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Update on The Local Offer

Help For Children & Young People in Northamptonshire

local offer

A year ago we posted details of the Northants Local Offer, a service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are aged 0-25 years, living in Northants.

The Local Offer is a website to find the information about services and provision for children and young people with a special educational need or a disability and is described in the Children and Families Act (2014). All Local Authorities are obliged to provide a Local Offer by this legislation.

Some of the information families can find on the Local Offer include: schools (maintained and academies) and how they support students with a special educational need or disability, special schools/ provisions, specialist health services (Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy etc), social care services, specialist youth clubs and activities, parent support groups, training and more.

You can find information about these services can be found in opens in a new window this leaflet and on opens in a new windowthis poster.

Or you can find out more at their website….  www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/localoffer

Or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest: @LOnorthants



Could You Adopt?


An adoptive parent has talked about the joy of becoming a mother as Northamptonshire County Council launches an appeal to find more adopters. Jane says adopting her two children is the best thing she’s ever done. She said: “The joys far outweigh the challenges of being a parent. I can’t even remember was life was like before I had my two boys.”

Jane adopted the brothers two years ago as a single parent through Northamptonshire County Council. She said: “I had been thinking about adopting since I was in my early 20s. For me, it was never about what I could get from being a mum, it was about what I had to offer.

“I assumed that being a single person would be an issue but I was pleased that the county council was really supportive and really positive about what I could bring.

“There have been challenges along the way, but becoming a family has been a wonderful experience and I have no regrets. I cannot explain the difference becoming a mother has made to my life.”

Northamptonshire County Council has approved 57 adopters since last April and placed 73 children for adoption. The time it takes for a new adopter to be approved is now just six months on average.


There is currently a need to find adoptive parents for children aged two and upwards, sibling groups, different ethnic groups and children with complex health needs.
Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for families and learning, said: “Adopting a child is not a decision to be taken lightly, but our adopters tell us it is the most rewarding thing they have ever done.

“With an increasing number of looked after children in Northamptonshire, we are constantly looking for people to come forward and offer a stable, loving home to a child or young person. As Jane’s story shows, you don’t have to be married and there is no upper age limit.

“I would encourage anyone who is thinking about adoption to contact our team to find out more.”

The council is also looking to find new carers for its fostering for adoption programme, where a child is placed with adopters who are temporarily approved as the child’s foster carers whilst the court process is still going on.

More information about adoption including details of information events can be found at opens in a new windowwww.couldyouadoptme.co.uk Here you can find out more about the process, read stories from our adopters and make an enquiry online.

Trading Standards News

Dodgy DVD’s, Clocked Cars, Bad Builders, & Rabid Rovers.

Here’s the latest report from Northampton’s Trading Standards Service.

bwc-new-152As well as news of successes against a number of bent businesses (which gives plenty of food for thought on things to watch out for!) there is advice on your rights as a consumer following changes in the law in October and suggestions on how to find reliable traders.

A worthwhile read!

opens in a new windowTrading Standards News Number 9


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 windowhttp://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/getinvolved.

Worried About Flooding?

Northants CC Launches New Flood Online Toolkit

Northamptonshire County Council has been developing a new online toolkit to assist communities, individuals, land owners and businesses with improving county-wide flood resilience.

The Northamptonshire County Council Flood Toolkit is now officially live and can be accessed through the following web address – opens in a new windowwww.floodtoolkit.com.

The Flood Toolkit allows you to: –

  • Find out if they are at risk of flooding using the interactive Flood Risk Map.
  • Discover who is responsible for flooding outside their home or on the roads and how to contact them.
  • Learn how to protect their property from flood water through engaging images.
  • Locate funding sources for flood related projects using the Funding Mechanism Tool.
  • See how much rain has fallen in their local area through the Rain Gauge Widget.
  • Educate children through the Flood Aware Schools Pack.

You can utilise this free resource and share this with your neighbours.

The NCC Flood and Water Management Team hope that you find the Flood Toolkit useful, engaging and enjoyable!

