What's On

7th July 2024

College Student, Artisan Local Product and Artisan Local Drink Finalists Announced in Prestigious Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

Northamptonshire is fizzing with excitement as this year’s finalists in the Artisan Local Product and Artisan Local Drink categories are announced, showcasing unprecedented innovation, quality, and passion for craftsmanship. 14 of the county's best Artisan food and drink products have been revealed as finalists, they will now compete for Gold, Silver, and Bronze in their respective categories. The ‘Artisan’ classification includes products from local companies that make a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods.   Rachel Mallows MBE DL, Awards Director, said: “Innovation is a theme in the Artisan categories this year,..

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7th July 2024

Northampton hosts Female Founders Summit with Mary Portas as headline speaker

On Friday and Saturday next week, Northampton will be the stage for an empowering event designed to help women thrive in business, featuring the renowned 'Queen of Shops,' Mary Portas, as the headline speaker. The Female Founders Summit 2024, organised by accredited master coach Lucienne Shakir in collaboration with West Northamptonshire Council and a network of local businesswomen, will take place on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July across various town centre venues. Mary Portas, celebrated businesswoman, broadcaster, author, and activist, is best known for her BBC series Mary Queen of Shops and her work with some of the biggest..

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7th July 2024

Northampton business completes walking challenge for local hospice

A dedicated team from the UK’s largest distributor of building materials, Travis Perkins plc, with head offices in Northampton, has completed a walking challenge in aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice, raising more than £5,600 – the equivalent to more than 10 days of patient care. Covering 41 miles on the picturesque Ivanhoe Way in 14 hours, 21 team members endured rain, sun, mud, blisters, aches and niggles to accomplish the huge challenge, in some of Leicestershire’s best countryside. “At Travis Perkins plc, our purpose is to help build better communities, and we take great pride in making positive change happen...

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21st June 2024

Michael Jones Jeweller extends its sponsorship for Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton season

Local fine jewellers Michael Jones Jeweller have renewed their sponsorship agreement with Northampton’s Royal & Derngate, increasing their support for the theatre’s programme of home-produced and co-produced drama. Michael Jones Jeweller have a longstanding relationship with the theatre, having been the primary sponsor of Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton productions for the last seven years, as well as being an established Business Club partner. These Made in Northampton shows have brought the theatre national recognition, with recent productions such as The Pope premiering at Royal & Derngate in 2019, then subsequently going on to inspire a major film. It..

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11th June 2024

Mayor of Northampton congratulates Saints on Premiership title

The Mayor of Northampton has congratulated the town’s Saints Rugby Club after their win in the Gallagher Premiership final on Saturday, which saw them become the champions of the English Rugby Union. The team’s 25 -21 win over Bath at Twickenham is their second Premier league title and was celebrated on Sunday, when an open-top bus drove Saints players on a victory parade from Franklin’s Gardens to Northampton town centre. Large crowds gathered outside the Guildhall to cheer the winning team, who were greeted by the Mayor of Northampton Cllr Paul Joyce, the Chairman of West Northamptonshire Council Cllr Jo..

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3rd May 2024

Introducing Northamptonshire’s Food & Drink Week: June 1st – 9th

Brace yourselves for a culinary celebration like no other as Northamptonshire gears up to launch its inaugural Food & Drink Week from June 1st to June 9th. Organised by Made in Northamptonshire and the Northamptonshire Tourism Business Network, this eagerly awaited event promises a feast for the senses, showcasing the finest gastronomic delights the region has to offer. Kevin Rogers, Partner at Wilson Browne Solicitors, are proud sponsors of the initiative. The firm hopes to encourage visitors and residents alike to support the county’s fantastic independent foodie businesses, and find new favourites. Kevin said; “Whether pubs, restaurants, food or drink..

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28th March 2024

Egg-cellent Easter treats for hospice

The kind-hearted team at Northampton’s Bhangals Construction Consultants have made their annual Easter donation to Cynthia Spencer Hospice. This is the third consecutive year that the construction consultancy has given chocolate eggs to the hospice to share with patients, their families and the hospice staff. Last week, director Karen Bhangal and associate operations director Katie Newman delivered a car boot full of Easter eggs, which they hope will bring a smile. Karen said: “It is our pleasure to be able to support Cynthia Spencer Hospice and our Easter eggs are just a small gesture of gratitude for all the incredible..

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20th November 2023

Cransley Hospice Trust’s Festive Recycling Drive: Turning Christmas Trees into Charity Treasures in North Northamptonshire

The Cransley Hospice Trust team of volunteers will be collecting and recycling real Christmas trees in January 2024 to raise vital funds to support Palliative and End of Life Care in North Northamptonshire. This will be the third year that Cransley Hospice Trust (CHT) have run the community tree recycling initiative, which aims to raise around £20,000 to support patients and families who need the specialist services. This popular local campaign relies on a huge number of volunteers from the local community, from local businesses and community groups who give up their time to make the collection and recycling of..

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10th November 2023

Remembrance Sunday to be marked in Northampton with military parade and service

Remembrance Sunday will be marked in Northampton with a large military parade and church service in the town centre on 12th November. The parade, arranged by Northampton Town Council and the Royal British Legion, is set to start from Derngate at 9.30am, then follow a route onto St Giles’ Square, along Wood Hill and down Mercers Row, pausing for the Service of Remembrance at All Saints’ Church, between 10 and 10.45am. Following the service, a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 10.45am in the Town and County War Memorial garden behind the church on Wood Hill, with the playing of..

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5th November 2023

‘To tell my story is a dream come true…’

When Johannes Radebe and John Whaite took to the dance floor for the first time during the 2021 season of Strictly Come Dancing, they didn’t just deliver a terrific tango – they smashed through another barrier as the show’s first male same-sex couple to compete. As he prepared to visit Northampton on his first-ever solo tour, Johannes told Sammy Jones that it wasn’t without pressure... Let’s be honest, there was an intrigue and curiosity around Johannes and John’s Strictly pairing – simply because no-one had seen a male partnership compete in the show before. When they delivered that first dance..

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22nd October 2023

Cobblers kick off Chester House Estate partnership with a spooky-style Halloween visit

Players and coaching staff from Northampton Town Football Club will be enjoying some spooky fun at Chester House Estate this month – kicking off the half term break with a Halloween visit. The footballers will start their visit to the Estate, which is on Thursday, 26th October, with an hour inside Trapp’d, the new Chester House Estate based escape room which has opened its doors just in time for the spookiest season of the year. The player appearances will include photo opportunities, signings and meet and greet with visitors, before everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the Halloween celebrations on..

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22nd September 2023

NLive Radio celebrates more local radio for Northampton

NLive Radio marks 3 months of its show, Undiscovered Northampton. The station adds more local programs, affirming its role as Northampton's go-to local station. Launched in May, Undiscovered Northampton airs weekdays from 10am to 1pm. Host Paul Brennecke has talked to over 200 local figures. This includes charities, art groups, and local businesses. Paul Brennecke said, “I love meeting new people in our town. The show is a chance for locals to share stories and for big acts visiting Northampton to feature.” The show engages the entire town, allowing residents to share their experiences. Paul added, “I'm passionate about connecting..

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12th September 2023

Local Champion: GG Express Farm Shop in Woodford Celebrates Northamptonshire Produce

A farm shop, stocking the best of British produce, including an excellent range of fine food and drink from Northamptonshire, has opened in Woodford, near Thrapston. GG Express Farm Shop is the brainchild of the Greedy Gordons Group, who previously brought to life the acclaimed Buttery Café at this same picturesque location just a year ago. This fresh venture has breathed life into the local community and provided eight new employment opportunities. The stalwarts behind the Greedy Gordons Group, directors Richard Gordon and Sonya Freeman, have left their indelible mark with award-winning pubs such as The Red Lion at Cranford,..

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11th September 2023

Event aims to preserve Second World War memories

Thornton College invites individuals to share their tales and artefacts linked to the Second World War during their Digital Collection Day at the school on Saturday, 16th September from 10 a.m. The event is part of a nationwide campaign organised by Their Finest Hour, a team based at the University of Oxford and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which is collecting and preserving the everyday stories and objects of the Second World War. As these stories are fast fading from living memory, it is vital that they - and the wartime objects that often accompany them - are..

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10th September 2023

Join the ‘Pallets of Hope’ Campaign to help those facing hardship in Northamptonshire this Christmas

This festive season, a heartwarming initiative called Pallets of Hope is set to brighten the lives of those facing hardship in Northamptonshire, thanks to a collaboration between Franklins Solicitors, Northants Food Reach, Hope Centre, and His Church charity. The campaign's goal aims to raise funds for a minimum of 11 pallets of food, warm clothing, and gifts, all destined for individuals and families in Northamptonshire who are in need. These essential supplies will be distributed during the festive season, ensuring that as many people as possible can enjoy a special Christmas. The 11 pallets, packed with necessities such as food,..

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