Wind farm at Watford
- there will be a DDC planning meeting on 23rd April to discuss this planning application.  Members of the public are invited to attend and register objections to the proposal - see here for more detail.

Litter pick - this annual event will be on Saturday 26th April.  Meet at the village Green at 10.00am - all equipment and bags will be provided.  Please come along and help keep our village clean and tidy.

Elections in May - voting will be on 22nd May for both European representation (details here) and local councillors (details here).  Remember you can't vote unless you're on the electoral register - you have until 6th May to apply.

Daventry Arts Festival - takes place this year between 5th and 20th July.  If you, or your society, would like to be a part of this project (eg you're a knitter, photographer, musician etc) see here for more details and contact information.

Faster Broadband 
- We can now get faster broadband.  People in the village have speeds of 13 Mbps.  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.10 published in December 2013) can be found here.

Northants-CC-LogoEmergency 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.

Other recent additions - village spring newsletterevents through until the end of February, Church services for April and May, a write-up of the Local History Society January meeting 'Roughmoor through eight centuries', the Parish Council minutes for the meeting held on 12th March and the schedule of meetings to the end of 2014.

M1 Roadworks
- these will require night time and occasionally full closure between Junctions 18 and 16 southbound and during closure times, the A5 will be probably the diversion route with obvious increased traffic flow.  However, the contactors have found some issues during excavation works and the scheme has now been delayed whilst a solution is found.  The expected completion date for the scheme is now 3 May 2014 and the proposed dates of the full closures will be confirmed shortly.  To read the background, click here.

Police and Crime Commissioner - the latest PCC Newsletter can be found here.

Whilton Warblers - fancy joining a local community singing group?  You'll be interested to hear that the Whilton Warblers meet on Tuesdays at 7.15 pm in the Church.  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. For more information, ring Linda on 842034.

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.

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.  In the meantime, the Government has launched a national competition open to everyone to design the paving stones that will be used across the country: entries need to be submitted electronically to VCdesigncomp@communities.gsi.gov.uk.  The Whilton Local History Society will be looking at the life of Henry Reynolds and the other men from Whilton who fought in the First World War, but this will be later, when we commemorate the War.  The Daventry Express recently published an article about Capt Reynolds - to read it, click 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.

The Northamptonshire Association for the Blind - have an array of gadgets etc to make life easier for people with poor eyesight.  For more information, click 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.

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.

Allotments available - there are two half plots available now - see here for more details.

Bus Service - we have only one bus per week into Northampton on Wednesday leaving at 9.37 from the Green and returning at 12.45: details of the service can be found here.

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 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 hereThere 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.

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."

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