01/2020 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 29th January 2020 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 Vice-Chairman, Robert Snedker, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

12/19 Parish Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 19th December 2019. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved).

Minutes of the Meeting of the Council on 19th December 2019

(The minutes includes references to other documents linked below)

This Month

The December meeting included:-

        • Comments on planned parking restrictions in the village and discussion of a proposed electric vehicle charging point in the village.
        • Confirmation that replacement street lighting should be in place 31st March 2020.
        • Police Report & Central Woodlands updates for November.
        • Comments on planning application: Woodford Hill House.
        • Approval of a Committee to run the Comunity Library.
        • Details of November 2019 expenditure & income (attached here)

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.

Woodford Model Railway

Open Day : Feb 1st 2020

Woodford Halse Model Railway Club is having an open day.

The model railway will be open on the afternoon of Saturday the 1st of February, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Come and see Woodford Halse station in miniature as it would have looked in the 1940’s/50’s.

Please note the layout rooms are on the top floor of the social club with several sets of stairs but the climb is very much worth it. The club asks that all children attending are accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Entry is free but the club is asking for a small donation to help us keep the model railway in working order. For any further details, please message the Club via their Facebook page. The club hopes to see plenty of you then.

Woodford Halse Model Railway

Parish Council Strategy

Following the publication of the Parish Council Strategy for 2020 to 2025 last year, the Council has produced a handy A5 version for residents.

Council Strategy Pages

Printed copies are available at village venues such as the Library and Memorial Hall as well as from local businesses including Village Meats, Marriotts Butchers, the Old School Cafe and the Co-op.

Alternatively you can download and print your own copy here:-

Parish Council Strategy 2020 to 2025

or from the Parish Council’s Strategy page.

Web Site Changes

Village Signpost Appearance Will Change

As mentioned on page 3 of the 2019 annual web site report, we need to make changes to the Village Signpost in order to make sure that it continues to be accessible on mobile devices such as phones and tablets as well as on desktop computers and laptops.

We have to complete these changes before the end of March and we are going to try to sort this out over the coming few days.

men at work signThis should not interfere with the availability of the web site but it will mean that the way the web site looks will be different. There may be a few changes over the coming days as we try a number of options in order to make sure that the contents of the current site is still easily accessible.

We will post again when the work is complete but in the mean time, we hope that the work we are doing will not cause any problems.

Money Talks

FREE Advice on Debt Management, Benefits and Housing

Make 2020 the year to better understand your finances.

Hosted by The Royal British Legion Veteran’s Breakfast

Wednesday 22nd of January 0930 till 1200

At the New Street Cafe, (next to Tesco), Daventry, NN11 4BT

Frosty Weather

A Police Reminder

With frosty weather this week, it’s tempting to leave your car to defrost with the engine running but remember your insurance might not pay out if your vehicle is stolen while unattended with the engine running.

Don't Give Criminals an Easy Ride

Don’t give criminals an easy ride – always stay with your vehicle when defrosting the windows.

DDC Planning Meeting

The planning proposal for a new Byfield Medical Centre was supported by many residents from Woodford, Byfield and other villages attending the planning meeting in Daventry on Wednesday evening. The decision on the proposal has been deferred to a later date.

The BBC has covered it here.

The Daventry Express web site has this article covering the meeting.

The Daily Mail on-line has this article.

DDC post an audio recording of their meetings for those that cannot attend. You can find it here on Youtube. (The first 34 minutes or so consist of the chairman’s introduction and reading the proposal. The remaining discussion continues until 1 hour 51 minutes.)

We also hope to have a statement from the Byfield Surgery Patient Participation Group regarding the next steps shortly.

Finding A Giant Roman Villa

Woodford Halse History Society

The next meeting is on Tuesday 18th February 2020.

The speaker will be Keith Westcott, a Historian and Detectorist, with the story of his discovery of one of the largest Roman Villas found in Britain on the Broughton Castle Estate, near Banbury. The foundations of the villa, which date to AD99, are only just smaller than Buckingham Palace!

Broughton Villa

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

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

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

NEW MEMBERS and also Visitors are ALWAYS WELCOME.

Printed programmes are available at various businesses in the village also further information can be seen on the Web Site: www.woodfordhalsehistorysociety.org

CIL Monitoring Report 2018-19

Annual Summary of Community Infrastructure Levy Receipts

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is money paid by developers to local government in order to fund projects for local communities.

The CIL is payable on most residential developments and goes to the planning authority (in our case Daventry District Council). A proportion is provided to the Parish Council. Because Woodford Halse now has an approved Neighbourhood Plan, that proportion is now 25%. Parish Councils can only spend the CIL on certain types of project.

Each year the Parish Council must publish a monitoring report detailing receipts and payments and the amount (if any) retained from previous years. In 2018-19 there was no new CIL received and none spent but the Council has a balance to spend of £26184.81.

The complete report can be downloaded here: CIL Monitoring Report for 2018-19

This report is also available via the Budget & Accounts page.

You can find out more about how the CIL works, what the rates are and how the parish can spend the money in this guide from DDC.

Charwelton to Hellidon Road

Update on Road Closure – West of A361

County Councillor Robin Brown has provided an update on this road closure which has been in place for some time. It was made necessary due to the structurally unsafe former railway bridge.

