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Award Winning Wellingborough Salon can Provide a New Look for Christmas

When Lu Buckley, the Creative Director of QL (formerly known as the Quattro Lounge) got in touch regarding advertising I didn’t know how the client/magazine relationship was about to pan out….award winning salon

We were putting our heads together to think of an angle that would grip the readers.  The QL salon does an amazing amount of services and have some great specialisms.award winning salon

  • Hair replacement for men
  • Braids
  • Hair Brightening
  • Afro specialists
  • Lip Reconstruction
  • Microblading
  • Nail Extensions
  • Pedicure and Manicure
  • Cut & Blow Dry
  • Restyle & Colour
  • Balayage
  • Eye lash extensions

And the “no mirror challenge“ which I believe to be a unique service in the area.  The “no mirror challenge” consists of a new hair style, a new hair colour…  nails, full make up, maybe the addition of some eyelashes too – in fact the full works!!award winning salon

All with the client completely oblivious as of course the mirror has been covered up!

It’s an amazing treat for someone who is stuck in a rut with their look and in need of inspiration, maybe someone who needs a treat after a bad few months, or someone in need of a confidence boost.  It would also make a fabulous gift for Christmas for someone special.

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After looking at the range of services, Lu offered me the “no mirror challenge” which I have accepted.  Next Wednesday I shall put myself in the capable hands of Lu and Janine who already have some secret ideas about what they plan to do….

There is a short appointment the week before to do a patch test and strand test on your hair.  We also discussed likes and dislikes. I said I was quite happy with colours so long as my hair was pale around my face, happy with a little restyle.  My only limit was, as a part-time reflexologist I have to keep my nails super short so could not have any acrylics applied.  The ladies are happy to keep within your wishes so it’s OK if you’re not too adventurous!

I’ll have some before and after pictures done to share with you next week….  watch this space!

Take a look at some transformations below….

For more information and to book

QL

QL is within Diana’s Gym, 109e Finedon Road, Wellingborough

Lu Buckley 01933 275353

Email: info@quattrolounge.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QLnorthamptonshire/

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Beauty Queen Flies the Flag for Third Consecutive Year

Kettering based Stephanie Smith has been selected to take part in the first ever Ms Great Britain competition. She is delighted to be representing the East Midlands region in this new event for more mature ladies.

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Stephanie has now established herself as a beauty pageant veteran. In 2017 she entered Miss England and was Miss Northamptonshire Charity Winner. Then in 2018, Stephanie won Miss Northamptonshire for Miss Great Britain finishing second in the Public Vote by a mere 63 votes. Now she is looking forward to empowering women of all ages, shapes and sizes in Ms Great Britain in February of next year where she also expects to make lots of new friends.
Stephanie is looking forward to adding to the £15,000 that she has already raised for various charities. Ms Great Britain will be supporting Cancer Research UK and Alex’s Wish and Stephanie hopes to boost their efforts too.
Cancer is a blight on modern lives; a cruel disease which robs us of family and friends, often in the prime of their lives. Stephanie lost her own father to cancer in 2016, so this cause is especially dear to her heart. The charity funds the work of over 4,000 researchers, doctors and nurses throughout the UK, supports over 200 clinical trials and studies cancer and cancer risk in over a million people in the UK.

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Alex’s Wish is a charity set-up to eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born and results in progressive muscle wasting. Every single muscle is destroyed due to a lack of protein. It also affects the heart and lungs as these are muscles too.

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Stephanie’s story is remarkable given that was badly injured in a car accident in 2011 and has had to endure 26 hospital procedures since then. She also suffers with fibromyalgia. Stephanie still manages to campaign actively for a reduction in the age for smear tests. She was recently interviewed by Helen Blaby on Radio Northampton and highlighted the importance of adult women attending smear test appointments throughout their adult lives.
Stephanie has just taken part in a music video for musician Kupid’s new song Diamond that was released earlier this month and just this week, has been strutting her stuff on the catwalk as a plussize model for House of Ikons at London’s Fashion Week. Stephanie modelled for NHN Couture, Rubina Kapoor and EndoWallks.

 
Even though Stephanie has endured a series of personal and health challenges she retains a heartwarming positive outlook on life. She wants to show that being a larger size or disabled need not be barriers to success. Stephanie is keen to remind everyone that 20th Century icon Marylin Monroe was a size 16 and that didn’t hamper her progress to stardom. Stephanie’s fundraising page is at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephanieSmith36

Raunds Residents to take Part in Innovative Waste Collection Pilot

Raunds residents will pilot a new waste collection scheme from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC).

 

The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) collection scheme goes live on Monday 23 September and will run until the end of 2019. If successful, the scheme could be rolled out across the district.

 

During the trial, residents will be able to place small and handheld electrical items out alongside their regular waste collection and these will be collected, taken to a dedicated facility for sorting and recycling.

