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Welcome Welcome to the October and November issue of Community Contact magazine! As we dust off our coats and get ready for the autumn and winter months ahead, check out the autumn fashion update from Beautifully Different on page 45 to help with all your autumnal fashion needs. And have you seen the fabulous offer from Red Barn Retreat? They are offering every reader of Community Contact £10 off any treatment! (see page 6) Also in this issue we have our regular slots from The Twyford Pantry, Chris Day at the Garden Centre, Fitness with Richard Roach, Nutrition with the SML diet, and a Book Review from Coles Bookshop, Bicester! We wish you all the best for the autumn months and don’t forget to put your clocks back on 29th October! If you are looking for something to do anytime soon – check out our events page. Thanks Laura and Neil

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Competition Winners! Congratulations to Chris Day who won the family of four tickets to a home league game in 2017/18. The winners of the £25 Buckingham Garden Centre vouchers are Margaret Inkley and Nicola Adams. And last but not least, Jordan McCoy is the winner of our signed book, Autumn by Ali Smith, donated by Coles Books.

Deadline for the Dec-Jan Issue Friday 3rd of November

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Baby Sensory Learning

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Red Barn Retreat

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Today, not tomorrow... Fitness advice from Richard Roach

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Get a free home shirt with your MK Dons Season Ticket

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WIN tickets to an MK Dons 2017/18 Home Game

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Update from the Claydon Christmas Tree Farm

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Events Calendar

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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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NEW - Food and Drinks Guide

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Food and Drink Advertiser Directory

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The Twyford Pantry

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New Brands at Beautifully Different!

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The Hidden Quarter Buckingham

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Kevin By Rob Biddulph Picture Book Review

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Win a signed copy of Kevin By Rob Biddulph

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Kids Corner

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Adult Puzzles

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Silence your inner critic with SML Diet

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What a discovery the Redbarn Retreat is! Located in the tiny countryside village of Fulwell, just off the road between Buckingham and Brackley, it is the perfect hideaway. It’s a place of relaxation, tranquility and pure indulgence! Owner, Lisa Lawes, first set up the barn back in 2014. Her passion for health and wellbeing inspired her to create a sanctuary for people to escape and relax with a wide range of treatments that can be suited to everyone. Now with five different treatment rooms, their beauty therapists perform treatments with pure, safe and beneficial products that are vegan approved. Their treatment range includes; Indian head massage, manicures, Bio Lift Facials, IPL hair removal, pregnancy treatments and much more! I was very fortunate and got to try out a few of the wonderful treatments available at Redbarn Retreat, one of which being the Lava Shell Massage!

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Lava Shell Massage is a type of heat treatment that uses warm Tiger-striped clam shells as a massage tool. The heat is produced by inserting a ‘lava gel sachet’ and ‘activator liquid’ into the shell. For me, as a new mum with a bad back, this massage was a dream. The heat from the Lava Shells relaxes and smooth’s away knots. The shells also give off calcium ions which, when heated, transfers to your skin during the massage. Calcium can help to firm and regenerate the skin – bonus! I was also lucky enough to have one of Red Barn’s delicious facials, which left my skin feeling silky smooth, and a 30-minute natural health assessment with Jo. So not only do Redbarn Retreat offer your usual beauty treatments, they also offer so much more. Lisa is really focused on natural health, wellbeing and mindfulness too. The Redbarn Retreat really does have it all. Why not go and see for yourself?

£10 off your first treatment Call 01280 702816 to book your appointment today!

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Today, Not Tomorrow.... Today I want to introduce you to New Year Resolution’s illegitimate cousin, the ‘September Sudden-Rush’. We’re all familiar with the trend of getting fit in line with New Year Resolutions. But there is a second peak influx of interest in my industry and we’re about to head into the thick of it. The kids have gone back to school, your day-to-day schedule is starting to re-align and settle down. At which point you’re noticing you’ve put on the “Summer 7” after enjoying the season of beer, BBQ and ice cream. No big deal, “I’ll get back on it” you say. Which is great, but here lies the booby trap. It’s not your fault, it’s ours, as in, the fitness and weight loss industry. You see, we know from a psychological perspective that you’re not looking at this kickstart as a longterm thing. Like you might do at New Year. People are soon going to be mentioning work Christmas parties around the office (if they’re not already), and the annual gatherings of more distant family and in-law’s is fast approaching. Which leaves you susceptible to jumping at more over-zealous programs and potions than usual. I don’t want to point fingers at any approach in particular, what I would suggest instead is to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Are you desperate to achieve “X” before Christmas? Or is it more a case of wanting to make

a long-term improvement in your health, fitness and physique for good? What needs to happen is a general bucking of the trend of being on and off the wagon in large bursts of each. Instead by being conistent year round, 2 weeks away in August, and the winter festive period don’t impact things as much as they usually would. As people, we’re great at justifying our reasons not to do something. The author Steven Pressfield in his book The War of Art calls this process “The Resistance”, he says “We don’t tell ourselves, ‘I’m never going to write my symphony.’ Instead we say, ‘ I’m going to write my symphony; I’m just going to start tomorrow.’” Does this sound familiar to how so many of us approach training and nutrition? If you’re interested in making a real shift in your training and nutrition, you’d love our 14-Day Trial. You can experience our full service in all it’s glory, for a fraction of the price. Not only that, but we’re giving away one full trial during October/November. Enquire today, not tomorrow… All the best, Rich. info@intent2improve.com www.intent2improve.com

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* Canvasses * Cushions * Bunting * Animal Heads *

Bloomin’ Marvellous is a new local business creating bespoke décor and accessories for children’s bedrooms.

Our bespoke canvasses and felt animal heads are the perfect gift – especially for Christmas! To order yours contact us today or visit our Etsy store and search BloominMarvellousGB. We do accept custom orders, so if you don’t see an idea/colour combination that fits with your room – message us!

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IT’S COMPETITION TIME!

WIN FAMILY 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:

Where do the MK Dons play all their home league matches? A.MK Bowl B.Stadium MK C.MK Park Email your answer across to us at competitions@communitycontact.co.uk Deadline for entries is 30th November 2017

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Claydon Christmas Tree Farm There have been lots of exciting changes at Claydon Christmas Tree Farm this year. Rudolph a 10-month-old bull joined our reindeer family in March. Then in May, Dancer became a first - time mother with the birth of her beautiful calf, Prancer. Our unique Scandinavian style, log cabin Christmas shop has been extended to more than double the original size and the grain barn has been extended by a third again, providing more area to display our wonderful, freshly cut Christmas trees and team of reindeer.

Tree Farm Opening Hours 25th Nov to 22nd Dec Mon to Fri - 10am-6pm Weekends - 10am-5pm

We are introducing additional comfortable seating, a children’s book corner and heating to enhance Rudolph’s Retreat, our ‘pop up’ Café. Rudolph’s Retreat is run by Lemon Zest (www.lemon-zest.co.uk) and offers a delicious array of homemade cakes, biscuits, hot and cold drinks. This year we are hoping to provide children’s lunch boxes and a lunch and tea menu during the week. This exciting partnership with Natasha Steiner and her team will enable us to provide delicious food using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. During the weekends, in addition to the sweet treats on offer, Lemon Zest will be serving pulled pork rolls, German Sausages and mulled wine.

Santa’s Grotto Opening Hours

Choosing the right Christmas tree is a magical and memorable experience for the whole family. When you visit Claydon Christmas Tree Farm you can spend as long as you like choosing which tree is perfect for you.

2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th Dec From 11am-2.30pm - No need to book in advance, however it can get very busy so try to arrive early! £5.50 per child to include a present.

We sell a variety of beautiful fresh cut and pot grown British Christmas trees, to include Nordman fir, Norway spruce and Fraser Fir Christmas trees, ranging in height from 3ft to 10ft. Larger trees or a quantity of trees can be ordered on request.

Last year, with your help, Claydon Christmas Tree Farm raised £1,400 for the children’s hospital at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. They will use this money to help build a new outside area for the children on Robin’s Ward. This year, for charity, each weekend we are providing Free Fun Activities for the whole family to enjoy. They will include our living, ‘Nativity corner’, with gorgeous baby farm animals, face painting, balloon modelling, arts & crafts and The Marsh Gibbon Silver Band from 1.30pm until 3pm on Sunday 3rd December. Paul Robertson’s apple pressing and tasting and lots more! Please see our website for more details www.claydonchristmastreefarm.co.uk Finally, a huge thank you to our amazing, supportive customers. Last year we were ‘runners up’ for the South East, Countryside Alliance Rural Business Awards 2016, ‘Rural Oscars’. There were over 7,500 nominations for rural businesses around the country and so it is such a wonderful achievement to have got this far!

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What’s On

1st October River Rinse Organised by Buckingham Town Council, we will be meeting at the Bourton Road Car Park at 10:15am and working up river from there to the cricket field. Stowe Sub Aqua Club and Buckingham Fire and Rescue will be in the river pulling out the debris. All volunteers are welcome.

3rd November - 7.30pm Bernie Marsden with Miles Nottage Ugland Auditorium - Stowe Tickets £22.50 / £20 Concessions / £20 Members

4th October Autumn Essentials Workshop hosted by Clare Price Buckingham Garden Centre (See page 28 for details)

4th November The Best Carved Pumpkin Competition takes place Check out the Town Council website for more details.

4th October - 8pm Sherlock Holmes and The Crimson Cobbles Roxburgh Hall - Stowe

4th November - 6pm Firework Display - Lions Club of Winslow Tomkins Park and Arboretum

7th October Gawcott Pre-School Jumble and Cake Sale From 10am – 12pm in Gawcott Village Hall

4th November - 11.30am & 2.30pm Tutti Frutti presents Ugly Duckling Roxburgh Hall - Stowe

7th October The Red Bullets are back! Celebrate 10 years of this wonderful local band! The Mitre, Buckingham

7th November - 8pm Hummingbird Roxburgh Hall - Stowe

14th October 2017 Gin Tasting with Foxdenton Estate Waddesdon Manor

4th November - 6pm Annual Bonfire & Firework Display Bourton Park

11th Nov - 2nd Jan 2018 Lantern Walk and Imaginarium Waddesdon Manor

14th October & 21st October Buckingham’s Annual Charter Fair

12th November Remembrance Day Parade Buckingham Town centre.

21st-29th October - 10am-5pm Halloween Trail - Half Term Stowe National Trust

15th Nov - 10th Dec - Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm Christmas Fair 2017 Waddesdon Manor

22nd October Stowe House Wedding Fair Stowe House

25th Nov - 22nd Dec Claydon Christmas Tree Farm is Open Steeple Claydon (See pages 18-19 for details)

22nd October - 1pm & 4pm Tall Stories presents The Snow Dragon Roxburgh Hall - Stowe

26th November Christmas Light Switch On and Artisan Market The light switch on will take place outside the Old Gaol in Buckingham Town centre. The singing of Christmas Carols around the tree starts at 6pm. Father Christmas will be making a special appearance.

26th October Paint Your Own Mini Ceramic Pumpkin The Crafty Cat, Winslow High Street 27th October - 7.30pm The Budapest Cafe Orchestra Ugland Auditorium - Stowe

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25th October - 11am - 4pm Halloween at Evenley Wood Garden Are you bold enough to venture through the woods into the mysterious garden and discover its secrets?

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WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER| 8PM ROXBURGH HALL TICKETS £15/£12 CONCESSIONS / £10 STUDENTS

Chipping Norton Theatre presents

Sherlock Holmes and The Crimson Cobbles By Toby Hulse

and original story by David Hastings WED 4 OCT,from 8PM directed by Kirstie Davis ROXBURGH HALL, STOWE SCHOOL

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IN YOUR GARDEN

Topical advice from Buckingham Garden Centre’s, Chris Day

As the shadows extend and the days shorten and become cooler, there’s plenty to plan for across the whole garden, from planting glorious bulbs for spring colour to establishing new plants for all year-round interest.

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OLOURFUL PROSPECTS Sow Sweet Peas in a cold frame or an unheated greenhouse to overwinter so allowing planting outdoors in March or April to produce early blooms. For colourful displays indoors during Christmas and the New Year plant containers with prepared Hyacinth bulbs early in the month, and towards the middle of October plant Narcissus. Plant up winter hanging baskets and containers using Myosotis (Forget-me-nots), Pansy, Polyanthus, Primrose, Viola (pictured with ‘Miracle’ Cyclamen, Heuchera, Ornamental Kale and Cabbage with Ivy), dwarf Wallflowers and spring flowering bulbs. Pot Chrysanthemums should be kept moist and remember to deadhead regularly as this will keep the flowers coming. Remove Cyclamen leaves that are yellowing along with faded flowers by carefully pulling them from the corm. However, to prevent leaves from turning yellow keep in a cool, light place. Plants that flower over winter must continue to be watered, but remember to cut down on the watering for other subjects.

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AWNS In milder areas final sowings of grass seed can be made early in October, provided soil and weather conditions are suitable. There are plenty of grass mix options – do ask for advice if you are unsure which seed mixture is best for your situation. Apply an autumn fertiliser to established lawns. If moss is a problem, choose a combined fertiliser and mosskiller when feeding the lawn. Again, if weeds are a problem in an established lawn opt for a combined weed, feed and mosskiller such as Evergreen Complete 4-in-1. Growth is now slowing down and the final mowing should be made shortly. If the weather continues mild you can offset this by simply raising the mower blades. Remove any leaves that have fallen onto the lawn and add them (in small quantities only) to the compost heap. If you have lots of trees and leaves it might be worth composting the leaves separately in order to produce your own leafmould, which makes an excellent soil conditioner for the garden.

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IFT AND PROTECT If at all possible any tender perennials, such as Fuchsias, which are in containers should be moved into a frostfree greenhouse or shed for the winter. Also at this time, similar types of plants such as Dahlias (pictured), Cannas and Pelargonium that have been grown in borders should be very carefully lifted, potted up using a gritty potting compost and placed where they will be protected from the cold. Remember to trim back any leggy or tall top growth that may have been left as this will reduce any potential die back problems through the winter.

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ROW YOUR OWN Plant Garlic bulbs using a suitable variety such as ‘Elephant’, ‘French Cristo’, ‘French Germidour’ and ‘French Thermidrome’ as well as Onion varieties ‘Electric’, ‘Radar’ and ‘Red Winter’ which can be planted during October and November. Towards the end of October, in sheltered areas make sowings of Broad Beans such as the very hardy ‘Aquadulce Claudia’. If you are planning to grow the often recommended ‘The Sutton’, a particularly short growing variety, this benefits from the protection of cloches. Lift and store root crops such as Carrots, Beetroot and Potatoes. Cut down Asparagus foliage once it has turned yellow to near ground level i.e. the stumps should be 3-5cm (1-2inches) above the surface. Crowns of Globe Artichoke should be protected from frost by wrapping straw around the base of the plants. For an early variety of Mange Tout Pea, the variety ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’ can be sown under cloches now. For a continuous supply of lettuce crops during winter plant varieties such as ‘Winter Gem’, for growing in pots or cropping bags and then grow on in a frost-free greenhouse. Protect outside crops with Enviromesh, which is very popular with vegetable enthusiasts as this acts as a barrier to garden pests as well as providing some useful frost protection. Potted up herbs such as Parsley, Sage, Mint and Thyme should be brought indoors for the winter to extend cropping. Overcrowded clumps of Chives will benefit from being lifted and divided. As this is such a useful herb for garnishes and flavouring all year round why not grow small clumps in pots on the kitchen window sill?

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RUIT PICKINGS October is usually a great month for preparing the ground for planting soft fruit. Select a well-drained, sunny position that is not prone to late frosts. Dig over the area incorporating well-rotted farm-yard manure or garden compost removing all perennial weed roots. Erect support structures - poles, posts and wires - for cane fruits such as Raspberries, Blackberries, and hybrids such as Loganberry, Boysenberry, and Tayberry. New stocks of bare root Raspberry canes will be arriving in October from our Scottish grower, so plan now for the varieties you wish to establish for next season. Make sure all the stems for next summer’s crop are securely tied in (pictured). Ripe apples should be picked and, depending on the variety, either be eaten or stored in a cool, dry place until ready. Grease bands and barrier glue can be wrapped around or applied to fruit trees at about 45cm (18in) above soil level to help protect them from various winter moths. It is important to stop these wingless females from climbing the tree and laying their eggs.

