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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!

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Agua Installations for plumbing, heating and tiling – read on to see their contact details and to view some recent work

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Porcelanosa Tile and Bathroom products available

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Repairs and installations

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Also stocking taps

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Boiler servicing from £79.00

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Contact Paul or Steven on 01933 625 231

aguainstallations@gmail.com

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Wedding Open Evening at The Bridge Hotel

The Bridge Hotel is hosting a wedding open evening on the 24th January 2014.

Time: 6pm until 9pm

With Bucks Fizz and Canapes on arrival it is a fabulous chance to look around this lovely venue.  The three function rooms will be set out ready for a wedding ceremony and party for you to view plus there will be an opportunity to meet some popular wedding suppliers.

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For more information call 01832 732 128

High Street says Happy New Year!

Businesses on the High Street have begun trading for 2014 with some excellent ‘temptations’ to get customers down to the town centre…

Bearly Worn is offering 25% off clothing & toys/books so come in & find some lovely bargains…

The Trend sale has just started, lots of items being added daily. Items included can be viewed on their website and the offers are available online and in store so pop in and grab a bargain http://www.victoriasjewellery.co.uk/acatalog/SALE.html
Jollys Toys & Games has some sale items – 40% off Christmas leftovers and various reductions on some toys! Pop in and take a look.

People with diabetes in Northamptonshire urged to sign petition

People with diabetes living in Northamptonshire are being urged to join a campaign calling for improved safety standards for blood sugar monitors.

These monitoring devices need to be accurate to enable people with diabetes to control their blood sugar within narrow margins1 – inaccurate devices may expose patients to increased risk of hypoglycaemic episodes (very low blood sugar), which are associated with an increase in hospitalisations and deaths.

However, independent laboratory studies have repeatedly suggested some blood glucose monitoring devices available through the NHS did not meet the current international standards for accuracy.

In response, Spirit Healthcare is urging people to sign an online petition to request independent annual testing for all blood glucose monitors used within the National Health Service. It is part of Spirit’s ‘Diabetes Who Cares’ campaign, which aims to improve care for people with the condition.

Chris Barker, managing director of the Leicestershire-based healthcare company, said: “We would like to be joined by as many people as possible in this campaign as we believe this will help improve patient safety and outcomes in the UK.  I hope everyone, individuals with diabetes, people from the NHS and also industry representatives will join us in this campaign.”

An official online government petition has been created and if 100,000 names are gained the issue will be considered for a debate in the House of Commons.

To sign the petition, visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/56802. 

Late Night Opening in Thrapston

We’ve asked the retailers what deals and offers are going down on the High Street tomorrow (Thursday 19th December)….. If we hear of any more we’ll update this page later on today – so check back before you shop….

Firstly your invite to the office opening and pre-Christmas drinks party between 5pm and 7pmfrom Bletsoes Estate Agents – this would nicely kick off your shopping trip!

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Then – Flair by Sue – the Hairdressers is offering a fabulous 20% off all GHDs until Christmas – now this is a great present for the lady in your life! Click the picture to visit their facebook page

Plus – Jollys Toys & Games are offering a FREE GIFT  – When you buy a game or puzzle from the Orchard Toys range they’ll give you a Christmas 3D puzzle decoration set!

Visit the Jolly’s Facebook page

Gowns & Garters are appointments only for their fabulous bridal wear

Frocks will be getting festive too – more news to follow!

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Trend Jewellery will offer 20% off all Bulova watches purchased in store only between now and close of business on 24th December  ! Their Facebook page is here

Bearly Worn can give you 10% off all evening!!!! Follow the bear!!

Tasty Bite will be giving a drink away with any meal bought from 4pm till 7pm

So time your shopping trip and you could start the evening in Bletsoes with a drink and end up in Tasty Bite with another – shopping in the middle – how jolly decent!

Are you a Thrapston retailer? Do you want us to add your news? Just email us now!

Thrapston burglary – Police appeal for witnesses

Police have revealed, a flat-screen television, jewellery and various bottles of champagne were amongst the items stolen during a burglary in Thrapston last week.

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which occurred some time between 7am and 6.20pm on Thursday, December 12 in Roman Way.

The offender (s) broke into the house and stole a large flat screen Samsung TV, five bottles of champagne and a collection of jewellery including a sapphire and diamond pendant on a platinum chain.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or to ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Barclays Bank festive collection for food bank

The Barclays branches in Rushden and Thrapston are taking part in a Christmas charity week run by the bank nationally to help the communities they serve.

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In partnership with the Rushden food bank run by East Northants Faith Group, non-perishable items can be left in a trolley donated by Wilkinsons at the branch, which will then be distributed to those in need.

Branch manager Vicki Prince said: “We do lots of things like pound for pound, but we wanted to do something different that was going to benefit our local community.

“We are doing it with the Thrapston branch and Rushden food bank run by East Northants Faith Group.

“We contacted them and said this is something we would like to do.

“We are encouraging people to come in and donate non-perishable items, and the church will distribute it to people who need it.

“We are also running a children’s colouring competition where they pay 50p to enter and all the proceeds will go back to the food bank.”

The colouring competition winner will get a prize donated by Osborne’s toy shop in Rushden High Street, with the winner chosen on December 20.

The trolley for food donations will be in the branch until Monday, December 23.

Thrapston & District U3A Christmas Event

Thrapston & District U3A Christmas Event

Friday 20th December in The Plaza, Cosy Nook, Thrapston 10am until midday.

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What is the U3A?

U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.  It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers.  Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.   The teachers learn and the learners teach. Between them U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking.  A typical U3A has about 250 members but could be as small as 12 and as large as 2000.

More information on the Third Age trust is on their website