Virtual Parish Council meetings

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, Parish Council meetings are allowed to be held using Zoom video conferencing. Residents are able to attend these virtual meetings, using the unique invitation available for each meeting published with the Agenda. If you need any help with Zoom- the conferencing software, please contact the Clerk. Thank you

Oct Meeting Agenda will be found on the page which contains the Zoom Link for attending the virtual meeting.

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Digital Newsletter now out!

Due to the current Covid 19 situation, we will not be delivering paper copies of the newsletter this summer. We do hope you understand, and can enjoy the digital version instead- available on the page

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Covid-19 Information

During this health crisis, the Parish Council will strive to keep residents informed and work to help all in the village

The Government website has frequently updated information, and what you should be doing to keep safe

NHS advice can be found at

Northamptonshire County Council- local advice

Latest advice- 17-8-2020

1st April
A leaflet should be delivered through everybody’s door in the next few days – our Vice Chairman Cllr Duval is taking calls and co-ordinating volunteers on 01832 735943 or 07951110552



31st March 2020 Northamptonshire Community Resilience Service has launched a Coronavirus Support Line

The new support line, which goes live today, allows those who cannot leave their homes under current restrictions and those who have nobody to call upon for help, to request support in getting access to food, prescriptions and other vital services that they require.

Those requiring help are asked to call the support line on the following number.

0300 126 1000 (option 5)

Individuals can also email and ask for help.

Updated advice on what Parish Councils can and can’t do during this time is available from our advisory body Northants Association of Local Councils

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is asking residents to consider options such as the council’s garden waste scheme or composting waste, instead of lighting bonfires, to be more considerate to neighbours and protect the respiratory health of the vulnerable during the pandemic.

The council’s garden waste scheme allows residents to sign up for £55.00 a year and receive a 240L bin that is emptied once a fortnight, alongside the household’s recycling bin.

Alternatively, residents could consider purchasing a compost bin via a company like or storing garden waste in a safe, dry place until local HWRCs re-open.

If you have no other option but to light a bonfire, the ENC’s Environmental Health team advise that you follow these tips:

  • Never burn household rubbish, plastic, rubber, furniture foam or tarred felt;
  • Do not light a bonfire if it is wet or windy;
  • Never leave a bonfire unsupervised or leave it to smoulder. Douse it with soil or water if necessary;
  • Avoid burning at weekends and on Bank Holidays, warm sunny days or other times when your neighbours may want to enjoy their gardens;
  • Site the bonfire so that it causes least disturbance to your neighbours; this may include taking into account the wind direction;
  • Only burn dry material, this will reduce the amount of smoke produced.

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Draft Minutes for September 2020 meeting now available

Please go to the page to access them

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Casual Vacancy

Follwoing the resignation of Cllr Duval, there exists a vacancy on the Parish Council. If ten or more residents require it, an election will be held to fill the post. Failing that, the council may co-opt a councillor. Please see below Notice

Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Parish Councillor- dated 1st September
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Change of Bus services-Sept 2020

Dear all

Whippet Coaches will be revising services 8 and 18 from Tuesday 1st September 2020.

As shown on the attached timetable, service 18 will be renumbered service X3 (and X2) and linked to the current X3 Huntingdon – Cambridge service. As a result bus passengers will have a through service from Corby to Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Service 8 will be revised with Brigstock, Stanion and Little Stanion having additional journeys to Kettering.

Also, the service from Stanion and Little Stanion to Corby has been revised to provide a journey every 1-2 hours throughout the day on Mondays to Fridays.

Please contact Northants County Council if you require further information at this stage.

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Notice of Exercise of Public Rights

Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

(b)                      Ms C Tilley    Clerk & RFO


                          07756 851026

commencing on (c) Monday 15th June 2020  

and ending on (d)  Friday 24th July 2020 

Copy of the Notice is on the Village Notice Board and available here

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Agenda for March 17th Meeting

This and associated paperwork is now available and can be found on the page

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February Parish Council meeting- Agenda published

Residents are very welcome to attend the next Parish Council meeting on the 18th Feb- 7.15pm at the Sports Pavilion- Toll Bar Rd. We look forward to seeing you. All paperwork can be found on the page

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A6116 Overnight road closure 19th -21st Feb 2020

Northamptonshire Highways are requiring to close a section of the A6116 at Aldwincle, Islip and Lowick for three nights (8pm to 6am) from the 19th February 2020.  The closure is to allow the carriageway to have chippings removed following the resurfacing works last year.

The closure and diversion can be viewed here

If you require more information about the works please contact Gavin Hopkins on 01604 883400.

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Happy New Year. Please come along to the January meeting- 21st Jan 7.15pm at the Sports Pavilion, Toll Bar Rd. Lots of local issues to be discussed!

Please visit the for the Agenda and associated paperwork

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Have your say….

East Northamptonshire Council’s Residents’ Survey for 2019 is now open. This is an opportunity for residents to give their feedback on public services within the district and where they feel improvements could be made.

They would like as many residents as possible to complete the survey.

The survey can be accessed through the council website at and is open to all residents of East Northamptonshire.

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Draft Minutes for December meeting available

Please go to the page to view these

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Agenda available for final meeting of 2019

All residents welcome to the next meeting on Tuesday 17th December- 7pm at the Sports Pavilion. The councillors will be discussing next years budget – come along and see what they intend to spend the precept on! Go to page for all the details

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Coming soon- to a letter box near you!!

The Islip Christmas newsletter is being circulated- an electronic copy is available on the page

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Quiz night- 7pm Saturday 25th January 2020 at Islip Village Hall. Tickets 12.50. Teams of up to six. Burns Night Theme- prize for fancy dress
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Draft minutes now available for November meeting

Please go to the page

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Buses are changing

Islip Parish Council has received the following information from Northamptonshire Highways

Following a number of attempts to procure a replacement contract, a contract has been awarded to Whippet Coaches Limited in the last few days and today a registration has been received for a replacement for services 8 and 18.  Subject to approval from the Office of the Traffic Commissioner, a Government body, this will commence on Monday 28 October. 

The timetables from Thrapston, Brigstock, Little Stanion, Stanion, Corby Old Village, Geddington and Weekley are comparable to the current timetables, albeit with slight amendments.  It is worth noting, however, that passengers from Brigstock who wish to arrive in Kettering before 1100 should travel on services towards Corby and remain on the bus. 

Whippet Coaches, operating under the name “Go Whippet”, are based in Cambridgeshire between Huntingdon and Cambridge. As a result of this and the operator’s requirement to run buses to their depot to relieve drivers for a break, we are able to offer an experimental direct service from Corby and Thrapston to Huntingdon three times per day in the off-peak.  Full details can be found on the following link:

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Draft Minutes for October now available

Please go to the page

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Parish Council meeting- 16th October.

All welcome to attend this next meeting at the Sports Paivlion, Toll Bar Rd, Islip- Agenda and papers available on the page

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Draft minutes for September meeting now available

These can be found on the page

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Notice of Conclusion of Audit

The External Auditors- PKF Littlejohn LLP have completed their review of the AGAR for year ending 31 March 2019. A copy of their report, along with Sec 1 & 2 and the Notice of Conclusion of Audit can be found on the Parish Council Noticeboard and on the Annual Return 2018-2019 page

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Next Parish Council meeting-17th September

This can be found on the page. After the Summer break, the Parish Council meet again. That’s not to say that they have been idling the summer away! Please come along to the next meeting, where there is a lot to discuss!

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Draft Minutes for July meeting now available

These can be found on the Minutes page

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Next Parish Council meeting- 16th July 7.15pm

All residents welcome to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council at Islip Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm. Please note there will be no meeting in August .

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Community message from the Police

Good Afternoon

We have had a request by members of the public that have brought to our attention of unacceptable behaviour and have requested this message to go out and shared to everyone.

Could all dog owners, while enjoying the country walks , please keep all dogs under control at all times, when out to which we encourage doing, Please observe/respect the countryside code:

We would like to advise leaving gates open or shut as you find them, keep to footpaths, avoid climbing over fences, and please be mindful and park in a considerate fashion so that you are not blocking residents and farmers from using the track.

Sheep worrying by dogs is becoming a major issue in the countryside, and this behaviour is unacceptable.

We apologise and fully understand this message is not intended to everyone, sadly and unfortunately a very small minority of us have to be kindly reminded from time to time. We do Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

Your Local Policing Team

Message Sent By
Arthur Pereira (Police, Community Support Officer, East Northants)
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Overnight road closures A14 between J12 and J13 8th July-22nd July

Please see attached letter about a road closure due to works on a bridge extension joint over the River Nene in Thrapston . There is also a map of the diversion route

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Agenda and papers for next meeting-18th June 2019

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Annual Meeting Draft minutes available

Please click on the following link to access this months minutes- who was voted in as the new Chairman???

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Bus Timetable changes

Please see below information received from Northamptonshire Highways

Dear All

Since 23rd July 2018, services 8 (Kettering – Geddington – Lt Stanion – Corby) and 18 (Raunds – Thrapston – Brigstock – Lt Stanion – Corby) have been running under contract to Northamptonshire County Council using what remained the section 106 public transport funding from Little Stanion that was part-funding the previous service 8. 

The present service 8/18 arrangement, in addition to Little Stanion, is partly funded by other section 106 funding in Thrapston and the inclusion of two entitled home-to-school transport services within the timetable.  On bus takings and concessionary fares reimbursement cover about 55% of the net operating cost of the service.

At this rate, the funding will cease in September or October of this year and, given that the service does not cover costs, under these circumstances it is unlikely that any commercial operator would take over the service.  However, there is scope within the timetable to make measured reductions in order to reduce costs and prolong the life of the service.  These discussions have been on-going with Centrebus over the last month.

It is intended that a revised service comes into force from the end of May 2019, that achieves sufficient savings so that it is hoped that the service can continue until at least this time next year, or beyond if usage of the service continues to grow.  The final detailed timetables are still being drawn up, and will be shared in due course, however the headline changes that you should be aware of are as follows:

·         The service between Little Stanion and Corby will be reduced to approximately every 2 hours after 1000.  It is currently every hour, but usage data clearly shows that the busiest journey is the 0750 arrival in Corby, with busy journeys immediately after 0930 but otherwise low usage spread across the remaining journeys.  By removing the need for the bus to be in Little Stanion every hour, we can be more flexible with the way in which the buses are scheduled and we can incorporate drive rest breaks within the time.  This reduces costs a great deal.  There will also not be an opportunity to travel from Little Stanion to Kettering until a bus arriving at around 1300, outside of peak hours (see the next bullet point).

·         It is proposed that there will be a new journey from Corby to Kettering, on schooldays, arriving between 0800 and 0830, with a matching return journey in the afternoon.  The morning journey will not serve Wood Street, only the main road in Geddington in order to save time at busy peak hours.  To accommodate this, the 0750 arrival in Corby from Thrapston will be advanced to arrive at 0740.  This is subject to being able to accommodate the school bus from Gretton to Corby Business Academy elsewhere.

·         The Saturday service will be reduced to be operated by one bus instead of two.  As a consequence, rather than every 2 hours similar to weekdays, it will be much more based around a single journey from the villages to either Kettering or Corby, or between Raunds and Thrapston, outside of peak hours.

·         Journeys on service 18 will be centred around morning journeys to Raunds/Thrapston and afternoon journeys to Corby, rather than every 2 hours throughout.

·         Opportunities to access Corby from Geddington will be greatly reduced, and there is little evidence from the passenger loadings that there is demand for this.

·         There will be a single workers journey home from Kettering and single workers journey home from Corby at 1745 each day.

·         There will be no notable reductions to services between Brambleside and Kettering, given that this is generating a significant amount of the usage, thus income, on the service.  Journeys between Geddington and Kettering will be retimed, with certain journeys stopping only on the main road in the village in the interest of making these journeys as quick as possible.  Return journeys from Kettering will all serve Wood Street, as now, as will the first two buses towards Kettering after 0930.

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