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Beat the Street Helps get East Northamptonshire Moving!

The Beat the Street initiative in East Northamptonshire is being hailed as a success after a new report shows that the challenge has helped get people walking and cycling across the area.

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More than 8,000 walked, ran and cycled 73,000 miles together for Beat the Street from March to May 2019. The initiative saw special sensors called Beat Boxes placed on lampposts around East Northamptonshire which could be tapped with cards while walking or cycling in return for points towards your school or workplace.

 

Funded by East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Freedom Leisure and The National Lottery through Sport England, the initiative aimed to encourage families to ditch the car and become more physically active by exploring their local community. A new report produced by Intelligent Health – who delivered the initiative – has shown that players became more physically active as a result of taking part, helping improve the health of people across East Northamptonshire.

 

Participants were surveyed at the beginning and immediately after Beat the Street to see if they had made any changes in behaviour. Key results from the report include:

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  • Before Beat the Street, 21% of adult players were completely inactive (doing less than 30 minutes of exercise per week). After the game this dropped to just 12% of players.
  • The proportion of children who were inactive decreased from 22% before the game to 11% immediately afterwards.
  • Using NICE’s Return on Investment Calculator, it is estimated that Beat the Street will lead to healthcare savings of £504,802 over the next five years.

 

Additionally, many players reported that Beat the Street had helped encourage them to walk or cycle more often, visit new places and spend more time with their friends and family:

 

“It helped me to walk to school and encouraged me to take the longer route to get more points. I joined the gym which I have never done before and kick-started us all as a family into a healthier lifestyle.”

 

“It enabled my son and I to exercise before and after school. We used our walks to have a good chat together. We both felt good about earnings points for his school. We met new people along the way. I saved a lot of petrol by walking. It’s encouraged me to go swimming as an alternative way of exercising.”

 

In addition to getting residents more active, Beat the Street has also helped support the work of the local Children’s Air Ambulance. Players were able to support a local charity while playing and the charity that received the most points over the course of the game would receive £500. Players travelled more than 589 miles for Children’s Air Ambulance and they received a donation from Beat the Street on Tuesday 30 July presented by Cllr Helen Howell.

 

Speaking about the success of the initiative, Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “We’re really encouraged by these results from Beat the Street. ENC is committed to getting its residents more healthy and we hope to help improve the health and wellbeing for those in East Northamptonshire. In the coming months, Beat the Street will continue to engage with local residents and make sure that these changes continue long after the game’s finish.”

 

 

Council Urges Public to be Vigilant and Only Use Licensed Taxis

East Northamptonshire Council has issued a warning to residents in the District after the taxi plate ‘PHV/3’ was stolen from a vehicle.

 

All taxis that are registered with the local council must display a licence plate, which in East Northamptonshire must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle and has a unique number. There is a concern that the stolen plate could be fitted to other vehicles that may be used to commit a crime.

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Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said “The theft has been reported to the police and the plate numbers have been decommissioned, but sadly a stolen licence plate can have an impact on the wider community and those using taxis should be extra vigilant.”

 

“Wherever possible, pre-book a taxi and ask the driver for the name of the booking before you get in. A top tip is to always keep the number of a reliable firm with you so you don’t get caught out.”

 

When travelling by taxi, it is important that the following advice is followed:

 

  • Plan how you’re going to get home from your night out – arrange a lift or book a taxi in your name and leave the taxi booking details with a friend.
  • Always keep the number of a reliable taxi firm with you.
  • Avoid taxis that tout for business and are unlicensed.
  • When the taxi arrives, check it is the one you booked by asking for the name in which it was booked. If in doubt, don’t get in.
  • If travelling alone, always sit behind the driver in the back seat.
  • If you feel uneasy, ask to be let out.
  • Stick with your friends and choose a meeting point for if you get separated.
  • Never accept a lift from a stranger.

 

If you spot the plate ‘PHV/3’ being used, please report as much detail as possible to the Police on 101.

 

For more information about licensing, please visit http://www.northantslicensing.gov.uk/

 

 

Networking can Help Grow your Business

Calling all local ladies who either run their own business or who are instrumental in growing a business they work for.  Busy Women Networking is the place to be to meet like minded business women.

