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Village Connect, the original community magazine, bringing local business to local villages

Bringing local business to local villages


Welcome to Village Connect, the original independent village community publication, bringing local business to local villages since April 2005.


Village Connect is published bi-monthly and hand delivered free of charge to more than 18,000 homes and businesses in 71 selected Northamptonshire villages, and has established itself as the premier notice board for businesses in the area.


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Welcome to my first column for Village Connect. Please let me introduce myself. I am a blogger and an online columnist for the Northants Telegraph. I write about the issues that affect local people, and I am passionate about protecting trees, nature, and the countryside. I support local businesses, try to shop in independent stores and farm shops, and encourage other people to do the same where possible. I hope that you will enjoy reading my columns, and please visit my blog and Northants Telegraph column too.

Many thanks, Hx

‘Oh, to be in England now that April’s here’

I think of these immortal words, by poet Robert Browning, every Spring. Truly, there’s nowhere finer, and I think our corner of Northamptonshire looks particularly stunning in Springtime. Easter is quite late this year with Easter Sunday not being until 20th April. This hopefully means that the Easter school holidays will be blessed with some warm Spring sunshine – I am nothing if not optimistic! I was in Norfolk last Easter holidays, just as we emerged from one of the coldest winters I can remember (certainly the snowiest), and it was just four degrees as I stood on Cromer Pier wrapped up in hat, scarf, gloves and winter coat!

This Easter, I intend to be in glorious Northamptonshire. We are blessed with a whole host of great places to visit, and I particularly enjoy walking with my family - including our new addition, a beautiful black Labrador puppy - at Fineshade Woods or at Fermyn Woods Country Park.

There is nothing better than a fabulous walk in the countryside, filling your lungs with fresh air and clearing away the cobwebs - swiftly followed by a great cup of tea or coffee and a tasty piece of cake in a local café! Whatever the weather – I am told there is no such thing as bad weather, just incorrect clothing - go outside and enjoy our beautiful countryside, where you will find the birds singing, lambs gambolling in the fields, spring flowers, and trees in blossom.

Have a lovely Spring, see you in the Summer! Hx


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