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Recent additions on other pages - village Winter Newsletter and events through to the end of February.  Church services for  February.  Write-ups of the History Society meetings in September and November.  Draft minutes of the 13th and 27th November Parish Council meetings.  Gardeners' Association meetings for the year ahead.


Faster broadband - implementation delayed (again) until Quarter 2 2020 for the village and Quarter 3 for the Locks.


Keep fit - new weekly sessions are being introduced in Daventry - read the background here.  For more detail on the "Get up and go" classes see here and for the dance based activity, see here.


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 - the trial new twice per month service provided by DACT began in September and has now ended.  The various Parish Councils are appraising the success of the service and reviewing the feedback from users so that these can be compared with the ongoing cost of future provision.  The outcome of the review is expected early in 2020.


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 November 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.



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 January to April 2020.



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.



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 is planned to begin later this year by Gigaclear whose solution involves Fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology which enables much faster speeds (see their August 2019 letter here).  The latest forecast is that it will be completed in Quarter 2 2020 (Quarter 3 for the Locks).  The Northants CC Faster Broadband  interactive map can be accessed 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 early February 2020) - 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.