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September 2012

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Earls Barton Situated in West Way where property rarely changes hand, this nicely presented property comprises: open plan lounge/dining room, fi$ed kitchen, sun room, u#lity, WC, two first floor double bedrooms, a spacious bathroom and fixed paddle steps to a carpeted lo room (no building regula#ons). Outside, the enclosed rear garden has been laid to paving and decking for ease of maintenance. Early viewing advised. NEW


Mears Ashby An extended three bedroom detached chalet bungalow with accommoda#on to include lounge, kitchen/dining room, u#lity room, conservatory and refi$ed bathroom plus full planning permission for an extension to the exis#ng lo conversion to provide two first floor bedrooms with en-suites. Outside the block paved frontage provides off road parking whilst to the rear is a lawned garden with plan#ng and sea#ng areas. NEW


Earls Barton A mature semi detached house situated within half a mile of the village centre and requiring some general upda#ng. The accommoda#on comprises entrance hall, lounge, separate dining room, kitchen, rear lobby, u#lity, WC, three bedrooms and shower room. Externally, there are enclosed gardens to the front and rear with a dropped kerb giving access to off road parking. This property is offered with no onward chain. NO CHAIN


Not when you consider your property will be featured across our 11 branch network, in our much viewed window, on our website and, and in two newspapers. What’s more, all our viewings are accompanied, so you know your property is in safe hands with us.


Wellingborough A David Wilson built three bedroom end of terrace house situated at the end of a no through road within the ever popular Wilby Way estate. Along with gas radiator hea#ng and UPVC double glazing, the accommoda#on comprises: lounge, kitchen/dining room, three bedrooms and bathroom. Externally, the front provides off road parking leading to the an integral garage whilst to the rear is a private garden not overlooked. NO CHAIN

Earls Barton Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac this Persimmon built three bedroom semi detached house is offered for sale in good order. The accommoda#on in brief comprises: entrance hall, cloakroom, lounge, kitchen/dining room, three bedrooms and bathroom. Outside there is a good size enclosed garden to the rear plus a front garden with driveway providing off road parking and leading to the single garage.

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Earls Barton This two bedroom staggered semi detached home is situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and has recently had a new fi$ed kitchen and bathroom, central hea#ng boiler, replacement oak internal doors and oak flooring to the ground floor living space. Externally, the property offers a single garage and parking space to the front as well as poten#al further parking to the rear of the garage and landscaped gardens.

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About Us Barton Today is a Not-For-Profit Community Interest Magazine with over 6,000 readers. Delivered FREE every single month to every home in Earls Barton we are not controlled by, or affiliated to, any political, religious, social or commercial group. Website: Managing Editor: Steve Watkins Email: Telephone: 01604 810831 Advertising: Contact us by phone or email and we’ll discuss advertising rates and payment methods, and help you in any way that we can. Any problems, just call. All adverts before our deadline please. Deadline: Space permitting, we try to print everything sent in, but our deadline is the 10th of the month (for the January issue it is November 30th). After that date we’re flexible but we can’t guarantee publication. Include your name, address and phone number as we do not publish anonymous articles. If you don’t want your name published let us know. Articles may be shortened if space is limited. Articles & Adverts by Hand: In an envelope, please to: Barton Sweets, The Square, Earls Barton (Please address all items to ‘Barton Today’) Photos: By email or on disk please. We can scan your photograph but if you want a photograph returned, include a stamped addressed envelope. We ask permission of a responsible adult before any images are published of children under the age of 16. If you live in Earls Barton: Your magazine should arrive by the last day of the previous month. If you know of someone who hasn’t received a copy by then, please give us a call and we’ll hand deliver it directly to them. If you live outside Earls Barton: A year’s subscription costs £18 to cover postage and packing. Please make your cheque out to ‘Barton Today’ and remember to give us the address for mailing. If you’re overseas, contact the Editor for postal rates.

Such a lot to celebrate! In the Barton Today’s editorial last month, we wondered whether the London Olympics would prove to be a success. Well, we need not have worried. The 30th Olympics was an outstanding event and perhaps fulfilled its billing as ‘the greatest show on earth.’ From Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony, as the Queen bravely descended into the stadium by parachute (and not a hair out of place!) right through to Boris Johnson reluctantly handing the Olympic flag over to Rio, the games brought so many memorable and proud moments. My own particular favourite was seeing the look of sheer disbelief and astonishment on the faces of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning as they crossed the line to unexpectedly win the women’s pairs rowing. Indeed, Glover had only set foot in a rowing boat for the first time in 2008… some achievement. Team GB performed far better than could have been hoped with only the USA and China finishing above them in the medals table. I am sure you will all have your favourite moments that will hopefully stay with you forever. So what can you find in this month’s Barton Today? You can read an account from Hazel and Mick Higham, who were lucky enough to attend one of the athletic sessions at the Olympic Stadium. The local men, who managed to drive their taxi to 5 countries in 24 hours, tell us all about their exciting adventure. As usual we also have contributions from many of our regulars. We also have to face up to the fact that Redrow homes have won their appeal to build 65 houses off Compton Way and our three local borough councillors give their views on this matter. The September edition of Barton Today marks the first birthday of the relaunched Barton Today. The editorial team would like to take this opportunity to thank our advertisers, who enable us to pay for the publishing costs, the deliverers who volunteer their services to get the magazine brought to your door step each month, all those people who send in those much needed articles and of course you, our readers. I think it is worth remembering at this point, that the Barton Today team give their services voluntarily and I would like to thank them for their hard work over the past 12 months. We may not always get it right but we do our best. What other community can boast a 48 page magazine, printed in full colour, delivered at no cost to its readers, and as for the printing we would like to say a very big thank you to Lonsdale Direct who have never let us down no matter how late we get the file into them and especially to Mick Nash who excels in every way possible, even doing deliveries for us on a weekend!! Here’s to the next 24 years!

Steve Watkins NB: Don’t forget to support the Village Show at the Silver Band Club on 8th September. Rumour has it that Eric will be displaying his much envied giant marrow. Barton Today will also have a stall there so come along and have a chat…we are always looking for new ideas or further volunteers.



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September 2012

Whats on in September MONDAY







To celebrate our first year we have hidden a cup cake (shown on the right) amongst the pages of the magazine. If you spot it, please email stating it’s exact location, including your name and age or put the details in an envelope and drop it into Barton Sweets. The first name to be pulled out of the cake box on 21st September will receive a prize. Age limited to under 14 years






SUNDAY 2 Animals In Need Open Day More info on Pg 17

Find me

“Laura Lou” at the Silver Band Club




Open Studios start Village Show at The Silver Band Club More info on Pg 23 80’s Beach Party at Working Mens Club “Vinny Christian” at More info on Pg 6 the Silver Band Club

Village Show last date for entries






WI Meeting Trixie Elderton talks about bees at 1.30pm in All Saints Parish Church Hall





Caring for Carers Coffee Morning All Bears @ All Saints More info on Pg 34




16 Under the Tower Drama auditions at the WM Club “Alan Jay” at the Silver Band Club


James Bond Casino Evening More info on Pg 24 Youth Club Starts for 7-11year olds More info on Pg 41


Happy 2nd Birthday to Barton Sweets!!


Wolf Run

Earls Barton Floral Society 1st Meeting celebrating 20 years More info on Pg 20



My Little Vintage Fair All saints Church Hall “Neil Warner” at the More info on Pg 15 Silver Band Club



Macmillan The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Wellingborough School 10am-12pm

EB Bowls & Tennis Club Whist Drive at 2.00pm in the clubhouse

All Bears @ All Saints

CRY Charity Night at The Youth Club More info on Pg 9


“Gary Beckwith” at the Silver Band Club

REGULAR EVENTS EVERY MONDAY Hokey Cokey 1.30pm -3.00pm term time only All Saints Church Hall Line Dancing Working Mens Club 9.30am - 12.00pm Taekwondo Silver Band Club Zumba Silver Band Club 9.30am - 10.30am




Line Dancing Starfruit Theatre Group Working Mens Club Baptist Church 9.30am - 12.00pm 7.00pm - 9.15pm Quiz Night at Street Dance at The Silver Band Club The Silver Band Club at 6pm Knit & Knatter Group Scrabble The Library The Library 4.00pm - 6.00pm 2pm - 4pm Crib Team Puppy Classes The Old Swan EB Youth Club 7.00pm - 8.00pm 6pm - 9pm Weight Watchers St John's 7pm - 8pm


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






Youth Club 7.30pm till 9.30pm age groups 12 - 16 Jog Group at The Grange 6pm Line Dancing Working Mens Club 9.30am - 11.30am Taekwondo at The Silver Band Club

Poker Game The Old Swan 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Yoga - St. Johns Ambulance Hall 6.30pm

Ignite Youth Project The Church Rooms 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Yoga - 10.00am EB Poker Game The Old Swan 7-8pm Bowls & Tennis Club





Barton Today

September 2012


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Regular readers may remember a story in our July issue of Barton Today about a couple of locals who were attempting to visit 5 capital cities of the British Isles in 24 hours driving an old London taxi in aid of the Niamh Curry Appeal and Holcot Stroke Unit at Northampton General Hospital. The two ‘mature’ gentlemen promised to provide us with photos and a report of the challenge and true to their word have sent us the following article......

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To quote a famous film line from the Blues Brothers: “It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we're wearing sunglasses”. Well, we are not Chicago bound but we do have a full tank of diesel, cigarettes are optional, it is dark but we’re not wearing sunglasses! Our nearest and dearest stifle their yawns and wave us off from Earls Barton at 10.30pm bound for Liverpool and the 3.00am ferry to Dublin. We arrive in Liverpool and board the ferry ready to enjoy the cordon bleu delights of a 3am plate of sausage, chips and beans. After a short night’s sleep we cruise into Dublin at 10.30am and the weather looks fine. More by luck than judgement we find the Harp Bridge over the River Liffey within half an hour and get the photos done. 3 hours and 107 miles later and we are at our second checkpoint, the Titanic Museum in Belfast. An amazing building, although not as big as we expected. More photos and we get ready to board another ferry, this time back to the mainland in Western Scotland.

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The drive to Edinburgh takes in some beautiful scenery alongside the Firth of Clyde before turning inland and the motorway to Edinburgh. Arriving in Edinburgh at 9.00pm we find that since our last visit 10 years ago, Princes Street has been pedestrianized. With no road maps and the satnav insisting we ‘turn around where possible’, we tour the centre of Edinburgh narrowly avoiding an enthusiastic (drunk) pedestrian who threw himself at the taxi in the vain hope of getting a lift home. Finally finding a spot to park up and take some photos, topically next to the giant Olympic Rings, we take some snaps and head for the hills. The next leg of the journey is the longest (400 miles) but should be straightforward, as apart from the first 50 miles, its motorway all the way. I did say ‘should’ because the satnav decided to bypass the motorway system altogether and take us down the road from hell, otherwise known as the A49. Oh, how we laughed as we drove through all the towns and villages on the way to Cardiff. As dawn broke we could see the spires of Hereford Cathedral and knew that Cardiff was only a stones throw away. Cardiff at 6.00am is deserted and we made good time, easily finding a place to park up next to the Millennium Stadium. More photos and we were soon out of there and onto the M4 bound for London. With plenty of time to go what could possibly go wrong? Throughout the trip we kept a watchful eye on the temperature gauge, knowing that an old engine that had already driven 370,000 miles might complain if it was overworked. With only 60 miles to London she decided to give us a scare. The engine temperature shot up and slowing down didn’t make any difference. Pulling into a service station iin nE Edinburgh Ed inburrgh we topped the radiator up and cautiously resumed our journey. After only a few miles we could see that she was still hot and thought that maybe an air lock was causing the problem. Luckily, we found another service area and we filled up again with water, this time removing the top hoses to clear the air lock. A nail-biting few miles and eventually we knew that the problem had been cured and London was soon in our sights.


