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Council Funding on Offer to Help the Community

Council funding on offer to help communities during the coronavirus pandemic

Communities across East Northamptonshire have received much needed funding boosts to help with their coronavirus support efforts thanks to East Northamptonshire Council’s Member Empowerment Fund.


Every year, each ENC district councillor is allocated £1,000 to spend on small community based projects. The money can be awarded to parish/town councils, community groups, voluntary organisations and charities who work in East Northamptonshire.


Over the past few months, a growing number of projects have benefitted from additional monies to support their coronavirus support efforts, including:thrapston foodbank


  • A deep clean of a community facility in Irthlingborough to ensure that it could re-open to the public for community activities
  • To provide free packed lunches to school pupils during this year’s summer holidays
  • To purchase food supplies for the newly formed community food bank in Thrapston


Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, explains more:


“Since we launched the Member Empowerment Fund in 2011, communities across the district have benefitted from over £300,000 of grant funding and this year the fund seems more important that ever with funds being used for a variety of projects related to the coronavirus effort.


“If you, or someone you know, has a community project which will help at this difficult time, but needs a little bit extra push make it happen, then please do have a chat with your local councillor.”


This will be the last year of MEF, with the new North Northamptonshire Council coming into existence in April 2021.


To find out more about the scheme and/or to apply for funding, please visit or speak to your councillor, contact details can be found at

For more information on Thrapston Foodbank

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Anti Social Behaviour on World Kindness Day

Last night the ‘Silent Soldier’ memorial to those lost in WWI was vandalised at the War Memorial site on Coronation Gardens, Thrapston, Northamptonshire. Silent Soldier Coronation Gardens Thrapston

The Royal British Legion Silent Soldier campaign represents the thousands of servicemen who walked across the country’s fields and hills on their way back from The Great War. Thrapston Town Council installed a soldier silhouette by the War Memorial in 2018 to mark 100 years since the end of the conflict.Silent Soldier Coronation Gardens Thrapston

Clerk to the Town Council Linda Marshall said, “We were appalled to find that the Silent Soldier has been vandalised. It is especially hurtful that it happened during Remembrance week, the year in which we commemorate 75 years since VE Day and 100 years since the burial of WWI’s Unknown Warrior. Thrapston’s residents care very deeply about honouring those who fought for our freedom; this has been shown by the overwhelming response to the fundraising page. The Town has so much love and respect for our veterans and for the fallen. We will always remember and honour them. We are working closely with the police to identify the person responsible for this damage. Anyone with information please report it via 101, quoting incident number 99 of 13/11/20.”

Thrapston resident Sophie Starsmore set up the Go Fund Me page, which raised over £3,000 in four hours.


Empaths and the Challenges of a Zoom Meeting

The term empath comes from empathy, which is the ability to understand the experiences and feelings of others outside of your own perspective.  To be an empath goes a little further than this though.

Empaths are highly attuned to other people’s moods, good and bad. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme. They take on negativity such as anger or anxiety, which can be exhausting for them. If they are around peace and love, though, their bodies take these on and flourish.

For me personally, when I practised as a holistic therapist offering reiki and reflexology, I had to be extremely mindful of cutting the ties with clients as they left.  Not doing so could leave me with their energies, good bad, high or low and result in Compassion Fatigue – which is often felt by therapists, hairdressers, counsellors etc.helen dawson healer

There are different types of empaths and Heyoka Empath’s have the ability to subconsciously feel other people’s emotions. They often have psychic-like abilities when it comes to people’s feelings and emotions. They are great people to confide in, and they are wonderful at giving advice too.

I first really realised I was an empath in my early 20’s, I owned my own house and mum had a key, she would sometimes pop over when I wasn’t there, do a bit of cleaning or gardening to help me out.  The minute I returned home, on walking into my empty house my mood would change – I realised after a short time that my mood was switching to match that of my mum, who had been there hours before.  Mum was known for strong feelings, in whatever direction, I was picking them up.helen dawson healer

I’m fairly certain that as a young child I would pick up on these things too, from her and my friends also, I was too young to understand and ended up just being fed up of feeling different to everyone else.

It has its upside, if a ‘friend in need’ is suffering in silence, I can pick up on it and tease the feelings out them to help, without them knowing what I’m doing.  In my day job with Busy Women Networking I experience the success of the members almost as vividly as they do, which is why I love to help them succeed.  Obviously, there are downsides too, and this is why I write today….

2020, it’s certainly been a challenge to us all!  At the start there was a lot of anxiety in everyone. I work from home and don’t travel abroad for holidays so much of my day to day life stayed the same.  The lovely summer sun was great for gardening, and once we are allowed to, spending time in the countryside aboard our boat was lovely.  My anxiety levels and clenching of neck and jaw were sky high though – simply because I was picking up the mood, not only from friends but the general population too.

Again, once the feeling and the reasons are identified then the empath can effectively shield from it in certain ways.  Just recently I had begun to feel very down, unlike any feelings I had had before, I wondered whether it was depression.  I posted on Facebook asking for some suggestions on how to ‘bounce back’.  Suggestions ranged from chatting to friends to hugging a tree – I am quite open to all sorts of suggestions, although must add, I got really bitten by midges when I walked in the woods!

After much deliberation I have concluded it’s Zoom!  Zoom is my doom…

I’ve realised how much I enjoy and actually need interaction with people, socially and when working too.  I pick up emotions, I read you subconsciously and this is pretty much impossible when I can only see a 5cm picture of you on my screen.  Zoom is fantastic for all our meetings, but the little nuances, facial twitches, partial smiles and frowns are missed by the technology – I’m no longer connecting with you all as much as I was and a little black cloud was following me around because of this.

I will add, now I’ve defined what it is the black cloud has moved on somewhat, as I can ensure now that I have some real person interaction.

Let’s hope that soon we can start to meet and run our businesses again in person, so for empaths everywhere, it’s not so much of a challenge.





Thrapston Under 14’s Girls Football Team Reveal their Sponsor!

The draw is done!

Thrapston Under 14’s Girls Football Team have completed their fund raising efforts and now reveal their official 2020/21 sponsor…..


Auburn Fox – the latest retailer to open on Thrapston’s High Street will be on the girl’s rain jackets.

The team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated and supported them, and also those who weren’t able to donate but offered support in other ways. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite hit their target, which means right now they cannot get all the kit they were hoping for.

Funding organiser, Jon Hunt  has therefore decided, that as the weather is turning, that he will  order some rain jackets, and that the Auburn Fox will be featured on those.

Leaving the GoFundMe page open with the hope they can find a few more donations from local business that will allow them to get the rest of the kit to keep the team warm, and for those they will run a second draw.

Jon will place the first draw recording in the comments on Facebook to show the draw in action – Jon adds “Once again, I need to express how grateful we are, and blessed that we have such a supportive community and network of businesses”

You can read about the fund raising project here –  

You can donate to go into the second draw here  Please dig deep!!

A big thank you to all businesses who have donated so far.  Nene Local Magazine is happy to give a shout out on the Welcome to Thrapston page for any business who has donated and any who donate in the next week – to secure your shout out, please comment on this article with the URL to your business page.


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