Saturday, 22 December 2012

Cinderella at the Royal & Derngate until January 6th 2013

Family entertainment with plenty of gags, double entendre only the
 parents would understand, unless your child is an adult!

Cinderella is probably the best known pantomime's of them all, as it has romance, infatuation,and comedy, plenty of well choreographed dance routines and two of the ugliest sisters you could ever imagine, and story lines updated to reflect current affairs, to keep the jokes funny and fresh.

A colourful set with a cast to match, and locally sourced talent from a well established theatre company in Northampton, 'Mayhew School of Dancing', this company has for over 60 years been training Northamptonshire's talented young people, as i recall my own sister attended too, bless her, Sharon, your confirmation is needed here my darling!

Bobby Davro had the audience in stitches as Buttons in this classic fairy tale. Under the weather Davro, was suffering the flu, and Davro's understudy still had his feet up, and the flu didn't hinder Davro's  ability to entertain a packed auditorium at the Derngate theatre Northampton  on Thursday 19th December 2012. 

 Davro's chocolate song routine was very clever and funny, as Davro has returned to the Derngate Theatre in Northampton by public demand, a very talented man.

Bobby Davro doing his impression
 of a present time  member of our Royal family!

'Yummy Mummy', Denise Welch, not only a Loose Women star, but has also appeared on the Benidorm TV show, Coronation Street, Waterloo Road, to name but a few shows she has appeared in, was the fairy godmother in this production of Cinderella, a brilliant actress is her own right waving her wand on proceedings and making a two hour show time simply go just like that!

Danielle York's portrayal of Cinderella was top class. Danielle is at the beginning of her acting career, her vocal singing is phenomenal.

This pantomime runs until January 6th 2013, It's family entertainment, and will make your Christmas this year. Jerry Wright, Inspiration FM Community Radio for Northampton UK.

Updated 8.33 hrs 22/12/12

Inspiration FM's Paddy Grady Interviews Bobby Davro over the telephone on Paddy's Lunchtime Show, Inspiration FM, community radio for Northampton UK.

Paddy Grady has a chat with Bobby Davro about his performance in Cinderella playing “Buttons”, what it is like performing with Denise Welch and what he thinks of Northampton. Paddy starts by asking Bobby how Cinderella has been going and what the reaction from the audience has been like so far

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Buy TicketsFri 07 Dec - Sun 06 Jan
Venue: Derngate

Royal & Derngate's 2012/2013 Pantomime

The most popular and magical pantomime of them all returns to Royal & Derngate this Christmas.

The enchanting rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella will be transformed from page to stage by the team behind the theatre’s recent record-breaking pantomimes - complete with an abundance of comedy, stunning sets, fabulous costumes and that magical moment when Cinderella is transported to the ball.

We are delighted to welcome back Bobby Davro as Buttons following the rapturous reception to his hilarious performance in last year’s Aladdin. This year Bobby will be joined by Loose Womenstar Denise Welch as the magical Fairy Godmother.

 Tickets are already selling fast. Book early... otherwise not even your Fairy Godmother will be able to magic you a ticket for Northamptonshire's biggest pantomime!


"ONE OF THE BEST PANTOMIMES I HAVE EVER SEEN"Daventry Express on Aladdin 2011/2012

£24, £22, £19, £16

Genre:Panto/Christmas Show
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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Mark Dean has a chat with Adrian Hebbert about the charity “Save The Children” and how to donate and get involved with the charity

Mark Dean has a chat with Adrian Hebbert about the charity “Save The Children” and how to donate and get involved with the charity.  Adrian also talks about people being less likely to give to money to charities because of the tough economic times but people are buying from charity shops so balances out. Mark starts by asking Adrian about his role within “Save The Children”

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Dana Hannon joins Mark Dean in the studio for a catch up of what work people from the "BME" have been up to


(Black and Minority Ethnic)

Dana Hannon joins Mark Dean in the studio for a catch up of what work people from the "BME" have been up to. Mark starts by asking Dana what work she is involved with with the  class BME Healthcheck

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Chris Ward Chats to Mark Dean about the new annual 'TEXT SANTA', now in it's 2nd year!

Starts on ITV1 at 8.00PM and continues after ITV News and Weather with Celebrity Juice
 "Text Santa Christmas Special" 

Mark Dean has a chat with Chris Ward about the new yearly “Text Santa” campaign which is on ITV1 this Friday. Chris explains what it is all about and where the funds go. Mark starts by asking Chris to tell us about his background and experience in working with charities.

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Help older people in Northamptonshire keep well and warm in winter!

Liam Condrun from Age UK drops in to tell us about Age UK and the help elderly people need over the Christmas period & gives up tips on how to stay warm this winter. Liam starts by telling us about the statistics of people who get health problems during the winter period

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Monday, 17 December 2012

Police investigate incident in The Jamb, Corby - Local - Northamptonshire Telegraph

Police investigate incident in The Jamb, Corby - Local - Northamptonshire Telegraph

UK Postal deadlines for Christmas 2012

Last Christmas posting dates for 2012

Make sure everyone has a very merry Christmas, and get your presents and cards off in time.


