Spring Clean 2019
Many thanks to everyone who took part in this years Spring Clean. Due to their efforts, an amazing total of 59 black sacks of litter were collected plus 2 sacks of cans for recycling.
Added to this were tyres, number plates, car parts, oil cans and even a carpet
which had been dumped into the ditches along the road to Upper Heyford.
The village is looking a lot cleaner and hopefully it will stay that way for the
How quickly the months seem to fly by! It seems no time at all since I was writing the last Prattler article and telling you that Renee Watt was coming to show us how to do Country Dancing. The ladies of Nether Heyford W.I. who were able to attend our April meeting are still laughing as we remember ‘trying’ to do our heel–toes, chains and hand clapping whilst counting at the same time. As a Mother I had always thought I was pretty good at multi-tasking but I obviously got that wrong! Anyone passing the Village Hall would be forgiven for thinking that the W.I. had been drinking something more potent than our normal ‘cuppa’ but how good we all felt when we eventually sat down for the refreshments. Many of you will know how passionate I am about music and there is no doubt that laughter is the best tonic for friends to share. Combine the two with dancing and the end product is magic. I do hope that our two visitors felt the same.
May is the month for our members to go on an outing and this year we are visiting Rugby for a tour of the famous school. Just to remind you all that the bus will be leaving the village at 6 pm from the shop side of the green. Let’s hope the weather stays fine.
We are back in the Village Hall for our June meeting when Analiza Jones will be telling us about the making of hand woven bags from the Philippines.
Congratulations to all those who organised and carried out the Village Litter Pick. The W.I. ladies’ contribution was about 16 bags plus assorted car-parts!! It is great to see the roads into the village looking so clean and shows visitors that we do care about the lovely area we are lucky to live in. Who knows, perhaps it will make them think first before they drop their fast food wrappers on the way through?!!
Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101
Chairman’s Report 2019
At the time of writing, Nether Heyford is awaiting the first signs of spring, and with
luck, a summer. We all look forward to warm evenings and cold drinks.
Unfortunately there are tasks to perform, and obligations to be met, in order for our
lives to be orderly and comfortable. No less so for Nether Heyford Parish Council,
and the conscientious and forward thinking Parish Councillors, with tasks to
perform, and a responsibility to the residents of Nether Heyford.
As in previous years, village organisations have responded brilliantly in a clean up
effort, with volunteers litter picking, up, through, and round Nether Heyford, and the
immediate area. The Neighbourhood Planning Group have got into their stride,
having worked hard to create a Neighbourhood Plan that represents the
development Villagers have asked for, and accommodation that Nether Heyford
actually needs, and which will be suitable for all, rather than the few.
Some amazing things have been occurring in the allotments, and Parish Councillors
with responsibility for this aspect of Village life, have taken the existing system of
allotment management and shaken it up into a sensible, practicable and user
friendly success. A very pleasant leisure area has been created, utilising disused
allotments, and the planting of sponsored fruit trees. Mr Bill Corner has voluntarily
been keeping grass areas between allotments tidy, strimming, and mowing, and
keeping things tidy. The siting of sheds on allotments is also designed to make life
easier for allotment holders. This has been accomplished by communication and
cooperation from all concerned.
The maintenance of our footpaths, and highways is the responsibility of the Local
Authority, and as we know they are in serious financial difficulties. Any and all pot
holes, and subsidence noted should continue to be reported to Street Doctor,
available on line, or by contacting South Northants Council. Although the road
surfaces remain in an appalling condition, generally, I was amazed to note that the
give way signs at all junctions, within the centre of the village are repaired, and lit at
night. That only took two years.
Grass cutting, and tree maintenance continues as always, and the contractors are
aware of their responsibilities, and are responsive to the desire of the Parish Council
to ensure Nether Heyford remains well looked after.
The cemetery is also being serviced regularly, and this will continue. This service is
intended to enhance the maintenance that family members perform to individual
Over the years, it seems, we see less and less of Police Officers patrolling our
Parish, let alone our village. We have seemingly learned to accept, and tolerate this
situation. Nether Heyford, as of April 2019, will share a PCSO, with Bugbrooke. This
is intended to reassure villagers, and provide a precepted community spirited
service for our village. I would encourage residents to get to know him, and
welcome him to Nether Heyford.
The siting of two defibrillators within Nether Heyford, one at One Stop, and the other
near the Bowls Club in the Playing Field area, continue to provide a public service
that will save lives. They are accessed, on need, with a code provided by the
Ambulance Service. Both machines are inspected on a monthly basis, and kept to a
Street lights in Nether Heyford, have over the years had problems. The existing
lights are dated, and of mixed types. As a result they are expensive to maintain, and
are limited in the light they provide. The Parish Council are considering replacing
existing lights, and adding some in new areas. In effect redesigning the lighting
system replacing them with a more modern, and efficient system. New LED lighting
will be more environmentally friendly, provide more effective lighting, and be
cheaper to run. Consultation within Nether Heyford as to type, style, and placement
of new lighting will be announced, hopefully via the new website.
