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2nd Birthday Competition To celebrate our 2nd year we have hidden Bart the Bear (shown here) amongst the pages of the magazine. If you spot him, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org stating his 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 box on 21st September will receive a prize. Age limited to under 14 years
We Couldn’t Do It Without You As we reach the second birthday of the re-launched Barton Today, it is a good time to say a big thank you to all the people without whom there would be no magazine; our advertisers whose money pays for our running costs, the many people who send in those much needed articles, the volunteer deliverers who get the magazines to you and of course the editorial team who somehow manage to hit the deadline each month. Long may your support continue. Let’s hope that you have all managed to have some sort of break during the summer. Local resident Karl Tullett certainly did and he shares with us his memorable trip to the Dominican Republic. Elsewhere in the magazine you can read about the fever of excitement that hit Sheffield Way as long serving fire fighter Dave Sibley had his moment of fame when he was visited by ‘that bloke from that jungle thing.’ Talking of famous people, Saints and England rugby player visited the Youth Club as he officially handed over a defibrillator bought as a result of money raised at a charity event. Local MP Christopher Heaton-Harris shares his stance towards development proposals whilst Nick Chapman tells us about a group of residents who are uniting to oppose the Redrow Development off Dowthorpe Hill. Looking ahead there is an interesting looking Burlesque show taking place at the Working Men’s Club in October, an art exhibition being held at Gallery West in September and most immediately the Village Show happening on Saturday 7th September at the Silver Band Club. Enjoy the read and have a good September, oh and don’t forget to enter the three competitions we have this month, you never know, you may win!
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STOP PRESS He grew up on the Gold Coast in Australia, was married to a famous glamour model and is a well-known singer and song writer. So what was he doing in Sheffield Way last month? Go to pages 22-23 to find out who it was and the full story!
Whats on in September 2013 MONDAY
1 Earls Barton Car Boot Sale at Whites Nurseries Rita Pereira at The Silver Band Club
Lymphoma Tea Break Info Pg 15 Methodist Coffee Morning Info Pg 7 EB Village Show Info More on Pg 5 Gallery West Exhibition Starts More on Pg 35
Methodist Wives More on Pg 34 Blood Donation Session More Info on Pg 20
Mothers Union Outing More on Pg 36
EB W.I A talk by David Price "Sophisticated Ladies of the Night: the 19th century Parisian Courtesans" Visitors welcome 1.30pm All Saints Parish Church Hall
All Bears More on Pg 36
Fairtrade Coffee Morning More on Pg 12
21 Mens Breakfast More on Pg 36
Ghost Night at The Stag Info Pg 4
Floral Society AGM More on Pg 4
Historical Society More on Pg 32
50s & 60s Night at The Stag More on Pg 4
8 Late Summer Garden Party More on Pg 44 Jed Seager at The Silver Band Club
Vinny at The Silver Band Club
22 “The Big Sing” More on Page 26 Harvest Festival More on Pg 7 Ray Vonn at The Silver Band Club
Macmillan Coffee More on Pg 37 Jazz’n’Curry Evening More on Pg 20 All Bears More on Pg 36
Jackboro Highway Blues Band at The Stag More on Pg 4
Justin Lovell at The Silver Band Club
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Luncheon Club meet 2nd and 3rd Friday of the month at All Saints Church Hall Yoga - St. Johns Ambulance Hall 6.30pm from 12 till 1.30pm Yoga - 10.00am EB Poker Game The Old Swan 7-8pm Bowls & Tennis Club Taekwondo at The Silver Band Club
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Ellie Leighton age 15 writes......An array of enlightening performances absorbed the hearts and minds of eager audience members. The Annual Dexterity Showcase is always a mix, from the young, light-hearted dancers to the more professional, inspiring and creative performances. Estha Jones is the much needed and admired artist that merges the treasured mix of these opposites into one perfected masterpiece. Backstage was fun, ordered chaos every dancer played their part in the day’s pursuits towards what many people believed to be very successful and enjoyable evening.
From the audiences view the dancers did no wrong and executed each dramatic motif the way they expected. The dancers abilities range from beginners to highly skilled with professional performances from former students. We also have a unique boys contemporary dance group, which is always a very popular piece – the boys always amaze us with their talents. The Dexterity community is always keen to accept new members. Whether the person has no experience or is the next George Sampson, we are happy to work with them. Dexterity is like a family, we know and care for everyone and we couldn’t work without each other.
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Youth Club News LOCAL RUGBY PLAYER HANDS OVER DEFIBRILLATOR TO YOUTH CLUB Marie Marshall writes....Courtney Lawes, Northampton Saints and England rugby player, came to the Youth Club on Friday 2nd August to support a charity called 'C.R.Y' that is close to my heart. A crowd of youngsters and adults had gathered as Courtney Lawes handed over to a youth club representative a defibrillator. This portable piece of equipment is vital in saving lives if any person in the youth club area was to suffer a cardiac arrest. Courtney signed his autograph on shirts, rugby balls, pieces of paper. He was happy to mingle and chat with the youth of the village and have photographs taken. Courtney Lawes is supportive of the charity C.R.Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young). He knows how important it is for young people who take part in regular competitive sport to be regularly tested. The money to purchase the defibrillator was raised at a charity entertainment night at the youth club last September. The people who supported this event I wish to thank once again. The charity evening also raised money for the C.R.Y charity who as well as screening young people, counsel family members who have lost a love one so young (<35yrs). The charity also funds research into why young people are dying suddenly of S.A.Ds (Sudden Arrthymic Death Syndrome). Approximately 12 young people (<35yrs) die of S.A.Ds every week in UK. In May 2012 we as a family suffered a devastating loss of a young person aged 21yrs after a cardiac arrest. If there had been a defibrillator there the outcome could have been a lot different. This was my drive to fund for a defibrillator for the youth club and raise money for the C.R.Y charity who supported us as a family in a lot of ways.
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It’s that time of year again where we celebrate the fruits, vegetables and food collected in the past year. This year we are proud to confirm our harvest festival will take place on Sunday 22nd September. Our celebrations start with our 10:30am service which will be led by the Reverend Shirley Baker. Later in the day we are proud to present in partnership with the Nene Valley Circuit THE BIG SING! Brand new for this year kicking off at 4pm you can join us as we celebrate the great hymns from the church. This event is FREE to come along and enjoy, so make sure you do support us in our new adventure.
It’s now the summer and we have another methodist coffee morning on Saturday 7th September at 9:30am We hope to see you for bargains and items for all…
September is the month to join a club! Young people around the UK are currently getting ready to go back to school ready to take on new studies and tasks but why not join a club at the same time? The Earls Barton BOYS BRIGADE welcome new members to join us on a Monday night from September! Join in the adventure at the methodist church! For more information please e-mail email@example.com or please see one of our stewards on a Sunday morning for the latest information.
HAPPY MEMORIES This month is a celebration of Harvest and it’s no different with this month’s HAPPY MEMORIES! This month we look back to 2009 when we were joined by Mr David Hudson who spoke about “Keeping calm and carrying” at our harvest festival celebrations. We had a brilliant celebration that year like we do every year, and we, this year will be no different so in 2055 we can write about the 2013 harvest festival and big sing in barton today!
