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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

It’s that time of year when our stress levels go up and our ‘to do’ lists get progressively longer…Christmas, the season of goodwill and merriment can easily make you feel overwhelmed when trying to cope with your day to day responsibilities and all the other tasks that may start to mount up this time of year…and then you meet a smug friend who’s already finished her Christmas shopping and written the Christmas cards!! Well let me tell you, they are not ‘normal’!


Parties, presents and photos – let me give you a few ideas:


Parties – does that make you excited or dread the thought of what to wear? Do you go for black and sparkle, which is currently dominating the shops or something subtler like velvet or silk? Well, the same guidelines apply – dress for you body shape!



If you have curves you want your fabric to flow over them and not be too structured or too loose and if your bodyline is straighter avoid anything too floaty or frilly.


And a little bit of blusher and lippy can go a long way to enhance your features. However, if your skin is more mature stick with matt eye shadow, avoiding sparkle and shine.


If you know that black doesn’t really work for you any more, think about navy, plum, burgundy or forest green.


Presents – it’s ok if you know what present you need to buy for someone but what if you don’t, where do you start? How often have you received a present and it’s just not you? The colour, shape or style is wrong…so put yourself in that person’s shoes. For example, if you’re thinking of buying a scarf, consider the persons colouring – what colour are their eyes and hair? If they have little contrast in their features avoid strong colours, go for something more subtle. If on the other hand, they have contrast in their features (i.e. between their hair, eyes and skin-tone) you can be more adventurous and opt for a bolder colour.


Photos – the camera is always around more at Christmas time and I bet a lot of you shy away from the lens? Cue Catherine O’Donnell… do you remember that I mentioned my photo shoot with her last month? Well, these are her top tips to looking your best and getting the most out of your own photos this Christmas:


  1. Dress to impress! Dress for the camera; wear something you are comfortable in but preferably something fitted. Fitted clothes generally always look better in pictures of women.


  1. Glow for it… If you’re more comfortable when you have a little more colour maybe give yourself a luxury body scrub on Christmas eve and apply some of your favourite fake-tan, you’ll be sporting that little extra glow come Christmas day!


  1. Be a Selfie Queen: If you’re taking a selfie – angle the camera from above, it’s always more flattering to be shot from a slightly higher angle!


  1. Strike a pose: a little hand on a hip slightly higher up on your waist than you might usually place it actually acts to elongate your legs, add to this a side on glance at the camera and you’ll be working an instantly flattering pose.


  1. Lights, camera, action… Set your camera up on a tripod & get the whole family in on the action maybe do this while your having your Christmas dinner or opening presents – capturing something genuine but including yourself in the action will make a picture to remember.


  1. Click: When you are the one taking pictures – look for genuine expression – capture your little ones (or grand children) opening their prezzies or dressing the fireplace on Christmas eve. These little moments really will be the ones to treasure!


  1. Bring your pictures to life: after all the excitement is over and you’ve filled your festive boots to the brim, remember to print those precious memories you’ve made – they will make wonderful keepsakes for years to come!


So, if you love portraits, capturing memories and moments, and are a little stuck as to what to get a loved one this Christmas or indeed what to ask Santa for yourself…

Catherine O’Donnell specialises in creating beautiful portrait art with a natural lifestyle feel and offers photo shoots for families, children and women. She also offers tutorials.

Just mention ‘Lesley Clarke Christmas’ to receive an exclusive 10% discount on gift vouchers purchased this December.  Or if you like you could get a combined Style Session and photo shoot!

Nene Valley Railway News

flip-editThe Nene Valley Railway will be running steam services to welcome in the New year


As an antidote to endless Christmas film re-runs why nor enjoy a spectacular steam train ride through the frosty landscape.


There will be steam Loco out and about for the 27th and 31st of December, and then to welcome in the new year, there will be more steam services on…  1st 2nd   8th and 9th of January.


On all of these days departures from the Wansford Station (PE8 6LR) will be at 10:00 am 11:45 and 14:00.


