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  • St Mary’s Readings: 22/05/2022

    Sixth Sunday of Easter

    Here is the pew sheet and readings for 22nd May.

    Details for the various services around the benefice for May & June and events including the Byfield Big Breakfast & Eydon plant sale are also included.

    Pew Sheet Sixth Sunday of Easter

    Pew sheet 22.5.2022

    Download the pew sheet to save or print

    Keep Up To Date

    You can keep up to date with activities in the church via their websites.

    Website – opens in a new windowFiveWays Benefice (

    Facebook – opens in a new windowThe Fiveways Benefice

    Twitter –  opens in a new window5WaysChurches (@5_churches)

    The  Daily Hope Dial-In

    The Church of England has a free dial-in worship service to bring prayer to people’s homes.

    Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

    The national line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.



  • Housing Register : Important News

    IT Switch Means Those On Homechoice Must Re-register

    unitary logoWest Northamptonshire Council advises that the Housing Register for the Daventry Area has now switched from Homechoice to a new IT system.

    If you are on the Homechoice register, you will need to reapply.

    You must reapply to join the housing register within the next 3 weeks at West Northants Housing Jigsaw.

    If you do not have easy access to the Internet you can use the facilities in the Community Library

    From 7 June 2022, all vacant properties will be advertised on the new system and those not registered may be unable to bid on properties and applications will subsequently be closed.

  • Canons Ashby – Summer 2022

    Here’s an update on coming events at our local National Trust property. The Drydens of Canons Ashby owned land in the village and founded (and designed the building for) the village school in what is now the Dryden Hall.

    Canon’s Ashby In Summer

    The weather is warming up and the gardens are looking beautiful. Soon you can expect the scent of roses on the air and the herbaceous borders to be at their peak. It’s the busiest time of year for the garden team as they tend to the garden as it bursts to life, change the bedding at the beginning of June for the rest of the summer season, and do a lot of mowing and weeding as well!

    canos ashby in summer

    In the Visitor Experience department, the team are preparing for a busy summer. They’ve been recruiting new volunteers to various departments to help us welcome visitors. Could you be interested in volunteering at Canons Ashby? Have a look at National Trust  Volunteering and type Canons Ashby into the search.

    As well as preparing a variety of events and activities, the team are also working behind the scenes to get quotes and funding for various improvements, from conservation work on historic outdoor medieval and 18th century walls, to sound baffling in the tea-room, making it easier for everyone to use that space comfortably (including those who are hearing-impaired, those who are overwhelmed by noisy spaces, and everyone else who wants to enjoy the indoor seating area as part of their visit).

    Check visitor opening hours, events and find out more about the work that’s going on to care for Canons Ashby on their website.

    What’s On?

    There are plenty of events and activities listed on the National Trust Canons Ashby website. Here are a few highlights:-

    Sat 18 June 6pm-7pm (doors open from 5.15pm)

    Baroque Classics in the Garden performed by Eboracum Baroque

    Bring a picnic and enjoy beautiful music in a blooming garden

    £8 children

    £15 Adults

    Sat 16 July 6-7.50pm
    Doors open at 5.15pm.
    Much Ado About Nothing, performed by The Pantaloons

    Adult £16, Child £10


    Wednesday 20 July 3.30pm – 5.45 (afternoon tea at 5pm)

    Garden tour and afternoon tea with the head gardener

    A VIP tour with our expert gardener, followed by a delicious afternoon tea together.

    £20 per person


    Every Tuesday of August, 11-2pm Nature explorers – a different family activity for young enthusiasts every week

    Normal Admission Prices apply


    Donations encouraged

    Sat 20 August

    5.30pm – 7.20pm

    (doors open from 5pm)

    Rapunzel, performed by Immersion Theatre

    £14 adults (18+)

    £9 children (4-17)

    Under 4s free


  • Charity Awards to Rural Wheels & Ukrainian Families in Woodford

    Woodford’s Eeleemosynary Charity was established in 1871 to make small financial grants “for the benefit of the most deserving and necessitous inhabitants of the parish of Woodford cum Membris.

    Recently the Trustees, Revd. Paul Trathen, Paul Blackwell & Kay Coles, met and made grants, from disposable funds, of:

    • £500.00 to Rural Wheels – the local voluntary car scheme [medically related transport given priority].
    • £500.00 available to welcome and support families coming to the Parish having been forced by war from their homes in Ukraine.

