Seniors Christmas Dinner

The annual Seniors Christmas dinner was held on Friday December 7th. It was very much enjoyed by all.

The organisers would like to thank the Village Hall committee for the use of the Hall.  Also a big thankyou to everyone who came along on the day and helped to set everything up, serve the meal and clear up afterwards . Without them it just wouldn’t happen.

So make a note for next year  – Friday 6 December 2019!

See you there!

White Swan : Live Music this Saturday

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There is live music in the White Swan this Saturday at 8:30pm.

Brighton Riot are appearing.

Carol singing : next Tuesday, 18 December

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A great annual event is Holcot’s carol singing evening.

The carol singing is at Holly Tree Farm in Poplars Lane on Tuesday 18th December at 7:00pm.

The Salvation Army brass group will be playing the music, sausage rolls, mince pies and mulled wine will be available.

Please wrap up warm and come along!

Consultation : Local Government

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is consulting on the proposals to reorganise local government in Northamptonshire. The documentation and link to the survey is here. The consultation ends on 25 January.

Here is DDC’s letter advising of the consultation, and also confirming that next year’s local elections are postponed by one year.
DDC letter

Planning Application : The Chequers, Sywell Road

A new planning application has been added to the Planning Applications page. Please respond to DDC by 31 December.

The Parish Council is arranging a special meeting to consider the application as there is no ordinary meeting arranged for December. Details will be advised.

Planning Application : Holly Tree Farm, Poplars Lane

A new planning application has been added to the Planning Applications page. Please respond to DDC by 1 January.

The Parish Council is arranging a special meeting to consider the application as there is no ordinary meeting arranged for December. Details will be advised.

White Swan : Christmas Opening

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The Christmas opening hours for the White Swan, Holcot are…

FRIDAY 21st DECEMBER through to and including TUESDAY 1st JANUARY 12pm til Close with the exception of CHRISTMAS DAY 12-2pm

Holcot Hub : Volunteers needed

In order for our  Youth Club to continue we need more Volunteers. The current Volunteers have given many years of service.

The Club meets on Mondays from 7.00pm to 8.30pm during Term time .

The children enjoy meeting up with their friends and playing pool, table tennis etc. The role of the Volunteer is  just to be an adult presence. Two adults are needed each time.

The more Volunteers we have the less often we are needed.

Could you help ? It would be really appreciated.

For further information please contact

Neighbourhood Watch : note from 2 December


Over the last three nights I have been running a proactive patrol operation across the beat targeting theft from vehicle and burglary, with various colleagues from the force assisting me each night.  Last night at approx. 02:30 hours myself and two colleagues out on proactive nights patrol had three guys in custody in a small transit connect van in brixworth with a selection of power tools and garden tools in the back after it made off from us.

The items in the rear are;

Stihl petrol strimmer with a ‘garden machines’ sticker on it.  for those who don’t know, they are based in Kingsthorpe so I would imagine that will be a fairly local owner. Continue reading “Neighbourhood Watch : note from 2 December”

Neighbourhood Watch : theft from vehicle

We are lucky that we don’t have a lot of crime reported in Holcot, and often Parishioners update the Parish when something happens. This happened on Tuesday in Sywell Road, around 30m from the road on a private drive….

“We had gas engineers here yesterday to service our cooker. The two guys had left some personal items, in their (unlocked) van, which were stolen. Their van was up at the top of the drive, near the house. A laptop, one mobile phone and a wallet containing cash and cards were taken, as well as a satnav and a dashcam from the vehicle. The wallet was even in the glove compartment. The engineers had been going in and out to the vehicle regularly to get parts and tools, so the theft must have been an opportunistic one, we think.

Could you bring to people’s attention so villagers are aware to make sure vehicles are locked at all times, even for short periods of time.”

Housing available : Tithe Close, Holcot

Ground Floor flat available in Tithe Close

Weekly rent £76.96/Monthly rent £334.65

Private  garden. Parking. Gas Central heating. 

Applicants must have proven housing need and priority will be given to applicants who have a local connection to Holcot (This includes current residency, previous residency, family connections and employment).

Will also consider applicants who are residents of adjoining parishes. 

The property will be advertised with Daventry HomeChoice so applicants must be registered with Daventry HomeChoice ( 

If you are interested, please contact Mark Boon at Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association on 0300 1234 009. 

2019 : Holcot Village Fete

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Date for your diary from the Church.


Please keep Sunday, 30th June, 2019 free to support us and have a great village afternoon.

Rest of details to follow.

Rural isolation : interested in setting up a bus service?