9.00am and London, the city that never sleeps, had very little traffic, allowing us to make good time into the City centre. At 9.50am precisely, we hastily parked up next to the Houses of Parliament for our final photo call. We had completed our challenge in 22 hours and 50 minutes. The drive up the M1 was muted with the realisation that after all the organisation, generous help from sponsors, family and friends and over 1000 miles, it was all over.


We would like to thank all the local businesses iin nC Ca Cardiff rdif iff ff that sponsored us and made the whole challenge possible. We would especially like to thank Dave Shurville at Signs and Designs for very generously designing, printing and fixing all the sponsor signs to the taxi, especially after our poor attempt to place one sticker on a window with ‘more bubbles in it than a bottle of champagne!’ Currently we have raised at least £2000 for our two charities and donations are still being taken via our website: until September 1st. Roy and Alan


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September 2012


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Many, many thanks to all who attended, or who helped in any way, to make our Garden Party such a success on Saturday, 28th July. We were so lucky with the weather, the sun shone all day. Mum was really looking down on us. It was lovely to see everyone laughing and chatting whilst they sipped their Pimms or enjoyed a cup of tea with a mouthwatering cake. Together with donations given, we raised the fantastic sum of ÂŁ1,500.00 (Pat made and sold a few more cakes to get to this nice round figure). We can hardly believe it!!


Macmillan Cancer Support for the Haematology Unit at Northampton General Hospital and Motor Neurone Disease will, therefore, each receive cheques to the value of ÂŁ750. Our family and friends, all the wonderful people of Earls Barton, and some of Mums old friends, all gave their full support and many arrived with raffle prizes and beautiful homemade cakes.










It didn't matter whom we asked to help, or what we asked to borrow, everyone was more than willing to co-operate. Our loyal helpers worked so hard but all said they had enjoyed it. We would particularly like to thank:- Chris & Geoff Butler, Martin Cahill, Peggy & Geoff Drage, Joan & Stan Watts, and many of our good neighbours, for loaning us equipment.



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Thank you also to the following Earls Barton businesses for donating some lovely raffle prizes:- Able Labels, Lee Berrill Florist, Trixie & Ben Elderton, Glebe Farm, Jeyes of Earls Barton, and Youngs Nurseries of Blisworth. Our grateful thanks to you ALL. Pat & John Watts

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The Apothocoffee Shop

The Keepsake Gift Shop

***** Retaining our 5 *****

An Aladdin’s Cave of treasures for family & friends. Browse around our beautiful gift shop filled with gifts, collectables & accessories for the home.

Open all day serving breakfast, coffee and cakes, a variety of lunches and traditional afternoon teas.

The Jeyes Toyshop

The Walled Garden

Creative craft and educational toys, games and books for children of all ages.

Upstairs at JEYES

Enjoy your refreshments in our walled garden or treat yourself to one of our locally made Gallone’s ice creams. Summer-time toys are available in The Jeyes Summerhouse.

*The Dolly Lodge *Fun of The Fair Model Exhibition *The JEYES Heritage &Pharmacy Musem *Earls Barton Museum of Village Life

The Apothocoffee Shop is featured in The AA Guide – Perfect Places For Afternoon Tea.

Group Visits We love to welcome groups and societies, offering various refreshment packages to suit your needs.

Pay us a visit soon – A warm welcome awaits you all.

Jeyes of Earls Barton, Northampton, NN6 0NA - Tel: 01604 810289 Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 8.30am-5.30pm, Saturday: 8.30am-5.00pm Free Entry. Disabled access on request & stair lift available 4

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September 2012

EARLS BARTON Working Men’s Club Queen Street, Earls Barton Four traditional ales … … and a good selection of draught beers and lagers

Room hire for all occasions: (FREE for members) Birthdays, Wedding, Civil Wedding, Receptions, Christenings, Anniversaries, Funeral Parties etc..

Earls Barton W.I. At our July meeting we heard a talk by Margaret Hawkins of the National Trust entitled "Putting the House to Bed" in which she told us all about how our great houses are cleaned and maintained during the Winter months before opening again in the Spring. In August we did not have a formal meeting but instead enjoyed lunch together followed by a social afternoon. We begin the Autumn activities with a talk by one of our local personalities, Trixie Elderton, from just along the Doddington Road, about bees. Do come along and support Trixie. The meeting is on Wednesday 12th September at 1.30p.m. in All Saints Parish Church Hall, and all are welcome. For further information on all our activities please contact the Secretary, Jenny Flower, on 01604 810316.

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September 2012

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Gina Starling writes…It is a long time since I wrote my last article for Barton Today – but I have been busy looking after the gardens of Northamptonshire. It is a fascinating job and each new garden is a challenge and a delight. I am now into my fifth year running Garden TLC and looking forward to tackling my 56th garden. One garden I took on last year rivalled Heligan for its state of neglect. Mind you, it was beautiful – the lawn was knee high, the hedge looked like it had had an electric shock and the borders were buzzing with bees and covered in butterflies. I never got to see the back garden until this year – it took me all last year just to get the front garden under control. Once I had tamed the hedge and cut the grass I had to hack away the blackberry bushes that were shrouding all the shrubs and dig them up by the roots. I uncovered a path under the bay window that I didn’t know was there! The rose got pruned, the fuchsia got tidied up and the shrubs saw daylight. I filled the gaps with some of my spare plants, mulched the beds with recycled garden waste purchased from the tip and the front garden now looks lovely – but I still have to cut the grass and trim the hedge as the owner never has time to do it herself. Then I opened the door to the back garden! Definitely one of the Lost Gardens of Northamptonshire – I couldn’t even get in it! I spent my first session just removing brambles from the path so I could get a look at the garden. It was just covered in brambles – they climbed twenty feet up the trees; they arched across the lawn; they marched across the fence halfway down the garden; they filled the archway to what was once a vegetable patch and what on earth goes on down there I have yet to find out – I can’t get there! I have managed to find the lawn and a couple of rose bushes. I trimmed the brambles back to the edges, where I have left them to flower and look forward to collecting the fruit for Blackberry and Apple jam which I can sell in the charity shop I work in on Mondays. After that they will be history, systematically destroyed so I can mow the lawn properly instead of strimming it. All the trees will get a prune and then I will work out how to get to the other half of the garden! Maybe I should just leave it to the wildlife...

It is not the only lost garden I have come across either. There was a lovely little garden in Irchester belonging to a lady in her eighties. It had twenty foot long brambles scrambling all over the apple trees and I even found a plum tree that I didn’t know was there! The next spring was beautiful as all the daffodils and tulips came up and found daylight. Several bags of bark chip later the garden was under control and much appreciated by the new owners when the little old lady went into a home. I have a garden in Wellingborough with an orchard that I have nearly finished rescuing from more brambles, nettles and Japanese Knotweed – shudder! “Oh, I thought it was bamboo!” the owner told me. I quite like bamboo. I do not like Japanese Knotweed although it does make a lovely cracking sound when you snap it off. (“Cracking weeds, Gromit!”) When I finally finish digging up all the roots I will mulch it all with the huge pile of compost collected from the rabbits’ cage and cover that with shreddings from all the trees I have tidied up. I’ll tell you about the garden in Mears Ashby another time – but just to let you know that none of these people wanted their gardens to fall into rack and ruin – they were just unable to do anything about it themselves, for many different reasons. Old age, injury, sickness, working away from home, lack of knowledge – there are so many reasons why you may need help with your garden. Hopefully yours is not another of the “Lost Gardens of Northamptonshire” but if it is, don’t worry, help is at hand but don’t expect it to happen overnight. It takes time and a great deal of hard work and thorns in the flesh – lots of them!


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September 2012

BEING AWARE OF CARDIAC RISK IN THE YOUNG (UNDER 35 YEARS OLD) On Sunday May 6th 2012 my world fell apart when I lost my bright beautiful 21 year old niece and my daughters lost their dear cousin. She died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome following a cardiac arrest. She played a huge part in my families life and those friends in the village who knew her well. She leaves a massive void that we are finding difficult to fill.

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Her name was PARIS she was studying law at university. She lived life to the full, loved to dress up and party and filled a room with her laughter. Out of this sadness we are trying to remain positive and move forward. My brother (Paris’s dad) is an inspiration in how he is coping. We all have turned to C R Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young) charity for physical and emotional support non more so than my brother. In return my brother has gained a place to take part in the London marathon 2013 to raise money and awareness for this Syndrome. C R Y have arranged for him to have cardiac screening prior to his fitness programme and given him bereavement support.

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I have a special interest in the wellbeing of the youth in the village as I helped run the Youth Club for six years and have two teenage daughters. The reason I am holding this event is two fold, I want to raise money and awareness for the C R Y charity but also to buy a Defibrillator to be located in the Youth club. I want families in the village to know that if their children and adults of any age who are in the recreational area or in the youth club if they collapse this equipment is available. The defibrillator is simple to operate, no training is required and talks you through how to use it. I hope it never has to be used but if it does it is invaluable in saving a life in that 'Golden Hour' following collapse/cardiac arrest. S A D S (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) causes at least 12 deaths in young adults per week in Great Britain many of these deaths are unexplained and are documented as Natural Causes. We need to ask ourselves how can an otherwise healthy young adult just die !!

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C R Y charity is working with the government to get the law changed so that all unexplained deaths in young adults their hearts are sent to a specialist cardiac centre for in depth pathology investigations. C R Y supported our family and we were fortunate to find out that Paris died of an arrhythmia fault in her heart so we did not have the upset of a death certificate that stated 'Natural causes.' C R Y also facilitates the following: 1). Trained counsellors in bereavement of young adults,

2). Fast track cardiac screening for immediate family 3). Pathology of deceased heart at specialised centre 4). Research into cardiac conditions affecting young people 5). Leaflets/ information and a website to access all services. The event that I am organising (see poster!) I want it to be a fun night to raise loads of money not full of sorrow as Paris was a fun girl and would have loved this event. She loved to attend 'Auntie Marie's' do’s as she called them. I have been blessed to have so many lovely friends and work colleagues who are supporting this function by giving their time for free including the 'Deck Chairs' band. The youth club is the best location as this event is about the youth of today and their future health. I have been donated some fabulous Auction prizes including 2 holidays in the Canary Islands, lots of signed Saints merchandise also a signed England rugby ball. A Saints player may turn up on the night to surprise us all. BUT the more donations I receive the more I raise. My plea to the village is buy a ticket come to the event have fun, spend and bid at the auction. Any donations for the raffle and auction will be gratefully received. Thank you for reading my story Marie Marshall (DRURY) Contact No: 07930 429907

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Charity Night In memory of

Saturday 29th September 2012 Paris Marshall Holden Earls Barton Youth Club - 7.30pm till Late

15/9/1990 - 6/5/2012

An amazing charity event to raise money for C.R.Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young) In memory of someone close to many of our hearts that died aged 21 following a Cardiac Arrest. Hopefully raising enough money too also buy Earls Barton Youth Club a Defibrillator.

