Greens Norton Parish News


Enjoy the spoils of recycling

Press Release

Date: 02 May 2018

Issue: SNCPR13954

For Immediate Release


Enjoy the spoils of recycling

Gardeners can reap the rewards of recycling at two events being hosted by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) this May.

The council is holding free compost giveaways to promote its garden waste recycling service.

People will be able to take home a share of compost made from their own green bin contents, while stocks last.

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “Now is a great time to be planting out in time to enjoy a vibrant summer gardens. Getting nutrition right is a key part of that, and we’re here to help with these compost giveaways.

“Everything we collect via the green bin service is taken to be shredded and mixed at a site in Helmdon. There, it gets composted and in just a few months is ready to be used by farmers helping them keep the soil healthy and fertile.

“I urge gardeners to attend these events and make the most of our shared efforts recycling their garden waste.”

The giveaways will take place in Towcester and Farthinghoe where friendly staff will be on hand to answer questions about waste and recycling services and free kitchen caddies and caddy liners will also be on offer.

The compost being given away at the events will be loose, so attendees will need to bring their own bags or containers and means of transporting it.

The giveaways are taking place at the Tove Depot in Old Tiffield Road, Towcester on Saturday, 12 May; and Farthinghoe Recycling and Reuse Centre on Saturday, 19 May. Both giveaways run from 9am to 1pm and are first come, first served.

To find out more about waste and recycling in South Northants, please visit:



For press and media enquiries, contact:

Gavin Moore

Communications and marketing executive

South Northamptonshire Council

01327 322312


Parish Council Vacancy



Clerk: Mrs Linda Paice, MILCM

Phone:01327 353622

E mail:

9 Bradden Way Greens Norton Towcester Northants NN12 8BY



I hereby give notice of a


following the resignation of NEIL THROSSELL

Interested parties should apply in writing to the Clerk at the above address not later than 7th MAY 2018

Any successful candidate will be required to sign up to the Council’s

CODE OF CONDUCT, a copy of which is available on request from the Clerk.

Linda Paice, MILCM Parish Clerk
24th April 2018


Have your say on leisure in the district

Press Release

Date: 15 February 2018

Issue: SNCPR13900

For Immediate Release


Have your say on leisure in the district

Residents are being asked to give their feedback on South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) leisure provisions across the district.

In order to shape what leisure looks like in the future, SNC are asking residents to fill out a short survey giving their feedback on how active they are as well as what they think of the leisure offering.

The results from this consultation will help to shape the branding of SNC’s leisure offering for years to come.

Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC’s portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “When looking at how the public interact with our leisure provision, it’s important to understand either what it is that makes them choose to use our facilities, or for those who are less active, what it is that prevents them from being involved.

“By understanding what the public feel about leisure, we can make more informed decisions as to how the service should look.

“There are some exciting developments coming, so I would urge all residents to get involved and give us their feedback to help shape our leisure offering for the future.”

The survey will be running until Monday, 5 March and can be found at

Hard copies of the survey can also be found at leisure centres and in the atrium of The Forum, Towcester from Monday, 19 February. Copies can also be requested by emailing  or calling 01295 221803.

Home Safe

Press Release

Date: 14 February 2018

Issue: SNCPR13897

For Immediate Release

Help for South Northamptonshire residents with ‘Home Safe’

The vulnerable, disabled and elderly are being offered free home repairs following a partnership between South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) and Care & Repair (Northamptonshire) Ltd.

The scheme, entitled ‘Home Safe’, will offer support with a range of small home improvements such as small repairs, home security and energy efficiency measures, gas safety checks, fitting smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, trip reduction measures, the installation of grab and stair rails and assistance with electrics, plumbing and carpentry.

Cllr Stephen Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for economic development, regeneration and housing, said: “This scheme is great news for individuals and families who need a helping hand when it comes to keeping their home safe, warm and secure.

“Those vulnerable people who may not have the means or the ability to carry out essential, minor works can benefit from this initiative which will help promote independence and allow them the chance to go home should they be in hospital.

“As a council it is tremendously rewarding to be able to be a part of this scheme as a great example of how small actions can make a big difference.”

The intention of the scheme is to help maintain independence, facilitate hospital discharge, reduce falls, improve security and reduce the ill health effects related to homes in disrepair or fuel poverty.

The scheme is available to home owners and tenants on low incomes if one or more of the following criteria applies to them:

  • suffer from a long term chronic illness or have a physical disability

  • they have been identified by a hospital as needing urgent minor adaptations or services to facilitate discharge

  • they are at risk of further injury or illness without essential minor works or services

  • 65 or over

For more information on the scheme visit,  email or call 01604 782250.


Best Kept Village 2018

2018 Funding Fair Save the Date

Recyclng Competition

SNC Holiday Activities


Date: 01 February 2018

Issue: SNCPR13885

For Immediate Release


Activities lined up for happy holidays

Parents are planning ahead for half-term as bookings are taken for the first holiday activity sessions of 2018.

To help children make the most of their week off school, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has readied a programme of sports, arts and crafts. As well as focusing on skills and fitness, the activities promote team spirit, confidence and creativity. 

The programme runs from Monday, 12 February to Friday, 16 February and features special guest activities including tennis, fencing and table tennis. Often favoured by parents who are out at work while their children are off school, the activities take place at Magdalen College School in Brackley.

Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing, said: “Lots of families in the district will still be getting used to the school routine again after Christmas, but half-term will be here before we know it and our activity programme is one of the best ways to spend it.

“Last year the programme was boosted by the launch of the online booking system, which offers parents greater convenience, but what really stood out for me was the fantastic efforts and team spirit showed by the children taking part.

“The holiday activities mean that parents who are out at work can be assured that their kids are not only safe, but staying healthy and active in a friendly environment. We are calling on people to plan their half-term week in advance and avoid missing out on this great programme.”

Full day sessions, from 8.45am to 5pm, cost £18.95 while the shorter session, 8.45am to 3pm, costs £14.95. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on a first-come-first-served basis. The activities are open to girls and boys aged five to 15 years old and are split into two age groups, five to seven-year-olds and over-eights.

The council now offers booking through the online Eventbrite service, which shows day-by-day availability in real time and allows parents to reserve places up until 7am on the day. All sessions are led by DBS-checked staff.

For more information visit or call 01327 322337.

Northampton Nightshelter volunteer

Neighbourhood Alert


Neighbourhood Alert is the messaging service is run by Northamptonshire Police and was formerly known as Community Connect.  It has been re-launched under the name Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert and now has greater functionality than previously, allowing our frontline police officers to send alert messages direct from their mobile devices to thousands of local people. They will be able to do this in real-time while they are out and about policing the county.


The alert service is free and simple to activate by registering at and is available to anyone living or working in Northamptonshire. 


After signing up to the messaging system, people will receive regular alerts from Northamptonshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other partner organisations, keeping them up to date and informed about crime, and issues relevant to them and the area where they live or work.  


Alerts are received either by email, text message or voice message – whichever suits.  People will also be given the option of what they want to receive alerts about, and how often – they will only receive messages about topics they have selected.  


Many of our Neighbourhood officers and Response teams have been trained to use the alert system and are now regularly sending out messages to the public, including; crime alerts, missing person alerts, witness appeals and crime prevention advice.


This alert tool provide us with a really effective way to reach the communities we serve, improving the flow of information and therefore making a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and the reduction of anti-social behaviour.

There are already 10,000 local people registered with Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert. 


Please visit the website and register.

Men Wanted!



Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC) is challenging the men of Northamptonshire to join them and the wonderful soprano Emily Haig in a concert on 14 April 2018 to raise money for PROSTATE CANCER UK.

We’re holding two open evenings at the Northampton SaintsRugby Ground, Franklins Gardens on 1 and 8 February. You’ll be invited to learn to sing two songs over an 8-week period with training by our charismatic Musical Director, Stephen Bell. At the end of the 8 weeks you’ll be ready to perform the songs at our concert in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

So, if you think you might be interested, why not come along to one of our open evenings and enjoy a free beer while you find out more about this fantastic opportunity and meet the NMVC team (why not bring a friend). To secure your place at the open evening of your choice just get in touch with our Chairman, John Waller on 07989 387752 or

Parish Council Vacancies

The Butchers Arms re-opens

The Butchers Arms

Opening on Friday 1st December at 5pm

Friday evening will be drinks only, we start serving food

on Saturday 2nd December.


We'd love to see you there!


2018 Parish Council meeting dates

Greens Norton Parish Council Meeting dates for 2017/18

With effect from OCTOBER 2017 the Parish Council will be holding its meetings


Members of the public may address the Council upon individual items listed on the agenda for a period not longer than 3 minutes provided that three clear days notice is given to the Parish Clerk of the intention.

View the Agenda and Minutes of the Greens Norton Parish Council.

Contact GNPC



Peforming Arts - Towcester

50 Plus Activities

50 Plus Club -  May 2018 Activities

Safety Matters Newsletter

Download Safety Matters Newsletter here

Residents Satisfaction Survey


Awareness Talk

Notice of Election - County Council

Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Would you like to join the Parish Council?

The role of the Parish Council is to represent residents of the village in matters such as planning and development.

It plays its part in supporting community activities and facilities such as the playing field, pocket park and community centre. Consultations such as those involving road and housing developments will also come to the Parish Council. The Council has limited funds, but can also support community activities.

The role of the Parish Councillor is a practical one, and involves activities such as monitoring footpaths, trees, playground safety, as much as sitting in meetings.

If you are interested in knowing more, please Contact Us

Prioritisation Framework consultation and engagement

Prioritisation Framework consultation and engagement
Northamptonshire County Council is putting a process in place to help make the tough decisions it has to make about what to prioritise – that is, how we share out resources to achieve the best outcomes for our residents and customers. To do this we need to be clearer what we, our residents and partners think is important to bear in mind when deciding between competing priorities. We need your help to clarify our values and principles and use these to develop the framework we will use for prioritising. You can help us in two ways – by completing a survey and/or attending a workshop
1.       You can find our survey on the County Council website -
2.       You can come to one of 4 workshops that we will be holding around the county, so we can hear from you in person and discuss our principles and values together. Details are available on the Consultation Register - and  will be in libraries.
The workshop details are also outlined below. They are open to anyone who wants to attend, without the need to RSVP or let us know in advance.
·         13th March, 10 am to 12 noon, Council Chamber, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, Northants, NN15 7QX
·         13th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Weston Favell Academy, Booth Lane South, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 3EZ
·         14th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, KINGSTHORPE COLLEGE, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7HR
·         16th March, 1.30 to 3.30 pm, Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way, Rushden NN10 9YP
·         20th March, 12.30 to 2.30 pm, South Northants Volunteer Bureau, Whittons Lane, Volunteer Centre , Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6YZ
We welcome your contributions and will take all the information we get from this consultation process to develop our own, unique statement of principles and values to feed into the prioritisation framework.”

Notice - Butchers Arms Pub


Following the move by the parish council to protect the status of the pub building by placing it as an asset of community value, a group of villagers got together to see if we might be able to purchase the pub and start a new business, providing a venue worthy of the village and its surrounding area.

We are pleased to say that the efforts of the group resulted in our competitive bid being awarded and we are in the process of purchasing the pub.

In order to do this we have formed a new company, ‘the greens norton pub company ltd’ once we take ownership we intend to undertake a major investment and refurbishment of the butchers arms creating a great venue for us all.

We also intend to issue a share offer giving people the opportunity to invest.

