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PROMOTING THE SOCIETY AND THE TOWN
At the Newlands Centre with Friend’s of the Alfred East Art Gallery & Museum are Committee member Barbara Lewis and PhylisWilson.
Promoting the Society at the Battle of Naseby re-enactment weekend. Earl Spencer drops in for a chat with Monica Özdemir and Barbara Lewis.
Forging links with Tresham College, Paul Ansell with lecturer Maria Delves and HND Graphics students
2015 WINNER of the ROSE BOWL AWARD - NORTHAMPTON HOUSE
projects had been considered worthy of the Rose Bowl Award by the Committee.
The civic scene during the past twelve months has benefitted from the
Council’s Grounds Maintenance team’s hard work and shown the town in a very
good light. This isn’t the first time that comment has been made and, indeed,
the Rose Bowl had been awarded in a previous year for that. By total
contrast, the care shown by the Housing Department in having house
insulation upgraded is again worth mentioning. In particular, the houses
along Stamford Road at the junction of Naseby Road with little porch roofs,
double glazing and exterior insulation well decorated, well illustrate that
care. The project which has attracted most of our attention has been the
complete repair and refurbishment of Northampton House. Northampton House
was originally built by James Payne as management offices for his businesses
being a link with the Railway Station in 1890. Since then, the building has
had a number of uses until it finally stood empty in anticipation that BB
Developments would include it within their Station Road proposals. This of
course never happened. It was during this time that it was vandalised, lead
stolen, windows broken and it became a home for pigeons. A vagrant slept in
the lower room.
THE SOCIETY NAMES NEW STREETS
The Committee continue to attend and contribute at the Kettering Town Forum meetings when we hear an update of the towns’ developments and respond appropriately. We were approached by the Kettering Borough Council Building Control and Land Charges Development Services to name new streets on the Westhill/Northampton Road Estate. The Committee suggested accomplished Kettering women artists, and with the Kettering and District Art Society our suggestions were accepted. Again we have been approached to name streets in the Eastern Development and have sent our suggestions for their approval. Chosen artists were;
Nina was also a founder member if the Civic Society and it owns
Greetings cards; 6 ˝” x 4 ˝“, Pack of 5 (incl. p&p UK) Ł10.00
Notelets; 6 ˝ “ x 4 ˝” Pack of 5 (incl. p&p UK) Ł10.00
The proceeds from the sale of these cards go towards the Blue Plaque Fund.
The Mosaic continues to take up a great deal of our time
and the committee is working on a publicity campaign to ‘sell’ portions of
the mosaic in much the same way as people can buy pieces of the moon! In
exchange they will receive a specially personalised certificate showing
their sponsorship of the mosaic.
A NOTE FROM THE SECRETARY
Having forgotten to pack a book to read on my train trip from Edinburgh to Peterborough I find myself occupied in putting together a Society Newsletter. We have just stopped at Newcastle and the next time I am in this neck of the woods we will be on our 4 day coach trip exploring Northumberland. The following stop will be Durham, the city that we will visit on the way home. York is another stop which reminds me of the brilliant steam engine, the Union of South Africa. Committee members organised a day trip taking 500 of us from Kettering to York for the day passing over the Harringworth Viaduct in May 2003!
What, you may ask, has gadding- about to do with Kettering Civic Society?
The Council having knocked down many of Kettering’s architecturally attractive buildings in the 1970’s no longer has the same destructive objectives (but never the less the Society keeps an eye on Planning issues and responds appropriately). Therefore members are not involved in massive protests. The ‘work’ of the Society is carried out by the Committee which is apparent in this newsletter. Members can enjoy civic social activities! Views and suggestions are always welcome too.
Members of the Society enjoy cultural events and our annual trip to the Royal Albert Hall combines architecture with music appreciation providing us with the opportunity to socialise. In the past we held annual dinners but this has evolved to becoming a lunch, and in May amidst wonderful surroundings in the village of Warkton we were treated to a tasty meal prepared by Classic Catering, our favoured hostesses! Warkton has experienced exciting times with the restoration of the Montagu Monuments and we were enthusiastic to learn about the Monuments from Gareth Fitzpatrick whilst simultaneously viewing the beautiful statues. Committee member, Eleanor Patrick, has represented the Society on the Monuments Panel keeping us informed of their progress and helping to forge links in our community. We are fortunate in having the opportunity to meet with our members during our Toller Coffee Mornings and our committee all rally round and help to make the mornings run smoothly.
President: Lady Freeman (Dipl Cons AA) Chairman: Paul Ansell, Dip Arch RIBA
Secretary: Monica Özdemir