An Update from Wilby Playing Fields Trust

Thanks to the hard work of Simon and help from Anthony our old wrought iron bench has now started its new lease of life following a full refurbishment.

Please see the pictures showing the bench before and after the refurbishment.

After some digging around, Anthony has discovered that the bench has been there since the inception of the playing fields but is significantly older than that.  We would like to think that it will again last another 65+ years and will again be refurbished and bought back to life. It has had to be shortened as the ends of the wooden seat were badly damaged, and it has had a new wooden back rest.  It has been fully stripped, sanded, metal work re-welded, painted, plaque stripped and painted, wood stained and varnished, new bolts and a new placement home in the park.

We invite you to go and have a seat on this old but now new seat…enjoy our beautiful park and relish in the pleasure of being the current custodians and carers and users.

We, as the committee and guardians of the park, feel very humbled and honoured to know that the bench like the park has existed before most of us and will continue long after it. We hope that you enjoy your park as much as we enjoy looking after it on your behalf.

If you are interested in our work, or getting involved in looking after the park, please contact me:  Helene by email: or mobile:  07773468785.  This year in addition to the maintenance we usually undertake, we are raising funds for 2 capital projects:  a replacement tractor to help with the grass cutting, and outdoor gym equipment.  We have been successful so far in raising £1000 towards the outdoor gym equipment thanks to Tescos and everyone who selected our charity to place their tokens.  We are looking to raise additional funds to progress these projects.

Helene Vancliff, Chair of Wilby Playing Fields Trust

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Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

A message from Kathleen at 6 Church Lane:

Many of you, both in and outside Wilby, collect Postage Stamps for me. The main Charity is HEARING Dogs for the DEAF.

I thought that you would like to know that during 2016…£16,000 was raised through your kindness in collecting Postage Stamps.

I would like to say thank you to all of you.

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Congratulations to Wilby Football Club Under 13’s

It’s been an excellent season for Wilby Football Club’s U13 team this year. They started the season newly promoted into the top division for their age group and with 60% of the players new to the team. They expect to end the season in the top five having shown real commitment in coming together as a team and fighting hard to work their way up the first division. They also reached the semi final of their cup competition – again, a great achievement given their ranking and lack of experience of playing together before this season. Wilby Football Club has also been successful in retaining their Football Association Charter Standard which is the highest possible level for the club and reflects how well their coaches are trained, their facilities and the way in which the club is run and managed. It’s great to have a vibrant football club in our village and hope to see more players join up for 2017/18.

Anthony Foreman, Senior Administrator, Wilby Football Club

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Bedside Book Club at Northampton General Hospital

Northampton General Hospital is launching a campaign to create a library of the town’s favourite books.

The hospital is asking people to donate their favourite book to its Bedside Book Club, the new library service for patients.

Emma Wimpress, volunteer services manager said: “We’re expanding our volunteer service to introduce a bedside library service for our patients and we’d love to create a collection of Northampton’s favourite reads.

“We’re asking people to donate their favourite book, or a copy of it if they can’t bear to part with it. It can be any genre or subject – novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction – as long as it’s a book you’ve enjoyed and you’d happily recommend.

“We’ve produced stickers for inside the books so people can write a message about why they’ve chosen that book to donate.

“We’re hoping that by the end of the campaign, we have a collection of books that really reflects Northampton’s favourite reading material and give our patients a great choice of books to read while they’re staying with us.”

The hospital is encouraging book donors to post a photo of their donated book on social media using the hashtag #NGHBBC or email a photo and explanation of why their donated book is a favourite to our Volunteer Services team at

Public donations

Members of the public can donate books at the special drop boxes located at:

  • the main entrances to the hospital
  • BBC Radio Northampton reception at the top of Abington Street
  • Northampton Borough Council’s One Stop Shop in The Guildhall
  • Royal & Derngate
  • Northampton Town Football Club’s club shop
  • Northampton Saints Rugby Club at Franklin’s Gardens on match day
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Great Doddington, Wilby & Ecton Joint Benefice

A brand new website covering our Church Benefice has just been launched and there is a link to this on the Church homepage on this site.

For a quick look now simply click here

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News from Wilby Playing Fields Trust

Wilby Playing Fields Trust is applying for funding to provide outdoor gym equipment for adults and older people to improve health, fitness and wellbeing without having to pay expensive gym fees.

We are applying in 2 ways:  through the Tesco’s Bags for Life funds and through Galaxy Hot Chocolate.

Galaxy Hot Chocolate requires a peoples vote on a weekly basis.  Could we ask that  you and your family and friends use the link below to vote for us every week between now and February 2017.

Thank you in advance for your support

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A Message from our Police & Crime Commissioner

I am Stephen Mold, your newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner. I am launching a six week consultation period on our proposed Police and Crime Plan for Northamptonshire

Since before becoming your Police and Crime Commissioner I have both visited and listened to the views and concerns of the people in Northamptonshire. This draft Police and Crime Plan takes those views into account along with the views of the police.

I have proposed four priorities:

  • Keeping the young safe
  • Community partnerships
  • Protecting people from harm
  • Putting victims at the heart of justice

Prior to confirming these elements, I am looking for the view of residents in order to ensure the county’s Police and Crime Plan represents the people it is designed to keep safe.

Please can I ask that you complete my short survey and share with your communities to do the same.

Regards, Stephen

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