Posted by: braddenvillage | December 18, 2014

South Northants – School Closures if snow

School Closures

How do I find out if a school is closed?

Check online

We have provided 3 online options below for you to use; they will all provide exactly the same information. If the number of people already using option 1 is over a certain amount then you may find that the link will not open for you, if that happens then try Option 2 and then Option 3.

Please note:
It is not always possible to display closure information on the website. In those circumstances schools will then ensure that the radio stations below are notified.

NORAD

Track Santa’s Flight around the world on Christmas Eve!

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How We Track Santa

Radar

NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets.

Tracking Santa starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system consists of 47 installations strung across the northern border of North America. On December 24th, NORAD monitors the radar systems continuously for indications that Santa Claus has left the North Pole.

The moment that radar indicates Santa has lifted off, we use our second detection system. Satellites positioned in geo-synchronous orbit at 22,300 miles from the Earth’s surface are equipped with infrared sensors, which enable them to detect heat. Amazingly, Rudolph’s bright red nose gives off an infrared signature, which allows our satellites to detect Rudolph and Santa.

The third tracking system is the Santa Cam network. We began using it in 1998, which is the year we put our Santa Tracking program on the internet. Santa Cams are ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed digital cameras that are pre-positioned at many locations around the world. NORAD only uses these cameras once a year. The cameras capture images and videos of Santa and his reindeer as they make their journey around the world.

Fighter Jet

The fourth system is made up of fighter jets. Canadian NORAD fighter pilots flying the CF-18 fighter jets intercept and welcome Santa to North America. In the United States, American NORAD fighter pilots in either the F-15, F-16 or the F-22 get the thrill of flying alongside Santa and his famous reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, of course, Rudolph.

Contact  http://www.noradsanta.org/

Why We Track Santa

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa’s whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa’s journey.

About Santa

Santa reading The Night Before Christmas
Santa keeps a long list of children who have been good throughout the year. His list grows longer each year due to the world’s increasing population. Check out the world’s populationright now.Though his list gets longer, Santa still has to deliver all of the presents in the same amount of time. If one were to assume he works in the realm of standard time, he would need to limit his stay to about three ten-thousandths of a second per home!Santa Claus is more than 16 centuries old, yet he does not appear to age at all. This is our biggest clue that he does not work within time as we know it. His whole trip may appear to us as taking only 24 hours, but to Santa it may last days, weeks or even months in standard time!Santa would never rush the important job of distributing presents to children and spreading holiday cheer to everyone, so the only logical conclusion is that Santa functions within a different time-space continuum than the rest of us. Santa is a true mystery to us all!

Is he real?

Based on historical data and more than 50 years of NORAD tracking information, we believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children throughout the world.

Santa Claus is known by many names, including Saint Nick. Historians claim that the history of Santa starts with the tradition of Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Christian priest who lived in the Middle East and became famous for his kindness. He was known for giving gifts to the less fortunate, sprinkling gifts of gold down people’s chimneys, and for hiding surprises in their stockings.

It may be that the Santa we know today emerged from the legacy of Saint Nicholas. Clearly, Santa’s basic approach to gift giving is strikingly similar. Could they be the same person? Only Santa Claus knows for sure!

Long before the Wright brothers flew the first airplane or the Montgolfier brothers launched the first hot air balloon, Santa had to find a way to travel from house to house at great speed. We know from our Santa Cam images that Santa’s choice for quick transportation was a herd of flying reindeer. Detailed information on these reindeer remains elusive; we do know, however, that Santa enlisted the reindeer to help him with his worldwide mission of gift-giving. A veil of sweet mystery hides the rest.

Track Santa

There are a number of ways you can track Santa with NORAD!
To track Santa on Cesium and Bing Maps, return to this page on December 24th.

Posted by: braddenvillage | December 1, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas – by Frank Kelly

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Twelve Days of Christmas by Frank Kelly

Day One

Dear Nuala,
Thank you very much for your lovely present of a partridge in a pear-tree. We’re getting the hang of feeding the partridge now, although it was difficult at first to win its confidence. It bit the mother rather badly on the hand but they’re good friends now and we’re keeping the pear-tree indoors in a bucket. Thank you again.
Yours affectionately,
Gobnait

Day Two

Dear Nuala,
I cannot tell you how surprised we were to hear from you so soon again and to receive your lovely present of two turtle doves. You really are too kind. At first the partridge was very jealous and suspicious of the doves and they had a terrible row the night the doves arrived. We had to send for the vet but the birds are okay again and the stitches are due to some out in a week or two. The vet’s bill was œ8 but the mother is over her annoyance now and the doves and the partridge are watching the telly from the pear-tree as I write.
Yours ever,
Gobnait

Day Three

Dear Nuala,
We must be foremost in your thoughts. I had only posted my letter when the three French hens arrived. There was another sort-out between the hens and the doves, who sided with the partridge, and the vet had to be sent for again. The mother was raging because the bill was œ16 this time but she has almost cooled down. However, the fact that the birds’ droppings keep falling down on her hair whilen she’s watching the telly, doesn’t help matters. Thanking you for your kindness.
I remain,
Your Gobnait

Day Four

Dear Nuala,
You mustn’t have received my last letter when you were sending us the four calling birds. There was pandemonium in the pear-tree again last night and the vet’s bill was œ32. The mother is on sedation as I write. I know you meant no harm and remain your close friend.
Gobnauit

Day Five

Nuala,
Your generosity knows no bounds. Five gold rings ! When the parcel arrived I was scared stiff that it might be more birds, because the smell in the living-room is atrocious. However, I don’t want to seem ungrateful for the beautiful rings.
Your affectionate friend,
Gobnait

Day Six

Nuala,
What are you trying to do to us ? It isn’t that we don’t appreciate your generosity but the six geese have not alone nearly murdered the calling birds but they laid their eggs on top of the vet’s head from the pear-tree and his bill was œ68 in cash ! My mother is munching 60 grains of Valium a day and talking to herself in a most alarming way. You must keep your feelings for me in check.
Gobnait

Day Seven

Nuala,
W e are not amused by your little joke. Seven swans-a-swimming is a most romantic idea but not in the bath of a private house. We cannot use the bathroom now because they’ve gone completely savage and rush the door every time we try to enter. If things go on this way, the mother and I will smell as bad as the living-room carpet. Please lay off. It is not fair.
Gobnait

Day Eight

Nuala,
Who the hell do you think gave you the right to send eight, hefty maids-a-milking here, to eat us out of house and home ? Their cattle are all over the front lawn and have trampled the hell out of the mother’s rose-beds. The swans invaded the living-room in a sneak attack and the ensuing battle between them and the calling birds, turtle doves, French hens and partridge make the Battle of the Somme seem like Wanderly Wagon. The mother is on a bottle of whiskey a day, as well as the sixty grains of Valium. I’m very annoyed with you.
Gobnait

Day Nine

Listen you louser !
There’s enough pandemonium in this place night and day without nine drummers drumming, while the eight flaming maids-a-milking are beating my poor, old alcoholic mother out of her own kitchen and gobbling everything in sight. I’m warning you, you’re making an enemy of me.
Gobnait

Day Ten

Listen manure-face,
I hope you’ll be haunted by the strains of ten pipers piping which you sent to torment us last night. They were aided in their evil work by those maniac drummers and it wasn’t a pleasant sight to look out the window and see eight hefty maids-a-milking pogo-ing around with the ensuing punk-rock uproar. My mother has just finished her third bottle of whiskey, on top of a hundred and twenty four grains of Valium. You’ll get yours !
Gobnait

Day Eleven

You have scandalised my mother, you dirty Jezebel,
It was bad enough to have eight maids-a-milking dancing to punk music on the front lawn but they’ve now been joined by your friends ~ the eleven Lords-a-leaping and the antics of the whole lot of them would leave the most decadent days of the Roman Empire looking like “Outlook”. I’ll get you yet, you ould bag !

