Your Last Chance

To Comment On Conservation Area Proposals

Consultation on the proposals to create conservation areas in Woodford and Hinton will close on Monday, 9th December at 5:00pm.

This is your last chance to comment.

You can find out what is involved and get links to the relevant documents and comment forms  via this post.

You can learn what happens next in the process from this summary of the recent drop-in meeting.

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

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Great Central Way – Burglary

Police Appeal for Information

Three industrial units were broken into in the early hours of Wednesday 4th December 2019.

This took place at Great Central Way Industrial Estate in Woodford Halse.

Please contact 101 with any information or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

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Don’t Ignore Road Closed Signs!

Danger of Exposed Gas Pipes

A message from PCSO Carl Barton:

Several motorists have been moving the road closed signs on Woodford Road in Byfield and driving through to Woodford Halse.

There are live exposed gas pipes on the road.   This is extremely dangerous.

road cosed & diversion sign

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Highway Warden Words…

Concerns Over Byfield Road Diversion

For folk not on Facebook, here is a recent post from Pat Knight, the Parish Highways Warden regarding the problems with the vehicles failing to use the authorised diversion ….

“Representing the Parish Council as Highway Warden I spoke with Northants County Council Highways about the state of Farndon Road and the back road to Byfield being used by the buses while Dolls Hill is closed. A lengthy discussion!!!. A highways inspector will attend and inspect the roads and report back. No time scale given. Do not hold your breath. Sorry there is nothing more positive. There is only so much we can do. I would urge anyone who can to report the holes and broken road edges on Street Doctor. The more complaints the more likely there will be a bit of urgency.”

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10/12/19 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 10th December 2019 :-

Council Agenda 10/12/19 

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

Points to be covered at this meeting include:-

      • Update on replacing street lighting in the village
      • Reports on Woodland & Police
      • Appointing a Community Library Committee
      • Considering a draft budget and precept for 2020-2021
      • Planning application for Woodford Hill House
      • Considering roofing and gutter repairs on village halls and an electrical vehicle charging point in the village.

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.

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Xmas 2019 Rubbish & Recycling

Three Weeks To Go…..

With only three weeks until Xmas its worth re-posting what’s happening about refuse collections over the Christmas period.

You can watch this video on how refuse and recycling collections are affected this Christmas.

Christmas 2019 Waste and Recycling Collections

Households are encouraged to find out more about arrangements for waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

All collections

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

If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Saturday, 28 December.

If your collection is due on Boxing Day (Thursday, 26 December) it will instead take place on Sunday, 29 December.

If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, 1 January) this will instead take place on Saturday, 4 January.

During the week beginning 23 December, all households will get an extra blue bin recycling collection on their usual collection day. This includes households whose collections have been rescheduled from Christmas Day and Boxing Day to the following weekend.

Garden waste collections for those subscribed to the service there will be a short break in collections during w/c 23 December so that crews can focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Waste bins – your black bin will continue to be collected as normal on its three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Recycling – Your blue recycling bin will continue to be collected as usual over Christmas and New Year. There will be an extra collection for all households during week beginning 23 December – please place your blue bin out with your food waste on your usual collection day.

Extra recycling will also be collected if you cannot fit into your blue bin – please place items into clear or white bags next to your boxes (not black or green sacks).

Don’t forget that a range of festive items can be recycled, including foil-free Christmas cards and wrapping paper, sweet tins and drinks bottles.

Food waste bins will continue to be collected weekly for all households on their usual collection day.

Christmas trees – Households can put their real Christmas trees in their garden waste bin or alternatively place them alongside their bins on the usual day of collection week beginning 6 January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees. You can also take trees to the local household waste recycling centre – find your nearest at Daventry DC Recycling.

Check your collections calendar – You can check your bin collection dates on the calendar delivered to you in June, or by searching your postcode on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk.

You can also check your collection day and set up alerts on your mobile by downloading the free Daventry District Council app from the Apple or Google Play stores.

Reporting a Missed Bin at Christmas and New Year

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Thursday, 2 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk

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Police Appeal : 29/11/19

M1 Junction 18 : Midnight : Friday 29 November 2019

Collision investigators are appealing to trace anyone with information after a pedestrian died while attempting to cross the M1 in Northamptonshire.

At around 23.55 hours on Friday, November 29, a man crossed the southbound carriageway of the motorway close to the DIRFT terminal at junction 18.

Northamptonshire Police LogoHe then climbed over the central reservation and crossed three lanes of the northbound carriageway before he was in collision with a grey Volkswagen Polo, which then pulled over.

The man was then struck by further vehicles, none of which stopped, and died at the scene.

Any motorists who may have been in collision with the man are urged to contact Northamptonshire Police, and anyone who saw the man crossing the M1 on either carriageway is also asked to get in touch, especially if they have dashcam footage.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information about it should call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615, regarding incident 705 of November 29, 2019.

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Conservation Area Meeting

Drop-In Session

If you didn’t get the chance to go along to the drop in session about the proposed Conservation Area in Woodford and Hinton in the Old School Cafe yesterday, here is a short summary of what happens next:-

  1. Daventry District Council will finish the consultation process. This has to be completed by 5:00pm on Monday December 9th. If you have any comments to make on the proposals you can still do so up to that time using the comments form on the DDC web site.
  2. After the consultation is closed, DDC staff will prepare a report noting any suggested changes to the Conservation Area. This will be published as a “Statement of Consultation” and presented to Council sometime in the New Year.
  3. If the Council decide to adopt the proposal the final version will be published and will come into force. This will not be affected by the plans for unitary authorities in Northamptonshire.

This is your last chance to comment. Once this consultation closes the proposals will be finalised without further consultation. There is no public vote on the plan as there was for the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Read The Proposals

You can find out more with links to the DDC documents and feedback form in this post on the Signpost.

The Areas Affected

Details of the areas and what the plan means for residents are contained in the Conservation Area plan but this map shows the extent of the area covered by the changes.

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

 

 

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Web Site Housekeeping

Menu Muck Up

I’ve just noticed that the menu system at the top of the page had become completely mucked up. I’m not sure how long it has been like that but it was probably back to when I added the “Xmas 2019” entry to the menu last week.

So, firstly, apologies for any confusion.

Secondly its fixed (or should be) now.

Village History

Also, I’ve updated the “short history of the village” which is available in either an A4 format or A5 format (for those with better eye sight and less paper in their printers). This is also available via the village history page.

Woodford's History, cover page

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200 Bus Service 3/12/19

According to a separate update the 16:20 200 service from Banbury and the 17:20 from Daventry will not operate for the duration of the road works. We’ve updated the original post on the diversions and bus stops to reflect this.

Tweet Image Service 200

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Daventry Xmas Fun

Friday December 6th

Daventry’s  Spirit of Christmas Event

Come along to meet Santa’s reindeer, enjoy festive fun and games including face painters, balloon modelers and yummy hot chocolate before following the annual lantern parade through Daventry town centre at 6pm. Whats more it’s all FREE!

Find out more on the Daventry Town Council website.

Daventry Xmas 2019 Events

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Give Car Thieves A Frosty Reception.

Advice from Neighbourhood Alert about car defrosting on these cold mornings…

car defrosting warningCar Defrosting Tips

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Don’t Forget : Conservation Area Exhibition

3rd December at the Old School Cafe

Don’t forget that Daventry District Council is holding an exhibition on the proposed conservation areas for Woodford Halse and Hinton in the Old School Cafe on Tuesday 3rd December between  3:30pm and 7:00pm.

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

Daventry District Council logo

Details of the proposals and how you can comment can be found via this post.

DDC officers will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.

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December Byfield Road Closure

December 2nd to 15th

Road Works Warning SignDon’t forget that Byfield Road will be closed between Membris Way and the Byfield 5 Ways roundabout from Monday December 2nd to Sunday 15th.

You can check on updates at the One Network page here and we will try to update this post with any news on the work as it goes on.

 

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200 Bus Diversion

Roadworks on Byfield Road

Here’s an update on the way the Byfield Road roadworks will affect bus service 200 between 2nd and 15th December 2019 when the Byfield Road will be closed…

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 3rd December 2019

During the works:

  • the 16:20 200 service from Banbury will not operate
  • the 17:20 from Daventry will not operate.

Stagecoach apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Byfield Road, in Woodford Halse, will be closed for roadworks from Monday 2nd December 2019 until Sunday 15th December 2019

During these works, the 200 service will be on diversion from Byfield, via Church Street and Farndon Road, to Hinton Green and Phipps Road in Woodford Halse. It will use the same route, in reverse,  when returning from Woodford Halse.

The following stops will not be served during these works:-

  • The stops at Dolls Hill, in Byfield, on Woodford Road. ( both sides of the road)
  • Membris Way and The Fire Station, on Byfield Road, in Woodford Halse. (both sides of the road)

A Temporary Stop will be in use , on Church Street, Byfield, for passengers that use Dolls Hill, or board in Byfield for Daventry and do not wish to travel around Woodford Halse first.

Passengers using Membris Way and The Fire Station should use the stop on Phipps Road as an alternative

 

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Xmas 2019 Crime Prevention

Helpful advice on crime prevention in the festive season (don’t forget you can find all our Xmas 2019 posts here) from Les Conopo (Police, Community Support Officer, Daventry & South Northants)….

A Time For Giving (& Taking)

Northamptonshire Police LogoThe festive season is a time for giving, but sadly also for taking – the dark nights, social occasions, gifts and increased cash people have on them mean there are lots of attractive opportunities for criminals. We’re working hard to keep you safe, but there are simple steps you can take to help us.

At Home

  • Don’t leave Christmas presents under your tree if they are in view of windows or doors.
  • Make sure windows and doors are kept locked
  • Property-mark presents and valuables with your postcode, house number or name, then register them with Immobilise at www.immoblise.com. Note down model numbers and serial numbers of all electrical items.
  •  Never keep large amounts of cash at home and check you have adequate home insurance.
  • Be mindful of what you post on social media – don’t advertise you have expensive new gifts or that you’re out and your home is therefore empty
  • Make your house look occupied if you’re not at home. Invest in a timer to turn your lights on or, if you can, ask a family member or neighbour to pop in and do it. If they can also open and close your curtains at random times of the day it helps prevent criminals from seeing a pattern, making it harder for them to target your home.
  • Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly. Leaving boxes outside will give away the fact that you have new and valuable items in the house.

Personal Safety

  • When Christmas shopping, be aware of how much you are carrying with you. Things like smart phones, digital devices and extra cash to buy presents mean you could be the ideal target for thieves. Don’t take out valuables you don’t need.
  • When you are out and about at Christmas, don’t leave your bag unattended. Keep your purse safe in an internal pocket, and never write down your PIN.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended. It takes a matter of seconds for someone to tamper with your drink.
  • Consider getting a personal safety alarm. Don’t allow threats of crime to intimidate you into never going anywhere alone. Just be aware of what’s going on around you and be confident that you can keep safe.
  • Plan your journey home. If you use a taxi, ensure it is registered. If you have to walk home, only walk with friends you know well, stick to well-lit and busy streets, and make sure someone knows the route you are taking.

Vehicle Security

  • When you’re out Christmas shopping, look for a well-lit, busy area to park in. For   additional  security look out for the Park Mark security approved car parks.
  • Make sure nothing is left on display in your car. Even small items can be tempting to a thief.
  • Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you.
  • Car crime accounts for more than a quarter of all reported crime in the UK, so always lock your car and make sure windows are closed every time you leave it, even for very short periods.
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Thieves will steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows.

Other Concerns

Christmas can sadly be a time when family tensions are heightened and domestic abuse can occur or increase. If you, or someone you know, is suffering any form of domestic abuse, call us on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Help is also available from Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service –  or 0300 0120154

The festive season also presents extra fire hazards, from fairy lights to flammable decorations and Christmas trees. Find fire prevention advice at Northants Fire Service.
In the event of a fire get out, stay out and call 999.

 

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10/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 23rd October 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 23rd October 2019

These minutes refer to this Planting Plan for trees in the riverside area this winter. Subsequent to this month’s meeting the planting has been scheduled for December 14th.

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 will be on 18th December 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

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Plant A Tree For The Woodland

Volunteers Needed 14/12/19

We’re looking for tree planting volunteers please on Saturday 14th December at 11am.

We have been very kindly donated 435 new little saplings, a mixture of Rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, field maple and green willow.

The ground has been prepared in the riverside part of the Woodland and we now need some volunteers for a couple of hours (children welcome with adults) to help plant these.

Riverside Treet Planting Area

If you can come along, please meet at the Byfield Road end of the Cinder Path close to the Great Central Way industrial park at 11:00am on Saturday 14th December. Bring bulb planters or a small spade.

Thank you from the Great Central Woodland Committee.

Telephone Ruth Curzon for any information 07855040710.

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10/19 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 8th October 2019. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 8th October 2019

This Month

The October meeting included:-

About Council Meetings

Meetings are always open to the public. The agenda is published before the meetings on this web site and on notice boards around the village. Council meetings are normally on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall. Dates for forthcoming meetings were included in these minutes.

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Election Candidates 2019

Here is the formal notification of those nominated as candidates for our parliamentary constituency at the forthcoming General Election…..

Statement of Persons Nominated & Notice of Poll for December 12th 2019

The polling stations for the village are numbers 71 and 76 in the list.

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Daventry Comfort & Joy Appeal

Could you help spread some comfort and joy this Christmas?

You can 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 Community Safety web site.

How Can You Help?

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 Tuesday 17 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.

The Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, which runs a number of refuges across Northamptonshire, will once again be helping to distribute the parcels.

Suggested Donations:

Comfort donations

    • Soap
    • Body Wash
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Deodorant
    • Sanitary products
    • Nappies and wipes
    • Toothbrush/paste for adults and children

Joy donations

    • Perfume/aftershave
    • Hats and scarves
    • Make-up
    • Toys
    • Books
    • Arts and crafts

Food donations

  • Mince pies
  • Tea and coffee
  • Chocolates
  • Cereal
  • Dry pasta
  • Baby food

If You Or Anyone You Know Are Affected By Domestic Violence

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.

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December 2019 WOW

December WOW Is Out Now

The December 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter is being delivered.

As always, there is news of local events and the usual directory of handy parish contacts, local societies.

Here is the electronic version:

WOW December 2019

If you do not receive yours by the end of the week, you can always collect a copy from many of the village shops, including Village Meats, Top to Toe, Bobbies Newsagents & Mr. Mannion’s Barbers.

There is NO WOW in January. Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for February 2020 – is Wednesday 15th January 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

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Xmas 2019 Page

With Christmas only a month away,  we’ve added a new page to the Signpost for the festive season to keep track of all the posts relating to Xmas 2019 opening times and local services.

You can find it here: Xmas 2019 Posts or if you check the top of the page you should see it as the last entry in the menu.

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Cafe Xmas Opening

Old School Cafe

The Old School Cafe will be closed for Xmas holidays from 4.00pm on Saturday 21st December and will reopen 8.30am Tuesday 14th January 2020.

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Library Xmas Opening

New Year – New Library

Woodford's Community Library at the Village CentreThe Library will be closed over the Christmas break  between 25th December and 7th January. It reopens on January 8th as Woodford’s own community library, led by the volunteer team.

New volunteers are welcome. To find out what is involved and how to be part of running OUR library contact Patricia Darby by email at patriciadarby@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

 

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The Bells Of St Mary’s

Bell Ringing in Woodford Halse

Geoffrey Stretton, the Tower Captain of Eydon & Woodford Halse, has provided this news about a bell ringing on Saturday afternoon in memory of Derek Thornton.

The Village Church

A visiting band of ringers from Maids Moreton and Buckingham, will be in attendance to ring the bells of St. Mary the Virgin church, Woodford Halse,  on Saturday 23rd November between 3.00 – 3.45 pm.

This will then be followed by a Quarter Peel to be rung by local friends, from surrounding villages, in memory of the late Derek Thornton, on the second anniversary of his last ring. Derek was a past tower captain of Woodford Halse, who lived all his married life in Hinton Road and died in May 2018. Anyone wishing to come along and listen to this peel would be most welcome to sit in the church and watch.

In 1974, Derek was instrumental in getting the Woodford bells ringing again after many years of silence. They had not been rung since the early 1950’s having fallen into a state of disrepair with broken wheels, ropes and stays. It was through his drive and enthusiasm together with that of the Rev Haydn Smart (who died last week) and Gerald Smith, that enabled these bells to be refurbished and increased from 5 to a 6 bell ring. In 1987 Derek took over as tower captain from Gerald Smith and remained so until his death. In 2013 he was made Honorary Life Member of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. Derek’s last ring was in Nov 2017 at the age of 92.

 

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Stable Mates Fun Day

Christmas Fun & Meet the Animals

Saturday 21st December at 5, Scrivens Hill….

To book places, call Kate Kee on  01327 260627 or email info@stablematestherapy.com.

stablemates fun day

 

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HS2 Drop-In Meetings

Wardington & Chipping Warden Road Works

HS2 are hosting a series of drop-in meetings for folk interested in the road works and road closures taking place around Wardington and Chipping Warden as part of the developments related to HS2.

Dates available are 27/11, 4/12 & 11/12.

Details can be found in this flyer.

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Business Directory Update

Updated Directory & Opening Times

When we updated the Business Directory last month we missed out Laurence Tremayne, the new estate agents in Station Road. We’ve corrected that in this update.

Here’s our latest directory and our list of opening times.

Business Directory December 2019

Opening Times November 2019

You can always get to this information via our Business Directory page.

If we’ve got something wrong, or if you’d like to update or add details, please let us know: signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

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Canons Ashby Festivities

November to January Events Announced

There is a whole series of events at Canons Ashby house in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.

Canons Ashby ChristmasActivities and events include:-

  • Guided house tours
  • Family Crafting for Christmas (23 & 24/11/19)
  • Classical Music Christmas (24/11/19)
  • Festive Wreath Workshops (27 & 28/11/19)
  • Reindeer Trail (30/11/19 to 19/12/19)
  • Christmas through the Ages in the House
  • Christmas Story Time (5/12/19 & 12/12/19)
  • Festive Hand Bells (7/12/19)
  • Candlelit Evening Tours (13/12/19 and other times)
  • New Years Walk (2/1/20)

Find out more at the Canons Ashby events page.

 

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A Victorian Christmas

Woodford Halse History Society

The History Society’s  December meeting is on Tuesday 17th December 2019 when the speaker will be Emilie Taylor-Brown on: –

A Victorian Christmas“A Victorian Christmas: Pies, Puddings and Indigestion”

This will be followed appropriately by a glass of wine and mince pies to start the Christmas Festive Season.

Their January meeting on the 21st of the month is a meal and quiz for members and friends at a suitable venue to be arranged which will be confirmed at the December meeting. Monthly history talks will resume on Tuesday 18th February 2020.

Meetings are at the Memorial Hall in Woodford commencing at 7-30pm.

The talks are usually of one hour followed by a social time with refreshments.

Annual Membership fee is £15 and a charge of £3 per evening is made for Visitors. Refreshments are included.

NEW MEMBERS & VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

Printed programmes are available at the various businesses in the village that support the History Society with their advertising and further information can be seen on their web site.

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11/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27th November 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

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December Election

Make Sure You Can Vote

Daventry District Council has issued the following advice regarding next month’s election…

Poll Cards Being Sent Out

DDC LogoPoll cards are being sent to homes throughout the Daventry constituency ahead of next month’s General Election.

The poll cards contain information about how to vote on polling day, including the location of people’s polling stations and the voting hours, which run from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 12 December.

When voting on the day, it is helpful if people take their poll cards with them, but if you do not have it with you, you can still vote.

Daventry District Council verifies and counts the votes for the Daventry Parliamentary Constituency, which includes Daventry District as well as to two wards from the borough of Wellingborough (Earls Barton and West) and the South Northamptonshire district wards of Harpole & Grange, and Heyfords & Bugbrooke.

You Can Still Register

Those who are not yet registered to vote still have time to register in order to have their say in this election. This should be done at the Government’s Register to Vote page by midnight on Tuesday 26 November.

If You Cannot Vote In Person

People who would like to vote by post have until 5pm on Tuesday 26 November to submit their application. Once people have received their postal vote they should mark their vote on the ballot paper and send it back so that it arrives by close of poll, which is 10pm on Thursday 12 December.

Anyone who cannot get to a polling station and wishes to appoint someone to vote on their behalf can apply for a proxy vote up to 5pm on Wednesday 4 December, though if an elector falls ill or is called away on business after this date, they may be able to apply for a proxy vote up to 5pm on 12 December.

Find Out More

For more information about the election, including details of how to apply for a postal or proxy vote and the list of candidates, please visit Daventry Council’s General Election 2019 page.

 

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Pantomime at the Social Club

Jack & The Bean Stalk

The 2019 village panto at the Social Club…..Sunday 29th December.

Doors Open 1pm

Show Starts 2pm

Tickets £6

Under 4’s Free

Member and Non Members Welcome

Tickets on sale now, behind the bar.

 

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Posada In Woodford

A Hispanic Christmas Tradition

Julie Swann has written telling us of something new for this Christmas. Posada is a Hispanic tradition which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK (particularly in village communities). It celebrates the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. The figures of Mary, Joseph and a donkey travel from house to house (or shop, or school etc) during Advent.   Each night different people host the Holy Family before passing it on to the next host.  They arrive together with a story book, album to put in photos of their adventures and hosts as well as prayers or messages and an advent candle to light.

This Year In Woodford

Posad Figures

Posad figures, beautifully handcrafted by Mrs Hazel Stagg, a voluntary Pastoral Assistant in the Banbury Methodist Circuit.

Woodford’s own Posada is launched this year on December 1st with Messy Church at Hinton Methodist Church together with St Mary’s.

On the 8th December Posada arrives at St Mary’s and on 15th December Posada will visit the Ecumenical Carol Service for Hinton and St Mary’s at Hinton Methodist Church. Dates and times are all on the Church Diary page.

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Church News December

Christmas & New Year Services

Thanks to Pam Hicks for details of church services in Woodford and around over December and January. Now you can plan your Christmas church going.

Details are on the Church Diary page.

Church News

The Village ChurchPam also passed on the following:-

“The good news for Woodford is that we have raised enough money for the installation of the new heating in the church. We would like to thank everybody who has helped us to reach the target so quickly. People came out in dreadful weather to support the ‘Warm Up Sale’, have sponsored radiators and have given donations. We have also been lucky to receive some grants towards the total of £35,000.

We anticipate that work on the heating will start on 2nd December and we hope that it will be finished in time for Christmas services.

Do come to the services when you will receive a ‘warm welcome’.

Many of you will have heard that both Reverend Geoff and Reverend Stevie will be retiring next year. Geoff will be leaving at the end of January and Stevie some time after Easter. Geoff’s last service will be the Benefice Service at St. Mary’s Church on 26th January.”

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New Parish Council Logo

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the Parish Council decided to adopt a new logo .

Here is what the new logo looks like…..

Parish Council Logo

Where Will This Be Used?

The new logo is intended for use on parish documents, the Signpost and other media. You will see it being used on parish notices and in other places as new items are produced.

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Remember Daffodil Planting

Volunteers To Help, Please 

Please don’t forget this event on Saturday!

We have been kindly donated 15kgs of daffodil bulbs to be planted on the Kings Corner green in Station Road, close to the bus stop.

We need just one hour of help on Saturday 16th of November between 10.30 am and 11.30 am to get these planted in the ground. 

Please bring just yourselves a bit of energy and some garden gloves, we will be meeting at the bus stop thank you. 

A 3 inch spade would be helpful to make the slots.

If you can help, or for more information, please contact Ruth Curzon 07855040710 

View of Kings Corner

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Floods Latest

Keeping You Up To Date

The Environment Agency has updated their advice regarding the River Cherwell between Charwelton and Upper Heyford.

Environment Agency Logo“Flooding is possible – be prepared

Property flooding is possible. River levels remain high and are still rising along the upper River Cherwell as a result of heavy rainfall overnight, particularly around Banbury and below. The risk of flooding remains high. Further light rainfall is forecast over the next few hours with a band of rain crossing the area this evening. The river will remain high for the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation and our incident response staff have been in the area clearing weed/trash screens today. Please remain safe and aware of your local surroundings and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses. This message will be updated this evening, 15/11/2019, or as the situation changes.

This information was last updated at 11:28am Friday 15 November 2019

You can access Environment Agency warnings directly at their web site.

And you can track the water level at the Hinton Road Cherwell Bridge here (yesterday it was at 2.6m, now, 13:30, its down to 1.7m).

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Daventry Police & Immigration Enforcement

Northamptonshire Police LogoSam Dobbs, Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant for Daventry District, has sent out an update on the work going on between Northants Police and HM Immigration Enforcement Officers in Daventry and officers at Daventry District Council.

Police, Immigration Officers  and DDC staff are all concerned to prevent exploitation of immigrants, a task given even more importance following the tragic death of 39 Vietnamese immigrants recently.

The public is asked to look out for and report properties which are over-occupied, commercial properties where people are sleeping, and businesses which may be employing illegal immigrants or asylum seekers (providing poor accommodation and reduced wages). By doing so you will help protect vulnerable and exploited people.

Find Out More

The full report is available here: November 2019 Immigration Update

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New Councillor Co-opted

At Tuesday’s Council meeting Ms Geri Rowe was invited to join the Parish Council.

Geri will be taking on the role of Planning Lead for the Council.

You can find a full list of councillors here and a list of individual councillor roles here.

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URGENT: Library

From Patricia Darby,

Unfortunately, due to Northants County Council staff sickness, the library will NOT be open between 2:00 and 6:00 tomorrow, Thursday November 14th, as planned.

We expect that the library will be open again on Friday November 15th as normal.

We apologise for the closure and for the short notice.

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Archaeology for HS2

Excavations on the Edgecote Battlefield

For those interested in local archaeology. Fusion, HS2’s contractors, have published details of the archaeological investigation work that they will be carrying out in the Edgcote area.

Knight at Edgecote 2009

From the re-enactment on the battlefield site in 2009

Trenches will be dug in areas that are thought to have been part of the 1469 Wars of the Roses battlefield.

According to the Battlefields Trust, Edgcote is on of the less well understood battles of the period, so it must be hoped that these investigations add to our knowledge of this local historical event.

Find Out More

You can find out more:-

Fusion’s announcement of the works here

A map of the battlefield (from the Battlefield Trust’s web site) here

Wikipedia article on the Battle of Edgecote

Battlefields Trust Resource Page for Edgcote

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Beep Assist

DDC Housing Provider Aims To Help Independent Living

Daventry District Council has asked us to pass on this information from Futures Housing, who took over Daventry District Council’s social housing stock in 2007.

Futures Housing has introduced Beep Assist, a service designed to help people to live independently at home for longer.

Beep Assist Logo

The service uses sensors and other technology to detect situations that are a risk for the occupant or to provide reminders or warnings. If you would like to find out more you can read this flyer on Beep Assist, visit their web site, or download this referral form to make contact with them.

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Courier Fraud Warning

Northants Police Alert

Northamptonshire Police LogoNorthamptonshire Police have issued this warning after five recent courier fraud incidents…..

Police are warning people to stay vigilant after five Northamptonshire residents fell victim to scam phone calls in the last two days.

The incidents happened between Thursday, November 7 and today (Saturday, November 9) and involved calls made by fraudsters claiming to be Police officers and in this instance being from Paddington Green Police Station, to residents in Irchester, Kettering and Wellingborough.

All involved the caller saying there had been fraudulent activity on their account and asking if they could assist police with their investigation by going to their local branch and withdrawing cash over the counter.

A police spokesman said: “Police would NEVER ask you to withdraw money as part of an investigation and hand it to a courier.

“Luckily, most people recognise these calls are fraudulent and refuse to hand over any money, however these scammers are extremely persuasive and unfortunately there are some occasions where people fall prey to them and lose thousands of pounds.

“Please help us to raise awareness by sharing this with your friends and family, especially if they are vulnerable or elderly. If you do receive one of these fraudulent telephone calls, please make sure you report it to us as soon as possible.”

What You Can Do

Northamptonshire Police offers the following crime prevention advice:

  • Always be dubious about unknown callers, even those who claim to be officials.
  • Don’t be afraid to put the phone down with a brief ‘No, thank you’.
  • NEVER give personal information, such as date of birth or bank details, to unexpected callers.
  • Remember that the police or your bank would NEVER unexpectedly call and ask you to withdraw cash or move money to another account as a result of fraud or any other reason.
  • If callers suggest calling police or the bank to check who they are, use another phone or ensure the line has been fully disconnected by phoning a friend or relative first, or by waiting at least five minutes, otherwise you might think you have phoned a number but you’re simply talking to the fraudsters again. This is a common scam tactic.
  • If a caller asks you to type your bank PIN into your telephone handset, do not do this, as fraudsters can use technology to identify the numbers.
  • You can opt out of many cold calls by registering for free with the Telephone Preference Service on 0845 070 0707.

For further advice go to: door-to-door-courier-fraud warning

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Always call 999 to report a crime in progress.

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Remembrance Day in the Memorial Glade

As part of the village’s Remembrance Day commemorations, Paul Blackwell, Vice Chair of the Parish Council and Chair of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee, laid a wreath at the stone in the Woodland Memorial Glade.

Paul Blackwell laying a wreath at the Mmemorial Stone
Memorial Stone & Wreath
Armed Forces Memorial Bench

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Conservation Area Exhibition

3rd December at the Old School Cafe

Daventry District Council is holding an exhibition on the proposed conservation areas for Woodford Halse and Hinton in the Old School Cafe on Tuesday 3rd December between  3:30pm and 7:00pm.

