The Mayor's Travels
Mayor’s surprise visit for Pat and Derek Knight’s Blue Sapphire Wedding Anniversary
Pat and Derek Knight of Rushden celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.
On the 14th July, on behalf of Rushden Town Council, Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, surprised the anniversary couple at their home to congratulate them on reaching this fantastic milestone. And with thanks to their daughter Julie, we were able to share their beautiful and inspiring story with you all.
Pat (86) and Derek (88) have lived most of their married life in Norfolk, moved to Rushden in 2019 to be closer to their daughter and several of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The couple had a bit of a turbulent start to the beginning of their relationship as they were in fact cousins, they didn't grow up together as children and met as adults at Derek's father's funeral, but some family members had objections and so they agreed to separate and wait 3 years until Pat was 21 and could marry without permission.
They didn't see each other or have any contact for over 18 months, but both missed each other terribly. Finally, it was Pat's sister who contacted Derek and said they needed to be together, as apart they were both so unhappy.
Julie, the couple's daughter tells us, " I never tire of hearing what happened next…
"My Mum was a qualified hairdresser and looked out of the window one evening as they were closing up. She realised the man standing in the doorway opposite was my dad. She went over to him; he took her hand and they walked down by the canal. Almost the first words he said to her, after over 18 months apart, were, 'So, are you going to marry me?' to which she didn't hesitate to say 'Yes'."
It's all history from there as on the 14th of July 1956, Pat and Derek were married at St Mary's Church, Chessington in Surrey. As years went on the couple reconciled with Pat's parents who then in their later years, moved to Nolfolk to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
The couple went on to have 2 children, Julie, who was born in 1958 and and Kevin, born in 1961. Julie tells us that her parents have always pulled together as a team and provided a loving fun filled childhood for her and her brother, with Sunday always being 'family day', with days by the coast, stopping to cook breakfast in a layby, followed by a game of ball, using an old bat and the frying pan.
In 2018, Kevin sadly passed away, which was understandably devastating for the entire family. The Mayor spotted a little tribute to Kevin in the couple's garden, his old boots filled with flowers on display by the pond.
Pat and Derek worked together and ran their successful business for nearly 30 years, before retiring in 1997 and making more time to enjoy hobbies such as fundraising committees, craft shows, Derek playing in a local brass band in Norfolk well into his 70's and so much more. Julie commented, "They enjoy new challenges, learning different crafts or tackling DIY challenges (nearly always together)."
And As you'll see by the photos of the couple's stunning garden, over lockdown they have been working hard making it a beautiful haven.
The couple told the Mayor that they very much enjoy living in Rushden, and despite of lockdown, they have still tried to make the most of their new town by visiting a number of places in the local area and hope to get involved in local groups once the restrictions are lifted.
Although Pat and Derek are surrounded by family, 2 of their grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren live all the way up in Hull, but the couple explained to the Mayor that there have been some lovely video calls and they are looking forward to arranging a visit asap.
When the Mayor asked them what they thought the secret to a long and happy marriage was, Pat replied, "We were friends first and still are."
The Mayor made these comments about her visit, "it was a pleasure to meet such a lovely couple and be part of this special day, we welcome them with open arms to the Rushden community."
Thank you to Pat and Derek for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
Mayor visits Robert and Marie Smith on their Golden Wedding Anniversary
On the 26th June, the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, made a surprise visit to Robert & Marie Smith of Rushden, to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Big congratulations to this wonderful couple and thank you for letting us share this amazing milestone with our town.
Mayor visits John and Ann Beal on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary
Congratulations to John and Ann Beal who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary last Thursday!
On the 24th June the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, dropped by to congratulate the couple after a service they attended at
St Mary's Church. A surprise organised by a friend of the couple.
What a fantastic milestone to reach, we wish you all the very best!
Mayor visits Vicki and Brian Kempson on their Golden Wedding Anniversary
On the 19th June the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, visited Vicki and Brian Kempson as a surprise organised by their family, to congratulate them on their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
The Mayor arrived at the couple's home just as the celebratory family BBQ had started and they spent some time chatting…
Vicki, who has lived in Rushden all of her life, met Brian (originally from Bilston, Staffordshire) in 1969 at an 18+ group where Vicki was the Chairman. Brian moved to Rushden to be with Vicki and they were married at Rushden's St Mary's Church.
Brian's previous occupation was a printer at Chapmans in Wellingborough and Vicki, an admin assistant until they started a family and then she became a full time mum.
In Brian's younger years he was interested in cars and "chasing women" joked his daughter-in-law, Annaliese. He is now a keen photographer. When Vicki was younger she enjoyed cycling, social events and clubs, carnivals and organising dances at work. She now enjoys gardening and sewing.