For more details call 01780 784444
Nene Valley Railway

Wansford Station





T: 01780 784444

F: 01780 784440


Planning Applications: 23 November 2016 WEEKLY LIST

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



16/02144/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

To erect a steel portal framed building within the existing farmyard for the housing of foster mares at Fieldbarn Farm Fayway Clopton NN14 3DZ


16/02182/REM (17/12/2016) (Info)

Reserved matters: Access, layout, scale and appearance of the dwellings and the landscaping of

the development pursuant to planning permission 15/00548/OUT dated 27.7.15 at Motel Block The Red Lion Inn Main Street Clopton NN14 3DZ


16/02130/FUL (24/12/2016)


Change of roof material over north aisle from lead to terne coated stainless steel at St Andrews

Church Main Street Cotterstock PE8 5HD

Duddington With Fineshade

16/02153/FUL (24/12/2016)


Erection of new greenhouse attached to existing garden walls at The Manor High Street

Duddington PE9 3QE


16/01736/FUL (17/12/2016)


Proposed house extension and garage block refurbishment with additional off street parking bays at 6 Park Walk Easton On The Hill Stamford PE9 3LW


16/02164/LBC (24/12/2016)


Refurbishment of main doors at The Village Hall New Road Easton On The Hill PE9 3NN


16/02209/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Erection of single storey rear extension at 87 Stamford Road Easton On The Hill

Higham Ferrers

16/01897/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Convert double garage and knock through to current kitchen to make open plan kitchen diner at 45 Windermere Drive Higham Ferrers NN10 8NN


16/02213/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Two storey side extension to form ground floor family room and first floor bedroom with ensuite and detached garage at The Cottage Lilford PE8 5SG


16/02077/FUL (24/12/2016)


Single garage with solar array at 69A Benefield Road Oundle PE8 4EU


16/02176/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Two storey rear extension and internal alterations at 53 Benefield Road Oundle PE8 4EU


16/02185/REM (24/12/2016)

(LB/CA) (Art8)

Reserved Matters proposal for access, layout, scale, appearance, and landscaping pursuant to

outline planning permission 14/00875/OUT for the demolition of existing swimming pool building

and the erection of a new sports centre (to include 50m swimming pool, sports hall and associated

facilities); together with external works comprising the  provision of 6 new netball courts and

retention of 6 existing netball/tennis courts, car parking,  cycle parking, a new internal access road with 5 on-site coach parking bays, hard and soft landscaping, revisions to the Milton Road access

and associated infrastructure works at Sports Hall Milton Road Oundle PE8 4AB


16/02219/FUL (24/12/2016)


Roof mounted kitchen ventilation ductwork – retrospective at St Anthony House Milton Road

Oundle PE8 4AD


16/02169/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Erection of first floor extension over existing garage and conversion of garage to form habitable accommodation at 15 Holmfield Drive Raunds NN9 6PB


16/02183/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Demolition of existing single garage and single storey rear extension and construction of single storey side extension for annex and single storey rear extension at 50 Wellington Road Raunds NN9 6DL


16/02135/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Erection of two storey rear extension. Erection of new front boundary brick walls and railings and associated landscaping to create parking area from existing access at 33 Denford Road Ringstead NN14 4DF


16/01757/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Installation of two car parking spaces on existing garden land of a house of multiple occupation.

Existing rear garage to be removed to make space for the proposed 2no. new car parking spaces at 32 Irchester Road Rushden NN10 9XE


16/02147/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

First floor extension to side of dwelling at 41 Park Avenue Rushden NN10 9NP


16/02163/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Single storey rear extension at 334 Newton Road Rushden NN10 0SY


16/02187/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Single storey rear extension, new roof lights and doors to the kitchen area and Internal alterations at 437 Newton Road Rushden NN10 0SX


16/02188/ADV (17/12/2016) (Info)

Installation of 1 new fascia sign, 1 projecting sign and 2 internal window graphic posters at 40

High Street Rushden NN10 0PJ


16/02193/FUL (24/12/2016)


Change of use of vacant premises to residential apartment at First Floor Hairdressers 89 High Street

South Rushden NN10 0RA


16/02204/OUT (17/12/2016) (Info)

Four bedroom dormer-style dwelling at Spenwood Alexandra Road Rushden


16/02215/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

First floor side extension at 11 Donne Close Rushden NN10 8PF


16/02190/FUL (24/12/2016)


Proposed demolition of riding school and replacement with a single storey dwelling and the

conversion of a redundant stable to garaging and storage at Indoor Riding School Manor Yard Main Street Sudborough NN14 3BX


16/02157/FUL (24/12/2016)


Change of use from A3 to sui generis to use as a dog grooming salon at 8 High Street Thrapston

NN14 4JH


16/02162/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Proposed demolition of existing lean-to extension to rear and replacement two storey extensions to side and rear and proposed detached double garage and new access to highway at Rose Cottage Clopton Road Thurning PE8 5RE


16/02154/FUL (21/12/2016) (Info)

New 800 Tonne Grain Store at Bidwell Farm Clopton Road Titchmarsh NN14 3DP


16/02218/FUL (17/12/2016) (Info)

Proposed first floor rear extension over existing (part) ground floor extension and proposed front

porch at 32 Mill Road Woodford NN14 4HH


Remembrance Day – A fitting day to Launch this Business.

