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If you put up posters around the village to advertise an event or for another purpose, the Parish Council would appreciate it if you could remove your posters after the event date has passed.
Old posters become tatty and become an eyesore, spoiling our village.

The latest update from the leader of North Northants Council, Jason Smithers, can be read here

On Sunday there will be a service at the War Memorial in St Laurence Churchyard and wreaths will be laid to remember those who have fallen in war.

Everyone is welcome to attend and should gather by the Post Office for 10.30 a.m.

The service at the War Memorial will start at 10.45 a.m.

It will be followed by a Church Service at 11 a.m.

Councillor Susan Kitchener will be laying a wreath on behalf of Stanwick Parish Council and the parish.

UPDATE - this work has been delayed. The new start date is not known yet.

From 15th November repair work will be undertaken on the stone walls along Spencer Parade. The work has been instructed by Northants Highways and is expected to last for up to 10 days.

It is not known if traffic management (traffic lights) will be used to ensure the safety of workers but residents should expect sections of the pavement to be closed at times.

The latest update from the leader of North Northants Council, Jason Smithers, can be read here

We want people to enjoy Halloween, but it can be a worrying time for parents and homeowners. Taking a few minutes to talk about safety and respect before you go out trick or treating can help children have a safe, fun time.

Remember, not everyone loves Halloween! If you see a ‘No Trick or Treat’ poster or sign at a house, don’t knock on the door. 

 

Advice for a safe Halloween

  • If young children are going trick or treating, make sure you or a responsible adult are with them at all times. Know where they are going and when to expect them back.
  • With older children, agree with them where they are going, a return time and if possible, which houses they intend to visit.
  • Remind everyone to respect posters displaying ‘No Trick or Treat’.
  • Never try to deliberately scare someone, especially older or vulnerable people.
  • Don’t allow anyone to go trick or treating alone – always stay with a group.
  • As it’s likely to be dark, carry torches and only walk down well-lit streets.
  • Remind children to NEVER enter anyone’s house and NEVER accept lifts in people’s cars.
  • Be careful crossing roads in the dark.
  • Ask children not to eat any sweets or other treats they are given until they get home. Check their treats before they eat any. Sweets and foods still in their original wrappers are safest.

Dressing up safety

  • Costumes shouldn’t be too long or restrict your child’s freedom to move – you don’t want any unplanned bumps in the night.
  • Stay away from candles, such as in pumpkins – homemade costumes and even some bought from shops can be highly flammable. 
  • Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. This is dangerous, especially when they are crossing roads. Consider using face paints instead.
  • Make sure children are going to be visible when they are out and about. Consider putting reflective tape on their costumes.
  • Some costumes – coupled with the excitement of Halloween – can encourage aggressive behaviour. Remind all trick or treaters that even fake knives, swords and other costume accessories can hurt or scare people.
  • Have a great time, stay safe and look out for each other. If you or someone you know is in danger call 999.

Residents’ advice

It’s not just at Halloween when unexpected callers turn up. Follow these tips for doorstep safety: 

  • Remember official visitors should always make an appointment beforehand.
  • Look through the door spyhole, viewer or window to see who is outside.
  • If you decide to open the door, put the chain or bar on first.
  • Check the caller’s details and ID before you let them into your home. Telephone the relevant organisation to confirm the caller’s identity, but don’t reply on a phone number that the caller gives you.
  • Don’t feel pressurised into buying items on your doorstep and be wary of callers who may offer home repairs or gardening. Report any unexpected traders to our doorstep crime hotline on 0345 23 07 702.
  • Consider putting a ‘Sorry No Trick or Treat’ poster on your door or window (available to download and print above). Please feel free to pass copies of the poster onto relatives/friends.

The latest update from the leader of North Northants Council, Jason Smithers, can be read here

The October 2021 update can be read here

Save the date

Stanwick Community Christmas Fayre

Sunday 5th Decemember 2021 2pm to 5pm 

More details to follow

Sunday 17th & Sunday 24th October 2021

Join STEP (Stanwick Environmental Project) & the Pocket Park Group to plant spring bulbs around the village.

Starting at 10 am at the pocket park on Raunds Road.

Wear something suitable & bring gardening gloves and a trowel.

