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Helen Shardlow – Medical Herbalist at Orchard Clinic Thrapston

Helen Shardlow is a fully qualified and registered Medical Herbalist, based at Orchard Clinic where she is offering herbal medicine consultations.herbs

I went for my consultation yesterday.  I didn’t feel I had anything particularly, badly ‘wrong’ but a series of niggles I felt too small to see the doctor with yet bothersome to me, I figured Helen, seeing the whole picture, may spot a link between them all – and she did!

Herbalism uses an holistic approach whereby Helen asked me questions about lifestyle, childhood, family, illnesses, any niggles I had, use of medication both now and in the past…My consultation was a comprehensive hour of being able to talk about any health concerns – both physical and emotional.

I obviously shan’t go in to the ‘ins and outs’ of my own consultation but suffice to say Helen immediately saw all my little niggles were connected and pointed to one over riding issue (which I had no clue about).  I’ll be popping in on Wednesday next week to pick up my herbal tinctures which she has blended specifically for me.  Enough for a month then I shall return to see her and let her know how I am getting on.  I left the appointment feeling listened to, understood (and empathised with) yet also positive that she would be able to help.

Herbal Medicine Consultations

Herbal Medicine can help with all the typical conditions you may otherwise consult your GP for (or not want to bother her about in my case) and is especially well suited for mild to moderate, acute and chronic conditions and for people seeking a more natural approach to their health, where the underlying root causes of an illness are tackled and not just the symptoms.

Medical Herbalists are trained in the same medical, diagnostic and clinical skills as a General Practitioner Doctor.

Helen is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.  Not every herbalist is a medical herbalist, and this is hugely important in finding the right person, with the proper knowledge and training to treat your cause and symptoms.

Find out more

herby helenHelen invites you to come and meet her at the Orchard Clinic, where she regularly runs talks on herbalism and how it can help with various issues. Please call the clinic to book your space, it is a complementary service, so places fill up quickly, head over and listen to what she has to say.

Book your space on her next talk or book in to see Helen on 01832 733686

Helen graduated from the University of East London with a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and is a member of the UK National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIM) and follows their continuing professional development programme to ensure a high standard of practice and knowledge is maintained.  Their website is https://www.nimh.org.uk/

More information on Herbal Medicine and the conditions it can tackle can be found at https://www.nimh.org.uk/whats-herbal-medicine .

Please visit Helen Shardlow’s site to find out more about Medical Herbalism https://www.plantmedicineuk.com/

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Adrian Teal – The new face(s) on Thrapston High Street

Last week, we went to visit the little offices above Bletsoes as we knew that someone new was in town.

It’s great to have a new business here, and another empty premises filled up, take a look and see who we have welcomed into town…Jeremy Clarkson thrapston

Adrian Teal is a caricaturist, cartoonist, illustrator and author, with clients around the world. He has been fully freelance since 1996, with a studio in the centre of Northampton. He is head of 3D celebrity caricature design on the award-winning ITV show Big Heads, which first aired on ITV1 in April, 2017.

Adrian’s articles on history have appeared in The Lancet, and History Today. His freelance illustration clients have included the band Madness, Mercedes Benz, UBS, the comedy club Jongleurs, and Anglia TV. He has produced illustrations and political cartoons for national and international publications such as The Sunday Telegraph, Penthouse, The Scotsman, The Times, The Guardian, Time Out, The Sun, and The Daily Mail. In addition, he has drawn regular cartoons for History Today and has written about eighteenth-century satire for that magazine.

Mr Spock thrapstonAs a child, Adrian was tutored at British TV’s Spitting Image Workshop. Spitting Image’s producer was the multi-award-winning John Lloyd, best known for his work on such iconic comedy shows as Not the Nine O’Clock News, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Blackadder, and QI. One of Adrian’s proudest moments was co-writing material with John for the QI Annuals. Adrian has produced a cover and written/illustrated historical spreads for the QI books. He has illustrated for QI merchandise and marketing material as well as for the TV show itself.

Adrian helped with the launch of publishing house Unbound by writing and illustrating his first book, The Gin Lane Gazette, a compendium of bawdy, scandalous, true stories from a fictional 18th-century newspaper, published in 2012. He has spoken at events and venues such as the Hay and the Chiswick literary festivals; Oxford University; and London institutions Dr. Johnson’s House, Benjamin Franklin House, Handel House, and Bart’s Pathology Museum. He has also been a contestant in the internationally renowned ArtPrize competition in the USA, in which he entered a six-by-eight-foot caricature painting about the history of America’s most famous emblems.

In relation to his caricature work, Adrian has appeared on several British TV channels such as BBC1, Channel 5, and Sky One, and he has been an interviewee on BBC Radio 4 and BBC local radio. He contributes illustrations and material to Dr Lindsey Fitzharris’s YouTube series Under the Knife, which takes a humorous look at our medical past by combining traditional documentary with CG animation and artwork. At the time of writing, the channel has had 234,000 views and already has 18,000 subscribers.

Adrian is currently planning an exhibition of his work for the end of 2019.Daniel Craig adrian teal

Adrian is available for local work and private pictures, so this could be rather a cool idea for a Christmas present!

Thrapston is fast becoming quite an arty place!

For More Information

Adrian Teal

www.adrianteal.com

Tel: 01604 234878 Mob: 07885 021217

email: adrian@tealcartoons.co.uk

 

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An Interview with Page Owner & Healer – Helen Dawson

nene local editorI’m Helen and I run Nene Local Magazine – affiliated to the ‘Welcome to’ pages on Facebook such as Welcome to Thrapston.  As most of you know, Nene Local supports the local community, running stories of local interest, charity events, lost and found and more, I offer businesses the chance to advertise on the site and pages which finances the magazine.

