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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: Telephone: 01604 810831 Advertising: Contact us by phone or email and we’ll discuss advertising rates and payment methods, and help you in any way that we can. Any problems, just call. All adverts before our deadline please. 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 November 30th). 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 Include your name, address and phone number as we do not publish anonymous articles.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: Barton Sweets, 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 should arrive by the last day of the previous month. If you know of someone who hasn’t received a copy by then, please give us a call and we’ll hand deliver it directly to them. If you live outside Earls Barton: A year’s subscription costs £18 to cover postage and packing. Please make your cheque out to ‘Barton Today’ 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.

How To Make Barton Today Even Better

February 2014

Having a multi page colour magazine delivered free to your house 12 times a year requires a lot of hard work by a number of people. We are encouraged by the many positive comments we get about Barton Today and hope that you too look forward to its monthly arrival. The February edition marks the 30th magazine since Barton Today was resurrected by the current team in September 2011. Whilst it was great to get an award from the National Parish Magazine organisation in December, we know that there are ways in which the magazine can be improved and our aim in 2014 is to get the magazine to reflect more closely the interests and wishes of its readers.

At our team meeting earlier this month, we thought about how we could make Barton Today even better. Here is summary of our ideas: •

Involve younger readers more

Have regular articles about local personalities

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Be more controversial

Have a ‘Day In The Life’ which depicts various people’s typical day Continue the ‘Village Voice’ (see article in this month’s magazine)

Have a theme for a particular month eg: education, sport, local businesses etc Maintain an appropriate balance between advertising and articles

We would love to hear your views about the magazine. Do you find it interesting? What would you like to see more of, or indeed, less of? We want Barton Today to be YOUR magazine. Get in touch on

In the meantime, enjoy the 30th edition of the new magazine and we hope that we can have a page dedicated in March to your suggestions and ideas about making Barton Today even better.

Valentine’s Day Poem With Valentine’s Day coming soon, we thought we would run a little competition with the winner receiving a lovely bouquet of flowers. All you have to do is complete the poem from the front page. How about this?

The Legal Bit: © Barton Today 2012 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. Barton Today is a Community Interest Company.

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Monday (fortnightly) Chatter-tots Stay & Play St Johns Hall

Mini Music (term time only) Methodist Starfruit Theatre Group Church. 10 - 11am Baptist Church EB Junior Youth Line Dancing WMC 7.15pm - 9.00pm Club 6.30-8pm 9.30am - 12.00pm Street Dance at Hokey Cokey Quiz Night at The Silver Band 1.30pm -3.00pm The Silver Band Club at 6pm term time only Club All Saints Church Hall Scrabble Knit & Knatter Group The Library Line Dancing The Library Working Mens Club 2pm - 4pm 4.00pm - 6.00pm 9.30am - 12.00pm Puppy Classes Crib Team EB Youth Club Taekwondo The Old Swan 6pm - 9pm Silver Band Club 7.00pm - 8.00pm Zumba Silver Band Club 9.30am - 10.30am

Weight Watchers St John's 7pm - 8pm

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Thursday Club The Methodist Church Hall 2-4pm Bell Ringers Practice The All Saints 7-9pm Youth Club 7.30pm 9.30pm age 12-16 Jog Group at The Grange 6pm Line Dancing Working Mens Club 9.30am - 11.30am

Rhymetime within Earls Barton Library.

Luncheon Club meet 2nd and 3rd Friday of the month at All Saints Church Hall Yoga - St. Johns Ambulance Hall 6.30pm from 12 till 1.30pm Yoga - 10.00am EB Poker Game The Old Swan 7-8pm Bowls & Tennis Club Taekwondo at The Silver Band Club


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February 2014

Happy To Support Local Organisations Barton Today is a non profit making magazine, run by a team of volunteers. During the past year we made a small profit. In December we asked for bids from any local organisations for the small surplus that existed. It was decided that grants would be made to the following: £250.00 to Earls Barton Youth Club £250.00 to Earls Barton Boys Brigade £200.00 to Earls Barton Brownies £200.00 to Earls Barton Evergreens Any future profit made by the magazine will also be offered to the local community.

Youth Club Receives Cheque From Barton Today On Monday 20th January, a cheque for £250 was handed over from Barton Today to the Youth Club. With over 100 young people attending every week, the youth club has gone from strength to strength. The management team has already made a number of significant improvements to the building and facilities and are now planning further improvements. Barton Today is very pleased to be able to support such a flourishing local amenity. Watch out for news of further fund raising events organised by the hard working and enthusiastic management team.


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The Earls Barton Methodist Church would like to say a sincere thank you to the people of our village, and the wider world for the excellent support for the ‘Action for Children’ Christmas Celebration Concert, held in December.


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Words from Jonathon Thompson

‘Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore’ ISAIAH CHAPTER 2 verse 4. World War I has been ranked by many as one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. Millions lost their lives in the first global modern war. On November 11th, 1918, a ceasefire was observed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. During that historic moment, millions around the world observed moments of silence while they reflected upon the war’s terrible cost – the loss of life and suffering. It was hoped that ‘the Great War’ as it was called, would truly be, ‘the war that would end all wars’ We have all seen so clearly the pain and suffering of countless numbers who have been caught up in the hatred and bitterness of war. Graphic details of war are far to upsetting to include in our local production, but suffice it to say that little children have been orphaned, homes flattened to the ground, people widowed, humanity hungry and helpless in refugee camps, lives shattered never to be the same again, through the horrors of war. The human cost is beyond belief, and there is no doubt that the money spent on weapons of war and destruction could save the starving millions.

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He is Registered with the General Osteopathic Council and also a Member of the British Osteopathic Association. He has 6 years experience in private practice plus 2 years at the University clinic. He consults patients from three locations: Northampton, Earls Barton and Thrapston. The rest of the time (40%), he is up and down the country working as an animal Osteopath on horses and some dogs.

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Nicky Chapman - Beauty Therapist Nicky is a beauty therapist with over 25 years experience. She qualified at Northampton College in 1988 with a City & Guilds and an International Health & Beauty Council Diploma. She works at Studio 28 (but have been in the village for over 10 years previously Nightingale Clinic) on Tuesdays 10-8 & Saturdays 9-1, also working mobile also in surrounding areas for those that can’t get to her and offering spa days at Sedgebrook Hall. Nicky uses natural plant based or organic products that are not tested on animals and offers a full range of treatments from waxing to facials to manicures to pedicures. For all your special day & every day beauty needs. For a full list of treatments & prices please go to her website or telephone or text 07776 006847


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Lots Happening At The Women’s Institute The last quarter of 2013 was memorable in the life of Earls Barton Women's Institute. At our Annual General Meeting in October we saw the retirement of Valerie Burge from the position of President. She had served in the office for five years, having also been Treasurer some years ago. In appreciation of her hard work and dedication the members presented her with a plant and a copy of a book entitled "The Devonshire's; the Story of a Family and a Nation". Our new President is Jan Moody and we all wish her well. In November we had a sale of craft and home-made cakes and preserves for our members which we opened up to the public when our meeting had finished. The sum of £175.00 was raised. Thank you to all of you who came and supported us. The December meeting was great fun. We were entertained by Cliff Billing who reminded us of "Fifty Years of Song" from all the great musicals in which he has appeared. This, together with festive refreshments, made for a very enjoyable afternoon. Also at this meeting we had collections of goods for the Daylight Centre and Animals In Need.

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Our February meeting will be on Wednesday 12th at 1.30p.m. in All Saints Parish Church Hall. Mary Cook will give a talk entitled "The Work of Northampton Hope Centre". Visitors are most welcome. For further information on all our activities please contact the Secretary, Jenny Flower, on 01604 810316.

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Destination U.K. My initial reaction to the surprise opportunity of an overseas holiday, pre-arranged for me by my older son was, I confess, not one of excitement or gratitude, but dismay. Never having been overseas, or even any distance alone, I found the prospect extremely daunting. Many sleepless nights accompanied a growing anxiety, with his response to my frequent expressions of doubt being, “You’ll be fine, Mum!” Of course, I would have been thrilled at the prospect had he planned to accompany me! I worried about misunderstanding instructions and directions, working myself into a state of panic if I became lost, or missing the connecting flight at Dubai! Although I did find the Dubai airport overwhelming, it was only on the return journey that I realised how vast it really is. By then, I was familiar enough with the procedure to be a little less concerned. Michael was right, of course. The experience proved to be a lot less daunting than I’d expected, my initial fears on the evening arrival at Heathrow dispelled when I was met by a charter bus and taken to a hotel in Kensington. This was the start of the six-day tour he’d organised, and gave me time to ‘find my feet’ over a day and two nights before boarding the coach there for ‘The Best of Devon and Cornwall’. This first impression was enhanced by the fact that the weather was perfect, something I was told could not be taken for granted, even at the end of Summer. The tour group, led by Maria, a Cornish resident of German origin, consisted of a mixture of age, status

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deck, and at any of their designated stops, with the bonus of a ferry ride on the Thames. All this and an informative, entertaining ‘live’ guide as well! The last day of my London experience included finding my way to Waterloo Station on the underground, and from there to Hampshire on the south-west line, where I had arranged to meet a penfriend. Looking back, I realise I may not have managed this so easily without the aid of, firstly, precise instructions from my host, the help of an obliging clerk at the Holland Park ticket office and, at Waterloo Station itself, the assistance at the ticket machine of a couple who also happened to be tourists! It was an amazing ten days, and over the next three weeks, as the guest of cousins, I was privileged to see even more of England, and spend a week in North Wales as well. From their home in delightful Earls Barton, rural Northamptonshire, I got to know some of the locals and learn about the places we visited. It was a rewarding experience which has left me with fond and lasting memories, and was, as well, a form of cultural exchange, as the people I met were just as interested to learn about Australia. Only then, given the privilege of being the guest of relatives, did I really begin to appreciate the quote by American author Henry Miller, featured on the recycleable bag presented to each of us by the travel company, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things”.

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After two and a half years in The Square, Carolyn’s Collection is going to close on 31 March 2014. Carolyn says “I have loved having the shop in the village and have met super people from far and wide, many of whom have become good friends. However, the shop was only ever intended to keep me occupied after I retired (it has certainly done that!), for a few days a week. It is now very much more work than that - 710 people have brought items in for me to sell on their behalf. Since Daisy, my wonderful apprentice, achieved her qualification and moved onto a permanent job, it is even more difficult, as I really don’t want to work for 5 days every week and I can’t afford to pay anyone regularly to help me out. As all my customers know, we are trying to buy a house in the village and, when we have managed to do that, my husband will retire and I want to spend my time with him. So, very reluctantly, I have to close the shop.” No clothes will be accepted after the end of January but the shop will trade as normal until March, when all items will need to be collected by their owners. Anyone interested in the furniture or fittings in the shop should contact Carolyn on 07584-093039

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Workshops are held 10am to 4pm at the Village Hall, Pound Lane, Moulton, NN3 7SD. The cost is Members £20.00, Non-members £30.00

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Items will need to be collected throughout March ready for closure at the end of that month.

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the VILLAGE voice... So here we are one month in to a New Year so what is in store for our lovely village. Here are a few thoughts. After reading this article why don’t you let us have your thoughts and let us continue this throughout the year? NEW HOUSES...


Well there are several proposals from building developers. REDROW and WILSONS are but two and there may be other smaller ones who could well be presenting detailed planning applications to Wellingborough Borough Council in 2014. The village does have action groups that you can join to put pressure on the Planning Committee. The village also has people working on a Neighbourhood Plan but whether this will have any effect only time will tell. It would appear that these large development companies are always one step in front and have legislation on side (Wellingborough lost an appeal last year against REDROW). There is the possibility therefore that over 300 houses could well have their foundations in place over the next couple of years – what effects will that have on the community?

Extensive plans are currently being discussed with the Parish Council who have been working hard to produce plans for a sustainable Grange Project which could see a new Community Village Hall as well as a new sports complex. Working in conjunction with WILSON HOMES let us hope the Parish Council get it right!! Current plans include numerous football pitches and the possibility of two cricket pitches. Should we not have all sports included to make sure the Clubhouse is used to maximum effect as in other villages in the County. Putting all our eggs in one (or two) baskets is never a good idea – perhaps we need to learn from other communities?

THE PARISH COUNCIL... There is no doubt that the majority of Parish Councillors work hard to promote and represent villages opinions but with so much going on and planned have we got the right representation? I would encourage residents to attend at least one Parish Council meeting in the next few months to see who is on the Council and what they offer to the community. There is no doubt there is a lot of experience there but is it the right mix? Perhaps 2014 is the year of change?

SCHOOL... Will the village school, be able to cope with a massive influx of pupils? Are there plans for an extension or a new school – this could be an exciting year!

PARKING... A favourite topic of conversation in the village. Station Road is already a nightmare so how residents will cope with the extra houses proposed is the question. The square is another cause for concern. At a recent Parish Council meeting businesses and residents gave their views to the Councillors (who had a different view) but 2 hour parking is surely not a starter, especially for residents? Whether the square is actually used for people wishing to go shopping or for staff members of the businesses or indeed people parking there in the daytime when catching a bus in to their place of work in Northampton is another question! Perhaps the status quo should remain?

BUSINESSES... We are so lucky in Earls Barton to have such a variety of shops and businesses. It is our duty to support and patronise them so let us all pledge to make it the best year ever for our hard working proprietors.

VOLUNTEERS... Finally let us all give a huge thank you to those unsung heroes who put in their own time to make things happen in the village - without them we would not have half of the events we have - well done to all of you!

DOCTORS SURGERIES... Will they be able to cope with a large influx of patients? We read daily of the problems in the NHS and waiting to see a doctor is high on the list. Perhaps they should be involved in planning applications?

NEW YEARS RESOLUTION... I suggest we all resolve to “Do something for the village in 2014!”


A belated Happy New Year to all our readers.

It looks like there will be new landlords on both village pubs this year. From what is heard on the streets punters just want stability – let us hope 2014 brings that and we see the pubs thrive. Fairly new “Stewards” in both the Working Mens Club and The Old Silver Band Club appears to be paying dividends and we wish them every success in 2014


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What a fantastic turn out for Carols on the Square! By general consensus "Carols on the Square" was one of the best yet! Grateful thanks are due to the many folk who work so hard to make this event happen. The public collection raised £1617.28 which has all been given to the four Children's Charities represented by the four Christian denominations in the village. So another big thank you is due to the generous folk of Earls Barton. The collection also included 2 Tic-tac mints, 5 buttons, one "Grumpy Old Man" badge, Euros 7-76, 10 Jamaican cents, 1 Helvetian Franc and one unidentified coin from the Far East! When Earls Barton people empty their pockets, they do it properly!! It is thought that some 3000 people were in attendance and that the firework display was the longest yet. Altogether a great event and one that has become part of the fabric of Earls Barton. Please convey the grateful thanks of Earls Barton and District Churches Together to all. Peter Hurrell Hon. Treasurer, Earls Barton and District Churches Together


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Aiming high, together we can fly! Our first term of the New Year saw the children, and staff, return full of news to share about the wonderful presents they had received at Christmas and all the fun family activities they had enjoyed. Certainly the presents that Santa brought each class are already being put to good use. The children have quickly settled happily into school routines again and seem pleased to be back – the high wind and rain playing its part in keeping them excited and full of energy! This term has seen us provide additional clubs – an extra French Club to help satisfy demand, and a gymnastics club. Hopefully we will also be starting our choir club later this term as well as a lunchtime board games club. These clubs are always oversubscribed and it is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of children keen to acquire a whole range of skills and knowledge. For many of our clubs we have to levy a cost as they are provided by coaches; however we also offer free clubs delivered by volunteers and staff. We are extremely grateful to those people for wanting to share their expertise and for freely giving up their time to help develop a love of learning in our children.