Charwelton to Hellidon Road Closed

The current bridge strengthening works [which are the responsibility of developer of the adjacent land] should be completed by the end of February.

At that point County Highways will resurface the road over the bridge for reopening as early as possible in March.

2019 Web Site Report

Each year the Signpost editor prepares a report on the Parish Council’s web site. Here is the report for January to December 2019.

Woodford Halse Village Signpost Report to Council : 2019

As well as summarising what has gone on over the last year (a record number of page views once again but with slower growth than before) it also highlights the work that is planned for the web site over the coming twelve months.

Don’t forget, the editor is always pleased to hear of things that could be added, improved or corrected in order to make the Signpost more useful.

You can contact the editor at: signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

January Parish Council Report

Councillor Robyn Davison provided this summary of last night’s Parish Council meeting….

“The January meeting of the Parish Council saw a full agenda, covering the setting of this year’s budget and precept, proposed parking restrictions in the older part of the village, reports on the works carried out by both the Great Central Woodland Committee and the Estates Committee, as well as planning applications and a report on the Village Signpost for 2019.

A full and detailed report was given to the council regarding the powers, and work delivered by our sponsored PCSO.

Councillors noted the planning meeting at Daventry District Council on Wednesday January 15th regarding the proposal for a new medical centre at Byfield. Several councillors will be representing the village at this meeting.

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday February 11th, 7pm at the Memorial hall.”

A361 Closure : 24-27/01/20

Road Closed For Chipping Warden Southern Bypass Junction Works

(Thanks to Iain Osborne for spotting this one…)

Roadworks.org is showing that the A361 will be closed in Chipping Warden between Appletree Road and Hogg End. The closure will be in operation between 8:00pm on the 24th through to 6:00am on the 27th January 2020.

Subsequent weekends will have the same closure times in operation… 28/01/2020 to 02/02/2020, 7/02/2020 to 10/02/2020 and 14/02/2020 to 17/02/2020.

This is to allow work on the southern junction with the new Chipping Warden bypass.

The road will also be closed to the north of the village for the same times on the 21st to 24th February and 28th February to 2nd March.

road closures for chipping warden bypass

Chipping Warden Road Closures Weekends Jan / Feb / March 2020

Old School Cafe Is Back

Welcome to 2020 at the Old School Cafe.

The Old School Cafe re-opens today after its Christmas & New Year break.

They are starting their specials for the year with a favourite: lasagne! Served with salad and garlic bread, it is always popular.

The vegan option is sweet potato and lentil dahl served with basmati rice.

There’s a new cake today, too – a coffee sponge – so why not go along and have a taste?

Cake at the Old School Cafe

Plus there’s the usual soups of Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato or Country Chicken.

Quiche is Pea, Mint and Feta

Don’t forget that the cafe is available for private functions and they also do outside catering for all occasions.

Diane and her team look forward to seeing all of our regular customers again and to welcoming new faces, too!

Surgery Planning Meeting

Daventry Council Offices 6:oopm Wednesday January 15th

Don’t forget the meeting this Wednesday. Come along and show your support.

Save Our Surgery logo Byfield Medical Centre needs to expand. Without the expansion they have said there is a risk that they will close. They have been offered land as part of a development plan for a small estate of 78 houses in Byfield. DDC Planning Officers are recommending rejecting the planning application.

The surgery has asked all those that want to see a new, improved medical centre for all the communities around Byfield to demonstrate their support on Wednesday night at DDC’s offices in Daventry. The meeting starts at 6:15pm. Supporters are gathering at 6:00pm.

Find out more about this here.

The Planned Development Site

Byfield Planned Development Site

Rural Policing News 2019/20

Northamptonshire Police LogoKatrina Heath (Police, Rural Crime Co-ordinator, County Rural & Wildlife Crime Team for Northamptonshire Police) has sent through the Winter 2019 – Spring 2020 edition of Northamptonshire Rural Matters, a partnership newsletter for residents and businesses in rural communities.

The newsletter has a message from the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold. There is an article on the sheep butchery crimes experienced during summer/autumn last year which resulted in 3 men being arrested and charged. Also included are details of the successful partnership Rural and Wildlife week of action held across the county and other related articles.

Download a copy here: Northamptonshire Rural Matters Winter 2019 / Spring 2020

Feb 2020 at Canons Ashby

New Season : 3rd February

CSnowdrops at Canons Ashbyanons Ashby reopens for a new season on 3 February, just in time for the early spring blooms. If you visit in February or March, watch out for little clusters of spring bulbs here and there splashing the ground with whites, purples and yellows. The spring bulbs have been improving year on year and they are hoping for even more Snowdrops in 2020, mostly situated on the main path between car park and house.

This time last year there was news of the new staircase carpet, made on a loom nearly 100 years old – this has now been completed and is in place in the house. The Trust has made a video about it which is available to view on their website from the end of January, so you can see the historic loom in action and find out more about this work.

You can find out more about the work that’s going on to care for Canons Ashby on the website.

What’s on?

We have plenty of events and activities listed on our website, including ones much later in the year which need to be booked in advance, so please have a look at the full list.

15 – 23 February : 10am – 3pm

Bugs and Beasties Trail

Find out more about some of the tiny creatures that live at Canons Ashby and get out in the fresh air together. Bring your wellies! It may be a squelchy adventure.

