Holcot Christmas Fayre : 1 December

The Holcot Christmas Fayre is in the Village Hall on 1 December. The event starts at 1pm, and there are stalls, games, raffle, tombola and Santa!

See the poster!

All proceeds in aid of the playing field improvements.

Christmas Fayre 2018

Planning Application : Poplars Lane

Planning application details have been added to the Planning Applications page for works at Holly Tree Farm. Full details of the application are on the Daventry District Council website in the normal way.

The Parish Council will consider the application at their meeting on 19 November.


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A wonderful selection of wines have been donated and are for sale and available at The White Swan.

They are all priced at £20 per bottle. For every one sold, £15 will go to Friends of Holcot Playing Field Fund, if you drink the wine in the pub. If you buy a bottle and take it away,  Friends of Holcot Playing Field will receive the full £20.

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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  –  https://roadworks.org?tm=111502252

Rectory Lane, Holcot –  https://roadworks.org?tm=111483787

Poplars Lane, Holcot  –  https://roadworks.org?tm=111484946

Back Lane, Holcot –   https://roadworks.org?tm=111484842

Church Lane, Sywell  – https://roadworks.org?tm=111481663

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 roadworks.org in the normal way.

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

Ultrafast Broadband : Gigaclear

This is a message from Sarah Naylor of Superfast Northamptonshire at NCC. We are due to have Ultrafast broadband by the end of the year, with work starting shortly.

Installing the network and making good afterwards

This will involve temporarily digging up pavements and roads to enable Gigaclear to lay full fibre cabling underground and also to install connection points outside the boundary of every property. All residents and businesses will be informed as soon as their connection is ready and they can take full advantage of the ultrafast broadband speeds available if they wish to place an order for services.

All works, which may cause disruption on the highway or pavements in order to complete the fibre installation, will be reinstated to Highways Authorities and Utilities Committee standards.

Keeping you informed

Gigaclear will provide channels of communication to help answer questions. They are also happy to attend a parish meeting to explain more about the rollout.

Further details of the areas covered in the project, and other useful information, can be found on Gigaclear’s and the Superfast Northamptonshire project websites, see links below.

·         https://www.gigaclear.com/superfast-northamptonshire-rollout-schedule/– – to register and receive the most up to date roll out information.

·         https://www.gigaclear.com/contact-us/ – please do not hesitate to get in touch with Gigaclear either online or by phone if you have any queries.

·         http://www.superfastnorthamptonshire.net/Pages/working-with-gigaclear.aspx – provides further information about the Superfast Northamptonshire project and the County Council’s partnership with Gigaclear.

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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