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Upper and Lower Benefield is situated in East Northamptonshire, along the A427 in between Corby and Oundle.

Benefield Parish Council consists of 7 elected members who represent both Upper and Lower Benefield. The Parish Council Meetings are held approximately every 6 weeks in the Village Hall, Brigstock Road, Lower Benefield. The Draft Minutes for the Parish Council Meeting held on  Monday 24th February 2020 are now available.  The  Agenda for the next Parish Council Meeting  due to be held on Monday 6th April 2020 in the Village Hall starting at 18:30 the agenda will available on Monday  30th March.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

There is a growing Cricket Club, the Cricket Pavilion has been extended, which is situated in Upper Benefield.

The Village Church is in Lower Benefield, along the Brigstock Road, which holds regular services on Sunday’s along with an Annual Flower Festival and Garden Fete. The Church Services for February, March and April are now available .

The Village Hall is also available for hiring, and events along with contact details are on the Village Hall News Page.

Covid-19 Change to services

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)

 We are all now living with restrictions on our daily routines, and in line with the latest information from Government to only take essential trips and avoid any unnecessary social interaction, our Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed until further notice from the end of today (Tuesday 24th March).

Our Waste and Recycling Team is working closely with our partners across the district and borough councils to maintain waste and recycling services as much as possible.

Bus Concessions

In conjunction with most local bus operators, the County Council has agreed to extend bus concessions, making bus passes valid for 24 hours a day.  Supporting our elderly and most vulnerable residents is a high priority, and by doing this we can help them get to where they need to be including the supermarket for essential supplies. Information is available on our website.

Libraries:

Northamptonshire Libraries will be closed to the public from the end of Monday 23rd March until further notice.  Any items that are due back during this time will be renewed until libraries re-open and no fines will be incurred during this period.

Library members can still access a range of e-books, e-audiobooks, e-newspapers and e-magazines from home through our online subscriptions.  Visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/libraryonline

For anyone who is not currently a member, it is easy to join as a virtual member and take advantage of these resources. Simply visit the web page above.

Access to Registration Offices for those with appointments will still be possible.

Blue Badge and Bus Pass applications will need to be processed online or via the Customer Service Centre.

Registrars:

 Bookings for weddings due to take place in the next 6 months have been cancelled and there will be an opportunity to re book at any time once normal operations are resumed.

 Parks

Parks will be closed from the end of Monday 23 March. This will include closing gates and car parking facilities. We encourage people to exercise in the fresh air in the vicinity of their own homes and to follow Government guidance on social distancing and hygiene.  The closure applies to Irchester, Sywell, Brixworth, Barnwell and Fermyn Woods Country Parks.

Northamptonshire County Council website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk  and the Government website www.gov.uk   give the latest local and national information.

St Mary’s Church, Benefield

During this uncertain and challenging time for us all………..

Are you in self-isolation and needing help, or just a daily chat? Please get in touch so that we at St Mary’s can see what we can do to help. OR are you fit and able to offer help?  With shopping, collecting medication for someone – or perhaps phoning someone to check on their wellbeing?

In either case please contact the Churchwarden: Jane Berridge on 07808632448 or 01832 205283 or by email: janeberridge2@hotmail.co.uk, Alternatively, email the St Peter’s Church office in Oundle on this address: pastoral@stpetersoundle.co.uk.

We will of course follow all the advice about not acting in ways that spread infection, whilst doing what we can to help at this time.

The decision has been taken to suspend services in Benefield Church until further notice.

 The Vicar, ministry team and wardens will be exploring ways in which acts of worship can be streamed or making home services available. We will let people know of the developments.

Jane Berridge

Village Hall

Unfortunately, our Annual General Meeting scheduled for the 15th April and our popular Sunday Roast on the 26th April have had to be cancelled due to the on-going pandemic. We look forward to re-scheduling these and other events as soon as possible. The Village Hall Committee wishes all villagers the best of health and look forward to seeing you soon

 New Items

Church News Page has been updated on 20th March 2020

Village Hall Events page updated on 24th March 2020

Local Events page updated on 6th November 2019

Neighbourhood Plan Document has been added and Details of How the Council Tax is Calculated on Tuesday 3rd September 2019.  These Documents can be found under the heading of Parish Council.