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Downloadable Resources for Half Term Fun

Make the most of October Half  Term with new Nature’s School downloadable resources for families


Are you looking for free educational, inspiring, and fun activities for your family this Autumn? The environmental charity PECT has expanded its range of learning resources in time for the October half term, to help enhance children’s understanding of the world around them.

The charity’s autumn-themed Nature’s School resources aim to bring families together and enable them to discover more about the environment. The resource activities include everything from guides to making a Leaf Lantern, Mini Beast Hotel, Pumpkin Decorating, Tree Seed I-Spy and many more.


“Many areas of the country are currently in lockdown, nationwide restrictions are in place, and everyone is looking for alternative ways to entertain and educate their children,” explains PECT’s Environmental Education Lead Heidi Latronico-Ferris. “Here at PECT we are doing our bit to help children and their families try to make sense of it all.”

downloadable resources for home schooling and activities

She continues: “Our local environment is sometimes an unexplored natural resource, often overlooked for its wealth of possibilities, and not always appreciated or looked after as it should be. Take this time to turn that around and discover natural wonders, learn from Nature’s School, and in return protect it for future generations.”


Nature’s School is not just for families – schools, charities and other organisations can also benefit from this resource and use it to create new ways of delivering the curriculum and learning objectives.


To access the resources, simply visit or find PECT on Facebook @SustainablePECT.



Cransley Celebrate Hospice Care Week – 5th – 11th October

To celebrate Hospice Care Week, 5th – 11th October, everyone who makes a donation to Cransley Hospice during that week will receive a special packet of Lupin seeds as a thank you from the Cransley Hospice team.

To express the heartfelt gratitude of the team in these uncertain times, the fundraising team at Cransley will be sending a pack of Lupin seeds to each person that makes a donation, however big or small between the 5th and 11th October. Donations can be made via their website

The Lupin seeds have specifically been chosen as the Lupin flowers represent imagination, admiration, and overall happiness. They are said to bring energy and inner strength and to aid recovery from trauma. The team at Cransley Hospice hope that the Lupin flowers will help donors to reflect and remember their loved ones when they blossom in the spring and summer each year, and as a perennial flower, they will come back year after year.

If you would like to support Cransley Hospice you can make a donation via the website  or if you would prefer to set up a regular donation which helps the hospice plan for the future of specialist end of life care for the community of North Northamptonshire, contact the fundraising office or call 01536452423.

cransley celebrate Hospice Care Week, 5th - 11th October

About Cransley Hospice:

Cransley Hospice Trust is committed to providing exceptional holistic care to patients living with life-limiting illness in North Northamptonshire. They provide specialist end-of-life care to patients with complex needs and support patients in their chosen place of care at the end of life, whether this is in the Hospice or in the patient’s home. Cransley Hospice Trust is a registered charity which every year provides funding to support the care provided by Cransley Hospice. They need to raise over £1.4 million per year to ensure services will always remain free and outstanding to their patients.

Visit the website for additional information about the services provided and the current fundraising activities:



Local Ringstead Alpaca Yarn – Get Knitting Now!

In a lovely field in Ringstead live Pan, Frodo and Neptune….   They are three adorable, local alpacas whose fleece has been made into alpaca yarn.

Alpaca yarn can be used for any kind of knitting, crochet or other wool projects.  It’s incredibly soft and having felt items made from their yarn I can confirm that Pan has the softest fleece I have ever felt.  For any alpaca yarn experts out there, Pan’s yarn has a real feel of baby alpaca – although it is not.


local ringsead alpaca yarn

Lydnz modelling some knitted items

local ringsead alpaca yarn
This is Sue enjoying helping alpaca owner, Cath Williams Marston prepare Pan’s fleece for the mill.

Posted by Cath Williams Marston on Tuesday, 1 September 2020

This super soft yarn is ideal to anyone allergic to sheep’s wool.  Sheep’s wool can have an itchy feel to it, sometimes a little prickly even, setting off an itchy allergic reaction, unlike alpaca yarn.

The yarn is 100% pure Alpaca, undyed and spun at a small English family run mill. The weight is double knit and balls are 100g.   Each 100g ball is £14.99.

The Alpacas name is on the yarn ball, so when I wear the wrap I am making I will know that Pan and Frodo from Ringstead are helping me keep warm.  The ‘grey’ colour is made from mixing the fleece of Pan and Frodo, curious as separately they look cream and brown, together they make a lovely grey colour!

local ringsead alpaca yarn

To order your local alpaca yarn join the Facebook group

or contact Cath Williams Marston via messenger.

Council Services to Reopen in Rushden Town Centre

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is set to re-open its doors at The Rushden Centre following the coronavirus pandemic. Customer service representatives will return on Monday, 17 August, with visitors requiring a face-to-face meeting being ask to make an appointment via a booking system.


Anyone requesting a face-to-face service will be asked a series of questions to identify how staff can best help with their request, and minimise visits to The Rushden Centre where possible. If residents require an appointment, officers will book this for a convenient date and time and advise of the process for visiting the office.


With public health at the forefront of the changes to service provision, this interim process is designed to ensure maximum safety of both the public and frontline staff at ENC. Customers will be asked to adhere to safety measures in line with Government guidance and must wear a mask when visiting any East Northamptonshire Council location, including The Rushden Centre.


Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:


“Following the successful re-opening of our Cedar Drive offices, its great news to see that The Rushden Centre will be open again for the residents and businesses of the local area.


“The project team set up to ensure ENC’s offices are as COVID safe as they can be, have worked incredibly hard to get The Rushden Centre open as quickly as possible and on behalf of the residents and business in the town, I’d like to thank them.”


Council services at Fletton House in Oundle will remain closed for the time being and ENC will let everyone know when they have a definite re-opening date.


Customers are encouraged to contact the council using one of the following options to access our services while staying in the safety and comfort of their home:



Customers who require a face-to-face appointment should visit or call 01832 742000 for further details and guidance on what is expected of them when visiting the offices.