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Northampton Town Festival 2017

Northampton Town Festival 2017- FREE EVENT

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CELEBRATING EVERYTHING THAT MAKES NORTHAMPTON TOWN GREAT!  Just see hwat’s on offer – it’s oign to be fun packed…

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1st & 2nd July 2017

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The Northampton community come from all industries and walks of life, but we have one thing in common… we are the heart of Northampton! The Northampton Town Festival is an event created for the local community and beyond, with the intention of bringing people together and celebrating all that makes our town great!

Whether you are one of our local residents & families, a hard working local trader, a member of a local community group, part of our thriving entertainment scene or live outside of Northampton and are looking to attend an awesome event that exhibits REAL community spirit… this event is not to be missed. The Northampton Town Festival brings our community together whilst combining all that was great about the iconic Old Northampton Town Show and The Balloon Festival in one fun filled weekend for the whole family.

The event is FREE to attend and will take place across 2 large arenas on the Racecourse – a venue large enough to accommodate the large crowds that the festival will attract. There will be an estimated 40,000- 60,000 attending throughout the weekend.

Main Arena Entertainment

Saturday 1st of July

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11.00am – 11.30pm – Men’s Own Rugby

11.45am – 12.15pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys)

12.30pm – 1.00pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

1.15pm – 1.45pm – Broke FMX Freestyle Motocross Show

2.00pm – 2.30pm – Men’s Own Rugby

2.45pm – 3.30pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

3.45pm – 4.15pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys) nene local  northampton

4.30pm – 5.00pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

5.15pm – 6.00pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

6.15pm – 6.45pm – Broke FMX Freestyle Motocross Show


Sunday 2nd of July


11.00am – 11.30pm – Men’s Own Rugby

11.45am – 12.15pm – Vanders Wheel of Deathnene local | northampton

12.30pm – 1.00pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys)

1.15pm – 1.45pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

2.00pm – 2.45pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

3.00pm – 3.30pm – Vanders Wheel of Death

3.45pm – 4.15pm – Men’s Own Rugby

4.30pm – 5.00pm – Proaction Martial Arts & Fitness (Mighty Monkeys)

5.15pm – 5.45pm – The Lawmen Wild West Show

6.00pm – 6.45pm – The Knights of Nottingham Medieval Jousting Show

7.00pm – 7.30pm – Vanders Wheel of Death




Balloon Arena

Saturday 1st of July


6.00am – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)

2.00pm – 4.00pm Balloon Tethering (Weather Permitting)

4.15pm – 5.00pm – Pacesetters Dog Display Team nene lcoal | northampton

6.00pm – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)

10.00pm – Balloon Glow (Weather Permitting)

10.30pm – Fireworks Display


Close Encounters Kite Display – Throughout the Day

Birds of Prey – Flights Throughout the Day


Sunday 2nd of July


6.00am – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)

2.00pm – 4.45pm Balloon Tethering (Weather Permitting)

4.15pm – 5.00pm – Pacesetters Dog Display Team

6.00pm – Balloon Ascent (Weather Permitting)


Close Encounters Kite Display – Throughout the Day

Birds of Prey – Flights Throughout the Day


Music Stage

Northampton Town Festival is proud to bring together a great array of local talent on the main stage on the Racecourse. This year’s notable headliners are Leburn Maddox and 2Tones on Saturday followed by The Jazz Butcher Quartet, Krissy Mathews and Misty’s Big Adventure on Sunday, all with full supporting cast during the day


Music Stage


Saturday (1st of July)

12:00pm – 2:00pm – Local Community Groups

The Russian DancersThe Shireen Dancers, Indian Hindu Welfare Association dancers, Greek School – Dancers
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Charlotte Carpenter
Northampton based guitarist and singer songwriter making waves nationally

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Rogue State Circus
Purveyors of fine folk tinged indie power pop

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Yellow Dog Blues Band
Classic Rhythm & Blues with the accent on the true blues.

5:00pm – 6:00pm –  Gregg Cave and the Old County Ground Band
A rambling rumbling rolling folk rock ensemble

6:00pm – 7:00pm  Houses in Motion,
An eclectic mix of blues, funk, soul and rock n roll.

