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Calling Property Hunters in Northamptonshire and Surrounds

Channel 4’s ‘Location, Location, Location’ is planning to come to NORTHAMPTON, BEDFORDSHIRE and the surrounding areas to film an episode for our new series. 

Property experts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer will be helping people find their dream home early this coming summer, 2018.  

 Location, Location, Location casting 2018

Chain free buyers struggling to find the right property are welcome to apply.  The sooner you apply, the better chance you have so if you’re looking for a home of your own – don’t delay, apply today!

 Location, Location, Location casting 2018

Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, buying your first property or hoping to find your ideal forever home, you could have two top property experts on your side. Whatever the budget and however tricky the search – we would love to hear from everyone! Phil & Kirstie may be just the helping hand you need!


The online application form can be found via the following link:, Location, Location casting 2018

Planning Applications: 26 April 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:


18/00555/FUL (26/05/2018)

(LB/CA) Proposed extension to existing garage to provide stables for private use at Rose Villa 6

Sudborough Road Brigstock  NN14 3HP


18/00671/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Change of use from agricultural land to residential land (retrospective) at land rear of 3 Main St Glapthorn

Great Addington

18/00759/LBC (26/05/2018)

(LBRegs) Installation of secondary glazing units to all of the current 14 wooden single glazed windows throughout the property at Hare And Hounds Inn Main Street Great Addington

Higham Ferrers

18/00820/FUL (26/05/2018)

(LB/CA) Replacement of front and side ground floor windows & entrance door at 98 High Street Higham Ferrers  NN10 8BJ


18/00609/FUL (26/05/2018)

(LB/CA) Residential development of 3No dwellings including access, parking and amenity land at 49

Finedon Road Irthlingborough  NN9 5TY

18/00701/FUL (19/05/2018)

(Info) Garage conversion at 3 Middle Grass Irthlingborough  NN9 5TW

18/00722/OUT (26/05/2018)

(LB/CA) Residential development of 3No flats with off road parking at 2A New Street Irthlingborough NN9 5UG

Kings Cliffe

18/00286/FUL (26/05/2018)

(LB/CA) Creation of new vehicular access to rear of property via Church Walk removal of section of existing wall and installation of new gates at 27 West St Kings Cliffe

18/00586/FUL (26/05/2018)

(LB/CA) Proposed 3 new dwellings comprising of 2 houses and 1 bungalow at 33 Wood Road Kings Cliffe PE8 6XF

18/00746/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Proposed single storey rear and side extension to provide utility room and lounge at 55 Bridge

Street Kings Cliffe  PE8 6XH


18/00550/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Proposed demolition of existing garages and addition of a bedroom, study and single garage. at 5 St Peters Road Oundle PE8 4PH

18/00616/VAR (26/05/2018)

(LB/CA) Variation of conditions Condition 18 – Approved drawings, Condition 5 (d) car parking spaces to allow amended car parking layout pursuant to planning application no: 15/01967/FUL Renovation of existing semi derelict and uninhabitable cottage to provide a single dwelling.  Conversion and change of use of disused buildings (comprising a brewery, stables, kiln, cart shed and cowshed) into six dwellings at 15 Mill Road Oundle  PE8 4BW

18/00684/VAR (26/05/2018)

(Art8) Variation of condition: To remove and replace Condition 6 to allow effective use of the facility for

the school and wider communities, Pursuant to application: 14/00875/OUT – Outline: Demolition of existing swimming pool and existing dwellings and the erection of a new sports centre with associated parking, tennis courts, relocation of running track, re-surfacing of existing sports courts and associated works (all matters reserved) at Sports Hall Milton Road Oundle

18/00699/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Proposed 2 storey side and single storey rear extensions plus demolition of existing single storey

side extension at 13 New Road Oundle  PE8 4LB

18/00753/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Two storey rear and single storey front extensions at 61 Gordon Road Oundle

18/00788/LBC (26/05/2018)

(LBRegs) External redecoration at The Berrystead 16 North Street Oundle


18/00678/FUL (19/05/2018)


Proposed demolition of existing single storey link building between existing two storey sections and

enlarge together with internal reconfiguring, new entrance canopy, rear external terrace balcony and external cladding. at The Old Railway Inn Station Road Raunds

18/00694/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Single storey extension at rear of property at 5 Lawrence Close Raunds NN9 6RF

18/00750/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Extension to front dormer, removal of existing cladding to front and replace with UPVC and render.

Re-submission of 18/00443/FUL at 21 Oakleigh Close Raunds


18/00607/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Potato conditioning condenser enclosures and associated underground drainage works (part

retrospective) at Morrisons Distribution Crown Way Rushden  NN10 6BS

18/00646/FUL (26/05/2018)

(Art8) Conversion and extension of the existing Memorial Clinic to create 12no. one and two bedroom flats, with shared amenity space and associated parking.  Construction of two bungalows and associated parking within the grounds of the existing building at Rushden Memorial Clinic Hayway Rushden  NN10 6AG

18/00714/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

The installation of 1no. new automatic number plate recognition camera to Waitrose car park at Waitrose 1 Crown Way Rushden  NN10 6AX

18/00783/FUL (26/05/2018)

(LB/CA) Two new shop fronts with new entrances to allow for access at 48 – 50 High Street Rushden

NN10 0PJ

18/00814/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Single storey front extension to create porch at 104 Grangeway Rushden  NN10

18/00815/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Single storey rear extension with roof lantern at 2 Farnham Drive Rushden  NN10


18/00682/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

To convert existing integral garage at 4 Cleburne Close Stanwick NN9 6TN


18/00795/VAR (19/05/2018) (Info)

Variation of condition 11 (approved drawings) to allow for revised access/landscaping pursuant to 15/00382/FUL  Proposed erection of a detached dwelling with new access dated 15.09.2015 at 83C Midland Road Thrapston  NN14 4JS


18/00695/FUL (26/05/2018)

(LB/CA) Single storey rear extension at 15 Chapel Street Titchmarsh  NN14


18/00529/FUL (19/05/2018) (Info)

Demolition of existing and erection of new outbuilding at 7 Lindsey Close Woodnewton  PE8 5EW

Angel Therapy – Nene Local Investigates

At Orchard Clinic in Thrapston, they now offer Angel Therapy.  Nene Local had no idea what this entailed and so went to try it out.

The Angel Therapist, Gaynor Myles, is lovely. A very sincere person that you immediately warm to and like.  We talked a lot. I’d not gone with a specific issue in mind, so it did make it a little more difficult for us.  Although she soon honed in on how I needed to be more ‘in the moment’ to become less stressed.

Gaynor used some cards to gain some messages about me/ for me and was amazingly insightful.  She talked about things I had not thought about for many years.

angel therapy | gaynor myles

Her treatment includes talking therapy initially then healing therapy, using a hands-on approach.  You remain fully clothed but lie on the couch, her hands are upon you and for those who know Reiki the treatment was very similar.

I left feeling very uplifted with some ‘homework’ of things I just needed to think about and maybe make some decisions on before my next appointment.

It’s a very personal therapy, so writing a full review is not possible.  A girl must have some mystery!

Gaynor told me to drink plenty of water, which I did, I had to message her later in the day as I felt quite ‘down in the dumps’, she said it was quite normal and I would have a good night’s sleep and feel better in the morning.  I slept very well indeed and felt much better after my afternoon of sadness.  I also think I know where I have some blockages that need to be moved and I’m keen for appointment number two to work on them.

angel therapy | gaynor myles

If you are interested in Angel Therapy, and seeing how it helps both physical and mental-health conditions, take a look at some testimonials below;

Testimonial – Anxiety

“The warmth I have received, the healing for a long held eating disorder, the space, the absence of judgement, the guidance, the accuracy from Gaynor’s Angel cards that spoke about what I would normally find so hard…..the gentle guidance to allow myself to repair and heal”

Testimonial – Anxiety

“I booked in with Gaynor Myles for Angel Therapy as I have suffered with anxiety for many years which I had relied on beta blockers to control my panic attacks. Since starting my sessions my stress levels have lowered dramatically and I have not had to medicate for over a year, it wasn’t instant and we talked a lot about staying present, a lot of energy work was for releasing fear….. I had forgotten how to live in the moment”

Testimonial- Relationship

“Thank you to the amazing, intuitive, Gaynor for walking alongside me on a journey which had me finally leave an abusive relationship & find the strength to start building solid & firm foundations.”

Testimonial – Relationship, self esteem

“Angel therapy?……What is Angel therapy my friends asked after I visited. It is healing, it is cleansing, it is energy you can feel shifting, it is meeting someone who you never met before and realising they see every part of you, every shame you have felt, every inch of your guilt and yet that there is no judgement, just compassion… Wow! An empowering experience which I am forever grateful that my own Angels led me here….”

