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July - August 2013

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Join Cherwell Edge for just £680* Also play at our sister course at Silverstone Excellent benefits available. Please telephone for details

Weddings and all function and party bookings now being taken Our Celebration Suite, Marquee and Gardens are the perfect choice for your special occasion Licensed to perform Civil Ceremonies

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Welcome

We’ve a lot going on in this issue, there are heaps of local activities

going on and our diary of events is brimming, though due to all our local services and tradespeople we haven’t been able to fit them all in. Why not head over to our website to check for the latest goings on in the area at: www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Did you participate in the F1 Chicken Fun Run? Go to the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone or watch it on TV? Let us know your thoughts on it and if it accurately portrays our local area. There was also the Soap Box Derby which was a lot of fun to watch and kindly sponsored by our own local Mercedes F1 Team. That’s enough of last month though, this month is upon us!

Contents July - August 2013

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It’s July and the sun should be shining, BBQ having been fired up at least once already and getting those lily white legs out! Our cover is on the holiday theme, are you going, or have you ever been, on a safari? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Until next time ...

Brackley rolls out the barrel

Issue Number 20

Handy Numbers / About Focus Health, Beauty & Fitness Entertainment & Leisure Food & Drink Education Pets Services Home Services Homes Tradespeople Sudoku Diary of Events Windows & Conservatories Gardens Motors

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elcome to another edition of Focus Brackley, issue 20 would you believe! That’s over 3 years providing a service to you, the local folk of Brackley and the surrounding villages. Hopefully by now you know where to turn for your local services but if you haven’t used us before you can check out the contents below for some guidance. There are also headings on the pages should you get half way through and forget the page number!

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Celebrating the motorbike at the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling, turn to page 49

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Handy Numbers / About Focus

Handy Numbers Al-Anon - National Helpline (manned 10am-10pm every day)

Boots the Chemist Brackley Cottage Hospital Brackley Health Centre Brackley Library Brackley Leisure Centre Brackley Squash Club Brackley Swimming Pool Brackley Town Council Car Share Connexions South Northants Horton A & E Horton Treatment Centre Job Centre John Radcliffe Hospital

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Focus Brackley & Surrounding Villages is published bi-monthly by

and the magazine is distributed FREE to homes and businesses in the NN13 area To find out how to start advertising your business from just ÂŁ20 per month

Tel: 01327 353753 Mobile: 07754 434960 Email: mandy@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Web: www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Published by Focus Magazine Group, The Studio 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants NN12 6JY Editorial design and magazine production by Simon Goodger Creative www.simongdesign.co.uk 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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Health, Beauty & Fitness

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Our nutritional and healthy package is here for you and I will be your “buddie� for as long as it takes

Contact June 07974 673532 01327 262808 june@weightlossbuddies.co.uk

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

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great Activate your 3 month Summer all-inclusive membership today with unlimited gym, swim and classes for a one off payment of £99 across the South Northants Leisure Trust’s three excellent leisure facilities, including our fantastic BRAND NEW gym at Brackley Leisure Centre. This offer is available for a limited JOIN1 time only so make sure you join today and start living life to the full. USE ALL 3 CENTRES!

For more details visit:

southnorthantsleisure.com Towcester Centre for Leisure Tel: 01327 322 480 GymIn SNhants SwimIn SNhants

Brackley Leisure Centre Tel: 01280 701 787

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@GymInSNhants @SwimInSNhants

*Actual price £1.076. Relates to gym, swim & class membership. Terms and conditions apply, all parts of this offer may be subject to change.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness jogging, cycling, tennis or any other activity or sport! We can even help develop your fitness towards achieving a certain competitive goal like a 5K run or full marathon - the possibilities are endless!

Feel your best this summer with Towcester and Brackley Leisure Centres

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Having an active lifestyle can help you lose or maintain weight, boost your energy, immune system, brain power, life span, reduce stress and even help you sleep better. So regardless of your age, weight or athletic ability, the many benefits of exercise and healthy living are excellent reasons to get active this summer.

With this in mind we are offering 3 month summer all-inclusive memberships for just £1.07 per day!* With unlimited gym, swim and classes on offer for a one off payment of £99, for use at all three centres, including our fantastic BRAND NEW gym at Brackley Leisure Centre, now is the time to get active. This offer is available for a limited time only so make sure you join today and start living life to the full.

Joining the South Northants Leisure Trusts’ three excellent leisure facilities is just the start of your journey and our professional, qualified staff can help build your confidence and performance towards enjoying other activities too. This could include walking, hiking,

Towcester Leisure Centre 01327 322 480 Brackley Leisure Centre 01280 701 787 Brackley Pool 01280 704 906

ummer is upon us, and with days of warm weather ahead to enjoy, there’s no better time to take advantage of the health benefits that come from getting active.

For more details visit www.southnorthantsleisure.com or call one of our friendly staff at any of our centres.

*Actual price £1.076. Terms and conditions apply, all parts of this offer may be subject to change

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Entertainment & Leisure For all your repairs and alterations to garments

Visit our Cycle showroom now!

KAW Sewing Techniques Karen Wilson custom sewing and alterations

Garment Alterations & Repairs Christening Gowns Ì Bridal Wear Communion Dresses Etc

Buttercup & Daisy Designs: Clothing for Children tailor made to fit Novelty Items also undertaken Basic Sewing Lessons in very small groups Please ring for further details

Halls Lane, Brackley (Above Topsy’s Hair Fashions)

07900 642507 or 01280 701731

Silverstone Cycle Shop Tel 01327 858510

parts@bainesracing.co.uk www.bainesracing.co.uk www.silverstonecycle.co.uk

Unit 14 Silverstone Circuit Northants NN12 8TL

Quality outdoor clothing

Visit us at our shop for friendly service and expert advice Silverstone Fields Farm Silverstone, Towcester Northamptonshire NN12 8TB Telephone: 01327 354422 Open: 9:00am – 5:00pm weekdays, 8.30 – 11.30am Saturdays

Visit our online store at www.linnell-countrywear.co.uk

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Food & Drink

INDIAN TAKEAWAY & DELIVERY 10% Discount on collection

find us on

FREE HOME DELIVERY within a 6 mile radius

To Brackley on orders over £10 and to the following areas on orders over £20 Croughton • Halse • Steane Evenly • Hinton • Turweston Farthinghoe • Middleton Cheney Whitfield • Greatworth Radstone • Westbury • Syresham Kings Sutton •Mixbury Open 7 Days a Week Mon - Thurs: 5.30pm - 11.30pm Fri -Sat: 5.30pm - 12.00pm Sundays - 5.30pm - 11.30pm

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Food & Drink

The Crown Inn at Weston is now under new ownership

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t is a beautiful 16th Century Coaching Inn dating back to 1593. The new owners have recently refurbished this historic building to a high standard in the fantastic village of Weston, near Towcester.

The owners are very passionate about food, drink and great customer service. You will be spoilt for choice with their food and drink menu which will be served all day. Whether you fancy a classic lunch, light bite or

sharing board at the bar The Crown Inn at Weston offers it all. Afternoon tea is prepared daily and can be enjoyed with friends relaxing by the fire or perhaps a special evening meal including award winning steaks cooked to perfection and an accompanying seasonal menu. Live acoustic music nights and cocktail evenings will also be on the menu! The Head Chef Jim Kay has become increasingly well known for his Sunday Roast dinners all served with a delicious homemade Yorkshire pudding. The Crown Inn sources locally produced food and drink and is passionate about supporting the local community in which it resides.

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The Kings Head, Syresham Visit us for a glass of wine and check out our New Summer Menu GRAND PRIX WEEKEND

FRIDAY 12th JULY

Friday 28th & Saturday 29th June Harry Pane with guest...

FREE BBQ & KARAOKE

Every Thursday

Saturday 31st August

Steak & Wine Night, 2 steaks, and a bottle of house wine

MOTO GP weekend with

ÂŁ25.00

Every Wednesday

Tapas Night, 8 tapas to share between 2 people ÂŁ9.95 per person

2 Abbey Road, Syresham Tel: 01280 850280 www.kingshead-syresham.co.uk Focus Brackley July - August 2013 www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

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Education

Magdalen College School Brackley SIXTH FORM APPLICATIONS We are currently receiving applications for places in our sixth form for September 2013. We offer an outstanding curriculum and excellent facilities to enable all students to extend their learning to become independent lifelong learners. We offer an impressive list of A level courses in different Pathways, and an extensive range of extra-curricular activities including opportunities for: Sport, Music, Drama, Public Speaking and Debating, Volunteering and Young Enterprise. The House System, Student Council and Mentoring Scheme provide exciting opportunities for student leadership, whilst a considerable variety of Educational Visits support the curriculum and more recreational activities. The school also engages in the International Schools’ Programme fostering links with schools from Uganda to Japan Our pastoral team provide the necessary support for students on personal and academic issues.

Our parents have said……. “We heard that Magdalen was a very good school and from the beginning everyone was friendly and very helpful and our daughter has settled in really well.” “Magdalen has provided first class support for our son and really gone the extra mile for him to make the next step in his career.” “We are very grateful to the teachers and school for the help and encouragement they have given to our daughter to help her secure her place at Cambridge.” “All the teachers have been excellent - always willing to provide that bit extra to make a difference.” To find out more please contact us via sixthformenquiries@magdalen.northants.sch.uk or 01280 846330 Waynflete Avenue, Brackley, Northants, NN13 6FB www.magdalen.northants.sch.uk

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Education

LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR Whether you are a beginner guitar student or wish to improve your playing in general, be it …..

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Everdon Experience Pond Dipping at St James’s Lake Saturday 17th August 10-11:30am An exciting way to introduce your child to nature & the environment Qualified rangers ’pond- dipping’and exploring around St Jame’s Lake - male carers welcome with family members . Please book in advance Children 0-5 years

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Throughout July we will be incorporating Tatty Bumpkin at our Stay & Play sessions. A chance to join Tatty Bumpkin on magical story adventures in classes for you and your toddler. Roar like a lion, ride a dolphin or just relax! A bookable stay and play session For ages 1 – 5 years Every Tuesday afternoon 1:30—2:45pm at the Baptist Church Hall, Brackley 1.30pm – 2.45pm

Variety of Stay & Play sessions for 0-5 year olds - All sessions are FREE! Find us on Facebook, call

01604 368419

e-mail brackleycc@northamptonshire.gov.uk or call-in

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Pets

would you like fresh eggs every day? HYBRID LAYING HENS FROM £15 28 day guarantee on our fully vaccinated hybrid hens. Rare breed chickens, bantams, ducks and quails. Visit us for great practical advice on poultry keeping and a huge range of poultry housing, equipment and feed.

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Pets

Raise a glass or two at Brackley’s Beer Festival Brackley Beer Festival July 27th 2013

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t’s that time again! When Brackley opens its doors, rolls out its barrels and shows the local area how to do a beer festival. With 50 real ales as well as lager, cider, Pimms, wine bars and catering wagons, this looks set to be the biggest and best yet! It is great to see that the local community are getting behind this great event that’s held in Brackley Park following the success of previous years. There are some changes to this years layout to be aware of, you will

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now be required to buy a wristband on entry and will only be served based on your possession of this wristband. This is to ensure that you are of legal age and have entered the premises correctly. This is for everyone’s safety and that is important after all. Under 18’s are allowed but will not receive a wristband. You can also purchase tokens to grab a pint of your favoured beverage and in keeping with last year, it is a no glass event. Keeping the safety of all individuals involved at the top of the list. There is a warning that getting to the event in the evening will probably result in your favourite brew running low so get there early to avoid disappointment! Why not head over for a couple of beverages, enjoy the five live bands and music all afternoon from midday, I’ll even try and order some sunshine for us over that weekend.

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Services

Sharing assets when a relationship breaks down If you are planning to Buy - Sell - Remortgage a house, our team of legal experts in Property Logic are here to help you.

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hen a couple splits up, it is essential that they consider carefully their financial futures. Complicated aspects of their financial life can then be treated amicably and thoughtfully, bearing in mind the need to deal with both assets and liabilities. The law is very different for married and unmarried couples: whilst there is no such thing as a ‘common law’ marriage, it is usually the case that a married couple will have stronger claims against one another’s assets when they break up, whereas an unmarried couple will have more limited options. Courts will not normally get involved in dividing up a couple’s personal possessions and this often becomes a minefield for separating couples. It may help to draw up a list of who will take what or engage an expert to value some items and then try to agree a fair division based on that valuation.

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Services

family law solutions We offer clear legal advice and real solutions Where debt is concerned, it is important to ensure that all direct debits, standing orders and other outgoings remain covered, pending a final agreement. Both parties may find themselves with ongoing liability for some debts, even though they may no longer be living together. It is always worth seeking advice from a specialist Family Lawyer promptly on the breakdown of a relationship. For more information, contact either Patrick Mulcare or Ann Barker in Spratt Endicott’s Family Law Department on 01295 204000.

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If you fail to appoint guardians in your Will and your children are orphaned before they reach 18, the courts will appoint guardians instead, but they won’t necessarily choose the people that you would have preferred to take care of your children. If when you pass away the other parent of your children survives, the surviving parent will normally continue to have full responsibility for the children. However, if neither parent survives (as in some road accidents) then the guardians you have appointed will take on the responsibility for your children. By appointing guardians you can ensure that your children are looked after by the people that you have chosen as the best people for the job.

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ens at the ready and thinking caps on for your chance to win a £20 voucher at Faz's Indian Takeaway with our regular Sudoku puzzle.

Congratulations to the winner of the Sudoku from our last issue, Mr Andrew Blunt from Brackley who wins a £20 food voucher for the Deli Wine Bar & Bistro from Brackley Wines.

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Open 7 days a week Tel: 01280 706 822 or: 01280 706 959 33 Market Place, Brackley Cut out and send completed entries along with your name, address and phone number to: The Studio, 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6JY

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Brackley Town Hall in aid of An evening of comedy and drama at encing at 7.30 pm. Tickets Brackley Town Mayor’s Charities comm s, The Market Place, Brackley. £10, available from Davies and Partner

Friday 19th July Brackley Wines - Spanish Feast and & Bistro wine tasting in the Deli Wine Bar .co.uk Tickets available online at brackleywines

Friday 26th July Brackley Wines - Singles social night in the Deli Wine Bar & Bistro Doors open at 7pm in Brackley.

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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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With over £15,000 raised in 2012 for various different charities, from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to Brackley Food Bank, the day was a hit with spectators and locals alike. Did you attend? Or more importantly, will you be attending again this year?

Details of the 2013 event are still fairly thin on the ground, though with mention of “biggest yet” and some live bands having been confirmed, confirmed, I’m sure you’ll join me in looking forward to a day of great shows, amazing bikes and glorious sunshine. Lest we forget the important part of the event, helping those charities that keep the local community and bikers safe.

Looking over the gallery and remembering the events from 2012 you can see why this is such a popular event with bikers from far and wide bringing a huge range of machinery, from modified custom choppers to modifi ed sports bikes and even a good selection of classics. There really is something for every fan of two wheel machinery.

For now, you can do your bit by showing your excitement on their Facebook page, hoping for sunshine for the event and watching your mirrors. With sunshine brings increased motorcyclists and they don’t have the protection on impacts that car drivers do, so don’t only ride smart but drive smart and watch out for bikers.

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I was fortunate enough to attend last year and this is truly my favourite event that I haven’t driven on. As you might have guessed from some recent editorials, I’m a bit of a car nut.... The diverse collection of cars comes together so rarely these days, spotting classic Mini’s next to the Porsche Field, yes, a whole field of classic and modern Porsche’s. While the Ferrari and classic parade rings through the venue, it just doesn’t get better. Some great weather made the day a real treat, watching pre and post 1990’s touring cars hammering around the circuit, still in their original liveries was a sight to behold. That being the first

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