Category Archives: Local Services

Ability Bus Service Starting Soon

Timetable & Rates Available

The new Ability weekly bus service from the village to Banbury and Daventry will be starting up from 16th May 2022. The Parish Council, together with Oxford County Council and West Northants Council are continuing to press for the retention of Stagecoach Service 200 but this provides an additional service that many residents will find helpful.

Costs & Service Options

Details of the service options and costs (the standard – “bronze” – service is free to bus pass holders, others pay the normal fare) are available here:-

Ability Membership options

Planned Service

The planned service has a bus on Mondays (except Bank Holidays), leaving Woodford for Banbury at 09:30 (return at 13:00) and for Daventry at 10:30 (returning at 14:00). Times are approximate depending on the needs of passengers. You must pre-book your seat by calling 01327 604123.

ability timetable

Register Now!

You can register as an Ability user free of charge or by taking up one of their paid service options by calling 01327 604123.

And you can find out more on their web site.

ability details



Water Problems In School Street

anglian water logoAnglian Water advise of a problem requiring a mains repair to the water supply in School Street.

Properties in the area may have low water pressure or a complete stoppage.

Anglian Water expect to resolve the problem by 07th June.

Details of the problem and suggestion on what to do if you have cloudy water as a result of this can be found here.


Ability In The Village

Ability is the village’s new local transport service, providing regular trips into Daventry or Banbury.

They will be in Woodford Halse Station Road / Church Street tomorrow (Tuesday 10th May 2022) 12-2pm to promote their new service to Banbury and Daventry.

Find Out More

You can pop down to say hello or register to use the service.

They look forward to seeing you and helping with any queries you have.

Anglian Water in School Street

Repairs to Water Main

anglian water logoAnglian Water advise that they are carrying out repairs to the water main in School Street, Woodford Halse.

More details are available here.

Some residents may have cloudy water as a result of this. This is caused by air in the water and is harmless. It will usually clear if left to stand. You can find out more about cloudy water here.

Easter Bins

Monday’s Bins As Usualunitary logo

West Northants Council advise that there will be no changes to bin collections over the Easter bank holiday weekend in West Northamptonshire.

Bins should be presented for collection on your usual day (monday for the village – this week: green bin and food recycling).

green binbrown bin

You can always check which bins are due using this link: West Northants Refuse & Recycling collections.

Easter Buses

No Services Friday or Monday In Woodford

bus stopStagecoach has posted the following regarding bus services over Easter weekend. This will mean NO bus 200 service on Friday 15th, Sunday 17th or Monday 18th April.…..

“For Easter 2022, we will be operating the below:

Good Friday (15th April) – Sunday service on all services (except S1 which will operate to a Saturday timetable and 36 which will operate a Saturday timetable)

Saturday 16th April – Normal Saturday Service

Easter Sunday (17th April) – Sunday service on all services (except #36 which will not operate)

Easter Monday (18th April) – Sunday service on all services (except #36 which will not operate)

Tuesday 19th April – Normal service resumes.”

Recycling Tip From West Northants Council

Place batteries and small electrical items on your black/grey bin.

Electrical Items & Your Black/ Grey Bin

Batteries and small electrical items that are no larger than the volume of a plastic carrier bag can be placed on top of your black/grey bin when you put it out for collection.

selection of batteriesHousehold batteries and any small item with a plug or battery can be recycled, including hairdryers, kettles, toasters, hair straighteners, power tools, electrical toys, phones, remote controls, radios, clippers and shavers.

All the items collected are then separated into different components for reuse, recycling or safe disposal.

Find out more about recycling in this area here:-

Waste and Recycling : What Can I Recycle?

Stagecoach Service 200 Update

The following has  been posted on the Stagecoach web site….

“Service 200 secured for an additional period

service 200 stagecoach bus stop

“We are pleased to confirm that local authority funding has been secured to enable us to continue running service 200 between Banbury and Daventry for an additional period. The service will operate to its current timetable up until 27th August 2022.

“This interim support has been jointly provided by West Northamptonshire Council and Oxfordshire County Council, in order to allow further consideration of the potential options in relation to the long term future of public transport connectivity in the area.”

Withdrawal of Bus Service 200

Stagecoach Announce End of Service

Subsequent to this post Stagecoach published an announcement postponing the closure until August 27th 2022.

On 22nd February 2022, Stagecoach Bus Oxfordshire posted the following announcement of the last bus from Woodford on their web site….

service 200“Due to low passenger numbers and rising costs we regret to inform our passengers that we will no longer be running service 200 between Banbury and Daventry from the above date with Saturday 2nd April as the last date in service.

“For several years the 200 has been operating at a financial loss covering less than 85% of its costs during which time Stagecoach has absorbed the losses incurred. This has been as a result of low passengers numbers that have only worsened since the pandemic; falling to below 75% of pre-Covid levels.

“We have approached local authorities who are unable to provide the long-term financial support required and so our only option is to unfortunately withdraw this service.”

The original announcement can be found here: Stagecoach Bus Withdrawal of Service 200.


Sing Along With Rhyme Time.

Free Sessions for Babies & Toddlers at the Community Library.

Each week, Rhyme Time offers free sessions of interactive songs and music for babies, toddler and pre-schoolers with their grown ups. Tuesday’s at 2:30pm to 3:00pm in the Library. No need to book – just come along.

rhyme time poster


Armed Forces Community Hub

West Northants Council has announced a new support service for serving personnel, veterans and their families.

Community Hub in Daventry

Serving personnel, veterans and their families are invited for a brew and a chat during the first Armed Forces Community Hub in Daventry next week.

The Armed Forces Community Hubs are going to be run once a month across the county with the first Hub taking place between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday, 27 January at the Daventry New Street Community Centre, NN11 4BT.

You can find out more here: West Northants Armed Forces Community hub

Do You Care For A Dementia Sufferer?

Are You Using The Herbert Protocol?

The Herbert Protocol aims to help protect vulnerable people by making sure essential information is on hand if they go missing.

Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board in partnership with Northamptonshire Police have relaunched a new and improved version of the Herbert Protocol and are encouraging people caring for someone living with dementia to use the initiative to keep them safe and sound.

What is the Herbert Protocol?

Used by police forces across the UK, the Herbert Protocol encourages families and carers of people living with dementia to compile key information about them on a form, including their description, a current photograph, medical information, favourite locations, hobbies, routines and more.  Stored safely where the person lives, the form and photograph are handed straight to police if they are reported missing giving officers a detailed insight into their life and habits. This saves time as officers can direct their search efforts accordingly so the missing person can be found as quickly as possible.

Further information

For further information about the Herbert Protocol, to download a form, and for details about what to do if someone goes missing, visit this page on the Northamptonshire Police website.

The Herbert Protocol

Road Works : Sidney Road

Information from

Road Works Warning advise that there will be road works taking place in Sidney Road between Saturday 8th January and Wednesday 12th January 2022.

This is related to work being carried out by Anglian Water.

More details can be found on the web site.

Cherwell Water Level Gauge

Rainfall & Flood Risk

With rain forecast  to continue on and off for the next week, we thought you might like to be reminded of the river level gauge which can give advanced warning of flood risk.

The gauge is located by the bridge over the Cherwell on Hinton Road and the readings can be viewed on-line. You can either check the gauge on this page or follow it on twitter to get regular updates.

PLEASE NOTE: This information is NOT provided by the Parish Council. The Council is not liable for any eventuality as a result of the use of this information or for its non-availability.


Consultation On Police & Fire Budgets

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner asks for your views.

Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold has launched a budget consultation to ask for views on the level of council tax precept for policing and fire and rescue services next year.

Northants PFCC LogoThe PFCC sets the budget for both Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northamptonshire Police. The budgets are made up from money raised from central government grants and the policing and fire precepts, which are part of the council tax.

Around 18% of the total council tax bill paid by a Northamptonshire household goes towards policing and fire services, 14% for policing and 4% for the fire service.

Over the past five years, the council tax paid towards policing and fire has been invested to give more police officers than ever before – from 1170 to around 1500 by March 2023 – which has enabled a new focus on neighbourhood policing; and in more firefighters, with the appropriate equipment to help them do their job.

The Commissioner has recently set a new Police, Fire and Crime Plan for the county, following a public consultation that overwhelmingly supported visible and effective response from the two emergency services.

The Government’s financial settlement, published last week, expects that Commissioners across the country will raise the council tax for police by an extra £10 a year for a band D property – an increase that is lower than inflation.

The central government funding for Northamptonshire Police is less than anticipated in the next financial year, so an increase in the council tax precept of £10 would mean the increased number of officers can still be afforded.

The settlement also gave the Commissioner the flexibility to ask for an additional £5 a year – less than 10p a week – for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, because it is one of the lowest-funded in the country.

Now Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold is asking the public for their views on the level of council tax they would pay so that the improvements that have been made in both services can be sustained into the future.

“I know this is another challenging year and the financial decisions that I have to make will be tougher than ever,” Stephen said.

“People have clearly told me that they want to see more police officers in their neighbourhoods, and that they want fire services that are able to respond quickly when needed.

“We have committed to ensuring that Northamptonshire Police has 1500 officers, the most it has ever had, and we are well on track to reach that number. I want to ensure that we can sustain a force of that size, to serve this fast-growing county.

“The £10 a year increase on the policing precept that the Government expects will not cover the costs of inflation, but it will ensure that we can keep on making improvements in the policing.”

Stephen said that Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service needs the £5 precept increase so that it can achieve a stable financial base from which to modernise and extend the work it does in the community.

“I am very grateful that the Government has listened and enabled us to ask for £5 a year for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. That would put the service on a more stable footing to make the changes that it must make.

“People have made their priorities clear, I now want to know what they think about the precept increase that would allow these priorities to be met.”

The consultation can be found  on the Commissioners web site.

The consultation runs from Monday 20 December 2021 until 11.59pm on Sunday 16 January 2022.

Responses will be considered by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in deciding the level of council tax precept. The Commissioner’s recommendation will be considered by the Police, Fire and Crime Panel on 3 February 2022 at a meeting held in public.

Festive Bins

Don’t Forget!

unitary logoRefuse collection days are the same over the Christmas period BUT there is no garden bin collection between December 27th and January 7th.

Additional recycling can be put out in clear plastic sacks or boxes.

More details at West Northants Waste


Boosters At Byfield

How To Get The Best Protection

covid virusByfield Medical Centre is providing booster vaccination clinics at Byfield on the 21st, 23rd and 30th December.

Text messages are being sent to all patients who are eligible.

Walk In Centre

There is also a walk-in centre at Greens Norton Community centre for mass vaccinations run by Jardin Pharmacy.


Greens Norton Community Centre Towcester Road, Greens Norton, Towcester, NN12 8BL

​Thursday 16 December 4pm to 9.30pm

Friday 17 December 9am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 5pm

Saturday 18 December 9am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 4.30pm

​The centre provides Pfizer, Astrazeneca and Moderna vaccines for first doses (​12+), second doses (​16+), third primary doses (where needed) and boosters.

nhs booster appeal


Recycling Dec 2021-Nov2022

Woodford’s Recycling Day Is Still Monday

West Northants District Council has issued the following recycling calendar for the Daventry area, which includes Woodford Halse.

Our collection day is unchanged. Collectioncs continue with food waste every week, garden waste and recycling every two weeks and general waste every three weeks.

Please ensure that your bins are out by 06:30am on collection days. recycling 12-21 to 11-22


Click to download and print.


Medical Centre Planning Update

Information From West Northants Council

The planning application for the new Byfield Medical Centre has now been amended and West Northants Council are asking for comments by post, email or via their web site before a decision is made

You can see the details of the amendments by clicking on the tab “View Documents” on this page of the Daventry planning applications site.

(Alternatively you can search for the reference DA/2017/0826)

Any comments must be received by West Northants Council by 15th December 2021. You can comment on the application via the link above.

Comments by post, email to Mrs C. Phillips or via the web site must include your postal address and quote the reference DA/2017/0826 (AMENDED).

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Old School Cafe Covid Update

Closed from Tuesday 30th November

On Monday 29th November, Diane posted here that unfortunately, a number of cafe staff are having to self-isolate and as a result, Diane had taken the decision to close the cafe on Tuesday 30th November.

Unfortunately, the cafe  will remain closed temporarily as staff have tested positive for COVID and the Cafe does not have enough staff to work safely.

At this stage, they hope to be back on Wednesday 8th December, but that is dependent on staff being well enough after completing isolation.

Please bear with the team during this difficult time. Diane provide an update as soon as she is able to confirm their re-opening schedule.

Diane says, thanks to everyone for their kind words and support, they all appreciate it and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

If You Have Visted The Cafe Recently

To anyone who visited the cafe over the last few days, it is recommended that you check the government advice and guidance (’ s coronavirus advice). We are sorry to have to do this, but it is in the interests of us all to be as safe as we can.

Old School Cafe….

Closed Tuesday 30th November

Diane has just posted that unfortunately, a number of cafe staff are having to self-isolate pending the results of further tests, so that they are unable to staff the cafe.
As a result, Diane has taken the decision to close the cafe on Tuesday 30th November.

We will update the situation via this page as soon as possible.

If You Have Visted The Cafe Recently

To anyone who visited the cafe over the last few days, it is recommended that you check the government advice and guidance ( We are sorry to have to do this, but it is in the interests of us all to be as safe as we can.

Signposts to the Signpost-8: Local Support

Help for Health

support groupsThere are many organisations around the country that can help with a range of physical and mental health needs.

We can’t hope to catalogue them all on the Signpost but we like to publicise those we do come across and we keep a page with links to some of them here.

You can also find this page from the home page using the top menu under Local Directory / Local Healthcare scroll down to find the link to “Support Groups”.

Recently we were contacted by Rehab4Addicition and we’re happy to add them to this list.


Rehab 4 Addiction is a UK-based addiction and mental health helpline.

Each year, they help thousands of people experiencing the issues such as alocohol, drug and other substance adddiction and many other mental health issues. Rehab4addiction helps those worried by these problems to identify and access treatment options, including understanding the costs of treatment.

Those worried by their alcohol use with the festive season approaching may find the following page helpful:’s Alcohol Rehab page.

(As always with commercial organisations, the Parish Council does not endorse or recommend any single organisation. Information is provided to help local residents identify organisations that may be able to help them.)

Signposts to the Signpost

This is one of the “Signposts to the Signpost” series of news items that aim to help you to discover all the information that this web site has. We hope you find them helpful. You can find then under the menu “About This Site“.

Other “Signposts to the Signpost” posts, are:-




Old School Cafe in December

Events & Xmas Opening Times

The Old School Cafe will be hosting Christmas wreath making sessions with Ali from The Blossom Shop:  1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th and 8th December.  Contact Ali for further information 07526 782215.