Ministers for September 2013 Sunday 1st September: Sunday 8th September: Sunday 15th September: Sunday 22nd September: Sunday 29th September:
The name droppers fled, no longer prepared to be called friends of Jesus, betraying him, denying him, running away from the cross for fear of their own lives.
Words from Jonathan Thompson I would think that if we are all totally honest we all love a little namedropping. In my work of late, I have spoken with a young lady who went to see Olli Murs and Robbie Williams in London. She spoke of a fantastic concert enjoyed by some 60,000 enthusiastic people, all of whom would have loved to have met, in person, their idols.
Thankfully, however, the teachings of Jesus remained firmly fixed in their minds, and although they let go of Jesus, he never let go of them. In sending them out into the world, following his death and resurrection, Jesus had made it clear in his teachings that they were to follow his example of going to share with those who had no name, those who were outcasts, the broken and the lost, caring for the broken hearted and the rejected.
Another lady, slightly older, is absolutely mad on pop star Cliff Richard who has been entertaining audiences almost since Noah was a lad. She has travelled all over the country to see her idol, and when Cliff Richard appeared in Birmingham, she actually met him in the flesh - a time never to be forgotten. I don’t think she washed for a week after Cliff gave her a kiss on the cheek. Only joking, but that is what she said.
Recently, sharing with fellow Christians in Raunds, I heard of their monthly visits to Whitechapel in London, to share with the church there in a soup kitchen, where the poor and desolate are served in love. Many do not know where they have come from; why they are here or were they are going. The church simply listens to Jesus’ words “as you did it unto the least of these my little ones, you did it unto me”. There are countless people within our communities who work tirelessly to help their fellow men and women in need, and these are folk who serve without counting any cost. Their work is usually done in secret and they are deserving of all praise.
I, personally, have no real claims to meet anyone really famous, although I have been in the presence of Dr. Billy Graham, the world famous evangelist, and a few well know folk singers and sportsmen and women. I often wonder how many people name-dropped about meeting Jesus of Nazareth, as he went out to meet people from all walks of life. Countless numbers of people flocked to meet and see Jesus, and there were occasions where he would get into a boat, or go into a hillside in order to share with them all. No doubt the disciples would have name-dropped, telling of their friendship with the Saviour of the world, and of their meetings with him. It was good to be looked upon as a follower of this special man. Then, however, came the plans of the Jewish and Romans authorities to get rid of the man of Galilee and after an unjust trial, they took Jesus to the hill of Calvary, to crucify him alongside two criminals.
Circuit Service (No Earls Barton Service) Mr J Thompson TBC Rev S Baker (Harvest Festival – 10:30am) The Big Sing (4pm) Rev N Bibbings
In a world with so much potential for good, we are now understanding that in order to build a better world, we must take care of those still living in squalor, and poverty, the hungry and homeless, and those in war torn countries where the bullet and the bomb still rule. Let us give thanks for all the love and goodness that is shared within this community and the wider world.
God bless and be with you all, Jonathan.
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Development in Earls Barton - Redrow and Beyond The 7th August saw 115 people crammed into the Baptist Church hall in Earls Barton all keen to share their concerns at the proposed Redrow development on land off Station Road Earls Barton. Coming as it did on top of the permission already granted to the same builder, who exploited a technical loop hole to win at appeal, the residents affected by this latest proposal for another 85 houses are rightly concerned not only at what effect this will have on their own lives but the wider effects on the infrastructure in Earls Barton. I hope that most people are aware that planning regulations in this country are currently in a state of flux. The old local plans that carefully regulated development across entire areas have been done away with and communities have been given the opportunity to develop Neighbourhood Plans so that people can influence how their own communities will be developed. To have no development is clearly not really a practical option in a place such as this so the task was to seek opinion on what people would like to see. The Neighbourhood planning group did just that and their survey showed that people would like to see a development to the north of the village centre close to the A4500. This is currently being discussed between landowners, the Parish Council and developers and would, if allowed to proceed unhindered deliver this village’s 250 dwelling commitment for the next 20 years. Unfortunately for communities, including us, the Neighbourhood Plan process is long and tortuous and we have yet, through no lack of effort, to have it adopted. What this means in effect is that developers are attempting to exploit the current void in adopted guidance to apply for development anywhere they can find. Back to the plot however and the 115 residents, anxious to unite to oppose this development, agreed that a committee should be formed to focus on the issues and to develop targeted and relevant grounds for objection to assist them in formulating their own objections once the application has been made. This committee has now met and various tasks are being undertaken by the members. It will continue to meet and work throughout this process until such time as the matter comes to Committee and members will attend to speak against the development as, I am sure, will many of the other residents affected. I have already heard cries on NIMBY from some quarters and maybe there is some truth in that but why shouldn’t people want to keep the environment they thought they had moved into for as long as possible. What the village as a whole needs to consider however is • This could be the first application of many along the valley side. • This application alone will stretch infrastructure let alone any others. • The Redrow sites will not be instead of the 250 houses discussed by the Council but will be as well as them. • There are currently other ‘brownfield’ sites especially off High Street coming on line that will provide some of the requirement. So please offer your support to the new group. There is a website www.save earlsbarton.org and we will be active on facebook. Look out for posters and flyers and make your views known. It isn’t just a matter for Station Road and Dowthorpe Hill residents but the whole village. In the end we have to draw our own line in the sand and say what we want. “Urban or Rural – You Decide” Nick Chapman - Chairman
Christopher Heaton-Harris Reports A considerable number of local residents in the village have contacted me in the last couple of weeks about the proposed Redrow Station Road East development. I have replied to each of those residents individually, but thought it might be useful to make everyone in Earls Barton aware of my stance on this, having been along to the site at the invitation of local residents at the end of July. Generally speaking, if residents are concerned, it would help me enormously if they could drop me a note with their specific objections. I say this, as parliamentary convention dictates that Members of Parliament do not involve themselves in planning matters, but personally, I am happy to make an exception to the rule and make a representation in the event of a proposal involving more than ten dwellings and if there is very considerable local concern registered with me. For me, the support of the parish council and the borough councillors is also an important barometer and actually, I have a very positive working relationship with your local borough councillors; Rob Gough, Peter Morrall and George Blackwell. As I’m sure you can appreciate, I require this to be demonstrated to me, otherwise I’d be involved in every planning matter in my constituency, however large or small. In fact, the Prime Minister will tell you that I’m constantly barking at him with regards to local planning matters and I am also happy to help the local campaign, as residents see fit. However, you might be interested to know that the Government has recently (and significantly) decentralised power over planning, through abolishing the last Government’s Regional Spatial Strategies (RSSs); including the one for our area.These targets have been a real hindrance to local councillors when determining planning applications, owing to the fact that they have often been cited as grounds for upholding appeals by the Planning Inspectorate; in turn making the rejection of planning applications by local authority planning committees an extremely risky and expensive business. Under the old RSS targets, the Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW) had just over a two year ‘land bank’ (supply of land for housing) and in law it should have had a 5 year ‘land bank’ – I was recently in a meeting, also attended by the Parish Clerk and Earls Barton Parish Council members, where we were told the abolition of the RSS means that after a short consultation and the revised Core Strategy is adopted, the same amount of land, taking into account local demands, could stretch to a six year ‘land bank’. This should help defeat developers’ main reasons for speculative applications for housing, such as in this case. So, as I say, I am more than happy to help out with the local campaign and object to this proposal once the time comes and there is actually a planning application to formally object to. Chris Heaton-Harris MP. The House of Commons, Westminster, London. SW1A 0AA. e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @chhcalling Tel: 0207-219-7048 or 01604-859721.
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John Hutt - 60 years of service for The Post Office John Hutt celebrated his 75th birthday this August but is still serving the community in his local Post Office. It is rare these days that you encounter such an incredible work ethic coupled with employee loyalty. John has worked for the Post Office ‘ man and boy’. On his 15th birthday on the 24th August 1953 he was accepted into Post Office employment as a telegram boy. Aboard his BSA motorcycle he has many tales to tell of his delivery days, some of which make you roar with laughter and some that will make you hair stand on end but all in the line of duty! Swapping his wheels for a Post Office counter chair, John progressed his career as counter staff for a number of years, learning the complicated internal Post Office systems before being promoted to Postal Executive status. Many remember John as the accomplished and approachable Post Master of the main Wellingborough Post Office. After serving several years in Wellingborough he made a very brief and some would say feeble attempt at retirement. It wasn’t long before he was behind the counter again at the Earls Barton Post Office. Over his 60 years of Post Office service he has encountered decimalisation, computerisation and privatisation and has taken it all in his stride. Hats off to John and many happy returns (no pun intended).
FAIRTRADE NEWS END OF SEASON SALE! We’re really keen to make some space in our little shop for the new autumn range so will be offering discounts on many of our current items - do come and visit us soon- the sale starts on: Friday, September 6th so from 10am when the shop opens, hope you can be there!
NEW AUTUMN CATALOGUE OUT NOW! We also have copies of the new catalogue and there are many beautiful and interesting items in the new range of crafts, gifts and food from around the world. We’ll be gradually introducing new stock to inspire you over the next few weeks, including handpainted items in the lovely ’Tree of Life’ range (pictured). Do feel welcome to just come and browse or borrow a catalogue. Here’s a bit more information about one of Traidcraft’s producers and their products. One of the Traidcraft producers in Sri Lanka is Gospel House, which has been supplying Traidcraft since 1980. They provide work for small family businesses in their area you can see some of the craft workers making the very colourful toys in the picture. For Indika, a young mother working for Gospel house, having work close by means she can combine earning a living with looking after her children, Hansika (9) and Shalu (18 months).She used to work in a garment factory and when asked why she had changed jobs said: “This is better because of my little child.” Gospel House Background Gospel House in Madampe, Southern Sri Lanka, seeks to provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people, often with no educational qualifications. Skills training for continuing development enables many to move on to other jobs. Gospel House stresses the importance of a responsible attitude towards the environment and a desire to respect local cultural norms. GH supports many small craft groups and through its work, many women have been trained and empowered. Tsunamirelief funds have enabled the establishment of a number of new micro-enterprises, which Gospel House has helped to resource. Traidcraft” UK HQ in Gateshead were recently really excited to welcome Shiran Karunaratne, a producer from Gospel House in Sri Lanka, to Traidcraft in August to chat about his exciting new range of wooden hand crafted toys. We have some of these in our fairtrade shop already and plan to have more for the Christmas season but they can also be ordered any time. Hope to welcome you soon in the shop and at the next coffee morning.
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Quick drive to Wellingborough! No Northampton! Hello and welcome to this month’s THEATRE NEWS PAGE! Put that camera away, no comments today please. Well I tried my best but maybe you can do better because this September sees a number of celebrities coming to the Derngate and Castle Theatre to perform in a number of shows. I also have some extra news about the castle open day and CATS the musical. So we’re starting with the CASTLE OPEN DAY – Saturday 14th September (Castle). We invite you along to The Castle to get a taste of our forthcoming season of activity this autumn. Across all areas of The Castle we will be hosting free activity to introduce you to the exciting and dynamic world of the Theatre. From taster workshops run by our participation team, to sneak peeks of our new autumn catering menu, back-stage tours, information of upcoming shows and projects and chances to win tickets and prizes throughout the day, this is a great opportunity to learn more about what The Castle does and how you can get involved.
role of Sherlock Holmes. As one of the UK’s top stand-ups Joe brings mirthful merriness to the proceeding, but will he be skating on thin ice?
Your host: Gary Johnson
With writer Ben Langley as Doctor Watson and Andrew Fettes as everyone else, this sure-fire wonderfully ridiculous show is well worth an investigation. Has the beast bitten off more than he can chew when confronted by our crime stopping team? Will Holmes find his deerstalker and will the deer be happy when he does? Stick some shag in your pipe and visit 221b Baker Street for the most gripping comic caper of the age!
Next it’s to the Derngate for JACK DEE – Wednesday 18th September. Jack Dee is back after a six year absence from stand up, during which he has appeared on QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Have I Got News For You, hosted Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, and co-written and starred in the hit sitcom Lead Balloon. Once again, he is agonising over the slightest of annoyances and misdemeanors
One last trip back to Northampton for STEWART LEE – Saturday 28th September (DERNGATE.) The acclaimed writer and comedian, Stewart Lee, presents a mixed stew of unrelated ideas in preparation for his 2014 TV series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. See it live so that you can begin the backlash ahead of transmission.
Now time to hop back to Wellingborough for ALISTAIR MCGOWAN – Thursday 19th September (Castle Theatre). The Nation’s favourite impressionist, Alistair McGowan, goes back to his stand-up roots for a new two-hour show. Asking the big questions like: would the world be a happier place if Ed Miliband was Prime Minister? What are we really thinking while watching Shakespeare? And is Hilary Devey Jessie J’s mum? Expect to hear everyone from Andy Murray to Colin Murray, riffs on everything from Jeff Stelling to bad spelling and at least one song about butter. Warning: May contain puns!
"HE’S THE MOST EXCITING COMEDIAN IN THE COUNTRY, BAR NONE" THE TIMES Finally my musical link this month CATS – 30th September – 5th October. Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s extraordinary record-breaking, smash-hit musical CATS returns to Royal & Derngate for one week only. Adapted from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse.
Staying in Wellingborough for more puns I’m sure – we welcome Joe Pasquale in HA HA HOLMES! Friday 27th September (Castle Theatre)
With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless Memory, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breath taking choreography, CATS is a magical musical like no other. One of the longest running shows in West End and Broadway history, it has enchanted audiences all around the world. Now you have the chance once again to experience this legendary musical phenomenon.
There’s a beast on the moors, a crime to be solved, and with the Ha Ha team on the case – what can go right?! You’d be absolutely barking mad to miss this pipe-smoking new show from theatre’s funniest parodists as Holmes and Watson embark on their most dangerous adventure yet ... hunting down The Hound of The Baskervilles. It’s elementary! It’s also downright hilarious as comedic national treasure Joe Pasquale takes on the
Enjoy mixing with the stars! GLJ
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The Burlesque Show Saturday 12th October 2013 (Doors open 8.00 - Curtain up at 8.30pm) Earls Barton Working Mens Club, Queen Street, E.B. NN6 0LN Dave Lawrence writes…We are staging a Burlesque Show at The Earls Barton Working Men's Club on Saturday 12 October. The show will be a mix of professional dance, song and comedy in the burlesque style and will be of an adult nature. We are hoping people will dress for the event and our local Costume Hire shop on The Square are offering a 10% discount on costumes for the evening as well as selling tickets. Tickets will also be available from My Little Vintage on Broad Street, The Working Men's Club in Queen Street and Helen on 07909 664563 after 6pm. We advise booking early as tickets are expected to sell fast, doors open at 8.00pm, curtain up at 8.30pm.
