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March 2012

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March 2012

March "The word 'March' comes from the Roman 'Martius'. This was originally the first month of the Roman calendar and was named after Mars, the god of war.

March was the beginning of our calendar year. We changed to the 'New Style' or 'Gregorian' calendar in 1752, and it is only since then when the year began on 1st January. The Anglo-Saxons called the month Hlyd monath which means Stormy month, or Hraed monath which means Rugged month. All through Lent the traditional games played are marbles and skipping. The games were stopped on the stroke of twelve noon on Good Friday, which in some places was called Marble Day or Long Rope Day. The game of marbles has been played for hundreds of years and some historians say that it might have been started by rolling eggs. In the past, round stones, hazelnuts, round balls of baked clay and even cherry stones have been used.

Is Spring really just around the corner? First we had some snow and then it disappeared. Then the snow returned and temperatures plummeted to minus ten. The hill over at Kemsitts was like a scene from an alpine ski resort as crowds flocked to take advantage of the white stuff. The best designed sledge award must go to the children who were spotted hurtling down the hill, gripping tightly to a certain local estate agent’s for sale sign! As I write this, temperatures have reached a balmy ten plus. Spring must be on its way or is it a case of famous last words? Time will tell. Inthismonth’smagazinethespotlightfallsonlocalresidentRichardPaintin,akaTricky Dicky.WealsoreportonthesuccessofCraigWrightinhisfirstseasonofdragracingand BartonFiveandtheirFirewalk.Weareevergratefultoourcontributorswhethertheyare regularslike‘GardeningWithGrandad’or‘TheFeelGoodFactory’oroneoffarticles.

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Whats on in March MONDAY







Mojo Evening Working Mens Club 7.30pm -11.00pm Wyrd Sisters Parish Hall 7.30pm





Wyrd Sisters Parish Hall 7.30pm



Circle of 5ths The Old Swan 6.30pm - 9.00pm Acoustic Evening The Old Swan 7.00pm - 8.00pm


All Bears Parish Church Hall 2.15pm - 3.45pm






Carolyns Collection Fashion Show Bowls Club 7.30pm - 9.30pm


Spring into the Nene Valley Memorial Hall Gt Doddington 7.30pm - 9.00pm Costume Hire Shop opens at 4a The Square




Circle of 5ths The Old Swan 6.30pm - 9.00pm


Fairtrade Coffee Morning All Saints Church Hall Amy C at 10.00am - Noon Silver Band Club



Cystic Fibrosis Spring Bazaar Church Hall 10.00am - Noon

WI Meeting All Saints Church Hall 1.30pm Parish Council Meeting The Youth Club 7.30pm

Wyrd Sisters Parish Hall 7.30pm

Floral Society History Society All Saints Church Hall St.Johns Hall 7.30pm - 9.30pm 7.30pm



St.Patricks Day Guinness Deal Silver Band Club


MOTHERS DAY Jemma Red Silver Band Club


Millennium WI Speakers

Abigail Jackson, Independent Fashion Designer/Maker working in textiles.

All Bears Parish Church Hall 2.15pm - 3.45pm





BRITISH SUMMER TIME - CLOCKS Big Breakfast Methodist Church Hall FORWARD ONE 8.30pm - 11.30am HOUR

31 Discovering the Past Parish Hall 10.15am - 12.30pm Dawson City Band Working Mens Club


EVERY TUESDAY Street Dance at The Silver Band Club at 6.00pm

Line Dancing Working Mens Club 9.30am - 12.00pm

Scrabble The Library 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Taekwondo Silver Band Club

Dogfather Puppy Classes EB Youth Club 6.00pm -9.00pm

Zumba Silver Band Club 9.30am - 10.30am

Weight Watchers St John's 7.00pm - 8.00pm








Line Dancing Working Mens Club 9.30am - 12.00pm Quiz Night at Line Dancing The Silver Band Club Working Mens Club Knit & Knatter Group 9.30am - 11.30am The Library 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Taekwondo at The Silver Band Club

Crib Team The Old Swan 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Yoga - St. Johns Ambulance Hall 6.30pm

Weight Watchers at St John's 9.30am - 10.30am

Poker Game The Old Swan 7.00pm - 8.00pm



Poker Game The Old Swan 7.00pm - 8.00pm Ignite Youth Project The Church Rooms 6.00pm - 9.00pm




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Magical, Musical, generous Earls

March 2012

Fashion Show


By the time you read this we will be well into 2012 and spring will be fast approaching. The AED has been installed in the infant school and (at the time of writing) the staff are awaiting training in its use. Two devices have been installed and we will have completed negotiating the installation of the third. All these devices will be fitted in educational establishments and as such their accessibility will be limited to students staff and parents during opening hours. A chance conversation with some friends about our fund raising provided an answer. Across the country many villages and small towns, without the luxury of local first responders or emergency paramedics immediately to hand, have invested in a village AED. Accessible to all. This seemed like an ideal solution for our village. Of course, there are lots of issues to resolve and I really ought to speak to the Parish Council.

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Carolyn’s Carolyn’s Collection on Wednesday 14th March at The Bowls Club, Earls Barton from 7.30pm - 9.30pm

But that will all be totally irrelevant if we don't raise the funds. So here's a quick summary of our upcoming events. On Friday 2nd March we're hosting a swishing party at the Casuals Rugby club, in Northampton. Swishing involves the swapping of unwanted clothes for someone else's unwanted clothes, many of which are hardly worn. There will be a raffle and a cake sale running at the same time. Ladies you can't beat shopping, a glass of wine and a nice cup cake. You know it makes sense.

Clothes and accessories will be available for sale on the night Donations will be made to The Lymphoma Association and SADS UK

Tickets only £5.00 includes a drink and nibbles Tickets are available to buy from Carolyn's Collection, Barton Sweets and Pink Rose Beauty

On 31st March we're presenting an exciting new band, Dawson City. A five piece band, whose lead singer is a friend from work, will be treating Earls Barton to their mix of covers of classic pop, rock and country tracks, spanning the last few decades. The event will be at Earls Barton working men's club, courtesy of the effervescent Dave Brawn. Tickets are £5 and are available from the Club or from us, see contact details below.

For more information call in or telephone

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First Floor, 4B The Square, Earls Barton NN6 0NA email:

The major upcoming event is the Big3UK. You may have read in earlier editions of Barton Today the details of this challenge. In case you missed it in summary it will involve myself and a team walking three mountain routes in Snowdonia, the Lake District and Lochaber (Scotland). Each route is 65-67 miles, with over 28,000ft of ascent. Think scaling Everest whilst doing two and a half marathons, three times over. Myself and another Bartonian, Adam Holby, have started training. Our next mountain day was on the 12th February and I'll provide a step by step breakdown in my next update. Meanwhile, you'll see me pounding the streets of Barton in my fluorescent jacket and Lycra leggings, a true MAMIL (middle aged man in Lycra). This event is a sponsored challenge and pledges can be made on our justgiving site, see below. I'm also seeking logistical support, with donations to assist the team with transport and possibly accommodation. Every little bit helps.

New Costume Hire Business

Opening Soon! costume hire - earls barton 4a The Square, Earls Barton Although we’re very sorry to hear that long-standing business Blackadder Costume Hire is to close, there is some good news. Hilary Hillman (who currently works weekday afternoons in the shop) will be taking over the business, renaming it and relocating it. Andy & Emma: 01604 813756

From the 20th March, you will be able to find us at 4a, The Square, where Sadie used to run Namaste House. All the Blackadder costumes will transfer to the new business so you will still be able to hire high-quality costumes and buy great fancy-dress accessories.

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Hilary brings her years of costume expertise with her, and will be helped in the business by husband Robin, who has half a lifetime (or possibly more!) of experience in theatre and musical productions.

Courses ❖ Healthy Chefs Cookery Classes ❖ Childrens’s Cookery Classes

Faye Baxter BSc (hons) MBANT RSPH Nutritionist & Trainer

We’ll keep you posted via the village magazines and the Earls Barton Appreciation Group on Facebook.

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March 2012

Daffodils Did you know that the earliest reference to Daffodils can be found in the 16th century A.D. writings of the prophet Mohammed. Daffodils, the flowers symbolizing friendship, are some of the most popular flowers exclusively due to their unmatched beauty. Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus. Daffodil flowers have a trumpet-shaped structure set against a star-shaped background. Often the trumpet is in a contrasting color from the background. The name Daffodils includes the cluster-flowered yellow Jonquils and the White Narcissi, as well as the more common trumpet shaped flowers members of the genus Narcissus. Daffodils are constantly recurring flowers with at least 50 species and many hybrids. Where climate is moderate, Daffodils flourish among the first spring buds. Daffodils often bloom in clusters. Daffodils are native mainly to the Mediterranean region, in particular to the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Northern Africa and the Middle East. All Daffodils have a corona in the center that looks like a trumpet and a ring of petals all around. The natural Daffodil is colored golden yellow all over while the trumpet may often appear in a contrasting colour.

Growing Daffodils Daffodils grow perennially from bulbs. In temperate climates they flower among the earliest blooms in spring. Daffodils often grow in large clusters, covering lawns and even entire hillsides with yellow. Depth, as a general rule, needs to be thrice the height. This means large bulbs should have a depth of 6 to 8 inches, a medium size 3-6 inches and a smaller size 2-3 inches. Always remember that the load of soil proves helpful in protecting the bulbs from breaking too easily and in keeping them upright for a longer duration. If this fact is ignored and enough depth is not given, the Daffodil will bend down very soon. Though Daffodil blooms will come in bigger clumps, the bulbs and flowers will be scant. Steps to growing Daffodils. •

Choose a well-drained, sunny place, with a slightly acidic soil.

