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.

Banter and batter quiz : The results

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Yesterday evening’s Banter and Batter quiz made an amazing £756 for the playing field improvements.

Thank you to  everyone for purchasing raffle tickets and coming along and quizzing, and a special thank you from the ‘Friends of Holcot Playing Field’ to Jackie and Deryck for kindly donating the proceeds of the quiz.

The second Banter and Batter quiz for 2018 will be on 13 October.

Church : Two events

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The Church is arranging two events.

  1. A Tea and Cakes event on Sunday, 25th March, 3 til 5pm in the Church Room. There will be tea, coffee, cakes, hot cross buns for sale. Plus a cake stall, cards and a raffle. Please come and support us.
  2. The popular Holcot Church concert is returning on Saturday 16th June, 7 to 9pm. Details of performers to follow.

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

Church : Garage Sale date announced

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The Church are once again holding a Garage Sale – save the date Saturday 15 September.

Further details to follow!