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Issue 42 March – April 2018

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elcome to the Spring edition of Focus Midshires, it’s that time of year when the daffodils are starting to appear and finally the evenings are feeling lighter. Don’t forget the clocks go forward one hour on 25th March! Now the days are longer and the weather is a little warmer, many of us are thinking about spending more time outdoors. I have lots of plans for our garden this year but I’m not sure where to start as neither myself nor husband are particularly green fingered! If you need a helping hand turn to our

Welcome & Contents Garden & Outdoor Maintenance section where you will find lots of professionals who can help turn your ideas into reality. There are a few notable dates coming up, Mother’s Day is 11th March, so don’t forget to treat Mum and Easter weekend is 30th March – 2nd April. There’s lots to do over the next couple of months, take a look at our What’s On page for some inspiration. The Old Dairy Farm at Upper Stowe are holding their lambing weekends in March, see page 9 for more information.

Contents

March – April 2018 Issue Number 42

The Sudoku prize this time around is a £20 voucher for The Ganges Restaurant in Towcester so grab a pen, stick the kettle on and enter for your chance to win! That’s it from me this time, hope you enjoy this Spring edition and I will be back for the Summer months!

Time to get out again! Look in our Ents & Leisure and Food & Drink sections or What's On page 29

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Computers

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Education

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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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Pets

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Homes & Interiors

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Home Services

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Tradespeople

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Garden & Outdoor Maintenance

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Windows & Conservatories

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Education

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Entertainment & Leisure

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Entertainment & Leisure

Experience the wonder of Lambing

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ambing weekends at the Old Dairy Farm Centre have been a local feature for many years and are extremely popular.

Situated on a working farm in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, the Old Dairy Farm Centre is ideally placed for people of all ages to experience the wonders of the lambing season. Both children and adults alike love to be able to see the newborn lambs at close quarters, often being born before your eyes. This year our lambing will be over five weekends between 3rd March and 1st April. The craft gallery, shops and restaurant will all be open and are free to enter, including some which are new to the centre since lambing last year.

We also have delicious home cooked food which will be available in the licensed Barn Restaurant, and also a wide range of snacks and drinks to cater for both the young and old. So come and visit us for a wonderful day out. Entrance to the lambing sheds costs £2 per person and they are open Saturdays and Sundays between 10am-4.30pm Entrance to the centre, all shops, gallery and restaurant is free. Ample free car parking in the field adjacent to the centre. Please contact Helen Brodie on 01327 340525 for further details or visit their website: www.olddairyfarmcentre. co.uk or find us on Facebook & Twitter.

Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre

Spring Lambing Weekends Lambing sheds will be open between 10 am & 4.30 pm Entrance to the lambing sheds is £2 per person entrance to the rest of the Centre is free

Saturday 3rd March - Sunday 1st April Free entry to tearoom, art gallery, shops & car parking Lambing sheds are under cover, but a warm coat and wellingtons are advisable as we can't guarantee the weather Upper Stowe, Nr Weedon NN7 4SH - Just off the A5 between Weedon & Towcester Telephone 01327 340525 - www.olddairyfarmcentre.co.uk - Find us on Facebook

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Entertainment & Leisure

Who’s up for a day of Bargain Hunting?

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very Easter and August Bank Holiday you can unleash your inner “Del Boy”, at the Lamport Hall Antiques & Vintage Fair. Fed up of the same items on the high street?

Then come and browse our eclectic range of antique and vintage jewellery, militaria, toys, garden items, furniture, collectables and much more, all set out in the picturesque Victorian stable block and surrounding area. Take home a piece of history or just enjoy the unique thrill of hunting out a real bargain!

Going, Going, Gone! Whether you’re moving house, downsizing or just de-cluttering Antiques2Go Auctions can help. We are a local family auction with over

Lamport Hall Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair Easter Sunday & Monday 1st & 2nd April 2018 ~ 10am - 4pm ~ Lamport Hall, Northants NN6 9HD Refreshments ~ Free Parking Dogs on leads welcome Adults £4.00, Concessions £3.00 Children FREE

10 years experience in the trade – and many more years in the antiques business – with most of our business coming from referrals. House clearances or collections are right up our street, or you can bring just a few items along to Bugbrooke Football Club to put into the evening sale. We never know what is coming into the sale but we have 250+ lots every auction from the ordinary to the extraordinary. It’s a sociable evening in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere – with hot food and drinks available during viewing. www.antiques2go.co.uk Tel: 01327 871797

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Choose from two box sizes: Regular or Small You can also order your seasonal locally grown vegetables to be collected at Wharfe Distillery, Wakefield Estate, Potterspury NN12 7PQ on a Friday each week. Order online at: www.moorgatefarm.co.uk Or call Sue on 07922 134915/01908 543008 Email: moorgatefarm@btinternet.com

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Food & Drink

British Pie Week celebrates its Anniversary

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pparently we are a nation of pie fanatics. Consequently we have a national week celebrating pies, which this year is the 5th – 11th March.

The world-famous British Pie Awards are to be held on Wednesday 7th March in the Leicestershire town and pork pie capital, Melton Mowbray. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the hotly contested competition, which last year saw a staggering 897 pies entered from over 150 talented bakers, butchers and chefs. It seems that as we love nothing better than a wholesome pie to celebrate British Pie Week, now is the time to think about what pies will feature on your menu at home! With new research revealing that 75% of people enjoy a pie at least once a month, British Pie Week has been growing year on year with pie-eaters everywhere seeking their ultimate pie perfection.

Originally British Pie Week was the brainchild of a pastry maker back in 2007 as a way to sell more pastry. Pubs, restaurants and local pie shops often use this week as a time to run com-pie-titions, or offer speciality or unusual pie flavours and fillings. You could ask your local pie selling pub if they will be participating and if so what variety they will be showcasing that week. Often supermarkets will discount their pie ranges to coincide with this event. Enjoy your pies, be they hot or cold, sweet or savoury as millions of us Brits eat them every year!

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As well as our own events The Saracens Head Hotel can provide for all of your function needs with rooms sizes from 10 to 120 guests • Conference & Meeting Rooms • Civil Ceremonies • Wedding Receptions • Special Occasions, including Birthdays, Christenings, Baby Showers, Anniversaries and Funeral Wakes

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Food & Drink

Looking to revamp your wardrobe?

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e all have those wardrobe items at the back of the closet that we never seem to wear or you put on and take straight off again, set yourself a resolution to streamline your wardrobe this year, throw out anything you’ve not worn in the last twelve months and make 2018 your best dressed year. Prepare to clear out your closet, secure some emergency shopping funds and get ready to embark on a shopping adventure. Whether you intend on making this the year you stop wearing head-to-toe black or the moment when you finally stop feeling guilty for buying a pair of rather impractical stilettos, there’s no reason not to get out of your comfort zone in 2018. Many of the larger high street stores offer a Personal Shopper service, these ladies or gentlemen are a godsend to those of us that have lost our way when it comes to fashion or

just don’t know if that much loved mini skirt now makes them look like mutton dressed as lamb! As we enter our fifties me being one of them our skin tone changes and colours that lifted you in your thirties may well drain you of any colour you still have. You may not be aware but we fall in to groups when it comes to skin tones pale, cool warm, olive, dark. This along with ever changing hair colours can be a minefield when it comes to fashion so why not seek out a colour analysis consultant who will be able to advise you the colours to wear, you can find these online just type in image consultant!

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Silverstone Church Rooms, NN12 8UW Tues 10am - 11:30am, Nether Heyford Village Hall NN7 3NW Wed 9:30am – 10:45am Towcester Sawpits Centre (the old library) NN12 6EX Fri 10am - 11:15am Improve and maintain fitness, balance and flexibility Gentle style Perfect to relax and de-stress Gently tone and stretch Beginners welcome

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Business & Professional

Longlands Care Home appoints new manager

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arah Godwin is the new manager of Longlands Care Home in Daventry. Sarah joined the team in September, and brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge. Sarah trained as a registered nurse at the Royal Free Hospital in London over 31 years ago. She has since worked in a variety of areas including caring for older people living with dementia. She leaves the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford to join us, where she has worked for the past 17 years as an Operational Manager. Sarah says, “I have always loved working with older people and I believe that quality of life is paramount as we age. I have a special interest in caring for people living with dementia and have undertaken several courses in this area. I am looking forward to meeting the needs of the residents at Longlands, and delivering high quality care for everyone who uses our service.” Sarah will lead a team of 70 staff who provide high quality care. By Sarah’s side will be local

lady Lisa Duffy. Lisa joined Longlands 11 years ago as a support worker and has worked hard to become the Deputy Manager.

Lisa and

Sarah (right) Operations manager Barbara Hadley said: “Longlands is part of the Shaw healthcare portfolio throughout Northamptonshire. The service changed from a rehabilitation and respite centre to a care home three years ago. Our latest CQC rating in September was an overall GOOD for this home and I am confident Sarah will lead this service well.”

If you are interested in our care services, please contact Sarah or Lisa, who will be happy to help or arrange a visit. Tel: 01327 316820 email: Longlands.Manager@shaw.co.uk www.shaw.co.uk

Longlands Care Home London Road, Daventry NN11 4DY

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Pets

Is your pet overweight?

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et obesity is on the rise in the UK. With recent studies showing that 59% of dogs and 39% of cats are overweight. Obesity can have a detrimental effect on your pet’s health and can reduce their life expectancy. It increases their chances of developing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, breathing problems and joint conditions. To determine whether or not your cat or dog is overweight, stand over them and look at their waistline. Can you see a slight depression behind their ribs? Gently stroke your hands over your pet’s ribs, can you feel them? You should be able to feel your pet’s ribs under a small layer of overlying fat. If you cannot see an obvious waist or feel your pet’s ribs it is likely that your pet is overweight.

If in doubt take your pet to your local veterinary practice and have them weighed on electronic scales. Here it can be established whether or not your pet needs to lose weight. Dietary advice can be given at weight management clinics and be tailored to your pet so they can reach their ideal weight and live a longer healthier life. For further information or to book a free weight check with our qualified Nurses contact Towcester Vets on 01327 350239 or Weedon Vets on 01327 344999.

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Home Fires & Stoves Ltd

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Our enrolment days are Sunday 25th March and Sunday 1st April, 12.00noon to 2.30pm at the Club. Our bar is competitively priced and we hold a social event every month which are publicised around the village and on our board outside the Club. Tickets for these events can be obtained at the club. March 9th Irish Night with Donnybrook Fair Tickets £7.00 April 28th Johnny Red – Rock n Roll singer Our Hall is available for hire during the day and also for evening events and is suitable for approximately 80 people. Catering requirements are available if needed. Please contact: Pat on 01604 863423 for further details or look at our website: www.roadebowlsclub.co.uk

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Saturday 31st March Live Band ‘Bruiser’ The Drunken Duck Bar, Kislingbury. Free entry. Friday 6th April Milton Malsor Film Night Shutter Island Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Refreshments available Milton Malsor Village Hall www.miltonmalsor.info or 01604 858418 for tickets Saturday 21st April The Ben Holder Trio – Jazz 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) Flore Millennium Hall Tickets £12.50 (child £5) call Rosemary 01327 341026 Saturday 21st April Weedon Football Club Race Night Weedon Village Hall 7.30pm £5 per person to include food. Weedonfootballclub@yahoo.co.uk Sunday 22nd April Nether Heyford Village Garage Sale Collect a map of participating addresses from the Village Hall, 9am – 4pm Saturday 28th April Heyford Bowls Club Quiz 7.30pm start, £5 per person, max 6 per team Booking via shirleybcollins@hotmail.co.uk

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