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December 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

If you intend to take part in this consultation, please make sure your comments or completed survey forms reach NCC by 5pm on Saturday, 13th January 2018.
» 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

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

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.
2017 Poppy Appeal - another successful year
Poppy Appeal Organiser for Burton Latimer, Cranford and Isham, John Peck, is pleased to report that this year the local branch has again received large donations to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. So far to date the total is £12,913.

John would like to give special thanks to the 60 door-to-door collectors who call on every house in the district - and raise more than a third of our total. He also greatly appreciates the support given by more than 70 local shops, pubs, clubs, schools, factories and organisations who have collecting tins and buy Remembrance wreaths, and the money raised by generous individual donations. The support from our Town Councillors - who are willing to give such practical help - is invaluable.

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.
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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