Snow fun, villagers enjoy the first snow in Jan 2021

We went for a stroll around the village in the snow on Sunday 24th Jan and it was great to see many of the younger villagers enjoying the first snow fall. We took some photos, with parents permission, and were sent some as well, many thanks to the Lovell family. We hope you enjoy the sheer joy on the faces of the children and their snow men.

Fun on the Berry
Fun on the Berry
The temporary Lovell extended snow family, the dog does not look so impressed but we were, great snowman.
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Parish Council Update Jan 2021

We are please to advise that you Parish Council has replaced the sign on the Banbury Lane at the junction with Church Street. The old sign was rotten and drooping, a brand new wooden replacement has been added – its the sign to Pattishall and Northampton.

The Parish council has also arranged the removal of the road work barriers and men at work sign at the top of North Street.

You should have noticed that the road gullies have been cleared near the Manor to the School. This was road swept by SNC, the Parish organised a second road cleaner to clear leaves. And finally we should all extend our thank to Jodie Johnson and her family for manually digging the remains of roots and mud along the same stretch. Thank you.

Concerns have been raised over the state of village footpaths. At out Jan meeting this was raised with our SNC councillor who will pursue this with the relevant stakeholders. The PC have also agreed to make a recommendation on enhancement to be presented to the various parties. We are awaiting feedback, but have been assured land owners are aware of some of these issues and are awaiting suitable conditions to allow restorative work to be completed.

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Rain Damage to Field Bridge between the village & canal

Please see above image for bridge location. The land owner is aware of the damage and is unable to repair this for a while due to the amount of water around. It is recommended people avoid this for awhile. We will notify you as soon as we have an update.
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SOFEA Community Larder Tier 4 Lockdown Update

Following the announcement of the tier 4 lockdown in neighbouring areas the SOFEA community larder have  requested an increase in the order of Christmas meals for those who now will not be able to share a meal with friends and family and may not be able to prepare a meal themselves.  Over 1000 meals are being distributed tomorrow but they will keep a few spare if you discover someone in need plus I have some volunteers who will also provide a hot meal on Christmas Day sharing their own with someone local. They are happy to do what we can to ensure everyone has a meal, we just need to let them know if you find someone in our village who could benefit.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement over this extraordinary year.  Your help and support has enabled us to provide food to over 2000 people in 74 villages through the help of over 500 volunteers.  Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a safe and healthy 2021.

Yours

Miranda Wixon (on behalf of SOFEA)

*** Please contact Jodie on 07875478976 she will coordinate delivery

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Advanced Information Ref 2nd Lock down

Following the Prime ministers announcement of a second lockdown, in conjunction with local charities and volunteers, SOFEA are exploring the opportunity to reinstate the food boxes into villages in South Northants and Daventry. The boxes are available during lockdown for anyone who is unable to access sufficient food  whether it is for health or economic reasons. If you would like to use this service please comment on the post or contact me directly on 07875478976 by Friday 6th November so that I can make arrangements. Thanks Jodie 🙂

SOFEA INFO https://www.sofea.uk.com/fact-sheet/

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Village Safety

In these unprecedented times it is easy to overlook some of the more simple things that facilitate everyday life in the village. As a village we have more than our fair share of small paths or roads that directly border people gardens. This can pose a problem of all in the village if our trees and shrubs are allowed to become overgrown. It could be people walking along the paths with small ones or the elderly out for a stroll or it could impact drivers dropping off children at school where they forced to move out towards the middle of the road.

Could we please ask residents to review their borders and keep this in mind. Especially if you border a narrow path or have a border that is directly adjacent to the road. On behalf of those who use the paths and road please accept our thanks for your co-operation.

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Domestic Oil Price Saving Offer To Villagers

Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) are offering a scheme to any villagers please see details below –

Our Northamptonshire villages already have a number of members enjoying the benefits of our bulk oil buying scheme, which helps them to save money on their heating oil. But we are asking for your help to spread the word to others in Rothersthorpe who may like to take advantage of the scheme’s savings. We advise our customers to stock up on oil during the warmer months so that they can take advantage of cheaper prices and at the moment, heating oil prices are very low, so it’s worth purchasing early.  Please see the attached flyer for further information on how residents can join the scheme or see our website for details. You are welcome to pass the flyer on to any resident who you feel may benefit from joining our scheme.

All members benefit from achieving the lowest possible prices each month without having to shop around or to commit to buying large volumes.  In addition, they will have the satisfaction of knowing that they’re making a valuable contribution to their local community by helping to reduce the volume of tanker traffic on our rural roads.

If you would like more information on our scheme, please email oil@northantsacre.org.uk

Kind regards,

Natasha

Natasha Jimenez Sanchez

Project Administrator

Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England)

natasha.jimenezsanchez@northantsacre.org.uk

D.D. 01604 825880

Please note my working days/hours are Weds, Thurs &  Fri 9:30 – 3

I will be working from home until further notice.  If you need to contact me, please use email.

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RPC virtual meeting invitations.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation current meeting will be a virtual meeting.

Should any one from the parish wish to attend the open session please contact any parish councillor by e-mail before the 1730 hrs on the day of the meeting. We will send you an invite to attend the Zoom meeting. The meeting will start at 1930 hrs.
This can be done from most android, IOs or Windows systems. I would request anyone joining ensures they have reviewed the link below for help.
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

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Covid-19 Council Tax Help

Subject:Help for residents with Council Tax
Date:2020-04-03 14:41
From:“Gavin Moore” <mail@cherwellandsouthnorthants.vuelio.co.uk>
To:parishclerk@rothersthorpe.info
Reply-To:gavin.moore@southnorthants.gov.uk
Press Release

Date: 03 April 2020

Issue: SNCPR16386

For Immediate Release


Help for residents with Council Tax

Those who cannot pay their Council Tax due to the Coronavirus are being urged to claim the benefits they are entitled to by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC). Councillor Peter Rawlinson SNC’s portfolio holder for finance, performance and governance, said: “We continue to provide local services to communities. Waste and recycling collections continue, planning applications are being processed and housing needs are being fulfilled. “The collection of Council Tax from residents helps us to fund these services.

“However, I know that households will be facing financial strain due to the Coronavirus, possibly more strain than they have ever faced previously, and we would ask people to contact the Department for Work and Pensions to claim any benefits they may be eligible for, then contact us if they still need help paying their Council Tax.” The government has created a hardship fund to be administered by district councils and SNC is currently working on the process of applying this further relief to accounts that are eligible. Those who qualify will do so automatically and will be sent a revised Council Tax bill. For more information visit https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/info/12/council-tax/453/covid-19-coronavirus—council-tax-updates.  The Government is also giving renters more security by suspending all evictions and extending the notice of possession period to three months, while at the same time working with lenders to offer mortgage holidays for buy to let owners – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-support-available-for-landlords-and-renters-reflecting-the-current-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak.  Separate measures are in place to help businesses, the self-employed and employee, visit – www.southnorthants.gov.uk/coronavirus. The council is also warning residents to guard against criminals and scammers exploiting concerns about Council Tax during Coronavirus emergency. To find out about the latest scams operating in Northamptonshire please visit Northamptonshire Trading Standards – https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/news/council-news/Pages/trading-standards-reminder-on-coronavirus-scams.aspx.  END For press and media enquiries, contact: Gavin MooreSenior Communications OfficerSouth Northamptonshire Council 01327 322312

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OFFER OF HELP IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

If at any point in the next weeks or months you find you have to self-isolate, and need help in some way, e.g., collecting groceries or a prescription, walking the dog or just a friendly phone call. We are here to help! You can contact the following people within the village
Val 07515647309
Jodie 07875478976
Lisa 07798922350
Shayne 07831567765
Karen 07703364396
AJ 07954970799
Denise 07588315793
George 07792727434 or 07949155578
Victoria 07894266271
Samantha 07799887947 or Julia 07887535112.
There has been lots of other offers to help on the Rothersthorpe Community Facebook page if you are on Social Media.

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Rothersthorpe Speed Watch Results

We are all keen to live in a safe environment for us and our families. Perhaps you would be shocked to see how many people drive through our village and at what speeds. The parish council annually support a speed watch survey which helps the police in their understanding of the hot spots around the county. We are always struggling for support and thought people may be more motivated to support the annual survey if we shared our latest data from last year. We are currently running the 2020 survey and would welcome local support for a few hours. Please contact one of you councilors using the details on this website.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT STATS FOR 2018.

Untitled Spreadsheet

TitleReported road casualties, Great Britain
DescriptionReported road casualties in Great Britain. Provided by severity, geography, year, and additional filters.
Release Date2019-09-26
LicenceOpen Government Licence v3.0
National StatisticYes
Report webpagehttps://roadtraffic.dft.gov.uk/custom-downloads/road-accidents/reports/67af29e2-24c6-42ae-a6f9-0de43dab6d3d

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Recycle your food and get REWARDED

SNCDate: 20 January 2020Issue: SNCPR16362

Residents in South Northamptonshire could win rewards as well as helping the environment just for recycling their food waste. Thanks to the In to Win scheme, around 200 people from 65 different towns and villages across Northamptonshire, have already claimed rewards including vouchers for local shops and restaurants, free leisure centre passes, experiences and days out since the scheme first launched in 2015. In to Win is now being relaunched to encourage even more residents to recycle their food waste. The scheme has also contributed towards an increase in food recycling across the county, from the 9,429 tonnes collected in 2015/16, to more than 12,000 tonnes in 2018/19. Organised by the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, In to Win operates across the South Northamptonshire, Daventry District, Northampton Borough, East Northants and Corby local authority areas. Cllr Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) environmental services, said: “Our households are some of the best in the country for recycling their food waste, however, there are always areas where we can do more to help the environment. “I would therefore encourage every household in the district to sign-up to this initiative for that extra bit of incentive. All residents have to do, unless they have previously done so, is sign-up on the website and then they will receive a welcome pack with a sticker to put on their outside silver food caddy. Then they just have to make sure they put their food waste caddy out for collection as normal each week.” Cllr Tim Allebone, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “We are recycling around 2,600 more tonnes of food waste per year than before In to Win was introduced, helping us to create renewable energy and save money which can be used on other services. “Whilst this is a great effort, we want to capture more of your food waste – making your local collection more efficient and turning waste food into renewable energy. “In to Win has lots of exciting rewards to choose from and winners can pick whichever reward suits them the best.  So – if you haven’t started to recycle your food – now is a great time to start!” One winner is randomly chosen every month from each of the five council areas taking part and can choose from a range of rewards shown on the website or choose to donate the cash equivalent to their local food bank. So far £330 has been donated to local food banks across the county on behalf of winners. To enter the monthly prize draw, householders should visit www.feedyourcaddy.co.uk and click on ‘register online’ to claim their welcome pack. 

For more information on what can and cannot go into food caddies, please visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling ENDS

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Pest Control in the Village

We have been informed of an increase in incidents with Rat and Mice incursions into houses and lofts in Rothersthorpe. We have also had reports of increases in Gayton as well. This may be linked to current weather conditions. In the past, harsh winters were a natural method of culling rat numbers. Milder winters in recent years are thought to have helped rat populations thrive.

Rats communicate and mark their territory by urinating everywhere they go, representing a significant public health risk. The problems associated with rats are not just limited to public health. They also have a knack for causing structural damage to homes. Property owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent free, or, if rodents pose a threat to health or property, to report infestations to the local authority.

Speaking with the South Northampton Pest Control service in the last month, some of the challenges faced in pest management are:

  • residents not reporting signs of rats near homes
  • the feeding of birds with seeds that are actually feeding and encouraging rat populations
  • feeding hedgehogs who are hibernating, so rats help themselves to the offerings

Pest control – South Northants Council is available to help if you think you have a challenge with Rats and Mice. They are happy to deal with most pests for you, and at least offer advice.

If you have a pest – even if you don’t know what it is – contact us:

Web Link: https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/info/7/environment/222/pest-control

Telephone: 01327 322326

Email: environmental.protection@southnorthants.gov.uk

Standard treatments are offered at the fixed price, and there is a call-out fee for all other visits. Charges are around £50 for a call and two weeks of initial support for baiting Rats if required. There is a fee for all other services, including visits for pest identification, advice and treatments.

What else to do if you are concerned

You can take some simple steps to help control rats and mice at your property. The first step to controlling mice and rats is to find out where they are living and feeding, and their routes between these areas. Look for:

Holes and burrows

Damage and gnawing

Droppings

Footprints

A musky smell

Try blocking any holes you find with newspaper and come back 24 hours later to see which holes have been re-opened. You can then permanently seal all access holes and routes.

Proofing and prevention measures

As a general rule if you can pass a pencil through a gap a young mouse can pass through too. Mice and rats infestations can be avoided by blocking access to your home:

Check air bricks are in place and intact (don’t block them)

Look for access points around gas, electricity and water pipes

Fit cone guards and balloon guards to drainpipes to stop rats climbing up

Make sure drain covers, air vents and grilles are in place and not damaged.

As rats live in sewers it is important that immediate action is taken to mend damaged drains/drain covers. Anglian Water has responsibility for carrying out repairs to drains/sewers at the point that your drain meets the main drain/sewer.

Improve hygiene

This will discourage mice and rats by restricting their food. Store food carefully so mice and rats don’t have access. Sweep up spills as soon as they happen. Remove rubbish. Keep the garden free of food debris. Don’t compost meat, fish, bones or bread, as these attract vermin

Avoid over feeding wild birds or allowing a build-up of food residues

Rodents require nesting material, so it is important that rubbish is cleared from gardens.

It is possible to treat rodents using preloaded bait boxes which are available from DIY shops. Please ensure that you follow the directions for use provided on the packaging.

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Initiatives run by Northampton Town Football club for older, vulnerable & isolated people please use as required

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