Register to vote to have your say in the European election 2014

Residents in East Northamptonshire Council are reminded to register to vote so they can have their say in the European election on 22 May.

Those not yet registered to vote must apply by 6 May 2014 by calling 01832 742119 for an application form or dropping into one of our three customer service centres:


  • Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4LZ
  • Newton Road, Rushden, NN10 0PT
  • 4 New Street, Oundle, PE8 4ED


Once you have registered to vote, you will receive a polling card which states where you should go to vote on 22 May.

Voters who used to go to Deenethorpe will now go to Deene village hall. Please check your polling card so you go to the right place.

You can request a postal vote which is particularly useful if you cannot get to a polling station – this must be with the council by 7 May.  Or you can ask for a proxy vote which means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf – a request for a proxy vote must be with the council by 14 May.

If you have any questions about electoral registration, email elections@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 01832 742119.

Results of the election will be published on our website at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk and in the local press.

To find out more about the European election, visit www.elections2014.eu/en


Useful Contact Numbers

General Contacts

East Northamptonshire Council 01832 742 000

Thrapston Town Council  01832 734 673

Thrapston Library  0300 126 1000

Police non emergency 101

Thrapston Community Website


The Meadows Surgery 01832 734 444

Nene Valley Surgery 01832 732 456

-Out of Hours 03336 664 664


Thrapston Dental Practice 01832 731 118

P H Blackman 01832 733 093


01832 732 444

The Plaza Centre

To book the centre for an event – 07812 854 580


Bus Times

Bus Time Table

The Street Doctor – report issues with street lighting and other issues

Call us if you require your contact details added to the list.

More than 93,000 Northamptonshire people have an eye disease

Up to one in seven people in Northamptonshire have an eye-related condition, according to research compiled to promote a countywide awareness drive.


More than 93,000 county residents could potentially have one of the four leading eye diseases.

The startling figure has been released by Davis Optometrists, which is organising Northamptonshire Eye Health Awareness Week from April 28 to May 4 in a bid to encourage more people to have sight tests.

Kim Durden, a partner optometrist at Davis, said: “Sight loss is even more feared than cancer, AIDS, stroke, heart disease or diabetes.

“Yet many people are still unaware of the simple steps they can take to help safeguard their sight and maintain healthy eyes.”

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Almost 4 per cent of Northamptonshire people have impaired vision, 6.3 per cent have had a cataract, while 1.3 have had glaucoma and 2.2 suffer from age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

The statistics are similar to regional and national averages and represent a combined total of 93,489 visual problems among the county’s 692,000 population. They were worked out using the Local Optical Committee Support Unit’s National Eye Health Epidemiological Model.


Schools are being encouraged to take part in the week with Davis providing a ready-made assembly presentation for teachers to download from the campaign website.

Davis, which has branches in Kettering, Thrapston and Rothwell, is also staging a series of talks throughout March at children’s centres, GP surgeries and local societies.

The presentations will educate people on the importance of regular sight checks, as well as offering help and information about particular eye health problems.optician

Mrs Durden added: “Routine eye exams are important – regardless of your age or your physical health. During a comprehensive eye exam, much more than just prescription for glasses or contact lenses can be determined. Your eyes will also be examined for common diseases.”

As well as talks there are also a number of eye health fact sheets available from the Eye Health Awareness Week website covering diabetes, dyslexia and age-related macular degeneration.

The healthcare company will also be supporting the work carried out Guide Dogs UK for the blind and partially sighted by making a donation for every eye test carried out during the week.

You can visit the Eye Health Awareness Week website at http://www.davisopticians.co.uk/northantseyehealthweek/.

Cetti’s Warbler spotted in Thrapston

We love our wildlife here at Nene Local Magazine and Cetti’s Warbler has been spotted by SuesNews at Thrapston GP.  Sue says these birds have a loud burst of song but skulk around and are rather hard to spot.  So we’re lucky to have the photos!



