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Workers hopeful of lifeline Future of firm in balance > Corby
In Short A decision on the sale of Aquascutum is expected this week, and while workers are hopeful that developments will throw them a lifeline, the future of the Corby factory is still very much in the balance. THE 115 workers who lost their jobs at the clothing company Aquascutum may be thrown a lifeline. The future of the Corby-based enterprise is still in doubt after the shock closure of the Princewood Road factory but administrators, FRP Advisory LLP, are expected to take decision on the sale of the company this week GMB, the union already representing nearly all the redun-
dant workers, is hoping the successful bid will include the reinstatement of jobs with a revival of manufacturing in Corby but this is not guaranteed. Administrators said the decision to close the Corby factory was, ‘to protect the positions of the 135 remaining employees’ with all head office and retail operations continuing as usual. Earlier this week a spokesperson for FRP Advisory LLP declined to comment on individual bids but in a statement it did confirm that there had been ‘a high level of interest from potential purchasers from around the world’. The statement continued: “Our focus is now upon progressing discussions for a sale of the Aquascutum brand and assets.” The assets include the Corby
factory, which has been operating in the town for more than a century. Potential owners have signed a confidentiality clause but one interested party keen to consider buying the company is textiles entrepreneur James Eden, who visited the factory before the bidding deadline. He has earned a reputation for promoting English manufacturing through his Salford-based clothing manufacturer Cooper and Stollbrand. The administrators declined to comment on individual bids but Rachelle Wilkins, GMB Regional Officer for members at Aquascutum, hoped the sale announcement would bring positive news for the redundant workers. Rachelle, who met James Eden late last week, said it had been a ‘positive’ meeting. She said: “Aquascutum had an incredibly skilled workforce that helped build the brand. We fully understand that the administrators will be looking for the best price possible but we hope the needs of the local community will be taken into account.”
CHAMPION: Simon Barclay is getting used to the idea of being heavyweight champion
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The 22-year-old’s win caught the eye of national team selectors and he CORBY Boxing Club’s Simon Bar- is now preparing for the GB champiclay is still relishing the realisa- onships later this month. Simon talks to Corby Extra about his tion that he is the ABA heavyvictory in the ring, see Page 23. weight champion.
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Helen gains recognition for efforts to help others Teenager shocked by prestigious award announcement > Kingswood
In Short Young Helen Cain devotes much of her spare time to helping other young people who find themselves in need of a helping hand. She doesn’t do it for the recognition, but recently her efforts have been rewarded with a special Rotary award. A TEENAGER who devotes a lot of her spare time helping other youngsters has had her efforts recognised. Helen Cain, 16, a student at Kingswood School, has won a prestigious Rotary International Young Citizen Award. The Year 11 student works with a variety of organisations that help improve the day-to-day life of young carers and others in need of a helping hand. The award came out of the blue for Helen who was given the award by Margaret Morley from Corby Phoenix Rotary Club. Helen, who got interested in volunteer work in Year 7, said: “I was listening in assembly and, at first, the talk could have been about a lot of people but then I slowly realised they were talking about me. I was so shocked. It is a real honour.” The teenager’s voluntary work can often take her around the country to attend committees or training courses and she was keen to thank her mum Beth and step-dad John Conlon for their support. Helen, who lives in Great Oakley, said: “I feel really passionate about what I do but they have always encouraged me to get involved and they are prepared to take me to all
YOUNG CITIZEN: Helen Cain with headteacher David Tristram and Margaret Morley from Corby Phoenix Rotary Club. parts of the country so I can do the work.” The youngster is now hoping for a career in journalism or politics. “I think it is important that people, whatever their situation, can get support – too often they are not listened to and this shouldn’t be the case. I think it is important that they are given a voice.” Headteacher David Tristram said the school was delighted with Helen’s achievements. He said: “We had no hesitation recommending Helen for her work with various young people’s committees and organisations. I am delighted that the Corby Phoenix Rotary Club has chosen to recognise the splendid work that Helen has done. She is a lovely girl with huge enthusiasm and it is great to see that recognised.”
Reading a lot into scheme Young volunteers wanted to be reading buddies > Libraries YOUNG people who want to help nurture a love of reading in small children are being asked to join a buddy scheme this summer. Northamptonshire Libraries are looking for a team of volunteers aged between 14 and 17 to act as reading buddies to younger children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge. The volunteers are needed in 36 libraries across the county. The Summer Reading Challenge
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Walking proves to be a winner > Woodnewton CHILDREN from Woodnewton School in Corby have been boarding a walking bus to help make their journey to and from school safer. The joint project between the school, officers from Corby Safer Community Team and Corby Borough Council was in response to an increasing number of concerns about inconsiderate parking, particularly around the start and end of the school day. The safety campaign, which started in mid-April, has proved to be a ‘walking’ success with funding for the initiative secured from the Local Operating Team. This is a partnership organisation that offers support to children and was used to purchase hi-visibility vests, a walking rope and prizes and rewards for all children who took part.
PCSO Steve Coles and other local officers visited the school assembly at the end of March to tell the pupils how they could join this new and exciting way of getting to the school. Registered volunteers, with the assistance of sixth form students from Lodge Park Technology College, accompany those children that have registered to ‘board’ the walking bus. The children hold along the length of the rope until they reach their school and again on return to Pytchley Court at the end of the day. Officers will continue to patrol the roads near the school and take action to deal with parking offences where appropriate. For further information on the walking bus and other activities of your Safer Community Team, visit the Local Policing pages at www.northants.police.uk/sct
Future health prospects Views sought on local healthcare > County A CONFERENCE will give the public a chance to air their views about the future of healthcare in Corby and the rest of Northamptonshire. The Shaping Your Healthcare Services session is being held at Northampton Saints Rugby Ground on Tuesday, May 29 from 9.30am to 3pm. The public conference has been organised by Nene Commissioning, the new organisation that is responsible for purchasing health services for the majority of Northampton-
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Putting trust in supporter power
Group enjoying early support in its bid to back football club > Steel Park
In Short A steering group has been set up to pull together the supporters who want to give their backing to Corby Town. The supporters’ trust will work to ensure that the town’s football club is protected from the problems that have beset other clubs in the area. A GROWING number of football fans are getting behind a newly launched Corby Town Supporters’ Trust. At a public meeting in the council chamber at Corby Cube the steering group were given a mandate to move plans forward with many individuals signing up to the initiative. The steering group was set up after many months of discussion by dedicated
fans who saw a need to set up a supporters’ trust independent from the Steel Park-based football club. The intention is to work with the club and one of the next steps will be to have formal discussions with the club’s board of directors. The steering group’s chairman Robbie Dunion, explained: “Following the recent demise of non-league football clubs in Northamptonshire and the rise of financial hardship across both professional and semi-professional football, a number of supporters have expressed an interest in forming a supporters’ trust to safeguard the long-term future of Corby Town Football Club for future generations and improve the relationship between the club and the fans. “The Trust will be an independent, democratic, not-for-profit, co-operative
Hungry can bank on food supplies > Corby A FOOD bank is now running in Corby to help those who find themselves experiencing hard times. The scheme, coordinated by churches across the town, is the latest in the network of food banks set up across the country by the Trussell Trust. Frontline care professionals including social workers and family support workers are able to refer those in need who can exchange a voucher for emer-
gency food parcels. Adam Boud, director of the Corby food bank, said there the team were encouraged by the response. A collection in Asda gathered enough food for 450 meals and the team will be at Corby’s Morrison’s store on Saturday, May 5 hoping for food donations from shoppers. Schools, churches, businesses and individuals can donate non-perishable, in-date food which is packed and checked by volunteers. For more details call the food bank on 01536 737588.
BUILDING TRUST: The steering group (left to right) Rory Clark, James McCafferty, Gail McDade, Robbie Dunnion, Dave Matthews-Jones and Jacqui Forster. organisation, committed to providing a voice for Corby Town fans and the local community.” At the meeting were guest speakers from the Government-backed Supporters Direct, and an example of an existing trust’s work running at Cambridge Fans United. Robbie continued: “The Trust will always aim to have the benefit of our members, the fans, the club and the local community at the heart of everything we do. We will always strive to canvass the opinion of our members on all major issues related to the fans and the club and then aim to represent these views accurately and give Corby Town fans a voice.
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Who will win classic race The Hare and the Tortoise > The Cube WITH a nail-biting, seconds-ticking, medal-winning end, two competing friends take part in the greatest race on earth. York Theatre Royal and tutti frutti and bring to life Aesop’s enchanting fable The Hare And Tortoise at The Core at Corby Cube on Saturday, May 12. Meet two opposites in a charming new adaptation of the classic tale about racing, time and friendship. The show contains few words, but is brimming with loveable characters, live music and wonderful physical theatre - tutti frutti embraces contrast and change from the sunshining, flower-blooming spring to the snowfalling, chilly-blasts of winter. Tutti frutti perform across the country to more than 20,000 children a year, creating beautifully crafted performances, heaped with imagination and meaning.
FIGHT IT OUT: The Hare and Tortoise go head to head at The Cube There are two shows at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are £5.50 and can be booked via the ticket office on 01536 470470 or online at www.thecorecorby.com. This performance is suitable for children aged 3 plus and their families.
Variety is the spice of life > Lighthouse Theatre A TROUPE of dancers from the Nene Valley Dance Academy is hard at work practising for the regional finals of Britain Does Variety. The event will take place at the Lighthouse Theatre on May 22, and the dancers are working hard on a routine that will wow the judges and taken them on to the next round, the national finals on June 23. Britain Does Variety has been touring the nation intent on finding the greatest variety acts Britain has to offer and is giving them the chance to perform in front of Giles Cooper, executive producer
of the annual Royal Variety Performance as well as West End and entertainment booking agents. Karen Robertson, principal, teacher and choreographer of the academy, said: “I am so proud of them and cannot wait to see them perform on stage. They have come on so much in terms of performance skills and technique and have really bonded, which now shows when they are performing.” The Nene Valley Dance Academy holds classes in Thrapston, Finedon, Great Oakley, Rothwell and Islip. It also offers private lessons and holds workshops in schools across the area. For more information, visit the website www. nenevalleydanceacademy.co.uk or call 07854 396258.
May 5 and 6 I Just Want You To Dance With Me Tonight - Helen King School of Dance proudly presents an energetic performance of dance in a wide variety of styles, from ballet and tap to modern song and dance routines. A showcase of local talent, students taking part are from Helen King’s dance schools in Oakham and Corby and will be performing a range of original dance routines including Burlesque & The Americano, at The Core, Corby Cube. Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 2.30pm. Tickets £10, concessions £8. Box office 01536 470470 May 11 We’ll Meet Again: The Diamond Jubilee Show. A brand new production starring Marilyn Hill Smith, from the West End tour of The Sound of Music, together with an all-star cast including comedian Adam Daye. The show brings the spirit of the wartime era alive and recreates the music and memories that kept Britain smiling through her darkest days. Ideal music to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. At 2.30pm, tickets £12.50, concessions £10.50. At The Core, Corby Cube, box office 01536 470470 May 12 The Hare and the Tortoise. tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal present the story of The Hare and Tortoise in the greatest race on earth. 11am and 2pm, tickets £5.50. Suitable for ages 3 plus. At The Core, Corby Cube, box office 01536 470470
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Fantastic – If you can get up early CELEBRATE the arrival of spring with an early morning walk to listen to the dawn chorus. Experts will be leading the walk around Fineshade Woods near Corby from 5am on Sunday, May 6 and May 23. This is a real opportunity to witness the wonderful dawn chorus in all its glory in the wood, which is managed by The
May 15 Tuesday Ladies Club, Stanion. Meets 7.30pm third Tuesday of each month. For information, call Bette Britton on 01536 260413. Every other Sunday Car boot sale, Masonic Hall, Rockingham Road, Corby, from 9am. Seller pitch £7, buyer entry 50p. May 15 Oakley Vale WI meet on the third Tuesday of each month at Brooke Weston College, Coomb Road, Corby, at 7.30pm. For details contact Janet on 01536 743152
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golden years with a new life in India. At The Core, Corby, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.50, concessions £4.50. Details 01536 470470 May 10 The Madness of King George, Nigel Hawthorne is the king undergoing a variety of effort to maintain his mental health. At The Core, Corby, 10.30am. Tickets £6.50, concessions £4.50. Details 01536 470470 May 10 The Woman in the Fifth, American academic Tom Ricks absconds to Paris after being caught up in a scandal that cost him his job. There he meets Margit a widow with dark skeletons of her own. At The Core, Corby, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.50, concessions £4.50. Details 01536 470470
May 3 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, an all-star British cast in a tale of retirees looking to make the most of their
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Advice and updates on business matters > Rockingham Road BUDDING BUSINESSWOMAN: Ellie Scopes is already showing impressive skills
Ellie in line for national award Young entrepreneur shows her business acumen > Business Academy
In Short It’s never too young to start, and Enterprise company MD Ellie Scopes has proven that she has what it takes, despite still being at school. AN enterprising student has been nominated for a national award. Corby Business Academy student Ellie Scopes has been put up for the Sir John Moore’s Award, which recognises the achievements of students who take part in the Young Enterprise Team Programme. Ellie is managing director of Happy Hands, the Enterprise company set up by the academy’s DSP sixth form students, and has been put forward by teacher Nikki Clark and business advisers Grace Holdcroft and Janet Kemm from RS Components who have been giving guidance to Happy Hands.
Happy Hands, since it was founded at the start of this year, has launched a number of products such as a range of tea towels and vintage teacup candles. As part of the Young Enterprise initiative, students learn vital business skills that will assist them when they go into employment. Miss Clark said: “Ellie has embraced being MD of Happy Hands. Her selfesteem, confidence and attitude to learning have all benefited and improved due to this opportunity.” Mrs Holdcroft said: “Ellie has always been enthusiastic and has enjoyed updating me on the progress of her team and showing me products that they have made. The other members of the team interact really well with Ellie due to her approachable personality. She really deserves to be nominated for the Sir John Moore’s Award.” Happy Hands will be selling products to RS Components staff at a trade fair being held on Wednesday, May 23.
Businesses will be able to get advice on loans and the importance of branding at a breakfast session. The free event is being held at 8am on Monday, May 21, at the Pen Green Research Base in Rockingham Road, Corby. Project2_Layout 1 Leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie will be speaking at the meeting that is being coordinated by the centre’s research team. Other speakers will include Jay Taylor, of Enterprise Coaching based at the University of Northampton, and Chane Biant, of First Enterprise Business Agency, talking about loans for small businesses. Dr Margy Whalley, Director of the research centre, will also be sharing information about the centre’s work supported by Mark Pengelly, deputy leader of Corby Council and Chair of Governors at Pen Green Research Fast Coms 1/4_Layout 1 29/04/2012 17:23 Page 1 Base. For more details call 01536 443435.
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Old Village makeover > Old Village BUSINESSES in Corby’s Old Village are enjoying their fresh, new look as work on the renovation project for The Jamb comes to completion. Work began on site in early March to provide a £20,000 makeover to the exterior of the parade of shops that are based in the oldest part of the borough. After completion of the five-week project, The Jamb is benefiting from new windows, repaired brickwork and joinery, general external decoration, repairs to the roofing and repairs and replacement of pipes and guttering. This property, which comprises a two-storey terraced building, adjoining The Jamb and Chapel Lane, was built during the 1940s. Its condition had shown signs of ageing including
rotting window frames, roof leaks and general wear and tear. The renovation project has been carried forward in order to retain its good working relationship with existing tenants, to help attract new businesses to the area, and protect the value of its investment in the long term. Particular care has been taken in specifying the remedial works to reflect The Jamb’s location in the conservation area. Deputy Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Mark Pengelly, said: “We are very pleased with the end result of the project. The building definitely showed signs of ageing and hopefully now the new look will help attract more people to visit the fantastic shops in the Old Village and for new businesses to see it at its full potential.”
Villagers have a say > Weldon VILLAGERS in Weldon are being encouraged to attend a meeting to share their views about the village. The village meeting starts at 10am on Saturday, May 5, in the village hall
in Bridge Street and is being organised by the parish council. The agenda will include ideas on how the parish council should spend its budget to improve the village. The meeting will be chaired by Weldon Parish Council chair Councillor Wendy Groome.
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Walkers ready for weekend event Hundreds set to turn out for popular annual event > East Carlton Park HUNDREDS of people will be taking the opportunity to join in Corby’s fourth walking festival this weekend. An enthusiastic working group are adding the finishing touches to make this year’s Corby Walking Festival ideal for people with different interests and fitness abilities. The varied programme starts on Saturday, May 5, at the launch at East Carlton Country Park including a diamonds and tiara walk to raise money for Lakelands Daycare Hospice. Other walks during the day include one looking at wildlife in the country park while a history trail will leave from Geddington focusing on landmarks like the historic Queen Eleanor Cross. The festival culminates in a fun day at the park on Monday, May 7, from noon, to raise funds for the hospice. The working group includes not only walking enthusiasts but also representatives from Corby Borough Council, Northamptonshire Ramblers, Northamptonshire County Council and East Carlton Health Walking Group.
Walks include one around the Kingswood Nature Reserve in Corby while another will be coordinated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the RSPB who will be taking a stroll through Fineshade Woods. One of the coordinators, Noel Rogers speaking to Corby Extra, said: “The festival is only in its fourth year but it is already proving to be popular. We want people to really take time to find out more about the area. “It really is a matter of getting people to be prepared to get out of the house and getting them to start walking. There really are some absolutely super walks being planned. “In Corby we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and it is amazing that once you get people out they really are surprised by what they can discover on their doorstep.” The full programme of events is on the website www.corbywalkingfestival.org.uk Individuals are advised to select walks that meet their fitness. There is no need to register beforehand – people can simply turn up 15 minutes before the departure time to listen to the briefing. ON THE GO: Walkers joining in at East Carlton Park in 2011.
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Store creates 20 jobs > Phoenix Parkway
THE doors have opened at a new Boots store in Corby with the creation of 20 new jobs. The new store at the Phoenix Parkway Retail Park, near Asda in the former Carpetright unit, was officially opened by Kevin Birch, Boots UK’s Divisional Director (East). The services include a dispensing pharmacy and consultancy room, to enable customers to discuss any health concerns with a pharmacist in private. Manager of the new store Darren Parfitt, said: “Our new Boots store will provide the residents of Corby with access to our wide range of health and beauty products and services, as well as great value promotions and offers. “We have more than 160 years of healthcare and beauty expertise, so our customers can expect the very best from us. We’re looking forward to welcoming customers into our new store for all their health and beauty needs.” The store has a number of events planned to celebrate the opening including staff taking part in an in-store Miles for Macmillan cycling event to raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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Council ready to help make a key transition > County
In Short It’s vitally important to young people with disabilities to have the support they need to make the transition from childhood to adulthood. A new scheme in Northamptonshire will aim to see them through key stages of their journey to life in the adult world. WHAT could become an innovative new approach to supporting young people with disabilities and learning difficulties has taken another step nearer following a Transitions Summit held by the county council. Northamptonshire County Council is setting up a new transitions service that will support disabled young people aged from 14 to 25 as they make the major change from childhood to adult life. The council is one of the first in the country to take this new approach, which will replace the existing arrangement of having separate services for disabled
young people and young adults. This means young people will have the same team support them as they get older and progress into adulthood. A Transitions Summit, involving young people, their families and carers including past, current and future service users, was held in April in an effort to make sure the new service is designed by the people who need it. Staff from the new transitions service and representatives from health, education, housing and leisure organisations want to work with young disabled people to come up with a service that will identify what the service should achieve for young people in Northamptonshire. The summit was designed to be a creative and practical day where young people and their families were encouraged to bring their experiences, their opinions and their hopes for the future. Cabinet member for health and adult social services Councillor Robin Brown said: “Any parent or carer knows the challenges a young person might
face as they progress from childhood into adulthood, and this is even more significant for young people with disabilities or learning difficulties. “The new transitions service is a truly innovative approach to supporting these young people. We want each person to have a positive experience as they grow up and become adults, helping them to achieve a good quality of life and successfully moving them on to education, employment or training opportunities.” Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills said: “This is also about providing personalised services to young people so that alongside their parents and carers, they have more choice and control over the way they live their lives. “We want to create an excellent transitions service in Northamptonshire so it is vital that the people who know what is needed design it. This is a great opportunity to for everyone to get involved and help us to create the very best services for the county’s young people.”
Meet the stars of a 40s spectacular
Songs, music and memories of our darkest days > The Core AUDIENCES can relive the spirit of the 1940s when the ever-popular We’ll Meet Again arrives at The Core at Corby Cube. This special matinee evokes the spirit of the 40s, recreating the music and memories which kept Britain smiling through its darkest days. An all-star cast featuring Marilyn Hill Smith and comedian Adam Daye combine comedy routines with classic hits from some of the greatest entertainers of wartime Britain, including Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields and George Formby. Delighting audiences for over a decade with their nostalgic melodies, sing-along tunes and sentimental warmth, this year We’ll Meet Again celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by taking a step back to the 1953 Coronation with a special compilation of early 1950s hits. The show is on Friday May 11 at 2.30pm. For an added treat, cream teas will be available in the bars. Tickets
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BYGONE DAYS: We’ll Meet Again is at The Core next week for the show are £12.50, concessions £10.50 and are available by calling the Ticket Office on 01536 470470 or by visiting www.thecorecorby.com.
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Sunday June 3rd & Monday June 4th : £20 for a 2 day family ticket for 2 adults and children. £8 per day for a 2 day ticket for 1 adult. £2 per day for a child over the age of 8 years old. £1 per day for a child under 8 These prices above are for pre-booked tickets which can be purchased by texting 07971 530683 to reserve tickets or online at www.wegottickets.com. Prices on the day are £5 per adult, and £2 per child on Sunday & Monday. Tuesday's June 6th entertainment will be FREE. Tickets are limited, Tickets available in person at the Royal Oak - so book early please.
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Charity supports future welders New opportunities for those looking to learn vital skills > Tresham College YOUNG people’s opportunities to train to be a welder have been improved with the opening of new facilities in Corby funded by a leading national welding product suppliers. The Weldability-Sif, has officially opened its newest Foundation Level training facility for welders at Tresham College of Further and Higher Education’s St Mark’s Centre. Tresham is one of 10 colleges that will provide new welder training facilities funded by the Weldability-Sif Foundation Charity until 2017. This newly dedicated welding classroom and workshop, fully equipped
with welding bays was opened by Adrian Hawkins, Managing Director and Trustee for the foundation along with Ian Mawdsley, Head of School for Engineering at Tresham. Adrian Hawkins said: “We set up and registered the Weldability-Sif Foundation Charity with the Charities Commission, specifically to encourage the development of new welder training facilities across the UK and Tresham is one of the first to have opened new facilities with help from the charity. “Welding has a highly skilled role to play in engineering and manufacturing and is helping to gain new export business, used in a multitude of industries including shipbuilding,
automotive manufacturing, general fabrication as well as energy and UK infrastructure industries. “Welding plays an active part in keeping it all together and foundation level welder skills training at Tresham is another step towards a full apprenticeship programme designed to meet AWARD WINNERS: Employees and directors at Cambridge the UK’s demand for skilled welders.” Manufacturing Company Ian Mawdsley, said: “We’re excited about the partnership opportunities that Weldability-Sif brings to the college. Trainee welders will have the opportunity to progress from the foundation level through to a passport to practice welding internationally, leading in turn towards higher TWI qualifications. employs 177 people and is > Brakey Road part owned by an Employee CAMBRIDGE Manufac- Benefit Trust. The company turing Company Ltd of manufactures and markets Corby, part of Cambridge Cambridge Weight Plan - a Nutritional Foods Ltd, has low calorie weight managewon The Queen’s Award ment programme. CMC’s Managing Direcfor Enterprise in Internator, Eileen Skinner, said: “We tional Trade. It is the first time the com- are very proud to win The pany has won the award, Queen’s Award for Enterprise recognising outstanding in International Trade espeachievement in overseas cially as this is also Her Majearnings growth with year- esty’s Diamond Jubilee year. The company operates in on-year increases in export sales calculated at 119 per markets as diverse as Holland, Vietnam, South Africa cent since 2008. Cambridge Manufactur- and Saudi Arabia. The brand ing Company Ltd (CMC), has also just been launched NEW ROLE: Claire Miller, the Hunting Lodge with offices in Brakey Road, in Australia. Hotel’s new manager
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Jubilee pride for Corby company
From bar staff to manager Taking orders to callings last orders for Claire > Cottingham TEN years after starting work behind the bar at the Hunting Lodge Hotel in Cottingham, Claire Miller has taken on the manager’s role. Claire, who grew up in Corby, started on a part-time basis to help fund her way through university. During these three years she trained as a receptionist and took on a full-time position after her studies.
She then spent two years as reception manager before becoming the hotel’s conference and events manager. Early last year she was promoted to Deputy Hotel Manager and was awarded Corby’s Employee of the Year at the annual business awards. Claire said: “I feel very proud to have been given the opportunity to be Hotel Manager. I have worked my way up to this role working in various departments and I am delighted to now be the manager of this lovely hotel.”
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Town centre keeps on bucking the trend
Investment is set to give shopping centre a new lease of life > Town Centre CORBY’S Town Centre is bucking the trend as its owners, Helical Bar, continue to invest in the shopping centre, giving it a new lease of life. Half a million pounds is being invested into the shopping centre and work has already started on the steel canopies in Corporation Street which are being removed. This is de-cluttering the streetscape and giving the retail parade a more modern look and feel. Further improvements will follow including new street lighting to match that of the newly developed George Street and refurbishment of the shop fronts. Helical Bar have also started work on Market Walk, demolishing the redundant bridge links with further plans in the pipeline to remove the roof of the old bus station. These works will open up the site for redevelopment. The improvements to the town centre are already benefiting the town with a number of tenants in the process of opening new shops. Grace and Co Jewellery opened last month on Spencer Court and other openings are anticipated. Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “We have a great working relationship with Helical Bar and they are showing that they definitely have the same directions and aspirations for Corby as we do.
ON SITE: Helical Bar’s Investment Director, Duncan Walker and Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie at Market Walk “Work on Corporation Street will certainly enhance the whole shopping experience in Corby and will complement the modern Willow Place. This is great news for our town and shows that we are continuing to move forward. The improvements will make Corby Town Centre a more attractive place to shop and for businesses to invest which is a major boost in the current economic climate.” Duncan Walker, Helical Bar’s Investment Director commented: “These are the first of a number of exciting plans we have for the town centre. Our goal is to promote Corby as the shopping centre of choice in the region for retailers and customers alike.”
Local Cancer results service held up as example of good practice
Peer review claims Kettering hospital is showing the way forward > Kettering General
In Short Getting the results of a cancer test is never an easy time and patients need all the help and support they can get if the results reveal the worst. A clinic in Kettering is being heralded as an example of good practice in the way it passes on the results and then provides ongoing support where needed. THE way Kettering General Hospital deals with cancer patients is being held up as an example of good practice nationally. A National Peer Review in January found that the urology oncology results clinic should be recommended as an example of national good practice in how to look after patients at the time when they are first told they have cancer.
KGH Urology Cancer Lead Clinician, Mr Mo Al-Sudani, said: “Each year we have about 385 new urology cancer diagnoses - this means that urological cancers are the most common cancers dealt with by the medical and surgical specialties in the hospital. They include things like prostate, kidney, bladder and testes cancers. “About 18 months ago we created the urology oncology results clinics because we felt it was inappropriate to be breaking bad news to patients in the context of routine - and normally busy - urology outpatients clinics. “So we set up the specialist clinic in a quiet room in the Treatment Centre where patients who have just received their cancer diagnosis can be seen in a small clinic by a consultant and a cancer nurse specialist. “This means we are able to discuss the diagnosis, further investigations, possible courses of treatment and
give them information about their condition and what to expect.” Medical staff are on hand to answer questions, offer support and signpost ongoing support at what can be a distressing time for both the patient and their families. Grandfather Jonathan Mack, 69, from Corby, visited the results clinic when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the end of last year. He said: “I was very impressed. You speak to both the consultant and the nurse specialists and they are both very supportive. Together they give you the full picture of what is happening and what your tests mean to you and what will happen next in terms of treatment.” Mr Mack, a former metallurgist and physics teacher, added: “Also if you have any practical problems the nurses are very good at sorting it out for you and they are always there for you.”
Excitement as gallery edges closer Next stage is planned > Queen’s Square ARTISTS from across Corby, who have come together to transform the town’s former library into an art gallery, are now planning their next move. Fundraising is just one issue for the newly formed Corby Artists Network, CAN, which is celebrating the success of its first exhibition at the old library above Queen’s Square. A programme of workshops and exhibitions are another priority for the group which includes writer and musician Paula Boulton. “We have a lot of things that now need sorting but it is an exciting time,” said Paula, who explained details were being finalised to enable Northamptonshire County Council, which leases the building, to hand it over to CAN. “The first exhibition has enabled people to come forward and they have proved that there is a need for a space like this in Corby. Now we need to take the next steps.” Corby-based Jim Lockhart, who at 85 was the oldest of the 41 artists to exhibit at the Corby Open 2012 Show,
inspired Paula’s involvement. In tribute to Jim’s enthusiasm for the plan one of the gallery’s first solo exhibitions will showcase his work. Paula said: “I am thrilled about how far we have come and the exhibition will be recognition that it is thanks to people like Jim who have made it happen. “We hope that other artists and those who have already started to get involved will keep in touch.” The intention is for the gallery to open as regularly as possible for workshops and, once money becomes available for some additional work, the newly refurbished studio spaces will generate rent. A session bringing together the artists who took part in the Open 2012 is also being planned in the near future. Paula said: “So many people have already got involved and their ideas and support are important. We are trying to make sure that we meet the needs of different people.” During the next few weeks the opening times will vary but there will be updated information in the window if the space is closed. Alternatively Paula can be contacted on email@example.com
Success for drugs officers > Corby OFFICERS working tirelessly over the past 18 months have made 11 arrests in one of the biggest drugs raids in Northamptonshire Police history. The force has confirmed that a 26-year-old man was arrested in Westfields Road Corby, during the major operation. In total 11 individuals were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and have been released on bail until June while further investigations are conducted. Detective Inspector Mark Brayfield, of the East Midlands Special Opera-
tions Unit for Serious Organised Crime, said: “We recovered over a hundred items of property during the raids which we are now in the process of reviewing and documenting. Items include phones and computers which will require detailed forensic examination. “The investigation into the large-scale conspiracy to supply drugs is ongoing and officers have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months to get to the point we are at today. This is one of the biggest drugs operations in Northamptonshire Police’s history and the team will continue to work hard to bring those who traffic controlled drugs to justice.”
