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15 April 2021Long Buckby Children's Recreation Ground - Goal Posts

The goal posts in the Rec have been renovated & moved.

The move is a temporary measure whilst we repair the sizeable craters that have developed in the goal-mouths. The repositioning will increase the risk that balls will finish up in the gardens of the adjacent bungalows.

We ask everyone playing on the revised 'pitch' to be particularly careful to avoid this happening.

If we receive any complaints from the residents of the bungalows we will have no alternative but to remove the posts while the ground repairs bed-in (which probably be all the summer).


12 April 2021Annual Parish Meeting - 2021




MONDAY 19th APRIL 2021 - 7:30pm




There will then be an opportunity to ask any questions during the Open Forum

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 869 3566 7716

Passcode: 328790

08 April 2021William Joseph Haynes Charity - Grant Applications


Applications are invited for grants from the

William Joseph Haynes Charity.


All applications should be received at least

three weeks before the next meeting

of the Trustees, which will take place on

Friday, 7th May 2021.


All applications for grants must be

“for the general benefit of the parishioners

of the parish of Long Buckby.”


Applications must be made in writing

and include a copy of the applicant’s

latest statement of accounts.


Applications should be addressed to:

The Clerk to The Trustees at pat@ellisemail.co.uk

06 April 2021Parish Council Meeting - Monday 12th April 2021

The next Meeting of Long Buckby Parish Council will be held on Monday 12th April 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID:  849 0594 8160    Password: 724005

For those without the internet, you can dial in from any phone 0203 481 5240 

The link to the meeting can be accessed below.

Please be advised that members of the public attending the meeting will have the audio muted during the meeting.  If you wish to speak during public time, please contact the Clerk, Sue Porter, in advance of the meeting.

A copy of the Agenda for the Meeting is available to view here

01 April 2021The Bugle

The latest edition of The Bugle has been delivered to all the houses in Long Buckby and The Wharf.   A copy can be viewed via the link below.

If any Long Buckby resident failed to receive a copy of the April 2021 Bugle, please contact the editor, Chris Myers, on 01327 843892 or e-mail suechrismyers@gmail.com 

30 March 2021Clarecroft Day Nursery - Staff Vacancy

Out of School Leader required for Busy Village Day Nursery


Monday to Friday between 730-8.00am, 3am – 6pm over time available if wanted

The role will involve leading a small team to ensure the highest quality of care and education are delivered to the children and parents.

Applicants to have an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and how to implement this, any knowledge on the Playwork Principles would be a bonus but not essentials.

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

19 March 2021Council adopts vision for future of Daventry Town Centre

Council adopts vision for future of Daventry Town Centre 

A fresh vision to enhance and improve Daventry town centre over the next 14 years has been adopted by Daventry District Council (DDC). 

The Daventry Town Centre Vision 2035 sets out a range of proposals for maximising the town centre’s potential, including the development of new leisure facilities and infrastructure as well as improvements to public spaces. 

Its overall aim is to create a green, healthy, vibrant, community-focused town centre that is digitally-connected and entrepreneurial, and respectful of the town’s rich history and heritage. 

Developed by DDC and Daventry Town Council in consultation with town residents, local businesses and other stakeholder organisations, the aim of the Vision is to set out a framework to guide investment and aid the town centre’s future development. 

Councillors voted to adopt the Vision at DDC’s final meeting of full Council last night (Thursday 18 March), and further recommended the Vision be adopted by the new West Northamptonshire Council, which takes over the running of council services from 1 April. 

Some of the proposals contained within the Vision include: 

Building a replacement leisure centre with swimming pools, a sports hall and tennis courts in the Chaucer Way/Brook Street/Waterloo area, known as the North West Arc 

Working with the owners of Bowen Square to remodel the area, creating more outdoor seating and event space, with a small reduction in the number of parking spaces 

Improving landscaping and introduce new play equipment at New Street Recreation Ground while exploring leisure options including a café, public art, a splash play facility and a multi-use games area 

Redeveloping the Police Station and former Magistrates’ Court, and the current leisure centre site, in order to create two mixed-use developments 

Redesigning Market Place to create an attractive space that can be used for markets and events as well as for parking 

Rejuvenating High Street and Sheaf Street by removing unnecessary street clutter, repairing and improving paving, and introducing architectural lighting and high-quality planting where appropriate 

Exploring options to remove or replace the canopy over Foundry Walk, and looking at the possibility of removing of the pagoda from the top of Sheaf Street to create a multi-use events space  

Creating a sustainable transport plan to set out the long-term approach to integrating walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure 

Launching a town-wide e-commerce platform to support and raise the profile of local independent retailers. 

The Daventry Town Centre Vision 2035 follows on from the 2021 Vision, which attracted around £50 million of investment into Daventry and delivered a number of schemes including the Abbey Retail Park, the iCon Centre, new education facilities off Ashby Road, and the Mulberry Place cinema and restaurants development. 

Work on this new Vision got underway last year and included two rounds of public consultation, giving people the opportunity to make suggestions and share their opinions.   

With the pandemic preventing the public events originally planned to give people an opportunity to have their say, the Council’s consultant Troy Planning created an interactive website at daventry2035.com where people could view the plans and complete questionnaires. 

Daventry Town Council adopted the Vision at its meeting on Monday 15 March and will work with the new West Northamptonshire Council to deliver it. 

Councillor David James, Daventry District Council’s Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder, said: “It is vital for the wellbeing and sustainability of Daventry, its growing community, and for the wider West Northamptonshire area that our town centre thrives.  

“We have worked closely with our partners at Daventry Town Council, as well as with local residents, businesses and stakeholder organisations, to develop a Vision that is both achievable, ambitious and that carries public support. We started with a blank page and it has been fascinating to see people’s ideas developed as we have moved forward. 

“The final Vision contains a lot of exciting proposals to serve the needs of our community and attract further investment to our town centre, and I’m confident that the new West Northamptonshire Council will be able to work with Daventry Town Council to deliver its aims.” 

Councillor Lynne Taylor, Mayor of Daventry Town Council, said: “Daventry Town Council welcomes Daventry District Council's decision to adopt the Vision and looks forward to working in partnership with the new West Northamptonshire Council and people of Daventry to meet the aspirations and aims of the vision.” 

17 March 2021Road Closure - Three Bridges Road, Long Buckby Wharf


This road will be closed on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd March from 9pm to 5am for repairs to the Railway Bridge at Long Buckby Wharf.

17 March 2021Road Closure - William Road

Western Power are intending on closing a section of William Road from the 26th April until the 5th May 2021.  The closure is to allow reinforcement works to be completed safely.


05 March 2021Clarecroft Day Nursery - Nursery Nurse Vacancy

Nursery Nurse/ Nursery Assistant required for Busy Village Day Nursery

Monday to Friday for 30 hours per week plus overtime 

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

05 March 2021Parish Council Elections - May 2021

Have you ever considered joining the Parish Council?

May 2021 Elections – Your chance to join!

It is anticipated that the elections for the Parish Council will take place in May 2021 and the nomination forms will be available from the Clerk in early March.

You must be willing to fully participate in our meetings, which are held monthly (2nd & 4th Mondays of the month) and have time to spare to carry out some duties in between meetings.

Eligibility to become a Parish Councillor (one of the following):

(a)     is registered as a local government elector for the parish;  or

(b)     or  has during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in  the parish; or

(c)     his/her principal or only place of workduring the preceding twelve months has been in the parish; or

(d)     had during the whole of the preceding twelvemonths resided in the parish or within 4.8 km thereof. 

If you are interested or would like to see what the Parish Council does, all of our meetings are open to members of the public over Zoom, in the current Covid-19 crisis.

For more information please contact:

Sue Porter – Parish Clerk

e-mail: longbuckbyparishcouncil@yahoo.com

This link below also provides lots of useful information

02 March 2021Parish Council Meeting - Monday 8th March 2021

The next Meeting of Long Buckby Parish Council will be held on Monday 8th March 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID:  838 7660 1618        Password: 963242

For those without the internet, you can dial in from any phone 0203 481 5240 

The link to the meeting can be accessed below.

Please be advised that members of the public attending the meeting will have the audio muted during the meeting.  If you wish to speak during public time, please contact the Clerk, Sue Porter, in advance of the meeting.

A copy of the Agenda for the Meeting is available to view here

01 March 2021Long Buckby - Adult Learning Within Reach

The Long Buckby branch of the WEA is still active online. 

We will have another course in the autumn on: 

The Collapse of the USSR through Witness’s Eyes:  its Causes and Aftermath

Meanwhile, the WEA has lots of interesting lectures and short courses online to keep your mind active. Just follow the external link.  WEA is a registered Charity: no 1112775

26 February 2021Message from the Labour Party Candidates - Unitary Elections

We would like to inform residents about the forthcoming elections for the Unitary Authority which will be held on May 6th. In the Long Buckby Division (which includes Long Buckby and several other villages), there are three Councillors to be elected.

We are the prospective Labour Party candidates.

We hope you will soon hear which other candidates intend to stand.

We would encourage electors who do not already vote by post to register for a postal vote, and details are given in the news story below.

Chris and Sue Myers

Contact details: sueandchris@chrismyers.plus.com

01327 843892 

26 February 2021Postal voters urged to apply early for new Council’s historic elections

Postal voters urged to apply early for new Council’s historic elections

Residents in Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire are being encouraged to apply early to vote by post for the first-ever elections to the new West Northamptonshire Council this spring.

On Thursday, 6 May voters across the three areas will go to the polls to elect a total of 93 councillors for the new unitary authority, which will be formed on 1 April this year, replacing the existing district, borough and county councils.

On Polling Day residents will also be able to cast votes for the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and to elect representatives for many of their local parish councils.

Work is underway to ensure that residents can cast their votes safely during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with a range of Covid-safe measures being planned for polling stations, alongside the other usual options such as voting by post or by proxy (when someone votes on your behalf).

People are urged to apply for postal votes as early as possible ahead of the deadline of 5pm on 20 April and those wishing to vote by proxy can also do this now before the deadline of 5pm on 27 April.

Anyone who is not yet registered to vote must do so by Monday, 19 April in order to take part in this spring’s elections.

Anna Earnshaw, Returning Officer for the West Northamptonshire elections and the Chief Executive of the new Council, said: “The Government has said they will be keeping the date of the elections under review which is right and proper given the fast-changing circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re currently preparing for them to go ahead as scheduled on 6 May, including putting robust measures in place to ensure everyone will have the opportunity to safely cast their vote in these historic elections for West Northamptonshire.

“Despite these extra measures, anyone who is clinically vulnerable or does not feel able to visit a polling station on Election Day should register to vote by post or proxy as soon as possible.”

Polling arrangements are currently being organised by elections staff in Daventry District, South Northants and Northampton until the new West Northamptonshire Council is formed on 1 April. In the run-up to this, residents will still need to apply for postal and proxy votes via their existing district or borough councils.

Voters in Daventry District can apply by emailing electoralservices@daventrydc.gov.uk  or calling 01327 871100, Northampton residents should email elecreg@northampton.gov.uk or call 0300 330 7000, and people living in South Northants should email elections@southnorthants.gov.uk or call 01327 322128.

Residents unsure whether or not they are registered to vote can check by contacting their local elections team on the contact details above. Those who need to register can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, where they will be asked to provide their name, National Insurance number and date of birth.

19 February 2021Clarecroft Day Nursery - Relief Staff Vacancies

Clarecroft Day Nursery, 34 High Street, Long Buckby, Northampton NN6 7RD                                                           Tel No: 01327 844 474   E-Mail: admin@clarecroft.co.uk


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 844474or email us at admin@clarecroft.co.uk

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

16 February 2021Long Buckby Children’s Recreation Ground

Long Buckby Children’s Recreation Ground

New Committee Members Sought

Long Buckby Children’s Recreation Ground (LBCRG) is a Charitable Trust set up in 1967 to provide a children’s playground for the benefit of the parish of Long Buckby. The Trust Deed states that that the general management and control of the property shall be invested in a Management Committee of volunteers comprising five adult residents of Long Buckby.  Four shall be elected at a General Meeting.  The fifth will be a Parish Councillor nominated and appointed to the Committee by the PC.  The committee will comprise: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and two committee members.