Remembrance Day is close to the heart of this local man.  Thomas Hawker has served in the army air corps for six years – with tours of such places as Afghanistan under his belt.

remembrance day - Thomas on parade

Remembrance Day is a special time for Thomas Hawker.  When the time came to leave the army his thoughts turned to ‘what next?’  With the skills he has acquired over his time in the army what would Tom decide to do…

Patience, attention to detail, following rules and compassion are qualities he can bring to his new role.  Thomas Hawker: The Driving Academy is a new business.  Based locally in East Northamptonshire.remembrance day - tom-hawker

It was pure coincidence that his business launches on Remembrance Day but now seems so appropriate.  The day is already a special day for Tom as he remembers his extended army family.

Contact Tom at The Driving Academy on 07446 891678 to book driving lessons.  What better way to treat your son or daughter at Christmas than to buy a block of driving lessons…. Call Tom now and book!

remembrance-logo-tom-giftSpecial Offer

Take advantage of the special opening offer – Purchase a ‘Christmas Gift Voucher’ for £15.00 for the first driving lesson (to be taken in January 2017) We will send the voucher out in December for a Christmas present – then in the New Year if a course of 20 lessons is booked then the original £15.00 is refunded!

Contact Details

Thomas Hawker

Pembrey Close, NN15 5XA Burton Latimer

Tel: 07446 891678



If I buy just one thing in the next few months…

Fashion – that word crops up so much… it’s a massive industry and each season it tempts us with the new ‘must haves’.

If you have a good basic wardrobe that works for your lifestyle you may only want to tweak it each season: replacing anything that has worn out or seen better days. You don’t have to be drawn into thinking you need the latest ‘this and that’. Sure, if you enjoy fashion and wearing clothes that you feel are more current, that’s fine, but I’d encourage you to get the right balance in your wardrobe for your body shape, fit and colouring first before spending more money.


Having said all that, it’s still nice to know what the new season trends are; so if you are thinking of buying “just one thing…” here’s my Autumn/Winter guide:



Boots have gone chunky, which is great for Doc Martin because they are just the style of boot others are emulating. These are being worn with longer skirts – not maxi or midi but somewhere in between and often pleated.


Zara boots £35.99


Block heels are still strong; they often come in a sensible height and are versatile to wear with most outfits.


Jigsaw suede block heel £129


Interesting trainers are still popular, so if you’ve got dodgy feet and struggle to find a pair of shoes that gives you the comfort and support you need this could be an option but be mindful that it will influence the rest of your style!


Office £60


We will also be seeing lots of detail in our footwear – embroidery, embellishment, bows and lots of colour, even bright metallic. So don’t stick to black or brown!


Topshop Zebra print sling backs £49


Boden £99.50


Office purple velvet £26


This example of the purple velvet shoes leads nicely into two other trends – the colour purple and velvet!

Purple is a great colour to think about livening up your Autumn/Winter wardrobe – it goes well with lots of other colours and if you get the right tone it will suit most people’s colouring.


Velvet crept in last year but will be around in force as the weather gets cooler – a luxury fabric that drapes well, so great in a jacket but you’ll also see it in footwear (I guess not so practical in the rain if you’re a commuter!). And velvet trousers will only work on the very few (i.e. if you’re tall and slender!)


M&S Velvet jacket £69


If you want something a bit more practical and ‘everyday’ go with cord.


M&S button through cord skirt £35

Tesco skirt £12 (don’t forget the model will be very tall so this will be shorter on the likes of you and me!)


If you need a new winter coat, think military – shoulder epaulettes, piping, and long in length.


Captain Tortue £89

A word of warning – that’s fine if you are tall, but if not, a ‘pea’ style coat would be an alternative as it would better balance your proportions. If you are looking for something more casual, puffers are big! And I do mean big (oversized!!).


