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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 next Parish Council Meeting is due to be held on Monday 27th July.

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 Northamptonshire Council looking to re-open doors next week

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is set to re-open its doors to the residents and businesses of the district following the coronavirus pandemic. It is anticipated that from Monday, 6 July, visitors who require a face-to-face appointment at ENC’s Thrapston offices will be asked to book via an appointment system.

Anyone requesting a face-to-face service will be asked a series of questions to identify how staff can best help with their request, and minimise visits to Council offices where possible. If residents require an appointment, officers will book this for a convenient date and time and advise of the process for visiting the office.

With public health at the forefront of the changes to service provision, this interim process is designed to ensure maximum safety of both the public and frontline staff at ENC. Customers will be asked to adhere to safety measures in line with Government guidance.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

“Whilst the re-opening of our offices has been a priority, we need to be mindful of public health and the safety of our frontline staff and residents. This interim measure is just the start of a recovery phase the council is going through and I want to thank our customers for adapting to the new way of working.

“I would like to thank the staff at ENC, in particular the frontline workers who have been assisting the residents and businesses of the district during the pandemic. The last few months have shown how resilient the council can be during a crisis and I’m incredibly proud of how we have handled this unprecedented time.”

Council offices at The Rushden Centre and Fletton House in Oundle will remain closed for the time being as it is more difficult to make those offices Covid-safe.  We will let everyone know when we have a definite re-opening date.

Customers are encouraged to contact the council using one of the following options to access our services while staying in the safety and comfort of their home:

·         Go online at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

·         Email customerservices@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

·         Telephone 01832 742000

Customers who require a face-to-face appointment should visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/reopen or call 01832 742000 for further details and guidance on what is expected of them when visiting the offices.

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.