MyHermes comes to Northampton

Northampton has been selected for a new 24/7 delivery solution from myHermes that will allow local businesses and residents to send parcels in a way that suits their individual lifestyle and precise requirements whatever the time of day. myHermes Parcel Locker will be located at Morrisons, Kettering Road and complements 5 myHermes Parcel Shops that have opened in the area over the past 12 months to provide added convenience, flexibility and choice to anyone wanting to send a parcel or return unwanted online purchases.

myHermes Parcel Locker is ideally suited for all SMEs, eBay Powersellers, Amazon Marketplace sellers, online and niche retailers that do not always have the time, availability or resources to send parcels during the day. It will also be perfect for anyone working late or unsocial hours that may not have the luxury of using alternative delivery options.
The new service will operate seamlessly alongside myHermes’ existing courier collection and ParcelShop delivery options, with customers selecting the nearest Parcel Locker via the website and printing the appropriate label. Once an item has been dropped off at the Parcel Locker it will be delivered within two working days with full tracking available online.
Rob Edson CFO of Hermes commented: “We took the decision to launch myHermes Parcel Locker in key locations that would not only complement our existing myHermes ParcelShop network, but also support thriving online retail and Internet shopping communities. This will ensure we are able to provide the most convenient and flexible parcel delivery to our customers with the widest choice and unrivalled service.”
myHermes has initially launched more than 100 strategically located myHermes Parcel Locker sites, with plans to grow the network to around 250 by then end of the year. Each drop off point is situated at easy-to-reach and secure locations including local supermarkets, petrol stations and shopping centres.

The Evolution of Cross Media Interactivity with Admiral

An introduction to the QR code by Admiral Design & Print

A man picks up a marketing leaflet for a company. Amongst the well-presented content is an opportunity to obtain a 25% discount voucher by scanning a QR (Quick Response) code. He scans the QR code with a smartphone and gets his voucher; the company gets his contact details and a potential new customer.

QR codes are the black and white squares appearing everywhere. These clever little squares instantly link offline and online information and much more. Why fiddle with finger-led input on a smartphone when a simple scan gives instant access to the information required? QR codes are made for our instant access society.

The codes are utilised by the world’s largest organisations, including Tesco, Facebook, Coca Cola and Toyota. As the business world learns about their functionality, their use spreads.
Welcome to the QR code revolution!

The print industry is at the forefront of this revolution. QR codes can be printed on almost any material, adding real value to any business. To set up QR codes requires no financial investment. The code can be designed and activated in minutes. The only logical reason for not already implementing them is lack of understanding of QR codes and what they can do.

QR codes link the offline with both online and text content. They open up a whole new world of marketing options for virtually every business. From a website page, video, voucher, Facebook, order page and many others, the list of what can be linked to a QR code is virtually endless.

If you would like help to understand what QR codes can do for your business, contact Admiral today on 01933 443455, e-mail   …..  Or Scan the QR code below to use their contact form!


Travel Sick? Gin Gins BOOST from The Ginger People

Fondly referred to as their “potion for the motion,” Gin Gins BOOST is a delicious, slightly chewy sweet packed with a whopping 30% fresh ginger – their most potent sweet yet!

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Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has a long history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.


Modern research confirms its effectiveness in relieving the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence and dizziness.


Working mainly in the digestive tract, ginger helps to boost digestive fluids and neutralize acids, making it an effective alternative to anti-nausea medication, without the possible unpleasant side effects.


Gin Gins Boost is the latest addition to The Ginger People’s range and with its softer texture and extra blast of ginger warmth it’s distinctly different from the original Gin Gins hard boiled sweets.


Just 1-2 sweets per day give you the same level of ginger as used in recent US trials.


Call it a little traveller’s insurance to help make your next journey the most comfortable yet!


Gin Gins Boost costs £1.39 for a 31g box and is available from Holland & Barrett stores nationwide.

Nene Local says:  “We enjoyed Gin Gins, and did not have any sickness symptoms on the boating holiday.  They taste just like chewy ginger biscuits – really tasty!”

StopPress…. we’ve just been told they are also available here – Wellingborough Health foods 

Life’s a Beach – even in the Midlands!

The nearest beach may be over 70 miles away but it seems Midlands town centres are grabbing a piece of the ice cream and deck chair action!

The Northampton beach will be open from Tuesday, August 13 until the end of the month, allowing families to come down and play in the sand or relax on a deckchair and soak up the summer sunshine.

An area of the Market Square will be handed over to the beach and leaders of the Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID), who are supporting the beach, are hopeful it will bring more people into the town.

BID chairman Sue Roberts said: “The weather we’ve been enjoying this year has been amazing and there’s nothing like enjoying a day out at the beach when the sun’s shining.

“We’re a long way from the seaside in Northampton so we thought if we can’t get people to the beach, we’ll bring the beach to the people.

“It’s a great chance for families to spend time together, build sandcastles, have an ice cream and enjoy themselves. We hope it will bring lots of people into the town centre and see some of the fantastic retailers we have.”

The beach is being managed by a third-party company and will be free to all members of the public. It will be open from 10.30am to 5.30pm every day, weather permitting.

Between August 3rd ad 18th Wellingborough has a Down on the Beach event, with free parking you can head over to Market Street, Wellingborough – opposite McDonalds to enjoy the beach, deck chairs, and even sounds of the sea!

Please send us your beach pictures and we’ll have a gallery of the best ones later this month!

Enjoy an evening paddle with the Wildlife Trust

Earlier this year the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire linked up with local company Canoe2 in an exciting new partnership to offer people the chance to experience nature on the River Nene in a very different way.

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Paddling on the Nene

Following the success of the Dawn Chorus early morning river paddles in May the Wildlife Trust will be running two unique evening paddles on Fridays 23rd and 30th August.
The ‘Evening Paddle and Bat Spotting Walk’ will combine a peaceful early evening paddle along the river followed by a guided walk of Ditchford Lakes and Meadows nature reserve as dusk settles and the bats are starting to come out. You will also get the opportunity to use a bat detector which picks up the ultrasonic frequencies used by bats as they hunt.
Richard Nelson from Canoe2 explains, “We were absolutely delighted by the enthusiastic response from customers who came along on the first river paddles of our exciting new partnership with the Wildlife Trust in the spring. Now we are looking forward to showing people even more of what the River Nene’s rich and diverse natural habitat has to offer at such a different time of the year.”
“We feel that our corporate membership with the Wildlife Trust is an ideal way of really helping people to reconnect with their local environment and we are already thinking about opportunities for more joint partnership events next year, so watch this space!”
Both trips benefit from expert talks by a representative of The Wildlife Trust and include canoeing advice from Canoe2 along with a thorough safety briefing before setting off in your canoe.
Canoe2 are also donating 50% of ticket sales from these events to the Wildlife Trust; the Dawn Chorus early morning river paddles raised a fantastic £347! For more details go to
To book on these limited availability trips, please contact Canoe2 on 01604 832115 or email

Home Instead – Senior Care Provider in Northants

At-home care provider Home Instead Senior Care in East Northants has welcomed seven new members to its team as part of the company’s continued expansion and success.

Care Manager, Lesley Beevor; Administrator, Vickie Wills; Quality Controller, Lisa Jefferson; Networker, Sue Homer; Recruiter, Lauren Keen and Schedulers, Bethany Lomax and Janet Sawyer, have all joined the team in the last six months.

Owner of Home Instead Mark Darnell, says, “I set the company up in 2010 and haven’t looked back. Our expansion rate has been quite extraordinary. We have grown from a single office with three staff into space which is four times the size, with an office based team of 10 and 120 caregivers.


The latest Home Instead team members: Bethany Lomax, Lesley Beevor, Sue Homer, Lisa Jefferson, Vickie Wills, Lauren Keen and Janet Sawyer

He continued, “I’m extremely pleased to welcome on board Lesley, Vickie, Lisa, Sue, Lauren, Bethany and Janet, who’ve all joined us recently and have a great mix of complementary skills in care, as well as sharing the same passion for making a difference to the lives of older people in the local community.”

Care Manger Lesley adds, “I’m really excited to be joining such a vibrant and dynamic team and to assist Mark as the business grows. It’s been great that so many of us have joined at the same time and that we’ll be able to support each other in our respective roles. We’re all really keen to get stuck in!”

For more information on joining the team or on the services provided, please call the East Northants office on 01933 358 708 or visit

East Northants Community Radio – listen now!

Following a successful pilot under the name of Welly Radio, Jay Shears and Peter Clawson decided to re-launch as East Northants Community Radio in May of 2013.

Currently, they are broadcasting from studios in Rushden and occasionally take programming from Fenland Radio (based in Cambridgeshire). Unlike other radio stations, they aim to give a truly local feel to radio from where we are broadcasting from.
East Northants Community Radio serves the areas of Wellingborough, Irthlingborough, Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Thrapston and Oundle and would welcome any enquiries with regards to advertising (on air or on the website), sponsorship of a competition, feature or programme, and from local groups and organisations who might be holding events in the East Northamptonshire area.

So, if you or your company would like to advertise an event, a product or a service on East Northants Community Radio and Fenland Radio, please visit the Advertise page from the menu at the top of this page. Alternatively you may wish to email Peter Clawson on


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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: