Today’s Tweats on Twitter from Towcester News

Todays Tweats on Twitter from TowcesterNews

18:04 Today’s Tweats on Twitter from Towcester News: Todays Tweats on Twitter from TowcesterNews
22:42 It’.. #

18:16 Towcester Traders At Folly #

22:10 [What’s On?] Easter Craft Morning #

23:04 TowcesterTweat JOB ALERT….. Location Manager near Towcester c£50k depending on experience. log o.. #

08:29 TowcesterTweat Towcester pictures – 25th & 26th March Towcester picture.. #

09:01 TowcesterTweat NEW VACANCY – Location Manager, Nr Towcester, Perm, upto £50k pa, Ref 2202. For mor.. #

09:12 Quick trip to ore school #

10:03 Tested Skype on iphone, seems ok #

10:14 Almost feels summery #

10:35 Thousands of Pupils Tucking Into Their Free School Meal: The huge rise in the number of children having free sch.. #

10:35 TowcesterTweat @PrincessAmelia Happy birthday from passer-by. I’ve been to near Towcester and woul.. #

11:03 TowcesterTweat Mechanical & Electrical Surveyor Towcester, England, United Kingdom… tinyu.. #

12:41 Having lunch with my daughter #

12:43 @MrRickWaghorn in truth to find out what is going on one needs to ask the usual suspects #

13:08 Is it Today when its best to fill up before the 2p hike in fuel duty #

13:35 @f1grandprix Is it wise to let Nakajima race? #

13:36 @sinistergiraffe Hayfever cure – eat locally made honey, ie within 10 miles, the range a bee can fly – need to eat it for about 2 months #

13:36 [Local News] New Rules Regarding Disposal of Plasterboard #

13:48 @Weebly_one Ah, commercial enterprise #

17:12 Trying to understand mediatweet #mediatweet #

17:12 [Local News] Education Bosses Search For Elite School Squad To Raise Standards In Primary Schools #

17:12 [Local News] Cash To Improve Vitality of Towcester Town Centre #

17:12 [Local News] Confidence Rises #

17:12 [Local News] Burglary in Whitefield #

17:41 @offasdyke4ms hope you are taking an iphone, we can get pix with GPS and see progress! #

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PlayStation® and Nissan’s GT Academy to air on ‘Dave’

Nissan GT Team

Nissan GT Team

Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that TV channel Dave will be broadcasting a series   of   five   programmes   featuring   the   GT   Academy.   GT   Academy   was   devised   by PlayStation® and Nissan to unite the worlds of virtual and reality by turning the ultimate gamer into a real-life racing driver. The series of programmes will be aired on Dave across the next five weeks, each airing on a Saturday at 7.00pm, with the first programme featured this Saturday, 4th April.  The  shows  will  be  repeated  on  Wednesdays  at  7.30pm  and  then  again  the  following Saturday morning at 11.00am.

The show will chart an incredible, ‘every-boy’s dream’ journey that started with gamers from 11 European countries posting times via the online version of PlayStation’s stunning Gran Turismo driving game. The fastest 20 drivers in each country were invited to a national final to compete head-to-head on Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. The UK National Final was hosted at the beginning of August 2008 at the topical surrounding of the spectacular GT-R display on Nissan’s stand at the British International Motor Show.  The event proved a tense showdown which saw the UK’s three top gamers qualify for an uncompromising week-long training camp at Silverstone Circuit, the epicentre of British motorsport.

National finalists from France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the UK arrived at Silverstone at the end of August 2008 as the world of ultra-realistic virtual racing broke through into reality. The GT Academy rolled onto Silverstone’s starting  grid  and  was  not  for  the  fainthearted.  Gruelling  fitness  and  mental  attitude  training started  the  process  of  unearthing  those  with  a  real  desire  to  win.  The  intense  and  rigorous driving programme saw the finalists take the wheel of some stunning hardware, but also piled on the pressure to see who would crack.

Dave’s coverage of GT Academy really will reveal the old cliché of ‘the agony and the ecstasy’ as the 20 finalists are gradually whittled down to two winners in a tense, knockout format judged by a panel of experts. The prize at stake was the incredible opportunity to undergo an intensive training and racing programme to qualify for an international racing license.

After nine months of hard work, challenges and successes the PlayStation / Nissan race team achieved  what  some  motorsport  pundits  said  would  be impossible.  Supported  by  team  mate Johnny   Herbert,   the   former   British   Formula   One   driver,   the   overall   winner   went   on   to successfully  race  as  a  key  member  of  the  team  in  a fully-prepared Nissan 350z  at the Dubai 24hr endurance race.  This marked the first time a racing driver has ever been found in this way.

GT Academy proved to be an inspired and stunning experiment to bridge the gap between the virtual and real worlds. The TV series that charts the success of the programme contains high drama and memorable moments and is a must see for any aspiring racing driver or keen gamer.

Thousands of Pupils Tucking Into Their Free School Meal

The huge rise in the number of children having free school meals has been praised by the School Food Trust.

Northamptonshire County Council embarked on an ambitious campaign to increase by 10% the take up rate for free school meals by 2009.

Latest figures show an extra 1,300 children are having free school meals compared with last year. This means that since 2007 the take-up has increased by 35%.

Cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Joan Kirkbride said: “These figures are fantastic news. We have smashed our target of 10% and week by week the number of children having free school meals is increasing.

“It’s so important we give children the best possible chance in life by ensuring they eat good nutritious food to assist their learning.

“I would still urge all those people who think they are entitled to free school meals to get in touch and ensure through healthy and nutritious food, their child is getting the best out of their school day.”

The county council started its drive to improve healthy eating in schools and help children get the right food in 2006.

The county council’s drive was in response to the establishment of the School Food Trust by the government whose remit was transform school food and food skills, promote the education and health of children and young people and improve the quality of food in schools.

Chris Wainwright, director of communications at the School Food Trust, said: “It is fantastic news that Northamptonshire County Council has been successful in increasing the amount of children taking up free school meals. We know that this isn’t something that can happen overnight and could only have been achieved through sheer hard work.

“It is important that schools and other local authorities address the reasons why some children still choose not to eat school food after registering and why some families do not register despite qualifying for free school meals. The Trust’s top priority is ensuring that as many children as possible eat a tasty, balanced and nutritious school lunch and we will continue to work with and support local authorities to make sure we achieve this.”

Today’s Tweats on Twitter from Towcester News

Todays Tweats on Twitter from TowcesterNews

22:42 It’s only 10:40 seems much later ah BST. Good night all #

22:45 @Documentally should do plrntynof people run them on chip fat ask Mick Loughran in Towcester #

09:35 A lovely bright morning here, blue skies a few clouds, little wind – bit chilly in the shadows #

10:02 [Abthorpe] Village Fun Committee Announces… #

10:02 [Sport] Up Front Power Of Tows Pack Dominates #

10:02 [Local News] Pupils Urged To Apply Early For Bus Passes #

10:03 Pupils Urged To Apply For Bus Passes: Pupils who are considering going into sixth form education next year and w.. #

10:21 @Documentally problem is getting the chip oil to put in it, a few people doing it apparently no tax until 2500 litres! #

10:33 [Recipe of the Week] Penne with Cauliflower, Garlic and Anchovies #

10:52 @Documentally well have trailer! #

10:53 RT @shanerichmond: Repeat after me: nobody thinks bloggers will replace professional journalists. #

10:58 [Local News] PSP Awareness Week #

10:58 [Local News] Break In At Towcester Gun Club #

11:33 Towcestrians Pack Soon On Top:  
Northampton BBOB RFC 1st XV 0Pts vs Towcestrians RFC 1st XV 43Pts A depleted BB.. #

11:33 TowcesterTweat JOB OF THE WEEK – Assistant to PA, Towcester, £10per hour, Temp, Ref 2200. For more.. #

11:47 @shedworking wow – as a shed worker I use skype for video conferencing and web demos – now on iPhone too #shedworking #

13:37 Clouding over a bit, head down doing some serious updating #

16:41 Another cup of tea I think #

17:17 [Local News] Beat The Weekend Rush… #

17:17 Clearer Mountain Forecasts from the Met Office: New and improved mountain weather forecasts will provide hill wa.. #

17:20 Off to Towcester – Towcester Traders meeting #

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Clearer Mountain Forecasts from the Met Office

New and improved mountain weather forecasts will provide hill walkers with information to help keep them safer, whilst making the most of some of the most spectacular countryside in the UK.

For the first time Met Office forecasts will be provided for the Peak District National Park and improvements have been made to the current forecasts for the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Lake District and West and East Highlands.

Following extensive consultation with users of the existing forecasts, improvements have been made to make the forecasts clearer, more appealing and more useful to mountain climbers and hill walkers.

The forecasts will now include a colour coded hazards forecast to highlight key risks on the mountains, details on the risk of precipitation, and the latest synoptic chart. The forecasts will be updated twice a day to give users the latest information on the expected conditions in the mountains.

Geoff Nickolds, lead member for recreation at the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We’re very keen for walkers and climbers to enjoy the wildest and most beautiful parts of our National Park, but also that they should do so as safely as possible. These newly available and improved weather forecasts are a major step forward in ensuring that they can.”

The mountain weather forecasts are just one part of a range of forecasts made available as part of the Public Weather Service. Through the Public Weather Service the Met Office is working to ensure the public and businesses can make the most of the weather through the provision of forecasts and warnings supported by a network of Public Weather Service Advisers.

Pat Boyle, Public Weather Service Manager at the Met Office, said: “Mountains can be inhospitable and dangerous places if you are not prepared. The weather can vary a great deal and change very quickly, posing a significant risk to walker’s safety. Whether it’s a well-planned expedition or a spur of the moment decision to go to the hills, it is important to check the forecast”.

Ok I know there are not many mountains around Towcester, in fact there none – however there are plenty of people who head up the Peak District, Wales and the Lakes.

Towcestrians Pack Soon On Top

Photo Mike Potter

Photo Mike Potter

Northampton BBOB RFC 1st XV 0Pts vs Towcestrians RFC 1st XV 43Pts
A depleted BBOB rallied themselves for the arrival of Towcestrians, only to find the up-front power of the Tows pack just too much to contain as the visitors cruised to an easy win.
From the start the Tows pack were soon well on top, as demonstrated by driving veteran prop Osbourne-Wright over for the games first score.  Marc Yeates converted and as Tows continued to look comfortable with ball in hand, a good move involving the Tows backs saw Jamie King zip in for a try in the corner.  Marc Yeates converted from near the touch line and soon after he slotted a penalty to ease Tows further ahead. The Tows scrummaging power was again evident as it put BBOB under extreme defensive pressure to eventually produce a penalty try converted by Matt Yuill and give Tows a half time lead of 24Pts. 
From the start of the second half, the Tows pack became completely dominant with the BBOB pack being driven back for Darren Snook to drop over for a pushover try.  BBOB began to struggle with front row replacements and the referee had to direct the game to move to uncontested scrums.  This had an immediate effect on the pace and rhythm of the game and although the whole game seemed to lose its momentum, Tows finished the game with tries from Colts players Millican and Yuill. 
Next week Tows are at HOME to host Lutterworth RFC 1st XV.  Kick Off: 3.00pm 

Pupils Urged To Apply For Bus Passes

Pupils who are considering going into sixth form education next year and who need a bus pass are being urged by Northamptonshire County Council to get their application forms in soon.

There are a limited number of passes that are available in the county for those in post-16 education and they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application forms are available in schools from the end of this month (MARCH) and completed forms should be sent in no later than May 1.

Cllr Bob Seery, county council cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “As this is a very useful and popular service it is important that all those in post-16 education, who wish to take advantage of it, apply for their bus passes as quickly as possible.

“It is appreciated that some of those entitled to use the service may for various reasons subsequently decided not to do so but it is essential applications are now made for processing for time for the Autumn term.

“I hope that this will enable all students to obtain their passes for the coming year.”

Not only do Year 11 pupils who want to go into the sixth form need to apply for passes, Year 12 students intending to continue into Year 13 also need to apply.

Passes are available to pupils who are in full-time education, who reach their 16th birthday before September 1 and who live more than three miles walking distance from their designated or nearest school.

Passes cost £380 for the whole school year but can also be bought for either the autumn, spring or summer terms individually. Some pupils may qualify for a free pass and should refer to the guidance notes with the applications form for details.

If students have applied for a pass and decide not to stay on until sixth form, they will be entitled to a full refund if the passes are returned before the end of September.