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Issue 57 April – May 2018


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Welcome & Contents

elcome to the Spring edition of Focus Towcester, we hope you are enjoying the lighter evenings and the much needed warmer weather.

section for inspiration and the all-important telephone numbers for the professionals who can turn that patch of grass into your dream garden.

Many of us are starting to think about how to enjoy our outdoor space at home, this is the time of year to put those plans into action and get our gardens in ship shape condition so we can relax and enjoy them when the Summer finally arrives. Turn to our gardens and outdoor maintenance

A new bar / restaurant will be opening soon in what was The Pickled Pig, see page 16. Pound Stretchers has closed, we wonder what will become of the site? I’m sure there are lots of rumours of who will be taking it over so we will have to wait and see.

Contents April – May 2018 Issue Number 57

Entertainment & Leisure


Food & Drink


Health & Fitness


Beauty & Wellbeing




Business & Professional






Home Services


Homes & Interiors




Windows & Conservatories


Garden & Outdoor Maintenance Motors

Finally just a reminder that we have two Bank Holidays in May namely the 7th and the 28th to look forward too, so enjoy this precious time with your friends and family and with any luck the sun will be shining too!

The deadline for advertising in your next issue of Focus Towc ester is the 8th May 2018



Our competition this time gives you the chance to win a meal for two at The Bull, so don’t delay fill in the squares on our Sudoku page and post to the address at the bottom of the page or save on the price of a stamp and e-mail to competition@

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Showroom with everything on two wheels


eisure Lakes Bikes has been established in Daventry for over 25 years and our latest showroom is one of the largest in the country at over 12,000 sq. feet. We specialise in everything 2 wheels with over 250 bikes on display including a large Ebike section. The showroom allows you to browse and relax in our MeloVelo Café while deciding on your purchase or recovering after a ride. We have a fully equipped workshop, so if you choose your dream bike and we have it in stock you can even take it home that day. We run regular maintenance evenings for beginners and novices that are free. We stock bikes from all the major manufacturers and can source almost any bike or accessory from around the world. We offer a trade in service and always have a good selection of second hand bikes in-store. We also offer 0% finance on any purchase over £250, or low cost finance over 60 months (APR 9.9%) .

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Does your employer offer the Cycle to work scheme? You can save up to 42% of the cost of a new bike, dependent on the scheme. The limit is now up to £5000. If you are unsure please do contact us or look on our website at We have a fleet of demo Ebikes so you can try before you buy. We run regular rides from the shop so that you can experience the world of Ebikes, please contact the store for details. Leisure Lakes Bikes 01327 317158

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Fun facts about our famous race l The first Grand National was in 1839 the winner, called Lottery, came in at 5-1. l Runners jump 30 fences on the course, which is four miles, three furlongs and 110 yards long! l Famous fences include Becher’s Brook named after Captain Martin Becher, who sheltered in the brook after being unseated. The Chair is the tallest at 5ft 2in. Plastic frames have now been introduced at most fences to improve safety. l The Aintree event attracts 154,000 race-goers over three days, with 77,000 watching the Grand National itself. l A massive nine million people will watch the event on TV in the UK and another 600 million around the globe.


l Race-goers can choose from 80 bars, drinking an estimated quarter of a million pints, 38,000 vodka shots and 5,000 cocktails. They’ll also get through 3,500 rumps of lamb and 75,000 cups of tea and coffee. l In 1956 the Queen’s Mum’s horse Devon Loch lost out when it fell while in the lead – just 50 yards from the finish. l Five 100-1 outsiders have won – Mon Mome in 2009, Foinavon in 1967, Caughoo in 1947, Gregalach in 1929 and Tipperary Tim in 1928. The shortest-priced winner was Poethlyn at 11-4 in 1919.

l The fastest time is Mr Frisk’s at 8 mins, 47.8 seconds, in 1990.

l Red Rum won a record three times in 1973, 1974 and 1977 and is buried at the winning post.

l Charlotte Brew was the race’s first female jockey on Barony Fort in 1977.

l One in three punters betting on the race is female, nearly half of Britons have a flutter.

