Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

Mayor 2019 - 2020

Clerk: Mrs Sandra Mitcham
The Town Hall, Market Square
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire NN10 8BT

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Celebration of the success of Beat the Street East Northants

Celebration of the success of Beat the Street East Northants

MEDIA CALL: Celebration of the success of Beat the Street East Northants

When: Saturday 25 May from 12pm – 2pm

Where: Walled Garden, Rushden Hall Park, Rushden, NN10 9NG


The celebration of the success of Beat the Street, East Northants.

The six-week interactive initiative that turned the district into a live game, Beat the Street East Northants, ended on 8 May. More than 8,000 local residents, businesses, community groups and schools travelled more than 73,000 miles together for Beat the Street. More »

Local schools and organisations created teams and competed against each other to see who could travel the furthest to win some fantastic prizes.

At a celebration event at Rushden Hall Park Wall Garden on Saturday 25 May, representatives from the winning teams will pick up their prizes and celebrate the end of the six-week game.

The winning schools will be awarded at special celebration assemblies following by activity sessions, and community groups will be awarded for their efforts at the event. There'll be a chance to speak to the winners, participants and organisers of the initiative -Intelligent Health, Freedom Leisure and East Northamptonshire Council.

Press Opportunities

12:00pm – 12:10pm: Welcome from Hannah Smith, Engagement Coordinator East Northamptonshire

12:10pm – 12:20pm: Speeches from Cllr Dudley Hughes, Chairman of ENC, and Joe Bailey, Healthy & Active Lifestyles Officer at ENC

12:20pm – 12.40pm: Prize giving

12:40pm – 12.45pm: Closing speeches and picnic / games begin

12:45pm – 1:00pm: Photo opportunities and press interviews

Available for interview:

Joe Bailey, Healthy and Active Lifestyles Officer at East Northamptonshire Council

Cllr Dudley Hughes, Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council

Hannah Smith, Engagement Coordinator at Intelligent Health

Councillors at East Northamptonshire Council (which will be confirmed on the day)


  • Took place from 27 March to 8 May
  • More than 50 special sensors called 'Beat Boxes' appeared from Rushden to Thrapston
  • Players tapped the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team
  • Schools and community groups competed against each other to see if they can travel the furthest
  • There were leader boards with prizes to win including sports, crafts and book vouchers
  • Families encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams
  • In addition to the leader board prizes, registered players could win weekly 'Lucky Tap' prizes for playing along – including vouchers and experience days
  • Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by The National Lottery on behalf of Sport England, and East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Freedom Leisure, which manage leisure facilities across the district on behalf of the council
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Posted: Tue, 21 May 2019 13:48 by Donna Anderson

New Mayor For Higham Ferrers

New Mayor For Higham Ferrers

On Monday 13th May at its Mayor Making Ceremony, Councillor Chris O'Rourke was elected as Mayor for 2019/20 for Higham Ferrers. Councillor Tina Reavey was elected as his Deputy.

Cllr O'Rourke said:-

"It is an honour for me to be elected as your Mayor of Higham Ferrers, a role which as far as I know, has been around for about 700 years.

I have lived in Higham Ferrers for over 50 years, growing up here along with my 9 siblings and parents, firstly on the farm which is now the Queensway estate. I went to the infant and junior schools and for some years worked in the High Street, so I have seen the town grow over the years. More »

It promises to be a very busy and exciting year for me, and my Mayoress Kathleen Meredith and we are both looking forward to it.

This year we have lots of events with the opening of the Memorial Garden in the Churchyard on 15th June, the Charter Celebration Day on 29th June, the visit of our friends from our twinning town Hachenburg in Germany from 18-22 July, as well as a horticultural competition in Chichele Gardens on 14th September. There will also be a community Christmas carol concert on the market Square on Christmas Eve organised by the swivel club.

These events along with our other annual town events would not be possible without the help and support of all our local groups, who give their time freely working in conjunction with the Town Council to make them successful. That is why I have decided to nominate ''Higham Ferrers Community '' as one of my good causes/ charities. It is important to me to help those who help our town.

The other charity I am supporting is the Encephalitis Society, which is a lesser-known national charity.

Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain caused by infection and can lead to memory loss and epilepsy. It is something both mine and Kathleen's family have suffered with, and my aim is to raise awareness of the condition and how it affects people and their family. For more information visit; https://www.encephalitis.info/

I shall be present at every Farmer's Market to promote events in the Town and my own fundraising events. I shall be there to talk to people about any ideas or even concerns they have. I would also like to encourage you to come to Council meetings, as I'm not so sure that everyone realises that they are able to attend."

To contact the Mayor for more information on any events or Council business email mayorhftc19@gmail.com or contact the Town Hall on info@highamferrers-tc.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Tue, 14 May 2019 09:48 by Sandra Mitcham

Mayor's Market and Crowning of the May Queen

Mayor's Market and Crowning of the May Queen

Thank you to all who attended the Annual Mayor's Market on Saturday. It was quite fresh so coats were definitely needed but it was great to see so many people turn out to support this community event. The Mayor was raising funds for his chosen charity, the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and is very pleased to announce that he raised £350 on the day.

This event also gives many local charities and groups a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for their various causes. This event could not happen without the support of these local groups, Higham Ferrers Tourism and local schools. This year we had choirs from Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School, Henry Chichele Primary School, the U3A and the Chichele Choir. They all did a wonderful job and really made a lovely atmosphere for this event. More »

The May Queen, Sophia, her Princesses, Gabriella and Amelia and Prince Benjamin were fantastic. They did a great job doing a royal tour of the market following the crowning ceremony and we look forward to seeing them again at future events throughout the year. » Less

Posted: Tue, 07 May 2019 14:05 by Donna Anderson