Council Urges Public to be Vigilant and Only Use Licensed Taxis

East Northamptonshire Council has issued a warning to residents in the District after the taxi plate ‘PHV/3’ was stolen from a vehicle.


All taxis that are registered with the local council must display a licence plate, which in East Northamptonshire must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle and has a unique number. There is a concern that the stolen plate could be fitted to other vehicles that may be used to commit a crime.


Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said “The theft has been reported to the police and the plate numbers have been decommissioned, but sadly a stolen licence plate can have an impact on the wider community and those using taxis should be extra vigilant.”


“Wherever possible, pre-book a taxi and ask the driver for the name of the booking before you get in. A top tip is to always keep the number of a reliable firm with you so you don’t get caught out.”


When travelling by taxi, it is important that the following advice is followed:


  • Plan how you’re going to get home from your night out – arrange a lift or book a taxi in your name and leave the taxi booking details with a friend.
  • Always keep the number of a reliable taxi firm with you.
  • Avoid taxis that tout for business and are unlicensed.
  • When the taxi arrives, check it is the one you booked by asking for the name in which it was booked. If in doubt, don’t get in.
  • If travelling alone, always sit behind the driver in the back seat.
  • If you feel uneasy, ask to be let out.
  • Stick with your friends and choose a meeting point for if you get separated.
  • Never accept a lift from a stranger.


If you spot the plate ‘PHV/3’ being used, please report as much detail as possible to the Police on 101.


For more information about licensing, please visit http://www.northantslicensing.gov.uk/



Networking can Help Grow your Business

Calling all local ladies who either run their own business or who are instrumental in growing a business they work for.  Busy Women Networking is the place to be to meet like minded business women.

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What can Networking do for your Business?

Many people make the mistake  of thinking they have to ‘sell to the room’, well maybe sme of the people in the room might well buy your goods or services, but the main idea is to just get to know everyone.  The more you get to know someone, find things in common and get to trust and like them, the more business may pass between you.

For instance, anyone who meets me might think “She works in an office on her own mostof the week, whocould she possibly know that I might be interested in?”  but if you spoke to me and got to know me you’d realise that I know lots of interesting people from hypnotherpists, to tilers, from cake makers to financial advisors…. and so on.  I am part of the boating community, a dog owner and do charity work…. theamount of people I introduce to other people is huge!

I’m not unique – come along to networking and you’ll meet loads of ladies like me,all ready to introduce you to people whocan help you. advise you, buy from you….. or even sell to you the things you need…..

Once you’ve experienced networking you’ll realise how hard your once a month lunch can work for you.

What happens at Busy Women Networking?

The Oundle  BWN meeting is held at the Fox Inn in Thorpe Waterville on the first Tuesday of every month.  Our next meeting is September 3rd – where we have member Eppie Anderson giving a ten minute presentation on SEO, giving her hints and tips for doing your own SEO.foxy

Each month you will tell everyone what you do, and listen to what everyone else does.  You’ll pass aorund business cards and go home with some very useful contacts.

You’ll also get treated to an amazing lunch – September’s choices are:

Smoked Cod Brie and Bacon Fishcakes
Served with mixed vegetables, poached egg and a beurre blanc sauce
Stilton Glazed Flat Field Mushroom
Served with dauphinoise potatoes and mixed vegetables, finished with a balsamic glaze
Linguine Carbonara
Linguine served in a bacon, mushroom and cream sauce
Sprinkled with parmesan cheese and accompanied with garlic bread
Warm Chicken & Bacon Caesar Salad
Grilled Chicken breast and bacon on a fresh bed of mixed salad leaves topped with grated parmesan cheese. Dressed with a Caesar sauce and accompanied with garlic bread
and to attend as a visitor it is £24.

For More Information

For more information about Busy Women Networking email helen@rainbowpr.co.uk
To book your space at thelunch table email helen@rainbowpr.co.uk

Or view https://www.busywomen.net/



Nene Valley Festival Returns this September

People from across the district, and further afield, are invited to celebrate the rich heritage, wildlife and culture of the Nene Valley as the annual Nene Valley Festival returns this September.

