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Co-op Launches New Call and Collect Service

Co-op launches new call and collect service to help Members access food and essentials.

Today Central England Co-op has launched its Call and Collect service to allow Members in need of help and support with their shopping access food and essentials. 

The retailer created the new service as part of its ongoing efforts to provide access to food and vital essentials to people across the communities it trades in during these uncertain times.

The service will see Members call a dedicated number and place their order, their local store will then pick and pack the order that day before having ready to be collected in the afternoon the day after.

Full details can be found below.

The service is available in all stores in the following areas:  West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.


Central England Co-op has announced the launch of a new call and collect service for its Members to provide help for those who need support with their shopping.

The Society, which has over 240 food stores across 16 counties, created the new service as part of its ongoing efforts to provide access to food and vital essentials to people across the communities it trades in during these uncertain times.

The service will see Members call a dedicated number and place their order, their local store will then pick and pack the order that day before having ready to be collected in the afternoon the day after.

The Member or a nominated person will then visit the store and collect the shopping. Payment for the food and essentials will be taken over the phone from the retailer’s head office.

Items available to order include everything from fresh food to cupboard essentials.

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive, said: “As a Co-operative Society, supporting our Members is at the heart of what we do. We know some Members may need help in getting the food they need during these uncertain times.

“This is why we have launched our call and collect service, exclusively for Members who may need that help.

“All Members have to do is follow some simple steps and they, or a nominated person, will be able to place an order and pick it up with ease.

“We have been committed to helping communities access food and vital essentials during this global pandemic and this is just another way we can continue to do just that.”

The service can be broken down into three easy steps for Members:

  1.  Call 0800 0501601 and place their order over the phone from a list of items listed on the retailer’s website
  2. Central England Co-op will then call the Members back the following day to take payment and give them a collection number
  3. Their order will be available to collect in the afternoon, the day after it was placed.

Full details, including the items Members can order, is available online at




Tranquillity gains Coverage in Northamptonshire Chamber Magazine

Relaxation and Tranquillity Expert  gains Coverage in Northamptonshire Chamber Magazine

Susan Royle of Tranquillity Time Retreats is the expert in calming relaxation.  In challenging times her business of retreats for busy women held at places such as Tofte Manor and the Arc Cabin has gone from strength to strength.

As venues closed due to Covid 19, Susan began to run her retreats online using the Zoom platform.  The regular relaxing get-togethers offer different sorts of specialisms from sleep to creativity.

Using Zoom, everyone can speak and interact with one another – as humans we crave human contact, which can be missing at the moment in many lives. time for tranquility retreats

Northamptonshire Chamber Magazine actively sought Tranquillity Time Retreats to show how local businesses had embraced lockdown and continued to thrive in adverse circumstances.  The secret of Tranquillity Time’s success is how much her retreats, whatever the subject, is their benefit to our mental health.

Nene Local Magazine has attended one of Susan’s creativity retreats, and written about the experience here

The next retreat from Tranquillity Time is one based around better sleep, so clam your self and give your mental health a lift by booking today.

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Find out more here;

Soothing You to Sleep Online Retreat

Soothing you and your body taking time and space to rest and revitalise. Permission to pause, as we deepen our breath, slow down and relax our body and mind through deep meditation. To the melodic sound of Koshi Chimes, to unwind, unravel and be kind to yourself.


Date: 29th May

Duration: 2 hours – 7pm – 9pm

Price: £40.00 per person


My Lockdown Art Book – Nene Local Magazine

Just before we went into lockdown I visited Hobbycraft, I had an inkling we might be indoors for a while.  I bought a few different craft items, as well as going to Colemans Craft Warehouse across the way for more things.  One of my purchases was a hard backed sketch pad, to fill during lock down.

I’ve been on a couple of creative retreats run by Tranquility Time, learning some zen drawing, you find out more about those on Susan’s Facebook page – Tranquility Time Retreats.

Spurred on by thing I’ve learnt I thought I’d add a little tutorial on Nene Local Magazine in case anyone wanted to have a play with their coloured pencils today.

Here is the finished work;

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The 3D look is really easy to achieve;

Draw your lines in pen either in the circle or in wavy lines.

