Roade Parish Council

Serving the people of Roade

Clerk: Alison Reynolds
PO BOX 847, Northampton
Northamptonshire NN7 9AB

Tel: 01604 861976

Coronavirus - Guidance for better mental Health

Roade Community Larder - FREE weekly food boxes for Roade Residents

Roade Community Larder - FREE weekly food boxes for Roade Residents

Roade Community Larder is now up and running every Wednesday afternoon, distributing FREE weekly food and produce boxes to people adversely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

If you, a neighbour or relative living in Roade are struggling to get food please get in touch to apply.

Eligibility includes people who are self-isolating or shielding, those on a reduced or low-income, and people unable to get to the shops due to ill health or disability.

The food is donated by supermarkets and producers and would otherwise go to landfill. The scheme is supported by charities SOFEA, FareShare and also by Grand Union Housing Partnership.

Applications for the weekly food boxes are being handled by Roade Parish Council by phone 01604 861976, Monday to Thursday 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-14.00, Friday 10.00-12.00 or by email

Please pass details to anyone you know who may be eligible and does not have access to Facebook.

More information:

Keep Active and well at home during Covid-19

The lockdown period has ultimately meant that we are all having to adjust to a new way of working, with many of us now spending a lot more time at home.

Activities that we would have accessed during the week are either cancelled or moving online, meaning our sense of routine may be feeling a little off.

While the situation can be frustrating at times, there are things you can do to make your time at home enjoyable and take care of your physical and mental wellbeing.

There is an abundance of online resources which we would encourage you to take advantage of. South Northamptonshire Council's Healthy Communities team has also been working hard to find alternatives for some activities that would normally be taking place.

They have updated there webpages to include a range of resources to help people keep fit and active while staying at home, which includes resources from our Leisure Centres which are providing on-line classes whilst physically shut. They also have information on local walks and cycle routes and local arts and craft opportunities. There are also links to local food producers, many of who are operating delivering services to customers during the lockdown.

  • Health information for Parents - Covid-19 (PDF, 272 Kb)

    Health information for parents

    The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have produced a helpful poster for parents concerned about childhood illness during Covid-19

Volunteer card/Voucher Scheme

The Co-op, ASDA, Sainsbury's and M&S are offering a volunteer card/voucher scheme. These can be purchased online by residents who are self-isolating and given to their family, friends or volunteers who are helping them with shopping. These are available to purchase online so won't be an option for all our residents. However, it's a good way to safeguard both residents and volunteers where possible as these are cashless transactions and avoid the need to share bank cards/details etc.

More details can be found on the supermarket websites:

The Co-op's card can be accessed via a dedicated phoneline on 0800 029 4592

In addition, schools have access to a voucher scheme for pupils who access free school meals get a £15.00 voucher per week to reduce costs of providing for their child whilst they are at home. See: ee-school-meals-covid-19-faq/


Are you struggling to buy food due to money problems? Many people are facing a serious drop in income during the covid 19 crisis. Self employed people and those on zero hours contracts are just some examples but there are many more. Others have financial issues not related to covid. Perhaps there has been an unexpected expense or a delay in benefits payments. If you are having any form of financial trouble we may be able to help you.

Please phone the SNC Money Advice team on 01327 322107 and ask for a Towcester Foodbank e-voucher.

You may get an answer phone but they will get back to you. You will be asked a few simple questions about your circumstances, so that they can complete an e-voucher, which will then be sent to the foodbank.

You will be given a phone number and a reference number and told how to arrange a delivery of your food. All deliveries are made by people who have been DBS checked. They will not enter your home.


If you are NOT having money problems but want other forms of assistance such as help with shopping, collecting medicines or just a friendly phone call, you should contact the parish council on 01604 861976 or email at

Towcester Foodbank is part of Britain's biggest foodbank network, The Trussell Trust which is aiming to end food poverty.

Charity commission number 1110522

Anglian Water Priority Register

Anglian Water has asked parish councils to advertise the fact that some residents, including those people who are self-isolating due to Coronavirus can register for free, additional practical support from Anglian Water's Priority Services. Some of the ways being on the Priority Services Register could help include help with reading the water meter, a knock and wait service where Anglian Water will wait longer for the door to be answered when visiting, and a scheme to protect people from bogus callers and scams.

Registration is quick and easy! To find out more about Priority Services and to sign up call Anglian Water on: 0800 919 155 or visit

Alongside Anglian Water, other Water and Energy providers offer a Priority Service.

If you think you may need extra help during an interruption to supply or a power cut due to being medically dependent on electricity, elderly or disabled or if you have specific communication needs, contact your provider to find out how they can assist you.

Statement from our Chairman, Cllr Lorne Murray

Firstly, I would like thank everyone for your amazing support in responding to our requests for help with supporting our older and more vulnerable residents in our village. The Parish Council has been delighted at such a huge response.

We have a list of those who have reached out for help and Alison, our clerk, has already begun to match up our volunteers to those who require help. Please continue to let us know if you are in need of any practical help or support. We are issuing lanyards with name tags to each volunteer so that you know that they have been approved by the Parish Council.

As I am sure you will appreciate, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Alison, our clerk has been inundated with telephone calls and emails. Please be mindful of this as Alison may not be able to respond or reply to you straight away. Whilst we appreciate the amount of calls simply to say 'thank you' it adds to the time taken to respond to other more urgent matters.

Unfortunately, some of the calls coming in are to express concern about neighbours/other residents not adhering to the government's advice to 'stay at home', for example, this is where some children either on their own or with parents are playing in the play areas that have been closed on government instructions. Again, I would ask that everyone respects this decision and therefore not allow their children to use the play areas – (rec, churchcroft, village hall or Chaplin's play areas) until we are able to reopen them. This will only be when the government advises us that it is safe to do so. We have also had reports of a large group of older teenage boys walking together around the village and in the rec. I know both primary and secondary schools are providing work for our children and are being supported through various online platforms by their teachers to help them.

