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Welcome How is it already the Christmas edition of Community Contact this year? Time is certainly going fast. This issue is bursting to the brim with ideas for Christmas. There’s recipes from the Twyford Pantry to tickle your taste buds, and a shop local guide to encourage you all to look for those unique presents right on your door step. You also have a chance to win a family of four ticket to see the MK Dons, £25 voucher with the Buckingham Garden Centre and a chance to win a signed book with Coles Bookshop! So what are you waiting for! We also want to wish our resident columnist from The Twyford Pantry, Tina Shortland, a very happy Wedding Day. Tina and Lee Hodges get married on 15th December in Twyford and we can’t wait to celebrate with them! If you want to share any exciting news you have with the local community we will do our best to include it in our magazine or on our social media – simply email me laura@communitycontact. co.uk Thanks Laura and Neil

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148th Winslow Christmas Primestock Show

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Intent 2 Improve 30 Day Trial

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4 Steps to Fitness - Advice from Richard Roach

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£10 off treatments at the Red Barn Retreat

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Keep It Local Christmas Gift Guide

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MK Dons - Half Season Tickets

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WIN tickets to an MK Dons 2018 Home Game

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Events Calendar

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Featured Events

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In Your Garden with Chris Day from Buckingham Garden Centre

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Win Garden Centre Vouchers

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Food and Drinks Guide

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The Twyford Pantry

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Claydon Christmas Tree Farm Opening Details

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The Hidden Quarter Buckingham

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Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell Review

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Win a signed copy of Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

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Kids Corner

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Adult Puzzles

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Competition Winners! Congratulations to Abigail Bowerman who won the MK Dons tickets to a home league game in 2017/18. The winners of the £25 Buckingham Garden Centre vouchers are Sarah Filmer and Anne Wood. And last but not least, Eileen Woodruff is the winner of our signed book, Kevin by Rob Biddulph, donated by Coles Books. Deadline for the Feb-Mar Issue - Friday 3rd January

Food and Drink Guide on pages 32-41

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148TH WINSLOW CHRISTMAS PRIMESTOCK SHOW The invited Auctioneers for the day come down all the way from Newark to officiate proceedings and they have been good supporters of the show since returning to Winslow three years ago.

For the fourth year running the Winslow Christmas Primestock Show is returning to The Market Square Winslow and this will all take place on Monday, 4th December 2017. There is only one other show of this kind which is held in the centre of town and that is Uppingham, in Leicestershire and it was this show that gave the organisers of the Winslow Show the incentive and hope that arrangements could be made to make it happen in Winslow!. When Winslow Cattle Market closed, the Annual Christmas Prime Stock show was held in the nearby Foscote and run by Thame Farmers Market. But when Foscote ceased trading regularly the Winslow Show organisers felt strongly that it should remain in Bucks and if at all possible in Winslow and it was then that permission was sought and licenses obtained to bring the cattle and sheep to The Market Square in Winslow. Local farmers bring their prime stock of cattle and sheep for firstly competing in various classes to see what animals are the best in show and then selling them, by auction, for hopefully a good price. The Market Square closes at 2 pm on Sunday 3rd December to allow organisers time to set up the show site and animals start to arrive from 7am on Monday 4th December. Judging of the animals starts at 10.30 a.m. with the auction at 12 midday.

