Village Contractors

Please can we ask that people do not approach any of the village maintenance contractors during the coronavirus crisis.  If you have any questions please contact the Parish Council and we will be more than happy to answer them.

Support during the coronavirus pandemic

Are you in need of extra support during the coronavirus pandemic? Or do you know someone in your local community who might need some help?

Daventry District Council is working with a range of partner organisations to co-ordinate local efforts to get people the help they need during these difficult times.

An army of volunteers has come forward to offer their help with everything from collecting prescriptions or shopping for people who cannot leave their home, to offering a friendly ear to those who might be feeling a bit lonely.

So if you are in need of any support, or know anyone who might need help, please get in touch.

Help that can be arranged includes:

▪️Collecting prescriptions

▪️Help with shopping/emergency supplies

▪️Telephone befriending

If you are in need of help and support please go to Daventry District Council’s website to complete an online form:<>

Once you have completed the form, we will match you with a community group of volunteers who will contact you as soon as they can to arrange the support you need. Please be aware we are experiencing huge demand for these services at the moment, so you may not get a response straight away.

Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 4FP

T: 01327 871100        W:


Coronavirus – Volunteering Opportunities

If you and your family and friends want to be involved in volunteering opportunities in Northamptonshire there’s more information on the Northampton County Council website.  Volunteering – Coronavirus.

Volunteers will be matched with those requesting help, according to their skills and locations.  Volunteering could include delivering prescriptions or helping the food bank or other local essential community schemes.

Please take care and stay well.

Yelvertoft Annual Parish Meeting

To: All Yelvertoft village organisations

Re:       Annual Parish Meeting Invite

We are writing to invite you to the Yelvertoft Annual Parish meeting which will be held at 7pm on Monday 6th April 2020. 

Due to Coronavirus please note that all face-to-face meetings have been suspended so the meeting will be via web conference. 

We would really appreciate a report on what your organisation has been working on over the last 12 months, and also a presentation of your accounts.  This is a great opportunity for you to inform the village about your work, plans, achievements, and anything else you wish them to know.

We are often approached by village organisations with requests for funding, which we welcome.  Please note that priority for funding will be given to those groups that attend the Annual Parish Meeting as the Parish Council has a duty to all residents to ensure all funding awarded is made on a fair basis and in order for us to make such decisions we need to know what groups contribute to the village, how active they are and have an overview of their finances.

If you, or a representative, are unable to attend the meeting then you are welcome to send me a report which I will read out at the meeting.  If you are attending the meeting I would really appreciate you emailing me a copy of the report also to include in the minutes.

If you wish to participate:   

Go to

Enter meeting ID: 729 338 253

If using a telephone: 0203 695 0088.  Please note that calls from landlines will be charged at your usual rate.   

If you join online can we please ask that you do not use your webcams as it slows down the conference connection.  Please also try to access the conference at least 15 minutes beforehand so you can test your audio.  Your pc may also want to do a small download in order for Zoom to work on your pc.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Due to the coronavirus we wish to inform residents that all face-to-face meetings will be suspended for the foreseeable future. Meetings will now take place by web conference. As usual, we welcome public participation so if you wish to participate in any meeting please contact the Clerk and we will send you the details of the web conference.
You can either join meetings by using your computer or dial in using your phone (which is charged at local rate).
Please also continue to send in your emails and letters.

Basic I.T. skills – Free course

Would anyone like to learn about staying safe and secure online, the benefits of the internet, searching the internet and using email and online forms?

Digital Northampton, NCC Adult Learning and Northamptonshire Libraries are joining forces to put on LIFE ONLINE, a free 4-week basic IT skills course for digital beginners.  The next two are at Towcester Library, Mondays 02 to 30 March 2020, 1pm to 3 pm and Daventry Library Wednesdays 4 March to 1 April 2020, 10 am to 12 noon.  Call Teresa Humpage to book on 07841 784127.  Spread the word!

Yelvertoft Parish Councillor won nomination to attend the Queens Royal Garden Party!

Councillor John Nichols has been involved with the Parish Council for the last 23 years.  John is the most helpful, cheerful, and hard-working Councillor anyone could ever wish for.  He has tirelessly worked for the good of the residents/Yelvertoft village – grass cutting, tree maintenance, allotment maintenance, cemetery maintenance, flood maintenance, KGV field maintenance, member of many sub committees and working groups – including the Village Hall which we consider is one of the best facilities in the UK with a fantastic village hall, professional pitches, amphitheatre, pocket park etc.  John takes it upon himself to carry out maintenance in the village nearly every day of the week, including weekends and evenings.  John never needs to be asked, never complains, and rarely receives thanks.

We truly believe that John is the best ever Councillor and deserves recognition and a treat which is why we nominated him to NCALC for their annual recognition award of attending the Queens Royal Garden Party in May.  We are delighted to say that John won!  John and his wife Jenny will be attending the party. Talking of Jenny, we must also thank her as she rarely sees John due to the amount of time he spends working for the good of the village.

John will be retiring as a Councillor in April (despite saying that he will still continue to do some maintenance! 😊).  We would like to give John a huge thank you for all his hard work over the years and wish him a long, happy, healthy retirement.  He will be sorely missed.


There have been concerns regarding the Gigaclear works and the reinstatement of verges. Herewith response from Gigaclear:

“I am sorry to hear that you are receiving complaints regarding the reinstatement of the verges.  I have forwarded your concerns onto the Project Manager.

We will reinstate all verges, pathways and roads within 6-months of completion of the build.  All work is completed in accordance and with the guidance of the Highways Authority.

The reinstatement of the verges will be carried out once the better weather arrives – this will usually be in late February/March/April.  Verges will then be top soiled and seeded.  If we reinstate earlier we run the risk of soil and seeds being damaged or washed away in the weather.

If you receive any questions from residents, please do not hesitate to give them the Network Build Care details or 01865 591137.  This is a dedicated team here in Abingdon who can answer any build queries they may have.

Many thanks.

Best regards

New Council for Northampton

Northampton Borough Council (NBC) have made the historic decision to create a new town council for Northampton, which will come into being on 1 April 2020.  We think it will be the biggest town council in England, with 80,000 plus electors (exact numbers are being crunched).  NBC also approved the creation of parish councils for Kingsthorpe and Far Cotton, meaning that the whole borough will soon be parished. A new town council for Wellingborough will also come into being on 1 April 2020 and it is hoped that Kettering and Corby will follow suit in April 2021.  The creation of these new councils is a consequence of Local Government Reorganisation (LGR), because when the unitary councils are in place these community-level councils will be absolutely essential, as all the existing 264 parish and town councils are and will continue to be.

Danny Moody, Northants CALC


Council seeks interest in management of Country Park café

Daventry District Council (DDC) is inviting submissions from catering businesses interested in running and managing Daventry Country Park’s new-look café.

The popular café helps cater for visitors to the Green Flag award-winning Park and is currently undergoing a major extension and refurbishment project to improve it still further.

The work, which is set to be completed in mid-March, will create a cosy indoor seating area with an internal servery in what was the Visitor Centre, as well as providing a larger food preparation area.

Outside, the toilets are being completely revamped, the covered seating area will be improved, the courtyard will be levelled and paved, windows and doors will be refurbished and modern shutters will be installed.

The café is run by an external provider on a contract basis and, with the current contract having come to an end, DDC is looking for caterers to submit bids to run it on a five-year agreement with an option to extend.

The winning bidder will be expected to operate a well-run and attractive café for the local community, offering a range of high quality, healthy food and drink, good value for money for the customer and polite and friendly customer service.

It is expected the new licence would begin in March, when the refurbished café is reopened.

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure on Daventry District Council, said: “The café is a real hive of activity at the park and, with the extensive improvement work currently underway, this is a fantastic opportunity for a catering business to further develop this facility.

“Daventry Country Park is well-loved by the people of Daventry District and beyond, attracting around 90,000 visitors annually. It hosts a variety of popular events and activities for visitors, and thanks to the exciting programme of improvements that are underway, its popularity only looks set to grow and grow.”

For more information, including details of how to obtain contract conditions, award criteria and the submission documents, please visit

Bids must be submitted by Friday 31 January.