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County Elections May 2021

Local Government Reform and what is happening in Northamptonshire.

And will there be elections in the County this year?

Under government proposals laid before Parliament, two new unitary councils are due to be created in Northamptonshire to provide all local government services in the county. Subject to this parliamentary legislation being approved, the new unitary authorities will come into being on 1 April 2021 and Northamptonshire’s current eight councils will cease to exist.

The North Northamptonshire unitary will cover Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough, and the West Northamptonshire unitary will cover Daventry District, Northampton and South Northamptonshire.
The existing district and borough councils and Northamptonshire County Council will all be abolished.

Before Parliament was dissolved for the December 2019 General Election, a Structural Changes Order 2019 (SCO) – which sets out how the two new unitary authorities will be formed to replace the existing eight councils on 1 April 2021 – was laid before Parliament.

The Order was considered by the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee and it has now been noted as an ‘instrument of interest’. It will now lay dormant until after the General Election, when it will then be considered by the new Government.

Work on the Future Northants programme will continue at the same pace, working to the go live date of 1 April 2021.

For more information and FAQs, go to asked questions.

In the meantime, will there be local elections on 6th May this year? It seems likely that this is a question that only the results of the Corona virus vaccination programme can answer.

Help Us, Help You Campaign

Think NHS 111 First

NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched the next phase of the latest ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign which focuses on the NHS 111 service as a new way to access A&E.

If you have an urgent but not life-threatening medical need, make sure you contact NHS 111 first rather than going straight to A&E. If you do need urgent care, then NHS 111 can now book you in to be seen quickly and safely in A&E. 

As well as this, NHS 111 is also able to direct to or book an appointment at Urgent Treatment Centres, access to Out of Hours GP Services, pharmacies, emergency dental services and walk-in clinics.

Contacting 111 first will also help the NHS to keep you safe by maintaining social distancing and ensure that you receive the right care in the right place, in a more timely and safe way.

If you or your loved one have a life-threatening illness or injury then you should always use 999 and if you do arrive at A&E without contacting NHS 111 you will still receive medical care, with emergency treatments prioritised. 

Just think 111 first.
When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 by phone or online at

Further information about NHS 111 First, is available at

Information on this Post came from:

NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Corby Enterprise Centre
Priors Hall
Corby NN17 5EU

Francis Crick House
Summerhouse Road
Northampton NN3 6BF

The Refill Van

The Refill Van will be at The Star Inn car park on Saturday 28 November from 10am – 12 noon.

The van was at The White Lion car park recently, but all future visits will be at The Star Inn.

There are over 200 items for sale, some of which, can be put into your own re-usable containers.

The van will also visit Geddington on Friday 18 December 3pm – 6pm

For more information, go to:

Road Closure – Queen Street

Queen Street

will be closed from

9th November –
15 December


During this time, the footway, carriageway and verges will be excavated to install ducting, chambers and cabinets.

Responsibility for works: GIGACLEAR

Their ref: KA005EMGTN-1836-QSENT

Data Source: Gigaclear Ltd

Weekley Hall Wood Competition

John Padwick has alerted us to a fund-raising competition being run on behalf of the ‘Save Weekley Hall Wood’.

Looking for something nice to do as we go into another lockdown? We’ve got an exciting competition for you!
Would you like to have your photograph, drawing, artwork featured in our beautiful 2021 Calendar?
We decided since we have so many stunning photos inspired by Weekley Hall Wood that it would be a good idea to create a calendar!
The competition is open to all ages.
Please send hi-res images, no less than 300dpi to by the end of Saturday 14th November.
We will let you know if your image will be featured after this date and the calendars will go on sale in December in time for Christmas!
Thank you and best of luck! !”

Remembrance Service

Due to the current lockdown, the church will not be open for this service.
There will be a virtual service on Facebook and via Zoom.

Halloween Advice

Northamptonshire Police has sent this advice out to all public bodies, including our Parish Council, who kindly passed it to for publication.


Pumpkin poster resized.jpg

With the Rule of Six banning gatherings of more than six people many parents will be wondering how to mark Halloween this year.