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Monastery Farm Caravan Storage

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Monastery Farm, Shutlanger near Towcester NN12 7RU Secure, outside and under cover storage for recreational vehicles including motorbikes and small boats. CloSe To A5 – A508 – M1 jUNCTioN 15 ANd good liNkS To M40

Situated a 5 minute walk from Cala Egos beaches, bars, restaurants and shops. A delightful 5 minute walk away you will find Cala D’or Marina which is fast becoming one of the most cosmopolitan in Europe, and surrounded by an array of restaurants and bars offering a variety of cuisine.

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Your local Girl Guides group needs you!


he local Girl Guides in Towcester desperately need more Adult Volunteer Helpers. Do you, or anyone you know, have an interest in helping to run meetings for Rainbows, Brownies or Guides. This could be to train as a Leader, Assistant Leader or simply to be a Unit helper (non-uniformed). They need people who are able to attend meetings on a weekly basis during term time only and help with activities at the meetings, full support will be given. Girlguiding works to strict ratios of adults to children and urgently need to recruit adult help if they are to accommodate the large number of girls on their waiting lists and keep the units open. At present they are looking for help with Rainbows (5-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years) and Guides

(10-14 years). There are over 40 names on the Rainbow waiting list at present. It would be great to be able to open another unit so that the girls can have the opportunity to be involved in Guiding. Adult leaders in Guiding can find it to be a fun / rewarding experience. There are lots of opportunities available including international travel, learning new skills and meeting new people. Working within Guiding is also a useful addition to CV’s when applying for employment. Some activities that the groups in Towcester have recently taken part in include visits to Tesco – Farm to Fork activities, Trampolining at Boost, Guide Camp, Brownies Holiday, learning Morris Dancing and many more. They recently held a BBQ and sleepover for all the girls. If this sounds interesting to you please get in touch via the website

Saturday 7th April Murder Mystery Evening “Carry on Dick“ 7:30pm £28.00 per ticket including 3 course dinner

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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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Saracen’s Head Hotel, 219 Watling Street, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 6BX Please call to book for events on: 01327 357782 or email: To advertise call Focus now on 01327 353753 or visit the website


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Also housed within J & A is Just As... Dress Agency where we sell pre-owned evening and occasion A wide range of wear - much of which jewellery and accessories comes in still labelled - one to suit all budgets and person’s mistake is another’s tastes, and always perfect outfit! in stock.

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• Competitive prices • Catering from tea and coffee to buffets and hot meals • Ask for delegate rates • 6 large plasma screens with projector for presentations • PA systems • Free Wi-Fi • Seating up to 200 in main hall • Small room seating up to 30 delegates • Licenced bar if required • Free parking for 300 cars • Easy access from all routes • Quiet rural location • Beautiful and peaceful • Members receive discount on room hire

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Professional tennis coaching for youngsters


eter Cowley Tennis has been successfully providing professional coaching at Buckingham Tennis Club for a number of years.

All of Peter’s coaches are LTA qualified and offer coaching on a one to one or group basis for all ages. The free trial sessions advertised are a great way to see if your child enjoys tennis and if so there are numerous courses for ages 4 upwards held on a regular weekly basis at the club throughout the year which they could attend.

If you have older children who are interested in a free trail please give Peter a call on 07539 244155. Peter’s team also provide adult coaching at the club on an individual or group basis for all standards. Club membership is not required for the coaching. In summary the club offer year round adult group coaching and junior coaching programmes, including weekly groups, school holiday camps and individual or family lessons, all from LTA qualified coaches. Please give Peter a call on 07539 244155 or email if you require any further information.







Buckingham Tennis club is pleased to be able to offer free coaching sessions at the club on:

Brackley Tennis club is pleased to be able to offer free coaching sessions at the club on:

Saturday 28th April 10.15am Sunday 29th April 9am Wednesday 2nd May 4pm

Friday 27th April 4pm Saturday 28th April 9am Sunday 29th April 10.15am


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 Buckingham Tennis Club is in Chandos Park (The sessions will be between 30/45 minutes)

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Weddings • Christenings • Parties • Catering available from hog roasts and BBQs to 3 course meals and cheeseboards • Licenced barn open until early hours if required • Entertainment: can be arranged: DJ, Band, Kid’s Play Areas • Decorations provided • Staff available to serve food and drinks • Outside can be used for camping, marquees, bouncy castle, etc

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Enjoy one free drink on us to celebrate the opening of Towcester’s newest bar This voucher entitles the bearer of the voucher to one free drink at Bar Encore in Towcester, this excludes champagne. This voucher is valid until 31/07/2018

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Great food in a great little pub! A quiet drink or a leisurely meal, you will always get a warm welcome. Come and enjoy our home-cooked food, real ales and wines! Food served Tuesday - Saturday 12pm - 2pm & 6pm - 9pm, Sunday 12pm - 3pm Whiston Road, Cogenhoe, Northampton NN7 1NJ

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The Old Talbot FAMILY FRIENDLY & GREAT BEER! Tony and the team look forward to welcoming you to their family friendly village pub! Extensive Pub Fayre Menu (View on our new website)

Lunch served daily from 12noon to 9pm daily Wednesdays – Senior's Lunch 12pm onwards, choose from the Menu

Full programme of seasonal events Charity Functions Pool League Weddings and large parties catered for up to 60

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A fresh start for The Old Talbot


Now open and under new ownership ony and his team, Jess, Alex, Dee and Natalie welcome you to their new and exciting venture which we all know as The Old Talbot at Potterspury.

The new owners have committed themselves to restoring this delightful 17th Century Inn giving us the opportunity to enjoy the facilities. Tony’s aim is to make this a great venue for family fun and music! Inside you will find beautifully laid tables with fresh linen table cloths to give that extra luxurious feel where you can tantalise your taste buds from the new extensive menu. With many dishes to choose

New extensive menu offering a choice of traditional pub fayre

A new and improved outside seating area is planned for the Spring from you’ll be spoilt for choice with their traditional “pub grub” whilst keeping quality and appreciating the excellent value. With a Juke Box, Open Mic' Nights and a Karaoke along with music every Saturday evening and roaring real fires, this really is the place to go for a fun filled night out. Restoration takes time, Tony says ”this will be a long term project developing things as we go so we can give our customers what they really want”. A new improved outside seating area is planned for the Spring for you to enjoy the lovely countryside and beautiful hanging baskets. On Sunday’s we will be able to hear the tinkling of the ivories from the resident pianist and for those of us wanting to keep our eye on the children he has plans for a safe play zone that is fenced and gated for you to dine or drink alfresco whilst you watch them play. To find out more check out their new website at for all the latest news. Table reservations: 01908 760018 Keep up to date on Facebook: The Old Talbot

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Veg Boxes for everyone’s needs Tell us your preferences and we’ll make sure you receive what you like (depending on season and availability).

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: Or call Sue on 07922 134915/01908 543008 Email:

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We use locally sourced free range meats, eggs and vegetables!

Peggoty’s Lounge

Skittles table available to play and live music at the weekends

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Food & Drink

Spring Fish Pie


(Serves 2)


250g bag w ashed leaf spinach 450g smal l new potat oes 2 eggs

300g skinle ss, boneless white fish fillet cu t into large chunks 100g half fat crème fr aiche Juice of ½ lemon 1 tbsp oliv e oil

1. Heat the oven to 220c / fan 200c/ Gas 7. Tip the spinach into a colander sitting in the sink and tip the potatoes into a saucepan. Bring the kettle to the boil and pour enough over the potatoes to cover and slowly pour the rest over the spinach to wilt it. Bring the potatoes to the boil and cook for 8 – 10mins until tender, then drain and roughly mash.

spinach and eggs. Spread over the crème fraiche and drizzle with lemon juice.

