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Issue 18

October - November 2011

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Welcome

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elcome to you all. As I sit here in the early hours of the morning I wonder if today will bring me some sunshine or will we have another blustery day? Either way, I think we have seen the end of our summer now and I guess we should be getting used to the dark nights drawing in.

Lots of you don’t like the dark nights – the days seem so much shorter, we watch more TV because it’s too cold to sit in the garden and there isn’t much else to do. Most of

and drink section, places are getting booked up already and there are plenty of places to go with a group of friends or loved ones. In addition, if you thinking of taking the kids to see Santa, do something different with them this year and have a look on page 17 for a special trip, one they will remember forever.

you will be travelling to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. But it’s not all bad news. It means Christmas is coming. By the time you get this issue we will have approximately 86 days until Santa comes...

That’s it from me until next time, when it really will be nearly Christmas!

So stop moping about and have a look in this issue as we have already started preparations for this year. If you gather with your friends to celebrate the festive season, have a look at our food Focus Towcester & Surrounding Villages is Published bi-monthly by

Focus Towcester magazine is distributed FREE to over 10,000 homes in the NN12 area Copy deadline for our next issue is November 7th Map produced by Global Mapping Ltd ©

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Contents & Handy Numbers

Contents

October - November 2011 - Issue Number 18 03 04 05 11 18 28 30 32 35 38 56 66

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Welcome Contents & Handy Numbers Health, Fitness & Beauty Entertainment & Leisure Food & Drink Education Pets Computing Services Homes Gardens Motoring

Don’t miss our Competi tion

Sunday Lunch for two at The Kings Head Syresham in our Sudoku competition on page 62 *Not including drinks

Handy Numbers Al-Anon - Helping Friends and Families of Problem Drinkers for 60 years. National Helpline (manned 10am-10pm every day): 020 7403 0888 CAN Drugs, Alcohol & Homelessness: 01604 622121 Contraception Emergency: 01908 669215 Fire & Rescue Service: 01604 797000 Greens Norton Medical Centre Appts: 01327 358287 Dispensary: 01327 359670 Greens Norton Village Hall: 01327 350219 Greyfriars Bus Station: 01604 751431 Lloyds Chemist Brook Health Centre: 01327 352417 Lloyds Chemist 108 Watling St: 01327 350433 Milton Keynes General Hospital: 01908 660033 Neighbourhood Watch: 03000 111 222 NHS Direct: 0845 46 47 Northampton General Hospital: 01604 634700 Paulerspury Doctors Surgery: 01327 811630 Police: 03000 111 222 Post Office, Greens Norton: 01327 350265 Post Office, Towcester: 01327 350469 Samaritans: 08457 909090 Silverstone Surgery Appts: 01327 857240 Dispensary: 01327 857980 Social Services: 01604 236236 South Northants Council: 01327 322322 Stagecoach: 08456 001 314 (8am - 5pm Mon-Fri) Stony Stratford Health Centre: 01908 260382 The Brook Health Centre: 01327 323900 (Supple Practice) TADD (Towcester Area Door to Door) 01327 810300 Towcester Library: 01327 350794 Towcester Registrar : 01327 350774 Towcester Community Centre: 01327 350995 Towcester Medical Centre: 01327 359953 (Dr Ward & Ptnrs) Towcestrians Rugby Club: 01327 350141 Towcester Town Council: 01327 350995

You could be advertising your business in this magazine from just ÂŁ20 per month Tel: 01327 353753 This magazine is printed with vegetable-based inks, and can be safely re-cycled

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Health, Fitness & Beauty NEW FISH SPA - NOW OPEN

ROWENA CURSON HAIR & BEAUTY Unisex Salon for all age groups

Visit the new FISH

SPA

£12 for 15 mins or £20 for 30 mins

Tel: 01327 350479 58 Watling Street ȹ Towcester

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1ST YOGA SESSION FREE CLASSES

One-to-One Classes Available Male & Female Of Any Age Welcome Greens Norton Community Centre

Tuesday 1.30pm - 3pm Tuesday & Thursday 7pm - 8.30pm Potterspury Village Hall Wednesday 10.00am—11.30am 20 Years teaching experience & Remedial Training

FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR TO ENROL RING MICHELE ON

01327 353371 or 07749 825448

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Crime Rates

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fter I heard about some recent activity in our town and heard all the gossiping about how dreadful it is here, I thought I’d check it out.

