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March - April 2014

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Plantation CafĂŠ Home made food and a friendly environment to meet your friends and family. Pop in for coffee, cake, breakfast or lunch. Bell Plantation Garden Centre, Watling Street Towcester NN12 6GX Tel: 01327 354126 www.bellplantation.co.uk

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12 Months Golf Membership Offer

Be a member of 2 clubs *

from £40 per month

*Terms and conditions apply

We invite you to join us on

Saturday 12th April

where we are showcasing our Golf, Wedding and Function Facilities from 12 noon - 4pm

Mothers Day Lunch

Sunday 30th March £16.95 adults £8.95 children under 10 A gift for every Mum Booking advisable

Available for Weddings, Receptions, Private Parties and Functions

Cherwell Edge are able to perform civil ceremonies in our outside gazebo and clubhouse Please telephone for more details

Please contact us on: 01295 711591 or email: enquiries@cherwelledgegolfclub.co.uk

www.cherwelledgegolfclub.co.uk

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Welcome & Contents

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elcome to another edition of Focus Brackley, haven’t we been lucky in our region by avoiding the worst of the flooding. I can’t imagine what it must be like but it certainly tested our distributors, but our magazines were still delivered in difficult, wet and windy conditions.

Spring time just around the corner, we will soon be in the garden again. Another date for the diary, Easter this year is 18th through to 21st April. As always there is a lot going on in our area – check out page 24 for the Diary of Events there’s Raffles, Raffles, Quiz & Curry Nights, Singles Nights, Spanish Nights and a Poker Night to name a few.

March sees an early Shrove Tuesday this year (Pancake Day) 4th March and Mothers Day the 30th March. On the same day as Mothers Day, British Summer Time begins and how welcome that will be. Lighter evenings are bringing a refreshing feel to the air and with

Contents

March - April 2014 Issue Number 24

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Entertainment & Leisure

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

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Pets

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Computers

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Services

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Home Services

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Diary of Events

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Homes

34

Tradespeople

43

Windows & Conservatories

45

Gardens

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Motors

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to start something new have a look at page 38. Maybe the new Plumbing Training Centre which has recently opened in Northampton town centre can help, they offer Government funded apprenticeships. Finally, see details on how to “Find the Focus Family” in our New Competition on pages 28 & 29, with a chance to win a meal for two at Faz’s Indian Takeaway.

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Catch up with what is going on at Magdalen School/College Find out more about the work of your local ’senior school‘ turn to pages 22 & 23

To advertise call us on 01327 353753 or 07754 434960 email: mandy@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk visit: www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Follow us on Twitter: @FocusMagazines Find us on Facebook: FocusMagazineGroup Published by: Focus Magazine Group, The Studio 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6JY Advertise your business locally from as little as £20 a month - Call us on 01327 353753

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in Focus Brackley, 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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Garden Centre

Growing your own potatoes is easy! All you need is a bit of ground and a trowel (and some seed potatoes) and you’re away. Below is our “how to” guide on growing your own delicious potatoes. Maturity First Earlies Second Earlies Main Crop Salads

Plant March-April April-May April-May March-April

Depth 10cm 10cm 10cm 10cm

Distance 30cm 30cm 37.5cm 30cm

With Between Rows 45cm 45cm 67.5cm 45cm

Harvest June-August July-September September-October July-September

1. Choosing your Potato

3. Earthing Up

There are loads of different types; decide how you want to eat it and when you want to eat it and you’re half way there. See the table above for timings and come in and ask one of our team for the most delicious varieties.

When the potatoes have grown out of the ground a few inches pull earth around the plant giving the plant more soil to grow in and improving drainage.

2. Planting Before planting, dig your plot over with some manure to increase organic content. Plant your seed potatoes in rows with about 30cm between each potato and 45 cm between each row.

4. Harvesting Scrape away some soil and check the potatoes have grown to the size you want, pull them out of the soil and try not to leave any stragglers behind.

5. Storing Leave your tubers out to dry for a few hours, then store them in a cool, frost free, airy environment away from light. Hessian sacks are ideal for storing as they allow excellent air circulation (available in store).

