Category: Local News

Council Tax Increase of £5 a Year

At its budget meeting on 4 March 2019, East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) agreed to increase its share of Council Tax for 2019-20 which would add £5 per year to an average households’ Council Tax bill. This will help protect vital services, keep ENC on a sound financial footing and contribute to the preparation work for the proposed North Northants unitary authority.


The council takes only around 8p in every pound of the total Council Tax collected, with the rest of the money going to Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner and town and parish councils. Only 8% of what is collected goes to ENC to run the services for which they are responsible.


Cllr Steven North, Leader of ENC, said:


“East Northamptonshire Council is working hard to deliver good services for residents while keeping them affordable; our district council services cost households less than a cup of coffee per week.


“Through sensible financial planning and improving efficiency of our services and back-office teams, we have managed to avoid making cuts to services that our residents need and value.


“However, the financial climate in which local government operates continues to be challenging and because we want to continue to invest in our communities, we propose a very small increase, which for a Band D property works out over the year at £5; we think that represents good value for money.”


Get Spicy in March like Hawkwell Herbs

Go Spicy for March!

If February has not already got you in the mood for some heat in the sun – as well as in your food – then let us hope March will do so!  These Spring months are always changeable weather-wise, and spicy food can be used to cool us down or heat us up. This month therefore we are going to  Go Spicy, whatever the weather.hawkwell herbs march

This month, we are going to make – Spicy Chicken with Broad Leaf Thyme.  Thymes come in many flavours and Broad Leaf Thyme is the spiciest of the spiciest!  Just use a little to start with until you decide how spicy you like it.

What do you need? – for 4 people:

2 chicken fillets (skinless); about 3 tablespoons of oil of your choice; 4 tomatoes for garnish; about 6 large-ish mushrooms, half an onion, and about a tablespoon of finely chopped Broad Leaf Thyme.

How do you make it?

Sweat the onions (keep them moving, do not burn them) in the oil. THINLY slice the chicken (you are going to fry this dish quickly and the chicken needs to be cooked through) and then add that to the pan with the onions. Make sure the chicken is cooked through, then add your mushrooms, thinly sliced or chopped small. Cook those for a while (keep it all stirred and moving). Then add your chopped Thyme.  Turn the heat down and let it slowly all blend together as it cooks – stir it occasionally to stop it catching. You could add a little more oil or even water if catches in the pan at this stage.

Serve it wrapped in a large lettuce leaf, on rice, on top of veggies – whatever suits you.


Did you know:

Herbs are the leaves. Spices are the seeds.  A Herb often ‘becomes’ a spice. Coriander leaves. Coriander seeds. From the same plant if you let the flowers develop.

However, some Herbs have that spicy flavour in their leaves and this month’s herbs are all like that.   You can find them listed here: http://hawkwellherbs.co.uk/herb-of-the-month  and you can buy them at the Farmers’ Markets here during March: http://hawkwellherbs.co.uk/how-to-buy


My question for you

Which is your favourite Herb which turns into a Spice?

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Where can you find Hawkwell Herbs this month?

Saturday 2nd March – Thrapston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 3rd March  – Olney Farmers’ Market

Saturday 9th March  – Oundle Farmers’ Market

PLUS Sara delivers herbs in ‘HerbBella the Van’ to Loyalty Card customers on Mondays and Fridays to keep everybody topped up in between markets.


Bleeding Gums – Why it is Important to See the Hygienist

Bleeding gums is often the first sign of gum disease and should not be ignored. Gum disease is a very common condition with up to 9 in 10 people having some form of it even in the smallest amounts.
Gingivitis is the first stage, this is inflammation of your gums (see picture 2). This is caused by build-up of bacteria on the teeth and gums from the food we consume, called plaque. If this is not removed regularly by a good oral hygiene routine it can start to cause gum inflammation (bleeding). This stage is completely reversible and the gums can regain health with intervention of a dental hygienist and correct oral hygiene routine being implemented of brushing and cleaning in-between our teeth regularly.

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However if gingivitis is left untreated over many years it can progress in some individuals to periodontitis. This is were the bone surrounding and supporting the tooth can start to be lost. The gums at this stage may start to pull away from the tooth creating a pocket (see picture 3) which will allow more plaque to trap and stagnate which you may not be able to remove with a toothbrush. Overtime this plaque can harden to become tartar (calculus) which is necessary to be removed by a dental hygienist as a toothbrush alone will not be able to. At this stage discomfort in the gums may be noticeable.

If this stage is left untreated, periodontitis will become more advanced (see picture 4) as more plaque and calculus will accumulate under the gum level due to deeper pockets forming from long term inflammation and gradual further bone loss. You may also start to notice increased sensitivity as gums will also be receding as the bone is being lost exposing the root surface. The end result of all this can be tooth mobility and eventually tooth loss.
Fortunately, gum disease is a dental disease which is completely preventable. This is achieved by keeping up a good oral hygiene regime and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups alongside cleans and oral hygiene education being provided by the dental hygienist.
Our job as dental professionals is to help support and guide you to enable you to perform a good oral hygiene regime that is sustainable and can be managed on a daily basis by yourselves at home to keep a nice healthy mouth (see picture 1). This will help prevent any gum disease from occurring for individuals who currently do not have any signs, while also halting the gum disease progression for anyone that currently has it to regain dental health.
You would not ignore a bleeding eye so do not ignore bleeding gums.
Emily is our hygienist at Chancery dental. She would be very happy to help you improve your gum health.
Contact us at Chancery dental on 01832 733093, we are always happy to help.