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Peterborough Cathedral – Diary of Events

Cathedral Pancake Race

Tuesday 5th March
12.00 noon

 

Teams of four are invited to enter the 2019 Cathedral Pancake Race! Mascots are welcome too and there will be a special race for them.

 

Teams will run in relays, taking a route around the outside of the Cathedral whilst tossing a pancake. Come and have a go, or watch your friends and colleagues take up the challenge!

 

There will be a special short race for mascots in costume, so if your organisation has a mascot who would like to take part free of charge, please email info@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk.

 

Check out the teams’ relay route here – Pancake Race route.

 

It’s free to come and watch, so we hope lots of supporters will come to cheer on their team.

 

Tickets are £20 per team of four. Free entry for the Mascot Race. Sensible footwear is essential.

 

To enter, please complete and return this form – Pancake Race entry form.

 

http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/143/section.aspx/142/pancake19

 

 

Silent Disco

Friday 22nd March
7.00pm

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The Silent Disco is returning to the Cathedral, this time including a choral music channel alongside the usual favourites!
You know the drill by now – each person is given their own headset and the opportunity to truly get lost in music! Tickets will sell quickly, so don’t miss this fantastic family event.

 

Tickets are £7 per person (£5 per person for groups of ten or more). Book here or call 01733 452336 / 355315.

 

http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/143/section.aspx/142/silent_disco_0319

 

 

Handel ‘Dixit Dominus’ & Vivaldi ‘Gloria’

Saturday 23rd March
7.30pm

 

Come and witness a special programme from Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus, with Peterborough Choral Society, as they perform these baroque masterpieces.

 

The choirs will be joined by the musicians of Eboracum Baroque and the concert will be conducted by Tansy Castledine, the Cathedral’s Director of Music.

 

Tickets are £15 or £20 (under 18s half price). Book here or call 01733 452336 / 355315.

 

http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/143/section.aspx/142/handel

 

 

Holy Week and Easter

 

Palm Sunday – Sunday 14th April

10.30am: Procession of Psalms and Cathedral Eucharist

 

Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th April

5.30pm: Vespers
8.00pm: Compline and Address

 

Maundy Thursday – Thursday 18th April

10.30am: Eucharist for Maundy Thursday with Renewal of Ordination Vows and Blessing of Oils
5.30pm: Evening Prayer (said)
7.30pm: Sung Eucharist and Watch of the Passion until Midnight

 

Good Friday – Friday 19th April

7.30am: Morning Prayer
10.00am: Procession of Witness from Stanley Recreation Ground
12.00 noon to 2.00pm: Good Friday Meditations
2.00pm to 3.00pm: Service of the Passion of the Lord
5.30pm: Evening Prayer

 

Holy Saturday – Saturday 20th April

7.30am: Morning Prayer
3.30pm: Evening Prayer
8.00pm: The Easter Vigil, Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist of Easter

 

Easter Sunday – Sunday 21st April

8.00am: Holy Communion
9.15am: Choral Matins
10.30am: The Cathedral Eucharist
3.30pm: Festal Evensong and Procession

 

http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/143/section.aspx/142/hwe2019

 

The preacher during Holy Week will be the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, former Bishop of Leicester.

 

 

Mary, Queen of Scots: A Monologue by Lesley Smith

Friday 3rd May

7.30pm

 

Meet the tragic queen during her final imprisonment at Tutbury Castle, and share her hopes and fears as her dramatic tale approaches its bitter conclusion.

 

Mary, Queen of Scots was Queen of Scotland and France, and a dangerous claimant for the English throne. She was executed at Fotheringhay Castle and buried at the Cathedral in 1587, prior to her reburial at Westminster Abbey in 1612.

 

Lesley Smith is Curator of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire, where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner on four occasions. She has appeared in over 120 TV programmes and is well known for her entertaining and compelling costumed monologues.

Tickets are £10 per person (no children under 16). Book online here or call 01733 452336.

http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/143/section.aspx/142/mqs

 

 

Treasure for Treasure

Saturday 4th May

11am to 3pm

 

TV personality and auctioneer Charles Hanson, of Hansons Auctioneers, is coming to the Cathedral to take part in a rather unusual fundraiser.

 

People are invited to bring along any jewellery and antiques which have been unworn or unloved for years, which they would like to transform into treasure for the Cathedral and, if they wish, a parish church of their choice in the Peterborough Diocese.

 

Hansons will sell the items via one of their Specialist Auctions, with the Cathedral and the chosen churches each receiving half of the total proceeds.

 

You can also come along and meet Charles for valuation advice on other items, and make a donation for this service.

 

Lesley Smith, in character as Elizabeth I, will be present to chat to visitors of all ages and be available for photos.

 

More details of how to get involved will be coming soon.

 

http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/143/section.aspx/142/t4t

 

The New 21 Day Clean Reset – Lose the Weight You Hate

There are a few “21 Day Reset” Diets on the internet right now, but in my opinion they all contain questionable chemicals.  I don’t like to use things if I don’t know what’s in them and what exactly they will do to my body.  Taking drops and shakes of dubious origin is no longer for me.  After around a year of finding out about nutrition, toxins and clean eating I am a big advocate of knowing what’s going into and indeed onto my body.

Hence, I devised my “21 Day Clean Reset”

The science part….

There are different types of fat…

We have three types of fat in our body. The first is what we use for energy, which we obtain from our food.

If we are eating too many calories and not burning them off, we lay down fat as visceral fat, the 2nd type of fat. This is the dangerous fat which collects around our organs. It can be a contributing factor to heart disease and diabetes. It also makes our body produce extra hormones which can raise the risk of cancer and interfere with weight-loss. More about hormones later.  Visceral fat is extremely hard to lose and feels locked in.

We also have a 3rd type, which is structural fat. It’s underneath the skin, in our joints, and most importantly, in our lean muscle tissue. The heart is a lean muscle, so this is a fat that we don’t want to lose.  Unfortunately, it’s the structural fat that we do tend to lose on a traditional ‘diet’.

Oh no! You’ve slowed down your own metabolism…

Recent TV shows have shown that traditional weight-loss diets mean you burn the initial energy stores first, then the body turns to the structural fat to maintain the weight-loss.

Each time we lose structural fat, we slow our metabolism down, leading to us putting on weight again because we can no longer consume as many calories. We diet again, we lose more structural fat, leading to an even slower metabolism… This is how the yo-yo cycle begins.

People who do very low-calorie diets which consist of meal replacement soups and shakes can lose copious amounts of weight, but they lose the structural fat first, so end up with saggy skin. The weight goes back on quickly as they lose lean muscle tissue, which, slows the metabolism.

The Hormone Element

We’ve all seen on TV how our food (farmed animals mainly, but also sprayed crops) is now containing hormones, chemicals and all sorts of things which could potentially do us harm. It’s not just the food we eat, anything we put on our skin (from skin cream to having cleaning chemicals on our hands) also enters our blood stream – within 20 minutes of application.

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When our skin and bodies are burdened by cumulative toxic chemicals, it interferes with normal bodily functions and can lead to an array of problems, such as weakening our skin barrier and making us more susceptible to skin conditions. For example, the rate of eczema is rising sharply, with a 42% rise in diagnosis of the condition between 2001 and 2005.  Our delicate hormone balance is also affected, and this is what helps regulate our weight.

SOURCE: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2746851/

 

A study was done by UC Berkeley in California on 100 girls that tested positive for 4 of the most toxic cosmetic chemicals: phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone.  All these chemicals are found in make-up and skin care items.

 

The girls then only used products that were free from these toxic chemicals for just 3 days. Another body burden test was done after this time period to see if there was any difference, and they found significant drops in levels of the chemicals in the body, an average of a third, including parabens dropping by 45%.

