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September 2019

Poetry Project

Buddies of Beckets are participating in the Poetry Project. 

The aim of the project is to spread positivity by bringing

poetry into parks and public spaces.  The poems are being

shared by poet James McInerney.  James has been running

the project since 2018 and explained how it started. 

“Upon a visit to London, I was inspired by the Service

Information boards on the London Underground that display

train information and delays. I occasionally saw quotes from

famous authors but never poetry.   When I returned home I

immediately messaged one of stations and was pleasantly

surprised when they said yes. The aim of the project is to get

poetry into places you wouldn't normally see it and open

people`s eyes to the joy of poetry.”  As James is from Northampton it is great to share the poems locally.  However, the project has reached as far as the USA and Australia.  You can follow the project at Instagram @millsmc07, Twitter @millsmc07, Snapchat millsmc07, Facebook : James McInerney  or at the website

New Wildflower Meadow for Beckets Park

Buddies of Beckets is working with the local Sikh community,

with support from Ide Verde and Northampton Borough

Council to create a wildflower area in Beckets Park.  An area

near the Bedford Rd has been sprayed to kill off the grass and

wildflower meadow seeds will sown be sown to benefit bees

and butterflies in the spring.  The Sikh community are helping

to fund and create the meadow to celebrate the 550th

Anniversary of Guru Nanak.  Further work on the area will take

place over the next month, and hopefully the flowers will come

to life next year for insects and people in the park to enjoy.

July 2019

The Mela returns!

Despite a rather wet day, hundreds of people

came to enjoy the performances, stalls and

activities in Beckets Park.  As well as enjoying

dances from Bhangra Blaze, Kalinka, Kristina

Rhianoff's Bespoke Ballroom, and Irish dancers,

there was music provided by local bands and

even some poetry.  People were also able to

try their climbing skills, explore a fire engine

and meet the Army and Police Firearms team. 

The Melafeatured on Anglia TV and a double

page feature in the Chronicle and Echo. 

Thank you to everyone who supported the

Mela and for those who braved the

rain and came along on the day.



June 2019 

A new noticeboard and banner for BOB!

BOB has been raising money to buy banners

and a notice board to raise awareness and 

publicise events in the park.  Thank you to all 

our donors who help us to pay for these and 

many other projects.






May 2019

Our Sunday morning health walks

are growing!  We love to have new

people come along to join us in

discovering Beckets Park, the new

Waterside  Campus and areas along the 

River Nene.  Visit or events page for

more information.




March 2019

BOB volunteers teamed up with

student and staff from The University

of Northampton to take part in the

Great British Spring Clean.

We collected over 30 stone of rubbish!

We also helped Ide Verde plant six

new trees in Beckets Park.  These 

replaced some older trees that had

to be removed due to disease.