Traditional trick-or-treating is not advised as we all continue to try and stop the spread of Covid-19.

An alternative approach suggested for parents on social media, which the Force and partners are endorsing, draws on the rainbow challenge which proved so popular in the spring.

People who want to be involved in Halloween can display pictures of pumpkins in their windows in the run-up to October 31. Then parents/guardians can go out with their dressed-up children and try to find them. If so desired, the adult can give the child a treat every time they spot a pumpkin.

Laura Jones, Prevention Manager for Northamptonshire Police, said: “For many young children dressing up and going out with friends and family trick-or-treating is a highlight of their year and we understand not being able to do this will be upsetting for them, especially when they’ve already had such a tough 2020.

“Traditional trick-or-treating is not advised this year, as we all do our best to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

“We hope the approach we are endorsing will allow children to dress up and feel like they’ve taken part in Halloween, in a Covid-secure way. There is no need for families to mix with other households.

We urge parents of older children to talk to them about why it’s advised they don’t take part in trick-or-treating this year and to respect other people’s decision not to take part.

Fines of £200 can be issued to anyone gathering in a group of six or more, inside or outside. Anyone hosting a house party with more than six people in attendance can be issued with a £10,000 fine.

This advice is subject to change, should the guidance/legislation from Government change before October 31, 2020. Please keep an eye on our website for up-to-date information.

A number of posters for children to colour in are available to download from the links below.

Traditional Halloween pre-covid scene

Pumpkin poster

We also have a no trick or treating poster which is available to download from the link below.

‘No Trick-or-Treating’

Remembrance Service 8th November 10.45am

A message from St Mary Magdalene Church, Geddington.

“At a time when so much seems to be cancelled or virtual, we very much want to be able to have a Remembrance Service in church, but we are going to have to make some changes to remain Covid secure.

– You will not be able to stand in the churchyard to watch the wreaths being laid as there are strict guidelines about numbers in churchyards, but you will be able to come into church for the Remembrance Service.
– If you would like to attend the Service, you will need to book a place in advance (see below for details) to ensure we do not breach social distancing guidelines within the church.
– You will need to hand sanitise and wear a face mask (if you are able).

Please help us to let everyone know – for example, if you think your neighbour might like to attend, but you know they cannot go online or use Facebook, please share this information with them.”

Bookings can be made by emailing:, detailing which service you would like to attend and how many people you would like to book for, bearing in mind that it can be up to six from one household or bubble.

You will receive an email back from us, confirming your places and letting you know any further details

If you cannot email, please ring Penny Griffin on 01536 743552 or 07990 521830.

Do you know this feline?

Janet Marshall has asked us for help in finding a cat’s owner.

Janet lives at Cleeton, on Stamford Road and has been feeding a Tabby cat and her two kittens. She is not the owner and would like to re-unite the owner and their cat. Whilst the Tabby is keen to eat what is put down for her, the cat is rather shy and not keen on being approached.

If you are, or if you know who is, the owner, please contact Janet
via email at:
or by phone on: 742456

A typical Tabby cat

Northamptonshire Libraries

Northamptonshire Libraries have announced the next phase in county-wide library re-openings from Monday 14th September, and will be welcoming customers back into libraries for a limited browsing service.

In order to do this safely, the service will need to control entry and each library will manage this in a way that suits their layout. In general, browsing will be by a bookable session. Walk in will be available, but only if there are no booked appointments at that time.

Each library will allow a limited number of customers into the building, depending on the safe capacity of the library. The library will be marked out to ensure social distancing around shelves and there will be one way systems. Browsing will also be time limited.

Since the closure of libraries across the county in March this year, all library charges had been suspended. However, from Monday 5th October 2020, all library charges have been reinstated. This will include the late return charges on borrowed items, computer hire and printing charges. Safe cash handling procedures will be in place, but where possible, you will be encouraged to pay by card. 

If you have any queries, or would like to book an early browsing slot, please contact your local library where staff will be pleased to offer assistance.   

Further information is available on the website.

Kettering Library is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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