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Issue 48 March – April 2018

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elcome to the Spring edition of Focus Brackley, now that the lighter nights are making an appearance and hopefully some warmer weather is to come, I am sure, like me, you are thinking it is time to start that new exercise regime (you know, the one you have been promising to start since January) and to get fit for 2018. My husband dreads this time of year as I usually have a list of decorating jobs for him to do, due to me now being bored of the colour schemes we have as they are now not In Trend!

Welcome & Contents If you are one of the many people needing help with those jobs in the home or garden we have tradespeople inside who can help along with some cleaning tips and ideas to update your home interiors. Mother’s Day is on Sunday the 11th of March and Easter weekend starts on Friday the 30th March, for all of you planning your Easter Egg Hunts why not visit Evenley Wood Gardens who have a hunt arranged over this time, for news of other exciting things to do take a look at our What's On page.

Contents

March – April 2018 Issue Number 48

Our Sudoku competition this time is a sharing platter for two courtesy of Hummingbird’s Bistro in Brackley and the winner of the childrens book Anya’s Friends that was offered as an extra competition in our last edition was Peter Hambridge from Brackley. Finally as the roadworks are well underway on the main roundabout at Tesco widening the road in preparation for the construction of HS2, lorries are arriving at the rate of 1 a minute be aware and drive carefully!

The deadline for advertising in your next issue of Focus Brac kley is the 4th April

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Entertainment & Leisure

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Food & Drink

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Beauty & Wellbeing

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Health & Fitness

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Pets

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Education

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Business & Professional

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Home Services

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Homes & Interiors

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Tradespeople

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Windows & Conservatories

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Garden & Outdoor Maintenance

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Bell Plantation Garden Centre

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BELL PLANTATION GARDEN CENTRE Watling Street, Towcester NN12 6GX TeL: 01327 354126 www.bellplantation.co.uk

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BRACKLEY

TENNIS CLUB FREE

TENNIS COACHING •••

FOR RECEPTION, YEAR 1 & 2 CHILDREN Brackley Tennis club is pleased to be able to offer free coaching sessions at the club on:

Friday 27th April 4pm Saturday 28th April 9am Sunday 29th April 10.15am (The sessions will be between 30/45 minutes)

• PLEASE BRING A DRINK AND SUITABLE SPORTS WEAR • • TENNIS EQUIPMENT PROVIDED • Turn up on the day or for further details please contact Peter Cowley on:

07539 244155

Brackley Tennis Club is in Westminster Road (off Buckingham Rd) in between the Cricket Club & Bowls Club

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Entertainment & Leisure

Our first year in Brackley

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t's been over a year since we opened our second store here in Brackley and what a fantastic time we’re having!

We love it when you tell us how you feel, this has led to the arrival of some exciting new brands over the last year to perfectly complement our easywear style, including Cream, Yest, Fransa and the gorgeous Parisian label Charlise. We’ve expanded our range of Robell trousers too. You also tell us how much you value our advice, so we’ve launched a new Personal Shopping Experience! For a deposit of £25, which is redeemable against any purchases made, you can book a session with one of our

experienced team to have a good old trying on session, exploring different styles and colours to ensure you look and feel fabulous. Contact us for more details. We are famous for our rather fabulous customer service and our amazing team are happy to advise you on colour and style. We all have one or two nifty tricks up our sleeve to help you look your best whatever your shape or size, whether it's our gorgeous clothing or our stunning accessories. We have new stock in every week so why not pop in and see us. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook.com/ beautifullydifferent, Twitter @ bdiffwinslow or Instagram beautifullydifferentboutique, for details of our latest events, competitions and promotions and we look forward to seeing you in the shops soon! Love Kim, Liz and the Team x

Beautifully Different Gorgeous clothes & accessories

Spring is on the way! Gorgeous colours, soft textures and fabulous new collections in store now. With free parking at both locations, it’s never been so easy to be Beautifully Different. Open Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm Delighting customers since 2007

4 High Street Winslow 01296 713787 48 Market Place Brackley 01280 711000

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Happy Mother’s Day from Bloomers of Brackley Sunday 11th March

Now taking orders 32 High Street, Brackley NN13 7DS

01280 701800 bloomersofbrackley@outlook.com www.bloomersofbrackley.co.uk

PETER BASSETT LTD Your Local Stockists of: Car & Caravan Accessories Towing Equipment

we are open to the public with trade prices!

Tools & Power Tools from Sealey Teng Bosch Draper Workwear & Safety Boots AdBlue Batteries Oils Car Care Products Only 1.5 miles from Buckingham on the A422. Ample free parking

Scires Farm Bufflers Holt Buckingham MK18 5DN Tel: 01280 817174 www.peterbassett.co.uk 8

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Food & Drink

A unique experience on your doorstep

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owcester Mill Brewery has been one of Towcester’s best little gems since it opened its doors nearly four years ago – and now the days are growing longer this is the perfect time of year to pop along and see what it has to offer! When Towcester Mill Brewery opened in 2014, it brought commercial brewing back to Towcester for the first time in over 100 years. Now housed in a beautiful Grade II listed old mill, the brewery has a five brewers barrel brew plant and offers five permanent cask ales, with a number of seasonal and one-off specials. The popular tap room is award winning as it won CAMRA’s Pub of the Year for Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland in 2017. It not only has eight hand pumps, but offers a wide selection

of real cider, 28 different speciality gins, Belgian beers, wine, soft drinks and bar snacks. Our brewery shop, located at the Bell Plantation Garden Centre, sells bottled beer as well as draught beer in a range of container sizes from 1-40 litres. It also has three hand pumps so you can sample the ales available while you browse! There is also a wide selection of speciality gins and the Brewery’s very own single malt spirit, Tove Mill. Definitely worth a visit!

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BUTLER’S PIE COMPANY

Fresh, homemade pies delivered direct to your front door

Order your pies online from our extensive range of delicious fillings then select a convenient delivery slot and we will deliver direct to your door.

www.butlerspiecompany.co.uk Call us on: 07592

551 356 or email: info@butlerspiecompany.co.uk

@butlerspiecompany

10% OFF DINING (not valid in conjunction with any other offer)

With this voucher at the newly refurbished Dukes Bar & Restaurant at Villiers Hotel. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Roasts. Call: 01280 822 444

Email: reservations@villiershotels.com

Villiers Hotel 3 Castle Street, Buckingham, MK18 1BS

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Beauty & Wellbeing

Anne would like to welcome clients of all ages to her recently opened hair salon in Brackley High Street. Anne is fully trained with more than 20 years experience in all aspects of hairdressing. Please pop in for a free consultation or general advice about your hair, you’ll find a relaxed and very warm welcome at Elizabeth James Hair! 83a High Street, Brackley, NN13 7BW. Next to Jenny’s Cafe & Khushboo Indian restaurant Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 9am to 5pm

Tel: 01280 703360

www.elizabethjameshair.co.uk

The Sun Inn Delicious freshly cooked food served Tuesday to Friday from 6 – 9pm; Saturdays 12pm – 3pm & 6pm till 9pm, Sundays 6pm till 8pm. Also try our Sunday roast served from 12 till 3pm on Sundays. For bookings and enquiries ring us on 01280 850232 during opening hours or alternatively email on thesunwhitfield@gmail.com Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs: 6pm-10.30pm Fri: 6pm – 11.30pm Sat: 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 11.30pm Sunday: 12pm-10pm

We are currently taking bookings for Mother’s Day!

Every mum will be served a free drink & dessert!

Farrer Close • Whitfield • NN13 5TG • www.thesunwhitfield.co.uk To advertise call Focus now on 01327 353753 or visit the website www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

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Give your hair the Cutting Edge

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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. We use American Crew and Monplatin Jojoba Crystal Wax and Gels which are also available to purchase. 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 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 now stock Davines hair products, we have been using these for over eight years and they are now available for you to purchase and enjoy at home, helping to restore your colour and bring your hair back to life, so why not ask about them at your next appointment. Also available is an extensive range of GHD Straighteners and Dryers, Redken and Morrocan oil products, ask any of our friendly staff for details. Why not come in and meet our experienced team of stylists and have a look round. If you Google “Cutting Edge Brackley” you will be able to take a virtual tour of all rooms in our salon. Please call 01280 703855 for an appointment where a warm friendly welcome awaits clients 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

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Now open at 8.00am Wed and Fri

Required – Experienced stylist to join our team in the ladies salon

• 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

16 High Street, Brackley NN13 7DS Ring for appointment: 01280 703 855

16 High Street, Brackley NN13 7DS Tel: 01280 703 855

Open: Mon, Tues, Wed 9-6, Thurs 9-8, Fri 9-6, Sat 8.30-3.30

Open: Mon, Tues 9-6, Wed 8-6, Thurs 9-8, Fri 8-6, Sat 7.30-3.30

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Health & Fitness

Chronic Back Pain & Sciatica? Non-Invasive Disc Treament Specialists

Approved Provider of IDD Therapy for spinal disc problems

Get a Back Pain Assessment

£25 usually £50 Quote “BU25”

From acute back pain to herniated discs, call Adam Balderstone at Buckingham’s specialist back clinic.

