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Welcome & Contents

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i everyone and welcome to our February / March issue. By now we have long forgotten about Christmas but I hope yours was as good as mine. It’s always a pleasure having family around and ours seems to be growing thick and fast! Anyway, now that it’s all over for another year, some of us will be making plans for some of the exciting times ahead.

During this period, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and Mothering Sunday so please make sure the ladies are well and truly spoilt because I know they all deserve it. I’m sure some of the gents do too! We will also have the opportunity to toss a few pancakes because that time

of year has quickly come round again (12th February) as has thank goodness… the weekend where we put our clocks forward (31st March), which can only mean one thing... the days will be lighter for longer and we can say “au revoir” to this dreadful weather (I hope). Another BIG weekend for some is 17th March which is St Patrick’s Day. There’s usually something going on somewhere to celebrate this occasion, and let’s be honest, those who do, know how to do it well! As if that’s not enough, for those of us celebrating Easter, it’s really early this year. Good Friday on 29th

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March and Easter Monday 1st April, I can’t remember the last time Easter was separated over two months! Let’s hope it’s not an April Fool. Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for participating in the Sudoku competition. I’m not sure if it’s the prize which gets you going or just completing the puzzle but we’re spicing things up for this issue with a Sudoku alternative. Have a look at page 71. We’ll be interested in your thoughts. Till next time!

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Handy Numbers / About Focus loads of inspiration Entertainment & Leisure Health, Beauty & Fitness Education in r to W Pets Win a £40 food vouche rill* &G Food & Drink use at The Stables Baroku puzzle! Computers new Sud Turn to page 71 for our Services k. Valid any day of the wee Home Services Tradespeople Homes Windows & Conservatories Gardens Sudoku You can still apply for a place in the Motoring

Run and raise money for DEBRA!

Adidas 2013 Silverstone Half Marathon with DEBRA. See page 44

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Handy Numbers Al-Anon - National Helpline (manned 10am-10pm every day): CAN Drugs, Alcohol & Homelessness: Contraception Emergency: Fire & Rescue Service: Greens Norton Medical Centre Appts: Dispensary: Greens Norton Village Hall: Greyfriars Bus Station: Lloyds Chemist Brook Health Centre: Lloyds Chemist 108 Watling St: Milton Keynes General Hospital: Neighbourhood Watch: NHS Direct: Northampton General Hospital: Paulerspury Doctors Surgery: Police (non-emergency crimes) Post Office, Greens Norton:

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Towcester Medical Centre (Dr Ward & Ptnrs): 01327 359953 Towcestrians Rugby Club:

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Valentine’s day – A chance to see the love of a florist’s life

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es its FLOWERS! And DewDRoPs floral design will be brimming with beautiful blooms ready for that all important date, 14th February.

From specially designed arrangements and bouquets to signify a special something about that special someone. To simple blooms with great meaning and significance. Quirky or classic the flowers here are expertly made and fantastic value and Paula is always happy to share her enthusiasm, expertise and knowledge with her customers. Of course it’s not just Valentine’s flowers on offer here. There are gifts for home and garden and with prices from as little as £4.00 there’s always a treat for yourself too. You can also buy exclusives such as the Pairfum brand of Home Fragrances. This range is not easily found in this area so if you love beautiful things and fragrance in your home whether it is from fresh

flowers or products head over to Wakefield Country Courtyard and come to DewDRoPs floral design. Ever fancied ‘dabbling’ in the art of floristry? Why not try a Spring/Summer workshop. Learn the skills to produce arrangements for your home or gift bouquets for you and your friends. No experience is required as Paula will give you step by step tuition. All flowers and tools are supplied and she’ll even make cakes to serve with tea and coffee. With prices from just £25 a session this is a great gift idea too. All classes vary in price so call or visit the website 01327 810281 : www.dewdropsltd.co.uk Or drop in for a chat. You can also follow DewDRoPs on Facebook www.facebook.com/dewdropsfloraldesign

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SP Auctions were established in 1993 by David Partridge, auctioneer based at Tingewick, Buckingham. PSP Auctions started business with monthly sales of Antiques, Furniture and Effects held in Tingewick village hall. These auctions went from strength to strength and in 2002 the former garage and showroom in the Main Street were acquired and developed into the Auction House as it is today.

David runs the family business with auctions from the well developed site in the village of Tingewick, with three regular auction headings held monthly, Antiques - Furniture and Effects, Tools Machinery & Plant, General Sale Auctions (twice monthly). monthly)

With these greatly differing Auctions you are sure to find something of interest for both buyers and sellers alike. If you aren’t looking to sell, you must be looking to buy or to pick up a bargain and at PSP there are always a few to be had. See our on line images for the latest auctions this month, best still you will know what there is available so why not pay a visit to this local auction house. That’s not to say there won’t be a few items that still take you by surprise, looking through the website archives at www.pspauctions.co.uk there really is a terrific varied range of products to be viewed and snapped up for a bargain price! We look forward to seeing you this New Year! Call David on Tel No 01280 848843.

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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.

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

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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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be the right shoe for you. Whether on road, multi terrain or off road, shoes for men, woman and children are available. We have samples of products and catalogues on site at the new shoe shop – The Shoe Cabin, Bell Plantation, Towcester. You can order through us and we will contact you when they arrive. You can view the website at www.vivobarefoot.com for lots more information. We will discount your order by 20% as an introductory offer.

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Health, Beauty & Fitness

Still a few places left….. Ballroom, Latin & Argentine Tango

Classes held at Towcester Town Hall by highly qualified IDTA Instructors Beginners & Improvers Tuesdays 7.30pm Intermediates Tuesdays 8.30pm £7.00 pp

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A healthier you this 2013

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ver five million more GB adults were inspired to take up exercise following the success of London 2012, of which almost a fifth (907,000) of these people are aged 45 or over. Thus proving it is never too late to get up and get active living a life of wellbeing. The top activities being Walking and Swimming, with over 1.7 million adults now participating, followed closely by Running and Football. However a further 1.2 million adults were inspired to undertake Gym based Health & Fitness programmes following London 2012. The South Northants Leisure Trust is committed to active participation, and 2013 has already seen the investment of a new 7 station circuit gym at Towcester Centre for Leisure. We will also see the arrival of 2 new Octanes, a revolutionary new elliptical machine combining both cardio and strength training in one, as well as a multi functional smith machine being delivered over the next few weeks, complementing our current successful gym range.

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A perfect Valentine’s or Mother’s Day gift or just treat yourself

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xperienced Yoga Instructor Michele Stein has teamed up with The Charter House Retreat to give us all the benefits of luxury retreat on our doorstep!

Tuesday Evening, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Nicholas Hawksmoor School Hall Enjoy some “me” time: Relax, refresh, stretch, strengthen, de-stress and re-balance Call or text Vanessa on 07899 997326 e-mail vanessa@vbvibes.co.uk www.nessasyoga.co.uk

“Pay as you Go” Beginners welcome Open to all

Since January they have made it possible to experience all the benefits of a relaxing retreat without the need to travel far. The Charterhouse Retreat set in the beautiful rolling countryside in the village of Flore, just 15 minutes North of Towcester. This ideal location offers all that you need to totally step back from your busy life and recharge your batteries!

Come alone or with friends to join in with Michele’s Yoga Classes (no Yoga experience necessary), as well as experiencing some beautiful walks, Swimming and Sauna, as if that’s not enough there is a 10% discount on all beauty treatments.

Personal Gym vs. Personal Training Here at Workingbodies we offer both, the privacy of a bespoke fitness room that can be for your own sole use or train with our highly qualified Personal Trainer.

Expert Injury Treatment to help get you back on track New services and more appointments available • Specialist Injury Treatment and Rehabilitation • Experienced Chartered Physiotherapist • Registered Osteopath • Professional Remedial and Sports Massage

Call us today on 01327 35 85 35 (24hrs) Workingbodies, Oddfellows Hall, 5 Brackley Road, Towcester. At the top of Park Street on the Brackley Road

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Are you sticking to your New Year’s resolutions?

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n our last issue we wrote about a different approach to New Year’s resolutions. We looked at putting a positive spin on this year’s efforts and trying to tackle the New Year in a new way.

So how have you been getting on? Or can you even remember your resolution! We’ve seen the usual “get fit” and “no alcohol” challenges laid down, one of which has only lasted a matter of days (no prize for guessing which one!) and various others made by friends which seem to be lasting ok at the minute. Though no doubt everyone will choose to ignore them once in a while...

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Pets The struggle with New Year’s resolutions seems to be perseverance, sticking with the choice made to stop something, or start something if you looked at it positively. Obviously this is a choice made by you, but are there other people out there doing the same thing. One of my own was to try and get a bit healthier after Christmas, not over the top, just to be able to feel better about myself. I seem to have been drawn into #FitTeam13 on Twitter, a great idea for a challenge and one you can share with others around the world. I’m not fully there but the challenges are achievable and in levels so you can always pass one of the challenges set. Why not have a look and get involved!

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Veterinary laparoscopic surgery in Towcester

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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 www.towcester-vets.co.uk.

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. www.cloverleacattery.co.uk Cloverlea, Brington Road, Flore, Northants, NN7 4NQ Easy access from A45, A5 or M1

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Food & Drink

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Food & Drink

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A warm welcome awaits you at The Old Red Lion

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he Old Red lion in Litchborough was shut for nearly two and a half years when the Rogers family of Radmore Farm Litchborough decided to open it in May 2010.

On reopening, the Rogers family had made sure that the Old Red Lion kept its original atmosphere and charm that everybody knows and loves.

With their own farm, the Rogers family were excited by the idea of having a local business for the village community, as well as the prospects of serving food produced on their farm in a local restaurant. Radmore Farm rears Pork, Lamb, Beef, and Chicken. They also produce eggs, as well as their own potatoes! This means that at the Old Red Lion Litchborough the meats are not only the freshest possible, they are as local as possible too. The Old Red Lion opened its new Restaurant in June 2012, after converting an outbuilding that had fallen

into disrepair. The Old Red Lion quickly found it unique style, a combination of quality homemade food, traditional menu with a changing specials board (for the more adventurous dishes), decent portion sizes and the importance of keeping things simple. The Rogers family think it is important to make The Old Red Lion a great venue for any group. They also think that nothing is more important that trying to cater for everyone, and hope that the diverse and dynamic new addition to the pub thrives. The Rogers family are very pleased with how the business is progressing, and hope to keep the business expanding in the years to come. The Old Red Lion is located at 4 Banbury Road, Litchfield. To reserve your table call 01327 830064.

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Real time information – make sure your business is ready

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AYE (Pay as You Earn) is a system most employers and employees are familiar with. It has hardly changed since its introduction over 50 years ago. However things are about to change! Is your business ready? Real Time Information (RTI), a new system HMRC are introducing to improve the operation of PAYE, will significantly change the way PAYE works. Worryingly, although it is only months away, many employers are not even aware it exists. Put simply, RTI means that from April 2013, most employers will have a legal obligation to report their PAYE in real time. Information about all PAYE payments will need to be submitted to HMRC online every time a payment is made as part of the payroll process. Under the current rules payments do not need to be reported until the end of the year.

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Services Employers will also need to provide details of each employee’s normal hours worked the first time they make a submission.

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Importantly, RTI affects reporting only. PAYE payment arrangements will not change. HMRC are taking RTI very seriously. They have already announced penalties for late and inaccurate returns. It is therefore very important to make sure your payroll systems are ready for RTI. Whether you have a small or large business you should urgently contact an accountant such as Chancery if you are not ready. To contact Chancery please call Roger Eddowes, a Partner at Chancery on 01327 350888 or visit: www.chancerypartnership.com.

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Services ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

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”

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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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Gardens of food until Easter and then indulge in those foods again, Easter Eggs being a prime example! I think it’s also important to note that it is not just us British that celebrate this time honoured tradition, worldwide frying pans will be sizzling and batter poured into them. Why not send us your pancake tossing pictures so we can judge the results! Something I found funny was the various names that are used for Shrove Tuesday, I leave you with “Sprengidagur,” the Icelandic version, which, when translated back to English becomes “Bursting Day.” So Happy Bursting day to all, crank up the heat and get eating those pancakes!

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In early Spring it is important to turn the soil over to bury all last year’s debris from the surface and allow the frost and weather to break down the soil to small particles, this will help germination of the newly planted seeds. If the root veg is grown in solid soil they won’t be able to grow straight down. Seed potatoes are around now, it’s important to keep frost off any growth that surfaces from the soil while there is a risk of frost. Potatoes are really rewarding to grow, especially good for getting children interested in growing, it’s amazing digging a potato plant in the summer and seeing all the spuds surface from the soil. They can be grown in a sack (or an old toilet) if you are short of space. Enjoy the season, Ashley For any gardening help or advice call one of the plant team at Bell Plantation on 01327 354126.

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he 750 Motorclub held it’s annual 6 hour relay race at Silverstone on Saturday 27th October. This was the 62nd running of the event which used the Arena GP track layout again allowing an increased entry of 67 teams.

Pivotal to the event is the unique handicapping system which enables a wide variety of cars to compete on an “equal” basis as through credited laps all cars should be able to complete the same number of laps by the end of the race. Teams are made up of between 4 and 6 drivers and local drivers Luke Austin (Northampton), Rob Barnett (Towcester) and David Bryant (Weedon) teamed up with fellow MR2 racers Steve Lumley and Matt Palmer to bring back the brilliantly named “DAWN GP” to the event for a fourth time. At the end of the 6 hours the team finished a very creditable 7th overall on handicap and an excellent

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