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Scam – Emergency Pack for Asthmatics

Many asthmatics or those with respiratory conditions are reading on Facebook of an emergency pack available to them.  This post on Facebook is FAKE.

The post says if you phone your doctor they will give you a pack with 5 days of steroids and 5 days of antibioitics. This is NOT the case.  Doctors would never just hand out such medication without checking you over first.

DO NOT RING your doctor for this pack, it does not exist.  All you are doing is clogging up the surgery phone lines.


If you are struggling with your breathing you can phone the doctors or 999 for advice on what to do.

Further Information from National Asthma Education Programme

Are you at further risk of Covid-19 being an asthmatic?

The World Health Organization (WHO) says yes. It lists asthma, along with diabetes and heart disease, as conditions that make someone “more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.”

But there is little definitive evidence to say whether asthma increases the likelihood of catching the virus or of experiencing more severe illness. “The data that we have so far from China and South Korea does not identify people with asthma as being at risk of getting the virus or having more severe illness with the virus,” Sebastian Johnston, a professor of respiratory medicine & allergy at the U.K. National Heart and Lung Institute.

That said, when people with asthma get respiratory infections, it can set off their asthma symptoms. So yes, you do need to be careful and take precautions. To reduce your risk of asthma, the best action you can take is to follow these simple steps:

• Take your preventer meds daily as prescribed. This will help reduce your risk of an asthma attack being triggered by any respiratory virus, including coronavirus.
• Carry our reliever with you at all times, in case you feel your asthma symptoms flaring up.
• Download the NAEP Action Plan to help you recognise and manage asthma symptoms when they come on. A copy can be found here.
• If you come down with a cold or flu, or any other respiratory infection, see your doctor and take precautions.
• If you smoke, now is a good time to quit. Smoking will increase your risk from COVID-19.
• Don’t panic or stress as this can also influence your asthma. Understand your symptoms and seek medical attention if you feel you need it.

If you have asthma, and no symptoms of COVID-19:

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water
• Use tissues to wipe your nose or catch a sneeze, then discard them immediately
• Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
• Avoid unnecessary interactions with other people: large gatherings, shaking hands or hugging, unnecessary travel etc
• Carry on with your usual asthma meds

National Asthma Education Program

Keeping Safe with your Dog Outdoors

During social distancing what should we be doing with our dogs?  We are of course all allowed one walk per day with them, if your dog is used to two walks per day, just do one longer one.

The reason for this, is to cut your risk of coming into contact with anyone who is infected.  Look at this way, one walk instead of two halves your risk of meeting an infected person.

Consider keeping your dog a short lead.  Firstly, if your dog gets spooked and runs off for any reason, there will not be the resources to go and look for them, people will need to stay indoors and cannot be roaming the streets together hunting for a missing dog.   Another reason to keep them close to you, is so they do not have contact with anyone.  Most people like to bend down and pet your dog, you do not know if they have the virus, or if they have virus on their hands.  I imagine that the virus would be able to live for quite some time on a dog’s fur, so wise to just keep them away from well-meaning strangers.  dog walking

While thinking of the virus living on dog’s fur, wipe their feet when you get home, so they don’t walk anything into the house.

Dogs cannot catch the virus or be carriers in the truest senses of the word, but the virus may well live on their fur for a while.

When you’ve done your one daily walk and your dog is pestering for more action, if you have a garden have a run around in the fresh air, my garden is quite small so I throw a ball against the wall, so she chases it towards the wall then chases wherever it bounces.  No garden?  No problem!  Hide some treats around the house and play ‘Find it’.  Why not use three cups and put a treat under one, get the dog to sniff it out.  Try googling ‘Indoor Games with your Dog’ Mental stimulation is really good for your dog, and you’ll be amazed how much it tires them out too!

On a final note about walks, please keep even more aware of your surroundings than normal.  A broken ankle from falling in a rabbit hole now has all sorts of knock on effects, from taking up space and time in a hospital to you having to sit in A&E amidst all sorts of people with various ailments.

Stay safe and enjoy being at home with your dog, as they will be loving all the extra attention.

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Central England Co-op Outlines Social Distancing Measures

Central England Co-op outlines social distancing measures to keep colleagues and customers safe.

Central England Co-op has today asked customers to ‘co-operate’ with its new social distancing measures to help keep each other safe.

The retailer has put in place a set of new rules for anyone who enters its shops in line with Government recommendations to help safeguard colleagues and everyone else around them.

