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Issue 16

June - July 2011


Welcome

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his is the time of year when the “solar people” come out to play. You know – the people we only see if the sun comes out because in the winter, they’re all cosy and tucked up at home. It’s incredible how many more people seem to be around when the sun comes out! Most of you are looking forward to soaking up the sun for some well earned rest. You’ll be kicking off our flip flops and sinking your feet into that lovely golden sand – even if only for a short while, it’s amazing how we all look forward to it.

For those among us staying home this summer to concentrate on other things, like redecorating or converting the spare room or

perhaps a project in the garden, this issue brings us many local businesses ready and able to help you to achieve whatever you have decided to do.

As always you’ll find our Sudoku competition on page 44 where you can win a meal for two at the Saracens Head in Towcester and also the Movie Soundtrack Quiz is on page 50, but that’s just for your own entertainment!

open gardens nearby, for those who participate in the National Garden – Open for Charity Scheme. Just a reminder to you as well, that it’s Fathers Day on June 19th. Have a great start to the summer and hopefully next time we catch up, we can say that we have had some good weather.

Pages 47 and 48 have some information on some local events going on in our area which look like good fun, and for those of you who like to enjoy the garden, take a look at page 55 for dates of the

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Contents & Handy Numbers

Contents June - July 2011 - Issue Number 16 03 05 12 15 17 21 23 28 43 44 56

Welcome Health, Fitness & Beauty Entertainment & Leisure Pets Food & Drink Education Services Homes Gardens Sudoku Motoring

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Don’t miss our Competi tion

A meal for two at The Saracens Head in Towcester in our competition on page 44

A VACANCY HAS ARISEN TO DISTRIBUTE THE

IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: Adstone y Astcote y Bradden Cold Higham y Eastcote Farthingstone y Greens Norton Grimscote y Litchborough Maidford y Pattishall & Fosters Booth

Call Steve on 01327 353753 or 07756 544 511 for further details

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Handy Numbers Al-Anon - Helping Friends and Families of Problem Drinkers for 60 years. National Helpline (manned 10am-10pm every day): 020 7403 0888 CAN Drugs, Alcohol & Homelessness: 01604 622121 Contraception Emergency: 01908 669215 Fire & Rescue Service: 01604 797000 Greens Norton Medical Centre Appts: 01327 358287 Dispensary: 01327 359670 Greens Norton Village Hall: 01327 350219 Greyfriars Bus Station: 01604 751431 Lloyds Chemist Brook Health Centre: 01327 352417 Lloyds Chemist 108 Watling St: 01327 350433 Milton Keynes General Hospital: 01908 660033 Neighbourhood Watch: 03000 111 222 NHS Direct: 0845 46 47 Northampton General Hospital: 01604 634700 Paulerspury Doctors Surgery: 01327 811630 Police: 03000 111 222 Post Office, Greens Norton: 01327 350265 Post Office, Towcester: 01327 350469 Samaritans: 08457 909090 Silverstone Surgery Appts: 01327 857240 Dispensary: 01327 857980 Social Services: 01604 236236 South Northants Council: 01327 322322 Stagecoach: 08456 001 314 (8am - 5pm Mon-Fri) Stony Stratford Health Centre: 01908 260382 The Brook Health Centre: 01327 323900 (Supple Practice) TADD (Towcester Area Door to Door) 01327 810300 Towcester Library: 01327 350794 Towcester Registrar : 01327 350774 Towcester Community Centre: 01327 350995 Towcester Medical Centre: 01327 359953 (Dr Ward & Ptnrs) Towcestrians Rugby Club: 01327 350141 Towcester Town Council: 01327 350995

You could be advertising your business in this magazine from just ÂŁ20 per month Tel: 01327 353753 This magazine is printed with vegetable-based inks, and can be safely re-cycled

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Secret Garden

Beauty Room

Find the time to pamper yourself

Xen-Tan Spray Tan Full Body £15 & course of 3 £35!

A beautiful purpose built beauty room, set in an idyllic village location, with easy parking Approx 5 miles from Weedon On the A5 between Towcester & Weedon

To book an appointment call Sirinda

07725 695606 or 01327 831636 Kettlebury, Suttons Walk , Astcote, NN12 8NP

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Get yourself Beauty Perfect

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usannah at Beauty Perfect has over 10 years experience in Massage and Beauty Therapy. Her salon, is run from her home in Towcester, which has been open for 3 years and based in Cappenham Close, Belle Baulk, Towcester.

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It is an ideal setting for the salon as the area is exceptionally quiet, private and peaceful, thus creating a soothing atmosphere for you the client to relax and take time out for themselves, and the parking is easy, as you just park on the driveway.

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She offers a full range of treatments at affordable prices which include Full Body Massage, Indian Head Massage, Back Massage, Natures Way Facials, Manicure & Pedicure, Paraffin Wax Manicure & Pedicure, Waxing, Hollywood & Brazillian Waxing, Eyelash & Eyebrow Tinting, Bio-Sculpture Gel Nail Overlays. Whether you are in need of a quick eyebrow shape or looking to be truly pampered, please feel free to book an appointment or call with any enquiries. Call Susannah Pickup on 07909 541457

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Try Something New: Climbing Wall; Skate Park; Mountain Bike Racing Northampton Town FC :Volley Ball, Handball, Archery: No Strings Badminton; Athletics Circus Skills; Graffiti Art; Superstars Event Canoeing; Waterpolo; Dance Fever;

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Old age doesn’t have to hurt

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etirement can be a time for leisure, travel and caring for grandchildren – a delight most of the time, but at times, can strain the older body. As we age the body loses some of its elasticity and has usually accumulated injuries and postural stresses. This can cause repetitive strain injuries, stiffness and degenerative changes.

Here are a few tips to keep aches at bay: • Gentle daily stretching can help maintain tissue elasticity and joint mobility • Walk as much as possible to keep circulation healthy and maintain muscle tone • Have a daily rest to recover energy for the rest of the day’s activities • The use of trainers or cushioned footwear can help to reduce wear and tear to the knee and hip joints, and can also help reduce back pain when walking on hard pavements • If you are concerned about aches and pains seek professional advice sooner rather than later. Suzanne Burgess, BACK at EASE Osteopathy Tel: 07880 750 258

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Entertainment & Leisure

ARMINIUS

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Jewellery (Unwanted or broken) or we can sell your items for you. We are especially interested in buying British or foreign quality Emerald / Opal / Aquamarine and Diamond set jewellery. Diamond grading and valuation service (& normally same day). We also buy Gold Coins, Silverware, Pre 47 Silver Coins and High Quality Watches. Normally open every day 10am - 4pm, but please ring if either a private appointment is needed or you are making a special journey to see us.

Tel: 01327 350404 or 07521 275247 Home Visits a Pleasure 3 Park Street Towcester NN12 6DQ

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Wimbledon’s 125th Year

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he famous All England Lawn Tennis Club will host its 125th tournament this year. These prestigious Championships have been hosted at Wimbledon every year since 1877 with the exception of the War Years, which makes it the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It is the only Grand Slam played on grass, the game's original surface, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name. We can’t talk about Wimbledon without mentioning some of the greats. Personalities such as Martina Navratilova, winning a staggering 9 Women’s Singles, 7 Doubles and 4 Mixed Double’s titles. With a total of 20 titles she shares this record with Billie Jean King who racked up 6 singles, 10 doubles, and 4 mixed doubles.

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20th June - 3rd July 2011 Lets not forget the men, would you believe the most titles won by a gent was none other than our very own William Renshaw who won 14 titles between 1880 and 1889 with 7 Singles and 7 Doubles, but the true champion has to be “Pistol” Pete Sampras who dominated the Men’s game between 1993 – 2000 totalling 7 almost consecutive wins during that time, only losing out in 1996 to Richard Krajicek who knocked him out in the quarter finals but went on to win the title. These days because of the popularity of the event tickets are allocated by a ballot system, hard to believe that back in 1877 the first game was won by Spencer Gore, from a field of 22, where about 200 spectators paid one shilling each to watch the final. So dust off that bottle of bubbly, rush out for your strawberries and enjoy it in your armchair like me……. (again)!

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Protecting your animals

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ost people are aware that dogs left in hot cars are at risk of heatstroke but there are potential problems whenever a dog is left in an enclosed space with no shade or water on hot days. Additionally, when dogs are excited or very active the internal heat produced by muscular effort adds to the effect of high environmental temperatures commonly resulting in heatstroke.

Heatstroke is a situation where first aid can be life saving therefore it is important to be aware of the symptoms Heatstroke is a situation where first aid can be life saving therefore it is important to be aware of the symptoms. The most obvious signs are panting, anxiety and feeling hot to the touch. Affected dogs also tend to have dark red, tacky gums and thick saliva. Symptoms progress rapidly to vomiting, diarrhoea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

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from heat stroke Sadly many dogs do not survive heatstroke. The first thing to do is to move your dog to a cooler place and offer them fresh water. You can also begin cooling your dog by applying cool wet towels to their extremities. It is important to seek veterinary advice immediately. Rabbits and guinea pigs are also particularly susceptible to heatstroke. They are often left in runs in full sunlight with inadequate shade or in hutches with poor ventilation. Having no fresh water to drink exacerbates the problem. Signs of heatstroke are similar to those in dogs – panting, depression and collapse. It is important to cool them There are ways to control your pet’s temperature in down as soon as possible hot weather! and seek veterinary advice promptly. Towcester Veterinary Centre Tel: 01327 350239

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Maxine (formerly of The Pooch Mobile) will bath your dog in warm, fresh water using environmentally friendly solutions, then brush, clip their nails, clean their eyes and ears and lastly blow dry, and deodorise your faithful friend.

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he Kings Arms at Farthingstone is one of a dying breed – a free house owned and run by proprietors Paul and Denise Egerton for the past 15 years. This charming and quirky country pub has acquired a reputation over this period for good food, a friendly welcome and it’s fascinating garden.

The pub garden is unlike any other you will find , full of plants, shrubs and herbs but renowned for the

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For more information, please contact Shirley Rands Tel: 01280 700110 www.barkingmad.uk.com

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Calendar of Events Friday 3rd June 7.00pm Live Reggae & Cocktail Night Hawaiian Fancy Dress Theme. All welcome. Saturday 18th June 7.30pm till late Cheese & Wine Night. With 15 wines to sample, all accompanied by cheeses. How can you resist this at a price of just one glass of wine? GRAND PRIX WEEKEND Saturday 9th July 7.30pm till late Live Blues with Dr Ika & Mark Chase 30 High Street Blakesley, NN12 8RE Tel: 01327 860292 Just 5 miles from Silverstone and 3 miles from Towcester

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Food & Drink Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday lunchtimes, however they have other special food nights at different times as well as a fresh fish from Cornwall service where once a month, fish is ordered by customers on a retail sale basis and collected from the pub. Paul’s interest in Cheese ensures that a constant supply of “real” cheeses are always available, and together with specialist fish products from Loch Fyne, means plenty of options for tasty summer lunches.

imaginative and innovative structural designs created by Denise. It is a delight for children and adults alike with many quiet corners, where customers can relax and unwind whilst sampling their real ales and some of Denise’s home cooked food. Fresh herbs and vegetables are grown in the garden and then used in the cooking, and their salads garnish the famous British Cheese platters served by Paul and Denise. Evolution has been the name of the game at The Kings Arms – the restaurant which was so popular during the first five years and which won several awards has gone but food is still served on Saturday,

Garden clubs often visit The Kings Arms to view so with some wine and cheese to sample afterwards, came and enjoy an evening with a difference. They also hold a quiz night ever Tuesday evening, it’s a lot of fun and not too serious, entry cost is just £1 per person and all the money is paid out in cash prizes. So whether you fancy yourself a special quiz master or just enjoy fine wine and cheese or perhaps you would like go come and have a look at their famous quirky garden, call in to Paul and Denise Egerton at the Kings Arms at Farthingstone. 01327 361604 /07710 214765 paul@kingsarms.fsbusiness.co.uk

The Kings Head Syresham

Pub y Restaurant y Accommodation EVENT CALENDAR SUNDAY 12th JUNE BBQ & BAND IN THE GARDEN £5.00 entry (kids under 12 go FREE) SILVERSTONE WEEKEND FRIDAY 8th JULY HARRY PAYNE BBQ IN THE GARDEN SATURDAY 9th JULY PALMERSTON BBQ IN THE GARDEN 70’s 80’s and 90’s ROCK MUSIC Find out more at www.thekingshead-syresham.co.uk 2 Abbey Road, Syresham NN13 5HW Tel: 01280 850280 Focus Towcester – June - July 2011 www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

FREE Coffee & Desserts with this voucher when two people eat in the Restaurant Valid until July 31st 2011

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Beer Garden with well equipped children's play area! Anyone & Everyone welcome Families, Dog Walkers, Ramblers etc….

Good Home Cooked Food and Real Ales supporting local independent breweries Saturday 25th June 'Clare Free' Rock & Blues singer

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Buddies tastes of the States

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he classic American Diner serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 30 Years of experience brings the ultimate dining experience. With a fully licensed bar for diners and ample Free Parking this makes Buddies Towcester a wonderful place to visit. They serve fresh food from an extensive menu, (which can be found on the website) which is served quickly from their fabulous staff. It’s a fantastic atmosphere and extremely family friendly, with generous access for wheelchairs and prams. They cater for a host of parties including children’s parties and the staff are always available to help organise to suit your needs.

Bookings welcome but not always necessary, and they also have a take away service available – just phone though your order. You can find a menu on their website at www.buddiesrestaurants.com How great is that? A wonderful place to visit. They handmake all their 100% beefburgers, and serve an extensive menu of classic American cooking... Your Local Buddies – A43 Brackley Road, Towcester NN12 6TQ Telephone: 01327 354953

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We are now all equal

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olitical Correctness gone mad or a Victory for Equality? Whatever your view we are all likely to lose out because of the European Court of Justices ruling that insurers can no longer base their premiums on gender. The ruling will affect many different types of insurance including Health and Life policies, but perhaps the biggest change will be seen in Car Insurance premiums and Pension Annuities. Companies do not have to officially comply until December 2012 but it is possible that we will start to see a change in premiums before this. Traditionally men get paid a higher Annuity income because actuarially they are expected to die younger than women. The great irony of the EU judgement is that in its attempt to protect women pensioners it may, for many, actually reduce their income. This is because 8 out of 10 Annuities are bought by men whose wives also rely on this income for their pension. Due to the change a man aged 65 buying a Pension

                        

       

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Annuity may well see his income cut by 5% to 10% a year. Those buying Joint Annuities, which continue to pay an income to the surviving spouse after the death of the main Annuity holder, will also see a cut in their income. That is because insurers will not be allowed to ask the sex of the recipient of the initial income. What this legislation will mean is that shopping around for the best Annuity is more important than ever. Also, where fund size permits, the attractiveness of unsecured income to avoid Annuity purchase may well increase. For advice on your pension plans contact Chancery Hartwell on 01327 350888

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We are always on the look out for individuals or groups to become trained up as Jog Leaders and become part of this growing jogging initiative. By becoming a registered leader you can take your own jogging groups within a workplace, community, school or club environment. On the day that you choose and a time that suits you!

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Brooklands M Meadow at Si Silverstone is a stunning new development of just 49 homes. 

With modern designs they offer flexible living for all the family. 

Call 0845 672 8440 Sales Centre, open Thursday to Monday 10.30am to 5.30pm

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Enjoying, not enduring

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iving in Silverstone at this time of year can have it’s drawbacks (I mean the extra traffic and road closures etc), but actually if I cast my mind back to my first experience of the F1 British Grand Prix some 20 odd years ago things are very different now and I’m glad to say for the better.

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the British F1 Grand Prix throughs” to allow the traffic flow easier for our never ending stream of visitors. Not any more. If the weather is nice, I will be sitting in the garden with something cool and refreshing to watch the fabulous FREE show courtesy of The Red Arrows overhead, I’ll pop on the TV and watch, as nothing beats the atmosphere at Silverstone when a British driver takes to the circuit. This year both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will be aiming to impress the loyal British fans and hoping to mount the steps of the Silverstone podium. Come on boys, we know you can do it…

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Visit Olive in the newly refurbished showroom to discuss the bathroom of your dreams. With her years of experience her designs will excite your Imagination, Difficult shape? No problem. Olive has an eye for the most challenging of spaces.

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Parker Kitchens, your local quality kitchen company

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our kitchen is the heart of your home. So when it comes to refreshing, renovating or replacing it, the job can often seem like an exciting but daunting prospect. Choosing a quality kitchen company, one who can undertake the whole project from start to finish, will unburden you from the stress and uncertainty. Parker Kitchens is a locally based family kitchen company with many years of experience in designing, planning and building beautiful hand crafted furniture. Whether your choice is for handcrafted bespoke furniture or modern cutting edge design or whatever

Make the heart of your home a perfect one with Parker Kitchens

your budget, their team will help you to transform your ideas into your dreams. If you are undecided about the style that would suit your home Parker Kitchens can guide you to the best option to suit the character of your home and one that meets your own personal style and needs. Their carpenters, builders and decorators will take the greatest care when working in your home in order to make the installation as stress free as possible. Because by listening to what you say, designing what you ask for and supplying everything to the highest standard that can be achieve, their excellence in design, installation and customer care are what Parker Kitchens aspires to with every customer. Parker Kitchens have now moved premises to The Old Cattle Market, Watling Street East, Towcester, NN12 6HN. Call 01604 330068 to book your free, no obligation installation and design consultation today or visit their website www.parkerkitchens.co.uk for more information.

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hen you notice an annoying dripping tap or that one of your radiators is obstinately refusing to heat up, is your first reaction to call for a plumber? You could yourself save time and money with a couple of our handy tips... • Dripping taps? Quite often you can just reverse the washer in the tap fixing the problem. Turn off the water to the tap from either in the airing cupboard or from under the tap. Operate the tap to make sure the water is off, then using an adjustable spanner remove the top of the tap. Remove the washer and replace facing the other way, reverse the procedure to reassemble the tap and hey presto, no dripping tap.

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taps and cold radiators • Cold radiators? When cold radiators develop on the heating system people can be forgiven for worrying that it is going to take an expensive system flush to fix the issue. Well that is not necessarily the case. Some times it is just a matter of system balancing, this means transferring heat from a radiator that gets too hot too quick to the radiator that doesn't. This is achieved by restricting the flow to the “quick” radiator and increasing the flow to the “slow” radiator, to do this you need to turn the radiator valve clockwise on one side of the “quick radiator” a few times and turn the valve anti clockwise on the “slow radiator” the same amount. This should remedy the problem and you will be able to repeat this procedure throughout the house. Should your problem persist, try any of the Plumbers in this issue!

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Old fashioned values pay dividends for Cloudy2Clear

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t’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director Trevor Skidmore feels that his approach is the key. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Some people may call the way I do things a little old-fashioned but it’s amazing how a simple mix of manners, punctuality and personal service increases your business. I’m constantly taken aback by customers who are shocked that we turn up when we say we will, do the job that is required and clean up after ourselves. I’m afraid it indicates to me that there are many companies who don’t and that’s just not fair to the customer.’

Cloudy2Clear service the whole of Northants from their local depots and Trevor is finding that his ethos is proving to be a major factor in his success. ‘When I started out I just did the things that came naturally to me. I really hate being let down by tradesmen so I was determined not to let that happen to my customers. As it turns out that little bit of extra care has meant I get friends and family of people I have done work for on the phone constantly so it’s not just personally satisfying but good for business too. At the end of the day it’s not rocket science, is it?’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Trevor a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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Floral Art

Florists of Towcester

Floral Art provides affordable flowers, what ever the occasion may be. We can create wonderful flower designs for all occasions. We offer a delivery service within a 15 mile radius of Towcester including same day if required.

193b Watling Street West Towcester NN12 6BX

A sting in the tail

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ousehold pests often show seasonal cycles. Spring and early summer is the time for the Hymenopterans (or Ants, Bees and Wasps if you prefer), to establish themselves. Ants are always found in colonies or nests because they are social insects, most bees and wasps are solitary and rarely cause problems. At this time of year, the large wasp often seen flying around sluggishly, maybe inside houses, is an overwintering queen emerging from hibernation looking for a suitable nest site. She is most likely trying to leave and the safest thing to do is open widows and let her. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similar with Bumble Bees. In fact, these docile insects are under threat from changes in farming practices and even hard landscaping in gardens, and should be encouraged as much as possible. Ants and Hive Bees have different patterns of behaviour and the

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whole colony can survive the winter and enlarge in size as the months get warmer. As ant nests begin to grow, foraging worker ants appear in kitchens where there is a ready supply of food in the form of spillages below worktops and behind kitchen appliances. Now is the time to treat ant nests before they get too big and the foraging workers become a nuisance. At this time of year, a Hive Bee nest may ‘swarm’, a queen and several hundred worker bees leave to set up new colony. Once the colony has found a nest site, perhaps in a wall cavity, they should to be removed before they get bigger and more aggressive in the summer. Pest control problems residential or commercial? MK Pest Management 01327 – 352158 Mob 07715 035879

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The first is really soon and a really good cause. Raising money for repairs for the Reading Room Village Hall in Whittlebury. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to be quick because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on 2nd June and tickets have been selling fast. They are just ÂŁ10, a bar is provided and you can take your own food! Entertainment will be provided by local entertainer Sophie Garner and her band with a lively Soul, Jazz and Motown night, and rumour has it the event will be repeated later on in the year. Order your tickets at hangarmusic@gmail.com The second is the famous annual Towcestrians Sports Club Summer Ball. It is a Black Tie 4 course dinner event dancing to Hipster followed by a disco. 7.00pm for 7.30pm carriages at 1.00am. Contact Julia Freeborough at towsball2011@aol.com to book your ticket.

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owcester is pleased to announce the 9th Midsummer Music Festival. The Rotary, Centurions and Lions clubs of Towcester are combining once again to put on another sparkling event which will be hosted by the Mayor. The Saturday event will be presented at nine separate locations, all within a short distance of the Market Place. The event will be preceded on the Friday night

A date for your diary... in Towcester on Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th June

           

by a special concert performed by the Towcester Rock School in the Town Hall. This was extremely successful last year and will start at 7.30 pm. Admission will be by the programme or ÂŁ3.00 at the door.



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New penalties for motor vehicles without insurance

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id you know that as from early 2011, a new law will mean that the registered keeper of a vehicle must keep it insured unless they've made a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification). If you're not insured and haven't made a SORN, you could face a penalty. If you're the registered keeper of a vehicle, it must be insured at all times. The only exceptions are if you have made a SORN for the vehicle vehicles that have been kept off-road since before SORN came into force on 31 Jan 1998 unless they are brought back into use

If you're not using your vehicle, you should make a SORN. If you are using it, it must be insured If you're not using your vehicle, you should make a SORN. If you are using it, it must be insured. The change in the law means that you won't be able to

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temporarily take a vehicle off the road and cancel your insurance, unless you make the vehicle SORN at the same time. If you're not using your vehicle, you should make a SORN. If you are using it, it must be insured. If you have a vehicle that is not insured, but which is still taxed you could face a penalty. This includes motor caravans, motorbikes and classic cars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all vehicles that people sometimes leave uninsured for part of the year. The change in law also affects classic cars if it's taxed but not insured. If you have a vehicle that was manufactured before 01 January 1973 that has a 'nil value' tax disc, it is still considered by DVLA as taxed. So, you should make a SORN if it's uninsured and keep it off the road.

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Barnett Motorsport update

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fter a long, busy, winter the Barnett Motorsport team were excited about the prospect of testing out the improvements and updates to the racing MR2 at Brands Hatch on April 17th. A bumper grid of 54 cars turned up for the first rounds of the Toyota MR2 Championship which is enjoying manufacturer backing for the first time. Rob qualified a respectable 21st after feeling the disadvantage of a lack of winter testing.

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Rob said “We had to guess at some of the setup as the suspension, amongst other things, has been up rated” he continued to state that “after qualifying I had a better understanding of the car and we made some changes which paid off in the race, it was just a shame we ran out of time to get the new engine and gearbox in as I think that would have made all of the

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x FULLY QUALIFIED DSA APPROVED difference.” In only 2 laps Rob had already gained ground on his competitors and finished the race 16th after an accident brought the race to an early end. The team headed to Snetterton with the new engine and gearbox for rounds 3 and 4 on May 22nd and are hopeful of a solid result. You can keep up to date with progress via Facebook or the website; barnettmotorsport.co.uk. Thanks must go to Briar Hill Engineering, Beacon Water Treatments, Julian Hunt and Focus Magazine Group for their continued support and all involved in running the team. Additional sponsorship opportunities for this season exist starting at only £200. Please contact Rob Barnett on Mobile: 07967 818812.

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