Flower and vegetable show : It’s scarecrow competition time

There are only a few days before the annual Flower and Vegetable Show.

One of the popular features of shows in the past was the scarecrow competition – and it’s returning this year!  If you would like to enter, display your scarecrow outside your house by 10am on Saturday 5th September. Ring 01604 781130 and give your name & address. Someone will come along and take photographs for judging.

More details regarding the show can be found on the show page here.

Table Tennis Club : Back to normal this Thursday

The table tennis club for children in school year’s 6-11 is back to normal this Thursday running from 7-8:30 pm in the Village Hall youth wing. There is no charge for this club, and new players are always welcomed.

Also, please see the Holcot Hub page for details of the Holcot Hub youth group on Monday evenings.

Holcot Community Pantomime : Dick Whittington

After the success of the community panto “Pantomania” a few years ago, we will perform the traditional pantomime “Dick Whittington” (with a shiny new Holcot script) on 15-16 January 2016. Any surplus arising from ticket sales will go to the Village Hall and other village charities.

There are plenty of roles on- or off-stage for everyone – please get involved and join the fun. Here are the basic details…

The script is ready – the first reading (and casting!) for everyone (teenagers and adults) will be in the Village Hall on Thursday 3rd September at 7:30pm.  Please come along (bring a friend or two!) – whether you’d like to perform OR help behind the scenes.

Rehearsals are planned to be in the Village Hall on Thursday evenings (action) and Tuesday evenings (song and dance) – details will be available on 3rd September, with the first rehearsal being on 10th September at 7pm.

If you can’t make it to the first reading/casting, please call David Walker (781 660) or email editor{at}holcotvillage.co.uk before the 3rd September so we can send you a script and earmark a suitable part/role for you. Obviously, anyone who can attend the reading who would like to read the script beforehand or download to a tablet or laptop, please let David know!

We’d also like to see all the younger residents and their friends getting involved. A separate first session for 4-12 year olds will be held on Saturday 10 October from 10:30am to noon in the Village Hall.

A new Dick Whittington webpage is here. 

Planning : Community Infrastructure Levy adopted by DDC

A new charge on developments which provides funds for improvements to local infrastructure is to come into force across Daventry District from 1 September.

CIL is a planning charge introduced by the Planning Act 2008. It sees developers charged on the amount of floor space created by their development, with the money generated then used to fund improvements to local infrastructure.

The full media release is here.

The Big Switch : Cheaper energy bills

Daventry District Council are once again promoting the Big Switch – details are on the DDC page.

The idea of the Big Switch is to use the power of auctions to provide reduced energy bills – in previous auctions Holcot families have reported savings in excess of £450pa from switching (one from switching between tariffs with the same supplier!).

You have to register an interest before 12 October for Autumn’s scheme.