The Prattler – February 2020

The Prattler is run by an active voluntary committee comprising of Sue Boutle,
Christine Watts, Vicki Hamblin, Jez Wilson, Nick Essex, Richard Musson and
Mary Rice. If you would like to submit articles or have any suggestions for future
issues, please contact us.

The Newspaper is supported by donations from the Parish Council, the Parish
Church, the Baptist Church, Heyford W.I., Heyford Gardening Club, Heyford
Singers, the Bowls Club, the Village Hall and Heyford Picturedrome as well as
our advertisers.

We have also recently received a grant from the One Stop Shop to help with
printing costs over the next few months.

One_StopThanks are also due to the volunteers who distribute it every month.

 

 

Nether Heyford Neighbourhood Watch 2020

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Nether Heyford & Upper Heyford Neighbourhood Watch 2020

NEW scheme revival for 2020

New Coordinator (Jez Wilson @ The Prattler)

New Deputy Coordinator (Sue Boutle @ The Prattler) 

New larger geographical area includes the full parish areas of Nether Heyford & Upper Heyford

The scheme is open to village residents only and all applications should be made online: www.ourwatch.org.uk/scheme/25380/nether-heyford-and-upper-heyford

Neighbourhood Watch itself began life in the UK over 30 years ago in response to rising crime, but today, as times change, it covers all aspects of keeping safe.

In 1983, Northamptonshire Police set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme which was seen as one of the first in the country. Five years later, in 1988, the Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Watch Association was formed to establish and run the scheme as an independent organisation.

Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary crime prevention group in the country. It is based on the idea of communities coming together to reduce crime and increase community cohesion.

Nether Heyford has a long history of having a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and indeed supported Northamptonshire Police with a scheme from the early beginnings in the 1980’s.

Since then there have been the following developments:

1995:  CrimeStoppers 0800 555 111
The Community Action Trust that began in 1988 with a simple phone line to report crime anonymously became CrimeStoppers  a National Freephone number 0800 555 111 available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. crimestoppers-uk.org

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2007: “Neighbourhood Watch” becomes a National Organisation
Neighbourhood Watch representatives formed local, county and regional groups and in 2007 with the support of the police and the Home Office the first national umbrella organisation for the movement was established. www.ourwatch.org.uk

2011: National freephone number 101 is launched for reporting non-emergency incidents.
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2015: Northamptonshire Police launch new ability to report crimes online www.northants.police.uk

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2017: Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alerts – Email subscription service for crime reports from across the county. www.northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk

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2017: “Neighbourhood Watch” became “Neighbourhood Watch Network” a Charitable Incorporated Organisation www.ourwatch.org.uk

2018: A Facebook group was set up Nether Heyford Neighbourhood Watch it’s aim to notify people of incidents which are happening in and around Nether & Upper Heyford.

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2019: New Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)
Nether Heyford Parish Council funds a new PCSO for the village. PCSO Matt Taylor also serves as PCSO for the neighbouring village Bugbrooke.

2020: Nether Heyford Neighbourhood Watch scheme
The 2020 scheme revival is a fresh start for the village “Neighbourhood Watch Register” and expands the scheme area to include the complete parish area and Upper Heyford. Also completely linking together with the Facebook group, Northants Neighbourhood Watch, The Parish Council, The PCSO and The Prattler.

The scheme is open to village residents only and all applications should be made online: www.ourwatch.org.uk/scheme/25380/nether-heyford-and-upper-heyford

Village Benefits:

People join Neighbourhood Watch for many different reasons, whether it is to improve safety around their home or to become part of a group and meet new people. It is widely regarded that being part of Neighbourhood Watch can:

  • Reduce / prevent local crime and disorder
  • Reduce fear of crime
  • Protect the vulnerable and elderly
  • Safeguard property
  • Address issues relating to anti social behaviour
  • Create safer neighbourhoods
  • Build community spirit and cohesion
  • Reassure members of the public
  • Enhance partnership working with other community groups
  • Assist in the detection and apprehension of criminals through members providing information to the police
  • Improve quality of life and the local environment

Member Benefits:

  • Email alerts of crimes and issues affecting Nether Heyford, Upper Heyford and the surrounding areas.
  • Crime prevention advice to help protect your family and belongings.
  • Latest information on current scams and criminal activity in the area.
  • “No Cold Calling” and “Neighbourhood Watch Area” stickers and advice leaflets available.
  • Opportunity to help vulnerable village residents to help tackle loneliness in the community.
  • Join the register of community residents who may be called upon in times of national emergency.

New 2020:

  1. A new coordinator (Jez Wilson @ The Prattler)
  2. A new deputy coordinator (Sue Boutle @ The Prattler)
  3. The geographical area of the scheme has been increased to include everyone inside the parish boundary up to the A5, Heyford Mill and the village of Upper Heyford.HeyfordWatchArea
  4. Previous members who signed up online via the website have been contacted and are considered members of the new 2020 scheme. Theses members are in the process of being verified by the coordinator to establish continuation of membership or if they have moved from the area.
  5. Previous members of the village scheme who signed up at meetings or via the telephone/post/visits are no longer recorded as official scheme members and the member list no longer exists. Theses members are encouraged to sign up again online [The scheme must hold all membership details within the the official system/website/database in order to comply with all areas of General Data Protection Regulation.]
  6. The previously unofficial Facebook Group Nether Heyford Neighbourhood Watch now becomes an official scheme news channel with the new NHW scheme coordinator (Jez Wilson @ The Prattler) as Facebook group admin.

It’s aim to notify people of incidents which are happening in and around Nether & Upper Heyford. The group now has over 400 members with 15 volunteer moderators from the village helping to reacting quickly and maintain the integrity and rules of the group. Anyone can join to follow/share/comment on anything that’s happening in Nether Heyford and Upper HeyfordThe Facebook group welcomes all new members who agree to the small number of rules, its a good opportunity to stay up to date for those who have family and friends in the village or have an active interest in the area. All members of the Facebook group are very much appreciated and all views, posts, shares and comments are all important to the overall success of the official village scheme.

It should be noted that being a member of the NHNW Facebook group doesn’t mean membership of the official Nether Heyford & Upper Heyford Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

The scheme is open to village residents only and all applications should be made online: www.ourwatch.org.uk/scheme/25380/nether-heyford-and-upper-heyford

 

Parish Council – December 2019 Meeting

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The December meeting was held as normal on Monday 6th in the  Baptist Chapel Schoolroom.

Like all Council meetings it was open to the public.

Reports from the District and County Councillors: A report from Cllr Brown was read out, explaining that progress towards Unitary authorities was on hold due to the current political situation. He also gave details of NCC’s draft budget consultation. Cllr PB also referred to the uncertainty regarding the initiation of the Unitaries because of the General Election. He gave details of the refuse collections over the holiday period.

Public Participation: Mrs Matthews expressed concerns over the situation regarding flooding in Watery Lane and in support of the proposals of the highways department to alleviate it.

PCSO:  was felt to be doing a good job, and was visible and friendly.

Streetlights: Lights outside the Baptist Chapel, 15 watery lane, between Bliss Close and the Luddle, and Rolfe Cresc. all to be reported as out.

Roads and pavements: Poor condition generally. Conifers in South View had been cut.

The Green and Play Area: The Green was felt to be in good order. CK felt more trees were needed, AW wondered whether sponsoring would be popular. Play Area inspected and no problems.

Playing Fields: Netball Court had been started.

Trees: Churchyard and Green pollarding to be done in early New Year.

Allotments: Wildlife area progressing well. Pond being developed. 5 Allotments free.

Footpaths: Very muddy in the exceptionally wet weather.

Churchyard: Hedges trimmed, wall in good order.

Canal: MB reported the dog mess situation had improved.

Joint Burial Board: Fallon name plate details to be kept on file. 3 recent interments.

Youth Club: All going well. PCSO had visited to introduce himself.

Defibrillators: Both checked and in order.

To reconsider the situation regarding kerbs in Watery Lane. Discussion took place about the reasons for the problems in Watery Lane and about the proposed solutions from Highways, who recommended raising the dropped kerbs on the residential side of the road opposite the allotments, and dropping the kerb on the allotments side by 1 ½ – 2 inches over a 3 metre length. Highways have the funding to do the work. Resolved To support the Highways plan.
Resolved. To purchase a Sand Bin for placing in the area, and later to purchase sand and bags when it is installed.

To consider the provision of an office. This was a long term project, deferred for the present.

Church roof/Alarm. Council considered a contribution towards funding for a replacement steel roof, and an alarm system. It was felt an immediate contribution could be made, and further assistance given if required. Resolved. £1000 to be contributed towards the replacement roofing.

To consider removing the Memorial Green hedge. Resolved. To remove the hedge.

To consider signing the Armed Forces covenant. Resolved. To sign the covenant.

Grants Policy – to adopt. Deferred.

Neighbourhood Plan – No report on progress due to the illness of Mrs Corner.

To consider the recommendations of the Finance committee regarding the 2020/21 Precept. In light of the decisions at the meeting it was felt better to defer acceptance of the Finance Committee recommendations until January.

ACRE Village Awards 2020 – Resolved. To support the Village Hall Management application to be put in by Alwyne Wilson.

PDF of Full Minutes December 2019

Reporting Highway and Footpath Issues. The Clerk will report issues that Council is made aware of, but Council would encourage residents to use the FixMyStreet service to report issues themselves as there will then be no time lag and first-hand reports are almost always better than 2nd or 3rd hand reports. The service can be found here: www.fixmystreet.com 

It is easy to use; you can have your own account and can check up on any issues you have reported.

Council meetings take place on the first Monday of each month (unless there is a Bank Holiday)

Clerk to the Parish Council: Guy Ravine, c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 07935 931787
Email: netherheyfordparishcouncil@gmail.com

Next Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting will be on the first Monday of the month at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom at 7.30 pm and is, like all Parish Council meetings, open to all Parishioners.

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.

Parish Council – November 2019 Meeting

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The November 4th meeting was held as normal in the  Baptist Chapel Schoolroom.

Like all Council meetings it was open to the public.

Flooding: We have been subject to heavy rain again, and the village has largely escaped the problems it has caused elsewhere in the County, and other parts of the Country. The lane between the Heyfords had to be closed for a time, and while that is inconvenient it is better to have the water there than elsewhere in the village.

Public Participation: Jo Dixon informed Council that the Tennis Club was fundraising towards a target, and had been applying to Sport England for funding, but that they wanted to deal with the owners of the land, so she asked Council whether they would accept contact from Sport England.

Mrs Reeves felt that Council should thank Mr Arnold for all his efforts on behalf of the village in regard to flood alleviation. The Chair thanked Mr Arnold on behalf of the Parish Council. Mr Arnold said that a great deal of work had been done, and that it had helped improve the situation regarding flooding.

Reports: Roads and pavements. The sign on Hillside road by the Green had been knocked over. Clerk to follow up regarding the signs that need painting.

The Green and Play Area: It was felt that the hedge on the Memorial Green should either be replanted or removed as it was in poor condition. Decision deferred to the next meeting.

It was resolved to allow the Heyford Singers to hold “Carols on the Green” on the Green in December, and resolved to give a grant towards expenses to the Heyford singers.

The Fair was supposed to be coming in September but had not done because of poor weather.

Playing Fields: It was resolved that Council to approach Sport England on behalf of
the Tennis Club, and to accept funding.

Trees: The hedge in the jitty between the Memorial Green and Church Street was in need of attention. It would be checked to see who owns it.

