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What’s New in Tasty Bite this Week?

Today we have been sampling a delicious lunch.

Three of us went to Tasty Bite on a rainy Thursday afternoon and had a panini each, then puddings, plus a lemonade each, then an extra milk shake too – all for £24.  What lovely food it was!cakes

I dislike cheese so I struggle to order a nice panini elsewhere, but in Tasty Bite I have just eaten a chicken with mango, lime and spinach – I think a Danny special.  If it’s on the specials board again tomorrow I can highly recommend it.aprio t n orange

Then, with diet well and truly thrown right out of the window I inquired about DonnaLulu Cooks Wealthy Brownies – sort of a cross between a brownie and a millionaires shortbread, with salted caramel.  wealty brownies

They did not disappoint.

Check back soon to see What’s New in Tasty Bite this week….


Celebrate World Reflexology Week

World Reflexology Week is coming up – 21st to 27th September.

To celebrate Julz Therapy is giving a big £10 off reflexology treatments on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday of that week!

If you’ve been wanting to give reflexology a try, here’s the perfect opportunity to do it. 👣

To claim your offer quote “world reflex week” at time of booking and book soon as appointments are being snapped up!

Book it

Terms: Excludes pre-conception, Maternity and post natal reflexology.
Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or for redemption of gift vouchers.

Valid Monday 21st Wednesday 23rd Friday 25th September between 9am and 5pm only. Limited spaces when there gone there gone.  Julz therapy reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.


Julz Therapy

Julie Millington

Islip Nr Thrapston Kettering Northants NN14

Call – 07968 693550

Email –


Last Few Days to Enjoy Wellingborough Seaside

Visitors have one more week to make the most of the pop up beach in Wellingborough town centre.

The temporary sand structure, which was set up in Market Street at the beginning of the month, will be dismantled on Sunday, August 30. Families at the Wellingborough Beach 2015

The 130-square metre beach has been organised by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by businesses and works to promote the town centre through the Discover Wellingborough campaign.

To complete the seaside experience, Wellingborough rock is on sale for only £1 and there are also deckchairs.

John Cable, BID manager, said: “Our seaside scene has been massively successful. We are more than 70 miles away from the closest beach so families can get a taste of the beach in their very own town centre.Youngsters enjoying the seaside in a town centre

“We believe the idea has helped boost trade within the town centre, reminding people of all the fantastic things Wellingborough has to offer.”

Have a Wild Time at the Nene Valley Festival!

A festival which celebrates the unique wildlife, culture and heritage of the Nene Valley is back for its second year this autumn.


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From 19 – 27 September, the Nene Valley Festival will present an eclectic programme of outdoor family events, guided tours, water pursuits, concerts, cycle rides, local walks, foodie events and much more!
Featuring over 50 events at key locations along the Nene Valley, from Northampton to Peterborough, the festival is a must for wildlife and culture lovers of all ages looking for inspiration, tranquillity and new experiences.

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The Nene Valley Festival is being organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which aims to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to a mixture of local, national and international audiences.
East Northamptonshire Councillor and Board Member for the Destination Nene Valley project, Sarah Peacock, said:
“Our programme is bigger and better this year and we’re delighted to be working with such a wide variety of partners who have an in depth knowledge of the vital ingredients for putting on a successful festival.”
Claire Barrett, from the National Trust and festival partner, said:
“The National Trust is delighted to support the Nene Valley Festival, inspiring more people to connect with the wildlife and heritage of the county. Lyveden plays an important part in the history of the Nene Valley and is a major attraction for people to experience the heritage and natural beauty of the area. We hope many visitors will enjoy all the activities on offer this autumn.”
Visit and follow @_nenevalley #nenevalley2015 on Twitter for up to date information on the festival programme.

Warm Homes Peterborough Project Launched to Tackle Rising Energy Costs and Save Residents Money

The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has launched the Warm Homes Peterborough project offering a free energy advice service to households, funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Through a home visit, PECT’s trained and impartial staff can advise on energy tariffs, available grant funding and positive behavioural measures. Plus residents will receive a free energy pack containing items to help save energy (and money!).

Warm Homes Project Officer Sam Bosson on a home visit

This free community-based project aims to help city residents save money and improve the energy efficiency of their homes, whilst also lowering the carbon footprint of local communities and conserving limited natural resources.

Residents in the Peterborough wards of Paston, Ravensthorpe, Orton Longueville, Orton Goldhay, Orton Malborne and Westwood are entitled to the service, whether or not they own their home.

“The average UK household is now spending around £321 more annually on household energy than they did in 2010,” explains Project Officer Sam Bosson. “In addition to helping improve the energy efficiency of households, we provide advice that could potentially save residents hundreds of pounds a year.”

NHS evidence suggests maintaining a warm home can help to ensure good physical and mental wellbeing of both younger and older people, with children living in cold homes more likely to suffer from respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

To book your free home visit please call 01733 866440 or email For further details, visit

Happy 1st Birthday Jana & Barney at Hamerton Park, Sawtry

Jana & Barney celebrated their 1st Birthday on the 12th August. Here they are enjoying some scent enrichment. Hamerton Park hope they will eventually be part of our Cheetah Contact sessions which help to raise money for the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. They are the primary conservation body involved in helping to save the most enigmatic of wild cats in Namibia, where a third of the surviving Cheetahs live. A major part of their work is based around the fostering of good-will from farmers and stock-herders, improving the chance of survival for the wild Cheetah.


Hamerton Zoo Park,Hamerton, Nr Sawtry, Cambs, PE28 5RE
Phone: 01832 293362

Packaging Company Holds Healthy Heart Football Tournament in Northamptonshire

Workers from D S Smith UK Packaging sites around Great Britain took part in their first ever six-a-side football tournament in Wellingborough, for their next step to a healthy heart.
The event, which took place on Saturday 8 August, raised £4,300 for national charity Heart Research UK through a prize draw, a tombola and individual donations from each DS Smith site.
Twenty three football teams from 19 sites took part in the day, coming from as far afield as Livingston in Scotland, Neath and Crumlin in Wales and Launceston in Cornwall – with the winning team Belper becoming the first ever Healthy Heat Cup holders.
Heart Research UK’s ambassador Sally Bee, who is resident healthy cook on ITV’s Lorraine Show and Brian Wark, HR Director DS Smith, was there to present the trophies to the winners and runners up and show her support to the D S Smith workers’ new fitness choices.
The company raised money for the charity as they have completed healthy heart checks in 31 D S Smith UK Packaging sites across England, Scotland and Wales. To date, eight sites have achieved their Healthy Heart Mark Bronze Award from the charity for supporting healthy lifestyle habits, and they hope the rest of the company will follow.
Jeff Kitchener, D S Smith Design Manager, said: “The tournament was a great day for all employees joining in the football as well as their family and friends that have travelled to Wellingborough to cheer their team on.
“It’s the first time we have ever done anything like this where we have all come together and it makes it even more outstanding that we are doing it to support Heart Research UK – who have done a brilliant job igniting this with the health checks. This is now the next step to us becoming a healthy heart company.”
John Lloyd, Manager of Heart Research UK in the Midlands, said: “It is fantastic that D S Smith is developing into an exemplary healthy heart company and even putting events together off their own backs to go that extra mile.

“The day will be one to remember and hopefully this will become an annual event encouraging employees to keep fit all year round.”
The charity organised stalls and games to make it a family fun day, including the tombola with the top prize being a Healthy Heart Curry Hamper, with everyone who joined in winning a jar of Mum’s Masala curry sauce.
The 72 games were played on two pitchers at Lowther Football Centre, which is surrounded by a picturesque nature reserve, with thanks to the Club for donating their grounds for the day.
For further information please contact Sheldon Ridley on 0113 297 6207

Nene Local Magazine storms Facebook

Nene Local Magazine has been in production now for over two years.  The magazine begin in Thrapston and in January 2015 began to expand along the River Nene.

The readership area of the magazine is Northampton to Peterborough and runs along the river, incorporating all the towns, villages, businesses and local news along the way.

The inaugural Facebook page is Welcome to Thrapston, which is widely used by the local community. The admins post news about local businesses, and give shout outs to all the Nene Local advertisers but what keeps the community reading, liking and commenting is the variety of posts – including job vacancies, events, local awards and even lost cats – it’s a real community hub!


Click the image to go to the Facebook page for Thrapston

Now the magazine is expanding on social media with a well read twitter account @nenelocal and also additional Facebook pages for local news areas.

It’s recommended that you ‘like’ the Facebook page relevant to your area and please do regularly make comment!  If you are a local business and want a shout out on your local page – email Nene Local’s editor to arrange.

The rest of the pages are still in their infancy but will grow quickly, you can find your local page here;

Welcome to Peterborough and Surrounding Areas


Click on the image to head to the Peterborough Facebook page

– this page covers news, town and village events and businesses from Oundle to Peterborough and all the places in between such as Warmington, Yarwell, Wansford and more…

Welcome to Northampton and Surrounding Areas – This page covers is set at the beginning of the navigable River Nene and covers the area down to Wellingborough including Earls Barton.

Welcome to Rushden & Raunds

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Click on the image to go to the Rushden & Raunds Facebook page

– this page covers Rushden, Raunds, Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers

Welcome to Wellingborough & Great Doddington – this page covers the town of Wellingborough and its surrounding areas – such as Great Doddington, Irchester and Wilby.

Each page is updated at least weekly, most are updated daily, ‘teaser posts’ encourage readers towards Nene Local Magazine online. This means that the readers all see the adverts on the site – which in turn helps the local businesses in these areas, ensuring that each community grows and thrives.

Local businesses enjoy advertising which includes weekly social media mentions for as little as £25 per month.  If you’d like to know more than email Helen at Nene Local Magazine


