We are delighted to announce that The Friends of the Bridleway have been successfully awarded £6,500 from the Yelvertoft Windfarm Fund to resurface the Bridleway. They anticipate works will be carried out at the beginning of December and will take a maximum of 10 days.  During works, access will be limited and closed for vehicles. The resurfaced track will start from the start of the bridleway houses to the allotments.

We are delighted they have received this funding and hope that this makes access for walkers, families, cyclists and horse riders along the track a more pleasant experience.  The resurfacing will be to an acceptable standard for horses – hardcore not concrete.

It is hoped that speed humps and a barrier at the start of the bridleway to limit vehicular access will also be installed in the near future too.

Can we please ask that vehicles drive very slowly on the bridleway for safety reasons and to make sure we prolong the life of the surface.

Rose Garden – Volunteers Required

We are fortunate to have a beautiful rose garden within the cemetery which is maintained by volunteers. If you would like to be part of the team that maintain the garden then please do let us know. If you are able to spare a bit of time to carry out pruning and weeding then we would love to hear from you.

Police Update

Current staffing structure for the District: Neighbourhood Inspectors have been reduced from 9 to 4 and it is hoped that the new service delivery model will be completed by the Autumn. Daventry Police Station will be one of four main hubs for the force in the county where response teams will be based. This is good news for Daventry and the District as there will be more officers based here, albeit covering a large area.  PC’s for Daventry have reduced to five, however PCSO’s have been maintained at six. There is one Sergeant (Sam Dobbs). These officers will only be used for neighbourhood policing issues as there is a separate response team for other matters which arise.

Crime figures in the district are up by 10% as a whole when compared with last year, however it was noted that crime recording has changed. Inspector Byrne asked residents to report all crime, as police resourcing cannot be targeted to specific issues unless the information is there.

There is a gang culture emerging in the County, however this is yet to affect Daventry.

Inspector Kevin Byrne,  Parish & Town Councils Meeting 15.06.17


Can we please ask that people do not obstruct footpaths. It can be dangerous for pedestrians / pushchairs to pass obstructions by going into the road and extremely difficult for those less-abled. We appreciate, as with most villages, that they were not initially created with vehicles in mind and parking can be a problem. We ask that you try to be as considerate as possible when parking – please do not park on bends, obstruct driveways etc.



New Bus Service from September 2017

From Monday 4th September, service 96 Northampton – Rugby will be revised. Following discussions between the council and Stagecoach all journeys will additionally serve Long Buckby station, where time in the schedule permits. This is to provide interchange facilities with the train service, and also to provide residents of the Station Road / Bakers Lane area of the village with better access to the bus service.

From the same date, 2 peak-hour journeys in each direction on Rugby town service 3A will be extended to / from Dirft, Crick, West Haddon and Yelvertoft. Funded by the Section 106 Agreement for Guilsborough Road, West Haddon this will increase the peak hour service between West Haddon / Crick and Dirft / Rugby to broadly half-hourly, and also introduce a peak-hour service between Yelvertoft and Dirft / Rugby.

Yelevertoft will have 2 buses per day Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.  From the Knightley Arms 7am / 8.19 am and evening 5.30pm / 6.30pm.  Bus Timetable SEPT 2017.

The Parish Council have thanked Highways as some service is better than nothing, however, we believe that a service returning at lunchtime would be very beneficial.

Fed up with vehicles speeding through the village?

If so, would you like to become involved with the Speedwatch Scheme?  It involves spending a morning being trained on using the speedwatch equipment and then being part of the volunteers who use the equipment throughout the year periodically.

The next training day is scheduled for:

Saturday 2nd September 2017, 10am to 12 noon in Northampton.

Car sharing available.

Please do let us know if you are interested.

Councillor Vacancies


Have you ever considered volunteering to become a Parish Councillor? If the answer is no, then you should reconsider.

Here are a few reasons why you should give the role your consideration:

  • You would like to help keep the Parish a desirable place to live
  • If you’re female or under 25 then have a good think, as women and youngsters are under-represented in local authorities
  • You are interested in planning and development
  • Be a voice for the people of the Parish
  • Training and support are available
  • As a resident your opinions are important

Why become a Parish Councillor?

Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped to make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.  The Parish Council helps to ensure the area continues to be a desirable place to live, go to school, work and visit.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect their local community. Probably the most common topics are planning matters, highways issues and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities. It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions, but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions. In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful.

How much time does it take up?

We meet 10 times p.a. Meetings usually last three hours, depending on the agenda set for the meeting to discuss. In addition to the regular meetings, councillors are occasionally required to attend other meetings. Such meetings won’t happen too frequently, so it’s not going to take over your life.

What support is there?

The Parish Council is supported by NCALC, which offers advice and training. The other councillors are friendly and always there to help. The role of the Clerk is to support the Parish Council. The clerk carries out administration tasks, acts as legal adviser/researcher and liaises with outside agencies. The role of parish councillor is voluntary but expenses can be paid. We have a training budget for Councillors to attend any training course they require to carry out their duties.

Don’t take our word for it!  The best way to find out what it’s like to be a parish councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now. Come along to a Parish Council meeting, or speak to one of our councillors and find out what they think of the role, or contact the Clerk.

Changes to Fire & Rescue Service Consultation


21st June 2017


The Office of the Northants Police and Crime Commissioner has recently launched a public consultation regarding proposals for the governance of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service to transfer from the Fire Authority which currently sits in Northamptonshire County Council, to the Police and Crime Commissioner, who would therefore become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. There is a short animated film and leaflet to explain the proposal – both can be viewed by visiting

Stephen Mold, Northants Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Northamptonshire has led the way in demonstrating how emergency service collaboration can help to increase efficiency and effectiveness, and I’m determined that we build on this work to continue to create a safer county.

“Bringing the Police and the Fire and Rescue Service under a single governance model will save significant amounts of public money which we will reinvest into increasing frontline services.

“We will increase funding into the frontline by sharing premises and combining administrative functions and also potentially increasing the amount we ask the public to pay by only 3 pence per week.

“The new governance proposal will enable us to make quicker strategic decisions and increase our preventative work across both police and fire areas while giving the public a level of transparency when it comes to spending by the Fire and Rescue Service that hasn’t been available under the previous governance model.

“Having reviewed the business case for this proposal, I’m confident that a change in governance is in the best interests of everyone in Northamptonshire. However, we want to hear from as many people as possible in the county around their views and concerns, to ensure they are accurately represented as we move forward”

The Commissioner is really keen to hear your views and those of your family and friends on this proposal. To find out more and complete the online survey please visit . The consultation will run until Tuesday 1st August 2017 and is open to all residents of the county. A postal survey or if you require it in easy read please is available by contacting 01604 888113

Water Supply to Allotments

The matter of the leak to the water supply is still under investigation, we are working towards a solution and we apologise for the delay.

As soon as we are possibly able to turn the supply back on we will – please bear with us.

Richard Jackson is kindly supplying water to the allotments in the meantime by IBC container.  Our sincere thanks Richard!