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Aladdin Plays to a Packed House in Thrapston

A team of young people and their volunteer adults are celebrating after their successful pantomime production of “Aladdin” played to packed audiences.

The Thrapston Dreamers group of nearly 50 young people took to the stage of the town’s Plaza Centre to perform their take on the pantomime classic earlier this month.

“The shows were another great example of so many individuals and groups in our town pulling together to come up with a community event that we feel was very well received,” said show producer Lindsay Latimer. “Our thanks go to all of our performers, backstage crews and volunteers; to the businesses and groups that supported us; to the parents of our members for their help and encouragement; and to our audiences for their enthusiastic support and for joining in the panto fun so willingly,” she added.

The success of “Aladdin” follows welcome news that the group has been awarded a £1,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which invited shoppers in local stores to vote for deserving good causes to receive funding from the sale of plastic bags.

“We make no charge for children to take part in Dreamers. Financing our shows is dependent on fundraising activities, support from local businesses and from grants, such as one from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, so we are very grateful for its help,” said Lindsay. “I know how much the Dreamers will appreciate the funding from this scheme and the additional equipment for our productions that it will buy.”

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Dreamers Newspaper cast

The Dreamers team would also like to thank the organisers of Thrapston Farmers’ Market, who have kindly agreed that the stall rent from this month’s market – on the  morning of Saturday, 3rd March – will be donated to the group.

Preparations are already underway for the Dreamers’ next performance of “Space Wars”, which will be staged in July. Registration for existing and new members is now open until Saturday, 10th March; please use the “Contact Us” at the Dreamers’ website at for more information or email


Planning Applications: 16 February 2018 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:


18/00175/LBC and 18/00252/FUL (17/03/2018)(LBRegs)(LB/CA)

External and Internal repairs/restoration works (as set out in Design, Access and Heritage Statement  dated Sept 2017) at Manor Farm House Main Street Lower Benefield


18/00198/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Demolition of existing double garage and erection of tandem garage/garden store  for domestic

use. Resubmission of application number 17/01499/FUL at 25 Benefield Road Brigstock


18/00199/LBC (10/03/2018) (Info)

Replacement of existing windows and French doors at Brook House 30 Main Street Bulwick NN17 3DY


18/00188/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Single storey rear extension plus side extension at Cherry Tree House Main Street Hemington


Higham Ferrers

18/00113/LBC (17/03/2018)


Remove and replace fascia sign at 4A Market Square Higham Ferrers

NN10 8BP


18/00154/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Demolition of existing single storey garage and construction of a two-storey side and single-storey

rear extension at 2A Roland Way Higham Ferrers  NN10 8EQ


18/00185/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Conversion of garage to habitable accomodation at 6 Jennings Close Higham Ferrers NN10 8NG


18/00189/ADV (17/03/2018)


Two signs mounted on poles to advertise a business premises at Atlanta House Midland Road

Higham Ferrers  NN10 8DN


17/02584/FUL (17/03/2018)


Temporary planning application for the proposed site compound (compromising Canteen/Drying

Room, Site Office/Meeting Room, Storage Container, Toilet and Parking)  which is to serve the

adjacent development site (16/02336/FUL). Permission required until March 2019 only.

(Retrospective) at Former Factory Site Church Street Irthlingborough


18/00092/FUL (17/03/2018)


Erection of 8 no. two bedrooms extra-care apartments, in grounds of  the existing residential care

home at Abbott House New Residential Care Home Glapthorn Road Oundle


18/00093/FUL (17/03/2018)


Single storey extension to existing no.40 bed care home to create no.20 additional bedrooms and

associated ancillary spaces at Abbott House New Residential Care Home Glapthorn Road Oundle PE8 4JA


18/00279/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Demolish existing linked outbuilding (kitchen) and conservatory. Construct single storey extension to side and rear at 39 Gordon Road Oundle  PE8 4LD


18/00207/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

First floor extension above existing garage and kitchen – re submission of application number

17/00222/FUL at 12 Marshalls Road Raunds NN9 6ET


17/02429/FUL (17/03/2018) (Info)

Two storey side extension to provide a 3 bay garage and study above at 101 Wellingborough Road Rushden  NN10 9YL


17/02490/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Installation of dropped curb to front of property at 40 Bedford Road Rushden


18/00145/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Adding an outer skin of blockwork and render to a section of the existing garage/store. Adding

double doors and removing large commercial doors at 133 High Street South Rushden


