If residents would like to make use of the playing fields car park to accommodate their guests for family or other events, please contact Anthony in advance on 07801 191665 so that we can check availability with our regular park users and provide extra capacity where possible.
You may have noticed that SID (a Speed Indication Device) has arrived in the village!
This was purchased by the Parish Council jointly with Mears Ashby, who delivered it to us last night. The purpose of the device is two-fold:
- to inform passing traffic of their exact speed to try to reduce speeding
- to record the information which can then be extracted to provide vital detail of average speeds which will enable evidence based data being passed forward for potential future visits to hot spots by the Safety Camera Team.
We are indebted to residents Michael Graves and Jon Willey for kindly volunteering to manage the device whilst it is in Wilby and to extract the data.
The sign is fully portable and will be sited at various locations in the village for a week at a time. It is currently on Main Road towards Earls Barton near the Church Lane junction.
The device will be in Wilby for the next 6 weeks before being returned to Mears Ashby for their next stint. It will then come back to Wilby again on a continuing shared basis.
It is hoped to publish the data from the device on this site in the future – so watch this space!
You may have noticed the new additions to the park. Wilby Playing Fields Trust are pleased to welcome our new outdoor gym equipment for adults which has been fitted over the last 2 days.
We have been very lucky in securing funding to improve the park’s facilities and be able to provide something for adults. The equipment will be fenced off to deter children.
We would like to thank: Tesco Bags for Life, Maud Elkington Trust, Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Wellingborough Council for their financial support for this project.
We will be holding a launch in September to demonstrate the equipment, and encourage you to use the new equipment to get fit and improve you health. Details to follow.
On a less positive note we have had some issues with anti social behaviour and have reluctantly made the decision to keep the lower barrier locked this weekend at least. We hope this will deter further issues. We would ask that you keep an eye out and phone the police if you notice anything suspicious. We inspect the park daily but cannot be around all the time. And users of the park, are extra eyes and ears for us. We thank you for being vigilant.
Thank you. Enjoy your park.
Helene Vancliff, Chair of Wilby Playing Fields Trust
Click below to find out the latest news from the Playing Fields:
Gym equipment update 1.2.18 (002)
Please click on the Press Release link below if you are interested in finding out more.
Press Release 13th November 2017
The committee of Wilby Playing Fields Trust spent the other Sunday afternoon tidying up the newly planted hedge area, weeding, and planting a few new hedge plants to replace those which have not done so well. We hope you feel this will be an attractive feature of the park (once the hedge plants have grown), separating the car park from the grass area, creating a wildlife habitat too.
We have also asked the Woodland Trust for some additional hedge plants to improve this area and to plant around the playing fields.
We have been very successful in our grant applications this year. We set ourselves the 2 tasks of replacing the tractor which we use for cutting the grass and many other jobs, and to provide outdoor gym equipment for adults and older people. Thanks to Leora and Lopes hosting a wonderful garden party in the summer we raised over £1200 for the playing fields. We have also been awarded £1k by Tesco’s Bags for Life fund, £1500 from the Maud Elkington Trust and now £4891 by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation all to provide the outdoor gym equipment. The Committee are delighted with these grants and will be arranging to meet suppliers of this type of equipment to negotiate the best deal to install a range of equipment.
We will keep you posted with our news and developments.
We welcome involvement in and comments on our work. Please contact me or any committee member through the website if you would like to be involved, or you would like to comment.
Helene Vancliff, Chair