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

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

Advance ticket prices for this event are £10 for a family ticket ( 2 adults and 2 children), £4 per Adult and a children’s ticket is £2. Children under 4 year’s old get in free.
advance ticket sales end at midday Sunday 27th October.

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 from London to the National Arboretum in Staffordshire – a mere 170 miles! Raising money for  This is in support of COPS, the charity which supports the families of fallen Police officers.

The training is going well but, as you can see, on the fundraising front more funds would be welcomed!

Please help raise money for this worthy cause and kindly donate at Stephen & Nicci’s Just Giving Page

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Sheep Problems

Watch Out For Markers On Fences & Gates

Northamptonshire Police have issued this message for all farms and small holdings:-

Northamptonshire Police LogoFollowing a number of sheep being illegally slaughtered and a recent theft of a large number of sheep, we believe those that are committing the crimes may be putting markers on the perimeter fences and gates of sites that they plan to target.

Could all farmers and landowners of livestock check their entry points to their fields regularly.  If you identify any type of marker please report this to the police as soon as possible.

If you have any information about any suspicious activity please call Northamptonshire Police on 101, quoting Operation Stock.

In an emergency, always call 999.

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Vacancy – Caretaker

Parish Council Seeks Caretaker

The Parish Council wishes to appoint a caretaker 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.

The details can be found in this notice:-

Caretaker Notice of Vacancy

Closing date for applications: August 12th 2019

Interviews: August 21st 2019.

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August 2019 Fun Station

Summer Holiday Fun For Kids

WEDNESDAY 7th & 21st AUGUST

1.00pm – 3.00pm @ HintonMethodist Church, Woodford Halse.

It’s the return of Play Station!

A FREE family event FOR ALL AGES: toys & games, crafts, baby and toddler area and  home made cake and drinks.

FREE ENTRY

Play Station Summer 2019 Poster

 

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A361 Crash Appeal

Police officers investigating a fatal road traffic collision on the A361 are appealing for dash cam footage of the area from Monday, July 15, to Tuesday, July 16.

The incident happened outside Daventry just after 12pm on Tuesday, July 16, when a man cycling towards Daventry along Ashby Road was in collision with an LGV. He suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

The full story here:-

https://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/news/crime/police-appeal-for-dash-cam-footage-following-fatal-a361-road-traffic-collision-near-daventry-1-9005334

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Byfield Patient Experiences

Patient Experiences Show How Our Local Health Centre Helps

Most residents of the Parish will be registered with the Byfield Medical Centre. The Centre has compiled a number stories from patients about their treatment which should help reassure those that are faced with unexpected or worrying medical conditions.

These “Patient Experiences” have all been published on the Byfield Medical Centre’s web site (search under “News”) but the Signpost is happy to make them available here too. Thanks to Gill Pitt, who sits on the Byfield Medical Centre’s Patient Participation Group, for suggesting we publish this and to Tracey Rymer, the Practice Manager, for permission to use these experiences.

Just click the links to each or scroll down to read them all…

Cataracts!

Prostate Cancer

Hip Replacement

Radiotherapy

Thanks to Brigid Hurn, Jenny Vandries and John Grindlay for sharing their experiences. You can find links to other sources of information on the Signpost too: Local Healthcare

Cataracts!

I’d been told 2 years ago that I had cataracts, but had decided that they weren’t a problem so I wouldn’t have them done! What changed my mind was being told that my sight was now on the limit for driving! The thought of not being able to drive just beat the thought of someone messing with my eyes!

I had to stop driving at night because headlights just dazzled me.

I must have spoken to about 60 people who had had treatment, and about 58 were delighted with the results, but I found it easier to believe the 2! I admit it, I was terrified! But it had to be done.

The day of surgery (after very little sleep) I met the other 7 being operated on that morning, all the first timers looking anxious, the second eye people looking calm. The pre-op was simple, it was then just waiting for my turn. Fortunately there is a nurse to hold your hand, my poor lady must have had a numb hand for hours afterwards!

The actual operation took about 10 minutes, I couldn’t see or feel anything, then it’s cup of tea and biscuit time. My vision improved gradually over the next few days, until I could see more clearly than had been possible for about 20 years! My big problem then was one good eye, one bad! I couldn’t wait for my other eye to be sorted!

Now I no longer wear glasses, can see everything around me, and would recommend having treatment to anyone with cataracts. But be warned, colours change! I discovered I’d been wearing clashing colours for years and nobody had told me!!

 

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Some personal experiences

I was in the habit of having regular annual blood tests, on the advice of my doctor at Byfield Medical Centre.

On 21st January 2015, I had my “annual”. To my surprise, Dr Bone wished to see me, urgently.

Saw him on 29th January, and he said my PSA level (Prostate Specific Antigen) element of the blood test had increased from a “normal” level of 4.0, to 10.4 in the previous 6 months. He went on to explain that this level in itself was not necessary of concern, but for the fact it had increased significantly in a short period of time (10% per annum is not unusual).Dr Bone at once referred me to a Consultant Urologist in Oxford (in my case Dr Jeremy Crewe, but I should add that there is an extensive excellent team in The Churchill in Oxford).

I saw Dr Crewe in Banbury, on February 11th. He questioned me about my waterworks; I explained I did need to pee often at times, and not always emptying the bladder. He gave me a “rectal examination”,. This wasn’t a very exciting moment, and I have to admit it was a bit uncomfortable, but no after-effects.

He explained he then needed to carry out a biopsy in order to take small samples of tissue for examination. This procedure would be carried out in hospital, under clinical conditions.

On March 4th, prior to the biopsy samples being taken, I had an Ultrasound Scan on my prostate, then a urine flow test. On the same day, I was in hospital for a short time, for the rectal biopsy. This wasn’t as bad as I feared, as some anaesthetic cream was used to relax the muscles, and reduce the sensation. Dr Crewe took 10 samples from me, 5 on each “side”. These were like having some pin-pricks up the backside. The process only took a few minutes. I was given 48 hours of anti-biotics, to suppress any possible infection.

Dr Crewe then explained he was going away for a couple of weeks; did I mind waiting till March 18th for the result, and we made an appointment for that day (my wife’s birthday, as it happened!).

I have to admit, I was happy in my own mind that my problem was not severe & I was sure I had no cancer.

So, I booked a window table with a bottle of bubbly, for lunch at “The Trout” at Godstow, to celebrate the birthday and my expected happy consultation with Dr Crewe, accompanied by my wife, on the morning of March 18th.

What a mistake I made…

I quote Dr Crewe’s words, “There are signs of prostate cancer on the left side of the prostate. On the Gleeson scale the score is 7 (3+4). However, the right side is completely non-malignant. There is a sign of perineal invasion, but not outside of the prostate”.

So, I asked him in simple terms what all this meant.

He said I did have prostate cancer, and the Gleeson score rated the aggressiveness. My scale was moderately aggressive. Most likely, this did not warrant surgery but he needed me to have a MRI scan for confirmation.

I asked Dr Crewe what the options were.

Three, he explained; do nothing, operate for removal, or undertake a course of Radiotherapy.

I said we would think about it (this had now become a joint decision), and as we were due to lunch together, we could discuss it fully. I questioned Dr Crewe in detail about the options. He did not recommend surgery in my case, and I wasn’t suitable for “seed brachytherapy” (where a radioactive seed is implanted in the prostate), as my prostate was the wrong size.

We were left with options of either radiotherapy, or doing nothing.

I have to admit, I was immediately in favour of doing nothing, and let nature take its course, whatever that may have been.

We didn’t decide over lunch that day.

I am lucky to have a supportive family, and it so happened that children and grandchildren were all due to visit the following week-end for family Sunday lunch. My prostate became the lunch topic…not the most favourable subject over roast lamb.

I was outnumbered, and it was unanimous that I should elect for radiotherapy.

So, on March 27th I visited Byfield surgery and asked Dr Bone to arrange a course of treatment. He sensibly agreed and observed “you will die with it, not of it”.

I saw Dr Crewe at the Horton on April 16th, and he arranged for me to have a MRI scan on April 29th. This determined the exact position of the tumours.

On May 12th, I then saw a urologist (Dr Ami) at the Churchill, where I had the procedures I was to undergo, all explained. I was then overtaken by events;

May 19th, “gold” implants shot into my groin area. These accurately mark the exact line of fire for the radiotherapist. This was a more uncomfortable procedure than I expected, but very rapid.

May 27th, Byfield Surgery. 1st injection of Triptorelin (by Dr Harrison), a hormone injection, followed by 6 weeks of tablets. This hormone treatment is to stop the production of testosterone, and so helps to stop the prostate cancer from growing.

July 24th. CT scan at The Churchill.

July 29th. Blood test (Byfield), to check finally on PSA level.

August 10th. Second hormone injection at Byfield. My PSA level had dropped, as expected, from 10.5, to just over 1.0.

