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Newsletter from AboutMyArea/NN12 - Towcester News edition 500
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covering Towcester, Silverstone, Whittlebury and the Villages of NN12

Newsletter introduction...

A little bit of a milestone with this newsletter - its the 500th and AboutMyArea/NN12 has been running over 10 years now in Towcester.

Friday of course its Towcester Farmers Market - on Richmond Road Car Park, in the morning.

A horse and pony point to point meeting on Sunday at Whitfield.

The Lambing weekends continue at The Old Dairy Farm both Saturday and Sunday too. 

Towcester Mill Brewery are celebrating British Pie Week - pie and pint with the Six Nations!

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 

The Cutting Garden Workshop The Cutting Garden Workshop at Bay Tree Cottage on Thursday 16 March 2017 (9.30am-12.30pm; £45pp) Read more...

Northamptonshire smokers urged to use No Smoking Day as time to quit Smokers in Northamptonshire are being urged by NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day, which takes place on 8 March 2017.
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Rotary Young Musician Competition semi-final success The Rotary Club of Towcester is delighted to announce that all three entrants from the Towcester area will be going forward to the Rotary Young Musician Competition District Final on 19th March 2017 at Leicester Grammar School. Read more...

Towcester Firm Provide 2017 Year End Tax Planning Guide As now is an ideal time to review your personal tax and business tax strategies, we have prepared our Year End Tax Planning briefing where we look in more detail at Year End Tax Planning ideas Read more...

Tough New Penalties For Driving While Using A Mobile Phone Drivers will now receive six points on their driving licence and a £200 fine - double the previous penalties. Read more...

Theft For Towcester Pharmacy Police Appeal Two women went into Lloyds Pharmacy on Watling Street East and took items including cosmetics, perfume, pregnancy kits, smoking aids, medicated pain relief pens and weight loss pills. Read more...

Technology Cluster to benefit from Silverstone Park Enterprise Zone status The UK Government has awarded Silverstone Park ‘Enterprise Zone’ status which could save companies locating to the high-tech business estate more than £250,000 in rates relief across the next five years. Read more...

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

St John Passion Saturday, 1 April 2017, marks the first concert for 2017 given by the Brackley Jubilee Choir. 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...

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

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

Tows battle hard but go down at Derby Towcestrians slipped to their 12th league defeat of the season, despite a battling effort at Derby, and remain in 8th place in the league but looking nervously over their shoulders with just 5 league games remaining, knowing that a couple more wins are still needed to see them over the line for the season Read more...

February Towcester Farmers Market The date of the next Farmers Market in Towcester is Friday 10th March 2017 in Richmond Road, car park in Towcester, Read more...

Estate Agents: On-line vs High Street - You Decide This week’s topic will hopefully dispel some of the myths surrounding the difference between High Street Estate Agents and those online, one in particular who claims not to charge commission! Semantics? Read more...

Best seller at Towcester Food Festival Best selling author Hanna Sillitoe will tell her inspiring story at Towcester Food Festival in June 2017. Read more...

Leek and Feta Fritters A very moreish starter or light lunch with a bitter leaf salad. The dip includes sumac, a deep-red, lemony spice used a lot in Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s increasingly available in supermarkets, but if you can’t find it, use a little extra lemon juice and a couple of grinds of pepper instead. Read more...

Seeking the Views of Brackley Residents on Government's Spring Budget With the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, set to deliver his Spring Budget this week, Labour Party members will be in Brackley on Saturday to learn about the impact of the Government's spending plans. Read more...

Old School AGM The Old School Annual General Meeting was well attended this year. Chairman Richard Gladdle commented that the change of date, more clement weather and the offer of free wine to attendees were all factors that encouraged villagers to attend. Read more...

Towcestrians Ladies Rugby Team have made history! Towcestrians Ladies Rugby Team have made history! This is the first time they’ve developed a ladies team. They are currently playing friendlies in order to enter a league. Since starting in the summer 2016, they have come on leaps and bounds, in the last fortnight playing in two friendlies! Read more...

Villages take a step towards shaping future developments Plans to give the villages of Nether Heyford and Pattishall greater say over developments in their communities have been approved by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC). 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...

Towcester Studio Band... Spring update! Towcester Studio Band return to St Michael’s Church Silverstone on Saturday 1st April to give a concert. We were last at Silverstone for an Armistice Concert during November 2015 and so everyone is looking forward to this ‘Fools Day’ event! The concert commences at 7:30pm, tickets are available on the door. Read more...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

More Than Two Race Distances For Sahara Force India In Testing Esteban Ocon covered more than two race distances, clocking 142 laps before the chequered flag. 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...

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...

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...

Gluten Free Cakes & Biscuits Workshop Gluten Free Cakes & Biscuits - Friday 18 March 2017 (9.30am-3pm) Read more...

Why you should use Rootgrow Rootgrow are one of the largest producers of mycorrhizal fungi, they pop it in a packet for us to sell. A natural organic product that loves to help plants grow, in return the plant helps the fungi grow, what a fantastic symbiosis developed over the several 100’s of millions of years. Read more...

Silson AC seek out the sun! Wow! What a busy weekend it has been for Silson AC with many of its members competing in various events locally, not so locally and in a whole other country! Read more...

Towcester Mill Brewery celebrates British Pie Week This week – Monday 6 March 2017 - Sunday 12 March – is British Pie Week, which has been running since 2007. Read more...

Northants Police call on public to help tackle increasingly complex and varied terrorist threat The appeal comes as new figures reveal information from the public has assisted counter terrorism police in a third of their most ‘high-risk’ investigations, helping keep communities safe. Read more...

Village Hall Quiz Night Paulerspury Village Hall Quiz night will be held on Saturday 1st April 2017 at Paulerspury Village Hall. Read more...

Safe Families for Children Free Training Course Safe Families for Children Training Course (Free) takes place on Saturday 18th March 2017, 9.30am-3.30pm at The Chantry House, Towcester 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...

Financial plans are a budget for quality and growth During a meeting of SNC’s full Council on Monday, 27 February 2017, members approved a budget of £12.4 million to deliver services to the district. That equates to an annual charge of £180.37 for the average band D household, up from £175.37 last year. 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...

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

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...

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...

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

Silver Arrows cruise past 130 lap mark as testing resumes in Barcelona Brackley based F1 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed 135 laps - just over 628km - of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Tuesday, as 2017 pre-season testing continued in Spain with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas taking turns at the wheel of the F1 W08 EQ Power+ Read more...

Community Safety workshop highlights rural issues The benefit of strong links with parish and town councils was emphasised at a workshop on tackling crime and safety issues in the west of Northamptonshire. 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...

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...

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...

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