COLD HIGHAM is situated to the West of the A5 midway between Towcester and Weedon. Communications are excellent via the A5 with the M1 easily accessible at junction 15A and 16. The M40 can be joined at Junction 10 which is accessed via Towcester and the A43 or Junction 11 accessed at Banbury some 15 miles to the West. Village facilities in nearby Pattishall include a primary school and a Church, with a public house and restaurant at Fosters Booth on the A5. Towcester provides a wide variety of shops and a leisure centre, with larger shopping centres situated at Northampton, Banbury and Milton Keynes (from where there is a 45 minutes Intercity rail service to London Euston). Leisure facilities in the area include golf at Farthingstone, Hellidon Lakes and Staverton Park, motor racing at Silverstone and horse racing at Towcester.
The village of Grimscote, which is in this parish, means "Grim's Cott", Grim being another name for Woden One branch of the Higham family has been associated with the village. Thomas Higham is referred to as Squire in the early to mid18th century. Both Edward Higham the Australian Politician and Tim Higham, also known as Tim FitzHigham are from this branch of the family
The church of St Luke was built in the 13th (tower) and 14th centuries (main building) and is one of the few surviving churches in England with a saddleback tower. It is likely that there was an earlier church on the same site. The design of the church is similar to the one in Maidford, approximately four miles to the west, and the same travelling stonemasons probably worked on both buildings. There is a monument inside the church which consists of an oak effigy of a slender cross-legged Knight which may be Sir John de Pateshull who died c1350. There is also a tomb chest with ten ogee-headed panels containing shields.
Village Hall was formerly the village school but has not been used for this purpose for over 40 years. Instead the hall is now the focal point of many activities for local residents. It was extensively refurbished in the 1990s to upgrade the building and provide better kitchens and toilets. There are two rooms, one large, one small, that can be used together or separately. Equipment includes a good supply of chairs and tables. There is a small off-road car park at the front and a quiet garden at the rear.
The hall is used for a diverse range of activities including art classes, dancing, a bridge club, table tennis, parish council and other meetings, parties and more. It can be hired by individuals and groups by prior arrangement. Special low-cost rates are available for residents of the parish and local groups. Further information and to discuss bookings please contact Gill Rowe, Chairman of the Village Hall Committee. In the first instance, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cold Higham Parish Council
Cold Higham Parish Council covers the three villages of Cold Higham, Grimscote and Fosters Booth. It is responsible for managing some of the amenities and facilities of the villages, liaising with other governmental bodies and representing the views of local residents. In Cold Higham the council's responsibilities include the management of the cemetery (not to be confused with the adjoining churchyard which surrounds St Luke's Church), the small triangle of land at the corner of Banbury Lane and Church Lane, notice boards, and street lighting.
Matters concerning St Luke's Church are the responsibility of the Parochial Church Council. The Village Hall is owned and managed by a separate independent trust.
The Parish Council meets approximately every six weeks to consider matters relevant to its responsibilities and discuss correspondence received from other local government bodies and related agencies. An Annual Parish Meeting is held each year, usually in April. Residents of the parish are free to attend any meeting.
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There are seven parish councillors for Cold Higham
Judith Coates, Ivy Cottage, Church Lane, Cold Higham, Towcester NN12 8LS
Richard Dickins, Kettle Close Barn, Manor Farm, Grimscote, Towcester NN12 8LN
Jane Kimbell, Grimscote Mill, Mill Lane, Grimscote, Towcester NN12 8LH
Margaret Merris, 17 Manor Road, Grimscote, Towcester NN12 8LN
Ken Tomkinson, Plum Tree Cottage, 7 Manor Road, Grimscote, Towcester NN12 8LN
Keith Wootton, 7 Church Lane, Cold Higham, Towcester NN12 8LS
Contacting the Parish Council
Mrs P M Pearson
Clerk to Cold Higham Parish Council
Tel: 01327 830287
Member of Parliament (South Northamptonshire Constituency)
South Northamptonshire County Constituency
9 Prospect Court
T: 01604 859721
County Council (Greens Norton Ward)
Orchard House, 31 Banbury Road, Litchborough, NN12 8JF
T: 01327 830144
District Council (Blakesley & Cote Ward)
Meadow House, School Road, Pattishall, Towcester, Northants NN12 8NE
T: 01327 830509
Ivy Bank, Longwell, Maidford, Towcester, Northants NN12 8HT
T: 01327 860421
F: 0870 1275517
Note: there are two district councillors representing the ward.