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Tomato & Lime Salsa – Recipe from DonnaLulu Cooks

We will soon have a glut of tomatoes to use up and this easy salsa can be used in many different ways and if you make a large batch, it can last for at least a week if covered and left in the fridge. It’s ideal just as a dip, in a chilli, spooned over some steak or chicken for a Mexican wrap, as a homemade pizza base, marinade chicken, steak or lamb ready for the BBQ or simply serve with sausages and burgers instead of tomato sauce.


Tomato & Lime Salsa


You will need;

350g fresh tomatoes – large or small

1 onion – peeled and cut into quarters

1 lime – cut into quarters

2 chillies – whole with the skin on

2 cloves garlic

Vegetable oil for cooking

Salt & pepper



Pre-heat the oven to 190C/gas mark 5. Cut large tomatoes in half and any small ones can be left whole. Place the tomatoes, onion lime & garlic onto an oven proof baking tin, drizzle with a little oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Place in the oven for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, add the whole chillies to the tin and cook for a further 20 minutes. The tomatoes, onions & chillies will look charred, and that’s what it should be like to get the flavour in the salsa. Remove the tin from the oven and carefully transfer the tomatoes and onions to a food blender. Take the tops off the chillies, remove the skin from the garlic and add this to the tomatoes. Squeeze the roasted lime juice into the tomatoes. Blitz the salsa mix until smooth, adding more salt & pepper if needed. Any that’s left can be kept covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Recipe by Donna Thomas



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Summer Holiday fun in Peterborough’s Ancient Woodlands!

Enjoy a fun day out for the whole family at a FREE Woodland Heritage Conservation and Craft Day on Saturday 30 July. This drop-in event will be held between 10am-4pm at Pocock’s Wood, accessed from Peterborough Crematorium car park, Bretton PE6 7JE.

Matthew Robinson showing kids how to use the shave horse

The event is organised by Nene Coppicing and Crafts , a community-run project supported by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust. On the day visitors will have the opportunity to try hands-on crafts, learn about local woodlands, try green woodworking using a pole lathe and shave horses, willow work, lino printing, take part in bug hunts and much more!


“Our aim is to encourage Peterborough residents to get involved with their local woodlands,” explains Project Officer Matthew Robinson. “We would love for everyone to get involved with learning about traditional skills, craft and conservation to help protect and cherish these important sites whilst having fun in the great outdoors!”


Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Children are welcome but will require parental supervision. Parking is available in the Crematorium overspill car parking areas. Please respect other visitors to the Crematorium when attending the open day.


For more information, call Matthew Robinson on 07736 308475 or visit



Awards Celebrate Best of Northamptonshire’s Heritage

Northamptonshire Heritage Forum announce the winners
Heritage organisations from the County were recognised last night at the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum’s annual Heritage Awards which celebrate the County’s outstanding heritage through the work of almost 50 museums, historic houses and other historic organisations. Northamptonshire has the highest concentration of historic houses in England as well as almost 50 museums most of which are run by passionate volunteers. This sector plays a vital role in attracting visitors to the County each year.
At the ceremony, held at The Bede House, Higham Ferrers on Thursday 14th July, winners included Towcester Museum who won Heritage Site of the Year and Kettering Museum and Art Gallery who won Best Exhibition. Kettering Museum and Art Gallery also scooped the People’s Choice Award, a publicly voted category reflecting the population of Northamptonshire’s favourite heritage destination supported by BBC Radio Northampton.

