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The Parish Council have received a letter from South Northants Council of their intention to dispose of the Bartholomew Arms which as you may know is registered as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).

Because it is an ACV there is a moratorium period of 6 weeks during which time there is an opportunity for a community group to notify South Northants Council of their interest to take on the asset (the pub).

If there is interest in forming such a group, the Parish Council can respond to this letter to advise SNC that a group is underway and would like the opportunity to bid for the asset.

If a group is formed then a full moratorium of 6 months will be put in place to allow the community group to be treated as a bidder for the asset.

The letter from SNC does not state who the potential buyer is and therefore we do not know whether the pub will continue to be a pub once it is sold.

If a group is interested in progressing this and bidding for the pub then please notify Linda Paice in writing NO LATER THAN 20th AUGUST.

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Successful holiday activity programme arrives in Towcester

Following a change in venue, the popular programme of school holiday activities hosted by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) will become more accessible to Towcester families this summer.

Between Monday, 23 July and Friday, 31 August 2018 the Summer Hubs will take place at Magdalen College School in Brackley and Towcester Centre for Leisure.

Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC’s Portfolio Holder for Wellbeing, said: “This year we’ve teamed up with our partners Legacy Leisure at Towcester Centre for Leisure to combine the best of our activity programme with the best of their fantastic facilities.

“Thousands of children have enjoyed the council’s fun-packed holiday activity programme which gives parents piece of mind and the flexibility to juggle work and school holidays.

“I look forward to welcoming even more children to this summer’s programme of healthy and happy fun.”

The holiday activity programme is designed to promote physical and social wellbeing and is centred around physical activity, sports, games and arts and crafts.

The programme also includes guest activities delivered by qualified coaches which include table tennis, tennis, trampolining, athletics, Glow Kids Dance and swimming.

Activities are suitable for children aged five to 15 who are split into age appropriate groups.

All sessions are delivered by qualified staff covered by standard background checks and who are first aid trained.

Lunch breaks are supervised but children must bring a packed lunch. Activities will go ahead come rain or shine, but children should be prepared for the elements with suitable clothing, footwear, hats and sunscreen.

Sessions can be booked online via - - up until 5pm the evening before and can either be full day (8:45am to 5pm) or half day bookings (8:45am to 3pm).

A full day session costs £19.40 and a half day session costs £15.30. Unfortunately the programme cannot accept any form for childcare vouchers.

Police have launched a new crackdown on serious and organised crime.

Robustly tackling those people involved in gang and drug related crimes will be Northamptonshire Police’s primary focus this summer.

The force’s new serious and organised crime strategy gives a clear direction of where the force should prioritise its attention in relation to serious and organised crime (SOC) for the next year.

Organised criminals operating in Northamptonshire are believed to be involved in crimes such as drug supply, firearms offences, fraud, cybercrime, child sexual exploitation, modern slavery and human trafficking.

The force has launched Operation Viper to tackle those issues posing the greatest risk to our communities.

Assistant Chief Constable James Andronov, said: “I know people are concerned about some of the incidents we have experienced in recent weeks and rightly so, we are concerned too. That’s why we are redoubling our efforts to tackle those people who are involved in gang and drug related crimes.

“We have had great success over the last two years, securing almost 300 years in prison for people convicted of gang-related crime in Wellingborough, East Northants and Northampton. We intend to capitalise on this work with the aim of making Northamptonshire a hostile place for criminals to operate.

“We’ll be increasing the number of officers we have on patrol, executing more warrants on properties across the county and making arrests whenever possible. We will use whatever powers are available to us in order to disrupt the activities of those individuals who insist on committing crimes in Northamptonshire.”

Northamptonshire Police is working closely with partner organisations to tackle some of the issues associated with gangs.

ACC Andronov, added: “Working with partners is incredibly important as we look to help some of the most vulnerable people in society who are targeted by gangs. Gangs will prey on vulnerable adults in order to use their house to deal drugs, target children to deal drugs or keep their weapons or in some cases sexually exploit vulnerable adults and children.

“Partnership work is vital to help tackle some of these issues and find longer term solutions.

“We are also reliant on the public’s help. We need people to tell us when they have concerns about people operating in their neighbourhood, when they have concerns about young people who may be getting drawn into gang culture or if they are worried about a vulnerable person living in their neighbourhood.

“If you have any concerns or would like to report any information to police you can call police on 101, report crime online or via independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold has provided additional funds to the force in order to bolster its Serious and Organised Crime Team.

Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said: “I know from speaking to people around the county that there is concern about violent and serious crime and I know that police officers and staff have been working incredibly hard on this issue, against the background of dealing with high profile events such as the World Cup and Silverstone.

“People do appreciate the hard work that is being done and I’d ask everyone to play their part and pass on any information they have about crime.

“I understand people’s concern but I want to make sure that the only people in fear are the criminals that is why I supported the force with additional resources for the Serious and Organised Crime Team. We cannot do it alone and will be working hard with partners to crack down on crime and the people who commit it.”


Local Government Reform in Northamptonshire - Town and Parish Council Bulletin No 2

This an update for Town and Parish Councils on the latest state of play regarding Local Government Reform – specifically around the formal public consultation exercise that the Government requires is run across the county.

This public consultation will now start on Monday, 18 June and will end on Sunday, 22 July 2018.

Details of consultation sessions specially for Town and Parish Councils will be announced shortly – one in the northeast of the county, one in the southwest.

The consultation will include:

• a questionnaire available online from each of the districts, boroughs and county council websites from Monday 18 June 2018

• paper copies available with freepost return address from 25 June – copies will be available at council offices, libraries, leisure centres etc.

• a representative telephone survey carried out by the independent company running this survey across the county, ORS

• ORS will also be running focus groups with invited residents. Details of these are being worked through, so will follow in my next update

• It is planned that there will be other stakeholder events too – and once these are worked out, details will also be provided in the next update

All background information available, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and useful links will be published on each council’s website and information provided in the local press. This information will be updated as we move through the process and more answers become available to us. The consultation itself, alongside a detailed explanatory document will be available directly at from Monday 18 June.

We would appreciate your support in encouraging people to have their say, so as many voices as possible are heard. Please can you also remind people that other consultations by the local media and by individual councils may take place at the same time so it’s really important that they respond to the official Local Government Reform Northamptonshire consultation being run by all eight Northamptonshire councils so that their comments on the proposal get to be officially considered.

We hope this is useful in updating you on the latest situation ahead of the consultation beginning, and sharing the latest information available generally.

Yvonne Rees

Chief Executive

Cherwell District and South Northants Councils

Direct dial: 0300 003 0100

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WI Programme for 2018


Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC) recently challenged the men of Northamptonshire to help them raise money for PROSTATE CANCER UK and the response has been fantastic!

After two open evenings at the Northampton Saints Rugby Ground and other recruitment activities over 70 men have now signed up to learn to sing two songs over an 8-week period with expert training from NMVC’s charismatic Musical Director, Stephen Bell. They will then perform the songs at a concert in aid of Prostate Cancer UK at the Spinney Hill Theatre, Northampton on 14 April 2018. This concert will also feature performances by the award winning Northampton Male Voice Choir and fabulous local soprano, Emily Haig.

Compere for the concert is the Reverend Richard Coles, Vicar of Finedon; TV presenter; radio broadcaster and formerly a member of the chart topping 1980’s band, The Communards.

Tickets for what promises to be a great evening’s entertainment in aid of a very worthwhile cause are now available on the NMVC website or from Concert Secretary, David Walsh 01604 831455.

Have your say on leisure in the district

Residents are being asked to give their feedback on South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) leisure provisions across the district.

In order to shape what leisure looks like in the future, SNC are asking residents to fill out a short survey giving their feedback on how active they are as well as what they think of the leisure offering.

The results from this consultation will help to shape the branding of SNC’s leisure offering for years to come.

Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC’s portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “When looking at how the public interact with our leisure provision, it’s important to understand either what it is that makes them choose to use our facilities, or for those who are less active, what it is that prevents them from being involved.

“By understanding what the public feel about leisure, we can make more informed decisions as to how the service should look.

“There are some exciting developments coming, so I would urge all residents to get involved and give us their feedback to help shape our leisure offering for the future.”

The survey will be running until Monday, 5 March and can be found at

Hard copies of the survey can also be found at leisure centres and in the atrium of The Forum, Towcester from Monday, 19 February. Copies can also be requested by emailing or calling 01295 221803.

Help for South Northamptonshire residents with ‘Home Safe’

The vulnerable, disabled and elderly are being offered free home repairs following a partnership between South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) and Care & Repair (Northamptonshire) Ltd.

The scheme, entitled ‘Home Safe’, will offer support with a range of small home improvements such as small repairs, home security and energy efficiency measures, gas safety checks, fitting smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, trip reduction measures, the installation of grab and stair rails and assistance with electrics, plumbing and carpentry.

Cllr Stephen Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for economic development, regeneration and housing, said: “This scheme is great news for individuals and families who need a helping hand when it comes to keeping their home safe, warm and secure.

“Those vulnerable people who may not have the means or the ability to carry out essential, minor works can benefit from this initiative which will help promote independence and allow them the chance to go home should they be in hospital.

“As a council it is tremendously rewarding to be able to be a part of this scheme as a great example of how small actions can make a big difference.”

The intention of the scheme is to help maintain independence, facilitate hospital discharge, reduce falls, improve security and reduce the ill health effects related to homes in disrepair or fuel poverty.

The scheme is available to home owners and tenants on low incomes if one or more of the following criteria applies to them:

  • suffer from a long term chronic illness or have a physical disability
  • they have been identified by a hospital as needing urgent minor adaptations or services to facilitate discharge
  • they are at risk of further injury or illness without essential minor works or services
  • 65 or over

For more information on the scheme visit, email or call 01604 782250.

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Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert

Neighbourhood Alert is the messaging service is run by Northamptonshire Police and was formerly known as Community Connect. It has been re-launched under the name Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert and now has greater functionality than previously, allowing our frontline police officers to send alert messages direct from their mobile devices to thousands of local people. They will be able to do this in real-time while they are out and about policing the county.

The alert service is free and simple to activate by registering at and is available to anyone living or working in Northamptonshire.

After signing up to the messaging system, people will receive regular alerts from Northamptonshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other partner organisations, keeping them up to date and informed about crime, and issues relevant to them and the area where they live or work.

Alerts are received either by email, text message or voice message – whichever suits. People will also be given the option of what they want to receive alerts about, and how often – they will only receive messages about topics they have selected.

Many of our Neighbourhood officers and Response teams have been trained to use the alert system and are now regularly sending out messages to the public, including; crime alerts, missing person alerts, witness appeals and crime prevention advice.

This alert tool provide us with a really effective way to reach the communities we serve, improving the flow of information and therefore making a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and the reduction of anti-social behaviour.

There are already 10,000 local people registered with Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert.

Please visit the website and register.



You've been invited to participate in the Pre Submission Draft Local Plan Part 2 consultation by the consultation manager, South Northants Council (Rosalind Brettle).

This consultation is open from 4 Sep 2017 at 09:00 to 10 Nov 2017 at 12:00.

Dear Sir/Madam

South Northamptonshire Council is commencing a consultation under Regulation 18 Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) on the ‘Pre-Submission Draft’ of the South Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2. The document will form part of the development plan for South Northamptonshire sitting alongside the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy, Local Plan Part 1 and adopted Neighbourhood Plans.

The Part 2 Plan looks at how the district could develop over the next fifteen years and includes a preferred policy approach.

The document covers:

• policies for housing development

• the potential location of new employment sites • policies on town centres and economic development • policies on community/leisure development and • environmental policies and designations including special landscape areas.

