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Category: Rushden & Raunds

Community Invited to Celebrate the Greenway in Rushden

Residents from across the district are invited to join East Northamptonshire Council and the community to celebrate the work that has been completed on the Greenway in Rushden and officially open a new mural. A team of volunteers will also gather beforehand for a morning of litter picking to assist with the continued improvement and the Out to Water, Into History project.

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From 12pm to 2pm on Sunday, 23 June, a new mural will be unveiled at the Washbrook Road tunnel in Rushden following a competition earlier in the year. Before the ceremony, from 10am to 12pm, friends of the Greenway will be litter picking along the stretch from Crown Park to Asda in Rushden.

 

The new mural will be based on local school children’s artwork and has been designed to reflect the history and environment of the local area. The competition also included the creation of three wooden benches along the Greenway featuring quotes from local residents.

 

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North said:

“Our district is full of green spaces and the Greenway is no exception. This event will provide an opportunity for residents and partners to gather and celebrate, whilst continuing to improve the area. The Greenway is all about community and the new mural at the Washbrook Road tunnel will be an excellent addition.”

 

Chairman of the Greenway board, Cllr Sarah Peacock added:

“The Greenway is a great area and it is wonderful that we can all gather to celebrate the work that has been achieved since the beginning of this Heritage Lottery funded project. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is helping with the regeneration of the area, including litter picking and tree planting, alongside the continued support from our partners Nenescape and Heritage Lottery Funding.”

 

Nenescape Project Manager, Amanda  Johnson agreed:

“Working with the Out to Water, Into History project has been incredibly rewarding and we are delighted how popular the Greenway is. It’s a shame people still drop litter, but it is a wonderful thing to see so many residents volunteering to keep the Greenway clean and the positive changes this has made. Their community spirit is inspiring, and we are grateful for their support.”

 

Also at the event, a new competition will be launched to help choose images that will adorn part of the tunnel.  The competition will invite locals to submit photos that showcase the area’s history and heritage. If you would like to find out more and get involved and ‘like’ the Out to Water, Into History Facebook page to find out more.

 

Refreshments for all volunteers during the community litter pick will be supplied by Morrisons.

 

For more information about the event and helping with the litter pick, please contact Lucy Hawes, Community Development Officer at ENC on lhawes@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or 01832 742268.

 

 

Beat the Streets Awards Presentation Day

When: Saturday 25 May from 12pm – 2pm

Where: Walled Garden, Rushden Hall Park, Rushden, NN10 9NG

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About

The celebration of the success of Beat the Street, East Northants.

The six-week interactive initiative that turned the district into a live game, Beat the Street East Northants, ended on 8 May. More than 8,000 local residents, businesses, community groups and schools travelled more than 73,000 miles together for Beat the Street.

Local schools and organisations created teams and competed against each other to see who could travel the furthest to win some fantastic prizes.

At a celebration event at Rushden Hall Park Wall Garden on Saturday 25 May, representatives from the winning teams will pick up their prizes and celebrate the end of the six-week game.

The winning schools will be awarded at special celebration assemblies following by activity sessions, and community groups will be awarded for their efforts at the event. There’ll be a chance to speak to the winners, participants and organisers of the initiative -Intelligent Health, Freedom Leisure and East Northamptonshire Council.

The Plan for the Afternoon

12:00pm – 12:10pm: Welcome from Hannah Smith, Engagement Coordinator East Northamptonshire

12:10pm – 12:20pm: Speeches from Cllr Dudley Hughes, Chairman of ENC, and Joe Bailey, Healthy & Active Lifestyles Officer at ENC

12:20pm – 12.40pm: Prize giving

12:40pm – 12.45pm: Closing speeches and picnic / games begin

12:45pm – 1:00pm: Photo opportunities and press interviews

Background:

  • Took place from 27 March to 8 May
  • More than 50 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ appeared from Rushden to Thrapston
  • Players tapped the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team
  • Schools and community groups competed against each other to see if they can travel the furthest
  • There were leader boards with prizes to win including sports, crafts and book vouchers
  • Families encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams
  • In addition to the leader board prizes, registered players could win weekly ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including vouchers and experience days
  • Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by The National Lottery on behalf of Sport England, and East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Freedom Leisure, which manage leisure facilities across the district on behalf of the council

East Northants to be Transformed into a Giant Game this Spring

People that live, work and play in East Northants are being invited to join in with the district’s largest game this spring.

Thousands of residents will compete to see if their school, community group or workplace can walk, run, scoot, or cycle the furthest by entering the free ‘Beat the Street’ challenge that will take place from 27 March to 8 May.

 

More than 50 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear from Rushden to Thrapston. Players tap the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team – the more Beat Boxes people swipe during a journey, the more points they earn.

 

Schools and community groups will be competing against each other to see if they can travel the furthest, climb the leaderboards and win prizes including sports, crafts and book vouchers.

 

Families are encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams by emailing team.eastnorthants@beatthestreet.me.

 

In addition to the leaderboard prizes, registered players can also win weekly ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including vouchers and experience days.

 

Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by The National Lottery on behalf of Sport England, and East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Freedom Leisure, which manage leisure facilities across the district on behalf of the council.

 

Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Wendy Brackenbury, said:

“We are excited to be bringing Beat the Street to East Northamptonshire and we look forward to seeing how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the challenge.

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“People of all ages and abilities are able to get involved in Beat the Street – it’s completely free to play and is a great opportunity to go outdoors, spend time with your friends and family and get moving. Watch out for Beat Boxes appearing on a street near you!”

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James MacWilliam, Chair of the Trustee of East Northants Cultural Trust which worked with the council to manage their leisure facilities for thirteen years, said: “We are particularly pleased to be able provide funding towards the ‘Beat the Street’ event which engages with so many local primary schools in such an innovative and fun way. The drive to get youngsters out and enjoying exercise is a brilliant initiative and we wish it long and vigorous success!”

 

Want to find out more about Beat the Street? Visit www.beatthestreet.me/eastnorthants for more information.

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Come and Try your Hand at Tree Planting and Seed Bombing

Residents across the district are invited to join East Northamptonshire Council for a day of seed-bombing, litter-picking and tree planting to help make the Greenway a route for walkers, cyclists and wildlife to enjoy.

 

On Saturday 9 March between 10am and 3pm, family and friends of the Greenway will be seed-bombing to plant flowers along the verges and planting trees to encourage wildlife to make this area their home.

 

Volunteers will also be collecting rubbish and debris to ensure that the Greenway is litter free and is an area that everyone can explore.

 

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said:

“The Greenway is an area that is enjoyed everyday by people that want to get out and explore the green spaces our district has to offer. This event will provide an opportunity for residents to come together and try out seed-bombing for the first time or try their hand at planting a tree along this popular route.

 

“I would encourage everyone to bring their friends, children and dogs and pick up a spade or litter-pick and join us for this event and help make the Greenway a more attractive space for everyone to enjoy.”

 

Cllr Sarah Peacock, said: “This is part of a long-term Out to Water Into History Heritage Lottery Funded project to form a link between Rushden Town and the surrounding countryside. I would encourage anyone who spends time discovering this area to come and find out more about the friends of the Greenway, and how they get involved.”

 

Morrisons will be providing fruit and refreshments for all volunteers.

 

If you’d like to come along simply meet outside Dovehouse Motors on Crown Park just before 10am. For more information please contact Lucy Hawes, Community Development Officer at ENC on: lhawes@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk / 01832 742268.