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Northampton Farm Opens its Field for Spooky Pumpkin Pick Your own Fun

A Northampton farm is opening up its field so visitors can pick their own pumpkins ahead of Halloween.

The Brampton Halt branch of Smiths Farm Shop has decided to go all out for the spooky season and invite families to come along and hand select which orange root vegetable they would like to take home.

Adrian's granddaughter Bunny has been helping out on the pumpkin patch

Adrian’s granddaughter Bunny has been helping out on the pumpkin patch

Smiths Farm shop staff will also be on hand to help each child pick their chosen pumpkin, while also telling them some facts about how they grow and harvest them each year.

Proprietor of the farm shop, Adrian Smith said: “Being a family-run business we wanted to hold an activity which gets children more involved. Every year we grow our own pumpkins

from seed in the greenhouse, and then plant them in the field, it’s such a magnificent plant that can produce such a large pumpkin from such a tiny seed.

Adrian Smith has been hard at work gearing up for Halloween

Adrian Smith has been hard at work gearing up for Halloween

“As well as helping visitors to pick their own pumpkin, we’ll also be on hand with suggestions on how to cook with the vegetable and its seeds. People are very happy to buy pumpkins, but aside from using them for Halloween, they seem to be stuck with what to do with them. So, we’re saying this year to do less carving and more cooking.”

The field will be open from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, October 27.

The Farm Shop, which also has another branch at Billing, has been growing pumpkins for 30 years. In addition to pumpkins, the farm also grows a large range of squashes, such as butternuts, crown prince and little gems.

Adrian added: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming the people of Northamptonshire onto our farm and carving out some fun. We’re sure the activity will pumpkin spice up Halloween, after all, if you’ve got it, haunt it.”

In a bid to reduce packaging waste, the Smith family are requesting people bring their own bags to collect their pumpkins in.

The family have been in business since 1958. Proud of their heritage, the company supports like-minded local food producers, providing them with an outlet to sell their homegrown products.

Local Groups Campaign to Tackle Food Poverty

This week members and supporters of Northamptonshire Food Poverty network have been supporting the national End Hunger UK campaign challenging government to set out a plan for ending UK food poverty by 2030. The network is supported by Northamptonshire Community Foundation as part of its community leadership activity.

According to the Social Metrics Commission around 8.4 million working-age adults, 4.5 million children and 1.4 million pension-age adults are living in poverty in the UK.

Community groups, charities and supporters around the county have already done a photo stunt to highlight World Hunger Day on Wednesday 16 October including local organisations such as Re:store Northampton, Tools for Self Reliance, Service Six, Springs Family Centre, Growing Together Northampton and Baby Basics.  This is part of a day of action taking place across the whole of the UK. Members of End Hunger UK want to get their message across that in 2019 in the fifth richest nation in the world everyone should have access to good food and nobody should have to go to bed hungry.

Cafe Track Window Display

Cafe Track Window Display

Other activities by local groups to raise awareness of food poverty include Café Track, a social enterprise, on Northampton Market Square having a display of woollen-made food by local community group the Woolly Crew with information on food poverty for members of the general public to take away.

Thomas Cliffe from Café Track which supports autistic people into employment said: ‘I think it’s as simple as stopping food poverty. Food is an essential human need. Anything we can do to start a conversation is worthwhile.’

Rachel McGrath of Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network said: ‘The intention is to raise awareness amongst the general public about food poverty and to create a talking point. We are asking people to contact their MP or local councillor to ask them how they will help tackle food poverty locally and nationally.’end food hunger

Buddies of Beckets, a community group supporting the maintenance and providing activities across Becket’s Park, have put up message boards across the park highlighting food poverty and yarn-bombing the park with woollen food and messages and facts about the End Hunger UK campaign.

Emma Heath from the Woolly Crew who has been supporting the activities of Northamptonshire Food Poverty network this week said: ‘Access to food should be a basic human right. If you’re hungry and not able to afford access to food, this also means you are at risk of mental health problems as well. We shouldn’t have kids in this day and age going hungry.’end food hunger

Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network will be sending woolly food and a message at the end of the week to MPs across Northamptonshire asking them to pledge to end food poverty by 2030 and to place the memento on their desk to not forget the plight of people living in poverty during their working day.

