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Hunsbury Meadows Parish Council represents the people of Hunsbury Meadows parish, delivering services to meet your local needs and working hard to improve overall quality of life.
On the site you will find details on everything we do, including our role, meeting minutes, planning applications, as well as news and local events.
If there's anything you need to know please feel free to contact us.
Posted: Sat, 10 Nov 2018 13:48 by Parish Administrator
Concern about cold callers at residential addresses within the area.
Most people who call at your home will be genuine but sometimes someone may turn up unannounced, with the intention of trying to sell you something or maybe trick their way into your home.
If someone calls on you:
LOCK - keep your front and back doors locked, even when you are at home.
STOP - before you answer, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked the back door and taken the key out. Look through a spy hole or window to see who it is. More »
CHAIN - if you decide to open the door, put the chain or door bar on first, if you have one. Keep the bar or chain on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep.
CHECK - even if they have an appointment, check the identity card carefully. Close the door while you do this. Still unsure? Look up a phone number in the phone book or via the internet and ring to verify their identity. Do not use a phone number on the identity card, as this may be false.
Bogus callers may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, police or utility companies. They can also turn up as builders or gardeners and try to trick you into paying for unnecessary work.
You should never agree to have work done by someone just passing by. If you think work needs to be done, get at least two quotes from reputable companies.
If you think a bogus caller has called on you, report it to the police immediately.
IF IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT and remember you are not obliged to answer your door to any visitors.
For further information please visit:
(Northants Police) - www.northants.police.uk
(Northants Neighbourhood Watch) - www.northantsnhw.co.uk
(Age UK) - www.ageuk.org.uk
Message Sent By
Sarah Whitehead (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Beat Manager, Northampton)
Posted: Sat, 10 Nov 2018 13:44 by Parish Administrator
Police officers in Northamptonshire are issuing a warning to people across the county about a recent spate of handbag and purse thefts.
The incidents have taken place in Northampton, Kettering and Corby and have happened mostly in supermarkets with the criminals mainly targeting elderly women.
Paul Golley, Crime Prevention Team Leader, said: "It takes a real low-life to follow elderly people around a supermarket, waiting for the right moment to steal their handbag or purse. More »
"Unfortunately these people do exist and they often use distraction techniques to get what they want. This can involve bumping into victims - something that causes them to be flustered and unaware someone has stolen from them. Or it can involve working in pairs with one person distracting the victim while the other steals from them.
"It's worth making sure you read the tips below in order to best prevent yourself from becoming a victim and making sure any elderly people in your life are aware of these tips as well."
- Beware of pickpockets.
- Attach a bell to your handbag so you can hear if it is moved.
- Never hang your handbag on pushchairs or shopping trolleys.
- Keep your bag firmly closed and on your person at all times.
- Wear shoulder bags with the flap against your body.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Only keep items in your bag that you need for that occasion.
- Remember thieves can use cards to make contactless purchases.
- Do not store your pin number in your handbag or purse.
- If your purse is stolen, report the loss of your cards immediately to the card issuers.
- Protect your pin when withdrawing cash from an ATM.
Message Sent By
Jennifer Masters (Police, Digital Communications Officer , Countywide)
Posted: Sat, 10 Nov 2018 13:41 by Parish Administrator
Take an enchanted walk through a town centre Winter Wonderland as we celebrate Christmas in Northampton this November and December.
The festivities begin on Saturday, 24 November 2018 on the Market Square as we illuminate the town during the annual Christmas lights switch-on. Heart FM kick celebrations off at 2pm, with fun musical performances from the casts of Royal & Derngate's Peter Pan and the Worst Witch, The Deco's Cinderella and the Looking Glass Theatre's Jack and the beanstalk pantomimes. More »
Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol will join the winners of Northampton Leisure Trust Sport Awards on stage as we count down to the Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm. Members of Northampton Swimming Club, winners of the Community Team of the Year Award 2018, will have the honour of switching on the lights this year.
A schedule of music on the market is planned to add a seasonal soundtrack to each Saturday in the lead up to Christmas, from 1 December. With local choirs and bands singing your favourite festive choirs and pop tunes between 11am and 4pm.
The popular Frost Fair and Christmas Parade will continue festivities on Sunday, 2 December. Stalls offering unique gifts, handmade decorations and festive food and drink will open on the Market Square at 11am. Along with a fun creative workshop, that will help to keep littles ones entertained during your busy Christmas shopping trip. Children can choose to make one of two different mystical animal headdresses, to take home or wear during the Christmas parade.
Santa and his sleigh will follow a parade of arctic animals as they wind around the town centre streets to the Market Square. Starting at The Deco theatre at 1pm, local school children and members of the public will join the parade as it makes its way down Abington Street and around the Market Square.
Back by popular demand, the icy Igloo Cinema opens its doors again on the 1st floor of the Grosvenor Centre on 2 December also. Families can enjoy a well needed break from their Christmas shopping as they spend some quality family time, enjoying one of two family favourite films in a dome cinema.
Screenings of Frozen and The Snowman will be held at regular intervals each day between 10am and 4pm, right up until 22 December.
Tickets to the icy Igloo Cinema are free however pre-booking is recommended at www.thedeco.co.uk/event/igloocinema
Abington Park Museum will also be offering a range of events and workshops during the festive period. These include a two-day Christmas Fair on 24 and 25 November, a Victorian Christmas celebration, a Festive Willow Workshop and a one-man play of Oliver Twist.
Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: "Every Christmas we work with partners to provide a jammed packed itinerary of family-fun activities in the town and this year is no exception!
"From lively entertainment and delicious food and drink, family events, shows and creative workshops - there's something for everyone. This includes the return of the Igloo cinema, which was received so well, we couldn't not include it as part of our plans again this year.
"We hope to see lots of families and friends heading into the town centre to enjoy the events and entertainment, which all kick off with our fantastic switch-on."