Nominations / Expressions of Interest are sought from members of the parish to fulfil these roles. These can be via email to longbuckbyrec@gmail.com or by post to Long Buckby Rec, 2A Stenhouse Close, Long Buckby, NN6 7YJ, giving full contact details, reasons for wanting to join the committee together with the name and contact details of a seconder to the nomination.

All nominations are to be received no later than four weeks after the date of this posting.  A general meeting will be held towards the end of March 2021 to confirm these nominations or to select members if more than four nominations are received.  An exact date and how the meeting will be held will be disclosed once the government has given an indication in its roadmap of steps to come out of the pandemic restrictions.  It is hoped guidance will be given on the holding of public meetings.

Please note, selected committee members will be subject to a DBS (criminal records) check.

If you have any questions or want further details please do not hesitate to get in touch with Rick Vivian (Chair, LBCRG) by email or post at the addresses shown above. Should you wish to discuss the roles please say so in your email/letter (remembering to include your phone number). We look forward to receiving your interest in supporting this wonderful facility for the children of the parish.

16 February 2021Census Day - Sunday 21st March 2021

Every ten years the census takes place in England and Wales, providing insight into the people who live across the country and what their lives are like. This year, census day is on Sunday 21 March. You may already have seen advertisements on the TV,  in newspapers and social media

What is the census?

The census is a series of questions that gives a data picture of British society and this year it will give future generations a fascinating insight into how we lived during the coronavirus pandemic.  

But, more importantly, it helps the government plan and fund services in local communities. The responses might highlight a need for a new school, increased health care facilities or other services in your area. 

How does it work?

Next week (from 22 February) every house will be sent a Purple Postcard in the post to remind everyone that the census is on its way. 

The following week every house will be sent an Information Pack. This will contain a unique code which will give access to the census form online using any device. The Pack will also explain how to complete the census and how to get help if anyone needs it. 

If someone doesn’t want to complete the census themselves, a family member or a trusted person can do it on their behalf. People can also request a paper copy. Everything will explained in the Information Pack. 

What information is collected?

The census collects information about individuals, their households and their homes. This information is collated and analysed and the first figures will be released next year. Billions of pounds of funding depend on the results of the census.

Is personal information safe?

Yes. Any information that is published following the census is fully anonymised. This year’s census records will be held securely and will be released into the public domain in 2121 when they will be available for everyone to read. 

Does everyone have to complete the census form?

Yes. It’s a legal requirement to complete the census.


16 February 2021Parish Council Meeting - Monday 22nd February 2021

The next Meeting of Long Buckby Parish Council will be held on Monday 22nd February 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 868 6285 4134    Password: 712644 

For those without the internet, you can dial in from any phone 0203 481 5240 

The link to the meeting can be accessed below.

Please be advised that members of the public attending the meeting will have the audio muted during the meeting.  If you wish to speak during public time, please contact the Clerk, Sue Porter, in advance of the meeting.

A copy of the Agenda for the Planning Meeting is available to view here

02 February 2021Parish Council Meeting - Monday 8th February 2021

The next Meeting of Long Buckby Parish Council will be held on Monday 8th February 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 895 9963 0272       Password: 653660

For those without the internet, you can dial in from any phone 0203 481 5240 

The link to the meeting can be accessed below.

Please be advised that members of the public attending the meeting will have the audio muted during the meeting.  If you wish to speak during public time, please contact the Clerk, Sue Porter, in advance of the meeting.

A copy of the Agenda for the Planning Meeting is available to view here

28 January 2021Latest Edition of The Bugle

A reduced number of “Bugles” are currently being printed.

They are trying to reduce delivery this time because of wintry weather and Covid guidelines.