A night full of events including: Live Band - Fun local band called the ‘Deck Chairs’ playing all kinds of music. Auction - Various prizes such as Holidays, Signed England Rugby ball, Shirts, A variety of tickets and vouchers, beauty treatments, day trips and many many more!!

Raffle - including many similar to the above, lots more gifts and C.R.Y items. Hot Food, Drinks & Cakes - Hot Dogs, Burgers, Cup Cakes and Hot Drinks on sale. (Depending on weather may include a BBQ) CRY's Vision 2012 To work with cardiologists and family doctors to promote and protect the cardiac health of our young by establishing good practice and screening facilities devoted to significantly reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death throughout the UK.

Please come ready for a fun eventful night ready to spend money on a very good charity and cause for Earls Barton.

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A Misuse of Drugs Act warrant was carried out in Broad St on Sunday the 5th August 12. As a result of this warrant 41 cannabis plants were located. A 51 year old male was arrested at the scene, and has subsequently been charged with Cultivation of Cannabis and has been bailed to re-appear at Wellingborough Magistrates Court in September. The MDA warrant was conducted as a result of Intelligence received on very same day (05-AUG) from members of the community. I hope this result, sends a clear message to offenders that we are committed to reducing offences relating to drug supply, and intelligence provided by the public will be effectively actioned, and investigated in a prompt manner. Kindest regards Paul Hurst

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You too can go to the Ball Fancy a glamorous night out with friends and family? Then why not enjoy a great night and raise funds for a children’s cancer charity at the same time. There are still tickets available to attend this year’s NC TLC Trust’s Annual Ball on Saturday, November 10th. This year’s sparkling event is to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Northampton and it is an evening definitely not to be missed. A champagne reception starts the evening off, with a four course meal to follow. The toastmaster for the evening will be Alan Hodge, and there will be table magic, as well as Salsa dance lessons from Love2Dance. Guests will be given the chance to boogie on the dance floor to the UncleTom Cobley Band, and there will be a Lifestyle Treat Auction, along with a Casino. Other highlights include the charity’s annual awards ceremony and survivors photographs. Tickets for event cost £35.00 each and tables are set for 10 people. There is also special hotel room rates being offered if people want to stay starting at £75.00. Founder of the charity and Chief Executive Officer, Janet Walker smith said: “We are very excited about our ball this year. It’s going to be bigger and better than ever before.” She added:”Tickets can be purchased from our website at hope to see you there!” For more information call (01604) 811025 or email

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

The Guardian newspaper recently reported some very interesting news for Landlords: rents are rising and so are profits!

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The market has seen tenant demand continuing to grow and industry experts, including surveyors, expect further rises over the coming 12 months. Rents have already increased by 4.3% over the past twelve months and are expected to rise a further 3.9% over the coming year. These rises are driven by a scarcity of mortgage finance and the requirement for large deposits by the lenders, as well as a shortage of good quality properties.

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In separate research carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) it has been suggested that those investing in buy-to-let will make capital as well as rental returns in the long term. House price growth is projected to average 2% a year in real terms between 2012 and 2025, with a lack of available homes pushing up prices once demand recovers from current subdued levels.

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Vintage and Handmade The last My Little Vintage Fair in May was such a success. Thanks to all that visited and perhaps purchased an item or two, sampled the yummy cakes, or just mingled listening to the music whilst meeting the friendly stall holders.

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CAN YOU HELP A NEWCOMER Here is my story.... In October I moved to Earls Barton with my husband and our 3 children from Brighton. We wanted to relocate to somewhere that we could raise our children in a lovely area and with a different countryside lifestyle. My son Benjamin has cerebral palsy and I have a disability called EDS that effect my joints. Last year I was particularly poorly and was housebound most of the summer. We lived in a tiny flat and so it meant our children didn’t get to go out and enjoy themselves in the fresh air very much! My husband stopped working to care for me and so we started looking at properties with gardens so that the kids could get out and play. Earls Barton was perfect and we moved to a large house with 120ft garden in Elizabeth Way. It had 3 bedrooms, the garden and a playroom at the back. Earls Barton itself was so friendly and surrounded by beautiful countryside. How could we not fall in love with this village?! Two things really sold it to us- the friendliness of the young lad serving in the sweet shop and the locals in the Stag that helpfully told us all about the village and the schools. We made our massive decision and moved here in October. It was a scary move but we were all very excited. Sadly on New Year’s Eve my husband decided he no longer wanted to be part of the family and moved back to Brighton. Being left here alone with no friends or family was extremely daunting. However, I quickly made a few friends and they became my support. My girls got a place at the village schools in January and I was the stranger in the playground! I have confidence issues so it has taken me a while to start talking to the parents at school. I am slowly getting there and can’t thank everyone enough for being so friendly.

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A few months after we moved in we noticed that the playroom was unsafe. It turns out it was built with the wrong materials and had to be pulled down. This was done but I have been left what was left underneath it- a huge amount of concrete. The fences are all falling down and I had to fill in a pond the size of a lake. I have done everything so far on my own that I possibly can. I am now suffering with my health and am in agony daily. Every day I look out at the garden that was meant to be a fun paradise for my children to enjoy. Benjamin can’t go out there at all. With his cerebral palsy he is very unsteady and it is just too unsafe for him. I have met a new guy and he has been helping me as much as possible but with a lack of funds and tools there is not much else we can do.

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We are half way through the summer holidays and desperate for the children to be able to play outside- it’s beginning to feel like deja vu of how last summer was- we moved here to escape that.


I would appreciate it so much if you and your readers were able to help in anyway at all - we would be so grateful of any tools, compost, fencing, sledgehammers, literally everything and anything we could use to fix up the mess that is called our garden - DIY SOS style!!! We know this is a lovely community and we have already had friends give us a few bits and pieces, we appreciate anything whether its second hand or a loan, we are just asking for help as our friends and family aren’t around us to help!

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Thank you for your time reading and thank you to the villagers of Earls Barton for showing me that my prediction was right- Earls Barton is a lovely place to live. Many Thanks Claire Lawrence

Volunteers Wanted! Are you a parent or grandparent? Are you able to commit 2-3 hours a week for at least the next 12 months? Home-Start Wellingborough & District needs more volunteers to visit families with young children, including in Earls Barton. We can offer you free training (next preparation course planned for September/October 2012), the opportunity to achieve something worthwhile, new friendships and out of pocket expenses.

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Animals in Need

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Firstly a massive thankyou for your amazing support, we are doing a lot of rehomings in Earls Barton lately, bet you can guess why? YES It’s your B2Day readers, finding out about us and then offering loving homes!! The animals in August’s Edition of B2day featured Bodie & Doyle, Poppy, Zeus & Riley & Callie and they have all been homed. We have had so very many visitors this summer and I know all the extra publicity B2Day have given us has contributed to that. So, a big thank you goes to the people of Earls Barton. Annie xx Registered Charity 1068222

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IVOR & ZIGGY are gorgeous 17 week old Albino Hobbs, they would love a home together where they have room to run & play. Thankfully these boys were rescued by one of our great volunteers otherwise goodness knows where they would have ended up. They will only be rehomed to NON working homes. They have been castrated , vaccinated & id chipped.

waFFle Waffle is a gorgeous young grey lop who will need a for ever home with a friendly female companion.


PERRY is a handsome older lad, such a big softy. He is around 8 years old and is desperate for some tlc he is in a state of neglect. Perry came to us from the pound when his 7 days were up.


If you have any old towels, blankets or food that would be suitable for Animals in Need, please telephone Maggie on 01933 663313 who is happy to collect them from you and deliver to the home in Little Irchester

Alfie is a lovely older JRT, he would be a great companion for an older person. He has previously lived in a pub, he is ok with calm dogs but not smaller furries.


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Friends of All Saints Church help to put a new face on the Tower Clock Those of you who have taken a close look at the clock face on our Saxon Tower will have noticed that it looks a bit worse for wear. The refurbishment of the face is the final piece of work which needs to be carried out following the last Architect’s visit. The Church is planning to have the face taken away to be cleaned up and re-gilded and has asked the Trustees to consider contributing to the cost which will be over £6000. At a recent meeting they agreed to make a grant of £2000.

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Unfortunately we were over-ruled by the National Planning Inspectors and outline planning permission has been granted. This makes the neighbourhood plan more important than before to try to stop development in the wrong place. Wellingborough & Kettering Branch The Northampton General Hospital Haematology Appeal has passed the £1 million mark but we still have some way to go to reach our target. We are now busy organising our biggest event of the year – The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. This will be held at Wellingborough School on Friday, 28th September from 10.00-12.00pm and tickets, which can be bought on the door, cost just £2 which includes a cup of coffee or tea and loads of biscuits! Come along with some friends, sit and be entertained by our pianist whilst you relax and have a good chat. We will be holding a raffle and there will be stalls selling crafts, flowers, etc.

THE EARLS BARTON AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY During the summer months we don’t normally have our monthly meetings but we do have a visit to somewhere of historical interest. This year about 25 members of the Society and friends visited Rockingham Castle for a guided tour before the castle was opened to the public. We were privileged to be taken into parts of the building that are usually “out of bounds” to the public including the family’s own sitting room, complete with very modern remote control model cars. The window of the bedroom where Charles Dickens slept was shown to us, through which he claimed to see the castle’s resident ghost. Another room was pointed out to us which contained the winding mechanism for the estate clock. Winding the clock was a popular task among the younger male members of staff because the room was also where the dairy maid slept.

If you are holding a Coffee Morning of your own, your proceeds can be directed towards the Northampton Appeal this year. Please contact me if you would like us to arrange that for you. On 12th October, we are holding an Auction of Promises. Tickets cost £20 each and include a Bucks Fizz reception and a 3-course meal. We have 30 fantastic lots up for auction from a helicopter ride or a meal for 10 people cooked and served in your own home through to a Christmas cake so there is something for everyone. Please contact me if you are interested in coming along.

After the guided tour (led by Mick Boyce from Wellingborough who had previously spoken at one of our meetings) many members took advantage of the improving weather to walk around the gardens and enjoy the views across the Welland valley.

Finally, a huge thank you to Pat and John Watts for their donation of £750 raised at the garden party held in remembrance of Pat’s mother, Marjorie, and to everyone who supported this event or gave donations. It is hugely appreciated.

Our next evening meeting is on Friday 21st September when our guest will be John Baker, talking about the development of the English legal system.

Please continue to support the appeal in any way that you can.

