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Mosaic in Thrapston – A Year in the Making

Mosaic making in Thrapston

It was a year in the planning, fund raising and making but the Thrapston Mosaic is now complete.  A small group of volunteers (originally called Thrapston Independents Group, then Operation Transform Thrapston) began making plans for the town – to decorate, rejuvenate and to generally make the town a nicer place to be.

Part of the plan was to make the quadrant outside the library a better area.  Beginning with a charity Fish n Chip supper, the group began to raise funds.  There were various grant applications and help from the town council too.  The area was cleared and lovely new benches added.  The Heritage Society made boards denoting the towns history and the planters were tidied.

It became clear when Zephyr Flags reinstated the refirbished flag poles that the brick and concrete block which housed the flags in summer and the Christmas tree in winter was not only an eyesore but also becoming dangerous.  With a limited budget the block could not be removed, so the group got a company to cover the breaking, crumbling bricks with a wooden surround and set about planning the new town Mosaic.

Local volunteers designed various areas of the mosaic and learnt the craft from scratch from a proper mosaic artist last summer.

The seven volunteers then spent hundreds of hours piecing together the mosaic in sections, tile by tile, basing it on our designs. They worked on our their lounge floors, dining tables and in amongst work and family life, carrying tiles back and forth and meeting regularly at the Plaza to piece togetherthe work over the course of the year. They used 2cm square pieces of tile or smaller, so you can imagine how long it took!

Thrapston Tiling were called in to help complete the mosaic, by laying the ready-made sections of mosaic which the volunteers had already created off-site using specialist mesh, craft glue and pieces of tile.  Ben at Thrapston Tiling laid all the mosaic under their instruction and grouted the finished article.

Using their tiling expertise to ensure it will remain in tip top condition no matter what the weather.

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The group wants to thank everyone involved, all the volunteers and supporters.  Thank you to the people who bought ice creams to the workers on the very hot installation day too!

Please respect the mosaic and enjoy it.  It will probably become quite slippery when it rains or snows, so as it is an art piece meant to be enjoyed by walking past, standing/sitting and stopping a while this will not pose a problem.  The mosaic is not meant to be climbed upon, so please ensure that your children remain safe by not doing so.

Keep reading Nene Local Magazine online regularly to find out what’s the next plan for Operation Transform Thrapston…

Mosaic | nene local

Mosaic | nene local


Mosaic | nene local

Mosaic | nene local

Mosaic | nene local


Buffet at The Bell in Little Addington

Buffet Lunch at The Bell Inn

The Buffet lunches at The Bell in Little Addington never fail to make us smile and rub our tummies in delight.

This month happened to be our youngest’s 16th Birthday and so we went to celebrate.  We chose to make the salad selections our starter, and chose from red cabbage, sweetcorn, pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw and much more – all hand made and presented so beautifully you didn’t  want to dig in and spoil the arrangement.  By the side of the salads there were a selection of dressings including Honey Mustard, Balsamic Vinegar and a lovely spicy one, which I had lashings of.

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The boy chose the red cabbage as his personal favourite which we thought we could taste brown sugar and cinnamon in – maybe?  Whatever it was, it was delicious.

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Buffet main courses ranged from Beef Stroganoff (which I had and it as lovely) to a Pork and Gammon dish, there was Potato Gratin, spicy wedges and a selection of rices too.

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All really lovely.

nene local | spicy wedges

We also had to treat our selves to dessert of course!

nene local | raspberry cheesecake

The buffet at The Bell Inn in Little Addington is Tuesday to Saturday lunchtimes inclusive is just £9.95 a head – wonderfully good value for such amazing food – as much as you want!

nene local | the salad bar

Little Addington is a short 5 minute drive from Thrapston – why not go for lunch tomorrow? There are always dfferent things on offer each day.

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nene local | empty plates


THE BELL INN – Little Addington

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Little Addington

NN14 4BD

To book call – (01933) 651700

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebelladdington

Website:  www.thebellinn-littleaddington.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday : Closed (Open on Bank Holidays)

Tuesday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:00

Wednesday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:00

Thursday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:00

Friday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:30

Saturday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:30

Sunday : 12:00 – 17:00

Thrapston to have New Costa Coffee – Planning Application here…

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Local Spotlight – Help & Safety at Work

Mark Palmer of HASAW here in town says…


“Welcome on board to David Wynne our new Fire Safety Consultant.  David has a very compelling story to tell:

““Two years ago, at the end of a normal day with the usual kitchen/ tidying up chores, the dishwasher was put on whilst the wife and I watched TV. Fifteen minutes later, a waft of smoke drifted into the lounge. We very quickly rang The Fire Brigade and awoke our two children to evacuate. The fire was dealt with but the damage extensive to the whole downstairs- complete devastation. Many hotels later and insurance toing and froing, we moved back in some ten months later.  “The lesson is never leave domestic appliances on overnight. If we had, I wouldn’t be here to tell the story.”  


Statistics show fire related incidents in the UK decreasing.
More knowledge, initiatives and general awareness and change in behaviours must be the answer.

Let’s all keep up the good work.

“Prevention rather than cure”

To find out moe call Karen on 01832 735874 or email karen@hasaw.co.uk to book an appointment.


Fire and rescue services attended around
162,000 fires in England during 2015/16,
5% more than the 155,000 in 2014/15