 

Items for collection should be left next to recycling or refuse bin on normal collection days and the following small electrical items will be collected:

 

  • Hairdryers, hair straighteners, shavers, electric toothbrushes
  • Kitchen appliances such as toasters, kettles, hand blenders
  • DVD/CD Players, radios, MP3 players and remote controls
  • Clocks, watches, calculators and torches
  • Kettles
  • Telephones, cameras
  • Laptops, remote controls
  • Small electrical DIY tools such as drills and electric screwdrivers
  • Toys (remote control car or drone)
  • Chargers

 

Items should still have the cables attached and all batteries removed.

 

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

 

“As a council, we are committed to helping residents with their recycling in East Northamptonshire. With a growing number of electrical items in households due to technologies constantly changing, this trial is the next step in ensuring that as many items as possible are sent to recycling facilities.

 

“We encourage residents in Raunds to have a rummage through their cupboards and dig out all those unused and unwanted household electrical items for our team to collect and recycle. At ENC, we hope that the WEEE trial in Raunds will be a success and we can roll it out across the district.”

 

Any electrical items collected will be placed in a specially designed cage attached to waste trucks and due to the cage size only small and handheld items, such as the above list, can be accepted. If the cage becomes full, the waste team may have to leave items, but Raunds residents are encouraged to place any items left behind out for collection the following week.

 

More information about the WEEE pilot scheme can be found at: www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/WEEE

Constance Travis Charitable Trust donate £5million Gift to Northamptonshire Community Foundation

A £5million endowment gift has been awarded to Northamptonshire Community Foundation from the Constance Travis Charitable Trust, making it the single most significant gift to the Foundation since its inception in 2001

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Daylight Centre

The funds are being added to an existing endowment fund held at the Foundation on behalf of the Trust and enable a major part of its Northamptonshire giving to be administered by the Foundation in perpetuity.

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Daylight Centre

Regular giving to Northamptonshire charities has been a large part of the distribution of funds from the Constance Travis Charitable Trust over the past 35 years and the Trustees felt hat they would like to enhance their partnership with the Foundation in the administration of the grants.

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Serve Rushden

Tony Travis, Chair of the Constance Travis Charitable Trust, said: “We have had a very good working relationship with the Community Foundation since 2004 and we are delighted that we will be working even closer with them in the future.”

 

Charities that have historically benefited from the Trust have been informed that they are still eligible for support but now need to make their applications directly to the Community Foundation. Serve Rushden have recently received £5,000 towards their work supporting elderly people and the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough have received £3,000 helping to alleviate people who are living in poverty.

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Serve Rushden

Victoria Miles, CEO of the Foundation, said: “We are thrilled that the Constance Travis Charitable Trust continues to work in partnership with the Foundation, we have enjoyed an excellent relationship over the last 13 years and have worked together to help support thriving communities here in the county. The increase in this endowment fund is significant and we look forward to funding existing charities but also newly established community groups and projects. “

 

The Constance Travis Charitable Trust was set up by the family in 1983 and has supported a broad range of charities at an international, national and local level.

 

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the leading, independent grant-making charity in the county, working with fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need. For more information please visit www.ncf.uk.com

 

Northamptonshire Patients to Benefit from £9m Cash Injection

Northamptonshire patients to benefit from £9m cash injection into healthcare innovation.

People in Northamptonshire are set to benefit from a £9million cash injection aimed at improving residents’ health and well-bring by speeding up the adoption of cutting-edge healthcare research and innovation.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) funding will enable more vital work to take place to tackle the region’s health and care priorities, putting in place more evidenced-based frameworks to drive up standards of care and save both time and money.

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Professor Kamlesh Khunti

As a result of the funding boost, NIHR CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) East Midlands will continue until at least 2024.

The organisation is a partnership of health and social care universities, industry, the voluntary sector and patients which sets out to improve patient outcomes by turning research into cost-saving and high-quality care through cutting-edge innovation.

With bases at the University of Nottingham and University of Leicester, it will continue under the new name of NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) East Midlands from October 1 and will also have a remit to lead nationally on research into black and minority ethnic communities and multi-morbidity thanks to its expertise in these areas.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of the NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and Professor of Primary Care, Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “Receiving this funding means we can continue to lead world class, applied health research and build on the successes we have already achieved in speeding up the adoption of research and innovation into frontline health and care.

“We will share our knowledge nationally and collaborate with colleagues as we all collectively work towards improving the lives of people through research.”

ARC East Midlands will be hosted by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and work in collaboration with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.

Mark Howells is Head of Research and Evidence at Nottinghamshire Healthcare. He said: “The research and innovation facilitated by this collaboration is making a real difference to patients with a wide variety of physical and mental health problems.

“The more we can innovate the more we can implement brand new treatments and strategies, which really improve lives.”

Work carried out by NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands includes helping to prevent type 2 diabetes by embedding an education programme designed to help people avoid the condition.

In April last year, the organisation also continued to support the rollout of a risk score for type 2 diabetes in South Asian languages with the release of a Punjabi version following Gujarati and Bangladeshi versions.

Other successes include implementing and assessing an online tool that assists diagnosing children with ADHD, lowering NHS costs by 22 per cent and cutting delays to diagnosis by 145 days.

The funding is part of a £135 million commitment to drive improvements to healthcare by helping to embed the learning from research into the frontline of healthcare sooner.

