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Woodford is a large village on the banks of the River Nene in Northamptonshire about 2 miles west of Thrapston and 7 miles east of Kettering between junctions 11 and 12 of the A14.

The early settlement was mainly a farming community with an increasing number of men working in the shoe trade from home in the early to mid 19th century. During the latter part of that century the population increased dramatically with the mining of ironstone nearby and also smelting at the ironworks just over the parish border in Islip; a trade which continued until the 1950s. (see History page). The village once boasted seven licensed premises, over twenty shops and two schools. As with most villages these figures have reduced dramatically but there is still a sports and social club, one pub (The Duke's Arms), a Post Office / general store, fish and chip shop, Baptist Chapel, Parish Church and primary school. The population remains at just over 1400.

What's On

Select any of the events listed below to see more details. To have your event listed just email details to clerk@woodfordpc.co.uk

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July Parish Council Meeting

At the July Parish Council meeting correspondence from the police revealed the Woodford ward (including Great and Little Addington) had the third lowest crime rate of all the electoral wards within the East Northants District. Additionally the council was informed that the local team at Thrapston were involved in “Operation Viper” which is aimed at targeting organised crime throughout Northamptonshire. The scope of the operation is wide and it is believed that by reducing organised crime e.g. drug related issues will also reduce other crimes such as shed break-ins etc.

A complaint was received about anti social ball games occurring on the open space in Paddock Road was discussed. The police have been advised of the incidents. If you have children who play in this area please ask them to respect neighbouring properties / vehicles close by.

The poor Fair was also discussed and .... more

Revised Bus Timetable effective from 22 July

Centrebus are revising their bus timetable from 22 July. The revised commercial service (which has not been subsidised by the County Council since 2013) means that the earliest a passenger can leave Kettering to travel to Woodford will be 11:35am arriving in Woodford at 11:55. This will also be the first bus of the day to Thrapston.

Buses (weekdays) to Kettering will be at 7:51,  9:06, 10:10, 12:22 and 14:52.

Buses on Saturdays from Woodford to Thrapston will be at 11:50, 13:50 15:50 and 17:50. Services to Kettering at weekends will be 8:54, 10:00 and 12:17. Buses generally calling at Cranford will not call at Woodford, and equally those calling at Woodford will not call at Cranford. Greater use of the A14 will be used to create a faster but more depleted service.  Follow link to full timetable.

Woodford Streetlamps

Please report any faulty street lamps to lightsout@woodfordpc.co.uk. Woodford Parish Council owns all of the lamps in the village and repairs can only take place if we know about the fault and authorise the repair. Once the Parish Clerk is aware of the fault the contractor will normally repair the lamp in about a week. All you need to report is the lamp number (if known), or the location/address. Please don't assume someone else has reported the fault. We'd rather have two reports than none.


Potholes, dangerous pavements and blocked drains/gullies within the village and all approach roads are handled by Street Doctor.

This County Council service can be reached on the County Council Website.

Think Before You Park Scheme

Vehicles parked in Woodford that are either causing obstructions to pedestrians or other motorists, or those parked on double yellow lines are to be monitored by Woodford Parish Council and reported to Northamptonshire Police, in a joint scheme now being implemented in a number of villages. In particular the offences causing concern are highlighted in the Highway Code.

Any such vehicles will be photographed and details will be forwarded to the Police. The motorists attention will be drawn to the fact by a yellow/orange coloured card placed on the windscreen. The Council is limited evidence gathering only.

The Police will decide how the matter is to be followed up: e.g. a warning letter, perhaps a visit from Police for repeat offenders etc.

If you need to contact the local Police regarding this scheme the email address is

Bus Service to Rushden Lakes

Diamond Coaches operate a service to Rushden Lakes each Wednesday, picking up in Woodford at 10.38am from the High Street / Village Green Bus Stop. The return journey leaves the shopping complex at 1.30pm. More details.

Further details regarding bus services through Woodford can be found on the "When in Woodford?" page.

Woodford Remembers...

The What's On Diary includes dates commemorating the centenary of the deaths of those named on the Village War Memorials. On the actual anniversary date a biographical note will also be posted. More details