The cafe will be closing on Saturday 18th December and taking a well-earned break.

The cafe will be back on Tuesday 11th January 2022!

Diane & the team thank you for your support – it has been amazing> They look forward to seeing you in 2022!


Ryfields Play Area: Your Views?

Consultation on Play Equipment

The Parish Council is concerned that the wooden equipment in the Ryefield children’s playground has possibly reached the end of its natural life.

Play Park on the Ryfields Estate – shortly after its opening in March 2013.

Since the banning of creosote wood preservative, timber posts seem to have a much shorter life span. The equipment in the playground is requiring frequent maintenance, and it may be that replacement could be a better long term investment.

The Council would like to consult parents on their views. Should we keep the wooden equipment and repair it? Should we replace it with more durable materials? If so what types of equipment should the Council invest in?

If you have a view, please send your comments to Phillip Jones:


Here’s a poster that can be used to canvas opinion:-

Mums and Dads consultation-1


Download the consultation poster

Supporting Northamptonshire Carers

Northamptonshire Carers supports unpaid Carers who look after a family member, relative or neighbour on a regular basis and who couldn’t manage without that extra support. Many Carers have been adversely affected by the pandemic but Northamptonshire Carers has continued to offer support in as many ways as possible during that time.

Support groups are mostly now running face to face again, (with some support still on Zoom), so we are happy to circulate details of Carers and Former Carers Groups running in our area.

More especially:-

  • Daventry Carers Café – meets on the 1st Thurs each month, a chance to meet other Carers whilst bringing the person they care for if they choose to. An opportunity to get info, advice and support, refreshments, and chat with other Carers in their area.
  • Saxon Spires & Long Buckby Carers Drop-in – meets on the 1st Tues each month, alternating between Brixworth & Guilsborough GP surgeries. Come along for info and advice, share a cuppa and meet with other Carers in the area. Carers and Cared for both welcome.
  • Horizons Group West for Former Carers – A monthly meeting for Carers who have recently lost a loved one and would like a little extra support over this difficult time.

Just click on the links for posters from each group, but for further information on any of their support groups countywide please visit

Carer Champtions Needed

Northamptonshire Carers is also looking for new volunteers and Carer Champions to support these groups. If you or anyone you know may be interested, please check out this poster and contact Connecting Communities – Carer Champions on the Northamptonshire Carers Support Line: 01933 677907 (option 1) or by email to:

Your Views on Fire & Police Services

Stephen Mold, Police & Fire Commissioner for Northamptonshire is seeking input to a county-wide joint fire and police plan. Find out more in his message and invitation below….

Working with Communities to Make Northamptonshire Safer

police & fire commissioner logo

“I am in the process of writing my first joint plan for Northamptonshire’s Police Force and Fire and Rescue Service and I want to hear views from as many people as possible living and working in our wonderful county.

“It is clearer to me than ever before that the problems that affect Northamptonshire will never be solved by any one organisation. I want Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service to collaborate wherever it makes sense to do so, out in our communities, to make this county as safe as it can be.

“For the first time, this is a plan for police and fire, reflecting my responsibility to set the strategic direction for both services in Northamptonshire. It is not an exhaustive list of all the activity that will happen, but it is intended to set the key priorities for both organisations

“The priorities proposed are:

  • effective and efficient response
  • prevention that keeps the county safe
  • protect and support those who are vulnerable
  • modern services that are fit for the future
  • deliver effective justice.

“A number of objectives are set out under each of these priorities for the Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer to deliver jointly and with partners.

“We have achieved a great deal since setting out the last Police and Crime Plan four years ago. I am proud that I have been able to invest in policing, with more officers to deliver neighbourhood policing. I am proud that I have been able to bring stability and development to improve the service that our firefighters provide. I am grateful to everyone in both organisations for the work they do, and I value the commitment they make.  But I set them the same challenge that I set myself – to build on the work we have done so far and be more visible in our communities, to build trust and confidence and make Northamptonshire safer.

“I would be grateful if you could feed back your views by completing our short survey, which can be found here. 

“This short survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will close on 11.59pm on Sunday 7th of November 2021.”

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Stephen Mold
Northamptonshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner

Fire Safety Advice

From Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch works very closely with Northants Fire service and hope that you find the following information useful in making your home safer or helping vulnerable people you may know safer as we head into the colder weather.

Northants Fire Service offers a Home Fire Safety Visit service. Here are some bullet point examples on when this might be useful. If you are in one of these categories or know someone that is, you should consider this service.

  • Concerns around lack of or not working smoke alarms
  • Older residents, living alone
  • Concerns around mobility or sensory impairment which may affect ability to escape in a fire (including dementia)
  • Where residents smoke inside the home and are not mobile
  • Previous fires, or near misses
  • A fire setter living in the home
  • Concerns around electrical safety including overloaded sockets or exposed wires
  • Issues of Hoarding or Clutter.
  • When there are fire safety concerns for a Family needing or accessing Early Help, financial hardship or living in a target area / vulnerable adult receiving or in need or care and support.

How To Use The Service

The online referral form can be found here Fire Partner Agency Referral Form, you can fill that in on behalf of a vulnerable person. The form can be used for all referrals as it provides the Fire Service with all of the necessary information to try and progress the request, but you will need the persons consent to do this.

If a person wants to refer themselves, this can be done on the self-referral form which can be found here Fire Self-Referral Form

Or people can complete their own fire safety check on-line if they do not want anyone to come out and visit them, which can be found here Complete your own Safety Check at Home 

If you need to contact the team for advice, you can email them on 

If a referral is not required at this stage and you would like to pull a picture together of whether any other services are sharing your concerns before deciding the best course of action, then please email and they can check their systems for any records they hold.

Please also see the Home Fire Safety Advice leaflet that you can see below.

Find more fire safety advice at or call us on 01604 797000

In an emergency, get out, stay out and call 999.

Fire Safety Advice Leaflet



Download a copy to save or print.

Medical Centre Advice

Blood Tests

Due to a shortage of bottles Byfield Medical Centre is currently only doing emergency blood tests, nothing routine. If you need blood test results for hospital appointments they are considered as emergency tests. Routine blood tests for diabetes, thyroid etc will not be taken for now. The surgery is hoping that things will go back to normal from October. There will be further posts as things change.

September 22nd 2021 – Staff Training

On Wednesday 22nd September the practice will close at 1.00pm for essential staff training, the phones will be switched to answerphone and no medication can be collected. For anything urgent please call 999 or if less urgent 111.

Sol Haven & The Loving Chef

Northants ACRE (Action for Comunities in Rural England) has asked us to publicise the attached flyer.

Sol Haven is a Community Interest Company that aims to help homeless and vulneraable people by providing a safe space to heal, gain confidence, get in touch with themselves and grow friendships and knowledge.

Find Out More

You can find out more here:-

Sol Haven Brochure

Download the Sol Haven Brochure here. (Caution large file: 15Mb download)



All The Good Neighbours

I’m sure everyone in Woodford knows about the excellent work done by our local Woodford Halse Good Neighbours scheme, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, but did you know this scheme is also available across the county?

Northamptonshire Good Neighbour Schemes

If you’ve got friends in other parts of Northamptonshire, this brochure gives a list of all the schemes that are up and running so you can help them find their local scheme. OR, if you know somone that would be interested in seetting up a scheme in an area not yet covered, this leaflet has the details of how they can find out more.

Good Neighbours Leaflet- All current schemes (1)

Download the Good Neighbour fact sheet here.

Or you can scan this QR code with your phone* to visit the Good Neighbour map of local schemes:-

Good Neighbour Sceme Map QR Code

*Your phone may need a QR Code Reader app to use this but many modern phones can simply scan the code using this camera.

River Cherwell

Running Freely Now

In response to recent Facebook posts about the river, that Parish Council has checked the river at the upstream entrance to the culvert under the bank and the water appears to be running freely with no sign of any significant blockage.


Woodford Meadows

Your Views Wanted

Taylor Wimpey has asked the Parish Council if they would be prepared to take on managing the open areas of the Woodford Meadows estate.

They would provide some funding for future maintenance of the green spaces, play area and the flood relief ponds (maintenance of the pipework into the ponds will be transferred to Thames Water).

The Council would like to have the residents’ views.

The proposal will be discussed at the next Council meeting on July 13th. The meeting will be open to the public as usual but if you wish to give your views beforehand please email the Chairman of the Council (

Recycling Centres Return to Five Day Opening

Changes From 1st July 2021

From 1 July all household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in West Northamptonshire will revert to five days a week opening in accordance with their normal rota.

Find out more at the Northants Recycling Centres web pages.

recycling centre opening

Saturday is Jab Day

Over 18 Covid Jabs

Byfield Medical Centre just posted the following….

ATTENTION: any adult patients over 18 from Crick, Byfield, Saxon Spires, Long Buckby and Greens Norton and Weedon Surgeries who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid 19 please call Weedon Surgery on 01327 340212 to book an appointment this Saturday 26th June.

Byfield Medical Centre

Local Newspaper Deliveries

While Bobby’s Newsagents remains closed, villagers might like to know of an alternative newspaper delivery service.

Smiths Newsagents in Banbury offer a delivery service in the village and you can choose as many or as few days per week as you like.

Find out more from Smiths Newsagents, 5 Beaumont Business Centre, Beaumont Close, Banbury, OX16 1TN.

Or call Robert on 01295 268499 (email:

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Business Directory

We will add Smiths Newsagents to the Business Directory with our next update.

Easter Bus Services 2021

No Buses Friday or Monday

Don’t forget bus services will be different this weekend…

service 200 bus

For Service 200 to Daventry or Banbury….

Good Friday – Sunday Service (i.e. no buses in Woodford)
Saturday 3rd April – Saturday Service
Easter Sunday – Sunday Service
Easter Monday – Sunday Service (i.e. no buses in Woodford)
Tuesday 6th April – Normal service resumes

Bus Stop Repairs

Kings Corner Bus Shelter

bus stopParish Council advise that there will be repairs during the course of next week.

The bus shelter at King’s Corner (opposite the Woodford Tandoori Cottage restaurant) will be closed for repairs on Tuesday 6th. April & Wednesday 7th. April.

Buses will continue to arrive & depart from the bus stop as scheduled.

Woodford & Eyles Contractors will be on site.

Refuse Collection & Your New Council

On 1st April 2021, responsibility for refuse and recycling collection passes from Daventry District Council to the new West Northamptonshire Council.

There will be no changes to the day your bins are collected from 1 April.

west northants norseWaste and recycling crews across your area will be out as usual.

The same timetable of grey  – blue – green – food bin collections will apply at least for for the time being.

New Community Covid Test Site

Daventry Leisure Centre Lateral Flow Testing

A new lateral flow device testing centre has opened at Daventry Leisure Centre to add to existing test facilities in Northampton, Corby, Wellingborough and Brackley. It provides a local testing venue for those in Daventry and the surrounding areas.

daventry testing centreLateral Flow Device testing is otherwise known as rapid testing and is used in people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19.  The aim is to identify the one in three people who may be infectious without being aware, in order to reduce spread of the virus.  Rapid testing enables swift action to be taken to protect colleagues and family members of those who test positive with COVID-19 and to reduce any onward risk of transmission.

Booking a Test

The new site is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 6.30pm, providing a wide variety of testing slots.  Each test involves a swab of the mouth and nose and provides a result within 30 minutes.

Testing slots must be booked online in advance

You can book a testing slot here

Priority is given to workers in the following sectors:

  • Health or social care
  • Transportation
  • Education or childcare (if not receiving regular rapid tests via the workplace)
  • Essential shop, supermarkets or financial services
  • Food production or processing
  • Warehousing, packing or distribution
  • Essential public sector services including waste, bin collections, security etc
  • Construction, utilities or communications
  • Agency workers.

Water Works This Week

anglian water logoPossible Disruption During Works

Anglian Water advise that they will be carrying out flushing of the water mains serving Woodford Halse during the 9th to the 15th of March.

You can find more details here.

Precautions You Should Take

  • Your water supply may be interrupted for short periods of time or you may have lower water pressure. Have some water set aside in a container so you can still wash your hands and have a drink if needed while the work is underway.
  • You may be affected on more than one occasion or when flushing takes place in neighbouring areas.
  • While work is being carried out please do not use any hot water from your taps, in your washing machines,dishwaters or similar appliances, as this may cause a problem with your hot water system.
  • If you have a water softener, you should isolate it using the bypass pipe until the work is completed
  • Once the work is complete and your water supply is fully restored, you may notice a slight discolouration in the water.This is quite common after work like this and nothing to worry about –just run the tap for a few minutes until the water runs clear.
  • Don’t fill or change the water in fishponds or tanks for 48 hours

Full Schedule of Work

A letter from Anglian water is being sent to all affected households. A copy appears below and has a schedule on the second page showing which streets in Woodford Hinton and Farndon are affected when…..





Download the scehdule here.


Bus 200 Service Update

Re-Instating Service

Stagecoach has announced that revised timetables will in operation from Sunday 7th March 2021 as a result of easing in lockdown arrangements with children returning to school.

stagecoach service 200


In the case of the 200 service from the village to Banbury and Daventry, this will mean reinstating the weekday timetable during the week, Monday to Friday.

Details of the service 200 timetable can be found here.

Details of other service changes can be found here.

Byfield & Phipps Road Closures

22nd March to 23rd May

Northamptonshire Highways have advised us that M V Kelly are intending to carry out a series of works on the Byfield & Phipps Roads for Taylor Wimpey Homes.

On Byfield Road they will be carrying out remedial works to the foul and surface water systems and carriageway resurfacing works.  This will be followed by works on Phipps Road to upgrade the existing foul water system.

Both sets of works will require to be carried out under a road closure and it is intended that they will commence on the 22nd March on Byfield Road for a month followed by Phipps Road for a further month until 23rd May.

The closure and diversions can be viewed here for Byfield Road and here for Phipps Road Phipps Road. (Note: in order to view diversions, they must be enabled by clicking on the data layers icon in the top left of the screen)

map showing Byfield Road diversion

March/April closure of the Byfield Road

Water Supplies : 9th to 15th March

anglian water logoPossible Disruption During Works

Anglian Water advise that they will be carrying out flushing of the water mains serving Woodford Halse during the 9th to the 15th of March.

You can find more details here.

Precautions You Should Take

  • Your water supply may be interrupted for short periods of time or you may have lower water pressure. Have some water set aside in a container so you can still wash your hands and have a drink if needed while the work is underway.
  • You may be affected on more than one occasion or when flushing takes place in neighbouring areas.
  • While work is being carried out please do not use any hot water from your taps, in your washing machines,dishwaters or similar appliances, as this may cause a problem with your hot water system.
  • If you have a water softener, you should isolate i tusing the bypass pipe until the work is completed
  • Once the work is complete and your water supply is fully restored, you may notice a slight discolouration in the water.This is quite common after work like this and nothing to worry about –just run the tap for a few minutes until the water runs clear.
  • Don’t fill or change the water in fishponds or tanks for 48 hours

Full Schedule of Work

A letter from Anglian water is being sent to all affected households. A copy appears below and has a schedule on the second page showing which streets in Woodford Hinton and Farndon are affected when…..




Download the letter here.


True Grit?

Gritting – The Winter Service & The Law

What Comunities Can Do – Advice From Northamptonshire Highways

Northamptonshire Highways simply does not have the resources to grit every path in the county and they encourage people ot use the 1500 grit bins across the county.

The salt in these bins is for use on public paths and roads.

If you find a bin that is empty please report it to Street Doctor and it will be refilled.

Grit bins contain a 50/50 mix of sand and salt and hold approximately 0.75 tonnes.

There is a common misconception that the public could be held liable if they use grit from the bins. This is not tre and the Council actively encourages people to use the grit in these bins for public paths and roads or public spaces. The grit is not for use on private paths or driveways.

If an accident did occur, it’s unlikely that you will be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you have cleared it carefully.

Don’t be afraid to clear public paths in fear that someone will get injured.

People walking on snow and ice have the responsibility to be careful.

Don’t make pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze.

Find Out More

Further information can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council web site

For highways and gritting updates follow @nnhighways on Twitter.

Highways Grit Bin

Helping With Independence

Public Health Northamptonshire

Supporting Independence Programme

Services across the community are working together to support those most affected by COVID. The aim of the Supporting Independence Programme is to enable people to maintain their independence and resilience for as long as possible. They are keen to promote their service to the wider community, to support vulnerable adults to improve and maintain their independence and wellbeing.

Wellbeing Advisors

Supporting Independence services 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. They 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.

supporting independence image

How Can They Help?

Referrals are dependent on successful completion of the eligibility criteria, which are just a few quick questions included within the referral form. The Supporting Independence administrator will then contact the customer within 2 working days to arrange an initial appointment with an allocated advisor. Examples of areas they 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 the web site:

Northamptonshire Supporting IndependencePublic Health Northants logo

Bus 200 Service Reduction

Covid-19 Lockdown Move To Saturday Service

Stagecoach has announced that revised timetables will in operation from Sunday 31st January 2021 in response to national lockdown until further notice.

stagecoach service 200They are making some temporary reductions to local bus services with timetables running a variation of their current timetable.

In the case of the 200 service from the village to Banbury and Daventry, this will mean operating to a Saturday timetable during the week, Monday to Friday.

Details of the service 200 timetable can be found here.

Details of other service changes can be found here.

DDC & Bins Today: 25/01/21

Refuse Collection & The Snow

A message from Daventry Council regarding today’s bin collection……

“Our waste and recycling crews are working today. However we’re sure you’ll agree the safety of the crews and the public is the most important thing, and crews will only collect bins where it is safe for them to do so.

If they are unable to reach you today, please leave your bins out and they will get to them when the conditions improve.”

snowy bins

Stagecoach Service 200

Bus Time Table

Service 200 Bus StopStagecoach have provided a new timetable for many of their services.

They have also further updated their news of services as at 26th January here.

Please follow the guidance for Covid save travelling on public transport. Stagecoach have published their guidelines here.


Celebrating Village Halls

Northamptonshire Celebrates 100 Years of Village Halls

Village Halls Week 2021 will recognise the contribution England’s 10,000+ halls have made to rural communities since the 1920’s.

The national campaign week – now in its 4th year – is set to take place 25 to 29 January and will feature online events, videos, podcasts, and blogs showcasing the history of village halls and the benefits they have brought to rural communities over the years.

The initiative is being championed by Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), a charity that provides support and advice to village halls across the county.

Village Halls Week

Managed by volunteers, England’s 10,000+ village and community halls support a diverse range of community activities from exercise classes to coffee mornings and are routinely hired out for private parties and weddings. Some host community shops and post offices.

In a survey undertaken by national ACRE last year, it was found that 60% of village halls provide the only meeting space in the local community. An estimated 50,000 individuals are reliant on the use of village halls to make a living.

Phillip Vincent, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for ACRE said, “The current national lockdown means we are doing things differently for Village Halls Week 2021. This will be an online affair but there’s still good opportunity for village halls to get involved and join us in celebrating all the work they do. We’ve published a programme that invites people to join online events, share stories on social media and sign a ‘doomsday book’ which will be a record of village halls in their centenary year.”

Information about Village Halls Week 2021 in Northamptonshire can be found on Northamptonshire ACRE’s website. Further information about the national campaign is available from ACRE’s website.

Local Crime Map Link

Link Updated

The web site has changed the way in which it maps crimes and as a result the link from our policing page was broken.

This has now been fixed.

You can find out about crimes in the Woodford area (“Daventry Rural”) using this link to and for future reference via our policing page.

example of a crime map

Xmas Tree Collection Monday 11th Jan

xmas treeOn Monday, DDC will collect Christmas trees if left with your bins….

From the Daventry announcement of refuse services from just before Xmas….

“Residents can put their real Christmas trees out for recycling on their first garden waste collection day after January 10. You do not need to be subscribed to the garden waste service to have their trees collected – simply place it next your bins on your usual collection day. Subscribers can choose to chop up their tree and put it in their garden waste bin if they prefer.”

Local Help for Lockdown III

Help For Woodford & Around

You’ll be aware of the Woodford Good Neighbours scheme (01327 206221 available between 11am – 1pm & 2pm-6pm, Monday – Saturday or via / but if you’ve got friends in other nearby villages needing help, the following contact details may be useful….

GNS Oct 2020


Download the Good Neighbour Contact Numbers

Baby & Toddler Group Update

Closed Due To Lockdown

Woodford Halse Baby & Tooddler group advise that they are currently closed due to lockdown.

Find out more from their Facebook page or email Ally O’Brien.

baby & toddler group

Woodford’s Flood Risk & Plans

Northamptonshire County Council, working with the Parish Council, commissioned a study to highlight the risks of flooding in our community, ways to reduce these risks and to provide a community drainage maintenance plan.  WSP of Bristol undertook the study and presented its findings in September 2018.

This plan is used to guide work done by the Parish Council on maintaining waterways in the community (such as the clearance of the culvert under the old railway bank this year). This is the Flood Alleviation Programme referred to in the Parish Council Strategy.

The plan is being published here in order to make it available to all and has been be added to a Managing Flood Risks page under the Parish Council section of this web site.

The parish already has access to the data from the flood level monitor at the Cherwell Bridge on Station Road. You can view it here or follow it on Twitter to get updates to your own feed instantly.

Howard Burdett is the Parish Councillor who takes the lead on flood risk alleviation for the Council.

View The Plan

WOODFORD-HALSE-Community-Flood-Risk-and-Mitigation-Investigation Sept 2018


You can download the document here (caution, large file: 15.6Mb).

Covid Household Winter Support Scheme

Help From Northants County Council

The Covid-19 Household Winter Support Scheme is available to help households, especially those with children, who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and are struggling to stay warm and put food on the table this winter.

There are many reasons why a household may be struggling and this scheme is intended to provide one-off assistance to help families with their essential bills.

If you, your family, or your household needs support over the winter, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we will do our best to help.

Telephone our Community Resilience Support Line: 0300 126 1000 option 5.

For more information please call us or visit our website Northamptonshire County Council Covid-19 Updates

Find Out More

This flyer has more details and also lists the partners that Northamptopn County Council is working with to provide this help.

Covid Household Winter Support Grant Final


Download a copy here: Covid Support Grant Flyer


Xmas 2020 Byfield Medical Centre

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Byfield Medical Centre will be open as usual from 8.00am – 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, except for the following days when it will be closed:-Medical Centre

  • Friday 25th December,
  • Monday 28th December
  • Monday 4th January

The practice is taking this opportunity to wish their patients a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Don’t forget the Centre’s advice on Covid-19 vaccination.

You can see all the Signpost’s Xmas2020 posts here.

Xmas 2020 Bus Services

Over the festive period most of the Stagecoach bus routes including the s200 service that runs through the village will be operating to a  Saturday service (details below) with some variations. Below is a summary of service levels between Monday 21st December 2020 and Saturday 2nd January 2021.

View bus times from 27th to 30th December

Saturday Service

Saturday service for the 200 is……

To Daventry:-

Woodford Halse, Kings Corner: 0820 0945 1045 1145 1245 1345 1445 1550 1650 1755 1855

Woodford Halse, Hinton Green: 0822 0947 1047 1147 1247 1347 1447 1552 1652 1757 1857

To Banbury:-

Woodford Halse, Scrivens Hill: 0814 0930 1035 1135 1235 1335 1435 1535 1640 1740 1845

Woodford Halse, Kings Corner: 0816 0932 1037 1137 1237 1337 1437 1537 1642 1742 1847

The full, normal, 200 bus timetable is available here.

Good Neighbour Scheme At Xmas

Christmas is coming fast!

good neighbour logoWoodford’s Good Neighbour Scheme is setup to help make everyone’s Christmas special during this very difficult time..

If you are struggling for anything thus Christmas please get in contact and they will do all they can.

If you need help you can reach them by either personal message on Facebook or by calling 01327 206221.

Free Christmas Lunches

SOFEA & Food4Heroes

SOFEA Community Larder, working in partnership with Food4Heroes, are offering a free Christmas Meal to people in need in our villages.

Following their successful delivery of meals to NHS staff during lockdown Food4Heroes have agreed to provide a Christmas meal to people who may not be able to spend time with friends or family this year and may struggle to get themselves a Christmas meal.  With their volunteers in each village they hope to bring a little Christmas cheer to villages in Daventry District Council in this extraordinary year.

If you know someone who might benefit, contact 07974 919221 or email:

If you would like to contribute to SOFEA’s work you can do so at their Just Giving page.

Food4Heroes xmas lunch campaign

Xmas 2020 Refuse Collections

More Suppport from DDC

We posted details of the Xmas refuse collections and office openings earlier this month here. (Don’t forget you can check local Xmas news here) Daventry District Council has now provided the following additional information……

Residents across Daventry District are being offered support to recycle as much as possible over the Christmas and New Year period.

refuse binsThat support includes an extra collection of the blue-lidded recycling bins during the Christmas period, as well as a kerbside collection of real Christmas trees in January.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is reminding people of the following schedule changes:

  • Collections which would have been due on Christmas Day (Friday 25 December) will instead take place on Sunday 27 December
  • Collections due on New Year’s Day (Friday 1 January) will instead take place on Saturday 2 January
  • Everyone will receive an extra collection of their blue-lidded recycling bin in either the week beginning Monday 21 December or the week beginning Monday 28 December, depending on their collection schedule
  • There will be a fortnight-long break in the garden waste service starting Monday 21 December, to allow residents to receive their extra recycling collection.

Details of the extra recycling collection, as well as day changes for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, are printed on the collection calendars which were sent to households across Daventry District in August.

People can also check what bins to put out each week by using the ‘What’s my collection day’ tool at DDC’ s recycling web page or by downloading the free Daventry District Council app from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store.

DDC is also reminding people of the range of items that can be recycled in the blue-lidded bin, including sweet tins and foil-free wrapping paper and Christmas cards. As a rule of thumb, wrapping paper that can be torn is probably made from paper and can therefore be recycled.

If people find they have too much recycling for their blue-lidded bins they should put it in clear or white bags and place it next to their bin on collection day.

People are also advised to make good use of their weekly food waste collection, remembering it can be used to recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including vegetable peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

Black bins containing general waste will continue to be collected on a three-weekly cycle, and residents are reminded to make good use of the recycling services, as bins with raised lids, or additional bags left at the side of the bin will not be collected.

Residents can put their real Christmas trees out for recycling on their first garden waste collection day after January 10. You do not need to be subscribed to the garden waste service to have their trees collected – simply place it next your bins on your usual collection day. Subscribers can choose to chop up their tree and put it in their garden waste bin if they prefer.

Garden waste collection days are listed in the calendars sent to all households in August or can be checked at Daventry’s recycling web page or on the mobile app.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but trees can be taken to household waste recycling centres.

For more information about recycling services and changes over the festive period, please visit DDC at Christmas 2020 .

Daventry DC’s Comfort & Joy

Help Spread Some Comfort & Joy This Christmas

Daventry District Council is appealing to warm-hearted residents to offer some cheer to people in need this Christmas by donating items to a festive parcel scheme.

The annual Comfort and Joy campaign helps those who are staying in refuges as a result of experiencing domestic abuse, as well as other vulnerable families who are struggling at Christmas.

Jointly organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership and the Daventry District Forum, its aim is to provide them with a few gifts and treats, as well as food, toiletries and other essential items.

The project also raises awareness of domestic abuse, incidents of which tend to increase over the Christmas period.

Parcels for men, women and children as well as Christmas food parcels are being put together and a list of suggested donations can be found at Daventry’s Comfort and Joy web page.  

Xmas Parcels

Donations can be made at the Daventry District Council offices, in Lodge Road, Daventry, at Daventry Police Station, in New Street, at Daventry Fire Station, in Staverton Road and at the South Northamptonshire Council offices at The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, up to and including Friday 11 December.

All of the items donated will go directly to local people living in refuges as well as other vulnerable families in Daventry District, South Northamptonshire and the wider county area this Christmas.

People who would prefer to donate money to the cause can do so at the Comfort and Joy Go Fund Me page.

Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence is urged to call the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service 24-hour helpline on 0300 0120154 or visit their web site

People can also access support at Domestic Violence UK , a not-for-profit organisation which is trying to raise awareness of domestic and emotional abuse through its Love Doesn’t Hurt campaign at the Love Doesn’t Hurt web site.

Suggested Donations:

Comfort Donations


Body Wash

Shampoo and conditioner (for adults, children and babies)


Sanitary products

Nappies and wipes

Toothbrush/paste for adults and children

Joy Donations


Hats and scarves




Arts and crafts

Food Donations

Mince pies

Tea and coffee



Dry pasta

Baby food

Well Done!

Woodford’s Good Neighbours – Community Champions

Great to hear that the work of the village’s Good Neighbours cheme has been recognised by Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

This award is for the amazing work that everyone involved in the scheme has done since the middle of March.

The team says a massive thank you to everyone who has helped, donated or pointed anyone to them in need of help.

With the start of a second lockdown, demand has increased massively – not just in the village but also across the county. The Woodford Halse Good Neighbour scheme volunteers are always stepping up to do all they can do help.

If you are struggling or you know anyone who is struggling with anything during this very difficult time please get in touch. To contact them, call 07725 543065 (11:00am to 3:00pm) or 07492 703703 (4:00pm to 8:00pm), email or via the contact form on their web site (see below).

The group has a web site here

All calls and information will be strictly confidential to the scheme and if we can’t help we will do our best to find someone that can help.

good neighbours scheme award



Help With Keeping Independent

Aged 18 or over?
Recent changes in your health?
Difficulty walking or need help moving about?
Everyday tasks becoming difficult?
Need someone to help you on a regular basis?
Sometimes feel lonely or isolated?

Supporting Independence is a Northamptonshire Public Health service, 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.

How Do They Work?

Supporting Independence Phone number: 03001261000

They are currently provide a telephone service, offering 12 weeks of person-centred support with a trained Wellbeing Advisor. Advisors use validated tools to complete a comprehensive assessment, identifying the areas of need for support. 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.

What Can They Do?

Examples of support include:

  • Advice, information and support on lifestyle issues such as stopping smoking, diet, alcohol use and physical activity.
  • Support to access other activities including local clubs, groups and events.
  • Identification of other issues such as blood pressure or use of multiple medicines and referral where appropriate including to memory clinics, continence services or community pharmacies.
  • Identification, support and referral as appropriate to support daily life including housing support and money advice.
  • Identification, intervention and support for low-level mental health and emotional difficulties.

Getting Help

Referrals depend on successfully completing the eligibility criteria – just a few quick questions included within the referral form. A Supporting Independence administrator will then contact within 2 working days to arrange an initial appointment with an allocated advisor. Advisors complete a 6-month follow-up appointment with the customer, where they assess customer needs post-discharge, to ensure all needs have been met.

For more information and to access the online referral form, please visit Northamptonshire’s Supporting Independence web page.

SIP A4 poster version 2

(Download the poster here)




2020 Flu Vaccination Programme

Don’t Let Flu Leave You Open To Covid-19

Stocks of vaccines to immunise against this year’s variant of flu have started to arrive.

Byfield Surgery will start off by providing Child Nasal flu vaccine at the end of September, then the under 65 vaccines, and then during the 2nd week of October the over 65 vaccines. These vaccines arrive in batches.

Vaccination MAY also be available for the over-50’s age group from mid-November IF there is sufficient vaccine available.

All patients who are eligible will be contacted by text advising that they should call to book, if the patient does not have a mobile phone they will receive a telphone call from the practice. You may alrready have been contacted.

Clinics in will run in the village halls at Byfield, Woodford Halse, Priors Martson and Boddington. You can book for whichever one better suits you. There will be holding an evening clinc and two saturday clinics.


Recycling Tips

Tips From Daventry District Council

Are you making the most of your waste and recycling collections?

More information about recycling your food waste and the range of items you can put in your fortnightly recycling collection can be found here.



Download and print these tips.

Water Problems 17/09/20

Station Road

Anglian Water advise of water problems in Station Road with a main needing repair as of 3:26am.

This may result in loss of water supply or pressure drop.  When the repair is completed you may experience cloudy water.

More details here:- Anglian Water Report.

LOOk What’s Opening

King's Corner Public ConveniencesThe toilets at Kings Corner are open, and ready for use once again.

Please observe the “One In/One Out” system, to support social distancing.

Signage is on the external doors to remind users that this will be the new way to access the conveniences.

Bins, Bins, Bins

After last week’s switch around on the bins for collection, households should by now have received a bin collection timetable from Daventry District Council.

In case you haven’t seen it here is a copy…..




Or download it here.  (Warning large file : 17M bytes)

Good Neighbours – September 2020

From This Month’s WOW

At WHGNS, we are settling into the ‘new normal’ and plan to continue to be here for our community into the future, beyond CV19. Alongside our fantastic volunteers, we are working to develop the good neighbour scheme to become an integral part of the community which will offer long term support to those who need it as well as giving the community the opportunity to play a social and supportive role themselves, volunteering within the scheme.

Good Neighbours logo

Our NEW opening hours are Monday to Friday 11-1pm and 3pm – 5pm and Saturdays 11-1pm
(if the answer machine picks up, please leave a message and we will get back to you) Tel: 01327 206221or by email.

We continue to offer support to our villagers which includes prescription collection, shopping delivery and companionship (via the phone). In addition, we are supporting a number of vulnerable families in the village with weekly food boxes. The community support we receive is phenomenal; in addition to the volunteers, we receive donations of food for the food boxes & we have donations through our Go Fund Me page.

Thank you so much to everyone for making this scheme possible!

Library Update – September 2020

From This Month’s WOW ….

We intend to reopen the Library in Woodford later this month and are following all the guidelines to make it a safe environment as much as possible.

We will be holding 2 weeks of training for volunteers so that we understand the new guidelines with stringent cleaning in place.

We need to register people entering the library ensuring that data protection is in place and that volunteers follow the code of conduct regulations.

Woodford Halse LibraryThe library has been redecorated during the lock down period and rearranged to ensure that people can access the books easily with zoned areas and hand sanitisers in place and posters explaining new procedures. We are introducing a click and collect system for people who do not wish to enter the library. Please look at the Signpost and community library Facebook etc to find out more information during the next few months. Sadly the archives and children’s toys have been put into storage as we have restrictions in place. Group meetings and children’s services such as Rhyme time can’t take place at the moment and use or computers will have to be pre-booked.

For more information contact Patricia Darby.

Bin Collection This Week

DDC Changes 31/08

An update has been posted by Daventry District Council changing the bins to be collected on Monday 31st August. This is a change from what was posted on the Signpost last week.

It will now be :-

  • Grey bin (general waste)
  • Blue bin (recycling)
  • Brown bin (food waste)

Previously they advised a garden waste collection. It now looks like this isn’t happening…. but ????

(Me – I’m going to put them all out and see what happens!)



Monday’s Buses

Are Not Running

Stagecoach busDon’t forget that as Monday next week is a Bank Holiday, Stagecoach buses will be running a Sunday service.

As a result their will be NO service 200 bus in the village on Monday 31st August.

Bins From August 31st

Don’t Forget from 31/08 – Some Collections Will Change

From Monday, 31 August, Daventry Norse (who operate refuse collection for DDC) will be changing some collection patterns for households in the District, but your bin days will stay the same. Some changes they are making to the waste and recycling service will now be introduced later than originally planned and you should be receiving a new bin collections calendar this week.

waste binThe most recent bin collection calendar expires today.

According to Daventry DC’s postcode checker (that lets  you find out whether it’s refuse, recycling or garden waste collection week), the bins for collection on 31st August (updated 29/08) are:-

  • Grey Bin (General Waste)
  • Blue Bin (Recycling)
  • Food Waste bin

You can find that here and it works from your pc, tablet or mobile device. Post Code Refuse Collection Checker Page

There is the app for mobile devices, which you can download by searching for Daventry District Council in the Google Play or Apple stores. Or you can watch a short video here:-

Woodford Halse Community Cafe

Invitation To Applicants As Initial Agreement Coming To An End

Woodford Halse and the surrounding villages have now enjoyed the service of our Community Café (which operates in the Village Centre) for two years. The initial Agreement to run our Community Café was for two years, and so we are now asking for applications from anyone living in Woodford Halse who may interested in running our Community Café.

Please contact Parish Councillor, Robyn Davison for application details and further information regarding the contract: .

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Village Venues & Covid-19

Covid-19: Re-opening of Village Facilities

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, all Council facilities were closed in the latter part of March 2020 as a safety precaution during the pandemic.

The Government has advised that, at the discretion of local councils, village facilities may be reopened after ensuring that they are as Covid secure as is reasonable.

At its meeting on the 11 August 2020, the Parish Council received a report from the Councillor task force which was appointed in July to oversee the re-opening of all Council facilities. The Council considered all the risk assessments and actions that have been undertaken to enable the facilities to become covid-19 secure.

The majority of actions required have been completed, but the Council is still awaiting delivery of several items that have been ordered as a consequence of undertaking the risk assessments. As soon as these are completed, the Council has delegated the decision to the Task Force to set a date when the facilities may be re-opened (please note that this notice does not include the Library).

All hall booking enquiries for later in August & beyond should be addressed to the

Care & Repair

DDC Offer Grants to Improve Disabled Facilities

Daventry District Council’s Care & Repair programme offers grants of up to £30,000 for disabled residents in the district. You can find out more on the Daventry web site, by calling DDC on 01327 871100 or by email


care & repair 20200806


Download the poster here.

About Bins

Daventry’s Rubbish Collections – Some Collections Will Change

From Monday, 31 August Daventry Norse (who operate refuse collection for DDC) will be changing some collection patterns for households in the District, but your bin days will stay the same. Some changes they are making to the waste and recycling service will now be introduced later than originally planned next month, so please be aware that your new bin collections calendar won’t be posted to you until late August.

waste binIn the mean time this calendar will tell you which bins are being collected on the Monday collection over the next few weeks: Bill Collection Calendar July-August 2020

If you’ve lost track of which bins are due to be collected when, Daventry District Council has two solutions to the problem:-

Firstly there’s a postcode checker that means you can find out whether its refuse, recycling or garden waste collection week. You can find that here and it works from your pc, tablet or mobile device. Post Code Refuse Collection Checker Page

Secondly there is the app for mobile devices, which you can download by searching for Daventry District Council in the Google Play or Apple stores. Or you can watch a short video here:-

Neighbourhood Watch Survey

Neighbourhood Watch logoNeighbourhood Watch, the national crime prevention organisation, has launched their first ever Neighbourhood Watch Impact Survey and they want your input.

To contribute your views on how crime affects the community,  click the link below and take the survey before the 20th August 2020.

What Is The Survey For?

It will enable Neighbourhood Watch to look at how it impacts communities and to identify the concerns surrounding crime, fear of crime and the increase in neighbourliness and community spirit.

Who Can Take Part?

This is a survey open to all members of the public including our supporters and members and we are asking our partners to share across their public networks.

Neighbourhood Watch wants EVERYONE to take part. It doesn’t matter if you are part of Neighbourhood Watch or not, they want your views.

How Can I Take Part?

It should take you less than 10 minutes to complete.  Click on this link to take the survey.

To learn more about the background to the survey you can click on the following link Measuring the impact.

The survey needs to be completed by 21st August 2020.

NW Survey Poster

Be Kind To Your Mind

Support & Advice Help Lines

Well done to Daventry Town Council for pulling together this list of contact numbers and tips for being kind to your mind right now…..

Never Alone Helplines

Here are some tips which we hope may help:

  1.  Talk about your worries: it is normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Maintain contact with friends and family via phone and video calls to share how you are feeling.
  2. Keep a regular routine and set goals: you may need to set a new routine for now. Try writing a plan for your day with the things you can still do at home, like watching a film, reading a book or completing a puzzle. Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Maintaining good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically too, so it’s important to get enough (the Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep).
  3. Manage your media and information intake: if 24-hour news and constant social media updates are making you worried, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to coverage of the outbreak.
  4. Do things you enjoy and try something new: focussing on your favourite hobby, learning something new, or simply taking time to relax indoors should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can help boost your mood. Look online for lots of free tutorials and courses.
  5. Look after your body: our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Go for a walk, run or bike ride – but make sure you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others.

Remember – you are never alone.

(Thanks to A J Green who shared thi son the Woodford Halse Facebook Community page)

Parish Council Covid-19 Update

Re-Opening of Village Facilities

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, all Council facilities were closed in the latter part of March 2020 as a safety precaution during the pandemic.

The Government has recently advised that, at the discretion of local councils, village facilities may be reopened after ensuring that they are as Covid secure as is reasonable.

At its meeting on the 14 July 2020, the Parish Council appointed a Councillor task force to oversee the re-opening of all Council facilities. The Council’s next meeting is on the 11 August 2020 at which time it is planned to approve the recommendations of the Task Force so that facilites may be opened shortly afterwards. In the meantime, some essential maintenance work and painting is being undertaken, taking advantage of the closedown.

All hall bookings for later in August & beyond should be addressed to the, bookings can only be tentative at this stage.

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Grants for Disabled Residents

Up to £30,000 available to adapt your home.

Disabled Facilities Grants can be used in many ways to improve homes and lives. They can be used to fund all sorts of works from ground floor bedroom and bathroom extensions, walk-in shower rooms, widening of doorways, ramped access, driveways, parking solutions, stair lifts and step lifts plus lots more ….

Learn more in this flyer from Daventry District Council.

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Download a copy here:-

Grants Advert

Reading Challenge For Children!

An On-Line Goal For The Summer – Meet The Silly Squad

Each year, Northamsonshire County Counil sets children between 4 and 11 years old a summer reading challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to get children reading over the summer holidays. This year’s theme is Silly Squad. It’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh!

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books. Children can join the Silly Squad here.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is being delivered completely online.

Learn more about Northamponshire’s Summer Reading Challengere here.

Silly Squad Reading Scheme Poster

Library Reopening Plans

Date To Be Decided At July Meeting

As Woodford now has a community-led library, the village can make the decision when to reopen.

The library has been redecorated during the lock down period.

The plan is to make a decision on reopening at a committee meeting in July and to undertake risk assessments following government guidelines before reopening.

The health and safety of our volunteers and library users are of paramount importance.
Initially there will be restrictions but hopefully we will be able to provide a range of services when it is safe to do so.

Patricia Darby will be contacting all volunteers and updating everyone as soon as possible with a view to reopening the library in September. In the meantime online services provided by NCC are available and the summer reading challenge for children can be accessed online this year.

Other Northamptonshire Libraries

From Monday 6th July some libraries will reopen in Northamptonshire. This includes Daventry library. Their initial opening times will be….

Monday Wednesday and Friday from10 to  4pm

Saturday: Not Open

Want To Know More?

For further information please contact Patricia via email:

Police, Fire & Justice Youth Commission

Young People To Help Guide Services

Young people with a desire to influence policing, fire and criminal justice in the county are encouraged to apply to the Northamptonshire Youth Commission – part of the Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Northsants PFCC LogoThe OPFCC’s first Youth Commission was launched in Summer 2019.  The inaugural 20 members, all aged between 14 and 19, planned a variety of events to involve other young people in ways to support, challenge and inform the work of Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Before the end of their one-year term, the Youth Commission held the ‘Big Conversation’, speaking to more than 1,100 young people from across Northamptonshire to find out what they thought about two key topics – violence and road safety.  The programme of work they put in place to address the issues raised is now underway and recruitment is open for the second Youth Commission for 2020/21.

Youth Commission members must be prepared to get involved and express their views on a range of police, fire and crime issues affecting our communities. This is an important role, as it will help the Commissioner to understand the needs of local young people and to inform the decisions he takes.

Applicants must be aged between 14 and 19, or 24 if they have additional needs.  They will need to be confident and commit to attending one session a month.  Youth Commission members must be keen to get involved and represent their peers. In return, they will be able to develop their skills, gain experience and have the opportunity to help shape important decisions.

Recruitment will run from July 1 to July 31.

Click here to apply.

Bus News

Hourly Service Returns June 29th.

bus stopGood news on the service 200 bus that runs through the village.

From June 29th the hourly service will return and Stagecoach will be operating a near normal, pre-covid19, timetable (the exception is some changes on Saturdays).

You can download a copy of the June 29th and onwards timetable here:-

Stagecoach Service 200 from June 29th 2020.

Bus Services

Service 200 Timetable Unchanged For Now

Stagecoach have posted details of changes to their bus timetables from the 1st June, however the current timetable for service 200 through the village (roughly every two hours, no service Sundays) remains in place for the time being.

Stagecoach have posted the details of new bus timetables here.

The current service 200 timetable can be seen below:-




Download the current 200 timetable here.

Guidance from Stagecoach

10-steps to staying safe when you travel:

 Plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey and try to travel at off-peak times, where possible.

Wear a face covering if you can.

  1. Use contactless to pay or have the correct change.
  2. Buses will have limited capacity. If your bus has a BUS FULL sign please be prepared to wait for the next bus.
  3. Let people off the bus before you get on.
  4. Keep a safe social distance from others, 2m apart where possible – at the bus stop and on board.
  5. Let people off the bus before you get on.
  6. Keep a safe social distance from others, 2m apart where possible – at the bus stop and on board.
  7. Sit in the window seat, leaving the seats in front and behind you empty and don’t sit directly behind the driver.
  8. Only one person can sit on a double seat, unless you’re with a member of your household.
  9. Don’t stand on the bus.
  10. Wash or sanitise your hands before and after your journey.

Feeling Anxious?

Anxiety can be a problem at the best of times.

Northanst Mind LogoAnd these are not the best of times.

Northampton & District MIND, the Mental Health Charity, is running a series of workshops designed to help people cope with anxiety. Sadly the first one of these has already taken place but it may be possible to enroll for later sessions.

You can find out more here: Northampton MIND Anxiety Workshops

Thanks to Woodford Halse Good Neighbours for pointing this one out to us.

Bin Calendar

From Daventry District Council…..

Please be aware there will be a delay in sending out this year’s bin calendars. This is while DDC works with their partners at Daventry Norse to make some changes to waste and recycling collections.

Your bin day and the service you receive will remain the same, but collection patterns will be altered in some parts of the District from the week beginning Monday 3 August.

A bin calendar showing your new collection pattern will be sent to you ahead of the change.

In the meantime, the best way to keep on top of your current collection schedule is to download DDC’s mobile app by searching for Daventry District Council in the Google Play or Apple stores.

You can also check your collection day and download an extended version of your current bin calendar at Selfserve Daventry Post Code Checker

For households with bins collected on a Monday: the bin schedule for for June and July is available here:-


Or download it from here:-  Monday Refuse Collection Calendar : June & July

Tips are for “essential rubbish” only

.. and ID will be need to be shown

(Full article in the Daventry Express)

Councillor Jason Smithers, county council cabinet member for highways and place has revealed staff will be checking for “essential rubbish only” when the gates at Northamptonshire’s rubbish tips open next week. And residents will need ID to prove they are not “waste tourists” as the local authority braces itself for a rush to the tips.

He said “We are putting countless measures in place such as one-way systems and reducing the number of vehicles allowed in at one time. If it’s not essential then don’t come because we just want essential waste that can cause hazards to health.

“Police will be patrolling approach roads and we have deployed some of our traffic warden officers to help with the queueing outside because we are expecting to be quite busy.

“Only one person will be allowed out of vehicles and the guys there will not be able to physically help by carrying rubbish as they would normally do.”

“We’re going for a sort of business as usual to start with, but if it does become an issue we will close the centres down for an hour or two hours to clear the backlog and if we go to an online booking system then that is something we will relay via our messaging systems and website.

“Nothing is out of bounds, will do whatever it takes to make sure these centres operate safely.”

The Daventry household waste recycling centres will reopen on Monday (May 18) after closing for eight weeks during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Domestic Abuse Support

An Update From Northants Together

Sadly, domestic abuse cases have seen a rise since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Northants Together has compiled a list of key agencies and support groups should you need to pass this information on. Also available is this Domestic Abuse flyer.

Please see the link below to some useful resources from Women’s Aid:

Women’s Aid Covid-19 Safety & Support

Also, as of 30 April 2020, any woman who needs to travel to find refuge from domestic violence can do so for free on any UK train. Email to access.

National support lines for victims of domestic abuse include:

  • The National Domestic Abuse HelpLine on 0808 2000 247 (24 Hours a Day).
  • Women’s Aid also offers victims a live web chat service.
  • Male victims can call Respect – 0808 8010 327 (during their office hours)
  • For LGBT victims, they can call the GALOP phone line on 0800 999 5428

Locally, the following sources of support are available:

In addition, Boots shops are now dedicating space for victims to access support:

Boots Pharmacy Consultation Rooms

200 Bus, Friday 8th May

Stagecoach advise that their buses will run to a Sunday timetable on the bank holiday, Friday 8th May.

This will mean that the 200 service that runs through the village to Banbury and Daventry will not run on Friday.

More details on the bus timetables for Friday can be found on the Stagecoach web site.

Green Bin Reminder

Annual Renewal For 2020 – 2021

The annual green bin collection service from Daventry District Council, run by Daventry Norse, runs from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021 and costs £37 per bin.

Payment can be made by debit or credit card. The fee must be paid in full when you sign up to the service.

Daventry Garden Waste BinRegister and pay online for the 2020/21 season on the Daventry Norse web site (please be sure to select the right year on the payment screen).

For terms and conditions and for other questions on the service, please see the DDC Garden Waste Subscriptions page.



Easter Bus Services

Service 200 to Banbury & Daventry

Stagecoach BusStagecoach advise that the Service 200 bus to Banbury & Daventry will not run on Friday April 10th , Sunday 12th and Monday 13th.

The current Saturday timetable applies on the 11th. Bus times return to the current restricted timetable on Tuesday 14th.


Volunteer For Good Neighbours

You can now volunteer for Woodford’s Good Neighbour scheme on-line.

Click here to find the form….

The scheme needs more volunteers and you can volunteer for what you can help with and when you can spare time by ticking boxes on the application.

Local Help During The COVID-19 Outbreak

Daventry District & Local Partners Supporting Those In Need Of Help.

Are you in need of extra support during the coronavirus pandemic? Or do you know someone in your local community who might need some help?

ddc logoDaventry District Council is working with a range of partner organisations to co-ordinate local efforts to get people the help they need during these difficult times.

An army of volunteers has come forward to offer their help with everything from collecting prescriptions or shopping for people who cannot leave their home, to offering a friendly ear to those who might be feeling a bit lonely.

So if you are in need of any support, or know anyone who might need help, please get in touch.

Help that can be arranged includes:

  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Help with shopping/emergency supplies
  • Telephone befriending

If you are in need of help and support please go to this page on Daventry District Council’s website and complete the online form.

Once you have completed the form, we will match you with a community group of volunteers who will contact you as soon as they can to arrange the support you need. Please be aware we are experiencing huge demand for these services at the moment, so you may not get a response straight away.

No Need For Abuse

An appeal from Byfield Medical Centre….

“This is a post we did not think we would have to make – could we please ask in these difficult times for our patients to think about what they are doing and saying.

“The staff here are working under enormous pressure and are staying at work risking their health and that of their families to ensure we are able to provide care to those that need it. We are receiving abuse daily from patients and it is not acceptable, we have staff in tears after being abused over the phone or in person, please think about the effect you are having on these people who are here to help you.

“Yes, appointments are being limited; that is not for our benefit but we are following government guidance and triaging patients over the phone and only bringing in those that are deemed to be urgent.

“Medication is now not available until 72 hours after ordering; this is because people are ordering more than they ever have and the dispensary staff are overwhelmed, also stocks are taking longer to be delivered to us. We are also now delivering medication, again to protect you.

“The NHS has a zero tolerance policy which we will be adopting, the team here are working extremely hard in very testing times and as their employer we will do all we can to protect them.”

Prescriptions from Byfield GP Practice


This message is from Tracey Rhymer, Practice Manager at Byfield Medical Centre….

NHS LogoTo try to limit the number of people visiting the practice we are going to start to deliver medications to the villages as follows: –

  • Byfield Good Neighbour scheme will deliver to Byfield Patients,
  • Woodford patients to continue to collect from Popsons,
  • All other villages will have deliveries made by staff members.

You will receive a text the night before your delivery if you are not going to be at home please text back stating this.

If you pay for your prescriptions please have the correct money available.

Good Neighbours Scheme

Covid-19 Support Group

A group has been set up to support those self-isolating in Woodford Halse.

If you have been advised to self-isolate and are elderly, vulnerable or with a serious medical condition the group can help with:-


Please allow time to complete, collect and deliver orders & requests; wherever possible allow a minimum of 48hrs.

To contact the group call 07725 543065 (11:00am to 3:00pm) or 07492 703703 (4:00pm to 8:00pm), email or via the contact form on their web site (see below).

The group has a web site here

New Bus Timetable

Two Hourly Service from 23rd March 2020

Stagecoach have published a new temporary timetable to operate during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The 200 bus through the village will follow an approximately two hourly timetable  with a first bus to Banbury at 08:00am and to Daventry at 07:10am.

The full timetable can be seen here:-


Download it here: Service 200 Covid-19 Timetable.

Details of other services from Banbury can be found here.

Although we will try to keep the Signpost up to date, it is obviously best to follow the Stagecoach service web site or twitter feed for the latest data.

Byfield Medical Centre Appointments

Online Appointment Booking

Byfield Medical Centre has  temporarily suspended the online appointment booking service following guidance from NHS England.

All appointments must be booked on the phone where you will be asked a series of questions from our reception staff regarding COVID 19 symptoms.

You are still able to order repeat medication online

Woodford Branch GP Surgery & COVID-19

Important Information On Woodford Medical Services

The following information has been provided by Byfield Medical Centre, the Patient Participation Group and Woodford cum Membris Parish Council….

The branch GP surgery that was held in the Memorial Hall has been closed since the middle of last year due to IT problems. It will re-open shortly, possibly within the next two weeks or so.

At the same time, an isolation room, to support any local needs for dealing with suspected Corona Virus cases will be set up.

Village groups and individual hall hirers may wish to reconsider their use of the Memorial Hall for meetings as the level of risk for hall users will be higher than it previously was.

(We’ve added a page to collect up posts related to the Covid-19 outbreak. You  can find them here:  COVID-19 News page)

Byfield Surgery Closed

Bulletin From The Surgery

This morning Byfield Surgery had a patient who had some of the symptoms of Corona Virus, this has not been tested or confirmed, however as a precaution following NHS protocol they have closed the building until a full deep clean can be carried out. This is, repeat, a suspected not confirmed case. The surgery will update with any further news.

You will not be able to come and collect your prescriptions or see a healthcare professional.

If you need medication issued please call the surgery and they will make the necessary arrangements.

PLEASE DO NOT PANIC. This is just a precautionary measure.

Local Community Transport

New Directory Available

Northamptonshire ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England) has pulled together a guide to the various community transport services in the county.

The 2020 edition of their Community Transport Directory is now available to download for free here. It has details of all the community transport schemes that we know of and the communities they server. It is a really useful tool for anyone who needs to know what transport is available in their village now in addition to the Stagecoach 200 service. Page 18 shows which services apply to Woodford Hale & Hinton.

We’ve included a link to this guide on our Local Transport page.

Community Transport Directory

Thanks from Mark Gillett

Byfield Medical Centre Appeal Tops £2000 So Far.

Mark Gillett posted over at the Go Fund Me page for the Byfield Medical Centre appeal

“A huge thank you to all those who have donated, so far we have raised between us £1800 through Gofundme and over £350 in donations direct to the surgery. Thank you again for your generous support. Mark and all at the surgery.”

It’s a great start but they still have a long way to go to raise the funds to cover the costs of addressing the planning issues raised by DDC. If you would like to add your contribution you can do so online, or at the Surgery.

For online donations click here: GoFundMe Byfield Medical Centre Appeal

Northamptonshire Carers

Awareness Event

Northamptonshire Carers are hosting an awareness raising event to help unpaid Carers to access support services within Northamptonshire

Nortrthamptonshire Carers LogoNorthamptonshire Carers support all Carers of all ages, including Young Carers who are caring for a loved one with learning disability, long term physical or mental health problem, or is elderly/frail.

The event is being held on Wednesday 25th March 10am-2pm at The Town Hall, 86 Watling Street, Towcester NN12 6BS.

Come along and meet other organisations that may be able to help you

Tea/Coffee and Cake available.

For more information please contact: Northamptonshire Carers Tel: 01933 677837 or,  or email:

Spread the word. Download, print & display this poster: Northamptonshire Carers Event



Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

The success of Byfield’s Good Neighbour Scheme has generated interest from Woodford residents and they are looking for a leader to drive it forward.

Good Neighbour Scheme Logo

Good Neighbour Schemes are all about doing the little things at a local level but having a big impact. The schemes are established and run by local people to provide day-to-day support to other residents in their community who may need help on an occasional or regular basis. Good Neighbour schemes provide a social ‘safety net’ for their village or local area, helping to link residents who may need support with others in their community who can give it. Volunteers can complete practical tasks (such as general gardening, changing a light bulb, helping with computer use, shopping, dog walking etc) and/or provide emotional support (befriending).

Set Up Funding Available

Northamptonshire ACRE has been working closely with Daventry District Council to set up a number of schemes in the Daventry District. The Council is keen to help more schemes set up in the area and can provide up to £1,000 per scheme for set up costs. Support from all live schemes is also accessible.

Find Out More

For further information please contact Emma Parry on or phone 01327 302418.

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Young People With Views On Police Fire & Crime

Applications Open for PFCC Youth Commission

The Northamptonshire Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is looking to welcome more members to its Youth Commission to understand and meet the needs of local young people. Young people between 14 and 19 years old (or up to 24 years for those with additional needs) are being invited to apply.

The Youth Commission was launched in May 2019 to ensure the voices of young people in Northamptonshire are heard; to support, challenge and inform the work of Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. Since that time, 20 young people have been working on a project they named the ‘Big Conversation’, to seek the views of as many young people as possible about two key topics – Gang violence and road safety. Results will be presented at an event in March.

The Youth Commission enables young people to get involved in, and express their views, on a range of issues affecting the communities where they live, as well as being a great opportunity to meet new people, gain new skills and help make a difference.

Those interested will get to work on topics such as mental health, anti-social behaviour, hate crime and domestic abuse. They will gather the views of other young people, plan and get involved in events, and present findings back to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and other partners in Northamptonshire.

Membership will ideally be made up of a diverse group of young people to broadly reflect the make-up of the county, including those who may have direct experience of the police and justice system.

The role is open to people aged between 14 and 19 years (up to 24 years for people with additional needs) who live in Northamptonshire.

The deadline for applications is Saturday 29 February 2020.

Anyone interested can complete an application form here – Northamptonshire Youth Commission Application.

Paper copies of the form are also available by contacting

Youth Commission

Update on A361 Road Closure

This letter has been received by Chipping Warden Parish Council detailing the dates on which Stagecoach expect delays to the 200 bus service, This will obviously affect us too.

Stagecoah Letter 200 ServiceThis is a change from what was previously posted, we’ll be checking the One.Network roadworks site for confirmation.

Woodford Parish Council has also had the same letter. Obviously there is a lot of doubt about the dates and what is going to be done but we will try to keep you updated.

Baby & Me

Free Play Based Sessions For Babies Under 9 Months

Woodford Halse Community Library is pleased to be hosting the free Baby And Me programme of 9 weekly, play-based sessions for parents with babies under 9 months old.

Baby & Me Picture

These sessions are being provided by  Strong Start in cooperation with Public Health Northamptonshire, and Northamptonshire County Council to help parents have happy, healthy families.

Sessions will run as follows:-

Day:    Thursdays (term time only)

Time:    10:00 to 11:30am

Dates:    27th February 2020 to 7th May 2020

Venue:    Woodford Halse Library

Places on this programme are limited.

You can book your place on Eventbrite: Woodford Halse Baby & Me Programme registration

For further information,

Strong Start Logo

Northants County Council logo

Public Health Northants Logo

DDC Planning Meeting

The planning proposal for a new Byfield Medical Centre was supported by many residents from Woodford, Byfield and other villages attending the planning meeting in Daventry on Wednesday evening. The decision on the proposal has been deferred to a later date.

The BBC has covered it here.

The Daventry Express web site has this article covering the meeting.

The Daily Mail on-line has this article.

DDC post an audio recording of their meetings for those that cannot attend. You can find it here on Youtube. (The first 34 minutes or so consist of the chairman’s introduction and reading the proposal. The remaining discussion continues until 1 hour 51 minutes.)

We also hope to have a statement from the Byfield Surgery Patient Participation Group regarding the next steps shortly.

Surgery Planning Meeting

Daventry Council Offices 6:oopm Wednesday January 15th

Don’t forget the meeting this Wednesday. Come along and show your support.

Save Our Surgery logo Byfield Medical Centre needs to expand. Without the expansion they have said there is a risk that they will close. They have been offered land as part of a development plan for a small estate of 78 houses in Byfield. DDC Planning Officers are recommending rejecting the planning application.

The surgery has asked all those that want to see a new, improved medical centre for all the communities around Byfield to demonstrate their support on Wednesday night at DDC’s offices in Daventry. The meeting starts at 6:15pm. Supporters are gathering at 6:00pm.

Find out more about this here.

The Planned Development Site

Byfield Planned Development Site

Well Done Recyclers

Daventry Best in England at Reducing Household Waste.

Daventry District Council (DDC) recorded the largest per household reduction in the collection of general waste in England following the introduction of its new recycling service.  

The Council collected 363 kilograms of rubbish per household in 2018/19 – a 12.7% decrease on the 416 kilograms collected the previous year.

That is the highest percentage reduction across local authorities in England, according to figures published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Camden London Borough Council were second with a 9.3% reduction.

1-2-3 ServiceRefuse collection

It follows the introduction of the 123+ service in June 2018, which saw an 85% increase in food waste recycling and a 35% rise in mixed dry recycling such as cans, glass, paper and plastic in its first full year of operation.

Around 21,000 people signed up to the optional garden waste collection service in the first year, with even more people signed up to the service this year.

Meanwhile around 8,000 people downloaded the new Council mobile app, which was launched to help people get to grips with their new collection schedule.

Council Thanks Residents

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jo Gilford said: “We have been very pleased with the positive response to the 123+ service. Our residents are recycling more and throwing away less, and should take enormous pride in the huge environmental improvements they are helping us make as a District.

“I would like to thank our residents for their tremendous support, and urge everyone to make the most of the recycling and food waste services offered, so that the excellent progress we are making can continue.”

Find Out More

Residents can find out more about waste and recycling collections in Daventry District at 

Surgery Planning Consent Update

Daventry District Development Control Recommends Refusing Planning Consent

save our surgery logoA letter has been sent to those that commented on the planning application affecting the future of Byfield Surgery saying that the Daventry District Council Development Control Manager is to recommend that the DDC Planning Committee on 15th January refuse the application. No reasons for the recommendation are given in the letter but it refers to the report which is now available below.

A copy of the letter is available here.

A copy of the report to the planning committee with the recommendation is available here.

This makes it all the more important that as many as possible attend to the meeting in order to show local support for the application. Details of the procedure for the meeting are also included in the letter above.


Library Open

From January 8th.

Woodford’s Library re-opens as a comunity librarycommunity run library on Wednesday 8th January 2020.

Opening hours are from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Current opening times for the library are:

Wednesdays:   10am to 2pm

Thursdays:  2pm to 6pm

Fridays:   2pm to 6pm

Rhyme Time:   Tuesdays 2pm to 2.30pm

Keep up to date with what’s happening via our Community Library page.

Carers Views Wanted

Needs of Carers For Future Services

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is planning a series of focus groups that they will run with carers across the county. If you are not a carer yourself, please pass the message on to any that you know but who may not be users of social media or the Internet.

Northants County Council logoPublic Health and Adult Social Care at NCC are currently carrying out a joint strategic needs assessment. This will look at the current and future health, care and well-being needs of carers in Northamptonshire, in order to help to inform the future planning and commissioning of carers’ services.  A carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.

Collecting Views

NCC wants to include the voices of as many of the estimated 73,000 Northamptonshire carers as possible.  They know that many carers do not see themselves in that role, while many others, particularly working carers, struggle to juggle their caring and working lives.

In January and February NCC will be running focus groups to hear the views of working carers.  If you are a carer and currently working, then NCC would very much like to hear of your experience.  Groups will consist of no more than 10 people and will be facilitated by staff from Public Health and Adult Social Care.

NCC understand that not all carers wish to advertise their caring role so if carers would rather talk to them directly on a one to one basis then this would be fine.

Find Out More

For any further details please contact Hayley McKagan, email: or by telephone on 07921 403870.

Water Works In Castle Road

Anglian Water have provided the following update…

anglian water logoWe’re carrying out essential work affecting roads in your area.

For full details, please

Name: Roadworks – Castle Road, Woodford Halse
Status: In Progress
Estimated Start Date: 02/01/2020
Estimated Completion Date: 08/01/2020

Byfield Surgery Plans

Come along and give your support….

The Byfield Patients Participation Group is asking for as many as possible to attend the Daventry District Council Planning Meeting on January 15th.

To find out more about what is intended see this post from last year.

Download this poster and encourage others to support…. PPG Jan 15th Poster

Byfield Surgery Campaign

Please come along to Daventry District Council Planning Committee Meeting to show your support for the planning application for a new Medical Centre and 78 houses. The meeting is at 6:15 pm on Wednesday 15th January 2020, at

Daventry District Council

Council Chambers, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP

The meeting is held in public which means you can attend but are not permitted to speak, however a show of support in numbers may be vital.

Published by the Byfield Patient Participation Group, representing the following villages:

Byfield, Woodford, West Farndon, Eydon, Moreton Pinkney, Canons Ashby, Culworth, Sulgrave, Lower Thorpe Mandeville, Thorpe Mandeville, Chacombe, Wardington, Edgecote, Chipping Warden, Appletree, Aston Le Walls, Lower Boddington, Upper Boddington, Wormleighton, Priors Hardwick, Priors Marston, Hellidon, Upper Catesby, Staverton, Charwelton, Napton, Upper Shuckburgh, Badby, Fawsley, Newnham, Little Everdon, Preston Capes, Adstone, Farthingstone

Water Problems – Castle Road


Anglian Water advise that they are dealing with a mains leak in the Castle Road area.

anglian water logoFor full details, please visit:Water Supply Issues 38278

Name: Mains Repair
Status: In Progress
Estimated Completion Date: 24/12/2019

Xmas 2019 Buses

Buss 200 ServiceStagecoach have published details of bus timetables over the festive period.

There will be no service on bus 200 on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day.

Saturday timetable will apply on December 27th, 30th, 31st.

More Details

Full details can be found here: Stagecoach Oxford Bus Services Xmas 2019

Byfield Medical Centre SOS

DDC Planning Committee : 15/01/2020

The latest information we have is that the plans for the new medical centre in Byfield will be considered at the meeting of Daventry District Council’s Planning Committee on 15th January 2020.

SOS for Byfield SurgeryIf you want to ensure that we go on having access to nearby medical care, you need to support the application. Without it there is a very real risk that the Byfield Medical Centre will close and folk from Woodford and other nearby villages will have to access GP services in Banbury or Daventry. Your local MP and the Parish Council have already expressed their support but the views of local residents carry equal weight in the planning process.

The BEST way to help is by an individual letter expressing your concerns to Mrs C. Philips, Community Team, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP or by email: as soon as possible in order to ensure it is considered.

You can find links to the details of the application here.

Worth Knowing…

Fix My Street Map

The Fix My Street service allows you to report problems with roads such as potholes, damaged verges and failed traffic lights.

As part of the service FixMyStreet provides a map showing the status of all reported issues.

You can access the map for the Woodford Halse area here.

We’ve added this link to our Local Transport page

and you can connect to the FixMy Street reporting tool either from the map or via our Local Services page.

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Xmas 2019 Rubbish & Recycling

Three Weeks To Go…..

With only three weeks until Xmas its worth re-posting what’s happening about refuse collections over the Christmas period.

You can watch this video on how refuse and recycling collections are affected this Christmas.

Christmas 2019 Waste and Recycling Collections

Households are encouraged to find out more about arrangements for waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

All collections

Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Saturday, 28 December.

If your collection is due on Boxing Day (Thursday, 26 December) it will instead take place on Sunday, 29 December.

If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, 1 January) this will instead take place on Saturday, 4 January.

During the week beginning 23 December, all households will get an extra blue bin recycling collection on their usual collection day. This includes households whose collections have been rescheduled from Christmas Day and Boxing Day to the following weekend.

Garden waste collections for those subscribed to the service there will be a short break in collections during w/c 23 December so that crews can focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Waste bins – your black bin will continue to be collected as normal on its three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Recycling – Your blue recycling bin will continue to be collected as usual over Christmas and New Year. There will be an extra collection for all households during week beginning 23 December – please place your blue bin out with your food waste on your usual collection day.

Extra recycling will also be collected if you cannot fit into your blue bin – please place items into clear or white bags next to your boxes (not black or green sacks).

Don’t forget that a range of festive items can be recycled, including foil-free Christmas cards and wrapping paper, sweet tins and drinks bottles.

Food waste bins will continue to be collected weekly for all households on their usual collection day.

Christmas trees – Households can put their real Christmas trees in their garden waste bin or alternatively place them alongside their bins on the usual day of collection week beginning 6 January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees. You can also take trees to the local household waste recycling centre – find your nearest at Daventry DC Recycling.

Check your collections calendar – You can check your bin collection dates on the calendar delivered to you in June, or by searching your postcode on our website at

You can also check your collection day and set up alerts on your mobile by downloading the free Daventry District Council app from the Apple or Google Play stores.

Reporting a Missed Bin at Christmas and New Year

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Thursday, 2 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at

200 Bus Service 3/12/19

According to a separate update the 16:20 200 service from Banbury and the 17:20 from Daventry will not operate for the duration of the road works. We’ve updated the original post on the diversions and bus stops to reflect this.

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Beep Assist

DDC Housing Provider Aims To Help Independent Living

Daventry District Council has asked us to pass on this information from Futures Housing, who took over Daventry District Council’s social housing stock in 2007.

Futures Housing has introduced Beep Assist, a service designed to help people to live independently at home for longer.

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The service uses sensors and other technology to detect situations that are a risk for the occupant or to provide reminders or warnings. If you would like to find out more you can read this flyer on Beep Assist, visit their web site, or download this referral form to make contact with them.

Carer’s Appeal

Looking For Hairdresser for Home Visits

Northamptonshire Carer’s wrote to us about their support for a carer in Woodford Halse. They are trying to find a local hairdresser who will do home visits, Lunch Clubs and any craft clubs as well as any local support people such as shoppers or home support?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact : Lewis Trasler, CASW, Northamptonshire Carers, 123 Midland Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1LU

Tel: 01933 677837

Mobile: 07395796675

Carers Support Line: 01933 677907



Library Closed Today 11/10/19

11th October 2019

The library will be closed today due to Northamptonshire County Council staff sickness. We apologise for the inconvenience. Normal hours will be resumed next week.

Please do not put library books through the letterbox as we do not have a drop in service and books can get damaged.

Library books can be renewed online.

Patricia Darby

Flu Jab Scam Alert

Byfield Medical Centre Warning

Byfield Medical Centre posted the following on their Facebook page and we’re sharing it here for non-Facebook users….

NHS England and NHS Improvement – East of England have been alerted to an issue whereby a patient appears to have been the victim of a scam relating to flu jabs.

The patient was contacted over the phone by a person purporting to be a GP working at their local GP practice and that, for a fee, the GP could attend their home to administer their flu jab. Unfortunately the patient gave out their bank account details and has sadly suffered a financial loss.

If someone claiming to be from the NHS contacts you by phone and asks for a payment, please be aware they could be a criminal trying to trick you. Most NHS services are free at the point of use and NHS professionals are very unlikely to ask for fees such as prescription charges by phone. We advise you not to share bank account details or other financial information unless you are sure of who you are talking to.

We would ask that you continue to be vigilant.

Reporting NHS fraud

NHS LogoYou can report any concerns or suspicions you have about fraud or corruption within the NHS or wider health group to the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSFCA) by calling the FREE 24hr confidential fraud reporting hotline powered by Crimestoppers on 0800 028 4060.