We hope to be able to re-open the butchers arms towards the end of the summer but that will depend on the progress of the renovation work.

Should you have any queries or be interested in the share offer then please feel free to email

Citizens Advice

WI 2017 Program

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning

First for Wellbeing

First for Wellbeing provides support for people with various health and wellbeing needs (e.g weight management, stop smoking, social inclusion) across Northamptonshire.

Our aim is to help people take ownership of their health in order to prevent health issues from escalating. Our services are county wide and we will soon be opening clinics in Brackley and Towcester Library.    

A big part of our service is connecting people with their communities and sign posting to local services

    Services at St. Bartholomew's Church

     Services at St. Bartholomew's Church

    Sunday 18th March


    Holy Communion

    Thursday 22nd March


    Holy Communion

    Sunday 25th March

    Palm Sunday


    Procession from Village Green to Church



    Palm Sunday Service

    Monday 26th March

    12 noon

    Holy week prayers

    Tuesday 27th March

    12 noon

    Holy week prayers

    Wednesday 28th March

    12 noon

    Holy week prayers

    Thursday 29th March

    Maundy Thursday


    Holy Communtion

    Friday 30th March

    Good Friday

    12 noon

    Liturgy of the Cross

    Sunday 1st April

    Easter Day


    Holy Communion

    Sunday 8th April


    Holy Communion



    Family Praise

    Sunday 15th April


    Holy Communion

    Sunday 22nd April


    Morning Prayer

    Sunday 29th April


    Benefice Service at St Lawrence Towcester

    Sunday 6th May

    Rogation Sunday


    Holy Communion with Archdeacon Richard Ormston

    Sunday 13th May

    8.00 am

    Holy Communion



    Family Praise with Greens Norton Primary Year 3



    Holy Baptism

    Sunday 20th May

    Whit Sunday


    Holy Communion

    Sunday 27th May


    Morning Prayer



    Towcester Area Door to Door - Can you help

    TADD (Towcester area door to door) has experienced a sustained 20% increase in demand for taking residents to their Medical Appointments.

    The trustees are concerned that for the first time in the last 7 years we have been unable help a small number people over the last few months attend their medical appointments due to a lack of Volunteer drivers on certain days and times

    Recently we have increased our Voluntary Drivers by 10% BUT we need to increase it by at least another 30%/40% to meet the increasing demand of residents and to ease the work load of current drivers.

    Can you help? 

    Download Leaflet

    South Northants Police Update March 2017



    Sign up for GNPC Newsletter



    Clerk: Mrs Linda Paice, MILCM

    Phone:01327 353622

    E mail:

    9 Bradden Way Greens Norton Towcester Northants NN12 8BY



    I hereby give notice of a


    following the resignation of NEIL THROSSELL

    Interested parties should apply in writing to the Clerk at the above address not later than 7th MAY 2018

    Any successful candidate will be required to sign up to the Council’s

    CODE OF CONDUCT, a copy of which is available on request from the Clerk.

    Linda Paice, MILCM Parish Clerk
    24th April 2018


    Neighbourhood watch Important Notices

    Neighbourhood Watch Important Notice


    Understanding the Planning Process

    With the focus in Greens Norton currently on Planning matters, the following CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) website offers lots of clarification and help to understand the planning process.


    Draft Police and Crime Plan 2016 - 2021

    Draft Police and Crime Plan 2016 - 2021

    Click Link below to open

    Northamptonshire Credit Union

    Household Emergency Plan document - Northants County Council

    Household Emergency Plan booklet

    issued by Northamptonshire County Council

    Download here

    Citizens Advice

    Duncote Neighbourhood Watch

    Duncote Neighbourhood Watch 

    Graham Laurence has finished his year as Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Duncote.

    Our thanks to him for all his efforts to date.

    We have Smartwater in use throughout Duncote, installed Neighbourhood Watch signs and generally increased security and communications within our part of the Parish.

    Simon Devonald takes over

    07860 789417



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