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Welcome

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nother fine Spring morning in early April as I write the foreword for this edition and like the weather and blossom its blooming and thriving with new businesses. The magazine continues to change its presentation and to bring you a new fresher look almost every edition. May and June in Brackley is again a busy calendar time with two Bank Holidays. The Brackley Wine festival

late May and in June The Brackley Soapbox Derby, Carnival and Music Festival feature. There is a feast of events and reminders on our Diary of Events page to view. To include your event in the future just email it to us and space permitting we will include it in the next edition. This month also sees the launch our third magazine Focus Midshires circulated to 7,000 homes to the NN7 post code which covers many rural areas surrounding Northampton, see website for more details. This month the Sudoku competition is back sponsored by Chilli & Pepper of Brackley. Brackley‘s new event on July 2nd

Focus Brackley & Surrounding Villages is Published bi-monthly by

is the Zumbathon for Charity at the Magdalen School see the full page promotion on page 34. This is planned to be a LARGE event see details and visit the website for more information. To advertise in the next edition contact the Studio on 01327 353753.

Focus Brackley magazine is distributed FREE to all households in the NN13 area

Copy deadline for our next issue is June 1st We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in Focus Brackley, whilst every care is taken to assure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advert. All artwork is accepted on strict condition that permission has been given for use in the publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that the descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. Any reproduction of any material is forbidden without the written consent of the publishers. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for views expressed by contributors, or for the accuracy of claims made by the advertisers.

Advertise your business with Focus Brackley Tel: 01327 353753 Mobile: 07756 544 511 Email: steve@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Web: www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Published by Focus Magazine Group, The Studio 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants NN12 6JY

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Contents/Handy Numbers

Contents May June 2011 - Issue Number 7 03 04 05 21 & 23 22 24 25 27 35 37 42 49

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Welcome Contents & Handy Numbers Homes Outdoors Computing & Design Education Legal & Financial Pets Entertainment & Leisure Diary of Events Homes Indoors Sudoku Competition Motors

Don’t miss our Competi tion

A £20 Discount Voucher to spend at Chilli & Pepper in our Sudoku competition on page 42 *Only valid for food

BUSINESS CARDS Full Colour Business Cards £35 for 200 £59 for 500 £99 for 1000

Printed on 400 gram thick card Laminated or plain

Use your Design / Detail / Logo / Email Web address / Double Sided cards

STATIONERY £99/set

500 Full Colour Business Cards 400 Letterheads 300 Compliment Slips

5000 A5 LEAFLETS £120

Double / Single Sided - 130gsm Call for other sizes / quantities

Call Focus Magazine Group

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Handy Numbers Boots the Chemist Brackley Cottage Hospital Brackley Health Centre Brackley Library Brackley Leisure Centre Brackley Swimming Pool Brackley Town Council Car Share Connexions South Northants Horton A & E Horton Treatment Centre Job Centre John Radcliffe Hospital NHS Direct Northants Fire Service Police Post Office Lark Rise Pharmacy Lowick Pharmacy Northampton General Hospital Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages snvb Springfield Surgery Sure Start Washington House Surgery

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You could be advertising your business in this magazine from just £20 per month Tel: 01327 353753 This magazine is printed with vegetable-based inks, and can be safely re-cycled

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Garden Pond Services

Innovative garden designs Patio construction . Brickwork Block Paving . Pergolas Fencing . Planting . Turf laying Hedgecutting . Tree work Maintenance . Clearance

01280 817476 07760 371683 www.arnalandscapes.co.uk

Ian Bodily · Extensions · Renovations · Loft conversions · Plastering · General Building · Maintenance · Kitchens · Bathrooms · · Carpentry

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arden Pond Services are a Brackley based business operating in and around Brackley and serve many other local areas in Northants, Oxon and Bucks.

Over time, most ponds and filters need a good overhaul and with Spring here the threatened return of the green water is upon us. In order to counteract this threat the ponds clarifier is bought back into operation to counter the algae which cause it. As UV bulbs age, efficiency also declines and less UV radiation is produced so UV bulbs should now be replaced. It is also a good time to check everything electrically and mechanically is functioning efficiently. It’s also a key time to clean filters, paying particular attention to shifting any old sludge that has settled.

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Specialists in Block Paving Patio’s, Driveways, Footings & Drainage 5 year installation guarantee All types of fencing considered

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Call John or Jason For your FREE quotation 07860 558410 daytime 01280 703599 evening

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Homes Outdoors Our fully equipped van with tanks, pumps, power washers, pond vac and spares take care of almost all pond problems. We offer the following services to maintain your pond. Pond Cleaning - Filter Cleaning - Filtration Installs and Upgrades - Ponds Re-Lined and Repaired - UV Bulbs and Pipe Work/Connections renewed - Heron Deterrent Fencing Installed - Any General Pond Maintenance - Ponds Installed / designed.