    Information on these Charities can be obtained from the Trustees and the Correspondent Gary Smith:

    (Please note, the charity and its finances are quite separate from the Parsih Council. Its registered charity number is GB-CHC-202193)

  • 04/22 Parish Council Minutes

    These are the minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council in April 2022 together with other related documents are provided below. (Minutes are published here following the subsequent meeting at which they are approved.)

    12th April Minutes

    This month’s minutes included updates on the Service 200 situation, actions by West Northants Council, discussion of planning applications and highway matters..

    Within the minutes certain subsidiary reports are indicated by icons. Those reports are published separately below.

    (Move your mouse over the document image below and click on the arrows to page backwards and forwards. You can print copies of the minutes or other reports by downloading them first.)

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    (Download 12th April 2022 Meeting Minutes here)


    March Income & Expenditure Report

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    (Download March 2022 Income & Expenditure Report here)


    March Police Report

    The following report was provided by our PCSO for the month of March 2022.

    WHPC Report March 2022


    (Download the March Police Report here)


    Grass Cutting Contract Report

    Following difficulties with the Parish’s contract for ground maintenance, the following report was prvided by the Chairman expalining the current position.

    20220412 grass & garden contract


    (Download the Grass Cutting Contract Report here)

    Recent Meetings

    The minutes of the previous six meetings can be found here.

    A full list of minutes for this meeting is available on the Parish Council Meeting Minutes page.

    The agendas of previous meetings can be found on the opens in a new windowParish Council Meeting Agenda page.

    About Council Meetings

    Meetings are always open to the public.

    The agenda is published before the meetings on this web site and on notice boards around the village. Council meetings are normally on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

  • 03/2021 Woods Committee Meeting Report

    There were insufficient committee members present at the 3rd March meeting to allow it to be considered as a formal meeting of the Committee.

    However, the Chairman provided a summary report which was adopted as part of the minutes of the 8th March Parish Council meeting.

    That report is published here for completeness.


    20220125 woodland cmte report 3rd march 2022


    You can download the minutes here.

    There was no meeting in February. The limited meeting on 3rd March was reported on at the 8th March parish council meeting and included in those minutes. Minutes of the April Woodland Management Committee meeting  will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

    Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 26th May 2022 at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

    Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

  • 01/2021 Woods Committee Minutes

    Apologies for the late posting of these minutes. They should have been approved at the March meeting but there were not sufficient committee members present on that occasion. They were approved at the April meeting but unfortunately not available for posting until now.


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    You can download the minutes here.

    There was no meeting in February. The limited meeting on 3rd March was reported on at the 8th March parish council meeting and included in those minutes. Minutes of the April Woodland Management Committee meeting  will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

    Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 26th May 2022 at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall.

    Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

  • Help For New Businesses

    Kick Start Campaign £2000 Grants

    West Northamptonshire Council and North Northamptonshire Council are together supporting an initiative to help kick start new businesses.

    Small Business Grant

    Entrepreneurs in Northamptonshire with a great idea or a business less than 12 months old are invited to apply for the grants.

    The scheme is run by the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire.

    Details of eligibility, how to apply and what the scheme can provide are available here.

    About The Business & IP Centre

    The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire, part of the British Library opens in a new windowBIPC National Network, supports entrepreneurs and small businesses with information, Intellectual Property advice and workshops.

  • Covid19 In Northamptonshire

    A reminder that this hasn’t gone away…

    Received From Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert

    “The latest figures show that the drop in COVID-19 case rates has been slowest in the over 70s.

    community safety alertSadly we are still seeing deaths from COVID-19 in Northamptonshire and nationally.

    As our older population were some of the first to get their vaccinations, along with those who are immunocompromised, it’s vitally important to make sure their protection from COVID-19 is topped up, as vaccine effectiveness appears to wane with time.

    The Spring Booster campaign began in March.  Anyone over 75 who got their previous booster around six months ago is invited to get an additional booster dose of vaccine. 

    Residents of older adult care homes are also eligible to receive the Spring booster jab, as well as people aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed.

    This additional booster is currently being offered to those at extremely high risk to help minimise the chance of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 and having to be admitted to hospital.

    Why not check if loved ones who are older or immunocompromised have had their Spring Booster? Or have been invited but not yet booked an appointment, or taken up the offer?

    This can be accessed online at or by calling 119.”

  • What’s Up In The Woodland?

    Maybe you’ve noticed the clearance work near to the Co-op and wondered what it was all about…

    sensory garden in prgress

    This is the site of the planned sensory garden and, as you can see, the first part of clearing the site has been done.

    Find Out More

    You can learn more about the project on this page.