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

Daventry District Council logo

Details of the proposals and how you can comment can be found via this post.

DDC officers will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.

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09/19 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 10th September 2019. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 10th September 2019

This Month

The September meeting included:-

  • Police Reports for July & August.
  • Discussion of planned parking restrictions in the village
  • Update on the Library
  • Highway Warden Report
  • A proposal on the use of the old air raid shelter (attached separately)
  • Details of expenditure & income (attached separately)

About Council Meetings

Meetings are always open to the public. The agenda is published before the meetings on this web site and on notice boards around the village. Council meetings are normally on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall. Dates for forthcoming meetings were included in these minutes.

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08/19 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 13th August 2019. (Minutes are normally published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved. Apologies for the delay to this post).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 13th August 2019

This Month

The short August meeting (normally Council does not meet in August) included:-

  • Discussion of planning applications
  • Woodland Committee expense approval
  • Parish street lighting review

About Council Meetings

Meetings are always open to the public. The agenda is published before the meetings on this web site and on notice boards around the village. Council meetings are normally on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall. Dates for forthcoming meetings were included in these minutes.

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07/19 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 9th July 2019. (Minutes are normally published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved, Apologies for the delay to this post).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 9th July 2019

This Month

The July meeting included:-

About Council Meetings

Meetings are always open to the public. The agenda is published before the meetings on this web site and on notice boards around the village. Council meetings are normally on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall. Dates for forthcoming meetings were included in these minutes.

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Old Post Office – Stock Clearance

The old post office (corner of Church Street & Castle Road) will be opening at new times from next week….

Wednesdays 10.00 to 2.00 pm

Saturdays 10.00 to 1.00 pm

This is an opportunity to buy cards, stationary, art and craft and other sundries.

All stock must go.

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Notice of 2019 General Election

This is the formal notice of election for the UK Parliamentary Election on Thursday, December 12th 2019.

Notice of Election 12th December 2019

Closing date for nominations is 12:00 midnight Thursday 14th November.

New voter registrations must be received before 12:00 midnight on Tuesday 26th November.

Applications for postal votes must be received by 5:00pm on Wednesday 4th December.

Applications for proxy votes must be received by 5:00pm on Wednesday 4th December.

 

 

 

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12/11/19 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 12th November 2019 :-

Council Agenda 12/11/19 

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

Points to be covered at this meeting include:-

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.

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HS2 Ground Works

Details of ground works on the route of HS2 the between Thorpe Mandeville and Southam.

HS2 do not expect these works to have any traffic effects, although those near to them may hear drilling. We are posting this just to keep local residents up to date on the progress of things.

Thorpe Mandeville to Boddington

Boddington to Southam

HS2 locomotive

 

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School Christmas Fair

Woodford School Academy is holding a Christmas Fair at the school on Saturday 7th December between 1;00pm and 4:00pm. Entry £1, includes a raffle ticket.

Woodford School Xmas Fair

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HS2 November News

Latest news from HS2 on work in the surrounding area. ….

HS2 Construction Newsletter November 2019

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Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Parade

A parade to St Mary’s Church will set off from Station Court at 10:00am.

Church Service

Rememberance Poppy10.15am Remembrance Day Service at St Mary’s Woodford Halse followed by refreshments in the Dryden Hall.

Horse Parade

Horses and riders will gather at The Fleur at 9:00am before riding off along High Street, Scrivens Hill, Byfield Road, Phipps Road and Station Road where they will form up behind the parade who will already have mustered there.  Then everybody parades to the Church for the Remembrance Service.

At The The Fleur De Lys

The Fleur will be open from 11:30am with live music from 1:30pm.

From 12:00pm bacon or sausage baps will be available @ £2:00 each with proceeds going to Help for Heroes.

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Daffodil Diggers

Volunteers To Help, Please 

We have been kindly donated 15kgs of daffodil bulbs to be planted on the Kings Corner green in Station Road, close to the bus stop.

We need just one hour of help on Saturday 16th of November between 10.30 am and 11.30 am to get these planted in the ground. 

Please bring just yourselves a bit of energy and some garden gloves, we will be meeting at the bus stop thank you. 

A 3 inch spade would be helpful to make the slots.

If you can help, or for more information, please contact Ruth Curzon 07855040710 

View of Kings Corner

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Local Business

Updated Directory & Opening Times

We are always happy to promote businesses based in Woodford. Here’s our latest directory and our list of opening times.

Business Directory November 2019

Opening Times November 2019

You can always get to this information via our Business Directory page.

If we’ve got something wrong, or if you’d like to update or add details, please let us know: signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

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Whizz! Bang! (Delayed)

At the Sports & Community Club

Tonight’s fireworks event has been delayed because of concerns about safety due to the weather. The organisers hope that ticket holders will understand and will still be able to make the new date.

Sunday November 3rd is now fireworks night in the village at the Woodford Halse Sports and Community Club…..

You can pay on the gate. Family Ticket £12, adult ticket £5, child £3. Under 4s are free.

The gates open at 5pm, fireworks display will start at about 6pm followed the lighting of the fire. This will be followed by a family disco in the clubhouse.

Woodford School FSA will be selling tea, coffee, hot chocolate, burgers/cheeseburgers and frankfurter hotdogs to keep the hunger pangs at bay while you wait!

Please remember that due to health and safety, we unfortunately cannot have sparklers at the event.

 

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Conservation Area Consultation

Give DDC Your Views

Daventry District Council (DDC) are asking for the public’s views on a Draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for Woodford Halse and Hinton.

There are proposals to introduce a number of Article 4 Directions in the Daventry District.

Article 4 Directions can be put in place on buildings or features of buildings which are considered important to the historic and architectural interest of the area, requiring the owner to secure planning permission before making any changes to them.

Proposed Conservation Area

Conservation Area Proposed for Woodford Halse

 

They would apply to a range of properties in the Conservation Areas concerned, covering alterations including the painting of exterior walls, building or demolishing porches, installing solar panels, replacing chimneys and other work.

Hinton Conservation Area

Conservation Area Proposed for Hinton

 

The consultation on the Article 4 Direction proposals runs until 5pm on Friday 6 December, while the deadline to comment on the Woodford Halse and Hinton Conservation Area is 5pm on Monday 9 December.

You can find the proposals and the link to an online comment survey here.

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Jet’s Barber Shop

Opening Today

The latest recruit to Woodford’s Station Road shops is opening today.

Jet’s Barber Shop is open Mondays to Saturdays, 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Jet's Barber Flyer

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A Flurry of Fleur Events

Thanks to Monica for sending through details of events at the Fleur for Remembrance Sunday and in December….

Remembrance Sunday @The Fleur De Lys

The Fleur will be open on Sunday 10th November from 11:30am with live music from 1:30pm.

Help For HeroesFrom 12:00pm bacon or sausage baps will be available @ £2:00 each with proceeds going to Help for Heroes

Christmas Hamper Draw tickets on sale from Sunday 10 November – £1.50 ticket

Events For December

Thurs 5 Dec:  Open Mic night 7.30pm

Friday 6 Dec:  Mr Disco 8.00pm

Sunday 15 Dec:  Christmas Hamper Draw 5.30pm

Thursday 19 Dec:  Fleur Pub Quiz

Sat 21 Dec:  Live Music (Mike Gibbons Band) 8.30pm

Thu 28 Dec:  Live Music (Liquid Insanity) 8.30pm

Tues 31 Dec: Disco/Karaoke 8.00pm

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Byfield Theft Appeal

Tools stolen, 30-50 Banbury Lane, Byfield

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a theft from a Nissan pick up truck.

This happened between Saturday 26th October 2019 from 9pm and Sunday 27th October 2019, 9am.

Did you witness anything?

Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If you have evidential CCTV relating to this occurrence please send to force.control@northants.pnn.police.uk  quoting the reference number.

Call 101 Reference: 19000580006

In an emergency, when there is a crime in progress or a life at risk, always call 999.

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit the Northants Police web site.

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering Daventry Town and surrounding villages they can be contacted on the following email: NeighbourhoodTeamDaventry@northants.police.uk

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous.  These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers web site.

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Register for December’s Vote

The Coming General Election

It looks like there will be a General Election for a new Government on December 12th, 2019.

In order to vote you MUST be registered.

Registration is simple. Once you have registered you are eligible to vote in all elections, national and local, as well as in referenda like the one held for our village plan in 2018.

You can register to vote if you are over 16 but you cannot vote before your eighteenth birthday.

How To Register

You can register to vote for free here.

You can also apply for a postal vote or to have someone else vote on your behalf (proxy vote).

Canvassers working on behalf of Daventry District Council are out and about chasing up the voter registration enquiry forms that were sent to households. They may knock your door in the evenings but they do have ID.

Registration Deadlines (To Be Confirmed)

The deadline to register to vote is likely to be at midnight on Thursday 21 November.

The deadline for new postal vote applications, or changes to existing postal votes, is likely to be 5pm on Friday 22 November.

The deadline for receiving new proxy vote applications (not by post) will be 5pm on Friday 29 November.

The deadline for applying for an emergency proxy vote – if you are suddenly ill for example – is 5pm on polling day.

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Road Accident

There are reports on Facebook of a major road accident near the dip on the Byfield Road, between Woodford and Byfield. It appears to involve multiple vehicles. The Air Ambulance has been attending and police and ambulance are reported to be on the scene.

It is probably worth avoiding the road this evening although it has apparently now been reopened.

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Accessibility Update

Changes To The Signpost

Back in May we published this post discussing the work we plan to do in order that this web site meets Web Site Accessibility Regulations.

Accessibility KeyboardWe have installed a tool to help monitor the site and highlight areas that need to be corrected and so you may see changes as the parts of the site that do not comply with the standard are updated. Many of these changes may be hardly noticeable to most users but the changes will make it easier for all users to access what we hope is useful local information.

If you spot any problems or you have suggestions for accessibility (or any other!) improvements to the web site, please let us know: signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

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November 2019 WOW

November WOW Should Be With You

The November 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter is being delivered.

As always, there is news of local events and the usual directory of handy parish contacts, local societies.

Here is the electronic version:

WOW November 2019

If you do not receive yours by the end of the week, you can always collect a copy from many of the village shops, including Village Meats, Top to Toe, Bobbies Newsagents & Mr. Mannion’ Barbers.

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for December 2019 – is Wednesday 13th November. Remember there is NO WOW in January.

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

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

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Sunday Lunch?

The Old School Cafe will be open on Sunday November 3rd and December 1st for lunch. Booking essential!

Old Schoiol Cafe Sunday Lunch

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09/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 25th September 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 25th September 2019

Minutes of the October meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 27th November 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

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Half Term at Canons Ashby

Pumpkins at Canons AshbyCanons Ashby house has a whole series of events over next week for half term, including a bat trail, birds of prey display and a spooky writing workshop for children.

You can find more details here: Canons Ashby Autumn 2019 Half Term

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Byfield Surgery Petitions

GP Medical Care In Woodford and the Surrounding Area

A new, extended, medical centre is part of a planning application for additional houses in Byfield. The application is opposed by Byfield Parish Council but the Medical Centre believes it will have to close if it cannot expand as proposed. It is only possible to fund the new medical centre as part of a new housing development which is making land available for a new centre.

The date for comments on the planning application that will prevent the closure of the Byfield Medical Centre and improve local access to medical services has been extended to Friday 1st November.

Information about the planning application is available here.

Send Your Support

If you want to help ensure that Woodford continues to have a local GP practice you need to support the application. Woodford cum Membris Parish Council has already voted unanimously to do so. The most effective way to show your support for this is by writing to the Daventry District Council planning department as advised in this letter. Individual letters and comments can carry as much weight in the planning process as the Parish Council’s comments. You can comment on-line here by clicking the link “Comment on this application” about halfway down the page.

Our local MP, Chris Heaton Harris has already sent his support, as has the MP for South Northants, Andrea Leadsom.

Sign A Petition

There are also petitions available to be signed in:-

The Vintage Beauty

Marriotts

Popsons

Village Meats

The Old School Cafe

Top to Toe

 

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Church Diary November 2019

The church diary page has been updated with details of all local church services for November 2019.

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Flood Warnings

Yesterday, the UK Environment Agency issued a flood warning for the River Cherwell. Currently (12:30pm Saturday 26th October 2019) the river in the village is inside its normal range.

flood warning signDid you know that you can keep an eye on the current river level at the bridge on Hinton Road by “following” the flood monitor on Twitter or by checking our flood warning page which carries a live indication of the current water level in the Cherwell?

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HS2 & A361

HS2 locomotiveAs part of HS2’s construction work in your area they have issued an update on progress being made on Chipping Warden relief road and on the work on the Welsh Road.

Chipping Warden Relief Road

As the work progresses you will start to see more activities taking place including:

  • Excavation of drainage ponds
  • Construction of the new highway
  • Installation of new drainage and other associated highways equipment
  • Diversion of existing underground and over ground utilities to enable the new highways to be built

Please see below maps showing locations of where the Chipping Warden works will be, the traffic management measures and the diversion routes:

Full road closures and diversion.

Welsh Road Junction

Regarding the Welsh Road junction in Aston Le Walls.

As the work progresses you will start to see more activities taking place including:

• Construction of the new junction

• Installation of new drainage and other associated highways equipment

There are a number of lane closures and temporary traffic lights planned from September 2019 to March 2020 on the A361, Appletree Rd and Welsh Rd.

Please see the below maps, showing locations of the works, traffic management measures and the diversions:

If you have any questions about the HS2 works, please contact the HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

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Library Volunteers Training

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Village LibraryThere will be training for volunteers in the library this Wednesday 23rd October from 10.00am.

New volunteers will be welcome as well as volunteers already working in the library.

The library will be open as normal for everyone.

Please confirm if you wish to attend by email to padarbylibrary@gmail.com

 

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Eydon Road Works

We’ve had advanced warning of road works on the Eydon Road….

We will update this with any further info when received.

Delays possible – Traffic control (two-way signals)

Works location: Over disused railway bridge

Works description: Maintenance and repairs to disused railway bridge

Responsibility for works: Northamptonshire County Council

Current status: Advanced planning

Works reference: JC888EYDONRDEYDONBRIDGE

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Games Club

♤♡♢♧ GAMES CLUB ♧♢♡♤ (Adults only)

games clubStarts Thursday 7th November – 2pm to 5pm (fortnightly) Woodford Halse Sports & Community Club

Word games, board games or cards available and/or bring your own.

ONLY 50p to join and 50p for TEA and CAKE!

More information: Woodford Games Club Facebook page

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10/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

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Carer’s Appeal

Looking For Hairdresser for Home Visits

Northamptonshire Carer’s wrote to us about their support for a carer in Woodford Halse. They are trying to find a local hairdresser who will do home visits, Lunch Clubs and any craft clubs as well as any local support people such as shoppers or home support?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact : Lewis Trasler, CASW, Northamptonshire Carers, 123 Midland Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1LU

Tel: 01933 677837

Mobile: 07395796675

Carers Support Line: 01933 677907

Email: lewist@northamptonshire-carers.org

Website: www.northamptonshire-carers.org

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HS2 Work in Wardington

Fusion working on behalf of HS2 have issued an Advance Works Notification for road construction works on A361 through Wardington.