The Awards are organised by a sub-committee of the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum (NHF) a network, run by a volunteer committee, dedicated to supporting and developing heritage organisations in the County. The winners were chosen by various judges from all walks of life but who have a shared interest in Heritage. The ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff and was also attended by many VIP’s including Lord Spencer, Councillor Heather Smith and the Mayor of Higham Ferrers Pam Whiting. The Awards were sponsored by Museum Development East Midlands, the County Council, and the Northamptonshire Community Foundation and supported by BBC Radio Northampton.
The winners of the 2016 Northamptonshire Heritage Awards are:
Best Exhibition: WINNER Kettering Museum and Art Gallery for ‘Collections, Connections: so far’

Best event – Historic House – WINNER Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust for ‘Remembrance and Rebirth: Songs for Montagu’

Best event – Museum – Highly Commended Wellingborough Museum for ‘Victorian Wellingborough’ WINNER Daventry Town Museum for ‘British Science week at the Museum’

Community Award: WINNER Buccleuch Living History Trust for ‘Creative writing at the Montagu Monuments’

Best Volunteer project: WINNER Northampton Museum and Art Gallery for ‘The Virtual Shoes Project’

Best special Project: Highly Commended Canons Ashby for ‘Communicating our Cause’ WINNER Kelmarsh Hall for ‘Paint conservation of the Hall’

People’s Choice award: Kettering Museum and Art Gallery Heritage Site of the year: Towcester Museum

Life’s a Beach in Wellingborough

People are being invited to dig out their buckets and spades once again when the Wellingborough beach opens next month.


The fun-filled sandy activity, which is free to enter, comes complete with golden sand and deckchairs.


Sandcastle building commences from Saturday, August 6 until Saturday, August 27, 2016 with the beach opening every day from 10am to 4pm.


It will last three weeks, including four weekends, and for the first time will be located on the Market Place.Wellingborough beach 2


The beach space has been organised by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by businesses to boost the town centre through the Discover Wellingborough campaign.


John Cable, BID manager, said: “Once again we are over the moon to be bringing the Wellingborough beach back as we know how much it has been enjoyed by children and families over the past few years.


“Here in Wellingborough we are surrounded by almost 30 beaches, but they are all nearly two hours away, so that’s why we like to bring the beach to the people.


“This event is a great way to help the town centre grow and expand by appealing to more and more visitors, particularly those who may not get a chance to visit an actual beach this summer.”

Wellingborough beach

The popular beach has been going for four years and visiting figures have increased since then as popularity has grown.


For added entertainment there will also be a helter-skelter, swing boats and a photo wall.


Magic tricks, balloon modelling and Punch and Judy shows will also take place at weekends throughout August.


This year entertainment for adults has also been planned with a number of themed evenings scheduled to take place.



Young Business Brains take on the Dragons

The district’s finest young business brains put their skills to the test last week at the final of the 10th Business Dragons event, hosted by East Northamptonshire Council.


The competition, organised by The East Northamptonshire College, saw teams of entrepreneurs from four local schools (Rushden Academy, The Ferrers School, Huxlow Science College and Manor School) pitch their ideas and business plans to a panel of local Business Dragons.


The ‘Dragons’ included Peter Waddup (Director of Scotts of Thrapston), Lorna Wiltshire (Personal Stylist and Committee Member of Rushden Town Partnership), Emily Carrington (Solicitor of Borneo Martell Turner Coulston) and Nikki Roberts (Manager of The Pavilion Youth Club).


The final, which was held in the Council Chamber on 15 July, gave the young people the opportunity to present their original business ideas to the panel, having considered the design of the product, finance, staffing, manufacture, competition and profitability.


The Dragons then tested the knowledge and professionalism of each team with rigorous questioning about the benefit and effectiveness of their ideas.


The best overall winner trophy (supplied by East Northamptonshire Council and presented by the Chairman) went to CompleTea, Huxlow Science College. Their idea is to produce tea and coffee bags which already contain milk and sugar for those who are always on the go. They even had a working prototype for the Dragons to test.


The best presentation trophy (supplied by Scotts of Thrapston) was awarded to MicroMove, The Ferrers School, for their pitch of having a portable heating device that can wrap around a mug or bowl to heat food anywhere at any time, perfect for camping trips and festivals.


Zeus, The Manor School, won the best innovation trophy (supplied by Borneo Martell Turner Coulston). Their idea is for an interchangeable sole for sports trainers including hard studs, moulded studs, astro turf and soft spikes. This means you only have to purchase one pair of trainers for doing a variety of sports including football, rugby and golf.


Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Rupert Reichhold, said:


“The teams all gave very impressive performances and it was not an easy judgment for the Dragons to pick the winners. Each and every student should be very proud of themselves, well done.”


Community Facilities Fund opens for Applications

A fund to support the development of public facilities throughout the district is now open for the fourth year!


The Community Facilities Fund (CFF) was set up by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) using money it receives from central government as new homes are created in the district. This ‘New Homes Bonus’ is based on the number of properties added to the Council Tax base each year, including new builds and empty properties being brought back into use.


Constituted community groups including voluntary organisations and charities, as well as town and parish councils can bid for grants of up to £50,000 for capital projects which aim to enhance the district and benefit the whole community.


Previous projects have included building and construction work (such as at Rushden & Higham RUFC, who received £20,000 to develop their clubhouse), as well as purchasing large items of equipment (like Transition King’s Cliffe, granted over £8,000 for a new minibus).


Councillor Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “As new homes are built, the demand on community facilities often increases, so it makes sense to use some of the money we get from central government to help develop these projects.


“Last year 17 community groups benefitted from this fund, including Stanwick Community Gardens and Collyweston Village Hall. Over the next couple of years, we will see new facilities take shape and hope that all of them will make an important contribution to local people’s health and wellbeing, with an increase in active recreation.


“Now the fourth round of funding is open and we’re looking forward to seeing what our local communities bid for to help make East Northants an even better place to live, work and play in.”


In the last round, Brigstock Women’s Institute (WI) was awarded £9,418 to install toilets and connect them to the main sewer. They can now hire out their hall for events and gatherings.


Glenda Stethen, Brigstock WI’s Secretary, is very proud of the new facilities:


“We still think we are living on cloud 9. Without ENC’s very generous support in getting the toilet facilities, we just wouldn’t be where we are today. ENC has not only helped us, but the community as a whole and we are ever grateful.”


For details about the process and eligibility, please visit


You can email or call 01832 742268 for more information.


Unlike previous rounds, all applications must have a minimum of 25% match funding.


Eligibility application forms must be submitted by 5pm on 7 September 2016.

Planning Applications: 20 July 2016 WEEKLY LIST

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




16/01303/LBC (20/08/2016)


Removal of modern plaster board and timber stud wall situated between the dry store and the volunteer tea room at The Cottage Lyveden New Bield Harley Way Oundle Peterborough


16/01146/FUL (20/08/2016)



Erection of garden shed/store; replace side storeroom door with false door and replacement of front door at Hawthorn Cottage 30 The Green Ashton PE8 5LD


16/01401/VAR (20/08/2016)



Removal of condition 7 Drive surface pursuant to application 16/00125/FUL: Erection of one and a half storey residential dwelling, conversion of an existing outbuilding and means of access onto The Syke (resubmission pursuant to planning application 15/01596/FUL) dated 07.03.16 at Property between No 4 and Stable Barn Stable Hill Brigstock


16/01173/FUL (20/08/2016)



Retrospective: Change of use of agricultural land to domestic garden land and erection of pergola and gazebo at Duchy Farmhouse Bidwell Lane Caldecott Chelveston NN9 6AR

16/01323/OUT (13/08/2016)


Erection of a detached dwelling, all matters reserved except access at Land Adjacent 47 The Crescent Chelston Rise Caldecott


16/01224/FUL (13/08/2016)


Erection of storage building, skip area and office building and installation of LGV and employee parking areas in existing builders’ yard at Land Rear of 1 Deepside Collyweston


16/01385/FUL (20/08/2016)


Zone 3 Link Road that will provide a highway access from the West of the Priors Hall Park site in Corby into the North of Zone 2 and into the Northern section of Zone 3(application accompanied by Environmental Statement) at Priors Hall Site Kirby Lane Deene NN17 3EJ


16/01334/FUL (20/08/2016)


Demolition of existing conservatory, and construction of new single storey rear extension, new window to outbuilding, driveway changes to include retaining wall and soft landscaping at 23 Church Street Easton On The Hill PE9 3LL

16/01335/LBC (20/08/2016)


Demolition of existing conservatory, and construction of new single storey rear extension with new doorway and fenestration and roof lights, internal changes,  new window to outbuilding, driveway changes to include retaining wall and soft landscaping at 23 Church Street Easton On The Hill PE9 3LL

16/01398/FUL (20/08/2016)



Retrospective :Gravel surface work to Meadow car park and construction of earth bund (43m long x1.3m high x 5m wide (at base) x 2m wide (at top) at Easton House 54 Church Street Easton On The Hill  PE9 3LL

Higham Ferrers

16/01227/FUL (13/08/2016)


Erection of pair of semi-detached houses at 77 Kimbolton Road Higham Ferrers NN10 8HL


16/00531/FUL (13/08/2016)


Conversion of integral garage into utility and office space at 132 Ebbw Vale Road Irthlingborough NN9 5YD


16/01402/FUL (13/08/2016)


Erection of an agricultural grain store with associated concrete hardstanding at Wigsthorpe House

Farm Main St Wigsthorpe PE85SE

Little Addington

16/01411/FUL (13/08/2016)


Conversion and extension of detached garage to form annexe at Meadow View Woodford Road

Little Addington NN14 4BA

Lowick and Slipton

16/01213/FUL (13/08/2016)


Change of use of farmland to domestic garden (Retrospective), and partial conversion of attached barn to part of domestic dwelling house at 24 Main Street Lowick NN14 3BH

16/01214/LBC (20/08/2016)


Partial conversion of attached barn to part of dwelling house, works to include: Re roofing to include replacement tiles, new rafters where required, new tie beams, structural frame repaired and new roof insulation. Installation of both new and of replacement windows and doors, installation of roof lights. In existing kitchen/ breakfast room/utility, installation of Aga and replacement flue. Replacement of door with window and window seat, replacement of window with new French doors, formerly bricked up window reinstated, floor to be lowered and steps added, partial removal of wall and new steel and wooden beams to be installed. Installation of second staircase and boiler to be relocated. Installation of replacement en-suites and bathroom facilities with new hot water services to both from boiler room. Formation of new opening on first floor to create access to barn at first floor level. To bedroom 6, new glazed door with balcony handrail, walls upgrade with insulation battens plasterboard and skim and underfloor heating. Installation of new bathroom including towel rail. Installation of flue for new boiler and hot water tank and accumulator and access hatch to water cylinder at 24 Main Street Lowick NN14 3BH

16/01399/LBC (20/08/2016)


Enlargement of kitchen and opening up of lounge and new en-suite to bedroom upstairs. Replacement of existing windows and doors at Lowick Mill House 11 Mill Lane Lowick NN14 3BQ


16/01373/LBC (20/08/2016)


Erection of replacement shed for ancillary domestic use (revised application to that permitted under 15/02093/LBC) at Brook Farm Main Street Lutton PE8 5ND


16/01333/LBC (20/08/2016)



To fit a conservation style roof window to front elevation pitched roof at 44 West Street Oundle


16/01356/FUL (13/08/2016)


Demolition of existing residential properties and the construction of eight new macadam tennis courts with perimeter fencing at Land at Pavilion Drive Oundle


16/01390/FUL (13/08/2016)


Change of use from A2 financial and professional services to mixed use, A1 shop, craft classes and food preparation (sui generis) at 42 Brook Street Raunds NN9 6LP


16/01106/FUL (13/08/2016)


Erection of 3 x bin storage areas – One for each block – 1 – 10, 11 – 20 and 21 – 30 Devon Walk at Devon Walk Rushden

16/01203/FUL (13/08/2016)


