Duston Parish Council

Connecting the Community

WW1 Centenary Duston Remembers

Clerk: Mr Justin Gleich
Duston Community Centre
Pendle Road, Duston
Northamptonshire NN5 6DT

Tel: 01604 583626

Covid-19 Community Help Page

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Over the last few weeks, we have been celebrating our local heroes. Now we would like to hear from you our residents, to hear what you have been doing during the lockdown period.
Please take a moment to complete our survey.


You can also send us your stories, pictures and share your positive experiences by emailing events@duston-pc.gov.uk or calling 01604 583626.

We will be collating all of your memories to produce a book about Duston during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We look forward to hearing from you

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Letter to Residents; Please click on the image to view the document in full

Over the coming days and weeks we will be populating this page with latest info on how you can get help and support at this challenging time.

We will endeavour to include any ways that locals are helping each other, how you can help and how to get help.

Plus, advice on scams to be aware of but plenty of the nice stuff too because there are some wonderful people out there.

We can put you in touch with existing schemes to help or be helped and we also have ways that Duston Parish Council can help too

Call your neighbour - hearing a friendly voice on the telephone means a lot and just knowing someone is thinking about you makes us feel good

Please call 01604 583626 or email office@duston-pc.gov.uk

Please keep safe and well. Click below for the very latest guidelines


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Duston Covid -19 Mutual Aid Support Group

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If you are coming across Unmet Need in your communities, which as an organisation you cannot deal with or wish to refer on then please do so at info@voluntaryimpact.org.uk or be telephone at 01604 637522.

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Northants Together Partnership Update

Northants Together Partnership newsletter aims to keep you informed about how we are all working together to support local people across Northamptonshire.
Inside you will find lots of updates on things we have been working on together to support our Northamptonshire communities.

Loneliness Awareness Week

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If we all make contact with 1 person today that may be suffering from loneliness, it will make such a difference to them and the rewards will be enormous.

If you are suffering from Loneliness, there are various places you can get help from by visiting these links



0300 126 1000 (Option 5)

A new support line has been launched 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

More Useful Info for Residents

  • Jenny at Duston Village Bakery is delivering bread/cakes/veg/essentials

Please call on 01604 752247 to place your order or alternatively, if you are able to and NOT in self isolation then please visit the bakery


  • GJ Catering is delivering meals for the freezer

Please call on 01604 379490 to place your order


  • Royal British Legion Duston & District Branch - Help for veterans, their families or people in isolation NN5 area

If you need any help at all please call them on 07512 228734


More meal options for the freezer



  • Many local businesses are offering a takeaway service, please click on the link below to see which businesses local to you are open



  • Baby milk can be ordered from your Chemist

Your local chemist details are as follows;

  • Well Duston, St Luke's Medical Centre 01604 752666
  • Limehurst Square Pharmacy 01604 586466
  • Touchwood Pharmacy, Malvern Grove 01604 585005
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsburys, Gambrel rd 01604 589265
  • Boots, Sixfields 01604 751800

A Letter From Councillor Matthew Golby

Dear all

I want to begin with some incredibly positive news about the response to our appeal for volunteers to help those in need in across Northamptonshire during the COVID-19 pandemic. A staggering 8,319 individuals have come forward to offer their support in just three days, which I'm sure you'll agree is outstanding! This includes community groups such as Age UK, Red Cross and Neighbourhood Watch, to name a few, plus many more local groups and people who are making it their mission to help others.

The Community Resilience Team is working closely together with partners across District and Borough Councils to build community hubs which will coordinate and match offers of support for our elderly and most vulnerable residents who may be in at risk categories, self- isolating, or for those that feel alone. This will include delivering food and essential items including medication.

The community spirit shown by people is overwhelming, and I'm sure you will join me in sincerely thanking everyone who has come forward to help during this unprecedented time. Each and every person will make a significant difference to someone in need.

Thank you for everything you have done to help spread the word about this vital service. We are still encouraging people and groups to get involved, so please continue to raise awareness of this and ask people to register their offer of support online or by emailing nccg.communityresilience.covid19@nhs.net

I will share with you as soon as I can details of how people can register if they need help and support, this is currently being organised and will launch next week.

Temporary Parking Enforcement Relaxation

The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and as expected, it is bringing about many changes to our services. Today I wanted to also share with you the latest information around parking enforcement across the county, and how, in line with guidance from Government, and feedback from residents, we are relaxing parking enforcement rules temporarily for the parking areas controlled by Northamptonshire County Council.

We have suspended all charges for on-street parking and will be lenient with time-limited bays. This ensures that key workers, and those supporting family, are not restricted from doing so and can go about their duties as easily as possible.

We will also be focusing our enforcement officers on matters which present safety concerns or obstruct emergency vehicles and deliveries. We are looking at key workers who are working for the county council to be issued with a dashboard notice to identify them as such. Enforcement officers have also been instructed to respect similar signs issued by other partner organisations.

Additionally, enforcement officers have been instructed to maintain social distancing.

Once again, thank you for all your support and everything you are doing to support our residents and keep our county and services functioning at this time.



Councillor Matthew Golby

Councillor Duston West & St Crispin Division

Leader of Northamptonshire County Council

Proud Board Member of South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership

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Useful info for Support Groups & Volunteers

We are aware that there are many groups and individuals that are volunteering to help neighbours and vulnerable people in their communities during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The attached information explains how you can help and register your group, or as an individual to support this coordinated effort through this Resilience Cell.

Any group / individual will be asked to register, the LRF will then know you are available to provide help, the second part will be for those that need help to register.
The cell with also provide help and guidance to the volunteers, and be able to call upon the appropriate agencies where needed.

NHW members can register through another group, (if their scheme is not registered with the LRF cell) i.e. local Parish/Community Council or another existing group.

