Coronavirus Emergency


Message from Pattishall Parish Council
Please note that the government has not lifted restrictions on the use of playground equipment.
Therefore please DO NOT USE the playground equipment until such restrictions are lifted.


The Council pleased to advise all parishioners that The Groundcare Company will be starting grass cutting throughout the Parish from Thursday 2nd April.


The Parish Council has consulted with both local Government and NCALC (Northants County Association of Local Councils) and they have confirmed that this work can continue.


The contractor has undertaken a Risk Assessment and the Parish Council is happy that their travel arrangements and ways of working pose minimum risk to the parish. We ask that all parishioners do not approach the contractors whilst they are in the Parish for both Coronavirus and other health and safety reasons.


I recognise that there will be more cars than normal parked up close to verges which will need cutting. If you are able to move your car that day, or when you see the contractor in your area, it would be much appreciated.


As per recent years, we are planning to cut the grass throughout the Parish approximately every 2 weeks, from April to October.


Please contact David Keeble if you have any specific questions.


David Keeble

01327 830792


It has been decided to defer the next edition of Around Pattishall, as there are no events or get togethers to advertise due to Coronavirus. We will assess the situation in May and keep you posted as to when to expect the next publication.


The Annual Parish Meeting where residents are encouraged to come along and ask questions of the council about matters pertaining to the parish. A bit like a considerably scaled down version of the BBC Questiontime programme! It is intended that this will be held via email; whereby questions may be emailed to the clerk, who will circulate to council members for a reply. Likewise, The Annual AGM and election of Officers will also follow an online procedure, unless Government proclaims that Parish Council AGM’s may be deferred.  The Clerk will post onto the website, a resume of all matters that come into & go out of the office on a monthly basis & will ask both County & District Councillors to forward a report to the parish office for inclusion (no longer than one side of A4)


The dog bins have been emptied, but due to the present situation we cannot guarantee that this will continue on a regular basis. With many families out walking and playgrounds closed there are many more children using our footpaths and we really urge all dog walkers to ensure their pets’ faeces are not left as pressies for others to step on. Should a bin be full please do not leave plastic bags at the site but take home and dispose of in the black wheelie bin.


The Covid 19 Support Team has been out and about throughout the Parish, collecting shopping and groceries for those in need.  We have over 40 volunteers, all Pattishall Parish residents.  We have 4 ladies manning our ‘chat line’ for those who feel isolated or just want to chat.  You are welcome if in need, to get in touch with the Team via the Parish office.  A big thank you goes to our incredible volunteers.


TO NOTE:  The A5 will be closed from 8.00 pm Friday, 3rd April until 6.00 am on Monday, 6th April


Barry Evans

Chairman, Pattishall Parish Council




Correspondence to the Clerk, Mrs. Ann Addison,

The Paddocks, Baker Street, Gayton, Northampton, NN7 3EZ

Telephone:  01604 858226  &  Email:


News from the Parish Council Coronavirus Support Team


I am delighted to be able to tell you that we now have a team of 35 Parishioners who have signed up to help those in Pattishall Parish who are in need of help during this difficult time.  They are all doing a great job on your behalf.  Naturally, we could always do with more volunteers.


Out Team will help in the following ways:


·      Collect medication from surgeries, medical centres & Chemists

·      Shop for your essential food supplies – payment method to be agreed

·      We have a volunteer who will walk your dog

·      Volunteers who will collect & post your letters

·      We have a ‘Chat Line’ – volunteers who would love to chat with you if you are feeling isolated or simply just want to chat about cooking, gardening, needlework, knitting or wanting to build a new shed.


The Parish Support Team is here to help



Ann Addison

Support Team Co-ordinator

Clerk to Pattishall Parish Council



A huge thank you to the many volunteers who have contacted the Parish Office with offers of help whether it be collecting prescriptions and shopping, dog walking or a friendly voice at the end of a phone. It is most heart-warming to see the community spirit around the parish and if you require assistance then do please Ann Addison, our clerk and co-ordinator. ( 01604 858226.)


Following governmental guidelines, we have had to close all playground areas for the foreseeable future. Many thanks to members of The Playing Fields Committee for dividing off the playground area allowing the field to still be used for exercise but please NO GATHERINGS or TEAM GAMES.

The warmer weather has encouraged the grass to grow and David Keeble our designated councillor has been in contact with our contractor to see how he is placed to start mowing.


The contractor has had to lay staff off and is we believe that he is allowed to work by himself, as long as it conforms with local government policy. It must be remembered that we are not the only parish he cuts grass for. It therefore necessitated prioritising areas. For the first cut it is recommended that the lower half of the Parish Hall areas, the area around the pavilion and the verge outside the front fence. Banbury lane Play Area and Booth Close Play Park. Fosters Booth verges, particularly on the corners to Leys Road and Festival Road. Pattishall and Astcote Village Greens.


It is hoped that by the middle of April all verges will have been cut but this depends on whether his team have returned to work. If the contractor is unable to fully support us in the short term, then any help parishioners can give will be greatly appreciated.


Barry Evans (Chairman) 830523



Easter activity sessions cancelled


In light of the recent government guidance in response to COVID-19, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has cancelled their two-week programme of activities during the Easter school holiday.


Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC’s portfolio holder for wellbeing, said: “The council has been following the news on COVID-19 closely and our stance is to respond in line with government guidance. We have a duty of care to uphold the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff and our residents. With this in mind, we have unfortunately taken the decision to cancel all Active Lifestyle Sessions with immediate effect and until further notice.


“The Healthy Communities team are working hard to find alternative methods in delivering their services. In the meantime, we would like to encourage parents/guardians to look into external providers that host online activity sessions or social media community groups that provide ideas for children to stay active and creative at home.”


Sport England have launched a new nationwide campaign that is asking people to share ideas to stay active under the hashtag #StayInWorkOut. For more information, please visit


The Active Lifestyle sessions organised by SNC were due to take place from Monday, 6 April to Friday, 17 April at Magdalen College School in Brackley and Towcester Centre for Leisure.


Full refunds will be issued to any parent/guardian who has booked any of the sessions. Refunds should be received within seven working days.

Bin collections continue, but residents asked to double-bag tissues


Core waste and recycling services in South Northamptonshire are continuing as scheduled, but bulky waste collections have been suspended and the Farthinghoe Recycling and Reuse Centre is closed.


SNC is also highlighting current Government advice to those with Coronavirus symptoms to separate tissues and cleaning cloths, double-bag them in tied plastic bags, and leave them aside for 72 hours before placing the bags in the black bin.


Bin and food caddy collections are unaffected, but until further notice, residents will no longer be able to book the paid-for bulky waste service.


The operators of the Farthinghoe centre have taken the decision to close, in-line with Government advice to protect their staff and residents.


Northamptonshire County Council has also closed its Household Waste and Recycling Centres, including the centre in Towcester.


Cllr Dermot Bambridge, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “I hope everyone will understand that in these difficult times it is necessary to protect members of staff and the public.


“We would ask people to be patient, it is far from ideal, but please keep hold of any unwanted bulky items until normal service can be resumed and please be mindful of Government advice on how to dispose of personal hygiene items safely.”



Information and support for those concerned about Coronavirus


If you are elderly or self-isolating and need any help or support, please contact:


Ann ADDISON, Parish Clerk on 01604 858226 or   


who will identify relevant assistance through our list of parish volunteers.


Please note that volunteers will have to agree that the Parish Office keeps their contact details on record for the duration of the scheme. And for those who ask for help will have to agree for their details to be passed on to a volunteer.


The Parish Council’s aim is to offer local community assistance to the elderly and those self-isolating. Some ideas of support could be:


  • Collect essential medication
  • To pick up shopping.
  • To hear a friendly voice.




*Please note that a hard copy of this notice will be distributed to all parishioners



The Parish Office remains open for business as usual, but with no personal visitors.


All work & queries will be dealt with either by phone, email or facetime.