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Lighten Up! -Be aware of distraction Burglaries! (November 24) - Unfortunatley whilst England were playing at Wembley last week one of the residents in Charlton experienced a two people breaking into her home, sitting silently watching the match ,two invaders forced a front door and made entry.  The police have leads and consider this to be a random attack because the property was dark and appeared as if occupants were out -the description of these individuals were of Eastern European origin. DO NOT OPEN your door to anyone you do not know! -especially those selling door to door!  Please be extra careful as we approach the holidays, not to show anything of value looking through windows and the police recommend that when leaving your property leave some lights on and even consider buying some timer switchs that will operate random lighting -it will be less expensive to use some electricity than to be faced with replacing something valuable or repairs these criminals cause -or the fright of being face to face with them!

South Northamptonshire Council responds to proposed Post Office closures 20-Nov-2007 - South Northamptonshire Council is speaking out against the proposed closure of three rural Post Offices in the district. At a Council meeting in June, councillors voted to do what they can to support rural Post Offices against the threat of closure, and pledged to oppose any cuts to the Post Office network.
With the announcement today that the Post Office has proposed closing three rural offices in South Northamptonshire, in Chacombe, Milton Malsor and Old Stratford, Councillor Sandra Barnes, Leader of South Northamptonshire Council reiterated the Council's support. She said;
"We're very disappointed that these rural lifelines face closure because we recognise that local post offices are vital parts of the villages they serve, providing essential local services and a sense of community. We're already looking at other ways we can help local communities support their local facilities, so that these important services are not lost."
"We will be looking very closely at the proposals and will be formally responding to the Post Office's plans." Residents have a chance to have their say on the proposed closures. Visit and click on `network change' at the bottom of the front page. The deadline for responses is 10 January 2008.

A few words from an old "Fuddy-Duddy" - or "Old Fogie" of Charlton.....names I heard candied about regularly when referring to older residents prior to the Parish Council Elections. So I thought you might like to know what these "Old Fogies" (many still alive and involved) have done for our village and the community.
Raised major funds twice for the Church renovation and continue to support it through donations etc., at the Fete. Taken the village hall from an uninsurable, heartless wreck, with no amenities, dreadful floors and windows to what it is today. Taken the play field from a stone littered field to a viable sports field with a pavillion, play equipment and parking area. Campaigned to thwart the M40 coming through or close to our village. Policed the village and win the 'best village' award. Fund raised and campaigned to better and retain our wondeful school. Celebrated royal and war anniversaries with decoration, costume parties and street parties. Held regular bonfire and firework parties, plays, music hall and pantomimes from way back. Many clubs have been started, covering youth club and girls brigade to the older generation with Friendship Club.
Many have failed due to lack of support but many still survive. Fund raising activities have been:- Horse Rides, Gymkanas, Produce and Flower Shows, Dog Shows, Live Music Events, Midsummer Madness, Beetle and Whist Drives, Bingo, Halloween, Period and Victorian Evenings, Car Booting, Jumble Sales, Table Top Sales, Open Gardens, Carol Singing, Country and Maypole Dancing, Millenium Calendar, Group Trips to Plays and Panto's out of the village -We have campaigned to keep footpaths open, taken floral and fauna surveys -even Wilf Grant designed and made our commemorative lamp post and cemetery gates........I am sure in my dotage I have forgotten many other accomplishments of us village "Old Fogies"...... so do let me know and maybe we will start an "Old Fogies" webpage or website?..........Love and XXX's, from your Charlton Fuddy-Duddy
Name and address supplied-Webmaster October 2007

UPDATE: OCTOBER 2007 - I noticed that one of the activities listed in the Parish Plan was for an over 60's Club - We already have one!
It is called the Friendship Club. We meet every 1st Tuesday of the month at 2:30pm This group has been formed for many years and is open to any one over 60 years of age, male or female. Should you be interested to join telephone Anne Buckingham on 01295 811320 or contact Elaine Coville.

COUNCIL SENDS MESSAGE TO BENEFIT CHEATS (Date: 25-Sep-2007) - South Northamptonshire Council is sending a message to benefit cheats – no ifs, no buts, benefit fraud is benefit theft! Last year 112 people were investigated in South Northamptonshire. Seven of these were proven to be committing benefit fraud. Many of the others were found to be claiming too much and had their benefits reduced. Benefit fraud is a serious crime and the council is committed to targeting individuals that take advantage of the benefits that are available to those who actually need them. Councillor Stephen Clarke, chairman of the audit committee at the Council, said; "We are committed to making sure that those people who are entitled to housing or council tax benefits receive them, and we actively encourage their claims "But there are individuals that will try to get benefits dishonestly by making false claims or failing to tell us when their circumstances change. This is a serious crime and we would urge our residents to report anyone who is falsely claiming benefits they are not entitled to." You can report anyone who they believe is committing benefit fraud to the Council's benefit fraud section on 01327 322177. If you have information about someone who may be cheating the system outside of the South Northants area call 0800 854 440 All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence, you will not have to give your name and all information received will be followed up.

CHARLTON 100 - Friday 7th September 2007 -will be rembered by most as one of the most enjoyable days weatherwise this year, but for the villagers of Charlton it will also be known for a most enjoyable evening for the community. Lady Juliet Townsend and her family kindly supplied for all to enjoy in Park Field, Charlton an evening to celebrate Lady Juliet's family living in Charlton area for 100 years!
It was one of this years warmest evenings and all those invited were welcomed with drinks in a marquee followed by a delicious spit roast, all to the accompaniment of the Daventry Brass Band. A very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all with entertainment including a beautiful Carousel, traditional Swing Boats for the Children, Ice Cream for everyone concluded with a magnificent firework display.
The day will surely be etched on everybody's memory, especially the sight of the photographer hanging out of a tractor bucket! Our thanks go to all those who worked so hard setting up this event and to the Townsend family for kindly inviting us all there to enjoy it!

Calling all artists for Council Christmas card competition (Date: 19-Sep-2007) - Fancy seeing your artwork in print? This year, Councillor Graham Smith, Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council is holding a competition inviting artistic local residents to design his Christmas card. But the deadline is coming soon so get your entries in quick!  Images can be painted, drawn or printed and should represent or be inspired South Northamptonshire. Shortlisted pictures will be displayed at the Council offices and the winning picture will be reproduced as a good quality Christmas card to be sent out to councillors and local dignitaries. The winning artist will also receive 50 cards for their own use.
You don't have to be a professional artist to enter but when you're deciding what to submit, bear in mind that the card size will be no larger than eight and a half inches by six inches (portrait or landscape). To enter fix a label to the back of your work showing your name, address and phone number, plus the title of the work if it has one, wrap your work protectively and bring it to the reception at the council offices at Springfields in Towcester. Reception opening times are 8.45am -5.15pm (4.45pm Fridays) The closing date is Monday 15th October and Councillor Smith will be judging the entries that week. For more information about the competition, please contact Mhairi Mackay, Executive Secretary, on 01327 322312 0r email

NORTHMPTONSHIRE NEEDS MORE FOSTER PARENTS - Could you make a child's wish come true and offer them a loving home?
Northamptonshire County Council is appealing for more people to become foster carers and is sending more than 30,000 postcards to homes in Kettering and Corby over the next few weeks urging people to think about fostering. The county council wants to recruit an extra 50 foster carers who can offer short-term and long-term foster care to ensure it can place a child or young person in a home best suited to their needs.
The postcard features the words of one young person in our care who needs a foster family. 11-year-old Alex (not his real name) expresses the thoughts of many of our children and young people who would like a family they can call their own.
His message says; Dear All, My name is Alex and I am 11. For lots of reasons many children like me can't live with our own families and need foster families who can look after us for as long as we need it. We don't mind if you're single or married, have your own children or don't have children, are working or not working, own your house or rent. What we would like is people who will take care of us and let us enjoy doing the things other children do, and give us a family we can call our own. We are just waiting for you to get in touch. Love Alex x
Cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Joan Kirkbride said: "We are hoping that by directly appealing to people through these postcards they will take the time to think about fostering. In exchange for becoming a foster carer they will know they are making a big difference to a child or young person's life."
Anyone can foster - you can be single, married, divorced, in a same sex relationship, with or without children of their own working or unemployed, with or without formal qualifications. Contact to find out more: Fostering and Adoption Recruitment and Training Team PO Box 225 John Dryden House 8-10 The Lakes Northampton NN4 7DF 01604 236623

OLDER PEOPLE IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE HAVING THEIR SAY (August 21) - More than 400 people have now joined the Active Ageing network and are sharing their ideas about how to champion independence for older people. The network, which is run by older people, for older people, is supported by Northamptonshire County Council, Age Concern, Help the Aged and Serve. It was set up last year with the aim of supporting older people to live healthy, independent and fulfilled lives. It pledges to provide excellent services for older people when they are needed through organisations providing services for older people working together.
As part of the Active Ageing activity programme, the first summer outing is taking place this month. Anyone over 50 can attend the event which involves a gardening demonstration at Poddington Garden Centre followed by buffet and dance at John White Golf club. The event takes place on August 23 from 6pm. The cost is £6 per person, including transport, or £3 not including transport. The 2001 census registered nearly 90,000 people aged 65 or over in the county; one estimate suggests that there could be 155,000 people of that age living in Northamptonshire by 2021 - nearly one in five of the whole county population.
The idea of active ageing is that it's not just health and social care services which promote independent living for older people, but also services like housing, income, leisure, transport, social networks and community safety. Cabinet Member for Community Care, Rosemary Bromwich said: "This event will be a great opportunity for older people to make new friends while enjoying a great evening out. "They can also find out more about the Active Ageing network and become a member. By becoming a member people can have their say at local meetings, start their own group, get their ideas heard by those who can make things happen, meet new people, learn new things and help take action.
"Anyone living in Northamptonshire aged over 50 who wants to enjoy life, find out what's happening in Northamptonshire, get information on issues relating to health and well-being can join." To book a place on the summer outing or join the Active Ageing network people can; Telephone Sue Ousley on 01604 236284 or Email her on or Visit the Active Ageing website and fill in the online joining form at

JOHN CLIFFE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE (JULY) - The first meeting was held on 26th June and attended by Sue Cliffe, several parents, staff and Governors and the key decisions were made: The fund and associated purchases will run until the end of 2007. Monies donated will be in the Friends of the School account. The main purchases that the fund will to support depending on donations recieved are:
* A Large gazebo/shelter to provide shade in the playground and outside education area, to incorporate a plaque in dedication to john.
* A small shelter.
* A Willow play area.
Sid and Linda Baker are producing an honourboard dedicated to the Heads of the School since it opened and will have a prominent place in school.
The Year 5 and 6 children planted bulbs with Mrs Anderson and Mrs Everatt earlier in the year.
The Year 6 children are arranging their own memorial gift for the end of term.
The committee will meet again in September. If you would like to make a donation, please forward to the school office (Cheques made payable to Friends if the School).

HORTON FIGHT GOES TO HEALTH SECRETARY (12 July) - PLANS to end the 24-hour children's ward and full maternity services at Banbury's Horton Hospital are to be referred to the Secretary of State for Health. Oxfordshire's health watchdog, the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, voted overwhelmingly to pass the issue to the government after hearing evidence from those for and against the downgrading proposals. Hospital trust bosses, ambulance service chiefs, healthcare planners, councillors and campaigners used opposing arguments in a bid to persuade the committee of their case. The trust said its plans - supported by proposals for emergency transfers to Oxford - were necessary because of strict limitations in the hours doctors may work from 2009 and because more condensed training meant budding consultants must be given maximum clinical experience, not available in small units such as the Horton. Opponents, including Cherwell District Council, Banbury Town Council and north Oxfordshire's GPs, said the resulting service would be unsafe and argued the growing population of Banbury needed good local services. There were widespread fears about the safety of very sick children and mothers needing transfer consultant care at the John Radcliffe. Ambulance chiefs admitted they could not guarantee that ambulances would be immediately available to serve Horton patients.

LEWIS MANIA AT SILVERSTONE! - Silverstone confirmed on Saturday (7 July) that British Grand Prix fans have re-written the record books as Lewis mania officially hit the Northamptonshire circuit. Shortly after Britain's Lewis Hamilton wowed the home crowd by qualifying on Pole Position for Sunday's British Grand Prix, circuit bosses announced a record Saturday crowd of 80,000, which is incredibly 2,000 higher than the race day crowd in 2006. 78,000 fans enjoyed the Sunday of the British Grand Prix in 2006, but the draw of championship leader Hamilton has had a dramatic impact on the sport's passionate fans.

SNC VOTES TO SUPPORT RURAL POST OFFICES (18 June 2007) - At a special meeting of South Northamptonshire Council on Friday 15 June, Councillors voted to do what they can to support rural Post Offices against the threat of closure. The formal motion, which was unanimously agreed, stated that the Council: deplores the announcement by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to close thousands of Post Office branches in the next two years recognises the social benefits of the local Post Office, especially in rural areas calls on the Government to reverse its decision by considering value as well as cost • calls on the Government to allow sub postmasters to provide a greater range of products and services to enhance the viability of each unit • calls on the Secretary of State to set out a clear list of those Post Offices that are under threat to end the uncertainty amongst the sub postmasters
· calls on MPs, MEPs and candidates to work with the Council to preserve the present post office provision in South Northamptonshire
· pledges to oppose any cuts to the Post Office network in South Northamptonshire.
The motion was put forward by Councillor Ian McCord and seconded by Councillor Mike Hill. Councillor Mary Clarke, who holds the portfolio for economic development, asked the Chief Executive, Jean Morgan to arrange a special meeting of the Council in order to fully debate the issues around the closures as soon as more information was available. She also asked that a representative from the Post Office be invited to attend this special meeting so that they could explain the rationale behind any decisions made.  Councillor Clarke said; "This Council supports rural Post Offices as they contribute a great deal to our more remote communities by acting as a focal point for local services. Indeed, in most circumstances they also help sustain the viability of those village facilities and services."
The Chief Executive of the Council, Jean Morgan, will now formally write to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to express the Council's support for rural Post Offices.

South Northamptonshire Council are also asking residents in King's Sutton to tell about their housing needs, so that we can consider whether affordable housing is needed in the village and if so, look at possible sites for a new small scale affordable development.
The starting point to identify need is a housing needs survey, which will be distributed to each household in the village. The Council will also be holding an open day so residents can ask questions and feedback views about their need for housing locally.
The survey asks a range of questions to find out about housing need within the village and also views from residents about a small affordable housing development in Kings Sutton. The survey form will be delivered to each household during the last week of June. Analysis of the survey will find out who: • needs to move in the next 5 years • wants to live in Kings Sutton • has a strong local connection to the village
It's a chance for you to have your say. Even if you don't have a need for housing yourself, you may know family members or local people who want to live locally but can't afford to do so. If the results show there is a need for housing, the council will be able to identify how much and what type of housing is needed and consider where it might be suitably sited. Councillor Mary Clarke, portfolio holder for housing, said, "It's getting more and more difficult for local people to be able to afford houses close to family or friends, or close to somewhere they have a local connection with. A housing needs survey is one of the tools used by the Council to provide the evidence that affordable housing is required in a particular location. In addition it helps us to identify those people with a local connection who want to live or work locally and it enables us to work with them to achieve their goal."   To answer any questions or concerns in relation to the survey or any aspect of the housing needs process, South Northamptonshire Council will be holding an open day, on Wednesday 4 July between 3pm and 7pm at King's Sutton Millenium Memorial Hall.
For further information about the survey or the open day, residents can contact Paul Brunige, Strategic Housing Officer at the Council, on 01327 322373.

TICKET SALES SOAR AS HAMILTON FEVER HITS SILVERSTONE (10 June 2007) - With less than four weeks to go until the 2007 FORMULA 1TM Santander British Grand Prix, 6-8 July, Lewis mania has officially hit Silverstone. The young British driver put in a stunning performance at the Canadian Grand Prix to claim his first ever win in Formula 1, and the reaction from fans has had a dramatic impact on ticket sales for this year's three day event. The Silverstone website and British Grand Prix booking line were inundated, so much so that circuit bosses today announced that, while a number of grandstand tickets are still available, general access Fan Tickets have now SOLD OUT.
Lewis Hamilton has captured the imagination of the British public in a very short space of time. There's a strong feeling that he could be celebrating on the top step of the podium at Silverstone on 8 July. It's been a record breaking start to the 22 year old's first ever season in F1, but there's one more record British fans will be hoping he can break, and that's to become the first ever British driver to win his home race in his debut season. What's more, with Hamilton now leading the points table, a win at his home race would be another giant step towards becoming FIA FORMULA 1 World Champion.   While Hamilton is the man-of-the-moment, three other British drivers will be lining up on the start grid – Jenson Button, David Coulthard and Anthony Davidson - and they can all look forward to a fantastic reception from the Silverstone crowd. Button in particular has had a disappointing start to this year's campaign, but with a new and improved car widely expected in time for the British Grand Prix, he should be heading to the Northamptonshire circuit with renewed hope and confidence.
Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, is confident that the Lewis effect, and overall support for all four British drivers, will result in the event being close to a sell out. Phillips commented, "Ticket sales have been selling steadily since the start of the season, but demand has gone through the roof in recent weeks. Everyone's hugely excited about Lewis Hamilton and, after his success in Canada, there's an even stronger feeling that he could win his home race here at Silverstone on 8 July.
"The reaction to his win in Canada has been amazing. We haven't seen this level of interest since Mansell-mania in the late 80's / early 90s. The Silverstone website and call centre have been bombarded, and we sold the last general access Fan Tickets this morning. There are still tickets available in a number of grandstands, plus £79 and £139 Family Tickets on the Friday and Saturday, but if we continue at this rate, the event will almost definitely sell out in advance.
"There's less than four weeks to go, so the message to fans is loud and clear - book now to avoid disappointment! Corporate hospitality sales for the event have followed a similar pattern. 95% of race day packages are sold, while there are a number of great value packages still available for practice on Friday and qualifying on Saturday.
For further information, or to purchase tickets for the 2007 British Grand Prix, visit, or call 08704 588 300.
Silverstone has also introduced Family Tickets for the Friday and Saturday of the three day event. A family of four (two adults and two children) can now enjoy Friday practice for as little as £79, while a Family Ticket for qualifying on Saturday offers incredible value, priced at £139. Families are able to bring up to two extra children for an additional cost of £10 per child on the Friday and £20 per child on the Saturday.

College Place development -Brackley update10-May-2007 - The eagerly awaited College Place development in the centre of Brackley reached an important milestone last week when financial contributions in the form of a Section 106 agreement were finalised with Northamptonshire County Council. The agreement relates to monies paid by developers to local planning authorities in order to offset the costs of the external effects of development. The completion of this important stage of the planning process marks the final element of the College Place planning consent, which has now been fully granted.
Within the S106 agreement, the local community will benefit from a contribution in the region of £51,000 into education facilities and £30,000 to improvement works at the High Street, Banbury Road and Bridge Street junction in the town centre. On achieving this, Clive Wilding, Managing Director of Raven Property Developments, commented: "This marks the start of a very exciting time for the College Place development. We have now appointed BMH Construction Company, to manage the construction programme. We look forward to working with them to ensure that the College Place development is managed and developed to the very highest standard, creating an exciting new town centre space that will play a pivotal role in the regeneration of the local area."
Based in Bedford, BMH has over 30 years experience of working in the local community and since its formation has completed over 5500 dwellings for many developers, housing associations and local authorities. In addition, the Company has broad experience in general construction such as nursing homes, industrial buildings, offices, and schools and undertakes many refurbishment, modernisation and planned maintenance projects for property owners.
Work is expected to start on site this summer and when completed, will see the site turned into a lively civic core, comprising 9,245 sq ft of retail and restaurant space, office accommodation and 51 high quality homes centred around a new public square.

Parish of Newbottle - Election of Parish Councillors 3 May 2007 - DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL
BAKER Susan Carolyn (Linda) Votes 144 - ELECTED - DREWRY Adrian Chistopher Votes 94 - ELECTED - GLADDEN Andrea Margaret Votes 128 - ELECTED - LENTON Cynthia Joan Votes 102 - ELECTED - MILSOM Arthur Votes 61 - SHEASBY Diana Rowena Votes 94 - ELECTED - WHITROW Robert David (Bob) Votes 120 - ELECTED - WILKS Keith Votes 146 - ELECTED
Vacant Seats: 7 Electorate: 374 Ballot Papers Issued: 204 Turnout: 54.55% There being no spoilt Ballot Papers.

Charlton Playgroup Re-School Learning Alliance Award -April 2007 - An assembly of leading education volunteers from around Northamptonshire saw a handful of awards handed out for their hard work. These awards were given out by the Pre-school Learning Alliance at a ceremory during its AGM at the Guidhall, in Northampton, which was attended by Mayor of Northamptonshire, Colin Lill. Several awards were given and included the "Volunteer of the Year" award to Linda Baker for Charlton Playgroup, for all her hard work and help, which was presented by the Mayor. - A pleasant result for the Playgroup now celebrating it's 40th year!

Village Website Report April 2007 - The village website has been running for a couple of years now by kind sponsorship of the Parish Council, but again I report that I am very disappointed with most existing clubs and groups within the village as they do not use the potential of the twenty first century communication to their own advantage. Additionally by doing this the website would build an archive naturally as it could contain information of past events for all to see and enjoy!
For the period of January to March the website has averaged some 260 unique visitors each month which represents an average 1970 `hits' monthly (being pages read). Friday tends to show the day most popular, showing three times the amount of visits than any other day. The "stats" show that over 60% of our visitors are from the USA and the most visited pages are the News, Letters and Contact pages. I would urge all to participate in using the Website if you all wish it to continue!

March 2007 - "MORRISONS FINED £18,000 FOR MEAT IN VEGITARIAN RAVIOLI" - At Northampton magistrates court on 16th March, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc based in Gain Lane, Bradford, received fines totalling £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,981.41 after pleading guilty to two charges of contravening the Food Safety Act 1990. The prosecution followed an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council's trading standards team after a complaint was made by a local man who purchased two tins of Morrisons own brand `Meat Free Ravioli in Tomato Sauce - suitable for vegetarians' from a store in Northampton. The complainant had been a vegetarian for 23 years and was `unimpressed, disgusted and disappointed' to find meat in the product. The ravioli product had been manufactured and packed in Italy and during the investigation it became clear that Morrisons had received several other consumer complaints of the same nature in the previous two months and had failed to investigate them properly. Cabinet member for community safety Councillor Liz Tavener said: "Food labels are there so that consumers can get the information they need to know before they buy. This is important not just for health reasons, but also for people who follow specific diets or have food allergies. " In this case, someone who was vegetarian unwittingly purchased a product that contained meat; this falls well below the standards that consumers can expect and would not have happened if appropriate action had been taken by the supermarket following earlier complaints from other customers. Thanks to trading standards, the product has now been withdrawn from Morrisons supermarkets. "Any consumers who consider that food is mis-described or mis-labelled should inform trading standards by calling Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06"

South Northants take Action on High Hedges 2005 Law 14-Feb-2007 - The Council has carried out its first enforcement action since the new high hedges laws were introduced in 2005, and has given a misbehaving hedge in Abthorpe the chop.
The action was taken on 24 January 2007 after the owner of the 10 metre high hedge failed to comply with a remedial notice served in March last year, requiring him to keep the hedge at a reasonable height. The hedge unfairly shaded the garden and house of neighbours Mr and Mrs Cunningham, and the two parties had failed to come to an amicable agreement about its maintenance. The laws concerning high hedges changed in 2005 under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. This gave councils new powers to deal with problem high hedges, providing the people involved had already tried and failed to come to an amicable agreement.
Councillor John Townsend, portfolio holder for safeguarding rural communities said: "Any enforcement action such as this is always a last resort for us but in this case it was clear that cutting it back was the only way to prevent the hedge causing any more distress to the people who lived next door to it. "The Council's powers to enforce the high hedges laws are discretionary and we would always encourage neighbours to try to come to an amicable solution before involving us."
Since the new laws were introduced, the Council has dealt with 5 complaints, although this case is the first to require us to take enforcement action. Where they have to take action, they will recover the costs of the work from the hedge owner.

Subject: Rural Post Offices -01 Feb 2007 - From: "CPRE Northants" - Many of our members are concerned about the Government's plans for rural Post Offices. If you are one such, you may wish to know about an event at 1 - 4pm on February 13th at ACRE, Hunsbury Hill Centre, Harksome Hill, Northampton NN4 9QX.
The event is a workshop organised by the East Midlands network for the rural 3rd sector, R3N (not CPRE) to respond to the DTI consolation on the future of the Post Office network. You will need to book a place with the contact Lynn Hage ( or 01623727600).
Similar workshops are being held in neighbouring counties on adjacent dates. The CPRE's view on this issue will be found at

The Funeral of John Cliffe took place on Tuesday 16th January at St. James' Church, Newbottle. there was an estimated attendance of over 300 people including those who could not fit into the Church, in anticipation the service was broadcasted via speakers outside the church. Many old pupils attended as well as John's past work colleagues. Over 200 people attended the School after the service many wearing football shirts and bright colours as requested by the family.
The Memorial Service on Sunday 21st January also caused a full attendance with many families having to stand in any space they could find. Many old Pupils attended with "memories of John" shared with the community. -The attendances at both Services was a just Tribute and shows how John will be sadly missed by us all -webmaster

Announcement from the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Governors Newbottle & Charlton C of E (Voluntary Aided) Primary School
It is with deep regret that we announce the sudden death of our Headteacher, Mr John Cliffe, who died at his home in Charlton on Friday, 5th January, aged 56. John had been Headteacher at our school for 24 years. During those years the numbers of pupils has doubled and it has achieved excellent results in OFSTED Inspections.The school is also a fine example of a Christian community. There is a wonderful ethos, good relationships between staff, governors, volunteers, parents and children. John has been central to this and the school's success is largely due to his inspired leadership.
John believed that the school was an important part of the village and wider community, and he was very much involved in village life. His death is an immense loss to our school and to the village. We mourn a gentle and caring man, and offer our heart-felt sympathy to his wife, Sue and their children, Joanna and Thomas, and his son-in-law, Gareth.
School will be re-open on Tuesday, 9th January when Fr Roger Bellamy, the priest-in-charge, will lead Collective Worship that morning.
Deborah Hagger and Fr Roger Bellamy.
We hope the Family can be comforted by knowing that he will be sadly missed by all his pupils, fellow teachers and all the villagers for his dedication, this was confirmed by the number of tributes left outside the School gates since the announcement of his death. We all will miss John as a First Class Teacher and Headteacher, as well as a close friend, colleague, and Pillar of our community -The Webmaster.

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