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Food Poverty Network calls on Public for Urgent Support

Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network are calling on members of the general public to urgently support their local food bank or food project. The network’s members including charities and community groups tackling food poverty are struggling with an ever increasing demand for their bank | nene local

Rachel McGrath of the Network said: ‘With an alarming increase in demand on services, local food projects urgently need our help. We’ve therefore put together a short film to highlight the current need and positively promote the work of local agencies supporting people in crisis in and around Northamptonshire. Hopefully people watching it online will feel compelled to help in some way. All contact details for local food aid projects are available on our website.’

The Network is asking local citizens to donate or volunteer to support the activities of local groups supporting people in crisis and in poverty. A new campaign video highlights four key food aid projects and the realities of what people are facing and why their services are needed. This includes the Hope Food Club and Shop Zero, based in Northampton, Northampton Food Bank and Kettering Community Unit. The projects show the increasing need for their services as mainly due to low and insecure wages impacted by zero hour contracts and an inadequate welfare safety net including ongoing problems with Universal Credit.

Already paving the way for supporting their local food projects is community group the Earls Barton Music Project (EBM) which has recently raised nearly £3000 for the Daylight Centre, a Wellingborough based Food bank to help with its work and the Food Plate in Earls Barton. Ian Thompson who is a Trustee of EBM said: ‘We have benefited in the past from Northamptonshire Community Foundation grants. Now it’s pay-back time, which we embrace enthusiastically. Thanks to the generosity of our members. My wife and I always buy something to go into the food bin on a weekly basis at our local supermarket. Helping others in time of need is very important especially those of us who are better off.’

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.

If anyone wishes to help they can find the video and more details on local food aid projects via this link:

Fundraising Efforts Raise Money to Help Tackle Child Poverty

Just under £1,500 has been raised for the Fair Deal for Kids appeal thanks to fundraising efforts by the team at Novacroft.


The Fair Deal for Kids fund, launched in 2015, is the direct result of a partnership between Northamptonshire Community Foundation and the Chronicle & Echo.


It is a dedicated fund for community groups and volunteer organisations that focus on tackling child poverty across the county, and was chosen as Novacroft’s Charity of the Year 2019 following a company-wide vote.

Fair Deal for Kids - Novacroft 2020

Debra Charles, Novacroft Founder and CEO, said: “It’s heartbreaking to know that so many children are living in poverty in Northamptonshire. Fair Deal for Kids is an amazing cause, truly helping communities thrive as best they can. By making a difference to children in Northamptonshire, Fair Deal for Kids is supporting not only the future of our county, but of the country too. Everyone at Novacroft is proud to have been part of that in 2019.”


Child poverty was highlighted as a priority need in Northamptonshire in the Hidden Needs Report commissioned by Northamptonshire Community Foundation in 2018.


Rachel McGrath, Deputy CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Novacroft have chosen to back our Fair Deal for Kids appeal and raise much needed funds to tackle child poverty in Northampton. We know that child poverty can have devastating consequences for a young person’s wellbeing. Many children in poverty can’t afford to have their friends around, travel to see friends or meet friends to eat out. It may mean feelings of exclusion, embarrassment, anxiety, feeling worried about parents, being bullied and judged and left with fewer opportunities. The generous funds raised will go towards projects providing free activities and support to children to reduce the burden on low income families that can’t afford some of the things others take for granted.”


Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the leading independent grant-making charity in the county, working with fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need.


To learn more about the Fair Deal for Kids appeal, visit


New Homes Coming to Rothwell

Persimmon Homes has confirmed plans for 700 new homes to the north of Rothwell.


The housebuilder has agreed terms to acquire an 82-acre site which has outline planning consent for up to 700 properties, of which 20 per cent will be affordable homes, and commercial land providing new employment opportunities locally.NEW HOMES


Bryan O’Mahoney, land director for Persimmon Homes Midlands, said: “This site will bring much-needed new homes to the area and provide a new Strategic Link Road to ease future traffic flows, to help both new and existing residents.


“Detailed planning permission is already in place for the first phase of 227 homes, and we hope to begin preparatory work on site in the next few weeks, with homes available to purchase later in the year.


“The development will include a variety of property styles, from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom houses, and provides significant community benefits including affordable housing, funding for health and education, and land to extend the Montsaye Academy.


“The houses will be surrounded by areas of open space, green corridors and play areas, in keeping with the semi-rural setting.”


Persimmon Homes Midlands operates new homes developments across Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. To find out more visit

Exciting New Musical Events For Thrapston

Thrapston Musical Events (TME) is a new not-for-profit organisation formed to promote live music in Thrapston and provide a promotional platform for bands and solo artistes from the local area and beyond.

Exciting New Musical Events For Thrapston

Supported by Thrapston Town Council, TME aims to stage live musical events in the Thrapston Plaza on a Sunday evening once every two months, starting on Sunday 23-Feb-2020 at 7:30 pm.


Frank Boydell, TME Chairman, said: “We wanted to provide a regular not-for-profit platform for local bands and musical artistes to promote themselves, as well as provide the Thrapston community with the opportunity to enjoy an eclectic mix of live acts and promote interest in both watching and playing music.”

Exciting New Musical Events For Thrapston

Five acoustic bands have been booked for the first event, which include: Thrapston’s baby-boomer covers acoustic folk-rock band ReStrung; recently formed innovative multi-instrumental duo Double-Tonic; local contemporary, country and folk duo Oakleas Rise; Oundle music teacher Matt Carter’s contemporary originals; acoustic folk duo CarterDolby and folk trio, The Campbells.


The evening promises some truly outstanding music in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, with a bar available for refreshment.  Don’t miss the premier event at Thrapston Plaza.  Your support guarantees further events throughout the year.


Tickets will be £2.00 on the door, with any profits being used to help fund future TME events.


TME’s Facebook page (Thrapston-Musical-Events), and the Town Council website have further information and details on the artistes playing.


Or contact:

Greenlight for Extension to Renewable Energy Park

East Northamptonshire Council’s Planning Management Committee approves plans for forward-thinking extension to Chelveston Renewable Energy Park.

The Council has approved the planning application for the proposed gas peaking plant which will tree | nene localsit adjacent to the existing energy park, further increasing the overall efficiency. The purpose of the plant is to generate electricity at times when the wind farm and solar arrays on the site are unable to produce sufficient power to meet peak power requirements – such as during times of low wind or at night, often in winter conditions. Elected members resolved that the application is subject to certain conditions being met by the developer.

The proposal will ensure grid stability and assist in local supply and demand, matching local demand as it arises.

The development is an integral and supportive part of a larger energy park which is designed to deliver renewable energy. The plant will use natural gas which has a significant role as part of the transition to a low carbon economy and supports the national drive towards increased energy sustainability. The Chelveston Renewable Energy park overall will produce sufficient power for 60,450 households, offsetting some 78.75 tonnes a year of CO2 emissions from other power stations.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North, said:
“Chelveston Energy Park is a huge benefit to our district and overall seeks to provide renewable energy supporting a local carbon economy. The addition of a gas peaking plant will further complement the existing development and deliver forward-thinking energy sources.”

Once it is open the scheme will provide back up power, but will not replace present renewable energy supply that will remain the National Grid’s preferred source of power.

Engineering Manager at Wykes Engineering, Robert Taylor, added: “We are pleased with the granting of planning permission from East Northants Council. We are committed to ensuring Chelveston Renewable Energy Park contributes to the wider decarbonisation of the National Grid by providing a wide range of energy production on this site. This application supports the renewable energy production on the site and contributes to the growing need for energy security at both a local and national level.”

Thrapston’s Successful Indoor Market continues….

The NEW Thrapston Indoor Market will be happening once again, this Saturday (February 1st)  It’s Farmers Market day so why not do them both?  The Thrapston Indoor Market is held every first Saturday in St James Church Hall, all money for stalls goes towards the church hall restoration work.

This Saturday the church members will also be serving teas,  coffees and refreshments in the Church Hall too

Come inside for a warming cuppa, a sit down and to browse the wonderful stalls.  Things on sale will include:


Emma’s Hearts and Craftsthrapston indoor market | nene local

Hey, I’m Emma’s Hearts and Crafts, a handmade felt and fabric sewing business for every occasion.  I make bespoke, personalised crafts for mother’s day, teachers thank you gifts and more.  I also design and make decorations for Easter, Christmas, Hallowe’en, summer and many more felt crafts throughout the year.


Help Zantay Make a Change

Zantay is 15 years old, she has signed up for a four-week volunteering expedition to Borneo in 2021, with her school & Camps International.

Zantay will be helping on rural projects that improve access to education, healthcare, and clean water.

She will be selling items at Thrapston Indoor Market, to help raise the funds she needs to participate in this ethical journey.  She is excited to be helping to make change to the lives of children that are not as privileged as her and her peers in Thrapston. Please help her make change!

Visit and search “Zantay Revell”.

thrapston indoor market | nene local

thrapston indoor market | nene local


thrapston indoor market | nene localMy name is Tira Stanford, I have lived in Thrapston all my life and being creative has taken up most of that time!.  Tirastan is an outlet for my creations which is my obsession and hobby.

The jewellery primarily comprises of genuine gemstones, pearl and Japanese seed beads. Unique one-off designs.

I have a new substrate to play with which is fused glass, it’s an interesting media as you never really know what you are going to get.

I will be bringing down some of my glass jewellery, February’s Birthstone Amethyst and of course a few Valentine pieces for the February Market.



Selling Lego collectable mini figures and Lego sets… Plus Ty’s and lots of pocket money toys.    What’s more, there will be a popular lucky dip!!

“My pop up TOYSHOP….come see what I’ve got..!!”

thrapston indoor market | nene local

Magnetix Wellness Products

Do you suffer from – Anxiety, Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, Circulation Issues, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Golfers / Tennis Elbow, Gout, Inflammation, Insomnia, IBS or IBD, Joint Pain, Menopause, Menstrual Problems, migraines,   MS, Sciatica, Sinusitis, Stress…thrapston indoor market | nene local

Let me introduce you to Magnetix Wellness Products, the wearing or use of magnets can help with all sorts of symptoms, why not pop to the indoor market to try before you buy?  Pet products a speciality.  Valentine’s Day gifts on offer too…

Helen Dawson – AmbaScarlett Holistic Health

Ask to join the Facebook group

Feel great every day with Magnetix



E&Co is run by Emily from her home in Thrapston stocking eco-friendly products for you, your home and family.

The products stocked at E&Co range from being sustainably sourced, bio-degradeable, reuseable, recyclable, paraben free, vegan and SLS free.

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Reiki Pillowsthrapston indoor market | nene local

Reiki pillows are an energy-based product and service that channels universal energies for the recipients highest will and good.
Just hugging one will help you relax and restore your depleted energy levels.
Come and see me (G Mary Dankowych) at the next indoor market and discuss the wider benefits for you and your loved ones. Also suitable for children and pets.


There will also be stalls from:

Pictures 2 Life

Tropic Skincare

Forever Living

And more….


As you can see a wide range of interesting items to look at and maybe buy – we will see you there!

Click GOING on the event page here

and LIKE the Indoor Market page here


Local Thrapston Girl Vies for Miss Great Britain Title

Do you know that Miss Northamptonshire is lovely local girl, Amber Jade Carter!

So let’s vote for Thrapston’s Favourite Beauty Queen!


Voting is now LIVE !  So why not take a couple of moments to help Amber Jade Carter.

Text MISSGB 26 to 64343 to vote for her Miss Northamptonshire for the Miss Great Britain national final!

Please make sure you leave a space between MISSGB and the 26 for voting.

vote for amber jade

The Website page is here

‘Votes cost £1 plus one standard network message. Charges will appear on the telephone bill. You must be 18 or over to use this service and have the bill payers permission.’

Terms and conditions
Winning the public vote does not guarantee winning the overall competition.
Votes can only be made from the UK
Each person can only make a maximum of 26 votes in any 24hour period.
All voters must be over 18 and have the bill payer’s permission.
Votes cast outside of the allotted period will not be counted but you may still be charged.
In the event of a tie in the ‘public text vote’ the judge’s decision will be final.
By using this service, you are agreeing to receive free marketing messages.
You may opt out at any time by sending the word STOP to 64343.

WEEE Collection Scheme off to a Flying Start

Approximately 13 tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) have been collected across East Northamptonshire in just 6 weeks since a new collection was launched.

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Following a successful pilot in Raunds, the Waste team at East Northamptonshire Council rolled out a weekly WEEE collection scheme in mid-December and have already seen a brilliant response.


Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said “As a Council, we are committed to helping residents with their recycling in the district and are delighted that there has been such a high uptake of the WEEE collection scheme in a short space of time.


“But the work doesn’t stop here and we encourage East Northants residents to carry on putting out their unwanted electrical items for collection, so we can maintain these high figures and avoid electrical products being sent for disposal unnecessarily.”


Since December 2019, electrical items including kettles, speakers, microwaves, printers and other small electrical items have all been collected from neighbourhoods across the district and will now be sent to a dedicated facility for sorting and recycling.


Residents across East Northamptonshire who have unwanted small electrical items should place them out for recycling on their usual collection day in a carrier bag, next to recycling or refuse bins and a full list of items which can be accepted is available on East Northamptonshire Council’s website.


For full details about the weekly WEEE collections, residents in East Northamptonshire should visit

Get involved with Big Energy Saving Week 2020


As part of Big Energy Saving Week, held on 20th-26th January 2020, Cambridgeshire-based charity PECT can help you discover how to reduce your household’s carbon footprint and save on energy costs.


There is substantial evidence about the detrimental impact of inadequate household heating on your physical and mental health. Big Energy Saving Week is a national campaign to help people cut their energy bills and keep their homes heated for less.

energy saving week

Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust run the annual campaign in collaboration with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.


We all have the power to save energy, money and the environment through everyday actions. The campaign raises awareness about how simple changes such as switching energy supplier, accessing grants, and making homes more energy efficient can have a big difference.


PECT will be on-hand throughout the week and beyond to provide advice to those people who are struggling to pay their energy bills or cannot keep their home heated at a sufficient temperature. Health impacts caused by cold homes include cardiovascular and respiratory problems, diminished resistance to infection, and increased levels of anxiety and social isolation.


“Head to one of our Big Energy Saving Week events to see out how we can help your household save energy,” explains Project Officer Nikki Dekker. “We can provide you with the information and resources needed to stay warm and healthy, whilst cutting costs and carbon. We can also point you in the right direction for further support and funding opportunities.”


PECT’s Energy Advice Events


  • Monday 20th January, 10am-2pm
    March Library, City Road, March, PE15 9LT
  • Tuesday 21st January, 10am-2pm
    Wisbech Library, Ely Place, PE13 1EU
  • Thursday 23rd January, 12.30pm-3pm
    Whittlesey Child & Family Zone, 15 Scaldgate, Whittlesey, PE7 1SD
  • Friday 24th January, 10.30-2pm
    Peterborough Central Library & Archives, Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX



East Northamptonshire Council Officer is the First Inspector in England to Receive Leading Qualification

Licensing Compliance Officer at East Northamptonshire Council, Emma Matthews, has been awarded the animal establishment inspector training certificate by the Pet Industry Federation (PIF).

Emma Matthews

Emma Matthews

Building on the knowledge and training Emma obtained after successfully passing her initial exam with 93% she completed a five day course at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre in March 2019 this year and the supporting assessments, Emma received the accreditation in September the same year.


The new Licensing of Activities Involving Animals regulations (AAL), which came into force on 1 October 2018, requires those carrying out inspections to be appropriately trained.


Emma joined the enforcement team in April 2018 and became the first officer to obtain this qualification. Until October 2021, officers with more than 12 months experience of inspecting animal premises can continue effectively with Grandfather Rights.


On passing her course, Emma commented: “I have loved every minute of this training – the five days at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre gave me a wealth of knowledge, and I have learnt so much through my own personal development, and considered things in my animal licensing work that I hadn’t considered before.


“The more licensing officers who achieve the certificate can only be positive as it directly benefits the standardisation of the regulations across the country, thereby instilling more confidence in licensed businesses.”


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North added: “Following the changes in legislation in October 2018, it is important that East Northamptonshire Council ensures we continue to upskill our officers so that they hold the relevant qualifications.


“Emma worked really hard to achieve this qualification and we are all proud of her for being the first inspector in the country to be awarded the certificate.”


Further details about the Professional Programme in Inspecting Licensable Activities Involving Animals course and qualification, including course dates and registration, can be found in the Education section of the Pet Industry Federation website:; by calling 01234 273933, or emailing