Co-op Announces New Measures to Keep Colleagues and Families Safe at Funerals

Central England Co-op announces new measures to keep colleagues and families safe while preparing to say goodbye to a loved one

Central England Co-op Funeralcare has announced a range of new measures to keep colleagues and families safe as they help people prepare to say goodbye to their loved ones.


Colleagues are working 24 hours a day to support families at their time of need but changes have had to be put in place following advice and guidance from the Government.


These changes include:

  • Funeral homes have restricted public access with clear information displayed on how to contact the teams if needed
  • Providing a new service enabling families to complete funeral arrangements over the phone or via email
  • Visiting loved ones is still allowed by appointment and providing social distancing guidance can be followed
  • Closing florist shops based on Government instructions. Families can still take their own flowers direct to any service
  • Being unable to provide limousines to comply with social distancing advice
  • Funeral Directors being encouraged to use wheeled trolleys instead of shouldering coffins
  • Being unable to provide new headstones or refurbish existing ones for the time being.  Stone removals for burials will still be provided


Hazel Moss, Head of Funeral, said: “We are working to do all we can to support our families at this difficult time but we feel these measures have to be put in place to protect them and our colleagues.

We will continue to monitor the situation with a view to taking all appropriate steps to minimise risk to our colleagues, all funeral directors and their teams and all mourners and the public while maintaining the highest standard of service possible.”


“These are circumstances that none of us could have imagined, but it continues to be our privilege to support families at this difficult time. Together, we will still give your loved one the best funeral we can, in the current circumstances.”


These new measures come after changes were also put in place at Bretby Crematorium to keep colleagues and mourners safe.  The grounds at the site are remaining open.


New measures include:

  • Funerals are restricted to immediate family only with a strong recommendation of a maximum attendance of 10 mourners. Immediate family includes partners, parents, children, siblings and grandchildren
  • We offer free of charge webcasting of services
  • Curtains will be closed around coffins at the end of the service
  • Hymn books will be removed from chapels for the foreseeable future
  • A gap of at least 10 minutes between services to allow for crematorium staff to tidy the chapels
  • Funeral Directors will be encouraged to use wheeled trolleys instead of shouldering coffins
  • Advice will be posted on site asking families to use hand washing facilities, sit some distance apart from each other and not to shake hands
  • The main office on site will also be closed to the general public and the Book of Remembrance and other memorial work have been halted at this time

People can keep up to date with the latest guidance by visiting a dedicated online hub at



Visiting Restrictions at Northampton General Hospital

Northampton General Hospital are further restricting visiting to the hospital to help to protect  patients and  staff and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).


With immediate effect Northampton General Hospital will not allow any visitors into the hospital. By not visiting the hospital you will help to keep patients and staff safe and save lives.


The following departments have some exceptions:


  • Maternity – one birth partner only as long as they are not displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Disney and Paddington wards – one parent or guardian only. No other visitors or siblings.
  • Gosset ward – one parent only. No other visitors or siblings.
  • Accident and emergency – one visitor only and no children as visitors. Please be aware that if you do bring more than one person with you our teams will ask additional visitors to leave unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Outpatient and other appointments – If you come to the hospital for any other reason please don’t bring a visitor with you. If it is essential that you have a visitor with you please make sure that you only bring one person and that you do not bring any children.

In the upsetting or difficult circumstance where patients may be at the end of their lives different visiting restrictions will apply. These times are to be agreed at the discretion of the nurse in charge.


If you do need to visit the hospital you must use the hand gel provided or wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. This should be done when you enter the hospital site, when you enter a clinical area and leaving the site.

Please do not visit the site unless you have an appointment or need emergency care.


Thank you for your cooperation.

AmbaScarlett Crystal Grid and Distant Reiki Healing

A crystal grid is an arrangement of crystals, created with focus and intent, to enhance the flow of energy in a certain direction and to bring about healing.  Used with Distant Reiki, each carefully chosen crystal brings with it its own properties for this crisis.  They are listed below:

Amethyst – Used for spiritual purposes and distant healing

Ametrine – A mix of amethyst and citrine and great for gaining mental clarity

Citrine – Gives you a sense of direction in life, helps control emotions and draws in abundance

Haematite – Increases courage, good for the circulation

Kyanite – Benefits the throat and offers stamina and endurance

Malachite – Balances emotions, calming, helps with new beginnings

Orange Calcite – Helps dispel sadness and fear. Brings a brighter future

Quartz – A great amplifier of all the other crystals and an all-round general healer

Smokey Quartz – A good luck stone, Helps with positivity, grounding and energy healing

Tiger’s Eye – Counteracts hypochondria, makes one feel safe and calm, helps with distant healing

Helen’s Crystal Grid and Distant Reiki Healing

Each day at around 9am for 20 minutes, I shall send distant reiki healing in general to the world, the grid will stay in place in my healing room the whole time 24/7 ‘doing its thing’!  However, if anyone wants specific distant reiki for their own healing whether physical or emotional or distant reiki for a friend or relation just let me know.  If you are struggling, mentally or physically, I’d like to hear from you.

All distant reiki will be free of charge at this time.  I will need a name, where the person lives (just the name of the town is sufficient) and a picture of the person always helps me connect.

The recipient doesn’t need to do anything at all, however many people like to sit quietly and be mindful, as you can often feel a change in vibration and energy around you.

For more information

Helen Dawson

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FEN Meet Up – Ladies Business Networking and Social Event

Are you a female business owner in or around Northamptonshire?

Join us for a great time at the Female Entrepreneurs in Northamptonshire (FEN) Facebook group’s first ladies meetup. Come and mingle, network and socialise with other ambitious, hardworking, like minded ladies in the county.FEN Meet Up - Ladies Business Networking and Social Event

Running a business can often be lonely and sometimes frustrating. Come out and make new friends, new business connections and new clients over drinks and snacks in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Get a fresh dose of inspiration from our amazing guest speaker Dagmer Bryant – Transformational Coach and Motivational Speaker extraordinaire, who will be speaking about the exceptional power of cultivating and instilling yourself with a Success Mindset in order to achieving your business goals and take your businesses to the next level.

We will also be hearing from other inspiring local fempreneurs including Tayo Sakomba of Digital Makeovers and others, who will be sharing their business journeys with us. The challenges they’ve faced, lessons learned and the strategies used to achieve their successes.

Bring along your business cards, your flyers and free samples and get you brand seen by potential new clients and customers.

Few spaces also available to anyone interested in a table to showcase their products or marketing materials. Contact organiser for details.

Are you just starting out or still working on your business plan. Come along and meet other budding entrepreneurs and get the inspiration to take control and get started.

Event also open to ladies outside the FEN group and ladies from surrounding towns and cities.

Event Details

Doors Open at 2:00PM
From 2:00PM to 5:00PM


Nene Whitewater Centre, Northampton, NN4 7AA

To Book

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If you’d like to advertise your business with us, we’d love to hear from you. There are FREE editorial opportunities and paid for advertising too – why not ask us?  Advertising starts at just £30 per month.


For more information:

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Northamptonshire Community Foundation is Making an Impact Across the County

Northamptonshire Community Foundation has recently launched their fifth Impact Review based on completed projects in 2018. The review offers insights into the social impact grant awards have made to local individuals, groups and communities on behalf of a range of donors.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation has recently launched their fifth Impact Review based on completed projects in 2018. The review offers insights into the social impact grant awards have made to local individuals, groups and communities on behalf of a range of donors.

Based on these completed projects, the Foundation has supported 155,811 people at an average cost of £6.08 per beneficiary. Such projects have focused on getting people into education and training, arts, culture and heritage, volunteering, the environment, improving community wellbeing, supporting vulnerable people and families, developing safer communities and enabling people to get active.


Rachel McGrath, Deputy CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “The impact work we do helps to tell a story of the extraordinary difference community groups and charities are making locally to improve the lives and wellbeing of people in our communities. Our fifth and latest review is a cause for celebration on behalf of our donors and the groups we fund; many of the charities we award to may be small in size but they make a really huge impact.”


On Wednesday 4 March, the Foundation presented their updated report at Abington Park Museum, highlighting the impact that grant awards have made across Northamptonshire.


Introduced by Victoria Miles DL, CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, guests were invited to hear from a range of speakers including the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Nicholas Robertson DL, and Clive Ireson, who is part of Springs Family Centre.


Situated in an area of Northampton with 10% most deprivation in England, the centre provides a range of support services with a key focus on youth work.


Clive Ireson said: “Springs Family Centre, in Spring Boroughs, has been grateful for the support from the Community Foundation. The grants that have supported our youth work have helped many transform lives. Young people on the edge have been believed in and respected, supported through sport and music to turn their lives around.”


Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the leading independent grant-making charity in the county, working with a range of fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need. The full Impact Report can be found online at:

Place of Pride: Photographers can win over £500 by Showing Love for their Local Area

Local photographers have an exciting chance to win over £500 by capturing their emotional connection with a place in their area. It’s all through the launch of a new, nationwide photography competition.

Run by specialist insurance provider, Ripe Photography, the inaugural Place of Pride competition is open to photographers of all abilities.

The photograph can be of anything, but each entry must include an identifying feature of the place being captured; something that sums up its spirit. This could be a noteworthy building, a street sign, or any other distinguishable point of interest. The caption should provide a description of the place and why it has been chosen.

As well as giving away £350 to the winner, Ripe Photography will also award £150 to the runner up and £50 to third place.Place of Pride: Photographers can win over £500

Choosing the winner will be Ronya Galka, who was recently voted one of Britain’s top 10 street photographers and has previously been nominated for Best Photographer at the Sony World Photography Awards.

Commenting on the launch, Ronya Galka said: “Personally, some of my best pieces of work have been ones that create a strong emotional connection. It’s not just about taking a well-executed photograph. It’s about the emotions that it triggers within me when I look at it.

“So, when it comes to judging the Place of Pride competition, I’ll be looking for a great image of a specific place that brings its most captivating and emotionally stimulating features of to the fore. I’m very excited to see how this comes across and can’t wait to help choose the winner. Best of luck to all the entrants!”

Place of Pride not only gives photographers a chance to get their hands on the prize money, it also represents an opportunity to gain widespread exposure. Ripe Photography will share a selection of entries on its Instagram page and across its various communication channels.

To enter Place of Pride, photographers must post an image of their chosen place on their own Instagram page, tag @ripe_photography_ in the image and caption and include the hashtag #PlaceOfPride.

The competition is open until 31st May 2020 and winners will be announced within 2-4 working weeks of the closing date.

Do you Need a Man About the House

Peter Douglas, aka Man About the House, has lived in Northamptonshire for just over 30 years after moving down from Norfolk when he married a local girl. Peter Douglas, aka Man About the House

He did a three year apprenticeship in City and Guilds Advanced Carpentry before working seasons with school aged children, spending his summers doing outdoor pursuits and winters in ski resorts. Peter did everything from teaching to maintenance during this time.

Since this time Peter has been self employed for 16 years under the name ‘Man About The House’ carrying out carpentry, painting, decorating and generally being very handy for lots of loyal customers!

More recently, he has been very busy repairing lots of broken fences due toall the storms we’ve had.

Take a look at Peter’s work, as he has designed and built a stunning outdoor garden room, especially for that lovely local girl he married….


For more information

Peter Douglas, Man About the House


Telephone: 07941 465679


Mother’s Day at The Bridge Hotel, Thrapston

Sunday March 22nd is Mother’s Day, have you planned her present and card yet?

The Bridge Hotel in Thrapston is offering a a treat for any mum.

the bridge hotel thrapston

The famous Bridge Hotel three course carvery meal plus a complementary drink for just £21.95

Meals will be served between 12 – 4pm on Sunday March 22nd.

Book your table now to avoid disappointment on 01832 732 128

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Time for Tranquillity – A Space to Relax and Discover Yourself Again

Do you ever find yourself saying ‘stop the world I need to get off’?  We all lead busy lives, work, children, home and then trying to find time for yourself is hard, in fact lots of us feel guilty if we do something just for ourselves!

