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appy New Year and welcome to the first Focus Midshires of 2013. Trust you all had a pleasant Christmas, and found yourself on Santa’s “nice” list. Don’t know about you, but New Year’s Resolutions come to mind, and I sometimes think it would be an idea to write them down, and review what actually happened at the end of the year. Have you make any major resolutions this year? If you are thinking 2013 will be the year you invest in a new Caravan, check out the back cover for the Milton Keynes Caravan Show. and inside back cover (Marquis Motorhomes January Sale). If you already own one, contact CFM in Blisworth for servicing and repairs. Maybe you’ll be thinking of "time for yourself" for your resolution? We have Trilogy or Towcester Leisure Centre for getting fit and working off the Christmas over-indulgences and plenty of Health and Beauty options. You could always visit the Heart of the Shires, for a relaxing shopping experience. What a lovely Shopping Village. I do love visiting all their outlets,

it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Maybe this year’s resolution is more along the lines of improvements to your home? We have plenty of choice when it comes to new windows, conservatories or even an extension or new kitchen, carpets or one of those delightful wood burners. The eagle-eyed readers out there will notice the absence of the Diary of Events this time. There just doesn’t seem to be anything organised in time for this edition. There must be Easter Fairs/ Mother’s Day Craft Fairs in the planning, so do be sure to let me know the detail, just email

The deadline for the March/April edition is 6th February, but it’s never too early to let us know dates for future issues, so come on, let me know all those summer fete dates! Finally, a huge thank you to the CharterHouse Retreat in Flore for sponsoring our last Sudoku competition. We had a bumper amount of post and email entries. We are grateful to The Olde Red Lion in Kislingbury who donate a meal for two in this issue. Good luck everyone.

The deadline fo r your next issue of Focus Midshires the 6th Februa is ry

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Have you completed your tax return?

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Welcome Entertainment & Leisure Sudoku Computers Health, Beauty & Fitness Services Pets Homes Tradespeople Gardens Motors

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Searching for a professional business service?

Time to make improvements to your home You’ll find a selection of specialist businesses in our Homes section from pages 22 to 29

Then look no further than our Services section from page 17 to 21

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Entertainment & Leisure


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Entertainment & Leisure

Northamptonshire’s hidden shopping gem Heart of the Shires Shopping Village offers off ers the perfect shopping experience. Shop for fashion and jewellery, gems and fossils, or sweets and locally sourced fresh produce. With fine fine art and antiques or clothing and footwear, and much more on offer, you will find plenty to inspire you. All this, and Darlington’s Restaurant, where you can treat yourself to a freshly prepared lunch, with a glass of wine or a delicious cream tea.

Abraxas China and Gla ss Abraxas Cookshop Barkitty Pet Boutique Beautique Beauty Salon Beehive Gifts Brimley’s Sweets Charlotte Harley Brida l Couture Crafts & Quilts Darlington’s Restaura nt Dressage Food for Thought House of Carillon Illumination Lighting Jacqui’s Gems and Fossi ls Jacqueli elin nee Michelow Jewellery Little Tinkers Shirelings Toys Shires Antiques Something Special Sunflower Cottage Texture Sofas and Interi ors The Barn Deli The Garden Room The Rose Gallery The Wine Barn

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Entertainment & Leisure

Heart of the Shires offers a relaxing, friendly and pleasant shopping experience with a wide selection of quality shops ts and beers. • Wines, spiri


eart of the Shires is a shopping village unlike any other in the heart of England, beautifully set in and around a former Victorian farmyard with a bandstand at its centre.

Unique and individual shops wind round a paved courtyard and through the old barns and Victorian themed shop fronts. A cosy restaurant now occupying the cottage style farmhouse. Almost thirty independent retailers, including the new owners of The Barn Deli and The Wine Barn, offer quality products with emphasis on escape from main stream. Many top designer brands sit with lesser known quality ones that have been carefully sourced to provide the customer with something different expected olates. • Yummy choc from Heart of the Shires. Shires Whilst the architecture of this bygone age has been carefully used to give each shop its own unique style they are by no means behind the time with what they have to offer.

Each individual boutique business is stocked with the latest trends in their field. You can dress everyone from bride to posh apparel for your pooch. Try on Jewellery, nibble at cheeses, select wine, chocolates, gems or fossils, have your nails polished, spend ages in the Cookshop discovering all the things you didn’t know you wanted until you saw them! Visit the florist for Valentines gifts, or gather craft materials to make your own. The toy shop will have you brimming with ideas for your little loved ones. You could revive in the restaurant, be amazed in the art gallery, even take home a Gems. • Fossils and piece of Victoriana from the Antique Shop to remember your day.

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Entertainment & Leisure

It’s true… Luigi’s back in Towcester… Ciao!


Early signs of spring bring Valentine romantics Luigi promises 'We're serving a glass of sparkling passionate red Prosecco Royale for diners on 14th February.'

’m on Top of the World’ says 'Easter Sunday we're hosting a family feel Luigi Pezzotta. The owner/ lunch just £25 per head and children under proprietor/sometimes chef 12 half price.' Starting at 12o'clock with and all time extrovert Luigi last orders 4 pm - advance booking has moved back to his Towcester advised to avoid disappointment. Trattoria to reignite the vibrant taste • Luigi at La Strada. Luigi tells us ‘Towcester holds a of his native Italy and Belgium from his special place in my heart – I know kitchen and orangery restaurant. What’s an so many people were sad I went to Italian Trattoria? – it is less formal than a restaurant, Northampton, but I am back now and with casual welcoming ambiance, affordable good look forward to welcoming guests and food - like a French ‘Bistro’ only Italian! dear friends old and new to Luigi’s at Luigi is serving come-back celebrated favourite La Strada Towcester.' dishes for lunches and evening dining, plus Simply call 01327 354 350 or pop in to opening for Afternoon Treats, served between book at 11 White Horse Yard, Watling Street, 2pm and 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Italian Towcester NN12 6BU or visit the website Coffee or tea with a Dessert or Gelato for only £5.95. Or, depending on your passion in the afternoon, go for more with Liqueur Coffee or a glass of Prosecco, the perfect partner with cake.

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Entertainment & Leisure


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Congratulations to the winner of the Sudoku puzzle from our last issue, Steve Uden from Roade who wins a meal for two at Charterhouse Retreat in Flore.


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A taste of the North for Bosworth students


osworth Independent College ran a University tour during October half term for current AS students. Six universities were visited over five days; Loughborough, Nottingham, York, Durham, Newcastle and Manchester. The aim of this academic trip was not only to survey the universities themselves but also the cities to give students a ‘taste’ of the North of England.

At each University students had the choice of attending a number of different talks, dependent on their interests, along with a general talk and a tour of the campus. The three main areas of interest for the students this year were: Medicine & Medical Sciences, Business, Economics & Finance and Engineering. Each university put together a bespoke package of talks and tours, this combined with viewing the facilities and faculties proved to be an invaluable experience. Students were expected to interact with university representatives to discover more about their individual


course interests; giving them the opportunity to take detailed notes on each university and the important facts to further research for their final UCAS application. Miraj Patel one of our British students expressed, ‘It was a good trip and helped me learn about the different universities. It gave me a real insight into what grades I need and how hard I need to work which is good to know at the beginning of AS.’ Nnyaladzi Nyeku one of our Botswana students comments, ‘It was eye opening and broadened my thinking and for international students the travelling, as well as visiting the universities, was a great experience.’

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

News from Trilogy Leisure for the new year


rilogy Health and Fitness New Year’s membership offer really does have something for everyone. Gym, swimming, fitness classes, health suite, racket sports and even cinema use. With locations across Northampton, the new sports centre at Duston, Danes Camp Leisure Centre in Hunsbury, Lings Forum in Weston Favell and Mounts Baths near the town centre.

and available for functions at the weekend. Ideal for parties, functions, weddings and meetings. After School activities at Duston Sports Centre: Buzz Clubs have landed at Duston Sports Centre. After school activities for boys and girls aged 4 to 12 years every school day.

5 per month Membership for only £2 at the Lings Forum Includes FREE Cinema

Sessions include Gymnastics for beginners, football frenzy, badminton, an inflatable inflatable chaos session and Trilogy Dance Academy with cheerleading, street dance and disco. Buzz clubs are fully supervised by qualified qualified coaches with registration available from 3.45pm (activity starting at 4pm) and finishing finishing at 5pm, so plenty of time to relax in the Timken Lounge or why not work out while the children have fun with special Parents Fitness class on Mondays and Fridays (classes scheduled 4.05pm to 4.55pm) or use the Trilogy state of the art gym.

