Diving into 2023: Tips to survive Blue January, an update on Future Developments and our latest photo competition winner!

Happy new year! We hope you’ve had a restful Christmas and a wonderful entry to 2023.

We’re excited to jump back to it in this month’s blog. We’re sharing some tips for surviving January Blues, announcing our latest Photo Competition Winner, as well as looking ahead to Future Development and sharing some resources to help with the cost of living.

It’s January folks, the bluest month of the year. The festivities are coming to an end and the seasonal cheer has left Oakley Vale. Stay awhile; make a warm tea, settle in and let our words comfort you.


Back to work: how to cope with feeling blue this January

We know. We understand. We’re all there: it’s January.

It’s the Monday of months and those post-holiday blues are hitting hard. The weather is dreary and money might feel tight. Many are plagued with the same feelings this month.

We’re in this together, so we’ve assembled a few tips on how to get by during this difficult month:

  1. Keep active – even if it’s a short walk outside, staying active will improve your mood and give you some time out in nature.
  2. Ditch unrealistic New Year’s resolutions – it’s fun to kick off the new year with new or better habits. But don’t let your resolutions hold you hostage. If they’re making you miserable, ditch them!
  3. Do (or find!) something you’re good at – A new hobby can bring you new friends, time to yourself and often you have something to show at the end of it.
  4. Visit friends or family – Family isn’t just for Christmas! Keep up the visits in January and see out the Monday of months together.
  5. Escape with a good book – We’re booklovers, so we may be biased. But there’s no better way to see out the bleak days than escaping into a story.


Congratulations to our latest photo competition winner!

After some great entries, we announced our latest photo competition winner before Christmas – Adrian Mlynarski – with this stunning photo at Corby play park.



Soon we’ll announce our latest theme, so get your cameras ready and get snapping!


Cost of living support to help you get by this January

Financial woes are often prominent this month and may be enhanced this year by the cost of living. We’ve put together a list of resources and support for anyone who might need it.

Worrying about money isn’t fun, but we hope this blog will be a reminder that you’re not alone. You can check what government help you might be entitled to, find what organisations and charities are out there and learn about Warm Spaces in Corby.

Read it here.


2023 set to bring new development in Oakley Vale

We’ve been giving updates regularly around the next phases of development set for Oakley Vale – and 2023 promises to be the year things kick-off in earnest.

Great Oakley Farms and its preferred developer partner for phase 8 are continuing with contract negotiations which when completed will enable a planning application to be submitted for 270 new homes to North Northamptonshire Council in late 2023.

Planning approval could be granted by the end of 2023 or in early 2024.  Once this is achieved the land will need to be cleared of any great crested newts from nearby ponds and these will be relocated into a new dedicated wildlife site to be created to the south of phase 8 on Great Oakley land.

Phase 8 will include a mixture of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes and will include homes for outright sale, private rented homes and 40 affordable homes including 30 for Shared Ownership.

If you want to stay informed on the development, keep an eye on our Future Developments page, which we keep regularly updated.

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