Elections 2021 : more information for prospective parish councillors

Holcot from the south

A general update has been provided on the temporary Parish Council election page. Please access the nomination form there, or contact me (781660, chair@holcotvillage.co.uk).

Northants CALC (the representative and support body for parish councils) is holding an Elections Q&A on Monday 22 March 2021, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. aimed at prospective candidates who wish to learn more about the role of parish or town councillor, and how to become a candidate for election. The link to register is here.

Please consider standing. The Parish Council is the first level of government and will have to interact with the new unitary West Northamptonshire Council.

David Walker

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 holcotcars.com or call me on 07801 030400.”

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

Coronavirus vaccination booking website

Here is the link to the coronavirus vaccination site.

At the moment you have to be over 56 years, or fulfil other criteria.

Slots available at Moulton Park.

Census 2021 : General information

A message from our neighbourhood supporter, providing background and support options…

Every ten years the census takes place in England and Wales, providing insight into the people who live across the country and what their lives are like. This year, census day is Sunday 21 March. You’ve probably seen lots of advertisements and information on the TV, in newspapers and social media. You will already have received your purple postcard and if you have not already received your Information Pack which contains your unique access code it will be with you shortly. 

You can start to complete the form as soon as you get your access code and if you think nothing is going to change before 21 March – Census Day – you can submit the form once completed. 

What is the Census used for?

Continue reading “Census 2021 : General information”

Parish Newsletter : Submissions for 24 March

Our new Parish Newsletter editor, Jenny Davis, will be publishing the Spring issue just after Easter.

Please provide articles to Jenny before 24 March. The email address for submissions is still holcotvillagenewsletter@hotmail.com

Parish Council election

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We now have a stock of hardcopy nomination forms.

Please consider standing.

Please get in touch with David Walker (781660) if you would like a form, or if you would like further information about the role of Councillor.

See the Parish Council Elections page for information, and how the form is submitted. A form can also be downloaded and printed from there.

Closing date for nominations is fixed by law at 8 April – in reality it is a few days before this. Ruby needs completed forms before 6 April if you would like her to take yours to Daventry on your behalf.

Road safety : Reminder of roadworks

This week sees the start of the work to connect the substation near the riding stables on Sywell Road to the substation on Moulton Road with a new high-voltage cable.

There will be traffic lights on Sywell Road this week (1 March), the following two weeks (8 March) there will be a rolling road closure up Back Lane, with traffic lights on Moulton Road (starting around 22 March).

See this post for further details.

Road safety : another short update

Progress has been made over the last 2 weeks with the various road safety issues facing Holcot.

A short update is provided on the road safety page.

Census 2021 : How do we participate?

A message from our neighbourhood coordinator…

Every ten years the census takes place in England and Wales, providing insight into the people who live across the country and what their lives are like. This year, census day is on Sunday 21 March. You’ve probably already seen lots of advertisements and information on the TV, in newspapers and social media and you should have received your purple postcard in the post. 

Look out for your Information Pack

Next week every house will be sent an Information Pack which will explain how to complete the census and contain a unique code which will give them access to the form using any digital device.

If someone doesn’t want to complete the census themself, a family member or a trusted person can do it on their behalf. People can also request a paper copy. Everything will be explained in the Information Pack. 

Where can people get help?

Call the Census Help Line on 0800 141 2021 (from 1 March)

Calling the Help Line When someone calls the Help Line they will hear a recorded message and be given three options. The system uses interactive voice response to make a selection.  

Option 1: Requesting a Paper Questionnaire 

This is an automated service.  The person calling will not need to speak to anyone if this option is used. There is a  unique reference number on each contact letter. This  should be entered on the handset. A paper questionnaire pack will then be  dispatched. 

Option 2:  Hear frequently asked questions (FAQs)

These FAQs  are changed over time according to demand. 

Option 3:  Will enable the caller to speak to an adviser. 

What special help is available?

Text Relay Service  (18001) 0800 141 2021

Free language helpline 0800 587 2021

Help for anyone with accessibility needs such as Large print formats and Information in Braille Call 0800 141 2021

British Sign Language support is available online.

Does everyone have to complete the census form?

Yes. It’s a legal requirement to complete the census. 

Church : Fundraising fun

Across the Church in Holcot

On the Church website there are two quizzes that Parishioners might like to enter.

  • Baby quiz – can you match the baby to the corresponding adult
  • General knowledge quiz (also posted here)

See the quizzes on the Church fund-raising page.

Census 2021

A message from the Census 2021 regional engagement officer.

Every ten years the census takes place in England and Wales, providing insight into the people who live across the country and what their lives are like. This year, census day is on Sunday 21 March. You may already have seen advertisements on the TV,  in newspapers and social media.