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OIN us for our Autumn Essentials Workshop on Wednesday 4th October, 9.30am-12.30pm. Clare Price, who ran both our Propagation and Summer Pruning Courses, will be hosting this event. This workshop covers three of the essential tasks of the garden at this time of the year – autumn and winter pruning to include Apples/Pears, shrubs and roses. An exploration of plants to propagate, including cuttings and division, plus seed collection and storage. Bare root planting of trees and shrubs in time for the bare root season. The course will be part demo and part practical so please bring along suitable clothing, footwear, gloves and sharp secateurs. We have only 10 places available so it will be on a first come first served basis. The cost to our Garden Club Members is £15.00 and the cost to Non-Members will be £20.00 and the price includes tea and filter coffee.

To book and for more details please contact our Customer Service Desk on 01280 822133 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 Garden Centre vouchers!

To enter, simply answer the following question; Which of the following is NOT a Tulip variety? A. ‘Pickwick’ B. ‘Flaming Parrot’ C. ‘Queen of the Night’ Send your answer together with your name and address to Community Contact Magazine Competition, Buckingham Garden Centre, Tingewick Road, Buckingham MK18 4AE. Alternatively, e-mail your answer with your details to: competitions@communitycontact.co.uk

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Welcome to the Community Contact Food and Drinks Guide. Here you can expect to find some of your favourite restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars in an easy go-to guide. We have included a number of symbols for each business that realte to services or features available at each venue. For example, when the business has wheelchair access available the wheelchair symbol will be added under the company description. You will also find useful contact information such as phone numbers, addresses, email addresses and opening times. To be included in this guide email laura@communitycontact.co.uk or call 07882 194830. Tobys Restaurant - Winslow 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...!

Contact Information 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

Open Air Foods - Buckingham 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.

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

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OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2017 The White Hart - Preston Bissett

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.

The Sow and Pigs - Poundon 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

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

The Crown Inn - Twyford

Contact Information t. 01296 730216 e. contact@thecrowntwyford.co.uk w. www.thecrowntwyford.co.uk

The Woolpack - Buckingham 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.

The Swan Inn - Great Horwood 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.

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The White Hart Pub, Pound Lane, Preston Bissett, Buckinghamshire MK18 4LX

Sun: 12:00 to 16:00 | Mon: 18:00 to 21:00

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.

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Contact Information t. 01280 847969 or 07775 625355 e. tim.north@me.com w. www.thewhitehart.pub

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.

The Crown Inn, The Square, Twyford, Buckinghamshire MK18 4EG Contact Information t. 01280 817972 e. mail@buckinghamwoolpack.co.uk w. www.woolpackbuckingham.co.uk The Woolpack, 57 Well Street, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 1EP Contact Information t. 01296 712556 e. Website Contact Form w. www.swaninngreathorwood.co.uk The Swan Inn, 1 Winslow Road, Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire MK17 0QN Contact Information t. 07954 152172 e. bourtonfarmedfoods@gmail.com w. www.bourtonfarmedfoods.co.uk Manor Farm, Bourton Buckingham, MK18 7DS

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COMMUNITY CONTACT MAGAZINE The Direct Pizza Company Takeaway collection counter | 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.

The Peri-Peri Chicken Company 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

The Farm Deli - Winslow If you’re shopping or you just want to think about what to take home, take the time for a cuppa and a home-baked pastry or a slice of cake? Take a seat and contemplate the range of delicious treats in the store.

Prego, Italian Restaurant 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.

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The Crown at Gawcott Situated in the picturesque village of Gawcott, we pride ourselves on a friendly atmosphere and great facilities. Large beer Garden | Great Food | Real Ale | Live Sky Sports | Carvery - Sundays & Wednesdays.

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The Twyford Pantry Can you believe it’s already the season for warmer clothes, the leaves are turning beautiful colours and we are all starting to eat more hearty, warming meals. With the UK being what it is we still get the odd late hints of summer.

Also anyone who knows me, knows what a Christmas fairy I am so there are a couple of great make-ahead recipes to get some of your I can’t believe it’s now only a couple of early festive season prep underway! months until our big day, so I’m still on the After all, before you know it will be the healthy eating mission and have become next issue and Christmas will be upon more interested in what superfoods are! us….aggghhhhh! (foods that are best for our health and wellbeing) so I have included a seasonal Enjoy the change in our beautiful seasons recipe in time for bonfire season which and all it brings both outside and in the uses some of these great ingredients, kitchen! which are not just limited to the summer months. Love Tina x

Spinach and Butternut Squash Lasagne (serves 8)

thyme, coarse black pepper, grated nutmeg Spinach Ricotta Mixture: 3 big handfuls fresh spinach (washed) 15 oz Ricotta 1/2 tsp coarse black pepper Approx 10 sheets Whole grain lasagne, uncooked

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25g cup parmesan cheese grated

Butternut squash puree:

Method... 450g butternut squash, peeled and chopped Preheat the oven to 400F, 200C, Gas 6, 180 into 1 inch chunks fan 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1 shallot, finely chopped

In a bowl, place the chopped butternut 4 cloves of garlic, peeled, chopped into 3-4 squash, onion, shallot, and garlic. Add pieces the sage leaves, rosemary, thyme, black 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. Stir all the

4 fresh sage leaves shredded

ingredients and roast in oven for 1 hour (stir

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every 20 minutes). Remove from the oven Ingredients (leave oven on), allow to cool slightly and A bottle of brandy blend to a puree. Stir in the nutmeg.

150g caster sugar A couple of handfuls of blackberries

In another bowl, mix the ricotta, spinach, and Half a cinnamon stick 12 cloves black pepper (easier to mix with your hands!). A pinch of ginger Grease an ovenproof dish. Put 1/3 butternut A pinch of grated nutmeg - optional squash puree in bottom, cover with lasagne Kilner jar - sterilised sheets, then ½ the ricotta mix, sprinkle with a little of the cheese, then butternut squash, Method... then lasagne sheets and repeat. Finish with Wash the blackberries, place them into a a sprinkling of the remaining cheese. Bake in Kilner jar, adding 150g of caster sugar, a the oven for 45 mins. Yum!

dozen whole cloves, half a cinnamon stick

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Blackberry Brandy Christmas Liqueur

ingredients up with brandy, seal the jar and give it a good shake until the sugars dissolved. Shake weekly, adding more sugar and spice as required. Nutmeg is optional depending on your tastes. Leave for at least a month, preferably two, in a cool dark place. When ready to drink pour through a coffee filter paper into a clean sterilised bottle and enjoy! Source: www.badgerbushcraft.com

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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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Beautifully Different Gorgeous clothes & accessories

It’s Autumn! Rich colours, sumptuous textures and fabulous new collections in store! 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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New Brands at Beautifully Different! Well it’s been a whole year since we opened our second store in the pretty market town of Brackley, and what a year it’s been! Our trademark style of easy wear clothing and accessories has gone down a storm, and we have gorgeous new Autumn/Winter colours and textures in store now. We love hearing what our customers would like to see in our stores, and because of that we are very excited to announce the arrival of some fabulous new brands this season to perfectly complement our trademark easywear style! Here are just a few of the stars in the new lineup: First up is the Danish label Fransa, feminine, sized clothing, stylish and affordable. Next is the chic Dutch label Yest, we’ll be stocking their fabulously comfortable shapewear jeans as well as some key Autumn pieces. Then we have the famous Robell trousers from Germany, once you find your style in this brand, you’ll be wanting them in every colour! We’ve been a Robell stockist for a while now, so we know many of you will be pleased to hear we now stock some styles in a short length, made exclusively for the UK! For your feet, we have the amazingly comfortable, wildly practical (but utterly gorgeous) UK based Butterfly Twists, these stylish ballerina pumps are sturdy enough for daily wear, but also foldable so you can pop them in your bag when you need to take off those heels! Coupled with a range of ankle and full length boots from another British British Brand, Brakeburn, we pretty much have you covered from head to toe here at Beautifully Different. We are famous for our rather fabulous customer service, and our experienced team are happy to advise you on colour and style. We all have one or two nifty tricks up our sleeve to help you look your best whatever your shape or size, whether it’s our gorgeous clothing or our stunning accessories. We have new stock in every week, so why not pop in and see us. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.com/beautifullydifferent, Twitter @bdiffwinslow or Instagram beautifullydifferentboutique, for details of our latest events, competitions and promotions, and we look forward to seeing you in the shops soon! Love Kim, Liz and the Team x


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

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Kevin

BY ROB BIDDULPH Format: Hardback 1st Edition ISBN: 9780008207410 Price: £12.99 Hand Signed by Rob Biddulph Available from Cole’s Books, Bicester

The glorious new picture book from the bestselling, award-winning author of Blown Away and GRRRRR!, all about one boy, one Kevin, and one very special friendship… Uh-oh Sid Gibbons is in trouble again! Time to think fast. When Sid makes yet another mess, and his mum is at the end of her patience, Sid does what every quick-thinking kid would do he blames it on his big, furry, vanillaand-pink friend Kevin! And while it seemed like a good idea at the time, Sid gets an unexpected surprise when he finds out that Kevin and his world might not be so imaginary after all and while his friend might be make-believe, his feelings are very real. A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale of friendship, kindness and stepping up, from a rare picture book talent. The perfect story for any child, from age three and up.

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WIN THIS SIGNED BOOK JUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE BOY IN THE BOOK, KEVIN?

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Country Equestrian Horse, Pet and Poultry

For cleaning up their act. Shampoos and what not.

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

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Silence your inner critic

I know the feeling – that chocolate bar is calling you from the cupboard, those crisps just accidentally fell into your mouth somehow. Before you know it, those good intentions are out the window and running down the street but don’t worry you really aren’t alone. A recent study has shown that 98% of us has had a lapse when on a diet and out of that percentage, 4 out of 5 of those then beat themselves up because of it. Now. Some of us need a good old talking to, internal wake up call to really get ourselves going again BUT by being critical towards yourself, you could be setting yourself up for a fall. We all have an inner critic (you know that voice that we always seem to notice when it’s telling us what we did wrong or what we don’t like about ourselves) And silencing that inner critic can take time and be hard work. If you learn to silence that inner critic, you can start to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again for a more successful weight loss adventure! Here’s how… • Mistakes happen – I can guarantee you that no-one is perfect ( not even these super ‘eat clean’ stars you see in magazines or on tv). We are all human and sometimes we need to remember that. • Today is a fresh start – If you went off plan yesterday, draw a line under it. You can’t change what has happened BUT you can change how you feel about it. Use it as a guideline for your future weight loss.

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• Look for motivation – Motivation can come in many forms. From that dress you want to get into, to an event that’s coming up. Pop that dress somewhere prominent where you’ll be reminded about it, write yourself notes and pop them in the cupboards and fridge to spur yourself on • It’s only temporary – When we are on a diet, we suddenly remind ourselves of the foods we are dismissing and seem to want them even more! Remember that this weight loss period won’t last forever and it’s that instant gratification that food gave us that got us here in the first place. • 3 questions. If you’re struggling and thinking about lapsing, ask yourself the following: WHY? - Why do I want this food? HOW? How will I feel after I eat it? WHAT? What can I have that will support my weight loss instead? • Support – I always know when people are struggling with their weight loss as instead of reaching out, they go quiet and withdraw from all support. That behaviour usually ends up with them falling completely off the wagon until they’re ready again. Instead of repeating that same old cycle, why not reach out instead. Ask for help, there’s some amazing weight loss forums out there (including our supportive facebook group). Don’t be afraid to say ‘hey I’m struggling here’. No doubt there’ll be someone else in the same position as you and you never know when you may make a great diet buddy. Contact Us - 01280 816933 wecare@thesmldiet.co.uk | www.thesmldiet.com

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