Win a Ragdale Experience Day for two people at award winning Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa


(worth £174 – valid Monday to Friday)

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TripAdvisor – Awarded Certificate of Excellence 2012 & 2013

Candis Magazine – Best Spa 2013

New! Magazine Spa Awards 2012 – Best for Fitness Fans   

Spa Traveller Awards 2012Best UK Spa Retreat for solo spa travellers,

Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice 2012Listed in Top 25 Relaxation/Spa Hotels in UK,

Mumsnet Best Spa in the UK 2012 – Great for a girls day out

 spa back massage

You and a friend could spend a relaxing day (valid Monday – Friday) at Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire on a Ragdale Experience Day to include:

§  Light lunch in the Verandah Bar.

§  Plus use of all of Ragdale’s facilities including the multi-million pound Thermal Spa featuring candle pool, indoor/outdoor waterfall and a series of heat and water experiences plus two further pools, including whirlpool bath and cascade

§  Gym, exercise classes and outdoor facilities.


NB 10.30am arrival – 6.30pm departure

 Atrium and Beauty Express

If you are not the lucky winner, then maybe a Ragdale Hall gift voucher would be the perfect Christmas present.  Available in monetary amounts from £25 or for days or overnight breaks, they are the ideal Christmas gift.  Plus there is still time to buy one for this Christmas!

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All vouchers are valid for a year from the day of purchase and are dispatched upon receipt of full payment.

To make a purchase or for further information contact Voucher Sales on 01664 433030 or visit our website on www.ragdalehall.co.uk and take a look at the video brochure.


Find the Ragdale Hall pictures on our Facebook page – Welcome to Thrapston and LIKE them.

For more entries –

LIKE Welcome to Thrapston on Facebook

SHARE the picture of the lady having a massage on our Facebook page

COMMENT on this picture telling us why you would like to win!

TWEET this message “I have entered the @nenelocal giveaway to win a stay at @ragdalehall – you can enter too at www.nenelocal.co.uk #thrapston”

And….for a bonus entry, head over to our Facebook page and on the right hand side you will see ‘Reviews’ please leave us a review of either the page or Thrapston itself.

 You can gain one entry per item above, plus you can comment, share and tweet everyday to gain more entries!!

Closing date: December 23rd – can redeem in 2o14

Shops celebrate ‘shop local’ campaign

Shopkeepers in Wellingborough came together at the weekend to celebrate an international drive to support small businesses.


Traders from the town’s Cambridge Street staged a treasure hunt for children as part of Small Business Saturday, which took place on December 7, while a one-day only discount voucher scheme for the street was also launched.

 Cambridge Street

More than 40 shoppers spent the day hunting black spots in shop windows to coincide with The Castle’s Hundred and One Dalmatians festive production. They won prizes including toys and chocolate.


John Cable, manager of the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which works to boost the town centre, said: “Cambridge Street is on the up, it’s got a selection of independent retailers offering value, expertise and excellent customer service.


“We’re working to improve the street and make it an even more desirable destination for shoppers.”


Ria Chambers, who runs Ria’s Rosy Lee Tea Room, one of the new businesses, said: “Small Business Saturday helped me raise awareness of my tea room – it gave me the opportunity to introduce my business to new people.”


Gemma Bailes, owner of SweetBitz, added: “We’re all working harder to make Cambridge Street a real destination. We offer excellent customer service, tailored services and value for money.”


The BID has commissioned retail consultant Corin Birchall, from Kerching Retail, to work with traders to further improve its prospects.


Mr Birchall said: “Independent retailers are the heartbeat of a town centre; they are what makes a town unique, but to ensure their survival we all need to consider them.


“That’s why we launched the vouchers for Small Business Saturday to showcase the value on offer and remind Wellingborough about some of its hidden gems.”

Memory Cafe in The Plaza

Thursday 19th December sees a Memory Cafe being held in the Plaza Centre, Cosy Nook, Thrapston.  It’s free to attend and runs from 6.30 until 8.30pm especially for those with dementia and their friends and family.

For more information call 01832 736670cake


Thrapston Primary win IPad and £7500 worth of Exa Broadband

Thrapston Primary School entered a nationwide competition, run by Exa Networks, to produce a design to celebrate Exa’s ten year anniversary. Never one to shy away from a challenge, their ICT Club worked hard to produced several designs which they duly entered into the competition.


Exa had an excellent response to the competition and received hundreds of entries from all over the country, apparently the standard of entries was very high. After all the votes were counted we are very pleased to announce that Thrapston Primary came an amazing second place.



The design was produced by Amber Warner who had created a multi-page Powerpoint presentation that showed how to keep safe online. As well as winning an IPad for herself, Amber had also won £7500 worth of Exa Broadband for her school!



Even the local paper, The Northants Telegraph got in on the action and came to the school to take some photographs for this weeks edition – Amber didn’t look fazed and took all the attention in her stride.



EasiPC would like to offer our congratulations to Amber and all those involved at Thrapston Primary.

Image courtesy of EasiPC

Image courtesy of EasiPC

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Vision promoted as Thrapston youngster scoops colouring prize

A Thrapston pupil took inspiration from a summer holiday to win an art competition aimed at raising awareness of eye health.

Tom Owen, of Thrapston Primary School, impressed judges with his picture of a beach scene in a contest organised by Davis Optometrists, based in the town’s High Street.

The clever and colourful image depicted through a pair of sunglasses features sun, sea, sand, surfers, a deckchair and a barbeque.

The eight-year-old, who received a £15 book voucher as well as £100 worth of book vouchers for his school as a prize, also learnt a valuable lesson about his eyesight during the challenge titled Schools Colouring Competition.

He said: “I think it’s important to have your eyes tested because if you can’t see you wouldn’t be able to enjoy most of the things that other people do.”

Lynn Carson of Davis Optometrists with pupils from Thrapston Primary School

Tom added: “I got my inspiration for the picture from my summer holiday when I went to Spain and went to the beach.”

Teacher Ashley Tarr, who runs the school’s art club, said: “It was a good opportunity to take part with activities outside of the school and build our links with the community. The children really enjoyed it and most of them go to Davis in Thrapston.”

The contest was staged to raise awareness of eye health and the importance of regular eye examinations for children.

Lynn Carson, Practice Manager at Davis Optometrists, said: “A recent NHS report revealed the number of children (under 16) who have had an eye examination in the past 12 months was at a 10-year low, with just 19 per cent having had an eye examination in 2012/13.

“Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on a child’s ability to learn and on their behaviour yet it often goes unrecognised. The sooner that vision problems are detected the better the outcome.”

Planning Permission on Chancery Lane

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Proposed erection of new retirement homes consisting of 32 flats for the over 55s in two and three storey blocks with communal facilities, parking areas and gardens.  On the former Manor House site at Chancery Lane Thrapston.  For more information visit www.eastnorthamptonshire.gov.uk/dcnotification

Ask your local MP

Councillors Peter Baden and David Read hold surgery on the 1st Saturday of each month at the Thrapston town Council offices, High Street, Thrapston.  10am until Midday.  No appointment is necessary.

Police Open Evening for Youth Cadet Scheme – December 17th

Northamptonshire police will be holding an open evening on Tuesday December 17th – in  the Council Offices at Cedar Drive, Thrapston.police

During the open evening the police will be offering young people information on the new cadet scheme which will be launched in Wellingborough and across East Northamptonshire in May 2014.

For more information visit www.northants.police.uk or you can email sav@northants.police.uk


WIN WIN WIN with Nene Local!

In order to let you see what a selection of Thrapston businesses do, many of them have donated prizes….here is this weeks competition from Bearly Worn Children’s Clothing Agency.

You can enter by clicking the image below and following the instructions;


You can enter every day for the next week if you wish, of course the more entries you make then the best chance you have of winning!  You will need to collect your prize from the store if you win.

Closing date is Friday December 13th 2013

Fermynwoods Public Art

Ever spotted the words in the window of Fermynwoods in Thrapston? Did you stop to read?

PublicArt Well it’s all about public art – The explanation is on their website.