At this stage, I was tempted to walk away and drop the treatment. The doctor said this was normal, and not to halt treatment, the cancer was still there.

August 24th. FIRST DAY of radiotherapy treatment, of 37 sessions, until LAST DAY on October 13th. All at The Churchill, Oxford.

So, from first visit to Byfield Medical Centre on January 29th, to last day of treatment on October 13th, it took 37 weeks. But that was not quite the end.

November 11th. Blood test, for PSA levels. Saw Dr Ami, and levels down to PSA 0.12

CURED!!

After effects? Apart from blood tests for PSA levels every 6 months, and some pain killers for immediate after-effects of the radiotherapy, the long-term after-effect is still the urgency to pee at short notice and more frequently than of old. But these are insignificant when compared to coping with possible terminal cancer….

I made my visits to Oxford as pleasant as I could. My treatment was all through the summer months, so I took picnic lunches most days and got the train from Banbury. At Oxford, there are regular buses to The Churchill (do NOT get the JR bus!). I often went via the city centre, and had my picnic visiting most of the old colleges, before re-joining a bus to the hospital.

As for the radiotherapy treatment itself, the zapping is over very rapidly, but the preparation procedure and time is wearing. Do read a booklet about it all (see below).

One final tip for you men with a concern: do talk to others who have had or are having treatment. A trouble shared is a trouble halved.

Suggested reading matter for those with a concern:

“Treating Prostate Cancer, Questions and Answers”

From: Prostate Cancer Research Centre, Britannia House, 7 Trinity street, London, SE1 1DB

info@prostate-cancer-research.org.uk

www. prostate-cancer-research.org.uk

020 7848 7546

 

My Right Hip

Surprisingly, it all started with my knee giving way occasionally when I last expected it! At my annual MOT, I mentioned this and the doctor sent me for an x-ray. “How’s my knee?” I asked the radiographer. “There’s nothing wrong with your knee it’s your hip!”

So it was then that the process started, along with the pain in my hip! Next step was physiotherapy. “It is not going to cure my hip so why waste the time?” “Look at is as pre-hab, getting your muscles ready for when you’ve had the op”. I’m not sure why, but that satisfied me and I did what I was told after that! (there’s a first time for everything!)

Next was the on-line Oxford Hip Score Test, which grades you from ‘lose weight to do more exercise’ to ‘go straight to the surgeon, do not pass go do not collect £200’! Sad to say I was the latter.

Then a trip to the Ramsey Treatment Centre in Banbury to see the surgeon, when they actually booked the operation date! The depressing bit was reading the letter he wrote to my GP saying what the problems were – I had to look up a lot of the words, and hadn’t realised how badly I was walking.

Before the operation I made sure my home was ready for me – no bending or stretching, getting a cushion to raise the height of a chair, glass by the washbasin, easy to put on trousers and shoes. This came in really handy later. A friend had told me that it was a wonderful when the arthritic pain just disappeared, but it still hurt from the wound, and this was very true, but it was no more pain that I’d had before, and I knew it was going to decrease.

Having a new hip means learning to walk again, and not lurching or limping: learning to dress yourself using a grabber and a long shoe horn; sleeping flat on your back for six weeks, and using a loo when you mustn’t swivel!! But once six weeks have passed, oh the joy of walking distances again without pain, putting your own socks on, and going up and down stairs normally!

It was SO worthwhile!

 

Radiotherapy

It can be a very scary time when you are told you have cancer. From the moment of diagnosis to hearing you will have to attend daily radiotherapy treatment must evoke all kinds of emotions. I hope by reading this I can put your mind at ease and hopefully answer some of those nagging questions you may have.

What is Radiotherapy? Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy x-rays to destroy or damage cancer cells. Along side surgery and chemotherapy it is one of the major treatments used to treat most forms of cancer. Below is a picture of a Linear accelerator used to deliver radiotherapy.

Radsio Therapy Linear Accelerator

Before you can start your Radiotherapy, your doctor will ensure you have a CT or some form of scan. This gives the radiographers and doctors all the information they require to plan your treatment. Often during this process, the radiographers need to make tiny permanent marks on your skin (often called tattoo’s), These are done by putting a tiny prick of ink under the skin. If, you require these a member of staff will explain them to you thoroughly and check you are happy to have them.

Some people may need to have a mould made of clear lightweight plastic or mesh (see picture below). This is usually for the head and neck area but sometimes they are made for other parts of the body. They are used to ensure you are in exactly the same position for your treatment every day.

A mould makes sure each treatment hits the right spot.

Also, before your treatment begins you will see either a doctor or a radiographer. They will explain about the treatment and make you aware of any side-effects you may experience. You will be asked to sign a consent form. Before you leave you will receive a list of appointments for your course of radiotherapy. If you have any special requests or requirement’s, please let someone know and staff will try and adjust these for you. The number of appointments you must attend is very individual. A course of treatment can be anything from 1 treatment up to six or more weeks of daily treatment.

On your first day of treatment you will be given a lot of information. It is worth taking someone with you to help take it all in. If this isn’t possible then ask the radiographer to write things down for you. The treatment itself will be explained so you are fully aware of what will happen. Generally, treatment takes approximately 10-20 minutes and you don’t see or feel anything. The radiographers do have to leave the room during the treatment, but they are not gone long and will constantly be watching on the CCTV cameras to check you are OK. Once treatment is finished you are free to go home.

You will usually see a doctor or a radiographer most weeks throughout your course of radiotherapy. They will monitor you and check you are coping with the treatment. There are side effects to the treatment, and these tend to be localised so only effect the area you are having treated. The radiographers will give you full instructions on how to deal with this and any other side effects.

Things to be mindful of:

  1. Allow extra time for parking at the hospital.
  2. Most hospitals will provide you with a parking permit for your course of treatment so just ask a radiographer when you attend your 1st appointment.
  3. The linear accelerators used to deliver the radiotherapy treatment are extremely complicated and because of this they do sometimes break down. Every department has its own technicians and physicist on site to deal with this when it happens. Staff will keep you informed of any delay but please be patient.
  4. You are attending radiotherapy daily so please feel free to ask questions. There isn’t much staff haven’t seen, heard or been asked before! Don’t suffer in silence!

 

 

 

 

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Borough Hill

Archaeologists Tell The Story of Daventry’s First Settlements

Did you know that Daventry’s Borough Hill is the site of one of the biggest ancient hill forts in Britain, dating back over 2000 years?

A collaborative project between Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) and Northamptonshire’s Community Landscape Archaeological Survey Project (C.L.A.S.P.), is allowing the story of Borough Hill to be told.

View of Borough HillArchaeologists carried out an aerial drone survey and surveys looking beneath the ground with electrical resistance and magnetic measurements over the course of two years.

MOLA and CLASP have used the results of these surveys to build a story-map that tells some of the history of the hill.

You can find the story-map here: Borough Hill : A Landscape Through Time

There’s a lot to scroll through from prehistoric times to it’s role in the Second World War and there is plenty to interact with. But, if you are interested in learning even more, CLASP is hosting a series of guided walks on Thursday 25th and Sunday 28th July at 12:30, 14:00 and 16:30. You can find out more here: CLASP Borough Hill Guided Walks

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Crime Victims?

Have You Been A Victim Of Crime In The Past 12 Months?

Northamptonshire Police have asked us to share this message…

Northamptonshire Police LogoNorthamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commission and Northamptonshire Police want to further understand victims’ expectations and experiences of the police and support services, to understand how confident they are in the service they are receiving.

They are offering the opportunity to take part in a one to one conversation to share your experience, participation is completely voluntary, anonymous and confidential. They will use the feedback received to identify where the police and other organisations are working well and where they can improve future services for victims.

If you would like to participate in this consultation please email: consultationandresearch@northants.pnn.police.uk by Monday 29th July 2019 for further information and to organise a date and time for your interview, or telephone Nicole by telephoning 101 and selecting extension 346776.

They have limited space so we cannot guarantee an interview but will do their best to see as many people as possible.

Ensuring that victims’ feedback informs how services are delivered in the future is vitally important to them. Please take this this opportunity to feedback your views.

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07/19 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 24th July 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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Risks From Stolen Sheep

Trading Standards Advice After Recent Incidents

Councillor Jason Smithers, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member responsible for Trading Standards, which oversees food and animal welfare enforcement in partnership with Environmental Health, provided guidance on the dangers of buying cheap meat from unlicensed slaughterers, following the recent incidents of lambs slaughtered illegally in fields

“These cases raise real animal welfare and food safety concerns as the people doing this are following none of the legally required processes or standards.

“Being slaughtered in a field, not an approved slaughterhouse, means animal welfare considerations around handling and stunning are clearly being ignored, and those killing the animals are highly unlikely to be licensed slaughterers.

“In terms of the meat being taken, the hygiene and anti-contamination processes followed in slaughterhouses are also obviously not taking place, and the animals have been slaughtered without confirmation of food chain status.