Works is expected to start in late October on the A361 though Wardington.

You can download Fusion/HS2’s Advanced Works Notification here.

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Burials, Bones & Builders

The next meeting of the Woodford Halse Historical Society is on Tuesday 19th November.

The speaker will be Stephen Wass, a professional archaeologist. His talk will be about the discoveries made at Cropredy, Wormleighton and Burton Dassett entitled: –

Burials, Bones and Builders; archaeological work in three churchyards.

Dig at St Mary's Cropredy

Digging St Mary’s Cropredy Churchyard (used with acknowledgement from www.church-of-st-mary-the-virgin-cropredy.org)

All meetings are at the Memorial Hall in Station Road, Woodford Halse, NN113RB  commencing at 7.30pm.

The talks are usually of one hour followed by a social time with refreshments.

About The History Society

The Annual Membership fee is £15 and a charge of £3 per evening is made for Visitors. Refreshments are included.

New Members and Visitors ALWAYS WELCOME.

Printed programmes are available at the various businesses in the village that support the History Society with their advertising and further information can be seen on their Web Site. (hosted here on the Signpost)

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Winter Crime Prevention

Advice from Northamptonshire Police

As the nights draw in and winter approaches, detectives from Operation Crooked are warning the public that burglars love it when the clocks go back and to encourage them to make their homes as hard a target as possible to hit.

Northamptonshire Police LogoWith many people looking forward to the extra hour in bed on Sunday, October 27, burglars are looking forward to the cover of darkness winter brings, as this darkness helps them to commit their crimes.

Most burglars look for a soft target – homes without lights on that look unoccupied or homes which look insecure and easy to break into. By leaving a light on while you’re out, especially using a timer, you really will reduce your chances of being burgled.

Similarly, we’d advise people to always keep their windows and doors locked and to not leave valuable items in view of anyone who may be looking for easy-pickings. Please don’t leave keys within easy reach either.

We also recognise the huge benefits technology now has in terms of home security with things such as alarms, video doorbells and other remote monitored security cameras really helping us out in terms of investigating and preventing burglaries.  Operation Crooked aims to make Northamptonshire a hostile environment for burglars and we hope that the public follow our advice and help us to make sure that there are no easy pickings for burglars in this county.

If you notice any suspicious activity in your area, please call the police on 101. In case of an emergency or crime in progress, call 999.

For more advice on what you can do to protect your home this winter, please visit:  Northants Police Crime Prevention

The clocks go back one hour on Sunday, October 27.

 

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Anti-Hate Crime Campaign

Daventry District & South Northants Join Forces To Fight Hate Crime

People are urged to spread love, not hate during a campaign week to raise awareness of the impact of hate crime.

DDC & South Northants Community Safety Parnership LogoA hate crime is any offence which is understood by the victim or any other person – including witnesses, friends or family members – as being motivated by prejudice or hate

National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from 12 to 19 October and aims to empower communities to work together to tackle the issue.

As part of the campaign, the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership will be in Daventry town centre on Thursday 17 October offering advice and giving information on hate crime and how to report it locally.

They will also be handing out hate crime awareness window stickers to taxi drivers, for display in their cabs, and distributing beer mats to pubs in the town centre.

People can join in on social media by following the Partnership on Twitter at @Daventry_CSP, where they will be sharing messages to raise awareness of hate crime, using the hashtags #NationalHCAW #WeStandTogether, #NoPLaceForHate #SafePlaceforAll # SpreadLoveNotHate and #StopHateStartHere

People can report hate crimes on Daventry District Council’s website.

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Council Strategy Published

Parish Council’s 2020-2025 Strategy

At  the October meeting of the Parish Council a strategy was agreed for the Council covering the next five years. This strategy is intended to guide decisions on spending and priorities for the services that the council delivers. It is based on feedback from residents and issues raised by them.

The strategy is intended to be reviewed annually and will be used in the budgeting process, for planning activities and monitoring the Council’s progress against key priorities.

You can download the Strategy here or from our Strategy page.

Your feedback is welcomed either in comments to this post or by email to the Parish Clerk.

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Library Closed Today 11/10/19

11th October 2019

The library will be closed today due to Northamptonshire County Council staff sickness. We apologise for the inconvenience. Normal hours will be resumed next week.

Please do not put library books through the letterbox as we do not have a drop in service and books can get damaged.

Library books can be renewed online.

Patricia Darby

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Flu Jab Scam Alert

Byfield Medical Centre Warning

Byfield Medical Centre posted the following on their Facebook page and we’re sharing it here for non-Facebook users….

NHS England and NHS Improvement – East of England have been alerted to an issue whereby a patient appears to have been the victim of a scam relating to flu jabs.

The patient was contacted over the phone by a person purporting to be a GP working at their local GP practice and that, for a fee, the GP could attend their home to administer their flu jab. Unfortunately the patient gave out their bank account details and has sadly suffered a financial loss.

If someone claiming to be from the NHS contacts you by phone and asks for a payment, please be aware they could be a criminal trying to trick you. Most NHS services are free at the point of use and NHS professionals are very unlikely to ask for fees such as prescription charges by phone. We advise you not to share bank account details or other financial information unless you are sure of who you are talking to.

We would ask that you continue to be vigilant.

Reporting NHS fraud

NHS LogoYou can report any concerns or suspicions you have about fraud or corruption within the NHS or wider health group to the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSFCA) by calling the FREE 24hr confidential fraud reporting hotline powered by Crimestoppers on 0800 028 4060.

You can also make a report to the NHSCFA using the online NHS fraud reporting tool.

Should you have any queries you can contact NHS England and NHS Improvement by:

Telephone: 0300 311 22 33
Email: england.contactus@nhs.net
General Post (including complaints): NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT

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History Society

The Woodford Halse History Society has just published its programme of talks and visits for the rest of this year and the start of 2020.

Talks cover a wide range of subjects from Britain’s Eccentric Sports, to a Roman Villa at Broughton Castle and the work of Bletchley Park.

Visitors are always welcome.

Learn more about the Society on their page here.

Download a copy of the programme here:

History Society 2019-2020 Programme

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October Council Meeting

Parish Council’s 8th October Meeting Report

The October Parish Council meeting included a new five year council strategy to be published and circulated in the village.

Spending on the Village Centre, Farndon Rooms and old Air Raid shelter, was discussed and deferred to the next financial year for further consideration.

Works to the Woodlands Memorial area was agreed and planings would be purchased to surface the area ready for winter.

Considerable discussion took place, including a report from Mrs. Rymer (Byfield Medical Centre Practice Manager), on the progress for outline planning consent of the new medical centre at Byfield. All councillors support the new medical centre and the clerk will ensure DDC Planning is notified of this support in time for the Planning meeting.

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday November 12th, 7pm at the Memorial Hall.

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Sheep – Three Charged

Northamptonshire Police issued the following statement this evening:-

Northamptonshire Police LogoThree men have been charged with conspiracy to steal over a series of illegal sheep butchery offences across Northamptonshire this summer.

Robert Iordan, aged 23, Florin Nutu, aged 35, and Voirel Manu, aged 38, all from Birmingham, are charged with conspiracy to steal in relation to the slaughter and illegal butchery of sheep and lambs between June 22, 2019, and October 7, 2019.

In total, 12 reports of illegal butchery were made to Northamptonshire Police during this period, with the Operation Stock investigation launched in response.

Iordan and Nutu were arrested on the A14 in the early hours of yesterday, Monday, October 7, following the discovery of nine illegally butchered sheep near Welton the previous evening. Manu was arrested in Birmingham yesterday evening and all were charged today, Tuesday, October 8.

Iordan and Nutu, both of Dunsink Road, Birmingham, and Manu, of no fixed address, have been remanded in custody ahead of a first appearance at Northampton Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9.

Inspector Tracy Moore, who leads on rural crime for Northamptonshire Police, said: “We know these crimes caused a great deal of upset and anger to both the owners of the animals and to rural communities.

“The charging and remand of three people in relation to Operation Stock represents a huge amount of teamwork within our force and our neighbouring forces, and I’d like to thank our farming and rural communities again for the support they have offered throughout the investigation.”

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Halloween at the WHSCC

26th & 27th October 2019

Family Disco (26th) and Kid’s Disco (27th) at the Woodford halse Sports & Community Club. Details below…..

Halloween 2019 Events at WHSCC

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Cafe Events

There is plenty going on at the Old School Cafe over the coming week’s.

Here’s the latest news from Diane….

Cafe Xmas Fayre PosterThis week’s specials are Cottage Pie with veg and gravy and our mushroom risotto – which was a huge hit!

Activities are increasing in the run up to Xmas. Here are the details around our 2nd Xmas Fayre on 24th November!

Put the date in your diaries and come along between 11:00am and 3:00pm to find some lovely handmade and individual gifts!

There are still some spaces left if you are interested in a stall – message me (@OldSchoolCafeWoodfordHalse on Facebook or Messenger) with some information!

This week we have Jean Carpenter from Jean’s Gems with her pop up shop – Thursday 10th October from 2pm – come along and have a look!

What’s On At Half Term?

Half term week we have activities for our younger customers:

30th October – 10am – bracelet and jewellery making with Jean – book now (cost to be confirmed this week!)

31st October – Cafe Halloween Party! Come and join us for fun, spooky food and our fancy dress competition! Under 5 and over 5 prize!

1st November – Paola from Bella Rosa Art is holding a rock painting class – includes all materials (including sealing of rocks), cupcake and juice carton – £5.

Bookings already in so make sure your little one doesn’t miss out at spaces are limited.

Whew! Think that covers it all for today – see you soon!

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Prize Bingo

8th November : Woodford Halse Social Club

KHH LogoIn support of the Katharine House Hospice a Prize Bingo evening is being held at the Woodford Halse Social Club.

Doors open 6.30pm for 7.30pm start

All Welcome

Prize Raffle

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Police Update on Sheep

Northamptonshire Police LogoNorthamptonshire Police just issued the following update:-

Northamptonshire Police have arrested two men on suspicion of offences linked to its ongoing Operation Stock investigation into incidents of illegal sheep butchery.

Officers responding to a report of suspicious activity in a field near Welford last night, Sunday, October 6, discovered an offence in progress and went on to stop a vehicle on the A14 shortly after 1am this morning, Monday, October 7.

Two Birmingham men aged 23 and 35 were arrested on suspicion of theft and criminal damage. Both arrested men remain in custody this afternoon.

The stopped vehicle was seized by officers and will undergo forensic examination.

Find out more about Operation Stock at www.northants.police.uk/OpStock

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HS2 Drop In Session

HS2 locomotiveHS2 are hosting a drop-in session to allow local residents to ask questions about the developments going on in the area.

The next one will take place in Aston Le Walls Village Hall, Aston Le Walls, NN11 6UF on Wednesday 9th October between 5pm and 8pm.

There will be staff on hand to answer questions and to talk about the construction of the Chipping Warden relief road and other local works.

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Help The Air Ambulance

Some and join in the fun and help to raise funds for the air ambulance.

Sunday 20th October 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

air ambulance event poster

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Messy Church Sunday

This Sunday is the first birthday for MESSY CHURCH!

On 6th October 3pm – 5pm at Hinton Methodist Church: Messy Church Harvest Celebration.

Lots of Harvest fun and crafts: bird feeders, corn shakers, fruity lightbulbs, seed planting, scarecrows and much more. Plus there’ll be our harvest celebration with songs, story and puppets and ending with a yummy high tea . . . . and of course Birthday Cake! All ages welcome.

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08/10/19 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 8th October 2019 :-

Council Agenda 08/10/19 

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

Points to be covered at this meeting include:-

      • Gas Main Works on Byfield Road
      • Byfield Medical Centre Planning Application
      • Proposed service agreement with NCC for the Library
      • Proposed removal of telephone boxes
      • Reports on Woodland, Highways, Estates, Auditors & Police
      • Approve Council’s 2020 – 2025 Strategy Report
      • Consider costs of a building survey for the old air raid shelter with a view to creating a village heritage centre.

Discussion of the Byfield Medical Centre will take account of  four new documents provided amending the planning application. See this post for details.

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.

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New Unitary Authorities

Consultation on Priorities for the Public

Local government in Northamptonshire is going through a period of transformation as it moves towards the creation of two new unitary authorities to replace the current eight councils. For this to be a success, it is essential that the services currently provided by Northamptonshire County Council are placed on a firmer financial footing to make sure the two new unitary councils don’t inherit the significant issues faced by their predecessor.

This needs to happen before the new councils are created to make sure they start life with transformed, affordable services and a balanced budget.

To help us in this work the Council wants your views on what you consider to be the priorities. They want to know what services you feel are most important to you, your family and your communities, how you rate these services and what improvements could be made. They are asking these questions now and will repeat this every six months to make sure they are aware of your views on an ongoing basis.

Have your say.

This survey gives background to the challenge facing the Council and sets out the different services that the Council provides and asks you how important they are to you and the wider community, how well you feel the services are currently being delivered and whether there are areas of improvement that they should focus on. The survey closes at midnight on Sunday 20th October.

Let them have your views here.

Details of this and all current and recent consultations can be found on the Northampton County Council Consultation Hub.

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Byfield Medical Centre Planning Application

The planning application in respect of Byfield Medical Centre has been updated with four new documents which can be downloaded below:-

The principal changes detailed in these documents are a reduction in the number of houses proposed from 90 to 78, the inclusion of 10% of properties to be “affordable housing” and a change in access to the development from two entry points (Woodford Road and Church Street) to one (Woodford Road).

These documents are available on the Daventry District Council web site under application number DA/2017/0826. The full set can be accessed by entering the application number on the DDC planning application enquiry page.

The revised application will be considered soon by Daventry District Council and you are asked to provide any comments in writing by 11th October 2019.

The Parish Council will consider this application at the meeting of the Council on Tuesday 8th October. The agenda for that meeting will be published shortly.

A copy of the letter from Daventry District Council to residents detailing the comments process can be found here: DDC Letter 27/09/19.

 

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Xmas 2019 Bin Collections

It’s Never Too Soon…..

Just in case you thought (hoped) that summer wasn’t quite over, we have news from Daventry District Council about the arrangements for refuse collections over the Christmas period.

Christmas 2019 Waste and Recycling Collections

Households are encouraged to find out more about arrangements for waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

All collections

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

If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Saturday, 28 December.

If your collection is due on Boxing Day (Thursday, 26 December) it will instead take place on Sunday, 29 December.

If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, 1 January) this will instead take place on Saturday, 4 January.

