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The Chronicle Newsletter Winter 2019

The Chronicle Newsletter Winter 2019

Wed, 11 Dec 2019

Wilbarston Chronicle Summer 2019

Wilbarston Chronicle Summer 2019

Thu, 30 May 2019

Revised Welland Wanderer Bus Timetable

Revised Welland Wanderer Bus Timetable to include stops at Stoke Albany, Gretton and Rockingham.

Tue, 28 May 2019

The Chronicle Newsletter - Winter 18

The Chronicle Newsletter - Winter 18

Tue, 11 Dec 2018

Local Treasures exhibition in Kettering

World class treasures are coming home to Kettering

Some world class treasures are on their way home to Kettering Borough Council's Manor House Museum.

Three precious archaeological objects - a 1500-year-old necklace, a mysterious mirror and a quirky Roman hockey player will be on loan from the British Museum for the Local Treasures exhibition which starts on Saturday 22 September. Alongside them will be over 100 items from the Manor House Museum's own collection.

This exciting project is possible due to a successful bid to the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund which resulted in a grant of £20,000. Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, this fund supports the sharing of art and objects that are held in national collections with wider audiences.

The three stars of the exhibition were found in the borough of Kettering. This marks the first time for these objects to return since they were first discovered and donated to the British Museum in the late 19th and early 20th century. They are:

  • The Desborough necklace: a stunning Anglo-Saxon gold necklace that was found in 1876 in a graveyard by workmen who originally broke it into six pieces to share amongst themselves before being persuaded to hand them over in return for a small reward
  • The Desborough mirror: one of the finest examples of Celtic art. The mirror would have been a powerful object in a world where reflections could only be glimpsed in water, and there is conjecture as to who the owner may have been
  • The Kettering hockey player: a unique and intriguing depiction of a Roman sportsman. Is the figure playing a form of hockey and, if so, then why are there three balls?

The mirror and necklace are usually on permanent display at the British Museum – such is their quality.

These will be complemented by beautiful, precious and interesting items from the Manor House Museum's own collection. From an Iron-age sword to a bejewelled Roman hair pin, the museum collection tells the history of the borough through the passions and treasured objects of the people who lived here. There's even a Roman ear cleaner in the collection which just goes to show how fastidious the Romans were about their personal grooming!

Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said: "It's fantastic news to hear that these treasures are coming back to our Borough for the first time and that local people will have the chance to see them. It's also a great opportunity for us to showcase many treasures from our permanent collection. I heartily congratulate staff and volunteers who have made this happen and I would like to thank the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund for their support."

Kettering Museum staff had stiff competition to win this award. Philippa Charles, Garfield Weston Foundation director said: "We have been blown away by the ambition and creativity of museums and galleries across the UK and Kettering's idea really stood out.

Some of the most talented curators in the UK have imagined the art, objects and exhibitions which promise to transform the experiences of their audiences. We are delighted that the local community in Kettering will get to see these amazing archaeological treasures."

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, added: "We knew the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund addressed a vital need: our national museums want to widen access to the collections they hold, and institutions around the UK want to share these works with their audiences. The response has been overwhelming. We're pleased to provide the means to enable the greater sharing of art, but, just as importantly, to help empower museums to realise their ambitions."

'Local Treasures: The British Museum comes to Kettering', opens at the Manor House Museum in Kettering on Saturday 22 September 2018 and runs until Saturday 12 January 2019. There is no charge for entry and there will be a programme of free events on offer.

Additional funding for the exhibition has been granted by Museum Development East Midlands and Kettering Borough Council.

Anyone wanting regular updates as the exhibition approaches can visit www.ThisisKettering.com/LocalTreasures where you can sign up to receive the Local Treasures eNewsletter. You can also find out more by calling the Museum on 01536 534 219.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018

Northamptonshire Safety Matters Oct17

Autumn Newsletter from The Safer Roads team together with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northamptonshire Highways

Working together to keep you safe

Fri, 20 Oct 2017

Police Crime Report September 2017

Police Crime Report September 2017

Wed, 04 Oct 2017

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Wilbarston Conservation Area: Roofing Materials

The map shows all the traditional buildings in Wilbarston Village Conservation Area dating from the 18th and 19th centuries with their roofing types in 2017. Many of the present roof materials are replacements of an earlier type.


This once predominated and can be deduced by the steep angle of the roof slope of many buildings or from having the roofline changed to a lower pitch to create more internal room and enable a new roof. This can be inferred from gable end stonework, or from the top facades being of a different material such as brick/rendered (Fig 1).

In some cases the angled line of the earlier dormer windows from thatched roofs - now lost in the subsequent alterations - can be observed Fig 2 (centre section of photo )

Fig 1. School Lane: changed and raised roof line

Fig 2. Main Street evidence of former thatched dormers in centre, and of raised facade to left

Fig 3. Barlows Lane; stone parapets from earlier thatched roof, now Welsh Slate. The use of decorative coursing in bands of light Weldon stone and darker ironstone is a feature of the Welland valley. The single storey section to the RHS has been reroofed in concrete tiles; this building is mediaeval in origin ands was of high status; it is the oldest building in the village

Stone roof parapets are another indication of previous thatch on a roof.

Other evidence for thatch comes from old photographs or from the memories of older residents. Only one building, 16 Main Street, still retains thatch (Fig 4).

The modern rear extension is thatched. This building has stone roof parapets and the north gable shows signs of having been raised twice. In general, from the 19thC onwards, when thatch was removed from dwellings the roof was replaced with Welsh Slate. Welsh slate only came into the area after 1808 when the canals reached Market Harborough enabling slates to be easily and safely imported. Farm buildings retained thatch longest - as with the west range of the farmyard formerly to the south of Carlton Road and now within the curtilage of the Post Office ( 1 Main Street). In 1970 it had a leaky corrugated iron roof which was then replaced with either corrugated asbestos or fibre sheets. Corrugated sheets were often used as temporary fixes over degenerate thatch but lasted for decades.

Fig 4: 16 Main Street, the only thatched building left in Wilbarston. Note the stone parapets and the lines on the gable indicting a low original roof line which has been raised twice.

Dallacre Farmhouse (1 Barlows Lane) was newly thatched in 1960 (National Building Record), but suffered a fire and was subsequently reroofed in concrete plain tiles.

High Status roofing materials

In this area high status buildings were often covered with swithland slate from Charnwood forest, or with stone slates from Collyweston near Stamford. No swithland slate remains in the village – apart from some tombstones in the churchyard. Only two buildings in Wilbarston now have collywestons - the former farmhouses at 10 School Lane and at 20 Church Street.

Figs 5 and 6

10 School Lane; collyweston stone slates with detail showing their diminishing courses - larger slates at the bottom.

Metal/ fibre corrugated sheeting and subsidiary buildings

In Wilbarston such roofing is confined to subsidiary buildings. Economical to install and effective it was often the roofing material of choice to replace other deficient old roofing. When these sheets wear out they are often replace by new corrugated sheeting. There are many examples of renewed sheeting round the village. The cattle shed alongside the south boundary of the churchyard is terestins as it has Welsh slates facing the churchyard, - surely the original roofing material, and metal sheets facing south and cattle yard.


were also used in the area for subsidiary buildings and for roofing walls. Pantiles need very little overlap so are lighter and cheaper than plain tiles. It is only in Eastern England, (Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and East Anglia) and a small area of Somerset that pantiles were used for dwellings). Only two examples remain in the village of outbuildings with pantiles, but there are some five or more examples of pantiles capping walls

Fig 7, Pantiles on former subsidiary farm building at 10 School Lane/ The main 18thC house of stone, has collyweston stone slates , and its 19thC rear extension is in red brick with a Welsh slate roof.

Concrete tiles

These are either plain tiles, such as on the former Dallacre Farmhouse at 1 Barlow's Lane, or corrugated such as are almost ubiquitous on late 20thC and 21stC dwellings. Because they have less overlap they are cheaper than other roofing types. They have been extensively used to replace older roof materials. But the predominate roofing material in the Conservation Area is still Welsh slate which in its turn from 1808 onwards replaced earlier roofing types. This is clearly seen on the accompanying map of the traditional buildings in the Wilbarston Conservation area; red indicates modern concrete tiles, and black indicates Welsh Slate

RMW 08.17

Sun, 24 Sep 2017

The Chronicle Autumn 2017

The Chronicle Autumn 2017

Sun, 24 Sep 2017

Daventry Food Festival

Daventry Food Festival Event Programme

Please come along - 23rd September 201710:00 am - 4:00pm Free Entry

Wed, 13 Sep 2017

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Northants Police and Crime Commissioner Consultation Outcome

A media release regarding the outcome of a recent public consultation by the Northants Police and Crime Commissioner relating to proposed changes to the governance of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service can be viewed below.

The commissioner has announced that he has now submitted a business case to the Home Office to transfer governance from the County Council to his office.

Sat, 02 Sep 2017

BikeSafe 2017 Saturday 19th August

BikeSafe2017 is returning to Northamptonshire and is this year supporting Openroads, a family road safety day with a difference.

Organised by BikeSafe and Northamptonshire Highways, BikeSafe is a police led motorcycle initiative run by most forces throughout the UK. And this year they are bringing it back to Northamptonshire and the iconic Rockingham Circuit in Corby on Saturday August 19th.

BikeSafe and Northamptonshire Highways are delighted to announce their charity partner will be the Fire Fighters Charity and are proud to be supporting fire fighters in need. They will be collecting on the day with any proceeds going to this great cause.

The Fire Fighters Charity (formally the Fire Service National Benevolent Fund) was initially set up during the Second World War to support the bereaved families of firefighters who had died during the Blitz. Over time, the Charity has evolved to become the UK's leading provider of services for the Fire Service community and their beneficiaries.

The Fire Fighters Charity supports firefighters in need. Whether injured, ill or in need of psychological support to come to terms with the life and death situations they face on a daily basis, the Charity is there to provide support in various ways. These include rehabilitation, health and wellbeing, nursing, recuperation, a child and family programme and an advice, information and support service.

We would like to encourage support for the Fire Fighters Charity because, at any time, no one knows when they may need the help of the Fire Service. In addition, by donating to ensure these services continue, you are making a valuable contribution to the Fire Service community.

This year BikeSafe and Openroads have teamed up to bring you the biggest highway extravaganza anywhere in the country. Combining thrills, skills and breath taking shows with something for every type of road user whether you love cars, motorbikes or cycles, the day guarantees to have something for everyone with a love of wheels.

The Openroads area will involve activities, stands and demonstrations, including examples of what takes place during Police pursuits, a display of modified and supercars, an array of motorbikes on show, and activities for children, including the chance to ride in a police car and climb into a fire engine.

Firefighters from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will be running simulated rescue demonstrations involving each of the emergency services, to show onlookers just how the services work together to deal with road traffic collisions.

Highlights of the day include a lorry experience, run by Maxim Logistics, which enables members of the public to have a go at driving a lorry around Rockingham Circuit. The aim of this was to educate people about the dangers posed by blind spots.

The day will also involve motorcycle safety sessions and CarKraft taster sessions for young drivers, which comprised of driving experiences such as skid training in Renault cars.

The aim is to provide a fun day out for families, non-drivers and drivers, young and old, but the motivation for the day was also to help cut the number of people being killed or injured on Northamptonshire's roads.

The event runs from 10am until 5pm. Entry and parking is free.

The police assessed ride and track experience can be booked at www.bikesafe.co.uk

The National BikeSafe Show & Track Experience @ Rockingham Motor Speedway. Mitchell Road, Corby, Northants. NN17 5AF

Thu, 24 Aug 2017

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Northamptonshire Safety Matters

Summer Newsletter from The Safer Roads team together with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northamptonshire Highways

Working together to keep you safe

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

Police and Crime Commissioner Fire Governance Proposal

The Police and Crime Commissioner has now launched a public consultation regarding proposals for the governance of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service to transfer from the Fire Authority which currently sits in Northamptonshire County Council, to the Police and Crime Commissioner, who would therefore become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.The government wants our emergency services to work much more collaboratively and has recently changed the law to allow this to happen. We already do this really well in Northamptonshire but there is scope for this to increase and for our fire and police services to work more closely together to keep our communities safe.We want to ensure as many people who live and work in Northamptonshire have their say and tell us what benefits and concerns they may have. A leaflet has been produced and there is a short animated film to describe the proposal. Please click here to view the short video:They have also created an online survey to capture people's views, which can be accessed at www.northantsfireproposals.co.uk (a postal survey and easy read version are also available on request). The survey closes on Tuesday 1st August 2017.We would really appreciate it if you would take the time to watch the short video clip and complete their online survey, and share the link with your friends, family and community. We would like as many people to have their voice heard as possible. For further information or if you having any questions please contact Sam Ward, Involvement Officer at: samantha.ward@northantspcc.pnn.police.uk

Fri, 23 Jun 2017

Police Crack Down on Rural Crime

Police are monitoring this area

There have been a few breaks being reported where chainsaws, leaf blowers and similar items are being stolen, it is important, where possible to have these items locked and secure, farm buildings locked also and any suspicious vehicles or persons seen should be reported to the Police on 101.There have also been reports of scrap metal vans pulling onto farms, if the gates to farms could be closed at all times this would help when you are out working on the farms.

If you see or hear any suspicious activity, call the police immediately on 101.

Sat, 06 May 2017

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Safety Matters - Fire, Police and Highways newsletter

Safety Matters - Fire, Police and Highways newsletter

Sun, 02 Apr 2017

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20 Millions Steps Challenge

20 Millions Steps Challenge

Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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The Chronicle Summer 2016

The Chronicle Summer 2016

Sun, 12 Jun 2016

Kettering Patient Engagement Group

Join us to find out how you can be involved in shaping the future of your local healthcare services

Thu, 28 Apr 2016

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New Adoption Campaign Launched In Northamptonshire

New Adoption Campaign Launched In Northamptonshire

An adoptive parent has talked about the joy of becoming a mother as Northamptonshire County Council launches an appeal to find more adopters. Jane says adopting her two children is the best thing she's ever done.

More information about adoption including details of information events can be found at www.couldyouadoptme.co.uk Here people can find out more about the process, read stories from our adopters and make an enquiry online.

Tue, 01 Mar 2016

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Market Harborough line speed improvement

Public information event Harborough Market 10am – 4pm Saturday 27 February 2016

Fri, 26 Feb 2016

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Best Village Press Release

Best Village Competition Press Release

Tue, 16 Feb 2016

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Best Village Application Sheet 2 2016 01 16

Best Village Application Sheet 2 2016 01 16

Sat, 16 Jan 2016

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Best Village Competition Entry sheet 1 2016 01 16

Best Village Competition Entry sheet 1 2016 01 16

Sat, 16 Jan 2016

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Best Village Competition Application Form 2016 01 16

Best Village Competition Application Form 2016 01 16

Sat, 16 Jan 2016

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Clerk Vacancy to Wilbarston Parish Council 2015 10 29

Clerk Vacancy to Wilbarston Parish Council

Thu, 29 Oct 2015

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