West Northamptonshire Council – new e-commerce app

Grow Your Business With New e-commerce App

Businesses across West Northamptonshire are encouraged to sign-up for a new e-commerce and tourism app to boost footfall, increase local spend, and shine a spotlight on everything our area has to offer.

West Northamptonshire Council has worked with award-winning technology company Bubltown to create the new ExploreWN app.

The app is set to be launched later this summer, but businesses are invited to sign-up to it for free now, so they can set up their profile on the app and be ready to engage with customers from day one.

Funded by the Welcome Back Fund with the aim of helping businesses recover from the pandemic and return to growth, the platform offers a digital showcase for local businesses and attractions

It is free for any West Northamptonshire business to join and use, and allows them to create a profile, raise their reputation, boost their brand and increase sales. 

The app will give residents easy access to local goods, services and discounts right on their doorstep and will include features to promote events, walking routes and local attractions.

Councillor Daniel Lister, Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Town Centre Regeneration said: “This is a powerful platform which will provide businesses with the support they need to thrive in a more digital future as well as enhance the local quality of life, grow the local economy and support our vision of a thriving West Northamptonshire.

“We are dedicated to supporting businesses to grow, create jobs and prosper in this area. West Northants has the perfect combination of rural and urban offers and ExploreWN is going to showcase every hidden gem and reason to visit, shop and spend in our area.”

Businesses can find out more and sign up for free by visiting https://join.explorewn.co.uk

Anglian Water offer to help vulnerable people

West Northamptonshire Council are working in partnership with Anglian Water to help make sure that communities are aware of the support they can receive if they are customers of Anglian Water.

Anglian Water offers a range of practical support for residents experiencing difficulty with their bills, which includes discounted tariffs, assistance schemes for those who have fallen behind on payments, as well as flexible and affordable payment plans.

They also offer a Priority Services Register, providing additional support to a wide range of people, from those with sight, hearing, or mobility difficulties, to parents with the babies under 12 months old.

More information about the help available can be found by clicking this link to the Anglian Water Extra Care Support Page or call on 0800 011 3774.

Bench Under the Beech Tree

Vacancy for East Farndon Parish Councillor

Following the public notice of a casual vacancy (due to the resignation of Russell Burton) to give electors the opportunity to request an election, as there were no requests to hold an election, the Returning Officer has confirmed that the Parish Council can fill the vacancy by co-option.

Therefore, the Parish Council invites applications for co-option, and a notice of the casual vacancy can be accessed by clicking this link, Notice of Casual Vacancy Notice

Any person interested in applying should refer to the Parish Council’s Co-option Procedure, which is available on the Parish Council website or by clicking this link, Co-option Procedure You can also obtain a copy from the Parish Clerk. Applicants for co-option should: 

  1. Submit an application form (a copy of the application form is attached as Appendix A – section 1 to the Co-option Procedure);
  2. Confirm their eligibility for the position of Councillor by signing a copy of the eligibility criteria on the application form (Appendix A – section 2 to the Co-option Procedure). 

The closing date for applications is midday on Wednesday, 13th July 2022 and should be submitted to the Clerk via email at: parishclerk.eastfarndon@gmail.com 

Applications will then be considered at the Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, 20 July 2022. If you have any questions about the role of a Parish Councillor, or any general queries, please contact the Clerk.

Caroline Burton

Clerk to East Farndon Parish Council

Introducing the Anne Robson Helpline

If you or someone close to you is dying, you can talk to us.

At the Anne Robson Trust we aim to be there to listen to anyone who faces dying or the imminent death of someone they care about. We know that facing the end of life can leave you feeling isolated and alone. 

Being able to access support is so important. Gaining knowledge of what may happen towards the end of life and being prepared helps both the person dying and their loved ones to feel a sense of control.

Calls are free and confidential. Call us on 0808 801 0688 – we have time to talk

Please visit www.annerobsontrust.org.uk/helpline-service to find out more.

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The need to support and empower people who are dying has never been greater:

  • Almost 700,000 people die every year in the UK, a figure set to rise to 750,000 by 2030. 
  • In a recent survey, over 70% of people questioned said they fear being helpless and dependent more than they fear death itself.

Our vision is to ensure every person receives the compassion, comfort, and companionship they wish for at the end of their life. 

While many services exist to support those who are bereaved, there is very little available for the period before someone dies, helping people to cope when a death is anticipated. We are the only national charity in the UK providing emotional support to anyone with a terminal diagnosis, and those caring for them. Our work is attracting attention and our founder, Liz Pryor, was awarded an MBE this year for services to end of life care. 

We work with NHS Trusts to train volunteers, who sit with hospital patients in the last days and hours of their life to provide company and companionship, so they know they are not alone. We also run a free national Helpline service providing support for anyone approaching the end of their life, and their loved ones. We understand the pressures of caring for people who are nearing the end of life.

“I called the helpline when my husband of 43 years was nearing the end of his life. We had a wonderful life together and I was scared to let go and overwhelmed. To have someone to talk to, who understands is worth so much.” Helpline caller

Please support the people of Ukraine

East Farndon Parish Council stands in support of the people of Ukraine. Please consider making a personal donation to one of the following humanitarian relief charities, by clicking the links below,

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal The British Red Cross, https://www.redcross.org.uk

Please also consider the scheme that is run by the government for people to make an offer of accommodation (https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk). Hosts and refugees will be vetted by the government.

Thank You.

Avian Flu – important reminder for bird keepers

Bird keepers are reminded of the restrictions that remain in place to minimise the risk of avian flu. 

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone came into force across the country in November, making it a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to keep their birds indoors and follow strict measures. 

It is the largest ever outbreak of bird flu in the UK, with identified across the country, including the neighbouring counties of Warwickshire and Leicestershire. 

While the risk to people is very low, the disease is highly contagious among birds and often proves fatal. 

Wild birds migrating to the UK from mainland Europe during the winter months help spread the disease, so West Northamptonshire Council is reminding all bird keepers to follow the biosecurity measures needed to keep their birds safe and help stop the spread. 

Poultry keepers must: 

  • House or net all poultry and captive birds to keep them separate from wild birds 
  • Clean and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing 
  • Reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control 
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect housing on a continuous basis 
  • Keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points 
  • Minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds. 

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77. Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. 

More information can be found on the Government website [ www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu ]