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  • Fire Safety Advice

    From Neighbourhood Watch

    Neighbourhood Watch works very closely with Northants Fire service and hope that you find the following information useful in making your home safer or helping vulnerable people you may know safer as we head into the colder weather.

    Northants Fire Service offers a Home Fire Safety Visit service. Here are some bullet point examples on when this might be useful. If you are in one of these categories or know someone that is, you should consider this service.

    • Concerns around lack of or not working smoke alarms
    • Older residents, living alone
    • Concerns around mobility or sensory impairment which may affect ability to escape in a fire (including dementia)
    • Where residents smoke inside the home and are not mobile
    • Previous fires, or near misses
    • A fire setter living in the home
    • Concerns around electrical safety including overloaded sockets or exposed wires
    • Issues of Hoarding or Clutter.
    • When there are fire safety concerns for a Family needing or accessing Early Help, financial hardship or living in a target area / vulnerable adult receiving or in need or care and support.

    How To Use The Service

    The online referral form can be found here Fire Partner Agency Referral Form, you can fill that in on behalf of a vulnerable person. The form can be used for all referrals as it provides the Fire Service with all of the necessary information to try and progress the request, but you will need the persons consent to do this.

    If a person wants to refer themselves, this can be done on the self-referral form which can be found here Fire Self-Referral Form

    Or people can complete their own fire safety check on-line if they do not want anyone to come out and visit them, which can be found here Complete your own Safety Check at Home 

    If you need to contact the team for advice, you can email them on 

    If a referral is not required at this stage and you would like to pull a picture together of whether any other services are sharing your concerns before deciding the best course of action, then please email and they can check their systems for any records they hold.

    Please also see the Home Fire Safety Advice leaflet that you can see below.

    Find more fire safety advice at or call us on 01604 797000

    In an emergency, get out, stay out and call 999.

    Fire Safety Advice Leaflet



    Download a copy to save or print.

  • Medical Centre Appointments

    Return to Previous System

    A while ago Byfield Medical Centre announced changes to their appointments system. Today they posted the following update, reverting to the previous arrangement.

    Byfield Medical Centre

    “After listening to patient feedback the surgery trialled a new appointment system, whereby on the day appointments would go live at 8.00am and pre-bookable appointments for 7, 3 and 1 day in advance would go live at 11.00am.

    “The overwhelming response to this new system has been negative we have therefore decided to go back to all appointments being released at 8.00am this will include pre-bookable slots for future dates.

    “From 04.10.21 appointments will be face to face and not by telephone, if you prefer a telephone call please make this clear when booking. Currently patient demand is higher than it has ever been. The number of GP/Advanced Practitioner appointments we offer is 792 per week; two years ago we were offering 594.”

    Staff Training 22nd September

    Please also note: On Wednesday 22nd September the practice will close at 1.00pm for essential staff training, the phones will be switched to answerphone and no medication can be collected. For anything urgent please call 999 or if less urgent 111.

  • 20/09/21 Library Committee Agenda

    Here is the agenda for the Library Committee meeting on Monday 20th September 2021 at 10:00am.

    This meeting will take place in the Dryden Hall, Church Street. Like all Parish Council meetings it is open to the public but if you attend you are asked to observe Covid prevention social distancing and hygiene guidance.



    This month’s agenda includes discussions on the Summer Reading Challenge, Christmas closure plans, and other management issues.

    20210920 agenda library cmte. 20 september 2021


    Download the agenda here:-    Library Committee Agenda 20/09/2021


    About Your Community Library

    The Community Library is run by the Parish Council. The Committee is made up of Councillors and local residents. You can learn more about your Community Library and how it works as well as see minutes of committee meetings here.

  • Library Closed 15/09/21

    Works By Anglian Water

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

    library header imageThis is a major issue, particularly from a hygiene & toilets point of view, so the decision has been made the decision to close for the day.

    Normal opening times can be found here: Library Operning Times

    Please note: the Old School Cafe is also closed for the day (see here).


  • St Mary’s Readings: 12/09/21

    Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity

    Here is the pew sheet and readings for this Sunday.

    The  Fiveways Benefice website, Facebook page and Twitter page have gone live. The Chuch pages have been updated with these details. We hope that you will find these sites interesting and useful.

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    Facebook – opens in a new windowThe Fiveways Benefice

    Twitter –  opens in a new window5WaysChurches (@5_churches)

    Pew Sheet 12th September

    Pew sheet 12.9.2021


    Download the 12th September Pew Sheet to save or print.


    The Church Post Lockdown

    Some churches in the benefice are also open for private prayer. See notices outside each church for days and times. Plans for church services open to the public are included in the Pew Sheet.

    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


  • Apple Harvest at Canons Ashby

    25-26 September, 11:00am – 4:00pm

    Celebrate the apple harvest at Canons Ashby, with beautiful harvest decorations and some traditional seasonal fun. There will be family craft activities, traditional games for old and young, some historical characters hard at work, a fancy tombola, and a select group of stall holders selling their wares.

    Then you can explore the site and enjoy the autumn colour in the garden.

    apple harvest

    Whilst you’re there, try the Autumn Owl Trail in the parkland, spot the harvest mice in the house, or visit the church to see beautiful decorations.

    This will be slightly different to normal, as it’s been a different type of year.

    Normal admission prices apply. There may be small additional charges for some activities. If you want to buy things from the stall holders, please bring cash.

    Apples At Canons Ashby

    The Canons Ashby garden team grow lots of historical varieties of apples. Head Gardener Nadine, said: “We care for historic apple varieties which might have been grown here in the 1800s. You won’t see a Cats-Head apple or Coeur De Boeuf (beef heart) apple in the local supermarket today, which makes it much more important that we look after them well.”

    Cuttings of this collection of historic trees have been taken and used in other orchards to keep these special varieties going. Some of the trees are around 150 years old, but many were planted in the 1980s when Canons Ashby was rescued from dereliction and the garden was restored.

  • Old School Cafe Closed 15/09/21

    Works By Anglian Water

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

    Woodford’s Cafe

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

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

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

  • St Mary’s Church Open Day Saturday

    Everyone Welcome!

    All are welcome at your parish church, St Mary the Virgin, Woodford Halse, Saturday 11th September, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

    There will be displays of various kinds, organ recitals, bellringing, a trail quiz for kids, and refreshments…throughout the day… and bughunting and lots of other outdoor activities, in our churchyard!

    church open day

  • Road Closures : Wormleighton Area

    HS2 Works: 27 September to 19 November 2021

    There will be road closures in the Wormleighton area as part of HS2’s ecology management programmes.

    Some of these closures will block the route from Byfield, through Boddington to Fenny Compton and north to the M40 at Gaydon.

    Logo for HS2There will be  daily closures, including some Saturdays, between 27 September and 19 November 2021, during the hours of 09.30am and 3.30pm (Mon – Fri) and 08.00am to 1.00pm (Sat).

    This is to allow ecologists to safely observe and where necessary climb roadside trees. We will also be undertaking roadside vegetation clearance as part of the great crested newt mitigation works.

    An outline of the dates and times of works and details of which roads will be closed when can be found in this Works Schedule.


  • Methodist Church Services Oct 2021


    Oct 3rd – 10:30am  Mr Richard Clugston
    Oct 10th – 10.30am Rev R Jones
    Oct 17th – 10:30am Rev C Eddy (Holy Communion)
    Oct 24th – 10.30am Zoom service ( details from )
    Oct 31st – 10.30am Rev Steve Swann

    Messy Church – Will be in person on 3rd October, please keep an eye on social media for details or contact Julie Swann by email on