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September - October 2010

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CAFE

Nr The Greyhound Pub

ALLDAY BREAKFASTS * TRADITIONAL MEALS * TAKE AWAY Tue - Sat 8am to 4pm / Sun 9am - 2pm. 83 High St. Brackley. TEL

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SILVERSTONE GOLF CLUB

Just past the main entrance of the Motor Circuit Fantastic Marquee, Various Function Rooms, All New Bars, Superb Golf Course

The perfect venue for Weddings and Parties - NEWLY OPEN Lounges, Patio Area, Garden & Gazebo, New Bars Licensed to perform Civil Ceremonies Our Unique Golf Membership of 2 Courses (Silverstone & Cherwell Edge Golf Club) see our website for more details www.silverstonegolfclub.co.uk enquiries@silverstonegolfclub.co.uk Tel: 01280-850005

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Introduction

Published bi-monthly by

Tel: 01327 353753 Mobile: 07756 544 511 Email: mail@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Web: www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

Focus Brackley magazine is distributed FREE to all NN13 households in the following areas: Biddlesden • Brackley Brackley Hatch Cottisford • Croughton Crowfield • Evenley Farthinghoe • Halse Helmdon • Hinton-in-the-Hedges Mixbury • Pimlico • Radstone Steane • Syresham • Turweston Westbury • Whitfield Copy Deadline for November - December issue is 8th October 2010 We gratefully acknowledge the support of businesses whose adverts appear in the Focus Brackey, 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.

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elcome to this Harvest Festival and Halloween edition of the Focus Brackley Magazine. By now the August Bank holiday will be a reminder that the summer is almost over and the school holidays be drawing to a close. Most schools in the area return within a week or so of receiving this magazine so here’s a reminder not to forget all the last minute school essentials! The final summer event is the Wings and Wheels Vintage and Classic Day at Turweston, and is a local event not to be missed – find more details on page 33. Our third issue already, and as you can see we are steadily growing with lots of support

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from customers and readers alike. You will see on page 7 that we have included a page dedicated to charities where we welcome organisations in the area to use this page to highlight their good causes and events FREE of charge. The Diary of events is on page 32, where we welcome you to call in with “your” events for the next issue. Why not try the Suduko competition on page 9 where a FREE photograph sitting in your home and a FREE 10” x 8” print can be won courtesy of J Smith Photography. You can check to see if you managed to work out the Jig Saw Faces from the last issue on page 34 and there’s some more to try. Finally we have launched the website, where our magazine can now be viewed on line www.focusmagazinegroup. co.uk take a look and let us know what you think. For further details on advertising events or promoting your business contact us at Focus Magazine Group on 01327 353753 or mobile 07756 544 511.

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Contents/Handy Numbers

Contents

September - October 2010 - Issue Number 3

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Introduction Contents/Handy Numbers Entertainment & Leisure Charities Entertainment & Leisure Services Health & Fitness Homes & Gardens Diary of Events Homes & Gardens Motoring

Don’t miss our Competi tion

Win a photograph sitting and FREE 10 x 8 print, in the comfort of your own home on Page 9

Handy Numbers Boots the Chemist

01280 702213

Brackley Cottage Hospital

01280 702388

Brackley Health Centre

01280 703460

Brackley Library

01280 703455

Brackley Leisure Centre

01280 701787

Brackley Swimming Pool

01280 704906

Brackley Town Council

01280 702441

Car Share

01280 841099

Connexions South Northants

Freephone: 0800 731319

Horton A & E

01295 275500

Horton Treatment Centre

01295 755000

Job Centre

0845 6060234

John Radcliffe Hospital

01865 741166

You could be advertising your business in this magazine from just ÂŁ20 per month and be seen by all homes in NN13 within Brackley and surrounding villages.

NHS Direct

0845 46 47

Northants Fire Service

01604 797000

Police

03000 111 222

Post Office

01280 841676

Tel: 01327 353753 Mobile: 07756 544 511

Lark Rise Pharmacy

01280 700222

Lowick Pharmacy

01280 700935

Northampton General Hospital

01604 634700

Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages

01327 350774

snvb

01280 841250

Springfield Surgery

01280 703431/ 01280 704122

Sure Start

01280 841674

Washington House Surgery

01280 702436

Email: mail@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Web: www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

MEMBER

This magazine is printed with vegetable-based inks, and can be safely re-cycled

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Charities

Robinson lunch Club

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re you alone during the day? Do you never get to see anyone? are you free on Mondays (except Bank Holidays) anytime between 11:00am and 2:00pm?