Northamptonshire County Council, Flood and Water Management Team, Room 271, County Hall, NN1 1DN

Email: floodandwater@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Webpage: opens in a new windowwww.floodtoolkit.com

Northant’s Local Offer

Help For Children & Young People in Northamptonshire

local offerLocal Offer is a service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are aged 0-25 years, living in Northants. Local Offer provides a signpost to services and facilities which are available across the county, providing information to the young people, their parents and families and to professionals who support them.

Find out more in opens in a new windowthis poster

or visit their web site : opens in a new windowwww.northamptonshire.gov.uk/localoffer


Broadband Update

792__300x300_bt_fttc_fttp_fibre_broadband_cabinet_ukAs many of you will be aware, fibre-based superfast broadband services are now available in parts (most?) of the Parish.

If you want to be informed of Northamptonshire’s continuing plans for broadband you can find out more in their opens in a new windowNewsletter which is available here, or you can learn more at the opens in a new windowSuperfast Northamptonshire web site.

They have links to a number of useful services including the comparison sites opens in a new windowChoose.net and opens in a new windowBroadband Genie which let you compare different offers for your post code.

Classical Music Fans?

Northampton’s Very Own Symphony Orchestra

NSO Royal&Derngate

Did you know that Northampton has its very own symphony orchestra – an amateur orchestra that produces professional performances? Members of the orchestra are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and the orchestra performs in a number of venues in and around Northampton.

Cover of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Last night in St Mathew’s Church, Northampton, the 75 strong orchestra performed pieces by Mozart, Schumann and Bruckner.

The orchestra performs regularly – their next concert is on Saturday 18th April and will features Dvorak, Richard Strauss and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony Number 1 in D Minor.

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

February Crime Report

Update from our PCSO, Carl Barton

February’s Reported Crimes

Crimes reported this month were 2 as opposed to 5 last month.

Following on from the crime spike in December and January due to garage and shed breaks-ins, offenders were arrested. One appeared in court and was given a two year conditional discharge.

1st Feb Attempted garage break-in, Ashe Way.
28th Feb Reported criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield road.

Carl Barton our PCSO will be holding monthly surgeries in the Library.

You can contact Carl as follows: 

Carl Barton | PCSO 7005 |

Daventry Rural Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police
Telephone: 101  | mobex 778004 | Mobile  07557778004
Email:  SCTDaventryRural@northants.police.uk
Address:  Daventry Police Station, New Street, Daventry   NN11 4BS

CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime



Latest Police News

An Update from Northants Police

This month’s news covers….

  • Sobriety bracelets pilot
  • A Warning on Sharing Bank Details
  • Trying To Return Stolen Bikes
  • Faith & Community Led Crime Reduction
  • Business Security
  • Drugs Awareness Day
  • Trading Standards News

Sobriety bracelets conference at the University of Northampton – Representatives from police forces and criminal justice partners from across the country joined members of Northamptonshire Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Institute for Public Safety Crime and Justice last week to discuss the recent pilot of sobriety bracelets. opens in a new windowRead more

Don’t share bank details – People are being reminded not to share their bank details with anyone over the phone, following a spate of suspicious calls. Five reports were received in one afternoon where members of the public had been called by someone purporting to be a police officer. opens in a new windowRead more

Police trying to trace owners of stolen bikes – Police are trying to find the owners of two mini quad bikes, an off-road motorbike and a bicycle in a bid to unite them with their property after they were recovered by police following search warrants in Northampton and are believed to be stolen. opens in a new windowRead more

Commissioner promotes faith and community led crime reduction – The Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI), the first office of its kind in the country, has unveiled ground breaking work, undertaken over the past year, to engage and involve the faith and community sector in crime reduction. opens in a new windowRead more

How secure is your business? – Northamptonshire Police will host a business security conference at its headquarters on Tuesday, 24 February The event is the first of its kind and is aimed at giving local businesses the guidance they need to enable them to protect their business from cyber attack, which can be devastating. opens in a new windowRead more

Pupils speak to Jimbo at drugs awareness day – A former cannabis and cocaine user who almost died following a drugs binge has visited a Daventry school to speak to pupils about a night out which left in intensive care and with a permanent brain injury. opens in a new windowRead more

Latest Trading Standards News – The latest Trading Standards Newsletter has details of safety concerns, consumer rights and recent prosecutions for trading offences. opens in a new windowRead more

January Crime Report

Update from our PCSO, Carl Barton

January’s Reported Crimes

Crimes reported this month were 5 as opposed to 9 last month.

Woodford is still suffering from garage breaks and residents are advised to keep their garages/sheds locked at all times and to regularly check them.


3rd Jan Shed break. Anscomb Way.
23rd Jan Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield road.
26th Jan Criminal damage to vehicle. Oak Drive.
29th Jan Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield Road.
29th Jan Garage break. Scrivens Hill.

You can contact Carl as follows: 

Carl Barton | PCSO 7005 |

Daventry Rural Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police
Telephone: 101  | mobex 778004 | Mobile  07557778004
Email:  SCTDaventryRural@northants.police.uk
Address:  Daventry Police Station, New Street, Daventry   NN11 4BS

CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime



December Crime Report

Update from our PCSO, Carl Barton

December’s Reported Crimes

Unfournately there were ten reported crimes for the month of December. Most of which were garage and shed breaks.


1st December Theft of pedal cycle, Sidney Road.
5th December Shed break, Station Road.
9th/10th December Burglary garage block, Church Street.
18th December Attempted burglary garage block, Church Street.
20th December Shed break, Phipps Road.
20th December Garage break, Hinton Road.
24th December Attempted burglary, Anscome Way.
23rd December Theft from motor vehicle, Fardon Road.
24th December Garage break, Scrivens Hill.

You can contact Carl as follows: 

Carl Barton | PCSO 7005 |

Daventry Rural Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police
Telephone: 101  | mobex 778004 | Mobile  07557778004
Email:  SCTDaventryRural@northants.police.uk
Address:  Daventry Police Station, New Street, Daventry   NN11 4BS

CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime



Pharmaceutical Consultation

Are Northants Pharmacies Meeting Your Needs?

Northamptonshires Pharmaceutical Service is carrying out a Needs Assessment to make sure it meets the needs of people across the county.

pharmaIf you have views on the way that the pharmaceutical service operates and the ways in which its services could be developed you can contribute to the discussion.

Download the draft needs assessment and draft executive summary.

Then you can complete the survey here:-  opens in a new windowNeeds Assessment Consultation Survey before 9th February 2015.

For more details see the Northants County Council Consultation page


Parking – Latest

An Update From Parish Council Meeting 09/12/2014

Gary Denby has provided an update on the discussions on parking at the recent Parish Council meeting……

“Parking in the old part of the village was a main point of concern raised in the Village Plan survey carried out in October 2014. On 9th December the Parish Council received petitions against yellow lines from local shop keepers and other parties, along with eleven suggestions to alleviate the long standing parking issues.”

“Our Northamptonshire County Councillor, Robin Brown, was in attendance and agreed to carry these views back to Northamptonshire Highways. He considered these proposals as a waste of County Council funds, (particularly when faced with needing to save £66 million next year) – proceeding to consultation without prior reference to community leaders (Parish Council). From his experience, this is being repeated in many villages in similar situations. Thus he will be seeking an explanation from the Head of Northamptonshire Highways, as to why and how this waste of effort can be triggered by a single letter of complaint.”

“Our Parish Clerk was also instructed to email a letter of objection to any additional yellow lines to Northamptonshire Highways.”






Latest Police News

Update from our PCSO, Carl Barton

November’s Reported Crimes


4th November Garden shed broken into on Adams Road.
7th November Theft of a boiler in Laburnum Close
12th November Criminal damage to a vehicle on Station Road.
18th November Theft from a vehicle on Phipps Road.
21st November Shoplifting at the Co-Op. Offender dealt with.
30th November Garage broken into on Church Street.

You can contact Carl as follows: 

Carl Barton | PCSO 7005 |

Daventry Rural Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police
Telephone: 101  | mobex 778004 | Mobile  07557778004
Email:  SCTDaventryRural@northants.police.uk
Address:  Daventry Police Station, New Street, Daventry   NN11 4BS

CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

Call anonymously with information about crime



Latest Police News

Update from our PCSO, Carl Barton

September’s Reported Crimes


1st September Criminal damage to vehicle. Adams Road.
16th September Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield Road.
17th September Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield Road.
18th September Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield Road.
18th September Burglary dwelling. Suspect arrested.
21st September Criminal damage to vehicle. Byfield Road.
22nd September Criminal damage to vehicle. Elem Drive.