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Rothwell Arts & Heritage Centre The Centre has been established for a number of years and contains many artefacts and photographs of the residents and town of Rothwell. We are also able to help with the tracing of your ancestors. Call in and see us. We are open on the mornings of Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Bridge Street Gallery Open since 2004 along with the Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre. We have two galleries, gallery one, where exhibitions are open and gallery two for solo artists or small groups. We hold talks in the gallery once a month and in the summer we will be having lunch time mini dramas and recitals. Come and visit our Arts and Crafts Fayre on the 26th and 27th May, 10am – 4pm both days The One Stop Candy Shop One Stop Candy Shop has been under new management since 18th November 2011. Margret Dunlop took over and shop and so far has not looked back. Having lowered the price of the sweets and introduced new services including helium balloons and catering for all parties and occasions plus new selections on sweets and boxes of chocolates. Opening Monday to Friday 10am -5pm and Saturday 9am 4pm. Call in you will be made very welcome. S. T. Flooring Established in 1987 we are a well-respected family run ﬁrm and provide an excellent service to all our customers no matter how large the job is. We supply and ﬁt carpet, wood ﬂooring, laminate ﬂooring, karndean and Vinyl ﬂooring to homeowners and to the trade throughout Northampton, Corby and Kettering. Our promise is to supply and ﬁt ﬂooring to our customer's properties to the highest stan-
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dard leaving your ﬂoor looking brand new and immaculate. Showroom opening times Monday – Friday 9-5 Saturday 10 – 4 Sunday and Bank holidays closed. As Baby Grows Pre-loved and new children’s clothing and accessories shop. We sell and buy good quality baby and children’s clothing and accessories. Anything from birth upwards if we don’t stock it just ask and will try to get for you. All clothing freshly laundered in non-biological products. All toys cleaned prior to selling. Payment scheme available for items over £30.00. 13 High Street, Rothwell, Kettering Northamptonshire NN14 6AD Tel: 01536 713005 Mon - Fri 09:30 16:00 Sat 10:00-14:00 Toro Steakhouse A new restaurant in Rothwell, based in the Old Greyhound premises in the High Street. Open 7 days a week and providing the very best steaks from the ﬁnest butchers as well as tasty ribs, char-grilled chicken and burgers. All the food is served by friendly, knowledgeable and eﬃcient staﬀ & is of a very high quality and expertly cooked. Pretty Things Rosa Colonna runs the shop along with her friend Thacha Muldowney. She said “ I own the premises and use to rent it out but unfortunately it has been empty for a while so, Thacha and I decided to to give a shop a go. We opened at the start of Nov 2011 and sells exactly the sign outside say PRETTY THINGS. There’s a piece of furniture and smaller home furnishing, women’s accessories, ﬂowers, photo frame and gift’s for occasions such as christenings,weddings and birthdays. Today the shop oﬀers everything’s in clearance sale for the new stock coming.
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The Market House
posite a park containing medieval ﬁsh ponds stands the imposing 18th century Manor House. There also the delightful cross shaped Market House on Market Hill and not far away is the English Heritage Rushton Triangular Lodge - a folly designed from alternating dark and light limestone and shaped to reﬂect the Holy trinity. Sir Thomas Tresham Both the Market House and the Triangular Lodge were buildings owned by the eccentric Sir Thomas Tresham, known as ‘Thomas the Builder’ due to his passion for unusual buildings that were often encoded with symbols of his persecuted Catholic faith. But for those that want the full Rothwell experience, no trip will be complete without taking in the famous market held every Monday, or a visit to the week-long ‘Rowell Fair’ celebrating the granting of King John’s charter. The fair is opened by the Proclamation on the ﬁrst Monday after Trinity Sunday each year and will take place on 4th June this year. It’s the perfect occasion to sample the delightful food emporiums, local butchers and historic pubs of Rothwell and even take part in the annual tradition that marks the opening of the fair at 6am, where the bailiﬀ of the Lord of the Manor rides through the town accompanied by a guard of halberdiers and pauses at every pub to read aloud the charter. The Band The Rowell Fair Society Band then plays the National Anthem and the landlords serve the bailiﬀ and his guards drinks (including tradiJesus Hospital tional Rowell fair rum and milk), before keeping the pubs open to start the celebrations. Do you know of any hidden treasures in the area that you would like to Rothwell is a well preserved slice of local marshare with our readers? Please write or email us using the words ‘Hidden ket life and for those that take the time to samGems’ in the subject bar or on your envelope using these contact details: ple its gentle delights, they will not be EXTRA Newspapers Limited, Moulton Park Business Centre, Redhouse disappointed by its charm, character and reRoad, Moulton, Northants NN36AQ laxed pace of life. firstname.lastname@example.org Highly recommended and not one to miss. John Robertson/www.jr-photos.com
SITUATED on a ridge overlooking the Ise Valley (and in modern terms a surprisingly short hop from the A14), the historic market town of Rothwell is an unexpected hidden gem for those looking for a slice of bustling Northamptonshire character. Replete with sumptuous stone buildings, a weekly market that has been held since King John issued a royal charter in 1204 and a charming string of cafés and delis, Rothwell has forged a deserved reputation for being a welcoming haven for foodies and history buﬀs alike. Bronze Age The ridge on which present day Rothwell stands has seen successive generations come and go, and has been shaped by invaders over the last four thousand years. The area that is now Rothwell was once a Bronze Age burial site where the dead were buried alongside offerings of food vessels, before a settlement was built during the time of Roman Empire. The Danish invasion in the Dark Ages saw the foundation of the ‘place of the red well’, Rodewell, thought to be named after the ubiquitous freshwater springs coloured red through iron and minerals. Yet it was the royal charter of 1204 permitting a weekly market and annual fair that helped shape and grow the town into one of the three largest in Northamptonshire. Now twinned with the small French town of Droué, Rothwell has approximately 7,500 inhabitants and is dotted with intriguing relics from its rich heritage. If you come to Rothwell for a relaxing bite to eat and a wander around then be sure to explore the ancient Holy Trinity church; containing one of only two somewhat macabre bone crypts or ‘charnel houses’ in the country and boasting the record of being the longest parish church in Northamptonshire. Just to the west of the Parish church and op-
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“Summer is a comi WHEN it comes to marking the changing of the seasons, there are few celebrations as traditional and evocative as that of the ancient spring festival of May Day. Villages become awash with fetes, flowers and bunting and village greens welcome back the familiar activities of Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole, all in a highly visual celebration of the arrival of summer. This year it comes off the back of one of the wettest Aprils on record, with the UK battered by two weeks of almost constant rain and wind, but summer is around the corner and the future is bright if long range forecasts are to be believed. So what does May Day mean for you personally? Is it simply the start of summer and an excuse to wander around village fetes and enjoy the sunshine? Or does it retain any of the pagan, religious or political connotations that have been associated with it over the centuries? Festival of Flora It has been a feature on the English calendar for over two thousand years, with the earliest May Day celebrations appearing in Roman times with the pagan festival of Flora, the goddess of fruit and ﬂowers. The ritual is also related to the Celtic feast of Beltane and May Day remains an optimistic part of English folklore that epitomises the hope of long, warm sunny nights ahead. In medieval times celebrations began with a procession led by the May Queen, sometimes accompanied by the May King who dressed in green and became a symbol for fertility and springtime. Maypoles were made from tall threes cut down and moved to the village green, and became communal symbols that brought communities together. May Day was often celebrated by villagers dancing around the Maypole whilst holding on to the ends of coloured ribbons that were tied to the top of the tree. It is a part of the May Day folklore that continues to endure and for traditionalists there swathes of less renowned May Day rites that also intrigue and captivate; including young women washing their face in the dawn dew to bring beauty, children gathering ﬂowers and making May baskets to leave on the doorsteps of adults, or villagers crafting garlands with small dolls in the centre to collect money. Labour Day In modern times May Day has also been a celebration of the international labour and left wing political movements and commonly sees organised street demonstrations and marches throughout most of the world. It is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and the International Workers’ Day (or Labour Day) was born from the struggle for establishing the eight hour working day. But whatever the history and background of May Day, there remain diverse traditions that have evolved all across the country over the centuries, and with it May Day remains the perfect time to celebrate the arrival of warm weather together and a chance to welcome back the sun for the months ahead. MAY DAY TRIVIA Why do Pilots say Mayday? Q. Have you ever thought why, when a plane is going down or a boat is in distress, the pilot repeats Mayday on the wire? And what is the origin of the expression? A. It derives from the French verb ‘M’aidez’ (May Day) ‘to help or assist’ and is no longer commonly used in Military aviation. Did you know? May may have been named for Maia, the Roman goddess of fertility and growth. Or the month may have been named to honor the Mairoes, the Roman Senate. May birthstone: the emerald. May's ﬂower: lily of the valley or hawthorn. May Day, originally a festival in honour of Flora, the Roman goddess of spring, May Day has traditionally been a time to gather ﬂowers and welcome warm weather. In the late 1800s, May Day also became a day to honour workers May Day is Labour day in 140 countries. The United States., Canada, and Bermuda are the only countries that observe Labour Day in September. The Bahamas celebrates in June.
English Heritag Maypole Dancing A celebration of Summer, ﬂora and fauna and spring fertility rites. and originally Maypoles were just simple tree trunks erected in the centre of a village green set up for children to dance around it often with ribbons ﬁxed to the top of the pole . Maypole Dancing as it is known today, was introduced by the writer John Ruskin in 1881 as a series of dances drawn from 14th century references to rural life and traditions.
