Northants Telegraph Sunday Extra: Splash Park Petition, Friends Reunited and Newspaper Dates

Barry Phillips and Fiona Copeland

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 in brief and other things you need to know across Corby, Wellingborough, East Northamptonshire and Kettering.

A petition to restore Splash Park in Wellingborough collected 500 signatures.

The family water area on the quay is currently unstaffed and therefore has no reopening date.

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Cllr Lora Lawman presents her check to the Teamwork Trust

Independent Councilor Martin Griffiths has started a petition to ensure the attraction will reopen to local families this summer.

His petition has now reached 500 signatures and has been forwarded to the North Northants Council for consideration.

Advisor Matt Binley took up the vacant seat on the North Northamptonshire Executive.

The role was created after Cllr Andy Mercer left the firm for “personal reasons”.

Cllr Binley, the son of former Northampton South MP Brian Binley and a former police officer jailed in 2010 for covering up a drunk driving incident, is the Brickhill and Queensway ward member of Wellingborough.

There is currently 17 beds at Kettering General Hospital occupied by Covid-19 patients.

This is an increase from 10 the previous week. It comes within a week of KGH easing Covid visitation restrictions back to the pre-pandemic system. Masks are still mandatory.

Mayor of Wellingborough Cllr Lora Lawman announced at the Annual Municipal Meeting that she had successfully completed her fundraiser for her municipal charity, the Teamwork Trust.

She handed users of the Teamwork Trust service a check for over £1,670.

Service users Paul and Michael collected the check and thanked Cllr Lawman on behalf of Teamwork Trust.

Two old friends from Kettering University met for the first time in nearly 40 years at Buckingham Palace where they celebrated receiving their British Empire Medals.

Barry Phillips and Fiona Copeland (née Cookson) both attended Tresham College, Kettering in the early 1980s.

On May 25, they were reunited at a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace where they both celebrated their achievements.

Fiona received her medal for founding a new health awareness charity in the UK, while Barry was recognized for his service to diversity and inclusion in Northern Ireland.

A donation of just under £200,000 was made to three Rothwell organizations by a local man who wishes to remain anonymous.

The money is split between the Rothwell Preservation Trust – a charity that looks after the town’s Market House – Holy Trinity Rothwell Trust, and the Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre.

Preservation Trust Chairman Richard Ley said: ‘The Market House needs a new roof and this incredibly generous donation will go a long way towards paying for the replacement.

“The people of Rothwell love the building, which is right in the middle of town, and we have already received many smaller donations for which we are also very grateful.

“But obviously a sum of this size is a huge windfall and we can’t thank the donor enough for their generosity.”

The village of Woodford organizes an open garden event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 18 and 19.

A total of 18 gardens will be open this year with tickets costing £5 for both days (free for under-16s).

Tickets go on sale the same day on The Green and at St Mary’s Church with plant and craft stalls, tea and cakes and Pimm’s by the river.

Proceeds will go to the St Mary’s Woodford Church Repair Fund.

Belcanto are preparing for their next gig, which will take place on Saturday June 18, at St Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers.

The musical evening aims to raise funds for the “call of the 600” at the church, for the maintenance of their medieval buildings.

The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £12 which includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

Tickets are available at Sidey Design in Market Square or by contacting Jane on 07792 612330.

Those looking for something to do in Raunds have a number of upcoming events on their agenda.

A cinema afternoon on Wednesday June 15 from 1 p.m. at Saxon Hall. They will screen the film ‘Belfast’. Admission is £1 (including tea/coffee and cake). Call 01933 622087 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to reserve your spot.

Raund market on Saturday June 18 from 9:30 a.m. on the Place du Marché. There will be a performance by magician Darren McQuade starting at 10 a.m.

Raunds Coffee Afternoon will take place on Wednesday, July 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Saxon Hall. Including bingo, entry is £1 (including tea/coffee and cake). Call 01933 622087 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to reserve your spot.