Plant your Daffodils so that their top (pointed end) is at least two times as deep as the bulb is high (top of a 2" bulb is 4" deep).

Plant bulbs deeper in sandy soil than in clay.

High-nitrogen fertilizers should be avoided.

Daffodils need lots of water while they are growing.

After blooming, never cut the foliage until it begins to turn yellow (usually late May or June).

This is then the time to dig them. Wash the bulbs thoroughly and let them dry completely (at least a week).

Put them in onion sacks (or panty hose) and hang them in the coolest place you can find until they're ready to plant. Good air circulation will keep the storage rot at a minimum.


Come along and enjoy all things ‘Vintage’ from homemade chic to collectable items, including: Shabby Chic Furniture, Collectables, Vintage Clothing & Accessories

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March 2012

Three cheers for Active Brownies! The photo shows the 1st Earls Barton Brownies enjoying a cheerleading session. We were led by an enthusiastic dance teacher, Melody, who organised a lively routine for us to learn. After a warm-up (where Barn Owl re-discovered several long-lost muscles!!) we picked up our pom-poms and we were away!


By the end of the evening we had mastered a fantastic cheerleading dance. The girls all had great fun and can’t wait to do it again. The session was paid for through Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers that people in the village kindly donated to us.

We need your vouchers It's that time again! Please collect Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers for the 1st Earls Barton Brownies. We recently had a Cheerleading session, paid for with last year's vouchers kindly donated by villagers, and we had GREAT FUN. We have also bought some sports equipment.....just in time for the Olympics!

Wyrd Sisters by Sir Terry Pratchett®, adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs

Vouchers can be put in the box in All Saints Church or posted through the letter box of 7 Park Street.

In this play, the biggest and most ambitious production staged by UTTD for a few years, we present no less than three real witches (well, they’re actors, but you know what I mean); the biggest dwarf you’ve ever seen; a bubbling cauldron; a castle; a duke and duchess of unparalleled nastiness; a jester with bells on; a fight; love!

Many thanks. Catherine Johnson and 1st Earls Barton Brownies

The story is set on Discworld®, a place dreamed up by Sir Terry Pratchett® and the subject of many of his comic novels. It is about a young man destined to regain his rightful throne and defeat The Baddies (hurrah!). There are loads of laughs and many brilliant performances from a really top-notch cast. I’ve been delighted with how many people auditioned for this show. We’ve lots of new faces and some heroes of the past have been persuaded to make a magnificent return. The set designers and artists are having a lovely time – I hope we can afford all the paint and wood. In fact everyone is working really hard to put on what is going to be a memorable run of performances. I could go on – I often do. This production (with a cast of literally dozens) is so huge, we’ve had to extend the mighty stage at the Parish Church Hall just to get it on at all. What we need now is you. Come along and support us from Thursday March 1st to Saturday March 3rd. Tickets, times etc can be seen on our posters, one of which should be somewhere near this article. (Or read the box below). I’ve saved the best until last. The bar is open after the show as well! Hang around and meet the stars, tell them how good they were, and buy the Director a drink.

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On the 12th of May at midnight, London will be a riot of colour as thousands of people will walk through the streets displaying their colourful bras to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. The Moonwalk has been going since 1998 and so this year will be its 15th year anniversary celebration. The theme is Rockin' around the World and we have our own team of 8 ladies in the village called the ‘Barton Boobies’ taking part. Over 200,000 women and men have power walked the marathon route through London since it began and this year an expected 17,000 will be striding out together for Walk the Walk breast cancer charity. With 1 in 8 women in the UK expected to experience some form of breast cancer, Walk the Walk Worldwide emphasise the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle. The event has raised over £75 million in just 14 years and our team will do their bit to raise money for the charity as they too have been touched by breast cancer in some way. As the organiser and founder of Walk the Walk says "the MoonWalk is probably the most dynamic and awe-inspiring night that you could experience" The Barton Boobie team are looking forward to the event and are training hard walking through the villages or round the lakes in preparation. More details will follow in next month's edition but if you would like to sponsor the team please go to to read more details or to donate. Many thanks from the team!

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March 2012

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At the age of four, 26 year old local fireman Craig Wright from Compton Way visited Santa Pod Raceway for the first time when his dad started working there. As years went on he began to know that Drag Racing was something he wanted to do when he was older. Growing up he was always into motorsport and even started working at Santa Pod alongside his dad as a marshal. Then they both moved on to work on a friend’s drag car, travelling the country.

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Nerves were running high as the lights counted down. One of the racers went before the green ending their championship hopes and making Craig the 2011 Santa Pod Points Champion, which was a huge achievement and also a dream come true. Since winning the championship, Craig has also been nominated for the “Most Promising Newcomer to drag racing” award, but is yet to find out the results from that. Craig and his team are currently building a 1995, 1.6ltr Honda Civic and trying to find the budget to race in the same class this year, and if he finds the budget he will be trying his hardest to retain that same championship in 2012. He would like to thank the Seamarks Family for giving him the chance to race their car, A.E.S Rescue-Earls Barton for transporting the car to and from Santa Pod, his crew man Chris Hardinges for his help and also his fiancé Tasha and his family for putting up with him through last season.

At the start of last year, Craig was offered a chance of hiring a 3.4ltr Chevrolet Camaro for the season by local friend Matt Seamarks in Rushden, to race in the “Sportsman Et” Drag Racing Championship. As this was always a dream, he jumped at the chance. Last Easter saw the first round of the Santa Pod Championship, but the plan for the season was just to have fun as there were some really good experienced racers in his class, but at this event he managed to get to the semi finals of the eliminations which was a massive achievement for his first race event. Then he got to the quarter finals at the following 2 events. Then came Bug Jam in July, which is a huge VW festival at Santa Pod, which saw the biggest amount of entries in his class. After qualifying quite well, he ended up getting right through 5 rounds of eliminations to get to the final which he actually won, giving him the lead in the Santa Pod points championship. Then it was time for the last round of the season in September. Going into this as championship leader in his first full year, the pressure felt high, not qualifying well and then he red lit in the first round (false start), knocking him out of the event. But there was still a small mathematical chance of him winning the championship and it all depended on how other drivers got on in the knock out round. After waiting all day, it was time to watch on from the sidelines as two drivers went head to head in the final. He needed one of the racers to lose or else the championship was lost.

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Local Charity Needs Your Help

Events are being planned currently but more help is needed on this front from someone with experience in the events' organising field. Janet added: “The position is on a voluntary basis for someone who is up for a new and exciting challenge.

It is looking set to be an exciting year for the NC TLC Trust as they plan to build on their fundraising achievements of 2011. The trust based in Earls Barton is keen to make their presence known in 2012 and it is all systems go for Janet Walker-Smith and her team, which now consists of a few new faces, who are full of enthusiasm and ideas for raising much needed funds for the charity which now has more than 50 families on the charity's books looking for help. The Trust with Janet at the helm is working tirelessly and endlessly for families who are living with childhood cancers. The charity provides practical support and guidance to families from the moment they receive the news about the diagnosis and continue to provide help every step of the way. ‘With you all the way’ is the charity’s motto.

The working hours can be sorted around personal commitments for the right person.� We are also looking for an accountant, who would be able to offer their services to our charity. In the meantime, your ongoing support is the key and your help is being asked through the ongoing fundraising schemes in operation. There is the Peel and Save Scheme and also the recycling scheme. Peel and Save is a book of vouchers which been produced by businesses in the area offering discount vouchers and a book is available for anyone to buy for just £10 and then £5 goes to the Trust, and the book allows for savings off for example, bowling, and various meals out in the Wellingborough and Rushden area.

The charity was set up in July 2008 by families in Northamptonshire and surrounding areas who were undergoing treatment and being in the unique position to share their own experiences and work to support and befriend others who were going through it with their child or children.

The recycling scheme is looking for businesses to think about recycling all their old printer cartridges, spectacles, mobile phones, postage stamps and foreign money and funds can be raised off the back of businesses being green. Brian Cove at Wise Fundraising LTD can be contacted to install a Trust recycling box. Contact him on 07850 143179 or email Janet added: “Recycling is less landfill, healthier for our children and is money for old rope, so please let’s get away from this throwaway Society!� We are also excited about our new website, with thanks to Lucie and Jamie Kearns at Soapbox. It is amazing, you can now donate online and also, you can view our new promotional video. So please go on to see some of our work.� To get involved and offer any help and support to the charity call (01604) 811025 or email to find out more.

Statistics show that every day 10 families somewhere in the UK are told their child has cancer, and therefore it is not surprising the numbers of families the Team are asked to help and support is ever increasing, and this is why this year all the stops are being pulled out to raise more money for the charity’s much needed work. Janet Walker-Smith said: “It is obviously an exciting time for our charity.

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We have worked hard and tirelessly as a team to help more people. The thing is, we never lose focus of the generosity and kindness of you, the public, and sponsors and friends that also help our work.� She added: “ A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you!! Our saying currently is ‘We have hit the ground running’ – we have much to do.


