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Issue No: 493

June 2014 Love where you live

Published jointly by All Saints’ Church and the Braunston Parish Council

Mrs Sid and first hatchling Photograph by Andre Gibson

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The Blessed Virgin Mary & St Leodegarius, Ashby St Ledgers Parish Priest:- Rev. Sarah Brown 01788 890298 email - and Churchwardens: Anne Parker-Tyler: 899251 Pat Milner: 899157 Secretary: Colin Allen - 890988 Treasurer: Peter Hobbs

Churchwardens: Chris Levett: 891864 Janet Weaver 01327 312045 Deputy - Trish Davies - 01788 891792 Secretary: Dorothy Amos: 01788 891491

Organist and Choirmaster: John Viggers -024 7667 9967


BRAUNSTON Baptism: May 4th Faye Robinson Weddings 16th May Kyle Grant and Lisa Conlin 23rd May Joanna Waritier and Samuel Peake Funeral: 13th May Katie Edwards May she Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory Page 2

On being tested It's a testing time. If you know a year six child facings the dreaded SATs this month, or have, as I do, teenagers sitting GCSE or A' Levels, then you will know what it really means to be tested. Believe me, it isn't only the youngsters who suffer from exam pressure! Watching them revising in ten minute bursts with the television on, listening to music and keeping an eye on their mobile 'phones while eating prodigious amounts of rubbish is deeply stressful for those of us who know in our bones that revision is best done locked for hours in a hushed library and that fish, rather than Harribo and Monster Munch, is what feeds the brain! The dutiful parental compulsion to point this out is very hard to resist but wins you no points in a popularity contest and is scornfully received as "nagging". Pointing out that "nagging is merely the repetition of unpalatable truths" does not help. I know, believe me. Anyway if I have just described your household then all I can say is "Good Luck" and pray for your offspring, in the nicest possible way, that all will go well for them, that their weird revision habits work out and that they will get the results they deserve! Yet it's a testing time in more ways than one. Revision and technology are just symptoms. It seems that we live in singular times and that the moral, attitudinal and social frameworks in our society are changing faster than has ever been the case- and mostly not for the better. Our children and grandchildren face temptations, dilemmas and perils that were unimaginable even ten years ago. It is right that society should be fair and tolerant but is it right that our children now need to make sense of relationships and sexuality in light of gender switching as a lifestyle choice as per Eurovision? How do you know what is really right and wrong if everyone's opinion is equally valid? What happens when Christian values are allowed to be overwhelmed by far less loving creeds? These are testing times indeed for decent people with traditional values and a real test of the Church which will continue to try to be a watchman on society's walls to warn of danger and to promote a Kingdom that is better than anything on offer at the moment. I know that some of you will interpret this as monstrous evidence of the socalled bigotry of the church. I'm sorry if you see it that way because diagnosis of sickness in any body- be it an individual or society is generally helpful, even if it is not what we want to hear. So judge for yourself. Look around. Read the signs. Decide if you think society is good and if not, what we need to do about it. Repentance might be a reasonable place to begin. Because whilst our children will get the exam results they deserve, they do not deserve the mess we are leaving them in. Yes I know. Nagging. We all know what that is. Best wishes as ever, Sarah

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CHURCH FLOODLIGHTING 2014 May's floodlighting 1st May - * Thank you to all who join in with village organisations 5th May - * Rowena & Mark's Wedding Anniversary 13th May - In memory of Eliza Merchant on her birthday from all her family 26th May - Remembering Iris Fearn's birthday with love, Pete, Kate, Heath, Benjamin and Liberty

June's floodlighting so far ‌ 2nd June - Thank you Colin for doing our accounts again. Best wishes, Braunston Bowls Club 9th June - With loving memory of Don Withall on his birthday. Miss you Don love from your girls Gill, Cindy & Kelly xx 12th June - * With love to the Morgan girls and their families 19th June - Nick and Allison Strivens - 30 years happily married 28th June - Birthday memories of Sheila with our love from John and Hilda (Bradshaw)

* = Friends of All Saints - A huge Thank You Please take note: - These are all the floodlighting requests received before the BVN Deadline - 20th May 2014

DAVENTRY HEALTH WALK SCHEME Help yourselves get fit by joining in our 30/40 min Health Walks around the village. Walks in June will take place on following Thursday 5th and Thursday 26th from outside The Cake Slice Tearooms, in the High Street. at All are welcome (no charge) but please wear suitable footwear as some walks may be over fields. Leader Rosemary Kendall (01788 8905

