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Category: Northampton & Earls Barton

Presenter Nick Knowles needs YOU

DIY SOS star Nick Knowles is to appear on Channel 5 for the first time after landing a brand-new format.  


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Knowles will utilise his home improvement knowledge in Nick Knowles: Your Life on Your Lawn (working title). The 6 x 60-minute format will see the presenter empty a cluttered home of its belongings, before guiding each family through a “cathartic and emotional” decluttering process.  


The house will then be made over, giving the families more space for features such as home offices or cinema rooms.  


The series is produced by Viacom International Studios, with head of factual and features Oliver Wright executive producing. It was commissioned by commissioning editor Guy Davies.  


Knowles said C5 has been “making such good shows currently” that it is “a no brainer to join in” .


To apply for the show you can contact the casting team on 

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East Northants Council’s Emma becomes a Volunteer Vaccinator

Emma Matthews, an officer at East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has completed a St John Ambulance course to become a volunteer vaccinator and fight the pandemic, having worked closely with businesses over the past year who have been deeply impacted by coronavirus.

Emma Matthews

In her role as a Licensing Compliance Officer, Emma works closely with publicans and taxi drivers, as well as those operating licensed animal related businesses, all of whom have been severely affected financially and otherwise by the pandemic and with her sister working long hours for the NHS too, Emma wanted to do more to help those she has met in her professional life, as well as personally.

Emma explains more:


“I have been a first aider since 2010 and wanted to use my skills in a positive way – I had to help my sister and her colleagues, as well those businesses I have seen struggling. I studied hard to complete the online St John Ambulance and NHS training and then spent a day proving my knowledge, whilst learning how to administer the vaccine.


“Vaccination is the key which opens the door to me saying ‘yes, your business can re-open’ and is our way out of restrictions. It is the key to my sister and every other NHS and key worker being able to sit down and have a well-deserved rest.”


Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, added:


“Emma really is an inspiration to us all, everyone at ENC has been working so hard for the past year to help residents and businesses through this tough time and Emma has gone one step further by volunteering to be a vaccinator. This really is a wonderful, selfless act which should be commended.”


Once Emma’s final screening checks have been completed by the St John Ambulance, she will be able to book her first shifts and starting vaccinating.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer vaccinator, you can find out more at:


Opportunity Knocked for Val Adaway

Val Adaway joined UW Utility Warehouse in 2008 in an effort to help supplement her State Pension.

Val had left a well-paid job as she was finding it increasingly frustrating and having run her own Motor Racing Business for 16 years in the 80’s and 90’s, and then a director of an small engineering company, Val decided she wanted to work for herself again.    val adaway UW Partner

UW seemed to be the answer.  Val did not drive back in those days, but she managed to grow her business and started to enjoy the income and the various incentives (she loved the free holidays, and so much more).  Soon Val qualified for a UW Mini meaning she learnt to drive at 65, and she’s never looked back!    Val loves to help others …. so she adds….

Utility Warehouse is an amazing opportunity for our current economic climate, where many people have lost their job and income.    UW do offer a very flexible opportunity for anyone at any level.

During the pandemic UW have revolutionised the opportunity for their partners.  It has enabled some members to be able to pay the mortgage at the end of the month and keep anxieties at bay and so much more.

UW are fully supportive with a well-managed and updated website, full training and many resources and including your Personal Public Liability Insurance are all available.

Val adds “It is completely risk free with a full refund of your registration fee if you find that it is not for you. “

“I love the opportunity to help others and help yourself at the same time.” She says.

Val Adaway Authorised UW Partner says “When we are constantly being told “You can’t!”.   This is an opportunity to say “Yes I can”.  It does not matter what age, race, colour you might be, there is no discrimination.   It is fun, there is a lot of personal development and you will make new great friends along the way.”

Do you know of anyone that Val could help?  She’s on the look out for individuals that might have lost their job or are struggling for income, especially during the pandemic.


For More Information

UW has a short information opportunity presentation which runs 24/7 every 15 minutes which can be watched in the privacy of your own home

Val Adaway can be contacted on 07853 189194 or