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This award is presented by the Civic Society in recognition of good design
2022 Rose Bowl went to the Wicksteed Park Volunteers
This year the Society has chosen to honour long-standing volunteers at Wicksteed Park with the Rose Bowl. The presentation took place in the newly restored Garden Room. Their dedication has been exceptional in helping to preserve the archives and in keeping the park inviting and attractive for the benefit of all. Their commitment is in keeping with the philanthropic ideals of Charles Wicksteed.
Ruth Rignall, the park’s Volunteer Organiser commented; Pat and Bernard Fensome – “are longstanding volunteers who are an invaluable source of knowledge and anecdotes about the park. They turn their hand to most things in the gardens including weeding and litter picking and are regulars helping with the daytime shows, greeting visitors, and letting them know more about the park”.
“Sandra Lewis tackles everything with energy and enthusiasm, she gives a warm welcome to new volunteers and is always willing to help out when there is tight deadline. We always make sure Sandra is on hand when a tent needs to go up. She is also an expert on vegetable growing and makes sure we keep the crops rotating.”
“Ivor Watson has been hugely important in developing the digital archive for over 10 years and must have seen more photos of Wicksteed Park than anyone else! The technology hasn’t always been easy, but Ivor has been very patient.”
“Rosalyn Stewart has volunteered in so many areas of the park’s activities, helping with education days, greeting visitors at daytime shows, collating newspaper clippings in the archive, and generally making sure things run smoothly in the volunteer cottage. She has a great eye for detail. Ros has also often used her sewing skills [as a volunteer] making, among other things, yards of bunting and some vintage aprons.
Present on the afternoon of 26th November were Oliver & Jane Wicksteed, Councillor Keli Watts Mayor of Kettering with Civic Society committee members and guests. The Society was honoured that the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, James Sanders Watson made the presentations on the Society’s behalf.
Paul Ansell presents the award to Nigel and the Groundwork Team
2021 Annual Rose Bowl is awarded to The Green Patch
This year’s annual silver Rose Bowl Award was presented on 26th October to
the Green Patch in Margaret Road, a vibrant and happy place that is enjoyed
by many. Stuart Bonham, Chairman of Groundwork Northamptonshire and Society
Chairman Paul Ansell talked about the importance of this space to the
community and the progress that has been made since Groundwork took over the
site in 2007. Manager Grey Lindley, Nigel and volunteers have created a
welcome environment for many different groups who take pleasure here.
2020 Award to Dr Peter McCormick for his humanitarian work
This year the Society presented the award to Dr Peter McCormick for his humanitarian work with children in Africa and his book, ‘To Be A Pilgrim, Memoirs of a Kettering Doctor’. The presentation to Dr Peter McCormick was made by Mayor Councillor Keli Watts, her last official engagement, took place on 5th September. It was witnessed by a small gathering, complying to Covid regulations of the time, in the beautiful setting of Warkton village.
As a doctor, he served the community here in Kettering as a GP and Hospital Consultant. Like one of our Hollowell friends, he became a steam engine enthusiast. All of this learning and experience became a very special part of his and many people’s lives, working in Africa. His book which we recommend includes Gambia, Ghana and Cameroon. The many experiences include saving a three-week-old baby from a deep sewer where it had been dumped. The mother is still unknown but by fortune, the child has grown up safely.
Both playing and singing have helped play a part musically and in a religious way and the music score on Dr McCormick’s book summarise “To Be A Pilgrim”.
2019 Award to Wicksteed Charitable Trust for restoration work at the park
The Rose Bowl was presented to Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the Wicksteed
Charitable Trust, by Paul Ansell, on behalf of the Society, after the lunch
on 16th June. Having attended the opening ceremony of The Historic Heart
when the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, David Laing unveiled a plaque,
committee members thought the restoration outstanding. They considered the
colour of paintwork, planting and outdoor furnishings particularly
appropriate to all of the restoration. Throughout the years the high
standard of care and maintenance of the park’s grounds and gardens, with
never-ending beauty and colour, continues to bring a great deal of pleasure
The 2018 Award is for the Restoration of Walkton Village Hall
The Civic Society’s annual Rose Bowl Award took place on 17th July when
by kind invitation the Duke of Buccleuch invited Civic Society members,
community users of the hall with the villagers of Warkton to celebrate the
completion of the £30,000 restoration project. The renovation was funded by
the Duke’s Boughton Estate with some funding from Kettering Borough Council.
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.
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.
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.
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
But the winner was a new double roundabout which has improved the flow of
traffic in Kettering.
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.
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
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".
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
2000. KBC Improvement to Townscape of Horsemarket