If you would you like to meet new people, have a hot or cold meal with refreshments & if you wish, take part in our raffle & bingo, then the Robinson Lunch club held at Godwin Court in Halls Lane is right up your street! We are a fun group, and anyone joining us is promised a warm welcome. When you join us, you can take part in as little or as much as you want nothing is compulsory, you can just have a meal if you wish. However to get all the free benefits provided by our club you would pay an all inclusive price of £7.00. Free transport is provided if needed (via The Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service which you will need to join & pay the relevant annual fee).

For more information contact Mrs lisa Meazzini on 01280 840908

Brackley Male Voice Choir

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n Monday evenings 7.30pm – 9.00pm – Here is an opportunity to sing popular songs in a friendly atmosphere, we sing in concerts and support local Charities. There are no auditions and you can also bring friends or colleagues. We meet at Magdalen College school Chapel High St.

MalE VOiCE CHOiR NEEDs YOu! For further information please contact John on 01280 704149

To be featured on this page in future issues please call us on 01327 353753 Focus Brackley – September - October 2010 www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Focus Brackley Sept-Oct 10.indd 9

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Entertainment & Leisure

Breakfast at Brannigans

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ee James proprietor of Brannigans Cafe, on the previous site of the Blockbuster Video store welcomes you to a completely new refitted Café. Situated in Brackley close to The Greyhound Pub, Brannigans Cafe now serves all day breakfasts with a large menu to choose from and prices which are very affordable suiting everybody’s pocket.

The food preparation and newly installed catering kitchen achieved four stars out of a possible score of five five from the Northants Food Hygiene Inspection. Lee met a high standard of compliance with food safety legislation and robust food safety management. So why not come along and try some of the specials and keep watching for the money off leaflets dropping through your door now. Telephone lee on 07519 592007 to have your breakfast waiting!

CHRISTMAS PARTY MENU & DISCO 20th Nov-Jan 8th from £14.95 per person. CHRISTMAS DAY BOOKINGS NOW being taken -

limited places

4 courses £45 per adult, £25 for children.

CHRISTMAS MEAL 3 courses

£16.95 per person. Book before the end of September and receive a free bottle of wine for every 4 people. Contact Janene or Nadine a call to discuss your requirements. Excellent customer service and quality pub food, wine and real ales and a Roast served every Sunday Also available to Hire is our function room & bar

Tel: 01280 840608

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

Tel: 01604 858818 Fax: 01604 858511

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

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Entertainment & Leisure

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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.

With Christmas just around the corner, how about a family or individual portrait as a gift for someone you love. Last issues winner was Frances Ridding from Brackley Brackley, who receives a £20 food voucher to spend at The Greyhound inn, Brackley

This issue’s prize has been kindly donated by:

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Email or cut out and send completed entries by the 8th October 2010 along with your name, address and phone number to: 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6JY or Email: mail@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

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L EL NN LI OS BR R EA YW TR UN CO

Silverstone Fields Farm Silverstone • Towcester Northamptonshire • NN12 8TB

Telephone: 01327 354422 OPEN MONDAY - F RIDAY 9 AM - 5 PM

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Entertainment & Leisure

The affordable and easy ‘spektacle’ solution

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pektacle solutions are a dispensing opticians that offers the highest quality eyewear at affordable prices. With a Qualified Optician and Varilux specialist on site, all you need to do is bring your prescription to us!.

It's a commonly held belief that you just buy your glasses from your 'testing' optician. What customers need to be aware of when they have an eye test is that the prescription is their property and must be handed to them immediately by the Optician. You can choose where to buy your spectacles from! Most Opticians have a captive audience, take your order and instruct an Optical Company to manufacture the glasses for them. Spektacle Solutions effectively cut

out this middleman which enables us to pass the saving on to you, which on average is about 50%. They offer a huge range of frames and are constantly seeking styles for today and tomorrow. Just a few of the designers stocked are, Silhouette, Ted Baker, Joia and Police to name a few, but they will always try to get a specific frame of your choice. They also have 'Frames on Faces' technology in store to get you the perfect look at a credit crunching price!