Testimonial- Addiction

“I have a past which I had kept hidden deep inside and thought was behind me. I was a heroin addict, and have always been ashamed of who I was, how I had lived, how I had treated my body. My  Angel cards, this room, this astoundingly accurate lady, Gaynor took me back, safely, to facing my ‘demons’ and guiding me through any misconception I had labelled myself with so that I could finally find peace and let it go, there truly is a lightness in your body, and your thoughts, when you embrace your story.”

Testimonial – Neck Pain

“I’ve seen Gaynor on many occasions with amazing results. One being a very painful neck that no other treatment fixed after one visit to Gaynor the problem was sorted. I strongly recommend a visit to Gaynor to experience the wonderful angel therapy”.

Testimonial – Migraine

“Going through emotional challenges in my life my daughter recommended I visit Gaynor, I decided to take my daughters advice and WOW I’m glad I did! Gaynor has a wonderful gift to feel in my head and heart and the guidance given helped me to see things much clearer. I now visit Gaynor whenever I need to recharge my energy level and focus on life .”

Testimonial – Physical Pain

“I had in recent weeks suffered with a pain in my chest, this pain alongside anxiety caused me all sorts of worries, which was my reason for booking a session of Angel Therapy. As I spoke with Gaynor I felt the pain. On instruction I breathed and continued to talk and suddenly began to cry. With Gaynor’s continual reassurance my breathing started to ease and by the time I was on the couch I was breathing deeply with my arms freely by my side (which is something I hadn’t done in a long time). I cannot rate Angel Therapy enough and I would recommend Gaynor to everyone. The pain has stayed away and I feel much happier and more at ease with my life.”

Testimonial- Physical Pain

“I have visited Gaynor for several problems, most recently a back problem. I was amazed by how quickly the pain disappeared. I was in agony, yet after two treatments of Angel Therapy my back was pain free and mobile once more. I could feel the heat from her hands as we spoke about emotional issues that were clearly having a physical effect on me. I was unaware that Angel Therapy could help alleviate physical symptoms but now I know how successful it was for me I will continue to use Gaynor for physical as well as emotional issues in the future. Gaynor has a truly amazing gift.”

angel therapy | gaynor myles

To find out more or to book contact:

Gaynor Myles – Orchard Clinic, Thrapston

Telephone: 01832 733686


Orchard Clinic Facebook page:


Peterborough Cathedral – Events Timetable

MAY 2018

EXHIBITION – Books of Hours
Friday 13th April to Friday 4th May – 10.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to Saturday); 11.00am to 4.00pm (Sunday)   Exhibition Room at the Cathedral Visitor Centre

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Books of Hours are exceptional and beautifully-decorated Christian devotional books. This exhibition will be showcasing a number of impeccable facsimiles of these books – lent by a private collector for this exhibition – and we hope you will be able to come and enjoy this unique and rare collection.

NB: Due to insurance reasons, the exhibition may be closed on selected days at weekends.

Entry: Free, but donations are welcome to cover costs.

Tower Tours
Selected dates from Saturday 5th May onwards

Come and take a tour to the upper levels of the Cathedral. You can choose from a Long Tour – a 90 minute exploration of the Cathedral’s triforium level, towers and ringing chamber – or a Short Tour (lasting 45 to 60 minutes). Have a look behind the scenes and enjoy stunning views across the city of Peterborough.

Tickets: The Long Tour: £10, £8 concessions. The Short Tour: £8, £6 concessions. Bookings will open soon via the Cathedral website or via calling Peterborough Visitor Information Centre on 01733 452336.

Tours are limited to 13 people, so you are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.

EXHIBITION – Peterborough Embroiderer’s Guild – ‘Something Old, Something New’
Wednesday 9th May to Saturday 9th June – 10.00am to 5.00pm (Monday to Saturday); 11.00am to 4.00pm (Sunday)
Exhibition Room at the Cathedral Visitor Centre

The Peterborough branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year by showcasing both new creations and older pieces with a particular personal or sentimental significance. This mix of old and new will showcase the changes, advances and progress that members have achieved in their work over the years.

Entry: Free, but donations are welcome to cover costs.


Unsung Heroes: Movers and Shakers Tours
Friday 11th May and Saturday 12th May at 2.00pm

Come along to a unique tour celebrating the amazing figures commemorated in the Cathedral whose involvement in science, politics and religion have made a difference to the lives of people in Peterborough, the UK and the world.

