WNC : Paralympic athletes celebration

Moulton Leisure Centre is set to stage a celebration event after four athletes from Northampton Swimming Club were named as part of ParalympicsGB’s squad for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
The centre, run by leading operator Everyone Active in partnership with West Northamptonshire Council (WNC), is keen to showcase the quartet’s fantastic achievement.

Attending the Paralympic Games this summer will be multiple Paralympic, world, European and Commonwealth champion Maisie Summers-Newton, European medallist Eliza Humphrey, world medallist Scarlett Humphrey and European medallist Bruce Dee.

A celebration event will be held at Moulton Leisure Centre on Saturday, June 15 from 9.15am-9.45am.
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WNC : grant schemes

WNC have a variety of grant schemes available to help community organisations to provide crisis support to residents.

Several grant schemes are now available for registered charities, not-for-profit and Voluntary Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE) organisations in West Northamptonshire, or who are prepared to operate within West Northants, to apply for funding to support vulnerable households most in need with the cost of living.

Using funds from the fifth tranche of the Household Support Fund for West Northants, £ 583,216.77 has been allocated for grant funding to support those in financial hardship, with funding being available until the end of September 2024.

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IW : Guest Speaker – Richard Macphail from Genesis

Holcot Interesting Women presents..Richard Macphail from Genesis

See the poster here.

Richard Macphail talks about his experiences as a founder member of the group Genesis.

Come along and enjoy an interesting and entertaining afternoon.

Delicious homemade cakes and tea included.

Date:              Wednesday 10th July

Where:           Holcot Village Hall

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Poppy display for Remembrance : Get knitting

Time on your hands and you love knitting?

We are aiming to have a beautiful poppy display on the Old School Site this year.  Some friends of Holcot have already started knitting poppies and we would welcome contributions from any parishioners.

We are using double knitting in any shade of red.  Middles can be black wool/felt/ buttons.  Crochet contributions too. There are many free patterns available on the internet.

Contributions should be made by 30 September to enable time to make up the display.  If you would like to join in, please contact Rosie Walker….rosie@sunnyoak.co.uk

WNC : funding for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector

WNC are offering funding for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations. Closing date is 26 June.

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations who deliver important services in West Northamptonshire can now apply for grants of up to £15,000 to help West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) deliver its strategic aims and objectives.

This round of the Discretionary Community Funding Grants follows last year’s successful round which saw £323,374 awarded to 33 local VCSE organisations. Interest in the grant scheme is high therefore organisations are encouraged to check the eligibility criteria and submit an application ahead of the deadline.

The grant scheme is open to local registered charities, not-for-profit and VCSE organisations that operate, or are prepared to operate, within the geographical area of West Northamptonshire.

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WNC : Cabinet changes

WNC have made changes to their Cabinet.

A reshuffle of West Northamptonshire Council’s Cabinet is refocusing senior councillors’ responsibilities on the latest priorities and needs of local residents. 

Cllr Adam Brown was elected as new Leader of the Council WNC’s annual meeting last night (Thursday 16 May) who, in turn has appointed Cabinet Members, introducing a series of changes to their portfolios – these are the specific council services that they are responsible for overseeing.

Under the new arrangements, some portfolios have been streamlined to specific service areas, such as housing and highways, enabling the Council to concentrate a greater focus on tackling these issues. Other changes have been made to better align service areas, such as including sustainability within the environment portfolio.

The new Cabinet arrangements are as follows: 

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Parish Council : Exercise of Public Rights

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Each year the Parish Council prepares accounts and various other financial and control-related analyses and documents (collectively often referred to as AGAR – Annual Governance and Accountability Return). These have been published on the Parish Council page in the normal way, along with accounts and other documents.

Also, people have the right to view accounts – the ‘Exercise of public rights’. This year it will run from 3 June until 12 July. Full details including the Summary of Rights are included in the notice here.

Action Fraud : WhatsApp Groups

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The Police’s national Action Fraud service is warning of a rise of fraudsters targeting WhatsApp groups.

WhatsApp group chat members are being warned they could be targeted by criminals, as Action Fraud reveals it has received 636 reports from victims of the messaging app this year.

The fraud often begins when a member of the group receives a WhatsApp audio call from the fraudster, pretending or claiming to be another member of the group. This is done to gain the individual’s trust, and often the scammer will use a false profile picture and/or display name, so at first glance it would appear to be a genuine member of the group.

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Citizens Advice : Universal Credit claims

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A message from Citizens Advice offering free help claiming Universal Credit. See this poster or this website (the Leicestershire service applies to Northamptonshire).

Help to Claim is a dedicated service from Citizens Advice. Our service:

  • is free, independent and confidential
  • supports clients start a new Universal Credit claim through to the first full payment
  • helps us identify the right support for each client through individual needs assessment
  • offers interpreters where English is an additional language
  • Our trained advisers can
    • check eligibility
    • support with the completion of the application
    • help prepare for the first JCP appointment

WNC : Grants – energy efficiency and clean heating

WNC are promoting grants for energy efficiency and clean heating upgrades.

Low-income off-gas households with an annual income of £36,000 or less across West Northamptonshire are urged to find out if they could access essential funding to help them deliver energy efficiency upgrades and install clean heating systems. 
The funding is made possible through the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 funding bid secured by West Northamptonshire Council (WNC). Responding to feedback and a thorough review of the program, the Department of Energy and Sustainable Net Zero (DESNZ) has increased the household income threshold to £36,000, up from £31,000, to ensure that more families can benefit from this vital initiative.  

The expanded eligibility criteria are anticipated to increase the number of eligible households by approximately 19% nationally within the scheme. This means more families will have access to the support they need to improve energy efficiency, reduce fuel poverty, and contribute to the UK’s Net Zero commitment by 2050. 

WNC is partnered with Agility Eco to be able to offer this scheme to the people of West Northamptonshire this opportunity by arranging and carrying out the improvement assessment and all the retrofit work.  Local installers in each region will guide customers through the application journey, helping them understand and establish eligibility for the scheme.
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Being a Parish Councillor

You will have seen that Holcot Parish Council has a vacancy for a Councillor. We also expect a second vacancy shortly.

I was asked for further information about the role of a Parish Councillor. The Good Councillor’s Guide is a great place to start.

In Holcot, Councillors are involved in representing and supporting many aspects of the community, from ensuring that the street lighting works, through dealing with West Northants Council highways, planning and other services. Councillors look after the playing field, maintain community communications through the website and newsletter, and help Parishioners deal with specific issues…. and a whole lot more.

Want to help lead Holcot’s response to the Green Hill Solar Farm? Road safety? Local massive housebuilding? Our response to climate change? Please consider becoming a Parish Councillor!

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New laws around dog fouling and smoking in play areas

Holcot Parish Council have recently received complaints about dog fouling in the village. This is a topic which never really goes away. So in-line with the new laws that go live on Tuesday 3rd October HPC will be investigating getting signs added to lamp posts around the parish to remind everyone of the penalties of both dog fouling and smoking in the playing field. HPC would also like to hear from any volunteers who would be happy to spray any dog poo with fluorescent spray paint to help bring it to everyone’s attention! Hopefully with the changes in the laws and the visual reminders around the parish we can encourage everyone to make Holcot safer and cleaner for our families and friends. To find out how to report a dog fouling incident please click on the link here.

Street harassment is not OK!

Northamptonshire Police has launched the Flare Report App that allows women to report, anonymously and quickly, any incidents or behaviour that make them feel unsafe when they are out and about in Northamptonshire.  Police will collate and analyse the reports made, so that problem areas can be identified and action taken to improve those areas where people feel unsafe.  Flare Report can be downloaded to Apple or Android devices. Please share this news with your friends and family.

The app can be used to report incidents and behaviour that are inappropriate and make people feel unsafe, such as cat calling, comments or touching, street harassment or other threatening behaviour.  Crimes can be reported on FlareReport but not if they need an immediate police response.

“Fix My Street”

Did you know you can easily report damage & obstructions to roads and pavements with just a quick click?! As we are heading into pothole season this tool if perfect for anyone who sees or is impacted by a pothole. However this service can be used for many different issues which could impact the safety of anyone driving or walking around Northamptonshire. It can also be used to report low hanging and dangerous vegetation which could obscure visibility or fall into the road.

If you have anything to report, please don’t hesitate and click here to notify WNC. You can also click on the Street Doctor button on the website Homepage. Here you will find more information about the WNC Highways responsibilities.

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