The latest update from the leader of North Northants Council, Jason Smithers, can be read here

The application to erect a 15 metre 5G mast at the junction of Wetenhall Road and Raunds Road has been refused permission to proceed as 'permitted development rights'. This means, should the applicant wish to proceed, they would need to submit a full planning application and be subject to full planning scrutiny. The planning reference is NE/21/01249/PNT and can be viewed on the North Northants website.

The latest update from the leader of North Northants Council, Jason Smithers, can be read here

Northamptonshire Public Health has asked us to circulate the following:
 
“Cases of Covid are rising across the county, by getting both jabs you reduce the chance of being hospitalised by over 92%.  This NHS video features young Covid patients talking about their experiences of suffering from serious Covid-19 and developing Long Covid, and the experience of Doctors and frontline staff treating them: https://youtu.be/XEwwcIs6aH4

In hindsight I wish I had taken the jab when I was initially offered it. I now understand that it would have likely reduced my chances of ending up in hospital or given me a stronger chance of fighting it off.  I would take that in a heartbeat” – Quincy, 31. 

Book an appointment or attend a drop-in centre if you have not had your vaccine yet. You can book a vaccination at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or find a walk-in centre at https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site.”

The latest update from the leader of North Northants Council, Jason Smithers, can be read here

From Northants Police

Do you have a drug dealer living nearby? 

Do you know somebody that is habitually carrying knives or weapons?

Is this disrupting your lifestyle?

Is this putting you in fear for yours or others safety?

Are you fed up of people coming and going at all times of the day and night?

Do you want us to get them out?

If you have answered yes to any of the above questions please email or call us, or contact CrimeStoppers either by phone or online.

We need your help so we can help you.

Yours sincerely

East Northants Neighbourhood Team 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Tel: 101 / 999 in an emergency

North Northamptonshire Council has just launched a public consultation on a summary version of its first ever Corporate Plan.  The Corporate Plan is a key strategic document for the Council, setting out its vision, values, key commitments and priorities for the future.

The consultation on a high-level summary of the Corporate Plan provides an opportunity for everyone to get involved and help shape the future of the local area and public services provided.  The views of town and parish councils are really important to the Council and I would be delighted if you could take part in our survey.

The discussion about the new Council’s vision and values began last year at the shadow authority.  We have been keen to build on this good work already carried out.

Although not a statutory requirement, a public consultation is considered good practice. The closing date for responses is midnight, 3rd October 2021. 

A summary of the proposed plan along with an online survey is now available on our consultation hub at https://northnorthants.citizenspace.com/corporate-plan/2021-25-consultation

A paper version will be available on request and will soon also be in our customer service centres and in all North Northamptonshire libraries.

Please note that all town and parish councillors are very welcome to complete the survey and collective responses can also be made.

All feedback received will be reviewed and a final version of the Corporate Plan along with a summary of the feedback will be considered by the Executive in October.  The Corporate Plan will then be presented to Council in December 2021 for consideration for formal adoption.

Last, and by no means least, I would really appreciate it if you could help spread the word about the consultation in your local communities. Everyone is welcome to take part and have their say.

North Northamptonshire Council has just launched a public consultation on a summary version of its first ever Corporate Plan.  The Corporate Plan is a key strategic document for the Council, setting out its vision, values, key commitments and priorities for the future.

The consultation on a high-level summary of the Corporate Plan provides an opportunity for everyone to get involved and help shape the future of the local area and public services provided.  The views of town and parish councils are really important to the Council and I would be delighted if you could take part in our survey.

The discussion about the new Council’s vision and values began last year at the shadow authority.  We have been keen to build on this good work already carried out.

Although not a statutory requirement, a public consultation is considered good practice. The closing date for responses is midnight, 3rd October 2021. 

A summary of the proposed plan along with an online survey is now available on our consultation hub at https://northnorthants.citizenspace.com/corporate-plan/2021-25-consultation

A paper version will be available on request and will soon also be in our customer service centres and in all North Northamptonshire libraries.

Please note that all town and parish councillors are very welcome to complete the survey and collective responses can also be made.

All feedback received will be reviewed and a final version of the Corporate Plan along with a summary of the feedback will be considered by the Executive in October.  The Corporate Plan will then be presented to Council in December 2021 for consideration for formal adoption.

Everyone is welcome to take part and have their say.

The September 2021 newsletter from Stephen Mold, the Police Fire & Crime Commissioner can be read on this link

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc initiative will have an impact on Northamptonshire.  It is important that everyone has a chance to have their say; housing, transport and economic development in the Arc will have a direct impact on Northamptonshire for decades to come.

The consultation is open until 12th October 2021. Information on the initiative can be found on the government website via the link below and there is an opportunity to respond to the consultation using the 'share your views' link on the page:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/oxford-cambridge-arc/oxford-cambridge-arc


The Northamptonshire Armed Forces Partnership has asked me to draw your attention to the Help for Heroes clinical team that covers Northamptonshire, which consists of Sarah Kirkby and David Hornsby. They are both Registered Nurses and between them they have extensive military and NHS experience. They provide community-based engagement with Veterans in order to support them and the specific health care needs that the Veteran’s community experience. The easiest way to get support is for Veterans to go to the H4H website www.helpforheroes.org.uk and click the “Get Support” button, or they can call 0300 3039888. Once a Veteran has done this, they will be contacted by the charity to ensure they get the correct support from the team covering their area. 

The latest update from the leader of North Northants Council, Jason Smithers, can be read here

From 6th September 2021 the new roundabout layout and traffic lights will be in operation. Please see the newsletter from Highways England for full details

Hello my name is Mark Taylor … and I’m one of your Parish Councillors. I’m fortunate enough to have responsibilty for liaising with the Police and Fire Services, that do a fantastic job of keeping us safe in Stanwick.

Whilst the Police and Fire Services are the front line of prevention and action … and actually deal with incidents, as residents of Stanwick we can all play a part in ensuring we look after each other … and our wonderful village.

As I’m sure you can imagine, the Police have to deal with a huge number of incidents covering a wide area. On a recent call with the The Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) Stephen Mold and the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire, Nick Adderley we spoke about prevention being a key focus of the Police activities and ensuring that situations are dealt with as early as possible to ensure they don’t escalate.

The absolute key to making this prevention policy work, is the quality of information the Police have at their disposal. If you’re reporting a serious incident, like a road traffic incident, it’s an easy process … “2 vehicles at the junction of A and B”. If you’ve seen something suspicious the “crime” is far less obvious and usually there are pieces of the “crime” missing, making how we report the information far more important.

As a Parish Council we want to make sure we place ourselves and the community in the best position possible to work together.

So while we obvioulsy want to hear about concerns you may have regarding concerning behaviour or incidents, it’s essential that if you’ve seen it … you report it in the best way possible to help the Police … with as much information as possible.

So if you witnessed an incident involving a vehicle registrations are very useful as this narrows down possible offenders. Using this as an example, “a blue Mercedes” can be one of hundreds in Stanwick … making it very difficult (And time consuming) for the Police to narrow it down and take action. A description of “a blue mercedes, registration AB12 ABC” is much more specific and then they can do further work to identify the perpetrators. Even a partial reg with a description is great – the more information the better.

So … how do we best report this information? The two best ways are:

Report | Northamptonshire Police (northants.police.uk) https://www.northants.police.uk/ro/report/

or

Give information | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org) https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously

Together, as a community lets keep working to keep Stanwick safe.

Mark Taylor

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and video footage after a man was found seriously injured following a stabbing in Stanwick.
 
At around 8.25pm last night, Wednesday, August 11, Northamptonshire Police received a report of a man with a stab wound in Spencer Parade, following an earlier altercation in High Street, Raunds.
 
The man was taken to University Hospital Coventry with what are believed to be life-changing abdominal injuries.
A 32-year-old Northampton man was last night arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody this morning.
Scene guards remain in place today, Thursday, August 12, in Spencer Parade and nearby Samuel Close, with an increased police presence in the area to provide community reassurance.
 
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Danny Gasson, of Northampton CID, said: “We’re aware there is likely to be increased concern locally at the moment given what has happened, and I’d like to reassure people that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this isolated incident. If you have any worries, concerns or information you think could be useful, please either speak to the officers we have patrolling in the community or call us on 101.”
 
