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The lucky winners of £10 each  are:

Eddie Litchfield, Ann Wyatt, Chrystal Baker-Bates, Emily Curtis, Claire Morrell, Paul Charter, Marie Bramwell, Mark Litchfield and

Mrs Spencer

Congratulations and thank you for supporting the village hall.

Don’t forget to check our Events Diary for more information on events in all our villages and surrounding area.


Buses, Bins & Budgets: ‘Are you Bothered’?

The Parish Council will consider what issues are likely to affect the preparation of the Council budget for the forthcoming year (2019 -20).

Standard items include the Clerk’s Salary (ensuring appropriate level of remuneration for what is becoming an increasing work load), Street Lighting,  Mowing, Maintenance of village assets (Seats & Notice Boards) and Insurance.

What is clear is that as the good ship Northampton County Council steams ahead like the Titanic, various items are being thrown overboard in the forlorn hope the vessel will remain afloat.  The expectation seems to be that Parish Councils and /or Volunteer groups will catch the jetsam and continue the county’s services.  Where County Council funding is not forthcoming, the assumption is that Parishes will provide the necessary funds to fill the gap and will have the organisational capability to manage the additional responsibilities.  

Hollowell & Teeton has one employee (a Clerk who also acts as Responsible Finance Officer) who works a limited number of hours per month to meet the workload of the Parish.

 During the summer the Parish Council was challenged to resolve the problem created by the County Council’s decision to withdraw its subsidy for the No. 60 Bus service.  This is a financial burden beyond the parish’s means.  Daventry District Council came to the immediate rescue and has  provided £30,000.00 of funding to keep a modified bus service running until March 2019.  The dilemma remains whether funding of £45,000.00 p.a. can be found from 1 April 2019 (and beyond).  In short, if you do not use and, most importantly, pay for the bus, the service will be lost.

Now the grit bins are going – 2 of the 4 salt bins located along Church Hill, Hollowell will no longer be maintained by Northamptonshire Highways.  Despite representation to the Chairman of the NCC Scrutiny Committee and the offer of financial support from the Parish Council, the decision is that Northamptonshire Highways will only maintain two of the bins, but drive past the other two. The Parish Council is expected to source salt & grit to fill the the other two bins, or have them withdrawn.

What next and do you care?  Email your thoughts to our parish clerk, Gill Greaves on

POCKET PARK NEWS               

The Pocket Park Action Committee is delighted to have been awarded £1,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.   Many thanks to everyone who voted for us.


On a bright sunny day in August, a small group of Hollowell Hens visited Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens. The house is very interesting and we particularly enjoyed the new 'Below Stairs' exhibition which included servants quarters and the laundry. We had a lovely walk around the gardens and finished off with tea and cake on the front lawn.

At the beginning of September the Hens and their families enjoyed a splendid garden party at the invitation of Diana Wells.  The gathering was in celebration of Diana’s birthday, her 50th year as a resident of Hollowell and the 320th anniversary of her home, Beech House.


Ten month old Leah Singleton was christened at Hollowell Church on August 12th by the Rev'd Allison Twigg. Family and friends were in attendance. to mum and dad, Suzy and Ian, of Orchard Close.

For some time, the Village Hall Committee has been planning the modernisation of the Village Hall, which was once the village school.

Over the summer months, the main rooms of the Hall have had a major makeover with redecoration, new bar area, new floor, new heaters and new windows. The effect has really been transformational!

The Hall is now warmer and much brighter and is ideal for all family and village events.

To celebrate a great new facility for the village, an ‘Open Day’ coffee morning was held on September 9th, with free ‘coffee and cookies’ and vouchers offering ‘free hours’ for new bookings. There was a good turnout of villagers who wanted to take a peek at the new Hall.

On behalf of the village, the Committee would like to thank all those who made the refurbishment possible – especially the Hollowell Steam Rally who have been staunch supporters. With the help of our supporters, we will continue the programme over the coming months.

Anyone who is interested in booking this super village facility should contact Carrie Billings on 07974 394877 or . Hourly rates are £10 for parishioners and £12 for non-parishioners.



The Committee (Carrie, Nick, Merrick, Graham and John) have organised a busy schedule until the end of the year, catering for all tastes:

October 13th: Hollowell Harvest Supper (tickets must be bought by 9th October)

November 16th: Steam and Whistle Pub Night

December 8th: Café Christmas

Please put the dates in your diary!

HOLLOWELL FAFF   A great success!

More than 300 visitors came along to the first Hollowell FAFF -- a Fete and Flower Festival that included nine Open Gardens.There were stalls dotted along Church Hill, a vintage vehicle display, complete with steam engine, on the Creaton Road, a treasure hunt, teas and art and craft displays.Visitors were particularly delighted by the "Hatched, Matched and Dispatched" display in St James Church, which featured several wedding dresses from different periods.For those agog to know all the answers, the number of sweets in the jar was 207, the fastest Nerf gun draw in town was John Cook with a score of just over 100 and the winning maggot in the maggot racing was "MagBolt” who took a staggering 12.38 seconds to complete the course. All funds raised will be divided between the Church, the Village Hall and the Pocket very much to everyone who took part.Please pencil 3rd and 4th August 2019 into your diary for the next Hollowell FAFF.  


The 32nd Hollowell Steam Rally provided all the usual fun of the fair with steamers, heavy horses, and aerial displays. Unfortunately the very hot weather and a direct clash with an England World Cup match, kept the crowds away and income on the gate was 45 per cent down.  Rally organiser, Allen Eaton MBE, expressed disappointment.

“This is my last year, running the Rally and I would have liked to go out on a big bang,” he said. But Allen is upbeat about the future. The new Rally boss will be Robin Lewis of Northampton who has 20 years experience of organising this popular local event.   Allen remains in place until “The Give Away” evening during the last week of October.  In the meantime plans are already afoot for the Hollowell Bonfire which will be on Saturday 3rd November. Gates open at 5pm, the bonfire is lit at 7pm and the fireworks start at 7.30pm.   Entry is £1 per person and there will be a bar, food stalls, trade stalls, fun fair, steam engines and vintage vehicles. All welcome.


We have a piano in Hollowell Village Hall that we wish to go to a good home.

An experienced piano player in the village says that - once tuned - it would be suitable for a beginner to learn on. All the keys etc. have a good action. Externally, it is in good condition.

You would have to pick it up from the Hall within the next few weeks. (I may be able to drum up some help with loading). A £25 donation to the VH would be appreciated.

If you are interested, please get in contact with me:

John Benjamin    01604 740796

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Saturday 3rd November 2018
Hollowell Rally Field

Gates open 5pm

Bonfire lit 7pm

Fireworks lit 7.30pm.

Entry fee £1 per person

There is a bar,  food stall, trade stall, funfair, steam engines and vintage vehicles


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

Last updated Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 7th November 2018