Normal admission prices apply

Weds 19 –Thurs 20 February : 11-2pm

Make a Bird Feeder

Make a pine cone bird feeder for our feathered friends at this chilly time of year and have a look at our nature collection. Then take it home to feed the birds where you live.

Normal admission prices apply

21 February : 11-2pm

Archaeology Handling and Kids’ Clay Making

Have a look at some real archaeological objects and chat with our volunteers. For younger visitors they can try making something special out of clay to take home for £1.

Normal admission prices apply

Sat 7 March : 11.30-2pm

Family Storytelling

Bring your little ones and listen to a story in honour of World Book Day earlier this week. The storyteller has a selection of stories for younger children, so why not pop in and settle down for a tale together?

Normal admission prices apply

Find Out More

Information about visiting, our history, work and projects, and upcoming events can all be found on the National Trust website .

You can follow Canons Ashby on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @CanonsAshbyNT

14/01/20 Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 14th January 2020 :-

Council Agenda 14/01/2020

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

Points to be covered at this meeting include:-

      • Set the budget and precept for 2020-2021
      • Reports on Library, Woodland, Estates Committee & Police
      • Planning application for Top Farm House
      • Consider replacing swings in the Ryfields play area, assisting St Mary’s Church and applying for a County flood resilience grant.
      • Comments from public consultation on parking restrictions

About Your Council’s Meetings

Parish Council meeting take place on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact details for all Parish Councillors can be found here. You can learn more about your Council, what it does and how it works here.

Well Done Recyclers

Daventry Best in England at Reducing Household Waste.

Daventry District Council (DDC) recorded the largest per household reduction in the collection of general waste in England following the introduction of its new recycling service.  

The Council collected 363 kilograms of rubbish per household in 2018/19 – a 12.7% decrease on the 416 kilograms collected the previous year.

That is the highest percentage reduction across local authorities in England, according to figures published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Camden London Borough Council were second with a 9.3% reduction.

1-2-3 ServiceRefuse collection

It follows the introduction of the 123+ service in June 2018, which saw an 85% increase in food waste recycling and a 35% rise in mixed dry recycling such as cans, glass, paper and plastic in its first full year of operation.

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

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

Council Thanks Residents

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jo Gilford said: “We have been very pleased with the positive response to the 123+ service. Our residents are recycling more and throwing away less, and should take enormous pride in the huge environmental improvements they are helping us make as a District.

“I would like to thank our residents for their tremendous support, and urge everyone to make the most of the recycling and food waste services offered, so that the excellent progress we are making can continue.”

Find Out More

Residents can find out more about waste and recycling collections in Daventry District at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling 

Surgery Planning Consent Update

Daventry District Development Control Recommends Refusing Planning Consent

save our surgery logoA letter has been sent to those that commented on the planning application affecting the future of Byfield Surgery saying that the Daventry District Council Development Control Manager is to recommend that the DDC Planning Committee on 15th January refuse the application. No reasons for the recommendation are given in the letter but it refers to the report which is now available below.

A copy of the letter is available here.

A copy of the report to the planning committee with the recommendation is available here.

This makes it all the more important that as many as possible attend to the meeting in order to show local support for the application. Details of the procedure for the meeting are also included in the letter above.

 

Library Open

From January 8th.

Woodford’s Library re-opens as a comunity librarycommunity run library on Wednesday 8th January 2020.

Opening hours are from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Current opening times for the library are:

Wednesdays:   10am to 2pm

Thursdays:  2pm to 6pm

Fridays:   2pm to 6pm

Rhyme Time:   Tuesdays 2pm to 2.30pm

Keep up to date with what’s happening via our Community Library page.

Carers Views Wanted

Needs of Carers For Future Services

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is planning a series of focus groups that they will run with carers across the county. If you are not a carer yourself, please pass the message on to any that you know but who may not be users of social media or the Internet.

Northants County Council logoPublic Health and Adult Social Care at NCC are currently carrying out a joint strategic needs assessment. This will look at the current and future health, care and well-being needs of carers in Northamptonshire, in order to help to inform the future planning and commissioning of carers’ services.  A carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.

Collecting Views

NCC wants to include the voices of as many of the estimated 73,000 Northamptonshire carers as possible.  They know that many carers do not see themselves in that role, while many others, particularly working carers, struggle to juggle their caring and working lives.

In January and February NCC will be running focus groups to hear the views of working carers.  If you are a carer and currently working, then NCC would very much like to hear of your experience.  Groups will consist of no more than 10 people and will be facilitated by staff from Public Health and Adult Social Care.

NCC understand that not all carers wish to advertise their caring role so if carers would rather talk to them directly on a one to one basis then this would be fine.

Find Out More

For any further details please contact Hayley McKagan, email: Hayley.McKagan@nass.uk.net or by telephone on 07921 403870.

HS2 Feed-back Requested

Views on “Common Design Elements”

HS2 is seeking the public’s views on their plans for the railway’s “Common Design Elements”. Common Design Elements are parts of the railway with a standardised appearance which will give it a recognisable look and make it more efficient to build. They include frequently used structures, such as bridge piers and parapets, as well as lineside noise barriers.