Lady Lashes

Semi Permanent Eyelashes

The UK Crime stats report crimes broken down into categories: Anti-Social, Burglary, Robbery, Vehicle Crime, Violent Crime and others, (although I’m not too sure what that is). It appears that in all areas of the country most crimes are made up in almost equal proportions with antisocial or other, and form between 65% – 75% of all crimes. Although we have considerably smaller population than other parts of the UK, the fact is, we actually have a really small crime rate in Towcester compared to other parts of the country, although the figures are steadily increasing. Back in December 2010 South Northamptonshire had a total just 261 crimes but in July 2011 a total 409. That’s a growth of 36% in just 8 months, surely we can’t continue at this rate. Is it true I wonder - if the recession has anything to do with it, and yes I can accept that maybe it can, does that mean that when this “recession” is over our crime rate will reduce again by 38%? I wonder…

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Beauty Room

6 exciting new colours from essie autumn collection

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To book an appointment call Sirinda

07725 695606 or 01327 831636

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Entertainment & Leisure

Help, my back’s “gone”!

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cute lower back pain is a common problem and most people will know someone who has “put their back out” and been debilitated by the pain. It can be a miserable condition which can affect your ability to work, concentrate or even perform simple daily tasks. Obviously the first port of call for anyone with pain is to seek professional help, either from your GP or a recognised

professional such as an Osteopath, Chiropractor or Physiotherapist. But once you have been assessed, there are a few things which you can try for yourself to make those painful days a little more comfortable and avoid making the problem any worse.

How can you help yourself ?

• Avoid sitting whenever poss ible, this generally strains the injured tissues - if you do sit ensure you have a cushion behind your lowe r back. Lying on the sofa with your painful side up and your top leg straight with a pillow under the knee might help. • To get up from your chair, shuf fle your bottom to the front of the chair, draw your belly button inwards and use your arm stren gth to get up whilst trying to keep a strai ght back. • At night, try sleeping with a pillow between your knees if it hurts when you turn over. • Keep moving as much as you can. Get up and walk around gently 15 minutes an hour (3 x 5minutes if pain too severe). If you are unsure always seek professional advice. In most instances acute low back pain can be treated successfully and will usually get better quicker when dealt with promptly. Written by Susie Burgess at the Brooke Health Centre Tel: 07880 750 258

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Entertainment & Leisure

VINTAGE BOUTIQUE

THE

A VIBRANT SHABBY CHIC SHOP

x Full of Handpicked, New and Vintage ladies Clothing sizes 8 - 24 at low realistic prices x Stunning Shoes, Handbags, Jewellery all at Great Prices. x Children’s designer & nearly new clothes

Chocolate tasting… what could be better?

C

ome and join local business owner Frank O'Callaghan for his annual Chocolate tasting sessions on the run up to Christmas.

Every Thursday during October and every Tuesday during November between 7pm and 8pm he will be having an informal gathering of friends to test the most delightful treats of all.

It's your chance to sample tasty chocolatey treats from 7pm until 8pm every Thursday during October and Tuesday in November at Humbugs of Towcester

thevintage-boutique.com

www.facebook.com/the vintage boutique Open Mon—Sat 10am—6pm

3 Park StreetyTowcesteryNN12 6DQ Tel: 07595 480094

Not only does it give you an opportunity to wonder around and sample your old favourites like Milk Flaked Truffles, but some rather unusual choices as well. This year Frank will be boasting his truly delicious Lime and Chilli Ganache.

Wakefield Country Courtyard, Wakefield Lodge Estate, Potterspury, Northamptonshire. NN12 7QX. T: 01327-810388 / M: 07894-150240 / www.thebeadscene.com Closed Monday / Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm / Sunday: 11am - 5pm Follow us on Facebook: ‘The Bead Scene Studio’ for all the latest news & gossip!

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Entertainment & Leisure The great news is that there are other gifts available like traditional wooden toys, money boxes and really unusual things like marmite flavoured chocolate (yes that is what I said)! All that as well as a huge range of quality cards which will be 10% less if you buy on the night. So if you’re a regular visitor wanting to know what’s new or unbelievably it’s your first time there really is something for everyone. Places are limited so you will need to reserve your space - just call Frank at the shop on 01327 358725 and he’ll book you in! Frank is hoping to raise money for the Lollipop Lady fund (see page 35) so this year he is asking a small entry fee of just £1. Come on what else will you be doing on a cold, dark blustery night?

Kendal House B&B

7 High St, Blakesley, NN12 8RE Warm and friendly, family run B&B in the centre of the beautiful village of Blakesley. Room rates from £70 per night Tel: 01327 860897 or Mob: 07867 526913 karynnoy@hotmail.co.uk

www.silverstone-bedandbreakfast.co.uk

….As well as over 200 varieties of sweets-from-a-jar, including 30 sugar-free…….

humbugs Of Towcester.co.uk cards gifts & traditional sweets

Chocolate Tasting Evening

Taste the new range of Belgian Chocolates Special Offers for all attendees 7-8pm Every Thursday in October Booking Essential

£1 fee going directly to ‘save the lollypop lady’ Call to book 01327 358725 84d Watling Street NN12 6BS Just Behind the town hall Focus Towcester – October - November 2011 www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

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Entertainment & Leisure

VILLA QUASADA - SPAIN FOR RENT

10 Minutes from Guardamar 1KM from “La Marquesa� Golf Course

x Detached Villa 3 x Double Rooms x Private Large Pool & Spacious Grounds & Surroundings with a views over the Golf Course x BBQ Area, Sun Terrace & Solarium

x x x x x x

Birthday Parties Anniversaries Wedding Parties Retirements Christenings Conferences

Mobile Disco Music for all occasions: School Discos y Birthday Parties Engagement Parties y Weddings Charity Gigs Sensible rates guaranteed with discounts for fund raising events CRB check certification & Public Liability Insurance Young enthusiastic DJ with quality equipment and state of the art lighting effects

x Fully Air Conditioned x Satellite TV For More details contact Stuart Simpson m: 07739 208585 e: oksimps@googlemail.com

B CLU E S HOU BLE ILA AVA OR F E HIR

Demon Beat

Tel 01327 354620

or email Demon.beat@yahoo.co.uk for more details or a quote

TOWCESTRIANS SPORTS CLUB

x x x x

Fully Licensed Bar Large Car park Fully Fitted Kitchen Space For Marquee

Contact: Chris Spackman 07745 162002 Greens Norton Road, Towcester, Northants 14

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2011 stock at Huge Reductions Including

Cycle Clothing Clearance

Silverstone Cycle Shop Tel 01327 858510 / 01327 858885 www.bainesracing.co.uk Unit 14 Silverstone Circuit Northants NN12 8TL

Fisher Creative Photography

Family

Babies & Children

Vibrant portraits

Weddings

Gift Vouchers for just ÂŁ20! Includes a photoshoot and 2 FREE prints. An ideal gift for Call Georgina & Hannah on

Christmas!

01327 353058 or visit www.fc-photography.co.uk Fisher Creative Photography is a trading name of Fisher Creative Marketing Ltd.

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Entertainment & Leisure

Whittlebury Park Golf & Country Club. NN12 8XW. 01327850021

A Magical Christmas Fair 27th

On

Sunday November 2011 To be held in The Atrium 10am ~ 4pm Sunday Carvery Available Booking Essential

Stalls Include:

Toys ~ Cakes ~ Books ~ Hampers Christmas Decorations ~ Jewellery Cards ~ Santa’s Grotto & Many More

Winter Golf Days 2011 Visit Whittlebury Park and play our fantastic Championship golf course

Why not take advantage of one of our great value winter golf society offers; October – 18 holes of golf including full English breakfast from £30pp November – 18 holes of golf including tea, coffee and bacon roll £20pp Contact the golf events team for information. Subject to availability terms & conditions apply Minimum 12 guests, must be booked in advance with golf events team, excludes Monday Madness Tel: 01327 850059 Email: golfevents@whittlebury.com Web: www.whittlebury.com Whittlebury Park Golf & Country Club, Nr Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8WP

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Don’t miss The Indian Chief’s very special visitor

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he "Indian Chief” Narrowboat will be sailing along the grand union canal again this year on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December for the famous Santa Cruises.

These cruises have been popular now for over 15 years and each year sees more and more visitors from out of the area. It makes me wonder if our local community actually know of their existence or maybe all of you locals have already been!

(as I understand it) – by a popular celebrity, Santa where they are able to talk to him and tell him what they wish for and more importantly whether they have been good enough this year! Santa will of course be giving presents to all the children (good or not)!

On the return journey, the children are able to play party games to Christmas music whilst they are joined by Santa The journey starts when departure takes place at The Boat Inn Stoke Bruerne for an hour and a half cruise through the icy waters of the Grand Union Canal towards Blisworth and the famous Blisworth Tunnel. On the return journey, the children are able to play party games to Christmas music whilst they are joined

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So why not wrap up on a December wintery day, and let your children experience seeing Santa in a unique way to make it an experience they will always remember. Check availability at The Boat Inn Stoke Bruerne on 01604 862428.

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Food & Drink

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Local growers and producers find new outlet at... The Running Bean is a community market that supports and promotes locally grown produce including meats, vegetables, fruits and cakes. Its aim is to serve the area to promote the community and enable local producers to have a secure retail outlet.

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ldo Zilli, the Celebrity Chef, opened the 71st Weston and Lois Weedon Horticultural Society’s Annual Show, on Saturday 3rd September. He was introduced by William Sitwell who has just completed writing a book “A History of Food in 100 Recipes” to be published by Harper Collins in March next year. Aldo, in his address, commented on the size of the onions and carrots on display and praised both exhibitors and organizers for their hard work in putting on such a brilliant show. After opening the Show, Aldo and William walked across the road to the weekly Running Bean Village Market www.therunningbean.co.uk.

