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Archive for: September 2015

It’s Time to Apply for a School Place

School admissions for the September 2016 term at Northamptonshire schools are now open. No child is automatically allocated a place – please make sure you have applied to Northamptonshire County Council by the following dates.
Primary Admissions
If your child turns four before 31st August, 2016, it’s time to apply for their primary school place.
Applications should be made by 15th January, 2016 at 5pm.
Secondary Admissions
You must apply for a secondary school place for your child. It is time to do this if your child:
• has their 11th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 6 in primary school)
• has their 13th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 8 in middle school outside of Northamptonshire), or
• has their 14th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 9 in secondary school) and wants to transfer to a Northamptonshire University Technical College
This includes all secondary schools in Northamptonshire, including East Northamptonshire schools who have now moved to a two-tier system to match the rest of the county.
Applications should be made by 31st October, 2015 at 5pm.

How to apply
Everything you need to apply is available on the school admission section of Northamptonshire County Council’s website. This includes the application form to be submitted online, guidance, information about how school places are allocated, the entire schools directory with contact details, Ofsted information, and each school’s admissions policy, and information about how to get help.

A Festival of Fun has Begun!

The calm waters of Stanwick Lakes came alive this weekend at the launch of the Nene Valley Festival.

Now in its second year, the festival which showcases the unique wildlife, culture and heritage of the area, was officially opened by the Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Marika Hillson. Also in attendance were specially invited guests Tom Pursglove, MP for Corby and East Northants and Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, who opened Stanwick Lakes’ Treasure Seekers event, which was the launch event for the festival.nvf2

Launching the festival, Marika said:

“The festival is one of the priority projects being delivered by 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, regional and international audiences. I would particularly like to thank Andrew Langley, Chairman of the Destination Nene Valley project, for the continued hard work being undertaken by the partnership to promote the Nene Valley.”nvf4

The festival presents an eclectic programme of outdoor family events, guided tours, water pursuits, concerts, cycle rides, local walks, foodie events and much more!nvf3

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, tranquility and new experiences.nvf1

For more information about the festival and to view the full list of events, please visit

The Great Wellingborough Bake Off is Back

Budding bakers will “knead” to know the forthcoming dates for Wellingborough’s very own version of the Great British Bake Off if they want to enter.

The contest, inspired by the hit BBC series, will take place on Saturday, October 10, from 10am – 4pm.A cake entry from 2014

This is the third consecutive year that this event has been organised by the town’s Business Improvement District (BID) to find the “cream of the crop” in bakers. It has proved extremely popular with a large increase in the number of entries year on year!

Bakers will need to submit their entry forms by Saturday, October 3. Forms will be available in Rowlatts on Silver Street and Sweetbitz on Cambridge Street and also on the Discover Wellingborough website.

There will be five categories this year: 12 identical cupcakes/fairy cakes/muffins, children’s bakes, Halloween themed cake, tray cake and gluten free cake. There are a limited number of entries in each category on a first come, first served basis. So get yours in quick and remember, “muffin ventured muffin gained!”A cake entry from 2014 2

Once the cake conquerors have been crowned winners and received their prizes, the cakes will then be sold off and the proceeds will be donated to the Wellingborough Rotary Club.

John Cable, Manager of the Wellingborough BID, which stages events to promote the town centre, said: “Any Great British Bake Off fan will know that the contestants are hugely talented and week after week come up with some truly wonderful creations.

“Now it’s time for the bakers of Wellingborough to show us what they can do. But judging by last year, we are sure that the competition is “scone” to get tough.”

“The contest will help promote the independent cake shops and bakeries we have in the town, which we believe are definitely worth a visit.”

Judges will be looking for an even bake, excellent presentation, imaginative flavour combinations and no ‘soggy bottoms’.

Planning Applications: 17 September 2015

15/01517/FULand 15/01518/LBC (17/10/2015)
Change of use / conversion of existing cricket pavilion to offices at Cricket Pavilion Ashton Wold
15/01613/FUL (17/10/2015)
Erection of wooden shed to the rear of the property at Millers Cottage 25 The Green Ashton
15/01674/LBC (17/10/2015)
Remove existing single window and replace with double window all to match existing windows at
Chestnut Cottage 14 The Green Ashton PE8 5LD
15/01678/FUL (17/10/2015)
To erect a side extension on the gable end at Hazelnut Cottage 2 The Bungalows The Green
Ashton PE8 5LD
15/01681/FUL and 15/01682/LBC (17/10/2015)
Install Bio Disc (Klargester) BB to provide individual foul drainage for Lilac Cottage and 22 The Green including 100mm diameter underground PVC drainage runs and manholes as indicated on
the site plan nominally 600 to 900mm below ground level at 22 The Green Ashton PE8 5LD
15/01710/FUL (10/10/2015)
New summer house at 3 Elmington Cottages Elmington Oundle

15/01680/FUL (10/10/2015)(Info)
Installation of ground mounted solar photovoltaic panels at New Lodge Farm Laxton Road Bulwick
NN17 3DU

