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Inspire by Sophie Dunkley

You may have heard of a little online gift shop in Thrapston called Inspire… You may have seen them at various events and shows, such as markets and coffee mornings…  well let us tell you that Inspire can now be found within the Thrapston Farm Shop (top of Huntingdon Road where the old sweet shop was)

Drop by and take a look at her shelves – How about Valentines Day ideas?


Or even just a nice gift for a special mum or friend?

15977445_1851073821773742_8215881828292729266_nInspire are also supplying a prize for the latest Nene Local Magazine competition hosted by Cutz for Mutz – find out how to enter HERE

You could win a fabulous doggy mug! 16358463_10207936086787671_1251040059_nClick the heart to see Inspire’s Facebook page and remember to LIKE it!


Have you been to The Pedal Barn?

PEDAL BARN bike shop “previously known as Oundle Bikefix” has moved into new larger premises in Thrapston and stocks a large range of bikes and accessories.  They stock road bikes for the keen cyclist, mtb, hybrid, city kids and electric bikes. Pedal Barn is also an official Bosch & TransX service centre.

They offer Bike Repairs – Servicing – Sports, Recreation & Electric Bikes. Official BOSCH & TRANZX Service Centre.

Here are some great images if you’ve not been… read down further for all the details on where they are and how to get there.  They organise some great events and we’ll be telling you about these on the Welcome to Facebook page…



A happy customer


Lots to choose from

It’s great to know that we have a great bike shop in Thrapton again!

Pedal Barn

Previously Oundle Bikefix – Follow them on Facebook at  The Pedal Barn

Tel: 01832 360015 or pop in.


3 The Barn,
Lake View Business Park,
Off Oundle Road,
Kettering NN14 4PP

Opening hours:

Monday 9.30 – 5.30
Tuesday 9.30 – 4.00
Wednesday 9.30 – 5.30
Thursday 9.30 – 7.00pm
Friday 9.30 – 4.00
Saturday 9.30 – 5.30

It’s Competition Time at ‘Cutz for Mutz’ on Thrapston High Street!

New kid on the block, Cutz for Mutz is set to open on February 4th with a meet and great for all doggy owners, pop along between 11 and 1pm to have a look around, meet Julia and see the facilities.

It’s Farmer’s Market day so we reckon she’ll have a busy launch day – you can book grooms from Monday 6th onwards, which is when she will begin working from the old Coffee Trees shop on Thrapton High Street.

Call Julia on 07562 638484 to book or wait to meet her on February 4th.


Competition Time!!


All you need to do is  use the comments on this post to say ‘I’ve entered’ then private message an image of your dog to the Welcome to Thapston facebook page along with your name and dogs name.

Your photo will go for approval by the site admin, and then go live on this news story, just below this post.

Our panel of judges will choose the top FIVE dogs in their opinion (based on looks – things like personality shown in the photo, quirkiness, playfulness implied in the photo etc) .  Once the top five have been chosen, they will then be placed on the Welcome to Thrapston facebook page for votes to be cast, the dog with the most LIKES on their photo will win the full groom and the 2nd placed will win the lovely mug.

It’s a bit of fun, not too serious, so we hope our doggy pageant will entertain you, as well as gain lots of lovely publicity for our newest member of the High Street!

They will be judged by a third party with no connection to Cutz for Mutz or Nene Local. The judges decision is final.


A full groom for your dog

A doggy themed mug


Mug donated by Inspire


Full groom donated by Cutz for Mutz


All entries must be in by February 1st 2017.

The judging will take place then viewer judging on Welcome to Thrapston Facebook page will begin on February 2nd until the winner and runner up are chosen on Monday Februray 6th 2017

Planning Applications: 25 January 2017 WEEKLY LIST

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



17/00006/LBC (18/02/2017)


Proposed internal alterations to create W.C. Utility room, larger lounge and additional kitchen units at Firtree Cottage 11 The Green Ashton PE8 5LD


17/00096/FUL (18/02/2017)


Addition of rear dormer at Chapel Manor The Green Ashton PE8 5LD


17/00034/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Removal of 11m high monopole and installation of a replacement 12.5m high monopole with

3no. antenna, 1no. relocated dish, retention of 1no. equipment cabinet and installation of 2no.

new equipment cabinets at Telecommunication Station Old Dry Lane Brigstock


17/00083/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Proposed Extension and Alterations to Dwelling at 33 Main Road Collyweston PE9 3PF


17/00052/LBC (18/02/2017)


Internal alterations including fitting out new kitchen, bathroom and shower room. Installation of

new heating system with underfloor heating at The Old Vicarage Main Street Cotterstock



17/00072/FUL (18/02/2017)


Part of existing barns to be converted to form new dwelling at 25 High Street Easton On The Hill


Great Addington

16/02466/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Demolition of the existing bus depot and erection of detached dwelling with associated parking

and amenity space. Conversion and  extension of the existing barn to a dwelling at Rectory Farm

Cranford Road Great Addington  NN14 4BQ


16/02234/LBC (18/02/2017)


Creation of new bathroom and ensuite refurbishment at Churchlands Church Street Hargrave NN9 6BW


17/00031/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Two storey side extension.  New chimney to East elevation. Alterations to roof. 2no bay windows to North and West elevations. Alterations to and replacement of fenestration and associated work at The Mathom House Main Street Hemington PE8 5QJ

Higham Ferrers

16/02220/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Erection of a storage building including toilets and changing facility at Recreation Ground Vine

Hill Drive Higham Ferrers NN10 8EF


16/02285/FUL (18/02/2017)


Proposed residential development of 9 dwellings adjacent to St Peters Way at Car Park Rear Of

High Street St Peters Way Irthlingborough NN9 5SD


16/02465/REM (11/02/2017) (Info)

Reserved matters: appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for four dwellings pursuant to outline

permission 15/01558/OUT dated 18.8.15  Outline: Erection of up to four dwellings (all matters

reserved except access) at Land Rear Of Town Band Club Windmill Road Irthlingborough


17/00036/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Erection of detached annexe to rear of existing garage at 6 Diamond Drive Irthlingborough



17/00066/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Garage conversion and first floor extension over existing garage. at 20 Wyckley Close Irthlingborough  NN9 5GE


17/00070/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Proposed side and rear single storey extension to existing dwelling incorporating existing flat roof extension, with proposed single Garage to side with new roof providing canopy over existing front door at 73 Lowick Road Islip NN14 3JY


17/00057/FUL (18/02/2017)


Addition of 3 number roof lights in west elevation and a first floor window on the east elevation of

the existing dwelling at 38A Church Street Nassington PE8 6QG

Newton Bromswold

16/02421/LBC (18/02/2017)


To replace five windows to front of cottage and fit new roof light to rear of cottage at 10 Church Lane Newton Bromswold Rushden  NN10 0SR


16/02297/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

External remodelling of the property to include: multiple extensions across three floors, alterations to the roof and provision of entrance stairway to front elevation: Installation of dormer windows, canopies and terrace to rear elevation. Site works to front and rear of property including new entrance gates, retaining walls and fencing to front and regrading and hard landscaping features to rear at 4 Riverside Close Oundle PE8 4DN


16/02455/LBC (18/02/2017)


Installation of window bars. Adjust existing ground floor WC to create disabled toilet. Alter rear

window to create new disable rear access doors. Reconfigure rear fire escape. Create parent and

toddler room to rear with new first floor wc and baby change area at The Coffee Tavern 34 Market

Place Oundle PE8 4BE


16/02470/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Site access road to provide temporary access for the construction of Athletics Track (Planning permission 16/01090/FUL) at Playing Field Pavilion Drive Oundle


17/00005/LBC (18/02/2017)


New hanging sign and window bars to first floor window front elevation at The Coffee Tavern 34

Market Place Oundle PE8 4BE


17/00024/FUL (18/02/2017)


Reconfiguration to rear fire escape. Alter rear window to become rear fire escape doors and new safety bars to first floor sash windows at The Coffee Tavern 34 Market Place Oundle