Free quotations can be given before any work commences and a portfolio of some recent renovations and work can be viewed for peace of mind. So, if you need a pond cleaned, leak repaired , UV bulb changed, Heron deterrent installed, loose edging fixed, pump/filter problems solved then please don’t hesitate to call us for a friendly chat. Call Jim Batty on 01280 705067 or 07704 576839

GARDEN POND SERVICES Pond Cleaning Ponds Re-Lined & Repaired Filtration Installs & Upgrades General Maintenance & Installation Weed, Shrub, Plant Clearing/Planting Any Size Pond, Large or Small Heron Deterrent Fencing

SPRING CLEAN NOW! For any pond, plant, related matter, or just general advice or consultation contact Jim

Tel: 01280 705067M:07704 M: 07704 576839 T:01280 705067 576839

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*Taylor Wimpey terms and conditions apply. Offer on selected plots and developments only, subject to status and our normal terms and conditions. Photography is indicative of typical Taylor Wimpey homes. Prices correct at time to of going to press. Part exchange is subject to survey. **For terms and conditions and more information on the 95% mortgage offer for First Time Buyers please see www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/eastmidlands95. †For terms and conditions and more information on the Deposit Match offer for First Time Buyers please see taylorwimpey.co.uk/special+offers. Images are indicative of typical houses by Taylor Wimpey. Prices correct at time of going to press.

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Brooklands Meadow at Silverstone is a stunning new development of just 49 homes.

They have been designed with modern living in mind and offer flexible living for all the family.

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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

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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

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Get a helping hand with Tree Felling Limb Removal Height Reduction

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Focus Magazine readers are entitled to a discounted hourly rate of £15 per hour, for the first initial work undertaken

For enquiries, or to request a free viewing and quote

Contact Will on 07952 394147 or wjharper1@yahoo.co.uk

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those jobs around home joinery and general repairs. If you don’t have the facilities or time to fetch and carry materials, or just take your old stuff to the tip, I can do that as well. I am happy to put up just a single curtain pole or complete a full project. I have no call out charge and I have public liability insurance for peace of mind. If you make an enquiry I will give you a no obligation quote. Honest, reliable and fair. All work is completed as agreed with no hidden charges. I will turn up when agreed and I charge a fair hourly rate. You pay me by the hour to get the job done. You get great value for money. After all I am working for you. Minimum charge is 1 hour. For more information please call Simon on 07716 404914 or 01280 705124

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Grass cutting/ Lawn care Hedge Trimming Seasonal Pruning Weeding Planting Beds/ Border preparation Overgrown gardens cleared S.J.Clarke Gardening Services Covering Brackley & Surrounding Villages Contact Stuart

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A sting in the tail

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ousehold pests often show seasonal cycles. Spring and early summer is the time for the Hymenopterans (or Ants, Bees and Wasps if you prefer), to establish themselves. Ants are always found in colonies or nests because they are social insects, most bees and wasps are solitary and rarely cause problems.

Spring is the perfect time to plan any changes to your garden. For a free consultation please contact Alan Muxlow Tel: 01327 855957

At this time of year, the large wasp often seen flying around sluggishly, maybe inside houses, is an overwintering queen emerging from hibernation looking for a suitable nest site. She is most likely trying to leave and the safest thing to do is open widows and let her. It’s similar with Bumble Bees. In fact, these docile insects are under threat from changes in farming practices and even hard landscaping in gardens, and should be encouraged as much as possible.

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whole colony can survive the winter and enlarge in size as the months get warmer. As ant nests begin to grow, foraging worker ants appear in kitchens where there is a ready supply of food in the form of spillages below worktops and behind kitchen appliances. Now is the time to treat ant nests before they get too big and the foraging workers become a nuisance. At this time of year, a Hive Bee nest may ‘swarm’, a queen and several hundred worker bees leave to set up new colony. Once the colony has found a nest site, perhaps in a wall cavity, they should to be removed before they get bigger and more aggressive in the summer. Pest control problems residential or commercial? MK Pest Management 01327 – 352158 Mob 07715 035879

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f like me you enjoy a glass or three of wine, then don’t miss the forthcoming Brackley Wine Festival at Brackley Town Hall. The event on Saturday 28th May is being organised by Brackley Rotary Club, to raise money for their charities. So, as well as discovering some delicious new wines you'll be supporting some good causes to boot! You’ll have the opportunity to taste and buy new wines from merchants where quality and flavour take precedence over brands and mass production.

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Computing & Design

Make sure you backup those files!!

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Education

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Is your business getting value from its website?

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Seconds is the average time that a web-user spends on a page before clicking onto another page or even another website! You therefore have very little time for your website to make an impact on a new visitor.