Vicki and Brian have 3 children:- Julie, Steve (Married to Annaliese) and Neil (marrying Janine in August this year) and 7 grandchildren:- Ryan, Connor, Olivia, May, Jordan, Evie and Mia. The couple both love nothing better than to spend time with their family.
Mayor Coleman asked the couple the secret of a good marriage, Vicki replied jokingly, "trying not to murder each other" which made everyone chuckle. Vicki went on to say in a more heartfelt tone, "the main thing is having a good friendship with each other" and Brain agreed.
"When speaking to a representative of Rushden Town Council, the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman said, "Vicki and Brian are such a lovely couple and it's been an absolute pleasure to visit them."
Thank you to Vicki and Brian for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
Mayor visits Roy and Margaret Cave on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary
On the 7th June, the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, visited Roy and Margaret Cave to congratulate them on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and to find out a bit more about their story…
Roy, 83, previously a painter and decorator and Margaret, 78, worked for Co-op Funeral Directors, have both lived in Rushden all of their lives.
Roy has always been very sporty and played lots of sports including football and darts and bowls at a high level and Margaret also played darts and bowls, which they still enjoy today. The couple also told the Mayor about their love of horse racing and how they have attended Ascot several times over the years.
Mayor Coleman asked Roy and Margaret the secret to their successful marriage, they both replied "sticking together through thick and thin."
The 'diamond' couple shared their delight in receiving an anniversary card from Her Majesty the Queen and told the Mayor they would be celebrating their anniversary with a Chinese takeaway that night and then out for a family meal at the Carriage House on the Sunday.
The Mayor made these comments about her visit, "having known Roy and Margaret for many years, it was a pleasure to pop round to wish them a very Happy Anniversary."
Thank you to Roy and Margaret for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
Mayor visits Janet and Roy Presland on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary
On the 3rd June Janet and Roy Presland of Rushden celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. On behalf of Rushden Town Council, the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, visited the couple to congratulate them on their fantastic milestone and to discover a bit more about their story…
Roy, who has lived in Rushden all his life (except for a short time when he lived in Irthlingborough), met Janet (originally from Desborough) through their shared passion for cycling. They were both members of local cycling clubs and got to know each other through shared events.
The couple married at St Giles' Church, Desborough and their honeymoon was spent youth hostelling in Scotland. Janet moved to Rushden shortly after to be with her husband.
Roy was an electrical technical at the Central Electric Company for almost all his career and Janet was a pharmacist, something that she gave up when she had the children but later resumed on a part-time basis as a locum, helping out in local chemist shops.
The couple share three children, Andrew, who is a statistician in the civil service, Judith, a nurse at Kettering General Hospital. Sadly, their first child, David, had problems with his heart and died when only a couple of days old. They also have 1 grandson.
Roy and Janet enjoy cycling and walking (particularly in Wales and the Lake District), together with holidaying in North Norfolk. They have climbed all the Wainwrights and have a certificate to prove it. They continue to enjoy short walks, especially at Rushden Lakes. They are also interested in various types of history, such as industrial archaeology (mainly Roy) and family history (Janet). They have belonged to St Mary's Church, Rushden for over 50 years.
The couple told the Mayor that they will be celebrating their anniversary with a nice pub meal with the family and said they were overwhelmed with cards and flowers from friends, family, neighbours and even their local supermarket.
When the Mayor asked them what they thought the secret to a long and happy marriage was, Janet replied, "Give and take," Roy agreed and added, "to have similar interests, not all but some."
The Mayor made these comments about her visit, "A sunny doorstep visit to help a happy couple celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. "Always a pleasure to meet such a lovely people and have a chat. "Congratulations Janet and Roy and also an advanced Happy 90th Birthday to Roy, for August."
Thank you to Roy and Janet for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
Mayor visits Jack and Elsie Smith on their Platinum Wedding Anniversary
Yesterday, Rushden residents Jack & Elsie Jones became 'a one in a million couple' as they celebrated seventy years of marriage.
Reaching a Platinum Wedding Anniversary is statistically a one in a million chance and so Rushden Town Council, along with the Town Mayor, Cllr Melanie Coleman, and the Mayor's Consort, Cllr David Coleman, an anniversary to remember was organised!
As well as being serenaded by an emotional doorstep performance of Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' performed by 'The Candy Bars' singer Odette, the couple were treated to a Mrs B's Sandwich Emporium home delivery afternoon tea, a special basket of flowers courtesy of the Mayor, a fantastic balloon display courtesy of The Original Factory Shop and Rushden Town Council gifted them with a personalised card which featured the happy couple on their wedding day and a decorated cake. View Video here
Mayor Melanie and the Mayor's Consort, David spent the afternoon inside the couple's garden to find out about their 72 year love story…
Elsie, 92, originally from Hargrave and Rushden-born Jack, 96, have lived in their Rushden home for 68 years. They met at a dance at the Windmill Hall in Rushden. Jack cheekily commented to the Mayor that when he saw Elsie he 'didn't stand a chance.'