Medieval Month of May Choose your Champion! Meet the red knight from the south and green knight from the west on their trusty chargers as they prepare for the Grand Medieval Bolsover Joust, taking place at the end of the month. Bolsover Castle Sat 5 - Mon 7 May 2012 May Day at Audley End Roll up, roll up and see May Day fun as it used to be! Enjoy our Victorian side shows, traditional gymkhana and brass band. Audley End
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NOW IS the time to spot the showy white blossoms of the Blackthorn bushes where later in the Summer you can harvest their yield of Sloe Berries. Blackthorn are one of the first bushes to flower in the hedgerows and you can hardly miss it. Be wary its not called Blackthorn for nothing and it does bristle with some fearsome thorns. The higher the ground the later the blossom, but mark it well so you can go back in September and gather the berries. Sloe Gin is a wonderful aromatic drink liqueur style and is well worth the little eﬀort required to make it. Just follow the easy recipe. It keeps for years.
Sloe Gin Making Sloe Gin is slow but not laborious. There’s no cooking required, just patience as the Sloes steep in the Gin.
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House and Gardens Sat 5 - Mon 7 May 2012 Knight School Meet the medieval castle knight, splendid in his armour, and hear tales of chivalry and practice your sword skills. Beeston Castle and Woodland Park Sat 5 - Mon 7 May 2012 Fashion From the Past Costume Presentations A weekend of fashion from the past, see a variety of sumptuous Tudor costume displayed in presentations revealing the se-
crets of Tudor courtly costumes. Then enjoy presentations on dressing the Georgians, for the fashion conscious gentleman and lady. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens Sat 5 - Mon 7 May 2012 Clash of the Knights See the medieval knights ﬁghting for their honour in awesome combat displays! Learn all about the weapons of the time and explore the Living History encampments Ashby De La Zouch Castle Sun 6 & Mon 7 May 2012
Ingredients 450gms/1 lb of Sloe berries 225gms/8oz Caster sugar 1 litre/1.75 pint Gin Reparation method Prick the tough skin of the Sloes all over with a clean needle and put in a large sterilised jar. Pour in the sugar and the Gin, seal tightly and shake well. Store in a cool, dark cupboard and shake every other day for a week. Then shake once a week for at least two months. Strain the Sloe Gin through a muslin into a sterilised bottle. Keep for another month then enjoy! Store in a cupboard away from the light. Drink responsibly - Sloe Gin is lovely...but very stong!
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Dear Editor I was really disappointed when I opened the Guardian newspaper yesterday to see a rather grim picture of Corby’s town centre used to illustrate the problems being experienced by local businesses. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/ apr/23/doldrums-britain-jobs-blowcorby?INTCMP=SRCH) A picture is worth a thousand words and the image used does not represent the Corby that I know and admire. My link with Corby started out as purely professional – my company worked with Catalyst Corby and later NNDC ‘selling’ the beneﬁts of Corby to investors and potential house buyers. However, from the very beginning, I felt a great aﬃnity with Corby – it reminded me of my hometown in Australia where the people were hard working, down to earth and ambitious for their futures. My parents once bought a house on a new housing estate with the ‘promise’ of a train station. It came 20 years later. I was fortunate to watch many positive changes take place in Corby, including the re-instatement of the train station and line, the completion of the brilliant Olympic-size swimming pool, the Corby Cube commence construction and the rebuilding of the town centre. Many of these images could have been used to illustrate Corby’s reality. Of course buildings are just the physical improvements – other improvements and changes occur in many other ways on a daily basis. I would never suggest that the challenges facing Corby are not openly discussed and debated, but the use of outdated images to portray Corby as a ‘victim’ is unfair to everyone who lives and works in the area. Leanne Tritton Dear Editor, I would like to protest about the latest
rise in bus fares which is really unbelievable. I am an 18 year old student who needs to use public transport between Weldon and Kettering at least ﬁve times a week. This week the fare has risen by another 15p to £3.75 for just one way. The increase was totally unexpected and many passengers getting on the X4 Stagecoach service clearly felt the same way. Just months ago the bus company unveiled a ﬂeet of new buses complete with ‘free’ WI Fi and hand stitched leather seats – as a passenger on a limited budget I really don’t care about such ‘luxuries’. I am planning to go to University in the autumn and all I want is to be able to get from A to B without spending so much of my hard earned money from my savings. It takes nearly an hour to make the eight mile journey from my home to Kettering and, while other parts of Corby may have a better service, we have to rely on just one an hour. So, the next time I read that we should all start using public transport spare a thought for those of us who have no choice. Emmeline Wallington, Weldon
Editor - We too are dismayed at the recent price rises. The policy seems not to encourage use but to discourage use...perhaps that’s the point? When they stop the service it will be because of lack of demand!...thank you Emmeline I’ll look into it further.
Dear Editor, I picked up a copy of the Corby Extra last week and must say am very impressed. The newspaper is obviously written both by and for people who live in our area, and is a really good read. Being a relative newcomer to the area, I had no idea just how much is going on in our town, and it was good to get an unbiased, well-reported insight into a number of local issues. I hope this will mean that in future our community will be better informed on matters which aﬀect us and our way of life – and that residents and people working here will also be able to give their opinions via the paper. I was also impressed with the ‘magazine quality’ of the various articles towards the back, it’s almost like having both a paper and a glossy supplement all in one publication. Congratulations, and I hope the next issues will be equally interesting and worthwhile. Ray Hedges, Corby
Editor - Another very ﬂattering letter, I could get used to this! Dear Editor, How refreshing to see the focus on good news in the new Kettering Extra. We hear so much about the bad things that go on in our world - that's the nature of news, I suppose - but there are so many good things too and it's right that we should celebrate them. Congratulations on your launch, and long may Kettering Extra continue Name and address supplied
Editor - we are working hard and taking ‘baby steps’ we’ll get better week on week. Thank you for your wishes.
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Diary of a Vintage Mum
by Clare Szerek
We are all clones-agreed?
I KNOW: A sweet little man...for how long?
JUST IMAGINE, being fed at the same time every day, no matter if the weather’s hot or cold, whether you are hungry or not. You will sleep and be woken at set times, every day, including weekends. There will be allocated times for fun and relaxation. Your entire day will be plotted out for you and must be stuck to. Any complaints or requests for flexibility will be rejected. This is wrong, right? We are all individuals and have different physical, mental and nutritional needs. How would you feel about this regime? For some it’s a delight; structure rocks, organisation calms. For others, this kind of
conformity is hell and would provoke a negative reaction. However we expect our babies to follow strict routines listed in numerous baby books. Of course it works for some. Everything works for someone, somewhere. Even if only for the author, making big bucks out of sales to vulnerable parents. But for those it doesn’t work for, it’s hard on many levels. Baby isn’t happy and gets frustrated. Parents struggle, with the failure to manage the much acclaimed routine and then with the whole parenthood/relationship thing as the sleep deprivation kicks in. A crying baby also seems an open invite for everyone to add their ten pence worth’s of advice to shush the sob-
bing one ( that could be Mum, Dad or Baby ). Everyone thinks they can do it better and knows someone whose baby slept 12 hours from day one. Give parents a break I say; it’s a job with no training, no holidays, little sleep and no pay. So why do we do it? There are times I have no idea, and other days when a sloppy kiss and a cute smile makes the world a better place. Thankfully I’m not alone on this one, or else the human race would be in real trouble. So next time you see a stressed Mum or a crying baby, don’t offer yet another nugget of advice but a smile, or another act of kindness would be much more welcome!
