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August 2017

Burton Latimer Heritage Society - new exhibition opening soon
BLHS's next exhibition - called 'Wind and Water' - opens on Saturday, 2nd September, and will tell the story of Burton Latimerís water and windmills though the ages. Starting with the Domesday survey in 1086, the display will cover the history of the town's two watermills and windmills that existed in the past - including what they were used for, and what happened to them. It will also describe how the windmill-powered water pumps were used by the ironstone companies, and will end by looking at todayís wind turbines on Burton Wold.

The exhibition at the Heritage Museum in High Street will be open from 10am to 1pm every Thursday and Saturday, until Saturday, 2nd December. As usual, entrance is free.
» Visit the Heritage Society website

Have a go at hockey!
Kettering Hockey Club is offering anyone aged 16 and above a great opportunity to either get back to the sport, or be introduced to it for the first time through their 'Back to Hockey' sessions.

The sessions will be held on the Kettering Astro turf pitch (NN15 6PB) from 6.30pm - 7.30pm on six consecutive Tuesday evenings, starting on 25th July. The cost is only £3 per week, or £15 for all six.

It doesnít matter if youíre new to the game or haven't played for a while, as the 'Back to Hockey' coach will gently guide the group through a series of fun and friendly sessions. They will also take into account participants' fitness levels when planning and delivering each session - and the activities will also help to improve fitness over time.

You will need to wear comfortable sports clothing and trainers, and it is a good idea to take a still soft drink or bottle of water as well. The club will provide sticks, but if you have your own already then you are more than welcome to bring it. Shin pads and a gum shield are not essential to begin with - but again, you can bring them if you have them.

For more information on the Kettering 'Back to Hockey' sessions, and to register, contact Liz Metcalfe either by phone (07775 758786) or email (lizmetcalfe25@yahoo.co.uk).

Party in the Park 2017
This year's Party in the Park will be held on Saturday, 9th September. The organisers have planned an exciting programme of entertainment - including live music by local bands, a bouncy castle, real ale & prosecco bars, and a BBQ.

As well as being an enjoyable family-friendly occasion, the event also aims to raise money for our Town Mayor Maureen Jerram's chosen charities.
» Download a poster
» email the organisers

Burton Wold Community Wind Farm Fund - grants available
Community groups based in Burton Latimer or Cranford can apply for funding of up to £5,000 from the Burton Wold Community Wind Farm Fund.

This new fund has been established on behalf of Laing Construction to provide grants to support charitable, educational, environmental and community amenity projects that benefit residents in the parishes of Burton Latimer and Cranford. Its purpose is to benefit residents in the local community around the wind farm site, and will be available for the lifetime of the Burton Wold Community Wind Farm. Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the fund's independent administrator.

Please read through the fund's guidance fully before filling out an application form - which should be submitted by Friday 7th July to qualify for the next round of funding. You can also get advice on how to make an application by speaking to a member of the grants team on 01604 230033.
» Download a leaflet
» Visit website

Local education grants available
Burton Latimer United Education Foundation is again looking for applicants for a grant to assist with their costs in primary, secondary, further, and higher education - including university.

This scheme is for residents of Burton Latimer only, and is primarily to assist with monies needed during the education period. As a general rule, there is an upper age limit of 25 years. The Foundation promotes education (including social and physical training) and supports those in need of financial assistance by providing:

  • Scholarships, bursaries and maintenance allowances or grants, which are tenable at any school, university or college of further education.
  • Financial assistance for clothing, tools, instruments or books to assist people to pursue their education.
  • Help with travel costs for educational purposes.
  • Contributions towards the costs involved with preparing for - or entering - a profession, trade or occupation on leaving school or further education.
  • Grants for the two local schools for any projects they may be undertaking.

Further information and application forms can be obtained from Becky Hall, 23 Spring Gardens, Burton Latimer (tel 07968 762192, email rebeccahall2704@yahoo.co.uk). Application forms must be completed in full and returned by 30th September 2017 at the latest.

Is your TV on the blink?
A few local residents have reported problems with their TV reception since the three new wind turbines at Burton Wold Wind Farm South were installed. If you think you have been affected please get in touch with developers Infinergy, who will find a solution for you. Their contact details are: Don't put up with a poor picture. If the wind turbines are causing interference to your TV, Infinergy will sort it out for you.
Artists & crafters market
Don't forget to visit the new artists and crafters market after picking up your eggs, cheese, meat and veg at the monthly Farmers Market on Saturday 5th August. A wide range of unique products by local artists and crafters will be on display (and for sale!) at Burton Latimer's Civic Centre from 10am to 3pm. For more information - or to book a stall - please contact Eileen by phone (01536 724937) or email (eileendmurphy@btinternet.com).
» Download a poster
Burton Latimer Pocket Park
Pocket Park - volunteers needed
Burton Latimer's Pocket Park is a great place to walk, have a picnic - or just sit and relax - while enjoying the flora and fauna that thrive in the peaceful surroundings. It is also the venue for our town's annual Duck Race and Fete.

But it takes time and effort to keep the area looking good - which is why the Pocket Park team is asking for additional volunteers to help with events, and carry out vital maintenance work.

There's always plenty to do, and the work sometimes involves operating equipment - such as strimmers and grass cutting machinery - for which volunteers receive full training. All equipment and insurance is provided - so you just need to supply your own energy, enthusiasm and as much time as you can! For further information, phone Fergus on 07767 398386 or Maureen on 01536 725524.
» Find out more about the Pocket Park

Town Twinning Association - a call for new members
Since its formation in 1985, Burton Latimer Twinning Association has created formal links with the German village of Altendiez and the Italian town of Castelnuovo Magra. Exchange visits with the two twin towns have been organised from time to time - with the most recent being a highly successful trip to Castelnuovo Magra in 2015.

The Association has early plans to host a visiting contingent from Altendiez in 2017, and possibly from Castelnuovo Magra too. New members are always welcome - and if you are interested in joining the Association or wish to find out more, please contact Steve Thomas (Twinning Association Chair - tel: 01536 724309); Chris Thomas (Secretary - tel: 01536 724309); or Carolyn Tristram (Treasurer - email: carolyntristram@hotmail.com).
» Find out more about the Twinning Association and Burton Latimer's Twin Towns

BLTC meetings - recordings now available online
Burton Latimer Town Council now creates audio recordings of its monthly meetings.

The recordings are available online within a few days of the meeting taking place, and can be accessed for a further 12 months afterwards.
» Listen to a recording of August's BLTC meeting

The Local Offer
Northamptonshire's Local Offer
The Local Offer is a new source of information about services available in Northamptonshire for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities. Northamptonshire County Council - like all local authorities - is required to provide a Local Offer by The Children and Families Act (2014).

Northamptonshire's Local Offer has been put together in partnership with health services across the county, and includes information about: schools (maintained and academies) and how they support students with a special educational need or disability; special schools / provisions; specialist health services (Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy etc); social care services; specialist youth clubs and activities; parent support groups; training - and more.
» Download a leaflet
» Visit Northamptonshire?s Local Offer website

Burton Latimer Parish Plan - let's keep it going
Burton Latimer's highly acclaimed Parish Plan was published in 2012. The final document took account of views expressed in over 700 household questionnaires completed by local residents. The town council is now looking for interested local residents to join a small group to look at monitoring the actions in the Parish Plan, and to keep it active and up to date. This is a real opportunity to influence things in the town, and the group will meet around once every three months - so it won't be too onerous! If you would like further details please contact Maureen Jerram on 01536 725524, or by email at mjerram@tiscali.co.uk.
» Download a copy of Burton Latimer's Parish Plan
Burton Latimer Civic Centre - rooms for hire
The Civic Centre has a selection of rooms available for meetings and other events during the daytime or evening, from as little as ?10 per hour, with 50% discount for Charities and local community groups. Facilities include:
  • Disabled access, and wheelchair-friendly layout
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Large training room for hire
  • Wi-Fi available on request

For more information about renting office space at the Centre, or hiring a room, please contact Councillor Maureen Jerram.
» Download a leaflet Civic Centre room hire
» Find out more about the Civic Centre

Can you click it?
You can click it - YES YOU CAN!
Did you know you can renew a library book, report a pothole and apply for a school place on the Northamptonshire County Council website?

These are just some of the services which are available online as part of the County Council's Can You Click It? campaign, which aims to encourage people to visit the website for commonly-used services - including:



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