Free and easy parking and guaranteed huge savings. Spektacle Solutions will always find a solution to your optical needs

Call them on 01280 824248 Email: info@spektaclesolutions.co.uk or visit their website www.spektaclesolutions.co.uk

OPEN 10am-5pm 7 Days

ANDY GARRETT MILITARIA

PIANO TUNING Repairs Reconditioning Regulating Valuations Second Hand Pianos Bought and Sold

ROBIN ANDERSON CGLI MPTA IAPBT

Member of the Pianoforte Tuners Association

Tel/Fax: 01327 263232 M: 07785 757 030

Email: pianotune@btinternet.com Website: www.pianotunerextraordinaire.co.uk

BOUGHT SOLD & EXCHANGED MEDALS, BAYONETS, BADGES HEADGEAR UNIFORMS, SWORDS ENGLISH & FOREIGN MILITARIA COINS & BANKNOTES COLLECTIONS, ACCUMULATIONS & SINGLE ITEMS PHONE FIRST IF VISITING WITH ITEMS UNIT 9 BRACKLEY ANTIQUE CELLAR DRAYMANS WALK BRACKLEY NN13 6BE

TEL 01280 700180 MOB 07979 344877

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Services

are you Healthy & Happy?

www.lovattinsurance.co.uk

Buildings & Contents Private & Commercial Motor Single Trip or Annual Travel “Supporting Local people” 35 Market Place, Brackley NN13 7AB

Tel: 01280 703476 Fax: 01280 704681 e-mail info@lovattinsurance.co.uk

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ealth is one of the most important aspects of living a full and happy life. Previous generations have had less choice, less information and had to wait until their ill health drove them to seek the help of doctors or hospitals. At that time the medical professions were the guardians of our health. Today that has all changed and we understand how important it is to be healthy. It is now about prevention rather than cure. So the “DIY Health” means we are taking health and wellbeing more into our own hands, encouraged by the doctors and NHS.

Today that has all changed and we understand how important it is to be healthy But what is and who of us are healthy? Many of us are following a mixture of advice and information to create a “well being” We select the advice that we feel best suits us and that we can achieve and stick with be it for

STAIRLIFTS Monarch Mobility Services Your local Stairlift specialist for…..

New or Re-conditioned

Stairlifts

Classes held in Brackley at: The Town Hall Market Place Brackley NN13 7AB Tuesday 6.00pm & Wednesday 9.30am

We Fit, Repair, Service Re-locate & Purchase

For a

service you can trust

contact your local supplier…Potterspury, Towcester

www.weightwatchers.co.uk For more information Contact Linda on 01327 359021

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Free 0800 0935307 M 07951 577 660 www.monarchmobility.co.uk sales@monarchmobility.co.uk

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Services

a few days, months or in cases, refine it, develop it and continue to live it! We may venture to the gym, ride a bike to work, take long walks 3 times a week or even eat the latest crazy diet which might involve supplements, vitamins and litres of water. But is this really helping us to create greater health and well being? Perhaps, health is like many things, an intricate and delicate balance of a of physical, nutritional, relaxation and emotional factors, all of which contribute towards a 360 degree approach for a more sustainable and achievable healthy, happy life.

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Get a Great Start to the New School Year Improve English Language, Literacy & Literature Skills English - Year 6 to A Level Qualified Teacher, BA MA NLP Master Practitioner 10+ years experience of 1:1 tuition Husband teaches MATHS to GCSE All lesson tailored to individual pupils

Free Assessment Lesson Ring Mrs Sam Pritchard

Tel 01869 810328

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Health & Fitness

swimlife

swimming

lessons

available now! Contact the Swimlife Co-ordinator for full details of our swimlife programme

Brackley Swimming Pool

Manor Road, Brackley, Northants NN13 6EE

Telephone: 01280 704906 Web: www.brackleyleisure.com

Towcester Centre for Leisure

Springfields, Towcester, Northants NN12 6UW

Telephone: 01327 322480

book now

pay later*

Web: www.towcesterleisure.com

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Health & Fitness

What is Zero Balancing?

Z

ero Balancing is a hands-on non-invasive therapy. it consists of held stretches and finger pressure focussed on the bones and joints. This allows the body to relax and reorganise around points of contact, releasing held tension and helping balance the energy moving through the skeletal system of the body. Although there is no manipulation involved, Zero Balancing encourages an improved state of skeletal alignment and is often very helpful in relieving back, neck and shoulder pain. It can also help clear lingering problems from old traumas and bring about, in some, a profound state of peace and clarity of thinking.