HS2 locomotiveSince Parliament approved plans for the Phase One route in 2017, HS2 has been developing the design of the new railway and now are asking for the public’s views to help them to progress with the Common Design Elements.

You can find out more and complete a survey via the HS2 web site here:-

HS2 Common Design Elements Feedback

Water Works In Castle Road

Anglian Water have provided the following update…

anglian water logoWe’re carrying out essential work affecting roads in your area.

For full details, please visit:digdat.co.uk

Name: Roadworks – Castle Road, Woodford Halse
Status: In Progress
Estimated Start Date: 02/01/2020
Estimated Completion Date: 08/01/2020

Byfield Surgery Plans

Come along and give your support….

The Byfield Patients Participation Group is asking for as many as possible to attend the Daventry District Council Planning Meeting on January 15th.

To find out more about what is intended see this post from last year.

Download this poster and encourage others to support…. PPG Jan 15th Poster

Byfield Surgery Campaign

Please come along to Daventry District Council Planning Committee Meeting to show your support for the planning application for a new Medical Centre and 78 houses. The meeting is at 6:15 pm on Wednesday 15th January 2020, at

Daventry District Council

Council Chambers, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP

The meeting is held in public which means you can attend but are not permitted to speak, however a show of support in numbers may be vital.

Published by the Byfield Patient Participation Group, representing the following villages:

Byfield, Woodford, West Farndon, Eydon, Moreton Pinkney, Canons Ashby, Culworth, Sulgrave, Lower Thorpe Mandeville, Thorpe Mandeville, Chacombe, Wardington, Edgecote, Chipping Warden, Appletree, Aston Le Walls, Lower Boddington, Upper Boddington, Wormleighton, Priors Hardwick, Priors Marston, Hellidon, Upper Catesby, Staverton, Charwelton, Napton, Upper Shuckburgh, Badby, Fawsley, Newnham, Little Everdon, Preston Capes, Adstone, Farthingstone

11/19 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

(The minutes includes references to other documents linked below)

This Month

The November meeting included:-

About Council Meetings

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

Boxing Day Quiz

Here’s a puzzle for you….

In the best tradition of Boxing Day Quizzes here is a question to tax your grey cells after too much turkey and mince pies yesterday.

What is the connection between, Woodford Halse, the City of Paris and the home of English Football, Wembley Stadium?

The answer is this extraordinary man, Edward William Watkin….

Edward Watkin

Watkin was the man behind the Great Central Railway, which was to link his railways in the north with the Metropolitan Line, which he also controlled.

The GCR was only part of his plan, though, to link the north of England with Europe. Watkin was behind the first real attempt (started in 1880) to build a tunnel under the English Channel to link the two countries’ rail networks. It was abandoned after little more than a mile had been dug.  Had he succeeded we might have been able to travel from Woodford to Paris without changing trains!

That isn’t the only link though. Watkin was fascinated by the success of the Eiffel Tower and proposed a similar attraction for London. He envisaged a (slightly higher) tower of 370m built as the centre-piece of a great amusement park in North London, served by his Metropolitan Railway: Watkins’ Tower. Construction began in 1895 but it never progressed beyond the first floor and was ultimately demolished. The site became the location for the British Empire Exhibition of 1923 with Wembley Stadium being built over the foundations of Watkins’ tower.

A recent article on the BBC web site, shows how the tower might have looked, if it had been completed. You can learn more about the Great Central and Woodford Halse here on the Signpost.

Memorial Glade Stone

Memorial Stone & plateWe have updated the page in the Memorial Glade part of the site that details how to apply for a plaque on the stone.

A downloadable form and details of how to apply can be found at…

Memorial Glade / Memorial Stone

We’ve also added an updated version of the printable Memorial Glade Guide accessible from the Memorial Glade page or from here ….

Memorial Glad Guidelines

2019 Xmas Opening Times

From Your Local Businesses

As usual we will post details of Xmas opening times as we get them. If your business would like to have its details added, just email the details to signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org and we’ll be happy to add them.

For the following see below:- Gun Dog Ales

 

Lyn’s Chinese + Fish & Chips Faulkners Shoe Shop Vets Indian Chef Laurence Tremayne Co-Op Old School Cafe*
23/12 5:00-10:00 As Normal 4:00-6:00 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
24/12 5:00-10:00 As Normal 2:00-4:00 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 6:00am-8:00pm CLOSED
25/12 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
26/12 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 8:00am-6:00pm CLOSED
27/12 CLOSED 10:00-5:00 4:00-6:30 5:00-11:00 9:30-2:30 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
28/12 5:00-10:00 9:00-5:00 ClOSED 5:00-11:00 9:30-2:30 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
29/12 5:00-10:00 9:00-5:00 CLOSED 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
30/12 5:00-10:00 9:00-5:00 4:00-7:00 5:00-11:00 9:30-2:30 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
31/12 5:00-10:00 9:00-4:00 2:00-5:00 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 6:00am-8:00pm CLOSED
1/1 5:00-10:00 CLOSED CLOSED 5:00-11:00 CLOSED 8:00am-6:00pm CLOSED
2/1 5:00-10:00 As Normal As Normal 5:00-11:00 09:00-6:00 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED
3/1 As Normal As Normal As Normal 5:00-11:00 6:00am-10:00pm CLOSED

* Old School Cafe re-opens 14th January

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See Active, Be Active

Northamptonshire Promoting Sport For The Disabled

Daventry District Council is promoting a series of short films have been released to help encourage more disabled people in Northamptonshire to get active.  Each of the four films features a person from Northamptonshire with a disability, or long term health condition and shows them participating in a form of physical activity.

