Welcome to Boddington

by Alan Sheers by Barry Boswell by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Alan Sheers by Barry Boswell by Barry Boswell

Welcome to Boddington Parish website.

Boddington consists of two villages, Upper and Lower Boddington on the Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire borders.

Pictures provided by members of Badby Photo Club

pictures for anti hs2 campaign

I have suggested to the Magazine "Four Shires",[http://www.fourshires.co.uk/] that they may want to do a photo spread on what will be OUR lost Beautiful Countryside should HS2 be built and that readers and others s_ubmit their own photographs to show their local areas that will be lost. I am glad to say they have decided to make a request in their August Magazine for photographsto be submitted for putting into the September or October Magazine. Either buy a copy, or go on line for final details, or phone Jeremy Wilton Editor on 01295273138.

If HS2 is built, it is essential to show what the countryside looked like before the bulldozers move inand it is also hoped that by showing MP's and others what will be destroyed, they may just think twice before ruining the Countryside we live and work in.

Any help you can give please would be really appreciated, so get your Camera out and whilst it is nice and warm go and take some beautiful pictures of the place we live in and that we may well lose.

Pictures to be sent to
http://www.fourshires.co.uk/ FTAOJeremy Wilton by email or post. No payment will be made for the picture and it may be used to present to MP's during the Petitioning period, or any other time to prevent HS2 despoiling our magnificent Countryside.

Any further questions please contact me on either 01327 261121 - 07557225964 or by email.

Kind Regards

Peter Deeley
Chair SNAG [South Northants Action Group against HS2]

Voter registration is changing

More than 60,000 letters were sent to south Northamptonshire residents this week informing them of the biggest shake-up of how they register to vote.

As part of a nationwide initiative to help reduce electoral fraud and improve accountability, the Government has launched the Individual Electoral Registration system, known as IER, which makes every eligible voter responsible for registering themselves to vote.

Previously each household across the UK received a single form asking for details of all eligible voters within the property, but this will now be replaced by the new system which will write to every voter individually.

James Doble, South Northants Council’s (SNC) deputy electoral registration officer, said: “The Government is rolling out the new IER system across the UK.

“For the vast majority of eligible voters, they will not need to do anything as they will automatically have had their details transferred from the old system, to the new one.

“However, for about 9,000 residents in south Northants they will need to provide some or all of their details and for the first time ever, this can be done online or over the phone.

“All they need is to s_ubmit this information along with their date of birth and national insurance number.”

Where possible, the Government has automatically transferred eligible electors by matching personal details against those held by the Department for Work and Pensions.

In this instance, individuals will receive a letter from SNC advising them they will not need to do anything further.

In south Northants, about 60,000 of the district’s eligible voters have been matched.

The remaining 9,000 voters will receive a letter advising them that their details were not able to be confirmed.

If this occurs, residents need to go online or call SNC to provide their information. A national insurance number and date of birth will be required.

Residents who have not received any letter by the end of July should register their details online or submit them over the phone.

Mr Doble added: “This new system will make every person responsible for their own registration and will make it harder for people to defraud the system by submitting false details.

“It is important every eligible voter ensures they are included on the electoral register as this is used to provide credit checks for mortgages, credit cards and mobile phone contracts.

“If residents fail to submit their details, they could have any of these applications refused and receive a poor credit rating."

Residents are being advised to check their letters and contact the SNC immediately if there are any errors including letters which are sent to people who no longer live at their address.

For more information, or to register details online visit - www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or call 01327 322128.


Shoemaker goes to War exhibit

A Shoemaker goes to War exhibition

2nd August -9 November

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery


This exhibition will look at the stories of some of the shoemakers who fought in the first world war and the impact on Northamptonshire’s shoe industry as well as those they left behind.

Produced in partnership with the Northamptonshire Regimental Association and the Northamptonshire Yeomanry Association.

credit unions come to county

Press Release

Credit Union comes to south Northamptonshire

A not-for-profit Credit Union that will give south Northamptonshire residents an alternative to the high street banks will be launched in Towcester next week.

Not only can savers earn dividends from their deposits with the Northamptonshire Credit Union (NCU) but those about to be move onto the Universal Credit system might find it easier to manage their finances.

The NCU will provide savings and loans services and deposits can be made direct from a salary, benefits, Standing Order and PayPoint.

The NCU will be launched by South Northants Council (SNC) and South Northants Homes (SNH) on Wednesday, 16 July at Towcester Recreation Ground off Islington Road between 3pm and 5pm.

