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Issue 50 July – August 2018

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elcome to our Summer edition of Focus Brackley. The BBQ’s have been dusted off and the sound of children playing and splashing about in their paddling pools is just one of the sounds I especially love to hear. The next couple of months in Brackley are packed full with lots of entertaining things to do and this year is no exception. We start off with the ever popular Brackley Beer Festival, followed by the Festival of

Motorcycling and then the Sausage and Beer Festival, for dates and more details of these and many more check out our What's On feature on page 41. Huge congratulations are in order as Brackley Town Football Club recently lifted the 2018 Buildbase FA Trophy in dramatic style following a penalty shoot-out victory over Bromley at Wembley recently.

Cosgrove Park. So don’t delay find the words and enter today. There are some very interesting articles inside this issue, so thumb your way through for some scorchingly good reads. Well I guess that’s it from me this time. Oh and don’t forget it's Bank Holiday on Monday 27th August, here’s hoping for more sun and lots of fun!

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July – August 2018 Issue Number 50

Summer is Events Time for Brackley!


Food & Drink


Entertainment & Leisure


Beauty & Wellbeing


Health & Fitness




Business & Professional




Home Services


Homes & Interiors


Windows & Conservatories




Garden & Outdoor Maintenance



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We have free Wi-Fi available for our tearoom customers, so you can catch up on your emails and surf the internet. The Limes Farm tearoom menu will change on a seasonal basis as we adapt to the produce available locally and what is ready on the farm.


ur beautiful shop and tearoom is located within our converted medieval barn just inside the entrance to the farm. The shop sells our delicious homemade produce including our famous jams and chutneys, sweet and savoury tarts and cakes and homemade meat pies. Limes Farm is also delighted to showcase other local food and drink heroes in our shop and we stock a range of delightful treats from local speciality suppliers such as Brackley Wines, Brackley Butchers, Wessex Mill Flour and many more. We also have lots of locally made gifts, cards, candles and other home wares and a selection of art from local artists and galleries. Within the farm shop is our tearoom where you can enjoy our breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. We use many Northamptonshire products on our menu.

Bring the kids to look at the animals, play in the adventure playground, enjoy a game of footgolf or enjoy one of our many themed treasure hunts held throughout the year.

We are a prestigious corporate caterer for motorsports teams and some of the biggest blue-chip companies in Banbury serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. School meals is also a large part of the business and we cater for many across the county and neighbouring counties. And we are always looking for new opportunities. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

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Entertainment & Leisure

Beautifully Different Summer fashion


ell Summer is upon us and true to form the weather is mixed to say the least! Here at Beautifully Different in both our Winslow and Brackley stores, we have gorgeous clothing for every occasion and every kind of weather. We’re always looking out for the best styles for comfort and fit, with the emphasis on style.

We’ve discovered a secret weapon that every woman needs in her wardrobe – the perfect trousers! How long have you spent wrestling in changing rooms, having waistbands that dig in, uncomfortable zips and ill-fitting shapes? Look no further! Robell make Europe's best-selling

trousers for women, with several different fits and lengths, not to mention over 40 colourways, so you are bound to find the perfect pair. They have just the right amount of stretch to be super comfy and the fabric is colourfast at 30 degrees. Machine washable and light, they are perfect for travelling and their crease resistant fabric means you arrive looking as fabulous as you did when you set off! The very flattering 7/8 length is the most popular, its ankle grazing hemline working beautifully with flats and so elegant with heels. This length will work throughout the Spring/Summer season and even take you through to Autumn with boots. Each season sees a new release of limited edition styles and colours, so there’s always something new to try. Our team are always on hand to offer advice and help you find the style to suit you and we will happily order a particular size or style for you if we can. Beautifully Different, 48 Market Place, Brackley

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Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton & table tennis and we are happy to provide all equipment. All you need to do is come in your comfy clothes and trainers! No experience is required to take part and all abilities are welcome! Brackley Pickleball Club opens its doors at Magdalen College School, Waynflete Site, Wodhams Sports Hall on a Tuesday evening from 7-9pm, from the 5TH June 2018 Interested? All we ask before you come is to make contact via email so we know to expect you.

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DISCOVER COSGROVE PARK Set in 180 acres of outstanding Natural Beauty, right on your door step! So you don’t have to travel far for a great holiday! 

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osgrove Park offers a wonderful environment where you can relax with family and friends. Set amongst 180 acres of lakes, rivers and woodland in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We have miles of local trails for walking and cycling or simply to observe the extensive range of wildlife in our surrounding nature reserves. We offer a range of recreational and leisure facilities including a heated outdoor pool, tenpin bowling, arcade and skate park. With thirteen lakes, two rivers and the Grand Union Canal next door, fishing is a big part of Cosgrove Park. Our onsite contemporary Bistro offers everything from family style dining to gastro-pub grub. Alternatively our well stocked convenience store has everything you will need to prepare for your stay.

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With a large range of static holiday homes, choose from our magnificent lakeside, riverside and family friendly plots with stunning views. For holiday makers on the move we have over 300 seasonal and overnight touring plots available. We are now offering luxurious Glamping experiences, with our brand new Glamping Pods which overlook our beautiful Moorhen Lake. Residents and their guests also have the opportunity to participate in our many events and activities throughout the season, including live music, comedy acts, watersports, tennis, fishing competitions and lessons, and much more. Cosgrove Park is located on the Bucks and Northants border in the village of Cosgrove, just a few minutes drive from Milton Keynes.


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A friendly welcome awaits you…


utting Edge is an independent Gents Traditional Barber Shop and Ladies Hairdressers, it has been owned and run by Simon for over 20 years, you won't miss it at the traffic lights on the High Street in Brackley. The Barbers Shop is a traditional Gents Barbers catering for young and old alike, our experienced team are here for you, just walk in, no appointment necessary. Our new puppy Bentley is really proving to be a bit of a local 'celebrity'. He already has quite a following, why not come in and see him or just take a look at him through the window, he loves to meet people! The Ladies Salon is a sanctuary where you can relax and have some “you” time with a complimentary tray of tea or coffee during the treatment of your choice. Our preparation

Now open at 8.00am Wed and Fri • Gents Barber Shop est over 20 years • Walk in no appointment necessary • Free off street parking nearby • Open ‘till 8pm Thursday, open at 7.30 Saturday

and washing room has soft music and scented candles to enable you to relax and enjoy some of the treatments available to you at Cutting Edge. We offer quality products and treatments in the salon, which are available to purchase, as well as ghd's. Why not come in and meet our experienced team of stylists and have a look around. If you Google “Cutting Edge Brackley” you will be able to take a virtual tour of all the rooms in our salon. Please call 01280 703855 for an appointment where a warm friendly welcome awaits all our clients both old and new.

Treat someone to Cutting Edge Gift Vouchers the perfect idea for Birthdays and Special Occasions • Ladies Hair Salon • Experienced team of stylists • Free off street parking nearby • Open ‘till 8pm Thursday, open at 8.30 Saturday Required – Experienced stylist to join our team in the ladies salon

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World Breastfeeding Week 1st - 7th August


rganised every year by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network that aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding around the world. Along the way, it works with the World Health Organization and Unicef to get its aid to the right people in the right communities. A lot of research has gone into the health benefits of breastfeeding in recent years, with studies showing that breastfeeding provides benefits to the mother’s health as well. Studies have revealed that breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby which can help to protect them against diseases and infections, such as neonatal jaundice, pneumonia, cholera and more with the benefits lasting right into adulthood.

that modern women face can mean that women don’t always feel that breastfeeding their child is something that is an accessible option to them. It is essential mothers get timely support and healthcare education for there to be permanent changes to healthy and disease free social living, to sustain continuous breast feeding and be supported by family, community leaders, trained health workers, lactation consultants, friends and partners. Breastfeeding however doesn't work out for everyone. Whether it be due to a maternal medical condition, difficulties with breastfeeding or simply a mum not wanting to breastfeed from the outset, many babies get their early nutrition from a bottle and develop just fine.

Of course there are many different demands on busy mothers, meaning that women who may want to breastfeed their babies haven’t always got the support to continue this. Busy working schedules, alongside the many other challenges

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Private Counselling Practice covering Brackley, Buckingham, Bicester, Banbury & Surrounding areas. For Children & Young People Aged 5 to 21 years

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Afternoon Tea Week 14th - 20th August


fternoon Tea Week is a celebration of one of the nation’s favourite traditions. Whether enjoyed in a 5 star hotel or as a homebaked treat, the British love the combination of savoury and sweet treats, accompanied by some of the 165 million cups of tea we drink each day in the UK. The origins of afternoon tea can be traced back to the early 1800s, a period when dinner was taken around 8pm in the evening. Annoyed by hunger pains caused by having only two meals a day, Anna Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford made the decision to schedule time to take tea and partake of a snack in the afternoon.

became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. It is now a long-standing British tradition and if you have not yet tried one, then you don’t know what you are missing! Hotels, tea rooms and restaurants up and down the country will be running one-off events and offering exclusive discounts, so don’t delay. Check out one near you as most have to be booked in advance.

