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Newsletter from AboutMyArea/NN12 - Towcester News edition 499
23rd Mar 2017
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welcome to your AMAZing newsletter
covering Towcester, Silverstone, Whittlebury and the Villages of NN12

Newsletter introduction...

March is here!

Today PSP Association on Watling Street in Towcester are holding their open day.

Tomorrow the history of the WI talk at the Evening WI meeting.

This weekend, the great Towcester Tidy Up takes place on Saturday and Sunday - only a few days after Doris showed her hand - they'll be busy, volunteeers needed - see the story.

The Lambing Weekends at The Old Diary Farm get underway for 2017 too.

On Sunday Towcester Mill Brewery takes part in PubAid, World's biggest quiz in aid of prostrate cancer. Not to mention a busy schedule on Friday and Saturday too, see story.

Full round up of all the news, what's on, sports reports, village reports and weekly recipe. Remember AboutMyArea/NN12 is updated all day every day.

James Rudd - Site Editor 

 

Silson AC launch their new website! The new club logo after changing the club’s name from Silson Joggers AC to Silson AC Read more...

Towcester Studio Band... Spring update! As we all look forward to the change in season and hopefully warmer weather, the members of Towcester Studio Band have been working hard to prepare for the Regional Qualifying contest of the National Brass Band Championships. The Midlands Area contest is held over the weekend of 11th & 12th March 2017 at Bedworth. Read more...

Ukulele Band Play To Pattishall Craft Fair Daventry based ukulele band, DukesUkes, are to perform at the Spring Craft Fair at Pattishall Parish Hall on Sunday 19 March 2017. Read more...

Towcester Mayor’s Charity Ball 2017 Towcester Town Mayor Cllr David Tarbun has a Charity Masquerade Ball at Towcester Town Hall on Saturday 18th March 2017, starting 7: 30 pm. The event is being generously sponsored by Jackie Oliver Estate Agents.
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Traditional Upholstery Workshops at Bay Tree Cottage If you have an old piece of furniture that needs some love, then come and join Bay Tree Cottage and learn traditional skills and techniques to restore it to its former glory!
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Minister Pledges To Bring Forward Towcester Relief Road The Minister for Transport, the Rt Hon. John Hayes MP, pledged his commitment to the early delivery of the Towcester Relief Road at a public meeting organised by the Rt Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP, Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire, and Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of South Northamptonshire District Council. Read more...

Storm Doris Claims Famous Alderton Cherry Tree Storm damage as Doris lashes South Northants... Read more...

Sahara Force India reveals new look for 2017 season Silverstone based F1 Sahara Force India launched its 2017 season today offering fans and media their first look at the team’s new car, the VJM10. Silverstone circuit was the venue as Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon pulled back the covers to reveal the team’s dynamic new look including an updated livery and expanded partner portfolio. Read more...

Towcester Rotarian rides across India to raise funds and promote Rotary The ride, which started in January 2017 was part of the Centennial Celebrations of Rotary International and also a fund-raising event for children’s charities. Read more...

The Hidden Potential Of Empty Properties Empty properties can often be overlooked but can offer potential buyers many benefits as they do not attract the same level of attention as furnished properties. Read more...

Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda renew contracts with Mercedes to end 2020 This date aligns with the expiration of the current Commercial Agreement with Formula One Management. Read more...

Out of Focus This is the 41st year of Potterspury Players’ productions and for 2017 the group is presenting a comedy. Read more...

Permission granted for utilities compound and allotment car park The site forms part of the Towcester SUE which includes 2,750 new homes, education, health, leisure, retail and employment space, as well as the Towcester A5 relief road. Read more...

Lois Weedon Flower Club Fun for a £5er Were you given some lovely Valentines flowers – did you just ‘plonk’ them in a vase? Read more...

Wetland Bird Survey in Northants Many of you will be keen birdwatchers and will probably have heard of the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) – an important national survey in which once each month during the winter thousands of birdwatchers go out counting ducks, geese, waders and other wetland birds Read more...

Date confirmed for Silson AC’s Silverstone 10K Grand Prix race On Saturday 28th January, the Midlands Cross Country Championships witnessed eight Silson AC juniors doing their club proud! Read more...

Howkins & Harrison Expand Rural and Planning Team In Towcester 2017 sees the expansion of Howkins & Harrison on Watling Street, Towcester. Read more...

Football at a slower pace now twice a week As the popularity of a new form of football gathers pace, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has doubled the number of its Walking Football sessions. Read more...

Time Flies When You’re having Fun Its amazing how time flies when you are having fun! We are having a ball getting ready for the new gardening season in our new skin. Read more...

Community comes together to improve Towcester The community of Towcester came together last week to plant seasonal flowers along the banks of the Mill Stream. Read more...

Silverstone Cricket Club Nets Following promotion to division 1 of the South Northants Cricket League, Silverstone start nets at Sponne School on Wednesday 8th February 2017 19.30 - 20.30. Read more...

Towcester Mill Brewery kicks off the Rugby Six Nations tournament with Crooked Hooker ale Towcester Mill Brewery is hoping its Crooked Hooker ale will go down a storm during February and March as the Rugby Six Nations kicks off on the 4th February 2017. Read more...

Smear test plea for women in Northamptonshire as screening attendance falls Eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK every day, and three women will lose their lives to the disease. Thanks to cervical screening and the HPV vaccination programme, cervical cancer is now largely preventable – although uptake of cervical screening is now going down every year. Read more...

SNC launches stricter policy for local cabbies The new policy aligns both councils’ policies, while also including a number of updates and improvements to ensure those who use taxis and private hire vehicles have a safe, reliable and pleasant experience. Read more...

Silverstone To Host World RX Festival Event From 2018 The FIA World Rallycross Championship has signed a deal with Silverstone circuit to host a new motorsport event in 2018 which will include World RX race action and other festival elements. Read more...

Sahara Force India Show Good Reliability Barcelona Test Report, 28 February 2017 Read more...

Spring Lambing Weekends At The Old Dairy Farm The lambing sheds will be open Saturdays and Sundays, between the 4th of March and 26th of March. Read more...

Towcester Tidy Up March 2017 The Towcester Tidy Up sessions organised by Towcester Rotary Club over recent years have been very successful and a lot of people were involved over the various sessions. Read more...

Towcester Mill Brewery takes part in PubAid’s World’s Biggest Pub Quiz for Prostate Cancer UK Towcester Mill Brewery in Towcester is rounding up the locals and taking part in PubAid’s World’s Biggest Pub Quiz on Sunday 5 March 2017 to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. Read more...

Strong start as Silver Arrows rack up the mileage on Day 1 in Barcelona Brackley based F1 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport kicked off the first pre-season test of the 2017 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton taking turns at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ Read more...

The History Of The WI The History of the WI - and what your local WI has to offer in 2017 Read more...

£1000 Prize For Northamptonshire's 2017 Best Village There is still time to submit your entry to the 2017 Northamptonshire Best Village Competition before the closing date of Thursday 16th March 2017 and win the prestigious title of the County’s Best Village 2017. Read more...

CED Accountancy Spring Newsletter Published In the article titled ‘New finance service’ we report on a new scheme for small businesses that are experiencing difficulty in raising finance. Businesses which have been refused finance by their bank may be referred to three finance platforms giving them access to other finance providers. Read more...

Beef & kale fajitas with re-fried beans & avocado I doubt the winters are ever that harsh in Mexico but this dish has been honed to deal with a dark Devon winter. Read more...

An Update on Avian Flu - Good News For Towcester! Currently it is proposed that Towcester and the surrounding areas will be excluded from the high-risk restrictions of keeping poultry or captive birds in houses, or separate from wild birds. Read more...

Horse and Pony Point-to-Point Racing Horse and Pony Point-to-Point Racing on March 12th March 2017 at Whitfield racecourse. Read more...

Pilot scheme to reduce empty properties given the go ahead Earlier this month, SNC’s Cabinet approved a report outlining proposals to award business rates incentives to bring back into use empty properties in Brackley and Towcester town centres. Read more...