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Reaching your own

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hen relationships end there are various options to help separating couples overcome disagreement. Although some disputes may still need to be resolved in court, others may be dealt with informally in an amicable and non-confrontational way. The cheapest means of reaching agreement is, where possible, for a couple to have a direct and informal chat together. One or, ideally, both of them should then speak independently to their own lawyer and have their agreement drawn up in a formal document, if need be. Direct agreements can be of lasting benefit but, especially if information is withheld, might not be fair to both parties. Mediation is another option which can be highly effective in resolving disputes. New legislation means that, for many divorcing couples, mediation will now be a requirement. Mediation can assist with many aspects of relationship breakdown and achieve successful, practical solutions to problems that may, at first, seem impossible to overcome.

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agreement – Talk it over If a couple want to have a hands-on approach to their divorce or separation, Collaborative Law may be another choice. In Collaborative Law, the couple agree not to go to Court and, accompanied by their lawyers, discuss issues in round-table meetings, setting their own agenda with a view to finding their own path through the process. Dealing with the breakdown of a relationship can be difficult, costly and confrontational. Spratt Endicott’s family law department recommends an initial, noobligation meeting with one of our specialist lawyers to consider your options and help you move forwards. For further advice on this or other family law matters, please contact Patrick Mulcare, Solicitor in the Family Law Department of Spratt Endicott Solicitors; telephone 01295 204000 or email Patrick at pmulcare@se-law.co.uk.

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Poultry: feed, bedding, healthcare

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Pest Control: baits, traps

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The fix for Phishing!

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re you as fed up with these scams as I am? They usually come by post, phone or email and being on the computer most days for hours at a time, I notice an increasing amount of email trying to trick me into free prize draws, lotteries, bogus psychic predictions and many others.

3 million people every year fall victim to scams losing an average of £850 each, and sometimes a great deal more 3 million people every year fall victim to scams losing an average of £850 each, and sometimes a great deal more. Most scammers trick all kinds of people from all walks of life. So if you let down your guard, you too could become a victim. One particular nuisance I seem to encounter daily is “Phishing” this is where you receive an email or see a pop-up message on a website that claims to be from

COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF POULTRY & ANIMAL FEED stockists of

DELIVERY NOW AVAILABLE ANY FEEDS NOT STOCKED CAN BE ORDERED ON REQUEST

LAYER PELLETS FROM £7.50 PER 20KGS OPENING TIMES MONDAY - FRIDAY 7.30AM - 4.00PM (please call if after 4.00pm) SATURDAY - 9.00AM - 12.00PM

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SILVERSTONE CYCLE SHOP

x Sales

an organisation you may deal with for example, a bank or online payment service. The message may ask you to ‘update’, ‘validate’, or ‘confirm’ your account information. It will probably direct you to a website that looks just like the real thing.

x Servicing x Repairs

x Accessories

It is all designed to gain your personal information, codes and confidential passwords so your identity can be stolen and run up bills or commit financial crimes in your name. Remember - Trustworthy firms will never contact you for these details. If you think you've been a victim of this scam, contact your bank and immediately forward suspected phishing emails to your bank and then delete them. A good address to report email phishing to is www.banksafeonline.org.uk/report_scam.html I send all mine there – try it!

01327 858510 01327 858885

Unit 14 Silverstone Circuit NN12 8TL

www.bainesracing.co.uk

BEST FOOT FORWARD

Available for home visits by appointment, for the treatment x HPC Monitored of all foot conditions

We wash, reproof & repair your Horses rugs & dog beds to a high standard with the availability of free collection & delivery

x Professional x Fully Insured x Nationally Registered x Over 10 Years Experience

For all enquiries contact Rachel

Tel: 01604 858818 Fax: 01604 858511

Foot Health Practitioner Neil Sims

Email: equinelaundry@buckleybits.co.uk Unit 26, JBJ Business Park, Blisworth, Northants, NN7 3DW

Telephone: 01280 701011 Mobile: 07766 950288

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Learn to swim the fun way

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oth Towcester Centre for Leisure and Brackley Swimming Pool have professional Swim Teacher Teams who are teaching children to swim through fun swimming lesson courses. The team at Towcester is headed by Jean Judd and Lyn Arnold at Brackley Swimming Pool. Together, they have taught over 24,000 children to swim over their 16 year long teaching careers.

The structured lessons are geared towards teaching children to swim and progress at their own pace The dedication and commitment of the Swim Teacher Team to ensure children are taught how to swim, to have confidence in water and water safety are second to none. The unique swimming lesson programmes at both Towcester Centre for Leisure and Brackley Swimming encourages children to enjoy the benefits of swimming and water skills. Swimming lessons are available for children from the age of six months with

our exciting new Parent and Baby classes as well as complete beginners through to more experienced swimmers who are looking to improve their stroke technique and stamina. Qualified swimming teachers take all pupils through an exciting and safe lesson programme teaching them valuable water skills and techniques that will stay with them for life. Both Towcester Centre for Leisure and Brackley Swimming Pool are currently enrolling new pupils now onto their successful learn to swim programme for the new 13 week course which starts 25th April 2011. Contact Jean Judd at Towcester Centre for Leisure on 01327 322480 or Lyn Arnold at Brackley Pool on 01280 704906

The Kings Head Syresham

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Acoustic Night with Harry Payne Young & Talented Guitarist will perform most wanted pub music songs

SATURDAY 28th MAY - CLARE CONNERY 3 Course Meal and Entertainment by £20.99 SUNDAY 12th JUNE BBQ & BAND IN THE GARDEN £5.00 entry (kids under 12 go FREE) SILVERSTONE WEEKEND FRIDAY 8th JULY HARRY PAYNE BBQ IN THE GARDEN SATURDAY 9th JULY PALMERSTON BBQ IN THE GARDEN 70’s 80’s and 90’s ROCK MUSIC

Find out more at www.thekingshead-syresham.co.uk

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ith over 125 years history of manufacturing the finest quality soaps, toiletries and fragrances, Bronnley are proud to continue to manufacture locally in Brackley. Bronnley remains in English ownership producing luxury soaps and toiletries for a wide variety of tastes, from the Classic Floral collection, the longstanding Royal Horticultural range, the much loved Citrus collection and the recently launched Honey Blossom. Bronnleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quality has been rewarded with the honour of holding several Royal Warrants and is privileged to hold the Warrant for HM The Queen today. The signature Floral Collection, with naturally moisturising Sweet Almond Oil at its heart, combines timeless English scents, such as Lavender and Lily of the Valley, with more contemporary fragrances, such as Orchid. Bronnley enjoys a close relationship with the RHS, supporting the work of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading gardening charity through royalties raised on product sales. Rose

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Freelance Hair & Beauty Mobile Images -

Brackley Based

is one of four popular floral fragrances, alongside the recently updated Natural Gardeners Therapy range combining practicality with luxurious formulations. The much-loved Citrus collection now includes three stunning fragrances with the iconic Lemon soap being the cornerstone of the range, manufactured and revered since 1892. For further details and stockists visit: www.bronnley.co.uk or call 01280 702291. Our products are available to purchase in our Factory Shop, many at substantially reduced prices. The shop is open Monday – Thursday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If you would like to subscribe to our mailing list to receive information about Bronnley in future, please email marketing@bronnley.co.uk

Julie - Consultant for Brackley area.

Lovely kitchen, home, dining and garden ranges Book your party now and see for yourself. Also see me on…………... For an appointment contact Julie

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Entertainment & Leisure In association with

Brackley Zumba® Fitness and

Startech Productions®

x Face Painting x Bouncy Castle x Fabulous Tombola ®

Brackley

Saturday 2nd July Magdalen College School High Street Brackley 2pm - 4pm

BUY TICKETS! What is Zumba®?

It’s a dance fitness program which features exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-Party. It’s easy to do, effective and for every shape, size & gender!

What's a Zumbathon®?

A Zumbathon® is a Zumba® charity event. In this case, it takes the form of a two hour Zumba® party! Participants buy a ticket to attend and the profits raised at the event will go to our charities. This Zumbathon® will see its attendees working together to raise money for four charities:

Cystic Fibrosis, MS, Down’s Syndrome The British Heart Foundation. All are fantastic causes doing wonderful work here in the UK and we are very excited to be raising money for them.

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Tickets can be purchased either in person from the Brackley Tourist Information Office (Courtyard Mews) or from

www.brackleyzumbathon.co.uk

£10 Adults (16 and over) £5 Children £2 Spectators Please allow enough time for registration (which will begin at 12.30pm) and to warm up!

Terms & Conditions:

This event is open to participants of all ages. HOWEVER, children participate at the discretion of their parents. We ask that you stay sun-safe as this is an outdoor event. Please remember to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water. Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and nonreturnable. The organisers reserve the right to cancel this vent. Tickets cannot be refunded if this is due to circumstances beyond the organisers' control. If you buy your tickets online you will need to print out your order confirmation and present it at the registration desk on the event day. You will exchange your order confirmation for a wristband, which will be required to enter the event. Copyright © 2010 Zumba Fitness, LLC Zumbathon®, Zumba®, Zumba Fitness® and the Zumba Fitness logos are registered trademarks of Zumba Fitness, LLC

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Diary of Events Compiled in conjunction

with Global Mapping, call 01280 840770

EVENTS IN MAY Sunday May 1st Evenley Wood Garden

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Open March 19th - July 17th. 11:00am - 5:00pm.

