East Northants to be Transformed into a Giant Game this Spring

People that live, work and play in East Northants are being invited to join in with the district’s largest game this spring.

Thousands of residents will compete to see if their school, community group or workplace can walk, run, scoot, or cycle the furthest by entering the free ‘Beat the Street’ challenge that will take place from 27 March to 8 May.


More than 50 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear from Rushden to Thrapston. Players tap the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team – the more Beat Boxes people swipe during a journey, the more points they earn.


Schools and community groups will be competing against each other to see if they can travel the furthest, climb the leaderboards and win prizes including sports, crafts and book vouchers.


Families are encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams by emailing team.eastnorthants@beatthestreet.me.


In addition to the leaderboard prizes, registered players can also win weekly ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including vouchers and experience days.


Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by The National Lottery on behalf of Sport England, and East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Freedom Leisure, which manage leisure facilities across the district on behalf of the council.


Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Wendy Brackenbury, said:

“We are excited to be bringing Beat the Street to East Northamptonshire and we look forward to seeing how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the challenge.

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“People of all ages and abilities are able to get involved in Beat the Street – it’s completely free to play and is a great opportunity to go outdoors, spend time with your friends and family and get moving. Watch out for Beat Boxes appearing on a street near you!”

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James MacWilliam, Chair of the Trustee of East Northants Cultural Trust which worked with the council to manage their leisure facilities for thirteen years, said: “We are particularly pleased to be able provide funding towards the ‘Beat the Street’ event which engages with so many local primary schools in such an innovative and fun way. The drive to get youngsters out and enjoying exercise is a brilliant initiative and we wish it long and vigorous success!”


Want to find out more about Beat the Street? Visit www.beatthestreet.me/eastnorthants for more information.

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Do you Struggle with Sleep?

 Who struggles to sleep?

The new Sweet Dreams Package from AmbaScarlett Holistic Healing can help. Appointments to be booked in the evening in a quiet and peaceful home salon.  The package comprises;

  • A deep skin cleanse to remove all the dirt and stress if the day
  • Vitamin enriched  toner to balance your skin’s pH
  • Next there is a soothing lavender and frankincense specially blended oil for a head, shoulder and face massage
  • Next comes facial acupressure with a serum suited to your skin type.
  • Box breathing exercises will be practiced during each treatment and mind clearing.

You will be sent home ready for bed with a sleep balm and pillow spray to use.  All this with the addition of Reiki throughout the treatment means total relaxation and a good night’s sleep.

The Sweet Dreams package is £80. This includes two x 45 minute long treatments ( to be taken a week apart) and your sleep related items to take home.

For more information:

AmbaScarlett Holistic Healing

Telephone: 07799 627789

Email: helen@aspengirl.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ambscarlett


Go to the Arc – Retreat in Elton

The Arc Cabin (holiday let with a difference) and the Arc Hub (venue for crafts, yoga, cooking and all sorts of day long and half day classes and groups) are situated in Elton, on the banks of the River Nene.

The Arc Cabin sleeps 4,a double and twin rooms. It has amazing views, a log fire, outside fire pit and loads of books to curl up with. No TV too which is so refreshing!

Contact them here https://www.facebook.com/arccabin/

View fom lounge across River Nene

View fom lounge across River Nene

Bathroom with a view

Bathroom with a view

Mezzanine - Arc Cabin

Mezzanine – Arc Cabin

Double bed

Kitchen - Arc Cabin

Kitchen – Arc Cabin

Lounge area

Lounge area

Boxer Braces Himself to Knock-out Childhood Cancer

A man from Wellingborough has vowed to knock cancer out for the count as he prepares to take part in the fight for his son’s life.

Floyd Gent, from Gleneagles, has signed up to take part in a charity boxing match to raise funds for Niamh’s Next Step

Floyd Gent, from Gleneagles, has signed up to take part in a charity boxing match to raise funds for Niamh’s Next Step

Floyd Gent, from Gleneagles, has signed up to take part in a charity boxing match to raise funds for Niamh’s Next Step (NNS), set up to raise awareness of a rare type of child cancer called neuroblastoma.


