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Recent additions on other pages - village Winter Newsletter and events through to February.   Church services for December and January.  Write-ups of the History Society meeting covering 'Whilton Names'.  Minutes of the 13th September Parish Council meeting.


 

Village litter pick - will be on Saturday 13th January at 10.00 am starting at the village green.  The last occasion was very well supported and much appreciated by all.  This post-Christmas event will be an ideal time to meet up and work off the last remnants of the Christmas Dinner, all whilst supporting the community to pick up litter from the grass verges along the roads through the village.  All equipment is provided, and training is available on request, and with enough support, the event should last no more than a few hours at most.  If you are able to support this worthwhile event, please confirm by email with Sue.

 

Expenditure cuts - Northants CC is consulting on proposed cuts to local services largely brought about by reduced funding from central government.  The proposal includes cutting the subsidy to our village bus service.  Read about it and input your views here.

 

Floodlight the Church - This year we are once again getting the opportunity to illuminate the Church and make it a focal point of the village during the Christmas period.  Cost is just £10 a night.  To reserve your special day or to select a date, please contact Jon Brierley (843380) or email

 

Help to plan the future of our district - Daventry District Council is consulting on the Emerging Draft Settlements and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) from 27th November 2017 to 26th January 2018.  You can go along to one of their public exhibitions, where the Local Strategy Team will be available to answer your questions.  For dates, times and locations, see here.  The draft plan can be found here.

 

Police warning - there have been recent reports of theft from vehicles overnight in Newnham, Kilsby and Flore. Remember not to leave valuables/tools in vehicles overnight.  Outbuildings have been targeted in Barby, Everdon and Long Buckby - remember to keep them secure.  As Christmas approaches, don't leave presents on view through the window.

 

Christmas waste collections - the schedule for waste and recycling collections can be found here.  DDC office closure dates/times are here.

 

 

The Northamptonshire Association for the Blind - mobile sight centre will be visiting Daventry (near Shopmobility) on Wednesday 27th December between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm.  They have an extensive  array of gadgets etc to make life easier for people with poor eyesight.  To see their website, click here.

 

Daventry & District Over Fifties Forum - regularly hold meetings to interest people with more free time on their hands; their latest newsletter can be found here.  They are holding a tea dance on Wednesday 6th December - see here for details.  Their website can be found here

 

The group meets on alternate Thursdays each month and provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about photography.  For more information, contact Neil on 844182 (email) or look at their excellent website here.

 

Adult Education Courses - the new brochure covering the range of courses available from September 2017 to April 2018 can be found here.

 

Dementia Cafes - Northamptonshire County Council has had to make budget cuts including the Alzheimer's Society which has stopped all the Dementia Cafes in Northamptonshire.  Daventry District realise the importance of these cafes for sufferers/carers and have decided to start their own.  Forthcoming meeting dates can be found here. 

 

Walking for Health - if you're looking for a more active lifestyle there are local walks organised by volunteers in the area - see here for more information and here for the national website.

 

Faster Broadband - You can test your actual speed here and although we already have fibre broadband to the cabinet at Whilton Locks, the village now forms part of the County Council’s Stage 3 plans with Gigaclear whose solution involves Fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology which enables much faster speeds.  Read the official details here.  The official Northants CC Faster Broadband January 2017 Newsletter is here and their interactive map can be accessed here.  The latest update on future developments can be found on page 3 of the village Winter Newsletter.

 

Police warning - there has been a recent rise in non-dwelling burglary.  The police have issued a document (here) about what they are doing and how we can help ourselves to combat it.  Kev Thompson, our community PCSO, has written some good advice on keeping safe at this time of year - read it here.  For details of recent thefts in the area, see here.

 

Bus Service - the service runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays into Northampton leaving at 9.37 am from the Green and returning at 12.45 pm from Northampton.  Details of the service can be found here.

 

Parish Council - now has its own website.  It's the place to find all official documents pertaining to financial and regulatory matters plus meeting agendas, minutes etc

 

Parking at Long Buckby station - parking charges now apply at the railway station.  The cost is £4.80 per day - more detail here.  (Sept 2017)

 

Waste and recycling centre opening times - See here for full information.  Some sites have queuing issues on certain days and more especially following a closure day.  Customers are asked to visit the sites after 10.00 am and preferably later in the day when the sites are likely to have more capacity.  You can see a webcam shot of live activity here.

 

Daventry District Council - have grant funding available for both Home Owners and Renters alike.   There are Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) available up to £30k for the district's disabled residents, both renters and home owners and up to £10k for the district’s home owners in the form of a Home Repairs Assistance grant (HRA).

 

Daventry District Council - have introduced a ‘Resident Welcome Pack’ on the DDC website.  The aim is to provide new residents in our District with an initial information point signposting to basic information but is also useful for existing residents

 

Whilton Warblers - performed a concert in the Church some time ago and photos of the singers rehearsing can be found here.  If you fancy joining the group which meets during term time on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm in the Church, ring Linda on 07752 885900.  You don't need to read music or to have had singing lessons, you can be any age and the idea is just to have fun.

 

The history of Whilton - "Living in the Gap" a book covering the history of Whilton village from 1,000 to 2,000 AD is now available.  If you would like to buy a copy (281 pages £12.99) then please contact the author, our local history expert, Anthea Hiscock, on 01327 843319 or by email.  See here for an independent review of the book by local resident Tom Price.

 

 

Right to Roam - some people seem to consider all the fields around Whilton to be totally free to public access because of the government's legislation regarding 'the right to roam.'  This is not the case - the Act refers only to mapped areas of mountain, moor, heath, downland and registered common land - none of these apply around Whilton and you should stay on the public footpaths.  See here for more details of the Act.

 

The Whilton Bake Off - was held in August 2013 and was very successful.  There were lots of entries and £185 was raised for the Air Ambulance Service.  For Lucy's full write-up of the occasion, click here.  To see Richard Oliver's photos, see here.

 

Mobile Library - because of low levels of use, the mobile library no longer comes to Whilton. However, the Home Library Service does still exist.  This is a free service for customers who are unable to get to the library through age or disability.  A librarian visits you at home to discuss your reading needs.  You can either select items yourself or library staff will select for you according to your tastes and requirements.  Volunteers deliver to your home every month.  To arrange a visit or find out more, contact your local library.