Last recommended posting dateService
Tuesday 18 DecemberSecond Class
Thursday 20 DecemberFirst Class
Saturday 22 DecemberSpecial DeliveryTM

Last Christmas UK posting dates
If you still have last minute gifts to send, don't panic! You can still get them to your loved ones in time for Christmas. For items under 2kg, the last posting date for First Class mail is December 20, and you can post your items using Special Delivery right up to December 22. For items over 2kg, the last posting dates are December 20 for Parcelforce Worldwide’s express48 service and December 21 for express24

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Mikesh, Chair of the Pharmacy of Northamptonshire talks to Mark Dean about the importance of remembering to order your prescriptions before Christmas!

Mark Dean talks to Mikesh about the importance of looking after yourself to avoid falling ill over the Christmas period and how to have supplies of any medication you need to last you over the new year. Mark starts by asking Mikesh to explain abit about how to keep organised with medication over the Christmas and New Year period 2012!

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Northamptonshire Pharmacies open
 over Christmas and New year 2012


Keturah Green chats to Patricia Sinclair about her recent Charity Fundraiser and a follow up to Patricia’s interview with Mark Dean on our Breakfast Show last week. Keturah starts by asking Patricia why she is organising a black history fund raising ball.

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Dr Judith Dawson Talks ON 'Keeping Warm This Winter'

Mark Dean is joined on the show by Dr Judith Dawson to talk about the importance of looking after yourself and keeping warm this winter to avoid getting the “Winter Vomiting Bug”Mark starts by asking Dr Judith Dawson has their been a rising number of the “Winter Vomiting Virus” from last year

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Winter in Northamptonshire  2012/13

Getting out and about

Keeping informed

Reporting problems

Staying safe

Anjona Roy,Rights Equality Council, talks to IFM's Mark Dean

Mark Dean is joined in the studio by Anjona Roy from the Rights Equality Council to talk about the review of the year and racism in football and the measures being taken to stamp it from the game. Mark starts by asking Anjona to tell us what has been happening over the past 2 weeks

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If you experience any form of discrimination NREC are there to help. This includes discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality or sexual orientation. They give advice and can provide representation. They also support victims of Hate incidents (incidents perceived to be perpetrated with disablist, homophobic, racial or religious motivation). They are the Countywide co-ordination agency for Hate incidents and support agencies working together to bring perpetrators to justice.

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Northamptonshire REC
c/o Northampton College
R Building
Booth Lane
Tel: 01604 400808/9

Royal & Derngate Commnity Choir sing on Barb Jungr's new single River

 Barb Jungr

Mark Dean has a chat with singer,  Barb Jungr, to promote her single “River” which is out now to be Christmas Number 1! Barb also chats about her work with the Royal & Derngate Choir in the single.Mark starts by asking  Barb to tell us about the single.

Royal & Derngate Community Choir

Royal & Derngate Community Choir are featured on a new single by internationally acclaimed singer, Barb Jungr. The single is a new version of the Joni Mitchell hit River. It is available to buy as a download from itunes:

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Leader welcomes James Morrison announcement

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, welcomed the announcement that James Morrison will play Alive@Delapre on Sunday 21 July 2013.
James Morrison

Cllr Mackintosh said:
“I’m really pleased we are able to announce that James Morrison will play Alive@Delapre in July. His style is totally different from Paul Weller and he is well known for his great live performances. I know that with such major names now booked to perform in the beautiful setting of Delapre Park, we will appeal to a broad audience and will put Alive@Delapre on the map as one of the major events of our 2013 calendar.”  

James Morrison announces Alive at Delapre date for 2013

James Morrison has announced an open-air date in Northampton next year as part of the Alive at Delapre Park series of gigs taking place in July 2013.
With his unique, rootsy soul sound, James is established as one of the UK’s most respected singer-songwriters. His first two albums ‘Undiscovered’ and ‘Songs for You, Truths for Me’ has sold a total of 4.5m copies and yielded ten singles including ‘You give me something’, ‘Wonderful World’ and ‘Broken Strings’ featuring Nelly Furtado.
His acclaimed third album ‘Awakening’ features classic but contemporary folk-soul songs.
James Morrison has sold out arena tours and gigged across the world. Born in Rugby, he said he is “looking forward to playing Delapre Park, which promises to be a special gig in the heart of the town.”
Brit ‘best male’ award winner Morrison will close the Alive at Delapre Park three-day event with his Sunday night gig.
James Morrison plus guests will be performing at:
Delapre Park, London Road, Northampton on Sunday 21 July 2013.
Tickets £35 (plus booking fee) go on sale at 9am on Friday 14 December from the Royal & Derngate box office, Northampton 01604 624811 (no transaction fee if bought in person from the box office) or online at or
For more information, go to:

Saturday, 8 December 2012


With the festive celebrations beginning throughout the borough, Corby Borough Council is about to make sure residents have an enjoyable and safe Christmas as they tackle the issues surrounding alcohol related crime and disorder in their latest Alcohol Week of Action event next week (Monday 10th – Friday 14th December 2012).
Throughout the week The Corby Community Safety Partnership will join forces to carry out activities such as awareness sessions at local pubs and clubs, high profile patrols, licensing visits to shops as well as clubs and pubs and test purchasing to tackle underage drinking.
There will also be bus parked out the Corby Cube on Tuesday 11th December from 10am-4pm to give members of the public alcohol harm messages, advice for the day after alcohol consumption (i.e driving implications), and information on units and calories.
Tackling alcohol related crime and disorder continues to be a priority for the Corby Community Safety Partnership. In the past 12 months, the teams have managed to reduce violent crime by 15% and anti-social behaviour by 18% and they will continue the hard work to tackle alcohol related violence and nuisance in next weeks Week of Action event.
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
‘Through public consultation and JAG4ALL events, it has been highlighted that residents are concerned about alcohol related crime and disorder and want the partnership to concentrate their efforts on this issue. Throughout the week the partnership will be doing just that but this week will also be a chance for residents to see what work has already taken place and give direct feedback to the partnership.”

Fletchers, Greens, Harrisons, Ingrams and Joneses all reminded to renew their bus passes in December

Concessionary bus pass holders with surnames starting with F to J are being reminded to renew their passes in December.
As thousands of concessionary bus passes approach their expiration date, Northamptonshire County Council is asking passengers to plan ahead to avoid any delay on re-issues.
Following the introduction of the over 60s national concessionary bus pass scheme back in 2008, it is now expected that around 50,000 passes will be due to expire on the same date - 31st March 2013.
To help manage the renewal process, last month the county council began a monthly schedule for anyone whose concessionary bus pass will expire at the end of March next year.  People should visit a library to renew their pass during the month allocated to their surname:

  • December - surnames starting with F to J
  • January - surnames starting with K to O
  • February - surnames starting with P to T
  • March - surnames starting with U to Z
Cabinet member for customer and community services, Councillor Heather Smith said:

"With up to 50,000 concessionary bus passes due to expire on the same date, it would be impossible for library staff to process that many applications at the same time.
"Instead, we have introduced a monthly schedule for passengers to visit their local library and renew their bus pass ahead of the expiration date.
"By taking this phased approach, we can help avoid any delays or disappointment for customers and make sure the renewal process runs as smoothly as possible."

For more information about renewing their concessionary bus passes people can

Friday, 7 December 2012

Katherine Boardwin From Northamptonshire County Council Talks to IFM's Mark Dean about Foster Care Recruitment Campaign

Mark Dean is joined in the studio with Katherine Boardwin from the Northamptonshire County Council to talk about the Foster Care Recruitment Campaign which started in November, the importance of foster caring & how people can get involved. Mark starts by asking Katherine to tell us abit about the new campaign they are putting out there for foster carers.

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Northamptonshire County Council website on Foster care 

Christmas waste and recycling 2012 arrangements for Northampton

Households across Northampton are being encouraged to look out for important information on Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collections.
A recycling guide containing the 2013 collection calendar will be landing on doormats of homes over the next couple of weeks and extra information on Christmas collection arrangements will be attached to bins.
From 24 December to 6 January, black wheelie bins will continue to be collected fortnightly and recycling boxes weekly. Black sacks will also be collected weekly.  Collections will continue to take place on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  There will be no collection on Christmas Day (Tuesday) and instead this collection will take place on Sunday, 30 December. Households affected will be reminded with a sticker on their bin.
Brown bin collections will as usual be suspended over the Christmas period.  Instead of brown bin collections, crews will focus on collecting extra recycling. Households are being encouraged to put out all of their extra paper, cardboard, plastics and cans that pile up over the Christmas period.  Anything that does not fit in the recycling boxes can be placed alongside the boxes in clear plastic bags or carrier bags, but not black sacks as they can be mistaken for general refuse.  Large cardboard will also be collected if stacked next to recycling boxes from 24 December until 6 January. 
For health and safety reasons all glass must be contained within the recycling box.  Any excess bottles and jars can be taken to the nearest recycling banks. Food waste must also be contained within the brown food waste bin with the lockable lid.

When brown bin collections resume from 7 January onwards, residents will be able to leave out their real Christmas trees for collection alongside their brown bins. Households who do not have brown wheelie bin collections can take their Christmas trees to their local waste recycling centre.
Councillor John Caswell, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for the environment, said: 
“Residents in Northampton have been doing a fantastic job at recycling even more of their household waste this year.  There’s always lots of extra recycling that mounts up around Christmas and it would be great to see this being recycled too.”
Waste and recycling collections are provided for Northampton Borough Council by Enterprise Managed Services.
Northampton Borough Council – phone 0300 330 7000 or visit