Next Parish Council Meeting: June 21st

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Just a reminder that the next meeting is planned for Monday the 21st June and will be held in the Village Hall, starting at 8pm. The agenda has been added to the Parish Council page in the usual way. For those wishing to attend please make sure you have read the Covid guidelines on the Parish Council page before the meeting.

Garage Sale: a note of thanks from Lesley Pomeroy

Holcot from the south

Lesley writes…

Following the Garage Sale on Saturday we are pleased  to inform everyone that the total has reached £1000. This is a record amount for this event and is due to some very generous donations from people taking part.The fundraising committee of the church in Holcot would like to send very sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the event with special thanks to those who gave so generously from their day’s takings to give us such a remarkable result”

Planning Application : Appeal

There is an appeal for Land To The West Of Mercedes Avenue, Brixworth (Brixworth/Scaldwell Parish), Northamptonshire (see planning applications page for summary).

The process with this is a bit different…a session will be held by the Planning Inspectorate on 27 July via a Microsoft Teams call/telephone. Additional (ie; new) comments have to be provided before 29 June (three copies, on paper).

The Parish Council will consider at their June meeting whether they need to make additional representations. If anyone else would like to contribute comments please send to before the meeting.

If you would like to make your own comments direct, please contact the clerk for full instructions before 20 June.

Planning Application : Sywell Road

A second planning application has been received for Ivy House – details on the planning applications page.

The application will be considered at the June meeting of the Parish Council.

AGAR : Notice of Public Rights

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The Parish Council have today published a notice of the rights that Parishioners have to examine the accounts and return of the Parish. This is the annual process.

The full notice, and an explanation of your rights, is here. Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) are here. Both are also posted on the Parish Council page.

The period of inspection runs 14 June to 23 July. Please contact Ruby to exercise your rights.

Local Policing Priorities Survey- your feedback is requested

Message Sent By
Katrina Heath
(Northamptonshire Police, Neighbourhood Police Team Co-ordinator, Northamptonshire)
Please tell us about the issues that matter most to you in the area where you live and work by completing a short survey. The information you give us will help identify the local neighbourhood policing priorities for your area. Click here to complete our local priorities survey    (Please note some browsers require Ctrl + click)
We would like to know about any crime or anti-social behaviour that is causing you concern and if there is anything specific you would like us to focus on.  We’d also like to know how safe you feel when out and about in your neighbourhood and whether you think the police are doing a good job at tackling local crime and disorder. The survey takes just a few minutes and we would really appreciate you taking the time share your views. The more feedback we get, the better we can understand what the issues are for local people. 

At a county level, we have four Matters of Priority that Northamptonshire Police will put a special focus on over the next 12 months:

Serious and organised crime
Domestic abuse
Knife crime
Anti-social behaviour. 

We will also set up to three local priorities for each policing area every three months based on local crime statistics and the feedback we get from the community. We will tell you what those priorities are and keep you informed about the action we are taking to address them.

Your feedback is really important and we appreciate you taking the time to share your views with us. 

Otters: a note of warning from Keith Burrell, Hospital Bungalows

Keith said “I watched an Otter in my Wildlife Pond looking for fish for about 3 minutes this evening. This answers why I have no more medium to large fish in my Pond, basically 
just Sticklebacks. With an Otter in the area Pond Fish Keepers should be on guard


Sunday Paper Round: Vacancy

Holcot from the west

There is a vacancy for a delivery person for the Sunday paper round. This is an existing round with existing customers. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact James Bonsor on 01604 781611 or on 07754 602213

Updated Planning Application : Poplars Farm

West Northamptonshire Council have sent a revised planning consultation letter for the car boot sale at Poplars Farm.

The description is changed, and the response date is revised.

See the Planning Applications page.

The Parish Council will still consider the application at their June meeting.

Planning Application : Sywell Road

A new planning application for Ivy House on Sywell Road has been received.

The Parish Council will consider the application at their June meeting.

If you wish to write direct to WNC, your response is due by 29 June.

See the Planning Applications page for information.

An introduction to Karen Conway: Dance ‘n’ Tone

Holcot from the East

During our recent Annual Parish Council Meeting Karen came to talk to us all and share her thoughts on her current exercise class as well as other classes that could be offered in the future. It was lovely to experience her passion first hand so we asked Karen to make a short video for us to share with you all. Karen’s contact details can be found on the Calendar page of the website. Click through from the calendar entry for more details of the class.

Please contact the Editor if you run a class or event in the village hall and would like to share a video similar to the one below. We would be happy to post it!

