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Businesses in Northamptonshire given chance to help keep pensioners safe and warm this winter

A newly-established social enterprise has teamed up with Northamptonshire County Council to give businesses the chance to join a campaign to keep elderly people safe and warm this winter.

Businesses can help sponsor a state-of-the-art digital thermometer, called Tom, to be delivered to 1,000 people’s homes as part of the wider ‘Wrapped Up’ campaign, backed by Age UK and Northamptonshire County Council.

 

The gadget’s easy to read screen alerts the user when the temperature has dropped to harmful levels, reminding pensioners to turn up the heating or put on an extra layer of clothing.

 

Between 16C and 18C it will flash every six seconds with the word ‘COOL’ displayed. If the temperature drops below 16C, which can cause serious risk to health, Tom will flash blue every three seconds and display the word ‘COLD’.

 

The display will read ‘OK’ or ‘GOOD’ if the room is at, or higher than, the optimal 21C

Simon Parslow, director of Daventry-based Target Holdings which produces Tom, said: “With the cold snap approaching, all of us need to take greater responsibility for looking out for our loved ones, ensuring their homes are warm and they are protected against the winter chill.

 

“We have teamed up with the ‘Wrapped Up’ campaign to offer our digital thermometers as part of the package people receive. Businesses are already coming on board to be sponsors, helping protect the most vulnerable people in our community this winter.”

 

A £200 sponsorship package allows local businesses to help 10 families receive support and assistance with cold weather planning, including access to Age UK’s helpline, and they would be supplied with their very own ‘Tom’ free of charge.

 

Mr Parslow added: “We have been delighted with the tremendous support we have received so far, with a number of businesses already signing up. It’s a perfect way for firms to give something back to local people and make a real difference this winter.”

Research from charity Age UK and the Office of National Statistics shows that approximately 27,000 extra deaths are reported each winter, 90 per cent of which are older people.

 

Tom has been developed to encourage discussion and stimulate awareness of the problems caused when cold weather bites, particularly with pensioners reluctant to turn up their heating due to concerns about rising energy bills.

 

For more information about getting involved with the ‘Wrapped Up’ campaign call Simon Parslow on 01327 301950 or visit www.howstom.co.uk/corporate

 

FREE entry to Lyveden New Bield

Intriguing Elizabethan lodge and moated garden

Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age.

Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605.

Discover the mysterious garden lodge and explore the Elizabethan garden with its spiral mounts, terracing and canals.

Wander through the new orchard, containing many old varieties of apples and pears, or explore the Lyveden Way, a circular path through beautiful meadows, wooodland and villages.

Lyveden is open every weekend from 4th January 11am until 4pm including the new cosy Cottage tea room

In February – Enjoy free entry to Lyveden on 15 and 16 February as part of love Lyveden weekend.  Plus – Lovers’ cream tea for 2 for only £7.

lyvedon A good way to get romantic!

Today’s Update from Anglian Water

Market Road, Thrapston Thursday, January 16, 2014

Burst Main

We’re really sorry but some of you in Thrapston may have very low water pressure or no water at all.

We’ve got a burst main in your area that we’re working hard to get fixed. We’ll get your supply back to normal as soon as possible

This should be by 1.30pm today but we’ll update this message if anything changes

When the water is back it may look a little cloudy or discoloured, just run your tap for a couple of minutes and it should clear – if it doesn’t give us a call so that we can check it out – 08457 145 145.

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Can we just say, this is an image we’ve used of an impressive main burst and NOT Thrapston today!

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Nursery Open Day!

The Co-operative Childcare Nursery in Thrapston is having an open day!

The friendly team will be on hand to give you a guided tour of your local Co-operative nursery in Thrapston, a home from home environment where children learn, play and develop whilst having fun!

At the nursery children lead their own learning, explore their own imaginations, build their self-confidence, learn from their own mistakes and take charge of their own exciting adventures every day.  The dedicated, caring team concentrate on enriching and widening children’s experiences making sure children pick up skills the age-appropriate way… by doing, playing and exploring with every experience and opportunity for learning.

A nursery spokesperson commented “Parents can look around the facilities, there will be a range of activities such as arts and crafts for them to participate in and food from our very own menus will be provided”

Join the team on their open day to discover the Co-operative Childcare nursery and pre-school, Thrapston.

Follow @coop_childcare for further information!

 

Contact:
0800 954 0669 – our customer service number

Address:
The Co-operative Childcare
107 Huntingdon Road,
Thrapston,
Northamptonshire, NN14 4NG

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Let’s help stop crime – Beat the Bin Spies take a bin in!

On the 13th January houses were broken into on Clare Drive and Roman Way in Thrapston, these are not the first burglaries in the area and are sure not to be the last.

The offices of Nene Local are in Thrapston and we’ve noticed a certain trend, on a Monday when it’s bin day we see an increase in traffic.  Not ‘cars going to work’ style traffic but vans and unknown vehicles cruising the streets…. are they looking to see who is in, who is out all day? Perhaps.

Any crime in our area is horrendous to the individual but also detrimental to the area, so let’s help each other.

wheelie copy A bin left out on the pavement all day is a sure sign the property owners are out at work.  Many people also place large numbers on their bin, showing which house it belongs to.

