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Staverton Footpath Maps and Covid-19 Advice

The risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others from people using public rights of way and other paths and trails is considered to be very low as long as people follow the Government’s instructions to maintain social distancing. But if possible try to avoid using footpaths etc that may take you through a farmstead or other rural business where social distancing may be difficult.

Landowners do not have the legal right to block or obstruct public rights of way. However, in very limited circumstances where large numbers of people are using such routes, landowners may consider the following measures:

tying gates open if it is safe to do so, so that walkers do not need to touch the gate.

temporarily displaying polite notices that encourage users to respect local residents and workers by following social distancing guidelines and consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools.

offering an alternative route around gardens and farmyards only where it is safe to do so (you must gain permission from relevant landowners and make sure the route is safe for users and livestock) provided that the original right of way is maintained.

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Mary Writes…

Dear all,

I hope that you are all keeping yourselves safe as we fight this battle against Covid19. I hope, too that you are able to get hold of the food and medicines you require as you need them. These are strange and difficult times that we are living in and I am sure, like me, you miss being able to meet together to worship, or even just to wander into our church buildings for a moment or two of quiet. I know too that you will be missing the physical contact with real people. Those of you who have access to the internet and can use Skype and Face-Time are able to at least ‘see’ your friends and family, but that is no substitute for a hug with a real person. This will all come to an end eventually and, because of our Christian faith, we know that God is in charge and we can trust him entirely. The prophet Isaiah wrote that our names are written on the palms of his hands and Matthew and Luke write that he even numbers the hairs on our heads.
The events of this last week and this weekend are the most important in the churches calendar – when we focus on Palm Sunday, when Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey greeted by crowds of people waving branches and throwing their cloaks and palms onto the road in front of him; Maundy Thursday when Jesus celebrated the Passover – his last meal on earth with his disciples – sharing with them the bread and wine and telling them of what was to follow. After his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane later that evening, he was condemned to die and on Good Friday led out to be crucified. During today, Holy Saturday, Christ lay dead in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, with a huge stone covering the entrance, sealed with the seal of Rome – to break it would have carried the death penalty – and guarded by a detachment of Roman soldiers.
Then comes tomorrow! The glory of Easter day and the resurrection. This year, because of Covid19, we will have to ponder on all these things at home, but that should not detract from the joy of Easter Day, when Christ conquered death for all time. By his death and resurrection Christ offers us the gift of eternal life.
The Church of England website will be live streaming an Easter Sunday morning service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury tomorrow morning, to watch it click the link below. You can also listen to the service on radio 4 at 8:00am

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A couple of F-15 fighter planes are escorting a C-130 Hercules across the sky and their pilots are chatting on the radio to pass the time. The conversation comes round to the relative merits of their respective aircraft. The fighter pilots contend that their airplanes are better because of their superior speed, manoeuvrability, weaponry and so forth, and they point out the Hercules’ deficiency in these areas. After listening to this for a while, the Hercules pilot says, “Oh yeah? Well, I can do a few things in this old girl that you’d only dream about.” Naturally, the fighter pilots  challenge him to demonstrate. “Just watch,” comes the quick retort. And so they watch. But all they see is the Hercules continuing to fly straight and level. After several minutes the Hercules pilot comes back on the air, “There! How was that?” he asks. The fighter pilots reply, “What are you talking about? What did you do?” And the Hercules pilot replies, “Well, I got up, went for a walk, and made a cup of coffee.”
Many people do not recognise what God has done for them in the events of Easter. These days we have all sorts of hi-tech gadgets. We have computers with great graphics, telephones that take photographs, connect to the internet and do all sorts of things, as well as send and receive phone calls. (On Maundy Thursday, when usually about 350 clergy (including me) gather in the Cathedral to renew their ordination vows in a beautiful Maundy Thursday service, this year because all churches are closed and gatherings forbidden, we renewed our vows online using zoom!) We have all sorts of things that previous generations could only dream of. And when we hear the simple 2,000 year old Easter story, it feels like that great old C-130 Hercules. We think, “It was all written such a long time ago, what relevance does it have for life today?” But through the centuries and even with modern hi-tech sophistication and our increased scientific knowledge, no one can explain away the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Many have tried, and continue to try. One of the most common arguments being that Jesus did not really die on the cross, he just fainted.
One lady posted the following question on a question and answer forum,
Our minister said that Jesus just fainted on the cross and that the disciples nursed him back to health. What do you think?
The response was
Dear Bewildered
Beat your minister with 39 lashes using a cat-o-nine-tails, with sharp metal pieces embedded in the thongs, nail him to a cross by his wrists and feet, hang him in the sun for six hours; run a spear through his side; then put him in a cold airless tomb for thirty-six hours and block the entrance with a one-and-a-half ton rock and see what happens.
All but four of the major world religions are based on mere philosophical propositions. Of the four that are based on personalities rather than philosophies, only Christianity claims an empty tomb for its founder. In 1900 B.C. Judaism’s founding father, Abraham, died. In 483 B.C. Buddhist writings say that Buddha died “With that utter passing away in which nothing whatever remains behind.” June 6 632 A.D. Mohammed died. In 33 A.D. Jesus died but came back to life, appearing to over 500 people during a period of 40 days. The resurrection is crucial to our Christian faith. For, if Christ died but did not rise again we, too, are doomed to death. As the apostle Paul said in his letter to the Christians in Corinth, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” (I Cor 15:14). But if Christ has been raised to life, then he has conquered the power of sin and death, so that all who believe might have eternal life. Christ has indeed risen from the dead and is alive today.
There was a purpose to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Christ is risen. Alleluia!
May I wish you all a very happy and blessed Easter.
Reverend Canon Mary Garbutt
Team Vicar: Staverton, Hellidon and Catesby
The Vicarage
19 Church Street

Telephone: 01327 700050

Staverton Conservation Area – Adoption Statement

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and

Town and Country Planning

(Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012

Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

Staverton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

Supplementary Planning Document

Adoption Statement

Notice is hereby given under Regulation 14 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 that Daventry District Council adopted the above-mentioned Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on 10th October 2019.

The SPD is intended to identify the special architectural and historic interest and to provide a clear framework and guidance for future development in and affecting the Staverton Conservation area.

The adopted SPD, a Consultation Statement and this Adoption Statement, can be viewed online at the Council’s website: or inspected at the Daventry District Council Offices, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP.

If you require any further information or advice please contact the Local Strategy Service at the above address or telephone 01327 302559.

Any person with sufficient interest in the decision to adopt the SPD may apply to the High Court for permission to apply for judicial review of that decision. Any such application must be made promptly and in any event not later than six weeks after 10th October 2019.

Anna Wilson

Heritage Policy Assistant

Daventry District Council – Business Team

Lodge Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 4FP

01327 302291

Staverton Conservation Area – Consultation 2019

Staverton Consultation Poster



Have your say on village conservation area reviews

People are invited to give their views this summer on plans that aim to protect the heritage of five villages in Daventry District.

A series of consultations are being held by Daventry District Council (DDC) to seek the public’s feedback on Draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plans for Pitsford, Chapel Brampton, Staverton, Everdon and Little Everdon.

The plans have been drafted by DDC as part of a wider review of the District’s conservation areas – areas considered worthy of preservation or enhancement because of their special architectural or historic interest. Draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan documents have been produced for four existing conservation areas at Pitsford, Chapel Brampton, Staverton and Everdon and also make proposals for a new designation at Little Everdon.

Residents will be able to give their views, as well as attending drop-in sessions, during the following dates and times:

Pitsford Conservation Area Consultation – A focused consultation, following on from the previous October 2018 consultation started at 10am on Monday, 27 May and runs until 5pm on Monday, 8 July.

A public drop-in session will be held in Pitsford Village Hall on Tuesday, 26 June from 5pm to 7pm, when officers will be on hand to answer any questions.

View the plan and comment online at

Chapel Brampton Conservation Area Consultation – from 10am on Monday, 3 June until 5pm on Monday, 15 July.

A public drop-in session will be held at the Bramptons Primary School on Thursday, 20 June from 6pm to 7.30pm.

View the plan and comment online from 3 June at

Staverton Conservation Area Consultation – from 10am on Monday, 3 June until 5pm on Monday, 15 July.

A public drop-in session will be held at Staverton Village Hall on Wednesday, 3 July from 3.30pm to 7pm.

View the plan and comment online from 3 June at

Everdon and Little Everdon Consultations – both take place from 10am on Monday, 3 June until 5pm on Monday, 15 July. A public drop-in session will be held at Everdon Village Hall on Tuesday, 9 July from 3.30pm to 7pm.

View the plan and comment online from 3 June at

Councillor Alan Chantler, Strategic Planning Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “It’s really important that we preserve the history of our District, and our ongoing review of conservation areas is key in helping to achieve this.

“Designation as a conservation area puts in place tighter planning controls for anyone seeking permission to alter or demolish a building, or carry out work to trees, in order to maintain the special interest of the area. Appraising these existing areas means we can continue to ensure our heritage is protected for the future.

“We have worked closely with members of the community in Pitsford, Chapel Brampton, Staverton, Everdon and Little Everdon to prepare these draft plans and I would encourage residents to have a look at them and give their views.”

People can also email their consultation feedback to, give their responses in writing at the drop-in sessions, or by posting them to the Heritage Policy Officer, Local Strategy Service, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP.

For further information please contact:

Becky Hutson, Daventry District Council Communications Team, on 01327 302404 or email

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