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About Us Barton Today is a Not-For-Profit Community Interest Magazine with over 6,000 readers. Delivered FREE every single month to every home in Earls Barton. We are not controlled by, or affiliated to, any political, religious, social or commercial group. Website: Managing Editor: Steve Watkins Email: Online: Advertising: Contact us by email, via facebook, or drop your contact details into: The Library, The Square, Earls Barton (Please address all items to ‘Barton Today’) and we’ll discuss advertising rates and payment methods, and help you in any way that we can. All adverts to be sent in by our deadline please and paid for by return. Deadline: Space permitting, we try to print everything sent in, but our deadline is the 10th of the month (for the January issue it is December 4th). After that date we’re flexible but we can’t guarantee publication. Include your name, address and phone number as we do not publish anonymous articles. If you don’t want your name published let us know. Articles may be shortened if space is limited. Articles & Adverts by Hand: In an envelope, please to: The Library, The Square, Earls Barton (Please address all items to ‘Barton Today’) Photos: By email or on disk please. We can scan your photograph but if you want a photograph returned, include a stamped addressed envelope. We ask permission of a responsible adult before any images are published of children under the age of 16. If you live in Earls Barton: Your magazine which is kindly delivered by volunteers, should arrive in the first week of the month, if not, please drop us an email so we can look into it. You can pick up a copy from Premier Stores, Jeyes and Espresso. If you live outside Earls Barton: A year’s subscription costs £18 to cover postage and packing. Please make your cheque out to ‘Earls Barton Community Magazine CIC’ and remember to give us the address for mailing. If you’re overseas, contact the Editor for postal rates. Our Aim: We wish to bring all peoples together in peace and harmony and to celebrate the diversity of the human spirit by encouraging talent in all its forms. Barton Today does not discriminate against anyone. The Legal Bit: © Barton Today 2019 All views expressed in this magazine are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Publishers, or anyone involved with the production or delivery of the magazine. The acceptance of an advertisement or an article does not indicate any endorsement of a product or service by this publication.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas Or is it? I know it’s only 25 days to go and that you will all be busily sorting out your Christmas decorations and ordering your turkeys, but so much of the magazine this month is to do with non-Christmas matters. First of all, there is a reminder to cast your vote for your preferred candidate on the 12th, the first general election to be held in December since 1923. There is also an appeal from the library for vital help that is needed before its official re-opening on 8th February. There are lots of jobs to be done and your support would be most welcome. Elsewhere, there is an article from Janet Walker-Smith, founder of NCTLC. She makes the sad announcement that the charity which has done such fantastic work over the past 12 and a half years, has taken the difficult decision to close at the end of the year. On a different note, I would like to say a personal thank you to the members of the Barton Today team as we reach our 100th edition. Andrea Nolan, Steve Dodds, Sally Pennycate, David Rust and Penny Atherley do a brilliant job behind the scenes and, apart from Penny, have been volunteering their services since Barton Today was relaunched in 2011. We are very lucky to have such a loyal and hardworking group of people. We are also grateful to all our contributors and advertisers who make this free magazine possible. To celebrate this milestone, we have held a writing competition. The challenge was, in no more than 100 words, to describe this wonderful village of ours. We had a great response and we are pleased to publish the 3 winning entries from both the children and adult categories. The December front cover is dedicated to all our volunteers who give up their time to make sure that Barton Today arrives safely on your doorstep every month. With over 2,500 copies of each edition being published, over a quarter million magazines have been delivered since September 2011. Well done to all the following people. Take a bow. Perhaps you can find their picture on the front cover. David Rust, Ann Murphy, Arnold Orton, Carolyn Palot-Watts, Cheryl McDonald, Malcolm Bloomer, Sue Hawkins, Tracey Parnell, Mark Wareham, Karen Clarke, Claire O'Leary, Lynne Hunt, Julie Westcott, Amanda Mayne, Richard Seckington, Karen Greenham, Kirsty Austin, Erica Wilson, Steve Dodds, Ellie Williams, Penny Atherley, Debbie Samwell, Berta Sutton, Ann Evans, Sarah Skinner, Elaine Horne, Karen Horne, Zoe Middleton, George Blackwell, Hazel Higham, Angie Leighton, Jill Gadd, Debbie Cashmore, Will and Sue Buckland, John Simons, Steve Watkins, Amanda Taylor, Magdalena and Paul Davis, Sarah Austin, Anne Mucket, Kerry Wells, Susan Hills and Liz Ralph. Oh, I forgot. Did anyone say it’s Christmas? For all the details about Carols on the Square on Christmas Eve, turn to page 3. I hope to see you there. From everyone here at Barton Today, we wish you all a joyful and happy Christmas.

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Election Day Info Pg 4


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Grand Christmas Draw at The Silver Band Club RSPB Talk Info Pg 36 Earls Barton Floral Society Christmas Christmas Quiz at Social Evening The Silver Band Club Info Pg 10

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EBUFC Barton Saxons vs Leeks United Info Pg 31 Holly Jayne at The Old Silver Band Club Disco at EBMC Info Pg 28 New Years Day New Years Eve







Disco at The Old Silver Band Club Xmas Disco EBMC Info Pg 28 Crib Service Info Pg 3 Christmas Eve Carols on the Square Info Pg 3 Christmas Day Christmas Eve

EBLibrary Film Night Info Pg 27 Xmas Draw and Big Bingo at EBMC Info Pg 28 Luncheon Club 3


Simon is Elvis at EBMC Info Pg 28 Christmas Tree Festival Info Pg 21 Amicorum Concert Info Pg 21 Christmas Market Info Pg 21


Breakfast with Santa at The Old Swan info inside back page EBIK Xmas Fair Info Pg 35 Just Jimmy at The Old Silver Band Club Christmas Concert Info Pg 28 Fairtrade Cafe and Book sale Info Pg 10




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I hope you’re all getting ready for the Yuletide season and, in particular, Christmas. As usual Churches Together will be holding a short outdoors Service on The Square - music from 6.40pm, Service from 7.15pm and fireworks at approximately 7.50pm. We will be once again having a brass band to accompany the carols and provide music before the service. If you are a child or adult of about grade 4 or 5 or above standard and play a brass instrument, (or saxophone), then please contact me at the email address below. We have two rehearsals and then a run-through on Christmas Eve. I will be delighted to add you to the band. Rehearsals - all December and at Methodist Church: Tuesday 10th 6pm - 7.30pm Wednesday 18th 6.30pm - 8.00pm Christmas Eve 5.30pm - then start playing at 6.40pm on The Square Lots of new music plus traditional carols. If you can’t make both rehearsals please let me know which one you can get to.

Volunteers needed

Let’s hope the weather is good to us again - we’ve been very lucky in recent years. There will be a collection for charity and Santa will be putting in an early appearance before his busy night - he’s collecting wrapped parcels to take to hospital because some poorly children won’t be home at Christmas. Best wishes, Jon Rees, Music Director

Volunteers are still required to act as street marshals, collectors and sound assistants.


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New music will be drawn from: All I want for Christmas is you – Angels’ Choir- Candlelight Choir Do they know it’s Christmas? – Jingle all the way – Let it snow Merry Christmas everybody – Carol of the drum

Unless sufficient volunteers come forward by Tuesday 10th December this established Earls Barton tradition may not take place.

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Christmas Eve’s Carols on the Square event marks the largest attended event of the year, though I’m sure the Soap Box Derby and Carnival organisers might dispute this. However, if you are going to this event, as a matter of security, don’t forget to double check that everywhere has been locked up properly.


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Which Way Will You Be Voting? A general election is taking place on 12th December. Earls Barton falls under the Daventry constituency. There is a choice of four candidates as below: Chris Heaton-Harris (Conservative) Paul Joyce (Labour) Andrew Simpson (Liberal Democrats) Clare Slater (Green Party) Chris Heaton-Harris will be defending a majority of 21, 734. The Labour candidate is Northampton Borough Councillor Paul Joyce. Andrew Simpson who came third in 2017, stands again for the Liberal Democrats. For the Greens, Clare Slater replaces Jamie Wildman. Your polling station is Earls Barton Youth Club in Harrowick Lane. Voting hours are from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm

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100 Words for the 100t

To celebrate the 100th edition of the relaunched Barton Today, we invited you to take part in a writ imagine you are describing the village to someone who has never been here. However, the piece of We were very pleased with the response, especially from our younger readers from the primary sc children and adults.

We are very grateful to our regular short story writer Pat Aitcheson, who took on the very difficult have been awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both adult and children categories. You can read t also to all the other entrants who took the time to think about everything that Earls Barton has t me that we have some very talented and creative writers in our midst.


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Our Friendly Village Friendly. This is one of the best words to describe Earls Barton as it has many welcoming shops and fellow residents. Every time you go into the village, you get greeted with a “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” As well as the friendly people, the beautiful church tower, which was built in the Anglo-Saxon period, makes Earls Barton a special place to live. The park in Earls Barton is great fun for kids as it has lots of apparatus. The rebuild of the skate ramp will make a very exciting upcoming feature in the village.

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ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Like many other people who read Barton Today I have played various types of sport at various times in my life. Very often the sport is seasonal and so there comes a time when the pads, the boots or the bowls have to be packed away until the next season. Many sports clubs/teams finish their season by having a presentation evening. I can’t remember how many of these I have attended or how many I have actually enjoyed. Yes, if you know that you are going to receive an award or even a medal then you look forward to the evening but for many the joy has been in the taking part and so you go along to support your mates who have been more successful than you. Once the award ceremony is over most people head for the exit. The presentation evening at Earls Barton Bowls Club has, over the last couple of years, followed this pattern. How do you get people to stay and enjoy the evening? The answer is very simple you get a quality act and you change the order in which things happen. On Friday 8th of November Paul Hyde and Mel Johnson did exactly that and turned an ordinary night into an outstanding night. Getting a quality act is very easy in Earls Barton as we are a centre of excellence for many things including music. Our very own Stuart Haugh was approached and agreed to do a ‘Swing and Gin’ night. I have no idea what other people expected but I thought the format would be the same as previous years but I was wrong. We were asked to attend at 7.30 for 8.00pm and at 8.00pm Mel got up to give us details of the night. Stuart would get the ball rolling with thirty minutes of swing. This would then be followed by a buffet (and a gin) and finally the presentation ceremony would begin. This worked extremely well as the hour of swing and gin got everyone in the mood. The presentations were done and the speeches were kept short and Stuart came back for the second part of his act which was performed in front of a full house rather than a three quarters empty house. People joined in with the singing and Richard Paintin was caught on video doing a solo dance routine. (I believe Paul Hyde still has the original.) I had to leave at 10.30 to escort our President, George Blackwell, safely home. The party was still in full swing as we exited. Why have I gone into such detail about an event which was for Bowls Club members and family/friends? To be honest it is to publicise the fact that the Bowls Club is changing. Yes, the Bowls and Tennis will always be the most important activities but we would like the Bowls and Tennis Club to be seen as a place where you can come and enjoy yourself. Many people in the village and outside have taken the opportunity to hire the Bowls and Tennis Club for that special event or to attend one of the many quizzes which have been organised. We hope to be able to expand what we offer and the Burns Night on January 25th 2020 has already sold out. We will always advertise our events but why not become a social member for £12 and come down to the short mat bowls on Thursday evenings at 6.30 or for a drink and a chat on a Friday evening? Finally, here is a list of the winners and runners up in the internal club competitions. COMPETITION





















And a special mention to Alex Berry who was the first winner of a new trophy for THE WOBBLIEST SHOT OF THE SEASON. Our congratulations go to all who took part in the competitions and to Melvyn Johnson for organising them.


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THEATRE ARTS - DECEMBER Your host Gary Johnson

Welcome to the DECEMBER BARTON TODAY – IT’S PANTO MONTH! Unfortunately, I’m not in Northamptonshire the whole of this month as I’m performing at The Shaw Theatre in London, but I will be back on December 2nd and 3rd for GLJ Theatre’s Christmas Production.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - GLAMIS HALL (Mon 2 – Tue 3 Dec) Join GLJ Theatre as they present their 3rd Christmas production at GLAMIS HALL, WELLINGBOROUGH. Baloo the bear and Bagheera join forces to save a little man cub from the evil Shere Khan but with many nasty creatures around the jungle will they achieve their task? With lots of panto fun and funny bits throughout the show you’re not going to want to miss this year’s show. Did you catch GARY L JOHNSON and the cast at the WELLINGBOROUGH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS? Tickets on sale by calling 01933 677 326 Aladdin - Castle Theatre, Wellingborough (Sat 14 - Tue 31 Dec) Follow the story of Aladdin, a simple laundry boy who falls in love with a Princess. All that stands in his way is the evil Abanazar who wants to get his hands on the magic lamp to become the greatest sorcerer of all time. Can Aladdin defeat Abanazar, keep the lamp and save the girl of his dreams? Book your tickets today to find out! Pippi Longstocking - (Tue 10 - Tue 31 Dec) Royal & Derngate Nine-yearold Pippi is strong, brave and fearless. When she comes to live in her new home with her monkey and horse but with no parents and no rules, she brings mischief, chaos and confusion to the folk of this ordinary Midlands town. Pippi takes charge of her own crazy adventures, with her two new friends, Tommy and Annika. What else would you expect from the daughter of a swashbuckling pirate captain? “Mischief isn’t something you think up, it just happens” – Astrid Lindgren. Celebrating 75 years since Astrid Lindgren first conceived Pippi Longstocking as “the strongest girl in the world”, this spectacular world premiere of one of our best loved children’s books will burst onto the stage in an epic musical Christmas adventure created especially for Christmas audiences. Adapted by Mike Akers (Peter Pan) and composed by Stu Barker, whose West End and Broadway credits with Kneehigh Theatre Company include Brief Encounter and The Red Shoes, this joyful production will be directed by The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton. “I was really fascinated with this strong little girl that was the center of everything, and she was almost magical in a way. She was stronger and tougher than anyone. She had super-human strength, and I got a kick out of her.” Michelle Obama #pippimusical CINDERELLA - (Fri 6 - Sun 29 Dec) Royal & Derngate Heading back to dry land after last year’s swashbuckling Peter Pan, don’t miss the magic of 2019’s must-see pantomime, Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes, starring soap and screen royalty Anita Dobson, who will be joined by comedy legend Bernie Clifton, CBeebies star Sid Sloane and comedian and magician Martyn James. You, your family and friends shall go to the ball in this spectacular family production, packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients you have come to expect from Northampton’s biggest festive production. Cinderella will feature laugh-out-loud comedy, jaw dropping special effects, stunning song and dance and plenty of boos and hisses, making it perfect family entertainment.There are concessions, generous discounts for groups and special rates for schools available for selected performances, and the clock is already ticking… so book your tickets today to secure the best seats at the best prices! Cinderella (Fri 13 December – Sun 5th January) Lighthouse Theatre Kettering Left at home by the ugliest of sisters, Cinders cannot go to the ball. However, with the help of her Fairy Godmother and brilliant buffoonery from Buttons, the most exciting night of her life can begin… This year’s magical extravaganza is brought to you by the team behind last year’s smash hit Aladdin and once again we promise you stunning sets, the most sensational costumes, slick choreography and spectacular live music to bring Lighthouse House audiences the best-loved pantomime of them all – a timeless tale of laughter, magic and true love! DON’T MISS THIS NIGHT TO REMEMBER – BOOK NOW TO ENSURE YOUR FAVOURITE SEATS AND WE KNOW YOU’LL HAVE A BALL! Thank you all for reading and I wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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Christmas Dinner Bec Groom writes…I have friends who look at me aghast that I could consider having a vegetarian Christmas meal, but I don't miss the dry turkey or cleaning up the fat filled roasting tin. In fact I began choosing the veggie option at Christmas do's long before I went vegetarian because I was fed up of eating the dry bland meat options. Last year there were 7 of us for Christmas dinner and 3 meat eaters joined my husband and I with our veggie option. It was delicious so I thought I'd share the recipe in case anyone was looking for something different this year. If beetroot isn’t your thing there’s loads of ideas online too.

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Beetroot Wellington Ingredients: 1 red onion finely sliced 1x485g mushrooms finely sliced 2x garlic cloves finely chopped 50g Brie sliced

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45g walnuts finely chopped Pack of ready rolled pastry 1 tbsp English mustard 1x300g pack of steamed beetroot


Method: 1). Preheat oven to 200oC/ gas mark 7

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2). Fry the onions until soft add the mushroom and garlic and fry until all moisture has gone. 3). Place mushroom mixture in a bowl and cool before mixing in the walnuts.

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4). Roll out the pastry and spread over the English mustard, leaving as 2cm border, followed by the mushroom mixture with a central row of Brie and beetroot on top.

As has become our tradition, the Christmas Special features a couple of local acts who have really excelled over the last 12 months, and this year we’re delighted to welcome that very fine singer-songwriter MATT CARTER along with the increasingly assured WHALE, both of whom have gone from strength to strength in 2019.