The launch marks the expansion of the Northamptonshire Credit Union which was started in 1997 by Northampton Borough Council’s payroll department to help council workers.

Councillor Ian McCord, SNC’s portfolio holder for resources said: “The County’s Credit Union was set up by local people who recognised the need for an alternative financial services provider which exists to provide a fair service for everybody.

“We also recognise the changes to Universal Credit will present new challenges for some and this will provide them with a range of financial services backed by their local authority.”

SNH Assistant Director, Housing Services, Gill Higginson, said: “We are delighted the new Credit Union will give our customers a safe and secure way to budget and save and when necessary borrow. It’s an excellent addition to our existing money and benefits advice services.”

It is hoped as many people as possible will attend the launch and sign up for an account, and SNC’s partners at SNH have been leafleting their residents.

A bouncy castle and a face painter will also be on hand to keep children busy while their parents learn about the scheme and sign up.

The national Illegal Money Lending Team will also be sending their Loan Shark performer to illustrate the fact that the NCU will also provide an alternative to less scrupulous money lenders.

NCU is a membership organisation, which is owned and run by its members and unlike the high street banks, it does not have any private shareholders influencing what it does.

Anyone living or working in Northamptonshire or the Cherwell district of North Oxfordshire can join.

All members have the same rights, including the right to stand for election to the Board of Directors, and can influence the way the organisation is run.

More than one million people in Britain are already members of a credit union and worldwide the CU movement has over £1.5 trillion of assets.

For more information visit the NCU website - www.northamptonshirecu.co.uk.

commemeration of WW1

LIGHTS OUT – South Northamptonshire remembers

It is hoped as many people as possible in south Northamptonshire will join the rest of the country in a shared moment of reflection next month to mark the 100 years since the declaration of World War One.

On Monday, 4 August residents and businesses across the country will be switching off their lights for an hour at 10pm leaving alight only a solitary candle or lamp.

The initiative organised by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) mirrors the famous remark attributed to the then Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time."

Blackouts are more commonly associated with the blitz of World War Two, but Brian Giggins of the Towcester and District Local History Society (TDLHS) said they were also a significant factor during the first Great War.

He said: “Shop keepers in Towcester were being brought before the courts for letting their lights shine across the road; it might allow enemy Zeppelins to locate where they were and those regulations covered the whole area.

“The threat of Zeppelin attack was taken very seriously and we actually had two bombs dropped from a Zeppelin fall on Field Burcote near Greens Norton. Thankfully they didn’t explode.”

Councillor Peter Rawlinson, Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council said: “We are fully supportive of the Armed Forces and the Royal British Legion, and promoting LIGHTS OUT for the DCMS is just a continuation of that support.

“Brackley Town Council and Brackley Royal British Legion will also hold a procession at 7.30pm from the War Memorial at St John’s Chapel down to the Market Square and I’m sure communities across district will be doing similar things to mark this solemn occasion.”

Part of 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, LIGHTS OUT has invited artists to create large-scale, site-specific artworks at locations across the UK.

A digital artwork will also be commissioned in response to LIGHTS OUT.

If you intend to take part in LIGHTS OUT visitwww.1418now.org.uk and click on the sign up tab at the top of the homepage.

The Towcester history society has collated a calendar of events to mark the centenary including a lecture by Mr Giggins on Thursday, 25 September. For more details visit theTDLHS website.

Please consider fire safety when using candles and never leave them unattended.

Skate Board sessions

Press Release

Date: 27 May 2014

Issue: SNCPR2486

For Immediate Release

Summer Skate Park Sessions in Brackley

Young people will have fun and learn some exciting new skills during a series of skate park sessions in Brackley this summer.

Delivered by qualified instructors from Team Rubicon, these sessions are for young people aged 11 – 19 and cost only £1.

This money will be put towards a new permanent skate park facility in Brackley.

There is also a chance to take part in a number of graffiti art workshops that run alongside the skate park sessions.

Councillor Rosie Herring, SNC’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing said: “We know there are some keen skateboarders in and around Brackley and here is a chance for them to improve their skills and have fun at the same time.”

There is no need to book, just turn up on the night with your scooter, bike or skateboard as per each session - helmets must be worn.

Please note sessions are outdoors within the grounds of Brackley Leisure Centre in Springfield Ways, and will not run if it is raining.

