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What’s on... in brief

Find out what’s on and where. Scroll down to see all listings, click on the month to go to the relevant page where you can view all the details or alternatively click on the Events Diary menu to choose which month to view.





April

5th Gardners’ Question Time at Thornby Village Hall

8th Creaton Walking Group

9th Pytchley Point-to-Point

12th Creaton WI

14th Easter Eggs & more at Guilsborough Village Hall

17th Guilsborough WI

19th Guilsborough PC Annual Parish Meeting

20th Creaton History Group

24th Guilsborough MMM Gt Ormand Hospital Event

25th Ravensthorpe Cinema

29th Hollowell Jumble Sale

30th Thornby Farm Walk

30th Cold Ashby Bowls Club Open Day


May

6th Hollowell Sailing Club Open Day

7th Guilsborough Open Gardens

9th Creaton WI

9th & 11th SSPPG Talk

13th Creaton Walking Group

13-14th Guilsborough Neighbourhood Plan “Drop-in” Event

13th Guilsborough safari Supper

14th Hackleton WI Plant Sale

15th Guilsborough WI

16th GMADS AGM & Social Evening

16th Creaton Parish Meeting

19th Guilsborough Village hall Quiz Night

20th Creaton History Group Outing

21st Creaton Car Boot

27-29th Crick Boat Show


Rural North-east - February.pdf

If you would like to read the latest crime report from the Safer Community Team for your area then click a photo to read it.

Daventry Rural

Safer Community Team


PCSO Matt Taylor covers the Rural North East which includes the Parishes of:

Arthingworth, Clipston, Cold Ashby, East Farndon, Guilsborough, Haselbech, Kelmarsh, Marston Trussell, Naseby, Oxendon, Sibbertoft, Sulby, Thornby and Welford.

PCSO Jo Wright covers the Rural East which includes the Parishes of:

Brixworth, Coton, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, East Haddon, Hanging Houghton, Holdenby, Hollowell, Lamport, Maidwell, Ravensthorpe, Scaldwell, Spratton and Teeton.


Positively social ...

GROUPS URGED TO

APPLY FOR FUNDING


Voluntary and

community sector

organisations in Daventry District in need of capital funding, event, or funding for small items of equipment, training or volunteer expenses are invited to apply to Daventry District Council's Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Programme. Three types of grants are available: capital grants, one-off community event grants (for example to support activities around the Women’s Tour, which returns to our area again in early June) and community project grants.

Capital grants: up to 50% of the total costs for projects valued over £1,000 is available and are welcome anytime throughout the year. To be eligible, the capital asset must be available in the District for a minimum of three years. Grants can be from £500 to a maximum of £15,000.

Community events: up to £500 is available to cover the up-front costs of putting on a community event. A key aim of these grants is to enable community groups to raise further funds from their community event. Applications should be submitted between 3 - 12 weeks of the event date.

Community projects: up to £1,000 funding is also available to voluntary and community groups within Daventry District for the purchase of items of equipment, or for training and/or volunteer expenses. Contact Tim Cantwell on 01327 871100 or email tcantwell@daventrydc.gov.uk


If you are a reluctant guest at the ‘social media party’ then you might have missed a number of new village Facebook pages which have sprung up in recent years. Think about a Facebook ‘page’ (or group) as a club or interest group. It’s a place where people can put news about activities or ask questions and advice of their neighbours. To access it you need to create a Facebook profile for yourself (ie. register online at www.facebook.com ) and then start exploring your local area and joining the pages that interest you. One of the best ways to find local Facebook groups in the area you service is to ask for referrals. Go to all of the groups you currently belong to and post something like this: "I am looking to join more local FB groups. Does anyone have a group they recommend?"

Some of the biggest groups around are SECRET groups.  If a group is classified as secret or ‘closed’, it will never come up in a Facebook group search. The reason for this is to prevent spammers (people who send out unsolicited advertising and worse) from finding the group.  

New members come into the group by way of referral (friends adding friends).

A quick search of local ‘public’ pages/groups on Facebook found these (and there are probably more, especially ‘closed’ groups!):


Cold Ashby Golf Club

Cold Ashby Footgolf

Cold Ashby Millenium Players

Cold Ashby Parish Council

Items sale Cold Ashby Naseby Guilsborough Haddon Crick Welford Long Buckby

Guilsborough Mads (Music and drama society)

Guilsborough, Ravensthorpe and Coton Broadband

Guilsborough Pre-School

Guilsborough Historical Society

Hollowell Sailing Club

Hollowell & Teeton News

Hollowell Fireworks

Hollowell Scullers

Saxon Spires Patient Participation Group

The Black Horse (Cold Ashby)

The Red Lion (Thornby)

The Witch and Sow (Guilsborough)

Uplands Group Churches


Can anyone recommend ….?

Suspicious van spotted ...


Even more reasons to support your local pub

Villages with a thriving local pub have

 more community spirit and

stronger local businesses than

those which do not, according to a

2014 study by the University of York.

An analysis of community life in almost

2,800 small rural parishes in England

found that those with a thriving pub are

between 40 and 50 per cent more likely

also to stage community social events or

activities ranging from cricket or football games to art exhibitions and musical events.

Another study by the Institute for Public Policy


Research concluded that pubs boost the income of other village businesses by around £80,000 but also   generate up to £120,000 worth of “social benefit”    to rural areas.

    So it’s not just a matter of ‘support your local’ but       let’s not underestimate what they already do for        us … and by the way,  both The Witch and Sow     in  Guilsborough, and The Red Lion in Thornby        have TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for their restaurants, we are indeed lucky to have them!


Questions from a curious teenager during the 80mph winds of 23 February prompted this Q&A on storms.
WHY ARE SOME STORMS NAMED?

Naming storms makes people more aware of the severe weather and helps them prepare for the onslaught.

The names alternate between male and female and run from A-Z in the alphabet. However, in line with the US National Hurricane Centre, storms aren't called names beginning with Q, U, X, Y and Z due to the low number of names that begin with these letters. Until October, every major storm will be named according to the list. So Angus was followed by Barbara, then Conor, then Doris and the next one will be Ewan. It should be noted the latest method of naming storms now takes into account rain, hail and not just wind. When the pilot naming scheme

 was announced in 2015, it used social media to collect a list of 10,000 names.


EXCLUDED NAMES

Documents from the Met Office say that no list of rejected names exists but that some were excluded in line with retired storm names from the Atlantic, North Pacific, Australian, South-West Indian regions. Other names were discounted because they were not proper names. These included Apocalypse, Baldrick, Big Boss, Gnasher, Hot Brew, Voldermort and Branch Wobbler. Other rejected names included: Hammer, Hades, Freebooter, Forkbeard, Megatron, Bluetooth, In A Teacup, Noddy and Poacher. The Met Office also said the names of retailers, such as B&Q and Asda, were excluded from the selection process.


If you’ve never visited, or you need a ‘pick-me-up’ then the Bluebell woods at Coton Manor Gardens are a must-see during April and May. Magic, right on our doorstep!


Saxon Spires Patient Participation Group







Health Talks 2017


We will be continuing our series of Health Education Talks, with a talk on Skin Awareness by Dr Catti Moss.  The talks will be on two dates at:

Brixworth Surgery on Tuesday 9th May at 6.30pm

Guilsborough Surgery on Thursday 11th May at 6pm

Come along and learn more about this important topic. For more information contact Barbara Hogg on 01604 880552 or email barbara.hogg@tiscali.co.uk





Saxon Spires Patient Participation Group

Health Talks 2017


We will be continuing our series of Health Education Talks, with a talk on Skin Awareness by Dr Catti Moss.  The talks will be on two dates at:

Brixworth Surgery on Tuesday 9th May at 6.30pm

Guilsborough Surgery on Thursday 11th May at 6pm

Come along and learn more about this important topic.

For more information contact Barbara Hogg on 01604 880552 or email barbara.hogg@tiscali.co.uk










Health Talks 2017


We will be continuing our series of Health Education Talks, with a talk on Skin Awareness by Dr Catti Moss.  The talks will be on two dates at:

Brixworth Surgery on Tuesday 9th May at 6.30pm

Guilsborough Surgery on Thursday 11th May at 6pm

Come along and learn more about this important topic.

For more information contact Barbara Hogg on 01604 880552 or email barbara.hogg@tiscali.co.uk


CRICK BOAT SHOW RETURNS 27-29 MAY

Britain’s biggest inland waterways festival takes place once again just a few miles away at Crick Marina net month. Crick Boat Show is expected to attract more than 25,000 visitors and 250 exhibitors. Loads to do, free boat trips, live music, food and drink it’s a fun day out. For more information visit www.crickboatshow.com

Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby

Last updated Monday, April 3, 2017

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 3rd May 2017

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