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Time for Carnival – and Community..!

This weekend Northampton will again see carnival threading its way through the town’s streets as a variety of bands, crews, trucks and the paraphernalia of the main parade makes its noisy, celebratory way around the route. Will you be among the crowds lining the streets? In years gone by we used to stand at the…

Seriously… again?!

Indeed. Barely a month since we reflected on the Easter rains of two decades ago, they have visited again. And because the topography of the town hasn’t changed since, it is the same part of Northampton – Far Cotton – which has been worst affected, along with roads out by Junction 15 of the M1.…

Giving EVERYONE the chance to play their part in the world

Last week saw not one, but two major events for an organisation working with people in our community who have experienced challenges brought on either through mental illness, brain injury or learning difficulty. If you commute into Northampton along the Bedford Road from the Barnes Meadow roundabout you’ll have passed it countless times. Maybe you…

How hard is it to accept an award?

A short while ago something happened to me that hadn’t happened since I was at school. I was both proud and humbled to be nominated to receive a Borough Council “Heart of the Community” award at The Guildhall. Publicly I was told that my award had come about not only because of my work in…

A New Branch for The Firm

It is going to go down in history as being one of the highest profile years in the history of The Firm I think – and not just in terms of specific celebrations. Instead, 2018 has the potential to become the year where we start to see a real season of change in how the…

Dumb Animals??? Careful how you point the finger!

I think there’s a great deal that we could learn from the animals around us – and no, this isn’t a plug for the BBC’s Countryfile show. Instead my thoughts have been directed by a couple of things that happened to me last week. The first was a chat I had with a friend who…

Looking Back to the Lessons of 1998

Many have been thinking back two decades this week and recalling Easter 1998. The floods then inundated parts of Northampton and the wider county – and lives were lost. Like many, my own memories are crystal clear. When I was growing up, everyone knew that Far Cotton along the line of St Leonards Road regularly…