News from your Parish Council Christmas seems a dim and distant memory but in early December some ideas were put forward, to involve the whole community at this festive time. Unfortunately, there was insufficient time to implement them last year, but with some forward planning, I am sure they could be achievable in years to come. A Village Christmas tree, with a lighting ceremony, carols, advent calendar hunt and a Christmas lights competition were just some of the suggestions put forward. If you have any other ideas, then please pass them on and we will try and incorporate some in time for next Christmas. In the previous edition, I wrote about how Crick would be affected by the national cuts to Police budgets and the new Policing model for Northamptonshire. We are fortunate to have two PCSOs, Les and Duncan. They cover DIRFT, Kilsby and Crick, spending about equal time in each area. On two occasions, in recent months, I have been “out on patrol” with them covering an afternoon and an evening shift. It gave me an inside perspective of their role within our community. They are responsible for “Neighbourhood Policing” with an emphasis on safeguarding. They actively engage with the community, particularly the younger children, with whom they have forged good relationships. They are both full time and depending on their shift patterns, they can be on duty until midnight. They are always on the lookout for suspicious activity but we are very fortunate that Crick is a very low crime area, which I am sure is due, in part, to the work that they do. If you do want to report an incident, it is best to ring 101, in case they are not on duty and then the information will be forwarded to them. I am very grateful to them for allowing me to experience first-hand the work they do. Consultations during the Neighbourhood Planning process revealed that concerns about traffic congestion, parking and speeding were some the major issues raised by residents. Accordingly, in July 2016, the Parish Council, together with Northants Highways, conducted a review of traffic management around the village. During this review, it was suggested that, in order to improve safety for both pedestrians and road users, certain roads would benefit from having further parking restrictions imposed. However, it was too late to submit the plans for approval during 2016 so the suggestions were put on hold. Last year, Northants Highways revisited the village and having reviewed their suggestions proposed to increase the areas where the parking restrictions were to be introduced. These plans were considered by the Parish Council and in accordance with the regulations were published by Northants Highways for consultation towards the end of last year. During the consultation phase, residents were able to make comment to Northants Highways on these proposals and 21 representations were received. The Parish Council has taken on board these comments, both positive and negative, and has sent a revised scheme to Northants Highways. Without doubt, there are some areas which would benefit from the restrictions being Issue 01
We have also suggested that restrictions are removed in some areas in order to improve parking provision. However, this will entail a further consultation process and may take up to a year to implement. No one wants to see endless yellow lines drawn around the village. We are also looking into areas where extra parking could be provided, but unfortunately it is always a matter of cost. The roads and pavements around the village are managed by Northants Highways and not the PC. In the past we have discussed various ideas with them, including one way systems, 20mph limits and speed bumps. Unfortunately, these are not on their agenda and at present there are no funds to implement them. It would help reduce the parking problems as well as being better for the environment and our health if people who live in the village walked to the Coop, pubs, clubs and school I’m afraid there is very little to report regarding the adoption of roads on the David Wilson estate. I understand that amended drawings have recently been submitted to NCC. We are pleased to see that DWH have carried out some repair work to the wall on the Fallowfields Public Open Space and they are going to undertake some remedial work around the balancing pond. In early February I will be attending a meeting with several other Councillors about HGV parking within Crick and the surrounding area. A representative from Highways England will be present, so we are hopeful that our concerns will be addressed, particularly the amount of detritus which is being left in Eldon Wall and our laybys and the damage which is being done to our roadside verges. The Canal Bridge plans have been agreed and they will shortly be going out to tender. It is still anticipated that the footbridge should be installed this Spring. Lastly, I am delighted to announce that the results of the CVNDP Referendum have just come through. Thank you to all who managed to vote. 91.29% (524 votes) YES
8.53% (49 votes) NO
The Plan will be only the 10th to be ‘made’ in the District. This is a phenomenal achievement and we are all indebted to those who have worked tirelessly to bring this project to a conclusion. Once again, I would reiterate that the Parish Council is here to work for the benefit of the community. So, if you have any ideas or projects you may need help with, then please do get in touch. If you have access to the internet, don’t forget our web-site www.crickparish.org.uk We aim to keep it updated with information from around the village.
Best wishes Jill Jamieson - Chairman, Crick Parish Council Issue 01
St Margaret’s Church News My Prayer for you in 2018 In his book, The Courageous Life, Ron Brown makes the point that life, first and foremost, is not about safety; life is about growth. And we grow when we take on those challenges which extend us, so that we can reach out and develop. So his book looks at the qualities which a person must have if they are to become the best version of themselves they can be. And one quality stands above every other. Every person who ever succeeded had it and his best example Abraham Lincoln. Until I read The Courageous Life I never appreciated the one quality which Abraham Lincoln had which led to all his other achievements. So consider this... 1818 – His mother died 1831– His business failed 1832– Defeated as a candidate for State Legislator 1832– Lost his job 1832– Applied to law school and was rejected 1833–Started a business and went bankrupt. Spent the next 17 years paying off the debt 1835– His fiancée died (a few years later he proposed to another woman and was turned down) 1836 – Suffered a nervous breakdown 1838 – Was defeated trying to become Speaker of the Legislature 1843 – He was defeated for Congress 1848 – He was defeated for Congress 1849 – Attempted to be appointed to the U.S. land office but was rejected 1854 – Defeated as candidate for U.S. Senate 1856 – Defeated as candidate for vice president 1858 – Defeated as a candidate for U.S. Senate 1859 – His two sons Eddie (3) and Willie (12) died 1860 – Elected President of the United States It’s hard to make sense of our struggles and setbacks sometimes. But in Romans 5 Paul reminds us that, “Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us...” So my prayer for you in 2018 is not that you will avoid every setback but that you’ll continue to persevere in that character which God is growing in you and to know that his hope in you is well founded.