What is the census?

The census is a series of questions that gives a data picture of British society and this year it will give future generations a fascinating insight into how we lived during the coronavirus pandemic.  

But, more importantly, it helps the government plan and fund services in local communities. The responses might highlight a need for a new school, increased health care facilities or other services in your area. 

How does it work?

Next week (from 22 February) every house will be sent a Purple Postcard in the post to remind everyone that the census is on its way. 

The following week every house will be sent an Information Pack. This will contain a unique code which will give access to the census form online using any device. The Pack will also explain how to complete the census and how to get help if anyone needs it. 

If someone doesn’t want to complete the census themself, a family member or a trusted person can do it on their behalf. People can also request a paper copy. Everything will explained in the Information Pack. 

What information is collected?

The census collects information about individuals, their households and their homes. This information is collated and analysed and the first figures will be released next year. Billions of pounds of funding depend on the results of the census.

Is personal information safe?

Yes. Any information that is published following the census is fully anonymised. This year’s census records will be held securely and will be released into the public domain in 2121 when they will be available for everyone to read. 

Does everyone have to complete the census form?

Yes. It’s a legal requirement to complete the census. 

For more information visit census.gov.uk

Elections 2021 : Parish Council elections update

An update has been added to the Elections page.

It covers the nominations process (with the form), and the range of questions that Ruby has been asked so far.

Please consider standing – this is an important role for our community.

If you would like a chat about the role of Parish Councillor call David Walker 781660 or any of the current Councillors.

Grant Funding Opportunities

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The Parish Council belongs to a organisation called NCALC – they support us with legal and operational questions amongst other things. They maintain a list of community grant funding opportunities in the region – see here.

Church : Fundraising quiz

Is lockdown putting your brain to sleep?

Would you like to have a go at a competition quiz?

Here are 10 rounds of 10 questions to stimulate the grey matter. There is a small charge for entry and all proceeds will go to Holcot church.  

Road safety in Holcot : Update

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There has been a lot of work undertaken to help improve road safety over the last month. The key issues remain;

  • parking on verges on Brixworth Road;
  • HGVs flouting the 7.5t limit;
  • Flooding at the washbrook on Sywell Road
  • Speeding

A comprehensive report has been added to the road safety page.

In summary, actions are;

  • Anglian Water are investigating how they can extend parking facilities to reduce parking on Brixworth Road.
  • Northamptonshire Highways have been asked to investigate the implications and solutions of ceasing all parking on verges on Brixworth Road.
  • In the meantime the Parish Council will continue to report to the Police cases of illegal parking (eg; parking on the footpath, flouting COVID regulations) – please continue to send photographic evidence to clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk.
  • The Police have started a 4 week specific monitoring of HGV movements through Holcot on an occasional basis to help understand the HGV problem – please continue to send photographic evidence to clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk.
  • Northamptonshire Highways are to arrange a site visit for Sywell Road to understand the flooding issues and potential solutions.
  • The Parish Council have agreed to pursue the solar-powered VASID for Moulton Road to help alleviate speeding. The other measures still await Northamptonshire Highways.

The Parish Council is grateful to Councillors, Parishioners, the Police, Northamptonshire Highways and Anglian Water in supporting us working through these issues.

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.

Elections 2021 : Become a Parish Councillor

A message from David Walker…

An Election will be held on 6 May for Holcot Parish Council.

There are 8 roles on the Council, and anyone over 18 can put themselves forward. Please, please, please consider standing.

The process is straightforward.

  1. You decide to stand
  2. You complete a nomination form and take it to Daventry or deliver to Ruby (our clerk)
  3. Elections are held

A temporary webpage is available with more information, including the “13 excuses” people use for not standing.

We’ll post more information here over coming weeks.

If you would like to have a chat about the role of a Councillor or the elections process please give me a call on 781660.

David Walker

Elections 2021 : West Northamptonshire Council

A message from West Northamptonshire Council via DDC about upcoming elections.

Postal voters urged to apply early for new Council’s historic elections

Residents in Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire are being encouraged to apply early to vote by post for the first-ever elections to the new West Northamptonshire Council this spring.

On Thursday, 6 May voters across the three areas will go to the polls to elect a total of 93 councillors for the new unitary authority, which will be formed on 1 April this year, replacing the existing district, borough and county councils.

On Polling Day residents will also be able to cast votes for the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and to elect representatives for many of their local parish councils.

Work is underway to ensure that residents can cast their votes safely during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with a range of Covid-safe measures being planned for polling stations, alongside the other usual options such as voting by post or by proxy (when someone votes on your behalf).

People are urged to apply for postal votes as early as possible ahead of the deadline of 5pm on 20 April and those wishing to vote by proxy can also do this now before the deadline of 5pm on 27 April.

Anyone who is not yet registered to vote must do so by Monday, 19 April in order to take part in this spring’s elections.

Anna Earnshaw, Returning Officer for the West Northamptonshire elections and the Chief Executive of the new Council, said: “The Government has said they will be keeping the date of the elections under review which is right and proper given the fast-changing circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re currently preparing for them to go ahead as scheduled on 6 May, including putting robust measures in place to ensure everyone will have the opportunity to safely cast their vote in these historic elections for West Northamptonshire.

“Despite these extra measures, anyone who is clinically vulnerable or does not feel able to visit a polling station on Election Day should register to vote by post or proxy as soon as possible.”

Polling arrangements are currently being organised by elections staff in Daventry District, South Northants and Northampton until the new West Northamptonshire Council is formed on 1 April. In the run-up to this, residents will still need to apply for postal and proxy votes via their existing district or borough councils. 

Voters in Daventry District can apply by emailing electoralservices@daventrydc.gov.uk  or calling 01327 871100, Northampton residents should email elecreg@northampton.gov.uk or call 0300 330 7000, and people living in South Northants should email elections@southnorthants.gov.uk or call 01327 322128.

Residents unsure whether or not they are registered to vote can check by contacting their local elections team on the contact details above. Those who need to register can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, where they will be asked to provide their name, National Insurance number and date of birth.

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  www.walkinginengland.co.uk/northants 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 (www.walkinginengland.co.uk)  – 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


email: john@walkinginengland.co.uk

Roadworks : Sywell Road and Back Lane in March

High-power cables are being upgraded on an ‘as necessary’ basis nationwide over the next 10 years, ostensibly to cater for the expected increase in electric vehicles.

Commencing 1 March, Kier will be replacing the cable from the substation at the riding school on Sywell Road to the substation on Moulton Road. The cable will run down the southern side of Sywell Road and Back Lane.

The plan from my meeting with the project manager today….

Continue reading “Roadworks : Sywell Road and Back Lane in March”

National Census 2021

A message from the National Census.

Ready, steady, census 

The decennial census is almost upon us.

Households  will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk.

Road safety update

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A general update on the road safety issues facing the Parish has been added to the Road Safety page.

If you have videos, images or other evidence that show the impacts of speeding, HGVs, verge parking (etc) please send them to Ruby (clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk).

Tennis Court

Did you know the village has a tennis court at Northfields Farm on Moulton Road?

Membership is £15 per annum (£10 key deposit).

If you are interested in using the court contact Pam Wilson, pamwholcot800@gmail.com 07884 078179

Parish Council : Precept

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The Parish Council met last night. The precept (the amount of money that we receive via the ‘rates’) is again unchanged at £17,500.

The financial forecast for this year, and the budget for 2021/22, have been added to the Parish Council page in the normal way.

Children’s drawing competition

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1st prize £30, 2nd prize £20.

An opportunity, for children with an artistic flare, to enter a competition during the lockdown.

David Ashworth has written a children’s adventure book. It is presently illustrated with 24 photographs. The idea of the competition, is to choose one of the photos as a guide for doing a drawing or painting.

Any child wishing to have a go, or just read the book, can ask their parent to contact David, for a link to download the book. Age limit on entries is 16. Allowance will be made for age, so younger artists should not feel discouraged from entering. Heather Wilson has kindly offered to judge the competition.

For full details on downloading the book and entering the competition, please email: david@sharpend-uk.com

NHS 111 : A message from the NHS

Think NHS 111 First

NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched the next phase of the latest ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign which focuses on the NHS 111 service as a new way to access A&E.

If you have an urgent but not life-threatening medical need, make sure you contact NHS 111 first rather than going straight to A&E. If you do need urgent care, then NHS 111 can now book you in to be seen quickly and safely in A&E. 

As well as this, NHS 111 is also able to direct to or book an appointment at Urgent Treatment Centres, access to Out of Hours GP Services, pharmacies, emergency dental services and walk-in clinics.

Contacting 111 first will also help the NHS to keep you safe by maintaining social distancing and ensure that you receive the right care in the right place, in a more timely and safe way.

If you or your loved one have a life-threatening illness or injury then you should always use 999 and if you do arrive at A&E without contacting NHS 111 you will still receive medical care, with emergency treatments prioritised. 

Just think 111 first. When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 by phone or online at https://111.nhs.uk/

Further information about NHS 111 First is available at www.northamptonshireccg.nhs.uk


Holcot from the East

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.