Wedding Flowers Workshop Whether you are the bride-to-be, the mother of the bride or just a good friend, this is the perfect workshop for anyone taking on the task of doing flowers for a wedding! Read more...

Get Your Cycle Serviced Before You Need To Use It Now that the days are getting longer, and hopefully the weather is getting warmer, are you thinking of using your bike a little more. Read more...

Record breaking start to 2017 for recycling in South Northants With a recycling rate of just over 60 per cent so far for 2016/17, South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) is cementing itself as one of the best recycling authorities in the country. Read more...

James Allison to join Mercedes as Technical Director Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport announced today that James Allison will join the team from 1 March 2017. Read more...

Exceptional planning performance in challenging circumstances The latest figures show decisions made on building proposals in South Northamptonshire are made quickly and to a high standard. Read more...

Resurfacing and drainage work on A5 between Old Stratford Roundabout and Towcester The work will be undertaken in three phases. The first phase will start on 13th February 2017 until 14th May and the A5 will be closed in both directions between Old Stratford Roundabout and High Street, Potterspury. Read more...

Final hurdle for Brackley’s dream medical facility The dream of replacing Brackley’s much loved, but out of date Cottage Hospital, came a giant step closer this month after a full planning application for a new medical centre was submitted to South Northamptonshire Council (SNC). Read more...

Local MP Seeks Apprentice This is a unique opportunity to work in your local MP Andrea Leadsom’s constituency office based in Towcester with the additional prospect of working one day a week in Andrea’s Parliamentary office in the House of Commons. Read more...

MEPC’s £13m utilities upgrade at Silverstone Park continues with completion of 21 MVA electrical supply Completion of the supply – from 10km away in Brackley – follows a highly technical three-year project in conjunction with Western Power Development costing approximately £4.5m. Read more...

Marquee Specialists For Every Requirement DJ Marquees design and tailor the set-up around your requirements and budget, ensuring they cater for all aspects of your special day. Read more...

South Northants residents asked opinion on council tax proposals Households are being asked their opinion on proposals to increase South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) portion of the Council Tax demand by around £5 per year for the average sized home. Read more...

Celebrating The Summer Of Love - 50 Years Ago Friday night line-up announced for the annual Silverstone Classic • Top tribute bands to mark 50th anniversary of famous sixties festival • Performing the timeless hits of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Who • Early Bird tickets on sale until the end of March 2017 Read more...

Towcester Town Mayor raises more money for his chosen charities Towcester Town Mayor, Cllr David Tarbun raised another wonderful amount for his chosen charities at his January 2017 quiz night. Read more...

Car Club Numbers Top The Magical Ton In Record Time A century of clubs already confirmed for 2017 Silverstone Classic Read more...

Council backs parish calls to exchange phone lines with lifelines Attempts to repurpose British Telecom (BT) phone boxes so they can house community defibrillators are being supported by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC). Read more...

Calling all Ladies! Towcestrians Rugby Club have a newly developed Ladies Team who are looking for more females to come and give Rugby a try! Read more...

Volunteer Drivers Needed In South Northants Volunteer drivers needed to help residents in south Northamptonshire attend their medical appointments Read more...

PSPA Open Day Following the successful launch of our helpline and information service, which has seen the number of callers increase on a month by month basis, we are now looking for volunteers to support this service by answering calls to the helpline during the day Read more...

Food, music, quiz and plenty of beer at Towcester Mill Brewery this weekend! The next few days will be a busy time for Towcester Mill Brewery as it brings four days worth of food to eat, music to listen to, a quiz to enjoy and beer to drink to the heart of Towcester. Read more...

Moorgate Farm Vegetable Box Delivery Scheme Enjoy a seasonal selection of delicious farm fresh produce. Read more...

Busy First Day's Test For Sahara Force India Barcelona Test Report, 27 February 2017 Read more...

Construction to start on council run MOT station The MOT testing station, which will also service South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) own vehicles, was first announced last year, and will be sited at the council’s waste and recycling depot in Old Tiffield Road, Towcester. Read more...

Eating disorders can kill if people ignore the signs Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an international event to fight the myths and misunderstandings that surround eating disorders. The week will run from 27 February to 5 March 2017. Read more...

Mrs Audrey May Dancer RIP Abthorpe Church was packed for the funeral service of much loved villager Audrey Dancer who died recently at the age of 93. Read more...

Lib Dems – Pressure still needed to ensure earlier relief road Liberal Democrat councillors have given a cautious welcome to the guarded signals given from government that it is considering assisting developers complete Towcester’s relief road somewhat earlier than expected. Read more...

F1 Mercedes Launch 2017 W08 Challenger At Silverstone Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport launches W08 EQ Power+, looks ahead with excitement to 2017 challenge
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A ground-breaking moment in Towcester’s history On Tuesday, 14 February 2017 Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of SNC, Cllr Roger Clarke, portfolio holder for planning and environment, Richard Oldroyd, Regional Managing Director for Persimmon and Duncan Shaw, Director in Charge for Persimmon gathered to turn the first spade of earth at the site directly opposite Towcester Racecourse. Read more...

Travis to kick off musical entertainment at Silverstone British Grand Prix Travis to kick off musical entertainment at Silverstone British Grand Prix on Thursday 13 July 2017 Read more...

Slow start costs Tows as League tightens up Sandbach visited a packed Greens Norton Road on Saturday for a match that the Tows would have targeted as a must win in the season run in, with every point valuable to both sides as they looked to build some distance between the mid-table and the lower sides Read more...

South Northants Homes Appoints New Chief Executive Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) [That run South Northants Homes] is delighted to announce that Aileen Evans is to become its new Chief Executive Read more...

Local NHS governor elections There are a number of Council of Governor seats due for election by the end of April 2017, with the process starting in February 2017. Read more...

SNC Cabinet supports 10p a week Council Tax rise Proposals for a 10p a week Council Tax increase for the average band D property, received the backing of the South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) cabinet this week. Read more...

Patients are encouraged to use online services offered by their GP Many practices in Northamptonshire offer GP online services, including appointment booking, ordering of repeat prescriptions, and access to summary information in records. Read more...

The complete guide to getting hitched in South Northants Newly engaged people looking to get married in South Northamptonshire can now find all the information they need to plan their big day with the launch of a new, tailor-made wedding guide. Read more...

Stay well in the comfort of your own home Winter conditions can be seriously bad for patients’ health, especially for those aged 65 or over and patients with long-term conditions. It’s important that patients protect and care for themselves and those around them Read more...

Vine House Hotel Seeks Housekeeper The Vine House Hotel the award winning small hotel and restaurant based in Paulerspury near Towcester is looking to recruit a Housekeeper. Read more...

2017 Day Trips Announced All day trips pick up from Towcester and Brackley (* these trips will pick up from Bicester also). Read more...

FXTM partners with Sahara Force India in 2017 Silverstone based F1 Sahara Force India is pleased to welcome FXTM, the online trading platform for the forex industry, as an official partner ahead of the new season. FXTM branding will appear on the rear section of the car’s sidepod as well as on drivers’ and team clothing.
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St John Passion Saturday, 1 April 2017, marks the first concert for 2017 given by the Brackley Jubilee Choir. Read more...

Look Touch & Feel rebrand and relaunch Towcester digital agency Look Touch & Feel has completed a major rebrand and relaunch of its services, a statement released on the company’s blog confirmed today. Read more...

Have your say on future of South Northants jewel After those in Stoke Bruerne had their say, people across South Northamptonshire now have a chance to give their opinion on guidelines that will help shape the future of one the district’s most treasured villages. Read more...

South Northants Councillors witness recycling in action This week SNC members, including Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services, were joined by recycling officers and members of the collections team during a tour of the facility. Read more...

Get active the Nordic way in South Northamptonshire Those looking to stay active in 2017 can learn the technique of Nordic Walking thanks to a course hosted by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC). Read more...

Could You Offer A Loving Foster Home To A Teenager? Northamptonshire County Council is always looking to recruit more foster carers and there is a particular need for people who can offer a home to an older child in the 11 to 15 age range. Read more...

F1 Mercedes W08 Stretches Its Legs The W08 stretches its legs, completing its first on-track race simulation of 2017 Read more...

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