The Reverend David Lake Rector of Crick, Yelvertoft and Lilbourne
Friends of St Margaret HUNDRED CLUB The winners for November were: 1. Margaret Dorman-Frost, 2. John Rogers December’s bumper draw winners were: 1. June Marks, 2. Michael Briggs, 3. Ruth Crofts. If you are interested in taking part, please ring Ann Ward on 01788 823314 The Hundred Club year runs from August 1 and costs £20 per year. However, if you join now, you will pay no more until August 2018. A few numbers are still available so ring Jean Garner on 822446 if you're interested.
A LIGHT FOR A LOVED ONE The switching-on of the lights was well-attended as always. If anyone who sponsored a light would like to have the label from the tree in the church, please ring Sue Milne on 01788 824670. The scheme raised £520 towards the restoration of the building.
WORK FOR THE FUTURE The work on the roof, which should, in fact, have been completed by now, has been delayed by the contractor’s previous job over-running. We hope to have some news soon. Meanwhile, the architect’s outline plans for a new servery to replace the cupboard we laughingly call a kitchen, should be discussed at a meeting of the Diocesan Advisory Committee at the end of January. It would entail a lot of work but would transform the facilities for functions and services, as well as being much safer for those using it.
THE FOSM COMMITTEE WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! Sue Milne 01788 824670 Issue 01
Providing a safe, caring and welcoming environment to allow your child to gain in confidence and have fun. With an established and experienced team of staff we offer a high quality early education and childcare service. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The older children have enjoyed their first Forest School course at the Jubilee Woods in November. These activities gave the children the opportunity to explore the outdoors, whilst covering a wide range of the seven areas of learning in the local area. The children also performed brilliantly at our Christmas nativity. Thank you very much for your support of and attendance at the nativity; we raised over £380 from the Christmas production raffle.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS in aid of Pre-School Clothing Collection – 9am, Tuesday 6th February 2018 Please save any clean, unwanted clothes, shoes, hats, bags, jewellery and soft toys (no bedding, curtains, towels or bric-a-brac) for this collection. Please use bin or carrier bags if you don’t have a Bag2School bag. Crick Pre-School presents their Black & White Ball 7pm ‘til late, Saturday 3rd March 2018 at Crick Community Sports Centre Glitzy party night with hot buffet, disco, charity auction and amazing raffle prizes!
Check Crick Noticeboard on Facebook for updates. Tickets are £25 - available from Pre-School or Emma (07525 663192). Crick Pre-School, working alongside village childminders and School wrap www.schoolwrap.co.uk, can provide wraparound childcare from 8am-6pm. If you have a 2½* -4 year old child you are considering enrolling at Pre-School then please contact Emma or Mary on 07964 108009 or [email protected] to arrange a visit to Pre-School or register your child. *children can start at the beginning of the half-term
Free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds & qualifying 2 year olds Issue 01
SESSIONS Monday to Friday 9-12pm, 12–3pm or 9-3pm Music sessions are on Friday mornings and PE on Thursday mornings. Session prices*: 3hrs - £13.00,
6hrs - £26.00 *for those not grant funded. Grant funding available for 3 and 4 year olds for 15 hrs or 30 hrs** per week and qualifying 2 year olds for 15 hrs per week for 38 weeks. ** For eligible parents only. Winter/Spring 2018
Places from 2½* yrs upwards *children can start at the beginning of the half-term in which they turn 2 ½ Page 6
CRICK PRIMARY SCHOOL Website: www.crick.northants.sch.uk Tel. 01788 822633 Happy New Year! We all hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break. The run up to Christmas in a school is always a busy but fantastic time, we’re still finding glitter and expect to well into March! Our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children put on 2 brilliant performances of ‘Gabriel’s Big Break’, we held a Christingle service in St Margaret’s Church, and our choir sang at St Andrews Church, none of which could have been done without the dedication of our staff so a big thank you to them. I would also like to thank Mr Malcolm Pratt of Malc Pratt Motors for his donation of a beautiful Christmas tree, which the children decorated in record time. Our thanks also go to the Friends of Crick School who organised our annual Christmas Fayre and who work really hard throughout the year to organise events for us. The new year brings another busy term ahead. We have already been to Birmingham with the school choir to take part in Young Voices. We were joined by 6,000 other children to perform an evening concert for parents. I think it’s fair to say that although we were all very tired by the time we got back a fantastic time was had by all. Personally it was a pleasure to take the children and see how enthusiastically they sang and danced, I might have also joined in with a few moves! We have had a visit from the NSPCC in the last few weeks where we were reminded about how to speak out and stay safe. The children have all been busy completing their ‘Buddy Workout’ to help to raise some money for this important charity. Our older classes have also attended some workshops run by the charity with some vital messages being put across to them. Our sports teams have been busy and are looking forward to their upcoming events. Before the break some of our year 5 & 6 children took part in the Sportshall Athletics competition. They performed brilliantly and came first, sending them to the District Finals! At this tournament they came fifth overall and although they were slightly disappointed both Mrs Morris and I were extremely proud of them and reminded them that 5th out of 93 schools was an impressive result. Our Year 4 children will be going on residential in the next few weeks to the Everdon Field Centre where they will experience mini-beast hunting, shelter building, lighting fires, toasting marshmallows and of course staying away from home for a few nights! As a school we are working towards our Artsmark award and as part of this Miss Simpson is trying to find local people with an artistic background or arty skills to come in and work with the children. If you or someone you know are skilled in this area and would like to work with our children then please contact Miss Simpson on [email protected] Finally, thank you to everyone who contacted the school or a member of the school community over the Christmas period regarding the school fire alarm. Unfortunately, we were having some problems with one of the detectors and were unable to get this fixed until after the Christmas period. Please accept our apologies for any disturbance this caused.
