Category: Northampton & Earls Barton

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







Scuba Diving comes to Northampton

A scuba diving duo have set up in Northampton bringing expert training from first breath to fully qualified thanks to £10,000 in funding from Enterprise Loans East Midlands.

Ivan Stanton and Chris Lambert officially launched Scuba Diving Training earlier this year. The Northants-based pair have been friends for more than 18 years and decided to set up the business after Ivan – a PADI IDC Staff Instructor who has taught scuba diving across the world – came back to the UK and spotted a gap in the market.

Ivan said: “Scuba diving was originally a hobby of mine but it turned into a career nine years ago. I’ve since been around the world training people so when I came back to Northampton, I noticed a real gap for high quality teaching and student experience.

Chris Lambert and Ivan Stanton, Scuba Diving Training Ltd

Chris Lambert and Ivan Stanton, Scuba Diving Training Ltd

“We set up Scuba Diving Training in order to meet this higher standard – we want students to feel confident and ready for when they dive in open water and not just tick the required boxes. Our aim is to cater to all people and abilities and produce good, safe divers.”

Chris – who looks after the management of the business and marketing – added: “We approached Enterprise Loans as we struggled to get funding from traditional banks due to Ivan working abroad for so many years. The process was definitely worth the effort as we’d been working on our business plan but our advisor Stefan really helped us get it into shape.”

Scuba Diving Training received a £10,000 loan via Start Up Loans and the funding went towards start-up costs including scuba equipment, a new website and marketing.

Stefan Nycz, business advisor at Enterprise Loans, said: “Chris and Ivan have developed a really fantastic company that is based on putting the customer first. Not only do they offer an expert service, teaching everyone from beginner to expert with the same level of dedication, but they’ve also teamed up with a number of independent travel companies so that people looking for a different type of holiday get the best possible training.

“They are incredibly passionate about the business, which splits training between the pool and Stoney Cove, so it’s been great to help these guys – nothing could ‘dampen’ their enthusiasm for the business!”

For more information on Enterprise Loans visit www.first-enterprise.co.uk or follow @1st_Enterprise on Twitter.