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Category: Wellingborough & Great Doddington

£400 Fine for Littering Out of Car Window

Drop your litter and face the consequences. That’s the stark message from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) who recently prosecuted a driver for just such an offence.


Back in January, an ENC environmental services officer witnessed the driver throw an empty cigarette packet out of his car window on Kettering Road, Thrapston. The driver was identified as Ryan Potticary and was offered a fixed penalty notice of £150 (reduced to £100 if paid within 10 days). Despite reminders being sent, Mr Potticary failed to pay the fine and was then referred to court where he was offered the opportunity to enter a plea by post. Again, he failed to reply so the case went to Northampton Magistrates Court in August. Mr Potticary did not attend but was found guilty and received a £402 fine. (£220 fine plus a £32 victim surcharge and £150 costs).


Steven North, Leader of ENC, said: “All littering is an offence no matter what it is and we all need to take responsibility by using a bin or taking our rubbish home. And that’s not just to avoid a fine but to protect where we live, work, play and drive.


“I hope that this case serves as a warning that we will hold those who litter to account and we will pursue through the courts, if necessary. Avoid that hefty fine and do the right thing – bin it.”

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Warts and All Theatre in Wellingborough

Warts and All Theatre announces new Autumn theatre programmes in Wellingborough

  • Warts and All Theatre launches new programmes for the Autumn
  • Discounted ‘Pay On Your Terms’ model means that everyone will be able to participate
  • Sign-up today by visiting


Warts and All Theatre, Northamptonshire’s cutting-edge theatre company that enables everyone to speak their truth, is announcing a new programme of activity at their new Wellingborough home, the Wellingborough African Caribbean Centre.

This dynamic programme will give people of all ages a chance to engage in life-changing extraordinary theatre, through a diverse selection of weekly activity, including:

  • Young Actors sessions for ages 9-21 – These workshops provide a fantastic training opportunity for children and young people, as participants work collaboratively with trained and experienced industry experts. Alongside learning theatre, drama skills and techniques, these sessions are a great opportunity for a Young Person to develop their confidence, public speaking and teamworking skills.
  • Young Producers sessions for ages 12-25 – Through these free weekly sessions you will become ambassadors for Warts and All Theatre’s Young Artist Festival in 2021. Grow your skills as a creative, develop friendships and create an extraordinary festival of art and culture for your community!

From September Warts and All Theatre will place their trust in parents and guardians as they move to a new “Pay On Your Terms” membership scheme, where participants choose a scheme that suits their personal situation.

£10, £20 and £30 monthly direct debit options are available, with all members receiving the same benefits and access to outstanding weekly sessions, but can now choose what they pay based on everyone’s personal circumstances.

“It’s all part of our renewed vision to make arts and culture accessible for as many people as possible. By offering a more flexible way of engaging with us, we will make more voices heard, society fairer and in turn enable communities to thrive,” says Christopher Elmer-Gorry, Artistic Director and CEO of Warts and All Theatre.

Participants of Warts and All Theatre programmes are also excited. Kirsten Harris, 20 from Wellingborough said: “Going to Warts and All allows me to feel comfortable to say whatever it is I want to say, to speak up, to say what truly matters to you and have that be respected, and having a space to fully explore what your truth is.”

Warts and All Theatre are delivering this activity in line with their socially distanced COVID-19 secure planning, policies and procedures. Each activity has a face to face, blended learning or online provision that will be delivered based on local and national developments and guidance.

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They are no stranger to adapting their delivery. Over the past five months, Warts and All has ran successful online masterclasses with some of the leading lights in the theatre world such as Adrian Lester, Benjamin Zephaniah, Fiona Shaw, Rob Brydon and Julie Walters, as well as virtual co-created plays and online acting training sessions. These programmes have meant that young people and their families have continued to have the chance to share their experiences, express themselves and remain in touch with the arts during lockdown.

For more information on Warts and All Theatre’s exciting new weekly programmes and to sign up, visit or email

Home Care Company Reaches One Million Milestone

A care company based in Wellingborough is celebrating after its dedicated and passionate staff delivered their one millionth hour of quality care to clients in their own homes throughout East Northants.


Home Instead Senior Care East Northants is owned by couple Mark and Rosina Darnell. They set the business up in 2010 to pioneer a new type of personalised-based care which would see caregivers and clients matched based on shared interests and care visits of a minimum one hour in duration.


With a rapidly ageing population, Mark and his team have seen demand for their service grow over the last ten years and the one millionth hour of care was recently delivered.


Commenting on reaching the milestone, co-owner Rosina Darnell said, “We are immensely proud of this achievement and grateful to our caregivers and the wider team who make what we do possible.”


Mark and Rosina Darnell

Mark and Rosina Darnell

Home Instead East Northants currently employs 145 CAREGivers plus an office team of 16 who are based at the company’s premises on the Park Farm Industrial Estate in Wellingborough.


Mark Darnell, co-owner of Home Instead East Northants, explains: “At Home Instead we offer not only personal care but companionship, home help, dementia care, young adults with special needs and live in care.  Our clients live throughout the wide communities of Rushden, Wellingborough, Kettering, Raunds and North Bedfordshire.


“We don’t take the typical task-based approach which sees carers delivering care in 15-minute slots and having to rush between care visits. Instead, our approach is built on relationships with clients, and caregivers are matched based on shared interests or life experience.


“Our care visits are also of a minimum one hour in duration, so our caregivers have time to make a real difference to their clients’ lives.


“Ten years and one million hours later, we are delighted to still be providing care to our very first client which just goes to demonstrate that the caring style of Home Instead is a winning formula.”


To find out more about Home Instead East Northants, please call: 01933 678775 or visit:

Mince Pies and Christmas Puddings in Co-Op Soon

Mince pies and Christmas puddings go on sale in Co-op to meet customer demand.

Christmas has come early at Central England Co-op as mince pies and Christmas puddings have gone on sale early in an effort to meet customer demand.

The retailer, which has over 260 stores spread across 16 counties, will roll out the products from Wednesday, 9 September in reaction to calls from customers in shops and pleas via social media asking when the festive snacks will be hitting the shelves.

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Central England Co-op normally does not stock the treats until the end of September but its shop staff, customer service centre and social media channels had so many enquiries that they are now going on sale for people to enjoy.

Shoppers can stock up on the butter enriched pastry, zesty, spiced Co-op deep filled mince pies for just £1 or Irresistible mince pieces from £2.

For the first time ever, the retailer is also launching three different Christmas puddings early ranging from £1 to £3 in response to customer requests.

Natalie Smith, Store Manager at Central England Co-op, said: “For months now our colleagues have been inundated with requests for when our Christmas products will be on sale, especially mince pies and Christmas puddings.

“While we know that hearing about anything festive related this early is not for everyone, for some they cannot wait so we have decided to give people what they wanted and put them on sale early, with Christmas puddings being done so for the first time.

“I have no doubt that mince pies and anything else Christmas related will fly off the shelves now that it is available, especially during these uncertain times when people need and deserve a boost.”

Find out about more festive deals by heading online to or heading into the nearest Central England Co-op store.