5). Brush the border with egg and roll the pastry over the mixture until completely enclosed, with the seam facing down and ends tucked in.

We’re also thrilled to have with us for the Xmas Special an astonishing new talent from Cambridge, SARA ASHLEY, who writes some the catchiest, most accessible country songs I’ve heard in a long time. If you liked Katy Hurt this autumn, you’ll love her.

6). Brush the top with egg and place in the oven for 30-35 minutes until crisp and golden.

Plus we will of course be winding up the show as always with Earls Barton’s own barnstorming folk band, CORDWAINERS, playing us into Christmas with style and a few seasonal chestnuts!

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Possible Closure for Earls Barton Library - Show Your Support To Keep It Before you all begin to wonder what is happening, let me assure you that the headline above appeared in the November 2017 edition of Barton Today. Northamptonshire County Council was in major financial difficulty and was proposing to cut the budget by £9.6 million. As part of its cost saving exercise, a 12 week consultation period was to take place on library provision and Earls Barton Library was under threat. Fast forward over two years and Earls Barton Library and Community Centre, as it is now known, has not only continued to function but is on the verge of becoming a Community Managed Library from 1st February 2020. The journey has been very difficult at times but with the hard work and support of many people within the community, the library now has its future secured. An official opening for Earls Barton Library and Community Centre is being planned for Saturday 8th February. Your help is needed to make sure the library is ready and looking its best. Cally Palot-Watts explains below; “In readiness for our official opening on 8th February, we aim to close for two weeks from Monday 20th January to Wednesday 5th February to do lots of jobs that are needed. We will, as always, be asking for people to help us! Whether you can spare us an hour or a couple of days, whether you can wield a paintbrush or help to move library stock so that shelving can have casters attached, or just make the workers a cuppa now and again – we would love to hear from you. Do, please get in touch with us, either by calling into the library, emailing or ringing me. We will put together a rota and see how much we can do. Lots of companies and small businesses in the village and further afield have given us goods and services, saving us money and making sure that we can provide you with a Library and Community Centre that the whole village can be proud of and enjoy.” Cally Palot-Watts: 01604 811688 or 07584 093039

There will be a full feature about Earls Barton Library and Community Centre in the January edition of this magazine with all your questions answered.

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We’ve had an exciting and busy October at Saxon, including a visit from our local puppy Guide Dog walkers, Gary and Elaine. Over the past couple of years, we have been very fortunate to have met their previous pups Marti and Inky and were excited to meet their new dog called Nat. The children sat beautifully while Elaine explained why Nat was being trained to be a Guide Dog and how he could eventually help people. Nat was so well behaved and patient and let the children give him a bit of a fuss before he went home. We hope to see them again soon so the children can watch Nat grow. On Friday 25th October, some of our families joined the residents at the Grangefield care home for a bonfire party. We had hotdogs, toffee apples, sparklers and spooky cakes in abundance. They had even made a guy for the bonfire! Thank you for a wonderful evening. We also held our AGM in October and were pleased that we had several new parents come along and join our committee. As we were expecting, Angela Standcumbe sadly decided to stand down as secretary. Angela has gone above and beyond in her role as secretary over her many years at Saxon and has helped to raise an incredible amount of money for the pre school. We would like to thank her for all of her efforts and hard work. We do, however, get to keep her on the general committee for another year before we finally say goodbye! We have lots to look forward to over the coming weeks, including a visit to the dentist, our Christmas party with Mr Banana Brains and a visit from Father Christmas himself, if he can take time out of his busy schedule! Which just leaves us to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to welcoming some new children and their families in January. Best wishes

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Earls Barton Primary School Our children continue to work really hard in lessons and it has been wonderful to see so many of them having so much success and see so many enjoying their studies! Indeed I was delighted to be part of my first Bartonian awards ceremony which took place just before the half term break. It is a wonderful tradition that really celebrates the achievements of our children. It was lovely to see the parents sharing this special moment with the children. Staff at Earls Barton Primary School continue to work alongside colleagues from Cogenhoe Primary school to share good practice in the teaching of writing and I was pleased to meet with Mr. Burkitt Head Teacher of Wollaston School. I look forward developing strong links between our schools for the benefit of our children. Since my last article we have held our annual School Council elections. Congratulations to all those who took part and many thanks to staff and Governors who made this such a special event. It certainly promoted the themes of democracy in good time for the forthcoming general election! Children in Years 3 and 4 benefited from visits from the Ministry of Chocolate who visited our school. This was informative and helped the children to produce some lovely descriptive writing. Year 3 and 4 footballers came 3rd in a recent tournament and have qualified for the next round which will take place later in the year. Some of Year 5 and 6 footballers attended a separate tournament organised by Pacesetter Sports at Benham Sports Centre. The boys won all four group matches and went on to win the final 3–1! Well done to all involved! Eight Key Stage 2 children took part in a badminton festival recently and they performed superbly. They displayed a positive sporting attitude and were awarded an honesty badge for being trusted with the scoring system. They encouraged each other, showed great perseverance and did the school proud. At the time of writing we are planning how we celebrate and promote this years ‘Children In Need’ event. All of our children (and staff!) will be invited to wear something spotty for Pudsey and I know we will have lots of fun as well as raising lots of money for this wonderful cause. I was really impressed with the work the children have been doing as part of our ‘Black History Month’ and there is a stunning display of some of this in our Key Stage 2 building. Children have had the opportunity to find out more about inspirational people like Jessie Owens, Walter Tull and Mary Seacole. We are looking forward to a visit from Rebecca Halworth a reporter from ITV who is coming to report on our Wheelchair Rugby sessions run by Northampton Saints. I am sure she will see our children enjoying this dynamic and exciting sport. Staying with rugby, it was great to see some of our children being given a signed Saints shirt on the pitch at Franklin Gardens. Children were really pleased to welcome Saints player Reece Marshall to EBPS. The children asked some interesting questions and certainly got an insight into the life of a professional sportsman. I had a very positive meeting with the members of our PTA. The team continue to work hard to raise additional funds for our children. Some of this fund raising comes from organised events like the Sponsored Bounce which took place earlier this term. The PTA have raised significant amounts of money, some of which will go towards upgrading the IT across the school. This will enable our teaching staff to use more reliable and current hardware and software. I hope you will be able to attend the PTA’s Christmas Fayre which will be held between 12:00 – 4:00 in the Working Men’s Club on Saturday 23rd November. If you would like to join this friendly team please contact the school office. A group of Year 5 and 6 children recently took part in an athletics event at Manor Sports College in Raunds. The children represented the school well and we were very proud of their efforts and successes. As we are fast approaching winter and the darker mornings and


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evenings, we have reminded the children and parents to think carefully about safety whilst walking or driving to and from school. There are a number of really good web sites that give sound advice and these can be accessed below:

Year 4 Thistle class presented a wonderful assembly to children and parents celebrating their learning from across the curriculum. A number of parents told me how pleased they were to see such a broad and varied range of subjects being taught. We are busy planning how we will remember and commemorate armistice day. Our Year 2 children will visit the war memorial in the village and will observe a minutes silence whilst the rest of the school do so in school. We also plan to create a large display comprised of individual poppies that the children will make. I look forward to sharing the results of this with you.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with Steve Watkins from ‘Barton Today’ magazine. We spoke about the exciting ‘100 words’ writing competition to celebrate the 100th edition of the magazine. I’m sure many of our children will take part as I know many of our children are fabulous writers! I am immensely grateful to the Co-Op Local Community Fund who have helped to raise a staggering £3259 for our children. Much of this will go towards providing new library books for the children. Very best wishes Mr. D. Ribbins


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Sally Pennycate writes.... I have a great sense of pride being involved in the magazine which reflects a growing but still tight-knit community.

I have been involved since this team resurrected the mag 8 years ago and despite moving out of the village, I continue to be part of the B2Day team.

The fact that so many give their time to contribute, deliver and read the mag keeps me connected to the magazine and in turn to the village!

Andrea Nolan writes.... I sometimes hear people say, “I don’t read B2Day” or “It’s full of adverts!” Well firstly, if you don’t read it, you don’t know what a fantastic community we have. You can read about events like Festival Fortnight, the Village Show, Soapbox Derby, Carols on the Square, the Literary Festival, Barton Wombles and EB is Kind, all run by unsung volunteers. Secondly, without our advertisers it would be impossible to produce the magazine. I love what B2Day brings to our village and I hope you do too.


