nene local | helen dawson

 

Firms Join Forces to Deliver Profit Masterclass

A team of expert business coaches joined forces with a Northamptonshire accountancy practice to deliver the first in a series of free masterclasses to help local businesses emerge stronger from the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

ActionCOACH business growth specialist Jo Sahunta and expert accountant, Nishi Patel of Northants Accounting, partnered up and ran the ‘Masterclass to Massive Profits’ session to provide additional support to the clients of Northants Accounting.

The interactive workshop was the first ‘in person’ event run by ActionCOACH since the start of lockdown and numbers were restricted to allow for social distancing measures to be adhered to.

 

The workshop, designed for 15 people, concentrated on the five key areas business owners should address to increase their profits. Attendees were also shown strategies to improve the running of their business and identify areas where efficiencies could be made.

Nishi and Jo have joined forces to create these workshops to offer free help to local businesses and would love to see more local firms attend.

ActionCOACH business growth specialist Jo Sahunta and expert accountant, Nishi Patel of Northants Accounting, partnered up and ran the ‘Masterclass to Massive Profits’ session

 

Jo said: “As a business

ActionCOACH business growth specialist Jo Sahunta and expert accountant, Nishi Patel of Northants Accounting, partnered up and ran the ‘Masterclass to Massive Profits’ session

coach, I’m passionate about helping business owners to improve their business and work life balance and it was great to see so many engaged and motivated business owners. The feedback we’ve received was really positive and we’re looking forward to holding more workshops in the coming months.”

 

Northants Accounting managing director Nishi Patel added: “Good businesses aren’t built by chance; they take deliberate planning and execution by business owners who know where they want to be. This series of workshops will help our clients create businesses that support their personal goals in life.”

 

Among the attendees was Tom Saevarsson of TS Electrical. He said: “The workshop was well focussed and very informative and gave me a great insight into how I should focus on my business.”

 

The team at Northants Accounting and ActionCOACH will be running monthly workshops designed for Business owners. Anyone who is interested in attending future workshops should email Helenwildgoose@actioncoach.co.uk

 

For further information about ActionCOACH visit https://jogindersahunta.actioncoach.co.uk/ or Jo’s LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/in/businesscoachnorthampton/

WhatsApp Groups for Busy Women Members

Are you in the WhatsApp group ?

I was going to do this as a LIVE in our Facebook group – then realised that after a filling at the dentist I might not be talking well enough!  As I sit here dribbling my coffee…….

What’s the WhatApp group for?

If we point each other to our posts, and each comment on each other’s (you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours) then we will help to grow each other’s engagement and reach.

I’ve been using the Kettering one, as I am a member there, and they are a little bit ahead of us here at Oundle and Market Harborough, in getting going.  I’ve already had 2 LinkedIn enquiries from shared posts!  Before this I rarely used LinkedIn as I never got anything from it…… something to think about….

The groups work for LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook – but the easiest one to do is LinkedIn, also we’re probably all a bit guilty of not using LinkedIn to its fullest, so this is an easy fix to grow your profile.

How do I join in?

Send me your mobile number and I will add you to your BWN WhatsApp group.

What Next?

Just use the group for this purpose, not a chat, so we don’t get a gazillion notifications.  My advice is to turn the ‘ping’ off and just have the red number as your silent notification.

whatsapp for BWN members

Firstly, post to LinkedIn (or other platform) – If you need help in what to post or how then let me know and I can point you towards a few LinkedIn experts to help you.

Once you’ve done your post and it’s live, go to the top right hand corner and you will see three dots, if you click on these, you get a little drop down menu, scroll down to SHARE then click COPY LINK.

Next open WhatsApp and place the link in the group, with a ‘please share or comment on my post today’ etc…  It’s helpful if you do this in the morning, and ideal for you to do it every morning!

Where does the Magic happen?

The next thing to do is help everyone else, either in the morning, or if you’re busy this stage is literally OK to do anytime, grab a cuppa in the afternoon and start commenting….

Click on someone else’s link and it should open on their post. Please react with a ‘like, love, etc’ and make a comment, you don’t need War & Peace but try for more than 5 words in your comment, you can tag the person and if feeling extra snazzy – then add an emoji, it all helps!  You can even share too if you wish.