SPEND £20 AND GET A BAG OF 50L COMPOST FREE*

On completion of this voucher and presentation at The Bell Plantation Garden Centre EXPIRES 31ST MARCH 2014. *Not in conjunction with any other offer.

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BELL PLANTATION GARDEN CENTRE

Watling Street Towcester NN12 6GX Tel: 01327 354126 FREE PARKING

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Call us or visit in store for help and advice!

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Entertainment & Leisure

Support during pregnancy, birth and early childhood

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he NCT (National Childbirth Trust) is a national charity focusing on the needs of families. They aim to provide support in the hope that parents have a positive experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

At the Towcester and District branch we are committed to bringing those pledges to you on a more direct and personal level. Why not pop along to one of our events for a fun packed family experience! It’s exciting times for us as Spring will see the launch of our Parent and Toddler Support NCTots providing support to local groups to ensure they can keep their doors open for parents to go along and meet up. Fancy a cuppa and slice of cake in child friendly surroundings? Why not join us the first Thursday of every month for our NCTea mornings at Bell Plantation Café.

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ON SITE AUCTIONS

HOME – GARAGE – FACTORY – FARM etc UPCOMING AUCTION DATES

MARCH 1st – Antiques and Effects 8th – Tools and Machinery 15th – General Sale 22nd – General Sale

APRIL 5th – Antiques and Effects 12th – Tools and Machinery 19th - General Sale 26th – General Sale

ALL AUCTIONS TO BE HELD ON A SATURDAY AT THE AUCTION HOUSE, TINGEWICK 10:30am START. VIEWING ON FRIDAY 10am TILL 7pm & MORNING OF THE SALE

All enquiries to:- Mr David Partridge Auction House, Main Street, Tingewick, Bucks. MK18 4NL Traditional Auctioneers - Established 1993

Tel: 01280 848843

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Entertainment & Leisure We are busy planning our Nearly New Sale which is on Saturday 5th April at Towcester Racecourse, held at this venue for the first time in the Aautumn it proved so popular that this time we have extended the space with two sales floors this time and even more tills. It will be a great way to earn some money, bag a bargain and support the NCT. Our Cheeky Monkeys Tea Party will be held in the summer which guarantees a great family afternoon with demonstrations, stalls and soft play. Keep an eye out on our facebook page or website for the date. We look forward to seeing you and your family very soon! ation, dates and For all the latest inform on: us nd find fi news T or Facebook/Towcester NC cester tow es/ nch bra www.nct.org.uk/ 6299. or call us on 0844 243

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Entertainment & Leisure

BRACKLEY FRINGE FESTIVAL is coming! August 1st-3rd 2014 In the meantime we are running a number of events to raise awareness and funds, please support as much as you can, Brackley Fringe is a community event: Football Club Football Club Football Club Football Club Football Club Football Club Football Club

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Entertainment & Leisure

The Fox & Hounds has had a new lease of life

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ith a transformation and under new leadership the The Fox and Hounds gastro pub, standing in the heart of Whittlebury, near Towcester, is making the right impression. Experienced chefs Roger Hayward and John Muir-Howie now hold the reins and have breathed fresh life into the establishment. This is proving to be very popular, so take time to savour a pint of real ale, often from local breweries, a lager or choose from a great range of wines, after a mouth watering meal, lunch time snack or specials like the popular roasted belly of pork and share the appeal. Westbridge Motors (Northampton) Ltd, a successful family-owned business in Northampton, is backing the venture and have grown their

Everyday Bakes Delivered To You All freshly baked

Cakes, Biscuits Muffins Tray Bakes Smiley Face Jam Biscuits Brownies Afternoon Tea and Fudge

business interests over many years. Their BP forecourt in Northampton was voted UK Forecourt Trader of the Year in 2007. The family commented, “Yes, this is the first gastro pub in our portfolio, having been involved in the motor trade since 1937, we were more used to dealing with recovery or taxi requests, but have adapted and it’s been going really well since September 2013. We have known Roger and John for some time and know how they operate, their customer service and attention to detail just stood out”. “As a family we are all involved day to day, but leave it to Roger and John to make the most of what is available. We hope people will come and see for themselves what exciting changes have been made.” “It’s fantastic that people are choosing to visit us, we feel extremely lucky and are working very hard to make sure their visit is something special”. For more details call 01327 858048 or email: info@thefoxandhoundswhittlebury.co.uk

Relaxing Sundays..... Fine Wines.... Lighter Bites.... Sharer Plates.... A Quality Pint.... Restaurant Menu.... Birthdays.... Meetings....