“This means they may have recently received medication which would mean they could not enter the food chain for a set period of time, making their meat potentially unfit for consumption.

“Similarly the meat will not have undergone a meat hygiene inspection which would pick up any undetected illnesses the animals may have had when killed, and the meat will not be labelled or traceable as is required.

“If you are offered cheap meat, it may not be safe, nor meet animal welfare or food standards, so if you have any doubt, do not buy or eat it, and report your concerns to us or to the police.”

Anyone with information about any of the offences, or suspicious activity around livestock, should call Northamptonshire Police on 101, quoting Operation Stock. In an emergency, always call 999.

Contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 03454 04 05 06, or online at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/

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Two For Music Lovers

Symphony Orchestra & Male Voice Choir

Northampton has a lot to offer the music lover. The Northampton Symphony Orchestra has just announced its programme for the coming year with concerts from October onwards and the Northampton Male Voice Choir are kicking off its new season with a “Proms Night” concert on September 28th. More details below….

Choir Announces New Season with Spectacular Proms Last Night

On Saturday 28 September 2019 the award winning Northampton Male Voice Choir together with stunning soprano, Emily Haig and the outstanding Virtuosi GUS Brass Band will present its annual concert “The Last Night of the Proms” conducted by its charismatic musical director, Stephen Bell. Watch out, when Stephen’s about – absolutely anything can (and often does) happen

NMVC Proms Concert 2019The exciting programme will include a fantastic range of music from John Williams’s “Star Wars” to “Dam Busters”, a rousing selection of songs from the 90 strong male choir and a “Last Night” sing-a-long with Emily Haigh with favourites such as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

This promises to be a night simply bursting with music and should not to be missed!!

Tickets are available from choir members or online from Ticket Source or from David Walsh on 01604 831455

For further details about Northampton Male Voice Choir see their web site

For Emily Haig see www.emilyhaigsoprano.co.uk/

For Virtuosi Gus Band see www.thegusband.com

Northampton Symphony Orchestra 2019-20 Season

Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mozart, Bernstein: there’s something for everyone in the NSO’s upcoming programme with a series of concerts that mix old favorites and hidden treasures.

Learn more at the NSO’s web site.

NSO Programme 2019/2020

 

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Voter Registration

Check your voter details ahead of next year’s elections

Residents are being urged to look out for letters dropping onto doormats from this week reminding them to check their voter details are up-to-date.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is sending the forms to every household in the district as part of its annual individual voter registration canvass.

Vote LogoThe aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

If you don’t respond, it could mean that you won’t appear on the Electoral Register, which means you will also not be able to cast a vote in upcoming elections and referendums.

The register is also used by credit reference agencies to check the rating of anyone who wishes to take out credit, including a new mobile phone contract.

If residents don’t need to make any changes to the information on the form sent to them, they can confirm their existing registration by using one of the following options:

  • Visit www.householdresponse.com/Daventry and log on using the security code supplied on their letter.
  • Call 0800 197 9871 and supply the security code from their letter (mobile providers may charge for this service)
  • Text NOCHANGE followed by the security code on their letter to 80212 (mobile providers may charge for this service)

Those who do have to make changes or add anyone onto the register can do so by either visiting www.householdresponse.com/Daventry or completing the inside of the form provided and sending back in the business reply envelope.

Residents who don’t receive their form can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or contact the elections team at Daventry District Council on 01327 871100.

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More Lambs Slaughtered

Incidents at Kelmarsh & Moulton

After last weeks appeal there have been further instances of illegal sheep butchery.

On Saturday morning, July 13, the remains of at least 10 sheep were found in a field in Harrington Road, Kelmarsh, and in Moulton, a lamb was found injured in a field in Boughton Road, after being tied up with electric fence wire.

To help protect livestock and catch those responsible, Northamptonshire Police is urging people who live and work in rural locations to report anything suspicious they see.

Neighbourhood Inspector Scott Little said: “To have this many incidents in just a few days is extremely concerning and we are appealing for information from the rural community to help us catch those responsible.

“Inquiries are ongoing into these incidents and we are asking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in these areas over the past week to get in touch. We’d also like to hear from anyone who may have any dash cam or CCTV footage that might be relevant or any other information that could assist the investigation.

“The lambs appear to have been professionally slaughtered and their carcasses have then been stolen. For farmers to find their animals have been killed and butchered like this is not only very upsetting, it also has financial repercussions.

“If you see something that strikes you as unusual, out of the ordinary or just a bit ‘off’ please let us know by calling 101 or making a report online. If you think a crime is happening at the time, please call 999.

sheep attack poster“Even a small piece of information may be a vital key that allows us to link similar offences and help us identify and bring those responsible for these crimes to justice.

“We also want farmers to be aware that this has been happening and neighbourhood officers will be visiting farmers and landowners on their patch over the next few days. We’re also advising that any loose fencing, pens or similar equipment that may be in your fields is removed and securely stored.

“If you suspect someone has attempted to target your animals, or find that you’ve lost livestock in this way, please report it to the police immediately.

Suspicious activity and non-emergency crime can be reported to Northamptonshire Police on 101 or online at www.northants.police.uk/reportonline. In an emergency, always call 999.

Information can also be shared anonymously via Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.

Incident numbers: 19000359831 (Whilton) and 19000355217 (Crick) 19000364661 (Moulton) 157-130719 (Kelmarsh)

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06/19 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 11th June 2019. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 11th June 2019

This Month

The June meeting included:-

  • PCSO Report.
  • Discussion of the planning application for the permanent location of the kebab van.
  • Update on the Library
  • Details of expenditure & income (now more detailed)

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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2019 Grand Prix Traffic

silverstone circuit logoThe Silverstone circuit has issued advice regarding traffic management for this weekend’s Grand Prix.

Attached is a letter to residents in the area which contains the details:-

Silverstone Circuit 2019 Traffic Management

In addition, Police advise that due to a burst water main, the A5076 Mereway in Northampton is expected to be closed all weekend, which will affect those travelling to the 2019 British Grand Prix at Silverstone over the next three days.

They are advising race-goers heading to the circuit from the east of the county to please find an alternative route as there is no access to the A43 from the A45 along Mereway. Local diversions are in place.

Although agencies are on the scene dealing with the large amount of water, both carriageways are expected to remain closed for the duration of the British Grand Prix.

 

 

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Help With Our Litter Pick

Here’s your chance to help keep the Woodland clean & tidy.

The Parish Council is organising a litter pick in the woodland.

Update: Free tea & coffee for helpers afterwards in the Old School Cafe.

Come along and help. Meet up tomorrow (Saturday 13th July) in the car park behind the Library to get your litter picking kit at 10:00am.

Here’s the results from a previous litter pick. Help us to keep the woods litter free for the whole village.

Litter Collection

A Previous Litter Pick’s Haul (thanks to Iain Osborne for the pic – and the pick!)

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Police Appeal : Lambs

Slaughtered & Butchered Lambs

Sam Dobbs, Daventry District Neighbourhood Sergeant has asked us to issue this appeal for information…..

“Two incidents have understandably caused shock and repulsion in the local and virtual/social media community, with the unlawful killing and butchering of lambs on farms in Daventry District. The first, in Crick, on Sunday night into Monday (7/8th July) saw fourteen lambs killed. The second, in Whilton, on Tuesday night into Wednesday (9/10th July) saw around 21 lambs killed.

Lamb Slaughter Crime Scene“In both incidents, the lambs were slaughtered and apparently corralled by means not yet known, hung up on gates removed from the location and upturned, and butchered in the field. The thieves left the skin, paunch, heads, and legs at the sickening scenes: too gruesome to show other than the pictures here. Aside the unnecessary suffering caused to the livestock, the animals were stolen at a considerable loss of income to the farmer, who had reared them since birth in March. At Whilton, this is the second time the same farmer has been targeted.

“This appeal seeks the assistance of our community in three ways:

  1. Was anything seen or heard in the vicinity of these crimes?
  2. Alerting farmers & the rural community of this problem to raise awareness
  3. Asking if anyone is aware of where the carcasses/meat are being sold”

Witness Appeal

“The Whilton incident occurred in a field between the Whilton and Little Brington turn between the Roman (Nobottle) Road and the M1 – on the right as you drive from Daventry towards Northampton. The crime must have involved a number of people and vehicles capable of transporting considerable weight/bulk. Users of this popular shortcut to Daventry are asked whether they used the road on the night in question. Did they see vehicles, or lights? Do they have any dashcam footage?

“The same questions apply to the Crick incident which occurred in a field on the A428 between Crick and West Haddon.”

Raising Awareness

“I am proud of the networks and links with, and between, our rural and farming communities. We need to raise the profile of this recently emerging problem within our networks and to enlist the help of local farmers, villagers, gamekeepers, country road users, Neighbourhood and Farmwatch members in reporting any suspicious activity around our countryside fields. I still have to remind our local farmers that it’s OK to use 999 for a crime in progress or suspected.