7:00pm – 8:00pm Orange Clocks,
Theatrical psychedelic rock

8:00pm – 9:00pm LeBurn Maddox
The soulful voice and shimmering guitar of Northampton’s Anglo American legend

9:00pm – 10:30pm The Two Tones
The big band with a big ska beat to get your feet dancing

Sunday (2nd of July)

12:00pm – 1:00pm Local community groups


1:00pm – 2:00pm Joe Corkram

Talented local singer songwriter

2:00pm – 3:00pm –  The Top Banana Band
Energy funk, soul and blues band with brass section

3:00pm – 4:00pm Oscillators
Classic rock covers in an original style

4:00pm – 5:00pm Bushpigs
Northampton based rock and pop covers band

5:00pm – 6:00pm Donnybrooke Fair
Local Irish folk big band

6:00pm -7:00pm Jazz Butcher Quartet
Northampton Indie legend with full supporting cast

7:00pm – 8:00pm Krissy Mathews
Lightening fast blues guitarist

8:00pm – 9:30pm Misty’s Big Adventure
Songs of tragic comedy and warmth with a surreal take on life, music and performance

Mosaic in Thrapston – A Year in the Making

Mosaic making in Thrapston

It was a year in the planning, fund raising and making but the Thrapston Mosaic is now complete.  A small group of volunteers (originally called Thrapston Independents Group, then Operation Transform Thrapston) began making plans for the town – to decorate, rejuvenate and to generally make the town a nicer place to be.

Part of the plan was to make the quadrant outside the library a better area.  Beginning with a charity Fish n Chip supper, the group began to raise funds.  There were various grant applications and help from the town council too.  The area was cleared and lovely new benches added.  The Heritage Society made boards denoting the towns history and the planters were tidied.

It became clear when Zephyr Flags reinstated the refirbished flag poles that the brick and concrete block which housed the flags in summer and the Christmas tree in winter was not only an eyesore but also becoming dangerous.  With a limited budget the block could not be removed, so the group got a company to cover the breaking, crumbling bricks with a wooden surround and set about planning the new town Mosaic.

Local volunteers designed various areas of the mosaic and learnt the craft from scratch from a proper mosaic artist last summer.

The seven volunteers then spent hundreds of hours piecing together the mosaic in sections, tile by tile, basing it on our designs. They worked on our their lounge floors, dining tables and in amongst work and family life, carrying tiles back and forth and meeting regularly at the Plaza to piece togetherthe work over the course of the year. They used 2cm square pieces of tile or smaller, so you can imagine how long it took!

Thrapston Tiling were called in to help complete the mosaic, by laying the ready-made sections of mosaic which the volunteers had already created off-site using specialist mesh, craft glue and pieces of tile.  Ben at Thrapston Tiling laid all the mosaic under their instruction and grouted the finished article.

Using their tiling expertise to ensure it will remain in tip top condition no matter what the weather.

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The group wants to thank everyone involved, all the volunteers and supporters.  Thank you to the people who bought ice creams to the workers on the very hot installation day too!

Please respect the mosaic and enjoy it.  It will probably become quite slippery when it rains or snows, so as it is an art piece meant to be enjoyed by walking past, standing/sitting and stopping a while this will not pose a problem.  The mosaic is not meant to be climbed upon, so please ensure that your children remain safe by not doing so.

Keep reading Nene Local Magazine online regularly to find out what’s the next plan for Operation Transform Thrapston…

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Planning Applications: 22 June 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:


17/01130/VAR (22/07/2017)

(LB/CA) Variation of condition pursuant to application 14/00366/FUL Condition 10 – plans – parking at The Estate Office The Green Ashton  PE8 5LD


17/01042/LBC (22/07/2017)

(LBRegs) (LB/CA) Alterations and improvements to ground floor to include  creation of a new opening between front and back rooms, relocation of kitchen, creation of bedroom and shower room (previously pantry and kitchen), replacement of pantry windows, replacement of temporary timber wall between hall way and adjacent room, closing up of Secondary staircase at ceiling level, stairs retained within

