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Recent additions on other pages - The Gardeners' Association photos of their 'virtual' open garden session are here.  Photos of the recent village VE anniversary celebrations are here.  The Summer village newsletterChurch services have been suspended until further notice but there are online activities and the building is open for private prayer - check the Church page for info.  Write-ups of the History Society meetings in September and November.  Draft minutes of the 13th May and 3rd June Parish Council meetings.


VE Day Anniversary Celebrations - following Randal's recent email requesting photos (copy here), if you'd like to put one of your photos of the day in the gallery, please email it to me.  Click here to see the collection.


M1 Junction 14 slip roads - will be closed on the weekend 17th to 19th July - see here for more detail.


 Northants Highways - want ideas for making Northants a better place for cycling, walking & maintaining social distancing. They have an  interactive map to log your suggestions for cycle routes, cycle parking, improved footway space and quieter streets.  See here for more information.


CLASP - the archaeological charity, based at Nether Heyford where they have a field centre, are looking for new premises in the area.  If you think you can help, read more detail here.


Faster Broadband - Gigaclear is installing Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology which will provide much faster reliable connections - find the latest situation (22 May) and how soon you might be able to connect here. There is additional information on page 3 of the latest Newsletter hereYou can test your actual current connection speed here.


Whilton Village Hall CV Community Challenge - The Village Hall Management Group is presenting a weekly challenge to all parishioners in both the village and the Locks to try to create a little fun and to retain something of our sense of community during the coronavirus lockdown.  The challenges began on 1st April and funds raised will go to support the village hall - read all about it here and see the results of the first two challenges here, the third here, the fourth here, the fifth here, the sixth here, the seventh here, the eighth here, the ninth here the tenth here  (you can see all the entries for the tenth here) the eleventh here and the most recent, twelfth and final, here.


Coronavirus support - With many of our aged residents in the Parish in self isolation to protect themselves from the coronavirus, and others who are in self isolation after exhibiting coronavirus like symptoms, we have set up a network of volunteers in the Parish who can help out in the community to run errands for these individuals such as shopping, getting medications etc.

The central coordinator for these volunteers is Jane Bunce on 01327 842636.  If anyone does require assistance, please call Jane, and she will get someone from the Whilton Parish volunteer list to come and help.

If anyone wishes to also be included in the list, please let me know.  In addition, please spread the word about this help as not everyone is on the e-mail distribution list for the Parish.  Perhaps drop a note through your aged neighbour's door with Jane's number on it, or forward this e-mail out to any other people that you know in the Parish.  Above all, let's all look out each other and stay safe.

Many thanks - Randal Smith,  Chair of the Whilton Parish Council


Daventry District Council - have launched a new coronavirus support line for people who are self-isolating and may need help obtaining food, prescriptions etc - read all about it here.


Whilton Locks Garden Village - has now re-opened (including the cafe) with new measures to keep customers and staff safe from infection - details (publishes in July) here.  They are also willing to deliver.


Coronavirus volunteers - If you and your family and friends want to be involved in volunteering opportunities in Northamptonshire there’s more information here.  Volunteers will be matched with those requesting help, according to their skills and locations.  Volunteering could include delivering prescriptions or helping the food bank or other local essential community schemes.

Take care and stay well,    Maria Taylor MBA. Executive Director (Community)


Pastoral letter on coronavirus - see Rector Andrea's latest letter (15th May) here.


Coronavirus home deliveries - Gt Brington village store/post office is offering free delivery of certain items to self-isolating residents - see here for more detail.


Waste and recycling centre opening times - opened again on 18th May but only for "essential waste that can cause hazards to health" and (I think) ID may be needed to prove you're from the local area.  See here for the latest update and here for full normal 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 although I read this has been temporarily suspended.


Bus Service - Following the successful trial at the end of last year, Whilton & Brington Parish Councils have joined together to continue the initiative to provide a very limited bus service to Daventry & Northampton, including a trial to Rugby that had been requested.  The times and pick up points can be found here and will also be put up on the notice boards around the Parish.

As before, the bus will be asked to pick up at Whilton first by the phone box on the Green, and will then travel to the Bringtons, so please note the slightly different pick up times for the two parishes.

If you wish to use the bus on any of its journeys, please let the parish clerk know by email, so your name can be registered as a member of the Evergreen Travel Club.  You only need register once.  There will be no cost to the passengers for these journeys.

Randal Smith, Chair of the Whilton Parish Council

Note:  The bus service has been cancelled until further notice owing to the outbreak of coronavirus


Whilton Allotment Gardeners - You will find the allotment plots next to 'The Gardens' on Main Street opposite 'The Old Post Office.'  There are 14 half plots which are currently all in use but if you take a look and wish to get active in the future, should a vacancy arise, please email Brian Melling.  The annual fee is £20 which includes payment to the Parish Council, indemnity insurance and membership of The National Association of Allotment Gardeners.


Weekly yoga (Ashtanga) sessions - pre Covid-19 used to 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.


Proposed Removal of Payphone - Whilton Locks – the Parish Council has been approached by BT to remove the payphone located by the canal bridge in Whilton Locks, primarily because it has not been used at all over the last 12 months.  The Council has been approached about this on 2 previous occasions and each time successfully rejected it based on the fact that, given the weak mobile signal in the area, it provided a vital link to the emergency services if there was to be an incident around the canal.  The Council's intent is to reject this proposal again but there is a growing pressure from BT to remove it as their evidence shows that it is not being used.  Hence, if we want to keep the phone, it would be advantageous if it was to be used to at least support the case that it is still required in the area.  (Randal, Chair of Whilton Parish Council - 3 Oct)


Daventry & District Over Fifties Forum - regularly hold meetings to interest people with more free time on their hands.  Their website can be found here and the February newsletter here.


Garden bonfires - can easily cause a nuisance to neighbours in the village.  Please bin or compost as much waste as you're able before considering a fire but if this is essential, ensure the material is as dry as possible and choose a day when the wind direction will minimise the nuisance to neighbours and road users.


Village Hall - is available for hire for meetings or social occasions where you might need a little more space.  It has seating for just over 40 people and has one main room, toilets and a small kitchen.  It is used by the Pre-School in term time, and by the Parish Council and other village organisations for meetings and social events.  Current charges are £8 per hour.  If you're interested in hiring the hall, contact the Booking Clerk Mary Kane on 07922 478633 (email) or Nick Busby on 01327 844194 (email).  The full standard conditions of hire can be seen here and you can read the history of the hall here.


Dog control powers - DDC have introduced strict rules for dog owners in the district with potential on-the-spot fines and/or prosecution - read the press release here and the relevant DDC website here.



Local History Society – last year 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)


DACT - Daventry Area Community Ttransport is a one-stop-shop for all your needs relating to transport and mobility.  All activities are suspended until further notice.  See here for their website and here for trips May to August if and when normal service is resumed.


The Northamptonshire Association for the Blind - has an extensive  array of gadgets etc to make life easier for people with poor eyesight.  Their Mobile Sight Centre visits Daventry (near the Mobility Shop) - the next date has yet to be arranged.  To see their website, click here.


Aperture Photography 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 herePhysical meetings are suspended for the duration of coronavirus restrictions but online sessions are taking place every Thursday evening - contact Neil for details.


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 (last checked early March) - details here.


Daventry District Council - have grant funding available for both Home Owners and Renters alike (see here - July 2020).   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.