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Next using a soft pencil like a 3B or softer, smudge along the lines you’ve drawn

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Smudge with your fingers

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Complete all the lines

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Next grab your pen again and draw in arcs, in either direction;

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You can do some one way and some the other…no rules!

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You can add some curls if you want….

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Start to colour each portion, darker at each side (Press harder) and lighter towards the middle (keep the pencil light and relaxed in your hand)

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Use whatever colours you want….

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tranquility time retreats


Keep going till it’s all done…

Most of all – have fun!

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Join English Tourism Week in the Nene Valley … Virtually

Destination Nene Valley (DNV) will once again be raising the profile of tourism along the River Nene for English Tourism Week which runs from 25-31 May 2020.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, activities will take place online and concentrate on encouraging visitors, residents and business to celebrate the Nene Valley whilst remaining safe and following Government guidance.destination nene valley | nene local

Through the week, the team at DNV will be working with tourism providers across the area to deliver the following activities:

  • A social media campaign to raise the profile the profile of the Nene Valley and support tourism businesses by sharing videos, websites and photos.
  • A photographic competition with the title of ‘life in lockdown’.
  • A webinar for tourism partners.
  • Sharing inspirational stories from our communities in the Nene Valley on
  • A Nene Valley Quiz with prizes to be won.
  • Delivering the first annual award to find our very own Nene Valley hero!

East Northamptonshire Council board member for the DNV project, Cllr Sarah Peacock said:

“English Tourism Week is a staple in the DNV calendar and this year is no exception. Obviously, this year is different and we have had to adapt accordingly with activity focused online.

“But ultimately, we want to raise the profile and awareness of tourism along the Nene Valley, by working with partner organisations, and support all of our tourism partners and businesses during what is a challenging time.”

All of the events have been organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which aims to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to a mixture of local, national and international audiences.

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English Tourism Week is an annual celebration, and this year the campaign will focus on engagement with Central Government, MPs and other stakeholders to support the recovery of English tourism in the aftermath of the pandemic, whilst raising awareness of the importance, quality and value of the sector to the UK economy.

VisitEngland is proud to lead the annual English Tourism Week campaign celebrating our diverse, exciting and vibrant sector, and showcasing the quality, range and value of English tourism to stakeholders. The week provides an essential opportunity to raise awareness and the sector’s profile to key stakeholders, with VisitEngland working to support English destinations with political engagement nationally, regionally and locally.

For more information and to get involved with English Tourism Week in the Nene Valley, visit, @_nenevalley on Twitter or search for Nene Valley on Facebook

Northampton General Hospital Reinstates Home Birth Service

The home birth service, provided by the midwifery team at Northampton General Hospital, will be reinstated from 22nd May after a temporary suspension due to Covid-19.

The popular service provides home birth care and support for women in Northampton. The team will gradually reinstate the home birth service, starting with women who have previously had a baby and who were already booked to have a home birth. It’s anticipated that the full service will resume for all women in the summer.

Women who have already booked for a home birth who want to speak to a home birth team midwife should contact the Barratt Birth Centre 01604 545434. All pregnant women registered with NGH will continue to receive information and guidance on how to access services during Covid-19.

Earlier this year the service was suspended due to COVID-19 to ensure staff could support safe maternity care in the hospital. By suspending the service the team were able to continue to offer women midwifery-led care and continuity of carer, where possible, in the Barratt Birth Centre.

The decision to reinstate services comes following guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The service is being reinstated in accordance to the latest guidance and the hospital has tailored their service in line with national guidance to ensure safe care for families. This is being regularly reviewed and the team are also working in conjunction with the East Midlands Ambulance Service to ensure there is paramedic support available if required.



Planning Applications: 21 May 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:

Notice is given that the following applications have been received:



20/00556/FUL and 20/00557/LBC (23/06/2020) (CA/LB) Demolish single storey side porch and rebuild new single storey side porch at The Old Vicarage Main Street Cotterstock PE8 5HD

Applicant: Mr James Rowlett



20/00508/FUL (23/06/2020) (CA/LB) Wedding Structure at Deene Hall Deene Park Deene NN17 3EW

Applicant: Mr M Coombs


Kings Cliffe

20/00264/FUL (23/06/2020) (CA/Art 15)

Two storey side extension; single storey side extension; first floor front and rear extension at Two Hoots Church Walk Kings Cliffe PE8 6XD

Applicant: Chelsey McCoo



20/00506/FUL (23/06/2020) (CA)

Replacement of two existing outbuildings with oak framed timber garage to incorporate store in loft space at Parkside Cottage 1 Main Street Laxton NN17 3AT

Applicant: Mr Hayward



20/00570/FUL (23/06/2020) (LB)

Detached building for a workshop and store use at 39 Station Road Nassington PE8 6QB

Applicant: Mr and Mrs Edgell



20/00486/FUL (16/06/2020) (Art 15)

Proposed Commercial Development for a B1 Office Unit and Ancillary Storage Barn at Blotts Barn Brooks Road Raunds NN9 6NS

Applicant: Roger and Amanda Denton Ltd- Mr R Denton



* 20/00534/FUL (02/07/2020) (EIA/Art 15)

Revised scheme to construct a new link road between Ditchford Road and Rushden Lakes (with associated Site clearance and earthworks) alongside junction works, car parking, footpaths, cycleways, lighting, drainage works, hard and soft landscaping and associated works. Reconfiguration of existing car parking and Service Yard areas and the temporary storage of excavated material for a period of up to five years at Land West of Rushden Lakes Ditchford Lane Rushden

Applicant: Shoemaker Gp Ltd


20/00544/PNT (23/06/2020) (GPDO)

Streetworks style base station (a 20 metre phase 8 pole with wrap around cabinet built around the base, 3no. new equipment cabinets) at Communication Mast Sports Ground Hayden Road Rushden

Applicant: Mobile Broadband Network Ltd



20/00516/FUL (23/06/2020) (LB)

Retrospective application for a garden timber open sided gazebo for outdoor dining at The Grange 24 Grange Road Stanwick NN9 6PZ

Applicant: Mr Michael Berry



20/00505/FUL (23/06/2020) (LB/CA)

Demolition of existing dwelling and replacement dwelling at 4 The Lawns Twywell NN14 3AU

Applicant: Mr and Mrs Nick Fry



20/00480/LBC (23/06/2020) (LB/CA)

New single storey link extension including demolition of internal linking wall at The Old Rectory 4 Church Street Woodford NN14 4EX

Applicant: Kathy Sharky

Local Make-up Artist gets Sew Creative to Help Kettering Hospital

Elaine Barrow has been a make-up artist for 10 years and works all over the UK. Her jobs have included teaching Make-Up masterclasses, training up retail artists to sell products, working back stage at London Fashion week, being part of the make-up team for the Rio dancers at the Olympics in 2012 and for TV, fashion, editorial, Bridal and one to one lessons.

elaine Barrow bandana

Elaine Barrow


Whilst in lockdown Elaine has been trying to make the most of her time, she has begun her own YouTube channel and does online tutorials to put onto her social media channels. Elaine says “People are always asking about different looks and techniques, so I wanted to provide these through step by step video’s.”  It’s proving very popular, especially as people are having more time to experiment with different looks at home.

Elaine also wanted to do her bit to help all our keyworkers who are working through some tough times at the minute and the NHS in particular, and came up with the idea of making rainbow dog bandana’s after doing a rainbow eye make-up tutorial.

As Elaine or her partner don’t have children the ideal partners to help out were her trusty dogs!  Elaine knew exactly how she wanted them to look and being creative  got onto it straight away, ordered the material and when it arrived began cutting and making them, drawing an NHS logo on each bandana.

After putting a photo onto her own Facebook and Instagram accounts Elaine got some great feedback and had others asking if she would make their dog one. She had material left so thought why not!

Elaine had the fabulous idea of charging a small fee to raise that money for the NHS as they’re doing such a wonderful job it made sense to help. Elaine charges £7 for each bandana which includes postage and £5 of every one goes to the NHS (£2 covers cost of the material, posting and equipment).   It’s been such a success she has now made over 70 and is determined to get to the 100 mark and raise £500.elaine Barrow bandana

Elaine has also bandanas for cats, donkeys and Alpacas too! And has received some lovely messages back from very happy doggie parents and photos too which she going to present to Kettering General Hospital (which is where she has chosen for the money to go) when she has completed the task! Elaine says “It’s been such a wonderful thing to keep me busy and keep my creative mind going throughout lockdown and give just been so happy that I could do something small to help.”