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What can Networking do for your Business?

Many people make the mistake  of thinking they have to ‘sell to the room’, well maybe sme of the people in the room might well buy your goods or services, but the main idea is to just get to know everyone.  The more you get to know someone, find things in common and get to trust and like them, the more business may pass between you.

For instance, anyone who meets me might think “She works in an office on her own mostof the week, whocould she possibly know that I might be interested in?”  but if you spoke to me and got to know me you’d realise that I know lots of interesting people from hypnotherpists, to tilers, from cake makers to financial advisors…. and so on.  I am part of the boating community, a dog owner and do charity work…. theamount of people I introduce to other people is huge!

I’m not unique – come along to networking and you’ll meet loads of ladies like me,all ready to introduce you to people whocan help you. advise you, buy from you….. or even sell to you the things you need…..

Once you’ve experienced networking you’ll realise how hard your once a month lunch can work for you.

What happens at Busy Women Networking?

The Oundle  BWN meeting is held at the Fox Inn in Thorpe Waterville on the first Tuesday of every month.  Our next meeting is September 3rd – where we have member Eppie Anderson giving a ten minute presentation on SEO, giving her hints and tips for doing your own SEO.foxy

Each month you will tell everyone what you do, and listen to what everyone else does.  You’ll pass aorund business cards and go home with some very useful contacts.

You’ll also get treated to an amazing lunch – September’s choices are:

Smoked Cod Brie and Bacon Fishcakes
Served with mixed vegetables, poached egg and a beurre blanc sauce
Stilton Glazed Flat Field Mushroom
Served with dauphinoise potatoes and mixed vegetables, finished with a balsamic glaze
Linguine Carbonara
Linguine served in a bacon, mushroom and cream sauce
Sprinkled with parmesan cheese and accompanied with garlic bread
Warm Chicken & Bacon Caesar Salad
Grilled Chicken breast and bacon on a fresh bed of mixed salad leaves topped with grated parmesan cheese. Dressed with a Caesar sauce and accompanied with garlic bread
and to attend as a visitor it is £24.
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For More Information

For more information about Busy Women Networking email helen@rainbowpr.co.uk
To book your space at thelunch table email helen@rainbowpr.co.uk

Or view https://www.busywomen.net/

 

 

Nene Valley Festival Returns this September

People from across the district, and further afield, 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 is now in its 6th year will take place from Saturday 14 September – Sunday 22 September. As with previous years, the festival will offer a variety of activities for the whole family and with funding from Heritage Lottery, via Nenescape, this year’s Nene Valley Festival will be bigger and better than ever.

 

Featuring more than 100 events at key locations across the Nene Valley from Northampton to Peterborough, the festival will include a wide range of activities for all ages and will kick off with an official launch event at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 14 September to coincide with the national annual Heritage Lottery Days.

 

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

 

“We are delighted to be celebrating the wonderful Nene Valley once again. Each year, we aim to better the previous year and hope the 2019 festival will be no exception. This year’s events will offer a wide range of events which will highlight all the brilliant attractions, wildlife and heritage along the Nene Valley.”

 

Festival highlights include a variety of walks, from heritage through to heath across the Valley alongside theatre and wildlife activities. Also, the festival will culminate with a finale event on 22 September at Stanwick Lakes. From 10:30am – 4pm, visitors are invited to Come and Meet the Settlers, join in with the Settlers’ Trails, as well as Archery and Axe Throwing.

 

The annual festival is being organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which works with local tourism partners, and the Nenescape Landscape partnership, to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to local, national and international audiences.

 

Nenescape Project Manager, Amanda Johnson said:

 

“The Nene Valley Festival is the highlight of the year, and all the Nenescape partners are proud to support it and celebrate all the valley has to offer. Thanks to National Lottery players, the festival is one of the ways Nenescape has been able to help celebrate and sustain the heritage and wildlife along the River Nene.  This year’s festival promises to be packed full of events across the Nene Valley and will give people the chance to experience a range of activities, from Peterborough through to Northampton.”

 

To coincide with the festival, a brand new website has been launched which includes all the events on throughout the festival with new events being continuously added. The new website can be viewed at www.nenevalley.net.