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Issue 59 August – September 2018


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elcome to the latest edition of Focus Towcester. By now you are probably frustrated by the closure of Towcester High Street for the next few months. It needs to be repaired due to the collapse of the drainage and gas pipe trench. The good news is the road will be completely resurfaced! It’s back to school time and you may well be getting your little ones ready for this milestone, inside we have some tips on how to make this transition

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There are lots of fun events coming up in and around Towcester over the next couple of months so take a look at our What's On to see what takes your fancy. Don’t forget it's Bank Holiday Monday on the 27th August, the perfect time to enjoy some extra time with your friends and family. Well that’s all from me, but in the meantime if you wish to highlight or promote your local event for the next issue please send the details to events@ or call 01327 353753.

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Village at War Weekend Stoke Bruerne goes back to 1940's Britain again with its annual festival, see page 21

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Alders Farm aim to offer the best in air gun sport


lders Farm Air Gun Range is a fantastic place to shoot for all. Located on Alders Farm Fishery, Milton Keynes, sandwiched between south Buckinghamshire and north Bedfordshire borders. The range is 25 yards in length and has 5 dedicated shooting bays. Each bay can be used to stand or sit, so can be used by pistol and rifle users alike.

The state of the art electronic retrieval system is on rails with no wires, can be stopped and be retrieved from any distance between 10 and 25 yards. This retrieval system gives the shooter the flexibility to shoot at their desired distance and as it’s on rails there is no movement on the target. Anyone can book (subject to air gun laws) and you can either bring your own gun or hire one of our top quality air rifles or pistols. All air gun top ups are free when using the range. There is also a fully stocked air gun shop, providing all the top brands in air rifles, pistols and accessories, at very competitive prices. Tel: 01525 261713 Ivy Lane, Great Brickhill, MK17 9AH Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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.

osgrove Park offers a wonderful environment where you can relax with family and friends. Set amongst 180 acres of lakes, rivers and woodland in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

For holiday makers on the move we have over 300 seasonal and overnight touring plots available.

We have miles of local trails for walking and cycling or simply to observe the extensive range of wildlife in our surrounding nature reserves. We offer a range of recreational and leisure facilities including a heated outdoor pool, tenpin bowling, arcade and skate park. With thirteen lakes, two rivers and the Grand Union Canal next door, fishing is a big part of Cosgrove Park. Our onsite contemporary Bistro offers everything from family style dining to gastro-pub grub. Alternatively our well stocked convenience store has everything you will need to prepare for your stay.

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.

2018 day trips with SMS X TRAV Weds 1st Aug Rookery Farm Adult £7, Child £4.50 Pick up 10:00 Return departure 16:30

Sat 24th Nov Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair Adult £17, Child £8.50 Pick up 10:00 Return departure 16:30

Mon 13th Aug

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GRoup diScounT – if a group of 10 people book, 1 goes fRee All day trips pick up from Towcester and Brackley. The approximate pick up times above are for the 1st pick up point, all details will be confirmed prior to the day trip. Please be advised that all prices are for travel ONLY and does NOT include any entry/admission charges. Group discounts can be offered for events at Blenheim Palace, please ask for more information. Full Payment is required at booking stage.

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Whittlebury Charity Shopping Fair


he annual Whittlebury charity shopping fair will take place again in September at The Orangery and Pavilion, Whittlebury Park. This fair will be raising funds for Child Bereavement UK, Helen and Douglas House, Oxford and Macmillian, Northampton. Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying or when a child is facing bereavement. The charity’s newly opened centre in Milton Keynes provides a key local service where advice can be sought and support given for as long as needed.

selling items from clothes, homewares, gifts, food, toys, garden accessories, personalised stationary, jewellery and more. There is a £5 entry fee, raffle, This years charities support families like the O'Gradys at refreshments and their most diffcult times. food available.

Macmillian is a national charity but in Northamptonshire they want to ensure no one faces cancer alone and provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support.

Fair founder Sam Satchell said ‘we are delighted to help raise funds for these charities who support many people locally. Every penny we raise goes direct to the charities as the venue is generously donated by Jeff and Carol Sargent and all costs are covered by our kind sponsors Knight Frank, Be Upstanding Marquees, Nicholson’s, Heaven and Stubbs, Bay Tree Cottage, Interior Fashion, Haggerty and The Cardus School.

On Wednesday 26rd September from 5pm to 9pm and Thursday 27th September 9am to 3.30pm, over 65 stall holders will come to the fair

For further information visit or Emma Danby 07901 827352.

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Arts, crafts and entertainment at Alderton


he 42nd annual Alderton Art Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 1st and 2nd September, with the proceeds going to Saint Margaret's Church. They will have a grand raffle with excellent prizes, all very kindly donated by artists, crafters, local businesses and their own villagers. Inside Saint Margaret's Church there will be an exhibition and sale of over 200 paintings by more than 30 local artists, plus many more unframed original paintings and prints. All artwork can be purchased on either day of the Festival. Following on from last year’s success, there will be a People’s Choice Award for the favourite picture. Admission is just a £1 and all are welcome. Outside there will be live entertainment, craft stalls, white elephant, secondhand books, tombola, grand raffle, home

produce, and arguably the best cakes and savouries in South Northamptonshire! Plus many fun attractions. Brand new for this year will be draught beer from the famous Towcester Mill Brewery. There will be an all-day barbecue and excellent refreshments including home-made cakes. So why not pop along for a cup of coffee or tea and a tasty treat or two and relax for half an hour – what better way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon. Opening times are Saturday 10.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10.30am to 4pm and parking is free! For more information visit or follow Alderton Art Festival on Facebook or Twitter.

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Our 10 ultimate holiday packing tips!


don’t know about you but I dread packing my suitcase. There just never seems to be enough room for all the items I have to take. My husband despairs at the amount of shoes and changes of clothes I may just need! Because every inch of suitcase is paramount and you don't want to crease your favourite dress or break that precious bottle of aftershave, or worst case scenario lose your bag at the airport, it's time to streamline and safeguard your approach. The following are tips I have picked up from friends and family: 1. Roll clothes, don’t fold, it's faster and maximises space. Fold only delicate or wrinkle-prone fabrics. 2. Stack bras as it maintains their shape and store underwear inside the cups. 3. You are more likely to re-wear a pair of bottoms, than a top. Avoid overpacking and pack two different tops for every bottom and have light and dark wash denim options. 4. Pack your clothes inside out and cover footwear in carrier bags to avoid clothes getting dirty.

5. Place heavy items closest to the wheels to distribute weight evenly. 6. Put your toiletries in a transparent bag, keeping things confined in case of a leak. You will be able to see everything in one place without messing up your suitcase. 7. Avoid messy tangles. Roll wires and put in a sunglasses case, do the same with jewellery. 8. Place breakables inside socks and small essentials inside shoes. 9. Pack an empty bin liner to place dirty items inside on your return. 10. Losing your luggage is the ultimate nightmare. Opt for a style in a bright colour or print to easily identify your bag on the carousel. Happy Packing!

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ALDI Towcester gets a fresh new look!


ldi will reveal a fresh new look for its Towcester store when it re-opens to customers on Thursday 18th October at 8am, whilst also creating new jobs in the process. The store, which will close its doors on Sunday 2nd September 2018, is undergoing a transformation to improve customer convenience and their overall shopping experience. Standing at 1,254m2, a more customer-focused layout, including a brand new 5th aisle, thanks to a building extension, allows for more of the products customers know and love to be found more easily. The transformation is part of Aldi’s £300m investment into improving its stores and service

across the UK, and is based on feedback from more than 50,000 customers. The new format includes developments such as a ‘Food to Go’ section, increased space dedicated to fresh, British produce, and a dedicated section full of award winning Health & Beauty products. The store, which also has a 5-Star hygiene rating, is being cleverly crafted to increase employee efficiencies, allowing Aldi to continue to pass its low operating costs on to customers in the form of low prices. Aldi Store Manager, Matt Callis, said: “We’re committed to making sure that the shopping experience each customer enjoys in our stores is on a par with the products and services they’re used to. We were voted Britain’s favourite supermarket in the Which? 2018 Customer Satisfaction Survey, as voted for by UK shoppers and we’re delighted that our commitment to fantastic value and quality products is being recognized”.

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Cool and casual at Bar Encore


ar Encore offers a Mediterranean inspired menu of Spanish Tapas, Greek Mezze and Venetian Cicchetti – small plates of food, perfect for sharing.

During the day the bar is a cool casual place, and during the evenings the bar comes alive. We have a good selection of rooms, from the busy main bar area, the huge Grafton Room located upstairs which is perfect for private hire or late-night evenings, to the cosy comfortable vibe of the Pickwick Snug. The overall design of Bar Encore was inspired by the importance of restoring and exposing all that lies beneath this 400 year old building and to showcase a variation of raw rustic materials to complement its heritage. A mix of unfinished textures and soft lighting creates the perfect location to relax, enjoy a bite to eat and a drink or two. Whilst the

bare bones of the design is fairly minimal the furniture and finishes have been left to do the talking, by contrasting raw finishes with reclaimed furniture, countertops and statement lighting, practicality and creativity combined creates the perfect social space. Thursday evenings are music nights! Where the bar is filled with some of the best local acoustic singers and songwriters. Friday and Saturday evenings our late night licence comes into play, from 11pm the first floor bar and Pickwick Room is open, letting you enjoy your evening until 2am. We can offer private dining areas, private function room and a beautiful courtyard garden that looks out onto Watling Street, perfect for relaxing with a drink and people watching. We look forward to seeing you at Bar Encore soon.

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Stoke Bruerne all set to go to war again!


he canal village of Stoke Bruerne is all set to go back in time to the days of the Second World War on the 8th and 9th of September.

This award winning re-enactment weekend increases in popularity every year, due partly to its unique atmosphere which sees living history groups and individual re-enactors combining with historic working boats, telling the story of life in wartime Britain. Forties tribute artistes, Lola Lamour and George Formby look-alike Paul Casper, will be joined by Perfect Vintage, Betty Bluebird and The Market Harborough Ukele Band. The Village Hall will be hosting a Tea Dance with instructions in Swing and Jive, the church will be hosting a fashion parade and fields around the

village centre will be filled with vintage markets, memorabilia and military and vintage vehicles. All of this will be presided over by Sir Winston Churchill and Field Marshal Montgomery, with members of 40’s living history groups and re-enactors from all over the country creating that authentic wartime experience. On the Friday night, for those arriving early, there will be a forties sing-song and on Saturday evening for those staying on site, a Swing Dance at the Village Hall. Weekend passes are £10 (accompanied children under 16 free) which includes parking and free entry to The Canal Museum. All surplus proceeds go to organisers, the Friends of the Canal Museum, a Registered Charity, who support the Museum.For further information please see

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Light up your taste buds at Olive Tree


t Olive Tree Restaurant we pride ourselves on our delicious food and world renowned Turkish hospitality. We established our first restaurant in Central Milton Keynes six months ago and are excited to open our second restaurant in the historical Roman town of Towcester. Located in the listed building of the Old Stables Pub on London Road, we are looking forward to bringing our authentic Turkish and Mediterranean inspired dishes to the residents of this beautiful town. Unique characteristics and extensive history have bestowed upon Turkish cuisine a rich selection of dishes. All of which can be prepared and combined with others to create meals of almost infinite numbers. This has led to a cuisine that is open to improvisation through development of regional styles, while retaining its deep structure.

The cuisine is also an integral aspect of our culture. It is a part of the rituals of everyday life. Our intention here is to help the uninitiated enjoy Turkish food by achieving a more detailed understanding of the repertoire of dishes and their related cultural practices. As well as their spiritual meanings, all our dishes are prepared fresh, daily and lovingly by our team of expert chefs. The mouthwatering choices range from traditional mezzes, charcoal grills to our chef’s specials and our tasty vegetarian dishes. Why don’t you make a date in your diary and see and experience it yourself in our beautiful, brand new restaurant? 1 London Road, Towcester, NN12 6AJ Tel: 01327 351445

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September Beer Festival at Towcester Mill


lear your diaries for the weekend of the 21st -23rd of September as Towcester Mill Brewery is holding its very own Beer Festival! With loads of great beer, live music and food, it’ll be a weekend to remember. “The last time we held a beer festival here at the Mill was in 2015,” explained brewing director, John Evans, “so we felt we were ready to take up the challenge once again. We’re holding it over the same weekend that Germany’s Oktoberfest begins and are hoping to bring a small piece of that amazing beer festival experience to Towcester!”

Starting at 3pm on the Friday, the festival will include a selection of German brewed beers, as well as Towcester Mill’s very own. “September is a key time in the brewing calendar as British hops are harvested at this time of year,” added John. “This means we can brew with luscious and fragrant Herefordshire grown fresh hops to create our perfectly balanced session pale golden ale. It’s only brewed once a year so when it’s gone, it’s gone!” For the latest and most up to date information about the Beer Festival, check out Towcester Mill Brewery on Facebook. There’s also a quiz on Tuesday the 18th of September in the run up to the beer festival and live comedy the week after on Thursday the 27th of September, starring Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Mandy Muden. All tickets need to be booked online at Cheers!

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Afternoon Tea Week 14th - 20th August


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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Exclusive Invitation Grafton Spa and Wellness s! has made some exciting change

18 Please join us on 3rd August 20 from 3pm to 9pm

newest members We will be introducing our two st Michelle Crawley. api her not of the team: Dr Jenni and Hyp

These two highly skilled ladies will be heading up the wellness side of Grafton Spa and Wellness and will be demonstrating their services on the night. Dr Jenni specialises in Aesthetic Medicine and her treatments include wrinkle relaxing and Dermal Fillers. Michelle’s hypnotherapy treatments combat stress and include CBT, Occupational Therapy and more!

There will also be:

• Launch of the new hair system Monat • Free blow dries with the new products • Makeup tutorials by Mii • Skin analysis with Matis Paris • Goodie bags and discounts

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CHILDREN’S SUMMER ACTIVITIES at Towcester Centre for Leisure CRÈCHE Giving you a choice to workout in the centre, take a run outside or get your errands completed. Our team are First Aid trained and DBS accredited.

Safe, warm, fun clean friendly environment. Themed weeks. Booking recommended, slots available 7 days in advance. Ages 8 weeks to under 5

OPENING TIMES* Mon 09:00 - 11:30 Tues 09:00 - 11:30 Wed 09:15 - 11:45 Thurs 09:15 - 11:30 Fri 09:15 - 11:45


MIGHTY ATOMS SOFT PLAY Our indoor soft play session for ages 1 to 4. Bouncy castle fun, climbing equipment, scooter, bikes and balls. A great place to meet new friends and get together. Runs Tuesday 09:30 -11:30 and Saturday 09:00 - 10:30

SWIMMING LESSONS: Our Swim England programme, children can start lessons from 18 months old. Lessons are taught by qualified instructors offering Parent and Toddler, Duckling Classes up to Rookie Lifeguard courses. Progress can be monitored on our Online Course Progress Tracker. All children enrolled in the swim school can swim free of charge during any public swim sessions.

*Times subject to change during school holidays


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Physiotherapy and Aromatherapy Rebecca Simpson MSc, MCSP, MIFPA, HCPC Reg l Musculoskeletal physiotherapist l Professional aromatherapist l Over 19 years experience

Rebecca Simpson Physiotherapy Tel: 01327 352796 Mob: 07939 486401

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Osteopathy Clinic at the Brook Health Centre, Towcester

Back pain, Neck pain or injury? We can help. provide gentle, safe and effective treatment for: • Back pain • Neck pain • Joint or muscle pains • Sciatica and trapped nerves • Arthritic pain • Sports injuries and more

“Susie is thorough, very knowledgeable and above all caring. I have had several symptoms treated by BACK at EASE, all with positive results. I would not hesitate to recommend BACK at EASE” – JE Pilates Classes for all ages, Also abilities and medical conditions. • Strengthens muscles to ease back pain • Improves posture and flexibility • Gentle, safe and tailored to your needs

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Your one-stop-shop for all your physical and musculoskeletal needs Musculoskeletal Problems & Injuries • Sports Injuries Soft Tissue Therapy • Osteopathy • Postural Pain Professional Massage Therapies • Acupuncture for Pain Relief Podiatry & Chiropody • Functional Rehabilitation • Studio Classes Clinically-led Pilates Classes • Personal Training Advice on Injury Management • Specialist Pregnancy Massage Pre & Post Natal Pilates Classes We now offer you more treatment choices than ever before, with our dedicated, experienced, fully qualified team we are Towcester’s best equipped treatment centre to get you back to full fitness.

New services for Mums-to-be, New Mums and Done-it-before-Mums Whether you’re expecting your first baby or adding a new addition to the family, you are in safe hands at Workingbodies. Our fully qualified and experienced team can help you with some of the problems you may encounter; to keep you pain free and ready for those daily challenges of motherhood.

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World Breastfeeding Week 1st - 7th August


rganised every year by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network that aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding around the world. Along the way, it works with the World Health Organization and Unicef to get its aid to the right people in the right communities. A lot of research has gone into the health benefits of breastfeeding in recent years, with studies showing that breastfeeding provides benefits to the mother’s health as well. Studies have revealed that breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby which can help to protect them against diseases and infections, such as neonatal jaundice, pneumonia, cholera and more with the benefits lasting right into adulthood.

that modern women face can mean that women don’t always feel that breastfeeding their child is something that is an accessible option to them. It is essential mothers get timely support and healthcare education for there to be permanent changes to healthy and disease free social living, to sustain continuous breast feeding and be supported by family, community leaders, trained health workers, lactation consultants, friends and partners. Breastfeeding however doesn't work out for everyone. Whether it be due to a maternal medical condition, difficulties with breastfeeding or simply a mum not wanting to breastfeed from the outset, many babies get their early nutrition from a bottle and develop just fine.