So any support, however big or small would be so appreciated.� Janet, is Operations Director and Founder of the Trust, and with chairman and husband, Kevin Smith, they are trying to grow the team to meet this growing demand for the charity's work. In the office, there is Lucie Gildon, the charity’s newly appointed office manager, who has worked for the charity for nearly a year, and receptionist, Maureen Smith, Janet’s mother-in law. The office is also manned in out of office hours by Star Virtual. Louise Williams, has joined the team as the charity’s Family Support Officer, and is a qualified hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and counsellor. Natalie Sears has come on board recently as the charity’s PR representative and Shiva Dhanjal is the treasurer. But there is still one vital position awaiting to be filled which is that of an Events Manager, a person who can help to plan and organize more events for the charity's ever busy social fundraising calendar.




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Children Take Over the Junior School It was a chance for Mrs Watkins to put up her feet for the day as Cameron Macarthur, aged 8, took over the helm as Headteacher for the Day. Cameron was the lucky winner of the Golden Ticket during the school Christmas Fayre. He arrived at work on Monday 30th Jan with his assembly all planned and his mug and biscuits ready for the day. After greeting everyone in class with a cheery ‘Good morning’ Cameron knuckled down to sort his post, respond to his emails and check the week’s events in the diary. He checked the new fire route map with Mr Steve Greenhow, the Site Supervisor, and even spotted areas for improvement along the way. Cameron wowed the school with his assembly; very timely themed ‘The Modern Olympics.’ He demonstrated how far Jesse Owen’s 25 year record for long jump really was, by inviting children try and jump the 8.13 metres. Teachers and children were kept on their toes during Cameron’s lesson observations. He awarded stickers for best work, trying hard, fantastic smiles and smartest uniforms (and that was just the teachers!) He held a lunchtime meeting in his office with two of his friends, to discuss football strategies over their lunch of sausages and baked beans. The afternoon involved writing this week’s entries for the school newsletter Head2Home, taking photographs around the school of children in action and playing word games. Cameron impressed everyone with his leadership skills and calm effective approach to his job. Well done Cameron for such a good day.






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In this busy world it is often hard to find a time and place in which to be completely quiet. oughts of the many benefits this can bring prompted All Saints to offer a drop-in day when anyone could drop into the Church at any time and sit quietly, write or say a prayer or pick up a prayer card. So, on 28 January the Church was open all day as a haven of quiet and tranquillity. A dedicated team had arranged five prayer stations around the church with words, pictures and prayers. ey were linked to All Saints’ Vision of Welcome; Sharing; Serving; Worship and Growing.

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The February Circle of Fi5ths went ahead despite the snowy weather and freezing temperatures outside. Regular techie Jim 'Recording King' Bedster had a gig so couldn't join us. Steve 'Soundman' Baigent phoned me up on the morning to say that he was snowed up in Rushden. So it was just me, a man and an amp! That would not have been a problem, except that I was in North Wales, with no snow whatever there. The plan was to travel down in the afternoon in readiness for the Circle in the evening. Calls were duly made "so how bad is it really?" "Have a look at FaceBook Dad, it's not pleasant out there!".

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We have actually decided that we require more control over what happens on our site. Any event organiser can apply for a temporary event license, but with a premises licence, you involve the police, fire service, trading standards, environmental health and child protection, which will make every event safe and professionally organised for all. Someone has suggested that we could hold an event every weekend, but this would never be the case as we need to rest the land. If it is over used, the subsoil will fail causing lots of problems for us, which would impact directly on our ability to rent the land for any events and put a stop to any return or repeat business for us.

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We have listened to your feedback and All Saints now offers two main services on a Sunday morning. You have a choice of two morning services - at 9.30 am a traditional parish communion and at 11 am informal, contemporary worship suitable for all. Between the two services, from 10.30 – 11 am, there will be time for a chat over drinks and cakes. The 11 am worship style is modern and lively while being reverent but informal. Clergy do not wear robes. There is something for all ages, a chance to ask questions and hear some meaningful teaching.

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All Saints aims to be a lively, vibrant church continuing to develop its vision of Welcoming, Worshipping, Serving, Sharing and Growing. Whether you are a person of faith, or no faith or just wanting to find out what it’s all about, why not come along and join others who are on the same journey. It will be good to see you, whether you are just passing through or planning to start worshipping with us more regularly. We are ordinary people endeavouring to live our lives according to the teaching of Jesus Christ. Through worship and caring friendship we invite all to share God's love. Above all, we are a community of people aiming to grow in our relationship with Jesus, one another and the community around us. Our hope is that you will feel welcome.

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Infant School News As I write there is a thick layer of fresh snow outside my window, yet I know it will be a distant memory by the time you read this. Children will have long since put their sledges away and talk about snowball fights will have ceased as we look for signs of Spring. Even our short break in February will seem like a distant memory! But what will be recalled are the wonderful experiences our children have been sharing here at school. A few of them are shared with you below. We have been fortunate that Reverend Miranda Hayes and Reverend Nigel Bibbington, as well as Lesley and Brian Emerson, have all visited us again and shared their stories with the children during assembly time. To complement this, during the Spring term each class take it in turns to hold an assembly and invite their parents into school to watch. The children have been very keen to show the work they have been doing and really enjoy performing for their mums, dads and friends. How wonderful to have your Dad come into school and read a story to you and your classmates! That is just what happened on 18th and 19th January. We plan to run our ‘Blokes with Books at Barton’ again in March as it has such a positive influence, especially for the boys to have that male role model in school. The Year 1 children visited Northampton shoe museum and had a truly fabulous time. They saw and heard about such a wide variety of footwear from history and were even allowed to try them on, including genuine Roman sandals! At the end of January some of our Year 2 children visited Lab_13 at Irchester School to be scientists for the day! They used fingerprinting, chromatography and microscopy to solve the mystery of who stole Fluffy the rabbit! It was such a mystery that even the Evening Telegraph turned up to record events! Our school also took part in a pilot scheme called ‘Get Sporty’. All children had a fantastic time learning new physical and co-ordination skills with coaches from Sport Northants. Classes were highly praised for their listening skills and politeness. They can’t wait for the coaches to visit again in February to do multiskills! The term ended on a high for all of Year 2 as they completed their unit of work on Castles. After learning all about parts of castle buildings and why they were built in particular areas, the children were treated to a whole day learning medieval skills such as making soap, leather goods, herb bags & candles. The children were in role from the beginning to the end of the day! The day was rounded off with a medieval banquet & entertainment! We would like to thank all the parent helpers who came to help making the day run so well, we couldn't do it without all your support! - Thank you. Amongst all this excitement there was a little sadness in the air at the end of term as we all joined together to say thank you and goodbye to one of our team, Catherine Martin. A teacher here for the past 5 years Catherine has decided to take a break in her career and spend more time at home with her family. At a special assembly in her honour the children presented her with handmade cards and a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

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The Baptist Church News Last month, it being the month of Saint Valentine’s Day I wrote about love and I want at least to start with that as we approach Easter. In this period of Lent which began on 22nd February, Christians remember the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness where, amongst other things, He fought off the temptations of making himself “popular” rather than fulfilling the plan that God had. As Christians we remember on Good Friday Jesus’ death by crucifixion and on Easter Sunday we rejoice in the culmination of God’s plan when we celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus had said to his followers:-“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you”. (John’s gospel chapter 15 verses 13 and 14). God’s plan was that Jesus should take the blame and the punishment for all the bad things that we have done or thought or said. In the Old Testament of the Bible, this is what had been prophesied would happen by the prophet Isaiah…”We are the ones who strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us” (Isaiah chapter 53 verse 6). The blame game is something that we as human beings have been at forever. In the Genesis Creation story Eve blamed the serpent for the fact that she ate the forbidden fruit and Adam then blamed Eve for his eating it. After the giving of the Ten Commandments and Moses being absent for forty days Aaron had a golden calf sculpted and blamed the people who had “persuaded” him. In Jesus time people “blamed” blindness on something that the parents of the blind man must have done. After he had condemned Jesus to be crucified Pontius Pilate the Roman Governor at the time washed his hands as if to say that it was not his responsibility, but that of the Jewish authorities and the crowd. At school, how often did I hear pupils who had been caught doing something wrong blaming someone else for getting them into trouble? “It wasn’t me, it was him/her.” “S/he made me do it.” “It wasn’t my fault”. The world’s financial problems are blamed on corporate greed or the greed of the banks without our thinking that we have been caught up in the whole culture of greed/selfishness. Whenever a new government of a different political party is elected the country’s difficulties, whether they be financial or in education, in health or in public services, are all, apparently, the blame of the previous government or currently “Europe”!! There is no sense whatsoever, it seems, of collective responsibility. Through Lent perhaps you will remember your own individual blame and responsibility, our own collective blame and responsibility and be thankful that Jesus was prepared to take them for you and for us. Brian

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Gardening With Grandad... I didn’t care much, as with most 8 year olds, politics just made boring TV. Of course now as an adult that boring TV is no longer so miss able, what happens now seems to relate a little more directly to me. My 9 year old, Eloise, thinks it just makes boring TV. Blue Peter is a lot more relevant. How things change!?

By Steve Middleditch Welcome to my column in which I am trying to live up to my gardening hero. This is of course my self-sufficient Grandfather, who used to tend his patch in Norfolk. Now with the help of his diaries I am gardening alongside him. I am Gardening With Grandad.

