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Issue 17

August - September 2011

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can hardy believe I’ve already been on my summer holiday and now I’m green with envy as most of you will now be looking forward to yours...

Focus Towcester & Surrounding Villages is Published bi-monthly by

Focus Towcester & Surrounding Villages magazine is distributed FREE to over 10,000 homes in the NN12 area Copy deadline for our next issue is September 9th We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in Focus Towcester, whilst every care is taken to assure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advert. All artwork is accepted on strict condition that permission has been given for use in the publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that the descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. Any reproduction of any material is forbidden without the written consent of the publishers. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for views expressed by contributors, or for the accuracy of claims made by the advertisers.

We however have some fabulous memories to last us a lifetime, so back to earth and back to work, so I can tell you about all the things going on in the next couple of months. In this issue we’ve got news on a massive refurbishment project by the new owners of The Narrow Boat Inn at Weedon who are re-opening at the end of August. They have kindly donated a meal for two in this issues competition (see page 39), though if you turn to page 9 you’ll find out how to register your interest in their Grand Opening Party in early September.

Also featured in this issue The Bull at Brackley Road, Towcester are giving a FREE bottle of wine for the table to accompany your meal. (See inside back cover for further details). There are also details on the St Lawrence Church Flower Festival, the Cinema Nights at Stowe as well as the 127th Blakesley Show which is always a well attended event. If you’re looking for something different to do with your friends and family this summer holiday, have a look at the SMS advert page 61. They’ve got some great ideas. Have a happy and safe summer holiday.

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Contents & Handy Numbers

Contents

August - September 2011 - Issue Number 17 03 04 05 09 14 23 25 28 30 32 46 56

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Welcome Contents & Handy Numbers Entertainment & Leisure Food & Drink Health, Fitness & Beauty Education Computing Services Pets & Equine Homes Gardens Motoring

Don’t miss our Competi tion

A meal for two at the new Narrow Boat Inn at Weedon in our prize Sudoku on page 39

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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Fisher Creative Photography • Family • Babies & Children • Vibrant portraits • Weddings

Stylish and natural photography Call Georgina & Hannah on 01327 353058 or visit our website www.fc-photography.co.uk

p h o t o g r a p h y Fisher Creative Photography is a trading name of Fisher Creative Marketing Ltd.

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Entertainment & Leisure

VILLA QUASADA - SPAIN FOR RENT

10 Minutes from Guardamar 1KM from “La Marquesa” Golf Course

x Detached Villa 3 x Double Rooms x Private Large Pool & Spacious Grounds & Surroundings with a views over the Golf Course x BBQ Area, Sun Terrace & Solarium

x Fully Air Conditioned x Satellite TV For More details contact Stuart Simpson m: 07739 208585 e: oksimps@googlemail.com

B CLU E S HOU BLE ILA AVA OR F E HIR x x x x x x

Birthday Parties Anniversaries Wedding Parties Retirements Christenings Conferences

TOWCESTRIANS SPORTS CLUB

x x x x

Fully Licensed Bar Large Car park Fully Fitted Kitchen Space For Marquee

Contact: Chris Spackman 07745 162002 Greens Norton Road, Towcester, Northants 6

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PERFORMERS ACADEMY CLASSES HELD IN BUGBROOKE & DAVENTRY MEMBERS OF BRITISH THEATRE DANCE ASSOCIATION

STREET DANCE BALLET MODERN JAZZ PRE SCHOOL BALLET

TAP ACROBATICS GYMNASTICS SINGING PERFORMANCE SKILLS

URBAN FUNK

Come along and have some fun

in a friendly & relaxed atmosphere. Helps to build confidence and keep fit .Take part in local events in your community.

Join us in our Shows at The Derngate Theatre Northampton

NEW IN 2011

MELODY BEAR MOVEMENT CLASSES (Daventry) 2yrs + Learn to dance with melody bear.

For further information please contact Maureen on

T:01604 832311 M: 07926752410

Wakefield Country Courtyard, Wakefield Lodge Estate, Potterspury, Northamptonshire. NN12 7QX. T: 01327-810388 / M: 07894-150240 / www.thebeadscene.com Closed Monday / Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm / Sunday: 11am - 5pm Follow us on Facebook: ‘The Bead Scene Studio’ for all the latest news & gossip!

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Entertainment & Leisure BIKES BIKES AND MORE BIKES from ÂŁ199

Bikes y Servicing y Repairs y Accessories Shoes y Helmets y Tyres y Clothing

Call into our showroom, We’re Open Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.30pm & Sat 9.00am-4.00pm

Silverstone Cycle Shop

Tel 01327 858510 or 01327 858885

Unit 14 Silverstone Circuit Northants NN12 8TL

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The new look Narrow Boat at Weedon re-opens

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e-opening in August 2011 the new Narrow Boat at Weedon has had an extensive refurbishment. The canal side country pub and dining venue offers en-suite canal side rooms. Food is freshly prepared by an award-nominated chef, and sourced from local suppliers where possible. You will be able to book small or large party celebrations.

The Craft Guild of Chefs, award nominated chef cooks up exciting dishes for every taste from freshly made stone baked pizzas, and in-house freshly made burgers to fillet steak wrapped in bacon with a celeriac mash. All the food is fresh and locally sourced as far as possible. A warm friendly welcome is offered to all, whatever

the reason for your visit, by Karen and Richard Bray and their family. The Narrow Boat at Weedon is the family’s second venture of this kind, the first being The White Hart at Maulden in Bedfordshire. Karen and Richard have been actively involved in the rebuilding, refurbishing, designing and decorating of the new Look Narrow Boat at Weedon. There will be a comfortable bar area, where you will be able to enjoy drinks and dine if you wish. Then you will have several areas in the restaurant where you can dine. There will be three outside heated deck/ patio areas for al-fresco dining or enjoying a peaceful drink overlooking the canal and lawns. Please contact Karen or Richard to register your interest in tickets for the Grand Opening Party in early September. Rooms and tables can be booked from 22nd August. Email info@narrowboatatweedon.co.uk Call 01327 340333

Country pub and dining with en-suite canal-side rooms

OPENING AUGUST 2011 Rooms and tables can be booked via email from August onwards

Email to register your interest for our Grand Opening Party in early September info@narrowboatatweedon.co.uk Chefs and bar/waiting staff required call Karen on 01327 340333

The Narrow Boat, Watling Street, Weedon NN7 4RZ Tel: 01327 340333 www.narrowboatatweedon.co.uk

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Food & Drink

South Northamptonshire Council awards catering contract to local business

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t a time when small businesses are fighting to survive a challenging economy, a local Independent Business in Towcester has successfully won a prestigious contract to supply our local government offices. Towcester Tea Rooms Outside Catering was awarded the contract to provide catering services to the South Northamptonshire Council following the tender process. Sharon McMurray, well known locally at the Tea Rooms on Watling Street launched her new café at the council’s Springfield offices in May. Following a competition to name the new Café, staff chose ‘The Green Room’ which is open to both SNC staff and the Public from 8.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday. Tony McMurray said, ”We are well known for our Tea Rooms in Towcester, Our Outside Catering service and also our charity fundraising. We have been going

The Kings Head Syresham

Pub y Restaurant y Accommodation EVENT CALENDAR

20TH AUGUST - HARRY PANE

Providing a wide range and varied style of music, including his own original material as well as creating his own take on songs from all genres. Visit the web at www.harrypane.co.uk

27th August Karaoke

Open mike night

10th September - Casino Night

£7.00p/p includes Finger buffet and glass of champers on arrival. Try your luck at the Roulette wheel or the blackjack table, to win your prize

1st October - Soul Night with Clare Connery

Find out more at www.thekingshead-syresham.co.uk 2 Abbey Road, Syresham NN13 5HW Tel: 01280 850280

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10% OFF

all Food Orders Valid until Sept 30th 2011

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Outside Catering By Towcester Tea Rooms

Freshly Prepared Buffets To Suit All Budgets, Delivered To Your Door • The Green Room Café.

from strength to strength as our first major public sector contract with SNC demonstrates“. Sharon added ”The Tea Rooms in Towcester high street continues as usual, as does our outside catering service, we are really pleased and excited about being awarded this contract.“ Steve Wright, Facilities Coordinator for South Northamptonshire Council, said: ”Towcester Tea Rooms Outside Catering offered the council the best service and value and we are also pleased that the contract has been awarded to a local south Northamptonshire business.“

x Weddings x Christenings x Anniversaries x Birthdays x Business Lunches x Funerals x Naming Days x Engagement x Parties 169 Watling Street Towcester

01327 358200

07792 189022 (call or text) towcestertearooms@hotmail.co.uk www.towcestertearooms.co.uk

Contact Sharon on her mobile 07792 189022 or visit the website www.towcestertearooms.co.uk

New Summer Menu x Great Food and Wine

at Affordable Prices x A Warm and Friendly welcome x Large Family Garden

Come and join us for a lazy Sunday lunch

Food Served Monday – Friday 12–3pm 6-9pm, Saturday All Day 12-9pm, Sunday 12-8pm

Tel: 01908 542124

The Old Talbot, Potterspury, NN12 7QD

www.old-talbot-potterspury.co.uk

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Food & Drink

Under New Ownership Exciting New Menus

A taste of Italy, Alfresco dining Lunch and dinner Tuesday - Saturday 2 Course Lunch choice of 4 starters 4 main dishes

£10.00

Sunday Roast 2 courses £14

Closed Mondays Tuesday - Saturday 12 noon –2.00 pm 6.00pm - 11.00pm Sunday 12 noon - 4.00 pm

La Strada

11 White Horse Yard, Towcester

www.la-strada.co.uk

01327 354350

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Boycott Farm - An oasis

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s you drive into the gates of Boycott Farm and turn into the courtyard, prepare to be wowed by our beautiful 17th century converted barn, housing our popular Farm Shop, Butchery and The Hayloft Restaurant and Tearoom. Boycott is a working farm, producing Aberdeen Angus Beef, Gloucester Old Spot Pork and Free Range Eggs. Using our own and local produce, the Boycott Farm Kitchen prepares a delicious range of ready meals, cakes, quiches and pastries, which are for sale in the Farm Shop and The Hayloft.

• Boycott Farm also stock fresh fruit & vegetables.

We also stock fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, dairy and a wide range of groceries, gifts and plants. Our butchery sells our own Pork and

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in the Bucks countryside Beef and also locally sourced Poultry, Game and Lamb. Bacon and ham is cured on site, and our butchers handmake sausages, burgers and black pudding.

The

Bartholomew Arms Blakesley

PUBLIC HOUSE yACCOMMODATION y RESTAURANT

• Gloucester Old Spot Pork is a speciality at Boycott Farm.

Since opening just over 2 years ago, The Hayloft has become the place to eat for locals and those further a field. Whether it’s a cup of coffee and slice of homemade cake or a delicious Sunday Roast, you can be sure of quality food at a competitive price. We believe in good, old fashioned customer service and we are proud of our friendly helpful staff. The Hilsdon family and their team offer you a warm welcome to Boycott Farm. Tel: 01280 821286 www.boycottfarm.co.uk

Saturday August 13th Live Reggae Night 8.30pm onwards Saturday 3rd September Entertainment and sing along with Michael Jones as he gives us some timeless classics from Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and more …... 2 Courses + a bottle of wine* £19.99pp 8.00pm start (* 1 bottle of wine per couple)

30 High Street Blakesley, NN12 8RE Tel: 01327 860292 Just 5 miles from Silverstone and 3 miles from Towcester

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Health, Fitness & Beauty

Towcester Centre for Leisure JToodiany! & Brackley Leisure Centre

Fitness

membership from as little as

6

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.92 per week

For full details of all facilities, membership information and to join online visit:

www.southnorthantsleisure.com Towcester Centre for Leisure, Springfields, Towcester NN2 6LW

Tel: 01327 322 480 Brackley Leisure Centre, Springfields Way, Brackley NN13 6JJ

Tel: 01280 701 787 all part of

feeling

Terms and conditions apply, all parts of this offer are subject to change. Price shown is based on a 12 month fixed term membership direct debit payment of ÂŁ29.99 per month.

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Nails

by Shannon

Call now on:

07526 669300

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1ST YOGA SESSION FREE CLASSES

5 Years Experience Friendly Service Sienna X Spray Tan Full Set Full Set Soak Off In-fills Soak Off Glitter Acrylic Gems Repair Manicures & Pedicures French Polish

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£20.00 £25.00 £35.00 £15.00 £15.00 £35.00 £ 1.00 £ 3.00 £15.00 £ 2.00

One-to-One Classes Available Male & Female Of Any Age Welcome Greens Norton Community Centre

Tuesday 1.30pm - 3pm Tuesday & Thursday 7pm - 8.30pm Potterspury Village Hall Wednesday 10.00am—11.30am 20 Years teaching experience & Remedial Training

FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR TO ENROL RING MICHELE ON

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A pain in the neck?

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ost of us suffer from neck and shoulder tension from time to time. As an Osteopath and Pilates teacher, I help a lot of patients with neck pain, shoulder tension and headaches. Consider how much of your day is spent with your arms out in front of you? These can increase tension in the shoulder muscles. This in itself can be painful, but can also irritate joints and nerves in the neck and can even cause headaches.

A simple stretch which could help ease tension, “Pat the smelly dog!”- you laugh, but patients remember it!

head away to the other side, taking your ear to the opposite shoulder. Hold for the stretch for 10 seconds and repeat the other side.

A simple stretch which could help ease tension, “Pat the smelly dog!”- you laugh, but patients remember it!

If you are in pain seek professional advice. Most neck and shoulder issues can be treated successfully and will usually get better quicker when they are dealt with promptly.

Reach down with one arm to the side of you, pushing the heal of your hand downwards, as if patting a large dog on the head. Now gently lean your

Susie Burgess 07880 750 258 Brooke Health Centre

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Secret Garden

Beauty Room

Find the time to pamper yourself from top to toe!

HAVE A LUXURY PEDICURE FOR £21 AND RECEIVE A MINI FACIAL FOR JUST £10

A beautiful purpose built beauty room, set in an idyllic village location, with easy parking Approx 4 miles from Towcester 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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Down 2 dress sizes…YES!

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ym. The first things that springs to mind? Sweaty, sticky and a face the colour of the famous red carpet. I want to glide down the carpet, not merge into it…

A large, clean, fresh smelling (hard to believe) gym, packed with equipment from gentle weights to monster machines. Scared? Very! Knowing that our 6 month old son is in good hands in the crèche, I’m greeted by Mark, my personal fitness trainer at Towcester Centre for Leisure. Very sweet, until he makes me go on the cross trainer… not so sweet. ‘We’ll start off gently’.

Since dropping 2 dress sizes in just 5 weeks, I now have the confidence to take the family swimming. And we love it! This doesn’t feel gentle! The rowing machine was my worst enemy, ironically, it’s now the most popular! From feeling sleepy to ridiculously springy, the staff certainly do their jobs well.

Each time, I leave feeling energetic and keen to do some more exercise. The day after, however, is not quite the same feeling… Owch! • Feeling the burn. Aches are good! It means this exercise stuff is working! As tempting as it is to have a duvet day with a box of chocolates, since dropping 2 dress sizes in just 5 weeks, I now have the confidence to take the family swimming. And we love it! So much that it’s become a regular thing and our son is starting swimming classes there next week! Mark was very supportive and encouraged me to push myself and wow what a difference, and the best thing is that people are noticing the change HURRAH. So if you’re looking to get fit, have fun or feel better, in a relaxed, clean and friendly facility, Towcester Centre for Leisure is most certainly the place to go. To book your first session call Towcester Centre for Leisure on 01327 322480.

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Fun parent and baby swimming classes in Towcester

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owcester Centre for Leisure are delighted to introduce their Parent & Baby Swimming Classes. They are the perfect choice for any new parents wanting to overcome bathtime tantrums, to combat a fear of water or to enjoy water fun with their small child.

With fun games, splash play and nursery rhymes, these special swimming classes are proven to help children learn to enjoy being in the water in a safe warm environment. The Parent & Baby programme is primarily designed to use a baby’s natural affinity to water and to encourage water confidence from an early age. All the courses are based on the child’s developmental needs, both physically and psychologically. Classes are kept small to provide a calm environment and teaching is geared to individual

needs. It is important that both parent and child are relaxed and happy, so that they love being in the water. The lessons are based on movement and play. Lessons teach parents how to hold a small child in the water so that they learn all about their own buoyancy very early on and how to control breathing through water submersion. These skills contribute to motor development and coordination. The dedication and commitment of the Swim Teacher Team is to ensure the children are taught how to swim, to have confidence in water and water safety is second to none. Qualified swimming teachers take all pupils through an exciting and safe lesson programme teaching them valuable water skills and techniques that will stay with them for life. We are with you every length of the way. Call the Centre on 01327 322480 for details

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Vital support for disabled and older people countywide

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un by disabled people for disabled and older people the Northamptonshire Centre for Independent Living supports people countywide. With a demonstration area and office in Northampton, staff can provide you with the information and support you or your family may need, or simply provide a solution to the problem. The Northampton centre is a point of access to a wide range of information and services, enabling disabled people to live independent lives and to have more choice and control over the services and equipment they use. Disabled and older people can access a wide

range of information, advice and services including; welfare benefit support, individual budgets and direct payments advice and support. There are extensive information libraries with trained staff to assist on issues such as assistive technology, specialist equipment and other support networks. Our “try before you buy” equipment areas aid people to select the right equipment for their daily living needs. For further information contact: Northamptonshire Centre for Independent Living Gladstone Road Resource Centre Gladstone Road, Northampton NN5 7EJ Tel: 01604 588501 Text: 07751359396 Fax: 01604 591276 Website: www.northamptonshirecil.org.uk

ROWENA CURSON HAIR & BEAUTY Unisex Salon for all age groups

Tel: 01327 350479 58 Watling Street ȹ Towcester 22

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• 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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Education

Culture of Achievement

• Co-ed Independent College (14-19yrs) offering GCSE and A Level courses

• Ranked 3rd in the

County and top non selective school

• 78% of 2010 A Level ....students gained A*-B ....grades • 61% of our 2010 leavers

...entered one of the top 25 ....UK Universities

• Average class sizes of 8 students

• Tuition scholarships • Places still available for

....2011-2012

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• Call us to book an ....appointment • Find us on the Barrack ....Road, Northampton

www.bosworthcollege.com Call 01604 235 090

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Computing

PC problems are ‘elementary’ to Doctor Watsons

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rior to setting up his own PC support business, the proprietor, Duncan Watson, had accumulated a long and varied experience of PCs and PC systems.

With a father and grandfather who were both technical directors of companies into which they guided the introduction of computers and PC based systems, it was inevitable that Duncan was, at an early age, introduced to the very earliest home computers and then the PC, first introduced by IBM. This led Duncan onto higher education studies of digital electronics, computer design, programming and application software. Over the next fifteen years he harnessed this know-how building up a wide experience, which included: the design, testing, repair and support of PC circuit boards at a PC board manufacturer, giving

an in-depth appreciation of the workings of a PC, the installation, technical support and problem solving on large PC systems within the offices of an international engineering contractor, an international pharmaceutical company and a Satnav company, the provision of technical support to both smaller and specialised companies using PC systems, the provision of technical support to the national users of a major provider of antivirus software giving an in-depth awareness of the dangers of viruses and an understanding of the corrective actions and solutions. Duncan then decided to harness this very unique wealth of experience to provide quick, reliable, cost effective assistance to smaller businesses and home users using friendly jargon free assistance, by setting up his own company. Doctor Watsons provides computer help to your business or home, for your laptops, desktops servers, and provides website design services. Call Doctor Watsons on Freephone 0800 6125 118

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Services

Could your Life Cover be

John White

Funeral Directors

Independent Family Owned

Private Chapels of Rest 24 Hour Service Pre Payment Plans Available

T

he simple answer is that if you are a Company Director or Key Employee in a small firm, it may well be possible for you to construct your Life Cover in a more tax efficient fashion. A relevant Life Policy is a single life plan, taken out on the life of an employee by an employer to provide Death in Service benefits. They are designed for individual members who may require Life Cover over and above that already being promoted by the main company scheme or where there is no group scheme in place. Why take a relevant Life Policy?

188 Watling Street East Towcester, Northants NN12 6DB

Telephone: 01327 359266 www.johnwhitefunerals.co.uk

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The company can make the payments usually as an allowable deduction without them being treated as a benefit in kind, which means; • The policy premiums are treated as a business expense and will be an allowable deduction against Corporation Tax.

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more tax efficient? • There is no liability for the employer or employee to National Insurance on the policy premiums. • There is no liability for the employee to income tax on the policy premiums as it is not a benefit in kind. • All Life Cover benefits are paid free of tax to the nominated beneficiaries. For any Company Director or Key Employee that is paying life assurance premiums out of net income, this route provides a potentially significant saving simply by constructing the policy through the company and using the relevant Life Trust Deeds. The plans are however restricted to providing Life Cover only and cannot contain any Waiver of Premium, Critical Illness or Income Protection Benefits. Benefits must also cease before the clients 75th birthday, but if this is acceptable it is certainly worth reviewing your life assurance policies. Supplied by Chancery Hartwell, Tel: 01327 350888

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Pets & Equine

FOR ALL YOUR HORSE & RIDER NEEDS

www.equi-quip.com

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qui-Quip, which has based at Whilton Locks Garden Village for almost 3 years is an excellent store for all you supplies.

With 50 years experience in the equestrian sector, Glyn Edwards and David Tisbury offer old fashioned values to ensure your horse/pony are catered for in the greatest affordable way, offering cost effective products without compromising on quality.

5% OFF ALL FEED DURING AUGUST VISIT THE STORE FOR MORE HUGE OFFERS

Tel: 01327 844334

e-mail equi-quip@live.co.uk Rear of Whilton Locks Garden Village

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Dog Grooming

Is your dog looking a little rrruff and in need of a tidy up, but you just don’t have the time?

Offering :

Wash & Blow Dry Clip & Trim Hand strip from £20 - Small/medium dogs only

Give Helen a call eve/weekends on 07714 335969

Based in Silverstone 30

Your one stop shop for all your horse and rider needs

With a huge range of quality stock with low budget prices you are sure to find just what you are looking for, and unlikely to find the same stock cheaper anywhere locally.

DO YOU WANT YOUR DOG

TO LOOK AND FEEL FANTASTIC? 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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Cloudy2Clear Windows – Service with a smile!

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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 it’s all about service. ‘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. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up

when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.’ Cloudy2Clear service the Northampton, Kettering, Wellingborough & Corby areas and Trevor is finding that his approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that • Trevor Skidmore. I get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated.’ 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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Rocky Horror at Stowe There will be free Disney giveaways, competitions and a children’s entertainer to add to the spirit of the night. Tickets are now on sale. To order yours, phone the ticket hotline on 0844 249 1895. Tickets are available to buy online from the Stowe pages of the National Trust website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ stowegardens. Tickets are also available from the reception desk at Stowe Landscape Gardens. If booked in advance, tickets cost £10 per adult, £5 per child or a family ticket is available costing £25 for 2 adults and 3 children. If you bring a group of 20 people or more a 15% discount is available. To get you in the movie spirit there will be a popcorn and pick ‘n’ mix stall, along with a bar and hot food. The gates open at 7.30pm for you to settle down and start enjoying your picnic. The film will start at 8.30pm once darkness has fallen. To find out more about the cinema nights call Stowe on 01280 822850 or email: stowegarden@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Saturday August 6th 2011 binders being demonstrated in a field adjacent to the show ground. The Main Ring entertainment this year will be provided by ‘Stallions of Substance’ which promises to be a spectacular display of horsemanship. Admission is £8 for adults, £5 for children over 8 years (under 8’s free of charge) or for £20 per year become a member and enjoy free admission to the show for the whole family, priority parking around the main ring and access to Member’s only areas on Show Day as well as other events throughout the year. Further information can be found on the website www.blakesleyshow.co.uk or from the Secretary, Liz Black on 01327 263186 email blakesleyshow@live.co.uk

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Barnett Motorsport update

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Motoring the lottery of the races car 36 left standing 10th in the Championship.

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Donington was a very hot affair and round 7 was a double distance double points race. The car worked beautifully and Rob drove exceptionally to record another top 6 finish in class even after two red flags. He now stands 7th in the Championship out of 56 in class.

“Teaching you to drive safely for life, not just to pass a test.”

Next we go into the summer break with rounds 8 and 9 held somewhat closer to home at Silverstone on the 28th August if you’d like to get out and support Rob at his home track. This leaves time to make some tweaks to the car and carry out general maintenance.

As well as www.barnettmotorsport.co.uk and the Facebook page you can now follow progress on YouTube at BarnettMotorsport36 where there is lots of onboard and trackside footage. Thank you as ever to Briar Hill Engineering, Julian Hunt, Midlands Windscreens Focus Magazine Group and Beacon Water.

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Quality servicing and MOTs from Hillside Garage

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illside Garage (Whittlebury) Ltd is a family run business established since 1988, with the current owner having 30+ years experience in servicing and repairing of vehicles.

They believe that vehicles should be serviced up to a standard and not purely down to a price, which is one of the reasons they have recently become members of the Good Garage Scheme www.GoodGarageScheme.com What does this mean to you as a customer? It means that their servicing is carried out and documented by a checklist of the 50 most common items that should be checked during a routine vehicle service, including tyre and brake reports to an “Industry Standard Service”. You the customer get the top copy of this comprehensive report, and they keep a carbon copy in their personalised vehicle record folders. In addition they also offer to carry out Pre - MOT inspections for your convenience, thus ensuring no surprises when your MOT is ready

to be carried out. Satisfaction guaranteed. Open Monday to Friday 08.30 till 18.00 and often later, they also offer late night and weekend appointments by prior • Chris at Hillside Garage. arrangement. Collection and delivery can be arranged. They carry out welding repairs to your vehicle and many other items, both commercial and/or domestic. Oh – and if you have any garden machinery or small plant machinery they can look at that for you too! They are, quick and easy to get to from all major roads in the area i.e. A5 and A43 link roads just off the A413 Church Way, Whittlebury Village between Towcester and Silverstone. Call in or give us a ring, you won’t be disappointed. Mobile number for emergencies is 07961 503268, ask for Chris.

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