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House of Fraser to Bring over 50 New Brands to Rushden Lakes

House of Fraser, the UK and Ireland’s premium department store group, will be opening its first store at an out of town retail and leisure complex in late August.

 
The newly constructed department store will not only be House of Fraser’s first store to open in nearly nine years, it will also be the retailer’s first sustainable and green store. With 64,000 sq ft of retail space, House of Fraser will boast over 50 premium and high street brands.

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As the retailer’s first green retail store with high environmental standards, House of Fraser at Rushden Lakes meets the BREEAM sustainable building certification. BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment scheme for buildings. It specifies requirements for the building and operations to maximize its performance in terms of energy and climate change, resource, water and waste management It also takes into account that the Rushden Lakes development is adjacent to protected natural habitats. House of Fraser has partnered with The Wildlife Trust BCN, who are managing these wildlife habitats. This is to ensure protection of the local biodiversity and share the experience with our customers.

 
The interior of House of Fraser at Rushden Lakes is designed to connect with the beautiful natural setting. It will include unique features such as a living wall which has air quality and wellbeing benefits.

 
Designed by the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, the living wall will be 6 metres wide and 8 metres tall spanning over two floors positioned next to the escalators. It will be home to more than 2,000 indoor plants including species such as the familiar Philodendron and more unusual plants like Chinese Evergreen.

 
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Dr Dorothy Maxwell, Head of Sustainability at House of Fraser says: “Being sensitive to the wildlife in and around Rushden Lakes has been a priority for House of Fraser as well as making the store meet high environmental standards. As a responsible retailer, we are delighted to be based in such as beautiful natural setting and aim to protect it and share this experience with our customers.”

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A luxury Champagne bar will open on the first floor with elevated views across the lakes; the perfect setting to enjoy a post shopping aperitif! Meanwhile the popular Italian Coffee house, Caffé Nero, will open on the ground floor.
Rushden Lakes is owned by the Crown Estate which is funding the £140 million scheme which brings together shopping in the most unique setting. Surrounded by 200 acres of wetlands, managed by The Wildlife Trust, the retail park concept is a one of a kind that proactively brings together shopping and eating alongside more unusual outdoor actives such as canoeing.

 
Spokesperson for The Crown Estate, says: “We are excited to welcome House of Fraser to Rushden Lakes, a shopping and leisure destination like no other. House of Fraser is an anchor retailer for Rushden Lakes and will bring a host of exciting new fashion brands, fabulous beauty and the best in homeware to Northamptonshire”

 

 

With the store set to open its doors in the next two months House of Fraser Rushden Lakes will be a destination like no other.

Summer – How to have a Stress Free Summer Holiday

We’re all Going on a Summer Holiday

Summer holidays are supposed to be relaxing right? Something to look forward to and enjoy, time to explore new places and meet new people, time to catch up on a bit of reading and to catch some summer sun. That’s how they are supposed to be of course, but is that actually what happens?

Is it more like this…The mad dash to get everything finished at work before heading out the office door; the last minute packing; trying to get the kids ready to go; the cat to the cattery; the dog to the kennels; the alarm set for 3am to get to the airport; the last minute panic as you realise you forgot to send a really important work email; the long queue at check-in at the airport; the flight delay and trying to keep the kids occupied so they don’t send the whole terminal mad; that panicky feeling that always comes just before you get on the plane and then, finally, the certainty that you will most definitely have a cold for the whole of your summer holiday!

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If that is what the lead up to your summer holiday feels like then this blog is for you!

 

You know, it doesn’t have to be that way. Of course, we can’t change if our flight gets delayed and the extra list of things that needs to be done if we are going away, but we can change how we deal with it.  We can prevent that feeling of overwhelm from taking over and spoiling our enjoyment.

 

Do you remember your childhood summer holidays? Do you remember those lovely bright coloured plastic buckets that you would use to make sandcastles?  Well just imagine that you have got one of those buckets inside your mind (trust me – go with me on this one!). This is your “stress bucket”.  Every time you worry about something it ends up in your stress bucket.  If you worry about something 10 times, it goes in your stress bucket 10 times. If you worry about what might happen it goes in your stress bucket. If you worry about something that has already happened it ends up in your stress bucket. If you worry about something you should have done, guess what? It ends up in your stress bucket!  So you can see that it wouldn’t take very long for your stress bucket to overflow with all the worrying thoughts we let spin around our mind.

 

And here is the problem – when your stress bucket overflows it sends a message to our primitive brain that we are really worried. Really, really worried.  And our primitive brain doesn’t understand work issues, money worries or flight schedules. It understands lions, tigers and big scary animals coming to attack us. And so it responds accordingly.  It releases our stress hormone, cortisol which is designed to help us run away as fast as we possibly can from the potential threat. So our heart starts beating faster in our chest and we start breathing really fast to get more oxygen into our system, so we are ready to run; our stomach starts churning as our digestive system gets turned off, as that is really not important right now; we get all sweaty and clammy, our bodies way of cooling us down so we don’t overheat whilst we are running away; and our immune system gets shut down to preserve our resources.  Sometimes, if our stress bucket has been really full we might end up having a full on panic attack.  And that cortisol hangs about in your system, leaving us feeling drained from being on high alert for an extended period of time.  Not much fun, and certainly not the relaxed feeling you were hoping for from a holiday!

 

But I did mention that there was another way didn’t I? A way to be able to relax and enjoy your summer holidays.  And the key to a relaxed, restorative holiday is keeping that stress bucket nice and empty!

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There are plenty of things we can do to manage our stress buckets but here are a few of my favourite ones.

 

  1. Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is when we naturally empty out our stress bucket so getting a good night’s sleep is essential to keeping your stress bucket levels under control.  But it’s not just about how much sleep you get, it’s about making sure you have a good quality of sleep too.  Spend some time winding down before bed – turn phones and tablets off, have a relaxing bath, read a book, listen to a guided relaxation (you can download one here), have a calming herbal drink.  All of these will help make sure your brain can empty out your stress bucket so you wake up bright and fresh the next day.

 

  1. Stop filling your stress bucket up! When we worry it doesn’t change the situation. If we worry about what the weather is going to be like that worry doesn’t change it. All that worry does is fill up our stress bucket, releasing cortisol into our system which makes it difficult for us to think straight and makes it more likely that we will arrive on holiday having packed everything other than what we really need!  If we stop worrying about things that are out of our control our stress bucket is less likely to overflow.  If we stop worrying about the things that are within our control and instead use our energies to take positive action we are more likely to get things done and keep that stress bucket from overflowing.  So if there are things that need to be done stop worrying about them and write them down. This stops them spinning round and round your head filling up your stress bucket and makes it more likely you will take some positive action to tick them off the list.

 

  1. Breathe. I know it sounds obvious, but the more stressed we get the worse at breathing we get. When we are stressed we tend to take short, sharp, shallow breaths rather than nice long slow ones. Our breathing is like a remote control for our brain – it tells it how we are feeling and if it needs to get ready to go into “fight or flight” mode. By taking nice long, deep breaths we are telling our brain all is well, we can stay calm and relaxed.  One good way to do this is to use a breathing technique like 7-11 breathing.  This is where you breathe in for the count of 7 and breathe out for the count of 11.  The longer outbreath tells our brain we can stay nice and relaxed. The key to using techniques like this is to practice them regularly, a few times a day. That way, if you do start to feel stressed, you are more likely to be able to slow your breathing down.

 

  1. Focus on your holiday, not the preparations. Of course, there are always things we need to do to prepare to go away on holiday.  But 20 minutes, a cup of tea and a pen and pad are all that are needed to make a list.  Once this is done all those actions can stop spinning around our head and we can focus on what we are going to do when we reach our destination.  Our brain is designed to act on what we predict is going to happen next, so if we can spend time focusing on having a calm, relaxing holiday (or an exciting adventure – whatever you want your holiday to be!) then your brain can focus all of it’s energies on making that happen rather than spinning around in a circle worrying about what needs to be done.

 

These are simple techniques that I teach all of my clients to help them manage their stress buckets. But simple doesn’t mean easy!  This is where hypnotherapy really comes in – literally re-wiring our brains to be more calm, relaxed and focused, making it easier to manage our stress buckets and helping us to enjoy every day, even when it isn’t a summer holiday!

 

Caroline is a clinical hypnotherapist practicing from her therapy room in rural Northamptonshire near Thrapston within easy reach of Kettering, Huntingdon, Northampton and Bedford. She works using a Solution Focused approach which eliminates stress and anxiety and builds confidence and motivation, creating positive outcomes without any need to dwell in the past.

 

To find out more about how hypnotherapy could help you achieve your goals contact Caroline on 07729 801 247 and book in for a FREE initial consultation.

 

www.inspiredtochange.biz/hypnotherapy-thrapston

 

Northampton Town Festival 2017

Northampton Town Festival 2017- FREE EVENT

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CELEBRATING EVERYTHING THAT MAKES NORTHAMPTON TOWN GREAT!  Just see hwat’s on offer – it’s oign to be fun packed…

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1st & 2nd July 2017

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The Northampton community come from all industries and walks of life, but we have one thing in common… we are the heart of Northampton! The Northampton Town Festival is an event created for the local community and beyond, with the intention of bringing people together and celebrating all that makes our town great!

