’s some more details on the Funding Fair mentioned in our earlier post.

Here are opens in a new windowdetails of the presentations to be given and a opens in a new windowschedule of presentations.

If you are a member of a voluntary and community group which is seeking funding why not come along to Towcester Racecourse on Tuesday 10th May 2016 from 10am to 3pm. There will be representatives from national and local organisations offering information on grant programmes.

There will be presentations, hosted by both national and local exhibitors, with two focusing on tips for writing good funding applications. Whilst presentation booking can be made on the day the partners recommend pre-booking as places are limited. Please review the details above and email South Northants Volunteer Bureau  to book your place at as many presentations as you wish.  Email to book your place(s).

Find out more in this poster: opens in a new windowFunding Fair



Money For Local Groups

Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse: 1oth May

DDC LogoDaventry Vounteer Centre, Daventry District Council, South Northants District Council and the South Northants Volunteer Bureau are joining forces and hosting a funding fair for local groups.

Come along between 10:00am and 3:00pm and find out about funding for your local community project or group with…

  • a case study of how one group raised £200,000.
  • accessing Community Grant and Community Infrastructure Levy funding
  • tips on writing grant applications.
  • stalls from funding providers.

And much more.

Find out more in this poster: opens in a new windowFunding Fair



Minibus for Local Groups

South Northants Volunteer Bureau Transport

snvb logoThe South Northants Volunteer Bureau supports voluntary work across our area.

Among their services is a mini-bus hire service for local groups. The 16 seater vehicle is available with a driver for hire by not-for-profit community groups, charities, and schools.

NEW Village_Networks_Minibus_Hhire_2015_A4_poster oct2015 copyThere are more details on this poster or you can visit the opens in a new windowSNVB web site page  covering the service for more information such as including hire rates and terms and conditions.

Speed Watch


Our PCSO, Carl Barton, is trying to get a Community Speed Watch scheme launched in Woodford Halse.

Motorist who speed through residentialP1010807_edited-1 neighbourhoods are often unaware of the impact drivers exceeding the speed limit are often local to the village or surrounding area.

Community Speed Watch is a partnership initiative, using the combined efforts of local residents, parish councils, Northamptonshire Casualty Reduction Partnership and Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). By working together, Community Speed Watch enables local people to become actively involved in helping to slow down traffic in 30mph zones within their community.

In order to start Community Speed Watch, Woodford Halse needs 20% of the electoral population or 500 people, whichever is the smallest number, need to sign up in support of the project to go ahead.215828439

A minimum of 10 volunteers willing to be trained to monitor traffic in the village need to be identified, with one person nominated as the co-ordinator.

Pat Knight from the Parish Council is the co-ordinator for the village and we have already taken over 100 signatures.

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December, Carl will be outside the Co-op in Woodford Haslse between the hours of 11am and 1pm both days to raise the remaining signatures needed to introduce Community Speed Watch to the village.

Carl hopes to see you this weekend with your support.


Village Networks in Woodford

Advice That Comes To You

VillageNetworkslogo-web_001Village Networks is a service from the South Northants Volunteer Bureau to bring advice on health and well being, welfare benefits, money and debt, and heating bills to the villages of Northamptonshire.

Their advice van is coming to Woodford on 23rd September and 21st October. You can see them outside the Co-op between 12:45 and 14:00 or on Scrivens at the Primary School between 14:00 and 16:00 on those dates. Other dates are also available at Culworth, Eydon and Byfield (see their web site for details)

Play & Learn for Under 5’s

Sessions Start September 25th

Lisa Morris, the Programme Co-ordinator – Libraries  & Children’s Centre Services is currently putting together a new activity for families living in and around Woodford Halse.

opens in a new windowplayandlearnTo add to the universal children’s centre services and activities currently being delivered by James Allnatt and his team at the Woodford Halse Library, Northamptonshire Libraries are starting a new Play and Learn session for Under 5’s to be held at the Woodford Halse Children’s Centre, Scrivens Hill every Friday between 9.30am and 11.30am.

This session is due to start on the 25th September.

opens in a new windowThis poster tells you what you need to know.

Lisa is also keen to hear from volunteers that might like to support this activity. If you would like to help, opens in a new windowhave a look at this or you can go to opens in a new window

DDC Remuneration Panel

ddc logoDaventry District Council has an independent panel that considers councillors’ responsibilities and makes recommendations on the allowances that they should be paid. DDC is looking to recruit two additional people to join the panel. 

The role involves one or two meetings a year and members receive a small payment plus travel expenses.

Applications, providing details of why you think you would be suitable for the role, are needed before 31st August.

More information is available in the attached poster….Notice of Recruitment August 2015

Roll Up For Mystery Tour

Would you like to be a voluntary mystery shopper ??

policeNorthamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commission is looking for volunteers to take part in two ‘mystery shopper’ schemes in the county.

The Best Bar None mystery shopper scheme is designed to help find the best town centre pub, rural pub and late night venue in Northamptonshire.

Volunteers need to be interested in the levels of safety and customer care offered by local pubs, clubs or bars, be impartial, aged 18 or over, have a good eye for detail, and able to spare an hour or more a fortnight and live in Northamptonshire.

The deadline to apply is Friday 12 June.

Secondly, volunteers are also needed to act as mystery shoppers to help improve services for victims across the county.

They must be interested in the quality of services offered to victims and witnesses, be able to follow an improvised script, aged 18 or over, be impartial, have an hour or more a month to spare and live in Northamptonshire.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 17 June.

For more information on either scheme email:
or alternatively visit:!/GetInvolved/13731

Every Flower Counts

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

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

This needs the public’s help.

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

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

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


Library News

Craft, Rhymes, IT & More!

imagesAs well as the Local History sessions on Sunday afternoons ( opens in a new windowsee here), we thought you’d like to know about these events and activities taking place at the Library…..

Free Tablet and Laptop Help sessions are currently underway at the Library every Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30. If you need help with your tech BOOK NOW to see our resident IT buddy and learn how to get the best out of your laptop, tablet or other device!

Beside these new sessions our weekly activities are going strong:

  • Come and join us for ‘RhymeTime’ at Woodford Halse Library 11:30am – 12:00 every Saturday for under 5s! This is a nursery rhyme active sing-a-long run by our fantastic Rhyme time Leader. Grans and Grandads, Mums and Dads bring your children and stay to sing-along.
  • Knitting Club every Saturday 10:30-11:30am for 7-11 year olds
  • Free children’s craft activity every Sunday. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Family Craft Activities In the Library for children and adults to come and enjoy! Running every Wednesday, activities so far have included: a fantastic cake making and decorating session (come have a taste and bring a topping as we run another on Wednesday the 4th of Feb), pumpkin lantern craft, beautiful dream weavers and Paper Firework decorations. With activities running every Wednesday afternoon from 4, pop on down and join the festivities!

Work on the garden is progressing wonderfully, thanks to the kind and brilliant work of Abbi Bayliss and the team. The Library would like to say a big thank you this month to Alpha-Cure for donating our wonderful Library Christmas tree, which has been appreciated by all, and to Kevin Bunting for offering to help the Library with getting some soil for our garden. We are really grateful for your continued support.

Interested in Volunteering? Come and pop in to Woodford Halse Library and have a look at our many volunteer roles! We currently have volunteers helping children read, create a beautiful library garden, help with leading RhymeTime sessions and lots of other roles. If you think you might be interested please pop into the library for an informal discussion.

Last but not least, the Library space is now available to hire for community events at very competitive rates during closing time. A cosy and intimate space ideal for small to medium-sized groups, hiring options start at an hour at a time. For further information call into the Library or see the Library Room Hire page at



Police Seek Advisors

Have Your Voice Heard

policeAre you…

  • Living or working in Daventry or South Northamptonshire?
  • Actively involved in your community?
  • Interested in what the police are doing in Daventry and South Northamptonshire?
  • Able to offer advice to the police and the Police and Crime Commissioner about issues affecting the community you represent or work in?

….Then we want to hear from you.

You can become an Independent Advisory Group member for Daventry and South Northamptonshire.

You will be reimbursed £15 per meeting.

Please find details about how to apply here opens in a new window!/Volunteer/24184

Want To Be A Special?

New Dates Available

police specialsNorthamptonshire Police has released details of the first of this year’s upcoming Application and Competency Awareness Evenings and those interested in becoming a special constable are urged to book a place to avoid disappointment.

The events provide advice and guidance about the application and recruitment process and are being held across the county at the locations below.

Places can be booked at and the team can be emailed at with any questions.

Dates (Rushden and Corby dates omitted) are as follows:

  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 8 January, 6.30-9.30pm
  • Daventry, Council Chamber, Lodge Road, NN11 4FP on 15 January, 6.30-9.30pm
  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 24 January, 4.00-7.00pm
  • Brackley, Brackley Town Council, Town Hall, NN13 7AB on 4 February, 6.30-9.30pm
  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 9 February, 6.30-9.30pm
  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 28 February, 4.00-7.00pm
  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 14 March, 4.00-7.00pm
  • Northampton, Force HQ, Wootton Hall, NN4 0JQ on 26 March, 6.30-9.30pm


Thanks to Joan Bodily

Fundraising for the Katharine House Hospice.

At the end of this year’s successful sale in the Memorial Hall, in aid of the Katharine House Hospice, Joan Bodily announced that this is her last year at organising this annual event.

khh logoOver the last 11 years, with her band of helpers, over £30,000 has been raised in Woodford for the Hospice.

We are happy to say a grateful thanks to Joan for all her hard work and most praiseworthy efforts in support of the Hospice over many years.

Congrats to Aimee & WHYC

Winners of 2014 NAYC Positive Participation Award

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

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

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

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

Could You Be A Special?

Northants Constabulary Are Looking For Special Constables

Are you interested in becoming a Special Constable? Then have a chat with our recruitment team…

specials-homeWould you like something new and exciting in your life? Have you got a minimum of just four hours a week to spare?

If the answer is yes and you’re out and about this week, why not chat with recruitment officers at one of the following events?

Specials come from all walks of life and there are many benefits to joining up such as learning new skills, making a real difference to people’s lives, meeting new people, increasing confidence and doing something new and exciting like assisting at large events.

Recruitment Events 

Thursday 23 October, 10am to 12.30pm at ASDA, Cunliffe Drive, Northfield Avenue, Kettering, NN16 9HU

Friday 24 October, 11am to 1.30pm at Tesco, Carina Road, Kettering, NN15 6XB

Friday 24 October, 1pm to 2pm at the village green in Everdon, Daventry, NN11 3BL

Friday 24 October, 2.15pm to 3.15pm outside the Fox & Hounds Public House, Banbury Road, Charwelton, Daventry, NN11 3YY

Friday 24 October, 3.30pm to 4.30pm at Byfield Village Hall, The Green, Daventry, NN11 6UT

Saturday 25 October, 9am to 2pm at the Farmers Market, Market Square, Higham Ferrers, NN10 8BP

Saturday 25 October, 10.30am to 2.30pm at Tamar Square, Grange Estate, Daventry, NN11 4RB

Anyone that can’t make either of these dates can find out more at!/SpecialConstabulary or email any questions to the team at

Keyboard Player Wanted

Have you ever thought of playing a church organ!

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

Please ring 01327 261112 for further details


ACRE’s Village Viewpoint

Latest Issue On-Line Here

viewpoint summer 2014Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) brings together issues of concern to villages and communities like ours.

Village Viewpoint provides a round-up of the various projects that ACRE is involved in, including opportunities for local project funding.

The latest edition (available here to download: Village Viewpoint Summer 2014 or read the opens in a new windowon-line flip-book version) includes:-

  • ACRE news on the help available to rural communities around Northants
  • The 2014 Best Kept Village Competition
  • Forest Schools
  • The Rural Communities Buildings Loan Fund
  • Updates on Speedwatch, the Community Web Site programme and much. much more.

Entrepreneurs Wanted

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Project Funding

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

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

Why not visit Funding Central and see what the site has to offer; including a database of thousands of funding opportunites and a wide range of support and advice.

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

Here are just some of the issues they have covered…

How to Get The Best From Funding

To make sure you are getting the most out of Funding Central read their checklist.

New & Updated Funds

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

Max. Value: Discretionary

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

Reminders of Approaching Deadlines

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

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

Urgent Deadlines

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

Deadline: 30 Jun 2014

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

Upcoming Deadlines

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

Deadline: 04 Jul 2014

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

Northampton Borough Council Small Grants Fund

Max. Value: £ 2,000

Deadline: 04 Jul 2014

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

Comic Relief – Nottinghamshire

Max. Value: £ 10,000

Deadline: 10 Jul 2014

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

Advanced Notification of Future deadlines

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

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

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


Tesco Bag Levy Partnership in Scotland and Wales

Max. Value: Discretionary

Deadline: 11 Jul 2014

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

Ford Britain Trust

Max. Value: £ 3,000

Deadline: 18 Jul 2014

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


SITA Trust Enhancing Communities Programme – Core Fund

Max. Value: £ 60,000

Deadline: 21 Jul 2014

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

Max. Value: £ 500

Deadline: 31 Jul 2014

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

Funding news

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

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

18 Jun 2014: Successful Community Arts Projects Announced

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

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

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

For more news go to


Upcoming Funding Events

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

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

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

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

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

Gain immediate access to our online training course in which you will learn tools, techniques and strategies for writing a business plan for funding
You will be able to access a preview of the course course video available for you within two business days after payment is cleared and you can attend our next live webinar to learn more from the tutor

Looking for Partner Organisations to Collaborate With?

Funding Central’s Partner Zone enables you to search hundreds of potential partners – by location, focus of activity or with a particular area of experience or expertise. The Partner Zone enables you to search partners and others to contact you to discuss how collaboration could help you deliver complimentary or enhanced services, or jointly apply or bid for funding opportunities.

Book-keeper Wanted For WHYC

Volunteer Opportunity

whyc logoWoodford Halse Youth Club needs a volunteer to organise the financial accounts. They are looking for someone to work closely with the leadership team to organise and log the income and expenditure, receive grants, count petty cash and float and generally keep on top of things.

This would suit someone with experience in similar finance and the individual must be willing to provide a reference. WHYC expect it would take an hour or less a week.

Please let WHYC know if you think you could help! E-mail the club here ( if you would like to discuss it.

ACRE’s Village Viewpoint

Latest Issue On-Line Here

villageviewpointNorthamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) brings together issues of concern to villages and communities like ours.

Village Viewpoint provides a round-up of the various projects that ACRE is involved in, including opportunities for local project funding.

The latest edition (available here: Village Viewpoint Spring 2014) includes:-

  • ACRE news including the Best Village Competition (Would you like to volunteer as a judge?)
  • Current project updates including Speedwatch, village halls and broadband checklist.
  • Details of the next Community Website workshop evening
  • An evaluation of the LEADER programme (a North Northants initiative to develop rural economies), 2008—2013
  • Find out how to set up a community shop or pub
  • Register for the Countywide Forum Conference
  • What’s happening around the county
  • Latest funding news including the People’s Millions and Daventry Funding Fair

Fund Your Group

Daventry Hosts Funding Fair For Local Voluntary & Community Groups

If you’re looking for Grant Funding for your Community Project or thinking of developing a new project for the community or know an organisation who is, then this funding fair is a great place to start. Find out more below and in this poster.

There will be three short presentations

The Big Lottery Regional Manager – will be talking about Awards for All, which is a Grant Programme open all year round.

Northants Community Foundation Manager – Will be giving advice on completing successful grant applications.

ACRE Rural Officer – Who will be talking about free IT training and website designing for community as well as local rural community grants.

There will also be an opportunity to talk in person to discuss grants with representatives from The Big Lottery, Daventry & District Housing Community Development Community Chest Grants, Daventry & District Council Grants Officer, Daventry Town Council and Cummings Community Development Officer and others.

You will also have a chance to get some expert advise and conduct free searches online for specific national or local funding for your group and will receive a list of many grants that are available, such as Talk2us, Children in Need, Sport England, McDonalds, Greggs, B&Q and many more ……DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY


Help Make The Grand Prix!

Silverstone Wants Race-Maker Volunteers

We all saw the fantastic job that the Games Makers did for the London Olympics.

Race MakersNow Silverstone is looking for Race Makers to help at this year’s Formula 1 and Moto GP events. Race Makers help with tasks like welcoming members of the public to the venue, ticket checking, giving directions, dealing with customer queries, Grandstand Stewarding, Hospitality Hosts and customer transportation around the site

opens in a new windowEnglish: Renault F1 racing car at Silverstone


If you’d be interested in volunteering for this, you can find our more on the Race Maker’s page opens in a new windowat the Silverstone Web Site.




Emergency Planning Appeal

Get involved in Emergency Planning

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

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

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

To do this, Northampton County Council needs your help.

emergency team


 What could you do to help?


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

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

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

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


Police Cadet Scheme

Chance for young people to become police cadets

Northamptonshire Police Community Connect have let us know that three open evenings are being held for young people to find out more about becoming a police cadet.

The open evenings will be held in Wellingborough, Daventry and Towcester with staff on hand to offer information about the schemes.

Police cadets meet one night a week to learn about the police service and develop practical skills. The new cadets will also work with local police and become part of their local safer community team, helping out at events and offering crime prevention advice.

LiCadetszzi Betts, cadets and volunteers team leader, said: “This is an exciting time for the cadets’ scheme as we expand in to new towns. We hope as many young people as possible are able to come along to the open evenings to find out more.”

She added: “The cadet scheme is an excellent way for young people to gain experience of policing, develop personal skills, build their confidence, make new friends, understand social responsibility and make a difference in the community.”

Details of the events are:

Tuesday 21 January, 7pm, Wellingborough Police Station, Midland Road, Wellingborough.

