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.

Great Central Woodland Map

You can download a copy of the map for printing from the page, here.

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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.

Phillip Jones is taking the lead for the Council on planning matters and is a member of the Estates Committee. 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

Roadworks.org advises that Northants County Council will be closing the A361 for road works at various times between the Charwelton Parish Boundary and Church Street Byfield (i.e. between Byfield & Daventry) during the 4th to 22nd March, 2019. There are no details yet of exactly where and for how long these closures will take place.

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

Please note: the pin on the Roadworks.org is in the wrong place for where they say the works will be.

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MOMO : Advice for parents

Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert has provided this advice for parents about the “MOMO Challenge”.

Let’s all help to make sure kids aren’t upset by this sick meme…

The Momo challenge is the latest in a series of online challenges that emerge and cause enormous concern. Sometimes the challenges are more myth than reality but that doesn’t reduce the worry.

What is the Momo Challenge?

The Momo character — the disfigured face attached to a bird’s body — was, in fact, a prop named ‘Mother Bird’ made in Japan three years ago for an art exhibition. Its sinister stretched features make for a disturbing image that could easily upset or worry a younger child. The Momo challenge is allegedly ‘played’ over WhatsApp. The Momo character asks would-be participants to contact ‘her’ and do a series of challenges — the final challenge being suicide. Of course, the evidence for this behaviour happening is limited — there isn’t much evidence of a child actually being harmed and what seems to be happening is that the image is spreading because people are using the image in their profiles.

How do children get to know about it?

Children are hearing about the challenge through numerous sources online — the coverage that is happening in the news and on social media is also leading to old fashioned playground curiosity. It’s important to remember that the hype around these crazes often leads children to investigate for themselves even if they haven’t had direct contact.

Why would children be drawn to it?

There are lots of reasons for children to be drawn towards these challenges even ones that subsequently turn out to be nothing more than urban myth. The drama can be enticing especially when a popular Influencer or gamer is talking about it online.

Is it something to worry about?

Recently, the Momo challenge has been covered extensively in the news and the disfigured avatar has been popping up all over the internet. It’s important to know that there isn’t much evidence of there being harm to children aside from the upset caused when a child sees a disturbing image or hears about something that sounds frightening.

However, there is no doubt that the Momo phenomenon has reached the UK, so it is something that parents need to be familiar with and ready to talk about with their child.

What should parents do?

Please find attached a guide which raises awareness of the issue and offers advice on helping parents to talk to their children about making safe decisions online.

Parents Advice on the MOMO Challenge

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March 2019 WOW

The March 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter should have been delivered.

Here is the electronic version: WOW March 2019.

If you do not receive yours in the next few days please let us know here: – woweditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for April 2019 – is Wednesday 13th March.

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

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More on the Pong

The Parish Council is continuing to press the Environment Agency over the smell of sewage from watercourses in the village.

Actions taken so far have shown that blockages are often caused by flushing wet wipes and disposable nappies. These should not be disposed of in this way, so village residents are asked to avoid flushing them.

The Environment Agency needs to know that all these instances are linked. If you are affected by this problem:-

  1. Call the Environment Agency reporting number: 0800 807060
  2. Make sure you quote the case number: 1677295

 

 

 

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Summer Festival Line-Up

7th – 9th June 2019 : Woodford Halse Sports & Community Club Summer Festival

This year’s lineup is confirmed below.

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

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Station Road Bridge

Work On The Trees On The Skew Bridge

Traffic Controls : Week Commencing 4th March

In the week commencing Monday, 4 March 2019 (all week), tree surgeons will be removing trees from around the old railway (Skew) bridge in Station Road, particularly on the Woodland side.  The trees & their roots pose a threat to the infrastructure of the bridge & therefore public safety in the area.  Traffic control will be in temporary place where tree felling may affect road users. This is most likely to be on Wednesday & Thursday of the week.

If anyone has any questions, please contract the Chairman of the Great Central Woodland, Paul Blackwell whose email address is paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

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Walkies!

I bumped into someone this afternoon who asked me if I knew anywhere he could find details of local footpaths and good walks near to the village.

Well, I was happy to point him here: Woodford Walks.

There’s a collection of  the walks that were originally published in the WOW in 2014, plus a walk around our railway heritage and some other suggestions too, including walks in other parts of Daventry district and details of the Jurassic Way, the long distance footpath, that runs through the parish.

If this weather continues there will be no excuse for staying indoors!

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2019 March Big Breakfast

The next Byfield Big Breakfast will be next Saturday, the 2nd March.

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.

Our meat is supplied by Marriotts of Woodford and our eggs by Sky Lark Fields Farm, Staverton

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

Future dates are:

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Saturday 6th April 2019

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IT Drop In-3

Free Help With Your Laptop. Tablet or Phone

28th February, 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)

Following on from the successful first event there will be another IT Drop-In session on Thursday.

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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WOW Out Soon

This month’s WOW newsletter should be delivered during this week. We’ll post an electronic copy here once it has been delivered.

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Brexit? Oscars? Trump?

Pah! This is the real news…..

In case you hadn’t noticed, the post box that used to be at the junction of Church Street and Castle Road is no longer there. A new box has been installed on Station Road opposite  Station Court.

Last collection times: Monday to Friday : 5:00pm, Saturday 11:30am

 

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Woodford & The Railway

Rooting through my emails I came across this Google Earth screen shot that was sent to me by the Great Central Railway Enthusiasts Association. I’m not sure why I didn’t share it at the time but I’m happy to now and to add another to join it on the “Woodford & the Railway” page in the Woodford History part of the Signpost.

It shows where all the various installations associated with the railway were and just what an impact the railway made on our village. Many thanks to John Rose and the Association.

 

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Church Diary Updated

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

Thanks to Pam Hicks for keeping us updated.

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Art Drop-In

Nicci Dudley is hosting an art drop-in session at the Old School Cafe.

Join in with her first free drop in art session on 1/03/2019 from 10.30 to 12.30. Go along, meet like minded people, and enjoy a cuppa and cake from the cafe too.

This is a un-tutored session. For all enquiries and to book your place please contact Nicci at niccidudley@live.co.uk. Spaces are limited and you will need to bring your own artist materials.

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26/02 Estates Committee Agenda

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.

The next meeting of this committee, will take place on 26th February 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 a review of the new booking system and rates for the village halls, progress on the parking scheme at the Village Centre and safety monitoring for the play areas.

This meeting is 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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Everybody Needs Good Neighbours……

People in Daventry are being asked for their support in setting up a scheme to support elderly, vulnerable and isolated members of our community

Daventry District Council (DDC) and Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) are looking into the possibility of bringing a Good Neighbours scheme to the town to replicate successful schemes running in some of the villages.

The aim is to support neighbours to maintain a good quality of life, remain independent in their own homes if they wish to, and reduce their reliance on statutory health and care support systems.

Please help by completing a short survey online here www.daventrydc.gov.uk/goodneighbours. The survey will run until the end of March.

Paper copies are also available from:-

DDC’s Lodge Road offices

Daventry Town Council, New Street

Daventry Library, North Street

You can also request by calling DDC on 01327 871100 or print from the following:-

Good Neighbour Scheme Survey Questionnaire

You can also help by printing out and displaying this poster:-

Good Neighbour Scheme Poster

 

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Police Updates

Two updates from PCSO Carl Barton….

  1. Taylor Wimpey would like to apologise to residents disturbed by the burglary alarm activated at their Woodford Meadows show home last night. Engineers have been called out to rectify the problem.
  2. Woodford Halse Parish Council have purchased some Neighbourhood Watch signs which have now arrived. They will be distributed around the village in the near future.

(The latest Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter is available for download from here.

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02/19 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 February 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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An Appeal

Can You Help? Looking For Items of Sentimental Value.

Two old green vases, about 18 to 20 inches tall, illustrated with children’s scenes but damaged, have gone missing from a repairer in Woodford Halse. They were with the repairer for a long time but then, apparently, were given to someone other than the person who sent them for repair.

The original owner is trying to recover them because they are of great sentimental value.

If anyone knows anything about the whereabouts of these vases, the owner would be very grateful to hear. Please call 01327 438236 with any details or email signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org and we will pass it on.

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Hall Diary Views

To make it easier to plan your event we now offer two alternative views of the hall booking diary system.

You can either:-

1. View the bookings for all the parish’s venues in any given week by clicking here, or

2. View the bookings for any particular room for an entire month by clicking here.

There are links on each page to take you to the other. You can request a booking from either page.

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Cafe News

Diane Kenny posted:

“Due to not having any water the Cafe has had to close!
Assuming the information on the Anglian Water site is correct we will be good to go tomorrow (Thursday) morning!

See you then!”

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More Leaky Pipes!

After yesterday’s warning about the works at the bottom of Scriven’s Hill, it looks like water is off all over Woodford Halse this morning.

The Anglian Water web site says (at 3:00pm) that they hope to have it fixed by 6:00pm.

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Leaky Pipes

Anglian Water are working on a leaking main at the foot of Scrivens Hill.

There are three way traffic lights in place controlling traffic at the Scrivens Hill / Byfield Road / Canons Ashby Road junction and there may be delays while the work is carried out.

According to the Anglian Water web site they expect the work to be completed on February 20th but according to Roadworks.org they’ll be working until the 25th.

You can keep track of the problem on the Anglian Water web site.

 

 

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Hall Bookings

The Hallmaster booking system, that we use to manage bookings for the village halls, has recently been upgraded.

You should not notice any significant changes except that there is a now a slider on the diary page that will let you make the text larger or smaller. Using this you can set the slider to see the diary a week to one page or to have it easier to read but needing you to scroll the screen.

You can see the halls booking diary on this page.

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Car Parking

Parking Permits for Village Centre

Following the recent public consultation about the parking problems in the Village, the Parish Council is going to offer parking permits to local residents to enable them to park overnight in the Village Centre car park.

The Council needs to make sure that the parking is always available for hall users, so this will be for a trial period initially to see how it works.

Parking permits will be issued for residents to park from 8pm to 8am, Monday to Saturday, and all day on Sunday for private cars only.

The main conditions are:

  • The permit will not guarantee a parking space – hall users will have priority. However, having monitored hall usage over the last few months we know that parking will normally be available from 8pm each evening. On those evenings when the hall is being used for an event parking may not be available until later in the evening. We will notify permit holders so that they can find alternative parking when we think that this may occur.
  • As there are a limited number of parking spaces these will be made available to local residents who have no off-street parking. Residents of Station Road, Castle Road, Percy Road, Sidney Road, Cherwell Terrace and High Street (in this order) will initially be able to apply for a permit.
  • If oversubscribed residents who work for emergency, health or social care services will be given priority.
  • Other residents will be able to apply for a permit as spaces are available.
  • Cars must be road legal. No vans, caravans or motorhomes will be allowed.
    Permit holders must agree to move their vehicle when reasonably requested by an authorised member of the Parish Council.
  • A payment (to cover administration costs, maintenance of the car park, lighting etc) of £10 per quarter will be charged.

If you would like more information, or if you would like to apply for a permit to park overnight in the Village Centre please contact the booking clerk (tel: 01327 204683) or email: bookingclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

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IT Drop In-2

21st February, 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)

Following on from the successful first event there will be another IT Drop-In session on Thursday.

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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Red Nose Chi Kung

Carole Gray is holding a charity event for Comic Relief on 15th March at The Old School Cafe and Dryden Hall.

 

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Bat & Bird Boxes In The Woodland

One of the aims of the Management Plan for the Great Central Woodland is to try to enhance the Woodland as a wildlife habitat. Ian Dobson – parish wildlife warden – has given an update on one of the efforts being used to promote wildlife in the woods:-

“We installed some woodcrete* nest boxes over the Xmas period along one of the widened rides.”

*Woodcrete nest and bat boxes  are a mix of concrete and wood. This means the boxes last for years with less replacement expense (time and money). With more insulation than just wood, these boxes also provide better protection for the bats and birds from temperature extremes.

“The picture shows four bat boxes installed on one tree giving the hopeful occupants the favourable temperature they require for roosting or hibernation. The remaining bird boxes were placed within the plantation off the ride to give different species of birds – probably tits  – a secure roosting and nesting place.”

“The boxes need to be fairly robust to stop grey squirrels from enlarging the holes and eating the young birds! Great spotted woodpeckers will do this too. ”

“In this picture you can see squirrel damage on some wooden boxes..not 6 months old!”

We will post again if we succeed in encouraging any new species of wildlife over the coming months.

You can read more about nature in the woodland here.

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SSAFA

The Armed Forces Charity

Vacancy :  Branch Secretary Northamptonshire

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association (SSAFA) is a national charity helping serving and ex-military personnel and their families.

Northamptonshire Branch is looking for a new branch secretary.

Details of the role and how to apply can be found in the role description that can be downloaded here.

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Fun Station

Half Term Fun For Kids

WEDNESDAY 20th FEBRUARY

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

A family event FOR ALL AGES: games (table football, air hockey, lego, table games etc), crafts, treasure hunt, baby and toddler area and Buffet Car serving home made cake and drinks.

FREE ENTRY

 

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Hall Bookings On-Line

At the 12th February 2019 Parish Council Meeting it was decided to introduce an on-line booking system for the Memorial Hall, Farndon Room and Dryden Room.

You can now check hall availability and book through this page. Hopefully this on line booking system, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week will make it easier for everyone. There is still an email and telephone contact available (at the foot of the page) if you cannot use the on-line system for any reason.

At the same time, Parish Council has updated its hire rates and terms and conditions for hall hire. These are available on the same page.

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Taking A Stand On Doorstep Crime

Northamptonshire Police is committed to preventing and deterring doorstep crime from the County, and to help keep safe, those most vulnerable from this type of crime. Theirr Doorstep Crime Action Network (DAN) brings together members of the public, private, public, charity, and community sector organisations.

They are asking anyone who has contact with an elderly or vulnerable person to pass on the gentle crime prevention reminders to help prevent them from becoming a victim of doorstep crime.

More people need to be on the look out. You can learn more here and you can also help by passing on this leaflet to anyone you think might not see warnings on-line.

If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact the dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702

If a crime is in progress, dial 999

Together we can look out and lock offenders up and prevent doorstep crime from happening to someone you know.

Doorstep crime takes two forms:-

Distraction Burglars or ‘bogus callers’ will call at a house with the intention of tricking their way inside to steal money and/ or other valuables.

Rogue Doorstep Traders will use a trade (such as block paving, landscaping etc) as a means to extract large sums of money from people.

Unlike a burglary where an offender may use an opportunity to climb in through an open window, walk in through an unlocked open door, or force their way into a property, distraction burglars (bogus callers) will use stories to trick their way into a home.Most callers at your home will be genuine. However those who engage in doorstep crime can be very convincing and persuasive in order to gain access to your property. Their aim is to steal money or valuables, or to offer overpriced trade services.