The aim is to provide a service that is regular and reliable so the customer base has a consistent source and frequency of supply. For sale at the market, when Aldo visited, were the village grown fruit and vegetables supported by Napton Water Buffalo (www.waterbuffalo.co.uk) who discussed with Aldo, the production of truly vegetarian mozzarella cheese. Additionally there were eggs and mushrooms from Moreton Pinkney, The Old Chapel Fudge Company, Caked in Bread our nearest fresh bread supplier, Penny’s Plants plus other craft & gift stalls. Eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes purchased from the Market were cooked by Vanessa Kimbell on BBC Radio Northampton’s Sunday programme Kitchen Garden.

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Food & Drink

A Warm Welcome Awaits You at the newly refurbished Narrow Boat at Weedon Our canal side country pub now offers a great dining or drinking venue and superb en-suite canal side rooms. Food is freshly prepared by our award nominated chef and sourced from local suppliers where possible and food and drinks can be served to you in the bar, restaurant, heated deck areas or beside the canal on the lawns. • Christmas Bookings Now Being Taken • Come and enjoy one of our delicious breakfasts daily from 7.30 to 10.00am • Newly refurbished En-Suite Bedrooms with Breakfast from £75 per night • Functions & Business Meetings catered for with free WIFI Have a look on our website; www.narrowboatatweedon.co.uk for our inspiring menus, canal side accommodation, regular events, business and leisure facilities and contact us for further information or to make a booking. Or why not just pop down, we would love to see you!

Whatever the reason for your visit a warm friendly welcome is offered to all.

Tel: 01327 340333

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The

Bartholomew Arms Blakesley

PUBLIC HOUSE yACCOMMODATION y RESTAURANT

Saturday 1st October Live Motown Night With Lauren Luke 8.00pm onwards CHRISTMAS BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN 3 Courses Traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings £20.00pp Bookings only Available from 1st December

30 High Street Blakesley, NN12 8RE Tel: 01327 860292 Just 5 miles from Silverstone and 3 miles from Towcester

Christmas at

The Kings Head, Syresham

2 Abbey Road, Syresham

Tel: 01280 850280

CHRISTMAS EVE - HARRY PANE Providing a wide range and varied style of music, including his own original material as well as creating his own take on songs from all genres. Visit the web at www.harrypane.co.uk CHRISTMAS LUNCH AVAILABLE FROM 1ST -24TH DECEMBER Three Courses £17.95 Children Under 12 £10.95 Two Courses £14.95 Children Under 12 £7.95 All bookings made before 30th Nov will receive 20% discount from the food bill CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH 6 Course Dinner £49.95 £27.95 children under 12 All bookings made before 10th Dec will receive 10% discount from the food bill All bookings require a non-refundable £5.00pp deposit

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NEW YEARS EVE An evening of Soul & Motown with Live Entertainer Robin Lee includes Finger Buffett £5.00pp 21


Food & Drink

You are Invited to a Party at THE OLD TALBOT POTTERSPURY Enjoy a fantastic 3 course meal, music and dancing till 1am with your friends or colleagues For just ÂŁ25.00 pp (please visit the website for full menu) Available every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout December, excluding Christmas Eve Only a ÂŁ5.00 deposit pp is required to secure the booking with the balance and Pre-order due 14 days prior to your booking

Telephone 01908 542124

www.old-talbot-potterspury.co.uk

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Food & Drink

Staying slim is extra easy with Slimming World!

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aving originally joined her local Slimming World group in Towcester, March 2000 she squeezed into a size 20 outfit weighing 12 stones. Little did she know that 11 years later she would still be in her trim size 10’s and weighing only 8st 7lbs. In June this year Alicia was given a special achievement Award for maintaining her loss and 10 years of service as a Consultant, helping hundreds of people to lose and , ren • Lau ... maintain their losses. then Alicia says “I love my job, it’s such a wonderful feeling being part of someone’s transformation, not only do we help with weight loss but sometimes we help save lives! Seeing people get to their Target goals is a very special feeling.

Lauren Leeson joined Alicia’s group in Jan 2001 weighing 17st 7lbs. It took Lauren 16 months to lose a whopping 7st 7lbs and today she is still at her Target

weight of 10st. No more medical attention for weight related issues and more importantly she no longer needs medication to control her Diabetes After after losing her weight Lauren got married and not long after fell ...and now. pregnant with twins, but continued attending group throughout her pregnancy as food optimising is safe and healthy limiting any extra weight gain. Despite gaining almost 4st, Lauren is back to her fabulous size 10 and a regular helper in group weighing in the members and offering her knowledge and support. If you are looking for a story like Laurens call Alicia 01327 354315 / 07980 610893 or just turn up to one of the groups, now held at St John’s Ambulance on Wednesday’s 5.30 & 7pm or Thursday’s at 9.30 am.

