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### NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH -> ALERTS has been updated 11th November 2018 ###



"A Joint Approach To Tackling the Misuse of the River Nene in our Parish by Disrespectful Fishermen" 

7pm Monday 12th November

Wadenhoe Village Hall PE8 5ST

{To begin after the 6.30pm Parish Council meeting}

Speakers to include:

An Angling Trust Building Bridges Project Officer

       {The ‘Building Bridges’ Project provides a facility to educate and integrate migrant anglers, and is an important component of a police-based enforcement strategy. Building Bridges is a component part of the Fisheries Enforcement Support Service}.

Kettering Thrapston & District Angling Association

Peterborough & District Angling Association

Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officer



The two men from this green Ford Mondeo caused suspicion while on walkabout in Pilton early last Wednesday morning, 10th October 2018, and they had an 'unfortunate manner' when spoken to. According to the DVLA vehicle enquiry website, the number plate is the registration number from a red Peugeot. Please report it if seen again in the area.



A cat, which might have an injured paw, has not been seen since yesterday morning (Saturday 29th Sept) near Wadenhoe.

It is a white cat with black 'splodges' and a black muzzle.

It was last seen by the sheep field entrance to the right of the dangerous drove road bend, next to the Aldwincle to Stoke Doyle road at Wadenhoe.

Oundle Vets have said they will treat the cat for free if found.

Food has been being left out up there for it.

A mother and young daughter were said to have witnessed it being thrown out of a car as it drove by (!), but they could not catch the cat.

If you know anything about this cat or its whereabouts, please get in touch.

Latest news (9th Oct): the cat is not injured, is coming as far as The Green where it is being fed, but it is still not trusting enough to be caught. It will be taken to the vets when possible, and then perhaps adopted on The Green.





After the vandalism of last February, the repair work on the north aisle roof of St Michael & All Angels Church, Wadenhoe, finally started on Monday last week, 17th September,  with the erection of the scaffolding.  The actual roof work is progressing well, and they anticipate that the whole job could be completed by the middle of October.  Attached is a photograph taken on Monday this week, 24th September,  showing the extent of the work on the roof to then with some of the thin stainless steel having been laid.  The gutter will be lined in thin stainless steel.  No lead will be used, as was the case before the needless vandalism, and even the flashings will still not be in lead.

Generous donations from many people near and far who love this church have helped pay for this repair to be done, so our heartfelt thanks go out to you all!



It is great to see the automated external defibrillator (AED) up in position on Wadenhoe Village Hall.

Thank you so much to Nicola for organising its funding, to all who contributed, and to Pete for fitting it.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. The device itself decides whether the shock is actually required.

This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential life saving step in the chain of survival.

These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency. You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.

The machine gives clear spoken instructions. You don't need training to use one. However, if you take advantage of one of the local Heartstart training sessions then that will give you more confidence that you can use one by familiarising you with one, and they will also teach you CPR.

In such an emergency, you just need to call 999 to get the access code to the cabinet, and then you can easily carry the AED to the casualty, open it, and it will start talking to you.



As a consequence of Northamptonshire withdrawing its subsidy, Thrapston and the following villages will no longer be served by CallConnect (which is run by Lincolnshire County Council) after Saturday 1st September :

Achurch, Aldwincle, Armston, Barnwell, Blatherwyche, Bulwick, Brigstock, Clopton, Deene, Deenethorpe, Fineshade Abbey, Harringworth, Hemington, Islip,  Laxton, Lifford, Lower Benefield, Lowick, Luddington in the Brook, Lutton, Pilton, Slipton, Stoke Doyle, Sudborough, Thorpe Waterville, Thrapston, Thurning, Titchmarsh, Twywell, Upper Benefield, Wadenhoe, Wakerley, Warmington and Wigsthorpe.

Lincolnshire have emailed the CallConnect subscribers in Northamptonshire advising them of the changes.



### NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH -> ALERTS has been updated 27/9/18 ###



From Neighbourhood alerts, posted last month (July).....

- With the school summer holidays just around the corner it may be very tempting for young persons to meet up at lock locations along the River Nene to take a dip and cool down. This is very dangerous due to the depths of the lock and not being able to see what lays under the water, such as weed. This is as well as strong currents around weir's that have there own dangers. If you see any persons swimming at a lock or weir location please call and report it to Police and Fire or the Environment Agency who govern all the locks along the River Nene.

[You may have noticed 'Danger - No River Access Permitted' signs have gone up in the Village Hall car park and the Kings Head gardens; this was as a consequence of Environment Agency concerns worded to The Wadenhoe Trust due to the proximity of the lock and the weir; it hasn't stopped the experienced regular river swimmers going in, but hopefully no inexperienced people will follow their example, go in, and get into trouble. If you must go in, the answer must be to join up with the experienced group and follow their instructions and guidance.]


>> Message from Nicola Guise on JustGiving on Tuesday 7th August 2018 <<



After reading this easy read document, please say what you think about plans to change to just two unitary councils in Northamptonshire by filling in this questionnaire by 22nd July 2018.
If you live or work in Northamptonshire it is important you have your say because your council, ALL YOUR local services and the council tax you pay would be changed by these plans.


This message was received on our 'Website Enquiry' page on thursday 21st June:

"Came across your website when still trying to console myself at the theft of several items from my car last Friday, whilst it was parked near the hump-backed bridge crossing the Nene at Thorpe Waterville. I was paddling to Wadenhoe and back in my kayak, and had stopped before getting in, to help a Mum and Son in a grey Volvo XC60 with an inflatable kayak they had just bought second hand, with which they were struggling. I am certain it wouldn't have been them, but in helping I forgot to lock my car before setting off, returning some 90mins later to find the car ransacked, with the loss of my wallet (bank cards, NT Membership card, driving license etc.), black and red Berghaus Gore-Tex jacket (small), RL Polo navy denim jacket, DeWalt 12v cordless drill, and bottle of merlot, all told. If anybody saw anything please contact 101, crime was reported so they should be able to cross-reference. If anybody has been offered these items or seen anybody perhaps wearing the jackets incongruously or presenting declined bank cards, ID which is not their own etc. Information would be greatly appreciated; either to 101 or perhaps your NHW group for feedback to me. There is clearly an active and ongoing problem with opportunistic and malicious theft in our otherwise idyllic countryside. Whilst it is encouraging to note that local Police priority has been placed upon "beautyspot crime" I would urge everybody to be risk-aware when parking up, vigilant to suspicious activity or persons, and supportive of the Police in reporting anything seen."


"Marine litter" is any human-created litter that has deliberately or accidentally been released in a river, lake, sea, ocean or other waterway. The Kettering based litter group SeeItPickItBinIt led by Nick Urquhart has embarked on its 2018 One-Tonne sponsored marine litter pick, particularly tackling plastic litter in our local rivers, and at the same time raising money for 'Animals In Need Northamptonshire'. This year, following the recent shocking Blue Planet documentary on the disaster of marine plastic pollution, they are focusing on cleaning up the rivers of Northamptonshire. Apparently 72% of UK tap water now contains microscopic particles of unfiltered plastic so this is an issue which is affecting everyone, right now. Nick says "Over the next 10 months, on my days off from work, I'll be removing over a 1000Kg of toxic plastic from the River Ise and Nene in and around the Kettering area. I'll be picking Wadenhoe, Pilton and Thorpe Waterville throughout the year." In addition to their fundraising, they need to buy syringe proof gloves, long litter pickers, and waders, so that they can really fight the problem and keep safe whilst doing it. If you would like to help, you can join in or donate via links on their Campaign to Protect Rural England Litter Action website SeeItPickItBinIt page here......





I got a message at about 3.30pm this afternoon (Wednesday 2nd May) to say that a car in Wadenhoe Village Hall car park had windows smashed and item(s) taken at about 2pm this afternoon. If you saw anyone suspicious on foot, on a bike, or in a vehicle in that area early THIS AFTERNOON, or saw or heard anything unusual anywhere in Wadenhoe, please pass on your observations. I understand the victim was one of the river swimmers. Keep your eyes open and use your phone camera.


There was another car break in, and it was vandalised too, in Wadenhoe church car park this lunchtime, while a couple went for lunch at the Kings Head; valuable personal items were stolen. There are warning signs in this quiet car park, which has been a target for break car ins before, for people not to leave valuables in their car. The village hall car park(!) and the Kings Head itself would have been safer places to park. (Wednesday 18th April 2018)

You may have spotted a new gate fitted across the church track after the first cattle grid. This will be connected to existing fencing by additional post & rail fencing & sheep netting, and will have the joint task of keeping in those agile lambs which seem to be able to negotiate a cattle grid :-) and of course provide security for the church meadow, car park, and of course the church itself. It will be padlocked (keyholders and hours of locking unknown at present).


I must pass on to you all the GOOD NEWS that in the last month the FUND for the repair of the vandalised north aisle roof of Wadenhoe's Church of St Michael and All Angels, which was wrecked in February, has leapt from 10% of its target up to 26%!
The total donated is now about £2850. About 40% of this has come in via the online fund on JustGiving, with the other 60% going directly to PCC Treasurer Rodney Sinclair at Fairhope in Pilton Road. Some have donated on the JustGiving Wadenhoe PCC charity home page, where it is also possible to set up regular monthly donations. Do Gift Aid your donations, please, if possible, as this boosts them by 25%.

Thank you all, and please keep the momentum going :-)




Ten percent of Wadenhoe's Church of St Michael & All Angels vandalised north aisle roof repair bill has been raised in a month, half by Justgiving donations online, and half by cheques sent to Wadenhoe PCC. ♥ï¸�
Very many thanks to all donors so far!
With all the rain, though, the covers are back on the pews :-(
The easiest and best way to give, by texting 'SMAA03 £3' or 'SMAA05 £5' to 70070 on your ever handy mobile phone, is strangely not being used? Easiest and best because the whole 100% of a text donation goes to the roof repair, and even better is increased to 125% if you Gift Aid it when asked by text. Your £3 or £5 donation simply gets added to your mobile phone bill.
All donations of any size are very gratefully received, thank you!







Wadenhoe Parochial Church Council is now LIVE on Justgiving with a NEW charity page for donations to the fund for the vandalised roof of the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Wadenhoe, Northamptonshire.
The target £15,000 has now been reduced to £14,300, thanks to the donations totalling £700 during February by cheque and to the first non-charity-status Justgiving page.
And you can now Gift Aid (+25%) your donations, so for example £1 becomes £1.25, £4 becomes £5, & £40 becomes £50, if you pay UK tax.
Donations can be anonymous if preferred; also the amount donated can be kept hidden from public view if preferred. Go to...


You can now also text 'SMAA18 £5' to 70070 to donate £5, which also lets you Gift Aid, and makes no deductions at all !!

If you were upset or annoyed that Wadenhoe Church was vandalised, please fight bad with good and help with even a small donation.
All donations go into the Wadenhoe PCC 'fabric fund' which will be used for what will be an expensive roof repair costing in total around £20,000.




"Thank you all for being concerned about the vandalised roof of St Michael and All Angels Church, Wadenhoe. This is just a quick update.... This week the roof has hopefully been made watertight temporarily with roofing felt and plastic. We still await the actual estimate for repair from the company which installed the stainless steel roof sheeting - they have been out and seen the damage. We now have donations totalling about £700 including cheques received. I understand the insurance covers only £7500 of roof repair costs because of the risk. We have made slow progress towards making Gift Aid possible on Justgiving, but we are on the final HMRC form being filled in and hopefully sent off this weekend, and the online application was sent off on thursday night. In the meantime we are pleased that donations have still been rolling in this week.
Cheques payable to 'Wadenhoe PCC Account Number Two' (which is their fabric fund) would be appreciated [PCC = Parochial Church Council] and can be posted to The Treasurer, Wadenhoe PCC, Fairhope, Wadenhoe, Peterborough PE8 5SU."

