Appreciation for our schools, key workers and community

Welcome to the June edition of the Oakley Vale blog – we hope you are all keeping well and are making the most of the lovely weather! With lockdown restrictions slowly being lifted, we hope you’re able to make use of the great green spaces we have in and around the community – whilst maintaining social distancing of course!

This month, we want to continue sharing all of the positive news across Oakley Vale and the wider community to boost everyone’s spirits. We’re edging closer to summer and hopefully everyone will be able to enjoy some walks around one of the fabulous nature spaces we are so lucky to have around Oakley Vale.

In May, Mental Health Awareness Week took place, with a core theme of kindness – something that the residents in Oakley Vale have been showing so much of over the last two months and beyond. In this post, we’d like to reflect on some of the great efforts and acts of kindness that have been shown recently.

Oakley Vale Primary School

A brilliant effort from local students, teachers and parents

In mid-March we saw our local students readying themselves for the new world of virtual learning. The students have shown their resilience in moving to the online classroom, and this demonstrates just how excellent our pupils and staff are at all the local schools!

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of the staff at these schools that are doing an exceptional job in keeping children focussed on their learning.

For those pupils heading back to school in the coming weeks and for those who are continuing to learn at home, with the help of their brilliant parents and carers, keep up the great work!

The Food4Heroes scheme was a huge success!


The Food4Heroes team have ensured that their support for key workers during this time reached as many people as possible.

The commitment of the team to providing free meals for key staff at Kettering General Hospital and Community Nursing allowed them to deliver over 17,000 meals. It’s been wonderful to not only see the support that the team are offering but also how the community and beyond have supported their efforts to raise over £56,000!

A huge well done to everyone that has contributed to this amazing scheme! You can read more about the Midlands Food4Heroes scheme here.

In the news

We wanted to showcase a couple of stories we’ve seen in the region where members of the community have shown initiative and spirit to support each other and our key works at this uncertain time.

A bride-to-be in Wellingborough has created a Facebook group to let strangers send someone a gift to lift their spirits. Lily created the group as she wanted to put her time into creating a positive online community amid plans that her wedding was to be postponed until the following year.

A Kettering schoolgirl raised hundreds of pounds for Kettering General Hospital! Isla sold a variety of cakes outside her home to raise money for the hospital where her mum works.

New photo competition!

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, getting out and about to take pictures hasn’t been so easy – but we still wanted to have our regular photo competition, just to maintain as much normality as possible!

With that in mind, our latest theme is Life in Lockdown! We want your best, funniest, most innovative pictures from lockdown.

Submit them on our photo competition page here. We will be accepting entries until July 31st – happy snapping!

We hope you enjoy your month and continue to stay safe and well! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates across Oakley Vale.

If you need to find any of the latest advice, please find the Government’s Coronavirus updates here.

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