Where to view the documents:

• Online – on the Council’s website at


• Hard copies – can be viewed at the five local libraries – Towcester, Brackley, Roade, Middleton Cheney, Deanshanger (for opening times visit the library pages on the County Council’s website at

• Documents can also be made available in different formats upon request.

Ways to get involved:

• Online – read the document and comment on the Council’s online consultation system. This can be found through the planning policy pages at Wherever possible we advise this approach.

• Email your comments and questions to

• Post your comments and questions to The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD

Consultation commences on Monday 04 September and all responses must be received by 12 noon on Friday 10 November 2017.

What happens next?

All comments received during the consultation will be made available for public inspection and will be used to prepare the next round of the Local Plan Part 2, the Submission Plan. This will be published for full consultation in the Spring of 2018.

Yours faithfully

Adrian Colwell

Head of Strategic Planning and the Economy and Strategic Lead for Growth

Road Closure

Litchborough Road between Church Street and Banbury Lane will be closed from 29th August to 29th November 2017. This is due to subsidence in the carriageway due to an active badger set. The end date for this job could change, however I will inform you as and when I know any further details.

Please find below a screenshot from that shows the extent and the diversion route.

Should you need any further detail, please contact Oliver Sibley of KierWSP on 01604 883400.

Village Survey

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St Mary's Church Fete - Save the Date!

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Prioritisation Framework consultation and engagement

Northamptonshire County Council is putting a process in place to help make the tough decisions it has to make about what to prioritise – that is, how we share out resources to achieve the best outcomes for our residents and customers. To do this we need to be clearer what we, our residents and partners think is important to bear in mind when deciding between competing priorities. We need your help to clarify our values and principles and use these to develop the framework we will use for prioritising. You can help us in two ways – by completing a survey and/or attending a workshop

1. You can find our survey on the County Council website -

2. You can come to one of 4 workshops that we will be holding around the county, so we can hear from you in person and discuss our principles and values together. Details are available on the Consultation Register - and will be in libraries.

The workshop details are also outlined below. They are open to anyone who wants to attend, without the need to RSVP or let us know in advance.

· 13th March, 10 am to 12 noon, Council Chamber, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, Northants, NN15 7QX

· 13th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Weston Favell Academy, Booth Lane South, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 3EZ

· 14th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, KINGSTHORPE COLLEGE, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7HR

· 16th March, 1.30 to 3.30 pm, Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way, Rushden NN10 9YP

· 20th March, 12.30 to 2.30 pm, South Northants Volunteer Bureau, Whittons Lane, Volunteer Centre , Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6YZ

We welcome your contributions and will take all the information we get from this consultation process to develop our own, unique statement of principles and values to feed into the prioritisation framework.”

Quiz Night

Saturday 11th March 7 for 7.30pm

You are invited to our annual Quiz at Blakesley & Woodend Village Hall. Teams of up to 6 people

£10 per person, including fish & chip supper, licensed bar

Book your team by 28th Feb latest or ring 01327 860594

Best Village Bench

Following Blakesley's success in the Best Village Competition, a bench has been placed on the East Green in the village. This was purchased with the prize money from the competition and has a plaque to commemorate the installation. Many thanks to Claire Travella for organising this and to councillors Mick Gulliman and Nick Burbage for installing it, and to Linda Paice for organising the plaque.

Silver Spoons

Over 80 people from within and beyond the benefice filled the Village Hall on a cold and frosty January evening. However they all received a traditional warm "Blakesley welcome" with plenty of food and drink. Our speaker was delightful and followed up his talk with a roadshow style session where people brought some of their own silver to show him.

As usual such an event does not happen by itself, so a huge thank you to all the wonderful Blakesley and Woodend people who made food and gave their time to help. Special thanks to the wine sponsors, Savills Plc, enabling us to ensure that all the money raised went straight to St Mary's Church.

We are planning for next year.................

New Cherry Tree on the Green

Jill has planted a new Cherry tree on the Green to replace the one that died last year. It is small but will grow! And is probably in a better position.