Neighbourhood news

Every week we publish updates from our village correspondents on events happening in their local community. If you would like to contribute, email


Geoff Pullin
01327 871806

Ring out 2014 – After practising at the usual time, the bellringers will gather again at 11.30pm on Old Year’s Night (tonight) to ring a farewell to 2014. After a short break for a toast, the bells will be fired (rung together simultaneously) 12 times at midnight to greet 2015 and rung for a bit with more firing. Visitors, ringers or non-ringers, are very welcome to come in the tower and to improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing by learning to ring in 2015!

Waste collection - Black wheelie bins will be emptied tomorrow (Thursday). In January, Christmas trees will be collected if put out with recycling boxes from Thursday, January 8. The next brown wheelie bin collection will be on Thursday, January 22.

Church Services – Sunday, 10am, Communion led by the Rev Jay Phelps at the United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane; 11am, Holy Communion led by the Rev Sue Faulkner at St Mary’s Church.

Thanks – My thanks go to everyone who has sent me information for this column during the year, especially Richard Piner for his comprehensive bird notes. Please keep reporting in 2015.

Tea and Meet later - With the first Friday in January being so close to New Year, Tea and Meet will take place a week later, on Friday, January 9.

Correspondent Geoff Pullin’s address and email: 25 The Glebe, Badby,


Rosemary Sheppy
01327 261720

Parish church - On Sunday there will be Evening Prayer at 6pm.

Methodist Church - On Sunday there will be Sunday School at 10.30 am and Mr J Langridge will lead Evening Service at 6pm.

150 years celebration – The members of the Methodist Church are making plans to celebrate this special anniversary in April this year. Do you or any of your friends have any historical detail and information which will help to illustrate the work of the Church over these years; if so please contact Eileen Burgess, 22 Frog Lane, Upper Boddington on 01327 260397. An initial meeting is planned for later in January and any information will be most welcome.

Correspondent Rosemary Sheppy’s address and email: Hill Road, Lower Boddington,


Chris Grossart
01788 890491

Friendly Club - We will meet for tea and a chat on Monday January 5 from 2pm to 4pm.

Village hall - The new booking officer is Leyla Clayson. Please contact her on 01788 899138 or on to book the village hall.

Christmas Trees - To recycle your real tree when you have to take it down please put it by your boxes on January 5, 12 and 26. or by your brown bin on January 19 (there will be no brown bin collection on January 5. Remember trees will not be collected if they are left in the middle of the village green.

Happy new year - I try to keep you abreast of Braunston news but do not always get to know things until too late. Please send me details of anything of interest to the village as a whole the weekend before the Thursday you would like it in the newspaper. Happy 2015!

Correspondent Chris Grossart’s address: 36 Welton Road, Braunston

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Inez Ronaldson
01295 660289

St Peter and St Pauls - The Benefice service and Holy communion on Sunday is at Thorpe Mandeville at 10am.

WI - The WI meeting on Tuesday is at 7.30pm in the village hall. The speaker is Debbie demonstrating Zumba Gold, an opportunity to exercise the extra inches off that was gained over Christmas. Subscriptions are due at this meeting, this year it is £36.

Keep fit - The weekly classes starts again on Wednesday at 11.45am in the village hall. For more information contact Brenda Heath on 01295 660665.

Correspondent Inez Ronaldson’s address: 7 The Close, Chipping Warden


Keith Wilkins
01327 361026

Church Service - There will be a joint family service for the parishes of Everdon and Dodford on Sunday at St. Mary’s in Everdon at 11am.

Christmas Trees - Real Christmas trees will be collected between January 8 and 31. Please place next to your recycling bins or in your brown bin for the next collection on Thursday January 22.

Quiz Night - At The Plough on Tuesday at 8pm start. First quiz of the new year and another exciting rollover jackpot.

Village Correspondent - Many thanks to everybody who has contributed to this column in 2014, please continue to keep me informed of village news and events and a Happy New Year to you all.

Correspondent Keith Wilkins’ address: Bees Barn, Everdon,


Alan Watson
01327 261220

Church - There will be a special Christingle Service for children and families at 4pm on Sunday.

Eydon Players - Rehearsals for ‘Alice – The Wonderland Years’ start in the village hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday and will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the show is performed on Friday February 27 and Saturday February 28. It is not too late to be involved contact Mick on or turn up next Tuesday evening.

Correspondent Alan Watson’s address: 7 High Street, Eydon


Jenifer Fell

Church services - There will be no service in the parish church this Sunday. There will, however, be a service at Catesby at 9.30am. There will be the usual short service of prayer tomorrow (Thursday, New Year’s Day) at 9am.

Quiz Night at the Red Lion - The Christmas Eve Quiz night at the Red Lion was well attended, with five teams of varying sizes taking part as resident Brian Lee posed questions for four rounds, as well as handing round a picture quiz. The winning team were Where’s Graham, who won a bottle of wine.

May I take this opportunity of wishing all readers a very happy and peaceful New Year.

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Liz Verwoerd
01327 844727

A Big Thank You - To everyone who supported the Christmas Fayre and Santa’s Grotto on Saturday the 13th December. £520 was raised for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Macmillan. The money raised will be given to Particular thanks to Liz Garratt and Val Thompson for organising the refreshments, the stall holders, Jackie O’Neil and Sue Cross for helping with the White Elephant/selling raffle tickets. Vonne and team for creating the magical Santa’s Grotto, David Cadd, Image IT for sponsoring the banners and everyone who donated a raffle prize. If you would like to have a fundraiser for a cancer charity organised, then please contact Sara on 07718318543.

Breakfast at St Lawrence Church - Held on the first Sunday of the month from 10am at the Church Rooms, the next breakfast will be on Sunday.

United Reformed Church - The church is holding a service on Sunday at 11am - Wise men looking for Jesus - all are welcome to join.

Make It and Take It - The Library hold a monthly craft club for children from 5 to 12 years on the first Sunday of the month at 2pm. The next session will be on Sunday.

St Lawrence Church Bell Ringers - The Bells of St Lawrence’s Church have been rung since they were first installed in 1624. They need additional members to join the band. Either experienced/lapsed ringers or new recruits. They practice on a Monday evening between 7:30pm and 9pm and ring for Sunday Service and weddings in the local Benefice and beyond. Contact either Peter Clifton (Tower Captain) on 01327 842370, Jane Smith on 01327 843031 or Molly Brown on 01327 843881 for more details about bell ringing and to join them.

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Tony Wincott
01327 341767

Correspondents Note - I would like to take this opportunity to wish the residents of Weedon a Happy and Healthy 2015! Please remember to give me plenty of notice of your news and events. Can you endeavor to send me your items for publication in the Weedon section before 9am on the Monday.

Parish Councillor Vacancy’s - The deadline is fast approaching for candidates to apply. The two vacancies for parish councillors, due to recent resignations, have yet to be filled. The vacancies will be filled by co-option.  If you would like to be considered for co-option to the Council, please contact the Clerk in writing to 16 St Mary’s Way, Weedon, NN7 4QL or email your letter to before the 5th January 2015.

Weedon Link Road - Weedon Parish Council will be holding an extraordinary meeting to discuss the planning application for the Daventry Development Link Road (Flore - Weedon bypass). The meeting will be held in the Village Hall Annex on Tuesday at 7pm. This meeting is open to the general public to attend and offer comment.

Bored? - The Weedon Bec Neighborhood Plan steering group are keen to hear from the 12 – 18 year old residents in the Village.

They want you to tell them three things you would like to see happen in Weedon. So come on, put your thinking caps on and get entering. There will be a prize for the winning entry chosen at random of £20 worth of Amazon vouchers. Enter by posting your entry on their facebook page or visit You can also email in to

Refuse Collection - Remember folks this Thursday 1st January although a Public Holiday is the day to put out your refuse and recycling for collection. Grey bins!

Weedon Parish Council - The chairman and councilors of the WPC would like to wish Weedon residents a very happy and healthy New Year for 2015. The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday January 13 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall annexe.

Messy Church 2015 - The first Messy Church will be on Saturday January 10 between 10am and noon at Weedon Parish Church.

The WSA - The Chairman and Committee of The Weedon Sports Association would like to wish a happy and healthy new year to all Weedon residents and supporters of the WSA. We look forward to staging more successful Community events for you in 2015.

Mobile library - The mobile library will be in Weedon Sunday January 11. It will be calling at the usual stops as follows. Weedon Bec School 1345-1410,Newcroft /Croft Way 1415-1445 and at Riverside Court 1450-1515.

Young at Heart Group - Viv and the crew wish all Heart Support members “Young at Heart” a very Happy, Healthy 2015 and  we hope you all enjoyed the festive period. We look forward to seeing you at the meetings and walks. The first monthly meeting will be Wednesday January 14 at Weedon Village Hall. £2 donation requested for attendees at this function please. Our local community police officer will be giving advice on home security. The next skittles social evening is at the Olde Sun, Nether Heyford, Wednesday 21st meet at 7pm. Supper is just £2 per head. Viv would like to remind all that their regular walks will resume in February. More info from her at 01327 341193 of

Mens Big Brekkie - The Big Breakfasters are very pleased to announce this monthly event has raised a total of £125 towards the Church roof funds in 2015. Next BB will be last Saturday in January.

Correspondent Tony Wincott’s email address: