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AmbaScarlett Silver Allergy Kit – Get Ready for Hay Fever Season

If you’re troubled by hay fever symptoms then get ready for the season to begin by using the healing powers of silver.

Whether it’s trees, flowers, pets or house dust that kicks off your ‘allergic rhinitis’ let AmbaScarlett come to your assistance…  Launching a NEW allergy kit using the healing power of silver….

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The AmbaScarlett Allergy Kit contains;

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  • SORE EYES? A handmade weighted lavender eye pillow, keep this in the fridge so it’s always cool and ready to sooth when you can sit and relax.
  • ITCHY TEARS? Magic Eye Drops – To keep eyes healthy and clean, plus helps prevent infections with the natural antibacterial and antifungal properties of silver
  • PRICKLY NOSE? Nasal Spray – The nasal spray bottle is designed to help with sinuses, allergies, keep the nasal passage clean and to boost the immune system
  • RED AND SORE? Magic Gel – Magic because it’s so versatile. Customers have reported that it can help cuts, burns, eczema, acne, sunburn, prickly heat and much more. The Aloe Vera Gel soaks in quickly, taking the colloidal silver through all skin layers top to bottom, to help rapidly heal, soothe and reduce scarring.  Helps with a sore, reddened under eye area


…All in a hand made draw string bag

Cost: £35 with free post and packing

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The Benefits of Colloidal Silver

The Colloidal Silver in our products are of the highest quality, and can be used as an extremely effective antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and skin healing solution. Silver has been widely used as a natural treatment throughout history, as far back as Ancient Greece where they used a silver coin in a barrel of water to keep it fresh and stop bacteria growing.


It was very commonly used until the introduction of antibiotics and is used by many   people today to help heal damaged skin and to fight infection. Hospitals use silver-coated implements and catheters to help prevent infection and it is found in sticking plasters and wound dressings in hospitals and burns units where it is used to heal skin and fight infection. It is also found in water systems in space shuttles and is used by many airlines to curtail water-borne diseases.


This is your chance to try products containing silver in a handy allergy symptom fighting kit

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Email: orders can be placed via email or on the facebook page



New Apps Launched for East Northants Town Centres

Four apps have been launched to help revitalise high streets, drive recovery in light of the coronavirus pandemic and encourage more people to shop local across East Northants.

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East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has worked with the Town Councils in Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Thrapston and Irthlingborough on four individual apps which provide a central resource for businesses, retailers, local services, charities and community groups to promote and support their town.


Each app is free to download and promotes local independent traders, as well as tourism and the visitor economy, and enables users for find all the local businesses in each town, contact details, offers and promotions, opening times and lots more.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said:


“It has been great to work with four of our town councils on this project and use partnership working to further help high streets across the district bounce back from the pandemic.


“Ensuring we support small businesses in East Northants has been a priority for us and the apps will provide an extra, easy marketing tool for business owners to use, as well as everyone who wants to shop local.”


The apps have been funded through East Northamptonshire Council’s Recovery Through Enterprise funding and have been set up by UK Town Apps in conjunction with ENC, Rushden Town Council, Higham Ferrers Town Council, Thrapston Town Council and Irthlingborough Town Council.


Any of the apps can be downloaded via your usual app store.

East Northamptonshire Champions Celebrated

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The Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has officially crowned the recipients of an award scheme set up to recognise the unsung heroes of the district.

The East Northants Chairman Champions awards were launched in August 2020 and Cllr Helen Howell, ENC’s final Chairman, has now had phone and Zoom calls with all the recipients of awards to congratulate them and find out more about the work they have been doing.


The winners of the awards in each of the categories are:


  • Cafe@25, Irthlingborough
  • The Woodpecker, Raunds


Community Organiser

  • Rob Giddings
  • Anne Gilbert
  • Linda Gretton
  • Mike Herring
  • Camilla Sherwin
  • Charles Tomalin


Good Neighbour

  • Colin Godfrey


Helping in the Community

  • Cathryn Brightwell
  • Tarot Crick
  • Richard Lattimore
  • Florence Muzvaba
  • Cheryl Tompkins
  • Joanne Vissian
  • John Wooding


Voluntary Group

  • 1st Raunds Scout Group
  • East Northants First Responders
  • Raunds and Thrapston Area Volunteers
  • Support@Titchmarsh



  • Damian Stiles
  • Katie Sorrell


Young Person

  • Lily & Maisie Howe


Cllr Helen Howell said:

“When I originally launched the awards, I hoped we would be able to meet in person to hand over the awards, but sadly this couldn’t happen. However I was delighted to still be able to congratulate the recipients of my Chairman’s Champions awards, some via Zoom and some on the phone.


“I was truly inspired by their commitment to this community, its environment, and the ways they have provided support, mentoring and companionship throughout the pandemic and before.”


To find out more about the awards and the winners, please visit

Why Would you go for an Allergy Test?

If you suffer with illnesses such as asthma, eczema, Crohn’s or colitis you might have considered and allergy test to see if it could help alleviate symptoms… but what if you don’t have a specific ailment?

Maybe you get bloated after a meal, feel more tired than you think you ought to, or have a strange skin rash and can never pinpoint what causes it.

If I eat a piece of toast, with butter and jam, I enjoy it, but I feel my heart rate rise, so should I cut it out?  Is it the gluten in the bread that I cannot tolerate, the yeast, the dairy in the butter, the sugar in the jam? Or something else I’d not thought of? I can’t start cutting out all these items and expect to still enjoy eating breakfast – so off I went to Orchard Clinic.

Sam from Allergy Test UK

Sam from Allergy Test UK

Sam Thompson Brown of Allergy Test UK runs her allergy testing clinic within Orchard Clinic on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  I went today and this is my story;

I was greeted in the carpark by receptionist Claire.  This is a Covid-19 precaution, so no clients meet each other in the waiting room.  I was escorted into the building at the correct time and given hand sanitiser gel.  Sam showed me to her consulting room.  The allergy test gizmo was set up ready, we completed a short medical history form and talked through any symptoms or ‘odd goings on’ as I’d call it before we began.

Rings with stones in have to be removed, plus my Fitbit and I placed my phone away from the testing gizmo too.

Sam gives you a gold coloured rod to hold in your left hand, whist she holds your right hand, then using a pen like probe, pushes this gently onto an acupressure point on your palm. She will be pressing again and again in the same spot, so this did become a little uncomfortable towards the end, but no pain is felt and certainly no side effects.

Using various glass vials with more common and lesser known allergens inside them she begins testing each potential allergen, one by one.  The machine makes a noise each time the palm is pressed, and every so often it makes a lower, deeper noise telling her that you are intolerant of that item.  She can tell from the score on the screen just how intolerant you are.Sam from Allergy Test UK

Sam made notes as she went along, and asked questions about whether I liked the item in question, whether I’d ever noticed anything after eating the item etc.

She also tests on non-food items such as cat fur, house dust and so on, and also looks at your vitamin and mineral levels too, so I have felt like I’ve had a good health MOT this morning.

Once the allergy testing is done, you have a sheet with crosses against things you are intolerant to.  I appear to be intolerant of carrots – who knew!

You also get advice on what to do next, apart from the carrots (which I’m happy to live without!) I did have some health concerns with a low level of Bio Acidophilus in my system and also seem to be highly intolerant of yeast.  This is no surprise as I have Ulcerative Colitis and know that my gut flora will sometimes have it’s own little party and get out of sync with how it really should be.

I now have some supplements to take to give my gut the flora it needs plus instructions on a yeast free diet.  Sam is quick to reassure that she’s not looking for me to give up lots of food stuffs for the rest of my life and just be miserable, her aim is to offer solutions and advice so that I can get my body to ‘re-tolerate’ items that it currently doesn’t like.  I imagine I will be replacing them back into my diet at some point in a measured and controlled manner.

My new way of eating is for eight weeks, which seems quite manageable.  It’s definitely worth committing wholly to the advice if you go for the allergy test, so you can aim to get yourself to the best health you can.

For More Information

Sam Thompson Brown has been an allergy testing consultant for 28 years, seven of which she has spent with Orchard Clinic in Thrapston.




Book through Orchard Clinic on 01832 733686

Sort Your Life Out with Stacey Solomon – Be on TV

With all of us spending more time at home than ever before, what better time to have a nationwide spring clean? Sort Your Life Out will take six families across the UK on a week-long mission to completely declutter their homes, transforming them in the process by upcycling and repurposing what they already have.

Sort Your Life Out will be presented by Stacey Solomon, whose 4 million strong social media following skyrocketed when she started sharing her handy organisation and upcycling hacks. Stacey knows what it’s like to take care of a busy household and wants to help families with hints and tips that are both attainable and environmentally friendly.

Stacey will be joined by a crack team of expert friends, who love nothing more than a supersize sort out. Together they’ll makeover Britain’s cluttered homes by first stripping them bare, then laying all their possessions out in a giant warehouse resembling an art installation of their entire lives, before asking the families to let go of thousands of their possessions. Emotions will run high as the families must decide what to keep and what to let go of. The items that the families’ part with will be recycled, donated or sold.