A website with on line form to sign up to volunteer set up https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/Pages/volunteer-to-help-those-in-need-coronavirus.aspx as well as a volunteer registration line 0300 126 1000 (option 5)

We are also aware of many potential scams both online and door to door, remember if you do not know the caller do not open the door, do not give personal/bank information to any caller.

You can contact the police in one of the following ways

Telephone: 999 in an emergency, for non-urgent matters you can call 101.

To avoid waiting on the telephone, we recommend making use of the online system, it's quick and easy, and has lots of useful advice which may answer your query, you can report online in the following ways:

Crimes and Incidents: www.northants.police.uk - click the report button .
Give Information: www.northants.police.uk/contact/cubp/northants/tell-us-about-something-youve-seen-or-heard/

If you want to find your local NHW scheme, go to https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/get-involved/find-my-local-neighbourhood-watch/find-my-local-scheme

Staying Safe Online

We all have enough to be concerned about with the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. That's why our online experts have put together some top tips about how to protect yourself, your loved ones, finances and devices from the scams that are currently circulating. As well as advice about keeping yourself and your organisation protected whilst working from home.

To see more about online safety during this uncertain time visit;

Stay well and stay safe online!

Keeping Busy!


Click on the link below to try our word search!


Coronavirus For Children Story Book

  • Coronavirus Guide for Children (PDF, 6.7 Mb)

    This is a really good way of helping to explain to our children what is going on at the moment. Please take the time to have a look. We would recommend sharing this book with your children so you can answer any worries or questions that may come up

Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters

If you need any advice or have any worries please have a look at these websites. The IAPT team are currently offering online free webinar sessions. All you need to do is register and it will allow you to log in.



Festival of Discovery
20th & 21st November Online

The most valuable thing we can all do is keep ourselves and our loved safe - physically and emotionally.

  • Sign up for the FREE Festival Of Discovery running online on 20th and 21st November for lively discussions on hot topics, entertainment, things to make and do, a chance to recharge your wellbeing, and real-life community stories from across the UK. Click on the heading above to be taken direct to the page
  • There's just a few more days until the Festival of Discovery and we have more acts for you to get stuck into.

    Kick off your Friday night with Sir Tim Smit and Jamie Quince-Starkey from The Down to Earth Project, as they catch up around a virtual kitchen table to talk about nature and its importance in our everyday lives.

    On Saturday, sit down with a cuppa in the afternoon and listen to journalist, TV presenter, and avid reader Richard Madeley, who will be talking about his love for the written word, celebrating 10 years of Richard & Judy's Book Club, and how books are getting him through lockdown number 2!

    Then start off your Saturday night with a boogie with Ghostbuskers, a band welcoming people of all ages and abilities, based in Conwy in the North of Wales. That's your Saturday night entertainment sorted!

    Still have time to spare? You may not be able to lose yourself in an actual escape room at the moment, but we've teamed up with Clue Cracker, who have curated an Eden Project themed virtual escape room for our festival-goers to crack! And even better, this escape room will be available for a month after the Festival so you can get stuck in when it suits you!

    We're getting very excited and can't wait to see you on Friday and Saturday. In the meantime, keep up-to-date with more announcements and our official festival programme over on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding children

Social distancing, self-isolating and quarantine can cause stress and changes in everyone's behaviour. Families are under new pressures and you may worry a child is withdrawn, anxious or depressed. Spotting the signs of abuse might be more difficult and it can be difficult to know for certain if something is wrong.

Reports of child abuse and exploitation are often made by schools or community groups but with these being temporarily closed, we are appealing for all volunteers to be particularly vigilant and to report any concerns so that we can act quickly to safeguard children.

Some of the signs you may spot include:

  • aggressive or repeated shouting
  • children exposed to witnessing domestic abuse
  • hearing hitting or things being broken
  • children crying for long periods of time
  • very young children left alone or are outdoors by themselves
  • children looking dirty or not changing their clothes
  • children being withdrawn or anxious
  • unexplained injuries

These signs don't necessarily mean that a child is being abused, there could be other things happening in their life which are affecting their behaviour, but by contacting us we can help assess the situation. You may also notice some concerning behaviour from adults who you know have children in their care, which makes you concerned for the child/children's safety and wellbeing.

To report a concern please call 0300 126 1000 and speak to the multi-agency safeguarding team (MASH). If you believe that a child is in immediate danger please call 999.

Managing your health at home

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means you should only leave your home if it's essential, unless you feel very unwell or you are told to attend an existing appointment for ongoing treatment. While you are at home it's still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

The Health at Home webpage has information letting you know how to:

● contact your GP

● order repeat prescriptions

● manage long-term conditions

● maintain your mental and physical wellbeing

If you need an NHS service, try to do it online first. If you cannot get what you need this way try asking a friend or family member to help you, or speak to your GP surgery on the phone.

Find out more at: nhs.uk/health-at-home

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Get creative with our lovely colouring page provided by https://www.aubergine262.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Duston-colouring-page.pdf

A big thank you to Jenny from Youth Inspired for organising such a lovely thing for the residents of Duston to have to keep them occupied.

if you would like to send us a picture of your colouring then please email us at events@duston-pc.gov.uk We would love to see them!!

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Today we received a lovely poem written by Caroline about her time during Covid-19.

My Lockdown Poem

Out in the air doing my paces
Exchanging hellos with unknown faces
Doing my best to stop the spread
With cases rising so many dead
Families embracing quality time
Rise in cases of domestic crime
Alone with my thoughts but feeling the love
Praying daily for help from above
We will get through this it's going to take time
Meanwhile I take solace with a glass of wine

If you have anything you would like to share with us we would love to hear from you. It maybe a poem, a song you've written or even a piece of art you have completed. Please email us at events@duston-pc.gov.uk