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About Us Barton Today is a Not-For-Profit Community Interest Magazine with over 6,000 readers. Delivered FREE every single month to every home in Earls Barton we are not controlled by, or affiliated to, any political, religious, social or commercial group. Website: Managing Editor: Steve Watkins Email: Online: Advertising: Contact us by phone or email and we’ll discuss advertising rates and payment methods, and help you in any way that we can. Any problems, just call. All adverts before our deadline please. Deadline: Space permitting, we try to print everything sent in, but our deadline is the 10th of the month (for the January issue it is November 30th). After that date we’re flexible but we can’t guarantee publication. Include your name, address and phone number as we do not publish anonymous articles. If you don’t want your name published let us know. Articles may be shortened if space is limited. Articles & Adverts by Hand: In an envelope, please to: Barton Sweets, The Square, Earls Barton (Please address all items to ‘Barton Today’) Photos: By email or on disk please. We can scan your photograph but if you want a photograph returned, include a stamped addressed envelope. We ask permission of a responsible adult before any images are published of children under the age of 16. If you live in Earls Barton: Your magazine should arrive by the last day of the previous month. If you know of someone who hasn’t received a copy by then, please give us a call and we’ll hand deliver it directly to them. If you live outside Earls Barton: A year’s subscription costs £18 to cover postage and packing. Please make your cheque out to ‘Barton Today’ and remember to give us the address for mailing. If you’re overseas, contact the Editor for postal rates.

May 2014

Barton Today Needs You

How many villages can boast that a 48 page colour magazine is delivered free to all its residents 12 months a year? However, we do need your help for this to continue.

Firstly, we aim to for the magazine to arrive by the end of the preceding month. This depends on the voluntary help of our band of deliverers to whom we are very grateful. At the moment we are seeking someone to deliver in the Manor Road area. If you are able to help out please contact us.

Secondly, we are always on the lookout for those much wanted articles to appear in the magazine. You don’t need to be an accomplished journalist nor do you need to commit to a regular contribution. What we do need though is a variety of articles which would be of interest to our readers. Perhaps you can help?

In the May edition of Barton Today, we are taken to different parts of the globe. Karl Tullett shares with us a memorable trip to Iceland and Lyn White, one of our overseas readers, tells us what it’s like living on a farm in Western Australia. Elsewhere in the magazine, you can read about the life of former Saints and England rugby player and local shoe factory owner Don White and Eric provides advice to a depressed Cobblers’ supporter. As ever, a variety of events awaits us over the next few months; the village Festival and Carnival take place in June the Giant Yard Sale happens on 5th July and you need to get growing that produce for the Village Show on 6th September. Enjoy your read.

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May 2014

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Nails*Lashes*Brows Mothers Union Opens Info Pg 19 Info Pg 34





Fairtrade Coffee All Bears @All Saints Morning Info Pg 6 Info Pg 30 Johnny D at The Luncheon Club 2 Silver Band Club



Floral Society ‘Lets go to the Theatre” Info Pg 6 Parish Council Meeting 7.15pm



History Society Info Pg 29

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11 NC TLC Trust Allotment Open Day Info Pg 19 Shona at The Silver Band Club





EBUFC Youth Presentation Day EBUFC Adult Presentation Evening Whites Nurseries Car Boot Sale My Little Vintage Fancy a dip Info Pg 27 Info Pg 45 War Memorial Book Vinny at The Silver Launch Info Pg 40 Band Club

New Lodge Vineyard Open Day Info Pg 34 Festival of Transport Info Pg 9 All Bears @All Saints Festival of Transport Roy Stone at The Info Pg 30 Silver Band Club Info Pg 9






31 Plant Swap & Sale Info Pg 44

Festival of Transport Info Pg 9 Bank Holiday

Giant Yard Sale Application Form Closing Date Today Info Pg 29

Evergreens Outing Info Pg 21

Carnival Booking Form Closing Date Today Info Pg 33 Higham Ferrers Farmers Market 9-1pm




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

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

Weight Watchers St John's 7pm - 8pm

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





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

Rhymetime within Earls Barton Library.

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


Poker Game The Old Swan 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Barton Today

May 2014

Thank you for all your entries for our Easter Competition, Reggie was hiding on Page 10 in the ‘o’ of the Brownies logo.

And the Winners are..... 1st Prize - Maddison (pictured left)

2nd Prize - Harry (with his brother Thomas) ready for sharing 3rd Prize - Lorna Allen




April Fool!

Thank you for the keen eyed observers who spotted the spelling mistake “Sighwell”. We would like to point out that the article was an April Fool spoof. There is no monster lurking in the water.....or is there? 3

Barton Today

May 2014

Words from Jonathon Thompson

I have met countless people who have been very close to me: people like Doug Gunningham an ex Red Arrows Pilot, the Late Harry Kinloch and has wife Flo, whose Golden Wedding celebrations we attended at Orlingbury Village Hall, John Murdoch, a canny Scot who helped to train me in my early days of Salesmanship, and I wouldn’t want to forget my dear colleagues at the Co-op.

At the age of 16 I began work at the Earls Barton Co-operative Society. Those were the days when people paid into the Christmas Club and when a Dividend was paid twice yearly, rewarding them for their loyalty. There were various departments including the Grocery, Bakery, Greengrocery, Drapery, Electrical and Office, and deliveries were made both in this village, in Ecton, Billing, Sywell and Mears Ashby, of groceries, bread, milk and coal.

I have to adjust now to a whole new way of life – no more getting up at 5.00am, no more travelling around 1,000 miles a week, no more at the beck and call of the Office and Senior Management.

The lovely times when I began my work were times when people shared in much conversation, shared much fun and laughter, took an interest in one another’s families and when time often did seem to stand still.

I will miss the lovely folk with whom I have shared laughter and tears, our family joys and sorrows, people who have provided me with sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, fruit, soup as well as endless cups of tea, coffee and squash.

10 years of my life I spent at the Co-op, and I remember with great affection all those who served alongside me; people who helped to shape my life. Some were Christians serving in our local churches and some were non-Christians, and I have valued them all. They have shared their stories of family life within the workshop of the world, and together we have learnt from each other.

I will be eternally grateful to them all for all that they have shared with me on this life’s journey, and I will treasure them in my heart forever. Of course everything has not always run smoothly, work life often brings huge challenges, can test us to the limits and on occasion can almost bring us to the end of our tether. However, these moments for me have been very few, and the people who have worked with me have been both supportive and helpful.

For a further 24 years my work was in Chemical sales, firstly with ‘Myles of Perth’, part of the Diversey group of companies, and then with ‘Izal Limited’, part of the Sterling Winthrope group and owned by the giant ‘Unilever’. My work took me into the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire as well as Northamptonshire, and as well as Representative work, I was involved in Sales Training with ‘Izal’ for 8 years.

I rest finally in the great assurance that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. I do not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future, and He is with me always. God bless and be with you all Jonathan

I was fortunate enough to win 2 holidays abroad with ‘Izal’, to Majorca and Malta respectively, and many sales competitions brought reward. These were the days of chasing targets which the Company set, and I enjoyed this, although targets increased the more business we brought in.

Preachers in May 2014 at the Methodist Church are:

Redundancy finally brought this work to an end, and it was then that I spent my last 16 years as an employee in the food business.

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Finally at the age of 66 I take my retirement. Customers ask me what I will be doing with my time and I ask them how long have they got? As well as my continuing commitment within the Church, family life, sporting activities, walking and travel, theatre visits, sharing hospitality, will all be a part of my retirement.

4th Circuit Service at Great Park Street 11th Claire Jennings 18th Rev Tina Swire. Chapel Anniversary 25th Marie Armitage

Exciting news! The list of classes for the 2014 Earls Barton Village Show is now available to view on our website You can also find the 2014 Entry Form on our website and on "Earls Barton Allotments" Facebook page. 4


Earls Barton Village Show 2014



Date for your diary: Saturday 6th September 2014


Barton Today

May 2014

New Landlord for The Dave Collins and his family took over the tenancy of The Stag in February and have settled in really well. Dave has a wealth of experience having been in the trade for 30 years. He started at the Drill Hall in Wellingborough, and then ran many Clubs in the area before taking the

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Vivian Arms with his wife Denise. More recently they have run the Royal Oak at Cogenhoe. Helping them to run The Stag will be Jamie, son in law (and Leeds United supporter!) daughter Chloe (not married to Jamie!) and Carl, a potential England domino player! The feedback from “locals” is very positive and Dave has great plans for the pub that he wants to be known as an “old fashioned boozer!” He intends to start food nibbles soon providing snacks such as hot dogs, burgers and toasties. In addition he plans a “pint and a curry” night with the curry coming from a local takeaway. As regards entertainment there will be a mixture of live music, karaoke, disco and horse racing evenings – a real mixture to reach as many people as possible. Dave says “I know we will not please everyone but laying on a variety of entertainment we hope to cater for most punters tastes.” Another regular feature will be the fortnightly quiz nights on alternative Mondays – already popular with the regulars. Finally Dave and Denise have had BT sport installed so that punters can watch their favourite team/sport when broadcast by BT Sport. Dave and Denise support two main charities. “Guide Dogs for the Blind” - where they aim to buy a dog a year and “Wishbone” –a charity for terminally ill children. The horse racing evening on 10 May is dedicated to Wishbone and ALL profits from the evening will go to that charity. Raffles will be held regularly with these two charities in mind. When I asked how he had settled in to Earls Barton he said, “That’s easy - very well as I have family in the village!” We wish Dave and his family every success as we all wish to see a long term landlord and landlady in the Stag.

Tel: 01604 812267 The Stag Crib Team Success... Under the leadership of Captain and President Richard (Tricky) Paintin the Stag’s crib team have won Division 2 of the Wellingborough Crib League with consummate ease winning the last ten matches to top the league 3 weeks ago and never look back. This experienced team consists of long term friends Dick, Tony and Richard plus Alan and relative new-comer Bill who partners Tricky on most occasions – a formidable pair having lost only twice all season! When I asked Tricky the most enjoyable match of the season he pondered for a moment before (with a twinkle in his eye) he responded “It has to be against the “Works” – we beat them 5-0 twice!!” So much for friendly local rivalry! Selection is an easy problem for Tricky to deal with as the only other player in the squad is me – although offered up at the end of last season to other Clubs on a free transfer basis –there were no offers! The dedication of these players has to be admired as they practice regularly on Saturday lunchtime – as do other great players in the village – The Tipler brothers Keith and Brian who play each Saturday at the Band Club against the veteran John Pickford and his novice partner Rowan Reid. When asked if they had thought about playing in the leaguer Rowan replied “you’re joking concentrating once a week is enough for me!” “Player of the season” has gone to Richard Paintin. When I asked how he made his decision he replied “easy I am the best and in any case I am the Captain and President!” – enough said.


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May 2014

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Floral Society 15th May 2014

It’s Only Fair news

“Lets go to the Theatre”

Cleaning with Meaning – Traidcraft have developed the world’s first ever Fairtrade marked cleaning range – Clean & Fair - You may have spotted the range of cleaning products displayed in our shop windows and these are products made with one of the world’s biggest and most controversial commodities – palm oil. It’s so versatile that it’s contained more than half the packaged products we buy – anything from biscuits to toothpaste and even household paint.

with Julia Knights from Great Yarmouth Meetings take place in The All Saints Church Hall, Earls Barton at 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Sadly, much of the palm oil the world produces isn’t grown sustainably as it’s most often grown on huge plantations in the Far East that continue to have a detrimental effect on the environment.

However, Traidcraft is working in an innovative way to ‘do’ palm oil very differently and are proving that palm oil can be both fair and sustainable, grown with respect for the environment and the farmers who produce it. Traidcraft is working with farmers in Ghana (where it was traditionally grown) to farm in a way that supports smallholder production. The local processor in Ghana, Serendipalm, provides valuable employment in an area where jobs are scarce, particularly for women.

When you choose Clean & Fair, you're investing in the future of fair trade palm. A future that will transform communities in rural Ghana.

We’ve had a good response from customers so far who have been really pleased with the products and they smell wonderful!! Do give them a try – one family who have sensitive skin have found the laundry liquid especially beneficial. So what can you expect from the UK's first ever fair trade household cleaning range?

Great performance - we’ve worked with experts to develop cleaning products that work brilliantly.

Great for people - our farmers and processors live and work in some of the world’s poorest regions. A fair price will really make a difference to their families, and the Fairtrade premium will transform communities.

Great for the planet - with natural plant based ingredients and essential oils, our products are eco friendly. Our oils are grown and processed locally, organically, by smallholder farmers working with nature, rather than destroying it.

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Barton Today

May 2014

Will The Real Don White Please Stand Up? Nick Haycox writes…On Friday 4th May 2007 traffic in the village came to a virtual standstill as many hundreds of mourners, including the great and the good of the Rugby Union fraternity, came to pay their last respects at the funeral of Don White. There were so many mourners that it was necessary to set up more chairs outside the church. First and foremost he was a family man, with wife Barbara he had four children - Ian, Jill, Nick, and Sally and nine grandchildren. He was also a fine player, coach and administrator and latterly, with his brother Keith, being the third generation to join the family shoe business, which received a Queen's award for export achievement in 1990. By this date, two thirds of production was exported to countries the world over.

White thought that it would be a good idea to debag the hapless hack. So, his trousers were forcibly removed and casually tossed out of the carriage window where they were last seen adorning the front of an express train steaming south towards London. I understand that Green spent that evening wearing pyjama trousers and an overcoat and waited for the shops to open the following morning. In 1945 White made his first appearance against a touring side when The Saints lost 11-6 to New Zealand Services. In 1947 he was selected to make his international debut for England against Wales. He collected a cross-field kick to score a try to help England win 93. This was England’s first try at Twickenham after World War 2. He played for England until 1953, and made a total of 14 appearances. Surprisingly he never made a tour for the British Lions. He was often quoted as saying “If a wing forward does not get some stick from an away crowd, he is not doing his job. You have to upset them.”

Donald Frederick White was born in the village on 16th January 1926 and was educated at Wellingborough Grammar School. During the war he was turned down by the RAF in 1943 for aircrew training and joined the Northamptonshire Regiment instead, leaving the Army in 1948. He then started working for his family's shoe business White & Co in Doddington Road. He continued working at the family business and in 1964 was appointed as its managing director and chairman. In 1990 he received the Queen's award for export achievement. He continued as the managing director and chairman until his retirement in 1996.

White was appointed as England's first-ever coach in 1969. According to former Northampton player Bob Taylor, "Don was chosen because he was the most forward-thinking coach in England". White pioneered squad training by picking 30 players, instead of 15. Up until then players used to gather at Leicester a day or two before a match and “chucked the ball about on the Friday.” But Don organised proper squad training sessions and players weren’t allowed to claim any petrol expenses.

I first met Don White in the 1970’s when I was the newly appointed Secretary of the Earls Barton Sports Association and he was the Chairman. At one Committee meeting at his home in Aggate Way he said to me “That’s a very nice pair of Barker’s shoes that you are wearing.” Looking back this reminds me of a famous quote from The Shawshank Redemption. Trying to work out how his good friend escaped from prison Morgan Freeman’s character says “I mean, seriously, how often do you really look at a man’s shoes?” Well Don White certainly did, it was his business.

His first match in charge was against South Africa at Twickenham in 1969. Former England great Bob Hiller tells an apocryphal tale about the first words of Don White at his opening training session in 1969 as England’s first official coach: ‘Right, lads, let’s start. I want you to take up your normal positions.’ In the two previous years, England had taken some fearful beatings, conceding 17 tries in games against Wales (twice), New Zealand and Australia. ‘So when Don said that, we shuffled off and stood behind the posts, waiting for the conversion,’ Hiller said. England managed to win that game 11-8. Of the eleven games England played with White in charge they won three, and drew one and lost seven. He was a tactical thinker with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the laws, and was in advance of his time and, almost certainly, of his fellow members on the selection committee.

At the age of 17 he made his debut for Northampton Saints in a 173 defeat to Coventry in 1943. He had been recommended to the Northampton team by Ron Ward, his history teacher. White said of his debut - where he played at prop - “I was scared stiff. I thought I'd get a fearful hiding, but I emerged unscathed." He continued to play for Northampton, and eventually switched from playing prop to flanker. During his era Northampton were an extremely effective side, with team mates Jeff Butterfield, Dickie Jeeps and Ron Jacobs all appearing for England. He continued to play for Northampton until his retirement in 1961, and took over as captain from Ronnie Knapp in 1954. That season also included a first ever Northampton victory at Stradey Park, an ideal way to begin four straight seasons with the captain’s armband. When he retired he had represented the club 448 times scoring 116 tries, 71 penalties, 183 conversions and a drop goal - totalling 930 points. He was inducted into the Northampton Saints' Hall of Fame in 2005.

He resigned as England coach in 1971, and joined Northampton's committee. He was appointed the club's honorary president for their centenary season of 1979/1980. He continued to serve on the club's committee until he was ousted in 1988. White was also the well-respected President of Northampton Old Scouts RFC up until his death. Each April the club plays an over 30's v Under 30's game on a Saturday called the Don White Memorial Game, which is a wellattended event. The Junior Sections play a large tournament again in Don White's name on the Sunday.

There is a fund of stories about Don White in the autobiography of Michael Green who wrote ‘The Art of Coarse Rugby’ and was for some time the rugby correspondent of the Northampton Chronicle and Echo. After one match at Franklins Gardens Green went into the home dressing room eager to get a quote from Don about some contentious point or other in the game. Don, who was still in the shower at the time, grabbed the unfortunate correspondent dragging him under the shower to give him his views on proceedings. It’s not recorded how Green spent the rest of his evening, presumably trying to dry out. On another occasion the Saints were away at Waterloo and they plus Green travelled by train up to Liverpool the previous day. A group of players led by Don

The last time we met was during a Cricket match at the County Ground and my mind went back to those long glorious summers of the 1970’s when Don, Bill Goulding and I helped erect the log tractor shed that still stands today in the corner of the village sports field. Not long after that he was taken ill and he died aged 81 at Earls Barton on 21st April 2007. At the funeral, his daughter Jill said "He achieved more than most of us could in 10 lifetimes." A fitting tribute to a fine man well ahead of his time.

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Barton Today

May 2014

Aiming high, together we can fly! What a treat – the weather just gets better and better! In fact as I write this we have just had our first picnic lunch outside, and it’s not even April. We were so lucky to have such brilliant weather today as it was also our traditional ‘2p trail’ event. The final figure is still to be announced but it looks promising that we have surpassed last year’s figure- the current total stands at £760! Mrs Loomes’ class collected the most and a trophy has been duly presented to them for the children to treasure until next March. We have drawn our units of work to a close for the spring term but the excitement continued throughout. The local firefighters very kindly drove the engine onto site so that our Key Stage One children could have a closer look at the finer details. This enabled them to add more precision to their model engines – which looked fantastic. We had the fire engine back to make another visit in the last week of term too so that our children in Foundation Stage could hear all about the work of the firefighters as part of their ‘People who help us’ unit of work. Jason, the AA man was our visitor for that unit in the penultimate week and the children learnt a lot from him. Throughout our units of work and extra-curricular activities we remain extremely fortunate with the amount of support we get from our parents. At the end of the spring term thirty helpers received thank you cards made by the children along with a plant as a small token of our gratitude for their regular assistance in school. Also, as well as our own fundraising mentioned above, the children excitedly joined in our ‘Wear a hat to school’ event to raise money for brain tumour research. There were some excellent and inventive homemade hats on display and, by having fun, we managed to raise £942.34 which included £700 donated by one parent holding a raffle at work. Our PTA, the ‘Friends of EBIS’ who organised the 2p trail, also came up with a brand new fundraising venture this year – Dragon’s Den! They set each class a challenge of what they would spend £100 on for their class. It could be absolutely anything as long as the class had voted for it. On the day of ‘the den’ children from each class presented their ideas in their own chosen way to one of the ‘Friends’ and her two cuddly dragons. Children’s choice of presentation included songs, poems, pictures and even a power point presentation. They discussed their ideas in great detail and had obviously done a lot of research, including catalogue numbers and prices. One class had even worked out the total price if they secured 10% off with a discount card whilst another class had gone over budget by £1.07 but provided the additional money as part of their presentation. Another class who came in slightly under budget suggested spending the remaining money on batteries for the items they had chosen. The results of this venture were revealed in a whole school assembly and, would you believe it, the Dragons were so impressed by the children’s presentations that they declared ‘I’m in!’ to every idea!! During our spring term School Governors conducted a survey to gather parental views. We were thrilled that 180 (82%) of our parents responded and of these between 93% and 99% agreed or strongly agreed with statements about their children being happy in school and well looked after; being taught well and making good progress; feeling safe and being well behaved. Similar percentages reflected that parents feel they are kept well informed about their child’s progress and that the school is well led and managed. Hardly surprising then that 97% of parents say they would recommend our school. What an Easter treat for staff to receive such an overwhelming vote of confidence for their commitment and hard work – thank you one and all! So much positive news to share but we were all a little bit sad at the end of term too. One of our long serving midday supervisors, Maureen Page, left us to take up ‘Grandma’ duties and we also had to say ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Good Luck’ to Mrs Smith who has been a teacher and senior leader here for the last 17 years. We held a special assembly for her, with some surprise guests. I know she will take many memories with her along with the numerous gifts and cards and we all wish her well in her new school.


