• Aladdin reviewed: like the lamp – magical after a polish

    Richard Beeby reviews Aladdin, the Derngate panto at Royal & Derngate, our review of the Royal Christmas show Jungle Book is here… The tag line on the front page to this year’s festive panto offering at the Royal & Derngate is ‘Everything you could wish for in a panto’, on [...]
  • Christmas – it all feels way too normal now

    So when did Christmas become Christmas day? What I mean is, at what point did Christmas become all about Christmas Day, writes Barney Felce of The Pomfret Arms. As far as I remember it used to begin around about a week before Christmas day itself, then it continued until around the 3rd January. [...]
  • Christmas at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh House

    It’s Christmas and, once again, 78 Derngate will be decorated in the traditional way it would have been at the time the Bassett-Lowke’s lived here.  From early November until our season ends on Sunday, December 17th, some rooms in the Mackintosh House will be lightly transformed to depict [...]
  • Toys donated to children in care

    The people who attend the Caring & Sharing Trust’s Day Centre in Cogenhoe have, once again, arranged to donate loads of brand new toys for the children throughout the County who are in the care of the County Council. Cllr Michael Clarke collected the toys on behalf of the Council and said he [...]
  • Chris Whiley on ten years of the Rocking Roadrunner

    December marks the end of the 10th Anniversary year of the ‘Rockin’ Roadrunner’ club nights, for people with disabilities and their carers. The NQ’s Andy Shaw talked to founder member Christine Whiley about setting up RR, inspired by daughter Frances who has a learning disability. [...]
  • Christmas cheer going for a song

    The Christmas lights are on and the festive shopping season is underway. Julie Teckman sniffs out some goldmines for gifts in Northampton… For the shopaholic, any time of year that offers an excuse to hit the shops has got to be a bonus, and Christmas leads the way in providing opportunities [...]
  • Have yourself a Spanish Christmas

    Chef Maxi Lorenzo from Barcelona gives a flavour of a festive season in the sun…   A greedy charcoal maker, a risqué Christmas log and feast upon feast! From the bonfire jumping ‘Hogueras’ celebrations on the 21st of December to Epiphany on the 6th of January, Christmas in [...]
  • Cheese of the Month: Colston Bassett Stilton

    Steve and Caroline Ward bring you choice fromages… During the first week of December, our Stilton delivery arrives. A pallet load, 150 kilos, there or thereabouts. Every year we get that same feeling of dread: where are we going to put this? How are we ever going to sell it all? But come [...]
  • Hedda Gabler reviewed: she’s a hot mess of a psychopath

    Tré Ventour reviews Hedda Gabler at Royal & Derngate… Bound by the constraints of holy matrimony to an aspiring academic, Hedda Gabler (Lizzy Watts) fights against patriarchal conventions and shudders at the idea of motherhood. She is confined within the walls of an apartment, a [...]
  • Spiral Archive’s Alex Novak in sound and vision

    Peter Dennis looks at a new exhibition showcasing the work of an artist and musician…  Local artist and musician Alex Novak will be exhibiting a selection of work from his 40 year career at The Sanctuary Gallery, Clare Street, Northampton. A permanent fixture on the local music scene Alex [...]
  • What does the fundraising Carlsberg Christmas Brew taste like?

    A beer by Carlsberg only available in Northampton is also contributing to a local appeal which aims to help the elderly in winter. Carlsberg has donated £10,000 of proceeds from the sales of Carlsberg Christmas Brew to Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Appeal. The beer [...]
  • Christmas: what would Jesus do?

    Tre Ventour’s feelings about Christmas have his friends calling him Scrooge. These are his feelings… Bah humbug! Yes, I’m that guy who really doesn’t like Christmas.  What number of times can be deemed appropriate to listen to the same Cliff Richard tracks repeatedly in the [...]
  • Cafe and community are key for Vintage Retreat

    Paula of Vintage Retreat recounts the story of the emporium’s journey from idea to reality… Like Alan Moore, an elephant is a well-known resident of Spring Boroughs…If you look up at the sky, somewhere between the tiptoeing towers of St Barnabas House,  the New Life building and [...]
Fine writing

Queen Eleanor’s Cross – a love story

by Steve in Culture

Alarming pictures of Northampton’s Queen Eleanor Cross overgrown with weeds prompted a new Facebook group and the promise of action from Northampton Borough Council. [...]



Two Point Four: Fresh air calls

by Steve in Culture

“Not now, Daddy’s busy!” billows from the dark depths under the home desk, while battling with the spaghetti like cables. “Which one of these is the blasted [...]