Charity Lottery for our Playing Fields

The village playing fields lottery begins on 1st July. There’s still time to buy a ticket if you’d like to join in. £12 gives you 12 monthly draws with first prize £25 and second prize £10 each month. Contact Anna Willey on 07758 253104 or We are raising funds to repair the roof, fire alarm and showers in the pavilion.

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Sunday 30th June

13.45 – 1600 hrs

Meet at Wilby Park Playing Field (Main Road Wilby)

Dylan’s Dawdle followed by a Pet Service in St. Marys Church (friends and children welcome)

Meet in the playing field car park and join me and my dog Dylan for this special afternoon. The walk is in the fields behind the park, open countryside, no livestock.

The dictionary definition of dawdle is ‘a leisurely walk’ ‘take one’s time and proceed slowly’ and ‘amble or stroll’.

Join Dylan and me to do just the above for approx 1 hour and then attend the pet service at St. Marys held inside the church at 3pm. This is a wonderful service and all dogs whatever shapes and sizes are welcome. The highlight will be the blessing of all pets individually at the Alter. There will be an opportunity for photos of a really special afternoon of fun, faith and fellowship. The church held its first ever pet service last year and it was a huge success. The church was full with people of all agers. The service was fun but also makes the point about how pets make a tremendous contribution to our lives. It was a memorial to my dog Riley.

You don’t need to be a church goer to take part – it’s a community event.

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Lottery tickets now on sale

Wilby Playing Fields Trust is running a charity lottery to raise funds for the playing fields and pavilion. Tickets are on sale now priced £12 each. Each ticket covers 12 monthly draws starting from 1 July 2019 with monthly prizes of £25 and £10. Players must be over 16. To get your tickets, call Anna on 07758 253104 or email Or ask any member of the playing fields committee (Judith and Barbara Thompson, Peter Gordon, Robert Bainbridge, Anthony Foreman, Sandy Taylor, Helene Vancliff, Elaine O’Leary,  Felicity Rokni or Anna Willey).

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Warning to Dog Walkers

On Saturday afternoon 5pm (4th May) on Main Road, Wilby, near the junction with Church Lane, a white transit van with three people inside slowed down to deliberately take photos of dogs being walked through the village. The police have been informed and have advised that this is probably linked to dogs being stolen to order.  They have told us to ideally avoid walking along the main road and asked us to report the vehicle to the police if anyone sees it happening again.

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Playing Fields Fundraising Lottery

As you know, Wilby’s playing fields and pavilion are cared for by Wilby volunteers. We receive a grant from the Parish Council which contributes to grounds maintenance, but we rely heavily on fundraising to pay for building maintenance, repairs and new facilities. In 2018 we purchased the popular outdoor gym equipment and also replaced our old tractor which is essential for keeping the grass properly mown. We are now raising money to repair the leaking porch roof and replace the fire alarm system in the pavilion, and we have obtained a licence from the council to run a small lottery.

The lottery will launch on 1 July 2019. Tickets will cost £12 each and will be valid for 12 monthly draws with a first prize of £25 and a second prize of £10 every month. They will be available from mid May from any playing fields committee member. If you are interested in joining in and helping us raise funds for our lovely park, please email Anna Willey at or call/ text  07758 253104.

We will post again on the website in a few weeks’ time when tickets become available and we hope lots of you will want to support our fundraising efforts.


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Burglary Non Dwelling – Wilby

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a burglary non dwelling on Main Road, Wilby. Entry has been forced to the victim’s summerhouse which is situated in the garden. Once inside property has then been stolen. This took place between 00:01hrs and 09:00hrs on the 10th of January.

Did you witness anything?
Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting Ref: 190000015286.

You are probably disciplined about locking your doors and windows when you leave your home, but what about your shed, summerhouse, outbuilding or garage?

  • Research shows that thieves often take tools such as ladders and spades, from a garage or shed, to help them break into a house, ensure yours are always locked away.
  • Try to site your shed or summerhouse within view of the house and ensure there is adequate lighting. Consider installing an alarm.
  • Visibly mark all removable items with your postcode and house number. Register property at or
  • Ensure the shed or summerhouse is in a good state of repair. Fit a good quality padlock.
  • Ensure the hasp is bolted through the shed and into a steel plate. Secure up-and-over garage doors with padlocks through the inside runners or fit a padlock (with hasp and staple) to either side of the door.
  • Replace ordinary screws on outbuilding doors with non-return screws or coach bolts.
  • Glue, smeared over the heads of screws, may stop the thief from unscrewing them.
  • Make a note of make/model/serial number of tools and bicycles, take photographs and secure in a safe place.
  • High value items such as bicycles and lawn mowers should be shackled together, ideally to the fabric of the building or to a metal post cemented into the ground.
  • Consider having lockable steel boxes fitted to the floor to store your tools.
  • Obscure the window of your shed/garage to prevent thieves seeing what you have inside.
  • Use signage to let offenders know you have security marked your property and you are a member of a Watch Scheme.

In an emergency please call 999, otherwise please call 101 (the national police non-emergency number).

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A Warning from the Police

There have been a number of burglaries in Earls Barton and Great Doddington over the last week, please check your out buildings, make sure they are secure and that you have locked your main property when you are at home or away and set the alarm if you have one . Leave your house lights on and a car on the drive making  it look like there is someone home.
Report any suspicious activity to 101 or if you feel a crime is in progress call 999.

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