Tickets: £8, £6 concessions. Book online via or by calling Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336.

Dean Peter Peckard
A talk by Dr Rowan Williams – Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

Friday 11th May at 7.30pm – Cathedral Nave

We are delighted to welcome Dr Rowan Williams to talk about the life and work of Dean Peter Peckard. Dean Peckard was a former Dean of Peterborough and Vice-Chancellor of Magdalen College, who was also a fierce campaigner against the slave trade. His pamphlet of 1778 – ‘Am I not a Man and a Brother?’ – was hugely influential on such activists as Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce. This is a rare chance to hear about a true unsung hero of Peterborough.

Tickets: £12, £10 for under 16s (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink). Book online via Peterborough Cathedral’s page at Oundle Box Office (accessed via, or call the Box Office on 01832 274734. You can also call Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336.

Charity Abseil 2018
Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May – 9.00am to 8.00pm

Do you have nerves of steel? If so, you can take part in a 150 foot abseil down the North West Tower of Peterborough Cathedral (under the supervision of Derby Mountain Rescue). Proceeds from the event will be split between the Cathedral and the Peterborough-based charity ‘Shine UK’, whose work supports those affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Tickets: £50 (plus a booking fee). Entrants can book via and must be at least 16 years old in order to take part. Participants are also encouraged to raise a minimum of £250 for the two worthy causes. If you’re not quite brave enough to abseil yourself, sponsor the Dean via

Places are limited and sure to sell fast, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Organ Recital

Wednesday 23rd May at 1.00pm

Come and hear a free lunchtime recital by one of the Cathedral Music Department’s accomplished organists.

Donations are invited.

Half Term Family Activities
Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June

COSMOS Roadshow: Interactive Science Exhibition for Families
Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June – 10.00am to 4.00pmCathedral New Building

Be a part of a ‘Sensational Science!’ roadshow as COSMOS brings hands-on exhibits, shows and activities for all the family to enjoy. Experience an illuminating illustration of how your mind and body work together to let you sense the world around you. From the anatomy of the ear to the eerie ‘velvet hand’ illusion, it has to be seen to be believed!

Entry: Free (no need to book), but donations are welcome to cover costs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Time Explorers: Normans
Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June – 1.00pm to 4.00pm – Cathedral Nave

Experience the story of Norman Peterborough through family craft activities. You can construct a castle for Tout Hill for Abbott Turoldus, make a chest to hide treasure from Hereward the Wake, and create an arch to help rebuild the Abbey after the fire of 1116.

Entry: Free (no need to book), but donations are welcome to cover costs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Scone Making
Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 10.00am, 2.00pm and 3.00pm
Becket’s Tea Room

Come and join us for scone making fun at our amazing 14th century tea room. We’ll even let you eat them afterwards!

Entry: Free. To book, call 07702 948216 or email Please note that there is a maximum of eight places per session.

Freedom’s Fresh-Air-Fitness

This spring is the perfect time to get a bit fitter in the great East Northamptonshire outdoors, thanks to a new activity programme from your local leisure provider.


The Active Communities team at Freedom Leisure, the company that manages the district’s swimming pools and leisure centres on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council, has organised a host of activities for all ages to enjoy, starting this month.


Have you ever wondered what the outdoor gyms are like at your local park but not had the confidence to try them out? Now’s your chance to give the equipment a go with your very own Freedom Leisure fitness buddy.


You can take advantage of these free gym sessions in Raunds and Thrapston every Wednesday (starting 18 April) from 9.30-10.30am at Bassford’s Recreational Ground in Raunds (Marshall’s Road, NN9 6EY) and from 11-12pm at Chancery Lane in Thrapston (next to “The Meadows surgery” NN14 4QL).

outdoor gym

These are not personal training sessions or instructor led, but offer a fitness buddy friend to accompany you. Don’t forget, the outdoor gyms can be enjoyed 24/7 on your own or with friends.


If you’re looking for family fun, the Xplorer treasure hunt might be for you. Drop by Rushden’s Spencer Park after school, grab a map for just £1 per person and then get exploring! You’ll find lots of hidden animals along the way. Do you think you can beat your friends back to base in the quickest time?! These sessions run 3:30-4:30 on the last Tuesday of every month (April-October). Please meet at the Pavillion to collect your map. Visit for more details.


