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Barchester Care Home – Now Open in Brackley Juniper House Care Home providing first-class nursing, residential and dementia care at its best, is now open in Brackley, Northamptonshire Juniper House Care Home | Tel: 01280 428 045 | www.barchester.com Candleford Close, Brackley, Northamptonshire, NN13 6JZ

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Welcome

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nter the new spring season as daffodils already are emerging into bloom, lifting their heads from the frozen winter ground. As a new season arrives so do two NEW Focus Bicester magazines. Local Businesses are already embracing these new magazines and shortly the readers of Bicester will soon see them arriving on their doormats.

beginning of British Summer Time, remember your clocks go forward one hour! Easter Sunday is the 8th April so a chance to make it a long weekend. Finally make a note for Sunday 22nd April, when the Brackley Food Festival takes place at the Town Hall Brackley. Try the Sudoku competition on page 56 and win a £20 voucher

March is filled with diary dates, the 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and don’t forget your Mum this Mothers Day on the 18th March. Have a look on page 39 for flower and gift ideas from Bloomers Florist. On page 2 Cherwell Edge Golf Club also have a special Mothers Day Carvery. The first day of Spring is officially officially the 20th closely followed on the 25th by the

towards a meal at the Chilli & Pepper restaurant (food only). As many new businesses are enclosed in this edition feel free to read the interesting articles and news from around Brackley. Finally, it’s happy 2nd Birthday to Focus Brackley, we have now been around for two years. Happy reading!

Focus Brackley & Surrounding Villages is Published bi-monthly by

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

Copy deadline for our next issue is 2nd April We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in Focus Brackley, whilst every care is taken to ensure 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.

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Contents/Handy Numbers

Contents March - April 2012 03 04 05 06 08 10 12 26 30 33 37 38 40 42 46 48 50 61

Issue Number 12

Welcome Contents/Handy Numbers Auctions Computers & Education Education & Offi Office ce Services Education & Financial Home Indoors Barchester Leisure & Fitness Open Weekend Healthcare 3rd/4th March Chilli & Pepper Menu Leisure & Fitness See pages Entertainment & Leisure 30/31 Pets & Equestrian Services Home Outdoors Diary of Events Home Outdoors Motors

Get in the swim Find out about the latest swimming lessons at Brackley Swimming Pool. See page 32

Win

* A £20 VOUC&HPepER per

ckley’s Chilli Towards a meal at Bra r Sudoku Competition ou Indian Restaurant. See valid for food only. on page 56. *Voucher

Brackley Food Festival 2012

A mouth watering taster for this year’s Food Festival. See page 16 & 17

Use your Smart Phone to link up to the Focus Magazine Group website and find out more about our publications.

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Handy Numbers Al-Anon - National Helpline (manned 10am-10pm every day)

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 Office Lark Rise Pharmacy Lowick Pharmacy Northampton General Hospital Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages snvb Springfield Springfield Surgery Sure Start Washington House Surgery

020 7403 0888 01280 702213 01280 702388 01280 703460 01280 703455 01280 701787 01280 704906 01280 702441 01280 841099 Freephone: 0800 731319 01295 275500 01295 755000 0845 6060234 01865 741166 0845 46 47 01604 797000 03000 111 222 01280 841676 01280 700222 01280 700935 01604 634700 01327 350774 01280 841250 01280 703431/ 01280 704122 01280 841674 01280 702436

CHIPS AWAY WINNER Congratulations to Peter Tustian from Brackley who won our Chips Away competition from the Jan-Feb issue

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Computers & Education

Computer valeting from Mouse Mate

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omputer Valeting, is the physical cleaning of the dirt, dust, grime and germs that have built up on your PC!

You regularly take your car to experts to have it serviced, not because it is broken, but to keep it in good running order, and to minimize expensive repair costs. Why neglect your PC? Over time, your computer will build up dirt and dust. Take preventative measures to protect your system and files.

Over time, your computer will build up dirt and dust. Take preventative measures to protect your system and files. Take a look at the air intake at the back of your computer. Behind that, a fan starts to rotate the minute you power up your machine, taking in cool air to keep the temperature on your processor down. Along with that cool air, dust and particles get sucked into your

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Computer, laptop and peripheral sales Computer repair and upgrades On-site and telephone support Data recovery and data transfer Virus and spyware removal Broadband and wireless setup

AB Computing Computing provides forfor providescomputer computerservices services small businesses businessesand andhome homeusers usersininSouth South Northants & North Oxfordshire. We We provide a first Northants & North Oxfordshire. provide a class service at an affordable price. first class service at an affordable price.

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Computers & Education machine. These rest on vital components of your PC - motherboard, RAM, graphics card, printer card, network card, etc, and build up layers of dirt on them. They also build up around the fan, slowing it down.

