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Watford Road Closed - 7th December

Posted by Webmaster on December 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Centurion Site Services are requiring to close a section of the Watford Road for one day on the 7th December 2016 between 09.30 and 15.00. This is to allow Network Rail to carry out repairs to the bridge structure between Langborough Farm and Bridge House Farm.

A plan showing the closure can be viewed here


Christmas 2016 waste and recycling collections

Posted by Webmaster on December 5, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Christmas 2016 waste and recycling collections

Households are encouraged to find out more about arrangements for waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

All collections will take place on their usual days over Christmas and New Year, including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and on the public bank holidays after Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Black bins will continue to be collected as normal on their fortnightly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as excess side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Brown bins will be suspended for two weeks from Monday, 26 December and Saturday, 7 January inclusive. This will enable crews to focus on collecting extra recycling. Please refer to your collections calendar as to when your brown bin will be collected next.

Recycling boxes and food bins will continue to be collected weekly for all households on their usual collection day.

Large cardboard will be collected for two weeks from Monday, 26 December and Saturday, 7 January inclusive.

If you have large cardboard and it won’t fit in your recycling box, please flatten it as much as possible and place next to your boxes on your collection day. Please do not place it inside another cardboard box.

Extra recycling can also be put out for collection over Christmas.

If you have more recycling than your boxes can hold, please continue to sort your items and place them into clear or white bags next to your boxes (not black or green sacks).

Don’t forget that you can recycle a range of festive items, including Christmas cards, wrapping paper, sweet tins and drinks bottles.

Real Christmas trees will be collected on your scheduled brown bin collection day from 8 January for a four-week period. Please break it up and put it into your brown bin or place next to your recycling boxes. Alternatively take it to your local household waste recycling centre ¬– you can find your nearest at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees and they are only collected from households, not businesses or other premises.

Check your collection calendar – new waste and recycling calendars were sent to households in October, featuring bin collection dates for the next two years up to June 2018. If you have not received this calendar you can find the information and check your collection day on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling or call us on 01327 871100.

Reporting a missed bin over Christmas and New Year

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Eve, reopening on Tuesday, 3 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk

Get some top tips for reducing your rubbish this Christmas at www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk

Christmas opening hours at DDC

Daventry District Council will be closing its offices over Christmas and New Year from Christmas Eve until Tuesday, 3 January.

Essential services, such as waste and recycling collections and street cleaning, will continue over Christmas and arrangements will continue to be in place in the event of an emergency.

The Council offices will close as normal at 4:30pm on Friday 23 December, reopening at 9am on Tuesday, 3 January.

The offices in Lodge Road will still be open to visitors of Jobcentre Plus and Northamptonshire County Council’s Children’s and Young People’s Service, which will each operate different working hours over Christmas.

The Abbey Resource Centre in St John’s Square, Daventry, will be closed from 24 December until 28 December. When it re-opens on 28 December, through until 30 December, it will close at 5:00pm each day. The Abbey will also be closed on Monday, 2 January 2017.

More information on all the arrangements will be updated in the run-up to Christmas at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/christmas

Do it online over the festive break

While the council offices may be closed over the Christmas period, residents can continue to access a range of information and services on the website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk

People can make a range of service requests using the self-serve system, including ordering new bins or recycling boxes, requesting an area be litter picked or requesting a parking permit.

A number of issues can also be reported online, including missed bin collections, fly-tipping, dog fouling, noise complaints and anti-social behaviour.

The website also includes an interactive mapping service, allowing people to see the latest planning applications in their area, to find their polling station at election time, check on local conservation and tree preservation orders and to see local facilities and amenities including schools, shops and leisure services.

People can also sign up for one of our customer accounts, allowing them to keep up to date with their Council Tax, housing benefit information and Business Rates online.

Payments can also be made online and can also be made over the phone out-of-hours by calling 01327 302303.


WEA Long Buckby Course: Behind the Iron Curtain

Posted by Webmaster on November 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Behind the Iron Curtain: Life in Eastern Europe under Communism is a 9 week course beginning Wednesday 18th January 2017, 2:30 to 4:15pm, in the Long Buckby Community Centre.

