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Welcome

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elcome to the latest edition of Focus Brackley.

There is constantly something to look forward to in the area and as usual, Focus Brackley is always here to help you to keep up to date with “what’s on”. This issue brings information on the 6th annual Brackley Food Festival (page 31) and the 4th Brackley Wine Festival (page 36) as well as a whole host of events on our Diary of Events (page 45). Of course there’s also Mother’s Day to look forward to on the 10th of March – this year why not nominate your Mum in the “Shires Mum of the Year” competition. Let her know how much you love and appreciate her and give her the chance to win a luxury

hamper donated by shops at the shopping village (Page 10 & 11). All you have to do is say why she’s the best, so that’s easy! For all our Sudoku players, take a look on page 49 as we thought we’d spice things up a bit with a Sudoku with a difference. It looks a little more complicated but I have it on good authority it’s just as easy as the usual ones so have a go and let us know your thoughts. Our resident book critic, The Old Hall Bookshop, has given us their thoughts on the latest recommendation so if you’re a book worm it might be worth a look on page 14 or even subscribe to their news bulletins.

Contents

Car Care Health, Beauty & Fitness Entertainment & Leisure Education Computers Food & Drink Services Pets Home Services Homes Tradespeople Diary of Events Gardens Sudoku Motoring

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A treat for local wine lovers

March - April 2013 Issue Number 18

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Finally, a reminder to you all, the clocks go forward at the end of March so we can start to look forward to some lighter nights and possible some warmer weather, although looking out of the window right now, that seems almost impossible…

Charge your glasses and turn to our preview of the Brackley Wine Festival on pages 36 & 37

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Brackley all set to go mad for food

and not a suspect ready-made meal in sight - See our preview of the Brackley Food Festival on page 31

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

Learn to Swim We are with you every length of the way!

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here has never been a better time for your children to take to the water and learn to swim, or just polish up on existing swimming skills.

Did you know that more than 11 million people swim each year? However 1 in 5 children leave school unable to swim! benefits Learning to swim has many benefi ts for children; it’s great for their health, enhances their self-esteem and importantly teaches them a respect for water. Brackley Pool and Towcester Leisure Centre offer ASA British Swimming lesson programmes, structured to support lessons from ‘parent and baby’ right through to elite athlete. The courses have been aligned to the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) produced by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) - the National Governing Body for swimming.

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Qualified swimming teachers take all Qualified pupils through an exciting and safe lesson programme, teaching them valuable water skills and techniques that will stay with them for life.

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With the new term approaching and classes filling up quickly, call today to guarantee your child’s place: Brackley Pool: 01280 704906 Towcester Leisure Centre: 01327 322480 www.southnorthantsleisure.com * Terms and conditions apply. Price is based on a 12 month minimum term contract. Free unlimited causal swimming only applies to pupils enrolled on a direct debit payment method.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness / Entertainment & Leisure

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The company was founded, and is managed by Cate Wills, registered general nurse (RGN) who brings her wealth of nursing experience to the Laser Tattoo Removal industry, allowing Blank Canvas to provide a truly professional service to all their customers.

This treatment works by the laser emitting a pulse of light that is preferentially absorbed into certain colours

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Entertainment & Leisure of ink. The light enters the skin at a speed that is too fast to heat the tissues (billionths of a second), instead, it produces a ‘shock wave’ effect and breaks up the ink particles into smaller pieces, the body then recognises these particles as something that shouldn’t be there. The particles are then removed naturally via the body’s own elimination system. Tattoo removal is a slow process and a basic black tattoo may require approximately six visits, whereas a more complex design may require more than 12 appointments. Because your body needs time to break down the tattoo ink pigments after each laser treatment, typically any following appointments should be scheduled at a minimum of 4-6 weeks apart. As a family run business based in a bespoke treatment room at their home address, they provide customised treatment courses performed by Cate or Martyn who are fully qualified and trained to do this type of procedure, at very competitive prices, due to lower business running costs.

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Entertainment & Leisure

Northamptonshire’s hidden shopping gem Abraxas China an d Glass Abraxas Cooksh op Barkitty Pet Bout This former Victorian farmyard is ique certainly home to a hidden gem! Beautique Beauty Salon Whatever your interest, whatever you Beehive Gifts are looking for, there is something for Brimley’s Sweets everyone here. From cookery, toys, Charlotte tte Harley Bridal Couture antiques, clothing, and paintings to Crafts & Quilts bridal wear, pet accessories, sweets, Darlington’s Resta flowers and fossils. Not forgetting urant Dr essage beauty treatments, crafts, a deli counter, Food for Though and a place to enjoy lunch or afternoon t House of Carillo tea before you leave. n Illumination Ligh ting Jacqui’s Gems an d Fossils Jacqueline Michelo w Jewellery Little Tinkers Shirelings Toys Shires Antiques Something Special Sunflower Cotta ge Texture Sofas an d Interiors The Barn Deli The Garden Room The Rose Gallery The Wine Barn Heart of the Shires

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Entertainment & Leisure

A vibrant and original shopping experience

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own at the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village, there is so much planned for March and April this year. Not only can you shop at the many interesting and unique shops, but there are some great events planned too.

Do you think your mum could be the Shires Mum of the Year? Is your mum the best ever? Why not enter her into the competition being run, and you never know you could win a bumper Heart of the Shires Hamper which contains items from many of the shops. What a fantastic offering! Just complete the tear off slip at the bottom of the page. The lucky winner will be drawn late on 10th March. Come on you know she’s worth it! Also during Mother’s Day weekend the Heart of the Shires are raising money for Crazy Hats

Breast Cancer Appeal. How can you help? Come along and have your photo with your mum, no age restrictions apply here. Wouldn’t it be great to see babes in arms to ninety year old grannies all out together. See you 9th and 10th March supporting this local Breast Cancer Charity.

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The Heart of the Shires is the perfect place for Mother’s Day presents… everything from flowers, chocolates, jewellery, cards, wines and much, much more. Come and have a look for yourself, or visit www.heartoftheshires.co.uk for inspiration.

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Entertainment & Leisure

BLOOMERS

The Florists of Brackley Because your Mum is worth it ! Now taking orders for Mothers Day

Bicester’s very own AWARD WINNING bridal boutique offers a varied collection of stylish, traditional and contemporary gowns at affordable prices.

Prom Dresses Now In!

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All occasion flowers delivered to Brackley & Surrounding Villages

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Education

Cello Lessons

with Milena Kavrakova M.Mus.Cello Performance

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Helping students overcome exam and performance anxiety Based in Silverstone, Milena enjoys teaching students the pros and cons of daily practice so that more is learned in less time. To book lessons call:

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Special Friends

Everdon Experience Saturday May 18th 10-11:30am

Bug Hunting An exciting way to introduce your child to nature & the environment Qualified rangers bug hunting in our garden, using our ‘bug-tree’ Please book in advance children from 0-5years

Are you touched by a child with additional needs?

If so, then this group is for you! A support group held monthly at the Children’s Centre - run by parents The group also holds monthly trips out and has a fantastic Facebook support group. Pop along to the next meeting and join us for a chat. Please speak with a member of staff for further information

Variety of Stay & Play sessions for 0-5 year olds - All sessions are FREE! Find us on Facebook, call

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Education

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Book review:

Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd

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book by William Boyd is always reason to celebrate in my world and Waiting for Sunrise doesn’t disappoint. It starts in 1913 in Vienna, Europe is building up to war, and a young English actor, Lysander Rief has to visit a psychiatrist with a tricky little problem of an intimate nature. A cure is effected by meeting a beautiful young woman in the waiting room but having embarked on an ill fated love affair, which has repercussions throughout the rest of his life, he finds himself in the debt of the British

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Computers Government and once war has broken out a tale of espionage unfolds. None of William Boyd’s novels are alike and yet all are enjoyable, absorbing literary fiction. This is just out in paperback at £7.99 Why not Join the Old Hall Bookshop bulletin list! Receive news of local events, local books and special offers. To join just send an email (see below) to the shop with your request to subscribe. (We will not divulge your details to any third party).

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Food & Drink

MOTHERS DAY BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN

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Our aim is to provide genuine and authentic Indian cuisine to our customers at reasonable rates. Our award winning chef has experience in making Indian Curries, and as such has been recognised as the best sea food curry maker in Indian curry industry. We strive for constant perfection and innovation along with prompt, efficient and courteous service to leave an impressionable mark on our customers.

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Food & Drink

So many good reasons to visit Boycott Farm

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ave you visited your local Farm Shop lately? The Hayloft, our Restaurant and Tearoom, has had a bit of a makeover for spring. We think you will be pleased with the results so why not come and take a look? The Hayloft nestles under the original beams of our beautiful converted 17th Century barn. A rustic hideaway serving quality food. Our new simple 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 will also have a variety of Daily Specials to tempt your taste buds and offer you something different to choose from each time you visit. Why not book a table for Mothers’ Day weekend and treat mum to Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea or

Sunday Lunch? Alternatively, if she would like to relax at home, cook her one of our quality ready meals. They really do taste homemade so you could take all the credit. We won’t say a word!! Our Afternoon Tea for Two is a great gift idea. At £9.95 per head enjoy a selection of Deliciously Dainty Sandwiches, a Fresh Scone with Homemade Jam and Clotted Cream and a selection of Homemade Cakes baked in the Farm Kitchen using Boycott’s own Free-Range Eggs. This is all served on pretty china with freshly brewed tea or coffee. Vouchers are available all year round. See our website for more details. We love Easter at Boycott Farm. It’s all about chickens and eggs!! 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. Don’t forget, our Butchery is open 7 days a week so pop by and order your meat and poultry for the Easter break.

