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Ali Hurst, Bursar at St Peter’s School, Tom Fray, Chairman of the Governors, David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, and headteacher Maria Chapman

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In total, there were 105 flights over two days, involving 30 balloon crews who provided a popular attraction for many of the visitors.

Just as popular was the live entertainment that began on Friday evening, and continued throughout Saturday and Sunday, with crowds wow’d by the stunt performers, including the Vander Superhero Space Wheel Show, Devil’s Horsemen, Stannage Stunts and Jamie Squibb.northampton festival

Visitors to the Racecourse also enjoyed a busy programme of live music, with the stage brimming with local talent while RePro Jam Squad on Saturday, and The Two Tones on Sunday, were headline acts.

“Once again, we’ve been blown away by the support of local people for our event, which is now in its fourth year,” said Peter Jones, a spokesman for the organisers. “It was a fantastic weekend, the feedback has been amazing, and we can’t wait for next year.”

Vote for your Local Sports Heroes

East Northamptonshire Council and Freedom Leisure have joined up to celebrate the local sports clubs and personalities across the district and the excellent work they do in local communities.

 

The East Northamptonshire Sports & Physical Activity Awards will take place at the Goods Shed in Rushden on Thursday, 17 October and nominations are now open in the following categories:

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  • Community Club/Group of the Year
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  • Community Champion/Volunteer of the Year
  • Primary Sport School of the Year
  • Secondary Sport School of the Year
  • Disabled Sports Person of the Year
  • Local Sports Person of the Year
  • Beat the Street Champion – sponsored by Intelligent Health

 

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

 

“Across East Northamptonshire, we have an abundance of brilliant sports clubs and people and at ENC, we are delighted to have partnered with Freedom Leisure to celebrate the wonderful work being achieved.

ENC is committed to supporting health and wellbeing, and are looking forward to celebrating all the hardworking, local sports clubs and personalities in East Northants at the ceremony in October.”

 

Johnathan Rudland, East Northamptonshire Active Communities Manager for Freedom Leisure said:

 

“The nominations for the East Northamptonshire Sports & Physical Activity Awards are now open and this is your chance to shout about your local sports club and personalities! From big clubs to individuals, we want to hear about all of the wonderful work that is being done across the district.

 

Anyone from East Northamptonshire can be nominated across the categories, and we can’t wait to crown the winners on 17 October.”

 

To submit a nomination, please visit https://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/ensportsawards before noon on Monday 9 September and complete the form and the winners will be announced during the ceremony on Thursday 17 October.

Former Pupil Opens School’s New Art Studio Built by Family Business

A former pupil at a Kettering school has officially opened its new art studio, a purpose-built timber building which was designed and built by his family-run business.

David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, attended St Peter’s School, in Headlands, Kettering from the age of four to eleven.

Ali Hurst, Bursar at St Peter’s School, Tom Fray, Chairman of the Governors, David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, and headteacher Maria Chapman

Ali Hurst, Bursar at St Peter’s School, Tom Fray, Chairman of the Governors, David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, and headteacher Maria Chapman

David was delighted to be welcomed back to the independent co-educational day school, which he attended 70 years ago, to open its new building known as The Cedar Hub, which provides an art studio and after-school space.

Scotts of Thrapston, specialists in the manufacture and installation of bespoke timber-framed buildings, was appointed as the Principal Designer and Main Contractor for the project.

Mr Scott said: “We are always proud of the buildings that we create, but it certainly added an extra dimension to be able to open such a beautiful building in the very school where I spent so many happy years.

“It was wonderful to see our building in situ and the reaction from the staff, parents and pupils was marvellous, they are all delighted with their new facility.”

The carbon-efficient timber-framed building features an open plan design which allows plenty of natural light to flood in, creating the perfect space for teaching art and design technology.

Features of the new building include solar panels, separate clean up areas for art activities and internal glazed screen partitions, which are used to divide the internal space but also maintain an open plan feel.

Ali Hurst, Bursar at St Peter’s School, said: “Both staff and pupils are thrilled by the new Cedar Hub as it provides a creative and stimulating environment for art and design projects.

“Scotts has a pedigree in bespoke timber-framed buildings which made them our preferred choice. They have worked flexibly to deliver a design solution which enhances our school and blends the new building perfectly within the boundary of our listed school grounds.”

Building work on the 140m² building and external canopies lasted 20 weeks. Scotts’ in-house architect, Bryn Lee said: “We worked closely with the school to meet their brief, as sustainability and appearance were important.

“We had to work within a restricted time frame during the school holidays. However, our turnkey approach, in which we design, manufacture, engineer and install the building, meant that we could tailor the build programme to suit.”

Scotts of Thrapston has been manufacturing and distributing high quality timber products for 99 years and has been constructing bespoke award-winning educational buildings for many years. For more information visit www.scottsofthrapston.co.uk.