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Archive for: August 2017

Follow my LEADER to Rural Funding Event at East Northamptonshire Council

Two sessions at East Northamptonshire Council in Thrapston on Thursday, 28 September will explain how rural businesses can access European and other funding opportunities.


The sessions will run 10am – noon and 1-3pm and include networking opportunities as well one-to-one sessions with funding experts from LEADER, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, Northamptonshire Growth Hub and the council.


Business help and advice services will also be available and you can find out about the council’s new commercial initiative, Enterprising East Northants.


Su Davies, External Funding Manager at ENC explains: “This is a great opportunity to access funding and you can learn from the experts in the field.  We’re encouraging as many rural local businesses as possible to come along and find out more.  By the end of your session, you should have a draft stage one application to take away, enabling you to apply to either the LEADER Fund or the EAFRD Growth Programme.”


Grants can usually provide up to 40% of project costs and support a wide range of business development ideas, such as farm diversification, forestry projects, pubs and cafes, breweries and jam producers. Ring us if you’re not sure if you qualify.


Email Su Davies, or call on 01832 742191 to say which session you prefer to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Popular Festival Returns to the Nene Valley this Autumn

A festival which celebrates the unique heritage, wildlife and culture of the Nene Valley is back for its fourth year this autumn.

From 16 – 24 September, the Nene Valley Festival will present an eclectic programme of outdoor family events, guided tours, water pursuits, concerts, cycle rides, local walks, foodie events and much more!


Featuring over 75 events at key locations along the Nene Valley, from Northampton to Peterborough, the festival is a must for wildlife and culture lovers of all ages looking for inspiration, tranquillity and new experiences.

The Nene Valley Festival is being organised through the Destination Nene Valley (DNV) project, which is a key priority within East Northamptonshire Council’s new Enterprising East Northants initiative, the Council’s economic development plan for the district. DNV aims to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to a mixture of local, national and international audiences.

East Northamptonshire Councillor and Board Member for the Destination Nene Valley project, Sarah Peacock, said:

“Our programme has a strong active and outdoors focus for 2017. We want to inspire more people to connect with the wildlife and heritage of the Nene Valley and we hope that our residents and visitors will enjoy all the activities on offer this autumn.”

The Festival is one of the key projects within the Nenescape Landscape Partnership scheme, a heritage lottery funded scheme that works in partnership with organisations stretching along the River Nene, to conserve and protect its natural and built history.

Amanda Johnson, Nenescape Project Development Manager, said:

“The Nene Valley Festival is a wonderful celebration of everything that makes this beautiful stretch of countryside extraordinary. The Nenescape Landscape Partnership is thrilled to be supporting Destination Nene Valley with this annual event.”


Visit and follow @_nenevalley #nenevalley2017 on Twitter for up to date information on the festival programme.

Businesses ‘Switching on to Savings’ through Reduced Energy Usage

Small and medium sized businesses across the region have taken steps to improve their energy efficiency and cut costs, with help from the Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) programme.


Since the programme’s launch in spring this year, BEE has already supported 36 SMEs to help cut their carbon and identified over £200,000 in savings.


Using funding secured from the European Regional Development Fund, BEE offers a free service to help organisations identify energy saving opportunities. Businesses can also invest in capital projects that implement energy efficiency measures, with grants available up to a maximum of £20,000.


One of BEE’s recent beneficiaries, Web2market Ltd in Huntingdon, replaced its remaining traditional energy intensive fittings with LED lights following recommendations made by the programme. This has led to a predicted carbon reduction of 0.47 tonnes CO2e and estimated cost savings of over 10% in their energy bills.


Nigel White, Director at the company, explains: “Web2market has benefitted from the impartial energy advice and guidance provided by BEE. The analysis made financial decisions easier, ideas that we hadn’t thought of were evaluated and good suppliers were signposted. We carried out the work and are enjoying the benefits; recommended!”


Another beneficiary, Cambridge Sensotec, is estimated to see a carbon reduction of 9.9 tonnes CO2e and cost savings of £1,870: “The energy survey report was accurate and comprehensive and we are already in the process of actioning some of the recommendations,” says Mark Swetnam, Managing Director.


The project is being delivered by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), in partnership with Groundwork and Nwes.


BEE’s grant funding pot is limited and only available for a fixed period of time, so businesses are being encouraged to get in touch to find out if they are eligible sooner rather than later! To find out more and to register your interest, please visit, email or call 01733 882549.


New Community Centre Opens in Moulton

A brand new, purpose-built community centre has officially opened in the village of Moulton with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The £2.6 million centre includes a library, Forget me Not café, Little Acorns pre-school – which opens in September – and several halls and function rooms for hire.

