Men wanted : learn to sing and raise money for charity

A request from Northampton Male Voice Choir.


Northampton Male Voice Choir is challenging the men of Northamptonshire to join them and the wonderful soprano, Emily Haig and ‘The Tenor’ Joshua Daniel in a concert in Northampton to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

To launch this challenge, the choir is holding two online open evenings on 15th and 22nd February 2021. You will be invited to learn to sing two songs over an 8-week period with the help of training by our charismatic Musical Director, Stephen Bell. At the end of the 8 weeks you will be ready to take to the stage with Northampton Male Voice Choir and perform these songs at one of our high- profile concerts, by which time we hope to have raised in excess of £20,000 in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Northampton Male Voice Choir is a registered charity with a long tradition of raising money for local charities, over £100,000 in the last 5 years, so it is very appropriate that a male voice choir should be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.

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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

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 (

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, 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:

Support for carers in 2021

An opportunity to gain support from Changing Minds and Northamptonshire Carers. See the image or this poster.

Changing Minds IAPT Service is working with Northamptonshire Carers to provide a live wellbeing webinar that you can watch from your own home.  If you are a carer you may feel physically and emotionally exhausted.  To find out further information please see the attached and feel free to forward on to anyone who may benefit from this.

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

Further information about NHS 111 First is available at

Northampton Town Football Club Community Trust

This message may be of interest. It talks about some of the great work that Northampton Town Football Club Community Trust do, how to get help or get involved.

I work for Northampton Town Football Club Community Trust, the official charity of the club. Our mission is to connect communities and improve lives. We run a range of projects across the town and county to engage young people and adults in the areas of physical and mental health, education training and employment, women’s and girls’ football, anti-crime, disability, tackling loneliness and social isolation. We are always looking for volunteers for a range of roles across the work that we do. If you aren’t a football fan, no problem, there are pastoral, befriending, and other roles too.  – various projects. 

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Funding available for community groups

Community groups tackling loneliness to benefit from £4m fund. Applications open on 5 January.

Please see this on Application details are provided.




The Village Hall Team has received serious concerns & complaints about the behaviour of local children – which is making it unpleasant to use the Hall, and to park outside it.

– Due to Covid regulations, exercise classes in the Hall have to have the windows and fire doors open for ventilation.

– Children are entering the Hall’s private garden area, peering in the open windows – and even pushing each other through the open fire exit into Covid-compliant socially-distanced classes. 

– They are also making extremely lewd sexist remarks to the users of the Hall when they are parking and entering the Hall.



– the risk of class attendances falling because participants will walk away

– the risk of classes becoming no longer financially-worthwhile for the instructors, so they will stop the classes

– those class-participants who are Holcot residents lose their local classes

– the Village Hall loses the rental income from such classes

– the Hall can’t cover its costs and has to close permanently

So Holcot loses a community facility for ever

Parish Clerk : Ruby Cole

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You will know that Lisa Callan had resigned as Parish Clerk and we were seeking a replacement.

The Parish Council is pleased to formally announce the appointment of Ruby Cole as the new clerk. Lisa and Ruby have started the transition process.

Many Parishioners will know Ruby who lives in Walgrave.

Her contact details have been added to the Parish Council page.


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  – a shot of your family, or animals, scenes, or anything generally fun or interesting.

Here is a sample.

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