Bambie Blu “Infatuated and completely devoted to the original spirit of the striptease, Bambie Blu is one of the most exciting and dynamic up and coming showgirls London has seen yet and has to offer. Miss Blu effortlessly combines classic burlesque with her non-classic looks and bump ‘n grind of an exotically raucous nature. Slowly but steadily she’s ever vying for the title for what she’s most passionate about when it comes to performing ‘Queen of Bump ‘n’ Grind’. Bambie Blu is definitely the one to watch and a brand new starlet in the world of Burlesque."
Doe Demure "Burlesque sweetheart, belly dance artiste and enchanting hula girl; Doe Demure has been performing professionally since 2009 at a wide-variety of venues including The National Space Centre, for live bands (Black Drummer) and for television broadcasting on Asian Network TV. Acclaimed for her ability to hold an audience spellbound and for her great control of her dance, she is one who must be seen."
Odelia Opium "Born in the gutter, but looking at the stars, Miss Odelia Opium is a London-based burlesque performer inspired by the Jazz Age, Weimar Cabaret, the Ziegfeld Follies, decadent Victoriana and 18th century pop culture. Specializing in historical themes and period costume, she is the intoxicating time-traveller straight from the 1920s underworld!"
Lady Ella Lady Ella, a well respected, professional vintage/jazz and big band/swing vocalist, oozes elegance, charm and sophistication. A truly captivating voice, often described as "smokey" or "Sultry" Lady Ella will transport you back in time to the vintage hollywood era leaving her audience mesmerised.
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The Apothocoffee Shop...
Our Day at The ‘Bake Off!’ Georgina Jeyes writes......My daughter Anna and myself, along with 5 other tea rooms took part in a ‘bake off’ on Monday 19th August to battle it out to be crowned Independent Café / Tea Room of The Year 2013/14. The competition, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), is now in its fifth year and is aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector. After completing a competition entry form and impressing a mystery shopper, The Apothocoffee Shop was shortlisted as finalists and we were invited to the impressive kitchens of Northampton College for ‘The Bake Off’. We had to prepare a scone and a cake of the venue with accompanying drinks to a panel of expert judges. Anna took on the challenge of baking a lemon polenta cake served with crème fraiche and fresh raspberries followed by our signature savoury country tea – A cheese and chive scone served with butter, cheese and chutney and a refreshing pot of afternoon tea. We, along with all the other finalists, now have to wait until Thursday 17th October to discover our fate when the winner and runner-up in all 13 categories of this year’s awards will be announced at the awards dinner taking place at The Royal and Derngate…..Watch this space for the results.
The Apothocoffee Shop’s judge ‘diner’ was Andre Gonzales de Savage – Category Sponser Explore Communications.
The Apothocoffee Shop Signature Country Tea - £4.95 Home-baked Cheese and Chive Scone served with butter, cheddar cheese & chutney and a fresh glass of Village Orchard Apple Juice
The Apothocoffee Shop Traditional Cream Tea - £4.95 The competition was tough and the skills high but Anna kept her cool and there were no disasters darling…. And no soggy bottoms to report!!
Home-baked Fruit Scone served with clotted cream, jam & butter and a Pot of Tea/Coffee
The Apothocoffee Shop has been shortlisted as a finalist for ‘The Independent Café / Tea Room of the Year 2013’ Northamptonshire’s Food and Drink Awards are aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector. The Apothocoffee Shop is delighted to be in the finals of these exciting awards and we would like to thank all our customers for their continued support. Keep your fingers crossed for the Jeyes family and their Apothocoffee Shop team - the results will be drawn later in the year so watch this space…!
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I Know That’s Dave Sibley But Who’s That Bloke With The Stubbly Chin?
As a retained fire fighter in Earls Barton of almost twenty years, Sheffield Way resident Dave Sibley is well used to dealing with incidents out of the ordinary. So when his boss Colin Wells told him he was being deployed over night at the Mounts Fire Station in July,
Dave thought nothing of it, despite the fact it was the first time he had ever done that particular shift. Having spent an uneventful night in Northampton, Dave was asked to begin another shift next morning as stand in at Earls Barton Fire Station. There wasn’t even time to nip back home for a quick spruce up. The day passed by without event until just before 6.00 pm when the bleeps went off. The print out indicated that an alarm had been raised in the village. The crew of six jumped aboard the engine and roared out of the station. As they made their way towards the incident Dave asked Colin Wells why he was shooting what was happening with a hand held video camera. Colin explained that he was putting together a little package of memories to pass on to Dave whose retirement is not far off.
The engine and crew, with Dave firmly ensconced in the front row, descended Dowthorpe Hill although not with quite the same urgency that accompanies a normal call out.
Barton Today To Dave’s surprise the driver then turned into Sheffield Way where Dave himself lives. At this moment Dave realised that ‘there was something going on.’ Sheffield Way was awash with adults and children and lots of vehicles. Instead of concern on their faces, the people were laughing and looking excited.Standing amongst them were his son and daughter, Katie and James. As the engine came to a halt, a vaguely familiar face stepped forward to open the door and greet Dave. As Dave recalled, “I thought he looked a bit like that bloke who had been in that jungle thing.” Well he wasn’t wrong. It was singer and celebrity Peter Andre who had come to Earls Barton to front up the making of a new series of ‘60 Minute Make Over’ to be screened on television this autumn. For the past few weeks, Dave had well and truly been duped by his family and work colleagues.
September 2013 On the actual day itself, nearly thirty people beavered away, painting and decorating, replacing furniture, putting in new wood flooring, curtains etc. Dave was even given a new television and Gucci blinds. As you can see from the accompanying photos it resulted in a stunning outcome though Dave was not too sure about the light beige sofa!
As Dave stepped off the engine on that day, several people were heard to say, “Isn’t that Dave Sibley the famous fire fighter just there, but I don’t know who that dark haired foreign looking bloke with the stubble is!” Only joking ladies. Dave will never forget the day reality television came to Sheffield Way. The next time however, Colin tells him he is being deployed over night at the Mounts or Katie asks him to go away for a few days, his antennae may well detect that something strange is going on. As for Dave himself and the whole experience, he says it is great to have all that much needed work done by someone else. He says that he will be unchanged by the fame that it has brought him, though he will be doing book signings from his mansion in Monaco later in the year. Watch out for the ‘60 Minute Make Over’ this autumn.
It was Dave’s daughter Katie who had been instrumental in setting it all up. She had put forward her dad’s name as a possible candidate for the programme. The programme’s aim is to transform someone’s house and leave it with a real designer feel. As Dave’s lounge wasn’t quite at this stage, being an empty room with just a child’s play house in the middle, Katie thought it would leave plenty of scope for improvement. The application was successful and thus began the plot to prevent Dave from being in on the secret. This was no easy task. During the weeks leading up to the big day, various members of the programme had to go to Sheffield Way to take measurements and work out how to transform the lounge and conservatory.
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September 2013 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
In memory of Jean Axford
Great village to live in
I have recently moved to the village and have been living here for just over three months. What a great place it is and people are so friendly.
Just to let everyone know that in aid of cancer research, we all had a very successful time serving tea and cake to all the lovely people that came to support us. We made a grand total including donations of £475.00 Thank you all.
There is so much going on. How nice it was to see the carnival and go to some of the festival events.
There is so much on your door step that there is no need to go out of the village if you don’t want to. I think I’ll be here for some time.
Well done for raising money for such a deserving charity.
Steve I’m glad that you have settled in well to life in Earls Barton. You are very right, it is a very busy and welcoming place.
Doggy Date Hello Barton Today!
My dog Taz asked me to send this in on his behalf. He very much liked reading through the August edition and, as he is slightly competitive in nature, he couldn't allow Sandy to be the only dog to get her face in the glossy pages! Although he did add that he thinks she's quite a stunner, and he'd definitely be up for a doggy date (if she is still single?) If not, never mind...maybe you could help him out with a new feature? Matchdog.com maybe?
Dear Barton Today, I just want to say thank you to everybody who helps to put the magazine together. I think it is fantastic for a village to have its own 48 page magazine every month which is delivered free of charge to your door step. I look forward to the magazine arriving and catching up on all the news. You’re doing a great job. Thank you, Ann Thank you for your kind words Ann. It is good to know that our efforts are appreciated. I have to say though that we could not do it without the great support we get from advertisers and all those people contributing their own articles.
I can see a future in this. Look out for the next Doggy Speed Dating event. Any suggestions about where we can hold it? How about at the Dog and Duck in Wellingborough? Alright…can you do better?
Dear B2Day, There has been a lot in the national press lately about people moving from towns to the countryside and then complaining about the noises peculiar to village life.
Having been real 'townies' - we moved to Earls Barton not very long ago.
Dear Barton Today
We love hearing the church bells, we enjoy the sounds of the children playing outside (squeals and crying and giggles and all). We have learned to live with the harsh sound of the many jackdaws around and we don't even mind the cockerel which wakes up sometime before our alarm is due to go off.
After reading the letters in your August edition I would like to thank Alison for writing in and showing appreciation for the hanging baskets in Great Doddington. I would, however, point out that the comments at the bottom of the letter saying it was thought local business and individuals sponsored the baskets are incorrect. Great Doddington has a small group of ladies who form the ‘Gardening Team’ and grow plants each year to sell at the annual plant sale held in May. This plant sale raises funds to buy plants for the hanging baskets and tubs in the village. The Gardening Team then make up the baskets and hang them as well as maintaining them throughout the summer months.
The sound which we absolutely HATE is that of the small number of residents who daily drive at excessive speeds through the centre of the village. Apart from the aggravation of the noise of these motorists, the danger to any other drivers or passers-by cannot be overstated. As we have chosen to live in a village with amenities, including a local police presence, we are at a loss to understand why this sort of driving cannot be stopped. I am sure that we are not the only people who are aware of this (and who could furnish the police with descriptions of the cars). We are unable to quote registration numbers as the cars are usually going too fast to see them!!
I don’t know what the arrangements are for Olney but it certainly looks lovely when driving through. Yours sincerely
Jane Nunley Secretary Great Doddington Gardening Team
Nice to know that a 'townie' has settled well into rural life. Speeding through the centre of the village is a real problem which is made worse when the children return to school after the summer holidays. Anyone out there with any suggestions?
Thank you for putting us right about that Jane and a splendid job your ladies do too. It’s nice to know that Barton Today is read far and wide…even in the depths of Great Doddington!
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We are already seeing early signs of demand outstripping supply and the Government needs to ensure that the current new build Help to Buy scheme, and its extension in January to second-hand homes, deliver more properties onto the market as well as boosting demand. The number of properties coming to market so far in 2013 is up just 0.2% on the same eight months in 2012, an increase of just 1,664 properties. However, this marginal improvement in fresh supply is outstripped by a 5% jump in transactions and a 17% annual increase in email leads to agents from Rightmove so far this year. As this data indicates, there has never been a better time in the last 5 years to sell your property.
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More success for Earls Barton Bowls Club Following their recent success winning the Manfield Cup (County Championship) the men of Earls Barton Bowls Club notched up another trophy in winning the Tipler Trophy on Wednesday 7 August. We entered three triples from our Rushden “B” side and played at Rushden and Irchester. The winning trio of Alex Ellis, Gerry Fitzhugh and Neil Gould won all of their legs and had a winning score of 36 points; their nearest rival had 30. This victory and another trophy for the Club makes it a season to remember and Captain of the Rushden “B” team, Alex Ellis was delighted with the teams performance and grateful to Neil Gould for stepping in at the last minute as our Club President Richard Paintin was not available.
Gerry Fitzhugh, Neil Gould & Alex Ellis
Richard Paintin (President of Earls Barton Bowls Club) with Geoff Hunt (President of Bowls Nothants) holding the Manfield Cup
Rushden B League
Bad luck in the England Finals Neil Gould played once again in the England Bowls Finals, this time in the 2 wood competition. On a lovely sunny day with conditions perfect for bowls Neil started off slowly and was a couple of shots down after a few ends. But he crawled back brilliantly and by the half way stage was level with his younger Essex opponent. It was nip and tuck for the next few ends with both players bringing off some excellent shots. With one end to go Neil was 2 shots up putting immense pressure on his skilful opponent and with the crowd waiting in anticipation he played an outstanding bowl to take 2 shots and level the match at 14 each!! So an extra end had to be played and the toss was vital. Unfortunately Neil lost the toss and his opponent had no hesitation than asking Neil to bowl first. After Neil’s 2 bowls and one from his opponent Neil was holding 2 shots. Once again the crowd were silent as the young Essex player bowled what was to be the last bowl of the match. It looked good and held its line to drop centimetres inside Neil’s nearest bowl and the match was over. Our hearts sank and Neil looked absolutely “gutted” but ever the gent he simply congratulated his worthy opponent and thanked the marker. As he walked off the green In saw a steely look that simply said “I shall be back and I shall win!” – I have no doubt that next years finals (which are to be held at Leamington Spa) will see Neil Gould playing once more in the Nationals. Well done Neil; you have made Earls Barton and Northampton Bowls proud.
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Luncheon Club Receive Cheque Rosie Smart writes…On Friday 9 August, Roger Page (on the right in the attached picture) attended Earls Barton Luncheon Club to present a cheque for £400.00 to the group. The money was raised by Roger and his team who run a feeding station at the Waendal Walk to raise proceeds for local charities. Over the years, it is estimated that a total of approximately £20,000 has been raised for good causes through the feeding station. Earls Barton Luncheon Club is an organisation which, every month, provides a cooked meal for those who normally live alone. This gives the recipient a chance to meet friends and socialise over a meal. The money donated will allow the club to continue with its good work.