The Walgrave Wellbeing Charity (WWC) is testing out the option that local villages may like to use their bus for trips for people isolated in the village.  In Walgrave there are weekly shopping trips to Market Harborough or Kettering for a couple of hours which are very popular. A return ticket to Market Harborough has been costed at £4.50 return so very accessible to those on low incomes. There are also trips to other events or days out at weekends tat could be arranged.

Is anyone interested in investigating whether we can extend this service to Holcot? Setting up a service using the WWC bus would require coordination, volunteer driving and other activities. If you are interested please contact our clerk Lisa –

Parish Council : December meeting and other updates

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The Parish Council meeting has been cancelled in December. In the normal way,  a special meeting will be held if there is any exceptional business that cannot wait until the January meeting.

Thank you to the Parishioners who attended Monday’s meeting, and to Glynn from Gigaclear for listening and understanding the Parish’s concerns. Parishioners also noted for Glynn that contractors working around the Parish have been very considerate with regard to parishioners access needs, horses etc.

You will have noticed that Gigaclear have already asked their contractors to move the equipment that had been installed at the crossroads green – it will be installed at the back of the green as was the original intention.

Subsequent to the meeting, the positioning of the remaining “small boxes” to be installed around the village has been reviewed with Gigaclear and the contractor. They have been very helpful, balancing their need to install the equipment whilst considering our practical safety and aesthetic concerns.

A separate item has been posted regarding an opportunity to make use of Walgrave Wellbeing Centre’s minibus.

Gigaclear : Road closure information

From Northamptonshire Highways…

John Henry Group, on behalf of Gigaclear, have requested a number of closures to allow for the installation of a new telecommunications network.

The project in the area will commence on the 7th January 2019 and is expected to be completed by the 3rd April 2019.  As you will appreciate there has already been some works taking place using traffic signals within the area and the closures will commence when signed on site giving a minimum of 10 working days’ notice.

With Rectory Lane, Holcot residents will have access although they will need to wait to be escorted through the works.

Plans showing the closures and diversions can be viewed below:-

Spectacle Lane, Moulton and Boughton  –

Rectory Lane, Holcot –

Poplars Lane, Holcot  –

Back Lane, Holcot –

Church Lane, Sywell  –

Road Safety : VASID

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Our VASID (Vehicle-Activated Speed Indicator Device) was installed on Sywell Road this week. It will help us raise awareness of vehicle speeds through the 30mph part of the Parish.

The VASID will provide data about vehicle speeds which we can use with the authorities. It has various modes which displays vehicle speeds,  symbols,  and text. It will also will operate in “stealth” mode (where there is no display, but it is still recording information) – this is it’s current setting. We also have warning panels that fix to the bottom of the VASID to help get the speed awareness messages across.

From the Vicar : What is your “Be- attitude” to life?

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Revd. Chloe Willson-Thomas article from September that I have been asked to post.

September is a time of new beginnings. With the summer holidays over we come into a new season and period of change before the winter sets in. One of the most famous passages in the Bible is Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. It is full of wise and helpful teaching on how we can change and lead more meaningful lives. He lists a short series of ways in which we can enjoy life to the full—and basically ‘be happy’. These are called the “Beatitudes.” In short, they ask that we hunger and thirst for what is right and just in our world, and that in humility and gentleness we should try and extend tolerance and forgiveness to all around us. In a world which is becoming increasingly unpredictable in many ways, Jesus’ words are as relevant now as they were then.

Your beautiful and historic parish church at the centre of Holcot is a place where we constantly seek to live and breathe the values     that Jesus taught, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. It is a gem of a building which has been there for centuries, and yet, as a community, we aim to constantly grow and adapt to the needs of those around us.

You are very welcome in amongst us, whether at one of our normal communion services, or our more informal All-Age services. Or you may like to come to our coffee morning for a chat on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Whatever your needs and interests, we look forward to meeting you.

Banter and Batter quiz : the outcome and a date for your diary

The 10th Banter & Batter Quiz held at the village hall on Saturday 13 October raised £337 for Holcot Village Hall Association.

The next quiz will take place at the village hall on Saturday 2 March 2019 with proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. Tickets as usual from Deryck and Jackie – 01604 781131.

Raffle prize donations are welcome.

Gigaclear : meeting notes

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On Monday, Lisa (our clerk) met with Gigaclear managers to understand the basics of their installation in the Parish. Her notes are here.

In addition, Gigaclear have provided a spreadsheet of roadworks, with the actual closures, traffic lights etc being shown on in the normal way.

Glynn from Gigaclear is expected to attend November’s meeting of the Parish Council.

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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