Holcot’s Lockdown Writing Group

 A very big thank you to all the Holcot residents that supported our venture into short story writing. ‘The End of the Line’ came into being because six ladies had more time on their hands during lockdown! Due to your generosity so far we have raised £525 for The Air Ambulance Charity. Thank you all so much x

Electric Vehicle Charging Points. Did you know?

For residents with off-road parking there is an existing government funded scheme that provides a 75% contribution to the cost of purchasing and installing a charge point at home (up to £350 including VAT). The scheme is called the ‘Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme’ – Below is a link to the page on the Office For Low Emission Vehicles webpage where you can find out how to apply and who is eligible:

Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme: guidance for customers – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

As you know next June will see an extended Bank Holiday weekend spanning four days in celebrations of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. To help celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of service the Parish Council are looking for volunteers to help with ideas for & the organisation of events across the weekend.

For event inspiration and to see what is already planned for the weekend please look at the official website – click here

If you would like to volunteer to be part of the Jubilee Social Committee or have any ideas for events please send a note to clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk. Thank you in advance!

Major Locations in Northampton and across county earmarked for housing revealed- NEXT STEPS

Following on from the post of the 12th October we wanted you to be aware of a number of face to face and online events being run by WNC which we would encourage residents to attend. The events are an opportunity to find out more about the plans and to ask any questions you may have. Please click on the link below to find an event suitable for you to attend

https://westnorthantsplan.inconsult.uk/WNSPOptions/consultationHome

The Parish Council will be attending the events and will be compiling a response (on behalf of the parish) to the plans in line with the end of the consultation period. The Parish Council will be discussing the response during November’s PC meeting on the 15th November. Please make sure any objections and/or concerns are sent to clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk before this meeting so they can be included in the consolidated response.

Major Locations in Northampton and across county earmarked for housing revealed.

Yesterday WNC opened a public consultation webpage to gather feedback from residents across the county concerning significant plans to further develop housing across 17 sites – including some close to Holcot.

The list of locations which could be built on are as a follows: Northampton north; north of Buckton Fields; east of Boughton; west of Moulton; north of Moulton; Northampton south-east; Northampton M1; south of junction 15; south of junction 15a; junction 16; north and west of Daventry; east of the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal; Daventry M1 junction 18; north west of Brackley; south of Towcester and the Racecourse; south of Long Buckby; north west of Milton Keynes at Old Stratford.

Please read through the attached link to find out more details of the proposals as well as details on how to log any concerns

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/politics/council/major-locations-in-northampton-and-across-county-earmarked-for-housing-revealed-tell-the-council-what-you-think-of-the-plans-3415132?fbclid=IwAR1TDzU3yLM0a91nai5LFfv1DVD055jtWqE-cU2azdhf4UolUkQ1E_djqrQ

Holcot IW- Reminder

The Holcot IW is restarting again on 14th October 7.30pm in the village hall – please come and join us to find out what we are all about!

After the WI finished in the village 3 years ago after 90 years of meetings,  a group of ‘interested women’ in the village successfully carried on organising meals out/visits/ talks and demonstrations on anything that took our interest.
Obviously Covid stopped us in our tracks but we now feel confident to try again to organise a full timetable of events. If you feel this is something you want to be part of please come to the meeting and add your ideas (refreshments included ).

Next Holcot Parish Council Meeting- October 18th

Please note the next meeting is planned to take place at 7pm on Monday October 18th in the Youth Wing of the Village Hall. The agenda for the meeting is here.

If you would like to attend please read through the link here to get guidance on the public attendance policy.

All other policies which provide governance to Holcot Parish Council can be found on the Parish Council page of the website.- click here for more details.

Bonfires and Fireworks

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to encourage residents to be safety conscious especially at this time of year around the use of bonfires.

Take a look at our safety tips below and remember if you are concerned that a bonfire is out of control, dial 999 and ask for the Fire Service.

Reporting unlit dangerous bonfires in Northamptonshire

If you do spot a build-up of rubbish, intended to be used as a bonfire, please report it to the local council immediately.

Visit the North Northamptonshire Council website where you can report nuisance bonfires. You can also make a complaint about a nuisance bonfire contacting Regulatory Services on 0300 330 7000 or by emailing ehealth@northampton.gov.uk. If you ring out-of-hours the complaint will be dealt with on the next working day.

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Annual Governance and Accountability Return- AGAR

AGAR is the Annual Governance and Accountability Return process that every Parish Council needs to undertake yearly. … The Parish Council has, in accordance with financial governance requirements produced an Annual Governance Statement and an Accounting Statement for 2020/21.

You will find all supporting & official documentation on the website, posted on the Parish Council page. Please click here to view the Notice of Conclusion of Audit.

Colin Barker- a note of thanks from Colin’s family

 To The Holcot Community

On behalf of Colin’s family, I would like to express my thanks to all those that befriended him, throughout his life in Holcot, especially those that looked after him during his latter weeks of his life. I know Colin was always looked after by so many people who he welcomed into his life. His popularity in and around the village was there to be seen, by the attendance at his funeral and wake. Colin’s internment took place on Tuesday 21st of September with only family present. The total donations have been all collected in, with almost £700 being raised for Cancer Research.

Once again, many thanks to you all for everything. Kind regards, Carol

Holcot IW

The Holcot IW is restarting again on 14th October 7.30pm in the village hall – please come and join us to find out what we are all about!

After the WI finished in the village 3 years ago after 90 years of meetings,  a group of ‘interested women’ in the village successfully carried on organising meals out/visits/ talks and demonstrations on anything that took our interest.
Obviously Covid stopped us in our tracks but we now feel confident to try again to organise a full timetable of events. If you feel this is something you want to be part of please come to the meeting and add your ideas (refreshments included ).

Playing Field: Spring See Saw Out of Action

Please let your children know not to use this equipment. The equipment is damaged and could be unsafe. We will let you know once the engineers have been and the equipment is repaired and safe to use. Please pass this message on to any of your friends who may use the playing field but aren’t subscribed to the website/emails.

Skip Etiquette

We have seen a few new skips crop up around the village over the last few weeks so thought it was a timely opportunity to share some links to articles about skip etiquette.

The following links cover a whole range of points to be considered; what size to hire, where to place your skip, and how to protect your skip from fly tippers. Hope you find the articles useful. Please note this is not an ad and we recommend you use a provider you have fully researched.

Skip hire: the basics- click here . How to protect your skip from being used by others- click here

If you do have items you are happy to go to a good home and not in the skip- leave them by the skip with a sign! You may be amazed how quickly things disappear!

Northampton Male Voice Choir: Last Night of the Proms

Less than 2 weeks to go !

Please support this great fundraising project challenging the men of Northamptonshire to help raise money for PROSTATE CANCER UK.

The men who answered the call earlier this year have since undergone a period of training with the NMVC Musical Director, and will take to the stage with Northampton Male Voice Choir on 25th September and perform at the Annual Concert ” The Last Night of the Proms”. The aim is to raise in excess of £20,000 in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Please click here for more details

For information about Northampton Male Voice Choir please visit http://www.nmvc.co.uk/

A note to all Carers

Northamptonshire Carers is pleased to announce that the Drop-in sessions for unpaid Carers registered with the Saxon Spires & Long Buckby Surgeries are now able to meet once more ‘face to face’ in the surgeries. Sadly Carers have been disproportionally affected by COVID19 so these drop-ins are a vital lifeline for many and an opportunity to re-engage with other Carers, medical professionals and hear about the support we can offer.

Meeting dates and venues up until December ’21 are detailed here but occur on the 1st Tuesday of each month, held alternately at Brixworth and Guilsborough GP surgeries.

Flower and Vegetable Show- a BIG thank you!

Thank you to everyone who supported the Flower & Vegetable show on Sunday.  On a beautiful sunny afternoon, we had a splendid display and raised £291.65 for the Village Hall.  Many thanks to the competitors, the helpers, the donators, the auctioneer and everyone who came along to see and to buy.

Due to the level of support, we are pleased to confirm the date of the next show is 4 September 2022.

Click on the below to see more photos and this years results.

https://www.holcotvillage.co.uk/flower-vegetable-show/

Also this knife was found in the Village Hall when we were clearing up after the
Flower & Veg ShowIf it’s yours. please immediately email phil.scordellis@gmail.com with your
home address so we can return it to you.

CPR and Defib training

A quick note of thanks to all those who attended the event last night and to Sandra Cottrell and her team for the great training session. The Rural Northants Community First Responder team are completely self funded so if anyone does want to donate to the cause please click the link here

HOLCOT VILLAGE HALL – MAKE A BOOKING REQUEST OR ENQUIRY

RESIDENT REQUESTS

Booking requests of all types are invited from residents of Holcot.

NON-RESIDENT AND BUSINESS REQUESTS

Non-residents and businesses are invited to complete booking requests to hire the village hall for individual events between 07:00 and 18:00, subject to consideration by the Holcot Village Hall Association Committee. The Committee regrets that non-resident and business booking requests for individual evening events will not be accepted.

GROUP/REGULAR BOOKINGS

We invite booking requests in both daytime and evenings from non-residents as well as residents (e.g. Fitness classes, musicians, hobby groups, dance classes etc.). These requests must be for a minimum of 12 sessions per year.

Please use this page to make a booking at Holcot Village Hall. The information you enter is emailed to the Booking Secretary who will be in touch by email (or telephone if necessary). You can also use this form to enquire about specific availability.

Gardening Friends of Holcot: Call to arms

Many of you will have seen the beautiful gardens at the crossroads, the church yard and the old school site.  Now all the hard work had been done, we need to maintain them.

We are hoping to set up a Gardening Friends of Holcot Group.  The group plans to meet for a couple of hours on a Wednesday morning, maybe once or twice a month depending on interest.  You would be welcome to join us as and when you can.

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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. 

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!