There have been seven reported crimes  for September. Four reported criminal damage to vehicle’s in Byfield Road relate to the same victim.

Carl is trying to set up a Community Street Watch.  Carl needs  a minimum of six people  and one co-ordinator to patrol in pairs of two around the village. You will be given high-vis jackets with Police logo and a name badge.  If you are interested please contact PCSO Carl Barton, telephone: 07557778004 or opens in a new windowsee more details here.



Latest Police News

Update from The Police & Crime Commissioner

Appeal for witnesses to robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Daventry on Saturday 23 August between 6.30am and 7am in an alleyway between Kingsley Avenue and Windsor Close. Read more

Want to know about becoming a special? 

Why not pop along for a chat with recruitment officers at Daventry leisure centre from 10am to 12pm and at the Eydon village fete, Eydon Community Sports Field from 12pm to 5.30pm on Sunday 31 August.

We are also offering those thinking about becoming a special constable the opportunity to attend a free fitness check, to ensure they are fit enough to pass the required fitness tests.

The fitness test is being held in the gym at Force Headquarters on Monday 1 September at 5.30pm and 6.30pm and can be booked by emailing fitness instructor Zoe Furlong at zoe.furlong@northants.police.uk but places are limited.

Phone scam

Police urge people to be on their guard following two new incidents – Police are repeating crime prevention advice about a continuing phone scam where people are manipulated into parting with their credit and bank card details. Read more

Northamptonshire launches Government’s Best Use of Stop and Search

Northamptonshire Police has launched two key elements of the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme, Home Secretary Theresa May said today. While stop and search is undoubtedly an important police power, when it is misused it can be counter-productive. It can be an enormous waste of police time and, when innocent people are stopped and searched for no good reason, it is hugely damaging to the relationship between the police and public.  Read more

Appeal for witnesses to collision on M1

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision on the M1, near junction 15, on Friday evening (22 August). The collision happened at about 4.50pm on the northbound carriageway, about half a mile north of junction 15.  Read more

Latest Police News

Update from The Police & Crime Commissioner

Appeal Following Traffic Accident

A man suffered a badly broken leg in a road traffic collision on the A45 near Daventry on Saturday 19 July.

The 26-year-old man was driving a silver Vauxhall Corsa on the A45 towards Daventry, near the junction with Poets Way, between 6.30am and 7am, when it left the road and was in collision with a tree.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have any information regarding it.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this incident is asked to the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615. opens in a new windowRead more

Officers Remember A Colleague

Officers from Northamptonshire cycle in memory of fallen colleagues -Officers from Northamptonshire Police took part in a 170 mile bike ride in aid of a charity which helps the families of officers from across the country who have lost their lives on duty. opens in a new windowRead more


Latest HM Inspector of Constabulary Report On Northants Police

Northamptonshire Police provides good value for money to the county’s residents and is at the forefront of finding innovative ways to make the best use of resources, a key report published by the HMIC has shown. opens in a new windowRead more

New Police and Fire Joint Operations Planning

Police and Fire operational planning teams have come together to form a combined team of specialist officers and staff, as part of the ongoing work to bring greater integration between Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northamptonshire Police. opens in a new windowRead more


Police Youth Project Wins Top Award

Northamptonshire’s JAM team has received a prestigious award from the Howard League for Penal Reform. The accolade was presented by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. opens in a new windowRead more

Volunteers Sought For New Police Control Room Monitoring Scheme

Northamptonshire Police is seeking volunteers to help monitor the service provided by the force’s control room. Volunteers will make unannounced visits to the control room at police headquarters, to monitor and listen to calls from the public and give feedback about how they felt they were dealt with. opens in a new windowRead more


Community Group Web Sites

Support For Building Your Own

300px-InternetThe Village Signpost web site is built using a free tool called WordPress. This lets any group get a web site on-line easily and quickly.

