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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Daventry Police Station
New Street, Daventry, NN11 4BS

Telephone for all non-emergency calls: dial 101
If dialling from outside Northamptonshire, use 03000 111222, Extension 343805
Email; sam.dobbs@northants.police.uk

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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.

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2019 Annual Parish Meeting Report

A Summary From The Signpost

At this year’s Parish Meeting on Tuesday April 23rd 2019, the Parish Council and other groups provided reports on activities relating to the village over the last year.

(Note from the Signpost Editor: this is my personal report, attending as a member of the public. The official minutes of this meeting will be approved at next year’s Parish Meeting and will then be published here. Last year’s minutes are available at the bottom of this post.)

Parish Council

Chairman of the Parish Council, Kay Coles, provided a summary of some of the key issues of the year. The Neighbourhood Development Plan, which helps provide a planning framework for the village, was approved in the parish referendum and subsequently “made” by Daventry District Council. The Parish Council has commented on 25 planning applications in the last year. The Council has organised to better handle its responsibilities with working committees handling parish estates (the halls and other property), the woodland and the library. A new on-line booking system for the village halls has been introduced and new Halls Booking Clerk, Beverley Blackwell, appointed. The cafe is proving a valuable village asset. Villagers have expressed concerns about the development going on across the “Red Road” but it will be reinstated as a public right of way. The Council has a single vacancy which they hope to fill shortly, bringing the Council to its full complement.

County Council

For the County Council, Robin Brown provided a report regarding the efforts of the Commissioners appointed by the Government to resolve the financial situation at Northamptonshire County Council. The current expectation is that a single unitary authority combining the work of the District and County Councils will cover the Woodford area with elections in May 2020. A full copy of Robin Brown’s report is available here.

District Council

Planning for the new unitary authority also involves the District Council as Liz Griffin advised, this may place greater responsibilities on the Parish Council. Other activities by Daventry District Council included the planning permission for the development of Mulberry Place, expected to provide restaurants and a cinema and the relocation of the library to improved premises. The three-box recycling system introduced in 2018 has allowed much more food waste (for energy production) to be collected and an increase in recycling generally.

Other Parish Activities

Chairman of the Woodland Management Committee, Paul Blackwell reported on the second year of the Council’s ownership of the Woodland as it progresses with its ten year Management Plan. The major focus has been on the tree thinning and safety works intended to make the Woodland trees healthier and safer. although this had been delayed and complicated by the irresponsible actions of some children that had prevented the use of harvesting equipment. Paul Blackwell paid tribute to the support given from local firms including Cummins Diesel, Gulliver’s Tree Solutions and Mainline Timber as well as to those villagers that had supported volunteer activities. The coming year should see the completion of the Memorial Area, further improvements for access and the start of enhancing the area’s environment with coppicing, sapling planting, wild flower seeding and further thinning where needed.

Jim McDermott, provided his report as Footpath Warden identifying work done on improving the parish’s footpaths and places where problems exist with providing clear and usable access. Concerns over the accessibility of some bridleways are to be forwarded to the County Council by the Highways Warden.

PCSO Carl Barton’s Police report highlighted a substantial fall in reported crime in the village, down from 32 incidents in 2017/18 to 19 this year. It is felt that the full time police presence has helped achieve this, although there has been a slight increase in anti-social behaviour and parking issues and speeding remain a problem.

Patricia Darby provided an report from the Library, explaining that the Library will be able to continue  as a Community Library with the County Council providing the book stock and the library management system if this is approved by the County Council at its meeting in May 2019.

Kay Coles reported on the Eleemosynary Charity. Grants had been made to Church Lands, Rural Wheels and the Air Ambulance.

Unfortunately there were no reports from the Church, the school or from local groups.

The meeting approved the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th April last year, which are available here:-

2017-18 Annual Parish Meeting Minutes

 

 

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It’s That Green Bin Time….

Have you renewed your garden waste collections yet?

You have just a few weeks left if you wish to renew your garden waste collections for the year ahead.

The annual charge for the fortnightly service from the start of June 2019 until the end of May 2020 is £36 per bin. Households wishing to continue with the service must ensure they have renewed their subscription by Friday, 17 May to ensure no disruption to their collections cycle.

Residents can renew or sign up for the service using their credit or debit card at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste or by calling 0345 218 5215.

Garden Waste Collection Renewal

Those who sign up will then receive a permit sticker to place on their bin or it won’t be emptied. Residents who do not wish to renew the service for 2019/20 will receive their last garden waste collections during the week beginning 27 May 2019.

