|Parish Council - now has its own website.
Although not yet complete, it will be the place to find all official
documents pertaining to financial and regulatory matters plus meeting agendas,
minutes etc. The new website can be
found here. Annual Parish Meeting - will be held on 15th April at 6.30 pm in the village hall. Please see here for the agenda. General Election - as you may have heard, there will be a general election on 7th May - please see here for the official notification. Local Elections - there will also be an election for our local councillor in the Weedon ward on 7th May - please see here for the official notification. Litter pick - A big thank you from Peter Wingrave, Chairman of the Parish Council, to the band of village volunteers who collected all this rubbish (30 bags in all) from the road sides in our parish on Saturday 21st March. Virtually all of this had been dropped by people passing through on the country lanes. The village was relatively clean. National Plant Survey - a government backed scheme is looking for volunteers to monitor plant life across the UK to try and assess how they are coping with environmental changes. If you fancy helping, you can read more here and here and see the official poster is here. Daventry & District Over Fifties Forum - regularly hold meetings to interest people with more free time on their hands; their website can be found here.
Northants C C have issued the latest edition of Trading Standards News – it includes
details of recent work that has been concluded and advice on how our community
can better protect themselves. To read it, click here. Incidentally, there are many County Council services now available online - see here for details. Their March newsletter (In Northamptonshire) can be found here.
The Northamptonshire Association for the Blind - have an array of gadgets etc to make life easier for people with poor eyesight. To see their website, click here. Canal and River Trust - December newsletter can be found here - their website is here. Police warning on rural crimes - there has been an increase recently in the number of thefts from outbuildings etc. particularly horse owner's tack. Click here for more detail and other police warnings here. Waste and recycling centre opening times - See here for full information. Faster Broadband - We can now get fibre broadband. People in the village now have considerably increased speeds compared with ADSL. If interested, go on to your ISP website and enter your phone number to see if you're able to transfer. The official Northants CC interactive map can be accessed here. The most recent Northants CC newsletter (No.15 published in March 2015) can be found here. Switch on to cheaper energy - DDC are introducing a scheme which could lead to cheaper energy bills through people using collective purchasing power. Click here to read about how the scheme will work and how to register without obligation. Report environmental issues - DDC have undertaken to deal promptly with matters of fly-tipping, unremoved posters, dog mess etc if we report it to them. To read more about the process, click here. Bus Service - the service runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays into Northampton leaving at 9.37 am from the Green and returning at 1.00 pm from Northampton: details of the service can be found here. Northants CC - have introduced an online facility to apply for and renew bus passes and blue badges for disabled parking. The facility will be available 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. See here for information on bus passes and here for blue badges. Carers - if you're caring for someone with a disability or dementia, you might be interest in respite care offered by Vitalise. See their poster here and their website here. M1 Roadworks - work is being done on the central reservation and strengthening the hard shoulder in preparation for four lane operation between Junctions 19 and 16 which is estimated to be complete by July 2015. See here for the initial letter and here for road closure times during March. No doubt there'll be extra traffic on the A5 during these closures. Whilton Warblers - recently performed a concert in the Church and photos of the singers rehearsing can be found here. If you fancy joining the group which meets during term time on Tuesdays at 7.15 pm in the Church, ring Linda on 842034 (or email). 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 Daventry Museum has a
brilliant WW1 exhibition including two WW1 specialists on hand and able to carry
out both local and nationwide genealogy searches for anyone wanting more
information of lost loved ones. More detail here.
Captain Henry Reynolds VC - we are proud that a one-time village resident who won the Victoria Cross in 1917 during the First World War for gallantry under heavy fire, will be further honoured by having a commemorative paving stone laid in recognition of his bravery. Daventry District Council is planning to lay the stone in September 2017 in a location to be decided. The Whilton Local History Society discussed the life of Henry Reynolds and the other men from Whilton who fought in the First World War at the meeting on 12th September. A45 Daventry Development Link Road - for more information on this, including maps showing minor amendments to the previous planned route see here.
Emergency planning - Northants County Council are recruiting people for their Emergency Response Corps – a group
of trained volunteers who assist in the event of an emergency. They
are also encouraging residents to look at advice for preparing for emergencies
such as flooding in their home or community. For more information, see here.
Police and Crime Commissioner - the latest PCC Newsletter (Winter 2015) can be found here.
The Whilton Bake Off - was held on 3rd August last year 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. School volunteers - Northants County Council is encouraging people to get involved with their local schools in their spare time. If you're interested, see here for more information. The Carers Partnership have been working on a
Carers Newspaper publication which is in the process of being delivered out and
about Northamptonshire. The newspaper is aimed at hidden or hard to reach
Carers that they have not previously been in touch with, particularly rural
communities. To read it, click here. Keep fit - jogging - are you interested in helping to run, or forming a new jogging group - see here for more details. Library Volunteers wanted - the local library depends very much on the help of local volunteers. If you're interested in helping, you can read a little more 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.
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.
Great Brington - Kimbell's Field
- the good people of Gt Brington have recently opened their refurbished pavilion at Kimbell's
I understand that the sports field is available for the use of Whilton folk
provided Brington people are involved to some extent. For more
information, please contact Ian Dexter on 01604 771353.Northants CC has built links with community websites in the area and they have created a map on their site with links to all the other local sites in the area - see the map here. They have also created a mobile version of their site to allow people to access it from their smartphones - you can download the app here. There is a 'street doctor' page where members of the public can report road faults and problems - check it out here. This should be used rather than reporting problems to our Parish Council. The contact number for general enquiries is now 0300 126 1000. For other ways to contact the County Council, click here.
Daventry Job Club
- Are you looking for a job or do you know someone who is? Daventry
Job Club offers guidance and support for job-seekers. They have regular meetings in the town - see here for their website.Age UK (formerly Age Concern) - are now running the Lifetime Prevention Development Project. The aim of this
Project is to provide a service to the older people of Northamptonshire to help
them look after themselves, participate fully as active members of their local
communities, choose and receive the type of help they need, when they need it
and remain safe and secure while enjoying a good quality
life. They can come out to
talk and engage with various groups, arrange lunch clubs and so on to see what people
want in South Northamptonshire and how they are able to deliver it. As you will
see from the attached leaflet they can offer a wide range of varied and
stimulating courses and activities.
DACT Travel Club - Daventry District Council is supporting DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) in promoting their Travel
Club Concept which they wish to expand into as many villages as possible within
the District of Daventry. Some villages
are already enjoying this useful service for residents enabling them to have
affordable means of transport for shopping trips and access to facilities in
nearby towns etc. Whether it’s sporting
facilities for the youth or retired people going out to lunch, the service is
especially useful if there is no viable means of public transport which is the case
in Whilton. For more information, read
the explanatory letter from DACT here and see their poster here. If you are interested in playing a part in such a club and improving our local transport facilities, contacts for the members of the Parish Council are here.
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 independent local resident Tom Price.
If you've not visited the site recently you might be interested to know that we've introduced some new items. You can now find the current newsletter and previous editions going back to mid 2007. On the Parish Council page you will be able to find notices of forthcoming meetings and minutes of previous ones. The Parish Design Statement has been formally adopted by Daventry District Council as a supplementary planning document - you can see it here.
e were awarded 1st place in the East Midlands in Bloom competition (small village category) with 161 points out of a possible 200. We are now holders of the Silver Rose Bowl and we also received a silver gilt standard certificate to join the others hanging in the village hall. In their report the Judges stated "the residents of Whilton continue to maintain very high standards in the presentation of private and public areas. We were impressed with all aspects of the judging tour of the village which typifies most people’s idea of English rural life."