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  • Community Library Re-opening

    From Thursday December 3rd.

    The Community Library will re-open on Thursday Dec.3rd. Usual opening times, and please be sure to use a face covering when in the library. Looking forward to welcoming everyone back!

    Opening times are:-

    Wednesdays 11.00 to 1.45
    Thursdays 2.00 to 5.45
    Fridays 2.00 to 5.45
    Saturdays* 10.00 to 12.00

    *1st and 3rd Saturday of the month  click and collect service only.

    Service Restrictions

    Due to restrictions we are unable to process Blue badges and bus passes at our Woodford Halse Community library at the moment or offer children’s services.

    Computer Use + Click & Collect

    Computer use needs to be prebooked and we are offering a click and collect service.
    We now have a phone line to be used for our booking services.

    Contact Details

    Phone this number only during the opening hours: 01327  263054

    Or email:

  • Old School Cafe Re-opening

    End of Lockdown II – December 2020

    The Old School Café will re-open for sit down food from Wednesday December 2nd.

    Woodford’s Old School Café

    Diane is taking the opportunity below to remind everyone of the steps they are taking to ensure our safety in these COVID times. Please remember that only two families in the same bubble are allowed to sit together – and there is a maximum of six at a table.

    As it is December, the cafe has an  Xmas menu again!

    • Christmas Pie (layers of sausage meat, cranberry & turkey) served with salad, cranberry sauce and hot bread roll
    • Xmas Panini – turkey, brie and cranberry all heated to yumminess and served with a salad!

    Diane looks forward to seeing you – and, if you can, please book as it is looking as though they are going to be busy!

    Things to Remember

    As you are aware, things have changed with post lockdown Tier 2 regulations applying in Northamptonshire. Diane is taking this opportunity to update you on how they will be working for the foreseeable future. Sorry it is long, but she wants to assure you that they are doing everything they can to stay safe!

    The café is still operating full table service – so you will be directed to a table and orders taken from there. Please let cafe staff seat you so that they can keep social distancing in place as best they can.

    Tables have been relocated to ensure the one metre plus social distancing requirement is adhered to.

    Booking Tables

    You are able to book a table. This is recommended if you can. Call 07845 430577.

    Social Distancing

    There are restrictions on how many people can come together and the café will be enforcing this as they are required to do. “Indoor gatherings can only be two households in the same support bubble”. Tables seat a maximum of 6 persons to reduce the risk.

    There is a one way system in and out of café – please follow the arrows accordingly.

    Track and Trace

    To comply with the track and trace requirement from Government, the café will be asking for your name and contact phone number – which they are obliged to keep for 21 days. The cafe also has a QR code so you can use the NHS app


    Payment – is by card – debit or credit – and contactless where possible. The limit on contactless has been raised to £45 so should make it easier for everyone. Cash can be used if necessary.


    Your placemats are your menus – these are laminated and can be cleaned after each sitting.


    Can people looking for takeaways please order via phone 07845 430577 or Facebook (Menu & Order tab). Collection and payment will be via the café window in the car park.

    Outdoor Seating

    The garden area will be available (in good weather!) for those who prefer to sit outside, on a first come, first served basis.


    As always, children are welcome. However, the café asks that they remain seated at all times whilst in the café to reduce the risk of compromising social distancing rules.

    Cleaning & Covid Safety

    The café has had to remove all books, newspapers and toys – so please feel free to bring your own if you wish.

    Cleaning – there will be hand sanitiser available as you enter the café and you are encouraged  to use it. They will be cleaning door handles regularly and the card machine will be wiped after every contact use.

    The café always cleans tables after every customer – however, if you see a table with a sign stating that it still needs cleaning, please do not sit there until this has been completed.

    Crockery and cutlery is left at the table until customers have left – minimising contact. All tables and chairs will be cleaned between customers.

    Condiments:  sugar, salt and pepper has been removed from the tables. These will be delivered with your drinks and meals – this also includes sauces etc.

    Diane hopes you will bear with them and see that they are doing their best to keep everyone safe! They  look forward to welcoming you all back to the café soon

  • Daventry DC’s Comfort & Joy

    Help Spread Some Comfort & Joy This Christmas

    Daventry District Council is appealing to warm-hearted residents to offer some cheer to people in need this Christmas by donating items to a festive parcel scheme.

    The annual Comfort and Joy campaign helps those who are staying in refuges as a result of experiencing domestic abuse, as well as other vulnerable families who are struggling at Christmas.