The 38-year-old has started training for the Fighting Fit Boxing Challenge, a 26-week intensive training programme that culminates in a fight in front of more than 500 people.


Floyd said: “I’m doing this for my little boy Gerry, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma aged just seven months, although he started showing signs of being poorly from just nine weeks.


“For most of his little life he’s been sick and it’s been devastating to watch what he’s had to contend with. He’s just a normal little boy, who loves climbing and Paw Patrol, but at his worst, we just didn’t know what the long-term outcome would be for him.”


After an operation on his stomach to remove a tumour and further treatment, Gerry seems better and regular scans show he remains cancer free.


He is now two-and-a-half and doctors say, providing his scans remain clear, he will officially be in remission once he turns five.


Floyd added: “My wife Danielle has nursed him every step of the way and looks after him every single day. I couldn’t have got through this without her and this fight is just as much for her, as it is for Gerry. I’ve already started an intense cardio and weight programme as I want to be as fit as I can when I get into that ring.”


Floyd turned to NNS shortly after Gerry’s diagnosis. NNS, based in Wellingborough, was set up in 2013 by Chris and Samantha Curry, following the death of their five-year-old daughter Niamh, who had also suffered from neuroblastoma.


Chris said: “I first met Floyd and his family shortly after Gerry’s diagnosis and we’ve supported them as much as we could through their journey. I’m over the moon that Gerry is doing so much better and that Floyd has already thrown his heart and soul into training.


“We felt a boxing match was quite apt because, although this condition is rare, there are children out there who are fighting for their lives.


“We wanted to find an activity that not only helps raise awareness, but also shows that together, we can pack a powerful punch. All money raised will go towards  vital neuroblastoma projects that NNS funds.”


James Wright is a trustee of NNS and is also coaching all 24 men who have signed up to take part.


He said: “I’ve been training with the guys twice a week and giving them advice on nutrition. The commitment I’m seeing from these guys is admirable and I’m in no doubt they’ll all shine on the night.”


The Fighting Fit Boxing Challenge is taking place on Friday, May 10 at Northampton’s Deco theatre.


Around 100 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year in the UK, of which only around 30 per cent will survive. There is currently no government or NHS funding into the research of neuroblastoma in the UK.


NNS exists to raise money and awareness of neuroblastoma while offering help, support and advice to children and families affected by the condition.



Council Tax Increase of £5 a Year

At its budget meeting on 4 March 2019, East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) agreed to increase its share of Council Tax for 2019-20 which would add £5 per year to an average households’ Council Tax bill. This will help protect vital services, keep ENC on a sound financial footing and contribute to the preparation work for the proposed North Northants unitary authority.


The council takes only around 8p in every pound of the total Council Tax collected, with the rest of the money going to Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner and town and parish councils. Only 8% of what is collected goes to ENC to run the services for which they are responsible.


Cllr Steven North, Leader of ENC, said:


“East Northamptonshire Council is working hard to deliver good services for residents while keeping them affordable; our district council services cost households less than a cup of coffee per week.


“Through sensible financial planning and improving efficiency of our services and back-office teams, we have managed to avoid making cuts to services that our residents need and value.


“However, the financial climate in which local government operates continues to be challenging and because we want to continue to invest in our communities, we propose a very small increase, which for a Band D property works out over the year at £5; we think that represents good value for money.”


Come and Try your Hand at Tree Planting and Seed Bombing

Residents across the district are invited to join East Northamptonshire Council for a day of seed-bombing, litter-picking and tree planting to help make the Greenway a route for walkers, cyclists and wildlife to enjoy.


On Saturday 9 March between 10am and 3pm, family and friends of the Greenway will be seed-bombing to plant flowers along the verges and planting trees to encourage wildlife to make this area their home.


Volunteers will also be collecting rubbish and debris to ensure that the Greenway is litter free and is an area that everyone can explore.