The new measures include:

  • Stores will only be using every other till point or checkout to keep customers and colleagues a safe distance apart
  • Special markings will be installed in front of till points and checkouts of at least one meter. If a customer needs to enter this area to place down a basket or use the keypad, colleagues will move backwards to maintain a safe distance
  • Special markings will be installed to showcase two-meter safe distances while queueing at till points
  • Customers are asked to pay with card or contactless if possible
  • Specialist cleaning products will be used to regularly wipe down the countertops and chip, chip and pin machines and ATMs
  • Special markings will be installed throughout stores to showcase to customers two metre spacing and customers are asked to maintain these distances while shopping
  • Store managers have been given discretion to limit the amount of customers allowed in stores at any time to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to. Additional security guards will also be deployed to help stores support this new policy
  • Special markings will be installed outside stores so customers queuing to enter maintain safe distances of two meters

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive, said: “Nothing is more important to us all at Central England Cooperative than the safety of our colleagues and customers.

“We’re closely following Government advice in our approach to social distancing and have now rolled out a range of new measures for our stores.

“We now ask all of our customers to co-operate with these measures to keep us all safe and allow us to continue to serve our communities.”

Central England Co-op is also asking all customers to show ‘care, compassion and respect’ to its colleagues as they work around the clock to serve their communities.
The retailer is asking people to come together and support its front-line colleagues who are going above and beyond to replenish stock levels and keep stores open.
In its food stores, the Society has also put in place a temporary limit of two of every product to help maintain stock levels but has reassured customers that there are no issues with its robust supply lines and that shops are getting daily deliveries.
People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community by visiting a dedicated online hub at

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Planning Applications: 25 March 2020 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:


20/00272/FUL (25/04/2020)


Proposed new triple window and surround to replace two singles and removal of leading from rear elevation fenestration including minor internal alterations at Iris Cottage Main Street Apethorpe PE8 5DL


20/00303/FUL and 20/00304/LBC (25/04/2020)

(LB/CA) and (LBRegs)

The proposals comprise of replacing the existing draughty, single-glazed windows in the upstairs rear elevation – bathroom (double window), landing (single), second bedroom (single) – with double-glazed bronze casements matching those used downstairs so as not to compromise the integrity of the building. The existing stone lintels and openings will be used at Millers Cottage 25  The Green Ashton PE8 5LD


20/00125/FUL (18/04/2020)


To erect a detached 2 bedroom dwelling to replace previously approved static caravan at Spinney Hill Paddocks Stanion Road Brigstock NN14 3FF


20/00315/FUL (18/04/2020)


Erection of grain store at Land At OP0103 TF5858 Cliffe Road Easton On The Hill

Higham Ferrers

20/00298/FUL (18/04/2020)


Conversion of garage to games room (no external works proposed) at 15 Williams Way Higham Ferrers Rushden NN10 8AJ

20/00329/FUL (18/04/2020)


Erection of detached garage at 1 Chichele Street Higham Ferrers Rushden



20/00317/FUL (18/04/2020)


Existing brick /stone retaining boundary wall to be demolished and rebuilt as red brick faced cavity reinforced retaining wall at 33 Cherry Street Irthlingborough

Kings Cliffe

20/00228/FUL (25/04/2020)



New Car Barn; New Workshop; New Office, and New Sunken Cinema Room at 1 Church Walk Kings Cliffe PE8 6XD

20/00323/VAR (25/04/2020)


Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) to allow for the addition of a garden workshop pursuant to 18/01971/FUL – Proposed 2 new dwellings (revised scheme to 18/00586/FUL at 33B Wood Road

Kings Cliffe PE8 6XF

20/00349/LBC (25/04/2020)


Like repair of the bridge parapet south east at Morehay Lane Kings Cliffe

Lowick And Slipton

20/00337/FUL and 20/00338/LBC (25/04/2020) (LB/CA) and (LBRegs)

Reinstatement terrace of cottages following catastrophic fire, internal alterations to layout and extension to rear (as per Design and Access Statement dated March 2020) (Resubmission of 19/01645/FUL) at 1 – 3 Sudborough Road Slipton



20/00305/FUL (18/04/2020)


Erect single storey rear extension at 31 Hillfield Road Oundle PE8


20/00316/LBC (25/04/2020)


Replacement of window types A, B and C to timber double glazed windows; Replacement of door type A at 14 North Street Oundle PE8 4AL

20/00350/FUL (18/04/2020)


Single storey rear extension, single storey from extension including entrance canopy and internal alterations at 23 Victoria Road Oundle PE8 4AY

20/00359/FUL (18/04/2020)


Rear single storey kitchen extension and new front porch at 18A Glapthorn Road Oundle  PE8 4JQ



20/00306/FUL (18/04/2020)


