Flower and vegetable show : Scarecrow competition

Sunday 4 September sees one of the important events in Holcot’s year.

The Flower and Vegetable show is a fantastic and traditional community event with categories ranging from the various vegetable categories through flower arranging, cakes and children’s categories.

There is also the scarecrow competition – just display your entry outside your house by 10am on Saturday 3rd September. Please ring 01604 781130 and give your name & address. Someone will come along and take photographs for judging. Here are some of last year’s entries;


Every house in the parish will have had a show schedule delivered, but in case you didn’t you can get a copy here. There really is a category for everyone.

The basic information is contained on the following poster;

  • 10am-12 noon entries
  • 3pm viewing and prize-giving
  • 4pm auction of produce (always great fun!)

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See the Flower and Vegetable Show webpage here.


White Swan : There is a lot going on!

There’s a lot going on over the next few days at the White Swan.

On Wednesday 24 August Martin & Hayley are holding their popular fun quiz starting at 8pm. Teams of 4, £2 per person entry.

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On Friday 26 August there is the launch of a special new beer. “You may or may not know that Holcot has it’s own micro brewery. The product is now ready for sale. The White Swan have kindly agreed to stock it and will be offering the new Holcot brew ‘Parish Lantern‘ for the first time on Friday evening this week. This is an English bitter beer at 4.2% ABV. If you are planning to come to the open mic on Sunday, why not give this unique and yet traditional beer a try?” Parish Lantern is an old Northamptonshire name for the Moon!

On Sunday 28 August there is the Open Mic at 3pm – see this post for more information. Come and have a go, or see the local acts!

Pantomime information : Cinderella!

The community pantomime this year is Cinderella! It will be performed on 9-10 December 2016 rather than January 2017 as previously expected.

If you are interested in taking part come along to the reading and casting session on Thursday 8 September at 7:30pm in the Village Hall – email David Walker (holcotdw{at}gmail.com) beforehand for a copy of the script that you can print or download to your tablet/computer.

Rehearsals will be mostly on Thursdays, with Tuesday’s reserved for music and dance rehearsal as necessary.

There really are parts for everyone whether you just want to be on stage and deliver a few lines (or a lot!), be part of the onstage or offstage bands (it’s a rock/pop band this year), do any of the back stage jobs such as make-up, lighting, posters and so on.

If you unable to attend the reading but would like a part please email David (holcotdw{at}gmail.com) with details of the size/type of part you would like – and of course, if you would like to get involved in any other capacity please email him too. Call David on 781660 if you have any questions.

There are parts for children too (12 and under) – we will organise a first rehearsal in early-October. Please let David know if your child is interested in taking part.

The previous panto was performed in January 2016 – Dick Whittington! raised £1200 for local good causes.

The Cinderella! webpage has been set-up here.

White Swan : Open Mic this Sunday

This coming Sunday the White Swan are holding another of their Open Mic sessions.

Starting at 3pm, come along and see the talented locals playing or have a go yourself.

A BBQ will be available.

The White Swan has it’s own Facebook page!!

Telephone line quality

Following on from the broadband problems experienced last week, David Cull has asked whether parishioners are having problems with phone quality. Here’s his note;

“Can you please ask around to see if any other residents have phone lines that have deteriorated in quality, again. We had this issue in the last 12 months and it was put down to a fault in the line between here and Walgrave. They seem to have fixed it but our phone line has got much worse in the last couple of months and I’ve an engineer booked for Wednesday through my provider. 
David Cull”


If you have any information please leave a comment by clicking the link at the side of this post.

Parish Council : Audit Completed

The External Audit of the Parish Council accounts for 2015-16 has now been completed.

A scanned copy of the Accounts have been added to the Parish Council page. If you would like to view the paper version of the signed-off accounts please contact Lisa Callan.

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Roadworks : Back Lane closure from 22 August

Anglian Water are due to start replacing the water main in Back Lane commencing 22 August through to 16 September. The road will be closed during the works.

For details of roadworks, see roadworks.org