Author: Raunds Town Voice

Parents/carers, students, educational establishments and other stakeholders are being asked to share information on how children and young people travel to school and education to help shape a new Sustainable Travel to Education strategy for the local area. A new draft strategy looks at how children and young people can travel to all educational settings in a more sustainable way, but North Northamptonshire Council are asking for input to gather a better picture on current habits and barriers to using more sustainable travel. All Local Authorities are required to produce a Sustainable Mode of Travel to School Strategy, with the…

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A pioneering training package for all taxi and private hire drivers in Northamptonshire that aims to help keep women safe on nights out has been shortlisted for an international award. The online tutorial is currently being rolled out in both North and West Northamptonshire Council areas – to help taxi and private hire drivers spot signs that women may be in danger. Drivers already play a big role in informally coming to the help of revellers who may find themselves vulnerable. The training aims to consolidate good practice and provide formal support. The project is part of a package of measures intended to…

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‘I’m Being Exploited’ is a powerful short film by the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP), produced in conjunction with police and partners across Northamptonshire. The film aims to raise awareness to parents of a growing issue in the UK – known as ‘Child Exploitation’ (CE). Child Exploitation is when a child or young person is targeted by an individual or criminal gang and manipulated or coerced into committing crimes or sexual acts. This new film seeks to help parents and other trusted adults spot the signs of a problem and highlight the crucial part they can play by taking appropriate action. “Across…

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A poignant memorial post box has been installed at London Road Cemetery, Raunds, offering mourners the chance to post a private letter to deceased loved ones. The idea follows the popularity of ‘Heavenly Post Boxes’ at several crematoriums across the country, which were set up after grieving Nottingham schoolgirl Matilda Handy wanted a ‘post box to heaven’ after her grandparents passed away. Letters can be written on biodegradable paper impregnated with wildflower seeds, which can be collected from the Cemetery Chapel. Collected letters will then be planted in the Cemetery grounds when the postbox is emptied. Cllr Oliver Curtis, Chairman…

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Expressions of Interest invited for use of the disused Chapel building at London Road Cemetery, Raunds Raunds Cemetery is located on London Road, close to Warth Park and the A45. The cemetery has been used for burials since 1917 and is a well-used public open space. The Chapel stands within the cemetery grounds. It is currently disused and in a state of disrepair. The Town Council are keen to bring the building back into use and see it restored to a well-preserved condition. Expressions of interest are invited for: use of the building, access to the building, and potential for…

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Eight people have been arrested and a quantity of Class A drugs have been seized after Northamptonshire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Team executed a number of warrants in East Northamptonshire. On the evening of Wednesday, July 19, 40 officers – including those from the Special Constabulary, entered a number of properties in Thrapston and Raunds. The enforcement activity was designed to target those suspected of being involved in serious criminality and a large quantity of Class A drugs was seized from the properties, including cocaine and heroin. Eight people were arrested in total – six men and two women.…

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As part of the Council’s Community Managed Libraries Programme, North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) have been working alongside Raunds Town Council and the Raunds Library Community Trust volunteers, to find a viable solution to enable the transfer of Raunds Library into community management. As an interim measure, in order to keep the Library open for the local community, NNC had allowed the Raunds Community Library Trust to occupy the library premises under a Tenancy at Will. NNC are now able to announce that a partnership has been brokered between an experienced and established Academy Trust and Raunds Community Library Trust. A…

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Raunds Town Council are hosting a Welcome Back to Music event at the Saxon Hall on the 5th March 2022. This event is to show case the talent in Raunds and celebrate live music. There are three music sessions through-out the day. 11am to 1pm Park Infants School, St Peter’s CE Academy and Manor School will perform, including an Open Mic session for children from approximately 12.30pm. If you would like to purchase tickets for this session please click here. 2pm – 4pm Different Direction Choir, Raunds Ukulele Orchestra, Raunds Community Choir and Raunds Temperance Band to perform. If you would…

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Raunds Town Council has announced that they have installed a new defibrillator and bleed kit at Saxon Hall, Raunds today. They hope that they will not need to be used but in the case of an emergency they are available at Saxon Hall. By calling 999, they will talk you through how to use them and it really can help save a life whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive. The Town Council have provided thanks to Tom Hatton, from East Northants First Responders for sourcing the Defibrillator and Lewis Chinnock and Taylor Jenson from East Northants Electrical Limited…

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A draft of the latest town council event committee minutes reveals information on the additional plans for Raunds regarding the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Thursday 2nd June – Coverage of the Trooping of the Colour (the Queen’s Birthday Parade) will be shown on the big screen at Saxon Hall where the Women’s Institute (WI) will serve tea and cake. Thursday 2nd June – There will be a lighting of the Beacon at the Town Hall, with choirs performing Friday 3rd June – The town council will possibly provide support to the churches with a Thanksgiving Service Sunday 5th…

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