Archive for the ‘News’ Category

WARNING! Proposed road closures for HS2 works will create a dangerous situation at the B4525 Marston-St-Lawrence Junction

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Between 25th October and 1st December 2021, the HS2 (High Speed Rail) Contractors propose to close the section of Banbury Road between the Magpie Junction and Bull’s Lane, Thorpe Mandeville, as shown on the above map.  Traffic using this road on the way to Banbury will need to follow the diversion shown on the map, turning right at the Marston-St-Lawrence junction on the B4525. This is already a dangerous junction with poor visibility where accidents have caused a number of fatalities. The thought of traffic queueing back towards the Magpie waiting for a safe moment to make the right turn on a foggy autumn morning does not bear thinking about. Clearly the only way to alleviate this situation would be to install temporary four way traffic lights at the junction for the duration of the road closure.

Alternatively, in a project with a very long construction programme such as HS2, it should be possible to re-schedule the sequence of works to complete the installation of the proposed changes to the Marston-St-Lawrence junction involving two new roundabouts BEFORE closing the Banbury Road.

This matter was discussed at the recent Parish Council meeting when it was agreed that these concerns and suggestions should be brought to the attention of the HS2 Management and Contractors without delay. If you wish to add your views to those of the Council, contact HS2 as follows:

Telephone: 08081 434 434 or email [email protected]


Monday, September 27th, 2021

The above officers are your point of contact for Sulgrave, which forms part of the Silverstone Beat consisting of the Silverstone race circuit and 43 other villages.


Please do not contact the team directly. All reports must go via the Force Control Room.

If you have any events or should you wish to discuss a particular issue, pass on information or meet a member of the team contact:

[email protected]


SGT 581 SIMONS – 07557 779041 – [email protected]

PC 911 CARTER – 07557 778579 – [email protected]

PC 801 MITCHELL – 07557 778536 – [email protected]

PCSO 7182 MORGAN – 07973 872805 – [email protected]


Northamptonshire Police

Fighting crime, protecting people.

September on the farm (2021)

Friday, September 17th, 2021

Haws. (The fruit of the whitethorn).

Richard Fonge writes:

September the beginning of Autumn and therefore the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness . With harvest behind us, the land is being cultivated for next years crops, with Oil seed rape growing vigorously up the Moreton road. To survive the winter the crop needs sowing in August . The flea beetle poses a major challenge right now, followed by pigeons later on in the winter. Gas bangers are used to scare them away, but  a hide, decoys and a gun can be very effective also, and pigeon is very tasty in a pie.

The fruits of the hedgerow are in abundance in late September. The blackthorn for the sloes to make gin. Crab apples for its jelly. Blackberries to go with cooking apples. Then there are the hips and haws. The hips are the fruit of the Wild rose from which can be made a syrup, the haws the fruit of the whitethorn and a winter feed for the birds. Whilst mentioning hedgerow species, an unwanted one is the elderberry as it is inclined to dominate and is useless in a stock fence, but from its flowers wine is made and my late mother used to make an ointment, which was marvellous for soothing chilblains and putting on chapped hands, an occupational hazard when you worked out in all weathers and milked cows.

This time of year brings the regular invasion of crane fly or daddy long legs . They can be seen in the grasses, and it’s grub called the leather jacket causes damage to newly sown crops and lawns in the autumn. Rooks feed off the leather jacket and we have plenty of rooks around the village, because of all the permanent pasture and the woods for them to make their rookeries in. You only see rooks where there is grassland to feed off. Therefore you have a small example of natures interdependence. Woods and spinneys provide a habitat for many species, with the rooks nests high up in the canopy. The pasture grazed by cattle and sheep provides us with beef and lamb, their dung feeds the rooks, who feed off the leather jacket and other pests such as wire worm.

There is much talk of living off the land, something that most rural villagers did till the modernisation of agriculture after the Second World War and the exodus of labour into the towns. The Church harvest festival meant so much then, because of this close connection to our food , and whether a Farmer or allotment holder, a poor harvest had consequences for the family budget.

Richard Fonge.

Report on Parish Council Meeting held at Marston-St-Lawrence Village Hall on 9th September 2021

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

See here for report on Parish Council Meeting held at Marston-St-Lawrence Village Hall on 9th September 2021 as set out in the “Parish Council Latest News” section of this website.

Ploughing Match held at Culworth Road, Sulgrave on Sunday 5th September 2021

Saturday, September 11th, 2021

A ploughing match organised by Banbury Vintage Ploughing Society took place at Culworth Road, Sulgrave on Sunday 5th September in brilliant late summer weather.

More photographs on the next page (Click on “Read the rest of this entry”)


Village Produce Show at the Church Hall, 5th September 2021

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

H2 grant funded renovations to the Church Hall are continuing and so the Annual Produce show was held in the car park once again. Fortunately the weather was perfect, providing a late burst of real warmth and glorious sunshine for the last roses of summer!

Pictures of the entries and some of those attending on the next page (Click on “Read the rest of this entry”).



Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 9th September in Marston-St-Lawrence Village Hall at 7.45 pm.

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the ongoing work to the Church Hall, the Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 9th September will be held in Marston-St-Lawrence Village Hall.

See here for the agenda.

Sulgrave Village Shop Newsletter for September 2021

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Official Opening of the New Parish Library. 10.30 am on Saturday 11th September, in the Church

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

August on the farm (2021)

Friday, August 20th, 2021

Badger seen recently in the local area and photographed by John Sheppard.

Richard Fonge writes:

August is the main harvest month, and this year with the variable weather, it could be September when it is completed. The harvesting of the various crops is the culmination of a years work, and the quality and quantity of those crops, despite the many technical and mechanical advances is still influenced by the weather. In farming to harvest a good crop of any corn brings great job satisfaction, and an example of a fine crop of wheat can be seen in the field off Park lane.

In the first field on the Stuchbury footpath are thirty new sheep, with an orangery tinged fleece. They are mule sheep, a cross of the blue faced Leicester and Swaledale ewe. They are bred in the north of the country and sold on for breeding as yearlings, having their first lambs next spring at two years old. Hill farmers from across the north sell these sheep at the big sales held at, Penrith, Lazonby, High Bentham, Brough etc at this time of year, where they are bought to replenish flocks further south. They are the hill and moorland farmer’s harvest, and to present their stock at auction they are bloomed dipped, to show them at their best so as to achieve the best price. These sheep so vital to the management of the hills and dales of the north, are also responsible for much of the lamb production on the pastures of further south. As these are mainly permanent pasture as can be seen around our village, the carbon footprint is very low.

One crop to be harvested in late September is the maize at Stuchbury, to be used for the anaerobic digester. Now the cobs have been formed and the “maize is as high as an elephants eye” the badgers have moved in. Their tracks can be seen from hedge to maize in different places, along with their latrines. They push the plant down with their large paws to feed off the cobs. Easy feeding. The badger with paws made for digging, soon makes a new sett, when the family increases or it is disturbed for any reason. HS2 is making setts for them, where they are in the way at great expense. You can re house a human but a badger will go where he wants.!

Finally, living in the country makes you appreciate fully the four seasons and what they bring, and as summer draws to an end the first signs of Autumn are here. The blackberries ripening in Little street, the odd conker falling, swallows starting to collect on the telephone lines and soon field mushrooms hopefully. No better breakfast, than mushrooms picked when getting the cows in for milking and then fried with bacon and egg for breakfast after milking.

Richard Fonge.