A parish magazine, world famous conker competition, festival and pilgrimage are all finalists in this year’s Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards.
These four projects, all up for the ‘Best Newcomer’ award, have been praised by judges for their innovative and committed approach to strengthening communities.
Victoria Miles, Chief Executive at the Foundation, said: “While all of these groups have been making an impact in Northamptonshire for many years, they are new to the Foundation and received funding form us for the very first time in 2017/8. This is our opportunity to celebrate all that they have done and the difference they have made to people living all across the county.”
Here are the finalists for the Best Newcomer award, a category sponsored by Stanair …
Rushton Parish Council’s ‘The Triangle’
This monthly community magazine received a Foundation grant to ensure they could continue to publish 'The Triangle' for another year, delivering it for free to every household in the parish.
In 2009 council funding ended and the magazine team have since then had to rely on small grants, parish council support and donations to keep it going. This new funding has given the team some security – with its 550 readers benefiting from regular news, events and updates.
Crick Scarecrow Festival
This annual event brings the village alive with living history, entertainment and music. This year’s festival included a living camp and the accompanying music festival, which is free of charge, is a community highlight. Over 1,000 enjoyed the weekend’s line-up, taking part in archery, cooking and music.
Montagu Moment’s at St Edmund’s Church
The Foundation funded a Pilgrimage of Kindness, that the church designed to promote heritage, volunteering and build local community connections.
The pilgrimage, which started on the Grange Estate, invited participants to create scallop shells and carry these along the river bank to St Edmund's church, where people added their creation to a copper pipe sculpture along with a pledge to commit an act of kindness for themselves or for people in their community.
Ashton Conker Club
The Ashton Conker Club hosts the world-famous conker championships, which attracts over 3,000 spectators to Northamptonshire.
The event, supported by more than 200 volunteers, raises funds for good causes county-wide, with the Foundation’s grant helping to fund the 2017 event.
The world's press and media relay the extravaganza around the globe – literally putting Northamptonshire on the world map.