Allotments: A report on expenditure was given and additional funding requested in next years precept. Mr Thorneycroft had asked for assurances that schoolchildren would be allowed to enter the new playing field through the allotments and was concerned that a gate had been chained and padlocked. It was not clear who had done this. The hedge between the water pumping station and the allotments was in need of attention.

Canal: It was reported that volunteers were doing many minor jobs.

Youth Club: to seek Quotes for external lighting so children could stay outside longer.

Defibrillators: In good order.

Neighbourhood Plan: A report on expenditure was given and a request for additional funding made to cover work on site assessment. Any money left over would be returned.

The Housing Needs survey would be distributed shortly, with a return date of 29th November. Part 1 would be filled in by all, Part 2 would be for those who intended to move or downsize in the next 5 years.

Precept Meeting: will take place on November 28th and set the budget for the next
financial year. Village organisations wishing to apply for funding must apply by
November 25th at the latest.

Reporting Highway and Footpath Issues. The Clerk will report issues that Council is made aware of, but Council would encourage residents to use the FixMyStreet service to report issues themselves as there will then be no time lag and first-hand reports are almost always better than 2nd or 3rd hand reports. The service can be found here: www.fixmystreet.com 

It is easy to use; you can have your own account and can check up on any issues you have reported.

Council meetings take place on the first Monday of each month (unless there is a Bank Holiday)

Clerk to the Parish Council: Guy Ravine, c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 07935 931787
Email: netherheyfordparishcouncil@gmail.com

Next Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting will be on the first Monday of the month at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom at 7.30 pm and is, like all Parish Council meetings, open to all Parishioners.

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.

The Prattler – December 2019

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The Prattler is run by an active voluntary committee comprising of Sue Boutle, Christine Watts, Vicki Hamblin, Jez Wilson, Nick Essex, Richard Musson and Mary Rice. If you would like to submit articles or have any suggestions for future issues, please get in touch.

The Newspaper is supported by donations from the Parish Council, the Parish Church, the Baptist Church, Heyford W.I., Heyford Garden Club, Heyford Singers, the Bowls Club, the Village Hall and Heyford Picturedrome as well as the advertisers.

Thanks are also due to the volunteers who distribute it every month.

Please note that this issue covers December and January. The next issue will be available on 1 February 2020.

In the meantime, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.

New Village Playground Area – Your help is needed

New Village Playground Area – Your help is needed

After years of hard service our Village Play area is getting a bit “tired” and is now in need of some major renovation work.

In view of this your Parish Council have taken the decision to use this as an opportunity to completely revise the whole thing.

We are planning a completely new Play Park that in addition to meeting the needs of younger children -as is the present case, will also cater for children into their teens. It is also hoped to put some “Outdoor Gym” type of equipment in place that can be used by all of us.

Right now we need to form a group who will work to plan and bring the project to fruition.

We already have three Parish Councillors prepared to work on this. Ideally we need two to three members of our community who are in touch with the needs of the proposed Play area users and who have vision, skill and ideas needed to complete a workgroup of six who will bring this plan to fruition.

We believe that we could have identified a source of funding. We have timescale to get the whole project finished by the beginning the next School Summer Holiday. We need to get going as soon as possible if this is to come together.

If you feel you have the vision, time and skills to be a part of this please contact either:

Dave Musson – Joint Project Leader –  davemusson073@gmail.com
Lesley Dilkes – thedilkesfamily@outlook.com

The Prattler – November 2019

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The Prattler is run by an active voluntary committee comprising of Sue Boutle, Christine Watts, Vicki Hamblin, Jez Wilson, Nick Essex, Richard Musson and Mary Rice. If you would like to submit articles or have any suggestions for future issues, please get in touch.

The Newspaper is supported by donations from the Parish Council, the Parish Church, the Baptist Church, Heyford W.I., Heyford Garden Club, Heyford Singers and Heyford Picturedrome as well as the advertisers.

Thanks are also due to the volunteers who distribute it every month.