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

Change of location

Change of location for Towcester Registration Office

To whom it may concern

I write to advise you that the Northamptonshire County Council Registration Service will be re-locating the Registration Office from 55 Brackley Road Towcester to the Forum Moat Lane Towcester as part of the community building being created jointly by Northamptonshire County Council and South Northants Council

The rationale for locating the Registration Office in to the Forum is that this supports Northamptonshire County Council’s strategy to locate universal services within Libraries, and this would be especially beneficial for parents registering births as a way to support libraries, and children’s centres. In agreement with South Northants Council, the new Civic Room in the Forum will also be the Registration Service venue for civil ceremonies in Towcester

The Registration Service’s move will be after the last appointment on Tuesday 7th April on Wednesday 8th April, with the office open for appointments in the new location being Thursday 9th April. There will be no change in the services delivered by the Registration Service or change in opening hours resulting from this move.

For details of the Registration Service office move to The Forum Towcester or to provide feedback please e-mail me at registrationservice@northamptonshire.gov.uk with “Towcester Registration Office Move” in the e-mail subject.

In the mean time I hope you share the collective enthusiasm of South Northants Council and the Northamptonshire County Council’s Registration Service for moving services to a more customer friendly location within Towcester.

Annual Parish meeting

Annual Parish Meeting,

Wednesday 15th April 2015, 7.30pm

Boddington Village Hall


  1. Alan Fox from Anglian Water will be present to discuss what happened last year when we were without drinking water and had several lengthy stoppages. He will explain what the plans are to address these problems.

  2. A spokesperson will be present from the County Council to talk about Highways plans for the Parish and answer your questions.

  3. We will bring you up to date with the HS2 project and especially discuss the planned Compensation package. ‘The Need to sell’ scheme is very important for us so we will discuss it and how to apply for it.

  4. There will be information on current Community projects, the Jubilee Field, the Churchyard, and how we are spending the Turbine Community Fund and the New Homes grant.

  5. Do you realise we now have high speed broadband in the Parish and do you know how to get it into your home?

  6. We can discuss any other matters that are of interest to you, tell us what they are! Eg the state of the roads, footpaths, etc.

Andrea Leadsom (our present MP) and District Councillors will be present to talk to Parishioners about all the items on the agenda, and to answer all your questions.

The bar will be open, refreshments will be available


Anglian Water investment

Media release

2 February 2015

Anglian Water starts £1.3 million investment in Upper Boddington

Anglian Water has started a £1.3 million investment in its water supply network in west Northamptonshire. The work has been designed to significantly reduce the chance of burst mains in the Upper Boddington area.

Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services for Anglian Water, said: “Since the most recent burst main, last autumn, we’ve been working to understand the root cause of problems in the area.

“As part of our investigations we’ve also been in touch with local residents, the parish council and other stakeholders to ensure the work we are planning will address any concerns they had.

"After a thorough investigation, we’ve designed a solution to dramatically reduce the chances of burst mains or similar issues in future.”

Work began on Monday (2nd February) and will include improvements to a pumping station near to Upper Boddington and helping to ensure the water in the local pipe network is kept at a more consistent pressure, even during peak times.

This type of pressure management system has been proven to reduce bursts and leaks by a quarter and is something the company will be rolling out to the region over the next five years. When this scheme is complete, Upper Boddington will have the latest technology to minimise bursts.

Additionally, some 400 metres of pipe running along Frog Lane will be replaced with a brand new plastic pipe.

Naturally with a scheme of this kind, Frog Lane will need to be closed. The closure will be staggered in 100 metre section at a time for around six weeks while the new pipe is installed.

Paul continued: “We know that this work on our network will cause some disruption but we are acutely aware how important it is to minimise the chances of this happening again. Having spoken to our customers in Upper Boddington on many occasions we are confident they appreciate this and the long term benefit it will bring to the area.

“Frog Lane is a particularly narrow road so a rolling road closure will be in force during the pipe replacement work. We've already written to residents to let them know what’s happening and when. We will be doing everything we can to allow vehicle access to homes in Frog Lane during the work. The footpath will remain open."

Free sessions in Brackley

A new programme of free activity sessions for young people are starting in Brackley next week organised by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), and the good news is that they are free and there is no need to book – just turn up ready to play.

The programme will be led by SNC’s Youth Activators who have been busy delivering sport activity sessions around the district for young people aged 14 - 19 years.

Councillor Rosie Herring, portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing, said: “This is a great opportunity for youngsters to get involved in sport at the beginning of a new year, and I am sure that new skills will be learnt as well as having a lot of fun.”

The full schedule is:
Starts: Wednesday, 14 January
Finishes: Wednesday, 11 February
Times: 4.30 - 5.30pm
Venue: Brackley Town Football Club all-weather pitch
Ages: 14 - 16 years

Starts: Friday, 16 January
Finishes: Friday, 13 February
Times: 7.30 - 8.30pm
Venue: Brackley Leisure Centre
Ages: 14 - 19 years

Street Dance – Girls only
Starts: Friday, 16 January
Finishes: Friday, 13 February
Times: 7.30 - 8.30pm
Venue: Brackley Leisure Centre
Ages: 14 - 19 years

For further information please Colin Hull at colin.hull@southnorthants.gov.uk or call 01327 322337

HS2 Petitions to Parliament

Please find attached the petitions that Boddington PC and SNC have made to Parliament with respect to HS2

South Northants Homes Land req

My name is Steve Jones and I work for South Northants Homes as a project Surveyor. As part of our commitment to our tenants we have a programme of external works that shall be commencing in January 2015 in upper and Lower Boddington. My Contractor has asked me if we have any spare land to site a small fenced off compound, , unfortunately South Northants Homes does not have any spare land to site this and was wondering if anyone within either village would be prepared to let us rent around 15M x 15M of land / farm yard etc for around two months.

Steve Jones

Project Surveyor

South Northants Homes

Wood Burcote Road



Tel: 01327 357804

Mob: 07740774068

Email: Stephen.jones@southnorthantshomes.co.uk

Web; www.southnorthantshomes.co.uk

Waste Recycling Open Hours



O= Open (10am-6pm all year round) C = Closed

Kettering (T)CCOOOOO
Rushden (T)CCOOOOO
Sixfields (T)COOCOOO

Wollaston*Operation currently subject to negotiation with third party supplier

T = trade waste service available Monday to Friday

* Please note non-recyclable household waste is not accepted at this centre

Can you click it?

Did you know you can renew a library book, report a pothole and apply for a school place on the Northamptonshire County Council website?
Can you click it web.jpg
These are just some of the services which are available online as part of our Can You Click It? campaign, which aims to drive more people to the website for commonly-used services rather than phoning the customer service centre.

What’s available online?

Here are the services available online:

Don’t leave others to step in it!

Most of us remembered to put the clocks back last weekend – but if you are a dog owner there is just one more thing to remember as the nights draw in, don’t forget to ‘bag and bin’ your dog’s mess when you are out and about in public places.

The vast majority of 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 an officer from South Northamptonshire Council 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.

We have also issued fixed penalties where a member of the public has witnessed a dog owner failing to pick up.

Some owners 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 a Magistrates' Court the fine could increase to £2,500 plus costs and they will get a criminal record.

Cllr Andrew Grant, deputy leader and 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.”

The best place for wrapped dog waste is in your own black household wheeled bin, but it can also be placed in any dog waste bin provided by your town or parish council. Failing that it can be placed in any street litter bin.

Stepping in dog waste is not just unpleasant but it is also the perfect breeding ground for bacteria such as Campylobacter and Salmonella, and other forms of infection. The most damaging of these is caused by the roundworm Toxocara canis which can pose a serious health risk to any individual unlucky enough to ingest infected soil.

For more information on dog fouling and how to report someone for failing to clean up after their dog visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/dog-fouling or call 01327 322323.

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

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.


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

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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