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November 2017

Burton Latimer Library is under threat - and risks being closed, if one of three options being considered by Northamptonshire County Council to save money goes ahead.

NCC's review of library services across the county outlines three options, and is asking for local resident's views:

  • Under options 1 & 2, Burton Latimer library would remain open
  • Under option 3, Burton Latimer library would close

The Friends of Burton Latimer Library have organised a public meeting on Tuesday 21st November at the Civic Centre to enable local residents to hear more about the options and to discuss how we can save our library.
» Download a poster about the public meeting
» Download Burton Latimer library's latest 'what's on' leaflet
» Find out more about Burton Latimer library
» Visit NCC's website to read about the options & complete an online survey

Good turn out for 'LET'S MAKE OUR TOWN SAFER' public meeting
Over 70 local residents attended BLTC's public meeting on 10th November to hear about recent and planned developments in local policing, advances in CCTV, and effective community schemes - such as Neighbourhood Watch, Speed Watch and Street Watch. A number of interesting points emerged from the presentations and discussion, including:
  • The nature of crime has changed over the last 25 years. Domestic violence, cybercrime, child abuse and sexual exploitation are now much more common - and the way in which the police operate has had to change to reflect those developments.
  • The police routinely analyse crime data and carry out risk assessments to identify localities that need most support. Burton Latimer has a low level of crime compared with the county average – but that certainly doesn’t mean the police ignore us!
  • We may not see as many 'bobbies on the beat' as we would like - but that doesn't mean they're not actively working to prevent harm in other ways (and not always in uniform).
  • Our town's CCTV produces good quality colour images (even at night, due to recently upgraded street lighting) with automatic number plate recognition.
  • Joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme (there are currently 29 in Burton Latimer) can reduce the likelihood of being burgled from 1 in 47 to 1 in 400, and can reduce household insurance premiums by 10%.
What's new?
The meeting heard about recent policing developments - including: the use of laptops and mobile technology to allow officers to work from anywhere with a wi-fi connection, instead of having to return to HQ to do paperwork; greater use of social media to raise awareness of police work, broadcast local crime alerts, and encourage community involvement; and a new structure within Northamptonshire Police. Each team now has a more clearly defined remit, and members of the community team (for example) are no longer drawn away from their designated role into unrelated areas of work. Also, members of the public will be able to arrange a meeting with a named Community Beat Officer at a local Appointments Unit.

Ideas for how to make our town safer
Suggestions from those at the meeting included having signs on entering Burton Latimer drawing attention to the presence of CCTV, investigating the possibility of using movable CCTV cameras (and maybe speed-recording ones in the future), installing three-way lights to control traffic at Colcott's corner to prevent accidents, and making stronger links between the police and local social media sites. A number of people expressed an interest getting involved with Neighbourhood Watch, Speed Watch and Street Watch schemes - for which the police will provide training and support. Others liked the idea of visiting the new police HQ and Kettering's CCTV control centre.

What happens next?
Those attending the meeting were encouraged to complete ‘interest’ forms noting their concerns, suggestions for making Burton Latimer safer, or schemes they would like to be involved with. After all the forms have been analysed - including those that are received after the meeting - an action plan will be presented to BLTC for approval.

For more information, please contact Councillors Maureen Jerram (t: 01536 725524, email: mjerram@tiscali.co.uk).
» Listen to a recording of the meeting

Scout Christmas Post 2017
The Kettering District Scout post scheme will be operating this year - at a cost of 30p per card. Collection boxes will be located at Bosworth's Garden Centre, Burton Latimer Library, Yeomans Court, Burton News, Sainsbury's and Glebe Stores.

Collection boxes will be available from Monday, 27th November, and the final posting date will be Thursday, 13th December.

Scout Post will deliver to:

Barton Seagreave Grafton Underwood Orlingbury
Braybrooke Isham Orton
Broughton Kettering Pytchley
Burton Latimer Little Cransley Rothwell
Cranford Loddington Rushton
Cransley Mawsley Warkton
Desborough Newton Weekley
Geddington Old  
Please do not post cards for places not on the list, as we will be unable to deliver them. We DO NOT deliver to Corby, Finedon or Wellingborough.

Please ensure that envelopes include the recipient's name and address - including house number, street name, town or village, and postcode (if known). Incorrectly posted or addressed cards will be kept until January 2018, if you would like to retrieve them.

Barclays Bank
Barclays Bank - LATEST NEWS on potential closure of Burton Latimer branch
BLTC's petition against the potential closure of Barclays' Burton Latimer branch raised an impressive 1,223 signatures from local residents.

However, the response received from Barclays doesn't hold out much hope of preventing the closure from going ahead.

In an email response to BLTC, Barclays states:

"Our aim is never to leave a community without the ability to complete essential transactions, and local customers also have the option of using the Post Office for these, or our nearby branch in Kettering which is well serviced by public transport.

When we make our decision to close a branch we are committed to undertake the following:

  • We continue to work closely with the Post Office and have extended the Post Office’s banking services to our business customers and improved our personal service offering.
  • We have organised Digital Eagle ‘Tea and Teach’ sessions on Wednesday 8th November and Wednesday 22nd November in Barclays Burton Latimer for those customers who want to understand more about on-line and mobile banking. These have been very successful elsewhere, with customers learning not only how to do their banking with their laptop or mobile (including the ability to pay in a Barclays cheque simply by taking a photograph of it) but also how to Skype their families and friends, email, order groceries online and access social media websites.
  • We have recently upgraded our telephone banking service to allow for easier identification of customers using Voice Biometrics and are in the process of deploying Barclays Video Banking where customers can use their own computer, tablet or smartphone to have a secure face to face conversation with Barclays at a time and place convenient to them.
  • Our local Barclays Business Managers, Premier Managers and Corporate Directors will continue to support customers on a daily basis once Burton Latimer branch closes – many of these meetings already take place at customer’s premises and will continue to do so.

We have been engaging closely with our customers and reaching out to the local community and believe the steps we have taken will ensure that the banking needs of the community continue to be met in the absence of a physical branch."

Sadly, as things stand, it looks as though Barclays High Street branch is scheduled to close on 1st December 2017.

Burton Latimer Ancient Parish Charity - winter fuel grants available
The Burton Latimer Ancient Parish Charity is just what is says - an ancient parish charity! It is an amalgamation of several charities that go back over four hundred years and is administered by nine trustees drawn from institutions and organisations within the town.

It is best known for grants that are made in the New Year to deserving applicants - mostly elderly - to help pay for winter heating costs. However, other grants can be made at any time of the year on the recommendation of medical or social workers, or other organisations, to help with costs not covered under National Health, national or local government schemes.

Applicants are asked to state their total income from pensions and all other sources before a decision is made by the trustees. The grants are modest, but can sometimes make a big difference to the recipient. The amount of the fuel grant differs from year to year depending on the income from the charity's investments and the number of successful applicants, and it is paid directly to the power supplier.

To apply - or to find out more - please contact: Becky Hall (Clerk to the Trustees), 23 Spring Gardens, Burton Latimer NN15 5NS. Tel: 01536 722113 / 07968 762192, or Ruth Groome, 1 Preston Court Burton Latimer, NN15 5LR. The closing date for applications is 31st December 2017.
» Read more about the history of Burton Latimer's Ancient Charities

Local artists' work on show
Burton Latimer artists Robert Pearce and Stella Benford have some of their paintings on show at the Kettering & District Art Society’s Exhibition held at the Alfred East Gallery, Kettering. The exhibition runs from Saturday, 7th October until Saturday, 11th November (closed on Mondays). Admission is free.
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.
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 exhibition
BLHS's current exhibition - called 'Wind and Water' - 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

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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