Call: 01280 390 024 buckinghamspine.com (Opposite recycling centre)

Stockwood Osteopathic & Sports Injury Clinic Buckingham, MK18 1UH

Treat someone special to the ultimate VIP indulgence with our Mother’s Day Retreat! For just £129, you and your guest* can hide yourselves away in the tranquil surroundings of Grafton Spa and Wellness and enjoy our relaxing and reviving Hydrotherapy Pool, Aspen Sauna and Steam Room. The package (which is available as a gift voucher and can be redeemed at a date of your choice) includes: • Bubbles or freshly brewed tea on arrival • Use of the facilities for 3 hours • A 30-minute Lava Shell Back Massage • Afternoon Tea *Based on two people sharing. For parties of 3 or more please add £50 per additional guest.

Call us today to book and surprise your loved one on 11th March 2018, Mothers Day!

SPA AND WELLNESS

Telephone: 01327 810206 email: enquires@GraftonSpa.co.uk Book online: graftonspa.co.uk Grafton Spa and Wellness, Wakefield Country Courtyard, Wakefield Lodge Estate, Potterspury, Northants NN12 7QX

Covering in excess of 55,000 homes in the NN12, NN13, NN7, OX26, OX27 and MK18 areas

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BENEFITS INCLUDE: Unlimited use of a 90 station Expressions Gym Dedicated group cycling studio 38 group exercise classes per week Use of Towcester Centre for Leisure FREE workout programme with fitness instructor FREE off peak badminton FREE parking

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT CONTACT A CUSTOMER ADVISOR ON 01280 701787

BRACKLEY LEISURE CENTRE SPRINGFIELD WAY, BRACKLEY, NN13 6JJ TEL: (01280) 701 787

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What’s On…

MARCH & APRIL Rhymetime at Brackley Library Tuesdays 10am - 10.30am Brackley Library, Manor Rd, Brackley NN13 6AJ An activity session to introduce rhymes and songs to your child to encourage interaction and communication. Booking is essential. You can book from Wednesday for the following weeks. Brackley Inbetweeners Group Third Thursday of the month No longer at toddler groups and not ready for 'Derby and Joan'! Our aim is to meet monthly, make new friends and have new experiences. We aim to meet on the third Thursday of most months at the extension adjoining St. Peter’s Church at 7.30pm. If you would like more information or to come along to a meeting, please email brackleyinbetweenersgroup@gmail.com. Wednesday 7th March Mobile Sight Centre Piazza, Town Hall, Market Place Brackley 10am – 12.30pm. Sunday 29th April Brackley Food Festival Celebrating it’s 10th Year! Brackley Town Centre from 10am – 4pm. Brackley & Buckingham Dog Training Club Meet at Finmere Village Hall on Thursday evenings 6.15pm Catering for all breeds, sizes, ages and standards of dogs and train using kind and friendly methods including treat motivation. Working with you and your dog to provide a happy, obedient pet dog to promote responsible dog ownership. Courses are 8 weeks duration, certificates presented on satisfactory completion. For prices and more information including annual membership please contact Ray Churchard rac16@live.co.uk.

Health & Fitness Brackley Dance Fitness Brackley Junior School every Wednesday Each class runs for 50mins, 7pm Zumba & 8pm Urban Funk with different levels for each class costs £4.00 per session. To book, contact Lucy Naylor via text message 07763 693376 or email brackleydancefitness@hotmail.co.uk providing full name and date of birth. Brackley & District History Society First Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm In the Methodist Church, Brackley. Cost: Members Free, Visitors – £3 and are always welcome. Further information Tel: 01280 703166 or Email: brackleyhistorysociety@hotmail.com. Brackley Golden Girls Meet every Tuesday afternoon 1.45pm – 3.45pm At Brackey Town Hall. Ladies of all ages meet for just a chatter and coffee or join in the quizzes and games, theatre visits or use our new laptop with internet. No membership fees, just pay £3 each week you attend (includes tea/coffee and biscuits and raffle for supermarket voucher). Just turn up and ask for Sheila or call 01280 702071. Brackley Irish Dancing Club Tuesdays 4.30pm – 6.30pm Brackley Bowling Club, Westminster Road, Brackley. Boys & Girls from 3+. Contact Jackie after 4pm on 077396 32840 or Rose 079769 14686. Syresham Playgroup Offer a safe, friendly and fun rural community environment for children to learn through structured play based on the Early Years Foundation Stages. Contact: Alison Duffield 01280 850509.

