Sulgrave Manor – Volunteers Wanted

‘Sulgrave Manor, ancestral home of George Washington, is looking for enthusiastic people to join the team of friendly volunteers. The Manor is steeped in history and we are on the hunt for House Volunteers, Garden Volunteers and Learning Engagement Volunteers.

House Volunteers bring the heritage to life for the visitors during opening season (Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays 12-5 April-September). We would love for volunteers to offer one day a week or fortnight for the open season.

Garden Volunteers assist the Head Gardner in developing and maintaining the Manor’s historic garden. We are looking for volunteers on every day of the week Monday- Friday, 10-3.

Learning Engagement Volunteers assist the team with both the schools programme and activities for school holidays and open seasons. This role is really flexible as regards days.

All roles are suitable for anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in history and/or gardens, no experience necessary, all training given. Volunteers are welcome to volunteer in groups or pairs. Roles are flexible so you can fit volunteering around your commitments. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact:  or 01295760205


Housing development on Sports field barns site

A planning application has been sent in to SNC relating to the barns on the edge of the Sports field. This is to build 8 new houses.
Full application can be seen at…
Anyone with views can make comments on the same site. The Parish Council have not discussed this application yet but as it lies within the existing village confines we will not be able to make our usual ‘objection in principal’ that applies to developments outside the village.

A5 Closures at Towcester

Received from SNC

We a writing to inform you of roadworks on the A5 through Towcester set to be carried out by Highways England (HE).


The works will start at the end of July, are expected to last for around four months and there will be periods in which sections of the A5 will be closed in both directions for 24 hours.


HE have a dedicated Public Liaison Officer (details below) who has been talking to businesses and residents in the town, but we thought it important to make sure parish councillors across the district were also informed.


Please could you include this letter in your regular meetings and, if possible, post a notice on the village notice board and include in the village’s next online newsletter.


Access to The Forum, and the short and long stay car parks along Northampton Road, will be maintained but anyone travelling to The Forum should allow for extra travel time.


The works include the reinstatement of a trench over a gas main that runs down the centre of the A5, alongside repairs to damaged drains and kerbs, the resurfacing of footways and the carriageway, and a refresh of road markings.


The work will be carried out in phases starting at the bridge over the River Tove near Aldi and Tesco, then will make its way south through the town centre, finishing near Marlow Road.


Through traffic heading south along the A5 will be diverted south at the Tove roundabout along A43 to the A413 Whittlebury turning, then east at Cow Pastures and back on to the A5.


Northbound traffic will be diverted north at the Stony Stratford roundabout along the A508 into Northampton and on to the M1 or Mereway Ring Road, then south back towards Towester via the A43.


It should be noted that gaps in the central reservation along the A43 will also be closed for safety reasons.


The timing of the closures on the A5 will vary and motorists should pay close attention to any signage.


One-way restrictions along Park Street, Browns Yard, Chantry Lane and Moat Lane in Towcester will be lifted temporarily when needed to allow access for residents and businesses.


For more information contact Mike Healy, Public Liaison Officer (PLO) who can be reached via 07964 114623 or

Future Of Northamptonshire

Future Of Northamptonshire
You will all of heard about the proposed ‘Unitary Authority’ changes in Northamptonshire as a result of the County Council falling short on their fiscal responsibilities. South Northants District Council is proposed to be merged with Daventry and Northampton Borough Councils to form a new single tier authority and the existing County Council will be abolished.
This is (in my opinion) bad news for us as the City will drain resources from Daventry DC and SNC and our Community Charge is bound to increase.
Please read the document below and let them know your views via the consultation.

New plans for Euro Garages Services at Junction 11

Amended plans have been submitted to SNC Planning. See

This will require a rebuild of Junction 11 that will likely cause great disruption during construction.  See exert from supporting Highways Technical Note below.

Further mitigation measures have also been identified at Junction 11 which comprise an
additional lane on both M40 off-slip approaches to the roundabout and an extension of the second
lane on the A361 to accommodate the full length of queue predicted. The full package of
improvement works to be funded by the developer is summarised below:-
The signalisation of the A422 Hennef Way eastbound approach, partly proposed as part
of HS2.
The signalisation of the A361 and widening to provide two approach lanes.
Widening on the circulatory on the western side of the roundabout to provide an additional
circulatory lane.
Widening on the A422 Hennef Way east arm to allow the nearside left turn lane to be
extended by circa 50m, providing greater capacity on this arm.
Widening of the M40 northbound and southbound off slips to provide additional lanes and
greater capacity.