In class the excitement and discovery has begun as our new learning units get underway, and as a whole school we are learning to get better at a new core skill ‘knowing me……. knowing you’ which will incorporate some of our 6 values, especially kindness and respect.

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Charity Climb Challengers are aiming High! The Kilimanjaro challengers are making last minute preparations ahead of their climb on February 21. A team of nine will be taking on the mammoth challenge from February 21 until 5 March and afterwards will be helping out at a community project at a local village in Africa followed by a two day Safari. The NC TLC Trust’s Events Coordinator, Gemma Martin is just one member of the team taking on this once in a lifetime challenge. Gemma said, “Kilimanjaro here we come! We have our final group of 9, ready to face the challenging Kilimanjaro! The team have all worked so hard to get ready for the Charity’s biggest challenge yet! From fundraisers which has involved manikins, shaven heads, band nights and Halloween fright nights to long country walks and major gym work outs. This is a major event for The NC TLC Trust and is a real landmark to how big we’ve grown considering we are a local charity.” She added, “We aim to raise £20,000 - no words can describe how much this donation will help the children of our charity and their families. People can still support our climbers by going to and searching for the NC TLC Trust. We would like to thank everyone who has supported this event and of course our amazing climbers!” Please show support for the team’s efforts by donating at or call the charity office on (01604) 811025 and visit the website for more information on the challenge and the charity work at

Butlins Fun Charity families and supporters enjoyed a weekend away before Christmas at Butlins and the short break provided many smiles along the way. A coach courtesy of Country Lion paid for by Scott Bader picked up families in Northampton on December 19th and took the families on a magical festive break at Butlins in Skegness sponsored by Bold Dragoon Cricket Club. The sponsors enabled 17 families to enjoy the Christmas Fantasy Break at Butlins and a jam packed programme of entertainment was enjoyed by the charity children their grandparents, mums and dads, siblings and supporters who went on the trip. The families enjoyed all the entertainment, leisure facilities and festive fun including ice skating and a visit by Santa, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, and Elmo. Chief Executive Officer for the NC TLC Trust, Janet Walker-Smith said, “A total of 17 families went on the trip meaning a total of 72 of us enjoyed fun and frolics. We must say a huge thank you to Country Lion for the coach paid for by Scott Bader and to Bold Dragoon Cricket Club for raising the £5,000 needed to pay for the trip, and lots of fun was had by all.” She added, “For some it provided much needed respite for the families who have gone through or are still going through a lot with their children who are suffering and undergoing treatment. So thank you again to all that made the trip possible and also made it a huge success.”


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Over the Christmas period I watched a very interesting 2 part programme on the television entitled “Secrets of the Workhouse” – a programme which explored the effect on people of this Victorian “institution”. The “stories” linked with programmes like “Who do you think you are?” and among the people who were followed in their search were the actress Felicity Kendal, the author Barbara Taylor Bradford, and the model granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin. Another of the people was the actor, Brian Cox.

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Brian Cox was really angry. He was angry that his relative, who was hard-working but suffered from bronchitis and was bringing up his son on his own, was stigmatised as a “malingerer” and “undeserving poor” because he had to resort to help from the workhouse. He was angry that young women, married or not, having babies, went to the workhouse in the later years of this institution because that was where the best health care was for those who could not afford doctors (no NHS then) and were then stigmatised. He was angry that many men and women, and their children, having been in the workhouse, then found it difficult to find proper paid employment. If people were poor it was their own fault. The point was made that while we should be pleased about our Welfare State and the NHS, some of these Victorian views are creeping back into current thinking. Rather than the “undeserving poor” we hear about “benefit scroungers”. I would add that disabled people are now being assessed on behalf of the state by a French company, not by personal interview but by on-line questionnaires, and often being told that they are fit for work even when their GP says they are not!

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Another thing that annoyed Brian Cox was the way that young boys, having been separated from their parents and effectively institutionalised, when they became old enough to leave the workhouse, were unable to find employment (because of the stigma) and therefore went from one institution, the workhouse, to another, the British Army. Thousands of these young men gave their lives in the First World War for a country which had treated them so badly. We know from films like “King and Country” (1964, directed by Joseph Losey and recognising the fiftieth anniversary of the start of that war) starring Dirk Bogarde and Tom Courtenay that some of these young men “deserted”, were called cowards and were executed. It is only in relatively recent years that it has been recognised that they were suffering from post- traumatic stress and have subsequently been pardoned.

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In the book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament of the Bible the Israelites were about to enter “The Promised Land” and would have to fight to gain it. In chapter 20 verses 5 to 8 we read “The officers shall say to the army: “Has anyone built a new house and not yet begun to live in it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else may begin to live in it. Has anyone planted a vineyard and not begun to enjoy it? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else enjoy it. Has anyone become pledged to a woman and not married her? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else marry her.” Then the officers shall add, “Is anyone afraid or fainthearted? Let him go home so that his fellow soldiers will not become disheartened too.”” They were not to be called cowards or deserters but they were to be understood.

The Wellingborough and District Foodbank will be opening a weekly distribution point in Earls Barton from February. Watch this space for more details next month. If you would like to know more about the Foodbank in the meantime please see the Daylight Centre website (

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In the gospel of Mark chapter 14 verse 7 Jesus says “The poor you will always have with you and you can help them any time you want”. Here, as usual, Jesus is echoing what God was asking the Israelites to do. In Deuteronomy chapter 15 verse 11 we read “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed towards your brothers and sisters who are poor and needy in your land.” I wonder where you would put the emphasis in this particular verse. Let us all try to understand and then do what God still asks of each of us.

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Wellingborough and Rushden Macmillan 2014 is an exciting year for our committee – it is 25 years since it was set up so we have big plans for the year ahead. We want to make it the best ever and we need your support to do this. We have events planned throughout the year but we would also like individuals, schools, businesses and community groups to consider holding an event of their own. If this money is then forwarded to Macmillan Cancer Support through our Committee, it is guaranteed to be used only for cancer care within Northamptonshire. Our first event of the year is a quiz night. We are taking part in Macmillan’s Mammoth Quiz which is being held throughout the country at the same time on Friday, 28th February. Please get a team together and come along – it is going to be a good evening.

Macmillan Mammoth Quiz 28th February - 7.15pm for 7.45 start Stanwick Village Hall Bring along a team and enter the quiz that is taking part at various locations across the country at the same time. Teams of up to 8 people. If there are just a couple of you, please still come along - we can put you with others to make a bigger team if you prefer. Bar available. Tickets £8.00 to include supper.

We would also like those who knit and crochet to help us out by making squares with oddments of wool which we can then make into blankets. Patients undergoing cancer treatment feel extremely cold and some are unable to afford the extra heating costs at this time of year. We would like anyone who can to help us to create 6 inch squares – they can be plain, patterned, multi-coloured, whatever you like but 30 stitches and 30 rows on 4mm needles using double knitting wool should be the right size. If you haven’t got time to knit maybe you have wool you can donate for others. We have people who will help us if we can provide the wool. Please take knitted squares or wool to My Little Vintage which has kindly agreed to be our collection point. If you are unable to attend our events, but would like to donate to our anniversary appeal, we now have a JustGiving page – Wellingborough and Rushden Committee’s 25th anniversary. Details of our events and updates on how we are doing will be on our website and Facebook page throughout the year so please take a look at those.

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If you are a young person, finding out that you have cancer can be a very scary time. Macmillan has a number of services to support teens and young adults, including: • a range of booklets and information, written specifically for young people • our online community where you can share experiences and talk freely with other young people • Skype Buddy – a new trial service from Skype and Macmillan that connects people living with cancer to a Macmillan-trained Skype buddy to chat to about what they’re going through.

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Rugby Six Nations Kick off the Rugby Six Nations on 1 February by holding a sweepstake in your office and splitting the winnings between Macmillan and one lucky colleague. On Your Marks, Get Set, Snow Brrr – the frosty February chill heralds the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. All the action will take place from 7 – 23 February and we’ve got a load of great ideas to help you raise money with a Winter Olympic theme. Get a Different Name Day 13 February is Get a Different Name Day so why not try this game of Guess Who? Write the names of famous people on sticky notes and ask your colleagues to pick one out of a hat and stick it to their forehead without looking. They then have to try and guess who they are by asking careful questions, with colleagues only able to answer yes or no. Pay £1 to enter and the person who guesses correctly with the fewer number of questions wins a prize.

