Category: Peterborough & Elton

Dare to Bare Be Breast aware 2018 Calendar

Nene Local has been introducted to the Dare to Bare ladies.  A group of breast cancer survivers who are all introduced below;

Amanda, Debbie, Jayne, Katie, Loraine, Lucy and Nila all met at the Crazy Hats charity ‘coffee and chat’ mornings in 2016 and soon developed a close bond. The charity provides vital support to those going through breast cancer at whatever stage of treatment.

Unfortunately, a year later, Katie was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and passed away in November 2017. She spent time at Cransley Hospice where the support and understanding of the staff was invaluable for her and her family.

The ladies decided to create the calendar to give something back to those two charities which had helped them and their friends; they also want to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis through self-examination and attending mammograms; and finally it’s helped them to achieve something positive out of their shared cancer experience.

Introducing their Dare to Bare Calendar

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All costs have been covered through the generous sponsorship of local companies, so every penny raised through sales will go to one of the charities. They are also selling a handmade silver necklace that was designed specifically for the project and which they are wearing in the calendar. In addition there’s a Dare To Bare prize draw, and whilst tickets can’t be bought online, there are pages on the website showing the full prize list and all the events the ladies will be attending where they can be bought.

For more information

Dare To Bare to be Breast Aware

Website – www.daretobarebc.co.uk

Facebook – @DaretoBaretobebreastaware and Twitter – @caretobarebc

Price – the calendar is £10 this includes p&p

All money raised from sales to be divided between Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal and Cransley Hospice

Have Your Say on Services Provided by East Northamptonshire Council

Residents can now give their views on how they think the council is performing via the annual council survey.


It’s an opportunity for residents to give their feedback on public services in the district and where they feel improvements could be made.


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “With further reductions in external funding predicted for the next few years, views from across the district will help to shape services and how money is spent so we urge residents to take part in the survey so all views can be considered.”


The short survey is available until 16 December 2018 on the council’s website at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/residentssurvey  Paper copies are also available at council offices and on request on 01832 742265.


For more information on this press release email communications@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 01832 742217.

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Waste Amnesty Collects over 10 Tonnes of Household Waste

Over 10 tonnes of household waste was collected at a recent waste amnesty organised by East Northamptonshire Council.

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Working in partnership with FCC Environment and Rockingham Forest Housing, home owners in the Highfield Road area of Rushden took advantage of the scheme to help households throw away any unwanted items or waste.

In just under one hour on Saturday, 29 September, the team collected hundreds of sacks of general and garden waste as well as seven fridge freezers!  The garden waste will be recycled, as well as any white goods via the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling scheme.


Children also took part in a community litter pick organised by a local housing association that added to great haul of waste.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North said:

“This is a wonderful achievement by all involved and once again shows what can be accomplished when organisations and residents work together to improve the area we live in.”

If you want to organise your own community litter pick, email our waste team on waste@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk  We are able to supply all the equipment you should need and can collect the waste at the end of the day.

Top Tips on how you can Help Combat Puppy Smuggling

Puppies, they steal our hearts and provide us with unconditional love. Too often these loveable animals are transported from across the globe to be sold illegally in the UK.


From October, breeders will be required to register their business with East Northamptonshire Council. This change in legislation will provide officers with more powers to crack down on puppy smuggling and protect puppies from being illegally sold in our district.


Dogs Trust launched the Puppy Pilot in December 2015, which took the landmark step of caring the puppies that were seized at the borders after being illegally imported by corrupt breeder and dealers.. So far, they have rescued over 800 puppies seized at UK borders, but there are still tens of thousands of puppies being illegally imported into the country each year.


National Dog Day is taking place on Sunday 26 August, which provides dog owners with the ideal opportunity to celebrate our furry companions. Dogs Trust provides people with the following top tips when buying a new puppy:



  1. Ask to see Mum and pup together
  2. Visit your new pup more than once
  3. Get all your pup’s paperwork before going home including vaccinations and ensuring your puppy is microchipped
  4. Walk away if you are at all unsure
  5. Report suspicious sellers or breeders
  6. Take your puppy to your own vet for a health check asap



  1. Meet anywhere that isn’t the pup’s home
  2. Buy a pup from anyone who can supply various breeds on demand
  3. Buy a pup that looks too young/small or underweight
  4. Feel pressure to buy a puppy
  5. Buy a pup that you suspect has been illegally imported



Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “At East Northamptonshire Council, we are committed to providing people with the necessary information on how to make sure they are buying puppies from a responsible breeder. I would encourage anyone who suspects that puppies are being illegally sold to report the breeder to Trading Standards immediately, and walk away. By following guidance from Dogs Trust, you can ensure that your new puppy has had a healthy and happy start in life.”


Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust, said: “The illegal importation of puppies remains as serious an issue for animal welfare and public health in 2017 as it did in 2014, when our first investigation highlighted the devastating effects of the 2012 changes to the Pet Travel Scheme, which effectively invited corrupt dealers to traffic underage puppies into Great Britain without the required treatments.


“The number of prosecutions is far too low and the lack of visual checks at ferry ports and borders is unacceptable. We want to see stronger deterrents including prison sentences for those caught trafficking puppies. The government must revise pet travel legislation when the UK leaves the EU and ensure that puppies entering this country are healthy, not underage and are not being brought in to sell on to unsuspecting buyers via a scheme meant for non-commercial use.”