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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.......

http://epetition.northants.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/activepetitions

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"Lest we forget...."

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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

http://www.northants.police.uk/contact/online

PCSO Ali Wallace asked us to let you know, adding

"Hope this helps with people reporting things".

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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."

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

Current public consultations with their end dates include:-

1. Proposed introduction of Body Worn Video Cameras for the Parking Enforcement Contractor's Civil Enforcement Officers. (22 Nov);

2. Review of library services in Northamptonshire (13 Jan); three options are being consulted on; there are also factsheets here about Oundle & Thrapston libraries stating the impact of the three options on them; [this is also a part of the phase 1 draft budget proposals - see 5]

3. Adult Social Care Charging Policy (6 Jan);

4. Short breaks services for children in need & their families (6 Dec); [this is also a part of the phase 1 draft budget proposals - see 5]

5. Phase 1 Draft Budget Proposals 2018/19 (1 Dec).[Includes 2 & 4 above; plus removal of bus subsidies to services such as 4N Nene Valley Call Connect; reduction of hours of Customer Service Centres; move more services online, reducing telephone services; changes to First Point of Contact Modelling in Children’s Social Care; review of Children's Centres; Review of non-statutory expenditure in Children, Families & Education; review/reduction of Winter Roads Maintenance; end the Empowering Councillors and Communities Scheme; Proposals for reinvestment of Public Health funded Activities; Remove subsidy to Royal and Derngate theatre; cuts to staffing of Trading Standards; reductions in Highways Maintenance (such as less weed killing & road marking & no Parish Enhancement Gangs for a year) ; Other proposals that do not involve direct services for customers (such as streamlining, spending less on consultants & agency staff).

THIS IS WHERE TO READ MORE AND HAVE YOUR SAY....

http://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/council-and-democracy/have-your-say/Pages/current-consultations.aspx

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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!

www.wadenhoehistorygroup.org

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Work started last weekend, and has continued all week, on putting the pipe under the verge to bring Superfast Broadband to Wadenhoe. The new cabinet has been in the village since April. They have laid pipe so far from outside Wadenhoe House to Pilton x-roads, and will continue along to the cabinet & down to Lilford bridges, ......& beyond presumably.
The roadworks dot org website has the works information, giving the party responsible as BT, and the end date as 13th November.

[Item dated 30/9/17]

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[Note: the 29th Dec date below cancelled - tearoom is closed that day]

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? 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......

GREEN DOG CLUB

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There have been two thefts of lead from church roofs recently (report 15/8/17) -  St John the Baptist church in Slipton and St Peters church in Raunds -  so please stay vigilant if you are by any local churches and report any suspicious activity.

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The road closure for surface dressing & re-white-lining between the Pilton village sign and Lilford bridges was not finished on friday 2nd, and so is set to continue, according to the signs, from 6am on Monday 5th June for up to 2 days!

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The estimated times of arrival for the Women's Cycle Tour 2017 Stage 1 race passing through our East Northants area between 1pm & 2.30pm on this coming wednesday 7th June......
Benefield 13.35
Glapthorn 13.42
Oundle 13.46 [Sprint Stage]
Stoke Doyle 13.53
Aldwincle 14.01
Islip 14.07
Thrapston 14.09
Denford 14.13
Ringstead 14.15
Gt Addington 14.21

Please note that these times may have a variance of 15 to 20 minutes either way, depending on the pace of the race on race day, and that the lead cars come through 15 minutes earlier than that. There will be a rolling road closure.

The Stage 1 route, and the full ETA list for this Stage 1 race, which starts in Daventry at 11am and finishes in Kettering shortly after 3pm, can be found on their website here....

http://www.womenstour.co.uk/stages/stage-1/

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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.

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East Northamptonshire Council has just opened a new consultation on Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs).
PSPOs replace Gating Orders, Designated Public Place Orders and, in particular, Dog Control Orders for irresponsible dog ownership.
PSPOs are intended to deal with a nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone so that the majority of law-abiding people can use and enjoy our public spaces and be safe from anti-social behaviour.
They would welcome your participation in the consultation, which can be accessed HERE.
The consultation will be open until 16th June 2017.

They go on to say "Please feel free to pass on this information to any other resident of East Northamptonshire, dog-owner or not, who may be interested. We would welcome feedback from as many residents as possible. If access to the internet is not possible, paper versions of the survey are available at our Customer Contact Centres or can be obtained by phoning 01832 742203.
Thank you, in anticipation.
Angela Hook
Corporate Support Manager
East Northamptonshire Council
Cedar Drive
Thrapston
Northamptonshire
NN14 4LZ
Tel. 01832 742203"

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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.

  

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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

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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 <<

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[That says £2.50 by the way]

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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!]

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Temporary Traffic Regulation Order -TTRO(16/17) 953 - Stoke Doyle Road, Oundle and Oundle Road, Stoke Doyle........
Plant Lux are requiring to close a section of the above road to allow for underground BT works to take place. The works are due to commence on the 23rd May 2017 for a period of about 10 days, weekdays only between 09.15 and 15.30.

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The road through Pilton down to the Lilford bridges will be closed from 8am on Wednesday 1 March only. This is for minor re-surfacing, but as there are only 2 or 3 places with white marks, it is unlikely that the road will be closed all day.

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Gently Be.....

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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."

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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.

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Northamptonshire Highways will be sending Community Enhancement Gangs out later this year to undertake minor improvements that will enhance your Parish environment. They tend to spend up to a day in each village.

The types of works Community Enhancement Gangs are equipped to deal with include:

Siding out of footways

Cleaning of signs

Repairs to signs, refixing signs to posts and/or realignment of posts

Clearing of vegetation from signs and footways

Resetting slabs/block paving

Minor kerb repairs

Isolated gully cleansing, rodding of connections, and/or clearance of drainage grips

Strimming and clearance of small areas of verge

Painting of street furniture (bollards, etc)

Improvements to bus stops/shelters

Any other works that may enhance the aesthetic look of the parish

Please continue to report all defects to our street doctor service.

The schedule will be-

Request forms sent out to Clerk January 12th.

Request deadline Friday February 24th. Requests will not be accepted after this date. 

March -  Selection and programming of works by area teams 

April/May- works commence. Area teams will contact parish a week in advance to confirm day and works to be carried out.

Please message or contact the Clerk or any Councillor, about anything in your location in the Parish that they could do for us, well before the deadline.

Thanks!

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The lack of water supply from the early hours today (20/12/16) which affected most of the Parish was due to a burst water main near the Pilton crossroads. Some properties were re-supplied by 9am, but the repair was not completed until 5pm.

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PARISH COUNCIL THANKS HIGHWAYS FOR NEW TRAFFIC LIGHTS

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."

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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."

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+++ NEW TRAFFIC LIGHTS COMMISSIONED +++

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.

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+++  LILFORD BRIDGES ANNOUNCEMENT  +++

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.

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A festive 'Open Doors' social (following the Village Hall's AGM). All welcome, no tickets necessary, a small donation for food and drinks only. Wadenhoe Village Hall is at the heart of the local community, and we encourage residents of Wadenhoe, Pilton, Achurch, Stoke Doyle & Lilford to attend.

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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........

https://www.bce2018.org.uk/

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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 :-) 

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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..........

http://www.northamptonshireheritage.co.uk/Pages/home.aspx

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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.

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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.

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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]

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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.

"NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 -
SECTION 14
THE NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
(LILFORD ROAD, PILTON)
(TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF THROUGH
TRAFFIC) ORDER 2016
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.
LENGTH OF ROAD TO WHICH RESTRICTION APPLIES:
That length of Lilford Road, Pilton from Oundle Road to Wadenhoe
Road.
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
QUENTIN BAKER
Director of Law & Governance
PKG/T16/405
If you require any further information please contact Gary Thorp on
01604 883400."

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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]

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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+).

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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.

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Gently Be.......

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Concert...

Poster

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East Northamptonshire Council invites you to participate in its Residents’ Survey for 2016. They would be grateful if you could take about 10 minutes to give them your views on various aspects of the council’s work and provide information which will help future projects.

The Survey can be accessed directly here or via the council's website here.

Please encourage friends, family and other residents to participate, too. They would like to obtain the views of as many residents as possible. Obviously, electronic completion of the survey is the most cost effective method, but, if needed, a paper version of the survey can be obtained from the Corporate Support team on 01832 742203.

The survey will remain open until the 19th August 2016.

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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.

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'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!!!

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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?

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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.

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

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Listen to Graham Devine here!

Poster

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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.

Coincidentally.......

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]

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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.

[Pictures]

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

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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.

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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.

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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]

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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## The Lilford bridges were reopened this afternoon ##

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

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### GREAT NEWS ABOUT LILFORD BRIDGES ###

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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