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elcome to the April edition of the MK Flyer.

I must start by apologising for the spelling and grammatical mistakes made in last month’s Welcome Page and thank you to anon for sending it in. If you have dared to step out into your garden and thought I must get that sorted before the nice weather, we have a couple of great advertisers that can help you. If you are a keen gardener and have a green thumb then let Green Thumb Lawn Treatment Service help you out with their hints and tips on page 23 or if like me you can not get excited about gardening, why not check out Artificial Lawns Milton Keynes on page 20 for a low or no maintenance lawn.

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Either way, now is the time to get it sorted ready to enjoy the sunshine. As you may have read in last month’s Welcome Page, Kim and I are expecting baby number two in May so we thought we would visit Humpty Bumpty in Old Wolverton. Read more about our visit on page 32. Don’t forget MK Flyers is also available to view on your smart phone via the MK Flyers mobile App downloadable from your app store. Until next month

Stuart

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Cloudy2Clear Windows - Service with a smile!

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t’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes - not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director Billy Harley feels that it’s all about service. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the

customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole. ’ Cloudy2Clear service the Milton Keynes, Bedford and Leighton Buzzard areas and Billy is finding that his approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated .’

So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Billy a cal l for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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The Science of Cellulite Do you: • Exercise • Eat Healthily • Have Cellulite The 100% natural cellular stimulation techniques used by Perfect Contour are a great addition to your regime. We offer Endermologie® which massages the connective tissue deep below the skin and ultrasound for fat mobilisation. At Perfect Contour we specialise in nonsurgical, non-invasive techniques to combat cellulite at the source (unlike some creams which merely plump out the skin to mask the appearance of cellulite) and with no recovery time, it will not hamper your workouts! The term cellulite is used to describe the collection of subcutaneous fat which causes a dimpling of the skin. Some people wrongly associate cellulite with obesity, but in fact it can also occur in trim women. Cellulite is indeed mostly found in women, due to biological differences below the skin and hormonal changes; and it is commonly found in areas like the thighs, buttocks and tummy. Around 90% of women experience some form of cellulite according to published medical studies. As the technique targets the skin, you wear a specialised bodysuit called Endermowear®. It has been specially designed for your comfort and privacy during sessions, as well as for hygiene purposes. What’s more, your practitioner can trace your target areas onto the bodysuit so they can be clearly identified during all of your sessions.

Our latest generation Enderomologie® machine, with its patented treatment head, uses two adjustable rollers and mild suction - which, when rolled over the layer of fat, creates а symmetrical skin-fold. This action massages and stretches the connective tissues and controls deep tissue and fat mobilisation. You can also have completely tailored sessions which include lymphatic drainage and other health benefits – just ask your operative at your consultation. The duration of your treatment depends on the size of area to be treated. Your treatment is conducted twice а week to begin with, in order to maximise the results. And for the most effective results, it is recommended that you lead а healthy and active lifestyle.

Say goodbye to your cellulite for the summer! Get your pre-treatment consultation for only £29* A free body suit worth £20 when you book a course of treatments PLUS: 10% discount on your first 2 treatments

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For more information contact us on 0845 605 5211 www.perfectcontouruk.com/mkflyers The Old Courthouse, Simpson Road, Fenny Stratford MK2 2DD

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Peugeot RCZ 2.0 TDI 163 GT Reviewed 12/03/14 This is a fantastic looking car!! The engine on this car is a 2 litre diesel and its has 163 BHP but for me its not Quick enough they have bought an R edition out which has a bit more go in it but the diesel is a little disappointing as it looks the part but doesn’t drive the part.

Having said it lacks power it does handle very well it’s like it’s on rails its low to the ground and ultra aerodynamic. The standard gearbox could be a little more precise, but GT-spec cars get a shorter throw, which makes gearchanges more satisfying. The RCZ is also pretty good at shutting out wind and road noise. However, the petrol engines are far from quiet, and you’ll have to decide for yourself whether the exhaust note is addictive or just loud. The RCZ’s cabin is something Peugeot can rightly be proud of. The dashboard has a lavish soft-touch covering, and all the trim looks and feels expensive. The majority of its controls work with slinky precision, too, but Peugeot’s reliability record is no better than average. The RCZ does have four seats, but in effect it’s a two seater because the rear

ones are next-to-useless for adults – headand legroom are extremely tight and the rear seatbacks are fixed bolt upright. The rear seats do fold down, but even with them in place the RCZ has a decent-sized boot. Even entry-level Sport models have sports seats, dual-zone climate control, alloy wheels, a USB port and rear parking sensors. GT cars add leather upholstery, electrically adjustable heated seats, front parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers and larger alloy wheels. Over all I like it it’s just not an Audi TT and it’s not that much cheaper than an Audi TT or a Mercedes SLK.

