HAMILTON CELEBRATES WITH FANS AFTER GRAND PRIX VICTORY - July - Lewis Hamilton became the first British driver in eight years to win his home Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday (6 July). Not since David Coulthard (in 2000) had a Brit celebrated on the top step of the F1 podium at Silverstone, and a passionate sell-out race day crowd of 90,000 were just as thrilled as the Vodafone McLaren F1 Team driver, after one of the most eventful and thrilling British Grand Prix in recent years. Record crowds headed to Silverstone to cheer on the three British drivers – Hamilton, Coulthard and Button – including 65,000 on Friday and 85,000 on Saturday. All three days of the 2008 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX were a sell-out and Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, Richard Phillips, has heralded this year's Grand Prix as one of the most exciting races and most successful events he has ever worked on. Phillips commented, "From an event point of view, this year's British Grand Prix has been one of the best run, most entertaining and well supported events I have ever worked on. Sunday's British Grand Prix and Saturday's GP2 race produced some of the best and most entertaining on-track action we've seen for a very long time; and Lewis winning on Sunday capped off a fantastic weekend of racing. The 240,000 fans who attended over the three days, and all of the drivers that produced such spectacular racing on track, have made this a phenomenal British Grand Prix.
"Away from the track Silverstone has delivered another fantastic event. Despite the disappointing news that we won't be hosting the British Grand Prix in 2010, my staff have picked themselves up, worked as hard and as professionally as they always do, and delivered another incredible Grand Prix. 240,000 fans got in and out of the circuit without any fuss and we have proved, once again, that our team can deliver a near- faultless event.
"The fans have also played their part. No other country in the world is fortunate enough to have fans that are as passionate and supportive as ours. We had capacity crowds on all three days and they were treated to some unbelievable racing. The inclement weather certainly didn't dampen their spirits and, if anything, added to the excitement on track. Their support for all the drivers, but especially the British drivers, was fantastic, and the noise and atmosphere when Lewis won was amazing." The atmosphere in the F1 Paddock was equally electric, as the sun came out towards the end of a fantastic race. A number of high profile guests and VIPs were making the most of the glamorous occasion, including The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, chef Gordon Ramsay, presenters Davina McCall and Vernon Kay, cricketer Kevin Pietersen, England rugby international Lewis Moody and this year's Female Face of the British Grand Prix, Gemma Garrett.
After the big race on Sunday, a record-equalling 20,000 fans stayed behind at Silverstone to continue the post-race celebrations as Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and David Coulthard joined a number of other F1 drivers and VIP guests at the Grand Prix Party. Established as a traditional finale to the British Grand Prix, the Party, free to all ticket holders, took place after the last race of the day on a purpose built giant stage in the centre of the circuit. Lewis and Nicholas Hamilton at the Grand Prix Party Courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography TV broadcaster Tony Jardine hosted the evening's entertainment and was joined on stage by a number of F1 drivers, personalities and celebrity VIP guests. All of the drivers received a heroes welcome, but the biggest cheer of the day was saved for Lewis Hamilton, who had earlier won the 2008 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX, moving up to become joint leader in the World Championship. In addition to the British drivers, Jardine was also joined on stage by F1 drivers Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Kazuki Nakajima, Nelson Piquet and Sebastian Bourdais.
Celebrating 60 years of Silverstone, there were also appearances from former World Champions Damon Hill and Sir Jackie Stewart, British Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert; and legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker. Whilst celebrating Silverstone's glorious past, Jardine also caught up with some of the potential champions of the future. Five BRDC Superstars, beneficiaries of a BRDC initiative to nurture the UK's most promising young drivers, also made an appearance at the Grand Prix Party, alongside BRDC Superstars Director, and former BTCC champion, Tim Harvey. Miss Great Britain 2008, Gemma Garrett - this year's Female Face of the British Grand Prix - also made an appearance on stage at the Grand Prix Party, organised to thank the fans for their continued support for the British Grand Prix. Gemma was overwhelmed by her first visit to Silverstone. "Today has been amazing", said Gemma. "The atmosphere, noise and anticipation just blows you away. And the race was incredible. Being the Female Face of the British Grand Prix, and to meet some of the drivers, has been such a privilege."
Speaking on the Monday after the event, Phillips announced that tickets for the 2009 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX had already gone on sale, "Tickets for next year's British Grand Prix have already gone on sale. They went on sale over the Grand Prix weekend and we've already sold more than 2,000 tickets. We have already started work for 2009 and hope to see as many fans back as possible." Tickets for the 2009 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX are on sale 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be booked at www.silverstone.co.uk, or call 08704 588 300. Booking fees do not apply when purchasing tickets online.
SILVERSTONE LOOSES THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX FROM 2010 TO DONNINGTON PARK - Following an announcement made by the FIA this morning that FOM has signed an agreement to stage the British Grand Prix at Donington Park from 2010, Damon Hill OBE, President of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), and Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, have issued the following joint statement:
The 2008 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX is a celebration of 60 years of racing at Silverstone and 80 years of the BRDC. The event is a record-breaking sell-out on all three days. We have a fantastic staff of thousands in the circuit who we are confident will make the event a huge success. Our efforts outside of the track have seen major infrastructure improvements and co-ordination with local authorities and the emergency services to ensure a world-class event with minimal disruption for the local community.
A number of teams and drivers have praised Silverstone this week so, as you can imagine, it is extremely disappointing to receive the news, at this time, that FOM has signed an agreement with Donington Park. The BRDC and Silverstone set out on a campaign to retain the British Grand Prix some time ago. One major positive is that the FIA and FOM have at last acknowledged the importance of a British Grand Prix on the F1 calendar. The UK has some of the most passionate and well informed fans in the world and a significant industry based around motor racing.
Silverstone remains in a unique position of being able to host a British Grand Prix, both today and in the future. We also firmly believe that it is the right venue to continue hosting the event beyond 2009 when our current agreement expires.
We have recently embarked on a massive process of redevelopment at the circuit which played host to the first ever World Championship British Grand Prix in 1950. Planning permission has been secured from the two District Councils responsible for Silverstone, for a new Pit and Paddock
complex, as well as an impressive range of improvements to the circuit and facilities. A tremendous amount of work has gone in to get Silverstone to the position where it is teed up to become a world leading centre for motorsport, business, leisure and technology. The planned redevelopment
will make Silverstone not only one of the best motor sports venues in the world, but also add a range of additional facilities for high-tech industry, education and initiatives for the benefit of the local community. Our aim is to continue in our endeavours to ensure that the UK remains a world leader in motorsport, whilst Silverstone maintains its position as a major regional and national employer. Silverstone and the BRDC has unrivalled experience in organising and promoting the British Grand Prix, and we have continued to improve the quality of the event that we deliver. Running a Grand Prix is an extremely difficult and complex operation. Donington Park has an immense challenge ahead but we wish them luck. We will continue to work with our partners in the District Councils of Aylesbury Vale and South Northamptonshire, together with regional development agencies EMDA, SEEDA and NEL. British motor racing has long been on the map, with Silverstone at its heart. We already have an active plan to fund and build the facilities FOM asked us to deliver. We are therefore surprised by today's announcement, given that both FOM and the FIA are well aware of how advanced those plans are. In the meantime, we have every confidence that our amazing staff will continue to deliver a great event both this year and next.
We shall continue to keep dialogue open with FOM and shall continue with our plans to develop Silverstone into one of the top sporting facilities in the world. There is no doubt in our minds that if the position changes then Silverstone will still be ready to host the British Grand Prix beyond 2009.
BRDC President Damon Hill added, "The BRDC is passionate about motorsport and proud of our contribution to the sport we love and of our very own circuit, Silverstone. Naturally, The British Grand Prix is a special event for all British Grand Prix Drivers and motorsport fans. Above all, the British Grand Prix's future is very important to all of us. Anything which indicates a secure future for the British Grand Prix must be welcomed.
"Nevertheless, the timing of this announcement is disappointing and a blow to the excellent and hard working staff of Silverstone, and to the local and national government authorities who have supported us in our development plans to deliver the demanded improvements from FOM. It is my
opinion that it is not through any lack of effort on behalf of the BRDC and Silverstone that we have been denied the opportunity to see those plans though to the concluding of a contract for the Formula One Grand Prix beyond 2009. "I am looking forward to a great GP this weekend and await developments regarding the future."
June - JOHN CLIFFE MEMORIAL BALL - The John Cliffe Memorial Ball held at Hinton Airfield on Saturday 7th June was well supported by over 280 people, majority from the village who enjoyed an excellent night with weather to match. The evening started at 7:00pm with all arrivals greeted by drinks with pleasant background Harp music.
This was followed by an introduction to the evening by Dave Perkins, then an excellent three course meal, and into a live auction carried out by John's son Tom. At around 10.00pm all guests enjoyed a spectacular firework display in a very mild temperature, then immediately after the "Rivera" group struck up and played throughout the night to a packed dancefloor, which as a guestamation never reduced below 100 dancers at any time! - the last dedicated dancing finished well after 2:00am!! - This Brilliant Evening successfully raised over Seven Thousand Pounds! and it a testament to John and to the organisiing committee....WELL DONE! and thanks to all that supported the night.
May - Dear Fellow Residents.....Living on the edge of the village and with a wide sky-scape from my garden, I often hear and see a pair of buzzards circling overhead. In early May however, just after returning from a trip to Wales where we had been watching red kites, I saw what I am almost certain was a red kite hunting above the village. It was using its forked tail to manouever itself, had a wing span about the same as a buzzard but its wings were somewhat swept back and pointed (it lacked the distinctive terminal wing feathers and "squarish" wing shape of a buzzard), there was a distinctive white marking on the underside of each wing and it's call was a deep throated croak. I'm assuming if it was a red kite that they must be spreading north from the Chilterns. Does anyone know if this is the case and has anyone else seen red kites over the village? - Val Trinder
What? Brackley Community Carnival - Where? Magdalen College School St Johns Site Grounds Brackley Town Centre - When? Saturday 14th June 2008 from 11:00am to 5:00pm Brackley Community Carnival promises to bring another spectacular day of family entertainment to the town on Saturday 14th June. With a packed programme and something for all the family the organisers are hoping to exceed the estimated 5000 people who attended Carnival 2007. The fun starts when the procession leaves Brackley Sawmills to the north of the town at 11am. Led by the Town Crier, Brackley Town Mayor and Mayoress and the Carnival King and Queen the procession promises to be one of the biggest seen for years with motorised floats, the Army Cadet Band and Coventry Corps of Drums, the Coventry Dynamite Cheerleaders, walking parties, vintage vehicles, tractors and many others contributing to the colourful and noisy spectacle. Moving down the High Street the procession should arrive at Magdalen College School St Johns Site in the town centre by noon marking the official opening of Carnival 2008 in the magnificent school grounds. (Motorists should be aware that road closures will be in place in the town between 11:00am and 12:00 noon as the Procession heads for the Carnival grounds). Reflecting this years Carnival theme of "World of Machines" a full and varied entertainment programme is planned across two arenas with acts that will appeal to all ages. This years headline act is The Globe of Death, a unique motorcycle stunt show performed by highly trained and fearless riders in a 5m spherical metal cage guaranteed to leave the audience spell bound. Other performances will include Adams Axemen showing the skills and thrills of the lumberjack, the 360 Degree Show combining BMX and Unicycle stunts with juggling and tricks, Topper the Stilt Walker and Unicyclist, the City of Coventry Corps of Drums, the Coventry Dynamite Cheerleaders, the Brackley Twirlers and the Moylan Dancers. The Fire Brigade will also be holding a rescue demonstration using the latest life-saving equipment.
Away from the arenas visitors will enjoy the thrills and spills of the fun fair, childrens rides, the Up 'n' Over Dog Show (all entrants welcome), quad bikes, bouncy castles, a 6a-side football competition, car pull, charity and commercial stalls, a variety of foods, tea and cakes with the WI and for the adults a licensed bar. A limited number of stalls are still available with minimal rates for charities.
Entry to the Carnival is £3 in advance or £4 on the day for adults with under 16's going free so a family of 4 can enjoy a great day out for less than £10.00. Admission is with wristband ticket only available from various locations around the town, from local schools or on the gate. This years Carnival guide features the winning cover design by Isabelle Gee of Waynflete Infant School. For more information visit the Carnival website at www.brackley-carnival.co.uk.
April - SILVERSTONE IS DIAMOND! - Silverstone, the famous Northamptonshire circuit, is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary in 2008 marking 60 years since the first ever British Grand Prix in 1948. The Silverstone Supercar Showdown, taking place on 19-20 April and featuring the opening round of the FIA GT Championship and the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy, is also Silverstone's first event of the 2008 season and, linking in with this year's `60 year' theme, will feature a 60 Million Euro Paddock. The Silverstone Supercar Showdown will be the FIA GT Championship's only UK appearance in 2008. Famous sports car marques including Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche and Saleen will be battling it out in nine races over the weekend, presenting a combination of super cars valued at 60 Million Euros.
The FIA GT Championship will feature more than 30 of the most prestigious GT supercars, with models including the Aston Martin DBR9, Corvette C6 and C5, Ferrari 430 GT2, Lamborghini Murcielago, Maserati MC 12, Mosler MT900R, Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, Saleen S7 R and Gillet Vertigo cars.
While in the FIA GT3 European Championship, entering its third season of GT racing, a grid of over 45 cars will be taking part in two one-hour races. Eleven different models are represented, including the Ascari KZ1R, Aston Martin DBRS9, Corvette Z06, Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, Ferrari 430 GT3, Ford GT, Ford Mustang FR500 GT3, Jaguar XKR GT3, Lamborghini Gallardo GT3, Morgan Aero 8 and Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S.
The GT4 European Cup is then expected to feature a grid of more than 20 cars, including the Aston Martin N24, BMW Z4 Coupe, Ford Mustang FR500 GT4, Nissan 350Z and Porsche Cayman in GT4, and the Ginetta G50 and KTM X-Bow in Sports Light. Finally, the Ferrari Challenge will also be returning to Silverstone, with both the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli and the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Coppa Shell. Around 60 cars will be competing between the two series. The on-track action promises to be spectacular, featuring race versions of the cars we all aspire to drive competing in five different Championships and Cups, and for one of the most historic and coveted prizes in motor sport - the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy. Autograph sessions, pit-walks and an `open-to-all' paddock will provide exceptional access to the stunning line-up of competition supercars. Advance tickets are available from as little as £20 for race day and £25 for the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) while tickets will also be available on the day. Entry is free for children aged 15 and under, accompanied by an adult. Families will also be entertained away from the track with a fun fair where all rides are free of charge. For further event information on the Silverstone Supercar Showdown, or to book tickets, visit www.silverstone.co.uk, or call
08704 588 260. Official race day hospitality is available from £149 (excluding VAT) per person. Call 08704 588 230 for further details.
NEW "STRAY DOGS" LAW - New rules due to come in on 6 April mean that South Northamptonshire Council will be responsible for collecting stray dogs, rather than the police. The change will mean South Northamptonshire Council will be responsible with collecting stray dogs out of office hours as well as during the normal working day. In the past, anyone finding a stray dog outside normal working hours would have to take it to a police station. As of 6 April anyone finding a stray should either take the dog to the Councils acceptance point for stray dogs or contact the council to report the contained dog. Injured dogs found outside office hours should be reported to the RSPCA. Residents should continue to contact the police regarding dangerous dogs, dogs worrying livestock, and to report lost and stolen dogs.
The animal welfare officer will continue to respond to sightings of stray dogs during office hours. Dog owners are being encouraged to ensure that their pet wears a collar and identification tag at all times. By law, all dogs in public should wear a collar and tag giving the name and address of the owner. The contact details for a stray dog during office hours (Monday to Thursday: 8.45am - 5.15pm and Friday: 8.45 am - 4.45pm) is on the Councils main telephone number 0845 230 0226. The contact details for the Councils acceptance point for stray dogs is: Forest Lodge Kennels, Forest Road, Quinton, Northampton, NN7 2EQ. 01604 862239. These kennels are open 7 days a week between 8am and 4pm.
For a stray dog out of normal office hours the public can call 0800 160 1022. This is the Councils emergency environmental health and flooding service. It must be noted that an animal welfare officer is not on 24 hour call to attend to a stray dog, however, arrangements can be made with the operator for collection of the dog immediately the next working day.
March - Government accepts IRP report in full - HEALTH Secretary Alan Johnson has officially rejected plans to downgrade the Horton Hospital.
Mr Johnson has backed today's Independent Reconfiguration Panel report and recommendations in full.He said: "In October 2007, I sought the advice of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) in relation to the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust proposals for changes to Paediatric services, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and the Special Care Baby Unit at the Horton General Hospital, Banbury. "Following careful consideration, I have decided to accept in full the Panel's recommendations. "This means that I would like the Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust to work with the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust to undertake a review of maternity and paediatric services in north Oxfordshire and together with stakeholders develop a plan for taking forward this work within a month. The IRP has undertaken a very thorough review and has considered a great deal of evidence and their recommendations allow for fresh consideration of the needs of the local population in developing a way forward to deliver safe, effective and accessible maternity and paediatric services for the 21st century".
February - Road safety check beats weather - MORE than 30 drivers were stopped as part of police checks in Chipping Norton last Wednesday.
Thames Valley Police carried out the checks working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council. A speed check was scheduled for London Road but owing to dense fog making the use of cameras impossible, they focused on drivers not wearing a seatbelt or using their mobile phone.
During a two-hour check on the road, 22 people were stopped for not wearing their seatbelts and offered the option of receiving road safety advice from officers instead of a fine. Four drivers were stopped for driving while using their mobile phones. They were issued with fixed penalty notices of £60 and three points on their licence. They can opt to pay £74 and attend a Call Divert workshop at a later date instead of this.
When the weather cleared, officers continued with the planned speed check and between 11am and 12.30pm, seven drivers were stopped and given fixed penalties for excess speed.
Sainsbury's £15 million extension - SAINSBURY'S has announced plans for a £15 million extension at its Oxford Road site.
The Banbury supermarket is proposing expanding its store by more than a third in size with the creation of 35 new jobs. The development would be built to the side of the store over the smaller car park, as opposed to a raised level. The car park would then be tiered to increase the number of spaces to 540. Jamie Baker, development executive for Sainsbury's said: "Sainsbury's is seeking to improve the product range and shopping environment for its customers in Banbury. The proposals for the store are designed to achieve this". - The planning application will be submitted to Cherwell District Council in the next few weeks.
CASH AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH PROJECTS - Northamptonshire County Council is appealing for anyone who wants to set up a project for young people in their area not to miss out on their share of £200,000 worth of funding. Small grants from £2,500 to £5,000 are available from the county council to help people to start up a new youth activity, youth club, or project in their neighbourhood for young people aged 10 to 19yrs and for those aged 10-25 who have a disability. Anyone who has an idea for a new youth activity, in partnership with people in the local community and young people, is welcome to apply. The application will need to include proposals that include a suitable venue, suitable activities, details of who will volunteer to help and which young people are interested in taking part. Cabinet member for children and young people, Councillor Joan Kirkbride said: "I would urge anyone who has an idea for a new youth project or service in their community not to miss out and to make sure they apply for some money from the county council to help them get started. "This is a chance for people to get the money they need to make their ideas a reality. These ideas need the support of young people and the local community to make sure that there is a suitable venue and willing volunteers to support the venture." The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on 20th March 2008 with the final decision on whether the project will receive funding made by a cabinet member with a report going to the CFAP Panel(Community Funding Advisory Panel) and Cabinet Sub-Committee for information The CFAP panel consists of representatives from the voluntary and community sector in addition to county council cabinet members. Applicants are asked to contact Jacqueline Taylor, youth small grants officer on 01604 236576 to discuss their project before completing their application form. Help and guidance is also available for completing application forms which can be completed and submitted online at the Northamptonshire County Council's voluntary sector support website http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/Community/VSSU/vssu_intro.htm or downloaded and sent to the address on the application.
£450,000 FOR DERNGATE THEATRE - Proposals to invest an extra £450,000 into Royal & Derngate have been announced by Northamptonshire
County Council. The extra funding over the next four years cements the council's support for the theatre and will help further bolster the venue's work with young people in the county.
The new money – which would mainly come from money raised from the council tax of those with second homes in Northampton – represents a long-term commitment from the council and has been praised by the Arts Council.
Leader of the council Cllr Jim Harker said: "Royal & Derngate is an essential asset for not only Northampton but for the county as a whole. I am delighted to be able to show a long-term commitment to the theatre and its ongoing work with the community.
"The theatre makes a significant contribution to the local economy as well as firmly placing Northampton on the national cultural map. I look forward to seeing Royal & Derngate go from strength to strength over the next few years. I am particularly pleased that our additional funding will have a direct impact on the work that the theatre does with young people in the county." The funding package will be in addition to the £96,000 already provided by the county council to the theatre each year. It will also include new agreements for the certain areas to be developed. These include:
· Supporting the theatre in delivering creative projects for schools which meet the needs of the national curriculum.
· Increasing opportunities for children and young people to access the performing arts and associated technical and professional development opportunities provided by the theatre.
· Maximise the opportunities for children and young people to see a range of high quality performing arts.
· Ensuring that young people take part in creative projects and have the opportunity to gain a formal accreditation for their skills and experience at the theatre.
· Ensure the work of the theatres contributes directly to the council's goal of providing more services for the county's younger population.
Cllr Harker said: "The county council is committed to providing a wide range of innovative services and opportunities for our young people. Ofsted recently praised our pioneering approach to youth work and this kind of arrangement with such leading cultural partners as Royal & Derngate can only help but build on this work. This is a great opportunity for us to work with a beacon arts organisation to enrich the cultural and not mention economic vitality of the area."
Head of performing arts at the Arts Council England, East Midlands Simon Fitch said: "Arts Council England is delighted by this four year cash commitment by Northamptonshire County Council. It comes shortly after we have announced a further increase of over a quarter of a million pounds over the next three years. This vital support and endorsement of the theatre's value by the county council will ensure Royal & Derngate continues to inspire and entertain audiences at both the theatre and through the important outreach work which takes place within the community."
Arts Council England have announced a 2.7% increase in the annual grant to the theatre. The proposals will be discussed at cabinet in February before being discussed by full council on February 28.
January - South Northamptonshire Council, in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport, will be holding a road show on Monday 17 March to help local sports clubs find out about funding and support and is urging clubs to book now to secure their place. The road show will be held from 6pm to 9pm at Brackley Town Football Club. There will be professional advice available to update local sports clubs on national and local information on club development programmes and support structures across the county. The workshops are FREE to anyone wishing to attend.
Councillor Sandi Smallman, cabinet member for healthier communities, said; "This is a great opportunity for anyone involved in their local football, netball, basketball, cricket or any other sport club to come along and find out how they can get the most out of the funding and support available to them. "The money and support are there to be used – so why not make the most of them!"
Clubs attending the road show will have the opportunity to put their questions to sports development professionals and can attend the following workshops: Workshop A – Funding -This workshop will give guidance on accessing funds for your club with a particular focus on `Awards for All', explaining the do's and don'ts when making funding applications. It will also look at other local and regional funding pots.
Workshop B – 5-hour offer - Gordon Brown recently announced a £100m campaign to give every child the chance of five hours of sport every week. Duncan Tucker, from the South Northants and Daventry School Sports Partnership, will provide sports clubs with an understanding of school sport structures and will provide clubs with practical advice on joint working with schools.
Workshop C – Growth in South Northants - South Northamptonshire is part of the Milton Keynes South Midlands growth area and this workshop will look at the planned developments for the district with a focus on sporting facilities. The role of West Northamptonshire Development Corporation will also be addressed as well as the possible benefits and drawbacks for sports clubs. Please contact Colin Hull, Sports Development Officer at South Northamptonshire Council, on 01327 322337 or email email@example.com to book a place