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The pupils of Higham Ferrers Junior School were treated to a special visit in assembly from Marco Boi, an expert in creating outdoor sports games to keep children and families active. He was joined by the Town Clerk Sandra Mitcham to explain how his new outdoor games wall called Street Snooker™ is played, and it can help develop a number of positive outcomes such as mental arithmetic, through to personal goal setting and hand-eye co-ordination. More »
The pupils were also very excited to find out that a mobile and tablet version of the Street Snooker™ game is available as a free download on the App Store. The game is intended to teach children the rules of the '60 second challenge' which will then inspire them to visit the local park to play the 'real' version outdoors.
The Council is considering improving the multi-use games area (adjacent to the tennis courts on Saffron Road Recreation Ground), by installing custom goal ends and a
game called 'Street Snooker'. More details about this are available on www.playinnovation.co.uk. The Council are sourcing funding for the project via grants and would like your views on the proposed improvements.
CLOSING DATE 31st December 2016
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:45 by Sandra Mitcham
Best Dressed Shop Window Competition
Shops and Businesses in Higham Ferrers are preparing for Christmas and have dressed their windows with a festive display, please come along into town and vote for your favourite window to help decide on the winning display. The winning business will receive a certificate and a "People's Choice" trophy for being the "Best Dressed Window" in town. Voting forms are available at all participating outlets, Higham Ferrers Library, Higham Ferrers Junior School and the Town Hall until 5th December. More »
WIN your very own Gargoyle
The Higham Ferrers Gargoyle Trail is now open, please join in the fun to find the gargoyles that are hiding in lots of shop windows in the town. Write down the name of the shop and the gargoyles name to be in with your chance of winning your very own gargoyle. There are 21 gargoyles in and around Higham Ferrers for you to find, competition entry forms are available from Higham Ferrers Town Hall, Higham Ferrers Library, Higham Ferrers Junior School and all participating shops in the town please call Higham Ferrers Town Council on 01933 312075 or www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk if you require any further information.
Our competition closes on Monday 5th December.
The voting and competition entry forms are below.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:42 by Danielle Edwards
Julie Thorneycroft started her new job in April and has spent the last six months getting to know both towns, including meeting numerous business owners, councillors and community groups.
She has been developing a town management action plan, with the key priorities being that the towns are clean, welcoming and attractive, as well as protecting and promoting their heritage and history. Julie, who will be spending 75 per cent of her time in Rushden and the remaining 25 per cent in Higham Ferrers, said: "All towns need to have certain priorities and with Rushden we have got the High Street improvement project. "It's the first thing we are looking at."I just feel the High Street is the focus in Rushden so we have put forward a whole programme of improvements and the town council has to approve it.
"Phase one has been approved so that will start in the new year."Phase one includes a deep clean of the High Street and once that has been completed, Julie will be looking at other ways to make the High Street more attractive, including new planters, painting street furniture, installing interesting interpretation boards, making the boulders to stop parking on the pavements more attractive, and the introduction of a community-wide project, Rushden in Bloom. More »
She said: "I think it's all about bringing that pride into the High Street."Julie is working to produce a new heritage trail for the town and to refresh and update the Rushden town guide. She has also been working with partners at East Northants Council to look at ways to get better signage and promotion of the Greenway, which links the two towns.Over in Higham Ferrers, Julie held a successful event for businesses to go along and meet her and she has organised a best dressed shop window competition and a trail where children are invited to search for gargoyles hidden in shop windows around the town from Saturday, November 19.
The launch of this will coincide with the Higham Ferrers Sparkle, the town's annual festive event culminating in the switching on of the town's Christmas lights.Julie will be there and is looking forward to meeting more people from the town.The following week sees the celebration of the Christmas lights in Rushden High Street, with fun for all the family taking place on Saturday, November 26, from 11.15am onwards before the big switch-on at about 4.30pm. Since starting the job, which has been funded for three years by the developers behind Rushden Lakes, Julie said she has been amazed by how much is going on in both towns and while she says her role is 'evolving' she has lots of ideas.She added: "It's all about improving and enhancing.
"By the end of year one, we might have much more of an idea of exactly where we are going. "We have had meetings with the Crown estate about Rushden Lakes and it's all been very positive, we are working together."We would like to have strong links with the Rushden Lakes site manager."Julie has said she would like to see good signage promoting the town at the Rushden Lakes site and vice-versa to ensure the two areas complement each other.Having completed her first six months, Julie said she is enjoying the role and added: "People have been very supportive, but I still feel I am finding my feet, there's new things all the time."The role is for three years, but that three years is going to go so quickly."I do feel I am starting to make some headway now."Julie has previous experience in town centre management, having worked within the town centre management team and with the town centre business improvement district in Northampton.Anyone who would like to get in touch with Julie can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. » Less
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:06 by Danielle Edwards