15/01663/LBC (17/10/2015)
Removal of an existing blockwork pier and associated precast concrete lintels, between the dining room and kitchen and its replacement with a new cast iron column and associated oak beams at 9 Church Street Easton On The Hill PE9 3LL
15/01691/OUT (17/10/2015)
Detached single dwelling at 2 Stamford Road Easton On The Hill PE9 3NS

15/01610/FUL (17/10/2015)
Removal of existing vehicular garage and creation of new replacement 1.5 storey detached
garage includes revised driveway / access scheme at 40 Gretton Road Harringworth

15/01585/FUL (10/10/2015) (Info)
Demolition of existing conservatory, single storey side extension, single storey rear extension, detached garden store with roof terrace. at 25A Meadow Way Irthlingborough NN9 5RS

15/01601/LBC (17/10/2015)
(LBRegs) (LB/CA)
Installation of a photovoltaic microgeneration system on rear of roof (retrospective) at 51 North
Street Oundle PE8 4AL
15/01698/LBC (17/10/2015)
Renew / replace like for like three timber sash windows, two dormer windows at 14A West Street
Oundle PE8 4EF
15/01707/FUL (10/10/2015)(Info)
Proposed porch, two storey side and single storey rear extensions at 1 Mildmay Close Oundle

15/01653/VAR (10/10/2015) (Info)
Removal of condition 3 :Unless the local planning authority otherwise agree in writing,the bungalow shall be occupied only by a person who is engaged in the working or management of the adjacent smallholding and by his or her dependants. Pursuant to planning permission RA/66/50 dated 2.12.66 at 111 London Road Raunds NN9 6DB

15/01461/OUT (10/10/2015) (Info)
Outline: Proposed four bedroom detached dwelling with associated parking and garden (all matters reserved) at 26 Moor Road Rushden NN10 9SP
15/01578/ADV (17/10/2015)
1 no. welcome sign, 3 no. internal light pockets, 1no. illuminated fascia, 1 illuminated projecting
sign and 1 ATM surround. at 43 High Street Rushden NN10 0QE
15/01623/VAR (17/10/2015)
Variation of condition 12 – to extend the opening hours of foodstore from Monday to Saturday 7.00 – 22.00 and Sunday 10.00 -16.00 pursuant to planning permission 14/01014/FUL – Construction of a new Lidl foodstore and formation of new access, car parking spaces and associated landscaping at Former Recycling Centre Car Park And Council Depot Newton Road Rushden
15/01651/ADV (10/10/2015)(Info)
One internally illuminated post sign at The Needle And Awl Northampton Road Rushden
NN10 6EF

15/01400/VAR (17/10/2015)
Variation of condition 38 – approved plans pursuant to application 12/01741/FUL – Construction of 156 dwellings with associated roads including site re-grading and landscaping at Old Station House Midland Road Thrapston NN14 4JS
15/01624/FUL (10/10/2015) (Info)
Electric sub station at Old Station House Midland Road Thrapston

15/01626/FUL (17/10/2015)
Change of use from annexe office studio to holiday accommodation, internal alterations and
external staircase at The Old Rectory Main Street Wakerley LE15 8PA
15/01627/LBC (17/10/2015)
Change of use from annexe office studio to holiday accommodation, internal alterations, including
installation of kitchenette and associated pipework, internal partition walls and fitting of external escape steel staircase to south elevation at The Old Rectory Main Street Wakerley

15/01636/FUL (17/10/2015)
Proposed single storey extension, dormer windows and detached garage ref previously granted
application number 11/00663/FUL at 29 Chapel Street Warmington

15/01484/FUL (10/10/2015) (Info)
Dropped kerb and off road parking at 20 Mill Road Woodford NN14

15/01609/FUL (17/10/2015)
Extension to dwelling at The Old Milking Parlour Pound Lane Woodnewton PE8 5DY

Blackberry & Apple Tray Bake

Blackberries are now in season and are plentiful to go out foraging for. Along with a variety of apples that are also in season, this is a great recipe to make good use of them along with the other favourites of crumbles & pies. These cakes have proved popular at the markets, so I thought I would share the recipe. You could also add a couple of tablespoons of ready made custard to the mixture to give a richer and moister cake. They are delicious with a cuppa but also warmed with ice cream, cream or custard as a pudding. It’s not the conventional way of making a cake as it uses melted butter rather than creaming the sugar with the butter. A little sprinkling of demerara sugar over the top before baking will give an extra crunch to the cake.

