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Local History Society

Posted by Webmaster on January 10, 2017 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Cyril Pittam's Film Show

Days gone by in Long Buckby

Wednesday 18th January 7.45

At the Community Centre

Open Meeting with all welcome

Admission: £2

Theft from Church - Ashby St Ledgers

Posted by Webmaster on January 9, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

**Please make churches in your local area aware**

The Police are aware of a male believed to be responsible for a number of thefts from the donation tube at Ashby St Ledgers Church.

Six times in the last six months the church has been targeted and on each occasion the MO has been the same, differing only after cctv was installed as the MO now includes knocking the cameras out so they do not record.

The ip thinks the male may be linked to a silver VX Astra as one has been seen nearby in suspicious circumstances on a previous occasion.

The PCSO is also aware of a similar job in Braunston (old now) but are sure it is the same male as there are stills with this crime also that appear to be the same male.


Posted by Webmaster on December 23, 2016 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)


from Sgt Sam Dobbs – Daventry Police | 22 December 2016

Further to my Christmas message sent out last week, I now report to local communities that since then, Daventry District suffered 17 non-dwelling burglaries – the highest we’ve seen this year. These crimes, targeting sheds, garages and farms, have been evenly spread across seven of wards including four crimes in Flore, and three each in Yelvertoft, Spratton, Moulton, Brampton, Weedon, Brixworth and Drayton ward of Daventry. Seven of the crimes have involved the theft of tools or farm equipment. Almost all offences have been committed overnight on weekends between Friday and Monday.

  • What the police have been doing:

  • We have successfully briefed a very large number of local farmers on what to look out for and what to do in suspicious circumstances

  • We have run a campaign to have valuable agricultural plant security-marked

  • We ran a recent successful operation to increase policing overnight in rural areas

  • Earlier this month, we stopped a vehicle towing a new cattle trailer full of garden machinery. The driver had no good explanation for the trailer or contents and was arrested and has been charged with burglary, now awaiting court with curfew conditions.

  • Last month, we worked with bordering forces to catch people handling goods stolen from this community at a nearby market in the neighbouring county.

How the public can help us

  • See how easy it is to see garden tools (like petrol strimmers, blowers, mowers etc) in your shed or garage. Ensure your shed/garage/outhouse is locked. If you lost your key to the shed and garage, how easy could you break in? If it’s easy for you, it will be easier for the burglar/thief. Are you insured for thefts without signs of forced entry? You may not be.

  • Consider increasing your shed/garage/outhouse security. For less than £50 you can buy and fit a movement sensor alarm which texts and phones you when activated. It is set by a key fob. Remember that a PAYG SIM requires a telephone call once a month, so you will need to test/activate the device once a month to force a phone call. You can mount one of these devices inside a shed, vehicle, container, cab or trailer. It may not prevent the crime, but may limit the loss.

  • Report vans and people which/who look out of place around farms and rural areas (999 is appropriate in these circumstances). Now that more people are reporting, we are able to put these details into the public arena and make life difficult for those people (often from out of the county) who are targeting our community. Remember that if you can let us have details of registration plates, we can use that information in our number plate readers around the county so we will be alerted when thieves move across the county boundary.

  • Report to us if you learn of cheap plant and garden machines being sold in the community, at markets or sales/car boot events. Handling stolen goods is an offence. Without handlers, there would be fewer thefts.

Let’s continue to work together to make Daventry District’s safe and peaceful community one which is also hostile to thieves.

Teenager followed by stranger

Posted by Webmaster on December 14, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl reported being followed by a stranger in Long Buckby, last Thursday (8 December).


Between 7.45am and 8am, when the 13-year-old girl was on her way to school, a man followed her from near her home towards the bus stop in Station Road.


When she returned from school at about 3.45pm, the girl saw who she believed to be the same man in a small white van. He followed her for a short distance before driving off.


The man is described as white, between 25 and 35, with a slim build. He had black hair, with a fringe, and was wearing a beany hat, zip-up black jumper and dark trousers.


Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area on Thursday or at any other time, is ask to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.


Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Incident Number:16000408313

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 [email protected]


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.



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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]


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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]



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 [email protected]

Lessons 80 minutes long from £10

Private tuition available

(GCSE – A level)