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Who are Executors

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xecutors are the people who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes and for sorting out the estate. They will have to collect together all the assets of the estate, deal with all the paperwork and pay all the debts, taxes, funeral and administration costs out of money in the estate. They will need to pay out the gifts and transfer any property to beneficiaries.

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The Kings Head, Syresham Visit us for a glass of wine and check out our New Spring Menu Friday 1st February Live music from:

Every Thursday Steak & Wine Night, 2 steaks, and a bottle of house wine £25.00

Friday 3rd May Live music with Clare Connery

Every Wednesday Tapas Night, 8 tapas to share between 2 people £9.95 per person

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Local burgers, gluten free products, cupcakes, fudge and preserves are a few of the items that will be available on the day. There will be something for everyone to see, taste and buy, and new for this year is a Pimms tent.

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The message of Easter beneath all that chocolate

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raditionally, Easter Sunday is a day for bunnies and eggs but is actually a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter eggs seem to have been taken as the feast of choice after the preceding forty day period of lent.

We seem to have covered the lent period with our pancake day editorial hidden in the depths of this magazine, so we won’t go over that, there is however light at the end of the tunnel for all those who have managed to abstain from those treats that they chose not to feast on.

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Easter Sunday has arrived, with it comes chocolate, sweets and plenty of other opportunities to gorge on fatty foods, not that we need an excuse really....

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Diary of Events

ents v E f o y r Dia ays Weekends and Bank Holiday Mond throughout March and April Evenley Wood Garden – Evenley

d in the village of A 60 acre woodland garden situate and trees and Evenley, with glorious views, rare plants of this issue the events coming up over the time span tunity to visit this beauty of Spring gives the best oppor glorious private woodland garden.

Saturday 2nd March y Village Hall An evening of Comic Songs – Evenl event will be filmed Help us make our DVD. Yes folks, this to be on film at an and recorded so this is your chance Duck. Tickets and evening of comic songs with Holler door. Free glass of are £6 in advance or £7.50 on the ct Kevin or Carrie. wine and canapés on arrival. Conta kevinoregan54@btinternet.com

1st Wednesday of every month Group – Alzheimer’s Society Carer Support St Rumbolds Court

groups for carers of people living The Alzheimer’s Society run support try and Brackley, each taking with dementia. Groups are held in Daven safe, friendly environment for carers place once a month. They provide a relaxed and informal atmosphere. to discuss issues affecting them, in a

Thursday 7th March g – Brackley Wines Greatworth Cheese & Wine Tastin for

£15 to help raise money Wine and Cheese tasting night, tickets .co.uk for more inforomation. the playground. Visit www.brackleywines

Friday 8th March Youth Cafe – Mayor’s Coffee Morning for The Hub Town Hall, Brackley

friends and celebrate with Coffee The Hub is 2 years old! Come to meet ‘n Buy Books & Jigsaws. Cake stall and Cake this Friday morning. Bring and attractive Raffle.

Thursday 14th March – 7.30 pm ts Middleton Cheney Library Film Nigh

r, Spy - £6 including ice-cream. A chance to see Tinker, tailor, Soldie the library. All funds to help improve facilities at Contact midlib@northamptonshire.gov.uk for further details.

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Friday 22nd March Singles Night – Brackley Wines

Doors open from 7pm, no need to book, just turn up and mingle! Visit www.brackleywines .co.uk for more information.

Monday 25th March Brackley Wildlife Trust – Brackley Methodist

Church

Illustrated Talk by Alan Peters sharing his experiences of some of the world’s most beautiful and interes ting animals. Minimum of £2 admission per person, donations gratefu lly received.

