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Nursery Open Day!

The Co-operative Childcare Nursery in Thrapston is having an open day!

The friendly team will be on hand to give you a guided tour of your local Co-operative nursery in Thrapston, a home from home environment where children learn, play and develop whilst having fun!

At the nursery children lead their own learning, explore their own imaginations, build their self-confidence, learn from their own mistakes and take charge of their own exciting adventures every day.  The dedicated, caring team concentrate on enriching and widening children’s experiences making sure children pick up skills the age-appropriate way… by doing, playing and exploring with every experience and opportunity for learning.

A nursery spokesperson commented “Parents can look around the facilities, there will be a range of activities such as arts and crafts for them to participate in and food from our very own menus will be provided”

Join the team on their open day to discover the Co-operative Childcare nursery and pre-school, Thrapston.

Follow @coop_childcare for further information!


0800 954 0669 – our customer service number

The Co-operative Childcare
107 Huntingdon Road,
Northamptonshire, NN14 4NG

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Let’s help stop crime – Beat the Bin Spies take a bin in!

On the 13th January houses were broken into on Clare Drive and Roman Way in Thrapston, these are not the first burglaries in the area and are sure not to be the last.

The offices of Nene Local are in Thrapston and we’ve noticed a certain trend, on a Monday when it’s bin day we see an increase in traffic.  Not ‘cars going to work’ style traffic but vans and unknown vehicles cruising the streets…. are they looking to see who is in, who is out all day? Perhaps.

Any crime in our area is horrendous to the individual but also detrimental to the area, so let’s help each other.

wheelie copy A bin left out on the pavement all day is a sure sign the property owners are out at work.  Many people also place large numbers on their bin, showing which house it belongs to.

Our ‘Beat the Bin Spies’ campaign just asks one thing.  If you are around during Monday/Bin Day take your bin in and then take in the neighbours bin for them too. Simple.

It’ll be empty so it’s lighter, and you only have to leave it somewhere they can specify without encroaching too much into their garden.  We take about five bins onto peoples side paths for them every Monday, it doesn’t take long.

Therefore, with no bins left out the front on the public pavement it helps confuse the opportunist thieves who will not know who is in or out!

So Beat the Bin Spies and take a bin in!!


East Northamptonshire education system set to change

A consultation into proposals to change the education structure in east Northamptonshire opens this week.

Northamptonshire County Council is asking for views on whether schools in Oundle, Kings Cliffe, Thrapston and the surrounding area should change from operating a three tier model of education to a two tier model.  Education in the area is currently structured into lower, middle and upper schools unlike the rest of Northamptonshire and bordering counties which operate a two tier system of primary and secondary school.

Councillor Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for children, families and education, said: “Although schools have greater autonomy than previously, we still have overall responsibility for the strategic planning of school provision.  As things stand, we believe that the three tier system does not represent the best long term approach to education in the area. We know that a number of schools in the area are underperforming and that has a knock-on effect on parental preferences for where their children are educated. As a result, we’re seeing falling pupil numbers in some of the schools. While it is our belief that a change would be to the advantage of pupils and the schools themselves, we do need and want to hear what local residents think. That’s why we are launching the consultation this week with different ways people can take part, including on our website or by attending one of the public meetings.”

The area is comprised of nine lower schools with an age-range of 4 to 9, two middle schools for pupils aged 9-13 and a single upper school for those aged 13-18. Easton Garford CE Primary (4-11) is also located in the area. This school was a lower school until September 2013, when it extended its age-range to become a primary school following a statutory consultation process.

The two middle schools in the area are The King John School, Thrapston and Oundle & Kings Cliffe Middle School, which is based on two sites, Oundle and Kings Cliffe. The area’s upper school, Prince William, is in Oundle.

A series of meetings has been arranged to give opportunities to find out more:

* Easton Garford Primary 03/02/14

* Nassington Primary 05/02/14

* Warmington Primary 06/02/14

* Glapthorn CE Lower 10/02/14

* Polebrook CE Primary 11/02/14

* The King John School 12/02/14

* Trinity CE Lower 13/02/14

* Titchmarsh CE Lower 24/02/14

* Kings Cliffe Endowed 25/02/14

* Kings Cliffe site – OKCMS 26/02/14

* Oundle site – OKCMS 27/02/14

* Prince William School 03/03/14

* Thrapston Primary 04/03/14

* Oundle CE Primary 05/03/14

All meetings take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The consultation runs until 21st March 2014.  We have been told there is a Facebook page opening to encourage debate and we will let you know where this is housed as soon as we know.

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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.


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 or on 01933 316927 if you would like any more information on any of the above activities. Details of ENFG are available at

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?


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?


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.



Contact Paul or Steven on 01933 625 231 – they cover Thrapston of course!

Agua Installations

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



Porcelanosa Tile and Bathroom products available


Repairs and installations


Also stocking taps




Boiler servicing from £79.00

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Contact Paul or Steven on 01933 625 231

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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.


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
Jollys Toys & Games has some sale items – 40% off Christmas leftovers and various reductions on some toys! Pop in and take a look.