Blackberry & Apple Tray Bake
You will need:

150g butter
3 eggs
A few drops of vanilla extract
200g self-raising flour
200g light soft brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
150g fresh blackberries
1 large cooking apple
50g demerara sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/fan 170C/gas mark 4. Grease and line the bottom of a 22cm/8 ½ inch square cake tin. Or this will make 12 individual small cakes.Nene Local Sept 2015

In a heatproof pan over a low heat, melt the butter and set aside. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon & salt and mix together. Peel, core and then grate the apple into a separate bowl. Squeeze out some of the juice with your hand and add the apple to the flour mix, stirring it in so the apple is well mixed in. Once the butter has cooled slightly, add the eggs, vanilla extract and whisk together. Add the butter and egg mixture to the flour mix and stir until everything is combined (add the custard at this stage, if using). Gently stir in ¾ of the blackberries. Pour the mix into the prepared tin and smooth it out evenly. Dot the remaining blackberries over the top pushing them down slightly then sprinkle over the demerara sugar. (Optional extra would be to slice up more apples and arrange on top). Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown and springy to the touch. Cool in the tin before removing. The cake can either be cut up & eaten as it is or for an extra touch, drizzle over some icing or melted white chocolate.

Recipe by Donna Thomas
Facebook: DonnaLulu Cooks
Twitter: @DonnaLuluThomas

Apollo Astronaut Visits East Midlands

The National Space Centre is delighted to offer a free opportunity to sit back in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium and listen to the stories of Apollo astronaut Walt Cunningham.

This one hour session will include 30 minutes of questions and answers from the audience.walt

On October 11, 1968, Walt Cunningham occupied the lunar module pilot seat for the eleven-day flight of Apollo 7 – the first manned flight test of the third generation United States spacecraft.

The 263-hour, four-and-a-half million mile shakedown flight was successfully concluded on October 22, 1968, with splashdown occurring in the Atlantic – some eight miles from the carrier ESSEX (only 3/10 of a mile from the originally predicted aiming point).walt2

Prior to and following the Q&A there will be an opportunity to meet Walt in a book signing session.

To find out more, or to book your FREE seat, please visit the NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE website.

DS Smith puts Health at the Heart of the Company

The Wellingborough site of DS Smith has been awarded a Bronze Healthy Heart Mark by national charity Heart Research UK for encouraging healthy lifestyle habits among its employees.

By choosing to take on the Healthy Heart Checks that Heart Research UK provides, the packaging supply cycle specialist provides employees with the opportunity to have their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, BMI and waist measurements checked and ask questions about their lifestyle habits.

Top left to right: Bryan Charles, Martin Gambrill, Matthew Sheppard Bottom left to right: Nicola Lee, John Lloyd – Heart Research UK in the Midlands; Daniel Redden

Top left to right: Bryan Charles, Martin Gambrill, Matthew Sheppard Bottom left to right: Nicola Lee, John Lloyd – Heart Research UK in the Midlands; Daniel Redden

The Healthy Heart Mark award is an accreditation that shows how an organisation values its workforce by making positive contributions towards employee health and wellbeing.

Following the healthy heart checks the company has brought in initiatives at the site that include ’free fruit Thursdays‘ for all employees, installing water fountains on the shop floor, providing free water bottles, and discounted gym membership. DS Smith also participated in a charity football tournament in Wellingborough on behalf of Heart Research UK, with 19 other DS Smith sites competing in the tournament.

Dominic Drew, Managing Director for DS Smith’s Sheet Plant sector, said: “New additions such as providing free fruit and water bottles to all staff have been welcomed and have encouraged a company-wide culture change, encouraging individuals to stop and think about their health.

“We’re excited to find new and innovative ways to encourage staff to make positive lifestyle changes.”

DS Smith offers the Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Checks at its 31 sites – from Livingston to Launceston – with many receiving Bronze and Silver Healthy Heart Marks over the year. This latest award will support DS Smith’s aim to achieve a Healthy Hearts Mark (HHM) employer award next year.

Brian Wark, HR Director, UK Packaging at DS Smith, said: “Health and safety is extremely important in the packaging and manufacturing industries, but often most of the focus is on safety and not on health.

“We have a duty of care to our employees and we are committed to supporting initiatives that lead to a healthy and happy workforce. In fact, this campaign originated from one of our sites and when it proved to be very popular we secured support from the senior team to roll out the programme at all of our locations.”

Barbara Dinsdale, Lifestyle Manager at Heart Research UK, said she was delighted the company had reached the Bronze award standard. “It’s great to see companies like DS Smith embracing the healthy heart message and getting their staff to buy into healthier lifestyles that will help reduce their risk of heart disease.”

Heart Research UK funds pioneering medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

The Healthy Heart Mark employer award is an accreditation that shows how an organisation values its workforce and makes positive contributions towards employee health and wellbeing.

To find out more about Heart Research UK and healthy heart initiatives in the workplace visit:

Just for You in Rushden Celebrates Anniversary

Just for You in Rushden is celebrating their three year anniversary on September 28th 2015.  In such an austere current climate we think that’s a milestone worth celebrating!

Just look at what’s available in Just for You – it is our kind of shop…. (Scroll to the bottom of this article to find a special offer)



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** For ONE DAY ONLY on Saturday September 26th – if you quote JFY03 when you purchase in store you can save 10% on EVERYTHING your purchase – as a special anniversary treat!

Just For You
 112 High Street Rushden NN10 0PQ.
 Telephone 07837718403

Peterborough Drive In Movie Fest 2015


A Month Of Drive In Movies
for all details and to book your tickets go to



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