Archive for: October 2017

Join PECT for a new season of Forest for Peterborough tree planting events!

Join PECT for a new season of Forest for Peterborough tree planting events!

The project Forest for Peterborough, run by the environmental charity PECT, may have just planted its 100,000 tree, but it’s still got a way to go to achieve its ambition of planting one tree for every person living in the city.


Forest for Peterborough’s plan is to plant 180,000 trees by 2030, but it needs the support of volunteers to do so. If you can help the charity reach its goal and if you want to improve the local area around you, then drop in to some tree planting events between October and December 2017!


Tree Planting Events


  • 14th & 28th October, 10.30am-4pm
    Nene Valley Community Centre, Candy Street, Peterborough PE2 9RE


  • 11th November, 10.30am-4pm
    Sacrewell Farm, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ


  • Tree Giveaway – 14th & 15th November, 9am-4.30pm
    Morrisons, Bellona Drive, Stanground, Peterborough PE2 8GP


  • 18th November, 10.30am-4pm
    Grange Farm, Wittering Grange, Peterborough PE8 6NR


  • 25th November, 10.30am-4pm
    Nene Valley Community Centre, Candy Street, Peterborough PE2 9RE


  • 2nd & 9th December, 10.30am-4pm
    Sacrewell Farm, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ


  • 16th December, 10.30am-4pm
    Nene Valley Community Centre, Candy Street, Peterborough PE2 9RE


Event details correct at time of publication, please check before setting off.


Register your attendance with our project officer on 07715 372432 or simon.belham@pect.org.uk. Please wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work and sturdy footwear. All equipment will be supplied and no prior skills are required. All ages welcome.


With thanks to the support of Peterborough City Council and Viridor. For more information, visit www.pect.org.uk or call 01733 568408. Plus find PECT on Twitter @SustainableCity.



Community Fridge Project

Environmental charity PECT launches community fridge project in Peterborough to tackle food waste and help local residents.

In a bid to tackle high levels of food waste and to redistribute food to those most in need, the environmental charity PECT is launching a community fridge project in Peterborough this October.


Two community fridges and a freezer are being installed at easily accessible locations across the city, to enable local residents in need to access free food – sourced from farms, cafes, stores and supermarkets  – that would otherwise have gone to waste.


“Around £3 billion worth of food is wasted each year by the food industry,” explains PECT’s Communities Team Manager Karen Igho. “With this project we aim to supply local residents with surplus food to help ease deprivation, provide residents with access to nutritious ingredients, and to prevent food waste.”


Any member of the public can access the community hubs and their fridges to gain access to the excess or surplus food, which is collected and distributed by the new food waste community interest group Food for Nought. The aim is for the project to cut down on food waste and help ease pressure on residents who are struggling to afford to feed themselves and their families.


The first fridge will be located in WestRaven Community Café (Hampton Court, Westwood PE3 7LD), and there will be an official opening on Monday 30th October, at 10am. The final fridge and freezer will open in Gladstone Community Hub and one other location (to be confirmed) in the coming few weeks.


PECT was chosen to be a Sainsbury’s ‘Discovery Community’ as part of the supermarket’s ‘Waste Less, Save More’ campaign. The environmental charity has received funds to carry out a variety of activities across the city to tackle food waste.


‘Waste Less, Save More’ was launched by Sainsbury’s in 2015 to help combat the growing issue of food waste. Following a 12-month trial in Derbyshire, the retailer has unveiled a further £1 million investment to support 147 UK-wide projects – which includes this one in Peterborough.


The city has a strong network of organisations with the expertise, knowledge and passion to support food waste projects. ‘Waste Less, Save More’ brings PECT together in partnership with Cross Keys Homes, FoodCycle, Peterborough City Council, Public Health’s Healthy Schools programme and schools across the city.


For more details about PECT’s ‘Waste Less, Save More’ activities, visit www.pect.org.uk, email info@pect.org.uk or call 01733 568408.



Local Psychic Tracy Bayes reads for Nene Local Magazine

Local Psychic Tracy Bayes reads for Nene Local Magazine

This review for our local psychic and medium will be a bit topsy turvy.  Firstly, and most importantly below are all her details and costs.