"In the Spirit of times past, a list of names (only) of donors to the 2018 St Michael and All Angels Church, Wadenhoe, roof repair fund is being compiled, and will be displayed with thanks in the Church when complete. All donations, of any size, are gratefully accepted. Justgiving accepts donations from £1."



Thieves vandalised the roof of the north aisle of Wadenhoe's Church of St Michael and All Angels aiming to steal lead, on Sunday night, 11th February 2018.
They probably thought the roof was entirely covered in lead, but they thought wrong, because in about 1999 the roofs of the church were mainly covered in stainless steel sheeting, which has weathered to the colour of lead.
They have actually got away with not much lead at all.
However they have left a mess of peeled back stainless steel sheeting, and a north aisle which is no longer weatherproof. They have also damaged some ancient stonework.
And of course they have upset an entire village!
The north aisle pews have had to be covered with plastic sheeting for their protection.

Please, if you feel you CAN help towards the funds for the repair of the vandalised north aisle roof of Wadenhoe's Church of St Michael and All Angels, the Church Warden says "Regarding your enquiry about the best way to get money to a fund, I would suggest that should anyone wish to make a donation towards the cost of repairing the damaged roof of our active and historical 800 year old church, a cheque payable to the 'Wadenhoe PCC Account Number Two' would be appreciated" [PCC = Parochial Church Council]. The roof is insured, but the cover is limited because of the risk and so will not pay for much of the damage. Cheques can be posted to The Treasurer, Wadenhoe PCC, Fairhope, Wadenhoe, Peterborough PE8 5SU. Many thanks!

An online Justgiving website donation page is also being considered.



Wadenhoe is a rural village rather too far from emergency help, so funds are being raised to support an application for a British Heart Foundation (BHF) grant for a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD).

BHF requires applicants to provide a donation of £600 towards the cost of the PAD. Then there are additional costs for a cabinet, fitting, upkeep, etc.

Those who live here and and those who come here to walk, or cycle, or swim, or just to take tea or drink beer......are ALL encouraged to contribute please.

You never know - you might be the one who needs this life-saving equipment!

Wadenhoe resident Nicola Guise is driving this project forward.

Raising the money publicly like this will raise awareness and hopefully encourage more donations and involvement, as well as accountability.

Please contribute if you love living in or visiting Wadenhoe ♥ï¸�


[ps. you can click on a useful 'Guide to Defibrillators' on this BHF webpage]



Did you know you can report criminal incidents online after the event if you can't wait to use 101, including on behalf of somebody, at


PCSO Ali Wallace asked us to let you know, adding

"Hope this helps with people reporting things".


"Music For A Spring Evening"

will be performed by

The Rutland Wind Ensemble

on Saturday 17th March 2018

at St Rumbalds Church, Stoke Doyle

[see poster here for details]



The Parish Council would like to know the level of interest for their organising one or more Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) courses at Wadenhoe Village Hall, possibly on a friday evening, which would be given by Heartstart Oundle.

This would be open to and of interest to villagers of all ages from our three Parish villages.

Please let the Parish Council know if you are interested by contacting any Parish Councillor or the Parish Clerk.

"The training sessions take about 2 hours.  Instruction is provided in the skills needed to assist casualties while waiting for the emergency services. These skills can be life saving. The sessions are practical and cover the actions to take, in the event of sudden collapse, heart attack, cardiac arrest, choking and severe bleeding, and include the Recovery Position, CPR and the use of Automatic External Defibrillators. The skills are simple to learn; you never know when you might need them. Come and learn how to save a life, the training courses are free".  [www.oundle.info/heartstart-oundle]

"The immediate initiation of bystander CPR can double or quadruple survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest." [www.resus.org.uk]

"Defibrillation within 3–5 min of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50–70%." [www.resus.org.uk]



On 18 January 2018, Defra introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in all of England. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures, whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock. On 22nd January 2018, Amwell Nature Reserve in Hertfordshire, only 60 miles away, was closed due to bird flu; there has been bird flu in Warwickshire too. For information see...........



Vacancy for a Parish Clerk

Pilton, Stoke Doyle & Wadenhoe Parish Council

Pilton, Stoke Doyle & Wadenhoe Parish Council has a vacancy for a parish clerk.

This is a part time post nominally of 4 hours per week.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons, although training will be offered, and enthusiasm to learn will be seen as an alternative to formal qualifications.  The parish clerk will work from home, and will be responsible for the administration of the business and finances of the council.

The post includes some evening work and occasional attendance at civic functions.  

The successful applicant would be expected to have, or be prepared to obtain, CiLCA (Certificate in Local Council Administration).  He or she must be computer literate, with good communication skills.  Friendly and positive outlooks are essential.

The salary, dependant on experience, will follow the NJC pay scale LC2, SCP 23 – 25.

For more information and to apply, please contact any member of the parish council or email Keith Doherty (keithldoherty@sky.com).

Applications should be in the form of a letter giving all information that may help an interview panel to reach a positive conclusion about the applicant.

The closing date for applications will be 23rd February 2018.

Interviews will be held locally during the week commencing 26th February 2018.


Today, Sunday 21st January,

whilst training between Wadenhoe and Achurch,

the Northamptonshire Search & Rescue Team found a wedding ring.



Advisory for dog walkers to Achurch from Wadenhoe, 12.50pm, New Years Day....

We just received the message....

