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  • The Old School in Church Street

    The Old School in Church Street

  • St Margaret's Church from Church Street

    St Margaret's Church from Church Street

  • Looking down Watford Road

    Looking down Watford Road

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Crick Parish Council provides your Local Services. We strive to make Crick a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. You can find local groups and businesses in our Community Directory. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for, including where to find us.

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Latest News

Bonfire Night Safety

Bonfire Night Safety

Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:47 by Brian Hughes

Staying safe around fireworks and bonfires

Fireworks can be great fun, not just for Bonfire night on 5 November, but also Diwali, New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year.

However, despite annual safety warnings, firework celebrations still end in painful injuries for too many people, including young children.

Injury figures show the safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a large public display - far fewer people are injured here than at smaller family or private parties. More »

If you are having a firework party at home, you can make the occasion fun and safe for everyone by following the Firework Code, as well as these simple sparkler and bonfire safety tips.

Firework safety

Only adults should deal with setting up firework displays, the lighting of fireworks and the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used. The person setting off fireworks should not drink alcohol. Children and young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance. Keep any pets indoors and tell your neighbours so they can ensure their pets or livestock are kept safe too.

Follow the Firework Code for a safer fireworks party:

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable. Only one person should be in charge of fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
  • Read the instructions in daylight beforehand, then follow the instructions on each firework before lighting, using a torch if necessary
  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving

Sparkler safety

Sparklers may seem harmless but they burn at fierce temperatures, producing heat equivalent to that of a welding torch.

Top tips for sparkler safety:

  • Don't give sparklers to children under the age of five. Always supervise children using sparklers
  • Always light sparklers one at time and wear gloves
  • Avoid dressing children in loose or flowing clothes – they may catch light
  • Hold sparklers away from the body and at arm's length while being lit and while burning
  • Don't wave sparklers about close to other people or run while holding them
  • Don't take sparklers to public displays, it will be too crowded to use them safely
  • Plunge finished sparklers hot end down into a bucket of water as soon as they have burnt out as they can stay hot for a long time
  • Never hold a baby in your arms while you are holding a sparkler

Bonfire safety

If you're organising your own bonfire, keep everyone safe by following this advice:

  • One person should be responsible for the bonfire and all children should be supervised
  • Choose a site away from houses, garages, wooden fences, sheds, overhead cables, trees and shrubs AND ALWAYS AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
  • Build the bonfire on the day it will be lit so animals cannot hide inside it
  • Build the stack so that it's stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side
  • NEVER pour petrol, paraffin or methylated spirits onto a fire
  • Don't put foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint or bottles on the fire
  • Keep a bucket or two of water, or the garden hose or household fire extinguisher handy in case of an accident
  • Avoid loose clothing and tie back long hair
  • After the party, pour water on the fire rather than leaving it to burn out

Fireworks and the law

Fireworks can and do cause serious injuries if mishandled, and there are laws restricting their sale and use. Stay safe and out of trouble with the following advice:

  • The law says you must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight, or New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am
  • It's illegal to set off or throw fireworks, including sparklers, in the street or other public places
  • If you're under 18, you can't buy certain types of fireworks, or have any fireworks in a public place – they'll be confiscated if found
  • You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You, or your parent or carer, could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90
  • Only buy fireworks from a reputable retailer and check they are CE marked. Since July 2017 only CE marked fireworks should be sold
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Christmas Recycling & Bin Collections Dates

Posted: Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:16 by Josie Flavell

Households are encouraged to find out more about arrangements for waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

All collections

  • Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

- If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Saturday, 28 December. More »

- If your collection is due on Boxing Day (Thursday, 26 December) it will instead take place on Sunday, 29 December.

- If your collection is due on New Year's Day (Wednesday, 1 January) this will instead take place on Saturday, 4 January.

  • During the week beginning 23 December, all households will get an extra blue bin recycling collection on their usual collection day. This includes households whose collections have been rescheduled from Christmas Day and Boxing Day to the following weekend.

Garden waste collections for those subscribed to the service there will be a short break in collections during w/c 23 December so that crews can focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Waste bins – your black bin will continue to be collected as normal on its three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Recycling - Your blue recycling binwill continue to be collected as usual over Christmas and New Year. There will be an extra collection for all households during week beginning 23 December – please place your blue bin out with your food waste on your usual collection day.

Extra recycling will also be collected if you cannot fit into your blue bin – please place items into clear or white bags next to your boxes (not black or green sacks).

Don't forget that a range of festive items can be recycled, including foil-free Christmas cards and wrapping paper, sweet tins and drinks bottles.

Food waste bins will continue to be collected weekly for all households on their usual collection day.

Christmas trees – Households can put their real Christmas trees in their garden waste bin or alternatively place them alongside their bins on the usual day of collection week beginning 6January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees. You can also take trees to the local household waste recycling centre – find your nearest at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

Check your collections calendar – You can check your bin collection dates on the calendar delivered to you in June, or by searching your postcode on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk.

You can also check your collection day and set up alerts on your mobile by downloading the free Daventry District Council app from the Apple or Google Play stores.

Reporting a missed bin over Christmas and New Year

Daventry District Council's offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Thursday, 2 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk » Less

Daventry District’s Conservatives choose future leadership team

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:18 by Josie Flavell

Councillor Richard Auger is to become the new Leader of Daventry District Council (DDC) when Councillor Chris Millar resigns from the role at the end of this month.

Councillor Adam Brown has been chosen to replace Councillor Liz Griffin as Deputy Leader when she also steps down on 31 October.

The formal announcement was made by the Council's Conservative group at last night's Full Council meeting (Thursday 10 October). More »

Councillor Auger was elected as a councillor for Welford Ward on the District Council in May 2015 and has held the Housing and Environmental Health Portfolio since 2017. He also serves as a county councillor for the Daventry West Division.

Councillor Brown has represented Weedon Ward on DDC since May 2016 and has served as Chairman of the Scrutiny and Improvement Committee. He also represents Bugbrooke Division on the County Council.

Councillors Auger and Brown will start their new roles on November 1.

Both Councillor Millar and Councillor Griffin made the decision to step down in August to allow a new leadership team looking to stand for election to the new unitary council to represent DDC. They will continue to be Daventry District ward councillors. » Less