The new bar at Duston Sports Centre: The Timken Lounge, named after the former British Timken factory, is open to the general public 6.30pm to 10.30pm weekdays

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Local franchisee wins award

Barking Mad well and truly on the map in Northamptonshire and as a dog lover and owner herself, Shirley really does put her heart and soul in to her business.”


hirley was first introduced to Barking Barking Mad arranges Mad when she was looking to make • Shirley Rands. accommodation for dogs in a arrangements for her own dog, Deefer. genuinely caring environment with select “I was searching for an alternative to kennels host families, where their existing routines are and was really pleased to find a service which maintained. Many hosts are retired dog lovers who, provided one to one care, when I was given the having owned pets all their lives, do not wish to opportunity to become involved with Barking Mad” commit again to the full time responsibility of owning said Shirley. At Barking Mad’s recent annual awards, their own dog but miss the companionship. Shirley claimed the award for “Brand Builder of the Year 2012” which was presented by Managing Director, Lee Dancy. Lee said “Everyone has worked ire about would like to enqu u yo If so hard to grow and develop their businesses or would like to becoming a host t, this year it really was difficult to narrow down a service for your pe discuss using our winner. However Shirley has a fantastic attitude and . ay aw t please call straigh willingness to get involved with new ideas, initiatives, be contacted and projects which has contributed to her achieving Shirley Rands can 700110 or excellent business growth. From day one she has directly on 01280 had great business focus and has worked hard to get shirley.rands@ba

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How an injured ex-police officer created a business that turns over £1/4million pounds delivering leaflets… and could help you do the same. At first glance, you wouldn’t have thought it possible to earn that sort of money from delivering leaflets, but that’s exactly what Trevor Nicholls has done when he created The Leaflet Delivery Company. When Trevor’s career as a front line police officer was cut short due to a paragliding accident, he became a financial adviser. One of the key roles that a financial adviser has to perform is to market themselves to attract new clients. “I became so interested in Marketing, that I decided to change careers and bought a franchise in the marketing sector ” Trevor Explains. When advising his clients on the best ways to market their business, Trevor knew that they would benefit from leaflet distribution. However, there was a big problem. There wasn’t a reliable delivery company in the area that his clients could trust to get the job done. “So, I researched the market, looked at how I could set up a leaflet delivery company that really delivered. I set up the systems and procedures to ensure that our customers could have the utmost confidence in our service and that they could be assured that their marketing material would get through the right doors”


The Leaflet Delivery Company became the leading door to door distribution company in the Milton Keynes area, delivering to between 40-60,000 houses per week and turning over in excess of £1/4million per annum. This year saw the launch of our franchise opportunity and we have a very clear vision. “We will be the leaflet delivery company of choice in every major town in the UK” We’re particularly targeting the Bicester, Brackley, Buckingham and Northants areas at the moment as we know we can become the dominant player in that marketplace. We’ve already got enquiries from businesses in the area that are looking for a reliable distribution company but can’t find one. We’re looking for a hard working, reliable and ambitious franchise owner to take on the area and replicate the success that we’ve enjoyed. To find out more about the franchise offering and whether you could be our next success story, either call Trevor on

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Veterinary laparoscopic surgery in Towcester


aparoscopy is keyhole surgery that uses a camera to look inside the abdominal cavity. This allows us to carry out surgical procedures with the surgeon's hands outside the body using instruments inserted through small incisions in the abdominal wall. Towcester Veterinary Centre is the only practice in Northamptonshire that offers laparoscopic surgery and the most commonly carried out procedure is spaying. How is it laparoscopic spaying different? Routine spaying is done via one 5-10cm incision in the abdominal wall. In contrast laparoscopic ovariectomy is performed through two 0.5 - 1 cm incisions. As you can imagine having such small incisions greatly reduces post-operative pain and speeds recovery which are its main advantages. In fact it is the gold standard for human abdominal surgery. You can read more about laparoscopy and laparoscopic spaying on their website and also see a video of the procedure being carried out at

What other procedures can be carried out via laparoscopy? Laparoscopy can also remove abdominally retained testicles, carry out exploration of the abdominal cavity, perform organ biopsy, remove bladder stones, and remove intestinal foreign bodies • Spaying can (to name a few). be carried out with And horses?

laparoscopic surgery.

Towcester Vets are soon going to be able to offer standing laparoscopy to remove ovaries or abdominally retained testicles in horses. Standing laparoscopy means that the horse is heavily sedated and is given local anesthesia for the procedure which eliminates the risk associated with general anaesthesia and has the same advantages as for cats and dogs. If you would like to know more about the procedure please contact Towcester Veterinary Centre on 01327 350239.

Luxury Cattery Our cattery located in Flore offers the most modern cattery facility available within a beautiful secluded rural setting. Your cats health, safety and comfort is our priority and our light spacious, heated chalets provide the ideal environment for your cat. As a fab (feline advisory board) listed cattery you are assured that your cat will receive the best attention and care. Small Animal Boarding‌... Is now available at the cattery. Guinea pigs and bunnies can now be cared for in purpose built hutches with grass runs available. Their usual diet will be catered for with fresh fruit and vegetables available daily. Hamster care is also part of our service where you can bring their own home and we will ensure they are cleaned and exercised regularly. Call 01327 341475 to place a booking or arrange a viewing. Cloverlea, Brington Road, Flore, Northants, NN7 4NQ Easy access from A45, A5 or M1

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The secrets some window companies don’t want us to know

it does. “It's such a great idea. Everyone I speak to loves what we do, but most of them didn't know it was available,” he says. “By fixing or replacing only the broken parts, our customers get something that is as good as new and saves a small fortune in the process.”


or years double glazing firms have had it their own way. Often charging customers thousands for new windows when a replacement part is all they need. And that's hitting households hard at a time when every penny counts. Fortunately that era has come to an end. National window, door and conservatory repair specialists, WindowGeeks, has now opened in Northants, giving local home owners access to a real moneysaving option. In fact, the average single repair or replacement undertaken by WindowGeeks is less than £65. The business is owned by Daventry-based, Rick Holling, who joins dozens of other WindowGeeks franchisees throughout the country. But while his company provides a service that has mass appeal, Rick admits the public isn't always aware of what

Economic appeal aside, Rick says there are plenty of other areas in which WindowGeeks has distinguished itself: “I'm a local business owner and customers deal with me,” he says. “And as a WindowGeeks franchisee, I'm part of a recognised national brand with a trusted reputation. One that offers a ten-year guarantee on all its glass and sources products at the lowest prices around.” Contact WindowGeeks today on 0800 61 22 943 or visit

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Cloudy2Clear Windows Service with a smile!


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

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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 and 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 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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Gardens Our helpful gardening advice column


he shortest day is behind us and the days are beginning to lengthen noticeably, the heat from the sun is getting stronger, all these facts move us nearer an exciting new growing season not far ahead. Pruning, tidying, planning and preparing are main jobs for these cold winter days. Fruit trees, fruit bushes, Roses any hardwood shrubs can be pruned at this time of year. When pruning fruit trees it is important to encourage fruiting and let light into the tree. Fruit bud is more likely to set on branches that do not go straight up in the air, if you bend them slightly say 45 degrees off centre (and tie them with garden tie) you will break the apical dominance and create fruit bud all along the stem.

Prepare the vegetable patch, spread as much organic matter as you can over the surface and then dig it in. This will warm you up on a bright crispy Winter morning. The frost will then do all the hard work breaking down the lumps giving you a lovely fine tilth for your seeds in the Spring.

Herbaceous plants can be dug up and the roots split into 2 or more parts and replanted or given to friends.

For gardening help or advice call one of the plant team at Bell Plantation on 01327 354126.

Early veg can be sown in February, broad beans, shallots, early potatoes it is best if you have a cloche to grow them under as this will encourage growth and protect them from the frost. Keep all your tender plants, bay trees, olive trees covered for a little longer .. it will soon be Spring!

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The cold months are a perfect time to make changes to your garden ready to enjoy in the spring. For a free consultation please contact Alan Muxlow Tel: 01327 855957

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