During the week beginning 23 December, all households will get an extra blue bin recycling collection on their usual collection day. This includes households whose collections have been rescheduled from Christmas Day and Boxing Day to the following weekend.

Garden waste collections for those subscribed to the service there will be a short break in collections during w/c 23 December so that crews can focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Waste bins – your black bin will continue to be collected as normal on its three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Recycling – Your blue recycling bin will continue to be collected as usual over Christmas and New Year. There will be an extra collection for all households during week beginning 23 December – please place your blue bin out with your food waste on your usual collection day.

Extra recycling will also be collected if you cannot fit into your blue bin – please place items into clear or white bags next to your boxes (not black or green sacks).

Don’t forget that a range of festive items can be recycled, including foil-free Christmas cards and wrapping paper, sweet tins and drinks bottles.

Food waste bins will continue to be collected weekly for all households on their usual collection day.

Christmas trees – Households can put their real Christmas trees in their garden waste bin or alternatively place them alongside their bins on the usual day of collection week beginning 6 January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees. You can also take trees to the local household waste recycling centre – find your nearest at Daventry DC Recycling.

Check your collections calendar – You can check your bin collection dates on the calendar delivered to you in June, or by searching your postcode on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk.

You can also check your collection day and set up alerts on your mobile by downloading the free Daventry District Council app from the Apple or Google Play stores.

Reporting a Missed Bin at Christmas and New Year

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Thursday, 2 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk

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Venue Hire Conditions

The terms and conditions for hiring village venues (Memorial Hall, Dryden Hall, Farndon Room) have been updated.

The new terms and conditions apply from now on and are available here and from the room booking page.

Village Venue Hire Terms & Conditions

The terms and conditions have been updated to reflect the key-less access system now in use.

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More Big Breakfast

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 5th October.

Dates for the rest of this year and early next year are:-

November 2nd 2019

February 1st 2020

March 7th 2020

April 4th 2020

The Big Breakfast runs in Byfield Village Hall, offering an excellent value cooked breakfast, 9am to 1pm (with last orders at 12.30).

Menu:

  • Assorted Fruit Juices;
  • Bacon, Sausage, Black Pudding,
  • Beans, Mushrooms, Fried Bread,
  • Eggs (Scrambled or Fried);
  • Tea/Coffee;
  • Toast, Butter and Marmalade
  • Vegetarian Sausages always available.

Takeaways welcome. Children choose any 2 cooked items plus cereals.

Meat is supplied by Marriotts of Woodford and eggs by Sky Lark Fields Farm, Staverton

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

 

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Car Parking at the Village Centre

As from today, 1st October 2019, access to the Village Centre car park (behind the Dryden Hall, Library & Old School Café) will be restricted by the closure of the main gates from late evening to dawn.

Posted on behalf of the Village Estates Committee. 1-10-2019

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Council Financial Audit 2018-19

Your Parish Council spends almost £180,000 each year and owns almost £4M of assets. The Parish Council is required to have its accounts independently audited and for that information to be made public.

The details of the accounts and audit for 2018-2019 are now available.

Public Notice Annual Return 31st March 2019

This includes:-

  • The Annual Governance Statement
  • The Accounting Statement with comparison to the previous year
  • The External Auditors Report

Previous statements and the current budget can be seen on the Parish Council Accounts & Budgets page. Each month the Parish Council Minutes carry details of Council expenditure and income for that month.

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Church Events

The church diary showing the weekly services at Woodford’s churches and those of nearby villages in the local benefice has been updated with the services for October.

See our Church Diary page

 

 

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07/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th July 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 24th July 2019

Minutes of the September meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 23rd October 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

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Library Update

A message from Pat Darby on Library Opening…..

The library will only be open from 2.00 to 4pm on Friday 27th September.

(Normal closing time on Fridays is 6:00pm)

This is due to NCC staff being unable to cover this session. Volunteers will be providing cover for these hours. Normal opening times will resume next week.

Rhyme Time will restart in October. Pat will notify the dates as soon as possible.

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Memorial Hall Access

Changes From October 17th

Following the successful trials of the keyless access system which is now in use at the Dryden Hall, the same system is to be introduced at the Memorial Hall from 17th October 2019

TO ALL MEMORIAL HALL USERS – CHANGE TO KEYLESS ACCESS

Effective Thursday 17th October 2019

Please note, all hirers/users of the Memorial Hall will need a PIN code to enter from Thursday 17th October.

The main entry point for hirers will be via the rear hall door (accessed through the carpark). . All other entry doors into the hall will have had their locks changed and existing keys will no longer work.

If you have not been advised of your own unique entry PIN code by the 12th October you should contact the Halls Booking Clerk.

NB. All hall PIN codes are unique to the hirer & time related to the booked hire period. When used they are automatically recorded.

Woodford-cum-Membris Parish Council – Memorial Hall- revised entry- 21/09/2019

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Twice As Trim

We’re always happy to provide news of local enterprises…..

Joseph Mannion’s barber’s shop is celebrating its first year in the village and there are now two barbers cutting every day.

Why not give them a try? The Signpost Editor is happy to add his personal recommendation….

Mannions Barbers

 

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Surveying

Just so folk know…

The surveying work currently (Thursday a.m.) being done on the Station Road end of the path across to the Co-op is associated with the work that the Woodland Management Committee hopes to get done to provide a gentler slope up the bank that could be used by motorised wheelchair users, for example.

We don’t yet have confirmation that this work can be done. The survey work is being done to ensure it is costed accurately and to provide a design that we hope will allow us to get funding support.

 

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October 2019 WOW

October WOW Should Be With You

The October 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter is being delivered.

As always, there is news of local events and the usual directory of handy parish contacts, local societies.

Here is the electronic version:

WOW October 2019

If you do not receive yours by the end of the week, you can always collect a copy from many of the village shops, including Village Meats, Top to Toe, Bobbies Newsagents & Mr. Mannion’ Barbers.

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for November 2019 – is Wednesday 16th October.

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

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

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New Gas Main

Courtesy of Byfield Parish Council…

We have been informed that a new gas main will be installed from Byfield to Woodford Halse. The official notice says this will be starting on 30th September 2019.

This will be from the ‘five ways’ mini roundabouts all the way to the new Woodford housing estate. Traffic management and subsequent road closures will be in place from 30th September.

Recent communication from the contractor (thanks to Steve Bartlett for this) adds the following information:-

“With regards to your enquiry we will have a slight delay in beginning our works on this project. The works will likely start between 07/10 and 14/10 depending on the teams current works. For the majority of the project we will be using temporary traffic signals but will close the Woodford Road from 04/11/19 – 25/11/19. Access will be maintained for residents via Byfield Road but a hard closure will be in place on Woodford Road from the double roundabouts to it’s junction with Fessey Road. We will aim to have the project completed by 02/12/19 but this is very dependent on what is found on site. If we encounter network issues the duration may change.”

Attached is a drawing of the works and a copy of the proposed diversion route during the closure.

Map of proposed works:

http://www.byfield-pc.gov.uk/uploaded_Files/SOE2677.pdf

Map of proposed diversion:

http://www.byfield-pc.gov.uk/uploaded_Files/Byfield%20Road,%20Daventry,%20NN11%206XD.pdf

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Horse Box Theft

Northamptonshire Police LogoNorthampton Police have told us that four horseboxes have been stolen from Manor Business Park on Grants Hill Way, Woodford Halse.

This took place in the early hours of Saturday morning, 21st September.

If you have any information about the theft or have CCTV that you think may help please contact Northants Police on 101 or call CrimeStoppers on 0800555111 (You can do this anonymously if you want to.)

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History Society October 2019

Apples: Myths & Mysteries

The next meeting of the Woodford Halse History Society is on Tuesday 15th October.

The speaker will be Tim Healey with the subject; –

“Apples: myths & mysteries of England’s favourite fruit “

All meetings are at the Memorial Hall in Woodford commencing at 7-30pm.

The talks given are usually of one hour followed by a social time with refreshments.

The Annual Membership fee is £15 and a charge of £3 per evening is made for visitors. Refreshments are included.

NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME.

Printed programmes are available at various business in the village that support the History Society with their advertising and further information can be seen on the Web Site: www.woodfordhalsehistorysociety.org.

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09/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 25th September 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

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Scarecrow Workshop

Getting Ready for the Scarecrow Hunt?

The Friends of Woodford Halse School Academy are holding a Scarecrow Making Workshop to help folk get ready for the Scarecrow Hunt.

Come along and make your Scarecrow in time for the annual Scarecrow Hunt on 29th September.

The workshop will be held at Woodford Halse Football Club, 22nd September, 10am-12pm.

It is £3 to enter a Scarecrow for the Hunt (£2 to enter the Hunt on the day!)

Scarecrow

Straw will be provided for you, so you just need to bring along the clothes and props for your creation! No theme this year; anything goes! Be as creative as you would like!

You can then leave your Scarecrow with your name and number at the club.

Follow the event on Facebook.

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Woodland Litter

Byfield Rd / Phipps Road Entrance

The Parish Council has just arranged for two new litter bins to be installed at entrances to the Woodland.

There is one by the Co-op and one at the Phipps Road / Byfield Road Junction entrance to the Woodland.

Please use these bins to help keep the Woodland litter-free.

Thank you.

Co-op Entrance

 

 

 

 

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Church Events

As well as the usual weekly services at Woodford’s churches (see our Church Diary page), there are some additional events planned for October.

On Saturday 5th October, 10am to 11.30am at Hinton Methodist Chapel there is a Churches Together Coffee Morning. This month’s profit from the produce/bric-a-brac stall will be for Dogs for Good. Trained dogs for help with children with Autism, physical and learning disabilities also adults with dementia.

On Saturday 26th October there is a ‘WARM UP SALE’ to raise funds for St Mary’s Heating. As many of you know they have successfully repaired the roof only to have the heating system give up on them. The sale will take place in the Memorial Hall from 11 o’clock to 2.30pm. Tea/Coffee and cake will be served and stalls will be Nearly New Clothing, Bric-a-Brac, Paintings and cakes and a small raffle. Do come along and help raise money to avoid having to close our lovely church during the winter months.

 

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Social Care in Northants

Two Consultations on Provision

Northampton County Council is responsible for the provision of social care in our area and is keen to consult on two issues affecting adult social care in the county. The Evelyn Wright House – the subject of the second of these consultations – has served local residents for many years.

You are invited to contribute your views to either or both of these using the links below.

Proposed Changes to the Council’s Fair Contributions Policy

As a council with responsibility for social care, we must make sure that people who are eligible for social care have their needs met, within the financial resources available. At the same time, we must make sure that where customers meet the financial criteria to make a contribution towards the cost of their care, they do so in a way that meets current national regulations and guidance. We do this in a way which is equitable and fair and is clearly explained in policy statements.

Social care is means tested. This means that everyone contributes what they can afford towards the cost of their care. This does not include services that are provided by the NHS, for example community nurses.

We want to make sure that we provide a fair service to all people who are eligible for Care and Support. We want those who can afford it to make a fair contribution towards the services they receive.

We are reviewing our Fair Contributions Policy and are proposing the following three changes, which we are consulting on:

  1. A change to the rate of Disability Related Expenditure (DRE) to have a single standard rate of £23 per week, instead of having two levels as at present (£18 per week for people on the lower/middle rate of benefits and £28 per week for people on the higher rate of benefits)
  2. A change to the level of Older Person’s Standard Income Disregard (a deduction of £5.50 per week to the current standard rate) which would bring the Council in line with other authorities and Department of Health guidance
  3. A change to the current charging model for residential college charges, so that all affected customers are charged a reduced amount for their care provisions by charging under domiciliary (home care) rules

Have your say

You can give us your views in a number of ways. Please visit our web site for all of the different ways you can give your feedback to these proposals, including our standard online questionnaire or the easy read version of the questionnaire.

This consultation closes on 3 December 2019.

Consultation on the Future of the Evelyn Wright House Older People’s Care Home 2019

Evelyn Wright House is a 29-bedded registered residential care home for older people over 60 years old who have a physical disability and/or dementia.

The home is in need of significant investment to bring it up to modern standards and fit for future use. It has been calculated that Evelyn Wright House is likely to need investment of approximately £800,000 to carry out the immediate remedial works identified as well as further additional amounts for necessary modernisation works.

Due to the increasing support needs of people in residential care, the building layout and configuration are also no longer fit for purpose and to change this would require further significant investment.  The current building is also close to not meeting the regulatory standards for building compliance for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as specified in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

Unless the remedial works are carried out, Evelyn Wright House will become unfit for purpose. However, the building works required to bring it up to modern standards and make appropriate interim arrangements for customers whilst necessary works are undertaken would take approximately 18-24 months, and the level of disruption this would cause current residents would be unacceptable. It is therefore proposed that we should stop providing the service at Evelyn Wright House and customers be moved to other homes. Customers’ care needs will be re-assessed to ensure any alternative accommodation is suitable and meets their needs.Northamptonshire Adults Social Services (NASS) have made staff and residents aware of the scale of the work required and have explored options to move residents into other care homes. Some customers may wish to remain living in the Daventry area and there are some residential spaces available in another care home service close by, run by Shaw Healthcare, as well as other care providers.

The feedback from the consultation will help inform the Council’s decision on the future of Evelyn Wright House at the Cabinet meeting on 14 January 2020.

Have your say

You can give us your views in a number of ways. Please visit our web site for all of the different ways you can give your feedback to these proposals, including our online questionnaire.

This consultation closes on 19 November 2019.

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Village Fireworks

Once again the Woodford Halse Sports and Community Club are teaming up with Woodford Halse Academy FSA to host this amazing annual event on the Sports field.

The gates open at 5pm, fireworks display will start at about 6pm followed the lighting of the fire. This will be followed by a family disco in the clubhouse. The bar will be open and there will also be a outside bar in the big marque. The FSA will be serving hot dogs, burgers and hot drinks.

Fireworks

Ticket prices on the night are £12 family ticket, £5 adult ticket and £3 for a children’s ticket.

All tickets are valid for entry to the fireworks and family disco in the clubhouse.

Looking forward to another great family fun night!

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Easy Giving for St Mary’s

Following on from our last post about the appeal for new heating at St Mary’s church in the village, there is now an even easier way to give!

Just scan this QR code with your phone and it will take you straight to their donation page…..

St Mary's Appeal Page

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09/19 Parish Council Meeting

Here is a short summary of discussions at last night’s Parish Council meeting. The full minutes will be published here after approval at the next meeting as usual.

Council had a full agenda at the September meeting.

Works approved by the council for the village halls included:

  1. A keyless entry system to be fitted at both the Dryden and Memorial halls, thereby negating the need for keys.
  2. An accessible toilet to be fitted at the Farndon/Library toilets.
  3. Roof repair and a new skylight fitted in the Farndon room

The Village Archive group asked for support from the Parish council (and received it) in surveying the old air raid shelter with the hope of renovating it (through grant money) to create a permanent home for the archives and thereby extending the Village Centre/Village Hub to include this wonderful archive celebrating the rich history of our village.

