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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 increasing number of men working in the shoe trade from home in the early to mid 19th century. During the latter part of that centrury the population increased dramatically with the mining of ironstone nearby and also smelting at the ironworks just over the parish border. 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, Baptist Chapel, Parish Church and primary school. The population remains at just over 1400.

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 June 2018

Whilst June has been pleasantly warm during day time, the nights have cooled down thanks to the breeze which has been blowing from the NE quarter. Humidity has been low, so the heat has been bearable. The average temperature for the month has been 16.4C (which is one degree above normal) however, the maximum temperatures have averaged 22.7C (two degrees above normal) and the minimum temperatures 10C (0.5 below normal) so warmer days but with cooler nights.

The key factor during June has been rainfall, or to be accurate, lack of rainfall. Other than 0.3mm which fell overnight on 13/14 June there was none meaning our rainfall for the month has been just 0.5% of what we would normally expect. Rainfall for the first six months of the year totalled 231mm (compared to a long term average of 284mm for that period). Rainfall for the last 12 months totals 534mm (normall we would receive about 600mm - 89%)

More information can be found on the weather page

June Parish Council Meeting

At the June meeting of the Parish Council, Councillors were briefed on what is so far known about the local Government reorganization within Northamptonshire. Consultation is now open for all members of the public and further links can be found on the Woodford Parish Council website to the consultation pages and also to further information.....more

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, 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

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.

Woodford Remembers...

The What's On Diary includes dates commemorating the centenary of the deaths of those named on the Village War Memorials. On the actual anniversary date a biographical note will also be posted. More details