Cold Higham Parish Council

Serving the people of Cold Higham, Grimscote, Fosters Booth (W) and Potcote

  • Spring Lambs 2

    Spring Lambs 2

  • St Luke's Church at night

  • Village Hall (old school building)

Welcome to the Parish web site of Cold Higham. We are a small community in South Northamptonshire comprising the ancient settlements of Cold Higham, Grimscote, Fosters Booth (West), Potcote and the surrounding rural area.

Cold Higham Parish Council provides YOUR local services. For details about the Council use the Main Menu on the left of the screen.

Our website aims to provide information about ALL services, whether provided by the Parish, District or County Council. Search the A-Z of Services via the Main Menu or use the keypad on the right. In the early stages some of this information is still being assembled.

A lot of other information is also available through the site:

  • Under Community in the Main Menu other organisations in the Parish can be found, as well as a What's On calendar.
  • Catch up with local news items (the latest will appear on the Home Page below).
  • Find local groups and businesses in our Community Directory.
  • Many other useful contacts can be found under Useful Links.
  • See some local scenery in the Gallery.
  • Use the Search facility (enter a keyword) or browse the site (you can use the Site Map) to find whatever you are looking for.

If you have news to tell, local photos to display, events to publicise we would love to hear about them.

Some pages are still under construction, but if you cannot find what you want or would like to recommend any improvements to our website then please contact us.

Latest News

Communicating Within the Parish

Posted: Tue, 02 Apr 2019 18:45 by Site Editor

Communicating within the Parish. The PC has been looking for efficient ways of keeping parishioners informed about very local information/activities. The recent spate of crime locally has propelled this to the fore. We are therefore trialling a scheme called Nextdoor. Each neighbourhood (e.g. CH Parish) creates a private Nextdoor website that is accessible only to the residents of that neighbourhood, and is password protected. Once someone joins they can find neighbours in the resident directory, view a neighbourhood map, ask for and give advice (e.g. a good babysitter), exchange local recommendations (e.g. a decent restaurant), and share information with each other (e.g. crime activity, village fete) etc. But only people within the defined neighbourhood will be allowed to join. More »

The PC will set up the CH Parish Nextdoor web site and arrange for invitations to CH Parish residents to be sent (usually by post card). Each address has to be verified to ensure that the scheme is truly local. Once enrolled, a member can optto be emailed new posts and comments as soon as they occur; receive everything in a daily digest; or turn off all emails and check the website for new content when convenient. Nextdoor can be used on a computer, tablet or smart phone. The scheme is completely free, and no personal data will be used or sold for marketing purposes.

For more information see The PC hopes this will greatly improve the sense of community within the Parish. » Less

New 'Street Doctor' for reporting potholes etc

Posted: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:09 by Site Editor

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) has closed down Street Doctor and moved everything over to a new system called Fix My Street. The old Street Doctor web site shows a link to the new one. Current reports will be moved over so they shouldn't have to be resubmitted and the old report reference numbers should still work. Fix My Street is simpler to use and mobile responsive and it allows photos to be attached to reports. More »

Fix My Street can be found here. » Less

Local Car Crime and Evidence - Police Message

Posted: Sat, 23 Mar 2019 08:47 by Site Editor

A message of 21st March from Sgt Michaela Simons of South Northants Police addressed to SNAST Neighbourhood Watch:
"At present we believe that the series of offences [primarily car crime] that occurred within Pattishall and surrounding villages are part of a much bigger series being perpetrated on this side of the County.

A male and female have been arrested following similar offences near Brixworth. They are not the same male and female as seen in our recent CCTV footage, however the vehicle that they were with and some property recovered is linked to offences from Brackley area. As such we believe these individuals to be part of a larger group currently offending. More »

There is a lot of outstanding work to be done in relation to CCTV, vehicle, property and potentially mobile phone enquiries. This will take some time and is being looked at by our Force Investigation Team.

There are issues with CCTV and the trial of evidence is very important. It is often difficult to manage expectations of the public once CCTV stills are placed on local social media sites. The issues that we need to clear are as follows:

CCTV will only be evidential if it shows a person committing an offence.
CCTV that just shows a person only can be used to corroborate that they were present in a location but does not prove that they committed the offence.
CCTV must be produced to Police by the person owning it so that it can be exhibited properly and provides continuity of that evidence for CPS and ultimately court.
Any stills or CCTV forwarded by a third party may be used as intelligence – ie to allow us to quickly circulate to officers to try and identify an offender but we will still need the original footage.

We will consider using stills in any media appeals but in the interests of data integrity we must ensure their provenance. We quite often find that people upload stills to social media and then the wider public expect the Police to immediately identify and arrest an offender when the footage has never been sent directly to the Police.

In conclusion we are making progress. This will be part of a much bigger picture and we thank you for your efforts to try and co-ordinate everyone into sorting their CCTV. If people are struggling to create stills or a copy of the footage then get them to contact us direct and we will try and arrange an officer to come and assist. At the very least we can take our own still or moving image from the footage and exhibit it ourselves. That way we can provide an explanation of the retrieval process and complete the continuity. The last thing we want is a case thrown out at court due to an incomplete evidence trail.

Thanks again for your assistance and patience." » Less

Earlier News Items

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