Category: Thrapston & Oundle

Keeping Safe with your Dog Outdoors

During social distancing what should we be doing with our dogs?  We are of course all allowed one walk per day with them, if your dog is used to two walks per day, just do one longer one.

The reason for this, is to cut your risk of coming into contact with anyone who is infected.  Look at this way, one walk instead of two halves your risk of meeting an infected person.

Consider keeping your dog a short lead.  Firstly, if your dog gets spooked and runs off for any reason, there will not be the resources to go and look for them, people will need to stay indoors and cannot be roaming the streets together hunting for a missing dog.   Another reason to keep them close to you, is so they do not have contact with anyone.  Most people like to bend down and pet your dog, you do not know if they have the virus, or if they have virus on their hands.  I imagine that the virus would be able to live for quite some time on a dog’s fur, so wise to just keep them away from well-meaning strangers.  dog walking

While thinking of the virus living on dog’s fur, wipe their feet when you get home, so they don’t walk anything into the house.

Dogs cannot catch the virus or be carriers in the truest senses of the word, but the virus may well live on their fur for a while.

When you’ve done your one daily walk and your dog is pestering for more action, if you have a garden have a run around in the fresh air, my garden is quite small so I throw a ball against the wall, so she chases it towards the wall then chases wherever it bounces.  No garden?  No problem!  Hide some treats around the house and play ‘Find it’.  Why not use three cups and put a treat under one, get the dog to sniff it out.  Try googling ‘Indoor Games with your Dog’ Mental stimulation is really good for your dog, and you’ll be amazed how much it tires them out too!

On a final note about walks, please keep even more aware of your surroundings than normal.  A broken ankle from falling in a rabbit hole now has all sorts of knock on effects, from taking up space and time in a hospital to you having to sit in A&E amidst all sorts of people with various ailments.

Stay safe and enjoy being at home with your dog, as they will be loving all the extra attention.

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Central England Co-op Outlines Social Distancing Measures

Central England Co-op outlines social distancing measures to keep colleagues and customers safe.

Central England Co-op has today asked customers to ‘co-operate’ with its new social distancing measures to help keep each other safe.

The retailer has put in place a set of new rules for anyone who enters its shops in line with Government recommendations to help safeguard colleagues and everyone else around them.

The new measures include:

  • Stores will only be using every other till point or checkout to keep customers and colleagues a safe distance apart
  • Special markings will be installed in front of till points and checkouts of at least one meter. If a customer needs to enter this area to place down a basket or use the keypad, colleagues will move backwards to maintain a safe distance
  • Special markings will be installed to showcase two-meter safe distances while queueing at till points
  • Customers are asked to pay with card or contactless if possible
  • Specialist cleaning products will be used to regularly wipe down the countertops and chip, chip and pin machines and ATMs
  • Special markings will be installed throughout stores to showcase to customers two metre spacing and customers are asked to maintain these distances while shopping
  • Store managers have been given discretion to limit the amount of customers allowed in stores at any time to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to. Additional security guards will also be deployed to help stores support this new policy
  • Special markings will be installed outside stores so customers queuing to enter maintain safe distances of two meters

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive, said: “Nothing is more important to us all at Central England Cooperative than the safety of our colleagues and customers.

“We’re closely following Government advice in our approach to social distancing and have now rolled out a range of new measures for our stores.

“We now ask all of our customers to co-operate with these measures to keep us all safe and allow us to continue to serve our communities.”

Central England Co-op is also asking all customers to show ‘care, compassion and respect’ to its colleagues as they work around the clock to serve their communities.
The retailer is asking people to come together and support its front-line colleagues who are going above and beyond to replenish stock levels and keep stores open.
In its food stores, the Society has also put in place a temporary limit of two of every product to help maintain stock levels but has reassured customers that there are no issues with its robust supply lines and that shops are getting daily deliveries.
People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community by visiting a dedicated online hub at

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Do you Need a Man About the House

Peter Douglas, aka Man About the House, has lived in Northamptonshire for just over 30 years after moving down from Norfolk when he married a local girl. Peter Douglas, aka Man About the House

He did a three year apprenticeship in City and Guilds Advanced Carpentry before working seasons with school aged children, spending his summers doing outdoor pursuits and winters in ski resorts. Peter did everything from teaching to maintenance during this time.

Since this time Peter has been self employed for 16 years under the name ‘Man About The House’ carrying out carpentry, painting, decorating and generally being very handy for lots of loyal customers!

More recently, he has been very busy repairing lots of broken fences due toall the storms we’ve had.

Take a look at Peter’s work, as he has designed and built a stunning outdoor garden room, especially for that lovely local girl he married….


For more information

Peter Douglas, Man About the House


Telephone: 07941 465679


Mother’s Day at The Bridge Hotel, Thrapston

Sunday March 22nd is Mother’s Day, have you planned her present and card yet?

The Bridge Hotel in Thrapston is offering a a treat for any mum.

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The famous Bridge Hotel three course carvery meal plus a complementary drink for just £21.95

Meals will be served between 12 – 4pm on Sunday March 22nd.

Book your table now to avoid disappointment on 01832 732 128

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