The 2017 Spirit of Corby nominees were celebrated and the winners announced at an awards ceremony Wednesday night (20th September) in the Core at Corby Cube.

Corby Borough Council along with sponsors of the event (Northamptonshire Police, Quantum Print, Savoy Cinemas, Spirit Hyundai and the Core at Corby Cube) welcomed nominees, guests and a room full of cheering supporters as well as local dignitaries including the High Sherriff for Northamptonshire, the MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, the Mayor of Corby and the Leader of Corby Borough Council.

During the Awards the crowd was entertained by winner of the Rising Star of Northamptonshire Award 2017, Kara Hamer who sang her winning song ‘Run’ by Leona Lewis.

Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: ‘Again the Spirit of Corby Awards was a really special event in which we all had chance to listen to the real, every day examples of community spirit that our residents show. It is always a great pleasure to be part of such a fantastic night.

‘Corby really does have a true spirit - it is built into the DNA of the place! We hope that this goes some way to acknowledging the amazing people that go above and beyond to make our Borough so great. To all the nominees, whether they won an award or not, they should be proud of the work they do, the kindness they show and the talent they share – it has not gone unnoticed!

‘We are also very lucky to have such great companies and organisations in Corby that notice the importance of celebrating our community. So a huge thanks must go to them for making the Spirit of Corby Awards possible.’

The winners of the 2017 Spirit of Corby Awards were:

Community Spirit Award (Sponsored by Northamptonshire Police)

Father Gerard Byrne - Gerard has cycled the length of Britain and Ireland on his time off from the day job (Lands End to John O’Groats the Coastline of Ireland) and last year he cycled from Canterbury to Rome over the Alps all to raise thousands of pounds for Corby’s Lakelands Hospice and the Air Ambulance. As well as being a very well thought of priest, Gerard has also given up his time to set up a cycling club so others can get involved, he is a fundraising inspiration and a good mentor to those who wish to take on various cycling challenges both locally and long distance.

Club Spirit Award (Sponsored by Quantum Print)

Nicola Pell - Nicola has worked tirelessly to promote Nightlight and given up her time to help the charity. Nightlight was set up to prevent and/or relieve poverty among rough sleepers and other homeless adults in Corby and surrounding areas by providing a night shelter and other support services. Nicola alongside other volunteers has helped Nightlight promote social inclusion, raise awareness of homelessness and worked with other agencies to reduce homelessness and rough sleeping, treat addiction and/or mental health issues and enable people to gain independent living skills and move on to stable accommodation.

Environmental Spirit Award

Cyril Sellars - Cyril chaired the Friends of Coronation Park for 10 years and since then has continued to spend virtually every day volunteering his time to keep the garden looking nice. Not only does he do a huge amount of gardening, he has been instrumental in facilitating improvements to the park such as the performance stage, lighting along the main path and the sensory garden. He has regular contact with the council and police to ensure any potential problems are dealt with and whilst working and giving up his time there he talks to those passing through to make them feel welcome.

Creative Spirit Award

James Hanson - James has self funded and run a weekly jam night at the Ex Serviceman’s club for over 3 years straight. He engages with everybody who walks through the door and helps those quieter ones emerge from their shell to get creative. Every week drums, guitars, bass and vocal PA are provided at the sessions and all levels of players turn up and are made to feel welcome. The Jam night is free and there are often travelling musicians that do a spot on the evening which helps others learn and progress as musicians. There have been a wide number of genres come through the Jam Night, all welcomed and all benefitting from what James has contributed to the arts in Corby.

Education Spirit Award (Sponsored by Spirit Hyundai)

Katie Read - Katie started a charity in Corby called ‘STAGES’ which helps support local people with mental health problems. The group meet at least once a week for a much needed chat and sometimes for ‘therapy nights’ where holistic therapies such as reiki, crystal healing and Indian Head Massage are also offered and Katie has also arranged for members to attend an 8 week mindfulness course on many occasions. Despite battling sever chronic illnesses, Katie has managed to complete a degree with the open university in a bid to increase and build on her existing knowledge in order to help support people she meets. 

Young Spirit Award (sponsored by Savoy Cinemas)

Harry Glass, Liam Meney, Adam O’Neill and Ryan McAuley - This group of friends dumped their McDonald's to rescue an elderly man blown off his feet during Storm Doris. The group of four college students had been enjoying a lunch break when one of the boys were shocked to see an elderly man being blown off his feet, leaving him lying flat on the floor. All lads rushed to his aid, leaving their belongings behind, they put him in recovery position, called for an ambulance, shielded him from the strong winds and stayed by his side until paramedics arrived and took him to hospital. They also informed a traffic warden so the man didn’t get a ticket.

Overall Winner – Cyril Sellars

Before the night closed the Leader of Corby Borough Council announced a Special Recognition Award for this year’s youngest nominee Chloe Kelly South. Cllr Tom Beattie said:

‘Every year the panel has the extremely difficult challenge of first of all shortlisting the amazing nominations that come in and then again to pick the overall spirit award out of the public’s winners.

‘Every now and then there is one of these nominees that for whatever reason sticks in the panels minds. This year it was a girl who from the age of just 7 has helped save her father from several diabetic hypos. We think that her bravery and clear maturity is commendable.’

The Mayor of Corby, Cllr Matt Keane presented Chloe Kelly South with a Special Recognition Certificate on behalf of the panel.

COPY: Corby Borough Council

NHS Corby have today ( Sep 20 ) confirmed they have reached a deal with the operator of the Corby Urgent Care Centre to keep the centre open.

In a statement, the clinical commissioning group for the area say the deal will keep the centre going beyond an original contract deadline of September the 30th - through to March 2019.

However both parties can give only four months notice to terminate the contract if needs be before that date. 

The statement adds that "both parties are seeking a period of stability to enable further consultation with staff, patients and the public about the future shape of services locally".

The news has been welcomed by the MP for Corby who last week handed in a petition about the Urgent Care Centre at Parliament, that was compiled by independent campaign group "Save Our UCC".

The Leader of the Labour Party has been in Corby today (Sep 8). 

Jeremy Corbyn visited the Pen Green Centre for Children and Families on Rockingham Road. He spoke to staff and parents there after being welcomed by local Labour members and two pipers.

The site includes a Sure Start centre and Mr Corbyn has accused the government of not funding the centres properly. He's also criticised the government over issues they've had with a pledge to provide thirty hours of free childcare for three and four year-olds.

The government has said it is determined to support families with investment in affordable childcare in the years ahead.

Police investigating the sexual assault of a woman in Corby earlier this month have made a fresh appeal.

They have urged a taxi driver who may have given the woman a lift to contact them and are also trying to locate a woman and two men who may have more information.

A woman was assaulted in a small grassed park area, at the junction of Pen Green  Lane and Rockingham Road, sometime between 4 am and 5am on the morning of Saturday September 9th. It's understood another woman and two men walked past the area around the time of the incident.

Anyone with more details is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Four people have been arrested after police received reports of people carrying shotguns in the Gretton Brook Road area of Corby.

Officers were called to the area on Tuesday, 5 September, when armed police attended the scene and arrested two men and two teenage boys.

An extensive search of the local area has taken place and a shotgun has been recovered. 

Officers from CID investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who may have any information about it. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The four men arrested in connection with the incident have been released from custody under investigation.