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Mothers Day

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Entertainment & Leisure

Blue Butterfly

Blue Butterfly - NOW OPEN

Open Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm

Contact Katie : 07568 522 757 www.bluebutterfly.bigcartel.com

bluebutterflyart The Courtyard Shops, Courtyard Mews, Brackley

Unique gift ideas from Brackley’s Blue Butterfly

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lue Butterfly a new shop at the Courtyard Shops in the beautiful historic town of Brackley. If you’re looking for something a little different this Mothers day (or in fact any time of the year) whilst at the same time giving a gift with a personal touch, this is the perfect place for you.

Katie Brown is a local artist who specialises in watercolours. Firstly, she creates her designs as watercolours and then reproduces them onto various materials like gift cards, coasters and teapot stands to name a few. The coasters and teapot stands are completely special and unique due to the nature of the stone, however each one is guaranteed to add a little bit of fun and colour to any

Bloomers of Brackley ….. your local florist

Mother’s Day Bouquets

Beautiful individual arrangements and bouquets for Mum - Prices from £20.00 Indoor & outdoor plants start at pocket-money prices for little ones

30th March 2014

Visit us at: 32 High Street, Brackley (next door to the Post Office)

or www.bloomersofbrackley.co.uk Prices for national delivery are quoted on website – E-Florist Relay

Phone us direct for more LOCAL prices!

01280 701800

E: bloomersofbrackley@outlook.com

Bicester’s very own award winning bridal boutique offers a varied collection of stylish traditional and contemporary gowns at affordable prices. Our designers include: Stella York, Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner, Romantica of Devon and Trudy Lee As well as bridal gowns, we also offer a range of bridesmaid dresses for all ages, prom dresses, shoes, jewellery, accessories and gifts.

T: 01869 325500

88a Sheep Street, Bicester, Oxon. OX26 6LP E: info@bicesterbridal.co.uk www.bicesterbridal.co.uk

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Entertainment & Leisure room, creating the perfect gift for anyone. Katie also sells her paintings which are all original and can be purchased either framed or mounted. As if this isn’t enough, because each and every design is her own she offers a bespoke service on most of her range. Katie designs and makes her products from her home in Towcester as well as the studios inside the shop. The new premises at the Courtyard Shops, Brackley have a quirky romantic twist and stocks products ranging from colourful seaside illustrations and floral paintings to signature stone coasters and teapot stands featuring playful chickens, pastel beach huts, colourful camper vans, zingy ginghams and much more.

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Entertainment & Leisure

Get running with BDRC

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ou may have seen groups of brightly clad runners navigating their way around Brackley and the surrounding areas. Speeding through the quiet streets in the evening and doing repetitions of any hill that can be found.

The club members of Brackley and District Running Club are in training!

Following the recent publication of The Club Championships there has been a renewed effort and excitement within the club to challenge fitness levels and speed in an attempt to compete for one of the coveted Brackley and District Running Club Awards.

The Club Championships consists of 18 races from March to November varying in distance including 5Ks, 10Ks, 10 milers, Half Marathons and a 15 mile race. To qualify, members must complete 8 races and points are allocated for performance. At the Christmas party spectacular engraved trophies are awarded for Overall Men’s and Ladies Winner, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Men and Lady as well as awards such a Rookie of the Year and Best Performance. Is 2014 the year you want to tackle a 10K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon? Come and join the Brackley and District Running Club and experience the phenomenal support of a UK Athletics Club with a Coaching Team of 3 UKA qualified coaches. The Club departs the Leisure Centre at 7pm sharp on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8.30am on a Sunday morning. Visit: www.brac kleyrunningclub .co.uk or Facebook: www. facebook.com/gr oups/BADRC for more informa tion.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

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There has never been a better time for your children to take to the water and learn to swim, or just polish up on existing swimming skills! Did you know that more than 11 million people swim each year, however despite this rise in popularity, currently 1 in 5 children leave school unable to swim! Learning to swim has many benefits for children. It’s great for their health and well-being, it enhances their self-esteem and importantly teaches them confidence in and respect for the water. Towcester Leisure Centre and Brackley Swimming Pool offer swimming courses and lessons which are aligned to the National Plan for Teaching Swimming

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We offer a convenient monthly Direct Debit payment option that includes 45 weeks of swimming lessons as well as UNLIMITED FREE swimming at any time, for as long as the pupil is on the course, all from as little as £19.99* per month. Other payment options are also available. As a new pupil, and to welcome you onto our swimming lesson programme, we would like to offer you your first month absolutely FREE+!

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pring is the natural time for new beginnings and a fresh start. If you’ve already ditched your New Year’s Resolution to start exercising or exercise more, warmer weather and more daylight could be what’s required to kick start your motivation to get active.

Towcester and Brackley Leisure Centres offer a wide variety of great facilities and are packed full of exciting and energetic activities to put a spring in your step. With tips, guidance and advice from our friendly team, you’ll soon be well on your way to feeling great. Across the three centres, three gym’s host a full range of state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment,

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• Headboards • Beds • Sofabeds • New sofas & chairs • Re-upholstery • Footstools • Ottomans • Loose Covers • Foam cut to order • Feather cushions • Repairs • Leather repairs All with a huge range of fabrics to choose from

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his is normally held on the fourth Sunday of Lent and is always three weeks before Easter. Traditionally, people visited the church where they were baptized, hence your “Mother” church and would meet up with other family members in the area that they grew up in. Young people who were employed as servants, were given Mothering Sunday off, enabling them to visit their own Mother, taking gifts and the occasional clothing hand me downs from their employer. Nowadays it is a celebration of Motherhood, with Mothers, Step

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Homes Mothers, Grandmothers and Mothers in Law receiving visits and gifts. As a minimum, most people send a card, usually accompanied by flowers or a potted plant. However, in today’s modern society, pretty much any item can be classed as a gift and is usually well received. As the saying goes “ It is the thought that counts”. A meal of some description is very popular, with restaurants, hotels and pubs all getting booked up extremely early, you have been warned! Jewellery, beauty treatments and a day out with the family are other possibilities. Sunday Schools, Schools and Playgroups often encourage their pupils to make a gift or card, to take home to their Mother. Gifts do not have to be expensive, you could offer to clean her house, tidy her garden, wash her car or take her somewhere she has always talked about. If you have brothers and sisters, why not pool resources of photos and present her with a bespoke album. If you have not got it already, it is a day for you to say “Thank You” to your Mother and spoil her rotten!

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We offer beautiful hand-made curtains, blinds, loose covers, and general soft furnishings. Complete the theme from our selection of poles, tracks and complementary wallpapers.

Select your bespoke look from our large range of fabric pattern and blind books.

First Home Consultation and Estimates FREE

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www.pleatssoftfurnishings.co.uk Unit 8, Green Farm, Fritwell, OX27 7QU (showroom visits by appointment only)

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SOUTH NORTHANTS ROOFING LIMITED Pitched and Flat Roofs Guttering and fascias Lime Mortar Pointing & Leadwork Photographs of previous jobs and letters of recommendation available. For a free quote telephone

Mark Russell On 01327 260470 Mobile 07958 308459 (25 years experience)

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Slate Tile & Flat Roofing Stoves & Fireplaces Roof Surveying Lead Work Repointing Chimney Repairs Velux Windows Fascia, Soffit & Guttering Chimney Lining Cowel Fittings Roof Carpentry

Reliable, reasonable, friendly

Contact Mark Tel: 01280 813569 Mob: 07915 208181 www.buckinghamroofingstoves.co.uk

  Commercial & Domestic Electricians Professional Friendly and Honest New Sockets, Lights, Cookers, Consumer Units, Fault Finding, Certificates, Extensions, Rewires, Supply & Installation of Electric Showers and Storage Heating Call James Sumpster 07939 236320 or Paul 07720 375 514 34

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Tradespeople Over 20 years

LOCAL Experience CHIMNEY SWEEP x Brush &

Vacuum x Traditional Open Fires x Inglenook Fireplaces x Wood Burners & Stoves x Gas / Oil Boilers x Bird Nests Removed x Bird Guard & Cowls Fitted Approved Wood Burning Stove Installer

Call Phil at PTH SWEEPCLEAN 01280 702772 or 07765 408390 www.pthsweepclean.co.uk

TRIPLE T TILING

SPECIALIST TILING SERVICE 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE

EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE PRICES FROM A VERY EXPERIENCED TILER UNDERTAKING ALL TYPES OF WALL AND FLOOR

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Complete Bathroom Fitting service also available

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01280 705475 or 07968 231626

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Contact us today! Tel: 01869 240201 Open 7 days! www.alchestertiles.co.uk Email: info@alchestertiles.co.uk

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Get the low-down on the Sicilian Mafia

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ocal Northampton author Joe Castello has recently published the latest title in his fantastic series of ‘Joe Public Guides’. The Joe Public Guide to The Sicilian Mafia Guides is a fast, informative and action-packed race through 150 years of Mafia history.

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To find out more on this exhilarating title visit: www.austinmacauley.com email: marketing@austinmacauley.com Tel: 0207 038 8212 or contact: Kat Parr, Marketing Coordinator, Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd, Canary Wharf, London

Did you know that World Book Day is on the 6th March?

From humble beginnings on the small island of Sicily to massive business operations across the world, read about the major characters and events in the development of the Cosa Nostra. From career criminals to corrupt politicians, priests, revolutionaries, informants,

hitmen and the lawmen trying to bring the crime families to justice; there is no rhetoric here, no conjecture and no moralising. Just the facts!

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PERRYMAN’S Painting, Decorating and Tiling

Discount for OAP's Friendly and reliable local decorating service with experience in interior and exterior painting and wallpapering. Also available for general DIY at very reasonable rates.

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15 St Georges Close, Towcester 36

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Contact: Ian Hand Tel: 01280 704084 Mob: 07887 570847 handsonplumbing@btinternet.com www.hands-on-plumbing.co.uk 24 Hour call out 7 Days a week call out Free Quotations

General Plumbing & Heating

Breakdown & Heating System problems?

• Servicing, Boiler

• Power Flushing

• Maintenance & Repairs • • Hot water, No Heating? • • Pressure Loss, Cold radiators? • Any heating problems Based in large or small BRACKLEY

Boiler Installations Domestic Water systems Unvented & Replacement Cylinders

Mob: 07986 673 799 Tel: 01280 840 450 ray@modernwatersystems.co.uk

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Tradespeople BILL DOWSON

HEATING & PLUMBING SERVICES - Brackley Based 30 yrs trade experience

New college, new ideas

For all your local Plumbing requirements…. • CENTRAL HEATING • BOILER CHANGES • BREAKDOWN & REPAIRS • GAS SAFETY & LANDLORD CERTIFICATES • BATHROOMS & SHOWERS • GAS COOKERS & FIRES • WASHING MACHINE & DISHWASHER INSTALLATION

• EX BRITISH GAS ENGINEER

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New plumbing training centre to open in Northampton

FOR A NO OBLIGATION QUOTATION OR ESTIMATE PLEASE CALL

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ased in the town centre, the new EAS training centre will offer government funded apprenticeships in Plumbing for individuals employed both locally and further afield. This vocational training pathway will be offered at Levels 2 and 3, either a day or block release. In addition to help young people gain employment EAS also offer a Level 1 course run over 3 days per week for 6 months. This course shows prospective employers that they are serious in becoming a trades person. All courses are fully funded and grants maybe available to the employer. Terms and conditions apply.