To get your fundraising eve nt included in our next issue please email: brackley@focusmagazineg roup.co.uk and keep up to date with the latest events on our News & Events page at www.focusmagazinegrou p.co.uk and our Facebook Page: Foc usMagazineGroup *Focus Magazine Group cannot be held responsible for any changes, amends or cancellations of an event.

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Health & Fitness

Family Run Opticians in Buckingham

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pektacle Solutions have been based in Buckingham since September 2008 and are well received by the community.

They are a family run dispensing opticians and offer the latest eyewear along with high quality customer service, all at very affordable prices. With a qualified Optician and a Varilux Specialist on site, along with a team which has a combined experience within the industry spanning 40 years, you can be assured of buying your spectacles with confidence. They offer an extensive range of frames and lenses for men and women from a variety of designers and a large selection of childrens frames too, guaranteeing that they will not be beaten on price on like for like!* Just take in your prescription and you can rest assured that they will source the perfect frame at the perfect price you CAN afford.

Spektacle Solutions listen to all of your optical needs and are focused on saving you money. Did you know that you do not need to buy your glasses from the opticians that dispensed your prescription? By law, the prescription is YOURS and you can take it anywhere. You can even use your existing frames and just update your lenses if you wish. Spektacle Solutions also have a 2 year, no quibble guarantee and free parking too! Having built up a loyal customer base, many people pop in regularly for a cuppa and an MOT on their lenses. Manufacturing on site is also available, meaning your glasses can be ready for you on the same day. Opening hours are Weekdays 9.30am - 5pm Saturday 9.30am -1pm Don’t delay, pop in today or call 01280 824248

* terms & conditions apply

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Pets

BEST FOOT FORWARD

Available for home visits by appointment, for the treatment • HPC Monitored of all foot conditions • Professional • Fully Insured • Nationally Registered • Over 10 Years Experience

Brackley aery Turweston Road, Brackley, NN13 7DD Local Authority Licenced Owners have over 17 years’ experience New spacious heated and secure chalets We pride ourselves on ensuring your cats are happy  well looked aer on their holidays

Tel: 01280 703632 Mob: 07715 250535

Foot Health Practitioner Neil Sims

Dsch MVR MPSPract

Telephone: 01280 701011 Mobile: 07766 950288

New Collection & Delivery Service Available Call for further information

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Long or short stay Your dog’s routine continued Collection and delivery available New Grooming Salon Now Open Viewings welcome

Cat & Dog Boarding For all enquiries contact

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Education

Beachborough

Independent Prep School for Ages 2½ to 13

Feeling Adventurous?

Next Open Mornings Saturday 3rd March | 10.00am – 12.00pm Friday 11th May | 9.30am – 12.00pm

Come and explore today 01280 700071 registrar@beachborough.com Westbury, Nr Brackley, NN13 5LB

www.beachborough.com

Contact us to arrange an informal visit and chat SSBMA1803B

Looking for a 14-19 school that specialises in science, technology, engineering and maths?

“Space Studio Banbury provides a rare opportunity for its pupils to thrive in a school matched to their particular interest” Ofsted 2017

Space to learn Space to discover Space to excel

www.spacestudiobanbury.org T: 01295 257942 office@spacestudiobanbury.org

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Business & Professional

Immerse yourself in Italian language and culture

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n late September 2017 Knights Languages first Italian Language & Lifestyle course started in Brackley.

They are now going to run a beginner and an intermediate course in Brackley from May 2018 at The Old Fire Station, High Street, Brackley. The beginners course is aimed at those who don’t speak any Italian, whilst the intermediate course is aimed at those who have completed the beginners course or that have learnt a little of the language previously and are familiar with greetings, answering questions about themselves or others, numbers, alphabet and basic grammar. The idea started from Brackley based full time mum, Ginevra. Ginevra 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! In fact the lessons are planned to get straight into conversational Italian with fun games,

support groups, cooking tips and there will also be some food and drinks tasting, talk about art, culture, Italian costumes and traditions. The lessons are aimed at everyone. You could be someone who loves holidays in Italy or toying with the idea of moving there; you might simply want to expand your CV or just have a bit of fun! We've had great reviews. Here’s an example: "Italy is a beautiful country and Italian a beautiful language. Ginevra has designed a brilliant formula to make learning the language fun. Experiencing the wonderful food and learning about the culture makes the challenge of learning Italian easier. The classes are relaxed and informal, and the support offered between classes is excellent - you will really want to visit Italy when the course finishes!" For further information please e-mail knightslanguages@gmail.com or call 07940 711790 or visit knightslanguages.co.uk

Learn Conversational Italian! in 10 easy weekly lessons starting in May

The Old Fire Station, High Street, Brackley Beginners and Intermediate classes available! Have fun whilst also learning about Italian culture, food and art! Limited spaces only, book your course now!

Contact Ginevra on 07940 711 790 www.knightslanguages.co.uk

(Also native Italians and qualified teachers wanted)

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In case your Mother hasn’t mentioned it... This year Mothers Day is on the 11th March

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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 baptised, 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 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's a chance to say “Thank You” to your Mother and spoil her rotten!

OUR FAMILY SERVING YOUR FAMILY Independent Family Funeral Directors and Monumental Masons since 1880 32 Albert Street Banbury OX16 5DG

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hether you are purchasing a new build property as a first time buyer, using a help to buy ISA or as shared ownership, being a home owner can come with a unique set of challenges. Our specialist new build team provide expert advice and guidance on these challenges, making your home move as stress-free as possible. Short timescales New build transactions often involve short deadlines. It’s common practice that developers may expect an exchange of contracts to take place within 28 days of solicitors receiving draft contract paperwork. We are experienced in working to tight timescales and can get you to where you want to be in the timescale you require! Buying off plan Buyers will often purchase a new build house from a developer’s plans; with only the show-home as an approximation of what they property will look like. Our solicitors specialise in off-plan contracts

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Communication We do our utmost to keep our clients fully informed of developments as they happen. One of the main benefits to our clients is that we have already developed excellent relationships with the key contacts within the new build process including solicitors, developers, IFAs and estate agents. This also helps to avoid any delays in the process. Fixed fees Open and transparent fees are fixed at the outset, and give you the reassurance that you will not receive any unexpected bills. For more information on new build services we can help with, contact our New Build Team on 01295 204000 or email newbuild@se-law.co.uk

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Registered licenced waste carrier working alongside Environmental Agency, Anglian Water, Severn Trent and Thames Water. Complying with all the procedures and regulations. Our goal is to work alongside local sites and areas trying to reduce the carbon footprint. Location Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. We understand and appreciate the needs of our domestic customers as well as our business customers too so your lead time for an empty will always be kept to a minimum. Call today for a free quote: 01933 448133 www.extractionservices.co.uk info@extractionservices.co.uk

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Top quality bespoke furniture. You design it, we’ll make it. Custom made upholstered furniture for those rooms where only the very best quality furniture will do. Why Choose Kraft Upholstery? Trustworthy, local, and established. We are committed to meeting your furniture needs. You can choose from a vast range of fabrics and styles to suit your preferences. Our showroom boasts a select display of our furniture. You’re welcome to browse around for ideas and inspiration, it is a great opportunity to see the outstanding quality of our work. We also display a huge range of fabrics from a diverse scope of designers. There will always be a friendly professional to talk you through any queries you may have. We are open 6 days a week.

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Unit 6 Ball Moor, Buckingham Industrial Est, Buckingham MK18 1RT Tel: 01280 817742 Visit us from 9am every Tuesday to Saturday

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Brackley Squash finish season on a high note!

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hat a successful year last year was for Brackley Squash. First of all the national governing body, England Squash, awarded the club “Squash Venue of the Year” for managing to continually increase membership, providing and maintaining excellent playing facilities, a supportive and encouraging committee structure, and the improvement of junior membership with coaching from in-house qualified staff. In line with the growth of new housing in the town, membership increased to 200 with new talent being attracted to the club. This improved the fortunes of the two teams playing in the county leagues with the first team coasting to division 4 champions in

the Oxfordshire Summer Leagues and the second team performing well in the Northants Summer Leagues. With both teams back in the Oxfordshire Leagues for the Winter season, success continued with the first team being crowned champions and achieving promotion to division 3 , the second team stayed in the top 3 in division 6 all season and have been rewarded with a place in division 5 from January this year. To underline the strength in depth at the club, they also finished in top place for the best statistics in the leagues. Brackley had the highest average score in points per player when considering number of wins, points won and points conceded. Local MP Andrea Leadsom even mentioned the success of the club in the House of Commons. The MP for nearby Corby passed on comments from local squash players about the lack of facilities in Corby despite it being a large town, the Leader of the House suggested they look to Brackley to see how it can be done from small beginnings!

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STYLISH KITCHENS TO SUIT ANY BUDGET NEW YORK KITCHEN £1,595 inc. VAT*

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All work is carried out by our own fully qualified and professional team and includes Plumbing & Heating, Gas Services, Carpentry, Electrical Services and Tiling & Flooring.

Along with our showroom we offer a CAD design service to help you visualise your finished room. Visit our website to arrange a free no obligation quotation or visit our showroom (by appointment).

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Home Fires & Stoves Ltd

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e are a family run business based in Towcester, covering the Northamptonshire and North Buckinghamshire areas. Having worked in the domestic gas and plumbing sector since 2003, we are now specialising in the design and installation of all types of fires and fireplaces. We are Gas Safe registered for both Natural Gas and LPG and have completed the HETAS Qualification for solid fuel appliances. Why the change to specialise in fires? Quite simply we love designing and installing fireplaces, fires and log burning stoves due to the creative nature of the work and the sense of achievement that it brings. Our business ethos is simple. The customer is king and we only promise what we can deliver. Quality of workmanship, attention to detail and customer satisfaction are our key objectives.

• Design and installation of fireplaces and surrounds • Installation of gas and solid fuel fires and stoves • Installation of chimney flue liners and twin wall flue systems • Design and installation of bespoke fire backs and hearths • Structural alterations and building work • Design and installation of gas pipework and LPG bottle gas systems • Servicing of solid fuel stoves and gas fires

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Did you know? Log burning stoves are available in both Natural Gas and LPG, as well as the traditional solid fuel (wood/ coal). We are often asked “what is the difference between gas and solid fuel stoves?” Basically, a traditional solid fuel log burning stove will produce twice as much heat output when compared to a gas log effect stove of the same size. Whilst gas effect stoves have improved greatly in terms of realism, a traditional sold fuel stove will always produce a more intense and variable flame. The process of building and lighting a fire is something that many people find satisfying, comforting and homely, especially on a cold and dark winters evening. If you live in a smoke control area you may have assumed that a solid fuel stove is not an option. However, most quality manufacturers produce stoves that have been exempted under part II (4) of the clean air act, 1993. They are easily identified by the DEFRA Exempt Logo. Home Fires & Stoves Ltd Tel: 01327 317587

We offer a comprehensive design and installation service from concept to completion

Tel: 01327 317587 Email: homefiresandstoves@gmail.com

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Great Prices On Kiln Dried Logs!!!

Barn Dried Seasoned Hardwood Logs Pre-packed Coal & Smokeless Fuels Now Taking Orders Online! www.leadbeaterservices.co.uk

01295 760562

W.G. HILL & SON

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Logs & Kindling delivered locally

WOODLAND LOGS Tel: 0844 4141174 Based in Buckingham

 Extensions  Conversions  Renovations  Alterations  Maintenance  New Builds We recognise the need for quality, reliability and cost effective solutions!

For your free quotation call Matt on 01280 469239 or 07734 870955 Email: info@mcurtisbuilding.co.uk www.mcurtisbuilding.co.uk

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Wall & Floor Tiling Stonework Slabbing Plastering Plumbing Carpentry

TEL 01280 851165

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Tradespeople Over 20 years

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Brackley Electrical

Domestic Electrican and General Maintenance Experienced, qualified electrician for any aspect of domestic electrical work and household maintenance.

• All types of electrical works undertaken • Over 30 years experience • High standard of workmanship • A local service you can trust

NAPIT registered: 27926

Tel: 07855 851766 www.brackleyelectrical.co.uk

Email: nickgascoigne@brackleyelectrical.co.uk

County Locksmiths Ltd For all Lock and Security Solutions

Mrs Sparks For all your home and garden electrical needs

Alison Linnell 01280 705336 07941 178 686 alison_linnell@yahoo.co.uk

No Call Out Charge Free No Obligation Quotes Fully CRB Checked Locks Changed, Supplied & Fitted uPVC Door Opening & Repairs All Work Fully Insured & Guaranteed We aim to beat ANY written quote

When you want it done right call direct:

ELECSA Approved Part P Competent Person Scheme Registration Number 59573

01327 350492 or 07866 553373

E mail: countylocks@btinternet.com

Covering in excess of 55,000 homes in the NN12, NN13, NN7, OX26, OX27 and MK18 areas

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WE’RE AN EXPERT: • All Drainage • CCTV Surveys • Soakaways & Cess Pits

No call out fees - 24/7/365. BUCKINGHAM

• Designed, Installed & Repaired • Drain Lining & Installation

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Neil Perryman

Painter and Decorator

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. Photo’s and references of previous work available upon request

For a FREE no obligation quotation Call Neil 07881 650 050 or 01280 702885

Forget the winter blues ... it’s time to spruce up for spring! Give your home a brand new look for 2018! CTColour & Design for all your decorating needs...  Interior & Exterior Decorating  Wallpapering: Feature Walls, Staircases, etc.  Emulsion & Gloss  5 Reviews Every Time  Design Support & Recommendations  Brackley Based  Local, Reliable and Trustworthy

Call Chris on 07793 674256 Email: chris@ctcolourdesign.co.uk

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M GARRETT PLASTERING Serving Brackley & Surrounding Areas Professional Reliable Service with Over 21 Years Experience Specialising in:

• General Plastering • Kitchens / Bathrooms • Renovations / Repairs • Plasterboarding • New Buildings • Alterations • Extensions

Available for routine work including: taps, ball valves, toilets, tanks, radiators Bathroom fitting Hot water cylinders 24 hour emergencies No job too small

All aspects of Plastering Undertaken With a high standard of workmanship

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Our Local Heating and Plumbing Services include: Boiler Breakdown and Servicing Landlord Certificates  Vented / Unvented Cylinders  General Plumbing

New Boiler Installation Natural Gas and LPG  Power Flushing

Gas Safe Register Number 576769

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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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Let the Elements help keep you warm Elements Heating Installations specialise in boiler replacements, system upgrades and smart controls. Central Heating Installations Smart Controls Renewable Technologies Central Heating Upgrades Boiler Replacements and Relocations

Power Flushing Repairs Service and Breakdown LPG Natural Gas and Oil Domestic and Commercial

Call Jamie 07875 344794 elementsheatinginstallations@gmail.com

Family run business based in brackley Installers of:

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PLUMBING & HEATING

SERVICES

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Oil / Gas Central Heating Oil / Gas Boiler Services Tank Changes / Installations System Upgrades Power Flushing Aga / Range Servicing General Plumbing Sanitary Ware Ground & Air Source Heating Call Neil Smith

07950 113 098 ontaphelmdon@me.com

FULLY QUALIFIED PLUMBERS & GAS ENGINEERS New Boilers • Power Flushing Full Heating Installation Boiler Servicing Landlord Certificates General Plumbing • Bathrooms Licensed to install Megaflow Over and Unvented Cylinders Leaks and Repairs 30 years experience Gas Safe Register Number 35528

Tel: 01280 841035 Mobile: 07831 898705 www.samooreservices.co.uk

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Hinckley 01455 818 261 Daventry 01327 828 026

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Aluminium Bifold Doors, Windows, Front Doors For all your roofing requirements No job too small • • • • • • •

Flat Roof Specialists Felt, Rubber Bond, GRP (Fibreglass) Tile, Slate, Sheet Metal Roofing & Repairs / Cladding Gutters, Fascias & Soffits Repairs & Replacement Property Maintenance & General Handyman

Pete: 07830 393495 Roger: 07950 568087 E-mail: roofingp8r@gmail.com

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Garden & Outdoor Maintenance

LES HAWKINS & SONS LOCAL FENCING CONTRACTORS

All types of fencing and gates supplied and erected

• Garden Fencing • Gates • Decking • Timber Palisade • Security Fencing • Steel Palisade • Bridges • Fishing Piers • Hard Wood Retaining Walls • All types of Farm & Equestrian Fencing

