Village Hall : Annual General Meeting

Village Hall Annual General Meeting – change of date & time

The October newsletter announced that the above would take place on Thurs 26th November at 7.30pm.

Due to the current national lockdown, this has now been re-scheduled (subject to any further Government announcements) to MONDAY 7th DECEMBER, starting at 8pm 

Social-distancing will of course be observed.

It’s your village hall !

All residents and regular users are welcome to come along  …. and share their views on how the Hall is being run – or could be run better …

Church : Online auction

The Holcot Church online auction is still very much open for business.

Chase the lockup blues away, have a look and see what we have to offer.

Our prices are very reasonable!

Just click on our church website www.holcot-church.org.uk  Then go to the fundraising link and find the auction site.

We can arrange for you to pick up any items in a safe way or we can simply keep them for you until the lockdown is over.

We have not been able to raise any money by our usual village fete or garage sale, so please support us in raising funds for your Parish church.

Walgrave Community Cinema

A lot of Parishioners go along to the Walgrave Community Cinema showings.

Please see the poster below. They are embarking on fundraising with the support of the Coop, and are asking for Parishioners help.

Planning Application amended

We have been notified of a change to the Overstone Green planning application DA/2020/0001. This is the land to the east of the A43.

For ease, here is the full text of the change. The Parish Council will assess the amendments at their meeting on 23 November. Comments are due to DDC by the end of the month.

You can read the Parish’s response from February here.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Application has been made to this Council for planning permission for the above development including an Environmental Impact Assessment.  

On the 21st October 2020 the District Council received an addendum to the Environmental Statement, an addendum to the Design & Access Statement, and a revised Design Code.

The application is available on our website: www.daventrydc.gov.uk within the next few days, any observations you may have must be made in writing to me within 31 days of the date of this letter in order to ensure that they will be taken into account when the application is decided.  I would advise an early response.  Please note that correspondence is normally made public.

Respond to Bob Ham, with a cc to clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk please

Direct Line:                                    01327 302566

E-mail:                                            bham@daventrydc.gov.uk

Parish newsletter : editor(s) needed

The Autumn Parish newsletter will shortly be delivered to every house in the Parish.

You may remember that Jackie and Naomi are unable to carry on as editors. At the moment we do not have replacements, so it is probable that this will be the last paper newsletter.

If you would like to volunteer for the role of editor of our quarterly newsletter please contact Ruby (clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk) as soon as possible.

Schoolreaders : Volunteers Needed to Listen to Children Read in Local Primary Schools

A message from Schoolreaders…

Our reading volunteers are going to be desperately needed due to Coronavirus.  Thousands of children won’t have had enough reading practice during lockdown. In a normal year, one in four children leave primary school unable to read well.  Most children will have missed a term of school, so the reading gap is now wider.  Children who struggle with reading are more likely to live in poverty and be unemployed as adults. 

Schoolreaders needs more volunteers in your local area to support children’s reading and prevent them falling further behind. If you want to make a difference to a child’s life, apply to become a Schoolreader. No qualifications are needed; just a love of reading and some spare time each week.  The process to become a Schoolreader takes a few weeks, so please apply now so you can be ready to start as soon as it can be arranged.  

To join us, please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org/volunteer-application-form or call 01234 924111 for further information.  

Reg Charity: 1159157

Village Hall : COVID HEALTH & SAFETY DANGER & GENERAL NUISANCE

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR CHILDREN ARE DOING WHEN THEY ARE OUT & ABOUT IN THE VILLAGE?

ARE YOU SURE THEY AREN’T TAKING RISKS/CAUSING A NUISANCE IN BACK LANE & AROUND THE VILLAGE HALL?

The Village Hall Team has received serious concerns & complaints about the behaviour of local children – which is making it unpleasant to use the Hall, and to park outside it.

– Due to Covid regulations, exercise classes in the Hall have to have the windows and fire doors open for ventilation.

– Children are entering the Hall’s private garden area, peering in the open windows – and even pushing each other through the open fire exit into Covid-compliant socially-distanced classes. 

– They are also making extremely lewd sexist remarks to the users of the Hall when they are parking and entering the Hall.

HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE AN INSTRUCTOR OR A PARTICIPANT IN ONE OF THESE CLASSES?

SO WHAT?

– the risk of class attendances falling because participants will walk away

– the risk of classes becoming no longer financially-worthwhile for the instructors, so they will stop the classes

– those class-participants who are Holcot residents lose their local classes

– the Village Hall loses the rental income from such classes

– the Hall can’t cover its costs and has to close permanently

So Holcot loses a community facility for ever

Parish Clerk : Ruby Cole

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You will know that Lisa Callan had resigned as Parish Clerk and we were seeking a replacement.

The Parish Council is pleased to formally announce the appointment of Ruby Cole as the new clerk. Lisa and Ruby have started the transition process.

Many Parishioners will know Ruby who lives in Walgrave.

Her contact details have been added to the Parish Council page.

Church : Auction

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The Church has organised an online auction to raise much needed funds.

Basically, as a a seller you provide items, and funds from the auction are shared with the Church. As a buyer, visit http://holcot-church.org.uk/auction.html and place your bids.

Full details are provided on the website.

Photos

Thanks everyone who has provided photos to show Holcot during the coronavirus pandemic. The full slideshow is on the new webpage under Photos on the menu.

A reminder of the challenge – just email a single photo to editor@holcotvillage.co.uk  – a shot of your family, or animals, scenes, or anything generally fun or interesting.

Here is a sample.

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