Later, friends were invited to join her at Woburn Abbey and this Summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her. Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and afternoon tea


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YOUR NEW 110 STATION GYM IS NOW OPEN! A State of the Art Facility for Your Community

The new Brackley Leisure Centre will be a fantastic addition to leisure provision within the Borough of South Northamptonshire. A brand new 110 station gym is now open right now, with additional facilities coming soon.

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Little Oaks celebrates its 50th Anniversary


n 1967, Brackley Play Group first opened, running from two venues in Brackley: the Church Hall on Banbury Road and the C-of-E Youth Hall.

But new premises had to be found when the Church Hall was sold, and for a short period the playgroup moved to Bracken Leas School. It was at this time that Brackley Play Group split into what is now Little Oaks Pre-School and what became Stepping Stones. Little Oaks then moved to the back room of Brackley Junior School, and in 1998 moved into what had been the caretaker’s bungalow, and received Lottery funding for renovations to create both a Play Group and PreSchool room. Little Oaks is a large, charity-run pre-school in the heart of Brackley, managed by a dedicated, elected voluntary management committee and supported by an amazing fundraising team who organise events to fund new resources for the children.

Led by Nikki Lloyd, Little Oaks prides itself on its excellent reputation within the local community and its passionate and professional, long-serving staff, some of whom have been with the setting for over 20 years providing continuity for families and the children in their care. To celebrate Little Oaks’ 50th anniversary, the fundraising team organised a 60s-themed disco at Brackley Town FC. Parents, friends and staff past and present danced the night away! The children are holding celebrations of their own with a party during session time to celebrate the anniversary. epting registrations Little Oaks is currently acc September 2015. for children born from 1st nge a visit by arra to e com wel Parents are iling ema or calling 01280 840201 .uk hoo resc ksp eoa office@littl

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Have fun discovering Italian!


n September 2017 Knights Languages’ first Italian Language & Lifestyle course started in Brackley. Since then they have run many successful classes across Brackley, Buckingham, Bicester and Banbury and new beginner and an intermediate course will start in Brackley from October 2018. The beginner course is aimed at those who don’t speak any Italian, whilst the intermediate course is aimed at those who have learnt a little of the language previously. The idea started from Brackley based full time mum, Ginevra; she’s a native Italian who wanted to do something with her spare time that would enrich the local communities, with a club which wouldn’t be the usual boring 1-hour “it’s all about the grammar” lessons! The lessons are planned to get straight into conversational Italian with fun games, daily online support, talk about Italian art costumes

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icester Wills & Probate was established in 2010 by Gail Church and has been going from strength to strength over the years. They now have a new office in Buckingham town centre under the trading name of Buckingham Wills & Probate. Building on the success of opening an office in Bicester town centre last year, Gail and the team are now branching out with a new office in Buckingham opened in early June. Initially the opening hours will be 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday, but they will be offering appointments by arrangement outside of these times and home visits are also available at no extra charge. From this new office Buckingham Wills & Probate will be offering a full range of estate planning

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trip out to Seal Island to look for seals, and the promenade has activities such as mini golf, tennis and arcades. I doubt there's anyone who hasn't heard of Skegness (affectionately known as Skeggy!). Popular for many years with families, lots to see and do and a lovely long stretch of beach to enjoy. They have all the traditional seaside attractions and the famous Fantasy Island theme park. Southend beach is clean with all the usual entertainment and Southend itself has a range of attractions such as shopping, sports, and traditional arcades and of course the Pier. Canvey Island with its lovely sandy beach, crab pools, arcades and a funfair is nearby too. As always take care in the hot sun and 1 04/06/2018 08:20 have a splashing time!

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the house can be used in the garden. The soap will actually help with controlling pests.

July and August can be funny months of the year, potentially too hot to think about planting in the garden. However it’s a great time to consider what has worked in the garden and what hasn't. By taking regular photos of the garden during the year you can refer back to them in the Autumn and Winter when you can make changes.

And now for the biggy, how and when to trim your Wisterias, this is like a dark art, but here we go:

e can thank Julius Caesar for July, it was named in his honour to celebrate the month of his birth. Had it not been for this we would be celebrating the month of Quintillis.

Lawn treatments in July and August can be tricky as it’s just as easy to scorch a lawn than improve it. Never attempt a lawn treatment when the grass is suffering from drought. We should all be doing our part to conserve water during the hotter months despite the wet start to the season. Water butts are an obvious addition to the garden. Soapy water or 'grey water' from

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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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