SOURCE: Berkeley News: www.news.berkeley.edu/2016/03/07/cosmetics-chemicals
SOURCE: Environmental Health Perspectives: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5047791

A separate study conducted by the EWG on US teenage girls in 2008 found an average of 16 hormone altering cosmetic chemicals in their bodies – mainly chemicals that enter through the lips and eyes from toxic makeup.

SOURCE: EWG: www.ewg.org/research/teen-girls-body-burden-hormone-altering-cosmetics-chemicals#.Wm8I1Khl-Uk

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The good news is our bodies can become detoxified over time. We need to look at the product we eat, the products we use on our skin and the products we spray and use around our homes.  We have no influence over what is used in our communal spaces out in the world but much can be achieved by ridding our own environment of toxins.

My Story

Measurements

The scales said:                      11stone 7lbs (I needed to lose 2 stone) – I am 5’4″ tall.

The tape measure said:          Bust   37″  Waist   40″   Hips  45″

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Detoxing for 21 Days

My plan focuses on ridding my home of toxic chemicals, ridding my body of the same – such as nitrites in processed food.

There are currently 85,000 chemicals developed for the US personal care market, with more than 1,000 new ones being introduced each year. And according to an analysis by the (EWG), 80% of personal care products contain ingredients that contain hazardous impurities such as proven carcinogens, reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors.

SOURCE: United States Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov/tsca-inventory/about-tsca-chemical-substance-inventory EWG: www.ewg.org/skindeep/why-this-matters-cosmetics-and-your-health/#.Wm8Hkqhl-Uk

A I detoxed, it took me just three days to start feeling better.

My 21 Day Clean Reset

My detox is based on nutritious food and drink.  Natural sugars.  Nothing processed.

Natural skin care, natural make up, natural house cleaners.

There are no replacement drinks or juices, fasting or any supplements.

 

Want to find out more?

 

What could you expect?

 

  • Your weight could decrease by up to 21lbs in 21 days
  • You could have more energy
  • Your skin should improve
  • Stubborn body fat should decrease
  • You could have less cold & flu type issues

…and in under a month!

 

Join the Clean Revolution

 

There are three packages available:

 

Budget – contains the Diet Plan, Detoxing your Home Plan, Detoxing your Skin Plan.

£20

 

Standard – contains the Diet Plan, Detoxing your Home Plan, Detoxing your Skin Plan, plus a fabulous Starter Kit for your skin – with all natural Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser, Skin Serum and Shower Gel.

£60

 

Premium – contains the Diet Plan, Detoxing your Home Plan, Detoxing your Skin Plan, plus an amazing Body Kit for your skin – with all natural Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser, Skin Serum, Shower Gel, Hand Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner.

£95

 

There is also the option to purchase natural make-up and further bath, shower and skin items.

 How Much will You Lose?

To find out about my 21 Day Clean Reset and all the lovely foods you are allowed – email me on helen@aspengirl.co.uk  and ask me anything about it!

Sage Advice from Hawkwell Herbs

It is still cold…  Pasta awaits.  “Spag Bol” awaits.  Fish in tomato sauce awaits.  Roasted veggies in tomato sauce awaits.  We all want a bit of warmth and a bit of that feeling of eating something to make us warm.  Something tasty. Something that satisfies inside when all is cold outside.

Just as well then that the Herb of the Month is SAGE.  Which is PERFECT with tomato sauce because it ‘adds depth’. Whenever anyone says something ‘adds depth’ of flavour, I rarely know what they mean by it!  Here is what I mean. It is a taste which makes you want to eat more, lick your lips forever, and eat more again!  Perfect for that warmth inside when it is cold outside.

This month, therefore, we are going to make a tomato sauce which you can put with anything. And you can use ingredients in your sauce that you happen to have lying about (most likely) so I have given you plenty of alternatives…hawkwell herbs

What do you need?

