Category: Thrapston & Oundle

Victoria’s Emporium for Great Service and Quality

We are blessed to live in a town with so many wonderful shops and businesses. It has made doing The Great Thrapston Wedding Challenge remarkably easy!

Buying everything from Thrapston has been a lovely thing to do but it didn’t mean we haven’t looked around to see what else is on offer, we’ve bought from Thrapston because it’s been the item or service we wanted not because we felt we had to.

One such instance came along when we decided to choose my ring.  Of course, we began in Victoria’s Emporium on Thrapston High Street.  I told Victoria what I was looking for, what I liked the look of and she in turn looked at my engagement ring and advised on the type of gold I should have and also the styles that would suit.  They have a tray of ‘fake rings’ so you can get them all out, have a ‘try on’ session and really take a good look at all the styles next to each other.  Then she orders in the type and carat gold/platinum you require.  I found this worked so well, no one was worried about who might run in the shop at any time and I could have a really good look.

The catalogue Victoria let me take home to look through

The catalogue Victoria let me take home to look through

The next stage was that Victoria took away my ring measurement and a note of all the ones I liked and got prices for me, she returned in a couple of days will copious notes on all types of ring, in different metals so I had lots of information to chose from. She had asked me my budget and kept within it – offering me all sorts from all price ranges not just the top of my budget.

Victoria's notes with carat and price all laid out

Victoria’s notes with carat and price all laid out

At one point I even tried on her wedding ring as it was a shape I wanted to see against my engagement ring!  I felt special in Victoria’s Emporium when we were trying to decide what to buy. It is a memory of the wedding planning I will treasure, as it was a pleasure to choose and be helped and guided by an export.

……We did however take a look around.  Off we drove to Kettering, and proceeded to try and look at rings in a famous High Street jeweller ( I shall mention no names as this story is awful!).  We looked in the window and then went inside and asked to see wedding rings.

Lots of lovely choice in Victoria's Emporium

Lots of lovely choice in Victoria’s Emporium

‘Do you know what you are looking for?’ we were asked. Not really, we just want to have a look, we quite like white gold and we like ones with diamonds inlaid we replied.  The young girl, donned her gloves, got a velvet board and chose three from the window.  None of which looked right with my engagement ring, as she’d not asked to see that first.

So then she got another three, they are all real rings, so they are only allowed to bring out three at a time (I enjoy shopping, I like jewellery, but even I found this tedious!)  After a number of trips back and forth she exclaimed that she didn’t really know my taste.  I had said pretty much the same things to her as I had said in Victoria’s and she managed to question me in such a way to find out my taste.

She then said that they had lots of rings in yellow gold she cold show me but I wanted white gold.  When I asked if I tried one in yellow gold could they then get it in white gold for me, she said yes, then got me three more in white gold…..

Yellow, white gold, platinum and even precious metals I'd not even heard of in Victoria's Emporium

Yellow, white gold, platinum and even precious metals I’d not even heard of in Victoria’s Emporium

I felt I was not listened to, the quality did not look as nice as in Victoria’s Emporium and when we eventually had to leave as our car park ticket was running out, I felt like crying as the tedium of it had just made us feel in a rush to ‘just choose something’ to make it stop.  I think at one point I said I’d make do with a ring from a packet of Haribo instead!

It is sad that many, many people will only visit a well known jeweller as maybe they think an independent store may be more expensive and out of their reach, my advice would be pop into any jewellery store – multiple, high street or independent and just have a good look. No retailer will shoo you away, you will be welcomed and served – and I know which memory I want to attach to my wedding ring.

I'm not showing you a picture of the one we have ordered, it's a secret!

I’m not showing you a picture of the one we have ordered, it’s a secret!

Thrapston Farmers’ Market Donates to Local Causes

Launched in September 2014, Thrapston Farmers’ Market has grown from strength to strength and has recently been busy donating proceeds to worthy local causes and projects in Thrapston totalling £2250 so far. The market was set up and is managed by a voluntary team of local women whose objectives are simple – celebrate locally farmed products, put Thrapston on the map as a shopping destination, and donate the proceeds to the town.

In 2015 so far Thrapston Farmers’ Market has donated £500 to the Bridge of Grace Food Bank at Thrapston Baptist Church, £250 towards renovating a dilapidated wall along High Street and £1500 is being pledged to pay for a new community notice board in the town centre. The donations will keep coming as the market grows.

Zoey Boon, June Morton, Lindsey Burch and Charlotte Croser

Zoey Boon, June Morton, Lindsey Burch and Charlotte Croser

June Morton who runs Bridge of Grace was presented with the £500 cheque at the market on June 6th and says, “We are delighted with this donation which will go a long way to help us provide a helping hand to Thrapston families who are going through challenging times.” Zoey Boon, Secretary of Thrapston Farmers’ Market committee says “Our team are keen to give back to a very local charity which relates to our market, and the Bridge of Grace is such a worthy recipient. None of us know when we may need that helping hand – one month we might be shopping on the Farmers’ Market, and the next we may be in need of what Bridge of Grace has to offer, to keep our family fed.”

