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Northampton Town Festival 2017

Northampton Town Festival 2017- FREE EVENT

…event page is here https://www.facebook.com/events/630226547146106/

CELEBRATING EVERYTHING THAT MAKES NORTHAMPTON TOWN GREAT!  Just see hwat’s on offer – it’s oign to be fun packed…

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1st & 2nd July 2017

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The Northampton community come from all industries and walks of life, but we have one thing in common… we are the heart of Northampton! The Northampton Town Festival is an event created for the local community and beyond, with the intention of bringing people together and celebrating all that makes our town great!

Whether you are one of our local residents & families, a hard working local trader, a member of a local community group, part of our thriving entertainment scene or live outside of Northampton and are looking to attend an awesome event that exhibits REAL community spirit… this event is not to be missed. The Northampton Town Festival brings our community together whilst combining all that was great about the iconic Old Northampton Town Show and The Balloon Festival in one fun filled weekend for the whole family.

The event is FREE to attend and will take place across 2 large arenas on the Racecourse – a venue large enough to accommodate the large crowds that the festival will attract. There will be an estimated 40,000- 60,000 attending throughout the weekend.

Main Arena Entertainment

Saturday 1st of July

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11.00am – 11.30pm – Men’s Own Rugby

11.45am – 12.15pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys)

12.30pm – 1.00pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

1.15pm – 1.45pm – Broke FMX Freestyle Motocross Show

2.00pm – 2.30pm – Men’s Own Rugby

2.45pm – 3.30pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

3.45pm – 4.15pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys) nene local  northampton

4.30pm – 5.00pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

5.15pm – 6.00pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

6.15pm – 6.45pm – Broke FMX Freestyle Motocross Show


Sunday 2nd of July


11.00am – 11.30pm – Men’s Own Rugby

11.45am – 12.15pm – Vanders Wheel of Deathnene local | northampton

12.30pm – 1.00pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys)

1.15pm – 1.45pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

2.00pm – 2.45pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

3.00pm – 3.30pm – Vanders Wheel of Death

3.45pm – 4.15pm – Men’s Own Rugby

4.30pm – 5.00pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys)

5.15pm – 5.45pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

6.00pm – 6.45pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

7.00pm – 7.30pm – Vanders Wheel of Death




Balloon Arena

Saturday 1st of July


6.00am – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)

2.00pm – 4.00pm Balloon Tethering (Weather Permitting)

4.15pm – 5.00pm – Pacesetters Dog Display Team nene lcoal | northampton

6.00pm – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)

10.00pm – Balloon Glow (Weather Permitting)

10.30pm – Fireworks Display


Close Encounters Kite Display – Throughout the Day

Birds of Prey – Flights Throughout the Day


Sunday 2nd of July


6.00am – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)

2.00pm – 4.45pm Balloon Tethering (Weather Permitting)

4.15pm – 5.00pm – Pacesetters Dog Display Team

6.00pm – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)


Close Encounters Kite Display – Throughout the Day

Birds of Prey – Flights Throughout the Day


Music Stage

Northampton Town Festival is proud to bring together a great array of local talent on the main stage on the Racecourse. This year’s notable headliners are Leburn Maddox and 2Tones on Saturday followed by The Jazz Butcher Quartet, Krissy Mathews and Misty’s Big Adventure on Sunday, all with full supporting cast during the day


Music Stage


Saturday (1st of July)

12:00pm – 2:00pm – Local Community Groups

The Russian DancersThe Shireen Dancers, Indian Hindu Welfare Association dancers, Greek School – Dancers
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Charlotte Carpenter
Northampton based guitarist and singer songwriter making waves nationally

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Rogue State Circus
Purveyors of fine folk tinged indie power pop

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Yellow Dog Blues Band
Classic Rhythm & Blues with the accent on the true blues.

5:00pm – 6:00pm –  Gregg Cave and the Old County Ground Band
A rambling rumbling rolling folk rock ensemble

6:00pm – 7:00pm  Houses in Motion,
An eclectic mix of blues, funk, soul and rock n roll.

7:00pm – 8:00pm Orange Clocks,
Theatrical psychedelic rock

8:00pm – 9:00pm LeBurn Maddox
The soulful voice and shimmering guitar of Northampton’s Anglo American legend

9:00pm – 10:30pm The Two Tones
The big band with a big ska beat to get your feet dancing

Sunday (2nd of July)

12:00pm – 1:00pm Local community groups


1:00pm – 2:00pm Joe Corkram

Talented local singer songwriter

2:00pm – 3:00pm –  The Top Banana Band
Energy funk, soul and blues band with brass section

3:00pm – 4:00pm Oscillators
Classic rock covers in an original style

4:00pm – 5:00pm Bushpigs
Northampton based rock and pop covers band

5:00pm – 6:00pm Donnybrooke Fair
Local Irish folk big band

6:00pm -7:00pm Jazz Butcher Quartet
Northampton Indie legend with full supporting cast

7:00pm – 8:00pm Krissy Mathews
Lightening fast blues guitarist

8:00pm – 9:30pm Misty’s Big Adventure
Songs of tragic comedy and warmth with a surreal take on life, music and performance

Cookies & Cream – New Café is a Hit in Northampton

Cookies & Cream  a new cafe is a hit

Cookies & Cream Cafe – A new café in Northampton is gaining praise from the residents of Northampton, just four months after opening.

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Cookies & Cream, a family run business based on The Drapery in Northampton, opened its doors in February and serves everything from ice cream and waffles to cakes and milkshakes.


With other branches in London and Luton and several years of experience behind him, owner Muj decided to set up a café on The Drapery after identifying it as a prime location for a food business.


He said: “The Drapery is a very well-known area in Northampton with various food places already situated here. It is also home to all types of other businesses. I thought that having a dessert place in the centre of it all would prove attractive to potential customers.”


And Muj was right. Since opening, Cookies & Cream has served thousands of customers and is fast becoming popular with the locals. Due to demand, the café has already expanded into offering takeaway and delivery services and – as it is based over two floors – the venue can also be hired out for private parties.


One of the café’s happy customers, Aaron Brock, said Cookies & Cream provided an ‘amazing atmosphere with a friendly welcome’ and added: “[It is] the only dessert place that I’ve been to where I have felt stuffed afterwards. Great value for money!”


The café, which currently employs 16 members of staff, is hoping that this continued success will lead to more job creation for the people of Northampton and the surrounding area in the near future.


“Being local residents ourselves, investing in local people and giving them the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience is important to us,” said Muj.


“We hope to be here for many years to come and are looking forward to building long-term relationships with our customers and fellow small to medium-sized businesses in the area. We welcome all the residents of Northampton to come and give us a try and taste the great desserts we have on offer.”


Cookies & Cream can be found at 2, The Drapery, Northampton. For further information call 01604 378648 or visit www.cookiesandcream.net.

Recruitment drive: Taxi firm expands into Northampton creating hundreds of jobs

Recruitment drive: Taxi firm expands into Northampton creating hundreds of jobs

Recruitment drive: After more than 30 years of operating in Milton Keynes, Skyline Taxis has opened a branch in Northampton, creating up to 420 jobs.


The creation of a Northampton base is part of a wider growth plan, which has seen the company grow week on week in the last two years and expand its fleet to a massive 700 vehicles.

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Gav Sokhi, Managing Director of Skyline Taxis, said: “Two years ago we invested in a new call centre and a cloud taxi dispatch system called iCabbi. Through using iCabbi, we have developed and implemented systems that have quite simply transformed our business.”


Skyline Taxis has also recently co-founded RIIDE, a booking app created by a co-operative of taxi operators which allows users to book a taxi in a variety of locations in UK, Ireland and US using the same credit card, corporate invoice account or cash. Customers can also use the app to track the arrival of their driver, split the fare with a friend, share their location, and see the driver’s picture, name and licence number before he or she arrives.


“We considered expanding into Northampton years ago but our software and systems held us back,” added Gav. “Now, through this technology, we can spread our wings and share our great service, not only with the people of Northampton but also those situated in the rural areas between Milton Keynes and Northampton.”


Out of the 420 positions in the pipeline, 20 of these will be office-based roles with plans in place to recruit up to 400 new drivers over the coming months.

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“We’re a family business that prides itself on doing our very best for our employees, drivers and customers,” said Gav. “Skyline has always looked to the future and invested in new technologies to drive efficiencies and improve customer service and safety. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved and am genuinely excited about our future plans.”


Skyline Taxis was established in 1985 and has grown from a one-man band to 50 employees and 700 vehicles. In addition to the new Northampton site, the company is also eyeing up plans to expand into Bedford, which could see Skyline’s fleet of vehicles grow to 1300.


To find out more or enquire about vacancies, call 01908 222111 or visit www.skylinetaxis.co.uk.

Police and Crime Commissioner launches Fund to make Northamptonshire Safer

Police and Crime Commissioner launches new fund to make Northamptonshire safer

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is working in partnership with Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold who has given £100,000 to the Community Foundation to award to projects focusing on preventing crime in the County

The fund was officially launched at the Daventry Funder Fayre on 6 June to hundreds of community groups and charities and was supported by Sam Ward, Involvement Officer for Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner.nene local

Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire said: “I’m very pleased to be working with the Northamptonshire Community Foundation. I’m committed to making Northamptonshire safer for people who visit, live and work here. Working in partnership with the Foundation is an effective way to provide grant funding to projects that are primarily focussed on promoting and delivering community safety and reducing crime in our County.”

The Making Northamptonshire Safer Communities Fund will offer grants from £3,000 up to £10,000 to support the Police and Crime Plan objectives; Keeping the young safe, Putting victims first, Protecting people from harm and Community Partnerships.

In addition to being awarded funding, groups will have a chance to meet the Police and Crime Commissioner as he’ll be visiting some of the beneficiaries of the fund

Rachel McGrath, Grants Director/Deputy CEO Northamptonshire Community Foundation said “‘The Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioners Office to deliver this fund focused on community safety. The Foundation will work with funded groups to measure the impact of their work to achieve safer communities. We welcome applications from groups and charities working to prevent crime and promote safer communities here in Northamptonshire.’

For further information and to apply please go to Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s website www.ncf.uk.com/MakingCommunitiesSaferFund or contact Rachel McGrath on 01604 230033.