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You’re ‘In Sweet Company’ if you Shop here!

In Sweet Company for High Quality, Personal and Bespoke Handmade and Traditional Sweets, Biscuits and Cake Pops.


There’s a wonderfully fragranced farmhouse kitchen where they endeavour to meet all of your sweet needs! Louise heads a small, family run business set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire.

The company sets itself apart from the rest by offering a truly personalised service which allows you to be in creative control of your sweets and their presentation.  They offer a range of traditional and handmade sweets, cake pops and biscuits for all occasions, sweet gifts, wedding favours and children’s party sweets, as well as seasonal events throughout the year.


Order your special advent calendars now – click on the image to order – available in Gluten free, Halal and vegetarian options


Browse In Sweet Company’s range of traditional and handmade sweets and use the photos on their website to help you decide on your cellophane bag and ribbon colour choices.  Special Christmas colours now available.

Can’t decide or short on time? If you select ‘Decide for me’ In Sweet company will carefully make the decision for you!

Cake Pops

You can choose to have your sweets delivered directly to the recipient, meaning that you can rest assured that a high quality, beautifully wrapped gift will be delivered straight to their doorstep….. So that could be all your Christmas presents sorted then!


Click the image to shop Christmas wrapped sweets

Take a browse through In Sweet Company’s website and we guarantee you will be drooling and wanting to purchase… We’ve seen inside and we were like … well ‘ a kid in a sweet shop’ quite literally!!
Get in Touch
In Sweet Company
Southwick Grange Farm Cottage, Southwick, Peterborough. PE8 5BW.
Telephone: 07495 087992

Planning Applications: 29 October 2015

To add your comments to any planning applications – click on the ENC website and search for the application number.

15/01901/FUL (21/11/2015) (Info)
Extensions to front side and rear, velux windows to front and rear elevations of main house and
new detached garage at 27 Stanion Road Brigstock NN14 1DZ
15/01658/LBC (28/11/2015)
(LB/CA) (LBRegs)
To remove an upright beam in the centre of the kitchen and insert a new solid Oak beam
(horizontal). Erection of a breakfast room single storey extension in existing courtyard with installation of new doorway into a barn (which was fitted out by a previous owner as a kitchen/utility room with appropriate drainage for same) and formation of ground floor wc off hallway. at Inchmore House Main Street Bulwick NN17 3DY
15/01904/FUL and 15/01905/LBC (28/11/2015)
Erection of link extension between existing dwelling and existing annex, replacement of dormer
window to annex and removal of wall and gate attached to garage (resubmission of 11/00373/FUL)
at 24 Church Street Easton On The Hill PE9 3LL
Higham Ferrers
15/01879/FUL (21/11/2015) (Info)
Single storey rear and side extension at 125 Wharf Road Higham Ferrers NN10 8BH
15/01912/FUL (28/11/2015)
Adaption of existing wall and access at Atlanta House Midland Road Higham Ferrers NN10 8DN
15/01953/FUL (28/11/2015)
Proposed first floor extension and conversion to create two, two bedroom flats at 19 – 21 High
Street Irthlingborough
Kings Cliffe
15/01760/LBC (28/11/2015)
Installation of secondary double glazing to five windows at 4 Park Street Kings Cliffe PE8 6XN
Lowick And Slipton
15/01939/FUL (28/11/2015)
Replacement of existing modern summerhouse at 27 Main Street Lowick NN14
14/00875/OUT (28/11/2015)
(LB/CA) (Art8)
Outline: Demolition of existing swimming pool and existing dwellings and the erection of a new sports centre with associated parking, tennis courts, relocation of running track, re-surfacing of
existing sports courts and associated works (all matters reserved) at Sports Hall Milton Road Oundle
15/01915/ADV (21/11/2015) (Info)
Proposed advertisements for 8 signs3 x Oundle Wharf lettering on fascia to West, East and North
elevation1 x Nene Valley Brewery lettering to West Elevation
4 x Nene valley Brewery roundel
logo at Oundle Wharf Station Road Oundle PE8 4DE
15/01844/FUL (21/11/2015) (Info)
Change of use of first floor A2 premises to a C3 flat and erection of external staircase at 42 Brook
Street Raunds NN9 6LP
15/01891/FUL (21/11/2015) (Info)
Front and rear ground floor extension to form a garage and a breakfast room at 18 Webb Road
Raunds NN9 6HH
15/01931/FUL (21/11/2015) (Info)
Single storey rear extension at 5 Shelmerdine Gardens Raunds NN9 6FY
15/00778/FUL (21/11/2015) (Info)
Single storey rear and side extension at 63 Batsmans Drive Rushden NN10 6EW
15/01692/FUL (28/11/2015)
Subdivision of existing shopfront and shop unit to form new access entrance door and change of
use to residential use of part of ground floor retail area to form corridor access to upper floors to 64 High Street Rushden NN10 0JP. at 64 High Street Rushden
15/01913/FUL (21/11/2015) (Info)
Refurbishment of unused barn to rear of garden to additional living space at 19 Moor Road
Rushden NN10 9SP
15/01922/FUL (21/11/2015) (Info)
Single storey extension to existing garage at 53A Bedford Road Rushden NN10
15/01895/VAR (28/11/2015)
Single storey extension at Dove House Including Part Of Former Farm Building Higham Road
15/01568/FUL (28/11/2015)
Replacement UPVC windows. at 6 Chicheley Cottages Thrapston NN14 4XT
15/01934/FUL (21/11/2015) (Info)
Single storey extension to rear and side of property at 42 Windsor Drive Thrapston NN14 4XH
15/01966/FUL (28/11/2015)
Conversion of outbuilding into habitable accommodation ancillary to dwelling. Demolition of privy
and construction of small extension at rear of outbuilding at 26 Main Street Woodnewton

