A forgotten green space in Northampton town centre restored to its former glory thanks to a lottery-funded volunteer project has been given a fresh new look ahead of the summer.Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) last year secured £10,000 of Lottery funding to pay for the work in St Katherine’s Gardens. Initial work involved the creation of new planters, bins and seating areas while eye-catching murals were painted on the walls. Plants used in the initial work were funded by Northampton Town Council.The second phase of work began this week and saw new shrubs, flowers and trees planted to...

Northamptonshire Health Charity is delighted to announce a significant milestone in its campaign to enhance the outdoor facilities for young patients at Northampton General Hospital (NGH). Thanks to the remarkable generosity of the Nunney family, who organised the ‘Strictly Sebastian’ fundraising event in memory of their son Sebastian, the charity has received a substantial donation towards its goal of raising over £250,000 for the Disney and Paddington wards' outdoor play area.The existing outdoor space, serving as the sole play area for children across the hospital, has long needed an update to make it more suitable. With the support of the...

Discover Northamptonshire are working in partnership with the Northamptonshire Family History Society, with support from Wicksteed Park to hold a Heritage Fair on Sunday 28 April at Wicksteed Park.History, heritage, and visitor attractions will be celebrated as part of the Heritage Fair.  The event will be officially opened at 11am by Councillor Barbara Jenney, Chairman of North Northamptonshire Council. Mr Oliver Wicksteed and wife will also be in attendance.Cllr Helen Howell, Deputy Leader of North Northamptonshire Council and Executive Member for Sport, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said:“This is a great opportunity for the public to come and find out more...

A leading financial planning firm has been named as a finalist in two categories of the prestigious SME Northamptonshire Business Awards.O’Sullivan Financial Planning has been shortlisted for the Best Enterprising Business Award and the High Growth Business of the Year Award, in recognition of the company’s innovative approach to business, and the way they have contributed to employment growth in the last 12 months.O’Sullivan Financial Planning have had a momentous year. In June 2023, the company moved from remote working to a 610 square feet converted barn office in Lamport, Northamptonshire.The team has more than doubled from two advisers to...

Local market traders and businesses who are interested in moving to the revitalised Northampton Market Square are encouraged to submit an expression of interest.Northampton is home to one of the longest running outdoor markets in Europe. The historic market square is undergoing extensive refurbishment and West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) is looking for traders to be a part of the revitalised market as it opens late summer 2024.Existing and prospective traders are invited to attend a drop-in session at Northampton Library, Abington Street, Northampton NN1 2BA with WNC and Business & Intellectual Property Centre Northamptonshire (BIPC) on Monday 22 April between...

Chefs across Northamptonshire are uniting for an evening of incredible food, drink and entertainment next month - with doors being thrown open to the public for the first time.Restaurant owner James Peck and DJ duo Reverb Parties are playing host to 70 guests at their latest event, ‘Industry Night’, on Sunday, 5 May at Ember and Number 13 in Wellingborough.The fun-filled bank holiday party not only promises foodies a night of amazing DJ sets and fire breathing performances but popular county guest chefs will also come together to showcase fan-favourite dishes - with names to be announced in the coming...

A brand-new innovative coworking event being held at Northampton’s Vulcan Works aims to bring together solo entrepreneurs and freelancers and tackle isolation and loneliness at work.Cowork Club is about connecting self-employed microbusiness owners once a month in a one-day event that combines networking and coworking.Organisers Penni and Jo Pickering want to create a community of freelancers who can use the event to meet new people, solve challenges and share ideas.Penni, who is a web developer, said: “Cowork Club is about the magic that happens when you bring freelancers and microbusiness owners together and we’ve started it because it’s something that...

Northampton Film Festival (NFF) has issued a call to all Northants creatives working in, or aspiring to work in, the Creative Industries to complete a short online consultation about the sector locally.NFF Director Becky Carrier says, “We ran our first Creative Industries Expo in Nov 2023 including a session which asked 'What does Northants really need to prosper in the Creative Industries?'. Some very interesting conversations started as a result of that session and we found there was lots of synergy about what those in the room thought might make the Northants creative scene stronger, so this consultation is about...

New national league tables have revealed Northampton College is now the fifth best-performing college in the country.Data released as part of the latest 2022/23 National Achievement Rates Tables (NART) shows Northampton College is placed fifth out of 225 colleges for 16 to 18-year-old education and training.  The College was rated 10th for its adult provision and given an overall rating of fifth nationally.The rating cements Northampton College’s position as the leading provider of Further Education in the Midlands, and among the very best in the whole country, thanks to a continuing and determined focus on ensuring each individual student reaches...

A new multi-purpose room designed ‘to bring the outside in’ has opened at Cynthia Spencer Hospice.The beautifully refurbished Woodlands Room offers hospice patients the chance to experience the peace and calm of the forest in a comfortable setting.There is suitable access for those who are bedbound, and the room is also available to patients’ families for parties or events.It was recently used for the hospice’s annual Easter trail and has also housed wellbeing groups, clinical team meetings and staff training.The space was funded primarily through a legacy gift, as well as donations from the Phillips Charitable Trust, with the support...

An arts academy for people with learning disabilities in Northamptonshire is holding its first showcase at Royal & Derngate.Performed by Cube Disability Arts Academy, the show on Saturday 20th April has a ‘Night at the Movies’ theme. It will feature special guests from the West End and be hosted by Liam McHugh, who also tutors the Academy on Fridays.The Cube Disability Arts Academy was established in 2017 by Northamptonshire’s largest independent care provider for adults with autism and learning disabilities, Cube Disability, to embrace everyone’s talents and abilities and provide a space in which people with learning disabilities and autism...