Two story extension to left hand side and single story to the rear of the property at 81 Midland Road Raunds NN9 6JF

20/00347/OUT (25/04/2020)


Outline: Residential development for up to 21 dwellings and access (with all matters reserved except access) at Hillside Brick Kiln Road Raunds NN9 6HY


20/00355/FUL (18/04/2020)


Single storey side extension; to create an additional ground floor bedroom and wet room at 32 Back Lane Ringstead NN14 4DR


20/00302/FUL (18/04/2020)


Retrospective single storey garage extension at 39 Glenfield Close Rushden

20/00335/FUL (18/04/2020)


Two-storey Side and Rear Extension at 37 St Marys Avenue Rushden NN10 9EP

20/00340/OUT (25/04/2020)


Outline: Erection of up to 13 residential dwellings and new access (All matters reserved except access) at OP0066 SP9764 Avenue Road Rushden

20/00354/FUL (18/04/2020)


Proposed detached 3 bedroom house at 33 Dingle Road Rushden NN10 6RX


20/00364/FUL (25/04/2020)


Double storey rear extension at 101 Wellingborough Road Rushden NN10 9YL


20/00267/FUL (18/04/2020)


To install first floor french door with balustrade to north elevation for fire egress purposes at 3 Chapel Lane Stanwick NN9 6QB


20/00318/FUL (18/04/2020)


First floor extension to existing bungalow at The Fieldings Main Street Tansor


20/00288/FUL (18/04/2020)


Single storey rear extension to replace existing conservatory; single storey side extension (store) and new front entrance porch at 19 Clare Drive Thrapston NN14 4TA

20/00307/FUL (18/04/2020)


Demolition of existing single storey side element and erection of a two storey side extension, single storey rear extension and new continuous sloping roof over the entrance and bay window at

19 Highfield Road Thrapston   NN14 4NL

20/00324/LBC (25/04/2020)


Upper ground floor – new fire exit door within the Atrium; Glass panels in each of the units in the atrium to be replaced with solid; Levelling of existing internal ramp; lower ground floor – internal masonry wall to be removed at East Northamptonshire Council Cedar Drive Thrapston


20/00326/FUL (25/04/2020)


Enlarge store door; demolish steps to replace with new access ramp at Macqueen House High Street Twywell NN14 3AH







Outside the District

20/00311/FUL (25/04/2020)


Refurbishment and conversion of disused Collyweston School to a dwelling house, and additional

dwelling house on subdivided site at 98 Main Road Collyweston



Co-op Announces New Measures to Keep Colleagues and Families Safe at Funerals

Central England Co-op announces new measures to keep colleagues and families safe while preparing to say goodbye to a loved one

Central England Co-op Funeralcare has announced a range of new measures to keep colleagues and families safe as they help people prepare to say goodbye to their loved ones.


Colleagues are working 24 hours a day to support families at their time of need but changes have had to be put in place following advice and guidance from the Government.


These changes include:

  • Funeral homes have restricted public access with clear information displayed on how to contact the teams if needed
  • Providing a new service enabling families to complete funeral arrangements over the phone or via email
  • Visiting loved ones is still allowed by appointment and providing social distancing guidance can be followed
  • Closing florist shops based on Government instructions. Families can still take their own flowers direct to any service
  • Being unable to provide limousines to comply with social distancing advice
  • Funeral Directors being encouraged to use wheeled trolleys instead of shouldering coffins
  • Being unable to provide new headstones or refurbish existing ones for the time being.  Stone removals for burials will still be provided


Hazel Moss, Head of Funeral, said: “We are working to do all we can to support our families at this difficult time but we feel these measures have to be put in place to protect them and our colleagues.

We will continue to monitor the situation with a view to taking all appropriate steps to minimise risk to our colleagues, all funeral directors and their teams and all mourners and the public while maintaining the highest standard of service possible.”


“These are circumstances that none of us could have imagined, but it continues to be our privilege to support families at this difficult time. Together, we will still give your loved one the best funeral we can, in the current circumstances.”


These new measures come after changes were also put in place at Bretby Crematorium to keep colleagues and mourners safe.  The grounds at the site are remaining open.


New measures include:

  • Funerals are restricted to immediate family only with a strong recommendation of a maximum attendance of 10 mourners. Immediate family includes partners, parents, children, siblings and grandchildren
  • We offer free of charge webcasting of services
  • Curtains will be closed around coffins at the end of the service
  • Hymn books will be removed from chapels for the foreseeable future
  • A gap of at least 10 minutes between services to allow for crematorium staff to tidy the chapels
  • Funeral Directors will be encouraged to use wheeled trolleys instead of shouldering coffins
  • Advice will be posted on site asking families to use hand washing facilities, sit some distance apart from each other and not to shake hands
  • The main office on site will also be closed to the general public and the Book of Remembrance and other memorial work have been halted at this time

People can keep up to date with the latest guidance by visiting a dedicated online hub at



Visiting Restrictions at Northampton General Hospital

Northampton General Hospital are further restricting visiting to the hospital to help to protect  patients and  staff and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).