17/00032/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Proposed roof replacement including  dormer window and installation of first floor bedrooms,

bathrooms and staircase at 1A Lime Avenue Oundle PE8 4PJ


17/00051/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Single storey rear extension at 1 Cotterstock Road Oundle PE8


17/00046/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

The reconfiguration of the site and drive thru lane to include side by side ordering, a new remote

corral and associated works to the site and building, including the installation of extensions

totalling 5sqm. Reconfiguration of fascia signage at McDonalds London Road Raunds


17/00047/ADV (11/02/2017) (Info)

Reconfiguration of four existing illuminated fascia signs with the installation of one additional

illuminated fascia sign at McDonalds London Road Raunds  NN9 6EQ


17/00058/ADV (11/02/2017) (Info)

Installation of 10 illuminated signs to accommodate the new drive thru layout. To comprise 9

freestanding signs and 1 side by side directional sign at McDonalds London Road Raunds


17/00100/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

Extension to existing apartment block housing three additional one bed units at Rowena House

Clare Street Raunds NN9 6PQ


17/00025/FUL (18/02/2017)


Use of site remains a nature reserve.  Enhancing nature reserve site with the addition of an

education shelter and four wildlife discovery structures – otter holt, heronry, abandoned barge and

spider sculpture at Nature Reserve Rushden Lakes Rushden


17/00086/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

To extend the width of the existing dropped kerb from the road at 42 Bedford Road Rushden NN10 0NB


17/00101/ADV (18/02/2017)


Erection of: 1 no. Non illuminated fret cut letters and logo fascia signs2 no. Externally

illuminated fret cut letters and logo fascia signs2 no. Internally illuminated projecting roundel

signs1 no. Non illuminated vitreous enamelled branch nameplate sign at 75 – 79 High Street


17/00004/FUL (18/02/2017)


New wall to rear of property enclosing rear lean to structure to become part of house at Corner

House Main Street Southwick  PE8 5BL


16/02467/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

First floor rear extension to dwelling and internal alterations at 4 St Pauls Gardens Thrapston

NN14 4FE


17/00098/FUL (11/02/2017) (Info)

To convert garage to disabled access bedroom at 1 Forrester Grove Thrapston NN14 4UD


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40 Years of the Nene Valley Railway

It all started in 1977…

On 1st June 2017 the Nene Valley Railway celebrates 40 years since it’s opening.

A single day certainly wasn’t going to be enough to celebrate four decades of railway preservation,  so members of the railway have put together a remarkable year long program of events to offer everybody the chance to celebrate with them.

The first special event to be confirmed will be held on the 25th 26th February. This marks the withdrawal from service of the amazing Bulleid designed Express passenger Locomotives  two of these massive Locomotives will becoming together for the first time:  

The first …  ’92 Squadron’  is fresh from an extended rebuild at the railway only mgaining it’s certificate to run in January this year. 

92 as it is fondly known will  be teamed with ‘Sir Keith Park’ visiting the NVR for the first time ever.  

The good news  for spectators,  is that fares for this extraordinary happening will be no different from any standard steaming weekend…  Adults £16  Seniors (over 60)  £13 and Children (3 to 16) £8

 92 - Leaving Wansford Tunnel for Yarwell - March 2000

The second event to be fully confirmed will be held from the 2nd to the 4th June. Steam Locomotive ‘Royal Scot’ will be joined by one of the Legendary Twin engine ‘Deltic’ diesels: ‘Royal Scots Grey’ running in disguise as lost Loco ‘Ballymoss’.  

Details are still being finalised , but already planned and taking bookings are Evening Fish and chip trains at £25 per person and opportunities for the public to buy driver experiences on either of the Locomotives.

More details email or call Jerry 0178-0 784444


Join in the Celebrations at the iiE Awards 2017

Businesses are invited to join in a celebration of eco achievements at the annual national Investors in the Environment (iiE) Awards, held at Peterborough’s Kingsgate Conference Centre on Tuesday 21st February, starting at 5.30pm.


