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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 Draft Minutes from Annual Parish Council and the Parish Council Meeting held on Monday May 18th is now available, the agenda for next Parish Council Meeting due to be held on Monday 27th July is now available

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

East Northants Council launches new way to report fly tipping

Having seen how successful the What3Words app has been across the world, East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is now encouraging anyone who wishes to report fly tipping across the district to use the app.

What3Words works using the principle that every 3m x 3m square of the world has been assigned an address of three words. For example one 3m x 3m square at East Northamptonshire Council’s Cedar Drive office can be identified more precisely as ‘Corded.Clean.Eased’ as opposed to ENC’s postcode of NN14 4LZ which covers a larger area.

Anyone wishing to report fly tipping should download the What3Words app to pinpoint the three words unique to that location. The three words will then need to be pasted into the relevant box when reporting fly tipping via the ENC website.

To report fly tipping in East Northants, please visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/flytipping

It is hoped that by encouraging residents to download the app, fly tipping can be reported more precisely. This will allow it be located more quickly and dealt with by Council officers, especially in more rural areas of the district where a postcode typically cover a much wider area.

East Northants leisure centres set to re-open

Following their compulsory closure in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, leisure facilities owned by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) will start to re-open from Saturday 25 July.

The three leisure centres across the district, which are run by Freedom Leisure on behalf of ENC, will re-open, though customers can expect to see some changes to opening hours, programme timetables and services on offer in line with current guidance.

The Pemberton Centre in Rushden will be the first to re-open on the 25 July followed by the facilities, including swimming pools, at the Nene Centre in Thrapston and Splash Pool in Rushden on 1 August.

Visitors to all three of the centres will be asked to book to use facilities via Freedom before attending and be required to leave contact details for track and trace purposes.

Anyone wishing to visit the leisure centres in East Northamptonshire are advised to come ‘swim or gym’ ready, though changing rooms will be open for limited use, and visit www.freedom-leisure.co.uk to check individual centre opening hours and for the most up to date information, including booking for use of facilities and hygiene guidance.

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 5th May 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.