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GENEROSITY OF PEOPLE!
In February we wrote to members promising, “2016 will be a Civic Society
year like no other! Our determination to embrace the objects of the Society
have never been so enthusiastically spurred on by the support and
encouragement from our loyal members and friends” and so it has been.
The Society’s new year began on 21st April when the Annual General Meeting
took place, sponsored by The Wicksteed Trust, at the Celebration Suite
Wicksteed Park. We welcomed new Committee members, Sandra Clipstone, Karen
Davies, Philip Evans and David Rose.
The Fund Raising Dinner, with a Royal Ascot theme, at the Park Hotel on Friday 17th June really was full of pleasant surprises and very special! The venue was superb, the staff were most obliging and the menu delicious. Table decorations were carefully designed to mirror the Royal Ascot colours and the Jockey’s silks, thank you to Leanne Provenzano of Bella Fiori Florist. To say that the event was perfect would be an understatement, it was a right Royal affair and we must thank our guests for creating a great atmosphere in the presence of Councillor Scott Edwards, Mayor of Kettering.
Heidi Agan joined us, she really is the double of the Duchess of Cambridge, genuine, elegant and modest, such a pleasure to know, how fortunate to have her living so close, and thank you for her generosity. A special guest and coming directly from Royal Ascot, we were delighted to welcome and be entertained by Adrian McGlynn who gave a humorous and informative talk. Adrian is Company Secretary at Weatherbys Horseracing Administrators and he gave us an interesting insight and snippets into the world of horseracing, the sport of Kings! Adrian worked formerly at the Jockey’s Association in Newbury and the British Racing School in Newmarket.
Guests were all treated to Royal Ascot Programmes, kindly provided by Adrian plus a tip for the next day’s race. Those who took his advice would have been winners!
The evening continued with further fundraising in the form of an auction by professional auctioneer Richard Barnwell, a great raconteur. Richard’s family have lived in Kettering for many generations and he spends his time between Kettering and Wisbech where his business is. Richard was Mayor of Wisbech and High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire. We were especially thankful to Richard and his wife Beverly for their support. The auction raised an amazing Ł627!
Following this we were treated to music by Party Sounds until we all drifted off home at midnight, well some had the good idea to stay overnight at the hotel!
The backdrop of the dinner were scenes from Ascot and photos recording the evening were by courtesy of Roger Payne, our trustee web master.
Throughout the year we have been engaging with many community groups, delighted to be sharing resources and working together. Support for the evening came from representatives of Kettering Rotary, Tresham Rotary and the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum. Other groups would have joined us but dairy dates clashed during a busy time of the year, however, we look forward to being together at our next dinner.
As the evening progressed, we gave a toast to Her Majesty the Queen honouring her 90th birthday. A beautifully written letter by Richard Makins on the Society’s behalf was sent congratulating Her Majesty.
Sponsors & Prize, Ticket number, winner details
Two-Night Champagne Break at any Shire Hotel, 1892, Scott Edwards
An Afternoon at Towcester Racecourse for Two People (4-Course Meal, Private Viewing Balcony), 95, Stella Benford
Weekend Family Ticket for Rockingham Speedway British Touring Car Championships in August, 641, W Rebben
Beauty Creams etc. from The Earth Works, Rothwell, 2535, Debbie Silsby
Afternoon Tea at Rushton Hall, 304, PJC Darren
Family Ticket for Rockingham Castle, 902, Rev. R Coles
Dinner for Two at Chimechanga Restaurant, 232, Ann Evans
Dartington Glass Flower Bottle from AA Thornton, 322, PJC Darren
Blow Dry from Askew’s Hairdresser, 17, Pam Ashton
Voucher for Afternoon Tea from Beckworth Emporium, 1787, Kevin HDL
Ladies or Gents Cut & Blow Dry by Moira Hair & Beauty Mobile, 1921, Karen Davies
Dinner for Two at Sondes Arms, Rockingham, 1726, Jim Mc Namen
Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering – Friends Membership, 1538, Richard Sinclair
Large Wall Art Print from Zanart, 390, D Stephen
Voucher for Two for Coffee and Cake at The Bear and Beignet, 454, Richard Makins
Expanding Bracelet Watch from Mister Ray, 89, Peter Taylor
Victoria & Albert Teaset by Creative Tops, Titu Nguyan, 52
Wooden Shoe Valet Box by Loake, Mete Ozdemir, 85
Aquascutum Tie and Handkerchief, Halina Watson, 55
Voucher for Shires Cookery School, East Haddon, Richard Barnwell, 20
Voucher for CS Photo Studio, Northampton, Barbara Cherry, 55
Signed Saints Rugby Football, Mete Ozdemir, 55
Signed Photograph of Brendan Coyle as Mr Bates (Downton Abbey), Richard Barnwell 22
Plant Arrangement by Bosworth’s, Richard Barnwell, 28
dinner table decoration, Barbara Cherry, 10
dinner table decoration, Mete Ozdemir 20
dinner table decoration, Totan Nguyan 22
dinner table decoration, Scott Edwards 15
dinner table decoration, Dr Muhktar 18
Midland Mainline Two First Class Return Tickets, Barbara Cherry, 170
Kettering Railway Station & Time Travellers
We are delighted to be working in partnership with East Midlands Rail & Kettering Rotary in adding some colour to Kettering Railway station in the form of planting. The area photographed now has shrubs and is looking attractive. As the summer months continue the plants will certainly flourish with all the rain that we have been experiencing.
Prince’s Trust students have now moved on, but their garden, beautifully planted, courtesy of Kettering Borough Council is becoming well established and the roses are lovely. Volunteer gardeners are most welcome; no great effort or even knowledge is required, except an ability to fill a watering can and dead-head some flowers. Although expertise is also most welcome!
The great thing about having Time Travellers room is that it provides an ideal opportunity to meet so many different people and groups. Sometimes we are short of volunteers and when the Flying Scotsman visited Kettering on 4th June, Tresham Rotary were able to help out. It was good to meet Bobbie Chase and we look forward to meeting other members on 25th August when we have been invited to talk at their meeting. We hope to work with other groups, together we are stronger and we learn how vibrant Kettering is with it’s many different clubs and societies.
From 27th August to 30th September Kettering Civic Society is delighted to exhibit the art of JAMIE POOLE In Time Travellers. Jamie takes a great deal of his inspiration from walking down the many hidden pathways of the English landscapes and enjoys depicting the tranquillity and beauty of the English countryside. Coastal views, riverside walks and changing weather, lead him to use a variety of materials including pressed foliage, textured card, papers and fabric that add tactile qualities to his paintings. Jamie is constantly in search of the moment, memories and the stories that we associate with our ancient land. Using his fingers, palette knives, brushes and rich colours in acrylic paint he connects to the landscape in a very physical way which can be seen in his work. If you would like to volunteer to staff the exhibition please get in touch or if you would like to visit please phone 01536 723682 to make an appointment for a private viewing.
OPERATION SPRING BLOOM
A pair of the towns older shops in Newland Street with a long history stood empty for a considerable time. They had recently been a jewellers and the Button Boutique. Plans have been prepared for re-developing the site to include 32 flats and two shop units. Whilst it was encouraging to see the building have a new life through re-development, the new design unfortunately would have caused over development and a revised design for 28 flats was submitted for Planning Approval. The old building has been sold but we strongly object to the new proposal as we do to the adjacent Planning Application for flats overlooking Eden Street.
By contrast, the re-alignment of the Bowling Green Road, Headlands and Northampton Road junction which initially caused concerns is now becoming accepted. The actual quality of the construction work is of high quality and continues the improvement which the roundabouts at the bottom of Northampton Road have made.
It was sad to see that a Planning Application was made to demolish the Primitive Methodist Church in Bath Road now occupied by Timson Engineering. Since the church use ended some fifty years ago, the building has begun to decay. The Primitive Methodist Chapel was erected in Bath Road in 1906, a very large impressive red brick structure with architectural detailing at the front. Many ideas for its re-use other than a car park have come forward but finding the considerable funds needed to buy, restore and re-model it have not been possible to find.
The same concerns apply to the Royal Hotel which is now being boarded up. We have suggested that it could become a regional base for organisations such as English Heritage and National Trust being placed neatly in this historic part of our county. Sadly, it requires a large financial input to restore what was once a very fine Hotel but now disused.
Vice Chairman retires from the Committee
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President: Dr J M Freeman OBE Chairman: Paul Ansell Dip Arch
RIBA Secretary Monica Özdemir