I have spoken to the police and they have informed me that they will be patrolling in Roade with particular visits to our play areas. The police now have the power to issue a £30 fine to anyone out and about who cannot justify or give a reason for doing so.

We are also receiving calls about people not complying with the social distancing rule. The Parish Council cannot enforce this rule and whilst we share your concerns, it is up to us all to ensure we keep ourselves and our families safe.

Thankfully, so far, we have had no reported cases of anyone in Roade who has contracted the virus, which is why it is even more important to be pulling together, to ensure the village remains virus free.

We are an amazing community, let's all continue to work together in a positive way by supporting each other and following the government's advice.

On behalf of my fellow councillors,

Cllr Lorne Murray

Chairman, Roade Parish Council.

Do you need help?

Please contact the Parish council if you need any help or assistance, whether it's having shopping delivered to you, medication collected or if you'd just like to hear a friendly voice at the end of the phone to prevent loneliness. Please complete the following form and we will arrange for a volunteer to assist you. Please be aware that any volunteer visiting you on our behalf will carry Roade Parish Council Volunteer Identification, if you're unsure who they are then please phone the office for confirmation.

Thank you for all offers of help

The Parish Council have received emails, phone calls by an overwhelming amount of people offering their services to volunteer, whether it be to be a friendly voice at the end of a phone, help with food shopping, posting letters or collecting perscriptions. The response has been amazing and we've received more offers to help than people asking for help. This shows what a fantastic community Roade really is.

Some volunteers have already received their Identification, and are asked to wear this when supporting vulnerable residents within the community. If you haven't received your identification yet, we'd like to say thank you for your kind offer of support and will contact you and provide the identification should your help be required in the future.

Bus passes now valid 24 hours a day

In conjunction with most local bus operators, Northamptonshire County Council have agreed to extend bus concessions, making bus passes valid for 24 hours a day.

This will enable our elderly and most vulnerable residents to get to where they need to be including the supermarket for essential supplies. Further information is available on their website:

Play equipment at the Rec and Churchcroft open space is now Closed

Following the government's announcement last night, we have made the decision to close all play equipment within the Rec and Churchcroft. We ask that you respect this decision in trying to keep our residents safe.

Social distancing

Please ensure that social distancing of 2 meters is adhered to when walking around the village, visiting the open spaces, post office and village shops.

Parish office is now closed

The Parish Office will be closed until further notice, however it's business as usual and Alison our Clerk can be reached by phoning the office number 01604 861976 or emailing

Further information

Further information/advice can be found at

New Coronavirus Support line Launched

Northamptonshire County Council have also launched a new support line to support the most vulnerable members of our community. The new support line - which can be reached on 0300 126 1000 (Option 5) - allows those who cannot leave their homes under current restrictions and those who have nobody to call upon for help, to request support in getting access to food, prescriptions and other vital services that they require. There are a large number of people across Northamptonshire who are currently in isolation for various reasons. These include individuals displaying symptoms of Coronavirus and those with existing health conditions, those who are pregnant or those aged 70 and above.

The Customer Service Centre at Northamptonshire County Council will be managing the helpline, ensuring that each call is appropriately triaged so that individuals receive the care and support that is appropriate to their needs. The Community Resilience Service will co-ordinate requests for help in conjunction with the District and Borough Councils, mapping those requests by area and linking them up with local community groups, volunteers and voluntary organisations who have pledged their support

Those requiring help are asked to call the support line on the following number: 0300 126 1000 (option 5)

For more information on Northants County Council Website click here

Home Support App To Help Victims of Crime During Social Distancing

Voice for Victims and Witnesses - the free, confidential support service for victims and witnesses of crime in Northamptonshire - is today releasing the Voice Home Support Hub app, to help people cope and recover from the effects of crime during social distancing.

The app is available for download now, for free, here…

The lockdown measures imposed to help stop the spread of Covid-19 have, for many, resulted in a loss of routine structure and traditional social networks that people rely on for support following traumatic experiences. This can have a profound effect on an individual's ability to recover from crime, especially at a time when latent anxiety is prevalent in many regarding the health of themselves, friends and family.

Voice - which is still operational and supporting people by phone and online during social distancing - has therefore created its Home Support Hub application to help breakdown these barriers to recovery by providing practical information on how to stay physically and mentally healthy during social distancing. The app details elements such as how people can improve their sleep pattern or harness their creativity to help their recovery journey.

Although created for those recovering from trauma, the Voice Home Support Hub contains practical advice for anyone struggling with their mental health during this period of isolation.

Anyone who has been a victim or witness of crime in Northamptonshire can access Voice, regardless of when the crime took place, and regardless of whether they have reported anything to the police or not. Support is free and confidential. Call 0300 303 1965 or visit

Find out more about Voice here…

Online Safety For Young People

As the vast majority of young people are being schooled online, they are spending a significant amount of time on the internet. The internet is amazing tool but it does expose young people to some risk.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency's (CEOP) education team have designed some amazing resources, designed at helping parents and carers have conversation about internet safety, suitable for a range of ages.

The resources can be found here…

Volunteer to help those in need

Are you free to volunteer to help someone in need due to the coronavirus pandemic? Perhaps you're part of a group that already provides help in the community?

In addition to the Government's volunteer scheme for people to help the NHS, NCC is co-ordinating a local effort along with other councils and partner organisations for people to help their community.

They want to hear from you if you can volunteer or if you represent a community group that needs extra volunteers in the coming weeks and months.

Details on the NCC website here…