With immediate effect Northampton General Hospital will not allow any visitors into the hospital. By not visiting the hospital you will help to keep patients and staff safe and save lives.


The following departments have some exceptions:


  • Maternity – one birth partner only as long as they are not displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Disney and Paddington wards – one parent or guardian only. No other visitors or siblings.
  • Gosset ward – one parent only. No other visitors or siblings.
  • Accident and emergency – one visitor only and no children as visitors. Please be aware that if you do bring more than one person with you our teams will ask additional visitors to leave unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Outpatient and other appointments – If you come to the hospital for any other reason please don’t bring a visitor with you. If it is essential that you have a visitor with you please make sure that you only bring one person and that you do not bring any children.

In the upsetting or difficult circumstance where patients may be at the end of their lives different visiting restrictions will apply. These times are to be agreed at the discretion of the nurse in charge.


If you do need to visit the hospital you must use the hand gel provided or wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. This should be done when you enter the hospital site, when you enter a clinical area and leaving the site.

Please do not visit the site unless you have an appointment or need emergency care.


Thank you for your cooperation.

AmbaScarlett Crystal Grid and Distant Reiki Healing

A crystal grid is an arrangement of crystals, created with focus and intent, to enhance the flow of energy in a certain direction and to bring about healing.  Used with Distant Reiki, each carefully chosen crystal brings with it its own properties for this crisis.  They are listed below:

Amethyst – Used for spiritual purposes and distant healing

Ametrine – A mix of amethyst and citrine and great for gaining mental clarity

Citrine – Gives you a sense of direction in life, helps control emotions and draws in abundance

Haematite – Increases courage, good for the circulation

Kyanite – Benefits the throat and offers stamina and endurance

Malachite – Balances emotions, calming, helps with new beginnings

Orange Calcite – Helps dispel sadness and fear. Brings a brighter future

Quartz – A great amplifier of all the other crystals and an all-round general healer

Smokey Quartz – A good luck stone, Helps with positivity, grounding and energy healing

Tiger’s Eye – Counteracts hypochondria, makes one feel safe and calm, helps with distant healing

Helen’s Crystal Grid and Distant Reiki Healing

Each day at around 9am for 20 minutes, I shall send distant reiki healing in general to the world, the grid will stay in place in my healing room the whole time 24/7 ‘doing its thing’!  However, if anyone wants specific distant reiki for their own healing whether physical or emotional or distant reiki for a friend or relation just let me know.  If you are struggling, mentally or physically, I’d like to hear from you.

All distant reiki will be free of charge at this time.  I will need a name, where the person lives (just the name of the town is sufficient) and a picture of the person always helps me connect.

The recipient doesn’t need to do anything at all, however many people like to sit quietly and be mindful, as you can often feel a change in vibration and energy around you.

For more information

Helen Dawson

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FEN Meet Up – Ladies Business Networking and Social Event

Are you a female business owner in or around Northamptonshire?

Join us for a great time at the Female Entrepreneurs in Northamptonshire (FEN) Facebook group’s first ladies meetup. Come and mingle, network and socialise with other ambitious, hardworking, like minded ladies in the county.FEN Meet Up - Ladies Business Networking and Social Event

Running a business can often be lonely and sometimes frustrating. Come out and make new friends, new business connections and new clients over drinks and snacks in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Get a fresh dose of inspiration from our amazing guest speaker Dagmer Bryant – Transformational Coach and Motivational Speaker extraordinaire, who will be speaking about the exceptional power of cultivating and instilling yourself with a Success Mindset in order to achieving your business goals and take your businesses to the next level.

We will also be hearing from other inspiring local fempreneurs including Tayo Sakomba of Digital Makeovers and others, who will be sharing their business journeys with us. The challenges they’ve faced, lessons learned and the strategies used to achieve their successes.

Bring along your business cards, your flyers and free samples and get you brand seen by potential new clients and customers.

Few spaces also available to anyone interested in a table to showcase their products or marketing materials. Contact organiser for details.

Are you just starting out or still working on your business plan. Come along and meet other budding entrepreneurs and get the inspiration to take control and get started.

Event also open to ladies outside the FEN group and ladies from surrounding towns and cities.

