Category: Rushden & Raunds

Stanwick Community Gardens Planting for Cransley

Stanwick Community Garden is a small, green oasis developed by a group of individuals with varying levels of horticultural knowledge and experience, working together since it was a bare piece of land approximately 5 years ago.

Stanwick Community Garden

Stanwick Community Garden

The community is self-funding and would usually hold an annual Open Day and Plant Sale to raise the funds to improve the garden and access for all.


The impact of Covid-19 this year has meant that they have had to scale back their plant growing this year and members of the team volunteered to take some of the seedlings home to nurture them in their gardens during the lockdown.


Unable to hold their usual Open Day Plant and Cake Sale the group decided to offer the plants up for a donation to charity instead. They wanted to give back to the community having successfully secured some grant funding last year. Once the seedlings had become small plants, the plants were offered for sale or a donation to support the local charity Cransley Hospice whose fundraising events have had to be put on hold due to the coronavirus.


This proved very popular with the members of the group who gave generously and raised an amazing £200 for Cransley Hospice, even more than they had raised the previous year, with cakes and savouries!


The group continues to look after the gardens, socially distanced of course, and look forward to welcoming visitors again and raising even more money at next year’s Open Day.


Check You’re Registered to Vote

East Northants residents urged to check they are registered to vote

Residents across East Northamptonshire are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are correct.


The annual canvass ensures that East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote and encouraging them to register, so they can have their say in future elections, including those taking place in May 2021.


Having been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, elections for the new North Northamptonshire Council, Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner and local town/parish elections, will now take place in May 2021. The annual canvass is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can use their democratic right to vote on these upcoming elections.


Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:


“It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from East Northamptonshire Council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for you and your household.


“We are required by law to complete the annual canvass, regardless of the wider situation, and ask that the public help us by providing the necessary information when it is needed. This will avoid the need for a canvasser to visit your home, which will be more difficult given the current circumstances.


“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send and you may be unable to vote in any upcoming elections. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at


Any residents who have any questions about the annual canvass can contact ENC’s Elections team by emailing or by visiting

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.

elaine Barrow bandana

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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