Category: Rushden & Raunds

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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Declaration – UK Tour: October – November 2018

After winning the ADHD Foundation Partnership Award in 2017, Art with Heart return with a brand new tour of Declaration, a comic and candid look at Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Developed in consultation with medical professionals and mental health support groups, Declaration challenges the stereotypes of mental health and gender in the 21st century.
Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy, Sarah is a mighty proud square peg – which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round. Her childhood doctor thought it was sugar. Her current doctor thinks its ADHD. Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do? Declaration is a vibrant and daring adventure of school day survival tactics, super-hero alteregos and the stumbling blocks to self-acceptance.

Filled with great tunes, dancing and humour, Declaration is an upbeat autobiographical piece about the challenges Sarah Emmott faced as she sought diagnosis in her 30s. ADHD Action reports that about 1.5 million adults in the UK have the condition but only 120,000 have been formally diagnosed. A complex, frustrating and isolating process, Sarah discovered that you often need to be living in the extremities of the condition to receive support.

With boys nearly 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls, many girls go undiagnosed. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) reported ‘the lack of appropriate identification and treatment of ADHD in women is a significant public health concern’. Declaration addresses social attitudes and gendered stereotypes, placing ADHD in women on the public agenda.

Director Rachel Moorhouse comments, They say that variety is the spice of life, until they can’t decipher what flavour you are. Then you’re a problem to be solved. Declaration is a celebration of difference, and asks how much society might grow if it made space for diversity and difference. Declaration challenges those who underestimate us square pegs and shares the joy of finding your tribe.

Declaration possesses the power to comfort, evoke joy and help people through a colourful, vibrant and inviting experience. The work of Art with Heart Theatre is a must see, the positive change they are making is incredible. (★★★★★ The Reviews Hub)

Declaration tours with SPACE, a mobile well-being room for audiences to take time to consider their personal well-being. Developed with The Lowry with the 2018 tour produced in association with the ADHD Foundation, a patient-led charity which are the leading provider of training on ADHD in the UK. Funded by Arts Council England and Sir Andrew Martin Trust. Supported by Greater Manchester Combined Authority Culture and Social Impact Fund and Unity Theatre Trust. This project has been made possible by a grant from Postcode Community Trust, a grantgiving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

For More Information


Performance Dates Tuesday 12th October – Thursday 22nd November 2018

Running Time 70 minutes Box Office Tickets are available from individual theatre box office. See www.artwithheart.org.uk

Twitter @artwith_heart, #ADHDeclaration

Community to Commemorate the Town’s Most Decorated War Hero

The local community is invited to join Rushden Town Council and Rushden Branch of The Royal British Legion for a special parade and service to commemorate one of the town’s most decorated war heroes.


The famous Brentwood Imperial Youth Band will lead a commemorative parade to the Rushden War Memorial from midday on Saturday 29 September to celebrate 100 years since Lieutenant Colonel Bernard William Vann VC was posthumously awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross.


East Northamptonshire Council’s member empowerment fund provides elected district councillors with an annual budget for small grants to community groups and projects in their ward. 12 councillors from Rushden Town Council jointly donated £2,900 to the event which will include a commemorative stone in memory of Lieutenant Colonel Vann VC and unveiled by both his grandsons.


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Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “The member empowerment fund provides our district councillors with the opportunity to support a whole host of fantastic local projects. I am delighted that this funding will enable the memorial service to take place and commemorate the outstanding achievements of one of the town’s World War One heroes.”


Jake Baker, Rushden Royal British Legion, said: “Without the generous funding from local businesses, but particularly East Northamptonshire Council this special event would not have been possible. As a result, the people of Rushden and the district will not only see Bernard Vann’s name on Rushden’s War Memorial, but now on a specially commissioned paving stone next to it.”


“People are encouraged to go to Rushden Hall Park’s Walled Garden after the parade and service to see performances from the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band, The Northampton Male Voice Choir and Performing Arts students of Rushden Academy; this starts at 1.30pm”

Rushton Hall marks One Year Anniversary of New Orangery

Kettering’s award-winning Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa celebrates the first anniversary of its new event space, The Orangery, August 2018.Highly Commended in Prestigious Star Awards 2017-2018,

In 2017, Rushton Hall Grade 1 listed country house hotel completed a multi-million pound investment which saw the addition of a dedicated events space –  The Orangery.

Rushton Hall - Orangery Interior

Rushton Hall - Orangery Reception Area

With its 604sqm, The Orangery has revolutionised the venue’s ability to cater for diverse events. Throughout its first year of opening, The Orangery has attracted a large number of new corporate clients and wedding bookings – including the vow renewals of celebrity personalities Matt and Emma Willis.

Rushton Hall - Weddings

The Orangery can cater for weddings of up to 280 guests with the buildings’ design of the four rooms allowing guests to move seamlessly from a Civil Ceremony in the Picture Gallery to the Grand Reception Hall for a champagne reception. Guests can then enjoy a wedding breakfast in the Ballroom. An evening Buffet of your choice can be served in the State Room – with all rooms opening up into one for dancing and celebrating until midnight.

Rushton Hall - Orangery Exterior

Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa Duty Manager, Tom Gilbert explains: “We are delighted with the result and more importantly, our clients and customers have been captivated by the regal charm that the Orangery provides. Our events team have been delighted to host clients such as Unilever, Jaguar Landrover, Mizkan, Honda, Fuji Film and Weetabix to showcase how versatile our events space is. We’ve held a broad range of weddings and brand events over the last year from product launches, team building activities, photoshoots, conferences and bespoke corporate away days. It has been a pleasure to welcome so many new clients to Rushton Hall’s new event space over the past year and to showcase our exemplary delivery of service.”

Marking the recent successes of the Rushton Hall team, the venue was recently recognised as a ‘World Training Venue of the Year’ finalist at the 2017/2018 Prestigious Venue Awards, this was a result of their ever-increasing efforts to excel to the highest levels of corporate hospitality.