“Young sheep are difficult to herd and catch, and the thieves know what they are doing.

How can they do this with nobody noticing?

Where is the meat going?

Is the meat being marketed locally?

I consider this is unlikely as it may be leaving the county, given the proximity of both incidents to arterial road networks. But at this time, we have little information – please report either to us or to Crimestoppers.

Responding to this Rural Crime

“PC Chris Martin & PC John Hutchings are officers who specialise in wildlife and countryside matters, based at Daventry & Brixworth respectively. At this time, PC Martin is investigating both crimes. We are increasing our uniformed presence in key remote locations during the dusk hours and will be conducting plain-clothed patrols in unmarked cars in the hours of darkness.

Police at the scene“These patrols will respond to suspicious incidents reported, which is why it is really important to have such incidents phoned in. We will consult with our neighbouring forces and wider to identify other similar crimes. We also await the results of forensic examinations at both scenes of crime. We are aware that these crimes are highly emotive and deeply upsetting for the owners of the livestock (and all, including us, who deal with the aftermath).

“Our community so often provides information when fully briefed about incidents which affect them. I am hoping we can work together to make the District a hostile environment for such unusual but horrid crimes.

Thank you.”

SAM DOBBS
Daventry District Neighbourhood Sergeant

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DDC August Kids Fun

Fun and affordable activities for children this summer

Action-packed but affordable activities for children will be taking place at Daventry Leisure Centre every Wednesday throughout the school summer holidays.
DDC LogoOrganised by Everyone Active in partnership with Daventry District Council, the Wicked Wednesday sessions feature pool inflatables sessions as well as bouncy castles in the main hall, at a cost of £2 per person, per session.

Or why not enjoy some open-air cinema on Saturday August 3rd?

Swim

The pool inflatables sessions are aimed at competent swimmers aged 8 and above and take place on Wednesdays 31 July, 14 August and 28 August. There are two sessions on each of the days running from 12.30-1.30pm, and from 2-3pm.

Non-swimmers and children aged 7 and below may join the session but must be supervised by an adult in the pool at a ratio of one adult to two children and are not allowed on the inflatables. Over 8s must be supervised by an adult at poolside.

Bounce

Big Bounce with DDCThe bouncy castle sessions are suitable for children aged 5 to 12 and take place on Wednesdays 7 and 21 August, with sessions from 10.30am to midday and from 12.15pm to 1.45pm.

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Watch

Why not pack some popcorn in your picnic and enjoy free family films on the big screen? On Saturday August 3rd in the Northern Field at Daventry Country Park you can watch:

11am: Peter Rabbit (PG)

1pm: Mary Poppins Returns (U)

4pm: The Greatest Showman (PG)

More details here: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/summer

Phone To Book

Pool inflatables and bouncy castle sessions must be booked and paid for in advance by phoning Daventry Leisure Centre on 01327 871144

Alternatively, people can visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/summer

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Council Update

A small number of updates have been made to the Parish Council page (addition of Robyn Davison as Councillor) and to the Who Does What page (changes in some of the individuals responsibile for parish activities).

These two pages provide the contact details for Councillors and those that help provide Council services.

 

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White Water?

Anglian Water advise….

You may be experiencing cloudy water due to work that we have been carrying out in your area.

For full details, please visit:https://inyourarea.digdat.co.uk/AnglianWater?id=WaterSupplyIssues.31842

It is safe to drink, but for more details please visit our cloudy water page

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Cadets At The Regatta

Following on from the post this morning on Rural Policing, Northants Police have highlighted how our Regatta helped in their recruitment campaign…

       Recruitment Drive at Annual Village Regatta

Emergency Services Cadets at the Regatta

 

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Rural Policing News

Northamptonshire Police have published a newsletter covering the work they are doing to tackle crime in the rural parts of the county.

Summer 2019 Rural Matters This edition includes:-

  • the new Rural and Wildlife Crime Team
  • Reporting rural crime on-line
  • Livestock worrying and responsible dog walking
  • How the police & RSPCA work together
  • Summer fire safety

and much more…

Download it here:-

Northants Rural Matters Spring & Summer 2019

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Old Post Office

A bit of news from Dipikar at the Old Post Office.

The Old Post Office

 Photo courtesy of Woodford Halse Archive

The shop will be open from 9:30am to 12:30 on Saturday, 6th July with existing stock at bargain prices.

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09/07/19 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting :-

Council Agenda 09/07/19 

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

Points to be covered include:-

  • Reports from Police, Estates & Woodland Committees.
  • Dog bins, mowing & litter pick issues.
  • Update on nearby HS2 works.
  • Inspection reports on Sarafield and Rylands Play Area equipment.
  • Request for transfer of a strip of land : 12 Larch Close.
  • Parish Council’s Library Business Plan Submission.
  • Northants County Council Rights of Way Improvement Plan (earlier post here).
  • Councils accounts for first quarter 2019/20.

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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A361 Road Works July 5-7

Traffic Lights South of Byfield

There is news of some planned road works between the 5th and 7th July 2019 on the A361.

Road Works Warning SignAccording to the roadworks.org web site, there will be work carried out by OpenReach, south of Byfield near the junction of The Twistle with the A361.

There will be two way traffic signals in place, so some delays can be expected.

The timing of any works was not provided.

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05/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 22nd May 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 22nd May 2019

Minutes of the June 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 24th July 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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Swimathon

For Water Aid

Taking place at Woodford School pool on Thursday 11th July, 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

For more information or to get involved, contact Kate Kee at Stablemates or via Facebook.

This event is in aid of WaterAid, the charity that has teams in 28 countries across the world, working to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene. Since 1981, they have reached 24.9 million people with clean water.

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Woodford’s 2019 Regatta

Fun For All!

It was the 11th Woodford Regatta last night. Have a look at our gallery of pictures…..

Regatta 2019

(And have a look back at previous years… 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Crowds at the 2019 Regatta

 

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Community Cafe

This is just one of the things that have been going on at the Old School Cafe.

This week saw a session on flower arranging at cafe with Janet Cooper (who volunteers her expertise).

Flower Arranging Class in the Cafe

There’s always art and craft items on sale too.

Come along, have a coffee and cake, breakfast or lunch and join in. Contact Diane Kenny if you would like to use the Cafe for your community event.

 

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Regatta Road Closure

Friday 28th June

Remember that tonight Station Road will be closed for the Regatta & Street Fayre.

The closure will be in operation between the bottom of Parsons Street and Cherwell Terrace.

The road will be closed from 5:00pm on Friday 28th June 2019 until 9:00pm.

Regatta Street Closed Map

© OpenStreetMap contributors

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Daventry Purse Thefts

Warning & Advice from Northamptonshire Police

Police officers in Northamptonshire are issuing a warning to people about a recent spate of handbag and purse thefts.

Several incidents have taken place in Daventry Town Centre and have happened mostly in and around shopping areas with the criminals mainly targeting the elderly.

Paul Golley, Crime Prevention Team Leader, said: “It takes a real low-life to follow elderly people around shops, waiting for the right moment to steal their handbag or purse.

Northamptonshire Police Logo“Unfortunately these people do exist and they often use distraction techniques to get what they want. This can involve bumping into victims – something that causes them to be flustered and unaware someone has stolen from them. Or it can involve working in pairs with one person distracting the victim while the other steals from them.

“It’s worth making sure you read the tips below in order to best prevent yourself from becoming a victim and making sure any elderly people in your life are aware of these tips as well.”

  • Beware of pickpockets.
  • Attach a bell to your handbag so you can hear if it is moved.
  • Never hang your handbag on pushchairs or shopping trolleys.
  • Keep your bag firmly closed and on your person at all times.
  • Wear shoulder bags with the flap against your body.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Only keep items in your bag that you need for that occasion.
  • Remember thieves can use cards to make contactless purchases.
  • Do not store your pin number in your handbag or purse.
  • If your purse is stolen, report the loss of your cards immediately to the card issuers.
  • Protect your pin when withdrawing cash from an ATM.

 

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Complaints About Oxford Students

In The 14th Century

Canons Ashby Priory

Oxford students stopping at Canons Ashby priory gave rise to complaints about their behaviour and slovenly dress.

Our local National Trust house has just published some snippets of history about the priory, parts of which are incorporated into the house.

You can find out more on their Canons Behaving Badly page.

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Rights of Way Improvement Plan

Northants County Council Plan For Comment

Northamptonshire County Council has prepared a Rights of Way Improvement Plan in accordance with the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, covering up to the year 2028.

footpath signThe Plan looks at the rights of way network in the county and aims to improve provision for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and those with restricted mobility.

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2018 to 2028 has been established following an extensive assessment, consultation and review process and you can now have your say.

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan can be downloaded from the Northamptonshire County Council web site, where you can also find out how to comment. Comments are open for a “Public Representation” period from the 17th June 2019, to Monday 9th September.

Once the period of Public Representation has ended, all feedback will be collated, reviewed and may be used to formulate the final version of the Rights of Way Action Plan.

 

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Litter & The Woods

News From Wednesday Night’s Woodland Committee Meeting

Two pieces of news on litter and the Woodland, from Wednesday’s meeting  …

Great Central Woodland LogoFirstly, there will be a Woodland Litter Pick on Saturday 13th July.

Volunteers Needed!

Please meet in the car park behind the Library at 10:00am. Litter picking kits will be provided.

Secondly, the Parish Council has agreed to fund three new litter bins at the main entrances to the Woodland (Station Road, Phipps Road Byfield Road junction and Co-op). The bins will be emptied by Daventry District Council as part of their existing service. Ideally please still take your litter home but hopefully these bins will make it easier for folk to avoid dropping litter in the Woodland.

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Archives at the Regatta

Find Out About Woodford’s History

If you are coming along to the Regatta on Friday (and why wouldn’t you be?) here’s a reminder that the Woodford Halse Archives will be in the Memorial Hall.

Do visit and take the opportunity to learn about the history of our village.

There will also be a sale of old books and magazines with donations going to the Library and Archives. Plus, if you might be interested in volunteering to help in the Library a chance to talk about what’s involved.

Refreshments will be available in the Memorial Hall as well.

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Orchard Nursery Fun Day

Family Fun at Orchard Nursery : 6th July 2019

A chance for guided tours around the nursery and special offers to sign up.

Orchard Nursery Fun Day Poster

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Railway Walk

You may not know but there is a short guide to a walk around Woodford’s old railway heritage available here, on the Signpost.

Great Central Railway CrestOriginally developed with the support of the Woodford Halse Photographic Archive and the footpath warden, the guide provides a tour of some of the key railway sites around the village.

You can download a copy here (designed as a three-fold pamphlet on A4) or from our Woodford Walks page:-

Railway Walk Guide

You can learn more about Woodford’s railway heritage here: Woodford & The Railway

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July 2019 WOW

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

This edition includes news about the Library (Northamptonshire County Council Cabinet have ratified the library proposal for Woodford Halse library to continue as a community led library with volunteers), Parish Council to support home visits or a village surgery for Citizens Advice and the Old School Cafe’s first birthday. There is also the usual directory of handy parish contacts, local societies and upcoming events.

Here is the electronic version:

WOW July 2019

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

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for September 2019 (there is no WOW in August) – is Wednesday 14th August.

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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A361 Relief Road Works

A new contractor has been appointed to take over the work on the Chipping Warden relief road according to this article on the Daventry Express website: Contractor Appointed for HS2 Relief Road.

More details on the work being done in this area can be found here: Edgcote, Wardington Chipping Warden HS2.

HS2 locomotive

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Byfield Surgery & Northants Rural PCN

Readers of the Daventry Express may have seen this article “Shakeup for GP Surgeries Next Month” describing how new networks of GP surgeries are to be implemented across Northamptonshire next month.

Under this scheme, the Byfield Surgery will become part of the Northamptonshire Rural PCN (Primary Care Network).

We have asked the Byfield Patient’s Panel representative in the village for any further information that the Surgery has on this. He is contacting the Practice Manager. We will provide an update as soon as more information is available

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Watch Your Post Box

Carl Barton, our village PCSO, tweeted the following warning following a reported fraud attempt in the village today…..

“Reported credit card fraud in WoodfordHalse. On 2 occasions a black male was seen trying to intercept mail from post boxes attached to walls in the village. The credit cards had been taken out in the home owners name under false pretenses.”

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Community Safety Fun Day

South Northants Council and the emergency services, are hosting a ‘Community Safety Fun Day’ on Sunday, 23 June at the Towcester Recreation Ground on Islington Road (NN12 6AU).

Running from 10:00am until 4:00pm, this free event will feature live demonstrations from the emergency services and displays by police investigation dogs; fire engines and rescue vehicles, plus local neighbourhood teams.

More details here on the South Northants web site.

Emergency Services Fun Day 2019 Poster

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Summer 2019 Woodland Work

Tree Felling Will Be Restarting Next Week

We have just been told that our felling contractors, Powell Forestry, expect to be returning to work in the Great Central Woodland next week.

Work will include:-

Clearance of previously felled timber.

Creating another “ride” through the woodland : a break intended to allow remaining trees to grow more strongly.

Thinning trees on the bank adjacent to the Cinder Path and Pig Path.

We do not have exact dates and times yet but we will post details as soon as we do.

Please take care if you are in the woodland; follow warning signs and the directions of our contractors.

Please warn children that it is NOT SAFE for them to play in the woodland during felling operations.

Felled timber is the property of the contractors and is helping to save the village the costs of the felling. Felled timber should not be taken from the Woodland.

Forestry Work Warning Sign

Why is this being done?

Great Central Woodland LogoThis is all part of the work we need to do to manage the Woodland. We are removing some trees so that the others can grow better. The tracks in the woodland are also being widened. This process, called ‟thinning” is part of the long-term Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.

How Has This Been Planned?

This is part of the largest forestry project carried out in the Woodland for twenty years. It involves the removal of around 600 tonnes of timber. The costs of the work are being covered by sale of the timber, which is also returning cash to the Parish’s accounts for the benefit of the village. It will put the Woodland on a sound footing for the next ten years.

All work carried out in the Woodland is done under a Management Plan that has been agreed with the Forestry Commission. The Plan was developed and approved by the Woodland Management Committee. The Commission has provided a felling license that allows this work to be carried out.  For information a copy of the license is available here: Great Central Woodland Felling License.  It refers to “Part 1” this can be found in the Management Plan available here.

What Will The Impact of This Work Be?

Unfortunately, during this work, there will be some inconvenience to those living nearby and to users of the Woodland.

The Woodland Management Committee is working with the contractors to minimise any problems but wishes to apologise for any inconvenience resulting from these essential works.

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06/19 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 26th June 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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Still Time To Be Good (Bad or Ugly)

Grown ups or kids, you can still take part in this year’s regatta.

A couple of boats for grown ups are still available and if you get in touch with Janet Cheshire at Village Meats by Friday 21st, you could be competing for regatta glory!

Places also available in the children’s race. Fancy dress : good, bad or ugly – you choose!

Contact Janet Cheshire at Village Meats on 01327 261519.

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10 Days To Go!

Regatta Sign

It’s almost time for Woodford’s annual  exercise in bonkers fun.

We’ve got a river that barely comes over your feet (most of the time) but does that mean we can’t have a regatta? NO!

Friday 28th June from 6:00pm is the time for Woodford’s Street Fayre & Regatta.

Come along to Station Road and join the throng. Enjoy some Pimms or the Beer Tent. Browse the stalls. Eat a bite. Let the kids bounce on the bouncy castle.

And then it’s the Race. Forget the Derby, the Grand National, the British Grand Prix. This is the Race of the Year.

Come along and root for your favorite.

Who will you cheer on? Good? Bad? Ugly?

Wondering how Woodford can hold a regatta?

Well, look here for pictures from 2016 and 2017

Woodford Regatta Banner

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Boiler Burglaries

Carl Barton, our PCSO, just tweeted the following warning….

Northamptonshire Police LogoThere were 2 burglaries on new builds in Woodford Halse in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Both properties were vacant but central heating boilers were taken.

If you are offered a new boiler at a reduced price, contact police on the 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 111222

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Search for a Bangle

Has anyone seen a bangle very similar to this but in gold? It went missing over festival weekend.

bangle missing similar to this one

This is the husband’s bangle and it’s the wife’s that has gone missing and is very similar.

Thanks. Please contact the Signpost Editor and he will get the owner in touch. signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

(Originally posted on Facebook but here for non-FB users)

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Parish Council Accounts 2018-19

Each year Parish Councils like Woodford cum Membris have to prepare an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) which is reviewed by an external auditor. Your Council spent £179,000 in 2018-19 and manages over £3.9M in community assets (such as the Woodland, the Village Centre and the Memorial Hall). These accounts let you see how your local taxes are spent in the village.

The 2018-19 Annual Return can be downloaded here. Once the accounts have been audited, the details will also be posted.

This document makes available:-

  • The notice of Public Rights and publication of unaudited accountability and governance return for the year ended 31st March 2019.
  • A summary of your rights in respect of the accounts of the Parish Council.
  • Section 1, the annual Governance Statement.
  • Section 2, the Accounting Statement for 2018-19
  • The Parish Council’s balance sheet, notes to the accounts and a summary of the principal assets held by the Council, together with a summary of income and expenditure for the year.

For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to Gary Smith, Parish Clerk, The Retreat, High Street, Woodford Halse, NN11 3RQ Email: pc_woodford@daventrydc.gov.uk, from Monday 17th June until Friday 26th July 2019.