MPH = 53 Combine d Top speed = 128 0-60 = 8.9 CO2 = 139 On the road price £2 6,200 (Lease price £285+v at over 2 years with 3 payments up front based on 10k miles a year)

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Balloons over MK & Aylesbury Vale • An independent family business. • CAA certified operator. • 26 years of magical flights. • Highly experienced pilots. • Smaller baskets fewer passengers. • Chilled Champagne served in flight. • Named voucher in presentation folder.

Drift on gentle breezes, sipping a glass of champagne, aboard one of our beautiful balloons. Stunning views are guaranteed!

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y & Son e l d o B Ltd W D The Wood Yard ESTABLISHED 1958

WE HAVE SERVED YOU FOR OVER 50 YEARS Our business has been built on product quality, service and a wealth of experience. Friendly staff are here and only too pleased to help SAWN TIMBER Pressure treated Extensive stock T & G, Shiplap, Wayney Edge and Feather Edge Boarding SHEDS A range of sheds are on display and we have a catalogue for further options available FENCING MATERIALS Panels, Closeboard, Concrete Posts, Post and Rail Wire - Weldmesh, netting and chainlink Concrete Posts LANDSCAPING Decking, Sleepers, Machine Round Posts, Garden Tubs, Tables and Arches

Our stock is the most comprehensive range of fencing and landscaping materials in Milton Keynes

D W BODLEY & SON LIMITED Telephone 01908 666355 Fax 01908 309098 Email info@dw-bodley.co.uk Web www.dw-bodley.co.uk The Woodyard, 60 A Bradwell Road, Loughton, Milton Keynes MK5 8AL OPENING TIMES 7.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday 7.30am to 12.30pm Saturdays

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Commercial & Domestic Flooring Specialists 39a High Street Woburn Sands MK17 8RB VISIT OUR SHOWROOM Monday: Appt only Tuesday: 10am - 5pm Wednesday: 10am - 5pm Thursday: 10am - 7pm Friday: 10am - 5pm Saturday: 9am - 1pm Sunday: Closed

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ow to play. It’s simple! Fill in the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box, contains the numbers 1 through to 9 with no repetition. You don’t need to be a genius. These puzzles use logic alone.

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City Glass introduces Colourcote Glass. For splashbacks, table tops etc. Bespoke service, any colour & size supply only or supplied & fitted. We can supply a single splashback or fit your entire kitchen, bathroom or office. Glass can be shaped around electric sockets, switches or features. Modern alternative to tiles, granite etc. No grout lines to discolour! Call now for a competitive quotation:

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Milton Keynes, Bedford and Hitchin Rock Choir record at Abbey Road Studios in London

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ottie Greenhow’s Rock Choir - with branches in Milton Keynes, Hitchin and Bedford - put down some tracks in the studios made famous by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Queen.

Lottie took 207 members of The Rock Choir (branches in Milton Keynes, Hitchin and Bedford) to the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. They recorded three-part harmony arrangements of John Farnham’s “You’re The Voice” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colours”, arranged by Rock Choir’s founder, Caroline Redman Lusher. Some members who came to Abbey Rd had been in the choir for less than 5 weeks. Milton Keynes Rock Choir recorded first, followed by

a combined session with Bedford and Hitchin. The choir got to explore Studio 2 (where the Beatles recorded) before moving to the larger Studio 1 to record the songs. Each member was given a set of headphones to hear the backing track and there were 21 vintage microphones used to capture the Rock Choir sound. The choir worked with producer James Hawkins, who is also a Rock Choir leader in south-west London and Surrey, and worldrenowned recording engineer Simon Rhodes and his team, who also worked on “Skyfall”.

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HULA Animal Rescue BUNNY BONANZA! & SPRING OPEN DAY Sunday 13th April 1pm-4pm

at South Midlands Animal Sanctuary Glebe Farm, Salford Road, Aspley Guise MK17 8HZ Between M1 Junction 13 & Woburn Sands (Nr. Aspley Guise Rail Station)

Easter Egg Hunt Easter Bonnet Competition Bargains in the Bazaar & Pet Bed Shed Meet the Animals needing a new home Fun & Games for the children Delicious Refreshments

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ALL PROCEEDS FOR THE CARE & WELFARE OF HULA ’S ANIMALS

Dogs welcome & please invite all your friends Admission only £2 adults Accompanied Children FREE FREE Parking Enquiries: 01908 584000 Registered Charity 1094115 Website: www.hularescue.org Email: hularescue@tiscali.co.uk

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Garden View

Back to the fuchsia!

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f you’re looking for a reliable garden plant then I know of none which performs as consistently as the hardy fuchsia.

They flower well; are disease resistant and are tremendously easy to propagate. If you’re lucky enough to live in a mild area then they grow into large shrubs. I’ve seen them used as particularly attractive hedging in Devon and Cornwall.

Are you sweltering in the summer and freezing in the winter? Nu-Look Conservatory Roof Solutions can solve these problems with low cost conservatory roof conversion systems that will give you back the room and space you wanted in the first place. We have over 40 years combined experience in the conservatory and roofing business. Customer satisfaction is at the heart of everything we do and we pride ourselves on the quality of workmanship and service that we provide. We’ll transform your conservatory into a room that’s perfect every day of the year!

Call today for a free quote on 01604 217 818 For more information visit www.nulookroof.co.uk

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Elsewhere a hard frost kills off all or most of the top-growth and new shoots sprout from the soil each spring. These will still develop into good size plants around 2-3ft / 60-100cm tall.

GARDEN MAINTENANCE • Spring/Autumn tidy up • Weekly/2 weekly/monthly maintenance • Includes mowing, weeding & hoeing • Lawn care feed included • Patio & driveway cleaning • Reliable & affordable • From as little as £25/visit

This month you should be able to buy rooted cuttings very cheaply. Even better, see if you can find a friend who already grows fuchsias and beg some for free! Grow them on for a few weeks under cover: use a porch or conservatory if you have no greenhouse. Transfer them to a slightly larger pot if necessary.

If you’re looking for a rel iable garden plant then I know of no ne which performs as consistently as the ha rdy fuchsia.

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Tel: 01908 410555 email: info@trimatree.co.uk Turfing, Fencing, Decking, Patios, Walls, Pergolas, Hedge Cutting, Mowing, Garden Clearance, Block Paving, Driveways, Light Renovation Work, Drain & Gutter Cleaning, Garage Clearance, etc

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Swimming Pools wanted in and around Milton Keynes for swimming lessons Please contact Janet Rake on 01296 730742 or 07932 149833 if you know of a pool for hire

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The fun way for kids to get fit!

TAE KWON DO We’ll teach your kids: • Discipline and self confidence • Agility, coordination and balance • New life skills • Self defence ...and they’ll make new friends!

All our instructors are CRB (enhanced) checked and have first aid, health & safety, child protection, instruction and coaching certificates

Call: 01295 750462 • www.blackbeltcentre.co.uk No joining fee & pay-as-you-go

Mondays @ 6.30pm Children - 7.30pm Adults Medbourne Sports Pavilion, Pascale Drive MK5 6LS Wednesdays @ 6.15pm Children - Shenley Brook End School Thursdays @ 5.30pm Children - Tattenhoe Sports Pavilion, Holborn Cres MK4 3EQ

We have classes for adults too!

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GreenThumb Lawn Service offer these six tips to get your lawn off to a flying start for this summer Clean Up Rake away dead leaves, twigs and branches. The less debris on the lawn, the healthier it will be, not to mention the benefit from increasing its exposure to sunlight. Lawns don’t like shade Take a good look at those border plants, shrubs and trees – they have a habit of encroaching on the lawn and weakening it by denying light. Then … get the secateurs out! Is your mower up to the job? Check your mower is up to the job – does it need a service? Make sure the blade is sharp. Remember to raise the height of your first cut to just ‘top’ the grass – cutting it too low will put the grass into stress and set it back - just when you want to encourage it.

Does your lawn need some T.L.C? The ground starts to warm now so it’s a good time to repair any bare patches that have appeared over winter. Rake the patch to create a bed, sow the seeds with a little top-soil and water daily. They’ll germinate in a few days. Don’t mow or feed them until a few weeks have passed and they’re well established. Hand-pick those early weeds If hand-picking isn’t your thing and you don’t fancy buying, storing and handling chemicals, get the professionals in. Look out for sickly-looking patches Leatherjackets, the larval form of the ‘Daddy Long-legs’ can devastate a lawn in spring as they chomp through the roots of the grass. If you suspect a problem, get professional advice.

If you would like some professiona l and cost effective help with your lawn so you can just sit back and enjoy the garden then give the local Milton Keynes branch of GreenThumb a call on 01908 850544

www.greenthumb.co.uk miltonkeynes@greenthumb.co.uk

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The Beauty Therapy Centre’s top Tips for Springtime

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s the season changes your beauty requirements change too.

In the springtime hair removal becomes a necessity, both electrolysis permanent removal for the face and waxing for legs, under arm and bikini. After the long winter hibernation, you can feel like a butterfly appearing from your cocoon! Embrace the sunlight and flaunt lovely smooth legs. Another idea to signal the warmer season is a Fake Bake spray tan. This quick and easy tip helps you feel healthy and confident and is the quickest ‘transformation’ you can give your body as you begin to peel off layers of clothing.

Dark days of winter can leave your skin feeling dull and lifeless; a really great treatment to brighten your complexion is Microdermabrasion. This painless but hi-tech facial removes dead skin cells; revealing fresher skin, which feels soft and smooth, a great way to spring clean your face! During the cold winter, we use central heating more. Our skin gets dry, itchy and scaly. The best solution is to Body Polish; this involves body brushing, to stimulate blood supply, fruit enzyme scrub to soften and an application of aromatherapy oils, to rehydrate and revitalise the whole body, ready for wearing T-shirts and summer dresses. Drink lots of water to hydrate and eat plenty of mineral rich veggies like broccoli, this will keep your skin tone pink and healthy, eliminating the greyness that can creep in over winter. Using a shimmer bronzer will give your skin a sun kissed look and painting your nails in pastel tones will keep you right on trend this spring.

www.thebeautytherapy centre.co.uk

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bumpstartbabyshop.co.uk Welcome to Bump Start, the baby shop at Whaddon. We stock everything you could need for your baby, from car seats to cots to carriers. We pride ourselves on our product knowledge and will help find the ideal products for you. We look forward to seeing you soon.

We are just 10 minutes from both Milton Keynes and Buckingham

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Visit us at: Bump Start Baby Shop, Coddimoor Farm, Whaddon Milton Keynes, Bucks MK17 0LR fax: 01908 505636 email: baby@bumpstartbabyshop.co.uk web: www.bumpstartbabyshop.co.uk

Mon Closed Tue 10am - 4pm Wed 10am - 4pm Thurs 10am - 5pm Fri 10am - 5pm Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 11am - 3pm

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Trainee Teachers Required for September 2014

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enbigh Teaching School, Milton Keynes and St. Paul’s Catholic School are in partnership with all secondary schools in Milton Keynes and the local area and are working on a new, exciting and innovative ‘School Direct Programme’. This route into teaching maximises the time a trainee teacher spends in school. This year’s trainees have been talking to us about their experience: Q. What attracted you to teaching? A. “I have wanted to be a teacher since the start of secondary school, I love learning and teaching a subject I am passionate about.” Q. How effectively have you been supported? A. “My mentor has been fantastic! I felt supported at every stage; nothing was ever too much trouble. I felt part of the school community from the very first day.” Q. What appealed to you about School Direct? A. “It offered me ‘on the job’ experience with time spent in school unlike other courses which spend a lot of time in University.”

