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Clerk’s Tweets WELCOME TO THE NEWLY ELECTED PARISH COUNCIL! On 22nd May the village went to the polls to elect a new Parish Council (as well as vo:ng in the District Council and European elec:on). Out of the 10 places available, the 9 previous parish councillors were re-‐elected along with one new councillor, Fiona Keable. The team below make up the new SpraLon Parish Council:
You can ﬁnd contact details for the Councillors on page 8 of this newsleLer. Over the next few newsleLers we will be con:nuing with our series of “Get To Know Your Parish Council” interviews. In this issue, on page 34 we talk to Cllr Barry Frenchman, who was re-‐elected as Chairman to SpraLon Parish Council at the Annual General Mee:ng on June 4th.
SPRATTON POCKET PARK OFFICIAL OPENING EVENT 14th June 2014 3.00pm On Saturday 14th June we will have a ceremony to mark the oﬃcial opening of our Pocket Park and we are delighted that Mrs Pasley-‐Tyler of Coton Manor has agreed to come along the cut the ribbon. The local press have been invited to cover the event. Do please come along for some refreshments and be part of this important day for the village. Please see the advert on the opposite page for details.
SPEEDING IN THE VILLAGE Mobile Vehicle AcPvated Sign to be Installed A recent speed survey in the village showed that 78% (yes, 78%) of vehicles were exceeding the speed limit. The highest recorded speed was 77mph on the Brixworth Road! To try and tackle this serious problem, a new mobile Vehicle Ac:vated Sign (approximate cost £3,000) will be installed shortly in the village. This is being purchased by Northamptonshire County Council with a contribu:on from SpraLon Parish Council (approximately £1,500). The new sign can be moved to a variety of loca:ons within the village. Our thanks to Cllr Mark Pacey for organising this and undertaking to monitor the results.
POLICE REPORTS The following incidents were recorded in the village over the 3 months from February: 3rd February: Church Rd -‐ report of sellotape across road at head height 6th February: Church Rd -‐ window broken by thrown stone 13/14th April: Brixworth Rd -‐ vandalism causing damage to 9 allotment sheds 29th April: Glebelands -‐ report of youngsters running around vehicles and private gardens
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING This important village event was aLended by over 40 parishioners. The Chairman of SpraLon Parish Council gave the Parish Council Annual Report and the Chairman of the Resources CommiLee gave the 2013/14 Finance Report, followed by reports from the Village Hall, Town and Land Chari:es and Recrea:on Field CommiLees (who as Parish Chari:es providing community facili:es and resources submit their accounts to this mee:ng). County Councillor Judy Shephard read out her report and encouraged organisa:ons to apply for a grant from the County Councillor Empowering Councils and Community Fund. Cllr Shephard has approximately £7,000 to donate between 13 parishes. Aier the formal part of the mee:ng (which lasted a mere 40 minutes!), there was a change to the usual proceedings. Any organisa:ons who received grants from SpraLon Parish Council e.g. Friends of SpraLon School (for the Music Day) together with Village Organisa:ons e.g. Garden Club, SpraLon Local History Society had been asked to send in their reports via email and these were kindly laminated and displayed on the History Socie:es boards (thanks very much to Councillor Michael Heaton for doing this :me consuming job). ALendees enjoyed reading the reports and looking at the photos (some of which were of the ﬁrst stage of the Women’s Cycling Tour of Britain which came through SpraLon earlier on in the day) and enjoyed a chat with Councillors, friends and neighbours over wine, cheese and biscuits. A big “thank you” to St Andrew’s PCC (David BenneL) for providing the fantas:c venue for this event (it provided a great atmosphere), the Café Doris team, Cllr Jay Tindale for organising the refreshments (food and drink was sourced from Sauls and SpraLon Village Stores) and Cllr Michael Heaton for all his help leading up to this super village event which was put on at a very minimal cost due to the volunteer eﬀorts of Councillors and parishioners. If you aLended this event, do please pass on your feedback to our Parish Clerk, Lynne and the Parish Council will try and make it even beLer next year (on Wednesday 6th May 2015)!
PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT The SpraLon Parish Council Annual Report will be available on the website shortly. Alterna:vely, please contact the Clerk for a paper copy.
SPRATTON PARISH ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETINGS 2014/15 Press and public are very welcome to aLend all mee:ngs and speak in the public forum at the beginning of the mee:ngs. Here are the dates for the next year, mee:ngs are held in the Village Hall star:ng at 7.30pm: Tuesday 17th June 2014
Tuesday 15th July 2014 August: NO MEETING Village Walk and Risk Assessment Tuesday 16th September 2014 Tuesday 21st October 2014 Tuesday 18th November 2014 Tuesday 16th December 2014 Tuesday 20th January 2015 Tuesday 17th February 2015 Tuesday 17th March 2015 Tuesday 21st April 2015 Tuesday 19th May 2015 (Annual Mee:ng of SPC)
PLANNING APPLICATIONS ApplicaPon No: DA/2014/0249 -‐ construc:on of a detached dwelling adjacent to 19 Holdenby Road -‐ Parish Council objected on grounds of insuﬃcient parking provision ApplicaPon No: DA/2014/0326 -‐ ﬁrst ﬂoor rear extension at 32 Holdenby Road -‐ No observa:ons by Planning Execu:ve CommiLee ApplicaPon No: DA/2014/0346 -‐ construc:on of replacement storage building and 2.1m high fence at Standhills, Holdenby Road -‐ Observa:ons made by Planning Execu:ve CommiLee ApplicaPon No: DA/2014/0375 -‐ conservatory to rear of dwelling at 15 Gorse Road -‐ No observa:ons by Planning Execu:ve CommiLee
INCREASE IN PARISH COUNCIL BUDGET FROM £36,000 to £39,000 Aier much scru:ny and debate, SpraLon Parish Council made the decision to increase the Precept (or budget) to £39,000. The main reasons are as follows:-‐ ‣ Increase in salary costs – due to increasing demand put on Parish Councils by County and District, increasing professionalism of the role of Clerk. This entails keeping up to date with legisla:on and undergoing regular training courses, project and grant administra:on for necessary projects e.g. Neighbourhood Plan, SpraLon Pocket Park, new roles such as administering the website and Facebook to ensure good communica:on between Parish Council and its community -‐ all this requires an increase in the Clerk’s hours from 15 hours per week to 20. The need for an increase in hours was also strongly recommended by the Northamptonshire County Associa:on of Local Councils (NCALC) Auditor. The Clerk’s hours are regularly monitored and scru:nised by the Resources CommiLee. The Parish Council achieves good value for money in the Clerk as the role is currently shared with 2 other Parish Councils (Pitsford and Creaton), therefore training, some mileage, oﬃce telephone and photocopier costs are shared. ‣ Requirement to provide employees with a pension and subsequent increases in Pension Contribu:on costs – the Parish Council now has to make a 23.3% contribu:on (based on the Clerk’s salary) through LGSS (Northamptonshire County Council Pension Scheme). ‣ Increases in village maintenance costs – previously the Parish Council did try to reduce the mowing within the village but this was met with resistance from villagers. ‣ ConPngency funds – Due to the Parish Council being responsible for maintenance of the Churchyard wall and over 60 street lights, we need to keep a reserve which would be able to fund any repairs to these. The last repairs made to the Churchyard wall cost in excess of £20,000.
In addi:on to the above, we as a village have been subject to the changes to the tax base rate (on which your Council Tax is based) meaning that 90% of the village (approx.) has to pay 100% of the tax, even if the Parish Council had not increased the precept this year, residents’ Council Tax would s:ll have increased. Parish Councillors, as residents themselves, are well aware of the impact on Council Tax bills and did not take the decision to increase the budget lightly.
DOGS ON THE LOOSE We have had reports of dogs running loose in East View Cemetery. Please could you ensure your dogs are kept on a lead within the Cemetery. Thank you. Lynne Compton Clerk Spratton Parish Council
CONTACT THE PARISH COUNCIL We are always eager to hear from the people of SpraLon about any issues, concerns or ideas to improve life in the village. Here are some of the ways to get in touch: ‣ Call/email Lynne Compton, Parish Clerk: 01604-‐880727 or spraLonpc@:scali.co.uk ‣ Facebook you can Message us, Post something or Like us at www.facebook.com/pages/SpraLon-‐Parish-‐Council/350035681721691 ‣ Visit the Website at SpraLon.org.uk and post a message ‣ Use the Drop Box in SpraLon Village Stores to leave a note ‣ Write to Lynne Compton, Parish Clerk: 12 Olde Forde Close, Brixworth NN6 9XF ‣ Abend a Parish Council mee:ng—usually on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm in SpraLon Village Hall, School Road, SpraLon. The mee:ng agenda is always posted on the Parish no:ceboard opposite the shop.
Alterna:vely, you can talk to one of the Parish Councillors -‐ you’ll ﬁnd their contact details in the box below:
WW1 Flypast Over Sprabon Sunday 26th April 2015 at 3.00pm
On 26th April next year it will be exactly 100 years to the day that a young airman from SpraLon won the Victoria Cross, the na:on’s highest award for bravery, for his ac:ons on the Western Front in the First World War. Sywell Aerodrome have a replica of the biplane that was ﬂown by Lt Rhodes-‐Moorhouse and they will ﬂy over SpraLon at 3.00pm on 26th April 2015.
“The raid on Courtrai unfortunately cost the na3on a very gallant life, but it will live as one of the most heroic episodes of the war.”
The ﬂypast of a BE2b biplane will be part of SpraLon’s tribute to all 133 men from the village who served in the First World War. A large commemora:ve event will take place in the grounds of SpraLon Hall School on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April 2015 with vintage vehicles and aeroplanes, stalls, talks, a book launch and a 1914-‐18 fashion display. The event is supported by the Heritage LoLery Fund and organised by SpraLon Local History Society and SpraLon Parish Council.
Sprabon Welcomes Women’s Tour Village Turns Out For Historic Cycle Race
At lunch:me on May 7th, history was made as the inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain cycle race passed through SpraLon. Stage One of the ﬁrst ever women’s tour started in Oundle and the 90 riders weaved their way through 58 miles of Northamptonshire countryside to a sprint ﬁnish in the centre of Northampton. For anyone who has got slightly breathless walking up to SpraLon Stores for a newspaper, we can now explain why. Brixworth Road has been oﬃcially declared a mountain -‐ the stretch from the Brampton Valley Way up to the Welford Road junc:on was one of two “Queen Of The Mountain” stages on the ﬁrst day, where the best climbers were duly recognised -‐ Marianna Vos, the eventual tour winner, was Queen Of The Mountain in SpraLon. 10
SpraLon villagers turned out in force to support the riders, lining the route along the Brixworth Road all the way through the village. Pupils from both the Primary School and SpraLon Hall made a huge amount of noise, cheering not only the cyclists but also each one of the many police motorcycle outriders that were preparing the way for the pelaton to pass. Amidst a throng of support vehicles and accompanying motorcycles, the riders powered up the hill through SpraLon at an incredibly impressive pace. Once all the excitement had died down, an ITV News crew interviewed some of the Primary School children and the footage was aired on Anglia TV news that evening. The pupils came across extremely well -‐ polite and ar:culate -‐ a credit to the school and the village. It was the biggest event to hit the village in years, and SpraLon rose to the occasion! 11
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN The Parish Council expects to consider the two site op:ons within the next two to three months when awaited informa:on will be to hand. Also within this :metable the inspector should report on the progress of the emerging West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan. We need to be sure that our Plan policies accord with the policies of the new Strategic Plan, which they do at the moment. However, the inspector examining the West Northants Plan may yet require further changes, which we would then have to reﬂect. Michael Heaton
Mind Where You Park! We s:ll get lots of complaints about inconsiderate parking in the village. We do appreciate the diﬃcul:es people face with too many cars and not enough oﬀ-‐road parking, but please think twice before blocking pavements.
As a rule of thumb, make sure you leave enough space for a p u s h c h a i r o r wheelchair to get by. A s t h e s e p i c t u r e s show, some people don’t show this level of considera:on, despite the reminder signs! 13
Sprabon Local History Society To ﬁnish the season we are oﬀering two ou:ngs in the summer. Anyone is welcome to join us, but please book in advance with either Pat Parish (847734) or Hazel Petersen (820787). Wednesday 30th July 7.15 pm Meet outside the Guildhall for a walking tour of Northampton with Blue Badge guide, John Brown. £2 members. £3 non members. Wednesday 13th August 11.00 am Guided tour of Boughton House. Please make your own way to Boughton and meet at 10.45 am in the car park for an 11.00 am tour. We can arrange liis if you let us know. £10 per person. It is i m p o r t a n t t o b o o k i n advance for this trip. There is a café at the house for lunch, if you wish to stay on.
Wednesday 15th October 8.00 pm The autumn season begins with a talk by Kate Wills of the Western Front Associa:on on Northampton in 1914. Village Hall 8.00 pm. £2 members. £3 non members. Enid Jarvis
Village Spring Clean On Sunday 6th April, a group of hardy villagers once again braved a bi:ng wind to get stuck into the job of clearing SpraLon of 12 months worth of liLer accumula:on. Armed with bin-‐bags, liLerpickers, hi-‐viz vests and rubber gloves, the small but commiLed group of men, w o m e n a n d c h i l d r e n w e r e dispatched to all corners of the village in search of sweet wrappers, crisp packets, drinks cans and boLles, and a whole host of other unmen:onables (a soggy discarded maLress on Rolybanks was a par:cular highlight). As usual, the mission was a success judging by the size of the pile of bin-‐bags stacked up by the Kings Head aier a couple of hours hard work. Everyone was duly rewarded with a well-‐earned drink and a very nice lunch of sandwiches and cheesy chips at the pub aierwards, courtesy of SpraLon Parish Council. Thank you to everyone who took part (a few more supporters would be good next year!) and thanks in par:cular to Chris Saul for organising the event. 17
W.I. Report February was a par:cularly enjoyable evening and something quite diﬀerent. Alison Rocket brought along some beau:ful paper beadwork made by women in Uganda. These were for sale but we also got to make a bracelet of our own and learn about the wonderful work which is being done to help the group make some money of their own to pay for their children’s schooling. Our talk in March was about women’s diges:ve health and some very useful informa:on was given. All we have to do now is keep to it! In April Bill Davies kept us amused with the account of his career in the Royal Navy spanning many years. He also showed slides. This month we discussed the resolu:on which had been chosen to be presented at the Na:onal AGM in June. Mary Sheldon gave us interes:ng facts about Organ Dona:on and we had to decide how we wanted to vote. The resolu:on was, if we agreed that we should encourage people to decide what they want to do about dona:ng organs and to make sure their families know before they die. A representa:ve will take our answer to the AGM. The W.I. is a truly democra:c organiza:on! Future W I Events Tuesday 10 June 2014 ~ Sue Watkins ~ “The Alpaca Experience” Tuesday 8 July 2014 ~ Annual Ou:ng to Stowe House and Gardens Mee3ngs are held every second Tuesday in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. New members are very welcome to come along and join us as we get to know other ladies in the village and have an enjoyable night out. If you would like to come along a couple of 3mes for free we would love to see you. Carol Constable 19
Primary School -‐ Forthcoming Events -‐ all are welcome Tues 24th June, 2pm
Dance Fes:val and Summer Fayre
Weds 16th July, 2pm
Tues 22nd July, 9.30am
Leavers’ Service in St. Andrew’s Church
Sprabon Primary School Report Life in school has been very busy since the last newsleLer. January saw a visit from St John’s Ambulance to Class 3 for ﬁrst aid training, along with a ‘Solve it’ workshop and a Stargazing visit to Pitsford School. Class 3 were very busy in the ﬁrst couple of weeks! Our thanks to Rev. Andrew Taylor-‐Cook and his collec:ve worship team, who have been leading weekly assemblies in school. The children have enjoyed his input, par:cularly learning the Lord’s Prayer in sign language. School Council raised money for new playground equipment through a Valen:ne’s Cake Sale. We’ve also enjoyed a whole school Coast Day, have celebrated World Book Day when the children and staﬀ dressed up in costumes connected to the coast and the sea, and raised money for Sports Relief. In March the whole school enjoyed visits from Steelebacks, the Quantumn Theatre and the Waste Educa:on Bus. The whole school also enjoyed learning about the coast further following their visit to the Sealife Centre in Birmingham. Children in the older classes have developed their skills in PE through Archery Coaching and Cricket Coaching. Well done to our Archery team who came 3rd in the Daventry District Compe::on. They have also furthered their musical skills through guitar tui:on. This term children are also looking forward to a whole school circus skills day, a visit from ‘Zoolab’ and other exci:ng learning opportuni:es linked to our whole school topic of ‘Brazil’. As I write this, the Year 6 children are just ﬁnishing their SATs. They have worked very hard and we are proud of all their achievements. Time seems to be ﬂying by for our eldest children who we will soon be saying a fond farewell to, as they begin their journey at Secondary School. I am also pleased to share that Mrs Claire Radd has been appointed as the Head teacher from September 2014 when I leave. It is with mixed emo:ons that I have resigned, but wish to spend more :me at home with my young children. I have every conﬁdence that the school will con:nue to go from strength to strength under Mrs Radd’s leadership. Sarah Stoppani, Head Teacher
Message from Reverend Andrew Taylor-‐Cook A few years ago in a Service at Derby Cathedral, Canon Geraldine Pond asked the ques:on, “Who do you think you are?” She was referring to the television programme at ﬁrst and then asked us to think about the ques:on for ourselves. ‘Who do ‘I’ think I am?’ A couple of days later a very good friend of mine asked me the following ques:on, “How are you?” She then followed through with the word, “Really!?!” Sensing that that wasn’t quite true she then asked, “How are you ‘really’ feeling?” Following our conversa:on she then said, “No maLer how busy you get -‐ don’t lose sight of Andrew!” I jokingly said to her, “Andrew – who’s he?” My friend’s remark set me thinking about ‘Andrew’ as to where he’d gone in the midst of all his work and training -‐ which in turn, set me thinking about Canon Pond’s ques:on, “Who do ‘I’ think I am?” When I was accepted for ordina:on training, everyone was really excited and delighted with the news, everyone except, Kathleen. Kathleen was a colleague in a previous diocese, and the reason for her sadness over the news was because she feared that I’d become lost in the ordina:on training and come out the other end, like so many other priests she’d met. Meaning, we begin our training with our own personali:es and uniqueness, and come out the other end -‐ all the same! I assured her that that wouldn’t happen – and to my knowledge it hasn’t. Or has it? Maybe the jury is s:ll out on that one. Those of us who profess to be Chris:an ﬁrmly believe that through God, we can encounter endless discoveries and challenges which help shape and re-‐shape who we are. My journey of discovering who Andrew really is s:ll con:nues because it hasn’t come to an end yet. God keeps helping me to discover new horizons; new challenges and new possibili:es, which in turn, helps to shape and re-‐shape who I am. So to ask myself the ques:on, “Who do I think I am?” isn’t that simple or straight forward. How about you? Who do you think you are? .........Really!?! Happy exploring!
St Andrew’s Heritage Society Community Project It is very encouraging to see the addi:onal and frequent uses that the re-‐ordering of St Andrews has facilitated; the new toilet, Café Doris, Monthly Lunch Club, Youth Club, Special Events and the many uses that the Social Area provides for both formal and impromptu mee:ngs. We con:nue to hear good reports from users, which indicates that the addi:onal facili:es are proving popular, and we therefore believe it has been money well spent. You may remember that in a previous ﬁnancial year we have acted as agents for the PCC of St Andrew’s in receiving and handing over grants for the Community Project; and of course we donated some £2000 ourselves for the Toilet Fund element of this work. Some £5000 of those grants s:ll remains in our care, and we have currently earmarked this amount for the proposed new Hea:ng Project in St Andrew’s. It is about 25% of the total amount needed we understand, and if the PCC provides a similar amount, there will s:ll be about £10,000 of gap funding required for the whole system. The provision of addi:onal modern and sustainable hea:ng in St Andrews will allow the con:nued and successful use of the building throughout the Winter months and is something that we are therefore encouraging. It is proving more diﬃcult to obtain permission from English Heritage and the Historic Building inspectorate to install the chosen air-‐to-‐air system in our Grade 1 listed church, but we are s:ll suppor:ng this much needed venture. Other Projects There is s:ll much we can do and support we can provide for improvements within our church, for example moving the organ and crea:ng a permanent outreach mee:ng room in the Vestry. These will no doubt be the subject of our eﬀorts in future years. Fabric We were pleased that the latest statutory Quinquennial Inspec:on in 2011 reported that most of the building was in a good state of repair, and whilst we do not expect issues of major maintenance in the short term, we are always mindful
that costly interven:on is seldom far away – it is a medieval building aier all, and oien reminds us of that fact. So we do have a reserve fund available for such purposes as well. This is the reason we were formed in 1995 aier all. Please remember that more prospec:ve members are always very welcome to join us. We are very much a secular organisa3on. All surplus funds will con3nue to be reserved for improving the fabric of St Andrew’s Church. Alison Benne<
An independently run Community Coﬀee Shop in St Andrew’s Church It’s hard to think that we only started opera:ng on 28th May 2013, and have now completed our 1st year in service. We have aLracted a very loyal band of customers, and a big ‘Thank You’ to you all – we will con:nue to try and improve and develop in accordance with our core values. Our espresso machine has had its ﬁrst service also, and with a few tweaks is now ready to give even beLer results re crema, ﬂavour & quality – we promise!! Fully equipped with new crockery, which we hope you like, we are all ‘go’ for the forthcoming Summer rush. Also the new commemora:on bench has arrived for the South Door to make the outside space even more conducive on warmer days. ✓Our aim: to serve the very best Coﬀee, Tea and Cakes in our area. ✓We are ‘not-‐for-‐proﬁt’ run by volunteers hoping to make SpraLon a beLer place to live and work in. ✓Our promise: you don’t have to pay if you are not happy about anything. ✓Our coﬀee beans are freshly roasted, and ground ‘on demand’ especially for you when you request your drink. ✓Our water is ﬁltered, & even double ﬁltered for tea. ✓We want you to enjoy this unique Grade 1 registered place. ✓We hope our ‘grade 1’ coﬀee and tea helps to achieve this! Join us. We are open every Tuesday & Thursday morning.
Sprabon Villagers Show Oﬀ Gardens Again On Sunday 11th May, the village’s premier gardeners once again opened their gardens to the public as part of the Na:onal Gardens Scheme which raises funds for mul:ple chari:es.
Turnout was slightly lower than previous years due to the adverse weather forecast for the day. As it happened the rain largely stayed away and those that did support the e v e n t w e r e t r e a t e d t o s o m e hor:cultural highlights in some breathtakingly beau:ful gardens, as well as some outstanding home made cakes at the Church. Well done to all concerned.
‘There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.’ On Sunday 22nd June, we have a coach ou:ng to the south of the county to visit three private gardens, Steane Park where we will have a gardener-‐guided tour, and two gardens in Sulgrave. Booking forms have been sent to all Club members, but if others want to come on this, please contact Michael Heaton on 846032 soonest. On Monday 7th July, we have an evening self-‐drive trip to Sulby Gardens, a recent ‘discovery’ by the NGS and well worth visi:ng. Names will be collected on the 22nd June ou:ng and over the telephone. This will leave our long-‐awaited visit to Kew for 14th September, which we are sure will be very popular. Details will be circulated in August. For those members who are not already aware, the dates of our autumn mee:ngs have been changed to Thursdays, and are as below. Thursday 9 October 8.00 p.m.
“Know and grow unusual vegetables” A talk by Sally Cunningham
Thursday 6 November 8.00 p.m.
"Life and Emes of a gardening editor" A talk by Geoﬀ Hodge
Thursday 4 December 8.00 p.m.
Annual General MeePng and Social Evening
News From Sprabon Rec Commibee Just a reminder that most Car Boot Sales are on a Friday evening (dates in the shop window), with the excep:on of Sept and Oct which will be on a Sunday. There is also a Dog Show planned for the 21st Sept. We are s:ll having 'problems' with dog mess on the Recrea:on Field, we are monitoring this, but may have to impose a ban on dogs (as Creaton have done on their ﬁeld) if the situa:on does not improve. Thanks to the Community workers team for pain:ng the skatepark and the wooden rail fence... a good job done! Once again we appeal for new commiLee members, we are ge~ng desperate now, as no-‐one seems to want to help out in any way. How great it would be if some enthusias:c people would 'come forward', there's a lot of scope for improvement/development on the Rec, along with fund raising ideas etc. It's your playing area, why not 'have a say' in what happens there? Please do get in touch. Please contact Trevor on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sprabon Pocket Park Report The ﬁrst of the wild plants have already given us a display and we are eagerly looking forward to this year’s sequence of colour and variety as the various wild ﬂowers show themselves. The wild-‐ life is ac:ve already even down to the Yellow ants add-‐ing to their ant hill homes and :ny new Grasshoppers which you need a magnifying glass to see at this stage. The Bug Hotel (see photo) has been built at the boLom of the Pocket Park and we look forward to seeing who takes up occupa:on. Dave Cooke has re-‐seeded the area damaged by the works and we are looking forward to a year when the old cemetery will be enjoyed by more and more people. The iron gates have been ﬁled down to make them close easily and the remaining restora:on work has been the rubbing down and repain:ng of the ironwork at the front.
Hotel Du Bug
None of this could have happened without the invaluable support of Dave Cooke, SpraLon Parish Council and of course the Heritage LoLery Fund which has provided the majority of the money to carry out the necessary works. Many thanks to all! The oﬃcial opening of the Pocket Park will be on June 14th and the children from the Primary School have already visited in prepara:on for their photograph and collage compe::ons to be judged on the day. Everyone is invited to meet there for refreshments and the oﬃcial opening at 3pm when the ribbon will be cut by Mrs Pasley-‐Tyler.
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Photo Founder Steps Down Quite an event was marked recently when the chairman and founder of the SpraLon Photography Group, Peter Hunt, decided to step down aier three successful years at the helm. When Peter ini:ally thought to see if anyone else in the village was interested in forming a photography group, he expected it might be just a few friends mee:ng irregularly in his studio. Much to his surprise nearly thirty people responded! Peter's ini:al vision may have been somewhat diﬀerent, but he rose to the challenge of steering the larger group through its forma:ve years with much dedica:on, grace and good humour. The group now has monthly mee:ngs in the primary school hall, a programme of educa:onal speakers and prac:cal evenings, regular open and theme compe::ons and also takes part in the county wide Badby Challenge. Peter will con:nue his associa:on with the group but moves to the back benches to let the new chair and commiLee take up the reigns. Addressing the group he welcomed the chance to have :me to improve his own photography while also s:ll enjoying the work of others. He urged the group to con:nue to grow, expand and improve the quality of our work and most importantly, encourage others to join in the fun! For details of the group contact alan.roﬀey@b:nternet.com or see www.spraLonphotog.co.uk
The next issue of the Sprabon Parish Newsleber will be published in September 2014. The copy date for editorial and adver:sements is
Friday 22nd August Adver:sing costs per annum (4 issues) Quarter page £20 Half page £40 Please contact the editor, Tim Forster 07979 705910 :email@example.com
New Babies & Tots Groups in Sprabon Our Babies and Tots Group is held in the hall at SpraLon C of E School every Wednesday morning from 10am -‐11.30 am during term :me. Admission is 50p (this covers the cost of tea and coﬀee). We have children ranging from just a few weeks old to 3 years +. They are brought by their mothers, fathers, grandparents or carers and we are very pleased to welcome new visitors. The head teacher and all the staﬀ at the school are very suppor:ve to the group. When possible, two teachers join us on alternate weeks. Mrs Frenchman usually reads a story and Mrs Radd plays her guitar and sings to the children. We have a wide range of play ac:vi:es and look forward to some really nice weather so that we can enjoy outside play on the school ﬁeld. I n a d d i : o n t o t h o s e f r o m SpraLon, children are very welcome to aLend from the surrounding area. We already have children from other villages and even if you are just visi:ng SpraLon, don’t hesitate to call in – we would love to see you. For any further informa:on, please telephone the school: 01604 846530 ChrisEne Hunt 33
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10 QuesPons for Barry Frenchman How long have you lived in Sprabon? Judith and I moved to SpraLon in November 1993 with our 2 young children, who were 8 and 5 respec:vely. They both aLended the Primary school when there were over 80 children on role! Previously we had lived “Up North” but really consider ourselves from No~ngham. What do you do for a living? We moved with my job at the :me which was involved with marke:ng but aier a short while I became self-‐employed and have been ever since. I am involved in the contract and oﬃce furniture trade providing products for schools, oﬃces and leisure facili:es all over the country. I also sell safes and secure storage solu:ons to the same market. With MP Chris Heaton-Harris
Why do you live in Sprabon? SpraLon seemed the ideal choice as we had previously lived in towns and Judith, being a teacher, loved the village school. As we didn’t really know the area it seemed as good a choice as any! Looking to the future we chose SpraLon based on the good reputa:on of Guilsborough School. Aier a few years of working in various schools in the area, Judith got a job at the Primary school and has been there ever since. Do you have a family? Yes, my wife Judith and our two children, Ben and CharloLe, both of whom are now grown up and have ﬂown the nest! What do you like about Sprabon? We love village life and are very involved with many aspects of it. Another advantage of SpraLon for us is that it is not too far a drive to No~ngham where our parents and other family live and it allows me to retain my season :cket at No~ngham Forest FC which I have had now for over 30 years (I think my ﬁrst one cost £18 to stand in the Trent End!). SpraLon is a great place to live and bring up children, although to some we are s:ll new to the village!! What don’t you like about Sprabon? I do miss the facili:es that you get rela:vely nearby by living in a town like a gym/pool, theatre, cinema, shops and so on.
What do you do to relax? Many of you will also have seen me pounding the streets of the village as I try to keep ﬁt by running; the Brampton Valley Way is good too but a liLle too ﬂat! Gardening also seems to take up an awful lot of :me. Have you travelled? We love travelling both in this country and further aﬁeld and have just recently returned from North Yorkshire where we toured around in a vintage VW camper van. Why did you join the Parish Council? I became involved in the Parish Council about 15/16 years ago when I was asked to help mediate in a dispute. Having agreed to help it wasn’t long before I was co-‐opted onto the council and a year or so later was asked to be Chairman and have been ever since. It sounds grand to say but the role does relies heavily on the help and support not just of the Clerk but all the other members of the council.
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I have overseen a few conten:ous issues in my :me from the building on the Rec, to the Folk Fes:val, the Broomhills and other planning applica:ons, as well as the current op:ons on the Neighbourhood Plan. It’s all good fun really!! The Parish Council is one of the most ac:ve in the district and tries to be involved in all aspects of our rural life to make this an even beLer place to live. Four years ago I was also asked to stand as Ward member for SpraLon at Daventry District Council and at the recent elec:ons was voted in for another 4 years with an increased majority. Thanks to all those that took the :me to vote at the elec:ons, a near 40% turnout is really good but I would like to see it even higher. What are your Summer holiday plans this year? This Summer we are ren:ng a coLage in France and our children are coming as well, with Ben ﬂying in from Germany where he currently works aier several years in Japan; CharloLe is a liLle nearer as she lives near Leeds!
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Published on Jun 9, 2014
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