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Steve Dodds writes.... Barton Today, what can I say? What an awesome village magazine. I’m so proud to be part of an amazing team of volunteers who give their time to bring this wonderful resource to our village.



As a local estate agent, I visit many homes and always see the magazine pride of place on the coffee table or shelf. I know many people keep it handy and find it helpful if they need a local business. Well done on the 100th edition and here’s to the next 100!!

David Rust writes.... I joined the Barton Today team in 2011 as the financial administrator. I have also contributed with some articles and 3 in particular having given me much pleasure:

• Martin Cahill’s investiture for the MBE. • The Bowls Club winning the Manfield Cup. • George Blackwell’s investiture as an Alderman of the County.

I would like to thank the members of the team for putting up with me and all the advertisers for supporting this great magazine. I hope you all enjoy Barton Today like I do.


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Penny Atherley writes.... Team work happens within everyone's lives; in work, within families, leisure activities, fund raising and beyond.

Celebrating success and sharing our experiences is very healthy for everyone and creates the feel good factor which we have here in Earls Barton.

Barton Today represents a village which has a tremendous community spirit. This is reflected in our magazine every month. It is as much of a pleasure to be a part of it as it is to be living here.


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The Poppy Appeal 2019 At the time of going to print the total amount collected in this year’s Poppy Appeal is an unknown as we are hastily picking up collection boxes ready for the big count up. However I am pleased to report that the Coffee Morning at The Saxon Tavern raised £358.73, many thanks to Polly Hadman and her team. My grateful thanks to everyone who has contributed or assisted in this year’s appeal. A special thank you to my Legion colleagues without whom the appeal would not get off the ground. Please watch this space next month for an update on the Poppy Appeal 2019 Mike Nichols Poppy Appeal Organiser

Remembrance Sunday On Sunday 10th November, people gathered at the War Memorial on the village square to remember those members of the armed forces who have fallen during conflict. At 11.00 am there was two minutes’ silence. This was followed by a Remembrance Service at All Saints Church.


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Please note that our regular monthly film night will be held a week earlier on Friday 20th December at 7.00pm.

Wednesdays Library play and learn time for under the 5s between 10.30am and 12.00. This gives the little ones a chance to experience being part of happy group learning social skills and aiding their development in preparation for nursery or school.

This month’s film is one of the best loved Christmas films ever made. Come along to enjoy a classic film and some tasty Christmas refreshments. Further details and free tickets are available from the library. Ring me to arrange a lift if you have any mobility difficulties.

QUIZ SHEETS Thank you to everyone who supports us by buying the quiz sheets, which are sold to support your Library and Community Centre. Congratulations to Anne Mehrtens, our latest winner. This month we have a picture quiz, turn it over to see results of the November quiz! Quiz sheets are on the desk in the library, costing just a pound, are fun to do and you will have a good chance of being our next £10 winner.

CUPCAKES OUR BOOK CLUB This group meets in the library on the third Tuesday of the month. New members are always welcome, just come along to the library to join this friendly group who meet there between 4.30 and 5.30pm.

LIBRARY TO YOU SERVICE This is a free service for anyone finding it difficult to get to the library. Volunteers can help you chose the books you would enjoy and deliver them to your door for you.


The Scrabble group meet at 11.00am - 1.00pm. New members always welcome. Thursdays Adult colouring takes place between 2.00 - 3.00pm and knit and knatter is 3.00 - 5.00pm Fridays Rhyme time for babies and young children 2.30 - 3.00pm. Bring your under 5 children to enjoy being part of this happy group. You will be made welcome even if your baby isn’t old enough to join in he/ she will benefit from hearing these rhymes and the social interaction. Sunday mornings the Mah Jong Group now meets between 11.30am and 1.30pm and offers a warm welcome to new members. For further information on any of these activities please speak with the library manger or our volunteers during our current opening hours Wednesdays 9.00am - 2.00pm Thursdays and Fridays 1pm - 6pm Sundays 11.00am -1.30pm You can also ring 0300 126 1000 or contact me, Vicky Humphrey 01604 811307

The library has a good supply of Jigsaws, just place a donation in the box and keep the jigsaw for as long as you need to complete it. Or if there is a special jigsaw you would like to buy you can do this again just for a donation.

OUR QUIZ On November 9th The Friends of the Earls Barton Library and Community Centre held a Quiz night at the Working Men’s Club. Thank you to Ellie and her helpers for organising a great evening’s entertainment and of course to Earls Barton’s excellent quiz master Les Dodd! Thank you to all who helped in any way with this successful fun evening.

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December 2019 We always welcome your letters, phone calls and e-mails on any subject. They may be edited. Our address is shown on the Editorial page. Please sign them and mark ‘B2Day’ on the envelope. If you request that your name is withheld we’ll need your phone number or home address for verification. Thank you for writing to Barton Today

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Remembrance Sunday

Dear Barton Today,

Dear Barton Today,

I would like to thank everyone who came along to our Christmas Bazaar at the Church Hall this year. The event was a great success and one of the more successful ones that we have had in recent years. I would like to thank all those from the village who donated raffle prizes and other items for us to sell at the event. This was especially much appreciated as the raffle and the tombola did particularly well. I would also like to thank our extended family and friends from the village for helping to run the stalls. We couldn't do this without you.

Thank you to Mike Nichols for making the village square look so great with the large poppies on lampposts and other places. Also, to the cornet player at the service around the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the traditional music played so well. It was good to see so many of the members of the various youth organisations joining the adults on Sunday. Thank you, Liz Waine

It is good to see so many people from Earls Barton supporting this event. I echo your thanks to Mike Nichols who does so much to support the armed forces.

Many thanks to all our supporters.

Andy and Gaynor Smith Cystic Fibrosis Trust - Earls Barton Group

Bruce Bedford Letter

Well done for organising such a successful event.

Next Health Walk

Dear Barton Today,

Regarding an article in the Barton Today magazine November issue. I was surprised to see the letter from Bruce Bedford who is a cousin of my father Francis Bedford. My dad knew he had a cousin in Western Australia but didn't know how to contact him. I have a photograph of Bruce's Uncle Albert and his six sons. I have a book that was written by the children of Earls Barton school. They interviewed several elderly residents who had been born in the village. Francis and his wife Jean was amongst those who they chose. Have you got any details regarding Bruce's address, I would love to contact him and his family.

Dear Barton Today,

Could you please put on your calendar that the next out of Earls Barton health walk is to Harold Country Park on the 4th December. We will be meeting at the Earls Barton library at 10:00am Many thanks, Anne Muckett

Have a great walk. Harold Country Park has a very nice café to look forward to.

Regards Pat Gayton

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Many thanks for your letter Pat. I have forwarded this to Bruce in Australia. We would love to know if you hear back.

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Farewell After 21 Years Dear Barton Today,

On Monday 6th January 2020, Ruth Blackwell will be taking over my premises of His 'n' Her Haircare at 24 High Street, Earls Barton, as a beauty therapist. After 21 years, I'm sorry to say, that I will be closing the doors of the salon and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my clients who have supported me over the years. I would also like to thank Ruth for all her dedication, help and friendship, while working with me and to wish her every success in her new venture, which I'm sure I will be visiting regularly.

Here is our latest Bernese Mountain Dog puppy Walter and his cart, containing poppies in aid of this year’s Poppy Appeal. He loved all the fuss and attention. Thank you to everyone who donated to the appeal.

Thank you again to everyone. Maria Burrows

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Thank you Maria for providing 21 years of service in the hairdressing business. I’m sure you will be greatly missed. Good luck for the future.


A big thank you to Walter for giving up his time to help this very worthy cause.

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What’s on in December Live Artist Nights Sunday 1st - 4-7pm Rita Pereira Sunday 8th - 4-7pm Ali Saturday 14th - 8.30-11.30pm Just Jimmy Sunday 15th - 4-7pm Georgia May Wednesday 18th - 8.00pm Christmas Quiz Thursday 19th - Grand Christmas Draw 8.00pm Sunday 22nd - 4-7pm Michael Knight Xmas Eve Disco 8 - 11.30pm Xmas Day - 1am - 1pm Thursday 26th - 1- 5pm Disco Sunday 29th - 4-7 pm Stewart Glen New Year’s Eve 8 - 12.30 Holly Jayne

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Under 15’s flying!

The Under 15’s have started the new season spectacularly well, currently sitting top of their division! They have already racked up 35 goals in their opening 6 games and winning all but 1! They also made life very uncomfortable in the County Cup for, arguably the favourites for the trophy, holding them at 2-0 for the majority of the game, before fitness gave way. Here’s hoping the team can keep this form up! More importantly though, it’s great to see the team enjoying their football once again after a couple of very testing seasons!

