Category: Events

Annual Festival will Return to Nene Valley Next Month

People across the district are invited to celebrate the rich heritage, wildlife and culture of the Nene Valley as the annual Nene Valley Festival returns this September.

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The festival, which will take place from Saturday 15 September – Sunday 23 September, will offer a whole host of activities that are guaranteed to be fun for all the family. Thanks to a boost in funding from Heritage Lottery through Nenescape, this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever before.

Featuring more than 110 events at key locations across the Nene Valley from Northampton to Peterborough, the festival will deliver an eclectic mix of activities for wildlife and culture lovers of all ages.

Northampton Borough Council will be hosting the launch event at Becket’s Park on Saturday 15 September. Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for Community Engagement, Northampton Borough Council, said: “We are once again very pleased that the Nene Valley Festival will be coming to Northampton and we are delighted to be hosting the first event of what promises to be an action-packed week.

“This year the Festival will be showcasing Becket’s Park, which we are very proud of and where the Buddies of Beckets group are doing a fantastic job in bringing back to life this wonderful area of town centre parkland.”

Fitness fanatics are invited to test their peddle power at the Cyclefest taking place at Stanwick Lakes on launch day, and families can learn all about the rich history of the valley at Heritage Family Fun Day, which will be held at Rushden Lakes on Sunday 16 September.

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To round off a fun-filled week of activities, the local community is invited to ‘come and meet the settlers’ at Stanwick Lakes on Saturday 22 September and join in festivities at Peterborough Family Finale on Sunday 23 September at Peterborough Market Square.

The annual festival, which is celebrating its fifth year, is being organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which aims to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to local, national and international audiences.

East Northamptonshire Councillor and Board Member for the Destination Nene Valley project, Sarah Peacock, said:

“We are delighted to be delivering the Nene Valley Festival once again this year. The event will offer a diverse range of activities, which will inspire people to connect with the wildlife and heritage of the Nene Valley. We hope that our residents and visitors have a fantastic time celebrating everything that the local area has to offer.”

The festival is one of the key projects within the Nenescape Landscape Partnership scheme, a five-year Heritage Lottery funded scheme that works in partnership with sixteen organisations along the River Nene, to celebrate and look after its natural and built history. In total, thanks to National Lottery players, Nenescape will have provided more than £72,000 worth of funding to Nene Valley Festival by 2022, and have been instrumental in the delivery of the event.

Visit and follow @_nenevalley #nenevalley2018 on Twitter to keep up to date with the festival programme.

What does Financial Freedom Mean to You?

What does Financial Freedom Mean to You?

Retiring at 50, 40 or even 30!?

On my boat just asking who wants a G&T

On my boat just asking who wants a G&T

Buying your own boat?

Owning your house outright?

Not worry about redundancy?

Or just feeling financially secure on a day to day basis….?


Someone offered me the opportunity to earn a passive income, and

I took it!


my boat

Moored near Downham Market – Walking the dog round the marina, earning my passive income as I go…

What is a passive income?

I’ve laid the ground work and spoken to a few people, they in turn have done the same and now I can sit in my garden enjoying the sunshine knowing there is a payment popping into my account on the 15th of every month!

Exclusive upcoming event

An extremely successful partner is coming from Switzerland this month to share how she achieved financial freedom in less than a year!

The Company has been hugely successful in Germany and Switzerland for over 20 years and now growing rapidly through the rest of Europe. Their European headquarters are just near us in Huntingdon.

It’s an international company with offices in 65 countries.

The company is brand new in the UK!

Let me tell you, when I first heard of it, I was told there is no join up fee, no targets, no paperwork – this already sounded like heaven to me. Of course, with no fees to join there is no risk!

Then I learned there is no stock ordering, as you don’t sell to anyone.  No stock to try and store in your garage or lounge, no deliveries, no trudging out after dark to see if Mrs Brownlock is home to give her a £3 item where you earn just 30p!!  No thanks!!

No asking all your friends to host pamper parties, so they now all avoid you! … No standing on a stall at the school fete trying to sell some cream or other…. With no one making eye contact.  I’ve been there, done that and it’s excruciatingly uncomfortable.


What we have here is just a HUGE opportunity!

I’ve said a lot about what it’s NOT – so come along and find out what it IS!


Join me at this exclusive, free, event at Wyboston Lakes – July 20th 7pm till 9pm

Please message me on Facebook or email me at so I can add you to the guest list or you won’t get in 😊


Friday 20th July 2018 7-9pm
Inspiration WAKE UP in the UK

Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre

Great North Road
MK44 3AL

Ladies Pamper Evening at The Bridge Hotel in Thrapston

athene 230Athene Spa is situated in The Bridge Hotel – the event opens at 6pm, so just come up!  It’s THIS Tuesday so don’t miss out! The stairs are by where the old swimming pool used to be if you are a local you will know!  If not just ask at reception.

Lots of stalls that have never been to the Spa here before, so new things to see, try out and buy…

We have Doterra Essential Oils presenting their fabulous diffusers, oils and other assocaited products.


Arbonne are sending their nutritional expert to talk to you about diet, weightloss, and detoxing.


While on the subject of weightloss, we have a consultant for Valentus, who make nutrionally sound coffee that helps with weightloss, mood, health and focus, plus it tastes amazing so we are told – we cn’t wait to try some – there is a sample here for you too.


The FM stall will offer some amazing fragrances, not available on the High Street, but using the same base and top oils as the big brands, all at wonderful prices to suit your purses….


Captain Tortue will be there, the French designer label with the High Street price tag, the new summer collection is now out and you will be the first to see it.


Cleopatra oved her bathing and the Cleopatra Cosmetic Boutique wll be showing you how to host a party where you make your own bath bombs – how cool is that?!


FREE refreshments, FREE entry so come on down, see what offers we have for you, let us pamper you with some mini treatments, and try one some clothes to see what suits, plus you get to look round the Athene Spa and maybe book in for a massage or Reiki treatment later in the week…..


If you’d like any further information you can call Helen on 07799 627789 who will be happy to help.

We not get hubby to drive you and leave hi in the man creche for the night?  (Also known as the bar at the hotel..)



“Get Connected Week” activities. (18th -24th April) in Thrapston Library

This is a county wide initiative to help combat social isolation. All the libraries in the county will be holding different events and activities. Here at Thrapston we have our Wednesday and Thursday children’s sessions, ie Rhymetime and Play & Learn for under 1’s, in which we are asking the parents to reach out to other families and “bring a Friend”.

Also on Wednesday afternoon (1-2) we Have a lady called Jackie Ackroyd with us. Jackie runs the YIP (young inclusive people) and MAC (multi activity club) clubs at the Pemberton centre, where she holds various activities for different groups. She runs children’s disabled cricket sessions, as well as an over 50’s/disabled Boccia sessions (basically wheelchair/sit down indoor bowls) to name but 2!. She will be giving a taster Boccia session here in the library.

On Friday we have a marketplace day, where assorted different organisations will have stands in the library to pass on to the public what they do, and what you can get involved with, either as a volunteer or participate.

And on the Saturday our children’s session will incorporate activities to commemorate Shakespear’s 400 anniversary.