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Holocaust Memorial Day Virtual Service 2021

Published on Wednesday, 27 January 2021

As this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day service and events could not take place due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, The Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Jon Paul Carr and Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Griffiths paid their respects at a private event on behalf of the council in line with social distancing guidelines and current lockdown restrictions.

  • Wellingborough skatepark proposals – what do you think?

    Published on Thursday, 21 January 2021

    The Borough Council of Wellingborough is excited to present the new proposed skatepark design for Bassett’s Park that will be delivered in collaboration with Bendcrete Skateparks Ltd.

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    Holocaust Memorial Day Virtual Service 2021

    Published on Monday, 18 January 2021

    This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day service and events will unfortunately not take place due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, following discussions between the Borough Council of Wellingborough and the Wellingborough Holocaust Memorial Day Committee.

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    New Design Skate Park at Bassett's Park

    Published on Thursday, 14 January 2021

    Borough Council of Wellingborough and Bendcrete Skateparks are delighted to present the proposed design and location for the new skatepark at Bassett’s park

  • Additional support approved for One Wellingborough project

    Published on Monday, 09 November 2020

    The Borough Council of Wellingborough has agreed to extend funding of the One Wellingborough project until April 2021.

  • Northamptonshire County Council granted funds to support local food banks and charities

    Published on Thursday, 01 October 2020

    Small charities and food banks in Northamptonshire can now apply for funds from the “Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies” funded through DEFRA.

  • Two Wellingborough Landlords Served with Civil Penalty Notices

    Published on Monday, 07 September 2020

    Two Wellingborough landlords have been served with civil penalty notices for operating unlicensed Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) in the borough. One notice was for £6,000 and the other for £8,250.

  • Statement from Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council Public Health and the Borough Council of Wellingborough

    Published on Wednesday, 26 August 2020

    Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council Public Health and the Borough Council of Wellingborough have been working closely to review the planned horse fair with the organiser, to assess whether the event would be safe and compliant with Covid related regulations.

  • Refurbishment of four play areas

    Published on Wednesday, 19 August 2020

    Refurbishment of four parks, located at Eastfield Park, Guillemot Lane, Redhill Grange and Croyland Park in Wellingborough, has been completed.

  • Draft logos and blueprint for North Northamptonshire Unitary Council published

    Published on Tuesday, 18 August 2020

    Major milestones for future North Northamptonshire Council: draft logos and blueprint published

  • Restricted Access to the Multi Storey Car Park

    Published on Tuesday, 11 August 2020

    We are planning to restrict access to the multi Storey car park in order to carry out works.

  • Splash Park facility will remain closed due to Covid-19

    Published on Friday, 07 August 2020

    Unfortunately a decision has been made that we are unable to safely open the splash park facility, in a way that the public and staff are totally protected, following advice from Public Heath England.

  • A new start for family as Greatwell Homes reach 5,000 homes

    Published on Friday, 07 August 2020

    Local housing association Greatwell Homes’ newest development Lakeland Meadows, located on Penrith Drive in Wellingborough, has helped them hit a milestone of owning and managing 5,000 homes, but most importantly has helped local residents onto the property ladder.

  • Anti-social behaviour order for two

    Published on Friday, 07 August 2020

    The Borough Council of Wellingborough, working in conjunction with Northamptonshire Police, has obtained and served an Anti Social Behaviour Injunction under Section 1 of the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 on two adults from the same household at an address in the borough of Wellingborough.

  • Northamptonshire’s Community Resilience Service launches new Coronavirus Support Line

    Published on Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    Following the incredibly successful appeal last week to find volunteers to help those in need in Northamptonshire during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Transfer of village green to Bozeat Parish Council

    Published on Monday, 08 July 2019

    Councillors at the Borough Council of Wellingborough resolved to transfer the land ownership of Bozeat Village Green to the parish council at the resources committee meeting on Wednesday (19 June).


    Published on Wednesday, 25 July 2018

    Bedford College has been awarded £7.5million from SEMLEP this month, through funding available from their Local Growth Fund skills capital investment programme.

