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Bike ride bids for gnomentous year!

  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          Lampy with Helen Skelton   

They may be considered a horticultural horror by many gardeners, and certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but gnomes are likely to be out in force at Lamport Hall next month for this year’s Cycle 4 Cynthia!

You see, as featured in the Bank Holiday edition of BBCs Countryfile, the impressive stately home near Kettering is home to the world’s oldest gnome which was brought from Germany in the 1800s by former owner Sir Charles Isham, and the organisers of Northamptonshire’s favourite annual cycle ride which is taking place at the Hall on 21st September are hoping that ‘Lampy’ – who is allegedly insured for an impressive £2m – will inspire those cyclists keen to pedal off with the prize for the best fancy dress!

The ride, which last year saw around 1100 riders take part, is raising money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Kidsaid and Sue Bownass from the hospice is encouraging riders to re-create the white-bearded, pointy-capped look of the little statue; “We’ve had some great outfits in previous years including cats, cartoon superheroes and even the T-Birds and Pink Ladies from Grease and they really put a smile on our riders’ faces!” explained Sue.

“So we’d love it if we had a few gnomes leap into their saddles this year because, while the ride has a serious mission to raise much-needed funds for our two deserving charities, it’s also a great fun, family event and this would be the perfect costume to wear to mark the arrival at our new venue!” she added.

Those are sentiments echoed by Lamport’s Assistant Property Manager, Neil Lyon who is delighted that their famous diminutive houseguest might be immortalised in this way; “Gnomes have often been seen as figures of ridicule but last year, Lampy was given the seal of approval when he was invited to be a guest of honour at the Chelsea Flower Show – the first time gnomes had been allowed in!” explained Neil.

“I’m sure Lampy would be pleased to think that he was playing his small part in helping to raise even more money for this wonderful event and he cant wait to see all those riders with red pointed hats perched on top of their cycle helmets pedal off down the drive!” enthused Neil.

Cycle 4 Cynthia, now in its eleventh year, will start and finish at Lamport Hall. It will again offer riders 5, 25 or 50-mile routes around the delightful villages of north and west Northamptonshire. Entry is £15 for adults, £7.50 for children and £35 for families for those registering before 5th September. 

For more information, including details of the routes, entry and sponsorship forms, or to register online, please visit or to become an event sponsor, please call Sue Bownass at the hospice on 01604 678088.

Vacancy at Kidsaid House

Kidsaid currently have a vacancy for an Administration Assistant on a temporary, 3 month contract. 

£11.00 per hour

27 hours per week, 3 month contract commencing September 2014

The role of the Administrative Assistant is to provide efficient support to the Kids Aid Charity and ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the office and business.   The main responsibilities will include:


Front line response to all enquiries

Database maintenance

Coordinating meetings and minute taking

Helping to raise income; through supporting bids, marketing facilities & corporate activity

We are looking for a personable individual with excellent communication skills, who will be self-motivated, able to work effectively alone or as part of a team. They will be highly organised with a flexible, positive attitude.  Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications and previous clerical experience would be advantageous.

Applications by CV and covering letter are to be received by 26th August 2014 and can be emailed to

KidsAid is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This position is therefore subject to an enhanced disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

To find out more about Kids Aid visit or if you would like further information about the role please call Tessa Taylor, Administration Manager on 01604 630332.

Odyssey Sports Events raise £580 for KidsAid!

KidsAid are extremely grateful for the support given by Odyssey Sports Events recently.

Odyssey held a recent cycling event on the 25th May and donated an incredible £580 from their ticket sales to KidsAid.

We are incredibly grateful for the continued support from Odyssey and look forward to the next event being held on the 14th September which is a ladies race called the Strada Rosa which is starting in Stony Stratford.

Mark completes Tough Mudder!

Tough Mudder 2

Tough Mudder 1

Mark Curley has continued to support Kidsaid by completing the exhausting Tough Mudder obstacle course for the second time to raise funds for Kidsaid.

Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit and is certainly not for the faint hearted!

The Trustees, staff and therapists at Kidsaid would like to say a huge thank you to Mark for his commitment and endless energy shown in raising funds for local children.

Thank you!