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said:

“The Greenway is an area that is enjoyed everyday by people that want to get out and explore the green spaces our district has to offer. This event will provide an opportunity for residents to come together and try out seed-bombing for the first time or try their hand at planting a tree along this popular route.


“I would encourage everyone to bring their friends, children and dogs and pick up a spade or litter-pick and join us for this event and help make the Greenway a more attractive space for everyone to enjoy.”


Cllr Sarah Peacock, said: “This is part of a long-term Out to Water Into History Heritage Lottery Funded project to form a link between Rushden Town and the surrounding countryside. I would encourage anyone who spends time discovering this area to come and find out more about the friends of the Greenway, and how they get involved.”


Morrisons will be providing fruit and refreshments for all volunteers.


If you’d like to come along simply meet outside Dovehouse Motors on Crown Park just before 10am. For more information please contact Lucy Hawes, Community Development Officer at ENC on: lhawes@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk / 01832 742268.


Get Spicy in March like Hawkwell Herbs

Go Spicy for March!

If February has not already got you in the mood for some heat in the sun – as well as in your food – then let us hope March will do so!  These Spring months are always changeable weather-wise, and spicy food can be used to cool us down or heat us up. This month therefore we are going to  Go Spicy, whatever the weather.hawkwell herbs march

This month, we are going to make – Spicy Chicken with Broad Leaf Thyme.  Thymes come in many flavours and Broad Leaf Thyme is the spiciest of the spiciest!  Just use a little to start with until you decide how spicy you like it.

What do you need? – for 4 people:

2 chicken fillets (skinless); about 3 tablespoons of oil of your choice; 4 tomatoes for garnish; about 6 large-ish mushrooms, half an onion, and about a tablespoon of finely chopped Broad Leaf Thyme.

How do you make it?

Sweat the onions (keep them moving, do not burn them) in the oil. THINLY slice the chicken (you are going to fry this dish quickly and the chicken needs to be cooked through) and then add that to the pan with the onions. Make sure the chicken is cooked through, then add your mushrooms, thinly sliced or chopped small. Cook those for a while (keep it all stirred and moving). Then add your chopped Thyme.  Turn the heat down and let it slowly all blend together as it cooks – stir it occasionally to stop it catching. You could add a little more oil or even water if catches in the pan at this stage.

Serve it wrapped in a large lettuce leaf, on rice, on top of veggies – whatever suits you.


Did you know:

Herbs are the leaves. Spices are the seeds.  A Herb often ‘becomes’ a spice. Coriander leaves. Coriander seeds. From the same plant if you let the flowers develop.

However, some Herbs have that spicy flavour in their leaves and this month’s herbs are all like that.   You can find them listed here: http://hawkwellherbs.co.uk/herb-of-the-month  and you can buy them at the Farmers’ Markets here during March: http://hawkwellherbs.co.uk/how-to-buy


My question for you

Which is your favourite Herb which turns into a Spice?

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Where can you find Hawkwell Herbs this month?

Saturday 2nd March – Thrapston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 3rd March  – Olney Farmers’ Market

Saturday 9th March  – Oundle Farmers’ Market

PLUS Sara delivers herbs in ‘HerbBella the Van’ to Loyalty Card customers on Mondays and Fridays to keep everybody topped up in between markets.


Northamptonshire Community Foundation Makes Progress in Tackling the County’s Hidden Needs

Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF) is making progress in tackling the highlighted priority needs in the county, as revealed by their first Hidden Needs report.

The report, commissioned by NCF and researched by the University of Northampton’s Institute for Social Innovation and Impact, launched in March last year and revealed several notable social inequalities, particularly relating to health and wellbeing; and education and skills.

Victoria Miles Holding Hidden Needs Report

Victoria Miles Holding Hidden Needs Report

Since the launch of the report, NCF has worked with a range of partners, fund holders and donors to help address the social issues that need the most urgent attention across Northamptonshire.

On Wednesday 27 February, NCF presented an updated report at Northampton Filmhouse, showcasing how the Foundation has been working to tackle the priority needs within the county. Introduced by Victoria Miles DL, CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, guests were invited to hear from a range of speakers to learn more about the needs of our communities and the progress that has been made over the past year.

Rachel McGrath, Deputy CEO of NCF said: “We commissioned the Hidden Needs report to highlight urgent and priority needs across Northamptonshire. Since the launch of the report, we have raised public awareness, tackled some of those needs through the funding we manage on behalf of donors and encouraged wider debate and discussion. We have had feedback that groups have also used the report as evidence to lever funding from sources outside of the Foundation. We look forward to sharing  progress made with our partners and donors and will continue to engage with them in how to best address the most pressing needs in our communities.”

The full Hidden Needs report can be found online at http://www.ncf.uk.com/about-us/hiddenneeds.

In association with Northamptonshire Community Foundation. To find out more about the fantastic work of NCF visit www.ncf.uk.com or call 01604 230033.

Bleeding Gums – Why it is Important to See the Hygienist

Bleeding gums is often the first sign of gum disease and should not be ignored. Gum disease is a very common condition with up to 9 in 10 people having some form of it even in the smallest amounts.
Gingivitis is the first stage, this is inflammation of your gums (see picture 2). This is caused by build-up of bacteria on the teeth and gums from the food we consume, called plaque. If this is not removed regularly by a good oral hygiene routine it can start to cause gum inflammation (bleeding). This stage is completely reversible and the gums can regain health with intervention of a dental hygienist and correct oral hygiene routine being implemented of brushing and cleaning in-between our teeth regularly.

red gums
However if gingivitis is left untreated over many years it can progress in some individuals to periodontitis. This is were the bone surrounding and supporting the tooth can start to be lost. The gums at this stage may start to pull away from the tooth creating a pocket (see picture 3) which will allow more plaque to trap and stagnate which you may not be able to remove with a toothbrush. Overtime this plaque can harden to become tartar (calculus) which is necessary to be removed by a dental hygienist as a toothbrush alone will not be able to. At this stage discomfort in the gums may be noticeable.

If this stage is left untreated, periodontitis will become more advanced (see picture 4) as more plaque and calculus will accumulate under the gum level due to deeper pockets forming from long term inflammation and gradual further bone loss. You may also start to notice increased sensitivity as gums will also be receding as the bone is being lost exposing the root surface. The end result of all this can be tooth mobility and eventually tooth loss.
Fortunately, gum disease is a dental disease which is completely preventable. This is achieved by keeping up a good oral hygiene regime and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups alongside cleans and oral hygiene education being provided by the dental hygienist.
Our job as dental professionals is to help support and guide you to enable you to perform a good oral hygiene regime that is sustainable and can be managed on a daily basis by yourselves at home to keep a nice healthy mouth (see picture 1). This will help prevent any gum disease from occurring for individuals who currently do not have any signs, while also halting the gum disease progression for anyone that currently has it to regain dental health.
You would not ignore a bleeding eye so do not ignore bleeding gums.
Emily is our hygienist at Chancery dental. She would be very happy to help you improve your gum health.
Contact us at Chancery dental on 01832 733093, we are always happy to help.

New Locality Connectors for Your Area

Richard Poole and Tonya Kingham, would like to introduce themselves and the new role as Locality Connectors for your area. Tonya covers the area of Wellingborough and Rushden while Richard concentrates on Corby and Oundle. There are six of us who cover the whole of Northamptonshire. Locality Connectors are people who connect vulnerable children, young people and their families in their local community with activities and organisations that can help improve their quality of life and well-being.
They provide information, insight and guidance to the Children First Northamptonshire teams on what services, groups, networks and activities are available locally and across the county, which may assist children, young people and families in maintaining independent lives. This could also help prevent their circumstances deteriorating any further in the future, to a point where they may need a higher level of support.
They will also aim to support and assist community groups and networks to develop new activities and/or maintain existing activities through a variety of means such as brokering and negotiating support from partner organisations and agencies.
Please feel free to contact them for more information at or if you would like them to arrange a visit tkingham@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk Tel: 07920 361820 or rpoole@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk Tel: 07920361818