  • Thank you for taking part in the consultation on the design of future local government in Northants

    Published on Monday, 23 July 2018

    Northamptonshire’s eight local authorities jointly thank all the people who have taken part in the recent consultation on local government reform in the county.

  • Full council agree to award the theatre management contract for the Castle Theatre to Parkwood Creative Ltd.

    Published on Wednesday, 18 April 2018

    All the world’s a stage…. …and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances..

  • Road on new development named after the late Councillor Michael Prescod.

    Published on Tuesday, 01 November 2016

    A road on the new Mayfair Holdings Ltd development of 13 new homes has been named after the late Councillor Michael Prescod, who served Wellingborough’s Castle ward from 1995.

  • Castle set to re-open in August

    Published on Friday, 12 August 2016

    The council is pleased to announce that The Castle Theatre will open to the public on 19th August for Wellingborough Soul Weekender, a weekend DJ event that features music across all the venue’s spaces.

  • Are you registered to vote?

    Published on Thursday, 11 August 2016

    Households in Wellingborough are now receiving their yearly ‘Household Enquiry Form’.

  • Wellingborough Market receives a boost from the BID’s Beach Event

    Published on Thursday, 21 July 2016

    The BID will be bringing their beach event to the Market Square between 6 and 27 August. The event, which is now in its fourth year, gives visitors to Wellingborough the chance to experience the seaside in the town centre. This year’s event ‘Coast on the Cobbles’ provides an excellent opportunity for the council and Wellingborough Norse to work with the BID to attract new traders and promote the market.

  • Council loses longest serving Councillor of nearly 50 years

    Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2016

    It is with deep regret, shock and great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Councillor John Bailey MBE on Monday 11th July 2016, following a short battle with cancer. Our sincere condolences go to his wife, Barbara and the family at this very sad time. Councillor Bailey was very well respected within the Council and the community. He will be sorely missed and his passing will leave a huge sense of loss to all who knew him

  • The Castle theatre update

    Published on Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    Hazel Clover joined the council’s senior management team on 29 June on an interim contract basis to re-open The Castle theatre. She has been overwhelmed by the offers of help from the local community, potential employees and ex-employees of The Castle. It is taking her some time to wade through all of the emails she has received, and has said “I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me; I am so impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment . demonstrated by so many people. I would just ask that everyone bears with me; I have received many, many offers of help and I will be in touch as soon as I can”. Her focus at present is putting a programme together for the immediate future, for when the doors are open again, and this – together with recruiting a temporary team to operate the venue – is her main priority.

  • Interim arrangement for The Castle

    Published on Wednesday, 29 June 2016

    The council aims to put in place an interim arrangement as soon as possible to run The Castle over the next few months while councillors decide the longer term arrangements for operating the venue.

  • The Castle Theatre update

    Published on Wednesday, 06 April 2016

    After the decision made by councillors on 22 March to terminate the contract with The Castle Wellingborough Ltd, and put in place an exit management plan until the end of September, their focus has now turned to the future.

  • Name for Wellingborough crematorium decided

    Published on Friday, 01 April 2016

    Councillors have agreed on the trading name for Wellingborough crematorium at Wednesday evening’s Resources meeting at Swanspool House.

  • Charities set to benefit from Waendel Weekend

    Published on Friday, 01 April 2016

    Thousands of pounds will be raised for good causes next month as hundreds of walkers and swimmers take part in the Waendel Weekend for charity. The popular event, which attracts thousands of people from around the world, has a long history of fundraising. People taking part in walks that range from 5km up to a marathon-distance 42km can be sponsored for completing the course, with all money raised being donated to their favourite worthwhile cause.


    Published on Wednesday, 23 March 2016

    After a very long debate last night councillors made the difficult decision that they had no option but to give notice to terminate the contract to run The Castle theatre.

  • Sport Relief is back and it’s coming to Wellingborough

    Published on Tuesday, 08 March 2016

    Wellingborough is set to host its second Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 20 March and Wellingborough Council is urging people to dust off their trainers and show their support by entering now.


    Published on Thursday, 25 February 2016

    The Mayor of Wellingborough, Councillor Barry Graves, is pleased to announce plans to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen‟s 90th birthday in Wellingborough.