Northants SportOne of the films includes Kian from Daventry!

The films are all now available for people to view and share on the Northamptonshire Sport YouTube channel 

For further information on getting active please contact Graeme Wilson at Graeme.Wilson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk or see the See Active Be Active page at Northamptonshire Sport.

11/19 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 27th November 2019

Minutes of the December 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 29th January 2020 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

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

Xmas 2019 Buses

Buss 200 ServiceStagecoach have published details of bus timetables over the festive period.

There will be no service on bus 200 on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day.

Saturday timetable will apply on December 27th, 30th, 31st.

More Details

Full details can be found here: Stagecoach Oxford Bus Services Xmas 2019

Memorial Glade Thanks

To All That Made This Possible

With the installation of the plaque on the Glade’s Memorial Stone it is a good time to say a big “Thank You” to all those that made this possible, to Kay Coles (whose original idea it was) and to Peter Deverill who led the project for the Woodland Management Committee.

Memorial Stone and new plate.Thanks are due to:-

  • Cummins for their work on clearance, path laying, purchase and installation of path edging and the Memorial Stone plate.
  • Darren Bennetts for the Memorial Stone.
  • Andre Nutter at Amber Screen & Display for contributing the Memorial Stone header plaque.
  • Main Line Timber for the fencing.
  • The sponsors of the memorial benches: Mr & Mrs Cockerill, Mrs Griffin, Mr & Mrs Thorne.
  • The anonymous donor that provided the rowan trees.
  • Woodford Halse volunteers that helped with path laying and Ian Dobson and Byron Potter for installing the new memorial plaque on the stone in the Woodland’s Memorial Glade.

To find out more about how you can use the memorial Glade see the Memorial Glade Guidelines.

 

Naseby in Daventry

Woodford finds itself almost halfway between one of the first battles of the English Civil War (at Edgehill, 1642) and one of the last (at Naseby, 1645) and close to the site of the engagement at Cropredy Bridge.

So, it is interesting to hear that Daventry Museum’s first exhibition of 202 will focus on the Battle of Naseby.

The exhibition will look the battle plans on both sides, the armour, weaponry and dress.

Find Out More

Open from January 11th 2020. More details here: Daventry Museum Naseby Exhibition.

canonfire

Sealed Knot Civil War Re-enactment on the Sara Field

 

Library Xmas 2019

A message from Pat Darby….

Library Opening

The library will be open this week as normal.

We will close for the Xmas holidays and reopen on Wednesday 8th January 2020. This Friday is the last opportunity to renew or return books but do also remember that books can be renewed online.

The long closure is to allow the handover from Northamptonshire County Council to the Community Library team. From next year the library will be manned by volunteers.

Rhyme Time

There is Rhyme time this week from 2.00 to 2.30pm. Then there will be a Xmas break.
The next Rhyme time session will be on Tuesday 14th January 2020

Many Thanks

Many thanks to all the volunteers and people who have supported the library this year and I wish you all a very happy Christmas and peaceful New year.

 

Woodland Planting

A big thank you to the volunteers who came along in the horrible weather this morning to help plant new trees in the Woodland.

Planting Volunteers

The new trees were donated by the Woodland Trust and we planted at least 275 of them in the wetland area of the woods after clearing the ground together. Well done guys good job done thank you.

This will help re-establish some traditional English broad leaf trees in the riverside part of the Woodland.

Newly Planted Trees in Riverside

 

Byfield Medical Centre SOS

DDC Planning Committee : 15/01/2020

The latest information we have is that the plans for the new medical centre in Byfield will be considered at the meeting of Daventry District Council’s Planning Committee on 15th January 2020.

SOS for Byfield SurgeryIf you want to ensure that we go on having access to nearby medical care, you need to support the application. Without it there is a very real risk that the Byfield Medical Centre will close and folk from Woodford and other nearby villages will have to access GP services in Banbury or Daventry. Your local MP and the Parish Council have already expressed their support but the views of local residents carry equal weight in the planning process.

The BEST way to help is by an individual letter expressing your concerns to Mrs C. Philips, Community Team, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP or by email: cphillips@daventrydc.gov.uk as soon as possible in order to ensure it is considered.

You can find links to the details of the application here.

12/19 Estates Committee Agenda

The agenda for this month’s Parish Council Estate Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 17th December 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 – Robyn Davison, or the Parish Clerk, before the meeting.

 

12/19 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 18th December 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.

 

Woodland Tree Planting

Don’t Forget Volunteers Needed 14/12/19

With all the Christmas trees going up around the village, don’t forget that we need help to plant trees in the woodland. We’re looking for tree planting volunteers please on Saturday 14th December at 11am.

Logo of The Woodland TrustThe Woodland Trust has very kindly donated 435 new little saplings, a mixture of rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, field maple and green willow.

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

Riverside Treet Planting Area

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

Thank you from the Great Central Woodland Committee.

Telephone Ruth Curzon for any information 07855040710.

