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Recent additions on other pages - village Autumn Newsletter and events through to the end of November.  Church services for September and October.  A write-up of the History Society June outing to Grafton Regis.  Draft minutes of the 17th July Parish Council meeting.


  

Roughmoor Spinney work party - will be on Saturday 29th September at 10.00 am to clear the pond and stream.  All volunteers welcome - meet at the field gate in Manor Lane and bring saws, rakes and boots.  If the weather is uncertain, check with Keith on 843319.

 

Local History Society – has won the Community Award 2018 for the “Celebrating Courage” events of 2017. Congratulations to all involved.  See here for a photo of the winners of the Northamptonshire Heritage Awards on the staircase at Althorp with Earl Spencer on 6th July.  On the back row at the right are Anthea Hiscock and Nick Busby with Whilton’s plaque. (Click here for closer view)

 

Weekly yoga (Ashtanga) sessions - take place every Monday evening from 6.00 to 7.00 pm in the village hall with a qualified instructor.  There are places available if anyone is interested.  The instructor’s fees are £7.50 per session plus £1 per session for hiring the hall.  Any new persons will get a free taster session first time.  If you’re interested please contact Jane Busby on either 01327 844194 or 07974 800196.

 

 DACT trips - please see here for the trips timetable from September to December

 

 

Recycling changes - a new contract began on 4th June and our collection day is now Wednesday - check here.  For a general explanation of the new arrangements click here.  To discover what goes in which bin click here and for information regarding the optional garden waste collection at £35 per annum per bin, read and/or sign up here.

 

The Northamptonshire Association for the Blind - mobile sight centre will be visiting Daventry (near Shopmobility) on Wednesday 26th September between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm and Long Buckby between 2.00 and 3.00 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.  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.

 

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. 

 

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 and is scheduled for installation in Quarter 4, 2018.  Read the official details here.  The official Northants CC Faster Broadband  interactive map can be accessed here.  The latest update on future developments can be found on page 3 of the village Autumn Newsletter.

 

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 apply at the railway station.  The cost is £4.80 per day.  (as at July 2018) - details here.

 

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.  See here for more information and here for live webcam coverage.

 

Bus Service - ended on 22nd July when the County Council subsidy was withdrawn.

 

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.