Village Lighting Improvements:

During May’s Parish Council meeting the new Parish Council unanimously agreed that Holcot’s street lighting needed to be improved and brought into line with the latest technology. These improvements would deliver 

  • Improved visibility around the village
  • Improved efficiency- replacing 80 W bulbs with 18W
  • Improved environmental impact- requiring less maintenance and using less energy
  • Savings in energy costs & maintenance fees

Therefore as a priority the Council agreed to fund the immediate replacement of 15 obsolete MBFU light fittings which run on 80w mercury bulbs, and replace with new lamps and 18W LED bulbs.

The work to replace the lights has already started and will continue across the coming week.

The council, with EONs guidance will then agree on a schedule to further upgrade the remaining village lights to LED. Timings will be budget dependant.

Local Policing Update

Recently Sgt Matt Moore attended the Annual Parish Council Meeting. Please find below a summary of the points he covered during his update. We hope you feel this covers any concerns you have. If you want to raise anything that is not covered here please contact you councillor.

A message from Sgt Matt Moore

Dear All

Please see below in respect of my input at the Holcot Annual Parish Council Meeting  

Having been asked to provide some crime data for the village I can advise that reported incidents, going back some 3 months are as follows.

             1. Majority of data refers to A43 (disregarded)   

              2. Dogs in the road (owner returned prior to attendance)

              3. Stolen dogs (not stolen and located)

              4. Stolen car (not stolen and located)

              5. ASB Teenagers x 2

              6. Bad driving

              7. Parties & damage at reservoir

The Local issues of HGV’s breaching the restricted zone has previously been identified and progressed. Actions completed are as follows.

  • Issue raised at the Road Jag (multi agency approach to tackling road issues within the LPA)
  • Monitoring by Brixworth team 1 -2 hours a week  
  • Pro Forma letter completed, joint Holcot & Northants Police
  • Signage checked by highways

A New NPT model will be introduced on the 1st of June. This will see an uplift in staffing to the NPT, including student Officers being tutored within NPT. Currently there are 3 PCSO at Brixworth, Jo Wright, Kev Lumbis & Paul Miller. We will be recruiting 2 PC’s into positions here. In addition I will be returning to Brixworth for half the week (the other half I will be at Daventry) . The team will cover Brixworth ED and Moulton ED- please see below

New Force priorities have been identified and are as follows. Click here for more detail

  • ASB 
  • Organized Crime
  • Domestic 
  • Knife crime 


 20mph application

Quote from Matt Phillips Sgt on Safer Roads team.

“Daventry NPT do not sit on the Speed Limit review panel. The last time Holcot brought this application, it was unanimously rejected by all members, this was also turned down by the highways manager for NCC at the subsequent appeal.  Northamptonshire Police’s support is not required for Northamptonshire Highways to alter speed limits. There has never been an intimation that the restrictions are or would be un-enforceable. However, we will not routinely enforce restrictions which do not match the look and feel of the environment. There are sadly a number of roads throughout the County where this is the case and I would give the A43 Moulton bypass as a prime example of that.”

Planning Application : Poplars Farm

A new application has been posted on the Planning Applications page, related to the car boot sale at Poplars Farm.

Details of how to comment on the applications are on the page. 

The Parish Council will consider the application at their meeting on 21 June.

Holcot Parish Council – Notice of Casual Vacancy

Due to a recent resignation of Councillor Martin Baldwin, Holcot Parish Council hereby give notice of the vacancy for the role of councillor.

The details below outline the next steps of the process. If you have any questions please reach out to a member of the parish council.

Tony Moulds : A note of thanks

Holcot from the south

Richard Moulds writes…

On behalf of Tony’s family we would like to thank everyone who paid their respects to Tony, it meant such a lot to us.

Also Dad would have been touched by the fly past of the Spitfire and Hurricane that flew overhead as his coffin was coming out the hearse ?. Along with the tractor with the sprayer attachment, very agricultural. And very fitting.

Annual Parish Meeting : Update from the meeting

Holcot from the south

As a follow up from Wednesday night’s meeting we would like to say thank you to those who attended our first APM as a new council, and to share an overview of the discussion for those who couldn’t make the meeting. Key topics were:

  • Policing update by Sergeant Matt Moore covered the latest on recruitment of local PCs, progress on HGV monitoring, and Northampton Constabulary policing priorities. A separate post will be created to share the details.
  • The Village Hall is re-opening! Karen Conway, who runs the Dance ‘n’ Tone class in the Village Hall shared information of her current class and also her thoughts on new exercise classes which could be run in the future. Details will be shared separately.
  • The Flower and Vegetable show is planned to take place on the 5th of September. Hold the date! – more details to follow
  • Official Annual Parish Meeting report created by the Parish Council-click here to see the report

Thanks again for everyones time and support for making the first meeting interesting and informative.

From the Parish Council

Christian Aid Donations: A big Thank You!

A note from Lesley Hunter, Church Warden: A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far. The good news is that we have raised the sum of £257.30! The even better news is that it stillI not too late to donate. If you have an envelope and still want to contribute please do so by dropping the sealed envelope off through Church Bank’s door by Sunday 30th May. Thank you again.

