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Get involved with Big Energy Saving Week 2020

 

As part of Big Energy Saving Week, held on 20th-26th January 2020, Cambridgeshire-based charity PECT can help you discover how to reduce your household’s carbon footprint and save on energy costs.

 

There is substantial evidence about the detrimental impact of inadequate household heating on your physical and mental health. Big Energy Saving Week is a national campaign to help people cut their energy bills and keep their homes heated for less.

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Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust run the annual campaign in collaboration with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.

 

We all have the power to save energy, money and the environment through everyday actions. The campaign raises awareness about how simple changes such as switching energy supplier, accessing grants, and making homes more energy efficient can have a big difference.

 

PECT will be on-hand throughout the week and beyond to provide advice to those people who are struggling to pay their energy bills or cannot keep their home heated at a sufficient temperature. Health impacts caused by cold homes include cardiovascular and respiratory problems, diminished resistance to infection, and increased levels of anxiety and social isolation.

 

“Head to one of our Big Energy Saving Week events to see out how we can help your household save energy,” explains Project Officer Nikki Dekker. “We can provide you with the information and resources needed to stay warm and healthy, whilst cutting costs and carbon. We can also point you in the right direction for further support and funding opportunities.”

 

PECT’s Energy Advice Events

 

  • Monday 20th January, 10am-2pm
    March Library, City Road, March, PE15 9LT
  • Tuesday 21st January, 10am-2pm
    Wisbech Library, Ely Place, PE13 1EU
  • Thursday 23rd January, 12.30pm-3pm
    Whittlesey Child & Family Zone, 15 Scaldgate, Whittlesey, PE7 1SD
  • Friday 24th January, 10.30-2pm
    Peterborough Central Library & Archives, Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX

 

 

East Northamptonshire Council Officer is the First Inspector in England to Receive Leading Qualification

Licensing Compliance Officer at East Northamptonshire Council, Emma Matthews, has been awarded the animal establishment inspector training certificate by the Pet Industry Federation (PIF).

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Emma Matthews

Building on the knowledge and training Emma obtained after successfully passing her initial exam with 93% she completed a five day course at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre in March 2019 this year and the supporting assessments, Emma received the accreditation in September the same year.

 

The new Licensing of Activities Involving Animals regulations (AAL), which came into force on 1 October 2018, requires those carrying out inspections to be appropriately trained.

 

Emma joined the enforcement team in April 2018 and became the first officer to obtain this qualification. Until October 2021, officers with more than 12 months experience of inspecting animal premises can continue effectively with Grandfather Rights.

 

On passing her course, Emma commented: “I have loved every minute of this training – the five days at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre gave me a wealth of knowledge, and I have learnt so much through my own personal development, and considered things in my animal licensing work that I hadn’t considered before.

 

“The more licensing officers who achieve the certificate can only be positive as it directly benefits the standardisation of the regulations across the country, thereby instilling more confidence in licensed businesses.”

 

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North added: “Following the changes in legislation in October 2018, it is important that East Northamptonshire Council ensures we continue to upskill our officers so that they hold the relevant qualifications.

 

“Emma worked really hard to achieve this qualification and we are all proud of her for being the first inspector in the country to be awarded the certificate.”

 

Further details about the Professional Programme in Inspecting Licensable Activities Involving Animals course and qualification, including course dates and registration, can be found in the Education section of the Pet Industry Federation website: www.petfederation.co.uk; by calling 01234 273933, or emailing education@petfederation.co.uk

                                                

 

Local Law Firm spreads Christmas Cheer at Kettering General Hospital

Christmas came a week early for children on the Skylark Ward at Kettering General Hospital thanks to a toy donation drive led by local law firm, Bray & Bray.

Bray & Bray’s Natalie Aldrich and Andrew Hitchon with a selection of the toys and gifts.

Bray & Bray’s Natalie Aldrich and Andrew Hitchon with a selection of the toys and gifts.

Staff at Bray & Bray’s offices in Hinckley, Market Harborough and Corby and clients of the firm donated new toys and gifts to children on the Ward, in response to a wishlist of items compiled by staff and children and released last month.

 

The Skylark Ward is the purpose-built Children’s Ward at Kettering General Hospital and provides modern and comfortable facilities for children and their parents or carers.

 

This week, Andrew Hitchon, Partner and Head of the Wills, Trusts and Probate Department at Bray & Bray visited the Skylark Ward to hand deliver the Christmas gifts to the children, amongst them games, puzzles, colouring books, soft toys, arts and crafts supplies and Lego.

 

“We really wanted to support our local community and help spread some cheer this festive season,” explains Andrew Hitchon. “Thanks to the generosity of the Bray & Bray team and our clients, we were able to donate toys and gifts to the Skylark Ward. We hope the toys will bring joy to the children and a little Christmas cheer at what is a difficult time for them.”

 

Trisha Bridgen, Play Coordinator at the Skylark Ward added: “At this time of year, the Skylark Ward is extremely busy and so we appreciate each and every donation from our local community. The kindness of amazing donors like Bray & Bray means that every child on the Ward, from newborns to teenagers, will receive a gift this Christmas.”

 

For more information about Bray & Bray, visit: www.braybray.co.uk

Christmas Presents Sorted – Animal Magnetism for Doggy Mad Mates

Thrapston based healing company AmbaScarlett has got a huge selection of wellbeing products for you and your pets.  Cats, Dogs, Horses and more can all benefit from the healing power of magnets.

Ideal for anxious or over exuberant animals, and equally good for joint pain, arthritis and general aches and pains.

Suitable for all humans too!  Just take a look at what symptoms magnets can help with;

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Here is some of the Christmas Animal Selection;

Magnetic Pet Mat, washable, £56

Magnetic Pet Mat, washable, £56

Magnetic Pet Brush, Silicone (pink or blue)  £24

Magnetic Pet Brush, Silicone (pink or blue) £24

 

Water Bowl Magnet, magnetise your pets water for good health, £37

Water Bowl Magnet, magnetise your pets water for good health, £37

Water Bowl Magnet, magnetise your pets water for good health, £33 small

Water Bowl Magnet, magnetise your pets water for good health, £33 small

 

Dog Tag, can be engraved, £37

Dog Tag, can be engraved, £37

 

Dog Tag, can be engraved, £37

Dog Tag, can be engraved, £37

and for humans who want the healing benefits too….

Magnetic Anklet £37

Magnetic Anklet £37

Magnetic Bangle £37

Magnetic Bangle £37

Water Stick, enjoy cleaner water £33

Water Stick, enjoy cleaner water £33

Orders can be placed with AmbaScarlett Holistic Health based in Thrapston.  They will be delivered FREE charge to Thrapston and surrounding areas.  If you want to see the full range go to https://magnetix-wellness.com/en/

then to claim FREE deleivery order by emailing helen@aspengirl.co.uk – pay when you receive your items.

Follow AmbaScarlett Holistic Health on Facebook www.facebook.com/AmbaScarlett

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