However, the February issue of The Bugle is available to read here 

28 January 2021Driver Vacancies


Various positions (full and part-time and opportunities for evenings and weekends) exist for self-employed drivers in a local vehicle delivery company based in Long Buckby to transport new and used vehicles around the UK using trucks and trailers.


Full UK Driving licence with a maximum of 6 points (no DR or DD points) that as a minimum permits you to pull a 3500kg trailer.

Good interpersonal skills as you will be delivering new vehicles to customers.


A driver’s CPC and knowledge of tachographs would be advantageous however if not training will be given.

Motor Trade experience would be beneficial however training will be given.

Please contact Phillip Barnett on 07801862068 for an informal discussion or alternatively, email your CV and/ or details of your licence and driving experience to enquiries@rjbonline.co.uk.

28 January 2021Walking in Northamptonshire

Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?

Walking in Northamptonshire www.walkinginengland.co.uk/northants is the website for you!  

With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Northamptonshire (part of the Walking in England suite of websites (www.walkinginengland.co.uk)  – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

John Harris


email: john@walkinginengland.co.uk

25 January 2021Supporting Independence Programme - Public Health

My name is Fatma and I work as part of Public Health Northamptonshire for the Supporting Independence Programme. Now, more than ever, services across the community are working together to support those most affected by COVID. Our aim is to support and enable people to maintain their independence and resilience for as long as possible. We are keen to work in partnership with local parishes to promote our service to the wider community, in order to support vulnerable adults to improve and maintain their independence and wellbeing.

Our service can be tailored to support anybody in the county, over the age of 18, who may be struggling with one or several areas of their life, leading to mild frailty or reduced independence. We are currently operating as a telephone service, offering 12 weeks of person-centred support with a trained Wellbeing Advisor. Advisors have a wealth of knowledge and contacts for community services, charities and organisations across the county, working in partnership to achieve a positive outcome for customers. Referrals are dependent on successful completion of the eligibility criteria, which are just a few quick questions included within the referral form. Our administrator will then contact the customer within 2 working days to arrange an initial appointment with an allocated advisor.

Examples of areas we support with include:

·         Social isolation

·         Falls

·         Lifestyle

·         Medication

·         Mental and emotional health

·         Physical health and mobility

For more information and to access the online referral form, please click the link below.

20 January 2021Community Updates

Please find below community updates and information from a variety of organisations:-

·         Daventry MIND – for referrals please contact 01327 879416, lines are open 10am - 2pm Tuesday's to Friday's or you can email enquiries@northamptonshiremind.org.uk Their Crisis Cafe is still open in Daventry from 5pm - 9pm on Wednesday evenings

·         Daventry and District Citizens Advice – if you require advice via email or wish to make a referral, please complete their online enquiry form here: https://www.citizensadvicedaventryanddistrict.co.uk/get-advice/email-us/

·         Viridian Nutrition is sponsoring to support local-level enterprises in the Social Prescribing Network awards, you have until Monday 25 January to enter, local services can nominate themselves or a qualifying project https://chamberlaindunn.co.uk/best-local-social-prescribing-project/?fbclid=IwAR0HgJ9XquY-0pVYFuEGMERmE5YjXk5EKMGeFEto3p-at7kAL597N0Lbtn4 For more details: https://chamberlaindunn.co.uk/projects/socialprescribingawards/ The contact at the award organisers: ali@chamberdunn.co.uk

·         Futures Housing Group have a new product brochure,  this is for use by all external partners, stakeholders, frontline workers (such as adult care staff, care co-ordinators, hospital discharge teams and volunteers). It has been designed to help understand more about the products and services that are on offer to anyone living within Daventry District and Northamptonshire regardless of tenure type or age.  There are hard copies if anyone would like a copy, please contact Emily.Riley@futureshg.co.uk who can arrange this for you

·         Get On Board CIC is all about improving the lives of people with learning disabilities, they provide training to organisations and help them to improve their services,  for further information https://www.getonboarduk.com/about or email Info@getonboarduk.com


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