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Serenity Holistics for a New You.

Serenity Holistics the Clue is in the Name!

On Friday, I went for an Intuology Appointment at Serenity Holistics in Irchester. (Other locations are Wellingborough, Rushden, Northampton, Sawtry, Tilbrook, Huntingdon).

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My therapist, Julie Grint, explained that she called her therapy intuology, as it would contain a variety of different therapies and she would allow herself to be guided to use which ever therapy I needed.

On arriving at the salon, I found it easy to park in one of the pull in bays.  I was welcomed by Julie into the salon and we had a brief chat before going through to the therapy room.  Serenity Holistics smelt lovely and was very homely and welcoming.

Julie also checked that the fragrance in the room was OK for me and I was happy with it.

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I’ve had therapies before and often on your first visit you have to sit down and fill in a form with any illness, tablets or medication etc.  At Serenity I sat comfortably relaxing whilst Julie filled in the form, asking me questions and writing in the answers.  I found this a really nice touch and very nurturing.

Julie explained my treatment might include some reiki, crystals, reflexology and facial reflexology.  I went in feeling particularly stressed after a long week

I lay, fully clothed on the couch, with a cosy blanket tucking me in and a warm, electric blanket underneath me.  I immediately felt looked after and relaxed.

Julie began with reiki around my head and neck area, which felt very pleasant.  I had some weird pictures going on in my head at this point, I felt she was pulling colourful hankies out of the top of my head (rather like a clown at the circus) busy and colourful hankies were coming out one after another!

Julie asked if I was OK and to let her know if not at any point.  She moved her hands and placed them on my heart and solar plexus chakras and the reiki continued.  During this, for some reason my first cat popped into my head and I began thinking about him… I had such a rush of emotion all racing through me, I thought I would surely burst into tears, I allowed the reiki to flow into me and suddenly burst out laughing, we had a good giggle together and I added “I have no idea where that came from!”  I knew the reiki had pushed away a blockage.

My treatment also included some reflexology on my feet. I am having some shoulder trouble at the moment and the part of my foot that related to my shoulder was acutely tender, Julie worked on this in such a way as to try to push through it and give me some relief but without torturing me at the same time!

I had my eyes closed but I believe she laid crystals across my chest and arm areas where the pain was coming round the front.

The facial reflexology part of the treatment was incredibly relaxing, again the part that related to me shoulder was tender again, as was the part that related to headaches.  I had some lovely images going through my head of large sweet smelling, yellow fields in the sunshine.  I was magical.

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The end of my treatment did come round all too soon, but I was helped off the couch and invited to sit down with some crystals under my feet to ground me, just in case I was feeling dizzy.   I drank some water and was asked to drink more during the evening ahead.

I must say my shoulder has felt much better, and today I have painted a garden fence with no ill effects.  My stress did decrease too and I had a lovely night’s sleep.

Julie Grint can be found at Serenity Holistics where she practises her holistic treatments or her new business of helping you to love life and managing your stress…

Julie says of new venture “I recognise that so many busy women are suffering with chronic stress and lacking self-worth. They’re consumed by work, exhausted, dislike what they see in the mirror, have no time for self-care and it’s affecting mind, your body, even relationships! I’ll work with you to get you out of that “Stress Response” and into Loving Your Life, so you experience great health and vitality, increase your energy, gain confidence and look and feel beautiful inside and out.”

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Book with Julie for any of her treatments on

Serenity Holistics get a big thumbs up from Nene Local !!




MiniTrix PreSchool Gymnastics

Come and enjoy our preschool gymnastics and dance classes! Your little leaper or mini mover will be able to run, jump and learn whilst making new friends in a fun and safe environment! gym | nene local


These are the structured classes and times we will be offering from September 4th. Each class will cost £5 and fees will be paid on a half termly basis.

Along with our gymnastics classes we will be running MiniTrix Dance classes on a Tuesday afternoon 1:00-1:45pm for 2-3yrs 1:45 – 2:30pm for 3-4yrs.

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We also have a stay and play afternoon on a Wednesday 1-3pm. Bring your child along to play in the gym for £5.

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Meet New People at your Local Young Farmer’s Association

Are you a young person interested in agriculture? Lacking a social life due to heavy demands from the farm? Or just want to meet new people? Come along to find out what Young Farmers is all about!
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The National Federation of Young Farmers are one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK dedicated to young people who have a love for agriculture and rural life.

Led by young people, for young people, our Young Farmers’ Clubs provide their 25,000 members aged 10 to 26 with a unique opportunity to develop skills, work with their local communities, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and enjoy a dynamic social life.
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Thrapston Young Farmers are the smallest club in the smallest county, therefore providing a friendly, welcoming club who are very happy to invite new members to join with open arms. We have a wide range of ages within the club and are always looking to expand our little unofficial family.
We meet on a Monday evening at the Woolpack Inn in Islip.
The club hold a variety of fun meets throughout the year, ranging from farming talks, canal boat trips and bowling to name a few. The members voice is the most important and any ideas for the programme are suggested by the members.
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Young Farmers is a huge opportunity to open many doors, for personal gains or professional.
If you’d like to find out more about Thrapston Young Farmers, please email Ashleigh our Chairman on:
Or if you’d like some more general information about the county’s young farmers please email Kate Everard on:

You do not have to be a farmer to be a young farmer, just someone aged between 10-30 and have an interest in rural life or just would like to make some new friends for life.young farmers | nene local

They look forward to meeting you!

Two Seasons – Opens Thursday 24th August

Two Seasons News

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The new Two Seasons store will open with a 15% off offer running till the 30th September – Plus they will be having an opening party with a DJ and a cocktail bar on the evening of the 24th between 7-9pm.

A bit about the store;

Local retailer, Two Seasons updates its UK store estate to better meet the changing needs of customers.

The opening of the store at the £140m Rushden Lakes development near Northampton signifies a major move by Two Seasons to further increase its footprint in the area that saw the company’s first store open in 1983.

The new flagship store further embodies the sports Two Seasons has been involved in since its beginnings, and amongst other, will feature the largest wall of skate decks and skate shoes in the area. The store will offer a unique collection of clothes and accessories from one of the World’s leading Skate brands, Element. As well as a shop-in-shop showcasing the latest trends in men’s and women’s clothing from global Surf brand Billabong.


Stuart Roberts, Retail Director, said “Rushden Lakes offers a modern unique shopping experience featuring a host of national retailers new to the region. Ease of parking, access to shop in the evenings were also major considerations, and help us deliver our vision of more customers ordering online and collecting, trying-on or returning items in-store.

Two Seasons has 14 stores across the UK and is a market leader in Surf, Skate and Snow clothing and accessories.

Their new store can be found at:

TWO SEASONS, Unit A2a, South Terrace, Rushden Lakes, NN10 6FS

Visit Two Seasons website

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Primark – Opens Friday 28th July

Primark News

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Adored by fashion fans and value seekers alike Primark is widely established as the destination store for keeping up with the latest looks without breaking the bank. They offer a diverse range of products, stocking everything from baby and kids, to womens, mens, home ware, accessories, beauty products and confectionery. Primark opened its first store in Dublin in 1969 under the name Penneys and today operates in over 320 stores in eleven countries across Europe and America….and now announcing their new store at Rushden Lakes!

Get the SatNav ready as your new Primark store will be found at;

Primark, Rushden Lakes, Northamptonshire, NN10 6FH

Opening on July 28th 2017 – if you can’t wait till then, the website is

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White Stuff – Official Launch Day Thursday 3rd August

White Stuff News

white stuff | nene localAlthough White Stuff will open this Friday – their official opening party date is Thursday 3rd August.

At the opening party on Thursday August 3rd there will be a Free Goody bag: for all customers who make purchases of £50 or over.

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Prize Draw: Open to all customers – the chance to win £250 to spend at White Stuff in a prize draw

During the official opening day on the 3rd, the shop will serve bubbles and branded cupcakes…

Live music throughout the day : White Stuff ar providing a live acoustic band playing sets throughout the day on  3rd Augwhite stuff | nene local

The shop will have a kids area with balloons, kids packs and a face painter.

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White Stuff , Unit A13 Rushden Lakes Shopping Park, Rushden, Northants, NN10 6FS   

Opening on July 28th 2017 – if you can’t wait till then, the website is  Party day is August 3rd

House of Fraser – Opens Thursday 24th August

House of Fraser News

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House of Fraser, the UK and Ireland’s premium department store group, will be opening its first store at an out of town retail and leisure complex in late August.

The newly constructed department store will not only be House of Fraser’s first store to open in nearly nine years, it will also be the retailer’s first sustainable and green store. With 64,000 sq ft of retail space, House of Fraser will boast over 50 premium and high street brands.

As the retailer’s first green retail store with high environmental standards, House of Fraser at Rushden Lakes meets the BREEAM sustainable building certification. BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment scheme for buildings. It specifies requirements for the building and operations to maximize its performance in terms of energy and climate change, resource, water and waste management It also takes into account that the Rushden Lakes development is adjacent to protected natural habitats. House of Fraser has partnered with The Wildlife Trust BCN, who are managing these wildlife habitats. This is to ensure protection of the local biodiversity and share the experience with our customers.

The interior of House of Fraser at Rushden Lakes is designed to connect with the beautiful natural setting. It will include unique features such as a living wall which has air quality and wellbeing benefits.

Designed by the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, the living wall will be 6 metres wide and 8 metres tall spanning over two floors positioned next to the escalators. It will be home to more than 2,000 indoor plants including species such as the familiar Philodendron and more unusual plants like Chinese Evergreen.


The Rushden Lakes House of Fraser store opens on Thursday 24th August  with celebratory ice creams and candyfloss!

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Peterborough set to Host Environmental ‘Day Gathering’

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… Relinquish? What would it look like to begin to let go of the things we are used to having to gain a healthier life and planet?


Join Planet B’s event ‘Relinquishment: A Day Gathering’ on Friday 11th August, 10am-4.30pm, to explore ways in which we can adapt to the realities of climate change, and think in new ways about what this means for us and how we live.


Less of a conference, more of a gathering, with headline input from:


  • Tony Juniper (by film): campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading British environmentalist
  • Professor Dom Kniveton: Professor of Climate Science & Society – Geography, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, International Development
  • Maddy Harland: Editor and co-founder of Permaculture magazine


There will be a series of Open Space sessions, followed by lunch (provided), then World Café style sessions to encourage everyone to get involved and sharing their ideas. This FREE event offers childcare provision, plus participatory artwork from the Planet B artists.


‘Planet B’, a Green Festival 2017 initiative, is organised by the charity PECT, in partnership with Metal and The Green Backyard, and with funding from Arts Council England. Planet B aims to be both relevant within the local context of Peterborough, but also to engage with wider contemporary environmental thinking and developments. The two-week series of events will run from 29th July to 12th August.


The Day Gathering will be held at Anglia Ruskin University, Guild House, Oundle Road, Peterborough (PE2 9PW). The event will be followed by a tour of community garden The Green Backyard, and has been supported by Anglia Ruskin University.


To book your free place today, visit For more information about the full programme of events, call 01733 568408 or visit


Life’s a Beach in Wellingborough

It is hoped a ‘whale of a time’ will be had by all who visit the Wellingborough Beach when it returns this weekend.


Plenty of fun will be on offer to those who visit the town centre as part of the plans for the summer season when golden sand, buckets and spades and deckchairs will be set-up just off Market Street.


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


Visitors can try their hand at mini golf between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, August 5 and August 12, and those aged seven and over can enjoy a surf simulator complete with Hawaiian music, along with other games on Saturday, August 19, between 10.30am and 2.30pm.


As well as this, sand seekers can enjoy a photo wall for added entertainment. Sandcastle building will commence on Saturday, July 29 and run each day until Saturday, August 19 from 10am to 4pm.


John Cable, Executive Director of the BID, said: “We hope the sun will shine when the Wellingborough Beach arrives next Saturday. It’s one of the most popular annual activities from our events calendar and gives the children something to do during the holidays and the parents a welcome break.

“Not everyone will be able to get to the seaside this summer, so our very own beach extravaganza gives everyone the chance to feel sand between their toes. So, come on down, have a ‘whale of a time’ and get into the holiday spirit.”


Additionally, on the Market Square there will be free beach-themed entertainment paid for by the Borough Council of Wellingborough and NORSE, providing extra fun for all the family starting with a Punch and Judy Show on Saturday, July 29, from 10am to 2pm.

Council agrees Rushden East Master-Planning Vision

The vision for a new Sustainable Urban Extension that will provide good quality housing and employment within high quality and well-connected environments has been approved by East Northamptonshire Council.


Councillors endorsed the broad master-planning vision and objectives that will help create “new and distinctive neighbourhoods that will offer a high quality of life for all”.


Located to the east of Rushden and Higham Ferrers, beyond the A6 Liberty Way, the Rushden East Sustainable Urban Extension forms part of the council’s planning strategy and is included in the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS), which was adopted in July 2016.


The Sustainable Urban Extension  will “enhance the image of Rushden and Higham Ferrers and will be well-connected to and integrated with both towns.  It will contain around 2,500 new homes along with new employment, social and community facilities, and a high quality landscape setting that enhances biodiversity.”


The purpose of the development is to achieve sustainable development to meet rising population pressure which also helps to protect rural areas from over-development.


Steven North, leader of ENC explains:


“The eastern expansion of Rushden will build upon the existing strong sense of local community, and will help form a distinctive place, whilst ensuring that it appropriately integrates and connects with the existing towns of Rushden and Higham Ferrers.


“Rushden East will be a mixed-use development which offers a good balance of jobs, homes and local facilities that can be accessed by all. Good transport links, connections with Rushden and Higham along with high quality green space and infrastructure will make this a very desirable place to live, work and play.”


Rushden East will provide affordable and starter homes, homes for older people, larger executive homes, and opportunities for custom and self-build homes in an area where demand is high.


Councillors, officers and developers are working on a master-plan which will go out for consultation where the local community and stakeholders will have the chance to comment. The master-plan will describe how the new development will look and provide a structured approach to creating a clear and consistent framework for development.


The development is likely to be completed in the early 2030s and is currently being promoted by a development consortium which includes the Duchy of Lancaster, Barratts and Taylor Wimpey.