If everyone comments on everyone else’s posts, we really do get our engagement and reach going up and up……

 

Let me know if I can offer assistance in any way, I’m happy to look at your profile and give my honest feedback if you want a bit of an ‘audit’ or happy to put you in touch with any of the social media professionals I know too….

 

Send me your mobile number if you’re not yet in a group if you’d like to take part

If you have come across this post and you’re not a Busy Women Networking member, drop me a message and I can give you more information.

 

Downloadable Resources for Half Term Fun

Make the most of October Half  Term with new Nature’s School downloadable resources for families

 

Are you looking for free educational, inspiring, and fun activities for your family this Autumn? The environmental charity PECT has expanded its range of learning resources in time for the October half term, to help enhance children’s understanding of the world around them.

The charity’s autumn-themed Nature’s School resources aim to bring families together and enable them to discover more about the environment. The resource activities include everything from guides to making a Leaf Lantern, Mini Beast Hotel, Pumpkin Decorating, Tree Seed I-Spy and many more.

 

“Many areas of the country are currently in lockdown, nationwide restrictions are in place, and everyone is looking for alternative ways to entertain and educate their children,” explains PECT’s Environmental Education Lead Heidi Latronico-Ferris. “Here at PECT we are doing our bit to help children and their families try to make sense of it all.”

downloadable resources for home schooling and activities

She continues: “Our local environment is sometimes an unexplored natural resource, often overlooked for its wealth of possibilities, and not always appreciated or looked after as it should be. Take this time to turn that around and discover natural wonders, learn from Nature’s School, and in return protect it for future generations.”

 

Nature’s School is not just for families – schools, charities and other organisations can also benefit from this resource and use it to create new ways of delivering the curriculum and learning objectives.

 

To access the resources, simply visit https://www.pect.org.uk/projects/natures-school-in-autumn/ or find PECT on Facebook @SustainablePECT.

 

 

Thrapston Under 14’s Girls Football Team Reveal their Sponsor!

The draw is done!

Thrapston Under 14’s Girls Football Team have completed their fund raising efforts and now reveal their official 2020/21 sponsor…..

 

Auburn Fox – the latest retailer to open on Thrapston’s High Street will be on the girl’s rain jackets.

The team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated and supported them, and also those who weren’t able to donate but offered support in other ways. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite hit their target, which means right now they cannot get all the kit they were hoping for.

Funding organiser, Jon Hunt  has therefore decided, that as the weather is turning, that he will  order some rain jackets, and that the Auburn Fox will be featured on those.

Leaving the GoFundMe page open with the hope they can find a few more donations from local business that will allow them to get the rest of the kit to keep the team warm, and for those they will run a second draw.

Jon will place the first draw recording in the comments on Facebook to show the draw in action – Jon adds “Once again, I need to express how grateful we are, and blessed that we have such a supportive community and network of businesses”

You can read about the fund raising project here – https://www.nenelocal.co.uk/2020/09/thrapston-14s-girls-football-get-creative-fun-raising/  

You can donate to go into the second draw here  https://gf.me/u/yy42m5  Please dig deep!!

A big thank you to all businesses who have donated so far.  Nene Local Magazine is happy to give a shout out on the Welcome to Thrapston page for any business who has donated and any who donate in the next week – to secure your shout out, please comment on this article with the URL to your business page.

 

thrapston girls football team

 

£400 Fine for Littering Out of Car Window

Drop your litter and face the consequences. That’s the stark message from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) who recently prosecuted a driver for just such an offence.

 

Back in January, an ENC environmental services officer witnessed the driver throw an empty cigarette packet out of his car window on Kettering Road, Thrapston. The driver was identified as Ryan Potticary and was offered a fixed penalty notice of £150 (reduced to £100 if paid within 10 days). Despite reminders being sent, Mr Potticary failed to pay the fine and was then referred to court where he was offered the opportunity to enter a plea by post. Again, he failed to reply so the case went to Northampton Magistrates Court in August. Mr Potticary did not attend but was found guilty and received a £402 fine. (£220 fine plus a £32 victim surcharge and £150 costs).

