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July - August 2013

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Welcome

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t’s summer ... I think positive thinking is the plan for those not so sunny days! However it has been pleasant to enjoy the warmer days so far, and so lovely to eat outside once again ... let’s hope it continues ... but if not you can dream of warmer climates with a little help from our front cover. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with us about their events which are going on in and around the Focus Midshires area. You’ll find the Diary of Events on page 39 ... keep them coming for the next issue! Hopefully like me, you have been busy in your gardens ... don’t forget to check out Ashley’s Tips on page 42 ... I do like

having advanced warning, and must remember to tell Ashley that after following his advice and planting much earlier than I’ve ever done before I’ve never had such a good show of daffs as this year! As we should now all be well out of our winter hibernation mode, we have plenty to keep you busy, from investing in a new kitchen, double glazing or professional garden designers, to plenty of fun days out for all the family or quieter ”me” time with the Health, Beauty and Fitness pages.

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The village of Blisworth is gearing up for it’s Canal Festival. Turn to page 15 for our preview.

Issue Number 14

Handy Numbers Poultry Keeping Education Entertainment & Leisure Food & Drink Health, Beauty & Fitness Computers Services Pets Tradespeople Sudoku Windows & Conservatories Homes Diary of Events Gardens Motors

Have a super summer everyone ... enjoy your holidays away, and summer days out and about.

Blisworth’s big day out

Contents July - August 2013

You will notice on the next page, we have introduced a new list of Handy Numbers, bringing Focus Midshires in line with our other publications ... we do hope you don’t have to call any of them too often, but at least you’ll know where to find the phone number should an emergency arise.

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Handy Numbers EMERGENCY SERVICES Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Police Police (non-emergency) Crimestoppers Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue

999 or 112 101 0800 555 111 01604 797 000

HEALTH Carers Direct NHS Direct Kettering General Hospital Northampton General Hospital

HELPLINES Age UK Childline Citizens Advice Bureau National Rail RSPCA Samaritans

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Advertise your business with Focus Midshires Tel: 01327 353753 Mobile: 07713 236339 Email: mail@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Web: www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Published by Focus Magazine Group, The Studio 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants NN12 6JY Editorial design and magazine production by Simon Goodger Creative www.simongdesign.co.uk We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in Focus Midshires, 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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Education

Co-Ed Independent College (14-19yrs) offering GCSE & A Level  Ranked third in the County and top non selective school  72% of 2012 A Level students 72% of 2012 A Level gained A*-B grades students gained A* 48% of our 2012 B grades’ leavers entered one of the Russell Group Universities  Average class sizes of 8 students  Tuition scholarships  Call us to book an appointment  Find us on the Barrack Road, Northampton

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Entertainment & Leisure

Planning your wedding? Follow these simple tips for finding the perfect venue!

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lanning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life but it can also turn out to be a very stressful time too. The most important point is to plan ahead, these plans will inevitably change but having a plan is always a good starting point and I suggest starting with a venue.

Finding the venue, which is right for you, is key as this will determine how much you have left in your budget. Don’t just take the venue cost into account, make sure you look at the menu options and prices and also the drinks packages. You should also ask about children’s meals, e.g. how much do they charge for these and what the options are. You’ll find that some venues have a dedicated member of staff, usually known as a Wedding Coordinator or Events Coordinator, who can be an invaluable tool with the planning of your wedding. Their knowledge and advice can help with the lead up to the day and the day itself, ensuring less stress on you. Once you have the venue booked you’ll be able to decide on the best type of decor to suit the venue, some will need dressing completely to turn the conference room into a wedding venue, others are already purpose built for weddings so will not need much more than flowers or the like. Tracey Onley - Events Coordinator, Brampton Heath Golf Centre Tel: 01604 843939

SANDY LANE, CHURCH BRAMPTON, NORTHAMPTON, NN6 8AX WWW.BHGC.CO.UK INFO@BHGC.CO.UK 01604 84 39 39 MEMBERS, VISITORS & SOCIETIES

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PROFESSIONAL & FRIENDLY SERVICE FROM THE VERY START RIGHT THROUGH TO YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

THE CRANSHAW SUITE & BALCONY IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR PARTIES, CHRISTENINGS, ANNIVERSARIES & OTHER FUNCTIONS.

Why not bring the children over to play our NEW & IMPROVED TRI GOLF COURSE. A specially designed course with use of equipment for FREE! Available until 6pm. Call 01604 84 39 39 option 1 for more details.

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Entertainment & Leisure

Northamptonshire’s hidden shopping gem The Heart of the Shires Shopping Village is more than a shopping experience. With a wealth of shops to appeal to everyone, and it’s very own relaxing atmosphere, where better to head to than this former Victorian Farmyard.

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Entertainment & Leisure

So much more than a shopping experience

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ith a new florist at the entrance, and Little Tinkers expanding to include what was the toy shop, as always there is plenty going on down at the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village. Alfie’s First Birthday Party (Barkitty’s resident Labrador) was a huge success with a great attendance by his four legged friends. It was a double celebration for Barkitty’s owner, Lisa Jinks, who tweeted TV Dragon’s Den Star Theo Paphitis as part of his Small Business Sunday initiative, and was lucky enough to be re-tweeted to 350,000 of his followers. As a result www.barkitty.co.uk has 200 more followers.

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There really is something quite appealing at sitting in the bandstand courtyard with a cuppa after being pleasantly surprised by the variety of outlets at the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village. Let’s hope we have a great summer and can enjoy the courtyard, with these entertainers. If you haven’t visited the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village before, you really should. With it’s many entrances to explore, you’ll be surprised at the range of outlets there and just how much each one has to offer. Do allow time, as it is the sort of place you won’t want to leave in a hurry, and with so many friendly outlet owners to help you with your shopping you’ll not go away empty handed. For further information visit: www.heartoftheshires.co.uk

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Entertainment & Leisure

Book your seat on a magical mystery tour of a selection of Northampton’s finest restaurants as part of the town centre’s first ever Safari Supper. Evening entertainment will commence from 6:15pm at the Great Hall, Guildhall. Part of Independents’ Day Campaign 2013.

Cost £18.50 plus booking fee

To book your places please visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk or call 01604 624811, for further details regarding the event call 01604 837766

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Entertainment & Leisure

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iners will be able to enjoy a magical mystery tour of some of Northampton’s best restaurants as part of the town centre’s first ever Safari Supper.

Launched as part of this year’s Independents’ Day campaign, the evening will see food lovers enjoy a three course meal at a variety of town centre venues, with starters in one restaurant, mains in another and dessert in another.

A number of restaurants will be taking part in the event on July 4 and diners will only find out where they will be eating on the night itself.

BID chairman Sue Roberts said: “The Safari Supper promises to be the pinnacle of a host of activity

“I think it will be a really fun night and hopefully lots of people will discover somewhere they haven’t eaten before and it will really open their eyes to some of the fantastic independent businesses we have in our town centre.” The BID has organised a series of events aimed at raising the profile of local traders and putting smaller firms in the spotlight on Independents’ Day, WN CENTRE TO such as in-store promotions, street entertainment and ‘pop-up’ performers. Tickets for the Safari Supper must be booked in advance through Royal & Derngate. For more details visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk or call the box office on 01604 624811.

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we have got planned for Independents’ Day. We don’t think any other towns have tried anything on this scale so it’s a great way of putting Northampton on the map”.

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Food & Drink

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Head Chef David Horak has created some superb menus using locally sourced produce wherever possible. His dishes are inspired by Traditional British Fayre but with a more contemporary twist.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

Blisworth’s big day out by the canal

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his year’s Blisworth Canal Festival is being held on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August from 11am to 5pm each day.

Blisworth’s waterfront will be full of trade boats and stalls selling everything from cheese to boat oil with two trip boats operating both days. ‘Funion Bargee’ will also be moored and providing free supervised play sessions for children.

Seven village venues close to the canal will be full of a variety of exciting attractions including pony rides, a master blacksmith, a ‘have a go bell-tower!’, a variety of food outlets, wood carving, laser arena, bars, rural craft demonstrations, companion dog show, vintage caravans, WWII re-enactment, children’s fairground, chicken display, Art Gallery and Bistro and lots and lots more!! All of this along with far too many traders to mention and ten Open Gardens (Sunday only) ... Not to be missed!!

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Services CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS & TAX ADVISORS Cube can complete your Accounts and Tax Return for you:

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hether you already have a business or you are in the process of setting one up, it is important that you and your partners (if appropriate) carefully consider the different business structures available. Professional advice today can save you a lot of time, money and hassle in the future. Profits, tax, risk, liabilities, funding, investment, flexibility, ownership and management – these are just some of the areas that will be affected by your business structure.

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• Sole Trader - Probably the most straightforward way to run a business, there is no legal distinction between the owner and the business entity. All profits, losses, assets and debts of the business belong to the owner who also has an unlimited liability.

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Services • Partnership – Similar to a Sole Trader, the main difference is that each of the owners (Partners) shares a part of the trade, as defined in a Partnership Agreement. • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) – Unlike a Partnership, this is a separate legal entity with Members, not Partners. Members are entitled to their share of the profits, LLP assets and liabilities, cash balances and overdraft, based on the Partnership Agreement. Member’s liabilities are limited. • Limited Company – This is a separate legal entity, owned by Shareholders and managed by Directors. Profits and distributions from the business are paid at the discretion of the Directors who must take into account both Shareholders’ wishes and any external liabilities. Liability is limited. As a special offer, Focus readers can request a free copy of the Chancery Business Structures Guide – contact details below. To contact Chancery please call Roger Eddowes, a Partner at Chancery on 01327 350888 or visit: www.chancerypartnership.com.

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Pets

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recently published Dogs Trust Survey found that over a 1 year period more than 118,000 dogs were reported as strays. Sadly, fewer than half of these dogs were reunited with their owners. From April 6th 2016 it will be a legal requirement for all dogs in England to be microchipped. The aim of this is to reduce the number of stray dogs by making it easier to track down their owners. Fines of up to £500 will potentially be handed out to owners of dogs that are not microchipped.

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Luxury Cattery Our cattery located in Flore offers the most modern cattery facility available within a beautiful secluded rural setting. Your cats health, safety and comfort is our priority and our light spacious, heated chalets provide the ideal environment for your cat. As a fab (feline advisory board) listed cattery you are assured that your cat will receive the best attention and care. Small Animal Boarding…... Is now available at the cattery. Guinea pigs and bunnies can now be cared for in purpose built hutches with grass runs available. Their usual diet will be catered for with fresh fruit and vegetables available daily. Hamster care is also part of our service where you can bring their own home and we will ensure they are cleaned and exercised regularly. Call 01327 341475 to place a booking or arrange a viewing. www.cloverleacattery.co.uk Cloverlea, Brington Road, Flore, Northants, NN7 4NQ Easy access from A45, A5 or M1

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Tradespeople Microchipping is carried out by injecting a small chip (about the size of a grain of rice) under the skin between the shoulder blades. Sedation or anaesthetic is not required (although if your pet is being anaesthetised for another reason this is a good time to consider getting them microchipped). Each chip carries a unique code. This is entered into a national database along with your contact details. If your pet goes missing, and is taken to any rescue centre or veterinary practice or is picked up by the local authority, the microchip number can be found by scanning the dog with a microchip reader. Your details are then found by contacting the national database. Provided your contact details are kept up to date, you will then be contacted and reunited with your furry friend! Other pets can also be microchipped but there is no planned legal requirement for this. If you have any queries about microchipping please contact us at Towcester Veterinary Centre on 01327 350 239.

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