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Archive for: May 2017

Say YES! to Free Books

Everybody says that encouraging an early love of reading in children gets their learning off to a great start.


Well, what I do is help parents, and schools, put free books into the hands of children across the Nene Valley, so they never have to worry about their children having access to the very best books that encourage them to explore the world around them. They’re so busy having fun they don’t even realise they’re learning.

usborne books

There are two types of parents those who enjoy the benefits of free and hugely discounted gorgeous books for their family whenever they want, and those who waste valuable time they’d prefer to spend with their children searching for ‘cheap’ books online.

usborne books for all ages

For parents it’s easy to say yes to free books by joining Usborne as an Organizer which gets them maximum benefits. Or simply by gathering a few friends together for a coffee and books morning, or wine and nibbles evening they can pick up lovely free gift books.


Most Head Teachers are having to make school budgets stretch much further. What I do is help schools get more for their money by giving them upto a massive 60% discount in free books when they update their library or classroom books, and with free easy in-school activities managed for them by Independent Usborne Organizer, Tracey Walton, it doesn’t even have to cost the school anytime or budget.


Parents or Schools who would like to Say YES to Free Books can contact Tracey Walton, Bookskidslove – Independent Organizer for Usborne Books. Tel: 07950 682 701


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Discover Olaplex – Top Hair Treatment here in Thrapston

Introducing Olaplex by Luke Williams LHD  – Just ask for it to be added to your usual treatment.

Two salon steps, one to take home


Olaplex’s simple three-step process includes a patented active ingredient that works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage. You can use Olaplex to restore compromised hair, or add it to another service to provide the ultimate breakage insurance.

Bond Multiplier®

Beginning The Rebuilding

This concentrated first salon step rebuilds broken disulfide bonds and begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair.


Bond Perfector®

Pursuing Hair Perfection

Our second salon step continues to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds ensuring the strongest, shiniest, and healthiest hair possible.

Hair Perfector

Lasting Protection at Home

This final retail step provides our client’s continuous protection from ongoing damage at home.



Nene Local’s Verdict:

My hair feels silky, soft.  One of my concerns as I went into the salon was actually breakage, and so Luke providing a solution was great!   I have had some lovely comments on how my hair looks so far.

...and Helen from Nene Local

…and Helen from Nene Local

Luke Williams LHD

33 High Street Thrapston

Telephone: 01832 735946

What’s New at The Bell in Little Addington?

Last month we visited The Bell in Little Addington and had a wonderful evening for my birthday.


We’re keeping in touch with Radu and the team so we are able to tell you what’s new or what they have on offer in their lovely restaurant and inn.


This month they have launched a Steak Night which takes place every Thursday and a Fish Night which takes place every Friday. Alongside the two themed nights they have now updated the A La Carte evening menu too.

steak night picture

The menus for the theme nights and the new A la carte menu can be found on the website

fish night picture



High Streetbell a

Little Addington

NN14 4BD

To book call – (01933) 651700



Opening Hours

Monday : Closed (Open on Bank Holidays)

Tuesday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:00

Wednesday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:00

Thursday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:00

Friday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:30

Saturday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:30

Sunday : 12:00 – 17:00

Rushden Lakes supports local Job Seekers with Jobs Fair and Recruitment Drive

Rushden Lakes, the new shopping and leisure destination for Northamptonshire, today launches a recruitment programme to support local unemployed people back into work. The free service, Recruit Rushden Lakes, will connect a talented local workforce with new jobs in the area.


Recruit Rushden Lakes will operate in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and is being funded by The Crown Estate, owner of Rushden Lakes. The new service will provide training and support to help local unemployed people gain employment.


On Friday 26 May, Recruit Rushden Lakes will host a Jobs and Skills Fair at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden, from 10am to 4pm. The free event will bring employers, job-seekers and employment support services together under one roof. Local people are encouraged to attend and register their interest, meet prospective employers in person, and access skills workshops or advice sessions hosted by Jobcentre Plus.


The Recruit Rushden Lakes workplace coordinator will provide ongoing support for candidates, including workshops, training programmes and one-to-one workplace mentoring. The workplace coordinator will also work with employers and agencies to match local jobseekers to vacancies, and deliver skilled, job-ready candidates.


Faheem Qureshi, head of employment generation at The Crown Estate, said: “We want Rushden Lakes to be a brilliant place for people to shop, spend time and to work. With our recruitment programme we are implementing a proven model, one that we has been successful in London and other locations around the UK in helping unemployed people get back into work. There is huge support for Rushden Lakes and excitement about the opportunities for the area, our aim is to further enhance the positive impact Rushden Lakes has with the local community and on the local economy.”


The Crown Estate launched its first recruitment programme in 2009, with Recruit London, to help unemployed Londoners get jobs with employers in the West End. Over the last eight years, Recruit London has helped more than 1,500 people get into work in London. The programme has since been successfully established in three further locations around the country – Leicester, Worcester and Exeter – with more programmes to follow later this year.



About The Crown Estate: 

The Crown Estate is a specialist real estate business, with a £12 billion property portfolio focused on commercial property in central London, prime regional retail and offshore wind. Established by an Act of Parliament, as an independent commercial business, it returns 100% of its annual profits to the Treasury for the benefit of the public finances. This has totalled £2.4 billion over the last ten years.

My Walk Around Thrapston Lakes

Here in Thrapston we are lucky enough to live by some wonderful scenery.  Thrapston Lake as it is now called was once a huge gravel pit, many people still refer to it as ‘the Pits’ and birdwatchers on Twitter use Thrapston GP to save characters in their tweet.  If you have not yet been to the lakes, follow this little guide and have a great walk!  The walk is not pushchair or disabled friendly.


I love where I live and hope to make a small series of walks around the area for you to share.  I shall keep an eye and share areas where you are allowed to exercise your dog and also look for some disabled friendly paths too.


Of course, we recommend a hat and a bottle of water if it’s hot and sunny.  Dogs should be kept on a lead, as per the land owner’s signs, and any poop should be cleared away.  We live by the adage “Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photographs”

There is a huge amount of wildlife to be seen, some very common and other plants and animals quite rare, for those you will need to be fairly quiet and not have a mad spaniel with you as I did.

My walk was about 3-4 miles long I really should have measured, so I will on the next one! I began on Oundle Road at the top ad walked down Springfield Avenue.  Turning second right into Washington Court, then right at the bottom and along to the bottom corner of Roman Way.  You will find the start of a footpath leading downhill, towards the trees.


Keep walking down this path, with the horses on your left and often sheep in the field to your right.  You will go through a gap in the trees and find a lovely wooded area which goes all around the lake.


We turned right to go around the lake in a clockwise direction.  Our first sighting was a Green Woodpecker, who was far too quick for our camera, as was the Muntjack Deer we saw later on!

Walking along this part of the path, you are nearer to the field than the lake, but the path will gradually turn in towards the lake so most of the way you are lakeside, and experiencing some fantastic views.

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Germander Speedwell and Cuckoo Pint were two of our flowery finds, as well as Red Campion and also new shoots on all the nettles which made me start thinking about some nettle soup… It’s yummy and I promise it does not sting!



There are various little ‘inlets’ of grass in toward the water’s edge that the fishermen use. My dog does like to check out each and every one of them…so I get to see all of the lake.


Part way around the lake, near where you can turn right, walk through the farmers field and up to the A605, there is a fallen tree you need to walk under, I found that Mrs Queen Bee was making her home there, and although I am really nervous of bees and wasps was able to walk underneath all the buzzing to get past.  Very brave of me!!


Carrying on around the lake you will get to a fork in the path, if you go to the left you will end up on a spur that sticks out into the lake, then goes no further, so in order to carry on around the lake take the right hand path.  When it’s been raining and the lake is full you will come across a stream with a tiny bridge over it, at the moment this is very dry though.IMG_1345

As you carry on, you will see the River Nene on your right, keep the lake on your left and you’ll spot many birds on either river or lake and flying between the two.  We spotted Swans, Canada Geese, a Bullfinch, Chaffinch and heard many sparrows.IMG_1349

About half way around the walk you get to ‘Bob’s Bench’ which is a lovely place for a rest.



Keep walking, and either follow the lake edge or the tarmacked road at this point, both will lead to the 48 hour moorings on the River Nene.


Here is the Islip Pipe Bridge, soon to be consigned to the history books.  We are getting a new bridge, hopefully pushchair and wheelchair friendly, and boat friendly too! It’s been the bane of many boater as when level is high they just can’t get under!  A few narrowboaters have lost or damaged their chimney! We were stuck in our cruiser for nearly a week unable to progress on our holiday a few years ago, so a new bridge will be lovely.



Islip lock is just along from here.


I often see a Heron here and sometimes a Kingfisher too

I often see a Heron here and sometimes a Kingfisher too

If you wanted to leave your car to pick up at this point, the car park is down Chancery Lane past the sports field and Skate Park.


I carried on walking, gong past the car park, and then turning in to the left opposite the Skate Park where you see this sign…


Walking all the way around until you see the gap in the trees you popped out of a couple of hours ago.


It’s a fabulous walk, the dog loves it and often paddles in the lake.  I see lots of wildlife and hope to take more animal photos if I can sneak up on a few subjects, I need to come out without the dog though I think!


Let us know what your favourite Thrapston walk is…



Planning Applications: 12 May 2017 WEEKLY LIST

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


Notice is given that the following applications have been received together with the last date for making representations:


17/00879/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Pitched Roof to Replace Existing Flat Roof over Single Storey Kitchen at 30A Main Street

Aldwincle  NN14 3EL


17/00877/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Extension and alterations to house and garage to create self-contained accommodation for a

family member. at 28 Main Street Barnwell PE8 5PZ


17/00662/VAR (10/06/2017)


To vary condition 2 to allow the inclusion of a 30CM trickle vent to the first floor bathroom

Window pursuant to17/00071/LBC – Proposal Replace 5no painted timber windows, inclusion of

10mm Conservation glazed units at 27 – 28 Main Street Upper Benefield


17/00831/FUL  and 17/00832/LBC (10/06/2017)


Renovation of and new vaulted rear extension to the redundant coach house to provide a three

bedroom house with a double and single garage at Coach House Berkeley House Main Street

Lower Benefield


17/00850/FUL (03/06/2017)


Erect one and half storey rear extension to Stocks Hill Cottage, Lower Benefield PE8 5AD at Stocks Hill Cottage Stocks Hill Lower Benefield PE8 5AD


17/00766/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Demolition of existing garage and erection of new detached dwelling, alteration to the existing

acces and parking for the existing and proposed dwelling at White House The Green Chelveston



17/00786/FUL (10/06/2017)


First floor extension over existing double garage, study WC and entrance hall on ground floor at 15

Deenethorpe  NN17 3EP


17/00613/FUL (10/06/2017)


Side extension and alteration to front elevation including relocated front door and new porch at 35

Church Street Easton On The Hill PE9 3LL


17/00886/FUL (10/06/2017)


Double garage with associated storage areas and new vehicular access from High Street at 2

Stamford Road Easton On The Hill  PE9 3NS

Great Addington

17/00773/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Steel portal framed cattle shed at Site 1028 Former Quarry Cranford Road Great Addington

Higham Ferrers

17/00808/FUL (10/06/2017)


Removal of existing rear single storey and replacing with new single storey extension to existing

dwelling. at 68 High Street Higham Ferrers  NN10 8BJ


17/00833/FUL (10/06/2017)