Things you don’t really want to know: Every time you place your fingers on your keyboard, your mouse, and your monitor, you leave behind grease, stains, and germs. In a study carried out by the University of Arizona, it was discovered that the average computer keyboard contains 400 times more germs than the average toilet seat - including e.coli. Keyboards are littered with crumbs, nails, hairs, skin, insects and other particles, debris that builds up through daily use. Monitors are usually peppered with the stains of pointing fingers. Words supplied by Mouse Mate, contact them on 01280 422433, email: support@mouse-mate.co.uk or visit their website at www.mouse-mate.co.uk.

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Education & Office Services

Culture of Achievement

• Co-Ed Independent College (14-19yrs) 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

• 50% of our 2011

leavers entered one of the top 25 UK Universities

• Average class sizes of 8 students

• Tuition scholarships • Call us to book an •

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Find us on the Barrack ....Road, Northampton

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Education & Office Services

Get some welcome help with your ‘in-box’ tasks

W

hatever happened to the paperless office that computers were meant to bring us? These days businesses seem to have more paperwork than ever and accounts always need to be kept up-to-date; if you run a small company it can be a struggle to manage. This is where Brackley Office Services come in, they specialise in helping businesses to keep up with it all.

• Struggling to cope with your paperwork?

Breda can come into your office and file it too if needed!

The Brackley based company, run by Breda Lamb understands the demands of running a business, she has nearly 30 years experience in office tasks and management, having run her own business and worked in various fields over the years. Breda is Sage qualified and can adapt to any accounting system your company uses. It isn’t only bookkeeping on offer; any office or admin work can be undertaken.

Charges are most competitive, reducing the cost of accountants fees and full time staff. Free consultations are offered to all clients and, needless to say, all business, correspondence and conversations are treated as private and confidential.

Offering an efficient and friendly service, your work can be whisked away and then returned to you completed, sorted and ready to be filed – although

To find out how Brackley Office Services can help your business call 07790 374143 or visit: www.brackleyofficeservices.co.uk.

Although the paperless office seems unlikely to materialise any time soon, Brackley Office Services could make it feel that it has arrived now.

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Education & Financial

Help when your relationship ends

If you are planning to Buy - Sell - Remortgage a house, our team of legal experts in Property Logic are here to help you.

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aking decisions can be difficult when a relationship comes to an end. Some people are ready and willing to move on while others may be unsure how to deal with assets and debt, or how to make arrangements for their children.

Spratt Endicott Solicitors offer a free, 20 minute Options Meeting, without obligation, to help people decide how best to move forwards from the breakdown of their relationship

SOLICITORS

Contact Property Logic on 01295 204100 Website: www.se-law.co.uk

Are you a parent or carer with a child or children under 5yrs? Did you know that you can get all sorts of help, information and support from your local Children’s Centre? Family life isn’t always easy and it’s very natural to feel unprepared or ill equipped to deal with the everyday stresses and strains of bringing up children. Parenting can be even more challenging if you are struggling with sleepless nights, stressful bedtime routines, challenging behaviour or dealing with other issues such as housing, financial or relationship pressure At our centres we have trained staff who can offer individual help and support on a range of parenting issues, we also run parenting courses. Each of our workers has experience and knowledge in early years’ development and we have good links with local support agencies in the area, including health professionals.

This is why Spratt Endicott Solicitors offer a free, 20 minute Options Meeting, without obligation, to help people decide how best to move forwards from the breakdown of their relationship. Options Meetings can cover separation, divorce and money matters,

Need a little extra help? Our staff team are not parenting experts and won’t tell you what to do, but they will: ¥ Offer a listening ear. ¥ Help you identify and build on your own strengths. ¥ Support you to explore the best solutions for you and your family. ¥ Point you in the right direction to find specialist or practical support if you need it.

If you would like to talk to a member of the team or find out more about attending parenting courses, please contact us at any of our centres or ask your health visitor to refer you to our service. We can offer support and advice over the phone, at the centre and in some cases we can visit you at home.

This service is free and confidential For further information - email;- lwalker@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Tel 01280 841674 or Text 07834 510 610 Or contact us by dropping into the centre within the Library on Manor Road, Brackley

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Education & Financial together with matters concerning any children that may be involved. The Options Meeting does not provide legal advice. Therefore as an alternative, Spratt Endicott offers a half-hour interview, costing £80, in which practical legal advice about individual circumstances can be given in addition to exploring options.

Mediation provides positive methods for resolving disputes following the breakdown of a relationship by finding a mutually acceptable compromise.

We believe in providing cost-effective and tailored solutions to resolve difficulties in relationships as amicably and non-confrontationally as possible. In January this year, we launched a new Family Mediation Service that enables couples to resolve issues in a neutral, safe environment, ideally avoiding the cost and stress of having to attend court.

If you would like to find out how Mediation may help you and your family please contact Patrick Mulcare confidentially on 01295 204153 or email pmulcare@se-law.co.uk

For more information on how Spratt Endicott can help you, contact Ann Barker or Patrick Mulcare on 01295 204000 or see our website: www.se-law.co.uk.

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This is often just an air lock and quite sometimes can be fixed by you at home.

Try this if you have a mixer tap: Tightly close your hand around the outlet sealing the hole the water comes from. Then open the hot tap, at this point nothing will happen then slowly open the cold tap. This forces the cold water main back up the hot pipe work and in turn forces the air lock out of the system through the expansion pipe. After doing this for a couple of minutes turn the cold off and remove

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Home Indoors your hand. Cold water will start to flow out of the tap followed shortly by your hot water. Turn off the hot tap and the air lock is cleared.

Try this if you have two separate taps: Have a piece of hose ready long enough to reach the end of both taps freely and with no kinks in the hose. Gently force the hose end which may need to be softened with a bit of heat over the end of the taps. Now all you need to do is follow the procedure in step 1 by first opening the hot tap and then followed by opening the cold. After a couple of minutes close the cold tap and remove the hose allowing the water to flow from the hot tap. If this doesn’t work or you have a combination boiler or an unvented system you should call out a plumbing and heating expert who will be able to rectify the problem.

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Brackley Festival of Food Sunday 22nd April

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lans for this year’s Festival of Food are in full swing. The day which runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm will see a whole host of different local foods as well as activities for the public to do. There will be pasta making during the day in the town hall, any age have a go at making your own pasta which you can take home for your tea. Thanks to Splat Cooking for organising this. Belflair Chocolate will be returning to the event, local business and chocolatier. Bradshaw’s Ice Cream, real dairy ice cream made on their farm. Brodies Coffee, real coffee, milk shakes, tea, and hot chocolate. Tasty Thymes who uses local produce

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Home Indoors Homemade breads Tasty Thai Cuisine Caramba Olive Oil Stainswick Farm Oil Love food hate waste, Northants County Council will be on hand to help us all not to waste food Hello Baby Cakes from Banbury, cupcakes, smash cakes and pop cakes Brackley Country Market, local ladies who make and sell their own produce Pudding Pie Cooking School Jeffs Ice Creams will be returning with his Ice Cream Bike This year’s competition is photographic The recipe exchange will be in the town hall, so find out those favourite recipes you would like to share and bring them down on the day. Thanks to Focus Brackley magazine for their support. If you would like to take part in the festival please contact: info@brackley-carnival.co.uk or jami.25@tiscali.co.uk.

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The latest release at The Old Hall Bookshop

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Home Indoors by overcrowding and poverty. Lyndsay Faye is herself a New Yorker and has written a page turner rich in language and humour that is completely believable, with unpredictable twists and turns. It comes out in hardback and costs £14.99.

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Leisure & Fitness

New clinic opens in rural Weston

S

ara Wilde has successfully been treating clients for the past 2 years from her home in rural Weston, Northamptonshire, and has gained a reputation for professionalism within her field of expertise, offering her clients a varied range of treatments including Reflexology and Holistic Massage. Since January 2012 her clients have been able to receive their treatments in fresh new surroundings in a newly converted a stable at the same address. Known as the Stable Clinic, Sara will continue to offer her clients a private and relaxing experience from the enhanced ambiance of a her new permanent treatment room. Reflexology is a holistic treatment, that uses light pressure on points on the feet, toes, and ankles to release tension, energy blockages, stimulate circulation and promote self healing of mind, body and soul.

Holistic massage is a form of manipulation of the soft tissues of the body which has developed over thousands of years. From ancient China to the present day, it has been used for the promotion and restoration of health. Client Benefits: • Hormone imbalances which can cause many disorders • Stress and Anxiety - Stress related disorders • Digestive disorders - Joint pain • Pregnancy and Fertility issues • Allergies For a full range of treatments and information on special offers, please contact The Stables Clinic on 01295 760667 or 07801 351621, or email: s.wilde@btinternet.com. Sara also works with The Blackley Clinic, and is available to book through them on 01280 703389 and also provides a home clinic for those less mobile.

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Healthcare

Brackley’s Juniper House care home welcomes its first residents

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uniper House, the new 60 bed care home in Candleford Close, welcomed its first residents in March. After a successful opening followed by a time capsule burial involving pupils from Winchester House Pre Prep School in Brackley, the team at Juniper House is focusing on building a vibrant, positive community feel at the home. Jane Tombleson, General Manager, and her team have worked incredibly hard to establish excellent relations with local groups, societies, schools and well-known locals and will continue to strengthen these bonds as Juniper House grows. Developing strong relationships within the local community is an important part of Barchester’s ethos. With a lot of interest shown leading up to the opening, people have been keen to look around to

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We can offer complete peace of mind through professional, personalised care – with respect for each person’s individuality. Every day is an opportunity to enjoy doing things you want to do – knowing that fully qualified staff are always close at hand.

Barchester offers a home-like feel with an award-winning reputation in over 200 locations. How can we help you? Why not call us or drop in for a chat over coffee? Juniper House Care Home Candleford Close, Brackley, NN13 6JZ

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Healthcare see the facilities and care services first hand. Several rooms are still available with a range of care options to choose from. Jane said: “At Juniper House we are developing a service which replicates the feeling of ’home’ whilst offering an exemplar service tailored to deliver person centred care in a safe, secure and welcoming environment. We want to embrace opportunities and celebrate life. We appreciate the huge level of support we’ve had from our neighbours and the local community and we look forward to strengthening those relationships over the forthcoming year.” We are all very excited about the opening of Juniper and the boost it will bring to the local community – both in terms of the care this superb purpose-built setting will offer, and also for local employment opportunities.“ As the latest addition to the Barchester family, Juniper House joins a company that employs almost 15,000 people who care for more than 10,000 at more than 200 locations in the UK. A leading quality care provider, in 2011.

Why not arrange a visit to Juniper House and experience for yourself what first class care looks like! Contact Jane Tombleson, General Manager, Juniper House, Brackley, Tel: 01280 702364

Opening soon in Brackley… Open Weekend 3rd & 4th March

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Healthcare

It’s fun learning to swim at Brackley Pool

be enhanced by the new programme as there will be more opportunities later on for them to take part in a greater variety of activities and other water based sports, with over 250 badges certificates and certifi cates to achieve, our journey is just beginning.

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rom March 2012 Brackley Swimming Pool will be in phase II of how our swimming lessons are structured. As you maybe aware, our new courses of swimming lessons have been aligned to the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) produced by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the national governing body for swimming.

Following the successful launch in January, you may have noticed some other changes over the past weeks, to the classes and the skills being taught, the set up of the pool, continuous assessment and some new ASA Swimming Teachers. You may also have noticed an emphasis on FUN and games within your child’s swimming lesson; the use of games and fun activities to deliver learning outcomes has proven to be the most effective way for children to learn and all activities will have a purpose behind them. Your child’s ‘journey through aquatics’ will

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Do you need advice about care? We can provide a free advocacy service with visits from care advisors What care do I really need and how do I get it? Do I have to leave my home or can I receive care at home? Will the council or NHS fund my care? What are my options if they will not fund my care? Do I need to sell my home?

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Chilli & Pepper Menu

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CHEFS RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE MENU PODINA

With a splendid combination of ginger, mint & herbs. Chicken / Meat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£5.20 Chicken / Lamb Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . £6.90 King Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£8.50 Duck. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.50 Vegetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£4.70

CHILLI & PEPPER Signature dishes

Strips of chicken cooked in a very hot sauce. Chicken Rezella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.90 Tandoori king prawns cooked with spinach Chicken / Lambtikka . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.50

CHEFS RECOMMENDATIONS

Chicken Mughali . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.90 Nawabi Chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.90

Chicken Tikka Garlic . . . . . . . . . .£7.90 Lamb Khyberi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.90 Korai Special . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.90 Jhinga Massala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £9.80 King sized Prawn baked in Tandoori, extensively prepared with rich tomato based sauce with a touch of cream & yoghurt. Lamb Badam Pasanda .. . . . . . . .£6.90 Clay oven cooked lamb slices cured in homemade yoghurt/herbs and a nutty, creamy curry is made. Murgi Massala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.90 An Indian wedding feast dish comprised of half chicken seasoned in a blend of herbs and spices, garnished with a special blend of rice. Chicken Malini (Fairly Hot) . . . . . . . £7.70

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Chilli & Pepper Menu INDO-BENGAL & ORIENTAL STARTERS

1. Onion Bhaji or Onion Pakora . . . . £2.90 2. Somasa (Keema or Vegetable). . . . . . . .£2.90 3. Duck Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3.90 4. Chicken Pakora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3.20 5. Prawn Puri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3.60 6. Lamb Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . £3.10 7. Sheek Kebab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3.10 8. Shami Kebab .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3.10 9. Chingri Cocktail (Prawn) . . . . . . . . . .£2.90 10. King Prawn Puri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.30 11. Chicken Chat or Aloo Chat . . . . . £2.90 12. Mixed Kebab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3.90 13. Lamb Shashlik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3.90 14. Chicken Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £3.10 15. Tandoori Chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . £3.10 16. King Prawn Butterfly . . . . . . . . . £4.50 17. Tandoori Fish (Salmon) . . . . . . . . . . £4.50 18. Tikka Puri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.20 19. Duck Puri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.50 20. Fish Massala . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . £4.50 21. Stuffed Pepper (Chicken, Meat or Vegetable) £3.90 .

CHEF’S RECOMMENDATIONS

22. Chicken Mughali . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.90 23. Nawabi Chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.90 24. Chicken Tikka Garlic . . . . . . . . . .£7.90 25. Lamb Khyberi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.90 26. Korai Special . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.90 27. Jhinga Massala . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£9.80 King sized Prawn baked in Tandoori, extensively prepared with rich tomato based sauce with a touch of cream and yoghurt. 28. Lamb Badam Pasanda .. . . . . . . .£6.90 Clay oven cooked lamb slices cured in homemade yoghurt/herbs and a nutty, creamy curry is made. 29. Murgi Massala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.90 An Indian wedding feast dish comprised of half chicken seasoned in a blend of herbs and spices, garnished with a special blend of rice. 30. Chicken Malini (Fairly Hot) . . . . . . . £7.70

TANDOORI SPECIALITIES

A Unique clay oven preparation of Persian Royal origin - one of the best among aromatic cuisine. Instant clay oven prepared NAN bread is highly recommended to accompany these dishes. 34

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31. Tandoori Deluxe . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.90 This is a combination of tandoori varieties comprising Chicken Tikka, Lamb Tikka, Tandoori Chicken and Kebab served on a red hot sizzler with fresh salad & Nan. 32. Tandoori King Prawn . . . . . . . . . £9.90 33. Tandoori Chicken (half). . . . . . . . £5.90 34. Murgi..Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.90 Special juicy pieces of chicken marinated in exotic spices served on a burning sizzler with fresh salad. 35. Kashi Tikka (Lamb) . . . . . . . . . . .£5.90 Special juicy pieces of lamb marinated in exotic spices served on a burning sizzler with fresh salad. 36. Duck Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.90

HOUSE SPECIALITIES 37. Tikka Massala (Chicken / Lamb). £6.90 38. Duck Tikka Massala. . . . . . . . . . .£7.90 39. Duck Tikka Jalfrezi . . . . . . . . . . £7.90 Chicken Tikka cooked in our clay oven first - then a delicate creamy curry is made for a desirable taste. 40. Chicken Kemela . . . . … . . . . . . .£6.90 41. Chicken Mashur . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.90 Cooked with fresh mango 42. Kashi Tikka Massala (Lamb) . . . . .£6.90 Lamb Tikka cooked in our clay oven first then a delicate creamy curry is made for a desirable taste. 43. Jeera Chicken . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .£6.90 44. Butter Chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.90 45. Butter Duck . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .£7.90 46. Tandoori Mix Massala. . .. . . . . . .£9.80 47. Chicken Chilli Massala . . . . . . . £6.90 A unique curry for Madras lovers with green chilli and egg. 48. Chicken Jalfrajee . . . . . . . . … . . £6.90 Spicy hot with tomato, green chillies, peppers and dhaniya. 49. Chicken Jaljala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.90 50. King Prawn Jalfrajee. . . . . . . . . . £9.90 51. Duck Tikka Karahi . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.90 52. Duck Tikka Garlic . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.90 53. Keema Jalfrajee . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.90 Slightly hot, chopped onions, green peppers, green chillies 54.Chicken Rajni . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.90

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Chilli & Pepper Menu FISH DISHES

Popular Bangladeshi fish marinated in various spices.

55. Mach-e-Shatkora . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.90 56. Mach Bhuna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.90 57. Mach Jalfrezi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.90 . 58. Mach Sagwala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.90 . . 59. Boal Biran (on the bone) . . . . . . . . . £7.90

SPECIAL TAWA DISHES

60. Chicken or Lamb Tikka Tawa . . £7.90 A semi -dry, mild to medium dish cooked with chicken / lamb tikka, exotic herbs & spices, capsicum, onion and mushroom. 61. King Prawns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£9.90 62. Prawns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6.90 63. Duck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.50

64. SPECIAL BALTI DISHES

A favourite in Punjab using special tangy sauce, served with Nan or Rice Chicken / Lamb Balti . . . . . . . . . . . . £6.90 Chicken Tikka / Lamb Tikka Balti . . £8.20 Duck Tikka Balti .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £9.80 Chicken / Lamb Tikka Massala Balti £7.90 Chicken Tikka Chilli Balti . . . . . . . . . £7.90 Chicken / Meat. Sag Balti . . . . . . . . . £7.90 King Prawn Sag Balti . . . . . . . . . . . . £9.90 Prawn Balti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.90 King Prawn Balti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £9.50 Vegetable Balti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.50 Chilli & Pepper Special Balti . . . . . . £9.20

65. ROWGOONJUS BALTI

From North India, cooked with fresh tomato coriander. Medium spiced.

