Corby's central woodland has once again been rated as one of the UK's best green spaces.

A Green Flag has been given to Thoroughsale and Hazel Wood for the seventh year in a row.

Now into its third decade, the award is designed to make the public aware that a space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent  visitor facilities.

Volunteers who work on maintaining the woodland were joined by borough council officials for a flag raising ceremony on July 17.

An Armed Forces Covenant support website has been launched locally.

The Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire website gives the local armed forces community – from serving troops and veterans to new recruits and their families – access to online resources and support services.

Information about support groups, mental health services, healthcare, finance, accommodation and employment opportunities are available including details of services for those transitioning into civilian life.

The web address is

An estimated 65,000 people are living in Northamptonshire who serve, or have served in the armed forces are set to benefit from the service.

The website is being funded by Ministry of Defence (MOD) and delivered by Northamptonshire County Council’s web team.

The Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire is a voluntary partnership of local organisations to ensure those who serve, or have served in the armed forces are supported in their community.  



People in Corby are being given an extra opportunity to give their views and ask questions about planned reform of local government.

Corby Borough Council have organised an extra public meeting on the issue to take place next Monday evening ( Jul 9 ) at the Beanfield Community Centre from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

CBC are undertaking their own consultation on proposals that could see some councils merged, following severe financial difficulties at Northamptonshire County Council.

They have also encouraged residents to take part in a countywide consultation that is supported by all the Northants local authorities.

A plan from Corby Borough Council to build 18 homes on Oakley Vale has been met by complaints. Many comments have been received on an online application about plans to develop homes near Cheltenham Road.

A number of the comments touch on problems emergency services have previously had in reaching addresses in the area, contending that the development will add to the problem.

CBC's application is for a mix of flats and two and three bedroom houses. MP for Corby Tom Pursglove has met with some of the residents and has also voiced opposition to the plan.

Meanwhile the borough council along with partners have marked the completion of 26 new affordable homes on the Beanfield estate.

The development's taken place on the former site of the Beanfield School off Glastonbury Road. CBC say the properties - two bedroom bungalows - will help meet the needs of Corby's older residents.

The local authority say they have now completed 210 new builds since 2010.

Staff at Pen Green Centre in Corby are celebrating after scooping not one, but two national awards.

The Times Education Supplement (Tes) awards ceremony was held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 22nd June.

The Centre went to the event having been one of only eight providers in the whole of the UK shortlisted for the ‘Early Years Setting of the Year Award’ in recognition of the amazing work it does with 0 – 5 year olds. Not only did the team win this award, they also picked up the big award of the night – ‘Overall School of the Year’.

The Tes Schools Awards, which are now in their tenth year, recognise outstanding contributions made by education teams and individuals to help students around the country to succeed, both inside and outside the classroom.