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Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:14 by Parish Administrator
A free event celebrating Northampton's shoe heritage and Kinky Boots The Musical coming home will be taking place in Becket's Park on Sunday 12 August.
During the day, people can book to watch one of three free screenings of the Kinky Boots film inside a dome cinema, at 10.30am, 1pm or 3.30pm.
Steve Pateman, the Northampton shoe factory owner whose story inspired the film and musical, will be on hand to open the event. More »
Audience members can also find out more about Steve's upcoming self-published book and pose their questions to him, during an exclusive Q&A session in between the two screenings, at 12.30pm.
Kinky Boots The Musical will be coming to Northampton in September and anyone wanting to find out more about the musical will be able to view photos and get information from the team at Royal & Derngate on the day. In addition, people can have fun taking photos with the giant 4m high Kinky Boots created by Festive Road and Kinky Boots selfie boards.
Northampton Museum & Art Gallery will be displaying images of footwear from their boot and shoe collection, including photographs of two pairs of kinky boots from the film plus shoes made by W.J Brookes in Earls Barton before they became well known as the maker of kinky boots. They will also be promoting a new event called Kinky Boots: The Northamptonshire Story with Steve Pateman, which is taking place at the Guildhall on 22 September.
Local chef and artist Andrew Kelly will also be exhibiting at the event. Photographs of his chocolate ganache boots against Northampton backdrops will be displayed throughout the day. In addition, Andrew will be on site himself, creating fruit leather for visitor to come and taste.
Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: "The town is really proud of its boot and shoe heritage and this free event is the perfect way to celebrate our history and the Kinky Boots story returning home.
"We hope people will take advantage of this unique experience and book to come along and have fun spotting all the great local locations that feature in the film as well as finding out more about our boot and shoe making history from the museum's displays."
Jo Gordon, Marketing & Sales Director for Royal & Derngate said: "We had such a brilliant response to the giant Kinky Boots at Northampton Carnival that we're thrilled the town will get a chance to see them again in conjunction with this exciting screening of the film in Beckets Park. We'll have a team there too to promote the musical's upcoming visit to Royal & Derngate in September which is set to smash all box office records for the town."
Steve Pateman said: "Who would have thought it? A simple business project that has created so much interest. Two BBC documentaries, a hit film, Broadway and West End award winning musicals and now a book!
"It is exciting to see the story having gone from our small village of Earls Barton, around the world and finally coming back home to the heart of British shoemaking. I am so proud to see the influence my story has had on people.
"Join me in Becket's Park for the pre-launch of my autobiography 'Boss In Boots' from Barton to Broadway, the true story of how I changed my traditional footwear business into the world famous "Kinky Boot Factory. "
Tickets for the film screenings are limited and prior booking is necessary. Book your free tickets at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kinky-boots-in-the-park-tickets-48879545035
For more information and to book tickets to Kinky Boots The Musical, performing at Royal & Derngate between 19 September and 6 October, please visit: www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whats-on/kinky-boots
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:24 by Parish Administrator
Enforcement activities have been ramped up this spring and summer to help tackle fly tipping and improve the town environment.
Between 1 April and 31 July 2018, Northampton Borough Council's Neighbourhood Warden Team issued 94 fixed penalty notices for litter, waste and fly tipping related offences.
The offences, which largely occurred in in The Mounts, Thorplands, Briar Hill, Lings and Abington, include small instances of fly tipping such as dumped bin bags of rubbish and cardboard. Large fly tipped items like sofas, mattresses and fridges and commercial waste, which had not been disposed of correctly. More »
Anyone issued with a fixed penalty notice for fly tipping faces a fine of up to £400. Failing to pay an on-the-spot fine is a criminal offence and the case would then progress to the Magistrates Court.
Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: "Fly tipping is a major concern in the town and despite there not being a fly tipping clearance service, this is costing tax payers, on average £233.28 per incident to clear.
"We hope that the increased enforcement activity will not only help to improve the town environment but will also show culprits that this behaviour is unacceptable and won't be tolerated.
"Although the clearing and enforcement activities will continue, we encourage communities to assist us in this area. People can help by continuing to report instances of fly tipping, challenging bad behaviour in their areas and setting a good example. This could include clearing up after themselves, taking litter home if public bins are full, putting their waste and recycling out on the correct days and using their local recycling centres."
Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:19 by Parish Administrator
Families will be able to step back in time at an Edwardian themed family fun day at 1pm on Saturday, 11 August, at Abington Park Museum.
The Edwardian Extravaganza, organised by Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, will feature music and activities from the period 1901-1910, supported by a whole host of characters from the History Needs You group and the Looking Glass Theatre.
Visitors can meet Photographer Mr Helions Bumpstead and his muse Miss Shudy Camps in their Edwardian Photo Studio, and dress in Edwardian costume for a portrait taken with their 120 year-old camera. More »
Members of the 1902 British Army will be wandering around the museum telling tales of their adventures in the battles of the Boer War, while Edwardian ladies teach croquet on the lawn and Mr Henry Kemble from the Palace Theatre of Varieties entertains the crowds.
Visitors can take part in a variety performances and enjoy traditional Punch and Judy shows at 2.30pm and 3.30pm, alongside children's craft activities and Coronation music from 1902, provided by the Moulton 77 brass band.
Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for Community engagement and safety, said: "This is set to be a really fun day out for all the family, with actors bringing history to life and providing a brilliant range of entertainment.
"If you love history and would like to know more about the Edwardian period, this is certainly an event not to be missed."
Admission to the event is free, with a small charge for some activities. The event runs until 5pm and refreshments will be available throughout the day. » Less