What’s on... in brief
We're really not sure! Many events have been cancelled or postponed. Where we have been notified, we have updated the newsletter. Any remaining events listed were correct at 20th March, but we're really not sure what is happening as the situation is evolving. Please contact the organisers the day before the event to confirm it is going ahead.
Welcome to the Village Link website. We’re a small not for profit organisation staffed by volunteers and cannot justify the expense of an SSL certificate. This certificate is what changes a web address from http to https. Google will soon change how they label sites; instead of labelling sites with a certificate as secure they will label sites without one as insecure. We keep this site as secure as we can and is as secure as it ever has been. Please do not be put off!
Take a little time to browse our pages and discover what goes on where and when in our area. Within our pages you can also find out who does what locally. If you would like to contribute anything to any of our pages, including your favourite picture from where you live in our area, please follow the links on the Contact Us page. We would love to carry all the info for your local club or association and best of all, it’s all for free!
The map on the left is fully navigable plus you can zoom in and out by using the controls in the top left corner and if you view the larger map you can enter street view by dragging the little yellow person onto the map to where you want to view and go for a virtual walk around our streets and lanes.
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DOWNLOAD THE WHAT3WORDS APP TO YOUR PHONE to help the emergency services locate you. This system is particularly useful in rural areas where postcodes are not effective. The UK's emergency services are encouraging us to download this app to help them do their work faster.
How do I use what3words in an emergency?
Find the 3 word address for your current location on the free what3words app for iOS and Android. It works offline – ideal for areas with unreliable data connection.
Share your 3 word address over the phone to the call handler. The emergency service can then coordinate a response directly to the exact location where help is needed.
The Cold Ashby Village facebook page includes offers of help from Tracy Mutton (provisions, dog walking) and Daniel McNally (provisions, support) and David Hart (provisions, support and physiotherapy advice in the absence of an appointment). Sadly, at the time of going to press the impact of the Coronavirus restrictions looked like it would force the Black Horse pub to close.
A team of volunteers has assembled to support residents of Cottesbrooke who are self-
Creaton Parish Council is coordinating with the village Shop and concerned villagers, to offer assistance to those in Creaton who may be in self-
Equally if you or anyone you know needs help, support, or just contact with the outside world, then in the first instance email
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07943 595829. We are looking for volunteers to undertake deliveries to those who may be house bound and also those who would be willing to keep up social contact over the phone to those who would like a chat and to combat loneliness.
Creaton Village Shop is also offering home deliveries for customers who find themselves in self-
They are also supporting the surgery and other key workers and their families wherever possible. To start this off they have put
through every door a set of leaflets with helpful information and
your dedicated support contact. If you haven’t received this then text Amanda on 07508 058 998. You can ring this number if necessary. Otherwise you would normally contact the person listed on your leaflet. If you would like to volunteer (e.g. willing to deliver food, or pub meals, to houses, check on an elderly/vulnerable person who knows you, or other jobs as needed) then please join the list by contacting Amanda.
All main web links for NHS and Government advice, and other helpful sites are on the Parish Council Website (www.guilsboroughpc.org.uk). If you have Facebook then join ‘The Guilsborough Hub’ which is a good place to keep in contact.
The regular monthly Hopewell Coffee mornings in the Village Hall have been suspended for the time being. Updates will be provided on the Hollowell & Teeton News Facebook page. In the meantime the Hopewell team has put in place a support network for Hollowell and Teeton residents during the coronavirus outbreak. They want to make sure that the more vulnerable people in our community are supported. People are already offering to help through various activity groups—thank you! It’s been decided to use the Hopewell contact systems as these are already in place. If you would like to be added to the group of people who are willing to help, please email: email@example.com
who will try to link you with people nearby.
If you would like support, please call, email or message the Hopewell Facebook page. The aim is to make sure that everyone who needs it receives regular contact, especially if they are self-
The lovely people at the Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre at Thornby Hall are offering to help villagers who are in self-
Also, villager Paul Gates -
At the time of going to press the Red Lion pub was closed for the foreseeable future. Please check their Facebook page for latest information or call 01604 740238.
Local milkman Mat Haynes (based in Cold Ashby, is delivering milk, apple and orange juice, and free range eggs to households locally and in surrounding villages. Contact him on 07983 563135.
And a final ‘thank you’ to our wonderful distributor volunteers, for getting the newsletter to you.
COMMUNITIES RESPOND TO CORONAVIRUS
HELPING EACH OTHER IN DIFFICULT TIMES
NOTICE TO ALL READERS FROM THE EDITORIAL TEAM
As Village Link was about to go to print the government announced a string of restrictions related to Coronavirus/COVID-
Wash your hands, avoid physical contact (2m distance) and stay safe!
NEVER TOO YOUNG OR TOO OLD!
Before all this Coronavirus madness started, Guilsborough Pre-
On arrival we were given a pair of squishy comfy headphones, and told we could choose between three colour-
A New Way of Greeting
The other week I went to a meeting where the greeting was “Consider your hand shaken”. This was not some starting point for an existential discussion but an indication that COVID-
Then of course there is the foot-
Prince Charles led, or rather did not lead the way with namaste. This clasping of own hands together is common across South East Asia, yoga teachers and, oddly, jazz musicians. It is also my greeting of choice but then I’ve been to India don’t y’know and am allowed to do it – a bit like being allowed to call Kilimanjaro ‘Kili’ if you have scaled its not insignificant heights.
However, in this brave new world of greeting flux, there must be room for other options. The distant greeting of a long arm held aloft, often whilst on tiptoe, but brought to close encounter. Or nod of the head as per two men passing each other on the street. Or, my wife’s preferred option, palm held up whilst saying “How”. Then of course, there is always smiling and saying “Hello”.
LOCAL BUSINESS IN FOCUS
It is May 2014 and Lara Read and her family were happy and getting on and enjoying life. Lara’s husband Stuart had had a very bad riding accident about 15 years previously where he had broken his back and was told he would never walk again. However, he did and life was good!
This is Lara’s story:
“Then Stuart went to work one day, bent down and BAM! His back just went. He ended up in Northampton General Hospital with no feeling from the waist down. After a lot of physio and pain killers he again managed to walk, but unfortunately this time it left him in constant pain and unable to return to doing the manual work he was used to.
With 2 small boys to support we needed to find an income and we came up with the idea of Creaton Crafts and Gifts. We started off making wooden items for the home, which were very popular but due
Creaton Crafts & Gifts
to Stuart's pain and mobility he wasn't able to make them on a regular basis. We were also making paper ornaments for the home from unloved books and we decided to set up our website and also a shop on a platform called Etsy. We make personalised fruit, animals and vases, allbooks.
In 2015 we were contacted by Mama's & Papa's to make some of our book pumpkins for their Halloween displays in 22 of their UK stores. They contacted me on Monday and wanted them delivered by Friday. We ended up making 132 in less than 4 days! We didn't get much sleep and everywhere was orange by the time we finished, but seeing our idea and work displayed in their stores was amazing.
This inspired us to see how far our products could be distributed. We are now in Etsy's top 1% of sellers. We ship worldwideit's fantastic to think that the items we have handmade in Creaton are in Beverly Hills 90210, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Singapore and many other places.
To anyone thinking of starting a small business I would highly recommend it. It is a lot of hard work but highly rewarding.”
You can view Lara and Paul’s products on their website: www.creatoncrafts.etsy.com
Saxon Spires Patient Participation Group
Carers Drop In’s at Saxon Spires
The SSPPG is working with the Practice and Northamptonshire Carers to offer a Carers Drop In session each month. These will not be happening during the Coronavirus outbreak but hopefully will start later in the year. For more information about the SSPPG contact the Secretary, Barbara Hogg on 01604 880552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org There is more information about our meetings and events, on the Saxon Spires website.
For up to date Coronavirus information relative to the Surgery please go to the surgery website www.saxonspires.co.uk click on information on the top bar and then CoVID 19.
If you are a local business with an interesting story to tell, tell it to us at email@example.com
The Big Switch is a collective energy switching scheme that uses people power to try and secure cheaper energy bills for residents.
Since its launch it has helped over 1,600 homes in Daventry District save an average £198 on their energy bills -
4 easy steps to switching energy provider in our Big Switch auction:
Register for free
Anyone who pays a household energy bill can register and it’s an easy process, but you will need a copy of a recent bill or annual statement to complete the process.
Sit back, relax
Once registration has closed, our switching partner, iChoosr will invite energy companies to offer their best tariff to everyone in the scheme in a reverse auction process.
Consider the offer
You will receive a personal offer tailored to your household on the new tariff secured by the scheme.
Whether you save money depends on your current tariff.
Make a decision
You will have until the end of the auction round to decide if you want to switch or not. There is no obligation to accept the offer and no fees or charges.
Register for FREE (you will need your annual electricity and gas bills)
www.daventrydc.gov.uk/bigswitchdaventry or call 01327 871100
Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby.
Last updated Saturday, March 28, 2020
Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 4th May 2020