Mental Health Awareness Week, Food4Heroes and more…

Welcome back everyone for our May blog post! As I am sure you will have heard, the government recently announced an extension of the current restrictions for at least another three weeks. It is no secret that COVID-19 has plunged many of us into a world of uncertainty.

Mental Health Awareness Week is this month and with the added stress of the pandemic, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to signpost you to some extra help if you are struggling. You can find some useful information about mental health here.

Above all, please remember this is only a temporary situation and we will get through this together as a country and as a community! We hope this blog will keep you informed, as well as provide some refreshing, positive news amongst all this madness.


We’re proud to be sharing the work of two local businesswomen who have recently launched a Food4Heroes scheme for Kettering General Hospital to thank NHS staff during the coronavirus outbreak!

Kate Toller, from Sudborough, and Wendy de Capell Brooke, from Corby, had seen similar efforts working across the country and wanted to do the same for their local hospital.

The Old White Hart at Lyddington reopened its doors on 6 April specifically to cook the meals which are then delivered – free of charge – to the hospital by local company Route 1 Express.

A staggering 4,200 healthy meals have been made and delivered already but they need your help too! You can support them by donating here and referencing ‘Food4Heroes’.

The Grampian Pipe Band

There are many more examples of the community coming together in Oakley Vale and we are so proud! Did you hear about the residents of a Corby care home that were serenaded by socially distancing pipe band?

Grampian Pipe Band’s Pipe Major, Rob Muir, led a team of eight and performed with his bagpipes outside the Sandalwood Court to entertain the self-isolating clients. What an incredible story! You can read more about it here.

Photo competition winner

Finally, another bit of good news we cannot wait to tell you… We have announced the winner of our latest photo competition!

A HUGE congratulations to Zuzana Baisova for winning the competition with almost 60 votes! She won with a fantastic shot of the swan sculpture in the lake at Oakley Vale. But that is not all, Zuzana is even donating her £50 prize to Lakelands Hospice in Corby.

The swan sculpture in photo is also the subject of a new home-grown Corby documentary made by BAFTA award-nominated director Paul Balmer! You can read more about the documentary here.

All that’s left to say is that we are sending you all our best wishes, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you again soon for our June blog!

If you’d like to find out more about what you can get up to in Oakley Vale during the current situation, please take a look at our nature and wildlife section here.

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