Grandad talked about carting soil. This refers to him changing the soil in his greenhouse. If you have a greenhouse and grow in the soil, you need to change this soil every year to keep it healthy. I change it to a spade depth. Grandad doesn’t say how much he changes. I hope I am not taking too much out, it is very hard work and sometimes costs me a pane of glass! The green house also needs cleaning ready for the new plants. I use Jeyes fluid as it seems to do a good job and the smell reminds me of grandad’s greenhouse.

March is a month of new beginnings. Everything in the garden is just starting to grow except of course for the winter bulbs who arrive early to beat everyone else to the party. A good gardener will have dug their beds over the winter so the frost will break down the clods of earth and give a fine till to the earth. I however, have never managed this, and use March as the time to prepare. Following Grandad’s diary, March is a time for setting seeds for flowers, brassicas and tomatoes, although I try and get ahead of the game and sow my tomatoes indoors in February. 12th March 1979 Finished carting soil and the greenhouse is now ready for seed raising. Put staging up and started summer cabbages. 20th March put in Tomato seed, celery and lettuce little Gem. 22nd March 1979, Sharp frost and snow showers during the day. 28th March Tomato seeds are through. Labour lost vote (of confidence) by 1. General Election soon as possible. In 1979, much to the chagrin of Grandad, Margaret Thatcher was on her way to power.

One thing to be careful about the beginning of the year. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself. We still have at least one more month of frosts. Potatoes can be chitted but not planted. Broad beans can be planted out early but any other beans will need to be timed so they are not too big for pots before planting out late May. Happy gardening and enjoy the spring!

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Spotlight on - Richard Paintin

This month the spotlight falls on local resident Richard Paintin, otherwise known as ‘Tricky Dicky.’ He is well known around the village for a variety of things as he wears many hats; parish councillor, president of the men’s bowling club, secretary of the Stag crib team, organiser of social occasions and all round socialite.

aka: Tricky Dicky A great organiser he (with others) has organised trips to race meetings, football matches and his speciality, the annual rugby fixture between Leicester and Northampton, when for the past two years he has driven the bus. His driving is unique and his ability to find a pub second to none. However it is his parking that takes the biscuit as he will park as close as he can to the pub door and then explain to the landlord or landlady that he is in a delivery bay – such is his reasoning that they simply nod as if they were expecting him!

Richard was born on 29 September 1944 and lived in the village of Greens Norton. He attended the local village school and then went on to Sponne Grammar School in Towcester. He has fond memories of Sponne because it was a place with a real focus on sports, with numerous pupils going on to play for the Saints. A keen sportsman himself, this was very much to Richard’s liking. Richard left school at fifteen and began a five year carpentry apprenticeship with Smiths Timber who were based in Far Cotton. The practical skills that he developed there were to serve him well in his later life as he went on to work for local firms Parfreysons and Dean and Amos.

He has been a parish councillor since May last year. On the day of the elections, when other candidates were canvassing outside the church, he was about to set off on his way to Bournemouth with the bowls tour. The members were not allowed to board the bus until they had assured him they had voted - for him of course! Luckily George Blackwell was on board the bus and made sure that everything was above board.

Richard’s life has been interrupted with frequent visits to various hospitals to get damaged bones repaired; when he was 21 he broke his right leg and left arm when he came off his motorbike on the way back from football training at Milton Milsor, at the age of 30 he broke his left leg when playing football for the Cricketers Arms in the Northampton Sunday league and at the age of 49 he broke his right leg again, this time falling off scaffolding whilst on a shop fitting job in Scotland. He still has the X rays as evidence of these mishaps. He moved to Earls Barton in 1976, the year he married his wife Linda. He had spotted a nice house on Dowthorpe Hill and that’s what brought him to the village. He says that he has never regretted the move and thinks that Earls Barton is a great village with lots of things happening. Since his arrival here he has made lots of friendships and his presence has been felt both through work and play. A self made man his trade was shop fitting. He was so successful that he started his own business PPS in 1985. If you walk into any Blacks or Millets stores, you will be able to see Richard’s work as he had the contract to do all of their shop fitting. His work took him the length and breadth of UK. He has also done jobs within the village, transforming the shop fronts at Lees the butchers and Jeyes the chemists. Richard’s wife Linda worked as the company secretary and can remember many Bartonians on the pay roll. She made up the cash pay packets each week until modernisation led to the monthly wages being paid into the bank. Richard joined the bowls club in 1993 and has been an extremely active member ever since, not only bowling regularly but making improvements to the club’s facilities, usually at no cost to the club. In later years he has held most of the committee appointments and more recently has arranged the annual infamous men’s club bowls tour. This year they are off to Bristol in May. He remembers the occasion when the tour took them to Scarborough. An unusual clock had been spotted on the wall in the reception of the hotel they were staying at. It was alleged that with the aid of towels covering up the CCTV system, the said clock found its way onto the tour coach. They were just about to depart when the hotel manager rushed out of the hotel and stood in front of the bus, refusing to move until the clock was returned. The clock was duly given back to its rightful owner. To this day, noone knows who perpetrated this unlawful act. As president he keeps a watchful and experienced eye on all proceedings and usually comments on most of them. He is not what one might call a quiet man! He must take some credit for the extremely successful year the club enjoyed in 2011, as his enthusiasm is infectious and his support for the club limitless. The crib team in the Stag simply would not exist without him. As chairman, secretary, treasurer and manager (he always picks the team!) he has steered the Stag over the past 25 years to much silverware and is a very well known character in the crib League as he is in the county bowling fraternity.

Richard sold his business in 2002 but continued to work for Blacks as a consultant before retiring in 2007. It may be a coincidence but since he left Blacks they have gone downhill culminating with their recent liquidisation. He still works part time, looking after St Mary’s Church and the attached nursery in Northampton. He is always on the go whether it is council business, bowls, crib or up the allotment making sure his allotment partner has completed the digging. If there is a trip being organised you can guarantee he knows all about it and will be going unless there is another social event he is booked on. A family man, he has a daughter Chloe who lives in the village with her partner Matt and son Jordon and a son Jamie who is teaching in Thailand. He also has a lovely Golden Retriever called Meg, who has been the family dog for the past 12 years.


Richard’s enthusiasm and energy are very apparent as he reflects upon his life so far. It seems like there will be no letting up in the future. He is hoping that all Bartonians will pull together this summer and make the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee a real success. He is already thinking of different ideas and says that it would be great if there could be a massive street party in the middle of the village, with pig roasts, barbecues, live music etc. If anybody can make it happen, he can – watch this space.

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This year on 31st March, Pamela and Victor proudly celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Victor, born in Grendon in 1943, and Pamela (nee Rees), born in Barton in 1945, met when they were just teenagers and married in 1962. Within 8 years they had completed their family with 3 sons and 1 daughter, all born at home. They now have too many grandchildren to count, the newest being twin grand daughters born just before Christmas, and 4 great-grandchildren. Victor is set to finally retire this year a few weeks shy of 69 years old. He has worked for the same company since he was 16 years old, and used to bike to and from work in Northampton each day. Pamela enjoys her cleaning job at Barker’s shoe factory, and particularly looks forward to the bottle of wine they get given at Christmas. Anyone who knows Pamela will know she is always late for everything, and you’re guaranteed to see her running to one place or another. Only this week a bus stopped and waited for her at the bus stop thinking she was running for the bus. They are a very special couple. Both would do anything for anyone, the most selfless people I think anyone could meet. So Mum, Dad, Gran and Granddad, we all love you and want to wish you a very happy 50th anniversary and thank you for all you have done for us all. Without you, we wouldn’t be us.

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Heritage Day for Local Villages On Saturday March 31st there will be a free day of heritage activities, provided by Rockingham Forest Trust, for villages in the Earls Barton area. (Earls Barton, Ecton, Great Doddington, Mears Ashby, Sywell & Wilby) The ‘Rose of the Shires’ project has received Heritage Lottery funding to work in 6 areas of Northamptonshire that are significant for the survival of their historic landscapes. The project uses unique mapping that reconstructs the open fields of the medieval period and the 18th century enclosed landscape – and uses this information to identify what still survives today.

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The morning event, ‘Discovering the Past’, will be held at Earls Barton Parish Hall from 10:15 am – 12:30pm. Find out how, and why, the villages and their surrounding fields and landscapes have changed over the past 700 years. A presentation by the project’s Landscape Archaeologists will reveal how the county of Northamptonshire has been transformed during this period – and then takes a more detailed look at the villages we are working with. The morning will also include a presentation by the project’s historian on the local buildings, trades and traditions that have had a major role in shaping the character of the area.

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The afternoon event is designed for people who attended in the morning and are interested in finding out more. ‘A Walk Through Time’, will start from Earls Barton Parish Hall at 1:30 pm; a coach will take the group to various local sites where the project team will reveal how the landscape has evolved. The transition from a medieval open field system to a modern enclosed landscape left many traces that we can identify from historic maps, aerial photographs, and archaeological remains. Some are clearly visible, others less so and some may come as a surprise. Ridge and furrow, earthworks, hollow ways and early hedgerows all represent different phases in the evolution of the landscape and these will be explored during the afternoon.

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The coach will return to Earls Barton at around 3:30pm Please note that the afternoon event has a maximum of 25 people and is prioritised for people who attended the morning presentations (any spare places will then be offered to people who only want to attend the afternoon). It will involve walking over rough ground and suitable clothing & footwear should be worn.

