Northants Telegraph Sunday Extra: £4.8m funding boost, building courses and a garden club show

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

We have so much news these days that we can’t always squeeze it all into the work week. Every Sunday we bring you updates on breaking stories, some news in brief and other things you need to know from across Corby, Wellingborough, East Northamptonshire and Kettering.

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

And with the promise of seeing a police dog in action and kicking down a door with an “enforcer” – who can blame them!

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The vegetable patch at Hayfield Cross School.

Members of Kettering’s 800 NAS Squadron visited Leicestershire Police Headquarters in Enderby for a behind-the-scenes look.

The group got up close with some of the weapons carried by the firearms officers and were allowed to try on some of the body armor routinely worn by those in special roles.

Then it was on to the canine department, where they could see police dog Steem, a digital dog in action, sniffing out a phone in the tall grass.

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

He said: “There is no requirement to join the cadets and there is no commitment required to join an armed force or ambulance service, but being a cadet gives insight into what it could be like and if it’s something that comes from could be of interest.

“It teaches a degree of discipline – young people are expected to mind their own uniforms and polish their own boots – and on visits like this to police headquarters to see for themselves it shows them how it could be.”

Wellingborough Garden Club is hosting an Autumn Show at St Andrew’s Church Hall on Saturday 3rd September.

The show is open to everyone and the schedules are now available.

Classes include flowers, vegetables, floral arrangements, culinary and crafts.

Call 01933 678545 for more information.

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

The company, which develops new homes near Cranford Chase, has helped Hayfield Cross Church of England School plant its own vegetable patch.

Dawn Fraser, School Executive, said: “The project will allow students to gain a better understanding of where food comes from and encourage healthy food choices.

“The kids are excited about growing their own favorite vegetables and herbs, so we are very grateful to Persimmon Homes for helping us bring our ideas to life.”

North Northamptonshire Council is seeking views on priorities and opportunities related to £4.8m (over three years from 2022/23) of central government funding.

The council has been allocated funds from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, a government fund set up to provide £2.6 billion for local investment. NNC will create an investment plan that outlines local challenges and opportunities under three thematic areas – Community and Place, Local Businesses, and People and Skills.

Cllr David Brackenbury, Executive Member of the Council for Growth and Renewal, said: “This money is about leveling land across the country, which is why we launched this survey to ensure our allocations of funds reach the neediest communities and projects in North reach Northamptonshire.

“We want to hear from you about the challenges in your region and the ways we can address them. So please take the time to get involved.”

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

Among them were Valerie Reynolds and her daughter Nicky Eager, both of whom were welcomed back to Gretton House to celebrate four decades since it first became a happy home for people with learning disabilities. This 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 I listed mansion and landscaped gardens are now a specialist housing service provided by Consensus Gretton to support 16 adults with the rare genetic condition Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

All the residents of Gretton House and the entire team got involved to make the occasion extra festive by decking out a marquee with handcrafted decorations, balloons and flower arrangements.

Free bite-sized courses Providing people with the practical skills and experience needed to work in the construction industry is available from North Northamptonshire Council, thanks to a successful application for funding from the Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund, funded in Skills, Community and Place, Local Businesses invests and supports people in employment .

The Construction Skills Program returns to the region following the success of previous training courses launched in 2019 which have seen over 400 local learners seize the opportunity to kickstart their construction careers.

The council, which has been awarded £88,000 in funding to run the scheme, is working in partnership with local training provider Evolve Your Future to deliver bite-sized courses covering essential skills such as health and safety, manual handling and first aid, and hands-on work Experience at a local job site and a CSCS card accreditation giving learners everything they need to work on site.

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