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Food & Drink

Outside Catering By Towcester Tea Rooms

Freshly Prepared 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 169 Watling Street Towcester

01327 358200

07792 189022 (call or text) towcestertearooms@hotmail.co.uk www.towcestertearooms.co.uk

A ‘cosie’ welcome awaits you at the ARTea Room

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RTea Room is new to Wakefield Country Courtyard (just off the A5 near Potterspury) and is already proving a great success. Sisters, Bridie and Amy, have realised their dream by opening this traditional tea room with a modern twist. Their ARTea menu lists a broad selection, with a tea to suit every taste. Their teas are all loose-leaf and served in pots kept warm by a colourful array of knitted cosies. They also serve a tempting assortment of home-baked cakes, breakfast dishes and delicious light lunches, making ARTea Room the perfect place to visit, whatever the time of day! As well as great food, ARTea Room specialises in selling artwork by talented local artists.

Now taking bookings for Christmas Christmas Day Lunch A traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and a complimentary glass of mulled wine £65.00pp Christmas Party Menus Lunch served until 5pm - Two courses £14.95 Three Courses £16.95 Dinner served from 5pm - Three Courses £18.95 (see website for full menu)

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Food & Drink Their current range includes oil paintings, water colours, prints, sculptures and glass work and they’re discovering new artists all the time. Alongside the artwork, they also stock handcrafted and fair-traded gifts for every occasion from silverware jewellery to Wakefield Deer Antler walking sticks and crochet brooches.

Now that autumn is drawing in, ARTea Room provides a warm welcome for all and an exciting new venue within a short drive of Towcester and Stony Stratford. If you’re an artist looking for somewhere to display your work, Bridie and Amy would love to hear from you. You can contact them at: enquiries@artearoom.co.uk. For further details and a map of how to find ARTea Room visit www.artearoom.co.uk

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Food & Drink

New Owners Karl & Adelina welcome you to

La Strada for Christmas

Christmas Party Bookings now being taken Large parties catered for Call us for December opening times Boxing Day Closed Join us on New Years Eve for a glass of fizz 2 Courses for £10.00pp Tues - Sat Sunday Roast - 2 courses £14.00 pp

Closed Mondays Tuesday - Saturday 12 noon –2.00 pm & 6.00pm - 11.00pm Sunday 12 noon - 4.00 pm

www.la-strada-towcester.co.uk

01327 354350

11 White Horse Yard ‫ ۄ‬Towcester ‫ ۄ‬Northants ‫ ۄ‬NN12 6BU 26

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NOW OPEN IN TOWCESTER AT THE BELL PLANTATION CENTRE

01327 358358

Fresh Produce from your Local Farm Shop A great range of local quality foods. Fruit, vegetables, meat and much more!

FOSTERS BOOTH BIRTHDAYS CHRISTENINGS AND OTHER EVENTS CATERED FOR Flexible Dining to suit any occasion

Beer Garden with well equipped children's play area! Anyone & Everyone welcome Families, Dog Walkers, Ramblers etc….

Good Home Cooked Food and Real Ales supporting local independent breweries Sat 1st October Live Band Stereotypical Blues Train Modern Blues Rock

Sat 29th October -2pm-5pm kids Halloween disco and Tea party prizes for best outfits Sat 5th November - Disco from 9pm (come along after the fireworks) Sat 26th November - CRAIG Live Sat 17th December - back by popular demand - Identity Crisis, 5 piece rock and blues band

Home Cooked Food served Lunch Tuesday - Sunday 12.00pm - 2.30pm Dinner Tuesday – Sunday 6.00pm - 9.00pm Sunday Lunch a favourite at £6.95

New Years Eve Disco from 9pm till late

01327 830259 or www.theredlionfostersbooth.com

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Education

• GCSE scholarship test

available 14th February 2012 (for students currently in year 9)

• Co-Ed Independent College (14 –19 yrs) offering GCSE and A level courses

• Ranked third in the County

and top non selective school

• 78% of 2011 A Level

students gained A*-B grades

• 61% of our 2010 leavers

entered one of the top 25 UK universities

• Average class sizes of 8 students

• Tuition scholarships • Call us to book an appointment

• Find us on the Barrack Road, Northampton

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Education

• A happy & safe environment for 0-5 yrs • Experienced & qualified staff • Gold heartbeat award for our nutritious homecooked meals & snacks • Funded 2½ hr sessions available for pre-school • Full, part-time and school sessions available • Enclosed rear garden • Activities include music, dance & yoga

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Pets

Protecting your cats and dogs with Microchipping

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id you know that thousands of dogs and cats go missing every year but it is estimated that fewer than half find their way back home? Microchipping increases the chances of your pet returning to you safe and sound! It is also a requirement for any animal travelling to a country outside the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme.

If your pet is microchipped please remember to contact the database to update your details if you ever move house, or if your contact details change. It is a legal requirement in the UK for all dogs to wear a collar with an ID tag but these can easily be removed or lost. A microchip is a permanent means of identifying your pet. It is a small electronic device about the size of a grain of rice, which is implanted via an injection under the skin between the shoulder blades.

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Each chip has a unique code (just like the barcodes at the supermarket!), which can be easily read with a microchip scanner. The code is linked on a national database to the pet owner’s details. If your pet ever goes missing and is taken to anywhere with a microchip scanner (such as a veterinary centre or a rescue centre), the microchip code can be read. The national database is then called to find your details and get your pet safely back home to you. If your pet is microchipped please remember to contact the database to update your details if you ever move house, or if your contact details change. For more information on microchipping please contact Towcester Veterinary Centre on 01327 350 239.

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In response to growing demand, the main farm enterprise gradually switched from cereal growing to market gardening. Since the early days, the farm shop has evolved into a modern business with a great diversity of product lines, which has been driven in part by the modern consumer preference for “onestop” grocery shopping.

That said - they never lose touch with their core beliefs, namely to sell the freshest, great tasting produce, sourced in season from British farmers and growers, aiming to source from those most local to the community before looking further afield. Short journey times help ensure products arrive on the shelves in

near-perfect condition. This means the products are bursting with flavour with highest nutritional value and even more impressively that includes their own farm at Chapel Brampton which still grows the crops for which they have become known over the years; namely, asparagus, potatoes and pumpkin squash. Customers come back time and again because Smith’s produce can’t be beaten for freshness and flavour, all at prices that compare well against larger U.K. food retailers. What’s more they sell in quantities that customers want to buy ie: by weight and not in large pre-packed bags like some others. Their aim is to provide a relaxed and enjoyable shopping experience so why not call in at The Bell Plantation Garden Centre and see for yourself why they are a retailer of quality fresh farm foods and fine country produce.

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Lollipops to save the Lollipop Lady

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ouncil cuts are signal the beginning of the end for lollipop men and women as Northamptonshire County Council plans to save £201,000 by scrapping its service and making all 60 of its lollipop ladies and men redundant. Here in Towcester our very own Lollipop lady on Vernon Road has been put under threat, leaving local people to raise funds or risk a gap in the safe journey for school children of all ages from Tiny Tots to Sponne pupils, in fact at the moment children of all ages benefit. Humbugs of Towcester are coming to the rescue and supporting this local cause.

Here in Towcester our very own Lollipop lady on Vernon Road has been put under threat, leaving local people to raise funds or risk a gap in the safe journey for school children of all ages

For the next year, Humbugs has committed to help raise money by selling HUGE lollipops in his store, where ALL profits profits will go to this worthy cause. Owner and father of two, Frank O'Callaghan said: “When I was asked to help, I could only say yes. Mums and kids from several schools need this and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 3rd birthday”. In addition, Humbugs as always will be running the annual chocolate taster evenings (see page 13) where this year a £1 entry fee will be charged and again will add to the fund. So drop in and treat the kids to HUGE lollipops and help him to save our Lollipop Lady! Other fund raising events throughout the year will be organised by local people, working hard to ensure they get the nearly £4000 to save this vital service. Humbugs of Towcester 01327 358725.

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Local accountants adds to its portfolio of services

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ack in the mid 80’s Leslie Hartwell started up a modest accountancy business serving the local community. After retiring some 7 years ago, both Leslie and his partner Bob have left the business in excellent hands with Roger Eddowes and his team of 5. They now boast being stronger than ever – in the form of Chancery Accounts and Tax LLP (Formerly Chancery Hartwell LLP). Working

Specialising in the small owner managed businesses, they are known for their approachability and personal service. in partnerships with Chancery (UK) LLP, Chancery IFA LLP and more recently with Valhalla Private Client Insurances LLP enables them to expand the range of services which they can offer. Specialising in the small owner managed businesses, they are known for their approachability and

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Improve your privacy with a modern alternative

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Hard & Soft Landscaping www.alohalandscapestowcester.co.uk

Pond maintenance installation and regular maintenance of filtration systems fish and plant care

x Waterfalls x Streams x Patios

x Garden Paths x Pond Design

& Construction

x Timber Construction

DRIVES • PATIOS • FENCING OLD DRIVEWAYS CLEANED & SEALED • DECKING • TURFING

• COUNCIL APPROVED • FULLY INSURED • ALL WORK GUARANTEED CALL US NOW FOR A FREE ESTIMATE

TEL: 01327 352 372 • MOB: 07850 156 674

Est 1992

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CARTS GROUNDWORKS & GARDEN SERVICES

MICRO DIGGER HIRE WITH DRIVER

ALL BUILDING WORK. BLOCK PAVING, PATIOS, FENCING,TURFING, DRAINAGE, ALL BRICKWORK UNDERTAKEN, GARDEN CLEARANCE, CONSERVATORY BASES, GRAVEL DRIVES, JET WASHING, PONDS. FREE QUOTES

FULLY INSURED-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FULL PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE

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Middle Earth Arb Ltd 01327 361716 info@middleeartharb.co.uk www.middleeartharb.co.uk

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Tree Surgery and Stump Grinding Seasoned, Quality, Hardwood Firewood Site Clearance Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Woodchip and Bark Supplies Call Out Service Emergency Works Undertaken TPO & Conservation Area Applications Fully Qualified and Insured Over 20 Years’ Experience

Firewood available NOW. Present this voucher to receive 10% off your order!

Copper Beeches|Gayton Road|Milton Malsor|Northamptonshire|NN7 3AA Registered in England and Wales Company number 7696713 VAT Reg. Number 116644716

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Enjoy the thrill of racing at Towcester Racecourse

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he thunder of flying hooves... the dazzling flash of colours... come share in the excitement of the sport of kings. After the investment of over £7.5million into the course and its facilities, Towcester Racecourse and Conference Centre, set in beautiful parkland overlooking the rolling Northamptonshire countryside, is truly one of the most picturesque racing venues in the country. Towcester Racecourse offers the unique advantage of free admission and car parking to all race meetings, (excludes Easter Sunday, Boxing Day, Ladies Evening and Spring Bank Holiday Monday). The free admission policy encourages horse racing fans, old and new, to experience the excitement and spectacle of jump racing. Towcester Racecourse hosts nineteen National Hunt race meetings each year, which run from

October to May. The racecourse also offers first class business facilities, and caters for a variety of events such as conferences, exhibitions, and weddings. Check the latest odds at the Totesport online betting site.

Fixtures Day Wed

Date 5th Oct

Time 14:20-17:20

Thu Sun Sat

3rd Nov 20th Nov 26th Nov

13:20-16:20 Times TBC 12:45-15:45 Times TBC 12:20-15:45 Times TBC

First meeting of the 2011/12 season

Race times subject to change

Boxing Day Meeting - £10 admission. Under 16's FREE

Boxing Day Hospitality Hospitality places are selling fast for this years Boxing Day meeting so book today to avoid disappointment. Tel: 01327 353414 email: info@towcester-racecourse.co.uk or visit the website www.towcester-racecourse.co.uk

ESTATE & GARDEN SERVICES LTD Quality Landscaping & Fencing block paving fencing timber decking pergolas paving & brickwork grounds maintenance

planting tree work stump grinding hedge cutting turfing & seeding herbicide applications

Full public liability insurance

Contact David Ladlow for your free no obligation quotation Phone/Fax 01280 700947 Mobile 07763 898 010

e-mail: estateandgarden@aol.com www.estategardens.co.uk

imow Domestic & Commercial Mowing Paddock Maintenance Garden Maintenance / Clearance Fencing / New or Replacement Hedge Cutting / Trimming Strimming / Pressure Washing Leaf clearance Driveway & Lawn Vacuming No job too small & Free Estimates T: 01327 855465

M: 07753 609080

email info@kbow-equestrian.co.uk

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SOUTH NORTHANTS ROOFING LIMITED

Pitched and Flat Roofs Guttering and fascias Lime Mortar Pointing & Leadwork Photographs of previous jobs and letters of Recommendation Available. For a free quote telephone

Mark Russell On 01327 260470 Mobile 07958 308459 (25 years experience)

SUDOKU Congratulations to David Tolley who was the winner from August / September issue and wins a meal for two at the newly refurbished Narrow Boat Inn at Weedon.

WIN !

Sund a two a y Lunch f Head t The Kingor s Syres ham *Not inclu drink ding s

The Prize in this issue of Sunday lunch for two has been kindly donated by:

2 Abbey Road, Syresham Tel: 01280 850280 Cut out and send completed entries along with your name, address and phone number to: The Studio, 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6JY

BUILDING CONTRACTOR DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL

Local Authority Apporved

x New Builds x Extensions x Refurbishments x Loft Converstion x Conservatories x Groundworks x Drainage x Paving (All types) FREE Quotes

Office: 01327 352728 Mobile: 07531 783946 E-mail: userbr8066@aol.com All Work Guaranteed & Insured 3 ROBIN CLOSE • TOWCESTER • NORTHANTS • NN12 6RB

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Gardens Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through to 9, with no repetition. That’s all there is to it! You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic - there’s no maths involved and no adding up.

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Ian Bodily

Alternatively scan/email your solution to: mandy@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Closing date for entries is Monday October 31st.

www.ian-bodily.co.uk ian-bodily@hotmail.co.uk 59 Whittlebury Rd, Silverstone, NN12 8UD

Fencing Materials Decking Materials Sleepers & Uni-Poles Gates & Fixings Natural Wooden Flooring Natural Stone Flooring Garden Structures TRADE & GENERAL PUBLIC CUSTOMERS WELCOME FULL DELIVERY SERVICE AVAILABLE

HUGE CHOICE AT COMPETITIVE PRICES

01327 354422

Silverstone Fields Farm, Silverstone NN12 8BT

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Earthscape Horticultural The Complete Landscaping Solution

www.earthscape.org.uk

info@earthscape.org.uk

For a free consultation please contact Office 01327 351285 Mobile 07980 576305

Highfields Landscapes FOR A 10 YEAR MANUFACTURERS GUARANTEE AND A 5 YEAR WORKMANSHIP WARRANTY ON ALL BRETT BLOCK PAVING & PATIO’S CALL US NOW!

FREE Site Survey & Quotation

Telephone : 01327 353 886 or Mobile : 07861 203 558 Visit Our Website

www.highfieldslandscapes.com 4 Cedar Close, Towcester, Northants NN12 6BH 64

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FREE COLLECTION & DELIVERY SERVICE! SERVICING ALL MAKES & MODELS MOT’s Repairs IS YOUR CAR Servicing READY FOR WINTER? Diagnostics Battery Anti-Freeze Etc... Brakes Exhausts VERY Competitive Rates Tyres CALL NOW ON Air Conditioning

TOWCESTER 01327 353999

Unit 22 Burcote Wood Farm Business Park Wood Burcote Towcester Northants NN12 8TA

LOOKING FOR A LOCAL GARAGE YOU CAN TRUST FOR A CAR SERVICE, MOT OR CAR REPAIRS !

Hillside Garage at Whittlebury performs all services to a strict code of conduct and always have your best interests at heart • • • • • • •

Mot’s & Prep-work Servicing from £95 Diagnostics Welding Brakes Clutches More Power • Easier Starting • Better Fuel Economy Exhausts Reduce Black Smoking and Exhaust emissions

Workshop: 01327 858222 Mobile: 07961 503268 hsgarage@btconnect.com

Hillside Garage

- Whittlebury - Est 1988 Unit 1, Home Farm Business Park Off Church Way, Whittlebury,NN12 8XS Focus Towcester – October - November 2011 www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

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Stay Alive, Don’t Drink and Drive this Festive Season

BOOK NOW

Local & Long Distance Pubs & Clubs Airports & Stations Business Contracts

07540 653 064 Local Taxi - Private Hire - 8 Seater Minibus Passengers requiring Assistance are Welcomed Small Mobility Scooters can be accommodated

B A T Cars 01327 323 064

E-mail: batcars@btinternet.com 20 Plessey Close Towcester

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Show your spots and raise lots for Children in Need

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o date BBC Children in Need has raised over £600 million for worthy causes. Year on year sees ever more fabulous fundraising events and generous donations. However, there are still so many children that need your help.

Now it’s time to ‘show your spots and raise lots’ for BBC Children in Need 2011! The weeks leading up to this year’s Appeal on Friday 18th November will be filled with lots more brilliant fundraising from tasty cake making to barmy baked bean bathing. Whether you’re planning to fundraise at work, in your home, with a club or group, or among friends, Children in Need have got tonnes of interesting

ideas, killer kits to download, super stickers and fantastic fundraising packs to get you going. If you are teacher, parent or young fundraiser doing something at school, then head over to the BBC schools pages, where you'll find ideas and kit especially for you. And remember, every single penny you raise really does count! For every penny you give Children in Need, a penny goes towards projects helping disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK. Get online at www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey to get your fundraising ideas and sponsorship forms, and see how you can do your bit for BBC Children in Need 2011!

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Towcester Driving School

O’Shea Driving School

“Teaching you to drive safely for life, not just to pass a test.”

Learn to drive with O’Shea Driving School

x FULLY QUALIFIED DSA APPROVED INSTRUCTOR WITH A FRIENDLY AND PATIENT APPROACH

x COVERING TOWCESTER AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES x DISCOUNTS FOR BLOCK BOOKINGS Photograph by Rob Skears

Friendly, patient, male and female instructors

x COMPETITIVE RATES

Paul Lyn T: 01327 351767 T: 01327 354909 M: 07737 187299 M: 07926 930110

For Further information contact Ian O’Shea on

01327 354 636 or 07970 517178

e: info@towcesterdrivingschool.co.uk www.towcesterdrivingschool.co.uk

HAVE YOU GOT SPACE TO CATER FOR YOUR

CHRISTMAS PARTY WE HAVE ….

We can carry from just 1 to 53 people, call us now and book your transport

01327 353118

www.smsxtrav.co.uk info@smsxtrav.co.uk Office: 6 Park Street, Towcester, Northants Depot: The Park, Brackley Road, Towcester

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Ian Pattenden

Experienced, Fully Qualified, DSA Approved Driving Instructor

• Based in Silverstone and successfully teaching learner drivers inTowcester and the surrounding villages for over 10 years

• Small, fun and

• Over 300 driving test passes at Banbury

Northampton and Bletchley test centres

• Personable, patient and very enthusiastic!

easy to drive Fiat 500

01327 855882 www.ianpdrivinginstructor.co.uk

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07866 809168

Ian Pattenden-Silverstone Driving Instructor

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