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October 2018

Burton Latimer's WW1 Heroes: "Lest We Forget"
Burton Latimer's Millennium Garden currently has a fitting tribute to the young men from our town who fought and died in the Great War of 1914-1918.

Each of the 104 Burton Latimer men who lost their lives in that conflict is commemorated in a poster - which will remain there until after Remembrance Sunday on 11th November.

This project to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice has been a joint enterprise between the Burton Latimer Heritage Society, the British Legion and Kensigns of Kettering - with most of the research work being done by local resident Tony Dacre.

Planning application to change Burton Cleaners to Domino's pizza takeaway - GIVE YOUR VIEWS
Domino's Pizza chain has submitted an application to Kettering Borough Council to replace Burton Cleaners in Churchill Way with a pizza takeaway.

The application (which involves a change of use, a new shopfront, a rear cold room extension, and the installation of extraction equipment) and supporting documents can be viewed on KBC's website (ref. KET/2018/0709). Comments can be submitted either in writing or by completing an online form, and should reach KBC by Thursday, 25th October 2018.
» View the application on KBC's website

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
» Find out more about the Pocket Park
» Download a poster

BLTC - bullet points from October's meeting
Burton Latimer Town Council met on Tuesday on 2nd October. The minutes will be published after they have been approved at November's meeting - but in the meantime, here is a taster of what was discussed or decided:
  • Linda Gregory, BLTC's newly elected 12th councillor, was welcomed to her first meeting
  • Four new benches have been purchased, and will be placed in various locations in Burton Latimer Pocket Park
  • The Burton Latimer website is currently undergoing a major upgrade. The new mobile-friendly website is expected to be launched before the end of this year
  • The 2018 Xmas lights switch-on is scheduled for Friday, 30th November. This year, 10 mini Christmas trees will be added to the festive decorations in the Churchill Way / High Street area
  • The date for next year's Duck Race & Fete has been agreed. The annual event in the Pocket Park will take place on Sunday 23rd June 2019
  • A new scenic footpath has been created on the edge of the town. The path follows a tree-lined route behind the Wheatfields housing development

Burton Latimer Medical Centre - proposal to close Finedon branch surgery
Burton Latimer Medical Centre has applied to NHS England for permission to close its branch surgery in Finedon, and to move all services to the Higham Road Medical Centre in Burton Latimer. The Medical Centre team believes that this will bring a number of benefits for patients - but would like to hear views on the proposal before a decision is made. Survey forms are available from the Medical Centre, or the survey can be completed online by visiting www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3JXBDS8. The closing date for feedback is Sunday, 11th November 2018.
» Download a notice
A windfarm windfall for Burton Latimer
Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF) is to receive over £40,000 per annum (index linked) from Infinergy - which is the company that runs the Burton Latimer windfarm. This money is ringfenced for projects within Burton Latimer parish - and when combined with the monies NCF already receives from the windfarm's northern extension, the total available for local projects is now well in excess of £55,000 per annum. What's more, the NCF money is in addition to the existing windfarm fund administered by Kettering Borough Council - which can only be used for energy saving / efficiecy projects.

More information about the scheme and details of how to apply for a grant are available on the NCF website at www.ncf.uk.com.

Burton Latimer Civic Centre
Office space at Civic Centre for hire
Burton Latimerís Civic Centre in High Street has a range of office accommodation available for rent at attractive rates.

The building is wheelchair-friendly, and the rental for the various office spaces on offer includes car parking, heating, lighting, and access to tea and coffee-making facilities. Wi-fi is also available if required, at a separate charge.

To find out more, or to discuss your needs in detail, please contact Councillor Fergus Macdonald (t: 01536 725922, m: 07767 398386, e: fergus39@verginmedia.com).

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

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 Fergus Macdonald.
» 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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