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Welcome & Contents

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elcome to the April and May edition of Focus Bicester North magazine. Inside we have a timely reminder of an event this Easter weekend, don’t miss it. Maybe try Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa for an Easter Sunday Lunch, turn to page 8. Make the most of the extra days off and look out for a local egg hunt or other local event that’s happening in our area. Don’t forget to put the clocks forward one hour this coming weekend (31st March).

Are you taking plenty of exercise, keeping up that New Year resolution by keeping off those extra pounds? If you need some help then visit your local gym Evolve Fitness and The Gym where expert advice, a fitness programme and some added motivation could be found, see page 11.

Spring is now here and the finer days are drawing closer and Wedding Shows are big on the agenda in this edition so look at pages 6 and 9 where we have news of two separate events taking place in April and May.

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Enjoy the longer evenings and the extra daylight...

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Contents April - May 2013

On Friday the 26th April, 7pm – 9.30pm - Councillor Dan Sames will be hosting the Charity Concert in St Edburg's Church, Bicester, and is very pleased to have the musicians from Oxfordshire County Music Service performing. All proceeds will go to the Mayor's chosen charities, 23 Pioneer Regiment Benevolent Fund and the Haematology Trials Unit at the Churchill Hospital. For further information please contact Bicester Town Council on 01869 252915.

Here comes the bride....

Issue Number 7

Love must be in the air... there Welcome are two Wedding Fairs featured Handy Numbers / About Focus inside on page 6 and page 9 Garden Centre Events Computers in Education W Events in our regular Beds at The Plough, Bicester n to page 26 Health & Fitness tur Sudoku competition Entertainment & Leisure Homes Pets Outdoor Clothing Financial & Property Tradespeople Gardens Check out our Gardening Windows & Conservatories section on pages 24-27 Motoring David Wilson Homes for professional garden help

Win a meal for two

Time to enjoy the garden...

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Garden Centre

visit the spring festival of plants at bell plantation 5 great reasons to visit • 500 trees to choose from • Loads of colourful plants • Bucket loads of free advice on gardening, growing your own food • First class Café with all our cakes baked fresh every day • We will carry everything to your car! FIVE 9CM HERBACEOUS PLANTS WORTH £1.99 EACH

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Events

The Magnolia Wedding Show 21st April 11am-3pm

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oin Confetti Celebrations and many other local businesses that can all play a part in creating your perfect Wedding Day. Why not come along as it is FREE entry and there is a goody bag for the bride/groom attending. Why not use the opportunity to look around The Magnolia Park Golf & Country Club and speak with their amazing team. There will be a catwalk of bridal wear during the day that will include bridal gowns, suits and outfits for the wedding party. From photographers to stationery, wedding cakes to flowers, there will be plenty for you to see and plenty of experts to talk too. There is also a competition to win exclusive items and offers on the day too! The Magnolia Park Golf & Country Club is set in the rolling Buckinghamshire countryside and is a stunning venue. The banqueting suite seats up to 150 guests and is beautifully appointed with great views and plenty of natural daylight. In summer you can use the lovely terrace area and enjoy the sunshine and stunning views across our 200 acres of countryside.

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A complete package is available, giving you peace of mind, knowing that your day will turn out just as you had planned and imagined. The Events Management Team have many years of experience in all aspects of wedding management ensuring you receive a warm, friendly and professional level of service. If you are a business and want to exhibit at this wedding show, please email: jane@confetticelebrations.co.uk

The Magnolia Park Golf & Country Club Arncott Road, Boarstall, Bucks, HP18 9XX

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Computing / Education

Bicester & District

Ex-Servicemans and Social Club

INVITING NEW MEMBERS Function Room also available FREE to Members

NURSERY & PRE-SCHOOL

FROM 4 MONTHS TO 5 YEARS

Entertainment EVERY Saturday Satellite Sports TV Open: Mon - Thurs 11am - 2.30pm and 6pm - 11pm Fri 11am - Midnight Sat 11am - 1am Sunday 12 noon - 10.30pm For further information ask at the bar or contact Tel: 01869 245367 bicesterexservicemans@yahoo.co.uk BicesterExServicemans 67a Sheep Street, Bicester, Oxon OX26 6JW

All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year NOW ENROLLING We are open weekdays 7:30am - 6:30pm Visits always welcome

32 Launton Road Bicester OX26 6PY email: [b\^lm^k9\abe]Ă&#x203A;klm'\h'nd tel: 01869 323730

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Education / Events

cr`eche We lco m i n g, Frie n dly & Fu n!