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Q. What do you enjoy most about teaching? A. “Satisfaction when a student tells you they have enjoyed your lesson, seeing students use skills and strategies you have taught them resulting in their development.” Q. What would you say to someone considering School Direct? A. “It’s hard work, you have to be committed to your subject and your students, it is an amazing feeling when you realise what a difference you will be making to the future generation.” Applicants must ha ve a degree in the subject to be taught, an A* to C in both GCSE Engli sh and Maths and preferably ha ve recent school ex perience. Many subjects att ract bursaries. Tuition fees are att ached to the progra mme currently £9000, fee s can be funded us ing the Student Loan Comp any. Denbigh Teaching School Alliance is committed to the safeguarding of children and ex pects all staff and volunteers to share this commitm ent. All appointments are subject to a sat isfactory enhanced CRB ch eck.

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MP’s Diary

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s part of National Apprenticeship Week, City MP Iain Stewart visited SMC Pneumatics to meet with apprentices and discuss just how important the schemes are.

Iain met with second year apprentices, Jeffrey and Abigail. The two apprentices are currently training as engineers with SMC Pneumatics, with academic support being provided by MK College. After discussing with both apprentices and managers the importance of apprenticeships Iain gave his strongly held view on education in the work place. He commented, “Jeffrey and Abigail are two prime examples of why apprenticeship schemes, such as this one, are so vital to the UK. They have drive, ambition and are keen to learn.” Iain added, “It is no secret that as a nation we need to get more young people interested in careers such as engineering. Part of that is the all too common incorrect perception that it is university or bust; I

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think these two apprentices show that that notion is very wrong. I hope to see over the next decade the Government, businesses and educational organisations looking closely at how we can deliver more apprenticeships and how we can better attract people into expert fields that are declining.” One of the apprentices, Abigail, gave her view on how essential apprenticeships are, “being part of a work place gives you so much confidence, you gain experience while you are learning and you get so many opportunities. I am learning things here that I could never learn in a classroom.” Hayley Walker, Human Resources Manager at SMC Pneumatics added, “As an employer apprenticeships are only a good thing. We know we will have a highly trained individual at the end the three years, we know we will have workers that know our brand and what we want to achieve, but perhaps most importantly apprentices tend to be very loyal.” Now in its 7th year, National Apprenticeship Week 2014 is taking place from 3-7 March. It gives the opportunity for employers, teachers, parents and the media to raise the profile of apprenticeships across the UK.

For more information on National Apprenticeship Week or Apprenticeships in general, then visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk Anybody interested in the apprenticeship scheme offered by SMC Pneumatics, contact Hayley Walker at HWalker@smcpneumatics.co.uk Email: iain.stewart.mp@parliame nt.uk Tel: 01908 686830 Postal address: House of Common s, London, SW1A 0AA

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Controlling condensation and mould in the home

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ampness caused by excessive condensation can lead to mould growth on walls and furniture, mildew on clothes and the rotting of wooden window frames … mould is unsightly, damages property and can be detrimental to health. First steps against mould growth. We need to treat the mould already present in your home, then deal with the basic problem of condensation to stop mould reappearing: There are FOUR main factors that cause condensation: 1. Too much moisture being produced in the home 2. Not enough ventilation 3. Cold surfaces 4. The temperature of your home You need to look at all of these factors to cure a condensation problem. Our everyday activities add extra moisture to the air inside our

homes. Even our breathing adds moisture. Apparently one person asleep adds half a pint of water to the air during the night. (We recommend that you do not stop breathing !!!) To give you some idea of as to how much extra water this could be in a day, here are a few examples: • A bath or a shower - 2 pints • Drying clothes indoors - 9 pints • Cooking and use of a kettle - 6 pints • Bottled gas heater (8 hours use) - 4 pints If you have a condensation and mould problem in your home, whether you are a home owner or a landlord, we are happy to advise and will provide a free estimate for any remedial work that may be required. Safe & Healthy Home s can mend a garden fence, replace a tap or shower, painting and decorating or change a light fitting and lot s more … whether it be a small job or the complete refurbishme nt of a void property … please call us for a fre e estimate.

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Humpty Bumpty review by Stuart & Kim Oliphant

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ith baby number two due to arrive in May 2014, Kim and I wanted to check out the 4D HD scanning offered by Humpty Bumpty in Old Wolverton, and we were not disappointed.