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05/19 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 14th May 2019. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 14th May 2019

This Month

The May meeting included:-

  • PCSO Report.
  • Discussions on publicising Parish Council activity. (Please note: the woodland publicity leaflet referred to in these minutes will be distributed shortly).
  • Confirmation of Council roles (the Signpost will be updated to reflect changes).
  • Details of expenditure & income (now more detailed)

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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18/06 Estates Committee Agenda

The Estates Committee manages issues relating to the various halls and other property that are owned by the Council.

The next meeting of this committee, will take place on 18th June at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room (back of the Library).

The agenda for the meeting is as set out here:

  Estates Committee Meeting 18th June 2019.

Things to be covered at this meeting include a report on planned preventative maintenance, a survey of electrical installations and various improvements.

This meeting is open to the public. Anyone may attend. If you have issues to be raised, please advise the Parish Clerk before the meeting by email on parishclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Estates Committee meeting agendas and minutes can be found under the Parish Council menu above or via this link.

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Yummys for Monies

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Claiming Universal Credit?

Citiizens Advice Help to Claim poster

Kim Allibone is the new ‘Help to Claim’ advisor for Citizens Advice Daventry and District, supporting people with new Universal Credit claims.

Help to Claim is a free, independent service that aims to help claimants from first application through to getting payments.

The service is available over the phone, via on-line chat and face to face. You can find out more about it in this Help to Claim leaflet.

If you’d like help, you can contact the CAB office directly for an appointment with Kim on 01327 701644.

More Details on the CAB

CITIZENS ADVICE DAVENTRY & DISTRICT

The Abbey, Market Square, Daventry, NN11 4XG

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 till 14:30, Closed on Thursday, Fridays 09:30 till 15:00
Adviceline email: adviceline@daventry.cabnet.org.uk
Adviceline number: 03444889629
Web Site: www.citizensadvicedaventryanddistrict.co.uk

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Interested in Neighbourhood Watch?

If you are interested in helping to keep our neighbourhood safer, perhaps you could spare some time and join Woodford’s Neighbourhood Watch.

Neighbourhood Watch logoThis is part of the national Neighbourhood Watch scheme, supported by Police forces across the UK.

You can find out more by talking to our PCSO, Carl Barton (email on the link below) and you can register your interest in joining by filling in a form on the Neighbourhood Watch website.

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11/06/19 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting :-

Council Agenda 11/06/19 

All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

Points to be covered include:-

  • Reports from Police & Woodland Committee.
  • Planning applications: permanent change of use for the burger van in the Social Club car park
  • Library update
  • Councils accounts for year ending 31/03/2019

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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Two Events For June

Here are details of two new events nearby this June, a presentation on archaeology from HS2 and a chance to find out more about moths at Canons Ashby…..

HS2 Archaeology

Chipping Warden Village Hall

Tuesday 11th June 2019, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Before HS2 build bridges, tunnels, tracks and stations, they are undertaking the largest programme of archaeology ever in the UK.

On the 11th June in Chipping Warden, they are holding an archaeological presentation about the scale of works being undertaken in your area and the findings to date.

Lead archaeologist for HS2, Nick Finch, will be bring along some of the items found and answer any questions you may have.

This event is organised as a Community Event by Fusion working on behalf of HS2. More information here on the HS2 web site.

Moth Morning

Canons Ashby

Saturday 29th June, 9:00am to 10:00am

Canons Ashby invites you to join them and discover the moths that call Canons Ashby home. See the moth surveying traps being opened on Saturday morning and have a look at some fascinating specimens brought by our moth expert. (If you drive past on the night of the 28th June and wonder what the lights are- they’re to attract the moths.) Please wear sturdy waterproof footwear as this will involve walking over uneven ground. £3 per person, does not include admission after the event. Pre-booking is essential (see this page in the Canons Ashby pages on the National Trust website).

 

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New Council Vacancy

As a result of the resignation of Iain Osborne, there is a vacancy on the Parish Council.

This is the formal notice:- Notice of Casual Vacancy (Iain Osborne)

Unless 10 electors of the Parish request an election as described in this notice within the next 10 days, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-opting a new Councillor.

(The way that Parish Councillors are selected is described on our Parish Council Elections page.)

 

 

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Trees & Parking

A message from the Parish Council….

“Please, will people parking cars on the Byfield Road make sure that cars are not parked on the grass area opposite Wheelright Way and Thatcher Drive. Parking on the grass has prevented  Scotts, the Council’s contractors, from mowing the grass and there is a risk to the trees, which have Tree Protection Orders.

Please make sure that vehicles are parked on the roadway or on drives.”

Trees & Parking on the Byfield Road

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Security – Update

SSL & HTTPS://  Implemented On The Signpost

Well, that turned out to be easier than I expected. Thanks to 1&1IONOS who look after the servers that the Signpost runs on, we now have a bright and shiny SSL security certificate.

Having installed it on the site, the site now shows as being secured (see the padlock symbol circled in red in the image below). This means any data sent between your browser and the Signpost (and vice versa) cannot be read by anyone else while it being transmitted.

Screenshot showing the SSL certificate activated on the Signpost

This should not cause any problems for users of the site. If you have any difficulties that you think maybe the result of this change please email the editor:  signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

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Web Site Security

You may have noticed that your browser shows the Village Signpost as “not secure”.

In the address line of your browser you may see an “!”. Different browsers may show this differently, especially if you access the site from a mobile device.

Do not worry. The Village Signpost is safe to use.

Screen shot of the Not Secure sign for the Signpost

Why Does This Happen?

You receive this warning because the Village Signpost web site does not use a Security “SSL” Certificate. Sites with a security certificate encrypt the data between the site and your browser making them safer to use for applications like shopping or ticket booking. You can recognise such sites by the padlock symbol that appears in your browser address line and by their use of https:// as the first part of their address (the “s” stands for secure).

Screen shot of a secure symbol of a site with an SSL certificate.

The SSL Certificate was introduced to secure things like credit card details or other personal information. We do not collect information apart from as described in our privacy policy but because SSL Certificates are now used so widely, you may be concerned that the Signpost is not safe.

You need not be worried but we want to make sure that everyone has confidence in the security of the site.

What Are We Doing About It?

We are planning to introduce an SSL Certificate on the site shortly. This should not affect your use of the site.

(Thanks to Patricia Darby for drawing our attention to this problem. We are always happy to hear of any difficulties that you are having with the Signpost. You can contact us here: signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org)

 

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04/19 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 9th April 2019. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

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

This Month

The April meeting included:-

  • County Councillors Annual Report (already included with the report of the Annual Parish Meeting)
  • Comments on planning applications on Byfield Road, Nelson Avenue & School Street
  • PCSO Report.
  • Decisions on future management of street lighting
  • Plans to reduce flooding risk by clearing the River Cherwell culvert under The Bank.
  • Updates from the Estates and Woodland Committees

The uusual list of expenditure and income for the month was deferred to the May 2019 meeting.

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.

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DDC’s Housing Hotline

Launched to Help Improve Housing Conditions

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

The dedicated number – 01327 302288 – has been set up to help people report in confidence any concerns they may have about the condition of a privately rented property in the District.

People are also encouraged to report any Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) – commonly referred to as house shares – that they believed may be unlicensed or in a poor state of repair.

The new initiative comes in response to the massive growth of the private rental sector in recent years. According to national figures, there were 2.5 million landlords in the UK in 2018, and 11 million people living in rented accommodation.

Report On-Line

As well as the new hotline, people can also report a suspected HMO or a privately rented house in disrepair in confidence by visiting the DDC HMO page  the Daventry District Council HMO page or emailing ehcustomercare@daventrydc.gov.uk.

And while most landlords take their responsibilities to their tenants seriously, a small minority do not, allowing their tenants to live in poor conditions, causing ill health and distress.

National figures suggest that as many as 1 in 3 rental properties are not of a decent living standard, and 1 in 6 rented houses are dangerous to live in.

DDC Needs To Know

The rental market plays an important role in providing housing for people living in Daventry District, and HMOs provide cheaper accommodation for residents whose housing options are limited.

However they can also pose greater risks than other types of accommodation for overcrowding and fire, which is why Daventry District Council is working to ensure that all HMOs in the District are safe and properly licenced.

Councillor Richard Auger, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health and Housing on Daventry District Council, said: “Our District is a popular place to live and work, and with the rental sector increasingly popular, it is more important than ever to ensure everyone here has a safe, well-managed place to live.

“In some instances, HMOs have been used by opportunistic rogue landlords, some driven by monetary gain, to exploit vulnerable tenants, and rent properties that are overcrowded, sub-standard and potentially dangerous.

“We are working with landlords and our partners to protect the health and safety of the tenants, but I would appeal to residents across the District to help be our eyes and ears on this, and report any concerns they have to us so we can investigate and take action where required.”

(The Signpost covered DDC’s advice to HMO landlords back in 2018 in this article.)

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Signpost Twitter is Back

For some unfathomable reason our automatic feed to Twitter went off-line a while back and we’ve only just noticed it. It has now been fixed.

Twitter Logo

Not being big Twitter users here, mostly we think tweeting is what the birds on the bird table in the garden do (well, not the jackdaws, obviously…). However, for those that DO use Twitter you should be able to get  a notification every time that we update the Signpost (new posts and updates to pages) by following us on Twitter:

@WoodfordVSP

 

 

 

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Cycle Εvents

Ovo Tour of Britain Logo

Last year the Women’s Tour cycle race visited Woodford. If you were bitten by the bug and want to see more you’ll have to travel a bit further afield this year. (Equally these will be two good days not to head up across country to the M40 northbound….)

OVO Women's Tour Logo

Both the Men’s Tour and the Women’s tour have stages this year staring in Warwick and finishing with a climb up to the top of Burton Dasset Country Park.

Find Out More

Details available via the links below:-

Women’s Tour : Warwick to Burton Dassett : 13th June 2019

Tour of Britain : Warwick to Burton Dassett : 13th September 2019

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A361 Road Works

Traffic Lights South of Byfield

There is news of some planned road works tomorrow (31st May) on the A361.

According to the roadworks.org web site, there will be work going on to install chevron signs, south of Byfield before the junction of The Twistle with the A361.

There will be two way traffic signals in place, so some delays can be expected. The timing of any works was not provided.

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Library on Saturday

Trial Opening

Here’s some news from Patricia Darby, who is coordinating Woodford’s Community Library initiative on behalf of the Parish Council.

Woodford Halse LibraryThe library will be open on Saturday 1st June from 10.00 to 12.00 as an extra session this week.

If this proves to be popular then we may extend our library opening hours with volunteers.

Don’t Forget

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

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June 2019 WOW

The June 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter is being delivered. This edition includes details of the upcoming Summer Festival (7th to 9th June) and Regatta (28th June) as well as the usual directory of handy parish contacts.

Here is the electronic version:

WOW June 2019.

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

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for July 2019 – is Wednesday 12th June.

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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Church Diary Update

The Church Diary has been updated with details of services for June.

Thanks to Pam Hicks for the details.

Church Diary

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Woodland Map

We’ve added a new improved map to the Great Central Woodland page, showing existing and planned paths and highlighting the location of the Memorial Glade and the story circle.

Woodland Map

You can download a copy of the map for printing.

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04/19 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 24th April 2019

Minutes of the May 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 26th June 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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Change of Polling Station

Social Club Polling Moves To The Memorial Hall

Don’t forget for today’s Euro elections!

If you are usually used to casting your vote in a polling station at the Social Club; for this election the polling station is located in the Memorial Hall.

(See this original official notice).

If you want to give your views on this change, here is a link to a consultation on the planned permanent change.

 

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HS2 Plans For Northants

Latest News From HS2

HS2 has published the Local Area Engagement Plan: Northamptonshire which provides details of planned works along the route in our county.

HS2 locomotive

The plan aims to do the following:-

  • introduces you to your local HS2 Community Engagement team and partners working on behalf of HS2;
  • provides maps showing where key works are in our area;
  • informs you about the different ways you can contact HS2; and
  • explains how HS2 will measure how well they are doing against their 10 Community Commitments.

Download The Plan

A copy can be downloaded from here:-

Local Area Engagement Plan: Northamptonshire

(Please Note: the plan does not appear to include any new information about the Chipping Warden relief road where work stopped following the collapse of sub-contractor Dawnus on 14th march 2019. The latest news on this that has been found by the Signpost is available on the Wardington.net parish council web site here: HS2 Update at Wardington.net.)

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NCC Consultation

Specialist Provision for Children and Young People

Northamptonshire County Council is consulting on additional special provision in the county for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans.

Increasing the capacity of authorities to make provision for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans has been supported by the Department of Education through a Capital Grant. This recently published report, Special Schools and Designated Units Sufficiency, details the current provisions and identifies gaps in provision in and within districts and the numbers of young people who need to move outside their district to access special education.

The consultation provides the opportunity to shape the additional provision to be commissioned to ensure there is greater capacity in Northamptonshire to provide children and young people with an Education Health and Care Plan access to local specialist provision that meets their needs and supports them to be part of the community in which they live.

Have Your Say

This consultation sets out the recommendations that have been made to increase provision in Northamptonshire and asks for your views on them. The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 14th July.

You can access the consultation here:-

NCC’s Consultation on Specialist Provision for Young People

Details of this and all current and recent consultations can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council consultation hub.

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Daventry’s Recycling Callendar

Keep an eye out for new bin collection calendars which are due to hit doormats across the  district later this week.

The four-page leaflet gives households dates for the next 12-month cycle of waste and recycling collections, beginning at the start of June until the end of May 2020. It also includes details on 2019 Christmas season collection arrangements.

For more details visit Daventry Council’s Recycling Calendar.

Daventry's Recyling Leaflet

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Festival Time!

Who Needs Glastonbury?

Pre-sale tickets are available for Woodford’s festival : 7th to 9th June.

Summer Festival 2019 poster

Make sure you get yours before Sunday the 2nd of June for the half price offer of £5 per adult for the WHOLE weekend.

Under 18s are FREE

Camping £10 per tent

Tickets on the gate this year £10 per adult and £20 per camping pitch.

Tickets are available now from behind the bar at the Football Club clubhouse..

Clubhouse opening times

Friday 5pm – 11pm
Saturday 12pm – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 8pm

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05/19 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 22nd May 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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Car Key Burglary – Correction

Northamptonshire Police LogoPlease note: correction – this was Barby, not Byfield

Northamptonshire Police have just issued a correction regarding the post put up earlier today.

This did NOT refer to an offence in Byfield, but in Barby.

Apologies for any confusion.

 

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Car Key Burglary – Barby

Northamptonshire Police LogoPlease note: correction – this was Barby, not Byfield

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a burglary in School Close, Barby, Northamptonshire.

An unknown person/s have put an unknown object through the victim’s letter box removing the car keys and have taken the vehicle.

This happened on Monday 13/05/19 between 22:30 & 10:08 on the 14/05/19.

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:19000245433

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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Signpost Spoofed Again?

Please watch out for any emails that seem to come from the address:-

info2@woodford-halse-villagesignpost.co.uk

This email address does not exist and the mail does not come from the Signpost (email notifications from the Signpost are sent from donotreply@wordpress.com and communications from the editor are sent out from the editor’s gmail account).

The email asks you to click on a Dropbox link. Do not click on the link. It may allow a virus to infect your computer.

Many thanks to Wendy Francis for bringing this to our attention. If you receive one of these emails please inform us: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

 

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Access To The Signpost

What’s Happening?

New regulations are being introduced to make sure that public sector web sites can be accessed by all, irrespective of ability.

Accessibility Keyboard ImageThe Parish Council’s Village Signpost web site, along with all other existing public sector web sites, must meet The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 by 23rd September 2020. This means the web site must follow the Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) standard (currently 2.0, soon to be 2.1)

We will be working to make sure that the Signpost meets these standards.

How Will This Affect The Signpost?

You may see changes as we try to make sure that the content on the Signpost meets the required standards over the coming year. Likely changes are:-

  • alterations to the layout of some information on the pages.
  • increased use of headings.
  • changes in the ways that menus work or new pages open.
  • changes in the ways that images are captioned.
  • the inclusion of an accessibility statement.

These changes should improve access for everyone by making the site easier to use, whether or not the user has a disability.

Please Bear With Us!

Firstly, the Signpost’s editor doesn’t have much experience of working with the proposed standard yet but we hope that by starting early we can make sure we meet the regulations by the deadline.

Secondly, the website contains much information that is no longer current (over 1800 posts have been added to the Signpost since we started it) and much of this is rarely accessed.  There is an argument for retaining this material as part of the village’s (more recent) history, but equally, it may need a great deal of effort to ensure it complies with the standards. We are using tools that will help reduce the problem but we have yet to decide how this information will be treated in the long term.

If you have difficulties with using this web site in the mean time, please let us know. By all means add you comment on individual pages or please send emails to: signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

 

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New Local Authority

Daventry District Council has just posted the following news regarding the creation of new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire. Woodford Halse will be part of the new West Northamptonshire authority combining Daventry, South Northants and Northampton Town:-

New Authorities Confirmed

The Government has confirmed this afternoon that two brand new unitary councils will be established in Northamptonshire on 1st April 2021.

The Secretary of State James Brokenshire has announced that a new West Northamptonshire unitary authority will cover Daventry District, Northampton and South Northamptonshire and a North Northamptonshire unitary will cover Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough. The existing district and borough councils, including DDC, and Northamptonshire County Council will all be abolished.

New Authorty Boundaries

Elections in May 2020

Parliamentary Orders will follow later this year and in May 2020 there will be elections to the Shadow Authorities, which will determine the structure, budget and service delivery models for the new councils.