Northampton ACRE helped us to get started and other community groups might be interested to set up your own sites.

If you would like to learn more there is a workshop on 17th July to explain more.

Details here:-  ACRE Workshop Poster 17-07-14

Summer Safety

Don’t be a Numpty!

image005Northampton’s community resilience and safety campaign is focusing on common summer dangers.

To coincide with the beginning of the summer season and currently forecast warm weather, they are sharing the following light hearted video to spread the safety message: keep safe this summer.

View the video here.

Follow the Northants Emergency Planning Team on twitter by going to www.twitter.com/NorthantsEPTeam.

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.


Flood Advice from NCC

County Council Emergency Flood Information

Northamptonshire’s Emergency Planning team have received a Yellow Flood Guidance Statement to continue until at least Saturday.

They have put together an information page on the Northampton County Council website to help residents find current flood warnings, to report a flood, and to prepare for flooding.

You can find it here: Flood Advice Page 

You can also connect with them on Twitter:

  • @mycountycouncil – Northamptonshire County Council central account
  • @NorthantsEPTeam – Northamptonshire Emergency Planning Team

And here’s a video to help spread the safety message: opens in a new windowKeep Out of Floodwater!

Latest ACRE Village Viewpoint

Winter 2013 Edition

The Northamptonshire branch of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is one of 38 rural community councils, part of  a country wide network, helping rural communities with the problems they face.

For example, ACRE provided the training and support that made this web site possible.

Their latest newsletter provides updates on the various ACRE initiatives with helpful guidance for organisers of local events (page 13), support for energy efficiency (page 22) and details from the Food Standards Agency on Food in Village Halls (page 10) among others.

Download it here:  opens in a new windowVillage Viewpoint Winter 2013

Bridleway Closure News

Update on the FN24 Bridleway Bridge Closure

In next month’s WoW there is an item on the Eydon-Farndon bridleway closure.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter the WoW went to press, Joe Pitt, our footpath warden, received more information from Northampton County Council. According to the NCC the bridge cannot be economically repaired and the intention is to demolish it and replace it with a new footpath / bridleway bridge.

Work on the bridge has been delayed due to difficulties being raised by one of the landowners involved over access to the bridge for repair work and uncertainty over who owns the existing bridge. Assuming that these matters can be resolved, the County Council
believe that the work could be completed in July or August 2014.

Their full response is available here:

NCC Footpath Response 03 October 2013

Our original article is here:

opens in a new windowEydon-Farndon Bridleway

Eydon – Farndon Bridleway

Closure of Bridleway FN24 /AL7

The Eydon to Farndon bridleway is currently closed because of fears that the bridge over the Cherwell is unsafe.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur Footpath Warden advises that the County Council has identified the work needed and allocated the budget needed to carry out the necessary repairs. There is no date yet for when this work will be carried out, although the original closure order only runs to the 22nd of October.

The full details of the closure are on the Northamptonshire County Council web site here:-

Temporary Closure Order

Map Showing Restriction

Details of public rights of way, temporary closures of footpaths or bridleways and the County Council’s Improvement Plan can be found on the NCC web site:-

Rights of Way


We’re #1 At On-line Engagement

Village Signpost Wins Northants Award of Excellence!

awards-manAvid readers of our site will know that our new web site was made possible by the initiative of Northants ACRE in running training and organising an on-line forum and discussion sessions to help the development of new community web sites. As part of this, ACRE has been running a competition to find the best Northamptonshire parish web site in various categories and we are among the winners!

Woodford Halse Village Signpost won the “Website with most on-line engagement” category and came third in the “Best Overall Website” (Geddington was the overall winner).

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To find out more about the competition you can visit the opens in a new windowACRE Web Site.

Our prize was an activity session for up to 16 young people at the Frontier Centre. The Parish Council is deciding how to organise this. Since part of the criteria for this award was the number of clicks through from Facebook and other media, everyone who has visited the site has helped us to win and has helped to make it possible for some Woodford young folk to have a great day out. Thanks everyone!


Help Preserve Our History

Get Involved with Archive and Heritage!