Whether you are one of our local residents & families, a hard working local trader, a member of a local community group, part of our thriving entertainment scene or live outside of Northampton and are looking to attend an awesome event that exhibits REAL community spirit… this event is not to be missed. The Northampton Town Festival brings our community together whilst combining all that was great about the iconic Old Northampton Town Show and The Balloon Festival in one fun filled weekend for the whole family.

The event is FREE to attend and will take place across 2 large arenas on the Racecourse – a venue large enough to accommodate the large crowds that the festival will attract. There will be an estimated 40,000- 60,000 attending throughout the weekend.

Main Arena Entertainment

Saturday 1st of July

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11.00am – 11.30pm – Men’s Own Rugby

11.45am – 12.15pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys)

12.30pm – 1.00pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

1.15pm – 1.45pm – Broke FMX Freestyle Motocross Show

2.00pm – 2.30pm – Men’s Own Rugby

2.45pm – 3.30pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

3.45pm – 4.15pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys) nene local  northampton

4.30pm – 5.00pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

5.15pm – 6.00pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

6.15pm – 6.45pm – Broke FMX Freestyle Motocross Show

 

Sunday 2nd of July

 

11.00am – 11.30pm – Men’s Own Rugby

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12.30pm – 1.00pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys)

1.15pm – 1.45pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

2.00pm – 2.45pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

3.00pm – 3.30pm – Vanders Wheel of Death

3.45pm – 4.15pm – Men’s Own Rugby

4.30pm – 5.00pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys)

5.15pm – 5.45pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

6.00pm – 6.45pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

7.00pm – 7.30pm – Vanders Wheel of Death

 

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Balloon Arena

Saturday 1st of July

 

6.00am – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)

2.00pm – 4.00pm Balloon Tethering (Weather Permitting)

4.15pm – 5.00pm – Pacesetters Dog Display Team nene lcoal | northampton

6.00pm – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)

10.00pm – Balloon Glow (Weather Permitting)

10.30pm – Fireworks Display

 

Close Encounters Kite Display – Throughout the Day

Birds of Prey – Flights Throughout the Day

 

Sunday 2nd of July

 

6.00am – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)

2.00pm – 4.45pm Balloon Tethering (Weather Permitting)

4.15pm – 5.00pm – Pacesetters Dog Display Team

6.00pm – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)

 

Close Encounters Kite Display – Throughout the Day

Birds of Prey – Flights Throughout the Day

 

Music Stage

Northampton Town Festival is proud to bring together a great array of local talent on the main stage on the Racecourse. This year’s notable headliners are Leburn Maddox and 2Tones on Saturday followed by The Jazz Butcher Quartet, Krissy Mathews and Misty’s Big Adventure on Sunday, all with full supporting cast during the day

 

Music Stage

 

Saturday (1st of July)

12:00pm – 2:00pm – Local Community Groups

The Russian DancersThe Shireen Dancers, Indian Hindu Welfare Association dancers, Greek School – Dancers
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Charlotte Carpenter
Northampton based guitarist and singer songwriter making waves nationally

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Rogue State Circus
Purveyors of fine folk tinged indie power pop

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Yellow Dog Blues Band
Classic Rhythm & Blues with the accent on the true blues.

5:00pm – 6:00pm –  Gregg Cave and the Old County Ground Band
A rambling rumbling rolling folk rock ensemble

6:00pm – 7:00pm  Houses in Motion,
An eclectic mix of blues, funk, soul and rock n roll.

7:00pm – 8:00pm Orange Clocks,
Theatrical psychedelic rock

8:00pm – 9:00pm LeBurn Maddox
The soulful voice and shimmering guitar of Northampton’s Anglo American legend

9:00pm – 10:30pm The Two Tones
The big band with a big ska beat to get your feet dancing

Sunday (2nd of July)

12:00pm – 1:00pm Local community groups

 

1:00pm – 2:00pm Joe Corkram

Talented local singer songwriter

2:00pm – 3:00pm –  The Top Banana Band
Energy funk, soul and blues band with brass section

3:00pm – 4:00pm Oscillators
Classic rock covers in an original style

4:00pm – 5:00pm Bushpigs
Northampton based rock and pop covers band

5:00pm – 6:00pm Donnybrooke Fair
Local Irish folk big band

6:00pm -7:00pm Jazz Butcher Quartet
Northampton Indie legend with full supporting cast

7:00pm – 8:00pm Krissy Mathews
Lightening fast blues guitarist

8:00pm – 9:30pm Misty’s Big Adventure
Songs of tragic comedy and warmth with a surreal take on life, music and performance