Northants Police say – Stay Safe near Water

NORTHANTS POLICE are reminding children about the dangers of swimming and bathing in water during the hot summer weather.

The reminder comes on the eve of the school summer holidays and at a time when the thermometer has reached 30C.

Rural locations around the county, especially in Wellingborough and east Northamptonshire, have many lakes, reservoirs and rivers – all a magnet for adventurous youngsters.

And the reminder is doubly timely in light of the tragedy at Denford Lock on the River Nene, in which a 15-year-old boy died, almost one year ago.DSC07461

PCSO Paul Hurst, of Wellingborough Rural’s Safer Community Team, said: “Only a short while ago, two more young people got into difficult at the same location where the teenage boy died last year.

“Fortunately, the youngsters were rescued but the incident underlines the fact that open water is very dangerous and the risk of drowning is great.

“The school holidays and warm weather will almost certainly see a rise in these types of incidents and we are working with the fire service, the councils and the Environment Agency to get the water safety message out to the community and to local schools.

“We will be patrolling the risk locations during the summer holidays to make sure young people stay safe around water.DSC01658

“We also want to ensure that those who visit these locations are behaving responsibly and not creating a nuisance for others.”

Please appreciate the danger of swimming in rivers, lakes, reservoirs and canals and consider:-

• Very cold temperatures
• Hidden currents
• It is difficult to estimate depth
• There may be hidden rubbish like shopping trolleys or broken glass
• It can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks)
• No lifeguards
• Water pollution may make you ill

Charity Banquet for Katie – Update

Editors update:

We ran the story below in June and just to let you know, Katie raised £500 towards a group of four 15-year-old schoolgirls’ dream trip to help build an elephant sanctuary in Malaysia.


(L-R): Megan Jones, Hannah Browning, Naz Islam, Martha Haynes, Katie Joseph

June 14th 2013;

You don’t get many elephants in Roade – but one teenager is hoping a charity curry night will help raise the money to allow her to build a sanctuary for the beasts in Malaysia.

Katie Joseph, aged 15, is among a group of 12 Elizabeth Woodville pupils heading out to the Far East next summer as part of a World Challenge expedition.

It has not yet been confirmed what their trip will involve, but it will either see them building an elephant sanctuary or a facility for the blind.

To help raise the £1,750 she needs to make the trip, Katie has organised a charity banquet evening for up to 60 people at Saffron in Castilian Street, Northampton on Monday, July 8.


She said: “It will be the trip of a lifetime, I’m really looking forward to it. My brother did a similar thing last year when he went to Tanzania and helped build a school. I’ve been inspired by him and now want to do something similar myself.

“It will be amazing to know that a group of us went over to Malaysia and built something so special. I’ve never been that far away from home before, let alone do something like build an elephant sanctuary.”

Katie will be staging the evening at Saffron with her schoolmates Megan Jones and Hannah Browning, both 15. The event will include a three course meal and a charity auction, while newly crowned Miss Northampton 2013 Kirsty Kennedy will also be in attendance.

Saffron owner Naz Islam said: “We are delighted to welcome Katie and her friends to the restaurant for the evening. It’s for a great cause and it must be really exciting for them all to be doing something so special at such a young age.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity and we are more than happy to help in any way we can.”

Tickets for the event, priced at £15, can be bought direct from Katie by calling 07814 394105 or emailing Katie



21 Castilian St  Town Centre, Northampton NN1 1JS

01604 630800

University of Northampton and The Prince’s Trust deliver Get Started programme to unemployed Northampton youngsters

The University of Northampton has supported The Prince’s Trust to successfully deliver a free 5-day training course on photography, as part of the youth charity’s Get Started programme.


Seventeen unemployed 16-25 year olds from Northampton took part in the course, which covered how to use cameras, take images and process both darkroom and digital photography. The programme aimed to equip the young people with key life skills, including confidence and problem solving, while building their self-esteem and motivation. The facilities of the University of Northampton’s School of The Arts were open to the group, and they experienced excellent tuition from leading lecturers throughout the course.

The young people practiced different photographic techniques and uses, including pin-hole photography, making cyanotypes, street photography and stop-frame animation. Throughout the week the group built up their own individual portfolios to showcase their work. Their images were then exhibited to staff, family and friends with a gallery view on Friday 5 July, where participants were presented with certificates to mark their achievements.

David Benge, Referral Executive for The Prince’s Trust, commented: “The Get Started programme has brought together a mixture of young people; those with mental health challenges, carers – a real range. With youth unemployment still a worry in today’s climate this course has helped give the most disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence to move forward with their lives.”

Dr. Sri-Kartini Leet, Senior Lecturer in Photography commented: “Even though the Get Started with Photography programme only runs for just over a week, there has been a marked difference in the levels of confidence the young people in such a short period of time. They have all been thoroughly engaged and we find it such a fulfilling experience to be able to use photography to motivate others to find their place in society. This is the second successful year of partnership between the photography course and The Prince’s Trust, and we hope the programme will grow in the years to come.”

The Get Started programme inspires the young people to make positive changes in their lives, and The Prince’s Trust offer participants three months support afterwards to help young people move into education, training or employment. The Prince’s Trust helps more than 55,000 disadvantaged young people each year, giving them the confidence and skills to get a job. Three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, training or education.

Feedback from the young people who participated was really positive. One young person said: “Thank you. Everyone has been a real help and pushed us. Thank you to the University for the help and for the cameras they let us use. I really appreciate it.” Another participant said: “The amount of stuff taught to us has been amazing. A lovely and enjoyable experience.”

For more information about The Prince’s Trust visit:



Oundle News in brief this week….

  • Oundle School, Classics teacher Nic Aubury is set to launch his new children’s book Cold Soup – available from ‘Nasty Little Press’
  • Fairline Boats have admitted 60 jobs are at risk at its Corby and Oundle plantsImage courtesy of BBC
  • Breastfeeding support group launches in Oundle, Thursday afternoons between 1-3pm, in the Oundle Children’s Centre
  • Young musician Becky Taylor to appear at the Oundle International Festival
  • Jobs boost in the town after Waitrose announce plans for new store

Rushden Lakes – what are your views?

Taken from the Rushden Lakes Facebook Page:

What is It?
Rushden Lakes is a complex of former gravel pits and countryside. The 244 acres now consist of lakes, walks, a disused dry ski-slope, and shrub land.

Where is It?
Rushden Lakes is on the northern edge of Rushden, roughly between the River Nene, the A45, the A6 and Ditchford Lane.

Close by are the towns of Rushden, Irthlingborough, Wellingborough and Higham Ferrers. Also close are Raunds, Irchester and Stanwick.

What Will It Become?
If it receives planning permission, Rushden Lakes will become a leisure, retail and wildlife complex.

Reasons to Support Rushden Lakes
The idea of Rushden Lakes has been around for years. It was first proposed in the mid-90’s. Just as now, the rival Boroughs opposed it. On that occasion, they were successful, and managed to kill it.

• 2000+ Jobs
Rushden Lakes will generate around 1340 jobs directly, and around 1000 indirectly. This is the biggest economic boost to the area for at a least a generation.

• Economic Growth
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has said that economic growth is the Number 1 Priority of the Planning System. Rushden Lakes is funded, deliverable and ready to go.

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• Apprenticeships
Rushden Lakes will create a number of apprenticeships for young people, giving them an entry into a trade.

• Waitrose Roundabout Widened to 3 Lanes
The Waitrose roundabout will be widened (in both directions) to 3 lanes.

• New Slip-Road Bypassing Waitrose Roundabout
A slip round will be built from the Higham road directly onto Northampton Road, bypassing the roundabout completely.

• Hotel
A hotel will be built as part of the complex. It will fill two roles:
a) It will foster tourism in the area. (E.g. German parties regularly visit the area during Twinning exchanges, but they struggle to find hotels)
b) It will encourage economic growth. Some large companies will not move to Rushden because there is nowhere for their executives to.

• Footbridge over the A45
A footbridge will be built over the A45. This will let people walk or cycle from Rushden/Higham.

• Greenway Connections Across A45 and Nene River
The Councils have spent years creating a network of “green” paths linking up the area. Money from Rushden Lakes will fund links across the A45, across the new complex and across the Nene.

• Modal Shift
At Rushden Lakes, local people can shop locally instead of driving 20 or 30 miles. This will contribute massively to meeting the County’s target for Modal Shift.

• Crèche
The complex will include a crèche, which will make it much easier for parents to shop.

• Improved Bus Services
The Schem will fund better bus services, allowing residents without cars to get to shops/work much more easily.

• Leisure Centre
A leisure centre will be included in the complex, which will enhance the area’s attraction as a tourist destination.

• Protection for the SSSi and Ramsar Sites
The Rushden Lakes site includes several areas of importance for wildlife. At present, they are unprotected and vulnerable. If Rushden Lakes proceeds, they will be enhanced and protected, and the current fly tipping will be ended.

• Regeneration of the Towns in the South of East Northamptonshire
When the Steel Industry died, Corby received massive infusions of State and EU aid to regenerate the Town. Rushden and its hinterland were equally dependent on a single industry, the shoe industry. (Once, they made over half the shoes in the world!) When that industry died in the 80s/90s, nobody and nothing came to their rescue (unlike Corby!)

Ever since, East Northamptonshire Council and the local Town Councils have been trying to breathe life back into the local economies. Rushden Lakes is the first realistic chance to do so.

• Lakes/Boating/Nature/etc Tourism
Developing tourism in the area is priority. Rushden Lakes is key to this plan. A boathouse will be built and there will be non-motorised boating on one of the lakes.

• Refurbished Bridge Over the Nene
The nearby bridge over the Nene will be refurbished and the walkways reinstated, which will restore pedestrian/cycle access from Irthlingborough for customers and workers.

• Reversing Rushden’s Descent into Dormitory Status
The demise of its dominant trade (the shoe industry) has been turning Rushden into a dormitory town, which is unsustainable in the long-term. Rushden Lakes will mark the reversal of this trend.

There is currently an inquiry going on regarding the development, with the pros and cons being aired before a decision is made.

Let us know your thoughts on the development.

Lettuce Bake – Veggie, Low Carb, Low Calorie & Gluten Free!

Lettuce Bake

3 little gem lettuces
1 bunch spring onions
200g cottage cheese 3 eggs seasoning to taste
Halve lettuces and chop onions then fry together for 5 mins.

Place onions and halved lettuces in a dish and cover with egg and cottage cheese mixture. Bake at 180 for 35mins.

Delicious recipe courtesy of Debi James of Perfect Balance Pilates

If you have a favourite recipe why not email it to us!

June 21st – The longest day…

Friday is the Longest Day and the Northants Telegraph will be capturing every moment on video – but they need your help.
They’re looking for as many readers as possible to capture something, anything, that they see or do on the day.
It doesn’t matter what pictures or video you take.
It could be sunrise, sunset, the chaos of family breakfast, the pretty afternoon walk or summertime fun such as a barbecue.
It should provide a great look at how we live our lives.
So, get your cameras out and help Northants Telegraph paint a picture of the county at work, rest and play.
To take part, just email your pictures and video.
You can also tweet your video using the twitter hashtag #longestlocalday.

No Caption ABCDE
Please make the clips no longer than 10 to 15 seconds and then email them to Northants Telegraph

Editor Neil Pickford said: “This is a great opportunity to showcase Northampton and the people who live and work here – we’re looking forward to seeing what videos our readers come up with!”
You can also follow the Telegraph’s Longest Day on Twitter by using #longestlocalday

Community Compost Project

Recycle for Northamptonshire website has provided the following article;

Northamptonshire County Council and Amey have launched a scheme to encourage community groups and schools to compost. Amey, formerly Enterprise, the company that runs Northamptonshire’s Recycling Centres, has donated 5 tonnes of top quality peat free, recycled compost to the Community Composting Project run by the waste management team at County Hall.

The compost is being given out to Pocket Parks, Schools and Allotment Groups all over the county. If you represent a group and would like to claim 5 free bags of compost please contact us. Limited supplies are available.

A number of Pocket Parks have already claimed 100kg of top quality compost for various small projects.

Secretary to St Edmunds Residents Association, Jim Wishart said:

“The compost will be used in several guerrilla gardens in our residential area. The focus will be the St Edmunds Churchyard which is opposite the old St Edmunds Hospital site on the Wellingborough Road.”

Syresham Pocket Park, Great Billing Pocket Park, Hackleton Pocket Park, Warmington Pocket Parks and Boddington Jubilee Field have all received free compost.
– See more at: http://www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk/news/community-compost-project

Adoption with a Difference

Our friends at Pocket Farm have got us thinking about adoption, but adoption of the feathered variety.

Their recent article on adopting ex-battery hens provided useful information and websites in order to try your hand at some very rewarding hen keeping.

One thing about ex-battery hens is the sorry state you can find them in, few feathers can mean they get the chills if temperature drops.  Therefore we have a useful knitting pattern, if you’re feeling crafty, for knitting a Hen Jumper!


If you’ve read the Pocket Farm article and want to adopt but not sure about the knitting, they can be purchased ready made from ‘Knits by Sue’ for the excellent price of £3.50 per jumper (unusual or hard to find colours may cost more).  Contact ‘knits by Sue‘ to inquire and order.


Knit your own Hen Jumper

Hen Jumpers

Nanny North’s Version

Materials;- Double knitting yarn (100g makes approximately 3 jumpers). 2 buttons each jumper I pair No 8 (4mm) knitting needles 4mm crochet hook Jumper knitted in stocking stitch with garter stitch borders

Cast on 41 sts.

Knit 4 rows straight.

Tabs and button holes.

1/ cast on 10sts @ beginning of row. K14. P to last 4 sts. K4.

2/ cast on 10sts @ beginning of row. K to end 3/ (K2. yf. K2tog) 3 times. K2. P33. K14.

4/ (K2, yf. K2tog) 3 times. K to end.

5/ Cast off 10sts. K3. P33. K14.

6/ Cast off 10sts.K3. K2tog. K to last 6 sts K2tog. K4.

Dec. I st at each end on every following 6th row until 25 sts remain, keeping edges in garter stitch.

Divide for neck.

Work 11 sts. cast off 3 sts work to end and complete this half first.

1/ K to end

2/ P1. P2tog twice P2. K4.

3/ K to end

4/ P1. P2tog. P2. K4.

5/ K4. K2tog. K2.

Work next 4 rows straight.

10/ P2. Inc in next st. K4.

11/ K6. Inc in next st. K1.

12/ P1. Inc in next 2sts P2. K4.

13/ K to end.

14/ p7. K4.

Put these 11 sts onto holding pin.

Break yarn and rejoin to other side of neck.

Work to match, reversing shapings and ending at wing hole edge. That’s row 13.

Next row K4. P7. Cast on 3sts then from the sts on holding pin P7.K4.

Now K4. Inc into next st. K to last 5sts. Inc in next st. K4

Inc I st at each end of following 6th row until there are 41sts on needle.

Work 6 rows keeping to pattern

Knit 4 rows.

Cast off.

Sew on buttons. Work I row double crochet round neck edge if desired.

The Power of Social Media

#Northantshour…..It’s the hashtag that’s taken the county by storm, with Thursday nights transformed into a hive of frenzied activity, and now #northantshour users have pledged to meet up for real.

The Twitter phenomenon, which sees hundreds of local social networking enthusiasts connecting with each other for an hour every week, will now branch out into ‘the real world’ – with a planned meeting at a Northampton bar.

Tweeters will gather at Wellingborough Road venue, and regular #northantshour contributor, Behind The Bus Stop at 7pm on Tuesday, June 25 – leaving their computer screens, iPads and mobile phones behind for a proper face-to-face chat.

Social media expert Daniel Owens, a director of tweet-up organisers Orange Juice Communications, said: “The impact of #northantshour has been extraordinary. It has enabled local companies to do business with each other, it has brought people together and it has massively raised the profile of the county.

“Social media is a force for good and nothing shows that better than #northantshour. Getting all the regulars together to meet for real will be fantastic.”


The networking session runs from 8pm to 9pm every Thursday and involves businesses, residents and other local tweeters introducing themselves and ‘meeting’ new people from all walks of life across Northamptonshire.

Its popularity has grown to the extent that it is now regularly a ‘trending topic’ in the UK every week – meaning it is one of the most tweeted about subjects in the entire country.

Those regularly taking part include Northamptonshire Police, a county MP, a number of local restaurants, sports clubs, bloggers and media outlets (including your very own Nene Local) – as well as hundreds of avid social media users keen to find out more about what’s going on locally.

Behind The Bus Stop landlord Paul Tyrrell said: “We absolutely love #northantshour and it’s really helped raise our profile. It’s great fun chatting to everyone on a Thursday night and we’re really looking forward to hosting what promises to be a superb evening.

“The one thing #northantshour has shown is that there’s some fantastic people in Northamptonshire, getting them all in one room at the same time will be brilliant.”

All #northantshour users have been invited to the tweet up. However, please notify @behindthebussto through twitter if you are planning on going along.