Daventry District Council Leader Councillor Chris Millar said: “Now we have received the Secretary of State’s formal decision we can all now focus fully on delivering these two new unitary councils in readiness for an April 2021 start.

“We are under no illusions as to the very tight timelines involved and the huge amount of work still to be undertaken to deliver these two new authorities. However we see a wonderful opportunity to embrace wider public sector reform by including the local health organisations as part of a package to deliver better services for our residents. Rest assured that Daventry District Council, while it still exists, will do all it can to influence the creation of the new West Northamptonshire Unitary Council in the best interests of our residents.”

Read more at https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/…/government-says-yes-to-two…/

You can also see the following on the Minirty of Housing Communities and Local Government web site:-

Consultation Outcome

Ministry’s Press Release

Report on Children’s Services in Northamptonshire

 

 

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Polling Stations

Give Your Views On Polling At The Memorial Hall

You can have your say on Daventry District’s polling stations.

People are being invited to have their say on proposals to change some polling stations in Daventry District. One of these affects Woodford Halse.

The proposals are being made as part of the Polling Districts, Places and Stations review, which the Council is required by law to undertake every five years.

They take into account feedback from voters, councillors, parish councils and community groups, as well as information on proposed housing developments and expected population changes.

In most cases the recommendation is to keep the current polling arrangements, however a number of changes are being put forward, including:

  • Moving the polling station for Monksmoor residents from Daventry Court Hotel to Monksmoor Park CE Primary School
  • Moving Woodford Halse Social Club to Woodford Halse Memorial Hall – this move is being trialled for the European Parliamentary Election later this month
  • Moving Harlestone from the smaller room to the larger room in the Harlestone Village Institute.

People can view the proposals in full and have their say online by visiting www.daventrydc.gov.uk/pollingplaces

Responses can also be submitted in writing to Polling Places Review, Elections Team, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP.

The deadline for comments is 4.30pm on Tuesday 18 June.

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Hagstone Pottery

GOING TO POT AT TEWS FARM!

We are always happy to post news of local businesses, so here is an update from local potter, Jacqueline Rappaport, whose Hagstone Pottery is now opening on Thursdays and  Fridays.

New Gallery & Studio Shop

Hagstone PotteryHagstone Pottery is opening a new gallery and studio shop in the grounds of Tews Farm, Woodford Halse, selling hand-made pottery “warm from the kiln” of Northamptonshire potter Jacqueline Rappaport.

Hagstone’s studio shop is opening due to popular demand from customers, following the tremendous success of previous studio sale weekends. The grounds around Tews Farm make Hagstone Pottery a lovely destination, and Jacqueline is usually happy to show customers around the workshop, where her pottery is made, sometimes even throwing in a little impromptu demonstration on the wheel!

Practical Pots

Employing traditional throwing skills, Jacqueline uses stoneware and porcelain clays, which she hand-glazes and then fires to very high temperatures in order to create pottery Hagstone Potswhich is beautiful but also very usable.

“I’m not interested in making ornaments,” states Jacqueline firmly, “I like to produce useful pots – pots which are happy in the microwave and the dishwasher – but which are also lovely to handle and which look beautiful on the shelf when they are not being used.

“I try to adhere as closely as possible to the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement. In our disposable world where you can buy a dinner service for a tenner, more people are looking for objects with a bit more authenticity, something from the hand of the maker which is beautiful as well as useful”

Along with pots, Hagstone’s studio shop also sells hand-made ceramic and sterling-silver jewellery, linen and hemp scarves in “colours of clouds and sea”, plus exclusive limited-edition prints and cards.

Commissions are happily taken and a generously stocked seconds table is always very popular.

Find Out More?

Hagstone Pottery’s studio shop is open every Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm.

For more information and directions on how to get there visit www.hagstone.co.uk

What is a Hagstone?

A Hagstone is a very hard, flinty stone which has a naturally occurring hole, formed over years and years, due the action of the crashing sea. In traditional folk-law, hag stones – also called fairy stones – offer protection from bad dreams and some say that if you look through the hole of a hag stone at certain times of the year, you will be able to see through it into the other world (wherever that might be!)

 

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14/05/19 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday’s Parish Council Meeting :-

Council Agenda 14/05/19 

All are welcome to attend. 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

Points to be covered include:-

  • As this is the first meeting of the year, Council elects a Chair and Vice-Chair, sets dates for meetings and approves Council appointments
  • Reports from Police & Woodland Committee.
  • Planning applications, 21 Manor Road & 28 Laburnum Close
  • Council Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Social Media Policy, Code of Conduct and Internal Controls
  • Publicising Parish Council Activities

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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Construction Traffic on the A361

Expect Delays As HS2 Deliver Heavy Machinery

HS2 have issued a traffic warning.

HS2 WarningAbnormal loads will be travelling from the M40 junction 11 to the HS2 construction site near Wormleighton. Around twenty construction vehicles loaded on the back of low loaders will be transported slowly to the site under the control of an escort vehicle during mid-May and June.

The route they will use is:-

1. From junction 11 of the M40 north along the A361 through Wardington and Chipping Warden.

2. Turn left onto the Welsh Road passing Aston Le Walls and along the Banbury Road through Lower Boddington.

3. Turn right onto Stoneton Lane followed by an immediate left into our site entrance.

You  can find out more here:  Abnormal Load Movements Warning.

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Good Neighbour Schemes

Daventry District Helps With Setting Them Up

Good Neighbour Schemes are established by communities and run by local people to provide day to day support for other residents who may need help on an occasional or regular basis.

Good Neighbour SchemeThe best help is often closest to home. Good Neighbour Schemes provide that local, day to day support.

At the present time there are 3 live schemes in Daventry District and 12 pending. DDC is  looking to set up more.

How DDC Can Help

DDC provides support to set up Good Neighbour schemes. Your scheme could get:-

  • Funding of up to £1,000 is available to set up a scheme
  • 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

For more information see this brochure and contact:

Daventry District Council on 01327 871100,

Northamptonshire ACRE on 01604 765888,

DACT on 01327 701666 or

The Happy at Home Partnership on 01327 300614.

 

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Help Scrap Fly Tipping

Let’s work together to SCRAP fly-tipping

People across Northamptonshire are being urged to follow the S.C.R.A.P. code as part of a county-wide campaign to crack down on fly-tipping.

The code serves as a reminder of the checks to make when arranging disposal of waste items, in order to ensure they are dealt with responsibly and do not end up being dumped in our towns and countryside.

It is being promoted in a bid to reduce the number of fly-tipping incidents taking place across the county each year. Councils in Northamptonshire dealt with 22,000 fly-tips in 2017/18, at a cost of around £750,000 to the tax payer in collection and disposal costs.

The new campaign is being led by the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership and is backed by all of the councils in Northamptonshire, as well as Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers’ Union.

It warns residents that failing to take reasonable steps to ensure their waste is disposed of responsibly could result in them facing an unlimited fine or, in serious cases, prison.

Leaving waste items on the street for others to take, outside of a closed Household Waste Recycling Centre, or next to a street litter bin are all examples of fly-tipping for which the punishments apply.

Follow The S.C.R.A.P. Code

The campaign’s S.C.R.A.P. code urges people to:

Suspect all waste carriers – do not let them take waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate
Check with the Environment Agency that the provider taking away your waste is licensed by calling 03708 506 506
Refuse unexpected offers to have any waste taken away
Ask what will happen to your waste
Paperwork should be obtained. Get a full receipt, invoice or waste transfer for your waste removal describing the waste and providing the waste carrier’s contact details.

SCRAP Fly Tipping Scheme in DaventryImages depicting fly-tipping in front of famous Northamptonshire landmarks have also been produced as part of the campaign, to emphasise the impact it has on us all.

Councillor Tim Allebone, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “I welcome this new campaign and hope that the information provided in the leaflets, on our website and through social media will  help residents to understand the effect that fly-tipping has, not just on their local community, but on Northamptonshire as a whole.

“The S.C.R.A.P code is easy to follow and will help people to carry out the necessary checks to ensure their contractors are properly licensed and will dispose of their waste legally.

“Fly-tipping blights our country-side and town centre areas and we are therefore continuing to work with our partners to crack down on fly-tippers. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of legally and failure to do so could result in prosecution.”

People can find out more about the campaign on the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership’s website at www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk/at-home/let-s-s.c.r.a.p-fly-tipping-/

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03/19 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 12th March 2019. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 12th March 2019

This Month

The March meeting included:-

  • Discussions on on-street parking
  • Police Update
  • Comments on planning applications on Farndon Road, Grants Hill Way and Beanfield Farm
  • Details of a repairs process adopted for the Memorial Centre and the Village Centre.
  • Approval of expenses in relation to the Memorial Centre and Village Centre.
  • Review of village maintenance and repairs work approach

A list of expenditure and income for the month is also provided.

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.