A £2.5m project to renovate and restore the original heart of Wicksteed Park has transformed its elegant Edwardian pavilion, central piazza and precinct. The Historic Heart initiative was

funded by the Wicksteed Charitable Trust and has rejuvenated the social hub of the park, providing an improved welcome to visitors. It is now complemented by restored original park cottages which utilised a revolutionary form of prefabrication and are now being used for information centres, the sale of Wicksteed ice cream, learning spaces and community uses. All guest services are now

located in the pavilion, making meeting under the clock tower a focal point for all visitors. The completion of the project

was marked by a celebration, where HM Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire David Laing unveiled a commemorative plaque. The occasion was also marked

by the official re-starting of the newly-refurbished pavilion clocks,

which date back to 1921 and are now working again for the first time in more than 25 years. The four unique Tower Clocks,

connected to a stage clock in the Edwardian pavilion’s ballroom, were manufactured and supplied by famous electric clock manufacturer Gents of Leicester in 1921.

Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of

the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, said: “The Historic Heart project is part of the Trust’s vision to ensure the park reaches its full potential as a heritage and learning resource for the local community and the large number of visitors who use the park.”

Oliver Wicksteed at the restored pavilion


Haddonstone, the UK’s leading specialists in the production of standard and bespoke architectural stonework have again been recognised at the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) Awards. The annual Excellence in the use

of Cast Stone Awards recognise the very highest standards of cast stone manufacturing. The Northamptonshire company was successful in three awards, beating strong competition from a number of other members across the UK. Haddonstone won the Best Cast

Stone on a Small Project category for their restoration of a large replacement pier cap, for a private customer. They also won the Best Cast Stone on a Contemporary Design Project category for their work at Jesus College, Cambridge, commissioned by leading architects Gort Scott. Haddonstone were also highly

commended in the Best Overall Cast Stone Project category for their work at Bishops Row, Fulham, developed by Octagon Developments. Haddonstone’s experienced team

works around the world, supplying the very best stonework to meet a broad range of design requirements.

Google is bringing its Google Digital Garage to Daventry Leisure Centre on 1st October 2019, offering local people and businesses free advice and coaching on their digital skills to help them find a job, or grow in their business, career or confidence.

Google Digital Garage is one of Google's flagship investment programmes in the UK, where anyone can come and learn free digital skills through a range of courses. Since launching the Google Digital Garage in 2015, over 300,000 people have benefitted from Google’s free face­to­face training on digital know­how across 250 locations in the UK.

Three courses will be available on the evening, where visitors can stay as little or as long as they like:

• Digital Marketing Strategy An introduction to the main digital marketing channels and how to use them to build strategy.

• Get started with Digital Advertising Get started with social, search and display advertising.

• Get started with Digital Marketing Discover how your career or business could benefit from digital marketing.

To book your place on a session, please email: or visit: Find out more at:

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