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Northamptonshire Record Office is undertaking a monumental project to improve the accessibility of all the records we hold for the county. They are looking for skilled volunteers with an interest in helping to catalogue and preserve Northamptonshire’s historical assets so that they can be listed digitally. This will make it possible to make the archives accessible online, as well as much easier to locate at the Record Office itself.

Volunteers play an important role for the Archive and Heritage Service. Their work supports and complements that of our paid staff. The Record Office tries to match volunteers’ skills and interests to the activities on offer, and provides training for the roles.

Anyone interested in helping to preserve and share our county’s history can find out more about the specific roles on the web address below or by asking at the Record Office.


Crime & Policing Update

Latest News from Northamptonshire Police

policeLynne Rosher C0997 (Police, Corporate Communications, Northamptonshire) has sent us this latest update for Woodford ward which includes Cannons Ashby, Preston Capes and Woodford Halse.

New Incidents

Since the last update the following new incidents of note have been reported:

  • An attempt was made to break into a school in Woodford ward overnight on Sunday 28 July.

Other News from Around Northamptonshire

With the hot weather set to return police are reminding people to make sure they take as many precautions as possible to deter burglars. Read more

Police are reminding people to lock up their cars and close windows following a spate of thefts during the warm weather. Every day last week at least one person in the county fell victim to opportunist thieves after leaving their car unlocked or the windows open. Read more

Trading Standards

The latest report from Northamptonshire Trading Standards has details of recent product recalls, coming changes to MOT’s, and advice on unsafe furniture, extended warranties and doorstep crime is available here: Trading_Standards_Newsletter_Issue_#6

Released on behalf of City of London Police

In October, millions of Muslims will celebrate Hajj, with thousands of UK citizens planning to make the once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca.

The event, which is the world’s biggest annual gathering, begins on 13 October, but many will already be planning and booking their own trips. Unfortunately, there will also be fraudsters looking to take advantage of Hajj and exploit its unique attractions. Last year there were 44 reports of Hajj fraud made to police, but the true scale of this criminality is thought to be much greater. Read more

NAB Update

Latest News From Northampton Association for the Blind

If you aren’t aware of the work of the NAB you can find out more from the NAB Awareness Poster or from their opens in a new windowweb site. nab2013

As well as the visit of the Mobile Sight Centre to Daventry in July, there are other monthly visits in August and the continuation of Ball by Ball facility, in August, for partially sighted cricket enthusiasts at the Northants County Cricket Ground.

In May the NAB’s Sight Centre in Kettering was opened by Lesley Joseph. You can find out more here or get the details in this poster.

NAB are also appealing for volunteers to support the gardening appeal at the Darsdale Centrele in Raunds.

Blind Association News

An Update From Northamptonshire Association for the Blind

This update covers new dates for the July visits of the Mobile Sight Centre; the continuation of the Ball by Ball facility, in July, for partially sighted cricket enthusiasts at the Northants County Cricket Ground and a cricket match between Northants Disability and a Help for Heroes XI.

help for heroes logo13-021822_300x300Northants Cricket is delighted to announce that the County Ground will host a Floodlit Twenty20 match between Northants Disability and a Help for Heroes XI on Friday 19th July.

The match will be the first of its kind to be held at the County Ground, and will see the County’s disability team take on a select XI of former armed services personnel who will represent the Help for Heroes charity – all proceeds from the match will be donated to Help for Heroes. Tickets will be available soon, and for further event information, please visit opens in a new windowwww.northantscricket.com or call 01604 514455.

The NAB’s mobile sight centre will be visiting around Northampton in July as follows:

