Translate

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Ceremony to mark World AIDS Day


A ceremony to mark World AIDS Day will be held in the Courtyard of the Guildhall in Northampton this Saturday (1 December).
World AIDS Day has been observed on 1 December every year since 1988 for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died.


More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

The Guildhall ceremony has been organised by Northampton Borough Council to raise awareness of World AIDS Day and encourage people to understand more about HIV and its effect on people's lives.  The Mayor of Northampton councillor Roger Conroy will lead the ceremony which will begin at 11.30am and be followed by a minute silence and the lighting of candles.  The Mayor will be joined by representatives from the town’s community forums and members of the public are invited to come along.
For more information about World AIDS Day or HIV visit www.worldaidsday.org

Updated 1 December 2012 at 12.24 

Wendy Garratt, World Aids Day, talks to Inspiration FM's Mark Dean

Mark Dean is joined in the studio with one of the volunteers from the charity “Solar” and World Aids Day this Saturday.

 Wendy also taks about the statistics in Northampton and when to go to get tested. Mark starts by asking Wendy to tell us about the organisation she works for called “Solar”

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS 2013 FROM JERRY'S BLOG

                                                                       AND   A
PROSPEROUS



To all my many thousand blog readers each day!!

From Jerry Wright xx



Sh! Bargains galore at Northampton Frost Fair!!


Get into the Christmas spirit and bag some unusual gifts and stocking fillers at festive markets in Northampton’s historic Market Square this Christmas.


  • Parking on Sundays is FREE in all Northampton Borough Council car parks
  • Parking is FREE on all bank holidays in all Northampton Borough Council car parks
For one day only!!!
On Sunday 2 December from 11am to 4pm, for one day only, a Frost Fair will bring a retro vibe to open up the market’s Christmas Quarter.  A treasure trove of vintage finds will be on offer from The Most Marvellous Place to Shop and up to 60 stalls will be selling lots of lovely  handmade gifts, art, locally produced food and drink as well as homemade jams and chutneys. The fair offers a perfect place to find individual presents or relax at the refreshments cabin selling mulled cider, hot chocolate and mince pies.  There will be street theatre and music from the Fairly Famous Family, Temperance Society and Dodge as well as brass bands, carol singing and Christmas dancing from the Moulton Morris Men.


Christmas cabins will be joining the Frost Fair on 2 December and will be in the market from 11am to 4pm until 16 December.  The cabins will sell a host of Christmas gifts including handmade jewellery, ceramics and arts and crafts. 


  
Charity groups will also be offering a variety of goodies to support their Christmas appeals, including Northampton Association for the Blind, Workbridge and Age UK.  There will be warming treats including hot roasted chestnuts and mulled cider, and throughout the fortnight crowds will be entertained with traditional Christmas carols, children’s activities, local choirs, bands, and street performers, including The Red Hot Santa’s and the Salvation Army Band.
For a full list of what’s happening when and everything else going on in Northampton this Christmas visitwww.christmasinnorthampton.co.uk.


Monday, 26 November 2012

Flooding Advice and Reporting ( Updated Monday 26/11/12 at 12.13hrs)


A number of residents in Northampton have been evacuated as a precautionary measure due to the flood risk. Please see theNorthampton Borough Council website for updates.

Environment Agency flood warning updates

Reporting flooding on roads

To report road and highway issues as a result of flooding, please visit Street Doctor.
If the fault is categorised as an emergency, our telephone number will be displayed so that you can call us instead. This enables us to prioritise the most dangerous hazards in the county.

Protecting your property / Sandbags

Generally it is the responsibility of the property owner to protect their own property. Some borough or district councils may provide sandbags to aid with this.
Please see the Environment Agency website for further information on protecting your property.

Weather forecast

For the latest weather updates, please see the Met Office website.

School closures

To find out whether your child's school is closed, please visit the Northamptonshire County Council School Closures page.