Team building for the Under 8’s! The Under 8’s had a team building evening rock climbing at the new, impressive Rock Up at Rushden Lakes!

Christmas Tree Shredding!

Yes, I know, it’s that time of year again when we think about and help, not only the club’s finances, but the earth as a whole!!

Don’t just throw away your real Christmas Tree once the festivities have ended – Kirk and his team offer a collection or a drop-off service for a small donation! Last year was a great turnout, let’s make this year even better! Or should I be saying next year?!?!

Don’t forget the New Year’s Eve Veterans Game!

Families, friends…. everyone welcome, here and at the Grange Sports Field afterwards for drinks and frivolities!


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150/19 Planning (a) Applications Received: WP/19/00621/FUL – demolish the single storey church on the site and construct 2no two storey four bedroom dwellings with single integral garages, hardstanding for parking and landscaping – Church of St Anselm (RC Church), Churchill Road

Minutes of the Meeting held at Community, 108 Northampton Road, Earls Barton on Monday 11 November 2019 Present: Cllrs P Morrall (Chair), I Abbott, J Bond, M Cahill, B Chapman, N Chapman (left meeting at 8pm), S Dodds, S Glover, W Mills, L Morrison, B Rice. 145/19 Public Speaking Time A member of the public addressed the Parish Council regarding planning application WP/19/00623/FUL and flytipping on Mill Lane. 146/19 Apologies for Absence It was resolved to approve apologies for absence from Cllrs Perkins and Wells. 147/19 Declarations of Pecuniary Interest Cllr B Chapman declared a personal interest in agenda item 149/19.

WP/19/00623/FUL – erection of replacement dwelling, annexe, detached studio and associated development following demolition of existing dwelling, Mill House; Mill Barn; the Annexe and two outbuildings – resubmission – The Mill House, Mill Lane, Doddington Road. Following discussion, it was resolved to support application WP/19/00623/FUL. No comments were required on the other application received. 151/19 Police/Community Safety (a) Crime Figures and Report – Sgt Desrocher of Wellingborough Rural Team has confirmed that crime figures will not routinely be provided to Parish Council’s. The police team will try and attend Parish Council meetings, when invited, if there is a specific issue to discuss. Appreciation was expressed for the presence of PC Foster at the Remembrance Sunday service. (b)

Joint Action Group Meeting – the Clerk reported that matters raised at the JAG meeting were speeding on Doddington Road, shoplifting in the Co-op and ASB in the vicinity of the Co-op. Fly-tipping at The Bends car park was also raised. Wellingborough Rural plan to hold monthly surgeries in every parish in the Borough. Dates to be confirmed.


Community Speedwatch – it was resolved to support Community Speedwatch for 2020.

148/19 Minutes of the Meeting of 14 October 2019 It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a correct record. 149/19 Accounts It was resolved to pay the following accounts: 149 4796 - Phoenix Fireworks Ltd - Fireworks


150 4797 - Wellingborough Norse Grounds Maintenance – Bins (Oct 19)


151 4798 - Viking - Stationery/Printer


152 4799 - James Brady Removal of shed/painting of posts


153 4800 - All Saints Church - Church Floodlighting 293.65 154 Sports Fund - Labosport Cricket Boundary Risk Assessment 155 4801 - Information Commissioner Data Protection Fee 156 4802 - Wellingborough Norse Grounds Maintenance (Oct 19)


152/19 Sports and Leisure Development (a) Update on The Grange Sports Field development – planning has been held up due to DWH not submitting a reserved matters application for the sports field. The Project Management Team are liaising with DWH to find a way forward. It is now likely that a full planning application will be submitted, possibly as a joint application with DWH. DWH will be asked for financial support with the application and to provide mitigation for the delay to the development of the sports facilities. 153/19 Grounds Maintenance (a) Grounds Maintenance Committee Meeting – to be held on Thursday 21 November 2019.

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(b) 157 4803 - Churches Together Grant – Carols on The Square 158 4804 - B Chapman - Firework Expenses 159 4805 - St Johns Ambulance Donation – Soap Box Derby

250.00 47.96


161 4807 - R Bond - VAS Maintenance (Oct 19)


162- 4808-4812 - Salary Costs 166 Clerk/Y-Club Leaders/Tax/NI/Pension

154/19 Finance (a) Finance Committee Meeting – to be held on Thursday 12 December 2019.


160 4806 - Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday Wreath

Church Hall Subsidence – Removal of Tree – it was resolved to remove the lime tree at the top of the church steps.




Soap Box Derby – following discussion, it was agreed to allocate funds in the 2020/21 budget to buy equipment for the Soap Box Derby.


Community Governance Level 5 – following discussion, it was resolved to increase the training budget for 2020/21 to cover the additional costs for the Clerk to

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Review of Electricity Costs – as many of the quotes received require payment by direct debit, it was resolved to defer making a decision until after the election in May 2020, so that changes can be made to the bank account to allow direct payment.

Home Improvements & Property Maintenance

Public Toilet Proposals – it was confirmed by All Saints Church that they would not be proceeding with the proposal to provide a public toilet, as this was not supported by the congregation.

155/19 Northants ACRE/CPRE Village of the Year Award It was resolved to support an application to the Village of the Year Award and pay the entry cost. The Clerk will work with the Festival Committee on the application.

Kitchen and bathroom refurbishment Plastering Carpentry Tiling Windows & doors repaired or replaced Handyman services

156/19 Elections 2020 It was resolved that the Clerk begin to promote candidacy for the May 2020 elections. 157/19 Highways & Maintenance (a) Alley form Dowthorpe End to Sheffield Way – it was resolved that the Clerk arrange a meeting between Parish Councillors and the local resident to discuss the situation. (b)

Removal of Tree on the Little Green Car Park – the concerns relating to the grounds where the tree was removed to be referred to NCC.


Vehicle Activated Signs – it was noted that Mr Bond has stepped down from his role maintaining the VAS. Mr Bond was thanked for his service. It was resolved that the role be offered to the village maintenance operative. If he is unable to carry out the work, it will be advertised in the village magazines.


Bollards Thorpe Road/Compton Way – the Clerk has reported the problem of vehicles driving around the bollards to the grounds maintenance company, who have agreed to plant trees in the area.

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158/19 NCALC/SLCC/ACRE Correspondence (a) Report on ACRE Network Meeting – Cllr Morrison attended the event which focussed on rural housing. A report will be circulated to all members.

All Aspects of Plumbing, Heating and Gas Work Undertaken

159/19 Northamptonshire County Council Correspondence (a) Earls Barton Library – it has been confirmed that EB Library will be closed from 15th to 31st January for refurbishment. It will reopen on 1 February 2020, when it will be officially handed over by NCC Thanks was expressed to all involved in reaching an agreement for EB Library to become a community led library.


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Date of Next Meeting Monday 9 December 2019 – 7.15pm It should be noted that these minutes are subject to the approval of Earls Barton Parish Council

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Earls Barton is Kind (EBIK) - at Christmas Community Christmas Gift event - Saturday 14th December 2019 Following on from the success of the last couple of years free Christmas Fair, this year’s event will be held on Saturday 14th December 2019, 11am - 2pm at the EB Working Men’s Club. There will be free Christmas activities for the children, free tea, coffee and hot chocolate, a raffle, local traders and a visit from the big man himself…Santa. There will also be a table which will contain donated items to give as presents. You can go and choose 2 of the donated items to use as presents and there will be wrapping paper available if needed. Please note this will be based on a first come, first served basis. To make the event a success we would be grateful for any donations of the following: Christmas wrapping paper & gift tags Raffle prizes Cakes and snacks (on the day) Selection boxes and tubes Ice cream cones, sprinkles, icing sugar Paper bags Craft items including plain card, glue sticks, sequins, ribbon and pipe cleaners White, green and brown paper Volunteers on the day This may seem a big ask but if everyone who could, made a small donation it makes a massive difference to the event.

Shoe box Appeal EBIK are appealing for gifting shoe boxes. It is really easy to do and would be gratefully appreciated and received. Step 1: Wrap a shoe box in Christmas paper. (please do not seal, so that we can place cards inside) Step 2: Decide who you are making the shoe box for. Single female? Single Male? Or Family? (don’t forget to place label on it indicating which option you choose) Step 3. Fill with treats. (i.e. toiletries, teas, coffees, chocolate, biscuits, fudge, sweets, snacks, james, socks, scarfs, gloves, books, small toys, balls, colouring books, stationary, puzzles, crafts items) Step 4. Drop wrapped boxes to either 49 Doddington Road (Ambar Toogood) or 17 Dowthorpe hill (Zena Turner) no later than Sunday the 15th December. Queries to Emma Smith , EBIK Admin

Shoe box Hamper Nominees We also need nominees who would benefit from receiving a treat hamper. Therefore if you know of any vulnerable/elderly people and anyone who has had a tough year, who you think would benefit from receiving one of these hampers please contact Ambar Toogood with their name, address, family/single/male/female & rough age (Amber’s contact details are below).

Reminder Donations can be left at 49 Doddington Road, Earls Barton. Assistance can be requested by messaging Ambar Toogood on Facebook, or by contacting Ambar on 07411 072787. Thank you

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PUPDATE - Nat Looking Forward To Christmas Woof from Nat. I have settled in very well in my new home. When I first came here, I had Skye as my cuddle buddy and Inky as my playmate. Inky and me had lots of fun running around together in the house, though my humans stopped us running too much. They can be spoilsports! But then Skye got very quiet, and didn't want to eat, so she went over the rainbow bridge. My humans were very sad, so Inky and me tried hard to keep them very busy. But then Inky left too. She was moving to her new home, and took her favourite toys and bed with her (but my humans have heard that Inky has settled in with her new humans and their dog Ruby). So my people were even sadder, so I have worked extra hard on my own to keep them busy. I chew furniture to check they are paying attention. I jump on the settee. I run off with things I shouldn't have, and try to get the leaves that have blown into my spending area before Mum and Dad can get them. So I'm doing OK on my own. I am now allowed to go in the big room with the carpet on the floor and the big box thing with pictures that move. I especially love it when there are dogs on there, and I jump up to put my nose on it. My humans stop me really quickly. Dad says I have LOTS OF CHARACTER. Mum says I'm a cheeky boy, and they know they have me! I have been to Saxon Preschool to see all the little humans. They do taste nice on my tongue, but I have to be careful with my teeth because they are very sharp. In my photo, I am on my first walk in the street. Dad says I'm more like a kangaroo than a dog, but I try to settle down and walk properly. I have been on collections. That's where I get lots and lots of fuss and people put coins in the bucket to help with Guide Dogs. Dad takes the coins home and bags them all up and then we take them to the bank. If he drops one, I spend ages trying to pick it up...not easy at all, but I don't have fingers! In my other photo we went to a garden centre to look for the Christmas things. I don't what that is, but there were lots of shiny things hanging around for me to try and catch, and lots of "No" and "Leave it." It’s hard being a puppy and trying to be good. I like going to puppy class, but some of the pups like to bark a lot. I like to bark at home when I want someone to play with me, but I get told No. Humans do love that word don't they! The next big thing for me will be my first Free Run, glad it's free... cos I've already told you that us pups can't pick up coins! My humans and me want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, with lots of lovely treats. I love treats, especially the little chewy ones from the pet shop.I might even get a new squeaky toy!

Mid-Nene Local Group News 19th Dec - AGM, with Conor Jameson telling us the story of naturalist W. H. Hudson of the RSPB. Location: Saxon Hall, Raunds (access off Thorpe Street opposite Co-op store). Free parking and easy access for disabled people. Postcode: NN9 6LT (Google map) AGM, with Conor Jameson telling us the story of naturalist W. H. Hudson of the RSPB. Plus mince pies! Time: 7.30pm Price: free Telephone: 01933 410566 E-mail:

26th Dec - Bob's Boxing Day Walk Stanwick Lakes Location: Stanwick Lakes is situated off the Stanwick roundabout on the A45 in East Northamptonshire between Wellingborough (eight miles away) and Thrapston (seven miles away). SatNav users please use Postcode NN9 6QY and follow the Brown Signs. Postcode: NN9 6GY (Google map) Walk off the Christmas Fare and learn about the winter visitors to Stanwick Lakes.


Earls Barton Heritage Group We have no meeting in December this year; instead there is a festive lunch for members and friends. Our next talk will be in the New Year, on Friday 17 January at 7.30pm in the St John’s Ambulance Rooms in Manor Road. Peter Perkins will give a slide presentation entitled Further Aspects of Old Earls Barton. It will be a miscellany of old pictures taken in and around Earls Barton, looking at some of the buildings and features of the village’s history. The talk should be of interest to both ‘Barton Leeks’ and to ‘Newcomers’. Come along and join us. Visitors pay £4 per meeting (tea or coffee included) or you can become a member for £20 per annum. For further information please contact Iona Flanagan (Chairperson) on 01604 811735 or Peter Perkins (Secretary) on 01604 812614.

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Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints Church, Earls Barton Saturday 7th December 10am - 4pm Christmas Fair in the Church Hall until 1pm Sunday 8th December 1pm - 4pm Entrance Fee £2 per adult, accompanied children free. One of the tree's will have a pair of kinky boots on it!!

All Saints Church Reverend Jenny Ingram

Finally it’s December! I’ve spent the last couple of months trying to ‘close’ myself off to Christmas until now which has been quite difficult! I’ve tried (and failed actually…) to not ‘Christmas shop’ in the EB Fair Trade Its Only Fair shop. I’ve tried to close my ears to Christmas songs in the coffee shops as I write my sermons. I’ve tried to close my desire to eat many a mince pie! But fi-nally the wait is over and Advent is here… oh wait. Hold on… In case the Advent calendar, Advent candles, Advent courses or Advent books hadn’t re-minded you, Advent is actually a whole season dedicated to waiting (or preparation if you prefer), for the absolute JOY of Christmas morning. It’s a wonderful time and there is so much to be celebrated. I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things about this season is the increase in singing across our services and the increase in services or events where singing is. Whether you are a person of faith or not, singing is something that everyone can do and singing for joy, peace and justice are themes which everyone can get behind. Personally, I also find something magical and unique about the way that music and singing cuts through the consumerism of Christmas, the faff of family disputes and instead, highlights the gift of community, shared celebration and togetherness. Even though the tunes are so familiar, I often find that the words have a way of unearthing new depths of feeling when I sing them with intention. It would be a joy to welcome you to any of our services in Church or events around Earls Barton (I can’t wait for my first ‘Carols On The Square!’). Come and expect your heart to be warmed, expect fantastic music and carols to sing, expect to meet with God and experience something out of the ordinary this year. Every blessing and best wish to you and your family this Christmas and in the New Year - here’s to 2020!

December 2019 Services 1st December Advent 1

9.30am Parish Communion 11.00am Together @ 11 6.00pm Evensong

8th December Advent 2

8.30am 9.30am

Holy Communion BCP AA & Parade (Christmas Tree Festival Weekend)

15th December 9.30am Advent 3 11.00am 3.00pm

Parish Communion Together@11 Holy Communion Christingle

17th December 11.30am

Tuesday Communion @ Grangefield

18th December 3.00pm

Wednesday Communion in the Hall

22nd December 9.30am Advent 4 11.00am 6.00pm

Parish Communion Together @ 11 Lessons and Carols

24th December 4.00pm Christmas Eve 11.30pm

Crib Service Midnight Mass

25th December 8.30am Christmas Day 10.00am

Holy Communion BCP Festival Eucharist

29th December 9.30am Christmas 1

Parish Communion

Prayers for the Church are offered every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Memorial Chapel

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Berlin Wall 30 Years Ago David Rust writes.....At the end of the war Berlin was divided into 4 sectors. The British, American, French and Russians all had a sector with Rudolf Hess being imprisoned and the famous “Check point Charlie” being the only legal place for personnel to cross into and from the East. Berlin was isolated as a city in East Germany with the border fifty miles away to the West where Helmstadt was the official crossing point into West Germany occupied by Soviet Forces. British Forces stationed in West Germany were allowed to travel to Berlin through what was affectionally called “the corridor.” Most went on the Army train where you were locked in at Helmstadt and then Soviet troops would inspect passports and Army ID cards prior to the train being allowed into East Germany and on to Berlin. It was a strange experience reminding us all that although the war was over tensions between the West and the East were still very strained and we were passing through territory that potentially our enemy (and the one we were training to repel) would pass through on their way to war with the West.

“Kein Training mehr!” These words (no more training) were to have an instant effect on the role and future of British, American, French and Canadian troops stationed in Germany. I initially thought that there would be a wind down period of up to 2 years given that we had been training for an invasion from the East since the end of WW2. Our training programme/regime had been the same for years; regimental exercises in February and March, Brigade and Divisional Exercises (summer sails) in May/June and a 1st British Corps exercise in the late autumn (winter sails). Planning for each exercise was at least a year ahead and major exercises (involving replenishment troops from the UK) every 2/3 years. “Old soldiers” were well versed in the training year and budgeted accordingly in the knowledge that they would have little to spend their money on when on exercise which would amount to up to up to 4 months of the year and often 8 months of the year if they were involved in a Northern Ireland tour. But no! There was to be no more training, effective immediately. No wind down. No exceptions. No more training for war on West German soil. Summoned to an emergency meeting our general informed us that ALL exercises and training for potential war with the East would cease. Northern Ireland training would continue. We were told that all commanding officers were to produce new training regimes for their troops under directives from the Ministry of Defence. We were shown copies of the directive. I remember thinking that I was glad I was not a Training Officer at that stage of my career as the idea of having to write a training programme that did not involve driving around in tanks or Army Personnel Carriers (APCs) and being restricted to unit lines was a nightmare. After all the only things I could think of were “potted sports”, map reading, first aid as all other courses were already being run by highly skilled instructors (signals, communication etc). This was not however the main problem; it was one of potential boredom – especially for the single soldiers! There was also another major problem – debt. Credit was fairly easy to obtain in West Germany and banks were happy to lend money to soldiers to buy new tax free cars or shorter term loans for holidays. Most soldiers budgeted their expenditure in the knowledge that for at least 4 months of the year they would be away from barracks on exercise somewhere in the training areas all over West Germany; 4 months with minimal expenditure. It only took a few months after the “Wall” came down to see that soldiers’ debts were on the increase as they were spending far more money in their newly found “freedom.”

There were no warning signs; security level was high due entirely to Northern Ireland security issues. In other words just a normal evening and I had been out to a dinner party. I lived in a cul-de-sac in a remote area about 5km from Verden, West Germany, in a privately owned house rented to the British Army. I was serving

with the army at Headquarters 1st Armoured Division who had recently returned from operations in Saudi Arabia. My neighbours were all German civilians. My taxi drew up amidst euphoria on the radio; the Berlin Wall was down! “No I was not dreaming,” the taxi driver said with a huge smile on his face. My neighbours greeted me as I walked towards my front door. “Come inside and watch some history,” cried Inga who lived with her middle aged daughter, Ingrid. And there it was live on ZDF channel 3; live pictures of the wall being dismantled by students as soldiers with their rifles slung back watched on. It was a truly amazing moment and we were speechless as we watched the ecstasy and paranoia of people from East Berlin hugging those on the West, of reporters crying with joy, champagne being drunk on the Western side and pieces of the wall being taken away as souvenirs of one of the most remarkable history making moments since the end of World War 2 and the “Cold War.” Germany was once again to be reunited. The date was 9 November 1989.

Back in the UK the MOD were not slow in planning what should happen next. With no exercises allowed in West Germany and in effect the end of the Cold War what would they do with the 3 Divisions and Headquarters of the British 1 (BR) Corps – approximately 120,000 officers and soldiers and not forgetting a further 150,000 dependants (wives and children)? A huge study of all the MOD property “vacant” in the UK was undertaken with special emphasis on the numerous TA camps across Greta Britain. This study’s conclusions were, in the main extremely unhelpful to those who thought the obvious answer to the situation in West Germany was to bring the troops home to the UK. Basically the camps were simply not up to Health & Safety regulations and there were not enough married quarters to accommodate families. Nobody had ever thought that British troops would leave Germany so therefore no emergency plans had ever been drawn up.

We stayed up all night listening to commentators around the world, leaders of countries, politicians and people from the East who had not been in the West since 1961 when the East and the West was divided by the infamous “Berlin Wall” The very next day Chancellor Kohl went on national TV and delivered one of the most telling speeches given since WW2.


Six months after the “Wall” coming down morale in the camps was getting to an all time low. Soldiers were bored stiff and broke. Senior Officers were frustrated that no plans were forthcoming from the UK. Tanks were lined up in hangers, APCs “parked” on

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the square, all courses were filled to the brim and all leave exhausted. Families were becoming increasingly concerned as talk of going back to the UK was on everybody’s lips. This idle chatter reached the hierarchy of garrison towns such as Osnarbruck, Fallingbostel, Honer and Senelager and in major cities such as Dortmund and Bielefeld. Town and city halls were made aware that thousands of British personnel could soon be leaving their homes to return to the UK permanently. As well as the thousands of officers, soldiers and dependants there were the numerous families that took advantage of cheap flights to visit their sons and daughters in West Germany. The potential loss of income to these communities was of great concern and to smaller towns where the military were up to 50% of the local population, catastrophic! It would not be long before these concerns reached Chancellor Kohl and his senior aids. Something had to be done and fast.

On a personal note I decided that I really did not wish to be “under command” of a US general so opted for redundancy which I was granted in 1992 and left the Army in 1995 after 30 wonderful years. I count myself exceedingly lucky to have served in numerous countries and be here today to tell this short story. The British Army of today is under strength at about 75,000. Whilst I am very grateful that there are no current wars to fight, history has shown us that this is when countries are at their most vulnerable. Fingers crossed for the future for I feel that as we are more “in bed” with the American Forces than ever before. The USA has a President that may lead our small British armed forces into a conflict that we would be better off staying out of - like Iraq?

After months of negotiating it was agreed that 2 of the 3 Divisions with Headquarters in Soest (3rd Armoured Division) and Verden (where I was stationed – 1st Armoured Division) would be disbanded leaving a brand new UK forces 1st (UK) Armoured Division based in Herford (not Hereford as some fools thought!). The British Army as a whole would be reduced from 195,000 to 120,000 within 3 years. This news was greeted with shock and surprise both in the UK and BAOR (British Army on the Rhine). Oberburgermeisters and Burgermeisters around Germany pleaded their cases for British troops and dependants to stay in their towns and cities and for the first time in a long time we all felt wanted but to no avail. A huge redundancy programme was announced and plans drawn up to “staff” the new HQ. There were other major institutions affected. NAAFI would have to close hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants. British schools would close resulting in hundreds of teachers needed repatriation and there were the thousands of civil servants that served across Germany. Their numbers would be drastically reduced and hundreds would be sent back to the UK. With all this turbulence one could have expected some form of panic. This was not my experience. I remember “rumour control” taking over. “Have you heard so and so and did you know that so and so is applying for redundancy, etc, etc?” These rumours were everywhere; in messes, NAAFIs, bars down town and in the corridors of power. Anybody involved in the planning of future moves and operations was on a strictly “need to know” basis. I know this is true as I had been selected to be part of the planning team for the new HQ. As soon as this was announced I suddenly had friends I had never heard of as well as others who came out of the woodwork! A few of us joined the 3 Divisional Commanders and Corps commander on a VIP briefing held in Whitehall. A meeting I will never forget for it would change my complete outlook on the British Army. Senior ministers and the Head of the Army briefed us on the political and strategic future of the British Army’s role in Germany which was as we expected. We were also briefed on the reduced roles of the American, Canadian and French Armies which was also very interesting especially the estimated