Valentine’s Day Hold a Valentine’s themed bake sale on 14 February – you could sell heart-shaped cookies, delicious pink and red cupcakes, indulgent chocolates or any other sweet treats that take your fancy. Fundraise In Style 20 – 23 February is London Fashion Weekend, so why not get your colleagues all dressed up to show off their keen fashion sense. Charge them £1 to be a model for the day by dressing up in their craziest, cutting edge clothes.

Gone to Pot Day If your New Year’s resolutions have already gone to pot, don’t worry. Cheer yourself and your colleagues up on 28 February with a nice homemade stew for lunch. Don’t forget to ask everyone to make a donation for your lovely winter warmer. Please share your fundraising ideas and pictures by posting to our Facebook page or sending us a tweet. We couldn’t provide all the support we do without you. If you want to get involved, in whatever way you can, call us today on 0300 1000 200.

The Heat Is On Celebrate National Chilli Day on 27 February by cooking up a chilli and bringing it into work to sell at lunchtime. Or hold a competition at work to see who can make the best dish and give your resident ‘Beat the Heat’ prize to whoever can handle the hottest chilli.



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News from Christopher Heaton-Harris Politics is full of surprises and I’ve certainly had a nice surprise recently I’ve learnt that I have been nominated by one of my constituents and a national charity for a Dods Parliamentary Award: “Constituency Campaigner of the Year.” Perhaps even more surprising to many in Westminster is that I wasn’t nominated for my work on wind farms or helping people fight unwanted planning applications locally, but instead in relation to the work I have been doing, with the charity “Bliss” and an amazing local campaigner, on the issue of neonatal care. Many of you will know I have constantly been campaigning on raising standards in neonatal care and also the subject of Stillbirth since my election as your MP back in May 2010. I got involved, because I was contacted by a Mum who had both good and bad experiences locally with the premature birth of her twins. One, alas, passed away a few weeks after being born; the other is now a strong lovely girl at a local primary school. This Mum now campaigns for better care for others, so that no new Mother in the future has to go through being separated from and losing a child – and she asked me to get involved in her campaigning efforts. You’d be surprised at the variation in practice and in outcomes across the country and indeed, even between local hospitals, in the NHS in neonatal care and I think it is imperative that we continue to drive forward improvements in this area, so health professionals have an even better understanding of how to deliver the best possible outcomes and that all women and their children can have access to quality, safe and locally-led care. Obviously these issues are incredibly important for the families they affect both here in my constituency and across the country and the work that I have undertaken alongside “Bliss” is the very least that I could do to help this charity which does such amazing work in helping parents who suddenly find themselves in a frightening situation with a sick new baby. I know many of you feel that national politics is all a bit shouty and argumentative – but that is only part of political life and a small part at that – but it is the part that the newspapers and TV like to cover. They tell us that you, the public, like watching it. However, getting coverage for this “less sexy” sort of political work is much harder than getting it for a controversial subject and so it is nice to be able to get some positive publicity for these causes through this nomination. You can find out more about the amazing work Bliss do by going to their website: As ever, if I can be of any help, please contact me. My details are below: Chris Heaton-Harris MP. House of Commons, Westminster, London. SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207-219-7048 e-mail: Twitter: @chhcalling

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For many people wintertime in colder climates means to hibernate and withdraw. Our posture, particularly our backs, can suffer as we curl and hunch up to buffer the cold. Yoga postures and a focus on the breath remind the body and mind of its space and freedom, allowing happiness to flow through our joints, muscles, mind and heart. Hatha yoga’s gentle approach does not strain the joints and muscles, helps to increase the flow of blood to the various organs and tissues of the body and slows the effects of ageing. While we all accept that ageing is a natural and continuous process, who wouldn’t want to delay it and look and feel younger? Yoga provides a simple, safe and natural solution to suppressing ageing in a way that encompasses the whole body and mind. In yoga there is a saying that age is determined not by the number of years but the flexibility of the spine! Yoga is great for your spinal health by strengthening the spine, improving its flexibility and providing support for your core. It helps to relieve back ache and prevents hunching as we age. Yoga is also a proven time tested method to protect against osteoporosis by providing weight bearing exercise and is good for your joint health. Yoga improves circulation and oxygen flow which are vital for good health, helping to strengthen the immune system so we become less susceptible to infections and inflammatory diseases and is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner. By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This gives your body a complete detox helping to flush out toxins from every nook and cranny as well as providing nourishment, improved energy and a remarkable zest for life. Do you have difficulty falling asleep or maintaining sleep? Yoga promotes better sleep due to the tranquilising effect on the brain, whilst relieving stress, tension and fatigue. In this stressful and fast paced world relaxation really helps us to reconnect with ourselves. And finally Yoga postures and breathing exercises can help improve skin tone and firm facial muscles – so as you feel better inside you look better on the outside too! So let’s look forward to the future and welcome the New Year with good health.

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I am writing to you today to bring to the attention of both your good selves and your readers that there is foul play afoot at the recreation grounds. Attached to this letter you will find photos of two dead birds that I have come across in the rec within the past month. One is a wood pigeon the other a black bird and as you can see from the photo of the pigeon this did not meet its end via natural causes, as a shooting man myself I can guarantee that the damage caused to this animal was caused by a rifle or high powered air gun.

As you may know, garden waste is usually collected in Earls Barton on a fortnightly basis, along with green bins containing recyclable waste

After Wellingborough Borough Council had failed to empty the brown bins for at least three consecutive occasions I got in touch with them to complain. I was informed that the Council had decided to suspend collections from October 2013 until March 2014 as a cost-saving measure. The Council stated that a letter outlining this had been sent to all residents in September 2013..

I have been in touch with the Earls Barton Parish Clerk who informs me that the Parish Council had never received a copy of this letter. Because most residents have been placing their bins out it seems to me very likely that no one in Earls Barton had received this letter either.

The round has passed through the body and the exit wound is clearly visible and one has to wonder where the round ended up? Whoever fired the round has clearly no conception of the possible damage this could do to a human, be it a child or an adult, and to suggest that it was safe when the shot was taken is hypocritical as there is no such thing in a public place. The blackbird was bought to me by my Labrador and shows no major damage like the pigeon but I am sure it too has fallen prey to the same idiot who may well be overlooking the park from a window or similar vantage point.

Until February of this year I had been resident in Cogenhoe at the same address for fifty years. I have emailed the Earls Barton Parish Clerk that the South Northamptonshire Council and its fore-runners maintained year-waste round collections and to the best of my knowledge continues to do so.

I also pointed out to our Parish Clerk that the suspension of garden waste collection is occurring at the very time when it is most needed, since leaf fall, shrub pruning and clearance of plants killed by frost means that the mass of material is at its peak, whereas in summer little is taken out of the ground. Most simmer waste is probably grass cuttings which can be useful as a mulch and can be rotted down as a soil conditioner. The Parish Clerk has agreed to bring this to the attention of the Parish Council at its next meeting in January.

I have found feathers in the past in the same area and based upon this latest evidence it would be fair to assume that these two latest victims are not the first. This information has been passed to Councillor Paintin who has in turn notified the police. As a responsible adult I would like to feel sure that these acts of absolute madness have been carried out by a juvenile who may not be fully aware of the seriousness of the act, killing a song bird is bad enough and is also illegal and to do so in a public area is absolutely mindless.

My main reason for reporting all this to you is that in ignorance of all these circumstances most villagers will needlessly continue placing their bins at the roadside for the next two or three months.

There will, hopefully, be similar adults that read this article and if they have any youngsters in the family that own, or have access to, any such weapons then it may well pay to double check that they are not being used in an inappropriate manner. The thought that it is in fact an adult carrying out these mindless acts does not bare thinking about so let’s just hope that by making the perpetrator aware that we are on his case prevents any further occurrences.

With your intervention, if you are able to publish the facts in your January 2014 edition of Barton Today you will be doing villagers a big favour. It may also encourage people to campaign for continuous maintenance of one of the foremost health and safety functions of local authorities. Some people may be tempted to burn garden waste which may become a nuisance or even lead to a more serious outcome.

John Ansell

Yours truly

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

John Knight 4 Barker Road, Earls Barton NN6 0PA

Dog Poo!

Sorry but it was too late to include this in the January edition of the magazine.

Dear Barton Today,

Bell Ringers

I have just been out for a walk with my toddler and was appalled by the amount of dog mess on the pavements and grass verges. We spent most of the walk dodging piles of it and, as you can imagine, this wasn't a very pleasant experience. Broad Street, Station Road and West Street seem to be some of the most affected areas at the present time. Dog mess poses a significant health risk - particularly to young children. It is certainly putting me off going out shopping in the village or having a nice walk!

Dear Barton Today,

I would like to thank the Bell Ringers for turning out on Wednesday Evening 11th December to ring the bells for my birthday. It was lovely to listen to them as we walked through the rec to the church. It was the perfect end to an amazing 70th Birthday. Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Janet Barton

Lydia Bloomer.

Thank you for your letter Lydia. Dog fouling continues to be a problem. How can this ongoing issue be resolved?


Well done to the fantastic bell ringers of All Saints. What a splendid way to celebrate a birthday.

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February 2014

Our Village rough e Year JANUARY heralds a brand new year, we pray for our village and those we hold dear. FEBRUARY our music and drama groups are planning ahead, with auditions and rehearsals and scripts being read. MARCH brings pancakes and Barton leek pie – very traditional but do we know why? APRIL and on Good Friday whatever the weather, we see the March of witness from churches together. MAY and at the allotments there is a hive of activity, and those digging and planting are wanting to know, who will have the best produce for the village show. JUNE and it’s carnival time once more, bringing fun and processions close to our door. JULY brings the summer oh! What a treat – the cricket and tennis and bowls club compete. AUGUST and the holiday club gives parents a rest, while the children enjoy all the things they like best.


SEPTEMBER and at the churches and school, we thank God for the harvest, his good gi to all.


OCTOBER and every two years we keep Barton Feast Day, remembering times past as we all have our say.

‘The complete service’ Established since 1992

NOVEMBER the 5th and at the village bonfire, the sky is ablaze as the rockets soar higher.


DECEMBER and we all gather for carols on the square, to worship the babe born in a stable so bare.


And to sum it all up when all said and done Earls Barton’s the best village for friendship and fun.

14 Mills Close, Earls Barton, Northampton NN6 0RA email:

Ann Bonsor

Tel/Fax 01604 812700

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Could you give a Loving home? Tigger is a handsome 11 year old friendly chap, handed in because his family were moving away & could not take him. He would be fine in a home with other cats but not children or dogs.


Scottie Dave the dog is a 9 month old cross, happy confident friendly lad fine with other dogs.

Dave Giant African Land Snails fascinating to watch & easy to care for, we currently have 70 waiting for homes.

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All Saints Church Diary February 2014 Services at All Saints


All Saints Dates for your Diary

Saturday 8 February

2nd February Candlemas

9.30am 11.00am 6.00pm

Parish Communion Together@11 Evensong

5th February Wednesday


9th February 4th before Lent

8.30am 10.00am

Holy Communion BCP All Age & Parade Service

All Bears@All Saints 2.15-3.30pm Parish Church Hall

16th February 3rd before Lent

9.30am 11.00am 6.00pm

Parish Communion Together@11 Evensong

Friday 28 February

23rd February 2nd before Lent

9.30am 11.00am

Parish Communion Together@11

Fairtrade Coffee Morning 10am-1pm Parish Church Hall

Holy Communion for the less mobile (Hall)

Friday 14 February

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There is a 9.30am Holy Communion service every Wednesday in the Lady Chapel

Over a 1000 years ago the Saxons built it, will you help us to keep it standing? For over 1000 years the villagers of Earls Barton have raised the monies needed to keep our Saxon Tower in good repair. The skills required for this continuing maintenance and renovation are scarce and expensive. The Friends of All Saints Church exists as a charity to raise money to do just this and to keep the rest of the Grade 1 listed church building well maintained. We do not contribute to the Church in any other way. For the modest sum of £15 you can help preserve this important structure by becoming a ‘Friend’, or you could help us run social events to raise funds for future repairs. It would be a tragedy if Earls Barton’s world famous building should deteriorate because we villagers didn’t care enough. If you are interested in becoming a Friend or helping us in any other way please complete the form below or ring me to discuss. Julia Cross Membership Secretary Tel: 01604 810870 Email:

I would like to become a Friend - please send me an application form I would like to help in running social events.

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Earls Barton Cricket Club Facebook Website: Chairman Rob Mair 07717 335899 Treasurer Matt Kennedy 07711 651750 Captain 1st XI Matt Rees

AGM Earls Barton Cricket Club AGM was held at the Grange on Thursday 9th Jan 2014 and was hearteningly well attended.

President George Blackwell addressed the meeting and outlined the importance of this season in particular with reference to the David Wilson Homes Planning hearing on 22nd Jan. We have been attending meetings relating to a Sports Development at the Grange for many years and continue to work with the Parish and Borough Councils and developer to ensure that the village gets the sports facilities it needs and deserves. Watch this space!

The Chairman summarised the 2013 season Suffice to say that 2013 wasn’t the greatest in the clubs recent history with the unfortunate withdrawal of the2012 league champion 3rd XI just prior to the season start. We expected a hard season for both adult sides and that’s what happened, with both being relegated. However the general consensus was that the cricket was enjoyed more than it has been for 3 or 4 seasons which is a great credit to the way Mark Waples and Phil Spencer captained the adult sides. The 1st XI will play in Div 3 and 2nds in Div 7 in the coming season.

The 3 Junior sides had a disrupted season with many games being cancelled but promising performances saw the Under 13s and 15s finish in mid table. Dave Howe led the Youth coaching sessions with great style ably assisted by a number of coaches but in particular Kyle Lawrence. The clubs Clubmark accreditation was renewed. It’s very important that we focus effort on providing Youth teams at all ages. Please get the message out there that new players are always needed and welcomed. All Youth age groups will train on Friday evening from after Easter.

Chris Smart again produced excellent wickets to play on. Matt Kennedy reported that the Income /Expenditure account balanced, though reduced from more recent years, and we carried forward a small balance into the coming season. Thanks were extended to the girls who ran the successful Mexican night at the start of the season.

Committee and Contacts The following committee was elected to represent the members in the coming season. President

George Blackwell

Hon Secretary

David Agostini

Chairman and CWO Hon Treasurer

Rob Mair

07717 335899

Matt Kennedy

07711 651750

Matt Rees

07521 687758

Youth Coordinator

David Howe

1st XI Vice Captain

Chris George

1st XI Captain

2nd XI Captain

Paul Smith

2nd XI Vice Captain

Phil Spencer


Chris Smart

Sunday Capt and Fixtures

Daniel Jackson

07806 563441

07581 188156

07968 334109

Plus: Peter Brooks, Michael Smart. Nick Haycox kindly agreed to become our B2Day report coordinator.

07972 533673

Training Indoor Nets will be run at the University of Northampton for both Juniors and Adults from the beginning of February. Keep an eye on the Facebook page and website for details

Sponsorship Jackson Grundy have given the club great support over the last few years and we were again beneficiaries of their Community Support Initiative. This season we will be offering Match ball sponsorship at £25 per game. Please contact Daniel Jackson if you or your company is interested in sponsoring a match ball.

Fixtures The first month’s adult fixtures are as follows. Junior fixtures have not yet been issued. Date


3rd May


26th Apr 13:00

1st XI

O Ns 3rd

West Haddon




10th May 13:00




24th May 13:00




17th May 13:00

31st May 13:00


Great Houghton


Horton House 2nd A

13:30 H

2nd XI

No Game

No Game

Podington 2nd Ashby Timken



Loddington 2nd A Harlestone

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Your Parish Council www.

Minutes of the Meeting held at EB Youth Club, Harrowick Lane on Monday 13 January 2014


Approve awarding of Grounds Maintenance Contracts – the recommendations of the Grounds Maintenance Committee were approved. The Clerk will write to all the contractors who entered the tender process to thank them and advise if they were successful.


Report of the Finance Committee Meeting & approve minutes – it was resolved to adopt the minutes as a correct record.


The council meets at Earls Barton Youth Club, Harrowick Lane on the second Monday of the month at 7.15pm, except in August. Meetings are listed, three days before they take place, on the notice board in the Square, outside Jeyes the Chemists. You are welcome to attend and will be given an opportunity to address the Council.

Approve Grants 2014/15 – it was resolved to approve the Finance Committee’s recommendation for grant approval for 2014/15.


Present Cllrs M Cahill MBE (Chair), I Abbott, G Blackwell, J Bond, B Chapman, R Gough, M Higham, R Page, R Paintin, M Perkins & C Wells

Approve Risk Assessment/Asset Register/Audit Controls 2014/15 – it was resolved to approve the Risk Assessment, Asset Register, Audit Plan, Internal Controls and Terms of Reference as recommended by the Finance Committee.


Approve Precept 2014/15 –Following discussion it was resolved to approve the Finance Committee’s recommendation for Precept 2014/15 (total figure £90830.80. Band D equivalent £52.38 – an increase of £1.41 on last year)

Public Time No members of the public wished to address the Parish Council. 001/14 Apologies for Absence Apologies for absence were approved from Cllrs K Abbott (Appt) & Cllr P Morrall (BCW Business). 002/14 Declarations of Pecuniary Interest Cllr Blackwell declared a personal interest in agenda item 017/14 relating to David Wilson Homes. Cllr I Abbott declared an interest in agenda item 017/14. Dispensation was awarded to all members to discuss agenda item 005/14. 003/14 Minutes of the Meeting of 9 December 2013 It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a correct record. 004/14 Accounts It was resolved to pay the following accounts: 3710 Viking – Stationery 3711 James Wilson Associates – Neighbourhood Plan Consultant

£1072.86 £183.60

3713 E-on – ¼ Street Lighting Maintenance


3714 Anglian Water – Allotment 3715 Royal Mail Group – N/Plan Consultation Freepost


008/14 Collection of Brown Bins (Garden Waste) Following a complaint from a local resident, it was agreed that the Clerk write to BCW to ask whether consideration could be given to making changes to the brown bin collection in 2014/15 so that there is not such a long period of non-collection.


3716 Sublime Media – Website


3717 Victim Support – Grant


3718 T A Greenham – VAS Maintenance


3719 C & J Jackson – Mole Monitoring


3720 E-on – ¼ Street Lighting


3721 All Saints Church – Church Lighting


3722 NCC – Grit bin & salt


3723 Clerk/Registrar – Salary/Expenses


3724 Senior Youth Club Leader – Salary


3725 Senior Youth Club Assistant Leader – Salary

007/14 Neighbourhood Plan - update James Wilson reported that the draft Neighbourhood Plan is now ready to be circulated to members. It is anticipated that this will be ready to go out to consultation by the end of January, with a letter drop to every home in Earls Barton. The current planning applications for Station Road East (Redrow), South of Thorpe Road (Bowbridge) and North of Earls Barton (DWH) will not now be heard at the BCW Planning Committee Meeting on 22 January, but will be the subject of an extraordinary meeting by the Planning Committee. Date to be confirmed.


3712 Park Landscapes – Grounds Maintenance

009/14 Circus Visit Request – EB Recreation Field 2014 It was agreed that the Recreation Field is not suitable for this event due to access issues for large vehicles and lack of parking in the area. 010/14 Lancum House Care Home – 5th Anniversary Celebrations Members were invited to the celebration on 12 February. 011/14 Highways & Maintenance (a) Northants Highway – Parish Satisfaction Questionnaire – Clerk to deal


3726 Inland Revenue – Tax/NI


3727 E-on – Chapel Electricity


3728 E-on – Pioneer Electricity


006/14 Police & Community Safety (a) Crime figures & Report – PCSO Paul Hurst attended and advised that 7 crimes were reported in Earls Barton in December. This is a 25% reduction in recorded crime year to date. Following the news that EB Police Office has been closed and all staff relocated to Wellingborough, it was agreed that the Clerk write to the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commission to express disappointment over the lack of consultation and to suggest integrating services with EB Fire Station to keep a police presence in EB.

005/14 Finance & Projects (a) Report of Grounds Maintenance Committee Meeting & approve minutes – it was resolved to adopt the minutes as a correct record.



Clay Lane – update – the Clerk advised that all of the paperwork required has been received and the application to downgrade Clay Lane will be made in the next few weeks.


Parking – Elizabeth Way – concerns were raised over people parking close to the junction of Elizabeth Way and Northampton Road. The Clerk will contact NCC to attend a site meeting and advise.

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NCC Highways Newsletter – held by Clerk

012/14 NCALC/SLCC/ACRE Correspondence NCALC Update – held by Clerk (a) (b)

River Nene Catchment Plan – no further information received.

013/14 NCC Correspondence (a) Cllr Paul Bell, County Councillor – report – no report received. (b)

Draft Budget & Council Plan – consultation – no comment made.


County Council Development Local Validation List – consultation – no comment made.


Minerals & Waste Local Validation Lost – consultation – no comment made.

Community Speed Watch Programme 2014

014/14 BCW Correspondence (a) Budget 2014/15 – consultation – no comment made. Clerk to deal. (b)

Wellingborough Civic Valentines Ball – details noted.

015/14 Other Correspondence (a) Royal Mail Group – Terms & Conditions of Service – held by Clerk (b)

Adult Learning Brochure – Spring 2014 - noted

In 2014, Earls Barton Parish Council will be taking part in Northamptonshire Police’s Community Speed Watch Programme.

016/14 Planning No applications received. 017/14 Sports & Leisure Development No applications received.

In the past, we have used Community Speedwatch to raise awareness of speeding in Earls Barton and to make the roads in our village safer.

Date of Next Parish Council Meeting Monday 10 February 2014 – 7.15pm It should be noted that these minutes are subject to the approval of Earls Barton Parish Council

We are currently looking for volunteers to join the Community Speed Watch team.

Rosemary Smart – Clerk to the Council 01604 812850

You will be required to undertake a small amount of training and will then work with a small group to monitor vehicle speeds and the effect of speeding in Earls Barton. You will not be required to stop vehicles or contact drivers in any way. This is just a monitoring programme. We are also looking for local residents to support the scheme by signing a pledge to drive within the speed limit in Earls Barton at all times.


If you would like to pledge your support or are interested in joining the Community Speed Watch team, please contact the Clerk on 01604 812850 or or Mike Nichols (Community Speed Watch Co-ordinator) at for further information.


For further information please contact your local Parish Council Clerk or call your local Safer Community Team on 101 or visit

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Next stop on our tour the DERNGATE!

February 2014

Yes we’re on a tour of our local theatres seeing what they have on offer each month and this time our stop is Northampton’s Derngate Theatre! As usual the Derngate has a great line up and some great shows for you to see over the coming month (so much more that we cannot mention.) Ready for a laugh? A sing song? Or some classical singers? Well sit back and relax as I guide you through the key shows this month at the Derngate. We’re starting off with a little musical theatre time with RENT IN CONCERT Monday 3rd Feb!

Millions watched this summer as the singing brothers wowed the nation with their Your host: extraordinary performance on Britain's Got Gary Johnson Talent. The show won them numerous standing ovations and third place in the final. Tenor Richard and baritone Adam perfected their skills watching Pavarotti masterclasses online. Their hard work and dedication paid off. They signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music. Their debut album The Impossible Dream has classical crossover appeal, for music lovers both young and old. Singing a wide variety of songs, from classic love songs to the powerful The Impossible Dream, Richard and Adam will be performing glorious harmonies and stunning vocals that will put chills down your spine. Featuring special guest Charlotte Jaconelli, the classical singing sensation who shot to fame in Britain's Got Talent as one half of duo Jonathan & Charlotte.

Celebrating 20 years since its first staged performance, West End leading lady and Broadway star Kerry Ellis returns to the role of 'Mimi' in this iconic concert version of the smash-hit musical Rent, now for its third and final UK tour. The show last toured the UK in April last year, performing 10 dates to rave reviews. The show toured again in November starring Natasha Hamilton and Rory Taylor, before its final run in January and February 2014 with Kerry Ellis. Commenting on the show Kerry Ellis, who will be returning to the role of Mimi said: "I am thrilled to be returning to this production for its final dates. I had so much fun the first time round with this amazing cast and it's great to see that there is such demand for our show!"

Now it’s time for one of my modern day favourite comedians. Now in the theatre world I am known as a mini Simon Cowell – but this guy makes me laugh! So it’s a yes from me! Russell Howard is LIVE at the Derngate on Friday 14th Feb. "ENERGETIC, UNCYNICAL AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, VERY FUNNY." THE TIMES. Join Russell Howard, one of our funniest and most successful comedians, as he tries out material and warms up for his sold-out arena tour.

Finally this month we welcome the MISS FUNNY (yes you’ve already had MR FUNNY) but it’s the brilliant SARAH MILLICAN Tuesday 25th – Wednesday 26th Feb! "SARAH MILLICAN IS NEVER LESS THAN BELLY-LAUGH HILARIOUS" The Mirror. The British Comedy Award’s Queen of Comedy Sarah Millican is giving up the party scene (Ann Summers), easing off on the drinking (fizzy pop equals wealthy dentists) and is settling down (taking her bra off). Determined to put down some roots, she now has a cat (furry baby) and even a tree (she has a lot of mugs). On this, her third national tour, you will learn what to take on a dirty weekend, the easiest way to blend in in posh restaurants and how to teach a pensioner to swear. Join her for some hilarious domestic bliss!

Russell returns to his first love, live stand-up with his first tour for three years and a show which looks set to be the hottest ticket of 2014. This is your chance to see the star and creator of the awardwinning hit TV show, Russell Howard's Good News, back on stage at his favourite UK venues, on top of the world, doing what he does best.

Tickets are now on sale from the Derngate for all shows mentioned! Next month is a busy month for myself in the theatre world so we’re taking a mini break from our tour to have a look at what I and the young people are up to at The Castle!

Don’t miss MR FUNNY himself this month!

Now it’s time for the next big names this month to tread along the Derngate stage. It’s two guys I’m sure you will remember from Britain’s Got Talent – unfortunately their act was upstaged by a 5 minuet wonder in the grand final but these guys sound great. It’s the brilliant RICHARD AND ADAM Sunday 23rd Feb Derngate! Sensational Welsh singing brothers, Richard and Adam, are bringing their remarkable harmonies to Royal & Derngate, as they embark on their very first UK tour.

See you next time GLJ

2014 is well under way and thoughts of Christmas and New Year are now wonderful memories. Time to remind you all of the precious resource you have in your community library. I have long appreciated your help and support and 2013 was one of my favourite years with the rebirth of our lovely garden and the new vegetable plot, only achieved by you. For continued success I still need your on going support with visits, volunteers and donations. As you know we have several weekly clubs but this is YOUR library and any suggestions are welcome and reviewed for future projects. In case you don’t realise, our opening hours are as follows: Tuesday - Friday 1.00pm - 6.00pm, Saturday 10.00am - 2.00pm & Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm I look forward to welcoming you very soon, Best wishes, Caz


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Earls Barton United Football Club c/o Anne Cleaver (Secretary) 8 Cordon Crescent, Earls Barton, Northampton NN6 0PW - Tel: 01604 466366 New Year’s Eve Veterans Game - It is a tradition on New Year’s Eve, that once finally tuned athlete’s, dust off their boots for

the EBUFC Veterans game. Whilst the weather was miserable, it did not stop a crowd of over one hundred spectators coming to support the players. This year, to make it even more special we had a contingent returning from outside the UK, Neil Smith flying in from New York, Steve Roe yachting in from Puerto Banus Spain !!! and Duncan Ward returning from his retirement The Under 12’s squad consists home in the south of France, bolstering a line up totalling 36 Barton veterans. o The two teams were expertly managed by Tony Bates and Gary Mills, who picked the sides evenly on ability and the size of the players waistline. Gary was the winning manager steering his side to a comfortable 7 – 3 victory. The game had moved on in the twenty years since Batesy managed, and it told. He spent most of the first half making notes although it was rumoured he was writing his shopping list. The players were that competitive that Gazzer`s offer of a shot of whiskey in the tea and a shot of vodka in the oranges, Errol Flynn style were both turned down by the players at half time. There were many highlights with a save from Chris Smart being the top one. It defied a man who reportedly has a bad back but definitely has gained a few pounds ! He leapt like a salmon to palm a Matt Rees, bullet corner bound shot, over the bar. Another highlight was seeing that Stewart Beards had not lost his touch from when he was a professional in Scandinavia. His goal rattled into the bottom corner before Sam Smart had a chance to see it. Whilst there were many more moments of achievement including Fraser Hopes yearly 10 minute spell on the pitch, the final one must go to the Smith brothers. Neil and Paul, neither renowned for their tackling when Barton players, saw the opportunity to send some brotherly love in a 50/50 challenge. They survived, thus providing the opportunity to buy their spectator Dad, Barry, a beer at the bar afterwards.

The most important thing was the game was played in the right spirit and all the players went into the bar after the game for some food beautifully prepared by Dawn and Fraser, have a few beers, some a lot more than their partners would have liked and spend well into the afternoon going back over this and many Barton games gone bye. It was great to see all their families up there enjoying the occasion. The game and support raised much needed funds for EBSA and everyone I have spoken to since, have said they have already pencilled in next year as a date they will look forward to.

I would like to wish all past and present players, supporters and committee members of EBUFC a happy new year and if you missed this occassion please make a date in your diary for next year – Its not to be missed ! Macca

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Community Status Retained - I am pleased to announce that we have been successful in our application for Charter

Standard Community Status once again putting us amongst the elite in Grassroots football clubs. I wish to thank everybody for their efforts in maintaining this level.

Dads Cup - If you recall we entered the Northants FA Dads cup, however unfortunately we only just managed to beat

England Cricket teams Ashes record. On a blustery night at Moulton we played 4 games losing 2 and drawing 2 to finish bottom of our group. However everybody had a good night at a well-run tournament, followed by a couple of drinks. Thank 01604 811591 you to those who played.

Under 6’s - Under 6’s are now being coached on their own away from the under 7’s and would welcome additional players V

(already 5 and 6 before 1st September 2014), coaches and help on a Saturday morning at the Recreation field from 9 until 10. donate them 01604 to EBUFC, please contact anyone on Please contact Anne Cleaver if you are interested 466366 the General Committee - where they will be received! you would likeAntony, a collection Quiz Night - Quiz night Saturday 22ndgratefully March 2014 at theIfGrange. Can Caroline, Terry and Lucy retain their title. All box and poster to put in your workplace, please welcome. email us at Check the website to see how your village teams are doing You can visit the website to keep up to date with all the Earls Barton Teams


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Tuesday 4th March 2014 7.30 pm in the Village Hall Tickets £7 Bring your own drinks, but glasses are provided. Tickets from Gill Blackwell 01604 812971

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UNDER THE TOWER DRAMA Earls Barton’s drama group for over 40 years and a NODA award winning society UTTD is very pleased to announce its new production:

COMING SOON at a church hall near you! UTTD are pleased to announce that our next production is:

Two one act plays and a Fish and Chip Supper When? Friday March 14th and Saturday March 15th Where? Earls Barton Parish Church Hall. Time? Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Don’t delay in getting your tickets as our play/supper evenings are always popular and tickets tend to sell out very quickly. Tickets are only £10 and are available from Jeyes The Chemist, The Square and Lynda Hair Fashions, High Street. We are now trying to match the incredible success of our November production and we hope we will do that with our choice of plays: “The Offence” a thriller and “Stop and Run” a comedy. These are both by Diana Raffle who wrote “Blue Suede Blues”, one of the plays we performed in November. It proved to be quite a hit with our audience and so this time we have gone for two plays by the same author. We look forward to seeing YOU at our Fish and Chip supper, with plays of course! If you are interested in acting or helping why not get in touch with us? We were very pleased to welcome new members at the auditions and would be very pleased to welcome you. For more information call 01604 810802 or 01604 810665 or e-mail us on: 36

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February 2014

Summer Leys Forthcoming Events.....

Sunday 16 February - WHY MANAGE A RESERVE?

Looking at reserve management at Summer Leys. Also includes a sheepdog demonstration.

Sunday 16 March - WHAT A HOOT


only per child

Come and see owls up close and learn about their behaviour and habitat preferences (indoors at the WAY building).

Sunday 20 April - SNAKES AND OTHER REPTILES Learn about the species of reptiles we have in England and how and where to find them.

We hope to see you at Wildlife Watch next month.

All Meetings are from 11am - 12.30pm unless otherwise stated. For further details please contact Juliette Butler E: 37

T: 07793 606026

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February 2014

Full range of services available including IUD and implant fitting, joint injections, minor surgery and counselling Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5.00pm • Friday: 8.30am to 12.30pm Saturday: 8.00am to 9.45am (1st Saturday in the month) NEW PATIENTS WELCOME Apply to register on-line at:

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When you suffer chronic pain you can look perfectly healthy. People think there is nothing wrong with you. The truth is that chronic pain can be totally debilitating and can ruin lives. A way with pain is the brain child of 37 year old Julia Kelly who had a car accident in 2005 and has been left suffering chronic pain every day since. Julia’s condition has to be managed with medication which causes drowsiness and lethargy. The combination of pain that never ends and medication means that Julia’s life has changed forever. “When you are told your treatment has reached the end of the line and this is as good as it is going to get, it’s a hard thing to accept.” She says. The consequences of her condition meant Julia lost her job, her home and her relationships. She became suicidal. “When you have lost everything and nobody seems to believe there is anything wrong with you, it’s a very lonely place to be”. Thanks to the support of her family she has got through this dark period and has used her experiences to set up a way with pain. The charity runs a website where people affected by chronic pain can source the latest news about developments in pain management and most importantly join a forum to share experiences. The forum activity helps to overcome the sense of isolation that people can feel. The charity also intends to provide funding to enable sufferers to receive the best possible treatment for pain management. Chronic Pain affects around 1 in 7 of the UK population. Yet the fight to get timely and effective treatment for chronic pain is often long and frustrating. It is beyond belief to think that despite the clear evidence provided by the statistics treatment for chronic pain is still one of the most under-funded services within the NHS. Julia’s story in detail can be found at


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February 2014

Top 10 New Year’s business resolutions The end of the year is a good time to reflect on your business progress over the past year and plan how you want your business to develop. Do you want increased success? Or the chance to make time to enjoy the fruits of your labours? These top 10 resolutions are designed to strike a better work-life balance, so you can achieve a truly satisfying 2014.

1. Set realistic goals…Make a resolution that your goals this year are going to be realistic and achievable, otherwise this could only lead to frustration. This applies as much to business goals as to personal ones.

2. Make business planning a weekly event…Take time out to work “on” your business, rather than “in it”. Take stock of what works and what didn’t work so well, this will help you set your direction or adjust old goals. Set aside time to review, adjust and look forward; 3. Learn how to delegate and do more of it…There are so many things to do when you are running a small business, it’s easy to think you have to do all of them. Then we wonder why we are so frazzled with no time to do anything else. Determine your personal Return on Investment, decide what can be delegated. Think of engaging a virtual PA to help you with admin, and spend that time wisely;

4. Promote your business regularly and consistently…Too often the task of promoting your business slips to the bottom of the “to-do” list. If you want to attract new customers, promotion is a priority. Consider hiring a marketing expert to help you create a marketing plan and follow it through;

5. Use a default diary…Set time aside for projects in your diary and stick to it. Even if you say you will work on something new in the morning but in the afternoon you must work on finishing off “old” tasks. Also consider switching off your email alerts, only check your emails twice a day. Nothing is so urgent it can’t wait half a day for a response.

6. Join a new business organisation…Meeting new people can spark new ideas, new contacts and generate business. This can either be in person or over the “net”. Making the effort will revitalise you and therefore enhance both your business and personal life; 7. Learn something new…What you choose to learn can be something business related or a personal interest. It will add a new dimension to your life… how do you find the time? By delegating!

8. Give something back…Make a difference to your community, either by volunteering time to a local cause or sponsor a community group. Not only will this generate good PR for your business, it can also enrich your personal life;

9. Put time for yourself in your diary…Re-charge your batteries. A healthy work-life balance demands time out. 10. & most important of all? – DO IT!...Take action. It most cases we know what we need to do, but we don’t actually get round to doing it. If you don’t take notice of any of the other resolutions, this one will make the difference to your bottom line.

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Search begins for Northamptonshire’s Best Village 2014

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Are you proud of your village? Does it have a community spirit? Then you have very good reason to enter Northamptonshire’s 2014 ‘Best Village’ competition.

Call Caroline on: 01604 812019 / 07858 004068

• Open to villages with populations up to 6,000 • Three different categories based on village size • Special award for best ‘newcomer’ The judges are looking for all aspects of village life: community and social activities; local communication; the village website; the provision for young people and more senior residents; the involvement of local businesses; sustainability; general tidiness; and the welcome given to visitors.

Earls Barton Rally 2014

A belated Happy New Year to all your staff and readers. We hope everyone had a good Christmas and are now ready for the busy times ahead in 2014.

If you feel inspired to champion your village, contact your Parish Clerk who will have received an application form by the end of January.

Arrangements for the Earls Barton Rally are well advanced and we have already received a lot of entries for all classes both vintage and craft and models. This year there will be Galloping Acrobatics as the main ring event which should certainly be very entertaining and something completely different. It will be the first time we have had a horse act in the arena and hopefully it will bring in the crowds. There will be the beer tent as per usual and this year there will be music during the day, this worked very well last year and we hope it will be well supported again this year. As always we would welcome any help during the arranging or actually on the set up and weekend. Anyone interested can contact Pat Conroy on 01933 663454 or Penny Smith, who has now taken over from Elaine Gregory, who retired ar the end of this year, on 01933 664730.

Also, new JUDGES are required to join our existing team for this competition. You will visit 3 - 4 villages each year, assessing them for the competition. Full instructions and training is given. If you enjoy village life and are interested in the community spirit it fosters; if you are interested in finding out what other villages get up to and talking to people who have similar interests, then this volunteering opportunity may be for you. To find out more, visit or email Barron Walton, Northamptonshire Best Village Competition Co-ordinator, at or telephone 01604 831803.

Once again may we wish everyone a happy and healthy 2014


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History Society News Frank Batten reports…Kevin Varty made a welcome return to the Earls Earton and District Historical Society in December last year. Having previously talked about such diverse subjects as Northamptonshire murders, magic lanterns and Victorian funerals this time his subject was the lives and music of Flanders and Swann. He showed how their act was entirely appropriate in its day, leading to great popularity and appearances in every major city around the world. Kevin added his own humour to the talk and encouraged the audience to join in with some of the well known songs... the talk was called Joined at the Hippo, acknowledging what is perhaps the best known song by Flanders and Swann.

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As always for our December meetings collections and raffles were held to raise funds for the society and local charities and members brought along wine and festive snacks (we must remember a corkscrew next time!)

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Our February meeting will be at 7:30 on Friday 21st at the St John Ambulance building at the end of Elizabeth Way. Our speaker will be David Hudson giving a talk called A Tramp for Work, the story of two men who walked from Bozeat to Derbyshire in search of work early in the 20th Century. For more information about the society contact Frank Batten on 01223 860038.

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