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Issue 38 June – July 2018

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elcome to our June/July Bicester North edition and hopefully the warmer weather is here to stay. Bicester has seen a slow decline over recent years with various long-standing shops closing but for all you pastry fans check out the new bakers Warrens on Pioneer Square and also the Torino Lounge on Sheep Street, both of which have created some new jobs for the town! We are introducing a Wordsearch for a change inside this edition. The prize up

Welcome & Contents for grabs is a Glamping Break for up to four people courtesy of Cosgrove Holiday Park, so don’t delay, complete it and either post to the address at the bottom of this page or save on the price of a stamp and e-mail to competition@ focusmagazinegroup.co.uk. Notable dates for your diary are June 19th which seeing the start of Royal Ascot and Wimbledon starts on the 2nd July also don’t forget to take a look at our What's On page for local events in Bicester over the next couple of months. Bicester

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Carnival is just one to mention on the 30th June , held at Pingle Field, always a fun filled day. Enjoy the Summer weather and that precious time with your family and friends , that’s all from me this issue and I will be back before you know it but in the meantime if you wish to highlight or promote your local event for the next issue please send the details to events@ focusmagazinegroup.co.uk or call 01327 353753.

The deadline for advertising in your next issue of Focus Bice ster is the 4th June

Are you a good neighbour?

June – July 2018 Issue Number 38

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Entertainment & Leisure

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Beauty & Wellbeing

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Health & Fitness

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Business & Professional

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Pets

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Home Services

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Homes & Interiors

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Tradespeople

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Windows & Conservatories

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What's On

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Garden & Outdoor Maintenance

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Motors

Dealing with the problem of itchy pets

See how you could help an elderly neighbour in our article on page 7

See our regular veterinary advice column from Bicester Vets on page 13

To advertise your business call us on: 01327 353753 email: bicester@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk visit: www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Follow us on Twitter: @FocusMagazines Find us on Facebook: FocusMagazineGroup Focus Magazine Group, 14 Grafton Suite, Caswell Science & Technology Park, Caswell Road, Towcester NN12 8EQ We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in Focus Magazines, 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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Beauty & Wellbeing

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any of us want to help our elderly or frail neighbours but we may not always be sure how to go about it, or even whether it’s appropriate. After all, no one wants to seem nosy or interfering, but a few simple steps can make a world of difference to someone who may be reluctant to ask for help themselves. Life is busy, but just saying "Hello" or having a brief conversation with an elderly or frail neighbour can make a huge difference. If you've lived close by for years without speaking it can feel a bit strange to suddenly start talking to someone; but it's never too late to start. Loneliness can be miserable and extremely damaging to a person’s mental health. Simple human contact is vital for our general wellbeing. Not everyone likes to ask for help but it doesn’t mean they don’t need it, just ask if they need anything. Pharmacists and doctors may be closed during holidays, meaning people may be unable to get

important medication at this time. Ask your neighbour if they have a good supply of medication ahead of the bank holidays – perhaps you could collect their prescriptions. Bad weather may make some people reluctant to leave their home – and if it is icy, they should stay safely inside. Why not ask if you can buy anything for them when you go shopping, such as toilet paper, bread, or to top up their gas or electric meter? If you haven’t seen a neighbour for a while, look for signs that they may need help. Are their curtains still drawn? Is their milk still on the door step or are newspapers still in the letterbox? Don’t wait – pop round and check if they are okay.

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Health & Fitness

A sweet price to pay!

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he new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry has been introduced in the UK, the move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the fight against child obesity and the type 2 diabetes crisis. The levy is squarely aimed at high-sugar drinks, particularly fizzy drinks, which are popular among teenagers. You may well have noticed that some of your favourite drinks for example Coca Cola, Pepsi, Fanta and Sprite to name just a few, have gone up in price. Pure fruit juices and milk-based drinks though are excluded along with sugar-free drinks such as Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Some drinks are incredibly high in sugar, a typical can contains about nine teaspoons. For teenagers they are the number one source of sugar intake while overall, children get a third of their daily sugar intake from them. They have also been dubbed "empty calories" as they have no nutritional benefit.

A big supporter of the tax was TV chef Jamie Oliver, who introduced a sugar levy in his restaurants. He set up an e-petition that saw more than 150,000 people backing the tax. The government have said the money raised – an estimated £520m a year – will be spent on increasing the funding for sport in primary schools as research has shown that half of all seven-yearolds do not get enough exercise The income raised will be used to fund sports in primary schools, some I am sure are not happy about the increase but others may be of the opinion this increase is a small price to pay for the future health of our nation!

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Business & Professional

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3 reasons you should be using email marketing

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ith many of us bombarded with marketing messages everyday, it can be easy to think that nobody bothers to check their emails any more. Think again. Email is still one of the best ways to reach your audience, here's why. 1. Less distractions Unlike social media, where you can refresh your feed every 10 seconds, when you send an email, you have the chance to invite your customer into your world for 10 seconds. 2. Make purchasing easy An email lands in your inbox with a discount code, and a link to buy, what's stopping you? An email makes it easy for customers to buy again, so it's easier to convert. 3. Build loyalty Offering discounts, news and announcements only to your newsletter subscribers adds exclusivity

and creates a network of loyalty. They start to look out for your newsletter because they know it's worth it. Deliver value and you will attract loyalty. Ready to get started? Make sure you get permission before emailing your list. The General Data Protection Regulation, which came in to force on the 25th May 2018, means all businesses must get permission from contacts before sending marketing emails. You can do this by asking your contacts to fill in a form which states they are happy to be subscribed to your mailing list. This applies to those on your existing mailing list too. Written by Extravis Marketing. For help setting up your email newsletter, get in touch at www.extravismarketing.co.uk.

