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Gorgeous gifts to delight your date! I love February, it’s a really uplifting month after those dreary January blues! The first Spring bulbs start pushing through cold wintry soil, buds appear on bare-branched trees and even garden birds seem to be feeling Cupid’s influence, preening and displaying to impress a mate. Yes, the most romantic day of the year is almost upon us, bringing with it the perfect opportunity to tell that special someone exactly how you feel. Choosing the perfect present is a lovely way to let your Valentine know just how much they mean to you, whether you’ve been together for 6 months or 60 years. Maybe an expensive treat, something special you know they’ll love or a silly token that reflects a private joke – the most important thing is the time and thought that goes into the choosing. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday this year, it’s the perfect

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Making a fresh start in the garden The changes in seasons are always memorable – for example when the first snowdrops appear and buds begin to show signs of swelling, writes Buckingham Garden Centre’s Chris Day.

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Monday mornings Hatha yoga with Eva

Monday 9.30-11am: Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre. Term time classes, beginners welcome. Contact: 07970 659952, eva@evayoga.co.uk, www.evayoga.co.uk Every Monday, Tuesday &Thursday Buckingham & Stowe Running Club. Please see our website for more information www.buckinghamrunningclub.com or email buckinghamrunningclub@hotmail.co.uk Every Monday Evening SCUBA diving with Stowe Sub Aqua Club, see the web for more information. StoweSubAqua.co.uk Men in Sheds Buckingham Meet every Tuesday (10am to 1pm) Thursday (10am to 2pm) and Friday (10am to 2pm) We meet in our workshop behind the Cote at the Woolpack in Well Street, Buckingham email: buckmshed@btinternet.com Self Defence Classes Every Wednesday Maids Moreton School. Kids and Teens 6.00 Adults 7.00 cskravmaga@sky.com 07526629955 Alternate Wednesdays ‘Just Friends’ social club for single people aged roughly 45 - 70+ Meet 8.00pm Villiers hotel lounge Walks, theatre, eating out & much more. justfriends2004@gmail.com


Second Wednesday of the Month (excluding August and December) Maids Moreton WI Ladies, think you know the WI, think again! Come and see for yourself, all women 18+ welcome. Maids Moreton Village Hall, 7.15 for 7.30. For more details check our Facebook page or call North Bucks Carers Support Group Social Mornings at Buckingham Community Centre Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of the month 10 am until 12 noon. Come for a coffee, cake and a chat. Also speakers, demonstrations and outings Contact Ann 07473766365 or 01280 815441 Wednesday evenings Great Horwood Silver Band 7.45pm (training band 7pm) in Great Horwood Village Hall. All ages and abilities (including beginners) welcome. Contact name: Sharon Taylor Email : Sharon.taylor@ talktalk.net www.greathorwoodband.com Every Wednesday Bounce and Rhyme for babies and young children in term time 10.30am-11am Knit and Natter Group every Thursday 2pm-3.30pm Reminiscence Coffee morning third Thursday of every month 1.30am-11pm Learn My Way one to one computer sessions for complete beginners at times to suit the learners Family History sessions. One to one help in tracing your family history at times to suit the customer First Thursday of the Month OPEN HOUSE (part of Community Care North Bucks) Living on you own? Join us at The Centre, Verney Close, Buckingham. 10.30am - 12.30pm for coffee and cake. Occasional speakers and trips out 07473766365 Alternate Thursdays The Registrars attend Buckingham Library every Thursday from 10am – 3pm. To book an appointment to register a birth or a death or to book a Notice of Marriage appointment please go online at https://www.buckscc.gov. uk/ services/births-deaths-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/ or telephone 01296 395000.’ Third Thursday of the Month Reminiscence coffee morning on the third Thursday of every month 10.30-11.30am . This is free coffee and biscuits for anyone who would like to come in for a chat. Buckingham Library, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1 JP

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Thursday evenings Brackley Morris Men Taster Sessions 8.15pm Brackley CE Junior School, Manor Road Brackley Further details from Stephen Ferneyhough 07764 799947 First Saturday of each month Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation Group 10am in the University Car Park Chandos Road. http://buckinghamrailwaywalk. btck.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook. com/ Railwaywalk

BUCKINGHAM INNER WHEEL Soup lunch, Table Top Sale and Tombola. Saturday 15th February. 11am to 2pm. At The Centre, Verney Close. Entry free. Soup, scones and jam, and a drink, £6.50. Proceeds to go to Inner Wheel Charities.

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Buckingham National Women’s Register (NWR) - We are a friendly group of women of all ages who are interested in everything and talk about anything! If the idea of taking part in lively discussions, sharing ideas, meeting other women and making new friends appeals to you, contact the Buckingham Group local organiser, Jane Wardale on 01280 814067, for programme details. BUCKINGHAM GARDEN CENTRE SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY, Graft and Grow Day 10am-4pm. Our apple scion wood exchange, grafting demonstrations and vegetable growing advice, a chance to get your favourite varieties of fruit grafted and to help support our charity of the year Lindengate. Experts from Mid Shires Orchard Group and the local branch of the local vegetable society will be with us. WEDNESDAY 12th FEBRUARY, A Garden Master Class on Vegetable Growing for Beginners, 4.00pm in the Restaurant. This is open to all, however we recommend you book at the Customer Service Desk or call 01280 822133. This talk is FREE to Garden Card Holders, £3.00 for non-members. Email: inbusinessmags@gmail.com


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