Royal Wedding Tea Party : 19 May

The Friends of Holcot Playing Field are organising a community event to celebrate the royal wedding on 19 May. The preliminaries will be shown from 11:15am on the big screen before the wedding itself at midday.

Prosecco is provided on arrival – a cash bar will be available selling beer, wine, prosecco, soft drinks etc.

Get your tickets from the White Swan or from the people listed on the poster.

Royal Wedding Tea Party

Brixworth Musical Festival 2018 – 20-29 April

This year’s Music Festival will be held from Friday 20th to Sunday 29th April in All Saints’ Church, Brixworth.

There are nine fantastic concerts over ten days, with music to suite all tastes from classical to pop, from chamber ensembles to brass and orchestral.

Performers include, Memphis Blue, Northamptonshire County Youth Brass Band, Fiori Musicali and Tedesca String Quartet.

Tickets £12 Festival Pass £25 with 16’s and under free when accompanied by an adult

More information and ticket booking at See the poster


Holcot in the press

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An article has been published by the Chronicle & Echo about one Holcot-based family where there are now five female generations. See the article


Parish Council : Extraordinary Meeting

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The agenda has been added to the Parish Council page for an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council next Tuesday 1 May at 7:30pm in the Church Room.

The Council will consider their response to the planning application DA/2018/0248 for Sergeants Yard. There will be no other business.

DDC : New recycling bin

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From 4 June as part of DDC’s revised waste collection scheme we will be using a new wheelie bin for recyclables.

These should be delivered shortly – if you don’t receive yours before 31 May contact DDC.

All of the information is on this webpage.

Lost Hollow performing again in Holcot

Lost Hollow performed in Holcot Village Hall last year – and they’ve asked to come back!

Lorrie and Tommy Harden will be performing on Friday 15 June – tickets at £10 are available from Rachael Warwick at the Brixworth Nursery Farm.

See the flyer for full detailsLost Hollow

Banter and Batter Quiz : 13 October

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The 10th BANTER AND BATTER QUIZ NIGHT with Fish and Chips, Raffle and Prizes will be held on Saturday 13 October 2018.

Doors open 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Always a great event in aid of local charities – this time the village hall.

Get a team of 6 together (£60 a team) and reserve your table by contacting Jackie and Deryck Watson on 01604 781131. Or if you prefer just pay £10 per person and we will put you into a team with other quizzers.

Full details in the following poster.Quiz night

Playing Field : Update from the Friends of Holcot Playing Field

The Friends of Holcot Playing Field are working hard to improve the playing field and its equipment. Please see their update below and see how you can help.

Playing Field update

Parish Council : Annual Parish Meeting 21 May

This year’s Annual Parish Meeting will take place on 21 May at 6:30pm in the Church Room. Please come along to hear from your elected councillors at all tiers of local government and discuss the things that matter to you. The agenda will be published nearer the event. Please come along.

The meeting will be followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council which will not start before 7pm, this will be followed on the same evening by May’s Parish Council meeting.

Road Safety : Appeal for extension of 30mph limit

You will remember that the Parish Council asked for speed limit reductions on Walgrave Road, Sywell Road and Moulton Road on behalf of parishioners. Our request has been supported by our MP and County Councillor.

These were refused by the speed limit panel in 2017, and have been refused again on appeal. The full text of the County Council’s refusal on appeal has been posted on the Road Safety page. You will know that a lot of effort has gone into our case by several people, in particular Cllr Phil Scordellis.

The Parish Council will consider their response at the April meeting.

Quick post : vacancy at Walgrave school

Church : Curry and light music

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And now for something completely different….

St Mary and All Saints Church are pleased to announce the date for their forthcoming Curry and Light Music night. This is being held on Saturday, 7th July.

More details to follow, but it will be delicious curry, accompanying music and a great atmosphere. Put the date in your diary and don’t miss it!!

Neighbourhood Watch : Telephone Kiosks – thieves

Katie Cawston has provided the note below from the Community Heartbeat Trust (who provide and look after our defibrillator).

Our telephone kiosk is not going anywhere, so if anyone is purporting to have authority to remove it, they haven’t! Call 999.

Please be aware that there are groups of thieves in Leicestershire and Rutland areas that are turning up in villages and attempting to remove kiosks. They claim to be from BT, but of course are not! Please see below for a description of the thieves contained in a message sent to us by one of our partner sites.

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Today some men in high vis arrived with pneumatic drill and started excavating the phone box to remove it. This seen by a passer-by who was suspicious and who took a photo of the reg number. The occupants are thieves and the police have been informed. Another van parked up last week, with no tax or MOT, was also reported to the police. The Phone Box wasn’t removed, but nobody knows if they gave up or intend to return with some heavy plant and a steel band to drag it out overnight, so..

locals have been advised of this and to call 999

If they see or hear anything going on. The vehicles did check out as suspicious.

We would therefore recommend all communities with a phone box to be cautious and report any such activity to the police.

Bus Services from 30 April : reduction in off-peak service

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A message from Northamptonshire Highways…

Stagecoach are varying the timetable for commercially-operated service 10 (Kettering – Walgrave – Northampton) from Monday 30th April.

From this date the off-peak service will be withdrawn between Kettering and Moulton via Kettering General Hospital, Mawsley, Old, Walgrave, Hannington, Holcot, Sywell and Overstone. The service between Moulton and West Hunsbury will not be revised, nor will the X10 from Market Harborough to Northampton via Kettering and the A43.

A timetable for the new service will be available on the Stagecoach website in due course.

Waste services : Big changes from June

DDC’s media release is included below. Here is the summary leaflet.

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People living in Daventry District are encouraged to find out more about major changes to their waste and recycling collections launching this summer.

The new 123+ waste and recycling collection service will start in June 2018, delivered by Daventry Norse, a new joint venture between Daventry District Council (DDC) and Norse Commercial Services Ltd.

From June 2018 households in Daventry District will receive:

1 weekly food waste collection

2 weekly mixed recycling collection in a new blue-lidded wheelie bin

3 weekly general waste black bin collection

+ Plus an optional 2-weekly garden waste service for an annual fee of £35 a year.

The changes are being introduced as Daventry District cannot afford to carry on with its current waste and recycling service, both environmentally and financially. Changing black bin collections from fortnightly to three-weekly will help encourage more recycling and reduce the money spent on treating and disposing of rubbish.

The Council will also be improving the recycling service to help residents slim their bins, introducing a new wheelie bin for mixed recycling that provides more space over two weeks than the current recycling boxes collected weekly.

It is likely that collection days will change for households from June 2018 in order to introduce the new service arrangements across the District. Further details will be provided to all households nearer to the time, including an information pack and new calendar.

A series of public awareness exhibitions and roadshows are also being planned to take place across the district this spring – further details to be published soon.

Further information on the new service is being issued to homes as part of the Council’s spring Daventry Calling residents’ magazine and people can also learn more about the changes, including a series of FAQs, on the Council’s website at

Holcot Brownies : Wednesdays at 6pm

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Holcot Brownies meet 6-7:15pm on Wednesdays in the village hall. They have a very varied programme.

If you would like to get involved as a leader or have a daughter you would like to add to the waiting list  contact Chris 07754 017231 or

They also have space for a D of E volunteer.

Local sculptor needs help

Dave Cooke is searching for materials for a new art work.

If you have any horse brasses that you are able to donate, please contact Dave  (781130,  Bareen Cottage in Back Lane).

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