‘If you are not sure, don’t open the door’

  1. Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole to identify callers. Alternatively talk to them through an adjacent windows.
  2. Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind.
  3. Set up passwords with your utility companies, genuine callers will need to recite this password to you.
  4. Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards, if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won’t be either. Obtain telephone numbers direct from the phone directory. Alternatively make a list of your important numbers and keep them near the phone.
  5. Look out for those who are vulnerable within your family, or neighbourhoods
  6. In Northamptonshire many agencies have come together to form the Doorstep Crime Action Network (DAN). If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702.
  7. For help finding a reliable local trader, check out the Trading Standards service ‘Buy with Confidence‘ scheme.
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Conservation Area Appraisal

You Are Invited

Come along to an exhibition on the possibility of a conservation area in Woodford Halse.

Daventry District Council will carrying out an assessment of whether to designate a conservation area within the village. Conservation Areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, places where their character or appearance should be preserved or enhanced.

Local residents are encouraged to attend. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have relating to the appraisal that Daventry will carry out. The exhibition will be held in the Farndon Room, (behind the Library) School Street, Woodford Halse, on Tuesday 19th February from 3:30-6:30pm.

If you cannot attend the exhibition but have questions, you can direct them to the District Council either by email to heritage@daventrydc.gov.uk or by telephone on 01327871100.

You can find out more about Conservation Areas and what they mean here at the Historic England web site.

You can also read what was said about this in the Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Development Plan.  (can also be downloaded from here.)

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Phoney Phone Calls

 

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Future Fire & Police Priorities

Let The Commissioner Have Your Views

Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold is updating his Police and Crime Plan and launching a new Fire & Rescue Plan – his first since taking responsibility for Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service in January 2019.

In both plans, the Commissioner has outlined his priorities for actions to help create a safer county, along with the activities that will help to achieve them.

The Commissioner is now asking people to tell them what they think about these priorities. This consultation also includes asking for your views on the Fire & Rescue’s Integrated Risk Management Plan which identities potential fire and safety risks and addresses how they will be responded to.

Anyone who lives or works in Northamptonshire can have their say.

You can find out more and complete a survey on the plans at: –

http://www.northantsp.cc/policeandfireplans

The consultation began on Monday 4 February 2019 and closes on Monday 4 March.

By completing the survey people can win one of three £25 vouchers.

Your feedback will help inform the future direction of police and fire & rescue services in Northamptonshire 

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Drop in for IT help

14th February, 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)

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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Council Vacancy

There is a vacancy open for a member of the Parish Council.

This is the formal notice  of vacancy:-

Casual Vacancy 11-02-2019

Council Members are responsible for seeing that the Council meets its obligations to deliver certain local services. Council Members consult with residents and local firms, make proposals, vote on proposals and are responsible for implementing the Council’s decisions. Council Members are unpaid and usually elected but can also be co-opted directly by the council (see here). They represent the views of parish residents and local businesses in Council discussions and in discussions with other bodies such as the District Council or the County Council, and bring their own experience and knowledge to discussions and decisions.

To be eligible you must be:

  • At least 18 years old on the day of your nomination, and
  • A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union

You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards, or
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination  or
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area, or
  • You have lived in the parish area of within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination.

You cannot be a councillor if:-

  • You are employed by the parish council or hold a paid office under the parish/community council (including joint boards or committees), or
  • You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order, or
  • You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before, or
  • You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations) or under the Audit Commission Act 1998.

 

 

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Police Updates

Two police updates from Carl Barton, our PCSO:-

There was an attempted burglary in the early hours of Thursday morning on Woodford Meadows, Wheel Wright Way. Unknown person tried to open the back gate of a property but was disturbed by the owner. A green Volvo Estate was seen leaving the area soon afterwards.

and:-

Carl will be holding a police surgery in the Old School Cafe, Woodford Halse tomorrow Saturday 9th February between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm. All are welcome for an informal chat about any issues you may have in the village.

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Try Chi Kung

Chi Kung is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used to improve health. It’s sometimes called the mother of Tai Chi.

Carole Gray is is running classes in Woodford Halse.

This is gentle, mindful safe movement. It can be done seated or standing and is accessible for all. Carole works with people who are looking for ways to support their health & well-being through Chi Kung, people who may have limited mobility, pain and progressive conditions, supporting physical and mental health. There are currently two classes running:

Thursdays 7pm : The Memorial Hall

Fridays 1pm : Dryden Hall

If you are interested, you can contact Carole on 07535 980007 or by email carolejusticegray@me.com to reserve a complementary place in order to try the class.

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Flower Arranging Taster

Woodford Halse Village Centre

Have you ever thought that it would be lovely to arrange flowers more attractively – not just standing them a vase?

Are you bored and looking for a new interest or challenge?

Or would you just like to spend an interesting and relaxing morning in good company?

If these describe the way you feel, come and join a taster session of flower arranging in the Old School Café. The taster session will be on 7th March, time to be confirmed. All the flowers, foliage and materials will be provided for a small charge of no more than £10.

Pop in and leave your name and contact details, or contact Jean Curd on 01327 263099 or Janet Cooper on 01327 260607.

No experience is necessary. Beginners are very welcome. Please don’t be put off if you’ve never arranged flowers before.