18/00168/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Change of use of existing residential property to a house of multiple occupation with 7 bedrooms for use as a supported housing hostel for women with associated office space for staff and project use within existing office/business space at 124 Wellingborough Road Rushden


18/00182/ADV (10/03/2018) (Info)

Erection of 1 no. Illuminated logo sign , 1 no. Aluminium back panel, 1 no. Internally illuminated

projecting sign, 2 no. window signs at 83 High Street Rushden  NN10 0NZ


18/00190/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Demolition of existing single storey side extension and erection of two storey side extension at 99

Park Avenue Rushden  NN10 9NR


18/00209/VAR (17/03/2018)


Variation of conditions 4 and 7 to allow re-siting of two previously approved park homes through

changes to the layout of the park following the demolition of two garage blocks pursuant to

EN/81/0557 – Extension to existing mobile home park, 25 mobile home bases, garaging, parking

and roadsat Kingsmead Park Ltd Kingsmead Park Bedford Road Rushden


18/00235/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Conversion of garage to habitable accommodation, side extension linking the existing house and

garage and first floor front extension above existing office. at 5 Tintagel Close Rushden


18/00237/ADV (10/03/2018) (Info)

1No. Fascia with built up Five Guys lettering: 1No. Faux neon milkshake sign: 1No. Faux neon

open sign: 1No. Externally illuminated projecting sign at Unit 3 West Terrace Rushden Lakes

Rushden  NN10 6FT


18/00246/ADV (10/03/2018) (Info)

One Illuminated Fascia Signage to front entrance: One Illuminated Signage to rear of building

facing at Unit 1B South Terrace Rushden Lakes Rushden  NN10 6FS


18/00260/FUL (10/03/2018) (Info)

Two-storey side extension at 53 Balmoral Avenue Rushden  NN10 0BE


18/00280/FUL (17/03/2018) (Info)

Part single storey and part 2 storey rear extension, two storey side extension and application of

render to all existing first floor elevations. at 2 Prospect Avenue Rushden  NN10


18/00284/OUT (10/03/2018) (Info)

Outline Planning permission for single detached dwelling and garage (all matters reserved) at

Stables 123 Northampton Road Rushden  NN10 6AR


17/02450/FUL (17/03/2018)


Change of use and extension of Car Barn into 1 single dwelling at 25 – 26 Main Street

Sudborough  NN14 3BX


18/00088/LBC (17/03/2018)


Proposed flue terminal at 64A High Street Thrapston  NN14 4JH


18/00100/FUL and 18/00102/LBC (17/03/2018) (LB/CA)(LBRegs)

Single storey extension to rear of Grade II Listed dwellinghouse .    First Floor loft extension over

existing detached timber garage with single storey extension to provide studio and garden room

with roof terrace over.  Alteration to front stone wall  at 25 Main Street Woodnewton PE8 5EB


Celebrating Business Women along the Nene Valley

Whilst browsing Facebook this week I came across this extract from a 1950’s home economics book. Scarily the 1950’s are not that long ago!

women in business

2018 sees celebrations of 100 years of womens suffrage – 100 years since some British women were first guaranteed the right to vote. The Representation of the People Act was made in February 1918, eventually paving the way for universal women’s suffrage in the country.

This year has been an exciting year for us here at Nene Local, as we’ve taken on Alex lloyd from Prince William School in Oundle to help with his work experience.  Each week he’s been writing articles on local business people.

As our own celebration – Today we’re sharing all the business women’s stories he has written, click the link to read their story;

Elizabeth Wright – Admin and More

Mary Coulson – Mary Coulson Studios

Caroline Prout – Inspired to Change Hypnotherapy

Alison Sethna – Little Seeds Antenatal Classes

Rhona Rowland – VSH Law

Dani Spence – Wellingborough Wills

Helen Smith – Crescita HR & OD

Lesley Clarke – Lesley Clarke Style Advisor

Julie Futcher – The Sales Manager

The Sales Manager: Taking the Fear Out of Sales

Nene local sat down with Julie Futcher, owner of The Sales Manager, a company dedicated to helping people overcome the fear of selling their products to customers whether it be face to face or over the phone.

The Sales Manager Ltd currently has two divisions, Sales training and Telemarketing with a third, Sales Recruitment, to be launched later this year. They specialise in helping business owners increase revenue by helping them to overcome their fear of sales and/or improve their sales skills.  For larger businesses, training can be carried out in-house with follow up sessions available to help embed training.  If the thought of making business development calls is too much then the Telemarketing Team can help with packages from as little as one hour per week.

the sales manager

“How can you expect someone to succeed when they haven’t been given proper training?”

Having created the business three years ago, and with a substantial 23 years of recruitment sales experience beforehand, Julie is well qualified to help.  She wanted to help small businesses understand that sales isn’t about being aggressive but about building relationships, trust and understanding customer problems. She wanted to train them on how to achieve that and win more business.  For larger business she wanted to help and support the business owner, who may not have a sales background,  get the most from their sales team.   Julie told me “Throughout my career, I have seen businesses recruit in-experienced sales people and expect them to hit the ground running.  How can you expect someone to succeed when they haven’t been given proper training?”  Julie believes that if you provide the right training and support, sales people, who have a hunger to succeed, will!

Julie has found that some clients fear the word ‘sales’. They feel like they must conform to the stereotypes of salespeople by being pushy and ‘in your face’ and to sell the product without any regard to the customer’s needs. People also shy away from the idea of cold calling. Julie reinforces the idea that to be a successful salesperson you need to be able to develop a relationship with and understand the client.  Julie said “In today’s world, the best salespeople listen to a customers needs and present a solution to the problem.  I strongly believe that Sales Departments should be renamed to Problem Resolution Departments as this is an extremely important skills to have in sales”.

Workshops are run regularly for people who need  would like to learn how to sell or improve their sales skills. Prices range from £85 to £250.  For medium to large companies, on-site training is available and for more information on this or the Telemarketing service, contact:


the sales manager

The Sales Manager

01604 532004

Facebook: @TheSalesManager

Twitter: @ScaredofSales


Chilli Festival Set to Bring Heat to Wellingborough

Sizzling snacks and eye-watering spices will be on the menu at this year’s Pop-Up Chilli Fiesta set to hit Wellingborough next month.


The hotly anticipated free event, which is bound to set tastebuds on fire, will take place on Saturday, February 24, at the Tithe Barn between 11am and 5pm.


Chilli producers from all over the UK will showcase their products, including sauces, jams, pastries, pickles, dips and even drinks.


It has been organised by Discover Wellingborough, the town’s Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by town centre businesses.


John Cable, Manager of the Wellingborough BID, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to host another chilli event. Last year we didn’t have one and it was hugely missed by all the chilli lovers of Wellingborough and beyond, which is why we’ve brought it back.


“We’re always looking at ways to spice up the town centre events calendar and we’re sure this chilli event is going to crank up the heat in Wellingborough this February.”


A wide range of fierce mouth-watering chilli-based products will be available to buy on the stalls as well as the chance for people to learn more about the ingredient and all its health benefits.


It can help prevent type 2 diabetes, boost immunity and prevent stomach ulcers.


Discover Wellingborough is supporting popular local charity, Chelsea’s Angels, which will be present on the day.


The local charity raises money for Neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. The organisation was named after a little girl who was diagnosed with the condition in 2007, aged just two.



Peterborough’s Green Festival Relocates to Nene Park for 2018!

The city’s annual Green Festival – one of the longest running and biggest environmental events in the whole of the UK – is set to move to a new venue for 2018!

Green Festival

The charity PECT, who organises the event, is delighted to announce that this year the event will be held at the popular family-friendly location of Ferry Meadows, in Nene Park.


In addition, this year the event will take place over a two-day period: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August, from 10am-4pm. Plus fringe events with partners will run until 19th August, meaning there’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved.


“2018 marks the 25th year of PECT’s work as an environmental charity,” explains PECT’s Stuart Dawks. “We decided that this was the perfect opportunity to team up with Nene Park, which is celebrating its 40th birthday in the same year, because we know this fantastic green location means so much to local residents.”


PECT was launched as ‘Peterborough Environment City Trust’ in 1993, after Peterborough’s designation in 1992 as one of four UK environment cities after a nationwide competition. Nene Park Trust became a charity in 1988 when the Peterborough Development Corporation wound down and the importance of protecting Nene Park was recognised.


Matthew Bradbury, Chief Executive at Nene Park Trust, said: “We are delighted to host this year’s Green Festival and to be working even more closely with our friends at PECT. Nene Park is the ideal location for the festival and we hope that you will all come and enjoy the activities and, of course, the Park.”


Bringing together attractions, community groups, charities and businesses, the Green Festival offers plenty of fun for the whole family. The event encourages visitors to discover how to live more sustainably and to develop long-term behaviour change. Areas of focus include everything from sustainable transport, recycling, locally and sustainably produced food, and nature and biodiversity.


There are lots of opportunities for audience participation, and the Festival also includes exciting environmental-themed art works by local artists who are specially commissioned to highlight sustainability issues in innovative and engaging ways. PECT is delighted to have been awarded Arts Council England funding for this.

To keep up to date on what PECT is up to, visit or see Twitter and Facebook @SustainablePECT, and Instagram @sustainable_pect. If you’d like to get involved with organising an activity as part of this year’s festival, please email For further details about Nene Park visit

Trends for Spring/Summer 2018 – Florals, Pastels and Sequins!

What should we be looking out for on the High Street as the season’s shift? It’s all well and good reading about the influx of all shades of lilac as the predominate pastel colour for S/S 2018 and the popularity of transparent fabric, tulle, plastic and silk but the real question is ‘how can I update my wardrobe with minimum spend and effort so you can be seen as ‘stylish’, not a slave to fashion?’


Filtering through these trends to end up with a S/S wardrobe that feels contemporary, age appropriate and effortless in no mean feat.


So what should you be doing?


Here are some trend guidelines to help you decide:


Pastels – think Neapolitan ice-cream! Pale hues of yellow, purple, green and pink – there’s definitely a colour for everyone. Remember if you’ve got a warm skin tone aim for the warmer tones and if you’ve got a cool skin-tone opt for the icier versions of these colours. The biggest challenge is if you have autumn colouring – go for purple instead of lilac and the yellow/greens.


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     From Mint Velvet and Other Stories


Sequins – and metallic day wear – it’s no longer just for that party occasion. However, for a ‘day look’ play it down with something casual, for example, sweat top and trainers.

Transparent fabrics – what’s your best feature? If you’ve got great arms then you’ll want to think about a sheer fabric for your sleeves or if you’ve got a shapely pair of pins perhaps it’s the skirt option (with cycling shorts underneath because they’re also on the trend list!). I guess the plastic trend is at least perfect for our British weather. Oh and perhaps I should mention here that the trench coat also hit the list!



TopShop £79 Mac



Feathers and fringing – these have had a festive reincarnation, but this will continue throughout spring. Ruffles are also in and these can create a feminine feel but don’t go overboard on this one if you’ve got angular features – it won’t suit you if you’ve got a straight body-line or angular face.


Dresses – these will reign over jeans and work so well with the feminine trend of the pastels and floaty fabrics and if you’ve already got one in a floral print you’re well on your way.



french connection

French Connection


Polka dots, especially black and white – a great trend if you’ve got curvy features, for example, in your face shape and bodily contours. It can be a very striking and dynamic look.

Selection from Asos and Zara 


Zara silk polka dot blouse £69.99

Zara silk polka dot blouse £69.99

Zara spotty trousers £39.99

Zara spotty trousers £39.99

Asos maxi dress £30

Asos maxi dress £30

Square necklines – if you’ve got an angular face and an hourglass figure or have a generous bust this is your neckline! (Not so good for pear-shaped or straight bodies).


Single shoulder/asymmetric necklines – the perfect way to draw the eye to distract from other bodily features so think about this style if you’ve got good shoulders and possibly an apple body shape.
As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need my help!

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Northamptonshire Firm Sees Official Opening of its Latest Building Project

A Northamptonshire company has seen the official launch of its latest project after working with the London Borough of Havering to create a new community centre. James Scott (MD) and Kevin Howard (Capital Projects Surveyor - LB of Havering).

Scotts of Thrapston, specialists in the manufacture and installation of bespoke timber framed buildings, were behind the new Sapphire Jubilee Centre – a carbon neutral building serving residents in the London Borough.

Richard Jarvis, spokesman for Scotts of Thrapston, said: “Our brief was to build a building that was extremely versatile and would be of benefit to a wide cross-section of the community. Sustainability and appearance were also important, both externally and internally.

“Our in-house architect worked closely with the council to offer a complete ‘turnkey’ service from concept to completion. Scotts designed, engineered, manufactured and installed the building to meet the required deadlines.”

Features of the super-insulated building include harvested rainwater to flush all the toilets and service an outside tap for watering plants, while the hot water and heating has a Ground Source Heat Pump, served by boreholes in the ground.

Councillor Damian White, Deputy Leader of Havering Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to fully hand over this fantastic new facility to the community of Collier Row and wider Havering. The pre-fabricated design of this centre meant construction of the building was completed in just four months. The building is very versatile and offers a great space for local residents and community groups to use. I look forward to seeing it become the new jewel in Havering’s community crown.”

The official opening of the building, in Collier Row, was attended by representatives of Scotts along with the Leader of the Council, Councillor Roger Ramsey, Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Damian White, Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Van den Hende and MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell and local residents.

Katie Price and Shayne Ward in Northampton all-star Football Match

Katie Price and Shayne Ward added to Northampton all-star football match line-up


TV personality Katie Price and Coronation Street star Shayne Ward have been named as team managers of a charitable all-star football match in Northampton.


They will go head-to-head with comedian Alan Carr and his father Graham, former Northampton Town manager, who will lead the opposition at the Niamh’s Next Step charity game.


Other stars already confirmed to play in the game on Sunday, April 15, include James Argent (Arg) from The Only Way is Essex, EastEnders actor Jake Wood, best known for playing Max Branning, and Blue singer Lee Ryan.

Cornation Street star Shayne Ward is set to come to Northampton for a charity football game

Soccer AM presenter Peter Dale, better known as Tubes, had also been lined up to play, but following his recent heart attack he will no longer participate. It is hoped he will support the event off the pitch if he is well enough, organisers said.


The aim of the event, to be held at Sixfields, is to raise awareness of a rare type of child cancer called neuroblastoma.


Katie, best known for modelling and her appearances on the ITV show Loose Women, said: “I am thrilled to be able to support such an amazing event helping raise money and awareness for Niamh’s Next Step. It’s going to be an amazing day and I look forward to pitching my management skills against my good friend Alan Carr.”


Shayne, who rose to stardom after winning the second series of The X Factor, added: “I am delighted to be supporting such a great event for an amazing cause. There are a lot of big names coming out to play and support the event so I hope we get a big crowd at Sixfields to support an amazing cause.”


Niamh’s Next Step, based in Wellingborough, was set up in 2013 by Chris and Samantha Curry, following the death of their five-year-old daughter Niamh, who had suffered from neuroblastoma.

TV Star Katie Price has agreed to manage one of the charity football teams

Chris said: “We are absolutely humbled by the amazing people getting involved to help support Niamh’s Next Step. Katie and Shayne just take the event to the next level.


“This is going to be one of the biggest charity events Northamptonshire has seen and we are very proud to be working with Northampton Town and Sellebrity UK to make this event happen. Tickets are just £10 for adults and £5 for children, with all money raised from the event helping to fund vital research into childhood cancer in memory of our little girl Niamh.”


There are a limited number of special ‘around the dug out’ seats also available at £20 for adults and £10 for under 16s. These can only be purchased at the club’s ticket office or on the website here.


Around 100 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year in the UK, of which only around 30 per cent will survive. There is currently no government or NHS funding into the research of neuroblastoma in the UK.


Niamh’s Next Step exists to raise money and awareness of neuroblastoma while offering help, support and advice to children and families affected by it.


To book tickets click here

IT Firm Expands with Move to Irchester

NewGen IT, a company which specialises in offering outsourced IT support to businesses, has moved to new, larger premises in Irchester following a year of massive growth.

Last year saw NewGen IT win several new contracts and take on three new members of staff, meaning the company quickly outgrew its serviced office space at Diamond House in Wellingborough.

Sales Director, Suraj Dholakia, said: “We have gone from a room in a business centre that could fit four people to our own 700 sq ft open plan office in a converted stable building that can accommodate 16 people.

“This is a big moment for us and will enable us to grow further in 2018 and beyond. It will also enable us to offer more to our clients, such as on-site training and knowing that they can pop in for a chat whenever they want without us worrying about booking a meeting room.”

Stephen Souch, Technical Director and founder of NewGen IT, added: “This move means a lot to us and takes NewGen IT to the next level. This year will be our fifth year in business and in that time – particularly over the last 12 months – it has grown, not just in terms of client and staff numbers, but also in reputation. We needed an office space that better reflected the business we are today and would provide us with the facilities to upscale further over the coming months and years.”NewGen IT Team in new office

The new NewGen IT offices can be found at Unit 2, The Stables, Lower Farm, High Street, Irchester. To find out more about the services offered by NewGen IT, go to