The schedule is: Skate Jam Event on Thursday, 29 May between 2pm and 6pm, Scooter session on Friday, 13 June between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, Skateboard session plus graffiti art on Friday, 27 June between 7.30pm and 9.30p, a Scooter session on Friday, 11 July between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, Skateboard and graffiti art session on Friday, 25 July between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, a BMX session on Friday, 8 August between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, with a Skate Finale (skateboard, scooter, BMX and graffiti art) on Friday, 22 August between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

For more information call 01280 705525 or visit the Brackley Skate Plaza Facebook page.

For press enquiries contact:
Gavin Moore
Press and Communications Officer
South Northamptonshire Council
01327 322312

Nordic walking

Nordic Walking course in Towcester

There will be a chance for south Northants residents to tone up for summer as a Nordic Walking course strolls into Towcester.

After successful courses held at Salcey Forest and Brackley, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) is giving people in the Towcester area the chance to learn how take part in the low impact, whole body form of exercise.

Delivered by a fully qualified Instructor the courseis suitable for people who want to try something new and is specifically aimed at the complete beginner to the Nordic walking technique.

Nordic Walking instructor Becki Simpson is also Physiotherapist and is happy for people with a mobility problem to join the group.

She added: “Now would be the perfect time to take up Nordic Walking to tone up for the summer.

“But itdoesn't just help with weight loss; it can also help increase mobility and reduce pain.

“One gentleman in our group has lost a significant amount of weight and has also seen improvements to his diabetes and general health.

“And all these health benefits area available in a friendly and relaxing environment.”

The course, which starts from the Recreation Ground off Islington Road, willdemonstrate the correct Nordic walking technique and itconsists of four one-hour weekly sessions between 10am and 11am starting Saturday, 7 June.

The course costs £25 per person and includes the use of specialist poles.

To enrol on to this course, please contact Colin Hull on 01327 322337 or emailcolin.hull@southnorthants.gov.uk

For press enquiries contact:
Gavin Moore
Press and Communications Officer
South Northamptonshire Council

01327 322312

Parish Council HS2 Response

Please see the attached response by the parish council to the HS2 Environmental Statement.

The photographic file is available to view through Peter Deeley at Boddington Parish Council, along with a paper version of the ES Response

HS2 Consultation

Consultation on the Environmental Statement Notice
Please see attached notice

The deadline for responding to the consultation on the Environmental Statement for Phase One of the high speed raid project is extended to midnight on 27th February 2014.

For instruction on how to submit responses, please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-one-environmental-statement

Notice from SNDC

Don’t fall foul of the law

Christmas is a time to share but one thing not at the top of Santa’s list is dog mess. Dog owners in the district are being reminded by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) to ‘bag and bin’ any dog mess when they are out and about in public places.

Most dog owners are responsible and pick up after their dog, but for those that don’t they are breaking the law as dog faeces pose a public health risk. If a council officer witnesses a dog owner not picking up they may be liable to a fixed-penalty fine of £75. If the fine is not paid the owner could be fined up to £1,000 plus court costs.

Members of the public can help reduce dog fouling in the area in which they live by contacting the environmental protection team on 01327 322323 or filling in an online form. It is important to include the name and address of the person in charge of the dog if known, a description of the dog plus the date, time and place of the offence.

If fouling occurs at regular times it may be possible for an officer to witness the fouling and take the necessary action.

Dog owners should always take a poop scoop or bags with them to use to clean up after their dog. The waste can be put in any public bin, not just the designated dog waste bins. Some owners take the trouble to wrap the dog mess in a plastic bag, but then leave it at the side of the path. This is a littering offence and if the offender is found guilty in the Magistrate’s Court the fine could increase to £2,500 plus costs, and they will get a criminal record.

Councillor Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “Thoughtless dog owners are not only spoiling other people’s enjoyment of our streets and countryside but also threatening public health and giving responsible dog owners a bad name. For this irresponsible minority the message is clear – they risk being prosecuted.

“Those who choose to disregard our repeated pleas should remember that serious illnesses such as ‘Toxocariasis’ can be contracted from dog faeces and this condition can lead to blindness.”

Here are a few tips for dog owners:

• Train the dog to go in the garden, if you have one. You can then bury the mess or clean it up and bin it

• If you walk your dog always carry the means to clear up after them. A simple plastic bag will do the trick or buy a poop scoop from a local pet shop

• You can also buy biodegradable plastic ‘doggy bags’ from our council offices at Springfields in Towcester or phone 01327 322323. The cost of these bags is just £6 for 300. Similar bags can be purchased from other retailers

• Remember to take a bag or poop-scoop with you, just in the way you would with your dog’s lead

• Every time your dog fouls, bag it and bin it

• Take the poop scoop home and dispose of it there or use a bin if available and remember rain does not wash the problem away

• Never let your dog out alone to ‘go to the loo’

• Worm your dog. Virtually all puppies are born with the toxocara infection which can cause blindness in humans. They may need to be wormed at two, four, six and eight weeks and thereafter every two months, depending on the worming product. Check details with your vet.