This event brings together both existing members and non-members of the iiE green accreditation scheme to celebrate the achievements of those businesses already part of the scheme, and provides a fantastic insight for non-members to discover more about iiE.

iiE Award Winners 2016

April Sotomayor, Business Support Officer at iiE explains: “For businesses that are looking to improve their eco credentials and are interested in becoming an iiE member, the awards are a great opportunity to hear first-hand from current members about their green achievements through networking and testimonials.”


The not-for-profit iiE accreditation is unique because businesses must achieve a minimum 2% improvement (where possible) in resource efficiency over an agreed baseline figure to secure green accreditation. Other criteria include having a recycling system in place, adopting a travel plan, calculating carbon footprint and setting targets for carbon reduction.


iiE member businesses can secure Bronze, Silver or the highest level of Green accreditation, plus at the Awards it will be announced who has won further awards – such as ‘Best Green Champion’ and ‘Overall Achiever’.


Prior to the presentation of the awards, there will be a networking opportunity for businesses to promote their services. There will be a showcase of green products and services to inspire attendees in environmental best practice, with innovative green initiatives.


To register your place at this year’s Awards please RSVP by 10th February to Join in the conversation online with #iiEAwards. For more information and to book online, visit the website at


HMS Pinafore in Oundle

A popular operetta, H.M.S. Pinafore has delighted audiences with a tale of star-crossed lovers.  Gentlemanly Captain Corcoran of the good ship Pinafore has a daughter, Josephine, who’s in love with a lowly but gallant sailor, Ralph Rackstraw.  The Captain forbids any marriage, wanting to match Josephine with the well-bred Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty.  But, the Captain’s former nanny, Little Buttercup, falls in love with him and he hesitates to reciprocate due to his higher social rank. The situation is turned on its head when Buttercup reveals a game-changing secret she has kept for decades. A rollicking farce with endearing characters, memorable tunes, and a hilariously happy ending, H.MS Pinafore is a classic, time-tested delight not to be missed.


This production will be staged in the 1920s and will run from 27 February to 4 March 2017 at the Queen Victoria Hall, West Street, Oundle.  For more information please visit our website  For tickets please phone 01832-272253 or email


Poster HMS Pinafore

Crowd Funding Seminar in Milton Keynes ideal for Local Businesses

Venue: Milton Keynes – Thursday 2nd March 2017
Business leaders in Milton Keynes are being invited to a free seminar on the new way to fund business
growth. Corporate finance broker, Business Finance Services Ltd, has enlisted the support of
representatives from leading UK Crowdfunding platforms ThinCats, Crowdcube and Archover to take
part in an instructional seminar at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at The Stadium MK home of the MK
Dons, on the afternoon of Thursday 2nd March 2017.
BFS managing director, Peter Douglas, said: “Since the recession, banks have, understandably become
more risk averse, which leaves a large gap in the marketplace for small and medium-sized businesses
seeking finance for start-up, growth and acquisition. Crowdfunding – essentially, groups of investors
getting together via Internet platforms to invest collectively in specific business opportunities – goes a
long way towards plugging this gap. The problem is that many people have heard of Crowdfunding
but not that many know how it works and how it can benefit the SME (small business) as well as the
Investor. The seminar will be a great opportunity for both investors and borrowers to learn how it can
benefit themselves and their clients!”

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He continued, “We are very pleased to have three of the UK’s leading crowdfunding platforms
presenting with us. This will be a very informative session at a great venue.”
There will also be excellent opportunities for networking both with representatives of the
Crowdfunding Platforms as well as with other local senior business decision-makers. Anybody
interested in attending can register through the Business Finance Services website:




Lecture by Dave Eagle, FRAS
Monday, 20 February 2017 at 8.00 pm
Chelveston Village Hall, Caldecott Road Chelveston NN9 6AT
(off B645 near Higham Ferrers)
A look at the history of our “lost” planet, Pluto and the outstanding results of the New Horizons probe, which shot past Pluto and its moons in July 2015.
Visitors and Members welcome. £3 per person including tea/coffee and biscuits.
Further information from Steve Williams on 01933 650331 or e-mail: or Mrs Peta Jellis on 01933 356914 or email:

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