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Adrian Teal – The new face(s) on Thrapston High Street

Last week, we went to visit the little offices above Bletsoes as we knew that someone new was in town.

It’s great to have a new business here, and another empty premises filled up, take a look and see who we have welcomed into town…Jeremy Clarkson thrapston

Adrian Teal is a caricaturist, cartoonist, illustrator and author, with clients around the world. He has been fully freelance since 1996, with a studio in the centre of Northampton. He is head of 3D celebrity caricature design on the award-winning ITV show Big Heads, which first aired on ITV1 in April, 2017.

Adrian’s articles on history have appeared in The Lancet, and History Today. His freelance illustration clients have included the band Madness, Mercedes Benz, UBS, the comedy club Jongleurs, and Anglia TV. He has produced illustrations and political cartoons for national and international publications such as The Sunday Telegraph, Penthouse, The Scotsman, The Times, The Guardian, Time Out, The Sun, and The Daily Mail. In addition, he has drawn regular cartoons for History Today and has written about eighteenth-century satire for that magazine.

Mr Spock thrapstonAs a child, Adrian was tutored at British TV’s Spitting Image Workshop. Spitting Image’s producer was the multi-award-winning John Lloyd, best known for his work on such iconic comedy shows as Not the Nine O’Clock News, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Blackadder, and QI. One of Adrian’s proudest moments was co-writing material with John for the QI Annuals. Adrian has produced a cover and written/illustrated historical spreads for the QI books. He has illustrated for QI merchandise and marketing material as well as for the TV show itself.

Adrian helped with the launch of publishing house Unbound by writing and illustrating his first book, The Gin Lane Gazette, a compendium of bawdy, scandalous, true stories from a fictional 18th-century newspaper, published in 2012. He has spoken at events and venues such as the Hay and the Chiswick literary festivals; Oxford University; and London institutions Dr. Johnson’s House, Benjamin Franklin House, Handel House, and Bart’s Pathology Museum. He has also been a contestant in the internationally renowned ArtPrize competition in the USA, in which he entered a six-by-eight-foot caricature painting about the history of America’s most famous emblems.

In relation to his caricature work, Adrian has appeared on several British TV channels such as BBC1, Channel 5, and Sky One, and he has been an interviewee on BBC Radio 4 and BBC local radio. He contributes illustrations and material to Dr Lindsey Fitzharris’s YouTube series Under the Knife, which takes a humorous look at our medical past by combining traditional documentary with CG animation and artwork. At the time of writing, the channel has had 234,000 views and already has 18,000 subscribers.

Adrian is currently planning an exhibition of his work for the end of 2019.Daniel Craig adrian teal

Adrian is available for local work and private pictures, so this could be rather a cool idea for a Christmas present!

Thrapston is fast becoming quite an arty place!

For More Information

Adrian Teal

www.adrianteal.com

Tel: 01604 234878 Mob: 07885 021217

email: adrian@tealcartoons.co.uk

 

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Police Officers Issue Warning Following Handbag Thefts

Police officers in Northamptonshire are issuing a warning to people across the county about a recent spate of handbag and purse thefts.

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The incidents have taken place in Northampton, Kettering and Corby and have happened mostly in supermarkets with the criminals mainly targeting elderly women.

 

Paul Golley, Crime Prevention Team Leader, said: “It takes a real low-life to follow elderly people around a supermarket, waiting for the right moment to steal their handbag or purse.

 

“Unfortunately these people do exist and they often use distraction techniques to get what they want. This can involve bumping into victims – something that causes them to be flustered and unaware someone has stolen from them. Or it can involve working in pairs with one person distracting the victim while the other steals from them.

 

“It’s worth making sure you read the tips below in order to best prevent yourself from becoming a victim and making sure any elderly people in your life are aware of these tips as well.”

  • Attach a bell to your handbag so you can hear if it is moved.
  • Beware of pickpockets.
  • Never hang your handbag on pushchairs or shopping trolleys.
  • Keep your bag firmly closed and on your person at all times.
  • Wear shoulder bags with the flap against your body.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Only keep items in your bag that you need for that occasion.
  • Remember thieves can use cards to make contactless purchases.
  • Do not store your pin number in your handbag or purse.
  • If your purse is stolen, report the loss of your cards immediately to the card issuers.
  • Protect your pin when withdrawing cash from an ATM.

An Interview with Page Owner & Healer – Helen Dawson

nene local editorI’m Helen and I run Nene Local Magazine – affiliated to the ‘Welcome to’ pages on Facebook such as Welcome to Thrapston.  As most of you know, Nene Local supports the local community, running stories of local interest, charity events, lost and found and more, I offer businesses the chance to advertise on the site and pages which finances the magazine.

However, I do have a bit of a ‘double life’.  No, I don’t wear a cape and fight crime but I do run a separate business that you might be interested in learning about…

So here I am, interviewing myself!!

What is your other business Helen?

I run AmbaScarlett Holistic Healing and Animal Healing

This seems very different to running a magazine, how did this all come about?

Well, I am still hugely passionate about local issues so wanted to continue the magazine, but I trained in Reiki and Reflexology around 14 years ago and felt a growing desire to start using these skills again.

Where do you run your business?

I have a room in Islip that I work from each Monday and I am mobile in and around the Thrapston area the rest of the week.  I didn’t want to work from my home as I have a dog and not everyone likes dogs.  I also wanted to help people who perhaps could not get out and about much or didn’t want to leave home come for an appointment, but equally I wanted a tranquil room for some of the time for those people who might have lively pets, children, live in parents etc who just wanted to relax and have a little ‘me time’ away from everything.  I enjoy offering the best of both!

What treatments do you do?

I offer Reiki and Reflexology and a few variants from those.  Reiki is a Japanese energy healing system, where the client is fully clothed and relaxing on my recliner, I place my hands upon them in various positions and the healing energy flows through me.  I always say to people, just give it a go!  Even the most sceptical person feels something – often a very deep relaxation.  Reiki can be suitable for emotional issues such as anxiety and depression but also physical issues too.helen dawson healer

Reflexology is where I massage and apply pressure to certain pressure points on your feet which in theory are related to points around your body, to promote healing and feelings of well-being.helen dawson healer

I also offer reiki healing to animals.  I am happy to discuss any of these before someone commits to a treatment.

There are other treatments in the pipeline too so keep up to date by liking www.facebook.com/ambascarlett

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What is Animal Reiki?

Depending on who you ask, the answers may be different as it is quite a personal treatment to give (and receive).  For me, I invite the animal to my Reiki space, either using thoughts or words, and the animal either agrees and accepts treatment or refuses – both of which are fine.  The Reiki treatment is a meeting of hearts, reiki healing is sent from the practitioner (me) to the animal through my hands and heart.  Animals will let me know where they want the Reiki and move their bodies to show me.  It never ceases to delight me when I see an animal totally relax into the treatment, as when relaxation occurs then the body can begin to heal itself.  Owners are often amazed to see their animal’s reaction.

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How are you different to other salons or therapists?

I consider myself a healer or mender rather than a therapist.  I often get told “I’ve had reflexology/reiki before but never like this!”  It is something, I feel I was born to do rather than trained to do – although, of course I am fully trained, registered and insured!helen dawson healer

I also feel my life leading up to this point helps me empathise with people, there is no problem or issue someone can talk about that will shock or surprise me, and I make a safe and comfortable space for people to just sit and chat if they wish.

So, do you have time for hobbies?

Self-care, particularly as a therapist, is hugely important. I enjoy meditation and mindfulness, which is interlinked with what I do, and I practice yoga at least once a week.  Being able to take myself off into the local area walking my dog is very important to me, it helps me shed the day, let go of everyone’s separate issues and gives me time to ground myself.  I often find my best ideas pop up during a dog walk as my head is ‘in the moment’ and not busy thinking about day to day things.  We have a family boat on the River Great Ouse and we love the peace and tranquillity of a boating holiday around the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk areas.  I love to paint stones too, it’s a very therapeutic hobby!helen dawson healer

For more information

Helen Dawson

AmbaScarlett Holistic Healing   www.facebook.com/ambascarlett

AmbaScarlett Animal Healing www.facebook.com/thrapstonanimalhealer

Email: helen@aspengirl.co.uk

Tel: 07799 627789

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Business Community Unites to “Ignite Christmas Cheer”

Members of Wellingborough’s business community have joined together to reward visitors to the town and “ignite Christmas cheer.”

One lucky person will win this Dacia Sandero in the Wellingborough BID Golden Ticket promotion

Beginning on November 19th visitors who spend £10 or more in participating stores will be awarded a scratch card for the chance to win thousands of prizes donated by those businesses taking part. Those lucky enough to receive a golden ticket will be entered into a grand prize draw to win a Dacia Sandero worth £7,780.

 

The promotion has been organised by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by local businesses through its Discover Wellingborough campaign to attract more people to the town centre.

 

Launched ahead of the Wellingborough Christmas Lights switch-on, taking place on Saturday, November 24th from 5:30pm in the town centre, it is hoped both events will help to reinvigorate the town.

 

Together local acts will entertain the crowds before the big switch-on by the town’s mayor, Cllr Malcolm Ward.