"Please can you warn dog walkers that someone has left a lot of chopped up meat in the field leading from the river at Wadenhoe up to Achurch church."

You would be advised to keep your dogs on a lead here.

If this meat has been put out for the kites then it should have been done on private land away from public access.

For all we know this meat could be poisoned.


'Wadenhoe Village Through Time'

The documentary research literature produced for the 'Wadenhoe Village Through Time' exhibition, held back in October 2017, is now available here for you to read at your leisure. [Or just scroll down and choose the option on the menu on the left].


Lilford Bridges Traffic Lights

We have had the benefit of permanent traffic lights controlling traffic over the bridges at Lilford for a year now (December 2016-17).

They are proving reliable, protecting the old stone bridge, and making the location much safer to drive through.



"As you are probably aware the majority of Wadenhoe village forms part of the Superfast Northamptonshire project to bring superfast broadband services to the area as part of our contract 2 plans with BT. This contract is due to complete by the end of 2017.

The fibre cabinet which is to serve the village is called ‘Clopton 5’ and was scheduled to complete this month. However BT are unable to complete a section of works this side of Christmas, which means the cabinet is unable to go ‘live’ until 2018. Some of the works are located on a school bus route and unfortunately they don’t have authority to work on the Highway until the New Year. BT continue to be in close dialog with Highways.

I appreciate that this is not the outcome you are looking for, but unfortunately with a major civil engineering project like this, there are always risks of unknown complications and issues arising which need to be managed. We are however in continuous discussion with BT over the delivery of Clopton 5 and will update the Roll Out schedule on the project website as soon as we have further information.

We’ll provide you with an update of progress in the New Year.

Kindest regards

Broadband Delivery Team"

............& from Northamptonshire Highways........

"Rebeck Communication are requiring to install a BT duct across the bridge on Pilton Road, Lilford.  To undertake this work safely will require that the section of road from Lock House to over the bridge will need to be closed from the 9th to 18th January 2018."



The Northamptonshire County Council website has an E-Petitions page, where you can add your name to current live petitions (as opposed to consultations) relating to the latest budget proposals, including the proposed cuts to trading standards and to libraries.......



"Lest we forget...."


New Rector

This is our new Rector, the Revd Canon Brian Withington, and his wife Jacky.

His induction service is on Sunday 10th December at 3pm in Titchmarch Church.


Introducing Brian and Jacky Withington.....(in his own words).......

"As December still seems a fair way off we thought you might like a picture and brief introduction to your new Rector. Complaints about the selection should be addressed to your parish representatives who shared in this responsibility!

For our part we very much like what we have seen of the seven parishes which make up the benefice along one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Nene and look forward to getting to know you and work with you.

So, who are we?

Brian has been married to Jacky for 42years. They have two daughters Jo and Abbie. Jo has severe learning difficulties and lives in a Christian Community in South Wales. Jo makes regular visits home and loves church, so you will get to know her in due course. Abbie, a primary trained teacher, is married to Steve (a sound and lighting engineer), they live in Kettering and have two boys, William who is nearly seven years and Edward nearly seven months.

Both before and after his ordination as a priest in 1997 Brian worked in the Probation Service. He served as a curate and self-supporting minister at St John the Baptist in the centre of Peterborough and since 2004 has been priest-in-charge of a number of villages on the south side of Kettering around Broughton. For the last ten years he has also been Rural Dean of Kettering.

Jacky has a background in social work and caring having managed a local authority children’s home, worked as learning support assistant, and as an activities co-ordinator for a local charity providing residential care for disabled young adults. Jacky was licensed as a Lay Pastoral Minister in 2008.

As a couple we enjoy walking, music and theatre, as well as spending time with family - our two grandsons in particular. Jacky is a gardener and stitcher, and more recently become the keeper of three hens – William, George & Mrs Pepperpot – guess who named them! Brian also enjoys cricket (as a spectator these days), cooking and reading.

We both look forward to getting to know you, working alongside you and sharing in church and community life in the benefice during the coming months."


Find out more about & have your say in Northamptonshire County Council's public consultations here on their website's consultations page.


The Wadenhoe History Group's "Wadenhoe Village Through Time" Exhibition will be initially open for viewing to Wadenhoe village residents only, from 7.30pm on Friday evening, 20th October 2017.

It is being sponsored by The Wadenhoe Trust, who are also providing free refreshments to villagers on the Friday evening.

If you are a village resident interested in attending on the Friday evening, please RSVP to stephen-hall@zen.co.uk, or ring Stephen on 720093, so numbers can be gauged.

On display will be "A Collection of Photographs and Memorabilia" of historical Wadenhoe and its past residents, including militaria and other interesting items relating to the village.

This will be accompanied by a timeline of "Wadenhoe Village Through Time", and a newly compiled alphabetic listing of "Wadenhoe Villagers Through Time"(look up your surname!), plus Wadenhoe Village Census lists from 1841-1911.

You might want to bring along something you have relating to Wadenhoe's past too - we would be interested to know what you have!

The exhibition will continue, open to the general public, over the weekend Sat 21st to Sun 22nd Oct, but just in the afternoons from 3pm-5pm, so please tell all Wadenhoe lovers!



? Have you joined the East Northamptonshire Green Dog Club yet ?

It's a small way to help in the campaign against dog fouling in East Northants, and also a way to have your dog returned to you quickly if it gets lost locally.

We appreciate that the majority of dog owners take responsibility for their pets and clean up after them.
The Green Dog Club is our way of thanking you, and a friendly way to change attitudes in East Northamptonshire.
It will also help us to reunite you with your dog more easily, should you lose it.

Best of all, the Green Dog Club is free to join and is open to all dog owners in East Northamptonshire.

What do I have to do?

Just take a pledge to:

always clean up after your dog;
carry extra dog bags;
& gladly offer a bag to someone who needs it.