Janet belongs  to the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies – an education charity promoting all aspects of floral art – and, until she retired, worked as a Flower Arranging Demonstrator. So, this is a wonderful chance to learn from the expert!

 

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12/02/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 12/02/19

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

This month has a long agenda. Points to be covered include:-

  • Police, Library, Woodland, Flood Warden & Estates Committee reports
  • Communication from our MP regarding local government reorganisation and the UNO bus service.
  • Planning application, 36 Farndon Road
  • Village maintenance issues including street lights and trees on the skew bridge.
  • Parking update from County Council and consideration of a permit scheme for the car park behind the library.
  • New rates and booking arrangements for the Memorial Hall, Dryden Hall and Farndon Room.
  • Consider a recommended salary increase for the Parish Clerk.

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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Love Your Gut

Carole Gray is offering an introduction to ways to improve you health through Gut Microbiome

There will be a complementary Microbiome Gut Health Talk with Nicola Hok in the Memorial Hall on Monday 11th Feb 7pm & Tuesday 12th Feb 2pm (Please arrive 15mins before the talk).

To book your Complementary place text ‘Gut Health’ to Carole on 07535 980007

Limited Places Available …. Booking Essential

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Library Volunteers

Training Sessions

There will be library training sessions from Stacey Matthews on the following dates:-

FRIDAY, 8TH FEBRUARY : 10.00am to 12.30am

SATURDAY, 9TH FEBRUARY : 11.00am to 1.00pm

These meetings are for all existing library volunteers but new volunteers are also welcome.

The aim is to extend opening hours to cover weekends and one evening in the future which will provide volunteering opportunities for those who are working during the week. (Hence the reason for the Saturday training session.)

For further information please contact Patricia Darby on her Parish Council email address or at padarbylibrary@gmail.com.

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Crooks About

Two warnings about criminal activity to watch out for…..

THEFT FROM A GARAGE IN SOUTH STREET

On Friday 25th January, there was a theft from an insecure garage on South Street, Woodford Halse. Tools, a petrol hedge strimmer and hedge cutters were taken.

Please keep your garages and sheds locked at all times.

If you have any information on this crime please call Carl Barton (07557778004) or you can call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

GOT YOUR MOTOR RUNNING?

At this time of year, in frosty conditions the temptation can be to leave the car on the drive or on the street with the engine running to defrost the windscreen.

Lots of cars get stolen every winter as criminals tour around residential areas looking for easy opportunities.

On icy mornings never leave your vehicle unattended and insecure with the engine running to warm it up, or to defrost the windows, not even for a minute.

Avoid being another victim of vehicle crime.

 

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Cummings On Track

Mike Fern and the rest of the gang from Cummings have been helping out again in the Woodland this week.

This week work has been focused on clearing vegetation left behind by the thinning on the track leading north from the Memorial Glade. There’s still a lot to do but great work so far!

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Street Lights

If you notice that a street light is out of action, you can report it to the Parish Council by calling Kay Coles on 01327 438236.

When you do, please remember to let us know:-

  • the name of the road the light is in
  • the street light number from the sign on the post or, if there isn’t one….
  • the house number the lamp post is outside

That way we can identify the faulty lamp quickly and get it fixed.

Thank you!

 

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February 2019 WOW

The February 2019 edition of the village WOW newsletter should have been delivered.

Here is the electronic version: WOW Feb 2019.

If you do not receive yours in the next few days please let us know here: – woweditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Deadline for copy for the next WOW –  which will be for March 2019 – is Wednesday 13th February.

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

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Cinder Path : Drains Smell

An update from the Parish Council on the bad smell from the stream beside the Cinder Path.

The problem was brought to the attention of the Woodland Management Committee and discussed on Wednesday. As a result, Kay Coles, on behalf of the Parish Council, brought it to the attention of Daventry District Council and Northants County Council.

Following on from that staff from Anglian Water have now been to assess the problem.

We will keep you informed of further information.

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Sunday Roast

Latest venture for the Old School Cafe…

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Business Directory Update Jan 2019

We’ve updated the Woodford cum Membris Business Directory, our list of local firms. This is the January 2019 edition. Entry in the directory is free to local businesses. Inclusion in the directory does not imply that the business is in any way approved by the Parish Council.

You can read it on our Business Directory page or download it here.

New Businesses

New businesses added include:-

Electrical Task Force Ltd. For electrical installation work. electricaltaskforceltd@gmail.com

DGS Solutions Ltd. For maintenance for residential and commercial including interior/exterior. Gardens; painting;odd jobs;fencing;driveways; patios. dgssolutionsgroup@gmail.com

We’ve also updated details for the following:-

Old School Cafe (new contact telephone number)

Orchard Day Nursery. (now Day Nursery & Pre-school)

The Blossom Shop (relocation to 10, Farndon Road)

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Take Care!

Pat Knight, the Parish highways warden asked for the following warning to be passed on….

“Please be extra careful. Freezing rain. Footpaths and roads – all surfaces lethal!