Cupboard. Alterations to first floor to include creation of new access corridor from landing through

existing bedroom, closing up of old doorway between bedrooms, closing up of secondary staircase

at floor level to facilitate safer access to existing shower room.  Replacement of rear courtyard

window and ancillary works. at 1 Church Street Brigstock NN14 3EX

17/01059/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

First storey extension to the rear of the property on existing footprint. Minor change to the porch at

27 Stanion Rd Brigstock NN14 1DZ

17/01075/FUL (22/07/2017)

(Info) (LB/CA) Single storey rear conservatory at 1 Braybrooks Brigstock  NN14 3HX


17/01073/FUL (22/07/2017)

(LB/CA) Extensions and alterations to existing dwelling, including rear extension, side extension, one and a half storey cart-lodge outbuilding and extended parking area at 34 Deenethorpe NN17 3EP

17/01074/LBC (22/07/2017)

(LBRegs) Remove partition wall and downstairs WC. Blocking forward doorway to the staircase from the hall. Partial opening of staircase partition wall. Block the side window to the kitchen area. Remove existing bathroom and partition wall. Install new bathroom within what is currently 2nd bedroom with upstairs WC. Block side access door to the boiler room, and create new door opening on the rear elevation of the boiler room. Remove oil fired central heating boiler and replace with sustainable multi-fuel boiler. at 34 Deenethorpe NN17 3EP


17/01205/VAR (15/07/2017) (Info)

Variation of condition 13 amended drawings for plot 1  pursuant to planning permission

16/00759/FUL at Hill House Chapel Lane Denford  NN14 4EA


17/01178/FUL and 17/01179/LBC (22/07/2017)(LB/CA)(LBRegs)

Alterations, renovation and extensions to the main house (listed asset). Renovation, extension and conversion of 2 existing barns. Sub division of existing large plot into 3 smaller plots by means of park rail fencing and stone walls at 37 West St Easton On The Hill


17/01067/FUL and 17/01068/LBC (22/07/2017) (LB/CA)(LBRegs)

Replace windows standardising on a single type of cottage window, 3 lights per casement created by 2 horizontal bars.  They are in keeping with the traditional / original style of the cottage.

Replace patio doors in rear extension from 4 doors to 3 doors making them more wheelchair

accessible. Also changing the style to match that of the windows.  i.e 3 lights per door at Melton

Cottage Main St Glapthorn  PE8 5BE


17/01086/REM (15/07/2017) (Info)

Reserved matters:

Access – New vehicular/pedestrian access from Southwick Rd, including visibility splays, footpath.

Appearance – External appearance of each of the 4 houses including garages and surroundings.

Landscaping – Boundary treatments, garden areas.

Layout – Position of each dwelling, space between dwellings and movement of cars within site. Scale – Amount of development, size of buildings in relation to their surroundings pursuant to planning permission 16/01734/OUT dated 21.12.16 at land rear of 3 Main St Glapthorn


17/01180/REM (15/07/2017) (Info)

Reserved Matters:  access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale pursuant to planning

permission 15/00472/OUT – Outline: Erection of a single detached residential dwelling (all matters reserved) at land between The Gables and Church Rd Hargrave


17/01032/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

First floor extension to rear of property at Welland House 7 Shotley Harringworth NN17 3AG

Higham Ferrers

17/01025/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

New 1.5m high wall to front of dwelling with timber sections at 44A North End Higham Ferrers

NN10 8JB

17/01181/FUL (22/07/2017)

(LB/CA) Proposed offices and associated parking including demolition part remaining building at The Carriage House 13 Market Square Higham Ferrers NN10 8DJ

17/01242/VAR (15/07/2017) (Info)

Variation of condition to allow single storey rear projections and alteration of siting within the plots

pursuant to 15/01045/FUL – Demolition of commercial buildings and erection of two semi

detached residential houses at 24 Saffron Rd Higham Ferrers  NN10 8ED


17/00969/OUT (22/07/2017)

(Art8) Residential development with public open space and associated infrastructure. Means of access from Nicholas Rd with other matters (relating to appearance, landscaping, scale and layout) reserved at land rear of Nicholas Rd Irthlingborough

17/01102/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

To erect a replacement  conservatory to the rear of the property at 49 Drayton Rd Irthlingborough NN9 5TA

17/01188/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Erection of a single storey side and rear extension at 18 William Trigg Close Irthlingborough



17/00653/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Change of use from agricultural land to permanent residential boat moor, river access and domestic  land use (retrospective) at OP0617 TL0796 Fotheringhay Rd Nassington

17/01118/VAR (15/07/2017)

(Info) Variation of condition 3, Parking 6, Access  and 7 Plans  pursuant to planning permission

16/00966/FUL dated 15.7.16 – Single storey tourism lodge. Proposal to retain vehicle access post construction and addition of solar panels to roof.  Allow access post-construction by vehicles,

including emergency vehicles, along the existing trackway beyond the existing builders’ yard. at agricultural building rear of Lilypad Northfield Lane Nassington


17/00848/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Convert garage to habitable room

at 112 Creed Rd Oundle  PE8

17/00987/FUL (22/07/2017)

(LB/CA) Replacement of windows to the front elevation on first and second floors at 21 – 23 West St

Oundle PE8 4EJ

17/01070/FUL (22/07/2017)

(LB/CA) New detached two bedroom dwelling with off road parking and garden amenity at land between The Ship Inn and 90 South Rd Oundle

17/01079/LBC (22/07/2017)

(LBRegs) Internal alterations to Admissions department of Oundle School. Ground floor of north wing of the Great Hall at The Great Hall New St Oundle  PE8 4EA

17/01117/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Single story extension to enlarge kitchen and to add a changing room adjacent to the dance

studio at Fletton House Glapthorn Rd Oundle  PE8 4JA

17/01175/LBC (22/07/2017)

(LBRegs) Internal alterations to increase two existing wall openings, install steelwork support and reinstate finishes at 32 Market Place Oundle  PE8 4BE

17/01203/FUL (15/07/2017)

(Info) Part single storey, part two storey extensions to rear of property at 58 Benefield Road Oundle PE8 4EZ


17/01080/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Erection of a two storey side extension at 20A Rotton Row Raunds NN9 6HU


17/01021/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Erection of agricultural workers dwelling at Tithe Farm 5 Ham Lane Ringstead


17/00350/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Single storey extension to the rear of property at 134 Hall Avenue Rushden

17/00985/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

To build a 6ft fenced area on driveway at 12 Regency Court Rushden

17/01018/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Change of use from public house (Class A4) to convenience store (Class A1), with associated works

to facilitate parking and delivery area. New shopfront entrance and formation of rear plant compound at The Viking Public House Grangeway Rushden NN10 9JE

17/01089/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

To replace the existing cladding with new Gull Grey cladding and replace the existing guttering

and roof trim with new Sapphire Blue guttering and roof trim at Plot 17 Sanders Lodge Industrial

Estate Rushden  NN10 6BQ

17/01107/ADV (15/07/2017) (Info)

Face illuminated signage at Unit 12 South Terrace Rushden Lakes Rushden

17/01114/ADV (15/07/2017) (Info)

2no. Illuminated Fascia Sign at Unit 16 South Terrace Rushden Lakes Rushden  NN10 6FS

17/01115/ADV (15/07/2017) (Info)

New main shopfront sign and rear high level sign at Unit 13 South Terrace Rushden Lakes

Rushden  NN10 6FS

17/01133/ADV (15/07/2017) (Info)

Store front fascia incl projecting sign Boots lozenge to rear at Unit 5 Southwalk Rushden Lakes

Rushden  NN10 6FH

17/01148/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Demolition of garage and erection of two storey side extension and single storey rear extension at

99 Spencer Road Rushden  NN10 6AD

17/01193/ADV (15/07/2017) (Info)

2no. illuminated fascia signs at Unit 2B South Terrace Rushden Lakes Rushden  NN10 6FS

