Family support charity, Home-Start Corby, welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex as guests on 8th September 2021 when they visited to thank volunteers and staff members for the work they do to support local families, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic
During the pandemic, volunteers from Home-Start Corby have made and distributed support packs to children and their families as a way of providing practical support during lockdown. During their visit Their Royal Highnesses helped to make up packs containing night time routine suggestions, as well as a tooth brush, new pyjamas, bath time bubbles, night time story book, a cuddly toy and a picture for each child to draw called “Pyjamarama- make your own bedtime star”.
Maggie MacKay, Manager at Home-Start Corby, said: “We were delighted to welcome The Earl and Countess. Their visit means so much to everyone. Our volunteers do so much to support families and it makes a huge difference to our community. It is wonderful to be able to acknowledge the work they do. We are passionate about supporting families and it was lovely to share that during this special visit.”
Visit to Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre and Cafe, Alberta Close, Corby by TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex on 8th September 2021
On Wednesday the 8th September 2021, Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, to thank staff and volunteers from the Kingswood Community Support Group. The group was established in November 2020, to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic
During the pandemic, Kingswood Community Support Group have been preparing food parcels, packed lunches for children, personal hygiene and cleaning parcels, personal protection equipment packs for the children returning to school, recipe boxes, and support with providing furniture / soft furnishings to those on the estate in need. Staff and volunteers also carried out welfare checks on residents in the area and provided any additional support needed. The group has also set up a youth club, sponsored by Kingswood Primary Academy, for children aged 5 – 18 yrs. This creates a safe, fun, environment for the young people on the estate.
Mrs Lynn Johnston, manager of Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, said “It was a total shock when I heard there would be a visit from The Earl and Countess of Wessex to say thank you for the support the staff and volunteers have given to the Kingswood local community. It was an honour for our small community organisations, staff, and volunteers to be recognised. The visit is an event that I will never forget.”
Visit to Corona Kitchen, Cornmarket Hall, Kettering by TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex on 8th September 2021
Kettering’s ‘Corona Kitchen’ – operated by a team of volunteers to make sure no one in the town went hungry during the Covid pandemic – has received the Royal seal of approval.
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited the town on Wednesday 8th September 2021 to say thank you to those who helped make a big difference during the past 18 months.
Corona Kitchen was set up in March 2020 when the lockdown forced the closure of all but one of the soup kitchens and places where those in need could get help.
Initially it started with handing out hot meals and sandwiches from outside the Eden Centre in Montagu Street, before moving to the Cornmarket Hall and then Fuller Baptist Church Cafe.
Corona Kitchen operated with hot meals being cooked on the premises, packed into take away boxes and served at the door, taking into account all the necessary Covid protections.
Each take-away bag consisted of a hot meal; a sandwich; a bag of crisps; a cake; and a drink. Volunteers prepared vegetables for the following day, as well as sandwiches and cakes for the take-away bags. More than 30,000 meals were given away during the lifetime of Corona Kitchen.
Dr Frank Rodgers, who, along with his wife, Hilary and restaurant owner, Shaun Sedani, set up Corona Kitchen, said: “I’m honoured that we have received Royal guests and for the interest they have shown in the project – it was a wonderful visit.
“Corona Kitchen was only possible through the kind-hearted action of the volunteers and our generous donors and I’d like to thank everyone for making it happen.”
Visit to Open The Sikh Gurdware/Community Centre Building St James Northampton by HRH The Princess Royal on 27th April 2021
HRH the Princess Royal was invited to open Siri Guru Singh Sabha Northampton’s new Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship) and Waterside Connect, a base for the Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club.
Siri Guru Singh Sabha Northampton and Sikh Community Centre & Youth club has been active in Northampton for over 40 years. The charities have made a huge contribution to Northampton reaching out to the wider community.
June 2020 – Queens Award for Voluntary Service
February 2021 – Rose of Northamptonshire Award
March 2021 – Freedom of the Borough
Bambino Mio – Visit to open new buildings and present Queens Award for International Trade by HRH The Princess Royal on 27 April 2021
HRH the Princess Royal was invited to visit Bambino Mio Ltd in Brixworth, to open new buildings and present Queens Award for International Trade
Bambino Mio has grown to become the world’s leading reusable nappy brand and provide sustainable award-winning baby and toddler products to parents in over 50 countries. Products include reusable nappies, baby change-time accessories, swimwear and potty training essentials, sold directly to parents through international ecommerce and via partnerships with retailers, including supermarkets, pharmacies and independent stores
This purpose-driven company has won over 100 product and business awards and was recently named one of Britain’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Businesses, as well as being awarded the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2020.
Scott Bader Co Ltd – Visit to Commemorate Centenary Celebration, Wollaston, Wellingborough by HRH The Princess Royal on 27 April 2021
HRH the Princess Royal was invited to visit Scott Bader Co Ltd of Wollaston, Wellingborough to Commemorate their Centenary Celebrations.
The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of Scott Bader’s centenary celebrations, unique employee ownership structure and charitable giving as well as meet some of their diverse workforce from a variety of roles at their headquarters in Wollaston, Northamptonshire.
Typically, Scott Bader Company donates 5% of its total profit every year to the Scott Bader Commonwealth who distribute it to charitable activities and projects around the world. In 2021, this donation will be increased to 7.5% of the Group’s 2020 profit
HRH the Princess Royal was invited by Dr. Kevin Matthews to bury a Time Capsule. The time capsule contains colleague aspirations for the future
Wellingborough School – Visit to mark School’s 425th Anniversary by HRH The Princess Royal on 14 October 2020
The occasion of the visit of HRH The Princess Royal commemorates for Wellingborough School 425 years of continuous education. The School’s rich history underpins the school in every way, setting a foundation of values and standards which each generation of pupils inherits, enhances and passes on to the next.
The School remains supported by an experienced Governing Board and loyal alumni in the form of the Old Wellingburians, both of which give freely of their time for the benefit of the Schools and its pupils. The School is fortunate to be supported by an active Foundation and remains honoured to have Lord Spencer as its Patron.
Crusader Community Boating, Brixworth Marina – Visit by HRH The Princess Royal on 14 October 2020
The occasion of the visit of HRH The Princess Royal was to officially launched the new boat, “Community Spirit” and meet Trustees, Crew and Volunteers.
HRH The Princess Royal was received by Her Majesty’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mr. James Lowther.
Crusader Community Boating is a Northamptonshire-based registered charity, run entirely by volunteers, that offers day trips on their fully-accessible wide beam boat on the Grand Union Canal.
The charity believe they are the only organisation on the canal network providing free day trips for people with physical or mental disabilities as well as elderly people in care homes, relying on voluntary donations.
To help cover its costs (estimated at around £22,500 for 2021), the charity also offers private charter trips for corporate and personal clients.
The new boat ‘Community Spirit’ will enable the charity to significantly increase its core activity as well as introducing a new service for primary schools. The ‘floating classroom’ will allow children an exciting and meaningful environment in which children might gain an appreciation of the importance of water safety. They might also learn a little about the rich local canal history and the fauna and flora along the waterway.