Marathon Runners, Need for Homes and Local Legends

Happy Friday folks!

As always we hope you have had a fantastic week – despite the weather not being quite as generous to us this week as it was last.

London Marathon success

We wanted to kick off this week’s blog by saying a huge congratulations to all those who took part in the London Marathon this week – the heat made a difficult test of endurance even more difficult; so completing the whole 26 miles is even more impressive.

The Corby MP, Tom Pursglove, completed his marathon in 4 hours and 11 minutes and raised £3000 for two great causes – Crazy Hats Breast Cancer appeal and Corby Nightlight, a local charity set up to prevent and/or relieve poverty among rough sleepers and other homeless adults in Corby and surrounding areas.

Elsewhere another local Corby resident , Mark Williams, ran his first London Marathon in a time of 4 hours and 14 minutes and raised £600 for Crimestoppers, an independent crime-fighting charity. You can read more about his story and experience on the Northamptonshire Telegraph website.

Survey suggests homes needed in rural Corby

An interesting survey published this week by Rural Housing Needs (commissioned by Corby Borough Council) suggests new homes need to be built in Corby’s rural areas in order to meet demand. Although the figures aren’t too alarming! The survey suggests 100 homes need to be built in rural areas over the next five years.

Of course our development in Oakley Vale and those new developments under construction are an example of the communities that can be created with new housing. Our website has a number of pages on moving to Oakley Vale and what to know – including future developments and houses currently for sale.

Living Legends

There’s plenty going on for you to get up to this weekend and in the week’s ahead. We want to give a particular mention this week to an event called Living Legends: Hidden Histories being run by our friends at Made in Corby from May 2nd until June 2nd.

Living Legends aims to uncover the hidden stories of Corby and reflect the changing face of the town. Taking inspiration from the ‘Human of New York’ social media campaign, they have found ten local people who have an extraordinary story to tell; an incredible experience, an under-celebrated achievement or a surprising fact about their life.

You can visit the FREE exhibition between 11.00am – 4.00pm (Wednesdays – Saturdays) at the Rooftop Arts Centre, NN17 1PD.

What’s On?

If that isn’t for you then here’s a look at what else is on at the minute in the area:

Explore the world of traditional Scottish songs – 28th April (1:30pm – 4:30pm) – Your last opportunity to attend a Scottish vocal/chorus workshop with experienced performer Janet Russell. Find out more here.

Rockingham Summer Social Car Meet – Thursday 3rd May – Rockingham welcomes car enthusiasts, clubs, forums and general racing/track day fans to the venue to show off their pride and joy, take part in the track day, Rockingham sprint or just spectate and socialise! Find out more here.

Local History Talk – Tue 8th May – Join historian Peter Hill from 7pm – 9pm for a talk about Modern Corby (1900 to present day). Enjoy reminiscing with Peter as he recalls the times when changes seemed to affect every household. Find out more.

Textiles Workshops – Running until 9th May – Over 8 weeks, join artists Carole Miles and Phiona Richards from The Eloquent Fold to explore women’s rights through textiles. The group will work together to create a banner, which they will take to a major event in London on Sunday 10th June. Find out more.