Parish Council – May 2019 Meeting


The May 2019 meeting of Nether Heyford Parish Council was held on the 7th, at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom

PCSO agreement. The new PCSO that we share with Bugbrooke made his first
report to the Parish Council, and went through a list of crimes and problems
encountered in the village. He has made great efforts to get involved in the village,
and it is re-assuring to have a regular police presence.

Public Question Time. Cllr DH reported that there was no news on the inception of
unitary Councils. He suspects that there will be an election for a shadow council in
2020, rather than for the Unitary. He fears SNC will lose its best officers because of
the uncertainty. Jill Garratt referred to damage to the road sign at the Flore turn, and
reported that the Furnace Lane village sign was loose. She was concerned that
entrance decoration materials put in place by “Entrypreneurs” might be a problem
for Highways. The Chair thanked her for her efforts.

Since Cllr Harries report, the announcement about LGR has at last been made.
Local Government Reorganisation
The long-awaited announcement came on Tuesday 14th As expected, there will be
two unitary councils, West and North. Vesting Day will be 1 April 2021… 684 days
to go! The announcement was interesting for what it didn’t say. We know that all
parish and town councils in Northamptonshire will hold elections in 2020, but we
don’t know for what term.

VE Day 75
Plans are being put together to celebrate and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of
VE Day. 8 May 1945 was the day peace emerged after nearly six years of war, so
the 75th anniversary on 8 May 2020 represents an important milestone in the
country’s history. VE Day 75, will cover the weekend of 8 – 10 May 2020, and will
be an international celebration of peace – a time to remember, reflect and pay
tribute to the millions who played such a vital part in achieving it.
The planned activities over the weekend are as follows:
• The Playing of Battle’s O’er & VE 75 Years
• The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2
• The Cry for Peace, around the World
• Churches & cathedrals Ringing out for Peace
• Street parties and parties in pubs, and on village greens and in halls etc
• Services of commemoration and celebration in churches, including the reading
of the Tribute to the Millions and the playing of the Last Post

Lights Working Party had nothing to report as Aylesbury Mains were not
responding to queries and requests. Light outside 41 Rolfe Crescent reported out

Quotes to clear the gutters in Furnace Lane between Winston Close and the canal
bridge, and to clear and spray the jitties were accepted.
Clerk had been contacted regarding a memorial bench that had been agreed to in
2017. It was agreed that the Bench could be installed subject to agreement as to the

Playing Fields. Planning permission was being sought for the containers for which
New Homes Bonus money had been requested.

Trees. Permission has been given to pollard Limes in the Churchyard and on the
Green, but it was felt that as the trees were all in leaf now it would be better to do
the work later in the year.

Allotments. It was reported that the shed had been ordered, and would be erected
on May 21st. All rents were now in.

Footpaths. It was reported that wire had been put up along the fence to deter dogs
accessing the water-meadow; the land owner is apparently within his rights to do
this, and has asked dog owners to behave responsibly in the past.

Churchyard. It was reported that cracks in the new North wall had been treated.

Cemetery. Ivy on pines was being treated.

Youth Club. It was reported having to cancel a session for 48 because of lack of
adult helpers, the club needs more adult helpers, and on this occasion was a victim
of its own success.

Internal Auditor report. The Internal Auditor had sent her written report, and has
informed Council that she has no issues to raise.

Roads and Pavements.
Parishioners are reminded that anyone can report a pothole or other highways
problem online to the Fixmystreet service, and this can refer to problems outside the
village too.
Alternatively, phone 0300 126 1000 and ask for Streetdoctor.

Next Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting will be on Monday June 3rd at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom at 7.30 pm and is, like all Parish Council meetings, open to all Parishioners.

Parish Council Notes by the Clerk; Guy Ravine May 2019

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 Baptist Chapel – About Us

Welcome to our Chapel as we celebrate 220 years of its existence. In 1799, a small group of Heyford people first met together regularly for worship in a building belonging to Mr Richard Adams and before that time they attended Castle Hill Chapel in Northampton. Later it seems in 1805, when a Baptist Chapel opened at Bugbrooke the Heyford folks walked or rode on horseback to attend services there.

In 1826 however in an era of industrial development in the village between the opening of the canal (1790’s) and the construction of the railway (1830’s) Baptists were able to establish a presence in Heyford and opened the Chapel here although the link with Bugbrooke remained and the Minister there had charge of both Chapels.

By 1839 there were 76 adults in membership. There were also 24 children and therefore a Sunday school was started. The growth continued and when the Jubilee was celebrated in 1876 over 120 children assembled for a hot dinner in Bliss School. Games were organised for the children in Mr Adam’s Orchard at the rear of the School and later an open air service was held on the Green.

In 1922 Mr Oliver Adams was instrumental in the building of the Schoolroom. The Cost was £838 whereas the Chapel in 1826 had cost £178.

Partly with the benefit of a legacy from Mr A T Cosford in 1962 the Heyford Chapel was able to consider a measure of rebuilding and, in calling a Part time Minister, became independent.

This was the beginning of the ministry of the Rev Harry Whittaker, better known for his work as the Founder Director of the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs. Between then and 2003 there have only been three other ministers; Revd. Frank Lawes, Revd. Michael Jones and Revd. Roy Cave.

In 1963 the Methodist Chapel having opened in 1838, was suffering from dwindling numbers and had to close with its remaining few members transferring to the Baptist Chapel. The two stained glass windows which are at the front of our building were also moved from the Methodist Chapel along with a number of the pews and some panelling which was used to create a vestibule.

Serious Dry rot problems were found in 1984 in the Chapel which it seems were simultaneously affecting the Parish Church. This led to a number of united events in money raising activities.

In the absence of a Minister we are fortunate to have the services of a number of visiting preachers but in particular we are indebted to Mr Martin Buckby for his Ministerial and Pastoral help and his spiritual guidance which has been an inspiration to us all.

We remember with gratitude those who had the faith and vision to build this Chapel and those hundreds of faithful men and women who have kept our doors open for all these years.


Heyford Scout Group – Update April 2019


Scouts, cubs and beavers continue to be busy and active, The Scouts have been doing a lot of work towards badges, with two completed and a third in progress. A camp is planned for the summer.

The Beavers were successful in the Daventry District Handicraft Competition, with 3rd place overall in the Colony Project and a second place in the individual handicraft competition. You can view their certificates on our open Facebook page.

Cubs have been learning about woodwork with the help of a local expert working with the leaders and are planning a joint first aid course with the Youth Club.

Do you have a skill or talent that you might be able to share with some of our young people ? We would be really pleased to hear from anyone who would be interested in working with our leaders for a session or two on this basis.

As always you can contact us through our Heyford Scouts Page on The Prattler, or on Facebook

Nether Heyford Youth Club – Annual Report April 2019


At the end of my first year as Chair, we have had a fabulous year; the youth club continues to go from strength to strength with a steady increase in numbers week on week.

To date we now have 47 children registered of which between 33-35 attend on a regular basis. What is pleasing is that we are having children join from outside the village where there is already a strong Youth Club set up, so we must be doing something right.

We will need to push again for more volunteers to help us on a regular basis as with the present numbers we can only go to 40 before we are pushing our ratios. We set these ratios at what we feel is a safe level to ensure all the children have the time they may need with us. There would be no benefit to any of the children if we were always too busy to spend time with them. Our current ratios level is set at 8:1 which for the ages we run is about average. We currently have 5 leaders with one new lady soon to join, which would give us the ability to take up to 48 children.

We have continued to offer a variety of activities for the sessions, from the reptile lady who brings a selection of animals and other scary creatures, to the art and craft sessions run by both NAYC Richard and Michelle, the children love these sessions and there is always a full table. We have also taken the children roller skating and wall climbing, again another well attended session which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We previously mentioned we continue to receive regular support from NAYC whether it be to deliver arts and crafts or a fun indoor all inclusive activity with Iain. Throughout the year we have been pleased to offer placements for older children who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh awards, we have been really lucky to have had some great seniors who have been fully interacting with the children and I would like to hope that they have gone away having had a very full and inspiring time with us.

We are also ever grateful to the Parish Council who continue to support the Youth Club and are always available to offer support or advice when needed. Throughout the year we have continued to maintain and where possible improve the Youth Club for the future, this year we have had a radiator fitted into the disabled toilet, we have replaced the fire exit door and also had the soffits, guttering and cladding replaced.

It has not all been plain sailing, we still continue to have trouble from the delightful youths in the village, who feel they have the right to abuse our building, I am ever hopeful that once our community police man is in office, he will play a big part in deterring these delightful youths.

We will also be continuing with our gardening contract, which I am confident will continue to see the grounds maintained to a much better standard than previously. We continue to take booking for parties etc, although we are ever conscious of the type of party and the hours they are, as well as the return of the Boxercise classes which are held once a week.

We are also really pleased to see that Autism East Midlands have continued to use the youth club during the half terms for their base and it is nice to see them out and about in our community. From February they will also be running a youth club for children with Autism on a Sunday Morning once a month.

We have also recently welcomed “Hey Babies” a new babies, toddlers and mums group which runs on a Wednesday morning at the Youth Club, we wish them every success.

All in all the youth club continues to thrive and I cannot thank our leaders enough, who always seem to go the extra mile for the children. Therefore big thanks to Lynda, Keiran, Michelle and Adam and all those others who from time to time have given up their evenings to help us out.

Here’s to the next 12 months.

Lesley Dilkes

The popular Nether Heyford Youth Club for ages 6-11, on Monday Evenings (Term Time), run by volunteers and is a non-for-profit making club.

Sessions are 5:30pm-7:00pm and they ask that children are collected by a responsible person during the dark nights.

Telephone: 07967 753216
Clubhouse Address: Roberts Field, NN7 3BE

The Youth Club is also available for private hire.