DDC: Climate Emergency Task Panel

Daventry District Council has formed a cross-party task panel to examine what more the Council can do to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

“Global warming is perhaps the most serious threat we are facing. It’s not just about record temperatures and severe storms – unless we can drastically reduce our emissions, our food supply will be at risk, many areas will be threatened with rising sea levels and many communities around the world will face catastrophic floods and famines,” said Cllr Ken Ritchie, the task panel leader.

“The UN has predicted that we have only 12 years to act before the damage to our climate is irreversible. That’s why we now speak about a Climate Emergency and not just climate change.”

“We will be examining what more the District Council can do to reduce the carbon footprint of its own activities because it is important that DDC sets an example for others to follow. But we all contribute to global warming through our use of energy and our lifestyles, and we will therefore be looking at ways in which DDC can encourage others – both residents and local businesses – to do their bit in reducing harmful emissions.”
Cllr Rupert Frost points out that the Government and many local councils have already declared a climate emergency and are preparing action plans in response to it. “In Daventry District we too must take action. There are lots of things we can do, such as making homes more energy efficient, promoting solar energy, and encouraging the use of electric vehicles, as well as planting more trees which absorb carbon dioxide. Some of the changes that are needed will cost money, but the cost to DDC need not be great.”

According to Cllr Jonathan Harris, “We all have a responsibility and a part to play in responding to the climate emergency. Unless we take action now, the consequences for our children and our grandchildren will be disastrous. That’s why our task panel wants to engage with residents across the District, working with them to reduce emissions and in a way that produces a better, greener and more healthy environment.”

Although Daventry District Council is likely to be abolished in 2021, the task panel wants to develop a strategy and plans which can be adopted by the new unitary authority which will replace DDC. “We want to put the climate emergency firmly on the agenda of the proposed West Northamptonshire Council, and we are therefore working in liaison with like-minded colleagues from other councils in the area,” said Cllr Ritchie.

The task panel is keen to hear from residents who have ideas to suggest, who have expertise to contribute or who are simply concerned and want to help. The task panel can be contacted c/o kritchie@daventrydc.gov.uk or on 07754165551.

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Vandalism hits Badby Cricket Club –

Crime Prevention officers have been alerted to several incidents of vandalism and petty criminal damage at Badby & Farthingstone Cricket Club on Long Roods near Badby Woods.

For several weeks the newly formed club has had fires, thefts, breakages as well as regular evidence of recreational drug use and have now contacted the local police who are looking into the situation.

If you or someone you know can help with this, please call Daventry police on 03000 111222 or simply dial 101 where you will be directed to the local police force.


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Coming soon ….

Details of this month’s film being shown at Badby & District Film Society

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Motocross Meeting on Arbury Hill

Badby Parish Council have been notified by the organisers that the date of the motocross meeting scheduled for 8th September has been changed to 22nd September.

Frances Williams
Parish Clerk

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Big Switch scheme returns ahead of winter months

People are being urged to sign-up for an energy switching service to help ensure they are on the best deal for their gas and electricity come the winter.

Big Switch Daventry District is a joint effort between Daventry District Council (DDC) and its switching partner iChoosr to use collective purchasing power to secure better energy deals for residents.

Everyone who registers for the Big Switch is entered into a national collective, with energy companies then invited to bid for their custom in an auction.

Because the auction is an opportunity for energy companies to secure thousands of customers in one go, the deals they offer in a bid to win that auction are often better than those advertised to the general public.

The sign-up process is quick and easy, with just an annual bill or indication of annual energy usage required.

Following the end of the registration period, everyone who signed up will be sent an offer indicating any savings they could make. There is no obligation to accept that offer and no fees or charges involved, whether people decide to switch or not.

The deadline for registering for the autumn auction process is 7 October, with offers sent out from 21 October, so it is a good time for people to make sure they are on the best tariff ahead of the winter months.

People who switched providers through last autumn’s auction are particularly encouraged to register again, as their fixed-term contract will be coming to an end and this is an opportunity to secure another good deal through the scheme.

People are urged to sign up by visiting http://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/bigswitch or phoning 01327 871100 before the deadline, which is 7 October 2019.

Press release number: 2468

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Visitors to Church –

On Saturday August 17, a group of about 40 members of the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust will be paying a short visit to St Mary’s Church as part of an annual Historic Churches Tour guided by Bruce Bailey.  Bruce was the author of the latest edition of Pevsner’s Northamptonshire.  The visit is scheduled to start at 12.15pm.

The Trust organises its main fund raising to make grants to historic church buildings in the county with the Ride and Stride day on the second Saturday of September each year.  It contributed £3,000 to St Mary’s towards the cost of the recent major works.

If you would like to take part in the sponsored walk or ride this September, sponsor forms and churches that will be open for the day are available from Chris Richards.

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Bells ringing on Friday afternoon –

From 3pm on Friday (August 16), our bells rang out to a quarter peal rung by members of the Daventry Branch of the diocesan guild.

The method was Plain Bob Doubles and it took 47 minutes continuous ringing.  Frances Williams of the Badby team rang her first quarter peal. See details here.

You could have sat in the church and watched the bells ringing on cctv installed last year with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Coffee morning and a view from on high –

Villagers, visitors and walkers will be welcomed for coffee, tea, home-made cake and chat.

There will be another guided tour to the top of the tower at 12 noon for those sufficiently fortified with tea and cake.

Bring your camera.

It is only 81 steps to the top!

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2 Funny Ladies at Badby & Fawsley WI

The next meeting of Badby & Fawsley WI is this Thursday, August 8, in the Village Hall starting at 7:30.

Tricia Thompson is our speaker and she will be giving a talk on ‘Funny Ladies’ : an amusing insight into Victoria Wood and Julie Walters. Refreshments and raffle as usual.

Do come and join us for what is sure to be a fun evening, everyone is welcome

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Polling District, Places and Stations Review

The final report was considered by councillors at the meeting of Full Council on
25 July 2019 and was approved.  Please find below links to the report and to the “No Changes” table.

Leanne Marlow AEA (Cert)
Elections Officer, Daventry District Council
Tel. 01327 302311

PSR report
PSR no changes

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