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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 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 Include your name, address and phone number as we do not publish anonymous articles.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.

June 2014

A Busy Month in Earls Barton

June is a big month for the village of Earls Barton as the countdown to the annual Festival and Carnival continues, culminating with the crowning of the Carnival Queen on Saturday 21st June. The small team of organisers has been busy once again, preparing a programme of events to suit all tastes; a quiz, a film night, an art exhibition, musical performances and stand up comedy are among the things on offer. A full programme of events and timings is included in this month’s edition of Barton Today. If you wish to find out more, want to have a stall at the Rec on the day of the Carnival or would like to enter the Carnival procession, there is further information at

Well it’s certainly been a nail biting time for local sporting enthusiasts. The Cobblers left their fans to sweat it out until the very last minute, only avoiding relegation in their last game of the season by beating Oxford United 3 - 1. Another season of Division Two football beckons. This had seemed a very remote possibility back in January. On the rugby front, Northampton Saints beat their arch rivals Leicester Tigers 21 – 20 in a thrilling Aviva Premiership Semi Final match. Let’s hope that this year, they can go one further and beat Saracens in the final at Twickenham on 31st May. We hope you enjoy reading the June edition of Barton Today. Let’s hope that Carnival Day is blessed with good summer weather and that the villagers of Earls Barton go out in force to support this excellent event.

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June 2014

Whats on in June 2014 MONDAY









Whites Nurseries Car Boot Sale Justin Lovell at The Silver Band Club








Festival Fortnight Starts Info Pg 24- 25 Matt’s Recovery Fund Raising Day Info Pg 5

Johnny D at The Silver Band Club







EB Museum Guided EB Museum Guided Art Exhibition - Info Pg 24 Walk - Info Pg 24 Walk - Info Pg 24 All Bears @All Saints WI Meeting Jazz in the Church Info Pg 32 - Info Pg 24 Luncheon Club 2

Parish Council Meeting 7.15pm





Wildlife Activity Info Pg 48 Ali by Request The Silver Band Club


Art Exhibition - Info Pg 24

Open Mic Night at The Swan - 8pm National Book Week Info Pg 24

Labryinth Info Pg 24


Whites Nurseries Mothers’ Union Car Boot Sale White Elephant & ANTZ Cake Stall Info Pg 4 Info Pg 45 Fairtrade Coffee Kim Robinson at The Morning Info Pg 6 Silver Band Club



Youth Club Tea & Cake Info Pg 26 Stand Up Comedy Night - Info Pg 24 Floral Society ‘With a Curl and a Twirl” Info Pg 5

Film Night - Info Pg 24





Musical Roots - Info Pg 24

Story Time at the Library - Info Pg 24

Luncheon Club 3

Festival Fortnight Ends with Carnival Day Info Pg 24- 25



Xmas Weekend at The Swan Info Pg 5

Xmas Weekend at The Swan Info Pg 5

Higham Ferrers Farmers Market All Bears @All Saints 9-1pm

Fireworks at the Rec Info pg 18 Adrian Manx at The Silver Band Club

29 Xmas Party & BBQ at The Swan Info Pg 5 Mike Leigh at The Silver Band Club Whites Nurseries Car Boot Sale




Pool Knockout at The Swan Mums' legs, bums and tums. EB EB Junior Youth Club Working Mens club 6.30-8pm 9:30-10:15 (term time only) Hokey Cokey 1.30pm -3.00pm Starfruit Theatre Group term time only Baptist Church All Saints Church Hall 7.15pm - 9.00pm Line Dancing Scrabble Working Mens Club The Library 9.30am - 12.00pm 2pm - 4pm




Ladies Bootycamp 7:30-8:15pm and 8:20-9:05pm,

Fitness Pilates@ The Grange (men and women) 7.30-8.15, 8.20-9.05pm Monday (fortnightly) Chatter-tots Stay & Play St Johns Hall


General Knowledge Quiz at The Swan Mummy and Buggy Bootcamp EB recreational field 9:30-10:15am (term time only) Quiz Night at The Silver Band Club Knit & Knatter Group The Library 4.00pm - 6.00pm

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 Yoga - St. Johns Ambulance Hall 6.30pm Earls Barton Library.


Bingo and Meat Raffle at The Swan

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Olympic Champions Test Out New Bridge On Wednesday 7th May, the inaugural Friends Life Women’s Cycling Tour began its five day journey from Oundle, culminating in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday 11th May. Over 90 of the world’s top women’s cyclists were involved, including double 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Laura Trott, road race silver medalist Lizzie Armistread and Dutch Olympic champion Marianne Vos. Day one was a 58 mile stage finishing in the centre of Northampton. Day two was the longest of the five stages, covering 74 miles from Hinckley to Bedford. Both stages afforded local people the opportunity to view this fantastic race with the cyclists passing close to Earls Barton. Despite the constant drizzle a good crowd had gathered around the new bridge at Hardwater Crossing on the Wednesday. The cyclists were scheduled to pass by at 1.00 pm, wending their way from Wilby along Cut Throat Lane and descending the steep hill down Hardwater Road, crossing the bridge over the River Nene. Seeing over 90 cyclists passing by at a pretty fast pace is some spectacle. Road racing is not for the faint hearted as the riders are bunched closely together and the dangers of a pile up lurk around every corner. The stamina demands are enormous. The winner of Stage 2, Rossella Ratto, covered the 74 miles from Hinckley to Bedford in 3hr 2min 2sec, an average speed of just over 24 miles per hour. Try it yourself, next time you cycle to the Coop The Hardwater Crossing part of the race was not without incident. As well as the 90+ cyclists having to negotiate the route, there was also a cavalcade of support vehicles, as well as over 20 police motor cyclists ensuring the road closure logistics were put into place. The front runners in the peloton passed by at a rapid pace but then disaster struck. One of the following riders slid on a patch of diesel on the bridge. This led to a domino effect with other riders falling. The support vehicles had to stop and there was a short period of mayhem as the riders tried to extricate themselves from the pile up. However, this is part and parcel of a professional cyclist’s life and soon they were all on their way. As a spectator, one gets just a brief glimpse of the riders themselves. But seeing so many great athletes, giving their all in such challenging conditions, is certainly a site to behold. Cycle enthusiasts have more to look forward to with this Year’s Tour De France beginning in Leeds with the 3rd Stage on Monday 7th July going from Cambridge to London.


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Diamond Wedding Celebrations

Words from Jonathon Thompson

June 2014

Congratulations to Robert and Denyse Fairhurst on their Diamond Wedding on 24 April 2014. After their wedding at All Saints Church in Earls Barton they lived in Lancashire for seven years before returning to the village until 1978 when they moved to Mears Ashby.

I begin this month with a sense of pure relief and joy, alongside Cobblers fans everywhere we celebrate what will be the clubs 95th year in the football league. It has been a tough season, and we all wondered whether we would take the dreaded drop in to conference football. The support of the team, however has never wavered, and tribute must be paid to them all for the excellent way in which they have stood by the team in one of its most difficult seasons.

Robert and Denyse celebrated the occasion with a special ringing of the church bells in Earls Barton, accompanied by their sons Paul and Mark, his partner Sarah, their grandson Sam and Denyse’s sister Anne.

I know there are many people in this village who follow the club at home or away, and credit to them all for remaining faithful throughout. Hopefully Chris Wilder, who led us so well, will be able to lead us to greater things in the future, and of course we will be there to support both him and the team. The World Cup begins on 12th June, with the hosts Brazil playing Croatia, and all football fans will be looking forward to one of the greatest tournaments on earth. There are many fine Christian men and women within the beautiful game, as the late Brian Clough called it, and it has been my pleasure to meet some of them over the years. England begin their campaign against Italy on 15th June, with others in their group being Uruquay and Costa Rica. I can’t wait to see some of the greatest footballers on the world stage, and to celebrate the wonderful family of the footballing world. The colourful support of the nations is in it’s self-worth watching, and tens of millions of people will join together in this great spectacle. When I played football with Earls Barton United, Irchester United, M.A.S. Mears Ashby and Sywell, Olney Town and finally O.N. Chenecks of Northampton, the world was a totally different place, with stadiums being mostly standing, as opposed to seating. Stadiums of past years would be unrecognisable compared to new modern facilities of today.

White Elephant and Cake Stall at the

Fairtrade Coffee Morning In All Saints Church Hall On Saturday 14th June From 10am to 12.30pm

Whether you are a football fan or not – go with the flow and enjoy the scenes of nations with nations, the laughter and tears, the goals celebrations, and people from all walks of life who will be a part spectacle. Finally let me share with you ten Native American commandments, Wise words to keep in mind at any time. Treat Mother Earth and all who dwell upon with respect. Remain close to the Great Spirit. Show great respect for your fellow beings. Work together for the benefit of all mankind. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed. Do what you know is right. Look after the wellbeing of mind and body. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good. Be truthful and honest at all times. Take full responsibility for your actions.

Earls Barton Methodist Church Forthcoming dates for your diary

God Bless and be with you always. Jonathan.

Preachers in June 2014 at the Methodist Church are: June 1st June 8th June 15th June 22nd June 29th July 6th

On Sunday, 28th September at 4pm, as part of our Harvest Festival celebrations, we are holding the Big Sing with hymns and songs, both old and new. We invite the whole community to share with us on this day, and we will be joined again by a group of friends from Earls Barton Music under the leadership of their musical director Jon Rees. Do come and join us.

V. Anslow A. Edgecombe D. Hudson E. Bibbings Rev. N. Bibbings J. Thompson

On Saturday 29th November, our annual bazaar will be held. We look forward to meeting and sharing with you all once again, and we thank you for all the support given to us over the years. Full details will follow nearer the time.


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Every Wednesday 8pm - General Knowledge Quiz - Jackpot Every 2nd thursday in the Month - Open Mic Night - 8pm 7th June - Matts Recovery Fundraising Day - Information opposite - Please come and support. 27th - 29th June - Xmas Weekend!! Yes Santa will be here! Join us for a festive weekend, all about Xmas!! Xmas Party & BBQ on 29th (subject to weather) 12-6pm

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Thursday 12th June Jazz in the Church Tickets £5.00 from EB Costume or 810989

“With a Curl and a Twirl” with Lisa Howarth from Biggleswade Meetings take place in The All Saints Church Hall, Earls Barton at 7.30pm - 9.30pm


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Amazing to think we’ve been open just over a year now so we plan to celebrate with birthday-style cupcakes at our next coffee gathering on 14th June. See below for details. Cakes will be free but if you are a fan of baking cupcakes too then do bring some along to help us celebrate!

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Meet Neil from...

Conservatories Ltd Neil is from a long line of “Tiplers”, a family with a long history in Earls Barton. Neil is though not a “Leek” as he was born in Northampton General Hospital. His Mum and Dad, Di and Michael, lived in “The Shop”next door to Michael’s parents in Harrowick Lane. Then after a few months the family moved to West Way. Neil went to school in Earls Barton and then on to John Lee in Wellingborough. Neil started work at Barkers in the “leather room” and was there from 1981 – 1984. He then ventured into a world of “shop fitting” with a company based in Wellingborough, travelling all over the country. This lasted a couple of years until he joined NAC windows, of Northampton in 1986, a double glazing company. This work was of the commercial nature, mainly tower blocks in Birmingham, London and the “home counties.” In 1990 he married and moved to Northampton when two years later and fed up with “working all hours of the day and night” and wanting a different life style, he and his wife decided to pack up, buy a caravan and shoot off to sunny Spain! How many of us would love to do that? They were in Southern Spain for eight months before deciding to return to Northampton. BUT they simply could not settle so when the chance came to go to the South of France to work on a campsite, they said yes immediately, preparing the site for the holiday season, as well as building a swimming pool! They stayed there until April of 1993 when they tried their luck as holiday couriers working on two different campsites, one in the west coast on the beach and finally moving down to finish the season in the French Alps before moving back to England.