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In May we featured this article and competition. We have had a few entries some of which will be definitely used in future editions, but come on all you budding Barton photographers get snapping and sending! All you need to do is submit a photograph that could be used for the front cover of the magazine. It can be anything from the first signs of spring, summer, etc, a photo taken at a local event, a photo taken of somewhere in the village or of a piece of art/craft or even a person or team or animal winning something as shown on the front cover of this months edition. Even if you have photographs from past that would suit like pumpkins for October, fireworks for November, and something for Christmas in December. How about a photo of your dog or cat with that winning pose!
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The Earls Barton and District Historical Society Frank Batten writes…The Historical Society’s Annual visit took members to Desborough and Rothwell in July. Around twenty members and guests were made very welcome at the Desborough Heritage Centre where we were given a brief history of the town, significant events and archeological finds and the impact of the Cooperative movement. in the afternoon we went to Rothwell for a very informative talk about the famous bone crypt and (of course) a descent into the crypt itself. Our new season of talks begins in September with a presentation by Derek Blunt entitled Landmarks, a talk about the county’s parish churches. The meeting will be on Friday 20th September at 7:30 at the St John Ambulance building on Manor Road. Future topics include the Battle of Britain, a quest for work during the depression and the lives and music of Flanders and Swann. For details of the society or its talksThe meeting will be in the St John Ambulance building on Manor Road, Wellingborough. For further information about the Society and its talks please contact Frank Batten on 07885 300738.
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Methodist Wives After our summer Break, Methodist Wives are kicking off with an outing on September 4th to Irchester Methodist Church, to join members for other refreshments after a talk on the 'Arndale' Tales.
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All Saints Church News & Diary Mothers’ Union Visit to Canons Ashby
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What a joy! We were blessed with lovely weather when ten members visited Canons Ashby House in early August. We were treated to a private tour by the House’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic conservationist. And we learnt how the National Trust has changed its ethos over the years. I’m sure many readers will have noticed this for themselves and how the Trust is trying to make visits as interactive as possible. Remember ‘The Manor Reborn’, the TV programme hosted by Penelope Keith? Its subject, Avebury Manor, is well worth a visit if you are ever in Wiltshire. But, back at Canons Ashby we heard how sunlight, dust, damp and creepy crawlies are dealt with, including the infamous death watch beetle. We had time to explore the house and gardens (recently restored to an original design); the church; book shop; plant centre; shop and the tea room! If you have been before you may find there is something new since your last visit as there are more rooms open. There are also plenty of activities for the children and we were frequently overtaken by groups of enthusiastic youngsters on a mission. Altogether a delightful day out.
Wednesday 4 September Communion for the less mobile. 3pm Hall. Contact Sue on 466582 for a lift Mothers’ Union - 7.30pm 69 Spring Gardens
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Tuesday 17 September Prayer Group, 2.30 pm 8 Shurville Close. Contact Sue on 466582 for a lift
Saturday 21 September Men’s Breakfast at 8am All Saints Hall. To book phone 811944
Our next meeting is at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 4 September at 69 Spring Gardens when Sara Ridley will be speaking on ‘The seeds we sow’. Following that there will be a Deanery Bazaar in All Saints Church Hall, Midland Road, Wellingborough from 9.30am -12noon on Saturday 7 September. Our branch will have a second hand books and CDs stall, any contributions will be welcome. More details from Branch Leader, Kathleen Davison on 811452.
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September Services at All Saints
LIVE BELOW THE LINE: How did you do? Over the past few months the All Saints Church Social Responsibility Group has been inviting people to think about the problem of world hunger. In June we invited people to take part in the Live Below the Line challenge, spending only £1 a day on food for ﬁve days. We would like to gather people’s thoughts on the experience to write an article for the village magazines.
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4th September Wednesday
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10.00am All Age & Parade Harvest Festival Eucharist
29th September Trinity 18
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There is a 9.30am Holy Communion service every Wednesday in the Lady Chapel
Please take a few moments to think about your experience and email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org .
CARERS CAFÉ on Saturday 7th September It was lovely to meet so many carers at our last event so hope you can join us again this time.
We are particularly interested to hear: • Why did you decide to take up this challenge?
Do you look after someone who needs lots of support? or someone who needed lots of support?
• What was it like to shop with only £1 a day • What did you eat?
You may be a parent, wife, husband, partner, daughter, son, friend or neighbour. Then you are, or have been a CARER. We would love to see you so please come along. IT'S FREE! There will be live music and an optional quiz with a prize
• How difﬁcult was it? • What did you learn? • Has the experience changed your thinking or shopping patterns?
All Saints Parish Church Hall at 10.30am until 12.30pm Come for a cup of coffee, delicious cakes and a chance to chat to other carers. Find out who we are and information about what we do. We look forward to seeing you there!
We look forward to receiving your views and hearing about your experiences.
If you would like a lift or more information please contact Lilian Halsall 810632
We are now looking ahead to our biggest event of the year – the annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. This takes place this year on Friday 27th September and Wellingborough School are kindly hosting the morning for us. We will start off with the World’s Biggest Breakfast from 7.30 – 8.30am. Come and fill up on a full English, bacon butties or pain au chocolat. This will be followed by the Coffee Morning which will take place in the school Costa Coffee shop. Enjoy a coffee or tea with friends, buy cakes from our enormous cake stall and have a relaxing couple of hours. Everyone is welcome to join us there. If you are hosting your own coffee morning, please let us know about it at email@example.com. We would love to know what you are doing for the event and someone from the committee may be able to come along and support you. Before the big day, we will be holding another of our coffee mornings at My Little Vintage on 31st August. Thank you Julia for hosting this. Pop in and see us for tea and coffee, loads of home-made cakes and sausage rolls. This is a free social event so just pop in and say hello. Julia will also be selling tickets in her shop for the 40’s night in October – songs from the Blitz Sisters and a home-cooked meal all for £15. Visit the shop for more information.
group called Coping Together which has recently been set up. They meet on the first Wednesday on the month in The Kingfisher, High Street, Wellingborough 2-4pm. It is a small pub and they sit just inside the door so you can just wander in and find them easily. If you have cancer or are a carer, friend or family member who would welcome the opportunity to go along and chat to people in a similar situation or have lost someone to cancer and are finding it hard to cope, please drop in and see them. Finally, we would like to thank Lynda Denny for the Jazz Afternoon and Hog Roast on 30th June. Over 100 people enjoyed a lazy afternoon in the sunshine listening to a wonderful band – what a way to raise a large amount of money for a great cause! If you would like to find out more about what we do, follow us on Facebook at Macmillan Cancer Support – Wellingborough and Rushden Committee or on Twitter at W’boro Macmillan. We will happily publicise your events as well.
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News and Views from the Baptist Church Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service is on 15th September at 10.30 am with Harvest Songs of Praise at 3pm. Do come along. Brian Emerson writes....Unusually for a Baptist Church the village one has stained glass windows. Two of them are in the entrance to the main church and two others are in the hall. Actually, they are not in the hall itself but in fact, one in the kitchen and one in the equipment cupboard. These latter two are there because the building was originally part of the village school. The one in the kitchen is of the sower, based on the parable that Jesus taught which is found in Matthew’s, Mark’s and Luke’s gospels. Jesus himself called it the parable of the sower but, interestingly, in modern translations the heading is the parable of the soils – which is actually nearer the mark. While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.’ Jesus goes on to explain the meaning of the parable saying that we are all one of those four different types of soil. The question is whether we are good soil. But this parable can also be applied to our every day living and learning. When we show the junior or infant school children round the Baptist Church we explain to them that they can just as easily not listen to their teachers, be distracted by other things and not learn as well as they could. We are all a soil of a certain type and we need to make sure that we are the right sort of soil so that good things can take root in use. We are all sowers as well. Is what we sow to our children and to all the numerous people we come into contact with good seed? Do we set a good example? Do we set the right standards? Do we give them good advice? And then when we have done that, do we nurture the seed to help it to grow strong and healthy (and I don’t mean physically here but morally and spiritually)? Soil, sower, nurturer but also harvester. It was always good, as a teacher, to see the results that pupils and students achieved in their exams. It was also disappointing when they did not do as well as hoped for or expected. It was more disappointing though to see pupils who did not achieve their potential because of the way that they had not concentrated or had not learnt. Jesus also calls us to be harvesters, to bring people into his kingdom. Jesus said: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.” (John’s gospel chapter 4 verses 35 and 36) Ultimately it is God who gathers us into his kingdom if we have been good soil and the seed has grown in us. In the words of a hymn written by William Young Fullerton “He shall reap the harvest he has sown.” Where do you fit into this?
Preachers in September 2013 at the Baptist Church are: Sunday 1st Stephen Spandl Sunday 8th Lesley Emerson Sunday 15th Brian Emerson (Harvest) Sunday 22nd Tony Cullum Sunday 29th Laura Partington
Earls Barton United Football Club c/o Anne Cleaver (Secretary) 8 Cordon Crescent, Earls Barton, Northampton NN6 0PW - Tel: 01604 466366
We have had the line marker a full season and Charlie Lawrence our line marker, for the Grange pitch, would like to Thank Jackson Grundy's community scheme and the house sellers who nominated Earls Barton United Football Club for the reward. Charlie says it is nice to be able to mark the pitch without stop The Under 12’shaving squadto consists every five minutes to repair the old marker and with preseason friendlies now upon o us I appreciate it even more.
THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN On Saturday 31st August 2013 at 2-30pm Earls Barton First team and reserves will kick off the new season. Due to the step 7 requirements of the Northants Combination Premier league the first team play the first 4 weeks away whilst the cricket finish their season at The Grange, the reserves are at home at the pioneer. It is a long time since Earls Barton have been in the Premier Division and Matt Smith and his squad look forward to the challenges ahead after their history making treble winning season of last year. Moulton Football Club v Earls Barton United Football Club the opening game of the season. Moulton are one of the favourite to lift the title after coming close last year and have great facilities after their club house and ground received a £750,000 injection from the Football Foundation and the local community/businesses. Please support either of the sides, both play attractive on the ground football. If not this week then another. Step 7 Refurbishment With our lease running out in 3 years Earls Barton United unfortunately were unable to claim financial assistance from the FA for the ground improvements needed to make the standard required. We would have received up to £20,000 if we had a 10 year lease. However undeterred we are on the way to completing the works required at minimal cost thanks to the clubs business contacts. WS Howe plumbing and heating made the necessary changes to the toilets Bonham Lilley timber supplied the materials to extend the referees changing room Ian Clarke electrical services altered the electrical circuits John Tolton Plastering will be providing finishes to the referees room. DR Roofing for re-roofing the dugouts Also some of the players and committee who carried out other works. Once the cricket has finished we need to provide handrailing to the pitch before our first home game at The Grange on 28th September. The youth sides are also preparing for their new season which commences on the weekend of 7th and 8th of September and details of their preparations will be in the next issue of Barton Today. All information on where and when the teams are palying can be found on the FA's fulltime website and the football 01604 810266 mitoo website. S
Earls Barton United Football Club Golf day The annual Earls Barton United Golf Day was held at Pavenham golf course on Friday 12TH July. In 28 degrees heat and with fast sloping greens the day proved a test for all handicaps. 36 golfers turned up, in an event organised by Neil and Dave. Playing a 9 hole team competition in the morning between breakfast and lunch won by Derrick Simpson, Glen Addy, Steve Silk and Andy Trott before battling it out for the Mineral Star Construction Trophy. The main event was won by Wayne Welborn with 41 points and Mike Smart pipped Danny Morris on count back with 39 points. With 2 nearest the pins won by 01604 811591 Alan Bird and Barry Crawshaw, and the longest drive by Chris V Smart It was good to see 13 ex-players at the evening meal and picking donate them to EBUFC, please contact anyone on up a number of the trophies. the General Committee - where they will be We wish to thank the event sponsor Mineral Construction gratefullyStar received! If you would like a collection Limited and our hole sponsor Redbox A fantastic boxDevelopments. and poster to put in your workplace, please email usare at firstname.lastname@example.org day was had by all and Earls Barton United very grateful to those who participated in the fund raiser. Not best photo but Wayne receiving his trophy
The Feel Good Factory Will you be going again? Think about how your routines have changed. Ask yourself if they are an improvement or not. If they aren’t then decide what you need to change and do it. I am looking forward to the walk to and from school every day, it definitely helps me to keep more active.
September, a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. Children are going back to school, to new teachers, classrooms and for some new schools. They will all look so smart on their way to school – might not be quite so tidy by the end of the day though. This month I want to think about fresh starts we could make for ourselves in a bid to feel better.
Now is a great time to have a sort out. If you do have children, sorting out their bedrooms seems to be popular in September. After 6 weeks of playing there can be a lot of tidying and reuniting of parts. Think about other places that can do with a sort out. When did you last empty your food cupboards? I find it quite therapeutic to empty them completely and put everything back in tidily.
The end of the summer holidays can feel like a huge anticlimax for many people, and can even trigger a dose of post holiday blues. This is hardly surprising, as your relaxing time in the sun becomes a distant memory, replaced with a groaning email inbox, a mountain of dirty washing, stacks of bills to pay and grey skies overhead. Don’t let a bout of post-holiday glums be an excuse to give up on things. Switch your perspective and look at this time of year as a new beginning. Think about all the things you can, and will do to feel better about yourself.
It may take a bit of time to do, but afterwards I know exactly what is in the cupboard and where it is. Makes cooking much easier if you can find what you are looking for. Doing the same with your wardrobe can be good at this time of year too. Putting away your summer wardrobe and getting all your winter clothes ready to wear – hopefully we won’t want them too early in September.
You may well have heard the Change4Life adverts on the radio recently, heralding their six week challenge. This starts on 2nd September and encourages you to sign up for as many of the following as you like:
Next month I will be sharing with you some more successful WeightWatchers members from our Earls Barton meetings.
- stretch your legs - 10 minute moves - screen-time switch - beat the treats - super lunches
If you would like any information on WeightWatchers please do contact me at email@example.com or go to the website www.weightwatchers.co.uk. If you are thinking about joining us but are not sure it is for you, 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. The ProPoints plan is so flexible anyone can follow it and lose weight. If you have any information you would like to share in future editions of the Feel Good Factory then please do get in touch.
It is aimed at families to encourage healthier children, but it applies to many adults too. I know I could do with swapping some screen time for more active time. Have a look at their website http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-forlife.aspx Many of us find that we have different routines over the school summer holidays, now is the time to think if anything needs to change back. Have you been less active over the summer? Perhaps the class you attend stops over the holidays, will it be starting again soon?
More from me next month, Susan Price – Your local Triple Diamond WeightWatchers Leader.
Pupdate - A Big Hello from Tasmin! Tasmin - Guide Dog Pup number 5! She came home with us in full voice (not very keen on the car), and as for her first night here - I'm surprised she didn't wake up most of New Barton...... She objected so much to being away from the rest of her litter...... but thankfully, since her first unsettled night, she has been very good (fingers crossed). She is a lively little thing, and has very sharp teeth! She is fascinated with slippers, shoelaces, and especially with our Granddaughter Jodie's socks! We all have several new piercings.... Ouch! She also has a thing about our heavily pregnant Daughter’s bump - and tries to dig the baby out!!!!! She loves playing with her bowl after dinner, and getting up to mischief with anything she can get her paws on (as you can see in the photo) By the time you read this, Tasmin will be taking short walks in our streets, so you may have met her already. She adores walking in the Swansgate centre and the supermarkets. In fact she goes at quite a pace, but as a Guide Dog has to lead the way, we are just going at her speed for now. Hopefully Tasmin will soon get to visit the Junior School. We are sure everyone there will enjoy seeing her.
We have heard from Sandy's Trainer, Liz, who said she has settled in well, and is very confident... Great news..... She also loves playing with other pups her age, and is being a very good girl. We will let you know when we hear more. Must rush - Puppy needs her next meal (currently 4 times a day!!!!)
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Local resident Karl Tullett writes....It was the whole reason for travelling to the Dominican Republic. Having done some research at home I'd read about the trek up to the El Limon waterfall, the lush green vegetation, the jasmine perfumed air and of course the chance to spot some Humpback whales.Yet, despite my homework I was not prepared for what turned out to be one of the most fantastic days I've ever spent on holiday.
footed and slipped, collapsing as her legs crumpled beneath her. She went from being 9 foot high, to down on the ground in a split second. Thankfully Maria managed to slip out of the stirrups and get off the saddle in time, but was on the wrong side of the horse as she rolled around trying to get up. Mariaâ€™s bag had also hooked over the pummel on the saddle, leaving her attached to an animal that was only interested in getting up and bolting.
The bus collected us from the hotel at 6.30am and we headed
Thanks to her guide, he managed to settle the horse and settle Maria - making sure they were both OK before helping her get back in the saddle. Now, don't get me wrong, despite this little mishap we thoroughly enjoyed the trek, albeit a little more tentatively, and would absolutely recommend it to anyone. As you approach the falls you dismount and finish the trek on foot. There is a rather steep section of rocky, slippery steps and again the guides are there to help you every steep step on the way down, and, thankfully, back up again. The waterfall itself is beautiful, with a big natural, deep pool that you can swim in. I decided to take full advantage of this, the water was bath warm, and I swam under the falls finding myself in untouched caves. A short while later we were back on the horses and making our way back while enjoying the refreshing tropical rainstorm that lasted about 5 minutes. The rain did not dampen our spirits, it merely enhanced the myriad of colours around us and gave a fresh scent to the air.
off to the airport. We paid more, obviously, for travelling by air but the other option was 5 hours on a bus each way, no waterfall and a much more rushed experience while in Samana, and Samana is not a place to be hurried.
After a quick and lovely lunch on a secluded beach we set off to find the whales. Gently riding the waves the guide once again enthralled us all with his childhood memories of whale watching while fishing with his father, indulged us with as much information and history we wanted about the area and migration, taught us what to look out for - a plume of water erupting from the sea like a volcano and told us how Samana protects the whales and waters in the area.
We boarded the small propellered islander and flew over the east coast, admiring the crystal clear blue water and white sandy beaches. 35 minutes later we landed on a palm fringed runway and were welcomed with a rum and coke and the friendly, smiling faces of our guides for the day. After the introductions we climbed aboard the Caribbean bus to the rhythmical Merengue beat and set off into the mountainous, palm tree lined countryside. Our guide was both informative and entertaining without sounding rehearsed while we drove through ramshackle villages. The locals would shout and wave at us, some even attempting high fives as we passed by. Our first short stop was a local's home, where he and his family would sit and make cigars all day, probably smoking half of what they made during the process while sipping on Mamajuana - a Dominican speciality cocktail. A friendly little barter later and we were off again, this time with a few cigars in tow and a Mamajuana warming our insides as the sun warmed us on the outside.
There are only 2 watching boats out at any one time, during the months of December to February, when the whales have their young, NO fishing vessels, NO trade vessels and NO aircraft are allowed in or above the waters during this season, as the whales need their waters to be as free from human intervention as possible.
The next stop was at El Limon falls.To get to the waterfall you trek on horseback through tropical forest for half an hour, passing through streams and ducking below low hanging branches on your way. Each horse comes with its owner and guide to help you with any questions, run off to get samples of the plants, explaining what they are, and will take any photo you want although they are not natural David Baileys to be fair.
The watching boats must not get within 50 meters of the whales and each boat has a wildlife protection steward on board to make sure this is adhered to and log the times and sightings of the whales, should there be any.
The track the horses follow are muddy and very rocky, and my guide became invaluable to my partner, Maria. Her horse mis-
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Suddenly there's a shout 'Over there!' (more accurately 'la-bas!' as most others on the trip were French) and its life jackets on and full steam ahead. Bouncing and crashing as we sped along, getting soaked by the spray and the wind whipping our hair into some kind of frenzied bouffant, the excitement was building faster than our acceleration. As we approached the whales the speed was cut and we drifted along with the whales swimming alongside. We were lucky as we had spotted a family of 3. Mum, dad and a 2 week old baby. Mum kept pushing the baby out of the water, teaching him to breach and all of them were playing, amazing us with body slams, tail splashes and rolls on the surface - almost as if they were waving to us with their enormous flippers. We stayed with them for an hour before heading back. A full 60 minutes of hushed awe and spontaneous smiles - and yes, maybe even a little bit of teary eyed-ness. I was perched on the side of the boat - camera poised and clicking away and feet dragging in the warm waters absorbing the moment, fixing the images firmly into my memory as well as my camera. It was with hope and a heavy heart as we turned the boat round to head back to shore. Hope for this new family and the trials they face throughout their lives, and the heavy heart knowing what they may have to go through, and of course the fact that I was now leaving and wouldn't see them again. The last part of our journey was a chance to relax on the island where the Bacardi adverts were filmed. I could have been sat in the same chair as George Clooney on the beach! We stayed in the shade and enjoyed a coke a Coco Loco, served in a freshly chopped coconut. With some help from our amazing guide, Maria managed to purchase the perfect picture from a local artist to remind us of this day and of the holiday as a whole. The day was over and we made our way through the bustling streets of the town and took our flight back to Punta Cana. The bus journey from the airport to the hotel, Dreams Punta Cana, was quiet, with everyone reflecting on their day. The sky was a rich, brilliant orange as the sun set, silhouetting the palms against it and on the radio Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars was playing - a song I had never much liked before, but now I found myself listening to the gentle singing from Maria and whenever I hear it now it will take me back to Samana and remind me of the honour I had to spend time with the magnificent whales.
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