Wildlife wetlands and the 14 arch railway bridge near Wellingborough

About Us

Promoting all that is good in and about Northamptonshire.

The Rose of the Shires shares positive news about our county for visitors and for those who live here. We publish on this website and on Facebook Facebook and on Twitter Twitter. We are especially eager to spotlight voluntary and not-for-profit organisations, as well as businesses which build up the community.

Positivity, optimism and pride are much needed here. Past administrative difficulties and proposed reorganisation of local government in Northamptonshire challenge communal identity and confidence. In response, this website aims to provide a foundation and platform for wider awareness of the best in Northamptonshire's past, present and future.

We have similar principles to a Social Enterprise without being bound by the same formal definitions and requirements. The venture is not purposed to make money, however we do recompense the time and expenses of some of our team when we can.

To those ends, many services we supply, in particular simple listings of community groups, events and attractions, are offered free of charge. We welcome the support of those who would like to sponsor a page (find out more ») and we do require payment for some promotional features.

The phrase "Rose of the Shires" is a traditional and much-loved description of our county. Because of that long-established popularity, many projects and events have proudly used the phrase in their title. Far from wanting to "steal their thunder", www.roseoftheshires.uk offers a free internet address to almost any organisation or event sharing the name (e.g. www.roseoftheshires.uk/gymkhana). That can be used to re-direct seemlessly to another website or, if the applicant doesn't have a site, to show some basic information. We would make a charge for a more detailed page.

If you still have unanswered questions about who we are or what we do, please contact us now. Please check our Terms and Conditions

Data Protection and Privacy

We collect information that you send us for a reply to your enquiry or so that we can seek more detail for something you told us about. You may also give us contact details about an event or service or place of interest which you want us to publish. This might include your email or postal address and your phone number. We may sometimes use this information to check whether you want your contributions updated or extended. We do not try to obtain or store any data that might be described as "sensitive". We take great care with personal information you supply to us and do not share it with advertisers. We only release this very limited data to other third parties if you ask us to or if the law requires it (e.g. under a judicial warrant or court order). Please contact us quoting your name, email address, phone number and postcode if you want us to make a thorough search for any information we hold about you. Just tell us if you want it changed or removed. We are registered under the Data Protection Act (Registration Number: Z9251682).


All material on this website is © Copyright to the respective originators. You may not reproduce anything here in any form without permission. Material on the Internet is "accessible to the public" but NOT "in the Public Domain". The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 requires that you contact us before claiming that any photograph on this site is "orphaned" and available for use. Check the IPO Copyright Notice. We welcome enquiries from private individuals, charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations who would like to use our photos free of charge. We may not charge small businesses which undertake to show a link to this website. By making any other use you agree to be invoiced for permission and royalties.

Principal: Richard Butcher

Pylons near Great Doddington

Autumn near Great Doddington