 

Beat the Street Helps get East Northamptonshire Moving!

The Beat the Street initiative in East Northamptonshire is being hailed as a success after a new report shows that the challenge has helped get people walking and cycling across the area.

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More than 8,000 walked, ran and cycled 73,000 miles together for Beat the Street from March to May 2019. The initiative saw special sensors called Beat Boxes placed on lampposts around East Northamptonshire which could be tapped with cards while walking or cycling in return for points towards your school or workplace.

 

Funded by East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Freedom Leisure and The National Lottery through Sport England, the initiative aimed to encourage families to ditch the car and become more physically active by exploring their local community. A new report produced by Intelligent Health – who delivered the initiative – has shown that players became more physically active as a result of taking part, helping improve the health of people across East Northamptonshire.

 

Participants were surveyed at the beginning and immediately after Beat the Street to see if they had made any changes in behaviour. Key results from the report include:

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  • Before Beat the Street, 21% of adult players were completely inactive (doing less than 30 minutes of exercise per week). After the game this dropped to just 12% of players.
  • The proportion of children who were inactive decreased from 22% before the game to 11% immediately afterwards.
  • Using NICE’s Return on Investment Calculator, it is estimated that Beat the Street will lead to healthcare savings of £504,802 over the next five years.

 

Additionally, many players reported that Beat the Street had helped encourage them to walk or cycle more often, visit new places and spend more time with their friends and family:

 

“It helped me to walk to school and encouraged me to take the longer route to get more points. I joined the gym which I have never done before and kick-started us all as a family into a healthier lifestyle.”

 

“It enabled my son and I to exercise before and after school. We used our walks to have a good chat together. We both felt good about earnings points for his school. We met new people along the way. I saved a lot of petrol by walking. It’s encouraged me to go swimming as an alternative way of exercising.”

 

In addition to getting residents more active, Beat the Street has also helped support the work of the local Children’s Air Ambulance. Players were able to support a local charity while playing and the charity that received the most points over the course of the game would receive £500. Players travelled more than 589 miles for Children’s Air Ambulance and they received a donation from Beat the Street on Tuesday 30 July presented by Cllr Helen Howell.

 

Speaking about the success of the initiative, Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “We’re really encouraged by these results from Beat the Street. ENC is committed to getting its residents more healthy and we hope to help improve the health and wellbeing for those in East Northamptonshire. In the coming months, Beat the Street will continue to engage with local residents and make sure that these changes continue long after the game’s finish.”

 

 

Business leaders ask about the future control of Wellingborough

Business leaders encourage people to speak up about the future control of Wellingborough.

Business leaders in Wellingborough are encouraging people to make sure they speak up about the future control of their town.

President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, Simon Toseland

President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, Simon Toseland

 

Residents and businesses owners will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from the Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW) about plans to establish a new town council in May next year.

Following plans to create a new unitary authority to collectively govern Wellingborough, East Northants, Kettering and Corby, a public consultation was carried out between July 23 and October 23 last year and, as a result, the Borough Council of Wellingborough agreed to adopt an order to establish a town council for Wellingborough.  More than 80 per cent of responses were in agreement that Wellingborough should have a town council.

Currently, the town of Wellingborough has no local government representation at a parish level.

 

The President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, Simon Toseland, said: “The creation of two unitary authorities within the county is presenting some challenges for the combined authorities. However, with change comes opportunity and the formation of a town council will hopefully pave the way to a more integrated relationship between local government and businesses.

 

“We would strongly recommend that people take this opportunity to engage in the process, either directly or through the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce. As the Borough Council states, now is the time to present your views and take an active role in helping shape the future.”

 

One issue of concern is the loss of the Business Improvement District (BID) after the Borough Council of Wellingborough voted against its renewal in March this year.

 

 

 

BIDs are common place in many towns throughout England and, in Wellingborough’s case, attracts an estimated 50,000 visitors a year to the town through the staging of events. The BID also provides other benefits for town centre businesses, including cheaper and more sustainable waste collection and recycling.

 

Members of the council’s Development Committee will meet on Monday, 9 September, at 7pm to discuss the future of Wellingborough BID.

Simon Toseland, added: “We hope the council will carefully re-examine the opportunity and support the BID.

 

“It is known that where local authorities are looking to secure funding initiatives from Central Government, having a BID in place actually helps their cause – not having a BID gives the impression, wrongly or rightly, that if a town won’t put its own hands in its pockets to deliver improvement then why should Central Government use tax payers money to help.”

 

Residents who have any queries about the process of forming a new town council or who might be interested in standing for election, are invited to speak to council representatives at the Swansgate Shopping Centre on Monday 19 August, between 11am and 3pm.

 

For more information about the community governance review visit: www.wellingborough.gov.uk/cgr2018

 

 

Council Urges Public to be Vigilant and Only Use Licensed Taxis

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Networking can Help Grow your Business

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

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What can Networking do for your Business?

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

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

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

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

What happens at Busy Women Networking?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Nene Valley Festival Returns this September

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Nenescape Project Manager, Amanda Johnson said:

 

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

 

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