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.

Criminal damage – Yelvertoft

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a Criminal Damage to fence post, Merrycot Lane, Yelvertoft. This happened on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 from 12pm – Thursday 23rd January 2020 12:30pm.

Did you witness anything? Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious? Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If you have evidential CCTV relating to this occurrence please send to   quoting the reference number.

Call 101 Reference: 20000043012

In an emergency, when there is a crime in progress or a life at risk, always call 999.

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering Daventry Town and surrounding villages they can be contacted on the following email:

Rats on Allotment

Please be advised that we have rats at the allotments and we are looking at treating the problem.  As a result, there may be dead rats found about, please make sure that if you have a dog you do not let it near them and if at all possible the rat should be bagged up so that carrion and owls don’t try to eat them.  The dog poo bins may be a place to put any dead rat found.  The Parish Council will be inspecting on a regular basis.

April Parish Council meeting date 2020

The Parish Council meets the second Monday of each month except January and August.  Please note that as the April date falls on a bank holiday the meeting will take place on 6th April as opposed to 13th April.  Meetings take place at 7.30pm in the Reading Room and residents are always very welcome to attend.

Cemetery Improvements

We are pleased to inform residents that the cemetery improvements are well under way:

  • Memorial kerb stones have been placed around the Rose Garden.  People are able to scatter ashes in the Rose Garden (with permission from the Parish Council) and then purchase a memorial stone to be engraved if they wish.  The rose bushes and soil are also being replaced, and further bulbs planted.
  • A new gravel path will be placed around the Rose Garden for ease of walking and maintenance.  This path will be extended to the cremated remains area alongside the hedge in order to improve that area too.
  • The gate has been painted.  Many thanks to Councillor Alan Chantler for completing this.  A new sign has also been installed on the gate.
  • A new cremated remains area has been created top left of the cemetery for those who wish to bury cremated remains.  Mini headstones can be placed on the graves here.
  • A shelter will be installed for storing the bins and tools so they are not on show.
  • Councillor Vivien Twort continues to donate vases for everyone to use.  Many thanks to Vivien for this service.  Please do return them if you are not using them so others can benefit too.
  • Rotten benches have been replaced and a new tree bench will be installed.

We would sincerely thank the volunteers that put so much time and energy into keeping the cemetery in its excellent condition by mowing, trimming, sweeping etc. – Laurie Tedcastle, Geoff Holmes, David McCallum, and Charles Tetlow.

Please do take a moment to visit the cemetery as it is such a beautiful peaceful place that we are very lucky to have.  We always welcome feedback from residents so we can continue to improve – positive or constructive.

Samantha Haywood, Burial Officer, Yelvertoft Parish Council


Christmas waste and recycling collections


Residents across Daventry District are being offered support to recycle as much as possible over the Christmas and New Year period.

That support includes an extra collection of the blue-lidded recycling bins in the week beginning Monday 23 December, as well as a kerbside collection of real Christmas trees in January.

Details of the extra recycling collection, as well as day changes for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, are printed on the collection calendars which were sent to households across Daventry District in June, and can be checked at

However Daventry District Council (DDC) is reminding people of the following schedule changes:

  • Collections which would have been due on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25 December) will instead take place on Saturday 28 December. Remember to also put your blue-lidded recycling bin out for its extra collection on this day.
  • Collections which would have been due on Boxing Day (Thursday 26 December) will instead take place on Sunday 29 December. Remember to also put your blue-lidded recycling bin out for its extra collection on this day.
  • Collections due on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, 1 January) will instead take place on Saturday, 4 January.
  • There will be a short break in the garden waste service during the week beginning 23 December to allow crews to focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

DDC is also reminding people of the range of items that can be recycled in the blue-lidded bin, including sweet tins, and foil-free wrapping paper and Christmas cards. As a good rule of thumb, wrapping paper that can be torn is probably made from paper and can therefore be recycled.

If people find they have too much recycling for their blue-lidded bins they should put it in clear or white bags and place it next to their bin on collection day.

People are also advised to make good use of their weekly food waste collection, remembering it can be used to recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including vegetable peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

Black bins containing general waste will continue to be collected on a three-weekly cycle, and residents are reminded to make good use of the recycling services, as bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Residents can put their real Christmas trees out for collection in the week beginning Monday 6 January. They can be placed next to bins or – for garden waste service subscribers – cut up and placed inside the garden waste bin.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but trees can be taken to household waste recycling centres.

People are also reminded they can check their collection day and set up notifications to remind them which bins to put out by downloading the Daventry District Council app for free from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store.

For more information about recycling services and changes over the festive period, please visit

Neighbourhood Watch

Crime is on the increase in our area sadly.  We are looking for residents to volunteer to be a Neighbourhood Watch representative for their street.  It entails communicating to other residents in your street any crime news to make them aware and to be extra vigilant.

If you are interested then please contact the Clerk, Samantha Haywood, 07305 801095. Email:

Thank you.