Further work has also been agreed for the removal of debris both natural & man made from the culvert to include any localised areas of re-pointing/missing brickwork repair as required. This is the first step towards improving water flow in the area.

 

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Dryden Hall Access

Now In Operation

A new keyless access system has been introduced at the Dryden Hall.

TO ALL DRYDEN HALL USERS – CHANGE TO KEYLESS ACCESS

Now In Operation

Please note, all hirers/users of the Dryden Hall hall will need a PIN code to enter from Now Onwards.

The main entry point will be from the kitchen door (brown door on the left). All other entry doors into the hall will have had their locks changed and existing keys will no longer work.

If you have not been advised of your own unique entry PIN code you should contact the halls booking clerk.

NB. All hall PIN codes are unique to the hirer & time related to the booked hire period. When used they are automatically recorded.

Woodford-cum-Membris Parish Council – Dryden- revised entry- 11/09/2019

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October Sunday Lunch

Sunday Lunch is Back at the Old School Cafe!

The cafe will be serving Sunday lunch again, starting on 6 October starting with Roast Beef! As before, you will need to book your places – either message us via their Facebook page or call on 07845 430577

This week, in the cafe, the specials are:

  • Cheese & Tomato Quiche
  • Chicken with Mediterranean vegetables, served with rice or baked potato
  • Chickpea curry with rice (vegan, diary and gluten free)

And for the little ones (and not so little!) there are vanilla cupcakes – which went down a storm last week!

Plus a choice of lovely warming soups, too and their usual goodies!

october sunday lunch at the old school cafe

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Canons Ashby October 2019

Here’s an update on some of the things going on at our local National Trust property. Less than 5 miles from Woodford, Canons Ashby was the home of the Dryden family who owned property in Woodford and founded the original village school (now the Dryden Hall) ….

Pumpkins at Canons Ashby

This October there is plenty going on, both behind the scenes and for visitors to enjoy

Caring for the house

The house is getting a facelift; repairs will be going on over October to the East elevation. Large portions of this side of the house will be re-pointed using a traditional lime mix, and areas of damaged stone will be replaced. Inside, in October and November, plenty of work will be happening to improve and upgrade our fire detection system, so we can get the best warning if any problem does occur.

For Visitors

During October bring your little ghouls and goblins and join in the Halloween Bat Trail in the parkland – a great way to stretch little legs and get a sticker!

On 30 October the house is welcoming Wheatley Birds of Prey, and on 31 October there is a creative writing workshop for children in the morning, and for adults in the afternoon. Find out more about all of these, and book your place for the writing, through the “What’s on” part of the Canon’s Ashby website.

Check visitor opening hours, events and find out more about the work that’s going on to care for Canons Ashby on. their web site : www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canons-ashby

What’s on?

Canons Ashby has plenty of events and activities listed on their website. Here are just a few highlights.

1 October -3 November 10-4pm Halloween Bat Trail

Dress to impress and join us for a great family day, out hunting our hidden and spooky bats.

Then collect your sticker from the Coach House shop. Normal admission prices apply

13 October 2-3pm Clarinet ensemble performance Enjoy clarinet ensemble music from the award-winning BWCB Liquorice Allsorts in the atmospheric Priory Church. You can enjoy the whole performance, or wander in and out when you like. The performance will include a wide range of pieces from Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik to popular musical numbers. Normal admission prices apply.
30 October 11-3 Birds of Prey Come and see beautiful hawks, falcons and an owl from Wheatley Birds of Prey and find out more about these fascinating birds. Then see them stretching their wings and taking to the sky with flying displays at 11.30 and 1.30pm (weather permitting). Normal admission prices apply
31 October 10.30-noon Spooky Stories (children’s creative writing workshop)

Let your imagination run wild writing Spooky Stories with us this Halloween. Our writer will encourage your children’s creativity and help them come up with tales to thrill everyone this October. Children need to be accompanied by an adult who is willing to give it a go as well!

Aimed at children aged 8-12 years old, this will take place inside Canons Ashby, and use the buildings and stories as inspiration.

Pre-booking essential

31 October 1-3pm Beginners Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (creative writing for adults) Try your hand at thrilling writing in a flash under the guidance of experienced writer, Jo Derrick.
Stories ranging from 69 words to 500 words are becoming ever more popular in our fast-paced society. Our writer, Jo, has had dozens of Flash Fictions published and will give you a comprehensive guide to starting out. Have fun with a variety of writing exercises in an historic setting this Halloween. This creative writing workshop is for adults (or teenagers 15 years and older – anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Weds 20 November 10-4pm Hedgehog or Rabbit Sculpture workshop

Discover the art of textile sculpture with the versatile medium of Powertex and create a charming rabbit or hedgehog sculpture. Learn how to build a simple armature using everyday materials, then add texture & details with natural fibre recycled textiles & environmentally friendly fabric hardener.  Finish your sculpture with a selection of colour pigments & varnish, all under the expert guidance of Liz Dixon, a fully certified Powertex tutor.  Once dry, your sculpture will be suitable for outdoor display all year round.

£60 and pre-booking essential

 

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HS2 Meeting 18th Sept.

Fusion, the Chipping Warden Relief Road contractors for HS2, are hosting a drop-in event at Chipping Warden Village Hall where local residents can ask questions about the works going on in the area.

HS2 locomotiveYou are welcome to drop in any time between 4:00pm and 7:00pm on Wednesday 18th September at Chipping Warden Village Hall, Culworth Road, OX17 1LB

Details available here… HS2 Drop In Event

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Road Works 6-10/09/2019

Road Works Warning SignRoadworks.org is showing that the A361 Banbury Road, Byfield, will be subject to delays between 06 September and 10 September 2019

There will be multi-way signals controlling traffic at various points between the Dolls Hill junction with the A361 and the Byfield Co-op.

This is to allow Openreach to install  fibre cable in the BT ducts.

Works reference: BC006TI003MW500285407802

Details here: roadworks.org map

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10/09/19 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 10th September 2019 :-

Council Agenda 10/09/19 

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

Points to be covered at this meeting include:-

      • Northants County Council consultation on parking restrictions
      • Planning application in Ploughman Drive
      • Boundary between public open space & 12 Larch Close
      • Conversion of the air raid shelter (behind the Library) to a Parish Heritage Centre
      • Additional facilities on village properties including keyless entry to Memorial Hall and Village Centre, skylight replacement in the Farndon Room, accessible toilet for the Farndon Room
      • Library, Police & Flood Warden reports

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.

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St Mary’s Heating Appeal

Everyone at St. Mary’s Church is grateful for all the support we received in the past to renew the roof so this lovely village church is water tight. However as many of you know, the Church no longer has a heating system. They do try to offer a warm welcome with cups of coffee & blankets but this is not enough.

St Mary's Church

The Church has received permission to go ahead with an appropriate heating system for the 21st century but although we have received some grants towards this work we still need to raise another £15,000. The Church continues to apply for grants but really needs your help.

They do not want to have to close the church again this winter.

As well as Sunday services and work with the school, St Mary’s Church is where many of life’s important events are celebrated, – Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals – St Mary’s is there for everyone at any time.

If you can help in any way, you can donate at their Just Giving page

justgiving.com/stmaryswoodfordhalse

(Please note: the web address given in this month’s WOW is incorrect. This is the correct one)

If you would like to sponsor a radiator, please contact Rev. Stevie Cross for more details crossstevie@hotmail.com

 

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Hall Bookings Fixed

The problem with the halls booking system has been solved.

The email system linked to HallMaster is now operational again after the fault reported last week.

You can now book on line once more using our Halls Booking page.

If you have any queries, please contact Beverley Blackwell by email: bookingclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

We are sorry for any inconvenience, which was caused by a problem with the HallMaster email server.

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Halls Caretaker

The Parish Council has appointed a new caretaker for the village halls. The role is to support users of the village halls, ensure play areas are kept clean and safe and to regularly inspect the public toilets and bus shelters.

This follows the recruitment process which started in July.

The role is being taken by Andy Rymer.

Andy’s contact details are available on the Who Does What? page.

Hall bookings are still handled by Beverley Blackwell.

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Update On Sheep Slaughtering

OPERATION STOCK UPDATE

Friday 30 August 2019

From Sargeant Sam Dobbs, Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant, Daventry District, Northamptonshire Police……..

“Given continuing incidents, ongoing interests and concerns in our rural community about Operation Stock, our policing response to thefts of lambs and sheep in our District, here is an update.

O[peration Stock Warning Poster“Until the middle of August, we had not suffered any more incidents locally, but there had been others elsewhere in the region and country. Nonetheless, our patrols and the investigation continued. However, on Monday 19 August, a farmer flagged down one of our rural patrols to report a new slaughter incident at Whilton: the third attack on that farm this year. Then last night 29th/30th August, our Operation Stock patrols came across an insecurity in a field near to the double roundabout near to Sandy Lane & Nobottle Road. On investigation and contacting the farmer, they found the grisly scene of another 25 lambs and breeding ewes butchered in the same way. On meeting the farmer, the palpable effect on him personally was not lost on me, and I genuinely feel so sorry for him as he was collecting up the grim remains of his carefully-tended flock to dispose of.

“The investigation has seen some arrests. I am asked why we don’t talk about the arrests; we are limited in what we can say. What we can say is now included on a separate Op Stock section on our website where you can see the latest updates. The link is www.northants.police.uk/opstock or www.northants.police.uk/news.

“On Saturday 10 August, a large team of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands officers executed a number of search warrants in the West Midlands area. I watched as addresses were searched, and one unrelated arrest was made.

“Then on 16 August, alongside officers and staff from Leicestershire & Warwickshire, and enforcement officers from DVSA, we ran a night time operation based at junction 18 of the M1, targeting vehicles using the A5 corridor in the three counties, the M1 and the local countryside roads. Well over 200 vehicles were checked between 9pm and 3am. We had 30 officers, well-supported by the Special Constabulary, out and about in marked and unmarked cars.

“The nightly overnight patrols concentrating on the targeted areas have continued and will continue. These have been noticed and appreciated by the farming and rural community; the keen officers volunteering for this duty have kept themselves busy and I assure you of their resolve and keenness to respond to calls and be in unexpected places to prevent and detect crime.

“There have been some very good calls from members of the public reporting suspicious circumstances. One such call led to East Haddon being sealed off at 11pm on Sunday 25 August following a report of headlights in a field. It turned out to be the local farmer working late on the harvest, but was just the kind of call that might have turned our luck, and the kind of call I wish to encourage. The caller was unsure whether this should have been a 999 call and I assured her that it was definitely a 999 call. Another exemplary call received in August was from a lady reporting seeing a horse trailer backed into a field off the A428 one weekday afternoon – a field where she didn’t recall ever seeing horses, but remembers it being used for sheep. It turned out that the trailer was genuinely collecting horses, and the lady then felt guilty for ‘wasting our time.’ It was not a waste of our time and we would rather receive ten such calls than miss one which turns out to be the call we needed/wanted.

“We have been working closely with inspectors from Trading Standards, who are in the middle of routine announced and unannounced checks of farming establishments. We continue to work with the local and regional NFU, acting on preventative information and intelligence (information) brought to their attention.

“With all this work: the warrants, signs, arrests, publicity, social media and the public response, it may be that we have made our District more hostile but with ongoing offending, we cannot and will not be complacent. We continue to work more closely with neighbourhood, CID and intelligence officers in Warwickshire and Leicestershire Police and wider. The patrols and operations will continue, and we continue to welcome calls from a more-alert public and farming community. Every night patrol yields an unforeseen and sometimes unconnected result: as an example, you may have seen us tweet about a number of vehicles having been seized from rural roads as a result of our ANPR operation and intercepting vehicles of interest. Unsurprisingly, other rural crime has also seen a reduction, and the feedback from the rural community is that the presence is being seen, felt and appreciated.

“All of this is really important because the sad reality is that none of our offences have had direct witnesses, and there is still surprisingly little information as to where the stolen meat is being sold on.

“With thefts of entire flocks of sheep forming a trend, as well as the slaughter and theft of sheep, we know that these offences will need the resources of teams of offenders. We need to know about trailers and country vehicles seen in suspicious circumstances, but also people-mover type vehicles which could conceal more people than the driver. Remember, you may hold the jigsaw piece which allows us to complete the puzzle or to have the break that we need.

“Finally, and without any desire to adopt a holier-than-thou attitude, can I appeal for some cooperation and restraint on the following? I recently ended an unpleasant exchange with an individual who wanted to draw me to speculate on whether suspects for these crimes are from a particular social group. I have also been made aware of some loose and inappropriate talk on social media platforms speculating on the same subject. For these reasons, when interviewed on BBC Northampton, I was pleased to have the opportunity of saying that we do not suspect that the sheep slaughters were part of a ritualistic or religion-based practice. I would wish to urge some sensibility about this because:

  • We won’t confirm or deny the social background of an offender whilst an an investigation is ongoing
  • It restricts our investigation and open mind if we start to speculate on social grouping of offender(s)
  • Where (as experienced and reported), loose social media chat speculates the social grouping, religion or ethnicity of offenders, it can (and has) led to inappropriate further comment, which could constitute hate speech or offences under the Malicious Communications Act. These would have to be looked into: something I’d like to avoid us having to do. cannot be ethical or fair to blame a whole social group for the offending behaviour of an individual or individuals. As I said on my Twitter account, police officers are bound by a Code of Ethics and an oath of allegiance which requires us to ‘act with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people, according to law’
  • Finally, and most obviously, it cannot be ethical or fair to blame a whole social group for the offending behaviour of an individual or individuals. As I said on my Twitter account, police officers are bound by a Code of Ethics and an oath of allegiance which requires us to ‘act with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people, according to law’

“Many of the local community farmers who are under all kinds of modern pressure as they harvest. This crime trend is another palpable pressure. In addition, in all conscience I have not been able to play the Bach Adagio ‘Sheep may safely graze’ and want to advance the day when safely grazknow I am a country church organist. As we approach Harvest time, I worry about our ing sheep is again the norm in our countryside!

“Thank you and to our rural community for your continued support as we continue to fight this particular crime as well as our normal daily business.”

Sgt Sam Dobbs

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Road Works Warning

School Street – 2nd to 4th September

Roadworks.org advises that Thames Water will be carrying out work in School Street between 2nd & 4th September, using traffic lights to control traffic.

Details of the works will be updated here: Works reference: MU0260080012196

 

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September 2019 WOW

WOW Is Back From Its Summer Break

The September 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter is being delivered.

This edition includes all your useful news of local events and the usual directory of handy parish contacts, local societies.

Here is the electronic version:

WOW September 2019

(Please note the Just Giving web address for the church heating appeal in this month’s WOW is incorrect. this is the correct address : justgiving.com/stmaryswoodfordhalse)

If you do not receive yours by the end of the week please let us know here: – woweditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for October 2019 – is Wednesday 11th September.