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Pets

Dealing with the problem of itchy pets

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t seems like the warm weather has finally arrived and already I’ve seen an itchy dog or two. Skin itching or “pruritis”, is a very common symptom of skin disease in our pets. Sometimes the cause is easily found such as fleas or ear mites, however, that isn’t always the case.

is inflammation in the skin which can cause redness, spots and most commonly itchiness.

Pruritis can also be caused by mites under the skin surface (like scabies in people). In this case the itching builds up over a period of time and other pets may become affected also. Perhaps the most common cause of itching is allergic dermatitis. In these cases, the pet’s immune system over-reacts to something; usually something in the environment like dust mites or grasses. The result of this reaction

The most important thing when your pet shows the discomfort of “pruritis”, is to book in to see your Vet. They are highly trained and experienced at dealing with itchy pets and skin disease and many cases can be resolved quickly.

Once a pet is itchy they will start to scratch, chew and lick and this can further inflame & damage the skin, often leading to an infection which can be far worse than the original problem!

At Bicester Vets we also have a visiting Veterinary Dermatologist who has vast experience in dealing with difficult and rarer skin conditions. Mark Craig visits once a month so please give us a call if you think your pet might benefit from a visit to our Dermatologist please call 01869 252077. Enjoy your pets! Jason Williams, Bicester Vets

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Home Services

The Hummingbird Centre announces new workshop

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he Hummingbird Centre believes in empowering our guests so we are very pleased to announce that we will be working with Anita Care to provide bra and breast form fitting workshops. Anita Care Confidence Clinics are an initiative designed to improve the quality of aftercare for patients who have had breast cancer. Correctly fitted breast forms, bras and swimwear can help restore curves and confidence. Anita Confidence Consultants offer a bra-fitting service and like the Hummingbird Centre, Anita Care believes strongly in patient choice. An Anita Confidence Consultant will work with our guests to find the correct sized bra and best breast form regardless of whether this is an Anita product or another brand.

Every year 1.7 million people worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer – a life changing diagnosis. In this new and difficult situation Anita Care supports women affected by breast cancer with products to restore confidence and well-being.

They are a family run business and have been breast forms specialists for over 45 years with bespoke clinics tailored to their guests. They have a complete range of products including lingerie and swimwear which their consultants are trained to fit, they also offer a mail order service. Their website address is: www.anita.com. For further details regarding the workshops please contact The Hummingbird Centre on 01869 244244. www.thehummingbirdcentre.org.uk Registered Charity Number: 1156595

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in a fabulous Meal for two at Cosgrove Park with our Wordsearch competition.* Just find all the words listed here, horizontally, vertically, diagonally or backwards and follow the instructions below. Congratulations to the winner from last time Mr G Loader from Bicester. Discover more about Cosgrove Park in their advert on page 6 *For 2 nights for up to 4 people. Booking will be subject to availability and excludes bank holiday weekends.

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Tuck in and celebrate National Fish & Chip Day

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t’s time to celebrate the great British takeaway of Fish & Chips. Taking place annually on the first Friday in June, the event is the idea of the National Edible Oil Distributors. In the UK, Friday has traditionally been the night to eat fish, simply part of our culture and stemming from religion to abstain from meat on a Friday. Chips are called chips because they are pieces 'chipped' off the potato and fried up and are called chips in every possible eating establishment except those franchises from the States like McDonalds where they are referred to as fries. There is still controversy as to who first had the idea to marry fish with chips and we will probably never know for sure, safe to say it was somewhere in England either up North or down South. Some

believe a northern entrepreneur called John Lees was selling fish and chips out of a wooden hut at Mossley Market in industrial Lancashire from 1863. Others claim the first combined fish 'n' chip shop was opened by a Jewish immigrant, Joseph Malin, in East London around 1860. Outlets sprung up across the country and soon they were as much a part of Victorian England as smog. To keep prices down, portions were wrapped in newspaper - a practice that survived until the 80s when it was ruled unsafe for food to come into contact with newspaper ink. Eaten with greasy fingers on a trip to the seaside, a pay-day treat at the end of the week or a late-night supper on the way home from the pub, everyone has their own preferences. So if you fancy a takeaway this weekend, go British and tuck in!

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Saturday 7th July Bicester Mum2mum Market The Bicester School, Queens Avenue, OX26 2NS, 10.30am – 12.30pm for more details visit the event page www.facebook. com/events/270293513478980/ or bicester@mum2mummarket.co.uk Saturday 28th July Party in the Park Presented by Bicester Round Table and One Bicester at Garth Park from 5.00pm until 10.00pm tickets prices for adults £12.50, under 16’s £6, under 5’s free. Saturday 28th July Summer Festival The Hummingbird Centre will be holding a Summer Festival at Launton Playing Field 12 – 6pm. Entry £1 under 16’s free. To include a bouncy castle, dog show, stalls, food, tug of war to name just a few. Every Friday 2pm to 3pm Zumba Gold Classes Bicester Health and Wellbeing Centre Social and community Services, Launton Road, Bicester OX26 6DJ. For more details contact Jan Clarke 01869 242808. 4th Wednesday of every month St Edburg’s Mothers Union In the church at 2.30pm. For more details contact Pat Moore 01869 323032.

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