Tomatoes…  Now, unless you are living The Good Life somewhere hot right now, you are unlikely to have fresh tomatoes…  If you are lucky enough to be near a Farmers’ Market where the farmer has a lovely heated polytunnel and can provide you with some, go for it. Otherwise, avoid the ones flown in from Lord Knows Where…  You may have some frozen from last year of course? Or bottled?  For this recipe, I chose a combination of tinned tomatoes and tomato soup! It is what I had…  You can do the same.  You will need about a pint of liquid, however it is made up.

Sage – our hero of the sauce. Choose the flavour Sage that you prefer.  Go easy to start with. Use about 6  leaves until you know how much you like. It is a strong herb…

Some oil

Some onions

And then your choice of other ingredients: I have gone for: a tin of tuna;  some kidney beans; and some coconut milk!  The coconut  milk was included in  my 1 pint of liquid. You might  like to add mince (for a spaghetti bolognese),  or garlic (not everybody likes it though), or just add nothing and leave it as a sauce for later with, say, a nice thick fish or poured over some mashed spaghetti squash.

How do you make it?

Chop your onions and your sage. Gently ‘sweat’ your onions in oil in a pan. Keep them moving so they do not burn. Then add your Sage (keep your Sage  moving too. Do not let it burn.)

Then add your liquid. Add your other ingredients (so here I added  my beans and my tuna). Heat it all up until it begins to bubble fairly ferociously! Then… turn it down and let it simmer gently.

How long for?  That depends what you have put in it. If you have added meat (eg mince) make sure that is cooked through. The idea of this sauce is that it slowly bubbles away, filling your home with wonderful tempting aromas! Some people like their tomato sauce quite ‘runny’, others like it nice and thick.  The longer it cooks, the more it will evaporate and become thicker. Up to you.

 

Did you know:

There are over 500 different flavours of Sage.  And Sage must always be planted by a stranger and always planted alongside other herbs. And it will only grow where there is a dominant woman! A little like Rosemary –  the size of the Rosemary bush reflects the power of the woman of the house.

My question for you

You have seen that I added a tin of coconut milk. What is YOUR favourite ingredient in your version of a tomato sauce?

Where can you find Hawkwell Herbs this month?

Saturday 2nd February – Thrapston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 3rd February – Olney Farmers’ Market

Saturday 9th February  – Oundle Farmers’ Market

Saturday 23rd February – Ely 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.

And if you are on Twitter

Sara will be ‘taking over’ the @smallholdersUK account for a week from Monday 4th February. Learn all about the life of the Herbs, how they are grown, how they can be used in cooking and, generally, about the life of a herb grower from Sudborough!

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Herb of the month for February

Sage – 5 different flavours – from the strong and punchy – the sweet and comparatively mild.   As always, a Cooking Ideas booklet comes with each herb. All available at the Farmers’ Markets.

 

January Herb Salad – from Hawkwell Herbs

Sara Dixon from Hawkwell Herbs has come to talk to us about cooking with herbs, her monthly slot will include some herby recipes, plus where to find her stall and how to order or buy…

It’s a cold January, so why a salad? We need taste still, we need to feel we are indulging still, but, let’s face it, we put ourselves under pressure to go ‘healthy’ at the beginning of the year.  This recipe has taste, indulgence AND health.

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What do you need?

Oil – oil of your choice – try using flavoured oils if you have any – try indulging with a nut oil if you are able.

Onion – I like to use red onions for colour AND strong flavour.  Chop your onion quite small after peeling.

Bulghur wheat or any other grain of your choice – as long as it is capable of filling you up.  You can even use beans if you prefer.

Herbs of your choice – I tend to go with whatever I have the most of! I have used Parsley, which survives cold, frost, snow… and I have gone for the flat leaved variety which I prefer to the curly, I’m using Mint and have gone for Moroccan as it has a punchy taste but try any flavour mint that you have, and Land Cress which, if you haven’t tried it, is peppery.

