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Pampered Pets comes to Thrapston

Nicola Scott is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse turned dog walker and pet sitter. Living in Warmington with her husband, dog, cat and 3 guinea pigs. Nicola’s parents brought her up surrounded by numerous types of pets so knew from an early age that she would end up working with animals!logo

After completing her A-Levels (while working part time at various Vets for experience), Nicola trained as a Veterinary Nurse, qualifying in 2008. Mainly working at small animal practices but also working at two practices that dealt with farm animals and exotics. Meanwhile her parents set up Pampered Pets in Peterborough which, due to their hard work, quickly became successful with a brilliant reputation.

Over the years Nicola helped her mum and dad with Pampered Pets so, in 2012 it made sense to go part time at the vets and start her own branch of Pampered Pets in Oundle and the surrounding areas. Nicola says “I’m now in the privileged position of being able to care for a variety of pets in varying states of health, giving client’s peace of mind with all aspects of animal care and welfare.” 

Last year was very busy – I left the Vets in July, took on my first member of staff (Sharon in Oundle) in September 2013 and carried on expanding! Now, early in 2014, I’ve just taken on my second employee (Caroline in Islip) to help with the queries in and around Thrapston! Both staff also have a lot of experience with a range of animals so you know your pet will be in good hands!”


Whatever your requirements, call Nicola for a quote – She’s happy to take on any pet and any challenge so don’t worry a worried or over active pet will be turned away.  The dog(s) will only be walked by themselves so they get the walker’s complete attention. Any other pets will be looked after in whatever manner you wish to keep them happy!

In Nicola’s spare time she’s recently started helping a friend who rescues hedgehogs, fixing them up and releasing them back in to the wild.  She’s a real animal loving Dr Doolittle we think!

Follow her on Facebook for loads of really useful tips on pet care.

Phone: 01832 281096

Email: pamperedpetsoundle@gmail.com

Facebook: Pampered Pets Oundle

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Oundledogwalkin



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Spring is in the Air!

Over the sunny weekend there was some great wildlife spotted on Thrapston’s nature reserve.

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Images from www.suesnews.co.uk

Nene Valley Railway Calendar of Events 2014

Nene Valley Railway Calendar of events 2014


March 30th Mother’s day train. Chocolates and posy for Mum on the train followed by a cream tea afterwards.

April 21st Children’s Easter egg hunt.

May 10th 11th Carriages of Delights, a splendid ‘Steampunk’ event

May 16th 17th 18th Diesel gala

Jun 15th Father’s Day.  Some footplate rides available.

July 5th 6th Teddy-bear’s picnic, child with a teddy rides free.

July 12th Murder mystery evening

July 27th Classic Sunday, transport festival

August 16th Celebrating 50 years of the class 14 diesel locomotive.

September 13th 14th Steam gala

September 20th 21st Grand rail mail event

September 27th 28th Diesel gala

October 31st Wizard Express (Evening Halloween train)

For more information www.nvr.org.uk

 – We will be running a competition to win a family ticket soon too!!


Nene Valley Railway

Wansford Station




T: 01780 784444


Bearly Worn Children’s Clothing Agency – Now stocking Sadie Lynch Originals!

935753_544726648907675_675466754_nBearly Worn is now a stockist of local artist Sadie Lynch children’s pictures – you can have them totally personalised with choices of colours plus the addition of a name – and if you mention Nene Local you get them for £25 instead of the usual £30!

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26 High Street, Thrapston. NN14 4JH

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri: 09:30 – 04:30
Sat: 09:30 – 03:00
Phone  01832 732405
Children’s Boutique selling pre-owned clothing from high street brands to designer labels, childrens furniture, accessories & gifts.

Bearly Worn childrens boutique in the heart of Thrapston a market town in Northamptonshire.
Selling preowned clothing, accessories, gifts, new toys, furniture & larger equipment such as prams, highchairs & cots.
We have a selection of traditional wooden painted toys from Lanka Kade.

New furniture to order which is hand-carved & hand-painted in delightful designs for boys & girls.
We are able to offer a payment plan to help you with the cost of these more expensive items.
Our core business is good quality pre-owned children’s clothes from premium high-street brands to designer labels. With size range from newborn upto 10 years, with some tiny baby/premature baby wear in stock.

You will find labels like: Gap, Monsoon, Zara, Gymboree, Timberland, Boden, Joules, Little White Company, Osh Kosh, Petit Bateau, Polarn O’Pyret, Ted Baker, Kenzo, Catimini, Dior, Ralph Lauren, Pretty Originals, Sarah Louise, I Love Gorgeous, Gucci,….& more.

Items start from as little as a couple of pounds & you will find many a bargain among the stock on display, some still with the original price labels on.
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Funky Lil’ Feet

Funky Lil’ feet children’s shoe shop offers a range of beautiful and practical shoes for babies up to teens. Stockists for Start-rite, Geox, Babybotte, Buckle my shoe, Lelli-Kelly, Aster and many more.

36 Huntingdon Road, Thrapston

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Opening Hours:

Mon – Wed: 09:00 – 17:00
Thu: 09:00 – 19:00
Fri: 09:00 – 17:00
Sat: 09:30 – 16:00

‘I was delighted to come across Funky Lil Feet 2 years ago. My daughter has narrow feet and wears Orthotics and after numerous issues with other shoe shops, FLF have come up trumps every time. I like the fact that as well as offering a known brand like Start-rite they also offer a variety of continental styles.’

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‘Spoilt for choice and a perfect fit’

 Betty – Age 12

‘Absolutely fabulous customer service! Esme (3.5) has been able to actually choose shoes, despite having very narrow feet and we have been delighted with the incredibly personal customer care and perhaps most importantly, the fact that you’re all so understanding when toddlers don’t behave like grown ups!’

