Summer Reading Challenge

Every year Northamptonshire Libraries deliver the Summer Reading Challenge, which challenges children to read 6 books during the summer holidays. It has been proven that children who don’t continue reading during the summer have a lower reading age when they return to school in September than that before the summer. You can find out more about the challenge at or Facebook page:
The challenge starts on the 10th July and runs until September, when children return to school.
There is also an adult reading challenge this year, called Fully Booked, which will run for 6 months, from the 10th July. Full information about this, and the companion podcast, can be found at
summer reading challenge poster


Councillor & Clerk reports – June 2021

Cllr Julie Cottle Report


We will be installing the sleepers to accommodate the new container unit shortly.  We are waiting for a delivery date.

Tarrys End

I am seeking a third quotation for the proposed resurfacing works in Tarry End.

Tree Survey Works

I have interviewed 3 contractors to provide quotations for the Tree Survey Works.  I have contacted the Yelvertoft School to make them aware of the impending works.

KGV Field Survey

The working group have met twice and good progress has been made.  The proposed survey will be presented to Council for approval at the next meeting.

I have emailed Peter Bowman of Severn Trent and WWT along with Nicola Jameson of Natural England to request a letter of support with the Natural Flood Management we are considering along the Crick Bridleway and around the KGV Field.


I attended the Investigation by DSA on behalf of the WNC into the flood of 23 December 2020 along with Cllr Parker and four residents.

Solar Farm

I am attending a meeting on Wednesday 2 June 2021 with Lightrock and the preferred contractor along with Cllr Bolton to discuss issues including Highways and flooding.


I have still not had a response from the Rights of Way Officer regarding FP4. I will try via the Street Doctor route to see if I can get a response that way.

Complaint – Yelvertoft Brook

A resident has written to Council regarding a large tree trunk blocking the brook between Yelvertoft and Clay Coton.  I contacted the landowner a couple of weeks ago and can confirm that the tree trunk has been removed.

Transparency in my work

As requested I have issued the Clerk copies of all my email communication with Fields in Trust (Angela Lewis and Lydia Stilwell), Sports England (Rajvir Bahey,) Natural England (Nicola Jameson), WWT and Severn Trent (Peter Bowman) with regard to the KGV.

Cllr Chris Bolton Report

Street Lighting

  • Maintenance – New invoice has been sent. The cost is now £45 +VAT per quarter (£180 + VAT per annum).  This equates to a saving of £85.42 per quarter (£341.68 per annum)
  • Discussions are ongoing about backdating these charges in the form of a credit note
  • Charges – with new (December 2020) Western Power Distribution Certificate of Unmetered Supply to be reviewed and cost savings calculated


Northants highways

  • Liaison Officer has followed up on our meeting (4th May) with further information.
  • Road Safety team has been in contact with an overview of the process and funding availability. Meeting arranged with road safety officer for 4th
  • Contact made with the Office of the Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner regarding funding. Documentation received on the Northamptonshire Road Safety Community Fund from the Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance
  • A full proposal will be made to the Parish Council after the meeting with the road safety officer.
  • School road markings – liaison officer found no documentation regarding the changes is road markings outside the school.
  • Potholespotholes filled on School Close and Hillmorton Lane. However, this area will be an ongoing problem for the whole village.  Residents need to continue to be reminded to report problems through the YPC website or directly through Fix My Street


  • Solar Farm/LightrockMeeting arranged with Lightrock and new contractor for 2nd Councillor Cottle will also be in attendance
  • Whiterock Homes (Hillmorton Lane development)
  • Awaiting planning confirmation

Cllr Nigel Mercer Report

Neighbourhood Watch

Following on from the online Northampton NW meeting in April, I now have all the contact details for NW contacts in the nearby villages and hamlets. We are in the process of forming a WhatsApp group that will link us together and service information sharing locally.  This means that information on a very local crime or problem can be distributed very quickly and shared on each village noticeboard and/or Parish Noticeboard at the click of a button.  We hope to add the local crime officer to the group, as soon as we are informed of who it is. I think that WhatsApp is a more useful tool for things like this.  Sometimes emails can be a bit fiddly especially on a mobile ‘phone.

Cllr Louise Somers Report

Since the last meeting I have delivered a Parish Council update for the Parish News with a focus on our local environment. A topic I touched upon was around potential changes to the King George V Field and I have been working with the King George V working group to develop a short update and questionnaire for local residents which has been submitted to the Parish Council for discussion.

As the Village hall is one of my responsibilities, I have joined the Village Hall committee and agreed to become a trustee of the Village Hall alongside Cllr Hedgecock, which we have been told is normal procedure for other committee members. And we will be attending these monthly meetings on a rotating basis so that there will always be a Parish Council presence. Finally, I have signed up for a Parish Council course ‘off to a flying start’ in September.

Clerk’s Report



It has been very quiet over the recent months but we have received 3 requests for ashes internments over the last couple of weeks and 2 headstone erection queries.

Bin surround

The new contractor has now added the doors to the bin surround as per the quote.  I have now paid his invoice.

Cemetery ashes sign

I am having no joy with getting the sign back of the old contractor.  I will persevere.

Cemetery Path Jet Washing

The path has now been jet washed.

Cemetery Headstone Complaint

I contacted the next of kin regarding an unsafe headstone.  She asked that the PC get it secured and invoice her, which I did.  Alan and I are dealing with this.



I have attended a few free webinars recently:

  • HMRC P11d and expenses
  • Opening up of community buildings / resuming f2f meetings (being Covid secure)
  • Employment Law Update

Previous Maintenance Contractor

The contractor will just not respond to me. As stated above, he is holding the Cemetery ashes sign, along with the bridleway no vehicles sign.  I will continue different ways to resolve this.

Audit 2020/21

This has taken a lot of my time over the last month or so but I am pleased to say it is now all complete.  The internal auditor has approved the financials except for one small comment being that I didn’t minute last year that the financials had been circulated to Council. Once the audit is approved at this meeting, I will submit to the external auditor.


The Knightley Arms has opened a new community café to help support local residents

 Press Release: Northamptonshire pub opens community café to help local residents

Publican Jen Rees has opened a new community café at The Knightley Arms in Yelvertoft, to help create a social hub for local residents.

The publican took over the pub in October 2020, which was closed, with the aim to re-establish it as the heart of the village.

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The Knightley Arms had previously focused on a drinking clientele and Jen was keen to encourage more women, families and elderly customers to come into the premises to socialise.  As the village has no other services Jen also sees the pub as an important place for people to get together and overcome issues of isolation and loneliness.

As part of this approach to make the pub more accessible the new community café, which serves a range of Lavazza premium coffees, cakes and pastries, has been opened with the expert help and a Community Services Fund grant from Pub is The Hub, the not-for-profit organisation that helps pubs to diversify and provide essential local services.

The pub is now busy serving local families, cyclists, ramblers, passing boaters and loves to welcome dog visitors.

It serves food between 12pm to 8pm everyday offering a range of pub favourites such as Beer Battered Cod & Chips and Sunday roasts.

Jen Rees said: “The pub is now the centre of the village and is open to everyone. There has been a real buzz about the services we now offer and it has really helped to build morale in these challenging times.

“The community café has really helped to make The Knightley Arms the place for everyone to come and connect. It is so nice to see a range of different people including families and the elderly from the village using the pub.”

Pub is The Hub regional advisor Dave Allan said: “Jen has really transformed The Knightley Arms into the hub of this village in only a short time.

“The community café will offer those living locally the chance to meet and socialise following a time when many of them have been isolated due to lockdowns.”

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Publican Jen Rees showcases the new community café 

Editor’s notes

Pub is The Hub is a not-for-profit organisation inspired by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2001, which offers independent specialist advice to publicans on rural services diversification or the options for the community ownership of pubs, so they can all provide viable local services at the heart of their community.

With a proven track record of rural project development and delivery over the last 19 years, Pub is The Hub has worked with great publicans to open post offices, shops, libraries, cafes, community cinemas, allotments, play areas and much more. Since 2013, the organisation has also been able to offer small grants through its Community Services Fund.

Website:   Twitter: @PubistheHub_uk