After a two-year courtship, the couple married at Higham Ferrers Methodist Church on May 12, 1951.
Jack entertained the Mayor and Consort with stories about his time in service for the Navy, where he was on Radar as a member of destroyer HMS Valorous, protecting convoys on the Atlantic and North Sea.
In their younger years, Jack and Elsie enjoyed dancing and told the Mayor that they have travelled all over London to different dances.
The couple spoke fondly about their shared love of the natural world, how they loved the countryside with trips to Yorkshire, birdwatching and looking at wildflowers.
Jack retired at 60 from his job in the leather industry because of a health scare, Elsie finished work as a floor walker in a shoe factory which gave them more time for their hobbies.
Their Son, Martyn and grandchildren, Annalena and Ella relocated to Germany. Jake, their oldest grandchild remained in the UK with sons Rufus and Felix. The couple spoke fondly of their family, how proud they are of them all and how it's been a really difficult time not being able to see them due to the restrictions but how their son phones them every day.
Over the last year, Jack and Elsie have barley left their home on High Street South due to Covid restrictions and health matters, but explained to the Mayor that they have wonderful neighbours and Jack commented that, "the staff at Sainsbury's Local have been amazing and real lifesavers."
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Jack told the Mayor "it's because we are interested in the same sort of things, we aren't the sort who like to sit on the sand, we like to go up on the hills."
"We share the love of bird watching, my kind is the feathered kind, and Jack? well once a sailor always a sailor" Elsie jokingly commented.
The Mayor made these comments about her afternoon with the couple, "I was very privileged to be able to share a little 'socially distanced' time with such a lovely couple.
"70 years is an amazing achievement, but when you see them together you can see why... they are a wonderful team."
From all of us here at Rushden Town Council, we'd like to wish this inspirational and charming couple a very happy 70th anniversary and thank them for letting us share their day and story with the people of Rushden.
Rushden Lockdown Memories
On the 11th May the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, visited Tennyson Road Infant School to talk to the pupils about our 'Rushden's Lockdown Memories' project and how they can be involved.
If you would like your Lockdown Memories to be part of a collective video for Rushden, please email in your photos, videos, written words to: email@example.com
For larger files we suggest using www.wetransfer.com
The deadline is 1st June 2021
The collaborative video will be released on 21st June to celebrate restrictions being lifted (subject to any government changes).
Reopening Rushden - High Street shops visited by the Town Mayor
It was great to see a bustling Rushden High Street today, Monday 12th April, in the sunshine (busy, but not too busy), with smiles on the faces of both retailers and shoppers, Salons full of relieved clients, Barbers with queues, gym goers ready to train before doors open and youngsters looking jolly as they are able to browse new clothing trends.
The Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, spent the morning welcoming back businesses who have been sorely missed within the town, including;
In Bloom Florist and Gift Shop
Jonathan Brown Hairdressing
Crystelle Belle Jewellery Shop
Anytime Fitness Rushden Gym
P.W. House Jeweller's
Select Fashion Rushden Clothing Store
Blue Corner Cafe - who were trialing out some new outdoor seating
and Housewives Choice.
The Mayor paid a visit to the The Rose And Crown Rushden where they were busy getting ready for their big reopening in May, and she also gave her congratulations to Alco Taxis new management team and praised them for their investment in the newly refurbished premises.
Mayor visits Valerie and Maurice Marsh on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary
On the 3rd April Valerie and Maurice Marsh of Rushden celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. On behalf of Rushden Town Council the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, visited the couple to congratulate them on their fantastic milestone and to discover a bit more about their story…
Valerie and Maurice met in Bedford whilst working at Robinsons Rentals, in different departments. Maurice asked Valerie out on her 17th Birthday by giving her a small box of chocolates. Apparently the first date didn't go too smoothly… Maurice was driving that day for the company and ran out of petrol, unfortunately there was a big shortage of petrol at that time and so he had to wait for someone to rescue him. Valerie finished work and waited 10 minutes, but as Maurice was late, she decided to go home.
According to their daughter Carolyn, the couple's relationship is definitely a credit to her Dad's persistence, with a second attempt at a date being much more successful and gradually friendship and romance blossomed and the couple were married on 3rd April 1961 at St Mary the Virgin Church, Goldington in Bedford. Valerie, 81, previously a local government officer and Maurice, 86, a previous motor vehicle technician, moved to Rushden in August 1964 and have lived there ever since. The couple share two daughters, Carolyn and Susan. Carolyn lived overseas for many years but is now back in Rushden and Susan lives in Higham. They have the pleasure of their two granddaughters and two great grandchildren who live in Rushden and their grandson who lives in Edinburgh. The pair have always loved travel. They bought a tent and in 1970 the family made their first camping trip abroad. Everything, including food was packed into the mini made by Maurice and the first destination was Italy. Carolyn and Susan had to sit on top of the food and bedding. Every year a trip was made to another new exotic warm destination including Turkey and Morocco… Gradually the tent was replaced by motor caravans. Until recently they still enjoyed driving down to Spain and hope to have some motor caravan holidays in UK later this year.
