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Recent additions on other pages - The Gardeners' Association photos of their 'virtual' open garden session are here.  Photos of the village VE anniversary celebrations are here.  The Autumn village newsletter.  Draft minutes of the 8th July Parish Council meeting.


 

The Mystery of the Whilton Stone - Anthea's new book is now available - see here for details and how to buy a copy.

 

 

 

Dog mess - irresponsible dog owners are still not clearing up their pet's mess in the village - see here for a graphic message form the Chair of the Parish Council.

 

VE Day Anniversary Celebrations - some time ago the Parish Council requested your photos of the day (copy here); thanks to all those who submitted them.  Click here to see the collection of 101 images.

 

 Daventry Leisure Centre - reopened on Saturday 25th July - read the press release which includes safety measures and booking requirements here.

 

 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.

 

Faster Broadband - Gigaclear has installed Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology which promises to provide much faster connections - they have mail-dropped their offers to each house but you can read more here.  You can test your actual current connection speed here.

 

Whilton Village Hall CV Community Challenge - some time ago the Village Hall Management Group produced a weekly challenge to all parishioners in both the village and the Locks with the aim of creating 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 have gone 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.

 

Whilton Locks Garden Village - has now re-opened (including the cafe) with new measures to keep customers and staff safe from infection - details (published 10 August) here.  They are also willing to deliver.

 

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.

 

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 their July/August newsletter updating their latest services.

 

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 fortnightly on Thursday evenings - 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.