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

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

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Walks Page Updated

We just spotted these walks on a Facebook page and decided to share them here on the Woodford Walks page, for those that don’t use Facebook……

Bill Reid, who was a fireman and used to work coal trains too and from Woodford via Oxford and Banbury in the latter couple of years up to closure, has created a page with walks around Woodford’s railway past. You can find them here: Woodford Halse Railway Walks.

The pages include current and old photographs of the areas walked.

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Hall Booking Problems

This Problem Has Now Been Fixed

See here.

An urgent message from Beverley Blackwell…

Please be advised that the halls booking system has stopped working.

The email system linked to HallMaster is not sending or receiving messages and so I have no idea if someone has booked a hall. Equally, I cannot email our customers from the Hallmaster system.

I have contacted Hallmaster to see when this fault will be rectified but we do not have a date or time for a solution yet.

Please do not book on-line for the time being until the system is back up and running. If you need to make an urgent booking please phone: on 07579 050003 or by email: bookingclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

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Tennis at Byfield

Want to Take Up Tennis?

NEW FOR THE AUTUMN

BYFIELD TENNIS CLUB

Starting Saturday 12th October 9 am to 10.30 am

Supported beginners/novice adult player sessions

This will be a regular opportunity to practice with other novices. Initially no charge.

For more information contact Steve at stevevemccoy@gmail.com

If you are an established player interested in joining the club contact suzette.waterhouse@gmail.com

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Woodland Work

Improving Station Road Access

One of the projects that the Woodland Management Team has been keen to get done is to improve the sloped access up the Bank at the Station Road entrance.

The aim is to reduce the slope in order to make it easier to get to the Memorial Glade and across to the Co-op.

Work is currently going on to change the route of the path up the bank to make the slope gentler.

Please watch out for digging work at the Station Road end of the path.

While this is happening there is a short diversion to the path but this is steeper than the current path – you may prefer to go around by the road until the work is complete.

Station Road Access Work

 

 

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

There will be a Macmillan coffee morning on the 28th of September 10.30am till 12.30 including a Tombola and raffle please come along to the Sports & Community Club & support this amazing cause.

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Charity Netball Match

Sports & Community Club : Sunday August 25th : 11.00am

This Bank Holiday weekend the Sports & Community Club is hosting their first Men vs Women Netball match.

This is in aid of 2 fantastic charity’s, Macmillan Cancer Support and The Helping Harry Trust.

There will also be a BBQ and a Raffle after the match.

Come along and enjoy a fun packed day or to just have a good laugh!

Let’s see who is the best…The Beauties or the Beasts.

Chharity Netball Match Poster

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Scarecrow Hunt

The annual Woodford Halse Scarecrow Hunt will be taking place on Sunday 29th September 2019!

And let’s make it bigger and better than ever!!!

ScarecrowIt will be £3 to enter a Scarecrow. Details of where to collect an entry form to follow. All scarecrows will be displayed in the older part of Woodford Halse and details of where to drop your Scarecrow off will be on the entry form.

There will be prizes for the 3 most popular scarecrows, so get creative!

Entry for the Scarecrow Hunt will be £2 on the day.

Keep in touch on the hunt’s Facebook page

scarecrow hunt 2019 poster

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Church Diary – September

The dates for September services have been added to the Church Diary page.

Many thanks to Pam Hicks for the details.

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Get Up & Go!

Exercise to Move Safely & Avoid Falls

There is a new group starting in Daventry for people who are at risk of falling or who have fallen once in the last 3 months.  It is chair based gentle exercise to encourage the person to keep moving in a safe way and prevent falls.

Free sessions start in Daventry on Monday 9th September. Download the poster below for more details To book your place contact Helen Redwood, telephone 07912 891993 or by email Helen.Redwood@firstforwellbeing.co.uk.

Get Up & Go Poster

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Classic Car Gathering

Saturday 31st August 2:00pm to 11:00pm

Come along and join the fun!

Classic Car Gathering Poster

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Northants Health Plan

Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership Wants Your Views

In January 2019 the NHS launched its Long Term Plan, which sets out its ambition to make sure everyone has the best start in life, receives world-class care for major health problems and gets the support they need to age well.

Locally, our county’s health and care organisations are working together through Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP) to shape our local response to this, called the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan. This plan represents the commitment between health and care providers in Northamptonshire and the members of the local Health and Wellbeing Board to work together on a plan for our county.

Together their vision for the future of Northamptonshire’s health and care is to have a positive lifetime of health, wellbeing and care for all those in our community.

Whether it’s your opinion on the plan’s priorities, or how you and your family get health advice, support and services they want you to join the conversation. You’re at the heart of everything they do, so they want to make sure your voice is heard.

You can give your feedback by visiting Northamptonshire HCP : Join The Conversation Survey and completing the short online survey.

NHCP Survey Banner

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Another Lamb Appeal

Northamptonshire Police LogoWhilton : 18 or 19/08/19

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding the slaughter and theft of 11 lambs from Main Street, Whilton, Northamptonshire.

Unknown person/s have gained access to a field close to Whilton Mill and have slaughtered 11 lambs removing the meat, leaving the carcasses and the internal organs at the scene.

This happened between 17:00 on Sunday 18/08/19 & 17:00 on Monday 19/08/19.

Did you witness anything?

Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101, ref:19000440295/OP STOCK

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous. These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999.

Visit us at:www.northants.police.uk

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Garden Club Annual Show

Monday September 2nd 2019

Come along and enter or just see the fantastic efforts of Woodfords’s gardeners at the Garden Club’s 20th annual show..

Garden Club LogoEntries to the various classes are open to Garden club members and non-members too.

6.30 to 7.00pm to get your entries in.

Viewing from 7.30pm onward.

More details and competition rules can be downloaded in the event programme.

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Canons Ashby in September

Harvest Events at Your Local National Trust House

September is the time to celebrate Harvest at Canons Ashby. There’s lots of work behind the scenes to fill the house and church with beautiful harvest decorations.

Most of the decorations are their own fruit, veg and flowers, arranged by their talented flower team volunteers. Don’t miss the church if you visit during September- it’ll be full of autumn colours and harvest scents. There will be a family Harvest Trail going through the parkland for £2 per trail to join in with, running for the whole of September.

Harvest at Canons Ashby

Apple Harvest Weekend is 28-29 September this year with Morris Dancing, apple tasting, kids’ craft activities, and a selection of stall holders. Come and celebrate the apple harvest!

Check visitor opening hours, events and find out more about the work that’s going on to care for Canons Ashby on our website.

What’s On?

There are plenty of events and activities listed on the National Trust website for the house. Here are just a few highlights.

7 Sept 7-9pm approx. end time. Bat Walks

Learn about these fascinating residents of Canons Ashby on an evening walk with bat experts and volunteers.

Enjoy a guided walk around Canons Ashby’s grounds on a search for our favourite flying mammals. See what different species you can find and learn more about their habits and habitats with the Oxfordshire Bat Group. Pre-booking essential, £10 Adults

£7 children.

1 – 29 September 10-4pm Harvest Trail Explore the ancient parkland to find out more about harvest time in history. Find clues hidden in the trees and answer the questions, then head to the shop to claim your sticker and prize! £2 each Normal admission prices apply
28 – 29 September 11-3.30pm Apple Harvest Weekend Celebrate the apple harvest, with apple tastings, Morris dancing, family activities, a selection of stallholders and beautiful harvest decorations. Normal admission prices apply
1 October -3 November 10-4pm Halloween Bat Trail

Dress to impress for a great family day, out hunting hidden and spooky bats.

Then collect your sticker from the Coach House shop. Normal admission prices apply

30 October 11-3 Birds of Prey Come and see beautiful hawks, falcons and an owl from Wheatley Birds of Prey and find out more about these fascinating birds. Then see them stretching their wings and taking to the sky with flying displays at 11.30 and 1.30pm (weather permitting).
31 October 10.30-noon Spooky Stories (children’s creative writing workshop)

Let your imagination run wild writing Spooky Stories this Halloween. The Trust’s visiting writer will encourage your children’s creativity and help them come up with tales to thrill everyone this October. Children need to be accompanied by an adult who is willing to give it a go as well!

Aimed at children aged 8-12 years old, this will take place inside Canons Ashby, and use the buildings and stories as inspiration.

Pre-booking essential

31 October 1-3pm Beginners Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (creative writing for adults) Try your hand at thrilling writing in a flash under the guidance of experienced writer, Jo Derrick.
Stories ranging from 69 words to 500 words are becoming ever more popular in our fast-paced society. Writer Jo, has had dozens of Flash Fictions published and will give you a comprehensive guide to starting out. Have fun with a variety of writing exercises in an historic setting this Halloween. This creative writing workshop is for adults (or teenagers 15 years and older – anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

 

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DDC & Climate Change

CLIMATE EMERGENCY TASK PANEL

Daventry District Council has formed a cross-party task panel to examine what more the Council can do to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

“Global warming is perhaps the most serious threat we are facing. It’s not just about record temperatures and severe storms – unless we can drastically reduce our emissions, our food supply will be at risk, many areas will be threatened with rising sea levels and many communities around the world will face catastrophic floods and famines,” said Cllr Ken Ritchie, the task panel leader.

“The UN has predicted that we have only 12 years to act before the damage to our climate is irreversible. That’s why we now speak about a Climate Emergency and not just climate change.”

“We will be examining what more the District Council can do to reduce the carbon footprint of its own activities because it is important that DDC sets an example for others to follow. But we all contribute to global warming through our use of energy and our lifestyles, and we will therefore be looking at ways in which DDC can encourage others – both residents and local businesses – to do their bit in reducing harmful emissions.”

Cllr Rupert Frost points out that the Government and many local councils have already declared a climate emergency and are preparing action plans in response to it. “In Daventry District we too must take action. There are lots of things we can do, such as making homes more energy efficient, promoting solar energy, and encouraging the use of electric vehicles, as well as planting more trees which absorb carbon dioxide. Some of the changes that are needed will cost money, but the cost to DDC need not be great.”

According to Cllr Jonathan Harris, “We all have a responsibility and a part to play in responding to the climate emergency. Unless we take action now, the consequences for our children and our grandchildren will be disastrous. That’s why our task panel wants to engage with residents across the District, working with them to reduce emissions and in a way that produces a better, greener and more healthy environment.”

Although Daventry District Council is likely to be abolished in 2021, the task panel wants to develop a strategy and plans which can be adopted by the new unitary authority which will replace DDC. “We want to put the climate emergency firmly on the agenda of the proposed West Northamptonshire Council, and we are therefore working in liaison with like-minded colleagues from other councils in the area,” said Cllr Ritchie.

The task panel is keen to hear from residents who have ideas to suggest, who have expertise to contribute or who are simply concerned and want to help. The task panel can be contacted c/o kritchie@daventrydc.gov.uk or on 07754165551.

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Good Neighbour Scheme Funding

Up to £1,000 to set up your Good Neighbours Scheme

Good Neighbour Schemes continue to be set up within Daventry district benefiting local residents and improving health and wellbeing in the community.

For those interested in setting up schemes, Daventry District Council has funding of up to £1,000 available along with:-

  • A toolkit, based on national good practice, on how to run a Good Neighbours scheme, along with advice and support from Northamptonshire ACRE and Daventry District Council
  • DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) can help you set up your own Village Travel Club
  • Daventry Volunteer Centre Happy at Home Partnership can help with recruiting of your volunteers

Good Neighbours scheme logoIf you are interested in finding out about this great opportunity that is making a difference please let Emma Parry, Daventry Community  Projects Officer know. (Please note Emma does not work on Fridays)

Emma Parry

Community Projects Officer

Supporting Officer for The Daventry & District Forum (DDF)

UNISON Daventry Branch Equalities Officer

Daventry District Council
Lodge Road
Daventry
Northants
NN11 4FP
Tel: 01327 302418

www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/good-neighbours-scheme
www.daventrydc.gov.uk/leisure/ddf

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Northampton Car Parking

Proposed Changes to Parking Charges

Northampton County Council are proposing changes to car parking terms and charges for certain pay and display on-street parking bays in Northampton town centre.

Northampton Market Square

The plans include an increase of £0.80 from £1.20 to £2.00 per hour, and an increase in the allowed time from 2 hours to 4 hours.

For details of the planned changes and the opportunity to comment see the Northampton Town Centre Parking Proposals 2019 page on the Northampton County Council web site.

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HS2 Chipping Warden Update

Work Will Restart in September

HS2 locomotiveFusion, working on behalf of HS2 have provided an update on the works for the Chipping Warden Relief Road.

Works are expected to restart in September and to continue until March 2020.

This update shows the location of the work being carried out and provides details  of contact numbers in case of concerns.

You can download the update here: Fusion Works Update

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DDC & Recycling

Daventry Claims Improved Performance

Changes to household bin collections in Daventry District helped boost recycling rates in the first year of operation, latest figures have revealed.

Bin changes bring huge boost to waste recycling rates

A total of 2,328 tonnes of food waste was collected for recycling between the launch of the 123+ service in June 2018 and the end of May this year – an 85% increase on the 12-month period leading up to the new service.

At the same time people also recycled 8,298 tonnes of cans, glass, paper and plastic in their blue lidded bins, which is a 35% increase.

There has also been a 25% reduction in the amount of rubbish being put in the black bins for disposal – from 16,081 tonnes down to 12,065 tonnes.

The 123+ waste and recycling collections were introduced on 4 June and are run by Daventry Norse – a joint venture between Daventry District Council and Norse Commercial Services.

Around 21,000 people signed up to the optional garden waste collection service in the first year, with even more people signed up to the service this year.

Meanwhile around 8,000 people downloaded the new Council mobile app, which was launched to help people get to grips with their new collection schedule.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jo Gilford said: “These are excellent results which really show how making small individual adjustments to our recycling habits can add up and bring significant environmental benefits.

“I would like to thank all of our residents for their support in our efforts to increase our District’s recycling performance, and I look forward to an even better set of results next year.”

People can find out more about recycling services in the District at Daventry Council’s recycling page.

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Cafe open through road closure

From Diane Kenny:

WE WILL BE OPEN FRIDAY

Hi everyone, you may have heard that they are closing School Street on Friday to replace a manhole cover (I know!)

This is to let you know that the CAFE and LIBRARY WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL! You may not be able to access the car park (although I will endeavour to get access to that!) but we will be open for business as usual.

The Library will be open as usual from 2pm to 6pm.

Feel free to call us on 07845 430577 for updates – when I spoke to the contractors they did say it should only take a couple of hours so fingers crossed they can get it done quickly!

Look forward to seeing you

Diane

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13/08/19 Council Agenda

Although there is not usually a Parish Council Meeting in August, there will be one on Tuesday 13th August.

Here is the agenda for the meeting :-

Council Agenda 13/08/19 

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

This will be a shortened (“limited business”) meeting. Points to be covered include:-

  • Planning applications in Manor Street and Ploughman Drive
  • Woodland expenditure for ground works
  • Proposed replacement of street lights at a cost of £16,362

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.