From 25 April, you can join in on the new dementia health walks at Barnwell Country Park (PE8 5PB). Enjoy a walk around the park and informal chat and activities in the café afterwards. It’s a great chance to make new friends in a safe and supportive environment. They’ll be running every Wednesday 10am-12pm and cost £1 per person. Parking charges apply. Please wear suitable footwear.


Emma Sylvester, Active Communities Manager at Freedom Leisure, said: “Our Active Communities team is delighted to welcome everyone to our bespoke outreach programmes in East Northamptonshire. Whether you are a family, carer, living with dementia or just want to get out the house, at Freedom Leisure it is our key objective to enable more people, to be more active, more often.”


For more information on any of the three activities, please call Emma on 07702 859553.

Amber Properties team Brings Hope to Northampton’s Homeless

Northampton’s Hope Centre makes a major difference to people who don’t have reliable, warm, dry and safe accommodation. That’s why the team at Amber Properties has chosen to raise funds for the charity this year.


Managing Director, Ausra Uzukauskaite, is committed to improving the availability of good quality accommodation in the area at prices that people can afford. She says: “Amber Properties isn’t simply an independent property business; Ellie and I are part of the local community too. We wanted to make a contribution by supporting a local charity that really makes a difference to people’s lives.


“There are so many great causes in the Northamptonshire, but the Hope Centre seemed the obvious choice for us. They provide practical support and training to help people take positive steps and move on from poverty and homelessness.

ausra | nene local

Image: From left to right: Louise Danielczuk from the Hope Centre, Ausra Uzukauskaite and Ellie Bishop from Amber Properties.

“It’s amazing what the Hope Centre can provide with even quite small sums of money. Just £25 can provide breakfast for everyone who comes to the Centre for a day; £50 will provide breakfast and lunch. With the recent cold weather, a hot meal can make all the difference. Five homeless people in Northampton have already died this year through a combination of the cold, poor health and poor nutrition.


Louise Danielczuk from the Hope Centre is delighted with the fundraising support: “We are really excited to be working with Amber Properties. Already they have signed themselves up for the half marathon in September and are planning fundraising events to help support people across Northampton and help them rebuild their lives. The support of local business is vital to enable the Hope Centre to continue our work.”


Ausra continues: “The half marathon is a big commitment for us. Our first job will be to make sure we are fit enough to take on the challenge. There will certainly be highs and lows along the way and we’ll be sharing it all on Facebook as we prepare. We will appreciate everyone’s support, so please follow us.”


Figures for people sleeping rough in England increased for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, with the number rising to an estimated 4,750. There are at least 550 homeless people in Northampton, according to the most recent registered statutory figures.


To support Ausra and Ellie and help raise funds for the Hope Centre please go to their Just Giving page at

Sports Sponsorship is Good for Business

Be part of an event that brings £1.75 million pounds to the Northamptonshire economy by sponsoring the start of stage 2 of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour leaving from Rushden on 14 June.


The Ovo Energy Women’s Tour is a major UK sporting event and is a unique sponsorship opportunity for your business to advertise your companies’ product or brand on a local, national and global stage.


Packages start from £250 and can include your logo in tour and council publications, the right to use the event name and logo in conjunction with sponsorship in advertising prior to the event, VIP hospitality at the starting line, social media advertising and access to an event photographer including a framed photo of the event.

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Leader of East Northamptonshire Council which is co-hosting the Grand Depart with Rushden Town Council, Steven North says:


“With thousands of spectators, cycling fans and tour crew descending on Rushden for the stage 2 start of the world famous race, your business could benefit hugely from having your name associated with this exciting event.  There will also be hundreds of thousands more watching it on social media, on regional, national and global TV and reading about it in all major national and local newspapers. The event has a broad appeal from local to global, family to enthusiast. There is plenty of scope to get your brand across.


“There is a range of sponsorship opportunities to suit all budgets and we can tailor a package that best suits your business needs so contact us today about getting a deal that is right for you.”


To discuss sponsorship, call Greg Macdonald on 07912 501 836 or email

Why Long-Term Relationships Deliver the Best Property Finance Deals

At this month’s Northamptonshire Property Social, on Monday 16 April, local landlords and property developers will meet commercial finance expert Mark Dodsworth of Blue Storm Financial Services.


Mark will be sharing over 30 years of experience in financial services. He will explain why he is passionate about forming long-term relationships with his clients to ensure they get the best and most appropriate finance available to them.


He says: “Your existing bank might produce an offer of finance but is it the right deal for your business?


“An experienced whole of market broker who gets to know you and understands your aims and objectives can make sure that the right approaches are made to the right lenders. They will help you get the best deal and save you time.”


Mark will talk about funding options for buy to let properties and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Mark Dodsworth of Blue Storm Financial Services

Mark Dodsworth of Blue Storm Financial Services

Potential interest rate rises, periods when a tenant may fail to pay the rent and the borrower’s ability to maintain mortgage payments all need to be taken into account.


The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) regulations and taxation changes mean that mortgage lenders are tightening their affordability criteria and reducing borrowing levels.


With the recent changes in taxation and interest relief it’s more important than ever for private or incorporated landlords to have the right mortgage for investment properties.


For developers Mark will also talk about the best way to plan and obtain development and bridging finance to take forward that ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity or to maximise return on investment.


Contact Amber Properties on 01604 644 449 if you would like to find out more about financial options in the property sector and meet other property professionals in the Northamptonshire area. Alternatively you can book online at:

What is Human Givens Therapy?

The Human Givens Approach to Psychotherapy

The principles comprising the organizing idea now known as the Human Givens Approach grew out of the work of a group of psychologists and psychotherapists who were trying to bring greater clarity to the way people who become depressed, anxious, traumatised or addicted are helped, as well as making such help more reliably effective.

janette houghton human givens therapy

In 1992 they formed the European Therapy Studies Institute (ETSI), whose aim was to discover why some psychotherapy approaches appeared to work and others didn’t. Leading figures from the start were Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell. Discarding any approach that research showed was not helpful, they set about understanding how what was left matched up to the emerging findings of neuroscience, asking “why does this work?”


The result was a new synthesis of everything that can reliably be said to help human beings function well and be happy, together with remarkable new insights into the purpose of some long-unexplained brain mechanisms. These derived from the work by Joe Griffin on why we dream.


What are the ‘human givens’?

We are all born with innate knowledge programmed into us from our genes. Throughout life we experience this knowledge as feelings of physical and emotional need. These feelings evolved over millions of years and, whatever our cultural background, are our common biological inheritance. They are the driving force that motivates us to become fully human and succeed in whatever environment we find ourselves in. It is because these psychological needs are incorporated into our biology at conception that we call them (and the innate resources we have in order to help us meet them) human ‘givens’ – they are the givens and drivers of human nature.

janette houghton human givens therapy

Our given physical needs

We need air to breathe, water, nutritious food and sufficient sleep. These are the paramount physical needs. Without them, we quickly die. In addition, we also need the freedom to stimulate our senses and exercise our muscles. We instinctively seek sufficient and secure shelter where we can grow and reproduce ourselves and bring up our young. These physical needs are intimately bound up with our emotional needs — the main focus of human givens psychology.


Our given emotional needs

Emotions create distinctive psychobiological states in us and drive us to take action. The emotional needs nature has programmed us with are there to connect us to the external world, particularly to other people, and survive in it. They seek their fulfillment through the way we interact with the environment. Consequently, when these needs are not met in the world, nature ensures we suffer considerable distress — anxiety, anger, depression etc. — and our expression of distress, in whatever form it takes, impacts on those around us.

janette houghton human givens therapy

People whose emotional needs are met in a balanced way do not suffer mental health problems. When psychotherapists and teachers pay attention to this they are at their most effective. In short, it is by meeting our physical and emotional needs that we survive and develop as individuals and a species. There is widespread agreement as to the nature of our emotional needs – the essential ones for our mental health are listed below.


Emotional needs include:

  • Security — safe territory and an environment which allows us to develop fully
  • Attention (to give and receive it) — a form of nutrition
  • Sense of autonomy and control — having volition to make responsible choices
  • Emotional intimacy — to know that at least one other person accepts us totally for who we are, “warts ‘n’ all”
  • Feeling part of a wider community
  • Privacy — opportunity to reflect and consolidate experience
  • Sense of status within social groupings
  • Sense of competence and achievement
  • Meaning and purpose — which come from being stretched in what we do and think.


Our innate resources

The physical and emotional needs that we have are not the only human givens – nature also gave us innate ‘guidance systems’ to help us meet our needs. We call these ‘resources’.