Topshop £69


Other styles to keep your eye on –

Tweed and herringbone, anything heritage.

Pussybow blouses – wear with tapered trousers and block heels.

Embroidered detail on any garment. And a raw edge on your jeans.

Cross body bags – I’m delighted about this one because it’s so practical and great for your posture.


Skinny rib tops/knitwear – good for pear shaped ladies!


Next tweed trousers £36


Of course, if you’re not sure what ‘your one thingshould be I can help, so get in contact. You might even fancy getting a group of friends together over coffee or a glass of wine for a fun ‘Styling’ session!


Lesley Clarke

Style Advisor

t: 01604 696040

m: 07969516390


twitter: @LesleyStyle

Planning Applications: 10 November 2016 WEEKLY LIST

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



16/02122/LBC (10/12/2016)


To convert existing ground floor store into a bathroom, return the current first floor bathroom back

into a bedroom. Install a new shower room to first floor.  Enlarge existing rear elevation lounge

window and incorporate opening light into side elevation store door.  Open up existing chimney breast to kitchen to allow installation of cooker, open up existing chimney breast to lounge to allow installation of wood burning stove at Broom Cottage 29 The Green Ashton


16/02080/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Proposed diversion of an existing subterranean pipeline at OS2755 TF0001 Collyweston Great

Wood Peterborough Road Duddington

Duddington With Fineshade

16/02093/LBC (10/12/2016)


Replace roof lights to main house, internal alterations to barn used as office/store, re roof, re clad

garden store and kennels and erection of new greenhouse attached to existing garden walls at The Manor High Street Duddington PE9 3QE


16/01505/FUL (10/12/2016)


Installation of generator to be house in timber fenced/gated compound at Easton House 54

Church Street Easton On The Hill PE9 3LL


16/02055/VAR (03/12/2016) (Info)

Variation of condition 2 – Approved plans, pursuant to Application 15/02079/FUL : 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 dated 11.08.16 at Braesby Southwick Road Glapthorn PE8 5BD

Lowick And Slipton

16/02120/LBC (10/12/2016)


Removal of fireplace, reinstate stone wall with double doors and removal of kitchen walls at Lowick Mill House 11 Mill Lane Lowick NN14 3BQ


16/02079/VAR (10/12/2016) (Art8)

Variation of condition 1 – extension of time limit for works accommodation pursuant to planning permission 13/01040/FUL at Lyveden Farm Fotheringhay Road Nassington

Newton Bromswold

16/01914/FUL (10/12/2016)


Change of use of part of paddock to incorporate all-weather menage 40m x 20m for the purpose of exercising horses (Re submission of application no. 16/00929/FUL at Land Rear Of Newton Farmhouse 12 Church Lane Newton Bromswold


16/02038/LBC (10/12/2016)


Internal alterations to form ensuite, including new partition wall, door and associated drainage works at 12 New Street Oundle PE8 4EA


16/02082/PNT (03/12/2016) (Info)

Installation of 15m high monopole supporting 6 antennas and 1 dish, 2 equipment cabinets and development ancillary at Telephone Exchange Glapthorn Road Oundle


16/02137/FUL (10/12/2016)


Replacement of first and second floor windows at 21 – 23 West Street Oundle PE8 4EJ


16/01488/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Erection of a pair of semi-detached dwellings at 36 London Road Raunds NN9


16/02067/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Proposed single storey rear extension at 6 Shelmerdine Gardens Raunds NN9


16/02074/FUL (03/12/2016)


Two storey side extension at 16 Langham Road Raunds NN9


16/02119/FUL (10/12/2016)


Development of two distribution buildings containing B8 warehousing space with ancillary office, B1 office and research and development space (B1c) together with vehicular access from Warth

Park Way and London Road, earthworks and landscaping including the creation of drainage features with green infrastructure and landscaping provision including along Meadow Lane at

Land End Of Scalley Way Raunds


16/02054/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Change garage roof from a flat felt roof to a pitched roof with concrete tiles to match house, create storage space from single garage parking space (1 parking space remains) at 5 Tithe Close

Ringstead NN14 4TY


16/02150/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

To remove existing garage and build larger replacement at 61A Denford Road Ringstead NN14 4DF


16/02003/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

First Floor side extension and loft conversion to include balcony area at 174 Irchester Road Rushden NN10 9QU


