Editor’s Letter – September Issue

Dear Neighbours,

I’ve enjoyed a relaxing couple of weeks break over the summer with my family but all good things unfortunately come to an end, and so it’s back to school runs, work and generally chasing my tail!

I was pleased my 16 year old son obtained a summer job as soon as he finished his GCSE’s without me having to badger him (too much!), and even more surprised that he committed to daily 8am starts throughout this time without so much as a grumble! I think his first pay packet was a great motivator and hopefully this will encourage him to work hard at Sixth Form to achieve the results he needs to secure a good job in his chosen field. I can’t believe my ‘little boy’ is all grown-up!

It’s certainly not been cheap kitting him out in suits for college – not to mention upgrading his laptop; our technology feature has tips on getting the most for your money when it comes to new term tech, page 10.

With the start of a new term, Northamptonshire Police are encouraging parents and carers to help children stay safe on the school run; read their advice on page 14.

Our finance feature this month looks at planning for retirement, which starts with knowing how much you will need, followed by how you’re going to achieve it; page 38.

It’s World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September and with it being the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds, and men in particular being at higher risk, it’s more important than ever to be aware of mental health issues amongst family and friends. Read our health article on page 46 for more details.

Finally, we have two tickets to see Richard Alston Dance Company to give away, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 44.

Until next month…

Zoë