More than 20,000 homes signed up to the chargeable garden waste service when it was introduced in June last year by Daventry District Council (DDC) and its environmental services partner Daventry Norse. The service is not paid for by Council Tax and was made optional and self-funding so it could continue for only those who want it.

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Euro Elections Polling Stations

The location for polling stations for European Parliamentary Election (assuming they go ahead) has been announced and appears in the following official notice.

Notice of Situation of Polling Stations

PLEASE NOTE: for Woodford in other elections, the Social Club has been used)

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Canons Ashby in Summer

Helena Avery-Clarke, the Programming and Communications Officer at our local National Trust property, Canons Ashby, sent through the following bulletin about some of the things going on there in the coming summer months.

Canons Ashby was owned by the Dryden family who owned property on Woodford Halse. Henry Dryden designed and built Woodford’s first school and the Dryden Hall is named after him.

Canons Ashby Update

The wildflowers and grasses in the paddock are shooting up, and the gardeners are working hard to keep on top of everything outdoors, including pruning, mowing and changing the bedding in the formal gardens. The bees and butterflies are getting busy all over the site so the place seems full of life.

Caznons Ashby StewpondStarting in June you can get access to a special area not normally seen by the public: the stew ponds. The stew ponds are a series of small medieval ponds which have recently been restored and have become a small wildlife haven away from all the people. You can join a guided visit on Thursdays in June, July and September at 2pm if the weather is fine. See below and online for more details.

Check visitor opening hours, events and find out more about the work that is going on to care for Canons Ashby on this website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canons-ashby

What’s on?

There are plenty of events and activities listed on our website. Here are just a couple of highlights.

Thursdays in June, July and September

2.00 – 2.45pm Guided visit to Priory Church and medieval Stew Ponds
Find out more about the medieval history of Canons Ashby with a guided visit to the church, and then to the recently restored medieval stew ponds: an area not accessible to the public without a guide.

An exclusive chance to see this beautiful area. This visit will only go ahead in good weather due to ground conditions on the route. Please wear sturdy footwear and ask at reception on your way in. Not suitable for children under 12years old. Normal admission prices apply.

Sat 6 July

6-8ish Sense and Sensibility performed by The Pantaloons

Elinor Dashwood has a lot of good Sense. Her sister Marianne Dashwood has an excess of Sensibility. Together they make a snappy title for Jane Austen’s classic novel of scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles.

This funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation from the critically-acclaimed The Pantaloons Theatre Company features live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak. Adult £15, Child £10, Family 2 ad 2 ch £40. Pre-booking essential.

National Trust "When you come to spot signs of spring, it helps us look after nature all year round."

 

 

 

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Church Diary May 2019

Our Church Diary page has been updated with details of local services for May 2019.

Details here: Church Diary

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Gt. Central Way Burglary

Northamptonshire Police LogoNorthamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a Burglary to an industrial unit, cash taken, Great Central Way, Woodford Halse
 
This happened between Sunday 28th April 2019 between 6:15pm-6:45pm 
 
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?
 
Any CCTV?
 
Call 101 Ref: 19000215851
 
In an emergency, when there is a crime in progress or a life at risk, always call 999.

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Missing Your WOW?

The WOW editors are aware that a few places in the village haven’t had a WOW delivered.

You can always download the latest copy from our WOW page or printed copies are also available in these locations around the village:-

Popsons Pharmacy

Mr Mannions Barbers

Bobbie’s Newsagents

Village Meats

Mark Belcher Estate Agents

Top To Toe

Old School Cafe

Library

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May 2019 WOW

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

Here is the electronic version:

WOW May 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 June 2019 – is Wednesday 15th May.

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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03/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 27th March 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 27th March 2019

Minutes of the April 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 22nd May 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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School Pool Help Needed

HELP NEEDED PLEASE!

school swimmingThe Friends of Woodford Halse C of E Academy desperately need some people to help at the school pool on Saturday morning, 27th April, to clear away the trees as they are cut to a manageable height.

Please let them know if you can help, as they can then get the pool clean and filled ready for the kids to start swimming in the summer term!

A huge thank you to Paul and Iain for cutting the trees 🤗.

Thank you in advance!

Contact the Friends on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/WoodfordHalseFSA/

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Council Vacancy

As a result of the resignation of Jean Curd, there is a vacancy on the Parish Council.

This is the formal notice:- Notice of Casual Vacancy (Jean Curd)

 

 

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Open Gardens

Woodford Open Gardens Afternoon

Sunday 2 June 2-5.30pm

£5 entry to 4 gardens, including tea & cake.

The following gardens will be open to visitors during the afternoon:

  • Top Farmhouse, 7 Phipps Road
  • 10 Birch Close
  • Apple Tree House, 12 Farndon Road
  • The Mill House, West Farndon

The Blossom Shop (10 Farndon Road) will also be open.

Please come and enjoy looking round these gardens. Refreshments will be available all afternoon at Top Farmhouse 7, Phipps Road. Raising funds for St Mary’s Church, Woodford.

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Help Advise Your Local Police

The Opportunity

OFPCCC LogoThe Office of the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) and the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police are recruiting new members to join their Joint Independent Audit Committee. The Committee provides independent advice and assurance on the governance of the OPFCC, Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority.

Successful applicants will receive training and an annual allowance of £3,000.

Want To Know More?

OFPCC, Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Commissioner Fire & Rescue Authority are looking for two people to join the committee which, through its work, aims to make Northamptonshire safer.

  • Can you review and scrutinise their internal audit, risk management, financial reporting and corporate governance arrangements?
  • Do you have experiences of and skills in project management, estates or IT?
  • Do you have a good understanding of the public sector and knowledge of best practice in audit and corporate governance?

If you think you might fit the bill, download this information pack with details of how to apply…

Application Pack

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 10 May 2019.

 

 

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Police Alerts…

Northamptonshire Police LogoThere have been a number of police alerts posted by the Neighbourhood Alert service over the last few days. Rather than posting the details of all of them, here is the most relevant item & links to others…

Burglary in Barby

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a burglary at Hill Farm, Elkington Lane, Barby, Northamptonshire.
 
Unknown persons have forced entry to a caravan removing property from within.
                            
This happened between 18:30 on 18/04/19 & 14:00 on 19/04/19.
 
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: 19000199262
 
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.

Other Warnings From Neighbourhood Alert

Neighbourhood Alert has issued the following advice notices..

Hints to Help Improve Your Home Security Against Burglars

Watch Out For Thieves Impersonating Police Officers

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Dog Control

A request from the Parish Council……

If you are walking your dog near the allotments, please make sure they aren’t allowed to run loose. Some allotment holders have complained of dog mess on their plants. It may be dogs running loose in the riverside woodland, jumping the Cherwell as the river is low at present.

Please keep dogs under control near the allotments.

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04/19 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 April 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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Help Needed!

Work is now nearly finished on the Memorial Glade in the woodland, a space for quiet reflection and to memorialise local residents and others with a connection with Woodford.

Memorial StoneThe Memorial Stone is intended to carry plaques to list those remembered. We think we need a metal plate about 2 feet x 3 feet for the face of the stone that will carry the plaques and an engraved message but no-one in the current team has the skills, tools or materials to create this.

If you think that you could help, please contact Peter Deverill who is co-ordinating the work on the Memorial Glade. You can get him on 01327 263537 or by email at peterdeverill@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

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Sorry for the Noise!

Apologies to anyone that is disturbed by the work going on in the woodland this week, especially folks in Sidney Road, Cherwell Terrace and Bankside.

We are using a motorised chipping machine to grind up some of the small branches left over from the felling. This will help to tidy up and to improve the surface on the long path running from the Memorial Glade in the south to the Byfield Road in the north.

Chipper in the Woodland with VolunteersThe chipping is going on over three days – today, Tuesday & Wednesday. Village volunteers and staff from Cummins are helping. Work will be between 10:00am and 3:30pm each day. The chipper will move along the path as the work is done, so we hope that the noise will not be too much of a problem in any one place.

The people working on the chipping machine are briefed on safety and keep a watch for walkers and dogs but please, if you are using the path, keep an ear out for us and watch out.

 

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Livestock & Dogs

Northants Police provided the following guidelines on the importance of controlling dogs around livestock at this time of year. We posted our own warning a while back but here is the advice from Northants Constabulary:-

Lambing Is Underway

Northamptonshire Police LogoWith the lambing season now underway, dog owners are being reminded to keep their pets on a lead near livestock to help stop animals being hurt or killed.

Livestock worrying is the term used when a dog is loose around farm animals on agricultural land and acts in a way which could cause injury or suffering, such as alarming, chasing or attacking them.

It is a criminal offence, and under the law, a dog worrying livestock can be shot and killed. Owners are responsible for keeping their dog under control, or can face a fine of up to £1,000. In 2018, Northamptonshire Police received at least 30 reports of livestock worrying, including instances of sheep found dead or injured.

PC Abbey Anstead, wildlife and rural crime officer with Northamptonshire Police, said: “Every year the force receives reports of livestock, especially sheep and lambs, being killed or injured by dogs, and a farmer whose animals are at risk of harm is within their rights to shoot the dog responsible.

