Flood Alert – Where to find out more…

  • Flood WarningThe EA for this area say “Flooding is possible. Be prepared.” using their Amber Warning

    Thrapston is on the Middle Nene

    Rainfall over the last few days has caused water levels in the River Nene to rise. River levels are expected to remain high for the next few days with further rainfall forecast today and into the weekend. The EA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

    If you want to look up your postcode to see what river levels are like near you – click the Environment Agency link or the Amber warning above.

Corby Company nominated as a finalist for Housewares Innovation Awards!

Corby based Creative Tops Ltd, one of the UK’s leading tableware organisations, is pleased to announce that the Katie Alice Cottage Flower Vintage Cookware collection has been nominated as a finalist in the Housewares and Innovation Awards!


Exciting news for Katie Alice! The fabulous Cottage Flower Vintage Cookware collection has been nominated as a finalist in the Housewares Innovation Awards in the Best Cookware and Bakeware category!

Inspired by Katie’s passion and love of home baking, this range pays homage to the nation’s favourite past-time! With its delicate, vintage colour palette and intricate floral design, this range is a truly stunning addition to any kitchen! Due to its immense popularity, the Cottage Flower was expanded from a table top collection into the wonderful range we have today that includes cookware, bakeware and kitchen accessories such as rolling pins, jelly moulds, butter dishes and pudding bowls.

More information can be found at

Keirayne Sweets – Maybe they keep flu at bay?

Keirayne Sweets on Huntingdon Road are open every weekday afternoon, just in time for hungry school children to be satisfied with a sweet treat.  The sweets are made on the premises using age old recipes and the jars that fill the shelves evoke traditional memories!

We love to enter the shop and smell the delicious recipes cooking in the back, plus we’ve even been privy to seeing some of the lemon sherberts being made!  The fragrance is quite over whelming!sweets

Ask the proprietor if you can see the large copper drums, and the photos of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, as they starred in the film!  Drop in for sweets and a chat about sweet making, you will be amazed!

There are hundreds of flavours in the store, many you will never have heard of.  Our current favourites are Maple and Ginger boiled sweets.  As they are made traditionally, they are able to use real Ginger in the recipe rather than a chemically made flavouring…. we are sure that this daily Ginger hit in the Nene Local offices is keeping away the cold and flu germs!  Well that’s what we believe anyway….. they are so tasty it gives us a good excuse to munch away!


Rushden Lakes decision delayed

East Northamptonshire Council has been informed by the Department of Communities and Local Government that “the Secretary of State will not be in a position to reach a decision on the Rushden Lakes application by 13 February 2014.”

The notification does not state when a decision will be made.rushden

In October 2012, East Northamptonshire Councillors voted unanimously to grant planning permission for the old Skew Bridge Country Club and dry ski slope on the edge of Rushden to be developed into retail units, restaurants and a lakeside visitor centre, along with a hotel, leisure club and boat house.

Under planning rules, the application was referred to the Secretary of State who determined that the decision should be reviewed at a public inquiry which took place in June 2013. The planning inspector’s recommendation is now being considered by the Secretary of State.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, says: “We’re very disappointed that a decision won’t be announced this week but understand that DCLG have other more pressing matters to deal with at the moment around flooding. 

“This development has the potential to provide local people with a better retail offer on their doorstep as well as new jobs and a regenerated site that has become a blot on the landscape. We hope that a new announcement date comes soon.”

Full details of the planning application can be found on the East Northamptonshire Council’s planning site,; simply key in application number 12/00010/FUL.


Valentine’s Day – Do you celebrate like a Red Kite?

Thrapston is looking very romantic this week as Valentines Day approaches, how do you celebrate?

You could find a romantic looking gift at Frocks…

valentines frocks…cards are available from Forget Me Not Cards, T James Newsagent, with some lovely assistants to help you with your purchase…

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Don’t forget the flowers from Karen’s Florist though, she’s helpfully put some prices on Facebook, and they begin at only £5.00


If anyone spots any unusual Valentines Gifts or Offers here in Thrapston, then you can email pictures to our Newsdesk and we’ll add them online.