They also enjoy walking and have recently enjoyed local socially distanced walks around Hall Park. The couple told the Mayor that they will be celebrating this big anniversary with a celebratory garden lunch with their daughters and their partners. Speaking to a representative from Rushden Town Council, Carolyn, the couple's daughter, said this of her parents, "Mum and Dad are the best example you could hope for of marriage to their children and grandchildren. They have always been the best of friends and use determination and ingenuity to ensure they make the best of any situation." When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Valarie told the Mayor, "It's friends first and we do everything together." We still go caravanning and have had a wonderful life, travelling." When speaking to a representative of Rushden Town Council, Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman said, "Valerie and Maurice Marsh are such a lovely couple, full of life and enthusiasm and it's been an absolute pleasure to visit them." Thank you to Valerie and Maurice for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
East Northamptonshire Council return the Urban District chains to Rushden
Today, Wednesday 31st March, marked a historic moment for Rushden, as East Northamptonshire Council handed the former Rushden Urban District Council chains to Rushden Town Council, to be retained as part of the town's civic history.
Cllr Helen Howell, ENC's final Chairman, officially handed the chains over to Rushden Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, who received them on behalf of Rushden Town Council.
Cllr Helen Howell said, "I'm delighted to be able to return the chains back to Rushden Town Council for their safe keeping and I'm sure they will find a suitable home for this historic regalia.
"Today also marks the end of an era, as of this evening, East Northamptonshire Council ceases to exist and we move into new authority that will be North Northamptonshire Council."
The three civic chains have been used since 1974 by ENC's Chairman, deputy Chairman and Chairman's consort and were inherited from the former Rushden Urban District Council.
Town Clerk, Vivienne Prodger commented, "It's fitting that the Rushden Urban District Town chains have been gifted to Rushden Town Council and we will cherish them as part of Rushden's heritage."
Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman added, "Today as Mayor, it was an great honour to receive back, the original Rushden town chains from East Northants Council."
The historic artefacts will be placed on display at Rushden Hall and will be preserved and protected for many more years.
Mayor's Easter Doorstep visit to Rushden Care Homes
On the 29th March the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, gave a socially distanced doorstep visit to Redclyffe Care Home and MHA Rushden Park Nursing Home to hand-deliver Easter cards to residents and staff. The Easter cards captured some of the spring floral displays from around Rushden and a special message from the Mayor.
Rushden Town Council staff will be delivering the Mayor's Easter message to all care homes in Rushden throughout the week.
Mayor visits Philip and Wendy Underwood on their Golden Wedding Anniversary
On the 24th December the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, and the Mayor's Consort, Cllr David Coleman, paid a doorstep Christmas Eve, surprise visit to Philip and Wendy Underwood to congratulate them on the fantastic milestone of their 50th Wedding Anniversary and to discover more about their story…
The couple met as children of 14 in Rushden's Hall Park, and it was only when they reached their early 20's that Philip asked Wendy out. They were married on Christmas Eve 1970 at Wellingborough Registry Office.
The couple went on to have their daughter, Sally. Devastatingly, at the age of only 4 years old, Sally passed away due to a health condition.
According to their neighbours, Mr and Mrs Hales, Philip and Wendy are a very caring couple and played a big part in their son's life. In Mrs Hales own words "extremely special and like grandparents to him."
The caring couple that are obviously very good with children, went on to foster a little girl. Samantha was with the couple from 3 years old to the age of 16 and they are still in contact to this day.
Philip worked at Rushden's infamous DB Shoes as a clicker for many years and the he was a Postman until he retired. Wendy worked at Flavell and Hart in Rushden high street, selling ladies and gents fashions.
The couple have a variety of hobbies and keep themselves active. Philip has an allotment and breeds canaries, enjoys running and walking their dogs. Caroline Hales, neighbour said "They also look after our dog while we are at work so very often he's walking 3." Wendy enjoys meeting up with friends for lunch and going on coach trips. According to her neighbour, she is a well-known face down the high street as she goes down and supports the local shops on a daily basis, enjoying chatting to many along the way!
To help them celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary, Phil and Wendy's neighbours (and friends), the Hales' created an afternoon tea in the garden, decorated with flowers and balloons and with a gazeebo and heater.
When asked by the Mayor what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Wendy said, "it's about give and take" and Philip answered, "to take care of each other."
The Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, made these comments about the Underwood's story, "it is so romantic, engaged at Easter, married at Christmas, it was lovely to be a tiny part in their special day."
Thank you to Philip and Wendy for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
Mayor visits Gill and Roy Burridge on their Diamond
Just before the second lockdown on the 29th October, the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, and the Mayor's Consort, Cllr David Coleman, paid a doorstep visit to Gill and Roy Burridge to congratulate them on the fantastic milestone of their 60th Wedding Anniversary and to discover more about their story…
The couple met 66 years ago at Cardington Mill and were married 6 years later. They then moved to Rushden shortly after, as Roy took up employment with Arthur Sanders Ltd.
Both Roy and Gill have made a huge contribution to the community in the 59 years they've lived here. With Roy being a member of Rushden Round Table for 12 years, a Parent Governor at South End Junior School and a Scout leader for the 8th Rushden (S A) Scouts.
Gill was a Hairdresser at Helen Butlins (until the birth of their son Ivan), a crossing patrol person for South End Infant and Junior School and then a went on to become a Classroom Assistant. She was a Governor at South End Infant, a Guide leader for 5th Rushden (town guides) and later guide leader for 7th St Mary's Guides.
Roy and Gill who are both in their 80's like to keep active and have a number of hobbies and interested , Roy Enjoys playing skittles and has played for number of local teams and Gill is an active member of an over 60's keep fit group and also enjoys cross stitching and embroidery.
The couple caravanned for 45 years throughout the UK up until sadly, Macular Degeneration prevented Roy from driving. After retirement, they enjoyed travelling abroad, especially by train. Both do crosswords daily and often play scrabble. Both enjoy reading, their favourites being crime fiction.
The couple are very family orientated and it was clear to see that they are adored by their 3 children, Ivan, Nicholas and Emma and their 6 Grandchildren as they had a number of socially distanced doorstep visits, celebrating this big occasion!
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Gill looked at her husband loving twinkle in her eye and said "never go to sleep on an argument." Roy agreed.
It was wonderful to hear how the couple have shared such a full and beautiful life together and to see how Roy and his cheeky antics can still put a smile on Gill's face!
Thank you to Roy and Gill for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
Mayor visits Angela and Colin West on their Golden
On the 7th October Angela & Colin West of Rushden, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. On behalf of Rushden Town Council the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, and the Mayor's Consort, Cllr David Coleman, gave the couple a socially distanced visit in their beautiful garden, to congratulate them on a fantastic fifty year milestone and to discover a bit more about the couple's story...
Angela and Colin told the Mayor how they met at a school in Nottingham and grew up in the same town. On Angela's' 14th Birthday, Colin took Angela on a date to the cinema to watch 'From Russia with Love', and this is where their beautiful, strong and long lasting relationship began. The couple married in in Nottinghamshire, but Colin's career as an Engineer and Draftsman (working for the likes of Rolls Royce, Crossland Fitters and Lotus Cars) saw the couple relocate to Norfolk, where they brought up their 2 children, Alan and Alison and resided there for almost 40 years.
Very sadly in 2005, the couple suffered the loss of their son due to an ongoing health condition. Angela described to the Mayor of how their family really struggled through this devastating time, but how they really stuck together and battled though as a strong family. As they told the Mayor endearing stories about their son, it was lovely to see that Alan lives on in their memories and clearly still brings them joy. Like the words inscribed on a little memorial plaque that pops out of one of their garden flower beds says, "Forever in our memories, forever in our hearts."
July of last year saw Angela and Colin relocate from Nolfolk to Rushden to be closer to their daughter and two granddaughters. Angela commented, "we dote upon our grandchildren, they are our life, we love seeing them, it's been hard with the current circumstances but we make the most of it and love every minute of it."
Colin chatted to the Mayor's consort, Cllr David Coleman, about the current times and praised Northamptonshire and the local area, explaining that he thoroughly enjoyed discovering the Nene Valley on his bicycle throughout lockdown.
The couple planned on visiting Jersey for their anniversary, however due to lockdown they decided again and instead celebrated in Nottingham with family and friends for a socially distanced Sunday lunch.
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Angela laughed and said, "it's better the devil you know." However, according to Colin, Angela is a fantastic cook and said "I could never give up her cake."
The Mayor said, "During these strange times it was a pleasure to meet Angela and Colin, to congratulate them on their special Anniversary and wish them many more."
Mayor visits John and Betty Shooter on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary
On the 24th September John and Betty Shooter of Rushden celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. On behalf of Rushden Town Council the newly appointed Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman, gave the couple a socially distanced doorstep visit to congratulate them on their fantastic milestone and to discover a bit more about their story…
John, who's an ex service man told the Mayor a charming account of when he first set eyes on Betty at 'the pictures' which led to them becoming childhood sweethearts. They were married in Scarborough in 1960 and moved to Kettering in 1968 where John worked for Shepherds Consultants. In 1994 they then moved to Rushden and have lived here ever since. The couple have 2 children who live in Northamptonshire and who they enjoy seeing often. Betty, still a keen knitting enthusiast, talked fondly of working for the yarn shop 'Play Mates' and John, a big Darby FC supporter, spoke of his football refereeing days.
