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How to Shop in the Sales by Lesley Clarke Style Advisor

Well, it’s sale time again and for a lot of retailers it started before we even thought about celebrating New Year!lesley

As a lot of you know, I have a retail background and I am very aware of the subtle psychological tricks retailers use to get us to part with our money, but this time of year they don’t have to try very hard! They just need to put a reduced ticket on and we’re drawn in – how many of you can remember saying something like ‘…it only cost me’ or ‘I saved…’sale

My question to you is, did you really make a saving? Remember, it’s only a bargain if you planned to buy it at full price. Most sale purchases are impulse buys but the same guidelines need to apply as always – how is it going to fit with the rest of your clothes in the wardrobe? What are you going to wear it with? Don’t compromise because of the price, it’s still got to be the right colour, fit and style for you, otherwise it’s not going to work regardless of the price tag!

And also, don’t forget how quickly trends move on – if it’s in the sale now, that means its probably been in the shops for quite a while, so it will soon be superseded by the new Spring/Summer collections that will very quickly be appearing (despite us not experiencing the coldest spell of winter yet!)shoppers3

So, remember those 3 magic rules:

Can you wear it with 3 different things already in your wardrobe?
Can you wear it to 3 different events?
Can you wear it for 3 years?

Love it madly, need it badly or put it back!!
Lesley Clarke Style Advisor
Telephone: 01604 696040
Mobile: 07969516390
Twitter: @LesleyStyle

Planning Applications: 14 December 2015


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


15/02155/FUL (09/01/2016)
Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of two storey rear extension at 16 Hall Hill Brigstock NN14 3EZ
15/02139/FUL (02/01/2016)(Info)
Erect an aluminium greenhouse on brickbase, erect an
oakframed workshop on brickbase (retrospective) at Duchy Farmhouse Bidwell Lane Clopton
15/02127/FUL (02/01/2016) (Info)
Change of use from agriculture to residential gardens at Land Rear Of Properties 14 – 19 Main
Street Clopton
15/02137/FUL (02/01/2016) (Info)
Retrospective resubmission of 14/01258/FUL for the conversion, alteration and extension of
existing outbuilding (‘The Wash Room’) to create granny annex / guest accommodation ancillary to
the use of the house at Clopton Manor Main Street Clopton NN14
15/02082/FUL (09/01/2016)
Existing driveway gate opening to be increased and opening at stable to be made higher at The
Old Vicarage Main Street Fotheringhay PE8 5HZ
15/02089/LBC (09/01/2016)
Enlargement of entrance gate opening, increase height of existing opening to stable block and associated work at The Old Vicarage Main Street Fotheringhay
15/02079/FUL (02/01/2016) (Info)
Erection of five dwellings following demolition of the existing dwelling from the site including the
demolition and removal of all associated outbuildings, structures, equipment, machinery and vehicles at Braesby Southwick Road Glapthorn PE8 5BD
15/02135/FUL (09/01/2016)
Resubmission of lapsed planning permission 10/01463/FUL – Proposed alteration to existing single storey element to the rear of the property at 6 Toll Bar Road Islip
15/02136/FUL (09/01/2016)
Side extension to replace lean to and reconstruction of garage at 61 Station Road Nassington
15/02119/FUL (02/01/2016) (Info)
Proposed single storey garage, single storey extension, second storey bedroom extension,
alterations to fenestration and new rendering and cladding finish to exterior at 94 Glapthorn Road
Oundle PE8 4PS
15/02095/FUL (09/01/2016) (Art8)
Development of foodstore with access, service area, car parking, petrol filling station, and
landscaping at Land Off A45 London Road Raunds NN9 6EG
15/02133/VAR (09/01/2016) (Art8)
Variation of condition 31 (Occupation of development) pursuant to application 11/01747/OUT :Outline: proposed sustainable urban gateway to Raunds comprising employment (Use Classes B1,B2 and B8); residential (Use Class C3); new vehicular and pedestrian access and associated road infrastructure, public open space and landscaping, including flood alleviation measures.(All
matters reserved except for access). dated 07.12.12 at West End Land North Of Brick Kiln Road
15/02157/FUL (02/01/2016) (Info)
Detached dwelling to replace withdrawn application 15/01267/FUL at Land Adjacent 2 Midland Road Raunds NN9 6JF
15/01828/FUL (02/01/2016) (Info)
Erection of four dwellings and accesses at 65 Northampton Road Rushden NN10
15/02052/FUL (09/01/2016)
New vehicular access to rear garden onto Co Operative Row at 25 Griffith Street Rushden
NN10 0RL
15/02084/FUL (02/01/2016) (Info)
Proposed single storey extension to front of existing dwelling, infilling gap between dwelling and
existing double garage and new higher fence to north boundary to mask adjacent industrial unit at
10 Saxonlea Close Rushden NN10 6BF
15/02148/FUL (02/01/2016) (Info)
Single storey rear extension with balcony area at first floor level at West Point Higham Road
Stanwick Wellingborough NN9 6QF
15/02108/FUL (02/01/2016) (Info)
Change of use of land from agricultural use to horse and pony paddocks to include associated
permanent structures. (Retrospective). at Land End Of Washington Court Thrapston
15/02126/FUL (09/01/2016)
Proposed first floor extension, over the existing garage to include dormer to front elevation. at
Holly House Church Street Wadenhoe PE8 5ST

Children’s Theatre Company – Dick Whittington & his Cat

Children’s Theatre Company
Dick Whittington & His Cat
THE STAHL THEATRE, OUNDLE – 19th & 20th December 2015
Join Dick Whittington and his loyal cat for a rags-to-riches magical pantomime extravaganza that’s purrrrfect for the whole family!

Following the enormous success of last year’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” at The Stahl Theatre in Oundle, Telling Tales Children’s Theatre Company is bringing professional pantomime to the venue once again this Christmas with a new production of “Dick Whittington & His Cat.”
Dick is off to London to seek fame and fortune, but he’ll need your help to cheer, hiss and sing along with him and his lovable sidekick Tommy. Will he defeat the evil King Rat and his terrible gang of vile vermin? Will he win the love of the beautiful Alice? And will he find the fortune he’s after? With a bellyful of laughs served up by Simple Simon and Sarah the Cook, and a sprinkling of magic dust from Fairy Bowbells, this is one adventure that is guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family. IMG_7847

The show is written and directed by local theatre professional Simon Aylin. He comes straight from writing Pantomimes for some top celebrities – including Nigel Havers, Louie Spence, Linda Robson, Joe McElderry, Adam Woodyatt, Jessie Wallace and Keith Chegwin.

Simon also stars in “Dick Whittington & His Cat” and he will appear alongside fellow local professional performers, Louise Russell, Pippa Higgs and the region’s favourite pantomime dame – Michael Cross – as Sarah the Cook. Michael and Simon regularly performed in pantomime together at the Key Theatre and have also occasionally teamed up as writers too, in a theatrical collaboration that goes back over twenty years.
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Michael was a regular face in Peterborough pantomimes and he is delighted to be working with Simon and the team in Oundle this panto season. Michael said – “I loved Simon’s production last year, beautifully staged and full of all the traditional elements that make pantomime such an important part of Christmas. The Stahl is a fabulous, intimate venue and provides the perfect setting for a show where audiences play such a vital part of the action.”

Last year’s show was heralded as “…a Christmas cracker of humour, tradition, audience participation and some wonderful music….a truly entertaining and slick production….”

You can be sure that this season’s offering will continue to put Oundle firmly on the regional panto map – so be sure to book early and share in this festive family adventure. With Christmas songs and a visit to the North Pole this is as Christmassy as Pantomime can get. Be warned though – the show is strictly for EVERYONE! Tickets now on sale!

on the 19th December 2015 at 4pm and 7pm
and on the 20th December 2015 at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. All tickets are £13.50 (plus a £1 booking fee).

Tickets are available at

Home-Made Christmas


One third of us will receive a handmade gift this Christmas – join the conversation and get inspired!

From the tastiest mince pies to the sparkliest Christmas tree baubles, chocolate truffles to homemade bags, jam and knitted jumpers, photos you’ve taken or calendars your children have made: receiving a homemade gift at Christmas is a stand out, special experience bringing both the giver and receiver so much more joy for the effort and thought put into it.

A study showed that an average Brit buys 14.8 presents for 8.3 people with an average household spending over £820 on all-things-Christmas so why not save some beans and find a creative way to showcase the Christmas spirit by trying DIY gifts, from shark hoodie towel, to peppermint sugar scrub or comic book coasters?

#LovetoMAKECHRISTMAS is a nationwide campaign to give people a place to swap ideas and experiences, share first glimpses of newly made presents and celebrate ideas and successes throughout the month of December.

Crowd-sourcing your Christmas spirit to share with others busy making gifts, we plan to spread the joy of making something for friends and family this Christmas with people across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Using #LovetoMAKECHRISTMAS across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram share your cracking Christmas creativity through photos, videos, quotes and links, and check out what everyone else is up to.

#buylocal ties in with #LoveToMAKECHRISTMAS highlighting all the wonderful local shops, craft fairs, markets and independent traders who offer something different and special this Christmas. Share your tip offs and local haunts.

#Loveto, powered by Voluntary Arts, is a nationwide creative campaign that features and celebrates a different artform each month. Tens of thousands of people have shared their creativity over the last year. #Loveto is also supported by BBC Get Creative and the Spirit of 2012.

Laraine Winning, Chief Officer, Voluntary Arts England said, “#lovetoMAKECHRISTMAS over the month of December is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the huge amount of creativity and enjoyment going into Christmas presents and plans across the UK and Republic of Ireland. We know that millions of you are immersed in glitter, wool, songs, baking and all other manners of creative activity to share with family and friends. The message is simple – share your favourite and proudest Christmas moments and enjoy others’ too. As part of the campaign over December #LoveTo will also encourage people to shop locally, picking up different, stand-out, beautiful Christmas gifts and markets, craft fairs, local shops and from independent traders.

There are plenty of creative ways to get involved right on your doorstep! There is the Crafts and Gifts Fair within Bedford Victorian Christmas Market starting on Friday, December 11 or The Eternal Market Charity Christmas Fair in Hertford which sees craft makers raising money for local charities. Alternatively, gather the family and cycle to Taurus Crafts near Chepstow where you’ll be delighted with the produce from artisan makers – both bespoke and ready-made.
Follow the #LoveTo campaign on Facebook – and Twitter – to share more events and creative ways to show we #lovetoMAKECHRISTMAS!

Santa Goes UP the Chimney At Nene Court!

Christmas got off to a spectacular start at Nene Court where Santa went UP the chimney rather than down, much to the delight of the crowds who turned out for the seasonal stunt.

To launch Nene Court’s festive season of events Santa turned steeplejack scaled the 80 ft historic chimney. As a one-off he abandoned his sleigh and trusty reindeer and instead made the solo ascent of the Victorian chimney, a long-established landmark on the Wellingborough skyline.

Hundreds of families turned out to watch Santa’s antics, which signaled the official start of the festive season at Nene Court, home to a range of independent businesses and bespoke boutiques.

All went according to plan, aside from one hairy moment when Santa got his beard entangled in the ladder fixed to the side of the towering brick chimney!Santa_Chimney_climb-36084.jpg

Hundreds of pounds were raised on the night by Northamptonshire’s Boobs and Brass, as the all-female brass band hit all the right notes in aid of Breast Cancer Now.
They entertained the crowds with festive tunes and Christmas carols raising more than £300 in donations.

Real reindeer, sparkling Christmas lights, mince pies and mulled wine all added to the festive atmosphere at the former Victorian Gas Light Factory.

Margaret Betts, Co-Founder of Boobs and Brass said: “The Nene Court Christmas launch party raised a fantastic £344.29! The weather wasn’t kind but it didn’t stop everyone enjoying themselves. Plus my family is still talking about Santa climbing the chimney! We all really enjoyed it.”

Rodney Binley, owner of Nene Court said: “I’m really pleased with how well the event went and I’d like to thank all the families who turned out in the wet weather to support us. Santa scaling the chimney was truly spectacular and really captured the children’s imaginations, which was lovely to see.”

Don’t worry if you missed the Extravaganza, there is still plenty happening at Nene Court this Christmas. Frozen Fever is running up until the Saturday before Christmas, come along and meet Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf in person. Visit our website for a full run down on events and competitions with amazing prizes £750 which still have to be won.

Council Conference an ‘Awesome Experience’

Young people in East Northamptonshire got together to talk about employment at a council conference in Rushden last month.

Girl Telling A Secret To Her Friend

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) organises a Youth in East Northamptonshire (YEN) conference each year to bring together students from the five secondary schools across the district.

The theme of this year’s conference was employment and, based on student feedback, it was a resounding success.

Students took part in a variety of activities looking at how jobs have changed over time and how they might look in the future, as well as learning about job requirements and interview skills.

They had the chance to meet representatives from Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, East Midland Ambulance Service, Kettering Borough Training and Service Six to learn more about their services and opportunities for young people.

There was the opportunity to speak to ENC’s apprentices to learn about their roles and how the apprenticeship scheme works. District councillors were also on hand to inform students about their roles in the community and how they can act as a voice for young people.

Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive with comments such as “Discussions were great. Fun and educational”, “I loved all of the activities, they definitely boosted my confidence” and “it was an awesome experience.”

Shaun Sannerude, Community Development Officer at ENC, organised the conference. He said:

“Each year we hold this conference on a different theme and it’s always good to get such positive input and feedback from our younger residents. It’s never too early to teach them about the working world and giving them the skills and experience needed for the when they reach working age. There was lots of innovative thinking throughout the day and I was really impressed with the contributions from all the students.”

Young people in the district can learn about different services available to them by visiting the YEN webpage at

ENC jobs and apprentice opportunities are advertised online at

Peterborough Jobs Fair – Calling for Exhibitors…

There will be another Peterborough Jobs Fair on Wednesday 27th January 2016 at the Bull Hotel, Peterborough, 10am to 2pm.

They have already done 13 Job Fairs in Peterborough over the last couple of years.

Why should you book a stand at this Jobs Fair?

• You can speak face to face with hundreds of local job hunters
• Promote your job vacancies to hundreds of jobseekers on the day
• Conduct ‘’mini job interviews” at your stand
• It is a quick and easy way to assess candidates suitability
• Face to face interaction which is quicker than reading CV’s
• Great brand awareness to members of the public
• Great networking opportunities with other local businesses

To find out how they promote the Job Fairs, please follow this link.

Serve – Promoting Independence in Northants

Serve is a Voluntary organisation and a Registered Charity, they provide a number of services to the older people of East Northamptonshire for over 30 years.

Services such as the Therapy Centre which offers a range of treatments including foot care, massages, reiki, and reflexology.

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The Domiciliary Homecare service supports individuals with personal care and domestic care in their own home enabling them to stay at home for as long as possible.
The Community Transport service will take people to hospital appointments and the disabled access mini buses are used for day trips to pubs for lunches or shopping trips, they are coordinated by the wellbeing centre which also provides day activities such as craft groups and exercise classes and many others.

Serve also have a mobility shop offering mobility and sensory aids to assist individuals with general everyday tasks at home, the shop also offers continence care products.

Serve has the support of 80 volunteers that help with these services and they always welcome more, as a charity Serve also do a lot of community fundraising to keep the sustainability of the services so donations are always welcome. Visit our website for more information or call 01933 315555.

