Northants Telegraph Sunday Extra: Weetabix demolition, fashion show and 60s music concert

The old Weetabix factory in Corby will be demolished in a few weeks

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.

The old Weetabix factory in Corby will be demolished a few weeks after planners gave the go-ahead for its demolition. Its new owners exclusively unveiled their plans for the site in the Northants Telegraph last month. They want to put a new warehouse on the site.

They had applied to North Northamptonshire Council for permission to demolish the existing buildings to make way for the new project. But on Thursday (April 28), planners confirmed that no prior approval was needed and so demolition could proceed.

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Named Earlstrees 160, the project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023 subject to approval.

Some of the best music from the 1960s will be featured on The Sensational 60s Experience tour in Kettering.

There will be three hours of pure nostalgia that will transport Lighthouse Theater audiences to a magical decade with five legendary names on stage.

They include Mike Pender MBE (original voice of The Searchers), The Trems (former members of The Tremeloes), Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, The Fortunes and The Dakotas.

Categories for Wellingborough & East Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards were announced as officially open entries.

The five categories up for grabs this year are Service Business of the Year, Retail of the Year, Industry Award, Chamber Community Award, and Hero of Excellence Award. .

Speaker of the Chamber, Pritesh Ganatra, said: “After the global pandemic interrupted last year’s awards, we are delighted to be back and ready to celebrate businesses in the region with five categories, including this year’s Excellence Hero award.

“For the Excellence Hero Award, we are looking for businesses, charities and organizations that have supported their customers, other businesses and all local community services during the pandemic, particularly during the periods of complete lockdown experienced over the past last two years.”

All businesses in the Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire area and those that show a “significant business interest” in the area are eligible to participate in the awards, not just existing members of the Chamber. Entrants must demonstrate excellence, particularly how they have taken a pioneering approach to business and demonstrate a commitment to fostering the success of the region.

The deadline for entries is Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m. and the shortlist will be revealed on Wednesday, December 1. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 7 from 8:30 a.m.

You can get your hands on the latest trends at reduced prices when the 17th Kettering St Andrew’s Scout Group hosts an SOS Charity fashion show and clothing sale.

The event will take place on Friday May 20 in the halls of St Andrew’s Church in Crown Street at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 each and include a welcome drink of bucks fizz. Call Christine for tickets on 07970 003404.

The developers behind Glenvale Park donated £100 for equipment, along with fresh topsoil to The Avenue Infant School garden club.

The club gives students at Wellingborough School the chance to spend time outdoors, experience nature, learn about the environment and how to care for garden ecosystems.

Helen Morrall, Principal of The Avenue Infant School, said: “We are very grateful to Glenvale Park for this kind donation to our garden club.

“Our students love spending time in the school’s green spaces, and increasing our funds – as well as our topsoil – will really help the children get the most out of our club, especially as we we’re heading into summer and we’re starting to see warmer weather.”

A leading British shoe retailer donated over 41,000 pairs of children’s shoes to national family charity Home-Start UK, which have been distributed to hundreds of families across the UK, including parents in the Kettering area after some were delivered to Home-Start Kettering.

Footwear retailer Russell & Bromley approached the charity to ask if they would like the amazing giveaway of the shoes, which range in size from infant to teenager.

Nikki Farrar-Hayton, Director of Home-Start Kettering, said: “The families we support are so grateful for this wonderful shoe donation. It will make such a difference.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Fairfax & Favor Rockingham International Horse Trials, which will take place in the great grounds of Rockingham Castle from 20-22 May.

This year’s event is not to be missed as it not only marks a return for Rockingham to the all around calendar after two years lost during the pandemic, but also celebrates two major milestones – the team’s tenth season of home of the Horse Trials in the Great Park and an incredible 950 years of living history at the castle.


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