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The Staverton Playing Field Rejuvenation Project

The Staverton Playing Field Rejuvenation Project

has bagged a share of a £11.5million carrier bag charge fund.

We are delighted to announce we have bagged £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Staverton Playing Field Rejuvenation Project has been awarded £12,000.

The results have been announced and we will now begin work on bringing our project to life.

Staverton Parish Council intends to replace some of the well used (and much loved) playground equipment on it’s Braunston Lane playing field. In addition, they will be adding some new fun apparatus and will be landscaping the surrounding areas.

This will make a big difference to the young people in the village. The Parish Council would like to thank the Tesco Bags of Help team and especially to all those who voted for us in store.

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.

“Nominations for the next round of the initiative will open in April and we look forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag their share of the bag charge fund.”

Voting ran in store from 27 February until 6 March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores across the UK.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help project.

“It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement.

“This is money which will go directly back into the communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, be active, play or simply relax. This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.”

Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open on April 18. As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated by people living locally.

St Mary the Virgin

Staverton can rightly claim to be the ‘high church’ of the 25 Daventry Deanery parishes, being situated 700 feet above sea level on one of the highest points of the Northamptonshire Heights . The 200 or so dwellings and 500 residents that make up this ancient village lie a couple of miles west of Daventry on the A425 – once the Daventry-Warwick turnpike.

A place of Christian worship has stood on the site of St Mary’s for well over a thousand years although the name of Staverton’s first recorded vicar does not appear until records start in the year 1220. A board inside the Church lists all subsequent vicars up to our present incumbent, Reverend Roy Kilford. For hundreds of years before this, possibly dating back to before 800 A.D., a burial ground existed on the site, as evidenced by the raised churchyard. The main structure we see today dates mainly from the 14th Century, although traces of older architecture still remain such as a lancet window from the Norman period. The church houses an abundance of original architectural and historic features, and beautiful stained glass windows.

The main structure we see today dates mainly from the 14th Century, although traces of older architecture still remain, such as the lancet window in the north-west corner which is from the Norman period.

The ‘new’ North Porch is used as the main entrance into the Church. This dates back a mere 600 years, whereas the south porch is 100 years older! The original door and roof timbers still remain.
A small army of people are dedicated to the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of St Mary’s. In summertime the churchyard is kept beautifully mown, neat and tidy, and attracts many admiring comments from passersby and visitors from all over the world. Inside church throughout the year flower displays are arranged and cleaning carried out by a team on volunteers on a weekly rota basis. Others are involved in administering the Stewardship campaign, organising and helping with the increasingly popular Family Services, and in many other ways, and this wealth of loving care and attention keeps the Church of St Mary at the heart of the village of Staverton.

The monthly service of Family Communion on the first Sunday of each month is a popular event. At the rear of the church a ‘quiet corner’ has been developed where small children are able to play during services.

Bell Ringing: The Church of St Mary the Virgin has a lovely peal of six bells. Recently Staverton Church of England Primary School initiated a unique scheme (which has attracted television coverage and attention from as far afield as Australia!) to incorporate campanology into the music studies curriculum. Regular bell ringing practice meetings, open to all ages, are held every Thursday evening from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. New ringers – learners or experienced – are always made welcome. Please contact the Vicar for further details.

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St Mary the Virgin Church Appeal

Service Plan June-July 2019