The couple told the Mayor that they were celebrating their anniversary with a nice slice of cake "we've bought an extra cake so we can cut it up and share it out amongst our wonderful neighbours." They went on to explain how great their neighbours have been throughout the pandemic and how supportive everyone has been.
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, John laughed and jokingly said, "do as your told." But joking aside, it was clear to see the admiration the couple had for each other and the beautiful life they have shared.
Thank you to John and Betty for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
Cllr Melanie Coleman Elected as New Town Mayor for 2020 - 2021
On the 15th September 2020 at the Annual General Meeting of Rushden Town Council, Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman was elected as Town Mayor for 2020 – 2021, and her husband, Cllr David Coleman, was named as Mayor's Consort.
Due to Covid-19 a Deputy Mayor will not be elected for 2020 - 2021; the role will be fulfilled by a member of Rushden Town Council, when required.
The Mayor's chosen charities will be announced at a later date.
The Mayor Did It !!
On Sunday 13th September the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, completed a Charity Sky Dive at the Hinton Skydive Centre in Brackley.
This being Cllr Marinaro's last Mayoral event, the Sky Dive has raised in excess of £3,880.00.
Cllr Marinaro has raised a massive £13,200.00 during his Mayoral Year 2019 - 2020, which will go towards his chosen charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Rushden MIND.
Welcome done Mr Mayor!!!
The Mayor helps Paul & Jean Baker Celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary
On the 11th of September, Paul and Jean Baker of Rushden celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and enjoyed a surprise visit from the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, who visited to congratulate them on their inspiring milestone.
The Bakers showed the Mayor into their beautiful garden, which provided a wonderful backdrop for photos of the visit.
Paul and Jean Baker where childhood sweethearts who met at grammar school. They were married in Cornwall in 1960 and bought their current house in Rushden in 1969. The couple who have 2 children, 2 grandchildren and a great grandchild, they are both avid gardeners and Paul loves a spot of Golf.
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Paul humorously laughed, "to agree with everything she says," and Jean then nodded with a huge smile!
The Mayor really appreciated his time with Paul and Jean, he commented on how welcoming the couple were and also commented on how much he enjoyed talking with Paul about golf!
Thank you to Paul and Jean for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
The Mayor helps Patrick and Ann Savage Celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary
On the 3rd of September, Patrick and Ann Savage of Newton Road celebrated their Blue Sapphire Wedding Anniversary!
On behalf of Rushden Town Council, the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, paid the couple a socially distanced visit to congratulate them on this huge milestone and to hear their story.
The couple, who have been together for an inspirational 69 years and married for 65, met at a village dance back in 1951. Ann lived in Newton Bromswold and Patrick would cycle over from his village in Riseley, to court Ann. They married at St Peters Church, Newton Bromswold in September 1955 and shortly after, moved into their Newton Road home where their 2 sons, John and Ian were born and grew up. Before he retired, Patrick was the drawing office manager at Timpsons press in Kettering and Ann a housewife. They have always shared a love of animals and wildlife and enjoy spending time in their garden, feeding and watching the birds.
The Mayor commented, "It was clear to see that Patrick and Ann Savage are real family people who are adored by everyone including their 3 Grandchildren."
Patrick, 86 and Ann 85 celebrated their anniversary by spending a few well deserved days in Thirsk, Yorkshire, one of the couple's favourite places. They were said to be delighted when returning home to a belated celebration in the garden with tea and cake, plus a surprise visit from the town's Mayor! To top it off nicely, the postman also delivered an anniversary card from Her Majesty The Queen.
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, the couple both agreed that trust was a major part. Ann went on to say, "You have to trust each other 100%, give and take is also a big factor and sometimes you have to do things you may not want to, but because the other one wants to."
Thank you to Patrick and Ann for letting us share your amazing milestone with the people of Rushden, we wish you all the very best!
The Mayor thanks Volunteers at Rush 2 the Den
On Thursday 20th August, on behalf of Rushden Town Council, Mayor Cesare Marinaro visited RUSH 2The DEN children's centre to give a huge thanks to Nina and her volunteers for going above and beyond for the children and families of Rushden and to also wish them good luck upon their reopening on the 7th September. While normal activities have been temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Nina and her team have very cleverly diversified, to ensure continuity of support in the community. From compiling and hand delivering fortnightly free activity and craft packs for over 600 local children and young people to assist their mental health and wellbeing, to utilising their building as a temporary food bank, which has been receiving regular surplus food donations from local supermarkets including ASDA, Morrisions, COOP, Waitrose and Costa to name but a few! The food bank has been open to 'anyone who needed a little helping hand' and Nina commented that "the temporary food bank was a lifesaver for many and continues to be in great demand." The RUSH 2The DEN volunteers also helped deliver food parcels to 80 families a week during lockdown.The Children's centre 'Swap Shop' service was also extended and includes baby's, children's and young people's clothing and school uniforms, plus books, equipment and toys. The Swap Shop and food bank are currently open Mon - Fri 9-11am & Sat 9.30-11am. Since lockdown eased, the RUSH 2The DEN youth clubs have been taking place outdoors and in our local parks, with activities such as socially distanced park games, countryside walks and bike rides. As of the 7th September, groups and youth clubs will be able to resume in their Fitzwilliam street building, in a Covid-secure environment. Thank you to all of the RUSH 2The DEN volunteers, the work you carry out really is invaluable to our community and we wish you all the very best upon your reopening.http://www.rush2theden.org.uk/
Worzel Tours Rushden with Scarecrow Friends
On Wednesday 5th August Worzel met up with some of his Rushden scarecrow friends, who scarily share a resemblance to Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Melanie Coleman, (Aunt Sally) don't you think? They had a good chat about the Rushden Garden Competition as they toured around Rushden on a 1940's tractor, even taking a look at some plants at Thing-Me-Jigz!
Thank you to everyone who put some coins into the Mayor's charity buckets to raise money for Rushden Mind and The Teenage Cancer Trust.
The Mayor Celebrates Osborne’s Sport & Toys 65th Anniversary
Rushden high street's longstanding toy shop, Osborne's Sport & Toys celebrates its 65th Anniversary! Today also marks the 5 year anniversary of the passing of Jim Osborne, the much loved-founder.
Special 65th anniversary jigsaws have been commissioned to commemorate the milestone 65th year of trading. The jigsaws are on sale from today, with a donation from each one sold going to the local Rushden Museum.
On Friday 30th July the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, visited to congratulate Pam Osborne, her son Will, and all the staff at Osborne's on behalf of Rushden Town Council. The Mayor said these words, "it's such a great achievement, reaching sixty five years on our high street. It's also such an inspiration to see Pam Osborne at 87 year of age, continuing to work in the shop. Rushden is truly honoured and we wish them all the very best."
Will Osborne commented, "We've been overwhelmed by the good wishes and support of everyone, especially in these difficult times. So a big thank you to our past, present and future customers."
Congratulations to the Osborne's Family, what a remarkable milestone to reach.
Take a look at the fun vintage window display in the photos below (or when you're visiting the high street) and see if you can spot a toy that you had as a child...
Mayor thanks Ang's Ices
The Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, visited Ang's Ices to thank her for her patience and hard work over the last few months (and of course, to have a sneaky 99 too!). Ang's unique order and delivery service was a real 'pick me up' for lots of families and even care homes during lockdown, and it's great to see Ang's Ices back in our park.
Mayor Celebrates In The Frame on its 21st Anniversary
In the Frame, Rushden high street's longstanding picture framing shop, celebrates its 21st Anniversary!
On Monday 27th July the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, popped in to congratulate them on behalf of Rushden Town Council.
Steve Martin, owner of In The Frame, gave these comments, "We have enjoyed being part of Rushden's high street over the last twenty one years. We take pride in the services we offer and the products we sell and we are very thankful for our amazing and loyal customers who have stuck with us over the years and who have been very supportive, especially throughout the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. It's great to be back and for the shop to be open again, we hope to be here for many more years to come."
Congratulations and well done to Steve and his staff at In The Frame. Thank you for being an integral part of Rushden's high street for over 20 years!
Mayor's Before and After 14 Week Haircut
The Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, with his before and after haircut.
Good to see our Mayor complying with Covid-19 regulations!
Mayor thanks Local Businesses
On Wednesday 10th June the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, visited local businesses in Rushden High Street, to thank them for their support, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mayor Supports 'Clap for our Carers' at Redclyffe Care Home
On Thursday 28th May the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, took part in the last of the 'Clap for our Carers', this time showing his support at Redclyffe Care Home (again observing social distancing).
Mayor Supports 'Clap for our Carers' at Victoria House Care Home
On Thursday 14th May the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, once again took part in the 'Clap for our Carers', this time showing his support at Victoria House Care Home (again observing social distancing).
Mayor Supports 'Clap for our Carers' at Spinneyfields Care Home
On Thursday 7th May the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, was invited to join Spinneyfields Care Home, which is managed by Shaw Healthcare, to show his support for 'Clap for our Carers' (whilst observing social distancing).
Mayor Attends the 2020 Northamptonshire Amateur Swimming Association County Championships
On Sunday 26th January the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, attended the 2020 Northamptonshire Amateur Swimming Association County Championships, at Corby International Pool.
Mayor Attends an Afternoon Tea Fundraising Event
On Saturday 25th January the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, attended an Afternoon Tea fundraising event, at the Bede House, Higham Ferrers.
A total of £1,145.86 was raised, which will go towards a four week volunteering expedition to Borneo for Alfie Burge, to help build a sustainable community for the local people and help with deforestation.
For further information and to donate to Alfie's GoFundMe page please click on www.gofundme.com/alfieburge
Mayor's Annual Civic Carol Service
On Sunday 22nd December the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, held his Civic Carol Service at St Peter's Church, Rushden.
Special thanks to Revd Rachel Hawkins of St Peter's Church and to all that attended.
(Pictured from left Mayor of Higham Ferrers, Cllr Chris O'Rourke, Mayor of Wisbech, Cllr Michael Hill, Mayor and Mayoress of Raunds, Cllr Richard Levell and his wife Magdalene, Mayor and Mayoress of Rushden, Cllr Cesare Marinaro and his wife Sabina, Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Huntingdon, Cllr Karl Webb and his wife Hilary Meers-Webb, Mayor of Irthlingborough, Cllr Adrian Winkle)
Mayor Attends the Eclipse Gymnastics Christmas Show
On Saturday 14th December the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, was a special guest at Eclipse Gymnastics Christmas Show. Eclipse Gymnastics won Community Club Of The Year in October.
Mayor at Town's Annual Christmas Lights Switch-On
On Saturday 30th November, the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, joined in with the fun at the Town's annual lights Switch-On. Pictured here with the Polar Bear!
Mayor Attends East Northamptonshire Sports & Physical Activity Awards 2019
On Thursday 17th October, the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, attended East Northamptonshire Sports & Physical Activity Awards 2019, at Rushden Historical Transport Society's Goods Shed, and presented the Primary School of the Year Award to Newton Road School.
Mayor Joins the Celebrations at Victoria House for Long Serving Staff
On Wednesday 9th October the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, joined the celebrations at Victoria House, in recognition of the long serving staff. Russell Brown, Chief Financial Officer, was there to thank staff for 5, 10 and 15 years service. Town Councillors also joined in the fun celebrating the wonderful staff team.
Mayor's Charity Golf Day
On Monday 23rd September the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, held his Charity Golf Day at Rushden Golf Club. The sun shone and a fantastic day was had by all, raising in excess of £4,000.00 for the Mayor's Charities, Teenage Cancer Trust and Rushden Mind, which will be divided at the end of the Mayoral year. Well done to the winning team, Paul Hunt & Associates, as pictured. A huge thank you to everyone that took part and for the generous donations.
Mayor Opens the Annual Civic Opening of Rushden Feast
On Friday 13th September the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, attended the Annual Civic Opening of Rushden Feast, at Spencer Park. A short service was held by Rev Jez Safford.
Mayor Opens the British Championships for the EMTF-UK Tang Soo Do Championships
On Saturday 6th July the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, opened the British Championships for the EMTF-UK Tang Soo Do Championships, at the Pemberton Centre.
The Mayor was delighted to welcome in children and competitors from Cornwall, Scotland, Wales, London, Newcastle, Cambridge, Bedford, Lincoln, Manchester, Milton Keynes and of course Rushden. He was welcomed by their local instructor Master Ashok Kumar, who is also the Vice Chairman for International Organisation and was presented with a plaque for the appreciation and support that Rushden provides for the local group. The Mayor was particularly impressed by the determination, courage and skill of the youngsters. The local group went on to secure 1 Grand Champion trophy, 30 Gold medals, 26 Silver medals and 18 Bronze medals facing tough competition from 126 competitors. All the above will be offered the opportunity to now compete in the European championships that will be held in Rotterdam in October 2019. If you would like further details please contact Master Kumar on 07968 033213.
Mayor Supports YourTown NN10 Junior Park Run
On Sunday 9th June the Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, supported YourTown NN10 Junior Park Run, in Hall Park, as part of Celebrate Rushden week.
'Monday Mayor' with BBC Radio Northampton
On Monday 3rd June, as part of BBC Radio Northampton's 'Monday Mayor', the newly elected Town Mayor, Cllr Cesare Marinaro, was the first Mayor in the County to be interviewed by Helen Blaby. Well done Cllr Marinaro! To listen to the interview click here 'Monday Mayor'
Cllr Cesare Marinaro Elected as New Town Mayor for 2019 - 2020
On Tuesday 14th May 2019 at the Annual General Meeting of Rushden Town Council, Cllr Cesare Marinaro was elected as Town Mayor for 2019 – 2020, and his wife, Mrs Sabina Marinaro, was named as Mayor's Consort.
Cllr Mrs Melanie Coleman was elected as Deputy Mayor for 2019 - 2020, and her husband, Cllr David Coleman, was named as Deputy Mayor's Consort.
The Mayor's Cadet is Cadet Jessica Pickles of the CO Rushden Sea Cadets Corps.
The Mayor's chosen charities are Rushden MIND and Teenage Cancer Trust.