Nether Heyford Parish Council have a somewhat neglected website, and it has
become normal to communicate and allow communication, in the 21st century, so
that everyone knows what is going on. With this in mind, the Parish Council will be
working with Mr Jez Wilson, to ensure the creation of a new website, that will be fit
for purpose, and accessible to all.
I would like to thank, Mr Guy Ravine, Parish Clerk, for his excellent services, and
patience. Also the enthusiastic, forward thinking and progressive members of
Nether Heyford Parish Council.
There are still vacancies on the Parish Council, please give serious thought to
Chairman – Nether Heyford Parish Council
For further useful information about Nether Heyford Parish Council and full contact details for the clerk and the councillors please visit our Nether Heyford Parish Council page.
Nether Heyford has a Parish Council of 9 members and a Parish Clerk. The Council meets in the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom (situated between the Village Hall and the Baptist Chapel overlooking the green) on the first Monday of each month at 7.30 pm (unless stated otherwise and notified via The Prattler and village noticeboards)
Agendae for full Parish Council and for Committee Meetings are posted on the Notice board next to the Post Box and The Village Hall three days prior to the meeting.
Members of the public and the press are welcome to attend and can take the opportunity to raise issues with the Council at the beginning of the meeting. The District Councillors and the County Councillor generally attend, and the local PCSO sometimes attends.
The responsibilities of the Council are varied and include the provision of the following services:
– The Green
– The War Memorial
– Seating & litter bins
– Street lighting
– Grass cutting – via Agency agreement with Northants County Council
– Litter picking and provision and maintenance of dog bins
– Making environmental improvements as and when thought appropriate
– Liaising with the county council on highway safety and repair
– Liaising with the county council on public transport matters affecting the parish
– Liaising with the county council on the state of footpaths and other rights of way
– Liaising with the police on matters of concern within the parish
– Considering and commenting on planning applications within the parish and on major planning applications in neighbouring parishes
– Making grants to village organisations from council funds
Annual Parish Meeting
All Parish Councils in England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting between 1st March and 30th June each year. The meeting allows the Council and local community organisations to explain what they have been doing over the last year and electors can have their say on anything which they consider is important to the people of the parish.
Who may Attend?
Anyone may attend but only registered electors may ask questions. An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the people of Nether Heyford – this will be welcomed and it is the whole purpose of the meeting.
Who will chair the meeting?
Normally the Chairperson of the Parish Council will chair the meeting otherwise the meeting will elect a Chairperson from amongst those electors present.
Will Parish Councillors be there?
Usually they do attend and will speak as necessary but the purpose of the meeting is to enable the electors to have their say. Councillors will listen and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.
Can I suggest Agenda items?
Yes, just get them to the Clerk to the Parish Council or come along to the meeting and raise the item then.
Are Minutes taken?
Yes – they are published in the monthly village newspaper The Prattler and displayed on the village notice boards.
Parish Council – Main Contact:
Clerk to the Parish Council
Address: c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 01327 340410
Parish Council – Councillors:
Address: 19 The Green
Responsibilities: Chairman, Planning, Finance.
Telephone: 07779 900860
Address: The Foresters Arms, The Green
Responsibilities: Canal Matters, Planning
Address: 1A Roberts Field
Responsibilities: Village Hall Rep, Youth Club, Vice Chair, Finance
Telephone: 07967 753216
Address: 3 Church Lane
Responsibilities: Allotments, Playing Field
Telephone: 01327 341707
Address: 8 South View
Responsibilities: Joint Burial Board
Telephone: 01327 349072
Mobile: 07763 244065
Address: 30 Weedon Road
Responsibilities: Tree Warden, Planning, Joint Burial Board
Telephone: 01327 340167
Address: 25 Wakefield Way
Responsibilities: Arnold Trust, School Governors
Telephone: 01327 341180
Address: 7 Close Road
Responsibilities: Allotments, Planning
Address: 26 Church Street
Responsibilities: Planning and Finance
Pot Holes / Road Markings / Street Lighting / Broken Pavements / Grit Bins / Road Gritting
The County Council’s Highways Department will only deal with problems that have been reported on Northamptonshire County Council The Street Doctor website. Alternatively, phone 0300 126 1000 and ask for Streetdoctor.
All the streetlights in the village belong to the Parish Council so if any are faulty please phone the Clerk, Mr Guy Ravine on 01327 340410.
South Northants County Council, Towcester, Northamptonshire
The Great British Spring Clean is back!
Take part in Nether Heyford’s annual Clean-up on the weekend of 30th and 31st March 2019.
Last year, volunteers collected over 31 bags of rubbish, let’s see what we can do this year. Let us just hope the weather is better!
If you would like to join us, please let us know so we can plan the event and arrange the locations
Join the dedicated Facebook group:
Be part of the pick
30th and 31st March 2019
“We are calling on #LitterHeroes across the country to help improve the environment on their doorstep. We’re aiming to inspire 500,000 people to join forces – in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government – to collect and safely dispose of single-use plastic from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.
So join us, as we prepare to stand together and declare that single-use plastic litter – which degrades the beauty of our environment and threatens to harm wildlife – is not acceptable.”