That's all!
It's definitely not about snooping on people, telling them off or reporting them.
It's not about cleaning up the mess from other people's dogs.
It's about doing what you already do - cleaning up after your dog.

What you'll get......
You'll receive:

a numbered dog tag and registration on the East Northants Dog Database which helps reunite stray dogs with their owners more quickly;
a roll of dog bags and extras (subject to availability);
the chance to help with future campaigns to eliminate dog fouling.

Details of how to join are here......



After presenting an oil painting of the Seven Churches to the Revd Canon Jim Mynors on his retirement at the end of April, postcards derived from the painting, of Pilton All Saints & St Mary, and of Wadenhoe St Michael & All Angels, are now available in these churches @ 50p each. Thorpe Achurch and Aldwincle also have postcards derived from the oil painting on sale in their Churches.





Fifty oak saplings, donated by charity The Tree  Council, are being planted around Wadenhoe, Pilton and Stoke Doyle by local volunteers; each tree has a protector, a stake, and a mulch mat, and there is a commitment to look after them over the coming summer and for years to come.



Kettering Litter Action (also known as SEEITPICKITBINIT) litter-picked around Pilton and Wadenhoe again on tuesday 28th March, and reported....

"I took a drive around Wadenhoe and Pilton today, walking the nature reserve and picking the Wadenhoe to Pilton road and the Pilton to the A605 road.  I collected 1 10KG bag and a gas cylinder, from Wadenhoe and another 5 from the verges.  It was pretty clean and now it's even better."

If you would like to support and thank them, they are raising funds for an animal charity at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kettering-litteraction

Their web page with reports of their previous litter collecting in our parish is http://litteraction.org.uk/viewreport/event/3781


News of fast broadband coming to Pilton & Stoke Doyle in 2018's Stage 3 rollout.

(Wadenhoe residents should get access to it earlier in 2017's Stage 2 rollout)

>> GET GIGACLEAR postcode checker <<


Message from "Kettering Litter Action" (also known as "SEEITPICKITBINIT")


"I managed to give Wadenhoe reserve a quick litter pick this morning at 6am [Monday 6th March]. I'll be doing several more around Pilton, Thorpe and Achurch.  This year's 1 Ton Litter Pick event is up to 109KG, starting with two picks in Kettering.  This year we are trying to raise a £1000 for the Nanna's animal rescue centre in Irthlingborough, who are struggling to pay their food and vet's bills. Many of the injured or unwanted animals from the whole of Northants go to this centre, so we thought that we would combine our picking with something wildlife friendly.


If it's possible, could you share our event details on Facebook, as the more publicity we get, the more donations will hopefully come in.
The donation link is www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kettering-litteraction

Our web page is http://www.litteraction.org.uk/seeitpickitbinit

Best regards, Nick".

[When Nick comes over to our area fishing he ALWAYS does a litter pick around our local village roads or along the river bank. Please show him our thanks and encouragement by donating to this good cause!]


11 Jan 2017 - Message from local police -


"We would just like to remind residents to keep their dogs on leads when around live stock. Even if you are in a field that is empty but the field next to you has live stock in please keep them on their lead. We have had an incident where a dog has run off and a sheep nearby has been attacked."



2 Jan 2017 - Former Deenethorpe Airfield set to become a Garden Village -
The Government has announced that it will support work on a proposed “Garden Village” at Deenethorpe Airfield.



In a letter to the Bridges Team Leader of Northamptonshire Highways, dated 17th December, the Chairman of the Parish Council has thanked them for surpassing all obstacles and getting us the permanent Lilford bridges traffic lights.....

"I am writing on behalf of Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe Parish Council to thank you and your team for managing the process of installing permanent traffic lights across the two bridges between Pilton and Lilford. As you know this is an issue which we first raised with Northamptonshire Highways 12 years ago, so I must say we are delighted that the road and bridges are now much safer for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders and river boats - thanks to this installation.

Many regular users of the road have expressed their satisfaction with the outcome, so we would like to thank the Bridges team, Northamptonshire Highways and Western Power for their sterling work in bringing this long drawn out process to a successful conclusion.

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,"

The Bridges Team Leader has replied......

"Thank you for taking the time to compose and send this letter. It is much appreciated. Yes it has been a long time coming. I remember coming to meet the Parish Council about twelve years ago and at the time it did seem that the lack of electricity at the site would preclude us from ever being able to protect the bridge properly. We got there in the end. I am pleased that so many road users are happy with the installation."


From Rupert Reichhold, Cllr & Chair East Northants Council (9th Dec 2016):
"Your Councils & communities will find it helpful to know of this [following] information.
In rural areas it should alert people who own poultry to take the precautions DEFRA have advised.
You will note also the advice that there is no danger to human health." =====>
From Adam French, Snr Environmental Health Officer, ENC (9th Dec 2016):
"For your information -
Avian Influenza Prevention Zone 2016 -
Outbreaks of highly contagious Avian Influenza have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds across many countries in continental Europe.
There have not been any confirmed cases yet in this country but, as a precaution, the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has declared a Prevention Zone across Great Britain to limit contact between wild birds and poultry. There is no danger to human health.
Details of the Prevention Zone can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu…"

"DEFRA are advising that poultry and wild fowl are kept indoors where possible and that owners remain vigilant to any signs of illness. There are no movement controls or restrictions at present on poultry. Further information can be found on the Gov.uk site at https://www.gov.uk/…/new-measures-to-protect-poultry-agains…"

"Animal Health based at Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards are the lead agency providing information and assistance. To assist them, officers in Environmental Services have collated details of poultry producers, egg producers, small holdings, animal charities and other sites where it is known poultry and wildfowl are kept. ENC’s Comms team will also be posting information on the Council’s website.
If you require any further information please contact the Health Protection team on 01832 742055."