Get in Touch

Care Manager
19 Church Street
NN10 9YU


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Thrapston Dreamers are looking for Sponsors – Who can Help?

We’ve been sent the following details….

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Dreamers is about providing opportunities and nurturing talent within our local community, be it on the stage, back stage or front of house, it’s about giving it a go and realising your potential! We are open to all ages from 5 upwards and are a non- profit making organisation. We will put on three productions each year:

• A pantomime in February
• A children only cast production in Spring
• A summer celebration production

We will be providing weekly performing arts sessions to all children aged 5 and upwards free of charge. This will make an amazing opportunity available and accessible to all. We will be supporting local charities from the money we raise through ticket sales at each of our performances and will donate these monies back to the local community, after settling our running costs. Indeed we would welcome your suggestions as a sponsor if you had a worthy local charity in mind?

Dreamers will provide a much needed creative outlet for both children and young adults of the local community, and provide an opportunity for them to develop their talents locally, where otherwise this might not be possible, as well as bring people together to celebrate a love of theatre and performing.

Thrapston Dreamers would like to offer you the opportunity to support the production of our exciting first show “Snow White”, performed on stage in the O’Leary Hall, Crown Building, Thrapston Primary School. We will have 3 performances with an expected audience of 300 people per show. Through a range of fantastic sponsorship opportunities to suit any budget, you will be reaching out to at least 900 people.

By sponsoring the upcoming production of Snow White you will:

* Be supporting a valuable growing local community
* Create brand awareness and opportunities for your business by reaching out to our audience of around 900 and building a business to customer awareness of your company through a new and varied marketing channel
* Help to give a child their chance to shine!


Title Sponsor – As title sponsor you will be our main partner in the production of the show. For a minimum contribution of £250 you will receive the following benefits:-

BRANDING – Thrapston Dreamers present Snow White in association with ‘Your Company’
This will appear on all marketing material including:

* Fliers or Letters to all primary and secondary school children in the East Northants cluster group, amounting to around 3000 families. Fliers will also be given out at the Thrapston Christmas Lights switch on event.
* Show programmes at each performance
* Posters and banners around the local area
* Logo placement in all of our newsletters and press releases
* Pop up banner displayed at the entrance to the theatre with your company name and logo on it
* Radio interviews as appropriate
* Social media

You will have the choice to place an advert in the following :
* Full page colour advert in the show programme
* Your company logo/advert on the projector screen in the theatre during pre-show arrival, interval and post show exit
* Product placement – during the show there will be 2 opportunities for your product or service to be mentioned in the script, providing a fun and exciting way for audience members to interact with your brand

As a title sponsor you will receive 10 free tickets to each show that you sponsor to distribute amongst your valued clients or to use as a thank you and a night out for your members of staff.

Don’t want to be a title sponsor but still want to be involved and reach a target audience?

No problem! -we also offer other various advertising options for you to suit all budgets:
Advertising in our production programme (500 copies) full colour
Prime position – £25
Full page – £20
Half page – £10
Quarter page – £5

Sponsor an audience seat – a laminated sign on the back of a chair – £5 per seat
Other options such as sponsor a row(s) to be negotiated.
Sponsor the refreshments area – Your business cards/fliers on the stall – £30
Sponsor the bar – Your business cards/ pop up banner on the stall and your logo on all the pre-order sheets £50
Sponsor the tickets – your name on each ticket stub – £100
Cast and crew T- shirt sponsorship – Worn by all cast and crew members at rehearsals and press interviews, Christmas lights switch on performance any other social events. Crew will wear at every performance – £200

Interested in supporting us dream?

On behalf of Thrapston Dreamers I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this letter and we really hope that you can help us in some form or another. Not only will you be supporting us, but also promoting your business in a cost effective way and most importantly helping us to help children realise their true potential through the medium of theatre production.
Interested in supporting us? Then please contact us on the details below as we would love to talk to you to discuss how our future partnership could work to turn the dreams of our future child stars into a reality.

Phone: Lindsay 07710819989 or Zoey 07738863678