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Category: Thrapston & Oundle

Nene Centre Thrapston gets new Children’s Climbing Facility

Nene Centre Climbing Wall Opens

Nene Centre, Thrapston, which has seen operations recently move to leisure operators Freedom Leisure on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council, is to undergo the first phase of refurbishment works with the installation of a 6-metre high children’s climbing wall.

Freedom Leisure are kicking off a schedule of improvements across all three centres in the district, with £32k invested into this new indoor climbing facility.

Nene Local | Nene Wall

Installation work is set to start next week and will take around a week to complete, with staff training to commence immediately after. Opening of the wall for customer use is planned for the end of June/beginning of July.

The wall will be available for casual climbing sessions, group and party bookings and for school use, and will be the only climbing wall in East Northamptonshire. The facility is being installed by Hangfast Adventure Engineering, who will also be training centre staff. Hangfast are experience engineers who say “they have been creating adventure since 2001”.

This climbing wall will be a top-rope climbing wall with eight top rope lines and four auto belays. It can have 16 or more different climbing routes at any one time, with the option to reset the routes at regular intervals to keep the experience fresh and challenge climbers. It features; slab, vertical and overhanging surfaces to test all abilities, with classic top-rope anchors allowing the teaching of the fundamental climbing skills, belaying and rope techniques.

Chris Tye, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, says: “This wall is the first brand new facility being added by Freedom Leisure since it commenced its contract on 1 April. Freedom Leisure is more than just a leisure centre operator; it prioritises engendering active communities and targeting groups who are currently less active. This wall will be a wonderful facility for local children, giving them the opportunity to try indoor climbing as a sport – who knows, we may even help to find and nurture the countries next generation of climbing stars.”

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, added: “We’re very excited to see the improvements to our centres being rolled out and are confident that this climbing wall will be enjoyed by many children who have perhaps never tried this sport before. We’re working closely with freedom leisure to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for all of our residents and look forward to announcing further centre improvements and new initiatives for all ages to enjoy.”

To find out more about all facilities at The Nene Centre visit www.freedom-leisure.co.uk or call 01832 734090.

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.

birthday | nene local

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.

salad buffet | nene Local

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.

nene local | main course

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.

nene local | main courses

nene local | empty plates


THE BELL INN – Little Addington

High Streetbell inn | nene local

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

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

The Athene Spa answers – What is Hypnobirth?

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding hypnobirthing. When most people think of hypnosis they think of stage hypnosis and people being made to act the fool.

There is nothing mythical or magical about it. As far back as the 1950’s hypnosis has been considered for use within medicine by the British Medical Association(BMA 1955) as this extract demonstrates:athene 125

“In 1955, the Psychological Medicine Group of the BMA commissioned a Subcommittee, led by Prof T Ferguson Rodger, to deliver a second, and more comprehensive, report on hypnosis. The subcommittee consulted several experts on hypnosis from various fields, including the eminent neurologist Prof W Russell Brain, the first Baron Brain, and the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion. After two years of study and research, its final report was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), under the title “Medical use of Hypnotism”. …

It concludes from a systematic review of available research that,… In addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anaesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations, and in suitable subjects it is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of Labour.

According to a statement of proceedings published elsewhere in the same edition of the BMJ, the report was officially “approved at last week’s Council meeting of the British Medical Association.”

Effectively what hypnobirthing aims to do is to give women and their birth partners strategies to help them work in tune with their body during pregnancy and labour.

Why choose a KG hypnobirthing course?

We are the original UK Hypnobirthing course which is designed especially for mothers in the UK.  The course is constantly evolving to keep up-to-date with the latest evidence and research, and is now taught internationally.  You will learn about the 5 ‘C’s of hypnobirthing – Confidence, Clam, Choice, Control and Comfort. Your course includes all course materials including a copy of Katherine Graves book on Hypnobirthing.

For more information visit our website www.athenebeauty.com or kghypnobirthing.com.

Courses are generally run over 6 weeks and each session lasts approximately 2 hours. They are designed for pregnant women and their birth partner. Intensive weekend courses are available contact Lyn 07740 354465 for more information.

BMA(1955). ‘Medical use of Hypnotism: Report of a Subcommittee appointed by the Psychological Medicine Group Committee of the British Medical Association’, Supplement to the BMJ April 23, 1955: 190-193

A new course is coming soon here in Thrapston – call Lyn on 07740 354465  to book or to find out more information.