Flood advice - dealing with flooding

For advice on how to deal with a flood and how you should report flooding, please Northamptonshire County Council's Flood and Water Management section.
To see how you can protect yourself, your business and your community, visit Northamptonshire County Council's Emergencies section.


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Councillor David Mackintosh (Christmas Light Switch on & Strictly Northampton) (Part 1) Councillor David Mackintosh (Delapre Festival 2013) (Part 2)




Councillor David Mackintosh (Christmas Light Switch on & Strictly Northampton) (Part 1)


Mark Dean chats to Councillor David Mackintosh about the recent Christmas Light Switch on and what events were on including Denise Welch switching the lights on.

 David also chats about how rehearsing for Saturday’s “Strictly Northampton” is going. Mark Dean starts by asking David how the Christmas Light Switch on went the other night…




Councillor David Mackintosh (Delapre Festival 2013) (Part 2)


In Part 2 of the interview with Councillor David Mackintosh he talks about the great news about next years 3 day festival at Delapre in July next year and the hope of bringing people to Northampton to show off how great the town is. 

Councillor David Mackintosh also reveals the Paul Weller has been the first act to be confirmed for next year but still remains tight lipped about the other acts so watch this space! Mark starts by asking David to tell us about the festival.









Saturday, 24 November 2012

Winter in Northamptonshire 2012/13




Northamptonshire County Council have put together a list of information and services that you may find helpful this winter.

Getting out and about


Keeping informed


Reporting problems

Staying safe


NORTHAMPTON LOVERS OF CONTEMPORARY ART ARE IN FOR A TREAT!!



Formerly located in the Fishmarket on Sheep street, to make way for the new bus station project, the contemporary art gallery has now been relocated to it's new home.




NN, Northampton’s new contemporary art gallery opens Thursday 13 December, 6pm, Number Nine, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DEP

NN, the new name and new home for Fishmarket, Northampton’s contemporary art gallery, is opening its doors for its house warming on 13 December at 6pm.

NN house warming celebrations will begin with drinks and nibbles, followed by speeches from  funders and major stakeholders. The evening will be accompanied by artist-musicians and celebrate NN’s life at Fishmarket and the transformation of Number Nine Guildhall Road.



The evening will be an opportunity to see the new space and to hear about plans to offer the best of contemporary art, as well as flexible, creative spaces for innovative arts and education projects, artists’ studios meeting rooms as well as off-site programmes.

NN hope to spark debate not only about art itself but also about the role arts and culture is playing in the growth of the town. The gallery looks forward to forging new collaborations for future work within Northampton and also regionally, nationally and internationally.



Please contact laura@nncontemporaryart.org  if you would like to join their celebrations.









Friday, 23 November 2012

Andrew Leck (Head of the ACCAUK) talks to IFM's Mark Dean




Are local councils standing in the way of
 businesses growth? Mark Dean finds out more.
 Mark starts by asking Andrew to tell us a bit about the ACCAUK  organisation….


Listen again for a limited time.

Related link below

http://www.accaglobal.com/


Update on support for those affected by flooding in Northampton

ON



Northampton Borough Council and other agencies have now spoken to everyone evacuated from holiday homes at Billing Aquadrome to Lings as a result of flooding.
Specialist staff from the Borough Council have been talking to all those who have been at Lings to check what individual support they need until they are able to return to their holiday home.
With arrangements in place, the rest centre at Lings will be closing later today (Friday).
Holiday home owners have been advised that Billing Aquadrome and Cogenhoe Mill will remain closed at least until Monday 26 November.
The Borough Council will be providing housing support for people who have particular needs, while others have made their own arrangements. Evacuated holiday home owners who are in need of emergency housing assistance or information has been advised to call the Borough Council’s homelessness helpline,  01604 629804.
The Environment Agency, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue, the NHS and Billing Aquadrome management are continuing to work in partnership to ensure that people remain safe and can return to their holiday homes as soon as that is possible.
All the agencies involved are continuing to monitor the situation and will continue to provide updates in the coming days through the following websites:
www.billingaquadrome.com for park information
www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods for flood warnings and guidance
www.metoffice.gov.uk for weather forecasts and warnings
www.northants.police.uk for traffic updates and policing information
www.northamptonshire.gov.uk for flood information and advice
www.northampton.gov.uk for local information
Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said:
 “In an emergency situation our priority is to make sure everyone is safe and looked after. Opening up Lings as a rest centre gave holiday home owners somewhere to go and a place to sleep while they made longer-term arrangements.

“Obviously a rest centre is not suitable for people to stay in any longer than necessary. So for those who need it we are providing assistance through housing support services, and in extreme cases we can look at homelessness support. However, many holiday home owners will be able to make their own arrangements, and we will continue to keep them updated on what is happening.

“If anyone finds that they need assistance and have nowhere to turn, they can call the Borough Council’s homelessness helpline, 01604 629804 at any time of day or night.” 





Paddy Grady talks to Sarah Schenker about the benefits of drinking coffee.



Paddy Grady talks to Dr Sarah Schenker about the benefits of coffee can have,
 the statistics to how many people drink coffee in the mornings and the healthy 
options for coffee.


Listen again for a limited time.






Thursday, 22 November 2012

Billing Aquadrome evacuation & Changes to opening times and fitness sessions at Lings Forum, including flood advice!









Billing Aquadrome has been evacuated by the Environment Agency (EA) this morning (November 22) because of a risk of flooding.
The Borough Council is supporting the EA and the other agencies involved in the evacuation and our Housing Team is working at the rest and evacuation centres to deal with vulnerable people who need assistance.
Overnight, Lings Forum will once again be used as a rest centre for people evacuated from Billing. Overnight, Lings Forum will once again be used as a rest centre for people evacuated from Billing. This will mean that the main hall and squash courts will be closed to the public from 4pm today. They are likely to remain closed tomorrow.  The gym, swimming pool and Forum Cinema will remain open and fitness classes are running as usual.
The Northamptonshire County Council website has useful information about the current situation and you can view theEnvironment Agency news release here.

Some areas of the county have been affected by flooding this week.
A number of residents in Northampton are currently being evacuated as a precautionary measure due to the flood risk.
This response is being co-ordinated by the Environment Agency working alongside our Emergency Planning team and we are in direct communication with all those affected.

Environment Agency updates

Reporting flooding on roads

To report road and highway issues as a result of flooding, please visit Street Doctor.
If the fault is categorised as an emergency, Northamptonshire County Council telephone number will be displayed so that you can call  instead. This enables us to prioritise the most dangerous hazards in the county.

Protecting your property / Sandbags

Generally it is the responsibility of the property owner to protect their own property. Some borough or district councils may provide sandbags to aid with this.
Please see the Environment Agency website for further information on protecting your property.

Flood advice - dealing with flooding

For advice on how to deal with a flood and how you should report flooding, please seethe Northamptonshire County Council Flood and Water Management section.

Weather forecast

For the latest weather updates, please see the Met Office website.

Planning for Emergencies

To see how you can protect yourself, your business and your community, visit  the Northamptonshire County Council Emergencies section.

Updated 26/11/12  at 09.15hrs

Lings Forum Leisure Centre is now fully open




All the facilities including the main hall and squash courts have re-opened and classes are running as normal.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about activities available at the centre call 01604 837300.




Wednesday, 21 November 2012

What's on Northampton for December/ January 2012/13






This issue includes information on the new Forum Cinema brochure, Trilogy Health and Fitness, kids activities at the Leisure Centres, Free Parking this Christmas in Northampton, the Christmas Light switch on and Frost Fairs, Royal & Derngate Pantos and Free activities at Northampton Museums. 


Forum Cinema

The new December/January 2012-13 Forum Cinema brochure is now out. 

Films include Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master, Silver Linings Playbook, Colin Firth and Alan Rickman in Gambit, Great Expectations, Life of Pi, Maggie Smith in Quartet and Les Miserables with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

But don't miss 
The Sapphires - a feel good, crowd pleasing combination of comedy , heart and romance with an unbeatable soul music soundtrack  Fri 16 - Thu 22 Nov
and
Skyfall
 - heralded as the best Bond film ever Fri 23 - Thu 29 Nov

Kids Screens include: Madagascar 3, The Muppets Christmas Carol and Nativity 2

Open the new brochure now  or 
visit forumcinema website for more details


Trilogy Health & Fitness 

Now you get 4 Gyms for the price of 1, 
FREE Cinema &
FREE Off peak Racquets 
all for £25 per month 

& J
oin before 31 December 2012 on the 12 month committed membership and get your 13 month free of charge
Duston Sports Centre , Danes Camp, Lings Forum and Mounts Baths 

  • Unlimited Gym, Swimming, Fitness Classes and Health Suite use
  • Free Films at the Forum Cinema and Free Off Peak Racquet sports
  • Phone 01604 838 333
Use Promotional code trilogy500 to get 1 month free    -       Join online today
New Personal Training at Trilogy Gyms
Qualified personal trainers are now available at  Trilogy Gyms 

If you lack motivation or have a particular goal in mind then a personal trainer could be the answer

Make an appointment with our NEW personal trainers Luke, Tim, Eleanor and Lisa.
Click here for more information

Duston Sports Centre - Timken Lounge now open.Fully licenced bar and brand new function room - 

Book you party today 01604 837 600

or click here for more information 
Lings Forum Leisure Centre - Studio 66 - Fully licenced bar and disco area 

Book you party today 01604 837 300

or click here for more information 
Christmas Holiday programme

  • Pool timetables
  • Supervised playshchemes
  • Kids Screen films
  • Roller Disco at Danes Camp 21 & 28 Dec
  • Wet'n'Wild at Mounts Baths 3&5 January
click here for more information
Leisure Membership for Juniors 
at Duston, Lings Forum, Danes Camp and Mounts Baths


Set up a monthly Direct Debit for your child
  • Choose one regular course - Swimming lesson, gymnastics, badminton, trampolining, gym tots
  • and GET FREE
    Swimming, cinema, off peak racquets, soft play for under 5s
  • 14 & 15 year olds also have free access to gym and classes
Fully Supervised - Funzone Playscheme at Danes Camp & Lings Forum Leisure Centres 

Christmas 20, 21, 27, 28 Dec and 2,3,4 Jan
from 8.30am to 5.30pm 

for 5-8 yrs and 9-13 yrs at Lings Forum
for 8-13 yrs at Danes Camp 

For full activities click here 
After School activities for boys and girls 
aged 4 to 12 at Duston Sports Centre


After school activities everyday - Registration at 3.45pm - activity starts 4pm
- includes badminton, football, gymnastics, cheerleading, dance and inflatable fun with two bouncy castles. Activities are fully supervised by qualified coaches.

Parents fitness class - (Legs,Bums & Tums) 50min class scheduled to start at 4.05pm Mon & Fri 
For more information download the leaflet
Trilogy Swim School
Join weekly swimming lessons - only £19.95 per month and includes Free Swimming, cinema and off peak racquet sports

Visit Trilogy Swim School website here
NEW  Trilogy Tots Stay & Play Sessions

Session for children aged 0-5 years 
at Lings Forum Leisure Centre 

Every Tuesday during term time, 10.30am-11.30am.

Under 5s activity brochure


This  Newsletter is sponsored by Abington Park Vets
Northampton Museums
Northampton MuseumsNorthampton Museum & Art Gallery




Explore CollectionsWhats on  

For the latest in events, offers and activities across Northampton visit


the lovenorthampton website here