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Both events are free but places are limited and must be booked. To reserve your places for March 31st please call Rockingham Forest Trust on 01933 625527 or email

Start your day on the right foot! Join us on Saturday 3rd March at 9:30am when we have our next coffee morning. We have plenty of bargains and a chance to join us for a cup of tea or coffee. Only 50p to enter! It will be great to see you there!


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We invite you to join us on Sunday 18th March (10:30am) for our special mothering Sunday service. Mothering Sunday is a Christian festival celebrated throughout Europe that falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent. We like many other churches around the UK will join together for a time of celebration. Please do join us if you can for our special Mothering Sunday service. For more information please keep up to date via our notice board or our website

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(International and Interdenominational) On Friday 2nd March over 3 million people worldwide will be praying and worshipping together during an annual day of prayer, using a form of service prepared by Christian women in Malaysia.

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This is always an exciting day as a great wave of prayer sweeps the world, beginning when the first service is held in the Queen Salote Girls School in Tonga and continuing around the world until the final service takes place, some 35 hours later, in neighbouring Western Samoa. By then the day will have been celebrated in over 170 countries and more than 6,000 services will have been held in the British Isles alone.

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Although Malaysia’s multi-ethnicity has added to the rich heritage of its land and people, it has also given rise to many problems. In the service those issues of concern are named and the women voice their hope for the future. Justice for all is their hope, and their prayer “Let Justice Prevail”. Although organised and led by women, this is essentially a day of prayer for everybody, demonstrating our solidarity with our sisters and brothers in other countries and all are welcome to attend. We believe that prayer changes things. Together with God we can make a difference. Do come along and find out all about Malaysia and join our great Mexican prayer wave as it travels right round the world!

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Mrs Lesley Emerson will be our speaker and refreshments will be served . All are welcome.

Jenny Flowers writes…Our January meeting was a gorgeous trip into the the Polar Regions in the company of Charles Bezzina and his breathtaking slides. His talk made us all aware of the beauty and isolation of the area. It was obvious how much he loves the area. As the Queen's Diamond Jubilee falls in the same year as Great Britain is hosting the 2012 Olympics, our County Federation feels that it would like to celebrate both events with the passing of a special "baton". The baton is going to be passed from one W.I. branch to another county wide. We will be receiving the baton from Cogenhoe on Saturday 7th April(Easter Saturday) at the Parish Church Hall. Hopefully W Is will come up with imaginative ways to pass on the baton, so who knows how the Cogenhoe ladies will arrive! We will guard the baton with our lives on Easter Sunday and then pass it on to Mears Ashby on Easter Monday, 9th April. It will then come back to Earls Barton to our friends at the Millennium on 10th and then on to Great Doddington. Our meeting in March will be on Wednesday 14th at 1.30p.m. in All Saints Parish Church Hall. Keith Wilson from R.N.L.I. will give a talk entitled "Doing Something Amazing Every Day." Everyone is welcome to what promises to be a very interesting afternoon.

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News from our local Police Paul Hurst writes... PCSOs Paul Hurst and Mike Bowes from Wellingborough Rural SCT seized an off-road bike in Earls Barton as part of the SCT's drive to reduce anti-social behaviour.The bike was seized in Mill Lane after the rider ignored a warning last year for similar behaviour. PCSO Paul Hurst said, "We seized the bike under the Section 59 Police Reform Act as the rider was causing alarm and distress to members of the public. Residents have raised concerns with us over the anti-social use of motorbikes in the area and we will continue to use the powers available to us to deal with similar incidents. We're cracking down on those causing a nuisance and riding illegally - for example with no MOT, insurance or not wearing a crash helmet." As a result of the letter displayed in the "Have your say to B2Day" titled "Why so much rubbish?" PCSO Rachel Head immediately contacted our Environmental Wardens who we work very closely with. The Wardens have arranged for their response team to go to the location and clear the rubbish. The waste manager has also been notified and will check to ensure the bins are not full, as this may be the reason why people are leaving it at the side - although in no way is this excusable. Persons that leave rubbish as identified in the picture in B2Day are committing the offence of Fly Tipping. Fly Tipping is illegal and irresponsible. It is an offence under Section 33(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to deposit waste on any land other than that which is controlled by a waste management licence. On summary conviction this offence can carry a fine of up to £20,000 and/or six months imprisonment. Further to this, any persons found dropping litter at will receive a £75 fixed penalty notice or be reported for summons under Section 87/88 – Environmental Protection Act 1990. Officers from the Wellingborough Rural Safer Policing team and the Wellingborough Environmental Wardens are now aware of the issues at this location and will be paying attention, and increasing patrols in the area to deter/detect any further offences. For potential offenders, please be aware that this area may be covered by CCTV. If you witness the dropping of litter/fly tipping, please contact the SCT team on 101, fly tipping can also be reported to Wellingborough Council on 01933 229777. Kindest regards Paul

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As Mad as a March Hare? Meaning: Completely mad. Origin: Hares have long been thought to behave excitedly in March, which is their mating season. Lewis Carroll is among many who have used that in stories - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: "The March Hare ... as this is May, it won't be raving mad - at least not so mad as it was in March." More recently this behaviour has been questioned and it is now thought that hares behave oddly - boxing, jumping etc. - throughout their breeding season, which extends over several months. Be that as it may; hares, especially March hares, have that reputation, which will surely stay with them. The first record of the belief in their madness, or in this case their brainlessness, was circa 1500, in Blowbol's Test reprinted by W. C. Hazlitt in Remains Early Popular Poetry of England, 1864: "Thanne [th]ey begyn to swere and to stare, And be as braynles as a Marshe hare." Of course, the phrase 'hare brained' refers to the same behaviour. This is also old and is referenced in Edward Hall's Chronicle, 1548: "My desire is that none of you be so unadvised or harebrained as to be the occasion that ..." The first citation that uses the phrase in a form we now know it is in 1529, in Sir Thomas More's The supplycacyon of soulys: "As mad not as a march hare, but as a madde dogge." The phrase has been in continuous use in the language since the 16th century. It was well-enough established by 1546 for John Heywood to include it in his collection. - A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue.


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A Word from Jonathan Thompson

Iwellrememberinawoodworkclassatschoolmakingabathroom cabinet,myteachersmiledwhenhesawthefinishedarticle,andI couldalmostreadhismind,Iknewinhiseyesitwassecondrate, andIreceivedamarkofCwhichwasconsideredaverage,Icould tellinmyteacherseyesthiswaslookeduponasareject,butnotin my mothers eyes, she looked upon it not as a reject, but as a masterpiece,madebythehandsofherownson.Ittookitsplacein mum’s bathroom, and remained there for many years, and she loveditbecauseitwasmadebyherownson’shands.

AsmostofyouwillbeawareIamaverykeenandfaithfulsupporter ofthe‘Cobblers’. WemovedtoEarlsBartonwhenIwaseightyearsold,andmyearly yearswerespentinDoncasterwhereasayoungladIwouldgoto seethe‘Rovers‘attheiroldbellevueground,theyhavenowmoved toanewstadiumontheoutskirtsofthetown,Istilllookforthe resultsofdoncaster,eventhoughIhavebeenaregularfollowerof the‘Cobblers’formoreyearsthanIcaretoremember.

Throughmymotherslove,IlearnttheloveofJesus,whoreminds usallthatweweren’tmass-produced,orbuiltonanassemblyline.

I’ve met some good friends over the years through playing and watchingfootball,andhavefoundenormouspleasurealongside themillionswhoenjoythegamethroughouttheworld.

We are god’s workmanship, made by the master craftsman, lovinglypositionedonthisearth,andheldasbeyondpriceinthe eyesofourlord.

However,overthoseyearsthereisonethinginparticularIwill neverunderstand,whenaplayermovesontoanothercluband then returns to play against the ‘ Cobbles’ a minority of fans suddenly chant the words ‘Cobbles reject’ I find this rather irritating,inviewofthefactthatmanyoftheplayerswholeavethis clubgoontogreaterthings,twoex‘Cobblers’playersnowplaying inthepremiershipwithNorwichcity,namelySteveMorrisonand BradleyJohnsoncouldhardlybecalled‘rejects’.

Inasocietythathaslittleroomforsecondfiddles,wherethevalue ofahumanisoftenmeasuredbytheirsalary,Jesusspokeofanew kingdomcoming-akingdomwherepeoplehavevaluenotbecause ofwhattheydo,butbecauseofWHOSEtheyare,akingdomwhere therearenonerejects,forallareredeemedthroughtheamazing graceandloveofourlordJesusChrist. Godblessandbewithyouall

Withingodskingdomtherearenorejects.Theblindreceivesight, thelamewalk,those,whohaveleprosyarecured,thedeafhear,as Jesus walked with people, he was brought up in a culture of rejection.


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March 2012

What’s in A Dog’s Name..? “If you call your dog Gordon, that’s a sure sign you treat him like a human, not a dog” Said a recent client in Queensland, Australia, a little tongue-in-cheek. His dog lived under the house with the snakes and spiders. “I would never call a dog by a boys name”

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March 2012

Your Parish Council

The council meets at Earls Barton Youth Club, Harrowick Lane on the second Monday of the month at 7.15 pm, 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 (Chair), I Abbott, K Abbott, G Blackwell, J Bond, M Higham, P Morrall, R Page, R Paintin, M Perkins, P Wright.

022/12 Eric Franklin - Northants CALC Committee Quality Parish Status Eric Franklin attended to speak to the members about the Quality Parish Scheme. It was decided that a decision on whether to work towards Quality Parish Status be deferred until November, due to workload currently involved in Neighbourhood Planning.

033/12 Annual Litter Pick Cllr Wright reported that the Annual Litter Pick is scheduled for Friday 13th to Monday 16th April. BCW to provide equipment and the dog warden and environmental officers will also visit.

025/12 Accounts It was resolved to pay the following accounts: £10.32 £108.71 £147.60 £65.00 £1691.20 £10888.80 £180.00 £43.14 £208.72 £1003.24 £339.27 £658.33 £14.16

034/12 Electoral Review of Northamptonshire Members to look at review website and report back with responses at the next PC meeting. 035/12 Highways & Maintenance (a) Highway Newsletter - held by Clerk

026/12 Finance & Projects (a) ¾ Year Bank Reconciliation – members resolved to approve the ¾ year bank reconciliation. Review of Effectiveness of Internal Controls for 2012/13 – members resolved to approve the review of the effectiveness of internal controls for 2012/13.


Update of Signatories – it was resolved to update the signatories on the Nat West Business Current and Reserve accounts.

Annual Policing Priorities & Policing Budget – Summary of Consultation Findings – held by Clerk.

032/12 Youth Club Report A new treasurer has been appointed, as have the new leader and assistant leader, who start work in February.

024/12 Minutes of the Meeting of 9 January 2012 It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a correct record.

Treework Quote – Salcey Arborcare to be instructed to carry out work to tree on The Knoll.


031/12 Application for Premises Licence - Whites Nurseries - Update It was noted that the licence application for Whites Nurseries has been withdrawn. In response to the letter to BCW regarding concerns with the consultation process, a reply was received advising that new reforms are to be brought in later this year which should address the concerns raised.

023/12 Declarations of Interest Cllrs Higham and Page declared an interest in item 031/12. Cllrs I Abbott & K Abbott declared an interest in item 040/12.


Proposed PCSO Funding Arrangements – responses from NCC & Chris Heaton-Harris MP – correspondence was received from NCC and Chris Heaton-Harris confirming that NCC would no longer be funding PCSOs. It was resolved to send a letter to both parties suggesting that the election of Police Commissioners be scrapped and the funding put aside for the canvassing and elections be used instead to fund PCSOs.

030/12 Queens Diamond Jubilee The Events Committee will meet with the Earls Barton Sports Association to discuss ideas for an event on Monday 4 June 2012. Events planned will include the lighting of a beacon and a firework display.

021/12 Apologies for Absence Apologies for absence were approved for Cllrs T Brassington and R Gough.



029/12 Safari Northampton Members voted against taking part in Safari Northampton.

Public Time No members of the public addressed the council.

E-on - Chapel Electricity E-on - Pioneer Electricity Park Landscapes - Grounds Maintenance T A Greenham - VAS Maintenance BCW - Election Expenses May 2011 BCW - ½ year Grounds Maintenance SLCC - Practitioners Conference Viking Direct - Stationery All Saints - Church Lighting Clerk - Salary/Expenses Inland Revenue - Tax/NI M&K Gardening - Grounds Maintenance Anglian Water - Cemetery

Website – Police Input – it was resolved that the Clerk contact the website managers and if it’s possible to provide a page for police input, this will be arranged.

028/12 Neighbourhood Plans Following discussion it was resolved to retain James Wilson Associates services initially for Stage 1 of the project. A follow up letter to BCW and an advertisement relating to Neighbourhood Planning for the village magazines were approved.

Minutes of the Meeting held at EB Youth Club, Harrowick Lane, Monday 13 February 2012

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Parking in Earls Barton - The Square & Junction Northampton Rd/West Way - the Clerk will contact Helen Howard, NCC, for advice on how to proceed with setting traffic regulations for these areas.


Tebbutts Yard - the clerk advised that following an inspection, no work will be carried out on resurfacing the carriageway. The Clerk will arrange a meeting with NCC, PC, residents and local businesses to discuss solutions to cars damaging property when turning in Tebbutts Yard.


Rights of Way - Fingerposts - it was resolved to ask NCC Rights of Way to provide fingerposts to footpaths on the outskirts of the village and those that require new posts, but not to those within the confines of the village.


Footpath & Verges work - Janes Estate - work is due to commence 20 February. NCC has advised that the verges will not be hardened as part of the works programme.

036/12 NCALC/SLCC/ACRE Correspondence (a) NCALC update - held by Clerk

027/12 Police/Community Safety (a) Crime Figures & report – 16 crimes were reported in January. The priorities for the quarter have been set at parking problems (schools), speeding nuisance and street nuisance (ASB).



ACRE Village Hall Forum - passed to Cllr Wright


SLCC Events Management Course - it was agreed that the Clerk could attend the training course on 1 March and report back at the next PC meeting.

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037/12 BCW Correspondence (a) Ward Walk - Summary Update - BCW has agreed to consider Barkers Canteen as a building of historical interest. (b)

Your Borough and County Councillors Contact Information

PRECEPT 2012/13 - details noted.

Borough and County Councillor George Blackwell 16 White Way, Earls Barton, NN6 0HT Tel: 01604 813485 E:

038/12 NCC Correspondence (a) Street Lighting Private Finance Initiative - Opportunity for Local Lighting Authorities - Clerk to request further details regarding maintenance service. 039/12 Other Correspondence (a) Northamptonshire Centre for Independent Living - on notice board

(c) Gt Billing Stakeholders Meeting - minutes & newsletter - held by Clerk

Borough Councillor Peter Morrall 79 Dowthorpe Hill, Earls Barton, NN6 0PY Tel: 01604 810824 E mail

040/12 Planning Applications Received WP/2011/0453/F - development of 6 residential units with associated roads & landscaping - access from Blackwell Cl - additional information, further additional plans & information, further revised drawings - Blitz Factory, Broad St - Mr Duncan Brebner, Life Space Developments Ltd

Borough Councillor Peter Wright 2 Dowthorpe End, Earls Barton, NN6 0NH Tel: 07843 062197 E mail

(b) Victim Support - Letter of Thanks - noted

Appeals Received Appeal Ref Number - H2835/A/12/2168915 - An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the decision of the Borough Council of Wellingborough to refuse the proposed development - outline application with all material matters reserved except access for up to 65 dwellings, public open space & associated infrastructure at land rear of 1 to 73 Compton Way.

James Wilson of local business James Wilson Associates, is providing advice to the Parish Council about a Neighbourhood Plan. In the article below, he sets out what this means and some ideas about how the people of Earls Barton can become involved...

It was resolved to object to WP/2011/0453/F and ask that a footpath from Broad Street to Blackwell Close be included in the scheme. The Clerk will make representation to Appeal Number H2835/A/12/2168915 stating that the government has agreed a transitional period of 18 months to two years to allow local councils to put in place up to date planning policies and Neighbourhood Plans (EBPC can already show that we have plans in place to develop a Neighbourhood Plan), and stating that a precedent has already been set in backing a refusal in planning permission on similar grounds, relating to an application in Woodford in 2010.

Earls Barton Parish Council Article – Barton Today Magazine March Edition. Get involved in your Neighbourhood Plan The Parish Council is proposing to create a Neighbourhood Plan to cover Earls Barton for the next 20 years. We want as many people as possible to get involved and to tell us what future they want to see for Barton. If we want Earls Barton to develop as we want then a Neighbourhood plan is essential because of the November Localism Bill. The plan must show growth but we can say where this should be and how much, not leave it to developers. Before this, planning policy was developed at a local level by the Borough Council. The Government thinks that local people are best placed to decide how they wish to see their areas developed and what facilities an area may need.

041/12 Sports & Leisure Development – CONFIDENTIAL No report - deferred to March’s meeting. Date of Next Meeting Monday 12 March 2012 – 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 –

Why is it important to produce a plan? Why do we need your views? Producing a neighbourhood plan will be down to what local people want to see happen and also what they think is important to protect and preserve. It can help in bringing forward facilities such as sports and leisure proposals or allocating suitable areas for housing. It can also set out design guidance to say how any new development should look. At the end of the process residents have a say by voting in a referendum – but it’s important to get your views across while the plan is being developed.

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The Parish Council is establishing a project team to help deliver the plan. The whole process may take up to 18 months to complete and we would be very interested in any volunteers coming forward especially if you have skills in website design, social media, planning or events. We’ve already had some people express an interest, but even if you don’t want to get directly involved we need your views at various stages as we go along.

Earls Barton Parish Council is looking for ideas of how to mark the event. Celebrations will be held over the weekend of 2nd -5th June 2012

We are proposing to set up either a new website or expand our existing one to make information available and provide regular updates for people. We’ll also be using Facebook and other social media to make it easy for people to contribute. We are planning a launch event to consider what issues and challenges affect Earls Barton which is likely to be arranged for sometime during April. Watch out for further details in the village newsletters as we’ll also be using these to let you know of our progress.

We are already organising the lighting of a beacon and firework display but what other community activities would you like to see? If you have any ideas, please contact the clerk,

Rosie Smart, on 01604 812850 or

If anyone does wish to get involve please contact Rosie Smart on 01604 812850 or and in the meantime any information will be posted on the Parish Council’s website at


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Blazes that was hot on their toes... ...but the Barton Five ...did it all in aid of charity! In last month’s edition of Barton Today we told you about a few folk from Earls Barton who were being sponsored to walk over hot coals in aid of Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice... well, they did it and here is the proof! More than 40 daredevils took the challenge at the inaugural Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Cats Protection Northampton firewalk on 27th January, raising nearly £10,000 for the two charities. 30 volunteers braved a 20ft bed of red-hot embers to raise £7,200 for the hospice, and a further 14 took part to raise about £2,000 for Cats Protection. John Helm, hospice fund-raising manager said “It never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go to to support their local hospice. A huge thank you goes to everyone who braved the hot coals and pledged such a fantastic amount to the hospice.” Carol Labrum, Ben Nolan, Sue Hawkins, Karen Davies and Amanda Taylor attended a two hour training session at the event to overcome any fears and walk safely through 8ooo coals and proved to everyone that if you can do something like this, you can do anything! Carol had already raised £700.00 at the time we interviewed her, but has now exceeded her expectations and raised over £1300.00! Ben has also raised more than he expected and raised over £590.00. Between the Barton Five, they have raised over a quarter of the total sum raised that night, so a big well done from all of us and to many of you who donated to such a worthy cause. Special thanks to David Cave & Tony Rundle Photography for allowing Barton Today to use the photographs. If you would like to view all the photographs taken that evening please have a look at


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Our last issue told you what inspired Carol and Ben to do such a bizarre thing so here are the reasons from the others...

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Sue ... “I lost my mum on bonfire night last year and my nan a few years before, so I know what a great place Cynthia Spencer Hospice is not only for patients but relatives too” Karen ... “Why did I do it, because I am stupid! Can't say no to a challenge and of course and most important was raising money for an excellent cause, it was about £150+ and still counting” Amanda ... “Working at the hospice I see on a daily basis the benefits that the fantastic fund raising brings. In this harsh financial climate the Palliative care serivce is not exempt from cut backs - therefore fundraising has never been so important”

...and they even made time after receiving certificates to pose for a picture with our Barton Today February Edition..... wait for it...



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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

Congratulations Reserves Meet the Under12 Tesco for Boys Schools &!! Clubs Voucher The club would like to congratulate the Reserves Team

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will be available 12’s in store squad and with online grocery Ah don’t they look sweet ….. like butter wouldn’t meltVouchers !!!orders The Under consists from Monday 13th March so get collecting! who won the Semi County Area The more vouchers we collect, the more equipment of: Dan Dan Webb, Perry, Charlie Lawrence,we Cup Talbot, 4 - 3 after extra time.Lewis Carvell, Harry McNeill, James can get for the club. Luke Booker, Nikhil Khatri, Alex Woodruff, Sam Fidelia, JakeIf you Channer, William Dodwell collect the vouchers and would like to 2-0 down, then 2-2, 3-2 down donate them toSmart. EBUFC, please contact anyone and missing from the photo Jonathan Ashworth, Jake Lay and Jack The team is on the General Committee - where they will be after penalty, before Nathan gratefully received! If you would like a collection managed by Darren Booker and Assisted by Dave Dodwell. Daverson went length of pitch to box and poster to put in your workplace, please email us at

slot home the winner. Its the first final for of a senior side in county Not one the biggest cup since squads at clubs Earls amalgamated. Barton

Football Club but the boys all get on very well Youth leagues, Chartered Standard Football Clubs and coaches were Last month Northamptonshire on andto offthe the new pitch Tresham College in Kettering to hear the Football Association’s Youth invited development This follows 2 years of research, road shows and discussions. You can (and althoughproposals. go to download an 8explanation no less than different of the how the review came about, why it was needed and the recommendations in full by going to schools, they still Amanage brief over of the key changes are as follows; toview communicate •during From 2014/2015 the week,Under even 7 and 8 will play 5 v 5, Under 9 and 10 7 v 7, Under 11 and 12 9 v 9, with an option of playing if it is on the xbox or either 9 v 9 or 11 v 11 from 13 to 16. Sizes of pitches and goals will also change •playstation)………….. Flexible child friendly football removing win at all costs. In 2013/14, Under7, 8 and 9 increasing by an age group a year to 2015/16. The idea is to take away season long leagues and cups and changing to multiple mini seasons and cups so coaches can concentrate on development.

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•it Team ages to change was decided that it in line with Europe. Yes we will go to calendar years so teams will no longer be under 7’s butfor year would be good the2005 born. When I have taken teams abroad it has been hard to deal with our differing football age groups, however it may also throw up its own challenges of players boys to embark on a playing up a year. The statistics show that 57% of players born Sept to Dec make it to a new challenge, soand the only 14% born May to August. The FA are trying to give the younger players professional level decision taken move This fromwill the over to the 2013/14 Northants a betterwas chance of to success. beKettering rolled outWeetabix from Birth League year 2007 in season so will takeHenry 11 years to reachWith all age groups. the team were entered into the U12C league. John League. 3 divisions,

acrosssosome opposition, the majority of •Unfortunately, Mini soccer toalthough go awaycoming from 2 halves more really spacefriendly in games for substitutions and coaching games have been won with ease for most of the season, hence they are proud to be points sitting at the top of their league - having scored 80 goals and letting in just 8 in their

• Other ideas, for Mini soccer includes the opposition retreating to the half way line when goal first 10 games so far. The team have done extremely well and are due to play Nether kicks are being taken, thus allowing young goalkeepers the chance to pass the ball out. The use Heyford infor theteams quarter of have the League Cuptoand bysmall the sided time you readout. this article they of cones whofinals do not the facility mark pitches

will either be sad or on their way to the semi finals……….

At Earls Barton we fought for rolling subs for under 16’s and below. Our reduced pitch and goal sizes at under 11 for the last 9 years and an intermediate pitch and goal size for 12 to 14’s have Training the U12’s on a Wednesday at being the Pioneer Sportsground shown thatfor a number of theisrecommendations arenight already implemented. This season I have been coaching under 9’s and 6.30pm - 8.00pm. If you are player that can add something to our the team, please within a few weeks realised a team dont hesitate to join us at one of our training sessions. needed to drop back on goal kicks as our keeper was faced with 6 players lined up on the edge of the box as he could not clear their heads. We agreed to implement our team dropping back hoping the opposition will follow suit. The under8’s and 10’s will also adopt this, the under7’s already do.

Tesco for Schools & Clubs Voucher Scheme is back for 2011 !!!

Vouchers will be available in store and with online grocery Most clubs will agree to the majority orders from Monday 28th February until Sunday 8th May, of changes, it is whether the so get collecting! Last year went well but let’s make it a leagues will take them on whole heartedly or reluctantly. One thing we do know is that at Earls record collection this year!! The more vouchers we Barton United have already started preparing for the changes including having to create a new 9 collect, the FA more equipment we can get decided for the club. v 9 pitch which whilst falls within the recommended pitch size the league have one size fits all and have gone for the largest possible size as a mandatory requirement.

If you collect the vouchers and would like to

We continually have to adopt progressivedonate changes within as volunteers often find them to football EBUFC,and please contact anyone on difficulty in finding available time. Michellethe is at presentCommittee uploading all the coach’s details General - where they will be to the new NFA website and trying to get FAN numbers for all our adult players. We are also reviewing our gratefully received! If you would like a collection referee facilities to meet the new level 7 requirements. The NFA back grassroots football and provide box and poster to put in your workplace, please great opportunities and help to the clubs financially, coaching and administration courses and email us at guidance. However the Football Association sometimes lose sight of the fact that grass root clubs are run by volunteers. I wish to thank Lee, Kirsty and Debbie plus all the other people who work for the NFA and wish them well with their 125th anniversary celebration at the end of the month. Antony Owen - Chairman

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We, the year 6 children of Earls Barton Junior School, are writingtoyourmagazinetoinformyouthatourschoolwillbe hostingtheirannualEasterEggRaffleon30thMarch2012.

Earlierintheyear,Ireceivedachequeforthemagnificentsum of£1,194,comprising£454fromtheChurchesTogetherCarols onTheSquare,£647fromtheChristmasConcertheldatthe Methodist Chapel and a further £91 from the Christmas MorningCollectionattheChapel.

Themoneyraisedfromthiswillbegoingtowardsimproving ourdinnerhallinasmanywaysaspossible.Wewillhopefully bepurchasingasign,tablecloths,centrepiecesetc,tomakeour halllookmorelikearestaurant. Wehopetodoubleourprevioustotalofover300eggs.That’s whereyoucomein!Wewouldbereallygratefulifanyofyour readerswouldbeabletodonateanEasterEggforourRaffle.

Donationslikethisreallydohelpustomakeadifferenceto children’slives.ActionforChildrenrunsover480projects acrosstheUKandannuallyworkswithover50,000children and young people. We work with children with disabilities; thosewhohavebeenabusedorneglected;youngcarers;young peopleleavingcare,whoarehomelessorhavebeenintrouble withthelaw,aswellasprovidingsupportforfamiliesthrough ournetworkofcommunitybasedfamilyandchildren’scentres. You can find out more about our work by visiting

Itwouldbemuchappreciatedifyoucouldparticipateinthis. Other local businesses are also participating and also the childrenthemselveswillbebringingineggs.Itwouldreally make a difference to our school day and make lunch time a happytime! Ifyouwouldliketodonateanegg,pleasedropitintotheschool receptionbeforeMarch30th.

InNorthamptonshire,ActionforChildrenrunsanumberof familysupportprojects,including,asmanyofyouwillprobably know,theNeneLakesChildren’sCentre,basedintheheartof EarlsBartonattheJuniorSchool.

Thankyou MorganSkettandHarryBailey OnbehalfofEarlsBartonJuniorSchool


Come on readers. Let's see if we can help the junior school children reach their target.

Yoursfaithfully, DebbieSmith ActionforChildrenFundraiser

Jubilee Memories

Thank you to everone concerned for raising so much money for this worthy charity.

DearBartonToday, IhopeIamnotduplicatingthissuggestionfortheDiamond Jubilee-whynotasktheolderresidentsofthevillagetorecount theirmemoriesofTheQueen'sCoronationoranyRoyalvisitto EarlsBarton?IamfascinatedbymyMum'srecollectionsand hopeothersaretoo.

Rubbish now all Gone! DearBartonToday, Thankyouforputtingtheletterinthefebruaryeditionabout therubbishattheCo-opbottlebank,I’mnotsureiftheletter promptedtheswiftactiontakenbutit’sallgone,sowelldone!

Regards, BarbaraWright

Well done to our Safer Community Team for reacting so promptly to the letter published last month - please see the article by Paul Hurst on page 29

What a great idea Barbara. Come on readers, send in your memories and we will print them in our Diamond Jubilee edition in June.

Young People

Rosie Smart

DearB2Day, I would like to say thank you to the young people of Earls Bartonwhosokindlycametoourrescueaswestruggledtoget up the hill from the A45 into the village, on the night of February 4th. The conditions were dreadful, ice, snow and slush!Theseyoungstershappilyshovelled,pushedandgotthe car to a safe place. On behalf of my daughter and granddaughter,thankyousomuch.

DearBartonToday, Iwaswalkinginthevillagetodayanditwasnoteasyaswehad had fresh snow and the paths were very icy and dangerous. WhenIgottothepathwayrunningfromthebutcherstothe library,IsawRosieSmartputtinggritdowntomakeitsafe. Whatagreateffort…anditwasaSundayafternoon.Abigthank youtoherforallherefforts.


This isn’t the first time Rosie has come to the rescue – remember when the village sign was blown down by the wind.

Well done to you unsung heroes whoever you are – isn’t it refreshing to hear our younger people being praised..


Barton Today

March 2012

The Feel Good Factory Welcome to the Feel Good Factory. I cannot believe March is here already. When writing this in February it snowed last night and the forecast for the weekend is sub-zero. Let’s hope by the time we are all reading this that spring is on the way. Springtime is a really great time to get yourself focussed. The weather is starting to warm up, the plants are all starting to grow, snowdrops will have been and gone, the gardens will be full of crocuses and the daffodils and tulips will be full of promise. We all start to feel a bit more positive as the cold winter gets left behind, and the clocks move forward at the end of the month. Whatever you want to achieve this year, if you haven’t already started, why not begin now? This month I have an A-Z (well almost) listing to help you get going – and more importantly - keep going. Remember to set yourself goals and reward yourself when you get there.

Be specific about your goals. How will you feel when

Negotiate. It doesn't have to be either-or... If part of you

Create small goals and rewards to help you keep going. Make goals the right size for you, whether that's a weight loss of1lb, 2lb, 7lb or 1st, or a day, week or month without smoking. Make the rewards fit the goals, e.g. a magazine for 1lb, a paperback book for 7lb and something you really want for 1st – Maybe a bit of pampering at Pink Rose.

Overcome setbacks. The way you cope with setbacks

you've achieved them? What will you see? What will you hear? Visualise your success!

wants to eat in a healthy way and part wants to eat chocolate, get creative and find a solution that means both parts get what they want. A good solution to this problem would be: fresh strawberries sprinkled with chocolate shavings.

will be crucial in determining your success. Look upon them as challenges or chances to learn rather than indicators of failure.

Do something different. If you always do what you

Perseverance. People who succeed do not turn a setback into failure and giving up. Learn that you cannot change the past, but you can choose to learn from it and make difference choices in the future. You just need to keep going.

Evolve strategies that work. When you find something that does work for you, build it into your daily or weekly routine.

Quit unhelpful habits. Identify the habits that don't serve you well: consider why you do them and what 'benefits' they bring you. Now find other ways to get those benefits.

always did, you'll always get what you always got. So if what you're doing isn't working, do something different. Try a different type of exercise – perhaps aim to get outside now as it gets warmer.

Find ways to say no and mean it. "No, I shouldn't really" sends the message that if asked again, you'll say yes. "No thank you" is much more definite.

Repeat positive phrases, like 'this plan works for

others, so it can work for me' or 'I have the power to make any changes I want to'.

Get help. Don't be afraid to ask for the help you need. Get clear about what you need (e.g. an exercise partner). Think about what's in it for the other person (e.g. they'll get to spend time with you while getting fit), and ask at a suitable time.

State goals in the positive. Say what you want (e.g. to eat more healthily) rather than what you don't want (e.g. not to be overweight).

Have fun. Good moods help people to think more

successful on the scales. Having a record helps them know what they're doing as well as make decisions about what to do next.

Track. People who track what they eat are generally more

creatively and find solutions to problems, so look for opportunities to have fun.

Identify your resources, so you can call on them when needed. Resources could include: your determination to succeed, a role model, money, a friend to exercise with.

Visualise. We move towards what we picture in our

minds, so take a minute each day to imagine the improved you. How will you feel and what things will you be able to do that you cannot do now?

Join a group for support, motivation and tips that work. Keep going. People who achieve their weight loss goals don't lose weight faster than those who don't - they just keep going longer. The same applies to exercise – you cannot train to run a marathon in a week, it takes a while.

If you would like any information on WeightWatchers please do contact me at or go to the website, or pop into one of the meetings at St John’s Ambulance on Tuesdays at 7pm or Wednesdays at 9.30am.

Learn and practise new behaviours until they become habits. It takes approximately 21 'repeats' for something to become a habit. Don’t think of habits as being bad, you can train yourself into good habits. Going for a walk at lunchtime instead of the pub for example.

For information on giving up smoking go to If you have any information you would like to share in future editions of The Feel Good Factory then please do get in touch.

Manage your emotions. Find ways of coping with

anger, sadness, anxiety, joy or elation that don’t put you back into old habits such as eating or smoking, e.g. call a friend or take a brisk, pavement-pounding walk.


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March 2012 This month we have a restaurant review from local resident Paul Motley who is a bit of a curry connaisseur. He writes about Indian/Bangladeshi food and has had articles published in 'The Good Curry Guide' and 'Menu Magazine.' He has a passion for spicy foods which he has been cooking himself since the early seventies... The Tamarind Indian Restaurant has now been in existence for approximately 8 years. It is situated on Wellingborough Road in Northampton, which has become known as the Curry Mile. The premises were formerly the Asoka Indian Restaurant (a superb restaurant serving very real Indian food but didn't get its marketing right) and before that home to Le Pergola an Italian Restaurant of good reputation and many years standing which has relocated some 800yards away. The Tamarind is of a very modern and contemporary design which features black and white dĂŠcor giving a feeling of spaciousness which is further enhanced by its glass frontage and mirrored rear wall. Since taking over the premises Tipu Rahman who is part owner and executive chef has also introduced a secondary entrance leading in from the spacious public car park, the layout of the restaurant is well thought out and is more than inviting. We visited on a Saturday night after reserving a table for four people at 8.15 and it was just as well we did book as almost every table was taken and those that remained were soon occupied within the next thirty minutes with others waiting in the small reception area for a table to become vacant. A warm welcome was given by Tipu himself when we entered the restaurant, although the ' Tipu Rahman, co-owner of the Tamarind restaurant, main culinary influence in the celebrates winning the National Chef of the Year Award kitchen Tipu was tonight taking the 2011/2012 from the Bangladeshi Caterers' Association.' position of Matre'D, a role which as the evening rolled on he evidently had taken to like a duck to water. We were promptly shown to our table and a waiter was appointed to take our drinks order and present us with the menu. The menu not only showed the usual suspects but had the addition of Nepalese dishes and some interesting Chefs specials, the choice also extended to duck, swordfish, monkfish and I think venison as well as the usual chicken, lamb, prawns and king prawns. We decided against starters but opted for the less filling popadoms which were served with the usual array of chutneys plus the Tamarind's own Naga chilli pickle which had more than a bit of a kick and had a very pleasing unique flavour. For the main course we had chosen Tawa Monkfish, Chicken and Lamb Bhutuwa (chosen from the Nepalese section) plus Chicken Jalfrezi. We also chose three vegetable side dishes, rice and a selection of breads. The main course arrived a reasonable period of time after the popadoms and all the dishes were of generous proportion boasting meat and chicken which were moist and tender presented in gravies which were vastly different in appearance, texture and taste and were not over masked by too heavy spicing, the monkfish was fresh and tender. For the vegetable dishes we had chosen Bombay Aloo, Saag Paneer and Tarka Daal all of which very tasty and gave a good contrast to each other, the daal in particular was not the thin watery soup like dish of red lentils which is so often the case but a mixture of many different daals including channa daal which gave it an extra consistency, the breads and rice were as expected. We declined a sweet course which could have been a little more adventurous and decided to go for coffees and masala tea, the meal was concluded with brandies and Baileys courtesy of the restaurants management. The price of a very enjoyable night for four was just under ÂŁ100; this included various drinks and a bottle of wine, which added about twenty pounds to the bill but the total seemed more than reasonable taking into account the high quality of food and attentive service and we would not hesitate to return and can full appreciate why the restaurant and its executive chef have won so many awards over the years.


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March 2012

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