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Readers’ undying love of romance fiction

Readers’ undying love of romance fiction

Romance fiction was already a billion dollar publishing industry when in the middle of the pandemic lockdown, the Netflix series Bridgerton introduced the romance genre to millions more fans across…

The high stakes work of a hostage negotiator

The high stakes work of a hostage negotiator

From the peaceful enclave of Oundle, hostage negotiation specialist Leslie Edwards’ work takes him on missions to negotiate ransoms and the safe return of hostages with some of the most…

Escaped parakeets go wild

Escaped parakeets go wild

In early January, Charlotte Barford was surprised to see a bright green bird in her garden. “I had to look twice. My initial thought was it must be someone’s escaped…

Archaeological digs reveal the layers of history beneath our feet

Archaeological digs reveal the layers of history beneath our feet

In January, just as news of the discovery of a significant Anglo-Saxon cemetery was reported in Northamptonshire, the star-studded film The Dig was released on Netflix. The film’s story about…

Special occasion and dining domes to beat the English weather

Special occasion and dining domes to beat the English weather

The Duende experience was introduced to Oundle in September 2020 by Mayte Botella-Getino and Sheridan Baker. This new venture makes spectacular dining experiences and special occasions possible no matter the…

Queen honours local volunteer with British Empire Award

Queen honours local volunteer with British Empire Award

In this year’s New Year’s Honours, Sarah Lee was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) from the Queen for services which she gave over several years to senior citizens and…

Grade assessments aim to avert last year’s problems

When school exams were cancelled last year due to coronavirus lockdown, within the space of less than one term, exam boards had to come up with an alternative system for…

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…

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…

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