Sunday 7th April Evenley Wood Garden – Evenley

Visit the Evenley Wood Garden to see the Rare Plant Fair who will be bringing a selection of exceptional nurseri es. Admission £5 for adults and £1 for children. Visit www.evenle ywoodgarden.co.uk for more inforomation

Friday 12th April Brackley & District Wildlife Trust Coffee

morning

10am - 12 noon, Brackley Town Hall (NN13 7AB). Cakes, preserves, books, bric a brac, raffle. For more information contact Alice Adam s, 01280 701983 or email brackleywt@mypostoffice.co.uk

Friday 19th April Argentina Wine Tasting – Brackley Wines

Tickets only £10 and includes wine and nibbles. For more information visit www.brackle ywines.co.uk

Monday 22nd April "Farthinghoe Reserve" Tim Pridmore, Volunteer Reserve Warden followed by A.G.M

7.30pm to 9.30pm Admission £2. Methodist Church Hall, (NN13 7DT) corner of Hill St and High St, Brackle y. For more information contact Alice Adam s, 01280 701983 or email brackleywt@m ypostoffice.co.uk

Friday 15th March Spanish Night – Brackley Wines

h buffet and Spanish wine tasting. Tickets are £25 and include a Spanis for more inforomation. .co.uk ywines brackle www. visit For tickets

pm Sunday 17th March – 12 noon to 3 Cheney Library leton Midd – Sale Book Car Boot & great selection of stalls. Refreshments available along with a Head along for a potential bargain! for more details. Contact midlib@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Saturday 27th April Brackley Wine Festival – Brackley Town Hall

The 4th annual Wine Festival comes to the Brackley Town Hall, providing an opportunity to taste and buy wine from a world wide range. Organised by The Brackley Rotary Club. Entry £5, all proceeds to Rotary Charities.

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Tradespeople / Gardens The minibus is operated by SNVB, the South Northants Volunteer Bureau, as part of the Village Networks project. For more information on hiring the minibus and driver see the website www.snvb.org.uk or call SNVB on 01327 358264 or email villagenetworks@snvb.org.uk. The minibus is available to not for profit groups such as voluntary and community groups, schools and statutory bodies. SNVB is the voluntary and community sector support agency for South Northamptonshire, offering support to local groups on a variety of issues including volunteering and volunteer recruitment, fundraising, governance, ICT development, and workforce development. SNVB is based at the Towcester Volunteer Centre with a branch office at the Volunteer Centre in Brackley. Visit www.snvb.org.uk for more information.

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or all you Puzzle lovers, we *Only valid have decided to give you a for food challenge. If you haven’t seen this before it’s a Sudoku variant called "Hoshi Sudoku".

The grid contains six large triangles. The numbers 1 to 9 must be placed into the cells of each large triangle. Every line of any length - even uncontinous - must contain every number not more than once. Puzzle supplied by: www.sudoku-puzzles.net

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he weather in March can change from one extreme to another, from day to day or year to year. 1963 there was snow on the ground for 3 weeks, in the last few years we have had very dry warm weather. So be prepared for action in the garden if the weather is good, there is so much to do. Spring is a great time to get children involved in gardening, there is quick reward for your labour.

Our helpful gardening advice column you have a problem), this will keep it green for several months and discourage moss. Cutting gardens have always been fashionable, March is the time to plant many flowering plants for colour later on in the summer. Herbaceous plants should be bursting into growth in March. Plant labels these days are very descriptive enabling you to choose the plants you like with the right height and colour. Once herbaceous plants are in the ground they will flower flower every year, so long as they are in the right conditions.

If your lawn is relatively dry, a good firm rake over will dislodge all the moss that may have built up over the winter and encourage the grass to send out new shoots. Pushing some holes in the lawn will encourage drainage, it will also speed up fertilisation of the roots. If you have any sharp sand, a thin layer spread over the lawn will fill up the holes you have just made and massively improve the drainage in the longer term.

Let’s hope that the March and April weather is normal this year. Happy Gardening!

When you have finished beating up the lawn reward it with a slow release lawn feed (and moss killer if

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Children would make a rare journey home from their apprenticeships and jobs to spend the day with their mother and family. Mothering Sunday fell out of practice in the early 1900's. After WWII, however, we once again picked up the tradition, inspired largely by the USA. Today the UK’s Mother’s Day continues in much the same way as the old tradition, with cards and dinners in honour of Mum.

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years ago, British Summer Time also known as Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by a keen horse-rider, William Willett, who was incensed at the ‘waste’ of useful daylight first thing in the morning during summer. Though the sun had been up for hours during his rides through the local woods in Chislehurst and Petts Wood, people were still asleep in bed. In 1907 he published a pamphlet called The Waste of Daylight, outlining plans to encourage people out of bed earlier in summer by changing the time on the nation’s clocks. He spent the rest of his life fighting to get acceptance of his time-shifting scheme. He died in 1915 with the Government still refusing to back BST. The following year, Germany introduced the system. Britain followed in May 1916, and adopted Daylight Saving Time, a few weeks after Germany. For years, the British Government had refused to introduce

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