For more information call Zero Balancing Association UK on 0845 603 6805 or visit the website: zerobalancinguk.org Your local Zero Balancer is Helen Vearncombe Phone 01280 701722

For all the latest rates & circulation details visit our website

Helen Vearncombe BSc (Hons) MBAcC Lic Ac MAR Dip Tuina Dip BUQI Cert. ZB

TRADITIONAL ACUPUNCTURE TRADITIONAL ACUPUNCTURE

TUINA (Chinese Massage) TUINA (Chinese Massage) ZERO BALANCING REFLEXOLOGY REFLEXOLOGY ZERO BALANCING

Combined treatments available to suit individual needs.

Tel: 01280 701722 25 Old Town, Brackley, NN13 7BZ Email: helen.vearncombe@btinternet.com

Freefields of Brackley

www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk flowers for all occasions wedding flowers funeral tributes balloon, chocolates & champagne wide range of gifts

83 High Street Brackley NN13 7BW www.brackleyflorist.co.uk

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Your best Time to get healthy... All Inclusive Fitness Membership

ÂŁ29.99

only Per month

Includes: Gym, Swimming, Workout Classes, Health Suite See website for details www.southnorthantsleisure.co.uk Towcester: 01327 322 480 Brackley: 01280 701 787 workout

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Homes & Gardens

Calling all budding lady cricketers in the area!

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ate Hawes, County Chairman of Northants ladies Cricket is keen to recruit more lady cricketers in Northants and in particular the Brackley area. To create a greater awareness locally would strengthen the ladies playing membership of the already successful Brackley cricket club. Although reasonably small in numbers they are a friendly group of ladies that love playing and following cricket, they compete in the West Midlands Cricket League – East played on Sunday afternoons at 2.00pm in a full 40 over game.

Nets and training sessions are held at the ground during the summer months on Thursday evenings but winter nets start soon! Apart from playing, Kate busies herself with the responsibility for Northants Ladies cricket for one senior ladies team 4 junior teams. For more details contact Kate on 01295 760569 or email Katehawes@btinternet.com

Nets and training sessions are held at the ground during the summer months on Thursday evenings but winter nets start soon! It’s an open club and accepts players of all ages and abilities from 13+, ladies of all ages attend so don’t be shy.

Bicester Furniture Studio Home of Corndell Furniture

Domestic Oven Cleaning OVENCLEAN will transform your oven & put the sparkle back into your kitchen!

¥ Friendly, Professional , Reliable, 14 yrs exp ¥ Completely safe eco-friendly cleaning system ¥ No fumes, no mess, no bother ¥ Removes grease, fat & burnt on carbon deposits x Ovens x Hobs x Filters x Grills x Ranges x BBQ’s x Extractors x Microwaves x AGA’s Call Cliff Lowe to book your oven clean

T: 0800 840 7127

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For Great Service y Lowest Prices Free Delivery y Quality Furniture

FREE Design for Fitted Furniture

Visit Bicester Furniture Studio

24 Church Street, Bicester, Oxon OX26 6AZ

Tel 01869 325669

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LOCAL ELECTRICIAN

50 y Experi rs e nce

MICK MOORE Your friendly local Electrician No job too large or too small xDomestic or Industrial xOutside & Security Lighting xShowers Immersions & Sockets xNew Installations & Repairs xAll work at reasonable prices

Karaoke Man is 'Electric'

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ick Moore is a man of many talents, Electrician by day and an entertainer, performer and DJ by night. Many of Mick’s performances are local to the Brackley and surrounding areas and include Karaoke, Singing at Weddings, Birthdays for all ages, Family gatherings, Pubs, Clubs, special events and themed nights.

He has thousands of Karaoke songs and tunes that can be performed either as a solo singer or with group participation complete with disco. If you are looking to hire a Mobile DJ, Disco, Karaoke DJ or singer then test this man! Prices start from as little as £100 per evening. For more information and bookings call Mick Moore Tel: 01280 817605

Tel: 01280 817605

You could be advertising your business here from just £20 per month and be seen in all household in the NN13 area.

Interested?