Preparation: Chop the herb leaves for the dish itself but RETAIN the stalks as well (see below)

  1. Cook your chosen grain/beans according to manufacturer’s instructions.
    1. If you are going with the Bulghur Wheat, it is one third wheat to two thirds water (in volume), bring to the boil, simmer for about 10 minutes.
    2. Drain any excess moisture away.
  2. Whilst cooking your grain/beans, start to gently fry your onion in the oil until it goes soft. This is when the natural sugars develop too. Which helps if you crave that still-remembered Christmas sugar hit!
  3. The amount of oil you add is up to you but this is a dish which involves Bulghur Wheat which soaks up the oil very nicely as part of the final mixing.
  4. Once the onion begins to go soft, add your herbs. Turn the heat right down and gently stir them until they too begin to wilt. I like some crunch to my herbs as well as rawness of flavour but if you are using herbs which need some cooking, stir them for longer.
  5. Then add your Bulghur Wheat/grains/beans to the herb mix and mix it all together well.
  6. Eat hot or cold.

Did you know?

Retain the stalks of herbs (unless they are used in the dish itself) as they still have a use! I use them in stock, stews, casseroles, even herbal teas/tisanes as they often hold a great deal of flavour.

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Where can you find Hawkwell Herbs this month?

Sunday 6th January – Olney Farmers’ Market

Saturday 12th January – Oundle Farmers’ Market

Saturday 26th January – Ely 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.

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Special events this month:

Monday 7th January – a healthy afternoon tea party hosted with AmbaScarlett  https://www.facebook.com/events/1611948945572240/

Sunday 27th January – Hanslope Vegan Winter Fair  https://www.facebook.com/events/728024497577611/

Herb of the month for January

Another themed month!  A variety of herbs to help you make tasty herbal teas/tisanes, as well as herbs to pep up a winter salad.   As always, a Cooking Ideas booklet comes with each herb. All available at the Farmers’ Markets.

 

 

Northamptonshire Firm Helps Millions Enhance their Workplace Skills

More than two million people have taken steps to “enhance their workplace abilities” over the last 12 months thanks to a Northamptonshire business development company.

 

‘First aid for pets’ and ‘making maths and English more user friendly for primary school age children’ are two of the emerging courses on offer by The CPD Accreditation Group.

 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities which professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities.

Rachel Clark, Accreditation Administrator with Mick Judge, Accreditation and Quality Manager

Rachel Clark, Accreditation Administrator with Mick Judge, Accreditation and Quality Manager

The CPD Accreditation Group, which has a base at Rockingham Speedway as well as a head office in London, certifies training courses offered by industries all over the UK and 21 countries across the world.

 

Offering a range of learning platforms, employees can successfully develop their skills and knowledge by completing training workshops, conferences and e-learning programs.

 

Mick Judge, accreditation and quality manager, said: “There are more than 1,000 institutes and professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.

“Accompanied by such growth is the acceptance that academic qualifications must offer more vocational and skills-based or ‘practical’ learning. A structured, practical and methodical approach to learning helps employers across industries to keep key staff and develop the skills and knowledge in their organisation to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.

“Other ‘soft courses’ are emerging and being offered to the general public such as first aid for pets being offered by veterinary practices, which by having a third party accreditation, reassures users they are attending a quality course.

“There is an increasing expectation for professionals to undertake CPD regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities.”

The CPD Accreditation Group helps organisations formalise knowledge into a structured and recognised approach to meet the increasing expectation for professionals to undertake CPD regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities. Formally certified CPD materials are more likely to become accepted and welcomed by audiences.

Mick added: “Organisations wishing to embrace CPD can display their commitment through membership of The CPD Accreditation Group. Member organisations are advised and encouraged to submit potentially qualifying CPD materials for formal and impartial CPD accreditation by our team of experienced CPD Assessors.”

 

Helen Shardlow – Medical Herbalist at Orchard Clinic Thrapston

Helen Shardlow is a fully qualified and registered Medical Herbalist, based at Orchard Clinic where she is offering herbal medicine consultations.herbs

I went for my consultation yesterday.  I didn’t feel I had anything particularly, badly ‘wrong’ but a series of niggles I felt too small to see the doctor with yet bothersome to me, I figured Helen, seeing the whole picture, may spot a link between them all – and she did!

Herbalism uses an holistic approach whereby Helen asked me questions about lifestyle, childhood, family, illnesses, any niggles I had, use of medication both now and in the past…My consultation was a comprehensive hour of being able to talk about any health concerns – both physical and emotional.

I obviously shan’t go in to the ‘ins and outs’ of my own consultation but suffice to say Helen immediately saw all my little niggles were connected and pointed to one over riding issue (which I had no clue about).  I’ll be popping in on Wednesday next week to pick up my herbal tinctures which she has blended specifically for me.  Enough for a month then I shall return to see her and let her know how I am getting on.  I left the appointment feeling listened to, understood (and empathised with) yet also positive that she would be able to help.

Herbal Medicine Consultations

Herbal Medicine can help with all the typical conditions you may otherwise consult your GP for (or not want to bother her about in my case) and is especially well suited for mild to moderate, acute and chronic conditions and for people seeking a more natural approach to their health, where the underlying root causes of an illness are tackled and not just the symptoms.

Medical Herbalists are trained in the same medical, diagnostic and clinical skills as a General Practitioner Doctor.

Helen is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.  Not every herbalist is a medical herbalist, and this is hugely important in finding the right person, with the proper knowledge and training to treat your cause and symptoms.

Find out more

herby helenHelen invites you to come and meet her at the Orchard Clinic, where she regularly runs talks on herbalism and how it can help with various issues. Please call the clinic to book your space, it is a complementary service, so places fill up quickly, head over and listen to what she has to say.

Book your space on her next talk or book in to see Helen on 01832 733686

Helen graduated from the University of East London with a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and is a member of the UK National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIM) and follows their continuing professional development programme to ensure a high standard of practice and knowledge is maintained.  Their website is https://www.nimh.org.uk/

More information on Herbal Medicine and the conditions it can tackle can be found at https://www.nimh.org.uk/whats-herbal-medicine .

Please visit Helen Shardlow’s site to find out more about Medical Herbalism https://www.plantmedicineuk.com/

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Dare to Bare Be Breast aware 2018 Calendar

Nene Local has been introducted to the Dare to Bare ladies.  A group of breast cancer survivers who are all introduced below;

Amanda, Debbie, Jayne, Katie, Loraine, Lucy and Nila all met at the Crazy Hats charity ‘coffee and chat’ mornings in 2016 and soon developed a close bond. The charity provides vital support to those going through breast cancer at whatever stage of treatment.

Unfortunately, a year later, Katie was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and passed away in November 2017. She spent time at Cransley Hospice where the support and understanding of the staff was invaluable for her and her family.

The ladies decided to create the calendar to give something back to those two charities which had helped them and their friends; they also want to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis through self-examination and attending mammograms; and finally it’s helped them to achieve something positive out of their shared cancer experience.

Introducing their Dare to Bare Calendar

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All costs have been covered through the generous sponsorship of local companies, so every penny raised through sales will go to one of the charities. They are also selling a handmade silver necklace that was designed specifically for the project and which they are wearing in the calendar. In addition there’s a Dare To Bare prize draw, and whilst tickets can’t be bought online, there are pages on the website showing the full prize list and all the events the ladies will be attending where they can be bought.

For more information

Dare To Bare to be Breast Aware

Website – www.daretobarebc.co.uk

Facebook – @DaretoBaretobebreastaware and Twitter – @caretobarebc

Price – the calendar is £10 this includes p&p

All money raised from sales to be divided between Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal and Cransley Hospice

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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