Click on the image to find the Wellingborough Facebook page

Planning Applications: 19 August 2015

15/01181/FUL (19/09/2015) (Art8)
Demolish existing cowshed and erect new artisan flour mill, with associated canopy, silos, access,
paring and landscaping at Chase Farm Dusthill Road Brigstock NN14 3NG
15/01538/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Flat roofed single garage at 29 Main Road Collyweston PE9 3PF
Great Addington
15/01446/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Demolition of existing bus depot and barn and construction of a detached four bedroom dwelling
with detached garage at Rectory Farm Cranford Road Great Addington
15/01534/FUL (19/09/2015)
Refurbishment of existing outbuildings currently in ancillary residential use to form a home office at The Limes Farm House Wakerley Road Harringworth NN17 3AH
Higham Ferrers
15/01463/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
First floor side extension at 22 Dryden Way Higham Ferrers NN10 8DH
15/01512/VAR (19/09/2015)(Art8)
Variation of condition 7 – Japanese Knotweed – pursuant to application 14/01537/REM – Reserved
matters: Details of access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale pursuant to outline planning permission 14/00121/VAR – ‘Residential development of 166 dwellings (all matters reserved)’ dated 30.05.2014 at Land at Wharf Road Allotment Site Wharf Road Higham Ferrers
15/01493/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Conversion of existing ancillary building to form annexe complete with new pitched roof, widening of existing vehicular access and alterations to roof over existing kitchen at 2 Wellingborough Road
Irthlingborough NN9 5RF
King’s Cliffe
15/01367/LBC (19/09/2015)
To install a 4kw (16 panel) solar PV system to the rear / south facing roof pitch at 1 West Street
King’s Cliffe PE8 6XB
Lowick and Slipton
15/01397/FUL (19/09/2015)
Erection of double garage and storage area to rear of property and turning area to front at 15 Main Street Lowick NN14 3BH
15/01468/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Extension to the front of the property at 9 Cotterstock Road Oundle PE8 4PN
15/01549/LBC (19/09/2015)
New internal studwork walls to an existing outbuilding at 47 West Street Oundle PE8 4EJ
15/01267/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Erection of pair of semi detached houses at Land Adjacent to 2 Midland Road Raunds NN9 6JF
15/01472/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Erection of two detached dwellings at Former RPC Site Grove Street Raunds
15/01496/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Erection of first floor extension over existing porch at 1 Andrews Way Raunds
15/01504/VAR (12/09/2015) (Info)
Variation of Condition 6, 9, 12 – to relocate the proposed parking spaces and replace proposed
window to west elevation pursuant to planning permission 13/00268/FUL dated 10.4.13 Change of use of existing building from storage (B8) to residential (C3). Alterations to existing building to form a two storey dwelling at 12D Rotton Row Raunds NN9
15/01305/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Single storey rear and side extension at 36 Manor Road Rushden NN10 9EY
15/01448/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Proposed two storey rear/side extension and replacement garage/store at 40 Melloway Road
Rushden NN10 6XX
15/01449/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Single storey front extension at 2A Swallow Drive Rushden NN10 6EG
15/01464/ADV (12/09/2015) (Info)
Fascia sign, vinyl window signage and freestanding sign at Helix Lighting Factory Wellingborough
Road Rushden
15/01479/FUL (12/09/2015) (Info)
Formation of hardstanding area at rear of existing building erection of a 3 metre high boundary fence and associated works at DIY Store Crown Way Rushden NN10 6AX
15/01503/ADV (19/09/2015)
Projecting illuminated signage boxes above the store entrance and two free standing totems with
illuminated signage at Former Recycling Centre Car Park and Council Depot Newton Road
15/01410/LBC (19/09/2015)
Internal plaster repair works to first floor ceiling including additional ceiling joists, mechanically
fixed next to existing, to provide additional strength and support at The Shuckburgh Arms Main
Street Southwick PE8 5BL
15/01462/FUL (19/09/2015)
The construction of two off street car parking areas for use by residents of the adjacent cottages and the provision of an improved vehicle access to one of the car parks at 1 The Green Wadenhoe
15/01551/FUL (19/09/2015)
Demolition of working mens club and proposed residential development of nine dwellings at 18 – 20 Chapel Street Warmington PE8 6TR
15/01477/FUL (19/09/2015)
Conversion of former stable building to single dwelling at 10 Addington Road Woodford
15/01485/FUL (19/09/2015)
Construction of two dwellings on a disused car park (re-design of 15/00371/FUL) at Land to rear
of 33 High Street Newtown Street Woodford
15/01490/LBC (19/09/2015)
Alterations to layout and replacement of bathroom fittings at first floor level, removal of brick fire
surround and hearth and replace with new oak lintel, surround and stone hearth with wood burning
stove and flue liner, replace post to spine and cross beam and remover sleeper walls between posts in living room at 57 Main Street Yarwell PE8 6PR

The reason for applications being advertised is as follows:
Part3 – Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 2015.
Part16 – Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 2015.
Info – Non-statutory – included for information only.
LB/CA – Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas Act 1990.
LBRegs – Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Regulations 1990.

What’s new in Tasty Bite this week…

We’re big fans of Tasty Bite Thrapston (and even got married there!).  The food and drink is delicious, service excellent and always something new to see or do….

With that in mind, we have a new regular feature on Nene Local Magazine “What’s New in Tasty Bite?”tbt

This week we are letting you know about the Tasty Bite shelves…  They are leased out to local people who can sell their items, you don’t have to buy from Tasty Bite to pop in and browse (but we know you’ll be tempted!)

The Tasty Bite Local Shelves currently house;

Hilly Horton Home selling homewares, cushions, jugs, plaques, baskets and more

Keith Hill with his paintings, mugs and prints

Leonard’s Collectables with collectable Dinky, Corgi and other cars

AmbaScarlett with bags, jewellery and other accessories, in particular the ever popular scarves

and the newest addition The Bytham Kitchen with his pickles and chutneys (more about this one later in the month!)


The special offer this week is from AmbaScarlett who are letting anyone who buys a new bag from them, choose a FREE scarf of their choice, ideal as our mornings are now beginning to feel more chilly….