“Whether farmer or pet owner, the death of an animal is devastating, but all of this is completely avoidable if people walking dogs keep them on a lead and under control around farm animals.

“This simple measure is part of responsible dog ownership, helps to protect pets and livestock alike, and means everyone can enjoy the countryside safely.”

She added that incidents of livestock worrying should be reported to police on the non-emergency 101 number. If a dog is in the process of worrying livestock and cannot be stopped, dial 999. 

Anyone who shoots a dog to prevent livestock worrying must notify police within 48 hours.

Livestock Worrying – Facts

lamb, not yet worriedAnimals classed as livestock include sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, mules and poultry, including chicken, turkeys, geese and ducks.

Agricultural land includes land used as arable, meadow or grazing land, for poultry farming, pig farming and market gardens, as well as allotments, nursery grounds and orchards.

Tips for safe and responsible dog walking around livestock:-

  • Keep dogs on a lead and under control when walking through fields of livestock
  • Always stick to public rights of way and leave all gates as you found them
  • If you live beside land where livestock is grazed ensure you know where your dog is at all times, and keep your property secure so your dog cannot escape
  • Cows can be curious and may follow walkers. If this happens, keep facing the animal and move calmly and slowly, don’t turn your back to it or run
  • Steer well clear of young animals and do not try to pet them. Cows with calves will be protective and may become aggressive
  • If you feel threatened by cattle when with a dog, let go of the lead so you and the dog can get to safety separately
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Euro Elections

We are required to post notice of the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament:-

Notice of Election 23rd May 2019

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Red Road Closure

The temporary closure order on the Red Road that has been in place to allow works to be carried out on the Grants Hill Way development has been extended.

The details can be found in this update to the closure order:-

Temporary Closure : Red Road

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Red Road….

Some folk have expressed concern about work going on along the Red Road.

Kay Coles, Chair of the Parish Council, advises that this is to do with the work on the development of 37 houses either side of the Red Road. The road itself will be unaffected by this development.

Here is a plan of how the development will reinstate the route. This was part of the planning application on the Daventry District Council planning web site where you should look for up to date information against reference number: DA/2018/0370

A Temporary Closure Order was in place which allows the road to be closed up until the end of March 2019. Since the work has not been completed, the developers are required to apply to the Secretary of State for Transport for an extension. (Details of Temporary Road Closures and the related procedures can be found on the Northants County Council web site.

A copy of the closure order (as updated 28th February 2019) and a map showing alternative routes can be downloaded here.

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Grant Funds Available

£250k Available To Local Communities

Northamptonshire Police LogoA new range of grants is now available and open for applications through the office of Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold.

This year, three different funds are available.

The three funds  will give a wider range of community groups, charities and other voluntary organisations options to seek funding.

More than £250,000 is being made available.

Three Funds Available

The Making Northamptonshire Safer Fund (total of £100,000) provides grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to groups carrying out projects that support the aims of the Police and Crime Plan: early intervention and preventing crime; enforcing robustly to fight crime and protect people; putting victims at the heart of justice and reducing re-offending.

The Northamptonshire Road Safety Community Fund (total of £150,000) is supported by the Safer Roads Alliance and gives grants of between £500 and £5,000 for initiatives that support the Northamptonshire Strategic Road Safety Plan: speed reduction; anti-social road use; distraction driving; drink or drug driving; road victims and their families; use of seatbelts; child restraints and seats; educational initiatives leading to positive behaviour change.

The Tackling Hate Crime Fund (total of £11,000) is provided by the Northamptonshire Hate Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group and is open for bids of between £1,000 and £11,000 for initiatives that will: support victims of hate crime or hate incidents; support confidence in reporting; support work with offenders to successfully change behaviour.

How To Apply

Applications from groups across Northamptonshire are now invited for all three funds, and the current round closes on May 31.

Further details and application packs are available at www.northantspcc.org.uk/community-grants

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2019 Annual Parish Meeting

This year’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Tuesday 23 April 2019 in the Memorial Hall, at 19.00hrs.

The meeting is for the Council (and other local groups) to report back to the electorate on what has been achieved in the previous year. It is separate from Parish Council meetings.

Please see below for the Agenda.

Annual Parish Meeting 2019

Local clubs and groups are also invited to present. If your group would like to be represented please contact the Chairman, Kay Coles [01327 438236] or the Clerk by 20 April 2017.

A summary of last year’s meeting is available here:-

Annual Parish Meeting 2018 Report

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New Events!

We’ve added three new events to the list here on the Village Signpost.