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Full bodied and rare - a lot on your plate What is the Best Steak? The first step in cooking a perfect steak is choosing the right cut of beef. You want to select a cut of meat that's tender and has plenty of marbling. In general, the best cuts of beef for steak come from the rib, short loin or tenderloin primal cuts. Examples: The strip steak (sometimes called a New York strip or Kansas City strip), which is from the short loin; The Porterhouse and T-Bone steaks, which are comprised of meat from both the short loin and the tenderloin; The ribeye steak, which is from the rib primal cut; Filet mignon, which is a steak from
the pointy end of the tenderloin. Tenderloin steaks can also be taken from the butt or back end of the tenderloin where a small seam of connective tissue may run through the steak, making it less desirable than the filet mignon. Chateaubriand comes from the center cut of the tenderloin. Dry-Heat Cooking The reasons the cuts of beef described above make the best steaks is that they are from muscles that don't get much exercise, and thus are very tender. This makes them excellent for dry-heat cooking methods such as grilling and broiling. Some cuts of meat are perfectly delicious when cooked using moist
heat, but would be extremely tough and chewy if cooked using dry heat. (Think pot roast, for a good example of this.) That's why, for the best steak, we like to stick with the cuts of beef mentioned above. Grilling Steaks A note on filet mignon is in order here. As we said, filet mignon is a steak from the beef tenderloin primal cut and a very tender cut of meat. Often you'll see filet mignon steaks prepared wrapped in bacon. There's a reason for this practice: filet mignon isn't that flavorful. It's true. The tenderloin, you see, is quite lean, and it's the fat that imparts much of the flavor to a piece of meat.
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Festivals and Camping for Smoothies and Softies AS THE RAIN comes down and the weather warms up, for the music lovers and camping enthusiasts it can only mean one thing - festivals. Yes it’s that time of year again and my attention is now turning to the muddy fields and warm beer that is the UK’s unrivalled festival scene. And whilst the legendary blend of mud and music that is Glastonbury takes a year oﬀ to let the London Olympics take centre stage, there are plenty of rival portaloos, nostalgic sunsets and bohemian outﬁts in the hedonistic ﬁelds of equally exciting festivals to take its place. Whether you lean more towards headline acts such as Rihanna and Drake at Wireless, Kasabian and The Foo Fighters at Reading or Bon Iver and Paul Weller at Latitude, there is enough to tickle the fancy of the most diverse of musical tastes. I might even catch the might Pearl Jam, Madness and Bruce Springsteen over on the Isle of Wight. So what are this year’s must have accessories to make the stay a little more luxurious and extravagant than the usual blend of damp tents and muddy boots? First up it’s always important to get your outdoor seating sorted for moments of quiet introspection or alcohol poisoning – whatever you wish to call it. And if you’re going to do it then do it in style; kick back with a beer on the laid back Outdoor Bean Bag from Ambient Lounge.
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Hydration and Diet: With all of the exertion that you put on your body you must ensure that you keep well fed and watered. Eat small portions of the correct food in lots of small intervals in the run up to the event and make sure you replace lost nutrients with health supplements and vitamins. Family Support: The support of loved ones when you “hit
the wall” will give you the extra push that you need to finish the race. Getting up at the crack of dawn, or running into the night, can put a strain on relationships and make home life and routines harder to bear. Ensure that your family are fully aware of what you’re doing and why. The sight of their beaming faces at the finish line will make it all worthwhile. There are a lot of training tips, guides etc. If you are going to undertake your first marathon seek advice from a qualified professional, sort out a training plan and ensure that your body can take what you’re about to throw at it.
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EXTRA HEALTH AND BEAUTY Team Triangle are ﬁt enough to take on Tough Mudder in aid of Lakelands Hospice
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Team Triangle take on Tough Mudder. In just under two weeks time four ﬁtness professionals will be putting their skills to the test by challenging themselves to complete tough mudder. A 12 mile obstacle course designed by British special forces. They will run through ﬁre, freezing water, crawl through stinging nettles and as the name suggests run through lots and lots of mud. The four team members are raising money for Lakelands Hospice in corby through sponsorship. Team Triangle all work at Triangle Health and Fitness within the Holiday Inn Corby and have been extremely pleased with the encouragement they have received from members within the health club. Youngest team member Nicole Tinto says “When I ﬁrst saw the course online I thought there was no chance I could do that but after 2 months of solid training I think we are as ready as we will ever be.” To ﬁnd out more about the event head online or to support the team in their eﬀorts to raise money come along to Triangle Health and Fitness at the Holiday Inn Corby.
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The Volvo S80 - Distinctive and elegantly designed
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Building on great success in key markets, Volvo Cars’ large and exclusive sedan model - Volvo S80 - blends a distinctive and elegant design, an exclusive interior, a sharp chassis and upgraded engine range The atmosphere inside is both more comfortable and luxurious, with a luxurious aura of craftsmanship. In 2011, the Volvo S80 has been upgraded with the latest user-friendly Volvo Sensus infotainment system, enhanced technology that makes driving even safer and more comfortable, and refined drivelines that offer the combination of higher performance and lower fuel consumption. With the Executive version as well as R-design and the special long wheel-based S80L specially produced for the Chinese market is the Volvo S80 a real premium sedan. On the outside the Volvo S80 gives a long, wide and broad impression. The grille’s larger iron mark and the new
The safety of vehicle tyres has been the focus of much media attention over the last few months. More tyre manufacturers’ commercials have appeared on television and Quentin Wilson, best known for his stint on BBC’s Top Gear, states that drivers are not sufficiently educated in tyre quality and maintenance, which is a significant factor in UK road death and injury. One much debated aspect of tyre safety is the use of second hand, part-worn tyres where the depth of the tread is less than in new tyres, but in the current economic climate these tyres are becoming a more popular choice as people try to stretch tight budgets and make savings. Critics argue that part worn tyres are not only dangerous, with unknown faults, but also represent false economy, whereas supporters argue that they are inexpensive and an effective method of fitting better tyres to a car. Despite some drivers suggesting that all tyres being used on the roads are effectively part worn, recent findings have shown that 50% of UK drivers who purchase these tyres do not know about the dangers associated with them. One aspect that is particularly disturbing about this growing trade is that the origin of these tyres is not known. A recent trading standards investigation conducted by Birmingham City Council uncovered part worn tyres with embedded nails, tread well below the legal requirement, cords that were exposed and, in one particular case, a 17-year-old tyre. During the course of the investigation, a quarter of the 190 part worn tyres examined had structural defects. A huge 90% were illegal because they lacked the correct legally-required identification marks for part worn tyres. However, clouding the debate is the suspicion that the major tyre manufacturers are exaggerating the potential danger of fitting part worn tyres because the purchase of them affects their profits. One thing is certain - while new tyres may stretch the budget a little further, drivers will always know their origin and history, and can be confident that they meet the required legal safety regulations.
brightwork (on the air intakes, the doors’ lower parts and below the tail lamps) enhance the car’s distinctive impression and give the front added presence. The headlamps, which are positioned lower than on the earliest S80 models, follow the curvature of the front and are extended along the side and up towards the bonnet, creating a gentle smile at the front. The doors are convex and pronounced in shape. They include the rearmost side window. The sills have a dis-
tinct profile, creating a visually low centre of gravity and imparting a steady and stable appearance. In order to give the Volvo S80 the right aura of elegance and create an image of being in constant motion, the car has sweeping lines with a comet-shaped profile, an almost imperceptible transition between the rear window and the boot and a cut-off tail section. New exterior features in Model Year 2012 are the redesigned headlamps and LED
turn indicators integrated into the door mirrors The S80 Executive model represents a very competitive alternative for customers who value refined Scandinavian elegance in combination with contemporary engineering. The Executive badge gives a discreet hint that this is an S80 beyond the norm. Inside, the upgraded S80 Executive is the first Volvo model with an instrument panel top in leather, available in espresso brown or off black. Among the interior details that give the S80 Executive a more exclusive character are ventilated soft leather seats with massage function, leather door panels, an integrated analogue clock on the instrument panel and the aluminium centre consol storage. Specially designed, extra thick carpets reinforce the sober impression. The opportunity to install a fridge in the rear seat, combined with a set of Swedish crystal glasses, also contributes to the enhanced feeling of luxury and comfort.
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Anyone interested in buying your car will want to test drive it first - but make sure they provide you with insurance and licence details before you let them behind the wheel. If the enquirer is interested but reluctant to commit to an inspection, they may be working their way through a list of possible vehicles. You could offer to take their number and call them back if you have someone else interested in buying so they could still inspect or make an offer if they wanted. Any sensible buyer is, of course, going to want to see the car. Consider the security of both yourself and the potential buyer. Don’t drive it alone to an unfamiliar place to meet a buyer: the practice is for the buyer to come to your home. Allow them to see the car in daylight and have time for a test drive. If the potential buyer is going to test drive the car - and he or she should - make sure you let them know in advance that you will need to see their driving licence and valid third party insurance. They will have this with any comprehensive policy for another vehicle. Check the licence properly and make a note of the driving licence number when you see it. There’s no need to be embarrassed. You would expect this if the roles were reversed and, as a law-abiding citizen, would not mind. If you allow someone to drive without having the proper documents, you are committing a crime and could end up in court if there were to be an accident. It also makes sense to make it clear that during any test drive, the driver will take responsibility for any offences, such as speeding. You should never allow a stranger to drive the car without you. This is inviting theft
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Boxer ready for bigger things Local hero has put town on the boxing map > Boxing Take a quick glance at Simon Barclay and he looks nothing like a stereotypical heavyweight boxer. Quietly spoken, a ready smile and a friendly nature are all characteristics of the 22-year-old who has just fulfilled an ambition to win the ABA heavyweight champion title.
The win is all the more sweet for Simon who won the cruiserweight title two years. “It all seems unbelievable and I am hoping it will now be a gateway for other things,” said Simon, who trains six days a week at the Corby Boxing Club’s gym in Macadam Road. “It is great for me and great for everyone involved with the club.”
Another championship title is up for grabs on the weekend of May 19 and 20 when Simon, who has a day job at Tata Steel, takes on heavyweight national title holders. One thing will be guaranteed at his side will be his ever-watchful trainer John Mulheron, who spotted Simon’s potential when he joined the club in 2004. A serious foot injury did hamper the trainer’s involvement on the run up to the title clash but despite still being on crutches, he has continued to play an influential role through the former Lodge Park College student’s months and years of training. Before the title fight there were those in the boxing world who had never heard of Corby. John said: “Some people thought it was town somewhere in the north but Simon has definitely put the place on the map. When he won you had to pinch yourself to really believe it had happened. It is what we have been working towards and it all came together.”
John’s sons John jnr and Scott were able to help with preparations before the fight. John said: “Simon is a terrific lad. It has taken a lot of time and a lot of dedication to get where he is today and he deserves it. He has been totally committed.”
Revving up for new racing season > Motor racing Motor racing fans can soak up the atmosphere at the Rockingham circuit for the season opener. Tickets are £10 for the BARC event on the weekend of May 19 and 20, the first of three visits in 2012. The British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) will also be visiting three times this season with its club race weekends on June 30/July 1; August 18/19 and October 6/7.
The varied season also includes the UK’s second largest bike racing series, Thundersport GB which returns to the venue over the weekend of July 28/29. It will be the first championship series to race on Rockingham’s newest track configuration - the 1.94-mile International Motorcycle Circuit. Rockingham Chief Executive Charlotte Orton said: “Once again we have secured some great race meetings this year from grass roots mo-
torsport through to the UK’s most premier motor racing series. We are also delighted to welcome motorcycle racing back to Rockingham.” All race weekends operate an open paddock and Rockingham has raised its child admission policy to offer free entry to children aged 16 and under. The full programme and advance tickets can be purchased on-line at www.rockingham. co.uk or via the ticket hotline on 01536 500500.
New accolade for region’s pool Feel good and swim safely > Swimming CORBY East Midlands International Pool is celebrating as it now displays a Keep Safe Advocate symbol in the front window to let users with learning disabilities know that they are safe in the care of staff. Residents can now feel safe in the knowledge that members of staff
at Corby’s swimming pool can give them a first-class experience at the state-of-the-art building as it has now been recognised to be fully equipped to assist people with disability needs appropriately. Individuals will hold a card that tells members of staff how they communicate, important factors of their health and advice on how they can best be supported.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “Corby’s swimming pool is a fantastic facility that is suited for everyone’s needs and it’s great for this to finally be recognised. It is our aim for everyone who visits the pool to be satisfied and eager to come back and I’m confident that the newly recognised Keep Safe Advocate title will give usage of the pool even more of a boost.”
The title win, with a unanimous points decision, offers other opportunities for Simon. “There is a lot to think about and I am looking forward to the chance to work with the Great Britain squad and see where it takes me,” said Simon.
A 24-hour walk spoiled > Cottingham IT can sometimes seem like a game of golf takes all day - particularly if things aren’t going well but an event t be held in Northamptonshire next month will take that to a whole new level. The 24-hour Endurance Golfathon on Saturday June 23 will raise funds for Help for Heroes, Combat Stress, BLESMA and The Undentable Trust. Help for Heroes raises money for wounded servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, while Combat Stress provides a dedicated service for veterans whose mental health condition is often complex and long term. BLESMA, the Brit-
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Town are safe but Drury bows out Drury leaves club despite avoiding relegation on final day > Football MANAGER Graham Drury will not be staying at Corby Town after the team only just avoided relegation.
> Brooke Weston BROOKE Weston staff members Paul Twamley and Adam Sonn have taken part in their first marathon. Both entered the recent Milton Keynes half marathon and Paul vowed that if he completed it in less than two hours he would tackle the full distance. His time of one hour 53 minutes ensured that
he lined up outside stadiummk, to compete in the first marathon ever staged in Milton Keynes, alongside Adam, who has completed around nine half marathons. Adam has been running for around five years while Paul started four years ago as part of the fundraising initiative at Brooke Weston in which £16,000 was raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
BOWING OUT: : Graham Drury has not had his contract renewed after a disappointing season for Corby Town at the club. The fans have been fantastic from day one and I’m grateful for the way they have supported me. “I am very disappointed with how my reign at the club ended. That is not the way I wanted to bow out however I feel my achievements here over the years will ensure that is not what I will be remembered for. My records here stands for itself and the good times far outweigh the bad. “Winning the Southern League was a fantastic experience and those memories will live with me for a very long time. We have built on that success and the club is now established as a Blue Square Bet
North side and I leave knowing it is in a much better position than it was when I arrived. “I wish the club every success in the future and hope, as the town grows, they are FULL DISTANCE: Paul Twamley and Adam Sonn successfully moved up to full able to reach the level of football that they marathon distance. can support.” The club are now inviting applications for the role of first-team manager. A covering letter, along with a CV, should be sent to Martin Harris, Corby Town Foot- > County ball Club, Steel Park, Jimmy Kane Way, Rockingham Road, Corby, Northamp- LAST month saw the launch of the Northamptonshire tonshire NN17 2FB or via email to Sport Club Scholarships which can help bring muchneeded skills sets to local sports clubs. email@example.com.
Think you’re tough enough Test on May 12th and 13th > Boughton House TOUGH Mudder, the endurance phenomenon that has swept across America, arrives in Northamptonshire next weekend. The serene surroundings of Boughton House and Estate will play host to Tough Mudder’s 10-12 mile obstacle course, designed by Special Forces to test fitness, stamina, mental strength and camaraderie. Run by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, Tough Mudder has already established itself in America, with between 5,000 and 20,000 Mudders taking part in each event. In the ultimate test of teamwork, participants are challenged mentally and physically as they navigate their way over 12-foot high Berlin Walls, across muddy trenches, through four-foot flames and into ice-cold water. The event is not about finishing times or winning a first past the post medal - simply completing a Tough Mudder is a badge of honour. A far cry from your average endurance run, on average only 78 per cent of participants finish the event, and
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Corby suffered a five-goal drubbing at Harrogate Town but the Steelmen still avoided relegation when other results went their way, ensuring their place in the Blue Square Bet North for another season. But on Monday, the club took the decision not to renew the contract of boss Graham Drury after it expired at the end of April. Acting Chairman David Mallinger said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision not to offer Graham a new contract. He has had a tough year and has tackled the challenges thrown at him with his own unique style of enthusiasm and professionalism. For that we thank him. “After careful consideration of a number of factors though, we have decided we feel it is in the best interests of all parties to proceed in a different direction. It is time for a change. “We parted on good terms and wish Graham every success in the future. He’ll always be welcome at Steel Park.” Graham Drury added: “I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone that I have crossed paths with during my time
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