Category: Rushden & Raunds

Nene Valley Festival Returns this September

People from across the district, and further afield, are invited to celebrate the rich heritage, wildlife and culture of the Nene Valley as the annual Nene Valley Festival returns this September.

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The festival which is now in its 6th year will take place from Saturday 14 September – Sunday 22 September. As with previous years, the festival will offer a variety of activities for the whole family and with funding from Heritage Lottery, via Nenescape, this year’s Nene Valley Festival will be bigger and better than ever.


Featuring more than 100 events at key locations across the Nene Valley from Northampton to Peterborough, the festival will include a wide range of activities for all ages and will kick off with an official launch event at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 14 September to coincide with the national annual Heritage Lottery Days.


Cllr Sarah Peacock, East Northamptonshire Councillor and Board Member for the Destination Nene Valley project, said:


“We are delighted to be celebrating the wonderful Nene Valley once again. Each year, we aim to better the previous year and hope the 2019 festival will be no exception. This year’s events will offer a wide range of events which will highlight all the brilliant attractions, wildlife and heritage along the Nene Valley.”


Festival highlights include a variety of walks, from heritage through to heath across the Valley alongside theatre and wildlife activities. Also, the festival will culminate with a finale event on 22 September at Stanwick Lakes. From 10:30am – 4pm, visitors are invited to Come and Meet the Settlers, join in with the Settlers’ Trails, as well as Archery and Axe Throwing.


The annual festival is being organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which works with local tourism partners, and the Nenescape Landscape partnership, to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to local, national and international audiences.


Nenescape Project Manager, Amanda Johnson said:


“The Nene Valley Festival is the highlight of the year, and all the Nenescape partners are proud to support it and celebrate all the valley has to offer. Thanks to National Lottery players, the festival is one of the ways Nenescape has been able to help celebrate and sustain the heritage and wildlife along the River Nene.  This year’s festival promises to be packed full of events across the Nene Valley and will give people the chance to experience a range of activities, from Peterborough through to Northampton.”


To coincide with the festival, a brand new website has been launched which includes all the events on throughout the festival with new events being continuously added. The new website can be viewed at www.nenevalley.net.

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
  • Community Coach/Activator of the Year
  • 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.

New Group will Help Corby to be Dementia-Friendly

Corby businesses can learn how to become more dementia friendly and inclusive thanks to  the support of a new steering group.


Launched last week, the Corby Dementia Community Steering Group is the brainchild of solicitor Isobel Mann, a wills, trusts and probate specialist at local law firm Bray & Bray.


Working with Isobel in the new group are representatives from Dementia UK, Corby Neighbourhood Policing, Northamptonshire Carers, The Core at Corby Cube, Made in Corby, Home Instead, Lakelands Hospice and Northamptonshire author, Cassandra Farren, who recently published her book ‘I’ve Lost My Mum’, which is an account of her journey with her mum’s dementia.


“The group has been created with the specific aim of enabling local people with dementia to live well in Corby and continue doing the everyday things that we take for granted,” explains Isobel, a specialist in elderly client law, regional director for Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) for the East Midlands region and a fully accredited member of STEP.


“According to the Alzheimer’s Society, two-thirds of people with dementia still live in the community and 10 percent of those go out less than once a month.


“Whilst there are several events in Corby about dementia and for people living with the disease, I believe more cohesion between them would really boost their benefit for the local community, and enable Corby to become a truly dementia-friendly community. So the idea of a steering group was born, and the Corby Dementia Community Steering Group quickly took shape and launched last week.”


Isobel hosted an event to mark the group’s official launch at Bray & Bray’s offices at the Corby Enterprise Centre, with representatives from the other local organisations already involved amongst the guests.

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Isobel Mann

Isobel is keen for the group to continue to grow by bringing together as many local organisations as possible, as she explains: “A dementia-friendly community is classed as a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, so I am hoping more local organisations will join the group so that together we can help Corby become a genuinely dementia-friendly community.


“Though there are services working to support people with dementia in Northamptonshire, much more needs to be done, particularly in Corby, to ensure everyone shares responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel valued and able to contribute to their community,” she says.


“With the right support and adjustments, many people with dementia can stay independent and continue to contribute to their community, as proved by the Channel 4 series, The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, which follows the UK’s first ever restaurant staffed by people living with dementia.”


Commenting on the group, Cassandra Farren said: “Having cared for my mum, who has advanced Alzheimer’s, I have seen first hand how challenging dementia can be. It is imperative that anyone who is living with dementia continues to feel supported, respected and understood.  I believe setting up dementia friendly communities will help towards achieving this.”


Isobel adds: “The private client team at Bray & Bray is passionate about supporting people living with dementia, with many of us being Dementia Friends or Dementia Champions. The steering group will enable us to further enhance and tailor our service offering to clients and families affected by dementia and enable us to signpost people to the right services where needed.”


The Group’s next meeting is at Bray & Bray’s offices, Corby Enterprise Centre on Wednesday 7 August.


“The event will be a chance for everyone to share what they are doing to be dementia-friendly, and offer some guidance on the steps to take to be awarded dementia-friendly certification,” explains Isobel. “We will also decide on two specific community projects for the year.”


Other organisations involved in the new group include Gardner Webb Accounting, Telford Mann Pensions & Investments, Age Care Advice and The Care Advice Centre.


Any organisations wishing to attend or find out more should contact Isobel Mann: ijmann@braybray.co.uk

Dinner Dance to be Held in Aid of Local Charity

The new Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Dudley Hughes, has announced that he will hold his first charity event of the civic year. On Friday 27 September, Cllr Hughes will host a dinner dance at Stanwick Lakes in aid of local young person’s charity, Service Six.


To raise money and awareness for this worthwhile cause, Cllr Hughes invites you to join him on 27 September for an evening of food, music and dancing. Local dignitaries will also be present and all monies raised on the night will go straight to his chosen charity for this civic year, Service Six.


Service Six is based in Northamptonshire and works with thousands of hard to reach disadvantaged children, young people, adults and families each year. Founded in 1979, the charity continues to grow and has recently opened community facilities across the border in Buckinghamshire, as well as continuing to help those in Northamptonshire.


East Northamptonshire Chairman, Councillor Hughes said:


“I have supported the fantastic work that Service Six do for many years and I would be delighted if you could join us on the evening of 27 September to raise funds for such a wonderful cause. Set in the stunning surroundings of Stanwick Lakes and with a delicious three course meal and live band, this is certainly going to be a night not to be missed.”


The evening will start at 7:30pm and includes a licensed bar, alongside a raffle with all proceeds made on the night going to Service Six.


Tickets are £35 per person and should be booked via Louise Tyers, PA to the Chairman on 01832 742198 or chairman@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.