Barton Today

May 2014

Well here we are, May already and only a short time to the Festival of Transport being run again. This will be the 4th year and it is once again being held over the late May bank holiday weekend, Saturday 24th through to Monday 26th at Whites Nurseries, down Agate Way by the A45. If you're unsure where this is the post code is NN6 0EP. The event is a celebration of all types of motorised transport, regardless of age, to show the huge diversity and evolution of vehicles through the ages. The 3rd Earls Barton Fire and Rescue Show runs alongside the Festival, and not only has a wide range of fire fighting vehicles, but also puts on displays of vehicle passenger rescue, fire hazards and prevention, some in a humorous way but with a serious message for us all. We have a good level of entries already and welcome any further enquiries. So if you are interested, or would like a trade or craft stand - or know anyone who is - entry forms can be downloaded from the website or you can ring us direct on 01604 811633. The event is open from 10am to 5pm each day, Saturday to Monday and the admission charges - which have been held - are Adults £5 OAPs and Children £3 with a Family ticket (2 + 2) £13 . Car parking is free. There is a beer tent and catering outlets. We look forward to seeing you at the event, either as exhibitors, traders or visitors and to hearing from you if you would like a form. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those of you here in Earls Barton who support us whether as visitors, exhibitors, traders, advertisers etc. Mick and Hazel Higham

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Barton Today

May 2014

The Bowls and Tennis Club offers an idyllic setting for a private party, whether it be a Wedding, Christening, Birthday Party or a Wake the Club has a dance floor, bar, catering facilities and lovely views across the Nene Valley.

The Club caters for up to 120 people, has an entertainment licence, fully stocked bar and a kitchen that can be used to prepare a buffet. For as little as ÂŁ100 the Club can be hired (when free of course!) and there will be plenty of time to set the Club up as you wish i.e. to decorate tables etc. The Club offers a cash bar. If you would like further details or wish to make a reservation please contact one of the following: David Rust - email: or mobile 07851 248882


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May 2014

Where has B2day been lately?

with Barton Today Wendy with B2Day and her two friends, Win & Janet on their recent Princess Cruise, photo taken in Penang (Thailand).

A picture of Andre & Wendy Markel of Elizabeth Way whilst on a cruise in the Caribbean with their copy of B2Day

Kim Little holding her copy of B2Day along with 1st client Ginny Hughes in her new premises of Bizzy Sizzors at home!!

Being a regular reader of B2Day, it was interesting to see your world map of 'Where Has B2Day been' and did not include New Zealand! This can now be rectified as my wife Sue and myself have just completed a five week Motohome Tour of both South and North Islands. Our tour started in Christchurch and then Mount Cook, Dunedin, Te Anau, Queenstown, Wanaka, Fox Glacier, Greymouth, Hamner Springs, Kaikoura, Picton, Wellington, Taupo, Taupo, Rotorua, Russell and Auckland. The photo shows - Meeting the Maori for Dinner in Rotorua North Island New Zealand Regards Paul (Barton Leek) and Sue Rees

The Behans, Winstanleys and Tiplers at Kensington oval in Barbados on holiday with their copy of B2Day.

B2Day being discussed with the porter of Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios Florida Daisy and Robert Habicher


Mick the Printer’s family fighting for who's first to read their B2Day copy while on holiday in Grand Canaria

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May 2014

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With the warmer weather, our thoughts turn to our gardens. Most modern plants have been bred for show and no longer provide pollen or nectar for our insects. If you are buying any new plants, please consider bee – friendly ones. Most garden centres now have ‘bee-friendly’ labels. If you like to grow from seed, try some old-fashioned varieties or ‘wild flower mix’. A herb garden would be a good choice too, with rosemary and lavender. I even found a dwarf buddleia, which the bees and other insects will love.

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Over the past few weeks I have met some lovely ladies who are both loyal customers and suppliers of goods to sell through the shop. I have also discovered that a lot of people do not know that the shop is here at all.

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So just to let you know the shop is here, we sell designer label and other good quality pre-owned ladies clothing, bags, shoes and jewellery as well as a large selection of outfits suitable for Weddings, Race Days and Summer Balls.

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We stock Fascinators and Hats that can be purchased or just hired for the day. Our prices are small, the quantity of goods on sale is large and the quality is good.

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May 2014

Earls Barton Rally 2014

Organisation is going well for the Earls Barton Rally on the August Bank Holiday 2014 at Whites Nurseries. In addition to the Galloping Acrobatics we will also have quad bikes, Punch and Judy and all the usual attractions. We hope that this year will be even better than previous events.

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All the committee are totally dedicated to making our event as happy and enjoyable as possible for both exhibitors and public. Penny Smith has now taken over the stewards’ rota and also will be doing the advertising for the programme. She will be in touch with our regulars in the near future.

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May 2014

Reaching for the Skies! Volunteers have been lining up to do take part in a sky-dive event for the NC TLC Trust on 18th May 2014. More than 15 individuals have come forward to take part in the ‘leap of faith challenge’ at a venue in Cambridge. Amongst the sky divers will be four members of staff from Faking It in Weston Favell, two NC TLC Trust staff and a member of staff from Howes Percival Solicitors. Events manager for the NC TLC Trust, Victoria Mifsud said: “At first it was only going to be a small group but lots of people have decided to join us on the day. We are hoping to raise in the region of £2-3,000 for the charity through individual sponsorship for the sky divers.” She added: “Further information including the link to the charity’s Golden Giving page will be available soon, and we hope people will support us on this challenge.” Updates on the challenge will be posted on the charity’s website at or call (01604) 811025 for more information.

Saints’ Player Signs up as Patron The NC TLC Trust is pleased to welcome a new patron on board – Northampton Saint’s Rugby Player, Dominic Waldouck. The young Saints’ Player, Dominic, 26, has pledged his support for the Children’s Cancer charity in Earls Barton and has signed up as the charity’s new patron. The London born player, has played a total of 37 games for the Saints since joining last year from Wasps. Dominic Waldouck said, “I met Janet [Walker-Smith] at the Carers of Northamptonshire Awards and I was taken aback by her work for the charity and caring for her son TJ and I found out more about the charity and wanted to get involved.” Dominic is also involved with another charity –The Cube Disability, through the Rugby Club, and he added he just wants to help the NC TLC Trust as well, and said: “I want to help in whatever way possible. He said his involvement could include the kids and their families coming to the club, and he plans to go along to see the charity’s allotment and help out and be present at fundraising events when he can. He added: “From my point of view I want to help with the kids and contribute to the charity’s work.” Dominic has already shown his support for the charity and was present at the charity’s Christmas Quiz. Family Support worker for the NC TLC, Janet Walker-Smith said: “It is with great pride and excitement that we welcome Dominic from the Saints to our brood as Patron for NC TLC Trust. He is a perfect example of what our charity needs in an ambassador for our work. He wants to get involved with charity children and intends to attend our charity ball in October if his fixture list allows it. We look forward to working with him.”

A Finalist Donation received from Jackson Grundy The NC TLC Trust have received a welcome donation from Jackson Grundy part of a Charity Poll. The Earls Barton charity was one of the charities listed in the Northamptonshire Estate Agents’ recent fundraising poll. The NC TLC Trust was named as one of the finalists and received £200 from Jackson Grundy as a result. As part of Jackson Grundy’s 20th anniversary year the company asked for ideas of charities for their year of fundraising and the NC TLC Trust were chosen as one of six charity finalists. The six finalists were put on the Jackson Grundy Facebook page and friends and supporters logged in more than 450 votes of support for the charities on the short-list. Nick Rees, Group Marketing Manager for Jackson Grundy, said they had a great response to the poll and the voting public chose Niamh’s Next Step and the Cynthia Spencer Hospice as their chosen charities for the year. Now six teams of Jackson Grundy colleagues will be working together but against each other to raise as much as they can for this year’s charities. Mr Rees added: “We would have liked to be supporting all six charities but we hope to do more for the others in the future.” Trustee of the NC TLC Trust, Simon Cox Said: “We have a number of projects on-going this year which the kind donation from Jackson Grundy will go towards, including the upkeep of our memorial garden in Earls Barton remembering the children who are no longer with us and supporting the costs of our caravan based in Hastings, Sussex where the children, along with their families, receive much needed time away.”


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May 2014


News & Views from the Baptist Church

Brian Emerson writes... I am writing these thoughts while at the same time mulling over in my mind what I shall say in my sermon on Palm Sunday (April 13th this year). Holy Week, commencing with Palm Sunday when we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and ending with Easter Sunday (or as some would say, Resurrection Sunday) is about to begin. Eleven chapters out of the twenty-one in John’s gospel are taken up with the events of the last week of Jesus’ life. John must have thought that it was important to record for us not only what Jesus did but also what he said during that time.


One of the events of that week (in Matthew’s gospel, not John’s) is how Jesus went into the temple in Jerusalem, saw that it was being used wrongly by money-changers and those selling doves for sacrifice, and overturned their tables saying “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves”. The ordinary worshippers were being “fleeced”.

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We thought about our, and society’s, use of money and other resources during the Lent Bible studies on Parable and Possessions. We thought, amongst other things, about how it is easy to get sucked into the culture of wanting more at any (reduced) price, not considering whether it is good for us individually, or whether it is good for those who provide us with, for example, cheap food and clothes.


Jesus taught that it was really difficult for rich people to gain entry into the kingdom of heaven. Not because they were rich but because it is easy to think that you’re all right and don’t need God if you are rich. He said “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke chapter 12 verse 48). There is a modern song, part of which goes – “not what you give but what you keep (selfishly for yourself) is what the King is counting”.

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Jesus also said “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” This does not mean that it is difficult to become a Christian but it does tell us how difficult it is to live the sort of lives that God wants us to live. So, if we consider ourselves to be Christian, we should keep checking to see that we are going in the right direction and that we are still on the narrow road. It may not be easy, but it can still be joyful.


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During May we shall celebrate the giving of the power which enables us to live this sort of life. Because it is difficult we are given supernatural power to help us – the Holy Spirit. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires (one of which is not being satisfied with what we have but wanting more – for ourselves). Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Paul’s letter to the Galatians chapter 5 verses 24 and 25). After Easter comes Pentecost. A transformed life is available for everyone.

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It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Nails Lashes Brows - the new beauty clinic in Earls Barton! My name is Katie and I am the Salon Manager at NLB. I have been a nail technician for 13 years, having had my own salon in northampton for 8 years. I specialise in acrylic, silk and gel nails and love keeping up to date with all the new trends. I am an addict of all new lotions, potions and procedures!! As the name suggests, its not just nails at Nails Lashes Brows beauty clinic, Kerry has 4 years experience in the beauty industry is NVQ level 3 qualified and loves all things beauty. We will also have other specialists and clinicians on hand to deliver the very best non surgical anti ageing treatments and skin care products. Our Aim is to provide a friendly professional service to all with up to date treatments and technology. As the business grows we will be introducing new treatments and services along with training and job opportunities so please 'like' our Facebook page for weekly offers, free appointments and our coming soon section. Please feel free to contact us out of hours via email, Facebook or text to rearrange appointments or check availability. Whether it's being glam-ed up for a special occasion or just maintaining a well presented 'you' we can accommodate it all. To celebrate our opening we are offering all EB residents 25% off any treatment in May if they mention "Barton Today" when booking.

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Your Support Is Needed On Valentine’s Day this year at the age of 33, father of 3 Matthew Beasley's life changed. Due to a clot on his brain he suffered a large stroke. Matt was rushed to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and underwent life saving surgery where neuro surgeons took away part of his skull to relieve the pressure from the swelling to his brain. After spending a further 5 weeks at NGH Matt is currently living with his parents where his rehabilitation will continue. The stroke has left Matt needing to learn basic things again. His right side is paralysed and, although he understands nearly everything and can answer with yes and no, he is having to learn how to read, write, speak and walk again. Matt's recovery is dependent on the amount and quality of the physio and speech therapy he receives but obviously the more he has, the quicker his recovery will be. On the 7th June at The George Inn, Wilby, Matt's girlfriend Louise is doing a sponsored headshave to raise money for Matt's rehabilitation after the NHS have done what they can for him. Louise is also organising a family fun day/evening which will include: bouncy castle, face painting, children's games, tombola, raffle, bbq, car wash and more. If anyone can suggest any fundraising ideas or spare an hour or so to volunteer your services (any services!), we would be most grateful - donate cakes, prizes or even just give a pound. Anything will be most gratefully received. For further information call Louise on: 07712 110353. Thank you.

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Now Is A Good Time To Sell It is often joked that local estate agent Steve Dodds has one of the most recognised faces in Earls Barton. This is mostly because of the Horts for sale signs dotted around the village with Steve’s face looking down upon us as we go past. Steve is now in his fifth year of business as an estate agent, having first set up in September 2009 and has been active in the local property market since.


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This is achieved by opening 150 private gardens to the public.

Who says men can’t multi-task? Steve also runs his own Utility Warehouse business with his wife Jo and they are able to arrange those important utility services such as gas, electricity, broadband, and home and mobile phone so that there is a smooth transition during the stress of a house move. To find out more why not let Sir Terry Wogan explain on their website

The scheme needs new gardens, either to open individually or as a village group. If you are proud of your garden, please contact the relevant organiser for your part of the county of the following to discuss further. Gay Webster (South) 01604 740203

Steve says that he loves living in Earls Barton and that he is enjoying life to the full. There is one cloud on the horizon however. His home town football team, Sunderland, currently sit uncomfortably in bottom place in the Premiership and relegation beckons.

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May 2014

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

Royal Mail Thank You Letter

Dear Barton Today,

As some of your readers are aware the Earls Barton Youth Club are on a mission to raise money to get the main hall floor recovered as it gets dangerously slippy for the youngsters to play on. So, on behalf of the youth club we would like to thank Vince Hammond of the Royal Mail who has generously donated £500 to the cause which now leaves us approx. halfway there with the fundraising.

Dear Barton Today

It would seem, after reading the letters sent into yourselves, that there is a lot of anonymous people with negative views on the youth of Earls Barton. Obviously, back in “their” day all youngsters were exemplary fellows and none of them got up to any sort of skulduggery whatsoever!

So once again a big thank you to the Royal Mail!!

Yes there can be a lot of rubbish dropped around the shelter and a small minority of the older youths may smoke recreational drugs, which I categorically do not condone, but on the whole is this so bad that people seem to think we need some sort of authoritative presence on the Rec at all times! A lot of youngsters are doing good things at the youth club and, in the next couple of months, will be cleaning and painting the shelter as it’s the minority that are causing problems and not the majority, so why should they have the shelter taken away from them as some people seem to be calling for.


The Earls Barton Youth Club Team

Good luck to the Youth Club as they aim to raise funds to further improve facilities. If there’s anyone out there who can help, please let the Youth Club know.

Talking and listening is far more constructive rather than just plain criticism. The youth club doors are always open to anyone who would like to come down and interact with some of the Earls Barton youth over a cup of tea.

Dogs on the Rec

These are my personal views and don’t represent the view of the youth club in general.

John Simons

Dear Barton Today,

Assistant Leader

Today I was playing with my grandchildren on the rec having a great time. My youngest grandson fell over as I was chasing him. Upon picking him up he was covered in dog poo. This is not the first time this has happened over the years. Recently I had to request a woman to dispose of her dog’s poo after the dog did the business and she gave me a mouthful. I responded accordingly and removed it myself. I believe for the health of all those children that play on the rec that dogs should be banned. I know there will be a lot of objection but tough.

Earls Barton Senior Youth Club

Thank you to John for providing some balance to this discussion and reminding us of the many good things the vast majority of our young people do.


Kind regards, Arthur

Dear Barton Today,

What do our readers think? Should dogs be banned from the rec?

Just wanted to get in touch to see how the plethora of bonfires at the moment was affecting everyone. I have just woken again with a sore throat, feeling sick and my children are running around shutting the windows. There is a fog of smoke outside and just when we should be enjoying the warmer fresh spring air, having my windows wide and smelling the sweet blossoms from the trees all around my street and in reality, everything in our house now smells like a broken chimney, or November 5th. I love the smell of bonfires as much as the next person but not in my bedroom. Not in my baby boy's bedroom, not in my little girl's room, not in my bathroom where all my carefully chosen perfumes and potions are lost in the smoke. Thank goodness we are not asthmatic.

Boys’ Brigade

Dear Barton Today,

Our Boys Brigade Company here at the Methodist Church would like to sincerely thank ‘Barton Today’ and ‘Stepping Stones’ (Methodist Sunday School) for their most kind donations to our work. We are grateful for the support of those who help us in enabling young people to share in activities which help them to enjoy life to the full.

When will they stop? I don't remember them last year.

Choking of Earls Barton en_bonfires_leaflet If you follow the link above, it will give you the legal position for bonfires. Did you know that, “Contrary to many people’s perceptions there are no times of day when bonfires are prohibited.”

We are very pleased to be able to support such a deserving organisation.


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ICELAND... Seeing the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights as they are most commonly known, was by far the most privileged and majestic sight I have ever had. We started our day catching the shuttle from our hotel/apartment and travelled to Rekjavik to catch our tour bus to do the Golden Circle Tour. Leaving at 9am, we travel in darkness for an hour, kept awake and entertained by our guide Dee Dee, to Nesjavellir, a geothermal area next to Lake Pingvallavatn. Here we see the powerplant from the inside and see how they harness nature to produce hot water and electricity, beyond their needs. We leave here, still in darkness, to visit the first Icelandic parliament, Alpingi, which was founded in 950 AD. Daylight had arrived at last and we were able to view the breath-taking scenery around this tectonic plate boundary. Onward we go to the home of the very first Bishop of Iceland, founded in 1056, Skalholt Church, made from wood and grasses. Now a quite modern building, there is a rebuilt version of the church as it was back in the day. The graveyard is still in use, as there was a burial not a week before we arrived. Again, breath-taking views as far as the eye can see. From here we travelled to Gullfoss, where we had the opportunity to taste the local lamb soup/stew, which was much needed in this cold region of the world, and it was very well worth waiting for, with free refills too I might add. The sheep here are all free range and live on wild berries and lava moss and wild grasses, giving them a distinctive flavour. After our fill we were able to walk down to the most amazing semi-frozen waterfalls of Gullfoss (Golden Falls) and get close enough to feel the glacial water mist on our faces. The falls travel down two steps of the Hvita, White River, and then 105ft into a crevice 60ft wide and 2.5km long, dropping 140 cubic meters of water per second. The sight and sounds here are just amazing. Our next step of the journey was to Strokkur to see Geysir, which speaks for itself really. The hot spring fields are situated at the northern edge of the Southern Lowlands in Iceland. Everywhere you look there are inactive geysirs and active ones too and the surrounding scenery is amazing. The most active geyser spouts, on average, every five minutes to a height of around 66 feet. Unless you are just driving through, you will get to see this happen and it is worth seeing every time it erupts.



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We head back to Rekjavik for much needed dinner and rest before heading off on the Northern Lights tour. Reaching what should be our only destination, an hour’s drive away from the city, we stop at what looks to be a farm house, offering tea coffee, chocolate and alcoholic drinks, whilst we await the lights. After an hour, our tour guide tells us to get back on the bus as we need to go to another destination (we will not be seeing them here as the Norwegian weather forcasters were wrong) Fourty minutes later, we arrive at a café that we had stopped at for coffees earlier that day and within fifteen minutes we were watching feint green glows appear and disappear and then they came, dancing across the sky, as far as you could see. Around me all you could hear is ooohhhs and gasps and the sound of shutters. This went on for over an hour and it will be something I will never forget, the most awesome sight I have seen to date. Then back to Rekjavik we go, to catch our shuttle back to our hotel, it’s now 2am. The shuttle slows and everyone slides over to one side of the bus, as the lights are dancing again but so much sharper but only for five minutes, squeals of delight from the passengers who had not seen them earlier just added to the evening. The following day was a relaxing day, wandering around the colourful city of Rekjavik and a visit to the Volcano House, which has its’ own cinema, showing the life and times of living in Iceland when eruptions occur. Very informative and amazing to watch as the locals get on with life as if it is nothing. Whilst we waited for the showing, we had an opportunity to see and touch volcanic rocks, lava and everything down to the fine dust and glass/rock that grounded many flights in 2010. After that we wandered not 100 yards to the Geysir Restaurant where I had the task of eating the local delicacy, Putrified Shark followed by a shot of Bennivin (Black Death) Icelandic Schnapps. Never have I seen food delivered to my table in a sealed container, but on this occasion I did. Upon opening, the smell takes over your whole body, hard to describe really but like being coated in smelling salts would be the politest way I think. Then comes the taste and yes, it is as bad as the smell! After managing to do what the cast of Jackass could not do, I followed it with the shot of schnapps. That was almost as bad but something that had to be done and never again will it be done by me. Our last day was taking the morning bus to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa, for relaxation and cleansing of the body and mind. These natural hot pools of milky blue-green sea water, silica and minerals offer a unique experience with very hot water areas, hot water waterfalls for neck and shoulder massage, steam baths and spectacular lava field surroundings. Worth going back to Iceland just for a day here Overall experience of Iceland is that everyone we met was friendly and helpful, the tours and sights were amazing and the food was first class (except Shark) Wish I had stayed for longer but will be going back. Text by Karl Tullett Photographs by Karl Tullett and Maria Wolens

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News from Christopher Heaton-Harris One thing that really annoys me personally, and a lot of my constituents, judging by my postbag, is unsolicited phone-calls and these concerns I regularly raise with Ministers. I have also done a bit of digging around on the issue and thought you might be interested to hear of my findings.


As well as registering your individual household with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), which may not stop all such calls, but will reduce them, I am pleased to say that the Government is taking pro-active action on this issue. For instance, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which has enforcement responsibility and considers complaints and breaches, was given increased powers to issue fines of up to £500,000 for the most serious breaches.

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On top of this, Ministers have devoted more resources to enforcing regulations that ensure calls are not made to those registered with TPS. The ICO served a £90,000 penalty to a company making unsolicited marketing calls and most recently issued penalties totalling £225,000 to two companies and is investigating a further ten.

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Steps have also been taken to improve the clarity of information for consumers. The ICO will publish a list of the most complained about companies and will take further action if those companies do not remedy their actions. Access to information for complaints has been improved and Ofcom has published a new Consumer Guide signposting the correct place to make a complaint, which can be found at:

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01604 466298 Or 07850 717261 Silent calls are also not permitted, and Ofcom is engaged in ongoing enforcement action in this area. The regulator can levy penalties of up to £2 million on those found to have breached the rules, and has fined companies a total of £180,000 in the last year. It is also worth noting, however, that market research calls are not covered by the same regulations as sales calls. Given this, companies conducting these types of calls are still allowed to call a TPS registered number. Rest assured that this is an issue I will continue to keep a close eye on and I will be sure to press Ministers to do whatever they can to help reduce the numbers of these unwanted, frustratingly annoying, inconvenient (the list goes on!) calls; but you too can help by complaining appropriately when you get an unsolicited call. PS: Rather frustratingly for us all, planning application WP/2013/0457 has been referred to appeal (Appeal Reference: APP/H2835/A/142213617) – the village led a great fight first time around against this application and I wanted to let you know that I have already written to Sir Michael Pitt, the Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate, reaffirming my original objections and those of the village and asking him to ensure that they are taken into consideration when the appeal is determined. Chris Heaton-Harris MP. House of Commons, Westminster, London. SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207-219-7048 e-mail: Twitter: @chhcalling

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On the 25th of March I was honoured to go to London and watch my Mum being invested as Officer of the Order of St John. The medal she received is compared with the civilian OBE. It similarly uture dates for your diary: 22nd June Granary Hotel, Fawsley. NN11 3BU marks outstanding public service and it too carries the Queens 2 h July Bosworths Garden Centre, 20th Sept Earls Barton Methodist Church approval. Ever since my Mum was a child, she has been a dedicated member of St John Ambulance. Looking back at pictures of her as a cadet, it is great to see her passion and enthusiasm continuing. My Mum voluntary manages Earls Barton St John Ambulance, and also works as a fulltime trainer for the organisation. I am so proud of my Mum and it is great to see her receive the recognition she truly deserves for all her dedication she has put into the organisation. Christine Coleman

Snap shot to make you smile Spot the difference Karen Davies writes… Alfie thought that he would share with you his Easter Spot the Difference challenge this month for the enjoyment of his regular readers! He hopes that you all had a lovely Easter!


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A Note from Down Under I am delighted to respond to the suggestion of occasional updates of life ‘down under’, and believe readers will find the comparisons interesting, just as I did during my time in the U.K. Having spent most of my life on a small (in Oz terms) farm in the south-west of Western Australia, around 200 kms south-east of Perth, I will begin my country perspective with an introduction to the area and the farm on which I live. Dardadine, the name of the locality, is also the name of the farm originally selected by my husband’s father, under the Soldier Settlement Scheme following WWI. With an undeveloped townsite, Dardadine is acknowledged only by a sign and roads through the vicinity. The farm itself is situated on the boundary of the Shires of West Arthur, west of the Arthur River, and Williams, named after the original settlement on the Williams River.

The above picture shows the 1st Earls Barton Brownies at the end of their recent Line Dancing session. We had great fun although we were all exhausted by the end of the evening! This was "paid for" through Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers and we would love to be able to hold a similar event next year. Please keep saving your vouchers for us! They can be posted through the door of 7 Park Street or put in the box at the back of All Saints Church. Thank you for everyone who has already given us their vouchers - keep them coming!

Twenty kilometres a little to the north and west is Darkan, our nearest service centre, with a population of 200, the whole of the West Arthur Shire itself having only a population of around 900. Although classified as wheatbelt, oats, barley and, more recently, canola, are the major crops grown in this district, with sheep and wool still major commodities. District rainfall averaging 23 inches 50 years ago, is now around 17. Last year’s 18 inches, which continued into the Spring, was the best experienced for some years. Farmers further east were not so lucky. With their livelihood depending on the success of a growing season, it is little wonder farmers here (and perhaps in the U.K. as well?) Are constantly preoccupied with the weather!

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The farm’s productive capacity is reduced to a little more than half the actual 506 ha, or 1,250 acres, the rest being ‘bush’, the general term for native vegetation. For us, and others unable to afford the cost of bulldozing at the time, retaining the bush was fortuitous. With so much clearing taking place around us and throughout most of the south-west agricultural district, it wasn’t long before we began to appreciate its true value. Under both National Trust covenant and the ‘Land for Wildlife’ Scheme, it is one of a large number of properties in the south-west now registered for protection from development.

Brownies Leader takes a Winning Picture The attached photo below shows Barn Owl (Catherine Johnson), Unit leader of the 1st Earls Barton Brownies, being presented with a certificate for winning the "Winter" section of a Four Seasons County photography competition recently. The competition was organised by the County Trefoil Guild and the winning photo was taken on a walk from Earls Barton to Ecton.

One of the obvious differences to me while in the U.K., apart from the countryside being so green despite the time of year, was the close proximity of everything; villages and towns sometimes only minutes apart, and houses in neat rows side-by-side, even in lesspopulated places. It is only in recent times here, with properties in the city and bigger towns worth so much more now, that the tendency for space has changed. The quarter-acre block of the old days is all but extinct, providing instead an opportunity for two, and quite often three or four homes in more densely-populated suburbs. However, despite Perth and previously outer urban areas along the coast extending, and gradually becoming connected by major roads, we can safely say we still live in country W.A.!

Well done, Catherine!

With temperatures now in the 30s, and cooler mornings and evenings indicating the approach of Autumn here in our corner of the State, it is to be hoped the extreme heat and inevitable bushfires of Summer are now behind us. According to the internet, the damaging storms of recent weeks have finally relented in the U.K., but with photographic evidence giving some indication of the amount of damage, some irreparable. With the daunting task of reparation well underway, but with so much still ahead, our thoughts are with you. With kind regards, Lyn White


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May 2014

History Society News

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Frank Batten writes…In March the Earls Barton and District Historical Society welcomed Kevin Varty making a return visit, this time with a talk entitled Best Foot Forward. His subject was the development of artificial limbs, from the Napoleonic Wars right up to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were reminded of the story of the first Marquess of Anglesey who was injured by one of the last cannon shots of the Battle of Waterloo. "By God, sir, I've lost my leg", he is reputed to have said to the Duke of Wellington who replied, "By God, sir, so you have". The amputated limb was buried, leading Thomas Gaspey to write a poem including the line "One foot in the grave". At a time when severed legs were normally replaced with simple wooden peg legs, one of the first artificial legs with articulated knee and ankle joints was made to enable the aristocratic lifestyle to continue.

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Comparisons were also made between government and public attitudes to wounded soldiers in this country and in Germany; here men were given a smaller pension which officialdom hoped would be supplemented by public support and sympathy.

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Mr Varty went on to talk about the First World War; there were many suppliers all making their own artificial limbs for the government, each more or less custom made for the patient. It was suggested that a standard design should be adopted. An example of this was shown, made in the seventies the design had lasted for more than 60 years.

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The talk was illustrated by an array of wooden and metal artificial limbs, all from the speakers personal collection.


Our May talk (the last of the current season) will be about the Boudican Revolt against the Romans, presented by Mr J Trede. This meeting will be at 7:30 in the St John Ambulance Building on Friday May 16th.

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For further details of this meeting or the Historical Society please contact Frank Batten on 01223 860038

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Please take a moment to think about leaving the gift of a lifetime to your LOCAL sight loss charity

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Sellers... Need a good clear out? Just want to sell homemade items? Need to make space or just need to make money? and you can do all this at your own home....

We all carry our mobile phones with names and numbers stored in their memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

If you want to appear on the Map, all you have to do is fill in the application form below or pick up an application form from EBWMC, Lee Butchers, Jeyes, Carolyns Collection and The Chippery, fill it in, pay your £5.00 and return before 30th May.

Buyers... Love a car boot? Love a rummage? Want a bargain? Maps will be available from middle of June from EBWMC, Lee Butchers, Jeyes, Carolyns Collection & The Chippery, Buy a Map for £1, tour the village and have fun! For more information email: or call: 07956 462352

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The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE' ( In Case Of Emergency).

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The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones with patients but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, emergency service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialling the number you have stored as 'ICE'.

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Please forward this. It won't take too many 'forwards' before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. PASS THIS AROUND TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE AS THIS CAN HELP IN AN EMERGENCY

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News from The Women’s Institute Our next meeting will be in June. For further details of all our activities please contact the Secretary, Jenny Flower, on 01604 810316

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Earls Barton Village Festival 2014 Just a quick update on the festival for this month. The comedy line-up is confirmed for the 18th June with Matt Green supporting and Zoe Lyons headlining. Zoe is a regular performer on TV shows and at Edinburgh and she will be previewing her 2014 Edinburgh Festival show for us. As this is an England World Cup match day this may be of particular interest to the many ‘football widows’ out there. Get a group of girls together and come and have a great night out. Of course blokes are equally welcome. Not everyone lives or dies for football even the World Cup!! This is at our regular venue of the Working Men’s Club. Our film night is also confirmed. The date is the 17th and the venue is the Church Hall. The film we have chosen for you is Philomena starring Judy Dench and Steve Coogan. Last years guided walks of the village by Earls Barton Museum were hugely successful and this year will take place again with new walks concentrating on New Barton and Dowthorpe End, taking in aspects of shoemaking heritage. Christian Hawker is running a ‘New Music’ event. This is aimed at writers of emerging music and songs. The event will allow them the opportunity to play their work in a semi-acoustic format to an audience in the All Saints Church on 14th June. Please register your interest and get further details of the event with Christian direct ( ) or through the Festival Team. Musical Roots will be performing a concert in All Saints Church on the 20th. Musical Roots are well known in Earls Barton and are constantly adding new material to their set as well as playing some of the old favourite songs and tunes. Well worth a listen. The labyrinth has been very popular over the years. It will be on the rec not only for the festival but throughout the summer. There are hopes that the Parish Council may make a permanent labyrinth in the future. Sue Buckland is giving a talk about the history and significance of labyrinths in the library on Sunday 8th followed by a walk up to the recreation ground. Plans are forging ahead for the art exhibition and if you wish to enter please visit the festival website or ring us. This year the Silver Band Club is joining us with a family fun day and barbeque and disco on Sat 14th. Details from the club. There is much more going on and this is a taster for the fortnight. Please look at the website for more details. It is still not too late to contact us if your organisation is planning an event. Nick Chapman Earls Barton Village Festival 01604 810989

TRADE & STALL BOOKING FORM 2014 Earls Barton carnival Saturday 21st June 2014

This year’s carnival will be held on the village recreation field on Saturday 21st June opening at 2pm. Entry onto the field must be AFTER 10AM.

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Minutes of the Meeting held at EB Youth Club, Harrowick Lane on Monday 14 April 2014 The council meets at Earls Barton Youth Club, Harrowick Lane on the second Monday of the month at 7.15pm, except in August. Meetings are listed, three days before they take place, on the notice board in the Square, outside Jeyes the Chemists. You are welcome to attend and will be given an opportunity to address the Council. Present Cllrs M Cahill MBE (Chair), I Abbott, G Blackwell, J Bond, B Chapman, M Higham, R Page, R Paintin, M Perkins & C Wells 055/14 Public Speaking Time No members of the public addressed the Parish Council. 056/14 Apologies – to receive and accept apologies for absence Apologies were received from Cllrs Morrall and Gough, who were on Borough Council business, and Cllr K Abbott, due to work and family commitments. 057/14 Declarations of Pecuniary Interest Cllr Blackwell declared a personal interest in agenda item 072/14 relating to David Wilson Homes and item 066/14(e). 058/14 Approval of Minutes of the meeting of 10 March 2014 and the extraordinary meeting of 26 March 2014 It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a correct record.

3774 Festival of Transport - Grant £500.00 3775 E-on - ¼ Street Lighting £316.16 3776 E-on - Pioneer Electricity £114.17 3777 E-on - Chapel Electricity £25.15 3778 C & J Jackson - Mole Monitoring £300.75 3779 SLCC - Regional Conference (Clerks training) £41.40 3780 Wellingborough Norse - ½ year Grounds Maintenance £4436.40 3781 Malc Garner £550.00 - repairs to benches and installation of bins 3782 Clerk/Registrar - Salary/Expenses £1272.42 3783 Senior Youth Club Leader - Salary £187.94 3784 Senior Youth Club Assistant Leader - Salary £101.64 £416.40 3785 Inland Revenue – Tax/NI Wdl from Sport Fund - Tomkins Robinson - Quantity Surveyor £1200.00 060/14 Finance & Projects (a) Report from Clerk on Year End activity – the Clerk advised that contact has been made with the Internal Auditor. The accounts must be forwarded to the External Auditor by 16 June 2014. 061/14 Police & Community Safety (a) Crime figures & Report – PCSO Hurst advised that 19 crimes were reported in march. No reply has been received from the Co-op regarding the Parish Council’s concerns over the store layout. (b)

Joint Action Group Meeting – JAG meetings have been suspended until further notice.


Anti-Social Behaviour – Fires on Recreation Field – the local police have been informed and are monitoring the area. They have also provided a press release to local newspapers regarding this and are visiting newsagents in the village to ask them to keep newspaper returns locked up so that they cannot be taken. The Clerk has also written to all newsagents in Earls Barton to support this request. Anyone who sees a fire started in an open space should report this.


Response to closure of Earls Barton Police Office – update and agreed next steps - both the Chief Constable and Police & Crime Commissioner have responded but no reason has been given for the lack on consultation prior to the closure. It was resolved that the Clerk again write to the Police and Crime Commission asking for an explanation why no consultation was carried out. A letter will also be sent to the PCC Scrutiny Committee, raising concerns.

041/14 Approval of Minutes of the meeting of 10 February 2014 It was resolved to adopt the minutes as a correct record. 059/14 Accounts It was resolved to pay the following accounts: 3753 James Wilson Associates - Neighbourhood Plan Consultant £1200.92 3754 T A Greenham - VAS Maintenance £65.00 3755 Viking - Stationery £88.08 3756 E-on - ¼ Street Lighting Maintenance £168.64 3757 NCALC £1168.65 - Annual Membership and Internal Audit Service 3758 All Saints Church - Church Lighting £683.13 3759 Royal Mail - Freepost Licence £108.00 3760 Print Projects - Printing Draft Neighbourhood Plan £896.40 3761 Country Gardens & Ground Care - Highways Maintenance £620.00 3762 Country Gardens & Ground Care - Cemetery Maintenance £190.00 3763 Park Landscapes - Sports Field Maintenance £183.60 3764 Park Landscapes - Sports Field Maintenance £132.00 3765 Park Landscapes - Sports Field Maintenance £249.60 3766 Earls Barton Museum Trust- Grant £1200.00 3767 Earls Barton Music - Grant £500.00 3768 Earls Barton Youth Club - Grant £1000.00 3769 Earls Barton Youth Club - Insurance Grant £1300.00 3770 Under the Tower Drama - Grant £600.00 3771 Pied Piper Pre-School - Grant £200.00 3772 Earls Barton Junior Youth Club - Grant £150.00 3773 Royal British Legion Mears Ashby & Sywell branch - Grant £200.00


062/14 Neighbourhood Plan – update The Draft Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 consultation with the residents and businesses in Earls Barton continues. Consultation closing date 30 April 2014. Cllr Gough had reported by email that planning appeals in areas where a Neighbourhood Plan is being submitted are now being called in by the government minister for a decision. BCW are continuing to look at the 5 year housing supply and Cllr Gough is hopeful that measures can be put in place to bridge the present gap in the 5 year housing supply. 063/14 The Apothocoffee Shop – application for licence to sell alcohol Discussion was held and concerns raised regarding the effect the sale of alcohol would have on other retailers in the village. It was resolved that the Clerk respond to the consultation stating that EBPC has no objection to the sale of alcohol to be consumed with food on the premises only. 064/14 – Earls Barton Cemetery (a) Cemetery Rules and Regulations – it was resolved that the Clerk update the Cemetery Rules and Regulations to include dimensions for memorials tablets on the Garden of Remembrance.

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Maintenance Works – a discussion was held regarding works required in the old section, and it was agreed that the Clerk contact BCW for advice on companies that can carry out the works.

provide additional offices, conference suites, ancillary social area and facilities, crèche and overnight accommodation, together with parking provision and associated external works – The Grange, 108 Northampton Rd – Mr V Dawson, Community

065/14 – Clerk and Registrar Annual Salary Review This was deferred to next month, pending advice from NCALC/SLCC regarding salary increases and appraisal.

WP/2014/0111/LB – 7 no replacement windows to property (front and rear) (Application for Listed Building Consent) – Foxes Covert, 40a High St – Mr & Mrs O’Connor

066/14 Highways & Maintenance (a) Request for Traffic Controls on Hardwater Crossing – NCC advised there are no plans to put traffic controls on Hardwater Crossing.

WP/2014/0112/F – demolition of existing single storey side extension, conservatory and existing external stores and construction of single storey rear extension, reconstruction of side extension with first floor side extension above – 1 North Rd – Mr A Gould.



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Repairs to Benches on Station Road and The Square and installation of bins on Station Road – work has now been carried out. Request for lighting on footpath Sheffied Way to Dowthorpe End – a request will be made to NCC. Recreation Field Footpath – NCC confirmed that resurfacing works will be carried out on the footpath from Berry Close to All Saints Church. Request to use Recreation Field for Firework Display – Cllr Blackwell declared a personal interest and left the room. It was agreed that the display can take place at 10.30pm on Sunday 22 June subject to conditions (sufficient public liability to be held by organiser, risk assessment to be carried out, no damage to Rec, all debris and litter to be cleared afterwards and local residents informed).


CPRE Litter Heroes of Northamptonshire – Clerk to liaise with John Simons to enter the Great Earls Barton Clean Up into competition.


Request for Parking Restrictions around junction of The Square and Station Road – a request for parking restrictions from NCC was discussed. It was agreed that, as parking in the area has been dealt with previously, EBPC cannot agree to the request as there was not general support from business owners and residents in the area during the parking consultation. It was agreed that this will be looked at further when the whole scheme is reviewed.

WP/2014/0113/F – proposed single storey extensions to front and single storey extension to the side of the property – 22 Sunnyside – Mr D Gill WP/14/00190/FUL – extension to existing travellers site to provide 9 additional pitches and 1 replacement pitch – 327 Grendon Rd – Mr J Fuller WP/14/00192/FUL – proposed extension above existing garage to form a further bedroom and bathroom. Provide a new pitched roof over the existing lounge projection at the front of the property – 44 Cordon Crescent – Mr R Price Following discussions it was resolved that EBPC would request a site viewing on WP/2014/0108 by BCW Planning Committee. No comments were required on the other applications received. (b)

072/14 Sports & Leisure Development (a) Update on progress following extraordinary meeting of 26 March - it was noted that negotiations between representatives of EBPC and David Wilson Homes are ongoing regarding the pitch layout and legal paperwork. (b)

Existing and Future Governance of Earls Barton Sports Association – this was deferred until next meeting.


Licence Renewal of Pioneer Sports Ground – the Clerk obtained a quote for £350.00 plus vat from Wilson Browne to carry out a lease review and will engage their services.

067/14 NCALC/SLCC/ACRE Correspondence (a)

NCALC update – held by Clerk


Standards Training – request for Clerk Training approved.

068/14 BCW Correspondence (a) Parish Forum – update – The Clerk and Chair updated on the Parish Forum. It was noted that new affordable homes built in Earls Barton will be considered for those on the housing needs register with a village link. Those with a housing need must join the housing needs register and anyone with a link to Earls Barton must make sure they include that on their application. (b)

Local Plan for the Borough Consultation – Clerk to respond



069/14 NCC Correspondence (a)

Cllr Paul Bell, County Councillor – report – no report received in addition to report at Annual Parish Meeting.

Redrow Appeal – Appeal Reference – APP/H2835/A/142213617 – land off Station Rd and Allebone Rd – it was resolved that the Clerk work with James Wilson on a letter to the Planning Inspectorate outlining EBPCs reasons for objecting to the application

Letter of Complaint – Suspension of Standing Orders It was unanimously agreed to suspend standing orders in order to deal with a letter of complaint from a local resident who was raised concerns over a Parish Councillor responding to consultation relating to a planning application in Park Street. The letter of complaint was shared with the members and the Parish Councillor involved was given the opportunity to respond. Following discussion, it was agreed that the Clerk respond to the complainant advising that the Parish Councillor did not hold a pecuniary interest in the matter and therefore did not need to declare this, made it clear in his correspondence with the Local Planning Authority that he was responding as a local resident and used a personal email account. Therefore, it is the view of the Parish Council that the member has not acted inappropriately. Details of what further action the complainant can take will also be provided.

070/14 Other Correspondence (a) Chris Heaton-Harris Westminster Report – held by Clerk

Date of Next Parish Council Meeting Monday 12 May 2014 – 7.15pm


Death of former Parish Councillor Ted Beare – letter of condolence sent to family.

It should be noted that these minutes are subject to the approval of Earls Barton Parish Council


Action for Children – Grant Report – noted.

Rosemary Smart – Clerk to the Council 01604 812850

071/14 Planning (a) Applications Received WP/2014/0108/FM – erection of detached 2-storey visitor facilities within the grounds of the existing training centre to


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Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held at EB Youth Club, Harrowick Lane 14 April 2014 Present Cllrs M Cahill (Chair), I Abbott, G Blackwell, J Bond, B Chapman, M Higham, R Page, R Paintin, M Perkins, C Wells. 4 members of the public attended.

regarding the proposed developments off Station Road. C l l r Bell has used his Empowering Councillors Fund to allocate grants to a number community groups, including provision of a push bike for the Community Safety Team covering Earls Barton.

Apologies for Absence Apologies for absence were accepted from Cllrs R Gough and P Morrall, who were on Borough Council business, and Cllr K Abbot due to work and family commitments.

Neighbourhood Plan and Sports Development James Wilson reported on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan. The last consultation carried out to review the support for development on the preferred site to the north of Earls Barton resulted in 88% of those responding supporting the proposed development. As a result, a Draft Neighbourhood Plan was drawn up and a regulation 14 consultation of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan with local residents and statutory consultees will end on 30 April. Once the consultation ends, required changes will need to be considered as well as an updating of the consultation document. Once this work has been carried out, it is hoped that the Plan and its supporting documentation will be submitted to the Borough Council of Wellingborough in June 2014 for them to carry out the regulation 16 consultation. At this point, the Neighbourhood Plan will begin to carry weight. It is hoped that, once the independent examination has been carried out, the Neighbourhood Plan will be in a position to go to referendum by the end of the financial year 2014/15. Bob Entwistle reported on the Sports Development Project and advised that outline planning permission has been granted to David Wilson Homes for the Grange site to the north of Earls Barton. DWH are now working on the reserved matter application which they hope to submit soon. Detailed negotiations continue between representatives from EBPC and DWH regarding the legal work and pitch layout for the scheme. A new indicative plan is being worked on, which covered football and cricket only. Nortoft continue to work on a report for EBPC regarding the future governance of the facility, amongst other matters.

Parish Council Report Cllr Cahill reported that calculations for the Parish Council’s portion of the Council Tax saw a small increase of 2.75% for the coming financial year. The Neighbourhood Plan continues to progress and it is hoped that it will be in a position to go to referendum by the end of the financial year in 2015. Thanks were expressed to Cllrs Gough and Wells, James Wilson, the Clerk and all volunteers from the Steering Group for their hard work on this. Outline planning permission has now been granted to David Wilson Homes for the preferred development site to the north of Earls Barton. Developments off Station Road were refused, but it has been confirmed that these will go to appeal. The Save Earls Barton Village group were congratulated on their efforts. As part of the DWH scheme, detailed negotiations continue regarding the layout of the extended sports facility at The Grange. Bob Entwistle was thanked for all his efforts with regards the project. Finally, Cllr Cahill paid tribute to former Parish Councillor Ted Beare who recently passed away. Borough Council Report Cllr Gough provided a report which advised that the Borough Council of Wellingborough still face financial constraints, due to a reduction of a grant from Central Government. As a result, Council Tax has increased by 1.99% and BCW are looking at other ways to increase revenue and cut costs. This includes the Crematorium project which it is hoped will be built in 2015 and installing photovoltaic lenses on all BCW buildings and council owned brownfield sites. Services and community grants have been protected by restructuring staffing and amalgamating committees amongst other measures, but there are still difficult decisions to be made over the coming year. Planning issues continue to be at the forefront. Work is moving forward on the “Plan for Wellingborough”. With a move to reduce housing targets and progress expected to be made on Stanton Cross and Wellingborough North this year, BCW is doing all it can to protect Earls Barton and other villages from speculative development. All three Borough Councillors for Earls Barton will continue to put forward the case for protecting Earls Barton and will ensure BCW puts forwards a strong case in the appeals. They will also be pushing BCW to make up its five year housing supply over the coming months. There are many challenges ahead but all three Borough Councillors will continue to do their best for Earls Barton.

Police Report PCSO Hurst attended to report on policing in Earls Barton over the past year. 167 crimes were reported over the year which is relatively low for a village with a population of 5000+. This also represented a drop in overall crime of 12% compared to the previous year. Local police continue to work in partnership with the Co-op to deal with shoplifting. Concern was raised over the perceived lack of police presence in the village and PCSO Hurst advised that he is still spending much of his time in Earls Barton, despite the closure of the Earls Barton Police Office. PCSO Hurst urged everyone to report all crimes, including instances of anti-social behaviour, in order to ensure that crime levels are recorded accurately and that resources are directed as required. Questions and Comments No questions were raised by members of the public. A comment was made regarding police presence in Earls Barton and the lighting at the Earls Barton Police Office.

County Council Report Cllr Paul Bell provided a report which was read out by the Clerk. Cllr Bell has been working on a number of issues relating to Earls Barton, including attending meetings regarding the expansion of Earls Barton Infant and Junior Schools, problems with street lighting in Compton Way and concerns relating to traffic and parking in Earls Barton. A request for the resurfacing of Tebbutts Yard was added to the Parish Councils urgent road repair list. Cllr Bell has also attended meetings of Earls Barton Parish Council where possible and attended public meetings


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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

Earls Barton Under 16 Boys are looking to win the League cup on 11th May at Nene Park, Irthlingborough. 4pm kick off.

Congratulations to the under 16 boys for reaching the final with a 2-1 win over Burton. They really need your support against high flying Great Doddington. The Under 12’s squad consists

o exciting local derby with Manager Steve Biggs looking to finish the season on a high after some recent league defeats. An

A reminder for your calendar

The Adult Presentation evening is on 17th May 2014 and Youth Presentation Day on 18th May 2014.

THE BIG WORKFORCE WEEKEND 19TH AND 20th July “Pitch up and Pitch in”

We would like to improve the Pioneer Sports Ground and would like some ideas and help. Over the years we have self-funded improvements along with the gratefully received assistance of emergency maintenance funds from the Parish Council. We are delighted to have received some funding from The Football Association. As part of the FA's newly launched initiative which follows the lines of the Cricket Force weekend, Earls Barton United FC have been chosen to pilot a scheme representing the East Midlands. Backed by The Football Association’s co-ordination team, we have been given £1000 to purchase materials. The idea behind the scheme is for the club, including it’s members/players, and the community to join together over a weekend and provide the labour and plant to ensure the materials are used to maximum effect. A previous trial was held elsewhere and the community and local businesses joined forces to radically overhaul the facilities, turning the £1000.00 grant into £20,000 worth of improvements.

USE THE LINK BELOW AND SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE However, before we can even start to make a difference, we need to plan to make the best of the funds we have. Publicity and Marketing, we need to get the word out there. Skills Audit, we need to know the skills available to us.

Programme of works, we need to know what will benefit the most people and how to achieve it. Local businesses, what can they offer to support to build on the FA’s grant.

Most visiting teams never venture into the village as the grounds are on the outskirts, but we believe our club puts Earls Barton on the map throughout Northamptonshire. Lots of hard work goes into running the club and grounds by a small team of volunteers. This is true of all the fantastic clubs and events held in and around the village all year round. Hopefully improving our facilities will encourage visitors into the village to take a closer look at what we have to offer. Last year Mineral Star helped us to refurbish the canteen, look at the difference it made. (Picture 11) Fancy taking a shower! (Picture 3)

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Who would want to be a referee and change in here? (Picture 4)

Cheaper and easier to remove the toilets than refurbish? (Picture 7)

After 25 years the cabins are well past their best but we need to make them last a few more years. (Picture 6) As we said above we need to know what you think the priorities are for this valuable Earls Barton asset.

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By the time you read this we will be back from our Twinning visit to see our friends in Germany. We fly over on Easter Friday and themOn to EBUFC, contact anyonebefore on spend the evening in their favourite pubdonate restaurant. Saturdayplease a touch of shopping going to see Luxem/Wittlich play in the General Committee where they will be their cup semi-final against Kove. Normally we will see a lot of the boys we have hosted over the years play for Wittlich. The gratefully received! If you would like a collection evening, I am sure, will end in a pub crawl (sorry sightseeing trip around a lovely village). The Nurburgring racing circuit beckons box and poster to put in your workplace, please us on Sunday for a classic car meeting and Monday will see us at a local Monastery turned restaurant before our flights home. email us at Those who watched the property programme on the 14th April showing houses in the Mosel will know what a lovely place it is and the people are exceptionally friendly and full of fun. Next year when the 2 sets of holidays coincide once again we hope to take over 2 teams to celebrate the 20th Year of the 2 clubs hosting exchange visits.


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

Before we start this month’s theatre page I would like to thank everyone who came along and supported me in GODSPELL at the Your host Methodist Church with Whatabout Theatre. Gary Johnson The production took place over the Easter weekend and told the stories of the bible and the Easter story. I was playing Jesus in the production and I had some lovely comments from the audience. I would like to thank Sarah Chiswell-Hornett (Director) for all her hard work and beautiful direction, Matthew, Steven and Craig for all their work during the production and not forgetting the wonderful cast; Harry, Cameron, Daniel, James, Kitty, Lucy, Martha, Connie, George, Patrick, Tom, Jake, Jay and Lena. They were all so supportive during the run! So thank you all… Anyway enough about me time to move onto May’s theatre news! This month we’re staying at The Castle for a mixture of music, dance and family fun! We’re starting off with the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers in MUGENKYO (Wed 7 May, 7.30pm) Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography with inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery & infectious belly laugh humour - all in a spellbinding display of sheer athleticism. Feel the energy & experience the power of this unique performance. As the most successful touring taiko drum group on this continent, Mugenkyo have developed a spectacular passionate style with music for the soul, fusing the traditional spirit with a contemporary look & sound, creating a modern stage performance that has captivated audiences everywhere…JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT COULD NOT GET ANY MORE POWERFUL, IT DOUBLES IN INTENSITY. THIS SHOW IS NOT ONE TO BE MISSED. Edinburgh Evening News Next at the Castle we have … CLOSE DISTANCE by Parlor Dance (Tue 13 May, 7.45pm) Parlor Dance presents Close Distance: a show about next door. Close Distance is an engaging, acrobatic and thoughtprovoking show which explores our relationship with our neighbours, it revolves around the lives of four people, brought together by where they live. An explosive, helter skelter ride of dance and impressive contact work, speech, animation and visual projections that will grip you, pull on your heartstrings and make you ponder on your own life. You will, no doubt, recognise some of the characters you meet along the way. You may even catch a glimse of yourself. Get ready to fly, tumble, laugh and cry with us, let us comfort you with a smile and drive you up the wall with our loud music. Our stories may even be echoes of your own. Close Dsitance's fast moving physicality and theatricality is to be enjoyed by every age group. SUPPORTED BY ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, SWINDON DANCE, THE HAT FACTORY AND DANCEFEST. Now we welcome Lesley Joseph starring in HOT FLUSH (Thu 15 May, 7.30pm) After five sell out UK tours, Hot Flush returns... Share in the friendships, the secrets, the laughs, the tears and the ups and downs of four ordinary women – and one man – living extraordinary lives. “A REAL, LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY MUSICAL” More fun than joining a gym and cheaper than botox, Hot Flush! might even leave you feeling 34 ½ again! So wipe away the credit crunch blues and grab your girlfriends together for an unmissable night at the theatre and bring your man along as well, you’ll all love it. IT’S SEX AND THE CITY WITH HRT AND FUNNY SONGS Finally something for children! tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal present MONDAY'S CHILD by Brendan Murray (Sat 17 May, 11am & 2pm) Great Gran can’t remember, but does remember to visit every week and play until bedtime. Together, they love to sing and dress up and are often oblivious of the challenges that the real world throws at them. At just five years old, Tuesday Wild delights in discovering her world. She revels in the days with her eccentric Great Gran and loves learning new things – how to count, the different colours and the simplicities of abc and 123. With live music and dance, this imaginative dream-like yet funny story explores how we learn, grow old and cope with new challenges. Join us for a funny, tender exploration of worlds old & new. Have a great month! GLJ

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Sent in by Christi Stone.........The Pocket Park was looking beautiful the other day when we walked down, so just wanted to share this picture with you. Thanks Christi.


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

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





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Arwin Arwin is approx 2yrs. Nervous of new people...was in a desperate state when he first came to us. Now a very happy boy who loves to play ball.

Simba is approx 10mths old. Currently in a foster home and learning how to be a dog. Sweet loving boy.

Blossom is approx 3-4yrs. Loves nothing more than cuddles on your lap. Very loyal girl. Currently in foster.


Jamie. 4yrs old. Rescued from a home where he was caged for 23hrs a day in his own mess. He is a beautiful playful and loving boy. Loves a fuss and needs an understanding forever home.

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Barton Today

May 2014

The new tax-free childcare deal Last year a new tax-free allowance for childcare costs was announced. Following consultation it has now been made more generous. If you offer a child care voucher scheme to your employees, should you consider scrapping it? What’s new? The government has announced a significantly upgraded tax-free childcare (TFC) scheme, which will start in the autumn of 2015 (exact date still to be decided). Key features are: • Parents with income between £50 per week up to £150k per year each can qualify and benefit from the scheme; • The tax free element will consist of a 20p credit added to every 80p that you pay towards qualifying childcare eg a registered nursery; • The maximum tax-free allowance will be £2k per year per child for up to 5 children – so £10k in total; • Childcare only qualifies for children up to the age of 11; • The government (most likely HMRC) will notify all parents who are eligible to claim the allowance; • Parents who receive employer-supported childcare (ESC) don’t have to switch to TFC until they are ready to do so. How will it work? The TFC scheme will be run jointly by HMRC and National Savings and Investments. Parents who sign up for it will manage their account online. They will pay into the account as and when they want and for every 80p they put in, HMRC will top it up to £1. The parents will then make payments from this account to the nursery, school etc. So, what about employer schemes? If you run a workplace nursery, the TFC won’t affect it. However, if you provide childcare vouchers to your staff ie an ESC scheme, this will cease, most likely in October 2015.


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Save the Date - Sunday 8th June !

Wildlife Action & Conservation afternoon 2-4pm in All Saints churchyard where we’re inviting families & anyone interested in helping us set up & manage a wildlife-friendly area, lots of activities for all ages…more information to follow! Julia, Nicky, Katharine & Sandra


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May 2014

Summer Leys Forthcoming Events..... Sunday 18 May - FANCY A DIP?


Pond dipping. Learn how to identify aquatic invertebrates and see what we can find at Summer Leys.

only per child

Sunday 15 June - ANTZ

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

Sunday 20 July - ALL OF A FLUTTER

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

We hope to see you at Wildlife Watch next month.

All Meetings are from 11am - 12.30pm unless otherwise stated. For further details please contact Juliette Butler E: 45

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Barton Today

May 2014

STOP PRESS! Firework Notification

The Wheelie Bin Way Please insure your wheelie does not block the pathways,as access is very important for Disability, Children, Young and Elderly people.

To the residents of Harrowick Lane, Tebbutts Yard, Berry Close, West Way and White Way: We will be having a short firework display on Sunday 22nd June 2014 at approximately 10.30pm to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday. We will be holding it in the Rec, so I wanted to let you know so you can prepare your young children and pets. Thank you


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Volunteer Driver Appeal

Would you or any of your friends or family be interested in becoming a volunteer driver?

If you are retired or have spare time and wish to give back to your community, or just wish to get out of the house and meet new friends, we are always looking for new drivers to help us.

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If you feel this could be of interest to you please phone Wendy on the dedicated telephone number 07944 171188 and leaver a message for her. We help people without transport to get to their medical appointments and it may be you one day who needs help such as this.

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Dear Eric...

May 2014

If you have any concerns or issues that you want answering, why not write to Barton Today’s very own agony uncle. He works under the pseudonym Eric, to maintain his professional anonymity. Eric is steeped in wisdom and worldly knowledge and is very keen to provide advice and guidance to the people of Earls Barton to help them make those difficult decisions. Whatever your problem, don’t think twice about contacting Eric on He looks forward to hearing from you.

Dear Eric I just had to write and tell you how excited I am about the Grange Project. Apparently we will have a ten pin bowling alley, a KFC a new pub, some shops and possibly a swimming pool. Also we will have top class football and cricket pitches – all paid for by Wilson Homes. I don’t know how true these rumours are but it all sounds good to me – especially the KFC!!

I have heard on the grapevine that there is a swingers club here in Barton. I looked on line but found nothing so I guess it must be a new club. I would like to join so if you could find out please let me know as I am a great fan of the ‘swinging sixties’.

Yours expectantly




Dear Deirdre,

Dear Mark,

I think someone has been telling you a couple of ‘porkies’. I heard it was a McDonalds not a KFC! You should know by now that you should never believe what anyone tells you at the W.M.C. Mind you, I heard in the Silver Band Club that David Moyes may be taking over as manager of Earls Barton United.

I am sorry to disappoint you but the club you are referring to is nothing to do with the Kinks and Small Faces and other ‘swinging sixties’ music. It is all about a very different type of ‘swinging’. This one involves being in the outdoors for up to four hours and the use of a double handed grip. It can lead to complaints from your wife but I’m sure you’ll find golf very enjoyable and will soon be successfully swinging your number nine.

Dear Eric,

Regards Eric

Good luck, Eric

Dear Eric, I am becoming increasingly concerned. It was difficult enough trying to do it five times a day but now latest research suggests that we should be aiming at seven times a day. To be honest, I am lucky if I manage once a week.

Dear Eric, I am very worried about my husband. He has been a Cobblers supporter all his life. He seems very depressed at the moment and is very concerned that his beloved team will be relegated. I am dreading next season should the unspeakable happen.

Regards, David Dear David,


For an adult, a minimum of 400g of fruit and veg should be eaten every day, or five portions of 80g. The amount varies for children, based on activity levels and age, but a rough guide is that one portion should fit in the palm of their hand. Fruit and vegetables do not have to be eaten on their own and can be cooked in dishes such as soups, stews or pasta meals.

Eileen Dear Eileen, Tell him to toughen up. It is after all only a game. On the plus side there is the added attraction of travelling to some very interesting venues such as Braintree, Forest Green and Tamworth. If he can’t stand the prospect of non-league football, he could always change his allegiance to Luton Town. It’s only a short trip down the M1.

I hope that helps, Eric

Fingers crossed, Eric


Barton Today

May 2014

Do you want to be more organised in 2014? Is all of that paperwork getting too much for you? Don’t despair, help is at hand...


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Fantastic news - Sandy is now a working Guide Dog. As soon as we get a picture, we will share it with you. We are thrilled to bits that she has qualified. Tasmin is doing well, though still having some cat and dog distractions whilst out and about. She is slowly getting better though.

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At the Guide Dog puppy classes, the pups were going through, around, or on different obstacles. Well, Tasmin just didn't like stepping into the middle of a hula hoop. It was the type that makes a bit of a noise when it moved, she was not happy with it, but she was good at weaving around other objects, and even sat in the middle of a raised box. We had to swap dogs, and Gary decided he wanted to keep Casper, as he walked without pulling - Tasmin is in a bit of a hurry sometimes! Of course we had her back at the end of the session. Tasmin enjoyed being with Casper's puppy walker though, as she got plenty of extra treats as rewards. Tasmin went on the bus into town, to the new Bus Station at Northampton. She wasn't very impressed!! She had got used to finding the correct stop in Greyfriars, so was not sure where she was supposed to go. She is such a good girl on the bus, just curls up under the seat and ignores what is going on.

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We can't ask more of her than that can we? She is also much better at walking up and down our stairs at home, which are very steep. If one of us goes upstairs, she will often wait at the bottom, to see if we will invite her up (they are only allowed upstairs when invited.)

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