The picturesque village of Great Doddington is located 3 miles from Wellingborough and some 12 miles from Northampton. It is a classic hilltop settlement overlooking the Nene Valley offering spectacular views to the South from several vantage points within the village. Historically there is evidence of early settlements along the River Nene as far back as the 6th and 7th century with a village by the 9th century. Finally in the 10th century with the production of the Doomsday Book Great Doddington was named as Dodington Magna. The rest is history.
Today the village manages to retain a rural feel with several working farms located in and around the village heart. The centre is designated a conservation area with a significant number of older traditional properties and converted outbuildings. There is a thriving community of all ages. Gt.Doddington is fortunate in still having a local pub, The Stags Head, plus a social club, Village Stores open 7 days a week, a well supported Primary School, a Parish Church part of which dates back to the 11th Century and a Chapel plus numerous social organisations details of which appear elsewhere on this web-site. Until 2008 the village still retained a Post Office, but sadly despite strong lobbying it fell victim to Post Office national closures.
Representatives from the local parishes (including Great Doddington) met with the Police last night to discuss the concern over the proposed Horse Fair due to be taking place over this bank holiday weekend. The police have been working closely with partner agencies including the Borough Council of Wellingborough and Public Health England and have been engaging with local businesses and residents and will continue to do so over the weekend.
The police are aware that travellers have started to arrive on the site and they will continue to monitor the situation over the next few days, so you will see an increased police presence around the village.
Should anyone have any concerns they should please contact the Police on 101 and quote Operation Bailey. Please only call 999 if you feel you are in immediate danger.
We will continue to engage with the police during this period and posts will be put on the GD facebook page to inform of any issues. A joint statement has been added to the GD facebook page 26 8 20.
Carol Mundy – Clerk to the parish council
Chris Davies – Chairman of the parish council