Thursday 23 January, 6pm, Daventry Police Station, New Street, Daventry.

Friday 24 January, 6pm, Towcester Leisure Centre, Springfields, Towcester.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 31 January 2014. Thirty places will be available on each scheme and applicants must be aged 16 when the scheme starts in Daventry and Towcester in May 2014. The Wellingborough scheme is also open to 15-year-olds as well as 16-year-olds.

For more information about the cadets visit or email



Volunteer Northants Police

Watch Liaison Officer

Northamptonshire Police (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you have a few hours a week to spare? Would you like to work with the police to help support Street Watch and other ‘Watch’ schemes and share crime and policing information with local communities?

If so, Northants Police would like to invite you to an information evening about a new volunteering opportunity with Northamptonshire Police, which involves the Community Connect messaging service that provides messages for this web site (amongst many).

Volunteer Watch Liaison Officers will help Northamptonshire Police and the Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner establish and maintain a range of ‘Watch’ schemes, using the Community Connect messaging system and other methods to send local information to local people.

Volunteers in this role will work closely with local police and watch schemes to provide regular information to scheme members and the community about what is happening in their neighbourhood. They will be based at their local police station and would need to be able to volunteer three to four hours of their time each week.

You can find more information about the volunteer role here.

If you are interested in joining a growing team of volunteers and would like to find out more about the Watch Liaison Officer role, please come along to the information evening on Wednesday, 15 January.

The event will be held at Police Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

If you would like to attend, please contact Maggie Turner by email at or by telephoning 101, extension 345919.

Hip-Hooray for Come & Play

Success at Daventry’s Star Awards

Well done to Hannah Barker, Joanna Collins, Laura Disley, Emma O’Hanlon, Stephanie Hulme, Iain Osbourne and everyone involved in the Come & Play project.

Their work in creating the play area and campaigning for re-opening the school’s swimming pool has been recognised with the Best Community Project Award at this year’s Star Awards, run by Daventry District Housing.

A tremendous and well deserved achievement.

You can keep in touch with Come & Play by “liking” their Facebook page here:-

Come & Play on Facebook

2014 Carers Awards

Do You Know A Carer Who Deserves Recognition?

Many people choose not to describe themselves as a carer – it’s just something they do for someone they care about. This Jane Roebuck Carers Awards 2014 is your opportunity to do something for them.

The Northamptonshire Carers Awards were named in honour of Jane Roebuck who spent many years fighting for the rights of carers and supporting carers in Northamptonshire. The awards recognise and celebrate the great work of carers of all ages from around the county.

If you know someone who devotes their time to looking after someone else and think they deserve recognition for the hard work and support they provide, or you are a carer who has received support from your GP or school to help you with you caring responsibilities, then why not make a nomination for this year’s awards?

The 2014 Northamptonshire Carers Awards will take place on Wednesday 29th January at Rushton Hall and will feature the following award categories:

  • Carer of the Year 2013 (18+)
  • Young Carer of the Year 2013 (Under 18)
  • Best GP Practice supporting Carers
  • Best School supporting Carers
  • Best School Staff Individual supporting Young Carers

For further information about the awards and to make a nomination, you can find more details and nomination forms at:- opens in a new window  

Nominations are welcome until 3rd January 2014

Police Advisors Wanted

Independent volunteers sought to advise police


Volunteers are being sought in Daventry and South Northamptonshire to join an Independent Advisory Group to help the police understand the role and impact it has within diverse communities.

Independent advisory groups are made up of community representatives who act as a ‘critical friend’ to appraise policies, practices and procedures by the police and the Police and Crime Commissioner. The groups provide an ideal forum to gain valuable insight from different sections of the community.

The Daventry and South Northamptonshire group is seeking new members who:

  • are actively involved in their community
  • are interested in what the police are doing in their community
  • are able to offer advice to the police and the Police and Crime Commissioner about diversity and equality issues and issues affecting the community they are representing or working in
  • live or work in Northamptonshire

An administrator is also required for the group to coordinate bi-monthly meetings, paperwork, and to take minutes of the meetings.

The roles are voluntary but expenses will be reimbursed.

Information on how to apply is available online at:

The deadline for applications is Monday, 16 December.

Station Court On-Line

Initiative Helps Residents Deal With The Internet

Station Court provides retirement and sheltered housing in Woodford Halse. With 24 studio and one bedroom flats including mobility standard properties, it has residential management staff and a community alarm service together with a whole range of facilities to support residents including a lounge, laundry, and communal garden. Station Court is operated by Daventry District Housing.