Organisers expect thousands will attend this year's Corby Mardi Gras.

The family-centred festival of light and sound is being held in the town again - centred on the central woodlands - on Saturday March 30th.

Behind the event are arts collective Made in Corby who are working with Leicester-based Art Reach on producing the event - which features illuminations, music, street theatre and sculptures.

A series of workshops for the public are planned before the big day so people can have an input into how the event develops.

Made in Corby say this year's Mardi Gras should be the biggest yet with extra funding from Arts Council England.

Corby people will have the chance to find out more about plans for a major new waste to energy plant.

Those behind it were given permission to use gasification on the site at Shelton Road but instead say they will be using combustion energy.

But a counter-protest and petition is being planned by campaigners against the move.

The public event happens at the Stephenson Way Community Centre from 2 to 7pm on Thursday February 7.

Corby Borough Council's leadership says councillors have made it clear they don't want Corby to lose its local identity or decision making.

In a full council meeting on Wednesday ( Jan 16 ) they were considering their next moves as reform towards merging the borough authority into a unitary for half of Northamptonshire continues.

CBC has agreed to begin what's known as a Community Governance Review soon, which could lead to a town council being formed for Corby areas that are not covered by a parish council.

Any town council would have less powers than the borough council does now.

A majority of councillors also backed a call for the government to review a deadline of next year for the wider local reforms.

A church group are working on making Corby's Connaughty Centre off Cottingham Road a community hub.

The venue established in the 1960s that was closely linked with youth work closed some four years ago.

Now The Living Faith Temple have been sold the building by a government agency and have been renovating the centre with a view to providing a new community facility that focusses on youth work and families.

In an interview with Corby Radio, Pastor David Midzi from the church told us they are working towards a partial opening in March.

People locally are being encouraged to make at least one lifestyle change that could help their health and wellbeing.

Social media is the means in which Northants County Council are getting "A Change Would Do You Good" out to the public.

Subjects they are covering include high cholesterol, high blood glucose levels, mental health problems and poor air quality.

In January changes will be shared online with people invited to make the change during February and report on their progress in March.

Meanwhile GPs in Corby are urging people to set "realistic" goals when it comes to addressing their health and wellbeing in this New Year.

They are promoting the NHS Couch to 5k app plus the Corby Health Walks that are free to attend - plus the Corby Parkrun that takes place every Saturday morning

The website of NHS Corby CCG is holding more details and advice.