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Love your Local Environment this Valentine’s Day

Each year, here in the UK, we spend an estimated £1.45 billion on Valentine’s gifts. For 2021, why not buy your loved one a meaningful gift that will brighten up their day as well as making a difference for future generations?

The environmental charity PECT is offering an eco-friendly gift option this springtime. For just £10 for one or £50 for five, you can gift your loved one with a tree to make a positive difference to the environment. This meaningful present helps to tackle climate change and addresses biodiversity loss in the city.


“The arrival of the global pandemic in 2020 made us all realise that the most important things in life aren’t material goods,” explains PECT’s Director of Operations Stuart Dawks. “Instead, it is about caring for loved ones, making the most of experiences, and helping communities to pull together. That’s why we feel this represents the ideal gift – it’s your chance to give something back to the local environment.”

 Love trees PECT

PECT’s Forest for Peterborough project aims to plant 230,000 trees across Peterborough by 2030. Your purchase will enable the charity to plant and maintain a tree, helping to create a network of wooded areas across the city. Each tree is maintained and protected, allowing it to grow and thrive for generations.


The events of the past year have taught us exactly how much spending time in nature matters. National and regional lockdowns have meant that, more than ever, we have understood how important it is to maintain and develop outdoor spaces to support people’s wellbeing. Spending time in nature is proven to lift our mood, reduce stress, and improve our physical health.


By gifting a tree, you can contribute towards creating a thriving space for the community to enjoy. To buy a tree this Valentine’s, simply visit to donate and then PECT can send you a digital certificate confirming your gift.

Rothwell Children Decorate Housebuilder’s Christmas Tree

Rothwell children decorate housebuilder’s Christmas tree


Local children helped to spread some festive cheer at a new homes development in Rothwell by decorating a Christmas tree on the site.


Persimmon Homes invited students from Rothwell Junior School to ‘bring a bauble’ to put on the Christmas tree at its Woodland Valley development in the town.


Bridget Leder, from Rothwell Junior School, said: “The children were thrilled to help decorate the tree for Persimmon. It was a lovely way for them to see how they could be part of the community.”


Claire Dearsley, sales director at Persimmon Homes Midlands, added: “Our Christmas tree decoration event at Woodland Valley was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.


“The event was a lovely opportunity to bring together local people and bring some Christmas joy to the community.


“Woodland Valley is quickly establishing itself as a neighbourhood and we look forward to welcoming even more new residents in the coming months.”


The development, on Desborough Road, is planned to deliver a selection of two, three, four and five bedroom homes to suit a range of buyers.PHM_WoodlandValley_tree1


For further information on the development, visit


Save your Kitchen and Save your Sanity this Christmas

Save your kitchen and save your sanity this Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of year, where we can eat drink and be merry and this year more than ever it is a great time to be enjoying time with our family.

One of the downsides of all that eating, and drinking is it requires a whole lot of time in the kitchen preparing festive treats as well as all the inevitable cleaning up afterwards.

This Christmas, whether you want to prepare some festive treats as gifts, make a delicious eggs benedict Christmas brunch, or impress with your turkey dinner- the Thermomix can help save your sanity and save your kitchen this Christmas.

What is the Thermomix? thermomix

The Thermomix is all your kitchen gadgets in one, combining an incredible 20 features – you can whisk, caramelize, brown, chop, steam, sauté, blend, boil, knead, emulsify, mill, grind, grate, and knead all at the touch of a button.

Even the most reluctant chef will be drawn to the design of the sleek, compact unit with easy to use touch screen features. With smart technology your Thermomix constantly gets better with new updates and new functions to make life in the kitchen easier.

Unlimited recipes

Using the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity you can access Cookidoo with 40,000 recipes at the touch of a button or you can use the guided cooking function to see step by step instructions to create everything from festive cocktails to delicious bread or even help with Christmas dinner itself.

There are so many recipes to inspire you and help you get creative in the kitchen. You can even cater for allergies or dietary requirements.

An extra pair of hands in the kitchen

When your time is precious you do not want to be spending hours slogging away in the kitchen. The machine has the speed of having an extra pair of hands alongside you.

There are automated functions to let the Thermomix do the work for you. Whether you use the built-in scales to weigh out your Christmas cake ingredients all at once or setting a pulled pork to slow cook for your Christmas buffet.

It’s like having a professional chef next to you as you create restaurant quality food in minutes, at the touch of a button and all with minimal effort and minimal mess.

No need to use every pot, pan and appliance

One of the downsides of a big Christmas dinner is the inevitable mess that is left in the kitchen from all the dishes and appliances. It all needs to be cleaned and packed away, just at the point when you want to put your feet up.

You can clear your cupboards and workbenches of your blender, juicer, slow cooker, electric mixer and much more. The Thermomix combines all your appliances into one. It even weighs and measures your ingredients as you go.


Not only can it help with all the jobs that you would need multiple appliances for, but it even has a self-cleaning function.

Yes! By filling the mixing bowl with water and washing up liquid and setting the unit to the built-in self-cleaning function you can finally put your feet up.

Being able to enjoy being in the kitchen and create delicious festive food to spread joy can really save your sanity this Christmas. The only downside of the Thermomix is that next Christmas EVERYONE will want come to your house for dinner.

Get in touch to book your FREE no obligation demonstration where I can show you the Thermomix can make a big difference to your Christmas.

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Tranquility Time Awaits You…

Yesterday I went on a little adventure, I headed out towards Sharnbrook, took a turn which said ‘art gallery’ and found a little oasis of calm; artists, a café where you can play games, therapists and more….plus….

The Self Care Space brought to you by Tranquility Time Retreats

The space is a cosy room for guided meditations, yoga, workshops and more.  Currently open for one on one sessions but as Covid allows the space will be opened to small groups then larger ones.

The space is so welcoming and calm, the whole area is exactly where I feel at home.  Outside lots to look at and explore – random Objet D’art hidden amongst the trees and bushes. I can imagine in the summer it will be an explosion of colour and scent but for now the autumnal colours and architectural wintery undergrowth take centre stage.  I’m sure it’s a place where fairies reside, why not go and see for yourself…

Some of the workshops on offer from Tranquility Time Retreats are currently online and they include:

Christmas Zen Time Retreat

Tranquility Time & Self Care Rocks bring you a festive Christmas creativity and calm before Christmas Retreat. Relax as we explore the Wheel of the year through meditation, & visualisation before we gather to Design a beautiful Zen Garland together, calm our minds & bodies as I select a group goddess oracle to guide us through the winter months.

The Magic of Winter

Join Sharon Strickland-Clark & Susan Royle to find the power of magic within you during these winter months, unearth your deepest wisdom as you relax, remove any limitations and take a beautiful journey inward to start your new year. Trust & let go as you flow gently into this beautiful 90 minutes for fun relaxation and enjoy sharing the Magic of Winter.

The Self Care Space brought to you by Tranquility Time Retreats

Or you can book a one to one session and see this magical place for yourself… I had a wonderful guided relaxation and had angel cards pulled for me and we looked at their meanings…

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The Self Care Space brought to you by Tranquility Time Retreats