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Archive for: December 2013

People with diabetes in Northamptonshire urged to sign petition

People with diabetes living in Northamptonshire are being urged to join a campaign calling for improved safety standards for blood sugar monitors.

These monitoring devices need to be accurate to enable people with diabetes to control their blood sugar within narrow margins1 – inaccurate devices may expose patients to increased risk of hypoglycaemic episodes (very low blood sugar), which are associated with an increase in hospitalisations and deaths.

However, independent laboratory studies have repeatedly suggested some blood glucose monitoring devices available through the NHS did not meet the current international standards for accuracy.

In response, Spirit Healthcare is urging people to sign an online petition to request independent annual testing for all blood glucose monitors used within the National Health Service. It is part of Spirit’s ‘Diabetes Who Cares’ campaign, which aims to improve care for people with the condition.

Chris Barker, managing director of the Leicestershire-based healthcare company, said: “We would like to be joined by as many people as possible in this campaign as we believe this will help improve patient safety and outcomes in the UK.  I hope everyone, individuals with diabetes, people from the NHS and also industry representatives will join us in this campaign.”

An official online government petition has been created and if 100,000 names are gained the issue will be considered for a debate in the House of Commons.

To sign the petition, visit 

Late Night Opening in Thrapston

We’ve asked the retailers what deals and offers are going down on the High Street tomorrow (Thursday 19th December)….. If we hear of any more we’ll update this page later on today – so check back before you shop….

Firstly your invite to the office opening and pre-Christmas drinks party between 5pm and 7pmfrom Bletsoes Estate Agents – this would nicely kick off your shopping trip!

bletsoeTheir Facebook page is here

Then – Flair by Sue – the Hairdressers is offering a fabulous 20% off all GHDs until Christmas – now this is a great present for the lady in your life! Click the picture to visit their facebook page

Plus – Jollys Toys & Games are offering a FREE GIFT  – When you buy a game or puzzle from the Orchard Toys range they’ll give you a Christmas 3D puzzle decoration set!

Visit the Jolly’s Facebook page

Gowns & Garters are appointments only for their fabulous bridal wear

Frocks will be getting festive too – more news to follow!


Trend Jewellery will offer 20% off all Bulova watches purchased in store only between now and close of business on 24th December  ! Their Facebook page is here

Bearly Worn can give you 10% off all evening!!!! Follow the bear!!

Tasty Bite will be giving a drink away with any meal bought from 4pm till 7pm

So time your shopping trip and you could start the evening in Bletsoes with a drink and end up in Tasty Bite with another – shopping in the middle – how jolly decent!

Are you a Thrapston retailer? Do you want us to add your news? Just email us now!

Thrapston burglary – Police appeal for witnesses

Police have revealed, a flat-screen television, jewellery and various bottles of champagne were amongst the items stolen during a burglary in Thrapston last week.

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred some time between 7am and 6.20pm on Thursday, December 12 in Roman Way.

The offender (s) broke into the house and stole a large flat screen Samsung TV, five bottles of champagne and a collection of jewellery including a sapphire and diamond pendant on a platinum chain.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or to ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Barclays Bank festive collection for food bank

The Barclays branches in Rushden and Thrapston are taking part in a Christmas charity week run by the bank nationally to help the communities they serve.


In partnership with the Rushden food bank run by East Northants Faith Group, non-perishable items can be left in a trolley donated by Wilkinsons at the branch, which will then be distributed to those in need.

Branch manager Vicki Prince said: “We do lots of things like pound for pound, but we wanted to do something different that was going to benefit our local community.

“We are doing it with the Thrapston branch and Rushden food bank run by East Northants Faith Group.

“We contacted them and said this is something we would like to do.

“We are encouraging people to come in and donate non-perishable items, and the church will distribute it to people who need it.

“We are also running a children’s colouring competition where they pay 50p to enter and all the proceeds will go back to the food bank.”

The colouring competition winner will get a prize donated by Osborne’s toy shop in Rushden High Street, with the winner chosen on December 20.

The trolley for food donations will be in the branch until Monday, December 23.

Thrapston & District U3A Christmas Event

Thrapston & District U3A Christmas Event

Friday 20th December in The Plaza, Cosy Nook, Thrapston 10am until midday.


What is the U3A?

U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.  It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers.  Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.   The teachers learn and the learners teach. Between them U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking.  A typical U3A has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 and as large as 2000.

More information on the Third Age trust is on their website

Win a Ragdale Experience Day for two people at award winning Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa


(worth £174 – valid Monday to Friday)

 Candle pool main 600dpi

TripAdvisor – Awarded Certificate of Excellence 2012 & 2013

Candis Magazine – Best Spa 2013

New! Magazine Spa Awards 2012 – Best for Fitness Fans   

Spa Traveller Awards 2012Best UK Spa Retreat for solo spa travellers,

Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice 2012Listed in Top 25 Relaxation/Spa Hotels in UK,

Mumsnet Best Spa in the UK 2012 – Great for a girls day out

 spa back massage

You and a friend could spend a relaxing day (valid Monday – Friday) at Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire on a Ragdale Experience Day to include:

§  Light lunch in the Verandah Bar.

§  Plus use of all of Ragdale’s facilities including the multi-million pound Thermal Spa featuring candle pool, indoor/outdoor waterfall and a series of heat and water experiences plus two further pools, including whirlpool bath and cascade

§  Gym, exercise classes and outdoor facilities.


NB 10.30am arrival – 6.30pm departure

 Atrium and Beauty Express

If you are not the lucky winner, then maybe a Ragdale Hall gift voucher would be the perfect Christmas present.  Available in monetary amounts from £25 or for days or overnight breaks, they are the ideal Christmas gift.  Plus there is still time to buy one for this Christmas!

 autumn exterior

All vouchers are valid for a year from the day of purchase and are dispatched upon receipt of full payment.

To make a purchase or for further information contact Voucher Sales on 01664 433030 or visit our website on and take a look at the video brochure.


Find the Ragdale Hall pictures on our Facebook page – Welcome to Thrapston and LIKE them.

For more entries –

LIKE Welcome to Thrapston on Facebook

SHARE the picture of the lady having a massage on our Facebook page

COMMENT on this picture telling us why you would like to win!

TWEET this message “I have entered the @nenelocal giveaway to win a stay at @ragdalehall – you can enter too at #thrapston”

And….for a bonus entry, head over to our Facebook page and on the right hand side you will see ‘Reviews’ please leave us a review of either the page or Thrapston itself.

 You can gain one entry per item above, plus you can comment, share and tweet everyday to gain more entries!!

Closing date: December 23rd – can redeem in 2o14

Shops celebrate ‘shop local’ campaign

Shopkeepers in Wellingborough came together at the weekend to celebrate an international drive to support small businesses.


Traders from the town’s Cambridge Street staged a treasure hunt for children as part of Small Business Saturday, which took place on December 7, while a one-day only discount voucher scheme for the street was also launched.

 Cambridge Street

More than 40 shoppers spent the day hunting black spots in shop windows to coincide with The Castle’s Hundred and One Dalmatians festive production. They won prizes including toys and chocolate.


John Cable, manager of the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which works to boost the town centre, said: “Cambridge Street is on the up, it’s got a selection of independent retailers offering value, expertise and excellent customer service.


“We’re working to improve the street and make it an even more desirable destination for shoppers.”


Ria Chambers, who runs Ria’s Rosy Lee Tea Room, one of the new businesses, said: “Small Business Saturday helped me raise awareness of my tea room – it gave me the opportunity to introduce my business to new people.”


Gemma Bailes, owner of SweetBitz, added: “We’re all working harder to make Cambridge Street a real destination. We offer excellent customer service, tailored services and value for money.”


The BID has commissioned retail consultant Corin Birchall, from Kerching Retail, to work with traders to further improve its prospects.


Mr Birchall said: “Independent retailers are the heartbeat of a town centre; they are what makes a town unique, but to ensure their survival we all need to consider them.


“That’s why we launched the vouchers for Small Business Saturday to showcase the value on offer and remind Wellingborough about some of its hidden gems.”

Memory Cafe in The Plaza

Thursday 19th December sees a Memory Cafe being held in the Plaza Centre, Cosy Nook, Thrapston.  It’s free to attend and runs from 6.30 until 8.30pm especially for those with dementia and their friends and family.

For more information call 01832 736670cake


Thrapston Primary win IPad and £7500 worth of Exa Broadband

Thrapston Primary School entered a nationwide competition, run by Exa Networks, to produce a design to celebrate Exa’s ten year anniversary. Never one to shy away from a challenge, their ICT Club worked hard to produced several designs which they duly entered into the competition.


Exa had an excellent response to the competition and received hundreds of entries from all over the country, apparently the standard of entries was very high. After all the votes were counted we are very pleased to announce that Thrapston Primary came an amazing second place.



The design was produced by Amber Warner who had created a multi-page Powerpoint presentation that showed how to keep safe online. As well as winning an IPad for herself, Amber had also won £7500 worth of Exa Broadband for her school!



Even the local paper, The Northants Telegraph got in on the action and came to the school to take some photographs for this weeks edition – Amber didn’t look fazed and took all the attention in her stride.



EasiPC would like to offer our congratulations to Amber and all those involved at Thrapston Primary.

Image courtesy of EasiPC

Image courtesy of EasiPC

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Vision promoted as Thrapston youngster scoops colouring prize

A Thrapston pupil took inspiration from a summer holiday to win an art competition aimed at raising awareness of eye health.

Tom Owen, of Thrapston Primary School, impressed judges with his picture of a beach scene in a contest organised by Davis Optometrists, based in the town’s High Street.

The clever and colourful image depicted through a pair of sunglasses features sun, sea, sand, surfers, a deckchair and a barbeque.

The eight-year-old, who received a £15 book voucher as well as £100 worth of book vouchers for his school as a prize, also learnt a valuable lesson about his eyesight during the challenge titled Schools Colouring Competition.

He said: “I think it’s important to have your eyes tested because if you can’t see you wouldn’t be able to enjoy most of the things that other people do.”

Lynn Carson of Davis Optometrists with pupils from Thrapston Primary School

Tom added: “I got my inspiration for the picture from my summer holiday when I went to Spain and went to the beach.”

Teacher Ashley Tarr, who runs the school’s art club, said: “It was a good opportunity to take part with activities outside of the school and build our links with the community. The children really enjoyed it and most of them go to Davis in Thrapston.”

The contest was staged to raise awareness of eye health and the importance of regular eye examinations for children.

Lynn Carson, Practice Manager at Davis Optometrists, said: “A recent NHS report revealed the number of children (under 16) who have had an eye examination in the past 12 months was at a 10-year low, with just 19 per cent having had an eye examination in 2012/13.

“Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on a child’s ability to learn and on their behaviour yet it often goes unrecognised. The sooner that vision problems are detected the better the outcome.”