The new permanent traffic lights at Lilford bridges were commissioned and working well by the end of tuesday 6th December 2016.

Our thanks go out to all who have helped make this possible.

The new setup includes sensors for waterways engineers coming out of the gateway between the bridges, and for livestock being moved from the field entrance between the lights.

Please do still drive carefully over the brow of the stone bridge in case somebody is coming the other way unexpectedly.



Western Power are confident that the bridges will ‘officially’ reopen tomorrow evening (Friday 25th November).

However the actual ‘commissioning’ of the new lights, (ie. the permanent installation), by Northamptonshire Highways, will not take place until Monday 5th December (hopefully without any road closure).

This will mark the end of a 12 year battle by Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe PC.


Support the call by our MP and our local council to change the name of our 'Corby' voting constituency to 'Corby and East Northamptonshire'. Even just 'East Northamptonshire' is more representative of the actual area involved. We live in the very middle of this constituency. Corby is right over on the western boundary over 20 minutes drive away and also happens to be in East Northamptonshire.

Our constituency boundary is not actually changing, but please, if you agree, take this rare opportunity to support the call by our MP and by East Northants Council for our constituency name to be changed. Have your say by commenting on the Boundary Commission England's consultation before 5th December 2016. Go to........



Northamptonshire Highways have actually installed some permanent traffic lights at Lilford bridges in the past week!!!  They have also adjusted the positioning of the white lining in the road at both ends of the bridges, so that if people stop in the correct place there is more safe space for traffic coming the other way to pass them. Western Power appear to have almost completed the cable installation under the roadway. All looks set for it all to be completed in the coming week :-) 


Northamptonshire County Council has launched a very interesting new local heritage website. The heritage map facility for example shows every listed building in the county..........



The Remembrance Sunday Service at Wadenhoe War Memorial will be held tomorrow, Sunday 13th November 2016, at 12 midday.
The service will be taken by The Revd Canon Jim Mynors.


Western Power's power cable installation for the traffic lights at Lilford bridges is progressing well (12th Nov). After one week of road closure they have about 125m still to go of ditching in the roadway, burying and tarmacing. They have also put up a double 'telegraph post' power installation structure in-line with the cable.


Don't forget the Pilton to Lilford road is closed 7th-25th Nov while 393m of power cable is put in to reach the permanent traffic lights at Lilford bridges. For details see....... https://roadworks.org/


BT/ENC Public consultation about 29 proposed public payphone removals in East Northants. These include Pilton and Stoke Doyle, but not Wadenhoe. The box at Pilton is actually a listed building (like Wadenhoe's), so it could not actually be removed............... CLICK HERE.


More information has just come in this afternoon, 20th October, about the work to connect the new Lilford bridges permanent traffic lights to the mains electricity, and it unfortunately involves a longer than expected closure of the bridges, as hinted at by the Temporary Prohibition Order posted before below.

Western Power will begin work as soon as next Monday 24th October laying high and low voltage cables under the verge starting from a powerline up towards Bearshanks crossroads, down to Pilton crossroads (they will have to cross the road with it), and then down the verge to the traffic lights control box at the bridges.

The Lilford bridges road will actually be closed to through traffic for the three weeks starting from 7th to 25th November.

Work is expected to be completed by 9th December.

Sorry for any confusion, but the "3 days’ closure”, that Highways originally told us would be necessary, will be for their linking up the new power supply with the new permanent traffic lights, and that will now hopefully take place during the three weeks’ closure.

Western Power add that the new cables will also improve future provision for Pilton village.


The Clerk has advertised the vacant Parish Councillor position on the Parish noticeboards. The vacancy has arisen following the resignation of Wadenhoe Councillor Alasdair Belton. Any interested parties should please contact the Clerk.

[Guidance for Candidates(Qualification/Disqualification]


From Page 15 of Nene Valley News of 8th Oct 2016, the confirmation that the Lilford Bridges permanent traffic lights are planned to be installed this November. We understand that the bridge closure will actually only be for a couple of days. The actual date of the work is not known yet, but looks to be between 7th and 25th.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Northamptonshire County
Council intend, not less than seven days from the date of this Notice,
to make an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit traffic from
proceeding along that length of Lilford Road, Pilton as set out below.
That length of Lilford Road, Pilton from Oundle Road to Wadenhoe
REASONS FOR RESTRICTION: The restriction is required for
safety during the installation of traffic lights.
PERIOD OF CLOSURE: The proposed Order will come into effect
on 7th November 2016 and will continue in force for a period of
eighteen months. An application may be made for the approval of
the Secretary of State for Transport for the Order to be extended if
this proves necessary. However, the restriction specified will have
effect only at such times and to such an extent as is indicated by
the display of signs prescribed by the Traffic Signs Regulations and
General Directions 2016.
EXPECTED DURATION: It is expected that the road will be
restricted until 25th November.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTES: use Oundle Road, Barnwell Road and
Stoke Doyle Road.
Dated this 8th day of October 2016
Director of Law & Governance
If you require any further information please contact Gary Thorp on
01604 883400."


Northamptonshire Highways have proposed instigating a 30mph speed limit on Main Street within the village of Pilton. This has obviously been an oversight in the past. [06/10/16]


The 12th Sept 2016 Parish Council meeting was attended by BT's East Midlands Regional Partnerships Director Paul Bimson.

Wadenhoe IS in the phase 2 plan to get faster broadband early next year (2017).

Pilton and Stoke Doyle are not in this phase 2 of the plan. Pilton may be brought into plan as it is developed, as the cable has to come past Pilton to get to Wadenhoe anyway; the Parish Council will be lobbying to try to make that happen.

From the current Clopton exchange a fibre cable will be brought to a new cabinet in Wadenhoe, and then the signal will continue in the existing copper cable to individual properties. This will give 18mbps+, BT Infinity speed being 15mbps+.

