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  1. The future of Wellingborough's Castle Theatre remains uncertain after an extraordinary meeting of the Borough Castle of Wellingborough last night
  2. Milton Keynes Dons are moving forward with plans for a new training facility in Cosgrove
  3. Updates for Wednesday, 1 June 2016

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Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

It may have been a damp start to summer, but today we've been reporting on the efforts to save Wellingborough's Castle Theatre and delays in treatment for Motor Neurone Disease patients.

But don't forget the dancing teachers from Moulton School and the Wootton Hall ducklings.

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00.

Art Gallery building could be bought by council

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Northampton Borough Council is set to buy 9 Guildhall Road which is the home of the NN Contemporary Art gallery.

9 Guildhall Road, Northampton

Next week, the council's cabinet will decide whether to pay Northamptonshire County Council £462,000 for the building.

Conservative councillor Tim Hadland said they want the building "used in a way that will complement the Cultural Quarter".

He said the art gallery would continue to occupy the building.

Bishop repeats call for unity over EU vote

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

The Church of England's Bishop of Peterborough, whose diocese covers Northamptonshire, has reiterated his belief the EU Referendum is unnecessary.

The Rt Rev Donald Allister said: "We have representative democracy where people are chosen and set apart to make decisions and lead."

The Bishop of Peterborough

In a statement issued today, the Bishop said he would not tell people how to vote, but added there is a danger of a "disunited country".

A real duty for all of us, but especially politicians, [is] to work at staying united as a nation".

Rt Rev Donald AllisterBishop of Peterborough

Teachers show school leavers they've got all the moves

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Full marks to staff of Moulton School who've made a video for their Year 11 pupils...

View more on youtube

Travel: One lane closed on M1 southbound

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the M1 southbound between J18 and J17.

The delay, said to be severe, is due to a broken down white van.

Weather Watchers: We might see the sun tomorrow...

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher 'Ziggy's Wood' has posted this picture of this afternoon's heavy clouds -but the forecast is brighter for tomorrow.

A field near Oundle
BBC Weather Watchers / Ziggy's Wood

The rain and drizzle should clear and by tomorrow afternoon we might even see some sunny spells. Now, where are my shades?

Residents angry at Rushden homes proposal

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Plans to demolish a house and former garage building in Rushden and replace them with nine new homes has angered residents in the town.

Outline planning permission is being sought for the land on Northampton Road. Nine two-bedroom homes would be built.

Worker building a house

Rushden and Higham Ferrers town councils have objected claiming it's "over-development" and "quantity not quality".

Councillors are due to decide whether to grant outline planning permission at a meeting this evening. East Northamptonshire Council's planning officers are recommending the plans are approved.

MK Dons training ground 'would destroy an area of natural beauty'

Milton Keynes Dons are moving forward to get a new training facility built in Cosgrove over the Northamptonshire border, but not everyone is in favour of the move.

Site in Cosgrove

Facebook group and petition have been started by people who want the land to stay as it is.  

The 'Save the fields at Cosgrove' group believe the scale of the development does "not belong in the heart of the countryside" and will "completely destroy an area of natural beauty and heritage enjoyed by many".

MK Dons fans 'disappointed' new training ground will be built in Northants

New plans have been lodged by Milton Keynes Dons for a training facility in Cosgrove, with the club set to request planning permission later this year.

Plans for Cosgrove training ground
David Lock Associates

Tom Stewart, from MK Dons Supporters' Association, said the site is needed to develop "new talent" that the club currently needs - but added it is a "disappointment" that it won't be built in the new city.

But not as disappointed as some Northants residents are...

Cute pictures for a dull Wednesday

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

We love these photos tweeted by Northamptonshire Police of ducklings paying a visit to Wootton Hall.

Were they released without charge?

Just had a mother & her ducklings walk into reception at HQ. Hoping the @RSPCA_Northants will be able to assist.
Just had a mother & her ducklings walk into reception at HQ. Hoping the @RSPCA_Northants will be able to assist.

Just had a mother & her ducklings walk into reception at HQ. Hoping the @RSPCA_Northants will be able to assist.

Updated plans for former Rushden shoe factory

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Plans to turn Rushden's former Grenson shoe factory into flats are due to be discussed this evening. The turreted, Grade II listed building has been described as one of the best preserved boot and shoe factories in the town.

The former Grenson shoe factory

The four-storey factory on Queen Street dates from around 1890 and was in use until 2013. Plans to turn it into 16 flats were approved in 2014, despite opposition from English Heritage and the Victorian Society.

At a meeting this evening, the developer is applying to change the planning permission so 14 flats can be created.

Travel: Severe delays and fuel spillage on A1 at Wittering

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic and one lane is blocked on the A1 southbound at the Wittering turn-off.

It's because of an accident involving four vehicles and a fuel spillage.

There is severe congestion stretching as far as Wothorpe.

Corby's Core to create own Christmas show

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Corby's Core at Corby Cube theatre is to produce its own Christmas show this year, for the first time in six years.

Core at Corby Cube

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is written and directed by Gary Sefton, who previously directed the theatre's first show, Hansel and Gretel.

In recent years, touring shows have been bought in for the Christmas period, rather than produced in-house. It will run from 8 - 31 December.

The Castle: The drama continues

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

Yesterday's extraordinary meeting about The Castle Theatre is the latest act in a long-running drama.

We've already heard from a drama group which says it's owned £14,500, and from the leader of the council, who says communication with the theatre management had broken down.

Graphic showing timeline of events from The Castle's opening to the administrators being called in.

All parties are said to be looking for a solution to The Castle's problems, but no one knows how this drama will end.

Man taken to hospital after car hit a verge on the A43

A man suffered serious injuries yesterday when he lost control of his car and it came off the road into a verge.

The incident happened on the A43 northbound, near to the entry slip road at the A413, Dadford Road Junction.

The man, who had been driving a white Nissan Skyline, was taken by ambulance to John Radcliffe Hospital.

Fractured jaw after Corby kebab shop attack

Martin Borley

BBC Northampton

A 22-year-old man suffered a fractured jaw after he was assaulted outside Flames kebab shop in Corby.

The Kebab shop on George Street, Corby

The incident happened at 02:35 on Sunday, but Northamptonshire Police have only just given details. The man was punched in the face, knocking him unconscious.

His attacker is described as a white man, in his late 20s, with light coloured hair that was slightly receding at the front. He was wearing a grey hooded top and blue jeans that were cropped at the knees.

Travel: Windmill Avenue in Kettering closed

BBC Travel

The A6098 Windmill Avenue in Kettering town centre is closed because of an accident between two vehicles.

Traffic is queuing in both directions at the Deeble Road junction. Delays are said to be severe.

Weather: A grey day for the start of summer

BBC Weather Watchers

The meteorologists say it's the first day of summer... but it doesn't feel like it.

Trees, a lake and a grey sky at Duddington
BBC Weather Watchers / Alice.T

BBC Weather Watcher 'Alice.T' has posted this photo from Duddington.

Forecasters say it'll remain cloudy all afternoon, with patchy light rain and drizzle at times.

Northampton man says he won't give in to Motor Neurone Disease

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

David Solomon, from Northampton, was a keen runner before being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

David Solomon and his fiancee Paula Pinney

Pictured here with his fiancée Paula Pinney, David was talking after the Northampton-based Motor Neurone Disease Association pointed out long delays in diagnosis and treatment of MND patients.

He says he'll remain active for as long as possible.

I refuse - I absolutely refuse - to give in to it."

David SolomonMotor Neurone Disease patient

Travel: A14 partially blocked at Thrapston

BBC Travel

The A14 eastbound is partially blocked near Thrapston causing very slow traffic between J12 and J13.

It's because of an earlier accident.

Northampton charity highlights delays in Motor Neurone Disease treatment

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

A fifth of people with Motor Neurone Disease had to wait more than a year to see a specialist after going to their GP.

That's the headline from a survey by the Northampton-based MND Association, which says long delays for diagnoses and treatment of the condition is partly due to the inexperience of GPs.

Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive disease that attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Prof Stephen Hawking is the best known person with the disease.

Stephen Hawking

On average, a GP will see one case of Motor Neurone Disease in their career so when a person comes into their surgery they won't recognise that it's MND.

Belinda CupidHead of research, MND Association

Rushden teacher in plea for stem cell match from stranger to help cure rare bone marrow disease

The Northants Telegraph tells the story of Tilly Tillbrook, 25,  a teacher at Wrenn Academy in Wellingborough who was diagnosed with bone marrow failure when she was 17.