Once sorted, Stacey and her team will beautifully reorganise their home by cleaning, upcycling and putting systems in place for the possessions they decide to keep. Each of the team has their own unique cleaning quirks and tidying tips that viewers will be able to take away and implement in their own homes.

Presenter, Stacey Solomon, said: “There’s always that one room or cupboard I can’t face sorting out at home, but once I’ve done it there’s nothing more satisfying. One cupboard at a time, we’ll be helping families declutter their homes and get organised in a way that works for them. I’ll be sharing my ultimate tidying and upcycling tips, from Lazy Susans to tension rods, there’ll be lots of great ideas to give viewers the confidence to finally tackle that cupboard!” 

Emily Smith, Commissioning Editor, said: “We’re so excited for this series with Stacey and her team. It’s amazing what they can do to turn homes around without having to spend loads. As well as all the useful and inspiring ideas, it’s ultimately a series about families and modern life which we can all relate to.”

If you’d like to find out more then please email the team at

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East Northants Council Receives £176,000 to Help Leisure Facilities Recover

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has been successful in an application to Sport England’s National Leisure Recovery Fund and has been awarded funds to support the Council’s leisure partner, Freedom Leisure.

The grant of £176,000 will be used by ENC as part of its continued support to Freedom Leisure and the recovery of leisure services in East Northants which have been impacted greatly by the coronavirus pandemic.

This will enable ENC’s leisure services to return to a position of sustainable operation in the medium term and will allow Freedom Leisure to be able to get back to providing a full range of activities and programmes as soon as restrictions are lifted contributing to residents of East Northants health and wellbeing and supporting engagement in physical activity.

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Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

“As a Council, we have a duty and responsibility to support our leisure services through what has been a very difficult year and ensure residents can use all our facilities as soon as restrictions are lifted.


“This money will mean that our leisure centres are able to reopen promptly and safely, meaning residents of East Northamptonshire can be assured that they will be able to once again visit an ENC owned gym or go for a much-longed for swim in one of our pools.”


ENC also received £1542 as part of a monitoring and evaluation grant, which will help build a richer and stronger insight into how the leisure sector is performing as it recovers from the impact of the pandemic.


To find out more about ENC owned leisure facilities, visit

Presenter Nick Knowles needs YOU

DIY SOS star Nick Knowles is to appear on Channel 5 for the first time after landing a brand-new format.  


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Knowles will utilise his home improvement knowledge in Nick Knowles: Your Life on Your Lawn (working title). The 6 x 60-minute format will see the presenter empty a cluttered home of its belongings, before guiding each family through a “cathartic and emotional” decluttering process.  


The house will then be made over, giving the families more space for features such as home offices or cinema rooms.  


The series is produced by Viacom International Studios, with head of factual and features Oliver Wright executive producing. It was commissioned by commissioning editor Guy Davies.  


Knowles said C5 has been “making such good shows currently” that it is “a no brainer to join in” .


To apply for the show you can contact the casting team on 

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Preparing your Dog for your Return to Work

BARK Top Tips for a calm and serene return to work. As everyone is beginning to look forward to an eventual return to the school and office. One thing we need to consider is that our dogs have got used to having us around and a sudden change to their routine can cause problems particularly with separation from their owners.

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What can you do to prepare them for this change?

  1. Start to leave your dog alone for short periods which should be built up over time
  2. Don’t make a big fuss of your dog just before you leave or as soon as you return – try to reward them with attention when they are calm
  3. Encourage your dog to associate separation with positives such as meal times or treats left in a treat toy or their cosy bed
  4. Try to get your dog used to the new routine gradually before a return to work if possible
  5. Introduce your dog to friends or dog-walkers who may be walking them or popping in during the day, in advance to give them a chance to get to know each other.

BARK Dog Walk and Pet Care Services

For More Information

If you would like to know more or would like to take advantage of the ‘Return to Work’ free introductory walk – no obligation. Contact Kirstie Lloyd at BARK

Phone: 07970 902202


Facebook: BARK Dog Walk and Pet Care Services






Nene Valley Featured on BBC Countryfile

Destination Nene Valley was delighted to work with presenters of BBC Countryfile earlier this month when they filmed an episode dedicated to the area which was screened on Sunday, 21st February.


Viewers of the flagship countryside programme watched scenes filmed in the stunning landscape surrounding the River Nene in Northamptonshire, looking at the flooding in the area, its impact on local communities and how the river has shaped the lives of the people and wildlife who live beside it.

