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List of Council Members and Officers (at 31 March 2019)

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Caroline Middleton             Chairman                                          781631

Ian Wilson                             Vice Chairman                                    781961 

John Middleton                                                                               781631 

Nick " Wes"Wesley                                                                                                          07500 865208

Kevin Simons                                                                               781358


Clerk – Mrs Julie Friell                                                              781539


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Chairman’s Report

Another year goes by for the Parish Council and I would like to thank all the current members for stepping up to be councillors who work on a voluntary basis, giving their valuable time for the improvement of the village. A huge mention as always is a big thank you to Julie Friell our Clerk for all her continued hard work and commitment again this year. Her organisational skills, patience and detailed knowledge ensure the Parish Council works effectively and efficiently and we would struggle to exist without her input and guidance on rules and regulations. I know I say this every year but words don’t really cover what she does for the Council in this Village.

Since the last APM, the CIL monies of £3300 have finally been spent on the Village. The Parish Council sought suggestions which were:-

Upgrading the street lights – which went ahead but in the 2019/20 financial year costing £3000
Purchase of 2 additional litter/dog bins – whilst the Parish Council could purchase them Daventry District Council had no funds to empty
Upgrading the VAS to solar – per the company it was purchased from – not financially viable and would have to become permanent restricted to one site
A new street light at the bottom of School Lane – services to supply were in the wrong place, plus there were overhanging trees and shrubs

The balance of £300 was using during the 2018/19 year to purchase the WWI memorial bench, which I am sure you will agree is a nice asset to the Village.

Reviewing the action points set out for the year.

Gates for the allotments remain outstanding. This is a task which needs to be done but can only be done when the people involved have time available from their working lives.
Despite us actively promoting the Parish Council vacancies, they remain unoccupied and we would very much like to see them taken.
GDPR processes are now in place

A thank you to Kate Wilson, our Footpath Warden and to Kevin Simons who on a regular basis, picks up a huge amount of litter and reports fly-tipping to the relevant Councils. Ian Wilson continues to keep the never-ending task of weeds at Mallards Wood and the Allotment bank being kept at bay. Our thanks go to both him and his wife, Kate, who devote a huge amount of time to the village.

Thanks also to Graham Martin and Wes for taking care of the VAS sign, re locating, changing batteries and assisting Julie with downloading the information it gathers.

Grant funding for this year is £800 currently allocated in the precept for grants to be split between the Church and the Village Hall.

Thank you to County Councillor Judy Shephard and District Councillor Lesley Woolnough for their contributions to the work of the Parish. Lesley has been hugely helpful on some issues relating to the Village and we are grateful for her continued support.

Looking forward to 2019/20. We will focus on the following issues.

Trying to find the time to site the new gates at the Allotment now the hedge has established.

To continue to try to bring more members on to the Parish Council


Financial Report

The 2018/19 accounts will be approved by the Parish Council at its’ meeting on 6 May. The Internal Audit was carried out on 23 April with “no issues have been disclosed” but made two recommendations – the formal minuting of the bank reconciliation to be carried out on a quarterly basis and the adoption of an Equal Opportunities policy. Section 9 of the Local Audit (Smaller Authorities) Regulations 2015 permits authorities with either income or expenditure under £25,000 to certify itself as exempt from having a limited assurance review or to submit an Annual Governance and Accountability Return to the external auditor.   A copy of the Annual Internal Audit Report, Annual Governance Statement, unaudited Annual Accounting Statements, an analysis of variances and the bank reconciliation will appear alongside the “Period for the Exercise of Public Rights” notice from 17 June, on the notice board, for a period of 30 working days and will end on 26 July 2019, together with a summary of Electors Rights and are currently available on the web site.


The bank account balance at 31 March 2019 was £11,616.48 split between general £8,616.48 and CIL £3,000.00. The general fund has decreased by £688 over the previous year.  This figure still falls within the best practise parameters of between 1 and 1.5 times the level of the precept - it is essential that it is maintained at this level for any future contingencies. 2018/19 saw actual expenditure of £8,920 against a budget of £8,688 – the precept being £7,500 and the balance coming from reserves. Income received in addition to the precept totalled £432 - £356 Allotment rent, £0 vat refund (but due £187) and £76 NCC grass cutting grant. The Parish Council used £300 of the monies received from the Community Infrastructure Levy scheme to purchase the WW1 Memorial Bench.   Monies were spent on grass cutting (£2,145), grants to the Church (£400) and Village Hall (£400).   The Parish Council has precepted £8,500 from Daventry DC but will be using £843 from reserves.  This represents a 13.3% increase – to maintain the level of reserves in accordance with best practice.



2018 2018   2019 2019
  7250.00 PRECEPT   7500.00
  527.32 OTHER INCOME   432.51
  3300.00 COMM INFRAST LEVY   0.00
  11077.32 TOTAL INCOME   7932.51
162.00   HIRE OF HALL 148.50  
747.25   E.ON - ELECT SUPPLY/MAINT 930.04  
0.00   REPAIR TO BT KIOSK 0.00  
2715.56   CLERK'S SALARY 2831.78  
204.68   ADMIN EXPENSES 484.58  
0.00   TRAINING 49.00  
687.32   INSURANCE 700.00  
167.00   INTERNAL AUDIT 172.00  
2211.00   GRASS CUTTING CONTRACT 2145.00  
0.00   POCKET PARK 0.00  
800.00   GRANTS - PCC & VILLAGE HALL 800.00  
24.00   ALLOTMENTS 48.00  
0.00   WW1 MEMORIAL BENCH 360.00  
0.00   MALLARDS WOOD 0.00  
212.57   SUBSCRIPTIONS 216.20  
114.80   OTHER 35.00  
  8100.17 TOTAL PAYMENTS   8920.10
  2977.15 NET (PAYMENT)/REC FOR THE YEAR   (987.59)
9626.92   BANK BALANCE AT 1 APRIL 2018   12604.07
2977.15   NET (PAY)/REC AS ABOVE   (987.59
12604.07   BANK BALANCE AT 31 MARCH 2019   11616.48
  9304.07 GENERAL FUND BANK ACCOUNT 8616.48  
  3300.00 CIL MONIES 3000.00  


The Parish Council held the following Community Assets valued at original purchase cost or best guesstimate at 31 March 2019. 

Street Lights/waste bins




Bus Shelter








Information & notice board


Colour Printer


Vehicle Activated Sign


BT Telephone Kiosk


Brackets VAS


Base for village sign


Gated entrance


Data Collection Unit


Allotments – nominal value


Recreation land – nominal value


Pocket Park – nominal value


Village Sign – nominal value


Street Light – Limes Trees Close


WW1 Memorial Bench









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