Drugs charity warns of dangers of legal highs getting into the hands of children

A leading drugs charity has backed the decision to charge a Northampton shopkeeper arrested on suspicion of selling legal highs to children.

James Johnstone, aged 58, was held following a joint investigation carried out by Northamptonshire Police and Trading Standards into the shop in The Drapery in the town centre. He has now been charged with five counts of selling an intoxicating substance to a child under 18.

Deborah Clarke, manager of Northamptonshire-based Solve It, which deals specifically with education around the issue of legal highs, said: “Retailers have a responsibility to ensure age-related products do not get into the hands of children.

“We are pleased action has been taken and hope this sends a message to other retailers that this practice will not be tolerated in Northamptonshire.

“Legal highs are a potential killer and people using them need to be aware of that. The latest statistics show that at least 68 people died after taking legal highs in 2012. As the law stands they are legal, but that does not make them safe.”

Designed to mimic the effects of illegal drugs, legal highs are chemically different enough to not be covered by the law. They are on sale openly on websites and high streets across the UK, costing around £8 per gram.

The chemicals are often made on an industrial scale in countries such as China and India and then packaged and distributed throughout Europe.

Suppliers can sell many of them legally as long as the words “not for human consumption” appear on the packets. They are often sold as plant food or bath salts.

As well as multiple deaths, there have been a number of cases across the country where the substances have resulted in heart attacks, frothing at the mouth and blurred vision.

Three men collapsed outside a nightclub in Northampton town centre in November last year after talking legal highs.

Kettering-based charity Solve-It is bidding to raise awareness of the growing problem by giving information about the substances and advice of what to do if someone has taken a legal high.
For more information about the work carried out by Solve It, visit www.solveitonline.co.uk

Thrapston Scarecrow Festival 2014

It’s time to let your imagination loose and come up with a novel idea for a scarecrow. Thrapston is a great place to live.  Let’s celebrate it by bringing a smile to our neighbours and to visitors to the town.

In the lead up to the Charter Fair, this year, we are holding a Scarecrow Festival. It is open to all residents of Thrapston and will cost just £2 to enter.

  • Prizes will go to the ‘best traditional’ scarecrow and the ‘most amusing’.
  • A Trophy will go to the winning entry from a local business.
  • The best scarecrow made by a group, organisation or school will win 1 year’s membership & a visit pass to Phoenix Resource Centre.

You will need to display your scarecrow, at your address, from the 14th to the 28th June.  Winners will be announced at The Charter Fair.

Entry forms can be obtained from and returned to Jolly’s Toy Shop and Bearly Worn, both in the High Street.

There are lots of brilliant ideas on the internet. Have fun!

Chloe Egan – Mobile Chiropodist

A podiatrist or chiropodist can help you with common foot problems, including ingrown toenails and bunions.

Chiropodist/Podiatrists can be thought of as a type of foot doctor. They can give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear. They can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems including:

  • toenail problems such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails
  • corns and calluses
  • verrucas
  • athlete’s foot
  • smelly feet
  • dry and cracked heels
  • flat feet
  • diabetic foot checks

Even if your feet are generally in good condition, you might consider having a single session of podiatry to have the hard skin on your feet removed, toenails clipped, to find out if you’re wearing the right shoes (take your shoes with you for specific advice on footwear) or just to check that you’re looking after your feet properly.

Chloe Egan is our local Podiastrist and does home visits, this is ideal for anyone who has particular foot problems meaning they find walking difficult, although it’s also ideal for strapped-for-time busy professionals who can schedule in a home visit when they are free.chloefinal2


Call Chloe on 07834 657091 to book your appointment.

Thrapston Fat Stock Show Society Present Cheque For £2,509.50 To Local Charity Beds Garden Carers

The annual Thrapston Fat Stock Show and dinner took place in November 2013. The Society chose to support and raise money for a local charity Beds Garden Carers, who provide day care, work experience, and educational services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, to help them learn, grow, and develop. The current centre on Brereton Road, in Bedford, is unsuitable and inadequate for their ever growing needs.