17/01217/ADV (15/07/2017) (Info)

2 (no) Fascia signage to front and rear of building. Sign to be internally illuminated 50mm acrylic

‘FATFACE’ letters to be fitted to a steel bar at Unit 1 Southwalk Rushden Lakes Rushden

17/01218/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

New Driveway including access at 105 Wellingborough Rd Rushden  NN10


17/01055/FUL (22/07/2017)

(Art8) Construction of a two storey detached dwelling house and garage at Lornel Main St Tansor PE8 5HS

Thorpe Achurch

17/01077/FUL (22/07/2017)

(LB/CA) Erection of single dwelling and carport at land opposite Thorpe Cottage Aldwincle Rd Thorpe



17/01069/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Erection of a single storey dwelling, parking and new access at 13 Highfield Rd Thrapston

NN14 4NL

17/01116/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Erection of a single storey modular building for storage use at Plot 3 Haldens Parkway Thrapston


17/01119/FUL (22/07/2017)

(LB/CA) Change of use from 2 vacant retail shops (A1) and an office (B1), to a mixed use coffee shop (A1/A3 use) at 71 – 75 High Street Thrapston

17/01120/LBC (22/07/2017)

(LBRegs) Internal alterations to include new partition walls.  Creation of food and beverage preparation and serving area. Installation of new disabled access ramp and changes to existing fenestration with associated works at 71 – 75 High Street Thrapston

17/01121/ADV (15/07/2017) (Info)

2No. external illuminated fascia

1No. externally illuminated projecting sign at 71 – 75 High St Thrapston


17/01146/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Erection of single storey rear extension (Resubmission of 17/00117/FUL) at 4 Wakerley Court Wakerley LE15 8NZ


17/01142/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Two-storey side extension and single-storey rear extension at 12 School Lane Warmington PE8 6TA


17/00984/FUL (22/07/2017)

(LB/CA) Construction of detached two storey dwelling and detached garage, construction of footpath to

Club Lane and reconstruction of stone wall behind footpath. Renewal submission of 15/00988/VAR and 08/01228/FUL at 3A De Capel Close Woodford NN14 4HR

17/00994/FUL (15/07/2017) (Info)

Proposed rear extension at 21 Paddock Rd Woodford  NN14 4FL

17/01026/REM (22/07/2017)

(LB/CA) Reserved matters Landscaping, Scale, Siting, External Appearance, condition numbers  7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 pursuant to planning application 15/01776/OUT dated 13.11.15 at 7 High St

Woodford  NN14 4HE


Cookies & Cream – New Café is a Hit in Northampton

Cookies & Cream  a new cafe is a hit

Cookies & Cream Cafe – A new café in Northampton is gaining praise from the residents of Northampton, just four months after opening.

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Cookies & Cream, a family run business based on The Drapery in Northampton, opened its doors in February and serves everything from ice cream and waffles to cakes and milkshakes.


With other branches in London and Luton and several years of experience behind him, owner Muj decided to set up a café on The Drapery after identifying it as a prime location for a food business.


He said: “The Drapery is a very well-known area in Northampton with various food places already situated here. It is also home to all types of other businesses. I thought that having a dessert place in the centre of it all would prove attractive to potential customers.”


And Muj was right. Since opening, Cookies & Cream has served thousands of customers and is fast becoming popular with the locals. Due to demand, the café has already expanded into offering takeaway and delivery services and – as it is based over two floors – the venue can also be hired out for private parties.


One of the café’s happy customers, Aaron Brock, said Cookies & Cream provided an ‘amazing atmosphere with a friendly welcome’ and added: “[It is] the only dessert place that I’ve been to where I have felt stuffed afterwards. Great value for money!”


The café, which currently employs 16 members of staff, is hoping that this continued success will lead to more job creation for the people of Northampton and the surrounding area in the near future.


“Being local residents ourselves, investing in local people and giving them the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience is important to us,” said Muj.


“We hope to be here for many years to come and are looking forward to building long-term relationships with our customers and fellow small to medium-sized businesses in the area. We welcome all the residents of Northampton to come and give us a try and taste the great desserts we have on offer.”