2. Leave the spinach to cool, then squeeze out excess water with your hands. Scatter the spinach over the bottom of 2 individual or 1 small ovenproof dish leaving two gaps for the eggs.

4. Loosely spoon over the potatoes, drizzle with the olive oil and bake for 20-25 mins until the top is crispy and golden and the sauce is bubbling at the sides.

3. Crack the eggs into the gaps and season with salt and pepper. Distribute the fish over the

5. Leave to stand for a few minutes before serving.

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Raise a glass of the good stuff with Waitrose You local Waitrose store has come up with some perfect wine recommendations to enjoy this Spring To accompany lamb: Waitrose Blueprint Argentinian Malbec 2017 Mendoza £7.99

every bottle sold supporting community projects chosen by the farm workers and their families.

From one of Mendoza’s best producers (who make retailer ownlabel wine only with Waitrose), this is a juicy red with fresh fruitiness, toasted with a little oak that rounds off the palate. It has pure red berry fruit flavours and a deliciously long finish.

To accompany cheese and desserts: Waitrose Reserve Tawny, Symington Family Estates £13.49

To accompany fish: Waitrose Foundation Chenin Blanc 2017 Cederberg £8.99 This deliciously fresh and citrus fruit-driven Chenin hails from one of the Cape’s most dramatic vineyards located 1,000m above sea level. Like the Shiraz in the same range, this wine is produced in partnership with Cederberg Wine Farm, with money from

Blended by the Waitrose Buyer in conjunction with winemaker Charles Symington, this has a beautiful amber colour from extended oak maturation. The numerous individual casks are married to balance lush, honeyed nuttiness with fig and raisin flavours. Mellow and elegant, it is ideal with cheese, dried fruit or chocolate. Visit your local Waitrose store in Towcester for these selections and many other choices of quality wines and fine food.

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Potterspury House Restaurant

Afternoon Teas, Coffee, Cakes, Light Lunch Menu, à la carte Menu All freshly made to order. All dietary requirements catered for. Now open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and for Sunday lunch.

Potterspury House Restaurant, Potterspury House, 3 Poundfield Road, Potterspury NN12 7QL Tel: 01908 804805 Email: WHERE TO FIND US 5.30 -8.30pm Mondays Greens Norton Outside The Butchers Arms NN12 8BA Tuesdays new venue to be confirmed Check Facebook/Website for updates. Wednesdays Towcester Northampton Road NN12 6LD Thursdays Silverstone The SRA Club NN12 8XA Fridays Syresham Outside The Kings Head NN12 5HW

Wood Fired   Pizza   MENU

Garlic Bread +/- Cheese £5.00 Garlic Bread with Parma Ham £6.00 Margherita with bocconcino £7.00 Pepperoni +/- Jalapenos £8.00 Roasted Ham & Portobello Mushroom £8.00 Spinach & Feta (V) £8.00 Chicken & Chorizo £8.50 Meat Treat (pepperoni, ham & chicken) £8.50 Special – changes on a regular basis £9.00 Half & Half (a combination of any of the above) £8.50

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International Nurses Day


nternational Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on May 12th, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses’ Day (IND) Kit. Nurses play a key role in all of our medical institutions, responsible for the welfare, safety and recovery of patients. Nurses have an enormous amount of knowledge and skills which they spend years perfecting, all the time working in tough environments where extreme stress is just a part of the job. Nurses help bring new life into the world, care tirelessly for the injured/sick and sometimes watch the patients they did everything to save sadly pass away. The United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) use IND to focus attention on the important task of recruiting and training nurses worldwide. Estimates show that worldwide, we will

be short 18 million health workers by 2030 unless serious action is taken to recruit and train more. In 1953, an official with the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Dorothy Sutherland, asked President Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim a Nurses Day. However, the president did not do so at the time. Since 1965, the International Council of Nurses celebrates nurses on May the 12th, which was Florence Nightingale’s birthday. She is widely considered the founder of modern nursing. In January 1974, this day was officially made International Nurses Day. In the UK, there is a ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London on Nurses Day. Why not show you appreciation on the day and thank a nurse who has been there for you or a loved one recently!

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Latest sciatica treatment now in Buckingham


ciatica is not a subject which excites many people, particularly those who suffer from it. Shooting nerve pain or dull aching in the legs or buttocks can leave many people feeling desperate. Sciatica is closely linked to back pain because often sciatica’s root cause is a bulging, herniated disc, or what is sometimes referred to as a “slipped disc”. It can stop people sleeping, walking and generally getting around the day happily. Now an osteopath clinic in Buckingham is able to provide IDD Therapy Disc Treatment. Stockwood Osteopathic & Sports Injury Clinic is led by Adam Balderstone. Adam has been treating people’s backs as an osteopath for over 20 years. Osteopaths are well known as experts in treating spinal issues. However, some people fall in to what is sometimes referred to as “back pain no-man’s land”. That place where hands on treatments are not enough on their own to address a problem

and where people use pain killers, often just to get through the day. Adam is excited to do more for clients in back pain no-man’s land by becoming the latest IDD Therapy Disc Clinic and bringing this innovative treatment to people in Buckingham. IDD Therapy is delivered by the Accu SPINA machine. It addresses the problems of earlier treatments like traction by taking pressure off targeted spinal segments, discs and nerves, releasing muscle spasm and gently helping to restore spinal mobility. Adam says: “The outcomes for patients with unresolved disc problems and related conditions like sciatica are hugely exciting. In many ways IDD Therapy is changing the landscape of back pain care because now we have a meaningful solution for certain spinal conditions which for so long have been difficult to address.” Call today to get your treatment underway 01280 390024.

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

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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.

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hris Gibson is one of the proud Local Property Experts for Purplebricks in Northamptonshire. With over 16 years experience in the industry and having lived in the area his whole life, he has extensive knowledge of the local property market and loves giving first-class customer service. Why should people sell with you and use Purplebricks? Our customers love us! We have an average Trustpilot score of 9.6/10, rated ‘excellent’ from over 39,000 reviews. Our fair, fixed fee enables us to save Chris Gibson customers from commisery – the misery you feel when you’ve spent thousands on commission but got nothing more for your money. Which? research also shows that on average, hybrid agents sell 38 days quicker than high street competitors and reduce price less often, too.

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A-Plan Insurance branches out to Northampton -Plan Insurance has opened its latest branch in Abington Street, Northampton as people throughout the country continue to value the personal service that the expanding high street based broker offers. Providing residents and businesses a more personalised way of arranging home, motor, travel or business insurance as an alternative to online insurance sites, A-Plan does all the hard work to find the right cover to suit clients’ individual circumstances. Insurance cover can be arranged by phone, or by popping into the branch. Refreshingly, A-Plan does not have call centres or call queuing systems. Dave Aslett (Branch Manager) said: “We appreciate that buying insurance can sometimes be confusing, but if you talk to a local broker they will do the shopping around to find the best policy for your individual circumstances.”

“We like to be where people can access us easily and where we have an opportunity to engage with local businesses and residents and really become part of the local community. Northampton is a great location for A-Plan and on a personal level I feel proud to play a part in the town’s vibrant economy. We are here to provide a personalised service, designed to help our clients find the protection they need.” As part of the Northampton branch corporate social responsibility commitment, they are keen to hear from any local charity that would like to be considered as the nominated charity partner for 2018. Please see their advert opposite this page.

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What should I look for in a conveyancer?


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uying or selling a property can be a stressful process, but there are some easy steps you can take to help to make the conveyancing process as smooth and as calm as possible.

Regular communication Terena Barnacle, Property conveyancing is Conveyancing Team often dependent on a ‘chain’ and complications can arise that may hold the process up, so it is important your conveyancer keeps you informed of developments as they happen. When choosing your conveyancer, check how they will be communicating with you, for example, ask if they have direct dial and email, and whether you can check the progress of your matter online 24/7.

Reputation and client satisfaction Take time to research your solicitor or conveyancer. Recommendations by professionals, friends or family are a good starting point. Visit the solicitor’s website and if they have client testimonials, have a read through. Some firms have profiles, photos and contact details of their conveyancers, so you can be reassured who you will be dealing with. Law firms may also be accredited with The Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), providing evidence of a recognised quality standard.

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f you’ve ever had a flea infestation you’ll never want one again! To stop an infestation the life cycle of the flea needs to be broken.

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well as vacuuming furniture, floors and skirting boards and, if your pet has access to lie on your bed, bedding and blankets will also need to be washed. Remember to throw away the vacuum bag or empty your cleaner after each use. It is also essential to make sure your pet is wormed up-to-date as fleas can be carriers of tapeworm eggs. Unfortunately, some pets are more irritated by fleas due to having an allergy to their saliva, if your pet has a skin condition or is still itchy despite the use of flea control, an appointment with your vet may be needed. Fleas are not something to be taken lightly and can be pesky to get rid of. Using an appropriate parasite plan formulated by your vet can help prevent the problem. If you have any questions please contact Towcester Vets on 01327 350239 or Weedon Vets on 01327 344999.


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APRIL & MAY Saturday 7th April Live Music ‘Back In Time’ Farthingstone Village Hall. Bar open from 6.30pm. £12.50 per ticket to include fish and chips, call 01327 361697 to book. Thursday 12th April Live Music Night with Rod Clements 7.30pm tickets £14 . Friday 13th April Towcester Farmers Market Richmond Road car park, 9am-1.30pm. Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd April The 25th Annual Art & Craft Festival in Litchborough Litchborough Village Hall. Thursday 26th April Live Comedy Night with Lawrence and Bennett Arron 8.00pm tickets £14. Saturday 28th April Second hand book sale Abthorpe Old School, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Saturday 28th April Towcester Gift Bazaar Towcester Town Hall, 10am – 4pm.


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A little over a year ago Belle Casa welcomed Malcolm into the business and he has brought a wealth of experience. Practically, and importantly, many of our clients can vouch for his good cleaning abilities, when cover is required. Both Jane and Malcolm approach the business with the attitude that we wouldn’t ask anyone to do what we wouldn’t do ourselves, ultimately leading to a successful relationship both with and between housekeepers and clients.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued Jane Grant support and look forward to meeting new clients, and, if you think you Jane Grant remains director and may have what it takes to be a continues to bring the knowledge she has gained Belle Casa housekeeper, then over many years of cleaning and running a please do get in touch. company. Jane’s desire remains steadfast that a house should be cleaned as if it were your own home, with respect and attention to detail.

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Early Spring jobs for your garden


t can be tricky writing an article six weeks ahead of it's distribution as our weather can be rather unpredictable. I feel Spring may be a little late this year judging by the snow that's settling outside my window in early March. However we must look to better times, longer days and warmer evenings. Firstly be kind to our feathered friends, continue to feed them in the Spring and ensure they have access to water. If you haven't trimmed your hedges it would be sensible to leave them to allow the birds to nest and raise their chicks. We try to leave hedges from March to August. If you must trim them always check for nesting birds. Our lawns will be waking up from the winter so to ensure a healthy and lush lawn this year, scarify to remove the winter thatch and moss and treat with a spring weed and feed. Start the lawns on a higher cut with the mower and then lower over the coming weeks.

If your garden was lacking colour last year, now is the perfect time to plant perennials. They have an advantage over annuals as they come back every year and are considerably more colourful then shrubs. I would suggest Nepeta, Salvia, herbaceous Geraniums, Verbena, Iris and Geum as just a couple to look at. Finally, always consider the aspect of your garden when planting as plants require different levels of sum to thrive. Why not grow a few vegetables this year, it's great to encourage children to get outdoors and allows them to understand where the food they eat comes from. Vegetables can be grown in borders alongside shrubs and perennials or to allow better access raised beds can be a real winner. I would suggest growing Pumpkins and Sunflowers for fun! Words by: Alan Muxlow 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.

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FA Cup Trophy trivia


he FA Cup trophy presented to the winning team at the end of the final, is actually the fifth version of the award. The first, created for the first ever game in 1871 at a cost of ÂŁ20, was stolen from the window of a shoe shop in Birmingham after being won by Aston Villa in 1895 and has never been seen again! The second trophy an exact replica of the first was in use from 1896 - 1910 when it was presented as a gift to Lord Kinnaird, the then head of the FA. (In 2005 it was sold at Christie's auction house for ÂŁ420,000.) In 1911 a third trophy was created by Fattorini's of Bradford and that same year the firm's local club, Bradford City, were the winners of the tournament. In the early 90s the trophy was deemed to be too fragile to use so

a new replica was built and used since 1992. At the same time an identical 'backup' trophy was created, just in case the main trophy was lost or damaged. The most recent version has been in use since the 2014 Final, introduced due to the fact that the 1992 trophy was showing increasing signs of wear and tear. This latest is significantly heavier than previous versions to allow it to withstand increased handling. In order to ensure that it is ready for presentation, ribbons from both the winning and the losing team are attached to the trophy during the course of the game. Ribbons from the losing team are removed once the result is known. I for one will be watching on the 19th of May to see who will be the triumphant winners this year.

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Cyclist's wanted for Charity Ride


four day cycle ride from Ypres in Belgium to Northampton will be held in order to raise money for the Hope Centre (a Northampton charity that tackles homelessness). We are entirely reliant upon the support and generosity of our local community individuals, schools, churches / faith groups, sports and social clubs and local businesses to keep our range of services available to those who really need them. We are currently looking for riders that are keen to take part in this exciting challenge. The event will take place between the 5th - 9th September 2018. The price for our charity bike ride will include the following :• Coach seat and bike out to Ypres • Hotel accommodation each night • Bag carrying service from point to point • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning coffee break and afternoon refreshments

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The pros and cons between petrol and diesel cars


motorway miles a year, diesel still has its place, as the car’s ability to return plenty of miles per gallon is a bonus.

n recent months, local air pollution caused by diesel engines has been in the spotlight, leading some to think the days of diesel power are numbered. Despite recent media coverage, the answer isn’t clear-cut. Most of the car industry agrees that electric cars represent the future in the medium term, but there’s still a need for diesels in the short term.

Diesel cars became popular in the 80’s as the fuel used was cheaper than petrol, this is no longer true but diesel engines are still more fuel-efficient than their petrol counterparts due to higher energy density of the fuel and the way energy is released during combustion.

Consumer confidence in diesel is at a low ebb due to discussions regarding emissions and the existence of manufacture-funded diesel car scrappage incentive schemes. Latest figures suggest a shift away from diesel, but it’s hard to know whether this trend is long-term.

Petrol cars are generally cheaper to buy than diesel, until now this has been reflected in resale values, models often retain up to 10% more of their purchase price over the first three years but with political climates becoming more hostile towards diesels, these could become less sought-after.

If you live in a big city, there’s a likelihood of additional road charging for diesel vehicles, meaning diesel drivers could face financial penalties. In that case, petrol, hybrid or electric may be the choice. If, however, you cover lots of

According to calculations by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, drivers of diesel cars on average save £132 a year compared to those using petrol. Happy motoring whichever you choose!

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Focus Towcester April May 2018 Magazine  

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Focus Towcester April May 2018 Magazine  

Focus Magazine Group produces six locally established A5 colour magazines. Each delivered free to all main and surrounding areas of Towcest...