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Issue 20

July – August 2014

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Welcome & Contents


inally, we can say the British Summer is here, hope you are all enjoying the longer evenings, the weekends and cooking on your BBQs in the garden and eating strawberries and cream with friends and family. Hopefully we are able to say we enjoyed the sunshine, to make those Summer happy memories.

I’m sure all of you parents out there, are already dreading what to do with the children for six weeks, well don’t worry, Focus can help, we have really good places for the whole family, which I hope you enjoy, check out page 8 for Laser Force to see what great offers they have in the Summer holidays! Also for those rainy days you can take the children to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery for a Teddy Bears Picnic, or go to the Picturedrome in Northampton for the Kids Summer screenings and watch Despicable Me 2, which I hear is a must see! To see all the events please go to page 25.


Health, Beauty & Fitness


Food & Drink








Home Services




Diary of Events




Windows & Conservatories





The deadline for advertising in your ne xt issue of Focus Midshir es is the 8th August

We preview Blisworth’s big annual event on page 7

July – August 2014 Issue Number 20

Entertainment & Leisure

Have a fabulous Summer, enjoy your holidays away and summer days out and about.

Blisworth Canal Festival

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Finally, see details on page 34 to welcome back our very popular Sudoku! YOU have the chance to win yourself fish and chips for 2 adults and sausage and chips for 2 children, from the very popular Howe & Co fish and chip mobile van that frequents all the local villages.


Fish and chips for 2 adults and sausage and chips for 2 children with the return of our sudoku puzzle, r! turn to page 34 to see how to ente

Vet surgery opens in Weedon Find out more in our Pets section on page 13

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visit the summer festival of plants at bell plantation 5 great reasons to visit • 1000’s of Herbaceous plants to choose from • Loads of colourful plants • Bucket loads of free advice on gardening and growing your own food • First class Café with all our cakes baked fresh every day • We will carry everything to your car!

CANDLE LANTERN FREE WORTH £3.49 when you spend £20 at Bell Plantation Garden Centre* Your Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Your Email: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . *On presentation of this advert at Bell Plantation Garden Centre. Offer expires 31st August 2014. Not in conjunction with any other offer. MBP09

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Entertainment & Leisure

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

In the meantime we are running a number of events to raise awareness and funds, please support as much as you can, Brackley Fringe is a community event: July 4th Blind Wine Tasting


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Blisworth Canal Festival 2014 is shaping up to be every bit as brilliant as usual!


he waterfront will WOW you. Stroll past a long line of trade and workboats and soak up the atmosphere. Take a boat trip to Gayton Junction and back, or to the famous Blisworth Tunnel entrance. Visit the Wharf with its bar, food, live music and great stalls or cross the canal bridge to the large canal-side Festival Field which will be jam-packed with so many things to see and do. Vintage Caravans, Tractors, Children’s Fairground, Trampolines, Companion Dog Show, WWII Re-enactors, Food Arena, too many traders to mention and so much more! Six other village venues close to the canal will also be crammed with traders and attractions. We’ll have Pony Rides, a Rare Breed Farmyard, Rural Craft Demonstrations, a have-a-go Bell Tower, Art Gallery, Traction Engine and Vintage Vehicles, Open Gardens (Sunday only), Antiques, Parrots, Owls, Coffee House

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10 th August 11am – 5pm both days

with scrummy food – the list just goes on! Visit the Royal Oak Pub in the centre of the village. You’ll be made really welcome in a great atmosphere. Have a drink, enjoy some food and visit the stalls and attractions in the gardens. Come and see for yourself why Blisworth Canal Festival is considered one of the best! Something for all ages and interests with no charge for parking, entry or mooring! Not often that happens! If you’d like any further information please contact the organisers on: or ring the festival hotline: 07597 053062

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Lamport Hall

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21 Jun - 6 Jul: Arts Fortnight Art Exhibition The Life and Works of ‘BB’ Shakespeare Jazz in the Garden 25/26 August: Antiques & Collectors Fair Tel: 01604 686272

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Entertainment & Leisure

Barking Mad

A host’s point of view by Carol Edwards


years ago l saw Shirley's advert for dog hosts, since then l have looked after over 80 different dogs, some coming back more than once. It's great to hear their owners request that you look after them again, you do get attached and some become favourites. The way Barking Mad works is simple. Owners’ who do not want to put their dogs into kennels or have relied upon friends or family in the past, contact Shirley Rands at Barking Mad. Shirley meets the dog and owners then matches the dog to a host family. So, a Springer Spaniel is placed with a host that can cope with a high-energy dog! This brings peace of mind to the owners, with the knowledge that their dog enjoys bespoke dedicated care and attention, being the only dog in the household, exercised and fed, as if it were at home.

Two Black Labradors have stayed many times throughout the year, at New Year they need help because they are frightened of fireworks. A German Pointer brings his cuddly toy, a Springer Spaniel loves his ball and is very good off the lead.

• Host, Carol with Henry.

All dogs come with their instructions, when and how much to feed, walking routines and whether they can be let off the lead, etc. They bring their beds, food, toys and poo bags, our home soon becomes theirs. It's surprising how quickly they settle. The house feels empty when you are not hosting, but it won't be long before the next guest. So if you love dogs, but cannot make the commitment to own one, contact Shirley to become a host family. Call Shirley Rands 01280 700110 or visit

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

Summer of Sport Glasgow hosts the XX 2014 Commonwealth Games from 23 July – 3 August 2014


ike the World Cup and the Olympics, this event takes place every four years and is often referred to as the Friendly Games.

Since the first games in 1930 the event has seen many changes including its name. • Clyde, During this time it has been known as the mascot. the British Empire Games, British Empire and Commonwealth Games, British Commonwealth Games until finally, at the 1978 games in Edmonton, Canada, this multi-sport event changed its name to the Commonwealth Games. The very first games were represented by just 11 countries with 400 athletes who took part in 6 sports and 59 events.

For the games there has been a purpose built village to house the expected 6,500 athletes and CGA team officials that will no doubt capture our emotions and thrill us with their talents while we watch these highly tuned athletes compete in 17 sports at 14 different venues over the 12 days. So which sport is your favourite, will you be tuned in to the track, watching by the pool or simply enjoying the pure talent of them all. All tickets for every sport and ceremony have been on sale since 10am on Monday 12 May and are sold on a first come, first served basis. More than 100,000 extra tickets will be available, with ticket prices unchanged and starting from £15 (£7.50 for under 16s and over 60s). Register here user/register for the latest updates.

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Our aim is simple – to make The Folly Inn Towcester’s best pub dining venue! 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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Weedon Vets is now open for business


t has been nine months since Towcester Veterinary Centre acquired land and a derelict building on Watling Street in Weedon. We were thrilled when we opened our doors for business on May 12th this year and we are steadily getting busier.

The purpose built surgery runs as a sister practice alongside our main hospital in Towcester. Our vets and nurses will see pets by appointment and we are aiming for a friendly family feel when you come to see us. The new clinic has operating facilities, as well as dental and radiography machines. If you have farm animals or horses you can collect medicines from the surgery rather than driving to Towcester. It’s been a long and interesting journey and the building work has been project managed by one of the partners Helen Pope. This started by


demolishing the old building, clearing the sight and building a new bright surgery. One we are all very proud of. On July 6th we will be holding a Family Fun Day to celebrate our opening. There will be a bouncy castle, treasure hunt, BBQ and prizes for the best dressed pet. Our vets and nurses will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you at the fun day or pop into the surgery any time! You can call the surgery on: 01327 344999

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.

24 HOUR COVER SMALL ANIMAL FARM ANIMAL EQUINE SURGICAL REFERRALS Surgery opening times: Mon-Fri 9am - 6:15pm, Sat 9am - 11:00am

Burcote Road, Towcester Northamptonshire NN12 6JW Tel: 01327 350239

The new purpose-built Weedon Vets surgery.

1 The Bungalows Watling Street, Weedon NN7 4QQ Tel: 01327 344999

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. Cloverlea, Brington Road, Flore, Northants, NN7 4NQ Easy access from A45, A5 or M1

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supporting employment


Job Club

Looking for work? Want to change your job? South Northamptonshire Council’s free Job Club helps people find their way back into work, training, or education. To date, we have helped over 200 local residents find new employment. Professional experts are on hand to provide confidential advice, help to write CVs and letters and answer questions about finding work, volunteering opportunities, debt and welfare. Laptops are also available to carry out online job searches. The Job Club is held at Towcester Town Hall and Brackley Town Hall on alternate weeks.

Job Match

Looking for employees? Want a local job? Matching employees with local businesses, this tailored and confidential service helps job seekers to find the right job for them and businesses to find employees with the skills and experience they need. Our Job Match advisors are up-to-date on current vacancies and have well established relationships with a wide range of local companies. Over 50 Job Club members have benefited from this free service since it started.

Enterprise Club

Want to start a business? Planning a career change? The Enterprise Club provides free advice and guidance for local residents about how to start their own business or become self-employed. Members may also receive coaching and mentoring to ensure the best possible chance of success in launching their new idea. To find out more visit jobclub or contact the Job Club Team: Job Club – 01327 322087 Enterprise Club – 01327 322266 Job Match – 01327 322322 or email


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The future is South Northamptonshire


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. 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.

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 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, or email or call the Economic Development Team on 01327 322322.

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The key changes from the Chancellor’s Budget


s we enter a new tax year what were the real big announcements during The Budget 2014? We summarise the main points:

For the individual From April 2015, pensioners will have complete flexibility on how much of their pension they want to take at retirement. This effectively eliminates the need to buy an annuity and opens up many more options for what to do with your pension in your retirement years. The ISA limit was increased to £15,000 a year and Stocks & Shares ISAs and Cash ISAs are to be merged into a New ISA. This gives much more flexibility and potentially allows more income to be shielded within the tax free accounts. The personal tax allowance was confirmed as increasing to £10,000 in April 2014, with a further increase

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Services announced for April 2015 to £10,500. Good news in that a little more of our money is safe from taxation! Fuel duty has been frozen in another attempt to get the high motoring costs down. For businesses Both the minimum wage and the number of apprenticeships were increased, with the Chancellor promising to ‘double’ the latter. The Annual Investment Allowance has been temporarily increased and extended, from £250,000 to £500,000 for expenditure incurred between 1 April 2014 and 31 December 2015. The Government is to simplify the administrative process for collection of Class 2 National Insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed. From April 2016 this will be collected via self assessment. Perhaps it’s not actually one of the most important points from The Budget but it will certainly be one of the more visible ones when a new £1 coin starts to enter circulation at some point around 2017.

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Original gift ideas from Ark Stained Glass


rk Stained Glass is run by Martin Farrant and based in Northampton; although they ship small items anywhere! Previously, studios have been based in Honiton (East Devon), Anglesey (North Wales) and in the USA! When you think of stained glass you nearly always think of churches and beautiful though they are, there are so many more uses for original stained glass, i.e. Terrariums, Chessboards, Clocks, Mirrors, Sun catchers, Pictures from photographs of peoples pets are very popular, even 3D items, all of which can be made using the “Tiffany style” of stained glass (as opposed to windows which are usually constructed of glass in between pieces of lead; the latter sometimes known as “leaded light windows”). The only restriction to what can be created is the limit of our own imaginations.


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Tradespeople Ark Stained Glass have completed various larger commissions (with testimonies) both bespoke and repair so if you have a stained glass item that’s irritated you but you didn’t know who could repair or alter it? Ark Stained Glass may well be able to. They also make smaller items of stained glass (from only £6). Some of the work is currently on display 7 days a week at Bakehouse Antiques Centre, 8890, Abington Ave, Northampton, NN1 4PA. They also cater for the canal boat community. So if you have any stained glass related questions, or maybe you do stained glass as a hobby and want some tips, please contact Martin, who would be pleased to offer help and advice. Tel: 07779 513167 Email: thearkstainedglass

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Windows & Conservatories

Cloudy2Clear – A simple way to save money


he Northampton 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 Trevor Skidmore 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 • Trevor Skidmore. the customer gets, effectively, a new window at a fraction of the cost’. Trevor is rightly proud too of comments he receives back from satisfied customers, a selection of which he has put on his website For example, he recently completed an installation at Mr Miners house in Northampton. 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 Trevor a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be more than happy to help!


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Congratulations to the winner of our Find the Focus Family competition from our previous issue, Claire Paul of Blisworth who has won a family swim day at Daventry Leisure Centre. Howe & Co. have regular rounds in the area, check their website for details: Cut out and send completed entries along with your name, address and phone number to: The Studio, 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6JY


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Grand Prix Circus is on its way


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.

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.

Image © Mercedes AMG Petronas.

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. 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?

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 (Approximately £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 and • Lewis Hamilton leads the way in Malaysia.

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