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Issue 10 October November 2013

To advertise call: 01869 908247

One of five Focus magazines delivered to over 40,000 homes and businesses

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Welcome & Contents

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elcome to another issue packed with local businesses and services and now that the Summer is providing a late rush of good weather the evenings are closing in very quickly. Autumn will soon come and go and the Winter season will be upon us. A date to note in the diary is end of Summer time as clocks go back on Sunday the 27th October, so perhaps now is a good time to stock up on the Winter firewood, salt and maybe even consider purchasing a wood burning stove from The Fireplace of Bicester, see page 18. Some more dates for the diary are Halloween with tricks, treats and

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Why not try your mental skills and win a £20 cash prize increasing the size of the post bag and or email box with our Sudoku competition on page 17. Finally if you have any forthcoming events, fairs, charity promotions, which you would like to see included in either Focus Bicester North or South then please email: steve@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk or phone 01869 908247.

pumpkins on Thursday October 31st followed very shortly after by Fireworks Night which this year is on Tuesday November 5th .

Contents

Prepare for the winter

October - November 2013 Issue Number 10

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Entertainment & Leisure

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

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Computers

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Services

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Home Services

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Homes

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Tradespeople

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Windows & Conservatories

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Gardens

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Motors

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Looking to extend or improve your home? Turn to pages 24 to 27 for home improvement inspiration

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in Focus Bicester North, whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advert. All artwork is accepted on strict condition that permission has been given for use in the publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that the descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. Any reproduction of any material is forbidden without the written consent of the publishers. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for views expressed by contributors, or for the accuracy of claims made by the advertisers.

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Entertainment & Leisure

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Entertainment & Leisure

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FREE COLLECTION & DELIVERY SERVICE

with all prescriptions to your home and/ or workplace*

YOUR LOCAL LATE NIGHT PHARMACY Your local chemists open every day, longer and till late including bank holidays Opening Times: Mon - Sat: 8am - 11pm, Sun: 9am - 7pm OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: FREE REPEAT PRESCRIPTION SERVICE NO NEED TO VISIT THE SURGERY DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME OR OFFICE Just complete a consent form from the Pharmacy and we take care of the rest. Ahmeys contact you one week prior to the next date of prescription renewal ensuring the medication is the same or any changes noted ensuring you receive only the correct medication. OUR FREE repeat prescription service helps you just concentrate on your health that’s why you can’t afford to go anywhere else, can you?

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