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Do you have unwanted hand tools?

Do you have unwanted hand tools?

Brackley Rotary Club is collecting old or unused hand tools to support the Tools for Self Reliance charity (www.tfsr.org). We need serviceable old or new hand tools - primarily carpentry and metal work, blacksmiths tools, metric taps and dies and garden tools. The tools will be serviced and boxed up by disadvantaged people in the Tools for Self Reliance centre in Northampton. The sets will go to the third world for distribution. More »

Please bring your tools to our coffee morning on Saturday 22nd June at The Community Room, Brackley Fire Station, Oxford Road, Brackley NN13 7DY between 10am and 12pm.

If you are unable to bring your tools to us on the day, please email watsonhinton@aol.com and we will try to make a collection. » Less

Posted: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:58 by Helen du Bois

It's Opening Night...

It's Opening Night...

It's opening night of The Bridge Players' summer performances. Tickets are still available and will be available on the door however this will be on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to reserve tickets please get in touch. More »

Tickets available from:

Rachel 07976 309958 or Dave 01295 760362
Thur 13th | Fri 14th | Sat 15th
Adult £8, Under 18s £5

Ahead of our opening night, we have been in contact with the script writer of Dark Road, Laura Lundgren Smith. She has shared some of her thoughts with us...

"I began writing Dark Road in 2015 as a way for me to examine the nature of evil. I had always wondered about the way people can transform from relatively normal individuals into perpetrators of unspeakably inhuman acts. What happens to the human spirit that allows for so drastic a change? I hoped to gain understanding by living inside the character of Greta...My wish for Dark Road is that it opens a dialogue; that audience members leave and discuss the larger issues raised by the play...A successful production of Dark Road will, I hope, act as a cautionary tale about what can happen when you begin to see those not like you as The Other, as less, as not worthy of the same basic human rights as you. We must be ever vigilant in giving the same respect and care to every
human being. Failing to uphold the ideals of human worth and equality puts us all on a very dark road indeed." » Less

Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 08:34 by Robert Duncombe

Post Office (in Reading Room) not open on Thursday 13th June

Please note that the Post Office in the Reading Room will not be available on Thursday 13th June 2019.

Posted: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:30 by Richard

Can you help?

Can you help?

This Saturday (8th June) a footpaths working party will be cutting back the hedge beside the path through the Wilson allotments, off Wappenham Road.

Any help would be most welcome. Starting at 9:30am - hand tools only please.

Posted: Mon, 03 Jun 2019 16:39 by Helen du Bois

Tickets On Sale

Tickets On Sale

There are still tickets available for all 3 evenings of the Bridge Players Summer productions of Dark Road and The Last Visitor. Two plays reflecting on the Holocaust and WW2. Get yours quickly to avoid disappointment.

Posted: Mon, 27 May 2019 19:29 by Robert Duncombe

200 Club - Draw results for May 2019

The May draw took place on the 26th and you can see the lucky winners by clicking this link..."200 Club"

Posted: Mon, 27 May 2019 12:21 by Ross Vicars

Friday film - "Leave no Trace"

Friday film - "Leave no Trace"

This Friday (24th May) we are showing "Leave no Trace"... hailed as one of the best film's of 2018.

A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever. More »

Take a look at this trailer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3892172/videoplayer/vi1901508633?ref_=vp_pl_0

A powerful film from the director of "A Winter's Bones".

Film starts at 7.30 and lasts 1 hour 44 mins. Refreshments available from 7:10pm . Guests welcome for £3. Certificate 12.

Look forward to seeing you there » Less

Posted: Mon, 20 May 2019 10:40 by Helen du Bois

Northamptonshire councils given extra year to perfect new structure

Councils in Northamptonshire have been given an extra year to prepare for the biggest shake-up of local government since the 1970s.

Today, James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) gave his thumbs up to proposals which will see the number of councils providing services to the district reduced from eight to two. More »

South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), Daventry District Council, Northampton Borough Council and (half of) Northants County Council will form a new authority serving the west of the county. It will now take charge in April 2021 rather than 2020 as originally proposed.

Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of SNC said: "I welcome the decision from Government at long last. Ministers have taken twice as long to read and decide on the proposal as they gave us to put the bid together. The election of the shadow council and a 2021 start date was something I asked MHCLG to consider a year ago, so I cannot now claim disappointment.

We will now use the time wisely to prepare the four councils for the new unitary structure in the West. Our experience with Cherwell and South Northants integration tells us that the best way to do this is by bringing everyone with you.We have been developing a plan for this scenario over the past few weeks and we will be ready. We now must seize the opportunities that a new council will present to us.

The reasons for this decision are well known and today is about looking forward and ensuring that our residents get the best possible local government available."

The announcement includes confirmation that the elections to run the new bodies will take place in May 2020, alongside the delayed Parish and Town Council elections. Those elected in 2020 will form the Shadow Authority for its final year of planning, and then move over to run the new council proper.

