We have so much news these days that we can’t always fit it all into the work week. So every Sunday we’ll bring you updates on recent stories, news briefs and other things you need to know across Corby, Wellingborough, East Northamptonshire and Kettering.
Police in Corby appeal to the local population to watch out for harmful motorcycles.
PCSO Tony Greening says there are currently high levels of motorcycling nuisance in and around Corby and has now appealed for help from the public.
They are asked to note the type of motorcycle and its colour, a description of the rider, the time, place and date it was seen and any other suspicious circumstances.
You can also provide confidential information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
A secretary at a Corby estate agent celebrates two decades behind the counter.
Fiona Morton, who works at Belvoir Estate Agents in George Street, started in the business when it was Yates Walker in 2002.
She joined the company as personal secretary to then-manager Jim Yates, having previously worked with him on a corporate internship when she was just 16, then becoming junior secretary.
Yates Walker, or Yates as he would later be known, was a household name in Corby for over 30 years before being acquired by Belvoir in 2018.
Fiona now works as a secretary in the sales and lettings departments at Belvoir and has been described as an “essential and valued” member of the team by its managing director Bobby Singh Braich.
He said: “Fiona is such a vital and valuable member of the team. The place just wouldn’t be the same without her.
Fiona said: “Things have evolved so much since my first experience working in a real estate agency when I was 16. Then the showcase was on a turntable and we had to manually paste the house information into it.
“Each image had to be printed from camera film and when we ran out of printed images, we photocopied them.
“For many years we had no email and my ‘inbox’ was an ‘inbox’ on my desk that I scanned up and down.
“I also spent a lot of my time typing letters on a typewriter dictated to me on a dictaphone which I played, paused and rewind using foot pedals under my desk!
“It’s amazing how much things have changed over the years, but one thing that has remained constant is how much I enjoy working with the team to help landlords, tenants and buyers of Corby.”
A author of Kettering published a new book on communication.
“Nimblicity” was written by Nicholas Wright, who originally grew up in the city, and co-writer Darren Briggs.
It covers all aspects of communication in the modern age and has already caused a stir in Amazon sales, reaching number one in Australia’s communication policy book chart.
the Deputy Mayor of Corby City Council was invited to visit Beanfield Primary School last week.
For the first part of his visit, Cllr Tafadzwa Chikoto was taken for a tour of the school by students Jordan and Rhys.
Class Ambassadors introduced themselves to Cllr Chikoto and briefed him on what they were learning in class, while proudly sharing some examples of their work.
Cllr Chikoto then led a question and answer session with the Student Parliament where he asked about what the students love about Beanfield, what they love most about learning and the children’s hopes and aspirations for the future.
The kids also asked Cllr Chikoto some questions about his role in Corby and the city council.
Kirby Hall near Gretton has seen visitor numbers soar, according to English Heritage.
One of the largest Elizabethan and 17th-century houses in England, with a restored Elizabethan garden, Kirby Hall is now half-ruined but retains much of its rich decoration.
And 2021 was its best year for visitors since 2001 – with a 19% increase since 2019.
Kate Mavor, Managing Director of English Heritage, said: “At English Heritage we look after over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites across the country, many of which attract visitors from all over. In the past, these lesser-known and more intimate local sites that we care for have often been overlooked in favor of our more iconic ones, despite their equally rich and important history. It’s been a long and difficult pandemic, but a silver lining seems to be that with people staying closer to home, they’ve discovered historic places nearby.
The date for the Wellingborough & East Northants Chamber of Commerce Spring Meeting was announced.
Chamber members, business representatives and local stakeholders have been encouraged to attend the Chamber’s spring event, which is the first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic.
Taking place on Friday March 18, between 7am and 10am at the Chester House Estate in Irchester, the meeting will explore new town councils and the region’s tourism sector. In addition, the event will include a Chamber update and a panel discussion.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with some of the leading figures in the region, including Speaker of the Chamber Pritesh Ganatra.
Pritesh said: “We are delighted to welcome people back to an in-person meeting, having held them virtually for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It will be great to see people beyond a computer screen and tackle some important issues facing businesses in the city.”
Corby school Priors Hall – A learning community received the Bronze Targeted Mental Health Support (TaMHS) award.
To gain accreditation, leaders had to provide evidence of their commitment to promoting positive mental health within the school, including demonstrating how the provision was developed to improve children’s mental health.
Tess McQuade, Principal of the School and Senior Mental Health Officer, said: ‘Our school’s motto is ‘Ready for learning, ready for life’. I strongly believe that providing children with skills and strategies to understand and be able to talk about their own feelings is just as important as providing them with the skills to solve a mathematical equation.
“With our ever-changing world, it’s important for children to understand that mental health is as important as our physical health.
“I am so proud to be part of a school where all the staff believe in our philosophy and work together to achieve it.”
A Wellingborough Disability Service received a certificate of good health after a visit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of its response to the pandemic.
Sanctuary Supported Living’s Southwood House was visited by health inspectors who found that good practices were in place, and comprehensive checks are carried out on staff and visitors to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection for people living at home.
Tricia Galloway, Local Services Manager, said: ‘We always put the health and well-being of residents first and I am delighted that the inspectors recognized first-hand the high standards that the team at Southwood House have held. maintained throughout the pandemic and beyond. .”