You can also make a report to the NHSCFA using the online NHS fraud reporting tool.

Should you have any queries you can contact NHS England and NHS Improvement by:

Telephone: 0300 311 22 33
General Post (including complaints): NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT

New Unitary Authorities

Consultation on Priorities for the Public

Local government in Northamptonshire is going through a period of transformation as it moves towards the creation of two new unitary authorities to replace the current eight councils. For this to be a success, it is essential that the services currently provided by Northamptonshire County Council are placed on a firmer financial footing to make sure the two new unitary councils don’t inherit the significant issues faced by their predecessor.

This needs to happen before the new councils are created to make sure they start life with transformed, affordable services and a balanced budget.

To help us in this work the Council wants your views on what you consider to be the priorities. They want to know what services you feel are most important to you, your family and your communities, how you rate these services and what improvements could be made. They are asking these questions now and will repeat this every six months to make sure they are aware of your views on an ongoing basis.

Have your say.

This survey gives background to the challenge facing the Council and sets out the different services that the Council provides and asks you how important they are to you and the wider community, how well you feel the services are currently being delivered and whether there are areas of improvement that they should focus on. The survey closes at midnight on Sunday 20th October.

Let them have your views here.

Details of this and all current and recent consultations can be found on the Northampton County Council Consultation Hub.

Byfield Medical Centre Planning Application

October 2019 Updates

The planning application in respect of Byfield Medical Centre has been updated with four new documents which can be downloaded below:-

The principal changes detailed in these documents are a reduction in the number of houses proposed from 90 to 78, the inclusion of 10% of properties to be “affordable housing” and a change in access to the development from two entry points (Woodford Road and Church Street) to one (Woodford Road).

Find Out More

These documents are available on the Daventry District Council web site under application number DA/2017/0826. The full set can be accessed by entering the application number on the DDC planning application enquiry page.

The revised application will be considered soon by Daventry District Council and you are asked to provide any comments in writing by 11th October 2019.

The Parish Council will consider this application at the meeting of the Council on Tuesday 8th October. The agenda for that meeting will be published shortly.

A copy of the letter from Daventry District Council to residents detailing the comments process can be found here: DDC Letter 27/09/19.


New Gas Main

Courtesy of Byfield Parish Council…

We have been informed that a new gas main will be installed from Byfield to Woodford Halse. The official notice says this will be starting on 30th September 2019.

This will be from the ‘five ways’ mini roundabouts all the way to the new Woodford housing estate. Traffic management and subsequent road closures will be in place from 30th September.

Recent communication from the contractor (thanks to Steve Bartlett for this) adds the following information:-

“With regards to your enquiry we will have a slight delay in beginning our works on this project. The works will likely start between 07/10 and 14/10 depending on the teams current works. For the majority of the project we will be using temporary traffic signals but will close the Woodford Road from 04/11/19 – 25/11/19. Access will be maintained for residents via Byfield Road but a hard closure will be in place on Woodford Road from the double roundabouts to it’s junction with Fessey Road. We will aim to have the project completed by 02/12/19 but this is very dependent on what is found on site. If we encounter network issues the duration may change.”

Attached is a drawing of the works and a copy of the proposed diversion route during the closure.

Map of proposed works:

Map of proposed diversion:,%20Daventry,%20NN11%206XD.pdf

Hall Bookings Fixed

The problem with the halls booking system has been solved.

The email system linked to HallMaster is now operational again after the fault reported last week.

You can now book on line once more using our Halls Booking page.

If you have any queries, please contact Beverley Blackwell by email:

We are sorry for any inconvenience, which was caused by a problem with the HallMaster email server.

Hall Booking Problems

This Problem Has Now Been Fixed

See here.

An urgent message from Beverley Blackwell…

Please be advised that the halls booking system has stopped working.

The email system linked to HallMaster is not sending or receiving messages and so I have no idea if someone has booked a hall. Equally, I cannot email our customers from the Hallmaster system.

I have contacted Hallmaster to see when this fault will be rectified but we do not have a date or time for a solution yet.

Please do not book on-line for the time being until the system is back up and running. If you need to make an urgent booking please phone: on 07579 050003 or by email:

Get Up & Go!

Exercise to Move Safely & Avoid Falls

There is a new group starting in Daventry for people who are at risk of falling or who have fallen once in the last 3 months.  It is chair based gentle exercise to encourage the person to keep moving in a safe way and prevent falls.

Free sessions start in Daventry on Monday 9th September. Download the poster below for more details To book your place contact Helen Redwood, telephone 07912 891993 or by email

Get Up & Go Poster

Northants Health Plan

Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership Wants Your Views

In January 2019 the NHS launched its Long Term Plan, which sets out its ambition to make sure everyone has the best start in life, receives world-class care for major health problems and gets the support they need to age well.

Locally, our county’s health and care organisations are working together through Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP) to shape our local response to this, called the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan. This plan represents the commitment between health and care providers in Northamptonshire and the members of the local Health and Wellbeing Board to work together on a plan for our county.

Together their vision for the future of Northamptonshire’s health and care is to have a positive lifetime of health, wellbeing and care for all those in our community.

Whether it’s your opinion on the plan’s priorities, or how you and your family get health advice, support and services they want you to join the conversation. You’re at the heart of everything they do, so they want to make sure your voice is heard.

You can give your feedback by visiting Northamptonshire HCP : Join The Conversation Survey and completing the short online survey.

NHCP Survey Banner

DDC & Recycling

Daventry Claims Improved Performance

Changes to household bin collections in Daventry District helped boost recycling rates in the first year of operation, latest figures have revealed.

Bin changes bring huge boost to waste recycling rates

A total of 2,328 tonnes of food waste was collected for recycling between the launch of the 123+ service in June 2018 and the end of May this year – an 85% increase on the 12-month period leading up to the new service.

At the same time people also recycled 8,298 tonnes of cans, glass, paper and plastic in their blue lidded bins, which is a 35% increase.

There has also been a 25% reduction in the amount of rubbish being put in the black bins for disposal – from 16,081 tonnes down to 12,065 tonnes.

The 123+ waste and recycling collections were introduced on 4 June and are run by Daventry Norse – a joint venture between Daventry District Council and Norse Commercial Services.

Around 21,000 people signed up to the optional garden waste collection service in the first year, with even more people signed up to the service this year.

Meanwhile around 8,000 people downloaded the new Council mobile app, which was launched to help people get to grips with their new collection schedule.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jo Gilford said: “These are excellent results which really show how making small individual adjustments to our recycling habits can add up and bring significant environmental benefits.

“I would like to thank all of our residents for their support in our efforts to increase our District’s recycling performance, and I look forward to an even better set of results next year.”

People can find out more about recycling services in the District at Daventry Council’s recycling page.

Woodford Halse Branch GP Surgery

To Remain Closed Until October.

Disturbing news this morning from the Byfield Medical Centre Facebook page….


I met with NHS England this morning to look at the IT issue and they need to write a business case to make adjustments to what is there, they say they will not have an answer for us until at least October, which means the branch surgery will remain closed until at least October.

Seeking Young People’s Views

OPFCC Youth Commission; Gangs & Young Drivers

Young people in Northamptonshire are being invited to join in the Big Conversation and tell the Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s (OPFCC) Youth Commission what they think about two key issues – gangs and young drivers.

Police Commissioner LogoThroughout the summer, the Youth Commission will be visiting community events and busy locations to meet as many young people aged 14-19 as possible and them to share their experiences. They want to know if young people have ever felt unsafe as a passenger or driver, have they been approached to join a gang?  Who would they tell if they were?

There is also an online survey for 14-19 year olds to complete.  Everyone who takes part will have the opportunity to win Amazon vouchers up to the value of £50.

So, if you work with or know young people aged 14 – 19 encourage them to take part and have their say!  Survey closes on 30 August 2019.

Take part in the survey here: OFPCC Youth Commission Survey

Woodford Doctor’s Surgery

Cancelled Due To IT Problems

Byfield Medical Centre has apologised and informs that until further notice the clinic that usually runs from 9.00am-10.00am at Woodford Halse Memorial Hall will be cancelled due to an IT issue which NHS England is trying to resolve.

We will keep you updated with any further details when we receive them.

Byfield Patient Experiences

Patient Experiences Show How Our Local Health Centre Helps

Most residents of the Parish will be registered with the Byfield Medical Centre. The Centre has compiled a number stories from patients about their treatment which should help reassure those that are faced with unexpected or worrying medical conditions.

These “Patient Experiences” have all been published on the Byfield Medical Centre’s web site (search under “News”) but the Signpost is happy to make them available here too. Thanks to Gill Pitt, who sits on the Byfield Medical Centre’s Patient Participation Group, for suggesting we publish this and to Tracey Rymer, the Practice Manager, for permission to use these experiences.

Just click the links to each or scroll down to read them all…


Prostate Cancer

Hip Replacement


Thanks to Brigid Hurn, Jenny Vandries and John Grindlay for sharing their experiences. You can find links to other sources of information on the Signpost too: Local Healthcare


I’d been told 2 years ago that I had cataracts, but had decided that they weren’t a problem so I wouldn’t have them done! What changed my mind was being told that my sight was now on the limit for driving! The thought of not being able to drive just beat the thought of someone messing with my eyes!

I had to stop driving at night because headlights just dazzled me.

I must have spoken to about 60 people who had had treatment, and about 58 were delighted with the results, but I found it easier to believe the 2! I admit it, I was terrified! But it had to be done.

The day of surgery (after very little sleep) I met the other 7 being operated on that morning, all the first timers looking anxious, the second eye people looking calm. The pre-op was simple, it was then just waiting for my turn. Fortunately there is a nurse to hold your hand, my poor lady must have had a numb hand for hours afterwards!

The actual operation took about 10 minutes, I couldn’t see or feel anything, then it’s cup of tea and biscuit time. My vision improved gradually over the next few days, until I could see more clearly than had been possible for about 20 years! My big problem then was one good eye, one bad! I couldn’t wait for my other eye to be sorted!

Now I no longer wear glasses, can see everything around me, and would recommend having treatment to anyone with cataracts. But be warned, colours change! I discovered I’d been wearing clashing colours for years and nobody had told me!!


Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Some personal experiences

I was in the habit of having regular annual blood tests, on the advice of my doctor at Byfield Medical Centre.

On 21st January 2015, I had my “annual”. To my surprise, Dr Bone wished to see me, urgently.

Saw him on 29th January, and he said my PSA level (Prostate Specific Antigen) element of the blood test had increased from a “normal” level of 4.0, to 10.4 in the previous 6 months. He went on to explain that this level in itself was not necessary of concern, but for the fact it had increased significantly in a short period of time (10% per annum is not unusual).Dr Bone at once referred me to a Consultant Urologist in Oxford (in my case Dr Jeremy Crewe, but I should add that there is an extensive excellent team in The Churchill in Oxford).

I saw Dr Crewe in Banbury, on February 11th. He questioned me about my waterworks; I explained I did need to pee often at times, and not always emptying the bladder. He gave me a “rectal examination”,. This wasn’t a very exciting moment, and I have to admit it was a bit uncomfortable, but no after-effects.

He explained he then needed to carry out a biopsy in order to take small samples of tissue for examination. This procedure would be carried out in hospital, under clinical conditions.

On March 4th, prior to the biopsy samples being taken, I had an Ultrasound Scan on my prostate, then a urine flow test. On the same day, I was in hospital for a short time, for the rectal biopsy. This wasn’t as bad as I feared, as some anaesthetic cream was used to relax the muscles, and reduce the sensation. Dr Crewe took 10 samples from me, 5 on each “side”. These were like having some pin-pricks up the backside. The process only took a few minutes. I was given 48 hours of anti-biotics, to suppress any possible infection.

Dr Crewe then explained he was going away for a couple of weeks; did I mind waiting till March 18th for the result, and we made an appointment for that day (my wife’s birthday, as it happened!).

I have to admit, I was happy in my own mind that my problem was not severe & I was sure I had no cancer.

So, I booked a window table with a bottle of bubbly, for lunch at “The Trout” at Godstow, to celebrate the birthday and my expected happy consultation with Dr Crewe, accompanied by my wife, on the morning of March 18th.

What a mistake I made…

I quote Dr Crewe’s words, “There are signs of prostate cancer on the left side of the prostate. On the Gleeson scale the score is 7 (3+4). However, the right side is completely non-malignant. There is a sign of perineal invasion, but not outside of the prostate”.

So, I asked him in simple terms what all this meant.

He said I did have prostate cancer, and the Gleeson score rated the aggressiveness. My scale was moderately aggressive. Most likely, this did not warrant surgery but he needed me to have a MRI scan for confirmation.

I asked Dr Crewe what the options were.

Three, he explained; do nothing, operate for removal, or undertake a course of Radiotherapy.

I said we would think about it (this had now become a joint decision), and as we were due to lunch together, we could discuss it fully. I questioned Dr Crewe in detail about the options. He did not recommend surgery in my case, and I wasn’t suitable for “seed brachytherapy” (where a radioactive seed is implanted in the prostate), as my prostate was the wrong size.

We were left with options of either radiotherapy, or doing nothing.

I have to admit, I was immediately in favour of doing nothing, and let nature take its course, whatever that may have been.

We didn’t decide over lunch that day.

I am lucky to have a supportive family, and it so happened that children and grandchildren were all due to visit the following week-end for family Sunday lunch. My prostate became the lunch topic…not the most favourable subject over roast lamb.

I was outnumbered, and it was unanimous that I should elect for radiotherapy.

So, on March 27th I visited Byfield surgery and asked Dr Bone to arrange a course of treatment. He sensibly agreed and observed “you will die with it, not of it”.

I saw Dr Crewe at the Horton on April 16th, and he arranged for me to have a MRI scan on April 29th. This determined the exact position of the tumours.

On May 12th, I then saw a urologist (Dr Ami) at the Churchill, where I had the procedures I was to undergo, all explained. I was then overtaken by events;

May 19th, “gold” implants shot into my groin area. These accurately mark the exact line of fire for the radiotherapist. This was a more uncomfortable procedure than I expected, but very rapid.

May 27th, Byfield Surgery. 1st injection of Triptorelin (by Dr Harrison), a hormone injection, followed by 6 weeks of tablets. This hormone treatment is to stop the production of testosterone, and so helps to stop the prostate cancer from growing.

July 24th. CT scan at The Churchill.

July 29th. Blood test (Byfield), to check finally on PSA level.

August 10th. Second hormone injection at Byfield. My PSA level had dropped, as expected, from 10.5, to just over 1.0.

At this stage, I was tempted to walk away and drop the treatment. The doctor said this was normal, and not to halt treatment, the cancer was still there.

August 24th. FIRST DAY of radiotherapy treatment, of 37 sessions, until LAST DAY on October 13th. All at The Churchill, Oxford.

So, from first visit to Byfield Medical Centre on January 29th, to last day of treatment on October 13th, it took 37 weeks. But that was not quite the end.

November 11th. Blood test, for PSA levels. Saw Dr Ami, and levels down to PSA 0.12


After effects? Apart from blood tests for PSA levels every 6 months, and some pain killers for immediate after-effects of the radiotherapy, the long-term after-effect is still the urgency to pee at short notice and more frequently than of old. But these are insignificant when compared to coping with possible terminal cancer….

I made my visits to Oxford as pleasant as I could. My treatment was all through the summer months, so I took picnic lunches most days and got the train from Banbury. At Oxford, there are regular buses to The Churchill (do NOT get the JR bus!). I often went via the city centre, and had my picnic visiting most of the old colleges, before re-joining a bus to the hospital.

As for the radiotherapy treatment itself, the zapping is over very rapidly, but the preparation procedure and time is wearing. Do read a booklet about it all (see below).

One final tip for you men with a concern: do talk to others who have had or are having treatment. A trouble shared is a trouble halved.

Suggested reading matter for those with a concern:

“Treating Prostate Cancer, Questions and Answers”

From: Prostate Cancer Research Centre, Britannia House, 7 Trinity street, London, SE1 1DB


020 7848 7546


My Right Hip

Surprisingly, it all started with my knee giving way occasionally when I last expected it! At my annual MOT, I mentioned this and the doctor sent me for an x-ray. “How’s my knee?” I asked the radiographer. “There’s nothing wrong with your knee it’s your hip!”

So it was then that the process started, along with the pain in my hip! Next step was physiotherapy. “It is not going to cure my hip so why waste the time?” “Look at is as pre-hab, getting your muscles ready for when you’ve had the op”. I’m not sure why, but that satisfied me and I did what I was told after that! (there’s a first time for everything!)

Next was the on-line Oxford Hip Score Test, which grades you from ‘lose weight to do more exercise’ to ‘go straight to the surgeon, do not pass go do not collect £200’! Sad to say I was the latter.

Then a trip to the Ramsey Treatment Centre in Banbury to see the surgeon, when they actually booked the operation date! The depressing bit was reading the letter he wrote to my GP saying what the problems were – I had to look up a lot of the words, and hadn’t realised how badly I was walking.

Before the operation I made sure my home was ready for me – no bending or stretching, getting a cushion to raise the height of a chair, glass by the washbasin, easy to put on trousers and shoes. This came in really handy later. A friend had told me that it was a wonderful when the arthritic pain just disappeared, but it still hurt from the wound, and this was very true, but it was no more pain that I’d had before, and I knew it was going to decrease.

Having a new hip means learning to walk again, and not lurching or limping: learning to dress yourself using a grabber and a long shoe horn; sleeping flat on your back for six weeks, and using a loo when you mustn’t swivel!! But once six weeks have passed, oh the joy of walking distances again without pain, putting your own socks on, and going up and down stairs normally!

It was SO worthwhile!



It can be a very scary time when you are told you have cancer. From the moment of diagnosis to hearing you will have to attend daily radiotherapy treatment must evoke all kinds of emotions. I hope by reading this I can put your mind at ease and hopefully answer some of those nagging questions you may have.

What is Radiotherapy? Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy x-rays to destroy or damage cancer cells. Along side surgery and chemotherapy it is one of the major treatments used to treat most forms of cancer. Below is a picture of a Linear accelerator used to deliver radiotherapy.

Radsio Therapy Linear Accelerator

Before you can start your Radiotherapy, your doctor will ensure you have a CT or some form of scan. This gives the radiographers and doctors all the information they require to plan your treatment. Often during this process, the radiographers need to make tiny permanent marks on your skin (often called tattoo’s), These are done by putting a tiny prick of ink under the skin. If, you require these a member of staff will explain them to you thoroughly and check you are happy to have them.

Some people may need to have a mould made of clear lightweight plastic or mesh (see picture below). This is usually for the head and neck area but sometimes they are made for other parts of the body. They are used to ensure you are in exactly the same position for your treatment every day.

A mould makes sure each treatment hits the right spot.

Also, before your treatment begins you will see either a doctor or a radiographer. They will explain about the treatment and make you aware of any side-effects you may experience. You will be asked to sign a consent form. Before you leave you will receive a list of appointments for your course of radiotherapy. If you have any special requests or requirement’s, please let someone know and staff will try and adjust these for you. The number of appointments you must attend is very individual. A course of treatment can be anything from 1 treatment up to six or more weeks of daily treatment.

On your first day of treatment you will be given a lot of information. It is worth taking someone with you to help take it all in. If this isn’t possible then ask the radiographer to write things down for you. The treatment itself will be explained so you are fully aware of what will happen. Generally, treatment takes approximately 10-20 minutes and you don’t see or feel anything. The radiographers do have to leave the room during the treatment, but they are not gone long and will constantly be watching on the CCTV cameras to check you are OK. Once treatment is finished you are free to go home.

You will usually see a doctor or a radiographer most weeks throughout your course of radiotherapy. They will monitor you and check you are coping with the treatment. There are side effects to the treatment, and these tend to be localised so only effect the area you are having treated. The radiographers will give you full instructions on how to deal with this and any other side effects.

Things to be mindful of:

  1. Allow extra time for parking at the hospital.
  2. Most hospitals will provide you with a parking permit for your course of treatment so just ask a radiographer when you attend your 1st appointment.
  3. The linear accelerators used to deliver the radiotherapy treatment are extremely complicated and because of this they do sometimes break down. Every department has its own technicians and physicist on site to deal with this when it happens. Staff will keep you informed of any delay but please be patient.
  4. You are attending radiotherapy daily so please feel free to ask questions. There isn’t much staff haven’t seen, heard or been asked before! Don’t suffer in silence!





Byfield Surgery & Northants Rural PCN

Readers of the Daventry Express may have seen this article “Shakeup for GP Surgeries Next Month” describing how new networks of GP surgeries are to be implemented across Northamptonshire next month.

Under this scheme, the Byfield Surgery will become part of the Northamptonshire Rural PCN (Primary Care Network).

We have asked the Byfield Patient’s Panel representative in the village for any further information that the Surgery has on this. He is contacting the Practice Manager. We will provide an update as soon as more information is available

Claiming Universal Credit?

Citiizens Advice Help to Claim poster

Kim Allibone is the new ‘Help to Claim’ advisor for Citizens Advice Daventry and District, supporting people with new Universal Credit claims.

Help to Claim is a free, independent service that aims to help claimants from first application through to getting payments.

The service is available over the phone, via on-line chat and face to face. You can find out more about it in this Help to Claim leaflet.

If you’d like help, you can contact the CAB office directly for an appointment with Kim on 01327 701644.

More Details on the CAB


The Abbey, Market Square, Daventry, NN11 4XG

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 till 14:30, Closed on Thursday, Fridays 09:30 till 15:00
Adviceline email:
Adviceline number: 03444889629
Web Site:

DDC’s Housing Hotline

Launched to Help Improve Housing Conditions

A new hotline has been launched by Daventry District Council in a bid to improve living conditions for people in privately rented or shared housing.

The dedicated number – 01327 302288 – has been set up to help people report in confidence any concerns they may have about the condition of a privately rented property in the District.

People are also encouraged to report any Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) – commonly referred to as house shares – that they believed may be unlicensed or in a poor state of repair.

The new initiative comes in response to the massive growth of the private rental sector in recent years. According to national figures, there were 2.5 million landlords in the UK in 2018, and 11 million people living in rented accommodation.

Report On-Line

As well as the new hotline, people can also report a suspected HMO or a privately rented house in disrepair in confidence by visiting the DDC HMO page  the Daventry District Council HMO page or emailing

And while most landlords take their responsibilities to their tenants seriously, a small minority do not, allowing their tenants to live in poor conditions, causing ill health and distress.

National figures suggest that as many as 1 in 3 rental properties are not of a decent living standard, and 1 in 6 rented houses are dangerous to live in.

DDC Needs To Know

The rental market plays an important role in providing housing for people living in Daventry District, and HMOs provide cheaper accommodation for residents whose housing options are limited.

However they can also pose greater risks than other types of accommodation for overcrowding and fire, which is why Daventry District Council is working to ensure that all HMOs in the District are safe and properly licenced.

Councillor Richard Auger, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health and Housing on Daventry District Council, said: “Our District is a popular place to live and work, and with the rental sector increasingly popular, it is more important than ever to ensure everyone here has a safe, well-managed place to live.

“In some instances, HMOs have been used by opportunistic rogue landlords, some driven by monetary gain, to exploit vulnerable tenants, and rent properties that are overcrowded, sub-standard and potentially dangerous.

“We are working with landlords and our partners to protect the health and safety of the tenants, but I would appeal to residents across the District to help be our eyes and ears on this, and report any concerns they have to us so we can investigate and take action where required.”

(The Signpost covered DDC’s advice to HMO landlords back in 2018 in this article.)

NCC Consultation

Specialist Provision for Children and Young People

Northamptonshire County Council is consulting on additional special provision in the county for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans.

Increasing the capacity of authorities to make provision for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans has been supported by the Department of Education through a Capital Grant. This recently published report, Special Schools and Designated Units Sufficiency, details the current provisions and identifies gaps in provision in and within districts and the numbers of young people who need to move outside their district to access special education.

The consultation provides the opportunity to shape the additional provision to be commissioned to ensure there is greater capacity in Northamptonshire to provide children and young people with an Education Health and Care Plan access to local specialist provision that meets their needs and supports them to be part of the community in which they live.

Have Your Say

This consultation sets out the recommendations that have been made to increase provision in Northamptonshire and asks for your views on them. The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 14th July.

You can access the consultation here:-

NCC’s Consultation on Specialist Provision for Young People

Details of this and all current and recent consultations can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council consultation hub.

Daventry’s Recycling Callendar

Keep an eye out for new bin collection calendars which are due to hit doormats across the  district later this week.

The four-page leaflet gives households dates for the next 12-month cycle of waste and recycling collections, beginning at the start of June until the end of May 2020. It also includes details on 2019 Christmas season collection arrangements.

For more details visit Daventry Council’s Recycling Calendar.

Daventry's Recyling Leaflet

Good Neighbour Schemes

Daventry District Helps With Setting Them Up

Good Neighbour Schemes are established by communities and run by local people to provide day to day support for other residents who may need help on an occasional or regular basis.

Good Neighbour SchemeThe best help is often closest to home. Good Neighbour Schemes provide that local, day to day support.

At the present time there are 3 live schemes in Daventry District and 12 pending. DDC is  looking to set up more.

How DDC Can Help

DDC provides support to set up Good Neighbour schemes. Your scheme could get:-

  • Funding of up to £1,000 is available to set up a scheme
  • A toolkit, based on national good practice, on how to run a Good Neighbours scheme, along with advice and support from Northamptonshire ACRE and Daventry District Council
  • DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) can help you set up your own Village Travel Club
  • Daventry Volunteer Centre Happy at Home Partnership can help with recruiting of your volunteers

For more information see this brochure and contact:

Daventry District Council on 01327 871100,

Northamptonshire ACRE on 01604 765888,

DACT on 01327 701666 or

The Happy at Home Partnership on 01327 300614.


Help Advise Your Local Police

The Opportunity

OFPCCC LogoThe Office of the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) and the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police are recruiting new members to join their Joint Independent Audit Committee. The Committee provides independent advice and assurance on the governance of the OPFCC, Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority.

Successful applicants will receive training and an annual allowance of £3,000.

Want To Know More?

OFPCC, Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Commissioner Fire & Rescue Authority are looking for two people to join the committee which, through its work, aims to make Northamptonshire safer.

  • Can you review and scrutinise their internal audit, risk management, financial reporting and corporate governance arrangements?
  • Do you have experiences of and skills in project management, estates or IT?
  • Do you have a good understanding of the public sector and knowledge of best practice in audit and corporate governance?

If you think you might fit the bill, download this information pack with details of how to apply…

Application Pack

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 10 May 2019.



Fix My Street

Northants County Council have launched a new on-line page where you can report problems such as pot-holes, street lighting, pavements, and a whole series of others.

You can also check on problems in your area to see if they have already been reported and see any updates on progress with fixing the problem.

Street light problems in the village (which are owned and maintained by the Parish Council) should still be reported to the Parish Council, which can be done by email giving the street light number from the post and its location, to the Parish Clerk:

The new page is available here:-

Fire & Police “Youth Commission” Wants Members

Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold is setting up a youth commission to involve young people in decisions about policing, the fire service and criminal justice in Northamptonshire.
Young people aged between 14 and 19 – or 24 if they have additional needs – are invited to join the Commission, where they can make sure their voices, and the voices of other young people, are heard by decision-makers.
The Youth Commission provides a platform for young people to get involved and express their views on a range of police, crime and fire issues affecting our communities. This is an important role, as it will help the Commissioner to understand the needs of local young people and to make better informed decisions.
The Commission will have 30 members who will be able to lead discussions and to develop and run campaigns that will inform and engage other young people on issues that are important to them.
People who take part will need to be confident, commit to one session a month and keen to get involved and represent their peers.  In return, they will be able to develop their skills, gain experience and have the opportunity to help shape important decisions.
Now extended to the 5th of April.  To apply, visit

More on the Pong

The Parish Council is continuing to press the Environment Agency over the smell of sewage from watercourses in the village.

Actions taken so far have shown that blockages are often caused by flushing wet wipes and disposable nappies. These should not be disposed of in this way, so village residents are asked to avoid flushing them.

The Environment Agency needs to know that all these instances are linked. If you are affected by this problem:-

  1. Call the Environment Agency reporting number: 0800 807060
  2. Make sure you quote the case number: 1677295




More Leaky Pipes!

After yesterday’s warning about the works at the bottom of Scriven’s Hill, it looks like water is off all over Woodford Halse this morning.

The Anglian Water web site says (at 3:00pm) that they hope to have it fixed by 6:00pm.

Street Lights

street lightIf you notice that a street light is out of action, you can report it to the Parish Council by emailing the Parish Clerk:

When you do, please remember to let us know:-

  • the name of the road the light is in
  • the street light number from the sign on the post or, if there isn’t one….
  • the house number the lamp post is outside

That way we can identify the faulty lamp quickly and get it fixed.

Thank you!


Take Care!

Pat Knight, the Parish highways warden asked for the following warning to be passed on….

“Please be extra careful. Freezing rain. Footpaths and roads – all surfaces lethal!

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