Category: Rushden & Raunds

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.


New Link Road to Improve Access to Rushden Lakes Approved by ENC

A new link road between Ditchford Lane and Rushden Lakes has been approved by East Northamptonshire Council’s planning committee.


A new road will mean easy access to the popular retail and leisure park from the A45 east bound for those visiting the park and for those making deliveries. It would also include a shared pedestrian and cycle path alongside the road as well as safe crossing points for those on foot or bike.


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “We have been working closely with the site owners and developers to get plans in for a road that will take the pressure off the main entrance to Rushden Lakes. We understand how essential the road is for the local area and highways and now that the application is approved, we look forward to receiving confirmation of when work will start.”


Details of the application can be found at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/planning using the reference 18/00004/FUL.


Find out More About Rural Policing with Free Message Alert System

Northamptonshire Police is encouraging rural residents and business owners to sign up to a free messaging system to keep them up to date with crime and police activity in their local area.

Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert (formerly known as Community Connect) allows people to sign up for information tailored to where they live and work, as well as any specialist areas of interest such as farming, Countryside Watch and 4×4 vehicles.

The system allows frontline police officers to send messages direct from their mobile devices, sharing appeals for help, information about suspicious activity, crime prevention advice, events and more while out policing the county.

Neighbourhood Alert messages can be received by email, text message or voice message. People can also choose what they want to receive alerts about, and how often, and will only receive messages about topics they have selected.

Signing up is simple, quick and free, and the alert system is completely secure. To register visit www.Northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk.

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