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The festival which is now in its 6th year will take place from Saturday 14 September – Sunday 22 September. As with previous years, the festival will offer a variety of activities for the whole family and with funding from Heritage Lottery, via Nenescape, this year’s Nene Valley Festival will be bigger and better than ever.


Featuring more than 100 events at key locations across the Nene Valley from Northampton to Peterborough, the festival will include a wide range of activities for all ages and will kick off with an official launch event at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 14 September to coincide with the national annual Heritage Lottery Days.


Cllr Sarah Peacock, East Northamptonshire Councillor and Board Member for the Destination Nene Valley project, said:


“We are delighted to be celebrating the wonderful Nene Valley once again. Each year, we aim to better the previous year and hope the 2019 festival will be no exception. This year’s events will offer a wide range of events which will highlight all the brilliant attractions, wildlife and heritage along the Nene Valley.”


Festival highlights include a variety of walks, from heritage through to heath across the Valley alongside theatre and wildlife activities. Also, the festival will culminate with a finale event on 22 September at Stanwick Lakes. From 10:30am – 4pm, visitors are invited to Come and Meet the Settlers, join in with the Settlers’ Trails, as well as Archery and Axe Throwing.


The annual festival is being organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which works with local tourism partners, and the Nenescape Landscape partnership, to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to local, national and international audiences.


Nenescape Project Manager, Amanda Johnson said:


“The Nene Valley Festival is the highlight of the year, and all the Nenescape partners are proud to support it and celebrate all the valley has to offer. Thanks to National Lottery players, the festival is one of the ways Nenescape has been able to help celebrate and sustain the heritage and wildlife along the River Nene.  This year’s festival promises to be packed full of events across the Nene Valley and will give people the chance to experience a range of activities, from Peterborough through to Northampton.”


To coincide with the festival, a brand new website has been launched which includes all the events on throughout the festival with new events being continuously added. The new website can be viewed at www.nenevalley.net.

Feeling Hot, Hot Hot. Ways to Keep your Cool this Week

As I type I am literally sitting in a cave-like lounge.  Curtains drawn and anything electrical that I can do without is off.  Temperatures are about to soar today and tomorrow so keeping cool is a must.  nene local | hot days

Here are Nene Local’s top tips;

1. Switch off anything electrical you don’t need to use today.  You’d be amazed at the amount of heat generated even on standby.  We’re washing up by hand this week, as we felt the heat coming from the dishwasher and going into the kitchen!

2.  Keep windows closed!!  Yes this may sound counter intuitive but if the temperature outside is 34 degrees then you’re just letting hot air IN!  Check where the sun is, keep windows on the sunny side of the house shut tight, but later in the day open the ones on the shady side of the house.nene local | hot days

3. Draw the curtains.  Check yourself, feel the temperature in the room then put your hand in the gap between the closed curtain and the window – HOT!nene local | hot days

4. Drink plenty.  Many of us are feeling lethargic and will often forget to drink – add lemon or mint to flavour the water and keep it in the fridge if you like it cold – don’t gulp it down and get a ‘freezer’ headace though!

5.  Keep strenuous activity to the early morning or late evening, and if you’re able to and work allows use the hottest part of the day to relax or at least go more slowly.

6. Put water out for wildlife.  Keep pets indoors in the cool.

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Zumba – Laughing Whilst Dancing Burns Even More Calories

It’s true, I have very little coordination.  I’m liable to go left if you’ve asked me to step to the right and trying to do something with my arm whilst remembering the steps with my legs is almost an impossibility.

Luckily when I joined Zumba Gold in Islip over a year ago, I was in good company.  Sarah Jones the instructor explains ‘There very few rules, other than have fun and if you go wrong just roll with it and carry on’.

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The Zumba Gold group on Thursday (Islip Pavilion 6.45pm) are a great bunch of ladies, who I’m sure, like me, thought it would be some gentle exercise.  It’s not!  Yes – Zumba Gold is low impact, good for those new to exercise or rehabilitating after an injury or operation.  zumba islipDo you have a good workout?  YES YOU DO!  You’ll raise your heart rate, get a bit sweaty, leave with a grin on your face – all the things that are so good for you!

Zumba Gold involves (like Zumba) learning dance moves, and definitely giving the old grey matter a work out to remember the steps and keep up, it involves stretching, balancing and energy all as part of the routine – nothing static and boring here.

Many years ago, I once got sent out of a keep fit class because my friend and I couldn’t stop giggling.  We don’t have a week in Zumba Gold where someone doesn’t go wrong and we all end up laughing then going wrong ourselves.

Zumba Gold is suitable for everyone, the work out is a good one, but low impact on your joints.

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This week saw the launch of Zumba in Islip.  Zumba Gold is 6.45pm followed at 7.45pm by Zumba. I thought I’d give it a whirl.  When the class began, one of our speedier Zumba Gold routines was used as the warm up, which did make me wonder what I’d let myself in for!zumba islip

Again, the ladies were a great bunch, no one cares if you go a bit wrong, sometimes your so into the music and movement you can’t help it – or is that just me?

How is Zumba different to Zumba Gold?  Definitely more jumping and stomping, not so much so my knees had any issues but enough to get the muscles stronger in that area.  Zumba is quicker, so a year of Zumba Gold getting used to learning instruction and listening to a beat change to know a step change is coming was a good move for me.   It was good to learn new routines, I’m a big believer in keeping your brain working, use it or lose it as they say.

Zumba is very doable, extremely enjoyable.  Possibly a bit quick if you’re less fit or have an injury you’re getting over – in which case you need Zumba Gold.

Sarah is a great teacher, her aim is enjoyment first, which keeps you going back, fitness second.  If you miss a step, get a bit lost Sarah says, ‘Just keep moving – don’t do anything your body doesn’t want to do.  Don’t over stretch but do push yourself to see what you’re capable of.’

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With both classes there is a nice warm up and cool down stretching. Bring a water bottle but if you forget there are cups and fresh water available to use.

Watch a video clip here – Zumba in Islip

For more information

Sarah Jones Zumba Instructor

Facebook Page for all the local classes: https://www.facebook.com/www.mishj.co/

Islip Classes:

  • Thursday 6.45pm Zumba Gold
  • Thursday 7.45pm Zumba

No booking required just turn up!

Crowds Flock to Another “Amazing” Northampton Town Festival

Over 44-thousand visitors flocked to this year’s Northampton Town Festival, and thanks to the excellent weather of the weekend, all scheduled balloon flights went ahead as scheduled, providing a spectacular sight throughout the county.northampton festival

In total, there were 105 flights over two days, involving 30 balloon crews who provided a popular attraction for many of the visitors.

Just as popular was the live entertainment that began on Friday evening, and continued throughout Saturday and Sunday, with crowds wow’d by the stunt performers, including the Vander Superhero Space Wheel Show, Devil’s Horsemen, Stannage Stunts and Jamie Squibb.northampton festival

Visitors to the Racecourse also enjoyed a busy programme of live music, with the stage brimming with local talent while RePro Jam Squad on Saturday, and The Two Tones on Sunday, were headline acts.

“Once again, we’ve been blown away by the support of local people for our event, which is now in its fourth year,” said Peter Jones, a spokesman for the organisers. “It was a fantastic weekend, the feedback has been amazing, and we can’t wait for next year.”

Vote for your Local Sports Heroes

East Northamptonshire Council and Freedom Leisure have joined up to celebrate the local sports clubs and personalities across the district and the excellent work they do in local communities.


The East Northamptonshire Sports & Physical Activity Awards will take place at the Goods Shed in Rushden on Thursday, 17 October and nominations are now open in the following categories:

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  • Community Club/Group of the Year
  • Community Coach/Activator of the Year
  • Community Champion/Volunteer of the Year
  • Primary Sport School of the Year
  • Secondary Sport School of the Year
  • Disabled Sports Person of the Year
  • Local Sports Person of the Year
  • Beat the Street Champion – sponsored by Intelligent Health


Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:


“Across East Northamptonshire, we have an abundance of brilliant sports clubs and people and at ENC, we are delighted to have partnered with Freedom Leisure to celebrate the wonderful work being achieved.

ENC is committed to supporting health and wellbeing, and are looking forward to celebrating all the hardworking, local sports clubs and personalities in East Northants at the ceremony in October.”


Johnathan Rudland, East Northamptonshire Active Communities Manager for Freedom Leisure said:


“The nominations for the East Northamptonshire Sports & Physical Activity Awards are now open and this is your chance to shout about your local sports club and personalities! From big clubs to individuals, we want to hear about all of the wonderful work that is being done across the district.


Anyone from East Northamptonshire can be nominated across the categories, and we can’t wait to crown the winners on 17 October.”


To submit a nomination, please visit https://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/ensportsawards before noon on Monday 9 September and complete the form and the winners will be announced during the ceremony on Thursday 17 October.

Former Pupil Opens School’s New Art Studio Built by Family Business

A former pupil at a Kettering school has officially opened its new art studio, a purpose-built timber building which was designed and built by his family-run business.

David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, attended St Peter’s School, in Headlands, Kettering from the age of four to eleven.

Ali Hurst, Bursar at St Peter’s School, Tom Fray, Chairman of the Governors, David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, and headteacher Maria Chapman

Ali Hurst, Bursar at St Peter’s School, Tom Fray, Chairman of the Governors, David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, and headteacher Maria Chapman

David was delighted to be welcomed back to the independent co-educational day school, which he attended 70 years ago, to open its new building known as The Cedar Hub, which provides an art studio and after-school space.

Scotts of Thrapston, specialists in the manufacture and installation of bespoke timber-framed buildings, was appointed as the Principal Designer and Main Contractor for the project.

Mr Scott said: “We are always proud of the buildings that we create, but it certainly added an extra dimension to be able to open such a beautiful building in the very school where I spent so many happy years.

“It was wonderful to see our building in situ and the reaction from the staff, parents and pupils was marvellous, they are all delighted with their new facility.”

The carbon-efficient timber-framed building features an open plan design which allows plenty of natural light to flood in, creating the perfect space for teaching art and design technology.

Features of the new building include solar panels, separate clean up areas for art activities and internal glazed screen partitions, which are used to divide the internal space but also maintain an open plan feel.

Ali Hurst, Bursar at St Peter’s School, said: “Both staff and pupils are thrilled by the new Cedar Hub as it provides a creative and stimulating environment for art and design projects.

“Scotts has a pedigree in bespoke timber-framed buildings which made them our preferred choice. They have worked flexibly to deliver a design solution which enhances our school and blends the new building perfectly within the boundary of our listed school grounds.”

Building work on the 140m² building and external canopies lasted 20 weeks. Scotts’ in-house architect, Bryn Lee said: “We worked closely with the school to meet their brief, as sustainability and appearance were important.

“We had to work within a restricted time frame during the school holidays. However, our turnkey approach, in which we design, manufacture, engineer and install the building, meant that we could tailor the build programme to suit.”

Scotts of Thrapston has been manufacturing and distributing high quality timber products for 99 years and has been constructing bespoke award-winning educational buildings for many years. For more information visit www.scottsofthrapston.co.uk.

Register to Vote – Annual Canvass Reminder

All East Northamptonshire residents have been sent a form checking who is registered to vote at their address.


The Household Enquiry Form (HEF) will come from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) and is sent to every home across the district. It’s addressed to the occupier and will contain the details of all those in the household who are registered to vote. Residents are being asked to confirm that these details are correct.


Confirming details are correct takes less than five minutes and can be done via text, telephone or post. But the quickest and easiest way to confirm or update your household’s details is to visit: www.householdresponse.com/eastnorthants


If the details on the form are wrong, for example, someone has moved away or moved in, you need to let ENC know by either going online or completing the form and returning it by post in the pre-paid envelope. The envelope will be addressed to a London address, rather than East Northamptonshire Council.


