Thousands of Northamptonshire residents living with long-term health conditions are being encouraged to have a free flu jab, because of the life threatening risk caused by the flu virus.

The flu jab is free to people with long term health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease or weakened immune system due to HIV or chemotherapy and damaged/no spleen. Carers who receive carer’s allowance can also get a free flu jab – speak to your GP.

Councillor Ian Morris, Cabinet Member for Public Health Northamptonshire, said:

“Around 87,000 people in Northamptonshire qualify for a free flu vaccination every year because their health is at risk, but not everyone takes up this offer of protection against a serious viral threat. Currently, only around 35,000 have received their free vaccination. I would urge everyone who is vulnerable to infection who has not yet had a vaccination to have the flu vaccine – it’s the best way to protect your health.”

Dr Azhar Ali, GP and Respiratory Disease Clinical Lead for NHS Northamptonshire, said:

“The flu jab is essential for people with a long term health condition. This group of people are more at risk of catching flu and of developing serious complications which may lead to a prolonged spell off work, hospital admission or even death.”

“Vulnerable people with long term health conditions are more likely to develop complications from flu, such as:

• Flu can worsen a lung condition and aggravate breathing problems in people with COPD, asthma and other chronic lung diseases which can even lead to respiratory failure
• Flu can make liver disease worse and increases the risk of rejecting of liver transplants
• People with neurological disease may find it more difficult to cough and clear fluid from their airways.  Flu can give them very high temperature and make symptoms worse because neurological conditions can make it difficult to regulate body temperature
• A third of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) will have relapse within 6 weeks of getting the flu
• Flu puts added stress on your body, which can affect your blood pressure, heart rate and overall heart function. That can raise your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.”

Anyone in doubt about whether they qualify for a free vaccination should contact their GP. Don’t miss the opportunity to protect your health, speak to your GP practice or visit a local pharmacy for a vaccination.

Closure of A361 for new bypass junction at Allens Orchard

NCC Highways have posted the road closure to for the south end of the bypass. It appears this will take place over 4 weekends being closed from 8pm Friday till 6am Monday. Dates are 24th-27th Jan, 31st Jan-3rd Feb, 7th-10th Feb and 14th-17 Feb. Dates for northern tie-in are not yet confirmed.
We presume this will mean entry to the village will be re-routed onto the new bypass section to the new southern junction then back to the Rose & Crown.

Hs2 Design Consultation now open – Please read and respond

There is now a consultation open to all which details some information on the ‘look and feel’ of Hs2;s construction elements such as bridges, supports, noise barriers and parapets.  As Edgcote Viaduct will become a significant element in our local area this is your (very limited) option to have any effect on the result.

Please take a moment to read the document and respond to the survey.


Smarts Charity – Relief In Need for the Villagers of Chipping Warden

In previous years the Trustees have made a one-off payment at Christmas towards increased winter fuel bills of £50.00 to any village household who applies and who has a current resident over 70 years old.

We intend to repeat the grant in 2019 and any qualifying household who didn’t partake last Christmas and would like to be included this year should write to the Trustees with details of Name, Address and Date of Birth of recipient.

Additionally we are offering a limited grant towards bus pass costs for over 16’s in Chipping Warden who travel to Chenderit or other schools.  Anyone wishing to receive the grant should apply writing by 31st December 2019 and we will distribute the funding allocated amongst applicants.

Please apply to The Smarts Charity Trustees c/o Nigel Galletly: 3 Allens Orchard – or by email to

Hs2 and Western Power Distribution – Works to underground cables Oct 2019

All should have received latest ‘News’ update from Hs2.

There are further delays to the work and Relief Road excavations are now due to restart in mid September when plant will be on-site.

Before then a new crop of ‘little orange men’ will no doubt appear to make sure all fencing is in order and utility locations rechecked.

At Allens Orchard new works will begin 7th October by Western Power Distribution to underground the existing overhead powerlines that are currently strung on poles across the Allotments. The new cables will now be dug and installed along Allens Orchard and up to the Appletree Road junction and then along Appletree Road to the corner. This will require 2ft by 4ft trenching along the nearside of most of the length of Allens Orchard (where the Fence was meant to be??) – hand dug around tree roots opposite No.6 – and will take 2-4 weeks. Then it runs up the footpath to the Appletree Road Junction and across the A361. Some disruption is expected – particularly when trenching across A361 at Appletree Road junction which will require 3 way traffic lights for a while.