New Plan Unveiled to Promote the Nene Valley

The Destination Nene Valley project has launched a new Destination Management Plan (DMP) to set out the key objectives for tourism development and marketing across the Nene Valley for the next 6 years until 2025.


The plan is the latest phase in the Destination Nene Valley project, which works with different partners across the heritage, tourism and cultural sector to enhance and promote the Nene Valley.


Figures from 2016 show that there were 2.4 million visits to the Nene Valley and it is anticipated that the DMP will help to further develop tourism in the Nene Valley, recognising it as a destination of choice for people and wildlife alike. The new plan has been agreed by key stakeholders and members of the Destination Nene Valley project board and will shape the management of the Valley over the next 6 years across several key areas.


The key areas the DMP looks at are:


  • Creating an enterprising approach to rural economy
  • Improve access to the Nene Valley
  • Attracting visitors and spend from local, national and international markets
  • Encourage local communities to lead healthier outdoor lifestyles and promote green lifestyle


Andrew Langley, Chairman of Destination Nene Valley said:


“I am a passionate advocate of our great county and, the Nene Valley, one of its most outstanding natural assets. The Valley is full of hidden gems and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners to enhance the Nene Valley for future generations to enjoy through this new Destination Management Plan.”


Sarah Peacock, East Northamptonshire Council Councillor and board member for the Destination Nene Valley project added:


“This new plan will ensure that the Nene Valley becomes a destination of choice for world class wildlife, as well as for visitors from across the county and further afield.


“The Destination Nene Valley team have been working hard with partner organisations, including local councils, Nenescape and the Environment Agency and we are so pleased with the final plan and its vision for the future of the Nene Valley.”


To find out more about the Destination Nene Valley project and the DMP, please visit

Planning Applications: 09 October 2019 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:


19/01427/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Demolition of redundant brick shed and extension of B1 office unit to provide reception area, two

further office units, together with ancillary kitchen and WC facilities at Bullymores Lodge and

associated car parking at Bullymores Farm The Parks Grafton Road Brigstock

19/01534/FUL (09/11/2019)


Construction of Single Story front extension with detached covered carport; Internal alterations and modernisation to mill house at 18 Latham Street Brigstock NN14 3HD


19/01557/LBC (09/11/2019)


Convert existing dwelling and outbuilding into 6 dwellings as per schedule of works dated 4th

March 2019 at The Sea Horse Deene NN17 3EJ

Duddington With Fineshade

19/01561/FUL (09/11/2019)


Change of use of the existing annex to a separate dwelling at Manor Farm High Street Duddington PE9 3QE


19/01566/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Construction of 2 No. front facing gables to facilitate loft conversion at 133 Ebbw Vale Road

Irthlingborough NN9 5YB


19/01393/LBC (09/11/2019)


Add smoking shelter.  Add fence surrounding 1970’s portion at rear for security.  Add fence to decking area for safety.  Add fence to rooftop terrace for safety.  Add decking areas in garden to level out garden.  Add gate in front of building at The Rose and Crown, 1 High Street Islip

19/01459/FUL (09/11/2019)


Retrospective – Add smoking shelter; Add fence surrounding 1970’s portion at rear for security; Add fence to decking area for safety; Add fence to rooftop terrace for safety; Add decking areas in garden to level out garden; add gate in front of building at The Rose and Crown 1 High Street


19/01438/FUL (09/11/2019)


Replacement of garden fence with a garden wall of the same dimensions at 90 West Street

Oundle PE8 4EF

19/01442/FUL (09/11/2019)


Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of a two and a half storey dwelling with detached

single storey outbuilding/garage including revised vehicular access – re-application of 19/00370/FUL at 91 South Road Oundle  PE8 4BP

19/01463/FUL (09/11/2019)


Subdivision of a single dwelling into two dwellings, associated modifications including adding

Roof lights, partial demolition of existing rear extension to create exterior courtyard, demolition of

existing rear extension and replacement rear extension at 81 West Street Oundle

19/01546/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Erection of two new dwellings and garaging (resubmission of 19/00946/FUL) at Pexley Court


19/01558/FUL (09/11/2019)


Conversion, alteration and extension of buildings to form 5 dwellings at 38 West Street Oundle PE8 4EF

19/01578/FUL (09/11/2019)


Removal of existing conservatory to allow for a new single storey rear extension at 114 South Road

Oundle PE8 4BP

19/01594/OUT (09/11/2019)

(LB/CA) (Art8)

Outline: Development of 33 extra care apartments for older people, with associated access, parking, community green space and landscaping (All matters reserved except Access) at Land

Rear of Abbott House and 1 – 3 Glapthorn Road Oundle


19/01449/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Conversion of garage into living accommodation (Retrospective) at 27 Saddlers Way Raunds NN9 6RS

19/01551/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Single storey rear extension and conversion of garage to habitable room at 29 Butts Road Raunds



19/01573/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Demolition of existing garage/utility room structure and erection of single storey side extension at

18 Newell Road Ringstead NN14 4EP


19/01423/REM (02/11/2019) (Info)

Reserved matters: Appearance, Landscaping, Layout, Scale pursuant to 17/01378/OUT:

demolition of the existing garage and erection of a one bedroomed dwelling at 27 Bradfield Close

Rushden NN10 0EP

19/01570/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Front and rear single-storey extensions at 16 Paddocks Road Rushden NN10 6RY

19/01574/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Demolition of existing store/workshop buildings, erection of two semi detached dwellings at 7A Glassbrook Road Rushden NN10 9TG

19/01581/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Front entrance extension and replacement of existing conservatory with new extension at 14 Avenue Road Rushden NN10 0SJ


19/01429/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Single storey side and front extension (Re-submission 19/00038/FUL) at Stanwick Rovers Football Club Raunds Road Stanwick NN9 6PP



19/01420/FUL (09/11/2019)


Retrospective permission for temporary cedar clad portable cabin which houses offices for

funeralcare customers at Central England Co-operative Oundle Road Thrapston


19/01582/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Two-storey side extension at 4 Bevan Close Warmington  PE8 6WJ


19/01560/FUL (02/11/2019) (Info)

Two storey side extension at 12 Highfield Woodford  NN14 4HD


19/01380/FUL (09/11/2019)


Two storey rear extension at 3 Main Street Woodnewton  PE8 5EB


The ‘No Mirror Challenge’ from QL in Wellingborough

Nene Local’s HQ yesterday was set up within the QL salon in Wellingborough.  As editor, Helen Dawson, had a day of pampering and the ‘no mirror challenge’ – read the first part of the story here  – Wellingborough Salon Provide a New Look.

award winning salon

I parked up and did a Facebook live on Welcome to Wellingborough then set foot inside Diana’s Gym on Finedon Road.  QL salon is within the gym, so plenty of easy parking!

Ql salon no mirror challenge

When I arrived the mirrors were already covered and another lady was in having the challenge too.

QL salon no mirror challenge

QL salon – no mirror challenge

Our hair was stripped of any colour so that a new colour could be applied, I said I was happy with anything, but you can opt for a more natural look and no colour stripping at all.

Once stripped of colour my hair was dried, the chemicals used seem very gentle as there was no ill effects on my hair.  Janine, who is an award winning colour technician began doing my colours, all in top secret of course!

QL salon no mirror challenge QL salon no mirror challenge QL salon no mirror challenge

As my colour began to work, I headed over to Lu at the nail bar and had my nails done – lots of sparkles for me!

QL salon no mirror challenge QL salon no mirror challenge

My nails were completed then it was back to Janine where she cut, blow dried and finished my hair.  Make up was expertly applied by Lu and I was ‘complete’ and ready for the big reveal!

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It was such a fun day.  Sitting without the mirror is a weird experience as you sometimes see a flick of hair in your periferal vision as it is styled…one begins to wonder – was I pink? purple? red? multicoloured?  The whole is day spent wondering and you build a picture in your mind of what you look like.  I have to say I was totally wrong what I had imagined but loved what I had!

QL salon no mirror challenge

QL Salon make a video of your day plus take lots of before and after photos, which are great as a reminder of your day.  I loved seeing friends react to my photos and I’m already wondering what to have done at the salon next!

QL salon no mirror challenge

QL salon no mirror challenge

Book the No Mirror Challenge for yourself …

For more information and to book


QL is within Diana’s Gym, 109e Finedon Road, Wellingborough

Lu Buckley 01933 275353



QL salon no mirror challenge

QL salon no mirror challenge