Coronavirus : Need help? Can offer help?

The Parish Council will coordinate a community response for any parishioners who need basic help during this period of social distancing and self-isolation.

If you can offer help, or need help, please contact Lisa. Details below.

This has been delivered to every house as a flyer.

Lost : Hearing Aid

Pat McGlasson (781215) has lost her hearing aid. She believes she may have lost it during her daily walk around the village.

If you come across it please give her a call. She’ll be really grateful!

Coronavirus : Tennis Court

Please be aware that due to the current government restrictions during the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Tennis Court at Northfields is CLOSED to the Public. As always, Holcot Cricket Ground remains  private at all times except for organised events. As in normal circumstances, we expect all Footpath and Bridleway Users to adhere to the  official routes only. Thank you for your understanding.

 From The Wilson Family

Need help with dog-walking in Holcot anyone?

Isla has decided she would like to help people in the village who have to shield by walking their dog. This is permitted by the government (bluecross.org.uk).

Here’s her poster….

DDC : Planning Application

A new planning application for Moulton Road has been added to the planning applications page.

If you have any comments please send them to Lisa (clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk) or direct to Rebecca Hambridge at DDC (rhambridge@daventrydc.gov.uk). Before 15 April please.

You will appreciate that the Parish Council are avoiding holding face to face meetings at the moment. We will liaise to ensure that we opine on behalf of the Parish.

Dance N Tone : Moving online

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A note from Karen…

Hi Everyone,

I am currently working on keeping my classes going online. I know the atmosphere won’t quite be the same, but it keeps us active, it keeps us healthy and it keeps us together as much as possible.

If you are interested please email me and I will keep you updated.  Those of you who are regular at my class, who see the constant struggle I have with even simple things like using the Ipad, will know that this has been a bit of a challenge!   You will need access to “Zoom” ( you can sign up for free, no monthly cost to yourselves) You can have it as an app on your phone, or you just load up the page if you are using a PC/tablet/laptop. I will then send you a link or meeting ID to join in. You can do this from any smart phone (ive hooked mine up to my tv /  monitor so I can see better)  You will need a camera if possible please, I need to ensure that I can see you all, to make sure I’m still teaching safely.

Read the rest of Karen’s note here

Parish Council : Coronavirus general update

I promised occasional short updates consolidating the news.

The volunteer scheme is working well – there have been a few requests for help this week, all easily fielded by the community. Thanks everyone involved, and don’t forget to contact Lisa if you need help or are willing to volunteer.

Whilst church services are cancelled, the Church is open every day for personal prayers.

We took the decision to close the playing field this week. Coronavirus transmission by touch on the playing field equipment could not be prevented. The new equipment installation due this week has been delayed.

As things stand, we intend preparing the Spring newsletter in early-April. A reminder to submit your items before 3 April will be posted in a day or two.

Stay well

David Walker

Playing Field Closed

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Due to the risk of transmission of the coronavirus via the play equipment, the playing field is closed until further notice.

The gate will be padlocked to remind everyone.

Greengrocers delivery service

Phil Scordellis has spoken to Ken Troop of Troops in Brixworth.

They will deliver of fresh fruit, vegetables, etc to Holcot addresses.

Phone 882366 with your order; they will take credit card payments over the phone.

Parish Council : COVID-19 General Update

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Hi all

I thought I would write an occasional update which consolidates recent Holcot-related messages and provides ‘new news’. I won’t cover advice from local and central government unless we are specifically asked to cascade anything, and needless to say (but say it anyway!) if there’s nothing to say, I won’t write.

You will have seen that we have distributed a flyer that offers help to Parishioners who find that they are struggling logistically because of self-isolation and the impacts of this crisis. A copy of the flyer is here.

It’s really pleasing to report that Lisa already has around 20 volunteers willing to help, and I know that people are always supporting their neighbours and friends anyway. If you need any help getting shopping, posting letters or similar activities please get in touch with Lisa on the number on the flyer. She will then ask someone to help you.

You will have seen that the Church and White Swan have been required to close to help stop the transfer of the virus. Other Groups and Clubs have stopped meeting for the same reason – when editor@holcotvillage.co.uk is notified, a separate post is written. I know this is a difficult time, and my best wishes to all of the leaders, landlords, instructors, and everyone else involved. I look forward to when we can start telling people that all of our brilliant community facilities and activities are available again.

You may also have seen that the events planned for the commemoration of VE Day Bank Holiday weekend are now cancelled. I know a lot of work had gone into planning these events.

Lastly, new news. Parish Council is cancelled for April. The Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for 4 May is also cancelled.

The next part of the improvement to the Playing Field equipment is due in early-April. Please keep your children clear of the installers on the installation day.

The website is the only means that we have to communicate with Parishioners quicklyif you know anyone who isn’t signed up, please suggest that they subscribe.

Very best wishes and stay safe.

David Walker, Chair, Holcot Parish Council 781660

Church Services : Cancelled

The Archbishops of the Church of England have decided to suspend all church services for the time being.

Anyone wishing to may contact James Bonsor or Lesley Hunter ( contact details here) with anything they may need help with.

Parish Council Elections : Postponed to 2021

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You may have seen that the local elections due in May are now cancelled.

It is likely that elections will not be held until May 2021.

Banter and Batter Quiz : The Results

A brilliant evening as always, and a fantastic result..

We’re delighted to announce that our 13th Banter and Batter Quiz Night was yet another resounding success raising £540 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Thank you yet again for supporting us.

The evening was such a big hit whilst raising money for such a worthy cause and the fish and chips were tasty too!

Next quiz is Saturday the 31 October. Places can be reserved now.

Jacqui and Deryck

Church : Coffee and Cake

There is a short service of Morning Prayer on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:30am in the Church Room. This is followed by Coffee and Cake at 11:00am.

Friends of Holcot : Why not get involved?

You may have seen that the group of parishioners known as ‘The Friends of Holcot’ have recently installed a new table in the playing field. Last week they tidied the old school site and cleared up part of the churchyard.

The Friends of Holcot meet on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month for a couple of hours when there are maintenance tasks to do. They are friendly bunch, and their tasks variable. For instance cleaning the war memorial, clearing accumulations of leaves, replacing wooden posts, painting the old phone box, clearing back overgrowth, developing the churchyard garden…

If you would like to get involved please contact Roger Gunnett – his contact details are here. You don’t need to commit to every session and you don’t need any particular skills or tools, just a willingness to get involved and help keep our Parish well-maintained. All projects are funded by the Parish Council.

Friends of Holcot – thank you for everything you do

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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