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

First world war family day

At Royal & Derngate and Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Guildhall Road, NN1 1DP

Come and celebrate the value of community in a time of war with a day of activities at Royal & Derngate and Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

The buildings will be buzzing with indoor and outdoor craft activities, stalls, exhibitions, entertainment, ballroom dancing classes and themed songs from the Royal & Derngate Community Choir, while The Wicked Way Café will serve afternoon tea, a selection of cakes and more, throughout the day.

For more information about the First World War Family Dayclick here or call 01604 624811.

For more information about A Shoemaker Goes To War exhibition please click here.





1914 Fashion Boutique - have your hair done in a vintage style for just £3

Underground 3, Royal & Derngate

A Shoemaker Goes To War Exhibition

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Camera Obscura - Great War Games

Guildhall Courtyard

Outdoor and Indoor Community Stalls

All Venues

Craft Activities

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Edwardian Tea Party

The Wicked Way Cafe, Royal & Derngate

Live Visual Art Exhibition - add your poetry to a visual art installation

Underground 4, Royal & Derngate

& 1pm-2pm

Ballroom & Latin Dance Workshops
(Please book your place in advance by calling Box Office on 01604 624811)

Underground 1 & 2, Royal & Derngate


Liberty Corps Youth Band

Guildhall Courtyard


Ballroom & Latin Dance Demonstration

Guildhall Courtyard


Royal & Derngate Community Choir perform songs from the era

Guildhall Courtyard

Blue badges and bus passes

Subject: Important information regarding blue badges and concessionary bus passes 
 Dear All,

Northamptonshire County Council are currently running two campaigns to promote services that can now be done online.

The first is Blue Badge applications and renewals. By using the online system

It is:

• Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

You can:

• Find out if you are eligible

• You can save the form and go back to it at any point

• It will take just 15 minutes to complete the form


• Assessment should be processed within 6 weeks

The second is Bus Passapplication and renewal. By using the online system

It is:

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Simple and straightforward to use

You can:

• Find out if you are eligible

You can save the form and go back to it at any point


• Your new bus pass should arrive within 10 working days


Citizen's Advice On line

Can’t get through on the phone?

Work full time?

Find it difficult to come to our offices?

Access to the full range of Citizens Advice Bureau Services is

now available online. Accompanying our award winning

website www.adviceguide.org.uk, we now have an enhanced

capacity to respond to enquiries made directly via our local

website www.cencab.org.uk.

How does it work?

Its very simple - just submit your details and the nature of your

enquiry with as much information as you can about the

problem via our simple to use online form and we’ll get back to

you with a tailored response. If we think you’d benefit from

speaking to someone we’ll give you a “short cut” into our

service based on our available resources and the urgency of

your problem.

Websites: www.adviceguide.org.uk


Self help

Ask us

Nat. Play Day and play schemes

Press Release

Bring a picnic to celebrate national Play Day

Families in south Northamptonshire are invited to join a celebration of childhood during the national Play Day event in Towcester next week.

As well as a celebration of children's right to play, Play Day is a UK wide campaign to highlight the importance of play in children’s lives.

Families are invited to bring a picnic to the event being held on the Recreation Ground off Islington Road on Wednesday, 6 August between 10am and 3pm.

Children can take part in a wide range of free games and activities including a climbing wall, circus skills, animal encounters, archery and a carnival workshop.

The event is part of South Northants Council’s Sports, Play, Leisure and Arts programme of children’s summer activities or SPLAT.

Children under must be accompanied by an adult.

This is an open access event and SNC cannot accept responsibility if any child chooses to leave.

There are also some places left on next week’s Activity Hubs in Bugbrooke, Deanshanger, and Roade.

The Activity Hubs also take place in Silverstone and Middleton Cheney throughout the summer and include a wide range of sports and crafts from African drumming to iPad arts and from archery to martial arts.

Activities are suitable for children aged eight to 16 and run from 10am to 3pm each day between Monday, 28 July and Friday, 22 August.

They cost £15 per child for a full day and £8 for a half day.

The full SPLAT programme brochure can be downloaded from the Council website at - www.southnorthants.gov.uk/SPLAT.htm or call the booking line on 01327 322277.

Follow our SNC Leisure Facebook page or @SNCLeisure on Twitter for further information and updates.

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.

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

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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