    Jointly organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership and the Daventry District Forum, its aim is to provide them with a few gifts and treats, as well as food, toiletries and other essential items.

    The project also raises awareness of domestic abuse, incidents of which tend to increase over the Christmas period.

    Parcels for men, women and children as well as Christmas food parcels are being put together and a list of suggested donations can be found at Daventry’s Comfort and Joy web page.  

    Xmas Parcels

    Donations can be made at the Daventry District Council offices, in Lodge Road, Daventry, at Daventry Police Station, in New Street, at Daventry Fire Station, in Staverton Road and at the South Northamptonshire Council offices at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, up to and including Friday 11 December.

    All of the items donated will go directly to local people living in refuges as well as other vulnerable families in Daventry District, South Northamptonshire and the wider county area this Christmas.

    People who would prefer to donate money to the cause can do so at the Comfort and Joy Go Fund Me page.

    Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence is urged to call the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service 24-hour helpline on 0300 0120154 or visit their web site

    People can also access support at Domestic Violence UK , a not-for-profit organisation which is trying to raise awareness of domestic and emotional abuse through its Love Doesn’t Hurt campaign at the Love Doesn’t Hurt web site.

    Suggested Donations:

    Comfort Donations


    Body Wash

    Shampoo and conditioner (for adults, children and babies)


    Sanitary products

    Nappies and wipes

    Toothbrush/paste for adults and children

    Joy Donations


    Hats and scarves




    Arts and crafts

    Food Donations

    Mince pies

    Tea and coffee



    Dry pasta

    Baby food

  • Daventry Xmas & Refuse Collection 2020

    Xmas Services From Daventry District Council

    Daventry District Council’s offices will be closed from Christmas Day until they reopen on Monday 4 January 2021.

    Essential services, such as waste and recycling collections and street cleaning will continue over the festive period, and there will also continue to be arrangements in place in the event of an emergency.

    Find out more about waste and recycling collections, office opening times and online services below:_

    Waste and Recycling Collections

    Collection schedules

    Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:

    Xmas Collection BinsIf your collection is due on Christmas Day (Friday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Sunday, 27 December.

    If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Friday, 1 January) it will instead take place the following day on Saturday, 2 January.

    Extra Recycling Collection

    During the week beginning Monday 28 December, all households will get an extra collection of their blue-lidded bin on their usual collection day.

    Extra recycling will also be collected if it cannot fit into the blue-lidded bin. Please put these items in clear or white bags and place them next to your bin.

    Food Waste Collections

    Food waste bins will continue to be collected on their usual weekly schedule. Please remember you can recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including veg peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

    Garden Waste Collections

    Those subscribed to the service are advised there will a short break in collections during the week beginning 28 December, to allow crews to focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

    General Waste Collections

    Black bins containing general waste will continue to be collected as normal on their three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible and make use of the extra blue-lidded recycling bin collection, as black bins with raised lids or bags of rubbish left next to your bin will not be collected.

    Real Christmas trees

    If you have a real Christmas tree you can put it out for collection in the week beginning Monday 11 January.

    It should be placed next to your bins on your normal collection day. Those subscribed to the garden waste service can cut the tree up and place it in their garden waste bins if they prefer.

    There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but they can be taken to your local household waste recycling centre: Where is the nearest recycling centre?

    What Can I Recycle?

    Find out more information about what can be put in each bin at: What can I recycle?

    Keep on Top of Collections

    You can check your collection day and which bins to put out using any of the following methods:

    • Check the collection calendar we sent you in August
    • Check your bin day online: Postcode Checker
    • Download the free Daventry District Council app from the Apple or Google Play stores

    Report a Missed Collection

    Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Monday 4 January. During this period any missed collections can be reported via our online self-serve system: Missed Collections

    Council Opening Times

    Lodge Road council offices

    ddc offices

    Daventry District Council’s offices will close at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24 December), reopening at 9am on Monday, 4 January 2021.

    Over Christmas, residents can continue to access a range of information and services online: Daventry Council Online

    Please note that Jobcentre Plus and Northamptonshire County Council’s Children’s and Young People’s Service will each operate different working hours over Christmas.

    Please also be aware that due to Covid-19 there are restrictions on who can enter the Lodge Road offices. It is currently only open to people who are: homeless or threatened with homelessness; in need of a food bank referral; accessing Children and Young People’s services; accessing Job Centre Plus; or vulnerable and in need of help with Universal Credit. Please come to the front door and a member of staff will speak to you from a safe distance

    Abbey Advice and Resource Centre

    The Abbey will operate its normal office hours up to and including Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24 December). It will then operate the following opening hours:

    Christmas Day through to Monday 28 December (inclusive): Closed

    Tuesday 29 December: Normal opening hours

    Wednesday 30 December: Normal opening hours

    Thursday 31 December: Normal opening hours

    Friday 1 January: Closed

    Saturday 2 January: Closed to tenants only. Open for Library click and collect from 10am to 2pm

    Sunday 3 January: Closed

    Monday 4 January: Normal opening hours

  • HS2 Feed-back Response

    Views on “Common Design Elements”

    Back in January – remember that long ago in the halcyon days before lockdowns and tiers? – we published this post inviting input on some of HS2’s design approaches.

    Following that consultation HS2 have provided a response. It can be viewed on the HS2 web site here.

    HS2 locomotive

  • Church Readings: 29th November 2020

    First Sunday of Advent

    Thanks to all that donated to the food bank collection this past week. Lesley had more than 6 crates of food to deliver to the food bank!

    All churches have obviously closed again for services but some in the benefice are open for private prayer.

    See notices outside each church for days and times.

    There will be a Zoom evening service every Sunday at 6pm during this
    time of lockdown. People who participated in previous services have already been contacted but if you would like to join them, then please email Lesley for an invitation.

    Pew Sheet & Readings

    Pew sheet 29.11.2020


    (Download the Pew Sheet & Readings 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


  • 50 to 64? Flu Vaccine Available

    Byfield Medical Centre Notice

    Byfield Medical Centre is pleased to be able to say that have had a delivery of flu vaccines to administer to anyone in the 50-64 age group that are not usually eligible.

    There will be two evening clinics:

    30th November 2020  – 5.30pm to 7.00pm

    2nd December 2020  – 5.30pm to 7.00pm

    Please call  01327 265841 to book an appointment as soon as possible.

    Or, if you are visiting the practice for an appointment and aged 50-64 please ask the clinician you are seeing for a vaccination.

    Pregnant ladies (of any age) please call and make an appointment as soon as possible or if you are visiting the midwife here please ask for a vaccination at your appointment.


  • 10/20 Woods Committee Minutes

    At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 28th October 2020 were approved. They are available below.

    There still vacancies on the Committee. If you could give a little of your time to help us run the woodland, please contact Paul Blackwell (, or telephone: 07872 860540).


    2020.10.28 Woodland Minutes final



    Or you can download the minutes here.

    Minutes of the November 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 27th January 2020 (no meeting in December) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall or on-line using Zoom, depending on Covid-19 lock-down restrictions..

    Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

  • One More Business…


    Sorry, but we left out one of the businesses that had asked to be included in the update of the Business Directory that we published yesterday.

    We should have included….

    SRB Editing Solutions, a local business providing freelance reading and writing services. These range from CV writing and editing, to copy and manuscript proofreading and editing, to ghost writing fiction and non-fiction.

    If these services could benefit you or your business, please visit, or email

    The updated directory is available here:- Business Directory.

  • Grants For Covid-19 Affected Businesses

    Businesses Urged to Apply for New Grant Fund

    wad of cashBusinesses in Daventry District which have been required to close temporarily due to the lockdown are encouraged to apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

    The Government fund can provide grants of up to £3,000 to help small businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors manage during the 28-day lockdown period.

    The types of business covered includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care (such as hairdressers and nail salons), entertainment, sports facilities and hospitality.

    To be eligible to apply, businesses must occupy a property on which they pay business rates, and must have been open and trading on 4 November 2020. They must have been required to close for at least four weeks because of the national lockdown, or have adapted their business to offer takeaway or a ‘click and collect’ service.

    Three levels of grants are available depending on the rateable value of the business:

    • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants will be £1,334 for the four weeks
    • For properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and below £51,000, grants will be £2,000 for the four weeks
    • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants will be £3,000 for the four weeks.

    Daventry District Council is distributing the grant in the District and is urging eligible businesses to submit a claim as soon as they can.

    Councillor Colin Morgan, Resource Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council said: “Local businesses are the lifeblood our communities and the local economy, and our staff have been working hard since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure they receive the Government funding support that they are entitled to.

    “The fund offers vital support at this incredibly challenging time, and I would urge local businesses who think they might qualify to visit our website and apply online as soon as possible.”

    To find out more information and submit an application online, please visit the Daventry Council Web Site LRSG

    Please bring this to the attention of any business that you think might benefit.