Worth Knowing…

Fix My Street Map

The Fix My Street service allows you to report problems with roads such as potholes, damaged verges and failed traffic lights.

As part of the service FixMyStreet provides a map showing the status of all reported issues.

You can access the map for the Woodford Halse area here.

We’ve added this link to our Local Transport page

and you can connect to the FixMy Street reporting tool either from the map or via our Local Services page.

logo for fix my street

ANPR – Your Views?

Seeking Opinions on Number Plate Recognition

Northamptonshire Police is today launching an online survey about the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology across the county.

Number Plate Recognition VanThe survey runs for two weeks (until 24th December 2019) and aims to give local communities the chance to voice their views and understanding of how ANPR works and how it is used to tackle crime.

ANPR is a technology whereby images of passing vehicle number plates are captured by a camera that reads the plate using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, before sending the data back to a central database. This is used by police forces across the country to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality by providing lines of enquiry and evidence in the investigation of crime.

ANPR Manager Jamie Culverhouse said: “In Northamptonshire, there are approximately 100 ANPR sites that instantly capture vehicle data, as well as numerous operational police vehicles which are used to help fight crime and protect the people of this county.

“This survey will help us develop a broader view of public understanding around ANPR and help shape its future use across the force. It would be very useful for as many residents as possible to complete it.”

To take part in the survey, simply follow the link here: Northants ANPR Survey

Crime-Free Christmas

Have a Safe, Crime-Free Christmas

Northamptonshire Police LogoHere are some tips from Northants Police.

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

At Home:

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

Personal safety

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

Vehicle Security

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

And Remember…

Christmas can sadly be a time when family tensions are heightened and domestic abuse can occur or increase. If you, or someone you know, is suffering any form of domestic abuse, call us on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Help is also available from Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, telephone:  0300 0120154

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

To speak to our crime prevention team email: crimeprevention@northants.

Other Police News

See other recent police posts here:-

Memorial Glade Update

Memorial Plaque Installed

Many thanks to Ian Dobson and Byron Potter for installing the new memorial plaque on the stone in the Woodland’s Memorial Glade.
Memorial Stone and new plate.
The new plaque will carry nameplates for any in the village wishing to have their loved ones remembered here. To find out more about how you can have a plaque added to the stone see the Memorial Glade Guidelines.

 

More Road Bother

Preston Capes to Daventry – 18th to 20th December

Watch out if you’re planning Xmas shopping in Daventry and you use the back road from Preston Capes via Newnham.

This road will be closed for waterworks on the days above.

Road Closure Map

Keep up to date on One.Network: Preston Capes Closure and see other recent posts on roadworks here:-

Your Last Chance

To Comment On Conservation Area Proposals

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

This is your last chance to comment.

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

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

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

Highway Warden Words…

Concerns Over Byfield Road Diversion

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

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

10/12/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 10/12/19 

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

Points to be covered at this meeting include:-

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

About Your Council’s Meetings

Parish Council meeting take place on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact details for all Parish Councillors can be found here. You can learn more about your Council, what it does and how it works here.

Xmas 2019 Rubbish & Recycling

Three Weeks To Go…..

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

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

Christmas 2019 Waste and Recycling Collections

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

All collections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reporting a Missed Bin at Christmas and New Year

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

Police Appeal : 29/11/19

M1 Junction 18 : Midnight : Friday 29 November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conservation Area Meeting

Drop-In Session

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

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

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

Read The Proposals

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

The Areas Affected

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

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

 

 

Web Site Housekeeping

Menu Muck Up

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

So, firstly, apologies for any confusion.

Secondly its fixed (or should be) now.

Village History

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

Woodford's History, cover page

Daventry Xmas Fun

Friday December 6th

Daventry’s  Spirit of Christmas Event

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

Find out more on the Daventry Town Council website.

Daventry Xmas 2019 Events

Don’t Forget : Conservation Area Exhibition

3rd December at the Old School Cafe

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

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

Daventry District Council logo

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

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

December Byfield Road Closure

December 2nd to 15th

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

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

 

200 Bus Diversion

Roadworks on Byfield Road

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

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 3rd December 2019

During the works:

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

Stagecoach apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

10/19 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 23rd October 2019

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

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

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 18th December 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

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

Plant A Tree For The Woodland

Volunteers Needed 14/12/19

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

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

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

Riverside Treet Planting Area

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

Thank you from the Great Central Woodland Committee.

Telephone Ruth Curzon for any information 07855040710.

10/19 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

This Month

The October meeting included:-

About Council Meetings

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

Daventry Comfort & Joy Appeal

Could you help spread some comfort and joy this Christmas?

You can offer some cheer to people in need this Christmas by donating items to a festive parcel scheme.

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

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

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

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

How Can You Help?

Donations can be made at the Daventry District Council offices, in Lodge Road, Daventry, at Daventry Police Station, in New Street, at Daventry Fire Station, in Staverton Road and at the South Northamptonshire Council offices at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, up to and including Tuesday 17 December.

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

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

Suggested Donations:

Comfort donations

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

Joy donations

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

Food donations

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

If You Or Anyone You Know Are Affected By Domestic Violence

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

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

December 2019 WOW

December WOW Is Out Now

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

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

Here is the electronic version:

WOW December 2019

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

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

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

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

Library Xmas Opening

New Year – New Library

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

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

 

The Bells Of St Mary’s

Bell Ringing in Woodford Halse

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

The Village Church

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

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

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

 

HS2 Drop-In Meetings

Wardington & Chipping Warden Road Works

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

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

Details can be found in this flyer.

