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Watford - Old Village Fayre

Posted by Webmaster on July 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Watford Village are holding their Olde English Fayre on Sunday 4th September 2016

Please see www,watfordfayre.weebly.com

Clarecroft Day Nursery

Posted by Webmaster on June 26, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Job Vacancy - Long Buckby Community Centre

Posted by Webmaster on June 21, 2016 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Long Buckby Community Centre requires a part-time cleaner to work ten hours a week guaranteed employment with a further 5 hours flexible work. For further information please e mail s.russell338@btinternet.com with your name and telephone number.

Long Buckby Feast

Posted by Webmaster on June 14, 2016 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday 21st August (Buckby Feast Event)

Long Buckby Open Gardens, � adults, Free for Children

Dact Bus will run a shuttle service within the village

If you would like to register your garden or need further info

Contact William/Susie 01327 843426


Wednesday 24th August (Buckby Feast Event)

Quiz Night, From 7pm, Long Buckby Football Club

Registration Forms available from Long Buckby Newsagents

Booking & payment in advance, this event sells out fast


Saturday 27th August (Buckby Feast Event)

Produce & Craft Show, Long Buckby Community Centre

Classes available for Long Buckby Residents & Surrounding Villages, you need to be in it to win it!!

Open to the public from 1-4pm, 50p entry, Auction at 4pm

Registration Forms for all classes available from Long Buckby Newsagents, The Peephole & Kings Head

For more information contact Giles 01327 843925, gilesebaker@btinternet.com


Monday 29th August 2016

Buckby Feast Day - Sports Field, Station Road

1pm - 5pm, FREE admission


Please note dogs will not be allowed!!! (other than assistance dogs)

Parking is restricted, DACT bus will run a shuttle service from 12 noon


Full list of events to be finalised, there will be the usual live music & entertainment games, stalls, pig roast, pimms tent, tea/coffee & cake.....


The winner of this years Buckby Feast Pudn will be judged on Feast Day, Recipes available from Buckby Newsagents & The Peephole, Pudn's to be delivered to The Football Club by 10.30am on the morning of the Feast.


The Raffle will be drawn at 4pm, 1st prize �50, tickets will be available in advance from the newsagents as well as on feast day


We are always looking for new ideas, attractions, raffle prizes and volunteers for Feast Day, for more info ask at Buckby Newsagents or e-mail sara.jelley@tesco.net

Long Buckby School Wrap - Job Vacancy

Posted by Webmaster on June 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to the expansion of Long Buckby School Wrap, we are looking for a highly motivated and experienced leader to join our successful team from September.


Salary: dependent on level of qualification and experience


Applicants must have a minimum of a Level 3 NVQ (or equivalent) in childcare or Playwork and have experience of working with 3 –11 year olds in a play environment. Previous responsibility within a childcare or play setting would be an advantage.


As we are looking to begin Forest School, applicants with a level 3 or above in this area are encouraged to apply.


Successful applicants will join us in providing high-quality, safe and stimulating before and after school care for the children attending School Wrap.


All posts are covered by the Childcare Act 2006 and are subject to receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS and reference checks.


If you are interested in this position, please contact Jenny Osborne at jenny@schoolwrap.co.uk or call 07973 778619 or 01327 842109 for an informal chat and full job description.


The closing date for applications is: Friday 1st July

Interviews will commence the week beginning: 4th July 2016


Employment is ideally for a September start, possibly earlier for induction training.


School Wrap aims to be an equal opportunities employer.


Job Vacancy - Clarecroft Day Nursery

Posted by Webmaster on June 8, 2016 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Nursery Nurse/ Nursery Assistant required for Busy Village Day Nursery

Monday to Friday between 8am – 6pm

30 hours per week term time only or all year round depending on candidate preference - Over time more likely.

Immediate start with a fixed term contract to 21st October 2016 with possible extension

Applicants must have an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and how to implement this.  

Work effectively as part of a team

A qualification in Early Years and at least a year experience working in early years in preferred

We are committed to safeguarding and successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.


For more information please contact us on 01327 844474 or email CV to admin@clarecroft.co.uk


Memories of a Long Buckby resident

Posted by Webmaster on May 16, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I used to live in Long Buckby until 1967, I was only four years old, but I remember we used to live in a big house with white gates, nearly opposite Taylors Garage, I know it is long gone, so are the fields that were at the back of our house.

The farm was sold off to auction I think about a week before we left. I also remember the fire siren that used to go off every time there was a fire, and we also knew the mother of the fireman killed in action.

Mrs Sabin used to clean our house and some times she used to look after me and my brother if my parents went out.

I also remember when the pub roof caught fire, i think it was thatched, and my brother was kept behind at school,

I also remember the crisp factory, you could smell it everywhere.

I also remember walking down the High Street one day and all of a sudden being pulled into Mrs Swain's shop, because a herd of cows were rampaging down the road.

The milkman used to deliver the milk by horse and cart.

I wanted to share my memories with you, I am sure I have loads more but it was a long time ago, I loved it in that place

Many thanks to Kathy Lloyd for sharing her memories with us.

Wildlife Diary for April

Posted by Webmaster on May 6, 2016 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The excellent Wildlife Diary for April, compiled, as always, by Nick Roberts is now available for you here

Gardener Vacancy - Watford Village

Posted by Webmaster on April 25, 2016 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Gardener required

For a house in Watford Village.

Days and hours to suit.

Please call 07801 297331 to discuss In further detail.

Knitting and Crochet Workshops

Posted by Webmaster on April 13, 2016 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Fred Knits knitting and crochet workshops, a great way to learn a new skill, de-stress and make new friends.

Nether Heyford based Carol Hesketh has recently launched a new venture sharing her love of everything woolly.

The business combines teaching the art of knitting and crochet through informal relaxed workshops (Fred Knits) and the creation of her own brand quality hand-knitted and crochet items – brand name Just Fred.

Carol has been passionate about knitting and crochet from an early age and has taught many people through a local knitting club that she aunched 5 years ago.

At the beginning of 2016 Carol took the opportunity to turn her hobby into a new career, something she says ‘I have always wanted to do’.

‘Crochet and knitting has always had the stigma of being hobbies of ladies over a certain age, however I am finding more

and more younger people are finding it a great way to reduce stress and giving them a great sense of achievement”.

Carol goes on to say ‘Recent studies show that knitting and crochet are linked to having a wide range of health benefits,

the most prolific is reducing stress and improving mental health.’ Carol wants to share her skills and give people of all

ages the chance to learn a new craft in a calm relaxed environment, creating new social networks and friendships.

With this in mind Carol has set up her first wave of knitting and crochet workshops and will be held at The Saracen’s Head, Little Brington.

Carol’s workshops have been very well received. Everyone working at their own pace and taking home a project they have made.

Some of the fabulous feedback received:

‘Found it very relaxing and therapeutic’

‘Took me away from the outside world for a few hours’

‘Enjoyed the ‘time out’

‘Enjoyed other participants company’

Current workshop Dates:

Crochet Granny Square – Monday 23rd May, 10:30 – 13:30

Crochet Hearts – Saturday 28th May, 10:30 – 12:30

Crochet Round and Round the Garden – Monday 6th June, 10:30 – 12:30

Crochet Granny Square – Thursday 9th June, 18:30 – 20:30

Crochet Granny Square – Saturday 11th June, 10:30 – 13:30

An Introduction to Knitting - Monday 13th June – 10:30 – 13:30

Crochet Heart – Thursday 16th June, 18:30 – 20:30

Crochet Round and Round the Garden - Thursday 23rd June – 18:30 – 20:30

If you would like to book onto a workshop please follow the link - http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/just-fred. Carol also offers 1:1 tuition, hen party, baby shower and private group workshops. Gift vouchers available.

In addition to this Carol was approached by Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire to ask ‘Fred Knits’ to be part of the 'School of Life programme' funded by the Big Lottery. This Northamptonshire programme, through a variety of activities, is aiming to bring together all ages to share and learn new skills. Part of this programme is an ambitious project to knit a large Wendy house (6000 bricks in total).

Carol leads knitting workshops in schools teaching the children to knit bricks for the house. Carol will also be knitting a full size door for the house. You can see Carol and how the door is progressing at Abington Park on 18 June, which is World Wide Knit in Public Day. All are welcome; bring a picnic and your knitting.

If would like any further information please email Carol at fredknits@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/fredknits


Posted by Webmaster on March 31, 2016 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A Grant of £67,925 has been made to Northamptonshire County Council to enable Operation Fix.

It has been made following conversations with thousands of residents Adam Simmonds, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has today approved a Crime and Disorder Reduction Grant of £67,925 to Northamptonshire County Council to enable Operation Fix It, which will see the PCC work with the Council to help reduce speeding offences at several sites in the county.

The grant follows conversations with thousands of residents across Northamptonshire, with speeding being identified as the number one problem for communities during Mr Simmonds’ visits to 100 parishes last summer, as well as being the most prevalent issue raised by the public to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

As part of Operation Fix It, Northamptonshire County Council will now consult on implementing proposed speeding interventions at Creaton (Welford Road), Finedon (A6 Burton Road and A510 Wellingborough Road), Hackleton (Main Road), Kislingbury (Bugbrooke Road), Roade (London Road) and Collyweston, with schemes ultimately being prioritised on the basis of the greatest need. Further feasibility studies are also being worked on but will ultimately be a decision for the next Police and Crime Commissioner, with Mr Simmonds exiting Office on May 13th.

The partnership between the PCC and County Council follows the announcement by Commissioner Simmonds last month that he and Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Simon Edens have agreed to invest in new technology such as mobile average speed camera systems and new camera vans equipped with night-time enforcement to address the dangers caused by speeding and inconsiderate drivers.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner also launched Voice: Road Harm in December, a new and extensive support service for victims of road-related trauma.

Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“I’m pleased to be able to approve this crime and disorder reduction grant which I hope will enable my Office to work closely with Northamptonshire County Council to make residents feel safer in their communities.

“At the very least, speeding can make people feel unsafe and threatened right outside their own house, while at the very worst it can devastate families through the injury or death of a loved one.

“We therefore need to make sure we are listening to people when they say speeding is a real problem in their area, and helping them overcome this issue. That’s exactly what my Office and I have done in providing this grant, and I look forward to working closely with the County Council to look at further ways of solving these issues.”

Cllr Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, added:

“Making roads safer is a priority for the County Council and I’m delighted to be working in partnership so that we can explore how we can help communities which have been affected by speeding motorists.

“We will now carry out further work to see which specific solutions will work best in each community and I look forward to seeing the results of this piece of work.”

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Survey

Posted by Webmaster on March 31, 2016 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Recently, Daventry District Council was awarded 75% funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to support the install of a new chargepoint and Nissan LEAF electric pool vehicle. This funding was awarded to the Council for the purpose of supporting public sector chargepoints and low emission vehicles.

The Council is keen to do more to increase the electric vehicle infrastructure available to local residents. We are now writing a strategy with the aim of installing chargepoints across the district and are seeking people’s views to help find suitable locations.

To help inform the strategy, please complete the short electric vehicle infrastructure survey and help encourage others to also complete it.

Please copy and paste the following into your browser. www.daventrydc.gov.uk/your-council/council-consultations/current-consultations/

Bin collections in Daventry District

Posted by Webmaster on March 9, 2016 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Help shape the future of bin collections in Daventry District

Residents and local businesses are being encouraged to have their say on future proposals for Daventry District’s waste and recycling collections.

In June 2018, Daventry District Council’s current waste and recycling contract with Amey/Enterprise will end. When this happens, the cost the Council will need to pay to deliver the service will be considerably higher. This is partly due > to the considerable drop in prices received for recycling materials which is unlikely to change in the future. Currently the service costs about £750,000 a year to run and if DDC carries on with the same service, the cost is likely to be at least £1.25million per year higher.

With local authorities needing to meet higher recycling targets in the future, DDC is also trying to ensure that a minimum 45% of waste is recycled.

The Council has looked at a wide range of options for how best to provide waste and recycling service in a way that could be afforded within the Council Tax limits and grant available, complied with the law and changed things people particularly didn’t like.

The Council is now seeking the public’s views on the option for the service which seems to best meet future requirements. Called a ‘1-2-3’ service, it proposes

(1) a weekly food waste collection,

(2) a two-weekly recycling collection

(3) a three-weekly general waste collection.


How to give your views

The consultation runs until 5pm on Thursday, 31 March, 2016 and all residents and local businesses are encouraged to get involved.

For more details and to complete the consultation survey and view FAQs about the proposals, visit the Council’s website here

Alternatively residents can request a paper copy by calling 01327 871100.

View a video quick guide to the proposals here



Posted by Webmaster on March 7, 2016 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Do you have commitments or need a second income looking for flexible hours to suit you?

We are looking to recruit relief staff to help cover at lunchtimes and/or other busy times of the day.

You do not need to hold any qualifications to apply for this position.

For rates of pay and further information, please contact us on 01327 844474or email us at admin@clarecroft.co.uk.

We are committed to safeguarding and successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Picnic in the Park

Posted by Webmaster on February 18, 2016 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Monday 30 May, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm

Bring your own picnic to Cotton End Park

Events and refreshments provided - further information to follow

See our Facebook page: Long-Buckby-Green-Spaces-Cotton-End-Park


Dog Waste Problems

Posted by Webmaster on February 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

There has been an increase in dog fouling throughout the village and the DDC dog warden has been made aware.

They have advised us that unfortunately dog fouling seems to increase in the winter months due to the dark mornings and evenings.


Lisa Hudson Fyer says "With regard to the areas you have mentioned, Station Road, West Street, East Street to name a few areas, we have just received new signage with the new legislation on and the new fine of £100 and in time we are looking at replacing all the signs district wide.

This is obviously a huge job to do and will take some time.

Early morning and evening patrols will be undertaken when the clocks change and I would advise if any one has any information as to who may be doing this to let the council know so we can investigate this.

Myself and my colleague Lee Goodridge will be keeping an eye out when we are out and about in the area"

There is an online form to report any incident 


Long Buckby Juniors AFC volunteers required

Posted by Webmaster on February 16, 2016 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Long Buckby Juniors AFC are a very successful and well run football club and are looking for the following volunteers. Full training and assistance will be given.

Club Secretary – required for September 2016

This is our liaison person with our League who forwards appropriate emails to the coaches.


Coach – U15’s required for September 2016

Our U14’s coach is retiring at the end of this season, so new coach to take the team through the 2016/17 season required.


Coach – U7’s required immediately

Enthusiastic coach required to take on our current U7’s – full training will be provided.


Coach – U5/6’s required September 2016

A new coach required to introduce football to our youngest squad from September 2016.


Wildlife Diary for January

Posted by Webmaster on February 15, 2016 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

After a few technical hitches at Long Buckby Towers, the excellent Wildlife Diary for January, compiled, as always, by Nick Roberts is now available for you here.

Royal Mail Scam E-Mail

Posted by Webmaster on February 8, 2016 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Fraudsters are sending out virus infected emails that claim a package has been seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. The official looking scam emails claiming to be from Royal Mail contain a link to a document which will install malicious software on your computer designed to steal credentials like account names, email addresses and passwords.

An example email reads:

Title: Your parcel has been seized

Royal Mail is sorry to inform you that a package addressed to you was seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom.

A close inspection deemed your items as counterfeit and the manufacturers have been notified. If your items are declared genuine then they will be returned back to you with the appropriate custom charges.

You may have been a victim of counterfeit merchandise and the RM Group UK will notify you on how to get your money back. Please review the attached PDF document for more information.

Document (RM7002137GB).Zip

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

To help the spread of the virus, the email also says: “you will need to have access to a computer to download and open the Zip file”. If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or download any attachments and report it to Action Fraud.

Protect Yourself•Royal Mail will never send an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information.

•Royal Mail will never ask customers to enter information on a page that isn’t part of the Royal Mail website.

•Royal Mail will never include attachments unless the email was solicited by a customer e.g. customer has contacted Royal Mail with an enquiry or has signed up for updates from Royal Mail.

•Royal Mail have also stressed that they do not receive a person’s email address as part of any home shopping experience.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraudor by telephone: 0300 123 2040

Silly Soapy - The Lady Clown

Posted by Webmaster on February 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Silly Soapy – The Lady Cown


Entertains at Childrens Birthday Parties, Family events and outdoor celebrations.


Rainbows, Brownies and Guides too.


With magic, parachute games and circus skills fun.


Visit www.sillysoapy.co.uk for prices, pictures and more information.


Contact on 07764 586990


or sophie.obrien63@googlemail.com