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23rd Jul 2024

Local grant-making charity has awarded more than £109,000 to rural communities across the county

Through the Rural Community Needs Fund, Northamptonshire Community Foundation has awarded more than £109,000 to 13 charities and community organisations working to tackle urgent needs such as poverty and access to services across local rural towns, villages and the countryside. Rachel McGrath, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “We established our Shining a Spotlight on Rural Community Needs appeal in March 2023, with the aim of supporting rural communities across Northamptonshire, improving their access to vital services and ensuring that they receive their fair share of funding. “We’re very grateful to every generous donor who supported the appeal, and to the Constance Travis Charitable Trust for match funding every donation. We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to award more than £109,000 to rural communities across Northamptonshire; this funding will help make a real difference to local resident’s lives. Further awards will be made later this year to continue..

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23rd Jul 2024

National award for Northampton curry house

A restaurant in Northampton is the toast of the town having been named the best in the country at a national awards ceremony. Saffron in Castilian Street was crowned the winner of the Restaurant of the Year category at the 2024 The Bengal’s Pride Awards, held at the House of Commons in London on Wednesday, July 17. It is the sixth year of The Bengal’s Pride Awards, dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the Bengali ethnic community from India and Bangladesh. As the global Bengali community grows, numerous Bengalis have made significant contributions to every professional area, including healthcare, banking, politics, education, arts among others. The Bengal’s Pride Awards strive to honour and recognise Bengalis from across the world for their global achievements and contributions. Saffron owner Naz Islam said: “Winning this award is a testament to our team's dedication, passion, and relentless pursuit of culinary excellence. We are deeply honoured and..

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19th Jul 2024

Classic Ibiza comes to Northampton on Saturday 10th August 2024

Iconic dance anthems performed under the stars by a live orchestra… Northampton is preparing to get a slice of the White Isle this August as an open-air concert, which promises to be the party of the summer, comes to Delapre Abbey. Classic Ibiza, a 32-piece live orchestra accompanied by DJs and vocalists, will reimagine some of the biggest dance hits of the past 30 years. Get ready to hear classics such as ‘Insomnia’, ‘Sandstorm’, ‘Levels’ and ‘Born Slippy’ brought to orchestral life! As well as a headline performance from Classic Ibiza, concert goers will experience a full festival style site with glitter make up stalls, live roaming entertainers and a number of bars and street food outlets.  Event organiser Jonathan Ware, says: “We have toured this show to sell-out crowds all over the UK and cannot wait to bring it to Northampton. The audience have got a great night in store,..

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16th Jul 2024

Date confirmed for Northampton market to return to historic square

Northampton Market is set to return to the historic market square from 20 September, following the area undergoing extensive regeneration to provide a renewed space for residents, businesses, and traders. Northampton Town Centre is benefiting from ongoing large-scale investment in regeneration through £24 million worth of Government support through the Town's Fund grant. This providing a catalyst for further private sector investment and confidence in the town with more than £140 million being invested into the Four Waterside and Marefair Development and £8 million worth of private funding boosting the adjacent Market Walk scheme as well as significant opportunities and investment bringing the M&S and BHS buildings back to life after their closure. This will benefit residents, attract more visitors, and promote the area as a destination for all, creating a town centre of the future, bringing a better experience and more opportunities to all that want to live, work..

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16th Jul 2024

Superheroes are on a mission at Swansgate Shopping Centre

Swansgate Shopping Centre in Wellingborough is excited to announce its Superheroes Unite event taking place throughout the summer holidays. Every Tuesday throughout the month of August, join them between 11 am - 3 pm for an action-packed day of superhero meet and greets and creative craft activities. Check out the extensive list of activities they have available for FREE: Tuesday 6th August: Batman and Bat Girl Meet and Greet & Academy Workshop Tuesday 13th August: Iron Man and Captain America Meet and Greet & Academy Workshop Tuesday 20th August: Craft Workshop (Make your own superhero mask) Tuesday 27th August: Spiderman and Super Girl Meet and Greet & Academy Workshop But wait, there's more. You could be in with a chance of winning a superhero prize bundle so be sure to follow our social channels for up-to-date information. Facebook: Swansgate shopping centre Instagram: Swansgateshoppingcentre “We are excited to host these fun-filled..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Foodies

Go take a bite... Bite Street Northampton has lip-licking events offering fabulous eats, liquid treats and cool beats throughout the summer. The brand will cater for you at The County Cricket Ground (July 26-28), with the promise of epic vendors, house cocktails, foaming beer, good wine and great vibes. Meet the acquaintance of Tapas Zampa, The Patty Freaks, Gyro Guys, and vegan donut deliverers, Flats Doughnuts. The bar will be serving up Budvar, Brooklyn Pilsner, Brooklyn Defender, Punk IPA, Prosecco van, cocktails, cider, Warner’s gin and vegan wine. Cheers to that. There are further chances to tickle those tastebuds at Franklin’s Gardens with a variety of traders – check in between August 9 & 11, and again between August 23 & 25. Food shouldn’t just nourish, it should be an occasion, and Bite Street has got this business bang on. > Let the tasting begin at bitestreet.co.uk Looking ahead, Sophie’s..

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09th Jul 2024

New BID board member relishing opportunity to transform town centre

The man responsible for delivering the most important development project in Northampton in decades has outlined his vision for the town centre having been appointed to the board of the Business Improvement District (BID). Cllr Daniel Lister, Cabinet Member for Local Economy, Culture and Leisure at West Northamptonshire Council, is leading on work to revitalise the Market Square, Abington Street, Fish Street and a host of other public realm projects. He will now work alongside a panel of business leaders to oversee the BID’s work as it looks to make the town centre a better place to work, live and visit. He said: “With a portfolio that includes regeneration and business support across West Northamptonshire, working with the BID will be mutually beneficial, ensuring business needs are met throughout the town during this period of transformation. “This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity, as we finalise the Market..

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07th Jul 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 names in global retail. As co-chair of the Better Business Act, she leads a coalition advocating for UK companies to align their interests with broader societal and environmental goals. She will grace the stage at the Royal Theatre on Saturday evening. Northampton-based Lucienne, who has coached and supported hundreds of..

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07th Jul 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. As one of the biggest employers in Northampton, Cynthia Spencer Hospice means a lot to our colleagues and other local people in Northampton, many of whom have directly or indirectly experienced the benefit of the services they offers, and has been our charity partner for several years, so this walk..

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04th Jul 2024

All aboard Northamptonshire’s newest river boat experience

A unique boating experience is opening this weekend on Saturday 6th July at The Chester House Estate, delivered in partnership with Watermeadow Park and Discover Northamptonshire, providing intimate trips along the River Nene to enjoy the natural landscape. Hosting up to eight people at one time, visitors can experience a 40-minute round trip along the scenic river, seeing dragonflies, plants, swans and a beautiful weir as the boat reaches the halfway point. Clark Smith-Stanley, Director of Watermeadow Park River Experiences, said “I am delighted to be working with Discover Northamptonshire to provide boat experiences from The Chester House Estate this summer. It’s the perfect location to offer River Boat Experiences due to the Estate’s location on the River Nene, showcasing our county’s natural beauty through a relaxing trip on the water” “This is a brand new experience, so we are encouraging families and visitors to leave their feedback so we..

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04th Jul 2024

Theatre to open new café-bar on Guildhall Road

Royal & Derngate is delighted to announce that it will be opening a new café-bar this autumn, adjacent to the theatre on Guildhall Road. The theatre will be working in partnership with a local company, behind other successful hospitality outlets in the area, to launch Lola’s Bar in September. Lola’s will be situated at the corner of Guildhall Road and Swan Street, taking over the location of John Franklin’s, which closes at the end of July. Lola’s will initially be offering cocktails and small plates in the evening, and coffee and brunch during the day, opening from Tuesday to Saturday every week, with additional opening hours on Sundays and Mondays dependent on theatre shows. Rob Parkes, Operations & Commercial Director at Royal & Derngate said: “We’re on a mission to provide the best experiences for our theatre and Filmhouse customers and all visitors to Northampton town centre. Lola’s Bar will..

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03rd Jul 2024

Peter Pan returns to The Old Savoy Theatre this Christmas

The Old Savoy Theatre invites you to see the most exciting pantomime of them all this Christmas – Peter Pan. The show runs from 6th to the 29th December 2024. The panto is a take on the classic tale of the boy who refused to grow up - a traditional favourite we are proud to present a swashbuckling spectacular for all the family. There will be some fantastic local young performers staring as the lost boys, pirates and ensemble! Our favourites Colin Ridgewell & Chris Wills return this year – Colin will be hanging up his dame costume and make up, as he returns to play the role of Captain Hook! Chris will be joining him to play the role of Peter Pan. We are delighted to welcome back Britain’s got Talent Winners Ashleigh and Sully, to take on the roles of Mrs Darling & the family dog Nana. Northampton’s..

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03rd Jul 2024

Billowing Borders, Exuberant Colours and a Magical Fairy Walk at Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens

The historic Grade II* Listed Gardens at Kelmarsh Hall are open for visitors’ enjoyment this Summer. There is plenty to explore, from the beautiful overflowing borders in the Walled Garden, to magnificent roses in the Fan Rose Garden, and pure elegance in the Sunken Garden. For those who enjoy a longer walk, the lakeside walks and woodland walks are open, offering gorgeous views of the Northamptonshire countryside, the Kelmarsh lake, and backdrop of the historic Hall. Take a stroll with your little ones through the woodland fairy walk and see what magical beings you can find. From tree trunk doors to creatures in the trees, there is lots to be discovered. Visitors can explore the gardens for themselves on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10am – 4pm, with last entry at 3pm. Sweet Pea’s Tearoom open for lunches, sweet treats and hot drinks. For more information about the historic..

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03rd Jul 2024

Extended flagship store is ‘jewel in the crown’ of iconic retailer

A jeweller that has traded in Northampton for more than 100 years has underlined its commitment to the town centre by completing a £3million investment in its flagship store. With the expansion and refit of its One Gold Street home, Michael Jones Jeweller has created a luxurious new high-end destination for customers seeking coveted brands such as Rolex and Fabergé. The independent jeweller, which is run as a co-operative, has had a presence in Northampton since 1919 and is now looking forward to a bright new future in the town, with doors due to open on Monday, July 1. The work has seen the business extend into a former hairdresser’s next door, creating a new ultra-premium retail space, while the original showroom has been transformed into a dedicated Rolex area over two floors with panoramic windows in the VIP Rolex lounge, giving customers a stunning view of All Saints Church..

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03rd Jul 2024

New Principal vows to take Northampton College to the next level

The new Principal of Northampton College has pledged to take the College to the next level having helped to secure a positive Ofsted result in his previous Vice Principal role. Jason Lancaster is preparing to succeed Pat Brennan-Barrett OBE, who is departing this summer having overseen a remarkable rise in the College’s fortunes since taking the reins a decade ago, transforming it into one of the top five colleges in the country. A former Director of an Institute of Technology, Jason has held a range of senior leadership posts, supporting colleges to develop and improve their provision, and previously served as Vice Principal for quality and performance at Northampton College, helping to deliver a ‘Good’ Ofsted grade at the most recent inspection. He said: “I am delighted to be coming back to Northampton College, having thoroughly enjoyed my taste of life in the county a few years ago. My time..

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