She's now hoping a stranger will come forward with matching bone marrow so she can have a life-saving transplant.

Castle Theatre's future: Council leader claims theatre trustees weren't 'upfront about finances'

Communication between The Borough Council of Wellingborough and the group running the Castle Theatre had broken down, according to the authority's leader.

Martin Griffiths
Borough Council of Wellingborough

Conservative Martin Griffiths said it had "reached a situation whereby they were not entirely upfront with the state of their finances".

The council decided to terminate its contract with The Castle Wellingborough Ltd in March. Shortly afterwards the theatre went into administration.

Castle Theatre's future: The financial implication for amateur dramatics groups

Craig Lewis

BBC News

We've already talked about how one of Wellingborough's biggest amateur dramatics groups is owed £14,500 by the Castle Theatre.

But how do the smaller groups in its debt cope?

Castle Theatre

Jane Cox, from the Wellingborough Co-Operative Amateur Dramatic Group, said: "If we don't get money from a current production we can't afford the next one."

She said the current situation could lead to three or four local amateur dramatics groups having to close.

Castle Theatre's future: Weeks of work on the line for amateur groups about to play Castle

Members of Wellingborough's Co-Op amateur dramatic group - due to perform at the Castle Theatre in two weeks time - say they haven't received any money from the theatre yet.

Director Jane Cox said the group is normally paid after completing a show, adding: "We were assured when it went into administration that anything since then is protected, but as to money before that, we have no reassurances."

We have everything crossed we will be able to present our play. Our actors have been rehearsing for weeks and weeks."

Jane CoxDirector of Wellingborough Co-Operative Amateur Dramatic Group

Castle Theatre's future: Summer programme of plays should go ahead

One amateur dramatics group in Wellingborough is really struggling with the "Side Effects" of the town's theatre entering administration.

Side Effects
Wellingborough Co-Operative Amateur Dramatic Group

The Wellingborough Co-Operative Amateur Dramatic Group is due to put on a comedy of the same name in two weeks time.

Director Jane Cox says they "very much hope it will happen" and that the group has been "assured by administartors that the summer programme is proceeding".

Castle Theatre's future: Operatic society has lost £14,000 due to theatre administration

We've heard how the future of Wellingborough's Castle Theatre is uncertain - but what effect does that have on the amateur dramatics groups that perform there.

Clive Adams, from the Wellingborough Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, said his company lost £14,500 when the theatre went into administration.

It's not quite sunk us, but very nearly. We are struggling, but have every confidence we will rise, like a Phoenix, from the ashes."

Clive AdamsWellingborough Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

Castle Theatre's future: Uncertain times for venue opened by Jeremy Irons

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Built on a former Cattle Market and opened in 1995 by then patron, Jeremy Irons - the future for Wellingborough's Castle Theatre looked bright.

But in March, the Borough Council of Wellingborough decided to terminate the contract of its Board of Trustees.

Jeremy Irons

The authority accused The Castle Wellingborough Ltd - the charity which runs the venue - of "poor financial management".

Now it's future may rest in the hands of those same councillors, as they mull over a report which could decide its future.

Castle Theatre's future: Report will consider 'community involvement' and 'funding'

The future of Wellingborough's Castle Theatre remains uncertain after an extraordinary meeting of the Borough Castle of Wellingborough last night.

Castle Theatre

Councillors have agreed to compile a report on the authority's future involvement in the theatre, which is currently in administration.

They pledged to "consider community involvement" and "appropriate funding provisions".

Weather: Dull, with grey skies and drizzle

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It'll be a damp start for today with mist, drizzle and fog likely. Outbreaks of heavy rain are also possible, mainly during the morning.  

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). For more on the forecast for where you live, head over to BBC Weather.

Good morning and welcome to Northamptonshire Live

Craig Lewis

BBC News

Morning folks. It's June and the British summer has truly arrived - you can tell by the rain teeming down outside.

The picture below was taken by one of our Weather Watchers 'jesscow' in Deanshanger, who managed to find at least one bright spot in the rain.

We'll bring you the latest news, sport, (wet) weather and travel until 18:00.

Flower in Deanshanger
Weather Watchers/jesscow