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In the programme, Tom Heap was shown exploring the Nene Valley, which stretches from the county town of Northampton through to Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, discovering how farmer John Gent works with the natural ebb and flow of the river and has embraced wetland wildlife to make his land sustainable. Tom also gets hands-on with a project that has unearthed evidence of riverside residents dating back to Neolithic times.
Helena Darragh, Nene Valley Land Adviser for The Wildlife Trust in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire, appears on the programme. She said: “I was speaking from floodplain farmland near Oundle, where in 2019 we carried out wet grassland improvement work for wading birds as part of the Farming for the Future project. The features were created to attract lapwing, snipe, redshank. Unfortunately, the flooding this year meant that the shallow V-shaped ditches we dug with the RSPB’s rotary ditcher were totally underwater, meaning the wet grassland habitat was too soggy for waders to be seen on the day, but demonstrates how the ditches fill up with floodwater, and then retain this water once the floodwater has receded.


“It also shows the carrying capacity of floodplain meadows to hold floodwater – much of which has been lost due to development pressures and intensive agriculture over the past decades.”

Destination Nene Valley is the official tourism body for the area, funded by East Northamptonshire Council, working closely with the Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme. Nenescape is a five-year National Lottery Heritage Fund initiative, which is delivering a number of partnership-led projects tasked with promoting and protecting the heritage of the Nene Valley. Farming for the Future is one of these projects, which involves working with farmers and landowners in the Nene Valley to help restore and create meadow and wetland habitats, as well as undertake vital infrastructural improvements to tackle diffuse pollution and aid water quality, such as the one featured in the Countryfile episode.


Cllr Sarah Peacock, chairman of Destination Nene Valley which was instrumental in bringing the Nene Valley to the small screen said: “I thought the programme did us proud. It highlighted how, in under 40 years, we have uncovered the biggest archaeological site in the country, completed incredible conservation work, reduced flooding and continue to benefit the current settlers of the Nene Valley for future generations.


“Destination Nene Valley is committed to promoting the area as an incredible place to visit, work and live and we hope Countryfile has inspired visitors to discover our hidden valley and all it has to offer.”


Amanda Johnson, Project Manager at Nenescape, said: “We are so grateful to BBC Countryfile for recognising the hard work that is going into restoring and conserving the natural flood plains along the River Nene. Farming for the future, alongside our partner project Resilient River, bring together landowners, wetland managers and charitable trusts to ensure the valley does what it was naturally intended to do by our ancestors and is conserved for generations to come.”


Another Nenescape project that was featured last night was Settlers of the Nene Valley, a three-year project, telling the stories of the people who settled in the Nene Valley over the last 5000 years, from Neolithic to Medieval. Working with local communities and schools, the project has explored, recreated and celebrated the lives of those settlers as they travelled, settled and traded along the river. The project is run by the Rockingham Forest Trust, an environmental charity which has been connecting people and places for over 20 years.


Settlers of the Nene Project Manager, Becky Gill said: “The project has allowed us, working with the local community, to better understand how previous settlers would have lived and how the river would have influenced their lives.”


For more information visit

East Northants Council’s Emma becomes a Volunteer Vaccinator

Emma Matthews, an officer at East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has completed a St John Ambulance course to become a volunteer vaccinator and fight the pandemic, having worked closely with businesses over the past year who have been deeply impacted by coronavirus.

Emma Matthews

In her role as a Licensing Compliance Officer, Emma works closely with publicans and taxi drivers, as well as those operating licensed animal related businesses, all of whom have been severely affected financially and otherwise by the pandemic and with her sister working long hours for the NHS too, Emma wanted to do more to help those she has met in her professional life, as well as personally.

Emma explains more:


“I have been a first aider since 2010 and wanted to use my skills in a positive way – I had to help my sister and her colleagues, as well those businesses I have seen struggling. I studied hard to complete the online St John Ambulance and NHS training and then spent a day proving my knowledge, whilst learning how to administer the vaccine.


“Vaccination is the key which opens the door to me saying ‘yes, your business can re-open’ and is our way out of restrictions. It is the key to my sister and every other NHS and key worker being able to sit down and have a well-deserved rest.”


Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, added:


“Emma really is an inspiration to us all, everyone at ENC has been working so hard for the past year to help residents and businesses through this tough time and Emma has gone one step further by volunteering to be a vaccinator. This really is a wonderful, selfless act which should be commended.”


Once Emma’s final screening checks have been completed by the St John Ambulance, she will be able to book her first shifts and starting vaccinating.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer vaccinator, you can find out more at: