Farndon Calendar 2022 raises a record sum!

The November photo of Postman Lee was one of those which helped the 2022 calendar raise the record sum of £737.50 for the Air Ambulance. There were several donations and many people paid more than the asking price. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Lee was delighted with his picture and fishmonger Terry says he will put the calendar up in his market stall.

An apology, though. The printers had not caught up with Platinum Jubilee Bank Holidays. So ignore the one at the end of May and replace it with Thursday and Friday 2nd and 3rd June.

Alan Langley – 3rd Jan 2022

Back Lane Photo – Taken Jan 2021 for Jan 2022 Calendar

January meeting with our local Police Officer – your input needed

As most of you will know, Scott Harrison is our East Farndon Police Liaison Representative. He is also our Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator and a member of the Parish Council.

In early January, Scott will be meeting up with our local Police Officer from Northamptonshire Police. He will discuss our ongoing challenges with motorists speeding through the Village, but also would like to raise any other concerns that residents have.

If you have any areas of concern that you would like Scott to raise, then please email him by clicking the link below.

email Scott Harrison, East Farndon Police Liaison Representative

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner asks for views on police and fire budget

The Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold has launched a budget consultation to ask for views on the level of council tax precept for policing and fire and rescue services next year. The full news release is set out below, but you can access the survey directly from the following link,

https://www.northantspfcc.org.uk/public-budget-consultation-2022/

At the same time Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking the public for their views on the Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) 2022 – 2025. The plan outlines the risks in the county and how the Fire Service will mitigate the risks through their resources. The link to the CRMP survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LPZLXZ6

News Release

The PFCC sets the budget for both Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northamptonshire Police. The budgets are made up from money raised from central government grants and the policing and fire precepts, which are part of the council tax.

Around 18% of the total council tax bill paid by a Northamptonshire household goes towards policing and fire services, 14% for policing and 4% for the fire service.

Over the past five years, the council tax paid towards policing and fire has been invested to give more police officers than ever before – from 1170 to around 1500 by March 2023 – which has enabled a new focus on neighbourhood policing; and in more firefighters, with the appropriate equipment to help them do their job.

The Commissioner has recently set a new Police, Fire and Crime Plan for the county, following a public consultation that overwhelmingly supported visible and effective response from the two emergency services.

The Government’s financial settlement, published last week, expects that Commissioners across the country will raise the council tax for police by an extra £10 a year for a band D property – an increase that is lower than inflation.

The central government funding for Northamptonshire Police is less than anticipated in the next financial year, so an increase in the council tax precept of £10 would mean the increased number of officers can still be afforded.

The settlement also gave the Commissioner the flexibility to ask for an additional £5 a year – less than 10p a week – for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, because it is one of the lowest-funded in the country.

Now Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold is asking the public for their views on the level of council tax they would pay so that the improvements that have been made in both services can be sustained into the future.

“I know this is another challenging year and the financial decisions that I have to make will be tougher than ever,” Stephen said.

“People have clearly told me that they want to see more police officers in their neighbourhoods, and that they want fire services that are able to respond quickly when needed.

“We have committed to ensuring that Northamptonshire Police has 1500 officers, the most it has ever had, and we are well on track to reach that number.  I want to ensure that we can sustain a force of that size, to serve this fast-growing county.

“The £10 a year increase on the policing precept that the Government expects will not cover the costs of inflation, but it will ensure that we can keep on making improvements in the policing.”

Stephen said that Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service needs the £5 precept increase so that it can achieve a stable financial base from which to modernise and extend the work it does in the community.

“I am very grateful that the Government has listened and enabled us to ask for £5 a year for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. That would put the service on a more stable footing to make the changes that it must make.

“People have made their priorities clear, I now want to know what they think about the precept increase that would allow these priorities to be met.” 

The consultation can be found at

https://www.northantspfcc.org.uk/public-budget-consultation-2022/

The consultation runs from Monday 20 December 2021 until 11.59pm on Sunday 16 January 2022.  

Responses will be considered by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in deciding the level of council tax precept.  The Commissioner’s recommendation will be considered by the Police, Fire and Crime Panel on 3 February 2022 at a meeting held in public.

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Note to editors:  While the population of England grew by 14.4% between 2001 and 2020, the population of Northamptonshire grew by 20%.  In 2020, the population was 750,000

Covid-19 Latest UK Government Advice

The UK Government advice is updated on a regular basis and so the best way to find the latest information is by accessing the UK Government and the West Northants Council websites, using the links below,

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-information-and-support

There is a big Government campaign to roll out boosters. You can book an appointment or attend a drop-in centre for your vaccine, using the link below,

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Also, you can find a walk-in centre by using this link,

https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site.

WNC Services Over Christmas & New Year

Many of West Northamptonshire Council’s services will be closed from Christmas Day and will reopen as normal from 9am on Tuesday, 4th January 2022.  

Bin collections, children’s services, social care and registration service are operating as normal during the Christmas week along with emergency arrangements such as homelessness and housing repairs. 

Don’t forget you can continue to access a range of services around the clock on our website at www.westnorthants.gov.uk

Christmas 2021 waste and recycling collection arrangements 

Collection days 

There will be no changes to the days on which your bins are collected over the festive period. You can check your collection day at www.westnorthants.gov.uk/bincollections

Recycling 

Additional recycling can be presented alongside your bins or boxes in clear sacks or in additional boxes. 

It can also be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Centres will open as normal except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, when they will be closed, and Christmas Eve when they will close early at 2pm. Find your nearest at www.westnorthants.gov.uk/hwrc 

Garden waste 

Garden waste collection services across West Northants will be suspended from 27 December until 7 January. 

Real Christmas trees 

Real Christmas trees will be collected in the weeks beginning 10 and 17 January. 

If you live in the Daventry and South Northants area, please place your trees next to your garden waste bins. 

If you live in Northampton please place your tree next to your recycling bin. Residents on sack collection rounds should present their trees beside their recycling boxes and green sacks on their collection day 

To help our collection crews, please ensure trees over 6ft tall are cut up into manageable pieces. 

Find out more 

Download your 2022 bin collection calendar and check your collection day at www.westnorthants.gov.uk/bincollections 

Check what goes in each bin or box, plus general information about waste and recycling at www.westnorthants.gov.uk/waste 

Report a missed collection 

Any missed collections can be reported via our online self-serve system: https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/bins-recycling-and-street-cleaning/missed-bin-collections

War Memorial Remembrance Ceremony – Nov 2021

A brief Remembrance Ceremony took place at the East Farndon War Memorial on Sunday 14th November 2021.

Many thanks to Lance Corporal Oliver Burton for laying a wreath on behalf of the Village and to Connor Capell, who has served in REME, for reciting the Exhortation.

The event was well attended and many thanks to Russell for organising the service and to Jess, Jo and Judy for their work in making the War Memorial look so good.

In Memoriam – Marjorie Houlston 1930 – 2021

Everyone who knew Marjorie will be sad to hear of her death, at the age of 91. She had lived almost her entire life in East Farndon and had been a stalwart of Village life.

The photo shows Marjorie (centre) at the ceremony at the copper beech tree in November 2019.

In short, Marjorie was what every community wants, someone to participate and do their stint to keep things going. Inevitably she will be sorely missed.

By clicking the link below, you can read more details of Marjorie’s life in East Farndon. This tribute has been written by Alan Langley with input from Marjorie’s daughter, Sue Grant.

If you would like to donate to East Farndon Church of St John The Baptist, in memory of Marjorie, then please click the link below,

https://www.memorygiving.com/marjoriehoulston

The Spring - May Day 1950

What is the East Farndon Spring all about ?

Many thanks to Judy Hodgetts and Donna Jones for putting together a really interesting article about the Spring on Main Street in East Farndon. You can read this by clicking on the link below,

Judy and Donna would like to thank Alan Langley for passing on all of his excellent research into the Spring for inclusion in the article. They also want to thank Greta Hill for the wonderful afternoon they spent with her, chatting about life in East Farndon in the 1950s.

East Farndon Parish Council is hoping to receive more support and also raise funds to return the Spring to its former glory, turning it back into an interesting Village feature.

Please have a read and if you are interested in helping to restore this historic part of East Farndon, please email Russell Burton.

East Farndon Defibrillator – where to find it & instruction video

East Farndon has a Defibrillator that is located on the wall outside the Village Hall.

Our unit is a portable, Semi-Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) that is especially designed for people with little or no medical background.

In the event of an emergency, always call 999 and follow the instructions from your local ambulance service. If you need to access the Defibrillator, simply pull the red plastic tag to break it off, then rotate the cabinet housing to the left.

The Village Hall is located on Main Street, pretty much in the middle of the Village, at postcode LE16 9SH or what3words location ///spaces.amending.cheesy

If coming down the hill on Main Street, the Village Hall is on your right, approx 100 yards past the War Memorial / Back Lane turning. If coming up the hill on Main Street, the Village Hall is on your left, but if you get to the War Memorial / Back Lane turning, then you have gone too far.

Our Village Defibrillator is checked regularly by members of the Parish Council and it is supported by the Community Heartbeat Trust. You can find lots of information about this important lifesaving equipment by visiting their website at: www.communityheartbeat.org.uk

A Defibrillator is a computerised medical device that delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor, as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage that can occur. An AED is a portable Defibrillator especially designed for people with little or no medical background. 

When applied to the victim, voice commands, and screen messages will guide the user step-by-step through the process and its intelligent technology will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm. AED technology opens a window for the public to take on a key role to support the emergency services, who would otherwise be hindered by the time it takes to reach the victim. It is argued that AEDs should be as broadly deployed as fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

By clicking the link below, you can view a video that provides guidance of how to use an AED and demonstrates how to deliver CPR.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6IzBPTZKJo