And as every news story on the BBC has to end with an “and finally” we’ll do the same here.  And finally….

Rarely a day goes by in Thrapston, without seeing the magnificent Red Kite, our bird of prey gracefully gliding overhead. Watch out this Valentine’s Day as courting couples fly together at speed, twisting and turning acrobatically. Often they will pass little parcels of food to each other in mid-air… how romantic!


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Local Company helps with Company Blogs

Nene Local spoke to Rainbow 360 Media about the importance of blogging and how it can really help grow a company online.

Why host a company blog?

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A company blog is a way to inject personality into your brand, interact with your customers & potential customers and a great way to increase the SEO of your website.

Your website will be formal and professional, showing your product range, prices and ways to buy. Plus head office information, a privacy policy and returns procedures and so on.

This is where a Company Blog can be a good way to inject personality, a little humour (if the business ethos allows) and your chance to write editorial all about your products, how and where to use them.  Your company blog will be updated much more often than your website and is a fabulous way to keep your company up high in Google’s search rankings.

Your blog should show a whole lifestyle based around your products – so for instance if you sell something as standard as a fender for a boat, your blog should show a boating lifestyle – from Cannes to St Tropez to Ely on the River Great Ouse or Birmingham on the canals, the ‘Fender Company Blog’ can show potential customers how to really enjoy their boating experience.

Of course, lots of wonderful images add to the experience too.

When forming a Company Blog it’s often wise to employ a professional to at least give you the framework of your blog to ensure your writings are not in wasted.  Getting professional help to write and maintain your blog completely, leaves you time to run your company whilst leaving the writing and design to someone who can make it work for you!

Who could write my blog for me?

Rainbow 360 Media Ltd has a huge amount of experience in writing company blogs, from the initial design and planning, taking and manipulating the images for the blog, writing the weekly copy for each post and of course linking to your products so customers can buy them!

Rainbow 360 Media meet with each client and find out what they want to achieve from their blog and within what time frame, working closely with clients is the only way to ensure the Company Blog achieves its aims.

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For a free consultation from Rainbow 360 Media about your company blog call Helen on 07799 627789 or email

Inspiring change with International Women’s Day

This March, Councillor Pam Whiting, Chair of East Northamptonshire Council, will host a celebration of the achievements of women at a special luncheon.

As part of International Women’s Day which commends the social, political and economic achievements of women across the world, Councillor Pam Whiting will be joined by special guests for lunch and a presentation by local historian, Marian Knott on ‘Characters in Northamptonshire’.

Councillor Pam Whiting says: “I look forward to meeting many local women from all walks of life at this event. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get together and honour the achievements of women all around the world as well as closer to home.” 

The lunch will be held on Friday, 7 March from noon until 2pm at Stanwick Lakes.  Tickets are £12.50 with proceeds going to WaterAid.  Tickets include a drink on arrival with lunch and petit fours.  There will be a raffle on the day and parking is free to ticket holders.  To reserve your tickets, contact Barbara Wiggins on 01832 742198 or by 3 March 2014. 


Northamptonshire Search and Rescue – we’re covered!

Northamptonshire Search and Rescue are a group of trained volunteers who are on call 24hrs a day, 365 days a year. Our mission is to support the Police and other ALSAR teams in the search for missing and vulnerable people, this can include Children, Dementia patients, despondents, and more.

The NSAR are members of LOWLAND Rescue. shown below is the Overview of how Search & Rescue works.


They currently have 22 qualified members and are training another 11, they are working to purchase their first incident control vehicle, which will allow the search planners and radio operators to work more effectively and for longer.

Team members can have multiple roles and disciplines.  for example they have Search planners, Team leaders, Medics, Bank searchers, and Swift water technicians.

As a team they are responsible to cover Northamptonshire, but also support neighbouring counties teams, including Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire.

In January 2014 the Northamptonshire SAR attended 5 incidents!

More information can be found at