Chicken / Meat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6.50 Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6.90 King Prawn . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.90 Vegetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.90 Chicken or Meat Tikka .. . . . . . . . . . . £6.99 Duck Tikka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£8.90

65A. PODINA

CHILLI & PEPPER RECOMMENDED

Splendid combination of ginger, mint & herbs. Chicken / Meat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£5.20 Chicken / Lambtikka . . . . . . . . . . . . £6.50 King Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£8.50 Duck. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£7.50

CONVENTIONAL CURRY DISHES (Does not include Rice)

66. BHUNA

An Indian special occasion dish comprised of cooked onion and tomato flavoured with capsicum, methi-pathia. Soft dry medium hot & recommended for everybody (Hot or mild on request). Chicken/Meat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.20 Tikka Bhuna .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .£6.50 Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6.50 King Prawn . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.50 Vegetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.70 Duck Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.50

67. DANSAK

North Indian origin, fairly hot and sour, garnish with hot lentils and pineapple. (Hot or mild on request). Chicken / Meat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.20 Chicken or Meat Tikka . . . .. . . . . . . . £6.50 Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6.50 King Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.50 Vegetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.70 Duck Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.50

68. DUPIAZA

Cooked with chopped onion, spiced with all the original spices. Methipathia Medium hot, dry, recommended for everybody. Chicken / Meat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.20 Chicken or Meat Tikka. . . . . . . . . . . . £6.50 Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6.50 King Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.50 Vegetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.70 Duck Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.50 Keema Dupiaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.90

69. KORMA

Very mild and creamy - sweetly flavoured with almond, sultanas and coconut saucy & soft. Highly recommended for children and those keen on creamy, fruity curry. Chicken / Meat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.20 Chicken or Meat Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . £6.50 Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6.50 King Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.50 Vegetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.70

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Chilli & Pepper Menu

70. PATHIA

East Indian origin, hot and sour comprised of crushed onion, pieces of lemon, Tomato paste & cooked with traditional spices. Recommended for those keen on Indian varieties. Chicken / Meat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.20 Chicken or Meat Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.50 Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .£6.50 King Prawn . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . £8.50 Vegetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.70 Duck Tikka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.50

71. MADRAS OR VINDALOO

Both of them are mainly hot dishes, Vindaloo is hotter than Madras. Not recommended for children Chicken / Meat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.20 Chicken or Meat Tikka. . . . . . . . . . . . £6.50 Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £6.50 King Prawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.50 Vegetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.70 Duck Tikka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £7.50

BIRYANIES

All Biryani dishes are complemented with a Vegetable curry 72. Chicken / Lamb Biryani . . . . . . . £6.90 73. Chicken Tikka Biryani . . . . . . . . £7.90 74. Chilli & Pepper Biryani . . . . . . . . £8.90 75. Persian Murgi Biryani. . . . . . . . . £7.80 (Banana in Chicken) 76. Malaya Murgi Biryani. . . . . . . . . . £7.80 (Pineapple in Chicken) 77. Duck Tikka Biryani . . . . . . . . . . . £9.50 78. Chingri Biryani (Prawn). . . . . . . . .£7.50 79. Shobji Biryani (Vegetable) . . . . . £5.90 80. King Prawn Biryani . . . . . . . . . . . £9.80

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SIDE DISHES

Vegetables are mostly fresh, Strongly recommended with Curries 81. Bombay Potato . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 82. Banana in Spice . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 83. Cauliflower Bhaji . . . . . . . . . . . .£2.90 84. Mushroom Bhaji . . . . . . . . . . . .£2.90 85. Mixed Vegetable . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 86. Tarka Dall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£2.90 87. Bhindi Bhaji . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 88. Aloo Gobi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£2.90 89. Sag Bhaji . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 90. Sag Paneer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 91. Sag Aloo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 92. Sag Dall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 93. Sag Chana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 94. Mator Paneer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 95. Chana Massala . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 96. Chana Baingon . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.90 97. Green Salad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £1.50 98. Mixed Raitha . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..£1.50

ENGLISH DISHES

99. Chicken / Mushroom Omelette £5.90 100. Serlion Steak . . . . . . . . . . . . . £8.90 101. Chicken Nugget .. . . . . . . . . . .£5.90

SUNDRIES

102. Plain Rice / Pilau Rice . . . . . . £1.90 103. Special Fried . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.50 104. Mushroom Pilau . . . . . . . . . . .£2.50 . 105. Vegetable Pilau Rice . . . . . . . £2.50 106. Egg Pilau Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.50 107. Sag Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.50 108. Onion Fried Rice . . . . . . . . . . .£2.50 . 109 Lemon Rice . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . £2.50 110. Peas / Chana Rice ... . . . . . . . .£2.50 . 111. Chapati . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . £1.40 112. Nan . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . £1.90 113. Keema Nan . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . £2.20 114. Stuffed Nan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.20 .. 115. Peshwari Nan . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.20 . 116. Garlic / Chilli Nan . . . . . . . . . . .£2.20 117. Cheese Nan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £2.20 . 118. Tandoori Roti . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£2.20 119. Plain / Spicy Papadom . . . . . . £0.60 .. 120. Chips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£2.50 . Chutneys / Pickles (per item) . . . . . . . .£0.50 ALLERGY NOTICE: SOME DISHES MAY CONTAIN NUTS PLEASE ASK BEFORE YOU ORDER

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Entertainment & Leisure

Fresh, delicious food and produce await at Boycott

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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.