Friday May 27th Coffee Morning Town Hall 10:00am - 12:00 noon. Market Piazza 8:00am - 2:00pm. Country Market WI Hall 8:45am - 11:30am.

Sunday May 1st and Monday May 2nd World Village Market

Saturday May 28th 2nd Annual Brackley Wine Festival

Monday May 2nd Early Spring Bank Holiday May Day Fete

Monday May 30th Spring Bank Holiday

Brackley Town Centre, Grocery/Foods/Crafts/Clothing

St James School, Syresham. 2:00pm onwards, traditional Maypole dancing, trolley raffle, tea room, BBQ, fun for all the family.

Wednesday May 4th Alice Hawkings – A Suffragette in the Family

A talk by Peter Barratt. Brackley & District History Society – Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm, in the Methodist Church Hall, Brackley, Admittance - Members Free. Visitors £2 Refreshments served after the meeting.

Saturday May 7th Table Top Sale

Town Hall, Market Square, Brackley. More information: www.brackleywinefestival.co.uk

EVENTS IN JUNE

Wednesday June 1st Medieval Plants and their uses

A talk by Greg Stevens and Nina Langley. Brackley & District History Society – meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm, in the Methodist Church Hall, Brackley, Admittance - Members Free,. Visitors £2 Refreshments served after the meeting.

Sunday June 5th Soap Box Derby

Market Place, 12:00 noon www.brackleysoapbox.org

Stony Stratford Classic Car Festival

Market Square, Stony Stratford, MK11 1BE 10:00am onwards.

10:00am – 1:00pm. On the Piazza outside the Town Hall. In aid of Waynflete Infants’ School.

Monday June 13th

Sunday May 8th Bluebell Walk at Hazelborough Forest

WI Hall, Manor Road, Brackley 7:30pm. A peek at preserving the past, by Mrs J Mitchell.

Brackley & District Wildlife Trust. Join us at 10:00am for a guided walk of this beautiful ancient woodland Car park is accessed from the slip road off the A43 Silverstone bypass, as you head towards Northampton (SP658430) For more details calls Alice Adams on 01280 701983.

Monday May 9th Brackley WI Resolutions & Social Time

WI Hall, Manor Road, Brackley 7:30pm. President Margaret Barrington 01280 841782. Advisor Anne Seckington 01280 704290.

Friday May 13th Coffee Morning Town Hall 10:00am - 12:00 noon. Market Piazza 8:00am - 2:00pm. Country Market WI Hall 8:45am - 11:30am. Saturday May 14th Community Crafting Roadshow Helmdon Reading Room 10:00am - 4:30pm.

Thursday May 19th Gardening Club night

7:30pm, Reading Room Helmdon. Plants/garden books/equipment sale and talk by a local tree surgeon. All welcome. Guests £2 at the door. Contact: Caroline King 01295 768695.

Friday May 20th Coffee Morning Town Hall 10:00am - 12:00 noon. Market Piazza 8:00am - 2:00pm. Country Market WI Hall 8:45am - 11:30am. Saturday May 21st Coffee/Crafts & Folk Music Morning

Town Hall 10:00am - 12.00 noon. Fund raiser for Brackley Music Festival 'Folk in the Park'.

Ceilidh-dancing with Apricot Pie

Brackley WI “Conservation & Restoration“

Saturday June 18th Brackley Carnival 11:00am - 5:00pm Sunday June 19th Fathers Day Warwick & Northants Air Ambulance Summer Fayre Winchester School Fields, Manor Road 11:00am - 4:00pm

Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Elm Tree Farm, Evenley 10:00am - 1:00pm. Boxed Poultry and Fleece Sale. For details ring Carrie 01327 857195.

BRACKLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL 24th June - 9th July Friday June 24th Brackley & District Band St. Johns Chapel Saturday & Sunday June 25th & 26th Syresham Scarecrow Festival BRACKLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL Saturday June 25th Festival in the Park

Brackley Park 12 noon - 10:30pm. Live music all day finishing off with one of the top attractions from last year

Sunday June 26th Folk on Sunday Brackley Park 12 noon 10:00pm. Folk music and dance. Free entry, donations welcome

Monday June 27th Brackley Male Voice Choir

St. John's Chapel

Tuesday June 28th Schools Concert St. Peters Church Wednesday June 29th C.A.F.E. Tea Concert Methodist Church Lunchtime Craig Ogden Classical Guitar Baptist Church

Town Hall 8:00am - 11:00pm. Tickets only £8.00 £4.00 under 16's) available from Bliss and Town Hall. Fund raiser for Brackley Music Festival 'Folk in the Park'.

Thursday June 30th Brackley European Association

Thursday May 26th Brackley European Association

Thursday June 30th BRACKLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL Lady Georgianna Southfield School Hall

Monthly Meeting, Lower Town Hall, Brackley

Monthly Meeting Lower Town Hall Brackley

To advertise your event here in the next edition contact us before Friday May 27th at: steve@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk or telephone 01327 353753 www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

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Boycott Farm - An oasis in the Bucks countryside

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s you drive into the gates of Boycott Farm and turn into the courtyard, prepare to be wowed by our beautiful 17th century converted barn, housing our popular Farm Shop, Butchery and The Hayloft Restaurant and Tearoom. Boycott is a working farm, producing Aberdeen Angus Beef, Gloucester Old Spot Pork and Free Range Eggs. Using our own and local produce, the Boycott Farm Kitchen prepares a delicious range of ready meals, cakes, quiches and pastries, which are for sale in the Farm Shop and The Hayloft. We also stock fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, dairy and a wide range of groceries, gifts and plants. Our butchery sells our own Pork

and Beef and also locally sourced Poultry, Game and Lamb. Bacon and ham is cured on site, and our butchers handmake sausages, burgers and black pudding. Since opening just over 2 years ago, The Hayloft has become the place to eat for locals and those further a field. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cup of coffee and slice of homemade cake or a delicious Sunday Roast, you can be sure of quality food at a competitive price. We believe in good, old fashioned customer service and we are proud of our friendly helpful staff. The Hilsdon family and their team offer you a warm welcome to Boycott Farm. Tel: 01280 821286 www.boycottfarm.co.uk

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S.R.M TV ALL YOUR PROFESSIONAL CLEANING REQUIREMENTS x Window Cleaning x Conservatories

x Carpet & Upholstery x Fascias & Gutters

x Household & Garden Maintenance x Patio, Driveway & Decking Pressure Cleaning x Interior & Exterior Painting Work x Fully Insured Too busy to get to the tip? We’ll take it for you! Small Household Goods & Rubbish Removal We will undertake many different jobs, why not call us for details

Please Call Matt for a FREE no obligation Quotation quote

Tel: 01280 701428 M: 07985 761111

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SOLUTIONS

1st choice & best value for Aerials in Brackley & surrounding villages.

TV FM & DAB AERIALS FREESAT FREESAT HD MULTI-ROOM VIEWING FREE ESTIMATES NO CALL OUT FEE FAST RELIABLE SERVICE ALL WORK GUARANTEED Call and ask about our Aerial Health Check Service

Local company, Fully insured and CRB Checked. Call Steve on Brackley

(01280)705946 Or 07725 146366

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For all your local Plumbing requirements….

x CENTRAL HEATING x BOILER CHANGES x WARM AIR x LPG x BREAKDOWN & REPAIRS x GAS SAFETY & LANDLORD CERTIFICATES x BATHROOMS & SHOWERS x GAS COOKERS & FIRES x WASHING MACHINE & DISHWASHER INSTALLATION x EX BRITISH GAS ENGINEER

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Discount for OAP's Friendly and reliable local interior decorating service with experience in detailed painting, wallpapering, bathroom and kitchen tiling and exterior painting Photo’s and references of previous work available

Free No Obligation Quote, Call Neil on: 07881 650 050 or 01280 702885

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Curtains & Blinds

LOCAL PLUMBER

& CENTRAL HEATING INSTALLER

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x PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER x QUALIFIED PLUMBER x BATHROOMS & KITCHENS x TILING SERVICES x RENEWABLE ENERGY x UNDERFLOOR HEATING

“Call Me For Free Advice About Any Plumbing & Heating Problems And Before You Buy”

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Hand Finished With an Extended range of Fabrics Also Drapes Cushions Blinds Tracks Poles

For that extra touch to your Tel 01869 240944 www.pleatssoftfurnishings.co.uk home

CARPET & FLOORING WAREHOUSE

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SAVE UP TO 70% ON HIGH STREET PRICES FROM LARGE STOCKS OF CARPET ROLLS & ROLL ENDS Large ranges of Carpets, Vinyl's, Coco, SisaI, Jute, Wood & Laminate flooring at the most competitive prices always available Hand knotted Persian & other rugs in stock Over 40 years of the Carpet trade at your disposal, Family owned, we are delighted to help and advise you

No Obligation Free Measuring & Estimating Service

Cundale’s Flooring Warehouse

Warranted fitting service on all types of flooring

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A43 OXFORD

TEL 01280 705111

Opening Hours Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm Sat 9.30 - 5.00pm

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Don't spend your life cleaning... Make Time for You

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ccasionally, people ask us why they should choose Time For You instead of another cleaning company - or why they shouldn’t simply find a cleaner via the “small ads”.

