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Brixworth Deanery

Deanery Mission Plan

Here you will find the current state of the draft DMP document, first launched with the October 2007 Deanery Synod News, here. Please keep returning to this page to keep in touch with the development of the DMP document.

All suggestions should be forwarded to the Rural Dean for consideration.


Draft for discussion at Deanery Synod in the first instance, followed by wider consideration.



The Diocese of Peterborough has asked each Deanery to produce a Deanery Mission Plan. The DMP is intended to cover two main issues: firstly the arrangement of deanery parishes and benefices and the allocation of stipendiary clergy therewith; secondly opportunities (and threats) for mission within the deanery area.


DMP’s are making their appearance at a time of great changes in the Church and in our locality. We are, willingly or unwillingly, discovering new ways of fulfilling our God-given mission. We also find ourselves in an area facing rapid and massive housing development: something which of course is affecting some places more acutely than others.


The DMP seeks to describe (only) the main or strategic matters of interest or concern in our life and work as the Church of England in this place. It cannot address details.


The DMP, once agreed by Deanery Synod, will be approved by the Diocesan Pastoral Committee and will then become a key resource for the Diocese and the Deanery as it plans for the future. It will be regarded as the ‘mind of the Deanery’ on the matters it discusses. But not the ‘last word’: inevitably, plans and ideas may change, so the DMP needs to be flexible and dynamic.



Deanery Profile


The purpose of this profile is to provide a context for the development of the Brixworth Deanery Mission Plan. The information is drawn mainly from 2001 Census data, Church Directories and the internet.  It is necessarily selective partial and may contain inaccuracies. Updates and corrections are therefore welcome.

Population figures are derived from the 2001 census, which although now 6 years out of date are unlikely to have changed significantly, with the exception of housing development around Crick and West Haddon.


Brixworth Deanery lies in the northern portion of Daventry District, overlapping at Harrington into Kettering District and is in the west of the county of Northamptonshire. Those in the south-west of the Deanery look to Daventry, to the west Rugby, to the north Market Harborough, to the east Kettering and to the south Northampton. Details of the parishes may be found here.

The district has two national highways, the M1 running the west and the A14 running across the north of the Deanery. The A428 Northampton – Rugby and the A508 Northampton to Leicester roads link the towns and villages of the Deanery.

The west coast mainline traverses the south-west corner of the Deanery with a station at Long Buckby and the nationally significant Daventry International Road - Rail Freight Terminus occupying 500 acres of land to the west of the M1.

Brixworth is, substantially a rural deanery with two rural service centres at Long Buckby and Brixworth, and the villages of Crick, Spratton, Yelvertoft, Welford and West Haddon having populations of over 1,000. THESE FIGURES ARE INCORRECT! THEY REFER TO “WARDS” NOT “VILLAGES”.

The population of the Deanery in 2001 was 28,773 of whom 10,227 live in the two larger villages of Long Buckby (4,224) and Brixworth (6,003).


There are 20 primary schools in the Deanery of which 8 are church primary schools at:




East Haddon





West Haddon


There are 12 local authority Primary Schools at:



The Bramptons



Great Creaton


Long Buckby Infants

Long Buckby Junior





There is one secondary school at Guilsborough and some church families send their children to Bishop Stopford School in Kettering. Villages in the south of the area look to Daventry for their secondary education and there is some movement of pupils to Rugby.

There are three private schools in the Deanery: Spratton Hall in Spratton, Maidwell Hall School and Northampton Grammar School in Pitsford.


There are two significant employment areas, around Brixworth with motor racing engineering  and at Crick where the nationally significant DIRFT is a major transport interchange where companies including: Tesco, Exel Eddie Stobart, WHMalcolm Logistics, Royal Mail Ingram Micro and Mothercare have significant distribution centres.

The area is one of high employment and high self-employment. 53% of the population describe themselves as economically active, of whom 40% are employed and 13% self employed, 4.48% are looking after family with students accounting for only  for 3.7%  with 1.5% unemployed,1.63% sick or disabled and 10% retired.

Health Services

There are   5 GP practices in Brixworth, Crick, Guilsborough, Long Buckby and Spratton. In Brixworth the Brixworth Christian Fellowship has a Parish Nurse who work closely with the Health Service.

For hospital based services people are referred to Rugby, Daventry and Northampton.

Youth Provision

There are youth clubs affiliated to the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs in Brixworth, Crick, Guilsborough and Welford.

There are Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Beaver, Cubs and Scouts groups in the area.

Recreational Activities

Long Buckby has thriving Rugby, Cricket and Football Clubs and Brixworth has a football  and cricket clubs. Many of the smaller villages also have clubs for cricket, football, athletics, bowls and other sporting activities.

