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. 

Holcot needs You : Become a Special Constable

The Northants Police special constable recruitment task force will be carrying out a “knock and drop” in the village on Tuesday 1st September (late afternoon/early evening). The team will knock on every door in the village and seek to have a very brief conversation with villagers. Regardless of whether the resident answers or not a leaflet will be left.

The leaflet provides information about Specials, the roles available and details of how to apply. The leaflet will also invite villagers to attend a recruitment event at the White Swan Pub on Saturday 5th September at 11am for one hour. This is an informal drop in style event whereby villagers can find out more about the role and have their questions answered.

See this post for more information.

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.

Moulton : Road closure in early September

Anglian Water are installing a water main on Overstone Road in Moulton between Chater Street and Oakley Drive from 1 September, with the closure due to last for a week. Typically work on Overstone Road causes Moulton’s one-way system to struggle, as well as increasing traffic on other local roads.

As always, use www.roadworks.org for the best source of information regarding roadworks.

Batter and Banter quiz night : reserve your table now!

Putting the FUN into FUNd-raising : the next Batter and Banter quiz will be held on Saturday 3 October in the Village Hall. If you haven’t been before come along for a great evening out.

Get a team of 6 together and reserve your table by contacting Deryck and Jackie on 781131. Tickets are £10 per head, including a fish and chip supper: please drop in the cash to Jackie and Deryck after booking to The Old Orchard, Back Lane – opposite the Village Hall.

Bring your own nibbles, drinks, cutlery and condiments.

Doors open 7pm for a prompt 7:30pm start.

This time funds raised go to the Village Hall.