Contact Local Psychic Tracey Bayes

Tracy Bayes is a Psychic Medium based in Kettering, her work takes her all over the world and to help people connect with their loved is a pleasure and a privilege. Tracy has been working professionally for 21 years. She is available for one to one readings and also demonstrations. She is also a reiki healer and humanistic counsellor. Working for spirit she provides a safe, welcoming and professional environment. please contact her on 07711240191 for appointments.
One to one readings are £40 (45mins). local psychic tracy bayes
Email or Skype readings £40.
One to one mentoring £25 per hour.

Group one to one readings (min 3 max 5) £30 per reading.
Group readings (read as a group) £20 per person present.
Angel card readings £40 (45mins).
Playing card readings £40 (45 mins).
Reiki treatment £25 (30 mins).


Her Facebook Page is  Spiritual Academy 2017.

Or call her on 07711240191.

Our appointment with local psychic Tracy Bayes

This is a tough one to write as of course I don’t want to give out any personal details.  Tracy began by saying how she would work, asking what type of reading I wanted, I chose to sample her mediumship.  She explained how the process worked and what I might expect.

Then she began.  I had various family members come through and although I personally am a believer, the descriptions of people were so accurate.  On three separate occasions she described a person to me and then said their actual name, which might make even the most hardened sceptic stop and think!

There were messages for me and also for a friend who lost her husband many years ago.  I never knew him, but the description as so accurate and she called him by his name, there could be no doubt.

The whole experience was surreal, in a good way!  I left feeling quite peaceful and happy.

If you are considering such an experience then I would highly recommend Tracy.  You will need to book in advance as she is hugely popular (of course!).

How about treating someone to a gift voucher? Click the Voucher for more details.Local Psychic  tracy gift voucher


Thrapston Library – Your Donations Help

Thrapston Library – Your Donations Help

Thrapston Library – Donations Wanted for Thrapston Library Christmas Lights Open Day – a request from library staff…

“Do you have any unwanted Books that are in very good/nearly new condition? If so would you consider donating to Thrapston Library for our “Nearly New” book sale on Saturday 25th November?

We are looking in particular for good condition adult and child fiction books.  These can be handed in anytime from now up until Fri 24th November.


The book sale and raffle will be part of the Thrapston Christmas Lights Festival – held every year on the last Saturday in November.  The streets will be lined with stalls and lots of happy children will be waiting to see Father Christmas and the big lights switch on!

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Raffle at Thrapston Library

The staff would also be grateful for any donations of Raffle Prizes for the Prize Draw which will take place on the Open Afternoon.


If anyone could donate a bottle, some chocolates, or any other new gift for the Thrapston Library raffle please drop into the library.


From the Library Team

“We can’t run these events without the support of our local community and businesses.

Thank you so much for your support.

Sandra, Donna and the team at Thrapston Library.”


Virtual Assistant sits down to Chat with Nene Local

Virtual Assistant sits down with Nene Local

Virtual Assistant, Elizabeth Wright, popped into the Nene Local office to talk about her business, Admin and More on Thursday. The interview covered how Admin and More operated, and Elizabeth’s reasons for starting.

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What is Admin and More?

Admin and More is a virtual assistant, where business and companies can have help with managing their business. It aids with administration, social media and websites.

Starting the business

Elizabeth first started her business in June 2016, but most of the first year was (ironically) setting up all her admin. The business first started rolling in April 2017, where she first started getting her clients.


Having been in the charity fundraising sector for 15 years, Elizabeth was already familiar with administration. A friend of her noticed how proficient she was at it, and suggested that she should start her own business. This recommendation, coupled with the desire for a change of direction, convinced Elizabeth to set up Admin and More. She believes that had she stayed in that sector, she probably would’ve had that job for the rest of her working life.

“It’s my calling”

Coming out of stable employment is always difficult and stressful, wondering where the next pay check is coming from, but now that Elizabeth has a steady stream of clients she says that it has now become very enjoyable. ‘It brings a lot of freedom, now that I have the power to choose what work I want to do’.

Another change in scenery?

I asked Elizabeth if she would ever consider changing jobs again, and for now at least, that was a resounding no. She told me that her business as opened so many avenues for her, and that she has learnt an abundance of new skills. “I’ve met so many good people doing this, and I’ve managed to explore so many things I had never dreamt of beforehand.”

Always improving

The most important thing in business is from learning from what little mistakes you make. And this is certainly the case for Elizabeth. She told a story about taking on a job for only the money, despite knowing it wasn’t the right thing to do. It was only until after the whole thing had spiralled out of control was when she pulled out of the project. She told me that she now goes by the mantra of going with your gut feeling, and it has helped her ever since.

Balancing work

The danger of being a business that supports a multitude of other businesses is being bogged down with too much work. Elizabeth manages this by outsourcing with local associates, so work is rarely turned down. She allocates 40 hours a week so that she isn’t overwhelmed by work.

Harsh lessons produce satisfying results

However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Admin and More. Elizabeth told me that starting up a new business is one of the most stressful things someone could do. You are responsible for everything, from recruiting, accounts and marketing. If you’re not on top of things, work will carry over and form a vicious cycle. She stated the importance of understanding personal limits. Since August, Elizabeth has felt more comfortable and in control, but as with everything in life, that didn’t come easily to her.

Big stakes

The biggest business Admin and More is partnered with is based in Northampton. With a turnover of £¼ million, it is imperative that things are conducted in a professional manner.

The person behind the business

There is a risk of being controlled by your work, but this is not an issue for Elizabeth. In her down time she likes to go on bike rides, watch light TV and she enjoys a good book.

virtual assistant

Admin and More

Tel: 01933 428151

Email: contact@adminandmore.co.uk

Website:  www.adminandmore.co.uk

To find out about Admin and More’s Christmas Gift idea – click on GIFT OF TIME


Admin and More offers the Gift of Time

Admin and More offers the Gift of Time

Admin and More is offering an inventive solution to the often-tricky problem of Christmas Gift giving…


“The day you learn about the value of time. You will be able to utilize it for your betterment and you will know where you are wasting this precious gift”  Anurag Prakash Ray [Quote sourced by Admin and More]


There’s one gift that’s more valuable than anything bought in a shop; more appreciated by its recipient than anything wrapped in pretty paper, and sure to be remembered for years to come. The best part: giving it won’t require a trip to the store, harm the environment, violate workers’ rights, contribute to the commercialisation of our holidays, or clutter the recipient’s home.


What is this fabulous gift?   The gift of time.


How can Admin and More offer you more time?   Do you know anyone who might be running a business, or running a household or involved with lots of organisations who might be struggling to fit in all their commitments?


Business owners might stay up late working on their admin tasks, they might not be able to realise future opportunities due to lack of time.  Maybe they’ve never thought about reaching out for additional support.


If you know a business person who sounds like this, you can offer the gift of time—instead of presents. Non-business people could also benefit as Admin and More can collate photographs, book travel arrangements, do research, book appointments and other every day admin tasks


You can even make it formal by giving the recipient a handmade certificate for specific services, such as the following:


Gift Vouchers


Standard – £225.00 – 10 hoursvirtual assistant admin and more | nene local

Professional – £400.00 – 20 hours

Executive – £750.00 – 40 hours

Database – £250.00

Speakers – £225.00

GDPR – £250.00



Where can I buy the Gift of Time


Admin and More

Tel: 01933 428151

Email: contact@adminandmore.co.uk

Website:  www.adminandmore.co.uk

Rushden Lakes Visitor Centre – Nene Wetlands

Rushden Lakes events at the Nene wetlands Visitor Centre


Creatures of the Night Spooky Hallowe’en Trail – 21st October – 29th October

Drop in to the Nene Wetlands’ Visitor Centre, pick up a trail sheet and discover the spooky super powers of the Nene Wetlands’ nocturnal creatures. £1 per sheet

Lovely Leaves – 21st October

Drop in to the Visitor Centre, learn about autumn in the Nene Wetlands and make a stained glass leaf to take home. Drop in session | 10am-4pm | £3 per child


‘Halloween Spooktacular’ Part 1  – 27th October

Decorate a ceramic tea light holder and find out more about nocturnal creatures on a night-time guided walk. Don’t forget to dress up and bring your torch! Booking essential | 4-6pm | £7.50 per chil

‘Halloween Spooktacular’ Part 2- 28th October

See Halloween Spooktacular part 1.
Booking essential | 7-9pm | £7.50 per child

Halloween at the Rushden Lakes Visitor Centre – 29th October

Join us in the Visitor Centre and make Halloween owls and bats to take home. Drop in session | 10am-4pm | £3 per child


October November December 2017 timetable

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Planning Applications: 06 October 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:



17/01977/FUL (28/10/2017)


Re-roofing concrete tiled roof with new bradstone tiles.  Replacing a small section of Collyweston

slate with new bradstone tiles. at The Courtyard 2 Manor Farm Apethorpe  PE8


17/01905/FUL (28/10/2017)


Replacement timber framed window to ground floor elevation. Increased width from 1200mm to

1480mm at 6 Stable Hill Brigstock   NN14 3HN

17/01906/LBC (28/10/2017)


Replacement timber framed window to  ground floor elevation of Grade II Listed Building.Increased width from 1200mm to 1480mm at 6 Stable Hill Brigstock


17/01991/LBC (28/10/2017)


Works to strip existing water reed thatch from main roof (more than 60 years old) and fully re-thatch

in water reed: Essential repairs.

Additional section of rear extension to have corrugated sheet roof stripped and thatched to match. at Top Farm House Main Street Bulwick

17/02025/LBC (28/10/2017)


Replacement of existing rainwater gutter and downpipe to the front elevation with matching

materials – layout adjusted to enable dormer windows to be opened. at Mill House Main Street

Bulwick   NN17 3DY


17/01910/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Two-storey side extension and alterations at 28 Duchy Close Chelveston NN9 6AW


17/01934/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Single storey side extension at 19 Main Road Collyweston PE9 3PF


17/01929/FULand 17/01930/LBC  (28/10/2017)(LB/CA)(LBRegs)

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

Stamford Road Easton On The Hill  PE9 3NS

17/01942/FUL (28/10/2017)


Alterations, renovation and  extensions to the main house (listed asset). Renovation, extension and conversion of 2 existing barns. Sub division of existing plot into 3 smaller plots by means of park rail fencing and hedges. Forming of new site access to serve converted barns and paddocks beyond at 37 West Street Easton On The Hill PE9 3LS

17/02021/LBC (28/10/2017)

(LBRegs) (LB/CA)

Replace and relocate central heating boiler system. Remove existing conventional heating boiler and replace with new efficient Combi style boiler and associated works. Boiler to be relocated to different room due to size constraints at 58 High Street Easton On The Hill


17/01925/VAR (21/10/2017) (Info)

Removal of condition 3  and 4 pursuant to application 04/0338/FUL -Change of use from

agricultural buildings to food processing, office, storage and education at Bottom Farm Buildings And Land Brook Street Hargrave  NN9 6BP

17/02000/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

New Fence Railings to Boundary Wall at Loakes Farmhouse Brook Street Hargrave  NN9 6BP

17/02001/LBC (28/10/2017)


New Fence Railings to Boundary Wall at Loakes Farmhouse Brook Street Hargrave NN9 6BP

Higham Ferrers

17/01853/FUL (21/10/2017)(Info)

Demolition of existing detached outbuilding and erection of 1 detached dwelling with garage. at 3 Stanwick Road Higham Ferrers  NN10 8JG

17/01854/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Replacement and re-positioning of existing fencing to front of property  built to same specification

as existing, replacement fence to extend out over existing border retaining a small grass area to

allow for visibility splay. at 38 Ullswater Close Higham Ferrers  NN10

17/01938/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Two-storey side extension at 100 Northampton Road Higham Ferrers NN10 8AN

17/01941/FUL (28/10/2017)


Change of use to B1 and A3. Central distribution centre for Bewiched Coffee, food storage, basic food prep, coffee roasting will take up 66% of the floor space. Small coffee shop to front taking up 34% of the floor space. at 20 High Street Higham Ferrers NN10 8BL

17/01988/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Ramp and level threshold to include handrail to both sides of ramp and platform at 66 Elizabeth

Way Higham Ferrers NN10 8JR

Kings Cliffe

17/01921/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Single storey rear extension and minor internal alterations. at 54 West Street Kings Cliffe PE8 6XA

17/01922/LBC (28/10/2017)


Single storey rear extension and minor internal alterations. at 54 West Street Kings Cliffe PE8 6XA

17/02012/FUL (28/10/2017)


Construction of 65m x 35m menage. at Land South Of Hall Farm Hall Yard Kings Cliffe


17/01996/FUL (28/10/2017)


Oak framed pool house and new garage (retrospective) at Stafford Knott House Main Street Laxton

NN17 3AT

17/01997/LBC (28/10/2017)


Oak framed pool house and new garage (retrospective) to outbuildings at Grade II Listed

dwellinghouse at Stafford Knott House Main Street Laxton  NN17 3AT



17/01903/FUL (28/10/2017)


Retrospective application for lowering an existing stone garden wall with modified stone copings

and the replacement of the garden gate and posts at The Gascoigne Building 3 North Street Oundle PE8 4AL

17/01904/LBC (28/10/2017)


Lowering an existing stone garden wall with modified stone copings and the replacement of the

garden gate and posts at The Gascoigne Building 3 North Street Oundle

17/01962/VAR (21/10/2017) (Info)

Variation of condition 2 -external appearance pursuant to planning permission 16/01837/FUL

dated   Erection of two storey front and side extension, single storey rear extension and partial

garage conversion. at 1 Seymour Place Oundle  PE8 4QB


17/01757/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Installation of perimeter fencing and vehicle access gates (part replacement of existing fence and

gates). at Avenue House Enterprise Road Raunds  NN9 6JE

17/01951/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Two storey rear extension, additional two windows and door in front elevation at 35 Rotton Row

Raunds   NN9 6HU


17/01856/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Single and two storey front extension at 18 Larkhill Rushden  NN10 6BG

17/01949/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Single Storey Rear Extension with External Access Ramp at 54 The Hedges Rushden NN10 6DN

17/01976/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

To convert one half of an existing double garage into a family room at 15 Ballantyne Road Rushden  NN10 9FJ


17/01712/REM (21/10/2017) (Info)

Reserved Matters – Appearance, Landscaping, Scale  and Layout  pursuant to planning permission

15/02190/OUT dated 1.2.16  Outline application: Single detached dwelling (all matters reserved except Access) at Land Adjacent 51 West Street Stanwick  NN9 6QY


17/01898/FUL (28/10/2017)


Installation of new roof to existing building, and erection of single storey side extension including

new access and car parking (resubmission of 16/01635/FUL) at Land Rear Of 22 And 23

Cottingham Way Thrapston  NN14 4PL

17/01907/FUL (28/10/2017)

(LB/CA) (Art8)

Change of roof material from lead to Terne Coated Stainless Steel on Vestry roof at St James

Parish Church Church Walk Thrapston  NN14 4NP

17/01913/FUL (21/10/2017)


Single storey rear and side extension at 82 Oundle Road Thrapston


17/01849/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Demolition of existing conservatory, erection of two storey rear extension, replacement of front entrance door with additional glazed side panels and replacement of existing UPVC cladding to dormer, eaves and soffits and installation of roof window to rear elevation. at 8 North Street Titchmarsh NN14 3DH


17/01758/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

Single-storey rear extension, addition of a chimney to rear elevation and replacement and

reduction in size of front window. at 14 School Lane Warmington

17/01999/FUL (21/10/2017) (Info)

New dwelling to rear of property at 21 Big Green Warmington  PE8


17/01891/FUL (28/10/2017)


Dismantle, rebuild and widen existing bridge over mill stream. at Yarwell Mill Mill Road Yarwell