Humpty Bumpty is located in the picturesque Manor Farm Court off of the Old Wolverton Road which adds to what lies in wait when you see your baby in HD for the first time. We were greeted by a very friendly lady who made us a cuppa and guided us to waiting area. When it was our turn to meet Olie Bump the Sequel, Lucy met us in the scanning room and straight away made us feel at ease. They have all the latest equipment, plus a very comfy sofa for the partner to sit and enjoy the HD movie.

What can I say, our little bundle is one active little baby, Lucy was as surprised as we were at how much it was putting on a show for the camera! Just like its dad. The images we saw were unreal, it is like looking at your baby weeks before it is born. After 30 minutes (which flew by) we were presented with a folder complete with photos of baby, a DVD of the HD movie and a USB stick with ALL the images we saw. We were looking forward to baby arriving but now we have seen it in HD we are even more excited about meeting our baby ……………… roll on May to find out. Both Kim and I can not recommend Lucy and her team at Humpty Bumpty enough. If you are expecting or know someone who is, please get in touch and experience this. We opted for package 3 from their website. www.humptybumpty.co.uk

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The Very Latest in 3D and 4D Baby Scanning Technology Humpty Bumpty is a new Baby Scanning Clinic in Milton Keynes offering future parents the opportunity to see their baby before it is born. We offer the very latest in 3D and 4D baby scanning technology enabling us to get the most life like images of your baby on the market. Our ultrasound scanning units use HDlive which is an advanced illumination model that supports shadows and introduces a virtual light source and advanced skin rendering techniques which provide the best quality

image. We are the only clinic in the area currently offering the use of these innovative skin rendering techniques to give you the very best snapshot of your baby. Scans available include Gender Scan, Bonding Scan & a range of scan packages including images and DVD’s of the scan. For more information, or to book an appointment for your 4D baby scan today, please get in touch with us.

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The WorkX: For... Upvc, Timber Cabins & Climbing Frames The WorkX is a well established business based in the heart of Bedfordshire. We specialise in both Upvc and Timber products ranging from roofline and rainwater goods, windows and doors to Log Cabins, Contemporary garden rooms, Garden offices and Children’s play equipment.

How did we start? We started out 11 years ago as a Upvc company specialising in fascia’s, soffit, guttering, windows and doors. We realised the potential of transforming the look to the outside of your property as well as offering a maintenance free product. Our business grew once we understood that the current economic

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climate is putting a hold on people being able to move house or even being able to afford that well needed extension so by offering our timber products such as log cabins and garden rooms we can offer that well needed extra space at a fraction of the cost. Our log cabins and garden rooms can be used as children’s play rooms, offices, music rooms, gyms, art rooms or just a secluded area for the adults! As well as our timber buildings we offer a high quality selection of cedar wood children’s play equipment which are rot resistant, strong and safe, perfect for keeping the kids entertained whilst you enjoy your new garden room! We offer free surveys, free quotations and free advice and we look forward to meeting potential new clients every day.

To see our full product range please visit us at www.theworkx.co .uk or contact us on 01908 850644 or 01 234 305517

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Do you or someone you know require personal homecare? Superior homecare services ltd is a domiciliary care agency based in Milton Keynes, owned and managed by a registered and qualified GP Nurse, with over 20 years experience. We provide personal care in the comfort of our clients own homes. All our staff are experienced and dedicated carers, who are CRB checked for your peace of mind, and safety. Our carers are fully trained or are working towards their NVQ level 2/3 qualifications. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality assured care.

Superior HomeCare Services To contact us use the following Tel 01908 522245 Mobile 07867 308192 E-mail superiorhomecare89@gmail.com www.superiorhomecareservices.co.uk

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Our services are Personal care Washing/dressing/undressing, Assistance with moving and handling, preparing and feeding of meals, supporting healthy eating, incontinence management and support and medicine management. Support Shopping, Cooking, Visits to and from Shops/Doctors and Outings, Respite care for carers, Domestic duties, Companionship, Assistance with Correspondence and Handyman services. Superior Homecare services is registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and are members of UKHCA (United Kingdom Home Care Association) ltd.

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For over 30 years – Forever Living’s Aloe Vera products are still the purest available Nature knows best. Everywhere you look in nature you find balance, harmony, life, and renewal. Our planet holds a world of secrets just waiting to be discovered - From the industrious honeybee and the exquisite mangosteen fruit to the rejuvenating Aloe Vera plant, each bountiful element is meant to balance and improve our lives. Forever living products cover everything you need to keep life & health on track – so you feel great... … Beauty – Spa – Health - Wellbeing - Dietary Joints – Fitness – Wellness …

Our products start with 100% inner leaf gel. Delicately adding just enough other ingredients to produce outstanding products, these will give you something unexpected. Energy. Vibrancy. Wellness.You’ll notice it right away – and others will too. The difference is only natural. Our products are divided into seven different categories; • Health drinks • Skin Care • Supplements • Makeup • Weight management • Animal & House • Personal Care Products

To view our full range or to place an order, simply visit www.beautyinsideandout.myforever.biz/store beautyinsideandout@live.co.uk

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Stony Oven Cleaners

We Clean Ovens The job you hate to do!!

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Women in Enterprise is THE networking group for men and women in Milton Keynes!

Lunch at La Collina Wednesday 30 April 2014 12:00 – 2:00pm Members £21 Non-members £25

Antonio and his team welcome us once again to La Collina for what is always a really good 2 course lunch

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Become hopelessly devoted to finding a cure for Hollie

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n the 10 May 2014 the Hope for Hollie Campaign will host its 6th annual charity ball at Doubletree by Hilton, StadiumMK.

This year marks seven years since Hollie Carter, aged 8 was diagnosed with the extremely rare and fatal condition called Niemann Pick Type C, which affects only 800 people worldwide of whom 3 live in Milton Keynes. The disease causes progressive neurological decline and childhood dementia with affected patients rarely living into teenage years. This year’s ball will take on a 50’s Grease theme and is supported by RGS Music Group Doubletree by Hilton, Murrays the Printers and MKFM. Guests will be treated to live music, a drinks receptions, three course meal, live entertainment, charity auction, disco and much more. All money raised will help Hope for Hollie continue supporting the work of Niemann Pick UK, a charity that provides vital specialist services to affected families and facilitates research into the disease. Hope for Hollie Founder and Hollie’s mum Helen said ‘this year we are excited about returning to the ballroom at StadiumMK, the home of our first three balls. Each year our

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balls have received such wonderful feedback and the campaign now has a strong network of supporters. The Milton Keynes community continues to provide great support to our family. Hollie is reaching milestones we never expected to see. She is growing into a bright bubbly young lady but needs a lot of extra support. We cannot be complacent about this disease, Hollie is showing some classic symptoms of disease onset but we try not to dwell on this. We focus on the beautiful bright spirited young girl who continues to show such courage and determination. We are determined to do all we can to try and give Hollie the best chance possible of a future. Since 2008 the Hope for Hollie campaign has raised a staggering £150,000 in support of Niemann Pick UK. This has made a huge difference to the lives of those fighting this devastating disease and through funding research gives hope for the future’ Tickets for this years Hollie’s Summer Lovin’ Ball are £58 per person. For more information or to book please call Dana on 07952 633195, or email info@hopeforhollie.co.uk

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Small businesses will lead the way in 2014, says company whose tenants already employ 1000 people

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Milton Keynes will boom in 2014, says the town’s largest serviced business premises provider, as the number of people employed in its units tops 1000 at the close of 2013.

Bucks Biz, with over 400,000 square feet of space and 150 tenants in Bletchley and Denbigh, says it is already planning more units to cope with the expected growth in demand and bringing forward plans to develop extra space at the huge Interchange House in Howard Way. “Our units currently provide work for around a thousand people and we have seen that figure rise steadily,” said Dominic Muscat, a director of the company that owns the business. “As Milton Keynes business booms, led by small businesses, we are already identifying potential new units that can be converted to provide the premises needed for small companies to thrive without hassle.”

Bucks Biz, with units all over Milton Keynes, is renowned for straight talking and dealing; not hiding costs and not charging for many of the little things that keep businesses ticking, but which can be annoying to the point of distraction. “We really believe that if our customers are happy, then they’ll be free to get on with their businesses, which in turn will expand,” added Dominic. More info from www.bucksbiz.co.uk or 01908 299071

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What on earth is Korfball?

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ilton Keynes has a thriving korfball community, but most people won’t have a clue what it is!

Korfball is a bit like netball and bit like basketball - but better!* It’s played in mixed sex teams of 4 men and 4 women on a court similar sized to basketball. Korfball is played indoors during the winter and outdoors during the summer. The aim of the game is to work with your team-mates to get the ball through the hoop (Korf) Men can only mark men and women can only mark women and unlike netball, you can’t shoot if your defender is within touching distance of you – so you need to move quick! So now you know what korfball is, why not come down and give it a go? MK Lakers Korfball club are always looking for new and enthusiastic members, we train twice a week on a Monday and Wednesday and play league matches on a Sunday. It’s a superb way to get fit and meet lots of new people. As a newbie, you get your first two sessions for FREE and the next two pay as you go - after that, you can decide to join us for only £20 per month. Less than most gym fees and much more fun and sociable! *in our opinion!

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Farmers’ Market Stony Stratford

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Friday 25th April on Market Square and on every last Friday of each month ........................................................................................................

Farmers’ Market Newport Pagnell

Friday 18th April on Market Hill and on every third Friday until after lunch ........................................................................................................

Friends of Westbury Grange Spring Bazaar and Coffee Morning

Saturday 5th April 2014 from 10am to 12 noon in the Coffee Lounge at Westbury Grange Nursing Home in Westbury Lane, Newport Pagnell. Come and join us for lovely refreshments, raffle,stalls and games! Everyone welcome! If you have any bric a brac, cakes or items to donate to our stalls, and you want them collected, please phone Rosie on 01908 614435. We look forward to giving you a warm welcome! ........................................................................................................

Stony Nightingales (previously known as Stony Stratford Evening WI)

meet on the second Thursday of every month at 8pm in Swinfen Harris Hall, Stony Stratford, MK11 1JA. A different speaker each month and excursions throughout the year. For more information contact Julie Boyes 07738 054915 or find us on Facebook. ........................................................................................................

Vintage and Retro Fair

Milton Keynes Village Hall, Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday May 24th 2014, 10am to 3pm. Come and enjoy the atmosphere in this 1930s village hall on the picturesque village green Milton Keynes village – where it all began! The Hall will be all dressed up to celebrate the true vintage look with stalls and Vintage Café serving all day. Come and see our group of “vintagers” dressed in 40s/50s costume – and if you are a “vintage” yourself, come dressed to strut your stuff!! ........................................................................................................

Stony Stratford Floral Club

6th May. “In the Style of ....”. A demonstration by Jackie Page from Westcote Barton. Please note that from 4th March our meetings will be held at The Community Church, Cofferidge Close, Stony Stratford at 7.30pm. Visitors £6. For information on any of the above contact Sue on 01908 564453 or Judy on 01908 569429 ........................................................................................................

Milton Keynes Reader Service

Will you become a Volunteer Reader to someone who is sight impaired. Helping Blind and Disabled People. Tel: 01908 231122 Email: mkreader@tiscali.co.uk www.miltonkeynesreaderservice.org.uk ........................................................................................................

Stony Stratford Bridge Club

Meets on Monday evenings from 7pm to 10pm at Magdalen House in Stony Stratford. We would like some new members. We play a friendly game of Rubber Bridge so you do not require a regular partner and beginners would be welcome. For more information please call either Daphne Harvey 01908 563177 or Clare Mellor 01908 563047 ........................................................................................................

Two Mile Ash Women’s Institute

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in Two Mile Ash Community Centre, High Street, Two Mile Ash from 7.30pm. We have a varied and interesting programme of speakers. Why not come along and meet our friendly group. For more information please call Sandra Findlay on 01908 330741 ........................................................................................................

1st Middleton Beaver, Cub & Scout group

continues to expand & require your help, can you provide some of your time to help us? Contact - info@1stMiddleton.org.uk ........................................................................................................

Bradwell W.I.

A friendly, afternoon, meeting at the village Sports & Social Club Pavilion, Abbey Road, Bradwell Village overlooking the village green on the 3rd Tuesday of each month with an interesting programme of Speakers and tea & cakes. Come along 2.30 – 4.00 p.m. or telephone Olive Stewart 310267. ........................................................................................................

Willen Preschool Easter Fun Day

Family fun for all with games, easter hunt, stalls and cakes. Monday 21st April, 1-4pm, Willen pavilion

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