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Any spare egg whites? Pop them in the freezer….

If you find yourself with any spare egg whites and don’t know what to do with them, pop them into a plastic bag and put them in the freezer until you’re ready to use them (make sure there is no egg yolk in them and no holes in the bag!).  They will make great meringues when you want them and these are really easy.

Defrost your egg whites, whisk until firm, add 50g caster sugar to each egg white used and whisk until shiny, thick and creamy – if you turn the bowl upside down it shouldn’t fall out. With a large spoon, spoon large peaks onto a lined baking tray and bake in a cool oven – meringue110C or gas mark 1/4 for an hour and leave to cool. Once cooled drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Marshmallowy in the middle they are delicious with fresh fruit and maybe a dollop or two of cream.

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Home Care Company Recognised with Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Home care provider, Home Instead Senior Care, which has 5 offices in the local region, has been celebrating after the company was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise on HM The Queen’s 90th birthday, 21 April 2016. The award was received for innovation.


The company has been granted the award, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, for the innovation their service has brought to the home care sector.


Home Instead introduced their unique service to the UK in 2005 specialising in the care of older adults. Their declared mission is to change the face of ageing and they are doing this by delivering companionship-based care which is built around the individual needs of their clients.


In bestowing the Award, the organisers recognise that Home Instead’s service addresses a growing demand from an ageing population.


They also recognise that the company’s care is person-centred and includes the social wellbeing of clients who benefit from minimum one hour visits, delivered by familiar caregivers who are matched to clients based on shared interests.


Speaking about the accolade, Trevor Brocklebank, Chief Executive of Home Instead Senior Care said, “On behalf of our national network we are honoured to receive this prestigious business accolade.


“Together we provide five million hours of relationship-led homecare each year. We couldn’t do this without our dedicated army of CAREGivers on the ground. This award pays testimony to their devotion to our mission to change the face of ageing in the UK.”

Home Instead is one of only 249 companies to receive an award this year. Only 92 Innovation Awards were made this year.

For more information about Home Instead Senior Care please visit

Sam and Trevor Brocklebank with clients and a CG

Left to right Sam Brocklebank, Caregiver Patrick M, clients Varley and Marie J and Trevor Brocklebank


Diabetes Booklet for Schools Published

A free booklet for schools containing essential information about diabetes has been published by a charity.


The InDependent Diabetes Trust has released the 16-page information document as part of a campaign to drive up standards of care for pupils with diabetes in light of recent legislation.


The publication, Diabetes – What Schools Need To Know, compliments the Parents Passport for Schools, which was also launched by the charity last year to help schools improve diabetes care.


The new booklet is a resource for teachers and school staff, providing them with general information about diabetes and tips about managing the condition in the school environment.


It covers key facts, including the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as sections on using insulin, diet and carbohydrates, exercise and blood glucose testing. Information on hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, stress and communication are also included.


Martin Hirst, chief executive of the charity, said: “We have been asked to develop a resource for teachers and school staff, to give them information in general about diabetes and some tips about managing the condition in the school environment.


“This booklet looks at not just the practical side of managing diabetes but also the emotional effect it can have on everyone involved, with the aim of minimising the impact that living with the condition can have.


“We hope this booklet, alongside the passport, will prove to be valuable tools for teachers with a child with diabetes in their charge, school nurses and specialist educational needs (SEN) co-ordinators.”





A legal duty for schools in England to support youngsters with long-term health conditions, including Type 1 diabetes, was introduced at the beginning of the 2014/15 school year.


Under the Children and Families Act 2014, schools need to have a medical conditions policy in place, along with an individual healthcare plan for any children with Type 1 diabetes.


In response, the Parents Passport for Schools was launched in May 2015 and so far more than 7,000 copies have been sent out.


It provides a means by which parents can formally let schools know how to manage their child’s diabetes and in turn support schools to comply with SEN regulations, as well as informing teachers about the condition. The latest publication is designed to work alongside the passport.


IDDT, an International charity based in Northampton, has over 17,000 members and works across the globe helping families and people with diabetes to manage their condition and live positive, healthy lives.


