Sibbertoft is a thriving village, and there are usually a few projects underway, either by villagers or the parish council. Here are some current and past projects:
‘Peace In’ is a local organisation whose main aim is to provide a platform for people to explore peace. One of the ways is through the example of a healthy and cohesive community like Sibbertoft. Many people in the village are ecologically and socially aware in their everyday lives and we could do better by sharing all our ideas and tips. Suggested topics are for recycling saving or cleaning AIR, FOOD, WATER, GOOD SLEEP, MENTAL WEALTH, EQUALITY, PEACE, SAFETY, ANIMAL WELFARE and LITTER.
As humans, we continue to cause harm to the environment, wildlife and each other. We know that it falls to our generation to do what we can to counteract this. A daunting task, but not impossible, and we can help to solve it together. It doesn’t matter how small your idea, if shared, it can make a HUGE difference to everyone. We invite every single villager to join the SUSTAINABLE SIBBERTOFT WhatsApp site to contribute and share. Your ideas can be a starting point for thought, discussion and other ideas and actions. Include a photograph with your idea if you want to and write down what you think the benefits might be.
Viv Arrowsmith Barbara Burton Jose Kirby Roger Walpole
contact firstname.lastname@example.org and 07801 880908
For information on the first initiative, the aluminium can recycling project in aid of Helipads for Hospitals see here
Hope Centre Initiative
Sibbertoft is collecting for the Hope Centre village by village initiative supporting the most vulnerable and those most disadvantaged in our communities. All of Northampton’s homeless community have been offered hotel accommodation which was secured in partnership with Northampton Borough Council but they still require feeding involving the production of just over 2,000 meals each week for the homeless in hotels as well as food parcels each week for 160 individuals and families who cannot afford to eat. All this has presented a great challenge, not least a lack of funding and food.
Sibbertoft and our neighbouring villages have joined together to collect donations that will be delivered to the Hope Centre on a weekly basis. In Sibbertoft you can leave items at any time during the week in the collection boxes in the church porch and at the end of Sue McCrae’s drive (42 Welland Rise – just opposite The Red Lion Pub). There will also be collection boxes at our pop-up stalls on Saturdays. Your ongoing support will be hugely appreciated.
Up-to-date information about the most needed items will be posted on our village Facebook page as well as on the various Whatsapp groups. In addition to the Hope poster shopping list they are very much in need of fresh vegetables.
Please contact Carolyne Robinson via phone or email should you require more information or have any questions. Landline: 01858 525150 Mobile: 07919 253391 email: email@example.com
A group of parishoners with a keen interest in biodiversity are trialling a plantlife road verge campaign in collaboration with the Parish Council. The aim of the project is to return some of the native wild flowers to the village and the associated insects and microfauna. Further information can be found here.
Community Speed Watch
Well done and thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to the Community Speed Watch Scheme over the 6 weeks it was held during the summer. We hope to be running another Speed Watch campaign in 2017. If anyone wishes to be part of the team, please contact the Clerk.
In addition to the pirate ship, Sibbertoft recreation ground has been recently upgraded with new equipment including a rotabounce, team swing and picnic table. This was made possible with a grant from the National Lottery matching funds from the Parish Council.
The Pirate Ship
The Pirate Ship is one of our greatest ameneties. A team of dedicated volunteers from the village built the play ship from scratch, based on a concept devised by Mark Bickerstaff. The two year project began in 2012 and culminated in 2014 with a prize for ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the Star Awards. The Pirate Ship can be found at the village recreation ground.
Pounds or Pinfolds date from an era of the three field agricultural system before land was enclosed. Straying stock was impounded and released on payment of a fine. This pound is thought to be of Victorian origin and was last used by the linesman/ roadman for the village, a Mr George Brooks to store his wheelbarrow and tools for maintaining the parish bounds.
It was almost totally demolished in the late 1970’s by the Parish Council due to Safety concerns but was recently rebuilt using traditional materials to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee
The War Memorial
The refurbishment of the war memorial is complete. The stonework was cleaned and the lettering re-chased. A new hedge was planted at the rear of the war memorial and planting pruned. The steps to the memorial were re-pointed.