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So as life tends to go full circle they ended up back at the family home (his grandparents’ house, not the shop!) and set about renovating the home. Neil got a job with Astraseal, specialising in building and installing conservatories where he learned his optimum trade over the next 8 years. This experience enabled him to make the huge decision to go it alone and he formed CLASSIC CONSERVATORIES. Going self employed is most certainly in the blood as his father Michael was a self employed carpenter, Uncle Brian a self employed painter and decorator and Uncle Keith a self employed plumber.

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Neil’s aim was always to work locally having spent numerous hours travelling the country and the success of CLASSIC CONSERVATORIES is simple – do a good job and let word of mouth provide the business. This strategy has proven to work and continues today with Neil working close to home and “tied” to Barton by the “Tiplers”!!


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Aiming high, together we can fly!

EARLS BARTON Working Men’s Club

The summer term has begun amidst a great deal of excitement. What could be the cause of this I hear you ask…. it must be the launch of the new curriculum themes of ‘Africa’ in Key Stage One, and ‘Growing’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage? Well no, not totally…. the real excitement was coming back after Easter to our 3 newly refurbished washrooms complete with sensor flushes and sensor taps no less! The children had voted on the theme for the door and vanity units and chose ‘under the sea’ and ‘pond life’ which make the areas very child friendly and pleasant for the children to use. We are so pleased with the result that we have already started planning for the remaining washrooms to have a facelift over the summer!

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Our links with the community continues this term with our youngest children joining in the village memorial project ‘Barton Boys – Lost but not forgotten’.

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01604 810444 CIU AFFILIATED A group of children have sprinkled poppy seeds in the churchyard and are also cultivating poppies as part of their learning theme. We are looking forward to seeing examples of the older children’s work following the launch of the village book in May. Plans are also underway for the school to participate in the village carnival again this year – you should spot us quite easily, we will be the large pack of safari animals. We also invite you to visit us on June 7th when we hold our annual ‘June Rose Day’ event – our King, Queen and their attendants will be holding court from 10am on the day and our year 2 country dancers are busy preparing to entertain you during the festivities. There will be stalls, games, raffle and maybe even another chance to ‘Soak the Head’. Here’s hoping for beautiful clement weather to shine down on these June events.

Summer Folk Evening and Barbeque Come along and enjoy an evening of folk music and good food. Music by the ever-popular

Musical Roots

As you know, from reading our monthly articles, we are fortunate to be well supported by our parents and Friends of the School in so many ways. However, there is something we are lacking and our children and governors have suggested that I ask you to help us …….

Where: London End Farm, EB When: 6:00pm - 5th July 2014

We really need someone to join our friendly lunchtime supervisor team. It requires an hour and a half of your time every day during the school term and you would need to be prepared to go through clearance checks with the police as part of our safer recruitment process. Our children are a delight and will make you smile every day which is reward in itself, but an added incentive is that we will also pay you! If this appeals to you then contact our school office for more details. Please give this request your consideration; the children are waiting for your call.

Cost: £10.00 per ticket (under 14s free) to include Hot Dog & Dessert (spare ribs available extra)

Bar - with local beer Tickets from Roger Smith Tel: 01604 811332 or Jeyes Chemists

Friday 12th & Saturday 13th June Art Exhibition / Photographic Work Patchwork & Quilting Display Methodist Church Hall - Free entry Greyscale

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Love Summer, Love Wimbledon

Love Jeyes! For 2 special weeks we are transforming the conservatory into a fun filled Wimbledon party. Sit and relax in our conservatory and watch all the live. Why not treat yourself to one of the following:

A Champagne Afternoon Tea A selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, freshly baked fruit scones with cream and strawberry jam, an assortment of cakes and Apothocoffee Shop treats, a pot of Tea or Coffee, plus a glass of delicious Champagne

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£6.95 per person If you would like to book a table and enjoy the fun with your family and friends please contact Anna on 01604 810289 or

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RIP - Jasper - Our Lovely Dog On Wednesday 23 April (St George’s Day) our beloved dog, Jasper, ran across the road, chasing a cat that had been in our garden and was killed by a passing bus. He was still alive as I picked him up and took him to the side of the road but he died in my arms. My wife Maureen said he was wagging his tail as I whispered in his ear.

Jacqui Bramall

To say we are devastated would be a massive understatement as although we had only had him for 16 months he was, as dog lovers know, a large part of the family and will be sorely missed. This article is to say a huge thank you to the numerous people who sent cards, flowers and messages of condolence. It has meant so much to us that he was liked by so many. Thank you, lovely people of Earls Barton.

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We will never forget the love and happiness that Jasper gave us in his short life, but the quiet and sadness in the house was too overwhelming, so we made the decision to get another dog, he is a labradoodle puppy, Jaxson, in a few weeks time he will be out and about ready to meet you all. Thank you once again David and Maureen Rust

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Katie needs your help for a Buddy Bench Katie Lay who goes to Earls Barton Junior School is looking for local businesses to sponsor a Buddy Bench to go on the playground as part of her Beat Bullying Campaign. The idea is to have playground monitors wearing blue caps and if a child was a little worried or upset they could go to the Buddy Bench and would be noticed by an adult or child monitor who would then be able to help them. There is a similar scheme at Earls Barton Infant School, where a Friendship Bench is used for children if they have no-one to play with or talk to during break times.

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Over the past 2 months Katie has been selling Beat Bullying wristbands on the playground to raise awareness at school, so children understand the effects of bullying. Katie initially wanted to buy books for the school library with the money she raised and is in the process of doing this, but wasn’t expecting to have so much interest in her wristbands.


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On Wednesday the 12th of March Katie took part in an assembly with PC Hurst who had heard about Katie’s project and wanted to attend the school to speak to the children about the effects of bullying and also to explain what bullying is and why it’s wrong. PC Hurst also bought a wristband from Katie during the assembly.

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Katie has raised £123.00 and would like to thank all the children and adults who have supported her so far.

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If you are interested in sponsoring/or would like to donate towards the Buddy Bench, please contact either Karen Lay on 07854 370871 or or Chris Macarthur on or 07717 823397.

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Barton Today

June 2014

What a fantastic start to the year!

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ladies What a fantastic start we’ve had to the year at both Acorn Sales & Lettings and the local Earls Barton property market as a whole. Activity levels continue to grow month-by-month and we’re seeing record prices being achieved. You only need to look around the village to see the number of Acorn ‘SOLD’ and ‘LET BY’ boards regularly popping up to confirm this.

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The market continues to show no signs of let up which we can confirm at Acorn having recently sold two local properties for well in excess of their asking price! These conditions haven’t been since 2007/08. We’re even finding that some of our properties are being sold or let as soon as they’ve come to market. It just goes to demonstrate that to achieve the maximum price for your property you must expose it to the widest possible audience and in the most appealing and professional manner.

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We’re about to enter the busiest months of the property buying, selling and renting calendar. So with ever increasing buyers and tenants registering at our centrally located office at No.1 The Square, Earls Barton, if you would like a free, no obligation sales or rental valuation, please give us a call or alternatively, you’re more than welcome to pop into our Earls Barton office for a coffee and chat.

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June 2014

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A Note from Down Under For most of Western Australia’s south, it has been a long, dry Summer, and until recent welcome rainfall, Autumn as well. Although not unusual, and with the break of the season occurring sometimes as late as June, local farmers are now busy seeding. Previous heavy falls in the eastern wheatbelt also meant farmers there were off to an unusually good start and full dams. Still comparatively warm, conditions are ideal for emerging crops.

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For those who appreciate it, this is a time of rejuvenation in the bush as well. With the change of season comes the thrill of finding the first flowering species, together with a renewed interest in bushwalking, becoming re-acquainted with familiar places or exploring new territories. ‘Barton Today’ readers will also be experiencing the joy of rediscovery, after what I believe was a particularly wet start to Spring. Birdwatchers will have been observing familiar resident species, or noting the return of migrants. I learned recently that we also see some of those same annual visitors. Coincidentally, today, May 10th, is World Migrating Bird Day. The amazing instinctive urge of even very small birds to travel thousands of kilometres, and even circumnavigate the globe every year, is barely recognized. Sadly, their vital feeding and resting places en route are being overtaken by development; the greater the progress, as in south-east Asia, the more devastating the destruction of their habitat.

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The extended fine weather certainly wasn’t without advantages, the Easter break providing the opportunity for a longer break. My family and I chose to spend it in Hopetoun, 590 kms south-east of Perth. The long drive presented a fascinating and gradual change of panorama from the flat terrain of the inland agricultural districts to the picturesque coastal settlement overlooked by mountain ranges and incorporating the 330,000 hectares of Fitzgerald River National Park. Hopetoun is, in fact, the chosen residential site for many employees working at Ravensthorpe, 50 kms inland, where gold and tin were discovered in the early part of the 20th century. Mining has taken place intermittently since then, and the discovery of nickel saw the mines re-open in recent times, but agriculture remains the major industry. Both towns are situated in the Ravensthorpe Shire.

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The name Ravensthorpe will be familiar to readers, and it was only when I visited the U.K. that I realized many Australian place names are replications, although that’s where the similarity ends. John Septimus Roe, originally from Berkshire, a well known explorer and Surveyor General, was responsible for many, having arrived in 1829, the year this State was founded. It is quite possible other instances occurred later when our British forefathers were forced to leave their beloved homeland due to circumstances, taking with them, so to speak, the names with which they were so familiar. With no chance of returning, there is little doubt they found some comfort in their choice.

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Other place names, as you can imagine, are often based on Aboriginal associations. ‘Darkan’, for instance, is named for a large, flat rock (‘black rock’), itself associated with fertility rituals, located within the townsite. Dardadine, the locality named for our farm, means ‘wet camp’, for the creek that runs through the property and into the Hillman River, Alfred Hillman being another celebrated early explorer and surveyor of this State.

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Barton Today

June 2014

Allotment Transformation Revealed The NC TLC Trust’s allotment has undergone a re-design and all the work and care shown to the garden was unveiled at an official open day in May. On Sunday, May 11th the children’s cancer charity invited charity families and supporters to the allotment garden in Earls Barton, and the rain stayed away allowing visitors to enjoy the newly cultivated and maintained allotment plot. Lynda Garratt, the Trust’s Allotment Project Manager, has worked tirelessly for months on the project with the help of volunteers and funding from sponsors to get it completed and ready for the families to utilise and enjoy. The allotment space offers the charity families four raised planting beds for produce to be grown and harvested by them, whilst enjoying the outdoor space at the same time. The NCTLC Trust Event’s Manager, Victoria Mifsud said: “What a lovely afternoon it turned out to be. The allotment looks beautiful, thanks to our fantastic project manager, Lynda Garratt.” She added: “Lynda made this event exactly what it should be. The children turned up with their shovels and plants or seeds and planted them in their designated flower beds. “They will now continue to care for them throughout the year.” The newly appointed NC TLC Trust patron, Dominic Waldouck, Northampton Saints player was there for the official opening along with two of his team mates, James Craig and Phil Dowson. Miss Misfud said: “We would like to thank Dominic, James and Phil but most of all we would like to thank the biggest stars of the day our charity Families for coming along.” A celebration cake cut on the day was provided by Nina Macpherson and her daughter Molly and was enjoyed by all. Reflecting on the project, Lynda Garratt said: “I was appointed project manager for the NC TLC Trust around about 6 or 7 months ago. The plan was to rejuvenate the plot and bring it back into use for the charity families to enjoy and grow plants and produce. “When I first saw the allotment my first thought was ‘oh my goodness I’m going to have my work cut out for me here’, but in the same breathe I thought ‘what a challenge this will be, can’t wait to get stuck in.’ “ Mrs Garrett added: “It has taken months of hard work by an army of volunteers, weeding, constructing, painting, staining wood, erecting fences, making signs and making seating etc. “I would like to thank all the kind businesses for their generous donations of plants, compost, timber, child seats, and slabs etc. – Akzo Noble, Bosworths, Growing Beds, Hevey Building Supplies, Northampton Garden Centre Group and Marshalls.” She added: “The best reward I could have now is to see the plot utilised and enjoyed by the families of the charity.” The NC TLC Trust would also like to thank volunteers from Nationwide Building Society’s Member Services team that helped near the end of the project to help with finishing touches. Special thanks go to Stacey Marriott and her team; Lois Paulin, Mike Binner, Rob Pittan, Elanie Holmes, Clair Eustace, Steven Tong, Matt Whitworth and Cathy Brownlie.


