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Welcome & Contents

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nd here comes the Summer! Finally, we are able to enjoy the lighter nights and the bbq’s with the family at the weekends. The sound of children playing and splashing about in their paddling pools is a sound I will never tire of hearing.

These Summer months in Brackley are always busy and this year is no exception. As always we can celebrate at the Beer Festival and the Music Festival, but this year brings us The Brackley Fringe, for us to gather together as a community to celebrate and promote the arts... including, music, comedy, dance, drama, arts and crafts, poetry, writing and story-telling… Lots going on to help you entertain the children during the Summer holidays! In this issue, we welcome back our Sudoku competition which has been kindly sponsored by The Greyhound Inn with a £25 meal voucher. See page 40.

July – August 2014 Issue Number 26

Entertainment & Leisure

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Pets

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Services

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

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Computers

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Diary of Events

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Home Services

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Homes

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Tradespeople

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Windows & Conservatories

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Gardens

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Motors

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Finally, if you have a business I would like to bring your attention to BackBrackley. It’s for linking local business with customers using data driven loyalty and rewards with targeted promotions and events. Read more about it on page 20.

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BRACKLEY FRINGE FESTIVAL is nearly here! August 1st-3rd 2014

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Health, Beauty & Fitness Therapist specialising in dementia care I understand the absolute importance of meaningful activities and how they can make such a difference to a person’s well-being. By using life story work, reminiscence and supported activities on a 1:1 basis within the person’s home I aim to rediscover who the person is as it is unlikely they will remain the person you have become to know over past years. This requires re-looking at daily life and adapting routines in a way that allows the person living with dementia to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. Not only does this help family members with the approach they use for daily tasks (washing, dressing, eating etc) but can also help assist personal carers. Embrace Dementia is a flexible service and is available on a regular or ad hoc basis across areas within Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. For a no obligation chat, please call Amanda on 07799 146580 or 01280 469245

• Amanda Fieldwick.

Does someone you know or care for have a diagnosis of dementia? Is daily life becoming more of a challenge?

Embrace Dementia can help to: • Reduce Isolation • Promote a sense of belonging • Bring enjoyment and pleasure • Increase wellbeing

For further details contact Amanda Fieldwick for an informal chat on

01280 469245 or 07799 146580 OT Registration OT65695

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

BEST FOOT FORWARD

Available for home visits by appointment, for the treatment x HPC Monitored of all foot conditions

x Professional x Fully Insured x Nationally Registered x Over 10 Years Experience

Foot Health Practitioner Neil Sims

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Telephone: 01280 701011 Mobile: 07766 950288

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Manor Grove Montessori Day Nursery

£10 OFF ANY TATTOO WITH THIS ADVERT

Childcare from 3 mths - 7 yrs in a beautiful rural setting Early years funding for 3 & 4 year olds Forest school for the over 3’s Open 8am – 6pm, 50 weeks of the year Breakfast club & after- school care for up to 7 year olds

7 Draymans Walk, Brackley, NN13 6DF open: 10-5 wed-sat, late night appointments available till 9pm during the week www.manorgrovemontessori.co.uk Manor Farm Bungalow, Church Lane, Tingewick, MK18 4RB

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Grand Prix Circus is on its way

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ove it or loathe it, the 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix comes to town during 4-6 July and is still the only place in the UK to see F1.

Image © Mercedes AMG Petronas.

3 July sees the Kaiser Chiefs in concert at the circuit, the first time in the British Grand Prix’s history that a live performance has taken place.

With local boys, Mercedes Petronas, well ahead in the Constructor Standings*, Force India and Ferrari have a lot of catching up to do. But with Milton Keynes based Red Bull taking 40 points from the Canada GP, we are in for an exciting climax.

F1 has to contend with the biggest set of regulation changes in its history for the 2014 season. The 10 man technical team has to ensure every car complies, ensuring a level playing field. From tyres (Approx £3,000 for a set of 4), to fuel, to the new 8 speed V6 1.6 litre engine, everything is scrutinised and a report submitted on each car, before the final entry list is published. *At the time of writing. Remember to keep a close eye on road closures with local radio, www.highwaysagency.co.uk and www.silverstone.co.uk

• Lewis Hamilton leads the way in Malaysia.

Lewis Hamilton had won 4 on the trot going into Monaco in May, but with 2 retirements in 7 races, he trails his team mate Nico Rosberg* with only 1 more race prior to Silverstone (Austrian Grand Prix), did he peak too early? Also with fellow British compatriot Jenson Button wanting to get his season back on track with a bang at Silverstone, we are in for a thrilling race.

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AB Computing is a family business providing computer services for small businesses and home users in Brackley & the surrounding areas. With 20 years’ experience you get a first class service at an affordable price. Call Andy Blencowe

01280 840032 or 07815 180969

Northampton’s Digital Forensics and Data Recovery Experts

C o m p e t i t i s Experts in personal and business data recovery v e e for all digital media including: Hard Drives | Camera Cards r v Flash (USB/Thumb) Drives | Memory Cards… p r GRIFFIN FORENSICS i 5 Oxford Court, i c St James Road, c e Brackley, NN13 7XY e Tel: 01280 707190 s Web: griffinforensics.com

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Events f o y r ia D JULY

Thursday 3rd July - Monday 7th July

Brackley Music Festival

Your hand y guide to w hat's on in and around Brackley fro m

In conjunct ion with G lobal Map ping,

T: 01280 8 40770

Friday 25th July (7.30pm-10.00pm)

Lest We Forget

s Brackley. Summer music festival takes place acros Check out the website at www.brackleymusicfestival.co.uk for the events happening near you.

St. Johns Chapel An Evening of reflec reflection tion and Remembrance for those who gave their lives in the Grea t War. Tickets: £5.00 to include refreshmen ts and charity donation.

Friday 4th July (7.30pm-11.00pm)

Saturday 26th July (From 12pm)

Blind Wine Tasting at Clayson's

Courtyard, Brackley. Clayson's Wine Bar, Market House £10 per ite webs Tickets available in bar or via person, plus a prize for the winner(s).

Friday 11th July (6.00pm-9.00pm)

Poetry Evening

ley. The Green Room, Bridge Street Brack Doors open from 6pm.

Friday 11th July (7.30pm)

Greek Night at Clayson’s

, Clayson's Café, Wine Bar and Bistro 2 Markethouse Courtyard, Brackley. ed bar Tickets are £14.95 per person. Licens and large or small bookings welcome. o.uk Available from www.brackleywines.c and click events.

Saturday 12th July (11.00am)

St Peters Family Fun Day St Peters Church Brackley. A day of fun for all the family.

(7.30pm) Thursday17th and Friday 18th July

ma Two Evenings of Comedy and Dra s Play in the form of Two One Act in aid of the Mayor’s Charities

s £10.00 to include Brackley Town Hall at 7.30 pm. Ticket 01280 701501. refreshments. For tickets and info call

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Brackley Beer Festival

Brackley Park A great family day with 60 barrels of beers, wines, Pimms, cider and lager and soft drinks! Plus live music and much more.

AUGUST Saturday 2nd August (All day)

Brackley Fringe Festival

Venues throughout Brackley and surrounding villages.

Sunday 3rd August

Brackley Fringe Festival

Brackley Rugby Club A new festival for Brackley encompassi ng all the arts. The Brackley Fringe website: www.brackleyfringe.co.uk has more details. Facebook: Brackley Fringe Festival.

Sunday 24th August (All day)

Suffolk Horse Open Day

Northants Rare Breeds Club, Gateridge Farm, Croughton NN13 5GR. For more details contact Carrie 0132 7 857195 or email: snakesharbour@aol.com.

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TV FM & DAB AERIALS FREESAT FREESAT HD MULTI-ROOM VIEWING FREE ESTIMATES NO CALL OUT FEE FAST RELIABLE SERVICE ALL WORK GUARANTEED Call and ask about our Aerial Health Check Service

Local company, Fully insured and CRB Checked. Call Steve on Brackley

(01280) 841758 Or 07725 146366

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iving in Brackley, we are all aware what a beautiful town we live in or near. But how many of us are aware that within our town we have hundreds of excellent and thriving businesses.

www.BackBrackley.co.uk is a new website designed to bring local businesses into more direct contact with local residents. Local businesses, such as our high street shops, pubs, hairdressers and painters/ plumbers etc, are able to offer special discounts and offers to signed up members of BackBrackley and we are able to use those offers not only to get excellent deals, but also to ensure we are supporting local businesses. How does it work? Well, businesses sign up and create an account and a profile on the site. They

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Homes can then simply start loading promotions and offers to BackBrackley members. As a local resident you simply login using your Facebook account and immediately you have your own unique barcode on your phone. Then when you see a promotion you like, just go to that retailer or business, tell them you BackBrackley, they will scan your barcode and you get access to the offer. It really is that simple. What kind of offers are available? Well, that depends on the businesses involved, it really is up to them. Just keep checking the site, on your PC, mobile or tablet for the latest deals.

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We will also be running a regular charity giveaway, where BackBrackley will be donating a percentage of profits to local community charities, please keep an eye on the website for more information. There will also be a full listing of local events. In short, it’s the perfect place for people who love Brackley to support Brackley.

COLLECTION & DELIVERY TO AND FROM YOUR HOME

GUITAR AMPLIFIERS REPAIRED & SERVICED ALL MAKES

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Tel 01280 703670

• Handmade curtains and roman blinds using your fabric or supplied from our wide range • Free personal home consultation and advice • Complete house projects or single curtains

IS YOUR CONSERVATORY TOO HOT AND BRIGHT FOR COMFORT? Banish glare and overheating with our stunning Sail Shades for less than the cost of conventional blinds

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Homes  01327 872877

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Trading for over 21 years Open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm

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Worth a visit

Over 30 stoves on display Free survey for all types of installations Plus huge range of fireside and home accessories

Auction House, Main Street, Tingewick, Buckingham MK18 4NL

Badby Lane, Staverton, Nr Daventry, NN11 6DE

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Bathrooms you should aspire to

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ased in Buckingham for the last 12 years, Aspirational Interiors supply and fit Bathrooms, En-suites and Cloakrooms. They supply a full range of bathroom products and accessories from a carefully selected group of trusted manufacturers. Their Managing Director Nathan Mitchell previously traded from the same showroom formerly known as “Buckingham Bathrooms & Tiles". Four and a half years ago along with Paul Mitchell his father, they acquired the previous business and now trade as a family concern. Since the formation, support from the local town and surrounding areas has been very encouraging.

Aspirational Interiors pride themselves in offering good old fashioned service along with friendly advice. Today they have many good customers in and around Buckingham. Visit them at their showroom which has ample parking or let them visit you at home. They will work with you and make suggestions that help you

create the design that you want. They realise that they need to supply products to satisfy all budgets and in their showroom they have a good selection on display including two working saunas. They also supply and fit water softeners in an area well known for its hard water and subsequent limescale. Exact space utilisation and good visualisation is assured using their Computer Aided Design service. They are committed to providing you with the installation you are imagining right now. They want to provide you with a service which exceeds your expectations so that you will recommend them to other interested parties who you will meet in the future. So whether you are looking for a complete installation or just one small item. Why not visit Aspirational Interiors who can turn your dream bathroom into a reality. You can contact them on 01280 823340.

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Homes Book your FREE on-site survey & sample viewing now

01280 817742 07973 687539

Experts in residential & commercial flooring projects

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Bringing the Showroom to your Living Room..... • Rich Wool & Stain Safe Carpets • Statement Stripes & Seagrasses • Antique Planks & Aged Timber • Authentic Laminate Boards • Amtico & Karndean Vinyl • Indoor & Outdoor Rugs

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Est 1984

SAVE UP TO 70% ON HIGH STREET PRICES FROM LARGE STOCKS OF CARPET ROLLS & ROLL ENDS Large ranges of Carpets, Vinyl's, Coco, SisaI, Jute, Wood & Laminate flooring at the most competitive prices always available Hand knotted Persian & other rugs in stock

Over 40 years of the Carpet trade at your disposal, Family owned, we are delighted to help and advise you

No Obligation Free Measuring & Estimating Service Warranted fitting service on all types of flooring

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A taste of the Scottish Highlands

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histles – a little taste of tartan” brand evolved from the Lawrence family’s visits to the Scottish Highlands where they fell in love with the sheer vastness of the mountains, wild coastlines and striking skies – in one word “breath-taking”. With their passion for design over the last 36 years the family decided to reflect such a magical place by creating beautiful home accessories in woollen plaids displaying texture and earthy colours for all to enjoy. The Thistles concept is that all products are unique and individual. Each piece is personally designed, handcrafted and handstitched by their longstanding qualified team of seamstresses and craftsmen within the studio/workshop in Brackley Northants. The company

is proud to be British using 100% British wool tartans and still practising and utilising traditional methods. You can visit the Thistles Studio shop, within Lawrence Furnishings, personally meeting the family, team and having the opportunity to purchase and view work in progress. They are also showing at The Old Flight House Antiques – Middleton Stoney, Heaven & Stubbs Kitchens – Adderbury and Sulgrave Manor – Sulgrave. For 2014 Thistles has increased its events calendar you can see them exhibiting at many shows including the Blenheim Flower Show, CLA Game Fair at Blenheim and Wellchild Christmas Fair at Daylesford to name but a few. Do look out for on-going promotions and of course explore their popular online shop – certainly well worth a look. Tel: 01280 705021.

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Homes Melanie Jayne

“finest quality individual soft furnishings for your home”

Soft Furnishings Made to measure x Curtains x Valances

We offer beautiful hand-made curtains, blinds, loose covers, and general soft furnishings.

x Blinds

Tailor Made x Loose Covers x Scatter Cushions x Alterations

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.

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First Home Consultation and Estimates FREE

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Tel 01869 345943

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

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LOGS & COAL

Pitched and Flat Roofs Guttering and fascias Lime Mortar Pointing & Leadwork

Summer Discount Now On!* Barn Dried Seasoned Hardwood Logs Pre-packed Coals & Smokeless Fuels

Photographs of previous jobs and letters of recommendation available.

Kindling Log Stores

For a free quote telephone

FREE Delivery on orders over £45

www.leadbeaterservices.co.uk

01295 760562

SOUTH NORTHANTS ROOFING LIMITED

* Orders must be placed by 20th September 2014 and delivered by 30th September 2014.

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

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Solid Fuel Merchants Twyford, Nr Buckingham

COAL - Full range of coal and smokeless fuels held in stock LOGS - Full & half loads delivered KINDLING CALOR GAS - All sizes of bottles in stock

FREE DELIVERY SERVICE

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Tradespeople BILL DOWSON

HEATING & PLUMBING SERVICES - Brackley Based 30 yrs trade experience

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

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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 28

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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

Brookside

Plumbing & Heating Ltd • • • •

Support local businesses and our local town and get

Boilers & Heating Servicing Repairs Solar Approved

T: 01327 861111 M: 07970 854824 W: brooksideplumbing.co.uk E: steve@brooksideplumbing.co.uk

Steve Vogan

104015

15 Brookside Wappenham Northants NN12 8SS

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Oil and Gas Boiler Servicing and Replacements Heating and Plumbing Engineers for Domestic and Commercial Properties  Bathroom Refurbishment  Central Heating Power Flushing

Established in 1982

 Heat Pump and Solar Thermal

Installations & Servicing  Landlords Gas Safety Certificates

Your local Boiler Specialists

Curtis and Carder Services Ltd Unit 1, Church Lane, Hardwick, Oxfordshire. OX27 8SS

01869 277547 enquiries@curtisandcarder.co.uk www.curtisandcarder.co.uk Need a web site? £249+ Vat no hidden charges - Call Focus on 01327 353753

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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

PAINTING & DECORATING

With T & H Home Improvements ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗

Wall & Ceiling Papering Interior & Exterior Painting Wall & Floor Tiling General Repairs

Approved Wood Burning Stove Installer

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

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Call Henri or Terry for a FREE quotation on

Tel: 01327 350509 or Mob: 07739 626893

15 St Georges Close, Towcester

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Tradespeople

 Intruder Alarm Installation, Takeover, Repairs and ongoing maintenance including full Police response  Fire Alarm Installation, Takeover, Repairs and ongoing Maintenance  CCTV Installation and Maintenance  Access Control Installation & Maintenance  Fire Extinguishers & Signage Supply & Maintenance

28 years industry experience, professional and expert service from the small domestic property to large commercial premises.