There are more advances all the time, it was pointed out, and they want to get us even faster, ie.Superfast 24mbps+.

For example, in Huntingdon they are trialling something called g.dotfast in the final copper cable to houses which boosts to 500 mbps (Ultrafast is 100mbps+).


A letter of resignation was received at 12 Sept 2016 Parish Council meeting from long standing Wadenhoe Parish Councillor Alasdair Belton. His outstanding work over the years for the Parish was recognised and appreciated - particularly his leading role in producing the Village Design Statement for the Parish. The Clerk has informed East Northants Council and is awaiting guidance regarding advertising a casual vacancy. Any interested parties should please contact the Clerk.


Wadenhoe lost one of its sons in the Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, which was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It started only 100 years ago, and took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in Northern France. It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.


Of the five men from this Parish who died in the Somme area during the First World War, one of them, Private Wilfred Briggs of the Northamptonshire Regiment, who was born in Aldwincle and brought up as a plough boy in Wadenhoe, died at the age of 20 during this particular battle on 8th August 1916. He is buried in Aveluy Cemetery, near the Thiepval Memorial, and remembered on Wadenhoe War Memorial.



'Before' and 'After' photos of Saturday's work at Wadenhoe War Memorial. (21/5/2016)

The grass immediately surrounding the war memorial and seat will be regularly cut by volunteers from The Green.

Planted containers for within the iron railings TBA!!!


Two visitors’ books from the tea stall run by the Women’s United Total Abstinence Council on Peterborough East Railway Station during 1916 and 1917 are the germ for a new WW1 research website. Servicemen travelling through Peterborough on their way to and from the Front wrote messages, poems or drew pictures to express their gratitude to the ladies serving them tea and cake.
These slim volumes provide a unique insight into the servicemen who were passing through Peterborough during two years of the Great War. The men came from across the country and the books highlight the city’s importance as a railway
hub during this period. The books have been digitised and transcribed and are available on their website. They are in the process of researching the servicemen’s stories. Take a look! Are your Ancestors on there?


Jonathan Lines, Peter Watson and Trevor Pocknell have spent this morning, Saturday 21/05/16, digging out the turf and soil from around and within the railings of Wadenhoe War Memorial, and creating a gravelboard surround filled with gravel over a permeable membrane. This should protect the railing paintwork from strimmer damage, and control vegetation overgrowth. More gravel is needed yet, and re-pointing of the memorial's concrete base. Then a decision on how best to have flowers adding some colour around the monument.


Our thanks go to Stephen Hall for generously getting all the potholes repaired with tarmac on the track up to Wadenhoe Church! :-)  [May 2016]


Our Parish War Dead...(8th May 2016)

The 'Our Parish War Dead' section of this website has now been completed within these Centenary years of WW1, and makes for very interesting reading.


Captain George Culme Seymour died yesterday 101 years ago,

and Captain George Ward Hunt died tomorrow 101 years ago.

It is important we know something about the lives of the people of this Parish named on our memorials (and the few not on our memorials), 16 in all.

If you know of any others, do let us know!

[TIP: If you scroll this page down first until the 'Our Parish War Dead' tab is near the top left of the screen, and then hover your cursor over that tab, then all 16 soldiers names appear for your selection]


The Lilford bridges are temporarily re-opened!(06/05/16)

With Northamptonshire Highways having concluded the preparatory road work and signage in four weeks, the next step, by a specialist electrical team, will be the installation of the electricity cable so that the permanent traffic lights can be powered. In the meantime temporary traffic lights are in place again in the same position as they were before.


When we have a date for the next stage we will let you know.


Third week progress report on Lilford traffic lights(30/04/16)

The third week of progress on the Lilford bridges installation of permanent traffic lights shows strong road widening to 6 metres at both ends of the bridges, and the building of raised kerbing for signage. [Pictures]


Two weeks progress report on Lilford bridges(23/04/16)

The second week of progress on the groundwork for the new traffic lights at Lilford bridges showed excavation and road-widening work at each end of the bridges so traffic will be able to stand to allow traffic to pass, and more work done on the trunking for cabling. [Pictures]


Work started on Lilford bridges Traffic Lights on 11th April

Good progress at Lilford bridges, after a week they have put in a long stretch of trunking for cabling for the new permanent traffic lights. They also have road widening to do at either end of the bridges, but they hope to be done in 3 rather than 4 weeks with their ground work. The actual electrical work of fitting the cabling and traffic lights, and getting mains electricity to the site, will be done by a specialist team, and that may be done as a separate job with a return to temporary traffic lights in between times. [Pictures]


The Latest on Lilford Bridges Traffic Lights (29th March 2016)

Please note that the sign that has just gone up saying the bridges will be closed from Monday 11th April for four weeks Monday to Friday is actually not quite correct as the road will be closed at the weekends as well, ie. 24/7 for 4 weeks.


War Memorials Online

The website War Memorials Online, associated with the War Memorials Trust, has been updated for the record with photos and information following the Wadenhoe War Memorial refurbishment. It also includes photos and details of the war memorials to be found in Wadenhoe Church of St Michael and All Angels.


Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe Village Design Statement is now a statutory Supplementary Planning Document.

On 22 February 2016 the Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe Village Design Statement was adopted by East Northamptonshire Council as a statutory Supplementary Planning Document.

It was prepared by a locally appointed Village Design Statement (VDS) group led by Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe Parish Council.  The VDS was prepared over a two year period, and submitted to East Northamptonshire Council in April 2015. The VDS places an emphasis to “ensure that the unique visual character of our villages remain intact”.

In July 2015 East Northamptonshire Council approved the draft VDS for consultation, with a view to adopting the Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe Village Design Statement as a statutory Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This consultation took place over 6 weeks (17 August - 28 September 2015, inclusive). 

