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Newsletter from AboutMyArea/NN12 - Towcester News edition 501
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welcome to your AMAZing newsletter
covering Towcester, Silverstone, Whittlebury and the Villages of NN12

Newsletter introduction...

Horse racing resumes at Towcester tomorrow lunch time. Later in the day the public consultation at Silverstone on the Circuit's Masterplan - details in the newsletter.

This weekend, the Tows are home to Bugbrooke in a cup match with an earlier kick off of 2 pm. The Mayor of Towcester's Ball takes place.

The Lambing Weekends continue at the Old Dairy Farm all weekend and on Sunday Pattishall Craft Fair takes place.

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 

Towcester Wildlife Group Meeting The next meeting of the group will be held on Monday 20th March 2017 starting at 7pm at the Mill Towcester. Andrew Jackson of Brackley Hogwatch will be talking about hedgehogs and what we can all do to help them. Read more...

Sahara Force India teams up with new hospitality partner MEZA Sports As the team’s Official Hospitality Partner, MEZA Sports offers exclusive access to the Sahara Force India guest suites where clients can watch the track action, enjoy the finest cuisine and meet the team’s drivers. Read more...

Strakka Racing announces 14 driver line-up for Blancpain GT Series challenge Multiple champions in GTs and single-seaters form part of massive 14 driver line-up across its four-car Sprint and Endurance Cup entries Read more...

Rotary Young Artist and Photographer Competition local winners The Rotary Club of Towcester is delighted to announce the successful completion of the local stage of the Rotary Young Artist and Young Photographer competition. Read more...

Silver Arrows wrap up pre-season testing with monster mileage Brackley based F1 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed 107 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the final day of 2017 pre-season testing in Spain, taking total winter testing mileage for the new F1 W08 EQ Power+ to 1,096 laps - 5,102 km. Read more...

South Northants billing underway Around 42,000 letters were posted by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) this week as householders and businesses receive their personalised local tax demands for 2017/18. Read more...

Event to showcase wealth of youth opportunities Anyone who has said there is nothing for young people in Towcester, should visit Sponne School on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 when more than 30 youth groups will be promoting their activities. 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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

The Cutting Garden Workshop The Cutting Garden Workshop at Bay Tree Cottage on Thursday 16 March 2017 (9.30am-12.30pm; £45pp) 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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Car Club Numbers Top The Magical Ton In Record Time A century of clubs already confirmed for 2017 Silverstone Classic Read more...

Tough New Penalties For Mobile Phone Use Behind The Wheel Six points and £200 - tough new penalty for mobile use behind the wheel Read more...

Towcester Horse Racing Preview LIZZIE Kelly is booked to warm up for her Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup ride on Tea For Two on Friday by partnering course winner Brown Bear at Towcester 24 hours earlier. Read more...

South Northamptonshire residents urged to show support for cost saving partnership Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of SNC, said: “Sharing staff, a Chief Executive and a joint management team has proven to be hugely successful in creating significant cost savings and delivering transformational change across both councils. Read more...

Sahara Force India To Race In Pink! Sahara Force India signs partnership agreement with BWT Read more...

Tows come up just short against strong Sheffield side Towcestrians produced a battling display to push promotion chasers Sheffield all the way in this hard fought encounter at Greens Norton Road, coming up just short but still claiming two valuable losing bonus points to keep them five points clear of trouble in the league Read more...

Silverstone Circuit to hold Public Consultation on Masterplan Application The Silverstone Masterplan was originally approved in 2012 and is the next big step towards securing the long-term future of the international venue which is owned by the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC). Read more...

Brackley Residents Take Public Services Sweet Challenge After visiting Brackley last month to raise awareness of the cross-party campaign to save the Horton Hospital, Labour Party members returned to the South Northamptonshire town on Saturday to discover the impact of the Government's economic policy. Read more...

Brackley Town Hall Stained Glass Competition Brackley Town Hall stained glass competition - take part Read more...

