Parish Council : Co-option of Councillor

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DDC have now confirmed that the Parish Council are empowered to co-opt a new Councillor.

If you would like to put yourself forward, please send a short statement of why you would like to become a Parish Councillor to Lisa clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk.

Based on submissions, the Parish Council will make the co-option at their meeting on 16 December.

If you have any questions, please contact David Walker 781660 or talk to any Councillor.

Christmas Post : 14 December

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The Church will be running a Christmas Post this year. 

For 15p per card, they will deliver your cards to addresses within the Village only. 

Please bring your cards to the Church Room on Saturday December 14th between 10:30 and 12:30. Coffee and mince pies will be available for anyone with a few minutes to spare. Please note the change of date.

The cards will be delivered during the following week. All proceeds to Church Funds.

Cards should have name and first line of address please. No Post code needed!! 

Wreath-Making in Holcot Village Hall : 10 December

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The Church have arranged a wreath-making event on Tuesday 10 December, 7:30-9:30pm in the Village Hall.

A professional florist will be on-hand to help you create your own Christmas wreath – just bring an apron and some secateurs.

Book your ticket by contacting Philip Burditt 780530. Tickets are £30 to include all materials, mince pies, hot drinks, a glass of fizz and a very warm festive welcome.

Church : Christmas Services

The Christmas Services are;

Sunday 1 December 9:00am – Advent Family Service 

Sunday 8 December 4:00pm – Christingle Service (NB no morning service) 

Tuesday 17 December 7:00pm – Carol Singing at Holly Tree Farm, Poplars Lane with Abington Wind Band

Christmas Eve 5:00pm – Christmas Carol Service followed by Holy Communion

Christmas Day – No Service – Service at Brixworth 10:30am

Church : James’s walk

The Church would like to thank everyone who donated during James’s recent walk along the Nene – over £1850 was raised.

Well done James!

Planning Application : Holcot Road, Hannington

We have been consulted on a new planning application for Turners Farm on Holcot Road – this application is on the border of the Parish. Details on the planning applications page in the normal way.

The Parish Council will consider the application at their December meeting. Personal responses are due to DDC by 12 December.

Planning Application : Appeal – Foxhill Farm

An appeal has been raised against DA/2019/0502 for Foxhill Farm on Sywell Road. The application relates to the removal of a condition on a previous planning application.

A letter is attached to the item on the Planning Applications page. Comments are due by 25 December.

The Parish Council will consider their opinion on the appeal at their December meeting.

Community Event : 8-10 May 2020

You will know that the early May Bank Holiday in 2020 has been moved to Friday 8 May.

Many will remember the community events held in the Parish to mark days such as the Queen’s jubilee, where we have come together with events including bands, hog roasts, open mics, dancing, kids events…

Plans are being drawn up to do it again over the weekend 8-10 May 2020!

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

General Election information

The village hall will be the polling station as usual on 12 December. The notice of the four candidates is published on the DDC website here.

Community : Can anyone help?

A note from Victoria Cockerill at Hospital Bungalows…

Due to health reasons I am unable to drive at the moment.  I am looking for someone who would be willing to give our son a lift to Moulton School and Science College – someone who goes through Moulton on their way to work or has children that attend the school.  Approximately 8.00am during term time.  My son is 15 and will be leaving school next May, by when it is hoped I will be able to drive.

We live outside of the village on the Moulton Road at the Hospital Bungalows.  I am willing to contribute to petrol expenses by mutual agreement.

If you can help please call me on 647570

I hope that there is someone in the village that may be able to assist under such difficult circumstances for us at the moment.

Thanks

Victoria

Banter and Batter Quiz : Results

Another Great Sell Out Quiz Night at The Holcot Village Hall

The 12th Banter & Batter Quiz held to raise funds for Holcot Village Hall on 19 October was a great success with lots of fun, raising £562.59. The raffle raised £309 of this and is a significant fund raiser. Thank you to all that attended, enjoying both the quiz and tasty fish & chip supper. A special thanks to those who helped us to set up the hall on Saturday and clear up on Sunday morning. Particular thanks to the couple who did a magnificent job in just about finishing the clear up on Sunday on their own before we even arrived! You know who you are.

A full capacity 13 quiz teams ‘battled’ though eight rounds of sometimes cryptic questions to an exciting finale with three teams on the same score with one round to go. The final ‘music’ round produced clear winners by just one point! The winning team was ‘Six Pack’ headed by Jackie & Deryck Watson (the organisers). They say that …….. Fish is good for the brain, so maybe the winners had slightly bigger portions during the break?

Anyway, we love to quiz and it’s good to win from time to time, so please come and give it a go at the next Banter & Batter Quiz and perhaps eat more fish in the meantime.

Our tradition is to run a spring quiz in aid of a charity with links to village residents and an autumn quiz as a fund raiser for our lovely village hall. Your next Quiz on Saturday 7 March 2020 will raise funds for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Doors open at 7:00pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm.

Several team tables have already been booked so get your teams of six together, or simply reserve your places and we’ll put some teams together. Tickets remain at £10 per person to include the fish & chips supper (other meal options are available). As usual, we will hold a raffle with excellent prizes so you can be a winner there too.

Tickets are available from Jackie Watson at The Old Orchard, opposite the village hall in Back Lane. Contact Jackie on 07808 721655 or email jackie.watson55@outlook.com. Please note that our landline phone number is no longer in use.

We look forward to seeing you again and to meeting new faces.

Best regards

Jackie & Deryck Watson

Kiosk : Books please!

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The kiosk in the old phone box is running low on books.

If you have any books that you no longer need, please deposit them in the phone box.

Fundraising opportunity : Gigaclear

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There is a general offer of financial support from Gigaclear for fund-raising events and other activities which benefit the community.

The sales team at Gigaclear has told the Parish Council that its Marketing Department might be prepared to consider – in exchange for publicity – providing financial support for community “events and activity”, such as sponsorship for fund-raising events.

This will probably be on a ‘first come first served’ basis, so Holcot community groups that rely on fund-raising are encouraged to contact Gigaclear ASAP.

To find out more details on their conditions, criteria for eligibility, and what info you might need to provide, please make initial contact at marketing@gigaclear.com . 

Northamptonshire : New authorities

The Future Northants West website is now available.

In 2021 NCC and DDC (and all other borough and district councils) will cease to exist. Our new Unitary council will be Northamptonshire West, and this website is intended to keep us informed.

See the website here.

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