The tutor, David Price, will look at aspects of life in the ‘Warsaw Pact’ countries, the restrictions on freedom, the ‘secret police’, propaganda & the arts, but also how ordinary people lived: work, leisure, entertainment – and even shopping!

The fee for the course is £52 (free if you qualify).

For more information contact Joan Holah: 01604 770030 or jholah@aol.com


Council's proposals to safeguard iconic red telephone boxes

Posted by Webmaster on November 17, 2016 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Daventry District Council (DDC) looks set to oppose plans to remove iconic red telephone boxes in villages across the District.



BT has contacted the Council with proposals to remove 49 phone boxes in total from around Daventry District, 16 of which are the traditional red ‘K6’ telephone boxes.



After initially consulting parishes and other interested individuals, the Council has now published the first draft of its official response to BT’s proposals and is encouraging residents to give their views on it.



The Council plans to object to the removal of all 16 red telephone boxes on the grounds that they are important to the District’s heritage. It has also applied to Historic England to grant the majority of them listed status to help protect them in the future. DDC may however agree for BT to decommission eight of the red boxes if they are adopted by the local parish councils or residents.



The Council also plans to agree to the removal of 22 modern phone boxes proposed by BT, but objects to the other 11, either because the call levels suggest there is a demand in the area they are in and they provide a valuable local resource, or they are located in areas where mobile phone reception is poor.



The initial draft response – known as the First Notification – can be viewed on the Council’s website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation. People have until 5pm on Wednesday, December 21 give their feedback. Councillors will then consider a final response to BT at its Strategy Group meeting in January.



Councillor Alan Hills, Daventry District Council Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: “Red phone boxes are iconic features in many of our villages and form part of our District’s distinct heritage so we believe they should all be kept and protected.



“We also looked at all of the modern phone boxes listed by BT for removal and the numbers of calls made from them. It’s apparent that they are still an important community resource in some areas. Also, some are in places with poor mobile reception and may be important for emergency calls. However, it seems that some others could be removed without any real harm.



“We would encourage those with an interest in these issues to give their views before the consultation deadline to ensure they have had their say.”


You can view the full document and download a feedback form at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation



People can reply by post to Local Strategy Service, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP.



About K6 red phone boxes.


Red phone boxes are instantly recognisable internationally as an iconic design symbol of 20th century British architecture. The red K6 phone boxes were designed by the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) and were produced in 1935 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. This model was the first public telephone to be installed nationwide. Gilbert-Scott is also famous for designing Battersea Power Station, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Cambridge University Library and orchestrating the repairs to the House of Commons following WWII bomb damage.



The 16 K6 red phone boxes proposed by BT for removal are located in the following villages: Charwelton, Church Brampton, Cold Ashby, Coton, Cottesbrooke, Hanging Houghton, Holdenby, Long Buckby, Newnham, Nobottle, Old, Onley, Sibbertoft, Spratton, Staverton and Winwick.




Posted by Webmaster on November 7, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)



Note: this letter is being sent to all parishes in the District. BT’s proposals do not involve telephone boxes in every parish, however in some cases parishioners could be adversely affected by payphone removal in another parish, hence we are notifying all parishes.


BT has written to Daventry District Council as part of their formal consultation process on public payphone removal.


BT states that public payphone usage overall has reduced by 90% in the last decade and that about 98% of the UK has either 3G or 4G coverage, meaning that as long there is network coverage it is possible to make emergency calls even when there is no credit or no coverage with individuals own mobile provider.


BT is offering an opportunity for parishes to adopt traditional red ‘heritage’ telephone boxes for £1. If your parish would like to consider this route, further information is available here


The schedule attached sets out all of the boxes that BT is proposing to remove. DDC is considering how to respond to the consultation and would welcome any comments from yourselves at this early stage to help formulate that view.

The process for responding is stipulated by Ofcom and involves two ‘determination stages: the Initial Determination and then the Final Determination.


We are inviting comments at this stage to help us formulate the Initial Determination. Any comments should arrive with us no later than 5.00 p.m. on 15th November 2016.


The Council will then consider the responses and publish their Initial Determination on its website on 21st November 2016, and we will notify all parish/town councils meetings of this by email.


Comments will be invited on this Initial determination.


The Council will take account of all responses and form a Final Determination which will be presented to the Council’s Strategy Group early next year.


Following consideration by Strategy Group, DDC will send its response, i.e. Final Determination, to BT and the Secretary of State.



Making Comments at this stage:


As noted above any comments at this stage need to be submitted no later than 5.00 p.m. on 15th November 2016.


It is important to note that BT require evidence and justification for any objection to the removal of a specific call. Advice on relevant factors can be found on this website:


A comments form is available here for your use.


Forms should preferably sent by email or can be sent to the address above, and marked for my attention.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.




Yours Sincerely



Richard Wood

Local Strategy Manager


Repairs to Patford Bridge, Brington Road

Posted by Webmaster on November 7, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Works – Patford Bridge, Brington Road

Start date – 14 November 2016

Completion – 25 November 2016

Scheme type - Bridge repairs

Traffic management – Full road closure

Hours of work - Monday to Friday 07.30 -16.30

What Northamptonshire Highways are doing / the benefits - There has been damage caused to the bridge as the result of flooding. They will be re-lining the culvert and infilling the voids above the pipe. The carriageway will be re-paved locally to the bridge.

Due to the formation of voids underneath the carriageway for the safety of the travelling public Northamptonshire Highways have had to close the road over the bridge until these works are completed.

These works are being undertaken by Northamptonshire Highways.

The planned programme of repair works will take two weeks. Due to the associated safety risks for both the workforce and the public the works are being carried out under a full road closure. This road closure will remain in place 24/7 until the works are completed.

Every effort has been and will be made to limit the disruption to you; however it must be appreciated that some inconvenience will result. It is hoped that the full road closure can be tolerated for the duration of the works.

Works are programmed to commence on Monday 14 November 2016 and are expected to last until Friday 25 November 2016.

Why are Northamptonshire Highways doing this now?

  • By completing these works it will enable us to remove the temporary road closure and re-open the road for the travelling public.
  • They have the appropriate consent from the Internal Drainage Board (IDB) to undertake the works
  • They hope to complete these works now before the winter.

Traffic Management

To maintain the health and safety of the workforce and general public the works on the bridge will be carried out under a full road closure.

The Brington Road will be closed locally between Lodge Lane to the west of the bridge and the railway access track to the east of the bridge.

There will be no access within the road closure.

Good Neighbour Scheme seeking funding support

Posted by Webmaster on October 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Neighbour Scheme seeking funding support  

People are being encouraged to show their support for a new scheme to support elderly, vulnerable and isolated people in our communities.  

Daventry District Council (DDC) is working with Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) to develop Good Neighbour Schemes in villages across the district.  

Northamptonshire ACRE has applied for funding from Aviva's Community Fund to help pay for the scheme but need public support to help them secure the money.  

People are being encouraged to vote for the project HERE before the 18 November deadline to give it the best chance of securing the money.  

The scheme will see Good Neighbour coordinators established in villages across the district, who will be on hand to provide day-to-day

support for other residents who may need help on an occasional or regular basis.  

If secured, the funding will help pay for a laptop and mobile phone for each coordinator as well as covering training and other expenses. It could also be used to help villages wishing to set up community car schemes.  

The idea of the Good Neighbour Scheme came out of consultation workshops towards developing DDC's Ageing Well Strategy, which gathered the views of people living across the district in order to identify key issues.  

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: "The consultation identified a number of key priorities for older people, including the importance of being able to maintain an independent lifestyle, access to welfare and benefits advice, and the availability of help with gardening and household chores.   "The Good Neighbour Scheme would seek to meet these priorities, giving elderly and vulnerable residents someone in their village that they can contact in times of need.

Whether it be help with dog walking, shopping, using a computer, or putting people in touch with professional or voluntary support services, the aim is to give those in need a helping hand to allow them to maintain a good quality of life.   "This is an excellent scheme that has proved very successful in other areas of the country and I ask people to take a few moments to vote for it on the website so that Northamptonshire ACRE, in partnership with this Council, can make a real difference to the lives of elderly and vulnerable people in our rural communities."

Online Resident Welcome Pack

Posted by Webmaster on October 24, 2016 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Please clcik HERE for a link to a new ‘Resident Welcome Pack’ on the DDC website:


Poultry Farm Worker

Posted by Webmaster on October 12, 2016 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Co-Op Funding for Long Buckby Community Centre

Posted by Webmaster on September 26, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Those of you who have Co-op membership will have received, or shortly will receive, your new blue Co-op membership card.

If you have received it you can now set up and access your account at www.coop.co.uk/membership and NOMINATE the Long Buckby Community Centre as the recipient of 1% of your local Co-op purchases.

You can also telephone them on 0800 023 4708 to nominate the community centre.

Please support the Long Buckby Community Centre, and ask all your friends and family to do so also. We desperately need more funding to keep the Centre alive.

Thank you

Clarecroft Day Nursery - Job Vacancies

Posted by Webmaster on September 21, 2016 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)


12.00-7.00pm Monday to Friday, over time available if wanted.

Position involves covering within the nursery rooms for 2-3 hours per day, with general cleaning and light maintenance work

For further information or to apply please contact Gemma or Natasha on 01327 844474 or email admin@clarecroft.co.uk.

Successful applicant will be required to undergo a DBS check


Monday to Friday for 40 hours per week

Applicants must have an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and how to implement this

Work effectively as part of a team

A qualification in Early Years and at least a year experience working in early years in preferred

We are committed to safeguarding and successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For more information please contact us on 01327 844474 or email CV to admin@clarecroft.co.uk


Press Relase from Northants Police - Stolen Vehicles

Posted by Webmaster on September 16, 2016 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Advice to motorists after more than 1,000 vehicles reported stolen in a year

More than 1,000 vehicles in Northamptonshire have been reported stolen within the last year, prompting a reminder to the public about how they can take steps to protect their belongings.

The joint Prevention and Community Protection Department (Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service) would like to warn people that their vehicles and contents can be vulnerable to theft, but would like to reinforce the message that basic security measures can help keep property safe.

From July 1, 2015 - June 30th, 2016, there were 1175 vehicles reported stolen in Northamptonshire; an average of 98 per month.

During this time, there were also 3464 thefts from motor vehicles reported to Northamptonshire Police.

Crime Prevention Officer Brenda Hart said: “Many vehicles seem so secure these days that I think a lot of people forget they can be vulnerable to theft.

“Too many people leave possessions on car or van seats, keep expensive items such as sat navs in glove compartments and leave bags or other valuables on display; perhaps not thinking that thieves only have to take a quick look inside and their belongings can suddenly become a target.

“We would like to remind people just how important it is to make sure their vehicles are secure and not to allow their belongings to become a temptation for thieves.”

Tips for protecting your vehicle and its contents

-Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle. Even an old coat on the back seat can be a temptation for a thief to steal first - and then think about value later.

-When you leave your car, take your belongings with you. If you can’t and have no other option, then lock them in your boot.

-In particular, avoid leaving the following items in your car: mobile phones; laptops; credit and debit cards; cheque books; cash; vehicle registration documents and private mail (especially with your address on it).

-Security devices are a good deterrent for thieves, such as electronic immobilisers (which prevent cars from starting) and mechanical immobilisers such as steering wheel locks.

-When you leave your vehicle, always remove the ignition key and lock all doors. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to jump into your vehicle and drive away. This should be remembered at all times – even when paying for petrol or popping into a shop.

-Lock all doors and close all windows and the sunroof every time you leave your vehicle unattended, however briefly.

-Business drivers should also be on the alert for irregularities in loading procedures and report this if seen.

-Where possible, business drivers should use pre-planned secure overnight parking facilities and these should be decided before the journey is started.

George Lane - Long Buckby Wharf

Posted by Webmaster on September 5, 2016 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Following the demolition of the wall by the waste disposal truck last week, the "George Lane" sign has now been stolen whilst still being attached to the remains of the wall. 

If anyone has any information, please e-mail longbuckbyparishcouncil@yahoo.com

Dog Poop Spraying Campaign

Posted by Webmaster on September 1, 2016 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

DDC will be co-ordinating a focussed district-wide 6 week dog poop spraying campaign in September / October 2016.

The objective of the campaign is to raise the profile of the Spraying initiative with residents, and to enable us to gather data to allow us to analyse its effectiveness.

The spraying initiative involves spraying high visibility, brightly-coloured biodegradable paint on dog mess, to highlight the extent of fouling and shocking irresponsible owners into clearing up after their pets.


Clarecroft Day Nursery

Posted by Webmaster on August 15, 2016 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Clarecroft Day Nursery ARE RECRUITING

We are a busy village day nursery.

Do you have commitments and need a second income looking for flexible hours to suit you?

We are looking to recruit relief staff to help cover at lunchtimes and/or other busy times of the day.

You do not need to hold any qualifications to apply for this position.

For rates of pay and further information, please contact us on 01327 844474 or email us at admin@clarecroft.co.uk

We are committed to safeguarding and successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Care & Repair Daventry - Grants Available

Posted by Webmaster on August 10, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Grants of up to £10,000 for Home Owners


Home owners over the age of 18 who are receiving a means-tested benefit can now access up to £10,000 to make essential repairs to their homes.


Housing Repairs Assistance grants can provide up to £5,000 to fund work including: replacement or repair of central heating boilers and radiators, new security measures, replacement windows, doors, roof repairs and so much more.

If the work required exceeds £5,000 eligible homeowners can also access a further £5,000 of funds in the form of an interest-free loan repayable only when the property is sold.


Grants of up to £30,000 for Disabled residents


Disabled Facilities Grants can be used to fund a wide range of improvements and adaptations within the home including, installation of ramps, ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms, level access showers, widening of doorways, driveway and parking solutions plus lots more.


To qualify for this grant you or a person living within the property must be disabled and be receiving a qualifying means-tested benefit. If a disabled person is under the age of 18 they will be automatically entitled to apply for the maximum grant of £30,000 but if you are over 18 the amount you can apply for will depend on your income and savings.


Why not give Care & Repair a call today to see if you could be eligible: 01327 871100, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/CareandRepair or email CareandRepair@Daventrydc.gov.uk



Long Buckby Wharf Village Hall

Posted by Webmaster on August 4, 2016 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Long Buckby Wharf Village Hall is now available for Hire @ £10/hr.

Perfect for meetings, small group activities, childrens parties, or small functions.

Maximum 60.

Lots of work completed recently to update the facility's including extending car park to park 6/8 cars.

For more information, to book or view please call Sarah on 01327 843756

Brington Road Development

Posted by Webmaster on July 28, 2016 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We have received news today that the Appeal launched by Gladman property developers has been withdrawn for the proposed new housing development on the land off Brington Road, Long Buckby.

This is a positive sign and good news for the village.

Wildlife Diary for June

Posted by Webmaster on July 25, 2016 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The excellent Wildlife Diary for June, compiled, as always, by Nick Roberts is now available for you here

Spanish Lessons

Posted by Webmaster on July 19, 2016 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Small and friendly Spanish classes, taught by a native speaker, at the Cricket Pavilion in East Haddon (NN6 8BU)

Beginners Mondays 10:30 (new for September 2016)

Mondays & Tuesdays 12:00

Intermediate Tuesdays 9.00 & 10.30

Advanced Mondays 9.00

For more information contact Lucía on 07896298129 or info@talkspanish.org.uk

Lessons 80 minutes long from £10

Private tuition available

(GCSE – A level)