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Recent additions on other pages - village Autumn Newsletter and events through to the end of November.  Church services for  December.  Write-ups of the History Society meetings in March and May.  Draft minutes of the 11th September Parish Council meeting.


 

Parish Council Meeting - will be on Wednesday 13th November at 7.30 pm in the village hall - see here for the agenda.

 

Pre School - on Friday 15th November would like to have an open morning for members of Whilton village and to collect money for children in need. They would like 4-5 members of the community to come and read with the children, have a cup of tea and a biscuit and help raise a little donation for charity.  If it is popular they would like to do this termly as they think it would be good for the children and the members of Whilton village.  If interested, please contact Jon Brierley on email.

 

Local History Society - a reminder that the next meeting will be on Friday 15th November at 7.30 pm in the village hall when the subject will be "An Evening with Randolph Skipwith, Victorian Rector of Whilton."  £3 per person for non-members.

 

Whilton Warblers - next concert - "A Winter Wonderland" - will be on Friday 6th December at 7.30 pm in St Andrew's Church.  Tickets cost £10 each (under 12's free) and that includes a glass of wine or a soft drink.  Book in advance on 07891 907116.

 

Allotment available - a half plot has just become available so, if you fancy allotment style gardening, now's your chance.  Basic price is £12 p.a. plus insurance and membership fee of the National Assn of Allotment Gardeners.  Full details from Brian Melling (email).

 

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)

 

Bus Service - a new twice per month service provided by DACT began in September - see here for the timetable until November. If you wish to travel on the bus on any of its six journeys, please let the clerk of your parish council know (Whilton - clerk@whiltonpc.co.uk), so your name can be registered as a member of the Evergreen Travel Club.  You will need to be registered with the Club before you are eligible to use the service.  There will be no cost to the passengers for these journeys.

 

A5 Road maintenance - work continues with several scheduled overnight closures (20.00 to 06.00).  See here for the 31st October update bulletin (No. 16).

 

Compost Bins discount offer - If you're looking for a cheap(er) compost bin or two, read here for details of DDC's latest offer which closes on 31st March 2020.

 

 

 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 May 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.

 

New dog control powers - DDC have introduced new stricter 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.

 

 

Whilton Marina - has opened a new workshop and bought a new mobile boat lifting hoist which enables much better facilities for narrow boat repair.  If you're interested, you can read the press release 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)

 

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 - Daventry Area Community Ttransport is a one-stop-shop for all your needs relating to transport and mobility.  See here for their website and here for trips from September to December.

 

 

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 is Wednesday 20th November from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.  To see their website, click 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.

 

Faster Broadband - You can test your actual speed here and although we already have fibre broadband to the cabinet at Whilton Locks, work begins soon by Gigaclear whose solution involves Fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology which enables much faster speeds (see their August letter here).  This is scheduled for installation in the village soon and should be completed in Quarter 1 2020.  The Northants CC Faster Broadband  interactive map can be accessed here.  The latest information can be found on page 3 of the Autumn newsletter 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 apply at the railway station.  The cost is £4.80 per day (last checked mid October 2019) - 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.

 

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