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The society raised money on the show day with a ”Guess the weight of a steer” competition, with local farmer John Gent winning an oven ready turkey, kindly donated by Messers CP Hankins & Son, Thrapston, for guessing the exact weight of the animal at 635kgs.

Also on the show day winning homegrown produce exhibits were auctioned off, raising further funds.


At the dinner a raffle was held, and 11 donated lots were auctioned off for charity, raising over £2,000. These lots included a meal at The Kings Arms Thrapston, tickets for rugby and cricket matches, signed sport memorabilia, a tour with the head deer keeper at Woburn Abbey, a shooting lesson at Sporting Targets Risely, and tickets for a day at the races. A massive thanks to all who donated lots for this great cause, and to those that generously purchased them.

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At the society’s AGM on Tuesday night Zoe and Sharon, from Beds Garden Carers, were presented with a cheque for £2,509.50. Sharon informed the society that now a plot of land has been purchased, the money that the society has raised will go towards getting planning permission for a purpose built centre, for which £2 million will need to be raised.

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Here’s what VSH Law have to say about themselves….

Right from the start

From our very beginning in the 1830’s, client care was at the forefront of how we did business and it still is today. We’re proud to have a team who share our values and deliver exceptional standards of client care across the range of legal services we provide.

You might be looking for a local solicitor to take care of things for you, or perhaps you’re further afield. Or maybe you’re acting on behalf of a local, national or multinational company. Whatever you’re looking for you can be assured you’ll receive a personal, thorough and efficient service from our highly competent, qualified and motivated team.

We’re committed to maintaining a blended team, with each individual having expertise and specialist knowledge they can feel passionate about and use day to day with their clients.

And still moving forwards today

We continually develop our people both with qualifications and accreditations and as a business we seek to be at the top of our game, fully accredited by the professional bodies that are important in the legal profession. You can see some of our accreditation partners’ logos at the bottom of this page.

What this means for you

In residential conveyancing you’ll benefit from always have a qualified and experienced conveyancer managing your case personally, unlike some other firms who use non qualified staff in this area.

For individual and family services you’ll be able to call on our supportive and reliable team who will deal with your matter respectfully and thoroughly, bringing their wealth of experience to bear on your behalf.

In business you’ll be talking to someone who has spent time ‘in the real world’, in business. They understand the problems, the pressures, the environments and are solutions focused, not simply legal jargon interpreters.

Our team is exceptional.

VSH Law, Montague House, Chancery Lane, Thrapston, NN14 4LN

t: 01832 732161

f: 01832 733523



New Head Chef, Carl Long, steps up to the hot plate at Oundle Mill

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Head Chef, Carl Long, who is taking over from Gavin Austin. After a very successful two and a half years, Oundle Mill bids a fond farewell to Gavin who is looking to pursue a new challenge.

The new Head Chef is familiar to the Mill’s loyal guests as he has worked at Oundle Mill for two years as Gavin’s Sous Chef, before being promoted to the new position.

Carl has previously experienced a number of the country’s award winning kitchens and even spent a few months in France developing his culinary skills. He has a great flair and talent for cooking and has successfully entered the prestigious Roux scholarship and reached regional finals.

Carl has worked with some of the most recognised chefs, including three years under Head Chef and owner, Steve Drake, in Michelin starred restaurant Drake’s in Surrey.

Carl is delighted to start his first Head Chef role at the beginning of April, and is keen to further develop the Mill’s menus and build on the great achievements and reputation that the Mill has attained in the past few years.

Carl has said, “This is a great opportunity for me to develop myself as a chef, to improve my style and put my mark on Oundle Mill. I’m in this profession because I love doing what I do, my passion is to cook excellent food, using quality seasonal ingredients, and using local producers whenever possible.”