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29th Feb 2024

New unique dance studio opens in Northamptonshire

A new dance studio has opened at Nene Court in Wellingborough offering dance, fitness and wellness classes for adults. Mode Movement opened in early December and has already been making huge waves across Northamptonshire. The unique studio runs classes 7 days a week that caters to all ages and levels. We caught up with Kitty, the powerhouse behind the new studio to find out more about her dance background and what we can expect from Mode Movement... Hi Kitty, could you share a bit about your background and journey into dance? Absolutely! I kicked off my dance journey at the tender age of 2, right here in Northamptonshire. Ballet, tap, modern – you name it, I studied it. Fast forward to secondary school, and I was doing GCSE and A-level dance exams four years ahead of schedule. Year 9 saw me tackling my first-ever A-level, which kind of made me grow..

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28th Feb 2024

Make a Difference, Your Way for local hospice

A much-loved local hospice has launched a new inspiring campaign to encourage more people in the community to make a difference and support its vital services. Cynthia Spencer Hospice’s dynamic Make a Difference, Your Way campaign aims to highlight the many different ways that people can contribute to the cause and back the charity, in a way that resonates with them, whether that be by volunteering their time, donating or fundraising money, or spreading the word. The hospice, in Kettering Road, Northampton, faces the significant challenge of raising £2,208,823 every year, which breaks down to £6,052 per day, in order to continue providing essential services across West Northamptonshire. The funds raised by Cynthia Spencer Hospice charity supporters are imperative for maintaining numerous hospice care services - such as inpatient care, outpatient services, wellbeing programmes, Hospice@Home, lymphoedema treatment and the palliative care clinical nurse specialist service. Importantly, donations ensure hospice care..

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28th Feb 2024

Mia’s Beanstalk Climbing Frame to be Unveiled at Wicksteed Park

A Jack in the Beanstalk-inspired climbing frame designed by a 10-year-old girl from Northampton is set to become the newest attraction at Wicksteed Park’s award-winning playground. The fairy-tale themed frame by Mia Opoku Agyeman came first in a children’s competition to design new playground equipment as part of the Kettering theme park’s @Play Project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and North Northamptonshire Council. Now Mia’s design is becoming a reality with the help of world-renowned play equipment manufacturer Wicksteed Leisure Ltd, which is using her original 3D computer generated drawings to build a four-metre-tall version. Mia and her family were given a sneak preview of her design being manufactured at Wicksteed Leisure Ltd’s Kettering-base factory. The new climbing frame, which is due to be installed next month ahead of its official unveiling on 23rd March, features leaf climbing pods, Perspex panels and a wind-up board that will emit..

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28th Feb 2024

Chelton Brown’s decade of dedication raises over £100,000 for Cynthia Spencer Hospice

A leading local property agent, who has supported Cynthia Spencer Hospice for more than a decade, last year sponsored events that raised more than £100,000 for the popular charity. Northampton-based Chelton Brown sponsored both the Cycle4Cynthia fundraiser and the Strictly Northampton dance contest, as well as holding smaller collections at their George Row and Daventry offices. Director Sali Brown chose the charity after her grandfather died at the hospice, following first-class palliative care. She said: “For us it was the help that the hospice gave to the whole family, as much as for the individual at the end of life. My grandad went in for respite for a couple of weeks and he loved it there. It’s so nice that people are looked after in a home from home environment.” “Unfortunately, everybody knows somebody who has a connection with the hospice and is touched by it at some point. Most..

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21st Feb 2024

Grotto raises £685 for charity supporting young families

A grotto which saw families flock to Northampton town centre to see Santa this Christmas has helped raise £685 for a charity supporting local young families. The attraction in Grosvenor Shopping Northampton, staged by Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Northampton Town Council, was a huge hit over the festive season, with hundreds of families popping in for their own private appointment with Father Christmas himself. Families were asked for a donation of £1 and the money raised has now been handed to Home-Start, a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age. Mark Mullen, operations manager of Northampton Town Centre BID, said: “We loved seeing so many families visiting the town centre to see Santa in our grotto. Our team have immensely enjoyed meeting all of the families and hope that we were able..

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15th Feb 2024

Adorable, loyal furries WLTM caring owners for cosy nights in...

It's the month when cupid sharpens his arrows and takes aim, and at Little Irchester charity Animals in Need they are hoping that they'll be feeling the love too. There is a perfect human match for every animal, but unfortunately, they sometimes have to endure some horrible examples before finding true love. Sounds familiar, right? In a bid to help pair doggies with their most deserved and give kitty-cats their purrfect partners, Animals in Need is turning all smoochy with a special event for Valentine's Day – it's a bit like Blind Date, but without Cilla and the cheesy one liners! The speed dating bash will be the perfect opportunity for singles to find their ideal match, and maybe even get their claws into each other... “Everybody needs somebody, and every one of the animals in our care is looking for their true companion,” said Animals in Need manager Annie..

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15th Feb 2024

Delapré Abbey to get its very own food festival this summer

The creators of Towcester Food Festival and Bite Street NN are launching a brand new gastronomic extravaganza this summer – the Delapré Food Festival. The food and drink festival will take place within the beautiful surrounds of Delapré Abbey, which organiser Crispin Slee says is tailor-made for the event. He said: “It’s such a special place and the perfect spot for the festival. We want to bring the grounds to life for a grand summer weekend celebrating artisan food and drink.” Delapré Food Festival will feature all the temptations that made Towcester Food Festival so popular – bustling with food and drink stalls, hourly chef demos, tasting sessions and masterclasses. The outdoor street food market will be curated by Bite Street NN, the Northampton street food pop-up, which regularly features the best traders for miles around. Many top local chefs are already lined-up to take part on the demo stage...

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15th Feb 2024

The return of Splore at The Core

Following the success of the festival launch in 2023, The Core at Corby Cube are delighted to present the return of Splore at The Core, which will bring Corby Town Centre and The Core at Corby Cube to life with two days of street performances, shows and free activities on Fri 23 and Sat 24 February. Friday’s activities take place at The Core at Corby Cube, where audiences are invited to take their seat for The Adventures of Peregrine the Penguin, a delightful tale for children under 6, created by local artists Karen Harvey and Alfe Game. Or they can take an exciting trip to outer space with circus & dance company Motionhouse who perform Starchitects, a must-see and ideal first trip to the theatre for children. There are plenty of opportunities to take part during Friday, with free drama and dance taster sessions for young people aged 8-16 years,..

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15th Feb 2024

Cransley Hospice Trust finalists for 2024 film awards

Cransley Hospice Trust are thrilled to announce their film “The Importance of Hospice Care” has been selected as a finalist for the Smiley Charity Film Awards 2024. The Smiley Charity Film Awards are the biggest film awards for the charity sector, with finalists representing the best in cause-based storytelling, each film showcasing a story that resonates with the ethos of philanthropy and the social impact. Categorised by income and by length, the Cransley Hospice Trust film is in the category £1m - £10m, longform, nestled amongst competition from well known national charities like Green Peace UK. A panel of expert judges choose the bronze, silver and gold award winners from each category and there is a chance to win the “People’s Choice Award”, the charity that receives the highest number of public votes. The emotive film, produced by Vizeo and Cransley Hospice Trust, focuses on the importance of specialist end..

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14th Feb 2024

Northampton musician to show late father’s works in retrospective exhibition

A Retrospective exhibition celebrating the works of the late Northampton artist John Luce Lockett will run from the 5th of March to the 5th April at 78 Derngate, Northampton. The free exhibition, which marks the 10th anniversary the artist’s passing, offers a modern perspective on his works and is being curated by his son, the musician Billy Lockett, in collaboration with Northampton based photographer Gavin Wallace. Wallace’s ongoing project called ‘Place Where We Dwell’, showcases Northampton residents who make a difference in the community, by pushing their creativity and making people feel proud of the town. The opening night of the exhibition will take place on the 5th of March between 6:30 - 9:30pm, including a live performance from Billy Lockett and complementary drinks provided by V&B. The public are welcome to attend the event, which will be officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton, with 20% of..

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14th Feb 2024

Students urged to ‘consider both sides of the story’ to aid careers in law and politic

The importance of having a thorough understanding of both sides of the argument is key to a successful career in law and politics, according to lawyer-turned-MP Michael Ellis. The former Attorney General, who has served as MP for Northampton North since being elected in 2010, was speaking to students during a visit to Northampton College. He delivered a 30-minute talk looking back at his career before fielding questions from law, public services and criminology students. He said: “No matter what side of the debate you are on, whether you are prosecuting or defending, or speaking on behalf of the Government or the opposition, it’s so important to fully understand both sides of the story. That will help you articulate your argument and foresee any flaws in your opponent’s line of reasoning. “Knowledge is power and the more you can learn the better placed you are to present an argument.” Michael..

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06th Feb 2024

Northampton community groups invited to take part in gardening competition

Community groups in Northampton are invited to brighten up their neighbourhoods this year by taking part in a community gardening competition, with small grants available from Northampton Town Council for sustainable planting ideas. The 'It's Your Neighbourhood' competition is operated by the Royal Horticultural Society as part of the East Midlands in Bloom campaign and encourages communities to revamp existing communal gardens and neglected public green spaces. Northampton Town Council supports the competition locally and hosts an awards ceremony at the end of the season. Groups participating in 2024 may also get the opportunity to have their project featured in the 2025 Northampton in Bloom scheme. Cllr Andrew Stevens, Chair of the Environmental Services Committee at Northampton Town Council, said: "If there is a disused outdoor space in your neighbourhood, or an existing green area that needs a bit of TLC, it could be the perfect starting place to get..

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30th Jan 2024

Businesses to hear tales from the boardroom

Business owners in Northampton will have the chance to hear direct from Sir Alan Sugar’s right-hand man during a networking session designed to bring town centre companies closer together. The ‘BID Business Networking’ session will be held at Vulcan Works from 5pm on Thursday, 22 February, with guest speaker Nick Hewer from BBC’s The Apprentice. The event, organised by Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID), will be aimed at companies operating in the professional services sector and aims to bring local businesses closer together. Mark Mullen, operations manager of Northampton Town Centre BID, said: “As the voice of town centre businesses, we wanted to provide a platform to allow businesses to get together, meet each other and establish closer working relationships that will ultimately benefit the whole town. “BID Business Networking is an informal session that gives people the chance to meet other local businesses and hear from a..

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30th Jan 2024

Northampton Town Council rallies against decision to be moved from Guildhall

Northampton Town Council is rallying against a decision that will see its operations move out of the Guildhall in early 2025. At its full council meeting on Monday 22nd January, Northampton Town Council passed a motion calling for West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) to honour the decision made in January 2021 by the former Northampton Borough Council, that the Guildhall would be the headquarters of the town council on a long leasehold arrangement. This decision was also adopted by WNC in July 2021, when they resolved to capture all approved motions made by the previous authorities that oversaw Local Government in the West Northamptonshire area. Councillors gave their overwhelming support for the town council to remain in its traditional home and were opposed to WNC’s decision to move its operations out of the Guildhall on 1st April 2025. The decision to recommend the removal of Northampton Town Council from the historic..

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30th Jan 2024

Hotel ‘dragons’ give boost to charities as they look to give back

Full bedroom suites, office furniture, reception desks and coffee tables will all be donated to charities across Northamptonshire as part of the renovation of a town centre hotel. Work has already begun on the transformation of the Northampton Town Centre Hotel and senior management were keen to ensure as many of the fixtures and fittings as possible were given a new lease of life elsewhere rather than ending up in landfill. The hotel assembled a panel of ‘dragons’ to hear from a number of local charities about how they could work with them to repurpose the furniture and make a difference to the local community. Among the charities set to benefit is The Hope Centre, who will be given the contents of a whole floor of bedrooms at the hotel – which is due to transform into the town centre’s first four-star venue this summer when it falls under the..

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