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Woodford Halse Branch GP Surgery

To Remain Closed Until October.

Disturbing news this morning from the Byfield Medical Centre Facebook page….

WOODFORD BRANCH SURGERY

I met with NHS England this morning to look at the IT issue and they need to write a business case to make adjustments to what is there, they say they will not have an answer for us until at least October, which means the branch surgery will remain closed until at least October.

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August 2019 Business Directory Update

New additions to the Business Directory this month include:-

JS Technology

JS Services LogoJohn Stoton lives in Woodford Halse. His business, based in Banbury, offers a range of IT services including:-

  • PC built to your specification
  • TV set-up
  • PC problem-solving including virus clean up, disk recovery, operating systems install and update
  • Installing PC add-ons
  • Home networks & wifi setup.

You can learn more on his Facebook page: JStechnologyBanbury/services/

Arkadia Alpacas

Arkadia AlpacasGreat Ground Farm, on Hinton Road, is the home of Arkadia Alpacas. They offer the opportunity to spend time with their friendly, gentle and curious animals.

As well as “walking with Alpacas” experiences, they offer their own home-spun alpaca wool and craft workshops.

Find out more on their web site: greatgroundfarm.co.uk or telephone 07831550118.

 

 

We update this directory every couple of months or so. To add your business or to update your details please fill in the form here or contact woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

You can download the directory here: Woodford Business Directory August 2019 Edition.

Or from the Business Directory page.

 

 

 

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HMO Hotline

DDC Announce Help For Those In Shared Housing

A 24-hour hotline has been launched by Daventry District Council in a bid to improve living conditions for people in privately rented or shared housing.

Download This Handy Guide

If you do have any concerns about the condition of a privately rented property in the District or a home that you suspect could be an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), please let us know.  You can contact us below:

Daventry District Council HMO Web Site
Email: environmentalimprovement@daventrydc.gov.uk
Hotline: 01327 302288

HMO Hotline PosterThe rental market plays an important role in providing housing for people living in our District, and HMOs provide cheaper accommodation for residents whose housing options are limited.  However, they also pose greater risks than other types of accommodation for overcrowding and fire, which is why DDC is working to ensure that all HMOs are safe and properly licenced.

New laws introduced last year state that a licence is required for a HMO if:

  • 5 or more people live in the property, and
  • The tenants form more than 2 separate households or groups i.e. a couple and a family of three, and
  • The tenants share facilities such as a bathroom and kitchen.

Do you live in or near a shared house that may not have license?  Signs to look out for include:

  • Lots of different people living at the property or leaving/entering at different times.
  • Issues of property disrepair – broken windows, water leaks, missing roof tiles, unkempt gardens.
  • Pest infestations.
  • Inadequate storage of rubbish.
  • Lots of vehicles parked and visiting the property.
  • Excessive noise coming from the property.

Report any concerns you may have in confidence and we will investigate further.

And you can download this handy guide.

Joanna Oakes
Community Projects Officer – Housing
Direct Dial: 01327 302259
www.daventrydc.gov.uk

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Planning in the New Local Authority

New Strategic Plan

The local planning authorities in what will be the new local authority of West Northamptonshire (i.e. Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire Councils) with support from Northamptonshire County Council, have agreed to prepare a new Strategic Plan for the area.

This will replace the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy and will cover the period 2019-2041, although the Vision may look further ahead.

What Is Happening?

“Issues Consultation” is the first stage in preparing the new Plan. No decisions have been made yet and the purpose of the document is to raise awareness and stimulate debate.

The authorities have produced an Issues Consultation document which includes a series of questions on which they would like your views. In addition to the Issues Consultation document we have produced a Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report which is available for comment and there is also an opportunity to put forward ideas for strategic sites through a ‘call for sites’ exercise.

The Issues Consultation document and the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report will be available for public consultation from:

5th August to 11th October at 5pm

The consultation documents including the call for sites form will be available on the Joint Planning Unit’s consultation website.   (Please Note: As at 14:00 02/08/19 the consultation link was not yet active, it will presumably open on 05/08/2019 )

You are encouraged to visit the website and use the online forms available to respond to the consultation.

The documents will also be available for inspection at the following four Council Offices:

  • Northampton Borough Council, The Guildhall, St Giles’ Square, Northampton NN1 1DE;
  • Northamptonshire County Council, ONE Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED;
  • Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP; and
  • South Northamptonshire Council, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD.

The documents will also be available for inspection at local libraries: From the week commencing 12th August copies will be available for viewing in all the local public libraries across West Northamptonshire area. Locations and opening times are available on the county council’s libraries website.

Public Exhibition

A series of public exhibitions will also take place during the consultation period as set out in the table below:

Venue

How to Comment

The easiest way to respond is online via the consultation website. 

Word versions of the response forms are also available on the website. Paper copies of response forms are available at the Councils’ offices and public libraries in West Northamptonshire and on request from the Joint Planning Unit (email: westnorthantsjpu@northampton.gov.uk  or phone: 01604 838678).

Hard copies of the response forms can be returned by post to: West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton, NN1 1DE or electronically to: westnorthantsjpu@northampton.gov.uk

Please note all comments must be received by 5.00pm 11th October 2019.

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School Street Road Closure

Sewer Replacement 16/08/19

Cappagh Contractors, working for Northamptonshire County Council, are planning to replace a sewer cover outside number 3 School Street in Woodford Halse

To undertake these works safely will the road will be closed for one day on the 16 August 2019 between 09.30 and 15.30.
A plan showing the closure and the diversion can be viewed here https://roadworks.org?tm=114387958
If you require more information about the works please contact Caroline Bartlett at Northamptonshire Highways on 0208 9474000 option 3.
Plus the following letter has been received residents from Thames Water….

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Suspicious Van Update

Sergeant Sam Dobbs passed on this update regarding Operation Stock earlier today….

Northamptonshire Police Logo“Since circulating concerns yesterday about a white Ford Transit van registration ending VXK liveried ‘Plantation Shutters’ in our villages near to the Warwickshire border, I could not have asked for a better response from the public. The vehicle has been sighted and reported in Naseby, Sibbertoft, Arthingworth, and Kilsby and I have had contact from Coventry too. Within the past 30 minutes, it has been seen by local farmers in Naseby who have contained it until the police arrived. PC Spittlehouse has just informed me that he has seized the vehicle at this time, given the circumstances presented to  him. All the sightings have contributed to those circumstances and I thank all those who have responded so positively to the Neighbourhood Alert system. This goes to show how potent it can be when the public is engaged and assists in lawfully making our area hostile to those whose motives are questionable or unexplained. I repeat that the bona-fide firm known as Plantation Shutters and whose details are still liveried on the van, have no connection with this vehicle as they are no longer the owners for some time now.”

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Van Appeal

“Operation Stock” Seeks Vehicle

Operation Stock is the police response to recent instances of illegal sheep butchery.

Following suspicious circumstances on a sheep farm in Warwickshire, just across the county/Daventry boundary, Police are keen to be informed of sightings of a white van challenged by a vigilant farmer on his land.

Northamptonshire Police LogoPolice have full details of the vehicle: its registration ends “VXF” and it has writing on the back including a company name ‘Plantation Shutters’.

Northamptonshire Police wants to speak to the driver and/or occupants. Enquiries with the bona-fide company of this name indicates it has no connection with them, hence the Police interest.

If seen in Northamptonshire, please report on 101 or 999 depending on the circumstances, quoting “Operation Stock” (crime reference 1900036556)

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Police Are Looking For Advice

Community Members Needed For Independent Advisory Group

Northamptonshire Police LogoDaventry and South Northants Neighbourhood Police are currently looking for people in the community to become members of the Independent Advisory Group (IAG).  The IAGs were first introduced in 1999 following Stephen Lawrence enquiry and the recommendations of the subsequent report.

The group forms a vital role in building trust and confidence between the community and the police, particularly for ‘hard to reach’ groups.

The IAG is a body of volunteers from various backgrounds that advise  Northamptonshire Police as a ‘critical friend’ in a wide range of policing activities, from strategic advice about policy to tactical and operational advice.

The qualities we are looking for in our IAG members are the ability to be open-minded, to act independently of the police and to have no political links or extreme views.

The IAG meets at least every 2 months to provide an overall briefing on matters.  The meeting is chaired by Inspector Tracy Moore, Neighbourhood Inspector for Daventry and South Northants.

The role is interesting and rewarding and need not be onerous.

For more details please see this document: Role & Purpose of the IAG  If you are interested in being part of this group please contact Katrina Heath by Wednesday 7 August,  email details are: katrina.heath@northants.pnn.police.uk

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Chipping Volunteers Needed

It’s rather short notice but the Woodland team has the use of a chipping machine for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week to help clear more vegetation and to continue the work on improving path surfaces.

Volunteers Chipping In The WoodsVolunteers are needed to help feed wood into the machine and rake chippings over the paths, mainly at the Byfield Road end of the Bank.

Sessions will run from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 1:00 to 3:30 on each day.

We really need two people for each session.

Hard hats and face masks provided, you just need yourself and a bottle of water (if the weather’s anything like last week!).

 

If you can help, please email: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

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Polling Places Review

Vote and Polling LogoUse of Social Club Continues

Earlier this year Daventry District Council asked for views on planned changes to polling districts, places and stations within the district.

This included a proposal to move the polling station at the Social Club to the Memorial Hall. This change was tried in the recent Euro elections.

The review has now been completed. The views of local electors that responded were substantially in favour of the Hinton Ward polling remaining where it was before.  The issues that had led to the review have been resolved and it has been decided that the Hinton polling station will, in future, remain at the Social Club.

The following documents provide details of the review:-

Polling Station Review 2019 – Report

Polling Station Review 2019 – Recommended Changes

 

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Sheep Butchery Latest

Man Arrested As Part of “Operation Stock”

A man has been arrested as a police investigation into illegal sheep butchery continues.

Northamptonshire Police LogoOperation Stock is the Northamptonshire Police investigation into a number of reports of sheep being killed and illegally butchered across the county.

On the 24th July, a 40-year-old Hampshire man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and theft as part of the investigation, which was launched after the first reports of illegal slaughter were received earlier this month.

Detective Inspector Johnny Campbell of Northampton CID, the senior investigating officer for Operation Stock, said: “We’re taking this fast-moving investigation very seriously with a dedicated team following a number of lines of inquiry into these awful crimes.

“One man arrested in connection with these incidents has been released under investigation, with inquiries ongoing as our investigators and the Rural Crime Team work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice.

“We’re receiving lots of intelligence into CID regarding Operation Stock and I’d like to thank everyone who has reported suspicious activity to us. These reports are vital to our work and I’d urge anyone with potentially relevant information to contact us via 101 or online.”

Inspector Tracy Moore, rural crime lead at Northamptonshire Police, added: “We’re aware of the impact these dreadful incidents have had on our farming community, and our dedicated Operation Stock police patrols continue around the clock.

“We’re also working with partners and the community to provide reassurance and advice, including the distribution of livestock warning signs kindly funded by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

“Our Neighbourhood Policing and Rural Crime teams are working closely with investigators in CID, and I’d repeat our previous messages to encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious to call us on 101 quoting Operation Stock, or 999 in an emergency.”

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Road Works A361 Byfield

Road Works Warning SignRoadworks.org is showing that the A361 will be closed at the junction with Woodford Road between 29th and 31st July.

It is not clear if this is a full time closure or if traffic will be able to get from the Woodford Road onto the A361 north or south.

Details here: https://roadworks.org/?114152964

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Seeking Young People’s Views

OPFCC Youth Commission; Gangs & Young Drivers

Young people in Northamptonshire are being invited to join in the Big Conversation and tell the Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s (OPFCC) Youth Commission what they think about two key issues – gangs and young drivers.

Police Commissioner LogoThroughout the summer, the Youth Commission will be visiting community events and busy locations to meet as many young people aged 14-19 as possible and them to share their experiences. They want to know if young people have ever felt unsafe as a passenger or driver, have they been approached to join a gang?  Who would they tell if they were?

There is also an online survey for 14-19 year olds to complete.  Everyone who takes part will have the opportunity to win Amazon vouchers up to the value of £50.

So, if you work with or know young people aged 14 – 19 encourage them to take part and have their say!  Survey closes on 30 August 2019.

Take part in the survey here: OFPCC Youth Commission Survey

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Woodland News

It’s Your Woodland #2

Back in March 2017 we issued “It’s Your Woodland“, introducing the way that the woods were going to be managed for the benefit of the village.

OIts Your Woodland #2 CoverTwo years later, a lot has happened and you should be receiving, through your doors, a copy of a new edition to bring you up to date.

For those that like an electronic version you can also read it here:

It’s Your Woodland #2

(Please note: this download was missing a caption on back page, it has now been corrected. Some readers have reported problems with the link to the Management Plan for the woodland: (tinyurl.com/y5m5gnll ). This should now work or you can find it here: Management Plan

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06/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 26th June 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 26th June 2019

Minutes of the July meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 25th September 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room (No meeting in August).

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

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Woodford Doctor’s Surgery

Cancelled Due To IT Problems

Byfield Medical Centre has apologised and informs that until further notice the clinic that usually runs from 9.00am-10.00am at Woodford Halse Memorial Hall will be cancelled due to an IT issue which NHS England is trying to resolve.

We will keep you updated with any further details when we receive them.

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Library This Summer

Holiday Opening & News

Woodford Halse Library will be open during the summer holidays on the usual days:

Wednesday: 10.00 to 2.00pm

Thursday: 2.00 to 6.00pm

Friday:  2.00 to 6.00pm

There also may be some Saturday opening times during the holidays depending on volunteers being available. We will let you know in advance, here on the Signpost.

We will not be able to run Rhymetime during the holidays. The sessions will resume in October with volunteers. Training is available for volunteers to help run Rhymetime sessions. If you would like to be trained, please contact Patricia Darby, email: patriciadarby@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help in the library. Patricia Darby, who is coordinating Library activities for the Parish Council. will be contacting you all over the next few months. It is never too late to offer your help and the more volunteers we have the easier it will be to run the library in the future.

This summer we hope that many people will join the library as increased footfall will enable the library to remain a facility for the public in the future. There is a new selection of books to choose from for adults and children.

We are running the SUMMER SPACE CHASE READING CHALLENGE for children of primary school age. This will encourage children to enjoy reading books during the summer holidays. Children have to read 6 books during the holidays and if all books have been read then the reward will be a certificate and medal.  Other activities will be available in the library.

We look forward to seeing you in the library. Please contact Patricia Darby for further information: patriciadarby@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

 

Woodford Halse Library

Don’t forget you can always check normal opening times on the Signpost’s library page.

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You Can Help The C.O.P.S.

Bike Ride Appeal

Here’s a different police appeal!

Northants Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold wants your support for the charity COPS (Care of Police Survivors).

Police Commissioner LogoStephen is cycling