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C o n tent s 4 Editor’s Comments 6 Local Handy Number 17 What you Can’t Afford To Go Shopping Without 18 Make The Most Of Your Georgian House 22 The New Year Has Brought Renewed Success For Brackley Town 25 How To Find The Best Bargains Online 34 Gardening This March 36 Events 37 BIB Competition WIN £20 38 Index

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Welcome...

MARCH ISSUE 2014

The aim of the monthly Brackley In Business Magazine is to support businesses in order that the local community can flourish. www.brackleyinbusiness.co.uk inbusinessmagazines@gmail.com Office: 0844 6933228 Home: 01386 861478 Mobile: 07899 757473 ADVERTISING Kate Martin FEATURES EDITOR Jen Oakton NEXT ISSUE COPY DATE 11th March 2014

....They say that March 'Comes in like a lion and out like a lamb' and with all the squally rain we have struggled through in February, I do hope this month will see Spring sunshine and we can finally be rid of wintertime! With daffodils, chicks and Spring lambs gambolling in the fields, March is a lovely optimistic month which fills us with hope for the happy times we can share in warmer weather. Mother's Day on Sunday 30th March is the perfect excuse to spoil Mum - take her out for a lovely lunch, buy her some flowers, or maybe treat her to a manicure or facial - whatever you choose, make sure you let your Mother feel special! Until next time‌

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Brackley Local Handy Numbers Beachborough School 01280 700 071 Boots the Chemist 01280 702213 Bracken Leas Primary School 01280 707050 Brackley C Of E Junior School 01280 707 060 Brackley Cottage Hospital 01280 702388 Brackley Health Centre 01280 703460 Brackley Library 01280 703455 Brackley Leisure Centre 01280 701787 Brackley Swimming Pool 01280 704906 Brackley Town Council 01280 702441 Car Share 01280 841099 Connexions South Northants 0800 731319 Croughton All Saints Cofe Primary 01869 810727 Croughton Pre-school 01869 811968 Farthinghoe Primary School 01295 710406 Helmdons Acorns Pre-School 01295 768327 Helmdon Primary School 01295 768126 Horton A & E 01295 275500 Horton Treatment Centre 01295 755000 Job Centre 0845 6060234 John Radcliffe Hospital 01865 741166 Lakefield Nursery 01280 701587 Lark Rise Pharmacy 01280 700222 Little Fishes Pre-school 01280 705295 Little Oaks Pre-school 01280 840201 Magdalen College School 01280 846 300 NHS Direct 0845 46 47 Northampton General Hospital 01604 634700 Northants Fire Service 01604 797000 Police 03000 111 222 Post Office 01280 841676 Puddleducks Day Nursery 01869 811222 Reg. of Births, Deaths & Marriages 01327 350774 Snvb 01280 841250 Southfield Primary School 01280 709792 Springfield Surgery 01280 703431 / 01280 704122 St James Pre-school Playgroup 07976909005 Stepping Stones Pre-school 07751597251 Sure Start 01280 841674 Syresham Playgroup 01280 850269 The House At Pooh Corner Ltd 01280 704422 Tiddlywinks Nursery School 01280 705244 Washington House Surgery 01280 702436 Waynflete Infant School 01280 702 270 Winchester House School 01280 702 483 Winchester House School Pre-prep 01280 703070

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PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING

PAT THOMPSON

MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, MBACP. •I am a registered Psychotherapist with over 20 years experience, the last 16 years being in private practice in this area. •I work with a broad range of people from many walks of life including: - Some who are deeply unhappy, without knowing why. - Some who cannot break out of abusive patterns of behaviour which are damaging to themselves or others. - Some who are overwhelmed with powerful feelings, thoughts and emotions and cannot make sense of them. - Some who have lost their way and a sense of who they are. These different issues show up as:

STRESS, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION, EATING DISORDERS, RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS, LOW SELF-ESTEEM, PHOBIAS & OBSESSIONS,

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Health &Beauty

Will Cooper BSc Hons MCSP Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist • Sports Injuries • Joint and Soft Tissue Problems • Post-operative Rehabilitation • Whiplash Injuries • Sports and Remedial Massage Active4less Fitness Club, Brackley Red Barn Retreat, Fulwell, Nr Brackley

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Health &Beauty

Charlie Greig Physiotherapist HPC Registered

Brackley’s premier beauty salon offering a wide range of treatments including:

• Musculo-skeletal problems • Sports & Injury Rehabilitation • Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy

•Dermalogica Facials

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•Lash Perfect Eyelash Extensions •Manicures and Pedicures

Located on B4525 at The Old Dairy, Greatworth Hall Greatworth, Banbury. OX17 2DH

•Jessica GELeration Manicure/Pedicure •Lava Shell Massage •Swedish and Indian Head Massage •Waxing •Eyelash/Brow Tinting •Men's Treatments

To book call Hannah on

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What you can’t afford to go shopping without

A decade ago, most people were too proud to produce vouchers at the supermarket till, as the stigma of being short of money was more important than saving a few pence. However as we entered a recession in 2007, the internet saw the birth of a stream of discount voucher sites giving shoppers the chance to claim their reductions from the anonymity of a computer screen. And as the economic chill continued to bite, these sites have rocketed in popularity as people began realising the money-saving potential on everything, from insurance to groceries. Latest figures from one of the UK's fastest growing sites - Savoo - shows the UK's shopping habits have changed dramatically in the last three years. The research shows that there has been an increase of almost 40% in the number of people searching for great deals online since 2009. A massive 85% of women say they would use a discount code or coupon in supermarkets if it meant they could get a better deal, while clothes, shoes and restaurants are the most popular with online bargain-hunters perhaps indicating the UK is heading towards the extreme couponing culture of the US.

Traditionally polite Brits are also changing their attitudes to using voucher codes, with 80 per cent of respondents not being embarrassed to make a saving on the items they buy compared with 70% years ago. The findings also show people are more open to cosmetic surgery than ever before, but don't want to save money on procedures that will enhance their looks. In these austere times just three per cent of those interviewed would opt to use a discount code or deal when it came to getting nose jobs, teeth whitening or laser eye surgery proving that when it comes to our looks, the nation is reluctant to save wants to pay top dollar. Other findings show the north/south divide strikes again, as it's the penurious people of Glasgow who make the most of discount vouchers by saving an average £526 a year on their grocery shopping, compared to those in Plymouth who only save £4.10 a week. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's the younger generation that make the most of online deals and discounts with those aged 16-24 saving an average of £8.40 on their weekly shop compared to the over 55s who save an average of £5. Simon Bird, General Manager of Savoo, says: "This research shows

how the UK is a nation of savvy shoppers using voucher codes and deals to get the best prices all the time with grocery prices, understandably being top of the agenda." The latest site to appear DiscountVoucherSite.com - is already proving immensely popular with the savvy shopper communities. Billing itself as a haven for shoppers, DiscountVoucherSite.com pledges to provide a voucher to match whatever you're shopping for on the high street with savings of up to 80%. The discounts are not limited as they are sourced daily, and allow shoppers to search for the product they've already decided to buy and enter the code at the check-out - getting their bargain price without the pain.

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Making the most of your Georgian home The Georgain listed home maybe the most lusted after but if you are lucky enough to own one already, what can you do to show off it’s features? Built between 1714 and 1820 the Georgian period home is the most lusted after in Britain. Perhaps its our love for all things Austen which make us yearn for the kind of house in which we could imagine Mr Darcy moodily lurking or maybe we just love the clean lines, high ceilings and symmetrical proportions which make Georgian architecture lighter and more typically attractive. Whatever the reason, according to estate agents Savills Brits will typically pay a whopping 43% premium for a Georgian home over any other - even the thatched chocolate box country cottage. So if you're one of the lucky owners of an Austen-era property what do you need to know to make the most of its enviable looks? Beware Brass Furniture Many retailers will sell brass knobs, hinges and knockers as 'Georgian' or even advise you that shining brass door furniture was typical of the era. However, more often than not Georgian homes would have been fitted with black painted cast iron door furniture. Equally letterboxes were a Victorian invention (although practicality may override authenticity on this one!) while most doors would have been fitted with one large, rounded central knob rather than a handle. To find authentic door furniture visit a reclamation yard or take advice from a restoration specialist.

Retain Original Features Important in any period home are the features such as fireplaces, windows, staircases and floorboards which help in dating a home and, more importantly, give it character. In recent years 'period features' have become as desirable a selling point as extra space, gardens and garages. As with original plasterwork other features should be kept in as original a state as possible and repaired only by qualified and experienced professionals. If you should need to replace or reinstate items try reclamation yards or online auction houses before installing reproduction items - these can look unconvincing and, as an example, Georgian floorboards can be extremely hard to replicate due to their unusual proportions. Let Your Personality Shine Through Provided your home isn't a listing building you can, within building regulations do whatever you like with it. It can be tempting with any historic building to slavishly restore and decorate, paying minute attention to specific historical detail. As Le Corbusier said 'a house is a machine for living in' - so remember to use your own taste and needs to make the most of your Georgian home.

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All Building Work Undertaken

Insurance Work Extensions Groundworks Conservatories Landscaping Roofing Kitchen Fitting Gas Boilers, General Servicing & Plumbing Bathrooms & Ensuites etc...

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The New Year has brought renewed success for Brackley Town

The New Year has brought renewed success for Brackley Town in the quest to go one better than last season and gain promotion from the Conference North. Saints secured a crucial away win at rivals and former league side Boston United to move into third place, just 2 points from the top. There remain a lot of clubs contesting the top five places and so every week brings close rivals into games against each other and means that teams drop points making this an exciting tussle at the top unlike last season when Chester ran

Bespoke, handmade joinery made to your specifications; a wide range of timbers available.

away with the title. Manager Jon Brady wasted no time in addressing a mini-slump over the festive period. He brought in ex-Aston villa striker Stefan Moore and former player Dominic Langdon at full back along with French player Remy Climera, who has spent several seasons as captain at Histon. Moore made an immediate impact averaging more than a goal per goal and both Langdon and Climera both went straight intro the team. With the final rounds of fixtures hoving into view there is all to play for. Follow Saints’ progress on the club website and come along to St James Park to catch a game if you can as an exciting season approaches its crescendo!

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Affordable professional caretaking and property maintenance for your business. Specialist services currently serving

schools/playgroups/surgeries/offices/hotels Regular or occasional visits as required

Licenced waste carrier. CRB enhanced. 5 million public liability insurance.available

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How to find the best bargains online Get shop-savvy with these top tips for getting the best value online. Before you do anything, do your research. If you feel you need to see and touch a specific product before you buy it, go and find it in a store. Choose exactly what you want and then shop around for the best deal online. If you prefer to do your research on the net, search Google for consumer reports and product reviews to find a product that you know others are happy with (Google Product Search is useful) comparison sites such as Amazon often include a consumer rating. www.ciao.co.uk is an excellent option too, as it doesn't actually sell anything itself - it's a reader review site, about everything from cameras to cars, as well as links to websites that sell the products. There, you can immediately compare how much the product will cost at a range of online sellers. A great site for fashion and beauty products is www.reviewcentre.com.

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Cont from page 25 Once you know what you want, shop around. Being able to hunt around for the best bargain is half the joy of online shopping. Make use of sites such as eBay and Amazon, as they do all the comparison work for you. On price comparison sites, always sort by price rather than "most popular," which can be bought out by sellers. In other words, the results that come out on top are not necessarily the best, but simply the ones who have paid the most to come up first. When buying items such as books, shoes and DVDs always check the postage costs involved and calculate this into the total price. Search around for sites that offer free delivery, or if this isn't available, you may get free delivery if you buy in bulk. Before you buy, always check that the seller is reputable. Sites such as Amazon are incredibly useful for this as they offer buyers' feedback so you know the seller's track record and what type of service they are likely to deliver. If that option is not available and you're concerned, try www.resellerratings.com - it offers reviews of online stores.

Local Brackley builder with 25 years experience All types of building work undertaken Excellent references available

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S PI C E R S C O M B E B A R N Self Catering Holiday Accomodation www.spicerscombebarn.co.uk

❚ 4 bedrooms - 2 doubles, 1 twin and 1 bunk bed ❚ Family Bathroom and By The Editor of the Shower Room Brackley In Business ❚ Wash Room with washing “After staying in 2013 machine, tumble dryer, I can’t wait to visit again” iron and board ❚ 50ft Open Plan Living Area with wood burning stove ❚ Fully Equipped Kitchen ❚ Dining Area For availability and booking please phone Kate Burgess on

01280 822766

KINGSBRIDGE DEVON Spicerscombe Barn is situated in a quiet location 3 miles from the small town of Modbury.

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Brackley & Buckingham Dog Training Club Thursday Nights Finmere Village Hall All Breeds, All Ages & All Standards

01280 701794 One to One Training at Your Home also available

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17th Edition Qualified Fuse box upgrades • Re-wires Inspection and test of entire wiring • General repairs. • External power for sheds and water features • Change single sockets to doubles • Additional sockets • Change light fittings • Additional lighting (internal and external) • Connection of Electric showers. • Telephone extensions

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●CENTRAL HEATING

Misty Units Replaced

• PVCu Windows & Doors

• Safety/Toughened Glass

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T h e G a r d e n i n March

Written by Chris Swallow Swallows Nursery

After two months of exceptionally wet weather, if March doesn’t dry up I will eat my rain hat! And it will be just in time to get all the ground work done before the end of the planting season. Let’s get out there and enjoy the early spring.

Looking Good

Early spring flowering plants are great for adding colour to the garden. ‘Lungworts’, so named for their spotted leaves, produce pretty little flowers from March to May

Fine range of great plants

(see pic). They are ground hugging, shade tolerant and flower in shades of blue, pink and white. Numerous bulbous species are bursting into flower at this time, such as Narcissi, dwarf iris, grape hyacynth and Scilla sibirica. Many trees flower early in the season, though the flowers tend to be smaller as they do not have to compete with so many other flowering plants as they would in April and May. The catkins of hazel, willow and also Garrya eliptica are a delight in late winter and early spring. Heucheras are ‘in-plants’ at the moment. The compact clumps of evergreen, rounded leaves keep a year-round interest. They then produce fine

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ESTATE & GARDEN SERVICES Ltd.

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March is probably the month when most plants are planted, as ground conditions improve, whether trees, shrubs, fruit bushes, perennials, climbers and so on. Some groups of plants such as clematis and hydrangeas need pruning with care, as some types within the group may lose potential flowering wood for the season. It is time for a final tidy-up: pruning many evergreens (individuals or hedges), cutting back perennials, pruning winter stems, climbers, roses etc. In the kitchen garden we should get plenty of action this month. Seedbeds can be prepared and sowing can begin later in the month. Early potatoes should be ‘chitted’ indoors first, then planted about 30cm apart, ideally in the base of a well fertilised trench, preferably using organic matter.

Happy Gardening!

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Every Monday (During Term Time) Brackley Male Voice Choir rehearsals at Brackley Baptist Church, Waynflete Close, at 7.30 till 9pm. No auditions only a love of singing required 01280 704149 or visit vwww.brackleymalevoicechoir. org.uk Every Monday Irish Dancing Classes Brackley Bowling Club Turweston Village Hall Boys & Girls from age 3. 4pm - 5pm All levels welcome. Call Jackie after 4pm on 07739632840 or Rose 07976914686 Every Tuesday Every Tuesday from 7 p.m. Banbury & District Model Railway Club Information on www.BDMRC.com or phone Secretary 01295-252931

Every Tuesday Dance School Stepbystep Ballroom and Latin Dancing with Andrzej Mialkowski CHILDREN: 5.00pm - 5.50pm Beginners ADULTS: 7.00pm - 7.50pm Beginners Town Hall, Brackley, Northants Every Wednesday Evening & Sunday Evening Mixed Club Sessions Brackley Tennis Club, Westminster Road, Off Buckingham Road, Brackey. John Leftwich 01280 705717 and Nigel Evans 01280 701740.

Every Wednesday (term time only)

Brackley Wind Ensemble is a lively group of wind players who meet on Wednesday evenings in central Brackley. We are looking for new players Grade 5 standard. No auditions required. For information visit www.bwemusic.co.uk Every Thursday (term time only)

Sing and Sign Baby Signing classes for babies 6-18 months. 9.45am and 11am at Evenley Village Hall, Nr Brackley Booking is essential contact Helen 07906 055591, helenbrawn@singandsign.co.uk www.singandsign.co.uk Every Thursday

Every Monday "Open Doors" at Greatworth Methodist Church, 10 am to 12 noon. Drop in for refreshments, activities, games, carpet bowls, newspapers and friendly chat. For info. tel. 01295 711082 7th March Tree of Hope Charity Race Night & Raffle Magdelen College School 7pm till midnight £2.50 each call Clare 077915 64624 8th March Friends of Magdalen College School are holding a Flea Market in the Driver Hall at St. John's site. Come along and browse the stalls. Doors open at 9am. Free entry and free parking. Tea and coffee will be available.

(term time only)

Brackley Rock Choir - pop, gospel and Motown singing at Southfield Primary School, Banbury Road, Brackley, from 8.00-9.30pm. Friendly, fun choir for ages 18+. No auditions and no need to read music. www.rockchoir.com or call 01252 714276 1st Friday of the month ST PETER’S CHURCH COFFEE MORNING held at Brackley Town Hall 10.00am until 12 noon. £1 entrance gives you unlimited coffee or tea and biscuits. All proceeds to St Peter’s http://www.stpetersbrackley.org.u Last Thursday of the month The Brackley European Association Thursday 27th March, we plan a fundraising Bistro evening with delicious homemade food and Quiz. Doors open at 7.0pm. Tickets cost £10.00. Please ring Anita on 01295712388 by Monday 24th March.

22th March The Brackley Jubilee Choir, with the Cherwell Orchestra, is presenting a Brahms choral programme for its next concert in St Peter’s Church, Brackley on beginning at 7.30. Two works feature: the German Requiem and the Alto Rhapsody where the soloist will be local international teacher and contralto, Janet Edmunds, The other soloists are Alison Nicholls, soprano, and Alasdair Baker, bass. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for under 16s) and can be bought at the Old Hall Bookshop, 32 Market Place, Brackley.

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I N D E X page number Architect 20 Artificial Grass 2 Bathrooms 2,20,31 Beauty 16 Bicycle Repairs 5 Blinds/Curtains 19 Brickwork 2,20,23,26,28,31 Builders/Supplies 2,20,23,26,28,31 Caravans/Motorhomes/Sales/Repairs 21 CarRepairs/Services/MOTs 1,6,8,9,10,11,13 Carer 16 Caretaker 23 Carpentry & Joinery 22,31 Chauffeur 12 Chimney Re-pointing 28 Chimney Sweep 31 Chiropractor 14,15 Coach Hire 5 Computer Services 24,25,37 Councelling 14 Dentist 15 Dog Training/Care 27 Domestic Appliances/Repairs 32 Driving Lessons 6 Driveways/Cleaning 2,26 Electrician 28,29,30 Extensions 2,20,23,26,28,31 Fencing/Fencing Suppliers 2,35 Flooring 18 Furniture/Furniture Maker & Repairs 18,19 Garage Conversions 2,20,23,26,28,31 Garden Maintenance 23,34,35 Gas Services/Supplier 32,33 Graphics 10,24 Groundwork 20

page number Guttering & Fascias Cleaning 34 Holiday Cottage 27 Hypnotherapy 14 Kitchens & Joinery 2,31 Landscaping 2,20,23,26,31,34,35 Logs & Kindling 30 Motorhome Rentals 21 Painters/Decorators 29,32 Patios 2,31,35 Plastering 32 Plumbers 20,30,31,32,33 Property Maintenance 20,23 Psychotherapy 14,15,16 Removals 10,22 Roofing 2,23,28 Signage 10 Skip Hire 29 Stonework 2,31 Taxi 12 Tiling 31,32 Tree Work 35 Turfing 35 Tyre Sales 21 Upholstery 18,19 Waste Disposal 26 Weight Management 15 Windows/Conservatories 7,30,39 Wooden Floors/Carpets 18,31

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