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NCTLC Make A Very Difficult Decision After 12 Years I am writing to inform you that as a charity with over 12 years fundraising and support provision, we have come to a very difficult decision to wind the charity down. It is by no means an easy conclusion to come to, as you know this charity has been part of me and my family for over 13 years and we have raised well over half a million pounds with your help, looked after 200+ families, and have many beautiful memories with so many brave children. The Christmas Fantasy Trips to Disneyland Paris, North Cadbury Court, camping weekends and many other wonderful memories are cherished by the families. We are grateful for the donations towards psychological support services, wheelchairs and Maclaren Major Buggies, Gifts of Love, help towards funeral costs, hospital equipment, away days and so much more. Thank you so much for the wonderful, emotional memories. Where will the money left in the charity account go this year? We want to continue TJ’s and our charity children’s legacy when we are gone, so the Trustees, my family and I have concluded that from this point there will be no further fundraisers or events. The money left in the charity account will go to the Nottingham Hospital Big Appeal for their children’s E39 scanner, which will help with operations on childhood brain tumours cancers etc. Funds will also be directed to the wards, helping to make improvements for families accompanying their children in the future, thus continuing the legacy of TJ’s and many other wonderful children’s fight against these horrible childhood cancers, helping other children long into the future when the charity is no longer. It absolutely breaks my heart, but I knew that one day this day would come. For the reasons given, the time feels right due to my own health issues and I sincerely hope that you will love, respect and support our family’s decision at this emotional time. As highly thought of supporters, I wanted to say to you in writing how grateful I am for all your love and support over these important years and how important you were to our work. Without you, I could not have done what I have done to the best of my ability for these beautiful children and their families, and for that, the staff, trustees and volunteers will be eternally grateful. Thank you for the love and support from the local Earls Barton community and also to all of the companies, clubs, schools and individuals for their love and support of our work through Community Hours Days, fundraisers, charity and sporting events and donations. On the 25th January 2020, at 4pm onwards at the Working Men’s Club, Earls Barton, we plan to hold an event to celebrate the work and lives of our angels and the wonderful children, supporters, families, friends and volunteers of the charity, bringing everyone together for one last time. We would very much like you, your friends and family to come as our guests and to raise a glass with us, and to all the wonderful work that we have done together over the years to say our final farewell. To go out with a bang, it will be a truly emotional day, bringing so much love. I sincerely hope you understand that the time has come for me and my family to look after the interests of TJ now as he goes into adulthood. We as a family have new aspirations to pursue, but I know you will understand the emotional journey I have taken to this point, to come to this time, as this was my baby, and has been part of my life and my families for so long. The NC TLC trust will officially close its doors on the operation in Earls Barton on the 31st December 2019. God bless and a huge heartfelt thank you to each and every single one of you once again. To all my trustees past and present thank you for getting our charity to the where it needed to be - going out on top. Janet Walker Smith Founder/Operations and the Trustees of the charity, Steve Coe, Steve Pateman, Derrick Cooper, Kevin Smith husband to Janet and her family Casey Smith and TJ Smith.


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In the end she signed up for the same class again, since she appreciated the way their tutor Dennis encouraged everyone. He reminded her of Bob Ross and his acceptance of happy little accidents.

Evan’s charcoal stained fingers and lack of ambition had failed to impress when she brought him home, but she didn’t care back then. She spent her days doodling in a sketchbook hidden under her maths textbook and dreaming of a romantic studio life where they created art and wonder together. Her mother took her aside. No boy was going to stand in the way of her future. He’s not even going to uni, just some art college. You’re better than that, Kay. You’ll find someone better.

“Nothing I do is wrong, it’s all learning,” she whispered to herself as she added another layer to her pastoral landscape.

She hadn’t cried until she got home, his last call of wait still ringing in her ears.

“Oh, lovely,” Dennis said. “Are you using premixed greens?”

Kay read the announcement of a major exhibition ‘showcasing an exceptional artist whose portraits capture the essence of his subjects, revealing surprising truths behind the public persona.’ The art gallery was less than an hour’s drive away. She blinked rapidly and put the phone in her drawer before returning to her spreadsheet. The numbers never came back into focus and she went home with a headache.

Kay had forgotten the sheer joy of immersing herself in art. With practice her skills improved to the point where she wondered about taking the intermediate class. Then she scared herself with thoughts of the masterpieces no doubt being produced in room 4G by students were probably real artists, with proper wooden palettes rather than plastic ones from the discount store.

“No, I prefer to make my own, they’re more natural.” “Spoken like a true artist.” Kay wasn’t so sure about that. “Trouble is I can’t always replicate them exactly.” “Ah well, the variation is part of the charm.”

Two nights later she sat in her class still unsettled by nameless emotions. Though work and family life kept her occupied, she couldn’t forget the name she’d tried to leave far behind. Another half-finished landscape waited in front of her but her focus was elsewhere.

Kay felt herself come back into focus, as though wielding a brush had wiped away years of dust that obscured her true face. It was a great feeling. During the breaks she made sure to engage Edward-not-Ed-or-Eddie in light conversation that somehow never got easier. She persisted, because she hated that he was excluded and he needed a friendly face. She had no idea what the rest of his life was like and he offered no clues to the identity of the woman he repeatedly painted, always in blue.

“Nice start,” Dennis said, startling her. She forced a smile. “I was miles away. Not sure what to do next.” “Paler shades towards the horizon will draw the eye and suggest distance. May I?” Dennis added a few deft strokes. “See how far away the hills seem now? Have a go.”

It was a bright Wednesday morning like any other. Kay knew she needed a break when the spreadsheet numbers blurred into nonsense. She was scrolling past the usual lost kittens and cars for sale when three words leapt out from the screen.

He left Kay staring at her picture, afraid to make a mark and spoil everything.

Evan Roche Holmes.

For the first time ever, Edward approached her at break time. “How’s it going?”

It couldn’t be him. He was always going nowhere, just a boy with a dream. Wasn’t that why she’d let herself be persuaded to walk away? Her coffee went cold as the past swallowed her whole.

Kay shrugged. “Those hills aren’t really blue.” His gaze flicked from her face to her painting. “Of course not, it’s a trick of perspective. Everything fades when viewed from a distance.” She scanned his sharp jawline, slightly hooked nose, and neatly combed dark hair with an artist’s eye, she hoped. Not perfectly symmetrical, but that was where faces showed their beauty after all. “Yeah.” She couldn’t ask the questions that filled her mind. How can I let go of the past? Why won’t you let go of yours? “You should finish it,” he said softly. “Even if it’s not perfect, then you can move on to the next thing.” How ironic, coming from a man obsessed with one subject. “Art is never finished, only abandoned,” she said. His sudden smile revealed unexpected dimples. “Da Vinci, right? Haven’t heard that quote in years.” He tapped the picture with blue-stained fingers. “It’s a good start.” Edward resumed his seat at the edge of the group and Kay ignored the whispers and glances from Gemma and Mandy. He left without acknowledging anyone.



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As Christmas approached the more confident artists painted their own Christmas cards as an antidote to impersonal social media posts. Joan updated one of her signature hares with a Santa hat while Bill began a tropical hued nativity, the star shining from a brilliant azure sky. But Edward was absent. Kay decided against festive cheer and instead resolved to complete her landscape. Maybe she’d even frame it for the downstairs loo. She could always change it for another, better one later.

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She missed Edward’s silent presence more than expected. Evan Roche Holmes and his exhibition haunted her thoughts as she worked on her lake and distant hills. Her husband could trade one Saturday morning watching the kids for all that Saturday afternoon rugby he enjoyed. She nearly turned the car around twice, but finally stood outside the Parker Gallery. Evan’s face gazed at her from posters in the window while people rushed by. He’d lost some of his hair but none of his looks. She struggled to connect this serious adult with the carefree boy roaming her memory. Eventually, jostled one too many times by irritable shoppers, she stepped inside. Here goes nothing. Her pulse kept time with the irregular jangling of the bell. When she picked up a flyer with a shaky hand, her stomach clenched. What was she doing? She didn’t belong here, muddying the certainty of her present with a half-remembered past and discarded future. Faces watched from the plain white walls, seemingly alive. But she knew they were not. Kay bolted. A cry of wait echoed across the decades. The last painting class before Christmas was relaxed, with warm mince pies provided by Joan. Edward arrived ten minutes late. His appearance lightened the weight in Kay’s chest that had made it hard to breathe lately.

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He greeted everyone and Gemma giggled when he spoke to her. Kay kept her eye-roll to herself, watching Edward speak with Dennis. He carried a large padded envelope instead of his shabby overflowing messenger bag, and before she could think why Dennis clapped his hands for quiet.

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“You’re a great class and I’ve enjoyed seeing you all progress. Maybe it’s time to move on to the intermediate class for some, but you’ll always be welcome here. Now Edward wants to say a few words.”

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“I’ve appreciated my time here but I won’t be back after Christmas.” He looked around as people protested. “I have gifts for everyone.” He gave out hand painted cards; foxes for Joan, birds of paradise for Bill, a country scene for Dennis, each subject suited to its recipient.

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Then he turned to Kay with a larger envelope. “Thanks for not giving up on me.”

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Kay pulled the picture out and gasped. A stunning portrait was beautifully rendered in rainbow shades. No detail was omitted. Even the mole on her jawline and chickenpox scar on her left cheek didn’t lessen the overall effect. This version of herself gazed serenely at the viewer with the hint of a smile.

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“Edward, I – it’s incredible.” The class applauded and Edward responded with a rare smile that lit his face.

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He hugged her and whispered in her ear. “I declared my art finished, Kay. It’s past time. Please, keep going.”

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She couldn’t cry; not here, not now. “Thank you for seeing me,” she whispered.

Kay stood silent as Edward shook hands, hugged a weeping Gemma, and opened the door. Her vision blurred. He was already in her past, fading into the distance in shades of blue, encouraging her to create a new future using all the remembered days and leaving nothing out. ©Pat Aitcheson 2019 All characters and events fictional



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