Woodford C of E Primary School

Fun Run

On the Sunday 28th April 2019 Friends of Woodford School Academy will be hosting a fun run at Woodford Halse Football Club.

There will be a Kids, 3k and 5k run and entry to each run will be £3.

The theme for the run will be ‘Bright and Colourful’ so put on your best and brightest running clothes for the day!

Race times:

2:00pm  –   3k and 5k
3:00pm  –   Kids race
3.30pm  –   Winners presentation

There will also be a raffle, tombola, face painting, bouncy castle, BBQ and disco.

Woodford School Summer Fete

This will be at the school on Saturday 15th June 12-4pm and everyone is welcome to attend!

Woodford School Christmas Fayre

This will take place on Saturday 30th November at the Social Club. Timings are likely to be the same, but will be confirmed closer to the time!

Friends of the School LogoThese events are organised by the Friends of Woodford Halse CofE School Academy. Find out more on their Facebook page.

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Summer Festival

More details on the Summer Festival. Football Club. 7th – 9th June 2019

Keep up to date with the latest news on their Facebook page: 2019 WHSACC Summer Festival.

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Methodist Church Services

Hinton Methodist Chapel

Thanks to Julie Swann, we’ve added dates for all the forthcoming Methodist Church services up until June 1st.

Now on the Church Diary Page.

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Flower Arranging Session

In the Village Centre (Farndon Room) 18th April 2019 : 10am to 12 noon

FLOWER ARRANGING WITH JANET COOPER

Last month, with Janet’s help, the group produced these striking arrangements.

Janet has agreed to hold another practical demonstration – this time looking at arrangements for Easter. Please come along and join in. The group are beginners – no experience necessary!

All flowers, foliage and materials will be provided at a charge of not more than £10.

Booking essential. See Diane in the Café or telephone Jean on 07471 204683 to book.

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Regatta 28th June

It’s the fun-for-everyone event of the year: Woodford’s very own regatta and street fayre: 28th June 2019. But “Stop!” you say “How can Woodford have a Regatta on that little stream, the Cherwell?”

Well, look here for pictures from 2016 and 2017

 

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09/04/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 09/04/19 

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

Points to be covered include:-

  • An annual report from our County Councillor.
  • Reports from Estate Committee, Police & Woodland.
  • Appointments to the Estates Committee & new Chairman
  • Proposed expenditure including clearing the culvert beneath the embankment, maintenance requirements on village halls, gas & electricity requirements, further improvements in the woodland
  • Planning applications, 3 Byfield Road; 31 Nelson Avenue; the Old Barn, School Street

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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Signpost Spoofed?

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

admin2@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. This may allow a virus to infect your computer.

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

 

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Police Alert

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding criminal damage to a Horse Box, nothing taken but damage caused, Grants Hill Way, Woodford Halse

This happened on Saturday 30th March 2019 between 6pm-11pm

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?

Any CCTV?

Call 101 Ref: 19000164159

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

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit www.northants.police.uk

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering Daventry Town and surrounding villages they can be contacted on the following email:

NeighbourhoodTeamDaventry@northants.police.uk

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2019 April Big Breakfast

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 6th April.

The Big Breakfast will be running 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

This is the final date for the Spring 2019 season. Let’s hope they are back later in the year!

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Messy Church on 7th April

Hinton Methodist Church is holding another “messy church” on Sunday 7th April between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Come along and have some fun!

Follow their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/HintonMethodist/

 

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Lunch Next Sunday?

The Old School Cafe will be doing a Sunday roast again on 7th April.

Details below but remember, booking is essential.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #91

Fake Virgin Media Email Scams

The following fraud alert has been passed on by Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert…..

 

What you need to do

Action Fraud (NFIB)Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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Correction

One of the Easter Sunday (April 21st) services was missed off yesterday’s update on the Church News page.

There is an 11:00am Parish Communion service at Byfield.

The page has now been corrected.

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Fix My Street

Northants County Council have launched a new on-line page where you can report problems such as pot-holes, street lighting, pavements, and a whole series of others.

You can also check on problems in your area to see if they have already been reported and see any updates on progress with fixing the problem.

Street light problems in the village (which are owned and maintained by the Parish Council) should still be reported to the Parish Council, which can be done by email giving the street light number from the post and its location, to the Parish Clerk: parishclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

The new page is available here:-

https://fixmystreet.northamptonshire.gov.uk/

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Church Diary Updated

We’ve added details of local church services for April to the Church Diary page.

This includes the services for Easter Sunday (April 21st).

Thanks to Pam Hicks for keeping us updated.