Leah – Busy Mum 

‘We have been taking Effy to Funky Lil Feet since December when she started walking. We go back regularly for a quick measure and staff are friendly, helpful and honest. I never feel pressured into buying shoes we don’t need, and their selection is superb. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for shoe fittings, we love Funky Lil Feet too much!’ 

Hannah – mum

Pisces Fish & Chips

Pisces recently sent away a meal to a nutritionalist and we were all surprised by the results, the results from Nutritional testing are displayed in the shop. Fantastic results which showed the regular cod, chips and mushy peas contain only 5.7% fat.

What’s more, the oil of which they fry in is cholesterol lowering, high in anti-oxidants and 100% natural.

Now I know chips are a no-no when on a diet but anyone who does Rosemary Conley knows she asks you to look for anything 5% fat or less, I think even Ms Conley would be impressed with Pisces Fish & Chips and would let us all have a meal once in a while!



Pisces Fish & Chips, 21 High Street, Thrapston NN14 4JJ


A brand new Fish & Chip take away and restaurant on the High St. A family ran business, established in 1958, they specialise in serving high quality foods. Have previously been judged the best in the UK by the National Federation.

They are a high quality Fish and Chip shop restaurant and take away.  Serving premium products and the range includes many Home Made products. With ‘specials’ which often include Home made Fish Pie and cottage pie.

Get involved in Emergency Planning

We’ve seen first hand recently how much damage can be caused in an emergency.

It’s the county council Emergency Planning team’s job to make sure that Northamptonshire is as prepared as it can be for extreme weather, an accident, or other circumstances that might put us at risk.

Resources on the ground and community preparedness are vital to ensure that danger and lasting damage caused in an incident is minimised.

To do this, we need your help.



What could I do to help in an emergency?

  • Join the Emergency Response Corps – As a member of the Corps, you’ll be trained and ready to join the Emergency Planning Team when they need your help. You’ll help run reception centres providing a base for emergency service personnel and a refuge for evacuees.
  • Volunteer with our Partners – We work closely with all the emergency service providers and supporting organisations who also rely on volunteer support.
  • Become a Community Coordinator – We’ve created a Self-Help Template so you can make sure your community is ready to respond to an emergency as soon as it starts.
  • Make sure you’re ready at home – Do you know what you and your family would do if there was an emergency close to home? Find out how you can be best prepared.

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Council Tax frozen for 2014/15

East Northamptonshire Council has agreed to freeze its element of the Council Tax for the second year running.

This means that the Band D charge attributable to East Northamptonshire Council will remain at £123.65 a year, the equivalent of £2.38 per week, the same as it was in 2012/13.


Despite central government continuing to reduce the funding it pays to local authorities to support service provision, the council has made significant financial savings and efficiencies including sharing services and reducing leisure contributions through capital investment.

Council leader, Steven North, said: “We know that many residents are struggling with the high cost of living so we have committed to freezing Council Tax for the second year running.

“Due to the hard work by staff and members, we are not using any reserves to balance the budget, and the proposed budget is lower than last years. We also hold a healthy earmarked reserve of over £5 million and we can still deliver community projects out of some of the New Homes Bonus.

“All councils face some tough decisions over the next few years as public sector funding continues to be squeezed. With good financial planning we will be able to focus on front line services and finding more efficient ways of delivering services.”

East Northamptonshire Council currently has the lowest Council Tax of any council in Northamptonshire, and one of the lowest in the country.

Councillors also approved the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2014/15-2017/18, the budget for 2014/15, the Capital Programme for 2014/15, levels of reserves, the Treasury Management Strategy and the Fees and Charges policy.


East Northamptonshire Council Revokes Shop Licence

A Rushden off-licence will no longer be able to sell alcohol after having its licence revoked by East Northamptonshire Council.


Northamptonshire Police requested a review of the licence of Higham Superstore on Higham Road in Rushden, following persistent sales of alcohol to underage people.


East Northamptonshire Council’s Licensing Panel revoked the premises’ licence on 24 February 2014 and, subject to an appeal, the shop will be forced to stop selling alcohol in 21 days.


The panel agreed that the actions of the premises licence holder Mr Rajaratnam undermined the licensing objective of the protection of children from harm, making this a very serious matter. They concluded that they had no option but to revoke the licence.


Chair of the Licensing Panel and Deputy Leader, Councillor Glenn Harwood MBE, said: “Based on the evidence presented by the Police, Trading Standards and the ENC Licensing Enforcement Officer, it was clear that despite proof of under-aged sales having taken place and the Licence Holder subsequently receiving advice about that, a further incident of under aged sales took place and this time, the licence holder himself was the seller.


“These offences were serious and persistent, so the panel felt it would not be appropriate just to suspend the licence for a period of time, especially as there had already been plenty of opportunity to improve.  So, the decision to revoke the license was made.


“We’re committed to working with businesses so that we have high standards of alcohol retailing in East Northamptonshire, and I’m pleased to be able to say the vast majority of licence holders co-operate fully with us to achieve that aim.


“However; those who fail to comply with  their licensing conditions can endanger the health and wellbeing of our residents, and in particular, our children.  The action we have just taken demonstrates the council’s intent not to just sit back and ignore these sorts of offences.


“The panel’s decision has been taken in the best interests of the public, and in particular, our young people.”


The licence holder has a right to appeal the decision and so the revocation will not have effect until the time period for appeal has expired and any appeal has been determined.


If anyone has any concerns regarding licensed premises within East Northamptonshire, they should contact the Council’s licensing enforcement officer on 01832 742241.