Sunday Easter Sunday

LUNCH

Open to all from 6 weeks and over Full day care and hourly crèche services Prices from £4.40 per hour with discounts for day care and siblings Open Monday-Friday 8.30am-6.00pm and Saturday 9.00am-12.00 Fully registered with Oxfordshire County Council and OFSTED t us for Contac tails or to e d ry r e h furt r complimenta n u book yo ductory sessio intro Telephone:

01869 241204

Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa Chesterton, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 1TE

www.bicesterhotelgolfandspa.com

TRADITIONAL SUNDAY LUNCH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS NOW BEING SERVED

EVERY SUNDAY

TIME: 12.30 - 3 PM ADULTS FROM £9.99 UNDER 12’S FROM £5.99 BOOKING ADVISABLE

LUNCH

ENJOY A DELICIOUS 3-COURSE FAMILY LUNCH PLUS COFFEE

SUNDAY 31st MARCH 2013 £22.95 PER PERSON

RESTAURANT OPEN SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK IDEAL VENUE FOR Street Akeman WEDDINGS CELEBRATIONS B430 SPA DAYS GOLF DAYS Weston-on ACCOMMODATION -the-Green A34 AMPLE FREE PARKING

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BICESTER HOTEL, GOLF AND SPA CHESTERTON, BICESTER, OXFORDSHIRE OX26 1TE

WWW.BICESTERHOTELGOLFANDSPA.COM

PSP AUCTION DATES Traditional Auctioneers - Established 1993

ALL AUCTIONS TO BE HELD ON A SATURDAY AT THE AUCTION HOUSE, TINGEWICK 10:30am START. VIEWING ON FRIDAY 10am TILL 8pm & MORNING OF THE SALE

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6th – Antiques and Effects 13th – Tools and Machinery 20th - General Sale 27th – General Sale

Trading for over 20 years

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ENTRIES INVITED, REMEMBER NO HORRIBLE LOTTING FEES & REASONABLE COMMISSIONS

All enquiries to:- Mr David Partridge Auction House, Main Street, Tingewick, Bucks. MK18 4NL

TEL: 01280 848843

email: pspauctions@aol.com www.pspauctions.co.uk

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Events

Perfection has just got better…

This year’s exhibition will be more sensational than ever. Live make-up demonstrations; discount vouchers for bridal treatments; competitions; bridal gowns to try on and purchase; and an array of exhibition stands catering for all your needs.

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et in more than 100 acres of rolling Oxfordshire countryside, Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa has always been the perfect setting for a country wedding.

You will be able to view one of the rooms set up for a typical wedding, as well as meeting and discussing your requirements with a member of our team.

Now, with its recently added hotel, banqueting rooms, health club and spa, the venue has everything you could wish for to make your wedding day even more special.

And if you would like a personal introduction to what we can do for you on your special day, why not arrange an exclusive tour of the venue, complete with canapés and bubbly, for yourself and your close family? We will be taking bookings on the day…

Weddings showcase

Do come along to the admission-free exhibition on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May between 11am and 3pm.

Seeing is believing, of course. And our annual wedding exhibition, held over the May Bank Holiday, is an exciting chance for us to showcase what we have to offer.

Unable to make the exhibition but want to look round another time? Call us directly on 01869 241204.

THE BEGINNING OF

SET IN 134 ACRES OF STUNNING COUNTRYSIDE

YOUR LIFETIME

LICENCED FOR CIVIL CEREMONIES

OF MEMORIES AT BICESTER HOTEL, GOLF AND SPA

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR UP TO 150 GUESTS AND FACILITIES TO CATER FOR LARGER MARQUEE WEDDINGS LEISURE FACILITIES

FOREST OF WELLBEING SPA 18 HOLE GOLF COURSE 52 LUXURY BEDROOMS RESTAURANT AND BAR CRÈCHE ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGES FROM £4999.99 OR CREATE YOUR OWN TAILOR MADE WEDDING

TO ARRANGE A SHOW ROUND PLEASE CALL

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BICESTER HOTEL, GOLF AND SPA CHESTERTON, BICESTER, OX26 1TE

www.bicesterhotelgolfandspa.com COME ALONG TO OUR SPRING WEDDING FAIR 11AM -3PM BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 6TH MAY ENTRANCE IS FREE PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY TODAY

LIVE WEDDING MAKE UP DEMONSTRATIONS TRY ON AND BUY YOUR WEDDING DRESS SEE OUR WEDDING ROOM MEET ALL THE WEDDING SUPPLIERS

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Beds / Health & Fitness

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Tel 01869 321171

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Open 7 Days a Week 104 Churchill Road. Bicester OX26 4XD

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Health & Fitness

Rehabilitation, Wheelchairs, Elderly users, Where? At Evolve Fitness - where else?

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our health is important to us, which is why we are not just a normal gym. At Evolve we cater for everybody. We will talk though any reservations or concerns you may have before any physical exercise is undertaken. If you are just starting out on a rehabilitation programme prescribed by your GP or you simply want to lose weight and gain a better fitness level then visit us and see what we have to offer.

John Stocker, owner and fitness instructor at Evolve says “A customised rehabilitation and fitness programme, specifi specifically cally designed for the individual, greatly improves recovery time after injury or illness. Some members are referred to us by their GP for heart or general health concerns and here we are able to offer a custom programme that caters for every body of all ages and abilities. Evolve has specialist knowledge and works closely with each

individual. We understand that some people have special dietary and physical requirements as many ‘special’ users can already endorse as part of their rehabilitation process”. Wheelchair and disabled users will appreciate the ground floor changing facilities and Evolve is the only gym in Bicester with full ground floor facilities. You can feel very comfortable in the spacious surroundings and with the welcoming nature of staff and other users. The gym equipment in particular is user friendly making low seat transfers from chair to equipment easy and very accessible.

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Owner & Founder of Evolve Health & Fitness

NO JOINING FEE NO CONTRACTS

01869 323337 Our normal opening times are:

Unit 3, Launton Business Park, Murdock Road, Bicester OX26 4PL

www.evolvehealthandfitness.co.uk

Mon - Wed Thurs Fri Sat / Sunday Bank Holidays

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Entertainment & Leisure

Have you visited your local Farm Shop lately?

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oycott Farm Shop, Butchery and The Hayloft Restaurant and Tearoom is situated in an idyllic location next to the National Trust Gardens at Stowe. With free parking and a warm welcome we are definitely worth a visit! Nestling under the original beams of our beautiful converted 17th Century barn is The Hayloft. A rustic hideaway serving quality food. Our menu includes our popular All Day Breakfast. The Free Range Eggs, Bacon, Sausages and Black Pudding are all from the Farm, so we can guarantee the best breakfast around.

We love Easter at Boycott Farm. It’s all about chickens and eggs!! In the Farm

Shop we have lots of Easter gifts to buy along with delicious Easter treats from our Farm Kitchen. If you are entertaining, take a look at our Catering Selection and let us do the hard work.

Here on the farm we rear Traditional Breed Pork and Aberdeen Angus Beef. All the beef and pork meat used in our ready meals is from the farm and is prepared in our award winning butchery so we are confident there are no hidden extras! We take care of our meat every step of the way “from field to fork” so why would you shop anywhere else? Why not give us a try and order your meat and poultry for the Easter break?

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Pets / Homes  

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Homes Holistic vet Chris Day MRCVS advises ‘although dogs can eat bread, they would not normally encounter grain in the wild… removing grain from a dogs diet WILL NOT bring a nutritional penalty and may be to your dogs advantage!’ So why are the main stream brands listing cereals as their largest ingredient? According to Chris Day ‘such foods do not serve health and well being so much profit.’ as commercial interest and profi t.’ Choosing to feed your pet a true high quality food consisting of 70-80% meat, consistent with a wild diet, then fifilled lled with fruits, vegetables and oils can seem expensive, but given the quality of these foods much less can be fed, naturally keeping teeth clean and strong, digestion in top working order, skin and coats healthy and glowing, and expensive vets trips few and far between! For more information and healthy alternatives see www.cometscorners.co.uk

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Homes / Outdoor Clothing

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ave you ever heard of chimney fires? I know the fire service have and all to sadly on too many occasions.

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Homes removed will over time act as a fuel of its own and may ignite causing a chimney fire which can cause structural damage to the chimney and may cause a fire to your roof space. Sweeping the chimney is also important to remove obstructions such as birds nests. If the flow of air up and through the chimney is blocked carbon monoxide can not escape causing a risk to your health and even, in the worst case, death. The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps and the fire service advise that chimneys/ flues should be swept once each year (sometimes more) by a qualified qualified and insured chimney sweep.

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Homes / Financial & Property

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rom April 2017, there will be a new single weekly flat rate state pension of £144. ‘Graduated’, ‘State Second’ & ‘Basic’ pension will be merged, and means testing of Pensions Credit will stop.

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Financial & Property CONTRACTING OUT • Many people will face an increase of 1.4% in their National Insurance contributions as ‘contracting out’ will end for ‘Defined benefit’ (Final Salary) schemes. Their employers will pay an extra 3.4% • Due to the complexity of the changeover to the new system, special measures will address the issue of pension benefits accrued before the start of the new Flat Rate Pension. WINNERS • Women who have taken time off for child-care. • Low earners. • Self employed. LOSERS • Older employees with varying entitlement to Serps / State Second Pension Confused or need help? Call Alan Kent 07948 001849 or book a free telephone helpline appointment http://right-fs.youcanbook.me/ Right Financial Services is an appointed representative of Financial Ltd, authorised & regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Right Financial Services FSA number 581314.

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Financial & Property /Tradespeople

Advice for Landlords who are letting a residential property If you are planning to Buy - Sell - Remortgage a house, our team of legal experts in Property Logic are here to help you.

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ith the “Buy-to-Let” market going from strength to strength, renting out property continues to be a popular method of generating income. Before letting out property, there are a number of issues for a landlord to consider which will help to avoid some of the common pitfalls:• Although not a legal requirement, having a written tenancy agreement is important as this clearly defines the rights and obligations of both landlord and tenant and helps to keep disputes to a minimum. • More and more tenants are fraudulently completing tenancy agreements with false names and details. It is important to make thorough checks on tenants which may include obtaining references; identification documents; proof of residency and making contact with previous landlords.

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Tradespeople • Since April 2007, landlords who let properties under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy are required to protect any deposit received from a tenant (in one of certain approved schemes) and also provide certain “prescribed information” to their tenants within 30 days of receiving the deposit. A failure to do so can result in sanctions being imposed. • Landlords need to consider their mortgage agreement as usually there is a requirement to obtain the mortgage lender’s consent before granting a tenancy. • It is important for landlords to act proactively when problems arise.

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Windows & Conservatories

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Windows & Conservatories

Cloudy2Clear – A simple way to save money

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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 Stephen Lane 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.’

• Stephen Lane of Cloudy2Clear.

Cloudy2Clear service the Bicester, Brackley and Oxford areas and Stephen is finding that his approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that 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 Stephen a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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Motoring

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BOOK ON LINE & take advantage of our free* collection & delivery service + £10 off your final bill *for local collections within a 10 mile radius

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De Lacy Fields, Kingsmere Village, Near Bicester

PRESENT THIS ADVERT UPON RESERVATION OF A NEW HOME AT DE LACY FIELDS AND RECEIVE FREE FITTED CARPETS†

THE DIFFERENCE IS A DAVID WILSON HOME AT DE LACY FIELDS… WHY LIVE ANYWHERE ELSE? De Lacy Fields by David Wilson Homes is an impressive collection of executive new homes located within the exciting new community of Kingsmere Village near Bicester. With the houses boasting a superior specification, deals available to get you moving, unbeatable transport links not to mention an abundance of amenities on your doorstop, why would you want to live anywhere else?

105% PART EXCHANGE

Achieve the best possible price for your existing property with our exclusive offer of 105% Part Exchange. So, for example, if your home is worth £250,000 we would offer you £262,500 and pay your estate agent fees saving you up to £5,250 based on our example.

IT’S SIMPLE;WE COULD BUYYOUR HOUSE LEAVINGYOU FREE TO BUY ONE OF OURS!* De Lacy Fields, Kingsmere Village, Nr Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 1RS 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes from £300,000 Sales centre and showhomes open daily from 10am to 5pm

See The Difference at dwh.co.uk or call 0844 811 3322 †Offer available for reservations taken between 1st April and 31st May 2013. *Offer available on selected plots only. Terms and conditions apply. See website for details, subject to contract and status. Images typical of David Wilson homes. Prices correct at time of going to press if mentioned. David Wilson obtain 2 independent valuations and to ensure 100% market value any offer made matches the average of these plus 5%.

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FREE COLLECTION & DELIVERY SERVICE

with all prescriptions to your home and/ or workplace*

YOUR LOCAL LATE NIGHT PHARMACY Your local chemists open every day, longer and till late including bank holidays

Opening Times: Mon - Sat: 8am - 11pm, Sun: 9am - 7pm OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

See page 25 for

more details – FREE REPEAT PRESCRIPTION SERVICE on the Repeat NO NEED TO VISIT THE SURGERY Prescription Service DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME OR OFFICE Just complete a consent form from the Pharmacy and we take care of the rest. Ahmeys contact you one week prior to the next date of prescription renewal ensuring the medication is the same or any changes noted ensuring you receive only the correct medication. OUR FREE repeat prescription service helps you just concentrate on your health that’s why you can’t afford to go anywhere else, can you?

Tel 01869 240460 * Subject to availability and terms and conditions.

2A Market Square, Bicester, OX26 6AA Also at: 150 Oxford Road, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2EA Focus Bicester North_April-May13_issue.indd 32

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