Category: Northampton & Earls Barton

A Helping Hand to Keep Homes Warm in East Northamptonshire

Hundreds of fuel poor and vulnerable households in East Northamptonshire across the county are set to receive a helping hand to reduce their energy bills and the Warm Homes Fund.

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East Northamptonshire Council, on behalf of the Northants Warm Homes partnership, has secured nearly £4 million to provide fully-funded central heating for homes that don’t already have it. The money will be matched by other grant monies and by contributions from landlords and local authorities to ensure that eligible homes won’t need to pay a penny.


Those households eligible for the Warm Homes Fund are those most in need of support, including people on a low income that have high energy bills, and who are vulnerable to the cold because of health conditions. Both owner-occupiers and private tenants can apply, and tenants will need the permission of their landlord.


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North, said:


“With the colder months just around the corner, we are proud to be part of a scheme that will help residents across East Northamptonshire stay warm. This initiative is a perfect example of public and private sector agencies coming together to make a real difference to people’s lives.


We have already heard stories of how the Warm Homes Fund has helped people and hope that there will be similar successes in our District. I encourage everyone to find out more about the scheme and check to see if they are eligible.”


The Warm Homes Fund scheme will run until 2021 and fit efficient gas central heating in around 1400 fuel-poor homes across Northants, and is being run by Surefire Management Services (SMS) on behalf of all the local authorities. Nationally, the Warm Homes Fund has been established by National Grid and is administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions.


Gearoid Lane, Director of SMS said:


“We are delighted to be working with East Northamptonshire Council and other partners to deliver fully-funded central heating to homes in Northants. In the many areas across Britain where the fund is already operating, residents have been very positive about the support they have received. It will make a huge difference in helping people on low incomes to heat their homes effectively.”


Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions, said:

“We are excited about this investment from National Grid and are delighted to support East Northamptonshire Council to fund the scheme to address fuel poverty across Northants Warm Homes partnership. Solving the issues associated with Fuel Poverty continues to challenge many of our stakeholders and the feedback we’ve already received provides evidence of how the Warm Homes Fund will make a positive difference to thousands of homes throughout Great Britain.”


All support through the Warm Homes Fund scheme is subject to the eligibility criteria. To find out more go to www.northantswarmhomes.com  or call freephone 0800 038 5737. All visits will be by appointment only and assessors will carry photo ID.

Council Urges Public to be Vigilant and Only Use Licensed Taxis

East Northamptonshire Council has issued a warning to residents in the District after the taxi plate ‘PHV/3’ was stolen from a vehicle.


All taxis that are registered with the local council must display a licence plate, which in East Northamptonshire must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle and has a unique number. There is a concern that the stolen plate could be fitted to other vehicles that may be used to commit a crime.


Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said “The theft has been reported to the police and the plate numbers have been decommissioned, but sadly a stolen licence plate can have an impact on the wider community and those using taxis should be extra vigilant.”


“Wherever possible, pre-book a taxi and ask the driver for the name of the booking before you get in. A top tip is to always keep the number of a reliable firm with you so you don’t get caught out.”


When travelling by taxi, it is important that the following advice is followed:


  • Plan how you’re going to get home from your night out – arrange a lift or book a taxi in your name and leave the taxi booking details with a friend.
  • Always keep the number of a reliable taxi firm with you.
  • Avoid taxis that tout for business and are unlicensed.
  • When the taxi arrives, check it is the one you booked by asking for the name in which it was booked. If in doubt, don’t get in.
  • If travelling alone, always sit behind the driver in the back seat.
  • If you feel uneasy, ask to be let out.
  • Stick with your friends and choose a meeting point for if you get separated.
  • Never accept a lift from a stranger.


If you spot the plate ‘PHV/3’ being used, please report as much detail as possible to the Police on 101.


For more information about licensing, please visit http://www.northantslicensing.gov.uk/



Crowds Flock to Another “Amazing” Northampton Town Festival

Over 44-thousand visitors flocked to this year’s Northampton Town Festival, and thanks to the excellent weather of the weekend, all scheduled balloon flights went ahead as scheduled, providing a spectacular sight throughout the county.northampton festival

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.”

Northamptonshire Community Foundation invites you to join them on a Generosity Heritage Trail

To celebrate philanthropy and the spirit of giving, Northamptonshire Community Foundation is presenting a Generosity Heritage Trail.

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This interactive, theatrical guided tour will transport audiences back in time to discover some of Northampton’s historical, philanthropic figures, brought to life by local actors.


Along the way, audiences will be able to visit historic landmarks and even take a complimentary ride on a heritage bus.


Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and in partnership with Looking Glass Theatre, this heart-warming journey about the inspirational people of Northampton’s past is one not to be missed.


The Trail will run across four days, starting on Thursday 25 July and finishing on Sunday 28.


All performances will start on the steps of the Guildhall in Northampton Town Centre, commencing at 11:00 AM, with guests being asked to arrive by 10.50 AM.


Tickets are available from https://thelittleboxoffice.com/ncf/


Ticket Prices

Adults £10.00

Concession £7.00

Children £5.00


Meeting Point

On the steps of The Guildhall

St. Giles’ Square




For more information, please contact Alex Rex or telephone 01604 230033