Of course there are many different demands on busy mothers, meaning that women who may want to breastfeed their babies haven’t always got the support to continue this. Busy working schedules, alongside the many other challenges

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Welcoming new patients • Experienced team focused on high quality NHS and preventative dentistry • Great with children and nervous patients • Same day emergency appointments • Easy to book using online system or by phone • Member of the BDA Good Practice Award Scheme

Find out more Bank Chambers Dental Practice | 11 Market Square | Buckingham | MK18 1NS

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How healthy are your teeth?


ver the years, dentistry has evolved from basic folk cures and remedies to precise medical disciplines based on science and technology.

Because your teeth look healthy, it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to skip going to the dentist. Visit twice a year for an examination and cleaning which will make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy and any problems can be picked up and treated before they become serious. While genetics play a small role in determining your dental health, it is up to you to take good care of your teeth and gums. Most dentists recommend a soft toothbrush to avoid being rough on gums and eroding enamel, brushing twice a day or after each meal if possible. Bleeding gums are often caused when dental plaque and food is not properly removed by dental hygiene. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can help clean your teeth and freshen breath but is not

a replacement for thoroughly brushing and flossing to remove plaque and debris. Teeth whitening is safer now as new technology and products have evolved. In general if you follow directions and consult your cosmetic dentist about possible dental treatment options you should have nothing to worry about. Teaching your child about good oral hygiene at an early age is vitally important. Neglecting to take care of baby teeth can cause problems with their bite or permanent teeth if they fall out too early. X-rays and dental surgery should be avoided if pregnant but routine check ups should continue. Keep on brushing!

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Eat to beat the menopause


f, like me, you are a woman of a certain age, then you could well be in the throes of hot flushes, mood swings, tiredness, achy joints and a muddled brain, did you know that changing your eating habits may well be your saviour? Mood Swings Reduce sugar intake, avoid having regular sugary snacks as they can lower your natural blood sugar levels, which can make you feel tired and irritable. Replace with fresh and dried fruit which gives you energy. You don’t need to cut out chocolate for good, save it for a treat! Achy Joints Drink plenty of water as this lubricates your joints, hydrates your skin and helps with intimate personal dryness issues. Avoid fizzy drinks though as they can stimulate your appetite making you feel hungry. Limit alcohol and caffeine too (a personal tough one for me!) as these have been proven to make menopausal symptoms worse, try herbal tea instead.


Tiredness Eat oily fish, such as herrings, anchovies and sardines as they contain Vitamin D and healthy omega-3 fatty acids to boost energy. Other sources are liver, egg yolk, red meat and fortified breakfast cereal. Weight Control Maintaining a healthy weight is vital as it is easy to gain weight whilst going through the menopause. Eating carbohydrates with a low glycaemic index such as pasta, rice or bread can make you feel full for longer and stabilise your moods. A wholegrain alternative has the added bonus of being more nutritious and higher in Vitamin B too. Exercising, eating foods low in saturated fats and salt, whilst controlling portion sizes can all be beneficial and may make your menopausal journey smoother.


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Greens Norton Community Centre Tues 1:30-3pm, Tues 7-8:30pm, Thurs 7-8:30pm

Potterspury Village Hall Weds 10:00-11:30am

Evenley Village Hall Fri 10:00-11:30am

Beginners, new starters, male and female of any age welcome. Classes, Workshops and Holidays available Get full details on the events page of our website

For further information and prices please call Michele on

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Get some balance in your life 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 Mon & 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

Tues class £8, Mon, Weds & Fri classes £7 For more information call Viv on 07941 547160 or

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Come and join the fun! AT TOWCESTER TOWN HALL

Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes

sday 18th September New Class Starting Tue – Learn the Basics of ll Ha n Tow ter at Towces Ballroom Jive – and go Tan Argentine 0pm – 9.30pm 8.3 – 6 week course £45 Ballroom and Latin Classes Beginners and Improvers re-start on Tuesday 11th September 7.30pm – 8.15pm 8.15pm – 8.45pm practice

Tracey’s Dance Zone Contact Tracey

• A happy & safe environment for 0-5 yrs • Experienced & qualified staff • Gold heartbeat award for our nutritious homecooked meals & snacks • Funded 2½ hr sessions available for pre-school • Full, part-time and school sessions available • Enclosed rear garden • Activities include music, dance & yoga

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Tiny Tows is an established Committee run pre-school based in the local community with a Good OFSTED rating. We offer nurturing care that lays strong foundations for the children’s learning and development from aged 2 until school age. With a low turnover of highly qualified staff, a close relationship with Towcester C of E School and a newly revamped outdoor learning area we provide children and their families with an

ideal enviroment for them to thrive and develop to their full potential. We currently have vacancies for children from 2 years and accept up to 30 hours of government funding for eligible children and offer a range of sessions. For further information or to arrange a viewing then please call us via telephone or our website at the details above.