The Islip Shed – Project Thunderbird Is GO!

Nene Local can now announce that the ‘shed’ built in Islip recently is definitely for end-user, Primark.
Situated on Islip industrial estate, this monster venture has recently been built and involved the internal fit-out of office accommodation within a 1.06m sq ft warehouse. The extensive works included partitions, drylining, joinery, screeding and the installation of suspended ceilings.
We’ve discovered that due to the shape (and sheer size) of the development, it has adopted the codename, ‘Project Thunderbird’ and is one of the UK’s largest ever pre-let developments. Using the perfect location to their advantage, Primark will use this new distribution centre to help meet the continued demand for their popular products. thunder3

Smile & Style Event returns to Thrapston!

Back in the summer, a collection of like-minded stall holders took over The Bridge Hotel and taught us all about style, showed us how to smile and offered us lots of goodies to browse and buy.

Just in time for Christmas they are all returning to Thrapston, this time in The Plaza.  Saturday November 7th, which is also Farmer’s Market Day (so why not do both?) the Thrapston Plaza will host the;

Smile & Style Christmas Market

With a smattering of new stalls plus stalls from the last event it’s sure to be a big hit!  Your £2 entry fee entitles you to all the free mini treatments you want, there will be samples to pick up as you go round, and the option to buy items, book treatments and sample services – all from local traders.

Click on the links and images to visit their Facebook pages;


Gillian at The Renaissance Woman will be offering an age test (to see how old your body really is!) and promoting her Nature’s Sunshine range of goodies.

Jenny will bring her Aloe Vera – lots of products for health, beauty and well-being


As Pampered Chef is about to close, Lesley will be bringing loads of SALE items, so get homewares from Pampered Chef while you still can!!

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Lyn from the Athene Spa at The Bridge Hotel will be there, and you can have a mini-makeover from her, as she uses all her wonderful Arbonne Make up!  Helen will be helping on her stall and talking about the Arbone dieting and body cleanse products.

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Helen will be there from AmbaScarlett with bags, jewellery and scarves.  Lots of scarves!
hypnoCaroline from Inspired to Change Hypnotherapy will return to talk about her hypnotherapy PLUS she’s bringing her stress tester – see how stressed you are with this quick test.  We want lots of people to do this so we can get a feel of how stressed is Thrapston!

The Den set up ready for a massage
Diana Douglas at the Den will be offering free mini treatments, so you can sample her No Hands Massage – then pick up a voucher for money off your first treatment!

Next find out all about Kinesiology with Louise Bourne sounds interesting!!

Julz Therapy is offering free consultations and so you can find out if reflexology is for you!


Order your personalised gifts from Kathy at Pictures to Life!  We love her mugs!


Mary from Reiki Pillows is a new stall holder who has lots to show you, we can’t wait to meet her.  Plus her daughter will share her stall and show us Neal’s Yard Organic Remedies…


Mary Coulson Studios will be showing her amazing pet portraits, I may have to order a gift for my mantlepiece!

Penny will be providing 10 and 20 minute tarot readings – why not give it a whirl?

Last but not least, there will also be a toy stall, selling lots of brand new toys, just in time for Christmas – lots of bargains to be had!

Mark the date in your diary and come along!



Party in the Park – Get Involved!

Thrapston Town Council is going to organise another Party in the Park!  A date to be arranged in July 2016, the event will take place in the Peace Park.

(For anyone new, the Peace Park is the large park on the hillside, opposite The Court House Pub on Huntingdon Road)

The last time we had a Party in the Park was in 2012 and great fun was had by all.

If you would like to help organise, pitch in some ideas and get involved then you can call Sue on 01832 734673 at the Town Council for more information.

Help make it a day to remember!

Remembrance Day Events in Thrapston

The Royal British Legion have arranged the following services in Thrapston.

Sunday November 8th

11am – There will be a short service at the Memorial Stone in Coronation Gardens

2.30pm – A parade will take place through the town from the Plaza to St James Church for the Remembrance Day Service at 3pm

3pm – Remembrance Day Service in St James’ Church Thrapston

Wednesday November 11th

11am – Armistice Day Memorial Service at the Memorial Stone in Coronation Gardens to observe the two minutes silence


For anyone who is unsure, or new to the town, the Memorial Stone is in Coronation Gardens, they are situated next to the pedestrian crossing between Co-Op/Ben’s Chippy and St James Church – at the bottom of Oundle Road.


Do you have a Talent for Christmas Crafts? Then get in touch with Greeniversity!

Are you particularly skilled at making gingerbread men? Do you excel at creating Christmas table decorations? Or are you handy with card making? Whatever your festive skill, Greeniversity would love to hear from you!Christmas Cards

Greeniversity, the green skill share initiative, is looking for people in Peterborough to offer their talents to run free learning classes. You don’t need to have any prior experience of teaching, just a willingness and enthusiasm for sharing your skills with a group of participants.

Greeniversity gives people the opportunity to teach and learn practical eco skills through free sessions, helping to create sustainable communities for the future. Anything goes as long as it’s green or helps build community spirit!

“Whatever your festive craft-making talents – we’d love to hear from you,” explains Greeniversity Development Lead Jennie Orrell. “Your positive action in setting up a class is so valuable because it helps people gain new skills, meet other like-minded people, and grow in confidence.”GreeniversityLogo

To add your class to the Greeniversity website visit To find out more and for any enquiries, please call Jennie Orrell on 01733 866437 or email Greeniversity is run by the independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust.

Northamptonshire Company Organises Laundry Plant Sale

A Northamptonshire firm of corporate finance specialists has arranged the sale of a pioneering laundry facility to a multinational company.

Watersheds, located on Bridge Street in Northampton, organised a deal to sell the UK’s first steam free laundry plant created by White Knight in Reading to the Berendsen group.
The sale will enable the flagship site in Reading to grow and prosper under new international ownership and the remaining White Knight business, operating from Eastbourne, to continue to provide an exceptional laundry service to domestic customers and small businesses.
White Knight Laundry Services has been owned by the Tomlins family for more than 100 years and has built up a reputation for high-quality services across the south of England.
The company invested heavily in state-of-the art equipment, with the technology allowing the business to combine efficient high-volume production and quality while dramatically reducing its impact on the environment.