Cookies & Cream can be found at 2, The Drapery, Northampton. For further information call 01604 378648 or visit

Recruitment drive: Taxi firm expands into Northampton creating hundreds of jobs

Recruitment drive: Taxi firm expands into Northampton creating hundreds of jobs

Recruitment drive: After more than 30 years of operating in Milton Keynes, Skyline Taxis has opened a branch in Northampton, creating up to 420 jobs.


The creation of a Northampton base is part of a wider growth plan, which has seen the company grow week on week in the last two years and expand its fleet to a massive 700 vehicles.

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Gav Sokhi, Managing Director of Skyline Taxis, said: “Two years ago we invested in a new call centre and a cloud taxi dispatch system called iCabbi. Through using iCabbi, we have developed and implemented systems that have quite simply transformed our business.”


Skyline Taxis has also recently co-founded RIIDE, a booking app created by a co-operative of taxi operators which allows users to book a taxi in a variety of locations in UK, Ireland and US using the same credit card, corporate invoice account or cash. Customers can also use the app to track the arrival of their driver, split the fare with a friend, share their location, and see the driver’s picture, name and licence number before he or she arrives.


“We considered expanding into Northampton years ago but our software and systems held us back,” added Gav. “Now, through this technology, we can spread our wings and share our great service, not only with the people of Northampton but also those situated in the rural areas between Milton Keynes and Northampton.”


Out of the 420 positions in the pipeline, 20 of these will be office-based roles with plans in place to recruit up to 400 new drivers over the coming months.

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“We’re a family business that prides itself on doing our very best for our employees, drivers and customers,” said Gav. “Skyline has always looked to the future and invested in new technologies to drive efficiencies and improve customer service and safety. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved and am genuinely excited about our future plans.”


Skyline Taxis was established in 1985 and has grown from a one-man band to 50 employees and 700 vehicles. In addition to the new Northampton site, the company is also eyeing up plans to expand into Bedford, which could see Skyline’s fleet of vehicles grow to 1300.


To find out more or enquire about vacancies, call 01908 222111 or visit

Police and Crime Commissioner launches Fund to make Northamptonshire Safer

Police and Crime Commissioner launches new fund to make Northamptonshire safer

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is working in partnership with Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold who has given £100,000 to the Community Foundation to award to projects focusing on preventing crime in the County

The fund was officially launched at the Daventry Funder Fayre on 6 June to hundreds of community groups and charities and was supported by Sam Ward, Involvement Officer for Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner.nene local

Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire said: “I’m very pleased to be working with the Northamptonshire Community Foundation. I’m committed to making Northamptonshire safer for people who visit, live and work here. Working in partnership with the Foundation is an effective way to provide grant funding to projects that are primarily focussed on promoting and delivering community safety and reducing crime in our County.”

The Making Northamptonshire Safer Communities Fund will offer grants from £3,000 up to £10,000 to support the Police and Crime Plan objectives; Keeping the young safe, Putting victims first, Protecting people from harm and Community Partnerships.

In addition to being awarded funding, groups will have a chance to meet the Police and Crime Commissioner as he’ll be visiting some of the beneficiaries of the fund

Rachel McGrath, Grants Director/Deputy CEO Northamptonshire Community Foundation said “‘The Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioners Office to deliver this fund focused on community safety. The Foundation will work with funded groups to measure the impact of their work to achieve safer communities. We welcome applications from groups and charities working to prevent crime and promote safer communities here in Northamptonshire.’

For further information and to apply please go to Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s website or contact Rachel McGrath on 01604 230033.

Nene Centre Thrapston gets new Children’s Climbing Facility

Nene Centre Climbing Wall Opens

Nene Centre, Thrapston, which has seen operations recently move to leisure operators Freedom Leisure on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council, is to undergo the first phase of refurbishment works with the installation of a 6-metre high children’s climbing wall.

Freedom Leisure are kicking off a schedule of improvements across all three centres in the district, with £32k invested into this new indoor climbing facility.

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Installation work is set to start next week and will take around a week to complete, with staff training to commence immediately after. Opening of the wall for customer use is planned for the end of June/beginning of July.

The wall will be available for casual climbing sessions, group and party bookings and for school use, and will be the only climbing wall in East Northamptonshire. The facility is being installed by Hangfast Adventure Engineering, who will also be training centre staff. Hangfast are experience engineers who say “they have been creating adventure since 2001”.

This climbing wall will be a top-rope climbing wall with eight top rope lines and four auto belays. It can have 16 or more different climbing routes at any one time, with the option to reset the routes at regular intervals to keep the experience fresh and challenge climbers. It features; slab, vertical and overhanging surfaces to test all abilities, with classic top-rope anchors allowing the teaching of the fundamental climbing skills, belaying and rope techniques.

Chris Tye, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, says: “This wall is the first brand new facility being added by Freedom Leisure since it commenced its contract on 1 April. Freedom Leisure is more than just a leisure centre operator; it prioritises engendering active communities and targeting groups who are currently less active. This wall will be a wonderful facility for local children, giving them the opportunity to try indoor climbing as a sport – who knows, we may even help to find and nurture the countries next generation of climbing stars.”

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, added: “We’re very excited to see the improvements to our centres being rolled out and are confident that this climbing wall will be enjoyed by many children who have perhaps never tried this sport before. We’re working closely with freedom leisure to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for all of our residents and look forward to announcing further centre improvements and new initiatives for all ages to enjoy.”

To find out more about all facilities at The Nene Centre visit or call 01832 734090.

Buffet at The Bell in Little Addington

Buffet Lunch at The Bell Inn

The Buffet lunches at The Bell in Little Addington never fail to make us smile and rub our tummies in delight.

This month happened to be our youngest’s 16th Birthday and so we went to celebrate.  We chose to make the salad selections our starter, and chose from red cabbage, sweetcorn, pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw and much more – all hand made and presented so beautifully you didn’t  want to dig in and spoil the arrangement.  By the side of the salads there were a selection of dressings including Honey Mustard, Balsamic Vinegar and a lovely spicy one, which I had lashings of.

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The boy chose the red cabbage as his personal favourite which we thought we could taste brown sugar and cinnamon in – maybe?  Whatever it was, it was delicious.

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Buffet main courses ranged from Beef Stroganoff (which I had and it as lovely) to a Pork and Gammon dish, there was Potato Gratin, spicy wedges and a selection of rices too.

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All really lovely.

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We also had to treat our selves to dessert of course!

nene local | raspberry cheesecake

The buffet at The Bell Inn in Little Addington is Tuesday to Saturday lunchtimes inclusive is just £9.95 a head – wonderfully good value for such amazing food – as much as you want!

nene local | the salad bar

Little Addington is a short 5 minute drive from Thrapston – why not go for lunch tomorrow? There are always dfferent things on offer each day.

nene local | main courses

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THE BELL INN – Little Addington

High Streetbell inn | nene local

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

Thrapston to have New Costa Coffee – Planning Application here…

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Notice is given that the following applications have been received…






Planning Applications: 08 June 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:


17/00796/LBC (08/07/2017)


Provision of bathroom to first floor at Honeybee Cottage 8 The Green Ashton PE8 5LD


17/01016/FUL (01/07/2017)


Single storey extensions to side and rear of house at 2 Denford Ash Denford NN14 4EW


17/01033/FUL (08/07/2017)


Removal of existing bay window, flat roof porch and conservatory and addition of new roof with

raised  eaves and ridge, new front gables and side extension at The Sperrins New Road Easton On The Hill  PE9 3NN


17/00889/FUL (08/07/2017)


To replace an existing UPVC door with a traditional door in keeping with the dwelling and to fit a

skylight in the single storey part of the dwelling at the front of the house at The Hayloft 6 Lower

Farm Main Street Glapthorn



17/00890/LBC (08/07/2017)


To remove and brick up a doorway

To replace a UPVC door with a traditional wooden door in

keeping with the dwelling

To remove two internal walls to increase the size of the kitchen and fit a new kitchen

To fit a skylight in the single storey part of the dwelling

To install a new external

boiler and relocate the airing cupboard from the first to the second floor

To replace the existing

ground floor radiators with underfloor heating

To create a new shower room on the second floor at

The Hayloft 6 Lower Farm Main Street Glapthorn  PE8 5BE



17/01024/FUL (01/07/2017)


New storage warehouse at Fairline Nene Valley Business Park Oundle PE8 4HN


17/01023/FUL (08/07/2017)


Single storey front extension (Resubmission of 17/00468/FUL) at The Old Coachhouse Main Street  Polebrook PE8 5LN


17/01038/FUL (08/07/2017)


Conversion of garaging to ancillary use at 17 High Street Ringstead  NN14 4DA


17/00569/FUL (08/07/2017)


Change of use from A1 to C3 and the addition of a third storey to create six residential units at 119

High Street Rushden  NN10 0NZ


17/00888/ADV (01/07/2017)


one internally illuminated sign to the front of the unit and one non-illuminated sign to the rear of

the unit at Unit 10 South Terrace Rushden Lakes Rushden

NN10 6FS


17/00898/FUL (01/07/2017)


Single story front extension at 95 Allen Road Rushden  NN10 0DY


17/00997/ADV (01/07/2017)


One internally illuminated sign to shop front and individual illuminated lettering to shop canopy at Unit 1 Northwalk Rushden Lakes Rushden

NN10 6FG


17/01019/ADV (01/07/2017)


Thirteen advertising signs at Land Adjacent Skew Bridge Ski Slope Rushden Lakes Rushden


17/01030/FUL (01/07/2017)


Garage extension and conversion to annex at 47 Hayden Road Rushden NN10 0JH


17/01047/ADV (01/07/2017)


Brand signage for new retail, made of aluminium case and acrylic front panels at Unit 2 Northwalk Rushden Lakes Rushden  NN10 6FG


17/01048/FUL (01/07/2017)


Installation of a Plant at roof level (see Plan 413 for specifications), within a pressed metal louver

look-alike panel enclosed area, serving the indoor units located on the shop floor for air

heating/cooling comfort purposes. at Unit 2 Northwalk Rushden Lakes Rushden


17/01049/VAR (01/07/2017)


Variation of condition 4 – operation of the fixed plant shall be restricted to between hours of

7.00am and 23.00 and not be operational overnight pursuant to planning permission

17/00472/FUL dated 27.4.17

at Unit 4 Southwalk Rushden Lakes Rushden


17/01072/FUL (08/07/2017)


Update of the existing A45(T) Ditchford Road interchange including new slip roads, widening works and replacement of existing roundabouts with signal controlled junctions (as previously granted

under planning permission 12/01733/RWL). at Ditchford Lane Rushden


17/01076/ADV (01/07/2017)


Front and rear LED fascia signage at Unit 11 South Terrace Rushden Lakes Rushden  NN10 6FS


17/01013/FUL (01/07/2017)


Single storey, pitched roof extension to side of property. at 10 West Street Stanwick



17/01046/FUL (01/07/2017)


Change of Use of part of a stables and associated operational works to provide a manager’s flat for

the equestrian operation at SP9681 OP2819 Slipton Lane Sudborough

Thorpe Achurch

17/01050/FUL (01/07/2017)


Two storey rear extension to provide larger kitchen at ground floor level and addition of bedroom

and en-suite bathroom at first floor (resubmission of 17/00518/FUL) at 1 Aldwincle Road Thorpe

Waterville NN14 3ED


17/00982/FUL (08/07/2017)


17/00983/LBC (08/07/2017)


Change of use of part of site from C1 to C3. Form new vehicle access with timber gate and posts

from Pilton Road. Form access drive and parking spaces for existing dwelling. Remove gates and posts and block up existing vehicle access from Pilton Road. at Land Rear Of 24 Pilton Road



17/01044/FUL (01/07/2017)


Single-storey side and rear extensions at 20 Thrapston Road Woodford NN14 4HY