  • Free dog micro-chipping event in Wellingborough.

    Published on Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    Wellingborough Council in partnership with Wood Green, The Animal Charity, are offering a series of free microchipping events around Wellingborough to promote responsible dog ownership and to inform the public about the change in law from April 2016.

  • Wellingborough’s community carol service

    Published on Monday, 11 January 2016

    A free community carol service will be held on Wednesday 23 December in Wellingborough town centre.

  • Local artist reunited with wife’s lost painting

    Published on Friday, 09 October 2015

    A local artist is to be reunited with a painting he thought was lost, after his daughter spotted it hanging in the offices of Wellingborough Council and told the story of its romantic history.

  • Children’s winning ideas for Wellingborough Market

    Published on Friday, 04 September 2015

    School children have been coming up with ideas of what they’d like to see on Wellingborough Market.

  • Wellingborough Balloon Festival

    Published on Tuesday, 21 July 2015

    Wellingborough Council would like to clarify that the Wellingborough Balloon Festival, due to take place at Sywell Aerodrome over the August bank holiday weekend, is not a council event.

  • Loyal market customer wins top prize

    Published on Monday, 13 July 2015

    One lucky shopper has won a luxury fruit and veg basket after taking part in a competition at Wellingborough Market.

  • Wellingborough gets ready for a party weekend

    Published on Tuesday, 23 June 2015

    The streets of Wellingborough will be transformed into a riot of colour, music and dance when the carnival comes to town next month.

  • Wellingborough Council and Northamptonshire Police team up to improve services

    Published on Thursday, 11 June 2015

    Wellingborough Council and Northamptonshire Police have teamed up to find ways to improve services to the public.

  • Free events taking place at Wellingborough Market

    Published on Friday, 15 May 2015

    Wellingborough market is hosting a number of competitions and activities over the next two weeks as part of the national Love Your Local Market campaign.

  • Wellingborough part of new garden community

    Published on Friday, 27 March 2015

    Wellingborough Council has teamed up with nearby local authorities to create a ‘garden community’ of new housing and services to benefit the north of the county.

  • Wellingborough’s RAF air cadets take to the skies

    Published on Friday, 27 March 2015

    Wellingborough’s 378 (Mannock) Squadron Air Training Corps is making plans to take to the skies this spring, thanks to a generous donation.

  • New deal being negotiated to protect town’s leisure centres

    Published on Tuesday, 27 January 2015

    Negotiations are taking place on a deal that could protect Wellingborough’s two council-owned leisure centres for the next 10 years.

  • Celebrations as councillors agree Glamis Hall transfer

    Published on Tuesday, 09 December 2014

    Wellingborough councillors have unanimously agreed that Glamis Hall will be transferred to the community.

  • Shoppers encouraged to support local businesses

    Published on Monday, 01 December 2014

    Wellingborough Council is encouraging people to stay local this weekend as the Christmas shopping rush begins.

  • Celebrations as councillors recommend Glamis Hall transfer

    Published on Thursday, 20 November 2014

    There were celebrations tonight as Wellingborough councillors recommended the town’s Glamis Hall be transferred to the community.

  • Plans submitted for Wellingborough crematorium

    Published on Wednesday, 19 November 2014

    Building work on a crematorium in Wellingborough could start next spring if new plans are approved by the council’s planning committee.

  • Taxi driver prosecuted for overcharging

    Published on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

    A Wellingborough cab driver has been prosecuted after overcharging a customer. Shafique Miah was ordered to pay £220 after pleading guilty to failing to use the taxi-meter in his car, meaning he charged more than the maximum fare allowed for the journey.

  • Potential transfer of Glamis Hall building could keep it open

    Published on Wednesday, 12 November 2014

    Wellingborough’s Glamis Hall could remain open if councillors agree at a meeting next week to transfer it to a newly-formed community organisation.

  • Mayor of Wellingborough asks for Poppy Appeal support

    Published on Thursday, 06 November 2014

    The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Jim Bass, is asking people to support this year’s Poppy Appeal in aid of the Royal British Legion.