 

Steven North, Leader of ENC, said: “All littering is an offence no matter what it is and we all need to take responsibility by using a bin or taking our rubbish home. And that’s not just to avoid a fine but to protect where we live, work, play and drive.

 

“I hope that this case serves as a warning that we will hold those who litter to account and we will pursue through the courts, if necessary. Avoid that hefty fine and do the right thing – bin it.”

don't be a litter bug

Funding Approved for Peace Park Centenary Project in Thrapston

Residents of Thrapston are set to enjoy improved park facilities, thanks to a grant of £45,000 from FCC Communities Foundation.

Thrapston Peace Park

The money will be used to install accessible paths and a poppy shaped meeting area at Thrapston Peace Park on Market Road, Thrapston.

Mayor of Thrapston, Councillor Karen Draycott, believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

She says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Thrapston by providing a beautiful, accessible place for residents to spend more time outdoors. It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to the park enhancements taking shape over the next few months.

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, FCC Communities Foundation Senior Grant Manager, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the access improvements at the Peace Park and pleased our funding will improve such a beautiful green space for people across Thrapston. FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”Residents of Thrapston are set to enjoy improved park facilities, thanks to a grant of £45,000 from FCC Communities Foundation.  The money will be used to install accessible paths and a poppy shaped meeting area at Thrapston Peace Park on Market Road, Thrapston.  Mayor of Thrapston, Councillor Karen Draycott, believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.  She says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Thrapston by providing a beautiful, accessible place for residents to spend more time outdoors. It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to the park enhancements taking shape over the next few months.  FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. Richard Smith, FCC Communities Foundation Senior Grant Manager, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the access improvements at the Peace Park and pleased our funding will improve such a beautiful green space for people across Thrapston. FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.” Councillor Draycott hopes the Peace Park improvements will be ready to use by mid-December 2020. The new paths and meeting area are part of a wider schedule of works being undertaken by Thrapston Town Council to mark 100 years since the Peace Park was dedicated to the town as a War Memorial.

Councillor Draycott hopes the Peace Park improvements will be ready to use by mid-December 2020. The new paths and meeting area are part of a wider schedule of works being undertaken by Thrapston Town Council to mark 100 years since the Peace Park was dedicated to the town as a War Memorial.

Thrapston Under 14’s Girls Football get Creative with Fund Raising

Thrapston Girls U14 Football Club ask a local business each year to sponsor their kit and in turn have their logos on all the shirts.

Due  to the pandemic they knew it was a big ask in 2020 to ask one business to shoulder the sponsorship alone.  With their creative heads on they hatched a brilliant plan….

thrapston girls football team

The’re asking any local business who wants to help out to donate £20 (or any multiples of £20),  You can donate here

https://gf.me/u/yy42m5

Then once all the donations are in, the footballing girls will do a prize draw and make one lucky business the sponsorship winner!  That business will have their logo on the shirts for the season.

More information can be found here  https://gf.me/u/yy42m5

 

The Beauty of the Nene Valley Captured During Lockdown

Photographers from around the UK captured the beauty of the Nene Valley during the pandemic lockdown this year. Entries for the Nene Valley Photography Competition 2020 attracted a stunning selection of photographs showcasing the wildlife, culture and heritage of this beautiful location.

 

With over 130 photographs entered across three categories, the judges had a hard task to agree the winners. Entries spanned the length of the Nene Valley highlighting it as a much-loved destination by many.

 

The competition was organised by Destination Nene Valley as part of the Nenescape Landscape Partnership, a National Lottery Heritage Funded project to explore the people, heritage and identity of the changing landscape in the Nene Valley. Photographs from the competition with credits to the photographers are featured on the Nene Valley website at https://nenevalley.net/photography-competition-winners-2020/

The judging panel was made up from representatives of Destination Nene Valley, East Northamptonshire Council, Nenescape and One to One Development Trust.

 

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

 

“The range of photographs we received and the talent behind them is incredibly impressive. Picking winners in each category was incredibly difficult, as all the submissions were excellent. The partners look forward to featuring a selection of them on the Nene Valley website for everyone to enjoy”.

 

The winning entries will receive prizes of vouchers for 1st prize £75, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25.

 

The winners in each category are:

 

Landscape

  • 1st Leslie Ranford – Sunrise at Elton Mill
  • 2nd Frances Guilfoyle – Social Distancing near Hardwater Rd, Wollaston
  • 3rd Carl Everitt – Still Waters Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows

 

Nature and wildlife

  • 1st Adrian Leybourne – Barn Owl near Wollaston Lock and the River Nene
  • 2nd Joy Tildesley – Grebe Expectations Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows
  • 3rd Wayne Bettles – ‘Move over’ On the strip of water next to the Middle Nene Cruising Club

 

Resilient Nene during Covid-19

  • 1st Chris Porsz – Artists making murals during Covid – Peterborough underpass, Taveners Rd
  • 2nd Andrew Thomas – Social distancing on the River Nene, Nine Arches Bridge, Thrapston
  • 3rd Jennie Tansley – Fotheringhay delight – Paddle boarding the socially distancing way

 

For more information about the Nene Valley and to see a gallery including the winning entries please visit www.nenevalley.net

Warts and All Theatre in Wellingborough

Warts and All Theatre announces new Autumn theatre programmes in Wellingborough

  • Warts and All Theatre launches new programmes for the Autumn
  • Discounted ‘Pay On Your Terms’ model means that everyone will be able to participate
  • Sign-up today by visiting wartsandalltheatre.co.uk/be-a-wart

 

Warts and All Theatre, Northamptonshire’s cutting-edge theatre company that enables everyone to speak their truth, is announcing a new programme of activity at their new Wellingborough home, the Wellingborough African Caribbean Centre.

This dynamic programme will give people of all ages a chance to engage in life-changing extraordinary theatre, through a diverse selection of weekly activity, including:

  • Young Actors sessions for ages 9-21 – These workshops provide a fantastic training opportunity for children and young people, as participants work collaboratively with trained and experienced industry experts. Alongside learning theatre, drama skills and techniques, these sessions are a great opportunity for a Young Person to develop their confidence, public speaking and teamworking skills.
  • Young Producers sessions for ages 12-25 – Through these free weekly sessions you will become ambassadors for Warts and All Theatre’s Young Artist Festival in 2021. Grow your skills as a creative, develop friendships and create an extraordinary festival of art and culture for your community!

From September Warts and All Theatre will place their trust in parents and guardians as they move to a new “Pay On Your Terms” membership scheme, where participants choose a scheme that suits their personal situation.

£10, £20 and £30 monthly direct debit options are available, with all members receiving the same benefits and access to outstanding weekly sessions, but can now choose what they pay based on everyone’s personal circumstances.

“It’s all part of our renewed vision to make arts and culture accessible for as many people as possible. By offering a more flexible way of engaging with us, we will make more voices heard, society fairer and in turn enable communities to thrive,” says Christopher Elmer-Gorry, Artistic Director and CEO of Warts and All Theatre.

Participants of Warts and All Theatre programmes are also excited. Kirsten Harris, 20 from Wellingborough said: “Going to Warts and All allows me to feel comfortable to say whatever it is I want to say, to speak up, to say what truly matters to you and have that be respected, and having a space to fully explore what your truth is.”

Warts and All Theatre are delivering this activity in line with their socially distanced COVID-19 secure planning, policies and procedures. Each activity has a face to face, blended learning or online provision that will be delivered based on local and national developments and guidance.

warts and all theatre

They are no stranger to adapting their delivery. Over the past five months, Warts and All has ran successful online masterclasses with some of the leading lights in the theatre world such as Adrian Lester, Benjamin Zephaniah, Fiona Shaw, Rob Brydon and Julie Walters, as well as virtual co-created plays and online acting training sessions. These programmes have meant that young people and their families have continued to have the chance to share their experiences, express themselves and remain in touch with the arts during lockdown.

