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September 2017

What did the Romans do for Burton Latimer?
A new date and venue have been announced for the previously advertised talk by Mike Luke about conclusions drawn from the archaeological dig in 2011, which uncovered the Romano-British farmstead and cemetery at the housing development off Higham Road. Mike's illustrated talk - which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, 4th October in the Civic Centre - will now take place in the John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane, at 7.30pm on Saturday, 2nd December. Tickets cost £4.50 (£3.50 for Heritage Society members) and are available from the Heritage Museum or the Farmers Market stall. Phone 01536 722722 for further details.
Heritage Society calendar 2018 - on sale now
The Heritage Society’s 2018 calendar ‘Burton Latimer’s Quiet Corners’, with photographs by Jeanette Hancock, is now on sale at £5.50 from the Heritage Museum and the Farmers Market.
Barclays Bank
Barclays Bank - potential closure of Burton Latimer branch announced
Barclays - which is the only bank to have a presence in Burton Latimer - has announced its intention to close its branch in High Street on 1st December 2017. However, there is a slim chance that this will not happen, as before the closure can go ahead the bank must do two things:
  • Carry out a full assessment and publish the reasons why the decision to close a branch or significantly reduce its opening hours has been made, and...
  • Following the announcement, ask for feedback from affected customers and their representatives (such as local councils and residents’ groups) and publish this along with how they have responded.
Barclays has now published its ‘Reasons for Closure’ document, and invites customers of the affected branch and other interested individuals or groups to give their views. You can do this by sending your comments to Councillor Maureen Jerram (who will compile a collective response from the Town Council to forward to Barclays) or by sending an email directly to Donna Hagan, Barclays Community Banking Director for Eastern Heartlands (donna.hagan1@barclays.com). You may also wish to sign (and ask your friends and neighbours to sign) BLTC's petition against the closure - which can be downloaded from the link below. Please return your signed petition forms to Maureen Jerram as soon as possible.
» Download a copy of Barclays 'Reasons for Closure' document
» Download BLTC's petition to keep the branch open
More meditation courses at the library
Burton Latimer Library will be holding two more meditation courses between September and November. The first 4-week course begins on Monday, 18th September, and runs each Monday until 9th October. The second course starts on 6th November and runs every Monday until 27th November. All sessions start at 2.30pm, and both courses are suitable for beginners or for anyone who has attended any other meditation sessions. The cost of each course is £15, which is payable upon booking. For further details, please contact the library by phone on 0300 126 1000 or by email at burtlib@firstforwellbeing.co.uk.
Burton Latimer Heritage Society - new exhibition now open
BLHS's next exhibition - called 'Wind and Water' - opened on Saturday, 2nd September, and tells the story of Burton Latimer’s water and windmills though the ages. Starting with the Domesday survey in 1086, the display covers 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 also describes how the windmill-powered water pumps were used by the ironstone companies, and ends by looking at today’s wind turbines on Burton Wold.

The exhibition at the Heritage Museum in High Street is open from 10am to 1pm every Thursday and Saturday, until Saturday, 2nd December. As usual, entrance is free.
» Visit the Heritage Society 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 7th October. 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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