Sahara Force India Ready For Melbourne Sergio Perez: “I think we are well prepared for Melbourne. We’ve been reliable this week and hit our targets in a lot of areas Read more...

Plum Park Hotel Is Hiring We are looking for both full time, part time and seasonal staff with immediate starts. Read more...

Choir In Crisis We currently have 30 active members and are looking to increase our numbers. To join the choir all you need is an enthusiasm and a love of singing. 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...

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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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...

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

Mother’s Day gifts from Towcester Mill Brewery Towcester Mill Brewery’s new shop at Bell Plantation Garden Centre has plenty of ideas just right for mum if you need a little inspiration! 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Towcester Lions Club Support Deafconnect Towcester and District Lions Club, the local branch of the global charity Lions Club International, presented a cheque for £250 to the Northampton based charity, Deafconnect, just one of the local charities that the Towcester club raises funds for to help keep them running. Read more...

Work to begin on new gateway to Towcester The expansion of Towcester will start on Monday, 6 February 2017 with the construction of a new A5 roundabout immediately south of the town. Read more...

Towcester Tidy Up 2017 Results I would particularly like to thank 1st Towcester Scouts who together with Parents and Leaders numbered 30 in total over the 3 sessions plus the Towcester Air Cadets who came out in force on the Sunday afternoon session. All of those plus our “regulars” made it the most successful in terms of locals volunteering ever. Read more...

Festive Easter Baking Children's Cookery Workshops Festive Easter Baking Children's Cookery Workshops
Fun for all the Family, Big and Small! - Thursday 6 April & Thursday 13 April; Morning (10am - 12pm) Afternoon (2pm - 4pm) Read more...

Silson AC caught speeding at Silverstone! Silson’s Cez Probert gained a shiny new PB at the Buckingham parkrun on Saturday morning and Alex Douglas did the same at the Daventry parkrun. Read more...

More Olympic Gold Medalists Gear Up or Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge Race Three golden rowers are latest to join celebrity grid in July • Mark Hunter, Greg Searle and Jonny Searle all pass MSA competition licence tests • Stars turn out for celebrity showdown at Silverstone Classic • Early Bird tickets now on sale with significant savings Read more...

Broad bean, quinoa, watercress and feta This is a fresh healthy summer salad combining peppery watercress with tender blanched broad beans and salty feta. You can make it in the short time it takes the quinoa to cook. Quinoa is a good gluten-free alternative to grains, but use bulgur or couscous if you prefer. Eat this for a light dinner or packed lunch – it holds up well for a few hours Read more...

Abthorpe pub sold! It’s possibly the most important piece of news to come out of our village since the Royal Visit by King George V in September 1913. Abthorpe pub has been sold!
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Have You Got What It Takes To Be An On Call Fire Fighter? Want to be more involved in your community but also want to join a profession, have a calling, to make a real difference?
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CEDAS 2017 Spring Budget Summary The summary outlines the issues that are most likely to be of interest to you. Read more...

Tradesmen fined over illegally dumped waste A pair of tradesmen who disposed of building waste ‘on the cheap’ have been ordered to pay a total of £2,784 in fines, costs and victim surcharges after it was later found dumped near a South Northamptonshire beauty spot. Read more...

Gold Stars Join Celebrities Racing At Silverstone Classic 2017 Olympic gold medallists Jason Kenny and Amy Williams on the grid • England cricket captain Mike Gatting joins star-studded cast • Latest line-up of team captains includes F1 racer Mark Blundell • Early Bird tickets now on sale with significant savings 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...

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...

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...

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...

£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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Half Price Entry For Families At National Museum Of Computing Milton Keynes families get half-price entry to The National Museum of Computing throughout 2017 to celebrate MK at 50 and the Museum at 10 Read more...

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

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

Media Preview Provides Free Testing For Silverstone Classic Competitors Competitors gearing up for another record-breaking Silverstone Classic (28-30 July) are being offered the welcome opportunity to test their cars in advance… and for free!
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