03330 118787

Freephone 24 Hours

E: berrywoodsecurity@virginmedia.com

PERRYMAN’S Painting, Decorating and Tiling

Fully qualified and

Experienced Electricians

Domestic, Commercial & Industrial 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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For a FREE no obligation quotation Call Neil 07881 650 050 or 01280 702885

• Rewires/Repairs and General Installations

• Security Lighting • Sockets • Showers • Inspection Testing and PAT Testing

• Harmonising Consumer Units (Energy Saving Initiative)

• Repairs to all white goods

Tel: 01280 818761 Mob: 07801 859471 info@threlbuild.co.uk www.threlbuild.co.uk

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The future is South Northamptonshire

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hat a great place South Northamptonshire is – and that is official! The district was voted the 3rd ‘Best place to live’ in a recent Halifax Bank of Scotland survey, it has the highest employment rates in the UK and the third lowest unemployment rate in the UK. The beautiful rolling countryside and ancient woodlands, historic canal network and tranquil villages are clear winners. The pretty market towns at Brackley and Towcester offer a great choice of independent shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs, but South Northants is also an excellent environment in which to work and grow your business.

07734 870 955 info@mcurtisbuilding.co.uk. Brackley, Northants

The area is easily reached by road and rail and has a high skills economy and an established high performance engineering cluster – think Silverstone – supported by a network of rural businesses serving this vital sector.

CALIBER CONSTRUCTION LTD

Building Specialists in New Builds • Extensions • Conversions • Loft Conversions Landscaping • Garage Conversions • Kitchens • Bathrooms

For all your building requirements call for a FREE Quotation

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Tradespeople For those looking for a job or a change then South Northamptonshire Council’s Economic Development Team can help. We offer free advice and guidance at our highly successful Job Clubs and Job Match Service. You may be thinking of setting up your own business or becoming self-employed, in which case our professional Enterprise Club offers great advice. For businesses we also provide an extensive range of support in the form of assistance with taking on apprentices, solutions for recruitment, help with finding finding premises to suit all needs and a range of bespoke business support tailored by our team. Silverstone Park is just one of a number of major employment sites that has been made available in the district for new business growth and investment. For information about business opportunities, Job Clubs, the Job Match Services or our Enterprise Club – check out the website at www.southnorthants.gov.uk/jobclub, or email economicdevelopment@southnorthants.gov.uk or call the Economic Development Team on 01327 322322.

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

Syresham, Northants

Professional Reliable Free Estimates

Local Builder

All building & insurance work undertaken • New Builds • Extensions • Renovations • Conversions • Kitchens - Bathrooms • Brickwork

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

TEL 01280 851165

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TRIPLE T TILING

SPECIALIST TILING SERVICE 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE

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

APPLIANCE REPAIRS

BY CHRIS DAVIES

Fully qualified, experienced, manufacturer trained, electrician ALL REPAIRS GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS

TILING

7 DAY SERVICE - Times to suit you 7am-10pm

Complete Bathroom Fitting service also available

Call Tony on

01280 705475 or 07968 231626

Call 01280 845 085 or 01295 273 245 24hrs 07901 774 221

www.chrisdaviesappliancerepairs.com

ALCHESTER

TILES & BATHROOMS

YOUR ONE STOP TILE & BATHROOM SHOP

Would you like a NEW Bathroom? Not sure you can AFFORD it? Give us the opportunity to quote - you’ll be suprised at the savings

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Windows & Conservatories

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We manufacture on-site giving you peace of mind that you will receive high quality products from start to finish. We pride ourselves on our high standards and expertise with over 30 years experience manufacturing and installing. For all of your replacement windows, doors and conservatories contact us now for a free quote.

Call today on

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Swan Windows and Conservatories Unit 11, Swan Industrial Estate Banbury, Oxon OX16 5DH e: swanwindows@onebillnet.co.uk

www.swanwindowsandconservatories.co.uk

SAMPLE PRICE LIST (INC FITTING & VAT): Steamed up windows from £30

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Replacement Handles from £35 Replacement Hinges from £55 Replacement Locking Systems from £60 Anti-bump/anti-snap Security Locks from £69.95

For a FREE SURVEY call 01604 372 027 or email rick@windowrepairgeeks.co.uk

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Windows & Conservatories

Are you sweltering in the summer and freezing in the winter? Nu-Look Conservatory Roof Solutions can solve these problems with low cost conservatory roof conversion systems that will give you back the room and space you wanted in the first place. We have over 40 years combined experience in the conservatory and roofing business. Customer satisfaction is at the heart of everything we do and we pride ourselves on the quality of workmanship and service that we provide. We’ll transform your conservatory into a room that’s perfect every day of the year!

Call today for a free quote on 01604 217 818 For more information visit www.nulookroof.co.uk

Special Summer Savings Buy 5 windows and a composite door

Just £1,800*

• Broken Window Repairs • Double Glazing • Composite Doors (range of colours) • Conservatories • Soffits & Facia’s We aim to beat any “like for like” quote. No pressure selling, just 40 years experience in the trade. Local Authority Approved

HEATH GLAZING Call Dave Now for a no obligation home survey on

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Mobile 07805 557 707 or Evenings & weekends on 01327 351

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Windows & Conservatories

Cloudy2Clear – A simple way to save money

T

he Oxfordshire based window repair company, are revolutionising how homeowners view double glazing in our area. 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 customers take advantage of their services. Managing Director Josh Florey is more than happy to explain the process. ‘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 10 year guarantee. I find people are amazed at just how simple the process is and the speed with which we can replace the glass. This isn’t like when you have new frames put in with people levering out the old ones with loads of mess. We can pop the old glass out and deliver, effectively, a brand new window within a matter of minutes. At the end of the day most frames,

even timber ones, will last forever. It’s very rare we come across a window that needs a full replacement and that means the customer gets, effectively, a new window at a fraction of the cost’.

•Josh Florey.

Josh is rightly proud too of comments he receives back from satisfied customers, a selection of which he has put on his website www.cloudy2clear.co.uk. For example, he recently completed an installation at Mr Miners house in Launton. Here’s what he had to say. ‘I have to say that I thought the service Cloudy2Clear offer compared to having completely new windows absolutely incredible value. The service was reliable, simple and without complication. The windows look absolutely brilliant and installation was incredibly quick. Thank you!’ High praise indeed! 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 more than happy to help!

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Gardens

A Dragon’s Den for your garden

Support local businesses and our local town and get

Rewards and Amazing D eals at… BackBrackley.co.uk

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ragonswood is a small family run company that specialises in solid timber garden buildings, dens, shelters and furniture.

For the past five years they have grown in popularity and their hand-crafted outdoor rooms, nick-named ’Dragon‘s Dens‘, are now sought after by those looking for traditional timber garden buildings. Dragonswood design and build everything locally, using British timber and time-honoured joinery skills.

They have become well known as much for their attention to detail as their ethical approach to business. With old-fashioned values and a personal service, Dragonswood are talented as well as trustworthy.

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Gardens

HUGE CHOICE AT COMPETITIVE PRICES      

As well as their range of indoor and outdoor products they also provide a bespoke service allowing you to create an individual design unique to you. Whatever you dream of in wood… Dragonswood can build it!

Decking Materials Sleepers & Uni-Poles Gates & Fixings Natural Wooden Flooring Natural Stone Flooring Garden Structures

TRADE & GENERAL PUBLIC CUSTOMERS WELCOME FULL DELIVERY SERVICE AVAILABLE Silverstone Fields Farm Silverstone, NN12 8TB

Call: 01327 354422 www.linnellbros.co.uk

SKIPS DELIVERED & COLLECTED 6 DAYS A WEEK TO BRACKLEY & SURROUNDING VILLAGES

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Gardens

MARK HEALING

GROUNDWORK & BUILDING SERVICES Professional & Reliable Service LOCAL Ͳ BRACKLEY Based

x 25 Yrs Experience x Block Paving x Driveways x Footings x Oversites x Drainage x Brickwork x Slabs & Patios x Conservatories x Fully Insured

Contact MARK for a FREE quote T: 01280 702563 M: 07971 005984 email: markhealing@ymail.com

SUDOKU

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t‘s welcome back to our Sudoku puzzle this issue. Same as ever, just apply simple logic to fill in the grid opposite. You never know you could be our lucky winner enjoying dinner at The Greyhound Inn, Brackley!

WIN!

a meal voucher worth £25 for the Greyhound Inn, Brackley

Congratulations to the winner of our Find the Focus Family competition from our previous issue, William Goves of Brackley who has won a family ticket for four, with a fish and chip supper, at Brackley Cinema.

The Greyhound Inn

High Street, Brackley, Northants. NN13 7BW Tel: 01280 840608 www.thegreyhoundinnbrackley.co.uk

Cut out and send completed entries along with your name, address and phone number to: The Studio, 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6JY

PG HOME & GARDENING SERVICE Garden Maintenance  

Fencing

In high SUMMER the lawns, shrubs and hedges need attention to maintain a beautiful garden.

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Home Maintenance     

Call us on:

Phone: 01280 700226 Mob: 07563656825 Brackley/Silverstone/Bicester

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Gardens Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through to 9, with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic - there’s no maths involved and no adding up.

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• Felling and stump grinding • Pruning • Planting schemes • Tree surveys and inspection reports • Logs and woodchips supplied

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Professional fully qualified arborists

All aspects of tree and hedge Maintenance undertaken

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Fully trained and qualified (Nat cert Hort, Nat Dip ARB) Public liability and professional indemnity insurance All work carried out to BSI 3998

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For a free quotation call

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James Handford

Puzzle supplied by: www.sudoku-puzzles.net

Save a stamp - FREE ENTRY email your solution to: karen@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Closing date for entries: 1st August 2014

Earthscape Horticultural The Complete Landscaping Solution

www.earthscape.org.uk

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Croft Tree Services

01869 278441 07971 569697 e-mail rachelhandford@hotmail.co.uk

Brackley Groundworks

Specialists in Block Paving Patio’s, Driveways, Footings & Drainage 5 year Installation Guarantee NEW Artificial Grass Supplied and Laid

info@earthscape.org.uk

For a free consultation please contact Office 01327 351285 Mobile 07980 576305

Call John or Jason For your FREE quotation 07860 558410 daytime 01280 703599 evening

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Allen Groundcare... expert tree surgeons

Since 1994 we have provided a professional, fully insured tree & vegetation management service:

All aspects of tree surgery Tree inspections and reports Stump grinding and removal Hedge cutting Fencing Call Debs or Steve www.allengroundcare.co.uk for a free quote

01327 354789 or 07921 588449

ALLEN

“First class job - minimal disruption and you left it so neat and tidy”

Groundcare

Mrs L Jacobs, Towcester

3 Home Close, Greens Norton, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8AY 42

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ASTRO

Grab Hire & Mini Skips Hardcore and Stone Supplied Same Day Service Competitive Prices

Tel: 0800 026 9334 mob: 07895 327 066

www.astrominiskipsandgrabhire.co.uk Email: astropaving@hotmail.com Unit 7 Homestall, Buckingham Industrial Est., Buckingham MK18 1XJ

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Is your old car costing you more than a new one?

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uckingham Ford have worked this out for many a customer, over the last 2 years, as much has changed in the world of new cars.

With the introduction of more fuel efficient engines and very low road tax costs, along with many cost saving measures introduced by car manufacturers, to entice customers to their showrooms, nearly new and new car costs have got a whole lot closer.

One recent customer Alan who we worked this out for, ended up paying £30 a month less to drive a new Ford Focus than his old car, after we took everything into account. This meant he had a longer manufacturer’s warranty and owned the car in the most cost effective part of its life. This is not for everyone and may not be for you, but if it could save you money and get you driving a brand new car, it would be worth ten minutes talking to James at Buckingham Ford 01280 812121 or Jeff at Bicester Ford on 01869 323272.

Alternatively you could wait around for the new Google car, featured on the BBC news website recently, it just has a start stop button and maximum speed of 25mph it works on laser and radar sensors to navigate around the streets. Can you imagine Jeremy Clarkson’s report for Top Gear, with no pedals, gearstick or steering wheel to play with? Is it a modern day horse and cart, without the horse.

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Motors A family run business since 1996

Breakdown x Servicing Recovery x Tyres Service Contact 07977 x Exhausts 371717 x Batteries x Engine reconditioning x MOT's (cars, vans) (classes 4, 5 and 7) x Courtesy car available

Opening hours

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