Covid-19 Information

A poster explaining that the county is under Natioanl Lock down restrictions

During this health crisis, the Parish Council will strive to keep residents informed and work to help all in the village

The Government website has frequently updated information, and what you should be doing to keep safe

NHS advice can be found at

Northamptonshire County Council- local advice

Think NHS 111 First

NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched the next phase of the latest ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign which focuses on the NHS 111 service as a new way to access A&E.

If you have an urgent but not life-threatening medical need, make sure you contact NHS 111 first rather than going straight to A&E. If you do need urgent care, then NHS 111 can now book you in to be seen quickly and safely in A&E. 

As well as this, NHS 111 is also able to direct to or book an appointment at Urgent Treatment Centres, access to Out of Hours GP Services, pharmacies, emergency dental services and walk-in clinics.

Contacting 111 first will also help the NHS to keep you safe by maintaining social distancing and ensure that you receive the right care in the right place, in a more timely and safe way.

If you or your loved one have a life-threatening illness or injury then you should always use 999 and if you do arrive at A&E without contacting NHS 111 you will still receive medical care, with emergency treatments prioritised. 

Just think 111 first. When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 by phone or online at

Further information about NHS 111 First is available at

1st April
A leaflet should be delivered through everybody’s door in the next few days – our Vice Chairman Cllr Duval is taking calls and co-ordinating volunteers on 01832 735943 or 07951110552



31st March 2020 Northamptonshire Community Resilience Service has launched a Coronavirus Support Line

The new support line, which goes live today, allows those who cannot leave their homes under current restrictions and those who have nobody to call upon for help, to request support in getting access to food, prescriptions and other vital services that they require.

Those requiring help are asked to call the support line on the following number.

0300 126 1000 (option 5)

Individuals can also email and ask for help.

Updated advice on what Parish Councils can and can’t do during this time is available from our advisory body Northants Association of Local Councils

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Election – Statement of persons nominated

Islip have received ten nominations for nine councillor seats- so residents will be able to vote for their chosen candidates on Thursday 8th May

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Official Notice of Election

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Nine Arches Bridge closure

Repair and strengthening works on Nine Arches Bridge in Thrapston over the River Nene on Bridge Street/Kettering Road are set to take place 
between February and July 2021, lasting around five months.

The first stage will require a six-week road closure
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the river using the separate
footbridge, as works will not affect this.Cyclists will be asked to dismount.
Nine Arches Bridge is a historic structure and is frequently inspected.
Recent inspections have shown a weakness in the arches meaning works are required to enable the structure to carry all vehicles.

Following the six-week road closure and works to the main navigation
arch of the bridge, Northamptonshire Highways will continue their work on the other arches to repair and strengthen. This work will take place
under the bridge and not affect the road.
During the closure, a diversion has been agreed with Highways England
to use the A14 and traffic should access Thrapston at Junction 13.

The majority of the work will be carried out from below the bridge, therefore we are working closely with the Environment Agency to ensure we
complete the work before the boating season officially starts on 1st
Currently, adjacent land is saturated and river levels are high and works could be affected by bad weather. Severe weather or flood alerts would mean that the pontoons being used to carry out these essential repairs
would need to be removed and would stop works. This would be
necessary to ensure nothing affects the flow of the water, which would increase the risk of flooding. Depending on the stage of works, this would mean the road might remain closed for a longer period.
·       The site compound will be located on land adjacent to Kettering Road, opposite Chapel Hill and set up will start on Monday 1 February.
·        Bridge Street over the river will be closed at Nine Arches Way from
the east and Kettering Road over the bridge from the west will be closed at Chapel Hill  Monday 15 February – Friday 26 March.
Access to properties will be maintained during the closure.
At the end of the repairs, the road will be closed for short duration to
allow for resurfacing. Detail will be provided nearer the time.

Access to Thrapston
·        Drivers will need to use A14 Junction 13 from both east and west directions to access the town
·        There will be no vehicle access into Thrapston from the west through Islip, junction 12 of the A14 or from the A6116 from Corby.
·         From Corby and the A6116 go straight across the roundabout where you would normally turn left into Islip and Thrapston. Join the A14 at Junction 12 and then take the exit at Junction 13.
·        Access from the A605 from Peterborough, Oundle and the A1 will be as normal, as will the route using the A45 from Rushden, Irthlingborough, Raunds, Wellingborough, Earls Barton and Northampton.
You can keep up to date with all roadworks and closures in your area by visiting or by following us on Twitter @nnhighways
We are also creating a Thrapston Nine Arches mailing list. To register for e- bulletin updates please email
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Virtual Parish Council meetings

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, Parish Council meetings are allowed to be held using Zoom video conferencing. Residents are able to attend these virtual meetings, using the unique invitation available for each meeting published with the Agenda. If you need any help with Zoom- the conferencing software, please contact the Clerk. Thank you

Januay 18th th Meeting Agenda and paperwork can be found on the page and the Agenda also contains the Zoom Link for attending the virtual meeting.

Dec 15th Meeting Agenda and paperwork can be found on the page and the Agenda also contains the Zoom Link for attending the virtual meeting.

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Message from Lucy Wightman- Director of Public Health-Northamptonshire

A letter explaining how to stay safe during the second covid lockdown
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Digital Newsletter now out!

Update- November 2020. The Parish Council will deliver the Christmas Newsletter to households soon- following all relevant government safety guidelines. A digital copy is still available by following the link page

Due to the current Covid 19 situation, we will not be delivering paper copies of the newsletter this summer. We do hope you understand, and can enjoy the digital version instead- available on the page

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Draft Minutes for September 2020 meeting now available

Please go to the page to access them

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Casual Vacancy

Follwoing the resignation of Cllr Duval, there exists a vacancy on the Parish Council. If ten or more residents require it, an election will be held to fill the post. Failing that, the council may co-opt a councillor. Please see below Notice

Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Parish Councillor- dated 1st September
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Change of Bus services-Sept 2020

Dear all

Whippet Coaches will be revising services 8 and 18 from Tuesday 1st September 2020.

As shown on the attached timetable, service 18 will be renumbered service X3 (and X2) and linked to the current X3 Huntingdon – Cambridge service. As a result bus passengers will have a through service from Corby to Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Service 8 will be revised with Brigstock, Stanion and Little Stanion having additional journeys to Kettering.

Also, the service from Stanion and Little Stanion to Corby has been revised to provide a journey every 1-2 hours throughout the day on Mondays to Fridays.

Please contact Northants County Council if you require further information at this stage.

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Notice of Exercise of Public Rights

Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

(b)                      Ms C Tilley    Clerk & RFO


                          07756 851026

commencing on (c) Monday 15th June 2020  

and ending on (d)  Friday 24th July 2020 

Copy of the Notice is on the Village Notice Board and available here

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Agenda for March 17th Meeting

This and associated paperwork is now available and can be found on the page

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February Parish Council meeting- Agenda published

Residents are very welcome to attend the next Parish Council meeting on the 18th Feb- 7.15pm at the Sports Pavilion- Toll Bar Rd. We look forward to seeing you. All paperwork can be found on the page

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A6116 Overnight road closure 19th -21st Feb 2020

Northamptonshire Highways are requiring to close a section of the A6116 at Aldwincle, Islip and Lowick for three nights (8pm to 6am) from the 19th February 2020.  The closure is to allow the carriageway to have chippings removed following the resurfacing works last year.

The closure and diversion can be viewed here

If you require more information about the works please contact Gavin Hopkins on 01604 883400.

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Happy New Year. Please come along to the January meeting- 21st Jan 7.15pm at the Sports Pavilion, Toll Bar Rd. Lots of local issues to be discussed!

Please visit the for the Agenda and associated paperwork

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Have your say….

East Northamptonshire Council’s Residents’ Survey for 2019 is now open. This is an opportunity for residents to give their feedback on public services within the district and where they feel improvements could be made.

They would like as many residents as possible to complete the survey.

The survey can be accessed through the council website at and is open to all residents of East Northamptonshire.

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Draft Minutes for December meeting available

Please go to the page to view these

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Agenda available for final meeting of 2019

All residents welcome to the next meeting on Tuesday 17th December- 7pm at the Sports Pavilion. The councillors will be discussing next years budget – come along and see what they intend to spend the precept on! Go to page for all the details

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Coming soon- to a letter box near you!!

The Islip Christmas newsletter is being circulated- an electronic copy is available on the page

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Quiz night- 7pm Saturday 25th January 2020 at Islip Village Hall. Tickets 12.50. Teams of up to six. Burns Night Theme- prize for fancy dress
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Draft minutes now available for November meeting

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Buses are changing

Islip Parish Council has received the following information from Northamptonshire Highways

Following a number of attempts to procure a replacement contract, a contract has been awarded to Whippet Coaches Limited in the last few days and today a registration has been received for a replacement for services 8 and 18.  Subject to approval from the Office of the Traffic Commissioner, a Government body, this will commence on Monday 28 October. 

The timetables from Thrapston, Brigstock, Little Stanion, Stanion, Corby Old Village, Geddington and Weekley are comparable to the current timetables, albeit with slight amendments.  It is worth noting, however, that passengers from Brigstock who wish to arrive in Kettering before 1100 should travel on services towards Corby and remain on the bus. 

Whippet Coaches, operating under the name “Go Whippet”, are based in Cambridgeshire between Huntingdon and Cambridge. As a result of this and the operator’s requirement to run buses to their depot to relieve drivers for a break, we are able to offer an experimental direct service from Corby and Thrapston to Huntingdon three times per day in the off-peak.  Full details can be found on the following link:

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Draft Minutes for October now available

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Parish Council meeting- 16th October.

All welcome to attend this next meeting at the Sports Paivlion, Toll Bar Rd, Islip- Agenda and papers available on the page

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Draft minutes for September meeting now available

These can be found on the page

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Notice of Conclusion of Audit

The External Auditors- PKF Littlejohn LLP have completed their review of the AGAR for year ending 31 March 2019. A copy of their report, along with Sec 1 & 2 and the Notice of Conclusion of Audit can be found on the Parish Council Noticeboard and on the Annual Return 2018-2019 page

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Next Parish Council meeting-17th September

This can be found on the page. After the Summer break, the Parish Council meet again. That’s not to say that they have been idling the summer away! Please come along to the next meeting, where there is a lot to discuss!

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Draft Minutes for July meeting now available

These can be found on the Minutes page

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Next Parish Council meeting- 16th July 7.15pm

All residents welcome to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council at Islip Sports Pavilion at 7.15pm. Please note there will be no meeting in August .

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Community message from the Police

Good Afternoon

We have had a request by members of the public that have brought to our attention of unacceptable behaviour and have requested this message to go out and shared to everyone.

Could all dog owners, while enjoying the country walks , please keep all dogs under control at all times, when out to which we encourage doing, Please observe/respect the countryside code:

We would like to advise leaving gates open or shut as you find them, keep to footpaths, avoid climbing over fences, and please be mindful and park in a considerate fashion so that you are not blocking residents and farmers from using the track.

Sheep worrying by dogs is becoming a major issue in the countryside, and this behaviour is unacceptable.

We apologise and fully understand this message is not intended to everyone, sadly and unfortunately a very small minority of us have to be kindly reminded from time to time. We do Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

Your Local Policing Team

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Arthur Pereira (Police, Community Support Officer, East Northants)
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