16/02004/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Garage conversion incorporating a new bedroom, level access shower room facility, door widening and access ramp to rear garden at 17 Wisteria Close Rushden NN10 0XJ


16/02016/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Demolition of existing rear conservatory, erection of rear extension and all ancillary works at 6 Aintree Drive Rushden NN10 0YS


16/02035/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Conversion of garage to a habitable room at 12 Campion Close Rushden


16/02091/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

To erect porch on front of garage with bay to match house front at 106 Wymington Road Rushden NN10 9LA


16/02100/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Demolition of existing 1.5 storey side extension and erection of 2 storey side extension. Demolition

of rear conservatory and erection of single storey rear extension at 65 Northampton Road Rushden NN10 6AJ


16/02105/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Proposed loft conversion to usable space at Asholme 102 Hayway Rushden


16/02132/ADV (03/12/2016) (Info)

Erection of 3 x illuminated external signs. White letters on black panel; 1 x 800mm, 1 x 700mm, 1 x 500mm at Unit 3 Northwalk Rushden Lakes Rushden NN10 6FG


16/02125/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Demolition of existing single storey extension and replacement with new single storey extension at

19 Cleburne Close Stanwick NN9 6TN


16/02116/FUL (10/12/2016)


Proposed tennis court with chainlink fencing at Tansor Court Fotheringhay Road Tansor PE8 5HP


16/02101/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Proposed re-cladding of existing office building, installation of new windows and installation of new fascia and coping at Joinery Works Bridge Street Thrapston NN14


16/02104/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Demolition of existing garage block and erection of replacement garage/annexe at 8 Swan Close

Thrapston  NN14 4TP


16/02063/FUL (03/12/2016) (Info)

Replace existing part width rear lean to conservatory with larger mono pitched extension at 32

Acremead Warmington PE8 6TP


16/02072/FUL (03/12/2016)


Retrospective Application for conservatory, small rear extension and proposed erection of a shed at 10 St Marys Lane Warmington PE8 6UA


16/02124/FUL (10/12/2016)


Raise the roof level of the existing outbuilding attached to the rear of the dwelling at 1 Sunnyside

Woodford NN14 4HX

Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries – Ideal for your Little Learners

Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries, Irthlingborough is conveniently located just off the A6, opposite Kettering Outpatients hospital. The nursery provides outstanding facilities for children aged from 3 months through to pre school age and is registered with OFSTED.

They have dedicated rooms for various age ranges and each room reflects the seven areas of learning, as prescribed in the Early Years Foundation Stage. All of the facilities are designed to be accessible to every child.The fees are inclusive of freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, tea, snacks and drinks. Daily menus are carefully selected by a professional nutritionist to meet energy requirements of growing children.

Open Monday to Friday – 51 weeks of the yearmp-nurseries

Closed for Bank Holidays and during Christmas week

They offer full day sessions from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm

Morning sessions from 7.30 am to 1.00 pm

Afternoon sessions 1.00 pm to 6.30 pm

All main meals and snacks prepared on site

Branded Nappies, wipes and creams all included in the price

Beautiful listed building with bright & spacious ground floor rooms

Large exciting outdoor play area

Amazing new play equipment

Highly Qualified, motivated & creative staff

Secure safe location with 24 hour CCTV

A large car park and access gate


The Curriculum at Monkey Puzzle

All children at Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries are encouraged to learn through play.  The Curriculum covers all the key areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage and is designed to meet the needs of each individual child.

They follow the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which sets the standards for learning, development, and care for children from birth up to 5 years of age.

The principles which guide the work of our Early Years Professionals are grouped into four themes:

A unique child – every child is a competent leaner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assuredmonkey-puzzle-nurseries

Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person

Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning

Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different times; all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

There are three prime areas of learning in which our Early Years Professionals support children to learn and develop. These are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and  language
  • Physical development

Plus four specific areas of learning.  These are:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive arts and design

Each child has their own key person to enable them to feel reassured, safe and cared for within the setting.  This person also keeps a detailed Learning Journey of the child’s progress during their time at Monkey Puzzle. These records are available to be viewed and discussed at any time by parents, who are always encouraged to add details of their child’s experiences from outside the nursery.

If you have any specific questions about the curriculum, please get in touch with the manager, Natasha Corstin, on 01933 770818 , who will be happy to answer any questions.


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