The Deanery has significant historic buildings and gardens and leisure activities open to the public including:


Brixworth church and heritage centre

Brixworth Country Park and  Pitsford Water

Cottesbrooke Park

Guilsborough Grange

Lamport Hall

Holdenby Hall and Gardens

Kelmarsh Hall with the annual English Heritage Festival of History in August each year

Naseby Civil War site

Harrington Air Museum

Northamptonshire Golf Club


The Daventry Rural Areas North  local Safer Community Team is made up of three police officers, three Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and a number of Special Constables, who work with us on a voluntary part time basis to help with high visibility patrols and other policing activities in the area and work very closely with our partners from other agencies, including the County Council, Daventry District Council and the local parish councils.

Their area covers Brixworth and surrounding villages including Spratton, Creaton, Ravensthorpe, Old, Walgrave, Moulton and Naseby, and we are working from offices in Brixworth that have been secured with funding from Brixworth Parish Council.

Speeding is a concern to village residents along with anti-social behaviour is a in Moulton and Brixworth, in particular street drinking and young people gathering in inappropriate places.

Fire Service. There is a fire station in Daventry (Daytime), Brixworth, Long Buckby and Guilsborough (all retained crews)

Faith Communities

The 2001 Census reports that by far the majority of residents (78%) in the area describe their religious affiliation as ‘Christian’. The Anglican Church is by far the largest faith community in the area with 43 churches and faith communities served by 11 full-time clergy and it is estimated that 6% of the adult population of the area are on the Electoral Role and 4% are usual Sunday attenders.

There are five other Christian denominations in the area. There are  three Baptist communities: at Long Buckby and Brington with 69 members and  a full-time pastor; a community at Walgrave with 13 members and a small group at West Haddon with 4 members.

The Catholic Community has Mass centres in Long Buckby and Yelvertoft served by Monsignor Sean Healy from Daventry.

The Brixworth Christian Fellowship is a thriving group based at the Brixworth Community Centre with a full-time Pastor and part-time assistant. The United Reformed Church has chapels at Creaton, Kilsby, and Long Buckby. There is a Methodist village chapel at Naseby in the Market Harborough Circuit. There is a Congregational Church in Yelvertoft.

There is no formal ecumenical network in the area and there are no Local Ecumenical projects LEPs.

Adherents to non-Christian faith are very small, making up less than 1% of the population with  totalling some 220 individuals including Sikhs, Hindus Muslims and Jews.

Local Authority Development Plans

The Deanery falls mostly within Daventry District council although one village is within the  Kettering District Councils area. The 2001 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act encourages district councils to work together in developing its Core Spatial strategy within which each district council can develop its local development framework and area action plans. Kettering District Council is working with Corby, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire District Councils through the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit to develop its core strategy and this is currently (November 2007) under public examination.

Daventry District Council is working alongside Northampton and South Northamptonshire Councils through the West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit. They are at the earlier issues and option stage in the preparation of their Core Strategy. The only significant option for growth within Brixworth Deanery lies to the north of Northampton at ‘Buckton Fields’ as part of a growth option which would see a string of development around the northern and western margin of Northampton. If this was seen a s a likely direction for growth, it is unlikely that it would be brought forward before 2015. There are no proposals for growth to any of the villages of in the Deanery.

A massive extension (DIRFT 2) is planned along the A428 between Hillmorton and the Halfway Garage. This will feature a new rail port. Planning consent has been obtained to build the 1.945 million sq. feet development, which will have both distribution and manufacturing sections.

The core strategy will also set the planning framework for the villages in Brixworth Deanery including particularly policies on the provision of social and affordable housing in the rural areas, employment , especially at DIRFT and Brixworth, and green policies in relation to leisure activities. WNJPU is welcoming church participation in the development of the core Strategy and a Northamptonshire Churches submission has been made to the Issues and Options consultation.

However, there are significant proposals for growth in Daventry town, with a planning application for 5,000 houses to the north of the Long Buckby Road.


The Present: Strengths and Weaknesses


1. Structure & Staffing

For Benefice organisation: see Appendix: detailing current configuration. For Ministerial deployment: see Appendix


2. Worship      

3. Pastoral Care

4. Evangelism

5. Mission and community involvement

6. Children’s work

7. Schools

 8. Youth

9. Adults

10. Plant and premises

11. Ecumenical work

12. Village life



Opportunities and Priorities for the Future: {short and longer term}


1. Structure & Staffing

2. Worship

3. Pastoral Care

4. Evangelism

5. Mission and community involvement

6. Children’s’ work

7. Schools

8. Youth

9. Adults

10. Plant and premises

11. Ecumenical work

12. Village life

Deanery Mission Plan - Appendix

Possible Brixworth Deanery Clergy Allocations: 2007-2012

Explanatory Note [to be read in conjunction with diagram]


We have been required as a Deanery to make plans for the future deployment of clergy: in 2009 and 2012, allowing for – in our case – a reduction of posts from 9.3 (2007) to 9.0 (2009) and to 8.4 (2012). This allocation and its expected reductions have been handed by the Diocese to the Deanery.


