Parking at the Playing Fields

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.

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Wilby Welcomes SID!

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!

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A Message from Wilby Playing Fields Trust

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

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Wilby Playing Fields Trust Update

Click below to find out the latest news from the Playing Fields:

Gym equipment update 1.2.18 (002)

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Attempted Distraction Burglary in Wilby Last Night

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding an attempt distraction burglary that took place on Mears Ashby Road, Wilby. Unknown males (possibly 3) knock at front door of the elderly victim. The victim unlocks the door, but does not open it. The males state they were present due to a gas leak, however the victim had not reported a gas leak. The victim does not open door, and tells the males he had not called them and the males then go away. The males were not wearing uniform consistent with them being staff from appropriate utility company. This happened between the hours of 22:00hrs & 23:55hrs on Saturday the 27th of January.

Did you witness anything?

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

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting Ref:  18000043487

We are asking anyone who has contact with an elderly or vulnerable person to pass on the gentle crime prevention reminders to help prevent them from becoming a victim of doorstep crime.

‘If you are not sure, don’t open the door’

  • Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. Where possible fit a spy-hole to identify callers. Alternatively talk to them through an adjacent windows.
  • Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind.
  • Set up passwords with your utility companies, genuine callers will need to recite this password to you.
  • Don’t use telephone numbers on ID cards, if the person isn’t genuine the ID and the telephone number won’t be either. Obtain telephone numbers direct from the phone directory. Alternatively make a list of your important numbers and keep them near the phone.
  • Look out for those who are vulnerable within your family, or neighbourhoods.
  • In Northamptonshire many agencies have come together to form the Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN). If you have any suspicions or concerns that doorstep rogue traders or distraction burglars are operating in your community or targeting someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated doorstep crime hotline: 0345 23 07 702.
  • For help finding a reliable local trader, check out the Trading Standards service ‘Buy with Confidence’ scheme.

If you require any further information or advice please feel free to contact a member of the Wellingborough Neighbourhood policing team on 101 or

If you have any information in relation to anyone involved in doorstep crime, please contact us on 101. You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous. These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Good Neighbour Schemes

Please click on the Press Release link below if you are interested in finding out more.

Press Release 13th November 2017

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Wilby Playing Fields Update

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

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