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GOPO for Joint Health – We use it!

GOPO Joint Health 


GOPO has been evaluated in numerous rigorously-conducted, placebo-controlled, clinical trials involving hundreds of patients with difficult-to-treat chronic joint conditions, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Efficacy results have been consistently positive and evidence supporting the benefits of GOPO has been presented around the world at numerous clinical meetings and many studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals. 




Laboratory studies into GOPO have demonstrated that it can switch off certain genes responsible for producing proteins and enzymes that have been implicated in inflammatory joint destruction and switch on genes that help to produce collagen and cartilage, which are essential components of a healthy joint. This suggests that when taken long term, the galactolipid GOPO may protect cartilage cells and help to rebuild joint tissues.

High levels of the galactolipid GOPO are found only in GOPO Joint Health.

 gopo joint health


GOPO® Joint Health is also rich in vitamin C which is essential for normal collagen formation, needed by the body for healthy bones and cartilage

When I received my sample

I googled all the great benefits of Rose Hip – and found it was not only high in Vitamin C and great for joint health, it was also fabulous for the immune system too – so in the current climate, why would I not try GOPO!  The tablets are quite large, but you are allowed to open the capsule and sprinkle the conents on cereal or something if you struggle to take them.  I’ve found after around three weeks on them, my knees have improved.  My knees would actually squeak when I went up stairs – they are now silenced!  I am however, awaiting improvement in a dodgy elbow, but would add that a three week trial is a little short so far, so expecting improvement soon.

GOPO Joint Health is available from Boots, Amazon, supermarkets and independent chemists nationwide and is priced at £19.52 for 120 capsules and £29.60 for 200 capsules. 

Visit for further information. 


Marie’s Marathon 112 laps in Memory of her Father

Marie Eccles, from Garfield Road in Kettering is taking on a footrace challenge, walking the distance of a marathon, 112 laps of the block where she lives in Kettering, on July 4th to raise money for Cransley Hospice, in memory of her Dad who passed away in the hospice.

Marie Eccles Dad

Inspired by the American Self-Transcendence 3100 mile, the world’s longest certified footrace which takes place in New York where runners negotiate 5,649 laps of the block in Queens.  Marie will never be further than 200 meters from her front door as she strides her 112 laps.

Marie’s Dad, Hornsby Thompson (known as Harry) passed away on the 7th July 2014 after six weeks in the hospice.  Marie said: “The place was fantastic, they were so good to our family, if he’d had a rough day the nurses were waiting with a hug to help us feel better – I guess they can’t do that now with COVID?”

“It was two O’clock in the morning when my Dad died.  All of us were there – seven children, partners, nephews and nieces, no one minded, everyone treated us with dignity.  We were even allowed to bring the dog in to see my Dad!”

“They let my two older sisters stay in the room with him – they even put up a little bed beside his.”

Marie has never taken on a challenge like this before and just 2 years ago Marie spent 6 months in a cast after shattering her leg in an accident. She said, “The walk should take me around 9 hours, but it’s going to help me get back to get stronger and it’ll be worth it for what they did for my Dad.”

Marie EcclesMarie is hoping that some of her family will join her for short stretches throughout the day and Cransley Hospice Community Fundraising Manager, Louise Preedy will be joining her in the final stages.  Louise said “I’m really looking forward to joining Marie for the final laps and I am sure they will be quite emotional. We haven’t been able to hold our usual fundraising events and activities this year and although we have adapted some events the amount of money raised will be dramatically down for the year. It’s with the fundraising support of people like Marie that we can reduce the impact the pandemic has had on fundraising for the hospice and ultimately be able to continue to provide the excellent specialist care needed by our patients both at home and in the hospice.”

Taking on a physical challenge can benefit us in so many ways, physically and mentally.  Just getting out and about in the fresh air and getting moving will help us to feel better.  If you’re feeling inspired by Marie, check out the fabulous range of Challenge Events at

For anyone interested in taking on a Cycle or Trek or Running challenge Cransley Hospice will be hosting discovery evenings on Wednesday and Thursday next week, contact for more information.