Event Details

Doors Open at 2:00PM
From 2:00PM to 5:00PM


Nene Whitewater Centre, Northampton, NN4 7AA

To Book

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Planning Applications: 11 March 2020 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:


20/00253/FUL (11/04/2020)


Erection of dwelling following demolition of car sales room and office at Denford Garage High Street Denford NN14 4EQ


20/00250/FUL (04/04/2020) (Info)

New front porch, ground floor and first floor rear extension at 7 Westfields Easton On The Hill PE9 3LY

20/00291/FUL (11/04/2020)


Replacement of single storey rear extension at 21 High Street Easton On The Hill PE9 3LN

20/00292/LBC (11/04/2020)


Replacement of a late 20th Century single storey rear extension at 21 High Street Easton On The Hill PE9 3LN

Great Addington

20/00199/FUL (11/04/2020)


Renovation of derelict barns, demolition of unsafe structures and the implementation of a new build dwelling. As per the supporting information, there are 3 barns, named A, B and C, with B forming the new build element; Approval for associated car parking in the form of a car port with annex above, hardstanding and sewage treatment accordingly at Rectory Farm Buildings Cranford Road Great Addington

Higham Ferrers

20/00090/FUL (11/04/2020)


Conversion of former band club to form 10 dwellings with external alterations to provide new windows, doors and 15 off-street car parking spaces at 7 Wharf Road Higham Ferrers

20/00260/FUL (04/04/2020) (Info)

Demolition of existing single storey garage and erection of new 1 and 2 storey side extension at 3 Stanwick Road Higham Ferrers NN10 8JG

20/00266/FUL (04/04/2020) (Info)

Single storey rear extension, replacement garage and erection of new 1.8m boundary fence at 47 Wharf Road Higham Ferrers NN10 8BQ


19/00152/LBC (11/04/2020)


Removable shelving attached to stud wall and donation pens on first floor stock room, small removable changing room on shop floor. Small kitchen area in stock room installed by a previous tenant-retrospective ( work due for completion 17.01.2019) at The Old Town Hall Market Place

20/00263/FUL (04/04/2020) (Info)

Detached dwelling to the side garden of existing dwelling house and new access (resubmission of 19/00371/FUL) at 15 St Peters Road Oundle PE8 4PH

20/00268/FUL (04/04/2020) (Info)

Single storey rear extension; addition of render to front and rear elevations and timber cladding to kitchen; alteration to access at 21 St Peters Road Oundle  PE8


20/00155/ADV (04/04/2020) (Info)

2no. high level illuminated building mounted signs and 5no. low level, non illuminated ground mounted totem way finding signs at 100 Scalley Way Raunds NN9 6RJ

20/00284/FUL (04/04/2020) (Info)

Demolish existing Entrance Porch, construct new Entrance Porch and Reception/Office Extension, replace existing timber external windows and doors with new polyester powder coated aluminium and replace existing timber fascias and soffits with new through coloured cement board at The Hall Thorpe Street Raunds  NN9 6LT


20/00200/FUL (11/04/2020)


Excavate the embankment and install precast concrete ‘L’ sections to support the foot path and erection of a new palisade fence to match the existing. Creation of concreted area used for lorry and machine parking (Part retrospective) at Units 6 And 7 Sanders Lodge Industrial Estate Rushden

20/00274/FUL (04/04/2020) (Info)

Retention of farm shop (Resubmission of 19/01842/FUL) (retrospective) at Glebe Meadow Fishery Ditchford Lock Ditchford Lane Rushden NN8 1RL

20/00293/FUL (04/04/2020) (Info)

Single storey rear and side extension at 20A Kings Road Rushden NN10 0DL


20/00289/FUL (11/04/2020)


Demolition of existing garage/store; Change of Use from bank (A2) to retail (A1) and residential (C3) consisting of 4No apartments with amenity space; Erection of bin/cycle store, access gates; replacement of windows and creation of new window openings at 41 High Street Thrapston


20/00076/FUL and20/00077/LBC (11/04/2020) (LB/CA)(LBRegs)

Proposed extension and alterations to dwelling to facilitate the creation of a new 4 bed dwelling with garage (Resubmission of 19/00393/FUL and 19/00394/LBC) at Manor Farm Barn Main Street Wakerley


20/00157/LBC (11/04/2020)


Replacement of the wooden, glass and plastic conservatory with newly constructed conservatory manufactured in dark grey powder coated aluminium and glass. at 57 Main Street Yarwell PE8 6PR

20/00252/FUL (04/04/2020) (Info)

Single storey side extension and First floor extension above existing single storey utility room at 20 Nassington Road Yarwell PE8 6PP


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