Contact us now to find out more... Tel: 01327 353753 Mobile: 07756 544 511 Email: mail@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk Web: www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

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Homes & Gardens Melanie Jayne

Soft Furnishings

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”

CALL RAY MILLETT T: 01280 840 450 M: 07986 673 799

Made to measure x Curtains x Valances x Blinds

Tailor Made x Loose Covers x Scatter Cushions x Alterations

Call Melanie now on t : 01280 700790 m : 07941 447955 info@melaniejaynefurnishings.co.uk www.melaniejaynefurnishings.co.uk



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Homes & Gardens

01280 822783

CHALET SHEDS GARDEN SHEDS -SUMMER HOUSES DOG KENNELS /RUNS GARDEN TIDIES AVARIES JUDGES BOXES FOR EQUESTRIAN CENTRES Contact us for Prices WE HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF PAVING STONES & WILL ALSO DELIVER & LAY TO YOUR SPECIFICATION & DESIGN

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xactly what filler should you use? Here we look at different fillers for different jobs in the home. The secret to successful decoration is preparation, so deciding on the best materials is a good start.

Hairline cracks, small areas – found on internal walls/ ceilings in new and old houses, consider “Brush on” liquid filler, it comes in a tin and is easily sanded and quick to dry.

Consider“Brush on” liquid filler, it comes in a tin and is easily sanded and quick to dry Another good product is fine surface filler, it comes in a tube and does much the same as the brush on version but is applied with a palette knife and fills larger cracks up to 2mm with a glass smooth surface for painting or try a filler in a “Stick” form. This is similar to a glue stick and has a twist base and offers a little or no sanding and a quick dry finish. Minor

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Which filler repairs? Plaster Wall Repairs, Several products can be used. Traditional powder filler or a ready mixed in a tub version. Multi-purpose fillers that accept nails or raw plugs after the repair has been performed, some are surface dry in 5 minutes. Large Plaster Repairs – after replacing skirting, pipes or re-wiring or for just a smooth finish on uneven plaster try “Plaster Repair” filler. Easy to apply, will not shrink, and crack. “Skim finish” filler that can be brushed on up to 3mm is also available. For further information go to Homebase Towcester and fill your boots! Next time we look at Wood and Gap fillers.

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attoos have never been so popular but what are the options to remove your colourful past? as star celebrities and footballers sport their latest accessories nothing becomes more personal than a body tattoo. Like most things in life everything changes, minds, partners, loved ones and with it the regret of having that name tattooed somewhere and sometimes not so discretely on your body, so hold that thought.

Most tattoos taking between 6 and 10 sessions to completely disappear, costing ÂŁ70 - ÂŁ100 a treatment Removal is not easy and only most effectively removed by laser treatment, an intense beam of light is pulsed through the top layers of skin into the tattoo pigment breaking it down into tiny fragments. These are then picked up in the blood stream by the lymphatic system and removed. This is a gradual process with most tattoos taking between 6 and 10 sessions to

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unwanted tattoo? completely disappear, costing £70 - £100 a treatment.

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Simple ink designs in black and red are easier to remove, more elaborate multicoloured designs are trickier as the ink is harder for the laser Pop star Rhianna’s star tattoo to breakdown. In some cases ghosting of the pigment is still visible due to the ink lying too far below the skin for the laser to reach it. The treatment is unpleasant and is best treated under a local anaesthetic. DO use a bona-fide company specialising in tattoo removal, DO have a laser check first for to ensure that the correct laser and settings are used to target the pigments and any possible reactions. Don’t have them cut out or injected as they leave scars.

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n a quiet leafy village just outside Towcester lives a young lady who could be regarded as somewhat of a local celebrity. sophie Garner is a singer, song writer and vocal teacher. she was the very first artist to perform on the main stage at London’s famous O2 Arena. She has written music for TV and film, performed in the West End, sung for the French President and his wife in Paris, and supported such leading artistes as The Sugababes and Will Young. Sophie is currently recording her fourth album. With a busy schedule ahead performing showcases, parties, weddings and corporate events, Sophie still manages to dedicate

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her musical passion time each week to passing on her extensive experience and skills as a full time working musician.

I am passionate about singing and I get great pleasure seeing students of all ages and experience grow more confident and improve with practice each week. ‘I am passionate about singing and I get great pleasure seeing students of all ages and experience grow more confident and improve with practice each week. I have students in bands that need better technique, others that are preparing for auditions and some students who just want to sing for the pure fun of it. Singing is about honest expression, and is a real release for some people. I am very lucky to be in an career that I love. But it’s more than just a career, it’s who I am. I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, want to do anything else no matter what it paid me’ sophie can be contacted at: hangarmusic@gmail.com and 01327 856773

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Making good use of your Winter 'time'

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o the daylight is ending and the winter months will soon spell out the reason not to venture too far from the house. so what’s the plan for winter then?

Perhaps decorating one of the bedrooms, after all it’s needed a makeover now for a long while, some bright décor, new linen and carpets along with a built in wardrobe to round it off. Or maybe you fancy taking on a larger project, namely the hall stairs and landing which completely disturbs the body of the house everyday for weeks! Or as you can’t get the daylight in these shorter days to work outside and that garden needs some TLC or a patio, retainer wall or fencing needs replacing.

Summer time ends at 2.00am BST (1.00am GMT) on Sunday 31st October 2010 All of these jobs can be completed quickly efficiently and professionally by looking through the advertisers in this Focus Brackley magazine and finding your local

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Give the garden a general tidy up before the winter arrives with a vengeance... Give the garden a general tidy up before the winter arrives with a vengeance as it wont be long until you cant get out there for the bad weather if it hasn’t arrived already! The borders and edges around that lawn can be tidied, not forgetting to spike it. This will help drainage over the winter months. Tidy those scraggy looking hedges and prune the trees including the apple and pear trees. Burn diseased debris and

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for the Winter months compost the rest. Lift rhubarb and divide as necessary, fix grease bands to fruit trees to prevent pests. Oh, now is the time to harvest the pumpkins and squashes for Halloween! Stay ahead collecting those fallen leaves and add them to the compost pile. Now is the time to plant tulip bulbs, fruit trees and bushes, perennials and climbers. Add mulch to herbaceous and tender plants in order to protect them during the winter months. Dig over the soil to allow frost to break down but ensure you adequately protect tender plants with fleece. Lastly insulate the greenhouse and test the heater for the hard frosts, bring in the pots and save them from the elements. Did you lose pots due to the hard frosts last year? Lag outdoor taps and water pipes and move hosepipes under cover for the winter.

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The further along this spectrum the longer it will take to recover. Watering in the early morning is the best and watering thoroughly every few days is better than a little water every day. In sustained dry weather the soil can become hydrophobic [water repellent]; meaning water runs OFF the lawn rather than soaking INTO the soil. But there is a way to help water get into the soil. If possible shallow spike the

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survive the dry weather lawn where it is especially dry using a garden fork but don’t waggle it, simply pull it out. Fill a watering can with water and add 2 big squirts of washing-up liquid and put this over the lawn. Then water the lawn with a Chris from GreenThumb sprinkler using a fine spray setting. The washing-up liquid acts as a wetting agent to help water penetrate the soil, get into the root-zone and aid the grass recover. Of course, in addition to this action, it is still necessary to give the lawn the fertiliser feed it requires. Nonscorch fertilisers are coated and safe to put on dry lawns. But they need moisture/water to be activated so you can either wait for nature or use a sprinkler to trigger them to work. For advice call Chris or angela at your local GreenThumb on 01327 831345.

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Diary of Events Thursday 2nd september Back to school - south Northants schools

Wednesday 6th October NaB Mobile unit-help for the partially sighted Near Town Hall, Market Square 10:30am to 1:00pm

Friday 3rd september Market & Farmers Market

Market day Location in front of the Town Hall every Friday. Also on the 3rd Saturday of each month is the Farmers Market when a wide range of local produce is offered for sale, also on the Piazza..

Wednesday 8th to 11th september Brackley Fair / Market Place High street and Piazza! saturday 11th september - 11:00am to 3:00pm Helmdon - “Village Future Needs Day”

The Parish Plan Group will be holding a meeting at the Helmdon school on Its open to all residents to offer views and opinions about how Helmdon should develop in the future and what the needs of the parish are. The feedback received at the Future Needs Day will be used to inform a questionnaire to go round the village in the autumn.

www.Helmdon.com sunday 12th september 2010

Ramada Warwick Hotel Kenilworth CV8 2LN 10:00am to 4:00pm Attractions for the children and useful and interesting stands for the Mums and Dads (and Mums and Dads to be).

Monday13th september Wi Hall Manor Road 7:30pm

Brackley WI Speaker: Mrs. Bloxham – Corsets and Crinolines 19th C costume. Visitors very welcome £3 Including refreshments

Contact: Margaret Barrington 01280 841782 Anne Seckington 01280 704290 saturday & sunday 18th/19th september 2010

The Lifestyle Show& Design Towcester Racecourse 10:00am to 4:00pm

sunday 19th september Turweston Wings & Wheels

See editorial page 8/9

sunday 10th October 2010 at Towcester Racecourse 10:00am to 4:00pm Attractions for the children and useful and interesting stands for the Mums and Dads (and Mums and Dads to be).

Monday 11th October Brackley Wi annual Meeting and show WI Hall Manor Road 7:30pm Visitors very welcome £3 including refreshments

Contact: Margaret Barrington 01280 841782 Anne Seckington 01280 704290 23rd October school Term ends - south Northants schools 30th October school Terms Begins - south Northants schools sunday 31st October Halloween Search out the Pumpkins and “bob” apples for fun and games and trick or treats! Visit DULAK Fancy Dress of Brackley for your fancy Halloween costumes and masks!

Friday 5th November Diwali "Festival of lights" Is one of the biggest festival of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival – The 'Festival of lights' For more details:

The Brackley information Bureau Is opening a “corner shop of information” In the new Courtyard Mews, offering local Businesses a High Street presence.

Monday 4th October Rare Breeds survival Trust

Red Lion, Market Square, Brackley at 8pm. Talk on Dogs for the Disabled. All welcome.

For more details please call Carrie on 01327 857195 or snakesharbour@aol.com

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WiNGs aND WHEEls september 19th 2010

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urweston aerodrome has hosted an annual Vintage and Classic Day For the last 10 years, and this year is no exception. The fun starts with the line-up for this years air show beginning at about 12.30pm weather permitting.

The first display sequence will be the Turweston Trio, comprising some exciting formation flying with 3 Flying Club aircraft, followed by a Cirrus, and an LAA aircraft. The next display is The Seeley Collection: the vintage Miles Whitney Straight and Gypsy Moth actually based at Turweston. And finally Aircraft Then & Now: an aerobatic display with an Extra 300 flown by Rob Berger & the Jungmeister flown by Jez Cooke.

A commentary will be provided throughout the air show and indeed the whole event by Mr John Matcham who has lots of experience in this area. He we will also have a wireless mic so he can do some roving interviews. There are also plans to have some competitions for the

Join in the fun at Turweston Aerodrome! exhibits, categories to be announced at a later date (check the website for more details). If you have any photographs or stories about your club, aircraft, motorcycle, static engine, tractor or military vehicle that you would like to share please send them to the club so they can feature them on their website. For most exhibitors and all visitors the entrance fee for 2010 show will be just £5 per person. For further information, contact Turweston Flight Centre ltd on Tel: 01280 705400 or Email: info@ turwestonflight.com or just check out their website www.turwestonflight.com

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These four gorgeous ladies opposite are all more than a pretty face, but can you guess who they are? Here’s a clue to get you on your way, they are all famous Hollywood stars. Remember, it’s just for fun!

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Did you guess our four musical stars from the last issue? They were, of course, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger. Look out for the answers in our next issue!

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Wedding photography from BPs Photograpic

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f you are planning your big day and are looking for a quality wedding photographer, then consider local photographer, BPs Photographic. They have been professional, qualified wedding photographers since 1997, and are locally based in Brackley. They pride themselves on high quality customer service, offering a full range of wedding services with packages to suit all requirements. BPS will discuss the style of photography, locations, family groups and any specials requests you may have. With two photographers working they are able to ensure that you have a fantastic selection of both formal and informal photographs to choose from.

They offer every couple who books with them, a complimentary engagement sitting. Contact Bill on 01280 840460 for an informal chat or call in to look at our range of samples and products. www.bpsphotographic.co.uk

Picture this... A sample from the BPS portfolio

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Motorcycle Rider Training in Brackley since 1999 Learn to ride with Rider Training one of the UK’s Leading Training Suppliers, at their brand new purpose built training centre as featured in “Ride magazine”. All courses available: ¥ CBT ¥ Direct Access ¥ Refresher ¥ FREE 1 hour “Get On” sessions ¥ Brand new kids sessions. We also offer advanced courses and the enhanced rider scheme Contact Simon Horwood (RoADA Dip)

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Rider Training based in Brackley

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imon Horwood an ex RaF pilot and one of the UK's most qualified instructors and lifetime motorcycle enthusiast believes the correct training is vital to enjoy your motorbike fully and safely and to get your motorcycling career off on the right foot. Rider Training was established in the 90's and is now one of the leading training schools in the UK. Its sole aim is to provide the highest quality of rider training and they are dedicated solely to rider training. At their BRAND NEW TRAINING CENTRE they have a huge dedicated safe off road site and they now boast they have the best facilities for bike training in the UK including fully equipped heated classrooms, large kitchen area, dedicated drying room and a warm comfortable area to relax in with free internet access and a huge flat panel TV along with full workshop facilities.They use the same test centre for all their practical tests. They guarantee the same instructor start to finish and NEVER more than 2 customers to an

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Petrol to lPG conversion

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here could be many reasons you may want to change to an alternative fuel. it could be to help the environment by changing to a fuel that’s less harmful, or that you simply want to reduce your running costs, fuel consumption and vehicle excise liability.

a full tank of LPG compared to petrol. You may have to fill up more often but you will be saving money every time.

Most vehicles can be converted to LPG and it’s a fairly straightforward process. The first step is to contact your local LPGA Approved Installer with the Model of your car and to obtain a conversion quotation.

If you decide on an LPG conversion you might want to make sure that you get the strength of the LPGA Approved Installer Scheme behind you - the only such Scheme to receive government recognition and they provide details of the certificate you should obtain for your insurance company.

Conversion starts at about £1,600 for a car or a light van depending on the number of cylinders The cost of dual fuel conversion starts at about £1,600 for a car or a light van depending on the number of cylinders and the size of the LPG tank that will need to be fitted. The larger the tank the greater the range between fills, so expect less miles travelled on

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A reputable installer will recommend the right conversion, safety, environmental improvement, performance, reliability, value for money, and after sales customer care should the conversion contract teething problems. Look at www.drivelpg.co.uk/faq.php for more information about saving money on your fuel costs.

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From £85.00 - Full service from £140

Tel: 01280 705222

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XPRESS MOTOR CENTRE

XPRESS MOT CENTRE

01280 706999

FOR LATEST OFFERS GO TO www.bvsmotors.co.uk Boundary Road, Buckingham Road Industrial Estate, Brackley NN13 7ES

NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY, JUST TURN UP x FREE COLLECTION & DELIVERY x FORD, VAUXHALL & LAND ROVER SPECIALISTS x FREE COURTESY CAR x AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE FROM £55

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New Car Finance - Basics

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ew of us have the money to buy a new car outright. so there are a number of loans, hire-purchase arrangements and credit deals that can be used but it may be cheaper to arrange your own finances.

Hire purchase- the most popular method of buying a new car however many buyers don’t understand you don’t actually own the car until all payments have been made.

Personal contract purchase- You pay an initial deposit, followed by monthly payments in the same way as a hire-purchase contract (12-36 months) but you do not own the car during this period. A proportion of the value is deferred until the term ends and you do not pay for this cost in your installments. At the end of term you can either hand back the

Personal Leasing...You hand back the car and walk away as long as you haven’t exceeded an agreed amount of mileage

vehicle, pay a pre-agreed sum to buy the vehicle outright, or trade it in against a new car and begin the process again. Personal leasing/Personal contract hire- Simply, this means you are hiring your car. You agree the monthly payments, mileage, length of the period you want to pay over, when it ends you hand back the car and walk away as long as you haven’t exceeded an agreed amount of mileage. Personal loans- Perhaps the best value - you’ll generally get the most competitive rates of interest by using a bank or lender that is independent of the dealer and effectively you will be buying the car outright for cash. Next time, PPI, Payment Protection – GAP Explored.

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Over 20 years experience

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Paint Spraying Restorations Accident Repair Insurance Work Undertaken FOR A FREE QUOTE CALL

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Support Logistics Ltd Group Training recruitment association for the transport industry Training professionally in all aspects HGV, LGV, PSV & Car driver tuition

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