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I'm a year 11 student at Chenderit School.  My sister and I will be doing a charity sky dive in aid of Oxfordshire Mencap, at Hinton Airfield on my 16th birthday (11th October 2014).

During the summer holidays I volunteered, with my sister, at the Hill End Centre providing respite care for young disabled people.  So far we have raised £600 towards our £1000 target, through sponsorship, and have a collection bucket at BRADS NEWS in Middleton Cheney.


SNC Press Release

Press Release


Date: 17 September 2014

Issue: SNCPR2639

For Immediate Release

Connecting communities to a healthier life

An inflatable bowel, free sports sessions and health checks are just some of the highlights of the first ‘Connecting Communities’ event at Towcester Centre for Leisure (TCFL) in October. 

Between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, 4 October people of all ages are invited to the Sport, Health and Wellbeing event where they will be able to enjoy a wide range of free activities including trampoline classes, karate lessons and fencing. 

Additionally inclusive activities will be provided by the Disability Inclusive Sports Club (DISC). 

There will also be a treasure hunt for younger children who can collect balloons for a mass release at the end of the event. 

And everyone can discover the inner workings of their digestive system in the inflatable bowel and learn the facts about bowel cancer. 

The event is hosted by South Northamptonshire Council, Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, and South Northants Leisure Trust. 

The day will also be supported by South Northants Volunteer Bureau (SNVB) whose Village Networks minibus will be available to community groups wanting to travel to the event.

There will be a wide range of health-related advice and information; cancer awareness, opportunity to have moles checked by a dermatology consultant from Northampton General Hospital, smoking cessation advice, an exhilarating beep test for those who dare, and south Northants GPs will be touring the event offering advice as ‘Street Doctors.'

Residents looking for exciting volunteering opportunities will be able to talk to representatives from SNVB or find out about becoming a Special Police Constable.

There will also be information displays with a wide range of welfare, benefit and debt advice alongside information on recycling and environment.

Councillor Rosie Herring, SNC’s member for Community Engagement and Wellbeing said “The NHS Mole check could be an important service for many.

“With things like moles a lot of people feel like they shouldn’t bother a doctor, there’s also those who have just returned from holiday and may have noticed a mole that wasn’t there before.

“But overall this event links with all priorities that we have as a council and we know that the more you stay active and learn about healthy lifestyles, the happier and healthier the community is and the less you need to use expensive emergency services because you can look after yourself.

“And more than ever now we understand the link between your sense of wellbeing and healthy living.

“This will be also an excellent occasion to learn about services important for families and residents; health walks, education, services for children and activities for youth within the district.”

During the event both of the swimming pools at the TCFL will be open to the public for only £1 per person, per session.

Outside the centre there will be number of displays including the Emergency Services, Northamptonshire Police who will be promoting ‘Road Safety’, alongside representatives from the Ambulance and the Fire Services.

Sport, Health and Wellbeing is the first ‘Connecting Communities’ event run by SNC which aims to raise awareness of the services provided by the council and its partners at the same time as building a better understanding of the needs of south Northants residents.

Booking is required for all sport activities. Call now to reserve a place – 01327 322 480.

For more information about the event or to book the SNVB Village Networks minibus please contact Michal Gogut, tel. 01295 221575 or email

 For press enquiries contact:

Gavin Moore
Press and Communications Officer
South Northamptonshire Council
01327 322312

Notes to editor:

Sport activities schedule

Main Pool
10am - Midday- Floats and fun
Midday - 1pm - Lane Swimming
1pm - 3pm - Floats and Fun

Leisure Pool
10am - 11am - Parent and toddler
11am - Midday - Aqua Aerobics (45 mins taster)
Midday - 1pm - Casual Swimming
1pm - 3pm - Flume and Waves

Sports Hall - Courts 1 and 2
10am - 11pm - karate
11am - Midday - Fencing
12.30pm - 1.30pm -  Tae Kwon Do
2pm - 3pm - Trampolining

Sports Hall
 - Courts 3 and 4
10am - Midday - Mighty Atoms (Children’s bouncy castle and soft play session)
1pm - 3pm - Gymnastics/ demo and taster session

Dance Studio
10am - 10.45am - RPM taster (Indoor cycling workout)
11am - Midday - Body Pump taster (Resistance workout using weights into a pre-choreographed athletic workout)
Midday - 1pm - Body Balance taster (This workout in a mixture of pilates, yoga and tai chi all rolled into one)
2pm - 3pm  - Disability Club

Fitness suite
10am - 3pm - Fitness advice, nutritional advice, gym inductions, programmes

 Display and information stands include:

  • Local GP's and pharmacists
  • Cynthia Spencer Hospice
  • Welfare, Benefits, Debt and Money Advice, Credit Union - South Northamptonshire Council
  • Stop Smoking Service - Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Education and Health Care Team Children, Families & Education - Northamptonshire County Council
  • Sports Development - South Northamptonshire Council, information on Health Walks, Nordic Walking, Youth Activators
  • Northamptonshire Carers
  • Northampton General Hospital
  • Village Networks South Northants Volunteer Bureau
  • Environmental Services - South Northamptonshire Council
  • Sun Safety Stand – NHS
  • Mole Checks – NHS
  • Lead Commissioner for Children and Young People at NHS Northamptonshire
  • Nene Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Specials Recruitment - Northamptonshire Police
  • Economic Development - South Northamptonshire Council; information on what to, where to go – visitors attractions, local businesses,
  • SN Police Constabulary
  • Fire & Rescue
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Children and Young People At NHS
  • Community Safety
  • Forever Living
  • Northamptonshire Carers
  • Oxfordshire NHS Patient reps recruitment

SNC Press Release

Press Release


Date: 17 September 2014

Issue: SNCPR2634

For Immediate Release

Cash boost to promote shared services

Grants totalling £775,000 have been awarded to South Northamptonshire Council and three other authorities to help fund on-going shared services across the area. 

Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins announced the names of 80 local authorities who successfully bid for a share of the Government’s £9million Transformation Challenge Award which promotes joint working across councils.

Among the successful bids were a £300,000 grant to be shared between South Northamptonshire, Cherwell District and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils to procure ICT and a further grant of £475,000 for the three councils to share with South Staffordshire Council to create a single approach to land, property and corporate information.

Cllr Ian McCord, portfolio holder for resources and change management, said: “This is very good news for SNC as it is a ringing endorsement of the joint working we have been doing with Cherwell for a few years now.  To get central government approval in hard cash speaks volumes.  

“The money will fund projects that will be implemented in a common way and will allow staff to cover across authorities, the joint purchasing and single approach is efficient and reduces costs. Ultimately this helps keep council tax bills as low as possible without any impact on front line services.”

The Transformation Challenge Award is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to support authorities who use an innovative approach to best practice resulting in financial savings and the preservation of council services.


PFA Fish & Chip Quiz


Middleton Cheney Cricket Club

Our under 11 team play the final game of the MCCC season when they take part in the Northants County under 11 finals day this Sunday (21st September)

The event takes place at:
Great Oakley CC
off Lewin Road
Great Oakley
NN18 8JS

The lads have been drawn to play in the 1st semi final starting at 10:30.

10.30  1st Semi Final - Middleton Cheney v Old Northamptonians
1.00    2nd Semi Final - S&L Corby v Wollaston
The final will commence around 4.00
Good luck to the lads, it would be good to see as many club members as possible there to support the team.