Author: Charmaine Jay

Star Count - help measure light pollution this week

Star Count - help measure light pollution this week

Each year, CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) asks the nation to help measure light pollution in their area. CPRE are asking people from all across the country to become citizen scientists and look heavenwards from home for one night and count stars.

Join in by choosing any clear night between 6-14 February 2021 and counting how many stars you can spot within the constellation of Orion. This year... Read More »

Posted: Sun, 07 Feb 2021 15:35 by Charmaine Jay

Tags: Community

Postal voters urged to apply early for local elections

On Thursday, 6 May 2021 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 2021 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... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2021 17:42 by Charmaine Jay

Tags: Council, Election

Gritting - the winter service

Gritting - the winter service

What you and your communities can do… the law on clearing snow and ice

Northamptonshire Highways simply do not have the resource to grit every path and road in the county and encourage people to use the 1500 grit bins across the county.

The salt is for use on public roads and paths. If you find a bin that is empty, please report to Street Doctor and we will come out and refill. Grit bins contain... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2021 13:59 by Charmaine Jay

Tags: Highways

The nation asked to clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore tonight 6pm

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has encouraged members of the public to clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore at 18:00 GMT tonight.

Mr Johnson said: "We all now have the opportunity to show our appreciation for [Capt Sir Tom] and all that he stood for and believed in. That is why I encourage everyone to join in a national clap for Captain Tom and all those health workers for whom he raised money at 18:00 GMT... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 03 Feb 2021 15:03 by Charmaine Jay

Tags: Community

Closure of the A43 northbound from Syresham to Abthorpe this evening

Highways will be closing the northbound carriageway overnight from 8pm to 6am to deal with Emergency Pavement Defects.

The scheduled duration of these emergency works is five days, from this evening.

The northbound carriageway will be closed from Syresham to Abthorpe with a clearly signposted diversion route in place. The diversion route remains the same as for the current A43 Southbound works but in... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 03 Feb 2021 14:15 by Charmaine Jay

Tags: Highways

No dogs allowed on the school field

No dogs allowed on the school field

The Parish Council would like to remind residents that dogs are not permitted on the school field and play areas.

Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2021 14:24 by Charmaine Jay

Tags: Helmdon School, Playground

B4525 to be closed near Greatworth on Monday 1st Feb 2021

On Monday 1st February 2021 the stretch of B4525 near to the first turning to Greatworth (Helmdon Road) will be fully closed between 9am - 4pm. Traffic diversions will be in place - anyone wishing to travel to Greatworth, Middleton Cheney and Banbury should follow the diversion via Brackley and Halse.

Posted: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 09:45 by Charmaine Jay

Tags: Highways

A new tree of hope for the future at St Mary Magdalene

A new tree of hope for the future at St Mary Magdalene

On behalf of St. Mary Magdalene:

Following the loss of the yew tree planted to celebrate the millennium, which unfortunately died due to being waterlogged some years ago, we have now replaced the tree with a Glastonbury Thorn (click here for details of the history of the Thorn tree).

A few members of the village, Ann Smith, Carol Brookhouse, Wiggy Smith and Bill and Judith Elkington planted the new tree... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 26 Jan 2021 09:18 by Charmaine Jay

Tags: Friends of St Mary Magdalene, Helmdon Church

Free Temporary TADD Membership for NHS COVID Vaccine appointments

Free Temporary TADD Membership for NHS COVID Vaccine appointments

Towcester Door to Door are offering free temporary TADD membership to residents who have difficulty arranging transport to their NHS COVID vaccine programme appointments. The passenger will only have to pay the driver the cost of the journey at the HMRC rate of 45p per mile.

Should you know of anybody who may need to make use of this service please contact TADD using the online contact form and they... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:59 by Charmaine Jay

Tags: Transport, Voluntary

South Northants Council: Building Stronger Communities Strategy 2020-24

South Northants Council have published their plans for local services in 2020-2024.

"This Stronger Communities Strategy sets out the key issues within South Northants. We are a large, rural district of 96 villages and two market towns. Despite generally being an affluent district there is hidden poverty and disadvantage. The rural nature of the area presents distinct local challenges that need to be... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 11:17 by Charmaine Jay

Tags: Services, South Northants Council