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(Left to right) Rob Westlake, volunteer; John Highmore, Canal & River Trust; Kathryn Dodington, Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership; Colin Richards, Openreach; David Blagrove and Helen Westlake, Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership. Flagpole in Stoke Bruerne to be raised for St George's Day. PNL-140422-172939001

Flag returns after 20 years

Stoke Bruerne raised the flag for St George’s Day this week when the village flagpole was brought back into use after 20 years.

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Biker hurt after hitting wall

A 21-year-old has been airlifted to hospital with serious leg injuries following a motorcycle crash.

Andrea Leadsom MP

MP denies claim she deliberately reduced tax bill

Northamptonshire South MP Andrea Leadsom has rebuked claims in national newspapers that she used trusts to reduce her tax bill as ‘totally untrue’.

Councillor Kathleen Bonner-Dunham, Councillor Mary Clarke (seated) and Duncan Mitchell, from the Northants branch of the Federation of Small Businesses. PNL-140414-165039001

Business charter aims to break down the barriers for small firms

A charter which will help improve the relationship between small businesses and the public sector was signed recently.


Council to petition HS2

Government plans for a high speed rail line through Northants will be petitioned by a number of local authorities.


Crime is falling in South Northants, say police

Recorded crime fell by 10 per cent in South Northants last year, according to figures released by Northants Police.

Diary Dates

Discover village’s historical secrets

A historical walk and talk will be held in Grafton Regis on April 27.


Council forced to write off £300,000 of debt

Bad debts are costing South Northants Council almost £300,000 a year.

Festival organiser Crispin Slee

Real ales, music and fun at beer festival

A selection of beers from London micro-breweries and a bottled craft cider bar will be among the highlights of this year’s Towcester Beer Festival.

Jo McCormac with her horse Dubh who were struck by drivers deliberately driving too close in Whitfield. PNL-140416-154437001

Teenaged horserider deliberately frightened by drivers

A teenaged horse rider was left badly shaken when a driver deliberately passed too closely, clipping her and her horse.

Sir Jackie Stewart drove the Matra MS80 to victory at the 1969 British Grand Prix. PNL-140416-172545001

Step back in time at British Grand Prix

Silverstone Circuit will be going back in time at this year’s British Grand Prix with a commemorative parade of race winners.

Andrea Leadsom.

Tory MP given new role in treasury

South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom has been given a new position in the Houses of Parliament.

Fire engulfed a scrapyard in Grimscote on Saturday.

Fire engulfs scrapyard, forcing nieghbours to stay indoors

Five fire engines were called out to deal with a fire at a scrap yard on Saturday.


Police warning over illegal raves

Police are warning rural residents to be on the lookout for illegal raves this bank holiday.

Des Burns, from Bicester, will run the London Marathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. PNL-140704-154711001

Keen runners to hit the streets in London Marathon

Today, Sunday, keen runners from the Advertiser and Review region will be lacing up their trainers to take part in the London Marathon.

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Commercial shooting range plans refused

A commercial shooting range planned for the outskirts of a rural village has been refused by South Northants Council.

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Reminisce about life on the waterways

Share your memories of life on the canals and help preserve it for future generations.

Mary Bonner helping to gather in donations from Grafton hunt members at the meet, which took place at Wakefield Lodge nr Pottersbury PNL-140904-134424001

Generous support for flood affected farmers

Farmers affected by the winter flooding will benefit from a £1,240 donation made by the member of Grafton Hunt.

Towcester Museum will open a new exhibition charting the years from Roman times to the English Civil War. PNL-140804-102617001

New exhibition will open with a bang

Cannon fire, drums and flags will help tell the story of Towcester from Roman times to the English Civil War at a new exhibition.

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Pit lane treat for F1 fans at circuit

Silverstone Circuit will be opening the pit lane to fans on the Thursday before the British Grand Prix for the first time to mark a special anniversary.

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Star turn for two days of tribute acts

The Bell Hotel, in Winslow, plays host to the latest fundraiser from Towcester Tea Rooms next month – and this time the fun is set to last overnight.


Bailiffs’ rule change

Residents and businesses in south Northants are being warned about ignoring notices of unpaid council tax or business rates.


Work vans targeted by thieves in seven thefts

A wave of tool thefts swept across Towcester this week as seven vans were targeted in just three days.


Green light for controversial village housing developments

Controversial plans for new homes in Silverstone and King’s Sutton will now go ahead.

Bill and Hazel Howard celebrated 60 years of marriage last year

Guinness honour for family with most siblings reaching diamond date

A Greens Norton couple have sealed their family a place in the Guinness World Record Book for having the most siblings to have celebrated a diamond wedding anniversary in the world.

Northants RSPCA is appealing for foster homes for dogs and cats who have been taken into their care. PNL-140204-164057001

RSPCA appeals for help to prepare for busy kitten season

A shortage of foster homes for cats and dogs in Northamptonshire has led the RSPCA branch to urgently appeal for help.

Towcester receieved a spring clean thanks to a band of volunteers who spruced up areas of the town like this close to Silverstone Brook which runs through the town. PNL-140204-160615001

Volunteers collect 71 bags of rubbish in annual tidy-up

An oil drum, a huge tractor tyre and seven traffic cones were among the seventy-one bags of rubbish collected in Towcester recently.

Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance.

Driver injured in Silverstone smash

A 59-year-old man was airlifted to hospital following a crash at Silverstone Circuit on Saturday.

Justine Sellars, of Towcester, will display her artwork at Towcester Library as part of her exhibition, called From Despair to Recovery. PNL-140331-145700001

Artworks help tell a story of recovery

A personal story of recovery from mental illness will be told through artworks exhibited at Towcester Library this month.

Lloyds Pharmacy Towcester.  From the left, June Kemp, Jason Hoddle, Cllr Jim Lynch, mayor and Marion Richens cut the ribbon with staff and customers. PNL-140328-170712001

Lloyds Pharmacy presents new face at Towcester store

Lloyds Pharmacy in Towcester followed hard on the heels of the Buckingham branch, with a relaunch last Thursday.

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Food critic to open Towcester Food Festival

Food critic William Sitwell, who has appeared on TV’s Masterchef, will officially open Towcester Food Festival.

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Colourful display of bulbs at Greens Norton’s spring show

Daffodils were the star of the show at Greens Norton’s annual spring contest last weekend.

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New greyhound track will be ‘state of the art’

Greyhounds will be racing at Towcester Racecourse by the end of the year, marking a further £1.5 million investment in the horse racing venue.


Les Adams of The White Horse, Silverstone. PNL-140326-162054001

Tributes to Silverstone pub ‘legend’

Pub regulars are mourning alongside the family of a Silverstone landlord described as an ‘absolute legend’.

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Government funded race circuit ‘illegal’

Bosses at Silverstone Race Circuit have written to Prime Minister David Cameron for clarification on plans to invest in a circuit in Wales.

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Districts in top 50 for ‘rural living’

South Northants, Aylesbury Vale and Cherwell have all been named in the top 50 best places to live in the countryside.

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Extra cash poured into countys’ pothole roads

County councils in Bucks, Northants and Oxon have each received a share of the £183.5m funding allocated for flood-damaged roads.

Education news

Teachers’ strike: schools affected

Seven schools in the Advertiser and Review region are partially closed today due to strike action taken by members of the National Union of Teachers.

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