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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.

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:

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

Further information about NHS 111 First is available at

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 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

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 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

District Councillor Helen Howell's November report to the parish council can be read here

The latest newsletter from Highways England can be downloaded here

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The Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council (ENC), Cllr Helen Howell, has launched a new awards scheme to recognise the local heroes across the district and the excellent work they do in local communities which often goes unrecognised.

The winners of the East Northamptonshire Council Champions will be announced during a ceremony on Wednesday 10 February 2021 and nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • Young Person (up to 7 years of age)
  • Young Person (7 – 16 years of age)
  • Bravery
  • Helping in the Community
  • Good Neighbour
  • Volunteer
  • Voluntary Group
  • Community Organiser
  • Business/Organisation

Cllr Helen Howell, Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council said:

“I know there is amazing community spirit, volunteers and compassion in East Northants and the past few months have really shown this. So I have decided to take the opportunity to recognise our East Northamptonshire Champions by asking residents to nominate groups or individuals that have gone above and beyond in their kindness, generosity and community spirit.

“If you know someone who you think deserves to be recognised, then please head over to the ENC website and nominate them.”

For full details including award criteria and to submit a nomination, please visit before noon on Thursday 31 December and complete the online form. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 10 February 2021.

There will be a series of night time closures for 7th August until 2nd September for drainage and ducting work

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With the Government launching a new initiative to combat obesity in England, East Northamptonshire Council is encouraging everyone to explore the countryside, cycle paths and Nene Valley on two wheels whilst getting fit and healthy at the same time.

For those who want to get out and about in East Northamptonshire, but are not sure where to start, Destination Nene Valley has plenty of resources on their website including cycling routes, hints and tips for beginner cyclists and details of bike hire companies in and around the district.

Across the district, there are many opportunities for residents to get out and about including the East Northamptonshire Council funded Greenway, which runs throughout the district and provides a safe routes for cyclists and walkers alike. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Greenway has proved popular with residents of all ages using the routes for their daily exercise, and it is hoped that this will continue as lockdown and current guidance is eased.

For more information about cycling in East Northamptonshire, anyone interested is encouraged to visit where they will find more information, including maps and routes of the local area.

 More details about the Greenway can be found at

District Councillor Helen Howell's July report to the parish council can be read here

Following their compulsory closure in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, leisure facilities owned by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) will start to re-open from Saturday 25 July.

The three leisure centres across the district, which are run by Freedom Leisure on behalf of ENC, will re-open, though customers can expect to see some changes to opening hours, programme timetables and services on offer in line with current guidance.

The Pemberton Centre in Rushden will be the first to re-open on the 25 July followed by the facilities, including swimming pools, at the Nene Centre in Thrapston and Splash Pool in Rushden on 1 August.

Visitors to all three of the centres will be asked to book to use facilities via Freedom before attending and be required to leave contact details for track and trace purposes.

Anyone wishing to visit the leisure centres in East Northamptonshire are advised to come ‘swim or gym’ ready, though changing rooms will be open for limited use, and visit to check individual centre opening hours and for the most up to date information, including booking for use of facilities and hygiene guidance.

The children's play area at the recreation ground has been closed under Government lock down guidance since March 2020. Relaxation of the lock down rules means that the play area may be re-opened after 4th July 2020. 

It is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19.

Scientific advice suggests that the virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces, particularly when indoors. These risks are reduced when outdoors, where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain. The virus could survive long enough on frequently used/touched outdoor surfaces to facilitate transmission.

The Parish Council does not employ grounds staff or have volunteers that could manage attendance numbers, clean equipment, operate time limits or manage queuing areas or keep records for 21 days for track and trace. In a rural village setting it is not feasible to have a booking system. 

The equipment, gates and environment are NOT disinfected.

Please use the area sensibly and please take your rubbish home with you.

If you or a member of your household is identified as vulnerable, please stay away.

Any person choosing to use the equipment in the play area or allows a young person to use the play area, does so at their own risk.

Social distancing still applies

Good hand washing still applies

If you or any member of your household shows signs of the virus - stay at home and get tested




This is guidance provided by Public Health England on how to cope in hot weather

To read the customer progress report for June 2020, click on ths file:


The latest report from East Northants Councillor Helen Howell can be downloaded here

Councillor Nick Peck was re-elected as the Parish Council Chairman for the forthcoming civic year. Councillor Sue Kitchener has been elected as vice-chair.

To get the latest information about the restructuring of councils in Northamptonshire, particularly in our area, please go to the dedicated website

Future Northants North

NHS 12 week 'shielding' letters

Have you or someone you know received a letter telling you to 'shield' for 12 weeks due to health concerns?

If you have AND would like assistance under the scheme from the government, you MUST register through the website.

If you need help with registering, please contact George if you are a Stanwick resident or the county support line:

0300 126 1000 (option 5)

Help and Guidance for Residents

The RSPCA has produced a poster that can be downloaded and filled in by members of the public who have pets/animals. The aim being they will approach family/friends/neighbours who can care for their pets if they are hospitalised. This poster should be displayed in a visible place, for example on the fridge, etc so that the emergency services can see plans have already been made for the animals. Please do share this with the public in your community to try and help ease the pressure on the Adult Social Care teams in finding boarding spaces for animals.

Residents urged to dispose of garden waste sensibly during coronavirus crisis

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is asking residents to consider options such as the council’s garden waste scheme or composting waste, instead of lighting bonfires, to be more considerate to neighbours and protect the respiratory health of the vulnerable during the pandemic.

With the temporary closures of local Household Waste Recycling Centres, residents may be struggling to dispose of garden waste, especially with more people working from home and the recent nice weather. But ENC is urging residents to think of others and consider the alternative options which are available across the district.

The council’s garden waste scheme allows residents to sign up for £55.00 a year and receive a 240L bin that is emptied once a fortnight, alongside the household’s recycling bin.

Alternatively, residents could consider purchasing a compost bin via a company like or storing garden waste in a safe, dry place until local HWRCs re-open.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said:

“We understand that residents are spending more time in the garden and may be looking for other ways to dispose of garden waste, but we urge everyone to consider all options on offer.

“As a council, we have a duty to all residents to provide suitable waste options and have an excellent garden waste collection service, which at present is still running as normal or residents could consider using a compost bin.

“If you must have a bonfire, we urge you to be responsible and follow advice from the experts which is there to help protect us all.”

If you have no other option but to light a bonfire, the ENC’s Environmental Health team advise that you follow these tips:

  • Never burn household rubbish, plastic, rubber, furniture foam or tarred felt;
  • Do not light a bonfire if it is wet or windy;
  • Never leave a bonfire unsupervised or leave it to smoulder. Douse it with soil or water if necessary;
  • Avoid burning at weekends and on Bank Holidays, warm sunny days or other times when your neighbours may want to enjoy their gardens;
  • Site the bonfire so that it causes least disturbance to your neighbours; this may include taking into account the wind direction;
  • Only burn dry material, this will reduce the amount of smoke produced.

Detailed advice on bonfires can be found at

For more information about ENC’s garden waste scheme and to sign up, please visit

East Northamptonshire Council receives Government funding to support businesses during coronavirus pandemic

As part of help on offer for local businesses across the district, East Northamptonshire Council has been allocated support funds to provide financial grants to those companies in need.

This money has been received by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) from central Government and will be distributed to companies over the coming weeks to provide vital support for organisations across the district. 

The Business Rates team from ENC is now working hard to identify further businesses that are eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant and as part of this work, the Council is urging business owners to come forward. The grants are in in addition to the £12m Expanded Retail Relief that ENC has already awarded to businesses across East Northants.

If a business in the district hasn’t already been contacted by ENC, then they are advised to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and assistance.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said:

“As a Council, we have a duty to help support residents and businesses during difficult times and we urge those who are struggling to come forward and contact a member of the team, who will be able to advise and assist.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those businesses who continue to provide vital services to the community including food stores and distributors, during the pandemic.”

Business owners should keep up-to-date with the Government guidance at and further advice can be found through SEMLEP’s website or by calling SEMLEP’s Growth Hub on 01604 212 696.

The Government also has a dedicated Business Support Helpline at or on 0300 456 3565 or 01604 212 696.

We ask everyone to comply with public health guidance and to use common sense when out of their own homes when exercising their animals.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) states that there is no evidence to suggest that animals infected by humans are playing a role in the spread of COVID-19. Human outbreaks are driven by person to person contact.

The latest Government advice for people with animals can reached from this link.

Northamptonshire’s Community Resilience Service launches new Coronavirus Support Line

 Following the incredibly successful appeal last week to find volunteers to help those in need in Northamptonshire during the coronavirus pandemic, a new support line has now been launched to support the most vulnerable members of our community.

There are a large number of people across Northamptonshire who are currently in isolation for various reasons. These include individuals displaying symptoms of Coronavirus and those with existing health conditions, those who are pregnant or those aged 70 and above.