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NEWS FROM JETTY FIELD. With all the rain and very mild weather everything has grown very fast and the whole area of the Pocket Park is looking very beautiful. We have continued to work hard and the garden area has been tidied, new shrubs and trees have been planted. The seeds, provided through financial assistance from the Parish Council, are growing thanks to the volunteers who have agreed to look after them so we can put them in as healthy plants. Mowing has started and we are trying to manage the large field so that the idea of a meadow is maintained. The trees in the wooded areas have been inspected by a local specialist company and remedial action to make them safe has been undertaken. Two of the Lombardy poplars still need attention; one will have to be felled and another reduced in height to make them safe. The "kissing gate" has been ordered and will be put in place over the next few weeks. The new gate will ensure that wheel chairs and pushchairs will have easier access to the main field. Thank you Peter for organising this!

Work Morning. We would welcome YOUR help on SATURDAY, 5TH JULY FROM 9.00 TO 12.00. Just come along and we will be glad to involve you in the work we have planned to improve and maintain this fabulous village amenity. More information is available on our notice board just off the green at the beginning of the path down to Jetty Field.

THE DICK HERNE BRAUNSTON HISTORY SOCIETY. The new society year has started well. Our Annual General Meeting was very successful and membership continues to grow. If you would like to become a member or to find out more then come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 17th June at 7.30 p.m. in our village hall. David Fennell, a retired Track Chargeman of British Rail, will give a short talk on " Kilsby Tunnel, past and present." David has a great knowledge of our local railway system and he is a valued member of our society. We have a very interesting programme planned for the coming twelve months - do come along and see what we have to offer YOU!

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A ll P r o p e r t y M a in t e n a n c e & H o m e Im p r o v e m e n t s G A R Y CA PELL L O C A L B R A U N S T O N C A R P E N T E R A N D JO IN E R M O S T W O R K C A T E R E D F O R IN C L U D IN G : M a k in g a n d fit t in g w o o d e n a n d U P V C W in d o w s – D o o r s – K it c h e n s – T ilin g – D e c k in g – F e n c in g – A lt e ra t io n W o rk – L a m in a t e F lo o r in g – U P V C F a c ia B o a r d s – G u t t e r in g – P a in t in g F R E E C O M P E T IT IV E N O O B L IG A T IO N Q U O T E

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Hairstyling for All Junior Stylist Kate is now taking bookings. We also do full manicures, shape and polish. We also do Gelish Nails. Models wanted for trainees at 1/2 normal charges Call us on 01788 891211 39 The High Streeet Braunston

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Braunston Church Fete - Saturday 7th June Raffle tickets Have you completed your counterfoil yet, and returned the money to either Braunston Post Office or 30 Church Road, Braunston? Thank you!

Appeal for help Making Crafts Tombola Prizes Making Cakes Running a stall If you can help, please call Andrew on 01788 890826

BRAUNSTON PARCELS 1,370 parcels have now been sent to our troops serving overseas since April 2007. With the exception of 21 the remainder of our parcels have been sent to our serving personnel operating in Afghanistan. A huge thank you goes to every single person who has and who continues to donate to "the box". The current recipients of our parcels are members of the WARTHOG GROUP of the 9th/12th ROYAL LANCERS and they have received 52 parcels and they are nearing the end of their deployment. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. Val Worrall

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BRAUNSTON SCHOOL of MOTORING Est. 1993  Professional, Patient Tuition  Excellent Pass Rate  Student & Block Booking Discounts  Free Learner Support Pack  Motorway Tuition & Pass Plus  Refresher & Lapsed Pupils Phone Martin Scott, DSA A.D.I., I.A.M., F.C.I.B.

Telephone: 01788 890751 07889 709948

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Friends of All Saint’s LOTTERY WIN It's official! The long-awaited grant needed to save the village church has finally been APPROVED by English heritage. It means a massive boost of almost £180,000 to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of All Saints. The money will come from the Heritage Lottery Fund and means that more than half of the total cost of the restoration work is now guaranteed. The news came in an official letter from English Heritage to Charles Dunn, who has been leading the negotiations with them on behalf of the Friends of All Saints and the PCC. It ends months of anxious waiting following rejection of an earlier application. As part of the bid for funds, the church has undertaken to develop a range of community-based activities designed to appeal to those who do not necessarily attend church services. Several projects are already planned to honour this pledge. So, while detailed investigations are carried out by surveyors on the fabric of the church, others will be carrying out detailed investigations of the church's history and architectural records to update and improve the Discovery and Heritage Trail leaflets already in the church. In addition, a 360 degree video of the church's interior is proposed and material is being gathered to develop tours of the building and lecture material. Events centred on the building are also being planned, including a major arts and crafts festival. Volunteers able to help with any of these ventures will be warmly welcomed. So far as the restoration of the building is concerned, it's expected that the project development phase will be completed over the next few months at an initial cost of some £25,000. The architect will then be able to draw up detailed specifications and the work can be put out to tender. All being well, the vital repairs will then begin in earnest next year.

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The Royal British Legion - Braunston & District Armed Forces Day Church Service this year will be held at Kilsby Parish Church on Saturday 28th June at 10.30 am. Will all members of the Legion parade at the church by 10.15 am. The Parish Council have informed us that financing of the work necessary to maintain and clean the war memorial has been arranged and it is hoped that work will commence shortly. You are reminded of the visit to RAF Museum at Cosford on Wednesday 25th June. There is still limited space available on the DACT minibus. Cost is £12, with entrance to the museum being free. In view of this visit there will not be a monthly luncheon in June. A short service took place at Welton cemetery on 23rd April to dedicate a Rowan tree planted in memory of Fred Warne who died in January last year. The Legion will have a stall at Brauston fete being held on Saturday 7th June. Your support will be welcomed. The next meeting of the Branch will take place at The George Kilsby at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 10th June. Submitted by Tony Saunderson - Tel. No. 01788 890797


Yet another fabulous play on THURSDAY 26TH JUNE 8.00P.M. in the beer tent Braunston Marina by the Daystar Theatre Company. This year they have written a completely new play for our delight; it is called "A Bad Penny" and is set in 1964 . The evening is always a sell out so book your tickets early! It is sponsored by Braunston Marina and all the proceeds are very generously donated to The Friends of All Saints' Braunston Church Restoration Appeal. Tickets are £10 each for ordinary seats and £20 for special seats in the first three rows ( this includes a glass of fizz.!). There is, of course, a bar before and after the play! Tickets available NOW from the marina, the church (after services), Braunston Post Office, The Cake Slice and Charisma Hair Salon. Do come along and enjoy excellent entertainment and, at the same time, support the restoration appeal! LOOK OUT FOR THE COLOURFUL POSTERS AROUND THE VILLAGE AND IN THE LOCAL PRESS.

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New Housing Drop-in Event 9 July 2014 Daventry District Council's recent housing needs surveys of Braunston showed a need for up to 11 new affordable (ie rented or shared ownership properties below market price) homes in the village. Braunston Parish Council's neighbourhood planning survey also demonstrated demand for some market-sale housing, for older people to downsize and for first-time buyers. To find out more about your housing needs, the Parish Council, District Council and Northants Rural Housing Association are holding a drop-in event: Braunston Village Hall Wednesday 9 July 2014 3.30pm to 7.30pm We would also like your views on a specific proposal by Northants Rural Housing Association for a small development of affordable and market-sale housing off Maple Close. Any development will only be considered further if there is sufficient demand. New homes would be offered first to local people - those who currently live in or have previously lived in the village; those who have a close relative in the village; and/or those who are employed in the village. Please come along to share your views and find out more. This is an informal drop-in – children are welcome!

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Bakers kneaded! Are you a bread-maker or a cake baker? Do you want to be part of the latest village foodie 'pop-up'? We know from the recent Neighbourhood Plan survey that lots of people in Braunston would love to get their hands on local produce - particularly home-baked bread and cakes. We are planning to test out just how popular such a sale would be, by holding the first 'Braunston Bakes' bread and cake sale on 21 June. And, of course, to do that we need bakers … so if you would like to make and bake bread or cakes to sell please contact us straight away You don't have to be a professional baker, but if you know your way round a mixing bowl and already turn out tasty bakes for family and friends, we knead YOU! Contacts: Keren Andrews, phone 891343 or email Anita Lowe, phone 890769 or email

MARIE CURIE TEA PARTY On Saturday 14th June 2pm to 4pm At Braunston Village Hall Cucumber Sandwiches,Home Made Scones & Cakes Bottomless Tea & Coffee Pots ( £1 extra on the day for Coffee ) Raffle With Entertainment by The Braunston Singers Tickets £5 available from Linda Harris - 01788 890528 Or Pauline Canning - 01788 891456

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday

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Saturday Sunday

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday

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For more details of these services and events please see the Church Website or ring the vicar 9.15 Holy Communion (A) 11am Holy Communion & Junior Church(B) 18.30 Evensong (B) 14.00 Little Fishers 9am Morning Prayer (B): 12.30pm Peace at Lunch Time 13.30 School Pentecost Service: 19.30 Bible Study Resurrection Braunston Fete: 17.30 Youth Church (B) 8.00 Holy Communion (BCP): 9.15 Morning Prayer (A): 11.00 Family Service for Pentecost 14.00 Little Fishers 9.00 Morning Prayer(B) 12.30 Peace at Lunch Time Wedding – Young & Heyward 08.30 Car Boot Sale at Old Plough: 17.30 Youth Church 08.00 Holy Communion (B):09.15 Holy Communion (A): 11.00 Parish Communion (B) 15.00 Big Deanery Trinity Service Little Fishers 9.00 Morning Prayer(B) 12.30 Peace at Lunch: 19.00 PCC (Ashby) 15.00 Wedding – Harrison & Unwin: 17.30 Youth Church 8.00 Holy Communion(B) 09.30 Paula Challen leaving service at Holy Cross:09.15 Breakfast Service (A) 11.00 Holy Communion (B) Little Fishers 9.00 Morning Prayer 12.30 Peace at Lunch Time 19.30 Day Star Theatre at Marina: 09.00 WW1 Village Remembrance at War Memorial: 17.30 Youth Church 09.00 Outdoor Marina Songs of Praise 14.00 Little Fishers (B) = Braunston (A) = Ashby

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Explorer Scouts: Beavers : 13.00 Toddler Group: 19.30 W.I. Scouts : 20.20 Adult Tap Dancing : 19.00 Yoga: Cubs : 13.45 Short Mat Bowls : 20.00 Fishing Club Bingo 12 noon Church Fete on the Green 14.00 to 17.00 Fun in the Park 14.30 Friendly Club: Explorer Scouts: Beavers : 13.00 Toddler Group: 19.30 Royal British Legion at The George Kilsby Scouts : 20.20 Adult Tap Dancing : 19.00 Yoga: Cubs : 13.45 Short Mat Bowls : 20.00 Fishing Club Bingo: 14.00 – 16.00 Marie Curie Tea Party: 19.30 Gilbert & Sullivan at Church: 8.30-12.30 Car Boot Sale at The Plough Explorer Scouts Beavers : 13.00 Toddler Group:19.30 History Society Scouts : 20.20 Adult Tap Dancing : 19.00 Yoga: Cubs : 13.45 Short Mat Bowls : 20.00 Fishing Club Bingo: 19.30 History Society Braunston Bakes Bread & Cakes Sale 14.30 Friendly Club: Explorer Scouts: Beavers : 13.00 Toddler Group Scouts : 20.20 Adult Tap Dancing : 19.00 Yoga: Cubs : 13.45 Short Mat Bowls : 20.00 Fishing Club Bingo: 20.00 Day Star Theatre at Marina 10.30 Royal British Legion service at Kilsby Church: 19.30 Cinema Club: School Summer Fete

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MEMORIES Family History Research Family Tree Charts Research for specific ancestors Bespoke Memory Books and Boxes for Pets Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays Free 1 hour consultation to establish your requirements Call me: Christine Newman 07816884634 e.mail

REFLEXOLOGY I am training to become a reflexologist and am seeking Braunston residents to become case studies, which entails four sessions each approx. an hour long, arranged at mutual convenience. Also seeking one off clients. I am quite mobile; and prepared to come to you; there is no charge for transport, but if travelling over three miles from Braunston,I would appreciate a small contribution towards petrol. Please call

Braunston CE School Open Day DATE: 2nd July 2014 – 9.30 am

Parents of new children are invited to look round the school during the above times.

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me on 01788 890717 0r 07794436490. Annabel Blundell

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind 37 Harborough Road , Kingsthorpe, NORTHAMPTON. NN2 7BB Helpline: 01604 719193 Email: Are you a cricket supporter? Would you enjoy a day supporting newly promoted Northants at the county ground ? Would you enjoy it more if you had a ball by ball commentary provided by a dedicated team of commentators ? This facility is available at the county ground at every 4 day and 1 day home games . Spectators who have a visual impairment or any other disability, who bring a carer with them will have their carer admitted free of charge and obtain free car parking with a blue badge. All visiting and home supporters can access this service by collecting a small receiver and head set from reception at the main reception. Headsets are free subject to a ÂŁ5 deposit If you wish to accept this offer you need to contact John Wood at nab 01604 719193 or Ray Foster at 01604 881532 or Northants CCC 01604 514455 reception@ and order a ticket and headset. "Thanks to the brilliant commentators I can now follow the match as if I was listening on the radio. Moreover I never feel lonely when I spend a day at the cricket. For I look on the audio describers as my friends"

The Fixture dates are as follows: 4 Day Tour Match Thursday 5th June Northants VS Sri Lanka Natwest T20 Blast Friday 13th June Northants VS Yorkshire Vikings LV County Championships Sunday 15th June Northants VS Warwickshire Royal London One Day Cup Tuesday 29th July SteelbacksVS Worcestershire Royals

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Cross Lane, Braunston, Nr.Daventry Northamptonshire NN11 7HH Tel: (01788) 891977 Fax: (01788) 891977

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Servicing to all makes of vehicles - either using our own unique service program, or to manufactures service schedules including those still under warranty. All diagnostic work under taken - using the latest diagnostic equipment in our fully equipped workshop. M.O.T’s arranged - all repairs available on site. Tyres/puncture repairs/wheel balancing - excellent prices on new tyres fitted on site. Wheel alignment Clutches supplied and fitted Exhausts Batteries Opening times Welding Mon - Fri 8.00 to 6.00 Saturday 8.00 to 12.00

Fully qualified technicians, professional and friendly service. No job too small. To book an appointment call :01788 891977

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BRAUNSTON CANAL SOCIETY May has seen us able to restart our painting, we were pleased to get some assistance from the Volunteer Lockies and hope that this is to become a permanent feature of this year. We need a few more hours to complete Lock 2. The IWA Northampton Branch held their Annual Gathering at Braunston for the first time this year. We were pleased to be invited to join them and to provide assistance where possible. The event was blessed with fine weather and appeared to be enjoyed by all the visitors. I promise my guided walk will be more professional next time. The Stop House wild flower project continues to provide pleasant surprises. Brian Laney, who records all sorts of plant and wildlife in Northants, visited us recently and recorded over 50 different wild flowers already established in the area. These do not include the varieties introduced recently by us. The area is already showing the results of our work and is drawing many positive comments from both visitors and CRT. June will see us again providing the Marina with Stewards for the Historic Boat Gathering. We are always pleased to get involved in working with other local businesses and groups.

Braunston Cricket Club We are Looking For New Players all ages and abilities welcome We are a friendly club that plays Wednesday evenings and two Saturday teams. With players in their teens, who play along side their Dads, through to retirees we are mixed group from the village and surrounding area. There is no club joining fee and no expectation to play every week. We enjoy our cricket, catching up afterwards and play when we can fit it in or when fit! That's all we would ask of anyone new. Please contact Tom Sabin on 07896 490911 or Dick Stapley 01788 890475 for further information

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Hope and Homes for Children Funds Raised since last shown in BVN Money raised from Penny Pots Bringing the total raised since 1 March 2014


69.82 196.77

WANTED Teddy Bears And Toiletries For a Tombola At the Church Fete on the 7th. June Thank you all so much Brenda Hobbs on behalf of Hope and Homes for Children Tel 01788 899086

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Hi all, Julie from NHW here. I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather. There is always a lot going on at this time of year people going away, going shopping etc. Always remember to look at your home security to protect you and your property. When you are out and about keep your front and back doors locked. Keep car keys and any other keys out of sight and out of reach from cat flaps, letter boxes, doors and windows. When going out in the evening leave a light on and draw the curtains. If you have an outside light, turn that on and make sure it is visible from the street. Please ensure that no valuables including laptops, satnavs etc are left in view in your vehicle and always lock your vehicle even if it is on the drive. Don't give criminals AN INVITATION to steal from you. Thank you Julie Jarrett - NHW Coordinator Contact me on 07952858418

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DATE June 2014 7th 8th 14th 14th 14th 26th July 2014 2nd 5th July 12th August 2014 1st 16th & 17th September 2014 6th 13th 20th 27th October 2014 6th 11th 18th November 2014 1st 1st 15th 15th 26th to 29th January 2015



Church Fete Fun in the Park Marie Curie Tea Party Car Boot Sale at The plough Gilbert & Sullivan Evening Day Star Theatre

All Saints Church Playing Fields Assoc.

Open Day Visit to Garden of the Rose Puddings & performances

Braunston CE School BVGA Braunston Players

Car Treasure Hunt Arts & Crafts Weekend

All Saints Church Friends of All Saints

Youth Church All Saints Church Friends of All Saint's

Braunston Show Proms Night

BVGA All Saints Church Macmillan Cancer World's Biggest Coffee Morning Support Fund Raising Day Air Ambulance Harvest Supper Heritage Day Quiz Night

All Saints Church Dick Herne Braunston History Society All Saints Church

Barn Dance Autumn Craft Fair Autumn Fair (to be confirmed) Autumn Quiz November Show Burns Supper

Friends of All Saints Twinners All Saints Church Twinners Braunston Players All Saints Church

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A CELEBRATION OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN. SATURDAY 14TH JUNE. 7.30 P.M. ALL SAINTS' CHURCH BRAUNSTON. TICKETS ÂŁ8 (INCLUDING A GLASS OF WINE AND "NIBBLES".) TICKETS FROM :- The Scouts, The Post Office, Charisma, The Cake Slice and after church services. (To raise money for Alisdair Rolt to travel to Japan to represent Northamptonshire Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree and for Church Restoration. ) BOTTLE TOPS Well, a BIG Thank you to everybody for the collection of Tops. We are now stopping. When we weighed in the last lot of tops and the money is paid in we will have purchased two wheelchairs. Thanks once again, but please now put the tops in the recycling boxes. Mandy & Val

Braunston School Summer Fete Saturday 28th June from Noon at the School All Welcome

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Braunston Timebank The Big Renovate/DIY SOS! No, Nick Knowles and his team aren't coming to town, but Braunston Timebankers are soon to be let loose on the Library in the village hall. Plans are afoot to update and refresh to room used as a Library in order to make it brighter, more welcoming and flexible in its appearance and function. The group responsible for decisions about the Village Hall are also considering its possible use as a Community Cafe, so it needs a band of willing helpers. Braunston Timebank have offered to clear, carry out minor repairs and redecorate the room. We would warmly welcome some additional help, particularly from people with Project Management and Planning skills; we'd also like to hear from budding (or existing!) interior designers, to help us make a success of this exciting project. Please get in touch if you want to volunteer your time to help us - for every hour you give, you get one back. Anita Lowe: 01788 890769/

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Clubs and Society Events Braunston Women’s

Friendly Club


Next Meeting:-

Next Meeting: Monday June 9th

Tuesday 3rd June in the Village Hall at 7.30.

Cream Tea with trifle and scones. Time for a chat. 2.30 in the Village Hall as usual

Our speaker, Christine Farmer will give us a talk entitled 'Where There's a Quill There's a Play' There will be a Trading Stall this evening. Visitors are very welcome, come along and get to know us.

Monday 23rd A few light hearted tips on how to know when you are getting old by Gill!!!! Contact Gill Powell 890763

Contact Barbara on 01788 890452

TO BOOK THE VILLAGE HALL CALL Mrs Jac Morris 01788 890686

Braunston Fishing Club BINGO Every Thursday throughout the year 8.00pm in the Village Hall Non members welcome G Donald 891264

Rainfall No information received

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Braunston Walkers Saturday 17.05.14 - Aynho Deddington (10.5 miles) An unusual twist this month is that we never got to Deddington. Despite trying it had proved impossible to link the two places without much dreary road walking. We had a rethink as that is what recces are for and it morphed into a fantastic walk thanks to Philip's last day recce and path clearance efforts. So renamed as The Cherwell Valley and Aynho walk we set off. It was the hottest day of the year at 74 degrees Fahrenheit not centigrade! Thirteen of us (including three members of the Braunston Walkers crack quiz squad) drove down to Souldern, a delightful cotswoldesque village a bit south east of Banbury. We set off along the main street and turned left along a small road that eventually petered out into a Rose Campion and stinging nettle lined footpath to cross fields and then cross the M40 and walk along the ridge with distant views of a magnificent rail viaduct, still very much in use, and the ever elusive Deddington over the valley. Fantastic views from this lofty position. The path continued through some very long grass which had been battered flat by our leader before we arrived at another sleepy village, Somerton which like Braunston has the Oxford Canal passing by. After crossing the canal we followed the road to reach the mighty River Cherwell which rises near Charwelton and flows gently down to reach the Thames. Some youngsters were frolicking in the cool water of the river as it was by now the hottest part of the day with not a single cloud in the sky. We crossed the river and water meadows passing the old mill house and then climbed to reach a footpath off right which would eventually cross Bowman's Bridge and then a mile or so to Clifton and the Duke of Cumberlands Arms our much welcome lunch stop. A lovely old pub where the food and beer and service was superb. With foaming pints of Doombar and magnificent baguettes we were soon content and ready for the homeward push. Leaving the old pub we dropped down the road to cross the river on the County Bridge, the border of Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, where a couple of horses were wallowing in the water cooling their hooves. I would have liked to join them but could not face the faff of removing and then putting boots back on. The path went off the road and over water meadows which the week before had been a collection of small lakes but was now just a muddy damp stain. After crossing the canal and passing Wharf Farm we turned left on a field path and passed under the M40 by the river and along fields of sprouting wheat to reach a beautiful ford at Souldern Mill. For those that had been on our Norfolk Walk this was a reminder of the fords on the River Nar walk near Castle Acre. We then continued uphill alongside the estate wall of Aynho park and up into Aynho itself where we paused in the hot sun to admire the imposing old 17th century manor house with its gardens designed by Capability Brown who was a very busy boy at the time. We walked along the old village passing the 17th century grammar school and turned right down a forested track and under a cool tunnel then out over fields to the cars at Souldern and home for a refreshing and welcome cuppa. A great walk and the Walkers quiz team and their spouses achieved a gallant 4th out of 100 teams (Oh alright, 11 teams) at the village quiz in the evening! Superb. On 21st June we are walking 10 miles or so near Moreton in the Marsh a Cotswold Classic.

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All Saints Church, Braunston

Pentecost Family Service Sunday 8 th June 11am Family Communion & Celebration

Come and celebrate the world changing gift of the Holy Spirit!

Daventry Deanery Celebration Trinity 2014 Sunday 15th June 3:30pm at Everdon Church with our Diocesan Bishop the Rt. Revd. Donald Allister. After our celebration enjoy a Hog Roas t ÂŁ5 , Chees e & Bread ÂŁ2 or bri ng your own picnic. Wine, tea, c offee, soft drinks, cak es availa ble. Games for both c hildren & adults Trini ty inspired

Come and Praise God Together for Trinity 2014

Historic Boatshow 2014 OUTDOOR MARINA SERVICE Sunday 29th June 9am Behind Braunston Marina shop. In the beer tent if wet! Let's worship by the canal - all welcome (including dogs!) For more details please ring the Rural Dean on 01788 890 298

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Fastest animal in Braunston Local environmental writer PETER FROST welcomes a new visitor to our village. The fastest creature in all the natural world has come to live in Braunston. The Peregrine Falcon, now resident on the village church, is the fastest mover in the entire animal kingdom, with an almost unbelievable officially timed flying speed of 242 mph. (389 km/h). Just for comparison the fastest land animal is the Cheetah which has a recorded speed of between 60 and 75 mph (96-120 km/h) in short bursts. As those who have seen it on and around All Saints' will know the peregrine is a large, handsome and powerful bird of prey. It has long, broad, pointed wings and quite a short tail. When at rest it shows its blue-grey plumage. Its head has a distinctive black cap and a black moustache on its otherwise white face. It sports a finely spotted waistcoat. On the wing it is fast and agile, darting after prey birds in the air or on the ground. It is in these killer stoops that it reaches its incredible speeds. It can take surprisingly large birds, crow or pigeon size. Indeed in the USA it is known as the duck falcon because it kills mainly water fowl. Kills can be messy with plenty of bloodstained feathers to mark the scene of crime. Over the years peregrines have suffered illegal killing from gamekeepers and landowners, and been a target for egg collectors, but tougher legal protection and less pesticides in their food-chain have seen numbers recover considerably from an all time low in the 1960s. Peregrine falcons have been moving south and changing their nesting habits. They previously made their homes in natural cliffs and rocky outcrops. Now they have learnt to adopt the man made cliffs, nesting on buildings like Westminster Abbey, Tate Modern and, even, on the other side of the Atlantic, the Empire State Building. Archer's script writers installed the falcon on the tower of Ambridge's St Stephens church and now we have our own pair to grace the Cathedral of the Cut. A local secret story. Favourite food of the peregrine is the pigeon. Indeed much of the persecution of this falcon over the years has come from the world of pigeon fanciers, understandably angry at the falcon snacking on their champion racing birds. During wartime the army officially waged war on peregrines because they disrupted carrier pigeon posts, and there is a fascinating local connection here. The woman credited with developing the top secret carrier pigeon service used by our undercover agents in occupied Europe was the wife of our local (Daventry) MP. She was Mary Manningham-Buller (Viscountess Dilhorne) and her trained carrier pigeons were parachuted in tiny wicker baskets all over France and Germany. One of her pigeons returned to Bletchley Park - the famous Enigma Station - with the first reports of Hitler's top secret V-2 rocket project strapped to its leg. The heroic bird avoided enemy fire and the marauding falcons and delivered its message, winning a Dicken medal - the animal VC - in the act. Amazingly, espionage became the Manningham-Buller family business. Mary's daughter Eliza became head of British Intelligence (MI5) between 2002 and 2007. Eliza revealed the previously untold top secret story of her mother's war work with pigeons, on Radio Four's Desert Island Discs.

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Jenni's Jottings Well all you Braunstonites seem to have been afflicted with verbal Diarrhoea this month! You may have noticed that the magazine has 'grown'. We are now up to 40 pages and I still had to get my shoehorn out again. I must apologise to some of you who have kindly submitted articles but who feel rather squashed. I was inundated with things for the magazine during the last few days before cut off. Please, if at all possible could you get your articles etc in to me as soon as possible? Those of you who haven't heard about the Peregrine Falcons may have been wondering why groups of people seem to spend a lot of time gazing at the Church steeple. I am reliably informed that the famous couple have nested and have produced eggs. Please read Frosty's very interesting article on the facing page. Those who weren't gazing at the steeple were probably anxiously walking up and down the path over the Marina to see if Mr & Mrs Sid Swan managed to nest. Not only did they nest but they laid 5 eggs, one was rejected but the remaining 4 hatched out couple of weeks ago. Sadly one baby died but now the Sid family can be seen gliding up and down the canal. What great news about the Friends of All Saint's successful lottery bid to restore the Church. Many congratulations on all who worked so hard to obtain this grant. See page 14. Finally I wonder if any one would like to go on my 'emergency' BVN distributors list? None of the rounds are very long and you wouldn't be called on very often. If you can help please let me know. Meanwhile, enjoy all the events happening in June. See you next month. Jenni

Photograph courtesy of Andre Gibson

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ALL SAINTS' CHURCH BRAUNSTON ARTS AND CRAFTS WEEKEND. SATURDAY 16TH AND SUNDAY 17TH AUGUST. Since the announcement in last month's BVN we have received a tremendous response. We are looking for anyone living in the village who would like to display their art or craft work at this special weekend. We welcome applications from all age groups from the very young upwards! We are trying to encourage local people to celebrate their talents for the benefit of the whole village in the wonderful setting of our iconic church building. There is no cost for displaying your work. We ask for 10% of your takings if you intend to sell items during the weekend. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up and run this exciting event. If you want to find out more or register your name to book a place then ring Andrew Alsop 01788 890826 or email him at . There will be refreshments available on both days and you will be entertained by our Community choir and other musical recitals. You will also be able to see the progress we we have made with our restoration appeal and view the dramatic Timeline history of our village. INTERESTED? COME ALONG TO A SPECIAL MEETING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND CONTRIBUTORS ON WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE AT 7.00 P.M. IN ALL SAINTS' CHURCH. THERE WILL BE REFRESHMENTS AND A WARM WELCOME!

BRAUNSTON SHORT MAT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB At the recent A.G.M. It was announced that the Annual Knockout Competition was won by Annie Rogers and the Accuracy Competition to Gill Powell. Congratulations were extended to Laura & Eric Kibblewhite for their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. Condolences were expressed on the loss of stalwart member Charles Kendall. The club plays in the Village Hall each Thursday afternoon from 1-45pm to 4pm. We are a friendly group who meet to socialise and to have a pleasant afternoon of activity and fun. We are now actively encouraging new members. DO COME AND GIVE BOWLS A TRY There is no age limit and no special equipment required as woods are available for use. You are just asked to wear soft flat-soled shoes The present club members are waiting to met and welcome you. For further information please contact Alan Eley on 890011 or Sue Goodchild on 891086

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Sat 14th June - Karaoke Night

All England games for World cup 2014 will be shown live on big screens here at The Sheaf, regardless of Kickoff times, Free snacks will be provided at half time.


BVN Deadline - JULY 2014 Edition The next newsleter will be published on 1st July 2014. Please leave material at the Post Office before NOON on the 20th June or by Email to the Editor Jenni Burton Tel: 01788 891546

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