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You may have noticed that much of the Ivy covering the pump and wall on The Green has been removed. As a result, it was discovered that the wooden box covering the old pump is in a bad state of repair.

However, rather than just repairing it, the Council would like to know if any fellow villagers would like to undertake a community project to repair/replace the existing wall, expose and repair the original pump, and make the whole area a feature of the village.

The council would of course be able to offer some assistance and guidance, but the aim is for this to become a village community led project, rather than a council initiative.

Please contact any of the councillors or the clerk (e-mail: scaldwellpc@gmail.com or Mobile: 07547505027) to express an interest.

Thank you.

Essential fundraising for our playing field!

Please come and join in the fun and help us raise money for the beautiful playing field in our village.

  • Trail around the village
  • Hunt for the clues on the field
  • Tombola
  • Raffle
  • Prizes
  • Refreshments
  • Guaranteed prize for every child that completes the hunt

Please note that the quiz trail around the village requires adult supervision in order to ensure child safety. Please accompany your child for this event.

To enter come to the playing field in Scaldwell to buy your ticket and get the clues!

Tickets: £2.50 per child

Kindly supported by:

This is a reminder to all residents, that there will be a tidy-up day taking place on Sunday 19 March between 10am and 12 noon, and offers of assistance would be most welcome.  Please turn up at the Playing Field at 10am if you are able to volunteer.

If you would like further details, please contact Lisa Callan the Parish Clerk, on 07547505027, or scaldwellpc@gmail.com

Open from 12 Noon until 4.30pm.

There will be at least 7 gardens open this year, including 3 new ones. Gardens vary from small cottage styles to grander gardens.

There will be an art exhibition and craft fair in the church and the all-important tea and cake will be available in the village hall.

Proceeds will go to the upkeep of St Peter and St Paul’s church in Scaldwell.

£4.00 for adults, accompanied children are free.

How to get event passports:
Buy ticket/map from any garden. All gardens will be clearly marked.

Details of other similar events can be found here: Open Gardens


Only yesterday, I was catching up on the Community Safety Partnership’s December report on Daventry crime. There was a bitter/sweet message that whilst thefts from vehicle had increased, the majority of that increase has been outside Daventry District which has seen a more moderate rise of 1.6%, keeping it one of the safer places in the county.

However, there is dismaying news to buck that trend this morning as the crime sheet shows an unprecedented series of vehicle crime over the past two days with eleven vehicle crimes on the rural patch and three in the town. There are some common themes, and I wanted to share these with our community so that whilst we investigate the crimes, you can assist by firstly being aware of the problems and trend, and secondly, ensuring that you don’t inadvertently make your vehicle attractive to thieves. I always worry about unduly increasing people’s fear of crime, but the feedback

I’ve had from recent communications has shown an appreciation across our community, of us candidly updating you on trends and advising how to prevent becoming a victim of that crime trend. So I produce this update which will be circulated via our various methods of contact. I reiterate that this series is unusual which is why I take the step of listing the crimes reported to us (and I am aware that some people don’t report crimes, so the problem may be worse). Rural vehicle crimes appear to be targeting predominantly commercial vehicles (for tools and plant) by force.

The town crimes appear to be targeting potentially insecure vehicles with property on view or accessible.

Rural crimes

 Weedon, Lancers Way – van moved from secure position, plant/tools stolen
 Weedon, Regency Close
– van window smashed, nothing stolen
 Weedon, Riverside Drive
– van window smashed, nothing stolen
 Weedon, Kings Park
– car window smashed, small change stolen, alarm activated
 Weedon, West Street
– car window smashed, nothing stolen
 Long Buckby, Spencer Road
– van window smashed, nothing stolen
 Newnham, Coronation Road
– van tampered with, nothing stolen
 Whilton, Brington Lane
– insecure car entered – items stolen
 West Haddon, Morrison Park Road
– van window smashed, nothing stolen
 Pitsford, Manor Road
– insecure car entered – handbag stolen from footwell
 Moulton, Doves Lane –
entry forced to van – tool safe stolen

Town Crimes

 Christchurch Drive – cash stolen from insecure car
 The Greenway
– insecure car entered – nothing stolen
 Tennyson Road
– iPod and small change stolen from insecure car

Key message
Please help us nip this trend in the bud by following the advice which I give in the light of the crimes that have occurred.

 Ensure all vehicles are locked. You may invalidate your insurance by not securing your vehicle.

 Leave nothing on display. You may You may know that the carrier bag on the back seat has (say) your gym kit in it, but the thief won’t. You may think that£20 worth of small change on display in the ashtray is minimal, but the thief won’t. You may have innocently left the charging lead dangling between the seats. However the thief will target the car to see if there is an electronic device attached to the other end!

 If you have a commercial van with tools in it, these vehicles are traditionally safe parked around our District other than at key locations. However, for the time being, consider making your tools and plant safer and leaving a notice visible to indicate that there is nothing of value left in the van overnight. Consider alarming your vehicle. For a relatively small amount (less than £50), you can purchase a movement detector which takes a SIM card which you can set (like a car alarm) which will text you and sound a 90dB siren when activated

 Keep an eye on your neighbour’s vehicle and report anything suspicious –you will not be criticised for reporting suspicious circumstances via 999. That’s what the emergency number is for. If you are victim of such a crime, please do report it. I know it is easy to ignore car alarms due to false alarms, but at the time being, I ask that if an alarm sounds, it is investigated. One of the Weedon victims reported a suspicious car leaving the area when the alarm sounded. Nearly all the other crimes have only been discovered by victims returning to their vehicle.

We have officers out in the community today following up leads, and officers promoting the prevention messages. I am aware that, other than our dwellings, a car or vehicle is often someone’s next-most-valuable asset. I’m equally aware of the hassle in having to have auto-glass replaced/repaired. That is why I wanted to share this information with you so you can help keep our District safe from harm. Thank you in anticipation.

With best wishes for a safe 2017

Yours faithfully


District Sergeant



from Sgt Sam Dobbs – Daventry Police | 22 December 2016

Further to my Christmas message sent out last week, I now report to local communities that since then, Daventry District suffered 17 non-dwelling burglaries – the highest we’ve seen this year. These crimes, targeting sheds, garages and farms, have been evenly spread across seven of wards including four crimes in Flore, and three each in Yelvertoft, Spratton, Moulton, Brampton, Weedon, Brixworth and Drayton ward of Daventry. Seven of the crimes have involved the theft of tools or farm equipment. Almost all offences have been committed overnight on weekends between Friday and Monday.

What the police have been doing:

 We have successfully briefed a very large number of local farmers on what to look out for and what to do in suspicious circumstances

 We have run a campaign to have valuable agricultural plant security-marked

 We ran a recent successful operation to increase policing overnight in rural areas

 Earlier this month, we stopped a vehicle towing a new cattle trailer full of garden machinery. The driver had no good explanation for the trailer or contents and was arrested and has been charged with burglary, now awaiting court with curfew conditions.

 Last month, we worked with bordering forces to catch people handling goods stolen from this community at a nearby market in the neighbouring county.

How the public can help us

 See how easy it is to see garden tools (like petrol strimmers, blowers, mowers etc) in your shed or garage. Ensure your shed/garage/outhouse is locked. If you lost your key to the shed and garage, how easy could you break in? If it’s easy for you, it will be easier for the burglar/thief. Are you insured for thefts without signs of forced entry? You may not be.

 Consider increasing your shed/garage/outhouse security. For less than £50 you can buy and fit a movement sensor alarm which texts and phones you when activated. It is set by a key fob. Remember that a PAYG SIM requires a telephone call once a month, so you will need to test/activate the device once a month to force a phone call. You can mount one of these devices inside a shed, vehicle, container, cab or trailer. It may not prevent the crime, but may limit the loss.

 Report vans and people which/who look out of place around farms and rural areas (999 is appropriate in these circumstances). Now that more people are reporting, we are able to put these details into the public arena and make life difficult for those people (often from out of the county) who are targeting our community. Remember that if you can let us have details of registration plates, we can use that information in our number plate readers around the county so we will be alerted when thieves move across the county boundary.

 Report to us if you learn of cheap plant and garden machines being sold in the community, at markets or sales/car boot events. Handling stolen goods is an offence. Without handlers, there would be fewer thefts.

Let’s continue to work together to make Daventry District’s safe and peaceful community one which is also hostile to thieves.


Speeding in Scaldwell

Scaldwell has seen an increase of over 40% in traffic through the village in the last 6 years – with average work day traffic now in excess of 2000 vehicles per day. With this increase has come increasing numbers of speeding motorists with residents in Scaldwell now expressing significant concern about speeding vehicles. With your support the Parish Council wants to join Community Speedwatch to tackle this danger.

If we join, all volunteers are properly trained to use the calibrated speed gun, just like the police use. We can’t (and don’t want to) fine motorists we find speeding, but they will get a warning letter from the police as a reminder.

We will also get signs reminding people to slow down and interactive devices  that will display the speed of a vehicle for drivers to see.  All designed to educate and make drivers aware of speeding in our community.

Any evidence collected from Speedwatch can be used by the Parish Council in any discussions with the County Council over possible traffic calming methods.

We need your help…

We need 6 to 10 adult volunteers to help with Scaldwell Community Speedwatch before we can join the scheme, so we are asking for your help.

If you would be interested in acting as a volunteer, or would like to know more about what’s involved, could you please contact me as soon as possible and no later than the 2nd Jan 2017. You can e.mail me at phil@philpurcell.wanadoo.co.uk confirming your interest in supporting the scheme.

It’s easy…no door knocking, no disturbance and you’ve done your bit!

Thank you very much.


From Cllr Purcell, Springbank, Old Rd

Click here to read the Christmas letter from District Sergeant Sam Dobbs of Daventry District Command.

District Sergeant Dobbs has also provided some useful information about how to contact Northamptonshire Police at Daventry, in both emergency and non-emergency situations. You can read it here


So, for those of you interested in Gigaclear’s new broadband service, there have recently been a few changes you may not know about.

There has been some confusion among customers ordering the installation service with Gigaclear to date.  Although the company has always stated this service is from £95, the actual cost is often higher as the trunking and length of cable used is charged extra.

To avoid misunderstandings, Gigaclear is now operating a more transparent pricing structure so customers will know upfront the whole price they will pay. This is not an increase but a clearer way of informing customers. 

The self-install option is still available.

There are 4 pricing bands for installation, which are now fixed, and you can find out more about what’s included in each band here: http://www.gigaclear.com/our-broadband-products/for-home/home-broadband-packages/ – bottom

The activation fee of £100 remains the same and once you have ordered this they will take care of that for you.  An independent installer will then make contact to arrange a date to do your installation.  It is at this point, when your service is live, that you will start paying for the Gigaclear service.