Our ‘Beat the Bin Spies’ campaign just asks one thing.  If you are around during Monday/Bin Day take your bin in and then take in the neighbours bin for them too. Simple.

It’ll be empty so it’s lighter, and you only have to leave it somewhere they can specify without encroaching too much into their garden.  We take about five bins onto peoples side paths for them every Monday, it doesn’t take long.

Therefore, with no bins left out the front on the public pavement it helps confuse the opportunist thieves who will not know who is in or out!

So Beat the Bin Spies and take a bin in!!

 

East Northamptonshire education system set to change

A consultation into proposals to change the education structure in east Northamptonshire opens this week.

Northamptonshire County Council is asking for views on whether schools in Oundle, Kings Cliffe, Thrapston and the surrounding area should change from operating a three tier model of education to a two tier model.  Education in the area is currently structured into lower, middle and upper schools unlike the rest of Northamptonshire and bordering counties which operate a two tier system of primary and secondary school.

Councillor Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for children, families and education, said: “Although schools have greater autonomy than previously, we still have overall responsibility for the strategic planning of school provision.  As things stand, we believe that the three tier system does not represent the best long term approach to education in the area. We know that a number of schools in the area are underperforming and that has a knock-on effect on parental preferences for where their children are educated. As a result, we’re seeing falling pupil numbers in some of the schools. While it is our belief that a change would be to the advantage of pupils and the schools themselves, we do need and want to hear what local residents think. That’s why we are launching the consultation this week with different ways people can take part, including on our website or by attending one of the public meetings.”

The area is comprised of nine lower schools with an age-range of 4 to 9, two middle schools for pupils aged 9-13 and a single upper school for those aged 13-18. Easton Garford CE Primary (4-11) is also located in the area. This school was a lower school until September 2013, when it extended its age-range to become a primary school following a statutory consultation process.

The two middle schools in the area are The King John School, Thrapston and Oundle & Kings Cliffe Middle School, which is based on two sites, Oundle and Kings Cliffe. The area’s upper school, Prince William, is in Oundle.

A series of meetings has been arranged to give opportunities to find out more:

* Easton Garford Primary 03/02/14

* Nassington Primary 05/02/14

* Warmington Primary 06/02/14

* Glapthorn CE Lower 10/02/14

* Polebrook CE Primary 11/02/14

* The King John School 12/02/14

* Trinity CE Lower 13/02/14

* Titchmarsh CE Lower 24/02/14

* Kings Cliffe Endowed 25/02/14

* Kings Cliffe site – OKCMS 26/02/14

* Oundle site – OKCMS 27/02/14

* Prince William School 03/03/14

* Thrapston Primary 04/03/14

* Oundle CE Primary 05/03/14

All meetings take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The consultation runs until 21st March 2014.  We have been told there is a Facebook page opening to encourage debate and we will let you know where this is housed as soon as we know.

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January 2014 update from the East Northants Faith Group

Residents of East Northants have recently shown great generosity in donating food for the East Northants Community Services Food Supply, as shown in the pictures. One was taken at the special shopping event at Waitrose in Rushden on Saturday 14th December and the other two were taken at Barclays Bank in Thrapston, also before Christmas. If you want to donate food (or money to buy food), please ring Alison (East Northants Community Services) has more details on 01933 353946.

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The Cinnamon Network is a group of CEOs of Christian organizations (including Tim Jeffery of Rushden-based Spurgeon’s), keen to encourage more churches to adopt one or more existing types of community project, such as Street Pastors or work with the homeless. They are also keen to help ‘incubate’ new projects.

Matt Bird of the Cinnamon Network reflects on 2013

“2013 has been the most incredible year. As I have travelled around the UK, I have heard the same phrase repeated from church leaders and activists alike: “We are facing incredible OPPORTUNITY…”

 – Churches are working in unity to serve the poor;
– Councils and police are talking to and partnering with the church;
– Communities are open to receiving help from the church;
– People are being found by Jesus and lives are being transformed.

– 3,100 local church-based community projects being run, mobilising 48,700 volunteers and impacting almost 760,000 beneficiaries.

– The Cabinet Office granted The Cinnamon Network £500,000 to give to local churches who want to start a best practice church-based community project.

– New local church-based community projects have been incubated, such as Make Lunch which helps churches feed children during the school holidays who would otherwise go hungry (because there are no free school dinners out of term time).

Please contact Andrew Presland at andrewpresland@harboroughroad58.freeserve.co.uk or on 01933 316927 if you would like any more information on any of the above activities. Details of ENFG are available at www.enfg.org.uk

Registered Charity Number 1154210

Installations from Agua

It’s 2014 and a Happy New Year to everyone! The decorations are down and most people’s houses are looking a bit bland, so our minds turn to decorating…. are you looking for a new bathroom, kitchen or just to feel more cosy?

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Are you feeling the chill and in need of a reputable firm to fit some extra radiators?

Or have you seen a new bathroom in one those house decoration magazines and swooning over a designer bathroom?

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None of this needs to cost the earth, Agua Installations will help you decide on what you want and then quote you on how much it’ll cost.  Just take a look at some of the work they’ve done.  You too can get the real designer look you know you want.

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Contact Paul or Steven on 01933 625 231 aguainstallations@gmail.com – they cover Thrapston of course!