Kettering Labour Councillors Mick Scrimshaw and Eileen Hales have pledged £1,500 of their Empowering Councillors and Communities Fund to purchase an interpretation board and safety signage for the Newton Field Centre near Geddington, Kettering.
An interpretation board is a form of displaying information in a vibrant and inviting way whilst educating and influencing visitors. The board will be designed by a talented local volunteer and safety signage installed to enhance the grassland reserve, which is a habitat designed to attract wildlife and provide a teaching area adjacent to the River Ise Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Cllr Scrimshaw (Lab, Northall) said:
Even though it’s not in my division, the reason I’m supporting this project is because I recognise that the Newton Field Centre is an extremely popular attraction. Children from the Kettering area visit frequently as part of school and college trips – and it’s so important they do to have fun and experience a lovely bit of countryside.
The interpretation board and signage will be accessible to the visiting public and will be a very attractive educational resource for all age groups, adding value to the already unique setting.
Cllr Hales (Lab, Windmill) said:
I am delighted to be able to support the Newton Field Centre to provide an interpretation board and safety signage.
The Centre does an incredible amount of good work and is used by a wide variety of groups, including primary and secondary school children from Kettering and the surrounding area. Vulnerable students with emotional issues also tend to visit the area, because they find the tranquillity of the setting helpful.
Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.