Hollowell Fete and Flower Festival (FAFF) -17th & 18th July

We are very pleased that life is slowly getting back to normal and community events are starting to be arranged for the summer. Hollowell are planning to hold a Fete and Flower Festival in July. More details will be shared closer to the event.

For any further information please call 01604 740796 or email

Parish Council : New Council met for the first time

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The new Parish Council met for the first time last week. A short general update…

David Walker was elected Chair, and Kathryn Bourner Vice-Chair.

We co-opted Trudi Townsend of Main Street which now gives us a full council. We have allocated sectors to Councillors as shown in the table below. The objective is that these Councillors are your first port of call in respect of anything that you would like to discuss with the Council. Alternatively, talk to any Councillor or contact Ruby (our Clerk). This information is also shown on the Parish Council page.

Main Street, Farm Close, Walgarth CourtTrudi Townsend07583
Back Lane, Brittens ViewDavid Walker 07802
Moulton Road, Tithe CloseCaroline Ferguson07710
Sywell Rd, Ivy Farm, Sunny BankSian Stone07816
All properties outside village confinesKathryn Bourner 07814
Rectory Lane, Beelhook, Walgrave RdPhil Scordellis07785
Brixworth Road, Glebe CloseMartin Baldwin07902
Poplars Lane, Winsland CourtJames

We also allocated responsibilities to individual Councillors as shown on the Parish Council page. A notable change for Parishioners is that Caroline Ferguson is now Editor for the website – the email address remains of course. David Walker will deputise if necessary.

Planning Applications

Two new applications have been posted on the Planning Applications page.

The first is for the Crossroads Oasis on Sywell Road, the second for Church Bank on Main Street.

Details of how to comment on the applications are on the page above.

The Parish Council will consider the applications at their meeting on 21 June, although if you would like to comment direct to West Northamptonshire Council the date is earlier.

A43 : Roadworks

Work to install 6km of new water pipes commences on 4 May and is expected to finish by the end of October 2021.

This will necessitate a 30mph zone on the A43 and footpath closures.

The location of the works is shown below. The full letter from Anglian Water is here.

Unitary Council : West Northamptonshire

West Northamptonshire Council vested on 1 April.

All of our services previously provided by Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire County Council are now provided by West Northamptonshire.

Anyone for tennis?

A message from Pam Wilson..

According to the Government’s roadmap, tennis will be able to resume on outdoor courts with effect from Monday, 29th March.

For those of you new to the Parish, we have a beautiful tennis court situated at the Cricket Ground off the Moulton Road.  The membership is open to all Holcot residents, the annual family fee is £15 (plus a refundable deposit of £10 for the court key).  

Members will be issued with a court key, a gate code and given instructions on how to book online.

If you wish to join please email or contact Pam Wilson 01604 781026

Pam Wilson

Church : Opportunity to help their fundraising

The Church are asking parishioners to support them through the EasyFundraising initiative. The attached summarises how you can help.

Need transport to get your Covid Jab? Holcot Cars will help.

Nick Metaxas of Holcot Cars on Moulton Road is offering a free taxi service for people who need transport to get to their vaccination.

Nick describes how to book….. “Dead simple process.  When people have a date and time for their vaccination, book at or call me on 07801 030400.”

A brilliant community service for these unusual times, and a local taxi service for everything else.

Help offered : Supporting Independence

A message from Fatma at Public Health Northamptonshire.

My name is Fatma and I work as part of Public Health Northamptonshire for the Supporting Independence Programme. Now, more than ever, services across the community are working together to support those most affected by COVID. Our aim is to support and enable people to maintain their independence and resilience for as long as possible. We are keen to work in partnership with local parishes to promote our service to the wider community, in order to support vulnerable adults to improve and maintain their independence and wellbeing.

Our service can be tailored to support anybody in the county, over the age of 18, who may be struggling with one or several areas of their life, leading to mild frailty or reduced independence. We are currently operating as a telephone service, offering 12 weeks of person-centred support with a trained Wellbeing Advisor. Advisors have a wealth of knowledge and contacts for community services, charities and organisations across the county, working in partnership to achieve a positive outcome for customers. Referrals are dependent on successful completion of the eligibility criteria, which are just a few quick questions included within the referral form. Our administrator will then contact the customer within 2 working days to arrange an initial appointment with an allocated advisor. Examples of areas we support with include:

·         Social isolation

·         Falls

·         Lifestyle

·         Medication

·         Mental and emotional health

·         Physical health and mobility

For more information and to access the online referral form, please visit:

Interested in a source of walks?

Holcot from the East

Please see the following message…

Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?

Walking in Northamptonshire is the website for you!  

With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Northamptonshire (part of the Walking in England suite of websites (  – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

John Harris


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