Single-storey Side and Rear Extension. Loft Conversion with rear facing dormer at 59 Kimbolton

Road Higham Ferrers  NN10 8DU


17/00843/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Proposed front and rear extensions to include new attached garage to front and two storey element to rear. at 24 Windmill Banks Higham Ferrers  NN10 8JF


17/00856/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Erection of detached annexe to rear of existing garage (Resubmission of 17/00036/FUL) at 6 Diamond Drive Irthlingborough NN9 5PT

Kings Cliffe

17/00793/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Single storey extension to the side of the property to form a new sun room at 99 Oak Lane Kings

Cliffe  PE8 6YY


17/00818/LBC (10/06/2017)


Replace the single glazing of seven window units with discreet double glazing units (as per Design and Access Statement dated April 2017) at 16 West Street Kings Cliffe PE8 6XA


17/00854/FUL (10/06/2017)


Replace the single glazing of seven windows with discreet double glazing units. at 16 West

Street Kings Cliffe  PE8 6XA


17/00880/FUL (10/06/2017)


Extension of front porch, addition of frontage vestibule, conversion of garage and roof space,

single and two storey extension to rear, addition of single storey garden room to west gable with

roof terrace and construction of separate garage and store building at 18 Main Street Laxton NN17 3AT


17/00837/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Single Storey Rear Extension Linking House to Outbuildings at 7 Lilford PE8 5SG


17/00827/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Conversion of existing double garage to teenage/family room with toilet. Double garage doors will be replaced with oak framed half height windows and a door (resubmission of 16/01080/FUL) at 10 Church Street Nassington  PE8 6QG

Newton Bromswold

17/00853/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Change of use of land to side of property from agricultural to garden land; and erection of a part

two storey and part single storey side extension  at 2 Church Walk Newton Bromswold NN10 0SS


17/00811/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Demolition of small redundant armoury store and replacement with a single storey metal clad

storage unit at Armoury And Parade Ground Milton Road Oundle  PE8 4AB

17/00823/FUL (10/06/2017)


Change of use from A1 (retail)  to Sui Generis (dog grooming salon) at Unit 3 Mill Road Oundle



17/00909/FUL (07/06/2017) (Info)

New garage to side and room to rear at 106 Glapthorn Road Oundle  PE8 4PS


17/00897/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Erection of two-storey residential dwelling at 7 High Street Ringstead  NN14 4DA


17/00567/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Erection of agricultural/farm shop building and the retention of staff facilities building to be used

as a temporary rural workers dwelling for a period of 3 years.  The retention of the toilet/shower

block, parking areas, Elsan disposal point and containers (part retrospective) at Glebe Meadow

Fishery Ditchford Lock Ditchford Lane Rushden  NN8 1RL


17/00787/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Demolition of garage and erection of single storey rear extension at 18 Prospect Avenue Rushden

NN10 6DH


17/00795/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Installation of external condenser units and heat recovery unit within roof plant platform at Unit 4

Northwalk Rushden Lakes Rushden  NN10 6FG


17/00834/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

Single storey side and rear extension and loft conversion with side facing dormer at 125 Higham

Road Rushden  NN10 6DS


17/00835/OUT (03/06/2017) (Info)

Outline: Four bedroom dormer style dwelling (all matters reserved except access) (Resubmission of

16/02204/OUT) at Spenwood Alexandra Road Rushden  NN10 0HY


17/00839/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

First floor and rear two storey extension with a single storey garage extension. Demolish existing garage to rear garden. at 219 Avenue Road Rushden  NN10 0SN


17/00855/ADV (03/06/2017) (Info)

One fascia sign to front of shop unit and 1 fascia sign to rear of the shop unit at Unit 13 South

Terrace Rushden Lakes Rushden  NN10 6FS


17/00868/ADV (03/06/2017) (Info)