The opening ceremony saw hundreds of local residents attend and Phyllis Wood, who at 91 is the village’s oldest resident, cut the ribbon on the new facility after a short speech by Cllr B Care MBE, Moulton Parish Council Chair.

Following the ribbon cutting, the two youngest pupils from Moulton Primary School – Alfie Higgs and Umbar Kaur-Parhar (both aged 4) – were presented with golden keys by Phyllis to lead everyone into the centre.

Jane Austin, Executive Officer of Moulton Parish Council, said: “This project has been years in the making for us. It is amazing to see it come to fruition and know that current and future residents of Moulton will get enjoyment from it.

Moulton Community Centre

“Our previous library was old and small – even though it was one of the busiest in the county – and had not grown along with the fast-growing population of Moulton. We have also needed a pre-school for some time now.


“The village of Moulton has a great, pro-active community and we wanted them to be involved in the official opening ceremony. Phyllis was born in Moulton and has lived here all her life. Seeing her give Alfie and Umbar keys was very much a symbolic handing over to the new and future generation of Moulton.


“We are really proud of this new facility and can’t wait to see it being used by people of all ages in the community.”

 Phyllis Wood cuts the ribbon with Alfie Higgs and Umbar Kaur-Parhar by her side

Phyllis Wood cuts the ribbon with Alfie Higgs and Umbar Kaur-Parhar by her side

The new Moulton Community Centre is situated on Sandy Lane and was commissioned by Moulton Parish Council. It was funded by a combination of a Public Works Loan Board loan for £2.25 million and a £400,000 capital investment by Northamptonshire County Council.


For more information on the new library or Moulton Community Centre, email


Rock legend, Ian Anderson, to give Christmas concert at Peterborough Cathedral

Rock legend Ian Anderson, of Jethro Tull fame, will be performing a Christmas concert at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm.


Ian Anderson is famed as the man who brought the flute to rock music and he has a large and enthusiastic fan base. He maintains a busy international touring schedule, which in recent years has concluded in December with a short series Christmas concerts in cathedrals.

Ian Anderson Band | nene local

Thanks to the musician’s generosity, the proceeds of these concerts goes entirely to the cathedral concerned. Ian Anderson is a self-professed non-believer, but nonetheless claims a huge affinity with the traditions of Christianity and this is his way of showing his support.


On 16th December at Peterborough Cathedral, he and his band will perform some of the more festive numbers from the prodigious Jethro Tull back catalogue, alongside other Christmas music and readings. There is also the promise of the odd surprise guest joining the line-up (guests at previous Christmas gigs have included the likes of Ade Edmondson, Marc Almond and Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden). Members of Peterborough Cathedral Choir will be making an appearance too.


It promises to be an evening with much good humour and good cheer. As Ian says: “The bringing together of people of all backgrounds, cultures and faiths in this way is possible, perhaps, only under the auspices of modern Christianity, especially the Anglican Church. So, if I can help to draw people in to these beautiful and historic buildings to savour just a little of the spirit of Christmas, it seems like a worthwhile effort.”


Tickets, at £35 and £27.50, are already selling fast. To get yours call Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336, or Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734, or buy online via

Ian Anderson Band | nene local

Jethro Tull was formed in 1968 and, with frontman Ian Anderson, has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide.


Look out for your Annual Canvass Form

East Northamptonshire residents will start to receive their annual canvass forms in the next few weeks.


East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is sending a letter, known as a Household Enquiry Form (HEF), to every home in the district.


The letter will be addressed to the occupier and will contain the details of all those in the household who are registered to vote. Residents are being asked to confirm that these details are correct.


If the details are correct, please confirm this online or by text, telephone or post.


If the details on the form are wrong, for example, someone has moved away or moved in, you need to let ENC know by either going online or completing the form and returning it by post.


The quickest and cheapest way to reply is online. Like last year, pre-paid envelopes will not be included with the forms.


The HEF is vital for local authorities to keep their electoral registers up-to-date. Not being registered can affect your applications for loans, mortgages and even mobile phone contracts. You will also lose the right to have your say at the ballot box.


Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said: “The annual canvass is an essential part of local democracy and we urge residents not to ignore the letter when it comes through their door. Anyone in the household can respond and it’s easier than ever to do so.”


The requested information is required by law. Not responding or providing false information on the form can result in a £1000 fine.


Residents who do not reply will be sent a reminder in September. If a reply has not been received by October, a canvasser will visit you to collect the information on your doorstep.


For more information about the electoral register visit

Wellingborough to get Community Spirit Boost with Town’s first WelliFest

A giant robot, a vintage car exhibition and a flower arranging competition are just some of the events people can expect at Wellingborough’s first community festival.


WelliFest is an art, music and culture event which will run from Friday, September 1 until Sunday, September 3 and has been created to celebrate all the town has to offer.

nene local | john cable

Community groups, shop owners, charities, business people and theatre groups have been urged to come together and participate using creative and unique ideas to bring more people to the town centre.


John Cable, Executive Director of Wellingborough Business Improvement District, which is organising the event, said: “Community spirit has always been firmly established in our glorious town and it’s important we maintain it by holding events, such as WelliFest.


“We’re always looking at ways to entertain locals and encourage people to visit Wellingborough. The weekend schedule is already jam-packed full of family fun, entertaining activities and amazing sights.


“It’s not too late to sign up to take part and we’re here to help with creative ideas should anyone wish to get involved. This is a great chance to not just promote our town, but also our local businesses, communities and charities. Nothing is too big, too small, too sane or too zany for WelliFest, so let’s pull together and make this event the best it can be.”

nene local  wellifest

Other confirmed activities include a giant jigsaw puzzle for visitors to take part in, several competitions, face-painting, a picnic in the park and live music in some of the pubs.

The Wellingborough BID is paid for by local businesses through its Discover Wellingborough campaign to attract more people to the town centre.

Local Care Company Celebrates 7 Years in Business

Local care company, Home Instead Senior Care East Northants, is celebrating their seventh successful year in business. Based in Wellingborough, Home Instead East Northants provides quality home care to people in the local community.

 7 years in business Mark and Rosina Darnell

The Home Instead Senior Care team, led by husband and wife team Mark and Rosina Darnell, deliver 13,500 hours of care per month for their 177 clients. Since the caring duo first opened their doors in 2010, they have delivered home care to over 800 clients.


Mark Darnell commented on reaching their 7th birthday and said: “Since we accepted our first client, our caring business has gone from strength to strength. Our fantastic team of caregivers provide care for many clients in their own homes across Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Wellingborough, and the surrounding areas of East Northamptonshire and North Bedfordshire.”


Mark continued, “We have a team of over 160 caregivers and 16 office staff, a dedicated and passionate group who are all committed to providing quality care to enable older people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. We are so proud of our team and we couldn’t have reached this milestone without their dedication and hard work.”


The home care company has also made an outstanding contribution to the local community over the past 7 years. Free family dementia workshops and talks on fraud prevention occur frequently throughout the year, and the care company is often raising funds for charities including Cransley Hospice, Alzheimer’s Society, British Heart Foundation, Headway East Northants, and Kettering General Hospital, just to name a few.


Rosina Darnell said, “It is really important for us to support charities that directly impact our clients in our own community. Many of our clients are living with dementia or other illnesses and the support these charities provide is invaluable. We look forward to continuing to support these charities and others in the years to come.”

7 years in business_Home Instead Team

7 years in business Home Instead Team

Home Instead Senior Care is an award winning national company which is changing the way care is delivered in the UK and is rapidly building a reputation as one of the UK’s leading care companies. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is totally flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information about the services Home Instead East Northants provide please call 01933 678775 or visit


Deodorant – Should You Give up Wearing it?

Deodorant – Is it bad for us?

If you’ve seen the news about deodorant recently you will know they are linked to cancer – OK so there is no great proof just yet on any of the ingredients, but if I’m going to rub/spray something on me so close to my main lymph glands – thereby giving it free access around my body, I think I’ll make some healthy changes….

deodorant aloe | nene local

My first change was to buy a deodorant stone, they are made from Potassium Alum and meant to be ultra-healthy to use.  However, to use one you need to be damp, and rub it onto your damp skin.  Not a problem but every time I got out of the shower, I forgot to rub my stone under my arms, so I’d dry myself in the bedroom, realise I’d forgotten my deodorant and just put on some Dove roll-on instead!

Dove in an antiperspirant, and therefor blocks the pores so you don’t sweat.

Aluminium-based compounds are the active ingredient in most antiperspirants. They work to block the body from sweating and research has suggested that these compounds are readily absorbed through the skin and have the capability of causing changes in oestrogen receptors. Aluminium exposure has also been linked to other health issues that affect the liver, kidneys and the brain. Although no clear link to breast cancer has been made, aluminium continues to be a possible risk factor while more studies are made.

I decided I needed the ease of a roll on that sat on my dressing table, but without the nasties….


