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This award is presented by the Civic Society in recognition of good design
 

The 2016 Award Winner is Katie Boyce

Kettering can also boast philanthropists, one of them being Sir Alfred East who bequeathed the art gallery to the people of Kettering. Wonderful exhibitions can be found here that are ever changing. The colours of the walls will be black for one exhibition, purple for another and even, for one exhibition, ‘Comics’, cartoons were drawn directly onto white walls. This, all due to the imagination of Katie Boyce the Gallery Manager. Needless to say that such inspiring work needed to be recognised and during the launch of Northamptonshire Open Studios the Society presented its Annual Silver Rose Bowl Award to Katie for her inspirational displays of artists’ work and the organisation of the Northants Open Studios Trail.

 

 

2015 Award winner was Averil Philips & Family Funeral Directors for Northampton House

The civic scene during the past 12 months has benefitted from the 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. Originally built by James Payne as management offices for his businesses being a link with the Railway Station. This was 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 campaigned to have the building saved.
Now beautifully restored, it has become a very special Funeral Parlour which Averil Philips and family carefully run. The buildings plan readily lent itself to the new use with only a garaging extension needed.

Northampton House is a special landmark in the Town and although not formally Listed, Societies like the Victorian Society have been very interested in it. It has a commanding position as it divided Northampton Road and Station Road. As such, Kettering Civic Society considers it well worthy of the Rose Bowl Award.

Presentation at Full Council Meeting - June Derbyshire Mayor, Averil Philips & John Coleman Vice Chair KCS

 

The 2014 Award winner was Barton Hall for their tasteful restorations. The Award was presented by the Mayor of Kettering, Councillor Duncan Bain, at the Society's Annual Dinner at the Vines, Barton Hall.

  

The Mayor, Duncan Baines
presenting the 2014 award 

Barton Hall viewed from the Orangery

Toni Huberman, speaker at the Annual Lunch
with the Society's Chairman & Secretary

2013 Award

Projects in the running this year included the borough council’s landscape and maintenance team for their hard work and the good quality of landscapes and gardens, especially during the Olympic torch visit, the new housing development in St Mary’s Road, which the Civic Society said was very sympathetic with the surrounding area, and the civic functions at Kettering Borough Council.

But the winner was a new double roundabout which has improved the flow of traffic in Kettering.
Kettering Borough council was presented with the society’s prestigious Rose Bowl for its work on the project, which was carried out in 2011. Town mayor James Hakewill accepted the Rose Bowl at a council meeting held last Wednesday (December 12). “Congratulations to Kettering Borough Council for the way it has developed the town’s road networks to improve access to town and the flow of traffic, the twin roundabouts in Northampton Road make an excellent contribution to this.” “We urge them to now consider putting another roundabout on the other side of the railway line to encompass the Leisure Village, bring in the Conference Centre, theatre and the International Volley Ball headquarters.”

Alex Jelley, economic and regeneration manager at the borough council, said: “The construction of the new double roundabout was a partnership project delivered by Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council, utilising central government challenge funding. Before the works. The Northampton Road/Northfield Avenue junction was one of the most congested in the county, now the flow of traffic is much-improved.

In 2012 the following achievements were considered. Firstly, we commend the Council landscape and maintenance team for their hard work and the quality of the landscape and gardens which were at their peak when the Olympic torch came through the town and remained for the summer. Secondly, the new housing development in St Mary’s Road, the choice of materials make it fit perfectly into the town’s colour character and echoes the houses around.

Congratulations to Kettering Borough Council for the way it has included into the Council Offices a whole selection of Civic Functions, including the Registrar, Customs and Excise, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Blood Testing, Accommodation Concern and the Kettering Tourist Information Centre. The 2012 Rose Bowl winner was presented on 12th December, at a Full Kettering Borough Council Meeting. for the development of the town’s road networks to improve access to town and the flow of traffic, the twin roundabouts in Northampton Road make an excellent contribution to this.

The 2011 winner Avery Health care for the restoration and development of Elm Bank

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr Ahmed Mukhtar presented the Rose Bowl to Avery Health care on behalf of the Society for the restoration and development of Elm Bank in Northampton Road Kettering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2010 winner - artist Chris Prout for the illustrations that he has provided around the town.
 
Chris Prout with Chairman Paul Ansell  - Chris Prout presented Kettering Civic Society with this impression of how the Alfred East Art Gallery might be extended.

The committee felt that his illustrations gave the town character.

The Rose Bowl was presented at the Executive Council Meeting in December by Mayor Councillor Shirley Lynch.

 

 

The 2009 winner - Chesham House

PRESENTATION by Dr Mukhtar Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire - 25th November 2009
Councillor Ruth Groome Mayor of Kettering Received the Award on behalf of Kettering Borough Council

The Civic Society was impressed by the restoration of Chesham House. Its history is important within Kettering as the home for very many years of the Gotch family who over time played a big part in the town’s life.

Looking at the building now, it is not possible to see the role it played as a part of the family tanning business, a key part of the towns boot and shoe industry. Little more than two years ago, it stood empty and in need of serious restoration. Through the good auspices of Kettering Council and Northamptonshire Enterprise Limited, they were able to buy the property and with generous funding, and refurbished it.

 

 

 

 

 

The 2008 winner - Dave Atkinson and Eric Atkinson

presented by the Duke of Buccleuch on behalf of Kettering Civic Society

 

The 2007 Rose Bowl was not awarded

 


 

The 2006 winner - Toller Church Rooms - Meeting Lane (formerly Toller Church Schoolrooms)

The 2005 winner

Award to Ron Greenall for his services to the community, for inspiring a curiosity in local history, and for the books that he has written, particularly for his book "The History of Kettering".

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2004 winner (left)

Awarded to the William Knibb Mosaic in the Newland Centre by EKTA

 

 

The 2003 winner (right)

Restoration of 29 Bowling Green Road by David McKay

 

 

 

The 2002 winner (left)

The Darby Building Company, Wellington Works

 

 

The 2001 winner (right)

The Quaker Meeting House in Northall Street

 

 

 

Previous winners

2000. KBC Improvement to Townscape of Horsemarket
1999. The Chapel, Pytchley
1998. Not awarded
1997. Not awarded
1996. East Midlands Housing Association Conversion and Extension of Westfield Museum to Provide Homes
1995. AA Thornton Jeweller No 1 High Street
1994. Restoration of Sawyer's Almshouse by KBC & Orbit Housing.
1993. 'Old Kettering A View From The Thirties' by Tony Ireson
1992. Kettering Parish Church Restoration of Tower and Spire
1991. Kettering Borough Council Gardeners
1990. British Rail Booking Hall
1989. Lawes Cycles Market Street Mews Kettering
1988. KBC Cornmarket Hall Extension
1987. Kettering Library Extension - Smith & Taylor Limited (Builders) Gotch Saunders & Surridge(Architects)
1986. HB Pearce (Developments Ltd)
1985. Kettering Borough Council
1984. Lockley's Kettering
1983. JM O'Halloran & F O'Reilly
1982. Kettering Scouts, Army Cadets & Manpower Services Commission