Weekend A361 Closure 8pm 6th March – 6am 9th March

The A361 will be closed north of the village between the school and the Aston cross roads.  Diversion for local traffic will be down the temporarily re-opened east side of the cross roads, down Welsh Road and back into village via Culworth Road.

Please take extra care using Culworth Road during this weekend.  The east side of the cross roads will be closed again once the A361 is re-opened on Monday to finish the works there – Hopefully by the end of March.

The Bus service will run as normal on Saturday but may be slightly delayed due to the diversion.

Next planned closure is the North End again on weekend of 3rd April.

Spring Village Litter Pick

Spring Village Litter Pick has been moved to Saturday 4th April 9.30am due to awful weather when we hope it will be a little dryer.  Those who can help out please meet Clare Brooke at hardstanding outside Manor House drive on Culworth Road.

March 2020 Drop-In’s for HS2/Fusion Works

Carley and a member of the Fusion team will be available to answer your questions and address any issues about the Wardington Safety Improvement Works , Chipping Warden and Aston Le Walls roadworks.
When:  4th March 5pm – 7pm  –  Where: The Hare and Hounds, Wardington, OX17 1RS
When: 11th March 5pm – 7pm  –  Where: The Griffin, Chipping Warden, OX17 1LB
When: 18th March 5pm – 7pm  –  Where: The Hare and Hounds, Wardington, OX17 1RS
When: 25th March 5pm – 7pm  –  Where: The Griffin, Chipping Warden, OX17 1LB

Sulgrave Manor – Volunteers wanted

Sulgrave Manor – Learning Engagement Volunteer

Our Learning and Engagement Team delivers learning programmes to approximately 5000 school children a year, as well as offering family activities during school holidays. We’re looking for volunteers to help us bring Sulgrave Manor to life and provide a fun experience for our school and family audiences.


The role is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in history, no experience necessary, all training given. Roles are flexible so you can fit volunteering around your commitments. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Leonie Gardner on education@sulgravemanor.org.uk or call 01295 760205 (option 2).


Find out more about this role at https://sulgravemanor.org.uk/work-for-us

More delays of Hs2 Road works

Having just confirmed all the closures for the A361 during the next few months and about to publish to everyone I have now been contacted and told that the first weekend closure scheduled for 8pm Friday 7th February till 6am Monday 10th February will now NOT be happening.

Other planned closures are likewise likely to be rescheduled so there is no point publishing them.

This is apparently due to problems with ‘consents’ not being approved by Highways England.

Once this is resolved I will try to publish all the dates and we are hoping Fusion Jv will do a public presentation of the timetable and phasing so all can understand the implications.


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 roadworks.org 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.