  • Positive talks on the future of Glamis Hall

    Published on Monday, 20 October 2014

    The future of Wellingborough day care centre Glamis Hall is looking more hopeful following “very positive” talks last week.

  • Glamis Hall - Statement from Cllr Paul Bell, Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough

    Published on Wednesday, 08 October 2014

    The decision was made last night to close the building and cease day care facilities at Glamis Hall from 31 December 2014. This decision was made with 20 votes in favour, 7 against, and 1 abstention.

  • Winter wellbeing in Wellingborough

    Published on Monday, 22 September 2014

    A special winter wellbeing day is taking place in Wellingborough next month to help older people stay healthy and well during the colder weather.

  • Glamis Hall recommended to close

    Published on Thursday, 18 September 2014

    Members of Wellingborough Council’s resources committee have recommended that day care centre Glamis Hall should close at the end of the year.

  • Councillors discuss Glamis Hall decision again

    Published on Wednesday, 10 September 2014

    Wellingborough councillors will look again next week at the decision to close a day care centre in the town. A report outlining a range of options for the future of Glamis Hall will be considered at a meeting of the resources committee on Tuesday evening (16 September).

  • Wellingborough reduces market fees

    Published on Tuesday, 13 May 2014

    Councillors in Wellingborough have cut the fees for a town market stall to just £10 as part of the national Love Your Local Market campaign.

  • Wellingborough hosts free youth market

    Published on Wednesday, 07 May 2014

    Young entrepreneurs in Wellingborough can have a go at being a market trader, free of charge, on Saturday 17 May.

  • Special event for over 50s returns to Wellingborough

    Published on Monday, 28 April 2014

    A popular event for the over 50s returns to Wellingborough on Thursday 15 May. The Older Persons’ Forum is a free afternoon of ideas, information and advice giving older people the chance to discuss issues that affect them.

  • St George's Day celebration in Wellingborough

    Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

    Wellingborough Council will celebrate St George’s Day with the raising of the national flag on Wednesday 23 April at 10am outside the council offices at Swanspool House. Everyone is welcome to attend the short ceremony.

  • Derelict shops bought by council

    Published on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    A block of derelict shops has been bought by Wellingborough Council after the authority used compulsory purchase powers in a bid to end antisocial behaviour on the site.

  • Wellingborough woman prosecuted for noise nuisance

    Published on Monday, 09 December 2013

    A Wellingborough woman has been fined and had her speakers taken away after playing loud music, at all hours of the day and night, for nearly a year.

  • Litter experiment to highlight true cost of cleaning up

    Published on Monday, 11 November 2013

    A town centre street in Wellingborough will remain totally uncleaned this weekend, as part of an experiment to highlight how much litter is dropped every day and the cost of picking it up.

  • Cash allocated to Wellingborough community projects

    Published on Friday, 18 October 2013

    More than £470,000 of community projects in Wellingborough are set to be approved by councillors later this month.

  • Local park hosts community celebration day

    Published on Wednesday, 21 August 2013

    Hundreds of people enjoyed a community fun day at a Wellingborough park on Sunday (18 August). The day of music, entertainment and information was organised by the Castle Fields Community Group, after they were awarded £2,500 of government money to help bring the diverse neighbourhood together.

  • Official opening of the Minerva Way fitness zone

    Published on Friday, 10 May 2013

    An outdoor gym has been opened as part of a drive to reduce antisocial behaviour on Wellingborough’s Queensway estate. The fitness zone, next to the children’s play area on Minerva Way, is aimed at teenagers who say they hang around the estate’s parks because there is nothing else for them to do in the area.

  • Wellingborough's market could be on the move

    Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2013

    Wellingborough Market could be moved further into the town centre as part of plans to attract more customers.

  • Council buys land to build crematorium

    Published on Tuesday, 05 March 2013

    Wellingborough Council has bought the plot of land needed to build a new crematorium in the borough. Contracts were exchanged on the 11-acre site near Great Doddington last week, and the council hopes to have the facility up and running in the next couple of years.