“For more information on gritting, go to Northamptonshire.gov.uk, go to G in the A to Z menu and click on “gritting”. There are then two headings:- “Gritting the County’s Roads” and “Grit Bins”. If you click on them the grit bin locations are listed and the policy for road salting and the routes are explained.

“They have reduced the winter service to save costs. The best advice is to assume that the majority of roads will not have been gritted and drive accordingly. Footpaths have never been treated.

“The salt out of grit bins it is for road and public pavement use only. If you notice that it is getting low please contact me (Pat Knigh : Parish Highway Warden) or the County Council and the County will replenish it. It’s not an ideal situation I know. Please don’t shoot the messenger I am just the link for highways issues between the Parish and the County!”

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12/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 7th December 2018 (there was no meeting November) were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 7th December 2018

Minutes of the January 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 February 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room, and not as proposed in last night’s agenda.

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

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Library Reminder

Don’t forget there will be a drop-in consultation with NCC open to the public on this Thursday 24th January between 2.00pm and 5.00pm in the library.

This will be a meeting for all interested in the future of our library in Woodford Halse.

More details here:- NCC Library Consultation

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More Mess

Here are the details for Messy Church at Hinton Methodist Church on Sunday 3rd February. All welcome.

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Road Works Alert

Byfield Road 25th – 29th January

According to Roadworks.org. There will be temporary traffic lights on Byfield Road 25th to 29th January, folks this will be near the Great Central Way junction and involve two way traffic control. Work being done for BT.

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Junior Cricket

Woodford Halse Junior Cricket Looks Forward to the New Season

Mums and Dads, if you think your child would be interested in playing cricket this summer you can you contact the club by e-mail: welfare@whjcc.uk.

The club is having a meeting on Monday 21st January starting at 6.30pm at Woodford Social Club so if any of you want to get involved, help, or become the next England cricket coach then come along, failing that contact us as we are always looking out for extra help.

www.whjcc.uk

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Free Kid’s Tennis

Free Children’s Tennis Again This Spring!

Byfield Tennis Club are offering a FREE 5 week course for children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 who have not previously attended any regular weekly courses at the club.

Dates: Fridays 26/4 to 24/5 – 4.00 pm to 4.45 pm.

To book a place(s) please email child’s name, DOB, mobile contact number and child’s school to: pwhcowley@hotmail.com.

 

The club is also offering Rusty Racquets coaching for adults. Starting tennis or needing to brush up your skills? Then join in 5 sessions with our coaches!

Dates: Fridays 26/4  to 24/5 – 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Cost: £35 for the five weeks. Contact: pwhcowley@hotmail.com

All the above courses will be ran by LTA Qualified and Licensed coaches.

Already a player or want details about membership and our activities?  Then contact Sue Waterhouse, BTC secretary via suzette.waterhouse@gmail.com.

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Xmas Trees Monday 21st

Don’t forget you can put out your Xmas tree for collection tomorrow with the weekly bin collection, whether or not you pay for the garden refuse service.

Details here: Daventry Xmas Refuse Collections

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Car Crime Alert

Sergeant Sam Dobbs, who has responsibility for Daventry Rural policing has passed on the following warning about vehicle crime in the Daventry area.

THEFT FROM VEHICLES IN DAVENTRY THIS WEEK

I am sending this message because of incidents in the past week and the usual (mostly, but not always, helpful) comments on the town’s social media sites. They say every picture tells a tale, as does the one below and the backdrop to it is as follows.

Earlier in the month, we had a spate of thefts from vehicles on a housing estate in the rural part of the patch. Not necessarily linked to this week’s town incidents, the common feature is that the cars targeted by thieves have either been left insecure or with items on display and visible to thieves. We know that this is a more widespread issue in our town because in 24 hours in December, Emergency Service Cadets spent 24 hours on local estates to identify insecure cars, or cars with valuables on display. They checked 2,626 vehicles, and 104 of these checks required contact with the owners to prevent an easy crime. This tells me that we have work to do so that Daventry people can help us to help them.

I’ll now turn to what has happened in Daventry in the past week before seeking the help of the public in a number of key ways so that we can prevent further crime or accelerate our chances of catching the offenders, who are relatively brazen.

Last Saturday into Sunday evening (13th/14th January), four taxis were broken into on The Grange Estate and substantial amounts of cash were stolen. It is from this series that this photograph was circulated on social media.

Overnight Monday into Tuesday (14th/15th) during the early evening, two number plates were stolen from vehicles parked at a local hotel at around 7pm and attached to a car which traveled around the area, changing its number plates during the evening. With members of the public in the vicinity, entry was then forced to three parked commercial vans using an angle grinder. The noise and sparks were not noticed or reported by anyone despite it only being 8.30pm. Power tools were stolen. Later the same night, another local hotel was targeted and two further commercial vans were broken into and more power tools stolen. Then overnight Wednesday into Thursday (16th/17th) two commercial vans were targeted on the Southbrook Estate and power tools were stolen except that in one of these crimes, the owner had chained and padlocked his tools together which thwarted the theft.

Whilst in larger busier police districts, this may be a drop in the ocean of crime, this is a significant spike for Daventry and I have concerns that this last week may be the resurgence of a crime series from previous years which we tackled under the name of “Operation Ilford” which I have asked to have reopened. (the crime reference is 16000320622). Whilst we investigate the crimes, I ask for the public’s help as follows,
because I know how good Daventry is in responding to such requests.

  • Theft of number plates I am told that some number plate crimes are not being reported. Because this can often be an early indicator of crimes about to happen, it’s crucial that you report such crimes. Please ensure that you report on 101 or online and quote Op Ilford or the crime reference above so that it prompts and alerts those who receive the crime and information reports that early intervention at our end is required. Number plate retailers are asked to reinforce this message. Products are available so that a number plate is destroyed if unscrewed.
  • Vigilance and prevention  The evidence is that cars are left insecure or with property on display. An innocuous shopping bag, or a sports bag left on display could still lead to a window being smashed. You may know that the sports bag on the back seat only contains sweaty sports kit, but it will still be worth the thief smashing thewindow – and it won’t be to launder your clothes! And please remember that some insurers limit claims if there was no forced entry. Cash should never be left in cars.And remember, some thieves would smash your window to steal the £5 parking change often left in the centre console. So please leave nothing on display.
  • Power tools and commercial vans This a concern to me, as these are being targeted, especially as the District is a great central place for contractors and engineers to stop over when doing construction works around the region. We will visit the hotels, but the crimes have been on the estates in Daventry too. Consider chaining your tools together, consider an internal £80 battery powered GSM shed alarm which you can set so it texts you if your van is entered. Leave your van in lit places with a notice to make your van less attractive to thieves, who are brazen enough to angle grind a side door lock, sparks and all. Please identify power tools with the various products on the market, preferably with a surname or readily identifiable reference, should the property be found and ownership disputed. (We do recover power tools and our Twitter accounts will show the successes we’ve had).
  • Stolen items If people didn’t handle or sell stolen goods, there would be less theft. We are following up items quite openly displayed for sale on Daventry local social media sites, and I need local people to be far more intrusive, less trusting and more unforgiving about power tools being offered for sale by individuals who many know to be… well.. simply… ‘dodgy’ people. The irony is that in some cases, £700 worth of damage is caused to steal tools which yield less than £100 on the sites I refer to.
  • And finally, if you have any information about these or any other crimes, or suspect someone of selling or receiving stolen tools, please contact us quoting “Operation Ilford” or call Crimestoppers – the charity which welcomes anonymous information either by calling on 0800 555111 or sending a message online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. If you wish to discuss any part of this briefing with the local neighbourhood team, you canvisit or call the station front desk (open Mon thru Sat 10am to 4pm, extension 341010) or email neighbourhoodteamdaventry@northants.police.uk

SAM DOBBS

District Sergeant

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01/19 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 23rd January 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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Garden Club 2019

AGM and Quiz – Monday 4th March 2019, 7.30pm, Memorial Hall

With spring and a new gardening year on the horizon, why not come along and join the garden club?

We have a range of speakers and visits to enjoy, details of our programme are on the village signpost. We are a diverse and friendly group and new members are always welcome. Membership costs just £10 (£8 concessions) for the year which includes all speakers and subsidised rates for visits.

Contact Diane Kenny on 07530 342312 or email woodfordhalsegardenclub@gmail.com if you have any queries.

Here is this year’s programme:

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WOW Deadline 16/01

WOW (What’s On In Woodford) will be back for the New Year at the end of the month. (The most recent WOW is here)

If you have events, groups or activities to promote then the deadline for the next edition of WOW is Wednesday 16th January Space is always limited but we will try to fit in as much as we can.

Please get your copy by email to woweditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org or in hard copy form to Top to Toe or to 12 Farndon Road.

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Woodford Notelets

For folk that aren’t on Facebook, you might like to know that as there wasn’t a calendar this year, Jules Sparrow decided to produce some notelets with scenes from our village.

There are 8 in a pack, 2 of each of four scenes. The price per pack is £6.50 and Jules is donating 50p from each sale to Air Ambulance.

You can buy a pack from Top to Toe Hairdressers, Village Meats, and The Library Cafe at the moment. There maybe more venues later! Here is what they look like….

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22/01 Estates Committee Agenda

The Parish Council recently decided to establish a committee to manage issues relating to the various halls and other property that owned by the Council. The first meeting took place on 22nd November 2018.

The next meeting of this committee, known as the Estates Committee, will take place on 22nd January at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room (back of the Library).

The agenda is as set out in this document.

This meeting is 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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12/18 Parish Council Minutes

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

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 11th December 2018

The December meeting included:-

  • Summary of points raised at the public meetings on parking
  • Police report
  • Highways, Flood & Library Reports
  • Planning application recommendation: Old Post Office

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

Meetings are always open to the public. The agenda is published 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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Web Site Report 2018

In 2018 there were over 400 news items posted on the Signpost and the site had over 82,000 page views, a big increase on previous years. Thanks to everyone for taking an interest!

Each year a report is compiled for Parish Council on how this web site is used.

The report covering 2018 was presented to the Parish Council meeting on January 8th 2019 and is is available here: 2018 Web Site Report to Council.

This site is managed according to Editorial Guidelines agreed by the Council. These guidelines conform to the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity. You can find out more and read copies of all previous reports on the “About this Site” page.

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Bins Please!

A Reminder from the Parish Council

To all village residents, but especially those in Sydney Road, Castle Road and Percy Road.

The Council knows that some residents may find it difficult to keep their recycling bins off the street but they can cause problems for passers by.

Some bins are left out all week in places where pedestrians, especially wheelchair or buggy users or parents with push chairs and prams have to move into the roadway to get by. The problem is made worse by limited parking and vehicles parking on pavements.

Please do not leave your waste bins on the footpaths where they prevent pedestrians using the paths safely.

Obviously, this is dangerous. The Council is sure that no one would want to be responsible for an accident, so please take your bins in as soon as possible after collections on Mondays.

Image from pedestrianliberation.org, Used with acknowledgement.

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Access on Byfield Road

A Message From The Parish Council

Residents with properties facing on to the access road parallel to Byfield Road, opposite the Woodford Meadows development are asked to take care with parking and to ask their visitors to do the same.

Recently refuse collection vehicles and delivery drivers have been prevented from using the access road by inconsiderately parked cars.

Please park vehicles on the north side of the access road (right-hand side, looking towards Byfield) and please avoid parking on the grassed area.

Please park so as to ensure your neighbours and other road users have access. Take care to avoid parking on the grass and avoid the recently trimmed trees which are covered by Tree Preservation Orders.

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Neighbourhood Watch Meeting

Carl Barton, the village’s PCSO, will be holding a Neighbourhood Watch meeting today from 7pm in the Memorial Hall, Woodford Halse.
All are welcome to attend. The meeting will last for approx 30 minutes.

Carl hopes to see you there.

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Anti-Fraud Hint #90

TV Licensing Email Scams

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

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information.

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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Anti-Fraud Hint #89

HM Revenue and Customs Alert

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

What you need to know

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do

Action Fraud (NFIB)Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

 

 

 

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Anglian Water Problems

Anglian Water have advised of possible low pressure or no water in the Preston Capes and surrounding area. More details here:

https://inyourarea.digdat.co.uk/AnglianWater?id=WaterSupplyIssues.27268

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Cherwell Water Levels

GaugeMap provides public access to live data from automated water level gauges throughout the UK.

This includes the water level gauge that measures the height of the River Cherwell at the bridge on Hinton Road. This is the furthest upstream monitoring of the Cherwell.

To provide an easy way to access this data, we have added a page on flood risk to the Signpost. You can get to this via the menu above under Village News.

This is the information provided:-

The gauge shows the current water level and gives you the option to follow it on Twitter so that you can get immediate updates to your phone.

PLEASE NOTE: This information is NOT provided by the Parish Council. The Council is not liable for any eventuality as a result of the use of this information or for its non-availability.

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Extra Recycling Collection

Please also remember that there is an extra recycling collection taking place next week (Mon 7 January). Please put your blue lidded bin out on your usual collection day alongside any other bins that are scheduled.

Real Christmas trees can be put out for recycling on your usual collection day in the week beginning 21 January.

Find out more at https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/waste-and-recycling/christmas-waste-and-recycling-arrangements/

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08/01/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 8/01/19

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

Agenda points include:-

  • Setting of the Council Budget & Precept for 2019-20
  • An update on on-street parking
  • Feedback on NCC’s flood risk and mitigation programme
  • Reports on the Signpost, Police, Estates and the Library.

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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Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.

Since the Woodfordford cum Membris Neighbourhood Development Plan was approved in April 2018, the parish is eligible for 25% of CIL raised on developments in the Parish.

The Parish is required to report the extent of the levy received in each financial year. The report of the year ending 31st March 2018 is available here:-

2018 Woodford cum Membris CIL Monitoring Report

As will be seen, £26,184 was paid to the Parish in 2017-2018 and this amount was retained in the Parish accounts at the end of the year.

 

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Church Diary Updated

We’ve updated the Church Diary through to the end of January.

Thanks to Pam Hicks.

Read the details here.

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Neighbourhood Watch

Find out more about Neighbourhood Watch in the latest edition of their e-newsletter: Our News.

Inside you’ll find all the latest news from the Neighbourhood Watch Network and their supporters as well as offers from their sponsors.

Download a copy here:-

NHW Newsletter DECEMBER18.pdf

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Happy Xmas!

The Signpost wishes everybody in the village a very happy Christmas!

Stay in touch for more posts. local news, Parish Council business and more in the New Year.

Your Editor.

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Parish Parking Meetings

The following update after the recent public meetings on parking in the village has been provided by Parish Councillor Jean Curd:-

Earlier this month the Parish Council held two meetings with residents to consider the parking problems in the village.  A number of ideas were considered and it was agreed that updates would be included on the Village Signpost so that residents are kept up to date with progress. The following information has been obtained so far on the points that the Council was asked to clarify:

Residents Parking Permits

Highways have confirmed that the use of parking permits is only considered in exceptional circumstances – for example where visitors to a hospital or a railway station, or workers in local factories, are parking in residenti