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  • 14/07/20 Council Agenda

    Here is the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 14th July 2020.

    Meeting By Video-Conference

    Zoom LogoBecause of the Coronavirus outbreak this meeting will be held electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on:


    This month’s agenda includes an update on the use of the Social Club car park by the Best Kebab House,  Woodland, Estates, Library and Police reports, a project to reopen parish facilities, planning applications and more!

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    Download the agenda here:-    Council Agenda 14/07/2020

    Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

    About Your Council’s Meetings

    Parish Council meeting take place on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact details for all Parish Councillors can be found here. You can learn more about your Council, what it does and how it works here.

  • Reading Challenge For Children!

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn more about Northamponshire’s Summer Reading Challengere here.

    Silly Squad Reading Scheme Poster

  • Ryfields & The Pocket Park

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

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

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


  • Safer Streets Northamptonshire

    Thanks To All That Contributed!

    The Safe Streets Northamptonshire initiative thanks those that contributed (there was a link for this site here) and advise that the consultation has now closed.

    They had over 1,900 comments and 8,200 agreements which is a fantastic response.

    They are now busy collating and analysing all the comments and will be producing a summary consultation document shortly.

    They have already started to look at each of the comments receive. Comments have been extremely helpful in informing the development of the Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 Active Travel Fund schemes.

    Ideas that have been submitted which are not directly related to social distancing will be used to inform longer-term plans for cycling and walking in Northamptonshire.

    They will continue to provide updates via this website.

  • Church Readings: 5th July 2020

    Fourth Sunday After Trinity

    With no church services at present, Pam Hicks has let us have copies of this Sunday’s readings and the pew sheet usually distributed at services. We’re happy to make them available here.

    Pew Sheet & Sunday Prayers

    Pew sheet 5.7.2020


    (Download the Pew Sheet here)

    Sunday Morning Prayer


    (Download the Sunday Prayers here)


    The Church of England has a free dial-in worship service to bring prayer to people’s homes while churches are closed because of the corona virus pandemic.

    Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

    The national line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

    CofE "Hope" phone: 0800 804 8044


  • Barbeque Safety

    Northants Fire & Rescue Guidance

    Barbecues can take a long time to cool down and should be completely cold before embers are thrown away, residents are being reminded.

    This advice follows a fire last week in which a fence, two wheelie bins, a children’s paddling pool, the back door and bathroom window on a house, as well as garage guttering, were damaged at a property in Northampton.

    The cause is believed to have been accidental resulting from the disposal of barbecue materials. This has prompted a reminder to people about safe barbecuing guidelines.

    This is not the only barbecue Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has attended this summer and people are reminded that it is very easy for fires to be caused through their use.

    Barbeque Fire

    Lisa Bryan, Prevention, Safeguarding and Partnerships manager at NFRS, said: “People have been spending more time at home and in their gardens because of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and barbecues can be popular when the sun is shining.”

    “We really want people to enjoy the summer, but we would remind people that barbecue coals can still be hot, even many hours after a meal has been cooked. Doing something like throwing a disposable barbecue or hot embers into a bin can cause that bin to catch fire and flames can spread quickly, putting property at risk.

    “We would say, leave plenty of time for your barbecue to thoroughly cool before disposing of it.

    “Other simple precautions such as having a bucket of water nearby just in case it is needed, and positioning the barbecue well away from anything that could ignite can help to keep you safe while having fun.”

    Barbecue Safety Messages

    • Only have barbecues in designated areas and avoid setting any open fires in the countryside.
    • Always stay with a barbecue and do not leave it unattended.
    • Never use accelerants such as petrol or paraffin on or near barbecues or fires.
    • Whether at home or elsewhere, make sure barbecues are kept away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
    • Barbecues can remain hot for a very long time. Ensure they are cold and have been extinguished properly before disposal.
    • Keeping a bucket of water handy, or having a garden hose nearby is a useful precaution.
    • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue or any cooking.
    • Never use a barbecue indoors. Bringing barbecues into enclosed spaces can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
    • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
    • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and start a fire.

  • Library Reopening Plans

    Date To Be Decided At July Meeting

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

    The library has been redecorated during the lock down period.

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

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

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

    Other Northamptonshire Libraries

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

    Monday Wednesday and Friday from10 to  4pm

    Saturday: Not Open

    Want To Know More?

    For further information please contact Patricia via email:

  • Road Works – 3rd to 9th July 2020

    Closure of Woodford to Byfield Road is showing that Woodford Road in Byfield will be closed between 3rd and 9th July for roadworks on the Byfield side of the Causeway before the A361 junction.

    It is not clear in the on.Network post how long the closure will be for and what working hours can be expected but there is a risk that there will be delays through this period.

    You can see the details here: Woodford Road Closure

  • Police, Fire & Justice Youth Commission

    Young People To Help Guide Services

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

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

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

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

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

    Recruitment will run from July 1 to July 31.

    Click here to apply.

  • July 2020 WOW

    Your WOW Is Back!

    The July 2020 edition of the village WOW newsletter is now available and printed copies are being delivered.

    This month’s WOW features updates from the Good Neighbours scheme, details of street lighting improvments and updates from some of the village clubs and societies with their post-lockdown plans. Plus there’s your helpful directory of useful contacts. 

    Here is the electronic version:



    To print your WOW, download a copy here.

    As usual, there will be no WOW for August. The deadline for the September WOW which will be  Wednesday 12th August 2020.

    Details of how to get your event included in WOW are inside.

    WOW back-numbers can be found here: The Signpost’s WOW page