For more information on Warts and All Theatre’s exciting new weekly programmes and to sign up, visit wartsandalltheatre.co.uk/be-a-wart or email hello@wartsandalltheatre.co.uk

Launch of Doubling Nature Action Plan for Cambridgeshire

This September, Natural Cambridgeshire is launching its ambitious action plan for doubling the area of rich wildlife habitats and natural green space across the region in order to create a world-class environment.

 

During an online event on the 16th September 2020, attendees can hear from keynote speakers Dame Fiona Reynolds and Lord Chris Smith. Plus, they will discover further regional initiatives to protect, preserve and enhance the environment. These include key landscape projects, local nature recovery plans, individual pledges, and a look at the benefits of nature-friendly farming.

 

Natural Cambridgeshire will launch four crucial initiatives designed to deliver the doubling nature ambition:

 

  1. A landscape-led approach, that will put Peterborough and Cambridgeshire firmly on the map of nature recovery as nature thrives across the county. Natural Cambridgeshire has identified five key landscapes with the potential to deliver significant benefits for nature and enhanced access to green open space for residents.
  2. A community approach – a toolkit of small steps that each community can make to double nature close to home – for example, if every parish in the county planted ten trees a year for ten years that would be nearly 40,000 trees!
  3. A doubling nature pledge through which individuals, businesses and other organisations can play their part in the ambition, whether it is planting more pollinating plants in gardens or greening up work-place car parks, there is something that everyone can do.
  4. Natural Cambridgeshire will also be announcing plans for a Doubling Nature Investment Fund, to provide the resources to make all this happen.

 

The health and sustainability of our environment has never been so critical: the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity has been further exacerbated by the economic, health and social challenges created by Covid-19. However, the pandemic has also brought communities together and enabled people to rediscover a connection with the natural world.

 

Nature-based solutions will play a crucial role in addressing the challenges of our climate emergency and in the post Covid-19 recovery. A recent survey by Natural Cambridgeshire reveals how 77% of participants said that visiting parks and countryside in the region had been very important to them during lockdown.

 

The RSPB’s ‘Recovering Together’ report provides clear evidence of public support for putting nature at the heart of our pandemic recovery. 89% of those surveyed believe that increasing the amount of accessible nature-rich green space will help to improve people’s general health, wellbeing, and happiness.

 

Doubling nature will deliver significant protection, restoration, and enhancement of key wildlife habitats for the landscape we know and love. Improved green space and access to nature will help people to enjoy and appreciate the nature around them, leading to healthier and happier lives.

 

Doubling nature will create a more resilient countryside and communities, where nature is at the heart of our approach to tackling the climate emergency. It will support a green transport infrastructure, where priority is given to walkers, cyclists, and riders. Doubling nature will also influence sustainable farming practices and tourism.

 

The achievement of these objectives will create a better quality of life for residents and visitors through a local environment with easy access to rich and inspiring nature.

 

Lord Chris Smith says: “Over the past six months we’ve re-learned and re-discovered how vitally important our relationship with nature is, for all of us, and how it helps us to grow stronger, wiser and happier. That’s true on a global scale as we face the challenges of climate change; but it’s even more true on our doorstep, and there’s no better place to start than here in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”

 

Dame Fiona Reynolds adds: “The urgent need to reverse nature’s decline is well known, but we are making desperately slow progress. The COVID-19 crisis has also shown us just how much we all need access to nature. The ambition to ‘double nature’ in Cambridgeshire could not be more timely or important.”

 

Richard Astle, Chairperson of Natural Cambridgeshire, explains: “Nature matters to us all – and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have an opportunity to lead the way in helping nature to recover from its catastrophic local declines. Last year we set out the ambition of doubling nature. This year we are setting out detailed ideas for how we can all play our part in making that happen. And if we do, we can make our county an even better place to live, work, and visit. Doubling nature means more wildlife, it also means cleaner air and water and more places for people to walk, ride and cycle and enjoy green, open spaces.”

The ‘Doubling Nature in Action’ event will be held on Wednesday 16th September, 10am-12.30pm, via Zoom. Attendees can register for the event at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b9whn9sqS0GOrLEX_Rx59A.

[1] https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/downloads/recovering-together-report/recovering-together-report_nature-and-green-recovery_rspbyougov_june-2020.pdf