The resources nature gave us to help us meet our needs include:

  • The ability to develop complex long term memory, which enables us to add to our innate knowledge and learn
  • The ability to build rapport, empathise and connect with others
  • Imagination, which enables us to focus our attention away from our emotions, use language and problem solve more creatively and objectively
  • Emotions and instincts
  • A conscious, rational mind that can check out our emotions, question, analyse and plan
  • The ability to ‘know’ — that is, understand the world unconsciously through metaphorical pattern matching
  • An observing self — that part of us that can step back, be more objective and be aware of itself as a unique centre of awareness, apart from intellect, emotion and conditioning
  • A dreaming brain that metaphorically defuses unfulfilled expectations held in the nervous system because they were not resolved or acted out the previous day.

janette houghton human givens therapy

It is such needs and tools together that make up the human givens, nature’s genetic endowment to humanity. Over enormous stretches of time, they underwent continuous refinement as they drove our evolution on. They are best thought of as inbuilt patterns — biological templates — that continually interact with one another and (in undamaged people) seek their natural fulfilment in the world in ways that allow us to survive, live together as many-faceted individuals in a great variety of different social groupings, and flourish.

It is the way those needs are met, and the way we use the resources that nature has given us, that determine the physical, mental and moral health of an individual. As such, the human givens are the benchmark position to which we must all refer — in education, mental and physical health and the way we organise and run our lives.

When we feel emotionally fulfilled and are operating effectively within society, we are more likely to be mentally healthy and stable. But when too many innate physical and emotional needs are not being met in the environment, or when our resources are used incorrectly, unwittingly or otherwise, we suffer considerable distress – and so do those around us.


Since 1996 over 200,000 people have attended Human Givens courses. The Human Givens Institute (HGI) was set up in 2001 as both the professional body of human givens therapists In 2003 the first edition of ‘Human Givens: The new approach to emotional health and clear thinking’ was published in hardback to great acclaim. Demand was so great it was republished almost immediately and then came out in paperback. Joe Griffin’s ‘Why we dream: the definitive answer’, was first published in 2004 (with a paperback version in 2006).

janette houghton human givens therapy

A new series of self-help books, Essential help in troubled times – the human givens approach, was launched to introduce new knowledge (about getting out of depression, curing addictions, liberating yourself from pain, releasing yourself from anger and mastering anxiety) to the general public. Highly practical and written without jargon, they are suitable for individuals and anyone who wants to help others. (Helpful CDs are also available.)

Human Givens Therapy is available at the Orchard Clinic in Thrapston

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Janette Houghton Therapy

Telephone:  07731 673070




Vegan Delights from Pure and Raw Goodies

When someone says “Just to let you know my peanut butter ‘cheeseless’ cheesecake is packed with superfoods and wholefoods including nuts, cacao and coconut oil.

All my products are vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free” I just have to go and investigate.


Pure and Raw Goodies based over in Weston Favell produce vegan, raw well…err….  Goodies!!


I saw Sheena posting on Facebook about her vegan, refined sugar free Easter Eggs recently and knew I wanted to find out more about what she did.

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As some of you may know, I run a magazine called Aspen Girl, as well as Nene Local.  Aspen Girl is all about mind, body, spirit.  Last week my husband and I were trying out a vegan way of eating.  The idea of trying a vegan ‘cheese’ cake was going to go down a storm.


I collected from Weston Favell but Pure and Raw Goodies also sell through Daily Bread and Beckworth Emporium too.  Some items can be posted but not this lovely ‘cheese’ cake.

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Sheena informed me that the dessert would last a good few weeks in the fridge as with no cheese, butter, eggs etc in it there is very little to go off.  I’m not sure she anticipated my husband who said no way will it last in OUR fridge!  (He was right!!)


The dessert’s base, inner ‘cheese’ bit and ‘chocolate’ topping was incredible.  Very rich and satisfying and extremely filling.  I couldn’t eat a huge slice in one sitting, so it did mean it lasted a little longer.  Although it was Peanut Butter Cheeseless Cake, it wasn’t such a strong taste it knocked you sideways, the flavour was subtle but really nice.  I particularly loved the base, which I’d have happily eaten on its own as a cookie!

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My husband is a big cheese cake fan and so he was quite unsure about this vegan interloper.  To begin with……  most evenings until we finished it he would say “Shall we have a bit of that cake?”

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Keep an eye on the Pure and Raw Goodies Facebook page as she does various food fairs.  Although we would highly recommend looking through her page and just ordering yourself a little hamper to try!!!


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Pure and Raw Goodies

Telephone:  07792 287854