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Community gets Dementia Aware

Local at-home care provider Home Instead Senior Care, East Northants, is helping to raise awareness of dementia in the local area. The care company has just completed a series of successful events which took place during Dementia Awareness Week (14th-20th May 2017).

In addition to providing valuable information to carers, family members, and members of the local community, Home Instead donated copies of their dementia care book, ‘Confidence to Care’ to libraries in Wellingborough, Rushden, Higham Ferrers and Raunds.

 Staff with the Confidence to Care handbook

Published by Home Instead, Confidence to Care is a handbook for those caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The book offers readers a combination of personal stories and practical advice to help them provide the best and most effective dementia care possible. Its primary focus is on the effective prevention and management of certain memory and behaviour symptoms, including refusal, aggression, delusions and wandering, which family carers often need help with.

Staff with the Confidence to Care handbook

Speaking about the events, which took place during Dementia Awareness Week, Louise Russell Boyne of Home Instead said, “Staff at the local hospitals and libraries were very welcoming and supportive of us supporting Dementia Awareness Week and allowing us to host a stand in order to provide information to those caring for people living with Dementia.

“We were also delighted to be able to donate a copy of our book, ‘Confidence to Care’ to each library we visited as well as share information from The Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Awareness, and Dementia Friends.”

For more information on the services provided by Home Instead Senior Care, please call: 01933 678775 or visit http://www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastnorthants

Staff with the Confidence to Care handbook

The Bell Inn, Little Addington Serves a Birthday Surprise!

As some of you may know, it was my birthday yesterday and so The Bell Inn in Little Addington decided to invite us along for the evening.

The Bell Inn is run by husband and wife team, Radu and Nela Constantin, who have had many years’ experience in hospitality (and it shows!)

On entering the Bell Inn, on what only be described as a very chilly April evening, we were shown to the sofas by a roaring log fire and introduced to our waiter, Alex.


He took our drinks order and left us to peruse the menu, and specials board.  We were left cosy by the fire until our food was ready.


The pub has an ‘olde worlde’ charm, it’s cosy and welcoming, with both tables and high backed chairs or low, squidgy sofas for you to choose from.

Soon we went into the restaurant, directed by Alex.  We ate quite early as I’m not great at eating too late into the evening, so we did end up with the restaurant to ourselves.  As you can see, the restaurant seats quite a few and large parties can be catered for.


Our starters were Tempura Prawns, which I loved.  The sauces we decided were a fruity (maybe raspberry?) based one and a teriyaki type, with lots of ginger.  Yum Yum!  There was not much left on either plate, as a compliment to the chef…IMG_1091


Main course was steak, well it was my birthday!  Steak and chips, plus side dishes of onion rings and mushrooms.  The steaks were cooked just as we liked them and Alex popped over just enough times to check everything was OK, but not to make us feel he was over powering.

The sautéed mushrooms had a hint of garlic and the onion rings were hand battered in a tempura style batter.  Both side dishes where lovely and enough for both of us.



Then for dessert it was surprise time!  Radu and Alex came out to our table both singing happy birthday, with a selection of mini dessert tasters on two plates – complete with birthday candle for me to blow out.



The desserts we tasted were meringue, chocolate and sorbet based. The Mango Sorbet is just divine, the Raspberry one was lovely but Mango was definitely a favourite!


The menu at The Bell Inn is quite varied, with lots to choose from, but we could both recommend what we ate last night.


We finished our meal with coffees, and a little homemade biscuit.



Our evening at The Bell Inn could not be faulted, from the wonderful food, excellent service and warm welcome.  Not just because we are Nene Local Magazine either, if you talk to the regulars, this IS the welcome and service you get.


Whether you want to eat in the restaurant, bar, have a Sunday carvery or afternoon tea.  If it’s a meal for two or a large party The Bell Inn can cater for this and more…


Speaking to Radu about his food; “Here at The Bell Inn we are so passionate about our food that we could sing about it from the rooftops. Ahhh, food…we love to eat it but even more so we love to make it! And we want YOU to love eating our freshly prepared, made to order food too. We think you will.

Wherever possible I use locally sourced organic produce and only the freshest and finest of ingredients goes into my culinary creations. All of the items on the menus are freshly prepared in our shiny newly refurbished kitchen by me and my talented team.

We have dishes on offer to suit all tastes from the traditional with a hint of gastronomic twist to the more exotic and range from delicate parfait to a belt-loosening 12oz slab of juicy Rib-eye steak! Whatever your appetite we have you covered so we would love you to join us for a meal.”



High Street

Little Addington

NN14 4BDbell a

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


Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards £1.2 Million to Groups

Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards £1.2 million to groups across the cou£1.2 Million Grants Awardednty in their most successful year to date.

This financial year (April 2016 to March 2017), Northamptonshire Community Foundation has awarded up to £1.2 million to 299 groups, charities and individuals on behalf of a range of donors across Northamptonshire.

Grants Director and Deputy CEO of the Foundation, Rachel McGrath said “I am delighted that the Foundation has had its most successful year yet in awarding grants to local community groups and charities on behalf of a range of donors. The impact that small groups have on our communities is absolutely huge and vital tackling a range of issues and improving the lives of local people. We’d like to say a huge thank you to our generous donors for their kind support.”

Funding from the Foundation has helped to support a variety of community projects across the county, this year, including those tackling issues such as poverty, social isolation, domestic violence and unemployment in the county.

Phoenix Community Cinema was awarded £9,500 to provide affordable cinema screenings to rural areas in Northamptonshire, bringing isolated communities together for an evening of film.

Home Start Wellingborough and District were awarded £8,765 to develop their WISH project enabling fragile families to improve their sense of wellbeing, decrease isolation, increase self-esteem and improve health.

Great Oxendon Village Hall was awarded £1,760 to provide maintenance work to the village hall to produce a good community space for all group activities.

Citizens Advice Services Corby and Kettering (CASCK) were awarded £10,000 to provide a Personal Independence Payment Support service to disabled people who are applying for personal independence Payments (formally Disability Living Allowance).

Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club were awarded £19,850 to develop their Mind, Body and Soul programme improving the emotional, physical and social wellbeing of vulnerable and isolated individuals in the community.

Singing for Breathing, a singing group set up to help people diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), were awarded £3,000 to provide a transport service for their members during the winter.

What are You Worth at Work?

Your monthly Business Mentoring… from Elizabeth Toogood Critical Friend

It is April. The days are getting longer – we are going to work in the light and coming home in the light. The spring flowers are wonderful, the tree blossom is fantastic and we are all looking forward to Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies. The children are already on holiday and if you are a working Mum you are juggling all the usual chores, all the pressures of a new tax year and child care. Or maybe you are a working Dad taking your share of this busy three weeks.

businessman working with laptop

So, with all these different roles; all these different skills you are exercising; all the business demands you are meeting how do you value your time?

If you work for someone else, it is easy, they assess the value of the job; they assess your skills and make a bargain to pay you £X. Ever thought how much that is an hour? Go on do the maths: divide your annual salary by 52 and then by 5 and then by 8. Then plus that figure up by 15% to cover NI, employee benefits, pension contributions, office costs etc. 15% might not be enough!

Now ask yourself are you delivering the results to justify that figure? Are you giving a full hour’s work in return for that pay?  How would you improve yourself to be worth more? Do it and then renegotiate!

This is all quite straight forward if you are an employee – just do it every year to check out where you are.

What if you work for yourself? I find my clients can do the maths so far but then when it comes to putting that value on their time to invoice it they have a real blockage. It is more like find a number and then half it and take off a further 10%. Yes, I can bring myself to ask for that and the client might pay it.

So, when I ask why were you/are you worth that to someone else but not now you work for yourself I hear all sorts of answers. Like:

  • It’s what the industry pays
  • It’s what the competition pays
  • It’s the rate for the job
  • It is laid down by the trades union
  • It is laid down by the professional association
  • It is what the margins justify
  • I am not the one doing the asking
  • My skills were quite rare and my boss knows that
  • I was quite good at what I did

Now put your previous hourly rate alongside the level of experience you currently have. Experience means that you work faster than an apprentice, a trainee or someone newly qualified. You solve problems differently because you have solved them before; you avoid expensive mistakes and pitfalls. You are a seasoned professional so you can find answers and create solutions that a newbie cannot. Clients pay more for creative solutions whether it is the design of a building, an elegant website or a gorgeously iced cake. And maybe because you work for yourself you work more consistently – for more of the 60 minutes in that hour.

So, be objective, these are the factors that dictate how you value a person’s time. Put a value on your working hour. I doubt very much that it is less than £50.

The next task and the most difficult one is to believe it. What happens if you don’t believe it – you undercharge. And what happens then? It becomes easy to find customers; they are pleased with your (bargain) work and your (rock bottom) prices so you get very busy; but you do not make any real money. You are then trapped: you think if you put your prices up you will no longer be busy but if you do not take the risk you will never make decent money. So, what do you do?


My job is to get you to think about this. And to get you to believe that you are worth the right figure and then to use it as you calculate your prices. This can be quite tricky as most self-employed business people think that other business people buy only on price. The truth is we do not. When we buy, we evaluate:

  • Will this do what I want?
  • The quality of the product – how durable is it? How long will it last? How robust is it? How much maintenance will it need?
  • Is this good value?
  • How creative is it? Is it ahead of the game or behind it?
  • Does it give me more features than I originally thought I wanted?
  • Will I get delivery when I want it and how I want it?
  • How will it make me feel? Do I feel this is quality or bargain basement?
  • Am I forming a long-term relationship with this supplier? And if so, is this an outfit with whom I want a long-term relationship.

If we only bought on price why did Woolworth fold and why are John Lewis a huge success?

And what makes your business any different? Only how you feel about it. Often my job is to help clients believe in themselves and what they do. Once you believe you can ask for your price confidently and get it

So, this April ask yourself whether you would employ you? Are you good at what you do? If yes, why undersell yourself? Give your clients an opportunity to understand how good you are and what a great bargain they are getting for their money. Remember clients are as suspicious of something that is too cheap as they would be if something is too expensive.


None of this is original.  We instinctively know about worth. We are good at putting a price on a product until it comes to ourselves. Do not fall into the trap of undervaluing yourself – your work is good quality and worthy of a good price. Good work is never expensive; but always good value.

If this has been interesting, please share it. If you are thinking of working with a mentor, please chat with me about what you are hoping to achieve. I might be the right person for you or I can help you find someone who is. In the meantime, life is good; let’s live it to the full and be the best we can be.