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December - FIREBUG WARNING! - Please all be vigulant as we have recieved reports of Burnt paper being found at the Storage Shed at the rear
of the Memorial Hall and also inside The Shelter behind the hall, as if someone is trying to start some serious fires! This person/s need to be caught and could be connected to the numbers of fires in the locality before, during and after the recent Christmas Holidays.
If you see anything or anyone playing with matches...PLEASE REPORT THEM!
New number for Northamptonshire Police - Northamptonshire Police has introduced a new countywide telephone number for the public to use
when making non-emergency calls. As of Thursday 1 December 2005 the new number for all non-emergency calls to the Force is: 08453 700700.
An automated call handling system was introduced at the same time, giving callers who know the extension number they need, the chance to key it in. This will speed things up for them, and allow other calls to be answered more quickly as well.
Staff in the Customer Contact Centre answered 288,775 non-emergency calls last year –791 calls each day. Currently there are five local numbers in existence, depending on where you live in the county, all feeding in to a central switchboard. Northamptonshire Police hope that the introduction of the new number will make things easier for the public, with just one number to remember wherever in the county they are calling from.
It will also make things simpler for people when the four policing Areas merge into two later this year.
The new telephone number – 08453 700700 - is charged at the normal local rate and will continue be answered by call handlers in the Force Communications Centre.
The existing local numbers will gradually be phased out but will still connect to Police for the time being, until people become used to the new number. There is, of course, no change to the 999 number for emergency calls. The new number will be promoted across the county to ensure it becomes widely known.

FUND RAISERS - Christmas Eve Auction held at The Rose and Crown raised £2,100 for the Katharine House Hospice which was presented on Tuesday 19 January 2006. Since the auction started at the Rose and Crown over £30,000 has been raised -Thanks to all! Ann Hawkins reported that £274.00 was raised this year for the Poppy Appeal -some £57.00 increase over last year. Congratulations to Carol singers this year for funds raised for Katharine House Hospice Some £205.62 raised on visiting outlying farms and from the very small group who were only able to visit a tiny part of the village managing to raise £80.00!

"Bonjour Brackley" from the Continental Market - Brackley recently had its first visit from the continental market and those who visited the stalls were treated to a variety of continental delicacies and goods. From cheeses to chocolate, the choice was as varied as it was delicious.
The traditional french baguettes were snapped up as were the choccies and biscuits. It was encouraging to see a large turnout of customers for the event and thankfully the traditional British rainy weather held off. Hopefully it will not be too long before the market passes through again.

November - "NEW LOCAL NATURE RESERVE FOR NORTHAMPTON"- Storton's Pits in Northampton has been officially declared a local nature reserve. Local nature reserve status recognises the area's importance as an area of nature conservation value. Storton's Pits becomes the sixth local nature reserve in Northampton and will be managed by the Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of Northampton Borough Council, and the landowner, English Partnerships. The Wildlife Trust will be responsible for managing the area in accordance with their management plan, and opening it up for educational projects. The designation came as a result of the Brownfield Initiative being undertaken by Northampton Borough Council and English Partnerships. As part of a planning agreement relating to the construction of the new Southern Development Link Road from Sixfields to Harvey Reeves Road, funds have been made available for the creation of the nature reserve and for a ten year management programme.

October - "NORTHAMPTONSHIRE POLICE INVESTIGATE FARTHINGHOE VILLAGE FIRES" - Police on the Western Area are mounting an operation to investigate a series of fires in the village of Farthinghoe in Northamptonshire. There have been ten fires in the village in the last three weeks – six of them occurred last week. Now Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service are working together to investigate this series of suspicious fires, which are being treated as linked.
Police are carrying out high-profile patrols in a bid to reassure local people, and to deter the offenders. Posters and flyers are being distributed around the village asking for information and two events are being planned to allow villagers to have their questions answered. A public meeting will be taking place at 7.30pm on Thursday 20 October in the Village Hall. A senior officer from the Western Area will be there, along with the local officer and representatives from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. Then on Friday, October 21, the mobile police station will be in the village between 1pm and 3pm as a focal point for members of the public who would like to talk to police.

"JAPANESE DRIVERS DRIFT INTO SILVERSTONE FOR D1 DRIFTING GRAND PRIX" - On 2nd October Japanese drivers took Silverstone by storm, as thousands of 'drifting' and street car enthusiasts attended the Japanese D1 Grand Prix Series Exibition Match at the circuit.
Drifting' - where drivers use a combination of clutch, gears and braking, to manoever their cars sideways around the circuit at up to 100mph - is set to become the next big thing in motorsport. Already a national sport in Japan, next year should see many more drifting events in the UK.

February - "BT QUADRUPLES BROADBAND SPEED TO 2MB FOR FREE" - BT this month announced a transformation of its Retail broadband services. Customers will be able to work faster and download information quicker than ever before and at no extra cost. The move will mean BT's 1.4 million retail broadband customers will transfer to a new super-fast standard. Most consumer and business customers will have their speed increased up to 2 Mb – as much as four times faster than current speeds. Those with BT Broadband Basic will have their speed increased from 512k up to 1 Mb. Ian Livingston, CEO for BT Retail said: "BT is about giving value for money. Today we are offering customers up to four times the broadband speed without charging a penny more. It will allow customers to get even more from their broadband services for entertainment, education or communication."
These higher speeds will pave the way for new services such as video-over-broadband and also allow customers to get more from multiple connections. This will be ideal for families, for example, allowing them to simultaneously connect a PC, laptop, games console, or other internet-enabled device. Livingston added: "The internet is no longer simply about surfing the web or checking email. More and more people are enjoying online gaming, on-demand music and video over the net. BT is bringing applications of the future – such as video telephony – within reach of all our customers today. "Today's announcement will also help businesses maximise the massive opportunities offered by on-line trading and teleworking. We fully appreciate the critical nature of broadband for business, so in addition to 2Mb as standard, we are introducing a service level guarantee on our premium business product. "BT believes that UK consumers and businesses deserve to get the full benefit today of tomorrow's broadband applications and services. It's time to get the most from the internet." New speeds will become effective for new consumer customers from February 17 and for new business customers from April 1. Migration of existing customers will start from the same dates.
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