The new centre will also provide an extensive range of short courses for existing operatives. This includes the

AN Plumbing & Heating Services ‘Quality In Safe Hands’ For an upgrade to a new and efficient boiler or a simple addition of a radiator or just a tap washer to be replaced.

 Boiler Replacement

For a reliable and friendly service with no hidden cost. We believe on the quality of our service that we give you a 28 day cover on all servicing and repair work that we do.

 Tiling Service

 Plumbing  Central Heating Installations  Breakdown & Repairs  Bath & Shower Installed  Boiler Service  Flushing  Landlord safety Checks  FREE Written Quotes  2 Year Guarantee on all Installations

For a quote or advice call Tony Tel: 01327 353997 or Mob: 0772211 4808 38

Ex British Gas Engineers with over 30 years in the Plumbing & Heating Industry. We pride ourselves in the quality of our work.

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Tradespeople GAS Safe ACS qualifications via reassessment to current cardholders, water regulations, health and safety and alternative energies. The college will not be running ‘fast track’ courses. Eamon Wilson, Managing Director of EAS Mechanical Ltd, comments: “I am delighted to be opening this centre in Northampton. I believe this is a much-needed resource for the town and having been through the whole process myself I believe we can engage not only with the candidates but also with employers at a level that will benefit benefit all. My aim is to help train the area’s future generation of craftsmen and women to the high standard needed within the wider industry, while also helping local employers have greater choice and input into the training they can offer their staff, and themselves.” To find find out more about the EAS Mechanical training Centre, or to arrange a visit, please call Eamon on: 01604 630823 / 01604 583060 or email easmech@me.com

YARDLEY HEATING SERVICES LTD Yardley Heating Services Ltd est. 1984

Specialists in oil boilers and oil tanks Service • Repair • Installation Family run business offering a prompt, honest and reliable service.

• Servicing • Breakdowns • Repairs • Commissioning • Installation • Power Flushing Plumbing work and gas work also undertaken.

ANY PROBLEMS WITH YOUR HEATING SYSTEM THEN CALL US NOW Call 01908 542564 or 07776 221722

www.mkoilboilers.co.uk

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M GARRETT PLASTERING

Serving Brackley & Surrounding Areas Professional Reliable Service with Over 21 Years Experience

x General Plastering x Kitchens / Bathrooms x Renovations / Repairs x Plasterboarding x New Buildings x Alterations x Extensions All aspects of Plastering Undertaken With a high standard of workmanship

FREE QUOTES / ESTIMATES Tel: 01280 700177 Mob: 07881 557563

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Pancakes... a race to the Church and kitchen fun

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his year celebrated on 4th March, Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Historically pancakes were eaten because the ingredients required, eggs, fat, butter and sugar were not allowed during Lent. Olney Pancake Race is probably the most famous in the world. In 1445 a woman heard the Shriving bell (The word Shrove comes from an ancient word Shrive, meaning to confess) whilst making pancakes and ran to the church with apron and frying pan still intact. The 25 runners, all local housewives, having resided in Olney for more than three months, must wear an apron and hat or scarf and hold a frying pan containing a hot pancake, that needs to be tossed three times during the race. Starting at 11.55am in the Market Square, the first woman to finish the 375 metre course, serve her pancake to the bell ringer at the church and receive a kiss from him is the winner. Devon Byrne aged 19 won last years race with a World Record time of 56 seconds.

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• New Builds • Extensions • Renovations • Conversions • Kitchens - Bathrooms • Brickwork

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• Wall & floor tiling • Stonework • Slabbing • Plastering • Plumbing • Carpentry

TEL 01280 851165

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he vast majority of us associate Easter with chocolate eggs, although traditionally, hens' eggs are the food of Easter. Eating eggs, amongst other things, was strictly forbidden during lent, however, the hens continued to lay, culminating in a stock pile for Easter Sunday.

Believe it or not, 90 million chocolate eggs were sold in the UK last year, accounting for 10% of all chocolate bought in the UK in a year, making the UK 7th in terms of worldwide chocolate consumption. The very first chocolate Easter egg produced in the UK was made by Fry's in 1873, followed by Cadbury's in 1875. The “small squares” finish on a chocolate egg, that resembles crocodile skin, was developed in Germany, not to enhance the look, but to cover up any imperfections in the chocolate. In the UK every person will eat an average of 10.2kg of chocolate in a

year, making an annual spend on chocolate of £5 Billion, with £5 Million attributed to Easter sales. Every child who receives chocolate Easter eggs averages almost 9 each ! Compared to 1.5 hens eggs eaten between Good Friday and Easter Monday. The worlds' leading producer of cocoa is The Ivory Coast in West Africa, supplying approximately 45%. As with many food products, somebody is always trying to produce the biggest, two notable efforts being... A large chocolate rabbit, which was over 12 feet tall and weighed more than 3 tons, was modelled in South Africa in 2010 and placed in a special chilled showcase, then devoured by 250 disadvantaged children. A large chocolate egg, being just over 10 metres tall, almost 20 metres in circumference and weighing 7,200 kilos was made in Italy in 2011.

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t’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director Josh Florey feels that his approach is the key. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Some people may call the way I do things a little old-fashioned but it’s amazing how a simple mix of manners, punctuality and personal service increases your business. I’m constantly taken aback by customers who are shocked that we turn up when we say we will, do the

job that is required and clean up after ourselves. I’m afraid it indicates to me that there are many companies who don’t and that’s just not fair to the customer.’ Cloudy2Clear service the Bicester, Brackley and Oxford areas from their local depots and Josh is finding that his ethos is proving to be a major factor in his success. ‘When I started out I just did the things that came naturally to me. I really hate being let down by tradesmen so I was determined not • Josh Florey, to let that happen to my customers. Cloudy2Clear. As it turns out that little bit of extra care has meant I get friends and family of people I have done work for on the phone constantly so it’s not just personally satisfying but good for business too. At the end of the day it’s not rocket science, is it?’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Josh a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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he weather in March can change from one extreme to another, from day to day or year to year. In 1963 there was snow on the ground for 3 weeks, in the last few years we have had very dry warm weather. So be prepared for action in the garden if the weather is good, there is so much to do. Spring is a great time to get children involved in gardening, there is quick reward for your labour. If your lawn is relatively dry, a good firm rake over will dislodge all the moss that may have built up over the winter and encourage the grass to send out new shoots. Pushing some holes in the lawn will encourage drainage, it will also speed up fertilisation of the roots. If you have any sharp sand, a thin layer spread over the lawn will fill up the holes you have just made and massively improve the drainage in the longer term.

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When you have fifinished nished beating up the lawn reward it with a slow release lawn feed (and moss killer if you have a problem), this will keep it green for several months and discourage moss. Cutting gardens have always been fashionable, March is the time to plant many flflowering owering plants for colour later on in the summer. Herbaceous plants should be bursting into growth in March. Plant labels these days are very descriptive enabling you to choose the plants you like with the right height and colour. Once herbaceous plants are in the ground they will flower every year, so long as they are in the right conditions. Let’s hope that the March and April weather is normal this year. Happy gardening! For any gardening help or advice call one of the plant team at Bell Plantation on 01327 354126.

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Motors and pulling back into the inside lane, the car behind would have lights so bright that you could be forgiven for thinking it was daylight! Not a problem but it made me think, how many people have had their headlights aligned as it does generally seem to be the slightly older cars that suffered this problem. The joys of modern motoring and self adjusting headlights you could say... A luxury I cannot say I have either! So if you get overtaken and receive a flash of the fog light (as i do), you see people flicking the rear view mirror to take out the glare or you can light up Wembley from the A43, it might be time for a headlight alignment to save burning the retina’s of the unfortunate sole who is temporarily blinded by the lights...

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EXPIRES 31ST MARCH 2014. *Not in conjunction with any other offer while stocks last.

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Where your birds come first!

Call us or visit in store for help and advice!

Bell Plantation, Watling Street Towcester NN12 6GX Tel: 01327 354126 FREE PARKING

www.poultrycentre.co.uk

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