Vikki Lack - Headteacher
Crick United Reformed Church (Chapel Lane) Our mission statement: The purpose of this church is to provide a warm, welcoming place for people of all ages to worship God and to grow in faith. Minister: Church Secretary:
Rev. Elizabeth Kemp Mrs B.Morgan
Tel: 01788 510838 Tel: 01788 822564
Our service is at 11.00 am each Sunday, with a joint pastorate service on 5th Sundays. Morning services are followed by tea and coffee in the schoolroom: you can be sure of a warm welcome if you can join us. When there are 5 Sundays in the month, it is our practice to have a combined service with the other churches in our pastorate; details of time and venue will be shown on the notice board. COFFEE MORNINGS AND DONATIONS Coffee mornings to raise money for charity will continue on the first Saturday of the month from 10.30 am till 12 O’clock. Come and join us for a good chat with old and new friends, a bottomless cup of tea or coffee and a chance to win one of the many raffle prizes. We raised £942.50 in 2017 for charities chosen by coffee morning regulars - £100 each for Rugby Sport for the Disabled, CRY, Diabetes Research, Water Aid, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Crick Parish Council for the Somme memorial, £138 for Spurgeons Children’s Charity and £204 for Cancer Research UK. This brings our total of charitable giving from coffee mornings to £15,839.79 since 1999. We also raised £300 for the Grenfell Towers relief fund from teas for Crick Open Gardens, £240 for UNICEF from our Carols by Candlelight service, and £108 for Christian Aid from our Christmas morning service. Thank you all so much for your generous support in all our activities.
All of us wish all of you a happy and healthy new year. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 30th March
Good Friday service at 7:00pm
Easter Day Service as usual at 11:00am
Jenny Goodger Issue 01
VILLAGE MARKET CAFÉ & MOBILE LIBRARY THIS IS YOUR COMMUNITY GETTING TOGETHER TO SHOP LOCAL, VISIT FREE LIBRARY & SERVICES AND MARKET CAFÉ We continue to raise money for local good causes and look forward to welcoming all to our village market………… EVERY 3rd SATURDAY OF THE MONTH 10.00AM – 12 NOON at Crick Primary School SATURDAY MARKET DATES 2018 FEBRUARY 17th MARCH 17TH APRIL 21st MAY 19th JUNE 16th & JULY 21st Please spread the news about our talented stallholders – food, gifts, cards, crafts and much more…….
Contact: Sally Vasudeva on 823617 emails: [email protected] Saturday stalls prices are £4.00 if pre-booked Issue 01
Save the Date! Crick Scarecrow & Music Festival Sat 14th / Sun 15th July 2018 Our Free Scarecrow-Making Workshop Will be held in June again—date t.b.c Scarecrow registration begins in April (entry forms will be distributed)
MORE VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT Come and meet the friendly team that organises this increasingly popular event. Our meetings are 7.30pm in The Royal Oak, Crick, on the following dates: Monday 12th March Monday 9th March Monday 14th May Please Like and Share our Facebook Pages ~ Crick Scarecrow Festival and Crick Music Festival In order to get the latest festival news Issue 01
Please Like and Share our Facebook Pages ~ Crick Scarecrow Festival and Crick Music Festival In order to get the latest festival news
Towpath Plans and Voles After a period of inactivity during which the gravel surfaces have had time to bed in, we have again been in contact with the Canal and River Trust (C&RT) to discuss the strengthening of the towpath edge which is eroding away in places. C&RT have drawn up plans for this work, which hopefully will pilot in the next few months. The work has to be quite carefully planned as much of the erosion is in areas where there is a thriving vole population. Penny Foster, C&RT’s Senior Ecologist, who is also involved with the plans, was invited to write a few words about the voles at Crick, on our stretch of the canal system called the Leicester Line.
“Water voles are protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, and classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. They have suffered decline in Britain and have disappeared from many parts of the country where they were once common. They are threatened by habitat loss, but have suffered particularly from predation by the introduced American Mink. Water voles live along rivers, canals, ditches and lakes and are distinguished from the larger brown rat by its chestnut-brown fur, rounded nose, small, rounded ears, that do not protrude from the fur, and a furry tail. Water voles were reported by canal staff in the 1990’s on the Leicester Line but then sightings declined and it was thought that they were no longer present, presumably due to predation by mink. “ The ecologists at Canal & River Trust were made aware of sightings of voles near Crick marina in 2009 and sure enough, surveys found burrows, droppings and even a curious vole popped out of its burrow for a photograph. This was fantastic news for the ecology team, and subsequent surveys have found this population of voles to have bred well and spread their territory. They appeared at Watford locks a few years later, it must have been a vole ‘Great Escape’ swimming through Crick tunnel – 1397m long! Now voles are recorded along the Issue 01
One of the potential reasons for their recovery may be the increase in otters using the canals, they have seen a recent increase too. Ecologists within the Trust report that where otters are present, there seem to be less signs of mink, presumably outcompeting for their territory. Adult otters are too large to be able to get into water vole burrows and so are less of a threat than mink. Another possible reason for water vole recovery may be more sensitive management of the canal banks, allowing marginal vegetation to flourish, providing food and cover for the voles. It is hoped that the water vole will continue to thrive on canals, and boaters and walkers be lucky to see them.”
The ‘Crick Towpath Treaders’ are a small number of residents forming this local action group and if you would like to join us and help with improving the towpath for all then we would love to hear from you. Please email our secretary Ann McCracken
Bryan Turner Chair, Crick Towpath Treaders
Water vole at Crick in 2009 (Photo: Penny Foster) Issue 01
CRICK WOODLANDS Update January 2018 We have been fairly busy during autumn and early winter. Work to layer the hedge between the areas Under Crick Hill and Brims Hill has just been completed by our contractor. This is designed to give a more open aspect between the fields. With help from Crick School and other local organisations we planted 9,000 daffodil bulbs and already some of these are starting to come through, so we are hoping for a good display this year. We are equally hopeful that this summer the wild flower meadows will be more abundant. We have started the process of thinning out in the Millennium Wood. This is already starting to show dividends in the areas we have tackled. A group of us went over to Brandon Woods recently to learn from their experience. Brandon Wood covers 170 acres so is very large but they have the same issues as us but on a larger scale. We came away with some ideas. We continue to work in the wood on a Wednesday morning and now have around 10 volunteers. There is plenty to do so new faces are always welcome. We invested last year in a small tractor. This is proving to be extremely useful and will save us money. Fortunately we have Jim and Ray helping on a Wednesday and they are adept at repairs, again saving us money. Chief driver is Roger who seems reluctant to hand the keys to anyone else! Facebook & Website Perhaps the best way to keep up-to-date on developments in the woods, is to seek out our Facebook page: Friends of Crick Woodlands. By ‘liking’ the page you can stay in touch as we publish our news. Our website can be found at www.crickwoodlands.co.uk
Stuart Young 07756936384 Issue 01
Driving and Parking in Crick Living in Crick we all know the problems we have with parking and driving in the village, but we can all do our bit to help by:
Walking within the village, to the school, to the shops and to the Post Office – its good for you!
Walking to the pubs and the Club – safer than driving under the influence!
Stop parking on the pavements – it makes it really difficult for mums with buggies or disabled people in mobility scooters
MOBILE LIBRARY PLUS TIMETABLE ROUTE 14 – THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
Dates of Visits December 2017 – March 2018 16 December 20 January 17 February 17 March STOP
Crick Primary School, Main Road
Ellen Close/Portland Lane
Harrington Road (post box)
For further information on the Mobile Library Service can be found on the website. www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries 0300 126 1000 Customer Services First for Wellbeing CIC Limited Registered Number 09857257
Crick History Society Programme Activity Cameras and photography in a social context
Speaker Stephen Allen
Wednesday February 14th Chapel Rooms Crick
The Last Naval Hero
Wednesday March 14th Chapel Rooms Crick
The Rugby Airfield during WW 1
Wednesday April 11th Chapel Rooms Crick
Bombs, bullets and barbed wire
Wednesday May 9th Chapel Rooms Crick
Did Shakespeare say it first?
Wednesday June 13th Chapel Rooms Crick
Show and tell – Bring an artefact or document to talk to the group about or just come to listen.
The members and guests.
Wednesday July 11th Chapel Rooms Crick
The Women’s Land Army in Northamptonshire during WW1.
HISTORY NOTES 55 Old Christmas Day We can be thankful to the Romans for many things and we can count the day we call Christmas Day as one of them. We may all remember the facts from our schooldays but it is worth recalling them. Until the time of Julius Caesar the Roman year was organised round the phases of the moon. For many reasons this was hopelessly inaccurate. On the advice of his astronomers, Julius instituted a calendar centred round the sun. It was decreed that one year was to consist of three hundred and sixty five and a quarter days, divided into twelve months. The month of Quirinus was renamed ‘July’ to commemorate the Julian reform. Unfortunately, despite the introduction of leap years, the Julian Calendar overestimated the length of the year by eleven minutes and fifteen seconds, which comes to one day every one hundred and twenty eight years. By the sixteenth century the calendar was ten days out. In 1582, reforms introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, lopped the eleven minutes fifteen seconds off the length of a year and deleted the spare ten days. This new Gregorian calendar was adopted throughout Catholic Europe. Protestant Europe was not going to be told what day it was by the Pope, so it kept to the old Julian calendar. This meant that London was a full ten days ahead of Paris. By the time England came round to adopting the Gregorian calendar, in the middle of the eighteenth century, England was eleven days ahead of the Continent. Parliament passed the Calendar Act in 1751 which stated that in order to bring England into line, the day following the 2 nd of September 1752 was to be called the 14th, rather than 3rd of September. Unfortunately, many people were not able to understand this simple manoeuvre and thought that the government had stolen eleven days of their lives. In some parts there were riots and shouts of ‘give us back our eleven days!’ Before the calendar was reformed, England celebrated Christmas on the equivalent of 6th of January by modern Gregorian reckoning. This is why in some parts of Great Britain people still call the 6 th of January, Old Christmas Day. Jim Goodger - Crick History Society www.westnorthantshistory.co.uk/crick (NOTE: This article was brought to my attention by Alan Leach and can be found along with other Christmas facts at www.christmas-time.com/cp-old.html) Issue 01
HISTORY NOTES 56 Crick Boots The first of what has become known as the ‘Crick Books’ was “Walks and More” which went on sale in December 2009. It was so successful that the original print run of 250 copies had to be repeated and the book is now sold out. Since then two further books have been produced, in 2010 “Crick Heritage Trail” and in 2011 with the help of several other contributors “Some Crick People”. The sale of these books has so far raised £1015 for the new Sports Field in Yelvertoft Road. In 2014, with Bryan Turner, we produced “Crick and the Canal”. This was in celebration of 200 years of the canal opening. So far books sales have raised £406 for Crick History Society and £346 for Crick Towpath Treaders. The money given to the History Society is earmarked for a heritage board about Crick to be located at an undecided place in the centre of the village. Funds for Towpath Treaders will help with the restoration and improvement of the canal towpath between bridges 12 and 13 scheduled by the Canal & River Trust for work during 2018/2019.
It is worth noting that 90% of the ‘Crick Book’ sales have been made at the Post Office. A big thank you is due to Chris and Margaret. If you are not aware, the Post Office, together with the pubs and B & B’s in Crick, stock the free leaflet about Crick. 2000 copies have already been distributed and a further 1000 are being printed courtesy of the sponsors Barratt Homes. What about more books? There is a demand for an update and reissue of “Walks and More” and I intend to follow this up. If there proves to be a need, a more in-depth study of Crick, based on information in the Crick Digital Archive, could be possible. If you have any information or ideas for further work by Crick History Society or wish to join us in researching our village or contribute in any other way, please contact me or members of the History Society. Jim Goodger Crick History Society www.westnorthantshistory.co.uk/crick
Recital Series at St Margaret’s through Lent Throughout Lent St Margaret’s Church will be hosting once again our popular Lent Lunch and Recital Series. The recitalists will include, Soprano, Organist, Trumpeter,Violinist and Choral Singers. Each event is in three parts and you may wish to come along and give them all a try or just come to one in this following sequence: 11.00am Holy Communion Service with Lent Reflection. 11.45am Lunch 12.30pm – 1.00pm Recital
The dates for these Recitals at St Margaret’s are as follows: Wednesday 21st February Wednesday 28th February Wednesday 7th March Wednesday 14th March Wednesday 21st March
You can be sure of an entertaining series and a very warm welcome in the knowledge that the event is absolutely free.
Crick Playing Field Association - January 2018 Belated compliments of the season to you all. Due to internet problems we were unable to submit a copy for the December edition.
In our report in June of last year, we did advise of our intention to install the playground area fence, further equipment and to carry out some landscaping. At the beginning of July, contractors installed the fence around the play equipment and the following month, we experienced further vandalism, in the form of the destruction of the wooden seats in that area. Because we now have a sophisticated CCTV system, we were able to refer the matter to the Police and were to receive restitution for the damage incurred from the 4 individuals involved. As a result of this experience, we replaces the wooden seats with stronger anti-vandalism proof furniture. At the same time, we purchased some picnic tables made from the same materials. We also took part in the Scarecrow Festival weekend and raised £189.40 for our funds. Thank you for visiting our stall! As we add equipment to the playing field, we have noticed an increase in use of the facilities provided (which we welcome), which in turn leads to an increase in maintenance of equipment and facilities supported by the voluntary actions of our Playing Field Committee members. For instance, in the emptying of litter bins and replacement springs on the trampoline. Since its installation in October 2015, we have spent over £500.00 on its maintenance! We seek the co-operation of the playing field equipment users, by asking that they use it responsibly and ask parents of younger children to ensure the same. Following the annual safety inspection of the field equipment, by outside contractors, a potential problem was highlighted with the zip wire. It was felt that the restraining timber at the end of the run was outside of specification and as a result, we have to prevent use of the this piece of equipment. We are sorry that we had to close this down but are pleased to say, that the matter has been attended to and the zip wire is now back in service. We have now planted 12 trees along the new footpath at the top of the field, again with the use of volunteer labour; together with bulbs to enhance the area. You will also have noticed that a new climbing frame has been erected in this part of the field. All of this has been possible due to the valiant efforts of members seeking out funding opportunities, some of which we have been successful with, others where we have not.
This year will see the Committee address the refurbishment of the pavilion, together with additional play facilities for all ages. As a result, we intend to become a keen player in the development of village facilities with increased use of the field, whether by individual or groups. In closing, may we invite you to our AGM held in the United Reformed Church School Rooms on Chapel lane, at the end of February. Please look out for posters nearer the time, giving further information about this meeting. John Richards - Chairman – Crick Playing Field Issue 01
Crick and West Haddon Tennis Crick and West Haddon Tennis provides a fantastic village facility with memberships available from just £30.00 per year. Membership offers all year round access to the courts in Crick and West Haddon and the club runs a coaching programme and holiday camps with Bobby Brooke, socials, club nights and mornings and much more. Membership offers a the opportunity to learn tennis, improve your game, join a league, participate in annual tournaments, meet fellow players or just enjoy a game of tennis and the opportunity to enter the club’s Wimbledon ballot. The club is very active and increasingly prominent in the Northampton Tennis League having both ladies’ and men’s teams representing the club. The club continually strives to develop tennis having recently put forward a planning application for a third court in West Haddon. Additionally, club clothing has been designed and available for purchase via the website and a ball firing machine is available free of charge. All welcome to attend the AGM will be held in April (date TBC). NB: Membership fees are reduced by 10% if paid before the AGM. All the latest news and information is available on the club’s website:
CRICK AND WEST HADDON TENNIS Coaching Programme with Bobby Brooke (Key: Red: 5-7 years; Orange: 7-9 years. Green: 9-11 years; Yellow: 11 years to-adult Monday WEST HADDON
‘Rising Star’ ‘(RED) ‘On the ball’ (ORANGE) ‘Go Getter’ (GREEN) ‘Tour of Tennis’ YELLOW
4-5pm 5-6pm 5-6pm
Saturday WEST HADDON
9-10am 10-11am 10-11am 11-12 noon
Some sessions will be mixed ball and age. Players play with the type of ball & appropriate standard fellow player.
For prices and enquiries, contact Club coach, Bobby Brooke: Tel: 07584078173, Email [email protected]
February 2018 14 Feb Crick History Society, URC Chapel Rooms - The Last Naval Hero by Roy Smart 14 Feb Valentines Day at The Wheatsheaf 17 Feb
19 Feb 19 Feb February
March 2018 03 March 03 March 03 March 04 March 11 March 14 March 17 March 19 March 24 March 29 March 30 March 30 March
Crick Village Market at Crick Primary School at 10:00am-12pm
Crick Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm - The Old School Chinese New Year at The Wheatsheaf Playing Field Association AGM—details to be confirmed
URC Coffee Morning - 10.30am-12 Noon Crick Pre-School Black & White Ball 7pm till late Live Music at Crick Club Bingo at Crick Club Mothers Day at The Wheatsheaf Crick History Society, URC Chapel Rooms—The Rugby Airfield During WWI by Giles Smith Six Nations at The Wheatsheaf Crick Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm - The Old School Easter People Children's event at All Saints Church, Yyelvertoft 10am till 12 Noon at 9:45am Maundy Thursday Service at 7.30pm—All Saints Church, Lilbourne Good Friday Service at 7pm—United Reformed Church Good Friday Service at 2pm—St Margaret’s Church
April 2018 01 April 01 April 02 April 07 April 07 April 09 April 11 April 16 April 21 April 27 April
May 2018 05 May 05 May 09 May
Easter Day Service at 11:00am—United Reformed Church Easter Day Service at 9.45am—St Margaret’s Church St Margaret’s Easter Egg Hunt at 10.30am-12.30pm Beer Festival at Crick Club—Easter Weekend Live Music at Crick Club URC Coffee Morning - 10.30am -12 Noon Annual Parish Meeting at 7:00pm—The Old School Crick History Society, URC Chapel Rooms—Bombs, Bullets & Barbed Wire by Kevin Varty Crick Parish Council Meeting—The Old School at 7.30pm Crick Village Market at Crick Primary School at 10.00am-12pm FOCs Ladies Indulgence Evening at Crick School at 7.30pm
19 May 21 May
URC Coffee Morning - 10.30am -12 Noon Live Music at Crick Club Crick History Society, URC Chapel Rooms Did Shakespeare Say it? By Liz Sweeney Crick Village Market at Crick Primary School at 10.00am-12pm Annual Parish Council Meeting at 7:00pm—The Old School
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URC Coffee Morning - 10.30am -12 Noon Crick History Society, URC Chapel Rooms—Show & Tell Crick Village Market at Crick Primary School at 10.00am-12pm Crick Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm—The Old School
Crick Neighbourhood Development Plan Update On 25 January 2018, you will have had the opportunity to vote in the Referendum, the results of which we hope will have shown that most Crick residents were happy with the Plan and will have resulted in the Plan being ‘made’. If this is so, this will mean that in future Daventry District Council will use the Neighbourhood Plan for Crick Village to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area and will give the village a much greater input to the decision process. Another major benefit of having a ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plan is that the Parish will get a much bigger share of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which is paid when houses are constructed in the Parish. The annual figure goes up from 15% of the CIL capped at £50,000 to 25% uncapped. Should any development take place, CIL moneys can be used to fund:
The provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure, or; Anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area.
Going forward, the plan will need to be kept up to date and reflect changes in policy such as the adoption of the Daventry District Council’s Part 2a Local Plan which is currently being drafted. Colin Mynott
Neighbourhood Plan Group Chair January 2018 Issue 01
District Councillor Lomax Report—January 2018 Norse Contract for Waste Collection This will begin in June. In the meantime a Liaison Board has been set up, which is expected to consider proposals about the service, which will then be passed on to the statutory board for formal decision. It will also act as a link between Norse and the community. I am a member of this Board, so should be well placed to keep you advised of developments.
A5 Issues A strongly worded request was made at a recent meeting of the A5 Member Partnership for Highways England to provide a written maintenance schedule, covering litter, mowing, broken lamps and signs and other issues. The problems we have in this area are the same as those experienced throughout the A5 south from Cannock and cause as much local anger and frustration. The next meeting of the Partnership will be in March, and the subject will be raised again then if the promised schedule has not been forthcoming. The Chief Constables of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire are conducting a study across the 4 counties on speed limits, lighting, and other safety issues. HGV Parking Quite separately the District Council is holding a meeting in early February with all interested parties, including your Parish Council, to discuss the ever-present problem of HGV parking in this area. Many parts of the country share this problem, and no one, in the absence of enough safe and secure lorry parks, has been able to find a solution, so, while we can hope, don’t expect miracles! Local Lotto The District Council’s local lottery is being launched on 21 February, 6.30-8pm at Daventry Rugby Club, Western Avenue, Daventry, where, fortified by a free fish and chip supper, local voluntary and community groups can learn how the lottery can work for you. To book in, contact Daventry District Council on 01327 871100. If you have any matters you wish to raise with me, my contact details are below. I wish you all a splendid 2018.
Crick Knit & Natter Group 2018 The Old School, Church Street, Crick, Northampton NN6 7TP 7.30pm – 9.30pm Meetings held on the following Mondays: January February March April May June July August September October November December
8th and 22nd 12th and 26th 12th and 26th 9th (Wheatsheaf) and 23rd 14th only 11th only 9th only 13th only 10th and 24th 8th and 22nd 12th and 26th 10th (Christmas Dinner Wheatsheaf)
Come along with your knitting or crochet. We are a friendly group who welcome both beginners and experienced knitters and crocheters. Any queries just call:Pat Banyard Smith Marilyn Harris
01788 822091 or; 01788 823840
Crick Good Neighbours After several months of meetings, the new committee has produced a written constitution for the scheme. This document has been approved by the Parish Council and means that we can now open a bank account and start applying for grants to help us run the scheme, including a start-up grant from Daventry District Council. The money will be needed to buy a cheap laptop and mobile phone for the coordinator to use, as well as covering the cost of the DBS checks that some people will need, public liability insurance and printing. As we are now “official” we will be using the national Good Neighbours logo (above), but probably with a Crick twist! After what probably seems like a very long time we are now getting nearer to actually recruiting volunteers and starting to help people. Watch out for more news about what we will be doing and how you can be involved Sue Maguire on email: [email protected] Marilyn Harding on email: [email protected]
Great News, at long last Crick Lions Cricket Club will be playing cricket in Crick on their new pitch. We have a bulging fixture list and welcome anyone who is interested in playing. We play friendly fixtures only at present and we are a team of mixed abilities. One thing we have in common though, is that we all play for fun. If you have always fancied having a go but think you’re not quite good enough then think again because you are, and you will be, made to feel very welcome. We will begin winter training in March and our first game is in April so if you fancy it give me a call 07736 912365 or pop in to the Red Lion and ask for details. Paul Preece Club Secretary
Crick Litter Picking Group Crick Litter Picking Group are a voluntary group supported by the Parish Council and are always looking for new members to join and help keep our parish clean. If you are interested in joining, please email your interest to the Clerk at: [email protected] Alternatively, turn up at the layby outside of the village Post Office at 9.30am on any of the below scheduled dates and make yourself known to the group leader, Steve Lassman.
Saturday 13th January Saturday 10th March Saturday 12th May Saturday 7th July Saturday 8th September Saturday 10th November
Please Remember ALL bins in the parish can be utilised for bagged up dog mess, so please pick it up, bag it up and bin it. You can also report any over-flowing bins to the Parish Clerk at the above
CRICK ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB Crick Colts News The Club continues to grow steadily. So much so that we have now embarked on a 5-year development plan so that we can accommodate future growth. The plan will also cover a whole host of other issues from training courses to anti-bullying. The Club has applied to be a SSE Wildcats Centre which will offer fun football games for girls aged 5-11 on Saturdays at 11.30am. There seems to be demand, especially from Year 1 Reception girls If approved, this should commence in April, after Easter. Thanks to Giles, Kelvin and Adam. We have a very successful unbeaten U10 Girls team and a new league has just started for U10 Girls in Northamptonshire Girls League, which is great news for the team so they can play more matches. Despite our success, we welcome potential new players and volunteers such as assistants and coaches. Teams looking for more players includes U6s, U14 Girls, U16s and U18s. We are particularly looking for a coach for a new U7s team, no prior experience is necessary and you don’t have to have children in the club. All coaches and volunteers are criminal record checked and coaches FA qualified. For more information on any age group or team, please contact Ian Gidley on 01788 824346 or [email protected]
Crick Athletic Ladies FC News Results have been a lot better this season. The ladies have beaten non-league Rushden and Diamonds twice. They have yet to win a league match but have come very close a few times and the team goes from strength to strength each week. They all had great fun too at their Christmas meal at a Portuguese restaurant, followed by a visit to a night club! New players, experienced or having no experience at all, are always welcome, so please give it a try! Players are of a wide range of ages and shapes, so don’t be shy. It is only £2 per session, so a low-cost way of getting fit and making friends. We are particularly looking for a new goalkeeper! Training is Thursdays 6.30-8pm. The ladies also need volunteer(s) to assist Coach Dino, so please enquire if you can help with training or match days. Issue 01
Parish Council Meetings All meetings take place at The Old School on Church Street, commencing at 7.30pm prompt. Sometimes the meeting time can change so please always check our website for any changes before joining us. An agenda for each meeting is uploaded to our website, put up on the Council notice board on the Co-op wall, and also in the window of the Post Office, 5 days prior to each meeting. The 2017/18 Meeting Dates 15 January at 7.30pm 19 February at 7.30pm 19 March at 7.30pm
The 2018/19 Meeting Dates
9 April @ 7:00pm - Annual Parish Meeting 16 April at 7.30pm 21 May at 7:00pm - Annual Council Meeting 18 June at 7.30pm 16 July at 7.30pm 20 August - this meeting is subject to cancellation due to annual holidays 17 September at 7.30pm 15 October at 7.30pm 19 November at 7.30pm 17 December at 7.30pm
Contacting the Clerk Please note the Clerk only works part time (18 hours) Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Therefore, there can sometimes be a slight delay in returning your calls or emails. It is therefore advised that all parishioners either leave a voicemail clearly outlining the nature of your query and giving your contact details; or by sending an email to the below email address. Thank you
Street Light Fault Reporting Please report all faulty street lights to the Clerk of Crick Parish Council, ensuring you either report the street light number (found on a white sticker half way up the light column) or the location of the light, for example, outside house no. xx of Marsons Drive. Please ensure you detail the fault when leaving a message or via email, to enable the Clerk to relay this information correctly to the Engineering team. Please note; the street lights on all phases of the David Wilson estate and the Barratt’s St Margaret’s View estate, have yet to be adopted by the Parish Council and therefore, the Parish Council currently have no jurisdiction over these lights. All fault reporting needs to be directly with David Wilson and Barratt Homes, by the resident. Please see their respective contact details below for this purpose:David Wilson Estate Email: [email protected] Tel: 01604 784000 (ask for Customer Services) Barratt Homes - St Margaret’s View Email: [email protected] Tel: 01604 664500
Easter Services and Dates for your Diary Maundy Thursday – 29th March 7:30pm (All Saints Church, Lilbourne) Good Friday – 30th March 2pm (St Margaret’s Church, Crick) Easter Sunday – 1st April 9:45am (St Margaret’s
Come along to our free event: Easter People, from 10am-12pm at All Saints Church, Yelvertoft on Saturday 24th March – Easter based stories, craft and games for all primary school aged children. Accompanied under 5’s very welcome. For further details and booking contact Sheila on 07881 794258
Saint Margaret’s Fundraising Committee’s Easter Egg Hunt Easter Monday 2nd April 10:30am-12:30pm Collect your Easter egg hunt map from the team outside St Margaret’s Church. Follow the map round the village to find your egg – there will be fun and surprises along the way! £4.00 per child (includes an Easter egg) Last entry at 12pm Tea/Coffee and cake available to purchase inside the church.