 

John Cable, Executive Director of the BID, said: “Christmas is a magical time of year but it can also be an expensive time, so to add to the festive excitement and make the shopping experience a little more enjoyable, all members of the Business Improvement District have joined forces to reward shoppers and ignite Christmas cheer.

 

“Not only can visitors to the town be guaranteed free parking and an excellent choice of independent shops and restaurants, they also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes including a fantastic new car – Christmas is going to be very good for one lucky person.”

 

Those lucky enough to receive a golden ticket will be invited to attend a prize draw on Thursday, 20 December at 6:30pm in the Swansgate Shopping Centre where the winner of the Dacia Sandero, What Car? magazine’s best small car under £12,000 for the last six years, will be announced.

 

All members of the Business Improvement District are invited to join in.

Already planning next year’s events calendar, local businesses are always encouraged to get involved and should get in touch with the BID office if they would like to participate in future town centre events.

 

 

Have Your Say on Services Provided by East Northamptonshire Council

Residents can now give their views on how they think the council is performing via the annual council survey.

 

It’s an opportunity for residents to give their feedback on public services in the district and where they feel improvements could be made.

 

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “With further reductions in external funding predicted for the next few years, views from across the district will help to shape services and how money is spent so we urge residents to take part in the survey so all views can be considered.”

 

The short survey is available until 16 December 2018 on the council’s website at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/residentssurvey  Paper copies are also available at council offices and on request on 01832 742265.

 

For more information on this press release email communications@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 01832 742217.

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Become a School Governer

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL BY BECOMING A GOVERNOR

A campaign has been launched by the East Midlands Academy Trust to recruit new governors who want to support their local school.

Governors play a vital role by acting as ambassadors for their school, while challenging and supporting the headteacher and wider team. In return, governors gain skills that can be transferred to the workplace and have a chance to give back to their community.ff

There are a number of vacancies at the trust’s schools across Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, including Stimpson Avenue Academy and Castle Academy in Northampton.

Andrew Davis, who was a governor with the trust at Prince William School in Oundle and is now a trustee on the board, said: “For me, it is about helping our schools to realise their true potential. I like to professionally challenge and question the decisions of the senior leadership team, the trust board, their data and their thinking with the ultimate goal of helping the school to improve.

“The reward has been own my personal growth and being able to take these experiences and learning and apply them in my own day to day work. I also take a sense of pride that I use my own time to give something back to the community that I live in.”

School governors are required to attend around seven meetings a year and their roles is to help to evaluate how the school and its pupils are performing. Governors receive full support and training

Carole Kirby, head of governance at the East Midlands Academy Trust, said: “Volunteering as a school governor can be a hugely rewarding thing to do. Not only do you get the chance to give something back to your local community, you’ll also learn a range of useful skills that you can carry into other areas of your life including work.

“We’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds and would particularly like to hear from those with experience in data analysis, finance, HR, special educational needs and project and estates management.

“However, we would also love to hear from laypeople who bring their life experience and a commitment to improving outcomes for our pupils.”

Applications are particularly encouraged from people from black, Asian, and minority ethnic groups, people with a disability and younger people, who are all currently underrepresented on school governing bodies across the country.

To find out more about becoming a school governor, visit the website www.eastmidlandsacademytrust.co.uk to download an information pack.

Find out More About Rural Policing with Free Message Alert System

Northamptonshire Police is encouraging rural residents and business owners to sign up to a free messaging system to keep them up to date with crime and police activity in their local area.

Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert (formerly known as Community Connect) allows people to sign up for information tailored to where they live and work, as well as any specialist areas of interest such as farming, Countryside Watch and 4×4 vehicles.

The system allows frontline police officers to send messages direct from their mobile devices, sharing appeals for help, information about suspicious activity, crime prevention advice, events and more while out policing the county.

Neighbourhood Alert messages can be received by email, text message or voice message. People can also choose what they want to receive alerts about, and how often, and will only receive messages about topics they have selected.

Signing up is simple, quick and free, and the alert system is completely secure. To register visit www.Northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk.

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Local Communities Celebrate Opening of New Public Facilities

Residents in Irthlingborough and Barnwell can now enjoy more opportunities to take part in physical activity and recreational play following the opening of new public facilities, after receiving support from East Northamptonshire Council’s Community Facilities Fund project.

 

Families will be able to enjoy hours of fun at the brand new children’s playground in Barnwell, within the garden of the Montagu Arms. The play area was officially opened by the Chairman of ENC, Cllr Wendy Brackenbury and Leader of ENC, Cllr Steven North with representatives from Barnwell Parish Council on Thursday 11 October. Barnwell Parish Council successfully secured funding from the Community Facilities Fund to deliver the brand new play area for local residents and visitors to enjoy.

 

A new outdoor gym opened at Irthlingborough Central Recreation Ground on Monday, 15 October following Irthlingborough Town Council receiving funding from the Community Facilities Fund. Designed with inclusivity at the heart, the new equipment is accessible for all ages and abilities and provides residents with the opportunity to get active, no matter the weather. ENC’s leisure partners, Freedom Leisure will be delivering free gym buddy sessions every Monday between 10am and 11am.

 

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said:

“The Community Facilities Fund provides local communities with the opportunity to benefit from improved public facilities and I was honoured to join Wendy, fellow councillors and other community leaders to open and see these projects first-hand. I hope that residents of Barnwell and Irthlingborough will enjoy their new facilities for years to come.”

 

The Community Facilities Fund provides constituted community groups and organisations, town and parish councils in East Northamptonshire with funding up to £50,000. There must be a minimum of 25% match funding to be eligible to apply.

 

Applications are now closed. Please visit ENC’s website and social media pages to keep up to date on future application rounds. For more information visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/cff

 

A Visit to Loyalwill Canine Hydrotherapy Centre

We’ve just had a fabulous afternoon finding out more about a very new local business, Loyalwill Canine Hydrotherapy Centre based in Islip.

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There are a variety of sessions, all outlined on the website www.loyalwillcaninehydrotherapycentre.co.uk and prices start at £20.  Fun sessions are available to book and bespoke sessions for training purposes etc.

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Our afternoon began by being introduced to Flynn the labrador who had a poorly shoulder.  Owner Steph Wills, knew Flynn and had already done her consultation with him and gained vet consent.  This was Flynn’s third session so he knew what to expect.

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Firstly he got his harness on, with large handle so Steph can guide him and also ‘rescue’ if he gets into any difficulty.  Then Flynn had a warm shower. Then into the pool.

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Steph has a firm but gentle nature which you can see the dogs respond to, Flynn was gently worked for about 45 minutes, exercising his shoulder and also having gentle rubs in the warm water.  Steph timed each swim so he was not over exerted and took his pulse regularly too.

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There are side windows in the pool for a second person to video or watch through to check the dogs motabilty and to ensure each side is using the same effort, and to see if there seems to be any abnormality or injury.

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After completing his session, Flynn was again showered and then dried off.  Loyalwill sell Dog & Field Drying coats for the dogs to wear on the hourney home, or clients can bring their own towels.loyalwill canine hydrotherapy centre

Although Flynn was very tired he seemed to thoroughly enjoy his session at Loyalwill Canine Hydrotherapy Centre.  His loyalty card was stamped ready for next time!

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For more information

Steph Wills – Loyalwill Canine Hydrotherapy Centre

36 Lowick Road, Islip, Kettering, Northamptonshire

Tel: 07491 693310

Email: enquiries@loyalwillcaninehydrotherapycentre.co.uk

Website: www.loyalwillcaninehydrotherapycentre.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/loyalwill

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The Animal Licensing Law has Changed

New legislation will came into effect on 1 October, overhauling current animal licencing laws. Changes impact how residents and local businesses buy and sell pets, use day care or animal boarding services and keep and train animals for exhibitions.

Anyone selling pets, and dog breeders operating as a business or breeding more than three litters a year, needs to apply for a licence from the council.

Adverts selling pets must now include:

  • The licence number
  • Name of local authority issuing the licence
  • Photograph and age of pet
  • County of origin and residence of pet

If you’re looking to buy a pet, it is important that you look out for these things to make sure that the person selling is doing so legitimately to ensure animal welfare.

The change in legislation requires anyone offering day care or home-boarding to apply for a licence from the council.  Before using these services, residents are asked to be mindful and make sure that anyone providing these services holds the correct licence.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “The changes in animal licensing laws will help to further protect animal welfare, and ensure that anyone selling and breeding pets or offering home-boarding services is responsible when caring for animals. I would urge anyone who is unsure about how these changes might affect them to contact our licensing team, who will be more than happy to offer guidance and advice.”

If you previously registered a performing animal with Northamptonshire County Council, Trading Standards this registration will expire on 31st March 2019 and  you will need to apply for a licence from East Northamptonshire Council under the new requirements.

A new star rating has been rolled out for all animal activity licences, with ratings ranging from one to five, five being the maximum that can be achieved. This rating will be displayed on the licence.

To check whether a business holds the correct licence, or to apply for a licence, visit: www.northantslicensing.gov.uk or contact the licensing team: Central Licensing Administration Unit, East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Northamptonshire NN14 4LZ, Telephone: 01832 742102, Email: licensingunit@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk