Neighbourhood news

Each week our correspondents send us the latest news from villages around Daventry.

Aston le Walls

Sue Ball

01295 660489

Aston Le Walls Film Club – The first ‘Final Friday’ film will be screened tomorrow, Friday January 30. Doors open 7.15pm, film commences at 7.30pm.

The film is ‘The Way, Way Back’ and entrance is £6 to £5 for members and includes puds and coffee served after the film.

Booking is not essential but helps with catering.

Call Jo Wilson on 01295 660376 for more information and to book.

Aston Le Walls with Appletree WI – we are a friendly group of ladies hoping to welcome some new members.

We meet at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month in the village hall.

We are eager to dispel the myth that WI is only about ‘jam and Jerusalem’ and have an interesting calendar of speakers, together with additional social events over the year.

We welcome visitors, men and women to most of our monthly meetings for a small charge, and hope to see you at our February meeting on Tuesday 10.

Please see our page the website for more information, contact details, etc.

Correspondent Sue Ball’s address: 20 Butlers Close, Aston le Walls


Geoff Pullin

01327 871806

The Tip - The opening hours of the Browns Road site will change from Sunday to 10am to 6pm daily, except that it will now be closed every Wednesday and Thursday.

The decision was made by the county council to reduce costs.

Let’s hope the district council doesn’t have to clear increased fly-tipping!

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

Photo Club – On Wednesday from 7.45pm in the village hall, Ian Andrew will present A Touch of Nature.

For further information, contact the secretary on 01327 876370.

Mobile library – The next visit will be at The Green by The Maltsters from 4.40pm to 5pm on Thursday, February 5.

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


Rosemary Sheppy

01327 261270

Parish Church – On Sunday there will be a Holy Communion service at 9.30am.

Methodist Church – On Sunday there will be Sunday School at 10.30am and Mrs Hazel Stagg will lead Evening Service at 6pm.

Jubilee Field Working Party – will be meeting on Sunday February 1 from 10.30am to 12.30pm to continue with job of tidying the field and you will be most welcome to help so why not come along.

For more detail contact Linda on 01327260211, Kaz on 07964866968 or Pam on 01327-260133.

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


Chris Grossart

01788 890491

Café Boat – The Gongoozler’s Rest Café Boat will re-open today (Thursday) and Avril, Fiona, Jackie and the crew will be ready to welcome you again.

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Cinema Club – On Saturday 31 at 7.30pm in the village hall you can watch “The Hundred Steps”.

Tickets: £4 members or £6 non-members. Email : or call/text 07989 421836.

A limited number of tickets are usually available at the door.

Women’s Institute – Braunston WI meets in the village hall on Tuesday February 3 at 7.30pm. The evening’s talk will be by Andrew Alsop about the magistrate’s courts.

Andrew will present us with a mock trial, so if you fancy deciding ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ come along and join us.

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


Angela Weller -

Acting correspondent

01327 260022

John Caldwell RIP – The village has lost yet another stalwart.

John passed away at home early last week, just a few months shy of his 90th birthday, having been in declining health for some time.

His funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday) at Holy Cross church in Byfield at 3pm.

John will be remembered by many for his long and dedicated service to Holy Cross church and to the village hall management committee.

Our condolences to Ann, Simon, Becky and Ben.

Village Club – Members are reminded of the meeting tomorrow evening (Friday) at 8pm to look at plans for the future of the club and to renew memberships.

Men’s Breakfast – This Saturday at 8.30am in the lower annex of the village hall. The talk will be on the Spires and Squires of Northamptonshire.

Holy Cross – Church services for this Sunday; 8.30am Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer.

Lunch Club – Lunch will be available in the village hall on Wednesday February 4 for £4 for two courses.

Please try to arrive by 12.15pm for a 12.30pm serving. Open to all.

200 Club – The January winners of the Holy Cross 200 Club were Peter Bickley and Debbie Lewis.

Anyone who is not yet a member and wishes to join at £12 for the year should contact Chris Cross on 260764.

Beetle and Puddings – Wednesday February 11 at 7pm in the village hall.

A beetle drive with an interval for trying as many puddings as you can.

Sulgrave Manor and the Washington family – An illustrated talk with hot supper on Wednesday February 18. Tickets, £8, available from Fiveways Filling Station or ring 01327 260244, 260761 or 260022.

Correspondent Angela Weller’s address and email: 18 Church Street, Byfield,

Canons Ashby

Laura Malpas

Time Well Spent – Like many other charities the National Trust depends on the enthusiasm and hard work of large numbers of volunteers.

Despite this long-standing tradition it is still astounding to realise how the numbers add up, even at a local level.

Canons Ashby has great pleasure in announcing that this years’ Long Service Awards, given to volunteers in recognition of their commitment, tallies up to 285 hours collectively.

Overall volunteers at Canons Ashby have donated a whopping 23,000 hours of their time in 2014.

Time spent as a volunteer at this historic site is not all about guiding visitors through rooms; for some volunteering offers the chance to flex or learn skills, but for most it is an important opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

“The volunteers here sometimes seem to reflect characteristics of the house – a warmly welcoming mix of styles and ages.”

For more info on volunteering at Canons Ashby please call 01327 861900 or visit the Join In page at


Graham White

100 Club – The 100 club draws for November and December were drawn at the Carol Service on Sunday December 21.

The lucky winners were: Mrs T Willoughby with No 11 being drawn, and Mrs P. Middleton with No 40 being drawn.

Tea and Meet – A reminder that the next tea and Meet will take place Friday February 13 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, in the village hall.

Also at the Meeting on Friday March 13, PCSO Jane Coaley will being coming along to talk about her duties.

Church Services – The church services in the Knightley Parishes for Sunday February 1 will be: 8.30am, Ante-Communion at Preston Capes; 9.30am, Holy Communion at Newnham; 11am, Holy Communion at Badby; 6pm, Evensong in Charwelton Chapel.

Holy Baptism – The baptism of Jack George Mumford, son of Robert Mumford and Emma Friswell took place during the 9.30am Holy Communion on Sunday January 25. It was a great pleasure to welcome so many of baby Jack’s family and friends to the church.

Correspondent Graham White’s address: 8 Church Street, Charwelton

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Inez Ronaldson

01295 660289

St Peter & St Pauls – The Benefice and Holy communion service on Sunday is at Sulgrave.

Women’s Institute – The February WI meeting on Tuesday is at 7.30pm in the village hall.

The speakers are Graham Hottom and Kevin Boardman telling “How to care for the elderly with dignity”.

The competition is Piggy bank/money box/jewellery box.

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


Keith Wilkins

01327 361026

Church Service – On Sunday February 1 there will be a family service at Dodford at 11am. There will not be a service at Everdon.

Mobile Library – The mobile library will be calling at Stubbs Road on Thursday February 5 from 6pm to 6.20pm.

Parish Council – This month’s meeting of the parish council will be held on February 2nd at 7pm in the village hall. A week earlier than scheduled due to the installation of a new heating system in the hall.

The agenda will be displayed on the village notice board.

Residents and members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

All enquires to the council should be directed to the parish clerk, on 01327 310864 or

Pub Quiz – The next of the regular quiz nights at the Plough will be on Tuesday February 3. 8pm start. Cash prizes.

NHS Health Check – Over 40 and under 74. Don’t miss out on your free NHS midlife MOT.

To book your health check contact your GP or log on to

Correspondent Keith Wilkins’ address: Bees Barn, Everdon,


Alan Watson

01327 261220

St Nicholas Church – There will be a service of Holy Communion (BCP) next Sunday at 9am, and a family service at 10.30am.

The Blue Road – The Midlands based Blues/Rock Power Trio will play a concert at Eydon Village Hall on Saturday January 31 at 8pm.

Tickets priced £7 are available from Andy at 28 High Street. Proceeds in aid of village hall funds.

Eydon Camera Club – Have a meeting on Tuesday February 3 (tbc); please contact Carol on 261262.

Eydon Players – Tickets for the Players’ next production, Alice – The Wonderland Years at Eydon Village Hall on Friday February 27 and Saturday February 28 at 7.30pm, are now on sale at £6 each from Sue McRoberts on 01327 261068.

Snowdrop Sunday – Is Sunday February 8 at St Nicholas Church.

Visit the display of Snowdrops in the churchyard and come and join us for teas in the church from 2pm to 4.30pm.

All proceeds in aid of St Nicholas.

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


Jenifer Fell

Church Services – There will be no Sunday service this weekend in the parish church.

A Holy Communion service will be held at Catesby at 9.30am on that day, February 1.

There will be the usual short service of prayer this morning, (Thursday) at the parish church at 9am. Visitors are always made welcome at any of the services.

Correspondent Jenifer Fell’s address: Haseldene, Hellidon

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Liz Verwoerd

01327 844727

Country Market Celebrates Valentines Day – The Village Market is open every Thursday from 9am to 11 am at the Community Centre in Station Road.

The market sells delicious home baked cakes, savouries, ready meals, preserves, and local eggs and honey.

It also sells handmade cards, gifts, home wear, accessories, children’s items, books and refreshments.

The market is holding special Valentine’s Day events on February 5 and 12. They will be selling Valentine’s Day gifts, decorations and cards.

There will also be a wedding photo quiz. So go along and have a browse and enjoy a cup of tea and a cake.

Long Buckby Twinning Group – The twinning group is thriving and they need some more hosts for the May 1 to 4 as there are several French families who would like to take part in the weekend.

They organize a number of activities over the weekend, including a whole day out with a picnic and a supper and dance.

If anyone is interested please phone Fiona White on 01327 842832 or Chris Myers on 01327 842892.

St Lawrence Bell Ringers – St Lawrence Bell Ringers need additional bell ringers to join their band.

Either experienced or new recruits are welcome.

They practice on a Monday evening between 7.30pm and 9pm.

If you are interested and would like any additional information please contact any of the following who would be pleased to hear from you. Peter Clifton (tower captain) 01327 842370 or Jane Smith on 01327 843031 or Molly Brown on 01327 833881.

Darby and Joan Club – The club holds regular social meetings and outings for anyone aged 50 or over.

The meetings are held on alternate Tuesdays at the Community Centre from 2.30pm to 4pm.

If you are interested in joining contact Chris Berry on 01327 843307 or email

Bugle Carol Singers – On December 19 the Bugle Carole Singers visited several pubs, clubs and restaurants in Long Buckby raising money for the Northampton Associated for the Accommodation for the Single Homeless, (NAASH).

In the course of the evening a total of £140 was raised which has been sent to NAASH.


Newnham Primary School

Church News – Our service on Sunday will be contemporary Communion (ie standard rather than traditional words ) at 9.30am. All are welcome.

Snowdrop Sunday – On Sunday February 15 we shall be holding our Snowdrop Sunday.

Weather permitting there should be a wonderful display of snowdrops throughout the Village, especially in the churchyard and surrounding verges, the Woodland Trust area, and at the Nuttery.

There will be a nominal charge for church funds.

Teas/coffee and homemade cakes will be available in the village hall from 2pm.

Coffee Morning – In aid of the Newnham Guides annual census fee which will cost them £675 (£25 per head).

This will take place on Saturday February 7 10am until noon in Newnham village hall.

We hope to have a tombola, raffle, cake stall and craft stalls to make it a very pleasant morning to come and have a cuppa with us.

We also have space for a couple more craft/gift style stalls if there is anyone interested in taking one please ring 01327 705893.

Any donations of goods to sell or suitable for the tombola are very welcome but we would really like to see you there too!

Correspondent address and email: Newnham Primary School, School Hill, Newnham,

preston Capes

Penny Eves

Church Services – On Sunday at Preston Capes church: Matins at 9.30am.

Village Hall Events 2015 – Village hall fundraising events for this year include quiz nights on February 21 and September 12, plus the annual cook out on July 18. On March 21 you can enjoy brunch at the village hall, followed by the opportunity to watch Six Nations Rugby on the “big screen”.

Additionally, the village hall bar will be open from noon on the first Sunday of each month (except June, when it will be open on May 31) and from 7.30pm on the second Friday of each month (excluding June).

weedon bec

Tony Wincott

01327 341767

Mens Big Brekkie! – Fancy a super full cooked for a fiver? The Men’s Big Breakfast continues in 2015 with their first meet being Saturday January 31 at 8.30am in the Chapter House.

Booking is requested to avoid food wastage and the person to call is Tony on 341767 or email to

Our guest speaker following the breakfast will be Bell Captain of Weedon tower Brian Foley.

He will give a talk on campanology and those attending will have the chance to ring a bell.

Look forward to welcoming a few new scoffers as well. All surplus moneys raised go towards the church roof fund.

WSA Quiz – This is stacking up to be a great event. Still room to squeeze in a few more folk though.

Venue as usual this Friday evening at the village hall. 7.30pm for a start at 8pm. Pay bar available and tickets at £5 per person include “Sues Chilli Supper”.

These quizzes are always an entertaining and enjoyable fund raiser for the WSA so come and give the grey cells an airing!

Teams to a max of six persons bookable in advance please.

Call Tony on 01327 341767 or Sue on 07710 235238 to advise. This helps with catering arrangements too!

Open Church – Your parish church St Peter & St Paul is holding three “Open Days” starting this coming Saturday. Starting at 8.30am. Through til 4pm.

Also to celebrate Candlemas on Monday February 2 and St Werburgh’s Day on Tuesday February 3 the church will be open daily between 10am and 4 pm.

The church dating back to Norman times is steeped in history and well worth a visit.

Refreshements will be available with soup and rolls for the lunch period.

Books and cards are on sale so pop in for a chat or if you prefer just some quite reflection time.

Senior Citizen’s Party Group – The committee will be meeting at the village hall annex today (Thursday)at 7.30pm.

This is a debrief meet for the last event and to organise the fund raising for 2015 party.

Do you want to get involved with this community focused group? Just pop along to the meeting and find out more or call John on 341050.

Housing Survey – Make sure you have your say. Every home in Weedon should have received a letter from DDC regarding their Housing Survey.

The Parish Council are very keen that as many residents of Weedon as possible complete and return the survey. It can also be completed easily online.

All local authorities have a statutory duty to assess housing need within their area as per the 1985 Housing Act.

Nationally there is a significant shortfall in provision of housing compared with the level of need. To try and understand the need at a parish level, this number needs to be broken down further.

This is why the DDC is conducting this important survey which will help identify whether the area needs market housing, affordable housing or both.

Although the survey report on its own will not be used as a tool to develop housing, it could be used as an evidence base to underpin a planning application, should one be submitted.

The information will be included in the Weedon Neighbourhood Plan.

Please try and complete the survey before the closing date Friday, February 6.

Allotments – Fancy a bit of the Good Life?

Some allotment plots have become available in Weedon.

Details of location and rents are available from Sue Halkett 01327 241057 or

Weedon Scout Group

The Weedon Scouts have had a very successful 2014 and the Beaver Colony (aged six to eight years) and Cub Pack (aged eight to 10 years) are both full and running with a small waiting list. Scouts (aged 10 to 14 years) are doing well and in September they started an Explorers unit (aged 14 to 18 years). The group has expanded very quickly over the last four years and now they urgently need adult helpers and leaders to be enable the group to continue. Helping involves about one to two hours weekly depending of the age of the children, If you would like to get involved think carefully as to whether you could help us in any way.

After all the progress made it would be a shame to have to close down some of the sections through lack of adult help and lose another youth facility for Weedon village.

If you are interested please call or email the Weedon group scout leader, George Bushell on 07860 169284 or 01327 342528.

Parish Council – The February Council Meeting will be held next Tuesday February 3 starting 7.30pm in the Village Hall Annex.

Members of the public and residents of Weedon are most welcome to attend and there is a 15 minute open forum at the meeting head where these folk can speak.

For full details of the parish council please visit or for information contact the clerk Sue Halkett on 341057.

Young at Heart Group – The regular walks continue with Harlestone Walk on February 17. Meet at Harlestone Village Church car park for 10.30am. This is rated a Grade B with moderate hills and stiles. Leader is Viv Crouch.

The next Nordic walk is Monday February 23 at 2pm. Meet at Draycote Visitors’ Centre for the Draycote Reservoir walk. Leader is again Viv Crouch.

The Feb monthly meeting is at Weedon Village Hall Wednesday February 11 at 7.30pm. This will be an evening of shortmat bowls and table tennis. A contribution of £2 is requested for this event.

A trip is arranged for March 21 to Camden Town, London. Booking is essential and the trip is £20 per person. More info and details about the group are available from Viv on 01327 341193 or

Mobile Library – The mobile library will be in Weedon on Sunday February 8.

It will be calling at the usual stops as follows; Weedon Bec School 1.45pm to 2.10pm;Newcroft /Croft Way 2.15pm to 2.45pm; and at Riverside Court 2.50 to 3.15.

NOTE: From March the library will call on the third Sunday of each month starting on March 15. This is due to NCC merging the routes to ensure your service remains sustainable.

Did you know that there is a free service for those who are disabled, infirmed or age prevents them from visiting either the mobile library or the main library? This is called the Home Library Service. Details can be obtained by calling 0300 126 10 00 or emailing

Weedon Footie – Bit of a mixed bag of results for the Juniors this week but the Senior first team had a good win! Weedon 3 Corby Pegasus 0. Juniors results are: Kingsthorpe Jets Under 11s 0 Weedon Under 11s 1; Weedon Red Under 8s 1 Hackleton Under 8s 7; Weedon Gold Under 8s 2 Blisworth Under 8s 0; Weedon Under 7s 1 Drayton Grange Under 7s 1; Weedon Under 7s 0 Grange Park Blue Under 7s 3.

Correspondent Tony Wincott’s email address:

woodford halse

Woodford Halse C.E Primary School

Church Services – On Sunday February 1 there will be a Service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church at 11am.

Services in the Fiveways Benefice are, 8.30am BCP Communion at Byfield; 9.30am parish Communion at Boddington; 10.30am family service at Eydon; and 6pm evening prayer at Aston-le-Walls.

Correspondent address: High Street, Woodford Halse