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Issue 44 July – August 2018

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elcome to our Summer edition of Focus Midshires. The BBQ’s have been dusted off and the sound of children playing and splashing about in their paddling pools is just one of the sounds I especially love to hear.

Welcome & Contents Festival, Hollowell Steam Rally and Blakesley Show to name just a few. You can find more about these events and lots of others throughout the magazine and on the What’s On page.

There is so much going on locally over the next couple of months including the Weedon Weekender, Blisworth Canal Festival, Northampton Town

Well I guess that’s it from me this time. Oh and don’t forget its Bank Holiday on Monday 27th August, here’s hoping for more sun and lots of fun! Our Wordsearch competition inside this edition gives you the chance to win a Glamping Break for up to four people at Cosgrove Park. So don’t delay find the words and enter today.

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Contents

July – August 2018 Issue Number 44

It will be a Picnic in the Park!

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Entertainment & Leisure

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Food & Drink

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Beauty & Wellbeing

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Business & Professional

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Computers

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Recruitment

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Education

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Pets

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Home Services

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Homes & Interiors

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Windows & Conservatories

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Tradespeople

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Garden & Outdoor Maintenance

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Motors

Pattishall's annual outdoor festival of music and fun for the whole family, see page 11

The best the countryside has to offer Blakesley Show is set for it's big day in August with plenty of entertainment in the main ring as well as the best in British livestock on show and in competition, see page 9

To advertise your business call us on: 01327 353753 email: midshires@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk visit: www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Follow us on Twitter: @FocusMagazines Find us on Facebook: FocusMagazineGroup Focus Magazine Group, 14 Grafton Suite, Caswell Science & Technology Park, Caswell Road, Towcester NN12 8EQ We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in Focus Magazines, 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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started and I’ve held raffles and games at village fetes. I’m also donating money I earn from my part-time job. Other activities over the Summer include an 80’s disco, garden party and cake sales.

n the Summer of 2019 I will be attending a 4 week expedition to Cambodia where I will be working on community projects such as building houses, education centres, clean water supplies etc. I will also take part in a 4-5 day jungle trek/camp. This is a huge step for me. It will build my confidence and independence as well as learning lots of new skills and working effectively as part of a team. I’m looking forward to working in the community, helping those not as fortunate as myself. The trip is organised through Camps International and costs £3,850 which not only includes my flight, accommodation and food but a large percentage is also used locally for the community projects. In order for me to take part, I need to fundraise £3,850 by May 2019. My fundraising has already

I’ve received a half day driving experience from Land Rover worth £225 which I will auction at a Christmas Shopping event at Roade Village Hall on Saturday, 24th November 2-5pm. Silent bids will be taken between now and the event.

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lakesley Show is a traditional agricultural show which is held every year on the first Saturday in August. This year, the 134th Show will commence at 8.00am on Saturday 4th August. The Show takes place in a rural setting in the South Northamptonshire countryside within easy reach of the M1 and A5. Entry to the Show (including free parking) is £12 for adults, £5 for 8 to 16-year olds and FOC for under 8’s. A family ticket providing admission for 2 adults and up to three children costs £25. There are seventy classes for horses and ponies, ranging from a gymkhana and classes for children at the start of their showing career, to qualifiers for prestigious Olympia finals.

Cattle and Sheep exhibits are always popular attractions as some of the finest livestock from the region are shown at their best, including classes for young handlers and young shepherds, demonstrating the skills of the next farming generation. A wide variety of trade stands, catering outlets and licensed bars are available where food and drink can be purchased. The craft marquee incorporates a food tent where local produce is available to sample and buy. The Main Ring entertainment this year is provided by Kangaroo Kid Quad Bike Stunt Show and a display of working vintage tractors culminates in a parade around the Showground. Blakesley Show is a great family day out and provides a fantastic opportunity to experience the best that rural England has to offer. Further information: www.theblakesleyshow.co.uk

BLAKESLEY SHOW

Saturday 4th August 2018 Blakesley Heath Farm Maidford, Northants NN12 8HN By kind permission of the Hopewell family

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Tickets: £12 for adults; £5 for 8 to 16 yrs and free for under 8’s £25 Family Ticket - 2 adults and up to 3 children

Trade Stands, Craft Marquee, Food Hall Refreshments and Licenced Bars Exhibiting classes for: Dairy, Beef & Sheep, Horses, Ponies, Show Jumping Gymkhana & Clear Round Jumping Web: www.theblakesleyshow.co.uk Email: blakesleyshow@live.co.uk Further information: Liz Black, Honorary Secretary, 01327 263186

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Family Festival and Fun Day at Pattishall

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attishall Picnic in the Park family friendly Music Festival and Craft Fair returns for the fifth year on Saturday 14th July, bigger and better than ever. Every musical taste will be catered for with musicians playing from 1.00pm to 11.00pm, providing pop and rock covers as well as traditional Jazz, Daventry Community Choir, Indian dance and Bhangra music, Ska, Brooke Layla from Voice Kids and Cousin Avi. As in previous years there will be a professional stage, lighting, speakers and sound engineer crew, enabling bands to provide high quality music as listeners enjoy the sunshine in the beautiful South Northants countryside. Bring gazebos, fold up

chairs, picnic blankets and just relax. There will be a beer tent, with a variety of drinks and lots of food on offer, from fresh pizza, Indian food, artisan sausages, tea, cake, etc. The event is very child friendly being completely fenced in. While parents and grandparents enjoy the music, kids will be entertained with their own disco, circus skills entertainers, zip wire, football, bouncy castles, stilt walker, games … Inside there will be a craft fair and an acoustic hall. The really exciting news is that the RAF are going to honour us with a fly over during the afternoon in a Spitfire! That will be totally awesome. So this charity fund-raising event is not to be missed! For all the details, and to buy tickets (discount available now) go to www.picnicinthepark.org.uk. Contact us on 08443 511085 (local rate), enquiries@picnicinthepark.org.uk and Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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et ready to run, walk or dance 5km of happiness at Abington Park, Northampton on the 22nd of July. Each colour wave will have upbeat tunes to get you warmed up! Thousands of adults and children will then dash and splash through 5km of colour. Be prepared to get drenched as you are bound too! All participants receive a Fun Colour Rush T-Shirt, a bottle of water and a medal at the end, all ages welcome, under 5’s are free, but you will be required to purchase them a ticket if they are to receive a t-shirt and medal. All children are REQUIRED to wear sunglasses or eye protection and it is advisable that adults do too. Street parking is available but try to walk where possible, this is a hugely participated event and parking very close to the event may be limited.

Except for the Port-a-loos, no changing facilities are available. It is best to arrive in running gear and wear clothes that the t-shirts can easily go over. The part concrete part grassy route is accessible for wheelchairs. The colour powder is perfectly safe for humans, however it could be harmful if inhaled by dogs. So unfortunately they are unable to take part. Registration – 9.30am, races from 10am Finish approx – 12.45pm Tickets: adult £18, child £10, family £40 (2 adults + 2 children). For more info and large teams discount contact: engagecommunityevents@gmail.com tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk and the website is: www.funcolourrush.co.uk

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A sweet price to pay!

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he new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry has been introduced in the UK, the move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the fight against child obesity and the type 2 diabetes crisis. The levy is squarely aimed at high-sugar drinks, particularly fizzy drinks, which are popular among teenagers. You may well have noticed that some of your favourite drinks for example Coca Cola, Pepsi, Fanta and Sprite to name just a few, have gone up in price. Pure fruit juices and milk-based drinks though are excluded along with sugar-free drinks such as Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Some drinks are incredibly high in sugar, a typical can contains about nine teaspoons. For teenagers they are the number one source of sugar intake while overall, children get a third of their daily sugar intake from them. They have also been dubbed "empty calories" as they have no nutritional benefit.

A big supporter of the tax was TV chef Jamie Oliver, who introduced a sugar levy in his restaurants. He set up an e-petition that saw more than 150,000 people backing the tax. The government have said the money raised – an estimated £520m a year – will be spent on increasing the funding for sport in primary schools as research has shown that half of all seven-yearolds do not get enough exercise The income raised will be used to fund sports in primary schools, some I am sure are not happy about the increase but others may be of the opinion this increase is a small price to pay for the future health of our nation!

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The banning of cotton buds (only happening in Scotland so far), follows serious concerns about the numbers washed up on beaches after being flushed down the toilet. A major campaign has already led to most retailers swapping to paper-stemmed buds, but plastic ones are still being sold. Plastic straws days may be numbered thanks to MSP Kate Forbes “Final Straw” campaign, as one of the most common plastic items on the beach she wants the whole of the UK to ban them.

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Plastic bottles 7.5 billion in the UK end up incinerated, in landfill or make their way into our oceans every year, accounting for a third of plastic pollution in the sea.

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rees are not growing as fast as they are being cut down. This is something I have noticed over the last 15 years spent working as an arborist. I feel it is not only bad for people in my profession, but for the future of the planet. Rather than being a part of the problem, I wanted to create something that’s a part of the solution.

Ben Emery, owner of Next Generation Trees where he loves to be, working to get the most out of your trees for you.

The trees we cut down never go to waste: the timber is economically processed into quality seasoned firewood.

Working closely with other local companies allows us to help them provide services that they otherwise couldn’t.

That’s why, for every tree we cut down, we offer a cost-effective stump grinding/removal service so that a more appropriate replacement tree can be planted.

We want to be a part of the change that you want to see in the world.

If our replacement tree service is not an option then instead, for every firewood order, we plant a tree of our own somewhere suitable.

Next Generation Trees Tel: 01604 832611 or mobile: 07719 446831 Email: enquiries@benemery.co.uk

I hope that this new venture will help to look after the planet for the Next Generation.

NEXT GENERAT ON TREES

Large to Small Tree “We pride ourselves on being small enough to care for your individual For every Felling and Removal needs and big enough to cope with any firewood order arboricultural requirements” Stump Grinding/ we will offer Ben Emery to plant a Stump Removal new tree! Planting/ Transplanting Trees T: 01604 832611 Firewood Supplies M: 07719 446831 (fully insured to 10m All Other Aspects enquiries@benemery.co.uk public liability) of Arboriculture Please remember to mention Focus Magazines when you respond to advertisements

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Have you lost your confidence as a driver?

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riving anxiety is more common than we think and some people are embarrassed to admit to it. It can become apparent amongst those that have had an accident, had a break from driving or recently experienced a major life change such as the death of a partner. You may have no problem driving locally, to work or routes that you know, but if you normally leave all the motorway or long distance driving to your partner, try to take turns, so that if you do find yourself alone in the future you are not daunted by having to go somewhere on your own. If you are on your own, plan your route in advance or invest in a Sat Nav if you don’t already have one, invaluable if you get lost and need to re-route. Road rage is a problem nowadays and being cut up or beeped at can be unsettling. Treat it as a learning curve, maybe you were going too slow or hesitated in some way. Don’t take it personally. If it has made you feel nervous, pull over until you feel calmer.

Driving anxiety is more common than you might think.

Tailgaiting is another common problem. If it makes you feel uneasy change lane and let them pass. For others, having passengers on board can cause problems, especially if they are critical. Try to explain that it makes you feel stressful and maybe put on some music as a distraction. If they don’t get the hint then refuse to drive with them. If you need to you can always invest in some refresher lessons with a local instructor or get yourself a hypnotherapy tape to listen to at home.

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Motors

Kizzle Autos expand their MOT services

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izzle Autos has over 40 years experience. We have an excellent team with a variety of expertise: no job is too big or too small. We specialise in diagnostics, advice and repairs. We offer a range of services from clutches, brakes, head gaskets to car servicing and MOT’s. At Kizzle Autos we make all our own chassis panels and sills to shape. We are happy to announce that as of the 23rd June 2018 we are able to complete Motorbike MOT's on all makes and models. Please call us and book yours now on 01604 830552. We are in full contact with you as our customer and will advise you on everything we find from diagnostic assessments, servicing and your MOT’s. We also have an auto electrician on board, all our staff are professional, highly qualified and we provide welding up to MOT standard.

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“As always an excellent service from all at Kizzle. We have been coming here for several years and myself and my partner bring all our vehicles here. We wouldn’t use anywhere else. Steve, Helen and the rest of the team are extremely helpful, friendly and professional. They keep our vehicles maintained to a high standard, we always recommend them to our family & friends!” Kizzle Autos are expanding!!! We are now looking to recruit qualified mechanics / MOT testers with a good knowledge on all makes and models of vehicles. An MOT licence is not essential, as full training will be given to the ideal candidate. Please call on the following number to register your interest with us: 01604 830552.

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All makes and models DIAGNOSTICS • SERVICING • REPAIRS MOT’s • WELDING REPAIRS

Now recruiting Mechanics / MOT Testers call the office on

01604 830552

Appointments made by arrangement

Motor Bike MOT’s now available

Open Hours 8.00am – 5.30pm West Baulk Proper es, Unit 1, Bugbrooke Road Kislingbury, Northants NN7 4AY help@kizzleautos.com help@kizzlesutos.com

Mot’s, servicing, repairs and diagnostics

very competitive rates! Free pick Up and delivery Call Jack Kemshed on

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