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September 2012

Mien Tay Wellingborough, Northants So it's a Sunday, I am slightly hung-over from an over-abundance of pear cider, tired from cooking a tapas feast, it's grey and dreary outside the window; what can I do to make myself feel a bit more human? I have a hunch that a lot of folks would cry "McDonalds!" or "A full English!", or maybe even...*shudder*..."A carvery!". And before you chastise me for besmirching the institution that is the carvery, let me tell you; I don't consume anything that has been languishing under a fetid heat lamp. e only organisms that should sweat under those things are reptiles. No, no, no. Me; I go for the clean, fresh, fragrant lightness of South-East Asian cuisine. Whenever I feel ill I always make a steaming vat of ai-style chicken noodle soup, if I'm intent on snacking my face off I pick edamame beans, and for a place to rescue my faculties there's nowhere better than Mien Tay for Vietnamese. It would be really disingenuous to start talking about Vietnamese food in comparison to other South-East Asian cuisines (BTW why do we do that about Asian cuisines but no others? No one remarks "Oh French food, it's a bit like Swiss but without the holey cheese"). Vietnamese food is a fine beast of it's own making; the ingredients are fresh, the spices are heady, the chillies are tongue-tingling, and the sauces have the magical ability of being both rich and light. It's comfort food which actually makes you feel warm and fuzzy about yourself without feeling like you've swallowed a space-hopper. e restaurant itself is part of a small family-run chain and Wellingborough is the third in the series and the first outside of the trendier parts of London (No I don't entirely understand why they picked Wellingborough either but I'm grateful for it). It's situated inside a gorgeous Tudor building which, although Chicken with lemongrass admittedly a little rough around the edges, has retained all of it's historical charm and the Vietnamese décor inside is a quirky update. ere are some eccentric touches; my absolute favourite bit is the 90s souvenir mini Coke can salt shakers on the tables, narrowly beating the faux palm trees. e staff are an absolute joy; chatty without being over-familiar and bothersome, over-and-above-helpful, and the service is lightning fast whilst still being cooked fresh to order and without compromising on quality. e pricing is also pleasingly competitive; the mains are all around £5-6 (apart from whole fish, which is still reasonable at £10). e best bit about the menu is that it's nut-allergy and coeliac friendly; they use symbols to denote which dishes contain nuts or gluten. By my estimation around half of the main dishes are safe for coeliacs and the majority have no traces of nuts (apart from the fried Vermicelli noodle dishes which seem to be doused in peanut). And the staff encourage questions about the ingredients, so if you're still not sure about anything they're keen to help. And now to the important bit; food. My starter was their signature dish chargrilled quail with honey, and although there's not a lot of meat on a spatchcocked quail what there was was gloriously sweet and juicy; they're right to be proud of it. T's main of stir-fried chicken with a dry marinade of lemongrass and chilli was, in his words, "lemony" (A real budding Jay Rayner there...). I thought it was all the better for not having a sauce; the dry marinade made the chicken so, the chilli was a subtle partner to the lemongrass, which clung to the chicken satisfyingly. It was a world away from the overbearing, cloying sweetness of a Chinese lemon chicken. I had duck with ginger; the ginger both crushed into the light sauce with a touch of hoisin and cut into matchsticks alongside so fried white onions. e sauce was unctuous and rich but the chef was clever not to overpower with the ginger and let the duck shine through. An Orange you glad to see me! accompanying dish of fried noodles with vegetables was utterly moorish and the vegetables were only lightly stir-fried and still crisp. All in all the meal ended with sated satisfaction and a feeling that our senses had been given a run for their money. And at the end of the meal you get this as an adorable palate-cleansing freebie... I think it goes without saying that I'd give Mien Tay an enthusiastic thumbs-up!

Price for 2 courses for 2 people with so drinks: Approximately £30.

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September 2012

The Live Arts Section WelcometoSeptembersArtsPageinyour very own BARTON TODAY. That’s the Olympics done and now the theatres are readytore-openandsharesomebrilliant work with us once again. September deliversusamixtureofdrama,musicand comedy from all our local theatres. Also thismonthwehaveallthetheatree-mails and phone numbers for you to keep safe overthecomingmonths.

Earls Barton Floral Society Our 20th Anniversary year begins on thursday 20th September 7.30pm-9.30pm at All Saints Church Hall.

Your host: Gary Johnson

Our AGM will be followed by a hands on workshop for you to create your own floral brooch for which all materials will be provided.

We’re starting off this month at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough with the Reform Theatre Company’s production of “SECONDS OUT.” (In association with Harrogate Theatre) Tom and Simon have been mates since school; shared everything - homework, cars, girlfriends; you name it, they've both had their hands on it. But whilst Sy has always played it safe, Tom likes to push things to extremes... with occasionally violent repercussions. After an ill-advised evening with the wife of local nutcase Mad Mark Flynn, Sy is starting to worry if Tom might have bitten off more than he can chew. He needs protection. He needs to get out of town. And then he meets Foster. A former boxer with a left hook to die for (or from), Foster takes Tom under his wing. But is there more to his interest than meets the eye? And why won't he talk about his past? Partly inspired by true events, Reform Theatre are proud to bring you the world premiere of a thrilling new play from the writer of My Favourite Summer and Housebound.

There is still an opportunity to take part in our annual membership raffle, you could win a years’ free membership. Celebration cake and refreshments to complete our evening of flowers and fun. Look out for more information in future editions of Barton Today Dates for your diary: Thursday 18th October Christopher White from County Dublin, Ireland presents his demonstration ‘Beauty of Flowers”

SECONDS OUT performers at The Castle on Wednesday 12th September and tickets are on sale now! Next it’s time to tune the radio and move over to the Royal Theatre in Northampton… In the heart of London’s Blitz-torn West End, the cast of the BBC’s light-entertainment, wireless show Variety Bandwagon prepare to do their bit for the war effort. With half the cast missing, an officious producer and no script, their live broadcast to America seems doomed to fail until star of the show, Sammy Shaw, arrives with minutes to spare, a script and Hollywood movie star Gary Strong. Can the cast deliver a show that will win the hearts of the American people? And can Sammy hang on to girlfriend Olive’s love with old flame Gary back on the scene? The Royal Theatre is proud to present RADIO TIMES (Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd September.) Radio Times is a heart-warming musical filled with quick-fire gags and classic songs from Noel Gay (Me And My Girl), including Run Rabbit Run, Hey Little Hen, My Thanks To You, I’m Sending My Blessings, I took My Harp To A Party and There’s Something About A Soldier. The cast includes West End Star Gary Wilmot (Chicago) and a company of The Watermill’s trademark actor-musicians.

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Staying in Northampton at the Derngate theatre it’s time to join one of the biggest pop bands of the 70s… SHOWADDYWADDY are performing on Saturday 22nd September. Showaddywaddy have sold more than 20 million records since their formation. Their dynamic and uplifting live show features all their greatest hits including You’ve Got What It Takes, Under The Moon Of Love, Three Steps to Heaven, Blue Moon, Pretty Little Angel Eyes and many, many more. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The 1st Earls Barton Brownies, following their mini-Olympics had their own torch relay where every Brownie held a home-made torch and passed it to their neighbour, a stunning opening ceremony with gymnastic displays, juggling and dancing, followed by races and competitions for all. Everyone managed to gain a medal for their efforts and achievements. Here are the girls with the torch, Olympic rings and medals.

Next back to The Castle for The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular on Saturday 29th September 2012. Fun all the way as the ‘Purveyors of Cool’ come to town with a sensational show featuring the greatest music of the 20th century. Wonderful memories of Frank, Dean and Sammy, all totally live and successful worldwide. Every song is an absolute classic - Come Fly with Me, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, Lady is A Tramp, Mack The Knife plus many more of your favourites. Why not join the RAT PACK VEGAS SPECTACULAR for a night of songs that you could even sing along with (I’m sure I would. I love a sing song.) BREAKING NEWS JIM DAVIDSON IS IN KETTERING! JIM DAVIDSON- The LEGEND! The incomparable JIM DAVIDSON live, dangerous and as uncompromising as ever. A hysterical evening of standup comedy featuring one of Britain's greatest ever comedians. For a limited tour, the legend that is JIM DAVIDSON – Live on stage. A night not to be missed! STRICTLY ADULTS ONLY!!! Show starts 7:30pm (The Lighthouse Theatre) Tickets £20 Now keep these safe… The Castle Theatre – (01933 270 007) The Royal and Derngate - (01604 624811 The Lighthouse Theatre - (01536 414141) … I’ll see you next month for Des O’Connor, Chelsee Healey and Mother Courage.


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A team of 25 from Earls Barton, aka "The Earls Barton Wolves" are hoping to complete the Wolf Run on Saturday 22nd September. Money HAS to be raised (its the only way) to refurbish the kitchen facilities at Earls Barton Youth Club. It is in desperate need of an update as its poor condition inhibit its full use; we like the youth club to use the kitchen to develop the skills of our young people.

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So, Earls Barton, are you going to go "Wolf Mad" with us?? Have you displayed Augusts' poster in your house or car window? ....

.......WE HAVENT SEEN ANY YET?? Have you spotted them training? Have you spotted them running through the streets of Earls Barton faster than Usain Bolt? Go-go Wolf, Wench Wolf, Wolf Mann, Pink Wolf, Stoned Wolf, Fit Wolf, Goatie Wolf to name but a few. If you see Flop Flip Wolf it will be a miracle so give her an extra wolf whistle!!!! Foxy Wolf is distracted by the birds so when you see him with his binoculars out tell him to put them away!! Webbed Wolf will be in the Nene and Womble Wolf will just be up at the Rec doing his usual!!! Wardy Wolf has his go quickly legs which you won’t even spot as he burns through the village on his bike. Birthday Wolf is merely practising the birthday bumps position for the 22nd. And as for Lush Wolf ............... no effort whatsoever other than raising a glass of wine to the lips......... in honour of Birthday Wolf!!! Naming ceremonies are to be completed for the remainder of the pack. Follow us on Facebook EARLS BARTON WOLVES and meet the rest of the pack and view video footage of the Wolf Run. See their efforts in the training department and share their anguish in completing this act of madness. These 25 wolves have committed their spare time to support the children of Earls Barton. There will be Wolf Bunting appearing in Earls Barton to remind you of this good cause. If you would like some to hang outside your house, contact us via Facebook or Earls Barton Today.

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Messin' about on the river! Thursday August 2, we set out for the Nene to board the special St John Ambulance riverboat

We were welcomed aboard, with a nice “cuppa” to start off with…

Joining us for the trip this year was John, Bishop of Brixworth

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Every year All Saints arranges a trip for elderly and disabled members of its congregation to take advantage of St John’s kind and generous offer…

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Come and join in with the fun!

Pick up a Village Show Programme from one of the following local businesses; The Silver Band Club, Lee Berrill Florist, Barton Sweets, E. Lee & Son Butchers or contact us on the email below.


Huge range of classes to enter, Something for everyone! Open to all ages and abilities!

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Closing Date for Entries 5th September 2012 The village show is non-profit making, all surplus funds are donated to local groups and organisations

Entry forms must be submitted by Wednesday 5th September 2012 along with entry fees to: The Silver Band Club, 4 Queen Street, Earls Barton or 58 Doddington Road, Earls Barton.

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atmosphere of when Team GB were competing and I wasn't disappointed, we've been to air shows and thought the noise of Typhoons and Tornadoes displaying was deafening, but this was something else. I could feel my ear drums vibrating , it was amazing. Such a shame they narrowly missed the Bronze in the final tonight, but very well done to them, and the rest of Team GB.

Mick and Hazel Higham write…Wow!! What can I say? Yesterday Thursday 9th August 2012 - and we set off to fulfill our Olympic dream that started 7 years ago when it was announced that London had the 2012 Games. We left home at 5.40 am and caught the 6.17 train to Milton Keynes, changing to a Virgin fast service down to Euston. Due to overhead cable problems further up the line we arrived in the capital 17 mins late, but not worried, and then the adventure began. The trains to Stratford International run from St Pancreas and we followed pink signs (the colour of all things Olympic) along with some of our fellow travellers, and at each stage of our journey, the number of people increased the nearer we got. The brand new Javelin trains were wonderful and named after former Olympians, ours being Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. We were boarded in an orderly fashion and as soon as a train was full, off it went and the next one was ready. Alight at Stratford and walk to the Olympic Park via the Westfield shopping centre crafty move that, but no one deviated from their course and we were there. Tickets scanned and we approached the security check area, this was done politely and efficiently by the British Army, no sight of G4S! I had forgotten to dispose of the half bottle of water left from the journey and so that was confiscated! We had no queues or hold ups at any point and were in the Park by 8.30 . Plenty of loos, food kiosks and water taps where you could fill any empty bottles who had brought with you. Then we climbed the steps at gate 229, and entered the stadium about 1/3rd of way up the seating, and WOW what a site it was; we made our way up to our seats and found were not up in the gods at had thought, but roughly on a level with the top of the big screen behind the hammer/discus throwing nets, with that Flame to our left. The schedule for the day was 3 disciplines of the Men’s Decathlon - 110 metre hurdles, discus throw and pole vault; the qualifying for the women’s high jump; and the men’s 4 by 400 metre relay heats.

The Decathlon Pole Vault took over 3 hours and yet built up into a brilliant competition, with the Belgian Hans Van Alphen urging the crowd to get behind him, which we all did with gusto, he finished 4th after the full 10 events, and then there was Keisuke Ushiro from Japan as the only man left in the Group B set who equalled his lifetime best of 4.90 metres. The 2 groups were competing side by side, and when Keisuke did his PB, Gonzalo Barroilhet from Chile also started his run up and they jumped together - so new sport of synchronised pole vaulting - both clearing and earning a huge roar from the crowd, which by this time (coming to 4pm) had depleted somewhat. Gonzalo also equalling his PB. The eventual medal winners were USA 1st and 2nd with Cuba 3rd, but all the competitors gave their all and a fantastic day for us. We were ushered out when they had finished at 4.10 because the stadium had to be cleared ready for the evening session, and so back to the Olympic Park which was packed with people queuing for food, and the London 2012 shop (did ours online at home!). We had jacket potatoes, cheese and salad and sat on the edge of the gravel path leading to the canal in 1 of the wonderful wild flower meadows, the colours and scent was fantastic; the gardeners along with everyone else have done an amazing job. And so we left the Park and made our way back into central London, only bit of day that was bit of a hassle with signage sending people to West Ham station for 'faster route' but not saying involved a walk of nearly half hour. We detoured, got our own way back, and with the help of a few of the 'Pinkies' - name we gave the travel ambassadors and games makers, all those volunteers who have done such a fantastic job with smiles and good humour, and who our friend who was one told us ' The uniforms are magenta not pink' - we finished our day down at Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark and HMS Ocean, then back to Euston on the waiting train, and back home 9.30pm. A day , and Olympics never to be forgotten; and still the Paralympics to come. 'Come on GB'.

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The hurdles started us off, followed by the discus - this had the added entertainment of the 2 radio controlled minis sent to collect and return the discus, we wanted a go! Mind you, there were couple of near misses when the discus veered off course and the minis had to do 'The Italian Job' style moves to avoid being hit! Some competitors seemed to aim at the net posts hoping for a ricochet effect, but that didn't work either. The women’s high jump then took place at the far end of the arena, with 2 groups competing side by side, and an amount of discussion taking place to see who had qualified and who needed to keep trying. Up to this point we had had no Team GB competitor to cheer, as our decathlon man Daniel Awde had withdrawn on the Wednesday with injury after the long jump; but all that changed in heat 1 of the 4 by 400 relay. We' d all been cheering and clapping, but now the noise level increased to a crescendo and from the moment the starters pistol went off the stadium erupted into a cacophony of noise which got even louder with each clean baton change (something the 4 by 100 boys didn't match today unfortunately in their heats, Friday 10th). And then the last lap the calls changed to 'GB! GB!' till we safely crossed the line in a photo finish with Trinidad and Tobago. I'd wanted/hoped to experience the cheers and the


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Have you ever made homemade Wine or Jam before?? Its easy!!! Go on give it a go....... With the strange weather we have been having this year there is a plentiful supply of free fruit growing in our hedgerows that with a bit of sugar and (yeast added if your making wine) to have a go without it costing loads of money and who knows you may enjoy it!! And the Village show being just around the corner, you could even enter your homemade produce to win a prize..... Fancy it? then try a few old recipes below......

Elderberry Wine Ingredients: 4-5lb of Elderberries 1 Gallon of Water 1 lemon 1/2 oz Root Ginger (optional) 6 Cloves (optional) Yeast (preferably burgundy yeast) 31/2 lb of sugar

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Strip the berries from the stalks with a fork. Put into a large bowl/bucket and pour over boiling water, stir and mash with a wooden spoon. Cover with a tea towel/cloth and string and leave for 3 days, stirring daily. Strain into a large pan, add the thinly peeled rind of a lemon and the spices (if used) - bruise the ginger well. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool then strain over the sugar and stir well to dissolve. Add the lemon juice and lastly, when the liquid is lukewarm add the previously activated yeast. Pour into a fermentation jar (demijohn), insert an airlock and ferment to a finish in a warm place. Once finished fermenting, syphon off and bottle.

Blackberry Jam Ingredients: 6lb Blackberries 1/4 pint of water Rind and juice of 2 lemons 6lb Sugar

Utensils: Large Pan Jam Thermometer Approx 10 Clean Jars & Lids Jam Wax discs and covers

Put the cleaned fruit, the water and lemon rind and juice into a large pan, simmer until the fruit is soft. Stir in the sugar and boil rapidly until setting point is reached. As soon as setting point is reached remove the pan from the heat. Leave it to stand for 15 minutes before removing any scum with a slotted spoon. Pour the jam into thoroughly cleaned and dried warmed jars. Put a waxed disc (wax side down) on top of the jam and press gently to release any air bubbles. Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean damp cloth before cover with cellophane covers or placing the lid. Leave the jam filled jars to cool completely before labelling them. Store in a cool dark place.

There are plenty of places to purchase wine and jam making equipment locally, one is at: Keg Nine, 22 Silver St, Wellingborough NN8 1AY (Health Shop). Paul is very helpful and has brewed his own wine and beer for many years or alternatively you can try purchasing online or Tesco and Wilkinson Weston Favell have quite a good supply.


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GB Olympic Winners! What a fantastic couple of Olympic weeks Great Britain has had!


Few people I know have been able to avoid the buzz, the excitement and the can-do spirit that watching our athletes win so many medals has engendered.

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Team GB’s results were simply amazing, with many of those who did not win a medal scoring personal bests in the biggest event of their lives and doing the whole country proud.

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For those of us who have been lucky enough to go to the Games (I was lucky to be able to buy fencing tickets and was given tickets for the swimming, diving and gymnastics by Coca-Cola) it has to be said that once again Great Britain struck gold. The organisation was superb: tubes and buses ran extra services and on-time, the City was clean and looked fantastic, the venues were awesome and the “Games-Makers” (volunteers) gave the games an amazing friendly vibe and for me, made the whole thing even more special.

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Indeed the whole thing was so good that large numbers of preOlympic cynics were testing positive every day of the games.


I’d also like to think the games did the nation as a whole some good and taught us all few things.

Now is the time to kick those weird people, who think competition in schools (be it sport or anything else) is a bad thing, into touch. It is also the time for us to celebrate excellence and dedication. Those that represented us in the Olympics didn’t just sit back and expect good things to happen to them, they worked for their success.

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A whole generation has just been taught what we all should know anyway – that if you are good at something, if you enjoy doing it and dedicate yourself to be your best by training hard and practicing – then you have a chance of not just being successful, but amongst the best in the world and certainly good enough to make a decent living.

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It is also up to us all to ensure that the whole nation enjoys the legacy of the games. Indeed a number of local sports clubs are doing just that by holding different “taster sessions” so people can see if they can emulate Michael Phelps or Nicola Adams.

Open Studios Northamptonshire is an annual event where artists invite the public into their working studios, or set up exhibitions around the county.

However, I know there are a group of people out there now, reading this, who feel that they are too old or unfit to get involved. Well, you are wrong!!! Every sport, every club is looking for volunteers to do all sorts of tasks from administration and organisation, to helping wash kit, to officiating. There are literally hundreds of opportunities and they are all on your door-step!

As part of this county-wide happening, Gallery West 24 in Earls Barton is hosting an Exhibition of Art by local Artist Carolyn Bushell, who specialises in portraits of famous musicians and icons.

So, enough excuses! You know you want to and you also know it would be fun and good for you! So why not head off to your local sports club to see if you can help? How about taking a training course and start officiating or coaching? Nearly every Olympic sport takes place within ten miles of where you live - and there are dozens of other sports and activities nearby too.

The Exhibition runs from 8th to 22nd September. Free event brochures listing this and many other artists and venues are available from Gallery West 24, pop in today and pick one up.

If you want to do something and don’t quite know where to go, please contact me on 0207 219 7048 or e-mail me on and I’ll get you sorted. So, no excuses, no whingeing that nothing happens around here! There is some Olympic legacy to create. Come on! Let’s make this happen!

We hope to see you there.

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Just a reminder about our next production of Handel’s Messiah at the start of December. This promises to be an epic production with our now massive choir singing this familiar seasonal work accompanied by the EBM orchestra. We have performed this piece before and it never fails to be uplifting for both performers and audience alike. Please come along and join the choir for this brilliant event. If you can’t make registration night but can make rehearsals please don’t be put off. Come along to the first rehearsal and join us then. One change to the previously advertised schedule is that the first performance Friday 30th November will not take place and will be replaced by a second performance on Sunday 2nd Dec at 3.30pm in the afternoon. The Saturday 1st December performance remains as scheduled. I look forward to a great season and to seeing you at rehearsals. Nick Chapman For Earls Barton Music September Thursday 6th Registration – back room, no rehearsal, refreshments available, pick up music, 8pm – 9.15pm. Back room Wednesday 12th Rehearsal 1 Tuesday 18th Rehearsal 2 Wednesday 26th Rehearsal 3 October Thursday 4th Wednesday 10th Tuesday 16th Wednesday 24th

Barn Dance with Musical Roots The Friends of All Saints Church are holding an Autumn Barn Dance at the Silver Band Club in Queens Street on Saturday 6th October starting at 7:30. Music will be provided by Earls Barton’s own group Musical Roots. Tickets are priced at £10 and include a light supper. Because of the size of the club there will be limited tickets available and these can be obtained from Roger Smith (811332), David Timms (810051) or Jeyes the Chemists. Don’t wait but buy now to make sure you won’t miss what promises to be an enjoyable evening.

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I wonder whether you were glued to the television set at the end of July, beginning of August watching the Olympics. I certainly was. It was fantastic to see the harvest of medals, gold, silver and bronze which Team GB won in a whole variety of sports. As I write this article commentators have said that Yorkshire participants have won more gold medals than Australia and South Africa combined. Team GB is a wonderful example of how, when we as a small nation come together, we can out-perform countries with far bigger populations. We certainly do that in the ratio of medals to per capita of population.

Coffee Morning Sat 8th September 2012 An event is again being held this year at Jayne Mabbutt's house, No 27 Townley Way, Earls Barton from 9am to 1pm to raise funds for the new Macmillan/Chronicle and Echo Haematology Unit.

It was also fantastic to hear of the personal stories behind some of our successes. Laura Trott who won two gold medals in the cycling was born with a collapsed lung, took up cycling to help her overcome asthma, and suffers from over production of lactic acid which makes her physically sick after races. In the dressage team our “senior” rider Karl Hester was, as a young man, given a job by the father of the “middle” rider and the “junior” rider was taken on by Karl Hester, who by now had his own stables, because he saw her potential.

There will be tea coffee and cake at just £1.50 per person. There will also be the usual home-made cake stall, gift stall, hand-made cards, fruit and veg stall, and a raffle. This event is also being sponsored by Barclaycard. The staff of this unit looked after her husband (Brian) for ten years, and would like to repay their kindness in some way. For more details contact Jayne Mabbutt on 01604 811351

I used the word harvest earlier on deliberately because of course, in September churches usually celebrate Harvest. If you saw any of Larkrise to Candleford on the television it was quite obvious that in “the old days” all the village folk who worked in the fields worked together in order to bring in the harvest. Modern technology has perhaps done away with that but I do know that in France, for example, the farmers who cannot afford to buy combine harvesters individually have come together as a “co-operative” to buy a machine which they can share and they give up their time to help one another bring in the harvest for their particular village. The same happens in the vineyards… indeed many wine experts say that the best wines are produced by the local co-operative rather than individual growers.

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So it was interesting to hear what the Brownlee brothers said after winning gold and bronze in the triathlon – that they would not have been able to achieve those medals without the support in the race of Stuart Hayes, the third member of the triathlon “team”, who helped to pace them during the cycling part of the race. They gave him so much credit and he said that it was great to have known that he had helped them to achieve so well. Athletes like Mo Farah and the cyclists talk about their “team” of doctors, physiotherapists, dieticians, sports psychologists and so on. We can see then, that In order for a team to be successful, some have to be “backroom staff”. Jesus was at pains to point this out to his disciples. Two of them wanted to know who was going to be the greatest. Jesus told them “whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” (Mark’s gospel chapter 10 verses 44 and 45). May we all strive, like that, to be the greatest. Brian

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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.

Dear Eric,

I have recently moved to Earls Barton and very much like the village. Unfortunately though, I am not getting on very well with the young lady who lives next door to me. She seems to be so busy with her social life that she neglects to do those little jobs that we should all be doing. I can overlook the fact that she is always playing loud music or that she hangs her washing out on a Sunday. What is really bothering me though is the state of her bush. It is very overgrown and does not appear to have been trimmed for a very long time. What should I do?

I have this friend, the sort you just can't say no to, and she is making me participate in this Wolf Run on 22nd September. She tells me it is all for a good cause. But you see, she knows how much I pay to get my hair looking so glossy and shiny and my nails so nicely manicured, not to mention what I pay for face and body creams - and now she is expecting me to get covered in mud from head to toe, quite literally and run 10k. I just don't think I can do this to myself and I really don't know how to tell my friend. What do you think I should say to her?


Yours sincerely,

Dear Alan.

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Do you think that perhaps you are being a bit too fussy? There are many people who would welcome the fact that there was a young lady living next door. You also need to remember that she may find it difficult to keep on top of all those chores that most of us take for granted. Whilst most people trim their bushes regularly, it may be that because of the busy life she leads, she has little time left to do this. I think you’ll just have to decide to put up with the situation or, failing that, you could offer to do the neighbourly act and carry out the bush trimming yourself.

Dear Earls Barton Wolf, Don’t get too worried about your appearance. In fact, as I sit and think about grown women writhing in mud from head to toe, my heart begins to thump rather rapidly. I might even get in touch with that nice lady Nina Macpherson and suggest that we have mud wrestling included in next year’s Carnival. Good luck with the Wolf Run. Eric



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UNDER THE TOWER DRAMA Bringing drama to Earls Barton for 40 years A NODA AWARD WINNING SOCIETY Would YOU like to be part of our village drama society? Then why not give our membership secretary a call? Tricia Nichols. 01604 810802 UTTD welcomes new members and we are looking for actors and actresses AND lots of HELP for our next production: TWO 1 ACT COMEDIES with a supper included! January 25th & 26th.

AUDITIONS ARE ON SEPTEMBER 16th. WORKING MEN’S CLUB, EARLS BARTON 7.30pm. Rehearsals start in October but will be once a week to start with and only increasing to twice a week nearer the production dates. The plays are both hilarious:

“GOSFORTH FETE� by Alan Ayckbourn 3m 2f. What could go wrong in the tea tent at the village fete? This is Ayckbourn though and so the answer is - lots of things!

“LITTLE GRIMLEY PRESENTS STRICTLY SEX FACTOR ON ICE� by David Tristram. 2m 2f. This being another Little Grimley, the fourth in the series and quite new, we know things are bound to go wrong as Gordon, Bernard, Margaret and Joyce, the only four members of Little Grimley Drama Group, struggle to keep their society going. Don’t take too much notice of the title, especially the words SEX and ICE. It is Little Grimley remember? We are hoping to get Danny Boyle as director. Just kidding but wouldn’t that be wonderful? UTTD’S future plans: Dec 1st. Working Men’s Club, another Quiz At Christmas Time with Les Dodd as our Quiz Master once again. These are very popular. More details later but do note the date in your diary. Our quizzes are always fun. June 2013: One of our audience’s favourites: Murder Mystery Evenings, including a supper. November 2013: A full length play. More about that nearer the time. We always welcome new members. Why not come along and give us a try? No obligation to join straight away. See what you think of us first. See you at the auditions, to act or help? Linda.


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Elaine and Gary Horne write‌Sandy is growing up so fast, and at last is able to go for walks outside. She is quite good on the lead, and hopefully we will now use up more of her energy! We are still trying to find a solution for her barking though, this is not a problem we have had before, so any tips out there please? She does seem to like the sound of her own voice. She is less "musical" in the car now though, and although she wasn't too keen on her first bus journey, we are sure she will learn to enjoy this too.

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Sandy is now on 3 meals a day, and despite her initial response being to follow us around, tapping her foot, with her little face saying "you seem to have forgotten my dinner!" she has adapted fairly quickly to the change. It's also much better for us, as 4 meals a day can be a real tie......

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She is still a very adventurous and confident pup, and likes to investigate every nook and cranny. So far the only noise that has worried her has been when wheelie bins are being moved, but she didn't bat an eyelid at the thunderstorms we had. We're still looking forward to her baby teeth going - and have considered loaning her out for a second career, as I have many piercings on my feet, and everyone else seems to have them in various other places too. She put in a couple of brief appearances over the 2 days at Morrisons with a collection and goods for sale. She was incredibly popular with the customers, and managed not to nibble anyone there, and only did 1 puddle! She still does the odd puddle when we are in the shopping centre too, but we are always prepared with the disinfectant spray and paper towels. She will soon learn to stop having these little accidents. Skye, our Springer is now more happy to play with Sandy. Their favourite game is tug, and they often cuddle up together now as well, which is lovely to see. Sandy loves going up the garden too, and when she goes onto the vegetable patch (which is off limits), she responds very quickly to recall with the whistle. Of course, she knows this will mean she gets a treat, which is always a good thing in her eyes! We have found out from her brood bitch holder that Sandy was the smallest in the litter and had the "most character." We are also in contact with one of her litter mates puppy walkers, and Sandy is 1.5kg smaller. Mind you, the way she gobbles down her meals, we are sure she will soon catch up.

Borough & County Councillors Contact Information Borough and County Councillor George Blackwell 16 White Way, Earls Barton, NN6 0HT Tel: 01604 813485 E: Borough Councillor Peter Morrall 79 Dowthorpe Hill, Earls Barton, NN6 0PY Tel: 01604 810824 E mail Borough Councillor Peter Wright 2 Dowthorpe End, Earls Barton, NN6 0NH Tel: 07843 062197 E mail

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QR Codes In Use In Church (Thinks: Thanks to Barton Today!) CARING FOR CARERS IN EARLS BARTON

September 2012

In conjunction with Northamptonshire Carers CARING FOR CARERS began life some two years ago when the Lay Pastoral Ministers at All Saints agreed to find volunteers to help a village family to cope with a diagnosis of dementia in their mother. A rota was set up to assist the family to take time away from the home caring situation and not have to worry about leaving their loved one.


The next get together for prayer and refreshments is at 2.30 pm onOn Tuesday 4 More This proved successful and it was suggested that others may also benefit September at 57 Mears Ashby Road. Everyone is most welcome. If you’d like The Web… from this type of arrangement. CARING FOR CARERS was born. and we’ll pick you the QR app on your smartphone and clicking on the code, you are taken to come and need a lift please phone Sue Suter on 466582At present, by using directly to the church website, soon codes couldfamilies be usedin to even more up. We havebut been ablethe to help several thegive village over the past two information about the church and items inside it. years either with regular sitters or an “on demand” service and this is Want to know more about the history of the world famous Tower? Or the choir screen which time is used various ways from the at weekly shop All Bears@All Saints Teddy Bears Picnic Party! was buried and then dug ongoing. up again?The Like to find out in more about the painting the back ofwithout the trolley dashOrtothe being able toAspend an evening relaxing a meal with the church? Or about the font? pulpit? QR code could give you aover running Once again the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic took place thiscommentary summer in the with a choice of languages many visitors who the come from all over the knowing friends. We arefor notthe concerned with how time is used but with parish hall and everyone had such a good time. There were over world totwentysee Earls Barton’s greatest asset. that it hashistorical been made possible by the kindness of others. eight pre-schoolers and around forty mums, grans, or carers to look after Interested? Watch this space! Or rather, watch the QR Code! This small venture has shown that this is a much appreciated and necessary them as they played games, did crafts, danced, sang, listened to stories and service which has been accessed by various families who have all been finished off with the Hokey Cokey. treated with the utmost confidentiality and care for all concerned. We are Oh yes, and there was a picnic with more than even a pre-schooler could now able to offer support to those who volunteer as well as the satisfaction eat. of knowing that you are helping others. To meet national requirements, a It’s Hokey Cokey time! CRB application will need to be completed by all who volunteer: this is a AllBears meets every second and fourth Friday at 2.15 pm in the parish hall, process organized by All Saints Church but undertaken confidentially by so come along and join in the fun (and have a cuppa and a natter while the Peterborough Diocese. children have a good time!). We are now working towards being able to expand the offer of this service to any of the carers in the village who may wish to take advantage of personal time knowing that their ,loved ones are well cared for whilst they are away from home. The sitting is offered in 1, 2 or 3 hourly slots and is simply a sitting/befriending service. We are not able to undertake any personal care - this should be addressed with Social Services - and if a higher level of care is needed then I’m afraid that we are not the people for you. Northamptonshire Carers, a National Charity based in Wellingborough, have been very helpful to us in this project and will be guiding us through setting up a village wide service but we do need help, Could this be your help? Are you willing to give a few hours of your time on a regular basis to help with this very necessary project? We are told that there are approximately 600 carers in Earls Barton many of them are adults but we also have young carers in our village, usually looking after parents or immediate family who are ill. You do not have to be caring for family, do you care for a neighbour or friend? Then we may be able to help you too.

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If you have looked after a loved one in need of care 24/7 then you will know how appreciated a break is and you will want to help others in a similar situation: if not then do join us and discover just how valuable your time is to someone else and how your generosity with time can make a huge difference to others.

You are warmly invited to ‘All Bears@All Saints’. There will be fun, music, story, refreshments and activity for pre-school children (no minimum age) and a chance for their carers to relax over a cup of tea while the children play. We meet in All Saints Church Hall at 2.15 pm and end at about 3.30 pm. All children – and adults – are invited to bring their favourite bear to meet All Saints’ resident bear.

Please consider this request for your help carefully and then telephone either Lilian Halsall on 810632 or Valerie Brown on 811616. Either will be delighted to receive your call and assist you on the road to very worthwhile and satisfying voluntary work within our own community.

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If you are currently a carer then the same telephone numbers can be used to access this project.

September Services at All Saints Please note that there is no 11am service during August 5th August 9.30am Parish Communion Trinity 9 6.00pm Evensong 12th August Trinity 10

8.30am Holy Communion BCP 9.30am Parish Communion

19th August Trinity 11

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26th August Trinity 12

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‘Caring for Carers’ Coffee Morning We will be holding a Coffee Morning at All Saints Church Hall on Saturday 15th September from 11am to 1pm when all will be welcome. Carers, the cared for and prospective volunteers will hopefully share the time together each one essential to the success of this new venture. Please put the date in your diary and determine to join us. I will see you on 15th September 2012. Valerie Brown

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September 2012

THE TIPLER TROPHY On a lovely summer’s day, Sunday 12 August three teams representing The Silver Band Club, Earls Barton Cricket Club and The Stag public House competed for The Tipler Trophy. This is an annual event started 27 years ago. The Trophy (a shield) was originally presented by Sam Smiths Brewery but in 2002 was renamed “The Tipler Trophy” in memory of Alan Tipler who was a great supporter and player of the game in Earls Barton. Each team has two sets of 4 players and 15 ends are played. Up to this year the Trophy had been won by The Stag 9 times, The Band Club 8 times and the Cricket Club 8 times with one year being rained off. This year the teams assembled at 10 o’clock apart from Jimmy who had to be telephoned to remind him the game was on! The draw made, the first bowl went down at 1035. It was a lovely day and conditions ideal for bowling. There was some excellent bowling to match the occasion and special mention must be made of Chris from the Band Club, Steve and Kevin from the Stag and Zac Wilson from the Cricket team who all bowled really well. There was some pretty bad stuff as well but this will not be reported on (OK Rowan!)

Silver Band Club

Excitement was growing toward the end of the competition with the Stag needing a few shots to catch the Cricket Club and it was down to Dave Wigley to bowl the last bowl and if he got the shot (wood closest to the jack) there was the likelihood of a tie. He bowled with a smile on his face as if he knew the importance of this final wood and with baited breath the players looked on as his final bowl went down the green. Then suddenly a huge cheer as it failed to find the jack and the Cricket Team duly won the Tipler Trophy for the ninth time – a great effort. All players had a wonderful time and stories were abundant as the beer flowed. Brian Tipler (one of the sons of Alan Tipler ) paid tribute to Richard Paintin, the Earls Barton Men’s Bowls President for all his hard work in organising the competition and for presenting the trophy.

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All Jog Northants is welcoming anyone and everyone to come along and take part in the free jogging group which will be restarting on Thursday 13th September at The Grange Sports Field at 6:00pm. The group will be led by qualified and insured leaders Tony Powell, Tony Kennedy and Sarah McVeigh to help beginners start running.

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The new football season starts on Saturday 1st September for Adult Saturday football. Youth football starts on Saturday 8th/Sunday 9th and fixtures are available from Mitoo Ah don’t they look sweet …..and like butter wouldn’t melt !!! The Under 12’sTraining squad consists ( Full time ( is at The of: Dan and Talbot, Dan Harry McNeill, James Perry, Charlie Lawrence, Pioneer days forWebb, each Lewis group Carvell, are shown below, if you would like to come along and Lukewith Booker, Nikhilcontact Khatri, Alex Woodruff, Sam Fidelia, Jakewelcome Channer, any William Dodwell train us please relevant age group. We would newcomers. and missing from the photo Jonathan Ashworth, Jake Lay and Jack Smart. The team is Under 7 (from 5) - fun only football managed by Darren Booker and Assisted by Dave Dodwell. Under 8 - Train on a thursday evening Play Not Saturday one of themorning biggest at a central venue. Sponsored by Thompson squads at Earls Barton Tree services and Drive Magic Football Under 9 - Club Train but on athe wednesday evening boys all get on very well Sponsored by Acorn Sales & Lettings on and off the pitch Under 10 - Train on a thursday evening (and although go to Sponsored by Hevey Builders and timber merchants, Mineral Star construction ltd no less than 8 different Under 11 -they Trainstill on a Saturday am schools, Sponsored Chelsea hire and Grassroots Construction manage toby communicate during14the week, Under - Train oneven a wednesday evening if it is on the xbox or Under 15 - Train on a saturday am playstation)………….. Sponsored by Rudi consultancy and BLC leather technology centre Under - Train on season a friday evening At the16 start of the Sponsored by MB Motorsales it was decided that it would17/18 be good for on thea thursday evening Under - Train boys to embark on a Under 15 girls - Train on a friday evening new challenge, so the Sponsored by Little India decision was taken to move from the Kettering Weetabix League over to the Northants Johnfirst Henry League. With divisions, the team were entered into the U12C league. Adult team - Train on a3 tuesday evening Sponsored by Autorestore Unfortunately, although coming across some really friendly opposition, the majority of games have been won ease for most of the season, hence they are proud to be Adult reserves - Train on with a tuesday evening sitting at the of their league ltd. - having scored 80 goals andalso letting in just 8 in their Sponsored bytop Thomas Haulage Thomas haulage ltd are a first team first 10 for games far. The team have done extremely well and are due to play Nether sponsor clubso ware. Heyford in the quarter finals of the League Cup and by the time you read this article they will either be sad or on their way to the semi finals……….

EBUFC 2012 Prediction

Training for the U12’s is on a Wednesday night at the Pioneer Sportsground Thanks to everyone who took part in our prediction competition. 6.30pm - 8.00pm. If you are player that can add something to our team, please The winner was to Karen , Runner was Tim Barnes.Both people scored 27 points dont hesitate join Wyman us at one of ourup training sessions. and the result was decided on goals scored. 76 goals were scored in the tournament, Karen predicted 70 and Tim 93.

Tesco Schools & Clubs Voucher The Men’sfor Teams Scheme is back for 2011 !!!

The Earls Barton men’s sides both kick off their season on the 1st of September. Both 1st and reserves are away at Kettering orchard park with both fixtures to be played at the Weekley Glebe Kettering. Vouchers will be available in store and with online grocery ordersisfrom Monday in 28th until Sunday 8ththe May, The first fixture to be played at home the reserves theFebruary reserve division cup on 22nd so get collecting! Last year went well but let’s make it a of September against Bugbrooke St Michaels ‘B’. The first 1st team fixture at home is on record collection this year!! The more vouchers we the following Saturday against Burton United in the league. collect, the more equipment we can get for the club. Both teams are looking for promotion this season with high hopes after a very successful If youPlease collect come the vouchers andgrange would like pre-season and a few player acquisitions. up to the andtosupport donate them to EBUFC, please contact anyone on your local team. Your support will be much appreciated the General Committee - where they will be gratefully received! If you would like a collection EBUFC are always looking for new Players, Coaches box and poster to put in your workplace, please Sponsors & Volunteers. email us at

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The Co-operative helps Earls Barton kids get their 5-a-day!!


The Co-operative Food Cambridge and East Anglia Area Committee has donated a raft of delicious fruit to the Earls Barton Together Play Scheme, to keep local children eating healthily throughout the holidays. 100 pieces of fruit a day will be delivered from the Co-operative Food store on the High Street, in Earls Barton, to the Together Play Scheme at the All Saints Church, each day throughout 20th - 24th August), for snacks throughout the day sessions.

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Michelle Hole, store manager at the High Street store, said: “As a community retailer, helping local groups like the Together Play Scheme, is something that is very important to us, so we are pleased that we can support the group and play a part in helping our local children to get their 5 a day at the same time.”


The Together Play Scheme is run by Rev. Miranda Hayes at the Earls Barton All Saints Church from 20-24 August, for local young children, offering fun day trips, arts and crafts sessions and other interactive activities.

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Marilyn Downing writes…Hi, well summer 2012 is almost over except we haven't really had very much sun since they mentioned the drought! We really have had too much of the wet stuff. We'd like to welcome our regular whist people and new comers alike to join us during the winter season for a friendly game of whist. Dates highlighted are alternate Wednesday afternoons 2nd, 4th and where applicable the 5th week of each month commencing at 2.00pm

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September 2012 We always welcome your letters, phone calls and e-mails on any subject. They may be edited. Our address is shown on the Editorial page. Please sign them and mark ‘B2Day’ on the envelope. If you request that your name is withheld we’ll need your phone number or home address for verification. Thank you for writing to Barton Today

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Dear Barton Today,

Just a quick email to say that your support for the Village Show thus far has been fantastic and we wait with eager anticipation to see if our efforts have paid off and the turnout for this event is high. Local businesses have already amazed us with their support, we hope that this is replicated by the people of Earls Barton too!

I'm writing to you so you can warn all pet owners in the village that there is a deranged person who thinks its fun to shoot cats with an air rifle. My cat was hit by an air rifle pellet on Tuesday 17th July in the evening between 8.30 and 8.45pm. This happened at the bottom of Station Road. Luckily my cat survived.

Once the costs of trophies, certificates and rosettes etc has been met by the income generated by the Village Show, the excess of funds is then donated back into local groups, societies and causes. We are hoping that we can raise enough money this year to not only cover our costs but to put some smiles on the faces of as many local groups as possible! If you are able to put any of the information I’ve sent over, in your September edition I would be really grateful.

I have informed the police and I ask anyone that has any information about this incident or indeed knows who the culprit is, then please contact the police as soon as possible on 101 it only costs 15p and could save any more defenceless animals from this barbaric act. Regards Janet

Kind regards, Let's hope that our readers can provide some information about this cruel incident, so that whoever committed this act can be dealt with appropriately.

Clare Heath We have given the Village Show a full page of information which can be found on page 19. There is still time for people to get their entries sorted. We hope that the villagers of Earls Barton come out in force to support this fantastic event.

Rubbish and Dog Poo at the Rec Camera Club

Dear Barton Today, Over the past year I haven’t frequented the Rec, but I recently got myself a dog so now go up there a few times a day and would just like to say I can’t believe how much mess is up there! The play areas are great for the kids to sit and hang out but why can't they use the bin that's next to it to put their sweet wrappers and empty cans in? Most mornings after the wind has blown it across the rec it looks awful and while walking the dog I quite often see teenagers throw rubbish on the ground instead of bothering to put it in the bin. There is no point in saying anything as I would just gets loads of abuse unless of course I know them!!

Hello, Please can you tell me whether the Earls Barton Camera Club (or whatever it is/ was called) is still up and running? Please can you pass on their contact details? If they aren't running anymore, who used to run it as I am interested in starting a village group. Also, you featured an event at the Methodist a few months ago that featured an exhibition of photography work. What is the formal way of applying or entering work in to the exhibition?

As for dog poo up there, I’m new to this and would never in my wildest dreams not pick it up. The thought of leaving my dogs poo up there in the grass for some young child to run through it with nothing on their feet quite frankly repulses me. Surely the ones that are just leaving it have kids of their own or in fact grand kids. So, come on everybody think on and pick it up. It’s not like poo bags are expensive!

EB has a wealth of talent, sadly there are only a certain few who get to be involved in things… How can we open it up?! Thanks Daniel Jackson Can anybody help Daniel with his query about the Earls Barton Camera Club? The photography exhibition was one of the Festival events which take place annually in June. Watch out for further information in Barton Today next year, as we always advertise the Festival activities in advance.

Rant over, Regards Andrea Does this feel like 'Groundhog Day'? How many times before has Barton Today received letters on this very same subject? Come on everybody, let's make an effort to look after this lovely village of ours.


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September 2012 It is also true in the life of Jesus who gave himself for our fruitfulness, for our flourishing, in order that we may know God’s love for us personally. So enjoy this time and remember the words of John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.”

Can you be a sponsor or supporter? This November we’re pleased to present ALADDINS MAGICAL, CHINESE BAZAAR (on Saturday 24th November). We’re look for local business / companies to support us with our main annual event. Since our bazaar re-launch in 2009 we have welcomed people from all over the county to Earls Barton to join in with our celebrations (at the methodist) to raise money for our own and supporting charities. This year we are looking for a business / company to sponsor our event and in return we will place your logo on our brand new website / homepage, our posters and banners (coming into the village) as well as flyers and in our themed rooms on the day itself. Can you be one of our sponsors? If you think you could support this “star” event please e-mail

God bless You! Nigel

Happy first year to the Bibbings family: This time last year we had just said “goodbye” to Rev M Lewis and we were ready to welcome our new Rev Nigel Bibbings and his family to our circuit. I remember coming back from the Doctor Who exhibition in London to welcome our new “team” to the circuit. I always remember thinking days before “What do you think Rev Bibbings looks like?” “Do you think he will work well with us?” I had already been in contact with Nigel before this welcoming service about opening our CAPTAIN HOOK PIRATE BAZAAR.


What a photo! For the first time since ... (we can remember) we have been able to take a photo of our full church. With the houses being built on the old factory land next door, we were able to take a photo of our full church. The old factory was taken down to the ground earlier in July and gave us ideal photo. Many people have stopped our members in the street saying "I never knew the Methodist was so big / long." You can clearly see the extension to the original building many years ago. Make the most of this photo (we're sure we won't be able to see this image again anytime soon.)

The service at Great Park Street in Wellingborough was lovely and we joined together with the rest of the circuit to celebrate the new preachers in the Nene Valley Circuit. I remember introducing myself to Nigel and his family, and getting the moment on photo. I would just like to thank Nigel and his family for all the work they have done so far in our church. Thank you for bringing us the lord’s word in a new light and to make me think of different ways of finding the lord with different objects / events. Sheringham indoor camp was lovely to listen to the words of Nigel and Jonathan working together to say the word of the lord.

A few words from Nigel Dear Friends, As Summer slowly gives way to Autumn with its characteristic ‘nip’ in the air, it is only natural to ruefully look back over long, hot, glorious days (in March and April at least) and wish that we could hold onto the season for a while longer.

I can’t believe it’s been a year already (I feel like they have been here much longer.) So I would like to thank them all for supporting us as a church and for working hard to reach out to others in the village as well as the local community. May we have many more years of memories to come…

Yet this season of autumn also has much to commend it. I love the changing colours of foliage all around us and the fruitfulness of this time. It seems as though nature provides us with a ‘final fling’ of splendour before the muted greyness of winter. We have so much to be thankful for, the rhythm of the seasons and the many blessings that they bring our way.

Preachers for September 2012 at the Methodist Church:

The constant and unconditional love of God who is always seeking us out is also made known to us at this time of Harvest.

A warm welcome awaits everyone who joins us from 10:30am every Sunday. It will be great to see you.

Jesus revealed the glory of love that gives itself away when he said that “unless an ear of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12 v 24).

2nd Sep - Circuit Service at Kings Way Wellingborough 9th Sep - Mrs E Bibbings 16th Sep - Rev S Baker (Holly Communion) 23rd Sep - (10:30am) - Rev N Bibbings (Harvest Festival) (4:00pm) - Songs of Praise 30th Sep - Mr J Thompson

We know that this is true of the seeds sown that grow to produce the grain ingathered at Harvest time. It can undoubtedly be true as we offer our love and stand in solidarity with those who have lost everything and can no longer reap a harvest, due to drought (West Africa), flood (the Philippines), earthquake, or other natural disaster.


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September 2012

It’s Okay, You Can Say “Brainstorm” Colin Suter writes…I was at one of those village meetings a while ago when we all realised that we needed to solve some pretty serious problems. “Why don’t we set aside a morning, invite everyone to come along and hold a Brainstorming Sessions?” asked somebody. Everyone nodded.

offensive to the vast majority of people with epilepsy, according to a survey carried out by the National Society for Epilepsy in 2005. The word has been used since the 1940s to describe the method of problem-solving or generating ideas where all present at a meeting make spontaneous suggestions….in the survey, 93 per cent of people with epilepsy did not find the term derogatory or offensive in any way and many felt that this sort of political correctness singled out people with epilepsy as being easily offended”.

A good idea. Then someone piped up: “We have to be careful about calling it Brainstorming. It is offensive to those who suffer from epilepsy!” Up until now the meeting had been rather somnolent, but now everyone had something important to discuss. Those around the table immediately polarised into two groups. Let’s call them the “Carer-Sharers” and the “Stand-On-Your-Own-Feeters”.

In fact it appears that even those who did complain about the term Brainstorm only objected to its use to describe what happens during an epileptic seizure, they had no problem with it describing a Problem-Solving technique.

“Oh we mustn’t offend anyone,” trilled the Carer-Sharers, “especially those who may be epileptic.”

So there you have it. It is perfectly safe to use the word in its correct context.

“Perhaps we could call the sessions ‘Thought Showers’, I’ve heard somewhere that’s the correct thing to do…” said someone else. Meanwhile the Stand-On-Your-Own-Feeters harrumphed about “Political Correctness Gone Mad” and “You won’t be able to call anything by its correct name next!”

As Andy Green goes on to say: “One problem with 'Political Correctness' is that it has become what I label a 'sanctity paradigm' - where it is difficult to argue against if invoked in a debate or argument. (In the same way as, 'Health and Safety', 'National Defence', 'Anti-terrorist Measures' are used.) The tactic I use when faced with anyone invoking a 'sanctity paradigm' is to say: "Is it intelligent Political Correctness?” Unless, of course, you believe literally everything in The Sun…

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I sat back fascinated. Eventually, after everybody had a chance to have their say, the chairman moved on to the next item of business, so we never ever got around to solving the problem which had prompted the discussion in the first place.

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A quick investigation on the internet revealed all. It appears that the origin of the story came from an article written in 2005 by Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie (why are warning bells clanging?) in the Sun newspaper (they are clanging even louder now) in which he claimed that a business colleague from a 'Big Five' firm of accountants had been rebuked for using the term; he was told to use instead the phrase 'thought shower'.

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And that was it.

Once The Sun hit the streets with that particular article everyone began to believe the whole story – even those who did not read the newspaper but heard it second, third, or fourth hand. Now, excuse me while I chortle. I have a great respect for Mr. MacKenzie and his illustrious newspaper, but as an old news-hand, I can see a ‘come on’ when it is dangled under my nose. Of course, I am sure that his friend from the accountancy firm existed and said what was reported, and professional courtesy makes me believe that Mr. MacKenzie was not deliberately goading his readers into a knee-jerk reaction and shouting “Political Correctness Gone Mad”

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Yeah right… Researching even further, I came across an article for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in which the author Andy Green stated:

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“The suggestion is that the word is somehow derogatory to epileptics. Yet, the claim that 'brainstorming' may offend epileptics is an urban myth…”

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But let’s not rely on hearsay, let’s go directly to those concerned. From the organization Epilepsy Action: “The word 'brainstorming' is not



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September 2012

The Feel Good Factory Welcome to the Feel Good Factory – September – The start of the new academic year for many. A time for fresh starts, new teachers, classes and schools. A time to refresh our knowledge and learn more. This month I want to help you learn how to cook delicious food with less ProPoints values (or calories if you like) than the traditional way. Many people believe that trying to lose weight or even to eat healthier means they have to eat food with no taste, like plain rice cakes! I know some people who genuinely like them but they don’t really taste of much. I think it is safe to say that as a nation we enjoy food that looks good and is full of flavour. There is no need to lose either of those when trying to eat more healthily. Some of you may have seen the new Hairy Bikers series on TV – the Hairy Dieters! When I first read about this I was surprised, but then quickly really pleased. Over the three months they recorded the series in, Dave Myers and Si King both lost two and a half stone. They put it down to cutting out alcohol, reducing fat and carbohydrates and upping their exercise. Most of us who would like to lose a little weight would be very happy to lose that in 3 months – just in time for C________ – I won’t say it just yet! You will have seen that they still have pies, cakes, curries and more. Things you may think won’t be helpful if trying to lose. They have proved to the nation that you don’t have to give up flavour! Something I have been telling my members at WeightWatchers for a very long time. It isn’t the food you eat – it is the way it is prepared and cooked. There are many simple changes you can make to your cooking to get a much healthier meal on your plate without losing any of the flavour. Here are a couple of WeightWatchers examples for you:

Summer Vegetable Risotto – Serves 4 I tablespoon olive oil 1 medium spring onion, trimmed & chopped 100ml dry white wine 1 medium red pepper, deseeded & chopped 1 medium courgette chopped 50g peas frozen (or fresh) fresh basil

225g Risotto rice 1 clove of garlic, crushed 1 veg stock cube in 850ml hot water 1 medium yellow pepper, deseeded & chopped 100g asparagus trimmed & chopped salt and pepper to season

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or deep-sided sauté pan. Add the rice and cook over a low heat for 2-3 minutes until the rice looks translucent, but not brown. Add the spring onions and garlic. Cook gently for another minute, stirring frequently. Pour in the white wine and let it bubble up. Add a couple of ladlefuls of hot stock. Stir and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, then add all the vegetables. Cook for another 20 minutes, gradually adding the remaining stock a ladleful at a time, until the rice is tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then serve, garnished with basil leaves.

Strawberry Cheesecake – Serves 12 6 low fat digestive biscuits, crushed 20g powdered gelatine 500g medium fat soft cheese 2tsp vanilla extract 150g strawberries sliced thinly

2tbsp polyunsaturated margarine 90ml water, just boiled 200g very low fat plain fromage frais 2tbsp powdered artificial sweetener 1tbsp caster sugar

Mix the crushed biscuits with the melted margarine. Press the mixture over the base of a 20cm (8 inch) loose-bottomed cake tin or deep flan dish. Chill for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the gelatine over the hot (not boiling) water. Stir well, then leave for about 5-6 minutes until completely dissolved, stirring occasionally. Make sure that the gelatine has completely dissolved before you add it to the cheesecake mixture. Beat together the low fat soft cheese, fromage frais, vanilla essence and sweetener. Check the sweetness, adding a little more powdered sweetener, if you like. Stir in the cooled gelatine liquid, making sure that it is thoroughly incorporated. Pour over the biscuit crumb base, then chill for about an hour, or until firm. Arrange the strawberries over the surface of the cheesecake. Sprinkle with the caster sugar to give them an attractive glaze. Chill until ready to serve. Both of these recipes are full of flavour, but healthy. It really can be that simple! If you would like any information on WeightWatchers please do contact me at or go to the website If you are thinking about joining us but are not sure, pop along to one of the meetings at St John’s Ambulance on Tuesdays at 7pm or Wednesdays at 9.30am and you can just sit in for one to see what we are about and decide if it is right for you – no obligation to join. If you have any information you would like to share in future editions of the Feel Good Factory then please do get in touch. More from me next month, Susan Price – Your local Double Diamond Weightwatchers Leader.




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