  • Flytipping prosecution

    Published on Thursday, 25 October 2012

    A Wilby man has been prosecuted by Wellingborough Council for flytipping. Adam Furnell, 20, appeared at Wellingborough Magistrates Court last week and was fined £565 for dumping a van load of rubbish earlier this year.

  • Council steps in to sort out hedge disputes

    Published on Thursday, 20 September 2012

    Neighbours at war over the height of their garden hedges will soon be able to turn to Wellingborough Council to help them settle disputes.

  • Benefit fraudsters sent to prison

    Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    A Finedon couple has been sentenced to four months in prison for fraudulently claiming more than £24,000 in benefits after hiding thousands of pounds of inheritance money in secret bank accounts.

  • Council demands formal re-evaluation of prison closure

    Published on Friday, 03 August 2012

    Wellingborough Council has unanimously passed a resolution to formally reject the decision to close Wellingborough Prison.

  • Council advises caution over doorstep callers

    Published on Friday, 03 August 2012

    Wellingborough Council is urging residents to be extra vigilant when dealing with contractors that knock at their door offering home insulation.

  • Council reacts to prison closure announcement

    Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2012

    Wellingborough Council has expressed concern about potential job losses following the announcement that Wellingborough Prison is set to close.

  • Abandoned houses to be bought by council

    Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2012

    Wellingborough Council’s resources committee has agreed to press ahead with the compulsory purchase of three abandoned houses, as part of its continuing crackdown on empty properties in the borough.

  • International visitors sign up for Waendel Walk

    Published on Wednesday, 02 May 2012

    People from as far away as Australia and Israel will be heading to Wellingborough over the weekend of 11-13 May to take part in the 33rd International Waendel Walk.

  • Future of town growth discussed

    Published on Friday, 10 February 2012

    Extra land could be released for future housing and employment in Wellingborough following a meeting today about the town’s growth. Council leader Paul Bell met with Chamber of Commerce president Alan Piggot to discuss ways that Wellingborough could keep up with demand in order to compete with neighbouring towns such as Kettering and Corby.

  • Council agrees next step in crematorium project

    Published on Wednesday, 18 January 2012

    Plans to build a crematorium in Wellingborough took another step forward on Monday night, as members of the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee agreed that a potential site should be found and public demand assessed.

  • Official opening of affordable eco homes

    Published on Tuesday, 13 December 2011

    A development of 11 affordable eco homes has been completed in Wollaston. The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Bhupendra Patel, will officially welcome tenants at an opening ceremony on Monday 12 December at 2pm.

  • Vandalised bandstand to be restored

    Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2011

    Plans to transform Wellingborough’s Castle Fields park will be discussed by the council’s resources committee on 19 October. It is recommended that the committee give the go ahead for the park to benefit from new play equipment, planting, and pavilion facilities, with the first phase of the ambitious project being the restoration of the 100-year-old bandstand.

  • Funding helps reduce antisocial behaviour

    Published on Wednesday, 18 May 2011

    Antisocial behaviour (ASB) in the Kiln and Minerva Way area in Wellingborough is reducing, thanks to the efforts of Wellingborough’s Community Safety Partnership and local residents.

  • Town centre’s play area nears completion

    Published on Thursday, 17 February 2011

    The creation of zoo-themed play area in Wellingborough’s Croyland Gardens enters its final stage on Tuesday 22 February when giant wooden animal sculptures are craned into place.

  • Vandalised play area reopens

    Published on Wednesday, 16 February 2011

    A play area that was closed due to vandalism is set to reopen on 18 February, after extensive refurbishment was carried out and maintenance of it was transferred to Wellingborough Council.

  • Play equipment installed in Croyland Gardens

    Published on Monday, 31 January 2011

    Wellingborough Council’s work to regenerate the town centre is continuing, as play equipment has been installed in Croyland Gardens.

  • The streets of Irchester become alcohol free

    Published on Monday, 22 November 2010

    Wellingborough Council is making Irchester an alcohol-free zone in the hope of reducing incidences of antisocial behaviour in the village.

  • Wellingborough achieves Fairtrade status

    Published on Monday, 22 March 2010

    Five years after beginning the campaign, Wellingborough is celebrating becoming a Fairtrade borough.

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