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Commemorative plaques from the Chapel

  • Chapel Commemorative plaques (PDF, 732 Kb)

    These plaques from the Chapel have been stored at the Village hall, the Parish Council would like to reunite them with relatives of the deceased person. Please contact the Clerk if you are family or know of the family of any of the people.

    Telephone the Clerk 07512 045418

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West Northamptonshire Unitary Councillors report November 2021

West Northamptonshire Unitary Councillors report November 2021

West Northamptonshire Unitary Councillors report November 2021

Posted: Wed, 24 Nov 2021 12:43 by Deborah Rush

Crime prevention advice for Halloween

Crime prevention advice for Halloween

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 More »

  • 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 (attached). Please feel free to pass copies of the poster onto relatives/friends.

Report anti-social behaviour by calling 999 in an emergency, if a crime is in progress or life is at risk, or 101 for non-emergencies.

AttachmentsHallowe'en 2016 posters eggs.pdfNo_trick_or_treat_2016 Home printer friendly.pdf

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Posted: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 08:56 by Deborah Rush

South Northants - General advice after recent reports of Catalytic Converter thefts

South Northants - General advice after recent reports of Catalytic Converter thefts

Catalytic Converter theft

Catalytic converters are devices fitted to vehicle exhausts to reduce the amount of dangerous gases emitted. They are often targeted by thieves as they contain valuable metals and can be removed in less than a minute.

Catalytic converter theft most frequently occurs in car parks, but they can happen anywhere. Thieves may then sell these converters via scrapyards, online, or ship them out of the country. More »

Hybrid vehicles are most commonly targeted, as their metals are more valuable, but any vehicle can be at risk of catalytic converter theft.

Signs a catalytic converter theft is being committed

  • a vehicle being raised using a car jack in a car park or residential area
  • a loud drilling or cutting sound coming from underneath the vehicle

Prevent it

Although catalytic converter thefts are increasing, there are steps that you can take to protect your vehicle.

To keep your catalytic converter safe, you can ask your car dealer for advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer and tested to Sold Secure Gold.

Alternatively, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle, park it in a secure compound. If this isn't possible, park in an area that's well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the converter can't be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.

You should also register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of.

Visit Secured by Design or Sold Secure Gold for more details.

Report it

  • if the crime is happening now call 999 - if you are unsure, we'd rather hear about it and decide if a theft is occurring
  • if it is safe to do so, take photos of suspects or the number plate of their car (do not approach suspects, as they have been known to use violence)

if the crime has already happened then you can report it on 101 or report it to us online at

For further crime prevention advice please take a look at the following link:

| Message Sent By
Jen Harrison
(Northamptonshire Police, PCSO, South Northants)

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Posted: Mon, 25 Oct 2021 10:09 by Deborah Rush

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