Norman Barker 1942-2020
It is with great sadness that Sponne acknowledge the passing of Norman Barker.
Norman was born in Northampton, went to Northampton Grammar School (now NSB) and Loughborough University. He lived in Towcester.
He came to Sponne as Head of Boys PE in September 1975 whilst still playing hooker for Bedford RFC who were the National Cup Winners that season and following their tour to British Columbia.
He immediately made a big impact on the school in activities such as athletics, gymnastics and outdoor pursuits but particularly rugby, which went from strength to strength under his astute coaching and infectious attitude, enthusiasm and motivation. His indomitable spirit and passion for the game can be seen at the Towcestrians RFC with the club having much success during his era as a teacher at Sponne and many of his former students coaching Mini, Junior and Senior rugby to the present day and their children starting out on their own rugby adventures.
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SNVB - Working alongside Public Health Northamptonshire and Northamptonshire County Council Communications Team, we are pulling together some thematic community design workshops. With the county experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 cases and the country as a whole now in a second lockdown, we are keen to work in partnership with residents to develop ways to tackle the spread within our communities.
We understand some of the things that may block people from following the self-isolation, social distancing and now the new lockdown guidelines and we want to work together with communities to find solutions. This might include looking at the way we communicate about the government or local guidance, how we engage with residents, how we keep people informed of changes, right through to looking at the practical support we may be able to offer.
Public Health recently undertook a survey in Northamptonshire with over 2600 people and these design workshops will look at the outcomes of that and think about possible ways to help tackle the issues it identifies, for example, some people stated that they are confused about the guidance for isolation, we could think of new ways to communicate this information. We want to explore the issues from the varying cross cutting perspectives in order to see if there is a specific way that we need to target our messages and interventions.
The sessions are primarily aimed at the public, but they are also open to practitioners if they wish to attend and share any insight from their service users.
Workshop One 16 Nov 10:00 – 11:30 - Families and Lone Parents - Eventbrite event
Workshop Two 17 Nov 13:00 – 14:30 - Rural Communities - Eventbrite event
Workshop Three 19 Nov 13:00 – 14:30 - Older People, Carers and Care Homes - Eventbrite event