The simple answer is that we’re not just here to make money but truly pride ourselves on providing the very best service we can. We vet our cleaners thoroughly – even visiting them in their own homes before signing them up!

Beyond the obvious benefits like public liability and accidental damage insurance, we ensure that you will never be without a cleaner. If your regular cleaner can’t be with you, we’ll provide a perfect replacement every time, with no interruption to your routine. You can get in touch with us via our general office, virtual office and “out of hours” emergency mobile number and we will react immediately. When you contact us as a new client, we can have your new cleaner into your home within 24 hours.

During that time we meet you, visit your home, allocate a suitable cleaner to suit your specific needs and arrange their first visit. It’s a fast, efficient process to provide you with the best cleaning solution. Once you become a client, we don’t forget you! We produce a quarterly newsletter, run satisfaction surveys, and email or call you personally from time to time. Our team is always there in the background, monitoring and improving the quality of our service. Just give Ann, Claire or Fran a call on 01604 791799 if you’d like to know more. We’ll be delighted to help you.

Ironing your words and emailing your shirts? We can help you get things right!

• Fast, efficient service • Affordable, regular home cleaning • All prices fully inclusive • Same cleaner each visit • Times to suit you weekdays/weekends/ evenings

• Vetted cleaners, fully insured • Reliable, in your home, ironing service • One-off, intensive deep cleans available • End of tenancy & housemoving cleans

You need time for yourself, We make time for you!

Tel: 01604 791799 E: admin@timeforyounorthants.co.uk www.timeforyounorthants.co.uk 14 Collingwood Road, Abington, Northampton NN1 4RD

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CLEANING SERVICES Ltd x Daily weekly or occasional clean

SUDOKU Pit your wits against our Sudoku Puzzle and win yourself a tasty Indian meal! Congratulations to the winner of the Wordsearch from our last issue, Linda Cataldo of Brackley who wins a £20 discount voucher to spend at Chilli & Pepper, Brackley.

x Established 2002 x Fully insured x Ironing service also available at reasonable rates

Call Now on: 07831 218 500

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A £2 Vouc 0 Discoun h t at Ch er to spen illi & d P eppe *Only r vali for fo d od

The Sudoku prize has been kindly donated by:

Tel: 01280 706922 or 01280 706111 Cut out and send completed entries along with your name, address and phone number to: The Studio, 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6JY

PLUMBING & HEATING INSTALLATIONS & REPAIRS

CENTRAL HEATING • BATHROOMS / SUITES INSTALLED • DOMESTIC HOT WATER SYSTEMS • ALL TYPES PLUMBING REPAIRS • OUTDOOR TAPS INSTALLED • SINKS, TAPS, LEAKS & SOIL PIPES • RADIATORS REPLACED / MOVED • SHOWERS REPLACED / INSTALLED • HOT WATER CYLINDERS CHANGED • PROFESSIONAL QUALIFIED ENGINEER

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For advice & Free Quotations Call Paul

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Homes Indoors 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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Alternatively scan/email your solution to: steve@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Closing date for entries: Friday May 27th

Repairs to all domestic appliances large or small x Washing Machines x Cookers x Dishwashers x Fridges & Freezers x Tumble Driers x Microwaves x Vacuum Cleaners Spare Parts also available. New & Reconditioned appliances for sale, All work & products guaranteed

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CARPETS / VINYLS & Latex Screeding

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MORETON BATHROOMS & KITCHENS Bathroom & Kitchen Specialists

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3 x 600mm Base units 1 x 800mm Corner unit 1 x 500mm 3 Drawer unit 1 x 600mm Appliance unit 2 x 900mm Wall units Plinth & Cornice 4.1m Worktop Handles for all of the above Stainless Steel Single oven Stainless Steel Hood Gas / Electric Hob Franke Sink Franke Taps 4m Wall Tiles

WOW ! Fully Installed £4990 inc vat Upgrades available, Terms and Conditions apply

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£2998 inc vat

Terms and Conditions apply x Complete

Bathroom & Kitchen makeovers x All Plumbing & Heating work undertaken x Electrical work x Floors & Tiling

Visit our Bathroom & Kitchen Showroom at 1 Homeground, Buckingham Industrial Estate, Buckingham MK18 1UH by appointment Tel: 01280 824449 moreton.bathrooms@yahoo.com

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M GARRETT PLASTERING x Professional

Reliable Service x Over 21 Years Experience x All Items of Plastering Undertaken x Free Quotations

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HOME MOVE CARPETS Established 21 years

THE SPECIALIST COMPANY FOR HOME MOVERS AND IMPROVERS CALL FOR A FREE x CARPETS NO OBLIGATION QUOTATION x DOMESTIC x VINYLS WE SPECIALISE IN x COMMERCIAL x LAMINATE FREE HOME VISITS x WOOD FLOORING

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Beautiful furniture from

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espoke Furniture Company Heaven and Stubbs have more than 30 years experience in the manufacture and installation of handmade furniture for the entire home. Producing kitchens with a wealth of character and functionality, bedroom furniture with elegance and comfort, and studies and librarys to be embraced by their users.

 Massive selection of

Today studies are generally either used to operate a home business or a constructive environment for anyone in the family to use to get away from the sometimes overwhelming interaction of rooms such as the living room or kitchen.

fabrics, plain or patterned  Roller, Venetian, Vertical, Roman, Pleated, wood  Choose in your home  Free quotes, friendly advice, no pressure!  Great value, good quality. Price promise guarantee.

At Heaven and Stubbs we have the experience and craftsmanship to create a space that works for you, may it be with an integrated secret bookcase or doorway, or concealing all that necessary electronic equipment, whilst maintaining a warm and beauty that you will want to work, rest or play in. The home study has developed from the cupboard or cabinet of the Renaissance period to become a

AN Plumbing & Heating Services ‘Quality In Safe Hands’ For an upgrade to a new and efficient boiler or a simple addition of a radiator or just a tap washer to be replaced.

 Boiler Replacement

For a reliable and friendly service with no hidden cost. We believe on the quality of our service that we give you a 28 day cover on all servicing and repair work that we do.

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 Plumbing  Central Heating Installations  Breakdown & Repairs  Bath & Shower Installed  Boiler Service  Flushing  Landlord safety Checks  FREE Written Quotes  2 Year Guarantee on all Installations

For a quote or advice call Tony Tel: 01327 353997 or Mob: 0772211 4808 46

Ex British Gas Engineers with over 30 years in the Plumbing & Heating Industry. We pride ourselves in the quality of our work.

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Heaven and Stubbs functional and invitingly elegant space in many homes in both the city, towns and countryside. The advent of electronic communication and computer technology has widened the appeal of dedicated home working areas, with more of us undertaking at least some work from home and children benefitting from a controlled and focused academic study environment. Heaven and Stubbs cater each design to the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desires, utilising sustainable hardwoods and durable paint finishes complementing your home. We pride ourselves in that fact that we produce and finish everything ourselves, retaining important control over quality. We look forward to the next challenge to make a timeless room that will be cherished by all that use it. Contact them on 01280 702514 or visit their website: www.heavenandstubbs.com

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x Brush & Vacuum x Traditional Open Fires x Inglenook Fireplaces

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Thrills, spills and fun at

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rackley Soapbox Derby is fast becoming a premier summer occasion for the town. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event on Sunday June 5th will be the ninth annual and will be run on the High Street with soapboxes beginning timed runs from 2.00pm onwards.

Come along on Sunday June 5th and enjoy a great afternoon out for the whole family

Approved Wood Burning Stove Installer

Call Phil at PTH SWEEPCLEAN 01280 702772 or 07765 408390 www.pthsweepclean.co.uk Melanie Jayne

Soft Furnishings Made to measure x Curtains x Valances

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Tailor Made x Loose Covers x Scatter Cushions x Alterations

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Brackley Soap Box Derby It is open to two classes, under 15 years of age and adults 15 and over. Trophies and prizes will be awarded for the fastest three in each class and also The Mayor of Brackley will judge all soapboxes prior to the event and award a prize for the best turned out cart. The soapbox derby is a family event and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy a great afternoon. On show will be a 2011 Mercedes F1 Grand Prix Car as driven in this year’s Formula 1 Championship. Snacks, drinks and other attractions will also be accessible during the day. Entries are still available and further information including entry forms can be obtained on the soapbox website www.brackleysoapbox.org or by email to info@brackleysoapbox.org

TOWCESTER VALETING SERVICES OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK FOR VALETS FROM £5 TO £60

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If you're not using your vehicle, you should make a SORN. If you are using it, it must be insured If you're not using your vehicle, you should make a SORN. If you are using it, it must be insured. The change in the law means that you won't be able to

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vehicles without insurance temporarily take a vehicle off the road and cancel your insurance, unless you make the vehicle SORN at the same time. If you're not using your vehicle, you should make a SORN. If you are using it, it must be insured. If you have a vehicle that is not insured, but which is still taxed you could face a penalty. This includes motor caravans, motorbikes and classic cars – all vehicles that people sometimes leave uninsured for part of the year. The change in law also affects classic cars if it's taxed but not insured. If you have a vehicle that was manufactured before 01 January 1973 that has a 'nil value' tax disc, it is still considered by DVLA as taxed. So, you should make a SORN if it's uninsured and keep it off the road.

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THE first choice for Chauffeur driven Travel in & around Brackley

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