In accordance with Part 4 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (Statutory Instrument 2012 No. 767), as amended, the Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe VDS was adopted by the Council as a statutory SPD on 22 February 2016.

The Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe VDS, is now a statutory Local Development Document and supplements the statutory Local Plan for East Northamptonshire, covering the Parish areas of Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe. The VDS sets out detailed design principles, to provide information to developers and others on the three village areas and to try to encompass the character of the villages and the people so that designs made for changes and additions, large and small, can be made sympathetically.  Now adopted, it will supplement relevant development management policies within the East Northamptonshire Local Plan and is now a material consideration for determining planning applications within the Parishes of Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe.

See Village Design Statement.

[Note: we cannot put the actual VDS document on this website as it is 6221kb and this website's document size limit is 500kb, but you can easily download it from ENC's website to your computer]


Parish Remembrance folder now in Wadenhoe Church

The next time you are visiting Wadenhoe's Church of St.Michael and All Angels, you may be interested to take a look at the new Remembrance folder of research now resident there, and viewable on the table on the left just inside. This illustrated folder contains research about each of sixteen individuals who were born in or lived in the Parish of Pilton, Stoke Doyle and Wadenhoe, and who died in the two World Wars.


## The Classified & Business Ads sections are up & running! ##


The Poppy Appeal- Stoke Doyle

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Poppy Appeal in Stoke Doyle, both in the Shuckburgh Arms and the door to door collection and helped to raise £144.05.


Ride and Stride

Thank you to everyone who sponsored our ride and striders in Stoke Doyle.  We raised a magnificent £745 for the Historic Churches Trust, of which half has come back to St Rumbald’s Church.  Our excellent efforts mean that we can apply for grants from the Historic Churches Trust for our tower refurbishments and external lighting.


## The Lilford bridges were reopened this afternoon ##

##     (Fri 13th Nov) with temporary traffic lights.        ##



We have been informed by Raymond Price, Bridges Team Leader at Northamptonshire Highways, that they have decided to give the Lilford bridges over the River Nene.........PERMANENT TRAFFIC LIGHTS!!!! (Applause)

He said that everybody's letters DID make a difference showing the amount of local concern, so thanks to all who got involved - you helped this happen!

The amount they have had to spend in repairs on the bridge over the last 5 years in terms of materials and labour, and on temporary traffic lights and their associated upkeep and manpower, is VERY significant, and they need to try to put a stop to that once and for all by investing in this new permanent traffic control.

Our Parish Council first asked for this 12 years ago. We are very pleased!

The installation will take place THIS financial year, starting Jan/Feb 2016.

In the meantime, when the current repairs are completed, which will be this Friday/Saturday 13/14th November, they will have reinstalled the temporary traffic lights.


Wadenhoe Remembers.........

A one-off laminated research folder has been created of information about the dead of both World Wars who were born or lived in Wadenhoe. It is hoped it will be at Wadenhoe War Memorial each Remembrance Sunday, and it is available on short term loan for time to read it from Trevor Pocknell, 5 The Green (720012). It is an ongoing project, so if you have any relevant information please get in touch.

Also, there is now a 'Wadenhoe Remembers....' page on this website.


Wadenhoe War Memorial railings, stonework, & lettering restored

The stonework of Wadenhoe War Memorial was blasted clean on Monday 2nd November 2015, and all the lettering repainted on Tuesday 3rd. A really sympathetic and brilliant job has been done by JG Cross Monumental Masons from Crowland, so our thanks to them.

Nene Engineering of Peterborough brought back and installed the repaired and restored War Memorial railings on tuesday 27th October 2015. They have done a great job, so many thanks to them too!

To pay for all this work the Parish is grateful to two parties;  two thirds of the cost is covered by a grant from The War Memorials Trust, and for the other one third the people of Wadenhoe are grateful to the Wadenhoe Trust.


Lilford Bridge Rebuild Under Way

13 Nov 2015 - Bridge reopened!

07 Nov 2015 - Again a week of bad weather, but long established specialist Northampton stonemasons Underwood & Weston have in position most of the top two layers of stone now.

31 Oct 2015 - It has been a very wet rainy week, but most of the bridge columns are now in place, and more stone is now on site. Additional: the local farmer has taken advantage of the road closure and cleared out the ditch and cut the hedge.

24 Oct 2015 - Scaffolding in place including weight hoisting joist; clearance & preparation of build surfaces; starting to position some stone blocks. Additional: straightening & improvement of warning signage up towards Pilton; broken sheep field railing repair; road mark and verge clearance near layby/field entrance for something.


Pilton Church Xmas Cards

Pilton Church Xmas cards are now on sale in aid of Pilton Church funds.

Please select their page from the menu to the left for details and images.


Lilford Weir/Sluice works.

The JN Bentley Ltd Civil Engineering & Construction company compound which has been set up in the field on the south side of the Pilton side of the Lilford bridges, near the River Nene, is for their £150,000 contract for the Environment Agency working on the Lilford Weir / Sluice, running from 14 Sept to 23 Oct 2015.


Lilford Bridge Rebuild Date Changed (23/09/15)

The Lilford Bridge works have been put back to 19th October 2015.


Lilford Bridge Reinstatement Date Announced

Northamptonshire Highways are requiring to carry out works on the bridge structure which will require that the road is closed. It is expected that the road will be closed for up to three weeks from the 5th October 2015. This work has been delayed at the request of farmers until harvesting has ended. The installation of permanent traffic lights is still under consideration, with a final decision likely by the beginning of November.


Wadenhoe War Memorial Restoration

Wondering what is happening to Wadenhoe War Memorial?
The railings have been taken away for renovation, and the memorial itself is to be cleaned and restored, expected to be done by Remembrance Day.
Three-quarters of the cost is to be met thanks to a grant from the War Memorials Trust, & the remainder is to be generously covered by the Wadenhoe Trust.



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