Get in touch with Elaine Barrow on:



Website :

Instagram : @elainemakeupartist

Traversing a Lock Safely During the 2020 Pandemic

The EA has now lifted restrictionsand the river is now open.  Knowing that the boating crowd are a fairly sensible lot all in all, they’ve deemed short day trips safe.  If you are going to be on the river and going through locks during this time, we suggest something like this….


Going through the lock on your own – This one is the simplest, you will just need to take extra care and be aware of your surroundings as you normally would, plus wash your hands thoroughly (also washing any equipment you have touched with your hands, such as the lock key) on your return to your vessel.

If you see a boat going through a lock, leave them to it rather than going to help which many of us usually do.  Wait on our boat until they have passed by.


Two boats in the lock – Again, fairly straight forward.  Each lock has two sides, one boat crew gets off one side and vice versa, with each boat crew always remaining on their own side of the lock.  If you are on the port side, your crew does the port side gate, if the electric is on the port side then your crew is in charge of the buttons.  Once boarding your vessel, was hands and all equipment.  You are more than 2m apart and outdoors so no need for masks.

When you are out of your vessel do not touch your face, you will be touching lock gates, and other river furniture, we know the virus does not last long outdoors but you do not know when the last boat crew went through.

If you are on a river where you need to reset the lock for the next boat, then the same rules should apply to each boat resetting their own side of the lock, before departing.


More than two boats in a lock – Do not overcrowd locks, both for safety and for social distancing reasons. Visualise the lock as having four ‘corners’.

  1. The electrics to raise the guillotine
  2. Lock gate port side
  3. Lock gate starboard side
  4. A ‘corner’ with nothing to do opposite the electric box (more on this later)

Boaters can easily get their vessels into the lock, each person responsible for their own ropes.  Do not throw or catch ropes from another household.   Everyone moors ready to begin the procedure.

Only one boat crew can be at any one corner, so willing crew members go to the ‘corner’ nearest their boat.  If all corners are already manned, stay aboard.  If a corner is unmanned a boaters hearty call is all that is required!

Corners 1,2, and 3 it’s obvious what you do.  If that is your corner, you remain there until your job is completed.  The person at corner 4 is the watcher.  Watching for boats caught on chains and other general boating safety and hazards.  No one wants to be calling the emergency services out or going to A&E.  They should also watch for people observing 2m rule, we are all new to this and will occasionally lose concentration – I think a watcher is a good idea for these reasons.  The watcher just calls to people to make them aware of their surroundings.


Once aboard your own vessel, wash hands and all equipment used.  Stow equipment safely until the next lock.

Following the ideas above the 2m social distancing should automatically occur.  Keep alert and aware of your surroundings at all times and keep everyone safe.


Happy boating!



Christine’s COVID Recovery Sparks Pogo-Athon Fundraising

NORTHAMPTON GENERAL HOSPITAL NEWS: Christine’s COVID recovery sparks pogo-athon fundraising.

A 71 year old grandmother of six has inspired family fundraising in honour of the hospital that saved her life after she contracted COVID-19.

Christine and John Leggett

Christine and John Leggett

Christine Leggett first noticed symptoms of the virus when she began to feel achy and lethargic. As her breathing was not affected she was advised to stay at home to recover from her symptoms. However a decline in her condition and difficulty breathing in the days after first noticing symptoms meant that Christine needed to be bought to hospital to have treatment.

Freddie Minnie and Summer

Freddie Minnie and Summer

Christine described arriving at the hospital “The ambulance arrived and the paramedics said I had a temperature and low oxygen and needed to be admitted. When we arrived I was taken through to a large room that looked like something out of a sci-fi movie. Everyone dressed in all the protective clothing and plastic sheeting separated different areas. A chest x-ray was taken and I was told that I had pneumonia on both lungs and it was highly likely that it was coronavirus. After a few more tests I was taken to a ward and put on oxygen”.

