Generating Electricity in Northants

Hardwater Mill  in Northamptonshire will soon be generating power from the River Nene.

Work has already begun on installing hydropower technology so the mill at Great Doddington, near Wellingborough can produce power. The Mill will soon generate enough electricity to power itself and produce extra for the National Grid.  Nene Local was told there are several other mills on the same stretch of river are also looking at producing energy too.

Andy and Anne Newman, owners of the grade 2 listed mill, said it has taken most of their savings and more than two-and-a-half years to achieve.  Mrs Newman said: “We’re quite green people, we’re into recycling and we have an air source heat pump and that sort of thing, and this power rushing under the building all the time was something we felt we wanted to harness.”

The couple have set up the Nene Valley Hydro-electricity group involving 12 mill owners along the river.

Another is Woodford Mill at Ringstead where the original water wheel has been restored to power a tea room, holiday lets and Willy Watts marina.

Story courtesy of BBC Northampton

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The Miraculousness of Local Honey

OK so ‘miraculousness’ is a Nene Local specially made up word, but forgive us, in this instance the superfood deserves a whole new word!

Local honey is gaining popularity as a ‘cure’ for the symptoms of hayfever.  The theory goes that if the honey is from local bees, using local pollen then it’ll contain traces of the pollen to which you are allergic, I guess working on homeopathic theories?  It seems to work for people we speak to anyway. titchwinklehoney

The honey of choice for the Nene Valley area is Titch Wincle Honey.  Brought to you by the bees of Aldwincle and Titchmarsh.  We bought our pot from the Titchmarsh Shop but you can contact them to see where near you it may be for sale.  A large jar (400g) is £6.00 and much better then taking tablets and adding other chemicals to your system for hayfever (plus the Titch Winkle Honey tastes rather splendid too!)


Each jar of honey has its own explanatory label, informing you of the 55,000 miles flown by the bees as they were collecting pollen to make your honey, and the fact they’ve visited over local flowers up to two million times!

We know why the saying talks about a ‘busy bee’ !!

Titch Wincle Honey comes from Chale Cottage, Titchmarsh and they can be contacted on titchwinclehoney@virginmedia.com

Thrapston Charter Fair – June 29th 2013

The Thrapston Charter Fair is happening all along Thrapston High Street and surrounds on June 29th 2013.

The theme for 2013 is “Holidays”

Come along and have fun!


If you’d like to book a stall – then click here

Olive Grove Nurseries – Polebrook


olive grove polebrookThe Olive Grove Nurseries, is a new and exciting plant centre based in Polebrook, displaying the finest Palm Trees, Mediterranean Plants and Olive Trees for sale in the UK.

The six-acre site with its Italian style plaza/show area is unique in its concept, reflecting the style,

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experience and feel of a typical Mediterranean plant nursery.

Whether you are a homeowner wanting to make a real statement in your Mediterranean garden or patio area, a garden designer looking for inspiration or a landscaping contractor searching for a quality supplier, you will love to explore The Olive Grove, the large range of olive trees, Mediterranean plants, palms trees, pots and stunning contemporary statues will not disappoint.


Olive Grove Nurseries, Oundle Road, Polebrook, Northants, PE8 5LQ
Tel: 01832 275660
email: info@olivegrovenurseries.co.uk


Hamerton Park – Did you know we had a local zoo?

Hamerton Park Zoo Review

Not everyone can boast a local zoo, but Hamerton Park really is just a hop, skip and a jump away! (I’ve clearly spent too much time with the Wallaby’s) DSC03783

Over in Sawtry near Peterborough, resides Hamerton Park, it’s a zoo but also a conservation centre too. There are Pygmy Goats, Tigers, all sorts of birds, some fabulous Cheetahs and much more. Last time we were there the two tigers had a stand up fight – that was amazing!

The start of spring means there are a lot of new mums at the Park at the moment; some animals are old hands and have seen it all before, but some are having their first babies and the zoo keeps a careful eye kept on them.

There is a petting zoo which is great even for adults!

Baby wallabies are one of the sure signs that spring is coming. The small Parma Wallabies can have young at any time of year, but the zoo’s Bennett’s Wallaby babies don’t show their noses out of the pouches until around March.  Several can be seen this spring. The first donkey foal of the year is a lovely American Mammoth jenny foal, the first female to be born here to this endangered breed they imported from Texas. A Poitou Donkey is due soon too, and very pregnant foxes and lemurs means the early spring really is here.


The zoo does a huge amount of work for endangered species, and all the animals have the very best care and attention, It’s a great day out for young, old and even very young as the enclosures all have low windows for better viewing.

There is a picnic area and children’s play park with some fabulous rides too.



Hamerton Zoo Park, Hamerton, Nr Sawtry, Cambs, PE28 5RE
Phone: 01832 293362
Email: office@hamertonzoopark.com
Web: www.HamertonZooPark.com

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Victoria’s Emporium

Trend Jewellery now becomes Victoria’s Emporium – with a smart new frontage.


Victoria’s Emporium, 24 High Street, Thrapston  NN14 4JH

Victoria’s Emporium is a friendly independent retailer of jewellery, watches, handbags, antiques, clocks and gifts based in the Market Town of Thrapston, Northamptonshire

They offer a range of services at Victoria’s Emporium including ear piercing.
Jewellery, watch and clock repair services.
Engraving services and watch battery and strap replacement services.
The emphasis is on customer service within a relaxed friendly environment.
They retail silver jewellery, gold jewellery, stainless steel jewellery, costume jewellery, watches, handbags and gifts.

Their jewellery brands include, Pure Origins, Celtic Lands, Elements Gold & Silver and Big Metal London jewellery.

Watch brands include, Limit, Bulova, Police, Skagen and French Connection.  They also offer antiques.


Mon – Tue: 09:30 – 17:00
Wed: 09:30 – 14:00
Thu – Fri: 09:30 – 17:00
Sat: 09:30 – 14:30
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