To level up top left of garden. Currently corner cut off for shrubbery area. Change of use to private garden at 10 Farndish Close Rushden NN10 9AD

16/01243/FUL (13/08/2016)


Linked two storey side extensions at 36 – 38 Avenue Road Rushden

16/01332/FUL (13/08/2016)


Rear extension to dwelling at 46 Prospect Ave Rushden NN10 6DH

16/01343/OUT (20/08/2016)


Outline application: Demolition of commercial buildings and 156 Wellingborough Road Rushden and residential development of 5 No 3-bedroom dwellings, 5 No 2-bedroom dwellings and 2 No 1-bedroom dwelling (all matters reserved except access) at Mike Wells Cars Montague Street Rushden NN10 9TS

16/01348/FUL (13/08/2016)


Change of use from commercial to dwelling and modification/extensions as per indicated on plans. Demolition of workshop and creation of garage (resubmission of 15/02083/FUL dated 13.01.2016) at 7 Birchall Road Rushden NN10 9RQ

16/01355/FUL (13/08/2016)


Single storey extension to rear of existing dwelling (revised scheme to that permitted under 16/00963/FUL) at 77 St Margarets Avenue Rushden NN10 9YQ

16/01357/FUL (13/08/2016)


Single Storey Extension to Existing Warehouse at Ravensden Farm Bedford Road Rushden NN10 0SQ

16/01394/FUL (13/08/2016)


Single storey rear extension at 33 Cromwell Rd Rushden NN10 0DS


16/01309/VAR (13/08/2016)


Variation of condition 25 – to insert dormer windows in Plots 1,2 and 3 in lieu of approved rooflights pursuant to 15/02183/FUL dated 1.2.16 -Demolition of existing garage and construction of seven residential dwellings and access at 162 Oundle Road Thrapston

16/01403/FUL (13/08/2016)


Erection of 8 dwellings following demolition of existing buildings at Factory Premises Grove Road Thrapston NN14 4JX


16/01310/FUL (13/08/2016)


Rear balcony extension at 6 Rectory Ln Woodford NN14 4HS

16/01331/LBC (20/08/2016)


Various works including formation of en-suite to bedroom, replacement of steel windows for sash and new door to outbuilding (full works proposed are described in Design, Access, Impact and Justification report received 4.7.16) at The Old Rectory 4 Church Street Woodford

16/01358/FUL (20/08/2016)



New doors to opening in existing outbuilding at The Old Rectory 4 Church St. Woodford NN14 4EX


16/01324/FUL (20/08/2016)


Development of 9 affordable dwellings with associated access road off Dovecote Close, Yarwell. (Hard and soft landscaping, parking and other associated works) at Land off Dovecote Close Yarwell

Independent Inspector supports the strategic plan for North Northamptonshire

The new Joint Core Strategy (JCS) for North Northamptonshire has been adopted by the Joint Committee representing the Councils of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough and Northamptonshire County Council. This is the strategic plan for the period to 2031.


A Government-appointed Planning Inspector, Mr Nigel Payne MRTPI, undertook an independent examination of the JCS between July 2015 and June 2016. This process included 7 days of public hearings last November and further consultation on modifications that were proposed to address issues raised by the Inspector.


The Inspector concluded that the JCS meets all legal requirements and, subject to a number of modifications, is “sound” in relation to national requirements. His report was considered by the Joint Committee on the 14th July, when the JCS was adopted with Inspector’s modifications.


Councillor Andy Mercer of Northamptonshire County Council has been Chairman of the Joint Committee for the past year. He is delighted with the outcome of the examination:


“I attended all the examination hearings and heard all the evidence presented. The Inspector was thorough in testing all the data and submissions. He explored all the relevant issues, and impartially heard and assessed all the arguments.”


“It is particularly pleasing that he has supported the focus of development on the four Growth Towns of Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden and has endorsed our strong policies on design quality.”


“I step down as Chair of the Joint Committee with a feeling of deep satisfaction from a long and difficult job completed successfully. It’s been a pleasure and honour to work with such a dedicated and talented group of Councillors and Officers.”


The new Chairman of the Joint Committee, Cllr Andrew Scarborough from Wellingborough Council said:


“I’d like to thank the Committee and officers of the Joint Planning Unit for their hard work in preparing the JCS. It’s been a long and at times onerous task, but we have worked together to see the process through to a successful conclusion. The Joint Committee will now be turning its attention to preparing additional policy guidance to ensure that new development is of the highest quality possible. We will also continue to give North Northamptonshire an important voice in strategic planning issues.”


Head of the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit, Andrew Longley stresses the importance of the Joint Committee’s decision to adopt the JCS:


“Having an up to date Local Plan is very important as it provides the starting point for considering planning applications. It gives certainty to the private sector in investing in high quality development, supports investment in infrastructure, and helps the Councils to resist speculative development proposals that are contrary to the Plan. The adoption of the JCS ensures that we meet the Government’s target for all authorities to have an up-to-date Local Plan by 2017. It should also allow rapid progress to be made by the Councils and Neighbourhood Planning Groups on their more detailed Plans.”


A journey through the Nene Wetlands – special for wildlife, shaped by people

Covent Garden-style street performances and characters from nature and history will soon be inviting Rushden shoppers to explore the wildlife spectacles on their doorstep thanks to a ground-breaking wildlife and heritage project.


The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire’s (BCN) Into the Valley – has secured £662,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to:

Rushden Lakes aerial

  • Create a major new 270-hectare nature reserve – the Nene Wetlands –  from seven disconnected wildlife areas, three of which are currently closed to the public
  • Protect, restore, and manage new and existing habitats for wildlife providing new access routes and interpretation which will complement the outstanding natural value of the site as an internationally important destination for breeding and overwintering birds,


Into the Valley will encourage shoppers at Rushden Lakes – due to open in spring 2017 – to embark on an adventure through nature and time at a place where wildlife, industrial history and modern retail culture come face-to-face. We will create a wildlife destination of international importance – the Nene Wetlands – and invite shoppers to take a walk down Wild Street from the precinct to the natural world.


Wildlife and historical characters will introduce Secret Spectacles beamed live to screens in the Visitor Centre; a new,  path network will bring people up close and personal to the sights and sounds of nature; and an interactive programme of learning and experience activities will inspire young and old to get involved and become wildlife enthusiasts.


The developer of Rushden Lakes, LXB, is also funding a major new lakeside Visitor Centre – the first for Wildlife Trust BCN. This will act as a gateway for people to access and enjoy the wildlife of the Nene Wetlands. The eco building will be zero energy and also features a green roof which will absorb rainwater, provide insulation and create wildlife habitat.

This section of the River Nene, and its connected gravel pits, is essential for the journeys of more than 20,000 migratory birds each year. It is known as one of the best places in the world to enjoy the spectacle of thousands of overwintering birds.

We expect more than 500,000 people will visit the Nene Wetlands each year.

The Nene Wetlands will offer everything from easily accessible areas to quiet tranquil experiences, something for everyone from shoppers to expert naturalists!


Oliver Burke, Director of Living Landscapes for the Wildlife Trust BCN, said, “We are really looking forward to opening our first Visitor Centre next spring. The National Lottery funding for Into the Valley will allow us to extend our work beyond this centre to create a stunning sculpture trail leading out into the Nene Wetlands and offer events and activities in the shopping area. It will also pay for vital conservation work including protecting a sensitive heronry from disturbance, restoring ditches and managing scrub and grassland.”


Jonathan Platt Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands said: “This is a highly innovative project that connects the stunning natural beauty and important wildlife of the Nene Valley with shoppers at the new Rushden Lakes centre. With mobile apps, theatre performances, guided walks, bugs clubs and much more, we felt this project has the potential to be a pioneering example of how to engage everybody in the wonders of our natural heritage. We’re delighted to support it with money raised by National Lottery players.”