Winslow shop keepers and traders all welcome the extra visitors to Winslow on show day and although busy and lots going on, disruption to traffic is kept to a minimum with parking for livestock vehicles being arranged outside town. On the evening of show, the Winslow Christmas Primestock show dinner is held at The Bell in Winslow, where all prize winners are awarded with their trophies and a charity raffle and auction is arranged. To allow a successful show to be organised local sponsors are sought to support the show to fund prize money and costs of putting on the show but as well as being an annual event where farmers show and sell their prime stock, the organisers are keen to support worthwhile charities and over recent years, through raffles and auctions held, have supported The Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Medical Detection Dogs, Motor Neurone Society , Cancer Care & Haematology Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, R.A.B.I. and Farming Community Network (FCN) The chosen charities for this years show are The Thames Valley Air Ambulance and R.A.B.I. Also during the morning of the show R.A.B.I. (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) will be selling Christmas Cards to raise funds for their cause and donated mulled wine and mince pies will be distributed around the Market Square and all donations from this will go to Winslow & Villages First Responders. Why not put this date in your diary and come along to Winslow Market Square. If you would like more information then please contact Show Secretary: Pauline Claridge - 01296 730235 or 07948 155065

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4 Steps to Fitness Results In my last column I spoke about how important it is to get started towards your goals as soon as possible, rather than continuously put it off for a better day.

3. Remain in a calorie deficit, consistently, but make a point of including foods you enjoy. Disclaimer: Only relevant if you’re trying to lose weight.

Whilst I truly believe the above is what people should

Every diet/detox/cleanse works via one core mechanism:

do, I’m also realistic enough in my experience and expectations to know that people resist change like the plague and with the fast approaching “New Year, New Me” inevitabilities I’d like to use this opportunity to cover what you should do when ready…

getting you into a calorie deficit. Whether that be by dramatically cutting your carbohydrate intake, meat intake, dairy, you name it, cutting out food groups does nothing magical except for helping you consume less calories than you use. I’d strongly recommend using an app such as MyFitnessPal to help track your food intake

1. Ask yourself “If this were easy, what would it look like?”

and properly educate yourself about calories within food.

What have been your biggest obstacles to date? What motivates you to make the right choices? Identify them and use them to your advantage. If the definition

4. Make it sociable. This could be in the form of your partner, a friend or colleague. Create way to be kept accountable, but also

of insanity is “doing the same thing repeatedly but

provide and receive encouragement. One of the most

expecting a different outcome” then I’m afraid 99% of dieters/people returning to fitness are insane. If you’re serious about making a change, check in your ego, break out a notepad and actually write down your answers to

common pieces of positive feedback we get to our semiprivate personal training (3 participants per session) is how much people enjoy the social element and that they get more out of themselves knowing that they want to

the aforementioned questions.

perform their best in front of their peers.

2. Next, identify the baseline times for when you’re going to exercise. I suggest starting with 3 hours total per week (if you’re currently unfit), and get them in the diary with as much

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Have a lovely Christmas period and a brilliant start to 2018, Rich Roach.

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Keep it Local Gift Guide

Shop locally this year to find many beautiful gifts for all the family. Here is a selection of our favourite gifts from local shops in the area. Lovely mango wood & glass lanterns Large £75 | Small £42.95 At Home - Buckingham

Ceramic Santa, Penguin or Snowman Mugs -£9.99 Finca El Monte - Buckingham

Sewing boxes from £12.99. Crafty Cat - Winslow

Stunning acrylic stags, (That look just like crystal, but without the worry of breakage!) £14.50 each Guelder Rose - Winslow

Leff Amsterdam Tube Watch Various Designs £165 to £369 Secret Messages Buckingham

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Europes best selling Robell trousers from £45 Beautifully Different Winslow

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Perfect for gardeners! Great selection of gifts for the green fingered amongst you, starting at £4.50 Guelder Rose - Winslow

Range of Kapten & Son Watches (not all shown) for him and her. Prices from £119-£159 At Home Buckingham

Celina Hand Painted LED Cones with Timer Function £12.95-£24.95 - 3 sizes Secret Messages - Buckingham Mini Crafts In A Tin for children and adults £10.99 Crafty Cat - Winslow Gold Foil Colouring Posters £12.99 Crafty Cat - Winslow Polar bear family From £17.50 Finca El Monte - Bu ckingham

Neom Christmas Wish Candle £45 (we have a full range of Neom products & Gift Sets) At Home - Buckingham Handmade flower arrangements from £25 Guelder Rose - Winslow

Bree Merryn Range of Animal Cushions Luxury Feather Inners. £39.95 Secret Messages - Buckingham

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Our two lovely stores are filled with lots of Christmas goodies and party wear, with our gorgeous new brands Fransa, Cream, Yest and the amazing Robell trousers! With free parking at both locations, it’s never been so easy to be Beautifully Different. Open Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm Delighting Customers since 2007

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IT’S COMPETITION TIME!

WIN 4 TICKETS FOR THE HOME GAME OF YOUR CHOICE DURING THE 2017/2018 SEASON AT THE STADIUM:MK All you have to do is answer this simple question:

What is the capacity of Stadium MK? A. 20,000 B. 30,000 C.40,000 Email your answer across to us at competitions@communitycontact.co.uk Deadline for entries is 12th January2017

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30th November 5.30 to 8.30 pm. Winslow Christmas Fayre Lights on switched on at 6pm. Food, gifts, carols and Panto songs as usual 2nd December 11.00 -15.30 Father Christmas is in his grotto Buckingham Old Gaol 2nd December 19.30 Eliha performed by Buckingham Choral Society Buckingham Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul. 2nd – 16th December 10am -4pm Christmas Tree Festival Fundraising event on behalf of Cancer Research and the Old Gaol - Buckingham Old Gaol 4th December Winslow Fatstock Show Winslow Square will be transformed into an auction market for livestock. Judging will be at 10.30am with the auction at 12.00pm 9th December 11.00 -15.30 Father Christmas is in his grotto Buckingham Old Gaol 9th December - 10.45 Buckingham Christmas Parade The annual Christmas parade will be coming through town. Prizes will be awarded for the best float and best walking group. 9th December Community Christmas Fair at the Community Centre 10th December 2pm Little Blue Monster presents Lily and the Little Snow Bear Roxburgh Hall - Stowe | Ticket Price: £8.50 Bookings : www.artsatstowe.co.uk or 01280 825710 13th December, 8pm Christopher Norton Presents – Duo Feola - Stowe A fabulous showcase event for a stunning piano duo - 2 sisters from Northern Italy Nicoletta and Angela Feola. The performance will include the premiere of a new Christmas Suite by Christopher Norton who will also perform. Seats are limited so early booking is essential. Tickets: £10 / £8 Members & Concessions Bookings: www.artsatstowe.co.uk Tel: 01280 825710

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What’s On 16th December 11.00-15.30 Father Christmas is in his grotto Buckingham Old Gaol 16th December Twigs Nurseries Christmas Markets 17th December 13.00-3.30 Father Christmas is in his grotto Buckingham Old Gaol Sunday 17 December, 7pm Christmas Boogienotes Rock and Pop Choir Ugland Auditorium - Stowe Join us and the wonderful Boogienotes Choir for an evening of wonderful Christmas songs and carols to celebrate the festive season in style. Running Time : 75 mins followed by drinks and a festive treat Tickets : £10 / £9 Members / £4 under 16’s Bookings : www.artsatstowe.co.uk Tel : 01280 825710 21st December 10.30-11.30 Reminiscence coffee morning: Christmas past Buckingham Library 24th December Christingle Service Buckingham Parish Church at 3pm & 5pm 29th December ‘Christmas Cracker’ show Filled to the brim with Comedy, Magic and Illusion, sensational vocal talent and one of the most unique juggling acts performing today.... This is a show NOT to be missed! Performances at 1pm and 6pm Please Note: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Approximate duration 2hours 15mins with an interval. Tickets prices are: Adults: £10 Children (U16): £6.50 Bargain Family Ticket(Family of 4): £30 Tickets can be purchased direct from Villiers Hotel or call 01280 822 444 for information and reservations

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PETER BASSETT LTD Your Local Stockists of: Car & Caravan Accessories Towing Equipment

we are open to the public with trade prices!

Tools & Power Tools from Sealey Teng Bosch Draper Workwear & Safety Boots Batteries Oils Car Care Products Only 1.5 miles from Buckingham on the A422. Ample free parking

Scires Farm Bufflers Holt Buckingham MK18 5DN Tel: 01280 817174 www.peterbassett.co.uk

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IN YOUR GARDEN

Topical advice from Buckingham Garden Centre’s, Chris Day

With Christmas just around the corner and a New Year beckoning, there’s still plenty to be getting on with both outdoors in the borders and in the vegetable plot as well in the warmth of the indoors. TIDY ROUTINE Pruning and renovation of many deciduous trees, shrubs and hedges can be carried out from now throughout the dormant season. The great advantage of doing it at this time of the year is it’s easier to see what you are doing when the branches have no leaves. Good suitable examples are: Fagus (Beech), Corylus (Hazel) and Roses (pictured). Exceptions are evergreens and tender plants (always best left until the spring), and Prunus species (including ornamental and fruiting cherries, plums, gages and almonds) as these are vulnerable to silver leaf disease when pruned in autumn or winter. CHRISTMAS WOULDN’T BE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A RED POINSETTIA It is essential you position the plant in good light away from direct sunlight and draughts. Avoid temperatures below 55°F (13°C). Overwatering too, quickly damages the plant. When the surface of the compost begins to dry out, water thoroughly. Place the pot on a tray containing pebbles, as a humid atmosphere will prolong the bract life. The process to encourage new bracts can be complicated so ask in the Plant Info Office if you need the details. However, successfully rebracting a plant is something you should have a go at and if you do succeed you can say you’ve cracked it!

A BEAUTIFUL RED POINSETTIA AVAILABLE FROM BUCKINGHAM GARDEN CENTRE

INDOOR ACTIVITIES Indoor bulbs which have been forced for Christmas can be left outside in a sheltered spot in the garden to finish dying down once they have finished flowering. Support bulb flower spikes with short split canes if necessary. Pot up Hippeastrum (amaryllis) bulbs, and bring them into active growth with regular watering and feeding. They should give you beautiful flowers for the late winter/early spring. Place hyacinths in a cool, bright place in the home. If it’s too warm, the leaves will elongate and the flowers will fade quickly. Cyclamen persicum appreciates a cool room with good light. If leaves on cyclamen start to turn yellow, this may be a sign of overwatering. Always water from below (into the saucer), and allow the plant to drink for up to half an hour before pouring away the excess water left in the saucer - wetting the leaves can easily result in fungal infections and rotting off.

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DECEMBER - JANUARY 2018 OUTDOOR PLANTS Taller growing bush roses can be pruned down by about half which will prevent the wind from causing them to become loose through swaying and in turn damaging the roots. The branches of standard roses should also be shortened. Our new range of root-wrapped rose bushes can be planted from this month onwards as well as bare-rooted hedging roses such as Rosa rugosa, Rosa ‘Roseraie de L’Hay’ (pictured) and ‘Hansa’. There are plenty of interesting seasonal plants around including berried beauties such as Hollies (Ilex) and Pyracantha. Good evergreens, for example Camellias, Hellebores (including the Christmas Rose) and versatile Hedera (Ivy), are perfect to make useful displays as well as lovely gift ideas too! THINGS TO PLAN FOR Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring. Use a product such as Agralan Citrox, to reduce bacterial and fungal spores without causing toxicity to plants. Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already. Disperse worm casts in lawns by swishing with a long cane over the turf. Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia, Begonia and Canna for rots or drying out. Discard any showing signs of deterioration. Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season – make a note of the crops you want to grow for the kitchen and consider the positioning of the crops you intend to plant through crop rotation. Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds. Make a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect against peach leaf curl. GRAFT AND GROW DAY - SATURDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2018 Our apple scion wood exchange, grafting demonstrations and vegetable growing day will feature members of The Mid Shire Orchard Group offering an opportunity to swap scion (apple varieties) from wide and far and get them grafted (for a small charge), plus expert vegetable growing advice from members of the local National Vegetable Society. Details can be found on our Events page on the website www.buckinghamgardencentre.co.uk

WIN A £25 GARDEN CENTRE VOUCHER

We’ve teamed up with Buckingham Garden Centre so two lucky readers have a chance to win one of two vouchers! To enter, simply answer the following question; What Christmas decoration might you find growing in an apple tree? a.Holly b.Helleborus c.Mistletoe Email your answer with your details to: competitions@communitycontact.co.uk or send your answer together with your name and address to Community Contact Magazine Competition, Buckingham Garden Centre, Tingewick Road, Buckingham MK18 4AE.

The closing date for entries is the 15th January 2018

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Restaurant / Cafe

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Open Air Foods - Buckingham

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Fusing together a passion for cooking alongside superb skills gained over the years to create fantastic, fresh and flavoursome food for private parties, street events and outdoor markets.

t. 01280 811200 e. info@openairfoods.com w. www.openairfoods.com facebook. @openairfoods Manor Farm, Bourton Road, Buckingham, MK18 1DS

The Direct Pizza Company

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Takeaway collection | Free delivery within 4 miles Online ordering available | Two for One Tuesday Every Tuesday | Collection Deal - £8.99 any pizza, any size | 25% off pizza when you spend £30 or more

t. 01280 824894 e. directpizza1@gmail.com w. www.thedirectpizzaco.co.uk The Direct Pizza Company 25 Hillcrest Way, Buckingham, MK18 1UH

The Peri-Peri Chicken Company

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The grilled chicken comes in 4 levels of hotness..... Can you handle the heat? Free delivery within 4 miles | Online ordering available | Open noon till midnight every day

t. 01280 815522 e. theperiperi@live.co.uk w. www.theperiperi.co.uk The Peri-Peri Company, 4 Homeground, Buckingham, MK18 1UH

The Farm Deli - Winslow

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If you’re shopping or you just want to think about t. 01296 712466 what to take home, take the time for a cuppa and a facebook. @thefarmdeliwinslow home-baked pastry or a slice of cake? Take a seat and contemplate the range of delicious treats in the store. The Farm Deli, 14 High Street Winslow, Buckinghamshire, MK18 3HF

Prego, Italian Restaurant

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Friendly Mediterranean restaurant open for lighter bites, lunches and dinner, or just relax with a drink. Looking for a private function room? The Prego Wine Bar is available, contact us for details.

t. 01280 821205 e. mail@pregorestaurants.com w. www.pregorestaurants.com Prego, 4 High Street, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 1NT

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The Black Boy, Oving In the heart of rural Buckinghamshire, The Black

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Boy was built circa 1524. Serving amazing food and e. hello@theblackboyoving.co.uk drink in this unique setting, The Black Boy is a place w. www.theblackboyoving.co.uk you need to visit. Church Lane, Oving,

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food & drink. impeccable service.

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DECEMBER - JANUARY 2018 The White Hart - Preston Bissett

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A thatched country pub in Preston Bissett, Buckinghamshire serving hearty meals, fine wines & ales. First Friday of each month Lunch Special Special low cost 3 course meal for all to enjoy.

t. 01280 847969 or 07775 625355 e. tim.north@me.com w. www.thewhitehart.pub The White Hart Pub, Pound Lane, Preston Bissett, Buckinghamshire MK18 4LX

The Sow and Pigs - Poundon

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The home of swine dining. Serving great beer & homemade food. Food service (Opening Hours) Wed to Sat: 18:00 to 21:00 | Sat: 12:00 to 14:00 Sun: 12:00 to 16:00 | Mon: 18:00 to 21:00

t. 01869 277728 e. sowandpigspoundon@btinternet.com w. www.sowandpigspoundon.co.uk The Sow & Pigs, Main Street, Poundon, Oxon, OX27 9BA

The Crown Inn - Twyford

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Classic English pub situated in the heart of the countryside, serving excellent real ales in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Live Sky and BT Sports, Pool Table and Darts. Large room for hire.

t. 01296 730216 e. contact@thecrowntwyford.co.uk w. www.thecrowntwyford.co.uk The Crown Inn, The Square, Twyford, Buckinghamshire MK18 4EG

The Woolpack - Buckingham

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Friendly, welcoming community pub that offers a great dining experience. Traditional British features with contemporary trends. Customers are met with a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere.

t. 01280 817972 e. mail@buckinghamwoolpack.co.uk w. www.woolpackbuckingham.co.uk The Woolpack, 57 Well Street, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 1EP

The Swan Inn - Great Horwood

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Serving fresh, quality food in superb surroundings with a great selection of wines, spirits and cocktails. Private functions and events catered for. Please call or email for details.

t. 01296 712556 e. Website Contact Form w. www.swaninngreathorwood.co.uk The Swan Inn, 1 Winslow Road, Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire MK17 0QN

LARDER CAFÉ M A N O R FA R M

The Larder Cafe

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A small, family run business with a quality of produce and farm to fork ethos being the top of our priorities. Serving breakfasts and lunch every Friday & Saturday from 8 a.m.

t. 07954 152172 e. bourtonfarmedfoods@gmail.com w. www.bourtonfarmedfoods.co.uk Manor Farm, Bourton Buckingham, MK18 7DS

Tobys Restaurant - Winslow

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Three family members put their heads together and came up with a fabulous restaurant which they would love to share with you. Pop by and have a drink or even better a meal...!

t. 01296 713222 e. tobyrtaylor@yahoo.co.uk w. www.tobysrestaurant.co.uk facebook. @Tobys.Restaurant Toby’s Restaurant, 1 Horn Street, Winslow, Bucks, MK18 3AQ

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COMMUNITY CONTACT MAGAZINE The Old Thatched Inn, Adstock

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A countryside gastro-pub, offering its customers a unique blend of high quality dining in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Open 7 days a week serving locally sourced food.

t. 01296 712584 w. www.theoldthatchedinn.co.uk The Old Thatched Inn Main Street Adstock Buckinghamshire, MK18 2JN

The Crown, Granborough A charming and attractive, restored village pub offering high quality dining in a relaxed setting. Curry Club, Gin and Wine nights are a huge hit and should not be missed.

Contact Information t. 01296 670216 e. info@thecrowngranborough.co.uk w. www.thecrowngranborough.co.uk Winslow Road Granborough Buckinghamshire, MK18 3NJ

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Happiness Is Handmade WE ARE A TINY FOOD EMPIRE BASED IN BUCKINGHAM WITH BIG IDEAS.

WANT TO GET IN TOUCH? CALL US ON 01280 811 200 EMAIL:INFO@OPENAIRFOODS.COM

EVENLEY WOODS CAFE RE-OPENS IN FEBRUARY! 

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SEASONAL MENU DAILY SPECIALS SUNDAY ROAST BURGER NIGHT EACH MONDAY STEAK NIGHT EACH THURSDAY PUB OPEN

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Dentistry as it should be Services available at the practice include General and preventative dentistry, chiropody, osteopathy and beauty spa

“Caring approach from Claydon Dental Tea m. Friendly, helpful staff with a professional attitude to patients.�

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The Twyford Pantry Its finally here… the season to be jolly, where our houses are full of things ready for Christmas, secret hiding places and we start (if you haven’t already!) stocking up on lovely yummy things for the Christmas period. It’s also as I’m sure some of you are aware by now, the season for me to become Mrs Leo Hodges!! Yes, on 15th December our day will finally have arrived and we can’t wait.

blind tasting (Neil & Laura included) and out of 5 – Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Aldi – the winner by far was Aldi Gluhwein so the choice was made! For your recipes this issue, I have sourced them from my favourite pre-festive treat – The Christmas Good Food Magazine – nice and easy and adaptable for any time, not just Christmas.

Have a fantastic holiday season One of our important preparations, aside everyone, indulge, enjoy your kitchens from the usual, was to decide on which and see you in the New Year! mulled wine to serve to keep our guests warm! We had a few friends round for a Love Tina x

All The Trimmings Traybake (serves 4)

everything except the sausages and herbs between two large roasting tins, pour over the oil and chutney mixture and toss together. Put both trays in the oven for 25 mins. Add the sausages to the trays and bake, stirring halfway through, for 30-35 mins more or until the vegetables are soft and the sausages are cooked through. If one tray is browning more than the other, swap them round

Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp caramelised onion chutney 1kg small potatoes, halved 4 parsnips and 4 carrots cut into chunky pieces 200g sprouts, trimmed and halved 2 small red onions, cut into wedges 12 cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon 2 bay leaves and 4 rosemary sprigs

Turkey Bacon and Chorizo Bombe (serves 10 plus leftovers)

Ingredients 8 pork & herb sausages or 500g sausagemeat 3 garlic cloves, finely grated Method... Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the oil 1 small pack parsley roughly chopped and chutney together and season well. Divide 1 egg

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DECEMBER - JANUARY 2018 32 rashers smoked streaky bacon least 15 mins before carving into thick slices. Any 1.6kg boneless, skinless turkey breasts (1 large or leftovers are delicious cold. Save the juices from 2 small) the tin to make gravy. 1 tbsp sunflower oil 6 pieces cooking chorizo Double Chocolate and Orange 1 tbsp maple syrup Biscotti (makes 8-10) Method... Squeeze the sausages/sausagemeat into a bowl, add the garlic, parsley and egg, and mix thoroughly, best with your hands. Lay a large sheet of baking parchment on your work surface. Use the bacon to make a large rectangular lattice, weaving the rashers in and out of each other. Place a piece of baking parchment on top, then use a rolling pin to roll over the bacon and seal the rashers together. Cup open the turkey breasts like a book, cover with cling film and use a meat mallet or rolling pin to gently bash it out into a rectangle that fits inside the bacon, with a 2.5cm border of bacon on each side. To build the bombe, peel the top layer of parchment off the bacon, leaving it lying on the bottom sheet. Arrange the turkey, skinned-side down, on the bacon, pat the sausage mixture on top. Trim the rounded ends off the chorizo and line them, ends touching, along the middle of the sausage meat mixture. Use the edge of the baking parchment to lift and roll the bacon and turkey into a tight log. Tie the bombe at intervals with string to keep it together, then wrap well in cling film and put in the fridge. Can be prepared, up to this point, and chilled two days ahead. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Remove cling film, brush the bombe with a little oil, put it seamside down on a baking sheet, and roast for 30 mins until the bacon has crisped up, reduce oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 6. Brush with the maple syrup and roast for another 45 mins. Leave to rest for at

Ingredients 10g self-raising flour 1 tbsp cocoa 60g ground almonds 75g golden caster sugar 50g dark chocolate chips 40g candied peel 1 large orange zested 1 large egg and one egg yolk beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract Ÿ whole nutmeg grated Heat oven to 180c/160c fan/gas 4 – put flour, cocoa, ground almonds, sugar, choc chips, candied peel, orange zest and pinch salt into large bowl and mix well. Make a well, add egg and vanilla essence. Mix together with your hands and knead well. Shape biscotti dough into a log approx. 15cm by 5cm and 2cm deep. Line baking tray with parchment and put biscotti on top, bake for 30 mins until firm, don’t worry about cracks. Slice into 1.5 cm slices, reduce heat to 150c/130c fan/gas 2 and bake for further 30 mins until hard. Enjoy!

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Your local carpet and flooring showroom

Unit 6 Ball Moor, Buckingham Industrial Est, Buckingham MK18 1RT Tel: 01280 817742 Visit us from 9am every Tuesday to Saturday

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BE UNIQUE Individual, quality, re-upholstery made with care and love An amazing selection of stunning fabrics

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McTimoney Chiropractor

Appointments in Buckingham. Mobile appointments are also offered. Subject to availability.

Contact Michelle on: 07834 762024 Or email: mail@innatachiropractic.co.uk

www.innatachiropractic.co.uk Michelle Hodges MChiro MMCA GCC Registration Number 04107

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FOOLS AND MORTALS BY BERNARD CORNWELL Format: Hardback 1st Edition ISBN: 9780007504114 Price: £20.00 Hand Signed by Bernard Cornwell to the Title Page Available from Cole’s Books, Bicester A dramatic new departure for international bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, FOOLS AND MORTALS takes us into the heart of the Elizabethan era, long one of his favourite periods of British history. Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal. Showcasing his renowned storyteller’s skill, Bernard Cornwell has created an Elizabethan world incredibly rich in its portrayal: you walk the London streets, stand in the palaces and are on stage in the playhouses, as he weaves a remarkable story in which performances, rivalries and ambition combine to form a tangled web of intrigue. About the Author: Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up the ladder to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland, then editor of Thames News. In 1979, his life changed when he fell in love with an American. Judy couldn’t live here, so I gave up my job and moved to the US. I couldn’t get a green card, and for 18 months the only thing I could do was write novels. The result was his first book about 19th century hero, Richard Sharpe, Sharpe’s Eagle. Today he has 20 Sharpe adventures behind him, plus a series about the American Civil War, the Starbuck novels; an enormously successful trilogy about King Arthur, The Warlord Chronicles; the Hundred Years War set Grail Quest series; and his current series about King Alfred.

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WIN THIS SIGNED BOOK JUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION

IN WHICH YEAR WAS BERNARD CORNWELL BORN?

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courage (6) 7. Sneaky person small, long-necked carnivorous animal (6) 12. Cunning scheme (4) 14. Female relative (4) 15. Dapper (6) 16. Extreme destitution (6) 17. Names of books (6) 19. See 11 20. Give up (5) 21. Disfigure(ment) (4)

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Country Equestrian Horse, Pet and Poultry Home Farm, Poundon

Gifts, gift vouchers and cards. Country and riding clothing, footwear, leatherwork, stable and yard accessories. Pet and poultry feed and accessories. ALSO IN STOCK: horse, dog, cat, small Farmgate Layers Pellets animal, poultry and wild bird food. Hay, 20kg £8.95, Farmgate straw, shavings and haylage. Mixed Corn 20kg £8.75 Sow & Pigs Public House POUNDON

Country Equestrian Car park

Home Farm

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Open 8.30 to 5.00 Monday to Saturday Ample customer parking

Home Farm, Poundon, OX27 9AY Tel: 01869 277742 info@countryequestrianltd.co.uk www.countryequestrianltd.co.uk

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Dog lovers wanted

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WEBB’S CARPENTRY Carpentry & Joinery Kitchens UPVC Fitting & Repairs Glazing Garage Doors Fencing Property Maintenance

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Companionship, friendship and fun are guaranteed! • Dogs to suit your lifestyle • Completely flexible • Trial stays to ensure compatibility • Full support and advice • A playmate for your own dog

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Buckingham & District Roofing have 27 years professional experience serving Buckingham, Winslow and surrounding villages. We pride ourselves on the level of customer service and workmanship we offer our customers.

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Independent specialists for volkswagen, audi, seaT and skoda Servicing, repairs, diagnostic testing, MoTs, tyres, air-con specialising in R8, RS & S models. 5A HigH Street • WHitcHurcH • BuckS • HP22 4Ju

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