Aloe Ever Shield is a deodorant rather than an antiperspirant so does not block any pores, it just kills of the odour making germs so you’re not wiffy!

deodorant aloe | nene local

It’s not a roll on but more of a hard gel stick, made with loads of Aloe Vera.  It won’t stain clothes.  What’s more, even if you’ve just shaved or waxed it won’t sting as there is no alcohol in the product either.

Where can I buy it?

It’s available in your local Forever Living Shop here AmbaScarlett Shop   at £6.31 – but that’s for a whopping 92g so it’ll last a good while.

Other Aloe Vera based items are available in the shop, just click on the menu down the left-hand side to take a look.  There is a small delivery charge if you order online, alternatively if you live in Thrapston, you can email me at Helen@ForeverLiving with your order and I will deliver to you free of charge.


Planning Applications: 04 August 2017 WEEKLY LIST

To add your comments to any planning applications – click on the ENC website or click the link below to go directly to the article you require.


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



17/01520/LBC (02/09/2017)

(LB/CA) (LBRegs)

Proposed replacement side door at Firtree Cottage 11 The Green Ashton PE8 5LD


17/01398/REM (02/09/2017)


Layout, scale, appearance, access and landscaping at Oundle Marina Barnwell Road Oundle PE8 5PB


17/01415/FUL (02/09/2017)


Proposed single storey side extension at 37 The Syke Brigstock   NN14

17/01481/LBC (02/09/2017)


Demolition of existing garage at 25 Benefield Road Brigstock NN14

17/01499/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Demolition of existing garage and erection of tandem garage and store at 25 Benefield Road

Brigstock  NN14 3ES


17/01518/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

First floor side extension at 16 Deenethorpe  NN17 3EP

Duddington With Fineshade

17/01483/FUL and 17/01484/LBC  (02/09/2017) (LB/CA)(LBRegs)

Removal of bay window and construction of single storey extension (Resubmission of

17/00290/FUL and 17/00291/LBC) at Home Farm High Street Duddington  PE9 3QE


17/01283/LBC (02/09/2017)


Due to the collapse of the existing roof structure the work is to renew roof structure and roof

covering to outside barn the roof covering will be like for like collyweston tiles at Blue Bell Inn 9

High Street Easton On The Hill  PE9 3LR

17/01411/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Two storey rear extension at 72 Stamford Road Easton On The Hill

17/01513/FUL (26/08/2017)


Steel portal framed agricultural storage building at Land At OP0103 TF5858 Cliffe Road Easton On The Hill


17/01508/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

New raised roof and extension to the first floor, new two storey extension to the rear, new single

storey extension to the rear, new porch and overcladding of the house. Replacement timber

workshop to front elevation. at Maple House Main Street Glapthorn  PE8 5BE


17/01538/FULand 17/01539/LBC  (02/09/2017)(LB/CA)(LBRegs)

To build a stone wall in the existing driveway to act as the new boundary between  Grade II Listed

Building, The Limes Farmhouse  and its ancillary detached  home office building.   Modify

vehicle access gates to the existing site entrance to create separate pedestrian and vehicle access. No increase in existing width. at The Limes Farm House Wakerley Road Harringworth

Higham Ferrers

17/01317/LBC (02/09/2017)


Install a stairlift to first floor at Town Hall Market Square Higham Ferrers NN10 8BT

17/01502/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Single storey extension to side and rear of property at 3 Swans Way Higham Ferrers NN10 8NF


17/01516/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Proposed conversion of former Pig Sty to Annex on land to be included within the curtilage of The

Stooks (host dwelling) at The Stooks Nene View Irthlingborough

17/01517/LBC (02/09/2017)


Proposed conversion of former Pig Sty to Annex on land to be included within the curtilage of The

Stooks (host dwelling). at The Stooks Nene View Irthlingborough


17/01536/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Erection of wall with railings and installation of gates to the boundary of the property

(Resubmission of 16/01594/FUL part retrospective) at 5 Pine Tree Court Islip

17/01584/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Demolition of garage, build workshop for domestic use at 87 Lowick Road Islip NN14 3JY

Kings Cliffe

17/01593/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Single storey rear garden room extension and single storey Utility room side extension. at 48A

Bridge Street Kings Cliffe  PE8 6XH


17/01335/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Retrospective planning for conversion of outbuilding to form a domestic annex at Keepers Lodge

Lilford  PE8 5SG


17/01324/FUL (02/09/2017) (Art8)

Demolition of existing sheds; Change of use from agricultural to plant nursery and retail site;

Erection of two polytunnels and sales building; Creation of new parking and associated access at

Site 909 Apethorpe Road



17/01485/FUL (02/09/2017)


Demolition of upvc conservatory and construction of new single storey rear extension with roof

terrace; alterations to front and rear elevation fenestration at Magnolia House Mill Road Oundle


17/01504/FUL (26/08/2017)


Erection of first floor extension with balcony above existing garage and single storey extensions to the rear of the dwelling at 7 Whitwell Close Oundle  PE8 4HD

17/01619/LBC (02/09/2017)


To add company signage to exterior of Grade II Listed Building at 6 North Street Oundle PE8 4AL


17/00939/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Dropped kerb to provide drive access. at 64 London Road Raunds  NN9 6EJ


17/01374/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Demolition of existing dwelling and outbuildings. Construction of new dwelling and associated

external works. at 1 Chelveston Road Raunds NN9 6DA


17/01099/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

To remove conservatory and to erect a  single storey rear extension at 61A Denford Road

Ringstead  NN14 4DF


17/00567/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Erection of agricultural building; 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 two containers, one to be used as a farm shop (part retrospective). at

Glebe Meadow Fishery Ditchford Lock Ditchford Lane Rushden  NN8 1RL

17/00718/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Erection of  Agricultural building for use as store and lambing barn (retrospective) at 315 Bedford

Road Rushden  NN10 0SQ

17/01277/FUL (02/09/2017)


Proposed 4 no residential units (previous application withdrawn) at 48 High Street South Rushden  NN10 0QX

17/01391/ADV (26/08/2017) (Info)

Proposed display of external non illuminated signs on existing building. at Storefirst Northampton

Brindley Close Rushden  NN10 6DB

17/01394/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Demolition of existing garages and erection of two single storey dwellinghouses. at Garages Rear

Of 15 St Marys Avenue Rushden

17/01413/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Erection of 1no. new 3-bed dwelling with off-street car parking at 255 Wellingborough Road

Rushden  NN10 9XN

17/01423/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Two storey side extension and removal of a single storey rear extension at 133 Westfield Avenue

Rushden  NN10 9RB


17/01439/ADV (02/09/2017)


Replacement pub signage as per schedule of signs (dated 11.7.17) at The Rose And Crown 73

High Street Rushden  NN10 0QE

17/01469/FUL (02/09/2017) (Art8)

Part demolition part retention and conversion of former print works with additional new houses and

flats to create 14 new residential dwellings at Printing Workshop Midland Road Rushden

NN10 9UJ

17/01478/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Conversion of integral garage to playroom at 5 Goodwood Road Rushden  NN10

17/01480/VAR (02/09/2017) (Art8)

Variation of condition to vary the approved drawings pursuant to 08/00595/FUL and

17/01208/AMD – Two three storey buildings to provide 9 one bedroomed flats and 22 two

bedroomed flats, plus parking, access and associated works at Former Garage Site Station Road

17/01491/FUL (02/09/2017)


Renewal of Planning Permission EN/10/01373/FUL to convert first floor into two flats at Barclays

Bank Chambers College Street Rushden  NN10 0NW

17/01507/FUL (02/09/2017)


Garage conversion at 10 Lime Street Rushden  NN10 6DA

17/01567/FUL (26/08/2017)


Construction of first floor extension over existing single storey garage and utility room: Demolish

existing conservatory and construct new garden room on identical footprint: Part conversion of garage into study at 29 Upper Queen Street Rushden  NN10 0BT


17/01291/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

Demolition of existing orangery and erection of two single storey rear extensions with balconies

above. Changes to ground floor rear central door and addition of 2 no. windows.  Replacement of

4 no. first floor windows with french doors leading to balconies. at Linden Hall Main Street Tansor


17/01479/FUL (26/08/2017) (Info)

The building of a new temporary steel framed building for warehousing measuring 10m x 10m at Plot 5 Haldens Parkway Thrapston  NN14 4QS

17/01496/VAR (26/08/2017) (Info)

Application Number 15/02183/FUL Demolition of existing garage and associated outbuildings and

construction of seven residential properties and associated external works and access decision date

01/02/2016 Variation of Condition 25 Plans – to include a timber shed for Plot 6 at 162 Oundle

Road Thrapston NN14 4PQ


17/01489/FUL (02/09/2017)


Erection of stone wall at Wadenhoe House Church Street Wadenhoe  PE8 5SR


17/01503/FUL (26/08/2017)


Installation of a portable changing room at Recreation Ground Peterborough Road Warmington



17/01424/FUL (02/09/2017)


Demolition of existing single storey side extension and the erection of a two storey side extension

at 43 Highfield Woodford  NN14 4HD


17/01506/FUL (26/08/2017)


Erection of detached garage and garden store with parking and turning area at The Yews 30

Orchard Lane Woodnewton  PE8 5EE