Business Directory Update

Updated Directory & Opening Times

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

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

Business Directory December 2019

Opening Times November 2019

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

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

Canons Ashby Festivities

November to January Events Announced

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

Canons Ashby ChristmasActivities and events include:-

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

Find out more at the Canons Ashby events page.

 

A Victorian Christmas

Woodford Halse History Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW MEMBERS & VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

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

11/19 Woods Committee Agenda

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

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

 

December Election

Make Sure You Can Vote

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

Poll Cards Being Sent Out

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

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

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

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

You Can Still Register

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

If You Cannot Vote In Person

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

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

Find Out More

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

 

Posada In Woodford

A Hispanic Christmas Tradition

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

This Year In Woodford

Posad Figures

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

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

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

Church News December

Christmas & New Year Services

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

Details are on the Church Diary page.

Church News

The Village ChurchPam also passed on the following:-

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

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

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

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

New Parish Council Logo

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

Here is what the new logo looks like…..

Parish Council Logo

Where Will This Be Used?

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

Remember Daffodil Planting

Volunteers To Help, Please 

Please don’t forget this event on Saturday!

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

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

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

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

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

View of Kings Corner

Floods Latest

Keeping You Up To Date

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

Environment Agency Logo“Flooding is possible – be prepared

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

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

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

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

Daventry Police & Immigration Enforcement

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

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

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

Find Out More

The full report is available here: November 2019 Immigration Update

URGENT: Library

From Patricia Darby,

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

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

We apologise for the closure and for the short notice.

Archaeology for HS2

Excavations on the Edgecote Battlefield

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

Knight at Edgecote 2009

From the re-enactment on the battlefield site in 2009

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

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

Find Out More

You can find out more:-

Fusion’s announcement of the works here

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

Wikipedia article on the Battle of Edgecote

Battlefields Trust Resource Page for Edgcote

Beep Assist

DDC Housing Provider Aims To Help Independent Living

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

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

Beep Assist Logo

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

Courier Fraud Warning

Northants Police Alert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What You Can Do

Northamptonshire Police offers the following crime prevention advice:

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

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

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

Conservation Area Exhibition

3rd December at the Old School Cafe

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

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

Daventry District Council logo

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

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

09/19 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

This Month

The September meeting included:-

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

About Council Meetings

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

08/19 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

This Month

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

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

About Council Meetings

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

07/19 Parish Council Minutes

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

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

This Month

The July meeting included:-

About Council Meetings

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

Notice of 2019 General Election

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

Notice of Election 12th December 2019

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

12/11/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 12/11/19 

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

Points to be covered at this meeting include:-

About Your Council’s Meetings

Parish Council meeting take place on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact details for all Parish Councillors can be found here. You can learn more about your Council, what it does and how it works here.

HS2 Ground Works

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

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

Thorpe Mandeville to Boddington

Boddington to Southam

HS2 locomotive

 

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Parade

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

Church Service

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

Horse Parade

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

At The The Fleur De Lys

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

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

Daffodil Diggers

Volunteers To Help, Please 

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

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

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

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

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

View of Kings Corner

Local Business

Updated Directory & Opening Times

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

Business Directory November 2019

Opening Times November 2019

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

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

Whizz! Bang! (Delayed)

At the Sports & Community Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Conservation Area Consultation

Give DDC Your Views

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

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

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

Proposed Conservation Area

Conservation Area Proposed for Woodford Halse

 

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

Hinton Conservation Area

Conservation Area Proposed for Hinton

 

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

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

A Flurry of Fleur Events

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

Remembrance Sunday @The Fleur De Lys

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

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

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

Events For December

Thurs 5 Dec:  Open Mic night 7.30pm

Friday 6 Dec:  Mr Disco 8.00pm

Sunday 15 Dec:  Christmas Hamper Draw 5.30pm

Thursday 19 Dec:  Fleur Pub Quiz

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

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

Tues 31 Dec: Disco/Karaoke 8.00pm

Byfield Theft Appeal

Tools stolen, 30-50 Banbury Lane, Byfield

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

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

Did you witness anything?

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

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

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

Call 101 Reference: 19000580006

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

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

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

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

Register for December’s Vote

The Coming General Election

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

In order to vote you MUST be registered.

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

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

How To Register

You can register to vote for free here.

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

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

Registration Deadlines (To Be Confirmed)

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

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

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

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

Road Accident

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

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

Accessibility Update

Changes To The Signpost

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

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

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

November 2019 WOW

November WOW Should Be With You

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

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

Here is the electronic version:

WOW November 2019

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

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

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

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

09/19 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 25th September 2019

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

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

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

Byfield Surgery Petitions

GP Medical Care In Woodford and the Surrounding Area

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

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

Information about the planning application is available here.

Send Your Support

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

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

Sign A Petition

There are also petitions available to be signed in:-

The Vintage Beauty

Marriotts

Popsons

Village Meats

The Old School Cafe

Top to Toe

 

Flood Warnings

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

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

HS2 & A361

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

Chipping Warden Relief Road

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

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

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

Full road closures and diversion.

Welsh Road Junction

Regarding the Welsh Road junction in Aston Le Walls.

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

• Construction of the new junction

• Installation of new drainage and other associated highways equipment

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

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

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

Library Volunteers Training

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

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

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

The library will be open as normal for everyone.

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

 

Eydon Road Works

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

We will update this with any further info when received.

Delays possible – Traffic control (two-way signals)

Works location: Over disused railway bridge

Works description: Maintenance and repairs to disused railway bridge

Responsibility for works: Northamptonshire County Council

Current status: Advanced planning

Works reference: JC888EYDONRDEYDONBRIDGE

Games Club

♤♡♢♧ GAMES CLUB ♧♢♡♤ (Adults only)

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

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

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

More information: Woodford Games Club Facebook page

10/19 Woods Committee Agenda

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

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

 

Carer’s Appeal

Looking For Hairdresser for Home Visits

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

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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

Tel: 01933 677837

Mobile: 07395796675

Carers Support Line: 01933 677907

Email: lewist@northamptonshire-carers.org

Website: www.northamptonshire-carers.org

Burials, Bones & Builders

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

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

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

Dig at St Mary's Cropredy

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

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

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

About The History Society

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

New Members and Visitors ALWAYS WELCOME.

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

Winter Crime Prevention

Advice from Northamptonshire Police

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Anti-Hate Crime Campaign

Daventry District & South Northants Join Forces To Fight Hate Crime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Council Strategy Published

Parish Council’s 2020-2025 Strategy

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

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

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

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

Library Closed Today 11/10/19

11th October 2019

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

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

Library books can be renewed online.

Patricia Darby

Flu Jab Scam Alert

Byfield Medical Centre Warning

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

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

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

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

We would ask that you continue to be vigilant.

Reporting NHS fraud

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

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

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

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

History Society

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

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

Visitors are always welcome.

Learn more about the Society on their page here.

Download a copy of the programme here:

History Society 2019-2020 Programme

October Council Meeting

Parish Council’s 8th October Meeting Report

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

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

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

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

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

Sheep – Three Charged

Northamptonshire Police issued the following statement this evening:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cafe Events

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

Here’s the latest news from Diane….

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

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

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

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

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

What’s On At Half Term?

Half term week we have activities for our younger customers:

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

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

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

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

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

Police Update on Sheep

Northamptonshire Police LogoNorthamptonshire Police just issued the following update:-

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

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

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

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

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

HS2 Drop In Session

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

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

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

Messy Church Sunday

This Sunday is the first birthday for MESSY CHURCH!

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

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

08/10/19 Council Agenda

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

Council Agenda 08/10/19 

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

Points to be covered at this meeting include:-

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

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

About Your Council’s Meetings

Parish Council meeting take place on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact details for all Parish Councillors can be found here. You can learn more about your Council, what it does and how it works here.

New Unitary Authorities

Consultation on Priorities for the Public

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

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

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

Have your say.

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

Let them have your views here.

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

Byfield Medical Centre Planning Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Xmas 2019 Bin Collections

It’s Never Too Soon…..

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

Christmas 2019 Waste and Recycling Collections

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

All collections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reporting a Missed Bin at Christmas and New Year

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

Venue Hire Conditions

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

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

Village Venue Hire Terms & Conditions

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

More Big Breakfast

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

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

November 2nd 2019

February 1st 2020

March 7th 2020

April 4th 2020

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

Menu:

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

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

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

Cost: Adults £6; Children £3

 

Council Financial Audit 2018-19

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

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

Public Notice Annual Return 31st March 2019

This includes:-

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

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

07/19 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 24th July 2019

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

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

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

Library Update

A message from Pat Darby on Library Opening…..

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

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

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

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

Memorial Hall Access

Changes From October 17th

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

TO ALL MEMORIAL HALL USERS – CHANGE TO KEYLESS ACCESS

Effective Thursday 17th October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Twice As Trim

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

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

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

Mannions Barbers

 

Surveying

Just so folk know…

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

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

 

October 2019 WOW

October WOW Should Be With You

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

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

Here is the electronic version:

WOW October 2019

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

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

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

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

New Gas Main

Courtesy of Byfield Parish Council…

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

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

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

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

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

Map of proposed works:

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

Map of proposed diversion:

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

Horse Box Theft

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

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

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

History Society October 2019

Apples: Myths & Mysteries

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

The speaker will be Tim Healey with the subject; –

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

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

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

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

NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME.

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

09/19 Woods Committee Agenda

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

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

Download a copy of the agenda here.

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

 

Scarecrow Workshop

Getting Ready for the Scarecrow Hunt?

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

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

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

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

Scarecrow

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

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

Follow the event on Facebook.

Woodland Litter

Byfield Rd / Phipps Road Entrance

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

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

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

Thank you.

Co-op Entrance

 

 

 

 

Church Events

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

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

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

 

Social Care in Northants

Two Consultations on Provision

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

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

Proposed Changes to the Council’s Fair Contributions Policy

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

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

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

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

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

Have your say

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

This consultation closes on 3 December 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have your say

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

This consultation closes on 19 November 2019.

Village Fireworks

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

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

Fireworks

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

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

Looking forward to another great family fun night!