The charity provides a free, confidential helpline, has published dozens of helpful publications, stages events and lobbies the government on behalf of people with diabetes.


To order free copies of Diabetes – What Schools Need To Know and the Parents Passport for Schools, call 01604 622837 or email


You can download the publication at

Smoking in Pregnancy Resources Project Launched in Northamptonshire

A one-stop hub of resources to help healthcare professionals support pregnant women in Northamptonshire to give up smoking is being created.


Methods to encourage expectant smokers to quit their habit are being identified and new ones will be developed where gaps exist.


They will be pooled together as part of a training module and a manual for smoking cessation specialists who work with pregnant women, with a view to becoming integrated into standard NHS training programmes.


The initiative is being launched because research shows one-to-one support delivered by trained anti-smoking advisors generates positive results.


The project is being funded by NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East Midlands, an organisation which turns research into cost-saving and high-quality care through cutting-edge innovation.


Professor Tim Coleman, Professor of Primary Care at the UK Centre for Alcohol and Tobacco Studies, University of Nottingham, who has led the project, said: “We believe using certain behavioural support techniques, which are relevant to the everyday lives of most pregnant smokers, will increase engagement and provide better results in terms of giving up.


“Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity, low birth weight, sudden infant death and asthma in the child once born.


“Smokers are usually offered nicotine replacement therapies once they’ve fallen pregnant, but because pregnant women have much faster nicotine metabolism, NRT has a limited and  at best borderline effect in pregnancy. We know that behavioural support from trained cessation advisors helps pregnant smokers to stop for good and we want to make the support pregnant women receive more relevant to them and more effective.”


The project is due to start this summer and the resources are expected to be launched in 2018.


According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, 12 per cent of mothers were recorded as smokers at the time of delivery in 2014 in England.


Every cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals which are harmful to the unborn baby.

Cigarettes can also restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby, so their heart has to beat harder every time the mother lights up.



Survey finds County Businesses want to Remain within the EU

More businesses in Northamptonshire want to remain in the European Union (EU) than leave, according to a poll carried out by a leading county networking group.

A survey carried out by NN coNNect found that 42 per cent of those asked were in favour of staying as a member while 38 per cent would prefer to leave.

The findings, from a survey conducted in April, reflect the national results found by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

Of the 124 participants asked, 17 per cent were undecided on which way they would vote come Thursday, June 23 while two per cent didn’t know and one per cent didn’t care.

Paul Green, group director, said: “The EU Referendum is one of the most important votes of recent times and it’s slowly creeping up on us.

“Unsurprisingly, the votes are fairly close showing that there may not be enough knowledge out there to give people the correct information as to which way they believe they should vote.

“The result is unpredictable because anything could happen, but polls like ours often give an accurate indication.”

For more information about NN coNNect, visit or call 01933 375 300.


Paul Green

Paul Green of NN Connect

Learn a New Skill – try Willow Weaving!

Do you fancy learning a new skill? Want to create a new handmade feature for your garden? Then don’t miss the chance to book tickets to a Willow Weaving workshop with tutor Sue Kirk, held at The Green Backyard on Friday 24th June 2016, 10am-1pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm.


Organised by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust, this fun session is suitable for complete beginners, and offers the opportunity to learn to make your choice of a willow plant support, lantern or dragonfly sculpture for your garden.

Willow Weaving

All tools and materials are provided. There are places for up to 12 students on each session. The workshop area is under cover but please wear suitable clothes for outdoor working. Thank you to the support of the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.


The workshop will be held at The Green Backyard, Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 8AT. The site is easily accessible via public transport or by bicycle. Workshop tickets are £5 each. To book, visit
For more information about the charity’s work, visit or call 01733 568408. Plus find PECT on Facebook by searching ‘Peterborough Environment City Trust’ or on Twitter @SustainableCity.


History Repeats itself with Medieval Festival Return

Wellingborough will receive a medieval makeover next month when knights, musicians and jesters invade the town for one weekend.


The fourth annual Wellingborough Medieval Festival will take place on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 with many family activities planned.