Anyone who saw the incident, or who has CCTV, dash-cam or smart doorbell footage from High Street, Raunds, and Spencer Parade, Stanwick, from between 7pm and 8.30pm last night, August 11, is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.
Incident number: 21000451779

Spencer Parade is closed to all forms of traffic and people until further notice as it is a crime scene. As at 09.00 the Police are unable to confirm when it will be re-opened.

Please take care on the roads as the other village roads have extra traffic on them today because of this.

Edit It has been reported that the road is re-opened but this has not been verified.

Message from Stagecoach:

Stagecoach will be making changes to fares in Stanwick and we wanted to keep you updated with what’s happening.

You’re probably now in the process of taking a big breath and preparing yourself to ask, “how much are fares going up by”?

But it’s good news! People will be paying up to 45% less for travel from Stanwick. We want a simple and easy to use bus network for people. Therefore, from the 1st August we’re extending the Wellingborough MegaRider to cover what is currently the Rushden Lakes MegaRider (which will be withdrawn from the same date)

This means people can travel between Stanwick, Finedon, Great Doddington, Irchester, Irthlingborough, Raunds, Rushden, Rushden Lakes, Sharnbrook, Wellingborough & Wilby for just £4.20 a day (currently it’s £7.20 a day). A 7-day ticket will also fall from £24 to £15.

This is a huge bonus for those currently travelling on our services who will see massive savings. For this price reduction to be a success we need people to be aware that bus travel is getting cheaper from the 1st August. We are hoping that you can help with that. As a councillor you’ll have your finger on the pulse of the community and will hopefully have the ability to let people in your communities know of this change; whether that’s through local Facebook groups or newsletters.

Full details of the change can be found on our website at: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/midlands/wellingborough-megarider

North Northamptonshire Council have determined that scheme cannot proceed on the basis of 'permitted development rights'. 

This means that for the plan to erect a 5G mast at the junction of Wetenhall Road and Raunds Road to proceed full planning consent would be required.

The decision was made on the basis that the mast would cause harm to the character and appearance of the locality and this harm outweighs the benefits of the mast.

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has proposed to move Stanwick, Hargrave and Raunds from the parliamentary area of 'Corby' to 'Wellingborough'.

The pertinent highlights are: -

●      Constituencies must be within 69,724 and 77,062 electors except for protected constituencies.

●      Corby (proposed to have a name changed to Corby and East Northamptonshire) constituency is currently around 10,000 too large

●      Whilst the first proposal some years back was for Irthlingborough to move to Wellingborough, the new proposal from BCE is for Raunds Stanwick Hargrave to move to the Wellingborough constituency

●      Detailed information can be found here - https://www.bcereviews.org.uk

The Parish Council objects to these changes as it does not believe it is in the best interests of the residents of Stanwick.

The Council encourages individual residents to make their own representation before the closing date of 2nd August 2021.

There are two ways of making a representation:

●      Online via the Commission’s website

●      In writing

Representations must be made to the Boundary Commission by 2 August 2021

Online via the Commission’s website - https://www.bcereviews.org.uk

There is a web form which you will need to complete. [select Make a general comment]

The form only accepts comments up to 10000 characters, so more detailed representations need to be written in a Word document and sent as an attachment.

In writing

Send submissions in writing to:

Boundary Commission for England,

35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ

Please see this leaflet from Age Concern UK for suggestions on how to cope during a heat wave

The Parish Council has received correspondence from WHP Telecoms Ltd, outlining their intention to install a telecoms mast at the junction of Wetenhall Road and Raunds Road. Companies have to submit details to the planning department, and they are judged under the Prior Notification procedure. The proposals are judged in accordance with Part 24 Class A of the General Permitted Development Order. There is no requirement for external notification with such proposals and as such, WHP Telecoms had contacted the Parish Council as a courtesy.

The proposed location is on the county verge not on Parish Council owned land.

If the proposal is judged as conforming to the Prior Notification standards, planning consent will be granted by the Planning Authority (North Northamptonshire Council) without any requirement for external comments, such as from the Parish Council.

Despite these restrictions, the Parish Council does not support the proposal and has agreed to write to WHP Telecoms Ltd accordingly.

Following the vacancy created by the elections held on 6th May 2021, Mark Taylor has been co-opted to the Parish Council to take the seventh seat.