The new support line, which goes live today, allows those who cannot leave their homes under current restrictions and those who have nobody to call upon for help, to request support in getting access to food, prescriptions and other vital services that they require.

The customer Service Centre at Northamptonshire County Council will be managing the helpline, ensuring that each call is appropriately triaged so that individuals receive the care and support that is appropriate to their needs.

The Community Resilience Service will co-ordinate requests for help in conjunction with the District and Borough Councils, mapping those requests by area and linking them up with local community groups, volunteers and voluntary organisations who have pledged their support. 

Matthew Golby, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council said:

“The launch of this new support line means that we can provide care and support to those that really need our help.

“By working together with our Borough and District Council colleagues, and with the hundreds of groups and individuals who have volunteered their help, we will be able to provide coordinated local support to the most vulnerable across the county”.

Those requiring help are asked to call the support line on the following number.

0300 126 1000 (option 5)

Individuals can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask for help.

The decision to cancel the Stanwick Showcase due to be held on 16th April was made shortly before the 'lockdown' announced on 23rd March.

It is possible that a smaller version of the meeting will be held before the end of May, depending on whether it is permitted under the pandemic restrictions. A decision on this will be made as the situation evolves.

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

There have been reports of people using the cemeteries as an alternative to parks to get round the social distancing measures.

This is not acceptable and could compromise the aims of the Government’s measures to slow the spread of the virus. The Government gave very clear guidance about the reasons that people can leave their homes – visiting a cemetery or crematorium other than for a funeral is not one of them.

We understand that families want to visit graves at significant times such as anniversaries, birthdays, and key times of the year such as Easter. However, until the Government restrictions are lifted, we would respectfully request that you do not visit the cemetery.

Our contractors are still working to cut the grass and keep the cemetery generally tidy.

The Government has stated that funerals are exempt from the restriction on social gatherings of only two people, but have issued guidance that says that immediate family only may attend, whether this is a burial or a cremation.

Anybody subject to the requirement to self-isolate, or if they are showing any of the symptoms of Coronavirus, must not attend a funeral. Anyone who attends a funeral must observe the rules on social distancing. The exemption of funerals by the Government does not give permission to people to attend a funeral en masse – the number must be restricted according to the Government’s advice.

The Parish Council expects Funeral Directors to discuss such arrangements with the bereaved family.

Thank you for your understanding

The functions of the Parish Council will continue during the COVID-19 crisis however in accordance with Government restrictions requiring everyone to work from home where possible, the Parish Office will remain closed until these restrictions are lifted.

If you need to contact the Council please email using the details on this site. 

In accordance with Government restrictions imposed on Monday 23rd March the children's play area at Stanwick Recreation Ground has been closed until such times as these restrictions are lifted.

Public spaces remain open but please limit your use of them to the ONE excerise outing a day and only with members of your household. Maintain your distance from others at all times until the restrictions are lifted.

Thank you

Highways England have a dedicated web page detailing the progress of the improvement works at the A45/A6 Chowns MIll Roundabout that can be reached by this link.

Information on what can and can't go into your roadside recycling wheelie bin can be found on the East Northants Council website that can be reached by this link here

A 'Flood Toolkit' for advice on dealing with flooding is available on a dedicated website

The Government has decided to postpone the elections for 12 months due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus 

The latest cemetery memorial inspection report has been made available on the Cemetery page.

There will be a temporary road closure on Chelveston Road (past the cemetery) on Weds 5th February to allow for essential maintenance work.

Information about the A45/A6 Chowns Mill roundabout improvement works and road closures by downloading by clicking the link below.

Details of the public information event for the A45/A6 Chowns Mill roundabout improvement works can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

East Northamptonshire Council's annual residents' survey is now open and will close on 31st January 2020. It can be reached via clicking this link.

ENC Councillor Helen Howell's latest report can be read by using the link below.

The Notice of Election for the UK parliamentary election can be read using the link below.

ENC Councillor Helen Howell's latest report can be read by using the link below.

Gigaclear have been awarded a contract by Superfast Northamptonshire to bring ultrafast fibre broadband to a small section of Stanwick

George Konstantinidis has been co-opted to the Council to replace Trevor Chinery.

Cllr Nick Peck was relected as the Parish Council Chairman for the new muncipal year at the Annual Council Meeting on 16th May 2019

The Office of the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner is recruiting new members to join their Joint Independent Audit Committee. The advert can be seen below and the application pack downloaded as well.

The Police Fire and Crime Commissioner (Stephen Mold) is offering some new grants. Please click on the link below to open a poster with more information.

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