Visitors can hear tales of yore and watch falconry demonstrations alongside children’s entertainer Lullaby Leesa, who specialises in storytelling and puppeteering.


Animal lovers will also get the chance to cuddle and pet ferrets who will be in attendance from the Abington Ferret Refuge.


The medieval fun is supported by Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s Compton Fund and is being 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.


BID Manager John Cable said: “We’re hoping to bring history to life once again across Wellingborough when the Medieval Festival comes to town.


“Last year’s event was a complete success with over 9,000 visitors and we believe this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever.


“We are proud of our town centre and think it’s important to stage these family events which allow us to showcase all the great things Wellingborough has to offer.”


There are activities for all the family starting from 10am on Saturday through to 4pm on Sunday across various locations including Croyland Gardens, the Tithe Barn Lawns, All Hallows Church and the churchyard.


Medieval market stalls will be set up for visitors to browse and dance classes are set to take place across.


Giving East Northants a spring clean

Communities across the district are sprucing up where they live, work and play with a little help from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC).


With spring well underway, friends, neighbours, litter clean-up groups, local businesses and schools are getting together to help tidy up East Northants’ high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.


ENC is helping by providing groups with everything they need for a clean up, including litter pickers, gloves, and hi-vis vests. ENC also picks up and disposes of the rubbish collected and advises on what to do if any dangerous or harmful materials are found.


Last weekend Higham Ferrers Town Council rallied volunteers to Clean for The Queen, as part of an anti-litter campaign to clean up the UK in time for Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.


District Councillor and Mayor of Higham Ferrers, Cllr Pam Whiting, said: “We managed to clear quite a bit from the Vine Hill Drive moat, Bury Close and Station Road. Cllr Jackson even fetched out a shopping trolley from the cup and saucer moat!”


In March, the Stanwick Environment Project (STEP) teamed up with members of the Stanwick Pocket Park Group (SPPARK) for a joint effort to give the village a thoroughly good tidy up.


Tim Page, member of STEP and SPPARK, said: “Over 30 residents, both young and old, took to the streets and surrounding countryside to take part in the annual litter pick.


“The usual items of litter such as fast food packaging, cups, cans, plastic bottles and crisp packets were all found in abundance and once all this had been bagged up it was plain to see how much people treat the country side and the roadside verges as a tip.


“Larger items were also found including BBQs, tyres, bricks/rubble and broken glass, which had been thrown over the back of a garden fence onto a public foot path. Not to mention dog poo in plastic bags. Lost for words.


“A huge thank you to 2nd Raunds Scouts and everyone from Stanwick and beyond who gave their time. Also, thank you to ENC’s Waste Management Team for their support.”


Leader of the Council, Steven North, added: “We value town and parish councils and groups like STEP and SPPARK who give up their own free time to help make sure our public spaces are kept litter free. I’m really pleased to see so many communities signing up to borrow our litter picking equipment. Together we really can make a difference.”


To book equipment for your own spring clean, please call 01832 742026.


Transports of Delight in Oundle



“Our forthcoming Summer Concert will be our usual light-hearted look at a theme. This year, come and be transported as we fly, drive, ride and sail to songs that are tenuously linked to Transport in our performance of   “Transports of Delight”

We will perform many popular numbers such as Fly Me To The Moon, Big Yellow Taxi, Chatanooga Choo Choo, Ferry Cross The Mersey and many more.  Our cast of more than 40 singers, once again directed by Gill Potts and accompanied by Ben Smith, will perform at the Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle (courtesy of Oundle School) on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June, curtain up at 7.30pm.


Tickets will be on sale from Monday 23rd May at Oundle in Stitches, 5 Crown Court, Market Square, Oundle, telephone  01832-274433.

Oundle in Stitches is open from Monday through  to Saturday but closed all day on Wednesday. Should a personal visit to Oundle in Stitches be a problem for you, please telephone Paul Weetman on 01832 273830 or you can e-mail him at


I do hope that you will join us for a wonderful evening of music at the Stahl Theatre.”



Saturday 25th June @ £10.00 each

Sunday   26th June  @ £10.00 each

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