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Helpful tips to prepare

your child for school


s your child starting school for the first time this year? Well, I for one have a Granddaughter who is and we are all in the process of trying to make this a less daunting time for all concerned. There are many fun ways to help you and your child to prepare for school, months in advance, that will make the process smoother.

Adequate sleep is vital and essential for concentration. The early days of school can also be exhausting, so good sleep habits are key and should be started in the months before school.

Basic day-to-day skills they’ll be using include being able to follow a routine, lining up to go inside and outside, interacting with others, sitting and listening during group time, waiting their turn to speak and engaging in table activities. So being able to sit still and concentrate for extended periods is going to be a must. Practice playing games where people have to raise their hand to say something and wait their turn to participate.

Use public toilets and explain that at school there are separate toilets for girls and boys. Learn practical skills like opening and shutting toilet locks, pulling up pants before leaving the toilet cubicle, washing their hands and for boys, using a urinal.

Put some time aside each day to draw at the table together.

Maybe try to organise play dates with children who will be in their class. Having other familiar children to play with helps make school easier. If your child does not already attend nursery or pre-school you could enrol them. This enhances children’s development, skills and confidence, and teaches some handy craft skills like using glue and scissors can be achieved. Talk enthusiastically about this new chapter in their life. Our little scholar-to-be loves books with stories about starting school! Reward positive behaviour with affection, smiles, hugs, high fives and use stickers or stars on a reward chart.

Practice packing and unpacking their school bag and make sure it can be easily opened and recognised. The proper grasp of a pencil is a useful skill. Put some time aside each day to draw at the table together or invest in some pre-school work books or maybe download worksheets from the internet. Being able to say goodbye without tears and tantrums will get the day off to a good start – some will walk away without a backwards glance, others will run screaming from the building and rugby tackle you by the gate to prevent you leaving. Back in the day my son was definitely one of the latter, whereas my daughter ran in without a care in the world! You understand your child best and what works for them, but suggestions include handing them to the teacher or saying goodbye and leaving without too much fuss. Some school rituals now involve lining up where they can see and imitate what the other children are doing, which can greatly ease the separation process. All this said, school for most children can be some of the best years of their lives. Here’s hoping the transition for you and your little ones is a fun and enjoyable one!

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Latest news from Towcester C of E Primary School


owcester C of E Primary School are well known in the town as a school with a strong community link. This was highlighted and reinforced by work with different local groups to teach children new skills and give them life experiences. Towcester Food Bank supported a 'Ready Steady Cook Project' whereby three children learnt how to use a selection of ingredients. They made various meals using pasta, rice, tinned fruit and vegetables by combining with fresh ingredients. The interaction with the Food Bank volunteers developed their selfconfidence, cookery skills and listening and speaking.

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A visit was made to Bloor Homes where a group of children saw the shell of a house and learnt how many skilled workers were needed to make it

complete, whilst also learning how to keep safe on a building site. School for Life and South Northants Homes ran a design competition about 'our community' and winners won vouchers and visited Learning ne w skills with the WI Costa having had their designs displayed in the cafe. And finally, Towcester WI gave a great deal of their time to teach over 80 children how to make different styles of poppies for the Towcester Cascade. The children learnt new skills and enjoyed talking to their new teachers from the WI. Helping the children to realise the importance of belonging and that they can learn from their community has been a key message this year. The children have learnt to give and take, communicate and learn a few life skills on the way!

Greens Norton Primary School We care about learning; we care for each other. “Parents are right to be pleased with the quality of teaching in the school.� Ofsted September 2019 Reception Intake Come and look around the school and find out more at our open school sessions

Thursday 11th October 10.20am Wednesday 7th November 1.30pm If these dates are not possible for you, please phone for an alternative time.