FRIDAY JULY 5th   NORTHAMPTON   Outside Central Library 10.00am – 12.30pm  
WEDNESDAY JULY 10th   NORTHAMPTON   Events Area Market Square 10.00am – 12.30pm  
THURSDAY JULY 11TH   WELLINGBOROUGH   Outside McDonalds Wellingborough Town centre 10.00am -1.00pm  
FRIDAY JULY 12th   CORBY   Shopping CentreQueens Square 10.00am -.2.00pm  
TUESDAY JULY 16th   IRTHLINGBOROUGH   Nene park Outpatients Clinic Car park 9.30am – 12.00  
WEDNESDAY JULY 17th   DAVENTRY   Shopmobility New Street 10.00am-1.00 pm  
WEDNESDAY JULY 17th   LONG BUCKBY   GP Surgery car parkStation Road 2.00pm – 3.00pm  
THURSDAY JULY 18th   IRCHESTER   Irchester Working Mens ClubCar Park 1.15pm – 2.30pm  
THURSDAY JULY 18th   RUSHDEN   High Street 10.00am – 12.30pm  
WEDNESDAY JULY 24th   DESBOROUGH   Co Op Car Park, Gladstone Street 9.45am – 11.00pm  
WEDNESDAY JULY 24th   BRIXWORTH   Brixworth LibrarySpratton Road 11.30am – 12.45pm  
WEDNESDAY JULY 24th   MOULTON   Moulton Village Autos Stocks Hill Moulton 1.30pm -2.30pm  
THURSDAY JULY 25th   EARLS BARTON   Medical Centre Car Park Aggate way 1.45pm – 2.00pm  
THURSDAY JULY 25th   WELLINGBOROUGH   Outside McDonalds Wellingborough Town centre 10.00am -1.00pm  
FRIDAY JULY 26th   CORBY   Shopping Centre Corporation Street 10.00am -.2.00pm  

The Ball by Ball facility, in July, for partially sighted cricket enthusiasts at the Northants County Cricket Ground will be available for the following matches:

FRIDAY JULY 5TH 6.30pm Steelbacks v Warwickshire   Twenty/20  
MONDAY JULY 8th – 11th 11.00am NCCC v Lancashire   4 day County match  
SUNDAY JULY 14th 2.30pm Steelbacks v Glamorgan   Twenty/20  
WEDNESDAY JULY 17th 6.30pm Steelbacks v Somerset   Twenty/20  
TUESDAY JULY 30th 6.30pm Steelbacks v Worcestershire   Twenty/20  

Annual Parish Meeting

This year’s Annual Parish Meeting takes place on Tuesday 28th May in the Memorial Hall at 7:00 pm.

Why not come along and hear what the various groups in the village have been doing over the last year?

Here’s the agenda…

2013 Annual Parish Meeting Agenda

If your organisation isn’t represented so far and you’d like to contribute, contact the Parish Council Chairman (june.irani@btconnect.com) or the Clerk before 25th May..

County Council : Vote May 2nd

Thursday 2nd May 2013 has been announced as the date where people all over the county box_with_Xwill get a chance to vote for the county councillor they want to represent their local community, and shape the future of the county over the next four years.

Make sure you vote & if you want to encourage others to do so, why not display one of these posters.

There are 57 seats available at the Northamptonshire County Council election, and on voting day hundreds of polling stations will open in which people can register their votes.

The election count will be held in one venue – Kettering Conference Centre. This is a more efficient way of collating the results and a chance to immediately bring together newly elected councillors.

Northamptonshire County Council chief executive and returning officer Paul Blantern said: “It’s very important that people use their right to vote: The county council is responsible for a large part of the services which affect the everyday lives of people in the county.

These include looking after the roads and pavements; schools, libraries and country parks; providing services for older people and children; running the fire service and trading standards and much, much more.

We all have opinions on how these vital services are run and we all have a vote, so we would urge everyone to use their vote on May 2.”

The election is being held on Thursday, May 2 and the counting of the ballot papers and the announcement of results will take place the following day.  All the results will be posted on the county council’s website as soon as they’re declared – just go to opens in a new windowwww.northamptonshire.gov.uk/election to see who has won in your area, and what that means for the county council over the next four years.

IMPORTANT: Please see this notice about polling stations.

County & Parish Council Elections

Anyone wishing to stand as a County Councillor needs to have nomination papers in by box_with_XNOON on Friday, April 5th. The election will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2013. The Notice of Election is here:

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Anyone wishing to stand as a Parish Councillor needs to have nomination papers in by NOON on Friday, April 5th. If there are more than three nominees, the election will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2013. The Notice of Election is here:

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Two funds for bright ideas….

Visit Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership for £1000 to get your business started:


For young teenagers turn £10 into something special visit: