Summer Reading Challenge

Every year Northamptonshire Libraries deliver the Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 11 year olds.


Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge theme for 2021 is Wild World Heroes. The Reading Agency have teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund for this very special nature-themed challenge which will inspire you to stand up for the planet!

Pack your bags, we’re headed for Wilderville! It’s a pretty cool place, but there are lots of things that the Wild World Heroes can do to make their town even better for the people and animals that live there. You are invited to join the Wild World Heroes for the Summer Reading Challenge and discover how you can make a difference to the environment too.

Why should I join in?

Studies have shown that children’s reading can ‘dip’ through the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and are encouraged to read for pleasure. The annual Summer Reading Challenge aims to get children reading for enjoyment and promote the use of the fabulous online resources that their local library provides.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read for pleasure. It combines free access to books with fun activities, that can be completed at home, and a creative online element. At the heart of the challenge is children choosing and sharing any books – in any format – that they like. Novels, fact books, picture books, graphic novels, joke books, all count.

These can be borrowed from your local library or from one of the library’s e-book and e-audiobook providers. This year you can also read, or listen to, books that you already have at home.

Northamptonshire Libraries have two e-book and e-audiobook providers, Borrowbox and Libby, who children can borrow books from. More information can be found on our e-Reads and audio page. Children have full access to all the e-lending stock on these platforms, including adult titles, so parents and carers should supervise what their children are borrowing.

How do I join in?

Just pop along to your local library from 10 July and sign up. If your child doesn’t have a library card they can become a member on the day or anytime before. They don’t need to bring any identification, but under 16s will need their parent or carer’s permission. Once they have a library card they can start borrowing straight away and access a wonderful world of books and audiobooks, as well as our free e-Reads and audio.

If your child only wants to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks they can apply to be a virtual library member online. Full information, and the online application form, can be found on our virtual library membership page.

How does the challenge work?

Children can sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge in their local library any time from 10 July and collect their free Space Chase folder. The challenge is to read six library books over the summer and collect special smelly stickers along the way. When six books have been read they earn a finishers certificate and medal. It’s fun, it’s local and best of all, it’s free!

Adult reading challenge

This year grown ups can also set themselves a reading challenge with “For the Love of Books – Fully Booked”. The whole family could have a target number of books to read over the summer or perhaps try different genres or formats of books.

Summer activities

All North Northamptonshire Council and West Northamptonshire Council Statutory libraries will post an online activity on their facebook page each week, that families can join in with at home.

The Northamptonshire Summer Reading Challenge facebook page will share news and book reviews as well as a special series of Story Hunts exploring the natural world with storyteller John Kirk. Jammed packed with intereactive scavenger hunting fun these vitual storytelling sessions are suitable for families with story hunters age 3+.


Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, we are unable to offer the Summer Reading Challenge volunteer role this year.

Find out more

For more Wild World Heroes activities you can visit the official Wild World Heroes website.

The Summer Reading Challenge is produced annually by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries.

The Royal Oak

Bay Harper would like it to be known that after almost 22 years ownership, he has sold the Royal Oak.

The new owner is Graham Stanton. He is a resident of Preston Capes and a regular at the Oak. Bay has known Graham for many years and is confident he will have the same objectives for the pub as the Harper family have had.

We wish Graham well and look forward to the development of his exciting ideas.

On behalf of the many residents of Eydon and surrounding villages, we would like to extend our thanks to the Harper family for their stewardship of such an important village asset over the years.


Election of Parish Councillors for Eydon on Thursday 6 May 2021

I, Anna Earnshaw, being the Returning Officer at the above election, report that the persons whos names appear below were duly elected Parish Councillors for Eydon.

Gordon ANDERSON, Ashview, 3 Byfield Road, Eydon, NN11 3PL

Kim KEEBLE, 19 High Street, Eydon, NN11 3PP

James William Howse PEPPIATT, 25 High Street, Eydon, NN11 3PP

Keith Jeffrey SIMMONS, 5B Preston Road, Eydon, NN11 3PD

Jonathan Richard Giles WALKER, Dodds Manor Farm, 22 High Street, Eydon, NN11 3PP


Parish Council Elections – 6th May 2021 – URGENT NEED

You have heard about Handforth Parish Council but  – what about Eydon?

We can’t guarantee you becoming a viral YouTube star, but you could play a valuable part in Village life by becoming a member of Eydon Parish Council.

The long delayed round of elections will be taking place on May 6 THE whole Council of 7 seats is up for election. Nominations need to be in by Thursday 8th April.

A number of current Councillors are not seeking re – election after having served their extended term, but in any case, it would be really good for local democracy if we actually had an election.

At present we only have 2 sets of completed forms to be delivered, which means we do not have enough for a Council, and are in danger of having the parish administered by the Unitary Council.

The Parish Council is the first level of government in our Country, it is a necessary one in our village, amongst other things we spend your money on running the things in the village that most of us take for granted, including the street lights, grass cutting, the burial ground, the Village Green, organising litter picking.

The Parish Council also is the first point of contact for local Government responding to Consultation on residents behalf, are the guardians of the Village design statement, discuss planning applications. Organise commemorative events and so much more.

Your voice is important please consider adding it to the Parish Council, lets have local democracy and stand for Election!


If you are interested please contact one of the current Councillors or myself.

Keith Simmons

01327 263014


or the Village Clerk

Andy Hartley

01604 858360

It’s time to complete your Census form

Households should by now have received the Census Information Pack which explains how to complete the census. The unique access code enables people to complete the form online using any device.

If for any reason nothing has been delivered by 15 March, people can call the Help Line on 0800 141 2021 to an access code or to be sent a paper form.

How long will it take to complete the form? 

If someone completes the form online allow about 10 minutes to complete the household section and around 10 minutes per person to complete the personal information.  The form doesn’t have to be completed in one go.  People can complete some information, save the form, and return to it at a later date. But the form must be completed by or on 21 March 2021.

Who should be included in the Census form?

Everyone who lives in the household.  This includes:

  • anyone who lives permanently or counts the address as their family home
  • people temporarily away from home, for example students or school children boarding away
  • people staying at the address temporarily if they live in the UK and have no other address
  • people staying at the address temporarily from outside of the UK who are staying in the country for three months or more

There’s also a separate section to fill in for visitors – that is anyone staying in the household overnight on Census Day, Sunday 21 March 2021.

And don’t forget to include babies and children!

Who should fill in the Census form?

Typically, one person completes the form on behalf of everyone living in the household.

But if there are lodgers or adult children living at home, they might prefer to complete their own personal details. If they want to do this they can call the Help Line on 0800 141 2021 and get their own access code and complete their personal details.

And if people are house-sharing, everyone can have their own access code.

If someone isn’t able to complete their own form, a relative or someone else they trust can do it with them. There is no lower age limit for completing the form. If, for example, a young person is caring for an adult with disabilities, the young person can complete the form.

What sort of questions are asked?

There are questions about the household as well as some personal questions. The majority of the questions are compulsory but some (for example sexual orientation and gender identity) are voluntary.  This year there is a new compulsory question which asks if a respondent has served in the armed forces.

Do people have to complete the form?

Yes they do. It’s a legal requirement. Anyone who deliberately fails to complete the form, or deliberately gives false information can be prosecuted and fined £1000.

Where can people get help?

Call the Census Help Line on 0800 141 2021

Visit – Census website 

What special help is available?

Text Relay Service  (18001) 0800 141 2021

Free language helpline 0800 587 2021 and online translations in a variety of languages

Help for anyone with accessibility needs such as Large print formats and Information in Braille Call 0800 141 2021

British Sign Language support is available online.

Road Closure – Hill View

Western Power are intending on removing a cable on Hill View in Eydon. To undertake this work safely will require that the road is closed for up to five days from the 12th April 2021.

The closure and diversion can be viewed here

If you require more information about the works please contact Simon Dormer at NCC on 01327 875528.

Police Liaison Representative (PLR)

At its annual meeting, Eydon Parish Council wish to appoint a Police Liaison Representative (PLR) who shall hold office until the next annual meeting unless the appointment is terminated by the council.

A person may be re-appointed from one year to the next. The Police Liaison Representative may be a member or officer of the council or a member of the public.



The role of Police Liaison Representative is non-statutory and has no authority to make decisions that bind the council to taking, or not taking, any particular course of action. The role of the Police Liaison Representative shall be to:

  • Establish contact with the relevant members of the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
  • Attend an annual meeting of Police Liaison Representatives.
  • Promote awareness of 101 and Crime Stoppers.
  • Understand the role and impact on councils of the Crime and Disorder Act.
  • Monitor crime statistics for the area and report to the council on any significant trends.
  • Where there is a council-sponsored PCSO, communicate as appropriate with the council’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the PCSO.
  • Act as the point of contact between the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator and the council and help promote the Neighbourhood Watch.
  • Receive news and information from the Neighbourhood Policing Team (general and related to specific local incidents) and disseminate it in the council’s area as appropriate.
  • Liaise with other groups/persons in the council’s area on the broader community safety agenda, including fire prevention and emergency planning and bring items of interest to the attention of the council.
  • Liaise and engage with the Northamptonshire Independent Advisory Group (IAG).


Time commitment

Hours will vary from community to community and person to person, but it is envisaged that the role will require between five and ten hours per month.


Commitment to electronic working

The vast majority of information will be shared electronically (e-mail and social media). Police Liaison Representatives should be comfortable working electronically. Limit of role Police Liaison Representatives are not involved in operational policing and are not an appropriate person to receive reports of incidents or crimes from members of the public, who should use 101 or 999 as appropriate.


For further information please contact Andy Hartley, Parish Clerk:

Tel: 07791 906773


Address: 17 Dean’s Row, Gayton, Northants, NN7 3HA

Rural Crime Update

Thames Valley Police are currently dealing with four suspects linked to an overnight rural burglary that occurred in Souldern. They suspect they may have also been active in and around villages nearby, as they have early intelligence to suggest there have been some breakins in Northants that may be connected. We have been asked to pass this information on to the wider network in the rural community just in case there are further victims who may not be aware, and may wish to contact Northants Police.


Potential candidates urged to find out more at elections briefing

People thinking of standing as a candidate in the West Northamptonshire Council or town and parish elections are encouraged to join in a briefing taking place soon.

West Northamptonshire CouncilOn Thursday, 6 May residents across Daventry, Northampton and South Northants will vote to elect councillors to the new unitary authority, which will go live on 1 April this year, replacing their existing district, borough and county councils. Elections are also due to take place that day to elect representatives for up to 165 town/parish councils across West Northamptonshire.

People thinking about becoming a candidate or acting as an agent for either of these elections is urged to attend an online briefing session on Wednesday, 3 March, from 5.30pm.

The session, which will be held on Zoom, will cover the nominations process, key electoral information, dates and deadlines as well as setting out important details about the Covid safety measures being planned for candidates and agents.

Those wishing to attend should email or call 01327 302326. The session will be recorded and available on YouTube later for those unable to attend.

Anna Earnshaw, Returning Officer for the West Northamptonshire elections and the Chief Executive of the new Council, said: “Anyone thinking of standing as a candidate or acting as their agent in the spring elections should attend this briefing.

“It will provide them with everything they need to know about taking part, including how to submit nominations, key dates and deadlines, as well as important information about Covid restrictions and the measures we’ll be taking to minimise risks from the pandemic to voters.”

Polling arrangements for West Northamptonshire and parish elections are currently being organised jointly by elections officers in Daventry District, South Northants and Northampton who will be brought together on 1 April as part of the new Council. To find out more about registering to vote, plus information on applying for postal and proxy votes, please visit your local district/borough website.

Coronavirus Vaccine for Over 70’s

People aged 70 or older in England who have not yet had their coronavirus vaccine but would like to are being asked to contact the NHS.

A national booking system can be accessed online or people can call 119 free of change between 7am and 11pm.