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We love this time of year – the delicious smells, cheerful carol singing, and especially the scrummy food. But with all the rushing around in a festive frenzy, it’s easy to forget that this isn’t a great time for everyone in our community. Friends of ours recently explained that instead of sending Christmas cards this year, they would be making a donation to a local charity. It’s a great idea and so easy to do. Season’s Greetings can be sent electronically to those who are able to receive such, and the money saved on cards and postage will be gratefully received by a local group such as the wonderful Willen Hospice or the essential Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Buckingham in Business!

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Last Christmas Posting Dates Don’t get caught out this year! The last Christmas posting dates for cards to addresses in the UK are:

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If Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus had a child, what would he be called? A subordinate claus. Why did the elf push his bed into the fireplace? He wanted to sleep like a log.

Tuesday 18th December for Second Class Thursday 20th December for First Class In previous years, heavy snow in the weeks before Christmas caused unexpected delays in postal deliveries so be prepared and send your cards and parcels early this year. Children who write to Santa by Friday 14th December should get a reply before Christmas but write early to be sure of receiving a special letter. Letters can be sent to Santa/Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, SAN TA1. In the letter you must include the child’s name and address and do remember to attach a stamp to the envelope. Jen Oakton

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Health &Beauty

Give the Gift of Beauty Several people on your Christmas present shopping list will undoubtedly appreciate the gift of beauty. For the special ladies in your life, consider paying for a fabulous facial. This is the ultimate treat and can be a deeply relaxing experience. What better way to unwind after Christmas or to start the New Year? If a facial doesn’t appeal, or if your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far, a luxury manicure or pedicure (or both!) is a great alternative. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to local nail technicians so choose someone who has been recommended. Some beauticians are based in a salon and others work from home – different women prefer different

surroundings, so choose carefully with the gift recipient in mind.A massage can be a welcome gift for both men and women and something to look forward to once the Christmas frenzy is out of the way! If you’ve left it until the last minute to buy gifts and you’re struggling for ideas, some local beauty businesses can quickly come to your rescue. And by spending your hard earned cash with an independent business, you’ll be making someone else’s Christmas great too! It’s easy to order and collect gift vouchers and these can usually be created for an amount of money or for a particular treatment.

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December is here and above all the hustle and bustle there is an air of expectation seeping into our consciousness. Families prepare for duty filled visits from friends, family and returning offspring. All preparations are heading towards the 25th day. The day we celebrate Christmas. The one day of the year when we forget our differences and pull together giving gifts as a loving gesture of friendship and care. But do we take enough time to really think about what this special day is? This is the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our best known natural healer, prophet, born to an amazing mother Mary, ‘Queen of Angels’. It was Archangel Gabriel who announced the forthcoming birth of Jesus Christ and who channelled the Qur’an to Mohammed. (Peace be upon him.) In the Jewish teachings it is Gabriel who came to the aid of the people and parted the Red Sea to enable the Hebrews to escape from the Pharaoh. More recently Gabriel came to awaken Joan of Arc to the needs of the Dauphin of France. Blessings to you all. Jodi x

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Pressies for Pets Pets are part of the family too, so why not treat them to a special something this Christmas? There are so many fabulous gifts for pets, that it will be easy to find the perfect pressie in a local pet shop. If your budget is tight, you might consider a homemade gift for your feathered or furry friend! For a cat, how about a pom pom made of fleece or a fishing rod dangly toy.

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For a dog, consider a new toy, a personalised water bowl or collar, a snuggly bed, or warm coat. The ultimate treat for any dog has to be a homemade liver cake! It’s simple to make a bird feeder for pet or wild birds. Check which seeds are most appropriate for the type of bird before buying. All of these gifts are very easy to make. Instructions can quickly be found on the Internet. Happy Crafting! Jen Oakton

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Everyone has a message: getting it out there is a skill. You need a professional writer to be sure you make the right impression. I expect you can drive, so will you be taking part in the Silverstone Grand Prix next June? Of course not. Professional drivers have years of practice, you can’t just jump behind the wheel and do the same. You get experts to cut your hair or check your accounts; but do you get one to do your writing? There is much more to good communication than sitting at a computer and bashing at the keys, but it’s clear that many people do just that. Computer spellcheckers can’t understand what you are saying, and superfluous words reduce rather than enhance your impact, but we see examples of both of these all the time.

can save you from making expensive mistakes. Students and job seekers can benefit too. Have you got an application form or CV? How about a dissertation? It’s worth asking a copywriter to check it through. Why fall at the first fence because of a misspelling? When you think about it, you realise why the most successful people see a copywriter as a wise investment. Ask The Word Hen to help you make the right impression. © Joanna Brown, The Word Hen, 2012

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The Garden in

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Going Christmas Crackers You would have thought buying a Christmas gift for a family member or friend keen on gardening would be an effortless task – well think again, says Buckingham Garden Centre’s Chris Day. We all know what it’s like, you draw up a magical present list – check it twice and then make decisions and go out and about scouting for that perfect gift. However, for us green-fingered gardeners, there’s probably simply too much choice and variety!

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So, that begs the question, is there a perfect gift which will keep all gardeners happy, a universal must-have present? Well, of course not, unless you opt for the easy way out, a perfectly respectable Garden Gift Voucher which may save the day! But, if we’re honest there’s nothing like opening a present, so here are a few practical gifts for consideration that hopefully should tick the box and provide a seasonal smile. You cannot go wrong with a stainless steel spade or fork (or hand trowel and fork) for sheer practicality. These universally popular workhorse tools are essential and are always welcome; opt for the right size and do check the weight and “feel” of these before you buy. They are easy to wrap but difficult to conceal their identity, unless you are rather cunning with your gift wrap! For the girls, gloves and maybe some tasteful outdoor seasonal clothing (just make sure you’ve got the right measurements), and even colour coordinated tool belts to match the clothes. Oh, don’t forget the welly socks, however, these don’t have to be colour-themed! When it comes to us chaps, a good range of

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Written by Chris Day Buckingham Garden Centre 01280 827910

garden tools nearly always hits the mark. So, if you want a system which is easily extended by a wide range of interchangeable garden tools then the Wolf Multi-Change system, distinguishable with their yellow and orange livery, is a popular choice. For the industrious gardener: compost bins, metal incinerators, plastic water butts and bow saws for big pruning jobs should hit the mark. However, for the more genteel undercover operations, a new heated propagator (good value is the Stewart Premium Kitchen Garden Propagator Set, £29.99) will win you brownie points especially if you include a portable potting bench, a packet of labels and a dibber for the perfect practical gift.

Good stand-by gifts have to include a few gardening books, and we should mention the excellent James Wong’s ‘Homegrown Revolution’, which links in with a new range of Suttons Seeds we are stocking this season, featuring many of the unusual and fascinating plants James featured in his book. There’s lots of practical books on the market, but if I had to select a couple for presents then the

For the newbies to gardening, the children, it’s all about brightly coloured outdoor leisure clothes, wellies and garden tool sets. The more adventurous might like to consider setting up an indoor fish tank, a chicken coop or a raised vegetable garden for the spring.

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December ‘RHS Complete Gardener’s Manual’ (£20) would get the vote for the most comprehensive reference book. It covers every aspect of gardening with good step-by-step guides as well as beautiful photography. Good for the new and experienced gardener alike. The chatty writing styles of Carol Klein’s ‘Favourite Plants’ book (£16.99) proves a great draw to this irresistible book. Within the pages Carol Klein celebrates her favourite plants. Setting aside more conventional ways of classification, she urges the gardener to choose what they grow according to plant personalities, asserting that personality traits are as valuable as height, habit and flower colour when planning your planting. We must give special mention to last

minute traditional gifts – flowering houseplants such as Poinsettias, Azaleas, Cyclamen, Moth Orchids and plant arrangements. The secret here is to purchase them reasonably close to the big day, then keep the plants evenly warm, in good light, away from draughts and keep the compost in the pots uniformly moist. Advise the recipient to give a specific feed such as Baby Bio through the winter months to keep the plants healthy. Indoor plants, however, that prefer it cool need a special mention here too – potted prepared bulbs, such as hyacinths, azaleas, cyclamen and solanum (winter berry) prefer a low temperature together with a well-lit spot.

Christmas tree care tips

After removing the net, but before bringing your tree inside, hold the tree upright and bang the bottom of the tree onto the ground. This will remove any old needles which the tree naturally sheds throughout its life. Cut a further 2in (10cm) off the base of the stem

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to allow water to enter easily. Your cut tree will require to be watered every day and may drink anything between 1.125 4.5-litre (2 pints to a gallon) of water a day. Essentially, do not allow the tree to dry out. Avoid placing the tree near an open fire, radiators, warm lighting or any direct heat source, as it will dry out with the potential effect of causing needle drop or drooping branches. In some cases even watering your tree will not stop this happening.

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Accoutancy 2 Aggregates 14 Animal Feed 14 Bathrooms 21,22,25 Beauty 9,11,13 Bike Servicing & Repairs 18 Brickwork 2,26 Builders & Supplies 2,14,21,22 Caravan Repairs 17 Car Services/Repairs/MOT’S 32 Car Dealers 8 Carpentry 22 Carpets & Flooring 21 Chimney Repointing 22 Coach Hire 5 Computers 5,6 Copywriter 20 Dance 18 Dentist 13 Driveways 26,28 Education & Tuition 6 Electrician 19,23 Energy Performance Assessors 25 Extensions 2,21 Fencing 2,26,28,29 Flooring 23 Garage Conversions 2 Garden Centre 27 Garden Design 28,29 Garden Maintenance 21,26,28,29 Garden Supplies 14 Gas Engineer 25 Groundwork 21 Guttering & Fascias 22 Hairdressers 1 Holiday Cottage 23 Holistic Therapies 10,12 HomeImprovements/Refurbishment 26 Hypnotherapy 10 Indian Head Massage 10 Jazzercise 13 Kitchens 21,22 Landscaping 2,21,26,28,29 Letting Agents 16 Logs & Kindling 2

Massage Therapy 10 New Homes 7 Motorhome Hire Painting and Decorating 22,26 Patios & Paving 2,26,28,29 Pet Care 14 Plumbing/Plumbers & Heatin 24,25 Poultry Equipment 14 Printing 19 Property Maintenance 2,22,25,26 Re-Pointing 22,26 Reflexology 10 Roofing 2,19,21,22 Stonework 2 Skip Hire 22,27 Tiling 22,23 Tree Surgeon 26 Turfing 26,29 TV Aerials & Satellites 24 Tyre Sales 17 Video Production 19 Windows/Conservatories & Repairs 15,24,25 Wood Floors 21,22

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C o m m u n i t y W h a t ’s O n FREE Listing just email: inbusinessmagazines@gmail.com your event and we will list it for you. Sat 1st December Buckingham Craft Market Community Centre 10am-3pm free entry info from 01280 815336 Sun 2nd, Sat 8th, Sat 15th & 22nd December Father Christmas will be in his grotto at the Old Gaol Museum, Buckingham between 11am and 2.30pm more details from 01280 823020 Sun 2 Dec - 31 Dec Old Gaol Museum Christmas Competition entry £1 plus usual museum entry prize for all entries Sun 2 Dec Buckingham Christmas Shopping Spectacular Buckingham town 10am till 4pm lots of festive fun, shops, cafes open, street entertainment, old gaol museum and TIC open, Father Christmas in his grotto in the old gaol free parking all day come along and join in with the festive fun and support local shops Continental Market, Old Cattle Pens featuring food and gifts Wedn 5th December NEW DATE Grand Rotary Club Carol Concert at St Bernadine’s Church, Chandos Road at 8.00pm. No admission charges just a freewill offering with sherry/mince pies afterwards. A rousing evening with band to start off Christmas! This is the start of your Christmas. All are welcome. Sat 8th Dec Buckingham Choral Society present Haydn’s The Creation 7.30pm Parish Church tickets from TIC, Old Gaol or Dukes Music Sat 15th December Buckingham Annual Christmas Parade through the town centre begins at 10.45am from Chandos Road bands, floats, carnival atmosphere fun for all ages Sat 15th December Buckingham Community Fair community centre support charities 11am – 2pm

Sun 16th Dec Lenborough Singers Christmas Concert St Bernadines Church 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Admission Free TOWCESTER RACECOURSE in DECEMBER Sat 1st 12.25 - 15.45 Thur 20th 12.40 - 15.40 Weds 26th £10 Admission 12.45- 15.40

EVERY MONDAY Dance School Stepbystep Ballroom and Latin Dancing with Jean Conway Adults 7.30pm - 8.20pm Improvers Adults 8.30pm - 9.30pm NEW Beginners Buckingham School, Brookfield Lane, Buckingham MK18 1AT Call Jean on 07855546406 Jazzercise 7.30-8.30pm @ Winslow CofE Combined School, Winslow, 07900 987230 or jazzercise1@hotmail.co.uk Ceroc dance class 7.45- 10.45 at Buckingham Community Centre. New members welcome every week. www.cerocbucks.com EVERY MONDAY/THURSDAY Buckingham & Stowe Running Club. Runners of all abilities welcome. Just turn-up. 6.45 pm at Swan Pool, Buckingham Simon 07968099751 or info@buckandstowerc.co.uk EVERY TUESDAY Zumba (Latin-inspired dance-fitness) class 7.30pm - 8.25pm Buckingham school, Buckingham 07919962307 or info@zumbabuckingham.co.uk Jazzercise 7.30-8.30pm @ Bourton Meadow Academy, Buckingham, 07900 987230 or jazzercise1@hotmail.co.uk EVERY WEDNESDAY Jazzercise 7.30-8.30pm @ Winslow CofE Combined School, Winslow, 07900 987230 or jazzercise1@hotmail.co.uk EVERY THURSDAY Zumba Gold (Latin-inspired dance-fitness) class for the older active adult, true beginner or people who are not used to exercising 14:10pm - 15.00pm Swan Pool, Buckingham (class is not on Swan Pool timetable) 07919962307 or info@zumbabuckingham.co.uk Jazzercise 7.30-8.30pm @ Bourton Meadow Academy, Buckingham, 07900 987230 or jazzercise1@hotmail.co.uk SATURDAYS/TUESDAYS Chrgd NRG Dance Classes at Calvert Green community hall for children 10am to 11am,Saturdays at Steeple Claydon Methodist Church for children 2:30 to 3:30 and 3:30 to 4:30pm Tuesdays Steeple Claydon Methodist Church 7 to 8pm for children Tuesdays 8 to 9pm for adults currently £2 per session per person for any more info, please phone Sheree Bird, artistic director, on 07754 870052 or e-mail chrgdnrg@btinternet.com SUNDAY (EXCEPT BANK HOLIDAYS) The Latin Lounge - welcoming everyone to discover dance, new friends and some tasty tapas! Trained teachers of Salsa, Kizomba & Bachata. Classes from 7.30pm - social dancing till 10.30pm. Tanlaw Mill, Hunter Street, University of Buckingham. MK18 1EG. Call David 07939 535 545 or go to Facebook.com/thelatinlounge

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Buckingham In Business Dec/Jan 2013 issue  

Buckingham's local monthly Christmas issue full of helpfull business in the local area.

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