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Daventry to West Haddon 33kV Circuit Replacement

Posted by Webmaster on October 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Just an update from John C Clark - Project Manager for Western Power Distribution to inform you of progress of the 33kV Circuit Replacement from Daventry to West Haddon.

Cable section from Daventry to Murcott

Starting at Murcott, the cable trench is nearly completed in the highway from Murcott Close towards the Railway bridge which will meet up with the trench completed at Murcott Bridge near the chicken sheds on Mr Thompsons land. Today the traffic lights were still in use under the bridge, but this section will be completed over the next week and reinstated. We hope this section has not caused to much disruption with your villagers, we apologise if it has.

The cable has been laid across the arable from Long Buckby Wharf near the National Grid substation alongside the Motorway at Greenhills farm to Murcott bridge. We are encountering a few technical difficulties due to Network Rail Cables and the stream crossing at Greenhills Farm which will take some time to resolve and is delaying the completion of this section. This work shouldn’t have had much effect on the village.

Last week we dug test holes and had traffic lights over the canal at Long Buckby Wharf to establish that spare cable ducts were available over the canal bridge, which they are, and have put some temp tarmac on the holes. These will be reinstated fully when the cable is laid over the next 4 weeks.

From today, disruption with traffic control has started at Long Buckby Wharf, this will last 4 weeks. We have started digging under the motorway bridge and will stop at the Rail bridge as this opening notice does not include the road closure. The trench will then proceed the other side of the rail bridge, leaving about a 50m gap under the rail and either side and then continue through the village up to the A5. This will cause disruption to the village, and to the traffic coming and going as traffic control will be in place throughout the duration. I am going to letter drop all Long Buckby Wharf villagers this week explaining this time schedule and apologising for the inconvenience. The road closure under the Rail bridge which will include a diversion through Watford via the A5 will take place on the weekend 6th and 7th December completing the 50m gap we leave under the rail bridge. We would have liked to complete this with the works we have started this week, but A1 plus who are part of the Highways Agency had to schedule this diversion on the A5 taking into consideration the M1 works which also use the same section of A5 for diversionary routes, so this is our earliest allocated slot.

We are directional drilling under the A5 from the Daventry side, the contractors have surveyed this today, I’ll let you have an update when this is scheduled. Once this is completed we are out of your village area and then onto the long stretch on the B4036 to Daventry, which will have traffic control all the way through. Again I will let you know when this is scheduled.

All vehicles that are being used for the cable works, other than the contract mangers cars are all badged with Morgan Sindall, so any other vehicles seen out of working hours around the works should be taken as suspicious, other than the night security which we have in place which is again a badged Morgan Sindall vehicle. Police have visited us several times regarding a gang of metal thieves active along the rail and M1 in the local area. Fortunately, apart from the attempted theft when we started cable laying, we have not had any further incidents, although suspicious vehicles have been observed a few times at night time, but have left after seeing security.

Overhead line section from Murcott to West Haddon

As you are aware this section is not causing any disruption to the villages other than the site of AMEY construction vehicles in the local area between West Haddon and Murcott.

Progress is going well, with a lot of the new poles erected and the conductors pulled into place. We have been visible on all the sections of the overhead line route in the fields, all is on private land and we have been liaising with the landowners throughout the construction.

We have a 3 roads to cross which include the A428 between West and East Haddon. West Haddon road between West Haddon and Ravensthorpe. Finally, Foxhill Road to The Banks at Long Buckby adjacent to Grange Farm at Vanderplanks Covert. When conductors are erected across these 3 roads traffic control will be in place, which will be only one day per location, again I will try and let you know when this has been arranged and the dates they will occur.

I hope your residents are not incurring too much disruption from our activities and can be reassured that any issue raised to us will be dealt with promptly.



Long Buckby WI Craft Fair

Posted by Webmaster on October 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Long Buckby WI Craft Fair will be held on Saturday 29th November at the Community Centre,  Station Road, Long Buckby

10am til 12 noon.

Lots of Craft stalls, refreshments and Father Christmas will be visiting.

Admission £1.00 (children free).

Long Buckby Library Supporters

Posted by Webmaster on October 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


The Long Buckby Library Supporters have planned a new initiative for the Library - a film evening. It will be held on Thursday, 13 November from 7.30 pm at Long Buckby Library.

The film is "Philomena" starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and tickets cost £5 each and are available from the Library and Buckby News.

Ice cream and drinks will be available during the evening.

Another event is another Music and Mulled Wine evening with St.Lawrence Singers and guests.

This will be held at the Long Buckby Library on Thursday, 4 December from 7.30 pm and tickets are £6 (children £3) which includes a drink and a mincepie.

Tickets will be available from the Library and Buckby News.

Following the overwhelming success of the last two quizzes, they are having another quiz from mid November at £1 a sheet.

It will be based on Cities of the World and involve crossword type clues. It should keep all the family involved over the Christmas period solving the 100 clues and completed quiz sheets don't have to be returned until 10 January 2015.

All Profits will go to the Library Supporters to enable us to enhance our village Library.


Clean up the Community

Posted by Webmaster on October 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Illegal advertising/flyposting is a complex area with a range of powers and responsibilities between DDC, NCC and private owners.

DDC have now agreed a system with NCC Highways so that they can act immediately to remove banners or posters on railings and roundabouts, which are usually NCC’s responsibility.

Anything that is not an immediate threat to highway safety is photographed and reported so that NCC can confirm whether or not DDC should remove them.

They removed loads of large Luther van Dross banners a couple of months ago, and will do the same with any others, where they are able, if they are told where they are.

A more complete transfer of duties may be considered at a future date, but for now this is working better than the two-tier reporting, which was frustrating for customers, DDC and NCC. 

DDC have instructed all environmental improvement officers who are out and about in the District every day to take down any signs and banners in line with the agreement reached above.

Alan Lovell is the Environmental Crime Leader.  He can and does impose fixed penalty notices whenever appropriate, and DDC have also taken prosecutions too when necessary, where there is sufficient evidence.

DDC can only take action where there is a witness to the offence who is willing to make a statement.

If all Parish Councillors report all the littering, dog mess, fly-tipping and fly posting issues you come across, and you encourage your local residents to do the same, DDC will act promptly to deal with it.

The best way to report to DDC is via the website online reporting or by email, which is available 24-7 and provides a record of the times and locations of any hotspots, so that DDC can send officers to patrol and catch people in the act.

Go to www.daventrydc.gov.uk/online/# and click on the relevant subject under ‘Report something’.

Roads Closure Notification

Posted by Webmaster on October 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)


There will be an Armistice Parade taking place on the 9th November 2014 and Church Street, King Street and part of High Street in Long Buckby will be closed to allow for the event to take place safely.

The roads will be closed from 0930-1000 and 1130-1200.

Long Buckby AFC Juniors

Posted by Webmaster on October 8, 2014 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Urgently need Coaches to run a Junior Team.


If you enjoy football and would like to take a professional FA Coaching qualification, then we need to hear from you!


Long Buckby Junior Football Club is currently looking for Coaches to lead our young superstars through league matches and training sessions.


No prior experience is necessary as full training will be provided and paid for by the Club.


Applicants need to be over 18 and will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Please contact Helen Thompson on 07840 755460 or Helen@sunnymountain.net

Latest PCSO Update

Posted by Webmaster on October 7, 2014 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Over recent months burglaries and theft from vehicles reported to us with the method of entry being through an open window or an unlocked door/ car door.

Please avoid this by making sure all you doors, windows, garages and vehicles are locked and secure.

The nights are now drawing in please be mindful of your neighbours if they are elderly or vulnerable and make sure they are ok.

West Haddon Londis shop have had some counterfeit notes on a couple of occasions, these notes can easily be detected by shops but not when you receive your change,  so if you have a shop in your village and suspect that you have a counterfeit note please report this to Action Fraud, and note where you received your change.

A new campaign for recruiting volunteers has come into force, such as becoming a Special or have you a skill that could support your Safer Community Team… do you have any spare time to put back something to your community. If you want more information please contact me directly.

Please look out for any drug activity in your street, such as visitors coming and going, things being exchanged through the car doors, smells, and strobe lights being put into a property and curtains always drawn – anything out of the ordinary that alerts suspicion then please let me know directly and actions can be taken.

Fuel theft as supplies are being brought for the winter will be a target. Don’t let yourselves be a victim if you need any home security advice let me know.

Community Speed Watch – West Haddon and Yelvertoft – Both are going to be visited whilst in action by myself, to help and support those volunteers.

There has been someone walking on the train lines in Long Buckby as a short cut to the station – this is not recommended, with either a fine for trespassing by British Transport Police as a train would have to stop or if the train does not see you then much worse.


Wildlife Diary for September

Posted by Webmaster on October 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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

Latest PCSO Update

Posted by Webmaster on September 30, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Update from PCSO Sarah Gray:

I hope you are all well, I have now arranged some dates for your villages to have a ‘Have your say’ this is going to replace the Community Panel meetings.

Dates for your diary:

‘Have your say days’ with the mobile police station

Long Buckby – Outside the Library - Oct 15th at 6pm

Crick – Post office – Nov 6th at 6pm

West Haddon – outside the community centre – Dec 6th


Kilsby – Village shop – Jan 11th at 4pm

Yelvertoft – Post Office – Feb 2nd at 6pm

Lilbourne – Village Green – Mar 5th 7pm

Whilton – Village Green – Apr 18th 12pm

Crimes this week that have been reported to us that we need information on please:

Long Buckby

Church Street – Criminal damage to a car - Earliest 26th Sept @ 18:30hrs Latest 27nd Sept @ 11:30hrs

· A5 Radio station – Arson - 27th Sept @21:00hrs

· New Inn Public House A5 – Interfering with a Motor Vehicle –Earliest 25th Sept @ 06:00 hrs Latest 26th Sept 05:55 hrs

You can contact me via my twitter account, email, text or when you see me if you have any issues to report to me directly however not if your reporting a crime call 101

All for now, I will keep you up to date with local issues and incidents on your area,

Kind Regards Sarah

PCSO Sarah Gray 7207 - Daventry Safer Community Teams

Northamptonshire West Area


WEA Adult Education Course

Posted by Webmaster on September 29, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

David Price is the tutor for a WEA Adult Education Course beginning this week on Wednesday afternoon, 1st October, at 3.30pm in the Baptist Church School Rooms.

The course is "Cancan and Courtesans: the Social History of 19th Century France".

It covers Haussmann's redesign of Paris; the Paris Commune and other revolutions and rebellions, including the uprising featured in Les Misérables; the Dreyfus Affair; the Arts and Entertainment - including Impressionism, Art Nouveau, the Cancan and the Moulin Rouge; the notorious Courtesans; improvements in women's rights and education; and much more!

Enrol at the first session: for further details, please contact Diane Halliwell on 01327 842261.

Job Vacancies - The Old Kings Head

Posted by Webmaster on September 26, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Old Kings Head are looking to fill the following roles prior to their opening at the end of October:

- Chef de Partie/Kitchen support

- Part time bar staff

- Part time cleaner

If you are interested or know someone who is, please email a CV and covering letter to:



Extension to the Railway Station Car Park

Posted by Webmaster on September 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Just a quick note out of courtesy to say that contractors working for Landmark Planning, the Grandfield Partnership, will be commencing ground works on the above development early next week.

Initially this will consist of bringing on welfare facilities, plant and machinery etc and then stripping the site prior to laying down hard surfacing. The contractors will use the existing field gate off Station Road for access. No work in connection with the residential development will be undertaken.

Road Closure - Long Buckby Wharf

Posted by Webmaster on September 22, 2014 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Centurion Site Services have requested a road closure on the above road to allow the safe examination of the railway bridge structure.

The road will be closed for one day on Tuesday 18th November 2014 between 09.30 and 14.00 whilst the inspection is carried out.

Ride the Night 2015 - Halloween Evening

Posted by Webmaster on September 22, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

20 ladies from the village are taking part in Ride The Night 2015, this is a 100k night ride through London on 31st May 2015.

They all have to raise a certain amount each and last year collectively raised over £9,000 for Women Verses Cancer for Breast, Ovarian and Cervical cancer.

They are organising a Halloween evening with disco and local band Buggs, featuring Kevin Thompson.

This will be held on Friday 31st October 2014 in the Community Centre.

Bring your own food and drink.

Tickets £5 adult and £2.50 children

Tickets from newsagents or 07905389703 or 07712463752.

Latest PCSO Update

Posted by Webmaster on September 12, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Please read below a list of recent incidents within our area:

1 vehicle seized for no insurance A5 Kilsby

Long Buckby

Criminal damage to vehicle x 2, Spencer Road, 18:00 5/9 – 07:30 6/9

Theft from motor vehicle, Spencer Road, 01:00 - 07:30 6/9


Burglary in a dwelling, Watford Road, 2120 – 2125 7/9

Criminal damage to vehicle, Oak Lane, 1800 -1930 8/9

Long Buckby Wharf

Theft from narrow boats x 3, 28 Aug – 5 September


Please note that not all burglaries are forced entry, we have had a number of burglaries recorded that are committed via unlocked doors. Please check that your exterior doors are secure even if you are within your premises.


Daventry District Housing Star Awards

Posted by Webmaster on September 12, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

DDH are running their third annual Star Awards which celebrate the work of volunteers in our District.

Nominees do not have to be DDH tenants – anybody that has done good work in the District can be nominated.

If you have somebody in mind in your village that should be nominated, please go to the link below for information on the award categories and the nomination forms.


Nat West Bank to close in November

Posted by Webmaster on August 20, 2014 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Nat West Long Buckby branch is set to close down after a big drop in the number of transactions.

Over the last few years, the number of transactions at this branch has fallen by 29 per cent, leaving the branch with no other choice but to close. It also had a low number of customers using the branch, which currently sits at 23 per week.

The branch will close on 24 November 2014.

A spokesperson for NatWest said: "Over our whole branch network there has been a 30 per cent drop in branch transactions since 2010 as people do their banking where and when it is convenient for them, whilst online and mobile transactions have grown by over 200%.

"We expect these trends to continue as more and more of our customers bank with us through our mobile app, by online and telephone and through our upgraded ATM network.

"We have advised staff and we are writing to our customers to make them aware of the closure and the different ways they can still bank with us

"If customers or local businesses are concerned about how this will impact their banking, they can go into the branch where staff will be happy to discuss the alternative ways to bank with us.

" The spokesperson also issued this information to customers: "When we close a branch, we take a number of factors into account including usage and alternative ways to bank with us in the local area.

We've taken a number of measures to ensure that our customers will still have access to banking in the area -

 We do understand that some of our customers do not use the internet or mobile phone app and prefer to be served over-the-counter. As a result we have come to an agreement with the local Post Office, which is close to the branch, so that customers can withdraw cash and check balances free of charge.

In the coming months they will also be able to pay money in and businesses will be able to get coinage.

We will keep the ATM so our customers can still access their money.

"Our branches are still very important to us and we will continue to have one of the largest branch networks in the UK. 80% of our customers are within a three mile radius of a branch, and when you include the Post Office network that rises to 90% of our customers being within one mile of a place where they can carry out their every day banking.

"Overall, we are investing over £1bn over the next few years to give customers greater choice in how they bank with us, such as improving our online and mobile banking and upgrading over 400 branches across the UK. These branches will be fitted with new technology including iPads to register and access Online Banking and free Wi-Fi access for customers to use their own digital devices in branch. "We are also installing around 100 new ATM locations across the UK, including in railway stations, to increase the number of places customers can access their cash."

M1 J19 - J16 Rigid Concrete Barrier Scheme

Posted by Webmaster on August 13, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Highways Agency have a project started which will involve replacing over 30km of existing steel safety barrier with a slip-formed concrete barrier in conjunction with strengthening and stabilising of the central reserve to accommodate new drainage and communication systems.

The works will include the removal of existing road markings and installation of temporary road markings to enable 3 narrow running lanes between junctions 19 and 16.  A reduced temporary speed limit of 50mph will also be implemented that will be enforced by average speed cameras. 

Full Road Closures:

Saturday 27th September 20:00 to 06:00 - Full Northbound closure M1 J16 to J18 including Watford Gap Northbound

Sunday 28th September 20:00 to 06:00 - Full Northbound closure M1 J18 to J20

Monday 29th September 20:00 to 06:00 - Contingency full Northbound closure M1 J18 to J20

Monday 29th September 20:00 to 06:00 - Full Southbound closure M1 J18 to J16 including Watford Gap Southbound

Tuesday 30th September 20:00 to 06:00 - Full Southbound closure M1 J20 to J18

Wednesday 1st October 20:00 to 06:00 - Contingency full Southbound closure M1 J20 to J18

Saturday 4th October 20:00 to 06:00 - Full carriageway closure of M1 Northbound between J18 to J20

Monday 5th October 20:00 to 06:00 - Contingency full carriageway closure of M1 Northbound between J18 to J20

Important information regarding blue badges and concessionary bus passes

Posted by Webmaster on August 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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 Pass application 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

Job Opportunity - Support Worker

Posted by Webmaster on August 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)



My name is Hugh and I am a young visually impaired person working for Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (NAB).

My job involves travelling around the county visiting clients of all ages, including families and children, in their homes to provide information and support; as well as giving awareness raising talks and generally representing NAB at a variety of events.

As such I wish to employ, on a self-employed basis, someone to transport and guide me, assist me whilst I’m there and bring me back when we are done.

I also spend around half my time working in the office – so helping out with a variety of administrative tasks, including using a computer, would be a key part of your role.

Working an average 14 hour week, given the nature of my job the ability to work flexibly when required rather than fixed hours is critical, as is use of your own car - for which a mileage allowance will be paid.

Some experience of working in an office work is important, as is looking the part given my customer facing role representing NAB.

In return I can offer a competitive rate of pay, work that is both interesting and rewarding, any required training and a great working environment.

Position subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and 12 week probation period.

If you are interested in this position and want to find out more, call Hugh Spence on 01604 719193. To apply, please send a letter of application and your CV to Hugh either through email hugh@nab.org.uk or by post: Hugh Spence, NAB, 37 Harborough Road, Northampton, NN2 7BB.

Closing date for applications is 5th September 2014.


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