Fascia sign 1  – 800mm high internally  illuminted white acrylic letters black sides, fixed fascia panel finished tiger grey, fascia sign 2 500mm high internally illuminated white acrylic letters with black sides fixed to stainless steel bars  at Unit 3 Northwalk Rushden Lakes Rushden  NN10


17/00896/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

To convert the roof space of my house into habitable rooms with two rear dormers and velux

windows to front. The new interior would consist of two bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom. at 6

Kenilworth Gardens Thrapston  NN14 4XS


17/00870/FUL (03/06/2017) (Info)

The demolition of the existing dwelling and the construction of a replacement dwelling as well as

the conversion of an adjoining range of rural buildings to form one single dwelling house at Davys Lodge Morborne Road Warmington  PE8 6UP


17/00864/FUL (10/06/2017)


Widen an existing bridge at Yarwell Mill country park by dismantling the southern elevation and saving the existing stone, extend the deck of the bridge to a width of 5 metres and re-instate the southern elevation using the previously removed stone at Yarwell Mill Mill Road Yarwell


Deco Theatre Looking to Keep it Local, as it goes Scouting for Potential ‘Peter Pan’ Panto Stars

Opportunity is knocking for three talented local youngsters!


There may still be seven months to go until the curtain rises on The Deco Theatre’s 2017 Christmas Panto, Peter Pan, but stars are already signing contracts, and auditions about to take place.


Peter Pan runs at The Deco from December 8 to 30, with popular singer Lydia Lucy already confirmed in a lead role, and more big names to be announced in the next few weeks.


But The Deco is keen to give opportunities to young local talent, and are holding open auditions for the roles of the three children in the show – Michael, John and Tinkerbell – next month.

Deco Peter Pan

For all roles, hopefuls will need to be able to sing, dance and act. For Tinkerbell they’ll be aged 7-9, between 120cm and 130cm in height, for Michael 8-10, and 130cm to 140cm in height, and for John 10-12 and 140cm to 150cm tall.


Auditions take place on June 23, from 4pm at The Deco. But anyone wishing their son/daughter to be involved needs to call Toni Sherman, on 01604 491005, between 10am and 2pm for a chat, after which an audition pack will be sent out if it is agree your child has the suitable experience to audition for these challenging rolls.


“This is a terrific opportunity for three local youngsters, which we’re delighted to offer,” said Kevin Roach, from Stage Right Productions, that run The Deco Theatre. “Over the past few years we’ve had some fantastically talented young people appear in our shows, and we love spotting and supporting talent young people.


“Last year we discovered Naomi Wilkins, who was superb in Snow White, and again in Aladdin last month,” said Mr Roach. “We also gave opportunities in Aladdin to other young local talent, including Ged Marshall, Tayla-Jade Sherman and Daisy Ward, all from Northamptonshire, all who performed brilliantly throughout the run, and all with enormous potential.”


Applications for the Peter Pan auditions will close on Friday 26th May, giving all hopefuls plenty of time to prepare for their audition.


For more information, call Toni Sherman, between 10am and 2pm, on 01604 491005 or Peter Jones on 07841 997408

Watersheds Successfully Completes Estate Agent Sale

Corporate finance specialists Watersheds, has completed the sale of Earls Barton estate agents, Acorn, to O’Riordan Bond.


Acorn is the only estate agency in Earls Barton with a high street presence occupying an enviable and prominent position in the heart of the village.  The business was set up in 2012 by husband and wife team, Adam and Philippa Plater, offering a personal and competitive service.  They decided to dispose of the agency to devote more time to their young family and their property development business.


Adam Plater said: “The decision to sell was not an easy one.  Watersheds put together the perfect deal and I found David Fletcher of Watersheds supportive and practical throughout the process.”


David Fletcher, Partner at Watersheds commented, “Sometimes the best deal is a sale to a large national company.  Often they offer the best price, but on this occasion, the fit with a local business was so good it was financially compelling.  It was important to Adam and Philippa that O’Riordan Bond are small enough to maintain the personal service.  There will be no redundancies and O’Riordan Bond will look after both the clients and the employees.

Adam Plater of Acorn with David Fletcher of Watersheds

Simon Bond of O’Riordan Bond stated: “This is a wonderful addition to our business expanding our reach to villages between Northampton and Wellingborough.  We are the leading independent estate agent across Northamptonshire with twelve branches employing 80 people and we look forward to integrating the Acorn team into our business.”

Forest for Peterborough calls for ‘Bags of Help’ from Local Residents!

Forest for Peterborough, the project run by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), is asking for support from local residents to help bag funding from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.


Forest for Peterborough aims to plant over 180,000 trees in and around the city and surrounding countryside by 2030: one tree for every person living in the city. The project is already enabling change to take place in the city, having planted nearly 100,000 trees in the last seven years.

Forest for Peterborough

PECT wants to improve tree coverage to create a network of wooded areas, improving our green spaces, the quality of air we breathe, and also making sure that Peterborough is less vulnerable to the effects of flooding and other extreme weather. The tree planting will change the city’s landscape, forming a vital network of wildlife corridors and green spaces.


Now the project is in the running to receive a prize fund of either £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000. The amount awarded is dependent upon the number of customer votes received through Tesco’s in-store Bags of Help initiative. The Bags of Help scheme sees community projects awarded grants raised from the 5p plastic bag levy.


“Forest for Peterborough means so much, not only for the quality of life of city residents today, but for future generations of Peterborough citizens,” explains Project Officer Simon Belham. “Bringing together communities, schools and businesses for the volunteer planting days means that everyone can get involved with and contribute to improving their natural surroundings.”


Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the store check-out when they shop at Tesco. For more information visit


The stores participating in our region comprise:


Peterborough (PE7 8BD)

Peterborough Metro (PE1 1TA)

Peterborough Oundle Road (PE2 9PJ)

Stanground Express (PE2 8RJ)

Wistow Way, Orton Express (PE2 6XN)


To check the location of the stores, visit


For further information about PECT’s Forest for Peterborough project, visit

Wellingborough Medieval Festival

This year’s “biggest and best” Medieval Festival will transport Wellingborough back to the Middle Ages with knights on horseback, ferret racing and magic shows set to create an action-packed weekend.


A collection of colourful characters, including an Executioner, a Barber Surgeon and a Jester can expect to be found at this year’s Medieval Festival on Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June.

Fun and games at last year's festival

Knights in armour will be drawn up with their horses on the Tithe Barn lawn and re-enactors setting up camp in Croyland Gardens for the whole weekend will be on hand to answer any period questions.


Youngsters will have the opportunity to dress-up in medieval costume and joust on hobby horses at Wellingborough Museum and there will be medieval dancing for all.


John Cable, Executive Director of the Wellingborough Business Improvemnet District (BID) said: “2017 marks the fifth year of the Medieval Festival in Wellingborough!

“We invite everyone to step back in time and enjoy being entertained at the festival, which is back with bigger and better acts and more fun for all.


“This is a very authentic event with a wide range of period entertainment and the perfect blend of fun and learning for the whole family.”


Medieval music will fill the air whilst a falconry display, and the chance to learn new skills at a Circus Workshop will help to entertain the young and old.

The Wellingborough Medieval Festival 2015

A Medieval Fayre will take place at All Hallows Church on Saturday with refreshments on offer in the church hall. The medieval church will also hold a grand Medieval Service on Sunday.


And if you’re looking to take a little break with a difference, pop into the Tithe Barn on Saturday and you will be at the Craft and Vintage Fayre where you can browse amongst stalls selling a wonderful selection of hand crafted items by talented local crafters and some vintage accessories from days gone by.


Mr Cable added: “Whether this is the first time that you are visiting or, like many, are returning for another year, we look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Festival.”