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12 November 2018Long Buckby Community Centre - Annual General Meeting

Long Buckby Community Centre Annual General Meeting

A reminder to all that the 2018 AGM is being held at 7.30 pm Tuesday on 13 November 2018 in the Jubilee Room at the Centre.

The Management Committee would like to invite all to attend – your support is needed!

Many thanks.

The Trustees

09 November 2018Bus Service Changes - Long Buckby will be affected

Forthcoming Bus Service changes in Daventry District With effect from Sunday 6th January 2019
Northamptonshire County Council has been advised of changes to Stagecoach Midland’s commercial bus network with effect from Sunday 6th January 2019.  By law, Stagecoach Midlands must inform the County Council of these changes before they are registered publicly although the County Council do not have any powers to prevent these changes from happening.
Aside from the points listed below, there are minor timetable changes to other Stagecoach services in the area but the intension of this briefing note is to capture the key changes to be aware of.
The County Council have requested, under the powers of the Bus Services Act 2017, details of passengers using services from the villages or areas that will no longer have a bus service.  We will be sharing this information with prospective bus companies who may wish to run a replacement service. However, given that Stagecoach are withdrawing these journeys because they no longer consider them to be commercially viable to operate, there is no guarantee that any operator will be interested in running any replacement services and there is no County Council subsidy to be able to replace any services on a contractual basis.
There are two instances in South Northamptonshire and one in Kettering/Corby where parish councils and/or town councils have come together to fund a replacement bus service following commercial withdrawals earlier in the year.  The procedure as set down by our cabinet member Cllr Ian Morris, should any local groups be interested in such a proposal, is to contact your County Councillor in the first instance who can liaise with relevant officers at the County Council as to what options may be available for such a scheme.
Service D4

x Timken (Tennyson Rd, Wordsworth Rd, Taper Way, Dewar Drive in Daventry), Danesholme Road, The Willows and the southern half of Ashby Road (Daventry) will no longer have a bus service.  Long Buckby Wharf, Long Buckby Station and Station Road Long Buckby will no longer have a bus service. 
x Two peak hour journeys each way run between Monksmoor Park and Royal Oak Way or Long Buckby Station which are funded by the Monksmoor Park section 106.  These will also finish from the above date, however we are considering how best to proceed at this time with respect to these journeys.
Service 96

x There will be no buses from Station Road, Long Buckby, but service 96 will continue to run every hour to Rugby and Northampton from the centre of the village. x Service 86 will run every hour from DIRFT to Coventry and therefore it will no longer be possible to travel directly from Long Buckby or West Haddon to Coventry.
Service X7
x There will be some extra peak hour journeys to make the service closer to every half-hour.  The service between Brixworth and Northampton remains every 30 minutes, but between Northampton and Milton Keynes also reduces to every hour (although a new service numbered X6 will also run between Northampton and MK)
Service 10/X10
x Service X10 will run every hour rather than every 30 minutes between Kettering and Northampton via Moulton but will no longer call at Parklands which is transferred to service X6.
x It will also no longer run beyond Northampton to Mereway or West Hunsbury, instead terminating in the Bus Station.
Service 3
x The Harlestone Manor to Northampton town centre section will not be replaced, but all stops on this route are covered by service 96 every hour.
Service 65

06 November 2018Parish Council Meeting

The next Long Buckby Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 12th November 2018 at 7:30pm in the Library.

A copy of the Agenda can be viewed here.

Everyone welcome!

06 November 2018A Busker's Centenary Celebration

A Busker's Centenary Celebration

A Busker's Centenary Celebration will be held in the Large School Room at the United Reformed Church, Brington Road, Long Buckby, NN6 7RW on Friday 9th November 2018, starting at 7.30pm, and in reflection of the centenary of the armistice, this event will include songs from the period around 1918, so bring your singing voices.

Admission is free, and all participants and audience are welcome. Please feel free to bring your own drinks 

For further details, please contact Alan on 01327-842700 or mobile 07717-345445.

05 November 2018Job Vacancy

Livestock person required – Long Buckby NN6 7QR

We have recently made major improvements on our farm and have invested heavily in new buildings and new technology.  We now require another stockperson to help care for our pedigree pig herd. This position is for a general stockperson and therefore full training is available.  Duties will include caring for and moving livestock and cleaning of pens.  This is a full time position of 39 hours per week – additional overtime when required.  23 days paid holiday plus bank holidays per year and our pension scheme is available after 3 months.  All workwear will be provided.

Please contact Charlie on 07725987909 or email Charlie@bridgehousefarm.com for more information

30 October 2018New Jogging Group in Long Buckby - Run for Fitness

Please find attached details of a new Beginners Jogging Group which is now up and running in Long Buckby.

This group started on Wednesday 17th October and is ideal for complete beginners who want to run 5km.

Meeting place - Long Buckby Junior School on Wednesdays at 9:15am 

Cost - £2 per session

Full details on how to get involved can be viewed here

17 October 2018Parish Council Meeting - Monday 22nd October 2018

The next Long Buckby Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 22nd October 2018 at 7:30pm in the Library.

A copy of the Agenda can be viewed here.

Everyone welcome!

16 October 2018Long Buckby United Charities - Christmas Gift

Long Buckby United Charities - Registered Charity No. 258830

Do you live in Long Buckby?

Are you aged 70 or over?

If you have answered yes to both of these questions, but have not previously received a small Christmas gift from the charity, please contact:

Gill Wykes on 01327 842097 by 2nd November 2018

14 October 2018William Joseph Haynes Charity - Application for grants

William Joseph Haynes Charity - Registered Charity No 207655

Applications are invited for grants from the William Joseph Haynes Charity.

All applications should be received at least three weeks before the next meeting of the Trustees, which will take place on Friday, 23rd November 2018.

All applications for grants must be “for the general benefit of the parishioners of the parish of Long Buckby.”

Applications must be made in writing and include a copy of the applicant’s latest statement of accounts.

Applications should be addressed to: pat@ellisemail.co.uk



03 October 2018Policing/Safeguarding the Village - Open Meeting

Notes of a Parish Open Meeting held at Long Buckby United Reformed Church on 25th September 2018

The chairman, Radio Northampton’s Martin Heath, welcomed all 132 people in the audience and introduced Rachel Dobbs who is one of our parish councillors to set the scene. He stressed that whilst he would like to interview people after the meeting, his role was to facilitate and chair, and that the meeting was not being recorded for media purposes.

Rachel stated that this was not a meeting organised by the parish council but a spontaneous response to a perceived need in the village and to ascertain the feeling of residents and seek some clarity about policing in the Long Buckby area. She stated that this journey started with a number of questions at the Annual Meeting, and since then, more questions and more questions with answers that appeared to her to be misleading, convoluted, opinionated or just ignoring the original question. She stated her goal for the evening was information and understanding for ordinary people.

Rachel introduced Sam Dobbs, our neighbourhood policing sergeant and requested that he outline the current policing strategy.

Sgt Dobbs suggested that many people who don’t have firsthand experience of policing gain their views from the media, television or bygone memories. Burgeoning and increasingly complex police demand set against reducing resources, means the delivery of policing services requires to be more prevention and intelligence-led in an often rapidly changing county and national context. He gave examples i.e. that reports of child sexual offences had increased by around 400% in the last few years, drug dealing had changed to involve younger children at a time when policing had reduced. Response policing and 999 services are prioritized. Neighbourhood policing numbers have been reduced, but ring-fenced to their core role. Daventry District Police (of which Long Buckby is part) is now/currently resourced by a Neighbourhood team of two sergeants, four constables, six PCSOs (funded conventionally) and five PCSOs (sponsored).

For these reasons, the police is reliant on information from the public. An indicator of a current ‘disconnect’ or gap is the perception, consistently and widely expressed at the Annual Parish Meeting and elsewhere, that the village has a drugs problem. But statistically, there have been only six drug offences recorded in the village in the past two years, and local information on the true extent of the problem is not forthcoming. People are reticent to report on 101 or even 999 and we need to bridge this gap.

As an example of both the complexity and changing demands on policing, and because more information had been sought on the County Lines syndrome, the county lead for Gangs and County Lines, Detective Chief Inspector Lee McBride, was invited to deliver a presentation to Long Buckby residents.

Lee stated that his role was to protect people from harm and to show the kind of harm that can occur he showed a NSPCC video about gangs and gang techniques.

Showing slides he explained what was a gang, how they operate from our large cities nationally, how the gang can progress from a simple gathering of people through to criminality, and he gave the Northamptonshire perspective. He stated that we have had corrosive substances used as a weapon in the county and have had cuckooing locally (two cases in Daventry). Guns have been used in Wellingborough and knives have been recovered more generally. The large city gangs have grown up to use violence as a way of increasing influence and have shown that they will use it as a normal tool in any area they choose to operate, now extending via ‘County Lines’ to places like Northamptonshire, using the county’s accessible transport connections. He went on to explain the criminality features in terms of emerging risk and what the warning signs are.

Police have become more reactive and less pro-active meaning they need to be intelligence led and in order to do this they need the help of the general public. DCI McBride outlined how we can all help and the reporting methods i.e. 999 for life threatening emergencies and crimes in progress, 101 for more general information about events.

There has been some success with the force operation to combat this criminality: Operation Viper has netted £3.5m in recovered assets from the proceeds of crime. There followed a video about Operation Viper, introduced on screen by the new Chief Constable, showing how the policy and practice is to gather evidence, confiscate assets and prosecute criminals.

Apart from exploiting ever younger children as couriers, another technique to recruit gang members is via sexual exploitation.  If a child has been persuaded to perform an act on social media that they could be embarrassed by they can be coerced into compliance. The police policy is to evaluate and disrupt criminal operations, this also includes modern day slavery where people are forced to work for little or no pay against their will.

Signs of exploitation could be vulnerable people living in squalor close to the gang leader, children disappearing into their bedrooms refusing to talk to adults, expensive items suddenly being used with no explanation of how they have been purchased. DCI McBride urged us to be professionally curious, probe these changes and if not satisfied with the answers report to the police. If you feel there could be a conflict of interest report your misgivings through a third party.

Sgt Sam Dobbs then returned to outline the local policing strategy, hoping that Lee’s presentation exemplified how policing has become more complex and why threat, harm and risk is prioritized. The policy is to prioritise Threat Harm and Risk. Long Buckby and the District is one of the safest areas in the county (statistically) and, as previously mentioned, has a very low incidence of reported drug abuse and this also applies to most crime categories. He stressed that he was willing to communicate with the parish council about policing to ensure that their knowledge is up to date and he does so with many other parish councils, however Long Buckby have not invited him back to cover questions raised since the Annual Meeting, leaving room for misinformation and misunderstanding. 

He is only able to allocate resources following reported incidents so local knowledge is key and he urged the meeting to keep reporting concerns. What is being reported does not often tally with word in the village. Whilst the village show no evidence of being targeted by County Lines criminals, there have been incidents of concern involving rival drug gangs and, separately, incidents showing the vulnerability of the village’s children’s homes.

What is needed, is informed debate so decisions can be made. Sgt Dobbs stressed he was not there ‘to sell us a PCSO’ but to appeal that any decisions made on community safety are made from an informed perspective, which is why he welcomed this event, staggered and delighted by the response.

Andy Crisp the District’s Neighbourhood Watch lead, was invited to talk about Long Buckby Neighbourhood Watch. He stated that Long Buckby used to have a very good scheme in operation but has lost the co-ordinator, consequently it has ceased to exist, losing vital local knowledge.

He made a plea to the meeting for a volunteer to act as the Local Co-ordinator so that street/area level watch schemes could be organised to report concerns.

Following the meeting he was approached.  The results of his plea are that a co ordinator has now been registered and awaiting a meeting with Mr Crisp. A Parish Councillor from another parish, and also a NHW contact, offered to help in any way. 

It was outlined that as well as Neighbourhood Watch, there are a number of schemes for communities who wish to subscribe to initiatives to increase local safety, approved by the Police & Crime Commission. Those mentioned included Street Watch, Street Ranger, Neighbourhood Alert, Volunteers on Horseback, Farm Watch, Community Speed Watch and PCSO sponsorship. 

Neighbourhood Watch can be more effective than dialling 101 as the co-ordinators know where to channel the information and 101 is not so well resourced as 999.

A question and answer session then ensued, chaired by Martin Heath and with a panel comprising Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Andy Crisp, Sam Dobbs, Lee McBride and Emily Evans (from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner).

Q What does Chris Heaton Harris think of sponsored PCSO’s?

A good idea they give an extra layer of policing.  They are being used successfully in the Spratton Ward, at DIRFT and Crick, in Daventry town centre, in Woodford Halse and at Bugbrooke.

Q What does a PCSO cost?

Emily confirmed the cost at just under £37,500 per year which Rachel Dobbs clarified would equate to £23.88 per Long Buckby council tax payer on band D - ie, costing less than 49p per week based on this year’s figures.  

Q What do you get for a sponsored PCSO?

(Emily) You get an officer for 37.5hrs per-week; sponsors can specify that priority be given to certain tasks or duties or times. The contracted shift hours of work are normally between 8am and midnight. If the officer is removed from Long Buckby for operational reasons (extremely unlikely) such as a terrorist alert or incident, the sponsor will not be charged for the absence. Businesses can be invited to contribute towards the cost of sponsored PCSO’s but not charged for on the business rates.

Q Who would request a sponsored PCSO?

(Chris) The Parish Council would ordinarily make the final decision / request as the only authority which could precept such an arrangement.

Q What do you think of private security firms instead of PCSO’s

(Chris) Not a lot! They will only do what they have specified by their sponsors and will ignore other concerns, they are not responsible to or trained by the police. Example given of a horror story in Frinton.

Q What powers do PCSO’s have?

(Sam) They have considerable powers including the power of detention for 30 mins but rarely use them relying instead on persuasion and education to resolve the problem. PCSO Kirsten's view was all about forming relationships to gain intelligence and information and reducing harm, preventing crime.

Q Does the County Council reorganisation affect the police?

(Chris) The only reason the Police budget is connected to the County Council is via the revenue collection service otherwise the services are separate so not affected by the situation at Northamptonshire County Council

Q Why do we need a PCSO for Long Buckby?

(Sam) Long Buckby is well placed to be serviced by criminals from several large cities with good transport links and three children’s homes to exploit. The statistics don’t seem to bear out the feel, and on the patch, Long Buckby is one of three large villages which probably has more going on under the surface than I’d like as the neighbourhood sergeant. It’s a safe place and we want to keep it that way.

A PCSO would increase the intelligence flow into the police to disrupt problems before they arise.  They will also deal with domestic abuse, fraud, sexual abuse, drugs information, safeguarding of vulnerable people and educational projects in the community. At present we have one PCSO covering 37 villagesof Rural North.

Martin Heath asked the audience present to indicate whether they were in favour of a sponsored PCSO for Long Buckby. A show of hands showed an overwhelming majority in favour of having a sponsored PCSO. Martin then reminded us, though, that this may not be a fully representative sample of the village even though there was a very good number of people present. After all, this meeting could not make the decision.

Q Were the Police aware of drugs residue being left in the Co-Op car park?

Yes and the source has been identified.

Q What is the difference between a Special Constable and a PCSO?

A special has the full power of the police but being an unpaid volunteer can specify more where they will and will not work. A PCSO is directed and contracted as to the areas of work.

Unfortunately due to lack of time not all the emailed or verbal enquiries regarding questions were answered . 

At the close of the meeting PCSO Craig Egdell introduced himself and reported that he covered 39 villages and that he started in the area in August and over the last 6 weeks had spent approx 6hrs in Long Buckby in that time he had gained 2 lots of drugs intel and 2 possible addresses for cuckooing.

Martin Heath thanked all the participants for their input and the meeting closed at 9.30pm 

02 October 2018Parish Council Meeting - Monday 8th October 2018

The next Long Buckby Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 8th October 2018 at 7:30pm in the Library.

A copy of the Agenda can be viewed here.

Everyone welcome!

02 October 2018A Busker's Centenary Celebration


A Busker's Centenary Celebration

A Busker's Centenary Celebration will be held in the Large School Room at the United Reformed Church, Brington Road, Long Buckby, NN6 7RW on Friday 9th November 2018, starting at 7.30pm, and in reflection of the centenary of the armistice, this event will include songs from the period around 1918, so bring your singing voices.

Admission is free, and all participants and audience are welcome.

For further details, please contact Alan on 01327-842700 or mobile 07717-345445.


02 October 2018Armistice Parade - Long Buckby

The Armistice Parade will take place on Market Place, King Street and Church Street in Long Buckby on Sunday 11th November 2018 between 0930-1200.  There will be a rolling closure for 2 parade passes.

24 September 2018Public Policing/Safeguarding Meeting - Tuesday 25th September 2018


Open meeting – Tuesday 25 September 2018 at 7pm Long Buckby United Reformed Church, Brington Road
Following a presentation I gave to the Annual Meeting of your Parish Council earlier in the year, and conversations, queries, questions and challenges which took place both after I left, and since, I have been asked if I would support an open meeting for anyone from the Long Buckby community who would like to come. As your Neighbourhood Sergeant, I see it a key part of my role to offer that support in helping you to help the police keep your village safe - now and in the years ahead. So I have given a happy ‘yes’ to the invitation and have facilitated other contributors too.
This will be a positive opportunity to talk freely and to take your questions and comments on any aspect of the agenda for the meeting which has been organised by Rachel Dobbs (who has the privilege and burden of being my sister - and both a critic and supporter of policing at the same time.) In fact, since the public meeting Rachel has been passionate about trying to get to the bottom of a number of issues. Arranged in her private capacity, this meeting will hopefully unpack a number of those issues, ‘from the horse’s mouth’ and allow for mutual candour between the speakers and those who might wish to attend. To that end, it is good to hear that the meeting will be chaired and facilitated independently by Martin Heath, whose brief will be to ensure that the event is well and fairly managed and he certainly will have my permission to be appropriately challenging of us if he thinks questions are not answered or points are fudged. I understand that our MP also intends to come along, so this meeting should be energetic and informed.
The topics we have been asked to cover are shown overleaf, and I encourage anyone who has an interest in policing and safety in the neighbourhood of Long Buckby to come along. The doors will be open at 6.30pm. I understand that Market Square may be inaccessible due to a Fair, so bear this in mind if you would normally park there.
In the view of us involved, the main measure of the success of this meeting is not that everyone would agree on everything but would be that people leave better informed.

 ‘COUNTY LINES’ – contribution by Detective Chief Inspector Lee McBride, the force’s lead on gangs and this national phenomenon. Lee has been asked to talk about the relevance of people knowing about this subject in Long Buckby particularly at this time
 NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – Andy Crisp, from the county NHW organisation, will be present with information about the scheme and to take any questions. We would love to resurrect the NHW scheme in Long Buckby
 NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING – Sgt Sam Dobbs - what we do now, our policing limits and challenges, developing issues and building on points covered in the Annual Meeting earlier in the year
 ENHANCING THE POLICING OFFER – Sgt Sam Dobbs and Emily Evans (from the Office of Police & Crime Commissioner) – an overview of schemes for communities who wish to subscribe to initiatives approved by the Police & Crime Commission. This will include myth-busting and clarity on new local sponsorship of PCSOs and we hope to have sponsored and conventionally funded PCSOs present, as well as some current sponsors.
 ANY QUESTIONS – time to take your questions and views. If you cannot attend, or would rather not field a question in public, please email your question to racheldobbslb@gmail.com, and she will pass these questions to Martin Heath
It is rare that these events are arranged or take place like this so I hope it will be informative and useful to those of us asked to come, as well as you from the Long Buckby community who can attend. I see it a key part of our community engagement and the police doing ‘stuff’ with you and not to you.
I welcome and look forward to more of the energy I have been made aware of in your community and look forward to seeing as many as can come next Tuesday.
In the meantime, a shameless plug follows from me – please follow us on social media, check out the police website and if you don’t yet subscribe to our Neighbourhood Alert scheme, we can sign you up at the meeting, or if you drop an email to neighbourhoodteamdaventry@northants.police.uk
Finally, if you would like to play a part in setting our local policing priorities, please go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/daventryandsouth
Yours sincerely
SAM DOBBS - Neighbourhood Sergeant

18 September 2018Parish Council Planning Meeting - Monday 24th September 2018

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 24th September 2018 at 7:30pm in Long Buckby Library.

A copy of the Agenda is available to view here

Everyone welcome.

04 September 2018Parish Council Meeting

The next Long Buckby Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 10th September 2018 at 7:30pm in the Library.

A copy of the Agenda can be viewed here.

Everyone welcome!

22 August 2018DDC - Settlements and Countryside Local Plan Part 2 consultation

You may be aware that Daventry District Council will be consulting on the Proposed Submission Settlements and Countryside Local Plan Part 2 in the middle of August, following approval by Full Council on the 26th July 2018. You can view the Plan and the accompanying policies maps at the following webpage:


The consultation will start on the 13th August and close at 4.30pm on the 5th October 2018. Daventry Town Council, Parish Councils and Parish Meetings will be sent a hard copy of the Proposed Submission Local Plan and map book the week beginning the 13th August.

The consultation documents and supporting materials will be available to view from the Council’s webpages www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan , the Council’s Lodge Road offices and libraries at Brixworth, Daventry, Long Buckby, Moulton and Woodford Halse from the 13th August. A permanent exhibition will also be set up in the Lodge Road reception area.

During the first two weeks of September the Council will be holding four public exhibitions across the District. These are open to anyone who wishes to find out more about the Local Plan and members of the Local Strategy Team will be available to answer questions. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Local Strategy Team if you have any questions about the Proposed Submission Local Plan Part 2 or the consultation arrangements.

22 August 2018NCC - Consultation on the draft Northamptonshire All Age Autism Strategy

​Northamptonshire County Council, Corby CCG and Nene CCG are consulting on a draft Northamptonshire All Age Autism Strategy, which has been written by a mixed group of people in a steering group that included autistic people and family members and carers. It says how different local organisations in Northamptonshire will work together to support autistic people of all ages in a much better way throughout their lives. We would like to know your views on the vision and priorities that have been identified to make things better for autistic people in Northamptonshire.

Please visit our website for further information.

Have your say

You can give us your views in a number of ways. Please visit our website for all of the different ways you can give your feedback to these proposals, including our online questionnaire.

This consultation closes at 5pm on Sunday 7 October 2018.

Details of this consultation and other past and present consultations are available on Northamptonshire County Council’s Consultation Register. Please feel free to share this information with anyone you feel might be interested

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