For inquiries please contact Michala on 07899 723531
CRICK AND WEST HADDON SCOUT GROUP Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers for Crick, West Haddon, and the communities around Yelvertoft, Kilsby, Lilbourne, Guilsborough, Cold Ashby, Clay Coton, Elkington and Winwick. Scouting—the perfect antidote to long days in the classroom for young people aged 6 to 16. And, for adults, a great way to grow a whole new circle of friends and get involved in the very heart of our community. Beavers (ages 6-8) meet on Tuesdays, 6.15 to 7.15pm, at Crick Primary School Cubs (ages 8-10½ ) meet on Mondays, 6.30 to 8pm, in Crick Village Hall Scouts (ages 10½ -14) meet on Mondays, 7pm to 8.45pm, at Crick Primary School Explorers’ group run by young people aged 14—16 , with adult support, on demand Exciting and varied programmes—climbing and laserzone nights, craft and science challenges, cooking, panto visits, den-building, night hikes and spooky walks through (disused) train tunnels, campfires and, of course, camping. Our 2017 Group Summer Camp – 16-18 June Water Camp at Pitsford—raft building, wind-surfing, kayaking, bell-boating, cycling and more Our Parents’ Support Committee and Leaders’ Group always welcomes new members. Right now we’d be particularly delighted to hear from people willing to take on or share the role of treasurer—and we can give you expert support! Interested? More questions? Please contact: Richard Funnell, Group Scout Leader – [email protected] Cheryl Stonehouse, Group Secretary—[email protected]
EYES DOWN ON THE 4TH OF FEBRUARY EYES DOWN ON THE 4TH OF FEBRUARY & THE 4TH OF MARCH
MEMBERSHIP TO THE CLUB £8 A YEAR ALL WELCOME Issue 01
2018 at THE WHEATSHEAF February 1st is the Pub Anniversary & we celebrate moving into our 7th year 12th February—Pancake day Take it easy & have the chefs cook your pancakes 14th February—Valentines Day Book a table for a romantic night out (The special menu will run until the weekend) 19th February—Chinese New Year is the year of the dog so time to celebrate with a Tsing Tao & noodles ! March 5th sees the start of National Pie Week We all love a pie ! Sunday 11th March is Mothers Day Table bookings are now being taken We will be holding our mini beer festival over the Easter weekend with live music Ask in pub, phone or see website for more details Tel 01788 823824 www.wheatsheafcrick.com
WELCOME PACKS Are available to all newcomers to the village, these can be obtained from Ann Ward Tel: 823314 CHURCH FLOODLIGHTS If you would like the Church floodlit for any special occasion: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, in memoriam Please contact: Ann Ward tel: 823314 The lights cost £10 per night
Hire Crick Old School Hall Crick Old School Hall is available for birthday parties, christenings, anniversaries or just day-to-day meetings of your group or society. If you would like to book or to have a look at the facilities, please call the Old School Bookings Secretary: Ellie-May Hughes-Cooper on 07769 664 404
YELVERTOFT & DISTRICT RELIEF IN SICKNESS FUND Do you live in Yelvertoft, Crick, West Haddon, Winwick, Lilbourne, Clay Coton or Elkington. We are a charity that started back in the 1930’s to help people of any age in these villages who could benefit from a small donation to assist with hospital visits and recuperation needs. We also offer a contribution to a Chiropody service for the over 60s. Wheelchairs, walking frames and various other aids are available to borrow for a small donation. Each village has a representative, please contact them if you know someone we could help. West Haddon West Haddon West Haddon Yelvertoft Yelvertoft Yelvertoft Winwick Elkington Lilbourne Crick Crick Chairman Issue 01
Dorothy Whittaker Kate Butler Sue Tringham Sheila Robertson Pat Davis – Ashwells Lane Vivien Twort Pauline O’Connor Margaret Harris Mary Lloyd Marion Davis Ann Bramwell Richard Atterbury Winter/Spring 2018
DISCLAIMER The Editors accept no liability or responsibility for the views and comments expressed in this publication. All views and comments contained within this newsletter are those of the contributor and not of the Editor or Crick Parish Council. Issue 01