Day Twelve

Listen slurry head,
You have ruined our lives. The twelve maidens dancing turned up last night and beat the living daylights out of the eight maids-a-milking, `cos they found them carrying on with the eleven Lords-a-leaping. Meanwhile, the swans got out of the living-room, where they’d been hiding since the big battle, and savaged hell out of the Lords and all the Maids. There were eight ambulances here last night, and the local Civil Defence as well. The mother is in a home for the bewildered and I’m sitting here, up to my neck in birds’ droppings, empty whiskey and Valium bottles, birds’ blood and feathers, while the flaming cows eat the leaves off the pear-tree. I’m a broken man.
Gobnait O’nasa

Posted by: braddenvillage | April 13, 2010

NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

Please note that all communications accepted for publication including letters/notices etc have always been, and will always be, published unaltered  save for editorial discretion with regard to punctuation and grammatical errors.

The editors operate a strict system of proof reading all external documents/letters etc before publication.

In the extremely unlikely event that any errors are observed, kindly contact the editor for correction.


Posted by: braddenvillage | March 13, 2010

Bradden Parish AGM – 13th April at 8pm

The Bradden Parish Meeting AGM will take place on Tuesday 13th April at 8pm in the Bradden Reading Room.

Refer to Geoff Markham’s letter 8.3.2010 with regard to the agenda.

Posted by: braddenvillage | February 15, 2010

Speed Limits – Getting them lowered

Getting the speed limit lowered

After the last Parish meeting, it became apparent that whilst everyone in attendance was of the view that cars frequently travel through our village at an unsafe speed, what to do about it, was not so cut and dried.

Although a vote was taken at the Parish meeting, and carried in favour of seeking a reduction of the speed limit, the Council felt that given the number of attendees at the meeting reflected less than 50% of the village, further reflection should be given to the issue before any action was taken.

Northamptonshire County Council have now published a webpage dealing with this very issue (7.10.09). Click here to go to the web page.

In brief:

If you would like a speed limit to be lowered, raised or extended, you contact the County Council. Your request will then be assessed. The Police view on a change to a speed limit is important and will be sought.

The characteristics of the road, such as its alignment, the level of activity alongside the road, the accident record and the degree of severance caused to a community by the speed of vehicles will be taken into account.

If it is considered that a change in the speed limit is warranted then a new speed limit order has to be made. This involves a statutory legal process that takes approximately 4 to 5 months to complete.

The website helpfully includes links to 2 pdf files:

The first relates to Speed limit information 2009 – 2010 : Click here to go to page

The second relates to the Speed Limit Review 2008 – 2011: Click here to go to page

In our case, as we do not have street lighting, repeater signs would be necessary at “regular intervals”.

The phrase ‘at regular intervals’ is not defined in TSRGD,(Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002) but the former Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions issued guidance to highway authorities in 1995 (Traffic Advisory Leaflet 01/95: Speed Limit Signs).

This leaflet includes a table showing the recommended distances between consecutive repeater signs and between the first/last repeater signs and the start/end of a speed limit. Different recommendations apply according to the type of road. These recommendations are reproduced in the table that follows.

The editor welcomes any observations arising from the information below – please complete the comments box.

Type of road Max. distance between consecutive signs on the same side of the carriageway Max. distance between consecutive signs on alternate sides of the carriageway Max. distance between start/end of length of road required to be signed and first/last repeater
Road more than 250m in length:
(i) on which the speed limit is less than 30mph; or
(ii) where there is a 30mph limit, but a system of street lighting is not provided (or lights are more than 200 yards apart)

400m 250m 200m
Road more than 350m in length:
(i) with a maximum speed limit of 40mph; or
(ii) with a minimum speed limit; or
(iii) where a system of street lighting is provided (lamps not more than 200 yards apart) and the national speed limit applies
500m 350m 250m

St Michael’s Church, Harvest FESTIVAL 8th October 9.30am

This Week!

The Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness is upon us again! We hope that, like ours, your garden has produced its fair share of harvest produce. You may well be inundated with tomatoes, marrows, apples and potatoes. If so, help is at hand. The Harvest Festival needs you!

The Church is now open to receive your gifts for our harvest festival. Fresh food and dry and canned produce are all welcome. Two boxes have been placed by the font to receive your generous donations. We are sharing our harvest gifts this year, between the Hope Centre in Northampton and Towcester Foodbank. Click on the links for more information.

The church is being decorated for harvest, so do pop in to admire!

Come and celebrate and give thanks for God’s goodness to the earth on Sunday morning. After the service, we are sharing tea and cakes together. All are welcome!

https://towcester.foodbank.org.uk/

Phone: 07724 832043

Email: info@towcester.foodbank.org.uk

http://www.northamptonhopecentre.org.uk/

Tel: 0845 519 9371

Posted by: braddenvillage | September 25, 2017

Burglary Bradden 22.9.2017 – Police request for information

Tara Cooksammy (Police, {Police Community Support Officer (C7012), South Northamptonshire)

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a Burglary, Main Road, Bradden, where a quad bike has been stolen
This happened Friday 22nd September 2017 8pm – Saturday 23rd September 2017 9:30am

Did you witness anything?

Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 17000408977

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous. These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999.

Visit us at : http://www.northants.police.uk

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990
APPEAL UNDER SECTION 78

Site Address:
Description of development:
Application reference:
Appellant’s name:
Appeal reference:
Appeal start date:
Mini Farm Blakesley Road Abthorpe
NN12 8WB

Change of use of land from agriculture to extension of gypsy caravan site,
including stationing of two caravans, erection of replacement amenity
building and laying of hardstanding
A/2016/2046/FUL
Mr Nathan Fletcher
APP/Z2830/W/17/3172943
24 August 2017

I refer to the above details.

An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State
against the decision of South Northamptonshire Council to refuse to grant planning
permission.

The appeal will be decided by means of a hearing. An Inspector has been appointed
under paragraph I (i) of Schedule 6 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to
determine this appeal. The Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State is D
Murray BA (Hons) DMS MRTPI.

A date for the hearing has been set for Thursday 9 th November 2017 starting at
10.00am for one day and will be held in the Committee Room, First Floor, The
Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester NN12 6AD.

A copy of the appellant’s and Council’s proof of evidence along with any further comments received can be viewed at http://snc.planning-register.co.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=93619 you may attend the hearing and, at the Inspector’s discretion, give your views.

The information in this document can be made available in other formats on request.

If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you
can do so on the Planning Portal at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk if you do
not have access to the internet, you can send your comments to:
Bridie Campbell-Birch
The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3P, Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol
BS1 6PN

All representations must be received by 28 th September 2017.

Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned. ThePlanning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations. All representations
must quote the appeal reference.

We have forwarded all the representations made to us on the application to the
Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspector
when determining the appeal.

The appeal decision will be published on the Planning Portal at
https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ under reference APP/Z2830/W/17/3172943

Please note that should you be concerned about facilities for people with disabilities
at the hearing venue, you are advised to write to or contact the Council to confirm
that appropriate provisions are in place.

Yours faithfully
Andy Preston
Head of Development Management

Bradden WI

“Summer Time Cream Tea”

Bradden Village Green (if wet in the hall)

Sunday 23rd July 2.30 onwards

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Cream Tea, Cakes

Prosecco Bar

Childrens Games

Entertainment

Raffle

Indulge yourself in our beautiful English Country side

Enquiries to: jandikinman@aol.com

Posted by: braddenvillage | June 6, 2017

Village Hall Committee New letter – Upcoming Events!

Dear Villager,

Just a quick update on up and coming events.

This year’s BBQ will be held on Sunday 2nd July. We are holding the price at £6.00 per adult and £3.00 for under 12’s. We will provide desserts as last year but if anyone would like to contribute as well, all will be gratefully accepted! Our thanks go to James and Sally to allow our continued use of the Village Green. Also, if anyone has a gazebo or similar they could provide for shelter in the event of inclement weather, it would be much appreciated.

Please let us know if you would like to come by e-mailing Hilary on hillyanne@btinternet.com so we know how many to cater for.

We have other social events planned over the next few months, namely a quiz night towards the end of September, date to be confirmed, and a Burns Night celebration an Friday 26th January. This will be a black tie event and numbers will be limited so please book early!

We are also pleased to announce that Anthony J Clarke will be coming to perform for us on 24th November. AJ is a renowned singer/songwriter and having seen him perform live, is an excellent entertainer – a night truly not to be missed.

http://www.anthonyjohnclarke.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsTiFeIQoK8

Tickets are limited on a first come first serve basis and will be released to Bradden villagers first so please book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Also of interest to you might be that Fleetwood Cave who entertained us earlier this year will be performing again at the SRA in Silverstone on Saturday 24th June. Tickets are available from Hilary on the above email address, from Glenys at the SRA or from Crofts Store, Silverstone.

A quick reminder that if anyone would like to book the Hall, please contact Jo Blake-Cave on joblake10@hotmail.com

Look forward to seeing you at the socials!

The Village Hall Committee

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Dates for your Diary:

BBQ ……………………………………….. Sunday 2nd July

Quiz Night ………………………………… September (TBC)

AJ Clarke…………………………………….. Friday 24th November

Burns Night …………………………………. Friday 26th January

Posted by: braddenvillage | June 6, 2017

Bradden Village BBQ – 2.7.2017 (12 noon)

Bradden BBQ
Sunday 2nd July
12 noon

 

Good food
 Real ale
Raffle

Adults:£6.00 Children  (under 12):£3.00
Tickets on sale now.
For further details, ring 860800 or 861061
Or e-mail: hillyanne@btinternet.com
Hope to see you there!
Posted by: braddenvillage | May 13, 2017

Rogation Walk Sunday 21st May 2.30pm

Rogation Walk Sunday 21st May 2.30pm
“Dear Braddenites,
Once again this year, we are doing our Rogation Walk around the village.   We are starting at St Michael’s at 2.30, with a short prayer. The walk takes about an hour and is about 2 – 3 miles long. We walk around the boundary of the Parish of Bradden and stop to thank God for the land in which we live, the fields that produce our food and also to admire the views!
Dogs on leads are very welcome.
We finish off with some very welcome tea and cake at the village hall.
It would be great to see you, your family and your dog!
Contact Colin Musgrave (Church Warden) on 01327-860590 for more details.
St Michael’s PCC”

Talk for Bradden Womens Institute upon Thursday 27th April 2017 at 7.30pm

Given by: Aidan Ward – Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science.

Basic Life Support for Adults and Paediatrics”

The main focus of the talk will be a session on Basic Life Support for both Adults and Paediatrics (Children and Infants), as well as some tips on caring for a person who is unconscious and how to control bleeding. Adult, child and infant resuscitation manikins will be available to practice upon.

The session will commence with a brief overview, and then a demonstration of the various resuscitation techniques. There will then be an opportunity, for those who wish to, to have a go themselves.

If there is time at the end of the talk, Aidan will be happy to answer any questions about emergency aid. In addition, if anyone has a specific enquiry they wish him to address, they can send their questions in advance.

Aidan wishes to emphasise that this session will not certificate anyone as being competent in Basic Life Support (CPR), but nonetheless, should give confidence to anyone who subsequently finds themselves in a position to intervene, and attempt to resuscitate someone.

Posted by: braddenvillage | February 8, 2017

Bradden Beer n’skittles Night – 10.2.2017

Bradden Beer n’skittles Night

Friday 10th February (7.30 – 8pm)

Real Ale

Free entry

Email: hillyanne@btinternet.com

Posted by: braddenvillage | February 8, 2017

Fleetwood Cave – 3rd March 2017 – Bradden Village Hall

Fleetwood Cave – People like us

Album Launch Tour

Friday 3rd March at 8pm

Bradden Village Hall, Bradden, Towcester

Tickets £8

Doors open 7.30 – Bar available

Tickets from Hilary – 01327 860800 or email: hillyanne@btinternet.com

http://www.fleetwoodcave.com

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