Freddie, Minnie and Summer

Freddie, Minnie and Summer

In the following days, despite treatment, her condition worsened and she needed to be taken to the intensive care unit for ventilation to help her to breathe and then oxygen therapy. She spent 4 days in intensive care before being discharged back to a ward. Two weeks after being admitted to hospital and only a week after leaving intensive care, Christine was able to return home to her loved ones to continue her recovery.


She explained “When I first came home I felt tired and didn’t have a lot of energy, but after a couple of days I started walking a few laps round the garden, increasing the distance every day. I feel absolutely fine now and everyone says how well I look.


“The care that I received while in hospital was amazing. Everyone was treated with such kindness and I know they saved my life. No one should be worried about going into hospital”.


And now to thank the hospital her son Jonny, daughter-in-law Hayley and three of her grandchildren took on their own unique fundraising challenge to say thank you to the NHS.

Jonny explained how the idea of fundraising came about “Hayley had taken the lead role in calling the hospital twice a day for updates on mum, so she had first-hand experience of how well mum was being looked after. Captain Tom Moore had given us so much inspiration of what could be achieved in the back garden so we decided to do a 2.6km pogo-athon!


“Freddie, Summer and Minnie all took turns doing the 8.5m width of the garden on the pogo stick. We completed the challenge in just over two days on one of the hottest weekends. By the end of it they had blisters and bruising but they wanted to keep going for their nanny and the NHS. To date they have raised over £1,300.


“NGH saved my mum’s life. No if’s or but’s.

We are eternally grateful”.

Plans to Create Two New Councils Undergo Major Redesign

Plans to create two new councils undergo major redesign as Covid crisis continues.

With tackling the Coronavirus everyone’s top priority, plans for creating two new councils in Northamptonshire will be scaled down, with a new approach called ‘Safe and Legal Plus’.

New legislation that came into effect on 8 May, as expected confirms the new North and West Northamptonshire Councils will start on 1 April 2021.  This follows the postponement of this spring’s scheduled unitary elections due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The North and West Shadow Councils’ Executives at their first meetings in late June will be considering proposals to prioritise work to ensure all services are set up safely and legally for day one of the two new authorities, whilst still working hard to bring together and improve as many existing services as possible.

Preparations will continue towards setting up the new countywide Children’s Trust by 1 April next year, with the timescale dependent on the ongoing pandemic response.

The priorities of the proposed revised Safe and Legal Plus programme include:

  • Ensuring all services for the new councils are ready to go next April so residents continue to access services as they usually would.
  • Setting up the new North and West shadow authorities, which are made up of the existing district, borough and county councillors. They will meet in June and replace the West and North Northants Joint Committees.
  • Ensuring budgets are set for each new council, and developing plans for equalising Council Tax rates across each unitary area.
  • Bringing together the existing district and borough services into the new North and West unitary councils and splitting county council services across the two areas.
  • Even better joint working in Adults Services and Health and Social Care, with improved ways of working to improve services for residents and deliver significant savings.

Cllr Russell Roberts, Leader of the new North Northamptonshire Shadow Authority said: “Our councils and services are facing unprecedented challenges in responding to the Covid pandemic and the health and welfare of our residents is at the forefront of everything we are doing.

“We’re working on the assumption that safe and legal is deliverable by 1 April 2021 but due to the uncertainty that exists at the moment, we will continually review what is possible to achieve and by when as we move through the next few months.

“We’ve had to re-think our ambitions as to what we can achieve by Go Live Day, but while the focus is on Safe and Legal we’ll be doing what we can between now and April.”

Councillor Ian McCord, Leader of the new West Northamptonshire Shadow Authority, said: “Providing essential public services to residents and businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic has rightly been our top priority, with work on the new councils put on the back burner.  As a result, we’ve had to scale back how much we can do before launch of the two new councils next April.

“We’ll certainly have each new council up and running on time, but will complete much of the behind-the-scenes work of integrating staff from the previous councils later on.  What’s most important is that residents relying on public services continue to see them run smoothly.”

To view the vision document, ‘Prospectus for Change – the next chapter’ and to find out more about the new Safe and Legal Plus approach for the unitary preparations visit and