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Introduction

Woodford is a large village on the banks of the River Nene in Northamptonshire about 2 miles west of Thrapston and 7 miles east of Kettering between junctions 11 and 12 of the A14.

The early settlement was mainly a farming community with an increasing number of men working in the shoe trade from home in the early to mid 19th century. During the latter part of that century the population increased dramatically with the mining of ironstone nearby and also smelting at the ironworks just over the parish border in Islip; a trade which continued until the 1950s. (see History page). The village once boasted seven licensed premises, over twenty shops and two schools. As with most villages these figures have reduced dramatically but there is still a sports and social club, one pub (The Duke's Arms), a Post Office / general store, fish and chip shop, Baptist Chapel, Parish Church and primary school. The population remains at just over 1400.

Woodford Remembers

Over the past four years a number of obituaries have been published on this site commemorating the fallen of the first world war from Woodford. Not all are listed on the memorials, some were born in Woodford but lived elsewhere, others moved to the village as children or young men. It is estimated that over 200 men from the village were either in the forces as regulars or joined the king’s army after 1914. Even at the time the armistice was signed one further family would be bereaved. More...

Walking for health

A new walking for health initiative started on 7th November. Each walk is guided and lasts no more than one hour see poster for details or visit the website.

 

October Parish Council Meeting

It was reported at the October Parish Council Meeting that two seat bases had been installed near the War Memorial in preparation for two Memorial benches, which will be installed shortly. The benches have been jointly purchased by the Parish Council and the Jubilee Committee, and grateful thanks are expressed to NR Groundworks who installed the concrete free of charge. Following complaints.......more

What's On

Select any of the events listed below to see more details. To have your event listed just email details to clerk@woodfordpc.co.uk.

Weather in October

The average overnight minimum was 6.3C which is a degree below the average expected, however the daytime maximum average was 16.4C which is a degree above the expected figure for the month of October. This was largely due to the Indian Summer which occurred in the midle of the month when on 13th October the temperature reached 26C making it the warmest October day since 3rd October 2011. The term Indian summer is used quite loosely in the media these days, however, it originated from the New England area of the USA, when the early settlers were frequentl;y hounded by the indigenous population during the summer months. These attacks subsided once the cold weather arrived in the autumn, however, it was not unusual to have a spell of warm weather in the middle of autumn and the attacks would start up again for a brief period giving rise to the definition of an Indian summer. The cool period which it had followed was known as a squaw's winter. Warm periods in the middle of October are also known as St Luke's Little Summer, and this is a term used for a period of warmer weather around St Luke's Day (16th October).

On the night of 30/31st the temperature fell to minus 3.5C making it the 6th coldest night of the year to date, and the coldest night since 1st March 2018. It was also the coldest October night since 28/29 October 2008

Rainfall totalled only 39mm which was only two thirds of the average expected for the month. Rain fell on ten days whereas the average for the month is 14 days

The rainfall for the twelve months to the end of October was 473mm (expected rainfall is 600mm)

More information can be found on the weather page

Christmas Fayre

Woodford Streetlamps

Please report any faulty street lamps to lightsout@woodfordpc.co.uk. Woodford Parish Council owns all of the lamps in the village and repairs can only take place if we know about the fault and authorise the repair. Once the Parish Clerk is aware of the fault the contractor will normally repair the lamp in about a week. All you need to report is the lamp number (if known), or the location/address. Please don't assume someone else has reported the fault. We'd rather have two reports than none.

Potholes

Potholes, dangerous pavements and blocked drains/gullies within the village and all approach roads are handled by Street Doctor.

This County Council service can be reached on the County Council Website.

Think Before You Park Scheme

Vehicles parked in Woodford that are either causing obstructions to pedestrians or other motorists, or those parked on double yellow lines are to be monitored by Woodford Parish Council and reported to Northamptonshire Police, in a joint scheme now being implemented in a number of villages. In particular the offences causing concern are highlighted in the Highway Code.

Any such vehicles will be photographed and details will be forwarded to the Police. The motorists attention will be drawn to the fact by a yellow/orange coloured card placed on the windscreen. The Council is limited evidence gathering only.

The Police will decide how the matter is to be followed up: e.g. a warning letter, perhaps a visit from Police for repeat offenders etc.

If you need to contact the local Police regarding this scheme the email address is
sct-eastnorthantscentral@northants.pnn.police.uk

Bus Service to Rushden Lakes

Diamond Coaches operate a service to Rushden Lakes each Wednesday, picking up in Woodford at 10.38am from the High Street / Village Green Bus Stop. The return journey leaves the shopping complex at 1.30pm. More details.

Further details regarding bus services through Woodford can be found on the "When in Woodford?" page.