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Join English Tourism Week in the Nene Valley … Virtually

Destination Nene Valley (DNV) will once again be raising the profile of tourism along the River Nene for English Tourism Week which runs from 25-31 May 2020.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, activities will take place online and concentrate on encouraging visitors, residents and business to celebrate the Nene Valley whilst remaining safe and following Government guidance.destination nene valley | nene local

Through the week, the team at DNV will be working with tourism providers across the area to deliver the following activities:

  • A social media campaign to raise the profile the profile of the Nene Valley and support tourism businesses by sharing videos, websites and photos.
  • A photographic competition with the title of ‘life in lockdown’.
  • A webinar for tourism partners.
  • Sharing inspirational stories from our communities in the Nene Valley on
  • A Nene Valley Quiz with prizes to be won.
  • Delivering the first annual award to find our very own Nene Valley hero!

East Northamptonshire Council board member for the DNV project, Cllr Sarah Peacock said:

“English Tourism Week is a staple in the DNV calendar and this year is no exception. Obviously, this year is different and we have had to adapt accordingly with activity focused online.

“But ultimately, we want to raise the profile and awareness of tourism along the Nene Valley, by working with partner organisations, and support all of our tourism partners and businesses during what is a challenging time.”

All of the events have been organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which aims to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to a mixture of local, national and international audiences.

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English Tourism Week is an annual celebration, and this year the campaign will focus on engagement with Central Government, MPs and other stakeholders to support the recovery of English tourism in the aftermath of the pandemic, whilst raising awareness of the importance, quality and value of the sector to the UK economy.

VisitEngland is proud to lead the annual English Tourism Week campaign celebrating our diverse, exciting and vibrant sector, and showcasing the quality, range and value of English tourism to stakeholders. The week provides an essential opportunity to raise awareness and the sector’s profile to key stakeholders, with VisitEngland working to support English destinations with political engagement nationally, regionally and locally.

For more information and to get involved with English Tourism Week in the Nene Valley, visit, @_nenevalley on Twitter or search for Nene Valley on Facebook

Local Make-up Artist gets Sew Creative to Help Kettering Hospital

Elaine Barrow has been a make-up artist for 10 years and works all over the UK. Her jobs have included teaching Make-Up masterclasses, training up retail artists to sell products, working back stage at London Fashion week, being part of the make-up team for the Rio dancers at the Olympics in 2012 and for TV, fashion, editorial, Bridal and one to one lessons.

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Elaine Barrow


Whilst in lockdown Elaine has been trying to make the most of her time, she has begun her own YouTube channel and does online tutorials to put onto her social media channels. Elaine says “People are always asking about different looks and techniques, so I wanted to provide these through step by step video’s.”  It’s proving very popular, especially as people are having more time to experiment with different looks at home.

Elaine also wanted to do her bit to help all our keyworkers who are working through some tough times at the minute and the NHS in particular, and came up with the idea of making rainbow dog bandana’s after doing a rainbow eye make-up tutorial.

As Elaine or her partner don’t have children the ideal partners to help out were her trusty dogs!  Elaine knew exactly how she wanted them to look and being creative  got onto it straight away, ordered the material and when it arrived began cutting and making them, drawing an NHS logo on each bandana.

After putting a photo onto her own Facebook and Instagram accounts Elaine got some great feedback and had others asking if she would make their dog one. She had material left so thought why not!

Elaine had the fabulous idea of charging a small fee to raise that money for the NHS as they’re doing such a wonderful job it made sense to help. Elaine charges £7 for each bandana which includes postage and £5 of every one goes to the NHS (£2 covers cost of the material, posting and equipment).   It’s been such a success she has now made over 70 and is determined to get to the 100 mark and raise £500.elaine Barrow bandana

Elaine has also bandanas for cats, donkeys and Alpacas too! And has received some lovely messages back from very happy doggie parents and photos too which she going to present to Kettering General Hospital (which is where she has chosen for the money to go) when she has completed the task! Elaine says “It’s been such a wonderful thing to keep me busy and keep my creative mind going throughout lockdown and give just been so happy that I could do something small to help.”


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When Life Throws You Lemons, make Lemonade – What Will You Create?

When life throws you lemons, make lemonade (or a nonfiction book perhaps?)

Do you have some extra time on your hands right now thanks to the coronavirus pandemic?

Has it been your dream to write your story to share with the world? Do you have a precious fund of knowledge that readers will find invaluable? If you’ve been through some difficult times, will a book about your experiences help others in the same circumstances?

So get planning – and writing!

Whereas becoming a published nonfiction author was difficult even until the end of the 20th century, now it’s easy due to the increased number of different publishing options, not to mention an increase in delivery options – print, eBook, audiobook, etc.

Don’t forget, though, that whatever you want your book to achieve, it has to be good. Your book represents you and your professionalism / reputation. A badly written, badly produced book will convey a lot of negative messages and will drain away whatever credibility it otherwise could have given you.

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Suze speaking at an event in November 2020

That’s the bad news. The good news is that to write and publish your book does not have to be difficult or expensive. Provided that you can talk coherently, you can write a book – with help, perhaps, but you can do it. And the best news is that these days the help you may need is much more available – and affordable – than ever before.

The key benefits for you, from a ‘published book’

“Having a book published” and being an author still holds a certain kudos and perhaps in Pavlov-dog fashion, people automatically associate someone who writes a book about something, with that someone being an expert on the subject.

In the USA, one prolific business speaker describes his books – which he self-publishes – as “$30 business cards.” That’s the folklore about the author of a book being an expert. If you work as a public speaker (even part-time) or as a coach, trainer, lecturer, motivator, instructor, actor, comedian, musician, or in fact whatever occupation that gives you access to captive audiences – a book is a useful product.

Useful collateral for your business or other activity

After your performance you can sign copies of your book for members of your audience and you’ll sell a good few copies. You can incorporate a “free” copy of your book for each delegate into the package for organisations booking your presentation or training course, thereby adding quite a lot of perceived value.

And all that’s before you look at sales of your book in the digital retail outlets, led in that field by Amazon – where most nonfiction is sold nowadays anyway.

Do you fancy writing a nonfiction book and getting it published? Think about it: it’s not as hard, or as costly, as you think. And this downtime for many people is just the right moment to make a start.

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Adapted from Suzan St Maur’s new title, “How To Write A Brilliant Nonfiction Book,” to be published later in 2020 by

Suzan St Maur worked for many years as a copywriter and content marketer. Also she has written and had published 36 nonfiction, humour and horror (fiction!) books. Two years ago she decided to combine both skillsets and today offers probably most comprehensive author coaching, publishing advice and book marketing service in southern England.

Although she lives near Milton Keynes, Suzan works and socialises a lot in Northamptonshire and even more so now because her son works for DHL as their regional sales manager based at Brackmills.
When not writing, editing or coaching Suzan leads a local cancer charity and contributes to a number of other charities in the region. She also loves horses and though no longer riding due to ill health, helps to judge dressage competitions around Northants, Beds, Bucks and Cambs.
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