Barton Today

June 2014

News & Views from the Baptist Church


Brian Emerson writes... While Easter and Christmas remain firmly fixed in people’s minds, whether they be Christian or not, if only for the latter because there are bank holidays associated with them, other Christian festivals seem to have “fallen by the wayside” in the thinking of nonChristians. This poses some difficulties in that one of the most important festivals in the Church calendar is Pentecost.

To the residents of Harrowick Lane, Tebbutts Yard, Berry Close, West Way and White Way.

Pentecost occurs 50 days after Passover (Easter) and therefore 10 days after the ascension of Jesus into heaven, so Pentecost this year is on the 8th June. Whit Sunday was celebrated on the same day in England and still is, but the movable bank holiday (Whit Monday) was changed in 1971 to the last Monday in May and became known as the Spring Bank Holiday. Traditionally, Whitsuntide, the week following Whitsunday, was one of three vacation weeks for the medieval villein and on most manors he was free from service on the lord's grounds this week, which marked a pause in the agricultural year. In the North West of England church and chapel parades called Whit Walks still take place at this time (sometimes on Whit Friday, the Friday after Whitsun). Morris dancing was often associated with Whitsun.

We will be holding it in the Rec, so I wanted to let you know so you can prepare your young children and pets.

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Why these celebrations? Because Pentecost (Whitsun) not only fitted in with the agricultural year but also and mainly because it is considered the “birthday” of the church. Last month I wrote that “after Easter comes Pentecost. A transformed life is available for everyone.” Pentecost, in the Jewish calendar the Feast of Weeks, was the day that the Holy Spirit came (Acts Chapter 2). The disciples were transformed from being scared of the religious and secular powers into bold preachers of the gospel. Peter, in particular, was able to speak to the international audience who would have gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Weeks about the significance of Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.

Our 25th anniversary campaign is going from strength to strength and we were even featured in a discussion on Radio Northampton last month. We have over 20 completed blankets already – more than we thought we would get by the end of the year! - and loads of squares so a huge thank you to everyone who has been dropping off items at My Little Vintage for us. If anybody would be interested in helping to sew some of the squares together, we would love to hear from you. For a gallery of the blankets so far, please visit our website.

We can be transformed in many ways. In his letter to the Galatians the apostle Paul lists all the things which are “the acts of the sinful nature” and then goes on to talk about the characteristics which should be shown by Christians – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. How transforming that is!

If you know of anyone with cancer or someone who is a carer/family member who might need some support, there are people out there to give it to them. Coping Together is a support group that meets in a private room at The Lazer Maze in Wellingborough on the first Saturday of each month 10.00 -11.30. It is very informal and you can just drop in for 20 minutes and have a cup of tea if you like - no need to make any commitment. The aim is for people to be able to chat to others in a similar situation or who might just need a bit of a break from caring. Email if you would like more information. For those who need a little tlc in their lives, The Dunstone Bennett Complementary Centre in Northampton offers treatments such as reiki, reflexology and massage from fully-qualified volunteer therapists to patients, carers and relatives in the county. Visit or call 01604 635889 if you would like more information.

We are transformed in our thinking by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12 verse 2) and transformed in our character by having a “heart transplant” (Romans 2 verse 29). We can realize that Jesus was not just “a good man who taught people how they should live their lives” but was, as the apostles and many others through the years have proclaimed, that Jesus is the Son of God. That is transforming not just for now but for the future. The apostle John in his first letter writes We have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. (1 John 4 verses 14 to 16). We can rely on God in the good times and the bad times. How transforming is that!

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For lovers of all things vintage (and cake), we are holding a Strawberry Vintage Afternoon Tea on Saturday, 29th June at Barton Seagrave Community Centre 3.305.30pm. There will be live music from the 30s and 40s from Market Harborough Ukulele Group who will be teaching dances from the period too. A lovely afternoon tea with loads of cakes and strawberries as well. Tickets cost £10 and all proceeds will support cancer care within the county - call 07873 274514.

The ultimate transformation, however, is yet to come. In his letter Baptist Church are: to the the Philippians (chapter 3 verses 20 and 21) the apostle Paul writes that for the Christian “Our citizenship is in heaven. And we Sunday 1st Brian Emerson eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by Sunday 8th Revd. Jenkins the (Holy Spirit) power thatNikki enables Him to bring everything under Michael HisSunday control,15th will transform ourMabbutt lowly bodies so that they will be like Martina Buckby HisSunday glorious22nd body”. That’s reason to celebrate! Sunday 29th John Hutcherson

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Barton Today

June 2014

Women's Breakfast Next Women's Breakfast is on Saturday 7th June 8.30am in All Saints church hall – the speakers will be from 'Tools for Self Reliance’ - a small charity refurbishing donated tools to be used in communities throughout the continent of Africa. Please let Sandra or Nicky know if you'd like know to more and if you're planning to attend so we can organize catering and accommodate any dietary requirements. Hope you can join us! Contact: 07979 961902 or 07812 686944

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SAY “NO” TO SPEEDING THROUGH EARLS BARTON! A Traffic Survey carried out by Northamptonshire Police in Doddington Road, Earls Barton between 14th April and 22nd April 2014 revealed the following: Position

Total Number of Vehicles

Number of Vehicles over 30 mph & %

Number of Vehicles over 35 mph & %

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13778 55%

5378 21%

Maximum Speed Recorded 73 mph

73 miles per hour! Yes 73 miles per hour in Doddington Road - this is not a typing error! Quite clearly speeding at these levels is intolerable and is socially unacceptable posing risks to all. If you are concerned at the level of speeding in Earls Barton and wish to support The Parish Council in its work to reduce speeding in the village please e-mail your support with your name and address to: alternatively please fill in the tear off portion below and post in the box in Earls Barton Library or deliver to Rosemary Smart, Clerk to the Council, 83 Dowthorpe Hill, Earls Barton. If you are interested in volunteering to work with the community speed watch team please tick the appropriate box below or e-mail your interest to the e-mail address above. THANK YOU Mike Nichols Community Speed Watch Co-ordinator

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Barton Today

June 2014

TWINNING PARTY AT JEYES IRCHESTER AND COULON 1ST MAY 2014 At Jeyes on The Square, Earls Baton we were delighted to welcome the twinning party from local Irchester and Coulon, a pretty town in DeuxServes, in Western France. Known as ͚Green Venice͛ it is on the banks of the Sevre Niortaise River and has had a long friendship with Irchester for over 20 years. The party of over 50 enjoyed a buffet lunch with an English twist, we included hand-made dinky pork pies with stilton, rhubarb and cranberry toppings. As well as traditional fruit scones, they were served The Apothocoffee Shop͛Ɛ speciality lemon scones with lime curd, cherry and almond with lashings of adored clotted cream.

The conservatory was decorated in red, white and blue to match both the flags and Georgina, to make the party feel at home, created a French memorabilia display from her days of travelling with Taylors Coaches of Daventry. Fortunately she stopped short of a rendition La Marseillaise!

They had time to visit Barker Shoe Factory, All Saints Church, Earls Barton Museum of Village Life, and the Jeyes Heritage Collections. The French had never quite experienced a village chemist quite like Jeyes but were happy to understand that the Rupert The Bear is a special to us as Asterix is to them!!

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June 2014

Earls Barton Today - Forty Years on... I’d been putting it off for years but the time had come to earn much some needed brownie points so I decided to at last tidy up those old boxes at the back of the garage. Amongst the items I came across was a bundle of notes and plans made around 40 years ago concerning the route and construction of A45 Bypass Road (Nene Valley Way). The new road was opened in November 1980 and was intended to take heavy traffic away from the village of Earls Barton, Great Doddington and Wilby. Back in those days I was a very young member of the Parish council and we were all involved in numerous meeting with neighbouring councils to determine the best route for the new road. Having spent a good hour or so the previous day trying to get to Northampton General Hospital only to find myself sitting in heavy rush hour traffic, I wondered if the new road had achieved all the objectives that we hoped for it all those decades ago. It’s all too easy to forget what village life was like back in the 1970’s. If you think that there are too many lorries in the centre of the village now then you should have seen it in those days. Heavily laden lorries from the gravel pits at the bottom of Station Road would travel up the hill, across the Square and on up to the old main road, now the A4500. It was not unknown for some lorries to shed part of their loads en route. A similar number of vans and lorries would make their way from the Transport Depot in Doddington Road to get to the Main Road. On the outskirts of Wellingborough (Northampton Road) and in Wilby many houses were fitted with double glazing at the Council’s expense to combat the noise of the heavy traffic. I wonder how much that cost the ratepayers. So, after numerous traffic surveys a bypass was deemed necessary and plans were drawn up and the consultation process began. In Doddington the farmers were concerned that they would lose good agricultural land even though those who lost land were compensated. One big concern that was voiced at the time was that of fog in the valley bottom. Happily those fears do not appear to have materialised. In Earls Barton there were more fundamental concerns with the original plan. The village would be accessed by a single junction in the form of a roundabout at the bottom of Station Road. This would solve the problem of the sand and gravel lorries but those from the Transport Depot would use Dowthorpe Hill to the new junction. This would take them away from the village centre but meant that they would go through a heavily populated housing estate. Traffic from the various shoe factories and the Industrial Estate in Wellingborough Road would then also use the village centre. All of these points were made in the consultation process and ‘Plan B’ was drawn. The revised plan was the one we have in place today with two junctions. One linking up with Aggate Way and the other being where the new road crossed the B573 Doddington Road. Again, after much discussion, the road was built. The original plan was for a flyover at the Aggate Way junction, to form a Grade Separated Junction (GSJ), but money was in short supply and this was replaced by a normal ‘T’ junction which meant that drivers literally took their lives in their hands when crossing the fast moving eastbound carriageway in order to go West to Northampton. Sadly there were a number of crashes and fatalities and so the GSJ was installed in November 1987. On the outskirts of Northampton, traffic would come to a grinding halt at the Barnes Meadow roundabout, there was no flyover when the road first opened. In those days you could sit at that roundabout for ages and we had to wait until March 1983 for the flyover to open You may have noticed that there is a similar problem being addressed these days at the Wilby roundabout. Many people are now using the road from Doddington up past the Rugby Club to Wilby as a rat-run providing a short cut to the western outskirts of Wellingborough to avoid using this roundabout at peak times. The road is very narrow and not lit at all. After crawling on the A45 many drivers tend to speed along there. Take a walk along there any winter morning and you’re more likely than not to find a shattered wing mirror where two cars have passed too close together. The new A45 road provides an integral part on the road link from the M1 to the A1 and on to the East Coast beyond that. Much heavy traffic has been taken away from the village centre through which it is now quieter and safer to walk. Nick Haycox

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History Society News Frank Batten writes…In April The Earls Barton and District Historical Society welcomed Malcolm Deacon as our guest speaker, talking about the Gunpowder Plot and its Northamptonshire connections. We were reminded of the now fading tradition of collecting a penny for the guy - children going from house to house in early November with an effigy of Guy Fawkes. The guy was then burned on a bonfire on the fifth of November. Based on this ritual punishment it could be easy to think that Guy Fawkes was a leading light in the plot to blow up Parliament, we found out that he was an explosives expert, recruited by others to do their dirty work.


Three prominent local families were involved in this plot - the Treshams at Rushden, the Catesbys from Ashby St Ledger and the Vaux family in Harrowden. These families were linked by marriage; the speaker argued that the Gunpowder Plot was not part of a national uprising, rather a family affair. They were feeling increasingly alienated because of punitive fines being imposed on them because of their Catholic faith.

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Mr Deacon went on to say that there is little evidence that the planning for the attack on Parliament took place in the "Plot Room" in Ashby or at Triangular Lodge, even though local sentiment would like to make this connection.


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Apart from a planned summer visit to Kelmarsh Hall our activities have now paused until September when our new season of talks will commence. The first talk will be focused on photographs on Scott's doomed expedition to reach the South Pole. Later topics include thatching, the history of The Cobblers and a film about the Battle of Waterloo that was made locally.

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For further details of our excursion, next years programme or the Historical Society in general please contact Frank Batten on 01223 860038

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7th - 21st June 2014

Programme of Events

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Saturday 7th

Under the Tower Drama Group

Festival Quiz

EB Working Me

Saturday 7th

All Saints Church

Women’s Breakfast –speakers from ‘Tools for Self Reliance’

All Saints Churc

Sunday 8th

All Saints Church

Wildlife Action & Conservation Day Project Launch (activities for all ages)

All Saints Churc

Sunday 8th

Labyrinth (which will be available

Labyrinths & Life A short introduction (approx. 30 mins) , followed by walk on the labyrinth led by Sue Buckland National Book Start Week - various events Hunt the Author event for children. Book prizes

EB Library

New Walk:New Barton & Dowthorpe End

Meet outside Je

Jazz in the church with Tangent

All Saints Churc

on the Recreation Field for the whole summer)

Monday 9th to 15th Monday 9th to 21st Wednesday 11th

EB Library EB Library EB Museum - Guided Walk

EB Library EB Library

Thursday 12th Thursday 12th

EB Museum - Guided Walk EB Festival

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th Saturday 14th

Art Exhibition / Photographic display Patchwork & quilting display by EB Patchers

Methodist Chur

Fresh Coffee, homemade cakes, book stall, & lovely homemade craft items

Both events at All Saints Churc

Saturday 14th

EB Festival Team Also refreshments by Mothers Union 1st Birthday celebration Fairtrade Coffee morning Silver Band Club

Family fun day with BBQ and Disco

Silver Band Clu

Tuesday 17th

EB Festival Team

Film Night : Philomena Starring Judy Dench & Steve Coogan

All Saints Churc

Thursday 19th

EB Festival Team

Stand Up Comedy Night With Zoe Lyons supported by Matt Green

EB Working Me

Friday 20th

Musical Roots

Backstories & beyond - An evening of British Folk Music

All Saints Churc

Saturday 21st

EB Library

Story Time - carnival theme

EB Library

Saturday 21st

EB Carnival

Recreation Field

Youth Club

Carnival Parade & stalls & events on field, Dancing by Northampton Morris Men Homemade Tea & Cakes

EB Museum

Display of World War I Research

Youth Club

Short Mat Bowls Group

Display of bowling & chance to discuss joining group.

Youth Club

Youth Club

We look forward to seeing you all during the festival. Earls Barton Village Festival

June 2014



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2.00 - 4.00pm

£10.00 for table of 4 From Jeyes Chemist or Lynda Hair Fashions Please let Sandra or Nicky know if you plan to attend FREE

07979 961902 or 07812 686944 07812 686944

This is an invitation to families & anyone interested to help set up & manage a wildlife friendly area.


FREE Suitable for children & adults

Contact EB Library for details

(Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult)

Normal opening hours Normal opening hours 7.00 - 9.00pm

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Cost £3.00 or £5.00 a couple

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Tickets £5.00

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Children’s Activities top room 1-4pm BBQ & family Disco from 7.00pm 7.30pm Doors 8.15pm Show starts 8.45pm 7.30pm 11.00am - 11.30am


Parade from 1.15pm Other Events from 2.00pm

From EB Costume Hire Or Bridget or Nick Chapman 810989 More info or entry forms 810989 EB Museum volunteers 07812 686944 Contact Club for more details 810418

Tickets £4.00 Tickets £8.00 (NB. This show is not suitable for children)

Tickets £6.00 Or Bridget or Nick Chapman FREE Ages 5+ No booking required FREE

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Earls Barton Youth Club will be holding a fabulous

Carnival Day Afternoon Tea & Cake at the Youth Club, Harrowick Lane on Saturday 21st June from 2.00pm onwards Adults £1.50 & Kids £1.00 Price includes tea & cake

All Proceeds go to Earls Barton Youth Club

Barton Today

June 2014

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Northamptonshire Deaf Childrens’ Society - ‘Circle Group’

I would like to thank everyone who took part in the pre submission consultation for the Neighbourhood plan. The comments made by residents have been invaluable in fine tuning the plan before we submit it to Wellingborough Council. Once this is done, the plan will receive more legal weight and provide valuable assistance fighting unwanted applications and appeals.

Well, it will soon be time for this year’s ‘Flitton Potato Race’ (Sunday 22nd June) and I am asking all the kind folk of Earls Barton to dig deep and sponsor me for what can only be described as, a rather ‘bonkers’ event. I will be running the mile race, which starts at ‘The Compasses’ pub, carrying a 10kg sack of potatoes, (hence the tyre for practice, as it weighs the same). Flitton (Beds) is the village where I grew up and ironically, as one day I said to my late father, “When I grow up I want to do that!” This will be my third year taking part and at 42 years of age, I am back for more punishment (and fun of course). All the ladies, although only 6 were brave enough to compete last year, carry 10kg weight of potatoes. I felt rather chuffed last year that I wasn’t the last woman over the finish line and that there were also two fellas who finished after me. The men carry a 20kg sack, there are relay teams and there are even events for the children - spud and spoon race, so it is a real community event, finishing with a pint and a BBQ at ‘The White Hart’ pub. If you want to come along, races start at 12 midday.

I am also happy to inform you that with the assistance of my project group, Parish and Borough Councillors, I am whilst writing this preparing to submit a request to the Planning Minister Nick Boles MP that the planning appeal on the land east of Station Road APP/H2835/A/14/2213617 be recovered by him so that the final decision of the appeal is not made by a planning inspector but by the Minister. Having spoken to him and received advice from our MP Chris HeatonHarris, it is clear that this is the best course of action to try and ensure that the decision of the Council’s Planning committee is upheld and that the wishes of this village demonstrated through the Neighbourhood Plan are given appropriate consideration. Along with the Borough coming closer to having a five year housing supply, I hope this will ensure that we can protect Earls Barton from over-development. I also wanted to mention some of the problems that have occurred with bin collections particularly on Good Friday around Station Road and Sunnyside. I believe that on the whole, Wellingborough Norse provide a good value for money service that not only serves Earls Barton well, but brings in additional money to the Council to help us provide other services. However, problems are always likely to occur and are more likely to do so on Bank Holidays with more cars parked at home. I hope that with cooperation between local residents, Councillors and the staff at Norse, we can solve any collection problems that may arise in the village and make sure everyone gets the good quality service they pay for.

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As you will see from the heading of this article, I will be raising money for Northampton Deaf Children’s Society – Circle Group. Having a deaf child, we understand what it means for the deaf children and families of Northamptonshire to have such a service and how the whole group unites.

Along with this, I would also like to thank my fellow Borough Councillor, Peter Morrall, who as a member of the Wellingborough Norse board representing the interests of the Council and residents has been done a fantastic job building Norse into the successful enterprise it is. If you would like to discuss the Neighbourhood Plan, any Bin Collection problems or anything else, do not hesitate to email me or Peter, or you can send a letter to me: 7 Townley Way, Earls Barton, NN6 0HR. Cllr Robert Gough

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The ‘Circle Group’ meets on the last Saturday of the month at the Delapre Community Rooms in Northampton from 11am-2pm. Pam Dobson and Toni Godman run the group with help from some volunteers, they ensure that the children have lots of fun with crafts, games and even organise trips out for the children and their families. Sometimes we have guest speakers and people who Crossing the finish line 2013 come in to teach ‘British Sign Language’. There are refreshments and the parent/carers get a chance to talk to each other about different scenarios that they come across and lend support. Whatever type of communication the child and their family use, the group welcomes and caters, for any deaf child. We also have deaf parents who come with their hearing children. Siblings are always welcome and they can see they are not alone. If you would like further information, or help and advice, please feel free to text/phone Pam Dobson on: 07787 623778, or Toni Godman on: 07572 872083. Thank you for reading and I’ll catch you soon with my trusty sponsor form. ☺ Wendy Williams

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Dog Mess In The Rec 1

June 2014

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Dear Barton Today,

Dear B2Day,

I’ve read in previous editions all about dog poo and in May’s Edition I was outraged to read about trying to get dogs banned from up the rec.

I would like to respond to Arthur's letter in the May edition of B2Day and all the previous letters regarding this topic.

I am a responsible dog owner and use the rec regularly both to entertain my nieces and friends’ children and also to walk my dog in winter. To take this facility away from dog owners due to a minority of people who do not clear up after their dogs would be extremely unfair. This is a public facility and is the only place for a woman like myself to walk around in a well lit safe area after work on the dark winter nights.

I would like to say that as a dog walker myself, I at times take my dog up the Rec in the early hours when many people are fast asleep in their beds only to find a few unsung heroes of the village (you know who you are!!) not only walking their dogs but picking up litter from all over the Rec and other parts of the village that many people never see! So, you ban the dogs and the walkers from up the rec, then we get a problem with rubbish and perhaps lots of rats?

Whilst I would never condone the fact that people do not clear up after their dogs, you cannot penalise the majority due to the poor behaviour of the minority. There is no difference between this and wanting to ban all children from the rec because of the minority that leave litter on this public facility.

Yes I know there are a few that spoil it for others with regards to not picking up their dog’s mess, but all I can say is they have no regard for anyone, let’s hope they stand in their own dog’s mess very soon and hope they are wearing sandals! Regards Andrea

Thank you for your response Julie. Your points are very well made, especially regarding the need to have a safe area to walk a dog.

It's refreshing to hear of the unseen work that many people do, not for personal gain but for the good of the community.

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Dear Readers,

I urgently need help in setting a forthcoming book for publication. If you think your able to help, then please contact with your contact details and they will forward on to me. Renumeration to be agreed.

I am writing in response to the 'Dogs on the Rec' letter which you published in May's edition of B2Day.

Over the last year or so, there appears to be an increase in the amount of dog poo around the village. This is absolutely disgusting and there is no excuse for a dog owner not to pick up after their dogs. I live on a popular dog walking route and at least once a week there is dog mess left on the grass verge outside my house (that's if we've been lucky enough not to have had it walked into the house!!).

Kind Regards, Mrs Palmer

Can any of you help Mrs Palmer?

Hole at the rec?

However, what concerns me more is the arbitrary call for dogs to be banned from the Rec!!! The Rec is a facility for everyone to use and to ban all dogs because of the irresponsible behaviour of a few owners is ridiculous and petty!! A while back I found a dirty nappy in the Rec. Should we ban anyone of nappy wearing age? Regularly, there are cigarette butts on the floor. Should be ban all smokers? I understand there are already complaints about the teenagers in the Rec so maybe we should ban them too. In fact, I saw a grey haired lady drop a tissue in the Rec a few weeks ago so perhaps we should ban the pensioners as well?

Dear Barton Today,

Ive found a hole at the rec and have been informed a goal post used to be slotted into it but not anymore, I know its dangerous and can’t understand why it hasnt been filled in. A small child or dog could quite easily walk into it and do some serious damage. Perhaps we could ask the council to get it filled?

Regards Sheila

I'm sure if you contact the Parish Council, someone will look into this for you.

Some of my fondest memories are of playing in the Rec as a child, hanging around in the Rec as a teenager, taking my son to play as a toddler and now taking my grandchildren AND my dogs to play in the Rec. If we are going to start banning groups from the Rec perhaps we should just sell it off to property developers to replace the grass and the trees with concrete and bricks? Until then, it is a facility available for everyone to use (even those who don't treat it as well as they should).

Dog Mess Spoils Family Fun

Could you please put this on your page? My husband and my 4 year old have just been playing at the Rec. We all often play there with a rugby ball for some family time. Unfortunately, today, their play was short-lived as the ball landed in dog mess. It appears that some dog walkers cannot find it in themselves to clear up after their dogs. The Rec is to be enjoyed by everyone and as the summer approaches more children will be playing there. Dog mess is dangerous and very unpleasant. Please, please clear up after your dog so everyone can enjoy a play.

Angie Wakefield

P.S. I pick up 100% of my pets’ mess (which is more than I can say for the owner of the cat that keeps xxxxxing in my flower beds!!!) What a great letter Angie. Last month’s letter suggesting the banning of dogs from the Rec has certainly brought a passionate response.

Regards Claire O'Leary


Thanks for your letter Claire, once again, dog mess causes problems.

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June 2014

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June 2014

Wellingborough & Rushden Branch People of Earls Barton and surrounding villages are fab! Tiggy writes “A few of our fluffy friends have recently found new homes in this area and it’s got back to the others in care and they would love to live there too! They’ve had their photos taken and added a few details about themselves in the hope you might like one of them to live with you in your nice friendly area. If your interested in adopting please give our carers a call, or take a look on our website to read more about them and view more friends waiting for homes.



Maggie is a pretty Black & White female cat who is very friendly. Maggie desperately needs to find her forever home as she has had a lot of moves recently after her owner had to sadly part with her. Maggie loves a lap to sit on but also appreciates a playtime too. Maggie is a lovely cat who likes a fuss but would prefer a home without young children or other cats. Maggie is 5 years old.

Poor old Bert really needs a loving home. Bert has had a pretty tough life but he is still the most affectionate and loving boy who just loves to be fussed. Bert is approximately 8 - 10 years old. Please consider giving this older boy a chance, he certainly won't be any bother and will really appreciate a nice warm bed.

Bobby, Gem & Flo Bobby, Gem and Flo came into our care in February 2014. Flo, who is approximately 7 years of age, is the mum of Gem and Bobby who are aged 4-5 years. The 3 cats were owned but due to circumstances, they had been living outside, without shelter for approximately 18 months. The cats were put in one of our larger pens so that they could all be together, it was very clear that they enjoyed the comfort of a duvet in a heated room. I can honestly say that in all the years I have been fostering, I have never seen cats so down trodden and sad, it was heart wrenching to see them. All 3 cats were in such poor health, red and streaming eyes, constantly sneezing, dirty and dull coats, flea’s, worms and were desperately in need of dental work. Gem being the worst, she was the thinnest, eating was very painful for her due to her teeth. If I had to guess Gems age, I would have said she was 12 plus. One of the reasons it was so upsetting to see the cats in this state is that they were still so friendly and loving – why?. All three cats visited the vets, too poorly to be vaccinated but they were put straight on to medication. Unfortunately they were also too poorly to have any dental work done so poor Gem had to put up with her painful mouth for a little while longer although she did get some very strong painkillers which were syringed into her mouth twice daily just so that she could eat. Well it’s about 2 months now since we took them in and they are doing really well. Gem and Bobby have both had their much needed dental work, Gem has now gained weight, Bobby is actually too fat! And Flo has a very shiny coat. What surprises me the most is that even after the treatment these cats have experienced, they are the most loving, gentle and affectionate cats ever. Bobby just wants to be loved all of the time, he likes being held so that he can put his paws around your neck – he is far too heavy! Gem, who still looks a little sad, is a very sweet and gentle girl who just loves to be stroked. Flo is also very affectionate, she will make the perfect lap cat. All 3 cats are now looking for a loving home. Bobby and Gem are extremely close and would ideally like a home together but not essential. Flo is a little more independent so if a home can’t be found for all 3 cats, Flo can be homed on her own. Due to the health issues that these cats have had, we really can’t guarantee that there sniffles won’t return at some point but we can offer assistance with any vet costs that are related to this problem. Can you offer one, two or three of these cats a home? Each one of them will make a perfect companion, all friendly, loving and gentle. If you can help, please contact us, these cats really do deserve a chance, you won’t regret it.

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Barton Today

June 2014

News from The Women’s Institute Our meetings in March and April were most interesting and very enjoyable. Local artist Michael Peachy came to us in March and spoke about his life as an artist. As he talks he builds up a picture and encourages contributions to the painting from the audience. Then in April we heard Barbara Potter talking about "Lace Making in the East Midlands". She brought a large number of examples of different styles of lace for us to see and there was also the opportunity to "have a go". The May meeting was a members only when we enjoyed having lunch together before one of our County Advisors led a discussion on the resolution which will be voted on at the National A.G.M. in June. In March a group of members and friends went to see "The Sound of Music" at the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough. We thoroughly enjoyed the show and we were particularly bowled over by the wonderful voice of the Mother Superior who made us feel as we left the theatre that we could climb every mountain and ford every stream. On 7th May some members and friends visited Coton Manor to see the bluebells. Hopefully they were still in flower after all the mild weather we have been enjoying. Every other month we organise a lunch out for members at one of the local eating places and our group of Knit and Natterers continue to produce various articles for those who need them. Most recently a group of ladies took blankets to The Grange residential Home and spent a lovely afternoon with the residents. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 11th June at 1.30p.m. in All Saints Parish Church Hall. Roy Sharman, who is the husband of one of our members, will be giving a talk entitled "Schoolboy Memories of World War Two." Visitors can be sure of a warm welcome. For further information about all our activities, contact the Secretary, Jenny Flower, on 01604 810316

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A variation on shortbread, this recipe gives a taste of summer gardens to the traditional taste 125g Lavender Caster Sugar 250g Butter 325g Plain Flour 50g Ground Rice

Method 1. Sieve the sugar into a large mixing bowl to remove the lavender seeds 2. Add the butter and cream until the mixture is much paler in colour 3. Sieve the flour and ground rice together and add to the bowl. 4. If you wish you can add some or all of the lavender seeds at this point 5. Work the mixture together until it comes to a dough, no liquid is required. Work the dough first with the spoon and then bring it together with your hands 6. Chill in the fridge for 15 -30mins 7. Roll out the dough to just over 1/2 cm thick and cut out carefully 8. Place on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with a tiny amount of lavender sugar 9. Chill for 15 mins 10. Set the oven to Gas3/160C/325F 11. Bake for 15 - 20 mins until just pale golden 12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 mins before carefully lifting onto a cooling rack and sprinkling with lavender sugar 13. Allow to become quite cold

Tip You can make your own lavender sugar by mixing 400g caster sugar with 2 sprigs of (clean and dry) lavender and storing in a screw top jar. Set aside for at least 3 weeks 32

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June 2014

Miss Northampton

Runner Up 2014

On April 27th Earls Barton girl Nicole Wearing 19, competed in the final of 'Miss Northampton 2014'. The competition was held at Borjia Nightclub in Northampton. Nicole is a musical theatre student who enjoys modelling and pageants. She works part-time in 'Cookies Bakers And Confectioners'.

The ten finalists were interviewed by the judges and had to raise money for the Miss England charity: 'Beauty With A Purpose'. This is a charity that helps disadvantaged children around the world. As well competing in a public voting round the girls had to model three dresses on a catwalk in front of the judges and the audience. The first dress was a black cocktail dress. Second was an eco-dress which the girls had to make and design themselves from recycled materials or second hand clothing. Nicole used feathers, buttons and bows which were hand made from pink plastic wrapping paper. This was followed lastly with an evening dress. The top five girls were then picked by the judges and interviewed by the panel in front of the audience. Nicole had a great evening and was really pleased when it was announced that she had gained 2nd place in the competition. Nicole will now be a stand in for the 'Miss Northampton 2014' winner for the finals of 'Miss England 2014'. Nicole would like to thank the following people: all of the shops and local businesses in the village for their support and posters, 'My Little Vintage' for donating a ÂŁ20 gift voucher for the charity raffle, 'Poujoulat' of Northampton for sponsorship, all of the kind customers from 'Cookies Bakers And Confectioners' and of course all her family and friends!


Barton Today

June 2014

The Biggest Yard Sale Ever

Charities merger good news for Hospice With effect from 1st April, the two charities that have supported the County’s much loved hospice for several decades between them - Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Cynthia Spencer Charitable Trust are to merge to become just one charity. And to celebrate the merger the new charity which will be known as Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity will be launching a brand new countywide Hospice lottery.

Where: All over Earls Barton Village

The news of the merger comes following months of discussions about how best to pool the two charities’ expertise and knowledge to become one strong, streamlined fundraising body, fit for the challenges and changes of the 21st Century. Pam Nock who will be the first Chair of the newly formed Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity commented: “Trustees and board members of both charities agreed that merging would be the most efficient and least confusing way forward for patients, staff, carers and the ever supportive local community. We are so delighted to have finally taken this step to become one all encompassing charity which will be well positioned to meet all the challenges of the next decade and beyond.”


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“The timing of the merger could not be better, it coincides perfectly with the launch of our countywide lottery, which is incredibly exciting and which we hope will prove to be hugely popular with our supporters. It has been clear that raising money effectively requires change, and in order to meet these changes, then we as a fundraising body needed to alter how we operate too, which I think we now have.”

Tour the village, get yourself some bargains and and have fun!

Your Hospice Lottery is expected to help Cynthia Spencer Hospice charity raise £500,000 over the next five years. With 86 guaranteed prizes to be won each week ranging from £10 to £1,000, there is also a chance to win a weekly £250 rollover prize which could go up to £10,000. Each number played costs just £1 per week, which can be paid by direct debit for as little as £4.34 per month. By working in collaboration with the other hospices, overheads and costs will be kept to a minimum so more funds can be used to support patients and their families in the community.

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For more information email: or call: 07956 462352

This is a non-profit venture, all proceeds will be split between:

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Thank you all for a SWAN-derful night! Regards Esme Eva Voluntary Co-Coordinator

Open Mic The Old Swan - Earls Barton Thursday 8th May

Thank you to Cynthia, Ian and John, plus The Paul Strummer Band (feat. Tanya), and also to Jay Howe for great performances! 34

Earls Barton Cricket Club

Barton Today

June 2014

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

Youth cricket in Earls Barton… The sign of a healthy community.

Youth cricket in Earls Barton… The sign of a healthy community.

Jack Patching awards Kieran Starmer Man of the Match award for his fine knock to help see the U17s register their first win of the year...

Earls Barton CC has a strong history when it comes to fostering a passion for cricket amongst the village youth. This is evident when you consider 40 out of the 50 registered adult playing members for this season have come through the club’s youth system. In fact, currently ten out of the starting eleven players in the 1st XI wore the green cap (and possibly socks) as junior players; many progressing their skills to play at district & county level.

It is worth noting the role that parents have had down the years. Parents are priceless when it comes to organizing the team on match day, remembering the balls & bails, keeping everyone positive, reminding the boys and girls of all those strange rules and field placings, such as ‘silly gully’ or ‘deep extra cover’.

Names such as Barry Buck, Graham Halsall, Kevin Flanagan, Ray Waite, Jon Rees, Bob Minney, Graham Brangwin, Joe Baker, Kev Hector, Matt Kennedy & Rob Mair are all spoken about with great admiration and fondness by the current batch of senior players. They are clearly the people who made playing cricket possible and introduced youngsters to a sport with such complex simplicity during their formative years. Earls Barton are still lucky enough to have many dedicated parents, such as Jean Lawrence & Mark Starmer, who run the U15 & U17 age group respectively. I’m sure the boys and girls will thank them all in years to come!

In the modern era of cricket however having able parent volunteers is not enough to ensure that the boys and girls are having the best possible cricketing experience. A team also needs a dedicated coach to work with and luckily the club has invested well in recent years to train up many dedicated players to be ECB qualified coaches. All the coaches volunteer their time in the name of cricket and do a great job coaching the juniors on Friday evening’s up at the grange. The coaches are all adult playing members who plan the popular sessions, which have seen numbers rise from around 30 from last year up to over 60 this summer! Lead coach David Howe remarked “If you come up to the grange on a Friday night you will see the picture of community sport, from players as young as 5 learning the game, to some of our teenage lads being mentored by seasoned veterans such as Kevin Flanagan”

Who knows how many of the youngsters today could go on to represent their club, district, county and maybe even country one day. FRIDAY JUNIOR NIGHT: U9s: 18.00 – 18.45

U11,U13, U15, U17: 18.30 – 20.00

The club welcomes new players young and old, helpers, volunteers to join in at anytime during the season. RESULTS:



For full fixtures & results go to:

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Club Captain: Matt Rees – 07834 183012, Secretary: David Agostini – 07854 309131, Lead coach: David Howe, Club Chairman: Rob Mair - 07717335899, Club President: George Blackwell

Earls Barton CC would like to thank the following match day ball sponsors: GALA EVENTS & GB CUSTOM WOOD WORK


Dan Streeton picks up the Man of the Match for outstanding fielding.

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June 2014 3790 James Wilson Associates - N/Plan Consultant

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3791 Viking - Stationery 3792 T A Greenham - VAS Maintenance 3793 Park Landscapes - Pioneer/Grange Grounds Maintenance Minutes of the Meeting held at Earls Barton Youth Club, Harrowick Lane on Monday 12 May 2013 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. Present Cllrs M Cahill, I Abbott, K Abbott, G Blackwell, J Bond, B Chapman, R Gough, M Higham, P Morrall, R Page, M Perkins, C Wells. 073/14 Election of Chair Cllr Cahill was proposed by Cllr Morrall and seconded by Cllr Page. There being no further proposal, Cllr Cahill was elected as Chair and duly signed the Acceptance of Office. 074/14 Election of Vice Chair Cllr Morrall was proposed by Cllr Bond and seconded by Cllr Higham. There being no further proposal, Cllr Morrall was elected as Vice Chair. 075/14 Election of Committees Cllr Chapman was added to the Events Committee. Cllr Cahill was removed from the Youth Affairs Committee and was replaced by Cllr Chapman. It was agreed that Cllr Bond become the Chair of the Youth Affairs Committee. The Finance and Projects Committee became the Finance Committee. Apart from the changes listed, it was proposed that all other committee members remain the same. This was approved unanimously. 076/14 Review of Policies It was resolved to approve the following policies: Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, Cemetery Rules and Regulations, Complaints Procedure, Equal Opportunities & Racial Harrassment, General Statement of Safetym Model Publication Scheme, Social Media and Data Protection. The Archiving Policy was deferred for approval at a future meeting. 077/14 Public Speaking Time A member of the public addressed the Parish Council regarding the highway mowing in the village. 078/14 Apologies for Absence Apologies for absence were received and approved from Cllr R Paintin. 079/14 Declarations of Pecuniary Interest Cllr Abbott declared a personal interest in planning application WP/13/0677. Cllr Blackwell declared a personal interest in planning application WP/14/00257/OUT and any discussion relating to David Wilson Homes. 080/14 Minutes of the Meeting of 14 April 2014 It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a correct record. 081/14 Accounts It was resolved to pay the following accounts: 3786 Borough Council of Wellingborough - Park Street Car Park Rates


3787 Borough Council of Wellingborough - Cemetery Rates


3788 Country Garden & Ground Care - Replace Lost Chq no 3761


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082/14 Finance & Projects (a) Audit 2013/14 – The Clerk presented the end of year accounts. Each point on Section 2 – Annual Governance Statement 2013/14 of the audit return was read out to the members for consideration. It was unanimously agreed that points 1-8 be approved as “yes” with point 9 being approved as “not applicable”. The Internal Auditors report was presented to the members. It was unanimously agreed to approve the end of year accounts and forward to the External Auditor for consideration. (b)

Treeworks 2014/15 – the responses to the tender invitation for carrying out treework in 2014/15 were considered. Following discussion it was resolved to award the contract to Thompson Tree Services.

083/14 Police/Community Safety (a) Crime Figures and Report – No representative from Northants Police was in attendance. The Clerk advised that 25 crimes were reported in April 2014. A report from PCSO Paul Hurst was read out to the members. It was agreed that the Clerk write to the Safer Community Team and ask that police surgeries in Earls Barton are better advertised. 084/14 Neighbourhood Plan Cllr Gough reported that the Regulation 14 consultation with the residents and other stakeholders has now ended and a meeting will be held with BCW officers to consider any possible changes required to the Plan prior to submitting it to BCW for the Regulation 16 consultation. Locality are also carrying out a health check on the draft plan. 085/14 Rubbish Bin Collections in Earls Barton It was reported that a number of streets have experienced problems with their bins not being emptied, most recently over the Easter weekend. Following discussion, it was agreed that this was an issue that needs to be dealt with in partnership with Norse and the residents, and the Clerk will arrange a site meeting to discuss options. 086/14 Community Payback Following discussion, it was agreed that the repainting of the railing in the village centre be put forward for consideration as a project for the Community Payback team.

Barton Today 087/14 Earls Barton War Memorial Project Group All members of the Parish Council were invited to the launch of the WW1 commemorative book “Barton Boys – Lost But Not Forgotten” on Saturday 17 May. A meeting will be held in May between members of EBPC, the War Memorial Project Group and Community to discuss a possible event in August. 088/14 Clerk/Registrar Salary Review Deferred until June’s meeting 089/14 Highways & Maintenance (a) Highway Mowing – complaints received regarding the recent mowing of the highway verges was discussed. It was noted that the contractors reduced their bill by half for the cut in April that was not to a sufficient standard. It was also noted that the contractors have reported an increased in instances of dog fouling and littering on the verges, with glasses and bottles becoming a particular problem. It was also noted that the growing season has been difficult so far this year, which also further complicates the matter. It was agreed that the Clerk take pictures of areas of concern and send them to the contractor, along with a request for a meeting to discuss ongoing issues. 090/14 NCALC/ACRE/SLCC Correspondence (a) Northamptonshire Larger Councils Partnership – 22 May 2014 – Clerk to attend. (b)

June 2014 094/14 Sports & Leisure Development (a) Update – it was reported that the Section 106 negotiations were now complete and BCW had decided to move forward in approving the S106. Negotiations between the solicitors regarding the landowner agreement are continuing. DWH have indicated that they will be submitted the reserved matters applications for the residential aspect of the development and the Sports Fields separately. (b)

Existing and Future Governance of Earls Barton Sports Club – defer to June’s meeting.


Licence Renewal of Pioneer Sports Field – this is currently being reviewed by Wilson Browne Solicitors. It was agreed that the Chair sign the renewal once the report is received, so long as it does not highlight any areas of concern.

Date of Next Parish Council Meeting Monday 9 June 2014 – 7.15pm It should be noted that these minutes are subject to the approval of Earls Barton Parish Council Rosemary Smart – Clerk to the Council 01604 812850

Wind and Solar Farm – updated guidance to be retained by the Clerk.

091/14 BCW Correspondence (a) Invitation to Annual Meeting of the Council – Cllrs Blackwell, Gough and Morrall attending. (b)

Cllr Bell updated the Parish Council on his role as County Councillor. Items of note include the intention to bring back the Women’s Tour cycling to the County next year, the Northants Library Service being nominated for a national award and NCC agreeing to fund the bridge over the railway to enable Wellingborough North to be brought forward.

Earls Barton Parish Council would like to thank everyone who volunteered during the Clean Up weekend. We would especially like to express our thanks to our "Womble", John, who not only co-ordinated the event but also turned up to every session, as well as voluntarily collecting litter in the village year round. We would also like to send our best wishes to Iris, one of our other regular "Wombles", who was unable to attend the Clean Up weekend due to ill health. We wish her a speedy recovery.

092/14 Other Correspondence (a) Thank you letter for grant – Earls Barton Youth Club (b)

Thank you letter for grant – EB Museum Trust


Exercise Class in Recreation Field – it was noted that the “mummy and buggy” exercise class has now commenced.


All Saints Church – plans for a wildlife area in the churchyard were noted. Cllr Morrall advised that work would begin shortly on repairing the church wall.


093/14 Planning (a) Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting – it was resolved to approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held 30 April 2014. (b)

Redrow Appeal – APP/H2835/A/14/2213617 – it has been confirmed that the public enquiry will take place in Wellingborough from 12-14 August. It was noted that Cllr Gough has submitted a request to the Planning Minister Nick Boles MP to call in this appeal.


Planning Applications Received:

A huge thank you to everyone who came to take part in the ‘Big Clean Up’!

Am not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing but, 28 bags of rubbish and 2 car tyres were collected over the weekend so you all should give yourselves a huge pat on the back!!

WP/13/0677 – the building of a new store and workshop at the rear of the existing premises. The new building to consist of a portal framed shed with plastic coated metal cladding & roofing materials – A E Services Ltd, 38 Main Rd – Mr A Ellington, A E Services Ltd

Lets hope after all your hard work that the streets are kept tidier now!

WP/14/00265/FUL – single storey extension to rear of property & front porch – 64 Dowthorpe Hill – Mr T Rees. WP/14/00266/FUL – erection of single storey extension – 6 Milbury – Mr & Mrs Halsall - outline application to demolish some of the existing buildings & for residential development with - No comment was required on the applications received.

See you all next year!!!


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If you are interested in this great opportunity call in at the library in Earls Barton to discuss this further. You can also apply online at :KDWÂśVLQLWIRUPH" x Free goody bag x Vo olunteering handbook x Certificate x Accreditted volunteering hours x Experience fo or CVs and UCAS forms x Reference fo or employment x Meet new people


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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

An amazing season is drawing to a close and it concluded with the presentation evening for the adults and a presentation afternoon for all the youth, mini soccer and fun football age groups. Before we have a run down of the season we have a few dates for your diaries.

Under 12’s squad consists 5th June Northamptonshire Football Association annual The awards, we have 4 short listed nominations Ryan Smart, Steve Biggs, o Antony Owen and Earls Barton United FC. Good luck to them all. 10th June at The Grange 7.30 ko Annual General meeting, a must if you care about the club. 19th/20th July Big Weekend to raise the standards of the PIoneer football ground. 11th July Golf day is on at Silverstone Golf Club

Retirements at the end of this season Angie Foster from the committee and previously girls and ladies manager Steve

Biggs after managing his under 16's since they were under 6 Darren Booker after managing and being part of the management team for his under 15's since they were under 6 Matt Smith the 1st team manager for the last 3 seasons and previously the reserve team manager. The club wishes to thank them all and everybody who has helped them along the way. Applications for manager, coach and committee positions are welcome,please contact Anne Cleaver or Antony Owen to register your interest.

How did the teams do?

Under 5/6 have continued to increase numbers, however more players are required especially at under 6 (Boys and Girls who are 6 between 1/09/13 and 31/08/14)

Under 7 Green and White, Under 8 and 9 have all continued to make progress, the results are not registered in the friendly league Under 10 There is no table but they won 10 drew 4 and lost 4 Under 11 Finished 6th in Red division

Under 12 Won division 3 on penalties in the Play Off final

Under 15 Still to finish the A division and are in a relegation battle 1 point behind 10th with 2 games remaining Under 16 Finished 5th in the top division and runners up in the league cup Under 16 girls Finished 5th and winners of the County Cup final Men's 1st team Finished 7th in the Premier Division

Cliff, Anne, Geoff and Antony with Professional footballer Marvin Elliott at the presentation day

Men's reserves Reserve Division 1 finishing 4th

The club award winners for the 2013/14 season are; Malcolm Constable Award Under 16 girls, Sports person of the year Geoff Cleaver, Young volunteer of the year Charlie Briggs. The team winners are;

Adult teams: Managers players: Adam Bridgeford & Robert Charter Players player: Adam Speight & Ian Clark Sponsors players: Justin Dowling & Jonathan Wood Young player: Nicky Charlton Most improved Player: Dayne Wood

Youth Teams: U16 Girls Manager Player: Holly Bulford and Lucy Atwood Most Improved: Erica Turner and Paige Mckenzie Players Player: Lucy Atwood

U16 Boys Players Player: Connor Silk Managers Player: Jacob Tuck Most Improved: William Addy Managers Merit: Luke Andrews

U15 Managers Player: Charlie Lawrence Most improved: Sam Fidelia Players Player: Dan Talbot

U12 Managers player: Hayden Mcguckin Most improved: Lewis Brown Players player: Oliver Bullimore Parents player: Simon Cook

U11 Players Player: Charlie Gant Supporters Player: Charlie Gant Most improved Player: Owen Anslow and Sonny Thompson Managers Player: Charlie Gant and Cameron Hunt

U9 01604 810266 Supporters player: Jake Morrisey Most S improved: Robert Murray Managers player: Joseph kearsley M.O.M for 2013/14: Alec Lovering U8 Managers Player: George Smart Players Player: Joe Hester Most Improved player: Joseph Jeffries

U7 Greens Players Player: Liam Morrissey Managers Player: Charlie Cole Most Improved: Reilly Evans 01604 811591 V U7 Whites

Players Player: Ben Monk Managers Player: William George Most Improved: Chester Thorneycroft

donate them U10 to EBUFC, please contact anyone on the General - where they will be MostCommittee improved: Jasper Ryan gratefullyManagers received!player: If youSam would like a collection Johnson box and poster put in your workplace, please Players to player: Callum Gorton email us at A thank you to everyone involved in Earls Barton United Football Club this season, there has been a lot of hard work put in as well as valuable time and money by lots of people. We would also like to thank all our sponsors and you generosity is invaluable to the club and very much appreciated. Best wishes to everyone, Earls Barton United Football Club


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Hello and welcome to the May THEATRE ARTS PAGE in Barton Today!

Hello and welcome to JUNE’S THEATRE ARTS page in BARTON TODAY! This year is going way too fast but that does not Your host stop the shows coming to our theatres Gary Johnson quick and fast… This month were taking a closer look at The Castle. This time of year the theatres are really busy and (you would never believe it) are starting to slow down – if the theatre ever slows down for the summer break, but we still have lots for you to enjoy and see this month! I wanted to start with a bang this month and what better way to do that than with a bit of music… THE BIG BAND WITH FIVE STAR SWING (Fri 6 June, 7.30pm) The unique “feel-good” Big Band show – swing along with songs from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz & Blues. "Superb - they swing like crazy!” says Sheila Tracy, BBC. As seen on BBC TV’s Children in Need, Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball & Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra; Michael Innes, trombonist to Tony Bennett and Shirley Bassey; plus Chris Smith (Jnr), composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother). Tickets are still on sale via The Castle box office now… Next it’s time for a little bit of Terry Pratchett - Jadis Shadows Productions presents TERRY PRATCHETT'S® WYRD SISTERS - A working from the stage adaptation by Stephen Briggs Wed 11 June, 7.45pm) Lightning flashes, thunder deafens as three eldritch figures gather around a caldron upon a blasted heath! Treason and treachery are abroad and this mismatched coven are soon to discover that bringing right to an unhappy kingdom is a lot more complicated than certain playwrights would have you believe… particularly when the blood on your hands just won’t wash off and you’re facing a future with knives in it. Murderous kings, spectres, lost princes, demons, jesters and ‘divers alarums’ galore all carry an audience through a tale as old as centuries and yet as new as yesterday.


Now if you have a Castle brochure you would have seen this production on the cover of the spring booklet. But do you know what the show is? Well it’s JACK AND THE FLUMFLUM TREE (Sat 14 June, 11am & 2pm) Performed by: Bamboozle and The Spark Arts for Children present


Grandma has the moozles, so Jack sets off to find the cure. He builds a boat and crosses oceans, tricks monkeys and, with the help of grandma’s mysterious sack, overcomes all. With engaging puppetry, beautiful songs and Bamboozle’s trademark multisensory style this show will enchant family audiences - including those with a learning disabled child. Not to be missed!

‘The complete service’ Established since 1992

Now onto a great company who are arriving at The Castle on Tuesday 1st July 7:30pm. Oddsocks presents TWELFTH NIGHT. Oddsocks’ 2014 production of Twelfth Night is a madcap musical treat with Shakespeare's love stories intertwined with well-known British Chart hits to keep the blood pumping and the mood merry. The lonely Countess Olivia in her Country House is wooed by the music-loving Orsino who is desperate to find out What Is Love? Meanwhile Olivia's servant Malvolio, believes he is A Charming Man and is desperate to prove it to Olivia. It all wraps up in a fight to the death and the truth is at last revealed. True lovers are united and they'll never Slide Away and with true hearts they tell Malvolio "Don't look back in anger”. A great Shakepearean party night hosted by the inimitable Oddsocks!


Hope you have found something that takes your fancy! Remember we have lots of other brillent productions at The Royal and Derngate in Northampton ( also The Lighthouse in Kettering ( Do have a look at what great productions are at our others theatres.

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

See you next month

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Carnival Time Coming Soon

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Once again plans are being put into place for this year’s Earls Barton Carnival which is taking place on Saturday 21st June.

The 2014 Carnival Queen, Brooke Julian, has already been chosen and is already looking forward to her big day. She will be joined by Georgia Mills, the Junior School Princess and Lucy Mawer, the Infant School Princess. A certain Nina Macpherson is once again heading up the organisation. She has been lured out of brief retirement, bringing with her years of knowledge as well as her trusty assistant Sam Jeyes. They will also be helped by the Festival Committee. Among the arena events taking place on 21st June are the Dexterity Dance group, traditional Morris dancers and hopefully, Earls Barton’s very own Britain’s Got Talent contestant, Steven Thompson. He will be performing with his local dance group Village Vibz as well as his dance partner, Kirsty (so long as Simon Cowell does not have other plans for Steven and the rest of Cartel!) As ever it’s your involvement which makes the Carnival the success it is. If you wish to join in the fun of the procession or have a stall, forms are available. Nina would particularly like help with the marshalling of the roads and manning the inflatables. You can find more information on Facebook under Earls Barton Carnival 2014 or e-mail her at


CARNIVAL PROCESSION ENTRY FORM 12.45pm Procession forms at the Industrial Estate 1.00pm - Judging begins 1.15pm - Procession moves off into the village 2.00pm - Procession arrives on the recreation field

Please complete the reverse of this article, cut out or photocopy and return to: Nina Macpherson, 4 Townley Way, Earls Barton, Northampton, NN6 0HR Tel no: 01604 810668. E-mail : 41


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Cloudy2Clear Windows – Service With A Smile! It’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director Trevor Skidmore feels that it’s all about service. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing

is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do

the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.’ Cloudy2Clear service the Earls Barton, Nothampton and Wellingborough areas DQG7UHYRULVÀQGLQJWKDWKLVDSSURDFK is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal

satisfaction that I get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated.’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Trevor a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!






List of Classes

Class No:

Class 1 - Single Entrant (any age) Class 2 - Couples (under 9yrs) Class 3 - Couples (age 10 to adult) Class 4 - Groups (up to 10 people) Class 5 - Groups (over 10 people) Class 6 - Vehicles (max 7.5 tonne) 1





1st Prize £10.00 £10.00 £10.00 £10.00 £10.00 £20.00


2nd Prize £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £5.00 £10.00

3rd Prize £3.00 £3.00 £3.00 £3.00 £3.00 £5.00

If Children (Age range): .......................... to ..............................

Dressed as: ....................................................................................................................... How many in Group: ..........................................

Name: ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Address: ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................

............................................................................................................................................................. Post Code: .........................................................

Contact Tel No: ............................................................................................................................................................................................................

PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK YOU HAVE ENTERED IN THE CORRECT CLASS! Forms to be received no later than 13th June, late entries will not be judged 42

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Earls Barton Bowls Club Tour 2014

On Thursday 8 May on an overcast morning with the threat of rain 30 members and friends of Earls Barton Bowls Club left the square for “sunny” Bournemouth and the 2014 Bowls tour run and organised by Richard (Tricky) Paintin.

Another excellent dinner preceded an evening of culture; cards, local hostelries and a tour of the town.

After picking up the remainder of our party in Northampton we set off and the rain started only to stop rather miraculously when we reached the outskirts of Bournemouth. After checking in to our accommodation it was back on the coach for the short journey to Southbourne for our first match on tour. The wind was strong and rain was in the air but we started on time and soon the usual sounds from the rinks was to be heard; “just a draw mate, pick the jack up if you can and follow that one down” resulting in lots of “oohs and aahs” as the final bowl from the skip either hit the target or not!! At the half way stage we stopped for a cup of tea (we don’t do that at Barton as it wastes drinking time!) and then back out for the second half. The match was won by Southbourne but there was a winning rink from Barton of Steve Jepson, George Blackwell, David Knight and Terry Williams.

Saturday and with a weather forecast of thundery showers the outlook for our trip to Weymouth did not look good. As with all recent tours Trevor Denny had arranged a surprise tour with only members of the infamous “Denny’s Tours” allowed to attend – they are Steve Jepson, Arnold Orton and Gerry Fitzhugh. This year the tour commenced at 0930 and took in a taxi ride followed by train and bus to Corfe Castle and then on to the Swannage Railway where there just happened to be a “beer festival!” Judging by the looks on their faces when we returned to the hotel they all had a great day!

The mood was one of optimism and concerns about the weather as the forecast was not good at all; rain Thursday and heavy rain on the Saturday. We had the feeling that we would be getting wet on the inside but did not really wish to get wet on the outside too!

We did well in the raffle with Gerry Fitzhugh winning a bottle of scotch. This was duly opened and Gerry found some long lost friends to help him drink it!! There were tears in his eyes as he surveyed the damage!! Following a few drinks with our hosts we made our way back to the hotel for dinner and then split into groups for the after-match huddles i.e.crib, a tour of local hostelries or for the serious bowlers amongst us, an early night. Our travelling reserves spent the afternoon mostly inside (the bar was open!) and Jimmy Johnson said that if he had been playing we might have won - dream on Jimmy!!

Day two, Friday and after a full breakfast many took a wander into Bournemouth and then we congregated for a 1230 departure for Poole Harbour where after a short stop for lunch (fish and chips on the front – excellent!) we arrived at Poole Bowls club where we had played before. The smallest changing room ever awaited us so we changed in shifts before walking out to a lovely day; windy but sunny. The match was played in a friendly spirit and everyone appeared to be happy apart from out illustrious Club Captain, David Knight who was being played out of position. Unfortunately he made his feelings known so soon everyone heard about it and the micky taking began – never to cease!! Once again tea and biscuits at the halfway stage but this did not deter a winning rink of Dave Lockett, Gerry Fitzhugh, Phil Wright and Derek Essam with the match won by Barton.

Now every day we had “reserves” not required to attend and on Friday the “Famous 5” was reinstated. This is the Barton Famous 5; Brian Tipler, Barry Smith, Ray Smart, “Alderman” George Blackwell and all the way from New Zealand Tony Bishop. They took themselves on a mini tour of Poole for the afternoon and by all accounts had a really good time.

The “bowlers” meanwhile boarded the coach for Weymouth with fingers crossed for decent weather but it really did look bleak. However, on arrival at this famous sea side resort, the weather was fair and no rain. Lunch was taken in a mainly liquid form for most bowlers with our youngest bowler drinking a few “bombs” to liven himself up after a night in Bournemouth. Judging how he looked the following day the “bombs” were of the timer delayed type, exploding the next day!!

The Club where we were playing is situated on the seaside in an idyllic position and although there was a strong sea breeze all afternoon the sun came out and we had the most unexpected good weather for the whole match. It was nip and tuck all afternoon and at the end we ended up all square – a tie! The highest winning rink consisted of Phil Wright, Jimmy Johnson, Dean “Bomber” Gould and skip, Graham Dartnell. We had a couple of drinks with our hosts and then the opposing Captain gave a short speech which included inviting those members who had bowled a bowl with a wrong bias(the bowl going in the wrong direction) to stand up and recite an acknowledgement that this had indeed happened. They were suitably embarrassed and presented with certificates. You may ask who these bowlers were but it would not be fair to name them here but next time you visit the Club you may well see photographic proof of this event. Tour Captain, Richard Paintin responded with a witty speech which included an excellent joke – even Ray Smart laughed. This put us all in the mood for the final evening which was once again spent in local hostelries and the hotel bar where we met members of Denny’s tour looking as if they had indeed been to a beer festival!


Sunday morning and breakfast, followed by packing and then the end of tour meeting. All agreed it had been an excellent tour and Richard “Tricky” Paintin was thanked by all members. The tour prizes were handed out and they went to : •

Special Prize - David Knight (nothing to do with a wrong bias)

Personality of the tour - Dean “bomber” Gould Spectator of the tour - Barry Smith (he of the famous 5)

Bowler of the Tour - Graham Dartnell

Tricky was also given a “thank you” present. A sand spade for use on his allotment and a first world war jigsaw puzzle to keep him occupied in the winter evenings - some hope!

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June 2014 Services at All Saints 1st June Easter 7

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

4th June Wednesday


Holy Communion for the less mobile (Hall)

8th June Pentecost

8.30am 10.00am

Holy Communion BCP All Age & Parade Eucharist with Stewardship Thanksgiving

15th June Trinity

9.30am 11.00am 6.00pm

Parish Communion Together@11 Evensong

22nd June Trinity1

9.30am 11.00am

Parish Communion Together@11

29th June St. Peter & St. Paul

9.30am 11.00am

Parish Communion Together@11

We hope your veggies are growing well with all this rain and sunshine we have been getting?



Saturday 6th September 2014


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


Don’t forget the list of classes and the Entry Form for Earls Barton Village Show 2014 is available to view and download on our website and you can also find them on "Earls Barton Allotments" Facebook page.

Tax break for hobbies?

If you run a business, are an active sort of person and would describe yourself as the “outdoor type” then there might just be an HMRC tax break for you. What is it? The HMRC have a list of tax-free benefits, one of which is “recreational benefits” and it is actually quite high on their list as a result of the Chancellor wanting to promote active and healthy lifestyles. When introduced, it was only thought to relate to taxfree gym memberships but there are lots of other activities which could qualify.

This month’s eco-tip MORE VEG PLEASE’

For example A director of a company with an interest in sailing, would take his family to the local reservoir for a jaunt in his dingy. As the reservoir was a popular place to visit, he soon discovered that a number of his employees enjoyed the same pastime. The question then.. could the business pay for a “company boat”?

Summer means lots of lovely, fresh salad stuffs, vegetables and fruits to look forward to. A recent report has shown that meat production, especially beef, is damaging to the environment. Why not try to reduce your consumption of meat by having a meat-free day each week? Search out a really tasty vegetable dish or salad to eat instead.

Tax-break The good news was, provided the boat was made available to directors and employees, the cost of the boat would be tax deductible and the company could claim capital allowances against it’s corporation tax bill.

Sourcing your veg from local producers would be even better, as you would also be reducing your ‘food miles’.

Word of warning The employees and directors (subject to certain conditions) would be assessed individually for a “benefit-in-kind” if the venue ie where the activity takes place is open to the general public. However, if the venue eg sailing club is a membership only club, then the tax exemption can still apply.

Farmers’ Markets are held locally as follows: Wellingborough: last Thursday each month 9am - 2pm Northampton:

3rd Thursday each month 9.30am - 1.30pm


1st Sunday each month 9am - 1pm

Higham Ferrers: last Saturday each month 9am - 1pm

TIP You can provide your employees with tax-free recreational facilities if they are made available to all your staff, and the general public are excluded from using the facility. This can extend to rowing, fishing, cycling, tennis etc …..

You could also try out Trixie’s farm shop, Whites’ Nursery, Beckworths or the farm shop on Mears Ashby Road. And how about having a go at growing your own veg? You don’t have to have a big garden, and lots of things can be grown in tubs…worth considering for next year if you haven’t tried already! Nicky, Julia, Sandra and Katharine

Article courtesy of Indicator / FL Memo.


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Summer Leys

Forthcoming Events..... Sunday 15 June - ANTZ


only per child

Looking at ants, how they live, the different species and how to attract them - at Summer Leys nature reserve.

Sunday 20 July - ALL OF A FLUTTER

Direct searching for butterflies and bugs and learning about the different species.


Baby bird detective


Great tit

House sparrow



Blue tit

Great spotted woodpecker


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: 45

T: 07793 606026



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Barton Today

June 2014

News from Christopher Heaton-Harris I can’t quite believe that it is four years since I was elected as your Member of Parliament and in less than twelve months time now, local people will go to the polls in a General Election. It has to be said that as this parliament has moved into its final year, political positioning has become more apparent – particularly within the coalition, where both partners are beginning the process of clearly setting out where they stand on the issues that matter. Thankfully, a good example of this is in relation to onshore wind. As you will no doubt be aware, I have been leading the charge against onshore wind farms since my election to Parliament back in 2010. The issue dominates my postbag and is of great concern to many local people, given the barrage of applications we have experienced across Daventry constituency. I was delighted, therefore, that last month, the Prime Minister announced that if a Conservative Government is elected next year, within six months, it would end public subsidies for newly planned onshore wind projects and give local councils the decisive say on them. It would also make changes to planning rules to give greater protection to an area’s valued countryside and heritage. The changes would mean that any plans not already in the pipeline for new onshore wind projects would need to be able to pay for themselves and attract local support, now that enough onshore wind has been built or passed through the planning system to meet the government’s legally-binding renewables target for 2020. During the Easter Recess, I also had the great honour of being invited to attend the Sedona Forum, organised by Senator John McCain, over in Arizona, USA. The forum was a great opportunity to meet and talk with senior US politicians and global business leaders about issues affecting both of our countries. What made it more fascinating was that former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, came along to the forum to talk with one of her arch critics. I think it is fairly obvious that she intends to announce she is running for President of the USA in the coming months. Since then, I have been very busy these past few weeks, sitting on the Finance Bill Committee. The Committee is scrutinising the Chancellor’s recent Budget, line by line – all very interesting, but incredibly time consuming (The Committee sits when the House is sitting every Tuesday and Thursday, pretty much all day, until the middle of June.) It has, however, been quite an eye opening experience – it has made it even clearer to me (and please forgive this political point) through the Labour Party’s contribution to these debates, that they have learnt absolutely nothing in the last few years. Be it not trusting people to spend their own money properly having saved all their lives for pensions, or just generally forgetting what they did to the economy previously, the debates so far in the Finance Bill committee have clearly exposed that the Labour Party has little to offer the debate on how to entrench Britain’s recover from their great recession. It really is an honour and a privilege to be your Member of Parliament and if I can ever be of any assistance to you then please do not hesitate to contact me. Chris Heaton-Harris MP. House of Commons, Westminster, London. SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207-219-7048 e-mail: Twitter: @chhcalling


Barton Today

June 2014

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Earls Barton Youth Club would like donations for their Afternoon Tea & Cake on Carnival Day - 21st June If you can help, please drop off your donations before 2pm. Many thanks

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Thinking Ahead to Saturday 5th July: Coffee, Cakes & Recycling @ Earls Barton Yard Sale!

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As part of our environment theme we thought we’d open up the church hall on the EB Yard sale day and collect items for recycling to raise funds for Northants Wildlife Trust and Traidcraft Exchange. So this is advance notice to save mobile phones, printer cartridges and jewellery items - odd earrings, broken watches, costume jewellery as well as gold, silver or other metals- and bring them along on the day and drop them in our boxes for recycling.

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Pupdate Firstly, we are delighted to share the qualifying photo of Sandy '2'. Doesn't she look stunning? We are all so very proud of her and hope we will soon hear from her Guide Dog owner in Plymouth. Tasmin has been doing very well with her training at Puppy classes.


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She is doing all that her Supervisor asks her to do, and all the pups behave very well. One or two can be a bit vocal at times, but luckily Tasmin isn't one of those. Last week, food was tantalisingly placed on chairs and we had to weave the pups in between them, leaving the food alone. Noses were up in the air, but they were all so good, and luckily not one of the pups helped themselves.

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As you can imagine, all of the puppy walkers were very impressed by that! Tasmin and two of her guide dog puppy friends, and working Guide Dog Wanda and her owner went to visit Wellingborough School to meet the children, as they are hoping to sponsor a Guide Dog. All of the dogs very much enjoyed the constant fussing and we know the children loved having them visit. Tasmin has to be spayed in early June, so once again she will be under house arrest. Even worse, she will need to stay calm and quiet while she recovers from the operation. She will find that very hard, as she adores playing with our Springer Skye. Once again the Kong collar will come into use to stop her from paying too much attention to her stitches. Poor Girlie. Let’s hope she has a speedy recovery.

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