Category: Wellingborough & Great Doddington

New Locality Connectors for Your Area

Richard Poole and Tonya Kingham, would like to introduce themselves and the new role as Locality Connectors for your area. Tonya covers the area of Wellingborough and Rushden while Richard concentrates on Corby and Oundle. There are six of us who cover the whole of Northamptonshire. Locality Connectors are people who connect vulnerable children, young people and their families in their local community with activities and organisations that can help improve their quality of life and well-being.
They provide information, insight and guidance to the Children First Northamptonshire teams on what services, groups, networks and activities are available locally and across the county, which may assist children, young people and families in maintaining independent lives. This could also help prevent their circumstances deteriorating any further in the future, to a point where they may need a higher level of support.
They will also aim to support and assist community groups and networks to develop new activities and/or maintain existing activities through a variety of means such as brokering and negotiating support from partner organisations and agencies.
Please feel free to contact them for more information at or if you would like them to arrange a visit tkingham@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk Tel: 07920 361820 or rpoole@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk Tel: 07920361818

Police Officers Issue Warning Following Handbag Thefts

Police officers in Northamptonshire are issuing a warning to people across the county about a recent spate of handbag and purse thefts.

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The incidents have taken place in Northampton, Kettering and Corby and have happened mostly in supermarkets with the criminals mainly targeting elderly women.


Paul Golley, Crime Prevention Team Leader, said: “It takes a real low-life to follow elderly people around a supermarket, waiting for the right moment to steal their handbag or purse.


“Unfortunately these people do exist and they often use distraction techniques to get what they want. This can involve bumping into victims – something that causes them to be flustered and unaware someone has stolen from them. Or it can involve working in pairs with one person distracting the victim while the other steals from them.


“It’s worth making sure you read the tips below in order to best prevent yourself from becoming a victim and making sure any elderly people in your life are aware of these tips as well.”

  • Attach a bell to your handbag so you can hear if it is moved.
  • Beware of pickpockets.
  • Never hang your handbag on pushchairs or shopping trolleys.
  • Keep your bag firmly closed and on your person at all times.
  • Wear shoulder bags with the flap against your body.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Only keep items in your bag that you need for that occasion.
  • Remember thieves can use cards to make contactless purchases.
  • Do not store your pin number in your handbag or purse.
  • If your purse is stolen, report the loss of your cards immediately to the card issuers.
  • Protect your pin when withdrawing cash from an ATM.

Business Community Unites to “Ignite Christmas Cheer”

Members of Wellingborough’s business community have joined together to reward visitors to the town and “ignite Christmas cheer.”

One lucky person will win this Dacia Sandero in the Wellingborough BID Golden Ticket promotion

Beginning on November 19th visitors who spend £10 or more in participating stores will be awarded a scratch card for the chance to win thousands of prizes donated by those businesses taking part. Those lucky enough to receive a golden ticket will be entered into a grand prize draw to win a Dacia Sandero worth £7,780.


The promotion has been organised by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by local businesses through its Discover Wellingborough campaign to attract more people to the town centre.


Launched ahead of the Wellingborough Christmas Lights switch-on, taking place on Saturday, November 24th from 5:30pm in the town centre, it is hoped both events will help to reinvigorate the town.


Together local acts will entertain the crowds before the big switch-on by the town’s mayor, Cllr Malcolm Ward.


John Cable, Executive Director of the BID, said: “Christmas is a magical time of year but it can also be an expensive time, so to add to the festive excitement and make the shopping experience a little more enjoyable, all members of the Business Improvement District have joined forces to reward shoppers and ignite Christmas cheer.


“Not only can visitors to the town be guaranteed free parking and an excellent choice of independent shops and restaurants, they also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes including a fantastic new car – Christmas is going to be very good for one lucky person.”


Those lucky enough to receive a golden ticket will be invited to attend a prize draw on Thursday, 20 December at 6:30pm in the Swansgate Shopping Centre where the winner of the Dacia Sandero, What Car? magazine’s best small car under £12,000 for the last six years, will be announced.


All members of the Business Improvement District are invited to join in.

Already planning next year’s events calendar, local businesses are always encouraged to get involved and should get in touch with the BID office if they would like to participate in future town centre events.



Wellingborough Footfall Out-Performs the Rest of UK

Official figures have revealed High Street shopping in Wellingborough over the past 12 months has out-performed other town centres across the rest of the UK.


Footfall numbers showed visitors to the town centre dropped by 3.4 per cent year-on-year, compared to a national drop of 5.3 per cent in other Market Towns.


Latest figures show that in the week from August 20 to August 26, 80,110 people visited the town centre. The busiest day of the week was Friday, with 14,223 people choosing to visit the town.


Initiatives launched by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), such as the LoyalFree app, The Medieval Festival and WelliFest are helping to keep the town at the forefront of people’s minds.


John Cable, Executive Director of the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), said: “It’s encouraging to see that despite a slight drop in annual footfall figures, Wellingborough has bucked the national trend.


“With on-line shopping a real threat to High Streets up and down the country, here we have tried to appeal to the tech-savvy generation by launching the Loyal Free App, which lets shoppers know about up-to-the-minute discounts from a range of retailers, cafes, pubs and attractions, encouraging them back into our stores.”


So far more than 200 people have snapped up money saving offers at Wellingborough stores since the launch of the cut price app in May. Latest figures revealed 1760 profiles have been recorded for the times people have clicked on one of the 52 businesses registered, to find out more.


WelliFest, a festival to celebrate all things good about the town, is hoping to pull in the crowds, with an action-packed programme of events set to take place in the town centre over the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd.


John Cable added: “We are committed to coming up with new ideas and initiatives to encourage people back into the town centre and to take advantage of the wonderful range of independent and High Street retailers we have on offer.


“Our next event is WelliFest,  I encourage everyone to pop-along to this free event taking place in a couple of weeks time.”