To report someone for failing to clean up after their dog call the council’s environmental protection team on 01327 322323, or visitwww.southnorthants.gov.uk/998 to report online.

Pest Control

Please find attached a current list of the charges for South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) pest control service. You may be interested to note that we now advise and treat for squirrels and moles which can be a particularly troublesome pest.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Business Support Team on 01327 322323 or at EnvironmentAdmin@southnorthants.gov.uk who will be pleased to deal with your enquiry. 

Boddington Pre-School

From September Boddington Pre-school is open for the following times:

  • Tuesday 8.15 - 15.15
  • Wednesday 8.30 - 15.15
  • Thursday 8.30-14.15
Children staying for the longer sessions need to bring lunch with them.  For further information please e:mail boddingtonpreschool@gmail.com

Toddlers and Babies

From September Toddlers and Babies will meet on Fridays upstairs in the Village Hall during term time 9.30 - 11 am.  Everyone is welcome; please come along for a cuppa and a chat with friends while your little ones play.

Care Services Directory

Finding care is made easier in Northamptonshire

The new 2013 Northamptonshire Care Services Directory is now available. The Directory is packed with useful editorial that explains all available care options and includes comprehensive listings of care providers for residential care or care in your own home. There is also guidance on paying for care and what financial assistance is available from the Government.

Robert Chamberlain, Publisher of the Care Choices Directories, comments ‘When choosing care you should be armed with the most up-to-date information to help you decide which kind of care is most suitable, who will provide it and how it is to be funded. The Care Services Directory is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering long term care’.

If you want to speak to someone about care options, funding, accessing services or other care-related questions you may have, call this directory’s free helpline on 0800 38 92 077. The friendly operators can give you more information, talk through any queries and provide you with a shortlist of care homes, in your chosen location, that meet specific care needs.

To receive a free copy of the Northamptonshire Care Services Directory 2013 simply call the Adult Care Team on 0300 126 1000.

It is also available in e-book format with a spoken word option viawww.carechoices.co.uk


Notes to editor

  • Care Choices Ltd was established in 1993 and is a leading publisher of care directories for Councils across the UK.

  • The listings of care providers contained in Care Choices’ publications are supplied by the regulatory body Care Quality Commission.

  • Northamptonshire County Council are a distributor of the Care Choices Directory which is available free of charge to members of the public.

local buses - County Connect

Northamptonshire's County Connect local bus service comes highly recommended by parishioners.

This service will take you from any designated pick up point to any other in town of village. You must make a booking to use this service.

To use you must register, it is free, either call 0845 456 4474 or log on to www.county-connect.co.uk, you will then get a welcome pack with more details. The service does not operate on Sundays or bank holidays, it works on Mon - Fri 7am - 7pm, and Sat 8am - 6pm. You can travel as often as you like.

If you want to have a local bus service then please think about registering for this one. Please pass the phone number on to anyone who is not on line.

Thank you

Village Networks

Free independent advice and support for residents living in Boddington and surrounding villages:

  • Do you have concerns on welfare benefits - what you might be eligible for and how to claim?
  • Do you want confidential advice on debt or other money matters?
  • Do you want suggestions on ways of reducing your household bills?
  • Are you interested in volunteering an would you like to know about local opportunities?
  • Would you like job-seeking advice and support?
Voluntary Neworks is a lottery funded project managed by the South Northants Volunteer Bureau which operates a network of experts providing free, independent advice and support to residents across South Northamptonshire.

If you require any help please download the form here - circle as appropriate - and post to Village Networks, Volunteer Centre, Moat Lane, Towcester NN12 6AD.  For further information call Village Networks on 01327 358264 or e:mail villagenetworks@snvb.org.uk

Please note...

Post Office and Cafe

The new outreach Post Office service is now available in the Village Hall on a Tuesday afternoon (2pm-4pm) and on a Friday morning (10am-12am). On the Friday morning there is also a cafe so please come in and have a drink - a piece of scrummy cake or even just a chat!

Volunteer Minibus

South Northants Volunteer Bureau Minibus is a minibus with driver for hire by community groups.  Groups can apply for membership and once approved can hire the minibus for trips, excursions and events.  Details on www.snvb.org.uk click on minibus.  Or contact Nick King on 353321 or email him on nick@snvb.org.uk

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