• Free Range Eggs from the Boycott hens.

The Kings Head, Syresham www.kingshead-syresham.co.uk

WINTER WARMERS Every Wednesday, Liqueur Coffees and Mulled Wine Tapas Night, 8 tapas to share between 2 people £9.95 per person Every Thursday, Steak & Wine Night 2 steaks, bottle of house wine £25.00 MOTHERING SUNDAY 3 courses £17.95 per person, EASTER SATURDAY 7TH APRIL BBQ in the garden & bouncy castle for kids, £5.00 per person, eat as much as you like!

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Entertainment & Leisure Since opening just over 3 years ago, The Hayloft has become the place to eat for locals and those further a field. Whether it’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.

BLOOMERS

The Florists of Brackley Because your Mum is worth it ! Now taking orders for Mothers Day

Don’t forget Mothering Sunday is on 18th March. We have gifts, hampers and vouchers or treat her to a meal in The Hayloft.

On Saturday 31st March we will be holding our Spring Celebration Day There will be spring plants for sale, baby animals and lots of ideas for Easter. Our butcher will be happy to take your orders for Easter meats and Poultry, and our Farm Kitchen has a delicious selection of ready meals they can prepare for you, if you prefer to stay out of the kitchen over the Easter break! Rosemary, Richard and the team look forward to welcoming you to Boycott Farm. www.boycottfarm.co.uk shop@boycottfarm.co.uk Tel 01280 821286

All occasion flowers delivered to Brackley & Surrounding Villages Find us on Facebook BLOOMERS CORPORATE FLORIST

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Pets & Equestrian

Should you use social media to market your business?

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ocial media is not the right tool for every marketing activity, not every company needs a blog, FaceBook, YouTube or LinkedIn account, but one or all of these could be just the tool to get your company or product noticed and be your next best marketing tool.

It is important for your organisation to be present and engaged in places, and at the same time as your clients are, if you are to be successful. Social media is about delivering useful content and information at the precise time that a buyer has a need for it, delivering your targeted messages to reach your niche market in a cost effective manner.

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Diary of Events

Diary of Events Compiled in conjunction

with Global Mapping and brick-a-Brack community magazine

MARCH

Friday 23rd March Bump Baby and Beyond

Friday 2nd March Bump Baby and Beyond Lullabies Children's Boutique will be at Space for its regular monthly pop up shop opening. 9.00am - 3.00pm, 3 Market Place, Brackley.

Helen 07906 055591 or email: bbandb@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday 3rd March Art Deco Card Workshop with Trish Brackley Library 2.00pm - 4.00pm. £5 per adult. Refreshments provided.

Please book in advance, contact Brackley Library on 01280 703455

The next Drop in and Meet the Professionals Clinic. This is a free drop in clinic for all expectant, new and existing parents to come and meet experts of their field. The Hub, Brackley. FREE ENTRY.

Helen 07906 055591 www.bumpbabyandbeyond.co.uk

Friday 23rd March Coffee Morning Brackley & District Wildlife Trust Brackley Town Hall. 10.00am - 12noon Cakes, preserves, books, bric a brac, raffle.

Contact Alice Adams on 01280 701983

Sunday 4th March Brackley Folk Club Open Night

Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March

Greyhound Inn 8.00pm. Entry £3, Members £2.

Sport Relief 2012

Sunday 4th March

The money you raise is spent by Comic Relief to transform lives at home and abroad.

Bumps ‘n’ Babies Fayre 11.00am - 4.00pm. An event for mums to be, new mums and their families. Venue - Banbury Spiceball Leisure Centre, supporting a local charity (Special Care Baby Unit at Horton Hospital Banbury).

Friday 23rd March Mothers Day Pampering Night Held in the Deli Wine Bar and Bistro, Brackley. Tickets on sale now James Butler Brackley Wines.

Wednesday 7th March Brackley & District History Society 125 Years of Raleigh Cycles - a talk by Tony Hadland 7.30pm in the Methodist Church, Brackley. Cost to visitors is £2 and they are always welcome. Refreshments are served after the talk.

Contact 07980 211676 www.brackleywines.co.uk

Sunday 25th March Spring Rally Turweston

Further information from the Secretary, Tel: 07917 401228 or email: brackleyhistorysociety@hotmail.com

Sunday 25th March

Friday 9th March

Held at the Leisure Centre, Brackley. 10.30am until 3pm. James Butler Brackley Wines. Contact 07980 211676 www.brackleywines.co.uk

Spanish Night Held in the Deli Wine Bar and Bistro, Brackley. Tickets on sale now James Butler Brackley Wines.

Contact 07980 211676 www.brackleywines.co.uk

Brackley Wedding Fair

Sunday 25th March British Summer Time Begins Monday 26th March

Saturday 17th March

Brackley & District Wildlife Trust “The Meadows Project within and around Brackley” Talk by Matt Johnson, Planning and Biodiversity Officer, Northants Wildlife Trust. Followed by A.G.M. Meetings start at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall, Admission £2.

6th Community Crafting Roadshow All welcome for a day of crafting. Upstairs in the Town Hall, Brackley 9.00am -- 3.30pm.

Contact Alice Adams, 01280 701983

For further details of workshops and craft classes go to www.pinmoneycrafts.co.uk or find us on facebook.

Thursday 29th March

Sunday 18th March

Come and join us for a fun night out. Brackley Lower Town Hall.

Mothering Sunday

For details and tickets contact Anita Robbins on 01295 712388

Thursday 22nd March

Friday 30th March

Coffee Contacts The Courtyard Coffee House, 9.30am - 11.30am. Free drop in networking meeting for Brackley businesses.

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Brackley European Association Bistro Nite

Coffee Morning with the Mayor in the Town Hall Cake Stall, Raffle. Proceeds to Brackley European Association.

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Diary of Events

APRIL Sunday 1st April

Sunday 15th April Brackley Folk Club (Session) Open Night

Rare Plant Fair

Greyhound Inn 8.00pm. Entry £3 members £2 Saturday.

Evenley Wood Garden Evenley Wood Garden, Evenley, Brackley, NN13 5SH. 11.00am - 5.00pm. The ever popular Rare Plant Fair will once again be visiting Evenley Wood Garden this year with many nurseries offering a wide rage of interesting shrubs, perennials and bulbs for you to choose from, all at very reasonable prices. £5 Adults, £1 Children.

Friday 20th April Bump Baby and Beyond The next Drop in and Meet the Professionals Clinic. This is a free drop in clinic for all expectant, new and existing parents to come and meet experts. The Hub, Brackey. FREE ENTRY, Helen 07906 055591

www.evenleywoodgarden.co.uk

www.bumpbabyandbeyond.co.uk

Monday 2nd – Monday 30th April

Sunday 22nd April Brackley Food & Drink Festival

Drawings & Paintings Exhibition by Martin Ford Brackley Library, Manor Road.

Wednesday 4th April Sex, Drink and Death in the 17th Century - a talk by Tim Healey 7.30pm in the Methodist Church, Brackley. Cost to visitors is £2 and they are always welcome. Refreshments are served after the talk.

Further information from the Secretary, Tel: 07917 401228 or email: brackleyhistorysociety@hotmail.com

Contact: Julie - info@brackley-carnival.co.uk or email jami.25@tiscali.co.uk.

Monday 23rd April St Georges Day Friday 27th April Daventry! Bump Baby and Beyond Launch Drop in and Meet the Professionals Clinics in 10.00am - 1.00pm at Tiny Tantrums (formally Rainbow Playworld), Daventry, FREE ENTRY.

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Saturday 28th April Big Brackley Garage Sale

Lullabies Children's Boutique will be at Space for its regular monthly pop up shop opening. 9.00am - 3.00pm, 3 Market Place, Brackley. Guest company attending is Feltastic Accessories.

Helen 07906 055591 or email: bbandb@hotmail.co.uk

Sunday 8th / Monday 9th April Easter Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday Friday 13th April Country Fair Piazza 8.00am, WI Hall, Manor Road 8.45am.

Friday 13th April Sparkling and Chocolate Tasting Held at the Deli Wine Bar and Bistro, Brackley. On sale now James Butler Brackley Wines.

The Churches in Brackley, are raising funds for the Christian Aid Sierra Leone Appeal. The BIG BRACKLEY GARAGE SALE is to be held on the Saturday, from 10.00am until 4.00pm and are hoping as many people as possible will take part For a pre-paid £5 per stall to Christian Aid.

Please contact Judith Elkington 01280 700736

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 2nd June Brackley Carnival 11.00am Sunday 3rd June Brackley Soapbox Derby 12.00-6.30pm Monday 4th June Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Tickets contact 07980 211676 www.brackleywines.co.uk

Saturday 14th April 60's Dance Evening – Dancing to the Lee Malvern Four Brackley Town Hall In aid of Katharine House Hospice. £6 Per person or £11 per couple.

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Old fashioned values pay dividends for Cloudy2Clear

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