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Welcome ocus Midshires is two years old, just can’t believe how quickly the last year has flown by. See page 41 for my little tribute ... indeed the inspiration behind the front cover ... my walk along some of the Midshires Way ended with seeing a canal boat coming out of the Blisworth Tunnel.

Surely by the time you are reading this, the weather is improving, or will it be chilly and maybe more snow in May and June I wonder! Hopefully not, and we will all come out of hibernation and start looking at those jobs we’ve been putting off around our homes and gardens. Won’t it be lovely to start having dinner outside once again!

As always we have a whole host of companies who can help you with everything from driving lessons to a new kitchen. For those of you, like me, finally getting out into the garden, do check out our Gardens Section and of course as always Ashley’s Tips are not to be missed. Again we have plenty of “me time”, so be sure to look at the many events, eating establishments and health, beauty and fitness opportunities listed. The Heart of the Shires Shopping Village have asked me to thank you all for the entry forms for their Shires Mum of the Year competition which they ran on Mother’s Day. The winner was Marianne Quarry from Northampton who nominated her mum Marguerite Steng. There is plenty going on at the Heart of the Shires, check out pages 12 and 13 for their special events during May and June. If you have a pet, take them along as they’re invited to a special birthday party.

We thank you all for your Sudoku competition entries, seems many of you found it tricky, so we have reverted back to the good old square one. For your chance to win £30 to spend on food and drink at the Heart of England pub, up at the A5/A45 Weedon Crossroads, turn to page 36. Look forward to seeing all your entries. Finally, to all those dads out there, Happy Father’s Day on June 16th.

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Contents

Contents

Could you be the next Rory McIlroy?

May - June 2013 Issue 13 03 05 06 08 09 14 17 20 21 22 23 25 30 36 36 39 46

Welcome Gardening Show Food & Drink Education Entertainment & Leisure Pets Health, Beauty & Fitness Services Financial Services Diary of Events Computers Windows & Conservatories Homes Tradespeople Sudoku Gardens Motors

Brampton Heath Golf Centre are hosting the Lee Westwood Golf Camp and Golf Tour See pages 10 and 11 to find out how to get your youngster involved.

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It’s gardening time again!

Get in the gardening groove with our gardening section on pages 39 to 45 and the MK Gardening Show, see opposite

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Gardening Show

Indoors at

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Friday 17th 9.30am - 8pm; Saturday 18th 9am - 6pm; Sunday 19th 11am - 5pm Plants, garden furniture, landscaping, pots, garden sculptures, garden buildings, artificial grass, conservatories, hot tubs, garden design, water features, gazebos, metalwork, garden tools, fencing, garden machinery, lawn treatments, driveways, ornaments, driveway cleaning, edging, gifts, accessories, awnings, garage doors, decking, loppers and cutters, garden paintings, plant supports, bin cleaning, specialist bulbs, magna therapy, sharpeners, etc. Event organised by Central Exhibitions Ltd Tel: 01908 305123 or visit www.centralexhibitions.co.uk Focus Midshires May - June 2013 www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

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Food & Drink

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Towcester Tea Rooms All Food Prepared & Cooked Fresh On The Day Buffets To Suit All Budgets, Delivered To Your Door x Weddings x Christenings x Anniversaries x Birthdays x Business Lunches x Funerals x Naming Days x Engagement x Parties

The Alzheimer’s Society benefit again from Olympic fund raising

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he Northants Branch of The Alzheimer‘s Society benefited from another year of fund raising by local fund raisers Sharon and Tony McMurray, owners of Towcester Tea Rooms by raising another £1058.00.

Sharon and Tony have established themselves as a couple who fund raise for different local charities each year. In 2012 their fund raising was given the name “The Towcester Tea Rooms Triple Olympic Challenge”. Firstly with Sharon running her first (and only) half marathon around Silverstone Track followed by the second which was the London Marathon ran by Tony.

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Throughout the remaining months of 2012 other events such as the local New Bekash Indian Restaurant, where a percentage of all takings were donated by Abdul the owner and the largest part of the funds raised came from Sharon’s generous customers at the Tea Rooms, as

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Food & Drink well as friends and family. Sharon said “we continue to thank our generous customers and friends for their kind donations”. The third and final challenge of the year was • Sharon & Tony with Hayley more a labour of love Childs of The Alzheimer’s Society and the £1,058 cheque. for Tony as he fulfilled a lifelong ambition by being part of the Olympic Games as one of the Gamesmaker Volunteers. Towards the end of the summer the final fund raising event was a stall at the Towcester Fayre at the end of August, where the couple, supported by Sharon’s mum Lyn, sold Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Plans for the 2013 fund raiser in July “The Ultimate Elvis Tribute” at Whittlebury Hall are now underway and full details can be found by following twitter @towcestertea. Well done guys, keep up the good work!

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Education

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Entertainment & Leisure

Your beautiful holiday home awaits at Billing

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Set in 235 acres of countryside, the familyowned park has undergone massive investment, and with a stunning ÂŁ5 million leisure complex recently unveiled, there couldn't be a better time to buy. Perfect for last minute getaways, lazy weekends away or fun-packed summer breaks with family and friends, Billing has grown to become one of England's premier holiday parks thanks to its unrivalled facilities and excellent around-the-clock service. Whether you choose a static caravan or holiday lodge, you can be sure of high quality

furnishings and fittings throughout with attention to detail that is second to none. Maybe you regret your choice of current holiday park. Subject to appraisal, it may be possible to select an idyllic plot of your choice at Billing, relocating your holiday home to your perfect destination for years to come. Billing Aquadrome offer sublet purchasing options on selected caravan and lodge holiday homes. This option can prove extremely profitable for investors seeking a return, and is an ideal way to offset the running costs associated with owning your own holiday home. Sublet income can generate up to ÂŁ10,000 per year and may enable holiday home owners to enjoy FREE holidays for life.

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Entertainment & Leisure

Golf camps for youngsters to improve their game

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rampton Heath Golf Centre is proud to be a venue for the “Lee Westwood Golf Camp” and the “Lee Westwood Golf Tour”.

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The Lee Westwood Golf Camps are ideal for young golfers wishing to improve their golf. Lee actively encourages the participation of young golfers and his Golf Camps are designed to provide young golfers with the opportunity to develop their golf skills in a fun and informative environment. Camps are open to boys and girls aged 7-16 of all abilities, and are held over 3-days during the school holidays.

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The Lee Westwood Golf Tour is a new initiative designed to promote and develop the next generation of young golfers, via the experience of playing on a competitive golf tour on top class courses across the UK. The tour is open to boys and girls under the age of 21 with a handicap of 28 or less, with players competing in gross and nett competitions. The tour will consist of 7 regions, each holding 7 events as part of a regional tour. A number of winners from each region will qualify for the Lee Westwood Golf Tour Players Championship. The Lee Westwood Golf Tour will take place at several locations across the Midlands, the one held at Brampton Heath Golf Centre will be Wednesday 28th August. If you are interested in joining the Tour and/or would like to find out more information, please visit www.bhgc.co.uk or www.leewestwoodgolftour.com

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Although it’s true to say we have a huge variety of shops selling everything from jewellery to fossils, sweets to copper pans, crafts to wedding dresses, or even pet accessories to clothes, there is an unrivalled relaxing atmosphere to this former Victorian farmyard.

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Join Barkitty’s Alfie for his first birthday party!

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t’s not just the Focus Midshires Magazine celebrating it’s birthday this issue. Alfie, the resident chocolate Labrador and his seven brothers and sisters are hosting a Birthday Party down at the Heart of the Shires.

For those of you who have visited the Barkitty pet accessories shop before, you’ll have received a warm welcome from Alfie, Alfie, who is always happy to show you around his lovely shop, and eager to point out all the things he likes! Alfie sends all pets this invitation to join him at his Birthday Party, and is very much looking forward to being the centre of attention for the day.

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Pets

Missing Pets – Be aware of yours!

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found in a lay-by by a passerby who called the number on their tag when the group of people near the dog claimed not to be anything to do with her. Sheba is thought to have been dognapped and when escaping from the stopped van had been hit by a passing car. There was nothing the vets could do and the owners were left heartbroken.

ou may have recently seen cases of pets going missing, helpless owners searching in vain, asking their friends, friends of friends and family members to look out for them and all too often be left stranded and feeling helpless. We’ve seen lots of stories recently about dogs going missing in the social media world and recently, this happened to a friend of mine too. Sheba was a lovely young Border Collie who my friend and his family rescued from a shelter and gave a loving home.

Please do all you can to ensure your dog’s safety, keep your dog in sight whenever they are off the lead, never allow strange children to hold the lead, beware of allowing your children to walk your pet alone, don’t leave your pet unattended in cars, gardens or tied up in front of the shops. Micro chipping can also help locate your pet and can be carried out by most vets. Please take all the care you can, nobody wants to lose their loved one, let’s be as vigilant as possible.

Sheba disappeared whilst out on a walk in a North London park, unfortunately

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Pets

Protecting your pets from heat stroke

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

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

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

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The link between Focus Midshires and a footpath

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ocus Midshires celebrates it’s second Birthday this issue. Don’t know if you are aware how this magazine got it’s name, but for those who are not, it is named after the Midshires Way which runs throughout the Focus Midshires distribution area. If you have a look at our map on page four you will see the section we share. The Midshires Way is a long distance footpath and bridleway that runs for 230 miles (370 km) through Middle England from Bledlow in Buckinghamshire to Stockport, Greater Manchester.

For my own birthday, I thought it would be rather nice to explore some of the Midshires Way, having been something I’d intended to do since joining the Focus Magazine Group. More than likely I’ve unknowingly walked some of the Midshires Way some years back, when I lived in Manchester, and could never have dreamed of the future connection. As you can see from the photo, my husband and I picked a sunny day (well it snowed later that evening!), and thoroughly enjoyed our mini-expedition following some walk instructions I’d downloaded. I even managed to bring home some of the Midshires Way, having stood on what I thought was a solid tractor track, and wasn’t... mud right over the top of my walking boots! It was well worth it though to spot the acorn logo of the Midshires Way soon after. We have such beautiful countryside, and as I often say when I’m out visiting customers, it is like being on holiday in the Devon countryside... we are very lucky!

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Our helpful gardening advice column ith a record cold March and a chilly start to April, things in the garden during May and June are bound to be running a little later than last year.

Lawns have had a really tough time over the last 12 months, high rainfall, low sun levels and very cold windy conditions, plus children and pet ware. You may have bare patches, yellow grass and loads of moss. Regular granular or liquid weed and feed will massively help the condition of the grass. It really is very easy to apply. If there are loads of bare patches or the grass is very thin you may need to apply some grass seed. You can get fine lawn seed, hard wearing mixes, shade tolerant mixes etc. Rake the ground lightly to create some loose soil, it only needs to be a few millimetres

thick or apply newly sieved topsoil, level it with the back of the rake. Apply the seed usually about 35grammes per metre squared (depends slightly on the seed mix), rake over once the seed is on the ground and lightly water. Be careful not to water too much and create a soil cap over the seed. The grass will emerge in about a week. Make sure when you first first cut the grass the blade is sharp on the mower otherwise the mower may pull the grass plant out of the ground. Regular feeding will keep the grass in fine fettle, vigorous grass growth will suppress the weeds and moss.

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