However, I do have a bit of a ‘double life’.  No, I don’t wear a cape and fight crime but I do run a separate business that you might be interested in learning about…

So here I am, interviewing myself!!

What is your other business Helen?

I run AmbaScarlett Holistic Healing and Animal Healing

This seems very different to running a magazine, how did this all come about?

Well, I am still hugely passionate about local issues so wanted to continue the magazine, but I trained in Reiki and Reflexology around 14 years ago and felt a growing desire to start using these skills again.

Where do you run your business?

I have a room in Islip that I work from each Monday and I am mobile in and around the Thrapston area the rest of the week.  I didn’t want to work from my home as I have a dog and not everyone likes dogs.  I also wanted to help people who perhaps could not get out and about much or didn’t want to leave home come for an appointment, but equally I wanted a tranquil room for some of the time for those people who might have lively pets, children, live in parents etc who just wanted to relax and have a little ‘me time’ away from everything.  I enjoy offering the best of both!

What treatments do you do?

I offer Reiki and Reflexology and a few variants from those.  Reiki is a Japanese energy healing system, where the client is fully clothed and relaxing on my recliner, I place my hands upon them in various positions and the healing energy flows through me.  I always say to people, just give it a go!  Even the most sceptical person feels something – often a very deep relaxation.  Reiki can be suitable for emotional issues such as anxiety and depression but also physical issues too.helen dawson healer

Reflexology is where I massage and apply pressure to certain pressure points on your feet which in theory are related to points around your body, to promote healing and feelings of well-being.helen dawson healer

I also offer reiki healing to animals.  I am happy to discuss any of these before someone commits to a treatment.

There are other treatments in the pipeline too so keep up to date by liking www.facebook.com/ambascarlett

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What is Animal Reiki?

Depending on who you ask, the answers may be different as it is quite a personal treatment to give (and receive).  For me, I invite the animal to my Reiki space, either using thoughts or words, and the animal either agrees and accepts treatment or refuses – both of which are fine.  The Reiki treatment is a meeting of hearts, reiki healing is sent from the practitioner (me) to the animal through my hands and heart.  Animals will let me know where they want the Reiki and move their bodies to show me.  It never ceases to delight me when I see an animal totally relax into the treatment, as when relaxation occurs then the body can begin to heal itself.  Owners are often amazed to see their animal’s reaction.

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How are you different to other salons or therapists?

I consider myself a healer or mender rather than a therapist.  I often get told “I’ve had reflexology/reiki before but never like this!”  It is something, I feel I was born to do rather than trained to do – although, of course I am fully trained, registered and insured!helen dawson healer

I also feel my life leading up to this point helps me empathise with people, there is no problem or issue someone can talk about that will shock or surprise me, and I make a safe and comfortable space for people to just sit and chat if they wish.

So, do you have time for hobbies?

Self-care, particularly as a therapist, is hugely important. I enjoy meditation and mindfulness, which is interlinked with what I do, and I practice yoga at least once a week.  Being able to take myself off into the local area walking my dog is very important to me, it helps me shed the day, let go of everyone’s separate issues and gives me time to ground myself.  I often find my best ideas pop up during a dog walk as my head is ‘in the moment’ and not busy thinking about day to day things.  We have a family boat on the River Great Ouse and we love the peace and tranquillity of a boating holiday around the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk areas.  I love to paint stones too, it’s a very therapeutic hobby!helen dawson healer

For more information

Helen Dawson

AmbaScarlett Holistic Healing   www.facebook.com/ambascarlett

AmbaScarlett Animal Healing www.facebook.com/thrapstonanimalhealer

Email: helen@aspengirl.co.uk

Tel: 07799 627789

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Local Communities Celebrate Opening of New Public Facilities

Residents in Irthlingborough and Barnwell can now enjoy more opportunities to take part in physical activity and recreational play following the opening of new public facilities, after receiving support from East Northamptonshire Council’s Community Facilities Fund project.

 

Families will be able to enjoy hours of fun at the brand new children’s playground in Barnwell, within the garden of the Montagu Arms. The play area was officially opened by the Chairman of ENC, Cllr Wendy Brackenbury and Leader of ENC, Cllr Steven North with representatives from Barnwell Parish Council on Thursday 11 October. Barnwell Parish Council successfully secured funding from the Community Facilities Fund to deliver the brand new play area for local residents and visitors to enjoy.

 

A new outdoor gym opened at Irthlingborough Central Recreation Ground on Monday, 15 October following Irthlingborough Town Council receiving funding from the Community Facilities Fund. Designed with inclusivity at the heart, the new equipment is accessible for all ages and abilities and provides residents with the opportunity to get active, no matter the weather. ENC’s leisure partners, Freedom Leisure will be delivering free gym buddy sessions every Monday between 10am and 11am.

 

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said:

“The Community Facilities Fund provides local communities with the opportunity to benefit from improved public facilities and I was honoured to join Wendy, fellow councillors and other community leaders to open and see these projects first-hand. I hope that residents of Barnwell and Irthlingborough will enjoy their new facilities for years to come.”

 

The Community Facilities Fund provides constituted community groups and organisations, town and parish councils in East Northamptonshire with funding up to £50,000. There must be a minimum of 25% match funding to be eligible to apply.

 

Applications are now closed. Please visit ENC’s website and social media pages to keep up to date on future application rounds. For more information visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/cff