The HEF is vital for local authorities to keep their electoral registers up-to-date, but not providing correct details could affect you too. Not being registered can affect your applications for loans, mortgages and even mobile phone contracts. You will also lose the right to have your say at the ballot box.


The information requested on the HEF is required by law and not responding or providing false information on the form can result in a £1000 fine.


A canvasser will visit the homes of residents who do not reply to collect the information on your doorstep during August.


Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said: “Residents should not ignore the form when it lands on their doormat, as the annual canvass is an essential part of local democracy. So avoid a knock on the door when you are settling down in front of the TV and complete your HEF straightaway – it’ll take less than five minutes.”


For more information about the electoral register visit www.gov.uk/electoral-register/overview

New Group will Help Corby to be Dementia-Friendly

Corby businesses can learn how to become more dementia friendly and inclusive thanks to  the support of a new steering group.


Launched last week, the Corby Dementia Community Steering Group is the brainchild of solicitor Isobel Mann, a wills, trusts and probate specialist at local law firm Bray & Bray.


Working with Isobel in the new group are representatives from Dementia UK, Corby Neighbourhood Policing, Northamptonshire Carers, The Core at Corby Cube, Made in Corby, Home Instead, Lakelands Hospice and Northamptonshire author, Cassandra Farren, who recently published her book ‘I’ve Lost My Mum’, which is an account of her journey with her mum’s dementia.


“The group has been created with the specific aim of enabling local people with dementia to live well in Corby and continue doing the everyday things that we take for granted,” explains Isobel, a specialist in elderly client law, regional director for Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) for the East Midlands region and a fully accredited member of STEP.


“According to the Alzheimer’s Society, two-thirds of people with dementia still live in the community and 10 percent of those go out less than once a month.


“Whilst there are several events in Corby about dementia and for people living with the disease, I believe more cohesion between them would really boost their benefit for the local community, and enable Corby to become a truly dementia-friendly community. So the idea of a steering group was born, and the Corby Dementia Community Steering Group quickly took shape and launched last week.”


Isobel hosted an event to mark the group’s official launch at Bray & Bray’s offices at the Corby Enterprise Centre, with representatives from the other local organisations already involved amongst the guests.

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Isobel Mann

Isobel is keen for the group to continue to grow by bringing together as many local organisations as possible, as she explains: “A dementia-friendly community is classed as a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, so I am hoping more local organisations will join the group so that together we can help Corby become a genuinely dementia-friendly community.


“Though there are services working to support people with dementia in Northamptonshire, much more needs to be done, particularly in Corby, to ensure everyone shares responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel valued and able to contribute to their community,” she says.


“With the right support and adjustments, many people with dementia can stay independent and continue to contribute to their community, as proved by the Channel 4 series, The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, which follows the UK’s first ever restaurant staffed by people living with dementia.”


Commenting on the group, Cassandra Farren said: “Having cared for my mum, who has advanced Alzheimer’s, I have seen first hand how challenging dementia can be. It is imperative that anyone who is living with dementia continues to feel supported, respected and understood.  I believe setting up dementia friendly communities will help towards achieving this.”


Isobel adds: “The private client team at Bray & Bray is passionate about supporting people living with dementia, with many of us being Dementia Friends or Dementia Champions. The steering group will enable us to further enhance and tailor our service offering to clients and families affected by dementia and enable us to signpost people to the right services where needed.”


The Group’s next meeting is at Bray & Bray’s offices, Corby Enterprise Centre on Wednesday 7 August.


“The event will be a chance for everyone to share what they are doing to be dementia-friendly, and offer some guidance on the steps to take to be awarded dementia-friendly certification,” explains Isobel. “We will also decide on two specific community projects for the year.”


Other organisations involved in the new group include Gardner Webb Accounting, Telford Mann Pensions & Investments, Age Care Advice and The Care Advice Centre.


Any organisations wishing to attend or find out more should contact Isobel Mann: ijmann@braybray.co.uk