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Alpha Course

The Alpha Course is an opportunity to explore life and faith in a relaxed environment.

There is no pressure, no charge and no follow-up. It consists of 10 weeknight sessions, on Tuesday evenings starting on 2nd April and a one-day session on Saturday 18 May. The sessions will take place at ‘The Nest’ in Woodford Halse.

For more information see: https://alpha.org/about . To book or to make further enquiries please get in touch on 01327 264927 or email geoff@ccvp.co.uk.

Revd. Geoff Moore.

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Woodlands – Can You Help?

On 15th, 16th, 17th April we will have a machine available to to start to create woodchip pathways from some of the fallen branches resulting from the thinning work in the Woods.

We need some volunteers to help with collecting up branches and feeding them into the chipper and with wheel-barrowing and spreading chippings on paths to help improve the surfaces.

We are particularly looking for help in two hour sessions in the afternoon of Monday 15th and Wednesday 16th and in both morning and afternoon on Tuesday 16th.

If you can help, or for more information, please contact Ruth Curzon by phone on 07855040710 or by email: volunteers@greatcentralwoodland.org.

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02/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 27th February 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 27th February 2019

Minutes of the March 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 April 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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Buzzard Release at The Football Pitch

Last Saturday, a buzzard that had suffered a broken wing was brought back to Woodford’s football pitch for release.

Ian Dobson, the village Wildlife Warden, had taken the bird to the Nutkin Ward at Middleton Cheney, who specialise in treating injured wildlife.

Here’s a video by local video-blogger Byron Potter with the bird’s release (at about 10 minutes in). Ian’s the guy referred to as “Uncle Sid” in the video.

You can follow the terrific work Nutkin Ward do at their Facebook page.

You can find more Byron Potter videos on his YouTube Channel.

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Fire & Police “Youth Commission” Wants Members

Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold is setting up a youth commission to involve young people in decisions about policing, the fire service and criminal justice in Northamptonshire.
 
Young people aged between 14 and 19 – or 24 if they have additional needs – are invited to join the Commission, where they can make sure their voices, and the voices of other young people, are heard by decision-makers.
 
The Youth Commission provides a platform for young people to get involved and express their views on a range of police, crime and fire issues affecting our communities. This is an important role, as it will help the Commissioner to understand the needs of local young people and to make better informed decisions.
 
The Commission will have 30 members who will be able to lead discussions and to develop and run campaigns that will inform and engage other young people on issues that are important to them.
 
People who take part will need to be confident, commit to one session a month and keen to get involved and represent their peers.  In return, they will be able to develop their skills, gain experience and have the opportunity to help shape important decisions.
 
Now extended to the 5th of April.  To apply, visit  https://www.northantspcc.org.uk/northamptonshire-youth-commission/

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Easter Pace-Setters

PaceSetters are running a Easter Holiday Club at Woodford’s school.

This is open for any child from Reception Year to Year 7 to come and join in. You don’t have to attend Woodford primary school to be able to take part, this is open to everyone.

Please see flyers below for more details, prices and on how to book on to this action packed, fun filled holiday club. Or check out www.pacesettersports.co.uk/easter2018.

 

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April 2019 WOW

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

Here is the electronic version:

WOW April 2019.

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 May 2019 – is Friday 12th April.

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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Daventry Care & Repair Grants

The new financial year is fast approaching and Daventry District Council has grants available to help and support local residents to adapt and improve their homes.

Care & Repair Daventry District is dedicated to helping older people, people with disabilities, children and vulnerable people to live in safety and with dignity in the comfort of their own homes.

All grants have to be fully spent by March 2020 before DDC heads into its new unitary status.

You can find out more, see if you could be eligible and learn how to apply on the Care & Repair web site:-

 

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03/19 Woods Committee Agenda

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

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27th March 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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Library Volunteers Meeting

There will be a meeting for all library volunteers in the library on Saturday 6th April from 10.30 to 12.30. Training will be provided by Stacey Matthews.

Please confirm your attendance via email to Patricia Darby on her Parish Council email address or to padarbylibrary@gmail.com

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26/03 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 26th March at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room (back of the Library).

The agenda is as set out in this document.

Things to be covered at this meeting include health & safety issues and structural surveys.

This meeting is open to the public. Anyone may attend.

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

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Hall Bookings

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that Beverley Blackwell has taken over the role as booking clerk for the various parish venues, such as the Memorial Hall.

You can check venue availability and book on-line using this page here but, if you need help, you can contact Beverley by email on bookingclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org or by phone on 07579 050003.

We have also updated the Who Does What? page and added Beverley’s contact details to the Hall Hire Terms & Conditions.  Please download the new version.

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02/19 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

The February meeting included:-

  • Updates on policing and parking proposals
  • Library Update
  • Station Bridge tree-felling (work now completed)
  • Setting the budget & precept (i.e. council tax component for the parish) for 2019-20
  • Estates & Woodland Committee reports.
  • Adoption of a health & safety policy in respect of the parish venues, new venue hire rates and booking agreements and hire conditions (these are attached as annexes to the minutes but links to these are provided on the Hall Bookings page). The Health & Safety procedure is also included on the Parish Standard Documents page.

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

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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New Parish Councillors

We are please to announce that there are three new Parish Councillors, filling the vacancies advertised here and in the WOW.

The three new Councillors are:-

Robyn Davison (Scrivens Hill)

Phil Jones (Quinton Lane)

James Rose (Scrivens Hill)

Contact details are included on the Parish Council Members page.

Details of each councillor’s specialist activities appears on the Who Does What? page.

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A361 Closure : Buses

Update on Stagecoach 200 Bus Service During the Byfield Roadworks.

(Thanks to Stephanie Bosworth on Facebook for sharing this….)

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IT Drop In-4

Free Help With Your Laptop. Tablet or Phone

21st March, 2pm to 4pm, Farndon Room

(It’s next to the old school Café – So you can enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in the café as well)

The next IT Drop-In session will be on Thursday 21st March.

This is a free, informal session for those who would like a bit of support with IT.

If you:-

  • Want to make more use of the Internet
  • Want to find out how to search for information
  • Have problems with any settings or programs on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone
  • Would like to join Social Media sites like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter etc
  • Would like to send emails and talk to friends and relatives online
  • Need to find out more about keeping safe on the Internet
  • Would like to learn more about Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Wendy Francis, a local IT consultant and qualified English teacher and IT trainer, will be available to help you get more from your Android phone, or Windows laptop or tablet.   Bring your device with you.

Or if you just want some advice, come along and talk through what you are having problems with.

To book a slot – call the Hall Booking Clerk on 07471 204683.

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A361 Closure : Dolls Hill

Byfield : 15th March – 18th March

Northamptonshire Highways have given us more information on access arrangements at the bottom of Dolls Hill during the closure of the A361.

The closure will run from the 15th to the 18th March and the A361 road will be closed on a 24 hours per day basis.

Access to the A361 from Dolls Hill (Woodford Road) will be affected.

Northamptonshire Highways have added the following details: “There will be access to Boddington Road and Woodford Road during Friday night but during both Saturday day and night, the closure will go as far as the Woodford Road junction on to the roundabout and during Sunday day and night, both of the double roundabouts will be closed.”

Details are provided in this letter which shows the relevant diversions on the A361.

You can keep in touch with these works here: https://roadworks.org/?112031484

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A361 Closure : Update

Byfield : 15th March – 18th March

Following on from our earlier post, we have had an update regarding the road closure on the A361.

Northants County Council has confirmed that the road will be closed through Byfield (and not as previously said north of the village), from the Twistle to Charwelton Road.

The closure will run from the 15th to the 18th March and the road will be closed on a 24 hours per day basis.

Access to the A361 from Dolls Hill (Woodford Road) will be affected. Northamptonshire Highways have added the following details: “There will be access to Boddington Road and Woodford Road during Friday night but during both Saturday day and night, the closure will go as far as the Woodford Road junction on to the roundabout and during Sunday day and night, both of the double roundabouts will be closed. ”

Details are provided in this letter which shows the relevant diversions on the A361.

You can keep in touch with these works here: https://roadworks.org/?112031484

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Barn Dance 15/03

Back By Popular Demand – Bigger Venue!

Hinton Methodist Church is holding a barn dance in the School Academy Hall on Friday 15th March at 7:00pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £5 for children aged 5 years and over and includes a baked potato supper with dessert.

Proceeds will go towards chapel funds for activities at the church and in the village.

Further info from  Cate Vokes by phone on 01327 263627.

Tickets available from Janet at Village Meats.

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British Legion Services

The Royal British Legion supports serving and previous members of Britain’s armed forces.

They provide a wide range of services to help support those that serve, their dependants and their carers.

To find out more download this guide to how the British Legion can help. And there’s more on armed services personnel support groups here.

Or you can drop in for a chat in Daventry, every fourth Wednesday of the month. Find out more here.

Daventry District Council is also working with the Daventry District Welfare Foundation New Street Café, Daventry Royal British Legion and Daventry Town Council to support Armed Forces Day and to launch a Veterans Breakfast on Wednesday 24th April 2019, further information will follow.

And you can learn about your local branch; based in Byfield, it covers Woodford Halse and the surrounding are.

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Worried Sheep

A Message from the Parish Council.

On Farmland Please Keep Your Dogs on a Lead and Away from Sheep.

There have been instances of dogs worrying sheep after being let off leads on farm land around Woodford.

In one case this was on land where the farmer had posted notices specifically asking for dogs to be kept under control.

This is a particular concern for farmers at the moment when sheep are in lamb and young lambs are in the fields too.

Dog owners are liable for for any injuries caused by their animals.

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Love Your Village

Grand Village Litter Pick

Help Get The Village Looking Smart For Spring.

Saturday 9th March :10:00am to 12:00am

Meet At The Dryden Hall Car Park

We need your help! The Parish Council and local Scouting Group are organising a litter pick.

We’d like everyone in the village to take part and help make Woodford spic and span!

PLUS:- Old School Cafe is offering free tea and coffee to pickers when they finish!

 

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Polling Places Consultation

Daventry District Council is reviewing the polling districts, places and stations within the district.

This document provides details of the review which will take place between 8th March 2019 and no later than 9th August 2019.

Electors needs to make comments before 12th April 2019.

You can learn more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/pollingplaces.

You can take part in the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YRSLYMB

 

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DDC & Dog Fouling

Daventry’s dog warden flagged dozens of piles of dog poo along Grants Hill Way in Woodford Halse to highlight the extent of the fouling in this area.

There is both a dog bin and a litter bin nearby, so the culprit(s) have no excuse and are spoiling a popular path which provides the vast majority of responsible dog walkers access to the countryside.

DDC officers will continue their patrols in this area but we would also ask people to report any dog fouling they witness so we can identify a culprit. A description of the person, their dog, and details of any vehicle they may use would really help us.

Remember dog fouling can be reported to us online at https://selfserve.daventrydc.gov.uk/forms/DogFouling.aspx

Thank you for your support

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12/03/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 12/03/19

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

This is another long agenda but points to be covered include:-

  • Filling two vacancies on the Council and appointment of an Admin Officer.
  • Planning applications, 36 Farndon Road; Grants Hill Way; Beanhill Farm.
  • Reports from Estate Committee, Police & Woodland.
  • Response to Dryden Hall parking scheme.

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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What Out For Sheep Crooks

Northamptonshire Police is urging rural communities to look out for and report any suspicious activity after sheep were illegally butchered near Daventry.

On February 28 officers were called to an incident in Whilton, where five sheep were found to have been killed and professionally butchered in their field.

Neighbouring police forces in Warwickshire and Leicestershire have recently had similar reports.

Northamptonshire Police is urging people who live and work in rural locations to keep an eye out for anything suspicious and report it.

PC Abbey Anstead said: “To find animals have been killed and butchered like this is not only very upsetting but also has financial repercussions for farmers.

“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.

“Please don’t worry that it’s a silly or trivial detail, as even a small piece of information may be a vital key that allows us to link other reports and bring those responsible for illegal activity to book.

“We also want farmers to be aware that this has been happening.  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.

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Thanks to all!

 

Thanks to everyone yesterday for slowing down while we were dealing with dangerous trees on the bank by the railway bridge over Station Road.

 

We are trying to keep the delays and the mess to a minimum but these trees were not only in danger of falling, they could damage the bridge as well.

 

There’s more work going on over the next day or so. Please accept our apologies and slow down approaching the bridge.

 

 

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01/19 Estates Committee Minutes

The Parish Council recently decided to establish an Estates Committee to manage issues relating to the various halls and other property that are owned by the Council.

Minutes of the meetings of this committee are approved at the next meeting and are then published here. As a result, minutes are always published at least a month after the meeting concerned.

The minutes for the January meeting, as approved at the February meeting, are available in this document.

These meeting are open to the public. Anyone may attend.

We have added a new page to the Signpost where Estates Committee meeting agendas and minutes will be found. It can be reached under the Parish Council menu above or via this link.

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New Councillor

Parish Council has co-opted a new member.

Philip Jones has joined the Council.

You can find Philip’s contact details (and all other councillors) on the Council Members page.

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01/19 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

The January meeting included:-

  • Council vacancies
  • Signpost Web Site Report (already published here)
  • Updates on policing and parking proposals
  • Setting the budget & precept (i.e. council tax component for the parish) for 2019-20
  • Flood warden report

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

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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01/19 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 23rd January 2019

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

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 27th March 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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A361 Closure

Byfield : 4th March – 22nd March