Former Paratrooper Encourages others to take the Apprenticeship Plunge

A paratrooper who was forced to quit the army due to health reasons says becoming an apprentice electrician was the best thing he could have done to turn his life around.

Michael Parr, 28, of Great Glen, Leicestershire was discharged from the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment after suffering hearing loss in one ear as a result of firing heavy weapons.


Since becoming an apprentice at RK Electrical Mechanical Services in Northamptonshire he has his feet firmly on the ground and hopes to encourage others to consider apprenticeships when faced with having to make a career change.


Speaking of his experience during National Apprenticeship Week (8-14 February), Michael said: “On leaving school I went on to study farming, I’d worked on a farm since I was 13 and knew this was something I wanted to do. I studied farm management and worked in the industry for eight years.”


After spending two years working on farms in Australia Michael decided the time was right to follow a life-long ambition to join the army and in 2014 he took the plunge.


He said: “I went overseas quite a lot on training exercises, completing various parachute jumps. I loved everything about it and was devastated when after just four years I was discharged for becoming deaf in one ear from firing heavy weapons.


“I didn’t really know what to do, a career in the army was my life ambition. I didn’t have a back-up plan and I needed one fast.”


Michael decided to retrain to become an electrical engineer.


He said: “I decided to throw myself into a new career. I had excelled in the army and I knew I would excel as an electrician. I could transfer all the skills I had learnt in the army into relearning a trade. I asked around and was told about RK Electrical Mechanical Services.”


The award-winning Desborough-based employer specialises in providing high-quality electrical, plumbing and heating services over a number of industry sectors, including housing developments, social housing sites and industrial, commercial and domestic properties.


Apprenticeships in electrical plumbing and heating, including gas, are offered to successful candidates on completion of a two-week trial.


Michael will complete his second year in March.


He added: “Being an apprentice is so much better than I expected it to be. I’ve had fantastic support from everyone at the firm and I would tell anyone faced with a situation like mine to go with their gut feeling, don’t let the word ‘apprentice’ put you off.


“As much as I wanted to stay in the army I knew that becoming an electrician would be better for my future and the time goes so fast. When I was told I was getting discharged from the army I really didn’t think I’d be where I am now.


“I knew a bit about electrics and decided to go for it and I would encourage others to do the same.”


RK Electrical Mechanical Services is currently supporting seven apprentices across both the electrical and mechanical sides of the industry.


Kye Bishop, Business Development Manager, added: “Apprenticeships have a key role in helping the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and we are proud to be able to help people like Michael to retrain and up-skill. Our apprenticeship scheme supports our commitment to organically grow the business and create our own professional, highly-skilled workforce.”


On completion of the apprenticeship programme candidates will have taken the necessary steps to be qualified as either an electrical or mechanical engineer.


Anyone interested in finding out more about the RK Electrical Mechanical Services apprenticeship scheme can contact Kye Bishop 01536 601900, email: or sign up to a monthly e-newsletter here.




The Hope Centre “Big Sleep Out”

The Hope Centre is delighted to announce that participants in its Virtual Big SleepOut-In last Friday have so far raised a huge £22,500 for the charity.


Taken online due to COVID-19 restrictions, more than 110 children and adults who signed up were given the chance to spend the evening on a Zoom call together before they bedded down for the night, somewhere less comfortable than their own beds.


Hope’s community and events fundraiser, Tanya Haji-Miller, said: “We have been astounded by the amount our supporters have raised and the numbers who took part.


“It was a different sort of SleepOut but just as uncomfortable for people to take part in.

the hope centre

“As well as raising funds for us, at a time when it’s needed more than ever, we hope our participants took away an understanding that homelessness is not just about the people who you might see on the streets; it’s also those in insecure housing who worry every day about where they are going to sleep at night.”


Next year’s Big SleepOut date and location are currently being finalised but the team at the Hope Centre have said they want the event to be bigger and better than ever.

Tanya added: “We want as many people as possible to join us and we have a few surprise new additions for next year’s event.


“Keep an eye on our social media channels for the last news as it happens.”


Hope’s next fundraiser is the Ride for Hope One Day Cycling challenge where participants will be able to cycle either 5, 20 or 40 miles starting at Salcey Forest on Sunday 16th May.


For information about how to sign up visit

Let’s Build A Den

Who doesn’t remember the time they built a fort out of sofa cushions and sheets as a child on a rainy day. These temporary retreats are more than just simple play, but develop vital STEM skills, ignite imaginations and create memories.

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Den-building is a rite of childhood – it’s instinctive, it’s universal, it’s fun. It’s a child-led activity that offers comfort, security and control to children who feel that they need it – and is a source of triumph for those who relish a test of physical and mental agility. Dens can be built anywhere, from anything, and be as complex as the maker is able to imagine and realise. We can personalise them – keep our special things inside. Access is by invitation only – and those allowed inside must enter the owner’s world.

We all need a space to call our own. Everyone needs a den.

The Den Kit Company have been making shelter-building kits for children since 2006. Robust, authentic components that both challenge and excite young minds. Versatile and non-prescribed construction – meaning there’s no wrong way, but a whole load of right ways to build it.

For More Information


M: 07976508763

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Planning Applications: 01 February 2021 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:



(2 March 2021) (ART15) Outline: Permanent farm manager’s dwelling (All matters reserved) Land At OP0103 TF5858 Cliffe Road Easton On The Hill

Applicant: D P Mitchell – Mr D Mitchell



(2 March 2021) (CA)(LB)

Creation of a new access and off-road parking for two vehicles, to include an electric charging point. The works will

adhere to the guidelines set out by highways. 6 Bridge Street Brigstock

Applicant: Mr Matt Roe



(2 March 2021) (CA) Demolition of single storey side extension; new pitched roof, garage conversion and erection of detached double garage, provision of railings and replacement windows Gordonville Slipton Road Twywell

Applicant: Distinction Developments – Mr David Smith



(2 March 2021) (CA) Proposed roof Alterations 18 Park Road Rushden

Applicant: Mr Steven Lewis

Duddington With Fineshade


(2 March 2021) (CA) Reinstating the pitched roof of existing flat roof extension and addition of new first floor over the flat roof area Smithy Cottage Mill Street Duddington

Applicant: Mrs Karla Slogett

Higham Ferrers


(2 March 2021) (CA) Removal and replacement of existing refrigeration and a/c plant in rear service yard; New task lighting to service yard and plant area; Re-instatement of shopfront where door removed 26 High Street Higham Ferrers

Applicant: The Co-Op


NE/21/00050/LBCand NE/21/00049/FUL

(2 March 2021) (LB)(CA) Demolition of external toilet and addition of new door to existing opening; demolition of single storey brick and stone outhouse; erection of new timber store and installation of floor mounted solar panels. Berkeley House Main Street Lower Benefield

Applicant: Mr Charlie Mitchel

Higham Ferrers


(2 March 2021) (CA) Replacement windows within a conservation area 3 High Street Higham Ferrers

Applicant: Mr Jake Dunkley



(2 March 2021) (CA) Detached dwelling within the grounds of an existing builder’s yard 2 Launde Cottages The Lawns Twywell

Applicant: Mr And Mrs Walsh



(2 March 2021) (CA) Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of replacement dwelling 27 North Street Titchmarsh

Applicant: Mr And Mrs Tim Cooper



(2 March 2021) (CA) Erection of single storey oak framed double garage with workshop, comprising of catslide clay tiled roof and larch cladding. Parkside Cottage 1 Main Street Laxton

Applicant: Mr Tim Davies



(2 March 2021) (ART15) Detached triple garage with solar roof panels to the south east elevation New Lodge Farm Laxton Road Bulwick

Applicant: Mrs Sophie Fulton