The Appendix describes numerically the present and future allocation of clergy in the Deanery, proposed by Deanery Synod Standing Committee (to be approved by Deanery Synod and the Diocesan Pastoral Committee in due course). This note explains the Appendix.


1. Benefice/Group: Current: This column shows the present configuration of each benefice. This should be read alongside the three columns of Statistics and the Diocesan Allocation for 2007: together, this information describes the position as at 2007. (For example: The Spencer Benefice is currently served by 1 stipendiary clergyman, covering 6 churches).


2. Benefice/Group: Future: This column shows the configurations proposed by the Standing Committee. They largely follow previously notified and debated proposals. Thus:


Brixworth etc., Pitsford etc., Walgrave etc.: A reduction in staffing for Brixworth and Pitsford has long been anticipated. Walgrave, currently seeing greater activity than previously, could justify an increase. Three different scenarios are therefore offered. All within the same three-some.


Guilsborough etc. & Spratton-Creaton: The post at Spratton has been recently filled by an assistant priest licensed to the larger ‘Guilsborough Group’ of 8 churches. It is hoped that a Pastoral Scheme will soon be made to formalize this long-hoped for grouping of churches, to be staffed by 1 full-time priest assisted by 1 house-for-duty (0.3) priest.


Faxton Group: Two benefices (Arthingworth etc. and Maidwell etc.) have been created and are held by one clergyperson in plurality.


Clipston etc. & Welford etc.: The exisiting expectation is for these two benefices to merge on the first avoidance of Clipston (i.e. whenever the next vacancy occurs there). We believe that it would be reasonable to work towards a reduction from 1.7 to 1 full-time priest.


Long Buckby etc. & West Haddon etc.: These churches are currently served by 1 full-time priest. The curate, based at West Haddon, is not counted as a part of the Diocesan Allocation because this is deemed a training post. We believe that these churches should continue to be served by 1 full-time priest plus either a training curate or a 0.3 house-for-duty priest (or self-supporting minister if available).


Crick etc.: We propose the maintenance of 1 full-time priest to serve this benefice .

Spencer Benefice: Until recently, the 1 full-time priest was supported by an assistant priest (0.3 house-for-duty) based at Church Brampton. This support has been lost and we believe should be reinstated as soon as possible. So, the allocation for this benefice would increase from 1.0 to 1.3.


3. There is also a column of ‘weighting’ which shows our view as to whether the benefice in question should have its level of staffing increased or reduced.


4. These proposals depend on suitable vacancies occurring at the right time so they may not be achievable at the stated times.


Please remember that this is as yet a draft plan, and for discussion, firstly at Deanery Synod, then at your PCC meetings. This is an important document which needs much discussion and prayer as it potentially affects the future shape of our Deanery.


Deanery Mission Plan: Appendix: Possible Brixworth Deanery Clergy Allocations: 2007-2012


Deanery Mission Plan: Appendix: Possible Brixworth Deanery Clergy Allocations: 2007-2012        


2007 2009 2012  

Diocesan Allocation

9.3 9 8.4  
Benefice/Group   Statistics   Weighting          
Current churches population ASA   Future        
Brixworth-Holcot 2 5561 53 Brixworth + Pitsford-Boughton 1 1.7 1.3  
Pitsford-Boughton 2 1587 42


Walgrave-et al.+ Holcot 1 0.3 0.3  
Walgrave, Old, Scaldwell, Hannington 4 1608 47   or: Brixworth + Boughton + Walgrave 0.3 or 2 or 1.6  
Gsbro, H'well, CAshby, Thnby, Cttsbrke, Rvnsthrpe 6 2230 87   Guilsborough + Spratton-Creaton 1 1.3 1.3  
Spratton-Creaton 2 1587 28     0.3      
Arth'wth, Hrr'gtn, Oxdn, EFndon, M'dwll, Drghtn, Lampt 7 1548 92   Faxton Group 1 1 1  
Clipston, Naseby, Haselbech, Kelmarsh 4 1108 56


Clipston et al. + Welford et al. 1 1.4 1  
Welford, Sibbertoft, MTrussell 3 1608 47     0.7      
Long Buckby-Watford 2 5663 121   Long Buckby + West Haddon 1 1 + c 1 + c or 1.3  
West Haddon-Winwick: curate 2         c = 0      
Crick-Yelvertoft-Lilbourne 3 2882 94   Crick-Yelvertoft-Lilbourne 1 1 1  
GBrngtn, Whiltn, Norton, CBrmptn, Hrlstne, Ehddn 6 3088 124


Spencer Benefice 1 1.3 1.3  
Total 43 28480 805     9.3 9 7.9 or 8.2  
1. Statistics: as supplied by Diocese                  
2. Weighting: whether staffing should be increased or decreased              
3. Future: proposed future groupings   with alternatives in italics          
4. 2009/2012: showing how Diocesan required overall reductions might be achieved