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Day & Boarding College 13-19 years

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Have fun discovering Italian!


n September 2017 Knights Languages’ first Italian Language & Lifestyle course started in Brackley. Since then they have run many successful classes across Buckingham, Brackley, Bicester & Banbury and will start a new beginners course in Towcester from September 2018. The beginners course is aimed at those who don’t speak any Italian, whilst the intermediate course is aimed at those who have learnt a little of the language previously. The idea started from Brackley based full time mum, Ginevra; she’s a native Italian who wanted to do something with her spare time that would enrich the local communities, with a club which wouldn’t be the usual boring 1-hour “it’s all about the grammar” lessons! The lessons are planned to get straight into conversational Italian with fun games, daily online support, talk about Italian art costumes

and traditions and there are also some food and drinks tastings. The lessons are aimed at everyone. You could be someone who loves Italy or wants to travel or move there, or simply want to learn a new language and wish to have fun! Here’s one of our great reviews: “I enjoyed the beginners course so much I’m doing it again, and can’t wait for the intermediate course. Ginevra is a brilliant teacher – she’s enthusiastic and passionate about sharing Italian language and culture. Being taught by a native Italian speaker is also a real plus, helping you get the correct pronunciations.” For further information please e-mail or call 07940 711790 or visit

Learn Conversational Italian! in 10 easy weekly lessons starting from late September

Towcester Library, The Forum, Towcester

Beginners classes available! Have fun whilst also learning about Italian culture, food and art! Limited spaces only, book your course now!

Contact Ginevra on 07940 711 790 New: Pop-up Italian cooking classes – See website!

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New Vets opens at Paulerspury


aulerspury Vets is a brand new purpose built veterinary clinic that has opened at Plum Park Farm in Paulerspury alongside Towcester Equine Vets. Paulerspury Vets is part of the Towcester Veterinary Group who have been providing veterinary services to the local area for over 100 years. A new Vets has opened at Plum Park Farm, Paulerspury.

Cat Arthurs who joined the team in 2005 and became a partner in 2011 heads up the Paulerspury team and is very much looking forward to meeting all the clients and their pets. The team is also extremely proud to be one of the few veterinary practices in the area to provide their own out of hours service run by our own vets at the Towcester hospital. This service means that in an emergency, your pets can be seen by their experienced and specialised vets 24/7. With all the roadworks and building due to begin in Towcester, Paulerspury Vets offers an excellent location to bypass the traffic whilst still taking advantage of the fantastic service and care the Towcester Veterinary Group provides. If you have an enquiry or would like to book an appointment please don’t hesitate to call them on 01327 366307.

• Our own out of hours service. • Always a warm and friendly welcome. • Passionate providing quality veterinary care for your pet.

Would you like your dog to get more exercise? Then look no further! 1 The Bungalows, Watling Street, Weedon, NN7 4QQ Tel: 01327 344999 Burcote Road, Towcester, NN12 6JW Tel: 01327 350239 Plum Park Farm, Paulerspury, NN12 6LQ Tel: 01327 366307


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Accountants & Bookkeepers • Year end accounts and taxation • Payroll • Bookkeeping and VAT returns • Personal taxation • Charity accounts • Company secretarial • Company formation

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5 free tools to help your business get video-ready


he use of video on social media is increasing, so here are our top 5 tools to help you get video-ready, without costing you a penny.

1. Your phone Just as you use your phone for quick snaps to upload to Facebook, try out short 1-2 minute videos about your business. Maybe for a new product launch or a special offer you are running. You can do videos live or pre-recorded. 2. Animaker Great for short, animated videos to share ideas visually. Maybe it's explaining how your business works or creating a fun promotional video. You can upgrade for extra features. 3. AZ Screen Recorder [app] Perfect for those How To videos on your phone. Quickly demonstrate how customers can use your online portal or showcase your new website. This app is Android only but for iPhone, try something like Web Demo.

4. GIF Maker GIFs are fun animations which are good to use if you want to convey something in an informal way. You can create them free online, but be careful not to overuse them. 5. Facebook Slideshow Use your phone for You can use quick snaps to upload Facebook's in built tool to Facebook. on your Business Page to create video ads really easily. Just upload 3 to 7 images, then choose the length, from 5 to 15 seconds. An excellent way to get your story across without having to upload bulky files. Written by Extravis Marketing. Find out more and get in touch at

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General Data Protection Regulation


he EU’s General Data Protection Regulation is now in force and is the result of four years of effort to update data protection for the 21st century, in which people regularly grant permissions to use their personal information for a variety of reason in exchange for ‘free’ services.

in place and that individual can withdraw their consent whenever they want.

GDPR will replace the old Data Protection Act of 1998 and seeks to give control to people over how organisations use their data. Hefty penalties will apply for organisations that fail to comply with the rules. It also ensures data protection is almost identical across the EU.

People now have the right to access all the information held by companies about them, to know why that data is processed, for how long it is stored and who can see it. Where possible, secure and direct access should be provided for you to be able to review the information.

Personal data must be processed lawfully, transparently and for a specific purpose. Once that purpose is fulfilled and the data is no longer required, it should be deleted. A record of how and when an individual gave consent must be


Online identifiers such as IP addresses qualify as personal data. Economic, cultural or mental health information is classed as personally identifiable as is anything previously held under the old Data Protection Act.

This is a thumbs up for the man in the street as it means that now we are in charge when it comes to how our data is used.






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John & Jane White A friendly, local company Tim & Karen Barrett offering a wide range of comfortable and affordable Independent Family Owned • Private Chapel of Rest mobility products with the 24hr Personal Service • Pre Payment Plans Available vision and aspiration to make life that little bit easier

Riser Recliners from £475 Fireside Chairs from £418 Mobility Scooters from £675 Daily Living Aids, Wheelchairs, Rollators, Servicing, Repairs and Hire All prices shown are ex VAT

Visit the showroom between Monday and Friday from 9amStreet - 5pmEast, Towcester, Northants NN12 6DB. 188 Watling T: 01327 221031 M: 07825 811564 Saturday 9am - 12pm Telephone: 01327 359266. E: Scires Farm, Bufflers Holt, Buckingham, MK18 5DN 01280 821253

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Towcester Independent Funeral Directors 01327 351500 24 Hour Service Home Arrangements • Chapel of Rest Funeral Plans • Memorials

188 Watling Street East Towcester, Northants NN12 6DB. Tel: 01327 359266.

Advice and guidance on funerals is available for traditional church services, non-religious ceremony, burial, cremation and green burials 1 Sponne Centre | Watling Street West | Towcester | NN12 6BY

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Go Girls Need a hand with everyday jobs you don’t have time to do! General Cleaning (one off/weekly) Dog Walking/Pet Care Painting Grass Cutting/Weeding Garden Maintenance Tip runs

• Reputable local family business • Best value for money around • Professional and reliable team • Fully insured • Absolute privacy assured • Most rigorous cleaner selection process around • Other services available, please contact to discuss

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• Ironing service • Deep cleaning • Pre and post tenancy cleaning

£12.00 per hr (min 2 hrs) All of our cleaners are specially selected, and insured, and you will receive the same cleaner each week

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A BEAUTIFULLY CLEAN HOME AND A BRIGHTER YOU Award winning eco-friendly domestic cleaning and ironing service For a free quote call Claire Pearson on:

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early one in five homes in Britain is owned by a private landlord. With unaffordable house prices the demand for rental property is high, while a third of retirement savers now consider investing their pension pots in buy-to-let properties. These landlords have a legal duty to ensure their properties are safe for tenants to live in and can be held legally responsible if things go wrong.

Apart from the Landlord's Common Law duty of care and The Landlord and Tenant Act 1984, there are other safety regulations covering electrical hazards. Failure to comply with the Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations 1994 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987 can be a criminal offence. Penalties include a £5,000 fine, six months imprisonment or even manslaughter charges in the event of death. Tenants may also sue for civil damages.

Every year around 70 deaths and 350,000 injuries in UK homes are caused by faulty electrics and electrical equipment. Nearly half of all domestic fires are caused by electricity, with figures showing those living in privately rented property are at higher risk of electric shock.

The only way to ensure the electrics are safe is to have them inspected by a qualified electrician. Inspections are recommended at the start of every tenancy and/or every five years, though the electrician may advise re-inspection sooner.

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ational Allotment week on the 13th-19th August celebrates how important allotments and other open spaces are for you and your local community. They have many benefits, bringing people together and uniting them through low-cost, healthy, fresh fruit and vegetables and social interaction. As an allotment holder you are already active in your local community but there is help available to you and your neighbours to improve where you live. The initiative known a Community Rights recognises valuable community centres and can help ensure they continue to be beneficial locally. You are able to list your allotment as an Asset of Community Value. This is where the Community Right to Bid comes in. It can help to protect vital community assets such as allotments, which add to the wellbeing of local communities. You and your neighbours can therefore

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‘Nicolas Moreton is a modern master of the medium of stone carving.’ Tim Marlow, Art Critic

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