Close your eyes for a moment and think ‘what did I last do just for me?’tranquility time retreats Maybe you found time to paint a picture, go for a walk or just have a quiet coffee alone.  If you honestly can’t remember the last time you had some ’me time’ this article has news for you.

I thought I was OK  “I have a daily dog walk which I enjoy” then I realised just how much thinking I do on the walk, planning the next article in Nene Local, who will I call this afternoon, how can I gain more advertisers – lots of business thoughts rush round my head.  What’s more, if you know me, you know I have fingers in many pies, so while I think I’m on this relaxing dog walk, I am literally role-playing things for at least four different businesses I run round in my head!

Sue Royle who runs suggested I go on one of her retreats.  I’d had them recommended to me before and wondered if it was something I would enjoy?  As my partner was away for the weekend, I could only do the morning and not the whole day – doggie needed walking and I only leave her for a few hours on her own in any one day.

Here’s a warning, this article now gets a bit spiritual……

My Experience

I packed my bag with yoga mat (I didn’t need it), blanket (Sue provides these if you forget), my chi ball (you could take cushion or pillow, I just prefer this under my head) and my water bottle.  I got my busy, full head and me into the car and off I went…. Taking a wrong turn on the way to the Arc Cabin in Elton I ended up in the midst of some local cycle race, sat nav playing up and feeling truly stressed.  I even considered phoning Sue, making my apologies and going home.time for tranquility retreats

Glad I didn’t!  I persevered, found the Arc Cabin (It is actually easy to find, so don’t be put off!!).  On entering I was warmly welcomed with herbal tea – I could have chosen coffee or ‘normal’ tea – just because you’re on a retreat it’s not all herbal tea and biscuits made from wood shavings…although you might find yourself hugging a tree…

The Arc Cabin is idyllic, by the river, in the woods – I want to live there!

The morning comprised of guided meditation, gentle yoga, healing meditation plus after I’d left they had a forest walk, yoga nidra and an amazing sound bath.

Everyone is relaxed, you can wear comfy clothes, make up/no make up, as one lady said bra/no bra!!  Just be comfy!

My own signs and symbols

I had wondered whether to write about my own real experiences during the morning as they’re personal to me but decided to write about them, so you get the best idea of what it’s all about.  No knowledge of meditation is required, no knowledge or experience of anything at all is required to be honest.

Our first guided meditation took us into a very relaxed state (if you fall asleep it’s OK! No Judgement)  Once we were completely relaxed Sue asked us to think of a mantra to say a few times to ourselves.  She gave a few examples in case anyone was panicking that they could not think of anything.  As you’re so relaxed, almost in a trance state, it’s likely words will pop into your head – mine was BE STILL, as I have such a busy old head most of the time it made me smile, I knew it was Be Still with my thoughts rather than my body. I felt quite enlightened that my brain had given me such a good nudge.

After this we broke for some more tea, coffee, water etc and a biscuit.  We were invited to use the cards if we wanted to, on offer were angel cards, manifesting cards, and more.  I shuffled a pack and chose a card – which was all about stilling your mind.  OK……so now I’m getting into this…

We had a gentle yoga session, suitable for any level, lots of laughter as we held hands to do Pose of a Tree and Flying Bird. Everyone joined in, no one felt out of their depth, you could tell.  Sue is very nurturing on her retreats, being very aware of people’s expressions and body language and makes sure everyone is OK.

Our healing meditation was beautiful, a lovely guided pathway into deep relaxation.  We ‘met’ a person or animal in the woods during our trance, mine was a baby deer.  Sue got us to ask our messenger for their message and I got ‘daily’ very quickly from the deer, I also got his name was Shaun (which led me to have an inner giggle as I thought Shaun the Fawn).

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…along the same message, my deer told me about solace and meditation…

To some readers, this article might be going too deep into spiritual stuff but if you’re in the slightest bit interested or intrigued, I’d recommend Sue Royle to take you on your first journey.time for tranquility retreats

At the next break, I sadly had to leave.  I picked a card before I left and got the image of a shark on the card, I thought, that this wasn’t as good as the last card, I don’t see anything shark like in me at all.

So my messages are Be Still, Daily – I’m taking this into my work for the week ahead.

The drive home through the Northamptonshire countryside was lovely, nothing like the journey there.  I still feel relaxed today and am putting some things into practice.

My dog walk today was special, we spent time together, any business thoughts or house-work thoughts got pushed aside.  They entered my head, but I deliberately made my brain still. I enjoyed taking photos, I enjoyed watching the dog try to get into the mud as I guided her round the puddles….  I came back feeling really happy and quite literally full of the joys of spring, as the sun is out, and the wind has dropped.

On my return I looked at my photos, and the one of the orange tipped tree tops, has one solitary cloud in it, it is in the shape of a shark (it is to me!) ……  maybe I should take notice of the shark symbolism…. I’m off to look it up!

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…. I wasn’t sure the shark was for me?

I will just add, I have now booked another retreat!!  No ties at home so I can stay all day – I really cannot wait!


Time for Tranquillity Retreats

What they say…  Do you need a day to just switch off and give your brain a rest?  if you feel as if you would like to go from frazzled to a feeling of freedom, join us at Time for Tranquillity and step into serenity just for you.

Time for Tranquillity Retreat days are filled with exciting experiences, designed for anyone from the aspirational to the accomplished retreater. You don’t have to be a yoga expert to enjoy this experience. Tranquillity retreats are designed for anyone who has always thought about attending a retreat but felt a little apprehensive. You don’t have to be a seasoned yogi to attend. Enjoy and embrace this experience, which includes relaxing Labyrinths, crystals, meditation and much, much more.  Each retreat is unique and with 12 to choose from, each retreat is designed with a theme in mind so there is variety of days to choose from.

Is it time for some peace of mind and to escape from it all?

Time for Tranquillity Retreats are held in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and are designed for all ages and abilities.  The retreats are perfect for people who may not have had experience of retreats before, as well as the more experienced Yogi.  Many people are daunted by the idea of retreats, not always being confident or able to do some of the postures or touch their toes… The yoga experiences at Time for Tranquillity retreats are about encompassing all ages, all abilities and to share Yoga and demonstrate the many lineages.  Making this mental and physical practice accessible to all, whilst demystifying some of the beliefs postures and philosophy, ensuring every experience is engaging and enjoyable.

the acr cabin image courtesy of the arc cabin

The Arc Cabin – image courtesy of the arc cabin

On a typical day you will experience a variety of exciting tasters that include meditation, restoring the body with restorative supported postures. Wrap up in blankets and beautiful lavender eye pillows for a mindfulness experience, explore the philosophy of yoga, working with your breath, yoga Nidra relaxing and calming the body and mind. Receive an introduction to the beautiful world of crystals, clearing the chakras, sound bowls in a relaxed inviting accessible retreat for you all. You will also have an opportunity to walk round the Labyrinth at the Tofte retreats, whilst nurturing and rejuvenating your body experiencing serenity and sometimes even a swim.

Once you have booked your place, I will hold a safe and beautiful space to nurture you for the day.  The day allows you to focus on just you, slow down, take a breath or two and get back to the most important person… YOU. These valuable hours are designed just for you and your level of involvement is entirely up to you. If you want to wander through the woodlands or sip a coffee or tea whilst lost in your own daydreams this is the experience for you. My goal is for you to feel totally comfortable and relaxed.

Take a look at the retreats on offer for 2020 so far.  You could buy a Mother’s day gift voucher… just a thought.  If nothing fits in with your schedule, why not grab a few friends and get Sue to come to you!  Time for Tranquillity will design a retreat to your specification in the comfort of your own home.

And if you’re the boss…why not plan a corporate day with Sue for your staff?  There’s a menu of things to choose from to plan a retreat – yoga, sound baths, healing etc.


For more information

Time for Tranquility Retreats

Sue Royle

07738 095089