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The Parish Council spends the period from November to January reviewing expenditure and preparing a budget for the following year (April – March).  This determines the Parish Precept (Council Tax) that will be submitted to Daventry District Council for inclusion in the individual rate demands issued by DDC.

The Parish Council has managed to avoid increasing the Precept/Council Tax in recent years, but it seems inevitable that increased costs will force it to raise the precept for the 2018 - 19 financial year.  The scale of the increase has not yet been determined, but will be kept as low as possible.

Items that affect the budget and are likely to increase costs include insurance, which is a legal requirement, fair remuneration for the Clerk, who manages the Council’s Finances, Street Lighting and the likelihood that we will have to pay for services previously supplied by Northamptonshire County Council.  

A recent consultation issued by the NCC reports the withdrawal of Parish Enhancement Gangs.  H &T Parish has benefited from the services provided by these gangs, at no cost, and that work will need to be re-assessed and budgeted for in the future.  The Parish has six grit bins (4 Hollowell & 2 Teeton) provided and maintained by the NCC Highways.  It is likely that the Parish will have to meet the cost of refilling those bins in future.  The Parish Council has requested that Steve Osborne, County Councillor, attends its meeting on Wednesday 8th November 2017 to present his views on the potential impact of the County Council proposals on Parish Council budgets.

Decisions about the budget and precept will be recorded in the Minutes of Parish Council meetings and copies (draft) of these will be placed on the Council web site within a month of the meeting.   

A. G. Crisp  Chairman



The lucky winners of £10 each for September and October are:

Allen Eaton, Gemma Suter, Barry Wendon, Vince, The Hollowell Family, Judith Parks, Katherine Clarke, Marie Bramwell and Vivienne Benjamin.

Congratulations and thank you for supporting the village hall.


Local organisations and charities received a record 101 thousand pounds at the annual Steam Rally “Give Away” in October.   In a packed tent on a darkened rally field, rally founder, Allen Eaton MBE presented cheques to 83 organisations that included schools, scout and guide groups, churches, playing fields associations and hospices.  The St John Ambulance, the Air Ambulance and Blood Distribution Service were amongst the beneficiaries. The stories behind the donations always make for a heart-warming and emotional evening. This year’s presentation was more moving than most because, at the end of the evening, Allen made the surprise announcement  that next year would be his last as head of the Steam Rally team. Allen and his wife Jane intend to remain involved, but they hope very much that others will come forward to lead the Rally and keep it “on the road”.   The couple, with the support of the committee, have run 31 steam rallies and almost as many bonfire nights and have raised a total of 1.7 million for good causes.  That’s an extraordinary legacy. We thank them both.

About 40 people came along to the combined Hollowell Hens and Men of Hollowell Curry Night in the village hall. The Voujon in Long Buckby delivered an excellent meal which was consumed by an enthusiastic crowd. It was a lovely opportunity for residents to catch up with friends and meet some of the new arrivals in the village. Many thanks to all those who helped to organise the evening.


Carrie Billings would like to thank all those who came along to the Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning in Hollowell Village Hall in September. The event raised £420 towards this excellent cause.


Hollowell Village Hall

Saturday 9th December

9am - 12.00 noon

Come and start the countdown to Christmas at the pop-up 'Cafe Christmas'

Savoury and sweet 'Seasonal Snacks' and good company to start the festive season.


The Hollowell Pocket Park Action Committee is delighted to report that funding for Phase Two of the play equipment installation is progressing well.  Several  sections of a new “Jungle Trail” have just been installed in the Park, to be followed in the Spring by an aerial runway, largely funded by the Hollowell Steam Rally and the National Lottery.  We are still raising money for one last segment for the Jungle Trail. Many thanks to all those who have supported our fund-raising events and to the Jim Leatherland fund and the the litter pickers who helped us win an award from Northamptonshire Council for the Protection of Rural England.

Sunday 24th December at 10pm

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

Last updated Saturday, January 6, 2018

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 28th February 2018

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