The announcement also paves the way for Kettering Borough Council, The Borough Council of Wellingborough, East Northants Council, Corby Borough Council and (the other half of) Northants County Council to form a new local authority serving the north of the county.

The formation of the authorities is still subject to Parliamentary approval. The Government will also be establishing a Children's Trust to take over responsibility for children's social care across the authority.

Today's announcement also confirmed that elections for the new West Northants council (and its shadow council) will be on the basis of three members per existing County Council ward, totalling 93 across the 31 Wards in the West Northants area. » Less

Posted: Tue, 14 May 2019 16:34 by Helen du Bois

Local job opportunity at Blackpits (Material Change) - closing date Friday 17th May

Weighbridge Operator / Administrator

A position has arisen at Material Change for a Weighbridge Operator to join our team. Based from our Helmdon Composting facility near Brackley (NN13 5QD) you will report to the Site Manager and will be responsible for the operation and administration of the site weighbridge. Duties will include but are not limited to: More »

• Weighbridge operation and administration

• Site Health & Safety inductions

• Daily Health & Safety reporting

• Traffic Management

• Data entry

• Site Diary Management

• Weather reporting

• General office duties

• General site and composting duties

Employment type: Permanent Hours of Work: 07:00am to 17:00pm Monday – Friday Weekend and Bank Holiday work may be requested from time to time.

The ideal applicant will be computer literate hard working and flexible. You are required to have a good understanding of written and spoken English. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Experience working in a waste environment would be advantageous but not essential.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Applicants should submit their CVs to Diana Trickett, Material Change Ltd, The Amphenol Procom Building, 46-50 Rutherford Drive, Wellingborough, NN8 6AX. Or e-mail to: diana@material-change.com

Material Change Limited is an equal opportunities employer. Closing date 17th May 2019. » Less

Posted: Tue, 14 May 2019 11:47 by Helen du Bois

Annual Parish Meeting - A Quick Review

Annual Parish Meeting - A Quick Review

The Helmdon Annual Parish Meeting (APM) was held on Wednesday 24th April 2019 in the Reading Room on Church Street. Approximately 15 members of the public were in attendance and the meeting was chaired Cllr Danny Moody. Light refreshments were provided to give everyone a chance to chat and circulate before the business got underway. More »

The evening opened up with apologies of absence and the Chairman's report, kindly read by Danny. In his report, John shared many of the projects Helmdon had worked on over the past 12 months. These included the new village website, plans for a potential new village hall, installation of dog waste bins and many more. He also welcomed our two latest members of the Parish Council, Andrea and Emma, and said he was pleased to see some female councillors on the team. John thanked all the councillors for their hard work and commitment throughout the past year. We then received the financial statement from Clerk Helen DuBois, which will be available to download from the village website.

Our first guest speaker of the evening was Rebecca Breakwell from Northants ACRE. Rebecca shared with us the Rural Wellbeing Service project which ACRE worked on and discussed ways in which Helmdon may benefit for from setting up their own scheme. More information about the Rural Wellbeing service can be found on the ACRE website. https://www.northantsacre.org.uk/rural-wellbeing-service

Danny then shared with the village the success of the new radar project which has recently been setup and put into operation. Due to John's absence, Danny was unable to provide the latest information on the radar, however this will be available soon.

Steve Wheeler gave a report about the future of the village lighting and gave feedback on potential ideas regarding the possibility of changing bulbs of whole units. Steve discussed both the pro's and con's of the different possibilities. Since visiting a workshop,

Steve fed back his ideas to the council and we have decided to install two new bulbs into two units in the village. More information can be found below:

Across the country Parish Councils are upgrading their street lights to new LED units to save both electricity and cost. The orange glow of Helmdon's street lights is produced by a sodium light bulb which is outdated and no longer manufactured. Rather than jump straight into replacing the entire lanterns, the Council has decided to trial switching the old sodium bulbs with a new LED bulb from TrueForce. These new bulbs work in our existing street lights but use more than 50% less electricity and have a much longer lifespan so they will help to reduce our impact on the environment and save ££.

We have replaced the bulbs in two street lights so far: one in the street light at the top of Shortlands Close and the other in the street light at the edge of the village on the Wappenham Road. At the same time the lanterns themselves have been given a much needed spring clean.

Danny then welcomed SNC district councillor Paul Wiltshire to speak, followed by SNC County Councillor Ian Morris. They both gave reports about their councils and what changes have occurred over the past year. Both councillors have agreed to provide a report following the meeting. Issues discussed involved loss of the county bus service, the road surface at Radstone estate, a Unitary Authority update from South Northants Council as well as many other topics. More information will become available in the meeting minutes.

The meeting closed with questions and comments from members of the public, and Danny kindly thanked the evening's speakers, members of the parish council and the public for attending. Overall, it was felt the evening was successful and informative and kept villagers up to date with the villages they live in. » Less

Posted: Mon, 13 May 2019 20:11 by Robert Duncombe

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