Thrapston is a traditional market town long associated with farming thanks to its rural location and its 145 year old cattle market which still takes place in the town every week. Charlotte Croser, chair of Thrapston Farmers’ Market says “Almost every pound which we receive from stallholder rents is ploughed back into improving facilities in our community and town centre, with just a modest, necessary amount used for administering and promoting the market. Thrapston Farmers’ Market is a market run by the community and for the benefit of the community, through and through.”

An active traders group in the town, Thrapston Independents Group, is embarking on a project to beautify the town centre and entrances to the town by adding new planters, upgrading and increasing the amount of seating, and providing new community and heritage noticeboards. A very generous £1500 donation to the project from the Farmers’ Market will pay for a brand new noticeboard which will offer local groups and charities a prominent, central place to promote events and fundraisers in Thrapston. Repairs to an unsightly wall close to the market has also been replaced thanks in part to the market funds donated.

Thrapston Farmers Market now boasts over 20 stalls which attend monthly when in season, and fills the length of High Street on the first Saturday of each month. The market has brought a real buzz to Thrapston and is fast-becoming an integral part of the monthly calendar in the community.

Shoppers are enjoying the array of products on offer from fresh game, poultry and meat to locally made meat pies, sausages for every taste and dietary requirement. Manor Farm brings a wonderful selection of fresh vegetables and fruit grown on its farm in Lincolnshire, many of which are hard to find in the supermarket and all having been farmed by the stallholder.

Thrapston Farmers’ Market also boasts locally brewed beers from Brigstock and Rushden, and Fleurfields, a vineyard based in Brixworth attends with its Northamptonshire wines. Find some unusual preserves, sauces and accompaniments, locally baked breads, cakes and treats from a range of stallholders. For those with special dietary requirements, Thrapston Farmers’ Market has an all gluten free cakes and bakes stall, Carol’s Bakes, plus Browns’ Sausages which sells a range of gluten, dairy and meat free and vegan sausages. Eating during the market is popular too, with The Little Soup Company serving homemade soups (during autumn and winter months), and all year round Mytton Meats cooks up its home reared and made sausages and burgers.

Regulated by FARMA, the industry regulating body, Thrapston Farmers’ Market prides itself on only taking on stallholders which offer truly local products, made or grown by the stallholder and using locally sourced ingredients. The market organisers work hard to nurture the welcoming, sociable atmosphere at each market. Lindsey Burch, Treasurer of the market committee says “Our stallholders are very positive about Thrapston Farmers’ Market and for some it has already become one of their busiest. We have a queue of stalls wanting to join us. Shoppers are telling us that they look forward to the market each month, and some have made it a monthly social get-together with family and friends.”


Thrapston Farmers’ Market
Located on High Street, Thrapston NN14 4JH on the first Saturday of each month (except January)
Website: www.thrapstonfarmersmarket.moonfruit.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thrapstonfarmersmarket


As the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour draws closer, people can enjoy one of the many cycling-themed events taking place across Northamptonshire.

There are a number of special events taking place linked to the world-class women’s cycling race, which returns to the county on Friday 19th June.

From a cycling taster day to a family picnic party, there’s something for everyone to enjoy throughout June.

On Saturday 6th June, Cycle Saturday will take place in Kettering – where this year’s race will finish – offering a whole day of free cycling-based activities. Visitors will be able to try out a range of crazy bikes including bikes that make smoothies, play music and control Scalextrix races. There will also be Penny Farthing riders and people can find out more about local cycling clubs and British Cycling.

Visitors can also bring along their own bikes for a check-up at a Rebike’s bike doctor session or have their cycle marked with a security code by the police so it can be identified and returned if it gets stolen.

Bringing the day’s festivities to a close, there will be a showing of the classic 1980s film ET on the big screen in Kettering Market Place at 6pm.

On Thursday 18th June – the eve of the race – the fun moves to Oundle, which once again hosts the Grand Depart of the Northamptonshire stage of the Women’s Tour.

The market town will be holding a warm-up party to get everyone ready for the big event. From 4pm, people will be able to watch British Cycling bike races, see live music, have a go on the climbing wall and take part in a cycling-related It’s A Knock-Out competition.

There will also be a classic bike rally featuring retro bicycles from days gone by, which starts at 5pm from Oundle Wharf.

On the day of the Women’s Tour, there will be stalls and entertainment at the start and finish towns, followed by Corby’s annual Cyclefest on Saturday 20th June. The festival will include two cycle-related films at The Core theatre’s pedal-powered cinema as well as BMX and mountain biking displays and rickshaw rides.

Those inspired to get sporty by the world’s best female cyclists can take part in the Wicksteed Park triathlon on Sunday 21st June, which will include swimming, running and cycling events for both adults and children.biking

The calendar of events concludes with the Great Girl-Rilla Ride, a sponsored women’s bike ride suitable for all abilities which will take place on Sunday 28th June in Oundle. With two route options – 50m or 100km – the event offers an opportunity to get cycling while raising money for charity.

To find out more about these events and the Aviva Women’s Tour, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/womenstour.