Dear Resident

Please tell us about the issues that matter most to you in the area where you live and work by completing a short survey. The information you give us will help identify the local neighbourhood policing priorities for your area.

Click here to complete our local priorities survey

We would like to know about any crime or anti-social behaviour that is causing you concern and if there is anything specific you would like us to focus on. We’d also like to know how safe you feel when out and about in your neighbourhood and whether you think the police are doing a good job at tackling local crime and disorder.

The survey takes just a few minutes and we would really appreciate you taking the time share your views. The more feedback we get, the better we can understand what the issues are for local people.

At a county level, we have four Matters of Priority that Northamptonshire Police will put a special focus on over the next 12 months – serious and organised crime, domestic abuse, knife crime and anti-social behaviour.

We will also set up to three local priorities for each policing area every three months based on local crime statistics and the feedback we get from the community. We will tell you what those priorities are and keep you informed about the action we are taking to address them.

Your feedback is really important and we appreciate you taking the time to share your views with us.

Thank you

PS 888 Leigh Françoise Goodwin NPT Sergeant

East Northants Neighbourhood Policing Team

Higham Road will be closed between High Street, Stanwick and the A6 by pass 21st June -23rd June due to works being under taken by Anglian Water.

Stanwick Parish Council has a vacancy for a parish councillor.

Expressions of interest are welcomed from anyone who is over 18 years old.

As a councillor representing your community you will help keep it a great place to live and work.

You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training.

You should be comfortable working electronically. You should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and be willing to work as part of a team.

If you care about your community and would like to help make a real difference then why not become a Parish Councillor!

Closing date for expressions of interest is 10th May 2021

Please contact the Parish Clerk for more information

The period in which individuals can be nominated for election the Parish Council has finished. North Northamptonshire Council received six nominations for the seven available seats as shown in the file below. This means that it will be an 'uncontested' election and the six individuals will form the new Council in May and that there is one vacancy that will be filled be co-option.

Members of Stanwick Parish Council are very saddened and disappointed by the senseless destruction at Stanwick Lakes on Friday night. The Council would like to encourage anyone with information that may identify the perpetrators to make a report to the Police. This can be done anonymously through Crimestoppers.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to Stanwick Lakes to contribute to replacement of the destroyed play equipment should contact Stanwick Lakes direct to make arrangements through their official channels.

E-scooters – what are the rules?

E-scooters, or electric scooters, are growing in popularity but there is a lot of confusion around where they can be used.

A privately owned e-scooter can only legally be used on private land and with the permission of the land owner.

In legislation, an e-scooter is classed as a powered transporter and are treated as a motor vehicle and so fall under the Road Traffic Act. This means that they are subject to all the same legal requirements as motor vehicles; MOT, tax, licensing, insurance and specific construction regulations.

As e-scooters can’t currently meet these requirements, riding a privately-owned e-scooter on a public road, pavement or other public area is a road traffic offence.

What happens if I ride my scooter in a public place?

Any person who uses a powered transporter on a public road, pavement or other prohibited space is committing a criminal offence and can be prosecuted. 

Some of the potential offences committed can include driving without a valid licence and driving without insurance.  The penalty for driving without insurance is a fine of £300 and up to 6 points on your driving licence if you have one. Your e-scooter may also be seized under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act for being used without insurance.

If you are using an e-scooter in public in an anti-social manner, you can also risk the e-scooter being seized under section 59 of the Police Reform Act.

For the avoidance of doubt, a public place includes recreation grounds, parks, church yards etc

Any person riding an e-scooter where it is not permitted, may be reported to the Police.

The Electoral Commission has updated its website to include the elections that will be held on 6th May 2021 for all seven seats of the Parish Council.

The link below will take you to the relevant page of their website. Part 2a includes details on how to stand as a Parish Councillor and includes a link to enable you to download the nomination form.

The formal period for submitting the nomination papers will be 25 March until 4pm on 8 April. It has been confirmed that they still need to be submitted by hand, and East Northamptonshire Council will be running an appointment system for the submission.

East Northants Council also currently looking at ways they can conduct informal checks electronically, so that they can avoid the need for Clerks, Candidates and Agents having to attend the offices whilst they are being checked. They are hoping to commence the informal check period from 18 March.

This should reduce potential exposure by only having to physically hand in the pre-checked forms.

 https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-council-elections-england

Environment Agency Routine Maintenance factsheet can be downloaded here

The Parish Council has been contacted by someone who had come across family bible belonging to the Castledine family from Stanwick. The first family member recorded was John Castledine in 1831 and the last entry is in 1890. This person is not looking to sell but would like to pass the bible on to an interested person. Please use the contact form on this website if it is of interest to you.

Northants Highways have issued the following advice

The latest Highways England newsletter can be downloaded and read here

 

Public Health Northamptonshire for the Supporting Independence Programme: Now, more than ever, services across the community are working together to support those most affected by COVID. Our aim is to support and enable people to maintain their independence and resilience for as long as possible. 

 Our service can be tailored to support anybody in the county, over the age of 18, who may be struggling with one or several areas of their life, leading to mild frailty or reduced independence. We are currently operating as a telephone service, offering 12 weeks of person-centred support with a trained Wellbeing Advisor. Advisors have a wealth of knowledge and contacts for community services, charities and organisations across the county, working in partnership to achieve a positive outcome for customers. Referrals are dependent on successful completion of the eligibility criteria, which are just a few quick questions included within the referral form. Our administrator will then contact the customer within 2 working days to arrange an initial appointment with an allocated advisor. Examples of areas we support with include:

 

  • Social isolation
  • Falls
  • Lifestyle
  • Medication
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Physical health and mobility

 For more information and to access the online referral form, please visit:

 https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/health/pages/supporting-independence.aspx

The A45 Chowns Mill roundabout improvement scheme December progress report can be downloaded here

 

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 https://111.nhs.uk/

Further information about NHS 111 First is available at www.northamptonshireccg.nhs.uk

Congratulations Hilary

The Destination Nene Valley (DNV) partnership has announced that Hilary Merricks, a volunteer for the Settlers of the Nene Valley project, has won the first Nene Valley star award.

 The award was set up to recognise the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, who have also gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that residents and visitors have a great experience in the Nene Valley.

 Hilary was nominated for her work on the ancestral garden at Stanwick Lakes, leading a small but dedicated team of volunteers. The garden is part of the Settlers of the Nene Valley project, which looks at how we would have lived in this area from the Stone Age to medieval times and is funded by the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme and Rockingham Forest Trust.

In addition to developing and working on the garden, Hilary is a pivotal part of the Settlers Team, spending time on planning and research as well as keeping in touch with the garden volunteers.

 Winner of the first Nene Valley Star, Hilary Merricks said:

 “It’s been a strange year for everyone so it’s great to have been voted the first Nene Valley Star for doing something I really enjoy. But I couldn’t have created the ancestral garden without the hard work put in by our volunteers and the support of the Heritage Manager at Stanwick Lakes.”

 Earlier in the year, 20 nominations from members of the public and DNV partners were reduced down to three finalists, Hilary Merricks, Bryan Day and Pat Byrne from the Wellingborough and District Nene Angling Club and Buddies of Beckets. The winner was then decided in a public vote.

 Cllr Sarah Peacock, Chairman of the Destination Nene Valley project and East Northamptonshire Councillor said:

 “With this year being so difficult for the tourism industry, we are delighted to crown our very first Nene Valley star.

 “Across the Valley, there are dedicated volunteers who go above and beyond to ensure that everyone has a great experience in the Nene Valley and Hilary is no exception.

“She truly is a worthy winner and the ancestral garden at Stanwick Lakes is a credit to her and the whole team.”

 The Destination Nene Valley project is led by East Northamptonshire Council who work with local tourism partners and the Nenescape Landscape partnership to build on existing framework to better position and promote the Nene Valley.

 Once countrywide restrictions are lifted, Hilary Merricks will be awarded with a trophy, £200 of vouchers and free publicity and promotion via nenevalley.net and the other two finalists will also be awarded with a small trophy and £50 of vouchers.

 For more information about the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme visit www.nenescape.org

East Northamptonshire Council’s Residents’ Survey for 2020 is now open. This is an opportunity for residents to give their feedback on public services within the district and where they feel improvements could be made.

 The survey can be accessed through the council website at https://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/residentssurvey and is open to all residents of East Northamptonshire.

To find out what services they offer and when they are open, please take a look at this poster

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