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Recent additions to the site - village spring newsletter, events through until the end of May, Church services for May and June, a write-up of the Local History Society  meeting in April 'Chuck Away the Chintz' and the Parish Council approved minutes for the meeting held on 9th March.  A newsletter from the police warning of the latest scams etc.  The schedule of Gardeners' Association meetings for the year ahead.  Big changes - New Parish Councillors. (Official stuff)

 
Gardeners' Association - a reminder that the next meeting will be on Wednesday 1st June at 7.30 pm in the village hall.  The subject will be "Texture and Foliage in the Garden" a talk by Brian Ellis from Avondale Nursery in Coventry.  Non-members welcome for a fee of £3.
 
Tea and cakes - will be available in the Church on Saturday 11th June between 3.00 and 4.30 pm to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.
 
Aviva Women's Cycling Tour - Stage 5 will pass through our locality on 19th June (see route). The tour will feature some of the world’s best women cyclists and it is hoped that people will line the route to cheer them on.  Accordingly, DDC is encouraging community groups to put on an event to mark the occasion and will offer grants of up to £200 to cover any up-front costs.  They are happy for community groups to partner up with local businesses as long as the community group benefits from a share of any profits that arise from the event.
 
If you are interested in putting on a community event, please use this application form. The deadline is Wednesday 8th June, but earlier submissions are encouraged.  They will respond to all applications within 3 days and if successful, will pay the grant into the community group’s bank account in advance of the event.
 
Any further queries, contact Tim Cantwell on 01327 302312 or email.
 
EU Referendum - on 23rd June we have the opportunity to decide on remaining or not in the European Union - see here to ensure you are entitled to vote and the deadlines for postal votes.
 
Referendum debate - will be held on 2nd June between Emma Reynolds MP and Chris Heaton-Harris MP with an opportunity for audience questions.  See here for more information and here to book a free place in the audience.
 
Northamptonshire Association for the Blind - next visits Daventry on the 15th June when, to raise awareness of National Diabetes Week, they will be accompanied by the NHS Diabetic Screening Service. See here for more information.
 
 
Northants CC -  have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of their need for more adoptive families across Northamptonshire.  You can read the press release here and more information is here.
 
Parking at Long Buckby station - parking charges now apply at the railway station.  The cost is £4 per day - more detail here.
 
Dog mess - Daventry District Council has introduced a new Public Space Protection Order across Daventry District from 1st December.  This contains new enforcement powers to tackle dog fouling. You can read the notice here and see the DDC website article here.
 
Bus Service - runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays into Northampton leaving at 9.37 am from The Green and returning at 12.45 pm from Northampton.  Details of the service can be found here.
 
Northamptonshire Carers - publish a monthly bulletin which is aimed at hidden or hard to reach carers that they have not previously been in touch with, particularly in rural communities.  To read the January edition, click here. Previous editions can be found 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.  The new website can be found 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.  You can see a webcam shot of live activity here.
 
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 here.
 
Daventry & District Over Fifties Forum - regularly hold meetings to interest people with more free time on their hands; their latest newsletter (May) is here and their website can be found here.
 
 
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Northants C C have issued edition 9 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 May newsletter (In Northamptonshire) can be found here.

 

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 (2014) newsletter can be found here - their website is here.

 
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.
 
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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.
 
 
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Northants CC - have introduced an online facility to apply for and renew bus passes and blue badges for disabled parking.  The facility is 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.
 
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 7.15 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.  The museum website is here.

 

DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) - is a charitable organisation wholly supported by grants, donations and the dedication of volunteers.  Consequently, they are able to provide transport services at costs substantially less than most alternative forms of fare paying transport.  They can provide door-to-door transport to individuals or groups in local communities who can't use mainstream public transport allowing them to access work, training and social activities.  See here for their website.  They also provide excursion trips and their brochure for May - August 2016 is 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.

 
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 - some time ago, the good people of Gt Brington recently opened their refurbished pavillion at Kimbell's Field.  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 or 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 - 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 their website they can offer a wide range of varied and stimulating courses and activities.
 
 
 
 
The history of Whilton - "Living in the Gap" a book covering the history of Whilton from 1,000 to 2,000 AD is now available.  If you would like to buy a copy (281 pages at £12.99) the 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.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
You might be interested to know that in 2008 we 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."