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www.leshawkinsfencing.com

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call: 01327 354422 www.linnellbros.co.uk

Maintenance Free Fencing, Railings & Gates Choice of colours, heights and widths, no painting or treating

Up to 25 years guarantee

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www.colourfencenorthants.co.uk 22 Northampton Road, Blisworth, Northampton NN7 3DW

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Garden & Outdoor Maintenance

Croft Tree Services Professional fully qualified arborists

All aspects of tree and hedge maintenance undertaken

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

Brackley Groundworks Ltd Specialists in Block Paving Patios • Driveways Footings • Drainage

Marshalls Paving Approved 5 year Installation Guarantee Bradstone Registered Approved Contractor 10 year Installation Guarantee

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For a free quotation call James Handford

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

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

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 www.allengroundcare.co.uk

Call Debs or Steve for a free quote

01327 354789 or 07921 588449

No job too

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Groundcare

Mrs L Jacobs, Towcester

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

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1967 – 2017 YEARS

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GRAHAM CHURCHILL PLANT LIMITED

www.grahamchurchillplant.co.uk Winterhills, Silverstone, Towcester, Northants NN12 8UG

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Garden & Outdoor Maintenance

We are a landscaping company based in Buckingham,  renowned for our friendly, innovative and                             professional approach 

We can help with:  • A full landscape design and build service  • Construction of patios, paths and driveways  • Construction of walls and planters  • Construction of pergolas, decking and fencing  • Construction of children’s play areas and pet    enclosures                               • Hedge and small tree work  • All garden and grounds maintenance 

Est 2003 and fully insured 

t: 01280 817476 m: 07760 371683  w: www.arnalandscapes.co.uk 

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Upper Wardington Banbury, Oxon OX17 1SN 01295 758080

Covering in excess of 55,000 homes in the NN12, NN13, NN7, OX26, OX27 and MK18 areas

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Garden & Outdoor Maintenance

The local company with the name you can trust. Garden Maintenance - All aspects of garden maintenance 12 months of the year. Landscaping - Patios, Fencing, Driveways, Turfing, Garden Design, Planting schemes. Lawn Care - Weed & Feed Fertiliser Treatment, Aeration & Scarification.

Visit our unique Landscape Centre ...at Bell Plantation Garden Centre

Sheds, Summer Houses, Workrooms, Contemporary Offices... plus much much more!

01327 855957 alan@alanmuxlow.co.uk • www.alanmuxlow.co.uk The Bell Plantation, Watling Street, Towcester NN12 6GX

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Garden & Outdoor Maintenance

Business continues despite break-in setback

A

t the tail end of 2017 we were broken into at our Unit in The Bell Plantation Garden Centre. I was woken at 2.30am to be told the dreadful news that we had been broken into and our vans had been stolen. It was a very cold frosty morning so thawing the van seemed to take forever. I arrived at the unit to be met by a fully lit unit with vans missing and the shelves empty. The best example would be to arrive home and find nothing in the house. I have been in this business for 23 years and employ 20 people, in all that time we have been lucky and only experienced the odd incident.

The people that committed this crime were on site for less than an The local company with the name you can trust. hour, in that time they managed to remove almost Garden Maintenance - All aspects of garden 12 months the year. all the tools that I havemaintenance collected over thatoftime, Landscaping Driveways, what they didn't manage to take- Patios, they Fencing, totally ruined! Turfing, Garden Design, Planting schemes.

It has been a difficult couple of months since the Lawn Care - Weed & Feed Fertiliser Treatment, Aeration company & Scarification. break in, with both the Insurance claim taking an age and Visit the police extremely slow on Centre our unique Landscape ...at Bell Plantation Garden Centre the uptake. I would like to let all past and future customers know that although things are a little tricky at the moment we are still providing a limited service. We will be back up to speed for the start of the season, Sheds, we may not be as big but weSummer will beHouses, here! Workrooms,

Contemporary Offices... plus much much more!

Words by: Alan Muxlow

01327 855957

alan@alanmuxlow.co.uk • www.alanmuxlow.co.uk

Editor's note: I'm sure will Watling join us in Towcester wishing The Bellyou Plantation, Street, NN12 6GX Alan well and support him as he and his team pick themselves up from this horrible setback!

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