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Eligibility for free school meals increased during pandemic

Eligibility for free school meals  increased during pandemic

The school closures during the pandemic revealed how vulnerable those children are who rely on free meals at school to help alleviate food poverty at home. At the start of…

Residents resulne fight to keep Fletton Field green

Residents resulne fight to keep Fletton Field green

The ongoing fight to keep Fletton Field as a green space at the centre of Oundle has been renewed by a group that includes Oundle Town Council, Oundle Transition, Oundle…

Oundle scrubs up well

Oundle scrubs up well

Blooming Oundle is a new volunteer project initiated by Transition Oundle and Oundle Business Association to encourage people to take responsibility for improving the public spaces around Oundle. The last…

Historic England audits links to transatlantic slave economy

Historic England audits links to transatlantic slave economy

Earlier this year, English Heritage published an audit of Britain’s built environment that had links to the transatlantic slave trade that they had begun in early 2020. Their 157-page report…

Planning rules expose conservation areas to development

The government has introduced new planning rules that will allow commercial high-street properties to be converted into housing without full planning applications from August 1. Although it has been possible…

Right to regenerate targets unused land

A new government initiative could force councils to sell vacant plots of land and derelict buildings for redevelopment under plans announced in January by the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP.…

Diocesan pushes ahead with land sale

Despite objections from Titchmarsh parish residents, the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance voted in December to proceed with the sale of 114 acres of glebe farmland. In an emergency meeting…

Headteacher Janet McMurdo to retire after 18 successful years

Headteacher Janet McMurdo to retire after 18 successful years

Janet McMurdo, headteacher of Oundle CE Primary School, will retire this Easter after nearly two decades at the school. Mrs McMurdo is well known in the community as the driving…

Hare coursing continues to blight the countryside

Hare coursing continues to blight the countryside

Not often in the headlines, but under the headlamps of the cars which pursue them, hounds chasing hares seems an unimportant problem. However, hare coursing, the illegal sport where dogs…

Disputes over river rights muddy the water

Over the hot months of the pandemic summer, record numbers of people headed to favourite swimming spots along the River Nene near Oundle. At times up to a hundred people…