- More On This Year’s Census
Every ten years the census takes place in England and Wales, providing insight into the people who live across the country and what their lives are like. This year, census day is on Sunday 21 March. You may already have seen advertisements on the TV, in newspapers and social media.
The Signpost collects up all our Census 2021 posts here.
Look out for your Information Pack
Next week, every house will be sent an Information Pack which will explain how to complete the census and contain a unique code which will give them access to the form using any digital device.
If someone doesn’t want to complete the census themself, a family member or a trusted person can do it on their behalf. People can also request a paper copy. Everything will be explained in the Information Pack.
Where can you get help?
Call the Census Help Line on 0800 141 2021 (from 1 March)
Calling the Help Line
When someone calls the Help Line they will hear a recorded message and be given three options. The system uses interactive voice response to make a selection.
Option 1: Requesting a Paper Questionnaire
This is an automated service. The person calling will not need to speak to anyone if this option is used. There is a unique reference number on each contact letter. This should be entered on the handset. A paper questionnaire pack will then be dispatched.
Option 2: Hear frequently asked questions (FAQs)
These FAQs are changed over time according to demand.
Option 3: Speak to an adviser.
You will be able to ask questions yourself.
What special help is available?
Text Relay Service: (18001) 0800 141 2021
Free language helpline: 0800 587 2021
Help for anyone with accessibility needs such as large print formats and information in Braille: 0800 141 2021
British Sign Language support is available online.
Does everyone have to complete the census form?
Yes. It’s a legal requirement to complete the census.
Help for Community Groups
You can help your community complete Census 2021 by using the special website for Community Groups where you can download lots of information in a variety of languages. You can reach the Community Groups web site here.
Find Out More
- 01/21 Woods Committee Minutes
At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 27th January 2021 were approved. They are available below.
Or you can download the minutes here.
Minutes of the February meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.
Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 24th March 2020 at 7:00pm on-line using Zoom.
Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.
- Catalytic Convertor Thefts
A Warning From Neighbourhood Alert
Northamptonshire Police has identified a recent increase in thefts of catalytic converters (part of the exhaust system) from certain makes of cars.
Hybrid Cars Most At Risk
Hybrid cars are targeted the most because their catalytic converters contain a higher concentration of precious metals and are generally less corroded.
Data shows the most susceptible cars to catalytic converter theft are the Honda Jazz, Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris and Lexus RX.
What’s The Probem?
Catalytic converters contain valuable metals and thieves can jack the vehicle up and cut them off in a couple of minutes. This will leave you with a hefty replacement bill or insurance excess fee, not to mention having your vehicle off the road whilst awaiting a replacement part.
What Can You Do?
As a catalytic converter costs hundreds of pounds to replace, marking it will help de-value it to thieves and make it more difficult to sell on. Information on the Retainagroup Self-Etching Labels can be found here – Retainagroup Metal Marking
TOP TIP : Many car dealerships sell locking devices for catalytic converters, for example, CATLOC. These tough metal locks cover the catalytic converter to make it too time consuming for thieves to steal it. Check with your dealership for options to fit your vehicle.
- Whenever possible, park your vehicle in a locked garage, as close to your home as possible or in a parking spot overlooked by neighbours. Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this can make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter
- If parking in a public car park, always park alongside other cars and drive into the space as the catalytic converter is positioned towards the front of your vehicle. This will make it harder for thieves to get close enough to steal it. If possible, use ‘Park Mark’ accredited car parks as these have CCTV as part of the accreditation
- Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Alarms that activate if the vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective
For further advice email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 6th May Elections
Applying For A Postal Vote?
If you want to vote by post in the local elections on 6 May then you need to apply as early as possible ahead of the deadline of 5pm on 20 April.
At the May elections, voters across Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire will go to the polls to elect a total of 93 councillors for the new West Northamptonshire Council.
This council will replace the existing district, borough and county councils on 1 April this year.
To apply for a postal vote pack, please email email@example.com or call 01327 871100 for an application pack.
- Byfield Medical Centre – Dispensing
Update on Medications From The Surgery
Byfield Surgery has issued the following notice….
“From Monday 1st March we will go back to medications being available to dispensing patients to collect from the surgery – medications will NO longer be delivered. We are communicating this to patients when they are ordering their medication and have also advised those currently delivering medication to let people know of this change.”
- Policing News
The Office of Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has just published their latest newsletter with details of plans for increased local policing (and increased funding requirements).
Alert on Courier Fraud
There has been a spate of Courier Frauds across the County, with suspects purporting to be Police Officers, asking for money or credit cards for ”safekeeping / forensic examination” from vulnerable people.
The Police will never call to seek any payment.
Protect Yourself – What can you do ?
- DON’T give any money or card details to any person at your front door , or calls/texts/emails you receive.
- DON’T Let them into your property
- DO call the Police immediately on 999 if the person is saying they are a Police Officer or other person saying they are an official of a company and asking for money.
- DO make a note, of their lapel number, the registration of any vehicle that they are using, or if a call or text the telephone number. AND Report to Action Fraud
- DON’T give your personal details to any person that calls you saying that they are your provider or Bank and want to take you through security. HANG UP
- DON’T use the call back number they give you – Use a number that you know, on your card/statement.
- MAKE sure the call from the incoming caller is fully disconnected, before you make any further outgoing calls, if not wait at least 10 minutes or until it has.
- SPEAK to you providers contact centre or visit a local branch and tell them what has happened.
- REPORT the incident to ACTION FRAUD – Reporting Fraud and Cyber Crime
- March 2021 WOW
Village News & Contacts
The March 2021 edition of the village WOW newsletter is now available and printed copies are being delivered.
This month’s WOW features includes news from your Parish Council, information on the medical centre and the Good Neighbours Scheme, news of local societies and local churches. Plus there’s your helpful directory of useful contacts.
Here is the electronic version:wowmarch2021
To print your WOW, download a copy here.
The deadline for the April WOW will be Wednesday 17th March 2021.
Details of how to get your event or news included in WOW are inside.
WOW back-numbers can be found here: The Signpost’s WOW page
- Church Readings: 21st February 2021
First Sunday Of Lent & World Prayer Day
Here is the pew sheet and readings for this Sunday and for World Prayer Day on March 5th.
Revd. Paul has arranged services for Ash Wednesday and other activities for Lent. These are included below for the benefit of those who didn’t receive them previously. You can contact Paul either on 01327 260204 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in the services or activities.
Pew Sheet 21st FebruaryPew sheet 21.2.2021
The Church In Lockdown
Some churches in the benefice are also open for private prayer. See notices outside each church for days and times.
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.
- Be A Councillor?
Briefing Session For Those Thinking Of Standing
People thinking of standing as a candidate in the West Northamptonshire Council or town/parish elections are encouraged to join a briefing taking place next month.
On Thursday, 6 May residents across Daventry, Northampton and South Northants will vote to elect councillors to the new unitary authority, which will go live on 1 April this year. Elections are also due to take place that day to elect representatives for up to 165 town/parish councils across West Northamptonshire.
People thinking about becoming a candidate or acting as an agent in the elections are urged to attend an online briefing session on Wednesday, 3 March, from 5.30pm. The Zoom session will cover the nominations process, key electoral information, dates and deadlines as well as setting out important details about the Covid safety measures being planned for candidates and agents.
Those wishing to attend should email email@example.com or call 01327 302326. The session will be recorded and available on YouTube later for those who can’t join live.
- 02/21 Woods Committee & PC Agendas
The upcoming Woodland Management Committee will preceded by a Parish Council meetiing to consider the proposed grant from HS2 to cover the creation of a safer route to school using a path in the Woodland alongside Byfield Road. Parishg Council weill meet at 7:00pm, the Woodland Management meeting will take place immediately afterwardes at 7:30pm.
Here is the agenda for the two meetings on Wednesday 24th January 2021.
Meeting By Video-Conference
This meeting will be 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Paarish Council agenda is on page 1, the Woodland Management agenda is on page 2.
Download the agenda here:- Parish Council & Woodland Management Meeting Agendas 24/02/2021
Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.
About Your Woodland Management Team
The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meetings and the latest Woodland news are here.