With the new facility in operation, it became apparent that this type of high-volume laundry would be best suited to a much larger organisation with large, high-volume customers.
Berendsen UK Limited, based in Basingstoke, part of Berendsen PLC, the leading European textile services group with revenue in excess of £1 billion, was identified as an ideal acquirer.
Soon after the deal was outlined, White Knight’s Chairman Peter Tomlins suffered a health scare so the details had to be completed faster than usual.
Watersheds managed to complete the transaction – from agreeing terms and exclusivity to completion – within 10 weeks.

Left to right - White Knight's Chairman Peter Tomlins with Jessica Painter, Partner at Watersheds

Left to right – White Knight’s Chairman Peter Tomlins with Jessica Painter, Partner at Watersheds

Jessica Painter, Partner at Watersheds, said: “When Peter was taken ill, it was an extremely difficult and worrying time for the family so I was pleased to be able to take as much of the pressure of the transaction off them as I could.

“Managing the process to ensure a timely completion was essential in order to cause the least disruption possible to both businesses and their staff. I am delighted with the outcome. It was a pleasure to work with Stephanie Perry and Sarah Lake at Pitmans, who provided legal advice in order to help make this happen.”

Peter Tomlins added: “For this particular sale, the added value of Watersheds lay in managing and collating all the data and disclosures required, acting as a posting stage to our solicitor, the buyers and the buyer’s solicitor, with whom they were in constant communication, all under difficult circumstances.”

City Charity wins a National Green Apple Award

The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is delighted to have won a nationally recognised Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice, which was awarded for its annual Green Festival.

“We are absolutely delighted to win a prestigious Green Apple Award,” explains PECT’s Communities Team Leader Karen Igho. “It is a fantastic accolade for Peterborough’s Green Festival and an endorsement of all the hard work put in to making the Festival a huge success.”

The Peterborough Green Festival is one of the biggest and longest running environmental festivals in the UK, and the 2015 event was the most successful to date! Overall the Festival attracted more than 10,000 participants and worked together with 38 partner organisations across the city and surrounding areas.

Funded by Travelchoice and the Arts Council, the festival’s theme this year was sustainable transport. The aim was to inspire people to take positive action through active participation in Green Festival events and by pledging to make changes for a greener, cleaner city.

The 2015 Green Festival demonstrated a unique ability to showcase sustainability issues in new and innovative ways, using locally commissioned artworks to engage with a wider audience and get everyone talking about their impact on the environment.

The Green Festival was also selected as one of only six European Green Week fringe events happening in the UK, putting Peterborough on the map for environmental issues.

The Green Apple Award will be presented at The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Palace in London in November. For more information about PECT’s work, visit the website at and sign up to the free e-newsletter.

Get Ready for Winter

Cold weather doesn’t have to go hand in hand with illness. There are things you can do to help you and your loved ones stay well this winter.

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or over, and people with long-term health conditions.

Taking a few simple steps to prepare for the cold weather can make a real difference.
• Get a flu jab – vaccinations are offered free of charge to people with serious health conditions, adults aged 65 or over, pregnant women and some carers, to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

Children aged two, three and four, plus primary school children in years one and two, are also eligible for a free nasal spray to protect them against flu and reduce its spread to other children, including any older brothers and sisters, their parents and grandparents.

The best time to be vaccinated is at the start of the flu season from October to November, so it’s good to get in early and get flu safe in time for the winter.

Just contact your GP practice to arrange an appointment to get your flu jab, or visit a local pharmacy.
• Keep warm – there are steps you can take to help keep you and your home warm when temperatures outside drop.
Wrapping up warm, staying active and heating your home effectively may help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions developing such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia.
Visit for tips and advice on how to keep warm this winter plus information on grants, benefits and available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.
• Eat well – food is a vital source of energy, which helps keep your body warm.

Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can. It’s worth stocking up on tinned or frozen foods, so that you don’t have to go out too much when it’s especially cold or icy.

Visit for lots more advice and information on keeping healthy during cold weather.