Northants Telegraph Sunday Extra: £4.8m funding raise, construction course and garden club show

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Members of 800 NAS Squadron, based in Kettering, visited Leicestershire Police Headquarters in Enderby

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.

When a group of cadets invited to spend a Saturday in a police station, they jumped at the chance.

And with the promise of being able to see a police dog in action and kick down a door with an “enforcer” – who can blame them!

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The Hayfield Cross school garden.

Members of 800 NAS Squadron, based in Kettering, visited Leicestershire Constabulary Headquarters in Enderby to take a look behind the scenes.

The group got up close to some of the weapons carried by the firearms officers and got to try on some of the body armor regularly worn by the specialists.

Then it was in the dog section that they could see Police Dog Steem, a digital dog in action, sniffing a phone in the tall grass.

The unit’s second-in-command is PC Adam Rowlands, who served in the Royal Navy for ten years before joining Leicestershire Police in 2000.

He said: ‘There are no prerequisites to join cadets, and no commitment is required to join an armed force or emergency service, but being a cadet gives a glimpse of what it could be like. and if it’s something that might be interesting.

“It teaches a level of discipline – young people are expected to take care of their own uniforms and shine their own boots – and with visits like this to police headquarters, seeing things for themselves- same, it shows them what it could look like.”

Wellingborough Garden Club is hosting a fall show at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall on Saturday, September 3.

The show is open to all and schedules are now available.

Classes include flowers, vegetables, flower arranging, cooking, and crafts.

For details call 01933 678545.

Children at a school in Barton Seagrave are learning to “grow up” thanks, in part, to homebuilder Persimmon Homes.

The company, which owns the New Homes development near Cranford Chase, has helped Hayfield Cross Church of England School set up its own vegetable garden.

Dawn Fraser, business manager of the school, said: “The project will give students a better understanding of where food comes from and promote healthy nutritional choices.

“Kids are excited to plant their own favorite vegetables and herbs, so we’re so grateful to Persimmon Homes for helping bring our ideas to fruition.”

North Northamptonshire Council seeks views on priorities and opportunities for £4.8 million (over three years from 2022/23) of central government funding.

The council received cash from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, a government fund set up to provide £2.6 billion for local investment. An investment plan will be put in place by NNC, which defines challenges and opportunities at the local level through three themes – community and place, local businesses and people and skills.

Cllr David Brackenbury, Board Executive Member for Growth and Regeneration, said: ‘This money is meant to level out across the country, which is why we have launched this survey to ensure our funding allocation reaches communities. and the projects that need it most in North Northamptonshire. .

“We want to hear from you about the challenges in your region, as well as ways to address them, so please take the time to get involved.”

Gretton House in Gretton hosted some very special guests as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations.

Among them were Valerie Reynolds and her daughter Nicky Eager, who were both welcomed into Gretton House to mark four decades since it became a happy home for people with learning disabilities. It was the vision of Valerie’s husband, Maurice, and the family lived and worked there until 2006 when they retired and sold their home to Consensus. The Grade II listed mansion and landscaped gardens are now a specialist residential service provided by Consensus Gretton to support 16 adults with the rare genetic condition Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

Everyone living at Gretton House, along with the entire team of staff, joined in to make the occasion even more festive, festooning a marquee with handmade decorations, balloons and flower arrangements.

Free short courses giving people the practical skills and experience needed to work in the construction industry is available from North Northamptonshire Council, thanks to a successful funding offer from the government’s UK Community Renewal Fund which invests in skills, community and location, local businesses and helps people find jobs.

The construction skills program is returning to the region following the success of previous training courses launched in 2019, which saw over 400 local learners seize the opportunity to get their construction careers off the ground.

Awarded with £88,000 funding to implement the programme, the council is working in partnership with local training provider, Evolve Your Future, to run short courses that cover critical skills including health and safety, manual handling and first aid, as well as practical work. experience on a local construction site and CSCS card accreditation, giving learners everything they need to work on site.

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