Flower and Vegetable Show 2019 : the countdown begins

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This year’s show is on 1 September.

Exhibit booking is in the morning 10am-12pm, with the show itself starting at 3pm, and the auction of produce at 4pm. This is a great traditional event, with something for absolutely everyone – even if you’re not a keen gardener.

Full details are in the poster, and the show schedule.

Village Hall : Help wanted

The Village Hall is run by volunteers, and without them it wouldn’t be able to open at all.

There are two roles for which volunteers are needed :

  • Treasurer – this role takes around 2 hours a week, invoicing, keeping the accounts etc
  • Minutes secretary – attending 3 or 4 meetings a year, and writing up the minutes

If you have time available to volunteer to keep the Village Hall running for the benefit of all, please contact Phil Scordellis for a chat (07785 347297 phil.scordellis@gmail.com).

Road safety : congestion

The Parish Council has investigated the current traffic congestion in the village, including many lorries over the 7.5t limit.  

This is largely due to the ongoing roadworks on the A43 north of the Holcot roundabout, and the poor signage of the diversion via A508/A14. The PC has therefore raised this with Highways and obtained a commitment that the diversion signage will be substantially increased.

Gigaclear service : Update

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The Parish Council is very much aware that some Parishioners have not been renewing contracts with their existing broadband providers while waiting to hear Gigaclear’s terms. 

The Council has queried why the Gigaclear service hasn’t gone live in Holcot. Their response was: “… we are currently trying to negotiate a wayleave across private property that affects Holcot going live. This has taken longer than expected & we are looking at alternative routes whilst we’re trying to get the wayleave agreed.

Walgrave : Free showing of Grease

The Walgrave Community Cinema are showing Grease on Sunday 25 August at Walgrave Playing Fields.

Full details in the poster below.

On Saturday October 12, there will be an indoor screening of ‘The Keeper’.

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DANGER : Bales

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You may have noticed that several fields around the parish have large bales in them. At the moment they are too wet to remove to storage.

Could you please ask your children not to play on the bales – they are extremely dangerous.

There have been a couple of recent incidences of children playing on the bales, and landowners have asked us to point out that there are substantial risks to life.

Parish Council : 15 minute Public Address session

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At the start of each Parish Council, there is a 15 minute agenda item for any Parishioner to address the Council for up to 3 minutes.

The Parish Council are keen that Parishioners are reminded of this opportunity. To help with planning, please advise Lisa (clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk) ahead of the meeting.

DDC : Planning application

A new planning application has been added to the Planning Applications page for 18 Moulton Road.

Comments are due with DDC by 6 August, although the Parish Council have dispensation to consider the application at their meeting on 19 August.

Holcot Fete : the roundup!

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In Holcot we are blessed with a very fine gem of a church. Packed with character and a long history, it is open to all to worship, to visit or just have some moments of peace.. Every penny of the £406 per week upkeep costs has to be raised at a local level by local people. Thankyou for your support in the past and last Sunday.

Long may it continue….

The day of the Village Fete, dog show and art exhibition ….. June 2019

The sun came out, 

The 25 straw bales and miles of bunting around

A dog show there  – that’s new – with bales on the ground. 

We opened the gates to a crowd of Crufts-worthy dogs

Dragging their families in on their leads.

The dachshunds, the spaniels, the mutts

The jack russells, the pointers and the viszlas. 

The teas, “more tea vicar!” 

The cakes, the lollies and a singing choir to view

The beer, the beer, the barrels ran dry

And prosecco corks popped as dogs trooped by. 

The raffle, the coconut shy, crazy golf and tombola 

There was some much to see and do!

An art exhibition, an oasis of calm

Beautiful paintings together with the church’s charm

Thank you for joining us here 

So we can enjoy our church together for another year!

We raised £2200 overall

On a brilliant June day in our lovely village hall. 

Church : The wine game

A message from Lesley Pomeroy from the Church.

Would you like to win a bottle of Crozes-Hermitage, Doaine de Thalabert 2007 worth £35?

For the next five months until November the Church Fundraising Committee is running a lucky squares game with a bottle of the above as the monthly prize. The squares are £2 each and can be bought from  Lesley Pomeroy 781246 or mrspom.holcot@gmail.com 

You can buy one per month or all five months for £10 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Consultation : Rights of Way

Northamptonshire County Council is consulting on its Rights of Way Improvement Plan. The Plan is a document NCC is required to have by law, and sets out NCC’s priorities in dealing with rights of way (footways, bridleways and byways). 

The draft plan and related material can be found here

Comments need to be submitted by 9th September 2019.

The Parish Council will consider their response at their 19 August meeting, so it would be helpful if you could copy to Lisa any comments provided to NCC (clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk).

Parish Council : Parish litter pick 6 October


Parishioners have commented about the need to hold another litter pick to ensure our Parish is kept tidy. The last one was in May 2016!

The Parish Council has arranged a litter pick on Sunday 6 October at 11am. Equipment will be provided by DDC.

Please put it in your diaries and come along for an hour or so – we’ll have plenty of child-friendly picking too so it really is something for all the family.

Posters on posts, notice boards

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After comments by Parishioners, the Parish Council ask that if you put posters on posts or notice boards that you remove them after your event.

Similarly, if you see posters from outside the Parish, please remove them once they are no longer relevant.

Thank you.

Church : Register of gravestones

A family history page has been added to the church website.

I includes a link to an index of all those known to be recorded on gravestones in the churchyard. In due course, the intention is to include images of all the gravestones but Melvyn wanted to give those who tend gravestones the opportunity to request that photos are not included.

Contact Melvyn Hunter at rikkifamily17@gmail.com 

Gigaclear update

Deryck has had this update from Gigaclear….

“The community build of Holcot is expected to go live during July when the main cabinet is activated. As such connections should be offered from the end of July and we are currently estimating to have the entirety of the project completed and ready by the end of Q3 this year (September). However, please be advised this is an estimate and as such liable to change if there are any delays.”

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